What you need to know and what to watch out for

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – When it comes to gambling, addiction affects not only the player, but that person’s family and friends as well.

Annie Meier is the Compliance Officer at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino-Sioux City. She said their team was trained to spot signs of gambling addiction, such as upset or anxious guests.

“We train our staff to know how to handle someone if someone comes in and has a problem with the game. We know where they are supposed to go for help. We have brochures and different maps that we can distribute it to them to help if they choose to do so, ”said Annie Meier, chief compliance officer.

If you think your friend or loved one may be addicted to gambling, there are signs to watch out for.

“They’re low-key about things. They don’t say where they stand or what they’re doing. Money may be lacking at home. Maybe a child’s birthday fund, or a payment for it. a house, a payment for a car. This kind of prank is missed because the money disappears. You should also look for that they might be angry or upset about things that don’t seem to be what they normally are ”Meier said.

Meier said, if you are looking for help, Rosecranse Jackson centers in Sioux City offer service.

If you are not in Sioux City, 1-800-BETS OFF is a 24/7 helpline that can put you in touch with services near you.

Meier added that there is no shame or judgment when it comes to getting help.

“It affects one percent of the population and it’s important for them to know that gambling is meant to be a fun experience. It is meant to be entertainment. And if it isn’t, we have to bring these people. to get help, ”Meier said. .