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Byline: PAT NOLAN

THE various forms by which people can place bets makes gambling a much more serious issue than it has been before, says Oisin McConville.

When McConville was betting freely he did so largely by going to the bookies, and while online gambling was available at the time, it is more prevalent now.

Smartphones, however, weren't an option back then but they are a significant source of placed bets these days, as GPA chief Dessie Farrell alluded to.

"That's not something that would have been available to me," said McConville.

"Even the online stuff, I wasn't really into that but I know there are a lot of players who are into that, gambling whatever way they can. And don't get me wrong, if I had an interest in that at the time I would have gambled whatever way I could but it just so happened in and around that time the way for me to gamble was in the bookies.

"I think we're at a situation now where it's a double whammy because players can gamble but it's even more readily available. It's something you can do very, very simply.

"I believe you can even text a bet now. You could be in a classroom or a meeting or whatever, work, and you're able to text a bet and nobody knows about it. "That's part of the problem - that it's such a secretive addiction."

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SO EASY Bets can be placed on smartphones

CONCERNED GPA chief Dessie Farrell
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 31, 2012
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