Game day is here as the New England Patriots take on the Los Angeles Rams Sunday night for Super Bowl LIII.
New England is back for the third straight year, prepared for the event ahead with coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. The Rams are looking for redemption, having lost to the Patriots during their last appearance at the Super Bowl in 2002.
The Rams will rely on quarterback Jared Goff and coach Sean McVay, who is the youngest Super Bowl head coach at age 33. Should New England take home the title, it will be their sixth Lombardi trophy.
More than $12 billion is expected to be wagered on Sunday's game, but experts worry even a small bet on the Patriots or Rams could turn to something more serious.
Spectrum News spoke to gambling specialist Matthew Jost, who says thousands of New Yorkers have a gambling problem, whereas experts say approximately six million Americans are addicted to gambling. He says a game day bet may seem like innocent fun, but it could dangerous for people struggling with addiction.
"You have a square in an office pool and it might be their first gambling opportunity. It might be a young person or an adult and if they win, which does happen, that initial win could get them very interested in gambling, and could be a gateway to a more significant problem," Jost said.