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On Friday morning, Melodie Keen had a session with a client who recently relapsed — a sports bettor who hadn’t gambled in about two years.
“He was able to place bets right from his phone,” said Keen, referring to Connecticut’s gambling expansion, which ushered in widespread online wagering on Oct. 19. “It’s going to be very difficult for people in recovery and I’m quite certain the problem gambling issue in Connecticut is going to escalate because of the easy access.”