Compulsive gamblers who think they can break even on one lucky Super Bowl bet often end up in more trouble than before, an expert says.

Arnold Wexler, director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, said Friday that 30 percent of the callers to the gambler hotline last year were involved in sports betting."In December, I got seven calls from sports gamblers in a two-day period, which blew my mind," Wexler said. "You don't usually see that many calls at once until after New Year's Day or the Super Bowl.

"It started early this year, but maybe we'll save some people from destroying themselves in the Super Bowl," he said.

Wexler has a variety of tales about gamblers who called in desperation after past Super Bowls. One man had embezzled money from the bank where he worked "because he believed he had a sure bet on the Super Bowl," he said. "Suffice to say, he lost."

The "Super Bowl Bet," Wexler said, is the "Get Out Bet" for many addicted gamblers.