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Researchers Argue Integrated Player-Tracking Best Approach to Challenge Problem Gambling Harms

February 26, 2024 | By: Robyn McNeil

Gambling operators track players’ activity in detail for marketing purposes, so why shouldn’t regulators do the same to mitigate the industry’s harmful impacts? A recent opinion piece in the peer-reviewed journal Addiction argues that universal player-tracking systems could help regulators or other organizations tasked with harm reduction. The authors—Dr. Philip Newall of the University of […]

Online Gambling Policy—Enthusiasm for Collaboration Swells on Both Sides of the Atlantic

February 7, 2024 | By: Alex Weldon

Trans-Atlantic collaboration is quickly becoming a trending topic in the world of online gambling policy. On Monday, Feb. 5, the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) announced that it would enlist the help of the United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC) in preparing its model iGaming legislation. The following day, the UKGC’s Executive Director Tim Miller told […]

Danish Study Finds Higher Bonuses, Game Choice, Better Payouts Fuel Unlicensed Online Gambling

January 25, 2024 | By: Robyn McNeil

According to new research, Danish gamblers who intentionally play on unlicensed sites seek higher bonuses, bigger payouts, and more games. The findings highlight the importance of gambling regulations that foster a competitive industry. “Channelization”—or ensuring players choose regulated sites over unregulated ones—is a hot topic in European markets, but one that US regulators haven’t yet […]

GambleAware-Backed Research Seeks Understanding of Drivers and Burdens of LGBTQ+ Gambling Harm

January 18, 2024 | By: Robyn McNeil

An upcoming GambleAware study will examine the LGBTQ+ experience of gambling and gambling harms. According to the Request-for-Proposal (RFP), the research will expand on the results of a recent scoping review that found evidence of “compounding” gambling harms among groups within Great Britain’s LGBTQ+ community. The yet-unpublished review highlighted the need for further study into […]

Swedish Study Finds Link Between Gambling Disorder & Long-Term Work Leave

December 5, 2023 | By: Robyn McNeil

According to new research out of Sweden, those with gambling addiction have an increased risk of requiring long-term sick leave in the years before and after a problem gambling diagnosis. Published in Psychological Medicine, the study suggests swift detection of gambling addiction can minimize gambling harms. It bears the title: The risk and development of work […]

GambleAware: Review Finds Problem Gambling Severity Index Works, But Could Work Better

November 9, 2023 | By: Robyn McNeil

A new report published by GambleAware found that while the Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI) works, tweaks to its use could make identifying and helping those experiencing gambling harms easier and, potentially, more effective. As a result, GambleAware has urged clinicians, politicians, and treatment services to incorporate the study’s recommendations to ensure people dealing with […]

Researchers Investigate ‘Magic Mushrooms’ as Potential Problem Gambling Aid

October 10, 2023 | By: Robyn McNeil

In a groundbreaking clinical trial, a team of scientists from London Imperial College is investigating the ability of psilocybin, the active ingredient in psychedelic “magic” mushrooms, to treat problem gambling. Beginning early this month, the government-funded study will see neuropharmacological researchers treat a small cohort of five gambling disorder patients with a high dose of […]

BetMGM UK, Chris Rock Join Forces to ‘Make Every Game an Occasion’

September 28, 2023 | By: Robyn McNeil

Six weeks after its initial UK launch, BetMGM has unveiled Chris Rock as its first overseas ambassador. With a nod to the brand’s Vegas and Hollywood connections, the first ad spot features Rock sailing through the Bellagio Fountain to the River Thames in a gold speedboat—with a majestic, yet docile, lion in tow. Over hip-hop-style horns, […]

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