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Study Finds Motivations Differ for Instant Lottery, Casino Gamblers

May 16, 2024 | By: Robyn McNeil

According to a recent study, casino players tend to have different reasons for gambling than those who buy instant lottery tickets. That’s important because other research has shown that some motivations indicate a higher risk of developing a problem than others. In particular, gambling as a coping mechanism or to escape from stress is a […]

Sibella Accuser Warned of Link Between ‘Real Housewives’ Star & Bookmaker in Ohtani Scandal

May 10, 2024 | By: Robyn McNeil

An ESPN report published on Wednesday revealed “Real Housewives” cast member Ryan Boyajian as the bookmaking associate Ohtani translator Ippei Mizuhara wired money to. Months prior, vigilante gambler and Vegas insider RJ Cipriani (aka Robin Hood 702) had tweeted about the possible connection between the bookmaker, Boyajian, and Resorts World Las Vegas (RWLV). Many of […]

WVU Researcher Seeks to ‘Reverse Engineer’ Slots, Understand Addiction Mechanisms

April 24, 2024 | By: Robyn McNeil

A West Virginia University (WVU) researcher will put slot machines under the microscope in a bid to better understand their addictive features. Mariya Cherkasova of WVU’s Eberly College of Arts and Sciences will spend two years reverse-engineering slot mechanics to demystify the machines’ appeal. “From a public health perspective, there’s a continuum of gambling,” Cherkasova, […]

Shawn Fluharty Waves Off Criticism of West Virginia Data Sharing Bill, Says Original Spirit is Intact

March 25, 2024 | By: Alex Weldon

On March 9, West Virginia became the first state to pass a law requiring gambling operators to share data with academics for research purposes. The version of the bill that made it through the Senate earlier this month bears some significant changes from the original version introduced by House Speaker Roger Hanshaw and Minority Whip […]

SAFE Bet Act: Rep. Tonko Resumes Push for Federal Involvement in Online Gambling

March 21, 2024 | By: Alex Weldon

Paul Tonko, a federal House Representative from New York, has renewed his effort to get the federal government involved in regulated online gambling with a new bill for 2024, the SAFE Bet Act. That acronym—Supporting Affordability and Fairness with Every (Bet)—makes for catchier branding than last year’s BOFA, the Betting on Our Future Act. In terms of spirit, though, […]

More Pennsylvanians Using Text Messages & Online Chat for Problem Gambling Help, 2023 Data Shows

March 18, 2024 | By: Robyn McNeil

Last year, Pennsylvanians increasingly sought problem gambling help via text and online chat, according to data from the Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania (CCGP). CCGP is responsible for promoting and monitoring 1-800-GAMBLER helpline use in the state. Ahead of the release of its annual report, CCGP shared its call data with Bonus and PlayUSA. In addition […]

DraftKings’ Data-Driven RG Empowerment Tool ‘My Stat Sheet’ Met With Cautious Optimism

March 15, 2024 | By: Robyn McNeil

My Stat Sheet, a new tool unveiled by DraftKings to promote responsible gambling, offers players access to personal gaming statistics and insights. Specifically, the new feature allows DraftKings customers to assess, track, and interact with their personalized gaming stats. DraftKings said the tool’s intuitive charts and accompanying information will help “empower players to make data-driven […]

New York Senate Committee Advances Gaming Bills, Including Boost to State Funding for Problem Gambling

March 13, 2024 | By: Robyn McNeil

The New York State Senate’s Racing, Gaming, and Wagering Committee approved a plan to boost state funding for problem gambling treatment, advancing that bill alongside two others related to gaming. All three bills will now proceed to the Senate floor. Committee chair Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. kicked off the Tuesday meeting by acknowledging March […]

Connecticut Report on Gambling Impact Shows Overreliance on Problem Gambling Spend

March 4, 2024 | By: Robyn McNeil

Those at risk of or suffering from gambling addiction account for the lion’s share of gambling revenue, according to worrisome findings by Connecticut’s Department of Mental Health and Addictions Services (DMHAS). The researchers found that the highest-risk segments of gamblers make up less than 7% of the state population yet account for over 70% of Connecticut […]

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