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West Virginia Responsible Gaming and Research Act Would Require Gambling Operators to Share Data With Researchers

February 13, 2024 | By: Alex Weldon

West Virginia is considering legislation that would compel gambling operators to share data with academics for responsible gaming research purposes. It’s a move that harm reduction advocates have been calling for, and the Mountain State now has a chance to lead the way. HB5668 appeared in the House on Feb. 13, aiming to create the West Virginia Responsible […]

Michigan Gaming Control Board Replaces State Helpline With National Standard 1-800-GAMBLER

February 12, 2024 | By: Chav Vasilev

The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) has announced that it is replacing its in-state Problem Gambling Hotline with the National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-GAMBLER. Operated by the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), 1-800-GAMBLER is the world’s largest problem gambling helpline, as measured by call volume and coverage area. In just over a year of […]

Opinion: How We Write About Problem Gambling Matters

February 5, 2024 | By: Robyn McNeil

As journalists and editors, the language we use to tell the stories we share matters. For those who write about the gambling industry, it’s time we interrogate how our words may impart more meaning and harm than intended. At least, that was my takeaway after attending How We Speak Matters: Undoing Stigmatizing Language, the 2024 […]

Gambling Could Pose Additional Risks For People Suffering From Long COVID

February 1, 2024 | By: Derek Helling

New research into long COVID suggests impacts on brain chemistry that could put gamblers at increased risk of problematic behavior patterns. The science of COVID-19 is still in its infancy, and the medical community is still uncertain about many things. These include why some people continue to suffer the effects of a COVID-19 infection for […]

Who Spends the Most on Gambling? — High-Income Millennials Dominate US Market, Says TransUnion Study

February 1, 2024 | By: Robyn McNeil

Despite a dip in overall betting activity, high-income millennials dominated US gambling spend as 2023 came to an end. However, according to TransUnion’s (TU) latest US Gaming Report, rising debt and the return of student loan payments could indicate coming headwinds. “We continue to see the relationship between consumer liquidity and the industry,” Declan Raines, […]

FanDuel and Operation Hope Offer Free Financial Literacy Counseling for MA Residents

January 26, 2024 | By: Chav Vasilev

FanDuel Group and Operation Hope have teamed up to promote financial literacy and offer Massachusetts residents free financial counseling. Teaming up with the non-profit organization is part of FanDuel’s efforts to demonstrate its commitment to responsible gaming (RG). Through the partnership, Massachusetts residents can access Financial Wellbeing Coaches from the financial literacy organization’s Hope Inside […]

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 […]

GRIT Act Proposes Dedicated Federal Funding for Gambling Harm Prevention, Treatment, and Research

January 17, 2024 | By: Robyn McNeil

New legislation introduced last week, the Gambling Addiction, Recovery, Investment, and Treatment (GRIT) Act, earmarks funding for the treatment, prevention, and study of gambling addiction in the United States. If passed, the bill, backed by House Representative Andrea Salinas (OR) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), will establish dedicated federal funding for gambling addiction for the […]

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