Each year, Australians lose up to an estimated $400 million betting on illegal offshore gambling websites, although use of offshore sites is difficult to track. Many of these sites are unregulated, and have the potential to defraud customers and put them at risk of harm.
Associate Professor Sally Gainsbury, Director of the Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic in the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney speaks to Asia Gaming Brief Asia Editor Felix Ng about two of her latest research projects into how behavioral science can be used to steer punters away from illegal online gambling sites.
There has been no major change in those experiencing gambling problems since the Covid-19 pandemic, with a short-term improvement during the closures not persisting once venues reopened, according to a study by the University of Sydney.
*By Sally Gainsbury & Alex Blaszczynski The shutdown of gambling venues due to Covid-19 may have driven people at-risk of addiction to increased online gambling and experience harm, although for others it may have created a relief from the constant access of problematic pokies. As venues begin to reopen and sporting events resume, governments and […]
Responsible gaming researcher Sally Gainsbury is preparing to launch a research study on the impact of COVID-19 on gambling in Australia. The research aims to investigate the impact of the coronavirus shutdown on gambling participation and the experience of gambling problems in Australia. It builds on research conducted earlier in 2019 which found that debt […]
More than 25 percent of Australian online gamblers are users of illegal offshore gambling sites, and are more likely to be problem gamblers, according to a recent study. The study aimed at looking at online gamblers in Australia using offshore sites compared to those using only domestically licensed sites – looking at factors influencing site […]
With the average social slots player over 40 years of age, social gaming isn’t just for the young generation, says the chief executive of Club8casino at an international regulators conference on Tuesday. “It’s not just millennials,” said Michael McCarthy, speaking at the IAGR conference during a discussion on ‘Social gaming and the convergence of gambling […]
When it comes to gambling, Australians are the world’s biggest losers. Based on average losses, in 2017 every person lost the equivalent of AU$1,000.
Technology is changing the way that people gamble, in terms of their gambling experience, how they interact with operators in venues and online, and how gambling operators and regulators monitor and respond to customers. From a regulatory and corporate social responsibility perspective, it is important to clarify the risks associated with new technology, and how this can be used to minimize and prevent the experience of gambling-related harms. With disruptive technologies comes the need for a disruptive approach to problem gambling.by Dr. Sally Gainsbury,Deputy Director, Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic, The University of Sydney