Veiled EGM Jackpots: The Effects of Hidden and Mystery Jackpots on Gambling Intensity

Understanding the impact of EGM Jackpots on gambling intensity may allow targeted strategies to be implemented that facilitate harm minimisation by acting to reduce losses of gamblers who play frequently, while maintaining the enjoyment and excitement of potential jackpots. The current study investigated the influences of Hidden and Mystery Jackpots on EGM gambling intensity. In a Hidden Jackpot, the prize value is not shown to the player, although the existence of a jackpot prize is advertised. In a Mystery Jackpot, the jackpot triggering state of the machine is unknown to players…

Source: Donaldson, P., Langham, E., Rockloff, M. J., & Browne, M. (2015). Veiled EGM Jackpots: The Effects of Hidden and Mystery Jackpots on Gambling Intensity. Journal of Gambling Studies

House of Cards—An analysis of Macao’s resident support for tourism and casino development

Tourism contribution to Macao’s gross domestic product in 2013 was 86% positioning it as a global leader in terms of reliance on tourism revenues, to which casinos contribute over 90%. Most Macao residents are linked to tourism’s economic success yet this study shows the rapid development has created negative sentiment toward the industry and specifically casinos. While acknowledging economic benefits, this study showed residents were concerned more about traffic congestion, overcrowding, and living costs with a greater wish for improved public transportation and leisure offerings and less casino development emphasis. A tourism development strategy firmly focused on tourism diversification issues was urgently suggested.

Source: McCartney, G., & In, W. L. W. (2015). House of Cards—An analysis of Macao’s resident support for tourism and casino development. Tourism and Hospitality Research,

Impact of Gambling Addiction

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Spouses of problem gamblers suffer from a wide range of symptoms that are consistent with traumatic stress that are scarcely identified and rarely treated. A mixed methods study evaluated spousal symptoms, current spousal interventions, and clinical barriers to spousal symptom treatment. The emotional impact of gambling addiction on spouses was evaluated by National Certified Gambling Counselors through survey and questionnaire. Spousal symptoms were investigated via a quantitative survey, while clinician attitudes, experience, comfort, and interventions were conducted via both a qualitative telephone interview and a quantitative survey. Data obtained from 44 surveys and 6 questionnaires revealed a significant proportion of counselors largely without adequate tools for interventions with spouses, despite results also noting a significantly high prevalence of problematic emotional spousal symptoms including: betrayal, emotional withdrawal, numbing, intense anger, depressed mood, and anxiety, and feeling victimized.

Dye, D. (2015). Impact of Gambling Addiction. International Journal of Trauma Research and Practice, 2(1), 12–20.

Gambling advocacy: lessons from tobacco, alcohol and junk food

Abstract:

Objective: To explore the attitudes and opinions of public health experts in gambling and related unhealthy commodity industries towards the tactics used by the gambling industry to prevent reform and the advocacy responses to these tactics. Methods: In-depth interviews (30–60 minutes) with a convenience sample of 15 public health experts and stakeholders with a public health approach to gambling (n=10), or other unhealthy commodity industries (food, alcohol, tobacco, n=5)…

Thomas, S. L., David, J., Randle, M., Daube, M., & Senior, K. (2015). Gambling advocacy: lessons from tobacco, alcohol and junk food. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, n/a–n/a. http://doi.org/10.1111/1753-6405.12410

The Relationship Between Problem Gambling and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Abstract: Recent studies indicate that treatment-seeking problem gamblers display elevated rates of ADHD and that adolescents who screen positive for ADHD are more likely to engage in gambling, develop gambling problems, and experience a greater severity in gambling problems. This study aimed to (a) compare the prevalence of ADHD in treatment-seeking problem gamblers to the general population; (b) investigate the relationships between ADHD and problem gambling severity, cluster B personality disorders, motor impulsivity, alcohol use, substance use, gender, and age; and (c) investigate the degree to which these factors moderate the relationship between ADHD and problem gambling severity.

Waluk, O. R., Youssef, G. J., & Dowling, N. A. (2015). The Relationship Between Problem Gambling and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Journal of Gambling Studies, 1–14. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10899-015-9564-8
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The use of social media in gambling

The purpose of this project was to identify and describe the availability and promotion of gambling and social casino game opportunities via social media; whether there has been a transition between social casino game play and gambling; and the potential for social media to be used to promote responsible gambling…

Link to PDF: Gainsbury, S. M., King, D., Delfabbro, P., Hing, N., Russell, A., Blaszczynski, A., & Derevensky, J. (2015). The use of social media in gambling. Lismore, NSW, Australia: Centre for Gambling Education & Research, Southern Cross University.