Special volume: Keeping chance in its place: The socio-legal regulation of gambling [open-access journal issue: Journal of Law and Social Policy]


Keeping Chance in Its Place: The Socio-Legal Regulation of Gambling / Kate Bedford, Donal Casey, and Alexandra Flynn PDF

Regulation and Resistance in Canadian Bingo Halls: A Socio-Legal Account / Kate Bedford PDF

Risk, Charity, and Boundary Disputes: The Liberalisation and Commercialisation of Online Bingo in the European Union / Donal Casey PDF

Law, Judges and Authorized Gambling in Italy: A Tale of Contradictions / Nadia Coggiola PDF

A Tale of Two Casinos: Unequal Spaces of Local Governance / Alexandra Flynn PDF

Online Gambling, Regulation, and Risks: A Comparison of Gambling Policies in Finland and the Netherlands / Alan Littler and Johanna Järvinen-Tassopoulos PDF

Beyond the Figure of the Problem Gambler: Locating Race and Sovereignty Struggles in Everyday Cultural Spaces of Gambling / Fiona Nicoll PDF

All About That Place: The Curious Case of Bingo Liberalisation in Brazil / Toni Williams PDF

Voices and Perspectives

First Nations Gaming in Canada: Gauging Past and Ongoing Development / Yale Belanger PDF

Fifty Years of Legal Gambling in Canada: So What? / Colin S. Campbell PDF

Playing Bingo with Mum – and Dad! / Ruth Cherrington PDF

Ongoing Debates about Gambling Regulation In Brazil: Between Current News and Prospective Laws, An Uncertain Future Ahead / Maria Luiza Kurban Jobim PDF

“I’ve always been outspoken on what I think can be improved”: An Interview with Dr. Garry J. Smith / Fiona Nicoll and Mark R. Johnson PDF

Citation: Bedford, K., Casey, C., & Flynn, A. (Eds). (2018). Keeping Chance in Its Place: The Socio-Legal Regulation of Gambling [Special Volume]. Journal of Law and Social Policy, 30.


Prevalence of youth gambling and potential influence of substance use and other risk factors across 33 European countries: First results from the 2015 ESPAD study [subscription access article]

(2018) Prevalence of youth gambling and potential influence of substance use and other risk factors across 33 European countries: First results from the 2015 ESPAD study. Addiction, doi: 10.1111/add.14275. Full citation

Abstract: Although generally prohibited by national regulations, underage gambling has become popular in Europe, with relevant cross‐country prevalence variability. This study aimed to estimate the prevalence of underage gambling in Europe stratified by type of game and on‐line/off‐line mode and to examine the association with individual and family characteristics and substance use. Read more

Compliance in gambling advertising across Europe, with a focus on the Romanian market [open access article]

Simion Cosmina and Dumitru Alina. Gaming Law Review (2018) http://doi.org/10.1089/glr2.2018.2242

Abstract: Gambling advertising continues to be a contentious sector in various jurisdictions across Europe, especially at a time when technological advances have made gambling easier and more accessible to players (as Internet usage is nowhere near saturation point worldwide). In this context and in such a highly competitive market, where operators are developing more captivating, varied, and state‐of‐the‐art virtual gambling opportunities to seduce an ever‐growing market, there are voices which claim advertising is a possible stimulus to increased gambling and, therefore, a contributor to problem gambling. This is by no means new, as gambling advertising has always been a sensitive subject, taking into account the need to ensure prevention of gambling addiction and limit potential social implications that gambling could have on minors and other vulnerable people. Read full article

Gambling among European professional athletes. Prevalence and associated factors

Background: In Europe, the prevalence of gambling disorders in the general population ranges from 0.15% to 6.6%. Professional Athletes (PAs) are known for having risk factors for addictive behaviors, such as young age or sensation seeking, though no study has yet tried to evaluate the prevalence of gambling and gambling disorders among this specific population. Objective: To estimate the prevalence of gambling, problematic or not, amongst European PAs. To explore the factors that are associated with gambling practice and gambling problems in PAs. Methods: A self-completion questionnaire was specifically designed for this study. The questionnaires were distributed by European Union Athletes to professional ice hockey, rugby, handball, basketball, football, indoor football, volleyball and cricket teams in Spain, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, and the UK. Socio-demographic variables (age, sex, education, marital and parental status, sport, country of birth, and country of practice), variables linked to gambling (gambling habits, screening of gambling problems with the Lie/Bet questionnaire and gambling related cognitions) and impulsive behavior data (UPPS-Short Form questionnaire) were gathered. Results: 1,236 questionnaires were filled out. The percentage of PAs that had gambled at least once during the previous year was 56.6%. The prevalence of problem gambling, current or past, was 8.2%. A certain number of variables were associated with the gambling status. In particular, betting on one’s own team (OR = 4.1, CI95% [1.5–11.5]), betting online (OR = 2.9, CI95% [1.6–5.4]), gambling regularly (OR = 4.0, CI95% [2.1–7.6]) and having a high positive urgency score (OR = 1.5, CI95% [1.3–1.7]) were associated with gambling problems, current or past, among PAs. Conclusion: PAs are particularly exposed to both gambling and problem gambling.