Category Archives: Profits from Gambling Addicts

Casino data can be used to spot and prevent problem gambling

According to this article from The Wall Street Journal, the same data casinos use to track customers’ gambling habits can be used to actually help gambling addicts. According to the article, “A group of addiction scientists and industry consultants say they …

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Report shows staggering costs of problem gambling

This report, by The Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission, estimates the cost of problem gambling to be as high as $2.8 billion in Victoria, Australia. Excess gambling by problem gamblers accounts for up to $1.4 billion of this, with the …

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Addicts make up nearly 50% of Alberta’s gambling revenue

A study from the University of Lethbridge shows that in Alberta, the Canadian province that gets the most revenue from gambling, addicts fund nearly half of the gambling profits. This is especially astounding, considering gambling addicts make up only 2-3% …

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Why It’s Time to Disrupt the “Business as Usual” Approach to the Government Policy of Predatory Gambling

This MUST-READ report by Charles Livingstone and Richard Woolley provides what may be the best analysis about how almost 100% of the responsibility for problem gambling is placed on the backs of the afflicted citizens. Predatory gambling operators and the …

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Problem Gamblers Can’t Judge the Cost of Electronic Gambling Machines

According to the Australian Productivity Commission, people often underestimate how much people spend on various items, like transportation, clothing, etc. “For gambling, if we say we have spent $100, on average we have really spent $735. Then there are the …

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Predatory Gambling & Addiction in Rhode Island

Dr. Bob Breen, a psychiatrist from Rhode Island Hospital, wrote a letter in March 2011 to Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee explaining that 50% of the state’s gambling revenue comes from addicts and warning that allowing table games would create …

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Montana Gambling Study Commission Report

This report prepared by the University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research for Montana Gambling Study Commission found that gambling addicts account for 36% of video gambling revenues. Montana Gambling Study Commission Report 1 Montana Gambling Study Commission …

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Australia’s National Gambling Report 1999

According to this report prepared by the Productivity Commission of Australia, it is estimated that severe and moderate problem gamblers made up only 4.7% of the population, but contribute 33% of net gambling revenues and 42.4% of gambling machine revenue. …

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Australian Government Study Reveals Up to 75 percent of Total Machine Losses Are Paid By Moderate and High Risk Problem Gamblers

This 2010 report from the Productivity Commission of Australia (the Australian Government’s independent research and advisory body) provides an in-depth analysis of the effects of the predatory gambling industry on the nation. Gambling, and specifically “pokies” or video slot machines, …

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Northern Territory Gambling Prevalence Survey

This study by the School for Social and Policy Research at Charles Darwin University found that 43% of gambling machine revenue derived from problem players. Northern Territory Gambling Prevalence Survey

Survey of the Nature and Extent of Gambling and Problem Gambling in the Australian Capital Territory

This study by Australian Institute for Gambling Research and the University of West Sydney reported that 48% of gambling machine revenue and 37% of all commercial gambling revenue was attributable to problem gamblers. Survey of the Nature and Extent of …

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Costs and Treatment of Pathological Gambling

This study by Henry Lesieur from the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences found that pathological and problem gamblers account for an average of 30.4 percent of total gambling expenditures in the four U.S. states and …

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Nova Scotia Video Lottery Players’ Survey

This study by the Nova Scotia Department of Health found that only 4% of net gambling machine (or so-called “video lottery”) revenue was derived from “casual” players, even though they comprise 75% of players. Meanwhile, 96% of the revenue was …

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The Demographic Sources of Ontario Gambling Revenue

This report prepared for the Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre found that 60% of machine revenue was derived from problem gamblers and that 35% of total gambling revenue was derived from moderate and severe problem gamblers. The Demographic Sources of …

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