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Casinos and state lotteries are the most predatory business in America and their windfall is coming at your expense.

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Fair Game: Producing Gambling Research

This extensive and important by the UK’s Rebecca Cassidy details the ways in which gambling research is presently conducted and funded. It also identifies a need for more unbiased reporting. It examines the state of gambling research and how it can be tainted by the influence of money or lawmakers who are supported by the gambling industry.

2014 Fair Game Producing Gambling Research

Researches Bet Casino Data Can Identify Gambling Addicts

Researches now believe that the very data casinos use to track customers betting habits can be used as a tool to reduce the problem of gambling addiction.  Similar to the way geneticists have invented tests to predict cancer risk, addiction scientists can use customer tracking information to create computerized models to spot and warn people with high risk profiles.  But is it merely window dressing, with casinos having little incentive to intervene with their most lucrative customers.

2013 Researchers Bet Casino Data Can Identify Gambling Addicts

He Who Pays the Piper Calls the Tune with Gambling Research

Not surprisingly, a key finding from a team of British anthropologists found academic research into gambling heavily biased, controlled by industry and government.  Gambling researchers maintain funding by producing research that is safe, uncritical and reliably delivered.  What is lacking is the asking of the uncomfortable questions and hearing even more uncomfortable answers, something the government nor gambling industry are inclined to do.

2014 He who pays the piper calls the tune- gambling with research

Tough Luck for Seniors in Casino Land

Seniors often name gambling as their favorite form of entertainment.  Casinos spend millions with marketing incentives for the over-fifty-five crowd, from buffets and wheelchairs to having a supply of adult diapers on hand and even an in-house pharmacy.  As casino gambling continues to spread, we could face a future of more addicted, broke, lifeless seniors.  Is the casino environment for these seniors a mindful connection or mindless escape?

2013 Seniors and Casinos by Amy Ziettlow

 

Big Problems with Gambling Research

With state legislatures across the country considering legalized gambling expansion, the need for unbiased research is crucial.  While other fields, such as alcohol or tobacco rely on academia for fact based evidence, many gambling researches remain beholden to industry funding, resulting in flawed and influenced findings. The research produced by independent studies, while likely more valid, may be perceived as incomplete or inferior due to lack of funds and access to data.

2014 The problem with gambling research

How Casinos Get You to Spend the Most Money

How casinos are layed out, from the positioning of the tables, down to the lighting and carpet patterns, is no accident.  But nothing is more directly related to end-of-the day profits than the strategy of the carefully placed slot machine. With slot revenue now accounting for 85% of profits, the slot machines of today are continuous and uninterrupted, allowing for minimal effort on the players part resulting in maximum financial loss.

2014 Slot-machine science How casinos get you to spend more money

U.S. Treasury Warns Casinos on Sports Betting

Warning of criminal activity such as money laundering, the Treasury Department is urging casinos to take steps to combat illegal sports gambling.   It is reported that currently 80% of global sports betting is illegal, therefore invisible to authorities.  This notice by the Treasure Dept. was issued just prior to the Super Bowl, one of the busiest betting weekends of the year.

2015 US Treasury warns casinos on illegal sports betting

Gambling machines research hijacked by gambling interests

If was confirmed by Gambling Watch UK, that recent research focuses on problem play and problem players rather than on problem products.  The research was conducted by companies having a history of contracts with the gambling industry.  Research conclusions were complicated and muddled, resulting in lack of any corrective action.

2015 Gambling machines research hijacked by the industry

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