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Gambling Problems Can Be Detected from Online Behaviour

Gambling Problems Can Be Detected from Online Behaviour

Researchers into gambling problems are beginning to believe that given enough gambling data on individuals they will be able to tell when a problem is forming and introduce steps to help prevent it.

Gambling Problems Can Be Detected from Online Behaviour

A Canadian research firm believes it can identify the beginnings of problem gambling from a player’s behaviour at online casinos.

Tony Schellinck, the co-founder of Focal Research Consultants Ltd, claims that he can detect as many as 80% of at-risk gamblers.

Schellinck said that the algorithms vary and that they involve as many as 800 variables.

Schellinck carried out his research on loyalty-card data he acquired from casinos beginning in the late 90s and discovered that those at risk often have a favourite game and don’t stop when they have just a small win or loss.

The system was used for seven years by two government operated casinos in Saskatchewan, Canada, and the system found around 2,900 individuals with issues in 2012 out of the casino’s 70,000 players. After a problem was found the casino staff were alerted and could then intervene with the gambler.

The data available from online gamblers is vast and operators are beginning to incorporate tools into their sites to help players who are showing signs of problem gambling.

As the COO of 888, Itai Frieberger, said, “There’s a very strong negative business agenda attached to problem gamblers. It’s bad for our reputation and bad for business.”

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With a background in game development spanning 8 years, Sam Peterson is OCA’s leading authority in the world of online gaming. His focuses include new releases and gaming providers.