U.K.Responsible Gambling Strategy Board to Use 'Mini-Screen'

Published Thursday, May 03, 2012 - Online-Casinos.com

In the regulated online gambling industry there are few controlling bodies that have as much experience and success as that of the Gambling Commission in the United Kingdom. The Commission has been maintaining the fairness and safety of those who want to participate in wagering for many years now.

The Commission even goes as far back as the days when only royalty or the privileged could wager or bet. In everyone’s best interest the U.K. Gambling Commission has been collecting data and statistics on the general population to determine trends and modify their restrictions and programs accordingly. Not so long ago during 2009 and 2010 the Commission attempted to include a screening process for problem gambling in an omnibus survey conducted via the telephone. Full problem gambling screens and a ‘mini-screen’ were applied to the survey. The mini screen was an experiment to see if a less costly method could be applied to determine if a problem gambling issue did exist and to account for the possibility of such a trend among the general populous.

Dr Rachel Volberg of Gemini Research and Professor Robert Williams from the University of Lethbridge were charged in the undertaking of the analysis of the data, report on their findings, and make recommendations on any future actions the Commission should undertake. The aim of this project was to provide the U.K. Gambling Commission, and stakeholders, with a view on the feasibility and suitability of including these data research methods. The results will inform and support the wider work currently being undertaken by the Gambling Commission and the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board on future approaches to collecting gambling data in a British context. The Commission will based on the report continue to seek data on adult behaviours with regards to problem gambling to be carried out four times in 2012. It is assumed that online gambling participation is enquired about during the omnibus survey, but this has not been confirmed.

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