Online Gambling Using Technology to Stem Problem Betting

Published Sunday, November 23, 2014 -
Online Gambling Using Technology to Stem Problem Betting

Technology combined with concern for the well fair of gamblers on the internet has been a means by which problem gambling is predicted and possibly prevented. The many studies conducted by universities and governments have concluded there are signs that indicate problem issues emerging offering early warning patterns which could result in helpful programs for those in need. The noted Harvard Medical School in America recently told Reuters about their program involving  ten years of research by five scientists who with the help of online gambling firm Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment attempt to develop an algorithm capable of identifying gambling addiction. Bwin has been conducting trials using the algorithm on one of its websites since September 2014.

Howard Shaffer, addiction division director and Psychiatry Professor at Harvard Medical School said, "The research has identified the behaviours associated with gambling problems and then identified what the predictors are," The trial involving 3,000 users employed information from win-loss responses to average stakes, total spending and gambling frequency. The revealing of behavioural changes associated with problem gambling engages interventions ranging from generic warning messages to contact from professional personnel to discuss behaviour and available remedies. These include restrictions on play as well as drastic intervention such as account closures and charity referrals.

The government in the United Kingdom are become more aware of the toll the increased attention to online gambling and betting in general has taken on the population and has made policies that requires  the operators to do more to instil responsible gambling habits and offer help. William Hill and Ladbrokes, are also working on similar algorithm strategies, while the latter plans to link executive pay to targets on responsible gambling. Gala Coral and Paddy Power are alsolooking to control their activities more responsibly with regard to advertizing and the offering of preventive measures.

Dirk Hansen, CEO at gambling addiction support group GamCare commented to Reuters news, "Obviously, it is a challenge for companies who are trying to make money; they wouldn't want to do things that would be overly restrictive of their consumers,"




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