AGRI Banff Conference on Internet Gambling

Published Monday, March 23, 2009 -

We will learn a great deal from the academics researching our latest past time. Online gambling is in the news a lot around the globe these days. Everything is in limbo in the U.S.A., Europe is trying to sort out it's monopoly problems, and Asia is feeling the winds of change in a more connected world. The next conference to bring people who study these things will take place this March 26, through 28, 2009 at The Banff Centre, in beautiful Banff, Alberta, Canada. A relaxing and intimate setting in the majestic Canadian Rockies. It will bring an international focus to bear on the topics and be of interest to educators, policy makers, regulators, and researchers.

The Alberta Gaming Research Institute and the University of Lethbridge are co-sponsoring the eighth in a series of special interest conferences in the area of gambling studies. This conference will discuss the latest research on the prevalence and patterns of online gambling around the world. Bringing together various researchers on the subject they will also talk about findings regarding regulatory approaches used in different countries; the experience of jurisdictions currently providing online gambling; lessons learned from online stock market trading; concerns with and potential remedies to the issues/problems associated with online gambling; pros and cons of different policy options; online treatment for problem gambling; and poker bots.

Dr. Robert Williams Professor, School of Health Sciences & Coordinator, Alberta Gaming Research Institute will moderate the first discussion group "Setting the Stage: History, Current Worldwide Situation, Regulatory Frameworks, and Concerns with Internet Gambling"

Dr. Rob Wood Associate Professor Department of Sociology University of Lethbridge, Alberta Canada will provide information on "Internet Gambling In Comparative Perspective: Patterns, Problems, and Policy Options"

Jonathan Parke, Lecturer, Salford Business School, University of Salford, Greater Manchester United Kingdom will present "An Exploratory Investigation into the Attitudes and Behaviours of Online Casino and Poker Players"

Studies like these provide the tools operators and policy makers will need to find their way in the challenging world of online gambling.

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