PROBLEM GAMBLING DECLINES IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
04th February, 2015 at 03:37:27
But on the rise in 18 to 24 age group despite it being the group least likely to gamble.
A report released by the British Columbia Government shows problem gambling
on the decline.
3058 people were interviewed via online and telephone surveys in the 2014 B.C. Problem Gambling Prevalence Study which estimated 125,000 (3.3 percent) problem gamblers compared to 159,000 (4.6 percent) in 2008.
Although young adults 18 to 24 years of age were the least likely age group to gamble, they were most likely to experience problem gambling relative to other age groups.
Among 18-to-24-year-olds, 7.3% were classified as problem gamblers, and 18.4% were classified as at-risk/problem gamblers.
In light of the results, the B.C. government plans to step up its efforts in addressing the risks of gambling focusing on four main themes: problem gambling prevention among youth, encouraging responsible gambling, problem gambling treatment, and research.
Other initiatives will include the addition of a customised responsible gambling messaging on PlayNow.com, B.C. Lottery Corporation's online gaming portal as online gambling grew from 2% in 2002 to 4% in 2014.
The Government will also invest in research to understand problem gambling among online players and to determine the impact of reducing high-risk features on electronic gaming machines.
The Centre for Gambling Research at the University of British Columbia will receive $2 million in funding over five years to monitor and address these issues.
Health Minister Terry Lake commenting on the report said: The research commitments in this plan will shed new light on the health impacts of electronic gaming machines, on-line gambling and the connection between problem gambling, substance abuse and mental health. We can use that information to improve our prevention and treatment programs.
MICROGAMING'S PEGASUS GAMING SOLUTIONS LAUNCHED
Comprises a team of B2C experts focused on driving and growing business.
Isle-of-Man online gambling software and content provider Microgaming has launched its latest solution targeted at launching offline businesses online and improving the results of existing online casinos through strategic planning and actions built on data analysis.
Pegasus Gaming Solutions, headed up by Lydia Barbara, former head of network games at Microgaming, will work hands-on with operators on a project-by-project basis.
With more and more land-based operators looking to expand online, we recognised that there was a real need in the market for a specialised agency to aid the transition, Barbara commented.
Online expansion isn't a straight-forward task; it requires a particular skill set, one that doesn't always exist in-house. So that's why we created Pegasus. We've put together a team of data-driven B2C gaming experts that can work with any operator to grow their business.
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