Contextualising machine gambling characteristics by location: A spatial investigation of machines in bookmakers using industry data

Abstract

This study is funded and commissioned by the Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT). A key task of this research was to assess the potential to use new data made available by the gambling industry, to examine current trends in machine gambling (previously referred to as Fixed Odds Betting Terminals or Machines), in Licensed Betting Offices (LBOs) in Great Britain. This is a small contextual study to describe the characteristics of locations associated with gambling machine play. We present some key geographic patterns of machine play by the location of LBOs and players, and where the data allows suggest relationships between the two. The results shown are partly driven by the nature and suitability of the data available, including LBO locations and machine session data from 5 major high street operators.

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