Aims and objectives:
This report forms part of the Responsible Gambling Trust’s research programme into machines in bookmakers. The aim of that programme is to look at whether industry-held data from machines can be used to identify harmful patterns of play. As a first step, this report aimed to document a range of patterns or behaviours which may indicate that an individual is playing in a harmful way and to briefly assess the evidence base supporting these. A secondary objective was that once these ‘markers’ were identified they should be tested against industry data to see if these patterns or markers are actually evident in industry data: this process is documented separately in Report 3 of the machines research programme (see Excell et al, 2014).