The addictiveness of specific gambling games

Abstract

Argues that despite video gambling machines being criticized as one of the most addictive forms of gambling, caution is necessary when associating problem gambling with a particular type of gambling. Analyses gambling and problem gambling data taking into account all forms of gambling engaged in by an individual. Finds that playing neither gambling machines, other than in a casino, nor internet gambling, predict problem gambling. Concludes that problem gambling is probably more related to a gambler's total repertoire than to any particular game. Recommends that the introduction of a casino, with its ability to cater to many gambling tastes, should be considered carefully.

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