Sports betting: keeping the game in gaming

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Ms Janine Robinson
Advanced Practice Clinician/Educator, Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Presentation given on 23 May 2011 at "The New Game: Emerging technology and responsible gambling" forum hosted by the Victorian Government's Office of Gaming and Racing as part of Responsible Gambling Awareness Week 2011.

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  • Highlight tooltips: Anonymity encouraged Every drop down menu includes option “I’d rather not say”
  • Shows dashboard which quickly allows people to enter in an urge, view their profile or their ‘reports’ Reports are basically showing users in a visual way what their top four entered items are from their inputs.
  • Sample screen shots of mobile app. Drop down list of items shown for quick selection. Custom option fields allow for unique data inputs.
  • Shows more input fields
  • Most importantly for our users, shows patterns and reports.
  • Sports betting: keeping the game in gaming

    1. 1. Janine Robinson Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Sports betting: keeping the game in gaming
    2. 2. Sports betting: Keeping the game in gaming
    3. 3. In Ontario, Canada <ul><li>Unique funding structure: 2% slots </li></ul><ul><li>Ontario PG Helpline </li></ul><ul><li>Prevention: Responsible Gambling Council </li></ul><ul><li>Research: Ont Problem Gambling Research Centre </li></ul><ul><li>Clinical programs and education: PGIO </li></ul><ul><li>Consultants to gaming industry; e.g. RG training </li></ul>
    4. 4. Coming up <ul><li>Ontario government sponsoring online gambling (expected next year) </li></ul><ul><li>Sports betting laws to change(?) </li></ul><ul><li>PGIO to provide online counselling </li></ul><ul><li>And a suite of virtual self-help tools </li></ul>
    5. 5. Ontario adults <ul><li>Low prevalence of PG on sports </li></ul><ul><li>Currently no legal online sports betting </li></ul><ul><li>No single-bet sports betting </li></ul><ul><li>Government-operated/owned “Pro-line” </li></ul><ul><li>Pools 4.2% and lotteries 4.3 most common </li></ul><ul><li>Bookies: .4% (illegal) </li></ul>
    6. 6. Ontario youth <ul><li>Sports betting is a huge issue and problem </li></ul><ul><li>Sports betting most common activity </li></ul><ul><li>Online the least common (growing?) </li></ul><ul><li>29,000 students have PG </li></ul><ul><li>PG prevalence: 2.8% </li></ul><ul><li>Youth with PG have concurrent issues </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (2011) </li></ul></ul></ul>
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    8. 8. This involves multiple lenses <ul><li>The player at various stages of gambling </li></ul><ul><ul><li>low risk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>moderate risk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>problematic </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The actual product safety/integrity </li></ul><ul><li>The gambling environment </li></ul>
    9. 9. In Victoria <ul><li>Codes of conduct </li></ul><ul><li>Betting oversight: VCGR </li></ul><ul><li>Industry voluntary measures; e.g. betcare </li></ul><ul><li>www.gamblinghelponline.org.au </li></ul>
    10. 10. Sport (betting) is unique <ul><li>Strong cultural value </li></ul>
    11. 11. Sport has strong cultural meanings
    12. 12. Local, regional, national and international
    13. 13. Sport has strong identity meanings
    14. 14. Being or “becoming” Australian
    15. 15. Sports connects us to history
    16. 16. Sports connects us to history
    17. 17. Role Models
    18. 18. Role models?
    19. 19. Positive values: Perserverance
    20. 20. Sports can be joyful
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    22. 22. The Underdog
    23. 23. Sportsmanship and teamwork
    24. 24. Sportsmanship
    25. 25. Who is Responsible for RG? bettor provider regulator
    26. 26. Who is Responsible for RG? bettor <ul><li>Assumes individual responsibility/ability </li></ul><ul><li>Can = moral weakness approach </li></ul><ul><li>Blaming </li></ul>
    27. 27. Who is Responsible for RG? regulator <ul><li>Public health mandate </li></ul><ul><li>Distribute taxes </li></ul><ul><li>Provide protection for most vulnerable </li></ul><ul><li>Detractors: “nanny state” </li></ul>
    28. 28. Who is Responsible for RG? provider <ul><li>Competing demands: </li></ul><ul><li>marketing, promotion, revenue and RG </li></ul><ul><li>RG affects the bottom line </li></ul>
    29. 29. All essential to a culture of RG bettor provider regulator
    30. 30. RG can reduce future incidence of PG <ul><li>But does not provide the solution to PG </li></ul><ul><li>Some people cannot succeed in practicing the public health messages </li></ul><ul><li>These people need secondary and tertiary care; i.e. accessible professional PG treatment </li></ul><ul><li>Government, industry and treatment must work together </li></ul>
    31. 31. Forecasting <ul><li>Online and single-sports betting in Ontario </li></ul><ul><li>Online environment attractive to educated males </li></ul><ul><li>Prevention messages about odds/point spread </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping the game in gaming </li></ul>
    32. 32. Virtual self-help tools <ul><li>Professional, confidential and free </li></ul><ul><li>Accessible </li></ul><ul><li>Technologically cutting-edge </li></ul><ul><li>Targeted </li></ul>
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    34. 34. Gambling quiz (Problem gambling severity index)
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    41. 41. Going forward <ul><li>Utilising the technology </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration among the sectors </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping the common goals in mind </li></ul><ul><li>Adapting approaches from other jurisdictions </li></ul>
    42. 42. Let’s Keep the game in gaming: Janine_Robinson@camh.net

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