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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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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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