Responsible Gambling Council Newscan
Volume 14 | Issue 17
Example of Analytics

Play Analytics – New Tools for Understanding the Dynamics of Problem Play

by Jon Kelly, CEO, Responsible Gambling Council

There are many aspects of online gambling that problem gambling organizations worry about: the appeal to young people, the instant access, and the popularity of online poker. Yet, there are some aspects of online—as well as electronic (i.e., slot machine and VLT)—gambling that provide opportunities to understand problem gambling better and to incorporate safeguards right into the technology. 


Tell us what you think.

How much do you think play analytics will improve our understanding of problem gambling?

lowest 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   highest
Sorry, voting is closed.

(Where 1=not at all and 10=it's a complete game-changer. Only one response per email recipient.)

Featured Research
The Federal Reserve Board

FEDS: Gamblers Have More Debts... and Assets

The Federal Reserve recently released a FEDS (Finance and Economics Series) staff working paper that investigates the consumption and personal finance of gamblers. It shows that gamblers have more debts and more assets than non-gamblers, but that their overall net worth is not higher.

The paper also shows that non-gambling expenditures tend to increase with gambling activities and that gamblers engage in risky behaviours such as smoking and heavy drinking, while paying more out-of-pocket on life and health insurance.


Last Week's Poll Results

Last week, we wanted to know if you think that responsible gambling initiatives reduce gaming revenue. 

Most of you think that, no, responsible gambling initiatives do not reduce profits for the gaming industry.

            Poll Results: RG and Gaming Revenue

DEADLINE: May 18, 2012

Call For Applications: Canadian Consortium For Gambling Reasearch

The Canadian Consortium for Gambling Research (CCGR) is soliciting research applications for the following topic:

  • Development and validation of a gambling participation instrument.

The goal of the research is to develop a validated instrument that measures gambling participation for use in general population surveys. 

DEADLINE: June 1, 2012

Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre (OPGRC) Studentship Awards

Masters and Doctorate awards, as well as the Post-Doctorate fellowship, are available.

The purpose of the Studentship Program is to develop the capacity in Ontario to conduct problem gambling research. OPGRC provides financial support to students who undertake problem gambling research as part of their graduate studies program and show promise for a career in problem gambling research.

Please note that the application requirements and process have been revised since the last solicitation.

DEADLINE: June 22, 2012

Alberta Gambling Research Institute Research Grant Proposals

For the 2012-13 proposal cycle, the following stakeholder identified priorities will receive particular consideration:

  • Internet gambling
  • Indigenous/First Nations gambling
  • Longitudinal follow-up studies
  • Public policy
  • Provision and delivery of effective treatment programs

Proposals on these topics are encouraged but submissions are not restricted to only these topics. Interested applicants should submit the completed application to their respective Research Grants Office contact.


Request For Proposals: Manitoba Gambling Research Program

The Manitoba Gambling Research Program is now accepting proposals and grant applications from across Canada in 2 categories.  

  • Research Grants: Small Grants (up to $50,000). Deadline for submissions is July 16, 2012.
  • Conference Grants (up to $2,000) are accepted year-round.

DEADLINE: August 1, 2012

Call For Papers: First Asia Pacific Conference On Gambling & Commercial Gaming Research

The Asia Pacific Association for Gambling Studies (APAGS) would like to invite you to submit your papers/abstracts for the First Asia Pacific Conference on Gambling & Commercial Gaming Research (APCG2012), which will be held between 5-8 November 2012, in Macao, China.

Research on gambling and commercial gaming from perspectives in the following fields are welcome:

  • psychology
  • law and regulation
  • marketing and management
  • economics
  • public policy
  • medical science
  • ...and others


Call For Applications: MLSYA Data Access Program

As of April 1, 2012, the Manitoba Longitudinal Study of Young Adults (MLSYA) Data Access Program began accepting applications from Manitoba researchers who would like to use this unique dataset for their own research studies.

The MLSYA followed a longitudinal sample (n=679) of 18 to 20 year olds from across Manitoba over a five year period from 2007 to 2011. 

Call for submission

Recent News

May 4, 2012

Problem gambler numbers swell at SkyCity - ONE News

May 4, 2012

Group warns about dangers of wagering too much on Kentucky Derby - Louisville Courier-Journal

May 3, 2012

Former Liberal MLA pleads not guilty in expense scandal case - Metronews

May 3, 2012

Gambling laws on parliament program -

May 2, 2012

Chuck E. Cheese's reportedly agrees to $10 prize limit in Calif. - Pizza Marketplace

May 2, 2012

Fort Erie has 'homework' to do on slots takeover - St. Catharines Standard

May 2, 2012

Macau gambling revenue jumps on new casino opening - Reuters

May 2, 2012

Wynn Resorts gets Macau government approval for Cotai casino development - Winnipeg Free Press

May 1, 2012

Student designs ad on responsible gambling - Mississauga News

May 1, 2012

Hiawatha Slots close - London Free Press

May 1, 2012

Closing day arrives for Slots at Fort Erie - Brantford Expositor

Apr 30, 2012

Sure bet on pokie reform - The Australian

Apr 30, 2012

Point Edward casino privatization taking shape - Petrolia Topic

Apr 30, 2012

OLG Considers Privatization - CKSY Chatham Kents Lite Hits

Apr 29, 2012

At the Poker table, TV magic plays big part - Miami Herald

Apr 29, 2012

Poor communities feed pokies most - New Zealand Herald

Apr 29, 2012

Kahnawake vote rejects casino proposal - CBC

Upcoming Events

May 9-12, 2012

New York Council on Problem Gambling 2012 Annual Problem Gambling Conference 

Albany, New York, USA

May 21, 2012 (12:00-1:30 p.m. Central Time)

Designing a Successful Problem Gambling Prevention Program (Webinar)


June 6-8, 2012

9th Annual Midwest Conference on Problem Gambling & Substance Abuse

Kansas City, Missouri, USA

June 15, 2012 (12:00-1:30 p.m. Central Time)

Youth Gambling: From Research to Practice (Webinar)


July 13-14, 2012

26th National Conference on Problem Gambling

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

September 18, 2012

European Association of Gambling Issues Pre-Conference Workshops

Loutraki, Greece

September 18-21, 2012

9th European Conference on Gambling Studies and Policy Issues 

Loutraki, Greece

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