Implications of the Emerging Trends in Gambling

| June 22, 2017

Don Feeney & Julie Hynes

July 21, 2017

From Facebook app requests to Pokémon Go coins, opportunities to “level up” or gain game
advantages are all around us and moving fast (in fact, moving so fast that this very abstract will
be outdated by the time you read it!). In this workshop, we’ll discuss the latest trends on social
and online gaming, how these games often very artfully dodge gambling laws, as well as concerns
and considerations from the prevention profession.

Slide Deck: The Reality on Fantasy Sports





A few key resources in the news on esports and daily fantasy sports to watch/read and share:

How a 16-year-old gamer turned into a compulsive gambler  (ESPN, 1/20/17)
Virtual weapons are turning teen gamers into serious gamblers (Bloomberg, 4/20/16)

“The Fantasy Sports Gamble,“ (PBS FRONTLINE, 2/9/16)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Daily Fantasy Sports,” 11/15/15

Key Research & References:

(Additional references are directly linked in the slide deck above)

“Kids who play simulated gambling games more likely to become problem gamblers later in life” . (Australian Gambling Research Centre, April 2016)

Calado, F., Alexandre, J. & Griffiths, M.D. (2014). Mom, Dad it’s only a game! Perceived gambling and gaming behaviors among adolescents and young adults: An exploratory study. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 12, 772-794. —

“Kids who play simulated gambling games more likely to become problem gamblers later in life” . (Australian Gambling Research Centre, April 2016)

Gainsbury, S.M. Hing, N., Delfabbro, P., Dewar, G., & King, D.L. (2015). An exploratory study of interrelationships between social casino gaming, gambling, and problem gambling. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 13, 136-153. —

Harris, A., & Griffiths, M.D. (2017, March). A critical review of the harm-minimisation tools available for electronic gambling. Journal of Gambling Studies, 33, 187-221.

Kim, H.S., Wohl, M, J.A., Salmon, M.M., Gupta, R., & Derevensky, J. (2015). Do social casino gamers migrate to online gambling? An assessment of migration rate and potential predictors. . Journal of Gambling Studies, 31, 1819-1831. —

Electronic Gaming Addiction Resources:

From gamer in recovery, Cameron Adair:

A Final Word:

Those who follow behavioral and public health fields will see the main concern is that of addiction. The National Council on Problem Gambling released a resolution on fantasy sports in October 2015. The statement lists that the Council “believes fantasy sports contest participants are at high risk to, and do, develop gambling problems.” It also calls on fantasy sports companies use the Council’s GRADE consumer protection guidelines, as well as talk about the risks of problem gambling as related to their contest offerings.

Some of the issues with gambling (and gaming) addiction involve:

  • Isolation
  • Preoccupation with the behavior
  • Needing to do it more often, and with increasing amounts
  • Lying or concealing behavior
  • Withdrawing from other activities
  • And others– check out a full list here.

If you know someone who might be obsessed with their fantasy games or exhibits other signs of a gambling problem,  know that there is help. In Oregon, the 24-hour helpline for gambling problems is 1-877-MY-LIMIT (online chat is available also at In other areas of the U.S., people can call or text the nationwide 24-hour helpline, 1-800-522-4700.

We don’t know whether the future will hold, given the sheer amount of money involved, we’re not likely to see a fantasy finale anytime soon.



Category: Problem Gambling

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