Gambling problem indicators
Direct effects related to a gambling problem (anger and risk seeking behavior) are often invisible to the online gambler’s environment. Once the indirect effects (neglect of personal- and professional environment) appear, the problem has often already caused significant damage and requires professional care.
However, the player’s direct contact (the online supplier of games of chance) has much more information -that could detect a gambling problem- than land-based suppliers. But they have a conflict of interest since the problem gamblers are their biggest source of revenue.
The main indicators of problematic gambling is a change in the player’s gaming activity. Placing bigger bets and playing for longer durations are often methods used to either “make up for losses” or “benefit from a winning streak”.
Combining these indicators with absolute boundaries (time and money) set by the player before they have lost a dime, will make up for a powerful tool to detect problematic behavior and cut-off gambling addiction prematurely.
Relatively simple statistical models can estimate the riskiness of the player’s behavior and start procedures that act risk-dependent; From notifying the player about his change in behavior or informing the player about the cause and effects of gambling behavior in case of low risk, to setting strict limitations or even temporary- or permanent exclusion in case of high risk.
Gambling can be both exciting and relaxing but it has its downsides. By installing best practices for preventing addiction, gambling can remain to be a great source of entertainment!