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APRIL 18-20, 2017
Toronto Marriott Downtown
Eaton Centre Hotel

Win or Lose—The Latest in Limit Setting

Thursday, April 20, 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Ballroom C&D

As a risk reduction tool, perhaps nothing is more intuitive, or appealing, than limit setting. It’s not surprising, then, that it’s been intensely researched, and variously applied, for decades. The variations in execution (mandatory vs. voluntary, time vs. money, etc.) seem almost limitless.

What does the latest data reveal? And, where are we headed next? Hear leading experts examine specific limit setting approaches, including global loss limits and specifically online approaches. Explore intriguing new research about the potential benefit of win limits.

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Bjørn Helge Hoffman, M.Sc.

Norsk Tipping

Bjørn Hoffmann is one of the architects behind Norsk Tipping’s Player Card and ID solution. Bjørn is head of Norsk Tipping’s responsible gambling work and has had a leading role in developing the responsible gambling platform and mandatory loss limits.

Lia Nower, Ph.D.

Center for Gambling Studies, Rutgers University

Lia Nower is a professor and Director of the Center for Gambling Studies at Rutgers University. Her research focuses on the etiology and treatment of problem and pathological gambling and co-morbid addictive disorders and gambling-related policy issues. She is Co-Editor of International Gambling Studies and a member of the legislative and research boards and a clinical supervisor for the National Council on Problem Gambling in Washington D.C.  

A former criminal prosecutor, she serves as a forensic consultant in state and federal court cases involving gambling-related crimes. Current research includes developing a sub-group specific screening instrument for problem gamblers, exploring risk and resiliency factors among youth gamblers, and developing diversion programs for individuals charged with gambling-related crimes.

Doug Walker, Ph.D.

College of Charleston

Doug Walker is a professor of economics at the College of Charleston, in South Carolina. He also operates a small consulting firm, Casinonomics Consulting, LLC. During his sabbatical in fall 2014, he was a visiting professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the Cambridge Health Alliance, Division on Addiction, in Cambridge, MA.

Recognized as one of the world’s top experts on the socioeconomic impacts of casino gambling, Ian's latest book, published in 2013, is titled Casinonomics: The Socioeconomic Impacts of the Casino Industry. Doug has served as a consultant for a variety of industry and research organizations, as well as governments.


Judith Glynn, M.Sc.

Strategic Science
Judith Glynn is Principal, Strategic Science, providing social responsibility consulting in gambling, obesity and substance abuse. Judith has 25+ years experience spanning public policy, scientific research, and marketing/communications, with 18 years dedicated to the gambling field. She is advisor to Machines Research Oversight Panel, and Asia Pacific Association for Gambling Studies.