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Monetary Limits Tools for Internet Gamblers

Responsible Gambling Council | Jun 14, 2013

A Review of their Availability, Implementation and Effectiveness Online

Prepared for the Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre, this report suggests that monetary limit-setting features have the potential to help gamblers reduce excessive gambling expenditure, albeit over the long run and in conjunction with other responsible gambling measures that elicit self-reflection (e.g., player history reports, responsible gambling and problem gambling information, pop-up messaging, normative feedback). However, some Internet sites are falling short of this potential in part because monetary limits are seldom promoted on the sites and therefore go unused by players.

This review identified a number of guidelines related to monetary limits to be considered as ways to enhance player protection strategies for Internet gambling sites. This topic was approached from three different perspectives:
  1. A comprehensive literature review of all relevant studies 
  2. A review of 50 gambling sites, focusing specifically on identifying the current practices and tools for setting monetary limits. 
  3. A review of Internet gambling player discussion forums that analyzed discussions related to setting monetary limits, using other non-limit-setting tools, and coping with general gambling-related concerns
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