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Pekka Sulkunen, Thomas F. Babor, Jenny Cisneros Ornberg, Michael Egerer, Matilda Hellman, Charles Livingstone, Virve Marionneau, Janne Nikkinen, Jim Orford, Robin Room, and Ingeborg Rossow

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198817321

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198817321.001.0001

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The effects of changing availability

The effects of changing availability

Chapter:
(p.87) Chapter 7 The effects of changing availability
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Setting Limits
Author(s):

Pekka Sulkunen

Thomas F. Babor

Jenny Cisneros Örnberg

Michael Egerer

Matilda Hellman

Charles Livingstone

Virve Marionneau

Janne Nikkinen

Jim Orford

Robin Room

Ingeborg Rossow

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198817321.003.0007

Game operators systematically attempt to attract customers and make them spend more money. The availability of gambling in terms of the ease of customers’ access to games influences both the amount of gambling and the problems arising from it. Regulations on game features, controlling access to funds and other inducements, risk awareness tools, exclusion policies, staff training, limit-setting, and marketing restrictions have been proposed as methods to counteract the effect of ready availability. In policy terms, efforts to regulate availability are usually combined with rules on game features and situational elements: when new opportunities to participate are created, game designs and situational characteristics also change, and in some cases policy changes aimed at reducing gambling activity are implemented to lower the risks for those who play.

Keywords:   gambling availability, exclusion policies, staff training, limit-setting, marketing restrictions, casinos

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