Not all gambling products are the same. Some are a lot more addictive than others.
The House of Lords report Gambling Harm – Time for Action found the prevalence of problem gambling in online gambling or betting is 3.5%, in comparison to the prevalence of 0.7% of problem gamblers across the population. The prevalence rate for online gambling on slots, casino or bingo games is considerably higher at 9.2%.
The most harmful products include:
•Online slots and casino style games
•Fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs)
•In play sports betting
These products are designed to keep people playing and are highly addictive. They contain a range of design features such as near misses, losses disguised as wins and free spins to name but a few. Coupled with the high bet frequency and the speed of play they may lead to people developing a gambling disorder in a much shorter space of time.
"These products are designed to make play rapid, continuous and encourages repetitive betting and loss chasing. It impairs decision making and self-control. It is typically played in isolation”
Dr Matt Gaskell, Clinical Lead and Consultant Psychologist at The NHS Northern Gambling Service