Online Gambling and Gambling Disorders

Online Gambling

Online Gambling is the process of placing wagers on games and events using a computer, mobile phone or another electronic device. Most online gambling websites offer players a choice of downloadable casino software or playing via a web browser, although some provide a hybrid version of both. In either case, to gamble on a website requires an account, a means of payment and a bankroll. A bankroll is the amount of money a player has deposited into their account, and winnings are added to this balance as they occur. If a player loses, the money is deducted from the bankroll.

In the US, Online Gambling is legal on a federal level, but individual states regulate the activity differently. While some ban gambling altogether, others permit it to some extent and limit it to certain types of games. In addition, online casinos may be subject to the same regulatory oversight as traditional ones.

The prevalence of Internet gambling has risen rapidly worldwide, and many jurisdictions have established regulated markets. However, research has yet to fully understand how this mode of access affects the experience and incidence of gambling disorders. While it is known that some people with problem gambling report that Internet gambling caused their problems, the vast majority of studies examining this relationship use cross-sectional data, which does not allow for causality to be determined. Nevertheless, the development of player-focused tools and resources for moderating play is a promising approach to this issue [19*]. These could include expenditure tracking, self-set spending limits and time outs, among other things.

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