Online in-play betting has raised issues in relation to sports integrity because the outcomes of subsets of events, as opposed to the event itself, can be manipulated relatively easily 7 , 8. Structural characteristics of gambling—inherent features of games—can contribute to the acquisition, maintenance, and development of problem gambling behaviors Structural features of online in-play betting may have greater potential for causing gambling-related harm than telephone or in-venue in-play betting.
Continuous forms of gambling are characterized by a short duration of time between the bet being placed and the outcome becoming known, providing a structure that allows gamblers to immediately reinvest money in a rapid sequence, resulting in fast and repetitive betting 16 , The rapid speed of play tends to encourage more bets, longer gambling sessions, loss-chasing, and impaired self-control Furthermore, the nature of in-play betting means that there is limited time to make the decision about placing a bet.
An experimental French study found that participants used more heuristic than analytical processes when placing bets under time constraints, theoretically leading to less reasonable bets However, there remains very limited empirical and ecologically valid research to justify claims regarding the potential of online in-play betting to cause gambling-related harm. A series of studies have been conducted using customer account data on bwin , a predominately European gambling site.
Live action online sports betting was the only form of gambling associated with potential gambling-related problems when assessments were made on screen-based activity and after controlling for participation in another 15 gambling activities These results are confirmed by several separate analyses of customer data.
In the first month after opening an account, customers characterized by high intensity and frequency of live action gambling and by high variability of wager sizes were more likely to report gambling-related problems upon account closure than other customers who placed live action bets Greater intensity of gambling activity, such as a greater number of bets placed per day, appears to clearly distinguish customers who trigger a responsible gambling alert from controls, particularly in relation to live action sports betting Customers who played at least two games and demonstrated high variability in live action wager amounts were identified as a high-risk group when controlling for first deposit date Participating at least three times in live action betting was a significant predictor of increased risk of experiencing gambling-related problems after controlling for involvement in multiple gambling activities Although these studies provide some evidence of a link between in-play betting and gambling problems, several relied on proxy indicators of gambling harm or subsets of customers reporting problems, thereby not capturing all gamblers experiencing problems.
Additionally, these studies provide limited insight into the typical characteristics of individuals placing in-play bets, such as severity of gambling problems, associated gambling activity, and demographic factors. A prospective longitudinal study of Internet sports gamblers from 85 countries found that participants betting in-play on sports, relative to those betting before matches, were categorized more often as heavily involved gamblers The prototypical bettor was a year old male betting for longer periods of time than females.
Data from the UK gambling prevalence survey indicates that online gamblers who bet in-play are more likely to be classified as having a gambling problem and are at greater risk of harm from gambling than those who do not bet in-play In a Spanish sample of sports gamblers, in-play betting was more prevalent among those with a gambling problem than any other group Furthermore, those with a gambling problem bet more heavily in-play compared to before games commenced.
Analysis of customer account data from a small sample of individuals classified as having gambling problems found that live betting increased betting opportunities and motivated loss chasing, resulting in persistent and extended betting sessions In-play betting created fewer natural breaks in play due to short periods between a bet being placed and the outcome being determined, thus reducing the opportunity for reductions in arousal and other emotional responses stimulated by betting, winning, and losing.
An Australian study of 1, sports bettors found that men aged between 18 and 34 years were most likely to have participated in in-play betting More highly engaged bettors, including those with gambling problems, were more likely to bet on micro events, and were more likely to place a higher proportion of their bets on micro events Micro-event bettors tended to be younger, well-educated, single, and to have high trait impulsivity. They engaged in a higher number of different gambling forms in addition to sports betting, bet on a higher number of different sports, had more accounts with different operators, and used a higher number of different sports betting promotions.
Moreover, placing a higher proportion of bets on micro-events was related to problem gambling. Within an Australian sample, respondents were more likely to bet on in-play sporting events than on pre-match outcomes if they were characterized by having higher trait impulsivity, more frequent sports betting behavior, higher problem gambling severity and a shorter history of sports betting However, these studies either focus on a subset of in-play betting 15 or examine sports betting across an aggregation of online, telephone, and retail betting channels 15 , 29 — 31 and several of the separately published results are based on the same dataset, limiting the differential conclusions drawn.
Taken together, these studies indicate that intensity and frequency of live action sports betting is associated with gambling-related problems among individuals who place online bets. However, many of the previous studies fail to control for overall gambling involvement and use proxy behaviors as indicators of level of harm, making it difficult to ascertain the extent to which in-play betting is predictive of current or future experience of gambling harm.
Given that online in-play betting may be associated with gambling-related harms over and above that of telephone or on-site in-play betting 15 , 18 , it is imperative to examine the relationship between problem gambling and online in-play betting specifically. This study aimed to understand the association between online in-play betting and gambling problems in the context of online in-play betting being prohibited on licensed domestic gambling sites.
Specifically, the study sought to determine: i the proportion of regular online gamblers who engage in in-play sports betting; ii the characteristics this sub-group; and iii whether there is an association between online in-play betting and increased risk for gambling problems. The findings contribute to existing knowledge concerning participation in online in-play betting and clarify whether individuals who participate in online in-play betting are at increased risk of experiencing gambling problems.
Moreover, this research is needed to inform international policy debates regarding the legalization of online in-play betting. Given the relative lack of research on this area, the study was largely exploratory.
However, we hypothesized that use of in-play wagering would be associated with higher problem gambling severity. Recruitment occurred using market research online panel sampling. To participate, respondents had to be 18 years of age or older and have gambled online during the past 4 weeks. Potential respondents received an email from the market research company providing a brief outline of the study and a URL to access the online questionnaire.
Participation was voluntary and respondents could withdraw at any time. Ethics approval for this research was received from the [deidentified] University Human Research Ethics Committee. Respondents were mostly male Fixed choice questions assessed frequency of spending real money on seven types of Internet gambling activities: lottery-type games, slot machines, race wagering, esports betting 1 , sports betting, poker, casino card or table games, and other.
Response options were at least once per day, at least once per week, or at least once in the last 4 weeks. Questions assessed age at which participants had first gambled and modes used to place bets smartphone, computer, tablet, wearable device, telephone, in venue. Age, gender, education, work status, family household income, language spoken at home, country of birth, and ethnic background. Cronbach's alpha in this sample was 0. The data were analyzed using SPSS Assumptions testing was conducted on all measured variables, including skewness and kurtosis, univariate outliers, and multivariate outliers Mahalnobis distance.
Where instances of homogeneity of variance is violated, a Satterthwaite approximation for degrees of freedom is applied. Age first gambled was highly skewed and leptokurtic, which was corrected with a log transformation. Missing values for the in-play betting variable were excluded on a list wise basis.
Chi-square tests and t -tests were used to investigate if group differences existed between sports bettors who participate in in-play betting and those who do not for single-response demographic and gambling behavior variables. Following these comparisons, a logistic regression was conducted to determine which characteristics differentiate in-play bettors from non-in-play bettors. Twelve predictor variables were used in the logistic regression: gender, age, education level, employment status, income, ethnic background, country of birth, language other than English spoken at home, number of gambling behaviors other than sports betting , age first gambled, highest reported gambling frequency for any gambling game, and PGSI classification binary variable, classified as problem gambling for scores of 8 or higher.
These variables were selected based on established validity from other studies [see, e. For comparison testing, an alpha of 0. Where measurement of certain variables is not conducive to certain analytical procedures i.
Just over one third of the participants Participants that bet in-play were statistically more also likely to have completed higher education levels e. There were no significant differences in terms of reported household income. Comparison of the demographic profiles of participants who bet in-play vs. Table 2 displays reported gambling behaviors and history. In terms of game preference, the most popular form of gambling among participants who bet on sports was lottery-type games.
Participants that bet in-play engaged in all forms of gambling at a higher frequency than those who did not bet in-play, with a notably large difference for esports betting Participants that bet in-play engaged in 4. Comparison of gambling behaviors and history of profiles of participants who bet in-play vs. Chi-square values are not displayed where the question allowed multiple responses to be selected.
Of those who indicated that they had placed in-play bets, the most popular mode of access was using online websites and apps via smartphone In-play bettors placed their bets via legal, regulated modes of access, including speaking over the telephone An initial logistic regression was applied to assess which predictor variables statistically differentiated participants who bet in-play from those who did using the 12 predictor variables described in the Methods.
Income and country of birth predictor variables were removed from analysis due to lack of significance and poor contribution to model fit statistics. Ethnic background was also excluded from the final model because sparse data effects both reduced the model fit and led to uninterpretable odds ratios.
As a robustness check, the model was run with these variables included, but the model fit improved with their removal. Overall prediction success was The regression variables were assessed for multicollinearity using Variance Inflation Factor diagnostics, which were under 1.
Categorical variables used the following reference groups: gender male , education level post-graduate qualification , employment status work full-time , language other than English spoken at home yes , highest gambling frequency at least once per day , and PGSI classification score 8 or higher. Logistic regression results for characteristics differentiating participants who bet in-play vs.
This study makes a significant contribution by providing insight into the characteristics of those who place in-play bets, overcoming limitations of previous studies which focus on analyzing gambling behaviors without controlling for significant personal variables and betting across different modes and activities. The results of this study show that among the sample of participants who regularly gamble online, in-play betting is relatively common.
Three in 10 participants had placed bets after an event had started, and this occurred mostly via online methods which are prohibited under Australian regulations. Demographic differences were found between those who placed bets in-play and those who did not: in-play bettors were more likely to be more highly educated, employed, younger, and from culturally and ethnically diverse backgrounds albeit not country of birth.
Individuals who received income from welfare sources including a pension, unemployment, or disability benefits, were less likely to bet in-play than respondents who work full time. As in-play betting was associated with younger age, however, this finding may reflect a likelihood of older participants to be retired. No specific differences were found in relation to gender although the different approached significance with a greater proportion of females engaged in in-play betting.
The relationship between gender and in-play betting and gambling problems warrants additional investigation particularly as several previous studies have been based on almost entirely male samples 20 , Those who placed bets in play were more involved in gambling overall in terms of frequency and number of activities. This is consistent with previous studies 15 , 20 , Higher levels of problem gambling severity were observed among those who placed in-play bets, which is a novel finding as our results control for a greater range of relevant factors than previous research including individual characteristics, gambling behavior, and gambling history.
Several of the characteristics of those who bet in-play are similar to the profile of Australians who use offshore as opposed to only domestic online gambling sites, suggesting there may be some confound or overlap given in-play betting is only available via offshore gambling sites Our hypothesis was supported as after adjusting for gambling involvement, participants who had placed bets in-play were approximately three times more likely to be classified as having a gambling problem than those who had not placed this bet type, indicating an association between in-play betting and gambling problems.
These findings are consistent with previous research 24 which is important as it demonstrates the consistency of findings across jurisdictions despite policy differences in prohibition and legalized in-play betting. As with previous studies, our results are based on cross-sectional data and we cannot draw conclusions regarding causality. The structural characteristics of in-play betting mean that these bets require a rapid decision based on quick reactions to within-game events and are more similar to continuous and rapid gaming than most other forms of wagering which is typically discontinuous with low event frequency.
These characteristics may make in-play betting more appealing and potentially problematic. For example, individuals with gambling problems are more likely to consume impulsively, using immediate forms of gambling in which the time period between bet and outcome is shorter 5 , 27 , This is likely related to findings that higher trait impulsivity is common among those with gambling problems 39 , As such, online in-play betting products may be particularly harmful for individuals who are vulnerable to experiencing gambling problems.
In addition to the lack of evidence regarding causality, our methodology included other limitations. To be eligible to participate in the study, respondents had to have gambled online in the past month, meaning that respondents were likely more frequently engaged in gambling than the broader population of online gamblers. Further, the survey was described as a gambling study, making it more likely to catch the attention of potential respondents with a specific interest in gambling. As such, the results should be interpreted in relation to this specific sample of online gamblers rather than as an accurate level of gambling involvement or gambling problems among all those who have made in-play bets.
In terms of implications, our findings support the prohibition of online in-play betting in Australia based on the principle of limiting the availability of gambling products that are strongly associated with gambling-related harm. It is crucial to note that the association between in-play betting and gambling problems is independent of involvement in other gambling activities and is consistently found across jurisdictions regardless of policies to legalize or prohibit this gambling activity.
The findings suggest that further regulatory attention needs to be paid to this gambling activity and efforts made to identify those who bet in-play to assess for gambling harms as well as to develop specific prevention interventions for in-play betting. Since the time of data collection, efforts have been made in Australia to reduce the availability of and demand for offshore gambling sites, by which in-play betting can be accessed. The extent to which restricting in-play betting may encourage consumers to use offshore gambling sites should be continuously evaluated due to the risks associated with this activity.
Further research on the mechanisms by which in-play betting may cause harm is warranted, including consideration of other gambling products that allow continuous bets to be placed within short decision periods, such as electronic gaming machines. How to differentiate between different variants of in-play betting and whether particular variants of in-play betting should be regulated, such as those involving longer time periods for decision-making, is a matter for further research.
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No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms. I've got about seven or eight accounts and they're all active. Not all of them have got money in. Um, but I sort of wait for the promotions to come up. Findings also showed that interview participants often perceived promotions as an appealing, low-risk or no-loss betting option. If you haven't put money in a certain account, they will start ringing you or they'll message you and they'll email you.
Over the [spring racing] carnival at least one of them will send you an email every day or send you a text message every Friday, Saturday, saying deposit money now - I'll give you this if you deposit money, so they're quite full on.
So I wouldn't say it affects my health too much. But it definitely affects my mood. The negatives are definitely a lot greater than the positives, 'cause when you get a win it's, I don't know, it's just like a - you don't - it doesn't really feel like much. You're just sort of like - oh yeah, I've won and it's more relief that you've not lost it. Rather than celebrating winning.
Whereas when you lose, it sort of does put a real downer on the weekend. Most participants noted that sports betting was too easily accessible - especially for those who might be experiencing harm - with smartphones and online platforms facilitating hour-a-day betting.
Findings from the Weighing up the Odds project suggest that sports betting has become normalised among young men who are regular participants and viewers of sport, often facilitated by widespread wagering marketing, offers of promotions and other inducements, hour online access to betting, and informal and formal peer betting networks.
Findings from the study could inform a range of policy and practical initiatives and help minimise the health, social and economic harms to affected individuals and communities. Armstrong, A. Gambling participation, expenditure and risk of harm in Australia, and Bestman, A. Children's implicit recall of junk food, alcohol and gambling sponsorship in Australian sport.
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What is sports betting? Submission to the Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform inquiry into the advertising and promotion of gambling services in sport. We are indebted to the research participants and key stakeholders for their support, generosity of time and valuable contributions to this research. Electronic gambling machines are a high-intensity form of gambling and the most harmful form of gambling available in Australia. This study examined trends in gambling activity between the two Australian Productivity Commission inquiries.
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Research Summary —. Read publication. View as a PDF. Scroll down. Summary The Weighing up the Odds study Jenkinson, de Lacy-Vawdon, Carroll sought to understand the sports-betting motivations, attitudes and behaviours of young men aged who watch or play sports e. On average, participants reported betting on six different national and international sports during the previous 12 months.
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Interview participants also indicated that friends and peers had a big effect on their betting behaviours. Participants suggested that friends often discussed betting odds together, shared tips with each other for 'good' bets, and encouraged each other to bet more generally. I'm associated with um you know some guys that love the punt and that sort of stuff and we're - we're always talking odds and you know, who's giving what sort of value for money and that sort of stuff.
So yeah, we're constantly talking about it. While social media e. WhatsApp groups, Facebook appeared to be integral in these interactions and participants reported engaging in these conversations as a normal part of their weekly and even daily activities, some stressed that these mediums were typically used for tips and sharing wins, rather than losses, which meant they didn't necessarily have a good understanding of how often their peers were winning or losing.
I only talk to my housemate about betting … unless I've had like, say a really good win, as everyone else probably does is, is you screenshot it, you put it on Facebook But you obviously don't put all the losses on there. Bettors who gambled weekly or more often were significantly more likely to spend more money on bets across more sports, use multiple online betting accounts, and be motivated by boredom and chasing losses - all warning signs of harm.
Key findings and differences by betting frequency are presented in Table 1. They are typically fast-paced and upbeat, and focus on outcomes such as winning, adventure and happiness Deans et al. This was something that the men in our study noted as well.
There is a bit of saturation at the moment. The major corporates are definitely trying to normalise betting and make it blokey. These sponsorship arrangements often result in sports betting branding on the jumpers and jerseys of popular sporting teams, which promotes recall and brand association. The prominence has risen and you can't go to a sport or watch on TV without being, um, you know, really it is quite confronting … it's very difficult to escape it And it's very difficult to just get the purity of the actual sport to be front and centre.
There is some agreement that sports-betting brands and promotions have persuasive appeal that leads to positive attitudes towards them Hing et al. There is also a concern that this saturation of marketing is likely to have the greatest effect on young men Hing et al. Within this study, some young men expressed concern that marketing is specifically designed to target younger people. There is way too much marketing. I think all designed to get people in earlier.
I hardly thought about putting a bet on when I was 18, now talk to any year-old male, or even younger for that matter, and most of them would have had a bet in the last week. While television advertising remains a prominent medium for marketing sports betting, online and social media platforms are increasingly being used. Social media, in particular, is used to promote brands and engage with customers. Both traditional and the newer online mediums typically target young males and both appear to lack responsible gambling messaging.
Young men and those experiencing gambling problems are thought to be particularly vulnerable to the appeal of promotions, which have been shown to normalise gambling and predict sports-betting intentions Hing, Vitartas et al. Having multiple betting accounts was also the norm for interview participants. Participants often reported having one or two preferred accounts but they would keep other accounts open to use if there was a promotion of interest or if a company was offering better odds than their preferred wagering operator.
I've got about seven or eight accounts and they're all active. Not all of them have got money in. Um, but I sort of wait for the promotions to come up. Findings also showed that interview participants often perceived promotions as an appealing, low-risk or no-loss betting option. If you haven't put money in a certain account, they will start ringing you or they'll message you and they'll email you. Over the [spring racing] carnival at least one of them will send you an email every day or send you a text message every Friday, Saturday, saying deposit money now - I'll give you this if you deposit money, so they're quite full on.
So I wouldn't say it affects my health too much. But it definitely affects my mood. The negatives are definitely a lot greater than the positives, 'cause when you get a win it's, I don't know, it's just like a - you don't - it doesn't really feel like much.
You're just sort of like - oh yeah, I've won and it's more relief that you've not lost it. Rather than celebrating winning. Whereas when you lose, it sort of does put a real downer on the weekend. Most participants noted that sports betting was too easily accessible - especially for those who might be experiencing harm - with smartphones and online platforms facilitating hour-a-day betting.
Findings from the Weighing up the Odds project suggest that sports betting has become normalised among young men who are regular participants and viewers of sport, often facilitated by widespread wagering marketing, offers of promotions and other inducements, hour online access to betting, and informal and formal peer betting networks. Findings from the study could inform a range of policy and practical initiatives and help minimise the health, social and economic harms to affected individuals and communities.
Armstrong, A. Gambling participation, expenditure and risk of harm in Australia, and Bestman, A. Children's implicit recall of junk food, alcohol and gambling sponsorship in Australian sport. BMC Public Health , 15 , Deans, E. Creating symbolic cultures of consumption: an analysis of the content of sports wagering advertisements in Australia.
BMC Public Health , 16 , Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. Optimal product fee models for Australian sporting bodies. Sydney: Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. Gainsbury, S. The prevalence and determinants of problem gambling in Australia: Assessing the impact of interactive gambling and new technologies. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors , 28 3 , Gordon, R. Brand community and sports betting in Australia.
Melbourne: Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation. Hare, S. Hing, N. Interactive gambling. Melbourne: Gambling Research Australia. Child Family Community Australia. Weighing up the odds: Sports betting and young men. Gambling in Suburban Australia. Effects of wagering marketing on vulnerable adults.
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