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Gamblers' Habits: Empirical Evidence on the Behavior of Regulars, Newcomers and Dropouts.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22562549     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Electronic gambling offers the opportunity to analyze huge and unbiased data sets of automatically recorded actual gambling behavior. This study refers to data on 2,127,887 poker playing identities from the Online Poker Database of the University of Hamburg (OPD-UHH) to analyze three subgroups of gamblers: regulars, newcomers, and dropouts. Their gambling habits over 6 months are analyzed in total, as well as over time. Regulars show a much higher involvement than non-regulars and increase their playing volume slightly over the observation period. Newcomers have a lower involvement than non-newcomers and most of them decrease their playing volume over time. Still, there is a small group of newcomers which increases their playing volume sharply and is, hence, very interesting for the industry as well as for the early prevention of pathological gambling. Dropouts have a higher gambling involvement than newcomers but play less than players who have not stopped stop gambling. Most dropouts also show a decreasing playing volume before dropping out. An analysis of the correlations between different variables of gambling habits shows that most of them reinforce each other, for example: gamblers with a higher total playing time tend to play at more tables simultaneously. Only playing frequency is a moderating variable of gambling involvement.
Ingo Fiedler
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-5-6
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of gambling studies / co-sponsored by the National Council on Problem Gambling and Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1573-3602     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-5-7     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9425991     Medline TA:  J Gambl Stud     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Institute of Law and Economics at the University of Hamburg, Max-Brauer-Allee 60, 22765, Hamburg, Germany,
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