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There is plenty to learn from the new article on problem gambling published in the Springer Journal of Gambling Studies.
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Full Tilt’s recent decision to remove some of its high stakes tables highlights the difficult position that running high stakes games creates for online poker operators.
High Stakes Poker Games Pose Difficulties for Responsible Gaming

At the online nosebleed cash games, it can be difficult to determine what responsibilities operators have towards big losers.

Amaya shuffles the top management team at the Rational Group. William Hill takes on a top exec from rival Ladbrokes.
Industry Insight

The poker industry will soon have a 24/7 TV channel to broadcast the joy of the game to a global audience.

The Federal Institute of Behavioral Addictions (IFAC) in Nantes University Hospital has launched a project to investigate the behavior of poker players—they are asking players to compete a short survey which can be completed online.
French Researchers Look to Develop New Tools to Identify Problem Gambling in Poker

New diagnostic tools are needed because existing tests are not appropriate for poker.

A research project designed to understand the cognitive skills of online poker play, has recruited Sisal Poker Team Pro Gabriele Lepore.
PokerMapper & SeaFrog Research the Cognitive Skills behind Online Poker Success

Online self-testing will be developed to determine whether players are ready for their “A” game or likely to develop problem gambling issues.

Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) has adopted a new definition of pathological gambling.
New Definition Expected to Increase Numbers of Pathological Gamblers

The American Psychiatric Association’s changes to the definition and diagnosis of gambling problems will increase the numbers of those diagnosed.

The impending roll out of casino games to the PokerStars dot-com client will be accompanied by new responsible gaming features to mitigate any potential risks.
PokerStars “Bakes In” Responsible Gaming Features to Casino Launch

Poker players can make the new casino and sports betting features “invisible” if they choose.

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has announced a research study into the impact of internet gambling in the state.
New Jersey Gaming Revenues Fund Comprehensive Problem Gambling Survey

Rutgers Center for Gambling Studies will receive $1.2 million to conduct the research.

A study conducted by UK affiliate reports that online poker players have an average Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 and 23% drink more than the UK recommended amount of alcohol per week.
Online Poker Players are Skinny and Drink Too Much

UK affiliate expands into gambling health research.

The UKGC’s clarification of its auto rebuy technical standard sees PokerStars reverse the guidance it originally gave UK players.
Regulation in Review: Europe and Beyond

A weekly review of the latest developments in gaming regulation outside the US. This week: UK, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway and Singapore.

A report from Aiseiri which runs addiction treatment centres in Ireland shows that 25% of problem gambling is now internet related.
Irish Problem Gambling Report Puts Pressure on Govt to Pass Gambling Bill

The Gambling Control Bill is not expected to be in place until late 2015 at the earliest.

The UK’s new gambling laws have made much of the news again this week, as the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA) legal challenge forces a one month delay.
Regulation in Review: Europe and Beyond

A weekly review of the latest developments in gaming regulation outside the US. This week: The EU, UK, Sweden, India, Denmark, Hungary, Canada, Gibraltar, Spain & PokerStars.

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