Responsible Gambling Trial Held in Queensland

Gambling Minister Paul Lucas is pleased with the results of a responsible gambling trial that was recently held in gaming clubs acrossNew Zealand. The trial tested several methods, suggested by theUniversityofSydney, aimed at minimizing the potential harm that could be caused by playing casino games.

The Universityof Sydneyrecently published a study which suggested several methods that would help to encourage responsible gambling among residents. Among the measures suggested were clocks for setting time limits, a feature to allow players to bank their winnings and responsible gaming messages.

As part of the trial, these features were installed on machines in gaming clubs across the country. Findings have shown that players responded well to the features, encouraging more research on the topic in the future.

Problem gamblers seemed most bothered by the responsible gambling features. They showed more sensitivity at the messages than recreational gamblers, and claimed that they effected their enjoyment of the games. Recreational players did not seem to be phased.

The time limit feature had no effect on the player experience. Players stuck to their own time limits, without the software telling them when to stop. Most players set their own betting limits, and the majority of them stick to them.

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