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New Research Looks at the Impact of New Forms of Gambling-like Products on Young People

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New Research Looks at the Impact of New Forms of Gambling-like Products on Young People
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New research funded by the NSW Government’s Responsible Gambling Fund shows that young adults aged 18-24 years old have different formative gambling experiences to those aged 25-29, and are more likely to report taking part in emerging forms of gambling and gambling-like activities, such as social casino games, before the age of 18.

The study, by Central Queensland University (CQU), found that people aged 18-24 appear to find traditional forms of gambling less appealing when compared to those aged 25-29.

The emergence of new forms of gambling and gambling-like products potentially expose young people to a gateway to gambling.

Director of the Office of Responsible Gambling, Natalie Wright, said “New gambling-like products, like free-to-play games, allow young people to learn about gambling, gain confidence through practice and potentially lead them to participate in traditional forms of gambling as they get older.”

The study found that all forms of gambling, both traditional and emerging, were associated with gambling harm.

“Young people, who we know are vulnerable to gambling harm, are drawn to emerging forms of gambling. Although some may not yet be experiencing harm, the higher uptake of newer forms of gambling by young people may sustain or even increase gambling harm in the future.” Ms Wright said.

The study looked to understand how gambling is changing in New South Wales, particularly amongst young adults, and the impact of newer forms of gambling and gambling-like products.

The CQU research found:

  • Compared to 25 – 29 year olds, 18–24 year olds:

o     were more likely to have taken part in emerging forms of gambling and simulated gambling except when it required expenditure

o     are less engaged with traditional gambling forms

o     were more likely to recall first taking part in traditional and emerging forms of gambling while under the age of 18.

  • Compared to 18-24 year olds, those aged 25 – 29:

o     were more likely to have taken part in traditional forms of gambling

o     were more likely to recall being exposed to gambling via adults in their household.

To view a copy of the report, please visit the Office of Responsible Gambling website.

 

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Crown Resorts Director John Poynton Resigns from Board

Niji Narayan

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Crown Resorts has said that director John Poynton had quit the board over accusations he was too close to top shareholder James Packer, as another regulator said it was probing the troubled casino operator.

Poynton’s departure is the latest in a string of executive exits at the casino operator that is one-third owned by billionaire Packer, after an inquiry accused it of money laundering and governance issues.

The representative of Packer’s private company had been on Crown’s board since 2018. After a regulator rebuked Packer’s control over the board, Poynton said last month he was ending his arrangement with Packer and would stay as an independent director.

But on Monday Crown Executive Chair Helen Coonan said the regulator, the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority (ILGA), considered it appropriate that Poynton step down “due to a perceived lack of independence arising out of his past relationship” with Packer.

Poynton agreed to resign “despite no adverse findings by the commissioner in the ILGA inquiry in relation to his suitability, integrity or performance”, Coonan said.

Three Australian states have either held or said they would hold inquiries into Crown since Australian media reports accused the company of doing business with tour operators with ties to organised crime.

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Sportradar Signs Data and Audio-visual Partnership with NBL1

Niji Narayan

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Sportradar has signed a long-term data and audio-visual partnership with Australia’s professional semi-elite basketball league, NBL1.

The new deal covers all national NBL1 Conferences for both men’s and women’s competitions, as well as the Victorian-based State Championship.

Sportradar has secured the official data and audio-visual rights to over 1500 Australian basketball games annually, which the company will supply to its downstream partners alongside other basketball properties in its portfolio such as the National Basketball Association (NBA) whom it has worked with since 2016.

David Edwards, Sportradar Director of Sports Media and Partnerships, Oceania, said: “We’re very pleased to secure a long-term official data and audio-visual rights agreement with one of the most exciting semi-professional sporting leagues in the region. The NBL1 competition is a stepping stone to the NBL, one of the world’s top professional basketball leagues, and it is important that they have a flexible, state of the art technology platform to help showcase that talent and engage new fans.”

NBL1 Chief Commercial Officer Brad Joyner said: “Sportradar’s technology and data-driven approach is especially effective and relevant in today’s sporting environment. Their knowledge of Australian sports and fans, together with their technology-focused approach and global track record in sports content was instrumental in our decision to announce Sportradar as our Official Data Partner to the NBL1 Competitions.”

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National Party Opposes Proposal for Prepaid Gambling Cards in NSW

Niji Narayan

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The National Party has opposed the proposal for prepaid gambling cards in New South Wales.

The idea of pre-paid cards was introduced late last year by Victor Dominello as a way to help people manage their gambling. Players would be required to register to obtain a government-regulated card, which would then allow them to preload money and use it for gaming purposes in various venues.

The discussion of the proposal gained new traction after Patricia Bergin, in her report into Crown Resorts, stated the cards would be a good system to combat money-laundering.

MP Andrew Wilkie, an advocate for gambling reform, supports the card because it can “significantly reduce money-laundering and provide opportunities for reducing the prevalence of gambling addiction.”

He is also quoted as saying it is important NSW is leading this discussion because the “state is home to about half the country’s poker machines, as well as the poker machine industry’s most strident advocates.”

“The community now understands much more clearly the harm caused by poker machines. Moreover, revelations like the Bergin Crown inquiry have alerted people to the importance of gambling for money-laundering,” Wilkie said.

However, the Nationals party remains sceptical and its leader John Barilaro argues this is “not the time to strangle pubs and clubs with red tape.”

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