The Connection Between Internet Gambling and Gambling Problems

Online Gambling

Internet gambling is a type of wagering activity that uses the internet to place, receive, or modify bets. It includes sports betting, virtual poker, and casinos. A number of jurisdictions have legalized or regulated this type of activity.

The use of the internet for gambling is likely to grow in popularity. In a survey of problem gamblers, one in three found it more attractive than land-based forms of gambling.

Some studies have suggested that internet gambling could be a contributor to gambling problems, but little is known about the connection. This paper provides a review of the most important research on this topic to date.

The most impressive of the many findings was that problem gamblers tend to be more involved in internet gambling than their peers. Among this group, one in four was a moderate gambler, and one in five was a problem gambler.

The biggest challenge to Internet gambling is that the law may not adequately protect its users. State officials have expressed concern that the internet can bring illegal gambling into their jurisdictions. Federal law is also a potential constraint.

The best way to combat this is through regulation. This can generate taxation revenues and enhance consumer protection. However, it may also frustrate state enforcement policies.

One of the best ways to protect the public from the dangers of Internet gambling is through regulation. Laws such as the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) can limit the scope of Internet wagering activities, prohibiting financial transactions between players and financial transaction providers.