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A speed-of-play limit reduces gambling expenditure in an online roulette game: Results of an online experiment

Newall, PWS; Weiss-Cohen, L; Singmann, H; Paul Boyce, W; Walasek, L; Rockloff, MJ; (2022) A speed-of-play limit reduces gambling expenditure in an online roulette game: Results of an online experiment. Addictive Behaviors , 127 , Article 107229. 10.1016/j.addbeh.2021.107229. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

UK online casino games are presently not subject to any limitations on speed-of-play or stakes. One recent policy proposal is to ensure that no online casino game can be played faster than its in-person equivalent. Another policy proposal is to limit the maximum stakes on online casino games to £2, to match the current stake limit on electronic gambling machines. This research experimentally investigated the speed-of-play proposal subject to a £2 stake limit, in an online experiment using incentivized payouts based on £4 endowments and a commercial online roulette game, which was slowed-down in one condition to enforce a speed-of-play limit of one spin every 60 seconds. UK residents, aged 18 years and over and with experience in playing online roulette (N = 1,002), were recruited from an online crowdsourcing panel. In the slowed-down condition there was a credible reduction in the amount gambled. This effect occurred via a credible reduction in the mean number of spins which outweighed any potential increases in bet sizes. Speed-of-play limits may be effective in reducing gambling expenditure for online roulette.

Type: Article
Title: A speed-of-play limit reduces gambling expenditure in an online roulette game: Results of an online experiment
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2021.107229
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2021.107229
Language: English
Additional information: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
Keywords: Game speed, Online casinos, Online gambling, Product limitations, Structural characteristics
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Experimental Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10141337
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