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Online poker does not promote gambling addiction - Harvard Medical School

A recent study conducted by Harvard Medical School´s Division on Addiction has proven that the development of online poker does not promote gambling addiction despite the fact that online poker rooms are available 24/7. The report is based on an analysis of the betting actions of millions of poker players, online casino gamblers and sports betting fans over a period of two years. They were 4,000 casino gamblers and 40,000 sports bettors on Bwin to participate in the survey. On average, the study suggests that online casino gamblers play online once every two weeks and lose about 5.5 % of their bankroll. In sports betting, players go online every four days and place an average bet of $ 5.50.



Supplemented by a study conducted by the University of Hamburg, this Harvard findings has a special focus on the betting habits of over two million poker players from Pokerstars over a period of six month. According to this study, players log-in their favorite online poker room 4.88 hours per week and spend less than one dollar per hour in rake or entry fees. Apart from that, players-spending has remained stable during the past 35 years. That what comes out of the study compiled by Harvard Medical School´s Division on Addiction, despite the 24/7 availability of online gaming. In fact, this Harvard report confirms previous observations related to gambling addiction undertaken by Howard Shaffer and Ryan Martin in 2011. Shaffer wrote that the growing path of gambling activity is temporary and does heavily rely on the introduction of new mobile gambling apps for online poker, for example.

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