Australian gamblers spend over a billion dollars each year on what is deemed online offshore illegal gambling, striking Australian citizens as easy prey to identity fraud and with the high risk of developing gambling problems. According to research conducted by the partnership of University of Sydney and Southern Cross University, online mobile gambling is becoming more interactive, accessible, convenient, and uses technologies like Smart phones, wireless devices, computers, and even televisions that can access online gambling sites. This is based on their national online survey study, the outcome of which proves that there are good reasons to support the long standing risk and fear of problem gambling developing easily amongst the country’s citizens.
Professor Alex Blaszczynski from the University of Sydney remarked that this gives a clearer point of view in better understanding the need to design problem gambling protection policies and regulation for all forms of online gambling. Because technology is the driver of online gambling, there is no stopping Australians from wagering on their favorite online games either legally or illegally. The best solution is to provide a regulated online mobile gambling apps environment to protect online players. The lead researcher of the Southern Cross University Center for Gambling Education and Research, Dr. Gainsbury, suggests that harm minimization programs and responsible gambling should be promoted to reduce risks associated with this issue of problem gambling.
One of the apparent risks for Australian gamblers involved in mobile betting is many offshore sites do not have strong consumer protection standards including poor responsible gambling measures especially the privately held operators, some of whom appear to operate as they choose. The research also shows that there is a growing prevalence in the growth of the numbers of Australian online gamblers. Internet is a powerful technology that could easily engage young and old individuals to gamble online regardless of the risks on developing problem gambling.
With the high prevalence of the online gambling trend in the global community, it is no surprise that this study reveals the looming risks of unregulated gambling. If the federal government will not implement stringent regulatory policies to protect the online iphone gambling community, not only in Australia but also within other countries in the world, that will open the gateway for online gambling to prosper and thrive as a lucrative business placing every gambler at risk and hence such a harm minimization program to protect the international online gambling community is being called for.
Independent senator Nick Xenophon is now trying to push the regulation of local online gambling entities to ensure that such a risk is minimized, recognizing (like the states in the US) that this form of entertainment although risky, will – in one shape or another – continue to proliferate.
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