Recent studies have concluded that almost 40% of poker players show signs of gambling problems. The study conducted also found that the severity of these problems was on average, moderate to severe and that players had a high risk of mental health issues and possible gambling related physical problems.
The Australian Gambling Research Centre (AGRC) is responsible for the recent study of gambling problems. This new study provides a deeper understanding of the habits of all forms of gambling, for poker players specifically.
The study found that regular poker players are more at risk to any form of harm caused by gambling, not because of poker, but rather because of their activities in other types of gambling. According to the study about half of all poker players showed signs of one or more gambling problems.
POKER PLAYERS LOSE MORE MONEY ON OTHER FORMS OF GAMBLING
The interesting aspect, according to lead investigator Andrew Armstrong, is that considerably more of a poker player’s money goes into other forms of gambling and not actually poker itself. Despite labelling themselves as poker players, they spent more on other forms of gambling.
Regular poker players spent on average AU$3,673 each year on other forms of gambling and only AU$1,758 on poker itself. This is a sizeable difference in amounts. Combined, poker players land up spending AU$5,434 every year on all forms of gambling.
Armstrong stated that the research has been invaluable in determining that poker players are at high risk of developing gambling problems in general. He said by targeting poker players, with support groups or help, you would most likely be targeting a large bulk of problem gamblers.
STUDY SHOWS MEN UNDER 50 ARE MOST AT RISK
The study also helped to determine that a large average of this group of players are not likely to have a tertiary degree, and consist of employed men under the age of 50.
The AGRC forms part of the Australian Institute of Family Studies. They based their research on data that was collected from the annual income and labour statistics in the Australian survey known as Hilda, which is led by Melbourne University.