Casino gamblers at greater risk
The study has provided the first detailed look at Australia's 13 casino and casino online, shedding light on their patrons and practices. It found that casino players are more likely to be younger men, aged under 35, who are more highly educated with higher incomes.
A study conducted for Gambling Research Australia by the University of Adelaide has also revealed that casino gamblers spend more money.
Each table at an Australian casino earns an average of $900,000 a year while casino poker machines bring in about $128,000, more than double the revenue of machines in pubs and clubs.
The study has provided the first detailed look at Australia's 13 casinos, shedding light on their patrons and practices.
It found that casino players are more likely to be younger men, aged under 35, who are more highly educated with higher incomes.
They are also more likely to gamble in other ways, including online sports betting.
The report said regular casino patrons were three times more likely to be problem gamblers with 10 per cent considered at moderate risk of having an issue.
This comes despite casino being better placed than pubs and clubs to promote responsible gambling and having more ways of limiting gambling activities through intervention and exclusion programs, betting limits and restricted access.
Lead author Michael O'Neil said one issue revealed by the research was the lack of evidence on the effectiveness of such programs.
While a large amount of effort is put into the practices by many casinos, we just don't know if it's having any effect, either in preventing people from becoming problem gamblers or helping to stop and potentially reverse such problem behaviour," Professor O'Neil said.
The report has also revealed those casinos doing best are the ones that have invested in accommodation, entertainment and retail facilities to cater for both the mass tourism market and the growing number of high rollers.
It says the key to future success for local venues will be capturing a greater share of the tourism market, particularly travellers from China.