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Improving understanding of category B gaming machines through independent research

Posted on 30 November 2012

The Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) welcomes the launch of a major research programme to look into the risks associated with high stake, high prize gaming machines (category B machines) and to help understanding of
machine players’ behaviour.

The programme is being developed by the Responsible Gambling Trust (the Trust) working with a group of gaming machine experts put together by RGSB. 

The Trust has commissioned NatCen, an independent social research institute, to undertake a scoping study as the first step in this research programme. RGSB is pleased to see the commitment from the gambling industry to support the research through provision of their data on customer behaviour. The longer term aim is to understand better how people gamble on machines and what the potential impact might be of any regulatory changes affecting their use. 

Sir Brian Pomeroy, Chair of RGSB said: 

“RGSB has highlighted the need for independent research on gaming machines in successive strategies and this significant research programme is well overdue.  While we don’t expect it to provide all the answers, it is an important piece of work that we expect will develop a much better understanding of what helps people to gamble responsibly and stay in control.”

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