Research Webinar: Learn about the future of safer gambling from the people creating it.

By Vidhi Sharma
April 16, 2024
3 min read

Step into the world of Safer Gambling as we take you on an exhilarating journey through the fascinating insights shared by five esteemed research experts. Brace yourself for a thrilling ride as we delve into the summaries of their captivating presentations, brought to you by SG:Certified on the mesmerizing 13th of June. Get ready to be amazed!


First presentation by Kasra starts at 01.28. 

Kasra is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the UNLV International Gaming Institute where he will be presenting research that utilized payments data to characterize gamblers and gambling related harm. The key finding from Kasra's research is that gambler's payment behaviour and therefore the data around it, is very much representative of the gambling behaviour.  By looking at the way gamblers pay, this can really assist operators to understand their consumers but also potential markers of harm.  These markers of harm coming from payment data can potentially be applied across different gambling products, but it should still be considered to tailor these to different gambling formats.


The second presentation was by Mana which starts at 12:49 in the video. 

Mana is a PhD student in the College of Hospitality at UNLV where he’ll be presenting preliminary work using supervised machine learning to predict declined transactions in a dataset of gamblers’ payment transaction records. In his research, there are potential markers of harm that can help operators predict when customers will have declined deposits.  These including for example. the amount of deposits wagered, if there were declined deposits in the first three months of activity or the total amount of deposits made amongst others. 


The third presentation was by Matthew and this starts at 21:51.

Matthew Vassallo is a third-year Doctoral candidate at the Department of Psychology, within the faculty for Social Wellbeing at the University of Malta. In his research aims to attempt to minimise the impact experienced by affected others of problem gambling in Malta through the co-development of an effective psychosocial intervention. Matthew highlights how more research on this topic is needed and how his future research will also look at collecting qualitative data.   His research further highlights how affected others need their own support, and more research on the efficacy of these interventions is needed.


This presentation was followed by Niklas who presented and can be found in the video at 31.58.

Niklas is presenting some of his PhD research on understanding (problematic) gambling behaviour and exploring effective interventions to mitigate its potential negative effects. Looking at identifying potential markers of harm in player behaviour and also evaluating the efficacy of responsible gambling tools to provide a clearer picture of what works, and what doesn't.  In his presentation he highlights how certain markers of behaviour are associated with voluntary self-exclusion, and these include multiple payment methods, frequently done in-session deposits and playing multiple games.  It was also noted how long-term self-exclusion may be more effective than other SG tools.


The last presentation was by Pedro at 45.08 in the video.

Pedro is well known in the gambling industry as he worked with different gambling operators.  In his video he shares key takeaways from his PhD research where he presented the realm of psychedelic-assisted therapy for treating  gambling disorder. There are early signs of promise with this therapy, especially when dealing with typical co-occurring conditions like anxiety, depression, trauma, and substance use disorders that often pair with GD.  His aim is that the findings from this research can open up new treatment pathways for those grappling with the detrimental impacts of gambling.

Please find the recording below: