Internet gambling is a rapidly growing phenomenon, which has profound social, psychological, economic, political, and policy implications. Until recently, Internet gambling has been understudied by the research community, but now a growing body of literature is emerging, on all aspects of Internet gambling and its attendant implications.
As jurisdictions around the world grapple to understand the best way to respond to Internet gambling from a commercial, regulatory, and social perspective, scholarly studies of Internet gambling are becoming an ever more crucial resource. The Handbook of Internet Gambling consolidates this emerging body of literature into a single reference volume. Its twenty chapters comprise groundbreaking contributions from the world’s leading authorities in the commercial, clinical, political and social aspects of Internet gambling.
It is sure to be a foundational resource for academics, students, regulators, politicians, policy makers, commercial providers, and health care professionals who have an interest in understanding the history, dynamics, and impacts of Internet gambling in a global context.
Table of Contents
PART 1: INTRODUCTION 1. History, Current Worldwide Situation, and Concerns with Internet Gambling by Robert Williams, Robert Wood, & Jonathan Parke PART 2: COMMERCIAL/BUSINESS ASPECTS 2. Online Gambling: An Economics Perspective by David Forrest 3. The Internet Gambling Industry by Lorien Pilling & Warwick Bartlett 4. Business Models for Online Gambling by Melody Morgan-Busher 5. Regulation and Reputation: The Gibraltar Approach by Natalia Zborowska, Sytze Kingma & Phill Brear PART 3: MAJOR RESEARCH STUDIES OF INTERNET GAMBLERS 6. The Casino City Study: A Large Scale International Study of Online Gamblers by Robert Wood & Robert Williams 7. Internet Poker in Sweden in 2007 by Jakob Jonsson 8. The eCOGRA Global Online Gambler Report by Jonathan Parke, Jane L. Rigbye, Adrian J. Parke, & Leighton Vaughan-Williams 9. The bwin.party Division on Addictions Research Collaborative: Challenges for the Normal Science of Internet Gambling by Debi LaPlante, Sarah Nelson, Richard Labrie, & Howard Shaffer PART 4: CLINICAL ASPECTS 10. Online Gambling among Youth: Cause for Concern? by Mark Griffiths, Jeffrey Derevensky, & Jonathan Parke 11. The Relationship between Internet Gambling and Problem Gambling by Robert Wood, Robert Williams, & Jonathan Parke 12. Investigating the Heterogeneity of Problem Gambling Symptoms in Internet Gamblers by Joanne Lloyd, Helen Doll, Keith Hawton, William H. Dutton, John Geddes, Guy Goodwin, Robert D. Rogers 13. Internet Gambling, Player Protection, and Social Responsibility by Mark Griffiths 14. Online Clinical Support for People with Gambling Problems by Sally Gainsbury & Richard Wood PART 5: LEGAL AND POLICY ISSUES 15. Internet Gambling Law by I. Nelson Rose 16. Internet Gambling Policy in Europe by George Häberling 17. The Only Thing is Uncertainty? Internet Gambling in the United States 1961-2011 by Bo Bernhard & Andrew Montgomery 18. Internet Gambling and the Kahnawà:ke First Nation by Yale Belanger 19. Internet Gambling and Online Crime by John McMullan & Aunshul Rege 20. Policy Options for Internet Gambling by Robert Williams, Robert Wood, & Jonathan Parke
Robert Williams is a professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta and also a Coordinator for the Alberta Gambling Research Institute. Dr. Williams teaches courses on gambling and provides frequent consultation to government, industry, the media, and public interest groups. He is one of the world’s best funded gambling researchers and a leading authority in the socioeconomic impacts of gambling, Internet gambling, prevention of problem gambling, the proportion of gambling revenue deriving from problem gamblers, the prevalence and nature of gambling in Aboriginal communities, the etiology of problem gambling, and best practices in the population assessment of gambling and problem gambling.
Robert Wood is an associate professor of Sociology, and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, at the University of Lethbridge. Over the past decade, Dr. Wood has been involved in a number of large scale research projects, dealing with various socio-cultural aspects of problem gambling. He is known particularly for his studies on Internet gambling, the link between government gambling revenue and problem gamblers, and the prevention of problem gambling among teens.
Jonathan Parke is a senior lecturer at Salford Business School, University of Salford. Dr Parke has published over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, government reports and other publications and has given over 40 conference papers and talks regarding internet gambling, poker-playing, electronic gaming machines and gambling-related risk.