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theBreaker.news Podcast: As sports gambling expands, pressure mounts on industry to deal with gambling addiction

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British Columbia’s newest casino is next to its biggest sporting venue.

There was nothing happening at B.C. Place Stadium on March 14, but B.C. Lottery Corporation’s annual New Horizons in Responsible Gambling conference was wrapping up at the 2017-opened Parq Casino conference centre. Sports betting was on the mind of Don Feeney of the United States’ National Council on Problem Gambling.

Feeney unveiled the findings of an Ipsos survey about problem gambling, which was conducted nationwide last November. The survey concluded that the risks for sports and fantasy sports gamblers becoming addicts are twice that of casino and lottery gamblers. 

“Is this because sports betting is inherently more risky or because sports betting is done largely in an unregulated environment? I don’t know,” Feeney said. “Particularly as sports betting expands in the U.S., in Canada, elsewhere in the world, this is where we really need to focus our efforts. For whatever reason this is a population that is of a greater risk than your other forms of gamblers. Fantasy sports gamblers, the difference is even more extreme.”

Listen to highlights of Feeney’s presentation on this edition of theBreaker.news Podcast. 

Plus a salute to St. Patrick’s Day, and Pacific Northwest and Pacific Rim headlines and commentaries.

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