A new study has concluded that casino workers are at no greater risk for developing gambling problems than the general public, and in fact, that exposure to gambling products can in some cases lower the chances of gambling addiction.
The study, conducted by gaming academic Sudhir Kale and two problem gambling researchers, Zhonglu Zeng and David Forrest, was published in the Journal of Gambling Studies. It was aimed at debunking the belief that casino employees are at greater risk of problem gambling, a belief held by governments in a number of jurisdictions in Asia.
“The results of our study instead suggest that indicators of heavy gambling involvement among casino employees were no higher than among other residents of Macau. In terms of gambling frequency, casino employees actually played less often than the general adult population in China’s gaming mecca,” said Kale, speaking to casino.org.