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      The effects of a mandatory play break on subsequent gambling among Norwegian video lottery terminal players

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          Abstract

          Background and aims

          Responsible gambling (RG) tools and initiatives have been introduced by social RG operators as a means to help prevent problem gambling. One such initiative is the use of mandatory play breaks (i.e., forced session terminations). Recommendations by RG experts for gambling operators to implement mandatory play breaks appear to be intuitively sensible but are not evidence-based.

          Methods

          The present authors were given access by the Norwegian gambling operator Norsk Tipping to data from 7,190 video lottery terminal (VLT) players who gambled between January and March 2018. This generated 218,523 playing sessions for further analysis. Once a gambling session reaches a 1-hr play duration, a forced session termination of 90 s comes into effect. This study evaluated the effect of mandatory play breaks on subsequent gambling.

          Results

          Compared to similar sessions identified using a matched-pairs design, results demonstrated that there was no significant effect of the forced termination regarding the amount of money staked in the subsequent gambling session or on the time duration of the subsequent gambling session.

          Conclusions

          Although expenditure was higher in the subsequent 24 hr for terminated sessions, this is likely due to higher intensity gamblers being more likely to trigger mandatory breaks. Implications of these findings are discussed.

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                Author and article information

                Journal
                J Behav Addict
                J Behav Addict
                jba
                JBA
                Journal of Behavioral Addictions
                Akadémiai Kiadó (Budapest )
                2062-5871
                2063-5303
                20 September 2019
                September 2019
                : 8
                : 3
                : 522-529
                Affiliations
                [1 ]Neccton GmbH , Müllendorf, Austria
                [2 ]International Gaming Research Unit, Psychology Department, Nottingham Trent University , Nottingham, UK
                Author notes
                [* ]Corresponding author: Mark D. Griffiths; International Gaming Research Unit, Psychology Department, Nottingham Trent University, Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU, UK; Phone: +44 115 848 2401; E-mail: mark.griffiths@ 123456ntu.ac.uk
                Article
                10.1556/2006.8.2019.51
                7044625
                31537088
                © 2019 The Author(s)

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium for non-commercial purposes, provided the original author and source are credited, a link to the CC License is provided, and changes – if any – are indicated.

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                Figures: 7, Tables: 2, Equations: 0, References: 16, Pages: 18
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                Funding sources: This research was funded by Norsk Tipping, the Norwegian Government’s national lottery operator.
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