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The Growing Up In Australia Longitudinal Study of Australian Children found the most common gambling activity for 16-17 year olds was private betting with friends or family. However, some teenagers reported betting on sports and races which have strict age restrictions requiring people to be 18 years or over.

Australian Institute of Family Studies Director, Anne Hollonds said while most 16-17 year-olds did not gamble, a significant number – one in five boys and one in eight girls – reported spending money on at least one gambling activity in a 12-month period.

“The most common form of gambling for these teenagers was private betting with friends and family with no legal age restrictions, such as cards or maj-jong,” she said.

“However, about 5 per cent of 16-17 year-olds reported betting on sports games as well as horse and dog races which have strict age restrictions.  And despite acceptable proof of age being required for entry into gaming venues, about 2 per cent of 16-17 year-olds – some 9000 teenagers reported having spent money on poker machines, casino table games and Keno.

“Previous research has shown that heavy involvement in gambling during adolescence can lead to a variety of issues such as relationship problems and poor educational outcomes, and some of these young people might be at greater risk of gambling-related harm in the future.”

Institute researcher Dr Rebecca Jenkinson said the study identified a number of factors influencing teenagers’ gambling behaviours including individual differences, the family environment and the behaviour of friends.

“The study found that teenagers were more likely to gamble if they or their friends engaged in risky behaviours such as drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes or using cannabis.  On the other hand, they were less likely to gamble if their friends had a positive attitude towards academic achievement and were interested in doing well at school,” she said.

“Boys who had either been the victim or perpetrator of bullying at school were also more likely to take part in gambling activities. However, this association was not found to be significant for girls.”

Dr Jenkinson said some differences were also observed in young people’s gambling behaviour depending on their parents’ gambling behaviour.

“In households where no resident parent reported having gambled in the previous 12-months, 11 per cent of teenagers had engaged in some type of gambling activity compared to 17 per cent of teenagers in households where one or both parents had gambled,” she said.

“In addition, the percentage of girls who reported playing gambling-like video games was significantly higher if they had a parent who also played these types of games.  However, this was not the case for boys.”

Dr Jenkinson said simulated gambling embedded in some video games was also a risk factor which could increase the likelihood of teenagers gambling with real money and developing gambling problems in the future.

“Our study found that the number of 16-17 year-olds who had spent money on at least one gambling activity in the previous 12 months was significantly higher among those who had also played gambling-like games during that time,” she said.

“These results support the argument that playing gambling-like games may increase the likelihood of some teenagers transitioning to commercial gambling in the future.”

Dr Jenkinson said future policies and initiatives aimed at reducing gambling related harm to young people might consider limiting the availability and marketing of gambling activities, such as ensuring stricter enforcement of acceptable proof of age for online gambling apps and entry into gaming venues.


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Battle for glory in Lightning Box’s Spartan Fire

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Specialist slot provider Lightning Box has prepared for battle with the launch of its latest title, Spartan Fire.

The 4×5 reel slot features 40 paylines as players fight for big wins. With the Wild Eyes symbol acting as a wild, the Spartan Spin feature also turns the Man and Woman icons into wilds for even bigger wins.

If three or more Spartan Shields land on the reels, the Spartan Fire Bonus is triggered, giving players a chance to choose their shields to lead them to glory.

Each shield reveals a different icon, with multipliers, wilds and extra free game(s) to be unlocked.  Players can even win up to nine free games with a 30x multiplier!

Initially exclusively available with Kindred for a two-week period, Spartan Fire will be released through the SG Digital platform.

Peter Causley, CEO and co-founder of Lightning Box, said: “Spartans are famed for battling to great victories and players will experience all the thrills of war in our newest hit, Spartan Fire.

“Its action-packed Bonus Round will see players select their shields for combat, before leading to big wins when the dust settles.”


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Playson introduces stunning new game Pearl Beauty: Hold and Win

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Game developer’s latest title features popular Hold and Win mechanics

Casino software provider Playson is taking players on a voyage to the Far East in search of huge prizes in its new title, Pearl Beauty: Hold and Win.

This 243 ways to win slot transports players to a place of mysticism as they join two adventurous characters on a quest for big wins and bonus features.

The game incorporates the popular Hold and Win mechanics which proved to be a big hit with players in the developer’s Sunny Fruits: Hold and Win.

Pearl Beauty: Hold and Win features a Bonus Game which is triggered by six or more bonus pearl symbols. The special Golden Pearl symbol during the Bonus Game collects the values of the other pearls and immediately adds it to the total win.

During the bonus round, there is an additional chance to win three in-game Jackpots – Mini, Major and Grand – adding even more suspense to that Bonus Game.

Vsevolod Lapin, Head of Product at Playson said: “Featuring renowned Hold and Win mechanics, this taste of the Far East gives players the opportunity to win big prizes in the Bonus Game and would make an exciting addition to any operator’s portfolio.”


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Red Tiger games now live on Caxino

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Portfolio integrated with Rootz’ latest brand

Casino game and software developer Red Tiger has launched its games with exciting new online casino Caxino.

Its players can now experience the provider’s award-winning catalogue in its entirety, with the operator also joining Red Tiger’s acclaimed Daily Drop Jackpots Network featuring daily and hourly jackpots.

Caxino is the latest addition to Rootz’ multi-brand portfolio, which comprises a selection of innovative online casinos that are enjoyed by a rapidly growing global fanbase.

Red Tiger’s Commercial Director, Chris Looney, said: “We are delighted to launch with Caxino, an exciting new site that fits perfectly with Rootz’ engaging customer offering.

“We have no doubt that it will attract an impressive following and that this partnership will be of strong mutual benefit going forward.”

Tony Kjaldstrom, COO at Rootz said: “Partnering with market leading suppliers such as Red Tiger is key to our strategic objectives, so we are thrilled to have the studio on board.

“The company’s games have become deservedly synonymous with quality and consistency, and its catalogue will undoubtedly prove to be a hit on our site.”


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