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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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Portugal’s Online Gambling Revenue Increases in Q3 2019

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Serviço Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos do Turismo de Portugal (SRIJ), the Portuguese gambling regulator, has reported that the state’s iGaming operations brought in €54.1m ($60.3m) in revenue for Q3 2019, making it the seventh consecutive quarter of increased revenue.

The Q3 figures represent a 39.1% increase when compared with the revenue generated for the same period the previous year. The Q3 revenue was also up €5.8 million from what the online market took in the second quarter. For Q2, the Portuguese online gambling and betting market reported total revenue of €48.3 million.

The state’s gambling regulator also grossed €23.6 million in tax revenue from online gambling operations. During the same period the previous year, the tax contribution from the online gambling sector was just €6.4 million.

Online casinos contributed €28.2 million to the overall revenue, up €8.8 million from what it grossed during Q3 2018. Overall sports betting revenue generated by online sportsbooks in Portugal was reported €25.9 million. For Q2 2019, the sports betting operations generated €23 million in revenue.

Online sportsbooks in Portugal reported a total Q3 betting handle of €114 million. The majority of the bets were placed on football. The total betting handle in Q3 was up €1.9 million when compared with Q2 2019.


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Colombia’s Coljuegos Reports Strong iGaming Growth for 2018–19

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Coljuegos, Colombia’s gambling regulatory agency, has reported that the tax revenue from online gambling licensees grew 106.3% for the year ending October 31, 2019 to COP65.97bn ($19.6m), with total collections for gambling across all channels up 15.5% to COP617.21bn.

Retail bookmakers accounted for the bulk of tax revenue, bringing in COP377.25bn, 61% of the market, a 10.6% increase year-on-year. The SuperAstro Lottery followed, with a 14% share of the market, accounting for COP88.72bn of the total tax take, a 15.2% year-on-year increase.

Online operators’ COP65.97bn made up 10% of the market, though the channel’s growth was the fastest of any legal form of gambling. Baloto and Revancha lottery games made up 10% and 3% respectively, bringing in COP59.71bn and COP20.45bn, while their combined growth was 3.3%.

For the calendar year, the Colombian gambling market is projected to reach COP664.83bn, a 15.7% year-on-year increase. Money collected by Coljuegos is used to fund public healthcare in the country.

“Nothing is more satisfying than working for an entity in which everything we do helps to finance the health of more than 1.6 million Colombians a year,” Juan B. Pérez Hidalgo, president of Coljuegos said.


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