This Tuesday saw the statement that people who suffer from gambling addictions might be victims of the way the industry works. Bo J. Bernhard, a Professor on Responsible Gambling explained that the bad state of the gambling regulation in gaming hubs such as Macau and Las Vegas is the reason why people have much bigger access to participating in gaming activities and thus their chance of developing addictions are surging.
Mr. Bernhard is an Executive Director of the UNLV International Gaming Institute and he clarified that the rates of gambling addiction in places where people gather to play are not higher by default. This means that addictions are not entirely caused by internal drives, but also they are driven by the environment and the rules which apply to it. According to the professor, convenience gambling which is readily available for anyone to participate in is able to amass more revenue and social costs than the gambling in integrated resorts.