Online casino games may up gambling risk in young: Study

Called social casino games, they let people try their hand at casino table games, slots, poker or bingo without betting real money

Free online casino gaming may build excitement for gambling among adolescents and encourage the transition into monetary gambling, according to a study.

The research, published in the journal BMC Public Health, shows that free gambling-themed games may be a gateway to paid gambling for young people, and gameplay is linked with a higher risk of gambling problems among some adolescents.

While bricks-and-mortar casinos and legal gambling websites are off-limits to adolescents, free online games are open to anyone, said researchers from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Canada.

Called social casino games, they let people try their hand at casino table games, slots, poker or bingo without betting real money.

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