Macau study used to create profile of hypothetical problem gambler

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A gambling prevalence study conducted by Macau experts was used to create a profile of a hypothetical problem gambler.
Wai Ming To and Gui-Hai Huang of Macao Polytechnic University conducted the survey, which included 1,352 Macau casino visitors. One-third of the participants were Macau residents, while the other half were from mainland China.
The study, titled “Profiling of Gamblers and Problem Gamblers Among Casino Patrons in Macau SAR,” was used to create a profile of a typical problem gambler, with researchers claiming that a middle-aged Chinese man who is separated, widowed, divorced, and lives alone has the highest probability of having a gambling problem.

Furthermore, research found that being between the ages of 35 and 54, as well as belonging to the Buddhist faith, influenced gambling behavior.

“While the association between Buddhism and problem gambling may appear surprising, it can be explained that Chinese men influenced by Confucianism and Buddhism see gambling, including casino gambling, as a socially reinforced activity and a way of testing one’s luck and fate,” according to the study.

Participants in the survey reported gambling in casinos at least once in the previous 12 months, with more than 90% reporting gambling in Macau casinos and slot lounges. The most popular forms of gambling were slot machines, baccarat, and Sic Bo.

The median monthly gambling expenditure, according to the report, was HK$1,845 (US$235.24).

“In terms of the frequency, duration, and monthly expenditure on gambling, the study’s results showed that the median frequency of gambling was 24 times a year, and the median duration of each gambling session was three hours,” the study continued.

Finally, the report presented a startling statistic: one in every five Macau casino visitors was a problem gambler.

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