In-play sports betting: a scoping study

Killick, E.A. ORCID: 0000-0002-0576-8081 and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2019. In-play sports betting: a scoping study. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 17 (6), pp. 1456-1495. ISSN 1557-1874

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Technology has changed the nature of gambling practices over the last decade and is continuing to do so. The online sports betting industry has become a rapidly growing sector of the global economy, with online sports betting contributing 37% of the annual online gambling market in Europe. There has been an integration of social and technological processes that has enabled the cultural saliency of contemporary online betting. One of the more newly introduced forms of online sports betting is in-play sports betting behaviour (the betting on events within a sporting event such as football and cricket). In-play sports betting features (such as 'cash out') are increasing in popularity amongst online gambling operators. A scoping study was carried out examining the evolution of this new form of gambling practice which included both a systematic literature review and the examination of 338 online gambling websites that offered sports betting. The present study identified a comprehensive list of what in-play betting features are currently being offered on online gambling websites as well as other information concerning in-play sports betting. A total of 16 academic papers and two 'grey literature' reports and were identified in the systematic review. Out of 338 online gambling websites that were visited, 26% of these offered at least on in-play betting feature. Results from the systematic review suggest that in-play sports betting has the potential to be more harmful than other ways of gambling because of the inherent structural characteristics.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Creators: Killick, E.A. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Springer
Date: December 2019
Volume: 17
Number: 6
ISSN: 1557-1874
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Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 19 Apr 2018 09:42
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2021 15:19

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