An empirical attempt to operationalize chasing losses in gambling utilizing account-based player tracking data

Auer, M. and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2022. An empirical attempt to operationalize chasing losses in gambling utilizing account-based player tracking data. Journal of Gambling Studies. ISSN 1050-5350

1565255_Griffiths.pdf - Published version

Download (878kB) | Preview


In recent years, account-based player tracking data have been utilized as a potential tool to identify problem gambling online and associated markers of harm. One established marker of harm among problem gamblers is chasing losses, and chasing losses is a key criterion for gambling disorder in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Given the paucity of research with respect to chasing losses among online casino players using account-based data, the present study developed five metrics that may be indicative of chasing behavior: These were (i) within-session chasing, (ii) across-session chasing, (iii) across-days chasing, (iv) regular gambling account depletion, and (v) frequent session depositing. The authors were given access by a European online casino to raw data of all players who had placed at least one bet or wagered at least once during December 2021 (N = 16,771 players from the UK, Spain, and Sweden). Results indicated that frequent session depositing reflected chasing losses better than any of the other four metric operationalizations used. While frequent session depositing appears to be more indicative of chasing losses than the other four metrics, all the metrics provide useful information which can be used to help identify problematic gambling behavior online.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Gambling Studies
Creators: Auer, M. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Date: 14 July 2022
ISSN: 1050-5350
Rights: © The Author(s) 2022. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons licence, and indicate if changes were made. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article’s Creative Commons licence, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If material is not included in the article’s Creative Commons licence and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder. To view a copy of this licence, visit
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 14 Jul 2022 13:37
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2022 13:37

Actions (login required)

Edit View Edit View


Views per month over past year


Downloads per month over past year