Poker News – While Norway keeps working towards the introduction of a new gambling law, a report from the University of Bergen provided authorities with interesting data about poker and problem gambling.
According to a survey conducted by the institute on a sample of 10,000 people, poker is one of the “safest” games in Norway, even if people think that a new piece of legislation should explicitly include limitations on losses and on gambling advertising.
Trying to understand which gambling games are the more “dangerous” for people at risk of problem gambling and compulsive gambling behaviors, researchers found out that poker carries a risk factor of 1.09 out of 10. The value puts the game in a better and safer spot than most of the gambling games, such as live bingo, online bingo and Belago — a slot-like game played on specific interactive video terminals — scored 8.33, 7.14 and 6.25, respectively.
To calculate the risk factor of different games, the researchers from the University of Bergen used the Canadian Problem Gambling Index (CPGI), a tool based on research on the most common sign and consequences of problem gambling.