101543: How Working in a Gaming Venue Can Lead to Problem Gambling

The Experiences of Six Gaming Venue Staff

About the Course:

Arising from a larger study into workplace influences on gambling among employees who work in hotels, clubs, and casinos in Queensland, Australia, this paper presents six case studies of staff with gambling problems. All six developed their gambling problems while working in gaming venues. Semi-structured interviews were conducted and analysed thematically to reveal several ways in which the work environment in gaming venues influences the gambling behaviour of these staff. An understanding of these workplace influences on problem gambling can inform identification of appropriate interventions.


The Journal of Gambling Issues

Publication Date:

July 2008, Issue 21


Nerilee Hing and Helen Breen

About the Author:

The authors are associated with the Centre for Gambling Education and Research, Southern Cross University, Lismore, New South Wales, Australia.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about how working in a gaming venue can lead to problem gambling. It is appropriate for introductory to intermediate levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss the rationale for examining gambling prevalance among gaming venue workers given contextual influences on gambling recognized by public health models.

  2. Explain the methodology of the described study, including participant characteristics and interview topics.

  3. Identify patterns, themes, and conclusions emerging from interview results.

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