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Electronic gambling machines: Influence of a clock, a cash display, and a precommitment on gambling time

Robert Ladouceur, Serge Sévigny


This study investigated the influence of three features of electronic gambling machines (clock, cash display, and precommitment on gambling time) on gambling behaviour. Participants gambled with their own money in their natural environment. Using behavioural and self-reported measures, the study found that a majority of players reported the cash display as being a helpful feature for controlling gambling activities, but neither the clock nor the precommitment on gambling time device as being helpful. The authors concluded that the clock and precommitment on gambling time device may not be instrumental in promoting responsible gambling.


EGM; responsible gambling; clock; precommitment; display

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