Across the globe, there has been a renewed interest lately in addressing the subject of gambling. There have been heated debates and the creation of new legislation in many countries in an effort to allow the industry to provide a much-desired pastime while not letting it get out of control and become an addiction. A recent study conducted by Howard Schaffer of the Harvard Medical School determined that only about 1% of gamblers become addicted; however, this has been countered by other studies that show a rate of around 6%.
Regardless of how low the percentage may be, the issue is that addicts reach the point of risking everything they own, resulting in the loss of income, the loss of employment and, ultimately, the loss of their families. Ari Lewski and the team at Digital Sports Tech (DST) are behind initiatives to ensure that others don’t become victims of gambling addiction. Says Lewski, “We aren’t doing our part in the industry if we aren’t playing a role in supporting gambling addiction controls. Even if only one individual suffers from a gambling problem, it’s one too many.”
DST is responsible for bringing to the gambling community some of the most innovative offerings found on the market today. Its Bet Builder prop betting solution has been accepted by many large, well-known sportsbooks around the world, including Ladbrokes, Coral and Caliente, and opened the doors for the creation of its “Same-Game Accumulators” (SGAs) platform last year. SGAs have an unparalleled ability to rapidly generate odds for accumulators that include bet legs that have a related contingency. They allow for a greater degree of interaction with the user and allow for multiple wagering options in a single game.
The minds at DST recognize the necessity of assisting in campaigns to help control problem gambling. They understand that they’re in a great position to work with gambling regulators around the world in creating new policies to protect consumers. It’s a constant struggle, but one that DST gladly embraces.
“It all begins with the anonymous user betting data that we collect” explains Lewski. “This data can be sorted and grouped that could possibly indicate patterns associated with gambling addiction.”
DST is currently supporting campaigns established by groups such as the London and Brussels-based Remote Gambling Association (RGA). The RGA is a trade group of licensed gambling operations throughout Europe and works with regulators to ensure social responsibility on the part of the operators.
The online gambling industry has an even tougher job controlling gambling addiction. The account-based nature of the gambling coupled with the limited data that’s collected makes it difficult to use behavioral analytics in determining possible gambling issues by players. DST is confident that, by sharing its knowledge and technical expertise with its betting operator clients, it will be able to help increase awareness and ensure that all those involved are doing their part to support programs that assist in keeping gambling addiction from becoming a major problem.