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Why do Internet gamblers prefer online versus land-based venues? Some preliminary findings and implications

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dc.contributor.author Wood, Robert T.
dc.contributor.author Williams, Robert J.
dc.contributor.author Lawton, Paul K.
dc.date.accessioned 2007-07-18T19:39:30Z
dc.date.available 2007-07-18T19:39:30Z
dc.date.issued 2007-06
dc.identifier.citation Wood, R. T., Williams, R. J., & Lawton, P. K. (2007). Why do Internet gamblers prefer online versus land-based venues? Some preliminary findings and implications. Journal of Gambling Issues, 20. en
dc.identifier.issn 1494-5185
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/375
dc.description.abstract At a time when land-based gambling opportunities are widely available, why might some people choose or prefer to gamble on the Internet? We investigate this question using qualitative and quantitative data collected from an Internet-based survey of 1,920 Internet gamblers. The primary reasons people gave for preferring Internet gambling were (a) the relative convenience, comfort, and ease of Internet gambling; (b) an aversion to the atmosphere and clientele of land-based venues; (c) a preference for the pace and nature of online game-play; and (d) the potential for higher wins and lower overall expenditures when gambling online. Findings suggest that online venues may offer their clientele a range of experiences and benefits that are perceived to be unavailable at land-based venues. The authors recommend research into whether a competitive edge exists between different aspects of the gambling market, including Internet venues versus land-based gambling establishments. Keywords: gambling, Internet, online, electronic, survey, preference, convenience, expenditures en
dc.description.sponsorship Alberta Gaming Research Institute en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Centre for Addiction and Mental Health en
dc.subject Gambling en
dc.subject Internet Gambling en
dc.title Why do Internet gamblers prefer online versus land-based venues? Some preliminary findings and implications en
dc.type Article en
dc.publisher.faculty School of Health Sciences
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science
dc.publisher.department Sociology
dc.description.peer-review Yes
dc.publisher.institution University of Lethbridge

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