Gamban, after announcing an agreement with the New Jersey Council on Compulsive Gambling (800GAMBLER), commented on the “rise of online gambling” in the Garden State .
Citing a study on the “Prevalence of Gambling in New Jersey” from the Rutgers School of Social Work alongside the announcement, the organization reports that “more and more people may find themselves at risk of developing a gambling problem.”
Online gambling blocking app
Regarding the link-up, Jack Symons, co-founder and director of Gamban, said he is very happy that the online gambling blocking app has been made available by the New Jersey Council on Compulsive Gambling to anyone who call the 1.800.GAMBLER helpline.
The group expanded on the partnership in a media release by saying: “Now anyone in New Jersey, whose online gambling has become problematic, can claim Gamban to install on all their devices and block online gambling sites and apps.
“If you live in New Jersey and find yourself struggling with your relationship with gambling, reach out to 800-GAMBLER, A helpline for hope: support for gambling problems is just a phone call or click away.”
The aforementioned study by Rutgers School of Social Work, a college at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, found that ease, 24-7 access, the comfort of home gaming, rewards such as incentives and free credits, and the use of free play or social networking sites were the most influential factors in starting online gambling.
Frequency of gambling
The study also showed that 42.2 percent of non-problem gamblers gamble less than once a month and are considered low frequency, but high-frequency gambling rates were 51.6 percent, 61.3 percent and 89.4 percent, respectively, among the low, moderate and high-risk problem gambling categories.
Gamban said: “This is a particularly worrying amount, especially when considering more than 31 per cent of online gamblers said they gambled online from work or during work hours; of those gamblers, 40 per cent gambled one or two days a week and nearly 24 per cent gambled three to five days per week.”
The business announced earlier in the month that the Norwegian gambling monopoly Norsk Tipping had selected Gamban to provide gambling blocking tools for its customers.
By blocking unlicensed sites on a user’s computers, the move was said to be intended to provide support to individuals who have chosen to self-exclude in Norway.