About the study
Prepared by a team led by Matthew Rockloff, this research examined the impact of jackpots from electronic gaming machines (EGM) on player behaviour.
The researchers asked 'do jackpots and linked jackpots increase the likelihood of risky gambling behaviour and gambling related harm, and to what extent do jackpots enhance the player experience?'
The findings suggest:
This research is useful in that it provides findings to suggest that jackpots are appropriate targets for regulatory attention. Jackpot expiry may be a targeted solution that preserves the entertainment value of jackpots, yet removes the unwanted side-effect of encouraging gambling persistence among players who are losing.
Additionally, extended total gambling time may be an indicator of gambling problems. This is a useful result as it is a behaviour that may be observed unobtrusively by venue staff.
This study was funded through Gambling Research Australia.
Read the report.
How to cite this report
Rockloff M, Nerilee H, Donaldson P, Li E, Browne M & Langham E 2015, The impact of electronic gaming machine jackpots on gambling behaviour. Gambling Research Australia. Melbourne. Main list of gambling research reports here.