The financial hardship brought on by the Covid-19 restrictions and economic downturn is expected to cause a spike in problem gambling. Canterbury University professor of marketing Dr Ekant Veer, who closely studies social change and consumption patterns, said research showed there was a link between problem gambling and financial hardship. Salvation Army Oasis Centre for Problem Gambling team leader Graham Payne expected to see a spike in gambling as restrictions eased, with a particular concern over pokie machines within pubs and bars. Problem Gambling Foundation spokeswoman Andrée Froude echoed Payne’s concerns around pokie machines. The majority of people that seek help for a gambling problem do so because of pokie machines,” she said.
Source: Otago Daily Times May 22, 2020 02:37 UTC