Online Gambling in the Midst of COVID-19

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This paper reports on a study undertaken by the Centre for the Advancement of Best Practices at The Responsible Gambling Council (Canada).

The study examined the emerging impact of COVID-19 on gambling during the first 6 weeks of emergency measures in Ontario, Canada.

A cross-sectional online survey of 2005 gamblers, including a sub-sample of 1,081 online gamblers (age 18 years and older), was administered to assess risky gambling behaviours and motivations, financial impacts from COVID-19, the influence of COVID-19 on online gambling, mental health concerns and substance use.