ICRG Conference

The ICRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction

The International Center for Responsible Gaming (ICRG) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to scientific research on gambling disorder and evidence-based educational programming. The ICRG’s mission is to help individuals and families affected by gambling disorder through the highest quality research and education. Nearly $40 million has been committed to the ICRG through contributions from the casino gaming industry, equipment manufacturers, vendors, related organizations and individuals

The 21st ICRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction, in conjunction with Global Gaming Expo (G2E),  is the leading annual forum on gambling disorder and responsible gambling. Healthcare providers, researchers, public health professionals, gaming regulators and gaming industry professionals will convene in Las Vegas on Sunday, October 4 and Monday, October 5 at the Sands Expo, to learn about the latest research on gambling disorders and new responsible gambling strategies while exchanging ideas with attendees from all over the world.

Featuring one of the most diverse audiences of all gambling conferences, the ICRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction strives to meet the varied needs and interests of all attendees by offering the following:

  • Talks by the leading innovators in the field of addiction and gambling disorder
  • A special track designed to help regulators and the gaming industry develop safe and effective responsible gambling programs and regulations
  • Up to 14 continuing education hours approved by NAADAC, NBCC, APA and other certifying agencies for healthcare providers
  • A poster session providing researchers and students the opportunity to showcase their new research on gambling disorder

ICRG Webinar Series

What People Do in 12-Step Programs that Mobilizes Change and Why

Dr. Tonigan will explore the active ingredients and mechanisms of change in 12-step programs, with an emphasis on what may translate to Gamblers Anonymous.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify one ingredient in 12-Step programs that facilitates behavioral change
  • Identify possible implications for better understanding Gamblers Anonymous

J. Scott Tonigan, PhD, is Research Professor in the department of psychology at the University of New Mexico. His research interests include behavior change in mutual-help programs, assessment instruments, and empirically supported treatments.

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Patterns of Daily Fantasy Sports Play: Implications for the Emerging US Sports Betting Market

Recent Federal legislative changes in the United States have led some states to liberalize gambling regulations to allow sports betting, with many more on the way. In response to these changes in the United States gambling landscape, researchers, policymakers and the general public have expressed concerns that this expansion could have adverse effects on public health. Though we have very little evidence about sports betting in the United States, primarily because of the newness of the market, there are lessons we can learn about what we might expect in this emerging market from the case of daily fantasy sports (DFS). DFS subscriber behavior can provide valuable information about population patterns, potential risk factors, and exposure and adaptation trends we might expect to see as sports betting becomes more accessible. This webinar reviews recent work examining the actual play patterns of subscribers to a large daily fantasy sports provider with a focus on how these findings might provide insight about what to expect in the emerging US sports betting market. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the differences between DFS and traditional season-long fantasy sports and how those difference might relate to risk for addiction
  • Describe the exposure and adaptation effect as it applies to DFS and what we might expect to observe in the emerging US sports betting market
  • Identify at least two risk factors that might predict failure to adapt among vulnerable individuals

Dr. Sarah Nelson is the director for research at the Division on Addiction, Cambridge Health Alliance, and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. At the Division, Nelson’s work covers many facets of addiction, including the relationship between psychiatric comorbidity and DUI offense, how best to develop community recovery environments for youth with substance use problems, and the distribution and determinants of gambling and gambling problems. Her gambling work includes studies of internet gambling and daily fantasy sports play, evaluations of responsible gambling programs, assessments of gambling treatment service systems, and the development of predictive models based on early online play patterns to detect subscribers who are at risk for gambling problems. Recently, Nelson has been working with actual player records from a large daily fantasy sports (DFS) providers to understand patterns of play across time.

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  • If you have questions for the International Center for Responsible Gaming, please contact:

    Christine Reilly
    Senior Research Director, ICRG
    978-338-6610

  • If you have questions about G2E Education, please contact:

    Alison O’Connor
    Education Coordinator, G2E
    203-840-5407

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