A key objective of the research is to identify and measure a range of factors within electronic gaming machine (EGM) players and within the EGM gaming environment, which may influence the ability of gamblers to adhere to pre-committed limits. The study was undertaken by Schottler Consulting, Brisbane.
Pre-commitment in the context of this study is defined as monetary and other limits set for gambling by a player to guide their personal behaviours. Pre-commitment in this study does not involve the use of pre-commitment technology to prompt players to set and stick to their commitments.
Past research has examined pre-commitment on an attitudinal level. This study sets out to explore the topic through both further attitudinal research and also from a behavioural perspective.
Although the study has identified a range of emerging insights, the study is exploratory and based on a conservative sample. From this perspective, it presents an early step in a new direction requiring further analysis and investigation.
The time of setting pre-commitment levels and the type of pre-commitment made can impact on player behaviour, resulting in pre-commitment levels being exceeded.
The study shows that players are more likely to exceed their expenditure limit, if they experience the following during gaming machine play:
* an increase in the number of free spins (after moving from the first to the second gaming machine)
* being highly absorbed and involved in gaming machine play
* stronger ëurges to continueí during gaming machine play
* high excitement after receiving features during gaming machine play.
Problem gamblers who exceed expenditure limits tend to play at a faster rate of play than low risk gamblers.