Assisting problem gamblers in the gaming venue: an assessment of practices and procedures followed by frontline hospitality staff
NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in International Journal of Hospitality Management. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in International Journal of Hospitality Management, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 459-467.
This study examined how frontline hospitality staff respond to patrons with gambling problems in gaming venues. Personal interviews with 48 staff in Queensland Australia yielded rich in-depth data. While overall, staff were confident they could identify signs of problem gambling and procedures to follow if patrons ask for assistance with a gambling problem, uncertainty and unresolved challenges persist over how to respond to problem gamblers who do not request assistance. While better training, systems and processes may improve staff interventions, continued reliance on human judgement and discretion are likely to see the vast majority of problem gamblers in venues ignored.
Pre-print of: Hing, N & Nuske, E 2011, 'Assisting problem gamblers in the gaming venue: an assessment of practices and procedures followed by frontline hospitality staff', International Journal of Hospitality Management, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 459-467.
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