Online and social media

Top grossing free-to-play gambling apps in iTunes (April 2013)

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  3. Poker by Zynga (7th overall)
  4. Bingo (20th overall)
  5. Big Fish Casino (24th overall)
  6. Bingo Bash (30th overall)
  7. Double Down Casino (39th overall)
  8. Slots Journey (53rd overall)
  9. Fresh Deck Poker (58th overall)

New research has found a massive expansion in social and online gambling games targeting youth as young as 12 are encouraging young people to become the next generation of gamblers and may be setting them up for problems with gambling.

The Australian-first research says early exposure to gambling is a risk factor for developing problems with gambling.

Canadian-based research by Dr Jeffrey Derevensky supports this revealing that young people who play these social media gambling games are also prone to gambling problems.

A University of Adelaide study by Dr Daniel King has found a significant proportion of young people aged 12-17 are playing simulated gambling games via internet gambling sites, social media, smartphone apps and video games.

Dr King surveyed 1200 Australian teenagers finding 40 per cent who playing gambling games reported a 'preoccupation with gambling' or an intention to gamble in the future.

The Responsible Gambling Guide (PDF - 7007 KB) provides useful facts about social media and gambling and tips for parents and teachers, as well as information about other forms of gambling.