Internet Poker in Sweden in 2007

Authored by: Robert J. Williams , Robert T. Wood , Jonathan Parke

Routledge International Handbook of Internet Gambling

Print publication date:  June  2012
Online publication date:  November  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415594431
eBook ISBN: 9780203814574
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780203814574-7

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Abstract

As a clinical psychologist specializing in problem gambling, I met my first Internet poker player seeking treatment in 2003. He and subsequent others had many similarities with other problem gamblers playing other games, but there were also differences. Their erroneous gambling beliefs were poker-specific and some had actually been very successful players. This new group of problem gamblers sparked an interest to know more about online poker players. This chapter presents highlights from my contribution to the Swedish government evaluation of the introduction of Internet poker at Svenska Spel (a state-owned gambling operator).

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