June 14, 2019 | Maryland Conference on Problem Gambling

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The conversation around what is gaming and what is gambling is ever evolving. In this presentation, we’ll cover recent trends such as loot boxes and esports gambling. We’ll also discuss connections between what appears to be problematic gaming behavior and problem gambling behavior. Finally, we will talk about what’s next: what can we as behavioral health providers expect in the near future, and what we can do to address issues in problem gambling.

Slide Deck


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