The Florida council on compulsive gaming reported this week that college students in Florida are twice as likely as the general population to be compulsive gamblers.
According to the study, the biggest problem is with young men who are playing poker online. The study indicates that the increased television coverage of live poker tournaments seems to be fueling interest in online poker. In the World Series of Poker this past summer, 8 of the 9 players who made the final table are aged 29 and younger. Of the 7,391 entrants into this year’s WSOP, only 3 percent were women.
According to Gamblers Anonymous in Florida, more young men are coming in with an addiction to online poker.
According to a study from the Annenberg Adolescent Communication Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, 16 percent of those surveyed in a telephone study reported they gamble online; that figure is up from 4.4 percent in 2008.
Students aged 14 to 22 were surveyed by the Annenberg group and results showed that the percentage of high school students who gamble online at least once a month was up from 2.7 percent to 6.2 percent. Although it remains a man’s game, the Annenberg study showed that the number of high school females who gamble online on a monthly basis rose from .5 percent to 1.5 percent.
However, none of the students admitted to gambling online on a weekly basis. Players in the United States can play at online casinos and poker rooms that are operated offshore.