Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 249–263 | Cite as

Pathological gambling: A comparison of gambling at German-style slot machines and “Classical” gambling

  • Thomas Fabian


German-style slot machines and related legal issues are described. On the basis of a survey on 437 members of self-help groups (Gamblers Anonymous) in Germany, slot machine gamblers were compared with casino gamblers on such variables as sociodemographic data, gambling behaviour, financial expenditure, emotional experience while gambling, symptoms of pathological gambling, psychosocial consequences and gambling related delinquency. The casino gamblers' gambling behaviour is financially more extensive. There were similarities regarding the emotional intensity of the gambling experience. However the casino gamblers show more pronounced symptoms of pathological gambling and the psychosocial consequences of their gambling behaviour are more severe. In spite of these differences, the data show that for young people slot machines can be as stimulating and therefore as dangerous as casino gambling. The young slot machine gambler runs a similar risk of acquiring a pathological gambling habit as the casino gambler.


Young People Pathological Gambling Emotional Experience Gambling Behaviour Legal Issue 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Fabian
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  1. 1.Fachbereich SocialwesenHochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Kultur Leipzig (FH)LeipzigFederal Republic of Germany

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