Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 30, Issue 3, pp 609–623 | Cite as

Determinants of Internet Poker Adoption

  • Kahlil S. Philander
  • B. Lillian Abarbanel
Original Paper


In nearly all jurisdictions, adoption of a new form of gambling has been a controversial and contentious subject. Online gambling has been no different, though there are many aspects that affect online gambling that do not appear in the brick and mortar environment. This study seeks to identify whether demographic, economic, political, technological, and/or sociological determinants contribute to online poker gambling adoption. A theoretical discussion of these categories’ importance to online poker is provided and exploratory empirical analysis is used to examine their potential validity. The analysis revealed support for all of the proposed categories of variables thought to be predictive of online gambling legality.


Internet gambling Online poker Gambling policy Gaming determinants 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.William F. Harrah College of Hotel AdministrationUniversity of Nevada, Las VegasLas VegasUSA
  2. 2.William F. Harrah College of Hotel AdministrationUniversity of Nevada, Las VegasLas VegasUSA

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