Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 347–358 | Cite as

First Year Impacts of Casino Gambling in a Community

  • Richard Govoni
  • G. Ron Frisch
  • Nicholas Rupcich
  • Heather Getty


Gambling has become both a major pastime for Canadians and a multibillion dollar industry providing provincial governments with an increasing proportion of their annual revenues. The continuing trend toward the legalization of gambling has made research on the public health impacts of gambling increasingly important to citizens and decision-makers. This article presents first year results of a multi-year project to measure the impact of the opening of Casino Windsor on gambling behaviour in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. A random telephone survey of gambling behaviour was conducted with 2,682 adult residents of metropolitan Windsor prior to the opening of Casino Windsor, and was repeated with 2,581 residents one year later. There were no statistically significant changes in the rates of problem and pathological gambling among men, women, or the general population one year following the opening of the casino. Although there was some evidence of higher-spending gamblers within the post-casino sample, no statistically significant differences were found between pre- and post-casino per capita gambling expenditures. Implications of these results for the future measurement and treatment of problem and pathological gambling are discussed.


Public Health General Population Health Impact Pathological Gambling Telephone Survey 
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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Govoni
    • 1
  • G. Ron Frisch
    • 1
  • Nicholas Rupcich
    • 1
  • Heather Getty
    • 1
  1. 1.University of WindsorCanada

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