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Keith Whyte | 2014 Speakers

Executive Director, National Council on Problem Gambling

Washington, USA

Mr. Keith Whyte is executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling in Washington, D.C. He has over 19 years of public policy experience at the national level, including more than 17 years of involvement with gaming and problem gambling. Recognized internationally for his work on gaming policy, Mr. Whyte has presented on gambling issues in 39 states and 13 countries. He has testified before the United States Congress four times and appeared before numerous state legislative and regulatory bodies. Mr. Whyte has written numerous articles, studies and book chapters on gaming, and is frequently quoted in national and international media outlets.

The Next Horizon: Social Casino Games and Responsible Gaming

Co–presented with Dr. Sally Gainsbury

Social casino games are the fastest growing segment of the gaming industry. The number of social casino gamers has doubled between 2010 and 2012 to over 170 million players worldwide, making this triple the size of the online gambling market. There has been a large amount of consolidation between social gaming and gambling companies and some attempt to convert social gamers to gambling sites. Social casino games closely resemble real money gambling opportunities; however, these games are largely unregulated and have very low barriers to play making them highly accessible to all Internet users, including youth.

Dr. Gainsbury and Mr. Whyte will review the development of social casino games and provide results of the first large scale study of those who use both social casino games and online gambling. Proposed responsible gaming standards for social casino games will be discussed and interactive audience participation will be harnessed to allow for audience feedback.



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