The Centre for Gambling Studies at the School of Social Work in Rutgers, the state university of New Jersey, has been awarded a $1.2m grant to undertake the first comprehensive investigation of online gambling behaviour in the US.

The three-year study is being funded by New Jersey regulator, the Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE), in partnership with the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, a subsidiary of the state’s Department of Health and Human Services.

It has been launched in response to a mandate from state Governor Chris Christie to assess the impact of online gambling on problematic gambling behaviours across the state.

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