In Monday's Globe and Mail, reporter Lisa Priest detailed the exploits of Canada's top 100 gamblers in The million-dollar club: Losing big, losing often. After examining the data, Robert Williams, the Lethbridge co-ordinator of the Alberta Gaming Research Institute, said it is "very likely" a majority of those in the top 100 are problem gamblers.
According to Mr. Williams, it's "scandalous" that governments have not done more to identify and help them - a conclusion he reached after conducting studies that show the highest net losses are sustained by problem players.
Mr. Williams is a professor in the University of Lethbridge's Faculty of Health Sciences. As the world's best funded researcher in gambling, Dr. Williams is an internationally recognized expert in the field. He is also co-editor of International Gambling Studies, one of two primary journals in the field. He is a leading authority in the prevention of problem gambling, internet gambling, the socioeconomic impacts of gambling and the proportion of gambling revenue derived from problem gamblers.
As part of the Globe's ongoing series Bad Bets, Mr. Williams will answer your questions on Tuesday at 11 a.m. ET.
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