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Statistics and research release

Introducing the Path to Play

Introduction to the Path to Play


This research focuses on building our understanding of what the typical consumer journey looks like, from the beginning of a gambling interaction to the end. It builds on our earlier work to understand why people gamble, and our wider Consumer Voice research.


The intention is to explore this journey specifically from the gambler’s perspective, which may be different to an operator or regulator’s perspective. This will allow us to better understand how consumers experience gambling, what factors influence them, where there may be greater risks for some gamblers, and identify opportunities for intervention.

The aim was to create a framework of the ‘path to play’ indicating the key milestones and stages gamblers go through when they gamble. This is not a ‘one size fits all’ model, as gamblers are not homogenous and everyone’s experience will be slightly different. It is a framework that encompasses the moments typically experienced by consumers, but that also shows how gambling experiences can differ for different people, or in different contexts.

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