What Could Augmented Reality Mean For Problem Gambling?

The online gambling world is always changing as technology continues to improve. One of the latest technological advancements in online gambling is augmented reality. 

Augmented reality (AR) gambling mimics the real-world surroundings and interactions of real-world gambling through an app. This means that AR can add items, characters, audio, or a user interface to everyday surroundings, enabling people to gamble right from their couch or while out and about.

Just a few months ago, the first cross-technology, multiplayer AR casino platform was established. Meaning that people can even play with others who are in different locations.

One of the most differentiating elements of AR gambling technology is that, unlike virtual reality, AR does not need players to use headgear or goggles, making it feel even more realistic. Additionally, unlike virtual reality, AR technology can be enjoyed without extra software add-ons, making it more affordable and accessible to players.

With AR being more easily obtainable, it’s important to note the potential risks it might present to players. 

  • Since AR gambling might feel more authentic to players, they could believe they’re just playing a simple video game rather than playing a real game with real money and then wager more money as a result. 
  • Digital payments could be another issue that players should be aware of. Digital payments are the only way to place wagers in augmented or virtual reality casinos. As Before You Bet has previously discussed in a recent blog, digital payments can be a potential risk factor because the absence of a “pause in play,” combined with using a debit or credit card rather than cash, can result in more frequent and/or larger wagers.

Before You Bet always encourages those who choose to gamble to know their risks, set limits and know when to quit. For additional tips on how to gamble responsibly, visit www.beforeyoubet.org/tips-education/ 

And for those who might be struggling with a problem with gambling, BeforeYouBet.org provides educational resources, a quiz that gauges the at-risk levels for problem gambling, and more. Ohioans can also access the free, confidential, 24/7 helpline today by calling 1-800-589-9966 or by texting 4HOPE to 741741.


Some children may be gifted lottery tickets this holiday season, which means now is the time to have a conversation about the dangers of youth gambling with your child. Find fact sheets and discussion guides to prevent youth gambling at http://changethegameohio.org/education/education-for-parents.

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