Problem Gambling Smartphone App Being Developed

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A new smartphone app is being developed by the University of Las Vegas and Harvard Medical School with the goal of helping problem gamblers with their addiction.

The app is titled "Health-E Gambling" and will point gamblers with a problem to the nearest Gamblers Anonymous location as well as calculate how much money and time are being spent on wagering.

You can track down to the millisecond all of your gambling activity. How long you've been playing. You can track all of the money that you've been spending. You can look at your ups and your downs. You can set limits." said Bo Bernhard, Executive Director of the International Gaming Institute.

The ability to track gambling usage is key, as many gambling addicts have a short memory and often forget their gambling experiences. "If we were to poll people at McCarran Airport about how they did when they were here in Las Vegas, they probably wouldn't have a very strong recall or very precise recall. This app forces you to recall and to measure that," Bernhard said.

The app is set to launch in the spring of 2012 and will be free to download.