/ Marco Del Maso / Photo story

The Gambler

Gambling in Italy moves to a turnover of 71.6 billion, equivalent to 4% of national GDP. Italy is the first country in the European rankings and third in the world among those who play more. It is estimated that on average each Italian, including babies, spend € 1200 a year at stake. Two million, according to some studies, the players are at risk and 800 000 who suffer from a real addiction, called Ludopatia in Italian. The Bad Bachgard center, in the province of Bolzano, is specializes in treatment for gambling addictions through hippotherapy, the dance therapy, art therapy, group therapy.

Marco Del Maso (1977) is an Italian photojournalist who produces photo essays with a distinctive social character. Topics include neo-nazism in Italy and sex tourism in Thailand.