The Society for the Study of Gambling was formed in 1977 to provide a forum for those concerned with research into gambling, to promote its scientific study especially as far as the psychological, legal, social and economic aspects are concerned, and to inform and educate the public about these matters.

The Society holds two meetings a year which have, so far, always taken place in London. Meetings are held under The Chatham House Rule . These meetings cover a wide range of topics reflecting current issues concerning legislation and the new Gambling Act, regulation, technology both on and off-line, research and statistics, probity and social responsibility, and aspects of gambling activitity as they relate to all sectors of the gambling field.