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Problem gamblers engage in “magical thinking” and chase their losses, even though poker machines are set to benefit the house. Flickr/Michael Dorausch

Gambling with time: how making poker machines fair would reduce the harms of gambling

What if the worst thing a problem poker machine gambler could lose was time, instead of their mortgage? Welcome to the concept of actuarially fair gambling.
The Kirner government passed legislation in 1991 to enable a duopoly to establish poker machine venues in local hotels and clubs in Victoria. AAP/Dan Peled

Pokies in Victoria: Joan Kirner’s difficult legacy

Joan Kirner was persuaded by an eager pro-gambling lobby that the financial benefits would save Victoria – and her government. But they certainly didn’t save her government.

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