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Domestic violence impacts should be considered when regulators make decisions about granting licenses for poker machines. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

Areas with more poker machines have higher rates of domestic violence

The uneven provisioning of poker machines across Victoria may be contributing to the incidence of domestic violence in areas with many poker machines.
The poker machine industry is a business with a lot at stake – about $11 billion a year, in fact. AAP/Paul Jeffers

Is there any hope for gambling reform in a new parliament?

Polls suggest that Nick Xenophon’s team will win a bag of Senate seats. Along with a re-elected Andrew Wilkie, and the Greens, will there be enthusiasm for gambling reform in the next parliament?
According to new research, the more money people lose gambling, the greater their risk of developing gambling problems – even at relatively low levels of losses. AAP/Julian Smith

Gambling on pokies is like tobacco – no amount of it is safe

Harm minimisation policies should seek to reduce the poker machine gambling of everyone, not just problem gamblers.
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.
In The Gambler, Mark Wahlberg portrays Jim Bennet, a bored literature professor whose gambling debts spiral out of control. POPSUGAR

In The Gambler, an anti-hero story is retold

“Life is a losing proposition,” explains Mark Wahlberg’s literature professor/compulsive gambler Jim Bennett. “You might as well get it over with.” Intent on doing just that, Bennett runs up massive debts…
Slot machines are designed to make losses seem like wins. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

How slots trick gamblers into losing more than they know

A 2011 Massachusetts law allows for the expansion of gambling, including slot machines. That law is now on the November 2014 election ballot for potential repeal. This is a real opportunity for voters…
Your odds of winning are greatly improved if you own a casino.

Losses disguised as wins, the science behind casino profits

Gambling is good business, or at least a profitable one. According to the American Gaming Association, in 2012 the 464 commercial casinos in the US served 76.1 million patrons and grossed $US37.34 billion…
Casinos like this one in Maryland bring benefits as well as costs. The challenge is working out which is greater. www.marylandlivecasino.com

Economic benefits of casinos likely to outweigh costs

During the past two decades, the US casino industry has expanded dramatically. According to the American Gaming Association, there are now nearly 1,000 commercial and tribal casinos in the country. Plans…

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