Pokies are great money-spinners for hotels, clubs and casinos in Australia, and increasingly internationally.
The harm pokies cause is widespread and tends to affect those already under significant stress. $1 bets are a good first step toward reducing this harm.
You are far more likely to die driving to buy your ticket than you are to actually win first division in the lottery.
EPA/Erik S. Lesser
If winning first division in the lotto is very unlikely, why is playing so popular?
Stephen Conroy is to head up a new gambling industry body, Responsible Wagering Australia.
The gambling industry certainly holds an attraction for former politicians. Perhaps it’s all that money, and the attraction of staying in the game – even if at a peripheral level.
Domestic violence impacts should be considered when regulators make decisions about granting licenses for poker machines.
The uneven provisioning of poker machines across Victoria may be contributing to the incidence of domestic violence in areas with many poker machines.
How do myths about poker machines develop?
While it is up for debate as to whether there are questions to be answered about various industry tactics and links to politicians, what isn’t a secret is how poker machines actually work.
Sports betting in Australia has been growing rapidly in recent years – all that advertising seems to be paying off.
Gambling losses in Australia are now close to $23 billion. What's driving this? And do we need to reform gambling regulation?
In the pink? Betting companies have been on our screens in the hunt for gamblers.
There were 1.39m gambling ads on television in 2012.
Former NSW premier Barry O'Farrell struck a deal with ClubsNSW while in opposition.
There is a coterie of politicians on both sides who are trusted, or at any rate supported by, the pokies lobby.
The poker machine industry is a business with a lot at stake – about $11 billion a year, in fact.
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?
The government has vowed to close a loophole that allows some online bookmakers to circumvent the ban on online in-play betting.
Online wagering is likely to be very harmful to a new generation of gamblers who habitually use mobile devices. It has the capacity to be very high intensity.
Tennis provides an excellent example of a sport of global significance being tainted by gambling’s influence.
The current controversy over match-fixing in tennis has some ironic elements. Anyone watching the Australian Open on free-to-air TV will notice the proliferation of sports betting ads.
Barry O'Farrell was tasked with reviewing Australia’s online gambling regulations.
Online in-play betting is likely to be a big growth area for the bookies, and consequently for TV stations. If legalised, what harm might this bring?
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.
Harm minimisation policies should seek to reduce the poker machine gambling of everyone, not just problem gamblers.
Australia has one poker machine for every 114 people.
Australians seem uniquely vulnerable to the siren call of poker machines. Here are 15 reasons that suggest why this is so, what impact it has, and what can be done about it.
Why are pokies so attractive? And why do we spend so much on them?
The basic characteristics of pokies, combined with constantly refined game features, provide a stimulus to the brain that, in many cases, leads to a form of addiction.
Former minister Peter Garrett retracted claims about receiving cash in an envelope from a representative of a gambling industry lobby group.
The gambling industry knows how to wield power, and does it with great expertise, backed by significant resources.
Those concerned with the growing harms of online gambling will be disappointed with the terms of reference of a new Australian review.
At least 75% of those with a gambling problem have it because of poker machines in clubs or pubs. Yet we see little concern from the government about this group.
Gambling ads are everywhere professional sport is played, from players’ guernseys to stadium displays and on television.
Sports betting hasn’t quite got the hold on Australians that poker machines have – yet. We can stop the harm from growing if we act early.
The Kirner government passed legislation in 1991 to enable a duopoly to establish poker machine venues in local hotels and clubs in Victoria.
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.
“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…