Games like Pokémon GO cleverly exploit our psychology in the way they dole our rewards to keep players hooked.
The Pokemon GO craze has tapped in to our desire to seek out rewards. But there different types of rewards in life, each designed to capture our attention, even train our behaviour.
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.
A greyhound at a protest the abuse of greyhounds at the hands of the racing industry.
The greyhound industry has been numerous opportunities to reform like any other industry. But it failed and that why it deserves to be shut down.
Can greyhound racing be ethically justified?
The huge numbers of unwanted dogs killed by the greyhound racing industry has led the New South Wales government to outlaw the sport.
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?
A games experts explains the more complex ways to gamble on Euro 2016 and what the risks are.
Nick Xenophon and NXT candidate for the seat of Mayo, Rebekha Sharkie, at a meeting in the Adelaide Hills.
The Nick Xenophon Team is to this election what the Palmer United Party was to the 2013 one. It is potentially the 'next big new thing' in the Senate.
But always gamble responsibly...
Are the odds in favor of big computer-assisted bettors?
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Are regular bettors and the house helped or hurt when deep-pocketed, high-volume computer-assisted bettors are wagering? Mathematicians used game theory to model this new wrinkle in parimutuel betting.
Computers could help Blackjack players get much better at card counting in the future.
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.
Not our natural habitat. Risk and money go hand in hand.
The desire to fritter away our pay packet on the roll of a dice may not be hardwired at all. So where does it come from?
Put it all on green?
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Lottery-linked accounts helped England wage its Nine Years' War in the 17th century. Could it help the rest of us save more money today?
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Why two-thirds of the adult population in the UK bet on this annual horse race.
The controversy over gambling companies and sport masks a much bigger problem most of us seem ok with.
£33m lottery winners David and Carol Martin.
Coming into a fortune is definitely not the route to happiness. Here's what you can do to stay chipper.
Who wants to gamble on a sport if they know the result has been fixed before the game is played?
The tennis world is the latest sport to be rocked by allegations of corruption, this time by reports of match fixing. So who are the winners and losers when such allegations are made?
A mathematician looks at the odds.
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?