Fixed-odds betting terminals have been called the ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling.
That the government has finally moved to limit the damage is welcome, but there is much still to do.
People line up to place bets in the sports book at the South Point hotel-casino in Las Vegas, Nev.
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With leagues lobbying for their share, a thriving illegal market that needs to be stifled, and bettors chomping at the bit, the headaches are just beginning.
Gambling via mobile devices or mobile games has remained largely unregulated in Australia.
The spread of video games from desktop PCs to the pockets of young people everywhere has brought new hazards – in the form of online social gambling.
The U.K., where sports gambling is legal, provides a good source of data for the likely impact in the U.S.
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Many states are pondering making gambling on sports legal after the US Supreme Court overturned a federal ban. But is the industry really worth as much as some say it is?
A screen shows a baseball game next to various betting lines at the Westgate Superbook in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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But those hoping for a boon in tax revenues could be sorely mistaken: Sports betting isn't as lucrative as it's often portrayed to be.
Young people in Africa are getting addicted to online betting through their mobile phones.
Mobile money transfers have been a great asset. But the rise of online betting could threaten its contribution.
A game of cricket at Lords Cricket Ground as captured by an unknown French artist in 1865.
Of all sports, cricket is said to be the epitome of fair play. That has a lot to do with its long history.
A gambling commodity.
It's a breed of dog which deserves a better place in society.
The financial services industry is nothing more than gambling, dressed up in the 'professional' clothing of business.
The Australian Hotels Association (South Australia) has campaigned against the SA Best party’s proposed poker machine reforms.
The Australian Hotels Association of South Australia claims poker machine reforms proposed by Nick Xenophon's SA Best party would wipe out 'many of the 26,000' jobs in the hotel industry. Is that right?
The glum business sentiment is in sectors related to consumer spending.
Business leaders some sectors are feeling less positive about the year ahead because consumers are spending less, according to our analysis of the outlook of leaders of Australia’s ASX 200 companies.
Gamblers feel connected to the machine as hospitality keeps them playing for longer.
Pokies companies want to keep their customers "in the zone", that's why they spend so much to keep tabs on them.
The use of the whip on Australian horse racing is still legal, but is it necessary?
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Banning the whip in Australian horse racing would only deter a minority of race enthusiasts from gambling or watching any events.
The evidence behind Nick Xenophon’s proposed gambling reforms in South Australia is reasonably strong.
Nick Xenophon says the proposals encapsulated in his party’s gambling policy for the South Australian election are just the start of a wider push for reform.
A Friend in Need (1903).
Cassius Marcellus Coolidge
With a proposition bet, the odds are always against you.
Money gambled on pokies is frequently diverted from other, often more productive purposes, such as mortgage repayments, rent or other entertainment.
Disadvantage predicts the extent of poker machine losses far more in Tasmania than in other Australian states and territories.
On December 30, 1967 the UK's highest court drew a line in the sand over the rise of casinos. Here's what happened next.
Players of video game
Star Wars Battlefront II can emulate a dogfight from the new film Star Wars: The Last Jedi in TIE and X-wing fighters.
Star Wars Battlefront II, which lets you play parts of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, ignited debate among gamers, industry and governments that may change how video games are played and make money.
Kids love Angry Birds. But features in the latest version of the game allow exchange of cash for game progress.
In-app purchases and 'loot boxes' in mobile games deliver easy cash for developers and publishers of digital games - and kids are easily sucked in.
Playing to win, set up to lose.
Ireland is the 'wild west' of gambling, with little regulation to protect people from the potential social harm. This needs to change.