Evidence to the Victorian Royal Commission into Crown’s Melbourne casino shows the emptiness of ‘responsible gambling’ strategies.
How many happy gamblers, jobs and profits does it take to make up for the suicides, bankruptcies and domestic violence? Regulators must make cost-benefit guesstimates when considering applications.
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 Tasmanian election result was an emphatic win for Will Hodgman, but he lost a fair bit of skin along the way.
Pokies, housing, hospitals and gun laws might have been the specific issues that dominated the campaign, but the decisive factor was Tasmanians’ enduring apprehension about minority government.
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 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.
Poker machine reform is at the centre of the upcoming Tasmanian state election.
The Tasmanian Liberal party is promoting gaming industry estimates that ‘around 5,000 jobs’ would be at risk if poker machines were removed from pubs and clubs in Tasmania. Are the estimates correct?
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.
This court case has potential ramifications for every poker machine in Australia.
A court case against a poker machine manufacturer and casino operator could set a precedent for every poker machine in Australia.
Pokie losses in Australia’s pubs and clubs increased fourfold between 1990 and 2000.
While fewer people are gambling on the pokies, the amount of money lost per gambler has remained relatively constant over time.
A new book tells a detailed story of how policy decisions about pokies are actually made.
In Tasmania, a changing cast of actors has colluded to grant extreme riches to a single family, extracted in large part from the state’s most disadvantaged citizens.
If you live near a pokie venue, you are more likely to gamble and suffer harm.
Allowing pokies to continue to be concentrated in Tasmania’s most stressed local areas will continue to cause preventable harm to tens of thousands of Tasmanians every year.
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.
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?
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.
How could Maurice Blackburn prove that poker machine gamblers might be misled by the ‘losses disguised as wins’ technique?
Law firm Maurice Blackburn that plans to use Australian consumer law to argue that poker machine operators are engaging in misleading and deceptive conduct to trick gamblers into using poker machines.
The level of contributions made by clubs to community purposes is low as a proportion of poker machine revenue.
Some clubs provide genuine benefits to their communities. Unfortunately, clubs have developed significant poker machine dependency – an average of about 60% of total revenue.
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.