Poker machines are wildly unpopular in the electorate – so why fight an election on them?
The gambling lobby's failure to seriously influence the 2016 ACT election should embolden governments around Australia that have a mind to deal with gambling reform.
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.
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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.
Did the Chicago Cubs break the curse of the Billy Goat to win the 2016 World Series in baseball?
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Many sports enthusiasts are notoriously superstitious. Why is that so?
Some argue understanding the layout of a roulette wheel can help you beat the casino. They're wrong.
New research has found a link between drinking alcohol mixed with energy drinks and risk-taking behaviour.
Mixing alcohol with energy drinks is all part of a big night out, according to new research.
Artist’s rendition of a raid on a Chinese gambling house, 1872.
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Chinese gamblers in Australia were once prosecuted and had to stand up for their rights, now they are sought after by Australian casino owners.
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.
Of all the indicators of Australia’s evolving relationship with China, Crown Casino’s current problems are some of the most striking, unexpected and revealing. They present an unflattering but painfully…
There’s little left of the Trump legacy in Atlantic City.
A study of the three casinos Donald Trump owned in Atlantic City shows they performed far worse than their rivals, losing more jobs and revenue.
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?
There is a way to beat the casino. But it takes a lot of brains and a huge amount of guts.
A screenshot from Counter Strike: Global Offensive.
Nick Xenophon wants to crack down on first-person shooter games, which he claims are a form of gambling. But his stance oversimplifies the way these games are played.
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.