For some people, fixed-odds betting terminals are ferociously addictive, producing big profits for bookies and a rise in problem gambling. What's the solution?
It is gambling, especially online and mobile, that has come into focus as sport’s most potentially damaging byproduct.
There is reason to suggest new reforms, such a banning credit bets and establishing a self-exclusion register, will have some impact in helping to tackle problem gambling online.
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.
Restrictions on gambling advertisements may be effective in helping those with problems manage their urges to gamble.
The gambling industry continues to make handsome donations to our politicians, and recently named some of those it supports.
No state wants to see its revenue base decline – particularly when the jurisdiction benefiting doesn’t even tax (or regulate) its bookies as well as it might.
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.
If winning first division in the lotto is very unlikely, why is playing so popular?
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.
The uneven provisioning of poker machines across Victoria may be contributing to the incidence of domestic violence in areas with many poker machines.
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.
Gambling losses in Australia are now close to $23 billion. What's driving this? And do we need to reform gambling regulation?
There were 1.39m gambling ads on television in 2012.
There is a coterie of politicians on both sides who are trusted, or at any rate supported by, the pokies lobby.
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?
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.
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.
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?
Harm minimisation policies should seek to reduce the poker machine gambling of everyone, not just problem gamblers.