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Packer’s Crown Targeting Millennials with Gamer Pokies

A pokies manufacturer with ties to James Packer’s Crown Resorts has launched the first applications in Australia to roll out a revolutionary new style of poker machine — “skill-based” gaming machines — aimed at attracting younger gamblers. The Victorian gambling regulator is understood to be working with the company towards a possible trial of the [...]

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Gambling Gallops On, Stats Reveal – But What Can Be Done To Curb Its Harms?

Pixabay Images Data released late last week reveal Australia’s gambling habit is growing as fast as ever. The Australian Gambling Statistics for 2014-15 show adult Australians, on average, lost A$1,242 a year on gambling. The amount varies dramatically by state: in New South Wales the average loss was $1,518; in Tasmania, $762. Most [...]

Pokie Nation: Australia’s ‘Electronic Morphine’

Recovering pokie machine addict Sharon Hollamby. ABC: Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation Science backs up Ms Hollamby's feeling of being "hypnotised" or "hijacked" by pokie machines. Like Pavlov's dog, who learned to salivate at the sound of a bell, pokie machine players learn to associate reward with the sound of the machines, gambling researcher Dr [...]

When is gambling not gambling?

4% of adult Australians play the pokies each week $6 billion spent on pokies each year The growing trend in ‘redemption games’ that are now filling children’s games arcades are setting them on the rocky road to gambling. They are called 'redemption games' because young people play for tickets or prizes, including cameras and TVs. They [...]