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Staff Rewarded for Spying on Pokie Players

Staff in pubs owned by Woolworths are secretly recording and sharing detailed personal information - such as gambling habits or even favourite football teams - about high-turnover gamblers to encourage them to stay in the venues longer and increase their losses. The data is being shared on a Google drive among all 400 pubs in [...]

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Australia Has A Serious Gambling Problem

Australia tops its fair share of lists, including hosting the deadliest animals on earth and, perhaps paradoxically, some of the world’s most livable cities. But the country also tops the charts on an indicator that is far more insidious: gambling losses. Last year, Australians lost $17.5 billion, or about $949 per adult. These per capita [...]

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 [...]

How the Gambling Industry Designs Poker Machines to ‘Hypnotise’ Punter’s Brains

Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation - a new explosive documentary to air on the ABC - exposes how the seemingly innocuous pokie machines at your local pub are programmed for addiction They're rigged, they are everywhere and are as addictive as crack cocaine - but that's exactly what poker machines have been designed to do, [...]

How Real Are Claims of Poker Machine Community Benefits?

The level of contributions made by clubs to community purposes is low as a proportion of poker machine revenue. Michael Coghlan One of the claims made by poker machine clubs in Australia is that they provide significant support to local communities. Usually this is signified by the support clubs provide to causes such as junior [...]

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 [...]