Australia gripped by poker machine addiction, report says


Australia Institute’s paper says large number of poker machines in pubs and clubs makes country a ‘global anomaly’

With Australian Associated Press

Australia is in the grip of an addiction to poker machines with more of the devices located in the community than in any other country, according to a new report from progressive thinktank the Australia Institute.

Set 5eThe discussion paper points to figures that show about 80% of the world’s poker machines are in dedicated gambling venues, such as casinos.

Only 241,000 poker machines worldwide are in non-gaming venues, with the vast majority of those – 183…

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