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$12 Billion a Year is spent on Pokie Machines in Australia

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MANY AUSTRALIANS ENJOY AN OCCASIONAL FLUTTER. HOWEVER FOR SOME, GAMBLING CAN BE HIGHLY DESTRUCTIVE – RUINING LIVES AND DESTROYING FAMILIES. THE BIGGEST CAUSE? THE POKIES.

Australians spend nearly $12 billion a year on poker machines and three quarters of people who have a serious problem with gambling are pokie players.

As a community, we have a duty of care to make gambling on poker machines safer and protect people whose gambling is out of control.

PROBLEM GAMBLERS AND POKER MACHINES

  • One in six people who play the pokies regularly has a serious addiction.
  • Problem gamblers lose around $21,000 each year. That’s one third of the average Australian salary.
  • Some poker machines can be played at extremely high intensity – a gambler could lose more than $1,500 in just one hour.
  • Young people (18-24 year olds) spend more on poker machines than any other age group. Many adult problem gamblers report having developed gambling problems during their teenage years (source: Delfabbro, P, Gambling Research Australia, A review of Australian Gambling Research, August 2008, p61).
  • Three-quarters of problem gamblers have problems with poker machines. It’s even higher for women – in 9 out of 10 cases poker machines are identified as the cause of problems for women (source: Delfabbro, P, August 2008, p67).

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