Study of New Zealand and Australian gambling habits

Originally Posted on Saturday Mar 20 3:14:00 GMT 2010

Pokie Machines, problem gamblers, Australia, New Zealand, online gambling.

A study conducted by various Australian academics on the gambling habits in New Zealand and Australia seems to indicate that the easy access to pokie machines may be a contributor to a rise in problem gambling.

As a result of the study The Problem Gambling Foundation says that lawmakers should look closely at the study results when considering new applications for pokie machines.

It has long been known that the majority of people in New Zealand and Australia who use these machines and other forms of gambling, present no problems with gambling and use the machines merely as a recreational activity.

However, as with all forms of gambling, including the rise of online gaming, some people become addicted and begin to lose money they can little afford.

The study actually found that for every extra pokie machine added to the community .8 of a new problem gambler was created.

Graeme Ramsey of the Problem Gambling Foundation said that if new pokie machines were put into the community it would create nearly one new problem gambler per machine.

No doubt all these things will be considered when the subject of whether to allow online gambling sites to operate within New Zealand shores, but evidence from countries that already allow online gambling companies to operate there, does not appear to show any great increase in the problem.

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