Australians love to gamble. In fact, Australians are the biggest gamblers in the world per capita, losing more than $20 billion between 2014 and 2015 to pokies, racing and sports betting.
In the central Victorian town of Bendigo punters lost close to $50 million in the past financial year on the pokies alone.
A retired 58-year-old ex-Telstra worker said the real reason he played was for the social interaction.
"If I wasn't here I'd just be sitting at home watching telly," he said.
A 21-year-old disability support worker not one to socialise much, said the game had helped her "open up".
"Just being able to talk to strangers down the street you walk past and you're like, 'Oh, hi how you going?'" she said.
"I never used to be able to do that."
Many people like to be in an environment with other people. It is a social outlet for many people including shiftworkers.
Source: ABC Online June 2017