A recent article by Peter Cameron of the Gold Coast Bulletin makes us question the sudden push to legalise online poker in Australia, when our annual gambling losses are nudging $20 billion.
Even though the number of poker machines in Queensland is capped at 47,000 and $50 and $100 notes cannot be fed into them, regular machine players spend up to $8,000 a year.
There is pressure on the federal and state governments to impose new gambling restrictions... such as $1 maximum bets, cheques for winning over $300 and more poker machine warnings.
National Statistics suggest that 15 per cent of poker machine players have serious gambling problems. The real worry is these 15 per cent provide 40 per cent of poker machine turnover.
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