Poker machines, gambling addiction and the clubs and pubs who profit | List

David Fitzsimons
By David Fitzsimons
Updated June 12 2019 - 4:38am, first published 4:30am
PLAYING TO WIN: Gambling reformers say the pokies are more than a 'dumb box with lights'. Photo: FILE

A flutter on the pokies is a bit of fun for many people. But gambling reformers have called for sweeping changes, saying the system is designed to beat the punters and for some people it is addictive as drugs and alcohol, with serious consequences for families.

Poker machine maximum bets should be cut to $1, hotel and club gaming lounge hours should be reduced and loyalty schemes that keep gamblers sitting at machines should be scrapped across NSW.

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David Fitzsimons

I am a senior journalist at the Central Western Daily concentrating on council, government and real estate issues. Before moving to Orange I filled senior roles at the Daily Telegraph, Daily Telegraph-Mirror and the Daily Mirror in Sydney. They included being an editor, news editor, chief of staff and reporter.

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