You can gamble from your phone, laptop, in the newsagency, the pub, club. Almost anywhere.

The pokies, also known as electronic gaming machines, or EGMs, are controlled by computers. A computer ‘randomly’ selects the symbols that will appear when the ‘reels’ stop spinning. It’s impossible to predict or influence the results of the spin, but it is possible to predict that over time the player will lose, due to the house edge designed into the computer program.

Sports betting

Real sports betting expenditure, Tasmania, 2009 to 2015-16

A light hearted look at scratchies.

This guy tried (unsuccessfully) to win on the scratchies.