Edition #4: Gambling harm

Illustrated tennis ball displaying the words bet point, cash court and sporty love, on tennis net background.
Illustrated tennis ball displaying the words bet point, cash court and sporty love, on tennis net background.
Illustration: Steven Moore

Pollster

Two-thirds say no to live betting

Live betting – that is, betting during a game – is one of the many topics up for debate in the federal government's current review into illegal offshore gambling. 

In this edition of Inside gambling, the foundation's Tony Phillips asks whether live betting is a better way to watch sport.

And we thought we would ask our social media followers to join in and have their say with the question: Should you be able to bet on a sporting match once it has started?

Just over a hundred people responded* with 65 per cent saying no, 27 per cent saying yes and nine per cent saying 'only on the final result'.

With research indicating that betting products that allow continuous and intense gambling potentially increase harm, you can see why there are concerns about any changes that lead to more live betting.

On the other hand, there are those who claim that with these products already available, albeit arguably skating on the edge of legality, opening the doors to Australian providers could lead to better protection for consumers and greater scrutiny to prevent corruption.

What do you think? You can still vote in our poll.

*Yes, we know our poll is completely unscientific and not representative of the general population – but we still want to know what you think. Vote in our poll or add your thoughts in the comments below.

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