Inside gambling curates the key news items about gambling that have made the headlines in recent weeks.
Tatts wagering arm convicted in NSW for illegal ad
30 June 2016
Sports betting company UBet has been convicted in NSW for illegal advertising for promoting alcohol consumption while gambling as well as offering inducements to open a sports betting account. It is also illegal in Victoria to offer inducements to open an account.
New high-risk sports betting market raises concerns over problem gambling
25 June 2016
A new high-risk sports betting market promising big punter windfalls will be aimed at Australia's most at-risk gamblers. The system – called sports spread betting – involves the bookmaker, PointsBet, offering a margin on a game, with the punter then betting on whether the final outcome will be higher or lower. Unlike current margin betting, you can win more if the result is above the spread, but if it is below the spread, you can lose more than your original stake.
AFL’s new diversity boss Tanya Hosch to review need for poker machines
22 June 2016
The AFL’S newly appointed head of social policy and inclusion, Tanya Hosch, is no fan of poker machines and will investigate clubs’ $100 million involvement in the industry.
Children as young as eight influenced by sports gambling ads
3 June 2016
New research funded by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation has renewed calls for sporting codes to reduce children’s exposure to gambling ads. Children are being bombarded with sports betting ads to such an extent that most of them can easily identify gambling brands, renewing calls for advertising to be scaled back during AFL matches and other major events.
Counter-Strike skins gambling: Australian teens risking thousands through video game
Gambling using one of the world's most popular video games is getting out of control and nothing is being done in Australia to protect young people from it, experts have told the ABC.
Sports betting giants turn to sexual imagery and mateship to normalise gambling
3 April 2016
Sports betting agencies are adopting similar marketing techniques used by the powerful tobacco lobby to convince people that online gambling is an intrinsic part of Australian culture, new research suggests.