No matter, does Australia have a gambling problem?
It is estimated that 200,000 Australians have a "high-level problem" with gambling, while up to twice as many more have difficulties at a "lower level".
For that reason, who is most at risk to develop a gambling problem? Some studies have found that young people aged 18 to 34 are at the most risk of problem gambling among adults but further research is required to confirm this assessment. Rates of problem gambling are higher in adolescents than in adults. Lower socio-economic status is a risk factor for problem gambling.
Not to mention, why is gambling so popular in Australia?
According to Professor Harvey, the main reason for Australia's high rate of gambling isn't history: “I think it's about marketing … Hotels industry, casinos, sports betting, etc. and the revenue that governments derive from this form of taxation (especially poker machines).
What is illegal gambling in Australia?
It's illegal to provide some interactive gambling activities, such as 'online casinos', to someone in Australia. Examples include roulette, poker, craps, online 'pokies' and blackjack.