Greg Jericho of Grog’s Gamut used to be a casino croupier. He describes his own experiences of observing chronic gamblers and how poker machines are especially designed to exploit their addiction (even more than the rest of what casinos offer), and crunches some figures on what clubs with pokies don’t actually put back into their communities.
He doesn’t mention how poker bandits in pubs stifle live entertainment venues and thus contribute a large share towards making us all, collectively, that little bit more dull and socially shrivelled as more and more entertainment is corralled towards the lowest common denominator of the telly, but that’s another reason that I, personally, hate the damn things.
Wilkie, Xenophon and anybody else willing to make pokies less attractive as revenue raisers, and help make pubs and clubs more genuine community gathering centres again, gets a big thumbs up from me.
Categories: ethics & philosophy