QUEENSLANDERS’ love affair with poker machines is at an all-time excessive with punters dropping $4426 a minute in golf equipment and accommodations this 12 months.
The Courier-Mail can reveal punters put $962m by means of pokies within the state’s golf equipment within the 5 months to Could, a 30 per cent enhance in comparison with the identical interval in 2009.
Punters fed a staggering $2.four billion into greater than 44,000 poker machines all through the state in 2018, up 19 per cent from a decade in the past. It was the largest 12 months of loses in Queensland since information started in 2004.
Affiliate Professor of Psychology at Central Queensland College, Matthew Browne, stated “close to misses” and “losses disguised as wins” spurred on the habit.
“The thought which you could win your a refund makes folks chase their losses however there are a variety of cognitive points and illusions of management that makes them imagine they will change the sport.”
Mr Browne stated the record-breaking 12 months of losses was a win for the State Authorities, which reaped as much as 35 per cent of every machine’s metered win in taxes.
Brisbane punters alone blew $215 million 12 months, with Brisbane’s southern suburbs taking dwelling the highest prize of the largest loser, wagering $70 million.
Head of Experimental Playing Analysis Laboratory at Central Queensland College, Professor Matthew Rockloff, stated research had confirmed over the past 20 years much less folks had been gambling, however the minority who did had been elevating the stakes.
Frontline service UnitingCare QLD supplies emergency and ongoing assist folks with a gambling habit.
Normal supervisor Samantha Klintworth stated gambling habit usually began with a private trauma similar to a well being challenge, relationship breakdown or employment wrestle. It was much like drug and alcohol habit.