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Ding! You Lost! Congratulations!

In the latest Global Mail podcast, we investigate the addictive magic of poker machines – and find an answer that involves Australia, positive reinforcement, and 100-year-old rats.


Listen below, or subscribe to The Global Mail podcast via iTunes.

6 comments on this story
by adrian denyer

Australian inventions include totaliser machine, starting gates, mobile barrier, wine caske..

January 29, 2014 @ 1:32pm
by Alan

An indictment on our weak willed politicians (not to mention the cynicism of Ms Gillard to use Wilkie and discard him and his poker machine reform when he was no longer needed) who have become addicted to the revenue stream these things produce regardless of the harm they do.

January 31, 2014 @ 12:01pm
by Peter

Alan I agree. Terrible treatment of Wilkie by Gillard. Poker machine reform won't be addressed now. Poker lobby too powerful.

January 31, 2014 @ 4:28pm
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by Walter P. Komarnicki

every nation has some monkey(s) on its back: in Australia it's booze and pokies. some nations manage to shake it off (opium in China) and get on with life, others never do, and get their life sapped off.

February 2, 2014 @ 9:56am
by Senile

Sorry podcasts too difficult to access - cant hear well and I cant access on train or at work - prefer old fashioned text for a story

February 2, 2014 @ 9:57pm
by kate brighton

podcast great ,really liked,
apparently the odds in casinos are basically pretty much the same the world over-sinister.they have robbing down to a fine art.
(listened on laptop)

February 7, 2014 @ 8:19am
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