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The Pokies Play You - Poker Machines are Playing Us all

The Pokies Play You - Poker Machines are Playing Us all

Gambling Support

“I was addicted to poker machines for over a decade. I’m off them now, and am determined to get tougher laws to prevent others being fleeced by these machines. I’m excited to see so many new people join the Alliance for Gambling Reform, and I hope you become one of them.”

Gambling harms individuals, families and our community.

Most gambling-related problems arise when a person loses more than they, or their household, can comfortably afford.

The resulting financial hardship may have destructive impacts on personal, social, family and employment circumstances. For many people and families in Greater Dandenong, the effects of such gambling losses include in financial pressures, family conflict and violence, legal problems, unemployment and homelessness.

Australian research shows  that between 2 and 4 percent of adults have a serious gambling problem, leading to persistent losses which contribute to family, work, personal and other problems. In addition, many gamblers experience sustained losses which may not lead to a crisis but cause them and their families to endure a poorer standard of living and quality of life.

Assistance for people with gambling-related problems

Assistance for people experiencing problem gambling and their families is available from Gambler’s Help, which provides counselling, financial advice and community education throughout Victoria.

  • For 24 hour, 7 day support and information, call Gambler’s Help Telephone Counselling Services - free call on 1800 858 858.
  • Locally, residents can contact Gambler’s Help Southern on 9575 5353 Monday to Friday, from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
  • Visit the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation's online information for gambler's help and advice about services, self-help resources, materials for families and friends, personal stories, newsletters, statistics, research and information in community languages.