Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Our $139,000 a Day Pokie Habit

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Our $139,000 a Day Pokie Habit

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Byline: Clementine Norton

BUNDY'S battlers gambled more than ever before in July, pouring $4.3 million into the region's gaming machines in just 31 days.

The amount of money gambled rose 26% from the month before Co the biggest increase in QueenslandCo and was 5% higher than the previous July.

CQUniversity senior psychology lecturer Dr Matthew Rockloff, a specialist in gambling patterns, put the rise down to economic difficulties and the time of year.

"In July, people get tax returns and have extra cash, which they tend to spend on entertainment Co particularly in times of economic stress," Dr Rockloff said.

"Bundaberg's reasonably high unemployment and economic difficulties drive gambling, as an escape from problems."

He said studies showed there was a clear link between hard financial times, and willingness to place a wager.

"When people experience stressful times, like a recession, gambling tends to increase," he said.

"Gambling creates a dissociative state, and people use it as a way to forget their worries. …

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