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May 31, 2011

Live odds to be phased out in Australie

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Apart from pokie machines, also sport betting is in the focus of Australian government debates. Senator Conroy who backs the effort wants to send a message to the public that a culture strongly influenced by gambling and affected by issues related to problem gamblers is not appreciated and, whilst gambling and sports betting should stay perfectly legal, there should also be strong limitations to protect vulnerable groups of prospective punters. This time, it is live broadcasts of betting odds during sports matches that wrinkles Senator’s forehead. Currently, it’s common practice of broadcasters to air live odds just before and even during a match, encouraging the audience to place more bets. In Senator’s opinion, young people are at particular risk since they are more susceptible to commercial incentives. The practice should not be banned at once but rather phased out, step by step.

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