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Author: Drew Rooke
Publisher: Brunswick, Vic. : Scribe Publications Pty Ltd, 2018.
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A poignant and compassionate work of literary journalism that tackles Australia’s most controversial pastime. Almost 200,000 poker machines sing and flash in pubs, clubs, and casinos in every corner of the country. They’re highly complex devices, their components designed by mathematicians, musicians, animators, and ergonomic experts. They’re also widely considered the most harmful form of gambling, the cause of the  Read more...
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One last spin.
Brunswick, Vic. : Scribe Publications Pty Ltd, 2018
(OCoLC)1011323746
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Drew Rooke
ISBN: 9781925548921 1925548929
OCLC Number: 1035213654
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Responsibility: Drew Rooke.
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A poignant and compassionate work of literary journalism that tackles Australia’s most controversial pastime. Almost 200,000 poker machines sing and flash in pubs, clubs, and casinos in every corner of the country. They’re highly complex devices, their components designed by mathematicians, musicians, animators, and ergonomic experts. They’re also widely considered the most harmful form of gambling, the cause of the majority of gambling addictions. So how did Australia evolve into a pokie nation? With startlingly candid interviews from gambling addicts, politicians, manufacturers, neuroscientists, counsellors, anti-gambling campaigners, and gambling advocates, One Last Spin explores how the machines work to hook people in, and the vicious fight being waged to evict them from the country’s social life. It is a confronting tale about the human cost of addiction, of governments pandering to corporate interests, and of the insidious power of the industry’s PR spin.

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