Aussie gambling firms under scrutiny

Australia has almost 200,000 slot machines - about one for every 120 people, higher than anywhere in the world, aside from the gaming-tourism state of Monaco and the Chinese territory of Macau. The recent scandals led to calls to combat problem gambl
Australia has almost 200,000 slot machines - about one for every 120 people, higher than anywhere in the world, aside from the gaming-tourism state of Monaco and the Chinese territory of Macau. The recent scandals led to calls to combat problem gambling.ST PHOTO: JONATHAN PEARLMAN

Scandals spark concerns over tactics, including alleged spying

Major gambling firms in Australia face growing scrutiny over their "predatory" efforts to keep people glued to slot machines after they were accused of allegedly spying on customers and tampering with their machines.

Australia has almost 200,000 slot machines. That is about one for every 120 people, higher than anywhere in the world, aside from the small gaming-tourism state of Monaco and the Chinese territory of Macau.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 10, 2018, with the headline 'Aussie gambling firms under scrutiny'. Print Edition | Subscribe