PUBLISHED18 Mar 2019
Ka-Ching: Pokie Nation
Education resources for years 7-10 in Health & Physical Education, NSW Crossroads, Communities & Families and also suitable for TAS, Mathematics, English, Science and HSIE
The Pokies. They’ve gone from being illegal to being everywhere. Australia has rapidly become the Pokies capital of the world, with five times more machines per capita than the USA. We’re losing a staggering $12 billion a year, but everyone – players, industry and government – are hooked. What is it that makes these machines uniquely addictive? Ka-Ching! delves behind the flashing lights and spinning reels to find out what makes pokies so treacherous, leading one expert to call them the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’. We speak exclusively to the masterminds behind the machine, who reveal how carefully they program Pokies, with a highly organised network of mathematicians, musicians and designers, working together on a single vision: to make sure punters keep playing, and the machines keep winning. With gambling disorder now listed alongside cocaine and heroin addiction in the world’s ‘psychiatric Bible’, the DSM2, pokies have a unique pulling power.
|Year Level||Recommended for Years 7 to 10.|
|Subjects||Health & Physical Education (National); Crossroads (NSW), Communities & Families (NSW), PDHPE (NSW); also suitable for TAS, Mathematics, English, Science and HSIE|
|Topics||Gambling, gaming, addiction, politics, technology, addiction, commerce, health, neuroscience|