Australia trifled with the idea some months ago that some poker sites would be banned due to the addictive nature of the game which had given rise to problems in the economy and society. The propaganda was spread by the media which has gone overboard to regard gaming activities, including the roulette system, to be too addicting. The censure has been due to the reaction of the public ads done by betting sites at a cricketing venue a few months ago.
It has been noted that casino games done online were not suitable to adults who easily get addicted to gambling and they also have negative effect on children. It was quite natural as only last year, 80% of the total population gambled at some casino or the other. A lot of those who played poker were already affected by this thing called addiction. However, some people like James Packer, the son of the late media tycoon Kerry Packer, thinks the media has a misconception of gambling and online casinos.
The fact that casino game draws much revenue has made it difficult for the Australian government to do away with poker sites. The gaming sites are not only having a ball in the land down under but also drawing in much revenue that could top that of other industry.
The tax contributions of casinos have gone up a lot since the application of the latest gaming software and technology, which drew in more players and enthusiasts on board.
The concern in Australia is the increasing number of problem gamblers lately. Out of the total number of gamblers, approximately 15% are said to be problematic, says the productivity commission. A further 15% are known to be high risk and every year billion is lost in the game of poker played mostly online. This percentage of players pose danger to the gaming community.
Poker can be addictive but if you are on your guard then miseries can be staved off. Generally, addicted gamers play relentlessly as if there were no tomorrow. Most end up being the day’s losers after trying hard to win after several losses. Playing without being tempted is the best way to play poker.