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Published on Mar 28, 2008
Profits and problem gamblers. The Poker machine cash cows that have governments, clubs, pubs all doing the "hokey pokie".
Gambling addicts explain what its like to be mesmerized in "the zone". One woman recounts how she poured half a million dollars in life savings into the pokies, leaving her with nothing. One man describes how he lost his job, his house and his car, along with the love and trust of his family. Another describes how his mother, in the grip of a pokie addiction, stole more than $2 million from her employer and is now serving a jail term.
Jonathan Holmes from ABC talks to gambling addicts and their families about their experiences with the gaming machines that one counselor describes as the crack cocaine of gambling.