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Australia’s two hundred thousand poker machine have ruined many lives and made the gaming industry very rich. Drew Rooke’s book One Last Spin lays bare the insidious power of the industry, from machine design and psychology to the lobbying of governments. He says the gaming machine giants are  paranoid though, realising  that if intention to create addiction can be proved in a court case, their fortunes could go the way of the tobacco industry

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