A poignant and compassionate work of literary journalism that tackles Australias most controversial pastime.
Almost 200,000 poker machines sing and flash in pubs, clubs, and casinos in every corner of the country. Theyre highly complex devices, their components designed by mathematicians, musicians, animators, and ergonomic experts. Theyre also widely considered the most harmful form of gambling, the cause of the majority of gambling addictions. So how did Australia evolve into a pokie nation?
With startlingly candid interviews from gambling addicts, politicians, manufacturers, neuroscientists, counsellors, anti-gambling campaigners, and gambling advocates, One Last Spin explores how the machines work to hook people in, and the vicious fight being waged to evict them from the countrys social life. It is a confronting tale about the human cost of addiction, of governments pandering to corporate interests, and of the insidious power of the industrys PR spin.