Some people who gamble, be it on poker machines, sports betting or online, do so destructively.
We do not believe that problem gamblers should be gambling at all. Problem gamblers need counselling and treatment, not untested and unproven 'safe' gambling through a licence to punt. We encourage problem gamblers to seek the help they need. The success rate from counselling and treatment is very high. Every pub and club is able to refer problem gamblers to a local treatment centre. We also recommend problem gamblers sign self-exclusion agreements with venues, to prevent them from entering gaming premises.
If you, or anyone you know has a problem with gambling, we urge you to contact the following services:
New South Wales:
What should be done to help problem gamblers?