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May - June 2002
Problem Gambling

27th June       US        Source: Detroit Free Press
Casinos likely to be the next big legal target, observers say Compulsive gamblers are starting to sue, and others are ready to join them

23rd June       New Jersey        Source: The Press of Atlantic City
Ex-Caesars boss loses appeal for license, severance

17th June       Victoria, Australia       Source: Sun
Pokies addicts may be tagged
The latest plan to stop addicts from entering Victoria's  536 pokie parlours is the wearing of a high teck wrist or ankle band that will trigger an alarm.

17th June       Chicago       Source: CBS Marketwatch
Casino class actions coming? - Activists look to take their chances in court

7th June        Nevada       Source: Las Vegas Review Journal & Las Vegas Sun
Organization: Casinos could be sued
Casinos threatened with addiction suits - Grey says states reluctant to sue due to tax revenue

2nd June       Problem Gambling -Auckland, New Zealand       Source: News
Social cost of pokies escalating

1st June       Missouri       Source:
Lawsuits allege Harrah's casinos encouraged troubled gamblers

17th May       Problem Gambling       Source: The Hartford Courant
Problem-Gambler Suits - Activist Foresees Damage Claims

16th May       Adelaide     Source: The Adveriser
Codes for casino to protect young
All advertising of gambling facilities in South Australia will shortly be required to carry a mandatory warning. Helpline stickers must also be displayed on each gaming machine.

15th May       Melbourne      Source: Sun
$374,000 theft blamed on casino
A tale of deception and deceit with the accused saying her thefts from the Australian Football League were the fault of the Crown Casino.

12th May       Connecticut       Source: Norwich Bulletin
Problem gambling on rise; expert says 'just the beginning' - Recent robbery may have been 'cry for help'
The State of Connecticut treats some 600 problem gamblers per year. Before Foxwoods opened in 1992 it was just 50.

11th May       Colorado       Source: Rocky Mountain News
Casinos treated woman 'like a queen,' lawyer says Former bank manager - slots addict gets prison

10th May       Melbourne       Source: The Melbourne Age & ABC News Online
Victoria overtakes NSW in gambling revenue reliance
Anti-gambling campaign intensifies
Victoria will collect around $1.4 billion in gambling taxes this financial year - the equivalent of A$300 from every man, woman and child in the state. Revenue from gambling making up 15.9% of the states total budget.

7th May       Melbourne       Source: Sun
Hi-tech help for gamblers

7th May       New Zealand & South Africa      Source: New Zealand Herald & Independent Online
Why gambler who lost it all turned killer
Bank robber caught in vicious betting cycle

6th May       Melbourne        Source: Sun
Gambling addicts defy bans
3000 pokie players say 'ban me'
The Herald Sun has put 10 Pokie clubs self-exclusion programmes to the test. All failed to stop a gambler from playing who had previously requested to be barred.

7th May       Quebec, Canada      Source: Montreal Gazette
Gambling addicts get OK for suit - A successful class action by compulsive VLT players could cost Loto-Québec $625 million

7th May       Washington       Source: Las Vegas Review Journal
Leaders call for curbs on bet growth - Religious group's letter to Bush calls gambling 'growing menace' 

6th May       Canada        Source: The National Post
Gambling addiction fuelling crime
Canada now has  50 permanent casinos with 21,000 slots and 38,000 VLTs in hotels and clubs.

3rd May       South Australia      Source: The Advertiser/
We are the losers
South Australia's slot(pokies) players are presently losing A$1.6 million a day. The State Government has raked in A$158.7 million this financial year in taxes from the machines.
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