One Last Spin: the power and peril of the pokies

One Last Spin: the power and peril of the pokies

by Drew Rooke

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A poignant and compassionate work of literary journalism that tackles Australia’s most controversial pastime.

Almost 200,000 poker machines sing and flash in pubs, clubs, and casinos in every corner of the country. They’re highly complex devices, their components designed by mathematicians, musicians, animators, and ergonomic experts. They’re 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 country’s 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 industry’s PR spin.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947534483
Publisher: Scribe Publications Pty Ltd
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Edition description: US edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 925,988
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Drew Rooke is a freelance journalist based in Sydney. His work deals with contemporary political and cultural issues, and has appeared in publications such as The Saturday Paper , Meanjin , and The Sydney Morning Herald. Drew was a finalist in the 2015 Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers, and One Last Spin is his first book.

Table of Contents

Glossary x

Prologue 1

Introduction 11

1 The grand jackpot 33

2 A better mousetrap 45

3 The vehicle and the driver 73

4 Out of control 93

5 A human problem that needs a human solution 114

6 No such thing as a free lunch 149

7 A very good image 180

8 Blow up the pokies 208

9 A David and Goliath story 239

10 The unfortunate one 262

11 Easy to get behind, but very hard to catch up 280

Epilogue 293

Acknowledgements 309

References 313

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