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table games and 2500 electronic games. When asked if there was financial data available just for Crown Casino Perth, Crown Perth declined to comment.
According to the Australian Government’s Productivity Commission Report 1999, there is evidence of domestic violence associated with problem gambling, including problem gamblers physically abusing their partners to gain financial benefits.
Mr West said people could develop gambling problems for a whole host of reasons and for each problem gambler, there were five to 10 other people negatively impacted.
“Often people who develop a problem with gambling are experiencing other issues in their lives,” he said.
“These other issues contribute to putting them at risk of developing a problem.”
He said some predisposing factors leading to problem gamblers included a chaotic childhood with high levels of conflict and unpredictability, and issues of mental health, grief, loss, trauma and abuse.
He said there was a need for greater awareness raising campaigns and preventative education programs across the community.
“More thought and research needs to be undertaken to understand the prevalence and impact of online gambling / sports betting in the WA community,” he said.