'Dirty little secret': is the pokies industry Australia's version of the NRA?

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Australia has worse gambling losses per person than anywhere in the world. But voices for reform are up against a powerful pokies’ lobbying effort

The Elwick Hotel is a double-storey Edwardian establishment amid a block of mostly nondescript late-20th century shops in Glenorchy in Hobart’s traditionally working-class north.

Built in 1904, it used to offer accommodation for punters headed for a bet and a day out at the nearby Elwick racecourse, home to the Hobart Cup. Since the 1990s, the Elwick has been radically transformed and now is most well-known for a different kind of gambling experience.

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