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The psychology of gambling: Skill, luck, and myth

The University of Sydney

Wednesday, 14 August 2013 from 5:45 PM to 6:45 PM (AEST)

The psychology of gambling: Skill, luck, and myth

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Many Australians gamble in some form at least once a year, whether it’s an occasional flutter at the races, buying a lottery ticket, playing the pokies or a night out at the casino. How many of us know our chances of winning, chase our losses or end up losing more than we can afford?

Australians spend around $19 billion each year on gambling, $12 billion of which was spent playing the pokies. The social cost of problem gambling to the community is estimated to be at least $4.7 billion each year and up to 500,000 Australians are at risk of becoming, or are, problem gamblers.

Professor Alex Blaszczynski will explain why people gamble, how problem gambling evolves and what the associated myths are. See demonstrations and statistics that show why you can’t win and hear about the spiral of addiction, and the impact that this may have on the lives of those affected by pathological gambling

Professor Alex Blaszczynski is the Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Sydney, Co-Director of the University of Sydney’s Gambling Research Unit, and Director, Gambling Treatment Centre. He is a researcher and clinical psychologist with a long history of involvement in treatment and clinical research covering a range of impulse control disorders, in particular, pathological gambling.

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Eastern Avenue Auditorium and Theatre Complex



Wednesday, 14 August 2013 from 5:45 PM to 6:45 PM (AEST)


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