Awareness and prevention
Information and resources
Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions that relate to how different types of gambling actually work. In particular, information has been provided on the operation of pokies machines and sports betting.
Electronic gaming machines, also known as pokies or EGMs, are controlled by a computer program that generates thousands of random combinations every second.
How machines operate:
Sports betting in Australia is an expansion of bookmaking which was traditionally wagering on horse or greyhound racing. It includes a diverse range of activities including everyday sports such as football and cricket, but also other events such as financial results, outcomes of elections or even results of reality TV contests. Corporate bookmakers can offer opportunities to bet on the outcomes of Victorian, interstate and overseas events.
There are many ways to place a sports bet. It can be done using the internet, a telephone, mobile phone, smart phone apps, using interactive television, or in person at TABs or on racecourses via bookies.
Sports bets are usually set at fixed odds meaning the pay out is agreed at the time of the wager. Betting exchanges also offer sports bets where they act as a market place for gamblers to trade wagers between each other at different prices and quantities.