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  • Published: 19 November 2019
  • ISBN: 9781760894443
  • Imprint: Penguin Random House Australia Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 7 hr 57 min
  • Narrator: Titus O'Reily
  • RRP: $24.99
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Please Gamble Irresponsibly

The rise, fall and rise of sports gambling in Australia




The rise, fall and rise of sport gambling in Australia

Australians will gamble on anything, from two flies crawling up a wall to less important things like federal elections.

Thanks to the internet, mobile phones and gambling tax loving Federal and State governments, Australians can indulge their love of a punt no matter what they’re doing.

Aussies can be at the birth of a child, performing open heart surgery or handling heavy machinery and still put a bet on.

As a result, Australia sits atop the world when it comes to gambling, losing more money per capita than any other country, leaving the next biggest loser, Singapore, a distant second.

But it wasn’t always this easy because once you could only gambling on sport in Australia illegally, which it turned out was also pretty easy.

Over the last thirty years, gambling on sport has slowly, then quickly become legalised in Australia, to the point were almost every ad on TV seems to be about sport betting.

This book traced the history of gambling in Australia from the convict era, the rise of SP bookies and organise crime, the legalisation and commercialisation of the industry and the threat it now poses to the integrity of sport.

  • Published: 19 November 2019
  • ISBN: 9781760894443
  • Imprint: Penguin Random House Australia Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 7 hr 57 min
  • Narrator: Titus O'Reily
  • RRP: $24.99
Categories:

About the author

Titus O'Reily

Titus O’Reily is a writer, presenter, performer and broadcaster known for capturing the trials and tribulations of being an obsessive sports fan. His commentary and sporting round-ups have attracted over 300k followers on social media.

As well as his own national comedy tours, O’Reily appears on The Front Bar, The Project and is a regular on ABC Radio and NOVA FM. He is in demand as a guest speaker at high-profile events like the AFL Grand Final.

Titus has written four books: A Thoroughly Unhelpful History of Australian Sport (2017), A Sporting Chance (2018), Please Gamble Irresponsibly (2019) and Cheat: The Not-So-subtle Art of Conning Your Way to Sporting Glory (2020).

His unique take on sport has been hailed by some of the most respected figures in sport as 'awful', 'childish' and 'barely comprehensible'. Others say 'hilarious'.

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