Only about a quarter of problem gamblers seek help for their addiction, according to Gambling Prevalence in South Australia, which surveyed 9,400 adults between October and December last year. More than two-thirds of problem gamblers withdrew cash during gambling sessions and a quarter took out cash on credit cards to keep on gambling, it said.
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Singapore police have busted at least two illegal gambling operations in the past week, while across Asia authorities have moved to stamp out illicit activities, from raids on premier league matches in India, to illegal number forecasting in Malaysia.
The Puducherry union territory government has urged the union government to ban online gaming platforms and mobile apps, describing it as a necessity to protect the mental health of vulnerable people.