Residents in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, just south of Sydney, are spending about $2 billion ($1.87 billion) a year on poker machines, according to local media. The annual estimate is based on an Illawarra-wide quarterly figure of $571.4 million. The figure works out at about $1955.73 a quarter spent by the 292,190 people living in Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama councils.
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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.