Surviving the Game: the Psychology of Gambling - Skill, Luck & Myth

Date: Wed 14 Aug 2013
Time: 5.45PM - 6.45PM
Venue: Eastern Avenue Auditorium
Cost: FREE


Presented by Professor Alex Blaszczynski
School of Psychology, University of Sydney, Director of the University of Sydney’s Gambling Research Unit, and Director, Gambling Treatment Centre

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 is 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.

Venue map: Eastern Avenue Auditorium

*While the lecture is free, seat bookings are essential as places are limited. To make a booking, complete the online booking form or email with your name, the names of the lectures you wish to attend, and number of seats required (limited to 5 per booking except for school groups). Bookings can also be made by calling (02) 9351 3021 between 10am and 3pm.