Gambling With Mobile Bill - Thursday 18th of May 2006

AUSTRALIA As reported by the Courier-Mail: "Betting cash on the outcome of blackjack, roulette or poker games in Australia could soon be as easy as pressing a few buttons on your mobile phone.

"Without even dialling a number, users could also be able to enter lotteries, play electronic slot machines and use animated "scratch cards".

"But Queensland academics are already concerned this new form of gambling, dubbed m-gambling, could spawn a new generation of addicts.

"As such, a group of four researchers from the Queensland University of Technology, University of Queensland and Griffith University have joined to investigate the emerging trend and assess whether it's a risk to Australian mobile phone users.

"...M-gambling is already taking off overseas and Juniper Research estimates that the industry will take in $US19.3 million ($A25 million) by 2009.

"Its reach is also spreading. Vodafone in the United Kingdom, for example, last week signed a deal with the owner of Gambling.com to add betting games to the Vodafone Live! menu in June..."

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