A three-time Oscar nominee, winning the Academy Award as Best Actor in 2001 for Gladiator, Russell Crowe is all set to eliminate the addiction of gambling from Australian society. Australian pubs and clubs generate over A$10 billion dollars ($8.8 billion) a year. Each year, Australians spend millions of dollars on Poker machines, casinos, racing, and now online gambling.
Pokies are very popular game in almost all state of Australia where as casinos rules in Western states of the country. Crowe’s efforts are definitely praiseworthy. But, nothing much can be done without full participation of Australian government that had become addicted to the huge revenue provided by the gambling industry.
However, self-respect, mental health and peace of mind of those who continue to loose their money in such place should not be ignored. So, either you are Crowe’s fan or supporter of this cause; get ready to form a new club with no pokies offer by Crowe himself.