'Pokies by stealth': Public health experts raise concerns

They are calling for a pause on the expansion of computer-generated horseracing game

Public health experts have called for a crackdown on computer-generated horseracing saying the virtual races could be as addictive as pokie machines.

Gambling money

Known as Trackside, the game is run through the TAB and involves virtual horses or dogs taking part in races on which punters place bets. 

Trackside has been legal in Victoria and NSW under TAB licenses for the past two decades.

But now the WA Government is debating whether to amend its own laws to allow its TAB to run the simulated races in WA, a state that has historically

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