As the World Cup brings joy to fans, it brings misery to online gamblers

Behind the greatest sporting show on Earth is a trail of greed and exploitation
24/06/2018
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  • A stupid gamble on evil machines

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  • Why gamblers are on a losing streak – and the industry is cashing in

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  • A History of Gambling in the UK (until 1960)

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  • The advertisement of online gambling services

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