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I saw betting's toxic sludge swamp Australian sport. Now it's coming for America

29 days ago   |   By The Guardian

As sports gambling becomes legal in more and more US states, I remember how it slowly took over the social lives of my friends back home In July, a friend from the old country visited New York, where I live, and messaged me to see whether I'd be up for a drink. The European football championship had just entered its knockout stages; once we'd decided which match to watch - Switzerland v Spain - and where, my friend immediately began bombarding me with suggestions for different bets we could place: first goalscorer, half-time score, final score and so on. On the afternoon we were due to...
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