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A widow is pushing for gambling reform after losing her husband

by Nate Layden (2020-10-26)


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A widow says pubs and clubs are not taking enough responsibility for gambling after her husband lost $3.7million and eventually took his life after a 13-hour losing binge on the pokies.   

Gary Van Duinen took his own life after he lost $200,000 during a poker machine binge across a number of Sydney northern beaches clubs in one June night in 2018.

His wife Sonia says her late husband was treated like royalty after being given 'diamond' high roller status at Dee Why RSL on Sydney's northern beaches.

The club was later fined $200,000 for encouraging the 'misuse and abuse of gambling activities'.

'They literally rolled out a red carpet for him, gave him wonderful treatment for being such a big spender and it's heartbreaking,' Ms Van Duinen told Gary Van Duinen took his own life after he lost $200,000 during a poker machine binge across a number of Sydney northern beaches clubs in June 2018