The idea that people can just walk away is to not understand the entire design and affect of the machine, the addiction it creates is not something people can just choose to walk away from.
That is a cop out.
By taking this stance, you take personal responsibility away from the individual, like the average individual cannot handle themselves.
Gambling is gambling whether its pulling a lever, using an app or going all in because you have the nuts hand on the River.
Gambling has already entrenched itself in 'family sports'. Our beloved NBL has Ladbrokes as a sponsor.
Even the NBA is wringing their hands at the prospects of gambling revenue.
I am not saying gambling is good for the community, it is a vice after all. In moderation it is acceptable, like tobacco and alcohol.
Most people will be responsible, and I (together with other bodies like the State government, AFL, NRL) am willing to turn a blind eye to those who refuse personal responsibility and fall through the cracks.
For some reason that escapes me Humans want vices, not surprisingly simply not allowing them to have it has not worked.