• ISBN: (Paperback)9780522862393
  • ISBN: (E-Book)9780522862409
  • PUBLISHED:02/Jun/2014
  • IMPRINT:Melbourne University Press
  • SUBJECT:Law & society

Last Bets

Michaela McGuire

  • Paperback $24.99
  • E-Book $12.99

A true story of gambling, morality and the law

Last Bets is a book about how and why, when it comes to gambling, morals and the law are irrevocably entwined.

On a Sunday evening in July 2011, 40-year-old Anthony Dunning was pinned to the floor of Melbourne's Crown casino by security staff. Four days later, he died in the intensive care unit of the Alfred Hospital. The incident was reported to the police by two friends who were with Dunning on the night—not by Crown casino. Later that week, a spokesperson for the police said that even though Crown had no legal requirement to report such incidents, 'they probably had a moral obligation' to do so. Crown casino said that its employees were just doing their job. Three months later, a young security guard was charged with manslaughter.
Michaela McGuire follows the trial, trying to make sense of the gap between ethics and the law. She speaks to problem gamblers and psychologists, a casino priest and David Walsh, Australia's most notorious gambler. Last Bets is true crime writing at its best—disturbing, gripping, and unnerving. A must-read for gamblers, the gambling industry, law makers and everyone who cares.

About the author

Michaela McGuire is the author of Apply Within: Stories of Career Sabotage and A Story of Grief. McGuire writes a weekly blog for The Monthly and co-curates and hosts the bestselling literary salon Women of Letters.

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Follow Michaela McGuire on Twitter at @michaelamcguire

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