A look at gambling addiction and the operation of illegal gambling machines in Ireland.

This 'Today Tonight' report by Brendan O'Brien examines the issue of gambling addiction. Mary Bolton, Senior Counsellor with the Rutland Centre, describes how anyone can become a gambling addict.

Phil Bates, Director of the Samaritans, describes the destructive nature of a gambling addiction that can ruin lives.

Jimmy Cafola, owner of the Fun Palace, has a different perspective on gambling and thinks that many people who have never been inside an amusement arcade, have an unwarranted negative impression of these places.

This episode of 'Today Tonight' was broadcast on 6 February 1985.

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