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Tom Waterhouse has to be stopped...

.. or the whole Australian betting industry will suffer for it.

If you have seen any Australian sports broadcasts lately, no matter where you are in the world, then Tom Waterhouse probably annoys you. Multiply that by 100 if you live in Australia and are subject to all the commercials, advertorials and other forms if intrusive advertising he spends millions on. Just look on Twitter during a live NRL game and witness how much hatred there is the guy.

Below is a sample of an excellent article by a contemporary at On The Punt, @onthepunt, the original Australian sports betting news site, detailing how much damage the Waterhouse omnipresence is doing to the Australian industry.

Waterhouse: Has to be stopped

How is it possible that sports betting has become so on the nose in recent times?

We have a couple of hundred thousand highly addictive, socially destructive monsters known as poker machines scattered on every street corner doing untold damage every day, yet the relatively minor pursuit of sports betting is suddenly on every wowser's agenda.

Politicians are talking about it. Seemingly sensible journalists in the mainstream media are talking about it.



Even the general community seems to be exhibiting a level of ill-feeling that in recent times has only been reserved for the likes of the Federal Labor Party.

As far as I'm concerned, most of the criticism comes down to two words: Tom Waterhouse.

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Read the complete article at OnThePunt.

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