Eight out of 10 of Facebook's most popular apps are related to gambling, prompting concern they could "normalise" punting and lead to addiction.
The trend towards apps focused on slot machines, poker and bingo emerged at last week's launching of Facebook's new App Centre.
The "top rated" and highest grossing app is Slotomania, which promises to bring Vegas to millions of Facebook, iPhone, iPad and Android players. Other games in the top 10 include Texas HoldEm Poker and Doubledown Casino.
Though Facebook does not allow true gambling, players can use them free but have to buy game tokens. ECU's Sellenger Centre associate director Julian Dooley, who is researching the phenomenon, said the gambling apps could "normalise" gambling and potentially lead to addictive behaviour.Online casino games are illegal in Australia.
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