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Pokie doco reveals low odds for Fairfield

An anti-pokie group will visit Australia's pokie capital to screen a documentary that lays bare the addictive design and impact of the machines.

The Alliance for Gambling Reform and the NSW Greens will co-host the screening of Ka-Ching Pokie Nation in Fairfield, in Sydney's west, on Wednesday night.

Ka-Ching describes the nation's approximately 200,000 pokies as the "crack-cocaine of gambling" or "electronic morphine" that bolster the finances of state governments.

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"The (pokie) industry targets communities like Fairfield by ripping out millions of dollars from hip pockets with no regard for the pain they cause," Alliance director Allison Keogh said in a statement.

"Fairfield residents will be shocked by revelations in the documentary of the tricks used by the pokies industry and how these machines set people up for addiction and loss."

The 2015 documentary includes interviews with Australians who have lost their money, homes and lives to pokie addiction.

It also interviews the US-based designers who construct the machines from the graphics and lights to sounds and even the odds.

Las Vegas slot machine creator Marcus Fortunato says the machines are "awful bets", programmed to strip players of every last dollar through a mathematical formula.

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Data released earlier this month shows the state's top 25 pokie hotels raked in nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in the past financial year.

Thirteen of those venues were located in the Fairfield and Canterbury/Bankstown region which includes some of Sydney's most disadvantaged suburbs.

Fairfield Mayor Frank Carbone has previously urged the government to protect his community.