It's that time of the year once more, where triple j asks you to lodge your vote for the best songs of the past year. And with the 2018 Hottest 100 proving to be the most popular yet (with 2.7 million votes cast and millions of people tuning in from all over the country and the world), you better get cracking for your chance to win triple j's Golden Ticket (that gets you and your bestie into. Hottest 100 Betting Up and Running December 21, 2011 Because of the short odds about Gotye scoring the Number One spot on Triple J’s Hottest 100 list, William Hill Australia has opened several alternative markets. Aussie’s love to listen to how their bets have gone on their Australia Day BBQs and w.Thursday, January 21st, 2016 Written by April Bergman
Bookmaker sites like Ladbrokes, Sportsbet, and Tom Waterhouse have begun taking bets on the results of the 2015 Triple J Hottest 100 vote. Triple J’s on-air personalities and executives are critical of the decision of the sportsbooks to do so, saying they are taking advantage of a young and financially vulnerable audience.
Triple J manager Chris Scaddan spoke on-air to the radio program Hack, saying “it is concerning that gambling companies are aiming directly at Triple J listeners. We cater to a young audience, an audience that is at a very vulnerable point of their lives financially.”
Scaddan warned the station’s viewers that the gambling companies are offering a product he considers predatory. Scaddan said, “Ultimately you’re giving the betting company your money. That’s all they’re interested in. They want your money, they want you signed up to their app.”
About the Triple J Hottest 100
For those non-Aussies, the Triple J Hottest 100 is a poll conducted in Australia each year asking listeners to name their favorite song hits. People can vote throughout the year for their favorite songs, listing 10 favorites per vote. The votes are tallied on Australia Day each year. This year, results for 2015 will be announced on January 28.
When the poll began in 1988 as a list of Aussies’ all-time favorite songs. In 1993, the decision was made to make it the most popular songs of that particular year. What began as a Sydney-area poll has become a nationwide event. Over the past ten years, the Triple J Hottest 100 has gained tremendous popularity. In 2004, about 500,000 votes were cast. By 2014, the Top 100 collected 2,099,707 million votes. Those two million-plus votes were cast by 258,762 voters from 188 countries.
Scaddan Discusses the Facebook Ads
The problem Triple J’s manager has with the betting is the advertisements. He said the Sportsbet Facebook page encouraged visitors to gamble on the Hottest 100. Scaddan claimed the page said, “Join now for the Hottest 100 and make a $25 first deposit to get a $75 bonus bet!”
Saying he expected the station’s listeners were smart enough to see through the marketing ploy, Scaddan continued with his criticism of the betting companies: “We don’t encourage people to bet on the Hottest 100. If you’ve got some spare money you should donate it to our partner charity, the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience.”
Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation on Youth Gambling
Serge Sardo, who serves as the chief executive of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, spoke on Triple J about the advertisements, saying companies like Sportsbet are “pandering to a vulnerable audience. About 20% of people with a gambling problem, based on research, started gambling before they were 18. So what we know, is the younger you start gambling, the more likely you are to develop problems with gambling.”
Sportsbet Spokesman Explains
A spokesman for Sportsbet also spoke on Triple J’s Hack program, saying, “The Triple J advertisement would not have been seen by persons under the age of 18. It would not have been displayed in a non-logged in environment.”
Thus, the complicated interplay between the Australian gambling industry and those against rampant gambling in Australia continues. Aussies spend more per capita on gambling each year that any other population on Earth. Some view those statistics as a sign that Australia has a well-regulated industry which allows personal freedom, while others view those statistics as a sign of a predatory industry and degeneracy on the part of Australians. Certainly, many problem gamblers make problems for themselves and their families with their gaming habits.
Favorites to Win the Triple J Top 100
For those more interested in the actual betting pools, the bookmaker’s favorites for 2015 include “Lean On” by Major Lazer and DJ Snake’s, as well as “King Kunta” by Kendrick Lamar. The 2014 winner was “Talk Is Cheap” by Chet Faker. “High” by Peking Duk (featuring Nicole Millar) was 2nd place, while “Cosby Sweater” by Hilltop Hoods finished 3rd. The 100th spot was “Switch Lanes (Prod. Paces)” by Tkay Maidza.
This time next week, we’ll know which song takes the cake in triple j’s Hottest 100 on Australia Day (PSA: you’ve got two days left to vote).
But while we celebrate one hundred winners - and certified bangers - there could be just as many losers, if you’ve decided to take a punt and collect a bonus bet on the world’s biggest music poll.
You might have seen an ad like this pop up in your newsfeed - offering bonus bets if you gamble on the Hottest 100.
You could be thinking your knowledge on who will win is pretty well-informed, after all you can vote in the poll yourself.
But for young, first time gamblers who are tempted to take a punt, anti-gambling campaigners warn 'bonus bets' or even just creating a betting account can become a slippery slope to debt and addiction.
How bonus bets and credits work
Offering 'bonus bets' and unsolicited credit has become fairly common for online gambling sites like Sportsbet, Ladbrokes, Tom Waterhouse and Palmerbet (they all offer their own odds on the Hottest 100). But, if you read the fine print, bonus bets and unsolicited credit are outlawed in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.
When someone like a bank lends you money, they have to make sure you're able to pay it back responsibly. Getting a credit card? They’ll need to check how much money you can reasonably spend each month. Applying for a loan? You’ll need to be approved.
But gambling companies don’t have the same rules, because they don't charge any fees or interest. Spending money you don’t actually have can get pretty ugly, pretty fast.
Last year, Senator Nick Xenophon said credits offered online were a dangerous, poorly regulated loophole.
'There's going to be a whole generation of young Australians who won't be able to afford to go on that overseas trip, or buy their first car or put a deposit on their first home.'
What triple j thinks
triple j manager Chris Scaddan says the station doesn’t support this type of betting, and says there’s definitely better ways to spend your hard earned cash.
It is concerning that gambling companies are aiming directly at triple j listeners. We cater to a young audience, an audience that is at a very vulnerable point of their lives financially.
“We don’t encourage people to bet on the Hottest 100. If you’ve got some spare money, you should donate it to our partner charity, the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience.
“We can guarantee you that that will go to a positive cause. It’ll make you feel better about yourself than betting on the Hottest 100 will.”
Chris Scaddan says targeting young people with betting inducements is particularly worrying.
“When you’re young and new to having credit, you don’t have big pockets or big financial resources. You could find yourself in a lot of financial trouble really early on in your life.
“Ultimately you’re giving the betting company your money. That’s all they’re interested in. They want your money, they want you signed up to their app.
“We think the majority of triple j listeners are smart enough to see through campaigns like this.”
Why it’s a concern for young people
Serge Sardo, CEO of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, says promotions targeted toward young people, like the Hottest 100 campaigns, are pandering to a vulnerable audience.
Hottest 100 Triple J 2017
“About 20% of people with a gambling problem, based on our research, started gambling before they were 18,” Sardo explains. “So what we know is, the younger start gambling, the more likely you are to develop problems with gambling.”
We won’t know the impact of this for generations.'
Triple J Top 100
Today, Sportsbet told Hack that the Facebook ad - pictured near the top of this article - would not have been promoted to minors.
'The Triple J advertisement would not have been seen by persons under the age of 18 and would not have been displayed in a ‘non-logged in environment’. Anyone with FB [sic] aged under 18 would not have seen this ad.'
They also said they're not aware of online promotions increasing problem gambling.
'Sportsbet is not aware of any evidence that indicates the availability of promotional offers to customers encourages or has increased the prevalence of problem gambling. The Productivity Commission found that making these types of offers to new customers is not necessarily harmful and that it merely promotes a competitive market.'
Problem gambler backs call for online betting credit crackdown
A man who has bet about $2.5 million supports calls by Senator Nick Xenophon and financial counsellors for the Federal Government to crackdown on rogue practices in the online gambling industry.