The same has happened to me countless times.
Apparently, the TAB are the only evil ones
Exactly. You'd get that impression listening to some of the Corporate dogma that gets bandied about.
I think we have established beyond reasonable doubt that the corporates "control" what specials they give you, and to what degree.
If TABCorp are not allowed to merge with Tatts, Tatts will get swallowed up by a Corporate (probably Crown Bet given the strings Packer can pull) and there will be one less player i.e. less competition and more of this stuff.
Funny how the Australian "Competition" Tribunal look like they are about to kill off Tatts Bet and the reduction in competition will just make it harder for the poor old punter.
If it is not some sleazebag wowser Senator from South Australia deciding that punters should get less, it is a government public sector department given too much power. And if you are guilty of the sin of winning, the corporates will clip your wings