News Update from Australia – AU$1 Pokie Limits and Tabcorp Illegal Ads
This news update from the Australian gambling scene includes the pursuit of new bet limit on pokies, AU$1, and the news about Tabcorp, being found guilty for illegal advertising. The first piece of news, Coles’ operator, Wesfarmers, as well as other known retail brands are starting to pursue some modifications to prevent harm from poker machines, that are also referred to as Pokies.
New AU$1 Bet Limit for Pokies Pursued
Wesfarmers and the other retail brands have enlisted the help of the 5 of the well known pokie machine developers in Australia. This included Aristocrat Leisure. They asked them to help in trying out pokie machines that come with a maximum wager of one Australian dollar. All of these developers refused such proposal.
Coles is one of the major players in the Aussie gambling scene, similar to Woolworths. It operates pokies through hotels. It has more than 3000 pokie machine in South Australia and Queensland. On the other hand, it seems that Coles is more concerned when it comes to the potential harm that these pokie machines have, when compared to the retail rival, Woolworths.
Woolworths Refuses to Impose the Proposed Limit
Woolworth has more than 12000 pokie machines and it has made it clear that it is against the limit. The GTA (Gaming Technology Association) was quick to issue a statement. This statement outlined the potential cost of this transformation. The statement claimed that it would cost almost 3 billion AU$.
Ross Ferrar, the CEO of the GTA commented on it by saying that as a part of harm prevention, the GTA members have suggested many measures that can become available immediately. These measures have been adopted on a wide scale among many venues and operators. These measures include machine measures as well as system measures such as player info alarms and displays, and voluntary pre-commitment. He also added that there is no doubt about the fact that Australian pokies have the lowest maximum wagers in the world.
Aussie Operator Tabcorp Guilty of Illegal Ads
One of Australia’s major gambling operators, Tabcorp, was found guilty of luring clients illegally to open new accounts. This is regarding a promotion that was launched in August of 2015 by the operator. It promised players incentives, bonus bets as well as other rewards to encourage them to sign up. The company was taken to court as it was illegal for bookmakers to publish advertisements in NSW to tempt its residents with rewards and incentives to open wagering accounts or to gamble.
Tabcorp has denied these charges, but on all 3 counts, it was found to be guilty. This occurred in Sydney in the Downing Centre Local Court. The sentencing is expected to come out in February of this year.