Category Archives: Law & Society

Microgaming Launches PlayItForward for Social Responsibility

Microgaming is well-known as an online gaming operator that develops a wide range of innovative online pokies. Experiencing huge success in its time, Microgaming is always eager to share the wealth by donating funds to various health, education and charity initiatives. Recently, the company has established a new corporate identity for all of these generous…

Forum Focuses on Problem Gambling in Vulnerable Communities

Last week, gaming industry professionals and representatives from welfare organisations gathered in Dandenong to discuss the impact of poker machines in vulnerable communities. They want to ensure that more careful consideration is given to new pokie applications in low-income neighbourhoods to help reduce the negative impact of gambling on individuals who live in  these areas….

UK To Pass New Pokie Laws

Australia isn’t the only country that is setting up reforms for its poker machine market; the United Kingdom is also changing the way in which players can access electronic gaming machines. This week, the UK government has announced the introduction of new restrictions on pokie bet limits. The new restrictions target players who tend to…

Taskforce Assigned to Help Clubs Find Alternatives to Pokie Revenue

A recent study has found that many sports clubs across Australia rely heavily on gambling revenue from poker machines. This type of dependence on a form of gambling may have a detrimental effect on the local community, and the Canberra government has launched a new taskforce that will help clubs find alternative means of raising…

New BetRegret Campaign Aims to Raise Awareness of Problem Gambling

It is no secret that problem gambling is a growing issue in Australia, and local organisations are working hard to help players kick their compulsive behaviour. Recently, the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation launched a campaign called ‘BetRegret’, which puts actual problem gamblers in the spotlight so they can share their struggles with the general public….

Study Finds That Social Gambling Can Help Addicted Players

When social casino games were first introduced, they were criticised for potentially tempting problem gamblers and underage players. Now, a new study finds that they may actually be productive for problem gamblers in helping them kick their addictions. If you are unfamiliar with social casino games, they are free-play titles which look exactly like roulette,…

ACT Hotels Oppose New Pokie Law Amendments

The gambling industry in Canberra is undergoing an overhaul, and we are seeing many changes being made to local laws that govern pokie entitlements. While the new laws benefit clubs and aim to reduce problem gambling, hotels are critical of the amendments. Under the new laws, hotels across the ACT have been prohibited from upgrading…

NSW Government Considers Using Pokie Clubs for Child Care

Last month, Clubs Australia proposed that pokie venues could make up for the shortage of childcare service across the country. The idea was not well-received, as many responsible gambling groups were not pleased with the idea of having children exposed to gambling venues. However, the NSW government is now considering the plan. According to a…

Councils Want Stricter Assessments for New Pokies

Whenever a venue in Victoria wants to add new pokie machines, local gaming and planning authorities must carry out assessments to determine the impact that the new games will have on the community. However, Victorian councillors are concerned that the assessments are not in-depth enough. According to a recent report in The Age, the Municipal…

Wellington Council Wants to Reform Pokie Laws

Across Australia, more and more local governments are taking steps to change the way pokies are regulated in order to encourage responsible gambling. This week, the Wellington Shire Council has decided to make its own changes to local gaming laws and is waiting for feedback from the state government. One of the council’s major reforms…