Category Archives: Law & Society

Criticism For Northern Territory’s Pokie Push

Last week, the Northern Territory government announced its plans to lift the cap on poker machines in the state. As expected, the announcement has attracted a great deal of criticism from gambling researchers and responsible gambling campaigners. Over the course of the past few years, researchers across Australia have attempted to determine the link between…

Google Comes Under Fire For Gambling Ads

Google has recently been chastised by the Russia government for displaying gambling ads to local residents. Gambling has been prohibited in Russia since 2009, and the local government may impose a penalty on the search engine provider if the issue is not rectified soon. The issue game to light this week, when it was discovered…

New Zealand Passes Match-Fixing Bill

Match-fixing continues to be a major problem in sports leagues around the world. Over the course of the past year, we have seen plenty of athletes and team managers come under fire for being involved in corrupt activities. To help prevent match-fixing scandals, New Zealand has passed the Crime Match Fixing Amendment Bill. The bill…

UK Councils Want Lower Betting Limits

In the United Kingdom, the gaming industry is currently in a battle over gaming machines similar to the pokie debate here in Australia. Members of the general public are working hard to reduce the potential harm that gaming machines can cause. This week, 92 local councils have petitioned the government reduce the maximum bet on…

Andrew Wilkie Starts Pushing For $1 Pokie Limits Again

Last year, the federal government decided to introduce poker machine reform across the country. However, responsible gambling campaigners like Andrew Wilkie are not impressed with the steps that have been taken to reduce gambling harm across the country. As such, Wilkie has introduced a new bill that will further regulate poker machines in Australia, which…

YouTube Is Shutting Down Channels Featuring Pokies

YouTube is a popular online destination for sharing information about popular pokies and casino games. However, it has recently been revealed that the streaming site is shutting down channels that have posted videos of pokies. A recent thread on CasinoMeister has drawn attention to the situation, noting that YouTube is shutting down the channels of…

Russian Online Casino Fakes Accreditation

One of the main reasons that gamblers choose to play at online casinos over their land-based counterparts is because they are strictly regulated. Accrediting bodies work hard to ensure that online casinos and online poker sites keep players safe and secure – so, it is a big deal when an operator fakes accreditation. On November…

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…