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VCAT Weighs In On Shamrock Hotel Pokies Debate

After months of back-and-forth, the owner of Bendigo’s Shamrock Hotel was granted permission by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation to install 20 new pokies. However, that was only half of the battle, and now it is up to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) to weigh in. The new pokies fit…

Brits Want to Ban Expensive Pokies

In the United Kingdom, there is a breed of poker machines that allow player to wager up to £100 per spin. While these games are hugely popular among bookmakers, residents are not so keen on them. A recent poll has revealed that the majority of voters believe the games should be banned or their bets…

New UK Pokie Tax Causes Betting Shop Closures

Bookmakers across the United Kingdom warned politicians that the new Machine Games Duty would be to the detriment of the sportsbetting industry. Now, the prophecy is being fulfilled. William Hill, one of the most successful bookmakers in the United Kingdom, has announced its plans to close over 100 betting shops across the country due to…

Victorian Gambling Commission Approves Shamrock’s New Pokies

For the past few months, owners of Bendigo’s Shamrock Hotel have eagerly awaited a decision on whether or not the venue should be able to add 20 new pokies. The issue was heavily debated among local councillors and industry professionals, and the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation has finally signed off on the…

UK to Introduce Stricter Controls On Pokies

For the past year, responsible gambling advocates in the United Kingdom have been at odds with the betting shop industry over Fixed Odds Betting Terminals, the British version of poker machines. Now, the government is introducing new laws that will tighten controls on the games to help protect players from potential gambling harm. The new…

Pokie Tax Increase in the UK

The Victorian government may have changed its mind about increasing gambling taxes for poker machine clubs, but the same cannot be said about politicians overseas. This week, British politicians decided to raise taxes of Fixed Odds Betting Terminal (FOBTs) gaming machines which are popular in betting shops. The tax increase will see bookmakers paying 5%…

UK Punters Can Set Limits On Gaming Machines

Over the course of the past year, responsible gambling advocates have raised concerns about fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in UK betting shops. These gaming machines are considered to be very dangerous to problem gamblers, and a new code of conduct will address these issues. In England and Wales, players will now be able to…

Gaming Machines Will Be Tested

In the United Kingdom, pokies and other gaming machines have come under fire from responsible gambling advocates over the course of the past year, many complaints have arisen about the potential harm that fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) can cause. After much pressure, UK bookies have finally agreed to test the games in order to…

Pokie Malfunction Costs Player Millions

The feeling of winning a multi-million dollar jackpot must be overwhelmingly positive – but we can’t imagine how someone would feel if their windfall was taken away from them almost instantly. This unfortunate situation happened to Jennifer Carmin, a woman who believed she had hit a $28.9 million progressive jackpot prize, but was offered a…

Debate Held Over Shamrock Hotel’s Pokie Request

Bendigo councillors are now considering the Shamrock Hotel’s request to add 20 new pokies to the property. The new games will helped to fund renovations for the property, and hotel owner Jim Hogan stated that he will give up the plans if he does not receive permission to install the new pokies. Mr Hogan wants…