Tag Archive: pokie reform

American State to Test Pre-Commitment Software For Pokies

Australia isn’t the only country that is exploring the possibility of allowing players to set betting limits on their poker machines. Several states across America are also considering pre-commitment technology, including Massachusetts. This week, Massachusetts’ state Gaming Commission agreed to start a pilot program at selected clubs across Boston. It will be the first program…

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…

Innovative Voluntary Pre-Commitment Proposed

Australia isn’t the only country that is mulling the idea of voluntary pre-commitment to curb problem gambling rates. One American state is also considering a pokie bet limit system that will help players across the country control their spending. In Massachusetts, the state government is considering introducing a new voluntary pre-commitment system – according to…

Criticism for Pokie Cap in Canberra

When caps are introduced to limit the number of poker machines in a state or city, responsible gambling advocates are usually pleased. However, the ACT’s recent poker machine cap has attracted a great deal of criticism as safe gambling campaigns are not pleased with the target number. When ACT politicians first proposed the idea of…

Intralot Provides Pre-Commitment Technology to Victoria

Victoria is one of the leading Australian states when it comes to the introduction of safe gambling measures. The state is always ahead the curve with the implementation of initiatives that ensure local residents gamble responsibly. The latest development is the introduction of pre-commitment technology, which will be provided by Intralot. The Victorian government has…

Calls for Better Distribution Of Pokies Funding

Poker machines provide a valuable service to the local community by funding various public programs that benefit residents. However, some organisations are dubious about the way in which New Zealand’s government plans on distributing these funds in the future. As such, Auckland Council and the Problem Gambling Foundation have challenged the local government’s proposed regulations….

Greens $1 Pokie Bet Limit Bill Defeated

Yesterday, The Victoria Greens presented a legislation to the upper house, which proposed that the maximum bet for pokies be reduced from $5 to $1. In the weeks leading up to the hearing, the bill garnered diverse reactions from local residents and industry professionals. In the end, it was defeated. The bill was proposed by…

Opinions Voiced About New Welfare Cards that Prohibit Gambling Spending

Last week, Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forest announced his plans to introduce a new ‘health welfare card’ that would prohibit benefits recipients from using their money to gamble or purchase alcohol. As expected, the idea is quite controversial as residents are split in their support. A poll carried out by Perth Now shows that residents are not…

New Welfare Card May Ban Gambling and Alcohol Purchases

Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forest has recently put forth a plan to that will ban welfare recipients from using their earnings to gamble or purchase alcohol. His proposal suggests that all welfare is paid onto a health welfare card, and it will be considered by the Abbott government. Forest’s proposed welfare cards will be linked to the…

Nick Xenophon Advocates For Pokie Referendum

South Australia’s gambling market has recently celebrated an important milestone, as it has been 20 years since the state introduced pokies into clubs and pubs. Independent Senator Nick Xenophon has taken this as an opportunity to promote is latest pokie reform plan, pushing for a referendum on the games. Senator Xenophon will introduce a bill…