South Australia Halves Maximum Betting Limit to $5
The state of South Australia has halved the maximum betting limit on poker machines to $5 from Sunday, January 1, 2017.
The move is an effort to help protect problem gamblers; however anti-pokies campaigners have said this move is not enough. The reduced limit – down from $10 – was recommended in 2013 as part of the Gaming Machines Act reforms instituted by the government. The government has stated that gaming venues that do not institute the new limit will have their machines switched off. The state government is expecting around 500 machines to be turned off for lack of compliance.
Back in 2010, the Productivity Commission recommended that Australia reduce the maximum bet on poker machines to $1 and Senator Nick Xenophon said that he will continue to push, together with state NXT member John Darley, to reduce the maximum bet down to $1.
“Poker machines can be played at over twenty spins per minute, so a $1 per spin bet limit still gives a $20 per minute spending rate,” stated Mark Henley, Uniting Communities advocacy manager.
Wesfarmers-owned Coles announced in Mid-December that it plans to conduct a trial of $1 limits on poker machine maximum bets to determine the impact it will have on responsible gambling practices.
The move comes at around the same time as the South Australian government announced they would be conducting a review into gambling laws in the state. The industry is hoping the review will reduce the bureaucracy that has been preventing the issue of new gambling licenses over the past 5 years and that it will provide a much-needed boost to the waning club and hotel industry which has been negatively impacted by the online gaming industry.
March 27, 2017