Cashless poker machines in New South Wales have been welcomed by anti-gambling advocates. But it loses the meaning of “real” money for the gamblers who are using a pre-loaded card.
Tim Costello who is the Alliance for Gambling Reform’s chief advocate said one thing. For his words, the NSW government have recognised the extensive loss pokie machines do in the state.
The government is offering changes. These changes would require pokie machine players to register and pre-load money to a government-issued card. As well as, it would work in a similar way to cashless Opal cards for public transport. This card will connect to the state’s exclusion register. Also, it will prevent it from being used by multiple players. This proposal surprised the state’s clubs.
Everyone was waiting for info about how this card scheme would work. Mr Costello said that their problem would be if players lost the feeling of losing real money if everything was digital.
Last week, Mr Dominello released plan harm minimisation legislation for public consultation. In his opinion, facial recognition is a helpful thing to identify problem gamblers. But, ClubsNSW and the hotels association have criticised the draft. They said that facial recognition would cost the industry millions of dollars.
Victor Dominello is Senior cabinet minister, So, he has responsibility for gambling and he has crossbench support in the upper house for the changes.
To be sure about the consequences are not exist to develop harms, the government should look at safeguards.
In conclusion, NSW government offers mandatory Cashless Poker Machines card.
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