Posts Tagged ‘poker machine pre-commitment’

Want to know how to find Pokie free Pubs in Melbourne?

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

here is the link.

Great article by Nikki Tugwell and Eleanor Bell

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

In case you have not seen this great article, here ‘tis

Submissions to Vic State Government pre-committment scheme for Pokies

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

The State Government invites submissions from consumers and businesses to have their say in the proposed gambling pre-commitment scheme for poker machines.  The link below will give you all the details you need. The governments preferred option for pre-commitment is extremely weak and looks to me like a watered down customer loyalty scheme. Their idea for a card is not compulsory and you can set a limit for the day and when you have reached that limit a pop-up screen will tell you that you reached your limit and then gives you the option to continue playing or to quit, which really defeats the whole purpose of a pre-commitment in the first place.

When I was addicted to the pokies and was “investing” all of our money into my local poker machine venue to feed the government’s own addiction, I desperately wanted to feed the gambling beast – and a pop up screen that would give me the option to keep going would have been a minor distraction and would never have stopped my frenzy or have saved the rent money.

Here are 4 points that I think pre-commitment needs to include:

1. Compulsory (so everybody who wants to gamble must have a card)

2. Non-transferable (fingerprint or other identification necessary)

3. A default setting that the gambler needs to opt out of

4. Once a set of parameters are input and a limit is reached then gambling stops for at least a (day, week, month?).

So if you, like me, feel strongly about this measure, would you please have a look at following link and make a submission before the 21st of September.  It may be our only chance to have a say on this important issue!