New report recommends $1 maximum bets on all pokie machines

Herald Sun (Aust) June 23, 2010

POKIE machines should be limited to $1 bets, according to a new report prepared for the Federal Government. The recommendation was among a number recorded in the latest Productivity Commission report, which also recommended a $20 restriction on the amount of cash a player can insert into a note acceptor.

But anti-gambling campaigner Tim Costello said he was fearful the government would not act on the recommendations. “There is no question the problem is getting worse,” Mr Costello said. “Of the less than 30 per cent of the public that play the pokies, 53 cents in every dollar in the gambling industry comes from an addict. “The system preys knowingly on addicted people.”