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Penalty for gaming operators in case they lure problem gamblers

December 3, 2008 2008

The state government in Queensland, Australia has decided to increase the penalty for gaming operators who lure known problem gamblers back to their venues with advertising and promotion.

Recently, the state had put an end to new poker machines in Queensland. Premier Anna Bligh and Treasurer Andrew Fraser announced a permanent cap on the number of additional machines for clubs. The move will cost the Government $20 million a year in lost revenue.

As per the information available, in the latest move, laws would be introduced early next year to increase the fine to up to $4,000.

“This step introduces real penalties aimed at reducing a problem gambler’s exposure to material which could potentially worsen their situation,” said Bligh, who also emphasised on keeping children out of gambling venues to reduce the risk of breeding future problem gamblers.

According to Queensland Treasurer Andrew Fraser, the government had moved to place a cap on the number of pokies in pubs and clubs. Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing statistics show in the month of October, Pine Rivers’ 859 gaming machines took in $4,044,084.31 at $4707.90 per machine. The rate was higher than Caboolture ($4145.53), Redcliffe ($4601.26) and Brisbane ($4213.46) for the same month.

The number of poker machines in Queensland pubs and clubs increased by 2560 between November 2005 and October 2008.

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