Victoria Gets New Pokie Rules

The state of Victoria is possibly getting a new series of gambling regulations on pokie machines, with rules aimed at protecting players.

The new rules will include pre-bet commitment limits, curfews on machines between 4am and 10am, slower spin speeds for machines, and reduced limits for loading up machine credits at $100 AUD. Cards to identify players will also be required, meaning that the cards will have to be inserted for every spin of the reels.

The blanket curfew for the machines is aimed at keeping operators from offering staggered opening times for their operations, which would then keep players on the machines.

Regarding the proposed changes, Premier Daniel Andrews said, "These reforms will provide the strongest gambling harm preventions and anti-money laundering measures in Australia - we owe it to all Victorians to take this stance and help those experiencing harm turn their lives around.

"I look forward to the implementation working group's input and effort."

The regulations will have to be approved of by the state's legislators before they can be enacted into law.

Word of the rule changes comes after Victoria has been working to crack down on breaches by big name operator Crown, which recently had to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in fines in order to keep hold of its gaming licence due to poor money laundering policies and other failings.

Casino Listings News is following the story and will update readers as appropriate.

About the author

Kingston Li // Asia Correspondent
Kingston Li
Kingston is a big fan of Baccarat and Texas Hold'em Poker and has tested his skills in tournaments around Asia and the world. He covers the latest gambling news from Asia for Casino Listings. In his spare time, Kingston enjoys hiking, video gaming, and playing disc golf.

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