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Australian Board Present Measures to Reduce Problem Gambling

21 November 2000

SYDNEY, Australia – Nov. 21, 2000 – As reported by the Sydney Morning Herald: "Maximum bets at poker machines would be cut from $10 to $1 under proposals by the Liquor Administration Board to reduce problem gambling.

"…But NSW clubs fear that a reduction in poker machine stakes could force many clubs to close.

"The proposals, which have been welcomed by the State Government, include a ban on machines accepting $50 and $100 notes.

"…The Liquor Administration Board, part of the Department of Gaming and Racing, considered eight technical changes to poker machines. It proposed that maximum individual bets be reduced from $10 to $1 on a trial basis, and the maximum cash limit for any one session be set at $200.

"…The board also urged a minimum `machine reel spin time' of 3.5 seconds with a trial of a compulsory five-second idle time.

"…It also recommended displays about the probability of winning and information about money already gambled.

"Players should be prompted at random intervals, and after winning as little as 50¢, to confirm they wished to continue.

"Minimum returns are to be increased from 85 to 87.5 per cent - a proposal backed by clubs…"

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