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Mixed Reactions to Papau New Guinea Pokies Changes

6 April 2005

PAPAU, New Guinea – As reported by the New Guinea Post Courier: "There were mixed reactions from the general public in Lae yesterday over the increase in the minimum bets for playing pokies from K20 to K50(US$6.50 to $16.34).

"Random interviews carried out on the streets of Lae found women and teenage school children in support of the move by the National Gaming Control Board, while some patrons of gaming joints decried the increase.

"Women and girls spoken to said the increase will discourage husbands and fathers from continuing their gambling habits.

…"One public servant who refused to be named said if the Government was truly concerned about the well-being of its people, then it should ban pokies altogether…"

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