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3000 Aussie Pokie Players Say 'Ban Me'

5 May 2002

AUSTRALIA -- As reported by (Australian) News Herald: ``More than 3000 Victorian pokies addicts have joined the self-exclusion program since its introduction in 1997.

``The Australian Hotels Association and Clubs Victoria have spent about $1 million on the scheme -- the first of its type in the world.

``Poker machine players who sign the deed ban themselves for a period of two years from entering gaming venues nominated on their list.

``If found breaching the deed, gaming venue staff reserve the right to remove the gambler.

``The scheme has been endorsed by gamblers' help and family support groups.

``AHA boss Alan Giles said the program had been a great success in the fight against problem gambling.

``...Mr Giles said about 80 per cent of pokies addicts stayed away from gaming venues after signing the deed..."

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