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Australian Bill Proposes Gambling Restictions

25 February 2002

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the (Australian) Age: "Poker machines will be barred from accepting $100 notes and restrictions imposed on cash withdrawals from teller machines at gaming venues under measures to tackle problem gambling to be announced today.

"The State Government package will also require venues to pay out winnings greater than $1000 with a cheque rather than cash, sources have told The Age.

"It is believed automatic teller machines will not be banned from gaming venues. Instead, individual cash withdrawals from ATMs at venues will be limited to $200.

"…One source said it could be possible for a player to keep returning to an ATM at a venue to make repeated $200 withdrawals.

"It is believed that gaming machine note acceptors, also known as `note feeders', will be altered to no longer accept $100 notes.

"…It is believed the government has baulked at proposals to regularly switch off poker machines or slow down machine spin rates. Rather it will maintain the current machine spin rates.

"…It is believed the government is likely to baulk at scrapping the player loyalty schemes. It is understood that members of these programs will be targeted with problem gambling literature.

"…The government is expected to sell today's package as a `responsible' approach to gaming. This will be its second round of legislative changes to the gaming industry.

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