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New Zealand Wants Monitoring System for Pokies

3 May 2004

NEW ZEALAND – As reported by the New Zealand Herald: "The Department of Internal Affairs is calling for tenders for an electronic monitoring system (EMS) of all gaming machines in pubs and clubs.

"Keith Manch, director of the department's Gaming and Censorship Regulation Group, said EMS was a major IT project that will link more than 22,000 gaming machines at more than 2000 venues to one central monitor.

"EMS will monitor how much money is gambled on each machine, how much it pays out in prizes to gamblers, and how much should be banked.

"Casinos in New Zealand already have their own individual monitoring systems which record this information.

"But in pubs and clubs the monitoring has to be done manually.

"…The Gambling Act, which was passed in September last year, requires that all gaming machines be connected to EMS…"

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