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Pokie Advertising to be Blacked Out

30 December 2004

AUSTRALIA -- As reported by the Australian Associated Press: "Victoria will ban all forms of advertising that promote poker machine gambling from New Year's Day in a bid to cut the $2 billion-plus outlaid in the state each year.

"The ban applies to all forms of advertising outside gaming areas including print, television and radio advertisements and unsolicited mail.

"Victorian Gaming Minister John Pandazopoulos said the ban would be enforced through public complaints to a special hotline

"...The Victorian Commission for Gambling Regulation will determine whether any advertising breaches the new laws.

"Gaming venues that breach the advertising bans face fines of up to $2,050 and loss of their licence for repeat offences..."

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