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Increasing Number Of Gamblers Dodging Self Imposed Ban Orders

Mon, Feb 6, 3:59pm by Kevin Pitstock

An ever decreasing number of punters choosing to be barred from entering gaming venues is worrying The Department of Justice, who revealed that 1121 self-exclusion deeds were signed in Victoria in the 2010-11 financial year, compared to 2004 the previous year (nearly half).
A specialist state government advisory council has decided to put the self-exclusion program, which allows a problem gambler to nominate gaming venues they want to be barred from, under review.

The self-imposed ban is enforced by the venues who photograph those who enter the program and ask punters to leave if they show up.

The program faces the immediate flaw of gamblers being able to exclude themselves from one venue but go to another, a point echoed by Sam Alessi, the Whittlesea Responsible Gaming Forum chairman.

Paddy O’Sullivan, deputy chief executive Victoria of the Australian Hotels Association commented “the program was a success but said some people would resort to wearing disguises to avoid being detected.”

Mr O’Sullivan revealed that more then 2000 people were signed up to the program in the state’s hotels.

The government advisory council report is scheduled to be given to Gaming Minister, Michael O’Brien near April.

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