NSW clubs and hoteliers afforded temporary concessions

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NSW clubs and hoteliers afforded temporary concessions

Temporary financial arrangements have been made for NSW hoteliers and clubs with gaming machines, in welcome news to those working and operating within the industry.

Casino Aus reports that the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority announced temporary financial arrangements for operators who had been adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The assistance takes the form of payment extensions or deferments.

While only temporary, it can help businesses that were forced to close their doors this year.

Considering the spread of COVID-19 continues to pose a threat, the relief is being welcomed by those in the industry.

Australian-based manufacturer Aristocrat is one of the top gaming cabinet manufacturers in the world.

It also produces video gaming terminals and pokies machines.

It has a vested interest in the operators using their products.

The Gaming Technologies Association is a representative organisation of Australian gaming machine technology suppliers.

The organisation of Australian gaming machine technology suppliers.

The organisation lobbies the government in a variety of ways to ensure that its members are treated fairly and heard in the larger gambling industry.

Aristocrat and the GTA both sent requests to the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority recently to advocate for their customers.

They had been hearing from many gaming operators in deep financial troubles after the COVID-18 shutdowns and the ensuing slow reopening process.

The New South Wales regulator responded affirmatively.

Essentially, the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority had to request that the NSW government allow an official change to its laws.

Specifically, financial arrangements for operators acquiring gaming machines are addressed in Section 72 of the Gaming Machines Act 2001.

Tasmanians lose at pokies as regulator issues breach notices

Tasmanians have lost more than $2.6 million to pokies machines in the last five days of June, as the machines were once again turned on following the COVID-19 shutdown.

The Examiner reports Tasmanian gamblers have also been barred from using various forms of cashless technology to play the pokies.

Venues are unable to accept bank deposits or electronic funds transfers and similar digital payments for gambling purposes under a measure introduced by the Tasmanian Liquor and Gaming Commission.

State Treasury’s Liquor and Gaming branch said the commission made the decision among amendments to its mandatory code of practice, which took effect on March 1.

‘This amendment ensures customers are only able to access additional funds through typical withdrawal methods, such as ATMs and EFTPOS, which have cash limits,” Liquor and Gaming said.

Greens Hotel in Burnie was fined $336 for allowing people to remain on licensed premises when unauthorised to do so and $840 for selling liquor, except as authorised.

The MODE Bar and NiteClub in Launceston was fined $815 for allowing people to remain on licensed premises when unauthorised to do so.

The Mobius Lounge Bar in Hobart had conditions imposed on its out of hours permit and hours reduced following what Liquor and Gaming said was the sale and consumption of liquor in the licensed premises causing disorderly conduct in the premises and in its neighbourhood.

Three people received letters of censure for playing keno at the venues where they were employed.

Two men had their licenses suspended for playing keno at the venues where they were employed and extending credit to themselves.

UBET Tasmanian received a letter of censure over radio advertisements without the required anti-gambling message.

Australian National Hotels, which operates Wrest Point Hotel Casino and is part of the Federal Group, received a letter of censure over a non-member using a premium player program ATM.

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