Mon, Oct 16, 5:59pm by Head Editor
The ACT Government’s proposal to change the spin limit to $5 on Canberra Casino’s pokies has been met with criticism from Gaming Technologies Association chief executive Ross Ferrar.
Poker machines at clubs across the ACT currently feature a A$10 spin limit and Ferrar told the Canberra Times that the new rules are “”a source of great frustration”, and for poker machines to remain feasible, the proposed new limit would either have to be scrapped entirely, or the same limitation would have to be implemented for the rest of the territory.
This proposal comes on the back of the government’s decision to allow the casino in the nation’s capital to install 200 new pokie machines to the gaming floor.
According to Mr Ferrar, the $5 limit would require that unique games are developed for the poker machines that will be installed at Casino Canberra and with only 200 machines slated for the venue, it would be unfeasible.
A separate set of rules have been drawn up by the government for the casino that is owned by Hong Kong billionaire Tony Fung, as the spin limit will remain at $10 elsewhere in the territory. ACT’s clubs are the other big player in the territory, owning 5,000 machines.
There is also a provision in the works that will require players to complete a mandatory pre-commitment scheme at the casino, where individuals will have to reveal how much they are willing to lose playing the pokies over the next 24 hours.
The details of the proposed bill are yet to be established, but if and when the legislation is approved, it will create a new set of rules for the casino, that is relying on the pokies to fund a portion of the $300 million expansion that is being planned.
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