Daily Telegraph (NSW Metropolitan, 18 May 2007)
THE Government is under pressure to hold a full investigation into its
cashless pokie plan following claims it could lead to a boost in profits.
The Opposition and the Greens have joined together in calling for a review
of the Iemma Government's decision allowing Ticket In, Ticket Out to be
implemented into hotels and clubs.
The Daily Telegraph has been told by several gaming managers and industry
sources the technology has been "window dressed" as a harm minimisation
measure so the Government would approve it.
ClubsNSW has denied the allegations saying the technology was
revenue-neutral and not specifically designed to be used as a measure to
tackle problem gambling.
But Opposition gaming spokesman George Souris said he was concerned by
reports the system - which involves the issuing of a re-useable tickets
instead of money - would harm players.
"I think there does need to be a further study if there are people who are
dressing up any gaming technology as a harm minimisation measure," he said.
"We're against the industry moving to a credit card-style system."
The technology will reduce the amount of cash kept in gaming venues,
reducing the risk of robberies. Players insert money into a machine and
receive a paper ticket as their winnings instead of cash, which can be
re-inserted into a machine after a player takes a break.
A Government study found it would lead to the removal of "triggers" which
contribute to problem gambling. | End