Tremendous change is coming to slots in South Australia for millions of gamblers after spike in suicides
Massive Change Comes To Slots For Millions Of Gamblers After Warning Spike In Suicide Rates From Gamblers ‘Chasing Their Loses’
- Back in the day, gamblers were allowed to withdraw $ 1,000 per day at slots locations
- Withdrawal limits have been created to help people with gambling addiction
- Coroners Court estimates that one in ten suicides is related to gambling
Millions of gamblers are allowed to withdraw up to $ 200 per day from slots, instead of $ 1,000 per day, after a spike in suicides.
In December, tough new withdrawal limits of $ 250 per day were introduced in South Australia to prevent poker machine gamblers from chasing their losses.
But many locations had looked for exceptions to those rules, which are not being renewed.
Before the change, bettors could make five withdrawals per day of up to $ 200 using an Etfpos machine on slot machines.
The South Australian Coroners Court estimates that one in ten suicides is linked to gambling addiction.
In South Australia, strict new withdrawal limits of $ 250 per day were introduced to prevent poker machine gamblers from chasing their losses (stock image)
Uniting Communities spokesperson Mark Henley said the new rules are encouraging.
“For 20 years we tried to limit the ability of gamblers to chase their losses with increasing amounts of money because research has shown time and again that it is one of the classic signs of addiction,” he said. The Daily Telegraph.
“It’s all about minimizing damage, and the problem with slots is that in any other industry where a transaction takes place, you know what you’re spending.
Similar limits of $ 200 apply in the ACT and in Tasmania.
When the new rules were enforced in South Australia, 16 locations in regional areas claimed it was more difficult for gamblers to access cash and filed for exemptions.
Before the change, bettors could make five withdrawals per day of up to $ 200 using an Etfpos machine on slot machines (stock image)
Some were allowed to keep withdrawals from limits between $ 350 and $ 1,000 per day, per card.
Eight of the 16 locations that have been exempted from the new limits have not applied for an extension, which means they will also have to comply with the new rules.
Henley called on the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner to report on the advancement of facial recognition technology to limit gambling addiction.
“We are struggling in the wellness industry to find out how well the facial recognition facility has progressed because it will have a major impact, especially as sites become more active after the COVID-19 shutdown,” said Mr. Henley.