Should There Be A Limit On Pokies?

Added: August 4, 2016

If you are like quite a number of Australian online casino players out there that are rather fond of a spin or two or three at your favorite online pokie you will want to pay very close attention to this article. You see, there is a move underfoot to put an end to pokie action as you know it today.

You may not be surprised to learn this is coming from none other than Nick Xenophon. Like it or not, Senator Xenophon seems to have taken on a life mission of pokie law reform. Perhaps you noticed recently that the Senator hailing from South Australia has gathered together a team supporting his quest dubbed the Nick Xenophon Team. Get this, the Nick Xenophon Team has already won a number of seats in the Federal Election.

Pay close attention to the indisputable fact that the Nick Xenophon Team is now paired up with yet another independent MP, none other than Andrew Wilkie who just landed his seat in Tasmania. The point to get here is that this ad hoc Coalition could in fact end up making nothing less than a Minority Government.

What is this ban the pokie Coalition attempting to accomplish? Start with the numerous pokie machines scattered all over the Australian landscape. The Xenophon Team and cohorts are urging the Productivity Commission to enforce the Commission’s recommended maximum pokie wager of a mere AU$1.00. As you probably know, various states currently offer maximum wagers ranging from AU$5.00 to AU$10.00.

In the words of Nick Xenophon himself: “…this [pokies betting] is an issue that will not go away when there are 400,000 people with a severe gambling addiction or well on the way to getting one. We are here to say that we will be planning a whole series of measures, both in the parliament and outside the parliament to deal with the issue of gambling reform.”

Well, there you go. By all appearances Nick Xenohon and his allies are on a quest to take away your favorite online pokie game. Should you be worried about this if you are a fan of online pokie action? Maybe, but then again maybe not. Truth be told you really don’t have to look any further than the budgets of the cash strapped states who routinely profit from pokie action. The reality is that pokie action delivers billions of dollars of much need revenue each and every year. Don’t kid yourself that any sort of political action could possibly put an end to that.Pay close attention to the indisputable fact that the Nick Xenophon Team is now paired up with yet another independent MP, none other than Andrew Wilkie who just landed his seat in Tasmania. The point to get here is that this ad hoc Coalition could in fact end up making nothing less than a Minority Government.

What is this ban the pokie Coalition attempting to accomplish? Start with the numerous pokie machines scattered all over the Australian landscape. The Xenophon Team and cohorts are urging the Productivity Commission to enforce the Commission’s recommended maximum pokie wager of a mere AU$1.00. As you probably know, various states currently offer maximum wagers ranging from AU$5.00 to AU$10.00.

In the words of Nick Xenophon himself: “…this [pokies betting] is an issue that will not go away when there are 400,000 people with a severe gambling addiction or well on the way to getting one. We are here to say that we will be planning a whole series of measures, both in the parliament and outside the parliament to deal with the issue of gambling reform.”

Well, there you go. By all appearances Nick Xenohon and his allies are on a quest to take away your favorite online pokie game. Should you be worried about this if you are a fan of online pokie action? Maybe, but then again maybe not. Truth be told you really don’t have to look any further than the budgets of the cash strapped states who routinely profit from pokie action. The reality is that pokie action delivers billions of dollars of much need revenue each and every year. Don’t kid yourself that any sort of political action could possibly put an end to that.