Aussie Clubs ACT Postpones Trial of Mandatory Pre-Commitment Law for Casino Gambling

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Last Thursday, the members of the Clubs ACT of Australia made official their decision to delay the trial implementation of the proposed Mandatory Pre-Commitment Law for casino gambling, in the Australian Capital Territory.

Clubs ACT was supposed to coordinate the trial implementation of the said mandate last month. The trial did not push through at all, as members have decided to await the outcome of the forthcoming Federal Elections. Supporters of the bill are hopeful that the trial implementation will take place before the end of the year or by year 2014.

However, in a recent conference attended by gaming, wagering and racing proponents, gaming experts say that it will take several years before manufacturers can overcome the technological barriers that will enable them to reset, redevelop, replace, retrofit and institute the updates in the gaming machine software.

Last year, the Gaming Technologies Association expressed sentiments that manufacturers are incapable of meeting the proposed 2013 timeframe, and that the Australian government should eliminate the setting of deadlines altogether.

Mandatory Pre-Commitment for casino and online gambling pertains to the integration of features in electronic gaming machines (EGM) that will require players to pre-set limits to the amounts placed as bets, in order to reduce the harms of excessive gambling.

This is in view of the fact that there are no existing Australian laws that prohibit players from engaging in real money betting activities via EGMs. Aussie punters heavily favor Internet-based gambling as evidenced by the success of the online betting industry in Australia, to which current surveys show that around 80 percent of adult Australians are into some form of gambling activity at least once a year.

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