Maximum bet on all poker machines throughout South Australia cut in half to $5

December 31, 2016 7:46 AM


In Australia, the maximum bet on all poker machines throughout the state of South Australia will cut in half to $5 starting today, but anti-pokies campaigners say the change does not go far enough.

“Pokies” is the generic term referring to all video gambling machines in the country. Any gaming machines not complying with the new limit will be switched off, say media reports

Communities Minister Zoe Bettison said that while gambling was a “popular Australian pastime” some people quickly developed a gambling problem.

“By reducing the maximum bet limit, we hope to reduce the amount problem gamblers can lose while they are gambling,” she said. Anti-pokie elected officials say they will continue to push for the maximum bet to be further reduced to $1.

The Productivity Commission recommended the $1 per spin bet limit on Australia’s poker machines in 2010 as a practical way to reduce the harm from problem gambling associated with poker machines.

South Australia (abbreviated as SA) is in the southern central part of Australia. It covers some of the most arid parts of the continent. It has a total of 1.7 million people, and its population is the most highly centralized of any state in Australia, with more than 75 percent of South Australians living in the capital, Adelaide, or its nearby.