Gambling on Poker Declining

The popular market research company from Australia, known as Roy Morgan recently published their Gambling Currency Report and it showed information that gambling on poker machines in AU is slowly declining. Their results are based on a source survey carried on by Roy Morgan after doing thorough face to face interviews with over a thousand Australians, on a weekly basis.

Based on the latest information that the marketing research company provided, the Northern Territory is still the biggest part of Australia that has the highest poker and betting amongst all the territories and states in Australia. On the other hand, the highest lotteries and scratch card wagering has been reported in West Australia.

Gambling on Poker Declining

Statistics on Gambling on Poker Declining

As shown in the document released by the Gambling Currency, the northern territory had a larger report of Australian players that preferred gambling on pokies.  Approximately a total of about 23.6% of the Northern Territory residents, only those over the age of 18 have placed bets at a casino gambling machine in an average of about a period of 3 months. The states of New South Wales and Queensland followed with their proportion rates being 14.2% and 14.9% respectively.

In the state of Tasmania, the poker participation percentage was 13.5%, being followed by another state in Australia with a percentage of 12.4%. The lowest participation percentage on poker machines was recorded in the state of Western Australia – 5% and the state of Victoria with 10.6%. Casino betting rates have also been part of the survey.

Michelle Levine – the marketing research company’s chief executive officer reported to the media that generally, gambling participation in Australia has actually been slowly declining over the past couple of years. The only exception to this is the sports betting industry, which has just experienced an increase in the previous year to about a year and a half.

Overview

Basing on the results of the survey presented by this research marketing company, the highest casino gambling reports have been reported in the Northern Territory. These results are then followed by the territory of Victoria, with a gambling percentage of 10% and Western Australia with about 9.6%. The percentages for the states of South Australia and Queensland were quite close – 7.4% and 8.1% respectively. Tasmania reported with the lowest, which has about 4.7% of the states’ residents above the age of 18 having placed a bet in at least an average of a 3 month period.

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Gambling Legislation Reform

Gambling Law Reform Poses Concern for Poker Machines

Community organisations in Western Australia stated their gambling distress with the ban on virtual gaming machines was lifted in the country. The law allows local punters to make wagers on virtual racing machines. The Legislative Council of the country’s parliament voted to pass a legislation reform package for the racing sector in Western Australia. The implementation of the law is presumed to make the WA TAB happen. Besides that, the legislation also involves an allocation where the TAB businesses will be permitted to offer gambling to their players.

A few community organisations are scared that this move can facilitate the implementation of poker machines. The Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS) accused the parliament of Western Australia of purposely voting to increase gambling harm in the community. Chris Twomey, the leader of police and research at WACOSS, public health specialists and other leaders with the community service reached out to council members to state their worry following the influence of the racing machines. He further said that a growing number of citizens have been facing gambling harm.

Gambling Legislation Reform

Australia Aiming To Decrease Gambling Harm

Western Australia stands out from other AU states with regard to pokies. They have strict laws that prohibit these gaming machines from working at any other location than the one casino in the country. According to some professionals, it’s contradictory that the rest of Australia was attempting to decrease gambling by implementing more strict laws. On the other end, Western Australia is trying to do the opposite and move towards a liberated gambling sector. Chris Twomey pointed out that anything that increases the gambling opportunities and can possibly raise the rates of gambling harm will not be tolerated.

Chris Twomey avoided the disagreements that the animated racing game Trackside of TAB was more familiar with racing than poker machines. He also added that simulated racing is an electronic gambling machine. This means that the winner is randomly picked and the odds are general.

Overview of Gambling in Australia

An organisation like the AnglicareWA was against the step. Mark Glasson, the chief executive officer of AnglicareWA said that even though the step has been taken, the government can still change its decision. He asked the labour members of parliament to stop the dangers of gambling that can affect Western Australian families if the above decision follows through. Bet Wyatt said the organisations from the community are hypocrites. He mentioned that the organisations that are against gambling have been benefiting from the cash taken from gamblers in Western Australia.

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