Poker machines are designed to deceive you

If you know someone who sits in front of a poker machine for hours on end, you might say they
If you know someone who sits in front of a poker machine for hours on end, you might say they have an addiction.
That’s what a leading national law firm is saying in documents lodged in the Federal Court in Melbourne for the Alliance of Gaming Reform.
According to the Alliance of Gaming Reform, poker machines are designed to create addiction and deceive users, much like cigarettes and smoking, and because of this it is claiming the machines breach consumer laws.

“They are designed to impact on the most vulnerable people, they’re engineered specifically to get inside people’s brains when they’re going through a tough period,” the alliance’s Geoff Lake said.

How does a machine create an addiction? It’s all to do with your brain. Users of poker machines are training their brain to respond to the bright lights and sounds that are displayed when they win.

Australians have a bit of a problem with poker machines. It’s estimated that more than half of the $20 billion injected into gambling each year stems from people punching buttons on poker machines.

Another issue with pokie punters is that their addictions can develop so extensively that they turn to other ‘drugs’ to combat it.

“There is irrefutable evidence that poker machine addiction leads to significant health and social problems, from mental health and relationship breakdowns to family violence,” Deakin University associate professor Samantha Thomas says.

 The court action will coincide with a national advertising campaign, which likens poker machines to both heroin and cocaine, to generate community support.

The push has the support of long-time anti-pokies campaigner and Tasmanian federal independent MP, Andrew Wilkie.

Do you think poker machines should be banned? Do you know someone who had a problem with pokies?

  1. Micha  

    I have a problem with poker machines that started when there were family problems I didn’t want to go home to. Sitting in a club playing the machines was something a woman could do in the evening/night and not be bothered by others. Never thought I would have this problem as I found pokies boring and would before this may be put in 5 if I was out with others.

  2. Hels  

    Why is it that MY rights to do what I want to do that isn’t hurting others are always being reduced. I LOVE pokies, but I’m not an addict. I’m lucky if I get to play them once a month or most times even longer.
    I work out how much it would cost to go to the Pictures, with popcorn etc, lunch/dinner & if at night a taxi home, which I work out to be approx. 20.00-50.00 dollars. When I save that much, my friend and I go to the RSL have a cheap meal play the pokies with $25.00 and come home. I used to smoke, I’m now glad I gave up because of the excise. But the Gov’ not going to crack my sugar addiction.
    Instead of trying to get rid of pokies, why not set up clinics like Methadone ones and if people have a problem let them go there and see a Psychologist/social worker etc. I don’t smoke or drink alcohol, actually don’t get out much at all, but I love my pokies

  3. Brian Playford  

    Fantastic. I just read this article and was thinking “about time someone took a stand ” and the paid ad at the bottom of the story was for CASINO PRODUCTS. GET $20 FREE


  4. Pamela  

    My mother used to enjoy the occasional pokie flutter.

    I would sit with her but almost go to sleep with boredom.

    But you can’t blame machines for your own personal choices.

  5. HS  

    If poker machines are designed to deceive you then isn’t ‘deceptive conduct for financial gain’ a criminal act? If it is, then the State Government is complicit in this crime.

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