This year, the Victorian government has enact a number of gambling harm minimisation measures. Its latest venture aimed at reducing problem gambling rates is voluntary pre-commitment, which will allow players to set betting limits before they begin wagering on pokies.
Intralot has been appointed as the provider of the new pre-commitment system in Victoria. The local gaming operator will outfit all pokies in the state with the new technology and monitor the system when it is in place.
Pre-commitment is a vital harm minimisation and consumer protection measure that will help players control their gambling and avoid it escalating to harmful levels,” says Edward O’ Donohue, Victoria’s Minister for Liquor and Gaming Regulation. “I am pleased to announce that the monitoring licensee, INTRALOT Gaming Services, has been determined to be the preferred provider”.
All 27500 poker machines across Victoria will be outfitted with mandatory pre-commitment software. This means that clubs, pubs, hotels and casinos will all offer players the ability to set their own betting limits.
Local politicians believe that pre-commitment will help to curb problem gambling rates. It will provide them with the chance to monitor their spending, so that they do not overindulge while playing pokies at pubs, clubs and casinos.