The Greens $1 bet limits policy is the simplest, cheapest and most effective way to reduce the harm to problem gamblers and the community from poker machines.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Australians are the world’s most prolific gamblers. We spend a remarkable $1200 per capita every year on bets.
Of the $19 billion gambled by Australians every year, 60% (or $12 billion) goes into poker machines. About 4% of the adult population, or 600,000 people, play pokies at least weekly. Up to 15% of the people who gamble weekly are considered "problem gamblers" who have difficulty controlling their play and expenditure. These problem gamblers account for about 40% of all pokies losses. This means that those who can least afford it are losing the most.
Because of the potential for harm caused by the high loss rate of Australian machines, the Greens will limit bet rates on all pokies to bring losses under control.
By ensuring that all poker machines are limited to "low-intensity" losses of around $100 per hour, the need for mandatory pre-commitment technology is removed and the costs of implementation become negligible. Limiting machines to lower intensity is a simple reform that won’t affect most players, but will help problem gamblers limit their losses.