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Poker Machines


Pokies shame

  • In 2002, NSW alone had around 10% of the world's poker machines.

  • This form of gambling offers pathetic payout percentages to the player. (Around 90%)

  • Over 40 cents in every pokies dollar taken is estimated to come from problem gamblers.

  • Gamblers lost nearly $32 billion on pokies in Victoria between 1992 and July 2010.

  • That represents losses in Victoria alone of $5.1 million a day for over 17 years!

  • The biggest gambling addicts in Australia are revenue hungry governments, pocketing over $4 billion in gambling taxes in the 2001 - 2002 financial year.

Stats from Productivity Commission report 2002


 Slot Machines or Poker Machines, commonly known as Pokies (and only very loosely based on the actual game of poker), are now sadly one of the most prevalent froms of interactive gambling in Australia. The statistics above show the sort of menace these insidious machines have become.

Note: If you or someone you know is a poker machine player please visit our page on Virtual Poker Machines for a possible way to break the financial grip of this habit.

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Electronic mugger waits for victim!

The addictive power of the Pokies lies largely in their escapist element, but also in their simplicity and availability. They've spread into pubs and clubs so most people don't have to travel far to play and you don't need to be a rocket scientist to learn how to use them. (Try figuring out how to play Craps at a casino without reading a rule book!)

Once lured into the poker machine environment, gamblers are kept there through Pavlovian conditioning by way of flashing lights, the clinking of coins being returned and digital music played whenever wins or special sequences occur, so that the possibility of a big win is continually reinforced. The absence of windows and clocks in most poker machine venues serves to create an escapist environment where time is easily forgotten and responsibilities fade into the background.

There is very little Smartgambler can offer by way of advice to Pokies players, other than to try to give them up. It would be much better for you to switch to virtually any other form of gambling, except perhaps Lotto. The Pokies have differing percentage payouts depending on where you play them, but a realistic ball park figure for the average percentage return is around 91%, one of the worst gambling games you can play. The percentage may be slightly higher than this in some cases and slightly lower in others. Casinos in general have higher returns than clubs and if you play poker machines online the payouts are generally better than those of physical machines, probably due to lower overheads.

For those of you determined to play pokies online, Pokiesstop.com.au at least has a detailed beginners guide and some information on how to be a responsible gambler.

Here is a comment from one of our directors, Neil Davis, about pokies at physical venues in Australia.

"I like that wonderful sign on the Pokies, 'Machine malfunction voids all pays'. I would have thought in fairness it should read, 'Machine malfunction voids all pays... and collects'. I have told a number of Pokies players who spin after spin did not get a collect that there is probably a machine malfunction and they should demand all their losses be returned. For some reason which I find hard to fathom they seemed to think there was nothing wrong with the machine when they've gone 10 or 20 spins in a row and got nothing back.'

Yes, very droll, Neil.  

If you are determined to keep playing the Pokies, we can offer some advice to help minimize your losses.

 

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Pokies on the internet have evolved significantly over the course of the past decade. Australian players have a wide variety of options as far was where to play. This guide to online pokies provides information that can be helpful to Aussies looking for reasonable options.

 


 

 

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