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Pokies pilot rolled out in Melbourne

A pokies pilot program was rolled out in all of Melbourne last month to try to reduce gambling addiction.

According to the AGE newspaper, a hundred volunteer players will be using pokie machines that have a betting limit, and a total of 14 venues are participating in the trial. The locations include Abbotsford, Bendigo, Altona, Brunswick, Dandenong, Caulfield South, Hampton, Geelong, Footscray, and Newport. The trial is going to lead to a full scale bet limit under a multimillion dollar scheme to start in December.

The trial is looking for glitches the bet limit software may have. The gamblers are going to test it, so the casinos can determine if the technology is going to work.

The current scheme is only going to be voluntary. It means a player can use machines without the software in place.  



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