NZ and Australia align their approach to gambling

Originally Posted on Saturday Jun 26 2:31:00 BST 2010

New Zealand and Australia have aligned their approach to gambling as outlined by the Australia Productivity Commission report which was released this week.

The report informs Australians about the significant harm caused by pokie machines and their subsequent recommendations are very much in line with the New Zealand approach towards gambling.

The major problems with gambling in both countries seems to be with pokie machines, and this causes some major social issues.

The Australian report has recommended, amongst other things, running public health campaigns similar to those already in place in New Zealand.

Graeme Ramsay, the Problem Gambling Foundations Chief Executive, says that it is good to see the Australian approach aligning itself with New Zealand, and building on our experiences in the public health and treatment approach to problem gambling.

Poker machines in clubs and pubs are not to be confused with playing poker online.  Advocates of online poker say that it is a game of skill played against other players, with the house taking a small percentage.  However, pokie machines are pre-set regarding the amount of winnings they will give out, and the player will always be odds on to lose.

So it seems it is much more likely that a pokie machine player will become a problem gambler as they try, unsuccessfully, to beat the machine, whereas a good online poker player has a very good chance of winning.

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