Pokies policy to change in Victoria

Pokies are played in the pubs
Pokies are played in the pubs

The last decade there was a restriction for pubs and clubs to advertise and display signs about Pokies. The state Government in Victoria have already decide that from now on, this restriction is no longer valid. This ban on pokies signage was decided by the Bracks government back in 2003. This was one of the measures for fighting gambling problems. In 2005 the government allowed the use of Tabaret signs and the ”corporate logo” Tatts Pokies.
With the new law it is allowed in the pubs and clubs to put signs on the facade with dimension of 2 square meters. The current restriction is that the signs should be on a single color background with white letters and there should not be any illumination or decoration. Martin Pakule who opposed gaming and gambling said: ”the effect of [Gaming Minister] Michael O’Brien’s ‘reforms’ is that the only man-made structures visible from space will be the Great Wall of China and pokies signs”. Also Tim Costello said that this was one step behind in the war against gambling: ”They don’t allow smoking signs at all, which is funded from addiction. Pokies fall into exactly the same category and it’s a public health disaster to allow pokies to be advertised,” he said. The answer came from Richard Evans who said that the clubs and pubs are already known to have pokies inside so this will not solve any gambling problem. ”Problem gamblers will go to any place they can actually get a bet,” he said. And this is true. If someone has gambling issues then they will find the way to play. Our advice is to be carefull with the money that you are playing. Try to enjoy the game and play only the amount of money that you can afford. This will make things better for all of us!