Clubs launch pokie scheme

Townsville Bulletin - - National Snapshot -

THE Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment is fac­ing a $ 20 mil­lion mar­ket­ing cam­paign against its planned clam­p­down on prob­lem gam­bling. The reg­is­tered clubs move­ment, which launched the mar­ket­ing cam­paign yes­ter­day, will also con­sider a High Court chal­lenge against the gov­ern­ment if it forces poker ma­chine re­forms. The gov­ern­ment wants a manda­tory pre­com­mit­ment scheme in place by 2014 that will re­quire gam­blers to carry cards that will al­low them to set bet­ting lim­its be­fore play­ing the pok­ies. States and ter­ri­to­ries, which reap mil­lions of dol­lar in poker ma­chine rev­enue each year, have been asked to sign up by May. The gov­ern­ment has threat­ened to force the re­forms if they don’t.

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