Stop the Losses - $1 Bet Limits on Pokies

$1 Bet Limits - Reduce the HarmProblem Gambling is a huge burden on families and our health system. The social and economic cost of problem gambling to Victorians is up to $2.8 billion per year, and up to 80% of problem gambling is caused by poker machines, which are designed to be highly addictive.

When people can lose thousands of dollars an hour on pokies, something needs to be done to limit the losses and the harm pokies can cause. Sign the petition to show you support action on pokies losses.

Dear Premier,

Problem gamblers can lose thousands of dollars an hour on pokies - the average maximum in Victoria is $840 per hour. A $1 bet limit would limit losses to $120 per hour and make a huge difference to families suffering from the detrimental impacts of problem gambling.

Voluntary pre-commitment proposed by the Napthine Liberal-National Government will do nothing to prevent problem gambling, but could set back effective reforms like $1 bets for years.

The Greens $1 bet limit proposal is evidence-based and was recommended by the Productivity Commission because it is the cheapest, most effective and straight forward solution.

$1 bet limits are effective because they target problem gamblers - 88% of recreational gamblers don't bet more than $1 per spin so most punters won't even notice the change. However since social and economic costs of problem gambling in Victoria are as high as $2.8 billion a year, it's a critically important, well targeted reform.

I strongly urge you to stand up to the gambling lobby and support $1 bet limits to reduce the harm.

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    I work in a pokies room, and Pre-Commitment has just been installed, ready to “Go Live” very soon. The players say it won’t change them. $1 bet limits will make change though. I only get a hint of the devastation caused to the gamblers and their families, so please help them.
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    In the City of Whittlesea (my local government area) last year, $93,000,000 was lost by gamblers. Limiting bets to $1 may go a long way towards limiting the harm to individuals, families and the community.
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    My father has had a chronic poker machine addiction for the best part of 20 years or more. As a result he practically has no assets at aged 76, including living in a small, modest hotel room as this is all he can afford. Poker machines have had a huge negative impact on this life & connection with friends.
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