Gaming Technologies Association Statement

In response to an article in the Australian Financial Review the CEO of the Gaming Technologies Association (GTA) Ross Ferrar today said:

“We understand a number of our members are engaged in good faith discussions with Coles (Spirit Hotels) regarding their interest in a trial of maximum $1 bets in one or more of their venues in Queensland or South Australia.

“As part of this engagement, GTA members have suggested a broad range of harm minimisation measures immediately available to Coles that have been widely adopted by other operators and venues. These include machine based measures, system measures (voluntary pre-commitment, enhanced player information displays and alarms) and venue based programs,” Mr Ferrar said.

Mr Ferrar said that the GTA is puzzled that this constructive dialogue has been misrepresented today.

He said: “A trial as proposed by Coles is not a simple thing. Depending on its scope, it could require complex regulatory, technical and manufacturing input. It would likely entail significant time, cost and resources to build, test and deploy new equipment to the standards of integrity and performance required.

“GTA members are strongly committed to harm minimisation and stand ready to assist Coles – as we would all customers – in providing effective options to promote responsible gaming. The GTA also continues to be very mindful of the estimated cost to the broader industry of implementation of $1 max bets, which is well above $3b.”

Mr Ferrar said: “It is an indisputable fact that Australia has amongst the lowest maximum bets in the world for poker machines and that speed of play in Australia is amongst the slowest in the world. Our industry remains committed to progressing harm minimization initiatives where they are shown to be effective.”