Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Entertainer Endorses Pokies Pre-Commitment Regulation

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Entertainer Endorses Pokies Pre-Commitment Regulation

Article excerpt

JACKPOT! As Dave Dow watched a lucky punter collect a $695,000 pokie payout, he thought: a[approximately]how much have you gambled to win that?'

Dave, an entertainer who regularly performs in Rocky, knows all about having a good time. And pokies aren't his idea of fun.

Dave yesterday chimed in with his thoughts as he backed the Federal Government's plan to introduce a mandatory pre-commitment system on poker machines.

The system is backed by two-thirds of respondents in a recent Australian Institute poll, with Coalition voters most in favour.

Fitzroy region punters are pouring record amounts into pokies.

The region is about 15% up on the previous year (see fact box).

During the first quarter of this year punters put $24,888,939 into pokies a a rate which will see close to $100million put through poker machines this year if it continues.

aI don't really play the pokies, I've never understood why people do,a said Dave, who is a regular visitor to the region. …

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