SA Best bets on gaming policy

Opinion is divided on SA-Best’s proposed gaming policy, that is supposedly ‘all about a clear pathway of real, practical reform to transition the SA government and hotels from their poker machine dependence.’

But is this policy really going to help?

The SA-Best plan will see a reduction in the number of poker machines while limiting poker machine harm to the community, families and individuals.

SA-Best said a two-stage approach for reform is required to ‘slash the level of harm,’ saying accessibility to about 12,100 machines in more than 500 venues across the state is a key factor in gaming harm.

The proposed first stage is to convert poker machine licences to seven year licences, starting on January 1, 2019.

SA-Best said this conversion would ‘deal with the argument that particularly small hotels would have their loans at risk with any sudden change.’

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