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Pokies Addicts to Sue for Loss

8 Dec 2004

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the Australian: "Pokies addicts may sue Tattersall's, Tabcorp, Crown casino and the Victorian Government in an Australian-first class action.

"Up to 300,000 problem gamblers and their families have been invited to join the legal battle, which aims to sue for millions of dollars.

"The lawsuit would allege that poker machines do not meet the legislated requirement of an 87 per cent return to gamblers.

"Action Against Gaming Machines says it is after state governments, gaming machine manufacturers, machine operators and industry associations.

"Lana O'Shanassy, who began the legal bid after losing 'more than a million dollars' on the pokies, said she had proved, for the first time, that poker machines failed to pay at legal rates.

"Ms O'Shanassy said she had used software from the Productivity Commission and poker machine manufacturers to simulate win/loss ratios on electronic gaming machines.

"…'It's not a legal activity . . . because the evidence shows that gaming machines don't return the legislated minimum of 87 per cent.'

"…A spokeswoman for Gaming Minister John Pandazopoulos said the Government had put safeguards in place to ensure payouts met the legislated standards…"

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