The Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission (VGCCC) has changed the rules for Melbourne casino electronic gaming machines (EGMs) to reduce damages.
The main changes are:
- EGM players in the casino will no longer be able to play more than one machine at a time.
- EGM players in the casino may not use any items to hold down buttons on unrestricted machines to facilitate continued play. Continuous play on restricted machines is already prohibited.
The changes mean that the rules for EGMs at the casino will better align with the responsible gambling objectives of the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 (GR Act) and the Casino Control Act 1991 (Gaming Act 1991). CC).
The changes also address some of the concerns raised by the Royal Victoria Commission on Casino Operator and Licensing (RCCOL) and reflect the greater scrutiny of the VGCCC in overseeing harm minimization measures from gambling in the casino.
The VGCCC continues to review the Royal Commission’s report and recommendations and there may be future regulatory actions to be announced regarding the casino operator.
The VGCCC is able to establish rules relating to EGMs at the casino under Article 3.5.23(3) of the GR Law.
VGCCC Acting Director of Licensing Jason Cremona said the new rules would help reduce damage from EGMs at the casino.
“Playing more than one machine at a time does not comply with the responsible gaming objectives contained in the legislation, nor does it play continuously using objects to hold down the button of an electronic game machine.
“The casino is responsible for ensuring customers follow the rules, and the VGCCC will monitor compliance and take regulatory action if Crown fails to ensure the rules are followed.”
The VGCCC has also made several other changes to the technical and administrative rules relating to casino EGM play.