Phasing Out Poker Machines: What Does It Mean For Casinos?

Labor’s Policy

Labor will phase out all poker machines from pubs and clubs in Tasmania by July 2023.

Labor will help venues that choose to remove poker machines prior to July 2023 with a package up to $50 million which includes direct venue support, employee support and community support.

A separate $5 million Club Sustainability Fund will ensure clubs get extra support beyond 2023.

What Does It Mean for Casinos?

People will still be able to play poker machines in casinos after 2023.

Labor will ask the Department of Treasury and Finance to provide advice about the appropriate terms and duration of a new gaming deed, including a review of taxation rates to ensure Tasmanians are getting maximum value from the arrangements.

We will also ask the Liquor and Gaming Commission to review player protections for poker machines in casinos.

The Community Support Levy which funds a range of activities, including support for problem gamblers, will be applied to poker machines in casinos from 2023.

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