Cashless gambling: Interim position paper

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is – • To consider on what basis, if any, the Department of Internal Affairs would permit cashless gambling in New Zealand • To determine, based on the above, the most appropriate operational response to cashless technologies currently in use in New Zealand gambling venues, and other mechanisms that permit players to load more than $20 at a time into a gaming machine • To consider the most appropriate operational response to cashless technologies, particularly pre-commitment capable technologies (whether cashless or not), not currently available in New Zealand gambling venues. This paper consists of two documents; • The first and main document applies the Internal Harm Prevention, Harm Minimisation and Responsible Gambling Guidelines to issues raised and makes recommendations • The second document (Appendix I) contains background information on which the analysis and recommendations in the main paper are based. It examines current policy and regulatory issues associated with cashless gambling technologies in both Australia and New Zealand. The interim paper concludes that: • Many cashless systems provide clear operational benefits for gambling providers. • Some operational benefits may lead to increased harm for gamblers on gaming machines. • Pre-commitment capable cashless systems have the potential to assist players in the management of their gambling by providing player information and permitting the setting of loss and time limits. • On the other hand, those features of pre-commitment capable cashless systems that potentially make them a better tool in managing gambling, may also make them less attractive to gamblers, particularly problem gamblers • It is unlikely that the Department would permit non-account-based cashless gambling, such as ticket in-ticket out (TITO) systems, under the Gambling Act.

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