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Biometric Slot Machines To Decide If You Can Play The One Arm Bandit?

To the pubs and clubs bodies, such as Clubs Australia -and local casinos already fighting to compete for high rollers with new casinos in Singapore and Macau - the idea of the casual gambler being forced to endure a potentially cumbersome bureaucratic process before being allowed a casual bet is causing all sorts of conniptions. These groups are leading the charge for a venue-based, voluntary, preset limit system. One argument from the biggest poker machine beneficiaries, clubs and pubs, was whether the proposed system threatens the worst of all worlds - an expensive system that would scare off recreational gamblers while providing little help to problem gamblers. ''Registering to use an entertainment product, carrying around a device and preselecting limits will be a disincentive to play for all,'' Clubs Australia president Peter Newell says.