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Didn't Work, Did Hurt

Mandatory pre-commitment has been dumped by one of the few jurisdictions in the world to adopt it, after the Government found that it wasn’t helping problem gamblers.

The Nova Scotian Government announced yesterday that their mandatory pre-commitment system, known as My-Play, would be dropped completely from 8 September 2014.

In announcing the decision, Andrew Younger, the minister responsible for the Gaming Control Act said: “This was something that was tried and the money was spent to do that, but it makes no sense for me to continue authorising spending millions of dollars on a system that is actually not helping.”

Minister Younger added that while mandatory pre-commitment had not helped problem gamblers, it had driven away casual players who didn’t want to get a card.

“What happened was it got rid of the casual and tourist gamers. There was no decrease in problem gamers use of VLTs [poker machines] since the introduction of the My-Play system.”

The My-Play system, which covered just over 2000 machines, has cost Nova Scotia's taxpayers almost $20 million Australian dollars, or around $9000 per machine.

In 2011, Clubs Australia campaigned against Andrew Wilkie MP's plan to introduce Australian-based MPC, an expensive, experimental scheme that would have required players to obtain a licence to punt.