Crown Casino’s pokies deal ‘turbo-charged’ 1000 of its machines

The footage begins showing the machine spinning at its ordinary speed, which appears to be the legislated maximum rate of one spin every 2.14 seconds that applies elsewhere in Victoria.

But by inserting a Crown Rewards loyalty card — a card able to be obtained by anyone over the age of 18 — the machine can spin more than twice every second and enable what is effectively non-stop play.

The card requires punters to set a time and a loss limit, although critics say these limits can be set extremely high and are not enforced.

“Poker machines, already dangerous products, are being turbo-charged with the knowledge and consent of this government,” said Charles Livingstone, a gambling researcher with Monash University’s school of public health.

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