Awareness and prevention
Before you play the pokies, plan how much you will spend and how long you will play.
Also, find out your chances of winning and losing.
The pokies have something to help you do this called the Player Information Display.
Press the button on the machine and the Player Information Display will show you:
Different machines have different looking buttons and screens.
The button is usually just beside, above or below the screen. Sometimes you press it on the screen.
When you press the button, look at the screen. The words and arrows on the screen will show you which buttons to press on the machine or screen.
The picture above is an example of what you may see, but different screens will look different. You can look at all the information before you start playing.
The game rules and pay table screens will show you how this machine works.
The electronic game information screen shows you:
In Victoria the law requires that each venue pay out at least 85% of the total amount wagered at that venue over a 12 month period. This means that over time you are likely to win less money than you spend.
Keep a diary of your spending on gambling to compare your wins to what you spend over time.
To start tracking:
You can press the button to go in and out of your game at any time.
Press stop tracking when you want the machine to stop tracking.
The machine will stop tracking by itself if you stop playing for more than 60 seconds or you run out of credits.
The information is not stored anywhere after you leave.
You put $10 in a machine and over thirty minutes you win $10 and lose $10. When you check your session screen it will show win or (loss) $0. You still have your original $10 left, which you can spend or cash out.
Now say you play on and lose another $5. When you check your session screen again it will show a loss of $5 like this: win or (loss) ($5). So now you only have $5 of your original $10 left which you can spend or cash out.
This same electronic player information for current session screen shows you: