GTA welcomes judgment in poker machine case

The Gaming Technologies Association (GTA) said they “welcomed” the results of the federal court case which accused Aristocrat and Crown of misleading gamblers with deceptive slot machines. 

Last Friday, the court case against the casino operator and gaming supplier was dismissed on grounds of lack of specific evidence.

Shonica Guy, a former gambling addict had alleged that the design of Aristocrat’s Dolphin Treasure machine gave players an unrealistic expectation of winning.

GTA chief executive Ross Ferrar on Tuesday said that the ruling “marks a line in the sand that should end the campaign of myth and misinformation that has been waged against the industry.”

“This case has failed on all counts,” said Ferrar. “The judgement clears the air after a vexatious campaign waged against the industry based on speculation and claims that have failed to withstand legal scrutiny.

“Throughout this process the industry has faced incredible scrutiny, which our members welcomed, and we are pleased that Justice Mortimer has found that the action brought has failed on all counts.

GTA made note of Justice Mortimer’s comments regarding Aristocrat and Crown’s

compliance with “a detailed and comprehensive regulatory regime” which was an important factor in her conclusion.

“Justice Mortimer’s ruling is further evidence that Australian poker machines are robustly regulated and can be enjoyed with confidence,” said Ferrar.

“This is an important outcome for the gaming industry and the countless Australians who will continue to enjoy poker machines with the full knowledge they are playing games that adhere to world class standards.”

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