NSW to trial cashless gaming tech

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Aristocrat Gaming and Wests Newcastle are set to lead a trial that will use cashless gaming machines at a venue in New Lambton in Newcastle.

This is part of the first trial proposal received by Liquor & Gaming NSW that will see cashless payments for all club services, including electronic gaming machines.

Aristocrat is currently developing its digital solution and expects installation and testing at the club to commence at the beginning of August, with the live trial to commence in September.

NSW Minister for Digital and Customer Service Victor Dominello said he supports the digital proposal as it is linked to identity and a bank account, with harm minimisation settings.

“This will help us combat the twin sins of money laundering and problem gambling, addressing the key concerns of the Bergin Inquiry,” said Dominello.

Wests Newcastle CEO Phil Gardner said a new suite of responsible digital tools will allow members to set limits, speak to a staff member or even exclude themselves from the club.

The trial will be independently assessed by an academic researcher and Liquor & Gaming NSW.

The requirement of the trial will be that customers need to supply proof of identity equivalent to 100 points and have their digital wallet linked to an Australian bank account. Data safeguard features and privacy will be an essential element.

The Wests Newcastle–Aristocrat trial will include responsible gambling measures including money limits, session time limits and real-time messaging to customers and marshals.

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