I was amused to see the front page of my local paper, the Manly Daily, had a story about the customisation of pokies (slot machines to most non-Australians). It is all a result of smoking bans in pubs that is coming in to force very soon in NSW.
Australian’s love pokies. I read somewhere that 1/10th of the world’s slot machines are in NSW. So the smoking ban could be a big problem.
The factors at play here (from what I understand as a non-pokie player) are that:
- People like putting a lot of money into the machines.
- A machine becomes lucky/gets hot/pays out big once in a while.
- Players are reluctant to leave a machine they’ve put quite a bit of money into because they feel the machine is just about to pay out big (!).
- Many pokie players love to smoke.
If you are so inclined, you can read the full story at the Manly Daily website.