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EXCLUSIVE: Crown Perth to trial EFTPOS transactions to buy chips at the gaming table

From Monday, punters at Crown Perth will be able to buy gaming chips at the table using their debit card under a trial which has been approved by the Gaming & Wagering Commission.

As revealed exclusively by Gareth Parker on Mornings, Crown says a shift toward the use of cashless payment methods in the community was behind the move, which has been accelerated by COVID-19.

Credit cards can’t be used and Crown says transaction limits will apply.

In a statement, the Gaming & Waging Commission says Crown will have to give an update on the practice in three months.

“As part of the Commission’s approval to enable Crown to use cashless payments to purchase gaming chips at designated locations, the Commission requires Crown to provide a report on the use of the facility at the completion of the first three months of operation,” the statement says.

Gambling expert Dr Charles Livingstone has slammed the proposal saying taking away a chance for a problem gambler to leave the gaming table is a terrible idea.

Listen to his comments below and then tell us what you think of the idea on Facebook: