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Hotelier fined for gaming machine licence breaches

4 December 2019

In the first prosecution of its kind in South Australia, a suburban hotelier and his business have been fined over $30,000 for breaches of the state's gaming machine laws. 

Under South Australian law, venues with poker machines cannot allow the withdrawal of more than $200 in any one transaction from EFTPOS facilities. 

In the Adelaide Magistrates Court, the Mansfield Park Hotel and the venue's Director, Shaun Matthews, admitted to breaches of the Gaming Machines Act. 

The court heard that, on 40 occasions between February 2015 and December 2016, the venue allowed withdrawals of amounts greater than $200 from its EFTPOS facilities, with amounts ranging from $250 to $400 in one transaction. 

In addition, the court was told that Matthews had withdrawn cash over the limit himself - and should have known the venue was in breach. 

"While the amounts themselves may not appear significant, the course of conduct spanning two years is serious. The limits on EFTPOS withdrawals are an important measure in the fight against problem gambling," Commissioner for Liquor and Gambling Dini Soulio said. 

"They help limit the spending, and potential losses, of people who may be at risk of gambling related harm.

"By allowing withdrawals above this amount, the hotel was clearly failing in its duty of care to vulnerable patrons." 

The Mansfield Park Hotel was convicted and fined $35,000, reduced by 40 per cent to $21,000 as a result of the early guilty plea, and Matthews was fined $10,500. 

To report concerns about a venue's practice, contact Consumer and Business Services on 131 882.