Zero tolerance for banned gaming signage

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Liquor & Gaming NSW in Australia has begun the third and final stage of a compliance programme targeting prohibited gaming signage displayed at venues across the state, with a zero-tolerance approach now in force.


L&GNSW has already taken a range of enforcement action, including ordering two venues to remove newly installed signage that tried to circumvent the ban by using imagery extremely similar to visuals used on electronic gaming machines.

As of December 1, escalated enforcement action will now be taken against any venue found to have any illegal signage. Prohibited signage includes both external gaming-related signage and internal gaming-related signage that can be seen from outside the venue.

L&GNSW inspectors identified large external signs at the Royal Hotel at Granville using cartoon imagery promoting the hotel’s restaurant, Mr Choy’s Wok. The imagery used by the hotel is similar to that used in the Choy’s Kingdom electronic gaming machine.

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The licensee was issued a statutory direction under section 75 of the Liquor Act, requiring that all signage and material using the imagery be changed or removed. The licensee has complied with the direction, but has applied for this decision to be reviewed by the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority.

Inspectors also identified a digital archway around the external gaming room entrance of the Stardust Hotel at Cabramatta, which contained animations of a panda holding and chewing on a branch or plant similar to those used in the Panda Magic electronic gaming machine.

The licensee was issued a statutory direction to cease the use of the digital archway, which has been complied with.

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