Interview with Monash Uni researcher dr Charles livingstone

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Period18 Oct 2017

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Media coverage

  • TitleInterview with Monash Uni researcher dr Charles livingstone
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outlet3AW, 2AY, 3CS
    Media typeRadio
    Duration/Length/Size6 mins 3 secs
    DescriptionInterview with Monash University gambling researcher Dr Charles Livingstone on Tasmanian Independent MP Andrew Wilkie's claim Crown Casino is involved in drugs and money laundering, as well as tampering its poker machines. Livingstone confirms he owns a poker machine and it is called Dolphin Treasure, about which 38 of those are in Crown Casino. Elliott recalls RSL's parrot race shows during the 1980s. Livingstone says the range of payout in this state is between 85% and 100%. Elliott asks if a payout ratio is already set after a poker machine from Ainsworth or Aristocrat has been sent. Livingstone explains there are multiple game sets in the machine and the casino should set it according to legal standards. He says it appears they have a practice of reducing the payback rates during busy times. He explains the accusation of Wilkie includes physically tampering with the machines, which is unlawful. Elliott compares the changing of the pay rate to Uber's surge pricing. Livingstone discusses some of the unlawful physical tampering like loose buttons, which could have happened because people were jamming the machine very strongly. Elliott reads a statement from Crown Resorts Ltd, which has denied Wilkie's claim. They have also called on Wilkie to provide all information relating to the matters alleged to authorities.
    Producer/AuthorTom Elliott
    PersonsCharles Livingstone