Ms Guy started using pokie machines when she was 17 and says they took over her life for the next 14 years, along with losing significant amounts of money.
This landmark trial was launched by Maurice Blackburn lawyers, pro-bono, and focuses on Dolphin Treasure’s design features, which are alleged to be unfair.
The Maurice Blackburn website states:
Ms Guy is seeking:
- declarations that both Dolphin Treasure itself, and the way in which it is made available for play at Crown, breach the Australian Consumer Law, and
- injunctions to prevent Aristocrat or Crown:
- using any deceptive design features in Dolphin Treasure or similar machines in the future or
- participating in unconscionable conduct in relation to Dolphin Treasure or similar machines in the future.
Why is the Dolphin Treasure machine allegedly misleading or deceptive?
It is alleged that the sizes of the five reels on the Dolphin Treasure machine are not equal and the distribution of symbols on the reels is not even (meaning the symbols do not occur the same number of times on each of the five reels). It is also alleged that the return to player information provided to players on the machine’s display screen is misleading.
The case also alleges that Aristocrat and Crown are engaged in unconscionable conduct because they allegedly make Dolphin Treasure available to vulnerable players to play it to their detriment in circumstances that are known to both Aristocrat and Crown but not to the players.
The trial is now over and the verdict is expected to be several months away. We will watch with interest and applaud Shonica’s bravery for taking on the gambling industry.
Maurice Blackburn: https://www.mauriceblackburn.com.au/social-justice/pokie-machines/
Alliance for Gambling Reform: http://www.pokiesplayyou.org.au/