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The 'deceptive' Dolphin pokie machine

AAP logoAAP 26/10/2016

THE CLAIM BY LEAD APPLICANT SHONICA GUY

Oversized reel

* Four of the machine's five reels have 30 symbols - the fifth has 44 symbols.

* Guy's lawyers say players are deceived to think each reel is the same size.

Starved reel

* Apart from the Treasure Chest and Sunrise symbols, other symbols aren't evenly distributed across the five reels and do not occur the same number of times on each of the five reels.

* Guy's lawyers say players are deceived to think each symbol occurs the same number of times on each of the reels.

Risk representation

* The game information states that the total theoretical return to player playing this game is equal to 87.83 per cent - meaning the person will lose 12.17 per cent of the total money he or she wagers.

* Guy's lawyer says because of the redistribution of the symbols on its reels, it's most probable that he or she will lose virtually all the total amount wagered in the session.

The defendant sayts

"Aristocrat emphatically rejects any suggestion that its games are designed to encourage problem gambling or in any way fail to comply with relevant regulations and laws." - the pokie machine manufacturer said in September, when claims first made.

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