A former gambling addict has brought a civil suit in a Federal Court against Crown Casino and Aristocrat games manufacturer.
Shona Guy, who was an addict for over 14 years, is claiming that pokies by Aristocrat, and carried by Crown on its casino floors, have been deceptively designed.
Guy says that she is not seeking damages for herself.
"This case isn't just about me, I want this to stop happening to other people," she said.
"For too long now we've been told that it's our fault and we are the only ones to blame for pokies addiction," said Guy. "I want this case to show that the machines are misleading and the industry knows that their machines are addictive and they are designed to get us hooked."
Dolphin Treasure Poker Machine
The case against Crown Casino and Aristocrat focuses on one specific poker machine, Dolphin Treasure. Guy argues that the reels, symbols and other features of the game are deceptively designed so that players get the impression they have won, when this is not the case.
The judge was shown a simulated play of Dolphin Treasure.
It was also claimed that both Crown and Aristocrat had contravened Australian gambling laws that prevent misleading and deceptive conduct. Crown was also charged with having a "very close working relationship" with Aristocrat, with more than 1,000 of the 2,600 poker machines at the Melbourne casino designed by Aristocrat.
"Authorized and Approved" Pokies
Crown Casino vehemently rejected all claims that it was misleading the public with the poker machines by Aristocrat.
Lawyers for the group argued: "We are doing nothing more than make authorized machines available."
"We have the right under Victorian law to make the machines available because every feature has been authorized and approved," said Neil Young QC, on behalf of Crown Casino.
Crown also said that all machines on its casino floor are tested and approved by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation.