Aristocrat Leisure has denied in federal court that its machines are deceptive and designed to feed addiction, arguing that anyone unclear about how slot machines worked have “ready access” to answers, local media reports.
The landmark trial which began this week, was brought on by former gambling addict, Shonica Guy, who alleges that the design of the Aristocrat’s Dolphin Treasure machine gives players an unrealistic expectation of winning.
Peter Jopling QC, who represents Aristocrat spent most of Thursday’s arguing that a wealth of information about slot machines and how they work are readily available.
“If you are confused and want to seek answers, we say they are very easily available,” he said.
Jopling also argued that Aristocrat’s machines, like all slot machines in Australia, are subject to “strict controls” and comply with multiple laws related to consumer-protection and harm-minimization measures.
“All we’ve done is comply with everything that’s been asked of us,” he said.
“Our machines are fair … In no way are they misleading [or] deceptive.”
The federal court trial is set to run over the next three weeks, and has even roped in casino operator Crown Casino.