By Andrew Starke

Tabcorp is rolling out Tabcorp Gaming Solutions to the trade – a new service to assist clubs and pubs in managing their gaming machines.

More than 600 gaming industry representatives gathered in Melbourne for the launch which has been developed following the local Government decision to change the structure of gaming in Victoria.

In a move designed to break the duopoly held by Tabcorp and Tatts Group by 2012, all Victorian pubs and clubs will be able to buy pokie entitlements from the State Government at auction next year, enabling them to freely source and purchase poker machines.

Under the new gaming framework, pokie venues must return their existing machines to Tabcorp and Tatts by 2012. Tabcorp has launched the new service to help clubs and pubs manage their gaming machines from mid 2012.

In a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), Tabcorp managing director of gaming Mohan Jesudason said the Tabcorp Gaming Solutions business would help venues change to the new gaming structure.

"The move to a new gaming structure will lead to dramatic changes in the way gaming businesses operate in the future," he said. “Tabcorp can share 15 years of market experience in the Victorian industry with venues that participate in the Tabcorp Gaming Solutions business.”

The new service will provide venues with industry and business intelligence, regulatory assistance and responsible gambling support, business development support, supply of proven electronic gaming machine products, support and maintenance services, and zero capital outlay finance packages, Tabcorp said.

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