Australia: Crown Casino banned from handing out plastic picks to allow continuous play on poker machines Richard Willingham, ABC News (Australia) · March 28, 2019 at 12:05 am Melbourne’s Crown Casino has been banned from handing out special plastic picks used by punters to bypass poker machine rules because their use increases the harm from gambling, the industry’s Victorian regulator has said. Whistleblowers told the ABC in 2017 that Crown Casino was handing out specially branded plastic picks, which punters would jam into poker machine buttons. The picks, similar to guitar picks, were jammed into the buttons, allowing the poker machine to play continuously. Victorian rules require gamblers to press a button for each bet, which takes less than three seconds. This was designed as a harm-minimisation measure.