Getting them hooked early – these chocolate ‘poker chip’ coins were on sale in Adelaide last week as Christmas treats for children

A major retailer has removed chocolate “poker chips” from sale at Marion shopping centre, following concerns that they promote gambling to children.

“I phoned Big W Marion yesterday to convey customer concerns about the chocolate coins designed to resemble casino chips,” FamilyVoice SA director David d’Lima said today. “I was pleased to receive a return phone call this afternoon, saying the store has withdrawn the chips from its shelves and has referred the matter to its national leadership.

“I congratulate the store for its rapid action, and hope the items will be removed throughout Australia,” he said.

“There is widespread community concern about the growing incidence of problem gambling in this country. These realistic-looking gambling ‘chips’ effectively tell children that gambling is a fun thing – without giving them any idea of the heartbreak that can result.

“I hope that any other stores selling these chocolate poker chips will follow the example of Marion Big W,” he said.
Mrs Roslyn Phillips, BSc DipEd National Research Officer FamilyVoice Australia: a Christian voice for family, faith and freedom