New app to help punters Stay On Track this Spring Racing Carnival
A new, free smart-phone app encourages punters to set a budget and stick to it when betting on this year's Spring Racing Carnival.
Communities and Social Inclusion Minister Zoe Bettison said the Stay On Track SA app is particularly targeted at young men who punt on races and other sports betting.
"At this time year many South Australians like to try their luck at the track," Ms Bettison said.
"While this can be very entertaining, it's no fun if spend more than you can afford and this new app will help people not to exceed their set limit.
"The app is essentially a personal record-keeping and budget management tool that can be used discretely on a smartphone."
Ms Bettison said the app enables punters to know instantly how much they are spending when their wins and losses are updated, so they know if they are still within their budget.
"Stay On Track SA is an early intervention tool aimed at people who may have a developing gambling habit but may not be aware of it or not ready to admit it yet," she said.
"It is the first time in South Australia an app like this has been available to assist gamblers.
"It arms punters with the information they need to assess the impact of your gambling instantly, in the palm of your hand.
"Users are quickly able to identify their budget status through the app's colour coding, it comes up red when they are about to go over budget," she said.
"Stay On Track SA will ensure you enjoy what is going to be a great Spring Racing Carnival without getting yourself in trouble."
The app also has self-help tips including the Gambling Helpline's number 1800 858 858 in case people want to talk to a counsellor or access help. It is part of a range of tools and resources for people who want to stay in control of their betting.
Another resource is the free SMS reminders service which delivers regular messages including facts about gambling, messages of encouragement and information about help and support.
You can subscribe to the service online at www.problemgambling.sa.gov.au/freesmsreminders or download from the Apple App Store for iPhones or Google Play for Android.