An anti-poker machine group has called for venues with pokies to show a greater duty of care to addicted gamblers after a man allegedly went on a rampage and attacked several machines with a hammer and meat cleaver at a Sydney club.
Several poker machines were extensively damaged when a 60-year-old man went on a rampage with the two weapons at Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club on Sunday morning, police say.
The man was arrested with the hammer and meat cleaver seized from the yard of a nearby unit on Sunday.
Alliance for Gambling Reform director Tim Costello says the "predatory" machines are designed to be addictive and deceitful so it's no surprise some people take out their anger out on them.
"The lax NSW regulatory environment puts little pressure on venues to show a duty of care to people being hurt by a pokies addiction so this lack of early intervention can often lead to people taking extreme measures against the machines as a last resort," Mr Costello told AAP in a statement.
The man was charged with destroy or damage property and armed with intent to commit an indictable offence and is due to face Burwood Local Court on January 18.