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Victorian Councils Call for New Pokie Guidelines

The state of Victoria has taken the lead with regards to poker machine reforms in Australia. While the federal government has backed down from imposing new pokie restrictions, Victoria has implemented its own rules to help protect from gambling harm. Still, local Victoria city councils believe that more can be done to reduce problem gambling…

Biggest Pokie Losses Occur In Areas With High Unemployment Rates

Pokie spending is on the rise in Victoria. While this is not a particular bad situation, it is made worse by the fact that a new study has found that a significant portion of pokie spending comes from areas in which unemployment rates are highest. According to a report in the Herald Sun, the area…

Pokies Popular Among Miners

In January 2013, we reported that pokies are becoming increasingly popular in resource-rich areas of Australia. Today, statistics released by Sunshine Coast Daily prove that this trend will continue into 2014, as miners in Queensland are some of this year’s biggest pokie spenders. This year, punters in Gladstone were the biggest punters in Queensland. A…

Criticism for Queensland’s New Gambling Regulations

This week, the Queensland government lifted gambling limits for pokies. Premier Campbell Newman now permits pokie players to insert $50 and $100 bills into gaming machines, whereas they were previously limited to bills smaller than $20. As expected, the decision has attracted a great deal of controversy. Deputy Opposition Leader Tim Mulherin has criticized Mr…

Differential Rates For Pokies Rejected

In Brimbank, local councillors have recently decided to set new guidelines for differential rates. They will be applied to a wide range of properties, including commercial land and industrial land; however, pokie clubs and casinos will be exempt. The idea of introducing differential rates for gambling venues was introduced in July 2013. Responsible gambling advocates…

Limited Social Opportunities Drive Up Pokie Spending

In Gladstone, more and more adults are becoming engrossed in gambling due to a lack of other social activities. According to a report in The Observer, residents are turning to pokies simply because there isn’t much else to do in the city. According to Matthew Rockloff, associate professor at Central Queensland University, the residents of…

Pokie Spending Tops $2 Billion in Queensland

Over the course of the past year, residents of Queensland have spent over $2 billion on pokies. Spending on pokies in the state has risen significantly during the past 12 months, and responsible gambling experts wonder if problem gamblers contribute to these numbers. The average spending across the state is $429 per person, which includes…

Victorian Pokie Spending Drops Significantly

This week, reports have revealed that Victorian pokie spending has significantly dropped in recent years. According to the Herald Sun, spending on pokies has hit a seven-year low. In 2012, pokie players in Victoria spent $2.49 billion on gaming machines. While this sounds like a significant amount of money, it is actually generous decline, as…

Brimbank Residents Are Victoria’s Biggest Pokie Losers

In the state of Victoria, local politicians have employed a number of strategies to reduce problem gambling rates. While gambling spending has declined overall, there are some communities in which these responsible gambling tactics are not very effective. Brimbank is one such area, as pokie players continue to lose upwards of $350 000 per day….

Pokie Spending Down in Bay Of Plenty

In the Bay of Plenty, pokie machine spending is on the decline. Fewer gamblers are spending money on land-based poker machines, and the players that continue to wager in the local market are spending less money. From March 2012 to March 2013, local gamblers spent $520 000 less on pokies than they had during the…