Tuesday, September 27, 2022


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NZ pokies association slams gambling cost report


The Gaming Association of New Zealand has criticized a report released this week that claims the gambling sector is costing industry millions, saying it is a serious misrepresentation of the facts.

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Do cashless pokies cause higher losses?


When it comes to gambling, Australians are the world’s biggest losers. Based on average losses, in 2017 every person lost the equivalent of AU$1,000. 

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SkyCity tackles licensing hurdles


SkyCity Entertainment is grappling with capacity issues, as licensing regulations in New Zealand make expansion of its properties difficult. 

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NSW pokie laws could cause more harm than good


Proposed changes to NSW slot machine laws could increase the number of machines in high-risk areas and increase gaming industry profits by A$80 millio

Regulators probe Crown pokies allegations


Regulators in the state of Victoria are probing allegations relating to the blanking of low-betting option buttons on pokies machines by Crown Resorts

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GTA calls on SA-Best to withdraw pokies claims


Australia’s Gaming Technologies Association called on anti-gambling crusader Nick Xenophon’s SA-Best party to withdraw its gaming policy due to tw

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Liberal Party vows to keep pokies in Tasmania


The Tasmanian Liberal Party has promised to keep poker machines in Tasmanian pubs and clubs if it is returned to power in the upcoming March election,

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Tasmanian opposition party pledges to ban pokies


Tasmania may be the first state in Australia to remove slot machines from its pubs and clubs, as long as the opposition party wins the state election

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Problem gambling measures to hit VIC slot venues


Pokie clubs in Victoria will soon be hit with a number of changes aimed at reducing harm from problem gambling. According to a report from Herald Sun,

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Are SAPPs driving NZ pokie revenue?


An increase in spending on pokies in New Zealand’s clubs and bars, despite a shrinking number of venues, has baffled industry regulators. The government commissioned independent research to look into various factors that might be influencing the trend...

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Local council calls for pokies freeze


A local council in Western Sydney is calling on the state government to place a cap on pokies (slot machine) numbers in communities with high machine

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Gambling on Australia’s preferences


A small change to Australian gambling law in 2015 is now having an impact on the wider industry. The amendment highlights why many are concerned about the market’s ability to support some of the multi-billion dollar IR projects being planned. With Australian's...

No chance of pokies at Crown Barangaroo


Crown Resorts’ new VIP casino that is planned for Barangaroo in Sydney will not be permitted to operate pokies, even though the high roller market h

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Wesfarmers may exit slots if $1 bets fail


Australian retail group Wesfarmers says it is not ruling out exiting the EGM business should the government fail to push through a $1 per spin limit t

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Rise in pokie spending could signal money laundering


A sharp rise in pokies spending in New Zealand has prompted calls for an investigation into whether there is a link to money laundering, local media r

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SA pokies spending at 13-year low


Spending on poker machines has hit its lowest levels since 2003 in South Australia, with punters moving to online games, local media reports. Accordin

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NZ gamblers down NZ$843 million in the last year


New Zealand gamblers lost more than NZ$843 million ($594.5 million) in slot machines in the last year, the largest since 2012., local media reports. A

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Mounting losses fan anti-gambling flames


Gambling Statistics Australia has just published its annual report showing Australians lost $23 billion (US$17.5 billion) in 2015 on gambling, up 8 percent from the previous year, with more than half of that bet on pokies. A smaller amount of $815 million...

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Academic calls for pokie reforms in Victoria


Victorians spent almost A$2.6 billion (US$1.9 billion) on electronic gaming machines in the past 12 months, according to Australian news outlet ABC. T

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