Whittlesea poker machines condition in Victoria!
4 Whittlesea venues are among the top 10 for poker machine losses in the last year. It was according to the figures by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation.
Epping Plaza Hotel recorded the most important losses with $15.29 million lost on its poker machines in 2019-20.
Bundoora Taverner with $12.87 million lost was in the top 10.
Excelsior Hotel with $13.12 million lost was in the top 10.
Moreover, Plough Hotel in Mill Park with $15.04 million lost.
In spite of closing gaming venues between April and June, Whittlesea with $83.7 million lost on poker machines in the municipality recorded sixth-highest losses in the Victoria state.
Lydia Wilson, Whittlesea council panel of administrators chair, stated while pokie machines venues were closed due to COVID-19, there have been important savings. It was necessary measures are in place to reduce the bad effects of gambling. According to the figures, when gaming machines were shut down, $45 million has been saved. And it would go into machines in Whittlesea.
According to Ms Wilson, it is a big problem that the two venues with more than $30 million from 200 poker machines are in Whittlesea. She also said that they are advocating for the state government to consider to buy back a poker machine scheme in the Australian Capital Territory. She emphasized that Victorian councils were calling on the state government to close gaming venues at midnight.
During COVID19 some gaming venues are open until the small hours of the morning. The impacts of COVID-19 such as unemployment and stress are at a record high. And of course, it puts extra pressure on weak people succumbing to gambling harm.
The following list indicates the Victorian cities with the highest daily expenditure on poker machines.
10 – Melbourne $231,523
9 – Kingston $234,798
8 – Wyndham $290,567
7 – Monash $301,945
6 – Whittlesea $303,716
5 – Hume $306,016
4 – Greater Geelong $326,219
3 – Greater Dandenong $326,882
2– Casey $362,632
1 – Brimbank $391,518
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