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Pokies rake in MORE cash than ever despite pandemic closures and thousands fewer machines

Pokies rake in MORE cash than ever despite pandemic closures and thousands fewer machines – as the areas which lose the most are revealed

Pubs and clubs in NSW earned more money from poker machines in the second half of 2020 than they did before the pandemic struck, despite the number of machines falling by more than 2,000 statewide.

Total net profits were up by by 8.79 per cent compared with the same period in 2019, with pubs’ pokies profits jumping 10.93 per cent and clubs’ by 7.29 per cent.

That is according to new data published by Liquor & Gaming NSW.

Pubs and clubs in NSW earned more money from poker machines in the second half of 2020 than they did before the pandemic struck, despite the number of machines falling by more than 2,000 statewide (stock image)

Pubs and clubs in NSW earned more money from poker machines in the second half of 2020 than they did before the pandemic struck, despite the number of machines falling by more than 2,000 statewide (stock image)

The number of pokies in the state dropped by 2,374.

Residents of Sydney’s west were the biggest losers, with Fairfield clubs earning the most from pokies between June and November 2020 – more than $197million. Canterbury-Bankstown was a close second with in excess of $186million.

Sydney’s pubs raked in the most, earning $138million from poker machines between July and December 2020. Canterbury-Bankstown and Fairfield were the next highest earners, with $133million and $91million in profits respectively.

Statewide, gamblers lost the most at Bankstown Sports Club and Homebush West’s Markets Hotel.

The local government area of Sydney has by far the highest number of poker machines in pubs – 3,135. The second highest concentration is in Canterbury-Bankstown, which has 913.

With 4,097 pokies in clubs, Canterbury-Bankstown has more club machines than any other local government area. The Central Coast, with 3,810, comes second.

Figures from the first half of the year were ‘significantly impacted’ by pandemic-induced restrictions on gaming venues, Liquor & Gaming NSW said.

Venues were closed for 10 weeks from March 23 to May 31.


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