There are trends in Australia and in particular the states of NSW and VICTORIA that more and more money is being spent on pokie machines. With the recent government hand outs from the carbon tax and income tax reductions people are flocking to the pokies to have a play and spend their cash handouts. The most recent Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation data shows that approximately $69.6 million was shoveled into Victoria’s 765 poker machines in 2011-12 – a modest increase of $186,000 year on year. Chair of the Victorian InterChurch Gambling Taskforce Mark Zirnsak was quoted as saying poker machines in Victoria have suprisingly been able to maintain their revenue, even though economically Australia is starting to slow.
The most recent stats from June show that some areas of Australia saw a 10-15% increase in expenditure on pokies which is similar to various other times when the labor government in Australia undertook a cash splash.
Most of the pundits of course loose this money spending on traditional land based pokie machines with low payouts at the various casinos and pubs around Australia. Whereas if the money was spent on pokies games online the payouts maybe higher. A recent study has shown that online pokies generate 5% more in payouts due to providers having lower operating costs and expenditure and inciting players with free pokies. This is also included in the new mobile pokies that are being played on iPhone and Android.Aussies spend record on Pokie Machines,