Gamblers’ pokie loss at $2.8m

LOSSES on pokie machines has increased marginally over the past year, up $50,000 through machines in the Alpine Shire.

Despite a 14.77 per cent decrease in expenditure at the Mt Beauty Country Club, gamblers lost $2,802,096 on the 63 machines spread across three gaming venues within the Alpine Shire over the last 12 months.

State wide pokie machine expenditure increased by $67.5 million in 2014/15 bringing the Victorian total to $2,571,962,031.

Pokie machine revenue increased by a modest 1.86 per cent in the Alpine Shire in 2013/14, and Bright’s Star Hotel topped the figures with $1,245,388 from 18 machines – an increase of $104,377 compared to the last financial year.

Mt Beauty Country Club’s 19 machines saw a drop of $61,690 compared to the 2013/14 financial year with Kiewa Valley gamblers losing $355,962.

Myrtleford’s Club Savoy saw a slight increase of .85 per cent in 2014/15, with gamblers losing $1,200,746 on the club’s 26 machines.

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