STATS

20%

of the WORLD’S gaming machines are in AUSTRALIA, which is…

0.3%

of the WORLD’S population.

$12BN

a YEAR is spent on the pokies in Australia. 40% of this comes from PROBLEM GAMBLERS.

200K

Pokies are in Australian pubs and clubs OVER HALF are in NSW.

75%

Of Australia's PROBLEM GAMBLERS have a problem because of pokies in our pubs and clubs.

$2.5 million

is the amount spent by clubs NSW on POLITICAL DONATIONS over the last 15 years. 

300K

is the estimated amount of
PEOPLE ADDICTED TO POKIES
in Australia.

18-24

year olds spend MORE on the pokies than any other age group.

94%

of our pokies are found in NEIGHBOURHOOD pubs and clubs.

20%

of SUICIDES reported at Victoria's Alfred Hospital are related to a pokies addiction.

7

PEOPLE are seriously affected by every ONE problem gambler.

70%

of Australians SUPPORT policy to make pokies SAFER.

$4BN

is COLLECTED every year from taxes on pokies. This represents around 5% of state revenue.

4 IN 5

areas with the biggest losses are Sydney’s most DISADVANTAGED suburbs.

Links to learn more

  1. Online Pokies: Facts
  2. The Conversation: 15 things you should know about Australia's love affair with the pokies
  3. The Conversation: Bright lights, big losses: how poker machines create addicts and rob them blind
  4. Daily Telegraph: NSW top pubs making profits with pokies
  5. The Conversation: Paying the piper and calling the tune following clubs NSW 's political donations
  6. SMH: Pokie gambling in NSW surged to $73b despite fewer machines
  7. SMH: Poker machine profits come from Sydney's poorest suburbs
  8. ABC: Gambling pays off for Australian Governments
  9. Responsible Gambling: Know the facts about pokies
  10. The Guardian: How the gambling lobby won the fight over pokie reforms
  11. The Conversation: How real are claims of poker machine community benefits?
  12. The Alliance for Gambling Reform
  13. Nick Xenophon: Campaign against poker machines
  14. Andrew Wilkie: Gambling project