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$1.1 Billion Fed Through Hunter Pokies In 3 Months

$438 million in Newcastle alone

$1.1 Billion Fed Through Hunter Pokies In 3 Months

It's been revealed the Hunter has put more than $1.1 billion through poker machines in just three months.

Data obtained by the Greens shows the staggering amount of money was bet during the December quarter. Newcastle and Lake Macquarie made up more than half of that figure, with Novacastrians alone gambling more than $438 million across the city's clubs and pubs.

There are nearly 10,000 machines in our region, each a veritable cash cow for businesses. Dungog, which only has a comparatively modest 151 machines, still netted more than $5.7 million in turnover for the December quarter.

Gaming and Racing Spokesperson Justin Field is calling on reforms within the gaming industry, which he says is doing serious damage to communities.

"I know that clubs often are a really important social hub," he said. "But if their business model is based on significant harm to a section of their membership... That's not a business model I can accept."

The party had to purchase the data – made up of two separate reports – which have now been made available to the public.

The figures from Liquor and Gaming NSW don't reveal how much money was actually lost or won through poker machines, only the amount of money bet. This includes wins that are subsequently gambled.

It follows news in March that the Hunter is losing $423 million on the pokies each year.

HOW MUCH ARE WE SPENDING?

CESSNOCK

Club turnover: $57,282,000

Pub turnover: $18,414,000

Total: $75,696,000

Number of club pokies: 639

Number of pub pokies: 197

Total pokies: 836

DUNGOG

Club turnover: $5,770,000 (Dungog and Gloucester combined)

Pub turnover: $1,364,000

Total: $7,134,000

Number of club pokies: 115 (Dungog and Gloucester combined)

Number of pub pokies: 36

Total Pokies: 151

LAKE MACQUARIE

Club turnover: $212,321,000

Pub turnover: $80,046,000

Total: $292,367,000

Number of club pokies: 2022

Number of pub pokies: 448

Total Pokies: 2470

MAITLAND

Club turnover: $65,958,000

Pub turnover: $41,263,000

Total: $107,221,000

Number of club pokies: 498

Number of pub pokies: 269

Total Pokies: 767

MUSWELLBROOK/SINGLETON: 

Club turnover: $48,510,000

Pub turnover: $4,581,000 + $7,983,000

$61,074,000

Number of club pokies: 414

Number of pub pokies: 72 +98

Total pokies: 584

NEWCASTLE

Club turnover: $311,182,000

Pub turnover: $127,425,000

Total: $438,607,000

Number of club pokies: 2147

Number of pub pokies: 929

Total pokies: 3076

PORT STEPHENS

Club turnover: $91,833,000

Pub turnover: $30,856,000

Total: $122,689,000

Number of club pokies: 741

Number of pub pokies: 211

Total pokies: 952

UPPER HUNTER: 

Club turnover: $11,646,000

Pub turnover: $2,862,000

Total: $14,508,000

Number of club pokies: 158

Number of pub pokies: 55

Total pokies: 213

Gambling support NSW: call 1800 858 858, or click here.

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