Victorian gambling losses at record high

30 July, 2018

The Victorian Government last week revealed that Victorians lost nearly $2.7 billion on poker machines in the past 2017-18 financial year — the highest figure in a decade – up $86 million on the previous year.

The latest figures from the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation revealed the biggest annual loss for gamblers from the state's 26,384 machines since 2008-2009, at $2695 million.

The losses did not include Crown Casino's 2,600 poker machines.

Gambling related losses affect the lives of countless Victorians with devastating ramifications. Gambling addiction knows no boundaries, crossing all walks of life and social demographics.
It impacts individuals and families - financially, emotionally, mentally and physically.

The ramifications of problem gambling are wide-ranging.

Biggest losses by local council area:
Brimbank: $139.5 million
Casey: $131.5m
Greater Dandenong: $121.4m
Greater Geelong: $118.8m
Whittlesea: $118.5m
Monash: $111.9m
Hume: $109.6m
Wyndham: $105.5m
Kingston: $86.3m
Mornington Peninsula: $84.0m
Source: Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation

Biggest losses by venue

Venue

Losses

Number of machines

Epping Plaza Hotel

$20.8m

100

Plough Hotel (Mill Park)

$19.4m

100

Berwick Springs Hotel

$18.9m

105

Keysborough Hotel

$18.2m

89

Gladstone Park Hotel

$17.6m

86

Skyways Taverner (Airport West)

$17.5m

96

Kealba Hotel

$17.5m

86

Bundoora Taverner

$17.4m

96

Rosstown Hotel (Carnegie)

$17.2m

103

Roxburgh Park Hotel

$17m

80

Source: Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation

Connect Health & Community offers a range of confidential free services aimed at preventing or reducing the negative impacts of gambling on individuals, families and the community, through Gamblers Help Southern.

Gambler's Help Southern services include:

  • Problem gambling counselling
  • Financial counselling
  • Portfolio services - mental health, drugs and alcohol, family and relationships
  • Health promotion - community education, primary care partnerships
  • Gaming venue support
  • Education services - professionals, community groups and gaming venues.

    Free advice for family and friends is also available on the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation website

    If you have an enquiry or booking request click here.
    Email: ghs.intake@connecthealth.org.au

    Web: www.gamblershelpsouthern.org.au
    Phone: 9575 5353

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