Story: Gambling

Pokie machines

Pokie machines

In 1988 the government legalised pokies (electronic gaming machines) in clubs and hotels and, from 1994, in casinos. At least 37% of the net profit from pokies is distributed by gaming trusts to local clubs and charities. Pokies in casinos return a much smaller amount to community groups (at least 2.5%). In 2011 just over 60% of total gaming turnover was spent on casino and non-casino pokies.

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David Grant, 'Gambling - Lotto, pokies and casinos', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 June 2024)

Story by David Grant, published 5 Sep 2013