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Australian punters have saved $1.5BILLION by not gambling on pokies
Poker machine gamblers likely saved up to $1.5 billion in the weeks since pubs, clubs and casinos have been closed because of coronavirus restrictions. But it's not known if that money has been gambled away in online formats, during the shut down across the nation. Alliance for Gambling Reform says $1 billion has been saved in less than a month across pubs and clubs, but the figure is closer to $1.5 billion if estimated gambling losses in casinos are also counted.
(image: https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/49897571527_157bb133c1_m.jpg)Australians have saved $1.5 billion by not using poker machines (pictured) in the last month Pubs, clubs and casinos have all been closed because of coronavirus restrictions. Pictured: The Crown Casino in Melbourne AGR chief advocate, Tim Costello, said the huge figures demonstrated 'just how big of a scourge poker machines are in Australia'. 'That's more than $1 billion that can instead be spent putting food on tables, paying for medical bills and utilities, rent and mortgages,' he said in a statement on Wednesday.
'Beyond the personal financial benefits and idn play those for our economy, this current poker machine shut down will be significantly reducing gambling harm.' RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next EXCLUSIVE: Notorious Melbourne strip club once blamed for... Extraordinary graph shows how Australians are not spending... Share this article Share He said the impacts of gambling harm included mental ill-health, homelessness, family violence and even deaths by suicide in some cases.
'Those are serious issues inevitably escalating through this crisis, but minimising gambling harm as a contributor to these issues is a good thing,' he said.
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