2002, NSW alone had around 10% of the world's
This form of gambling offers pathetic payout percentages
to the player. (Around 90%)
40 cents in every pokies dollar taken is estimated to
come from problem gamblers.
lost nearly $32 billion on pokies in Victoria
between 1992 and July 2010.
represents losses in Victoria alone of $5.1
million a day for over 17 years!
biggest gambling addicts in Australia are revenue hungry
governments, pocketing over $4 billion in gambling taxes
in the 2001 - 2002 financial year.
from Productivity Commission report 2002
Machines or Poker Machines, commonly known as Pokies
(and only very loosely based on the actual game
of poker), are now sadly one of the most prevalent
froms of interactive gambling in Australia. The statistics
above show the sort of menace these insidious machines
If you or someone you know is a poker machine player please
visit our page on Virtual
Poker Machines for a possible way to break the financial
grip of this habit.
mugger waits for victim!
addictive power of the Pokies lies largely in their
escapist element, but also in their simplicity and
availability. They've spread into pubs and clubs so
most people don't have to travel far to play and you
don't need to be a rocket scientist to learn how to
use them. (Try figuring out how to play Craps at a
casino without reading a rule book!)
into the poker machine environment, gamblers are kept there
through Pavlovian conditioning by way of flashing lights,
the clinking of coins being returned and digital music played
whenever wins or special sequences occur, so that the possibility
of a big win is continually reinforced. The absence of windows
and clocks in most poker machine venues serves to create an
escapist environment where time is easily forgotten and responsibilities
fade into the background.
is very little Smartgambler can offer by way of advice
to Pokies players, other than to try to give them
up. It would be much better for you to switch to virtually
any other form of gambling, except perhaps Lotto.
The Pokies have differing percentage payouts depending
on where you play them, but a realistic ball park
figure for the average percentage return is around
91%, one of the worst gambling games you can play.
The percentage may be slightly higher than this in
some cases and slightly lower in others. Casinos in
general have higher returns than clubs and if you
poker machines online the
payouts are generally better than those of physical
machines, probably due to lower overheads.
those of you determined to play pokies online, Pokiesstop.com.au
at least has a detailed beginners guide and some information
on how to be a responsible gambler.
is a comment from one of our directors, Neil Davis,
about pokies at physical venues in Australia.
like that wonderful sign on the Pokies, 'Machine
malfunction voids all pays'. I would have thought
in fairness it should read, 'Machine malfunction
voids all pays... and collects'. I have told a
number of Pokies players who spin after spin did not
get a collect that there is probably a machine malfunction
and they should demand all their losses be returned.
For some reason which I find hard to fathom they seemed
to think there was nothing wrong with the machine
when they've gone 10 or 20 spins in a row and got
you are determined to keep playing the Pokies, we
can offer some advice to help minimize your losses.