MORE THAN $50 million was lost to poker machines in the south-west last year.
Nanjing Night Net

From January to December more than $53 million went into poker machines across five municipalities in the region.

Punters in the Warrnambool City Council municipality lost a massive $31 million in the 234 machines spread across the city.

On an adult population base of 25,000 it equates to $770 per person.

The busiest months were both May and August, when about $1.6 million was lost in the poker machines.

A large slice of the gambling pie went to Warrnambool Football Club Social Club, where about $2 million went into the slots.

Figures released by the Victorian Commission for Gambling Regulation show about $1.9 million went into both Warrnambool Bowls Club’s 45 machines and Mac’s Hotel’s 31 machines.

The City Memorial Bowls Club and the Whalers Inn received about $1.5 million and Warrnambool RSL received about $440,000.

The figures come as the Flying Horse Bar and Brewery waits for approval from Warrnambool City Council on its planning application to install eight poker machines.

A second Warrnambool venue, Rafferty’s Tavern, is battling the council after being refused a planning permit to install 19 poker machines and has taken its fight to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. A date is yet to be set for the case.

About $7.8 million was lost on poker machines in the Shire of Colac-Otway last year, with $1.4 million going into the Union Club Hotel’s 22 machines.

Punters at Portland’s Richmond Henty Hotel, which has 32 pokies, had the deepest pockets in the Shire of Glenelg with $1.5 million spent over the 12-month period.

About $5.8 million was gambled on poker machines in the municipality with the Portland RSL Memorial Bowling Club — which has been given the green light for 15 additional gaming machines — taking $47,000 on its existing 25 machines.

In the Corangamite Shire about players lost $5.4 million on the municipality’s 105 machines.

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