Gamblers’ pokie losses up in shire

GAMBLERS have lost more than $1,677,514 on gaming machines at Mansfield Golf Club in the past financial year.

GAMBLERS have lost more than $1,677,514 on gaming machines at Mansfield Golf Club in the past financial year.

That’s an increase of $163,168 or 10.77 per cent – four times the state average – on gamblers’ previous year’s losses of $1,514,346.

Secretary manager of Mansfield Golf Club, Chris Anderson, said the rise in revenue from the club’s 40 machines reflects rising patronage at the club, which hs been working hard to promote its on and off course facilities. (See further story page 2).

New data published by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation shows that in 2014-15, Victorians lost $2.57 billion on the state’s 26,000 poker machines – a rise of last 2.7 per cent more on the previous financial year.

The Victorian Government last week announced details of a trial system that will give punters the option of pre-setting how much they are willing to lose on gaming machines.

The scheme links all the state’s machines so players can track how much they have spent, regardless of which machine or venue they played.

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