NSW Breaks Pokie Record

Gamblers in New South Wales spent a record-breaking AU$73 billion (US$52.6 billion) on pokies in the last financial year, up 6 percent—even though the number of machines has fallen.

Fairfield generates most play

Despite a decline in the number of gaming machines in New South Wales, gamblers in the Australian state spent more than ever in the last financial year, reported the Sydney Morning Herald.

The Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority released figures indicating that NSW poker machine turnover was AU$73.3 billion in 2014-15, up from AU$68.9 billion year-on-year. That reflects an AU$4.3 billion or 6 percent spike, even though there were fewer gaming machines in the state.

The community of Fairfield had the highest turnover, with AU$7.6 billion generated by 3,300 machines during the period, though there were more than 400 fewer machines in play, reported the Asia Gaming Brief.