More than $600 million was fed through the pokies in the Illawarra in the first three months of this year, according to new data.
In the same time, the 44 clubs in Wollongong and Shellharbour and the 41 pubs in Kiama, Wollongong and Shellharbour made $51.6 million in profit from their poker machines, and paid a total of $10.3 million to the government.
The figures, from NSW Liquor and Gaming, show that clubs turned over almost four times as much as pubs in three months, with the former turning over $484.8 million.
The figures also show which local hotels – but not clubs – had the most takings (see below).
Early next month, the NSW Gambling Impact Society will hold a seminar at the University of Wollongong Innovation Campus about harm from gambling.
Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery will open the event, which will include a number of campaigners and academics as guest speakers.
Information about the September 6 event is available at www.gisnsw.org.au
TOP PUB TAKINGS
- Open Hearth Hotel
- Berkeley Hotel
- Central Hotel, Shellharbour
- Corrimal Hotel
- Coniston Hotel
- Unanderra Hotel
- Commercial Hotel
- Cringila Hotel
- Oaks, Albion Park Rail
- Dicey Rileys