Minimising gambling harm

Pokies in pubs: Desirability of non-casino electronic gaming machine venues. In Fact

6 Aug 2014

Electronic gaming (‘pokie’) machines provide a continuous form of gambling, where winnings can be immediately reinvested. Playing pokie machines in non-casino gaming venues, such as pubs or bars, is the gambling activity most commonly associated with gambling harms such as spending more time or money gambling than intended. The Health Promotion Agency (HPA) works to increase awareness about gambling harm and supports communities to prevent and respond to harmful gambling. As part of this, HPA’s 2012 Health and Lifestyles Survey (HLS) assessed the public’s preferences for and against non-casino electronic gaming machine venues.