HAMILTON’S poker machine losses have spiked after 18 months of general decline at both gaming venues, with the Victorian Government set to take a bigger cut.
In the six months to December 2013, players at Hamilton venues had a net loss of $3.35 million, with Alexandra House players losing $1.33m and Grand Central players losing $2.02m.
An Alexandra House spokesperson said he did have a firm idea of why the poker machine losses would have been up.
“It may be from itinerant workers who have come to the area to work on developments and construction projects,” he said.
“The ATM ban has been in place for a while, and people may have adjusted to that.”
The spokesman said poker machine revenue did not reflect the level of money available to the club.
Full story in The Spectator on Tuesday, February 4, 2014.