Pokie numbers down 13% since 2008

March 4th, 2014 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

DIA has the latest stats on the number of pokie machines in New Zealand.

Since 2008 the number of in New Zealand has dropped by 2,613 and in Auckland by 612. These are relative declines 13%.

The convention centre deal with Sky City allows them 230 additional pokie machines. This is around half of the annual drop nationwide, so even when implemented there will be fewer pokie machines than the year before, if this trend continues.

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8 Responses to “Pokie numbers down 13% since 2008”

  1. Billy (121 comments) says:

    Pokie machine numbers down, amount spent up. Maybe the amount spent is not correlated to the number of machines there are?

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  2. gump (1,661 comments) says:

    The DIA recently posted a nice graph that shows the long-term trend line for pokie machines (showing the peak in 2003). I’m surprised you didn’t include it in your blog post.

    http://www.dia.govt.nz/Pubforms.nsf/URL/LineGraph_31%20December%202013.pdf/$file/LineGraph_31%20December%202013.pdf

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  3. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    What about the amount being spent on the pokies, has that dropped at the same rate?

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  4. gump (1,661 comments) says:

    @Judith

    The statistics you want are here:

    http://www.dia.govt.nz/pubforms.nsf/URL/GamblingExpenditure_Stats-explan_1988-2012.pdf/$file/GamblingExpenditure_Stats-explan_1988-2012.pdf

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  5. big bruv (14,156 comments) says:

    This is not good news at all. We need more pokies, they are a tax on the stupid.

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  6. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    Thanks for that.

    So there was an approximate 8% drop in turnover, despite the 13% less machines in outside casino pokies? Interesting.

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  7. gump (1,661 comments) says:

    Those turnover figures are truly alarming.

    If $9.2 billion was put into NZ slot machines in 2012, then each pokie machine in NZ is averaging around $10,000 per week in wagers (and paying out around $9,200 in prize money).

    No wonder the operators are so keen to keep them on the premises.

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  8. Casey (14 comments) says:

    And make no pretense at whats resulting from this. My sport cricket put subs up this year because of the reducing amount of grants being received from the pokie charities – we lost a team and a number of other players as well. That was a prelude for a much more substantial rise next year for the same reason. There will be alot more young people on the streets unable to afford to play sport unfortunately because of this policy – I can only hope that those that it is meant to help, haven’t found other ways such as online to feed the habit, and accordingly totally no good has come from the whole exercise

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