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Australian pokie numbers up

15 August 2007

SOUTH AUSTRALIA, Australia -- As reported by Adelaide Now: "Hotels and clubs have pocketed almost $480 million from a record splurge on poker machines.

"South Australians lost a staggering $792.6 million on the pokies in 2006-07, up $41 million on the previous year.

"After forking out $313.8 million to the State Government in tax, hotels and clubs earned an average $38,000 per machine, or a total of $478.7 million..."

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