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The Pokies Play You - Poker Machines are Playing Us all

The Pokies Play You - Poker Machines are Playing Us all

Gambling affects individuals, families and our wider community.

Losses to electronic gambling machines (‘pokies’ or EGMs) in Greater Dandenong reached $118 million in 2016-17 – the highest level of losses per adult in Victoria.

Since their introduction in Victoria, over $3 billion has been lost to pokies in this municipality - equivalent to $60,000 per household.

For many families and households in Greater Dandenong, the impacts of such gambling losses include in financial pressures, family conflict and violence, legal problems, unemployment and homelessness.

 Information is presented here about the extent and impact of gambling in Greater Dandenong, coupled with an outline of Council’s response to gambling.

Free, confidential advice and assistance in relation to gambling problems is available from Gamblers Help on 1800 858 858.