The metered Queensland pokie win (player loss) in January was up 4.75% on the previous year. However, while approved machine numbers increased, operational numbers declined so win (loss) per machine was up 6.0%. The divide between clubs and hotels continues:
While growth in Townsville was in line with the state at 4.8% Cairns excelled with 11% growth across council area venues in January and 10.7% for the broader Cairns SA4.
The only detailed SA2 data is for Cairns City as OLGR don’t publish numbers where there are limited venues. Somewhat lame IMHO. Growth here is well into double digits in recent months.
The divergence there from December 2016 follows closure of the Courthouse Hotel with 35 machines. These are current Cairns City SA2 pokie sites:
Gaming sites by Statistical Area 2 (CAIRNS CITY)
Site Name Approved EGMs
BARRIER REEF HOTEL 35
CAIRNS R.S.L. CLUB LTD. 67
CROWN HOTEL (CAIRNS) 25
GILLIGANS BACKPACKERS HOTEL AND RESORT 40
THE COCK & BULL 45
THE GRAND HOTEL CAIRNS 35
TRADIES BAR 45
UNION JACK HOTEL PTY LTD 25
Total sites: 9 357
The January numbers report 267 operational machines in Cairns City SA2 compared to 357 approved. OLGR numbers are ex-casino with Reef licenced for about 500 machines.