On Monday, NSW will become the first state to allow gambling on the pokies since the COVID-19 shutdown, as confirmed by Deputy Premier John Barilaro late last week. The ClubsNSW document says that gaming rooms with poker machines will be fully available to members provided a 1.5-metre space is observed between players.
Still, is it illegal to own a poker machine in NSW?
It is against the law to be in possession of a poker gaming machine in NSW unless properly authorised, with maximum potential penalties of up to $11,000 and or 12 months imprisonment applying. Members of the public are advised not to purchase gaming machines if found advertised.
In all cases, what time can you play pokies in NSW? Under the Gaming Machine Act 2001, registered clubs and hotels must not operate gaming machines between 4:00am and 10:00am each day of the week. The intention of this requirement is to limit the opportunity for continuous gaming machine play and provide a “break-in play” for gaming machine players.
On top of, are poker machines open in Act?
In the ACT, all poker machines will remain switched off as patron limits at hospitality venues are raised from 10 people total to 20 people per enclosed space from Saturday. Reopening casinos and gambling venues will be considered as part of stage three of Canberra's recovery plan from mid-July.
How many poker machines are there in NSW?
Approximately 95,800 of "pokies" are in NSW, a state total beaten only by Nevada, which operated 181,109 gambling machines in 2014.
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