Are poker machines open in New South Wales?

Georgianna Hrivnak asked, updated on June 6th, 2021; Topic: new south wales
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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.

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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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How much does a poker machine Licence cost?

Gaming machine licences for pubs in New South Wales are selling for around $320,000 for a group of three licences, up from about $220,000 this time last year, according to Ferrier Hodgson pubs specialist Morgan Kelly.

Can you own a poker machine in Qld?

It is currently illegal in all states and territories in Australia to own a gaming machine without having a gaming machine license. As fun as it would be to have your very own game it is not an option at the moment.

How much is a gaming Licence in Victoria?

EmployeesApplication typeFee
New gaming industry employee's licence or casino special employee's licence$76.40
New gaming industry employee's licence where the applicant holds a casino special employee's licence$50.20