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Vic pours $2.7b into pokies, data shows

Vic pours $2.7b into pokies, data shows

The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation says more than $2.69 billion was spent on pokies in 2017/18.

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By AAP 27.07.2018 11:22 AM

Victorians poured nearly $2.7 billion into poker machines during the last financial year, new data reveals.

The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation on Friday said more than $2.69 billion had been spent on pokies in 2017/18, a 3.29 per cent increase over the previous year.

The Alliance for Gambling Reform said the figures showed the biggest one-year jump in pokies losses in a decade, almost all of it coming after legislation to extend poker machine licences until 2042 passed state parliament in November.

"The monthly increases started coming in December 2017, straight after the legislation gave the industry certainty to plough capital into the latest highly-addictive machines and thrash them with increased marketing and sophisticated loyalty schemes," alliance spokesman Tim Costello said in a statement.

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