Pokie Perspective

The wowsers are convinced that the convention centre-for-pokies deal will increase the number of pokies by 230, and that these things are springing up everywhere, sucking in innocent bystanders and hoovering out their wallets. The reality is very different – the Dept of Internal Affairs has operated a sinking lid policy for over 10 years, and in fact has reduced the number of pokies over the whole country.

In Auckland alone, the biggest market by far, the number of pokies has reduced by 40% in 9 years. Here are the figures:  

31 March 2004:  2,030
31 March 2005:  1,900
31 March 2006:  1,749
31 March 2007:  1,634
31 March 2008:  1,607
31 March 2009:  1,497
31 March 2010:  1,482
31 March 2011:  1,384
31 March 2012:  1,345
31 March 2013:  1,224

And here’s the source:

The sinking lid policy will not let the overall number increase, so the 230 for Sky City will be balanced by 230 not being replaced at their end of life.  Those idiots preaching social responsibility (which is another way of trying to protect stupid people from the consequences of their own actions, which you can never do) are ignoring the fact that the pokie numbers are decreasing and will continue to do so. And we get a brand new convention centre, for free.

Bloody good deal in my opinion.


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