“Pokie Hokey”: Govt accused of breaking promise of no more Gold Coast poker machines

The State Government is being accused of breaking its promise of no more poker machines on the Gold Coast with a new report showing nine extra machines on the Glitter Strip.

The latest monthly figures from the Office of Liquor and Gaming shows there were 6,010 electronic gaming machines approved for Gold Coast pubs and clubs in February, up from 6,001 in January.

Shadow Tourism Minister David Crisafulli says the Government says one thing and does another.


“When will this madness end? We keep getting told there will be no pokie increase and yet every time we get a report, piece by piece, inch by inch, another few appear,” Mr Crisafulli told myGC.

“We want a commitment that this isn’t some sort of secret plan by stealth to thrust something onto the community that they just don’t want to see occur.”

Southport Sharks tops the list for most amount of pokies with 300, followed by Club Southport with 265 and Burleigh Bears Leagues Club which has 220.

The figures don’t include the 1600 poker machines at The Star.

Mr Crisafulli says the Government has broken its pledge not to increase poker machine numbers on the Gold Coast.

“Either they’re complicit or it’s happening by stealth or they’re being hopeless and can’t actually do what they’re elected for, but either way, they’re failing and either way it’s the ultimate pokie hokey,”

“They say one thing but every month we get a new report that shows more machines.

“In the end, we want a protection that’s afforded to our city that says we won’t become some sort of slot machine city, we will not become ‘poker machine paradise’.”

“No new poker machines, means no new poker machines,. Full stop.”