Category: discussion

  • Officer’s poker machine stand-off

    Officer’s poker machine stand-off

    Officer is a small suburb in the Shire of Cardinia, deep in Melbourne’s south-east. Nestled in between Beaconsfield and Pakenham, it’s part of Melbourne’s expanding growth corridor… and bizarrely, that puts it at threat from Victoria’s poker machine industry.

  • Yourplay is here… and it’s annoying.

    Yourplay is here… and it’s annoying.

    It’s December 1. Apart from being the first day of summer, that also means it’s the first day of Yourplay, the Victorian government’s much-hyped pre-commitment system for poker machines.


  • Pokie-free pubs in Queensland – 2015

    Pokie-free pubs in Queensland – 2015

    Since publishing my list of Victoria’s pokie-free pubs, there has been a lot of interest in similar lists for other states. So without further ado, here is the 2015 Cyenne list of pokie-free pubs for Queensland.

  • Pokie-free pubs in Victoria – 2015

    Pokie-free pubs in Victoria – 2015

    I first published my list of pokie-free pubs in Victoria over 5 years ago, and it’s become one of the most popular pages on this site. I then converted that list into a stand-alone website but it became too difficult to maintain and after several corruption events, I had to shut it down.

    5 years is a long time, and it’s time for an update. Enjoy, and please let me know if you see a pub that shouldn’t be here, or know of one that I’ve missed.

  • An opportunity lost

    An opportunity lost

    It’s been five years since the 2010 federal election. Five years since Julia Gillard shook hands with Andrew Wilkie and agreed to legislate poker machine reforms, thereby gaining his support and allowing Labor to form a minority government.


  • Pokies and the GST

    Pokies and the GST

    There’s a lot of talk going around at the moment concerning the GST. Will it go up? Will it be expanded? Some of this talk has focused on poker machines… which is no surprise, given the way the GST is allocated, and the amount of money lost on gaming machines every year. But do you know the whole picture?


  • Victoria’s pokies pain getting worse

    Victoria’s pokies pain getting worse

    Losses on Victoria’s 26,300 poker machines are rising. Three months into the new financial year, figures from the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) show that we’re losing more money faster, and heading back towards record levels of spending.


  • Melbourne Cup is not the problem

    Melbourne Cup is not the problem

    Today is Melbourne Cup day. The day of the “race that stops a nation”. The day every man, woman and dog has a punt on the horses.

    Today will see an awful lot of money wagered on the Cup. You could call it an obscene amount of money. Hundreds of millions of dollars will be bet on the race, most of it on losing horses. Some money will be won, but most of it will be lost.


  • Geelong casino a bad bet

    Geelong casino a bad bet

    Talk of a second Victorian casino has been going around almost since the day Crown opened its doors over 20 years ago. Mildura, Portland and Lakes Entrance have all been mooted as possible sites but nothing has ever eventuated.

    Now, according to this exclusive in The Age, they’re considering it again… only this time, they’re looking at Geelong.


  • Australia’s poker machines: behind the con

    Australia’s poker machines: behind the con

    Australia, it’s official. We’ve been had.

    Even if you’ve never played a poker machine, most of us are familiar with the concept. You put some money in, you press a button, the reels spin, and if they line up, you win. If they don’t, you lose.

    Or so we thought; it turns out we were wrong.


  • Poker machine industry slams Ka-Ching! documentary

    Poker machine industry slams Ka-Ching! documentary

    Poker machine documentary “Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation” went to air last night, and has caused quite a stir. The hour-long documentary looked beyond the human element and analysed the machines themselves, the people who design them, the people who make them, the people who profit from them. It pulled no punches and was damning in its conclusions: that poker machines are designed to addict, and that they do it incredibly well.

    This is not my review of Ka-Ching!. This is my review of the industry response.