Wednesday 25. May, 2016

Frankston Footy Club Turns Off its Pokies

The Frankston Dolphins Football Club has made a decision to turn off its poker machines in an effort to get back to its core values of football, a healthy lifestyle and a family-friendly sporting environment.

The club, which has been operating poker machines for the past decade, had 27 pokies which it decided to get rid of last week and switched off on May 17. This decision had been months in the making with the Dolphins discussing the possibility of getting rid of their pokies with Frankston Council and AFL Victoria over many months. The machines are now waiting to be picked up by Tabcorp Gaming Solutions.

“The decision is financially based, but it’s also based on the direction the football club wants to go,” said Brett Angwin, Dolphins general manager. “We want to focus on our key product and that key product is that we’re a football club.”

“Council, AFL Victoria and the AFL in general have been extremely supportive of our decision.”

According to Mr Angwin, community input was considering when making the decision on the pokies. A report from the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation indicates that punters lose $62 million on average each year in the Frankston area. They lost $508,139 on the poker machines at the club from July to December 2015 and lost $1,062,225 at the club in the 2014-15 financial year.

Cr James Dooley, Frankston mayor, was pleased with the club’s decision to remove the poker machines from their function centre.

“We are very pleased the football club shares our view that gaming machines are harmful to the community,” he said.

“They have chosen to relinquish their machines rather than trying to sell them to another venue, a decision which should be applauded.”

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