Monday 18. April, 2016

Victorian Regulator Approves Ten More Pokies for Langwarrin Hotel

The Langwarrin Hotel’s application for ten more poker machines in their pub has been approved, despite opposition from the Frankston and Casey councils. The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) approved the application in exchange for the hotel building a waterproof children’s play area.

The hotel now has approval to increase the number of their pokies from 52 to 62 at their Cranbourne-Frankston Road venue. As part of the application, the hotel’s general manager Peter Beretta said that if approval was not granted, they would scale back their planned upgrade of the children’s playground.

As part of their decision, commissioners Helen Versey and Des Powell stated that the social benefit of the covered playground was significant enough to play a part in the commission’s decision to grant approval for more pokies at the pub.

Casey council argued against the hotel’s application that an increased number of poker machines would attract more gamblers from Cranbourne. Similarly, Frankston council argued that an increase in the number of poker machines would create more risk for problem gamblers in the pub’s low socio-economic area.

Frankston punters were reported to have lost $62 million on poker machines in 2014-15 which included $7,604,420 on the 52 machines at the Langwarrin Hotel. The additional ten machines are expected to bring in an additional $465,869.

However, the VCGLR replied that “the premises is located in an area of relative advantage” and that the hotel has “a number of protective measures in place” to identify and reduce problem gambling.

In addition, they ensured that “there is strong legislation in place to clearly separate gaming areas from other areas in facilities used by families.”

“Venues are regularly inspected by the VCGLR to ensure they are complying with these standards.”

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