Irrespective of last year’s months-extensive lockdown, staggering new figures exhibit the losses have gotten worse.
9News spoke to Oscar, 68, who admitted he was a compulsive gambler who experienced dropped “perhaps $200,000” on the pokies.
“It truly is worse than heroin or cocaine or alcoholic beverages,” he explained.
In March, gamblers in the western suburb of Brimbank put a lot more than $14.6 million as a result of the pokies – the most in Melbourne.
In the earlier 10 a long time, the men and women of Brimbank Council have misplaced a collective $1 billion on the pokies, which Mayor Cr Ranka Rasic said was “terribly discouraging”.
She said the council had no impact more than field regulation and is calling on the point out government to action in with sturdy action.
“We need to lessen the number of devices and the hours they are open,” Cr Rasic explained.
“We are also advocating for highest $1 bets, day by day $200 greatest EFTPOS restrictions, and a ‘sinking cap’ plan to encourage a reduction in EGMs more than time.
“Brimbank Council will advocate for these reforms but it is up to the Point out Governing administration to put into practice improvements to aid our neighborhood.”
Leading Daniel Andrews’ office has said it is currently doing work on the difficulty, freezing pokies figures throughout the point out, limiting early funds withdrawals, and capping the amount of pokies in regions most susceptible to gambling hurt.