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2018: Let's get the AFL out of pokies

AFL is a beloved sport in Australia, it brings us all together and that's what we love about it. So we want to see the footy be something every individual and family can enjoy!

But, the AFL has a dirty secret, eight AFL clubs around Australia use pokies to fund their footy clubs. The overall losses across Victoria in 2016-17 were $2.61 billion and $94 million of this was lost at the 17 pokies venues owned or operated by Victorian-based AFL clubs.

Luckily, AFL clubs around Australia are wanting to get out of pokies and momentum is building fast! In 2018 so far, Collingwood and the Melbourne Demons have announced they're getting out of pokies and Greater Western Sydney Giants announced that they will be funding their club through early childcare centers rather than pokies. 

Adelaide Crows, Fremantle Dockers, Gold Coast Suns, West Coast Eagles, North Melbourne Roos & Sydney Swans are already out of pokies & don't rely on pokie venues to fund their clubs! Geelong Cats announced last year that they’re in the process of getting out too! 

The AFL chairman, Richard Goyder, publicly coming out as against pokies last year. The AFL has also launched “Project Fruity” to try and reduce pokies dependence. 

We have a real opportunity to put the pieces together and get the AFL out of pokies this year! Momentum's building fast!

Take Action!

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2018 Pokies league ladder for Victorian-based AFL clubs

 

Club

Amount people lost on Victorian-based AFL club pokies in 2016-17 and 2017-18

Machines owned

Gaming venues owned

2018 Status

1. Hawthorn

Up from $23.29m to $24.3m

165

2

Still the worst

2. Carlton

 Up from $17.6m to $18.39m

300

4

Still a pokie-club

3. Collingwood

Up from $12.24m to $13.18m

156

2

Getting out of pokies!

4. Essendon

Down from $11.85m to $11.55

190

2

Still a pokie-club

5. Melbourne

Up from $10.23m to $10.3m

180

2

Now out of pokies!

6. Geelong

Up from $5.24m to $6.27m

80

1

Reducing pokie reliance!

6. Western Bulldogs

Up from $5.92m to $6.09m

65

2

Still a pokie-club

7. Richmond

Down from $5.4m to $5.26m

97

1

Still a pokie-club

9. St Kilda

Down from $2.11m to $2.08m

83

1

Still a pokie-club

Brisbane 

Data not available

200

1

Still a pokie-club

Port Adelaide

Data not available

63

1

Still a pokie-club

   
   

 

Source: Richard Willingham and Stephanie Anderson, "Biggest pokies loss in a decade generates billion-dollar windfall for Victorian Government" ABC Newshttp://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-27/poker-machine-losses-in-victoria-the-highest-in-a-decade/10042964