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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 almost $2.7 billion and $97.5 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 Melbourne have announced they're getting out of pokies.

Adelaide Crows, Fremantle Dockers, Gold Coast Suns, Greater Western Sydney, West Coast Eagles, North Melbourne and the Sydney Swans are already out of pokies & don't rely on pokie venues to fund their clubs! Geelong and the Western Bulldogs have announced they are committed to getting out but we're yet to see the detail, although Geelong did remove their pokies from its Kardinia Park venue.

The AFL chairman, Richard Goyder, publicly came out against the pokies in 2017. The AFL has also launched “Project Fruity” to try and reduce pokies dependence. See this AFL Fact Sheet detailing all the gambling losses and AFL pokies venues.

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

Getting out of pokies!

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

   
   

FULL LIST OF 17 VICTORIAN AFL POKIES VENUES WITH 2017-18 DATA

  1. Hawthorn: 2 venues and total losses up from $23.9m to $24.3m. Remain top of the ladder

# West Waters Hotel (Caroline Springs, City of Melton) jumped from $12.43m to $13.35m
# Vegas at Waverley Gardens (Mulgrave, City of Monash) dropped from $10.86m to $10.95m

  1. Carlton: 4 venues and total losses up from $17.6m to $18.4m. Remain second on ladder

    # Club Laverton (Laverton, Hobsons Bay): up from $6.27m to $6.31m
    # Manningham Club (Bulleen, Manningham): down from $4.35m to $4.396m
    # Royal Oak Richmond (Richmond, Yarra): up from $4.09m to $4.61m
    # The Vic Inn (Williamstown, Hobsons Bay): up from $2.9m to $3.08m

  2. Collingwood: 2 venues with total losses up from $12.24m to $13.18m

# The Club (Caroline Springs, City of Melton): up from $7.38m to $8.66m
# The Coach and Horses (Ringwood, City of Maroondah): down from $4.86m to $4.52m

4. Essendon: 2 venues with total losses down from $11.85m to $11.555m

# Essendon Football and Community Club (Essendon, Moonee Valley): down from $6.17m to $5.87m
# Melton Country Club (Melton, City of Melton): Down from $5.688m to $5.685m

5. Melbourne: 2 venues with total losses up from $10.3m to $10.382m

# Leighoak Club (Oakleigh, City of Monash): down from $7.74m to $7.70m
# Bentleigh Club (Bentleigh, Glen Eira): up from $2.56m to $2.682m  

  1. Geelong: Jumped from 8th to 6th - 1 venue with losses up from $5.24m to $6.28m

# The Brook on Sneydes (Point Cook, City of Wyndham): up from $5.24m to $6.28m

  1. Western Bulldogs: Fell from 6th to 7th - 2 venues with total losses up from $5.92m to $6.095

# Club Leeds (Footscray, City of Maribyrnong): up from $3.8m to $3.86m
# Peninsula Club (Dromana, Mornington Peninsula): up from $2.12m to $2.235m

  1. Richmond: fell from 7th to 8th - 1 venue with total losses down from $5.4m to $5.26m.

# Wantirna Club (Wantirna, City of Knox): down from $5.4m to $5.26m

  1. St Kilda: 1 venue with total losses down from $2.11m to $2.11m. Retain wooden spoon.

    # St Kilda Social Club (Moorabbin, Kingston): down from $2.11m to $2.09m
  2. North Melbourne: pokies free for a decade.