One of the claims made by poker machine clubs in Australia is that they provide significant support to local communities. Usually this is signified by the support clubs provide to causes such as junior football clubs or charities.
In New South Wales, the state with the most poker machines and the most poker machine expenditure, peak body Clubs NSW claims to have distributed A$92 million in grants last year. That’s a lot of money.
But, as a percentage of total poker machine revenue, it’s quite modest. In 2013-14, poker machines in NSW made $5.4 billion. As a proportion of that revenue, $92 million is 1.7%.