Punters gamble $3.9 million

Colac’s pokies enjoyed a bumper six months, consuming more money between July and December 2010 than the previous year.

Colac poker machines are on track to set a gambling record.

Punters pumped almost $4 million into the city’s poker machines during the first six months of the 2010-11 financial year.

The $3.9 million the machines swallowed was more than $130,000 more than the same period in 2009.

Pokies consumed $7.34-million during the 2009-10 financial year – the city’s second-highest consumption figure.

Punters injected the most money into pokies in July 2010, $697,271, with December the quietest, $626,396.

Colac has 110 poker machines, which are at the Austral and Union hotels, the RSL, and City and Colac bowling clubs.

The Union was the most popular spot for people to spend money on pokies, with the hotel’s 22 machines receiving $1.56 million.

The Austral’s 23 machines received the second highest amount, $957,914, followed by Colac Bowling Club, $486,263, City Bowling Club, $481,831 and the RSL, $433,888.

The figures fail to include the amount of money Colac’s pokies paid out.

Corangamite Shire’s 57 poker machines also received a boost during July to December last year.

Gamblers spent almost $2.8 million, up from $2.6 million during July to December 2009.

Camperdown’s Commercial Hotel and its 29 machines received the majority of funds, almost $1.16 million, with Cobden’s 28 pokies at the Cobden Golf Club consuming more than $700,000.

Surf Coast Shire bucked the trend and had a drop in expenditure during the second half of the calendar year.

The shire’s 111 poker machines received about $1.87 million compared to $2.05 million the year before.

Lorne Hotel’s 22 pokies consumed $329,255 during the six months, the lowest of Surf Coast’s four poker machine locations.

In contrast to Colac, Corangamite and Surf Coast’s biggest spends on pokies were in December.

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