Victoria freezes pokie numbers for 25 years (VIC)

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VICTORIA:  The Victorian Government has announced that the number of gaming machines in Victoria will be frozen for 25 years.  Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz today announced new gaming machine arrangements that will help limit gambling related harm and give certainty to pubs, clubs and hotels across Victoria. Under the changes, the number of gaming machines in Victoria will remain capped at 27,372 and the maximum number of gaming machines in a single venue will be frozen at 105. These changes have been made as part of a review of the regulatory arrangements for gaming machines - enabling pubs, clubs and hotels to make decisions with certainty well before their current entitlements expire in 2022. The allocation process is expected to be complete by the end of next year.