The local gaming machine association reported a 3.4% increase in GMP during the third quarter.
New Zealand.- The Gaming Machine Association of New Zealand (GMANZ) has released the quarterly statistics, which show a 3.4% increase in Gaming Machine Proceeds (GMP) from pokies in the June-September period.
The statistics report released by the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) indicate that GMP increased by €6.7 million. DIA numbers also show that the number of pokie machines and the venues where they are located continue to decline.
GMANZ spokesperson, Bruce Robertson said that the results reflect the success of the balanced, controlled and sustainable approach of the Class 4 model that they have in New Zealand, and that it is important to highlight that the increased activity is occurring against the backdrop of an expanding economy.
“Gaming venues such as pubs and clubs aim to provide a safe, fun and regulated environment to those who choose this popular form of entertainment. Reduced accessibility to local venues and machines is likely to drive more players into the world of unregulated online gambling,” said Bruce.