There are 265 hotels in Victoria currently operating electronic gaming machines (EGMs), otherwise known as pokies.

Gaming in hotels is regulated by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR). Hotels must apply to the VCGLR for a license to operate pokie machines, TAB and Keno outlets. Hotels must also apply to their local council for a planning permit to install new or additional EGMs in their venue.

For more information, see GIRO's page on Pokies planning permits and license applications.

TAB outlets

At 5 February 2014 there were 747 TAB outlets in Victoria and many more TAB terminals located at clubs and hotels.

Keno outlets 

At 5 February 2014, there were 701 Keno outlets and approximately 1268 Keno terminals in Victoria located at clubs and hotels.

Electronic gaming machines

At 30 June 2014, there were 30,320 electronic gaming machines (EGMs), also known as pokie machines, in Victoria located at clubs, hotels and the single licensed casino provider – Crown Casino.

  • There were 13,445 EGMs at hotels throughout Victoria.
  • Dependant on permission from the VCGLR, hotels can operate a maximum of 105 EGMs in a single venue. 
  • Between July 2013 and June 2014, a total of $2,504,343,302 was lost on EGMs in hotels and clubs in Victoria (not including Crown Casino). 
    • This included $1,658,339.627 lost on EGMs in hotels representing 66.2 per cent of the total lost on EGMs in hotels and clubs in Victoria.
    • Hotels and clubs paid the Victorian government a total of $870.5 million in taxes and levies on electronic gaming machines during this period.

Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation, data on gambling venues 2013-2014

Top hotels for losses

1 July 2013 – 30 June 2014
Top hotels for number of machines

EGM numbers as at 30 June 2014

(1) Epping Plaza Hotel

  • City of Whittlesea
  • $21,750,522

(1) Zagame's Ballarat Club Hotel

  • City of Ballarat
  • 105 EGMs

(2) Gladstone Park Hotel

  • City of Hume
  • $18,931,309

(2) Taylors Lakes Family Hotel

  • City of Brimbank
  • 105 EGMs

(3) Keysborough Hotel

  • City of Greater Dandenong
  • $18,240,724

(3) Rosstown Hotel

  • City of Glen Eira
  • 103 EGMs

(4) Bundoora Taverner

  • City of Whittlesea
  • $17,846,735

(4) All Seasons International Hotel

  • City of Greater Bendigo
  • 100 EGMs

(5) Kealba Hotel

  • City of Brimbank
  • $17,310,507

(5) Bourke Hill's Welcome Stranger

  • City of Melbourne
  • 100 EGMs

(6) Plough Hotel

  • City of Whittlesea
  • $17,276,614

(6) Edwardes Lake Hotel

  • City of Darebin
  • 100 EGMs

(7) Werribee Plaza Tavern

  • City of Wyndham
  • $17,149,394

(7) Ivanhoe Hotel

  • City of Banyule
  • 100 EGMs

(8) Skyways Taverner

  • City of Moonee Valley
  • $16,983,406

(8) Epping Plaza Hotel

  • City of Whittlesea
  • 100 EGMs

(9) Rosstown Hotel

  • City of Glen Eira
  • $16,265,684

(9) Zagame's Caulfield Club Hotel

  • City of Glen Eira
  • 100 EGMs

(10) Deer Park Hotel

  • City of Brimbank
  • $16,093,669

(10) Dorset Gardens Hotel

  • City of Maroondah
  • 97 EGMs

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