Over the past six months clubs and hotels across the South Coast brought in just under $80 million dollars in gross profit from pokies.
Of this, the Shoalhaven made roughly 50 per cent of all profit on the coast at $37,800,000 followed by the Eurobodalla at $17,940,000, Bega Valley at $12,700,000 and Wingecarribee raked in $10,040,000.
Although across the state, net profit fell by 3.9 per cent for clubs and 6.3 per cent for hotels, on the South Coast only one area saw a drop in poker machine earnings.
The Wingecarribee saw a decline of more than $1 million in poker takings compared to the previous six month period. The rest of the South Coast saw modest increases in revenue from pokies, although Bega Valley saw its clubs and hotels earn $450,000 more from slot machines.
The number of machines on the South Coast was generally proportionate to the amount of profit it received, the Shoalhaven had 1645 machines in clubs and hotels, Eurobodalla had 836, Bega 663 machines and Wingecarribee had 448.
The South Coast club which raked in the most profit from poker machines was the St Georges Basin Country Club (ranking 93 in NSW) followed by the Mittagong RSL Club (99th), Batemans Bay Soldiers Club (100th), Merimbula-Imlay Bowling Club (140th) and Milton Ulladulla Ex-Servos Club (148th). 1085 clubs were ranked on the list.
The data was published by Liquor and Gaming NSW, the data from clubs collected between December 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019 and for hotels between January 1, 2019 and June 20.