Life after pokies: A musical solution

By Tom Cummings (@cyenne40) March 5, 2013 In New South Wales RSL clubs are synonymous with poker machines. They’ve been part of the furniture for decades, and many NSW RSLs have become sprawling entertainment meccas by riding on the back of gaming machine revenue. Unlike their northern cousins, however, Victorian RSLs have always had an uneasy relationship with the pokies. Maybe it’s because poker machines were a relatively late addition, only being legalised in Victoria in the early 1990s. Maybe it’s because clubs in Victoria have to play by the same rules as pubs, and don’t have a raft of advantages enshrined in law. Whatever the reason, poker machines have not, […]

Life after pokies: A grassroots fightback

By Tom Cummings (@cyenne40) February 25, 2013 There are an awful  lot of pubs and clubs in Australia. I should know; I’ve visited a lot of them. Country clubs, city pubs and everything in between; from Mooloolabah to Blacktown to Bright, and more besides. I’ve spent plenty of time in watering holes up and down the length of Australia’s east coast, and I’ve learned one fundamental truth. There are two types of pub in Australia, two types of club. Those with poker machines, and those without. No matter how you dress them up with fancy decor and boutique beers, or dress them down with fence-paling bars and chooks out the […]