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Raiders gobbling up West Belco Leagues – Smoking kills the pokie stars?

By johnboy - 13 January 2009 52

The ABC reports that the West Belconnen Leagues Club is telling its members the only hope of survival is flogging their poker machine licences to the Raiders.

Apparently the smoking ban is forcing punters to step outside periodically, at which point they often decide to do something other than stuff their money into the bandits.

Disaster ensues for the club.

How the Raiders will run the club more sustainably is something of a mystery.

Is there a market for an all-weather poker machine suitable for operation in beer gardens?

What’s Your opinion?


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52 Responses to
Raiders gobbling up West Belco Leagues – Smoking kills the pokie stars?
colourful sydney rac 9:01 am 14 Jan 09

I, for one, am glad to see clubs taking in less gambling revenue. I would be happy to see the end of poker machines.

Granny 9:22 pm 13 Jan 09

Helicopter rides and spider wrestling!

Thumper 9:04 pm 13 Jan 09

Okay, then what should they offer? I see lots of people saying suck it up, but no-one has actually suggested what clubs should offer?

More bingo? More meat raffles? What?

iObject 8:58 pm 13 Jan 09

These clubs should suck it up and start offering a service that people want, rather than just a smoky den to indulge their gambling habits.

It’s the global economic crisis bitches!

Businesses are really going to have to up the stakes to get average folk to part with their hard-earned now.

shiny flu 8:17 pm 13 Jan 09

Growling Ferret said :

Its a sad sign of the times, and an impact that the banning of smoking indoors was never probably imagined.

No.

I know it can be difficult to understand that playing the pokies will never ever make you more money than what you put in. It’s like the ‘landmark’ penny machines for tourists- put in a penny + $2 for a squashed penny that you can’t use anymore.

Smoking. If you choose to proactively encourage the onset of throat/lung cancer and heart disease, at least have the decency to continuously re-inhale you’re own second hand smoke – so that those of us who aren’t stupid and are aware of the health risks don’t have to also suffer for your poor life choices – so that you may drop dead faster. Banning smoking from inside benefits the majority of society. Alternatively, stay outside.

Pokies. All this b/s about how much money clubs spend on charity and sporting clubs is a lovely facade in which behind it stands $$$ of profits from the unfair world of Poker Machine Gambling. This world destroys families and adversely affects society as a whole both financially and intrinsically.

Clubs should use their brains and come up with other ways to keep members than just cheap/crap meals and meat raffles. Then again, their clientele may not be suited to more intellectually challenging ideas.

PS: Going for flame of the week.

Genie 7:03 pm 13 Jan 09

WBLC has only itself to blame for its poor patronage ! I used to be a regular there and then they just screw over the members big time by canning almost everything they offered.
It has nothing to do with the smoking laws.

I mean look at Magpies, they used to be a quiet struggling club.. Did a bit of renovating, improved their bistro and now some nights you struggle to find somewhere to sit.

2 clubs located pretty close together, and Magpie’s has the bigger drawing crowd. WBLC can shove it up their arse for all I care.. I hope they close their doors, I’m sure another club will pick up the footy teams.

canberra towie 6:27 pm 13 Jan 09

Growling Ferret said :

Outdoor pokies are banned in the ACT, but referred to in NSW and ‘smoky pokies’

It’s a shame there banned in the ACT . The leagues club in Queanbeyan has smoky pokies and there quiet good !
It’s funny how times change really once a pon a time the non smoking pokies were hidden away in a little room out of site, Now the smoky pokies are tucked away out side

caf 5:00 pm 13 Jan 09

Wide Boy: Pretty sure the old-style Raiders leagues club just upped sticks and moved to Gungahlin, where it’s still ensconced.

Mr Evil 4:44 pm 13 Jan 09

justbands said :

The Raiders takeover of the Royals Club was the best thing that could have happened to it (hard for me to say too…as a long time Royals player). Royals was a dive, it hadn’t changed (much) in decades….the Raiders came in, cleaned it up, refurbished, put in quality food & hey presto…now it’s quite a nice club that the family & I dine in regularly.

I must say I was somewhat sceptical about the chances of the Weston Club staying open under the Raiders ‘Regime’, but that place has really taken off in a big way since they pumped a bit of money into the place.

justbands 4:30 pm 13 Jan 09

The Raiders takeover of the Royals Club was the best thing that could have happened to it (hard for me to say too…as a long time Royals player). Royals was a dive, it hadn’t changed (much) in decades….the Raiders came in, cleaned it up, refurbished, put in quality food & hey presto…now it’s quite a nice club that the family & I dine in regularly.

Dante 4:26 pm 13 Jan 09

We’ve banned smoking inside, we’ve increased liquor taxes on premix, we’ve let Liquor Licencing act as a defacto EPA… Enough of your concerns hospitality industry, of course people will continue keep frequenting your clubs and pubs. It’s not like smoking, drinking and gambling go hand in hand or anything… besides, why should people be allowed to exercise all their vices at once?

Oh, and just ignore that BO and faeces smell, it’s much better than cigarette smoke!

*sigh*

Thumper 4:18 pm 13 Jan 09

WBLC died pretty much the day they brought in the smoking ban.

It went from a packed Saturday night until 1-2 in the morning, to about 10 people now.

Yep, quite tragic.

Wide Boy Jake 4:17 pm 13 Jan 09

Let’s hope Raiders takes it over and starts up a club like the old one in Mawson which offered lunches for $5.50. The replacement of the working class Raiders Club with the expensive, upmarket Mawson Club was a tragedy for traditional Raiders members who had nowhere to go for cheap meals but Woden Tradies. Let’s hope the Raiders have learned their lesson from The Mawson Club and brings back a club for the traditional leagues club crowd.

Growling Ferret 4:15 pm 13 Jan 09

Outdoor pokies are banned in the ACT, but referred to in NSW and ‘smoky pokies’

Growling Ferret 4:13 pm 13 Jan 09

Not the only club facing tough times – the RSL, Wests Rugby went belly up, Royals Rugby belly up, every bowling club in Canberra belly up – and all bailed out by the big ones (Labor, Southern Cross, Raiders, Hellenic)

Small clubs could be a dying breed – which could mean the end for many small and local sporting clubs at amateur level having their sport subsidised by smokers and problem gamblers.

Its a sad sign of the times, and an impact that the banning of smoking indoors was never probably imagined.

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