Gladstone still one of state's gambling hotspots
GLADSTONE remains one of the state's gambling hotspots with more than $38.9 million churned through our local pokies in the past financial year.
The statistics are higher than they have ever previously been, with 11 new poker machines facilitating the increase.
One poker machine serves 51 Gladstone residents, and if every resident equally distributed the money into the machines, we would each be feeding almost $700 into a poker machine annually.
The numbers are up $118,826,000.16 from the 2012-13 period.
Gladstone is only a pocket of a state-wide problem, with more than $2 billion injected in Queensland pokies each year.
National survey data examined by the Productivity Commission in 2010 suggests up to 600,000 people use pokies regularly, with 15% of those - or 95,000 - being problem gamblers.
These addicted players make up less than half of 1%, but make up about 40% of poker machine spending.
Most used pokies:
Yaralla Sports Club: 108 machines
The Club Hotel: 40 machines
Harvey Rd Tavern: 45 machines
Tannum Sands Hotel: 45 machines