Online gambling continues to thrive in spite of a world wide recession, and whilst revenue from land based pokies decreases, online pokies are becoming more popular than ever.
In South Australia there is concern that these trends are diverting tax revenue from the Government.
This year has seen a tax revenue drop from $292 million to $282 million. This is a significant drop in terms of money available to the South Australian Government for essential services.
Some of the drop in revenue from pubs and clubs is probably due to the smoking ban, as well as people playing online instead of in land based premises.
There is also a great deal of competition from sports betting, putting further pressure on the clubs, pubs and casinos.
The online casinos have been investing heavily in advertising campaigns, and this has persuaded many people to try internet gambling. Internet gaming avoids traditional tax regulations.
Some views expressed in South Australia state that the decline in use of pokies could be due to the global financial crisis and reduced household incomes, but this contradicts the rise in internet gambling.
Most people feel that online gambling and gaming is here to stay in Australia, and that it will continue to grow.