Are SAPPs driving NZ pokie revenue?

An increase in spending on pokies in New Zealand’s clubs and bars, despite a shrinking number of venues, has baffled industry regulators. The government commissioned independent research to look into various factors that might be influencing the trend and though the results were far from clear cut, one takeout appears to be the introduction of Stand Alone Progressive Prize (SAPP) machines. These were introduced into New Zealand from 2010 and now make up 40 percent of the gaming machines in the non-casino sector. An SAPP gaming machine has games that contribute to incrementally increasing prizes, similar to a jackpot, which can only be won on that gaming machine. Official data shows spending on non casino pokie machines in New Zealand pubs and clubs has been increasing slowly since 2013, and has now stabilized, after nearly a decade of decline. Gaming machine proceeds (GMP) for the year ended 30 June 2017 rose 3.1 percent over...

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