Aussie gamblers are 'tightening their belts'

Levels of disposable income have tightened up all across the country and people have had to reassess their budgets.

The global economic downturn appears to have had an impact on the betting industry, as gamblers down under have been forced to save their cash, rather than fritter it away.

Aussies love a flutter and a new study conducted by Roy Morgan Research has shown that 31 per cent of people living in rural areas used a poker machine in the past 12 months. This compared to just 22 per cent of residents in capital cities.

Overall, just over one-quarter of over-18s used money from their bank accounts in order to place bets on card games.

However, director of tourism, travel and leisure at Roy Morgan Research Jane Ianniello said that this was down on previous years.

"This trend away from the pokies has accelerated over the past year, with expenditure on pokies falling sharply. Australians are tightening their belts and spending less in general," she remarked.

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