Top pokies venues in Canberra and the ACT

While Casino Canberra might be notoriously pokies-free (for now), there are dozens of clubs and hotels in Australia’s capital city that are licensed to operate poker machines and other electronic gambling games. Find out where you can enjoy a flutter on the one-armed bandits in and around the ACT.

Poker machines at Casino Canberra

Slots, called pokies in Australia, are synonymous with casino gambling. They dominate the main floors of Crown Casino in Melbourne and Perth, The Star in Sydney, The Treasury in Brisbane, Adelaide Casino – every major gaming venue in the country.

Casino Canberra is the sole exception. Ever since the venue’s founding in 1994, Australian Capital Territory gambling laws have prohibited it from operating poker machines and other slot-style games. This is mainly to protect the territory’s licensed clubs and pubs, which rely heavily on revenue from gaming.

That situation is set to change. After years of fruitless lobbying, in 2016 an agreement was reached that will see the casino’s license amended to cater for up to 200 pokies. There will be no change to the ACT’s cap on the number of active gaming machines, however, which means the casino will have to purchase them from existing pokies venues.

Where to pokies games in Canberra

There are dozens of ACT pokie venues, most of which are situated in or around the Canberra CBD. These licensed gaming clubs and hotels are all within easy reach of the city centre:

  • ACT Rugby Union Club
    51 Blackall Street, Barton
  • Canberra Club
    45 West Row, Canberra
  • Canberra Bowling Club
    38 National Circuit, Forrest
  • Canberra City Bowling Club
    Elder Street, Braddon
  • Canberra Deakin Football Club
    2 Grose Street, Deakin
  • Canberra Irish Club
    6 Parkinson Street, Weston
  • Canberra Labor Club
    Chandler Street, Belconnen
  • Canberra Racing Club
    Randwick Road, Lyneham
  • Canberra Tradesmen’s Union Club
    2 Badham Street, Dickson
  • City Labor Club
    16 Petrie Plaza, Canberra
  • Civic Pub
    8 Lonsdale Street, Braddon
  • Eastlake Football Club
    16 Oxley Street, Griffith
  • Hellenic Club of Canberra
    Matilda Street, Phillip
  • Kingston Hotel
    73 Canberra Avenue, Griffith
  • Mercure Canberra
    Cnr Ainslie & Limestone Avenue, Braddon
  • Magpies City Sports Club
    Lowe Ground Level Garema Centre, Canberra
  • National Press Club of Australia
    16 National Circuit, Barton
  • Southern Cross Club
    92-96 Corinna Street, Woden
  • Spanish Australian Club
    5 Narupi Place, Narrabundah

More ACT pokies and nearby NSW venues

While most of the ACT’s pokies clubs are based in central Canberra and the inner suburbs, there are a smattering of venues a little further out of town. Those who are happy to cross the border into New South Wales will find more options still in nearby towns such as Queanbeyan and Yass.

  • Calwell Club
    1 Were Street, Calwell
  • Gungahlin Lakes Club
    110 Gundaroo Drive, Nicholls
  • Raiders Gungahlin
    23 Hibberson Street, Gungahlin
  • Town Centre Sports Club
    Cnr Athllon Drive & Rowland Rees Crescent, Greenway
  • Queanbeyan Bowling Club
    Cnr Campbell Street and George Street, Queanbeyan
  • Queanbeyan Leagues Club
    164 Monaro Street, Queanbeyan
  • Yass Soldiers Club
    86 Meehan Street, Yass

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Australia’s online gambling scene is in a state of flux right now as lawmakers look to further restrict the reach of offshore casino operators. Nevertheless, it remains safe for punters in Australia to play at offshore licensed online casinos. If that changes, we will be the first to let you know.