Gaming machines in clubs and pubs


Electronic gaming machines, commonly called pokies, are in use at licensed pubs, clubs, hotels and casinos in Darwin and Alice Springs.

You have to pay fees to install and licence gaming machines, and levies must be paid for the installation of additional gaming machines at venues.

Read more about gaming machine application fees.

Cap on number of machines in the Northern Territory

There is a limit on how many gaming machines are allowed to operate in pubs and clubs in the Northern Territory (NT).

The maximum number allowed is 1,699.

Only venues with relevant liquor licences can have gaming machines. Venues are restricted to:

  • up to 20 machines if they have a hotel liquor licence
  • up to 55 machines if they have a club liquor licence.

Gaming machines in the NT's two casinos are not included in the cap limit.

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Last updated: 04 February 2020

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