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28 August 2014

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Christchurch bar loses licence to operate pokies

Sideline Bar in Christchurch has had its licence to operate pokies cancelled, following a Gambling Commission ruling that upholds the decision to cancel by the Department of Internal Affairs.

Owner Sonya McIntyre also cannot supervise pokie machine gambling, due to supplying false and misleading information to the Department.

This investigation and decision are evidence of the Department’s determination to ensure the integrity of the gambling sector. The Department recognises that most venues meet their obligations.

Those societies and venues that are compliant can expect this to be recognised by the Department in the way we work with societies and venues in our licensing role.

Sideline’s pokie machines are owned by the gaming machine society, Bluegrass Trust – itself at the centre of a recent Gambling Commission decision which resulted in its licence being cancelled on 18 August.

The cancellation of Sideline’s venue licence will take effect on 11 September 2014. For more information read the full media release on our website.