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Alleged poker machine racket uncovered in Hunter

Poker machines have been allegedly rebirthed in the Hunter. Photo: FDCTwenty-three poker machines have been seized after government officials uncovered an alleged pokie rebirthing racket based in the Hunter.

The poker machines had allegedly been reported destroyed after a fire at a licensed venue in the Lower Hunter, outside Newcastle.

But the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing has alleged that a registered club official illegally took possession of the machines and had them refurbished.

He then allegedly sold eight machines to licensed venues in the Hunter and on the Central Coast.

It’s understood that officials at the venues that bought the illegally refurbished machines were not aware they had been rebirthed.

A spokesman from Liquor andGaming NSWsaid the office could not publicly identify the venue or individuals involved, because of pending legal action.

The man accused of orchestrating the racket allegedly had the remaining 15 pokies in his possession when Liquor and Gaming NSW uncovered the operation, but the machines have since been destroyed.

The Liquor and Gaming NSW spokesman said several unrelated illegal poker machine sales had been found online recently, which prompted concern about the use of unlicensed pokies for illegal gambling.

He said the gaming machines had been promoted as being “man cave furniture” and offered for sale in the Hunter and Central Coast areas.

“It is against the law to be in possession of a poker gaming machine in NSW unless properly authorised, with maximum potential penalties of up to $11,000 and or 12 months imprisonment applying,” he said.

“Members of the public are advised not to purchase gaming machines if found advertised.

“Any member of the public in possession of a gaming machine should immediately report it to Liquor and Gaming NSW to avoid potential prosecution.”

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