The Cowboys Leagues Club in North Queensland could soon get new gaming machines, increasing the number of gaming machines in the club to 300 as part of a major revamp. If approved, an additional 86 pokies will be added the clubs existing collection of 212 machines. The club upgrade will also include new children’s facilities, lounge areas, a conference room and a 130-seat dining area.
According to Cowboys League club general manager Clint Williams the gaming expansion would allow the club to remain competitive with the larger clubs in Townsville. The Cowboys Leagues Club currently has the smallest number of machines compared to its competitors and has not increased its number of pokies since 2011.
Cowboys Leagues Club, Townsville’s official home of the 2015 NRL Premiers and 2016 World Champions, the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys is premier destination for dining and entertainment. You can experience award winning restaurants including Match Restaurant & Grill, Pizazz Café, The Coffee Club, Next Lounge Bar and Sidelines Sports Bar. The Club is also home to Townsville’s best rewards program.
As of now the club offers 212 of the absolute latest games & machines, including all the popular jackpot links and stand alone progressive jackpots. With dedicated and friendly staff and the best cash back for any rewards program in Townsville via the Score Card Rewards Program, the Club’s gaming lounge is the ultimate in player comfort and entertainment.
Also the club has brand new Premiership Lounge & Bar, serving hot & cold drinks and gourmet snacks every day and treats players with complimentary tea, coffee and hot chocolate all day every day and complimentary nibbles and treats at various times.
The club also offers best cash back via bonus points for any gaming rewards program in Townsville at time of print.
If the plan goes ahead, The Cowboys League Club will offer the most pokies of any Townsville venue outside of The Ville Resort & Casino.
With increased density in city living and possible future growth, it is about ensuring that club have facilities to satisfy its members, guests and visitors alike.
The club’s proactive approach to responsible gambling recently saw it finish second in the award for Responsible Gambling Practices at the 2017 Clubs Queensland Awards and hope to aim being first next year.
The Cowboys Leagues Club was originally founded to coincide with the introduction of the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys Rugby League Football Club to provide a social home for team supporters to promote, foster, fund and encourage aims and objectives of the Cowboys Rugby League Football Club.
The Club first traded between 1995 and 1998 within the western stand area of what is now known as 1300 Smiles Stadium. However, the locations inability to sustain a competitive licensed club led to its closure. In June 2001 the club reopened for trade in the current Flinders Mall premises.
The club exists today for the very same purposes for which it was founded. However the club has also embraced a broader community support approach not limited to the game of Rugby League. The club recognises its role within the community and its ability to support community organisations across a broad range of categories including sporting, charitable, service and education.
Plans of the Cowboys pokies expansion comes just weeks after a report was published revealing how heavily the AFL relies on revenue generated from pokie machines in team affiliated pubs and clubs. The report prompted Tony Robinson, former Minister of Gaming in the Brumby Government, to argue that while the AFL does indeed need to do more to curb problem gambling, it is the NRL that has the real problem.
According to Robinson “In the NRL, dependency is virtually complete. The Canterbury Bulldogs are the standout, having raised $77 million from pokies in 2014 out of $87 million in revenue…. If commentators reckon the AFL clubs’ collective pokies dividend is a problem demanding an answer, surely it ranks as a secondary problem behind what’s going on in NSW where NRL teams are making hundreds of millions from pokies.”
Though Salvation Army Townsville manager David Twivey does not support that at all as he thinks it will have really harmful effect on the community. Construction of the club’s upgrade is scheduled for this month in June.