Of course you can't come to the Yarrawonga Mulwala area without being aware of the clubs. We ate at the golf club, the services club and the waterski club. The clubs across the border got many years headstart in their appeal to Victorians because they had the pokies decades before they were permitted in Victoria.
The clubs in this area, at least, appear to have maintained their appeal, with their great edifices and good facilities.
It's not a pretty sight watching some members of the group we're with losing amounts of money. In one case at least this was accompanied by a resolution "never to touch those machines again". I wonder how long this will last. So it's with a slight twitch of the conscience that I take advantage of the cross-subsidised meals, but I'm afraid that pragmatism prevails.