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Australia Institute says employment by gambling industry has been overstated

THE number of Tasmanians employed in the gambling industry is less than half the figure claimed by the industry, a Hobart-based analyst says.

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6/7/2018

article Call to overhaul ACT's pokies community contributions scheme
(Australia) -- Gambling reform advocates have called on the ACT government to overhaul its poker machine community contributions scheme, including making funding...

6/6/2018

article She banned herself, but Crown Casino still let Perth gambling addict blow $10,000 in two weeks
(Australia) -- Perth man Rob* had been his with his girlfriend Jennifer* for four years when she sat him down to explain she had gambled away more than $50,000 from...

6/5/2018

article Forced pokies surrenders postponed as trading scheme deemed a fizzer
(Australia) -- Greens leader Shane Rattenbury has acknowledged the ACT's poker machine trading scheme has not worked as planned, as the party voted with Labor to...

6/3/2018

article Victoria's gambling tax could be less than most other states
(Australia) -- Victoria is set to be isolated as new gambling taxes being introduced across the country are set to reap tens of millions of dollars from local and...
article Tabcorp set for $100m World Cup, boosted by Sky coverage
(Australia) -- Wagering giant Tabcorp could reap betting turnover of more than $100 million from the upcoming football World Cup, boosted by broadcasting all matches on...

5/24/2018

article Blow up the pokies: the misery and destruction of Australia's poker machines
(Australia) -- Tim Freedman, the lead singer of the Australian rock band The Whitlams, turns heads when he enters the Coopers hotel in Newtown, in inner Sydney. Wearing...

5/22/2018

article Adelaide casino expansion ready to roll
(Australia) -- The long-planned $330 million expansion of Adelaide casino will begin construction in June 2018. Designed by The Buchan Group, with interiors by Hecker...
article Gambling expert calls for WADA-style monitoring of athletes
(Australia) -- A leading Australian gambling researcher says he hopes the U.S. entry into live sports betting might help his push for an international anti-corruption...

5/20/2018

article Adelaide Casino expansion to start next month, creating up to 800 ongoing jobs
(Australia) -- A $330 million redevelopment of the Adelaide Casino will create up to 800 ongoing jobs upon its completion, SkyCity Adelaide says. Hansen Yuncken was on...

5/13/2018

article Stephen Conroy leads successful push for lower online gambling tax rate
(Australia) -- Victoria will tax online gambling companies at half the rate of other states following a concerted lobbying effort by corporate bookmakers led by ALP...
article Victoria eyes softer betting tax for online bookies
(Australia) -- Victoria is expected to "go it alone" and introduce a new tax on digital betting companies at nearly half the rate of other states, sources say.
article Aquis gets extension on government deadline for casino redevelopment
(Australia) -- The company behind plans to redevelop the Canberra Casino has been given an extension to finalise its proposal, after initially being told it had one...

5/11/2018

article Aquis looks to increase revenue through VIP gambling
(Australia) -- Aquis Entertainment hopes to increase revenue at its Casino Canberra in Australia by targeting VIPs. The company’s owner, Hong Kong developer Tong...

5/10/2018

article Australia, currency fluctuations boost The Stars Group’s Q1
(Australia) -- Online gambling titans The Stars Group (TSG) reported double-digit Q1 revenue growth, but the gains were largely due to dramatic currency exchange...

5/4/2018

article Chinese Adelaide Casino high roller dumps $188k on Penfolds wines
(Australia) -- A MILLIONAIRE Chinese gambler splurged almost $190,000 in cash on dozens of bottles of expensive wine in a whirlwind visit to Penfolds’ cellar door...

5/1/2018

article Gambling ads may increase following budget call on bookmaker tax
(Australia) -- There are renewed fears Victorians will be deluged with more betting advertising after the Victorian government failed to follow the lead of other states...

4/30/2018

article Fewer people are playing the pokies, but their losses are soaring
(Australia) -- That was a drop from 29.6 per cent in 2011-12. However, last year, Queenslanders lost a record $2.34 billion to the pokies, and almost $4 billion to all...

4/26/2018

article BetOnline, Sportsbetting.ag, Tiger Gaming latest to exit Australia
(Australia) -- Internationally licensed online gambling firms continue to stream out of the Australian market in response to the new regulatory environment.

4/20/2018

article Aquis boss accuses ACT government of 17-month silence
(Australia) -- The CEO of Hong Kong’s Aquis Entertainment Limited has accused the Australian Capital Territory government of leaving it in the dark for 17 months...

4/19/2018

article ACT left Canberra Casino in dark for 17 months over pokies plans
(Australia) -- The owners of Canberra Casino have claimed the ACT government left them in the dark for 17 months over the details of its legislation to allow pokies in...

4/18/2018

article Mayor dodges key casino questions
(Australia) -- SUNSHINE Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson's admission he had lobbied for a casino licence for a Maroochydore resort development would not stop a...

4/16/2018

article Aquis Entertainment Gets One Month to Present Final Canberra Casino Redevelopment Proposal
(Australia) -- The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government has provided the Canberra Casino with a month to respond to its proposal to add more poker machines to...
article Aquis Entertainment Gets One Month to Present Final Canberra Casino Redevelopment Proposal
(Australia) -- The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government has provided the Canberra Casino with a month to respond to its proposal to add more poker machines to...
article Uncertainty surrounds Casino Canberra redevelopment plan
(Australia) -- In Australia, the government for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has reportedly declared that it is only prepared to continue supporting the $257...

4/15/2018

article PlayUp bets on cryptocurrency future plus ASX and Nasdaq listing
(Australia) -- A young Australian technology entrepreneur has resurrected the collapsed PlayUp sports fantasy and betting business and claims it now could be headed for...
article Gambling identity's fraud charge over $56,000 winning bet
(Australia) -- Racegoers at Warwick Farm were astonished when Alma’s Fury, usually a complete flop when it came to racing on a wet track, scored an upset win in...
article OP/ED: Pokies in the casino opens windfall gains for clubs
(Australia) -- By any measure, the ACT government’s regulation of the poker machine industry is as sympathetic as any in Australia. To start, the ACT has one of...

4/14/2018

article Drink service changes for Tasmanian pokie machines from May
(Australia) -- Tasmanians will still be able to drink while playing at gaming machines, but will not be served alcohol under policy changes effective from May 1. Instead...

4/13/2018

article ACMA to Roll Out New Rules for Gambling Advertising Broadcast on Online Content
(Australia) -- The Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA) is having consultations on new rules related to gambling advertising during live sports events....

4/12/2018

article Canberra Casino given one month to finalise pokies-fuelled expansion
(Australia) -- The company behind a multimillion dollar bid to expand Canberra Casino in exchange for being allowed to operate poker machines has been given one month to...

4/5/2018

article Lottoland deal with newsagents 'the last thing' Australia needs, Tim Costello says
(Australia) -- A Gibraltar-based company that allows Australians to bet on overseas lottery results should “simply take their bat and ball and go home”, the...

4/4/2018

article Lottoland deal with newsagents 'the last thing' Australia needs, Tim Costello says
(Australia) -- A Gibraltar-based company that allows Australians to bet on overseas lottery results should “simply take their bat and ball and go home”, the...

4/3/2018

article Australians Are the World’s Biggest Gambling Losers, and Some Seek Action
(Australia) -- In pockets of suburbia all across Australia, electronic gambling machines known as pokies await their many customers in pubs, hotels and sports clubs, as...

4/2/2018

article Donaco gets freeze on shares held by Thai casino vendors
(Australia) -- An Australian court has ordered a freeze on certain shares in Australia-listed casino operator Donaco International Ltd said to be held by three people...

3/29/2018

article Ban on gambling ads during televised sporting games starts Good Friday
(Australia) -- GAMBLING ads have been banned from sports broadcasts after legislation cleared federal parliament this week. The ban on gambling promotions from five...

3/27/2018

article Lottery betting to be banned in all forms
(Australia) -- Lottery betting, or synthetic lotteries will be banned in Australia under new legislation slated to be introduced on Wednesday, local media reports....
article SkyCity flogging Darwin casino to keep those dividends flowing
(Australia) -- New Zealand and Australian casino operator SkyCity Entertainment Group is looking to sell its Darwin casino as part of its new ‘asset-lighter...
article Major Macau junket plans Crown Melbourne VIP club
(Macau) -- Macau junket investor Meg-Star International has confirmed to GGRAsia that it is launching a new VIP club at Crown Melbourne (pictured) in Australia, with a...

3/23/2018

article 'They can see I've a gambling problem': Banks' lending practices laid bare at royal commission
(Australia) -- The anguish on David Harris’s face said it all. The British-born roofer broke down this week when he appeared as a witness at the banking royal...

3/22/2018

article Commonwealth Bank offered credit card increases to problem gambler
(Australia) -- The Commonwealth Bank has admitted to offering repeated credit card limit increases to a customer who was begging them to stop because he had a gambling...
article The Star punts on next big destination for gambling tourism
(Australia) -- Amid the turmoil surrounding James Packer’s shock resignation from the board of Crown Resorts, rival casino group The Star has continued its quest...

3/18/2018

article Billions in tax breaks for NSW Clubs gives the community
(Australia) -- NSW taxpayers will give more than $900m to NSW Clubs in tax breaks this year, in return, they can expect about $100 million in donations, mostly kicked...
article 'This can't be legal… no wonder we're world-class gamblers'
(Australia) -- A popular cinema chain has outraged customers by offering free bonus bets with an online gambling website after movie ticket purchases. Under a new...

3/17/2018

article Ban on betting ads during live sports broadcasts to take effect March 30 in AUS
(Australia) -- The Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA) on Friday released the new industry code of practice, which effective March 30,...

3/12/2018

article Pokies giants would make $80 million more under gambling reforms: Greens
(Australia) -- Pokies giants could make $80 million more a year under the proposed new gambling reforms, according to analysis by the NSW Greens.

3/11/2018

article Law changes could see pokie machine numbers rise in vulnerable areas
(Australia) -- Proposed changes to poker machine laws announced by the NSW government could increase the number of machines in high-risk areas and increase pokie profits...

3/10/2018

article Sydney's billion-dollar pokie-fuelled building boom
(Australia) -- The biggest registered clubs in NSW are in the midst of a billion-dollar development spree across Sydney, with poker-machine profits fuelling luxury...

3/7/2018

article Casino showdown set for public debate
(Australia) -- WHETHER or not a casino should be an element of a future resort development on the Sunshine Coast would be up for debate at a town-hall style community...
article Best Australian Online Pokies Poker Machines for 2018
(Australia) -- Best Australian Pokies: Poker machine or pokies (also known as slot machine fruit machine and puggy) is a gambling machine with reels (either three or...

3/6/2018

article James Packer Sours on Friend and UBS Australia CEO Matthew Grounds
(Australia) -- James Packer has reportedly severed ties with UBS Australia CEO Matthew Grounds, who has long been one of the closest advisers of the Australian...
article Bitcoin sports betting site 'pretending' to be Australian to be probed after complaint to ACMA
(Australia) -- An Australian-registered sports gambling website allowing bets to placed with bitcoin is under investigation after urging from Tasmanian independent MP...
article Canadian gambling giant ups its bet on Australia
(Australia) -- Global gambling heavyweight The Stars Group has dramatically upped its bet on the Australian sports-betting market, raising its stake in digital bookmaker...

3/4/2018

article New rules for pokie venues wanting more machines
(Australia) -- Pokie venues will no longer be able to entice cash-strapped charities to support their bids for additional poker machines with promises of large donations...
article South Australia's pokies lobby takes a bet each way to stop Nick Xenophon
(Australia) -- As Tasmania’s Liberal government was comfortably re-elected on Saturday evening, in South Australia the pokies industry would have been celebrating...

3/1/2018

article Reef Casino profits dip but global tourism hub money lingers on horizon
(Australia) -- The Reef Casino Trust posted a $5.64 million net profit last year – a 5.2 per cent annual decrease despite a spike in rental revenue....

2/27/2018

article Woolworths ‘spying’ on punters to boost profits, MP claims
(Australia) -- The poker machine and pub arm of supermarket giant Woolworths has been spying on its punters in an effort to boost profits, federal independent MP Andrew...

2/20/2018

article FactCheck: are ‘around 5,000 jobs’ at risk if pokies are removed from pubs and clubs in Tasmania?
(Australia) -- The future of electronic gaming machines – commonly known as poker machines or “pokies” – in Tasmanian pubs and clubs has become a...
article ‘No pokies’ Xenophon goes for ‘some pokies’, but does his gambling policy go far enough?
(Australia) -- SA-Best, led by high-profile former senator Nick Xenophon, has announced its gambling policy ahead of next month’s South Australian election....

2/19/2018

article South Australian election: Xenophon denies pokies backflip
(Australia) -- In what has been called the “most astonishing backflip” in South Australian political history, Nick Xenophon will no longer pursue the “...

2/18/2018

article Xenophon backs “achievable” plan to reduce pokies
(Australia) -- Nick Xenophon has released a watered-down anti-pokies policy, backing a slow reduction in the number of machines rather than a complete ban – but...

2/17/2018

article VOTE IN OUR POLL: MPs go after mayor over Coast casino bid
(Australia) -- SUNSHINE Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson has been warned he faced a "politically rocky road" if he failed to definitely rule out a casino for the new...
article Australian Research Indicates Poker Players Susceptible to Gambling Addiction, Health Problems
(Australia) -- A study conducted by the Australian Gambling Research Centre indicates many poker players delve into other forms of gambling, and it could have a negative...

2/16/2018

article NRL bans betting sponsorship in new women’s league
(Australia) -- Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL) has announced that it will not allow betting logos to appear on players’ shirts in its new women...

2/15/2018

article Australian casino firm Star logs worst half-year profit as VIPs win big
(Australia) -- Australian casino operator Star Entertainment Group Ltd said half-year profit tumbled to its weakest level since listing, as a slump in house wins wiped...
article Star's losing streak: Wealthy high-roller gamblers hurt casino profits
(Australia) -- Australian casino giant Star Entertainment Group's profits have slumped, partly due to an "abnormally low" house win rate against foreign...

2/11/2018

article 'I spent two days at the casino and blew $5000' - The AM Show viewer
(Australia) -- A viewer of The AM Show has shared the personal story of their recent struggle with gambling. The AM Show host Duncan Garner interviewed gambling harm...

2/10/2018

article Should banks offer credit to problem gamblers? Royal commission urged to investigate
(Australia) -- It's been more than a year since Mitchell Spiteri placed a bet, but there was once a time when his life was ruled by gambling.

2/9/2018

article Aussie casinos look to regain lost Asian high-roller gamblers
(Australia) -- Casino operators across Australia and New Zealand are hoping to draw more foreign high-rollers in 2018 and revive VIP gambling volumes that dramatically...

2/5/2018

article Industry probity sees off anti-pokie court move: GTA
(Australia) -- The Gaming Technologies Association (GTA), a trade body in Australasia for casino gaming equipment makers, says the recent judgment in Australia’s...

2/4/2018

article Former gambling addict fails in lawsuit claiming Melbourne casino's pokie machines misleading
(Australia) -- A former gambling addict has failed in her Federal Court bid to find Melbourne's Crown Casino and its Dolphin Treasure poker machines are misleading.
article Lambie candidate splits on pokies, backs ‘freedom of choice’
(Australia) -- Jacqui Lambie’s star candidate at the Tasmanian election, east coast mayor Michael Kent, has split from her party on poker machines, refusing to...

2/3/2018

article Crown Resorts And Aristocrat Lawsuit Dropped
(Australia) -- A lawsuit against Crown Resort and Aristocrat is dropped. Former gambling addict, Shonica Guy filed suit against the two companies over misconceptions of...

2/2/2018

article Aussie court junks landmark pokies case vs. Crown, Aristocrat
(Australia) -- Australian casino mogul James Packer can sleep soundly after a federal court cleared Crown Resorts Ltd. and slot machine maker Aristocrat Leisure Ltd. of...

1/29/2018

article No shame: Hunter poker machine players urged not to fear speaking up about their problems
(Australia) -- Newcastle’s gambling counselling providers say the real gamble for pokie players is not seeking help when they feel they have a problem.

1/24/2018

article A War Against Slot Machines Is Brewing in Australia
(Australia) -- Tasmanian resident Rebecca White wants to remove addictive slot machines from every pub in the Australian island-state. To the growing ire of the gambling...

1/23/2018

article Adelaide Casino staff leaving some high-risk gamblers unattended despite alert system, report finds
(Australia) -- PROBLEM gamblers are slipping through the cracks of a system designed to keep them from sitting at gaming machines for hours on end at Adelaide Casino,...

1/22/2018

article VCAT upholds pokie refusal for Commercial Hotel
(Australia) -- A gambling reform advocate has hailed a decision by the state’s peak planning body to prevent 40 gaming machines from being installed at a South...
article "No rift" over Hanna's opposition to Xenophon-backed pokie ban
(Australia) -- Marion mayor and new SA Best recruit Kris Hanna opposed a Nick Xenophon-backed motion to remove poker machines from council-owned venues, InDaily can...
article Casino workers 'dying for shifts' as gaming giant Federal Group wages war on Labor, union says
(Australia) -- Hundreds of workers in Tasmania's two casinos are fighting for a pay rise as their employer funds a high-profile campaign against Labor's push to...
article Trump's tax cuts potential jackpot for Australian pokies giant
(Australia) -- Australia's largest poker machine manufacturer is expected to benefit from Donald Trump's drastic tax changes, with analysts predicting Americans...

1/20/2018

article 'Inexplicable' 20 per cent jump in pokie bets fuels money laundering concerns
(Australia) -- Betting on poker machines by NSW gamblers grew by more than $1.3 billion last year as new figures show the amount staked on the machines in some parts of...

1/19/2018

article New Report Provides Spin for Both Sides of Tasmanian Pokies Debate
(Australia) -- A new government report found that Tasmanian citizens are gambling less than they used to, and that they are slowly moving away from pokies and towards...
article Opinion: No need for a casino on the Coast
(Australia) -- LIKE many of us on the Coast, I was saddened but not surprised this week to see that the amount of money wasted on poker machines in our community is...
article SA election: Greens target Xenophon with policy to ban pokies in pubs and clubs
(Australia) -- South Australia's hotels industry has criticised a Greens push to steal a march on crossbench rival Nick Xenophon's SA Best party ahead of the...

1/16/2018

article The Era of Poker Machines in Tasmania is About to End, Study Shows
(Australia) -- Gambling is a popular pastime among many Australians. More than half of the population engage in gambling of some kind. Looking at how much money...

1/14/2018

article $1 billion tourism hub in Cairns will be more than a second casino
(Australia) -- THE State Government has hinted that a proposed $1 billion “Global Tourism Hub” on the Cairns waterfront could be integrated with the planned...

1/12/2018

article Senate powerbroker Nick Xenophon softens stance on Aussie pokies
(Australia) -- With South Australia starting to feel the crunch of dwindling video poker machine spending, it was only a matter of time before habitual gambling scold...

1/7/2018

article $3b gambling precinct approved for Brisbane’s Queen’s Wharf
(Australia) -- Destination Brisbane Consortium’s proposal for the $3-billion Queen’s Wharf precinct in Brisbane has been officially approved after a (...

1/2/2018

article Destination Brisbane Casino Resort Locks Key Economic Development Queensland Approval
(Australia) -- Destination Brisbane Consortium, the joint venture behind the Queen’s Wharf integrated resort scheme, has won a key approval from Economic...
article New punters: is it all about the money?
(Australia) -- In such a competitive industry, where bookmakers are competing for every pound of a bettor’s wallet, rewarding people’s interests and passions...

12/27/2017

article Queen’s Wharf Brisbane; Full speed ahead on green light
(Australia) -- The government of Queensland in northeast Australia has approved Destination Brisbane Consortium’s development plan for the Queen’s Wharf...
article Czech gaming giant could take over major Cairns casino shareholder
(Australia) -- A MAJOR shareholder in the Cairns-based Reef Casino Trust could be taken over by a European gaming and lottery giant. Sazka Group has entered a...

12/21/2017

article Gambling report inaction shows NSW government cowed by pokie industry
(Australia) -- In October last year representatives of one of Australia's most powerful gambling lobby groups, Clubs NSW, had lunch with a group of Nationals...
article NSW Government Held Back Report on Controversial Slots Feature
(Australia) -- Former New South Wales Deputy Premier Troy Grant sat on a report that recommended banning a controversial slot machine feature for nearly two years,...
article Tabcorp-Tatts Merger to Bring Aroud AU$130 Million to the New Entity
(Australia) -- The saga of the long-awaited merger between the Australian gambling operators Tabcorp Holdings and Tatts Group is coming to an end, and a new era is set...

12/20/2017

article Coast casinos are back on a roll, revenue reports say
(Australia) -- The weather cleared and Coast casinos posted a strong 8 percent increase in gross casino revenue in November after being down 5 percent in October, when...

12/19/2017

article Former NSW minister ignored advice to release gambling harm report
(Australia) -- A landmark report on gambling addiction which recommended banning a controversial poker machine feature was sat on by the New South Wales government for...
article Pokies in Victoria: Problem gambling fear as cash cap doubles
(Australia) -- VICTORIA’S cap on cash payouts on poker machines has been doubled, prompting fears it will send problem gamblers straight back to the slots.
article Novomatic AG moving forward with Australian acquisition
(Austria) -- In Austria, giant gaming machine manufacturer Novomatic AG has announced that it will be moving forward with its plan to purchase a 52% stake in Australian...

12/18/2017

article Australia's escalating addiction to gambling
(Australia) -- They are the machines that anti-gambling campaigners in Australia say have the addictive "force of cocaine" that are fuelling an avalanche of...

12/17/2017

article Fight looms with hotels industry as Xenophon goes back to No Pokies roots
(Australia) -- Potential political kingmaker and longtime anti-gambling crusader Nick Xenophon insists poker machine policy will play a decisive role in the state...

12/14/2017

article Australia Has 18% of All Slot Machines in the World
(Australia) -- It’s no wonder than Australia is currently in the middle of a slot machine epidemic as the country currently has an incredible 76% share of all machines...
article Labor Party plans a crackdown on gambling in Tasmania
(Australia) -- The Tasmanian Labor party is ready to enact change into the state's gambling industry. In the interest of the economy and public health, poker...
article Aristocrat names new Chief Financial Officer
(Australia) -- Aristocrat Leisure Limited has announced Julie Cameron-Doe as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer (Elect), subject to regulatory approvals. Cameron-...

12/13/2017

article Australia gripped by poker machine addiction, report says
(Australia) -- Australia is in the grip of an addiction to poker machines with more of the devices located in the community than in any other country, according to a new...
article James Packer folds on Las Vegas, bets on Barangaroo
(Australia) -- Casino giant Crown Resorts will sell two floors of its new luxury Sydney complex for $60 million to its largest shareholder, billionaire James Packer, as...

12/10/2017

article COMMENTARY: The case for poker machines
(Australia) -- Australians work hard and we like to play hard too. In 2015-16 we spent over $11 billion on Christmas gifts, $41 billion dining out and on takeaway food...

12/6/2017

article Deakin University launches new study on female gambling and the influence of pop culture on betting
(Australia) -- THE RISE of reality television betting, female-targeted pokie machines and Instagram influencers will form part of new study on women’s changing...

12/5/2017

article Study of Gambling in Australia: 6.8 Million Play Regularly, Losing $18 Billion Since 2016
(Australia) -- The Australian government last week released figures from a study that presented the most comprehensive picture of Australian gambling habits to date.
article Casino Operator Faces Lawsuit -- WSJ
(Australia) -- A new lawsuit alleges Crown Resorts Ltd. misled investors about the risks involved in its efforts to woo lucrative Chinese high-rollers, the latest...
article Gambling: the weed we're addicted to
(Australia) -- When shooting rampages occur in the United States, Australians look on with perplexity: can't Americans see the damage their obsession with guns is...

12/3/2017

article Bookies bid for better deal as online gambling taxes loom
(Australia) -- Online gambling companies have ramped up their political lobbying efforts in an attempt to stop Victoria from adopting a 15 per cent tax on digital...

11/29/2017

article 'Confused' MP is 'scare-mongering': Mayor slams anti-casino petition
(Australia) -- Mayor Mark Jamieson has labelled Andrew Wallace as "obviously confused by the process" after the federal MP launched a Say No to Council's...
article Australian politics could block casino
(Australia) -- The Australian press revealed a plan introduced by the Queensland Liberal National Party that seeks the blocking of the casino proposal in the coastal...
article Australian sports betting sees a significant rise
(Australia) -- Australia has seen a 13% year-on-year rise in sports betting expenditure for the 2015-2016 financial year, according to official figures. The 33rd edition...

11/28/2017

article SA’s Deputy Premier John Rau warns online betting companies against targeting children and gambling addicts with advertising
(Australia) -- ONLINE betting companies are reportedly targeting children and gambling addicts with unsolicited advertising and incentives, prompting a warning from the...

11/27/2017

article High rollers from China are heading back to Australian casinos
(Australia) -- High rollers from China are on their way back to Australia casinos. Morgan Stanley analysts, who recently met with casino and junket operators in Macau,...

11/26/2017

article Foreign high-roller gamblers return to Australia
(Australia) -- Wealthy foreign gamblers are returning to Australian casinos in large numbers, and analysts are forecasting the strong growth to continue. VIP casino...

11/22/2017

article 6.8m Australians are 'regular gamblers'
(Australia) -- It's no secret Australians love a punt but researchers say those most likely to be problem gamblers are also the most financially and socially...
article Woolworths says $1 bet limits on poker machines won't help problem gamblers
(Australia) -- Chairman knocks back calls for company, which is one of Australia’s largest poker machine operators, to follow Coles in introducing maximum bets.

11/21/2017

article YourPlay gambling help program labelled a $197 million 'waste of money'
(Australia) -- A former Gambler's Help worker says a Victorian Government program designed to help people manage their losses on the pokies is a failure which does...

11/14/2017

article VIPSlots ready to welcome online casino players
(Australia) -- A new online casino is currently being offered, at VIPSlots.com. Players will find the new online gaming site offers a nice selection of games including...
article Watchdog Groups Fire Back at Australian Politicians for Accepting Kickbacks
(Australia) -- Australian politicians are being ridiculed by watchdog groups for accepting gifts from gambling companies because of the current debate regarding the...
article Northern Territory Government Bans Lottoland from Accepting Australian Customers’ Bets
(Australia) -- The lottery betting company Lottoland, which has recently caused a lot of controversy in Australia, is to see its website suspended by the Northern...

11/13/2017

article Australian Politicians Criticized for Accepting Perks From Gambling Companies
(Australia) -- Politicians in Australia are coming under criticism by watchdog groups for accepting gifts from gambling companies as they debate legislation on industry...

11/12/2017

article Australian Politicians Criticized for Accepting Perks From Gambling Companies
(Australia) -- Politicians in Australia are coming under criticism by watchdog groups for accepting gifts from gambling companies as they debate legislation on industry...
article Casino owner tips "modest growth"
(Australia) -- Owner of the Adelaide Casino, SkyCity Entertainment Group, says revenue in the first four months of the financial year lifted 1.7 per cent and it remains...

11/10/2017

article Australia’s newest online bookie Neds ordered to pull another ad
(Australia) -- Australian online bookmaker Neds hasn’t been in business more than a couple months, but has already had two of its commercials banned from the...

11/8/2017

article New casino a 'deal breaker' for balance of power support
(Australia) -- Pauline Hanson wants the Gold Coast to miss out on a second casino licence so that Cairns and Great Keppel Island can secure the state's two available...
article Casino Canberra to add poker machines
(Australia) -- The clubs and hotels in the ACT monopoly over poker machines has been terminated as the Legislative Assembly passed the Casino (Electronic Gaming) Act...

11/7/2017

article One Nation demands new Queensland casino in exchange for balance of power support
(Australia) -- One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has demanded a casino be built in central Queensland in exchange for the party's support in balance of power...

11/6/2017

article Aussie betting sites’ ‘give us your cash, f**kheads’ promos slammed
(Australia) -- The arrival of another Melbourne Cup Carnival week has brought fresh scrutiny – and some choice satire – to Australia’s online sports...
article Bookmakers face regulatory crackdown in Australia
(Australia) -- Australia is the gambling capital of the western world, where punters spend more per head than anywhere else on earth. But as Ireland’s Rekindling...
article CRA begins consultation on promotion of gambling
(Australia) -- The new draft provisions cover the promotion of gambling and betting odds in live sports coverage and will implement a ban on advertising gambling between...

11/2/2017

article Canberra Casino Allowed to Feature Poker Machines and to Search for New Owner
(Australia) -- Gordon Ramsay, the Attorney-General of the Australian Capital Territory, issued the anticipated by many framework into the Legislative Assembly on...

11/1/2017

article Bill to allow poker machines at the casino doesn't prevent Aquis from selling up
(Australia) -- A bill to allow Canberra's casino to operate gaming machines in exchange for redeveloping the site into a swanky hotels and restaurants would not stop...

10/30/2017

article Casino boss: This town ain’t big enough for both of us
(Australia) -- A WELL-WORN cliche from the dialogue of dime western novels neatly sums up the Reef Hotel Casino’s response to the threat of a new gambling mecca...

10/29/2017

article Landmark report says key 'addictive' pokie feature should be banned
(Australia) -- A landmark report into the harm caused by gambling in NSW has recommended banning a controversial feature of poker machines known as "losses...
article Lobby group advocates for poker machine betting limits to be introduced
(Australia) -- Gambling limits and poker machines in the Casino are back on the agenda with the ACT Labor cabinet expected to discuss options today.

10/27/2017

article Police Say Rugby Players Passed Inside Info to Gamblers
(Australia) -- Police say that players in Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL) provided insider information to gamblers, though their match-fixing investigation...

10/26/2017

article Landmark report says key 'addictive' pokie feature should be banned
(Australia) -- A landmark report into the harm caused by gambling in NSW has recommended banning a controversial feature of poker machines known as "losses...

10/25/2017

article Australia's Crown says VIP turnover from domestic casinos slides
(Australia) -- Australia’s Crown Resorts Ltd said on Thursday that VIP turnover at domestic casinos had tumbled 17 percent in the current financial year - a slide...

10/24/2017

article Australia politicians propose ‘middle ground’ A$2 maximum bet stake for pokies
(Australia) -- In Australia, several members of the ACT Greens Party have taken another step towards imposing a A$2 maximum bet per spin for pokies operating out of...

10/22/2017

article ACT Greens float potential $2 per-spin bet limit for Canberra Casino legislation
(Australia) -- The ACT Greens may agree to a $2 per-spin maximum bet limit for pokies at the redeveloped Canberra Casino, with talks underway ahead of debate on casino...

10/18/2017

article Crane close call costs Vic company $24k
(Australia) -- A Melbourne construction company which allowed a large crane to operate under high voltage power lines has been fined more than $24,000. Imagebuild Group...
article Player expenditure on poker machines declines
(Tasmania) -- Player spending on poker machines has declined in Tasmania, the Tasmanian Liquor and Gaming Commission annual report says. Players spent almost $72 million...

10/17/2017

article Andrew Wilkie tables claims in Parliament that Crown Casino ‘tampered’ with poker machines
(Australia) -- Whistleblowers have alleged Crown Casino has deliberately tampered with poker machines to increase gambling losses. Independent MP Andrew Wilkie has...
article Australian State Government Considers Measures for Dealing with Lottoland
(Australia) -- The State Government of Australia is pushing to suspend so-called “rogue” lottery operators such as Lottoland at a time when the office of the...
article Brisbane Councilor Blasts Casino Developers for Presenting “Hostile Architecture”
(Australia) -- A Greens Brisbane councilor criticized developers of the A$3-billion Queen’s Wharf integrated resorts for presenting a design of the property that...
article Queensland Gov authorises second casino in the Gold Coast
(Australia) -- The government of Queensland has announced this week it has granted permission to build a second casino in the Gold Coast region. According to local media...

10/16/2017

article Casino poker machine plan in limbo
(Australia) -- There seems no easy way to resolve the question of whether Canberra casino will actually get to install poker machines, despite the ACT government green...
article Companies to tender for Queen’s Wharf project
(Australia) -- The upcoming US$3 billion casino project that is set to be built at the Brisbane riverfront site will soon have companies tender for the latest contract.
article Second casino could be coming to Australia’s Gold Coast
(Australia) -- A second casino could likely be built on Australia’s Gold Coast, following news that Queensland’s Government support plans for a new gaming...
article Casino op Donaco to buy back up to 5pct of ordinary shares
(Australia) -- Australia-listed Asian casino operator Donaco International Ltd announced on Monday the implementation of an “on-market buy-back” for up to 41...

10/15/2017

article Proposed A$5 Spin Limit for Casino Canberra’s Poker Machines Draws Frustration
(Australia) -- Manufacturers of poker machines (else known as slot machines) have voiced their discontent with the recent proposal for the implementation of a A$5 limit...

10/14/2017

article Poker machine manufacturers reject government's bet regime for Canberra casino
(Australia) -- The poker machine industry has rejected a $5 spin limit in poker machines at the casino as not viable or feasible. Gaming Technologies Association chief...

10/11/2017

article VIP gamblers returning to Crown, Star
(Australia) -- The recent release of Crown Resorts’ employees from a Chinese jail has signalled a return of VIP gamblers to Australia, prompting analysts to boost...

10/7/2017

article OP/ED: James Packer’s billionaire babysitter Ben Tilley pays a high price for friendship
(Australia) -- WANTED: Babysitter for billionaire. Wealthy businessman living abroad requires good-humoured male companion.
article Sudbury Accent: The events centre
(Australia) -- Council voted in June to replace the 61-year-old barn on Elgin Street with a new events centre on The Kingsway, on land owned by Dario Zulich. It is...

10/5/2017

article Lottoland faces ban from NSW government
(Australia) -- The NSW government is looking to restrict the operation of “synthetic lotteries” such as those run by online betting agency Lottoland, local...

10/3/2017

article Betting Company Lottoland Faces National Ban and Industry Outlash
(Australia) -- The crusade against the controversial lottery betting company Lottoland is in full swing in Australia, as many people, companies, and firms in the sector...

10/1/2017

article The Truth About Australia’s Gambling Problem
(Australia) -- Australia has a reputation that as a nation that loves to gamble, perhaps a little too much. The past few years it’s been difficult to go long...

9/30/2017

article Gold Coast gambling: Pokies losses cracking a record $30 million
(Australia) -- THE Gold Coast has cracked the dreaded $30 million in monthly losses on poker machines in the region. According to state government statistics punters on...

9/27/2017

article 'A pretty crappy bet': the pokies that rely on deception and addiction
(Australia) -- Of the items you might expect to see in the workplace of a professor of public health, a poker machine is probably not one. The Dolphin Treasure pokie...

9/22/2017

article Aussie court tests 'problem gambler'
(Australia) -- The end of the first week in the high-profile Federal Court action in Australia between a former compulsive gambler and the Crown Casino in Melbourne in...

9/21/2017

article Aussie court tests 'problem gambler'
(Australia) -- The end of the first week in the high-profile Federal Court action in Australia between a former compulsive gambler and the Crown Casino in Melbourne in...
article Player sues slot maker
(Australia) -- A lawsuit in Australia alleging slot-maker Aristocrat’s Dolphin Treasure game has an oversized fifth reel, which has more symbols than the first...

9/20/2017

article Australian federal court delays Tabcorp/Tatts $7bn merger
(Australia) -- The odyssey between Tabcorp and Tatts continues, as the Australian federal court has now ruled for a review of the $6.9bn deal. The move had previously...
article Australian Federal Court Returns Tabcorp-Tatts Merger to ACT for Further Consideration
(Australia) -- The Australian Federal Court upheld an appeal against the long-discussed merger between the local betting company Tabcorp Holdings and the lotteries...
article Gambling addict brings landmark Australia poker machine case
(Australia) -- A landmark trial began Tuesday against Australian casino giant Crown and gambling slot machine maker Aristocrat, alleging players are misled or deceived...

9/18/2017

article Vic pokie reform for big gambling suburbs
(Australia) -- Poker machine numbers will be capped in problem gambling areas across Victoria along with sweeping reforms to limit cash withdrawals in pubs, clubs and...
article Victorian Government announces $500 EFTPOS cap on slot machine venues in bid to limit gaming losses
(Australia) -- Pokie venues will be hit with a sweeping raft of changes including a $500 a day cap on eftpos withdrawals in the bid to tackle gambling harm in Victoria....

9/16/2017

article Casino takings slump as high rollers stay away
(Australia) -- CHINESE high rollers are deserting James Packer’s Perth casino in droves, putting at risk one of the key strategies behind Crown’s $650...
article Victorian government proposes gambling ad crackdown
(Australia) -- GAMBLING promotion could be restricted in Victoria’s public spaces, with proposed laws banning betting advertisements on roads, public transport,...

9/15/2017

article Aspire Global withdraws from Australia
(Australia) -- Aspire Global has become the latest gambling company to pull its services from the Australian market. In a statement on its website, Aspire said that the...

9/14/2017

article Drop in Lotterywest revenue shows fewer West Australians pursuing Lotto dream
(Australia) -- Many people have fantasised about a Lotto win taking away all their financial worries, but it appears to be a dream a diminishing number of West...
article Landmark Australian legal battle surrounding ‘pokies’
(Australia) -- Australia is going through a unique legal case to determine the legality of certain betting machines. The case centres on a woman who suffered from...

9/13/2017

article Aristocrat argues pokies 'in no way' deceptive
(Maine) -- Australia's largest pokies manufacturer denies that gamblers might be misled by the uneven spread of symbols and varying reel sizes on slot machines,...

9/12/2017

article Crown Casino defends 'authorised and approved' Aristocrat poker machines in court
(Australia) -- Lawyers for Crown Casino have rejected claims the company has engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct through the use of "rigged" poker...
article Gambling addict brings landmark Australia poker machine case
(Australia) -- A landmark trial began Tuesday against Australian casino giant Crown and gambling slot machine maker Aristocrat, alleging players are misled or deceived...
article South Australians spending millions less on pokies
(Australia) -- The amount that South Australians fed into the state’s poker machines dropped by more than $38 million in the past financial year - the biggest fall...

9/11/2017

article Australia links illegal gambling operators to Asian crime gangs
(Australia) -- Australia’s Black Economy Taskforce (BET) has given law enforcement agencies the green light to hunt down illegal betting exchanges that are...
article Ministers agree to ban some sports betting incentives in Australia
(Australia) -- About a month after gamblers in Australia learned that ‘legal’ online casinos and poker rooms were to become a thing of the past, the sports...
article ‘Fake’ lottery under threat as news agents declare war on Lottoland
(Australia) -- THE future of growing gambling disrupter Lottoland is under threat as news agents around Australia launch an aggressive campaign to shut down the digital...
article Can a federal court case against pokies succeed where politics has failed?
(Australia) -- Maurice Blackburn today launched a federal court case against poker machine manufacturer Aristocrat Technologies Australia and casino owner Crown...
article Pokies trial told machines designed unfairly and breach consumer law
(Australia) -- A landmark trial taking on poker machine giants has begun in the federal court, with lawyers representing the plaintiffs drawing on references to the film...

9/10/2017

article Former poker machine addict taking on James Packer's Crown and Aristocrat in landmark legal case
(Australia) -- Take a walk across the gaming floors of casinos around the country and you'll see flashing lights, hear ringing bells, and the simulated sound of...
article Hundreds of angry Gold Coast residents rally against controversial Southport casino plan
(Australia) -- HUNDREDS of furious anti-casino protesters have called on the State Government to can plans for the controversial development at a heated rally in...

9/9/2017

article New Gold Coast Casino Plan Faces Heating Opposition
(Australia) -- A controversial new plan for the construction of an integrated resort in Gold Coast has been facing stronger and growing opposition, as city residents...

9/8/2017

article Western Australia set to hit online bookmakers with new tax
(Australia) -- The government of Western Australia has announced a plan to hit online bookmakers with a new wagering tax from 2019, according to The Australian.

9/4/2017

article Australia’s new cashless welfare card could hit casino spending
(Australia) -- Studies carried out in areas of Australia where cashless welfare is being trialled have shown a significant drop in spending on casino games and alcohol.
article Pokies pre-commitment schemes needed to help gamblers limit losses, researchers say
(Australia) -- Compulsory pokies pre-commitment systems should be introduced across the country, the Australian Gambling Research Centre (AGRC) says.

9/3/2017

article Bookmaker Dean Shannon to launch new online lottery business, Neds
(Australia) -- Renowned bookmaker Dean Shannon is set to embark on a $10 million advertising blitz at the peak of the horseracing spring carnival in October to launch...
article LeoVegas to exit Australia
(Australia) -- LeoVegas has become the latest major operator to announce its withdrawing from the Australian market in response to new gambling regulations.
article Mandatory limits for every Australian poker machine: national study
(Australia) -- EVERY Australian poker machine should have mandatory limits restricting the amount punters can lose, a new national study has found. The Australian...

8/30/2017

article 'Floodgates to destruction': Ex gambling addict urges WA to continue to resist pokies
(Australia) -- A Canberra woman whose life was nearly ruined by an addiction to poker machines is calling on policy makers in Western Australia to continue to resist any...

8/29/2017

article Why Australia has a serious gambling problem
(Australia) -- When Kate Sommerville visited a pub in Melbourne, Australia, to research a report on the socioeconomic impact of five new slot machines in the area, she...

8/25/2017

article Australia’s first legal casino, designed by Roy Grounds, added to heritage register
(Australia) -- The Tasmanian Heritage Council has permanently added the Sir Roy Grounds-designed Wrest Point Hotel Casino to the Tasmanian Heritage Register. The venue...
article Casino Canberra poised to break ACT clubs’ pokies monopoly
(Australia) -- Casino Canberra is poised to break the video poker machine (pokies) monopoly held by Australian Capital Territory (ACT) clubs. On Thursday, ACT Attorney-...
article Monopoly of clubs over pokies broken with casino ruling in Australia
(Australia) -- Australia’s vibrant casino scene is facing a shake up on the news that gambling machines known locally as pokies will be allowed in a Canberra...

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