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A gambler had his betting account frozen after losing millions — then another two companies came knocking

For almost four years, Gavin Fineff kept his secret from his closest friends, family and even his wife. On the surface, life seemed good for the 41-year-old senior financial planner and father of two from Sydney's north shore. He was making headlines in the financial press — helping cancer victims to secure trauma insurance payouts — and his professional skills were rated highly by his clients.

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8/4/2020

article The Star unconvinced of junket partner's crime links, inquiry hears
(Australia) -- Casino giant Star Entertainment has told a NSW government inquiry it still works with a major "junket" partner, widely alleged to be linked to...

8/1/2020

article Case against Crown croupier faces collapse over security staff conduct
(Australia) -- A three-year court case against a former baccarat dealer and an alleged accomplice charged with stealing more than $400,000 from Crown Resorts could...

7/26/2020

article Renewed safety requirements in The Star Sydney
(Australia) -- Star Entertainment Group updated its policy on health and safety measures in its flagship casino The Star Sydney. The renewed restrictions come after...

7/24/2020

article Victorian poker machine losses fall $710 million due to COVID-19
(Australia) -- Poker machine gambling losses in Victorian pubs and clubs fell by $710 million in the 12 months to June, according to new figures that gambling reform...

7/23/2020

article Crown Perth casino trials debit card chip purchases at gaming tables
(Australia) -- Australian casino operator Crown Resorts is trialing cashless purchases of chips at its gaming tables, a move that has problem gambling groups fearing the...
article Canberra's problem gamblers still face losing thousands of dollars after major parties reject tighter bet limits on poker machines
(Australia) -- Canberrans will be able to continue to pour thousands of dollars into poker machines after a proposal to tighten betting limits was rejected, sparking...

7/22/2020

article Australians urged to ignore ‘alarmist reports’ of online gambling surge
(Australia) -- Australia’s online betting trade group is urging the nation’s Chicken Littles not to read too much into “alarmist reports” of...

7/18/2020

article Australian media watchdog to block 11 more gambling sites
(Australia) -- The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is preparing to order the country’s internet service providers to block access to an...

7/14/2020

article Sydney's The Star casino suffers coronavirus case
(Australia) -- The Star casino in Sydney has been hit by coronavirus as it spreads around New South Wales. A gambler who was at the venue on Saturday 4 July from 7.30pm...

7/13/2020

article Australia fines The Star casino $5k for COVID-19 booze violations
(Australia) -- Australian casino operator The Star Entertainment Group has been hit with a financial penalty after breaching COVID-19 rules at its flagship Sydney casino...
article COVID case at The Star casino as 21 linked to Casula pub outbreak
(Australia) -- Sydney’s COVID situation is again deteriorating, with The Star casino among a ballooning number of NSW venues to have a virus scare, as the Casula hotel...

7/12/2020

article NSW hotels plied gamblers with free booze
(Australia) -- Australia's third-biggest poker machine operator has been ordered to pay more than $172,000 after two of its NSW hotels illegally plied gamblers with...
article Player who visited Star Casino Sydney tests positive for COVID-19
(Australia) -- A player who visited The Star Casino in Sydney has since tested positive for COVID-19. As the coronavirus spreads around New South Wales, Australia, The...

7/11/2020

article The Star fails to secure 30-year Gold Coast casino monopoly
(Australia) -- Australian casino operator The Star Entertainment Group’s bid for a 30-year Gold Coast casino monopoly has come to naught after failed negotiations...

7/8/2020

article A gambler had his betting account frozen after losing millions — then another two companies came knocking
(Australia) -- For almost four years, Gavin Fineff kept his secret from his closest friends, family and even his wife. On the surface, life seemed good for the 41-year-...
article A gambler had his betting account frozen after losing millions — then another two companies came knocking
(Australia) -- For almost four years, Gavin Fineff kept his secret from his closest friends, family and even his wife. On the surface, life seemed good for the 41-year-...

7/7/2020

article Crown Resorts dealt harsh blow as Melbourne goes back into lockdown for six weeks
(Australia) -- Hopes that Crown Resorts’ flagship Melbourne casino might reopen soon have been dealt a crippling blow after the Victorian government announced on...
article Gold Coast casino focused on luring local 'whales' with Chinese high rollers locked out indefinitely
(Australia) -- Gold Coast casino bosses say they are focusing on luring domestic high rollers with Chinese 'whales' — the term used for rich gamblers...

6/30/2020

article Star casinos reopening to general public
(Australia) -- The Star Entertainment Group's casinos in NSW and Queensland will be reopening to more guests this week as the social distancing requirements ease....

6/29/2020

article Advocates say reopening pokies a 'missed opportunity' to address gambling addiction in South Australia
(Australia) -- The reopening of poker machines after more than three months in lockdown was a missed opportunity to tackle problem gambling in South Australia, advocates...
article OP/ED: Premier should heed the health advice on gambling just as she did for COVID
(Australia) -- When poker machines restarted on June 1, the NSW government squandered its best opportunity in decades to truly reduce gambling harm in the state. But...

6/20/2020

article As pokies venues reopen after coronavirus shutdowns, advocates are fearful gamblers face record losses
(Australia) -- The first time Anna Bardsley sought refuge by feeding money into the slots of pokies was after a late-night fight with her husband. It was the start of a...

6/14/2020

article Gamblers denied access to pokies during COVID-19 seek addiction services help to set up online accounts
(Australia) -- Calls to Centacare's gambling helpline have spiked since Queensland TAB areas and pokies were switched off in March because of the coronavirus...

6/10/2020

article 'White elephant' fears for Crown Sydney casino as China warns citizens not to travel to Australia
(Australia) -- The Chinese government directive urging its citizens not to travel to Australia threatens to render a still under construction $2.2bn casino complex on...

6/9/2020

article Politician calls on parliament to ban ‘social casinos’ in Australia
(Australia) -- Social casinos should be banned in Australia, says Andrew Wilkie. The independent MP told Tom Elliott the online gambling websites were becoming a “...

6/7/2020

article Powerful and well-connected crowd out anti-gambling campaign
(Australia) -- Political donations, a policy of hiring former politicians and a proportion of the population addicted to gambling. It’s an insidious mix and hard...

6/5/2020

article Lottery and scratch cards ‘not harmless forms of gambling’
(Australia) -- Playing the lottery or scratch cards may not be “harmless”, research suggests. Although often considered “good fun”, these “...

6/3/2020

article Crown Perth restaurants to reopen but wheels won't roll on casino floor
(Australia) -- The wheels might start turning for hospitality venues across WA this Saturday, but they will still be idle at the state's biggest private employer,...

5/31/2020

article Gambling back at The Star; Four more cases in Victoria
(Australia) -- NSW public servants could get a one-off $1000 stimulus payment after the Berejiklian government decided to freeze their pay for 12 months. NSW Treasurer...

5/24/2020

article More than the Melbourne Cup: How Australian punters spent $454 EACH on online gambling during lockdown
(Australia) -- A COVID-19 ban on poker machines is pushing bored problem gamblers towards online gaming sites like it's Melbourne Cup month. New data from the Finder...

5/23/2020

article Problem gamblers go online as venue bets are off
(Australia) -- New figures have revealed people are increasingly gambling online since gaming venues across the territory were forced to close to help prevent the spread...

5/21/2020

article Digital on the rise but land-based COVID struggle sees Aristocrat profit fall 12.8% in 1H20
(Australia) -- Australian slot machine giant Aristocrat Leisure Limited reported a 12.8% decline in net profit after tax and before amortization to AU$368.1 million and...

5/18/2020

article Aristocrat prices US$500 million new debt under Term Loan B facility
(Australia) -- Australian slot machine giant Aristocrat Leisure Limited has priced a new US$500 million Term Loan B facility, maturing in October 2024, as it looks to...
article Silver Heritage Group enters voluntary administration
(Australia) -- Silver Heritage Group, the Australian-listed gaming investor operating two casinos in Nepal, has entered voluntary administration. The company announced...

5/11/2020

article Coronavirus: Claims online gambling companies ‘targeting bored young men’ during pandemic
(Australia) -- Online gambling companies have acted greedily by targeting “bored young men” during the coronavirus pandemic, a leading anti-gambling advocate...

5/10/2020

article Demand surges for counselling services as lockdown fuels gambling addiction
(Australia) -- Gambling counselling services say they are seeing an increase in demand, despite clubs and casinos being closed due to the coronavirus. Cairnmillar...
article Four Brisbane casino towers emerge from the ground after three years
(Australia) -- Four new towers are emerging from the ground near George Street in Brisbane's CBD as part of the privately owned $3.6 billion Queen's Wharf resort...

5/3/2020

article Warning on gambling industry's 'self-serving' push to lift lockdown
(Australia) -- Major players in the gaming industry have been accused of giving "self-serving advice" to government as part of a Victorian taskforce charting a...

5/2/2020

article WSOP and APL Take Poker Tournament Action Online
(Australia) -- The poker boom in the early 2000s brought people to poker in droves. Online poker soared in popularity, as did live poker in casinos like Crown Melbourne...
article Coronavirus: Aussies embrace online gambling amid lockdown, pour billions of dollars into illegal offshore websites
(Australia) -- Australia’s online gambling scene has reached new heights since casinos closed in late March, and experts fear billions of Aussie dollars are lining...
article Warning on gambling industry's 'self-serving' push to lift lockdown
(Australia) -- Major players in the gaming industry have been accused of giving "self-serving advice" to government as part of a Victorian taskforce charting a...

4/25/2020

article How the lives of poker machine addicts have improved during the coronavirus lockdown
(Australia) -- The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on so many Australians. Lives have been lost, jobs and businesses have been wiped out, and...

4/24/2020

article As online betting booms, even old-school bookmakers are keeping pace
(Australia) -- Back in the day when tens of thousands would regularly descend on racetracks around Australia, the bookies' ring — where bets were placed on...

4/20/2020

article Canberra offers to buy gaming machines
(Australia) -- The government of Canberra in Australia is prepared to buy slot machines from restaurants and clubs for A$15,000 (€8,700) each as long as the...

4/16/2020

article Australia's top casinos flag big layoffs, new debt funding to combat virus
(Australia) -- Australia’s top two casino operators said on Thursday they have laid off about 20,000 staff either temporarily or permanently and lined up about $...
article Australian casino ops cut executive pay, staff stood down
(Australia) -- Two of Australia’s largest casino operators have announced pay cuts for senior executives and most of their staff have now been stood down, amid the...

4/15/2020

article Crown and Star casinos outline survival strategies for coronavirus shutdowns
(Australia) -- Australia’s two big casino groups, Crown Resorts and the Star group, have released details of their survival strategies in a bid to reassure...
article Star reveals eye-watering cost of casino shutdown
(Australia) -- STAR Entertainment Group has found an extra $200 million to ensure its survival if a shutdown of its Queensland casinos continues beyond September. The...

4/9/2020

article Studies show dramatic rise in online gambling during COVID-19 lockdowns
(Australia) -- A joint study by Australian credit bureau illion and analytics firm AlphaBeta has revealed a 67% increase in online gambling in the past week alone...

3/29/2020

article Gamblers in coronavirus isolation turn to betting on reality TV and even Russian table tennis
(Australia) -- With casinos shut and major sports cancelling or postponing their seasons, bookmakers and gambling sites are still finding ways to reach problem gamblers...

3/24/2020

article Australia’s casinos, pokies venues to close for ‘at least six months’
(Australia) -- Australia’s gambling operators are in full damage control mode after the government ordered their venues to close for up to six months to contain...

3/23/2020

article Australia's casinos, pokies venues to close for 'at least six months'
(Australia) -- Australia’s gambling operators are in full damage control mode after the government ordered their venues to close for up to six months to contain...
article Casino giant Federal Group chases pub owners for pokies rent amid coronavirus shutdown
(Australia) -- Gambling giant Federal Group has demanded Tasmanian pub owners continue paying rent on leased poker machines, even while hoteliers have been forced to...

3/22/2020

article Gambling giants out of luck as casinos shut
(Australia) -- Crown Resorts and Star Entertainment are scrambling to deal with the forced shutdown of their gaming floors and restaurants, with a lengthy lockdown...

3/20/2020

article Australian broadcaster warned over breaching gambling advert regulations
(Australia) -- The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has told broadcaster Nine to prove compliance with gambling advertising rules, after it was found...

3/19/2020

article ACMA takes action against Nine over gambling ads breach
(Australia) -- The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has taken action against Nine for breaching gambling advertising rules during online streams of...
article Whistleblower says he was blacklisted by ClubsNSW: 'I can't even get a job picking up glasses'
(Australia) -- A whistleblower and former employee of ClubsNSW is suing the organisation for around $2 million. Troy Stolz, who worked for ClubsNSW for nine years, is...
article “Unconscionable”: Casinos Slammed For Refusing To Close During Coronavirus
(Australia) -- Major casinos in Sydney and Melbourne are under fire for their decision to operate amid widespread shutdowns caused by the coronavirus crisis.

3/18/2020

article Calls for gambling venues to be shut as part of coronavirus social distancing
(Australia) -- Gambling rooms, including Crown Casino, should be shut down immediately to protect vulnerable patrons from COVID-19, a Monash University professor from...

3/16/2020

article Australia’s casino giants turn off every second slot machine to fight coronavirus spread
(Australia) -- Australia’s two biggest casino companies said they would shut off half their poker machines to force gamblers to engage in “social distancing...
article Crown, Star implement gaming floor restrictions as COVID-19 takes hold in Australia
(Australia) -- Australia’s leading casino operators have joined the growing list of companies around the world to implement social distancing measures on their...
article Crown Perth to introduce social distancing measures at casino amid coronavirus outbreak
(Australia) -- Social distancing measures introduced at casinos in Sydney and Melbourne will be extended to the Crown Perth complex to stop the spread of coronavirus....

3/15/2020

article Australia's casino giants turn off every second slot machine due to coronavirus
(Australia) -- Australia's two biggest casino companies said they would shut off half their poker machines to force gamblers to engage in “social distancing...

3/5/2020

article Push to ban use of credit cards for online gambling and purchase of lotto tickets
(Australia) -- The Australian Banking Association is considering new recommendations for banks which could mean credit card holders are barred from using their cards to...

3/1/2020

article AFL boss defends betting deal, says no timeline on his exit
(Australia) -- AFL boss Gillon McLachlan has defended the league continuing its lucrative partnership with betting agency BetEasy, saying the AFL had to balance social...

2/21/2020

article Punters steer clear of Victoria's cash limit program for pokies
(Australia) -- A Victorian government scheme that used voluntary loss limits in a bid to minimise poker machine harm has been deemed a failure, with negligible uptake...

2/19/2020

article 'They can’t go back': Star casinos defy high-roller coronavirus fears
(Australia) -- Casino group Star Entertainment has seen a surprise bump in VIP gambling turnover so far this year, defying expectations that the coronavirus and...
article Why betting giant Betfair has pulled out of rugby league
(Australia) -- Global wagering giant Betfair has abandoned its rugby league offering just a month out from the season in protest over how much betting companies should...

2/16/2020

article Australian sportsbooks issued with record AU$207,500 fine for gambling inducements
(Australia) -- Australian sportsbooks Ladbrokes and Neds have been issued with the biggest fine of its kind ever issued in the state of New South Wales after being found...

2/10/2020

article Melco wins legal privilege fight in casino probe
(Australia) -- Asian casino giant Melco Resorts will not have to produce certain documents to the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority’s (ILGA) inquiry into...

2/9/2020

article Child Classifications Must Include Gambling in Computer Games
(Australia) -- The Australia Institute’s Centre for Responsible Technology has called for an extension in the way computer games are classified, to capture design...

1/16/2020

article Crown inquiry begins in NSW as casino group battles shareholder class action
(Australia) -- The first of three inquiries into Crown Resorts and the conduct of its casino business kicks off on Tuesday in Sydney, when the former supreme court judge...

1/15/2020

article Casino employee pleads guilty to scheme to steal $90,000 in gambling chips
(Australia) -- A former employee of The Star casino said a gambling addiction "made [him] do bad things" when he decided to participate in a scheme to steal...

1/12/2020

article ACMA orders ISPs to block nine more gambling sites
(Australia) -- The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) on Monday ordered the nation's internet service providers (ISPs) to block an additional nine...

1/3/2020

article Calls for 'social casinos' to be regulated as Australians lose thousands in growing industry
(Australia) -- It took only a few weeks before Geoffrey Pelham became hooked playing games on the Big Fish Casino app where he would spend $800 in a matter of minutes....

12/29/2019

article How Australia’s biggest punter gave up his lucrative career as a GP to trade millions of dollars a year on horse racing
(Australia) -- A former doctor who became Australia's biggest punter has revealed his secrets to success on the race track. Dr Nick, who withheld his surname to...

12/18/2019

article Frontier Capital posts wider loss as casino starts ops
(Australia) -- Australia-listed casino investor Frontier Capital Group Ltd posted a net loss of AUD4.61 million (US$3.16 million) for the first half of 2019, compared to...

12/16/2019

article Australia’s Star Entertainment Group seeking 30-year Gold Coast monopoly
(Australia) -- Australia’s Star Entertainment Group is reportedly demanding a 30-year monopoly on casino operations on the Gold Coast if it is to proceed with an...

12/15/2019

article Star seeks to hold all cards for 30 years
(Australia) -- The Star Entertainment Group is demanding a 30-year casino monopoly on the Gold Coast in formal negotiations with the Queensland government to lock-out...

12/11/2019

article 'Suspicious' withdrawal at Star casino before $100,000 donation: ICAC
(Australia) -- Exactly $100,000 in cash was withdrawn from a gambling account funded by exiled billionaire Huang Xiangmo at Sydney's Star Casino just six days before...

12/5/2019

article Australian banks mull credit card gambling ban; Bet365 under fire
(Australia) -- Australia’s online sports betting companies could be blocked from accepting credit card wagers depending on the results of a public consultation by...

12/2/2019

article Chairman Stuart McGregor, industry veteran David Green among three more Donaco directors ousted
(Australia) -- The ASX suspended trading of shares in Donaco International Ltd on Monday after the company’s Annual General Meeting saw its board slashed to just three...

12/1/2019

article Call to seek help for gambling addiction on Mid North Coast
(Australia) -- A financial counsellor is calling for greater awareness on the issue of gambling in the community. Alan Naylor, from Mid North Coast Financial Counselling...

11/30/2019

article 'As long as you gamble, you feel like an Australian': one in six teenagers gambling underage
(Australia) -- Underage gambling is "normalised" in Australia, with a landmark study showing one in six people aged 16 to 17 placing bets or wagering money....

11/28/2019

article Crown Casino investigation by 60 Minutes, Sydney Morning Herald and The Age wins Walkley Award
(Australia) -- A joint investigation into Crown Casino by The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and 60 Minutes has won a Walkley Award in the Business Journalism category...

11/23/2019

article PM pushes for register that will allow punters to ban themselves from all gambling sites
(Australia) -- Prime Minister Scott Morrison has revealed plans for a register that will allow people to ban themselves from all online gambling sites. The online...

11/20/2019

article Australia's Star Casino proposed hotel tower gets rejected
(Australia) -- The Star Entertainment Group had big plans for its casino in Sydney. The Star Sydney would be outfitted with a massive hotel tower that would attract new...
article What Australian Casino Regulators Have Planned for Money laundering at Crown Casino
(Worldwide) -- Crown Resorts is the biggest casino operator in Australia and also has the unwanted reputation of being the most controversial operator down under. Crown...

11/19/2019

article The Star casino's proposed $530million tower to lure Chinese tourists to Sydney is rejected after complaints from neighbours
(Australia) -- The Star's grand plan for a luxury 66-floor hotel and residential tower has been rejected by the state's planning commission. New South Wales...

11/14/2019

article Australia Gaming Stock up 192% on Online Lottery Sales
(Australia) -- The world’s best-performing gaming stock is winning big as more lottery hopefuls buy their tickets online. Jumbo Interactive Ltd., a digital...

11/12/2019

article Australia Ramps Up Online Betting Reforms With Site Blocking
(Australia) -- If you have funds deposited with an illegal gambling site, withdraw them now. That was the stark warning from the Australian Communications and Media...
article Gambling Ads Making AFL See Red
(Australia) -- The AFL has come under a lot of pressure and criticism from many about their betting related advertisements. There seems to be a united outcry asking the...

11/11/2019

article Australia Gets Beefed-Up Powers to Block Illegal Online Gambling Sites
(Australia) -- Australia’s government can now force internet providers to block illegal foreign gaming websites — especially those which fail to pay out...
article Australian watchdog being given new powers to combat illegal online gambling
(Australia) -- The communications watchdog for Australia will reportedly soon have new capabilities that will allow it to crack down on unscrupulous online gambling...

11/10/2019

article Australians using dodgy offshore gambling websites are warned to withdraw their funds NOW
(Australia) -- Australia's communications watchdog will block illegal gambling websites hosted offshore under new powers now in effect. Punters have been warned by...

11/7/2019

article Hunter clubs and hotels' gambling machines making $1.1 million in profits a day
(Australia) -- Clubs and hotels in the Hunter are making $1.1 million in profits every day from people playing gambling machines, the latest data from Liquor and Gaming...

11/5/2019

article Donaco wants to freeze moves of shareholders opposing board moves
(Australia) -- Donaco International can’t seem to shake its issues, despite trying virtually everything to put the gaming company on a better course. It has ousted...

11/4/2019

article Billionaires still love the horse race that stops a nation
(Australia) -- The Melbourne Cup may have lost its title as Australia's richest horse race, but it remains a major lure for racing-mad billionaires. Wealthy horse...

10/31/2019

article Gambling participation 'significantly' down, despite majority having a punt
(Australia) -- More than half of all NSW adults gambled at least once last year, although participation across most forms of gambling has "significantly decreased...

10/30/2019

article Australia Proposes Face Scans to Block Minors From Watching Porn and Gambling
(Australia) -- Australia is looking to make it harder for minors to gamble and watch pornography online. The Department of Home Affairs has proposed a system of facial...

10/23/2019

article 76ers' Simmons opens up on casino incident
(Australia) -- The Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons has opened up on the incident at Melbourne’s Crown Casino where he suggested he was subject to racial...

10/22/2019

article Australia's new casino but you wouldn't know it
(Australia) -- It's the casino that dare not mention its name. Brisbane's $3.6 billion Queen's Wharf development – which has taken more than a...
article Victorian company to build Brisbane's casino bridge
(Australia) -- The Melbourne company that built a bridge across the Yarra to honour an AFL legend will build a bridge across the Brisbane River honouring Australia's...

10/13/2019

article Head of Ainsworth’s North American arm departs for new UNLV position
(Las Vegas) -- The President of Australian slot machine supplier Ainsworth Game Technology’s North American division has left the company to take up a position...

10/6/2019

article New research shows pokie operators are not nearly as charitable as they claim
(Australia) -- Gambling operators often seek to persuade governments and the public of their virtue by funding “good causes”. Lotteries, for example, have...

9/22/2019

article Star Casino tower ‘contrary to common sense’
(Australia) -- An architect appointed to review a contentious proposal for a residential and hotel tower at the Star Casino in Sydney has described the building as...

9/8/2019

article ‘A dark day for WA’: New gambling laws prompt fears of a pathway to the pokies
(Australia) -- Community organisations in WA have been left bitterly disappointed after the state’s virtual gaming machine ban was relaxed to allow punters to bet...

8/31/2019

article The big end of town's towering gall makes a mockery of fair play with Star Casino
(Australia) -- Those massive towers planned to go above Star City? I knew little about them until reading Elizabeth Farrelly’s story that Alan Jones had ranted...

8/21/2019

article Crown profit slumps 28pc as high rollers leave the table
(Australia) -- Australia's biggest casino operator Crown Resorts has posted a 28 per cent decline in full year profit as foreign gamblers, including high rollers...

8/20/2019

article Australia's Crown Resorts sees profit dip on China gambling lull
(Australia) -- Australian casino giant Crown Resorts Ltd said on Wednesday its annual profit fell on less gambling by Chinese tourists, and it again denied media reports...

8/18/2019

article All Suncity junket VIP rooms in Australia closing: report
(Australia) -- Macau junket investor Suncity Group is said to be closing all its VIP rooms in Australia. That is according to a report by Australian media outlet The Age...
article Austrac probes casino 'junkets' for potential gaps in law
(Australia) -- Austrac chief executive Nicole Rose says the financial intelligence agency is examining potential "gaps" in regulations that dictate what...
article John blew $120K on pokies. He lives in a suburb known as the 'golden mile'
(Australia) -- John knows what it's like to hit rock bottom. Initially drawn in by $5 pub vouchers and signs promising the chance to win $10,000, he ended up blowing...
article Lottoland to survive in Australia after court victory
(Australia) -- Online lottery disrupter Lottoland has successfully overturned a government ruling that had threatened to end its business in Australia by declaring its...

8/16/2019

article The Star’s domestic gambling growth offsets serious VIP decline
(Australia) -- Australian casino operator The Star Entertainment Group saw its annual profit rise by one-third thanks to unlucky VIPs and a strong showing in its...

8/13/2019

article Spotlight on casino regulation after reports spark controversy
(Australia) -- Revelations that Sydney's Star casino has been roped into the controversy engulfing Crown Resorts over links to junket operators has again drawn the...

8/10/2019

article A casino hotel, the Telegraph and Alan Jones: what's driving the vitriol?
(Australia) -- New South Wales is witnessing one of those pile-ons in some sections of the media over an issue that makes one wonder: is this just the work of powerful...

8/9/2019

article The Star casino roped into Crown controversy over links to junkets
(Australia) -- An Asian money launderer used a Star Entertainment casino account in Sydney to send more than $400,000 offshore in a transaction tracked by Australian...

8/8/2019

article What's the Attraction of Gambling and Casinos?
(Australia) -- Australians regularly engage in wagering on sports, races and down the club with the pokies, or at the casino. Rod Quinn takes a detailed look at gambling...
article ‘We Got a Long Way To Go’: Ben Simmons Accuses Australian Casino of Racism
(Australia) -- The Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons said he was racially profiled in his home country of Australia, and he later doubled down on that claim.

8/5/2019

article What Are China's High Rollers Doing in Australia?
(Australia) -- In 2012, Xi Jinping assumed the post of general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). As media from around the world focused in on the new...
article Suncity says CEO Alvin Chau has no Australian travel plans, refutes investigation reports
(Australia) -- The listed arm of Asian junket operator Suncity Group has distanced itself from weekend media reports claiming the company’s CEO Alvin Chau is banned from...

8/4/2019

article Anthony Albanese says he has seen no evidence of corruption in federal politics
(Australia) -- Anthony Albanese has rejected an allegation from the Tasmanian independent Andrew Wilkie that there is corruption in federal politics. “I have not...

8/3/2019

article NSW poker machine losses set to skyrocket as Treasury cashes in
(Australia) -- Poker machine revenue in NSW is expected to soar to $9 billion a year by 2029, an increase of $2.5 billion, new Treasury documents show. Over the next...

7/30/2019

article Federal ICAC supporters say alleged casino corruption exposes gaps in integrity system
(Australia) -- The Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity will investigate lurid allegations suggesting an unsavoury relationship between Australian Border...
article Why do we not see as many new casino table games as slots?
(Australia) -- This is a question asked by gamblers across the world. The answer is slot machines / online slots are more popular and faster and easier to produce than...

7/28/2019

article Reasons behind new grog and pokies licences to be made public
(Australia) -- Decisions to grant or reject all new liquor and gambling licences in Queensland are expected to be made public after the state government supported...
article The ASX gaming companies winning big off Aussie’s love of gambling
(Australia) -- Australians love to have a punt. According to the most recent edition of the Australian Gambling Statistics, covering the 2017 financial year, Australians...

7/25/2019

article Sydney’s Star Casino tower proposal should be axed, department recommends
(Australia) -- The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment has determined that a $530 million proposal to construct a hotel and residential tower at the...

7/21/2019

article Million Dollar Chase: World's richest greyhound race wins NSW government backing
(Australia) -- The greyhound industry is well and truly back on track with the second year of the world's richest greyhound race, the Million Dollar Race, officially...

7/9/2019

article Aristocrat Leisure takes Ainsworth to court over alleged breach of intellectual property law
(Australia) -- The Australian poker machine giant Aristocrat filed a claim in the Federal Court against Ainsworth, its biggest rival. According to the allegations,...
article Why Aussie just can't give up the pokies
(Australia) -- A university academic has lifted the lid on some of the reasons why Australia has the world's biggest addiction with pokie machines. Not only do we...

7/8/2019

article 'Excessive': Concerns over extra car parks at Crown's Barangaroo casino
(Australia) -- Crown's $2 billion casino tower at Barangaroo would have nearly four times the amount of car parking as similar developments, according to objections...

7/5/2019

article Aristocrat Leisure sues Ainsworth, alleging IP infringement
(Australia) -- One Australian maker of slot machines, Aristocrat Leisure Ltd, is suing another, Ainsworth Game Technology Ltd, both companies say. The companies...
article Pokies maker says rival had access to secret maths codes for slot machine
(Australia) -- Poker machine giant Aristocrat claims its arch rival Ainsworth and a former employee had access to the secret mathematical codes behind its most popular...

7/3/2019

article Australia's Woolworths to offload drinks, pubs units amid slot machine pressure
(Australia) -- Australia's biggest supermarket chain Woolworths Group Ltd said on Wednesday it will combine and spin off its drinks and pubs units to focus on its...

6/30/2019

article Aussie bank bans credit card gambling to protect customers’ interests
(Australia) -- Macquarie has become the first major Australian bank to ban the use of its credit cards for gambling, prompting calls for the big four banks to follow...
article ‘Gambling is our blindspot’: Calls for big four banks to ban gambling with credit cards
(Australia) -- There are calls for the big four banks to take strong action against gambling after Macquarie Group announced its credit cards can no longer be used in...

6/29/2019

article Aussies subjected to ‘non-stop’ gambling ads
(Australia) -- Betting is the new smoking and the cancer it causes is corruption. Aussies are being subjected to non-stop ads for something harmful. It’s the...

6/26/2019

article Australian bank now bans credit card gambling purchases
(Australia) -- An Australian financial institution is caving to pressure and has decided that it needs to protect its account holders from themselves. According to...

6/25/2019

article Macquarie bans credit cards for gambling
(Australia) -- Macquarie has banned gambling and lottery transactions on its credit cards, as part of an overhaul that also includes removing international transaction...

6/22/2019

article Crane signals new phase for Qld casino
(Australia) -- The first of ten cranes has sprung up at the Queen's Wharf building site in Brisbane city, as the casino and resort development moves from the...

6/20/2019

article Feedback sought on NSW gaming regulation changes
(Australia) -- The NSW Government is inviting community and industry feedback on a number of “minor administrative changes” being proposed to gaming machine...

6/10/2019

article Your gambling habit could affect your chances of getting a home loan
(Australia) -- We all know lenders are cracking down on the conditions under which borrowers can take out home loans – but did you know even your gambling habits...

6/9/2019

article 'Implausible': Setback for online bookies in fight for lower bet taxes
(Australia) -- Claims made by some of the country's biggest online bookmakers that reducing their state gambling taxes would boost betting activity and generate more...

5/30/2019

article Proposals for 120-room hotel in marina waters at Queensway Quay provokes jeers from residents at DPC meeting
(Australia) -- Residents of QueenswayQuay jeered at the Development and Planning Commission meeting this morning as plans to construct a 6,200 square metre platform for...

5/27/2019

article Jackpot: Dan Andrews' $100 million lotto win
(Australia) -- Premier Daniel Andrews and his Treasurer Tim Pallas have had a big win on the lotto, with taxes paid on jackpot winnings boosting the state’s...

5/23/2019

article Aquis takeover set to boost Casino Canberra’s VIP appeal
(Australia) -- The sale of a majority stake in Australian-listed Aquis Entertainment Ltd to Blue Whale Entertainment Pty Ltd will allow the company’s primary asset...

5/22/2019

article Tougher Gambling Promotion Restrictions in Place in Victoria
(Australia) -- For sports bettors based over in Victoria, Australia, times are changing regarding the types of promotional offers that they are going to have made...
article Victoria takes first steps to adopt national framework
(Australia) -- Victoria has become the first Australian state to make headway into the National Consumer Protection Framework for Online Wagering, with several new rules...
article $400,000 grants sees Australian universities look at harm reduction
(Australia) -- The New South Wales Office of Responsible Gambling has revealed that five universities spread across the country are to share an almost AU$400,000 kitty,...

5/21/2019

article The Election Upset Caused Gambling Chaos On Both Ends Of The Spectrum
(Australia) -- Depending on where you sit on matters of politics and economics, you could argue that Australia either won big or lost big as a whole.

4/29/2019

article The CEO who wants to ban alcohol and gambling ads
(Australia) -- Shock horror in modern politics - I'd forge some friendships across political divides at both federal and state levels and start talking about the...

4/24/2019

article Unibet Australia Head of Racing Under Investigation in Widening Betting Fraud Probe
(Australia) -- Australian regulators looking into possible betting fraud have seized the phone and laptop belonging to Head of Racing at Unibet Australia, Phil Moyes,...

4/21/2019

article Foreign high-roller gambling market tipped to rebound within months
(Australia) -- The battle faving Australia's top casinos to lure back wealthy Asian high-roller gamblers is set to persist amid China's economic slowdown but...

4/16/2019

article Survey: younger Australians losing interest in gambling
(Australia) -- A new survey shows Australians are gambling less these days, while the country’s telecom watchdog continues its campaign against allowing...

4/3/2019

article VRGF Initiative Teaches Parents To Recognise Gambling Warning Signs
(Australia) -- The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation (VRGF)has launched a gambling program designed to teach parents to recognise the warning signs of dangerous...

4/2/2019

article Australian casino sues Singaporean high roller to recover S$41.4 million in alleged gambling debts
(Singapore) -- A casino in Australia is suing a Singaporean businessman to recover A$43.2 million (S$41.4 million) that he allegedly lost at its tables.

4/1/2019

article High-roller refuses to pay $30.6M debt over casino dealer gaffe
(Australia) -- Between July 26 and August 1, a businessman out of Singapore blew through AU$43.2 million ($30.6 million) at the Star Gold Coast Casino in Queensland,...
article LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Libraries and casinos not a good mix
(Australia) -- I was distressed to read the following comment in the above article from Jim Wooder, project manager with Harbour Royal Development, at Wednesday’s...

3/31/2019

article Sydney Officials At Odds With Casino Companies over Proposed Towers
(Australia) -- Two hotel and casino tower projects have drawn the ire of the City of Sydney, with a key city official calling both schemes a “two-fingered salute...

3/30/2019

article High Roller Won’t Pay $41.5 Million Baccarat Loss Because ‘Dealer Made Mistakes’
(Australia) -- A Singaporean baccarat whale who was flown into Star Gold Coast Casino on its private jet in the hope that he would drop millions at its high-stakes...

3/28/2019

article Casino sues Singapore high-roller for $41.5 million, he says dealer made mistakes
(Australia) -- An Australian casino which flew in a Singaporean high roller and gave him A$200,000 (S$192,000) to gamble with, is now suing him for the A$43.2 million (S...

3/25/2019

article Daniel Andrews shuns advice on pokies cash limits
(Australia) -- Premier Daniel Andrews supported a $500 per day cash withdrawal limit in Victorian pokies venues despite advice from his gaming minister and public...

3/22/2019

article Aquis shareholders approve corporate takeover deal
(Australia) -- The shareholders of Australian-listed Aquis Entertainment Ltd have unanimously voted in favor of a corporate takeover that will see Blue Whale...

3/17/2019

article Australia's second biggest casino is going to start using facial recognition technology
(Australia) -- The Star Casino in Sydney is going to deploy facial recognition technology as part of a $10 million security upgrade, The Daily Telegraph reports. The...

3/14/2019

article The Wrap: Telcos, Builders, Casinos & Insurers
(Australia) -- The main issues for the telecommunications sector in 2019 centre on mobiles and the NBN. In terms of mobiles, UBS believes revenue share has been the main...

3/12/2019

article Australian Casino Uses Facial Recognition Cameras to Identify Potential Thieves
(Australia) -- An Australian casino is getting a biometric security upgrade after an employee tried to smuggle a $5,000 chip out of the building in a sock. Though the...

3/7/2019

article Proposed Casino Faces Pushback in Australia
(Australia) -- The Queensland Government in Australia is hoping to find a contractor to develop a second casino in the region, but locals are worried it could deepen...
article Queensland Government to Determine Interest in Second Casino
(Australia) -- The Queensland Government has announced that it will open an expression-of-interest process to determine whether there is any interest in a second casino...

3/5/2019

article Inside Australia's biggest online wagering company - Sportsbet
(Australia) -- In a series of startling documents 7.30 has discovered Sportsbet has spent almost half a billion dollars since 2013 promoting online gambling in Australia...

3/4/2019

article Second Gold Coast casino push raises concerns about problem gambling and market saturation
(Australia) -- The Queensland Government has announced it will search for a developer to build a second casino on the Gold Coast, with the promise of a swag of new jobs...

2/23/2019

article 'I wanted to be caught': Inside the reality of pokies addiction
(Australia) -- One woman speaks of the loss of her son to suicide, another of how her daughter visited her each weekend during her prison sentence. A man explains how...
article Scientific Games Corporation bringing keno Wave to Australia
(Australia) -- American lottery and gaming machines innovator Scientific Games Corporation has announced the signing of an agreement that is to see it upgrade the land-...

2/20/2019

article Star not hitting 'panic button' as Chinese VIPs get wary
(Australia) -- Australian casino giant Star Entertainment Group has experienced a sharp pullback in spending by wealthy foreign high-rollers, as China's economic...

2/19/2019

article China slowdown hits Crown Resorts' VIPs
(Australia) -- Crown Resorts executive chairman John Alexander says softer economic conditions in China and a crackdown on conspicuous consumption in the world's...
article Queenslanders lose record $2.4 billion to poker machines
(Australia) -- Queenslanders lost more than $6 million a day, or a staggering $4572 every minute, to poker machines in clubs and hotels last year.

2/18/2019

article Star casino dealer and two high rollers used hand signals to fleece $3m: court
(Australia) -- Two high rollers and a card dealer accused of fleecing The Star casino of $3 million by using hand signals in an exclusive gambling suite were acquitted...

2/12/2019

article Whales are coming back, but 'lucky' punters hurt SkyCity profits
(Australia) -- International high-rollers are coming in droves to casinos operated by SkyCity Entertainment Group, spending more but also winning bigger, which put a...

2/11/2019

article Sydney show already 82% full
(Australia) -- Although it is still six months off, the Australasian Gaming Expo is already 82% full, reports the organiser, GTA.

2/9/2019

article Venal power of political donations and poker machines
(Australia) -- It is not often you see such a textbook case of the power of political donors to shape our lives and subvert our democracy as that which came to its sad...

1/30/2019

article Powerful new regime to tackle match-fixing, cheating in Australian sport
(Australia) -- The nation's top sporting codes, including the AFL and NRL, will be subject to a sweeping new anti-corruption regime overseen by a national watchdog...

1/26/2019

article Pokies bring in the millions, but some clubs want to bring in new businesses
(Australia) -- Even as Sydney’s clubs remain awash with funds from poker machines, some are trying to find new ways of making money. But some members and industry...
article Residents in Victoria, Australia Lost $2.7 Billion to Poker Last Year
(Australia) -- Residents in Victoria lost over $2.7 billion on poker machines in 2018, breaking the previous record by $58 million. The excesses in betting are now...

1/25/2019

article Gambling black market remains strong in Australia
(Australia) -- Despite a concerted government crackdown along with the passage of new legislation, the gambling black market reportedly remains ubiquitous throughout...
article Victoria Residents Lost $2.7bn on Poker Machines in 2018
(Australia) -- Pokies are extremely popular in Australia. They are poker machines and they are popular all across the country in various establishments. Victoria, the...

1/22/2019

article Regulators bet on tighter controls as illegal gaming set to top $2 billion
(Australia) -- Illegal betting in Australia has grown faster then legal gambling and is expected to top more than $2 billion by next year, a doubling in four years,...

1/19/2019

article How betting agencies restrict punters who win too often or too much
(Australia) -- Punters and anti-gambling advocates have hit out at betting agencies for restricting or shutting down the accounts of people who win too often. In a...

1/11/2019

article How Aussie casino company's $400m punt on Asia came unstuck
(Australia) -- The closest legal gaming tables to Bangkok are a four-hour drive east, down a highway that leads to the Thai-Cambodian border. Just over the border is the...

12/31/2018

article Fake island, complete with skyscraper and casino, was planned for South Bank
(Australia) -- South Bank could have featured an artificial island in the Brisbane River with a skyscraper, World Trade Centre and casino. Following the overwhelming...

12/27/2018

article Australia's gambling problem grows, advocates want to tighten the industry
(Australia) -- The festive period can be especially hard for problem gamblers as they're confronted with a multitude of temptations to bet on sport and other games...

12/20/2018

article Casino Canberra set to change hands in $32 million transaction
(Australia) -- Casino Canberra is set to change hands in a $32 million transaction, after signing a deal with a company owned and controlled by Michael Gu, who leads one...

12/18/2018

article Australia's most complained about ad breaks record
(Australia) -- An ad showing a showing a man, naked from the waist up, appearing to "manscape" his genital region has attracted a record number of complaints....

12/13/2018

article Aquis sees AU$330 million Canberra casino plan rejected
(Australia) -- The ACT Government has knocked back an unsolicited bid by Aquis Entertainment for the AU$330 million redevelopment of Casino Canberra.
article Plan by Aquis to launch casino in Canberra nixed
(Australia) -- Ever since June of last year, Hong Kong-based Aquis Entertainment had been prepared to redevelop Casino Canberra in Australia. It submitted a proposal...
article Donaco orders strategic review to improve debt, cash flow position
(Australia) -- Australian-listed Donaco International Limited has announced that it is conducting a strategic review in order to restructure its bank debt and free up...

12/5/2018

article Gambling problems higher in international students
(Australia) -- International university students are almost twice as likely to exhibit problematic gambling behaviours than domestic students, despite gambling at...

12/3/2018

article Australia prepares for launch of national gambling framework
(Australia) -- Australia's six governments have formally committed to launching a National Consumer Protection Framework for wagering, paving the way for a number of...
article New chapter for Australian online gambling, as states commit to ‘National Framework’ mandate
(Australia) -- Australia’s six state governments have committed to the mandate of the nation’s first ‘National Consumer Protection Framework’...

12/2/2018

article TAB workers cut in industry shake-up
(Australia) -- WA’s TAB will make two dozen workers redundant but has denied the move is in preparation for the State-owned betting agency’s privatisation by...

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