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I lost $500,000 living in Fairfield, NSW's ground zero for predatory gambling

Having spent more than 40 years living in the Fairfield area and lost more than $500,000 gambling, it was gratifying to finally see Fairfield City Council stand up and be counted last week on the enormous damage caused by poker machines.

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7/17/2017

article Links run deep in casino land
(Australia) -- It’s a move that had plenty scratching their heads. A $5 billion funds management group in which James Packer owns 25 per cent reveals it’s a...
article Pokie machine reforms in Monash slammed by anti-gambling advocates
(Australia) -- POKIE machine numbers in Monash have frozen for the next 25 years, angering anti-gambling advocates who say it will harm the community.

7/16/2017

article Packer-backed Ellerston lifts stake in casino rival Star
(Australia) -- The James Packer-backed Ellerston Capital has increased its stake in casino operator The Star Entertainment Group. The Australian-listed casino company (...
article Australia Institute says employment by gambling industry has been overstated
(Australia) -- THE number of Tasmanians employed in the gambling industry is less than half the figure claimed by the industry, a Hobart-based analyst says.
article I lost $500,000 living in Fairfield, NSW's ground zero for predatory gambling
(Australia) -- Having spent more than 40 years living in the Fairfield area and lost more than $500,000 gambling, it was gratifying to finally see Fairfield City Council...

7/12/2017

article Pokies venue staff no longer effective middleman in problem gambling: study
(Australia) -- Whatever level of deterrence pokies venue staff had as a middleman in eftpos cash transactions has now "evaporated", the co-author of a new...
article Sydney council wants to stop pokies
(Australia) -- Fairfield Council, from western Sydney, called for a stop on poker machines after a new report revealed that in just one year more than US$6 billion were...
article World's Biggest Gamblers in Backlash Against TV Betting Ad
(Australia) -- As Australians on Wednesday night watched one of the year’s biggest sporting events, the interstate rugby league finale, television ads repeatedly...

7/11/2017

article Is the State of Origin the gambling industry’s Trojan Horse?
(Australia) -- Game Three will be a corker. After two nail-biters, televisions will be blaring and bright right up and down the eastern seaboard tomorrow night as...

7/10/2017

article An Australian daily fantasy sports startup wants to raise $10 million to explore international options
(Australia) -- An Australian startup wants to take an advertisement-paid version of the controversial daily fantasy sports concept into the mainstream locally, and is...
article Gold Coast won’t become a ‘casino city’, says Queensland's Premier
(Australia) -- Annastacia Palaszczuk has told local media that she does not want Australia's Gold Coast to become a casino city. The Premier's comments came a...

7/9/2017

article China’s Crackdown On High Roller Promotions Means More Pokie Misery For Brisbane
(Australia) -- The jailing of three Australian Crown Resorts employees for promoting gambling in China is likely to saddle Brisbanites with more dangerous, addictive...

7/8/2017

article Canberra Liberals MLA Mark Parton reveals his battle with gambling addiction
(Australia) -- Canberra Liberals spokesman for gaming and racing Mark Parton has revealed he once battled a serious gambling addiction. The Liberal parliamentarian...

7/7/2017

article Poker machine reforms slammed by anti-gambling advocates
(Australia) -- Under the changes ­announced by the state ­government yesterday, pokie ­licences will be doubled to 20 years and club venue operators will...

7/6/2017

article Queensland Premier Dismisses Possibility for More Gold Coast Casinos
(Australia) -- Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told local media that she does not want Gold Coast to become a casino city. Ms. Palaszczuk’s comments came...
article Ignition Casino and Poker Expands to Australian Market
(Australia) -- Ignition Casino and Poker Expands to Australian MarketIgnition Casino, one of the most recognized names in the United States online poker market, made a...

7/5/2017

article ACT government moves to stop eftpos cash withdrawals in clubs
(Australia) -- Canberrans may soon be unable to withdraw cash from eftpos machines in clubs, under changes being considered by the ACT government. In a letter to clubs...

6/29/2017

article Australia strengthens control over gaming
(Australia) -- Australian crackdown on gaming industry receives support from the Council of Kingston in Victoria. According to the local government, residents are losing...

6/26/2017

article Three charts on: Australia’s addiction to poker machines
(Australia) -- Australia has more poker machines per person than any country in the world, excluding casino-tourism destinations like Macau and Monaco. It has nearly 200...

6/25/2017

article ACT Australian Hotels Association argues pubs should get poker machines if 200 are allowed at Canberra Casino
(Australia) -- The only place you can currently find poker machines in Canberra is at local community clubs, however the ACT Australian Hotels Association (AHA) wants...
article Canberra pubs ask ACT government for 200 poker machines
(Australia) -- Canberra's pubs have asked the ACT government for 200 poker machines, saying if clubs and the casino are allowed poker machines, they should be too.

6/22/2017

article Success of Tasmanian problem gambling programs can't be judged, auditor-general finds
(Tasmania) -- Tasmania's auditor-general has been unable to judge if the state's problem gambling programs are working. A performance audit has examined how...

6/19/2017

article Australia allows gaming expansion
(Australia) -- Western Australia State gaming expansion has taken effect today. As reported by onlinecasino.com.au, the state will now allow casino offerings at cruise...

6/17/2017

article Australia on watch-list as China billions pour into property
(Australia) -- As billions in black money from China continues to flood into property markets, the global Financial Action Task Force has put Australia on a watch-list...

6/12/2017

article Senators prepare to gamble on online poker
(Australia) -- When it comes to the concerns of constituents, it's always worth the gamble. Crossbench senators David Leyonhjelm and Cory Bernardi are jointly...

6/6/2017

article Betting agencies interested in information that reveals The Bachelor outcome
(Australia) -- IT’S one of the biggest TV events of the year — and the ending we all want to know: Who will Matty J choose in the final rose ceremony on The...

6/5/2017

article Poker player’s online hand costs $10,000
(Australia) -- A professional poker player is the first person to be prosecuted in a new crackdown on gambling websites, with a Gold Coast court fining him $10,000...

5/28/2017

article OP/ED: Rex Jory: Government’s proposed gambling ban is an each-way bet
(Australia) -- The Federal Government needs to rethink its plans to ban gambling advertising on TV during live sporting events and make the restrictions tougher and more...

5/25/2017

article Legislation bill sees gambling companies exiting Australian market
(Australia) -- Major gambling companies are starting to head for the next boat out of Australia following the proposal of tighter gambling regulations. The Interactive...

5/24/2017

article Most Australians gamble on a weekly basis to try and win money
(Australia) -- A MAJORITY of Australians gamble every week and are blowing thousands of dollars a year in the hope of winning cash, alarming new statistics have revealed...

5/23/2017

article Australian casino high roller’s moldy millions spark police probe
(Australia) -- A VIP gambler’s moldy millions are raising eyebrows in a case of suspected money laundering at an Australian casino. Last week, the Brisbane Supreme...
article Gambling Aussies spend $3,000 a year
(Australia) -- A recent study has found that an average gambler in Australia spends about $3,100 every year, hoping for a serious windfall. Fourteen percent of 1,000...

5/22/2017

article Australian casino high roller’s moldy millions spark police probe
(Australia) -- A VIP gambler’s moldy millions are raising eyebrows in a case of suspected money laundering at an Australian casino. Last week, the Brisbane Supreme...
article Australian Government propose lottery as part of national plan for elite sport
(Australia) -- Proposals by the Australian Government, including the use of lottery funding to boost elite sport, have been welcomed by the country's National...
article Greater Dandenong Council fights Noble Park bid for extra pokies
(Australia) -- Greater Dandenong councillors are taking a hard line against pokies, voting to fight one club’s bid for an extra 20 electronic gaming machines....

5/21/2017

article Bundles of filthy Korean gambling cash ‘on the nose’
(Australia) -- The $3.6 million in dirty cash handed to casino staff by a Korean high roller smelt musty and was covered in mould, suggesting it had not been stored in a...
article LETTER: Bendigo Advertiser letters to the editor
(Australia) -- Contrary to the claims of Reginald Sadler (Letters, 13/5), the Victorian Greens have a clear policy on poker machines and gambling in general. The first...

5/18/2017

article Gambler accused of dealing with $3.6m in dirty money at Gold Coast casino
(Australia) -- A HIGH-roller gambler accused of “dealing” with $3.6 million in dirty money at the Star casino on the Gold Coast has been released on $200,000...
article Lifeline takes a seat on board of breakaway clubs industry group
(Australia) -- The head of Lifeline will take a seat on the board of the new clubs industry group to be launched by Chief Minister Andrew Barr on Friday.

5/16/2017

article TV gambling ads to be restricted under federal government media changes
(Australia) -- Wagga gambling counsellor Rob Nickle has welcomed a move to restrict sport betting advertising, but would prefer to see it scrapped altogether. The...

5/14/2017

article Ballarat gets state-first anti-gambling program
(Australia) -- A state-first program to curb problem gambling in the workplace will launch next week. The pilot, run by Child and Family Services Ballarat, will provide...

5/13/2017

article Television networks warn gambling ad ban may shut down free-to-air sports
(Australia) -- Popular Australian sporting codes may no longer be broadcast on free-to-air television if the networks lose gambling advertising revenue, a major media...

5/12/2017

article GIG Online Casino Brands Quit Australia
(Australia) -- GIG Affiliates, the affiliate program of online gambling company Gaming Innovation Group, today announced that its iGaming brands will no longer be...
article ‘Sneaky’ tax may see Aussie state raking $110M from online gambling
(Australia) -- The government of Victoria, a state in southeast Australia, is gearing up to take a slice of the online gambling pie. According to Australian media outlet...
article Territorians gambling less, but pokies still a problem
(Australia) -- TERRITORIANS are gambling less across the board but problem gamblers continue to get sucked in by poker machines, a snapshot of our gambling habits has...

5/11/2017

article Andrews government banks on $150m online gambling tax grab
(Australia) -- THE Andrews government has banked a $150 million tax grab from online punters without yet being able to collect it. Buried inside the government’s...

5/8/2017

article Live odds ban debate exposes sport and gambling’s uncomfortable mutual dependency
(Australia) -- Watching sport on TV may not exactly be a healthy activity, but it should at least do more good than harm. Yet viewers are exposed to all manner of...
article Review of historical Tasmanian casino deal
(Australia) -- A 45-year-old case involving the the dissolving of Tasmania's then Liberal coalition, a subsequent change in government and the awarding of a casino...

5/7/2017

article Australia set to limit betting on live gambling odds on TV
(Australia) -- The Australian government has proposed some limitations on gambling advertising on live sporting coverage as part of a package of media reforms. Prime...
article Government of Australia confirms gambling advertising ban during early live sports broadcasts
(Australia) -- The gambling industry of Australia has seen several changes and plans emerge within the past few months in many areas including possible plans by the...

5/5/2017

article Gambling ads will be banned during live sports broadcasts before 8.30pm under the federal Budget
(Australia) -- GAMBLING advertising on TV and radio during live sport will be banned and $130 million in broadcast licences will be abolished in next week’s...

4/30/2017

article Australia joins fight against illegal bookies
(Australia) -- Australian horse racing authorities have joined the fight against illegal offshore bookmakers as part of the Asian Racing Federation’s biggest ever...
article Biggest ever taskforce to begin investigating black market gambling
(Australia) -- The Asian Racing Federation will later next month create one of the most powerful anti-illegal betting taskforces in a bid to outlaw the haemorrhaging of...
article Premier denies Queensland obligation to Chinese casino deal
(Australia) -- Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Queensland government had “no contractual obligations” to allow a China-backed company to develop a $3...

4/29/2017

article Proposed program could detect ‘risky’ online gambling
(Australia) -- The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation wants researchers to put forward proposals for algorithms that could identify when individual punters are...

4/28/2017

article Consortium pulls Australian gambling giant offer: report
(Australia) -- A consortium led by US private equity firm KKR pulled its takeover bid for Australian gaming and lottery giant Tatts, reports said, after the firm...

4/27/2017

article Online bookies banned from offering credit
(Australia) -- Online gambling sites operating in Australia will be banned from offering lines of credit to their customers under sweeping new reforms.
article Long-running pokie gambling fraud trial enters final stages
(Australia) -- A Blenheim-based harness racing personality earned more than $1 million a year as a result of influencing or controlling grants from pokie gambling...
article Australian Government OKs National Problem Gambling Framework
(Australia) -- Australian officials have approved the introduction of a new national problem gambling framework as part of an ongoing clampdown on online gambling, local...

4/24/2017

article Could cutting gambling ads on TV threaten free to air sports coverage?
(Australia) -- Federal Communications Minister Mitch Fifield is considering a ban on gambling ads being broadcast during sporting events. The move has been supported by...

4/21/2017

article Kevin Rudd slams Stephen Conroy over gambling and Labor conflict
(Australia) -- Former prime minister Kevin Rudd has slammed Labor powerbroker Stephen Conroy for "unethical and unacceptable" lobbying for online bookmakers...

4/20/2017

article Australia could grant another casino license
(Australia) -- Deputy Leader Deb Frecklington, member of the Liberal National Party (LNP), said that they will keep a casino license for North or Central Queensland if...
article AFL set to accept watered down gambling reform
(Australia) -- The AFL believes it has achieved a compromise with the Federal Government after two weeks of intensive lobbying against plans to ban gambling TV...
article Australia poised to implement sports betting ads ban
(Australia) -- The Australian federal government is set to introduce new laws that will ban all forms of gambling advertising on television during live sports events.
article Sports gambling ad ban would cost broadcasters millions in advertising revenue
(Australia) -- Broadcasters could take a significant cut to the estimated $120 million to $150 million spent by wagering companies on television if the government bans...
article Gaming and alcohol watchdog accused of running skeleton staff at Crown
(Australia) -- The state's gaming and alcohol watchdog has been accused of failing to provide critical scrutiny of Crown, with just 13 people, including junior staff...

4/19/2017

article Aussie gov't to ban betting advertisements during live sport broadcasts
(Australia) -- The Australian government is set to ban gambling advertising during live sporting events from as early as next week, in a push to restrict problem...

4/16/2017

article Local footy clubs can score with a punt on the pokies
(Australia) -- If gambling is the art of separating fools from their money, would there be anything foolish about WA Football League clubs agitating to get a share of...

4/12/2017

article Gambling machine 'sinking lid' policy for Queenstown Lakes District 'tempting'
(Australia) -- A 'sinking lid' condition on gaming machines in the Queenstown Lakes District is tempting but will not be pursued - for now. Queenstown Lakes...

4/10/2017

article The Tuesday WAFL: Clubs should contemplate poker machines
(Australia) -- If gambling is the art of separating fools from their money, there would be nothing foolish about WAFL clubs agitating to get a share of the loot.

4/9/2017

article Government Plays Casino Numbers Game In Australia's Queensland
(Australia) -- Star Entertainment Group and the Queensland government are united in promoting the northeastern Australian state as a destination for international...

4/4/2017

article Duelling Gold Coast casino operators ASF and Star unveil rival beach club plans for The Spit
(Australia) -- RIVAL entertainment groups ASF and Star are planning European-style beach clubs on The Spit. ASF Consortium has ­unveiled plans for a three-level...

4/3/2017

article Australia tightens online gambling taxes
(Australia) -- Australia, currently the biggest gambling nation, has been reforming its regulations and taxes in the last couple of months. A recent agreement between...

4/2/2017

article 32Red Waves Goodbye to Australia: More Operators to Follow?
(Internet) -- 32Red, one of the major online gambling brands, which has recently become a part of Swedish Kindred (former Unibet) Group, will be leaving online gambling...
article Nine network breaches rules on gambling ads on kids TV
(Australia) -- The nine network has become the first television network to breach the rules forbidding the broadcast of gambling advertisements on children’s TV...

3/29/2017

article Nick Xenophon's proposed bill to ban gambling ads during sports broadcasts in doubt
(Australia) -- If you are a parent who was hoping those incessant gambling ads would be banned during sporting broadcasts, and were pinning your hopes on senator Nick...
article Tabcorp promoting gambling with free jellybeans, faces tiny fine
(Australia) -- Gambling giant Tabcorp is handing out free jellybeans to commuters, branded with the website and the slogan 'nothing's as sweet as a win'. The...

3/27/2017

article Australia Bans Online Poker
(Australia) -- Australia’s Senate has passed the country’s Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill, which leaves online poker play not classified as legal in the...
article Australia considers point-of-consumption online betting tax
(Australia) -- Australia’s federal government has revealed plans for a point-of-consumption tax (POC) on online gambling. On Friday, Federal Treasurer Scott...
article Tom Waterhouse at odds with Aussie rivals over online gambling reforms: report
(Australia) -- In a bid to restore the “social license” of Australian online gambling companies, the Responsible Wagering Australia (RWA) is reportedly...

3/26/2017

article Canberra greyhound industry fires back at race fixing claims
(Australia) -- A Canberra Greyhound Racing Club spokesperson has labelled a Sydney Morning Herald article, which has put the blow torch on a race held in the Capital...
article Treasury Eyes Online Gambling Point of Consumption Tax, Punters Beware
(Australia) -- Treasurer Scott Morrison is mulling the idea of introducing a point-of-consumption (POC) tax for online betting companies, a move that is likely to be bad...
article Small-scale casino investor might be backed by Chinese government
(Macau) -- An Australian company with only AUD6 million (MOP36.6 million) in net assets appears to be the favorite candidate of officials in the country’s Gold...

3/25/2017

article Coast casinos will dim lights during Earth Hour
(Australia) -- The lights will go down at East Biloxi casinos Saturday night as Harrah’s Casino Gulf Coast and Beau Rivage Resort & Casino join people and...
article Psyonix disapproves of Rocket League gambling
(Australia) -- The team behind Rocket League has expressed it disapproval of a company using it as a subject on online gambling. Unikrn, an platform that allows...
article Investigation into Canberra greyhound race draws in industry heavyweights
(Australia) -- The ACT Gaming and Racing Commission is investigating possible race fixing in a case that involves some of the biggest names in greyhound racing and has...
article Protesters plan park 'occupation' to protest Brisbane's new casino
(Australia) -- Protesters will "occupy" Brisbane's Queens Gardens next month for 24 hours and ask the community what they really want for inner-city...
article Tom Waterhouse at loggerheads with online betting rivals over gambling reforms
(Australia) -- Bookmaker Tom Waterhouse is at the centre of a bitter dispute in the online gambling sector over how much ground the industry should give up to...

3/24/2017

article Poker machines in White Hills could make gambling more convenient, former organisation head says
(Australia) -- Plans for a new gaming venue in Bendigo would create more opportunities for gambling in a city that has long held a policy poker machines not be made...
article The Star casino group in bid to hire ex-gambling regulator
(Australia) -- The owner of The Star casino is trying to hire the former chief executive of the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority despite a four-year ban on ex...

3/23/2017

article Proposed $3 billion Gold Coast casino complex could be partially owned by Chinese government
(Australia) -- As reported in a March 13 article, Multi-billion dollar Gold Coast casino resort project under spotlight, proponents of a proposed $3 billion integrated...
article The Star casino group in bid to hire ex-gambling regulator
(Australia) -- The owner of The Star casino is trying to hire the former chief executive of the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority despite a four-year ban on ex...

3/22/2017

article Australia Is About To Ban In-Play Sports Betting, As Senate Passes Bill
(Australia) -- The Australian Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that will further restrict sports betting operators from offering in-play betting. The Interactive Gambling...

3/21/2017

article Australia approves amendments to online gambling laws
(Australia) -- The Australian Senate has given its approval to a number of amendments to the country’s online gambling laws that are set to outlaw internet poker...
article Australia bans online poker and sports betting
(Australia) -- Australia’s federal parliament confirmed today the decision made by the Senate when it passed a law to ban online poker and live sports betting in...

3/20/2017

article Australia Just Banned Online Poker And Live Sports Betting
(Australia) -- Australia's federal parliament just closed loopholes to ban online poker under changes to gambling laws passed by the Senate on Tuesday which also...
article Australia considers crackdown on television gambling ads
(Australia) -- Australia’s government could introduce laws that limit the amount of gambling adverts during televised sporting events in an effort to win...

3/17/2017

article Australia considers crackdown on television gambling ads
(Australia) -- Australia’s government could introduce laws that limit the amount of gambling adverts during televised sporting events in an effort to win...

3/16/2017

article Wide-ranging ban on gambling ads during sport broadcasts will help those with problems: expert
(Australia) -- The Turnbull Government is reportedly considering banning the advertising of gambling during televised sporting broadcasts.

3/15/2017

article Canberra Casino Reports $7.7 Million Loss, Aquis Reinvestment Plan Hangs in the Balance
(Australia) -- Aquis’ Casino Canberra has reported a loss of $7.7 million for 2016, although its chairman, the Hong Kong businessman Tony Fung, said this week he...
article Casino Canberra’s $5.8M loss in 2016 puts Aquis in a tough spot
(Australia) -- Tony Fung’s Aquis Entertainment is off to a rough start this year. This week, the Casino Canberra reported a loss of AUD7.7 million (USD5.84 million...

3/14/2017

article Why Australia Should Follow UK’s Example in Legalizing Online Gambling
(Australia) -- Australia has started a process of re-regulating its online gambling industry in a manner that will presumably provide more clarity over what is legal and...
article Casino Canberra reports $7.7 million loss
(Australia) -- The Canberra casino has reported a worsening loss for 2016 of $7.7 million, as it waits for the government to approve its bells-and-whistles redevelopment.

3/13/2017

article $1.2bn Chinese claim on Queensland casino alleged
(Australia) -- A Chinese government-owned company allegedly claimed to have a $1.2 billion legal action against Queensland taxpayers if its plans for a casino mega-...

3/12/2017

article ASF reveals more about its Gold Coast casino and resort
(Australia) -- ASF has released new images of its plans for a casino and resort development south of SeaWorld. As the Gold Coast Integrated Resort continues to progress...
article New book examines Tasmania's gaming history
(Tasmania) -- James Boyce has been at the coalface of gambling addiction for decades. As a social worker with Anglicare, Dr Boyce saw the direct and collateral damage...

3/8/2017

article $2.3B Gold Coast casino project faces scrutiny over China gov’t links
(Australia) -- The AUD$3 billion (US$2.3 billion) casino, apartment and hotel mega-project in Australia’s Gold Coast has been dragged into the spotlight for its...

3/7/2017

article Online gambling: harmful or harmless?
(Australia) -- For many, a flutter on the Melbourne Cup once a year is the extent of their donation to the gambling industry. The Melbourne Cup sweep and the race that...

3/1/2017

article Anti-gambling MP invests in pokie company
(Australia) -- A government MP who told federal parliament gambling is a "social curse" invested in one of the world's largest poker machine manufacturers...
article Gambling lobby gives big to political parties, and names names
(Australia) -- The gambling industry declared A$1,294,501 in donations to Australian political parties in 2015-16. Our analysis of the latest Australian Electoral...

2/26/2017

article Gambling Companies’ Political Donations: Who Paid What to Whom
(Australia) -- The gambling industry contributed $1,294,501 to Australian political parties in 2015-16, according to figures extrapolated by the by The Conversation from...

2/23/2017

article Online Poker Still Going Strong in Australia
(Australia) -- Regulations have been in the works for some time in Australia that would lead to online poker gaming becoming an illegal activity. Online poker falls into...

2/22/2017

article Australian Online Poker wins support with proposed amendment
(Australia) -- Poker players in Australia have been worried since November about the potential to lose access to their favorite game due to the Interactive Gambling...

2/20/2017

article Is online gambling driving additional business at Atlantic City casinos?
(Atlantic City) -- Internet gambling revenue in New Jersey surged more than 32 percent in 2016, and a new study from gaming industry research group Eilers & Krejcik...
article $3bn resort plans prove a bridge too far for casino connection
(Australia) -- International operators behind a $3 billion casino resort set to transform Brisbane were sent back to the drawing board after a much-vaunted bridge...

2/18/2017

article ASF Consortium Gold Coast casino resort project predicted to generate $710 million
(Australia) -- The Sunday Mail has obtained figures by independent property advisory MacroPlan Dimasi, which shows the $3 billion ASF Consortium project would generate $...

2/17/2017

article Australia’s Seek in talks to buy out Chinese jobs site
(Australia) -- Australian jobs website Seek Ltd said it is in talks to buy billionaire casino boss James Packer’s stake in a Chinese subsidiary, in a deal which would...

2/16/2017

article Star Entertainment profit soars on higher wins, refurbished casinos
(Australia) -- STAR Entertainment more than doubled its half-yearly profit even as the detention of Crown Resort employees in China created uncertainty in the lucrative...
article The Star casino: ‘Mid-range’ high rollers dropping $10K a hand
(Australia) -- A cheaper class of high roller is increasingly visiting The Star, betting $100,000 a hand compared with the whales who throw $500,000 on a game of...
article The Star shines despite impact from China's arrest of employees from James Packer's Crown casino
(Australia) -- Market watchers would have been looking at the financial results of The Star Entertainment Group on Thursday as an indicator of what's in store for...
article UPDATE 2-Australia's Star casino to slash Chinese VIP numbers
(Australia) -- Australia's Star Entertainment Group Ltd said it will reduce its reliance on Chinese gamblers, previously the backbone of its business, after a...

2/13/2017

article Scary graph shows how Australians are the biggest losers
(Australia) -- WE’RE supposed to be the lucky country, but a scary graph proves Australia is a nation of losers. Gambling has become so prevalent in the Great...

2/12/2017

article SkyCity NZ Revenues Offset Chinese VIP No-show in Australia
(Australia) -- SkyCity Auckland was the brightest star in the sky for the casino operator in first-half trading to December, outshining a disappointing performance by...

2/9/2017

article The world’s biggest gamblers
(Australia) -- LAS VEGAS may be synonymous with gambling, but the industry’s biggest expo is actually held in London, and wraps up today. Exhibitors in over 3,000...
article Battle breaks out between Gold Coast community groups fighting against Spit developments
(Australia) -- THEY should be celebrating a win but instead groups fighting to protect The Spit from development are turning on themselves.
article Mayor Tom Tate unveils his ‘line-in-the-sand’ plan to protect the northern Spit ‘forever’
(Australia) -- THE northern Spit would become the Gold Coast’s Central Park and protected open space under a mayoral plan to be unveiled today.
article SkyCity board still considering fate of the $300 million expansion of the Adelaide Casino, 12 months after it was approved
(Australia) -- THE vaunted $300 million Adelaide Casino redevelopment is not a done deal its owner has revealed, despite receiving development approval more than a year...
article Plans for $300m casino complex shelved
(Australia) -- THE consortium behind The Mildura convention centre and casino proposal has shelved its plans to build the $300 million complex because of a lack of...
article AFL clubs are doing more about problem gambling than head office, says AFLPA consultant
(Australia) -- A leading public health academic employed by the AFL Players Association to change the gambling culture endemic among AFL clubs has criticised the game...

2/8/2017

article Broadcasters slam moves to tighten gambling ad ban
(Australia) -- The nation’s leading television and radio broadcasters have slammed attempts by the Labor Party to ban advertising of betting odds and gambling...
article Gambling inquiry: Pokies no different than going to the movies, hospitality group says
(Australia) -- People playing poker machines don't expect to win and consider it no different to going to a movie, a hospitality group representative has told...

2/7/2017

article Tasmanian casino boss rejects evidence about community concern over poker machines
(Australia) -- A parliamentary inquiry is considering the future of Tasmania's poker machine industry, along with their economic and social impact.

2/6/2017

article More pokies at Mawson? Club applies ahead of casino encroachment
(Australia) -- A southside club says it has applied to increase its number of poker machines to more than 200 to steel itself against the casino stealing its players.

2/1/2017

article Aylesbury dad who lost £1m on high stakes gambling machines, collects 100,000 signatures to ban them from high street
(Australia) -- A dad who lost about £1 million and is estranged from his son after a 30-year gambling addiction is warning others about the dangers of fixed odds...

1/31/2017

article Pullman Reef Hotel Casino in Cairns unveils new look
(Australia) -- The five-star Pullman Reef Hotel Casino in Cairns has completed an extensive AUD$6.5 million refurbishment program extending to all level 1 public areas.

1/30/2017

article Australian online poker players fear major sites will disappear with crackdown on offshore gambling websites
(Australia) -- AUSTRALIAN online poker players are worried the game they love could soon disappear under new rules set to be passed in the coming weeks. The changes will...

1/29/2017

article Star Entertainment partnership seals $140m Gold Coast deal
(Australia) -- The international joint venture led by gaming company Star Entertainment has finalised its purchase of the Gold Coast’s Sheraton Mirage in a $140...

1/25/2017

article Gambling companies thriving in Australia
(Australia) -- Amid a world of punting pain thanks to Brexit and Donald Trump's storming of the White House, Australia is proving a bright spot for global betting...

1/24/2017

article Tabcorp details Sun Bets as its biggest international initiative
(UK) -- Australian gambling giant Tabcorp Holdings has labelled Sun Bets, its strategic joint-venture with News UK, as the biggest international commercial initiative...

1/23/2017

article Will Australian Online Gaming Changes Impact Other Countries?
(Australia) -- Australia has been one of the most popular poker markets for the past decade. While the game was somewhat widespread in the 1990s and early 2000s, the...

1/22/2017

article Lengthening odds for Australian casinos’ VIP gamble
(Australia) -- Glass-fronted skyscrapers, super yachts and shopping precincts bustling with wealthy tourists – this is the vision for Australia’s latest A$...

1/18/2017

article Royal Wins nears real-money skill gambling launch in Australia
(Australia) -- Australian studio Royal Wins has edged closer to launching a new version of its online casino that it said will introduce skill gambling with real-money...
article Tennis stars speak out over threats received, link issue to gambling in sport
(Australia) -- TODAY’S top tennis players blame the rise of gambling for the increase in cyber-bullying, saying they constantly receive death threats and are...

1/17/2017

article 888 Poker Bails Out Of The Australian Online Poker Market – Will PokerStars Follow Suit?
(Australia) -- As of January 16, 888 is no longer offering online poker in Australia. The decision was made in anticipation of the passing of an amendment to the laws...

1/13/2017

article 888poker Leaves Australian Online Gambling Market
(Australia) -- Online poker room 888poker has become another major online gambling operator to be leaving the Australian market. The brand has started informing its...

1/8/2017

article New plans for $3b Gold Coast casino resort revealed
(Australia) -- A design for a new multi-billion dollar Integrated Resort Development for the Gold Coast was revealed late December. The design has been provided by...
article New push to see legalised gambling in remote Northern Territory
(Australia) -- Thousands of dollars are being lost every day in remote Territory gambling circles, and one former politician wants to see an end to it, by allowing poker...

1/6/2017

article Is more gambling on the cards on the Tiwi Islands?
(Australia) -- DECK’S shuffled, bets down. Five bucks in, winner takes the pot. The dealer scopes out her opponents — four or five Tiwi countrymen, hunched...

1/2/2017

article Queensland ratifies the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’
(Australia) -- Operators of Brisbane’s $3 billion Queens Wharf casino resort will be able to offer unlimited gaming tables and their electronic equivalents in...

1/1/2017

article Australian Sports Highs and Lows 2016: Big Cheats, Big Wins, Big Stories
(Australia) -- Whether it was Australian sports like AFL and NRL, or global giants like tennis and the Olympics, sports in 2016 was filled with plenty of memorable...
article South Australia cuts maximum pokie bet to $5
(Australia) -- Starting on the 31st of December, pokie players in South Australia would find that the maximum wager that can be placed on the gaming machines has been...

12/30/2016

article Aquis opponents not surprised by Fung’s review of Yorkeys Knob project
(Australia) -- OPPONENTS of Aquis are not surprised by the multibillion-dollar project’s apparent demise, accusing Cairns business leaders of supporting the...

12/27/2016

article Online gambling providers leaving Australia due to new iGaming legislation
(Australia) -- New online gambling legislation has surfaced in Australia that may see many online gambling providers removing their services from the country. Vera...

12/26/2016

article Outdated and restrictive gambling rules for SA pubs, clubs and the casino are set to be overhauled
(Australia) -- OUTDATED and restrictive rules governing gambling in South Australian pubs, clubs and the casino are set to be overhauled as part of a State Government...
article Reports highlight how Gold Coast and Brisbane residents will boost revenue at new integrated resort
(Australia) -- GOLD Coast and Brisbane residents are tipped to spend up to $100 a visit and provide the majority of the revenue if a new casino is built on the Glitter...

12/25/2016

article Tatts Group spurns Pacific Consortium offer
(Australia) -- In Australia, lottery operator Tatts Group has turned down the $5.37 billion takeover offer from a consortium that includes multi-national private equity...

12/24/2016

article So Long, Farewell as VeraJohn Closes Does to Aussie Punters
(Australia) -- Vera&John Casino regrettably informed its Aussie players that they were no longer able to offer their services in the jurisdiction. After a long-...
article Vera&John exit Australia ahead of online casino, poker prohibition
(Australia) -- Online casino brand Vera&John has exited the Australian market, the first of many online casino operators that will be bidding g’bye to their...

12/21/2016

article Major Online Operators Contemplate Shutting Doors To Australia Should New Regulation Pass
(Australia) -- The recent efforts from independents calling for greater gambling regulations in Australia that would lead to tightening the regulations for online...
article When it comes to election campaigns, is the gambling lobby all bark and no bite?
(Australia) -- The gambling lobby’s influence in overriding popular opinion and the public interest in Australia is well-known. But is its electoral power...

12/20/2016

article Star Casino not under-reporting violence, says gaming regulator
(Australia) -- Australia’s NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority has given Star Casino the greenlight to continue its operations after it has found that the...
article The Star found ‘suitable’ to keep running casino
(Australia) -- The Star Entertainment Group is “suitable” to continue running its Sydney casino, an independent review of the company has concluded, but it...

12/19/2016

article Australian Senator calls for official inquiry into “pokie” machines
(Australia) -- In Australia, federal Senator and long-time gambling antagonist Nick Xenophon has reportedly announced that 2017 is set to be a “very unhappy year...
article Coles wants $1 maximum bets for pokies – so why won’t the pokie-makers play ball?
(Australia) -- Wesfarmers, operator of Coles and other retail brands, reportedly wants to pursue harm-prevention modifications to its poker machines. It has asked five...
article Star Casino assault-reporting system opaque but not dishonest, gaming regulator finds
(Australia) -- The Star Casino has not been under-reporting violent incidents, but the use of euphemisms such as "behaviour" to describe assaults is opaque and...

12/18/2016

article ASF Consortia reveal plans for $3 billion integrated casino resort at The Split
(Australia) -- The Chinese owned ASF Consortia recently revealed artist renderings of its proposed $3 billion integrated casino resort that will be developed on the...
article Spit development: Gambling war over Gold Coast market
(Australia) -- THE ASF Consortium has put its chips on the table in the gambling war between Australia’s two casino giants, admitting it is in “serious and...
article Queensland Govt Approves Gold Coast Casino Tower
(Australia) -- Construction of a 200 metre-tall hotel and apartment tower at Gold Coast’s Jupiters Casino will begin next year after the proposal was given...
article Renovations cost Reef Hotel Casino in Cairns nearly $3m in profits
(Australia) -- EXTENSIVE renovations at the Reef Hotel Casino in Cairns have hit the bottom line to the tune of nearly $3 million. The Reef Casino Trust, which owns the...

12/17/2016

article ASF Consortia's $3b casino now likely on Southport Spit
(Australia) -- Artist impressions have been released of the likely $3 billion casino development on the Southport Spit where Chinese-owned ASF Consortia wants to build a...
article Ex-MP Kelvin Thomson joins anti-gambling lobby in wake of Stephen Conroy's betting sector move
(Australia) -- The cashed-up Australian gambling industry does not need more lobbyists, retired Labor MP Kelvin Thomson has said, a week after his former colleague...

12/15/2016

article Consortium Makes Shock $7.3 Billion Offer for Tatts, Igniting Potential Bidding War
(Australia) -- The proposed merger between Australian betting giants Tabcorp and Tatts was plunged into uncertainty after a consortium including private equity firm KKR...
article Macquarie-led group bids for Australian gambling giant
(Australia) -- A consortium led by Australian investment bank Macquarie on Wednesday made a surprise US$5.5 billion bid for Tatts Group (Other OTC: TTSLY - news),...
article Talking Point: Con-free pokies pass Libs guiding principle test
(Tasmania) -- A POKER machine is piece of programmed electronic equipment that is currently a lawful gaming product. They are not harmless though and will fail the first...

12/13/2016

article Gambling industry finds plenty of political guns for hire to defend the status quo
(Australia) -- Former Labor senator Stephen Conroy, who left Parliament in September, has gone to work for the gambling industry as head of a new body, Responsible...

12/9/2016

article Courtside gambling ads dumped from Australian Open
(Australia) -- Controversial courtside ads for UK bookmaker William Hill have been dumped from next month's Australian Open tennis tournament.

12/8/2016

article Star unveils hotel design to steal march on James Packer palace
(Australia) -- The Star Entertainment Group’s new six-star hotel planned for Sydney, to rival James Packer’s long held plans in the harbour city, is a step...
article Opinion: Government addicted to gambling dollar
(Australia) -- JUST about half a century ago I had a big day on the pokies. I was one of a gaggle of impecunious soldiers on weekend leave when one looked down and...
article Sports gambling creeps into kids' consciousness
(Australia) -- A national study involving Curtin and Deakin universities has found that three-quarters of Australian children view sports betting as normal, and even...

12/1/2016

article Crown casino excluded from Victoria's problem gambling review, pokies expert says
(Australia) -- A leading poker machine researcher has accused the Victorian government of excluding the Crown casino from a review of how regulations could be tightened...

11/30/2016

article AFL gambling policy: Pokies yes, bookies no says St Kilda chief Matt Finnis
(Australia) -- While the AFL has moved to fast track a new competition-wide policy on gambling revenue, St Kilda's chief executive Matt Finnis still sees the club...

11/28/2016

article Ministers strike deal to tackle problem gambling online
(Australia) -- The Federal Government has reached an in-principle agreement with state and territory ministers to establish a National Consumer Protection Framework for...
article Pokies revenue at 13-year low as gamblers head online, meaning less cash for pubs — and the State Government
(Australia) -- POKER machine spending in SA has hit its lowest level since 2003, amid warnings that punters are moving to online games where there is less oversight and...

11/26/2016

article Australian Government Introduces Strategies to Fight Problem Gambling
(Australia) -- Australia has moved further forward in its crackdown on online gambling, as first reported by local media. The Federal Government and state ministers...

11/25/2016

article Ministers strike deal to tackle problem gambling online
(Australia) -- The Federal Government has reached an in-principle agreement with state and territory ministers to establish a National Consumer Protection Framework for...

11/23/2016

article Sydney’s The Star Casino not hiding violence, government review reveals
(Australia) -- Staff at Sydney’s The Star Casino are not hiding assaults from authorities, a government review has found. Leaked Department of Justice documents...

11/21/2016

article Australian bill amendments may force poker sites to exit market
(Australia) -- Some of the world’s biggest online poker operators say they could be forced to withdraw their services from Australia should new legislation come...

11/20/2016

article Regional casino and resort under consideration by Queensland government
(Australia) -- Confidential discussions are being organised as the state government investigates whether a new casino will be created in regional Queensland. A...

11/18/2016

article Opinion: Australia Has a Serious Gambling Problem
(Australia) -- Australia tops its fair share of lists, including hosting the deadliest animals on earth and, perhaps paradoxically, some of the world’s most...

11/13/2016

article Flinders gambling centre 'under threat' after private provider awarded government contract
(Australia) -- Flinders University has warned its world-renowned gambling research centre could be wound up when a South Australian Government therapy contract is handed...

11/12/2016

article Australian Online Gambling Amendment Could Reverberate in New Jersey
(Australia) -- Australia has introduced the long-awaited amendment to its 2001 Interactive Gambling Act, designed to make life tougher for offshore online gambling...

11/10/2016

article Govt crack down on illegal online gambling
(Australia) -- The federal government is introducing new laws to help curb illegal online gambling services based overseas. A new bill put to parliament on Thursday...

11/9/2016

article Australia introduces bill to restrict online gambling operations
(Australia) -- A new bill to tighten restrictions on offshore operators that operate online gambling services in Australia has been unveiled by the federal government....
article Australia online gambling law revamp puts PokerStars, PartyPoker on notice
(Australia) -- Australia has introduced legislation that would impose stiff fines on online gambling operators serving local punters without a local license. In April,...
article Online in-play betting, illegal offshore bookies to be banned
(Australia) -- New laws banning online in-play betting and shutting out illegal foreign bookmakers will be introduced to parliament today and could be in force by the...

11/7/2016

article Australian gov't shuts down Norfolk Island's gambling body
(Australia) -- Dodgy online betting agencies will have a harder time gaining a foothold in Australia after the Turnbull government launched an unprecedented intervention...

11/3/2016

article Landmark case raises prospect of Australian gambling reform
(Australia) -- A landmark legal case in Australia has highlighted how Australians have become among the world's most extravagant gamblers, last year losing a total...

11/2/2016

article Seeing The Signals In Stocks and Horse Racing
(Australia) -- About 1pm yesterday, I saw something unusual. I was watching the Racing.com coverage of the Melbourne Cup. All of a sudden the trackside commentators...

11/1/2016

article Professional gambling: Risky business far away from horse racing track
(Australia) -- For many Australians, Melbourne Cup day is the only time they study the form guide, but for professional gambler Peter Lawrence, this week in racing is...
article Australia and China to Share Information on Money Laundering
(Australia) -- China and Australia have agreed to swap intelligence on money laundering and other financial transgressions as a crackdown by Beijing on alleged gambling-...

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