Potential New Gambling Ad Restrictions in Victoria

Across Australia, responsible gambling advocates have expressed concerns about the exposure of young people to gambling ads. Now, Victorian lawmakers are making plans to take action and have proposed the banning of sportsbetting advertisements on public transport in certain areas. The new measure would ensure that gambling ads would not be displayed in areas around[…]

New Olympic-themed Slot from Endorphina

2016 Gladiators is a brand new online slot from Endorphina. This vibrant new game celebrates the ‘modern gladiators’ who are taking part in this year’s Summer Olympics. The latest title from Endorphina is a 21-payline slot that features brightly animated graphics and loads of generous winning potential. The symbols feature all sorts of Olympic sports,[…]

Legal Challenge Is Another Obstacle for Barangoo Casino

When Crown Barangaroo finally received approval from the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) last month, it was thought that Crown Resorts could finally move forward with the construction process. However, that has not been the case, as Millers Point Fund Incorporated has filed a legal action against the approval of the casino, which could further delay[…]

Victorians Spending More On Pokies

The Victorian government has spent the past few years working hard to reduce the potential harm caused by poker machines. Many of the measures were effective, and the state initially saw some improvement in problem gambling rates. Unfortunately, a new report has shown that pokie spending is now back on the increase. Over the course[…]

PlayTech Acquires Best Gaming Technology

The executive team at PlayTech have had a busy year so far, as the company has spent the past few months snatching up various gaming operators in different fields. The most recent acquisition comes this week, as PlayTech has purchased Best Gaming Technology (BGT) for $152.6 million. BGT is a manufacturer of self-service betting terminals.[…]

Wilkie and Xenophon Want to Ban Gambling Ads During G-Rated Slots

Andrew Wilkie and Nick Xenophon have spent years campaigning for responsible gambling measures across Australia. Now, they have turned their focus to gambling advertising, in hopes of banning this type of marketing during certain time slots. The exposure of young people to gambling can be harmful. Studies have shown that when children are exposed to[…]

UBet Breaches Australian Gambling Standards

UBet is a Tasmanian online betting provider that is a top-choice among Australian punters. The operator has maintained its status as a trustworthy and reliable online gaming operator – until now, as UBet has been charged with two counts of breaching Australian advertising standards. UBet has pleaded guilty to two advertising breaches. First, the company’s[…]

New $307M Proposal for Casino Canberra

Earlier this month, Casino Canberra hosted its grand-reopening, showing off its $14 million makeover. Now, Aquis Entertainment is working on an even bigger redevelopment plan that will enhance Canberra’s Central Business District. The new $307 million proposal will transform the ACT’s gambling market. It will include the construction of an expanded casino which will include[…]

Pop-Up Pokie Warnings Could Encourage Players to Gamble More

  The Australian government has enacted a number of measures aimed at helping pokie players gamble more responsibly; however, some of these systems may be doing more harm than good, according to a new study by researchers at Central Queensland University (CQU). The research project worked with 200 pokie players in Adelaide, who were tasked[…]

International Bookies Sidestep In-Play Betting Ban

Global bookmakers have failed to adhere to a ban on in-play betting in Australia, say reports. Online in-play betting has been banned by the Australian Government, though several international bookies have been flouting the ban by allowing customers to bet in-play via “click-to-call” facilities and other methods. The country’s Human Services Minister Alan Tudge has[…]

Pokies Responsible For Aristocrat Profit Jump

Australian poker machine manufacturer Aristocrat Leisure is looking for further acquisitions following exceptional half-year results propelled by its Lightning Link and Britney Spears purchases as well as its success on the North American casino market. The gaming powerhouse saw its shares boosted by almost 60% during the last twelve months, with its net profit for[…]

Playtech Acquires Quickspin

Isle of Man-based gaming software firm Playtech has announced the purchase of Quickspin, a Swedish online games studio developer and supplier of high-quality slots. Stockholm-based Quickspin is a leading player in the social gaming and real money gambling markets. It boasts a portfolio of more than 20 games and provides games to more than 40[…]

Star Casino Donates $1.5 Million to Barnardos

The Star Casino in Sydney has recently partnered with Barnardos Australia, a local charity that aims to benefit disadvantaged young people across the country. While the partnership will see the casino donate $1.5 million to the charity, local responsible gambling advocates have expressed concerns. The Community Council of Australia has spoken out against the partnership,[…]

TabCorp Criticises Self-Regulation Code for Gambling Ads

The Australian Association of National Advertisers has recently introduced a self-regulation codes for gambling companies which aims to ensure that they advertise their services responsibly. The goal is to prevent young people and vulnerable individuals from being targeted by gambling ads, but betting operator TabCorp is doubtful that the measure will be effective. The AANA’s[…]

Will the Broadwater Marine Project Include a Casino?

ASF Consortium have been working hard to push forward with its plans to develop the Broadwater Marine Project, which will feature a cruise ship terminal, hotel, casino, marine, shopping mall, community open space, recreational facilities and more. The project may also include a casino, but the developer has run into some problems securing a license.[…]

In-Play Betting Still Banned in Australia

Over the course of the past year, there has been a legal debate over whether or not in-play betting should be banned in Australia among local operators. Recently, the government has reviewed the issue, and decided that in-play betting will continue to remain prohibited. The federal government had considered whether or not Australia’s betting market[…]

City Planners Not Pleased With Crown Barangaroo Design

Crown Resorts has come under fire for the design of its Barangaroo Casino, a high-roller gambling venue that will cater to wealthy tourists from around the world. City planners have criticised the design of the tower for potentially overshadowing the rest of the Sydney waterfront. Despite making a number of changes to the design of[…]

Ad Campaign Urges Problem Gamblers to Seek Help

‘You’re Stronger Than You Think’ is an advertising campaign that was first launched in 2014 that encouraged at-risk players and problem gamblers to seek help. The campaign was so successful that NSW’s Responsible Gambling Fund has launched a second phase. Marketing firm LOUD has worked hard the campaign, creating television ads, posters and radio spots[…]

Casino Exempt from Gold Coast Lockout Laws

Queensland has passed lockout laws that will prohibit local nightclubs and bars from accepting new patrons after 1:30 and serving alcohol past 3am. The only venue in the area that is exempt from the lockout laws is Jupiters Gold Coast. Geoff Hoff, head of Star Entertainment Queensland, has stated that being exempt from the lockout[…]

Architects Criticise Crown Barangaroo Casino Design Plans

Recently, Crown Resorts has been told to make some amendments to the design of its new high roller casino in Barangaroo by a local panel of design experts. It seems that the casino operator is somewhat reluctant to implement these changes, and NSW Chapter President of the Australian Institute of Architects, Shaun Carter has stated[…]

NSW Government Criticised For Omitting The Star From Lockout

Last year, the New South Wales government imposed new lockout laws that stop nightclubs and bars in Sydney’s downtown area from letting in patrons after 1:30am. The only venue to escape the lockout was The Star Casino, and omission has been criticised by many members of the community. Since the lockout laws were introduced, many[…]

Proposed Code to Penalise Irresponsible Gambling Ads

There are laws regulating alcohol and tobacco, and now the same may apply to gambling services in Australia. This week, the Australian Association of National Advertisers proposed a code that would penalise gaming operators for ‘irresponsible’ advertisements. The AANA has stated that the code would apply to all forms of advertising, such as print, radio,[…]

SkyCity Adelaide Expansion Attracts Criticism

The South Australian government has recently provided SkyCity with the approval needed for the expansion of its Adelaide casino property. The project will benefit the economy by increasing tourism and creating jobs but responsible gambling advocates are concerned about the potential drawbacks of the expansion. Senator Nick Xenophon, who is well-known for its pokie reform[…]

Echo Entertainment Could Fetch $75 Million For Jupiters Townsville

Echo Entertainment is accepting bids for its Jupiters Casino property in Townsville. The renowned casino operator is selling the casino because it ‘doesn’t fit’ with the rest of its East Coast operations, and bidders could spend up to $75 million on the property. A report in the Townsville Bulletin noted that the most likely buyer[…]

Three New Casinos to Open in Queensland

For months, Brisbane politicians have been weighing the pros and cons of opening up a new casino in the city. Now, the state government has made the decision infinitely easier. This week, Premier Campbell Newman announced that Queensland will be handing out a total of three new casino licenses. At the moment, Echo Entertainment and[…]

SkyCity Adelaide to Undergo $40 Million Renovation

This week, SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison announced the gaming firm’s new deal with the South Australian government. Local politicians have granted the casino operator the chance to renovate SkyCity Adelaide, a project that will cost $40 million. As part of the project, SkyCity Adelaide will be installing new pokies and table games, as well as[…]

Adelaide Casino Poker Championship Returns

This week, SkyCity has announced the schedule for the upcoming Adelaide Casino Poker Championship. From November 4 to November 15, poker players from across the country will gather at the casino to compete in exciting tournaments for generous prizes. The Main Event will take place from November 11 to November 14th. The buy-in for the[…]

Crown Perth Renovations Result In Increased Traffic

Last year, Crown Casinos spent $750 million to renovate Crown Perth. It was one of the operator’s more expensive undertakings, but it was certainly worth it. This week, Crown Casinos reports a substantial increase in profits thanks to the refurbishment of the casino. “Crown Perth’s revitalised offerings add a new dimension to Perth’s tourist offering,”[…]

Broadwater Development Unlikely to Include Casino

Developers on the Gold Coast are in the process of designing the new Broadwater Marine Project, a property that will boost the local tourism market. Initially, a casino was to be included on site, but the local environment council are not entirely sure that this would be the best course of action. Lois Levy recently[…]

Pre-Commitment Scheme Passed In Victoria

This year, the Victorian government has enact a number of gambling harm minimisation measures. Its latest venture aimed at reducing problem gambling rates is voluntary pre-commitment, which will allow players to set betting limits before they begin wagering on pokies. Intralot has been appointed as the provider of the new pre-commitment system in Victoria. The[…]

Burswood Residents Fight Crown Perth Extension

The Burswood Entertainment Complex is home to James Packer’s Crown Perth casino. The property is also inhabited by several local residents, who are interested in taking legal action against Packer’s plans to build a new $570 million hotel in the complex. The government will sell 5.8 hectares of land to the casino operator for the[…]

Fung Encourages Public to Support New Cairns Casino

The Queensland government has recently granted billionaire Tony Fung permission to build a new mega casino resort near the Great Barrier Reef. Although he has earned the necessary approval from local politicians, Fung also wants the support of the community. “It is very important for me that I come back and get a feel myself[…]

New Codes Imposed for Gambling Ads

Recently, Australian advertising standards have come under fire for their lenience with gambling operators. Parents and politicians were concerned that young people were being heavily influenced by betting ads that air during sports events. This week, the Australian Communications and Media Authority has registered new advertising codes that will apply to betting firms. ‘The ACMA[…]

South Australia Imposes New Betting Limits

For the past month, South Australia politicians have worked hard to establish new rules for poker machines and pokie venues. This week, they have finally agreed on new terms that all gaming clubs must agree to. Originally, the plan was to categories pokie venues into two different categories. Minor clubs would be allowed a maximum[…]

New Sydney Casino Could Be Exempt From Smoking Ban

Sydney’s new high-roller casino may be exempt from the public smoking ban, as Crown Casinos CEO aims to appease VIP gamblers. His proposal for the new venue states that it is essential for the gaming floor to permit smoking, but health officials are not convinced that this is a good idea. For the past decade,[…]

NRL Bans Speculative Betting

In Australia, the federal government is working hard to crack down on betting scams. Politicians have taken several precautions that will prevent individuals from taking part in match-fixing scandals, and now the NRL is getting involved. This week, the sports league has requested that leading bookmakers cease the offering of speculative markets. A speculative market[…]

Crown’s Sydney Casino Proposal Approved

Crown Casino is the victor in its bitter battle against Echo Entertainment. Over the course of the past month, the two casinos operators have vied for the opportunity to expand Sydney’s gambling market, and Crown Casino’s proposal has been chosen. This likely comes as devastating news for Echo Entertainment, which will be forced to give[…]

Politicians Want to Reopen Christmas Island Casino

Christmas Island was home a casino for four years in the 1990s. It was shut down nearly a decade ago, but an Australian Senate Committee wants to see the venue reopened to benefit the local economy. There are mounting concerns about Christmas Islands’ ability to support itself financially. At the moment, the island’s only money-makers[…]

Drugs Discovered At Celebrity’s Apartment in Star Casino Complex

Last week, police discovered drugs in the apartment of Joel Madden, a judge on The Voice Australia. The local celebrity had been stay in the apartments located in the Darling Hotel, which is located at The Star Casino in Sydney. Madden, the former lead singer for Good Charlotte, has spoken publically about his struggles with[…]

Gambling Logos Could be Removed From Sports Jerseys

Recently, Australia has seen a crackdown on the gambling advertising industry. Local politicians have targeted betting firms that advertise during televised sporting events, and Julia Gillard has cut down on the amount of ads that these companies may air. Now, politicians have set their sights on sports sponsorships. Around the world, it is common for[…]

Fung Family Sets Sights on Cairns

Tony Fung, a billionaire banker from Hong Kong, wants to build a casino in Cairns. He is currently in talks with the Queensland government to obtain permission to go ahead with the construction of a Macau-style casino resort. “We look forward to engaging with all stakeholders to ensure any development is sympathetic to the site[…]

Tatts To Redouble Online Efforts

Tatts Group is a highly successful operator in Australia’s gambling market, but its successful has largely been limited to the land-based world. Now, under the lead of Robbie Cook, Tatts Group is setting its sights on the online gambling market. As online gambling becomes increasingly popular among Australians, it is important for local operators to[…]

Critics Judge Crown Sydney Design Harshly

Earlier this month, James Packer released several potential designs for his proposed high roller casino in Sydney. The three finalist designs were from architecture firms all over the world, and the winner was Wilkinson Eyre from the United Kingdom. While Packer calls the design innovative and iconic, locals are not very impressed. According to the[…]

Crown Casinos Releases Designs For New High Roller Venue

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell has not decided whether Echo Entertainment or Crown Casinos will build Sydney’s new gambling venue, but James Packer think he has won this battle already. The Crown Casinos CEO has recently released three sketches of potential designs for the high roller casino, indicating that he is confident that his proposal will[…]

Varsity Lakes Complex Sells for $16 Million

The Varsity Lakes Tavern in Sydney has recently sold for a generous $16 million. The new owner of the property is the Ganim family, who will be earning an additional $1.3 million annually from rent costs. Owning a number of Woolworths pokies, Varisty Lakes Tavern is a popular destination for patrons with a penchant for[…]

Crown Ltd and Echo Entertainment Battle Over Sydney Exclusivity

In 2019, Echo Entertainment no longer has exclusivity in Sydney’s casino market. Crown Casinos is now making plans to encroach on The Star’s territory by building a high roller gambling venue in Barangaroo – but Echo Entertainment has not taken the situation lying down. This week, the company announced its plans to expand its casino[…]

Crown Casino Partners With Mission Australia

Crown Casino is preparing for the launch of its new high roller gambling venue by taking the necessary precautions for problem gamblers. This week, the casino operator announced its new deal with Mission Australia, which will provide 24/7 counselling for players at the new high-roller gambling venue. When James Packer initially proposed his plan to[…]

Barangaroo Casino Report to be Released

Premier Barry O’Farrell has refused to publish the results of a report on the viability of the new Bangaroo gambling venue that was proposed by Crown Ltd. Since the beginning of the year, he has kept the findings to himself – but some peer pressure seems to have changed his mind. This week, Labour leader[…]

Locals Not Impressed with Waterhouse’s Commentator Job

Bookmaker Tom Waterhouse is the newest commentator for ARL games on Channel 9. While the gambling mogul’s role is to report on matches, local residents believe he has an ulterior motive. This year, concerns have been raised about the sheer number of gambling advertisements that are aired during rugby matches in Australia. Viewers are also[…]

Hackers Scam $32 Million From Crown Casino

Crown Casino in Melbourne has been the victim of a sophisticated and high-tech scam. Although few details have been revealed, it seems that a high roller gambler collaborated with Crown Casino employees in order to steal $32 million from the operator. The casino operator has been quite tight-lipped about the crime, refusing to reveal any[…]

SkyCity Shortlisted for Casino Development on Gold Coast

The Queensland government is currently in the process of reviewing proposals for a new development on the Gold Coast that will boost tourism. Last year, several companies submitted their ideas, and SkyCity is one operator that has made the cut. SkyCity Entertainment Group is working with the Brookfield Multiplex under the name Azure Consortium. Together,[…]

$1 Billion Investment for Brisbane Casino Resort

Echo Entertainment is making plans to expand its brand in Brisbane with a casino resort. Whether the gambling operator decides to expand the Treasury Casino or build an entirely new property, the project is going to cost at least $1 billion. Over the course of the past few years, Brisbane has grown into a busy[…]

Crown Casino’s Asian Legal Troubles Could Jeopardize Bangaroo Casino

For months, James Packer and Crown Casinos have been wooing local politicians with plans to build a new high-roller casino in Bangaroo. The plan is close to being given the green light but, unfortunately, for Packer, legal problems in Taiwan could have adverse effects on the plan. Last week, Melco Crown, a joint-venture casino in[…]

Bookmakers Suspend Bets on First AFL Match

Match-fixing has become a prevalent concern throughout Australian sports leagues. Politicians are concerned that the micro-betting market makes it easy for match-fixing to occur, compromising the integrity of the game. As Senator Nick Xenophon request an inquiry into the matter, sportsbooks across the country are taking issue into their own hands. CentreBet, TattsBet and TAB[…]

Xenophon Wants to Ban Election Betting

This week, SportsBet has released a new ad campaign, reminding punters that it is taking bets for the upcoming election. Local punters can wager on a wide range of markets, including which party will supply the prime minister after the election in September. While punters are excited about the prospect of betting on their political[…]

Federal Government Prepares for Mandatory Pre-Commitment Trial

Poker machine reform legislation was passed at the end of 2012, requiring all gaming clubs and pubs across Australia to equip their machines with voluntary pre-commitment technology. As part of the legislation, the ACT would be required to run a trial of mandatory pre-commitment software, testing whether or not this strategy would be more effective.[…]

MP Wants Auditor General’s Opinion on Crown Casino Proposal

Crown Casino seems to have wooed most Sydney politicians with its plans to build a new high-roller casino in Bangaroo. However, there are some political figures that are not yet convinced, and they require some unbiased examination before they show their support for the plan. Sydney MP Alex Greenwich has written to the Office of[…]

New Star CEO Wants To Improve Casino’s Reputation

Last year, Australia’s most popular casino found itself embroiled in a damaging scandal as former Managing Director Sid Vaikunta was accused of sexually harassing staff. Now, Vaikunta is gone, but The Star’s tarnished reputation remains. Now, John Redmond has taken on the role of Echo Entertainment’s new chief executive, and he has charged himself with[…]

SkyCity Spends $300 Million on Adelaide Casino Renovations

Over the course of the past year, Australia’s gambling market has become increasingly competitive. Due to the economic downturn, local gamblers have been spending less money at casinos – so operators have decided to focus their attention elsewhere. The result has been a shift towards high-roller gambling, as local casino companies attempt to lure wealthy[…]

Sydney Parents Concerned About Online Gambling in Runescape

MMORPGs are the some of the most popular online games, appealing to a wide range of players around the world. Teenagers and young adults are the target demographics of games like World of Warcraft and Runescape, but are developers aiming too low? In Sydney, parents are concerned that these types of games are encouraging children[…]

Pokie Reform Comes Early in Victoria

The federal government has passed poker machine reform legislation, and gaming clubs across the country are getting ready to comply with its rules and regulations. While the legislation requires clubs to outfit their machines with voluntary pre-commitment software by 2018, the state of Victoria has set a more ambitious goal. This week, Victorian politicians announced[…]

Will The Star Become A Casino Resort?

Echo Entertainment is having its exclusivity threatened by threats that Crown Casinos will be building a new casino in Bangaroo in 2019. If the local government gives James Packer the go-ahead, The Star will no longer be the only casino on Sydney’s waterfront, and the two companies will compete for players. To prevent this from[…]

Pokie Reform Legislation Passes

Poker machine reform has finally passed in Australia, as the local government has finally decided to take a stand against rising gambling addiction rates. The new legislation is the result of more than a year’s hard work by MP Andrew Wilkie to have pre-commitment software installed on all poker machines in the country. While Wilkie[…]

Woolworths Votes Against $1 Betting Limits

After months of having it out with community activist group GetUp, Woolworths has voted against $1 betting limits on its poker machines. The vote took place at a recent general meeting for the company, as shareholders decided on the best course of action when it comes to enforcing responsible gambling in Australia. GetUp! targeted Woolworths,[…]

New Self-Exclusion Program Available in NSW

Pokie reform has been passed, as the local government attempts to cut down on problem gambling. The system will allow for players to set their own limits before their wager on pokies, and responsible gambling advocates are optimistic about its potential results. Now, it seems that more groups are coming forward with their ideas for[…]

Pokie Reform Passed

For the past year, MP Andrew Wilkie has fought the federal government over poker machine reform. He has insisted that the Julie Gillard pass a number of reforms that would help to curb problem gambling rates. It has been a tug-of-war over the specifics of the reform legislation, but Wilkie has finally won the battle.[…]

New Crown Casino to Overshadow Echo Entertainment

This week, Crown Casinos finalized its plans to build a new casino in Sydney and the news has covered headlines across the country. It has completely overshadowed Echo Entertainment’s announcement that it would be building a new casino in Brisbane, which also seems to be foreshadowing how the business will fare when it is launched.[…]

Echo Entertainment Makes Plans to Sell Townsville Casino

Plenty of changes are taking place in Australia’s land-based gambling market, with companies like SkyCity and Crown Casinos making plans to expand. Now, Echo Entertainment is looking to make some changes – but its plans are quite the opposite of expansion. The company is looking for another operator to take Townsville Casino off of its[…]

ANZPT Melbourne is Underway

The Australia New Zealand Poker Tour is one of the biggest events in the country’s gambling markets. Players come from all over the world to play in the almost month-long event. From poker pros to recreational players to high rollers, thousands of players are drawn into the exciting experience offered by PokerStars’ ANZPT. This year’s[…]

One Direction Experiences Big Loss at Australian Casino

One Direction is currently the most popular boy band in the world, making them role models of millions of young girls and boys. However, headlines have been plastered with news of them spending massive amounts of money at an Australian casino – and what’s worse – this is the second time the group has been[…]

Crown Casinos Earn Profit Boost From Baccarat

Crown Casinos, owned by gambling mogul James Packer, recently launched an initiative to draw Asian gamblers to the Australian casino brand. The hard work seemed to have paid off, as the company is looking at an impressive 25% jump in profits. As such, 2011, was a record year for Crown Casinos, which earned $634 million.[…]

SkyCity Darwin and Adelaide Partner with HP

For Sky City, its Darwin and Adelaide locations are the company’s most profitable properties in Australia. As the locations attract more players, the operator wants to ensure that they continue coming back – and has done so by partnering up with HP to offer impressive new technology. HP has equipped each of the casinos with[…]

New Anti-Pokies Campaign in Tasmania

In Tasmania, business owners are taking a stand against problem gambling rates and the rising number of poker machines in the area. They have launched a new campaign aimed at making pokies ‘uncool’ by welcoming patrons into venues that do not host the gaming machines. Stickers have been printed with the phrase “We’re Pokies Free!”,[…]

Melbourne Cup at The Star Casino

The Melbourne Cup is one of the biggest sporting events in Australia, pitting the country’s best race horses against one another. To commemorate the 2012 event, The Star Casino is hosting a number of fantastic events from November 6. Dine in style and take in the races at The Stars, BLACK by ezard, Sokyo or[…]

Victoria Sees 25% Less Money Spent on Pokies

Local MPs have presented serious concerns about rising problem rates across Australia. Thousands of people across the country are affected by gambling addiction, and the government wants to reduce problem gambling rates. However, Victoria has already seen a significant decline in gambling spending, which could mean that problem gambling rates are shrinking. According to WA[…]

Echo Entertainment Bosses Earn Salary Jackpots

Echo Entertainment has been in the headlines quite frequently this year, as its operations manager Sid Vaikunta was let go after being accused to sexually harassing staff. The scandal damaged the casino operator’s reputation, but recent reports show that Vaikunta was paid handsomely for his departure. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Vaikunta received a[…]

Potential for Second Casino in Brisbane

Casino development seems to be a priority for Australian politicians, as improving the gaming market would also present a boost to the local economy. In addition to James Packers plans to build a new casino in Bangaroo, Premier Campbell Newman has also suggested that a new casino be built in Brisbane. Currently, the local government[…]

The Star Contributes to Echo Entertainment Growth

The Star Casino has seen a great deal of business over the course of the past year, ever since reopening after its multi-million dollar renovation. All of the hard work and money spend has paid off, as The Star is partially responsible for Echo Entertainment’s 11% profit boost this year. Over the course of the[…]

Victoria Pub Owners Upset Over New Pokies Tax

A recent decision by the local government will require poker machine club owners to pay $35 per month on each of the 27 500 non-casino pokies in Victoria. They have resisted the new tax and are prepared to fight it, as they believe that it is a result of a government mix-up. The tax has[…]

Debate Over Gambling at Bendigo Stadium

The operators of Bendigo Stadium in Victoria have had their eyes on 30 new poker machines. Despite having existing pokies license, the city wants to block the introduction of the new games by issuing a requirement for a planning permit. The case is something that has yet to be seen by the Victorian Civil and[…]

Coalition’s Stance on Pokie Reform Upsets Churches

Anti-gambling groups are not impressed with the government’s effort to fight problem gambling in Australia. Over the course of the past year, the Gillard government has reneged on its promise to legislate poker reform and delayed its plans to begin a pokie reform trial – and organizations are tired of waiting. Taking a roundabout approach,[…]

Potential Harm in Targeting Asian Gamblers

James Packer of Crown Casinos has stated that one of his key strategies for the success of his gambling venues is attracting Asian gamblers. However, this strategy could have implications for the Asian community, which have yet to be explored. A recent report by the Special Broadcasting Services takes a look at the potential harm[…]

WSOP Comes to Melbourne

For the first time ever, Melbourne will be hosting the World Series of Poker in 2013. PokerStars, the sponsor of the prestigious event, has signed a multi-year deal with the Crown Melbourne, planning to bring the World Series of Poker to the casino for years to come. Next year, the Australian World Series of Poker[…]

Gillard To Hire Committee for Pokie Reform Trial

Just last week, MP Andrew Wilkie had shown signs of giving up on the mandatory pre-commitment trial that was scheduled to take place next year in the ACT. However, the federal government is finally making some progress towards ensuring that the trial actually takes place. Prime Minister Julia Gillard has recently announced that she is[…]

The Star Casino Prepares for Sydney Food Festival

The Sydney International Food Festival is one of the biggest events of its kind worldwide. It provides chefs from across the country to show off their talents, giving local foodies access to the best culinary creations. Since the newly renovated Star Casino is home to some talented celebrity chefs, the venue will be playing a[…]

ARL Must Stick to Current Gambling Revenue Model

The Australian Rugby League is looking to upgrade its current gambling revenue model, after the country’s horseracing industry switched to a 1.5% turnover fee. However, the sportsbetting industry and gaming regulators are not on board with the idea. According to recent reports, leaders in the country’s sportsbetting market have told the ARL that it would[…]

Sky City Fined For Silence on Vaikunta Sacking

Earlier this year, Sky City managing director Sid Vaikunta was sacked over allegedly taking part in a sexual harassment scandal. Although the casino operator did the right thing by letting the executive go, Sky City is still paying for the event – literally. The company has been fined $110 000 by the Independent Liquor and[…]

Wilkie ‘Heartbroken’ Over Pokie Reform Trial

For years, MP Andrew Wilkie has fought to have poker machine reform enacted. With problem gambling rates rising to dangerous levels across Australia, Wilkie wanted the local government to enact a legislation that would curb problem gambling rates. Unfortunately, there has been delay after delay – even after the reform was demoted to a mandatory[…]

Football Betting Activity to Double

Around the world, football is one of the most popular sports among punters, but Australia has been somewhat behind the times. Now, football betting is finally catching on in the country, and betting professionals estimate that the market will be worth billions in coming years. According to Deloitte, the worth of the Australian football betting[…]

ACT Prepared Not to Take Part in Pokies Trial

The mandatory pre-commitment pokies trial planned to take place in the ACT was the closest thing Australia would get to poker machine reform. However, several complications in the matter have led local club owners to believe that the trial will not happen. The Gillard government has spent an inordinate amount of time seeking out support[…]

Victoria Government to Fight Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit

Last week, Tatts Group and TabCorp announced that they would be suing the Victorian government for cancelling their duopoly on poker machines in the state. The two companies want $1.2 billion from the government, feeling that they are entitled to compensation; however, the state of Victoria does not feel the same way. For over a[…]

Offline to Online Shift for Australian Gambling Market

The Australian gambling market is seeing a shift from offline to online and mobile gaming. As more players find themselves with smartphones, tablet computers and laptops, they are becoming better acquainted with the online gambling world, choosing to play pokies online rather than in land-based clubs. According to a recent report by Radio Australia, some[…]

Tatts Group Takes Focus Off Pokies

Tatts Group has lost its grip on the Australian pokies market, and the operator will have to focus on other outlets in order to keep its revenue up. Fortunately, the company’s non-pokies products continue to thrive; so, Tatts Group should have no problem shifting its focus to it lottery and betting brands. This week, it[…]

Smoking Allowed in ‘Outdoor’ Areas of Gaming Clubs

Smoking laws are a sensitive topic. Depending on who you speak to, their opinions will differ greatly. While most people believe that smoking should be banned in all public places, others believe that there should be exemptions – and the NSW seems to side with the latter. Although a law was recently passed to ban[…]

New Study to Examine Social Effects on Gambling

When you play casino games at a land-based gambling venue, it is a social activity. Even online gambling is becoming increasingly social, as more and more operators take note of the success of social gaming. A new study aims to examine how your social life affects your gambling habits, a research topic that has yet[…]

Venues Assume Ownership of Pokies in Victoria

Local headlines have been rife with stories of Tatts Group and TabCorp launching a $1.2 billion lawsuit against the Victoria government. The reason for this is the government’s termination of their pokies duopoly – but why has it come to that? What most news outlets fail to mention is that the Victorian government refused to[…]

Concerns Over Casino Smoking Ban Exemption

It has recently been announced that The Star Casino in NSW would be exempt from an indoor smoking law ban, allowing high roller players to smoke while they gamble. The legislation has not gone over well with most citizens, and the health of the dealers in the VIP rooms is their main concern. In the[…]

Smoking Ban Could Be In The Star’s Future

The NSW government is getting serious on smoking laws. Politicians have recently enacted a law that bans smoking in outdoor spaces like doorways and bus stops; however, one public space remains immune – VIP gaming rooms in local casinos. Health Minister Jillian Skinner respects the government’s decision but believes that the future will see smoking[…]

Tatts Group Sues Government Over Pokies

Tatts Group has filed a $600 million lawsuit against the Victorian government, after its poker machine duopoly (with TabCorp) ended. The company was led to believe that it would receive compensation if the duopoly was shut down, but a loophole has made it possible for the government to get away without paying the company, and[…]

Coolum Casino Likely To Be A No-Go

With Crown Casinos already making plans to build a new casino in Australia, it seems that there isn’t anymore room for casino development plans right now. As such, Clive Palmer’s Coolum Casino plans may be out of luck and Sunshine Coast politicians do not seem eager to help them come to life. For the past[…]

Profit Jump Not Enough for Crown

Crown Casinos has reported a 53% in its profits, but the impressive financial boost has failed to impressive the casino operator. Crown blames renovations and the waning economy for the less-than-expected profit jump. Crown operates casinos in Asia and Australia, and the economies in both countries have softened over the course of the past year.[…]

Pokie Reform Pushed Back Again

When it comes to poker machine reform, it seems that nothing will ever come to fruition. Despite the fact that MP Andrew Wilkie and the Gillard government have come to an agreement for launching a poky reform trial, there are still plenty of factors that have affected the process in a negative way. As such,[…]

James Packer’s New Casino to Boost Economy

It is common knowledge that gambling is one of the most effective ways to boost a city’s economy – but James Packer’s new casino will help to ensure that the local economy thrives. According to a recent report, the new $1 billion Crown Casino and Hotel will generate $440 million for the local economy. While[…]

Concern Over New Salvation Army Problem Gambling Program

Clubs Australia is working hard to get the public on its side, but it seem that its efforts are misguided. The organization’s new program will put Salvation Army chaplains in gaming rooms to offer help to potential problem gamblers, but Senator Nick Xenophon is not convinced that this will do anything to help the issue[…]

13 of 700 Problem Gambling Pokies Removed

When it comes to problem gambling, the local government has come up with a number of solutions to the problem. Before pokie reform was ever introduced, the local government felt that removing a number of hotel pokies would be the best course of action. Seven years later, the government is having a hard time getting[…]

Packer Reveals Plans for $1 Billion Bangaroo Casino

James Packer of Crown Casinos is getting closer to realizing his dream of opening a $1 billion luxury casino in Bangaroo. He has recently struck a deal with Lend Lease, the company that owns the development rights for the area, which has prompted Packer to reveal his plans for the new gambling venue. The new[…]

National Rugby League Rejects Proposal for Gambling Research

Former National Rugby League player Ashley Gordon is dedicated to promoting responsible gambling in Australia. With plenty of rugby players falling victim to problem gambling, Gordon proposed a research proposed a research project that would examine the impacts of gambling on NRL players. Unfortunately, the league did not like the idea. The National Rugby League[…]

Is the SchoolKids Bonus Being Spent on Pokies?

Concerns are looming about the way in which families are spending their new SchoolKids Bonus money. With reports surfacing that the Carbon Tax is being spent on pokies, politicians have expressed worry over the potential that the SchoolKids Bonus is being spent in the same way. The SchoolKids Bonus awards families with children aged 16-19[…]

Teenagers Attempt to Sneak Into Adelaide Casino

Adelaide Casino has been required to publish the number of underage gamblers the gambling venue turns away. This year, the casino had to ban over 10 000 teenagers from the premises while 2011 only saw 6000 attempting to sneak in. These figures highlight a number of concerns for the Australian gambling industry. It is becoming[…]

Problem Gamblers Offer Advice to Gaming Venues

Many ideas have been proposed by the local government, offering ways to prevent and treat the problem gambling issue in Australia. These proposals include placing betting limits on machines, and other provisions that place the onus on the players rather than the gaming machine operators. Now, researchers at Swinburne University are working on a new[…]

Woolworths’ Revenue Jumps

Woolworths, one of the country’s leading retail brands, has recently had a tough time thriving in the downturned economy. Fortunately, the company’s hospitality division, and poker machines, have helped to rebuild the company financially, as Woolworths has seen a revenue jump worth 4.7%. Chief Executive Grant O’Brien refused to attribute the company’s growth to poker[…]