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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Lottery websites could become an addiction

Recently Lottoland allowed around 250,000 Australians to try their hand at the $ 2.1 billion jackpot US Powerball. According to legal experts, this could set in motion a new gambling addiction in an already plagued gambling country. Websites like Lottoland offer services which allows people to “buy tickets” and take part in overseas lotteries. 9 News[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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.[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Grant for Problem Gambling Site Possibly Misused

The Australian Department of Families, Housing, Community Services awarded a $500 000 grant to UnitingCare Australia, offering the organization the money needed to launch a problem gambling support website. While this seems like a good use of government money, concerns have risen about whether the funds have been misused. The website is meant to offer[…]

Australia to Rank in Top Ten in London Olympics

As the 2012 Olympics quickly approach, analysts are preparing reports about each country’s likelihood to earn gold medicals in the upcoming games. According to recent reports Australia has a lot to look forward to, as the country is predicted to earn at least 10 gold medals. This would put Australia in fifth place, ranking alongside[…]

Titanic II Casino to Exclude Pensioners

Planning for the new Titanic II cruise is underway, and the project’s leader Clive Palmer has already made some controversial claims. In a recent interview, he stated that he wants to restrict the cruise’s casino from third-class patrons and pensions. Palmer claims that the restriction is not based on exclusivity, as he wants to ensure[…]

MPs Want More From Pokie Reform

After the unfortunate suicide of Julie Smith from Ballarat, local politicians want to see improved provisions for the poky reform legislation. Over the course of the past year, the idea of reform has been whittled down from nation-wide mandatory pre-commitment to a trial of voluntary pre-commitment in the ACT. Now, Smith’s gambling addiction-related death has[…]

Clubs Australia Finds Another Way to Avoid Reforms

One of the provisions of proposed pokie reform would see to it that all ATM machines in gaming clubs impose a withdrawal limit of $250. While this aims to ensure that problem gamblers do not withdraw more money than they can spend, Clubs Australia is not on board with the idea. A recent report by[…]

Pokies Attracting Problem Gamblers

One of the main reasons that Andrew Wilkie fought for poky reform was because he believe that the machines were the most popular form of gambling among problem gamblers. A new study has proven him right, as the Flinders University School of Medicine shows that 90% of those with gambling addictions are addicted to pokies.[…]

Clubs Want Monopoly on Legalized Online Gambling

The idea of regulating and legalizing online gambling in Australia has been a hot topic recently. With thousands of players spending millions on unregulated websites each year, the local government sees legalized online gambling as a way to generate additional tax revenue and protect players. Now that clubs have caught wind of the movement, they[…]

Aristocrat Profits Don’t Measure Up

Aristocrat Gaming is one of the most profitable gaming operators in New Zealand. Thanks to the growth of its online sector, the company has seen some impressive profits over the course of the past few years. However, things have not gone as well as planned in 2012 for Aristocrat, as project profits for 2012’s half-year[…]

Woolworths Shareholders Support $1 Betting Limits

Woolworths is one of the biggest suppliers of poker machines in Australia, providing more than 12 000 games to clubs, pubs and casinos across the country. As such, it has become the target to anti-gambling organization GetUp, which wants to see the gaming operator impose $1 betting limits on its pokies. The organization has worked[…]

Problem Gambling Support Program in NSW

In New South Wales, an organization called Lifeline will receive additional funding to help those that are affected by gambling addiction. The government will provide more than $300 000 to cover the full-time wages of gambling addiction counselors in various areas in the state. Alex Ferguson, CEO of Lifeline, believes that counselling is an essential[…]

Income Control Will Prevent Welfare Families From Gambling

Of growing concern to Australian politicians is the well-being of children in low-income families. Although they receive the benefits necessary to care for their children, it has been discovered that many mothers and fathers have not been using their welfare money for its intended purposes. As such, the government is implementing an income control regime,[…]

Victoria Launches Problem Gambling Inquiry

In Victoria, the local government is launching a problem gambling inquiry to determine just how gambling is effective the social and economic climate of the local community. It is a first-of-its-kind study, and it will shine a light on how serious of an issue problem gambling actually is. The Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission (VCEC)[…]

Is The Star Luring Gamblers?

It has recently been discovered that The Star Casino has been handing out $5 vouchers to individuals at shopping centres, and politicians are not impressed. They believe that this type of ‘luring’ does not comply with Australia’s gambling laws and have sought assistance on the matter from The Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority. The gaming[…]

Independent MPs Not Pleased With Pokies Laws

It seems that independent MPs are the only ones that want to see strict laws imposed for pokie reform while those associated with the Gillard government simply want to push for a trial. As such, there has been a great deal of conflict between these two groups over the course of the past few months,[…]

Online Gambling Could Be Legalized In Australia

Australia’s Interactive Gambling Act has set the objective to reduce harm from online gambling, but a new report shows that it has not actually fulfilled its goal. The Department for Broadband, Communication and the Digital Economy shows that by restricting online gambling activity in Australia, the IGA is actually contributing to the problem. Around the[…]

Two Weeks Till Victoria Problem Gambling Foundation Launch

In Australia, problem gambling is a growing problem – and the government is working hard to rectify the situation. The result of their hard work is the launch of the Victoria Problem Gambling Foundation (VPGF), which will launch on July 1, 2012. Over the course of the past few months, local politicians have been ironing[…]

Another Case of Gambling and Child Neglect

In February, it was reported that a mother and father locked their five children in a van while they gambled at a Sky City Casino in New Zealand. Now, the same thing has happened in Australia, with a mother leaving her child in a car while she played pokies at a local pub. She, too,[…]

Divorcé Wants Ex-Wife to Pay Off Gambling Debts

When a couple married in 2007, the husband assumed that the “for better or for worse” vow meant that his wife would be obliged to pay off his gambling debts. Their recent divorce case saw the male use this testimony in court, so that he would not have to cover the $5000/month he spent on[…]

Australian Tatts Group Won’t Win Irish License Bid

Australian gambling operator Tatts Group previously expressed interest in purchasing the Irish National Lottery; however, complications with currency make it seem less likely that the group will win the bid. With the possibility that Ireland will exit the Euro, an international company could stand to lose a great deal of money – and that is[…]

Echo Entertainment Chairman Pressured Into Resignation

Echo Entertainment chairman John Story has been forced into resigning, after Crown Casinos owner James Packer spent months campaigning for it. The situation seemed to be settled earlier this week, when Packer called off a shareholders meeting, during which members would vote on the issue; however, Echo Entertainment requested his resignation, claiming that the controversy[…]

AFL Players Get Warnings for Gambling

Recently, 11 Australian Football League players have received warnings for gambling last year. Despite the league’s strict rules against gambling, several players laid wagers on matches in 2011, resulting in warnings being issued for each player. All players involved in the betting scandal have been issued their first and final warning. No fines, suspensions or[…]

ACT Pokie Reform Trial To Be Delayed

It has already taken over a year for local politicians to agree on the terms of the new poker machine reform trial that will be taking place in the ACT. Unfortunately, now , it will be another two years before the trial actually takes place. According to the Gaming Technologies Association of Australia, equipping all[…]

TabCorp Interested in Online Poker

Now that the local government is considering the possibility of legalizing online poker in Australia, several companies have expressed their interest in the market. Despite only offering sportsbetting activities online, TabCorp has announced that it would like to venture into online poker if the activity is legalized in the future. TabCorp CEO David Attenborough believes[…]

Politicians Speak Out Against Online Gambling Legislation

The Australian government is currently in the process of deciding on whether or not it should legalize certain types of online gambling. While many local operators are on board with the idea, several politicians have spoken out against it, including Tony Abbott and Nick Xenophon. Abbott and Xenophon are renowned for their anti-gambling stances, so[…]

Australian Researcher Says Problem Gambling Is Not An Addiction

Recently, concerns over the rising rates of problem gambling have been mounting. Politicians and researchers are looking for ways to curb problem gambling rates – but it seems that their methods may be a little misguided. According to research conducted at Sydney University, the same treatments that work for addictions may not work for problem[…]

Victoria Pubs Want to Sell Scratch Cards

The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that pubs in Victoria are excited about the prospect of selling scratch cards over the bar to customers. With poker machines already an ubiquitous item in pubs and clubs, the idea of scratch cards sales does not seem far-fetched – but is it simply going too far? Mark Zirnsak[…]

ACT Clubs Want Additional Assessment in Reform Trial

After months of negotiations and debating, a pokie reform trial is going to take place in Canberra. ACT clubs will install pre-commitment software on their pokie machines, testing how effective the technology is in curbing problem gambling rates. Although the clubs have been compelled to take part in the trial, they have their own demands.[…]

Lotto Jackpot Reaches $70 Million

The OZ Lotto jackpot is about to reach an impressive $70 million, making for one of the biggest jackpots we’ve seen in 2012. As a result of the generous potential prize, lottery sales are on the rise, so the jackpot could reach even higher heights than expected. The lottery jackpot was $50 million last week.[…]

Gambling Spending On the Decline in Australia

In a sign of what could be good news for anti-gambling advocates across Australia, poker machine and general gambling spending are on the decline. A recent study conducted by Roy Morgan shows that Australians are spending billions less on games of chance, likely to be a positive step forward when it comes to gambling addiction[…]