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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Adelaide Casino to receive a $300 million dollar expansion

Adelaide Casino finally has its wish – an expansion estimated to cost up to 300 million dollars  – The Australian reports. This approval means that work is scheduled to begin mid-year, bringing with it 500 jobs and around 1000 construction-based operational positions. The new expansion also includes a new gaming space, hotel with 80 rooms[…]

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 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,[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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 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[…]

$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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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.[…]

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.[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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.[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Casino Operators Must Improve Self-Exclusion Programs

Last year, the Star Casino excluded 424 patrons who exhibited signs of problem gambling, nearly 200 of which were self-excluded. However, from 2010 to 2011, 279 excluded gamblers were able to enter the casino and continue gambling without intervention from the casino operator. It appears that there are holes in the self-exclusion programs in Australia’s[…]

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[…]

Second Casino A Possibility for Sydney

Local gambling mogul James Packer believes that building a second casino in Sydney would greatly benefit the population at large; however, public opinion varies. From healthcare professionals to tourism experts, everyone seems to have a differing opinion on how beneficial a new casino in the area would be. One of main concerns about building a[…]

Live Sportsbetting Permitted in Australia

The Gillard government has recently announced that local gaming operators would be allowed to offer live, in-game betting to residents. After years of prohibiting the activity, the government has finally changed its tune, choosing to intercept transactions between citizens and offshore casino websites. Julie Gillard has informed local, regulated operators that they may offer in-game[…]

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.[…]