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[…]

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[…]

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,[…]

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.[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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,[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Are Carbon Tax Payments Being Spent On Pokies?

Whenever the general public receives some sort of compensation from the government, it is a well-known fact that some individuals will use the money in a way that is not deemed appropriate. When the educational allowance was introduced years ago, families used the money in ways that the government had not intended – and the[…]

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[…]

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.[…]

Woolworth Challenges Betting Limit Request

Pokie reform has not gone exactly as planned. MP Andrew Wilkie worked hard to implement mandatory pre-commitment and The Greens hoped to impose $1 betting limits on all poker machines – but the Gillard government had its own ideas about reform. Now that the only semblance of gambling reform is a voluntary pre-commitment trial, anti-gambling[…]

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,[…]

Criticism Arises For Clubs Australia’s Ad Campaign

Clubs Australia has recently launched a $2 million ad campaign which attempts to portray the company as “part of the solution”, stating that pubs and clubs have worked hard to promote responsible gambling. We anticipated that it was not going to receive a positive reception – and our prediction turned out to be correct. Plenty[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Problem Gambling Ads Banned

Anti-gambling group GetUp has received word that it will not be able to post advertisements about problem gambling on local busses. The ads, which were meant to highlight the issue of problem gambling in the local community, have been banned by the government. According to Simon Sheik, director of GetUp, the advertisements were aimed to[…]

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[…]

Wilkie Agrees to Pokies Amendments

After years of fighting over his vision of pokie reform, MP Andrew Wilkie has given up, showing his support for the Gillard government’s watered-down version of the reform. Rather than mandatory pre-commitment, the government has agreed to a trial of voluntary pre-commitment, a far cry from Wilkie’s original plan for $1 betting limits. However, Wilkie[…]

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[…]

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[…]