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[…]

UBet Breaches Australian Gambling Standards

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

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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,[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Internet Providers May Have to Regulate Online Gaming

The Australian online gambling market is restricted by some very stern laws. While it seemed as though the government may be letting up and considering the possibility of legalizing online gambling, a new development has occurred. Instead, new regulations may require internet service providers to play a role in the prohibition of online gambling. The[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]