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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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 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[…]

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[…]

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,[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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 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[…]

Crown Casinos Earn Profit Boost From Baccarat

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

SkyCity Darwin and Adelaide Partner with HP

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

New Anti-Pokies Campaign in Tasmania

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

Melbourne Cup at The Star Casino

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

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[…]

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[…]

Victoria Government to Fight Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit

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

Offline to Online Shift for Australian Gambling Market

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

Tatts Group Takes Focus Off Pokies

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

Smoking Allowed in ‘Outdoor’ Areas of Gaming Clubs

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

New Study to Examine Social Effects on Gambling

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

Venues Assume Ownership of Pokies in Victoria

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

Concerns Over Casino Smoking Ban Exemption

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

Smoking Ban Could Be In The Star’s Future

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

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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.[…]