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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Politicians Want to Reopen Christmas Island Casino

Christmas Island was home a casino for four years in the 1990s. It was shut down nearly a decade ago, but an Australian Senate Committee wants to see the venue reopened to benefit the local economy. There are mounting concerns about Christmas Islands’ ability to support itself financially. At the moment, the island’s only money-makers[…]

Gambling Logos Could be Removed From Sports Jerseys

Recently, Australia has seen a crackdown on the gambling advertising industry. Local politicians have targeted betting firms that advertise during televised sporting events, and Julia Gillard has cut down on the amount of ads that these companies may air. Now, politicians have set their sights on sports sponsorships. Around the world, it is common for[…]

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[…]

$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[…]

Xenophon Wants to Ban Election Betting

This week, SportsBet has released a new ad campaign, reminding punters that it is taking bets for the upcoming election. Local punters can wager on a wide range of markets, including which party will supply the prime minister after the election in September. While punters are excited about the prospect of betting on their political[…]

Federal Government Prepares for Mandatory Pre-Commitment Trial

Poker machine reform legislation was passed at the end of 2012, requiring all gaming clubs and pubs across Australia to equip their machines with voluntary pre-commitment technology. As part of the legislation, the ACT would be required to run a trial of mandatory pre-commitment software, testing whether or not this strategy would be more effective.[…]

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[…]

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.[…]

New Anti-Pokies Campaign in Tasmania

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

Melbourne Cup at The Star Casino

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

Victoria Sees 25% Less Money Spent on Pokies

Local MPs have presented serious concerns about rising problem rates across Australia. Thousands of people across the country are affected by gambling addiction, and the government wants to reduce problem gambling rates. However, Victoria has already seen a significant decline in gambling spending, which could mean that problem gambling rates are shrinking. According to WA[…]

Echo Entertainment Bosses Earn Salary Jackpots

Echo Entertainment has been in the headlines quite frequently this year, as its operations manager Sid Vaikunta was let go after being accused to sexually harassing staff. The scandal damaged the casino operator’s reputation, but recent reports show that Vaikunta was paid handsomely for his departure. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Vaikunta received a[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Coalition’s Stance on Pokie Reform Upsets Churches

Anti-gambling groups are not impressed with the government’s effort to fight problem gambling in Australia. Over the course of the past year, the Gillard government has reneged on its promise to legislate poker reform and delayed its plans to begin a pokie reform trial – and organizations are tired of waiting. Taking a roundabout approach,[…]

Potential Harm in Targeting Asian Gamblers

James Packer of Crown Casinos has stated that one of his key strategies for the success of his gambling venues is attracting Asian gamblers. However, this strategy could have implications for the Asian community, which have yet to be explored. A recent report by the Special Broadcasting Services takes a look at the potential harm[…]

WSOP Comes to Melbourne

For the first time ever, Melbourne will be hosting the World Series of Poker in 2013. PokerStars, the sponsor of the prestigious event, has signed a multi-year deal with the Crown Melbourne, planning to bring the World Series of Poker to the casino for years to come. Next year, the Australian World Series of Poker[…]

Gillard To Hire Committee for Pokie Reform Trial

Just last week, MP Andrew Wilkie had shown signs of giving up on the mandatory pre-commitment trial that was scheduled to take place next year in the ACT. However, the federal government is finally making some progress towards ensuring that the trial actually takes place. Prime Minister Julia Gillard has recently announced that she is[…]

ARL Must Stick to Current Gambling Revenue Model

The Australian Rugby League is looking to upgrade its current gambling revenue model, after the country’s horseracing industry switched to a 1.5% turnover fee. However, the sportsbetting industry and gaming regulators are not on board with the idea. According to recent reports, leaders in the country’s sportsbetting market have told the ARL that it would[…]

Sky City Fined For Silence on Vaikunta Sacking

Earlier this year, Sky City managing director Sid Vaikunta was sacked over allegedly taking part in a sexual harassment scandal. Although the casino operator did the right thing by letting the executive go, Sky City is still paying for the event – literally. The company has been fined $110 000 by the Independent Liquor and[…]

Wilkie ‘Heartbroken’ Over Pokie Reform Trial

For years, MP Andrew Wilkie has fought to have poker machine reform enacted. With problem gambling rates rising to dangerous levels across Australia, Wilkie wanted the local government to enact a legislation that would curb problem gambling rates. Unfortunately, there has been delay after delay – even after the reform was demoted to a mandatory[…]

Football Betting Activity to Double

Around the world, football is one of the most popular sports among punters, but Australia has been somewhat behind the times. Now, football betting is finally catching on in the country, and betting professionals estimate that the market will be worth billions in coming years. According to Deloitte, the worth of the Australian football betting[…]

ACT Prepared Not to Take Part in Pokies Trial

The mandatory pre-commitment pokies trial planned to take place in the ACT was the closest thing Australia would get to poker machine reform. However, several complications in the matter have led local club owners to believe that the trial will not happen. The Gillard government has spent an inordinate amount of time seeking out support[…]

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[…]

Smoking Allowed in ‘Outdoor’ Areas of Gaming Clubs

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

New Study to Examine Social Effects on Gambling

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

Concerns Over Casino Smoking Ban Exemption

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

Smoking Ban Could Be In The Star’s Future

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

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,[…]

Concern Over New Salvation Army Problem Gambling Program

Clubs Australia is working hard to get the public on its side, but it seem that its efforts are misguided. The organization’s new program will put Salvation Army chaplains in gaming rooms to offer help to potential problem gamblers, but Senator Nick Xenophon is not convinced that this will do anything to help the issue[…]

13 of 700 Problem Gambling Pokies Removed

When it comes to problem gambling, the local government has come up with a number of solutions to the problem. Before pokie reform was ever introduced, the local government felt that removing a number of hotel pokies would be the best course of action. Seven years later, the government is having a hard time getting[…]

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[…]

Is the SchoolKids Bonus Being Spent on Pokies?

Concerns are looming about the way in which families are spending their new SchoolKids Bonus money. With reports surfacing that the Carbon Tax is being spent on pokies, politicians have expressed worry over the potential that the SchoolKids Bonus is being spent in the same way. The SchoolKids Bonus awards families with children aged 16-19[…]

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[…]

Grant for Problem Gambling Site Possibly Misused

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

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[…]

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[…]

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,[…]

Victoria Launches Problem Gambling Inquiry

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

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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.[…]

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[…]