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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Casino Wars Hit Asia; Not So Friendly, by Greg Tingle - 30th June 2010

Readers er punters, casino billionaires, gaming PR's, journalists, insiders and everyone else... Think casino wars were just limited to the Las Vegas Strip and Australia re Crown Casino VS Star City Casino? Think again. Media Man and Gambling911, along with the trusty Dragon Slayer, take you on a journey of the orient and learn that the casino wars are not quite as friendly as they are down under in Australia...

The latest casino war in the Asia Pacific is happening before our eyes in downtown Singapore.

Enter Marina Bay Sands, worth about $5.5 billion and just enjoyed its grand opening on June 23, is the second most expensive casino property in the world and sports 2,560 hotel rooms spread among three towers. (Folks, its 2nd only to CityCenter in Las Vegas, at about $8.5 billion, cost more to build.)

In the red corner...Resorts World Sentosa, which cost "only" $4.4 billion and opened its casino in February. Resorts World Sentosa has four hotels, including the first designed by Michael Graves already open, with 1,350 rooms combined. Two more hotels with 500 rooms are planned. What will be the occupancy rates %, and will the house still always win?

Things work a bit different in Singapore to that in Vegas or Australia.

Fox example locals have to pay through the nose to enter. Local wives can even apply to have their husbands banned from gambling. Stricter dress regulations also... no shorts in the casino thank you.

Marina Bay Sands’ high-roller corridor has restaurants from Japanese-born Australian sensation Tetsuya Wakuda and two Michelin-crowned chefs: Ferran Adria-hater Santi Santimaria of Spain, and Parisian pastry-lover Guy Savoy.

A Pangaea nightclub, sitting on a floating pavilion on Marina Bay is eye catching. Marina Bay Sands has more of a professional (not that type of pro) feel. Corporates are invited by 1.3 million square feet of meeting/exhibition space.

Resorts World Sentosa is more Party Time, with its Universal Studios theme park, easy beach access and lodging options including a Hard Rock and the family-friendly Festive Hotel, offering rooms that can sleep between 6 and 8 people.

Resorts World Sentosa also sports world class chefs and kitchen. Joel Robuchon, Susur Lee, Australia’s Scott Webster and Japan’s Kunio Tokuoka. The complex has been compared to Foxwoods plus.

Table games are all the rage having about double of Marina Bay Sands.
But this high-stakes tussle is just beginning.

Singapore is well aware of the action in Macau as well as Sydney and Melbourne, enjoying recent million dollar revamps, the Lear Jets et al, and are not going to lie down without a fight. The ultimate catch is "whales", and friendly government regulation along with solid relationships are also strategic keys.

The developments unfold as American casino kings such as Steve Wynn talk of moving more of their operation and overall business to the Orient, not overly impressed with the 'O' administration.

Aussie James Packer however is staying on the very good side of Australia state and federal governments, and by all accounts, Macau and his City Of Dreams looks to be enjoining its dream run, after a period of uncertainly.

Swing back to the U.S and Atlantic City isn't looking too good. The industry says AC has failed to adapt to the times very well, and they haven't been able to plug into internet based opportunities as well as many. Maybe some AC casinos could do with the internet consultancy from the likes of Gambling911 and / or Media Man. Basic websites and being listed on Google Earth isn't delivering the world to them.

This fast paced war isn't over yet, but the chess game is well on the way.

Punters, some Art Of War type quotes for potential use next time you meet a casino billionaire...

"Internet is like electricity" (James Packer)

"Big will not beat small anymore. It will be the fast beating the slow" (Rupert Murdoch).

"In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed" (Charles Darwin)

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Readers, your predictions? Tell us in the world famous Gambling911 forums, unless your 'Great Firewall Of China' prevents you.

*The writer is a special contributor for Gambling911

*Media Man is primarily a media, publicity and internet portal development company. Gaming is just one of a bakers dozen of sectors they cover.

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Planet Hollywood Resort - Casino Sells Marilyn Monroe Boobs, by Greg Tingle - 30th June 2010

Marilyn Monroe was the world's most famous sex symbol, a title she will always carry. The blonde goddess was also the proud owner of the most gorgeous tits, a fact not missed by the powers that be at Planet Hollywood. Media Man and Gambling911 probe the most famous boobs in Hollywood for lovers of casino babes and poker babes the world over...

Punters, photographers and fans of poker her babes and casino babes are lapping it up.

A threesome set of Marilyn Monroe boob shot X-rays from a 1954 hospital visit have sold for $51,457 at the Hollywood Legends auction conducted at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. We're getting mixed reports of whether Sly Stallone, Arnie or Bruce Willis were on hand for happy snap shots, but Monroe and her delightful tits were the star attractions, with the likes of the Pink Pussycat not giving any competition.

Julien's Auctions, which sold the X-rays, estimated that they would only fetch a total of about $3,500.

Not that you hot readers will care that much, but additional Monroe-abilia that sold included a chair from her last photo shoot that went for $40,022.

The hot auction included items from other actresses, including a pair of earrings worn by Kate Winslet in Titanic that sold for $28,588 and a dress Audrey Hepburn wore when she starred opposite Fred Astaire in the musical Funny Face that fetched $64,322.

What didn't we learn today? Sex Still Sells. The smart money says it always will, cum hell or high waters broken.





Wrap Up

What great tits Marilyn had. Good or bad taste, or tasty? Tell us in the Gambling911 forum. We expect to hear from Tony Clifton and Howard Stern "The King Of All Media" in the very near future. Got Milk? Punters, as always, know the odds and have fun.

The Late News

Angelina Jolie from Tomb Raider fame rumoured to play Cleopatra and Brad Pitt rumblings for the Marc Anthony role. Tomb Raider also rumored to appear at Virgin Gaming... just thought we would mention that. Love that line from the late Johnny Cash... "The Virgin's are trimming their wings"... (When The Man Comes Around). We understand at least one of the Kennedy's came ... around to party. Pun fully intended.

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*Media Man is primarily a media, publicity and internet portal development company. Gaming is just one of a bakers dozen of sectors they cover. They also publish Casino News Media.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

World Poker Tour® Announces Matt Savage As WPT Executive Tour Director

PartyGaming News: World Poker Tour® Announces Matt Savage As WPT Executive Tour Director

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LOS ANGELES (June 16, 2010) – World Poker Tour® (WPT) announced today renowned tournament director Matt Savage will join their team as Executive Tour Director. In his new role, Savage lends his years of experience and vast knowledge base to WPT committing himself to improving player communication, tournament offerings, tour cohesiveness, and event growth.

“Matt is one of the world’s foremost experts on poker tournaments,” said Steve Heller, World Poker Tour CEO. “Matt’s expertise and relationships in the poker community will greatly enhance our upcoming ninth season.”

“I am excited about this opportunity to work with WPT as their Executive Tour Director,” said Savage. “WPT is one of the most respected and recognizable brands in poker and I am happy to be a part of its efforts to improve tournament poker for players, fans and casinos.”

Savage has appeared on more than 300 televised poker shows on Fox Sports Net, Travel Channel, GSN, ESPN, and numerous others. He was also the host of a nationally televised show called “Inside Poker” and is an actor in the Warner Brothers movie “Lucky You.” A founder of the Tournament Directors Association and recipient of the inaugural Benny Binion award for outstanding service in the poker industry, Savage has directed some of the most successful poker tournaments including WPT’s Bay 101 Shooting Star and Los Angeles Poker Classic.

Players may contact Savage directly at msavage@worldpokertour.com to discuss tournament ideas, concerns, or pose questions.

ABOUT WORLD POKER TOUR
World Poker Tour (WPT) is one of the most recognized names in internationally televised gaming and entertainment with brand presence in land-based tournaments, television, online and mobile. Leading innovation in the sport of poker since 2002, WPT ignited the global poker boom with the creation of a unique television show based on a series of high stakes poker tournaments. WPT has aired globally in 150+ countries, currently airs in the United Sates on Fox Sports Net and is preparing for its all-new ninth season. WPT also offers a unique online subscription and sweepstakes-based poker club, ClubWPT.com, which operates in 38 states across the U.S. WPT also participates in strategic brand license, partnership and sponsorship opportunities. WPT is a subsidiary of PartyGaming Plc. For more information, see visit www.worldpokertour.com


About PartyGaming:

PartyGaming Plc is the world’s leading listed online gaming company. The Group is a constituent of the FTSE 250 share index with its shares listed on The London Stock Exchange under the ticker: PRTY. In the year to 31 December 2009, PartyGaming’s Continuing operations generated revenue of $446.2m and Clean EBITDA of $135.0m. PartyGaming’s principal brands are
PartyPoker.com, one of the world’s largest online poker rooms, PartyCasino.com, the world’s largest online casino, PartyBingo.com, PartyGammon.com, PartyBets.com, InterTrader.com, FoxyBingo.com, GetMinted.com, GameBookers.com and WorldPokerTour.com. None of the Group’s sites accept real money customers located in the US. PartyGaming is regulated and licensed by the Government of Gibraltar and by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission and it is also certified as a responsible gaming operator by GamCare, the leading UK authority on the provision of advice, practical help, support and counselling in addressing the social impact of gambling. PartyGaming’s shares are also a constituent member of the FTSE4Good Index Series, which enables investors to identify companies that meet globally recognised corporate responsibility standards. For more information, please visit PartyGaming

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Notice of Pre-close Trading Update

28 Jun 2010

PartyGaming Plc, the world’s leading listed online gaming company, will announce a pre-close trading update on 6 July 2010.

Reflecting the fact that the Eurozone has become the predominant economic environment in which the Group’s gaming companies operate based on the currencies with which players fund their accounts, as well as the expected opening of a number of newly regulated regimes in France, Italy and other Eurozone markets, the Group intends to change its functional currency from US dollars to Euros.

In line with International Accounting Standard 21 the change will take effect from the date the Group determined that the characteristics required to identify the functional currency had changed. The Group determined this occurred during 2010 and for accounting purposes, this is effective from 1 January 2010.

In addition, the Group will from this date change the reporting currency used for its financial statements of the Group and other reporting from US dollars to Euros.

All prior financial data will be converted using the exchange rate at 1 January 2010 of 1 US dollar = 0.695 Euros. An updated summary containing the Group’s historic financial data in Euros up to and including the Q1 2010 Key Performance Indicators will be made available at www.partygaming.com on 6 July 2010. The Group’s interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2010 will be reported in Euros when they are announced on 6 August 2010. A separate notification containing details of the analyst presentation and simultaneous webcast and dial-in broadcast for the interim results announcement will be made in due course.

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PartyGaming News: French online poker and sports betting licences awarded

PartyGaming News: French online poker and sports betting licences awarded

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28 June 2010

PartyGaming, the world’s leading listed online gaming company, announces that it has been awarded licences by ARJEL, the French Gaming regulator, to operate online poker and sports betting websites for residents in France. The Group can offer sports betting immediately and will offer poker on http://www.partypoker.fr when the market is opened, which is expected to be later this month.

As previously announced, the Group has signed three exclusive B2B deals this year to form a significant French poker network with PMU, the country’s largest pari-mutuel horse racing company, AB Groupe, a leading TV broadcaster, and Aviation Club de France, one of France’s most prestigious card rooms and private members clubs. This network will now benefit from pooled poker player liquidity that will be provided by PartyPoker.fr

About PartyGaming:

PartyGaming Plc is the world’s leading listed online gaming company. The Group is a constituent of the FTSE 250 share index with its shares listed on The London Stock Exchange under the ticker: PRTY. In the year to 31 December 2009, PartyGaming’s Continuing operations generated revenue of $446.2m and Clean EBITDA of $135.0m. PartyGaming’s principal brands are
PartyPoker.com, one of the world’s largest online poker rooms, PartyCasino.com, the world’s largest online casino, PartyBingo.com, PartyGammon.com, PartyBets.com, InterTrader.com, FoxyBingo.com, GetMinted.com, GameBookers.com and WorldPokerTour.com. None of the Group’s sites accept real money customers located in the US. PartyGaming is regulated and licensed by the Government of Gibraltar and by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission and it is also certified as a responsible gaming operator by GamCare, the leading UK authority on the provision of advice, practical help, support and counselling in addressing the social impact of gambling. PartyGaming’s shares are also a constituent member of the FTSE4Good Index Series, which enables investors to identify companies that meet globally recognised corporate responsibility standards. For more information, please visit PartyGaming

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Hollywood Studios Attempt To Stop Movie Futures Market, by Greg Tingle - 29th June 2010

Entertainment insiders, movers n shakers, and star gazers, Hollywood has caught the gaming and gambling bug, while some factions are pro, some con. The old guard is generally looking to protect their turf. Legal eagles and Hollywood movie moguls have been hitting the phones and using their political clout in attempt see things go their way. Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment may have deals with the likes of PartyGaming, but that doesn't mean they are a lock for Hollywood movie exchanges. Media Man and Gambling911 embed themselves in the action...

Hollywood's old guard movie studios are on the brink of winning their battle against the movie futures markets, with United States legislators likely to outlaw such trades within days.

At last count 6 Hollywood studios are pushing to see movie betting banned and canned (in the bin, not in the can)... in movie speak.

Currently movie futures contracts allow and facilitate speculators to bet on the box office success or failure of a particular film. The first of these new era contracts, for the Matt Dillon and Chris Brown flick Takers, was approved by the United States Federal regulator over a fortnight ago and the new Sylvester Stallone film The Expendables was due to be approved by the regulator. Sly "Rambo" Stallone is quietly fired up say insiders, but the old guard is looking to put ice on his fire. Stallone and mate, Arnie, have had a taste of the Hollywood - gaming connection previously with both the Rambo and The Terminator Hollywood slot games that are offered via PartyGaming, in play for free or play for money options. StudioCanal greenlighted Sly's PartyGaming deal a few years ago. Orion Pictures Corporation was originally behind The Terminator deal. Orion still operates today, but it is now an in-name-only subsidiary of MGM. They acquired Filmways and The Samuel Goldwyn Company, but they do not own Samuel Goldwyn Films. In the past years other entertainment brands such as Marvel Entertainment followed suit into gaming and gambling, usually with good to great success, by CryptoLogic had mixed results, with PartyGaming blitzing them for service, gameplay, credibility, affiliate program offerings and overall stability. Marvel best adapted to the igaming world say analysts.

Movie Slot Games: Movie Betting Next? Legal Eagles Fly...

The powerful Motion Picture Association of America has been lobbying lawmakers to outlaw movie futures, arguing the market would be easily manipulated and skew the public's perception of movies before they open. The association firms believes rival studios could potentially sabotage films by betting against them.

Trading would be based on the amount of money a movie takes in during its opening weekend. The exchange would set the initial odds for contracts, but those odds would change based on the bidding of investors. An investor who buys a contract with longer odds takes on greater risk and the potential to earn more money.

Example?...an "investor" may think a movie will make at least $75 million in its first weekend. The exchange finds an investor who thinks the movie will fall short of that mark and the two investors enter the contract together. When the movie receipts come in the one who is correct gets a % on top of their investment based on the odds received. The other loses their investment! It's put your money where your mouth is maties.

At the weekend, it emerged that a ban on movie futures is in an amendment to President Obama's financial reform Bill, which is likely to be passed by Congress. Two box office futures markets, the well publicized (thanks to The Hollywood Reporter, Gambling911 and Media Man) Trend Exchange and Cantor Exchange, had intended to launch "soon".

Last week, the mastermind or 'Evil Genius' if you will, behind Trend Exchange, Robert Swagger, vowed to launch to market even if the ban was passed and fight the Government in court on the grounds the regulator had already granted approval. But an MPAA spokesman said the ban makes it retrospective to June 1 - before the regulator issued the approval. Legal eagles best or worst nightmare... add it to the legal bill hey.

Academics, Professors And Smart Cookies Weight Into Debate...

Associate professor Barry Burgan, head of the business school at the Australia's University of Adelaide, advised a movie futures market would provide valuable information about which films were likely to succeed (or fail). "Only one out of a large number of films produce returns and if you can provide ways to predict that better you can improve the outcomes," he said. With his odds analysis, little wonder Hollywood old guard are not so keen.

Media Man is currently seeking comment from Marvel Entertainment and New York based media entrepreneur, Mort Zuckerman. Zuckeman has previously pointed to online gaming and gambling as a way for U.S newspapers and mainstream media companies to stop their bleeding, following the adaption to a business model adopting to gaming, be it slots, poker, bingo, sports betting or a combination, following the UK media experience. In the meantime Australian newspapers and media firms, Daily Telegraph, and Fairfax Media (Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Brisbane Times, WA Today etc) keep ramping up their gaming, igaming and sports betting involvement.

Aussie casino king James Packer remains keen on his Premier Media Group stock. Premier Media Group also enjoys ties to the sports betting world via Fox Sports, and Packer mate Tom Cruise just happens to sometimes stay at Crown Casino and is featured in the PartyGaming title Mission: Impossible. Coincidence Not! Comon' James and Cruise, shake them up in Hollywood... I'm an investor (in Crown) you know. Got to keep the investors happen. Just don't tell us its impossible, and if need be, speak to Richard Branson who just launched Virgin Gaming, following his success of Virgin Casino (not available to Aussies or Yanks yet). PartyGaming is keen to ramp up more Hollywood involved (and do deals with Crown Limited). Last year PartyPoker referred online poker players to the Aussie Millions Poker Championship in Melbourne, Australia, and the promo worked a charm. We all made money right? Yep. Thanks in advance.

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Wrap Up...

The argements for and against the betting on film releases are many. It's fair to say that the legal eagles on both sides of the equations will pulling out all the stops to see the ideal outcomes for their prospective clients. Hollywood betting... good, bad or neutral? Tell us in the forum, and Tony Clifton and Howard Stern (King Of All Media), we invite your contribution... and everyone else. Your feedback will be taken on board by the powers that be at Gambling911 and Media Man, at a time when The Expendables look to kick booty, and Max Mad 4 is looking to weigh into the Hollywood betting wars. Would you bet against Stallone or Max Max!

Media Man and Gambling911 are website portals covering entertainment, gambling, gaming, sports, politics and much more. Punters, as always, know the odds and have fun.

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*Media Man is primarily a media, publicity and internet portal development company. Gaming is just one of a bakers dozen of sectors they cover.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Asia Pacific Sports, Entertainment And Gaming Roundup, by Greg Tingle - 28th June 2010

Punting, sporting and entertainment news junkies, and hard core gamblers, what a week, and what a month its been. The Australian - Asia Pacific connection remains in the thick of the sporting action, even though the Socceroos and New Zealanders are out of the FIFA World Cup. Enjoy the sumo slamming, car rolling, internet filter free report, as Media Man and Gambling911 scour the globe, so you don't have to...

FIFA World Cup Attacks: Aussies Recovering Well But City On Alert For More...

South Africa continues to get mixed reports on its security, especially regarding the safety of tourists. The bush tucker bag of Australian fans who were attacked and robbed in their hotel room are recovering well, but South Africa's reputation regarding safety continues to fall, amid crimes often containing "inside job" elements. Media Man can confirm that the crime problems are far bigger than just the atrocious track record of the now infamous Hamilton Parks Country Lodge in Hazyview, located north-east of Johannesburg.


Aussie Mark Webber Close Call At Valencia...

Aussie Formula One title contender Mark Webber had a lucky escape on Sunday after suffering a massive crash at the popular European Grand Prix. The 33-year-old's Red Bull flipped over on lap 10 of the 57-lapper race after hitting the back of Finnish Heikki Kovalainen. Webber appeared to walk away from the wreck of his car unhurt and was taken away in the medical car as a precaution. The Aussie, who has now slipped to 4th in the overall world standings behind British McLaren duo Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, and his teammate Sebastian Vettel, had started from the front row on the grid behind teammate Vettel. Webber had a terrible start slipping down to 9th then pitted to be near the rear when he crashed out. Vettel won the race in fromt of Hamilton and Button. Hamilton now leads overall standings with 127 points, ahead of world champion Button on 121.
Vettel's 2nd win of the year lifted him to 3rd on 115 points with Webber fourth on 103. Vettel was wrapt to have secured pole position, as it mean the Red Bull team had pole in every race except Canada where Hamilton had been successful. Vettel set a time of one minute 37.587 seconds towards the end of the qualifying session, quick enough to fend off last ditch efforts from Hamilton and Button, and Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa. Vettel, 22, was relieved to be starting at the front again after a number of disappointments in Turkey and Canada, but admitted that he was surprised as many had predicted the Valencia track would suit the McLaren and Ferrari cars. "The last couple of races we didn't have a good run on Saturday, so it is good," said Vettel after qualifying. "These circuits, Canada and here in Valencia, usually wouldn't be our strongest so it's good to put the car on pole and our pace looks good. It was a tight qualifying session in the end. In the first run I had a huge moment in the first sector and I knew I had to put everything in the second run, and it worked. I am happy for today. It was a very tough one here, especially as we reintroduced the F-duct and a lot of other things of the car, and some mechanics had just one-hour sleep." Hamilton started behind the Red Bull duo but capitalised by Webber's crash.

Sumo Scandal Claims Oriental Top Brass Scalp...

Japan's sumo association has announced it will go ahead with a tournament next month despite allegations of wrestlers and coaches betting tens of thousands of dollars on baseball in a widening scandal that has tarnished the image of the ancient sport.

The Japan Sumo Association decided in an emergency meeting Monday to hold the tournament, but kept the option of suspending more than a dozen wrestlers - or about one-third of the top division - along with another dozen coaches, according to media reports.

One arrest has already been made in the betting scandal and police are considering more criminal action pending the outcome of an investigation into the accusations, which first appeared in the weekly press and allegedly involve gangster middlemen.

Stablemaster Otake, who allegedly held the deepest involvement with the baseball gambling scheme submitted a letter of resignation to the association. Police have arrested a former wrestler, Mitsutomo Furuichi, 38, who is accused of demanding hush money from Kotomitsuki to cover up the second-ranking champion's alleged involvement in illegal sports gambling. Public opinion has rapidly turned against the sumo establishment as the gambling scandal widened, with sumo officials perceived to have done little to investigate and publicise the problem. The scandal could torpedo next month's grand tournament, which national broadcaster NHK is threatening to abandon. Big-name sponsors have already turned their backs on the tournament. For the first time since World War II, the sumo association has postponed the announcement of a ranking list ahead of the 15-day July tournament because so many wrestlers face expulsion from the event. Stablemaster Otake is expected to resign, possibly any second, after Gambling911 turns up the heat.


Japan: Saipan Casinos Don't Lure Tourist Nor Turn On Casino Whales...

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands — Legalizing casino gambling in Saipan wouldn't necessarily draw more tourists, according to a Japan-based tourism official for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Michael Merner, the Marianas Visitors Authority managing director for Japan, said tourists travel to Saipan for its natural beauty, and glitzy casinos wouldn't fit in. "It's important that Saipan not follow the road of Guam or Hawaii with overcommercialized development," said Merner, of Marketing Garden Ltd. Saipan should "keep its position as a natural paradise, and that doesn't fit the casino image," he said.
The Northern Mariana Islands already have casino gaming in Tinian, and Merner said there's no need to expand it to Saipan. In an informal survey of 10 major Japanese travel agents, Merner said the "overwhelming answer" was that Saipan shouldn't create a casino. The U.S. commonwealth "has a great reputation for its natural beauty. Not so much for the quality of the infrastructure. Not so much about the restaurants. Nature is really its selling point," he said. A measure before the commonwealth's legislature would legalize casinos in Saipan and allow them to operate in hotels with at least 250 rooms. Investors would have to pay a $100,000 nonrefundable casino application fee, and additional licensing fees could reach $200,000. Even though most gambling is illegal in Japan, travel agents believe adding gambling to Saipan's attractions wouldn't entice Japanese visitors, Merner said.


Hong Kong Police Crack Football Gambling Ring...

Hong Kong based coppers advised they have smashed a record breaking 170 million Hong Kong dollar (22 million US dollar) gambling ring that took illegal bets on World Cup football games and horse racing. Authorities arrested four men linked to Hong Kong's notorious triad gangs and seized betting records in the latest in a series of raids that have netted at least three dozen suspects since the tournament kicked off this month. "This is a record for a single raid," a police spokeswoman told wire services. Betting records worth about 32 million US dollars have been seized. Police said they have not finished breaking down the value of wagers put on football versus horse racing in the latest raid. In a joint operation earlier this month, mainland Chinese police arrested at 45 odd people and confiscated 44 million Hong Kong dollars' worth of betting slips in nearby Shenzhen. Punters in Hong Kong, a football and horse racing-mad former British colony, can bet legally on a variety of sports events including the World Cup through the Hong Kong Jockey Club. About 35 billion Hong Kong dollars in legal bets were placed on football matches in 2009, according to Jockey Club figures. Illegal bookmakers are said to offer considerable superior odds, and easier credit terms. Failure to repay can bring horrific punishment!


Malaysia Drops New Gambling Plan Amid protests...

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak advised his government had dropped a proposal to legalise sports betting amid protests by groups who fear it will create more social ills. The uproar over sports betting erupted after Ascot Sports, a company controlled by influential tycoon Vincent Tan, said in May it had been granted a licence to offer odds for the hugely popular English Premier League season. The government denied such a licence had been issued and said that it was still reviewing its decision as Muslim groups, opposition leaders and even members of the ruling government coalition opposed the new licence. "I hereby wish to announce that the government has decided that the licence will not be issued," Najib told state media late Friday. "Although there were groups who supported as well those who did not support or opposed the decision, it was clear to the government that a majority of the people did not agree that the licence be issued to Ascot Sports," he added. Opposition political parties said Thursday they were planning a mass street protest next month against the proposal. "We have too many social problems - drug addiction, free sex and baby dumping," Kamarulzaman Mohamad, youth secretary of the conservative Pan-Malaysia Islamic Party (PAS). "Sports betting will add to our problems as most youths watch football. They will be influenced to borrow money," he added. Party officials have not yet to decided whether the demonstration will be cancelled following Najib's announcement. Malaysia bans its majority Muslims from gambling but allows betting at a casino operated by Genting Group, on the national lottery and on horse-racing. Berjaya, the property-to-gaming group which has a 70 percent state in Ascot Sports, has said the illegal sports betting market in Malaysia was worth as much as 20 billion ringgit (six billion US dollars) a year.


Crown Limited King James Packer Delighted With Photon Group Deal...

Photon's capital raising will be close to $200 million, which could almost double its market capitalisation of $191 million, advised insiders including the in the know News Limited blood hounds. Photon stock was suspended on June 4 at $1.02 a share and the coming capital raising will be at a substantial discount, with the rights issue price less than 50 cents a share. UBS and Macquarie are handling the equity raising which has already won the backing of major shareholders Reg Grundy, James Packer and others. Mr Packer continues his roll of good fortune and is once again ramping up media and new media interests. Media Man continues to become more investor ready, looking to plug into the Packer - Gyngell - Bondi Beach "machine". Gyngell has recently joined the Crown Limited board of directors to mixed media reports, but some close to the action say Packer and Gyng have a "few tricks up their sleeve". The point to the entertainment and lifestyle sector (not just gambling). In a business where trust is important the Packer - Gyng team is an excellent piece of risk management, in a (media) business known for backstabbing and jealously.


Poker News: GSN Airs 2010 Aussie Millions: United States TV Coverage; Aussie TV Misses Out...

American friends, GSN is your station to watch 1 hour specials of the world famous Aussie Millions Poker Championship. Tune in at 9pm Eastern on Saturday night. Aussie Tony G, sponsored by PartyPoker, even gets a Guernsey, even though the show has strong Full Tilt Poker tie ins.

Australian Politics: PM Julie Gillard Puts Kevin Rudd On The Backbench But 'Minster Of Censorship' Stephen Conroy Retains Communications Portfolio!...

Sen Stephen Conroy has somehow survived a cabinet reshuffle from newly crowned Prime Minister Julia Gillard, retaining his role as the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. Maybe Steve's being listening to Aussie casino king, James Packer! Gillard revealed details of her new ministry at a lunchtime press conference (28th June) noting that "limited changes". If you were Kevin Rudd it wasn't very "limited". Gillard claims "maximum stability in the team" has been achieved. Trade Minister Simon Crean was to take over Gillard's role as Minister for Education, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister for Social Inclusion. Crean's Trade portfolio has been merged with Foreign Affairs and will now come under the responsibility of incumbent Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith. Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner, who last week announced his intention to resign from politics, was asked to continue in his role for the remainder of Labor's term in Government. Gillard advised she had no intention to make any further changes to her ministry until after the re-election, should the Labor Government survive..."The premium I have put in making these ministerial changes is on stability. There will be no further appointments to cabinet; there will be no new ministerial appointments; there will be no new parlimentary secretary appointments. The team is the team. Our focus is on election day. We take nothing for granted. If the government is re-elected, then following the re-election, I will shape the team at that point." A role had not been created for deposed Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in the current Gillard ministry. However, she said he would be offered a senior minister position should the Labor Government be re-elected. "I have, in recent days, had conversations with Kevin Rudd about his future," Gillard advised press. "It's his intention to seek re-election as the member of Griffith; consequently, I have told him I would be absolutely delighted to see him serve as a senior cabinet minister in the team if the Government is re-elected." Conroy has exuded confidence in the lead-up to the reshuffle, boasting to SBS Television he had been watching the World Cup rather than jostling for position. Good to hear Steve, we love our sports also.


Aussie Pokie Palace Robbery And Attacks Continues; Another Armed Robbery!...

3 bandits carrying weapons including a machete ordered pokie players onto the floor of a gaming venue in Melbourne's north before stealing a large quantity of cash. Armed crime taskforce detectives said the masked thieves entered the gaming area of pokies venue in Sunset Boulevard, Jacana, near Broadmeadows, just after 10pm carrying a gun and a machete. Patrons and staff inside the club were told to lay on the floor while the robbers grabbed large amount of cash and left on foot. Police advised no shots were fired and no staff members or patrons were pysically injured in the attack, but some were shaken up. A police helicopter and the dog squad was called in to search the area surrounding the club but failed to locate the robbers. Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or go to crimestoppers.com.au.


UFC: Brock Lesnar VS Shane Carwin - Aussie Love Lesnar But Expect Carwin To Win...

Australian UFC fans have take to the sport in a big way. Earlier this year UFC enjoyed a sell out at the Acer Arena. Tickets were gone in approximaley 1 hour. Media Man has conduced a street survey on Lesnar VS Carwin, and Aussie punters are picking Carwin to win, even though Australian fans are big "marks" for Brock. Carwin's winning streak... the positive momentiam, and being able to match up muscle and abily with Lesnar see Shane a mild favorite at time of publication. Match date: 3rd July.


NRL State Of Origin:

Frantic NSW selectors have named 3 debutant front-rowers in the side to play Queensland in State of Origin III on July 7. Manly co-captain Jason King, Cronulla's Kade Snowden and Parramatta's Tim Mannah, who was named on the bench, will join Penrith winger Michael Gordon in playing their first Origin game in the ANZ Stadium dead rubber. Gordon will be joined by Panthers team-mate Michael Jennings, whose top performances at club level have earned him a guesney.

NSW Team for Origin 3

Jarryd Hayne, Brett Morris, Michael Jennings, Beau Scott, Michael Gordon, Trent Barrett (c), Mitchell Pearce, Jason King, Michael Ennis, Kade Snowden, Luke Lewis, Paul Gallen, Greg Bird. Interchange: Kurt Gidley, Tom Learoyd- Lahrs, Tim Mannah, Anthony Watmough. *Queensland remains heavy favorites


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Wrap Up...

Readers and punters. If your in South Africa for the cup, please take care and exercise extreme caution. All of the attacks in the field are only going to boost the popularity of online sports betting and online casinos, many of which are showcased on the world famous Media Man and Gambling911 website portals. Punters, as always, know the odds and have fun.

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

WagerWorks, an IGT Company, Wins 'Slot Provider of the Year' Award

WagerWorks, an IGT Company, Wins 'Slot Provider of the Year' Award

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Superior products help take top prize at the first eGaming Review b2b Supplier Awards in London

LAS VEGAS, June 23, 2010 - WagerWorks, the online and mobile subsidiary of International Game Technology, was officially crowned "Slot Provider of the Year" at the inaugural EGR b2b Supplier Awards in London. With high expectations following a strong preceding year of successful game releases and new partnerships, the prize confirmed WagerWorks' status as a leading provider of highly innovative gaming content. With more than ten years of experience in the online gaming market, WagerWorks is the leading provider of online, mobile and iDTV game content. WagerWorks was also a finalist in the "RNG Casino Supplier" and "Mobile Supplier" of the year categories.

"The honor of having WagerWorks crowned 'Slot Provider of the Year' is a true reflection of the game expertise we have as part of IGT. Among a myriad of suppliers, WagerWorks is the only one with deep roots in the traditional land-based casino business of IGT, and with that credibility comes a wealth of knowledge and experience," said Oliver Lofthouse, director and general manager at WagerWorks. "Our games are continuing to perform at the highest level with more and more clients seeing the benefit of partnering with the best content supplier in the market."

The award was a perfect conclusion to a positive month for WagerWorks which has seen UK operator Sportech expand its current games portfolio with additional WagerWorks titles on its Game On, Football Pools and Vernons brands.

Additionally, the first expansion into the UK land-based amusement sector with ThePalaces.com highlighted the versatility and appeal of WagerWorks games to all areas of the gaming industry.

"We are thrilled to be given this prestigious honor," said Gideon Bierer, executive vice president new media at IGT. "This is a testament to the hard work and collaboration of our teams. Together, we are able to provide the top online gaming experience in jurisdictions where this type of gaming is available."

The start of June also saw the online release of the hit IGT multi-line slot, Noah's Ark(R), with immediate industry plaudits and player reaction making it WagerWorks' online game of the year to date. Widely acclaimed for the quality of its audio and visual appeal, Noah's Ark(R) provides a true menagerie of entertainment with an iconic super-rich Split Symbols(TM) feature which counts for two symbols rather than one.

About WagerWorks

WagerWorks, the online gaming subsidiary of International Game Technology (IGT), is the premier provider of game content for online, mobile and interactive digital television. Leading the pack is MegaJackpots(R), the wide-area progressive-style game with the largest reset jackpot value of 1,500,000 pounds Sterling, featuring Cleopatra(R), Cluedo and Monopoly brands. WagerWorks and IGT are solely responsible for the jackpot payout. Other favorites include well-known brands such as Dungeons & Dragons, Elvis(R), Wheel of Fortune(R) and online and mobile versions of IGT and Barcrest Games "killer" brands such as Rainbow Riches(R) and Wolf Run(R). Its extensive online and mobile offering includes multi-line multi-coin slots, progressive-style, traditional and proprietary table games and fixed-odds games. Operators can add WagerWorks games to their existing iGaming platform using WagerWorks rgs(TM) and the WagerWorks Mobile Gaming System.

For further information about WagerWorks, their portfolio of products, new game launches and strategic alliances, visit www.wagerworks.com or contact +44 (0)20 7494 8787, sales@wagerworks.com.

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International Game Technology is a leader in the design, development and manufacture of gaming machines and systems products worldwide. More information about IGT is available at www.IGT.com.

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Virgin Casino Launches White Orchid by WagerWorks

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 06/25/10 - Virgin Casino, part of the leading online gaming company - Virgin Games, has today launched White Orchid, adding a brand new slot game to the Casino's extensive product suit. Provided by the online casino games supplier, WagerWorks, White Orchid is a 5-reel, 40-payline slot that has a host of exciting features for Virgin Casino's customers to enjoy.

Players can use a multi-way option to bet on singular reels instead of betting on all paylines. So White Orchid gives the flexibility to wager on any combination of reels across the 5-reels, giving players 1,024 betting choices. White Orchid's MultiwayXtra increases players winning chances from 243 to 1,024.

With twenty independent reels, players can reap awe-inspiring pays for big clusters of matching symbols. Get two or more Bonus symbols and discover exotic wins in the White Falls Free Spins Bonus. Enjoy 10, 15, or 20 free spins on extra-rich bonus reels with the opportunity to retrigger the bonus multiple times.

Warren Eloff, Product Manager at Virgin Games, commented:

"WagerWorks games have always been very popular with our players and, with its unprecedented levels of slot action and superb graphics, we believe White Orchid will be no exception. The introduction of White Orchid is in line with our commitment to offer our customers more choice from quality game producers to make us one of the most content rich online casinos available."

Founded in 2004, Virgin Games has over 1,000,000 players and nearly 200 games on its site. Through the introduction of a custom built Virgin Games platform in 2008, Virgin Games seeks to provide its players with the widest possible choice of online casino games. A growing selection of games can be found at Virgin Games from a number of producers including Microgaming, WagerWorks, Cryptologic, Freemantle, Endemol and Ash Gaming.

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About Virgin Games:

Virgin Games (www.virgingames.com) launched in June 2004 and has quickly established itself as one of the leading gaming websites in the UK. Virgin Games comprises three distinct offerings:

-- Virgin Casino, offers content from a range of games suppliers including
WagerWorks, Cryptologic, Freemantle and Ash Gaming, bringing consumers
classic casino games like Blackjack and Roulette, as well as great
feature slots like Monopoly, Rubik's, X-Factor and the highly popular
MegaJackpots progressive games, with a current jackpot value of over GBP
2,500,000

-- Virgin Poker, part of the Boss Media network, offers a huge array of
games and content for beginners through to experienced pros - as well as
the most generous loyalty scheme in the industry

-- Virgin Bingo, part of the Virtue Fusion network, offers cash prizes
worth thousands of pounds in the progressive jackpots, as well as Virgin
prize bingo and a range of unique Virgin Games bingo games.


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Friday, June 25, 2010

PartyCasino News: No Vuvuzela Horns As Safari Soccer Comes To PartyCasino

PartyCasino News: No Vuvuzela Horns As Safari Soccer Comes To PartyCasino

Gibraltar – 17th June 2010 - With football fever sweeping the savannah, PartyCasino.com, the world’s largest online casino, has introduced a new game - Safari Soccer! Team up with Africa’s most iconic animals as they kick-off a wild and rewarding match where you can win up to $500,000 on a single line. To celebrate the new game, PartyCasino.com has also introduced two leaderboards where over $150,000 is up for grabs.
A PartyCasino.com spokesman said: “Featuring raging rhinos, sleek springboks and ferocious lions across five-reels and 30-paylines, we’re sure you’ll find Safari Soccer a real winner. Over $150,000 is available through two leaderboards – one for regular players and one for Palladium Lounge VIP members. Fight for your lion’s share today!”
“We were going to introduce the sounds of the vuvuzela horn at a late stage but decided the sound would already be way too familiar to customers. You could call it a last minute technical change!”
Safari Soccer is a slot very much in the mold of the classic Melon Madness and features a free-spin bonus game triggered by the zebra referee symbol. A customer has to pick one of the referees in view to discover the number of free spins and a valuable multiplier.
The leaderboard races are underway and run until 23.59ET on the 27th June. Palladium Lounge VIPs compete for more than $95,000. First prize is $15,000 and pays 150 places. The regular race features a top prize of $5,000 and pays 500 places. To encourage top-class performances PartyCasino.com will be rewarding double points to customers who play Safari Soccer. Please note that the extra points awarded will not count towards the Safari Soccer Cup leaderboards.

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Aussie Pokies Clubs Say Govt Recommendations Cost $4 Billion!, by Greg Tingle - 25th June 2010

Australian pokies clubs and hotels say that the new Australian Productivity Commission Reports recommendations would cost them $4 billion dollars to implement. Media Man and Gambling911 take the probe to the one armed bandits...with this free of charge report...

With new Australian Prime Minister Julie Gillard sworn into office yesterday, many campaigners, lobby groups and the like are attempting to strike while the iron is hot.

Media Man understands that new PM came into office on the same day that the Australian Productivity Report on gambling was released into the public domain. Coincidence or not? In the U.S its not that uncommon for various controversial and high stakes bills to be sworn in just before public holidays et al, and some folks call these happenings "Midnight Bills", a term coined to mate the cloak and dagger - art of war type practice.

The Aussie clubs lobby powers that be state upgrading pokies to meet Productivity Commission recommendations could cost up to $4 billion back! Yep, you read right. We reckon you could buy a few clubs, even casinos, for that sort of money.

The timing of last months pokies auction is curious also. The purchaser may have thought they got a bargain, but maybe not, if those pokies become useless or too expensive to bother upgrading.

Mr Jeremy Bath, Exec Director of Clubs Australia advised some smaller outlets with one armed bandits that could be say a decade old may not be able to afford to purchase new pokies that go for about $25,000 a pop.

"Manufacturers haven't been building them so they could be upgraded," he tells.

The Productivity Commission this past Wednesday made some 48 recommendations to tackle "problem gambling", including a $1 a bet limit on pokies, restricting to $20 the amount of cash a player could insert into a machine and a "pre-commitment" system allowing pokie lovers to set their own voluntary spending limits.

Ball advised technology that was very expensive to install and implement would not in fact end "problem gambling".

"The best strategy for problem gamblers will always be to ensure the counselling and education they need is readily available so they don't gamble at all," he said.

The GM of the Australian Hotels Association South Australian branch, Ian Horne, advised some of the commission's recommendations were "pretty confronting" and disputed by the industry because of the lack of evidence backing the claims.

"They basically say a lot of their recommendations are a leap of faith," he said.

"We don't want a leap of faith, we think we deserve something a bit more concrete."

The federal government has taken up just one of the commission's recommendations, which would allow gamblers to voluntarily set limits on the amount they intend to spend in a single gambling session.

Media Man believes that some of the report recommendations have merit, such as the setting limits point.

A Media Man spokesperson said "People enjoy playing the pokies and its no secret that a small percentage run into problems, just like some drivers have car accidents, some sports persons get injured, some people shoplift, some look for fights at clubs, and you get the idea. The problem remains, we are dealing with people here, not robots. Studies have shown that gambling addiction can be found in the genes - the human makeup - DNA. Machines are not the problem, just as guns are not the problem - people are... some people are just not suited to playing the pokies. If you make them illegal they will only go underground. Education and counselling are key parts of whats needed. For those people who think they may have a problem, stay away from pokies, or just don't even start. Of course, in the online environment some pokies can be played for free. In theory its simple, don't put in money if you have a problem, or think you might. Again, we're dealing with humans, not robots, so there's likely to always be some kind of problem behavior, as there is in just about every aspect of society".

The New South Wales Minister for Gaming and Racing, Kevin Greene, said he looked forward to working with the new COAG council, but appeared to signal problems.

"NSW will continue to play a leadership role in national discussions but we will not agree to any approach that diminishes the strict responsible gambling initiatives already in place in our state," Mr Greene said.

The clubs industry, which derives about 60% of its revenue from gambling, and poker machine manufacturers welcomed the government's response to the report.

While responsibility for gambling regulation lies with the states, the commission said that the federal government could use its corporations powers to regulate gambling machines if necessary.

Independent Senator Nick Xenophon, who ran for Parliament on a no pokies platform, was far from impressed with the Government's response.

"The Federal Government's response on this report is nothing short of a disgrace," he said.

"We don't need more talk, we don't need more reports and reviews, we actually need action on this and the fact is the Productivity Commission - by recommending $1 bets - is a way forward to actually deal with this issue."

Some of Australia's most popular pokies include Cleopatra, Queen Of The Nile, Black Rhino, 50 Lions, Where's The Gold, Penguin Pays and Show Me The Money. Online pokies that enjoy strong popularity, many by PartyGaming in third party agreements with outfits like IGT - WagerWorks, Hasbro and Marvel, include Cleopatra, Sinatra, Monopoly, Thor, Rambo, The Incredible Hulk, Tomb Raider, Hitman and Mission: Impossible. That reminds us, Tomb Raider movie goddess, Angelina Jolie, is also strongly rumoured to be considering the lead in a Hollywood remake of Cleopatra. Her Brad Pitt has also been talked about for Mark Anthony. The movie remake would also be a platform to relaunch the famous 'Cleo' game titles. Richard Branson's Virgin Games and new Virgin Gaming is also understood to be getting Tomb Raider before year end. Only in Hollywood... and the igaming sector. Know the odds, and keep it fun.

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Wrestling Legend Ric Flair Gambles On Tennessee Lottery, by Greg Tingle - 25th June 2010

An ever increasing amount of celebrities, athletes and all matter of entities are entering the gaming and gambling arena, having learned of its resistance of the world's economic recession. Wrestling legend Ric Flair, featured in wrestling video games, has been enjoying his role of front man for Caroline lotteries and has now further expand to good old Tennessee. Media Man and Gambling911 with this body slamming report...

Ric Flair aka "The Nature Boy" continues to enjoy one crazy in his life and reads like a Hollywood script. From small time wrestling events to WrestleMania, world tours, star of videogames, and in the last few years, the spokesperson for both South Carolina and North Carolina Lotteries. Flair still wrestles out of love of the business that made him a star.

We note the wrestling with TNA Wrestling keeps him on TV, Flair and the fans enjoy the contribution, and at the same time is keeps exposure high, thus staying appealing to companies, brands (and gaming firms), looking to engage his services.

World spread to Tennessee of Flair's gift in getting the word out on Lottery ticket sales, and hence a deal was stuck, complete with another Flair YouTube hit.

The Tennessee Lottery sees Flair and his signature "Woooooo" promote the Mega Millions scratchie - instant win.

Flair also appears in 30-second TV promo and radio spots entitled "Jack Up Your Jackpots." He's shown in the gym giving a wrestling chop to a bloke and encouraging him to turn small jackpots into huge ones by playing Tennessee Mega Millions of course!

The powers that be in the business world love working with Flair and he sports praise from promoters and corporate giants the world over.

"He's an absolute delight to work with and everybody knows him," advised Rebecca Hargrove, Prez and CEO of the Tennessee Lottery. "He's a good representation of good people.

"Everything we do is geared to sell more tickets, and this ad has garnered a lot of attention."

The spots run for 3 but lottery officials have the rights to run it for a year. It's yet another YouTube viral hit for Flair, enjoying over 2,000 views in a week.

"It's gotten the response we hoped," Hargrove said.

Flair has done previous promotion work for lotteries including in North Carolina, but this promo might be his champion result.

"I thought this was a perfect fit for him" Hargrove stressed.

Flair's website proclaims him "the most decorated world champion in history." In the Tennessee spot, he screams his famous "Wooooo" four times.

"People of all ages want his autograph," Hargrove said.

Taking the chop for the lottery promo was a shirtless Michael Bradley, a local actor. The promo production is understood to have cost $110,000 to produce, but the promoter is certain they will get the money back, and sell a lot more tickets. Of course, there's going to be lucky winners also. Some small, and some bigger. Everyone's aiming for Mega Millions, not to be confused with Mega Jackpots, as found as land based casinos and Richard Branson's Virgin Casino.

Mega Millions is a multi-state lottery in which players pick five lucky numbers and then another number. It only costs $1 to play.

Knockers say its a "Tax on the dumb", but a Media Man spokesperson enthusiastically says, "If you can afford a dollar and think your lucky, even better a wrestling fan, it a no brainer. Do it to support Flair and test your luck, and you might even get jacked".

The Tennessee lottery, authorized in a statewide referendum in 2002, has raised more than $1.6 billion for education programs since it commenced in January 2004. Players have won close to $3.6 billion in prizes. Lottery tickets are available at more than 4,700 retail locations.

Flair is arguably the second most famous pro wrestler of all time, Hulk Hogan likely being #1. Hogan is also featured in wrestling video games and has his Hulk A Mania Experience slot game found in casinos. Flair and Hogan are on friendly terms and have done good business together (despite wrestling storylines saying they hate each other). Other wrestlers such as Jimmy Snuka, Roddy Piper, Outback Jack and Kevin Nash, once known as Vinnie Vegas, are all following the Flair and Hogan success in gaming, and some are keen to get their own deal. PartyGaming and North Sydney (Australia) based NextGen Gaming are rumoured to be working on an Andre The Giant online slot game and Media Man witnessed hard copy promos for the game last year, so something big is in the works. PartyGaming currently offers the 'Sumo' slot game. Sumo recently made headlines for wrestlers having links to mafia and doing illegal betting on matches. We expect Flair will remain in the thick of the (legal and totally above board) action.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Australians To Score Gigs At Marina Bay Sands, by Greg Tingle - 24th June 2010

Readers, punters, media analysts... the Asia Pacific region continues to breath new life back into American casino and hotel developers. The Las Vegas Sands company is one of the most recent to see Asia changing their fortunes for the better. Media Man and Gambling911 pick up the chop sticks and Samurai sword with this special report...

A bush tucker bag of hard working Aussies including project managers and engineers are expected to be attracted to Asia by casino and resort super developer, the Las Vegas Sands.

This comes off the back of the announcement some 24 hours ago that The Sands had opened its $US5.5 billion Marina Bay Sands project in downtown Singapore, snatching some of the attention away from Macau, a favorite of Crown's James Packer.

By The Numbers

Let's swing into some impressive statistics...

2561-room hotel, which has a cricket stumps look about it

3 55-storey towers complete with 1.2ha park area on its pinnacle

In addition, part of the 15.5ha Marina Bay Sands development is 800,000 square meters of retail (Chanel, Gucci, Hermes and Louis Vuitton), world class restaurants, a museum, theatres and a casino. We understand 1 or 2 varieties of casino babes and poker babes are not far away for those seeking such services... for the well informed and connected, but please don't ask us for further detail pertaining to those babes. They are not on our books ok mates.

Sands tipped that its upcoming major projects were likely to include Korea, Japan or both.

The Singapore complex enjoyed its opening yesterday, however the project still has about six months of construction left. Bring on the Aussies, and try to include some GenerationOne skilled up workers. We don't think Crown's (and City Of Dreams connection) James Packer will mind too much, if its for the greater good of getting more Aussies into sustainable employment opportunities.

Las Vegas Sands Corp Asia construction VP Mr Matthew Pryor, who ran the Marina Bay Sands development, advised the firm had staff putting the final finishing touches on the museum, theatres and a couple more retail therapy "zoos".

Media Man insiders understand the project is coming up to being 5 months late...almost sounds like a project from Australia's Labor party! Thank god there's no Painters and Dockers Union to contend with, nor is a Tim 'Earthquake' Bristow type "enforcer" required, as documented in 'Not For Publication', hard news stories by Australian journalist and writer, Chris Masters. Oriental and American friends, if you get too many more delays you could always try Aussie Mick Gatto, who is a world calibre "consultant" and arbitrator of sorts. Gatto is a can-do type of guy who is also known as a skilled motivator and negotiator. Mr Gatto is represented by Media Man friend and occasional associate, Max Markson aka 'Mr Fame'.

Spreading its wings (not legs)... LVS has also sized up Macau, revisiting to complete a $US3.8bn-plus construction that was put on ice, thanks to the financial mess the world got itself in, fingers pointing to the World Bank and U.S Bush administration, no thanks either to 'Mr Ponzi Scheme' Bernie Madoff and partners in crime, you mongrels.

We understand a new shot of life will be injected into Macau, which previously had seem multiply thousands of working loosing their jobs.

Mr Pryor advised "It is hard to get the right people. We started hiring during the boom, I built the team up since 2003 and scaled it up consistently in that time".

At Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, 30% of the 100 top brass and 75 out of 100 engineers are from Australia.

Australian Contractor Connection...

Australia's Alfasi company were contractors for the Marina Bay Sands Singapore project, and would you believe that their budget stretched from the initial $US3.5bn forecast to $US150m, thanks to 4 months of delays and a calamity of issues and challenges, including a 7000 ton life of steel which had to go up 200 metres into the sky.

These days many insiders say Sands Oriental connection will see the sky the limit for the casino hotel developer giant.

One of the difficulties was lifting 7000 tonnes of steel 200m in the air for the hotel complex.

Mr Pryor is a key part of the comeback by Sands.

Media Man and Gambling911 wish the developer well and are delighted to learn of the great employment opportunities by Sands.

Long live the Australian - Oriental - American connection. Viva Sans, Macau, Japan... the world. 'Sin City' Singapore? Stranger things have happened.

*Greg Tingle is a special contributor for Gambling911

*Media Man http://www.mediamanint.com is primarily a media, publicity and internet portal development company. Gaming is just one of a bakers dozen of sectors they cover.

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Australia Releases 2010 Productivity Commission Gambling Report, by Greg Tingle - 24th June 2010

As readers would be well aware by now, gaming and gambling, be it casino, poker, slots, sports betting, bingo, scratchies, online or offline, along with internet censorship, are a few of the hottest subject matters in Australia. The gaming sector also enjoys strong ties to the political arena, with the ongoing agreements as to the control, rules and regulation of the industry. Some of the American gaming ties to the political arena are famously documented in 'Casino Jack And The United States Of Money'! Punters er readers, congratulations are in order for Julia Gillard, the new Prime Minister of Australia, elected soon after 9am earlier today. Readers can learn more with the Gambling911 article 'Australian Political Challenge: PM Kevin Rudd VS Julia Gillard'.


Media Man and Gambling911 are delighted to bring this important update to the every loyal readership...

The Australian Government today released the 2010 Productivity Commission Report into Gambling for consideration by States, Territories, industry and the wider community.

The Government has also announced its support for key reform directions to minimise the harm caused by problem gambling.

In an initial response to the 2010 Productivity Commission Report into Gambling, the Australian Government signalled it supports the use of pre-commitment technology to tackle problem gambling and is committed to working with State and Territory Governments, and industry, in implementing this technology.

The Australian Government does not agree with the Productivity Commission recommendation that the Australian Government amend the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 to allow for a liberalisation of online gambling, starting with allowing the provision of online poker games to Australians. The existing rules will continue to apply.

The Australian Government accepts that further work can be done to improve harm minimization measures for electronic gaming machines.

The Australian Government will now write to State and Territory Premiers and Chief Ministers to recommend the establishment of a new high-level Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Select Council of Ministers on Gambling Reform to progress a national approach to minimise the harm caused by problem gambling.

The Productivity Commission estimates that there are between 80,000 and 160,000 Australian adults suffering severe problem gambling. In addition there are between 230,000 and 350,000 people at moderate risk.

The Productivity Commission’s final report highlights the significant social cost of gambling, estimated to be at least $4.7 billion. The Productivity Commission estimates that problem gamblers account for around 40 per cent of electronic gaming machine expenditure, showing that a small number of gamblers account for a large percentage of losses.

The Productivity Commission also highlighted the gambling sector as an important industry with gambling expenditure exceeding $19 billion and the industry estimated to support the employment of more than 145,000 people.

Pre-commitment

The Productivity Commission found that pre-commitment is the most effective way to target problem gamblers and at-risk gamblers without impacting upon the wider gambling community and that’s why the Government has committed to developing a pathway towards implementation for pre-commitment.

The Productivity Commission also found that pre-commitment systems would empower people to take responsibility for their own spending behaviour, by helping them decide exactly how much they want to spend before they start playing.

The Productivity Commission found that a pre-commitment scheme is a strong, practicable and ultimately cost-effective option to minimise harm caused by gambling. This new technology will give people the tools to stick to their limit and help them keep track of their spending.

The first priority for the Australian Government will be to progress a nationally consistent pre-commitment model for electronic gaming machines.

Online gaming

The Australian Government does not support the liberalisation of online gaming, including online poker, as recommended by the Productivity Commission.

The Government is not convinced that liberalising online gaming would have benefits for the Australian community which would outweigh the risks of an increased incidence of problem gambling, particularly with the rapid changes in technology.

The current prohibition on the provision of online gaming services to Australians will continue to apply.

The Government will examine the regulatory approach taken by other countries with similar regulatory regimes in relation to online gaming, such as the United States.

In particular, we will seek to work with other countries to investigate the possibility of a more effective multilateral regulatory regime to address this form of gambling, its social impacts and its impact on the Australian gambling industry.

Harm minimization

The Australian Government accepts that more work can be done to improve harm minimisation measures for electronic gaming machines.

The Select Council on Gambling Reform will engage with all stakeholders to ensure that any changes to harm minimisation measures are proven to actually minimise the damage caused by problem gambling and are ideally able to be applied consistently across Australia.

This will include an analysis of the possible costs and benefits of such measures and also consider their need in light of moves towards a nationally consistent pre-commitment model.

COAG Select Council on Gambling Reform

The Australian Government will recommend that the COAG Select Council on Gambling Reform includes up to two Ministerial representatives from all jurisdictions to ensure that both economic and social portfolios are represented.

The Select Council on Gambling Reform will be co-chaired by Ministers Macklin and Sherry.

Most recommendations in the report are directed at areas of State Government responsibility but the Australian Government recognises that national leadership is required and will work with State and Territory governments through the new Select Council on Gambling Reform to consider the Productivity Commission’s final report.

The Australian Government is committed to a thorough process through the COAG Select Council on Gambling Reform and to consulting closely with community groups, industry and relevant employee and employer groups on the Productivity Commission’s findings.

Today’s report follows a request made by COAG in 2008, through the then Assistant Treasurer, for the Productivity Commission to update its 1999 inquiry into Australia’s gambling industries, with a focus on problem gambling. This responded to calls from industry and community groups that the Commission should be asked to update its 1999 report.

Copies of the Productivity Commission’s report are available from www.pc.gov.au.


Link to the report via the Australian Government Productivity Commission


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