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Thursday, March 31, 2011

PartyGaming Plc, now known as bwin.party digital entertainment plc ('bwin.party' or the 'Company')

Completion of the Merger

The process of merging PartyGaming Plc and bwin Interactive Entertainment AG ('bwin') has been completed today. The Company has formally re-registered its name as 'bwin.party digital entertainment plc'.

The Company's ordinary shares of 0.015 pence each ("Shares") have today been de-listed and re-admitted to the premium segment of the official list and commenced dealing on the London Stock Exchange's main market. A total of 439,209,325 new Shares have today been issued in the form of dematerialised depositary interests and credited in CREST for onward transfer to the relevant securities accounts of former bwin shareholders no later than 1 April 2011. As a result of this issue of new Shares, the Company now has 852,271,026 Shares in issue.

The new London Stock Exchange 'ticker' for the Shares is 'BPTY'. The ISIN number for the Shares remains G1000A0MV757, whilst the SEDOL number has changed to B53TNH6. The London Stock Exchange will show the Company's new name of 'bwin.party digital entertainment plc' on its trading system from 1 April 2011.

As a result of the merger completing, the following appointments to the Company's board of directors have taken effect from today:

Simon Duffy, Non-Executive Chairman of the Board
Norbert Teufelberger, Co-Chief Executive Officer
Joachim Baca, Chief Operating Officer
Per Afrell, Independent Non-Executive Director
Manfred Bodner, Non-Executive Director
Helmut Kern, Independent Non-Executive Director
Georg Riedl, Non-Executive Director

Biographies for each of these directors are set out in the Company's prospectus and circular published on 23 December 2010 and available on bwin.party's website, www.bwinparty.com. There are no disclosures to be made under Listing Rule 9.6.13 in respect of any of the new directors other than those set out in the Company's prospectus and circular to shareholders published on 23 December 2010.

Commenting on the completion of the merger, Jim Ryan and Norbert Teufelberger, the Co-CEOs, said:

"We are delighted that our merger is now complete so that we can start with the integration of our businesses and capturing the synergies we have already identified. As we make the transition from unregulated to regulated markets we have an excellent opportunity to capitalise on our market-leading positions in sports betting, poker, casino and games as well as bingo."

Simon Duffy, the newly appointed Chairman of the Board, commented:

"Congratulations to bwin.party's directors and employees on managing the merger through to completion. This is a landmark day for the online gaming sector and bwin.party is now in a position to leverage its combined resources to take maximum advantage of regulating markets and the exciting opportunities in the real money gaming and digital entertainment sectors."

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PartyCasino News: The Offer You Can't Refuse and Wager the Billionth Dollar

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

CryptoLogic reviewing strategic options, may sell itself

Options include disposal of part of business

* Says no certainty any offer will be forthcoming

* Hires Deloitte Corporate Finance as financial adviser

* Nasdaq-listed shares up 44 percent

* Shares rise as much as 40 pct in Toronto (Updates share movement)

March 25 - Canadian gaming software maker CryptoLogic said it has initiated a strategic review of its business, including a possible sale of the company or a disposal of part of the business, sending its shares up 40 percent.

"The board wishes to stress that there can be no certainty that any offer will be forthcoming, the company said in a statement.

CryptoLogic, a developer of branded online betting games and internet casino software, said it had hired Deloitte Corporate Finance as financial adviser to assist with the process.

Shares of the company were up 37 Canadian cents at C$1.57 on Friday morning on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Its Nasdaq-listed shares rose 44 percent to $1.73, but pared some gains and were trading at $1.60.

Earlier this week, CryptoLogic, which has licensed its games to e-gaming operators such as 888.com and Betfair, posted a fourth-quarter loss of $0.8 million, but said total expenses fell by 69 percent.

In February, it served notice to terminate an agreement with a "significant supplier of games" after the supplier sent it an arbitration notice.

The Dublin, Ireland-based company's 2010 revenue fell to $26.0 million from $39.8 million a year ago.

Last year, CryptoLogic cuts jobs by 47 percent to 111 as part of a restructuring plan to reduce its cost base, and its chief executive had resigned.

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PartyCasino Scoops Gaming And Media Awards, by Greg Tingle

The online gaming sector is one of the world's most competitive.

When you think about the pick of the online casino rooms one name keeps coming up time and time again - PartyCasino.com

You likely already know how awesome PartyCasino.com is, but they now have even more awards and games to their name.

The casino triumphed over the competition to walk away with the Online Casino Operator of the Year award at the International Gaming Awards. It’s the most prestigious prize of the evening and although more than 300 casinos would love to have this shiny trophy on their mantelpiece, it’s PartyCasino.com that was voted the winner! PartyCasino is also a multi-time Media Man, Casino News Media and Global Gaming Directory 'Online Casino Of The Month' winner.

Do you reckon their slot games are the best? Well, the panel at the eGaming Review Awards agreed! Party scooped the prize for Slots Operator of the Year at the the EGR Awards 2010 thanks to their action-packed slot games like Kung Food and Circus.

PartyCasino.com is one of a number of PartyGaming brands.

The most popular PartyCasino.com games of late include Heist, Circus, Rambo, Palladium Slot, The Godfather, Sinatra, Slotbox, Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Mission: Impossible, The Terminator, Cleopatra, Sinatra, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, The Amazing Spider-Man, Monopoly, Resident Evil, Melon Madness, Wheel Of Fortune and Mega Fortune Wheel.

The PartyCasino.com jackpot is currently approaching the $5 million mark. Players can also compete for The Big One and Marvel Hero Jackpot, playing the Marvel super hero themed online slot games.

PartyCasino's most recent game releases include Unicorn Legend, Shaaark! SuperBet, Crocodopolis, Alice's Wonderland, Glamour Puss, Super Cubes, Heist, Palladium Slot, Sensible Soccer and Robin Hood Mini.

PartyGaming CEO Jim Ryan has gone on record advising PartyCasino will soon feature more Hollywood blockbuster themed slots. A few in the know journalists and media agents have been recently tipped off that an all time classic movie adaption will be showcased in the PartyCasino portfolio within 1 month. PartyCasino has the world's most impressive line up of Hollywood themed games, and more are just around the corner.

PartyCasino.com and PartyPoker.com customers can also benefit from rewards and bonuses via PartyPoints and the Palladium Lounge. Be certain to check out current PartyCasino exclusive promos that are being called some of the greatest online casino promos ever.

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PartyCasino Wins Media Man Online Casino Of The Month Award

PartyCasino.com has been awarded the Media Man and Casino News Media "Online Casino Of The Month".

PartyGaming's igaming suite has grown a custom to winning awards since they first opened for business in 1997.

The competition for the coveted award was intense again this month with massive bids from both WPTCasino.com, Captain Cooks Casino, Virgin Casino, Betfair, PKR and Noble Casino however there can only be one winner... ladies and gentlemen, that's PartyCasino.com

The award follows PartyPoker's EGR Poker Operator Of The Year and PartyGaming also made the shortlist for EGR Operator Of The Year. Recently PartyGaming's PartyPoker.com also won the Casino News Media "Online Poker Website Of The Month".

The Media Man - Casino News Media accolade is based on a combination of elements including user experience, innovation, trustworthiness, customer service, gameplay, affiliate program offerings, newsworthiness and company values.

PartyCasino.com is one of a number of PartyGaming brands.

The most popular PartyCasino.com games of late include Heist, Circus, Rambo, Palladium Slot, The Godfather, Sinatra, Slotbox, Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Mission: Impossible, The Terminator, Cleopatra, Sinatra, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, The Amazing Spider-Man, Monopoly, Resident Evil, Melon Madness, Wheel Of Fortune and Mega Fortune Wheel.

The PartyCasino.com jackpot is currently approaching the $2 million mark. Players can also compete for The Big One and Marvel Hero Jackpot, playing the Marvel super hero themed online slot games.

PartyCasino's most recent game releases include Shaaark! SuperBet, Crocodopolis, Alice's Wonderland, Glamour Puss, Super Cubes, Heist, Palladium Slot and Circus Slot.

PartyGaming CEO Jim Ryan has gone on record advising PartyCasino will soon feature more Hollywood blockbuster themed slots. A few in the know journalists and media agents have been recently tipped off that an all time classic movie adaption will be showcased in the PartyCasino portfolio within 1 month. PartyCasino has the world's most impressive line up of Hollywood themed games, and more are just around the corner.

PartyCasino.com and PartyPoker.com customers can also benefit from rewards and bonuses via PartyPoints and the Palladium Lounge. Be certain to check out the PartyCasino exclusive "Cash Machine" that is being championed as one of the greatest online casino promos ever.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Australia: Do Gambling And Politics Mix?; Volatile Cocktail, by Greg Tingle - 29th March 2011

G'day punters, casino and gambling millionaires and billionaires, sports nuts, club and casino owner - operators, politicians, legal eagles, one and all. Australia is a big drinking and gambling nation. Do gambling and politics mix? Yes indeed, and its a volatile cocktail to say the least. Today we explore some of the relationships as well as other fun and games in the sector. Media Man and Gambling911 mix your drinks, and proclaim "Bar's Open" 24/7. Cheers maties...

NSW Liberals: Pubs, Property Developers Friendly And On Side...

Australia's Labor party has had big issues with the gaming, clubs and property developer sector over the years, but now with the NSW Liberal election win we learn that Liberal's are on side with these business sectors. NSW premier-to-be Barry O’Farrell advised registered clubs and property developers have been unfairly treated by Labor during its 16 years in office. O'Farrell has promised to give these mighty sectors more support. "The club industry has suffered what the property sector has suffered". Stay tuned from more on the club and developer friendly Liberals, and don't bet against them to be elected into Federal office, quicker than you can see "Mr X hates gaming".

Mandatory Pre-Commitment Questionable Success Based On Overseas Results...

Mandatory "pre-commitment" does not look to be a silver bullet. Tabcorp and Tattersalls may lose the monopoly they have on Victoria's pokies next year. Tattersalls may actually benefit with its poker machine monitoring system, Maxgaming, that touts its "pre-commitment abilities" as well as value-adding services such as wide-area linked jackpots, which are criticised for exacerbating problem gambling. The Woolies pubs and pokies subsidiary, ALH, will become the biggest operator of slots in Australia once Tabcorp and Tattersalls lose their monopoly but any impact will be diluted by its much larger grocery business. Australia's leading poker machine makers, Aristocrat Leisure and Ainsworth Game Technology, may be two of a small number of companies to profit from the prop, which has the potential to drive machine upgrades. Merrill Lynch, a consulting firm, said that a "systems-based solution" where most of the intelligence would be in the network connecting the machines rather than in the machines themselves "would represent a much less significant opportunity for Aristocrat" and other manufacturers.

Aussie Online Gamblers Continues To Bet $1 Billion Bucks Per Annum...

Gaming companies with a foothold down under in Australia are welcoming the news, but gaming haters are none to pleased with findings from the latest study. A recent probe has demonstrated that punters have been wagering over $1 billion a year on online betting per year. Sports betting is a major growth area, fuelled by sports television programs featuring cricket, the NRL and AFL, and poker, slots and classic casino games continue to performing strongly. PartyGaming, Captain Cooks and Playtech casinos are understood to be picking up most of the Australian and New Zealand business, with Party being more popular with live dealer and slots players. Bingo has not become as popular in Australia as it is in Europe and virtual gaming titles. Crown Casino and Star City casino are interested to get in on the action with igaming also, with Betfair, PartyGaming and NextGen Gaming talks understood to have taken place. Some have responded to the results with fresh concerns regarding the implementation of effective online regulation. Online gambling is authorised by the the Australian government and is further safeguarded by the Interactive Gambling Act. Sally Gainsbury, speaking on behalf of Southern University's Centre for Gambling Education and Research, stated "We know that 30% of Australians over 16 have gambled online, investing about $1 billion in 2010". She's called on greater safeguards to "protect the punter" in a very busy and diverse online industry. Former casino consultant and president of the Australian Casino Association, John Beagle, advised foreign gaming was responsible for sending millions of dollars worth of revenue overseas. He said that online poker was a "sociable game" demanding skill and intelligence. He concluded by calling for additional support from the Australian government as the reviewing process gets underway. Gamers, media, portal developers, operators and legal eagles are monitoring developments closely.


Gambling With Public Health In Australia. Dr Charles Livingstone Writes...

Why the gambling industry is a serious public health threat

Commercial gambling now permeates our society. In Australia, pubs, clubs, newsagents and casinos sell gambling products, and Australians spend (or, it might be said) lose around $19 billion a year, $12 billion of it on poker machines (also known as electronic gambling machines, or EGMs). Gambling businesses sponsor elite sports and good causes; state governments reap around $6 billion per year from the proceeds of gambling. But at any one time hundreds of thousands of Australians are directly affected by the consequences of excessive or ‘problem’ gambling, and many times that number of family members, employers or loved ones are affected by the gambling problems of others with whom they have a connection. At least 40% of the money that is spent on EGMs comes from people with a serious problem, and another 20% from those with a developing or moderate problem. The consequences of excessive gambling include physical and mental ill-health, family breakdown, the neglect and abuse of children, financial ruin, crime and associated incarceration, and in some cases self-harm and suicide. These are not trivial, and it is clear that commercial gambling in its current form presents a serious threat to health and wellbeing. However, unlike many other such threats, those presented by commercial gambling are highly avoidable, and highly amenable to a full range of public health interventions. The current approach to gambling problems adopted by the gambling businesses, regulators and governments, generally known as ‘responsible gambling’, shifts the focus of gambling problems and the responsibility for them on to the individuals affected. Although the counselling and other support services currently offered are important and should be continued, the approach currently employed to address the harms of problem gambling has been focused on the ‘pathologised’ individual. This approach minimises the responsibility of gambling businesses and governments, whose revenue shares would be adversely affected by serious upstream action against gambling. A comprehensive public health approach to gambling is necessary if we are to reduce these harms and generate social conditions which support health and wellness. These include changes to regulation to ensure that gambling devices are safe and that the interest of those who use them are well protected, technological interventions to allow gamblers to much better track and control their expenditure of time and money, systems to allow the earliest possible identification of those with a developing gambling problem, and to facilitate early intervention, and prohibitions on dangerous marketing such as promotions involving children, free food and drink, or rewards for gambling expenditure. The 2010 Productivity Commission report on gambling recommended that such initiatives were long overdue. It urged governments to implement pre-commitment (permitting gamblers to set binding limits on gambling expenditure BEFORE they start to gamble) and reductions in maximum bets and other regulated parameters, designed to make machines safer, less voracious, and more likely to provide low risk entertainment. All of these interventions are feasible and can be achieved at modest cost, and within a relatively short timeframe. It is well over time to address this eminently avoidable harm. There are many public health measures which cannot be well addressed at present, but we know a great deal about how to effectively reduce gambling related harm using public health measures. All that has been lacking, until now, is political will.


Canberra: Gambling Forum Update...

Before he was old enough to vote, Bob Everett's gambling problem was out of control. As a 15-year-old youngster, he spent time at the racetrack, where bookies were keen to take his money. If it wasn't horses Everett, 59, would play two-up with other men in the mining town of Port Pirie, South Australia. "Gambling made my adrenaline flow, it was just like getting high," the recovered gambling addict told the press. The introduction of poker machines in the 1970s "topped-off" his addiction, which lasted more than 40 years, cost an estimated $1 million, and ended in jail time for embezzlement. The seven-month prison stint and help from a support group in Adelaide helped Everett overcome his addiction several years ago. He travelled to Canberra last Tuesday to share his story of "a life in ruin" with federal politicians at a gambling forum, led by a new church-based taskgroup. Everett believes the community is unaware of the "disease", which he helps addicts to combat. "If you're an alcoholic or drug addict people have sympathy, but if you're a gambler they assume it's your own fault," he said. Everett is a strong advocate of the Gillard government's proposed crackdown on problem gambling. The church-led National Gambling Taskgroup is also lobbying in support of a mandatory pre-commitment scheme that will require gamblers to set limits with ATM-style cards. The plan is part of a deal Labor struck with independent MP Andrew Wilkie to form a minority government. Gambling taskgroup spokesman the Reverend Brent Lyons Lee says gaming groups want a voluntary scheme. "It needs to be mandatory (for all gamblers), everyone needs to be involved," he told reporters in Canberra. Federal Families Minister Jenny Macklin agrees, saying a mandatory scheme will provide "stronger protections". "A voluntary system would be like having seat belts in cars but making wearing them up to the individual," she told the forum on Tuesday. The government wants the states and territories to sign up to its plan by May, and has threatened to use commonwealth tax powers to force the measures. Daily withdrawal limits of $250 for ATMs near pokies and electronic warning signs will also be required under the scheme.

A Media Man spokesperson said "Australia has had approximately one major gambling forum per month, both last year and this, so awareness of what is called problem gambling has been raised significantly. The topic continues to attract strong state, national and international news coverage. We think that there is always room for improvements in any industry, and gaming and igaming are no different. We welcome intelligent reforms".

'Arcade Pokies' May Get Banned...

Amusement machines that have flashing lights rather like pokies, in a roundabout way, and also offer expensive prizes or reward players with prizes based on luck would be declared illegal, Gambling Minister Bernard Finnigan said. He will release a discussion paper, inviting public feedback "on plans to declare certain machines illegal". "Some amusement arcades have previously installed games that are very similar to gaming machines," Finnigan said. "Community concerns have been raised that some machines could be inappropriate for children and could become a pathway to gambling behaviour." Examples of machines which could be banned include one at a popular beachside arcade displaying the words "win win win" and providing DVDs as prizes based purely on luck, at a cost of $1. Finnigan stressed coin-operated ride-on toys, pinball machines, billiard tables, air hockey tables or claw-crane machines would not be banned. No Pokies Senator Nick Xenophon welcomed the move, saying the arcade machines to be targeted were "like kids training machines for poker machines" but he said the Government should have acted earlier. "These machines don't involve skill, they just rely on a random selection system to create winners and losers - just like poker machines - and we all know the devastating effect poker machines can have," he said. "We must do everything we can to ensure these machines targeting children don't normalise games of chance like poker machines." Xenophon said a study of 2500 teenagers by Adelaide University revealed a correlation between arcade and video gamers and anti-social behaviour that could lead to problem gambling. Independent MLC John Darley raised the issue in Parliament in November and supports the Government's plan. "Anything which looks like a poker machine should be banned because, once kids get hooked on these, the next stop is playing pokies when they're old enough," he said. "This is a preventative measure to stop people becoming hooked on such games and then poker machines and end up losing all their money." Finnigan said after the consultation period, which ends on May 13, Treasury and Finance would draft regulations to outlaw the relevant machines. There is no definitive list of machines that could be banned but the Sunday Mail understands such games can be found at shopping centres, cinemas and games arcades across the state. Speculation reins on what 'Mr X' may target next, but already we hear that his power is on a steep incline, with the Liberal - Nationals Coalition now in NSW office.

Punter Fev Still Gambling...

Brendan Fevola has been asked to leave Crown Casino again. He was staying at the Casino on Sunday night, and was turned away by responsible gambling officers when he tried to go onto the gaming floor with Ben Cousins. And there are reports, Fevola's fed up with playing VFL football for the Scorpions, after being told he'll be in the Reserves again this week. He's reportedly toying with the idea of playing in Tasmania, but as of now is still scheduled to start the season with the Scorpions.

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Ok readers, we hear you... you also want to know some of the best places to play online (that accept Aussies) if your in or around the Asia Pacific - Australia (including Tassie) and New Zealand, so here it is...

PartyCasino.com (Many of the world's best slot games. Aussies and Kiwi's welcome).

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Take the time to research and learn games before placing down money

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Aussie Casino Gossip, by Greg Tingle - 28th March 2011

G'day punters, sports nuts, one and all. We're got a bush tucker bag of Aussie casino and gambling news and gossip for you today. Media Man and Gambling911 play eye in the sky with this special report...

Sin City Sydney Looks To NSW Casino Liquor and Gaming Control Authority For Entertainment Approval...

Down under's city of sin could have a better chance of premiering big musical productions after news that the only two state-of-the-art lyric theatres in Sydney capable of housing big Broadway shows are about to have the same owner. The Foundation Entertainment Group, the owner and operator of the Capitol Theatre in Haymarket, has announced its plan to acquire and manage the Lyric Theatre at Star City in Pyrmont, pending approval from the NSW Casino Liquor and Gaming Control Authority. In recent years the rival 2000-seat theatres have been part of a bidding war for the Australian premieres of the musicals The Producers, Wicked, Jersey Boys, Mary Poppins, Hairspray and Rock of Ages. In every instance Melbourne clinched the deal mainly because of Sydney's theatre shortage or timing issues.

Conrad Hotels 25th Anniversary Free Night Offered March 1-June 30...

Our friends at Wikipedia advise the first Conrad Hotel opened in 1985 with the Conrad Jupiters Gold Coast in Australia. So why 25 years in 2011? Apparently the hotel had a soft partial opening in November 1985 (start of summer season in Australia) and the hotel officially opened in February 1986 – 25 years ago. Conrad Hotels is celebrating its 25th Anniversary since the opening of the first Conrad Jupiters Gold Coast, Australia in 1986, yet this Hilton Worldwide hotel brand currently has just 16 hotel locations after a quarter century. Conrad was Hilton’s flagship luxury hotel brand until Waldorf-Astoria Collection developed into a Hilton brand in 2006. The emphasis, it seems to me, has been on Waldorf-Astoria Collection marketing over the past five years while Conrad has added very few properties and lost a couple of hotels. Conrad Sanya in China’s southeastern beach resort location just opened December 2010. Conrad Bali (2004), Conrad Miami (2004) and Conrad Maldives (2007) opened in the past seven years. The two Aussie Conrad hotels rebranded in April 2010 after a 20-year management contract expired and are no longer part of Conrad Hotels and Hilton Worldwide. Treasury Brisbane and Jupiters Gold Coast are casino hotels and Jupiters is affiliated with 450 global independent hotels in World Hotels. Nothing stays the same forever.

Alice Springs - Concert Raises $17,729 For QLD Flood Victims...

Lasseters Hotel Casino and the Alice Springs Convention Centre hosted an all age’s benefit concert on the lawns of the Juicy Rump on Friday to raise money for those affected by the Queensland flood disaster and had an exceptional turnout. On Friday 28th January the Juicy Rump lawns were packed with musicians and concert goers who generously donated over $17,729.10 to the Premiers Disaster Relief Fund. Approximately 600 people attended the event that was hosted by Imparja Television Newsreader Ryan Liddle. Whilst Yamba circulated the crowd, the talented Gareth J Dawkins and Leon Spurling were the first to wow the crowds with their smooth acoustic sounds. Mayor Damien Ryan officially welcomed the crowd to the important fundraiser which was followed by an astounding performance of the Australian National Anthem by local vocalist Claire Ryan followed by a minutes silence to remember those who had lost their lives. The line up of local talent included with Gareth J Dawkins, Leon Spurling, the Polynesian Dance Group who performed a traditional dance and the ‘haka’. Heavy metal band Miazma, Dr Strangeways and finished with the talented hip hop group Catch the Fly. All musicians and performers donated their time. Lasseters Hotel Casino Marketing Manager Megan Thompson says “We were overwhelmed with the turnout and the money raised, door donations generated $4405.60 which was astounding. The Alice Springs community really came out in force to show the people of Queensland that they care”. In addition to organising and hosting the Queensland Flood Relief Concert, Lasseters Hotel Casino and the Alice Springs Convention Centre are donating $5000. The Alice Springs Airport donated $3000, followed by the MacDonnell Shire Council who donated $2000 in addition to their employees reaching into their pockets and donating another $400. Door donations were $4405.60, raffle ticket sales reached $2645.40, merchandise sales were $158.55 and the Lil Antz Childcare face painting stand raised $118.35. The event would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the generous support of sponsors who included Imparja Television, SunFM, Harvey Norman and Staging Connections.

Cairns, Northern Queensand: Pullman Reef Hotel Casino Cairns Gets New Director Of Sales & Marketing...

Amanda Balaam has been appointed to the role of Director of Sales for Accor Hotel’s Pullman Reef Hotel Casino in Cairns, effective the 24th of March 2011. Amanda will relocate to Cairns from Melbourne where she was responsible for managing sales for the Grand Hotel Melbourne – a member of Accor’s exclusive MGallery collection – for the past two years. Previously Amanda was National Sales Manager for the Seasons Apartment Hotel Group based in Melbourne, and Business Development Manager for the Hotel Grand Chancellor Group. Amanda’s sales experience also extends to work with the Old Melbourne Hotel, Toga Hospitality (Travelodge) as well as 10 years experience with Ansett Airlines based in Australia and the UK. Pullman’s Hotel General Manager Adrian Williams says, "We are extremely pleased to welcome Amanda to Cairns and the Pullman family. Her extensive sales experience across various sectors of the tourism industry, and solid hotel history, will certainly be a big asset to our business as we look to strengthen our profile post cyclone Yasi in the coming months." The Pullman Reef Hotel Casino is in the heart of Cairns, overlooking the majestic Trinity Inlet and packed with great dining and entertainment options including award winning restaurant, Tamarind. The hotel is close to numerous shops and restaurants, located in walking distance to the Great Barrier Reef Terminal, Esplanade Lagoon and famous Cairns boardwalk. Each of its 128 rooms features its own private garden balcony and spa bath, and there is a rooftop swimming pool, full gym, and Cairns Wildlife Dome on the rooftop offering a complete ‘zoo in the heart of the city’ experience – complete with wallabies, native birds and a giant crocodile. In addition the Pullman hotel and casino complex offers endless entertainment options for guests, including cocktails in Vertigo Bar, and then the chance to party the night away in the Reef Casino (a boutique two level Casino), or Velvet Underground Nightclub.

Brisbane - LNP Win Hooks $20,000 Bet...

A Punter with an interest in Queensland politics has put up $20,000 in a bet that the LNP will snatch the next state election. Centrebet accepted the wager less than a week after Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman announced he would lead the opposition team at the next election. The punter will pick up a cool $36,000 at $1.80 odds if the LNP comes through. Centrebet spokesman Neil Evans said the bet had changed the LNP's odds from $1.80 to $1.70. Labor's odds have pushed out from $2 to $2.14.
"The ALP got a boost when the LNP's leadership team resigned in disgust over Mr Newman's takeover-style move, firming in from $2.10, but it didn't take long for the money to arrive and anoint Newman as the man who would be premier," Evans said in a statement. Sportingbet has the LNP as $1.75 favourite and Labor at $2.05.

Punter Fev Dropped By Management?...

Fevola’s footballing future has been thrown into more doubt with reports he has been dumped by his management. On the day he returned to Australia after a US holiday which caused concern to managers Alastair Lynch and Peter Blucher, Fevola and the firm were said to have split. "Our total focus is to make sure he gets himself well and we will continue to look after Brendan in terms of his health. But as far as his contract is concerned, we just don't feel we can represent Brendan because he has changed direction several times,” Lynch told The Age. The split comes after several differences of opinion between Fevola and Velocity, surrounding the holiday, his tell-all TV interview, his ill-advised trip to Crown Casino and his potential VFL club. Fevola was said to have misled his managers over whether he has spoken to Frankston, after training with Casey before he left for the US. Frankston coach Simon Goosey said last week he planned to speak to Fevola on his return, but Lynch said he knew nothing about the interest from the Dolphins. It's understood Velocity may also have been misled by Fevola on the morning of his appearance at the Melbourne casino.
Mention of Fevola was taken of Velocity’s website. Fevola had trained with Casey Scorpions before he left the country – a move that infuriated affiliate club Melbourne, who felt the move could hinder the development of some of their younger, taller players. “When Brendan gets back from the US ... he said to me that he would sit down with us and discuss the possibility of playing with Frankston,” Goosey said. “Brendan did not realise that Casey had to play 16 Melbourne players and six Casey players, and we are not dictated to by an AFL club so it probably sits a little bit better with him. “But until we speak with Brendan we don’t know what he is going to decide.” Fevola’s appearance at the Crown Casino in the hours before a tell-all TV interview had Casey considering their decision to open the door to Fevola. After Fevola was spotted and asked to leave Crown Casino on Thursday, hours before a tell-all TV interview, the Melbourne Demons-affiliate were considering his future. But despite his admission of numerous issues, including ADD, alcohol binges, depression and gambling addiction, Casey president John Sharkie said they would continue their association with Fevola. The club said it would "work with Brendan and his management to support his desire to play football".

Australian Casinos, Clubs, Poker, Sports Use Celebs To Promote Gambling...

A boom in online sports betting has seen punters' overall losses double in 5 years. Sports commentators (mainly in cricket, and to a lesser extent, AFL and NRL) are feeding the gambling beast and some say, putting Aussie kids at risk. Pick the odds the promoters shout. "Check out our betting promotions", says a sports commentator, and you get the picture. The leap in online betting firms and smartphone tech has allowed Aussies access to would you believe 2319 or so online gambling websites. Say G'day to Alex Blaszczynski, a psychologist who is treating a growing number of sports betting addicts. He's called for a crackdown on how gambling is marketed. "These sports stars are role models that people look up to," Prof Blaszczynski said. "My concern is over the next few years we're going to see a steady rise in sports-related problem gambling." Aussie punters are tipped to lose $611 million via online sports betting this year, up from $264 million in 2006, Global Betting and Gaming Consultants figures state. Total sports betting is much higher as the amounts do not include bets through phone calls, TAB outlets and some sports betting sites also offer casino games. One commentators called the marketing campaign techniques "blitzkrieg" in nature, which sounds pretty effective, if not evil. Sporting figures spruiking brands, promos and odds during matches are very big. "That is normalising gambling. Let's be sensible about it now and have a balance of appropriate advertising," Prof Blaszczynski said. We understand there were 24 new sports betting clients at Prof Blaszczynski's University of Sydney gambling treatment clinic last year...a 70% jump from 14 new clients the previous year.

Casino King James Packer And Ron Walker Share A Laugh At At Grand Prix...

Sebastian Vettel was burning things up in the F1 and in Pit Paddock lane Murdoch and Walker clutched hands and shared a laugh. Earlier in the day the Packers were seen together. It's rumored Packer and / or Walker have made a sizable donation to Japan to help out with disaster recovery. Watch the space.

Where Does Aussie Gambling Money Go To?...

About 50% of the gambling revenues go directly to state governments, about a third to the owners of the machines (Tatts, Tabcorp etc) and the rest to the pubs and clubs that house them. We’ve all heard the argument that state governments and pubs are dependent on gambling revenues and that if you took this revenue away from them they’d all go broke. It sums up everything that is most repellent about politicians that they can make these claims and expect people to believe them. If you turned all pokies to dust overnight what would happen to that $11 billion? The ABC 'Drum Unleashed' brains say "It doesn’t just vanish; it’s still floating around the economy, getting itself into trouble. That $11 billion is all in the form of personal earnings, so if you don’t put it into pokies it’s mostly going to end up as discretionary spending (shoes, holidays, restaurants, bars, art galleries, chocolate bars, piercings and football memberships), property (rent or mortgage repayments), entrepreneurial activities (starting or growing a new business) or savings. So if you took that money away from pokies it doesn’t mean that the government loses all that revenue, they just get it in another form: GST, land tax, dog registration, payroll tax, stamp duty and the like." So, punters, are you with the ABC or against them?

Burswood Casino Gets Another Attack...

A woman had her handbag stolen after leaving the Burswood Casino about 2am Saturday. She didn't get a glimpse of her assailants, however police said she recalled hearing a woman yell "Give me your handbag" before it was stolen. She was not injured in the incident. Security has been beefed up at Burswood in recent months, but obviously crime can and still does happen at casinos, despite how much security is out in force.

Kerry Packer Featured In Paper Giants: The Birth Of Cleo (Not The Slot - The Mag)...

Stay tuned Kerry Packer fans. The late gambling and media tycoon will be played by actor Rob Carlton and Asher Keddie will portray Ita Buttrose. It's a 22-part series and is understood to be one of the better shows to be screened by the ABC this year. If gambling is to be mentioned, it will be very lightly, with Packer's media interests, namely Cleo, an ACP women's publication, the main focus. Don't confuse the Cleo publication with the Cleo or Cleopatra slot game - they are very different animals.

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Online Casinos, Online Poker and Sports Betting...

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PartyCasino.com (Many of the world's best slot games. Aussies and Kiwi's welcome).

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Australian Casinos And Sports Use Celeb Push Of Gambling, by Greg Tingle - 27th March 2011

G'day punters, sports nuts, one and all. Australia continues to be one of the world's hot spots for gambling and casino news. Sports stars and celebs are a couple of the biggest weapons gambling companies are using to promote gambling down under. Media Man and Gambling911 with a special report in Aussie online gambling wars with celeb power...

Australian Casinos, Clubs, Poker, Sports Use Celebs To Promote Gambling...

A boom in online sports betting has seen punters' overall losses double in 5 years.

Sports commentators (mainly in cricket, and to a lesser extent, AFL and NRL) are feeding the gambling beast and some say, putting Aussie kids at risk.

Pick the odds the promoters shout. "Check out our betting promotions", says a sports commentator, and you get the picture.

The leap in online betting firms and smartphone tech has allowed Aussies access to would you believe 2319 or so online gambling websites.

Say G'day to Alex Blaszczynski, a psychologist who is treating a growing number of sports betting addicts. He's called for a crackdown on how gambling is marketed.

"These sports stars are role models that people look up to," Prof Blaszczynski said.
"My concern is over the next few years we're going to see a steady rise in sports-related problem gambling."

Aussie punters are tipped to lose $611 million via online sports betting this year, up from $264 million in 2006, Global Betting and Gaming Consultants figures state.

Total sports betting is much higher as the amounts do not include bets through phone calls, TAB outlets and some sports betting sites also offer casino games.

One commentators called the marketing campaign techniques "blitzkrieg" in nature, which sounds pretty effective, if not evil.

Sporting figures spruiking brands, promos and odds during matches are very big.

"That is normalising gambling. Let's be sensible about it now and have a balance of appropriate advertising," Prof Blaszczynski said.

We understand there were 24 new sports betting clients at Prof Blaszczynski's University of Sydney gambling treatment clinic last year...a 70% jump from 14 new clients the previous year.

Organisations Relationships Australia and Gamblers Anonymous also told press of a new trend towards problem sports betting.

Addiction concerns come as match fixing now beats drugs as sport's biggest challenge, says numerous insiders.

Sports betting was the vice of choice, or brand of poison if you will, for a growing number of passionate gamblers, driven by smartphones which provide constant internet access, according to Southern Cross University researcher Dr Sally Gainsbury, who is conducting a major survey of the nation's gamblers.

"My figures indicate sports gambling is the fastest growing form of gambling in Australia," Dr Gainsbury said.

"Within Australia and internationally these online gambling companies are increasing their expenditure on marketing, anywhere from 30 to 50% in the last year alone.

"For problem gamblers there's that trigger, that impulse to gamble. For children...there is this link between the celebrity or sporting figure endorsing a gambling site.

"Kids look at that as something to aspire to. That certainly is of concern."
Mission Australia's Queensland state director Penny Gillespie said there was a growing sense sport could only be enjoyed with a bet.

"For children, they're are going to grow up thinking sport goes hand-in-hand with gambling."

On an international scale with online casinos, bingo and poker PartyGaming has used retired Formula 1 racing car drivers Jaime Alguersuari Giancarlo Fisichella to promote PartyPoker and cricket identity Phil 'Tuffers' Tufnel to promote both PartyCasino and their poker brand. Virgin's Richard Branson has also placed himself in the spotlight to promote his poker and bingo brands, thanks to a look-a-like animated character Ricardo Jalapeno. Party are regarded the strongest gambling brand linked to Hollywood, with an emphasis on games with themes such as The Godfather, The Terminator, Saturday Night Fever, Mission: Impossible and more. More and more Aussiewood and Hollywood themes are being used as the battle for the entertainment and gambling dollar continues to heat up.

Gold Coast: Stomp Musical Coming To Gold Coast's Jupiters Hotel and Casino...

A rhythmic theatre, comedy and dance spectacular that sees its cast use "everything and the kitchen sink" to entertain crowds aged from five to 95 will head to Jupiters Hotel & Casino in May for an exclusive Australian season. A slice of physical theatre, STOMP was created by co-directors Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas in Britain 20 years ago and has been touring the world ever since, playing to more than 15 million people in 48 countries. The show has become such an international success, it has been parodied on hit US TV series Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons. The international stage phenomenon “STOMP” will be exclusive at Jupiters from 12th May and is tipped to run for 14 weeks.

Melbourne: Crown Casino Gets HIStory This Is It: Jackson Tribute Show...

The tour, entitled HIStory This Is It, is an opportunity for Jackson fans to celebrate the music, the magic and all the history! This concert is the product of twenty-five years' dedication from celebrated Las Vegas performer, Kenny Wizz, to championing MJ's genius. This is the closest you will ever get to see the King of Pop in concert... Don't miss out! DATE & SHOW TIME: Friday 3 June & Saturday 4 June 2011

Sydney: Star City To Get The Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber...

25 - 29 May 2011: A new theatrical event featuring Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most timeless songs performed by the current stars of Australian musical theatre is coming to the Lyric Theatre on 25 May for 8 shows only. He’s been described as the master of musical theatre, the maestro of musicals, and a theatrical force to be reckoned with. His musicals have been seen by hundreds of millions around the world, translated into dozens of languages and won every major entertainment award. Now – Australia is set to fall in love once more with THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER in a stunning new theatrical event that will tour Australia in 2011. After more than 40 years, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music continues to have the extraordinary ability to touch an audience, lifting them to new heights of exhilaration and emotion after just a few bars of music. Through state-of–the-art technology, audiences will be swept from the avenues of Broadway to the magnificence of Eva Peron’s Argentina and the speedways of Starlight Express, in a dazzling journey through the many settings of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s greatest works. All the ‘big’ moments from Evita, The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Sunset Boulevard, Woman in White to the current Love Never Dies will be there.

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Online Casinos, Online Poker and Sports Betting...

Ok readers, we hear you... you also want to know some of the best places to play online (that accept Aussies) if your in or around the Asia Pacific - Australia (including Tassie) and New Zealand, so here it is...

PartyCasino.com (Many of the world's best slot games. Aussies and Kiwi's welcome).

Captain Cooks Casino

Betfair (sports betting only)

PKR.com (poker, slots including Marvel slot games and sports betting)

PartyPoker.com (online poker at one of the world's most respected poker rooms and gaming brands)

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If you have a bet, please bet with your head, not over it, and for God's sake, have fun.

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Media Man - Casino News Media - Global Gaming Directory: News Update

PartyCasino Wins Media Man 'Online Casino Of The Month' Award

Merger Between bwin and PartyGaming Planned to Complete on 31 March 2011

Online gaming companies in for huge 2011

Online Gaming Heating Up in Australia

Admitted Addict Brendan Fevola Still Gambling: Caught Playing Horses, Slots

Gambling Business: James Packer Won’t Pursue Vegas Again

Aussie One Armed Bandits The New Big Brother

Tasmanian 'Devil Independent' Wilkie Hates Club Pokies Ad Campaign

Self-Proclaimed “Gambling Addict” and Bad Boy Brendan Fevola Punted From Crown Casino

Japan Tsunami And Quake Effect On Gaming In Australia

Gambling911.com’s Media Man Greg Tingle Targeted By Crim

Australian Casinos: A Look at What’s Happening Down Under in Gambling

Aussie MP Seeks iGaming Crackdown: Australia In Top 10 Gambling Nations

Packer 50 Percent Owned Betfair Signs Australian Super Rugby

Following Gambling Scandal: NRL And AFL Boys, Codes Under Spotlight

NRL Match Fixers Face 10 Years Jail; Pokies Law Could Kill Clubs

James Packer Aussie Media And Gambling King Quits Ten For Good Of Team

Cruise Ships Gamble On Western Australia

Tingle: Australia Gambling With Legal Eagles And Politics

Tingle: Australia And New Zealand Gaming Stocks; Beancounter Special

Sin City Sydney: Darling Habour Gets Star City Rub

Aussie Pokie Reforms To Cost Australian Clubs 100M Plus

Sin City Sydney: Kings Cross Gambling On Real Life Underbelly

Aussie Hotels Want Pokie Limit Trial...

Higher Power At Work In Gambling; Godsend To Bendigo, Victoria...

Pokies Limits Likely to Cost Australian Hotels Up To $4B

PartyGaming, PartyCasino, Bwin Do Deal With Las Vegas Land Based Casinos

Australian Sports Want And Need National Gaming - Gambling Regulations

Aussie James Packer Riding Wave Of Success

Australian Gambling and Politics: Cat And Mouse Games

Australian Gambling And Politics: Fun And Games

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Queensland Floods Cost Tabcorp Millions In Lost Revenue And More…

Gambling With Australian Federal Police; Legal Eagles Ready

Australian And Asia Pacific Gambling Tycoon News: February 1, 2011

Joe Francis - Indicted Over Alleged $2M Gambling Debt

Gambling, Drugs, Cocaine; Punters With Problems Targeted By Crime Lords

Australia Zoo Viva Crocodile Las Vegas Back On

Crown Casino Demands Aussie Govt Lift Game For Asian High Rollers

Crown Aussie Million's Poker $250,000 - Greg Tingle Australia Report

NRL South Sydney Rabbitohs: Star City Casino Partnership!

The Shane Warne Show At Aussie Millions 2011

Australia Day 2011 Gambling Special

Crown Aussie Millions; James Packer Special

Running out of Internet Addresses: We Were Right

Tingle: 3D Movies And Slot Games Not Dead Yet

Tingle: Australian Underbelly History and the Anti Pokie Song

Aussie Celeb News; James Bond Casino Icon Connection

Real Life Underbelly in Sin City Sydney

Australian Gambling: Deals, Art, Politics And Vice

Australian Gambling On Pre-Commitment Pokies: Lovers vs. Haters

International Gaming Technology vs. Aristocrat Leisure Legal Battle Ensues

Australian Casino Tourism Smoking Hot Report

Gambling On Australia's Anti-Money Laundering Counter Terrorism Hit List

Tingle: Australian Gambling Regulation Won't Wipe Out Problem Gambling

Australia To Get Sports Stadiums Branded By Gambling and Gaming Companies

Australia Pokie and News Media Wars for January 14, 2011

Australia Remains In Top 10 For Gambling

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Crown Casino Refuse Jackpot Payment; ClubsNSW VS PokieAct

Lasseter’s Hotel Casino Getting Tough On Violent Drunks

Australian Kids Copy Parents Gambling Habits

Aussie Media Man Talks Domain Names: Gambling.com, Poker.com.au

Australian Casino, Sporting And Gambling Round Up – January 8

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PartyCasino Scoops Gaming And Media Awards, by Greg Tingle

The online gaming sector is one of the world's most competitive.

When you think about the pick of the online casino rooms one name keeps coming up time and time again - PartyCasino.com

You likely already know how awesome PartyCasino.com is, but they now have even more awards and games to their name.

The casino triumphed over the competition to walk away with the Online Casino Operator of the Year award at the International Gaming Awards. It’s the most prestigious prize of the evening and although more than 300 casinos would love to have this shiny trophy on their mantelpiece, it’s PartyCasino.com that was voted the winner! PartyCasino is also a multi-time Media Man, Casino News Media and Global Gaming Directory 'Online Casino Of The Month' winner.

Do you reckon their slot games are the best? Well, the panel at the eGaming Review Awards agreed! Party scooped the prize for Slots Operator of the Year at the the EGR Awards 2010 thanks to their action-packed slot games like Kung Food and Circus.

PartyCasino.com is one of a number of PartyGaming brands.

The most popular PartyCasino.com games of late include Heist, Circus, Rambo, Palladium Slot, The Godfather, Sinatra, Slotbox, Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Mission: Impossible, The Terminator, Cleopatra, Sinatra, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, The Amazing Spider-Man, Monopoly, Resident Evil, Melon Madness, Wheel Of Fortune and Mega Fortune Wheel.

The PartyCasino.com jackpot is currently approaching the $5 million mark. Players can also compete for The Big One and Marvel Hero Jackpot, playing the Marvel super hero themed online slot games.

PartyCasino's most recent game releases include Unicorn Legend, Shaaark! SuperBet, Crocodopolis, Alice's Wonderland, Glamour Puss, Super Cubes, Heist, Palladium Slot, Sensible Soccer and Robin Hood Mini.

PartyGaming CEO Jim Ryan has gone on record advising PartyCasino will soon feature more Hollywood blockbuster themed slots. A few in the know journalists and media agents have been recently tipped off that an all time classic movie adaption will be showcased in the PartyCasino portfolio within 1 month. PartyCasino has the world's most impressive line up of Hollywood themed games, and more are just around the corner.

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Australian Gambling News And Gossip, by Greg Tingle - 26th March 2011

G'day punters, sports nuts, casino and gambling millionaires and billionaires, legal eagles, and politicians...one and all. Australia continues to be one of the world's hot spots for gambling and casino news. Lovers VS Haters, gambling on politics, Aussie casino wars and more. Media Man and Gambling911 pound the pavement down under with the latest and greatest...

Aussie Casinos Hit Hard By Singapore Casino Resorts...

The Australian land based gaming sector is bashed as high-rolling whales and dolphins across the region switch from the casinos there to Singapore's new integrated resorts. The competition has led to calls by Australia's casino king, James Packer, for the federal and state governments to try to lure back these high-spending orientals. Packer's two casinos, Crown in Melbourne and Burswood in Perth, have seen turnover from high-rollers drop 8% in the six months to Dec 31. Burswood suffered more, with VIP revenue down 14.3 per cent, compared with Crown's 5.5 per cent fall. Australian casinos bring in about A$700 million (S$895 million) a year from VIP gamblers, who contribute to about 15 per cent of all casino revenue, according to a Merrill Lynch analysis. Land based casinos such as Crown tend to focus on attracting high-rollers from China and Hong Kong. Tourists from Taiwan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia also make high-spending visits to Australian casinos, according to the Australian Gaming Council, which represents the industry. Packer and the Crown brains trust are also looking at a major play to offer a wide selection of online casino games to help them match up to the offerings of the likes of PartyGaming, Microgaming and Playtech powered casinos which are serving the Australian and Asia Pacific region.

Aussie Pokie Limits Will Hit Whole Economy Down Under...

ClubsAustralia has advised the Federal Government's new controls over poker machines will hit the economy hard. The Government is trying to convince the states and territories to agree to a card-based scheme forcing poker machine players to set betting limits before they play. It still needs approval from the Parliament. ClubsAustralia chairman Peter Newell says such measures would force clubs and pubs to close. He says a study by KPMG found in New South Wales alone there would be a 30% revenue downturn. "It would result in the loss of more than 11,500 jobs, a loss of [more than] $800 million from the New South Wales economy, and the closure of clubs," he told the National Press Club. "Extrapolate it nationally with pubs and casinos included - the damaging impact would reverberate across the whole economy." But independent Senator Nick Xenophon says poker machine advocates are acting like slave owners from the past. He says gambling addiction is devastating and the pokies' lobby needs to have a campaign based on facts. "The poker machine lobby reminds me a bit like the slave owners of the 19th century in the United States, who say their whole way of life would be ruined if there were any changes bought about. That's how the industry is behaving," he said. The Government also wants to set withdrawal limits for ATMs in pokie venues. Small clubs and those in country areas are likely to get special treatment under the proposed gambling laws.

Church Group Wants Footy League To Stop Gambling Sponsorship And Deals...

Uniting Care is urging the Ballarat Football League to reconsider its decision to develop a gambling website for the competition. The league has formed a partnership with a Northern Territory online bookmaker to allow betting on local football matches. The venture is set to make the league about $100,000 over five years.
However, Dr Mark Zirnsak of Uniting Care says sporting competitions should remain separate from gambling providers. "This is very concerning about this constant expansion of this online sports betting which ... (is) currently completely unregulated and it means they are out there aggressively pushing their business, marketing in ways that other gambling providers are not permitted to," he said. Uniting Care is urging the Ballarat Football League to reconsider its decision to develop a gambling website for the competition. The league has formed a partnership with a Northern Territory online bookmaker to allow betting on local football matches. The venture is set to make the league about $100,000 over five years. However, Dr Mark Zirnsak of Uniting Care says sporting competitions should remain separate from gambling providers. "This is very concerning about this constant expansion of this online sports betting which ... (is) currently completely unregulated and it means they are out there aggressively pushing their business, marketing in ways that other gambling providers are not permitted to," he said.


Gold Coast: Stomp Musical Coming To Gold Coast's Jupiters Hotel and Casino...

A rhythmic theatre, comedy and dance spectacular that sees its cast use "everything and the kitchen sink" to entertain crowds aged from five to 95 will head to Jupiters Hotel & Casino in May for an exclusive Australian season. A slice of physical theatre, STOMP was created by co-directors Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas in Britain 20 years ago and has been touring the world ever since, playing to more than 15 million people in 48 countries. The show has become such an international success, it has been parodied on hit US TV series Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons. TThe international stage phenomenon “STOMP” will be exclusive at Jupiters from 12th May and is tipped to run for 14 weeks.

Melbourne: Crown Casino Gets HIStory This Is It: Jackson Tribute Show...

The tour, entitled HIStory This Is It, is an opportunity for Jackson fans to celebrate the music, the magic and all the history! This concert is the product of twenty-five years' dedication from celebrated Las Vegas performer, Kenny Wizz, to championing MJ's genius. This is the closest you will ever get to see the King of Pop in concert... Don't miss out! DATE & SHOW TIME: Friday 3 June & Saturday 4 June 2011

Sydney: Star City To Get The Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber...

25 - 29 May 2011: A new theatrical event featuring Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most timeless songs performed by the current stars of Australian musical theatre is coming to the Lyric Theatre on 25 May for 8 shows only. He’s been described as the master of musical theatre, the maestro of musicals, and a theatrical force to be reckoned with. His musicals have been seen by hundreds of millions around the world, translated into dozens of languages and won every major entertainment award. Now – Australia is set to fall in love once more with THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER in a stunning new theatrical event that will tour Australia in 2011. After more than 40 years, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music continues to have the extraordinary ability to touch an audience, lifting them to new heights of exhilaration and emotion after just a few bars of music. Through state-of–the-art technology, audiences will be swept from the avenues of Broadway to the magnificence of Eva Peron’s Argentina and the speedways of Starlight Express, in a dazzling journey through the many settings of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s greatest works. All the ‘big’ moments from Evita, The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Sunset Boulevard, Woman in White to the current Love Never Dies will be there.

James Packer: Casino And Media King May Like To Be Internet King...

The Sydney Morning Herald and others are reporting that Packer is looking to make a major splash in the internet world, one that would go far beyond his Betfair %50 owned stake. Past rumours have included a Packer buy into Media Man, Wikipedia, Fairfax Media and others, but exactly what entities are on his agenda are not known. Sources close say Packer has seen the impact of both gaming operators like PartyGaming, website portal operators like Media Man, and auction houses like ebay, and wants a big slice of the action.

A Media Man spokesperson said "It was Packer himself that famously said Internet is like electricity. Over the years he's seen the rise of Google, Wikipedia, ebay, and even Media Man. He's already got his foot in the the door with Betfair, and he wants to drive forward online casino games and well as further integrates his other business ventures into the web. Few have resources available like Packer, plus the political clout he wields, so expect a major impact, tipped to be later this year or early into the next. Packer knows he needs to make a major impact soon, before the internet gets further flooded with more portals, gaming and ecommerce offerings. It's almost a case or now or never for the maverick Packer".

Punter Fev Caught Still Punting; Horses, Now Slots...

Arguably Australia's most famous gambler of the modern era (with the possible exception of the late Kerry Packer) Brendan Fevola reckons he was not told to leave a pokies venue this morning, but admitted putting $50 in the machine to "muck about". Fev, attempting to restore his footy career in the VFL, journeyed to the Berwick Inn in Melbourne's southeast this morning and put money into a slot. Not a crime by any means, not good good for someone who says they are trying to get their gambling addiction under control. In an interview with the MTR radio station two days ago, he advised that playing the pokies had nothing to do with his gambling problem. He said he thought he would "pop in" after getting some money from an ATM on the way to training with the Casey Scorpions ahead of his VFL debut this weekend. "I put in 50 bucks...it obviously went, that’s why I left," he admitted. When quizzed if he should be playing the slots after entering rehab, Fevola said he went to rehab for addiction to alcohol and gambling on horses. "The horses are the problem, I don't understand what people don't get about this," Fevola said. "It's my life, I can f---ing do whatever I want. "(The rehab) was more for drinking in the end. It’s the horses mate, that’s the problem. "It’s ridiculous. I’m just a normal person now who plays VFL and I can do whatever I want and it’s my money … It’s got absolutely nothing to do with anyone." When probed if he should return to rehab, he replied: "What for? I’ve been sober since New Year's Eve." When the interview Mr King pointed out that people were worried about him, Fevola said: "They shouldn't be worried, I'm as happy as Larry." He denied being asked to leave or wearing a hoodie to help hide his identity, saying he had a jumper on instead. He said life at Casey Scorpions was "really good" and again denied being sacked from management firm Velocity Sports, insisting it was his decision to leave them. A spokesman for Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group, which operates the venue, said Fevola was wearing a hoodie when staff approached him. "Our staff, (as we request them to do), requested that the hoodie be removed," the spokesman said. "They realised it was Brendan Fevola. He realised they knew who he was at which point in time he immediately left the venue." Fev knew they knew who he was, and were in the loop with some of Fev's gambling issues. It is believed Fev played the pokies for about 20 minutes before he was recognised, but its not totally clear what games he played. Cleopatra Black Rhino, Gone Fishing and Where's The Gold are some of the most popular land based pokies found in Australian clubs.
Independent Senator Nick 'Mr X' (satire) Xenophon called on the community not to judge Fevola. "I know some in the community will be tempted to shake their heads and blame Fevola for being weak or giving in, "he said. "We need to remember Brendan has an addiction and addicts aren't always able to exercise free will. Brendan has sought treatment for gambling addiction previously, and I would encourage him to seek further help to deal with this issue."

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