Australian News

Sydney Casino Brawl Results in 20 Arrests

Police were called to Star City at Pyrmont early this morning after reports of a fight between two groups.

Submitted by Alistair Prescott on, Apr/11/2009

James Packer Could Still Prove a Savior to Las Vegas

JAMES PACKER will be reviewing Las Vegas gaming revenue for the second time in five months, though he might be disturbed by what he sees.

Submitted by Alistair Prescott on, Apr/08/2009

Crown Casino Won’t be Taking Stake in Las Vegas Project

Australia's Crown Casino has denied media reports that it plans to take a stake in the troubled City Center development in Las Vegas.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Apr/05/2009

Australian Communications Director Stephen Conroy Under Fire

The row over Australian Communication Director Stephen Conroy's remarks against Internet Service Provider iiNet continued through the weekend with extensive press coverage. 

Submitted by Alistair Prescott on, Apr/04/2009

Aussie Gambling Reforms Close to Collapse

THE revolutionary reform of Victoria's $5-billion-a-year gambling industry, which would end Tatts and Tabcorp's duopoly control of pokies by handing ownership to venues, is on the brink of collapse

Submitted by Alistair Prescott on, Apr/03/2009

Australia’s Communication Minister Senator Stephen Conroy Worst Ever

Australian Communications Minister and Senator Stephen Conroy has continued to make waves as his crusade to filter out the Internet from the evils of porn, online poker, religion, YouTube links and

Submitted by Alistair Prescott on, Apr/03/2009

Gambling News: Maine Looks to Amend Gambling Device Statutes

Following the controversies involving Kentucky and its attempts to seize some 141 online gambling domain names, the state of Maine has apparently embarked on changing its gambling device statutes.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Apr/03/2009

Conroy Backtracks on Internet Censorship Policy

The Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy has been clarifying more details on his Internet censorship policy.

Submitted by Guest on, Apr/02/2009

Internet Filtering Continues to be Hot Topic in Australia

The coverage related to Internet filtering in Australia continues to be a hot topic.  A report aired just the other night with some 377 plus people commenting on what was transpiring.   As has been reporting, the Australian government, led by Communications Director Stephen Conroy, has been working to filter some 2000 plus websites they claim were "indecent" but as it turns out, a number of those sites were related to online poker, religion and politics.

One individual wrote:

Submitted by Alistair Prescott on, Mar/31/2009

Australians Are The Biggest Gamblers In The World

A report out of Canada paints Australians as the biggest gambling degenerates in the world.  The report, obtained exclusively by The Sunday Telegraph, shows Australian and New Zealand gamblers sp

Submitted by Alistair Prescott on, Mar/26/2009

Australian Website Blacklist Entries Blamed on Russian Mob

News began leaking out over the past several days of websites appearing as part of a 2000 plus "blacklist" aimed at blocking out child pornography and beastiality: Among them, online poke

Submitted by Alistair Prescott on, Mar/26/2009

Australia Blacklist May Cost Election

The controversy continues regarding Australia's leaked list of blacklisted websites which included, among others, the legal gambling enterprise, Betfair, as well as some online poker portals.

"We didn't know [about the ban]," said Betfair CEO Andrew Twaits.  "We've been licensed to operate in Australia for three years and have never received a complaint or any allegation that Betfair locally or globally is not allowed usage by Australians.  The global Betfair site is used by Australians every day."

Submitted by Alistair Prescott on, Mar/25/2009

Gambling News Down Under: Australia Website Blacklist Debacle

Evidence is mounting that the list of websites published by Wikileaks is almost certainly ACMA's "secret" blacklist.

Submitted by Alistair Prescott on, Mar/24/2009

Australian Gambling News: Tasmania Wants to Force Breaks on Gamblers

The Tasmanian government wants to reduced the number of people addicted to pokie machines by forcing them to take breaks. 

Submitted by Alistair Prescott on, Mar/23/2009

Naked Russell Brand May be Banned….In Australia

Posing naked in front of his window, the News of the World proclaimed:  "LOOKY looky! Here's Russell Brand showing off his prize assets in Australia."

Submitted by Alistair Prescott on, Mar/21/2009

Betfair Banned: CEO Outraged

Following leakage of an Australian "Ban List", Betfair CEO Andrew Twaits expressed outraged with government officials.  Twaits was unaware that his company's website had been blacklisted

Submitted by Alistair Prescott on, Mar/19/2009

Australia Banning Online Poker Sites

In a leaked report obtained by the website, it was revealed that Australia's list of 2395 "banned website" stretched well beyond the realm of child pornography and "how

Submitted by Alistair Prescott on, Mar/19/2009

200 Banned Sites Dropped From Sex and Drugs Blacklist

200 banned websites were dropped from the Federal Government's internet "sex and drugs" blacklist in the last three months - but we're still not allowed to know what they were.

Submitted by Guest on, Mar/17/2009

Paroled Murderer Kills Again After Blowing Money Gambling

A paroled murderer in Australia killed again, this time a 78-year old woman.   The motive:  He blew his grocery money on the pokies, court documents heard.

Submitted by Alistair Prescott on, Mar/16/2009

Gambling News: Atlantic City Hit Hard By Recession, Sands Exec Quits

Gambling news is not good for Atlantic City.  Once considered "recession proof", this latest bust to the national economy has proven that not to be the case.

Submitted by Guest on, Mar/16/2009

Leaked Documents Reveal Dire Plight of Intralot's Lotto Agents

Hundreds of documents show that between the end of September last and January, 204 of the company's 769 agents - who each paid between $8000 and $10,000 for their licences - lost money each week se

Submitted by Guest on, Mar/16/2009

Australia Gambling News: Reports on Playtech, Tabcorp, Bodog

Our man on the scene in Australia reports that business is booming and everyone wants in on the burgeoning online gambling industry.  Even with news that certain politicians are trying to block th

Submitted by Alistair Prescott on, Mar/15/2009

James Packer Scraps Cannery Casino Resorts Crown Casino Deal

Australian billionaire James Packer has a $1.75 billion takeover of Cannery Casino Resorts LLC and sold his Australian cattle ranches to Guy Hands U.K. buyout company, Terra Firma Capital Partners Ltd.  Packer's Crown Casino enterprise, Australia's biggest, rose 13.5 percent on the news.  Had the deal gone through, Packer would have obtained three Nevada casinos and a racetrack near Pittsburgh.

The 41 year old Packer's fortune shrank to half this past year according to Forbes Magazine.  Crown lost 56 percent of its value and the Las Vegas casinos are not faring that much better.

Submitted by Alistair Prescott on, Mar/13/2009

My Thoughts on Casino Mogul James Packer

Media Man, Greg Tingle, has provided with a few thoughts related to Australian casino maestro James Packer.   Mr.

Submitted by Guest on, Mar/07/2009

Australia Online Gambling News: Gaming Minister Asleep at the Wheel?

A series of photographs seem to show Australia's Gaming and Racing Minister, Kevin Greene, taking a nap during a Parliament question period.

Submitted by Alistair Prescott on, Mar/05/2009

Former Billabong CEO Matthew Perrin Racked Up $1.7 Mil Gambling Debts

Billabong Chief Executive, Matthew Perrin, has left a trail of $28.2 million in unpaid bills to 20 unsecured creditors, according to a bankruptcy filing this week.

The lawyer-turned Web entrepreneur reported racked up over $1.7 million in gambling debts according to The Sydney Morning Herald.   His debts include those to Centrebet boss, Con Kafataris ($300,000) and a Flemington bookie, Frank Hudson ($160,000). 

Perrin has been in financial distress before, according to the Herald.  Ultimately he paid back his debts.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Mar/05/2009

Centrebet Loses Out on International All Sports Deal

Australian privately owned wagering shop Sportsbet has taken a 12.3 percent stake in International All Sports, thus effectively knocking out Centrebet International Ltd.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Mar/03/2009

James Packer, Crown Casino Help With Australia Fires

Media Man Greg Tingle (pictured with the Salvation Army) reports that James Packer and his Crown Casino have teamed up with the Salvation Army in an effort to help those affected by the Australian

Submitted by Alistair Prescott on, Mar/01/2009

Foster Care Mums Using Money for Gambling

The Australian on Friday reports that foster carers are taking in abused money in order to collect tax free allowances.  A good portion of those funds are being spent at local pubs for the purpose

Submitted by Alistair Prescott on, Feb/26/2009

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