Australia

Greens Senator Richard Di Natale said he would introduce a bill that would ban commentators or bookmakers promoting odds during sports broadcasts on television or radio. Legislators are also discussing possible restrictions on gambling advertizing during broadcasts. "We have to separate sport from gambling," Di Natale said. He separately said Apple has an obligation to stop offering apps in the country that allow Australians to bet on casino games with real money since Australia does not allow online casino games.

 

Clubs Australia, the industry group for the country's pubs, has set up a working group with gaming manufacturers and online gambling experts to develop new rules for free gaming apps. The group said Australians spend A$60 million ($57 million) a year on social media apps that mimic gambling games without offering prize money but there are concerns the games could be accessed by children and allow for betting on credit. The group will develop a code of practice to align social gaming with harm minimization standards that apply to clubs.

 

Echo Entertainment is to spend A$50 million ($52 million) to upgrade gaming machines at its three Queensland casinos. Many of the machines to be replaced are coin-operated which some argue are better suited than coinless machines for preventing the development of problem gambling. Cashless machines are not allowed in some parts of the country.

 

Police are investigating reports that a foreign high roller won $33 million in a VIP area of the Crown Melbourne Casino through cheating at eight hands of cards. An associate of the unnamed gambler reportedly gained remote access to the casino's surveillance cameras and then passed along information to the bettor. After the scheme's discovery, Crown kicked the high roller out of his villa at the Crown Towers and barred his return. The casino also fired a VIP services manager but believes it can recover much of the money involved.

 

 

 

A union representing workers at Echo Entertainment's Jupiters Hotel and Casino on the Gold Coast is asking for a government investigation into alleged contract violations after the casino outsourced its cleaning and housekeeping to a company that makes heavy use of migrant workers. The United Voice union alleges working hours for its members have been heavily cut while the cleaners from Challenger Cleaning are working excess hours.  Challenger has denied wrongdoing.

 

 

 

Dublin-based Paddy Power has seen its profits rise by 31 percent, despite large investments in expanding into Italy.  Cormac McCarthy, chief financial officer, attributed the strong growth to good performance in the Australian market and being ahead of the curve in the company’s online and mobile business.  Revenue from smartphone and tablet betting rose 185 percent to US $167.6 million and sales in Australia rose by 46 percent.

 

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