Australia

Australian rugby league commentator and former star player Peter Sterling said in a broadcast interview that gambling, rather than drugs, was responsible for the problems player Ben Barba has encountered recently, leading to his suspension.  Sterling said,  "Problem gambling is a much bigger problem in our game than peptides - a long way in front”.

 

SkyCity (SKC:NZX) was granted approval from the South Australia government after more than two years of negotiations to revamp its Adelaide property in a new regulatory and taxation framework. Company is committing US$ 214 mil for a wider entertainment complex with 1,500 slots and 200 tables to target the VIP market.

A virtual poker machine game has been named as the country’s highest grossing phone and tablet app, causing critics and regulators to call for legislation.  The game was exempt from the Interactive Gambling Act because the winnings cannot be cashed out.  Independent Senator Nick Xenophon has said he will file for legislation in February when federal parliament resumes.

For the very first time the Australian Federal government has legislated to regulate gaming machines. Up until now, the States and Territories in Australia have had it all to themselves. The gaming reform will have a range of new and distinctive regulatory impacts (stay tuned to AGB for more on this issue).

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