Australia

 

Australia based supplier Aristocrat Leisure Ltd. signed a deal to distribute some of its slot machine games to providers of online gaming in regulated European markets via NYX Gaming Group.

Yun Xiangcai, a wealthy Chinese gambler, went on trial in Melbourne on charges of assaulting a greeter at the Crown Casino. Prosecturs said Yun grabbed the woman, who was three-months pregnant, by the waist and pulled her inside an elevator after she refused his dinner invitation. He was said to have stared at her breasts and smelled her as he waited for the elevator and then later allegedly touched her chest and told her he would give her A$20,000 ($20,650) to be his girlfriend.  When she again declined, he allegedly put his hand inside her dress to touch her breasts.

 

 

A Victoria court convicted Wendy Hope Jobson of stealing A$7.8 million ($8.1 million) from hotel group Koroneos Group, her employer, for gambling on the 21nova website. Judge Phillip Priest set aside claims that the theft was the result of a multiple personality disorder.  "Your claim that you did not know what you were doing does not sit well with your actions in deliberately covering up your thefts through false accounting," he said, noting that she had taken money 1,478 times. 21nova is licensed in Gibraltar but not Australia. 

 

A Vietnamese immigrant failed to convince the  Administrative Appeals Tribunal that unexplained financial deposits were all gambling winnings and that he should therefore not have to pay A$1.15 million ($1.19 million) in tax and penalties. The man claimed to have discovered a system to win at baccarat 95 percent of the time during a trip back to Vietnam in 2006  and then won more than $4 million at casinos there and in Cambodia. He said he continued to use the system at The Star in Sydney, which did record that he won a net A$464,156 in 2008 after three years of losses.

 

The Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority said it was still studying whether to approve Crown Ltd's application to raise its stake in rival Echo Entertainment Group Ltd to 25 percent from 10 percent. KT Lim, chairman of Malaysia's Genting Group, which has applied to raise its own stake in Echo from 5.2 percent to 25 percent, met with the gaming authority before its meeting this week. Crown and Echo are pushing rival casino investment plans for Sydney.

 

 

 

Greater Dandenong, a suburban area of Melbourne home predominantly to low-income immigrants, was the only one of 12 areas in a study on Australia's "night time economy" where gambling was the top activity by revenue. The estimated A$108 million ($111 million) spent on gambling in 2011 topped the A$102 million outlay on cafes and restaurants. Melbourne itself was found to have A$234 million in night time gambling revenue.

 

New South Wales has budgeted A$48 million ($49 million) for problem gambling programs run by hospitals and community and religious groups for the next four years. The funding will support 56 programs, including some for non-English speakers and for after-hours counselling.

 

Victoria's Department of Justice commissioned a study into the relationship between gambling machine loyalty programs and problem gambling risk levels, especially whether such programs encourage more gambling.

 

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