Australia

 

Betting company Bet247 has filed suit in a  Victorian Supreme Court against bookmaker Tom Waterhouse, seeking more than A$250,000 ($231,000) it says it is largely owed as its share of profits from customers transferred from Sports Alive after that betting services company collapsed in 2011.

 

 

Police arrested one person and plan to charge 26 others with being found in a common gaming house after raiding an illegal casino in an inner Melbourne warehouse following a month-long investigation. "Behind the rather drab exterior of this factory there is quite an elaborate entertainment area, which included gaming tables, a bar, a band playing and sexually explicit entertainment," said Inspector Michael Beattie. The police also seized a small amount of cocaine and cannabis. Officers believe the casino was marketed via social media.

 

Echo Entertainment Group Ltd chief executive John Redmond hit back at suggestions by Crown Ltd. that it was more deserving of a nod to build a new casino in central Brisbane. "What gets built here to compete for that type of clientele (high-rollers) will be second to none, anywhere in the world," he said. "This will not be a step child." He said implications Echo had neglected its Queensland properties were "completely inappropriate".

 

Apple Inc. has removed access to apps from PokerStars and 888Poker for Australian users of its iTunes app store. The Broadband, Communications and Digital Economy Department had told Apple the apps violated the Interactive Gambling Act 2001, following a call by Senator Richard Di Natale for their removal since online poker has not been legalized in the country.

 

 

A second casino is set to open in Sydney in 2019 after James Packer’s plans for a $1.5 billion hotel and gambling resort at Barangaroo received backing from the New South Wales government, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. Packer's Crown Ltd is being asked to guarantee it will pour A$1 billion ($900 million) in taxes and licence fees into state coffers in the first 15 years of the project, which would feature a VIP-only casino with 120 tables and electronic gambling games but no EGMs.

 

 

The Independent Gambling Authority has approved a ban on the advertising of live-odds betting on commercial television, radio or at sporting grounds in South Australia, Australian media reported. The ban will take effect on August 1.

 

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