Australia

 

The Australian Wagering Council, led by SportsBet chief executive Cormac Barry, moved to embrace television industry proposals to forbid commentators from promoting live betting odds during play but continue to allow bookmaker's ads and sponsored segments during commercial breaks. Sportingbet chief executive Michael Sullivan blamed rival Tom Waterhouse for turning public opinion against the industry.

 

Months of negotiations for a five-year sponsorship deal between bookmaker Tom Waterhouse and the National Rugby League collapsed, with Tabcorp seen as the leading contender to replace Tom Waterhouse and resume its sponsorship of the league. Tom Waterhouse reportedly was to pay the league A$50 million ($48.9 million).

 

 

 

The government is in talks with Switzerland's Sportradar to set up a national system to track betting across major sports. The system would allow analysts at the National Integrity of Sport Unit to look at real-time global betting and sport activity against mathematical models of expected outcomes to flag unusual calls by referees or actions by players.

 

 

A study by Southern Cross University found that 64 percent of Australian adults had gambled in the past year, down from 82 percent in a 1999 survey. The survey, which involved 15,000 people, showed that participation in interactive gambling rose to 8.1 percent from 0.6 percent. Meanwhile, sports betting doubled in popularity while electronic gambling machines participation was halved from 39 percent to 19 percent.

 

ATMs and television screens in pubs with gambling machines in Queensland are to carry messages promoting responsible gambling. The state is still considering industry requests to raise maximum bets at the machines to A$10 ($9.78) from A$5, to raise the amount of money that can be inserted into a machine at one time and to allow the machines to accept A$50 and A$100 notes.

 

 

Echo Entertainment Group Ltd. proposed a $1.3 billion expansion plan for its Treasury Casino in downtown Brisbane that would expand its site from one to four city blocks in part by taking over government land that is to be sold off. The expanded casino resort would add hotel rooms, bars and restaurants. Echo is seeking tax breaks and guaranteed exclusive casino rights to the city even as it seeks to fend off Crown Ltd.'s attempt to crack its monopoly in Sydney with a rival casino there.

 

Crown Ltd. selected a curved design of three twisting petals by Wilkinson Eyre Architects for its proposed $1 billion Crown Sydney casino resort. The 60-story hotel would have about 350 rooms. Wilkinson Eyre is known for its work on Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, Guangzhou International Finance Center and the Millennium Bridge in the UK.

 

 

 

The Australia Greens submitted a bill to parliament to ban discussion or advertizing of live betting odds during sports broadcasts. The bill would also prohibit ads for betting services before 9pm and forbid broadcasters from making deals that allow commentators to promote gambling during sports broadcasts.

 

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