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Kids Copy Parents Gambling; Gambling Crocs Again,
by Greg Tingle - 8th January 2011
January continues to be a huge month from the land
down under in Australia. We've got kids copying their
parents gambling habits, more gambling crocodile tests
from Australia's top end, Aussie casino and media
wars, casino haters VS casino loves and more.
Kids Copy Parents Gambling...
kids are adopting the gambling and sports betting
habits of their parents and guardians new academic
research shows. Of course, the question needs to be
asked if the data can be trusted, as the readership
is well aware of many "junk science" reports
from academic institutions that service to act as
propaganda, if delivering results and data the the
Australian Labor Party wants to see, and many times
sponsored educational programs doing the research!
Think Japanese "scientific research", but
on with the story. In a the latest report, 60% of
13 to 17-year-olds reveal that they have gambled at
least one time in the year. The Australian Psychological
Society study states that household exposure to gambling
by adults, especially dads, increases the risk that
kids will become passionate punters and will develop
gambling problems in later life! We hear you shaking
your head already. Report co-author Associate Professor
Paul Delfabbro gave a stern warning that there was
already frequent exposure on the www. "All the
time they are reminded of the opportunity to gamble
and this awareness, in addition to opportunities like
at poker machines or betting at the TAB, can pose
risks for young people," Prof Delfabbro said.
It's currently being debated that interactive gambling
services such as online casino games are prohibited
in Australia, but many operates such as Betfair, Centrebet,
PKR and PartyGaming offer a range of games, some for
free play, some for money. Prof Delfabbro warned that
even everyday pastimes such as card games could normalise
gambling for young people. "All the evidence
shows that we do what our parents do, and if kids
are learning casino-style card games that teach them
how to gamble, they will repeat that behaviour elsewhere,"
he said. He encouraged parents to have mature conversations
with their kids about the risks involved in gambling
and the likelihood of success. "The important
thing is that young people should recognise the nature
of the industry is to make a profit like any other
business," he said. "The industry knows
how to ensure that they make money from your behaviour."
Prof Delfabbro cautioned parents against telling young
people that they won't win in the short term. "In
order to lose large amounts of money, most people
have to win big first," he said. "The problem
is that gamblers can't win in the longer term,"
he said. UnitingCare Wesley spokesman Mark Henley
said young people were particularly susceptible to
online gambling. "Young people are much more
tech-savvy than their parents and with online gambling
you don't even need to leave the house," he said.
"The fact is if parents are gambling in any form,
children are more likely to gamble too." Henley
said children should be educated at school about the
dangers of gambling, just as they are taught about
sex and drugs. A Media Man spokesperson said "Fair
and balanced information on gambling and the risks
involved are the way to go. We advise to stick to
strong and trusted brands when possible, like PartyGaming,
Betfair and Centrebet. Stick to brands and sources
you can trust, and keep things fun. If the gambling
stops being fun, you know you have a problem".
Business Split Up Speculation...
is more solid info coming in about the split up, although
no one is betting on either arm surviving as a stand-alone
operation for long, with predators already getting
hungry for both divisions. James Packer's gambling
operation, Crown Limited, has been cited as a likely
purchaser of Tabcorp's casinos while Tattersall's
chief executive, Dick McIlwain, has a noted interest
in the wagering and gaming business, which would put
all Aussies traditional wagering pools under one roof
for the first time in history.
NSW: Internet Gambling Study From Southern Cross University...
from Southern Cross University have launched an online
survey aimed at understanding internet gambling behaviour
in Australia. SCUs Dr Sally Gainsbury will collaborate
with an international team to understand one of the
fastest growing forms of gambling in Australia. My
hope is that it will assist key stakeholders, including
governments, regulators and gambling operators to
develop appropriate policies to regulate internet
gambling, she said. My aim is that the
results will give a clearer indication of the behaviour
of gamblers and the participation rates in all forms
of gambling. Two members of the research team,
Professor Alex Blaszczynski of Sydney University and
Nerilee Hing of SCU, were appointed to the Ministerial
Expert Advisory Group on Gambling last year. The
establishment of that group shows that there is increasing
recognition from politicians, regulators, gambling
operators and the community that we need to develop
more knowledge about gambling and its prominence in
society, Dr Gainsbury said.
Queensland University Students And Teachers Love Gambling
Crocodile Study; Popular Thesis And Fun Subject!...
are one again being used to shed light rays on the
numerous factors that make punters more likely to
become "problem gamblers". Psychologist,
Dr Matthew Rockloff and Nancy Greer of Central Queensland
University in Bundaberg, reported their findings in
the Journal of Gambling Studies. It is well known
that gambling is often exciting and causes measurable
symptoms of physiological arousal such as increased
heart rate, says Rockloff. In the gaming environment,
players often interpret such excitement as a "lucky
feeling" and there is significant suggestion
that this makes them more likely to take higher risks.
Like "double of nothing" or pressing the
"gamble" button on a pokie. Rockloff says
casinos already use methods that cause excitement,
including ringing bells, flashing lights and an open
gaming floor. It's a bells and whistles type environment,
and never boring! "They don't know why it works
but they've noticed that if they have small gaming
venues that they don't make as much money as larger
gaming venues," he went on record with. Rockloff
is interested in testing whether excitement really
does cause you to lose yourself and take greater risks,
and if so under what circumstances! In previous experiments,
he blasted white noise at people who were gambling.
This caused people to gamble more intensively, playing
faster and placing larger bets. "If you do that
in a casino environment, you're going to lose more
money more quickly." Next up, he wanted to find
a more clever and secret way of getting people excited,
so he could see whether the same thing happened. So,
enter 'The Crocodile Test' - Who is smiling? - read
on...The smiling professor designed an experiment
that recruited some 103 visitors to a Queensland crocodile
farm to play a simulated Electronic Gaming Machine
(EGM) on a laptop computer. A control group were asked
to play the EGM before seeing the crocodiles. The
test group were asked to play after taking a tour
of the farm, during which time they were told stories
about crocodile attacks, saw a crocodile jumping at
a piece of meat and even got to hold a live young
croc. Each participant was given $20 bucks, which
they could use as credit for their gambling so they
felt they were gambling with their own money. No participants
knew of the connection between the crocodile farm
and the gambling study. "They just thought it
was a convenient place for us to carry out the study,"
says Rockloff. Rockloff found that people with a pre-existing
gambling problem who appeared to have fun holding
the live crocodile took greater risks in the gambling
than those who were anxious and nervous as hell after
touring the crock farm. He also found some people
in the control group (who had not yet had contact
with the crocodiles) took more risks if they had high
negative emotions, compared to those who said they
were feeling happy. Rockloff says the crocodile experiment
was not "highly controlled", but taken together
with the 'white noise' experiment suggests there is
a three-way interaction between previous gambling
history, emotion and physiological excitement. He
says the findings suggest problem gamblers should
watch out for certain emotional states that are likely
to make them gamble greater amounts. "Don't go
to the casino when you're depressed. Don't go to the
casino when you're feeling so lucky you're absolutely
sure you're going to win." There you have it
punters. As always, only bet what you can afford to
lose, and for God's sake, keep it fun.
Casino And Media King James Packer Gets $43 Million
Dollar Compound - Mansion In Sydney's Eastern Suburbs...
got 3 properties already purchased and 2 houses now
demolished, billionaire James Packer is well on his
way to building a massive compound in Sydney's east.
It will include 13-car garage, 23m pool, underground
cinema, gym and staff quarters. News Limited is understood
to be first to break the news, with it spreading like
wildfire on the web and across news wires. The renovations
alone will cost close to $13 mill, and that's on top
of the $30m already spent consolidating the three
properties in upmarket Vaucluse. Although the title
deeds are now in Packer's name, the paperwork behind
the deals shows the three properties were transferred
to him only in mid-December by a Manoc Developments
Pty Ltd "without monetary consideration".
The "capital investment value" will be $12.96m,
according to the report, which praised the overall
design process and consultation with heritage consultants,
describing it as "exemplary" and "a
best-practice model". In addition to the new
"module", renovations and additions will
occur in the main house, made out of "a lightweight
glass and steel structure". Any neighbours will
find it difficult to peek. At least two pedestrian
entrances are to be sealed off and the only access
will be via "two new 1.7m-high metal picket vehicular
entry gates". Once past these gates, visitors
will then find themselves facing a 2.4m-high "metal
security fence". Well, casino and media types
do seem to get a lot of attention, sometimes too much.
New Zealand Enters Asia Pacific Casino Wars; Hunting
High Roller Whales...
whales from mainland China gambling at SkyCity in
Auckland are up a solid 33% in the past 6 months.
Not content, they are reaching for the stars and is
looking to boost the market "many times over".
Last year, Macau casinos reported record takings of
US$23.5 billion ($31.1 billion). That's 4 time the
revenues generated at the world famous Las Vegas Strip...largely
because of mainland Chinese punters. SkyCity says
it is keen to lure some of these high-spending players
to New Zealand. An agreement had been reached with
Air New Zealand for priority access to ticketing and
the casino is working with Immigration New Zealand
to "fast-track" visas for "known players"
from the mainland, said SkyCity's international business
president, Ejaaz Dean. In the 5 months ending in November,
SkyCity's international business grew more than 100%
- with China topping the list, ahead of Thailand,
Singapore, Malaysia and Australia. "Most of what's
fuelling the growth are from mainland China,"
Dean said. Regional rivals, such as Singapore, which
last year opened 2 glitz and glam casinos, are competing
hard for the market, but SkyCity is undeterred. "Sure,
we have lost some of our Singaporean clients, who
now prefer to gamble locally, and that's understandable.
But we have a lot of things in New Zealand that Singapore
cannot replicate," Dean said. "We have great
golf courses here, we have great vineyards, and these
are things that attract high-rollers here, rather
than Singapore." SkyCity had already been booked
by 30 high-spending dolphins and whales from China
to spend Chinese New Year, which falls in early February,
in Auckland rather than in Asia, Dean said. The gambling
and entertainment company expects to have 4 dedicated
private gaming rooms for high-rollers, up from 1,
by the middle of the year, and is also undertaking
several facility upgrades at its hotels, restaurants
and bars to ensure they are world class all the way.
SkyCity is targeting a net profit of at least $127.4
million for the year to June. Dean said having a dedicated
sales office in Singapore had helped in "redirecting"
some of the high-value punters to New Zealand. Macau's
casinos last year cashed in 188.3 billion patacas
($31.1 billion), up from 119.3 billion patacas in
2009. That's four times higher than the US$6 billion
gamblers were expected to have spent on the Last Vegas
Strip in 2010, Hong Kong-based brokerage CLSA told
AFP. Aaron Fischer, a CLSA gaming analyst, said Macau's
revenue was largely driven by high-roller gamblers,
including many wealthy Chinese tourists riding high
on the country's surging economy. The biggest spending
punters are in order from highest: China, Thailand,
Singapore / Malaysia, Australia and then Pacific Island
Gets Two Lotto Millionaires Within 48 Hours...
got two more millionaire lottery winners in the past
48 hours. The two lucky families bring the tally of
millionaire winners to 5 since the year began 6 days
ago. A dad on Brisbane's westside couldn't believe
his luck when he found his family was $1 million richer
after all their numbers came up in last night's Gold
Lotto draw. "When I saw that I had won I started
shaking, but quickly reminded myself not to get too
excited in case there had been a mistake," he
said. It took until this morning, when Golden Casket
verified the win, for the family to have their hopes
confirmed. The dad, who bought his ticket online,
still can't quite believe it's really happening. "This
is unbelievable. It means so much to us," he
said. We'll pay off the mortgage and set up scholarship
accounts for our children." The other division
one winners from last night, a Sunshine Coast couple,
had no idea they had picked up the big prize until
Golden Casket gave them a million-dollar wake-up call
this morning. The couple said they had been playing
lotto every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
since the 1980s, and their dedication finally paid
off to the tune of $1 million when their numbers came
up last night. "What amazing news. We'll use
some of the prize money to help our children and the
rest to fund our retirement," they said. The
two wins have added to Queensland's huge group of
millionaire winners thus far in 2011. The earliest
lotto millionaire of the year was the mystery recipient
of a $1.35 million first division prize, who finally
claimed her win on New Years Day, exactly 2 weeks
after the draw. On Tuesday, a Brisbane man picked
up a cool $10 million on Oz 7 Lotto after playing
for more than five years, joking that he would use
the winnings to pay off his debts, retire and top
up his go card. And the identity of another Queensland
lotto millionaire still remains a mystery, with a
$1.6 million prize remaining unclaimed. The winning
ticket was for the New Year's Eve Gold Lotto Megadraw,
and was purchased at the Kenmore Tavern Plaza News
in Brisbane's Western suburbs. A spokeswoman from
Golden Casket said Queensland Lotto players are on
a roll with close to $17 million in prize money claimed
in the past week.
Australian Aristocrat Technologies Pokie Maker To
Be In The Mix At London's ICE 2011...
is ebing held from January 25 to January 27, the International
Casino Exhibition (ICE) this year will celebrate 21
years of high-stakes gaming at the event. Australia's
embattled Aristocrat is in the mix of one armed bandit
makers who will exhibit. Readers will recall from
last month that there's a legal situation between
Aussie Aristocrat and American made IGT (International
Game Technology). IGT is claiming copyright infringement
and a whole lot more, and Aristocrats shares price
has not been pretty to say the least in recent months.
The event will see exhibitors Aristocrat Technologies,
Barcrest Group, CMS, Cummins-Allison, Eurocoin, Funworld
and TCSJohnHuxley represented, according to Clarion
Gaming, the organiser of the event.
As well as the big-name exhibitors, more than 400
companies will be present.
The 20,000 square metres of space will be taken up
by those active in the online, casino, mobile, betting,
bingo, lottery and street gaming sectors who will
deliver "the most comprehensive insight to the
latest gaming innovations from every corner of the
world." Clarion Gaming has described ICE 2011,
to take place at London's Earl Court Exhibition Centre,
to be "the most comprehensive and international
business-to-business gaming event on the world stage."
Kate Chambers, Show Director for ICE 2011, stated
that "our opening ceremony will celebrate 21
years of working in partnership to provide a source
of product innovation and inspirational ideas for
the international gaming industry." "Few
could have thought some 21 years ago that a pioneering
niche within an existing exhibition would flourish
in such a way," she continued. Chambers also
stated that "most, if not all, of the ground-breaking
and iconic gaming products to impact the sector over
the last 21 years have been launched at ICE and I'm
certain that the breakthrough product of 2011 will
also be found at ICE, which is why the exhibition
remains the immense asset it is to the global gaming
industry and a must-attend event." ICE 2011 promises
to be an exciting event with plenty of exhibitions
to keep visitors occupied. Aussies, Yankees, Canooks
and Pommies are looking forward to downing a few drinks
and inking a few details together, as the industry
looking forward to seeing better days, with last year
being one of the worst in history as far as many firms
bottom lines went. All power to those who attend,
and we hope you get your money's worth. Stand don't
always come cheap!
- Gold Coast Might Get 'Sin City' Kings Cross Style
Make Over; `Kings Cross Strip' Surfers Paradise Prop
With City Council Powers That Be...
Life Underbelly' might be coming to Surfers' Paradise.
Some say is already there. Plans filed with the city
council on Christmas Eve for a multi-level adult nightclub
in Surfers Paradise have sparked fears it could turn
into a Kings Cross-type slum. Area councillor Susie
Douglas said the proposal had not been discussed with
her but it was the type of development the council
wanted to shut out. "The Hilton will put us on
the international map and we can't afford to have
visitors leaving thinking we are a sleazy city,"
she said. The proposal, by the Hollywood Showgirls
nightclub owners Duffy Night Club No 1, wants to expand
the first floor and connect it to the neighbouring
nightclub 21, which has approval for a second nightclub
on its first floor.
Bee Gees Show Hits Las Vegas Strip...
Australian Bee Gees Show...A Tribute to The Bee Gees,
will make its exciting debut at Excalibur Hotel and
Casino Tuesday, Feb. 1 when the talented tribute band
brings the music of the famous Gibb brothers to the
Las Vegas Strip. Tickets priced at $54.95 and $44.95,
plus tax and service fees, are now on sale. Performances
are Tuesday-Sunday at 7 p.m. nightly. To charge by
phone call (702) 597-7600. Tickets are also available
for purchase at the Excalibur box office and online.
The 75-minute multi-media concert event is a contemporary
perspective featuring state-of-the-art sound, superb
lighting and giant screens featuring video clips,
live camera images and stunning graphics. It is the
definitive live celebration of five decades of memorable
music written by the Brothers Gibb, one of the most
successful and adored acts in musical history. Adam
Steck, CEO of SPI Entertainment and producer of the
show, said, "I grew up on Bee Gees music so I'm
especially thrilled to bring this amazing tribute
to Las Vegas. They nail their unbelievable harmonies
and the show literally turns into one big sing-along!"
Excalibur's President and COO Renee West said, "The
legacy of The Bee Gees and their music has been incredibly
enduring, appealing to generation after generation.
This tribute show is sure to be a fun and energetic
celebration of music and memories that visitors from
around the world will relate to." Since 1996,
The Australian Bee Gees Show - A Tribute to The Bee
Gees has performed to more than 1 million people in
sold-out theaters and concert halls across the globe
in more than 40 countries. The group's unbelievable
resemblance and sound of the legendary Bee Gees has
garnered international kudos from media and show goers
alike. The show has become the world's leading Bee
Gees show and Terri Bridge, president of the U.S.
Bee Gees Fan Club said, "In my opinion they are
the best Bee Gees tribute in the world." About
Excalibur Hotel and Casino: A myriad of entertainment,
fine food and comfortable accommodations make for
an inviting atmosphere within contemporary castle
walls at Excalibur Hotel and Casino. The resort offers
3,981 guest rooms, including 2,000 recently remodeled
Widescreen Rooms, delightful dining experiences including
Dick's Last Resort and The Steakhouse at Camelot,
the Tournament of Kings Dinner Show, the all-male
revue Thunder From Down Under and the hilarious comedy
of the Broadway smash Defending the Caveman. Excalibur
also offers dozens of shops, an expansive pool complex,
a wedding chapel featuring costume ceremonies, the
Royal Treatment Spa & Fitness Center and a convention
area with more than 12,000 square feet of meeting
and banquet space. Excalibur is a wholly owned subsidiary
of MGM Resorts International. It's a good night, go
on, get your ass in there!
Gaming: Bondi Icebergs Club Gaming Not On Par With
Other On Site Amenities; North Bondi RSL Club Much
Better Pokies Plus Poker Nights...
get us wrong, we love Bondi Icebergs, but the gaming
facilities are a bit lacking. Granted, the pokies
are not the main attraction of the club, the pool,
restaurant, bar, entertainment and view are, but if
you're going to have pokies, have more up to date
ones (like Sinatra and Top Gun), or don't have them
at all. We couldn't even find Cleopatra Queen Of The
Nile, Black Rhino or Penguin Pays. Also, how about
a poker and bingo night, like the other competing
club down the road, North Bondi RSL Club does. For
the record Media Man is a member of both clubs, but
North Bondi RSL has it all over 'The Bergs' as far
as gaming and gambling goes, but The Icebergs wins
in just about every other category. Gaming and business
tycoon is a big fan of Bondi Iceberg's restaurant,
as is U2 front man Bono (Paul Hewson), even if he
did have to wait for a table, like everyone else.
Hey, just sayin!
Hits Bondi Beach, Sydney; Next Beach To Hit - Main
Beach, Surfers Paradise, Australia...
we know, 'The Hoff' doesn't have much to do with gaming
and gambling, but its big enough entertainment news
to get a run. Oh, an online Baywatch slot machine
was released a number of years ago, but Aussies can't
access that one any way, so on with the story... Former
Knight Rider and Baywatch star David Hasselhoff, fresh
of his hot Bondi Beach swimming and posing with hot
women a few days back, will now hit the golden sands
of the Gold Coast's Main Beach to promote Streets
new ice creams Splice Real Fruits. Yeah, there's the
product plus. I guess someone has to do the job don't
they, as who better than 'The Hoff'?! Hoff hit Bondi
Beach on an inflatable rescue boat aka 'rubber ducky'
wearing his famous hot red shorts, and surrounded
by blonde goddesses beach babes (but no Jaime Wright
- original Bondi Blonde) in Baywatch-style swimsuits.
The 58-year-old's running action no longer requires
editing to appear in slow motion, yet 'The Hoff' still
has what it takes to draw a crowd. But if you head
to check out the spectacle remember one thing: don't
hassle The Hoff.
Red Hot Brothel Raided By Thieves For Cold Hard Cash...
blokes men have robbed a Sydney brothel, clobbering
the manager with an iron bar, then robbing the female
working girls. Cops say the pair burst into the business
in Cosgrove Road, South Strathfield, about 1.45am
last last Saturday and hit the 51-year-old manager.
They snatched cash from the female staff and a till,
then bolted off. The manager was taken to hospital
and is in a stable condition. The robbers were described
as being of Pacific Islander appearance and wore blue
hooded tops. Police want to hear from anyone who saw
suspicious activity around the brothel this morning.
Who will talk, that's the question.
Fev On Leave After Huge New Years Eve; Into Rehab...
most notorious (and nocturnal we understand) play,
bad ass Brendan 'Punter Fev' Fevola has been granted
indefinite leave from the Queensland's Brisbane Lions
after being arrested during drunken New Years
Eve celebrations in Bris Vegas (Brisbane), not be
be confused with 'Sin City' Sydney! Feb might be trying
to get Brissy a reputation for sin, but you will still
have to try harder next time mate... just kidding.
Fev was released from lockup about 11am after spending
in excess of 5 hours in the watchhouse. You know,
in "the can". He was bailed out on charges
of public nuisance and obstructing police and will
appear in a court of law on January 18. QLD police
confirmed a 29-year-old Norman Park chap was arrested
in the nightclub lurks of Brunswick Street, Fortitude
Valley aka 'The Valley' (where Underbelly 4 and perhaps
5 will be featured). In a statement yesterday, the
Brisbane Lions advised Fevola had request indefinite
leave "in order to receive professional assistance
for a number of personal issues. The request for leave
was made by Fevola following an incident in the early
hours of this morning where he was arrested and charged
with public nuisance and obstructing police in Brisbanes
Fortitude Valley," the statement says. "Fevola
was released from police custody at around 11am and
immediately sought leave from the Lions to receive
professional assistance. As a result, Fevola will
not be at training this Monday when the team resumes
its preparations for the 2011 AFL Season. While the
Brisbane Lions AFC places the well being of all its
staff as a primary focus, the club will hold talks
next week regarding what action may be required as
a direct result of this mornings incident."
AFL General Manager Football Operations Adrian Anderson
said the Lions had told him of Fevola's latest incident,
the latest in a string, with Crown Casino's antics
likely being the most famous, captured on film. He
advised the club was still gathering the full details
and the AFL would await Brisbane's detailed report
before considering any action. Its believed
Lions officials are seething about this latest incident
and he now faces an uncertain future. Club officials
state its unlikely the Lions will have an emergency
board meeting to discuss Fevolas future. However,
that could change. The Lions investigated terminating
Fevolas hefty contract last year after claims
he allegedly exposed himself to a mum of four at a
local football club function. The club had major salary
cap issues which played a major role in key midfielders
Michael Rischitelli and Jared Brennan leaving to join
the Gold Coast Suns. As was the case then, Fevola
could also face action from the AFL for bringing the
game into disrepute. An AFL spokesman said the league
could issue a statement this afternoon. This latest
incident is another black mark on Fevolas chequered
career. On New Years Eve Fevola tweeted: Good
bye 2010 thank god! Bring on 2011 lions will roar
again :). The Lions full-forward endured
a turbulent 2010. He was accused of releasing nude
photos of former lover and model Lara Bingle, who
at the time was engaged to stand-in Australian cricket
captain Michael Clarke. The AFL later said there was
"insufficient evidence" to show Fevola had
distributed the photograph. Queensland police were
later unable to lay charges he had exposed himself
to the mother of four because of a lack of evidence.
He was only cleared in recent weeks by the AFL of
bringing the game into disrepute. Fevola also confirmed
he had major gambling debts, with some estimating
these were as high as $200,000. In his first year
at the club since he was dumped by Carlton, Fevola
also endured a wretched on-field season because of
a serious groin injury as the Lions, finalists in
2009, tumbled to the bottom wrungs of the AFL ladder.
Not The Only Answer To Aussie Pub Profits...
might not the the big drawcard for Aussie pubs that
they used to be. Pokies hit the scene about 10 years
ago and did a roaring trade, but they seemed to have
lost at least some of their appeals in the clubs.
Some publicans have revamped facilities and pokie
rooms, at some media reckons drinkers and those wanting
a good feed, beers and other other forms of entertainment
may have suffered. A Media Man spokesperson said 'When
you visit an Aussie pub these days and look around
the pokie machines, they are definitely quieter than
they used to be. It's got the be the recession. Let
us not also forget that many punters are also hitting
the pokies and other casino games on the web theses
days. Some Aussies got a big worried at the violence
at some Aussie pubs with glassings becoming a frequent
thing. Now beer is often served in plastic cups, thanks
to a few morons who spoil it for everyone. Advertising,
media man and bloke of business brilliance John Singleton
has not being quite hitting the jackpot with the pubs
as much as predicted either. That man knows beer.
Oh, a few yews ago he did 'Whale Safe Beer' at North
Bondi with our friends at Sea Shepherd, followed a
few years late with Bondi Blonde at Icebergs, but
that's another story. If Singo isn't going that great
in pubs what chance does an average Aussie bloke have
hey! insiders will know he recently purchased 4 pubs
with his mates and is looking for return on investment.
It may take longer than at first anticipated. Is Singo
next to join the online gambling biz, following the
trends that sees James Packer and Richard Branson
making giant ways, with 2011 set to be a year it creates
a massive tidal wave effect. Catch the wave and stay
tuned to Gambling911 and Media Man.
Gambling, Entertainment And Media News, by Greg Tingle
- 23rd December 2010
again and Merry Christmas punters, casino and gambling
millionaires, billionaires, entertainment news junkies,
insiders, outsiders, politicians, journalists and
everyone else. What a year it has been. It's just
2 sleeps before Christmas hits, depending upon where
you live, but the cracker Aussie news just keeps coming
think and fast. We thank you, the loyal readership
for your custom this year, and we look forward to
continuing to satisfy your desire for the best in
gambling, gaming, casino, entertainment and sports
news and information in 2011. Media Man and Gambling911
with a Santa's sleigh full stocking of news. Ho Ho
Rat-Pack Vice King Dies At 82; Secrets Of Australia
Vice Dies With Da Man...
senior detective Tony Murphy, a king of Australian
vice including the gambling and prostitution biz has
died. Legend has is that he was once one of the most
feared fit it and can do men in Sydney. By circa 2000
however has had assumed the position as the licensed
operator of the TAB betting facility at Dunwich on
Stradbroke Island, north east of Brisbane. Journey
back to 70's as he was the law man now to cross, striking
fear in the hearts of those who dared crossed him,
and who, according to many who knew him, was the boss
of corruption in a Queensland police force that was
as rotten you could get. It was the landmark inquiry
into police and political corruption headed by Tony
Fitzgerald QC began in 1987 and concluded in July
1989, that resulting in the locking up of 4 National
Party ministers as well as police commissioner Terry
Lewis, and the charging of more than 250 other people,
of whom 139 were found guilty. That's lot of heads,
crooked cops et al. All told, 30 coppers were charged
with crimes, 36 charges of official corruption laid
and 10 indemnities granted to corrupt senior police
who were involved in protecting illegal casino dens,
brothels and unlicensed bookmakers. Yep, crooks and
cops has finger in all sorts of pie. One against whom
a bush tucked bag of allegations were made but who
was never charged after the Fitzgerald inquiry was
'Our Murphy', who retired from his position of assistant
commissioner in 1983 after a "smashing"
38-year career. The Fitzgerald inquiry was told that
Murphy headed what was known as "The Rat Pack":
a trio of crooked cops who organised the standover
and the "creaming off" of organised crime
in Queensland. The Rat Pack comprised Murphy who was
the tough as shoe leather boss man, detective Glen
Hallahan and Terry Lewis. Some insider say they were
basically the creme and puppet masters of the brothels,
gambling dens and a range of other popular vice industries.
Yet another chapter of Queensland's love affair with
vice and corruption has been put to rest.
Gambling And Media King James Packer And Mining King
Andrew Forrest Tag Team On Resources Investment...
not quite the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip,
or even Packer's Crown Casino, but Packer and good
friend "Twiggy" Forrest have teamed up again,
the last known tag match being our favorite GenerationOne
indigenous employment initiative. Australian-listed
Medical Corporation saw its shares surge 342.86% to
16c yesterday, after it announced it was to buy Amphion
International, a private company backed by Packer
and Forrest, along with a $2.8 million share placement.
Packer is also understood to be a shareholder in the
Twig Meister's Fortescue Metals Group and as a vocal
supporter of the mining king's Generation One program.
Mining vet Miles Kennedy, the head of Amphion, will
head up the new project, along with Medical Corp chairman
Simon Lee, who has vast experience in the gold sector.
Packer, Forrest, along with ex Multiplex director
Tim Roberts, have supported the power play and will
take up their full entitlement in the share placement,
in a vote of confidence in the team finding a resource
project. It is understood Medical Corp will soon change
its name to reflect its new focus on the business
of mining. The purchase of Amphion and the share placement
would leave Medical Corp with about $12m in cash and
listed shares to seek out a "suitable investment"
in the resources sector. We wish the tag team will
in their hunt for their next jackpot, and we might
even pick up a shares soon, in yet another show of
support in the Packer - Forrest dream team.
Casino And Media Tycoon James Packer And Media Boss
Kerry Stokes Now Mates!...
spent years, if not decades, in a war for news media
dominance down under, the families are now sharing
luxury ski lodge digs over Xmas. We hear that The
Packer's and their two juniors are heading to Beaver
Creek in Vail Colorado for Christmas where they will
be the guests of Seven Network big cheese Kerry Stokes.
Stokes has been buying up properties in the luxury
ski resort for years and has a world class penthouse
in the region which will suit fellow billionaire Packer
to a tee. Earlier in the year JP and Stokes clashed,
when Stokes made a hostile raid on 'Our James' Consolidated
Media Holdings, but both gents have moved forward.
Packer has of course bought a large bite of Ten and
insiders reckon there's will be plenty of sport to
go around the Aussie media landscape, should it get
split up from Ten's digital channel OneHD. Afterwards
The Packer's will snatch a lend of a a boat and cruise
up to the Bahamas. Packer family matriarch Ros has
flown to Paris, France, to catch up with daughter
Gretel for Xmas. Ok, that's you first lot of Xmas
media celeb goss. Stay tuned.
Shane Warne May Focus More On Cricket And Poker; Love
Life Suffers Blow; Twitter-Gate...
him or hate him (we like him lots, but not too much),
Warnie is newsworthy. Mate and biz partner or the
rich and famous, like James Packer, just to name one,
has a thing for poker (and ladies). Warne's romance
with British babe Liz Hurley has suffered a blow out.
Hurley has apparently distanced Warne the leg-spinner's
loose fingers (phone and other... satire) and love
for hot women again led distracted him, says Murdoch's
News Of The World. The 41-year-old legend reportedly
pumped out more than 100 hot texts to a married 44-year-old
Melbourne mother of two, Adele Angeleri, while he
was courting Hurley. The pair met when Angeleri, who
runs a shop across the road from Warne's office, allegedly
approached him with a business proposal only to receive
a string of propositions herself. The sexy text affair
reportedly spun out of control when the woman's husband,
lawyer Denis Angeleri, found out and stormed into
Warne's office demanding to speak to him. The following
day Warne is understood - alleged to have telephoned
a not happy Angeleri in an attempt to keep the affair
secret. Warne, who had reportedly told friends he
wanted to marry Hurley, has not been his usually happy
go lucky self on Twitter recently. "Still no
sleep so got up out of bed, now staring at the
water here in Perth, sulking and feeling grumpy!!
Need cheering up today!" Warne said in the early
hours of Friday morning. Not even Australia's comeback
in the Perth cricket Test could boost Warne's spirits.
He also asked why "some people enjoy being nasty,
it's good to be nice to." Media Man will be checking
in with Warnie's Twitter for further updates.
Casino Aussie Cricket Yarns And Gossip...
Legend Jeff Thomson hit the stage at Melbourne's Crown
Casino in a shirt that Yankee ex politician and pro
wrestling colour man, Jesse 'The Body' Ventura would
have been proud of. Pink, yeah Pink! He also sported
black pants, black tie and a lovely cream jacket,
with his trademark mop of white hair hanging over
his shoulders. Maybe he mas been watching too many
re runs of WWE WrestleMania is its heyday or something.
Anyway, on with the story... the 60 year old or so
veteran was straight up at them Cricket Victoria luncheon,
and let loose with some ripper quotes on the Pommie
batsmen. Thomson had some words of wisdom for Australia's
selectors ahead of the 4th Ashes Test commencing at
the Melbourne Cricket Ground this Sunday. "Don't
worry about a spinner. Just keep the quicks. I think
we can frighten the s**t out of those blokes."
Thommo got to trade sledges with old rival Colin Cowdrey
on stage. Back in the day the story goes "Jeff
Thomson, I've been dying to meet you". Ex England
batsman David Lloyd, who suffered a nasty blow to
the groin region thanks to a Thommo thunderbolt in
the 1974-75 series. Hundred of guests laughed as they
crossed to video footage showed Lloyd sinking to the
turf in agony after been hit in the balls. Lloyd,
dressed in a short-sleeved shirt and a tie, evened
the score by sledging Thommo's dress last night. "You
look like a bag of s**t," Thommo responded. Thommo
was supportive of the Aussie side, that have been
bad ass with the sledging of late. "It's all
part and parcel of the game. "You are just trying
to upset the guy's concentration. You're out there
for six hours, you get bored sh*tless. You've got
to say something." Known for his speed in the
roaring 70s, Thommo was quizzed about reports that
his 160 km/h bowling had now estimated at closer to
170 km/h. "They came out pretty quick. I hit
a lot of sightscreens on the full. I wanted to be
the quickest and scare shit out of everybody and I
think I achieved that".
Australia Bank Reduces Gamble On Tabcorp Shares...
an gambling giant Tabcorp Holdings advised National
Australia Bank has reduced its holding in the firm.
Tabcorp advised in a statement on Monday that NAB
had decreased its relevant interest in the company
to 34,911,845 ordinary shares representing 5.097%
of its issued fully paid ordinary capital. On December
6, NAB was listed as holding 45,655, 936 shares in
Tabcorp, representing 6.67%. Tabcorp said the shares
were sold on December 14.
Pub And Land Based Pokie Players Loose $2m Per Day!..
armed bandit punters are set to lose a record $800
million this year. Nearly $2.2 million a day ($200.4
million) was lost between July and September, the
third-highest quarterly loss in South Australian history.
If punters continue at this rate, they will lose more
than the record $792.6 million they fed poker machines
in the 2006-07 financial year. The last occurrence
that ore than $200 million was lost in a three-month
period was leading up to smoking bans in November
2007. Since then, losses steadily have decreased,
with pokes recording a 7-year low $729.4 million profit
in 2009-10. Last September, the state and federal
governments released the findings of two pre-commitment
technology trials in SA. They showed the technology,
which allows people to determine the amount of money
they want to spend before gambling, may be effective
in reducing the amount of money problem gamblers lose.
South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon said the latest
poker machine figures highlighted the urgency of implementing
a national mandatory pre-commitment scheme. "Voluntary
pre-commitment is a joke," he said. "What
it does show is the technology can work, but the only
way to do it properly is there has to be a mandatory
all-in pre-commitment scheme." State Gambling
Minister Tom Koutsantonis said South Australia was
leading the nation with pre-commitment technologies.
"This can empower individuals to take control
over their own spending behaviour," he said.
Yep, its man VS machine, citizens VS "big brother".
Entertainment Company Continues To Get New Blood Pumped
is doing its utmost to give the business every chance
of hitting mega paydirt this year, with yet another
shot of new blood into the ranks. David Coleman will
lead Nine Entertainments digital growth. David
Coleman has been promoted internally to head up digital
activities across Nine Entertainment, the recently
rebranded PBL Media. Coleman, previously PBLs
director of strategy, will retain his original portfolio.
but adds good does of digital into the nex mix of
cocktail. Nine Entertainments assets include
the Nine Network, ACP Magazines and joint venture
with Microsoft NineMSN. Nine Entertainment CEO David
Gyngell said "David brings great experience and
understanding to our ever growing digital businesses,
having worked in the Internet industry since the late
90s. That hands-on experience, and his runs on the
board already with our group, make him the logical
choice for the new role in what is a key growth area
for Nine Entertainment Co." Coleman said "Our
digital assets are the best in the Australian media
sector, and we intend to build on them in the future.
We see great opportunities to both grow our existing
digital activities, and enter new categories. I am
looking forward to working with David and the broader
management team as we aggressively build our position
in digital media." Coleman first joined the PBL
family 5 years back. He now reps the firm on the boards
of several group assets, including NineMSN, Rate City,
Cudo and Sky News. Prior to joining the group, he
worked like a demon at Internet companies Looksmart
and dstore, as well as for one or two consulting firms.
We wish Colman well with his ongoing career at Nine,
part of Team Gyngell, an offshoot of what's know around
Aussie media and gambling circles as the 'Aussie Gumleaf
er, punters, how did you like our report? Have you
been naughty or nice, and what sort of Xmas present
are you gambling on? Tell us in the forum.
you have a bet, please bet with your head, not over
it, and for God's sake, have fun.