news and poker down under heating up, by Greg
Tingle - 28th July 2008
Australian Gaming mogul, James
Packer, became a new father today with the birth
of his daughter, Indigo. Packer's ex, Jodhi Meares,
has found Scientology at the same time, following
her woes with Foxtel and 'Top Model'.
Mediaman is seeing continued growth in the
online casino business (as opposed to the bricks
and mortar) casino business. Virgin
Casino and PKR
Casino continue to impress.
ops out of a second casino deal, this time in
the Philippines, following his exit of Macau.
Lawrence Ho saw challenges early in the peace,
and now Ho's got family challenges as an ongoing
distraction to the running of his gaming empire.
You can bet Packer's looking for his Aussie Millions
of Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia, to turn
a dollar. Speaking of Millions, Australian media
and advertising tycoon, John Singleton, is travelling
along nicely with his Magic Millions (horse racing).
gaming mainstays, Lasseters, Bwin, 888.com and
GoldenPalace stay in the race, however many media
analysts and gaming insiders are of the opinion
that PKR.com and Virgin Games have more credibility
and usability, and in short are more trusted and
reliable than many in the gaming and online casino
convention, Australasian Gaming Expo, a 3-day
affair, kicks off Sydney Convention and Exhibition
Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia on
the 24th August.
Trump, property developer kingpin, is looking
to offload some of his hotel and casino interests
abroad, and is locked in to speak in Australia
at the first time in Australia this November with
his Think Like A Billionaire Seminars to be held
in Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast. Not Perth
however, which has more millionaires and billionaires
per capita than anywhere else in Australia and
by the way, James Packer just happens to have
Burswood Casino running at a profit in the wild
west. If only he can achieve this offshore, unless
he's tossed that aside, with his new found status
are Australia's 3rd richest individual (down one
place from a few months back).
Mediaman recently attended the Climate Change
Summit and was inspired to get up a green eco
friendly casino... hang on a moment, Mediaman is already green, having sold the V8
and with pro active assistance to the likes of
Universal Peace Centre Retreat, Greenfest and
Virgin Unite. Media Man is in the final stages
of establishing casino tour packages with Travel
), and is still taking business proposals from
potential partners for the project. A birdie told
us they were checking out the World Poker Tour
as a potential partner, but their status is not
right for the Australian market. In anticipation
of the formal launch, Mediaman has
established Casino News Media
) to oversee the growth of the business.
Branson, Virgin King, has done well to stay out
of the traditional casino business, however a
number of casinos are going very cheap at the
moment. Branson might do well to pick up a couple
and add to one of his latest ventures, Virgin
Hotel, which will complement his Virgin Vacations
business beautifully. His Virgin Games remains
impressive, and offshoot, Challenge Jackpot, recently
hit the screens in Europe to rave reviews. Pikum!,
who he also lent his name (and money via Virgin
Mobile) to is also on a wave of momentum.
under in Australia there's whispers of TAB teaming
up with another gaming operator, and this likely
has something to do with attempting to adept to
the ever changing market, as more punters continue
to hit the internet to try their luck.
recently stumbled upon a board game (on the web)
Mogul, and we help to soon review it, as it
features Murdoch, Branson and Simon.
you to the folks are iGaming Business and CAP
Magazine, we enjoyed the read and did find strong
relevance to the online gaming sector
Mediaman casinos of the month... you guessed
it, Virgin Casino and PKR Casino.
and Casino News