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Tasmanian Premier in Casino Scandal

International News Brief: Tasmanian Premier Paul Lennon enjoyed thousands of dollars' worth of free hospitality at the Packer family's Crown Casino in Melbourne last November, days before handing a $700 million internet gambling licence to company chief James Packer.

Australian Group Wants Pokie Cap Scrapped

International News Brief: The Australian Hotel Association believes caps on poker machine numbers should be scrapped, allowing every hotel access to gaming revenue.

Chips Are Down: Jailed High-Roller Warns of Casino Risk

International News Brief: Crown Casino's biggest gambler was blowing more than $10 million a visit before being jailed for 42 years.

Australian Pokie Inquiry Ordered

International News Brief: The Victorian government has ordered an inquiry into profiting through poker machines installed in sporting and community clubs.

Poker Stars Battle in Aussie Tournament

International News Brief: The stars of poker world, such as commentator Billy "The Croc" Argyros, are in Melbourne for the Australian Poker Championship today at Crown casino.

Super-Highroller Lost £7m in Three-Week Spree

International News Brief: In his prime Kerry Packer's fortunes could dictate whether a casino company would be able to meet market forecasts or have to issue a profit warning.

Tribute, Reflection Follow Packer Death

International News Brief: The future of the Packer business empire competed with reminiscence and reflection as the death of Australia's wealthiest man was headlined around the wor

Kerry Packer Dies

International News Brief: Kerry Packer, Australia's richest tycoon and the man who created one day cricket, has died at the age of 68.

Tabcorp Appoints New CEO

International News Brief: Tabcorp Holdings Ltd has appointed Sydney Football Club chairman Walter Bugno as the new chief executive of its casino and convention centre business.

Casino Games Face Reclassification

International News Brief: The South Australian Government is being asked to reclassify games with gambling themes as adult-only products.

Crown Casino Hosts Richest Poker Tournament

International News Brief: Melbourne's Crown Casino will host the world's richest poker tournament next year, a winner-take-all battle for $60 million.

SkyCity Escapes Drug Penalty

International News Brief: SkyCity Casino will not be disciplined over its failure to report a man believed to have been doing drugs at a Port Adelaide Football Club function.

Tasmanian Gambling Numbers Up

International News Brief: Tasmanians continued their gaming growth in 2004-05 with a 5 per cent increase in turnover, the Tasmanian Gaming Commission annual report shows.

Gang Stalked Casino Losers

International News Brief: A crime gang stalked Crown casino to recruit financially strapped punters to launder $1.5 million through their bank accounts, a court has heard.

Tabcorp Warns of Slow Start

International News Brief: Tabcorp Holdings Ltd has experienced a slow start to 2005/06 amid weaker consumer sentiment linked to higher fuel prices, a dispute over thoroughbred racing coverage and new smoking bans.

Tasmanian Online Betting Approved

International News Brief: Australian punters will be able to legally bet against each other online within weeks, after Tasmania's upper house yesterday approved a licensing regime for betting exchanges.

Tabcorp's Gambling Plans Slammed

Intenational News Brief: The NSW arm of the Australian Hotels' Association has slammed Tabcorp's push to turn pubs into ‘giant gambling barns’, with hotels failing to up the ante set to lose their TAB outlets or have commission rates substantially reduced.

Lennon Backs 'flawed' Betting Bill

International News Brief: The Tasmanian Government is backing its move to licence Betfair despite claims of more than 25 blotches in its online betting exchange legislation.

Australian Government's Gambling Agenda Criticized

International News Brief: The former chairwoman of Victoria's gambling research panel has told the International Pokies Impact Conference in Adelaide that governments are trying to control the gaming industry.

Betfair Wager Referred to Casino and Gaming Authority

International News Brief: Racing Victoria stewards will refer one punter's bet of $30,000 to the Victorian Casino and Gaming Authority.

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