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SkyCity Bets on Poker

International News Brief: After a four-year absence, poker will return to SkyCity Adelaide tomorrow, with a new guard of young players ready to take on the pros.

PBL, Australian Government Sign Deal

International News Brief: Australia’s Crown casino will be the centrepiece of a global gaming empire under a new deal with the State Government.

Sydney Casino was Real Target

International News Brief: Sydney’s Star City casino revealed yesterday that it was the real target of the Mars and Snickers bar extortionist.

Victoria May Cut Problem Gambling Research

International News Brief: The Labor government in Victoria, Australia’s second most populous state, announced in late May that it was axing research into the links between gambling and crime and depression, as well as how to better detect “problem” gamblers.

Tasmania Not Expected to Win License

International News Brief: Australian Racing Board chairman Andrew Ramsden believes Tasmanian Premier Paul Lennon will not grant a licence to betting exchange Betfair in September if he listens to what the ARB has to say about integrity issues.

Unspecified Amount of Debt with Melbourne Casino Settled

International News Brief: An undisclosed amount of gambling debt owed by the former Sabah (Malaysia) Chief Minister to a casino in Melbourne has been settled.

Australian Bookies to Lose Tote

International News Brief: Victoria and New South Wales totalisators could have one pool next month, after months of promises and waiting. Racing Victoria has introduced a rule that prohibits Victorian bookies betting tote odds.

Burswood Pushes to Keep Smoking Exemption

International News Brief: The Kerry Packer-controlled Burswood has warned it will pull out of the multi-billion-dollar international high-roller market unless it can keep smoking exemptions deemed critical to a proposed $45 million casino upgrade.

South Australia Reduce Pokies

International News Brief: More than 2,000 poker machines will be switched off in South Australia from midnight ACST as part of the State Government's effort to reduce problem gambling.

Australian ATM Limits Rejected

International News Brief: Australian banks and the Federal Government are resisting moves to limit automatic teller machine withdrawals in gaming venues.

Australian Casino Linked to Drug Cartel

International News Brief: Australian police believe they have smashed a major heroin cartel allegedly laundering money through Crown Casino.

New Bets on Thai Casinos

International News Brief: The prospects for Australia's gaming tycoons of new opportunities in Thailand have improved, with the Thai Government pushing for a referendum on legalising casinos

Rugby Managers Restrict Gambling

International News Brief: Australian rugby league managers yesterday admitted they have been forced to restrict players' wages to prevent them from heavy gambling.

Taking Pokies Out Of Clubs Pointless, Says Opposition

International News Brief: The State Opposition says budget figures show that removing 3,000 poker machines across South Australia will achieve nothing.

Gambling Addicts Sue Tasmanian Government

International News Brief: The Tasmanian Government is being sued by gambling addicts as part of a national class action.

Pokie Revenue Decline Cuts Community Sponsorship

International News Brief: Canberra's licensed clubs say they have been forced to reduce community sponsorship because of a big fall in poker machine revenue.

Tasmanian Government to Examine Problem Gambling Report

International News Brief: The Tasmanian State Government will examine the Anglicare report on problem gambling before deciding whether any action is necessary.

Hundred Reported After Illegal Poker Raid

International News Brief: About 100 people have been reported after police raided an illegal poker tournament in Adelaide, Australia.

Adelaide Casino Expansion Opens

International News Brief: SkyCity Entertainment Group hopes to boost the relatively flat revenue and earnings at its Adelaide Casino when expansion project opens this week.

Tasmania Urged to Increase Problem Gambling Funding

International News Brief: According to Anglicare Tasmania, the State Government should increase its allocation from gambling-derived revenue to help prevent gambling problems and alleviate the impact.

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