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Australians Wager Record Amount

International News Brief: Australian punters wagered $11.1 billion on thoroughbreds last year, the highest level in the nation's gambling history.

Skycity Queenstown Casino to Become Smokefree

Skycity Queenstown Casino said today that it is prepared for the introduction of smoke free legislation on 10 December 2004 and that a smooth transition is expected as the days count down to the enactment of the new law.

Pokies Addicts to Sue for Loss

International News Brief: Pokies addicts may sue Tattersall's, Tabcorp, Crown casino and the Victorian Government in an Australian-first class action.

Visiting Bookie Admits to Taking Bets

International News Brief: Melbourne bookmaker Frank Hudson has admitted to Racing NSW stewards that he held almost $450,000 from 52 unlicensed bets when ‘socialising’ at Warwick Farm on October 4.

Problem Gambling Researchers Garner Awards

A psychologist in Australia who has identified different types of compulsive gamblers and a Rhode Island psychiatrist who has studied how gambling addicts respond to drug treatment have received top honors from a casino industry-funded research center.

Asian Student Gambling Plague Exposed

International News Brief: A 17-year-old school student from China lost more than $40,000 in five months at an Adelaide casino, exposing widespread but hidden gambling addictions among Asian students studying in Australia.

Australian Club Could Lose License

International News Brief: A Sydney club could be stripped of its poker machine licence and fined up to $300,000 if found to have breached anti-gambling laws.

Law Lags as Underworld Goes Online

International News Brief: Technology is playing a huge role in the way organised crime is developing throughout the world and law enforcers struggle to keep up.

Tabcorp to Focus on Acquisitions

International News Brief: Expanding into Britain and Macau are on the menu but Tabcorp's plate is currently full, the gambling giant said yesterday.

Report: Australia Can't Rely on Gambling Taxes

International News Brief: Australia’s states have been warned they cannot rely on ever-increasing revenue from gambling taxes, setting the stage for a budgetary crisis as the population ages.

Punters Profit Off of Australian Idol Blunder

International News Brief: Punters have cleaned up on Australian Idol after Queensland gamblers watching a delayed interstate telecast continued to bet for an hour after the winner was declared.

Tasmanian Groups Alarmed by Report

International News Brief: Welfare groups in Tasmania have expressed alarm after the release of the Tasmanian Gaming Commission's annual report.

Problem Gambling Center Planned for Sydney

International News Brief: Australia's first centre for problem gamblers will be established in Sydney's west next year to give people with gambling addictions a support mechanism.

Casinos Join Gangster Ban Call

International News Brief: Plans to bar suspected gangsters from Victoria's major legal gambling venues received the full support of both casino and horseracing authorities today.

Pokie Cuts Threatened

International News Brief: State Government plans to cut the number of poker machines by 3000 are under threat because of a $50,000 cap put on the sale price of surplus machines.

Study to Probe Indigenous Gambling

International News Brief: The first detailed study into the effects of commercial gambling on Indigenous communities in northern Australia is about to get under way.

Packer Joins Forces with Ho

International News Brief: Kerry Packer has joined forces with one of Asia's most colourful businessmen, casino tycoon Stanley Ho.

Tabcorp to Consolidate Casino Management

International News Brief: Tabcorp Holdings, which owns Jupiters Casino on the Gold Coast and the Treasury Casino in Brisbane, will have its own management team at the properties from the middle of this month.

Study: No Strong Link Between Problem Gambling and ATMs

International News Brief: Canberra's licensed clubs have welcomed new research that indicates there is no strong link between problem gambling and ready access to cash.

Australian Bookies Gutted After Betting Splurge

International News Brief: The biggest betting plunge in recent memory ensured bookmakers at Randwick were stripped out of more than $3 million by Makybe Diva's Melbourne Cup romp.

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