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Australian Bookie Forced to Pay Russian Mafia

International News Brief: An Australian bookmaker has paid tens of thousands of dollars to the Russian mafia to stop them ruining his business.

Australian Counselors Welcome Problem Gambler Ban

International News Brief: Counselors have welcomed the Queensland Government's move to ban problem gamblers from venues for up to a year.

South Australian Opposition Concerned About Pokie Numbers

International News Brief: The South Australian Opposition is calling for the release of a regional impact statement on poker machine numbers, saying the issue shows the Government is paying lip service to country areas.

Report: Australian Casinos Leave Positive Economic Impact

International News Brief: The URS Casino Industry Economic Report released by the Australian Casino Association has found that in 2002/03 the casino industry generated AUD$8.6 billion in output.

Packer to Head Burswood Casino

International News Brief: Publishing & Broadcasting Ltd. executive chairman James Packer is to head the board of their new purchase casino operator Burswood.

Australian Casino Sued by Power Company

International News Brief: An energy company may sue Melbourne's Crown Casino to recover AUD$800,000 gambled away by a high-rolling former manager, a court heard today.

Man Stole Millions for Gambling Habit

International News Brief: A company secretary who stole more than AUD$22 million from his boss to feed a gambling habit today pleaded guilty to 63 counts of fraud.

Internet Gambling Operator Hits Hurdle

International News Brief: When two Australian Federal Police officers knocked on Mark Davies's door in April, the former stockbroker wondered what he had done wrong.

Australian Study Looks at Problem Gambling Help

International News Brief: A study has begun on the help available in Canberra for problem gamblers and whether it is appropriate.

Granny Attacked in Casino Bag-Snatching

International News Brief: Police are sifting through security tapes for clues to a vicious weekend bag-snatching in which a grandmother, 79, was kicked, punched and had her head slammed into a car at the Gold Coast's Jupiters Casino.

Attorney: Violence Lead to Gambling Habit

International News Brief: An Australian bank employee’s attorney says post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of being the victim of a robbery and violence led his client to steal and gamble away more than $1 million.

Packer Deal Won't Change Slot Rules

International News Brief: The Western Australian Government says poker machines will not be introduced to Burswood Casino, despite its imminent takeover by the Packer family's Publishing and Broadcasting Limited.

Australian Racing Board Fights Betting Exchanges

International News Brief: The Australian Racing Board adopted a strategy at its meeting on Tuesday to fight an influx of betting exchanges on the Australian racing industry.

Packer Moves in on Burswood

International News Brief: Kerry Packer's Publishing and Broadcasting Limited has moved closer to achieving full control of Perth's Burswood casino.

Tasmania Casino Workers Join Campaign

International News Brief: More than 800 Tasmanian casino workers took part in a campaign of industrial action that returned nine percent wage rises, this week.

Australian Watchdog Sued Over Death

International News Brief: New South Wales’ casino watchdog has lost its bid to avert legal action brought by the family of a man who died at Sydney's Star City Casino after he was restrained by bouncers.

Australian Government Dismisses Conspiracy Theory

International News Brief: The Federal Government says alleged links with Kerry Packer's company Publishing and Broadcasting Limited were not behind its decision to block the Christmas Island casino licence.

Islanders Angry Over Casino Ban

News Brief: Christmas Islanders are enraged over Federal Government minister Ian Campbell’s decision to prohibit operations on the remote island.

Sports Bodies Stand to Reap Bets Windfall

International News Brief: Key sporting bodies stand to collect a multi-million-dollar annual windfall under plans to demand license fees from bookmakers and betting outlets who gamble on their sports.

Tabcorp Extends Offer Period

International News Brief: Gambling conglomerate Tabcorp Holdings Ltd has further extended the offer period of its takeover bid for NSW-based Tab Ltd to allow the last remaining Tab shareholders to accept the proposal.

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