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Alleged Drug Trafficker Banned from Australian Casino

International News Brief: Police Chief Commissioner Christine Nixon has banned from Crown Casino a Melbourne man accused of heading a $2 billion drug trafficking business.

Betting Agent Flees with Client's Money

International News Brief: A betting agent is on the run today after fleeing with a client's $700,000 wager.

Packer Expected to Target Burswood Again

International News Brief: Kerry Packer is expected to launch a fresh assault against Burswood Casino within the week.

Crackdown on Crime at Casino

International News Brief: Victoria Police will boost its specialist crime-fighting casino squad to crack down on money laundering at Melbourne's Crown Casino by organised crime figures.

Australian Bank Blames Bookmaker for Betting Binge

International News Brief: A Commonwealth Bank branch manager's AUD$17 million betting binge comprised up to 65 per cent of the annual revenue of Mark Read's online betting company, the bank is set to allege in a civil suit against the company.

Pokies Change Blamed for Hotels Move

International News Brief: South Australian hoteliers are buying interstate pubs due to uncertainty surrounding future poker machine revenue.

Australian Official: 18-Year Pokie License a Mistake

International News Brief: Joan Kirner, the Victorian Labor premier who gave an 18-year duopoly poker machine licence to Tabcorp and Tattersall's, admitted it was a mistake.

Survey: Men More Likely to be Problem Gamblers

International News Brief: A gambling survey has cast doubt on whether women are more likely to be problem gamblers.

Bookie Lied Under Pressure

International News Brief: Bookmaker Anthony Cullen lied about his relationship with jockey Craig Newitt because he had been under enormous pressure over mounting innuendo he had ‘fixed’ the Highways Tabaret Handicap at Sandown last year, the Racing Appeals Tribunal heard yesterday.

Report Reveals Gambling Reforms Needed

International News Brief: There is new evidence which shows Victorians want gambling reforms including a reduction in the number of pokie machines.

Tasmanian Embezzler Given Prison Term

International News Brief: A former Tasmanian financial adviser who gambled away millions of dollars of his clients' hard-earned cash will spend at least four years in jail.

Report: Cut Australian Casino Hours, Pokies

International News Brief: The opening hours of clubs and pubs with poker machines should be cut and maximum bets reduced by up to 90 per cent to reduce problem gambling in Victoria, a new report says.

Australian Gambler Jailed for Stealing

International News Brief: An Australian woman with a $19 million poker machine habit was jailed yesterday for stealing more than $1.65 million.

Australian Developers Bet on Pubs

International News Brief: The charge into the New South Wales local pub market to take advantage of poker machine profits has led to a flurry of buying activity with the latest deals totalling AUD$8 million.

Counselling Service Claims ATM Locations Fuel Problem Gambling

International News Brief: A gambling counselling service claims the close proximity of automatic teller machines (ATM) to gambling venues is fuelling problem gambling in the Riverina.

Skycity Adelaide Begins Stage One of Redevelopment

The first stage of Skycity Adelaide's major redevelopment project commences this week, signalling the next step in the property's development as a leading entertainment destination.

Lawyer: Gambling Addiction Drove Man to Steal Millions

International News Brief: A gambler could not be held responsible for stealing AUD$22 million from his boss because his gambling was so uncontrollable it constituted a mental illness, according to his lawyer.

Australia's Politicians Criticize Gambling Industry

International News Brief: Australia's powerful gambling industry has been put on notice by a new generation of political leaders and is being attacked by an increasingly broad cross-section of society.

Australian Bankers Oppose Online Casino Card Ban

International News Brief: Bankers have dismissed a proposal to block Australian punters from using credit cards at online casinos, arguing their customers should be allowed to ‘spend their money how they choose’.

South Australia Brings in New Gambling Rules

International News Brief: South Australian Gambling Minister Michael Wright says new rules covering gaming venues, which come into effect today, will make people more aware of the dangers of problem gambling.

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