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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.

Australian Jockey, Bookmaker Challenge Ad Policy

International News Brief: Australian champion jockey Corey Brown and bookmaker Horsebet.com.au are challenging racing industry policy which prevents a jockey from wearing advertising on his riding britches in races.

Analysts: Burswood Bidding War Unlikely

International News Brief: Analysts said there was little prospect of a bidding war over Australian casino operator Burswood.

Burswood Shares Rise

International News Brief: Shares in Burswood Ltd, operator of Perth's casino and hotel complex, rose 17 cents, or 13.5 per cent, to AUD$1.43 after Kerry Packer's Publishing and Broadcasting Ltd last night made a takeover bid.

Packer Bids for Remainder of Burswood Casino

International News Brief: Kerry Packer's Publishing & Broadcasting Ltd has strengthen its grip on Australia's high-roller gambling market by launching a $580.6 million bid for the remainder of Western Australia's Burswood Casino.

Mystery Loser Laying Low

International News Brief: The mystery punter who lost AUD$5 million on the Queen Elizabeth Stakes is reportedly laying low in Europe amid doubts he even exists.

Gambling Addict Jailed for Fraud

International News Brief: A gambling addict who used different identities to defraud Australia’s welfare agencies was today jailed for 27 months.

Bookie Loses $2 Million to Extortionists

International News Brief: An Australian bookmaker has lost about AUD$2million in turnover after its online betting service was jammed twice by extortionists.

All Sports Acquires Half of Internet Wagering Group

International News Brief: All Sports Ltd. Has finalised its acquisition of 50 per cent of Gibraltar-based internet wagering group Internet Betting Company.

Unitab May Increase Tab Bid

International News Brief: Unitab Ltd. may increase its AUD$2 billion bid for Tab Ltd., topping Tabcorp Holdings Ltd.'s offer.

Australian Casino Workers Want Smoking Ban

International News Brief: West Australian gaming workers donned black balaclavas and dust masks today as they presented a state MP with a petition demanding an end to smoking in Perth's Burswood Casino.

Online Ads Target Problem Gamblers

International News Brief: Australia’s gambling addicts are being bombarded by ‘pop-up’ ads for online casinos while using the Gamblers Anonymous website.

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