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Bets Split Over Australian Gaming Merger

International News Brief: The TAB board is caught in the awkward position of appearing to support an offer it knows it cannot support much longer while trying to talk down the appeal of a proposal that it knows is appealing.

Pokies Taken to Australia's Gamblers

International News Brief: Poker machines are apparently being shifted between venues by Victoria's two licensed operators in a bid to target problem gamblers, most of whom live in disadvantaged areas, the head of the state's gambling research body has alleged.

More Calls for South Australian Pokies Cap

International News Brief: The Provincial Cities Association has renewed its calls for a cap on poker machine numbers in South Australia.

Casino Took Fake Cheque

International News Brief: Melbourne’s Crown Casino abandoned caution and honoured a fake AUD$2.3 million cheque in its bid to woo a high-roller, the Victorian County Court was told today.

Tasmanians Gambling More

International News Brief: Tasmanians gambled more than AUD$2 billion last financial year with gaming machines leading the way, the Tasmanian Gaming Commission annual report shows.

Bookie Wants Fairer Trading

International News Brief: Outspoken bookmaker Michael Eskander has called on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to push his cause for fairer trading on international feature races.

Survey: Gambling Measures Not Helping Problem Gambling

International News Brief: Measures introduced in pubs and clubs three years ago to help problem gamblers have had little effect, a survey of NSW club members has shown.

Gambling the Focus of New Australian Research Centre

International News Brief: A new research centre is to open at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra to study gambling habits.

Problem Gambling Expert: Revenues Need to be Halved

International News Brief: If people were serious about reducing problem gambling, gaming revenues to operators and governments would have to drop by up to 50 per cent, a gambling expert has said.

UNiTAB Fine with Tabcorp Merger

International News Brief: UNiTAB Ltd managing director Dick McIlwain says there are no hard feelings about Tabcorp Ltd's rival merger proposal with Tab Ltd.

Sportsbooks Support TAB Merger Conditionally

International News Brief: Tabcorp's proposed $2.3 billion takeover of NSW TAB has won conditional support from some of its biggest competitors, the online sports betting agencies.

Tattersall Blames Smoking Ban for Downturn

International News Brief: Australian gaming giant Tattersall's has blamed a $1.3 billion revenue downturn on the Victorian Government's smoking bans and other regulations.

Pubs and Clubs Gain Wide Reprieve from Pokies Shutdown

International News Brief: More than 100 pubs and clubs have been given an exemption on shutting down poker machines for six hours every day.

Poker Site Charters Ship for Event

Capitalizing on America’s new-found passion for poker, PartyPoker.com will set sail March 13 for a weeklong cruise culminating in the March 14 -18 PartyPoker.com Million III poker tournament.

Australian Pubs Exposed as Casinos

International News Brief: Confidential documents are showing that some Sydney pubs are selling little beer across the bar while making nearly all their money from pokies.

Security Upgrade After Gunman Scare

International News Brief: Adelaid’s Skycity Casino has overhauled its security after a gunman spent more than an hour inside the gambling venue.

Australian Casino Gave Cricketers Free Gambling Chips

International News Brief: The Australian cricket team was given free gambling chips by Melbourne's Crown Casino to repay them for patronising the venue, according to a book by a former Australian Cricket Board chief executive.

Broker: UNiTAB Could Bid $2.5 Billion

International News Brief: A leading broking analyst has estimated that UNiTAB could afford to bid as much as AUD$2.5 billion for TAB if the Queensland-based wagering group was forced into a bidding war with Tabcorp.

Gaming Pumps Billions into Australian Province

International News Brief: The racing and gaming industry injected AUD$4.2 billion into the New South Wales economy in 2001-02, new research shows.

TAB Weighs Tabcorp Takeover

International News Brief: Advisers to TAB will work through the weekend to provide information to the NSW gambling company as to how to proceed with Tabcorp's merger proposal.

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