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Australian casino companies hit with tax hike

International News Brief: Victoria’s gaming giants have been stung by a 43 per cent poker machine tax increase under a State Government plan to boost public hospital funding by $39 million a year.

Former judge heads Australian gambling license review

International News Brief: Former Federal Court judge Ron Merkel has been appointed to oversee the Victoria Government's controversial review of gambling licenses.

Packer waiting for $4.5 billion cheque

International News Brief: The Victorian gaming regulator is the only thing standing between James Packer and a cheque for $4.5 billion.

2007 Aussie Millions breaking records

The largest main event in Aussie Millions history drew a record field and is nearly ready to hand out a record $1.5 million pay-out.

Australia may change lottery ticket rules

International News Brief: Scratch tickets could be sold at Victoria, Australia, supermarkets under a Bracks Government plan to loosen Tattersall's $1.2 billion-a-year lotteries monopoly.

PokerTek leads a growing market of electronic poker games

Electronic multi-player table games (EMTs) are starting to gain traction in the casino industry, and poker may be the first game to gain wide acceptance in an EMT platform.

Money missing from Australian casino ballroom

International News Brief: More than $20,000 in cash has been stolen from a ballroom at Melbourne's Crown Casino during a charity function.

Victorian councils get pokie powers

International News Brief: Steve Bracks has bowed to pressure to curb problem gambling by giving Victorian councils powers to reject new poker machines and imposing new caps that will result in 550 machines being moved from poor areas into wealthier ones.

Australian Officials Deny Interfering with Licensing Process

News Brief: Premier Steve Bracks and Gaming Minister John Pandazopoulos have denied interfering in the selection of new licence-holders for Victoria's billion-dollar poker machine and lotteries industries.

Crown Casino Dodges Smoking Ban

International News Brief: Australia’s Crown Casino is dodging smoking bans by using high-roller exemptions for gaming rooms used mainly by locals.

Victorian Bettors Lost Over $4.5 Billion

International News Brief: Victorian punters lost more than $4.5 billion on the pokies at the state's pubs and clubs and at Crown Casino's gaming tables over the past year.

Victorian Gambling Report Released

International News Brief: Gamblers spent almost $43 million on gaming machines in the City of Greater Bendigo in the past financial year, figures just released reveal.

Cricketer Warne in Casino Probe

International News Brief: Aussie cricketer Shane Warne faces criticism over an online casino he promotes.

Gambling Tax High in Victoria

International News Brief: The Victorian Government has admitted to pocketing more gambling taxes than any other state, but plans to cut its poker machine numbers in lower income areas.

Greens Would Cut Pokies

nternational News Brief: The Victorian Greens have announced a gambling policy that would cut the number of poker machines in Victoria by two-thirds.

Aussies Chip in for Trip to Vegas

International News Brief: Punters hoping to emulate the Australian who won last year's World Series of Poker have the chance to win their entry into the international competition at Melbourne's Crown Casino tonight.

Tattersall's Pushes to Change Pokies Rules

International News Brief: Pokies giant Tattersall's is leading a charge for more money-grabbing poker machines in Victoria, Australia.

Treasury's Gambling Ways Criticised

International News Brief: Gambling revenue will pour more than $1.5 billion into Treasury coffers next year — despite the state budget containing no initiatives for problem gamblers.

Wave of Violence Puts Casino Clubs in Doubt

International News Brief: The future of nightclubs in Australia's largest entertainment complex, Crown in Melbourne, has been threatened by yet another violent incident over the weekend.

Club Closes at Crown Casino

International New Brief: Crown Casino has pulled the plug on its nightclub, the Mercury Lounge.

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