Category Archives: Law & Society

Victorian Gambling Commission Approves Shamrock’s New Pokies

For the past few months, owners of Bendigo’s Shamrock Hotel have eagerly awaited a decision on whether or not the venue should be able to add 20 new pokies. The issue was heavily debated among local councillors and industry professionals, and the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation has finally signed off on the…

Victorian Councils Want to Limit Pokie Locations

One of the major concerns about problem gambling is the high concentration of pokies in low-income areas. Researchers believe that the number of pokies in poorer neighbourhoods is the cause of increase problem gambling rates, so Victorian politicians have decided to correct this issue. Councils across the state of Victoria aim to introduce new planning…

Potential to Combine TAB and Class 4 Gaming Venue Policies

In New Zealand, government officials are searching for new ways to improve the gambling marketing by not only reducing harm for players but also introducing benefits for industry professionals. A new proposal aims to achieve both goals by combining policies for TAB and Class 4 gaming venues. The objectives of the policy are: a) To…

Sheriff Gaming Online Pokies Disappear

Last month, we reported that Sheriff Gaming is no more, after its owner Bubble Group BV had its license revoked by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission. It was thought that Blue Gem Gaming would take over the operation of Sheriff Gaming’s online pokies, but that has not turned out to be the case. Bubble Group…

Victorian Councils Call for New Pokie Guidelines

The state of Victoria has taken the lead with regards to poker machine reforms in Australia. While the federal government has backed down from imposing new pokie restrictions, Victoria has implemented its own rules to help protect from gambling harm. Still, local Victoria city councils believe that more can be done to reduce problem gambling…

Gambling Mogul Negotiates Chinese Visa Reforms

The biggest casinos in Australia are focused on attracting high roller visitors from Asia, but local visa restrictions are very stringent. To help encourage more gambling tourism from Asian residents, Crown Casinos Boss James Packer is working on loosening up visa requirements for Chinese residents. James Packer has spoken out against the current visa requirements…

Problem Gambling Foundation: Conflict Of Interest Revealed

New Zealand’s gambling market was shocked when it was revealed that the government would stop funding the Problem Gambling Foundation. The decision seemed to come out of nowhere, leaving industry professionals to wonder what happened. Now, it has been revealed that two of the panel members involved in the decision had a conflict of interest….

Opposition Voices Concerns Over Countdown Lottery Ticket Sales

It was recently announced that checkouts at Countdown grocery stores in New Zealand would sell lottery tickets – and, it was almost certain that there would be backlash against the move. Now, Labour MP Shane Jones is speaking out against the new lottery sales outlets. According to The Dominion Post, Mr Jones likens the move…

Aristocrat Employees Raised $11 000 For Charity

It is always encouraging to see gaming industry professionals doing their part to raise money for charity. Working in one of the most lucrative industries, gambling firms are required to donate a certain portion of their profits to local community organisations – but, sometimes, they go above and beyond. This week, Aristocrat did just that,…

UK to Introduce Stricter Controls On Pokies

For the past year, responsible gambling advocates in the United Kingdom have been at odds with the betting shop industry over Fixed Odds Betting Terminals, the British version of poker machines. Now, the government is introducing new laws that will tighten controls on the games to help protect players from potential gambling harm. The new…