Archive for February, 2018

Crown Melbourne Is Evacuated Due to a Bomb Scare
February 28th, 2018 By April Bergman

Crown Melbourne Is Evacuated Due to a Bomb Scare

A 55-year-old Malaysian man started a bomb scare in Crown Melbourne casino yesterday. That man faces a hearing in an Australian court today, after being charged with forced mass evacuation of Melbourne’s Crown Casino. The man, whose name has yet to be released, had a backpack and was reported to be behaving “erratically”. He indicated […]

Greek Casino License Authorized, Gambling Committee to Decide
February 27th, 2018 By April Bergman

Greek Casino License Authorized, Gambling Committee to Decide

The government of Greece announced authorization for a casino license for a major development project, which is the next phase of a 2014 attempt to increase tourism to Athens. The Greek government announced it would authorize its gambling committee to gather casino license applications. The casino development project is expected to be huge, so only […]

Chinese Newspaper Says Officials Are Losing the War on Gambling
February 26th, 2018 By April Bergman

Chinese Newspaper Says Officials Are Losing the War on Gambling

China’s state-owned newspaper, People’s Daily, published an op-ed article suggesting that the nation was losing its war against illegal gambling in its rural areas. The piece was published on the eve of the Lunar New Year, as Inner Mongolia’s authorities launched an anti-gaming crackdown. People’s Daily reported that 25,426 police officers in the Inner Mongolia […]

Crown’s Betfair Australasia Warns about Point-of-Consumption Tax
February 25th, 2018 By April Bergman

Crown’s Betfair Australasia Warns about Point-of-Consumption Tax

Australian gaming companies, including Crown Resorts’ Betfair Australasia, are warning the country’s state governments not to impose a 15% Point-of-Consumption Tax (POCT). The tax mirrors one imposed in 2014 by the United Kingdom, which caused a wave of consolidation in the UK’s online gaming industry. Crown Resorts is a fighting the 15% POCT by publicly […]

William Hill Shifts from Australian to U.S. Gaming Market
February 24th, 2018 By April Bergman

William Hill Shifts from Australian to U.S. Gaming Market

William Hill is pulling back from its Australian business holdings, after a pre-tax loss caused the company to write down the value of its Australian business. William Hill claimed in a report to shareholders that the write down was due to a crackdown on gambling in Australia. At the same time, the UK bookmaker said […]

South Korean Casinos Welcome Everyone Except South Koreans
February 23rd, 2018 By April Bergman

South Korean Casinos Welcome Everyone Except South Koreans

The Alpensia Resort located outside of PyeongChang, South Korea, has been the center of it all for the 2018 Winter Olympics. The resort, much like one you would see in the United States, is a complex of hotels and restaurants, a water park, a ski resort, and a casino. The casino, however, is not welcoming […]

Poker Pro Warwick Mirzikinian Charged in Cyclist’s Death
February 22nd, 2018 By April Bergman

Poker Pro Warwick Mirzikinian Charged in Cyclist’s Death

Months after the death of a 26-year-old French UBEReats cyclist, Warwick Mirzikinian, an Australian car stereo and mobile phone businessman and poker player, was charged with the cyclist’s death. The tragic accident occurred in Sydney, where Mirzikinian lives. Julien Trameaux, a French national, died November of last year when he was struck by a car […]

Spain’s 2017 Q4 Online Gambling Revenues Increased 7.5%
February 21st, 2018 By April Bergman

Spain’s 2017 Q4 Online Gambling Revenues Increased 7.5%

Spain in the 4th quarter of 2017 generated €173.3 million in total online gambling revenues, up 38% on year-to-year growth. Online casinos and bookmaker sites had tremendous growth, while poker sites and bingo halls had a less dramatic increase in revenues. Live dealer games had a major impact on the statistics, while Spain’s poker player […]

Kieron Dyer Talks England National Football Team’s Betting
February 20th, 2018 By April Bergman

Kieron Dyer Talks England National Football Team’s Betting

A large section of England’s National Football Team in the early 2000s dealt with various levels of gambling addiction, if recent reports are to be believed. Kieron Dyer recently opened up about his time with the squad and discussed tales of rampant gambling which speak to the excesses of the team in general. Though Dyer […]

UK Gambling Commission Fines William Hill £6.2 Million
February 19th, 2018 By April Bergman

UK Gambling Commission Fines William Hill £6.2 Million

UK betting group William Hill was fined £6.2 million by the Gambling Commission for failing to spot problem gambling and prevent money laundering. The UK Gambling Commission claimed William Hill’s fine stemmed from conduct over a 2-year period ending in August 2016 and is the second-largest fine in UK gaming history. The £6.2 million fine […]

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