4/25/2011

European Poker Websites Sites Boom; Australian Looking Up, by Greg Tingle - 25th April 2011

Online poker websites traffic; Shares Boom - Players Triggered By UIGEA charges

European poker websites, pretty much immune to the issues in the United States, have reported a boom in player activity following the indictment by American authorities of the owners of PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker.

American land based casino and resort tycoon Steve Wynn, a long time detractor of online casinos, had overseen a deal with PokerStars inked on approx 25th March, but only two weeks took the option to get out of the deal after PokerStars got named in what is now known in gambling circles as 'Black Friday'. Wynn's press release read:

LAS VEGAS, April 15, 2011—Wynn Resorts, Limited announced today thаt іt terminated іtѕ alliance wіth PokerStars, thе online poker company. Thе сhοісе wаѕ reached аѕ a result οf thе indictment unsealed bу thе U.S. Attorney fοr thе Southern District οf Nеw York.

Online casino websites such as bwin.party digital entertainment's PartyCasino are also understood to be up following the announcement.

Since the US Attorney's Office announced last Friday that it was pressing charges against 11 people over alleged fraud, money laundering and illegal gambling, PKR has seen a rise of around 21% in weekly traffic, while PartyPoker has risen 9%, 888Poker 5% and the iPoker network 4%. In contrast, Full Tilt dropped 48%. The data comes from our friends at Pokerscout.

Several business-savvy poker rooms have launched major promos to capitalize on the unique situation.

Shares in several British online gambling companies have soared in the last week. Bwin shares rose by 30%, 888 was up 18% and online gaming software provider Playtech saw its stocks climb by 8%.

Many media companies including Forbes, Reuters, Bloomberg, Gambling911 and EGR indicate that bwin.party digital entertainment may be the igaming company that ends up doing best out of the situation, given their recent successful merger, settlement with the US Department of Justice in April 2009, and government b2b dealings in a number of countries. Party is also looking to expand is b2b and news media deals with its World Poker Tour brand, currently broadcast in Australia on Rupert Murdoch's Fox Sports via Foxtel subscriber television.

Richard Branson's Virgin Games is watching the situation closely, however as of print Virgin Games are not available to Australians, New Zealanders or Canadians, whereas Party is.

Australian land based casino, Crown Casino in Melbourne, has accepted numerous PartyGaming - PartyPoker satellite poker players over the past few years, a trend that looks to continue. Party and NetGen Gaming are strongly rumoured to want to release a Kerry Packer, Underbelly and Andre The Giant online slot game, but have not publicly commented. Party has existing b2b deals with Marvel Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Infinity Ward, StudioCanal, Frank Sinatra Enterprises and Edgar Rice Burroughs, so don't bet against them.

Crown Limited top brass James Packer is yet to publicly comment specifically about online casino or online poker, but he did however sign off an investment deal with online retailing giant DealsDirect.

Ellerston Capital, a fund management company owned by the Packer family's Consolidated Press Holdings, took a “minority cornerstone” investment in the online retailing site DealsDirect yesterday.

“It signals a real coming of age for online retail, with businesses like Ellerston getting into the game, it is well and truly 'game on',” said DealsDirect's co-founder Paul Greenberg.

The transaction, estimated by the Australian Financial Review to be worth $10 million, underscores the deeper embrace of online retail by the media sector and the investment community.

A Media Man spokesperson said of the Packer - Deals Direct deal "James Packer's recent investment into the online retail space shows just how keen he is on the online business. Crown Limited have an impressive portfolio of websites for their properties, however that did not do the man or company justice. Crown Casino Aussie Millions also accepts poker players from a number of online poker brands. Packer also has the 50% investment in Betfair, and rumours persist of a Crown online casino, a venture with a strong possibility of Packer mate Shane Warne getting in on the action. Packer is also keen to see more interaction between Australian television broadcasts of poker on Fox Sports and his traditional media ventures. Mr Packer famously went on recent a few years ago with 'Internet is like electricity', something this very news reports proves correct".

*The writer owns shares in Crown Limited and has conducted b2b with a number of companies cited in this article.

*Greg Tingle is a regular contributor for Gambling911

*Media Man is primarily a media, publicity and internet portal development company. They cover over a dozen different business sectors, including gaming

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PartyCasino Gets New Games And Promos: The Sting

The Sting has arrived at PartyCasino

PartyCasino.com has recently introduced a new Gold Jackpot slot game ‘The Sting.’ This hexagon based game features buzzing busy bees and has a pleasant sting in its tail with an expanding honeystick wild and free spins! PartyCasino.com has the most frequent game launches in the industry and offers over 160 games, including over 100 slots. PartyCasino.com pays out easily over $10 million EVERY DAY to players.

Game objective:

Sting is a hexagons based game that consists of a draw area of fixed 24 hexagons which will rotate and then stop, producing a random symbol. This game has no pay lines. The player receives a payout for connecting and matching symbol groups anywhere on the hexagons draw area. The player gets wins when there are 4 or more matching connecting symbol groups (anywhere on the draw area) and the game pays up to 12 or more symbol combinations. This creates a large variety of wins (over 100,000 possible ways to win!). The game features an expanding Honey stick wild symbol. Wherever this symbol appears on the reel, it will turn all the symbols straight below it to wild. This game also features a Show Me The Honey feature which awards the users with free spins and multipliers. It is possible to win quarter of a Million in one spin on this game by playing the maximum stake and getting a group of 12 or more symbols of a few selected types.

Game Information:

The minimum bet amount is $1 USD and the maximum bet amount is $500USD.

Gold jackpot:

'Gold Jackpot' consists of four jackpots at different levels; the levels are - from the lowest to the highest - Gold Blitz Jackpot, Gold Quick Jackpot, Gold Super Jackpot and Gold Mega Jackpot. All four jackpots grow progressively as bets are made. For each spin, the house adds a small credit to the four running jackpots. All four levels in Gold Jackpot can be won irrespective of hitting any winning combination, while betting any amount. Each jackpot level is reset to its individual seed value after any player hits that particular jackpot. The seed value will be the value that is set by Party Gaming.

How to play:

The amount you are staking will be shown at the bottom of the screen between the "-" and "+" buttons.
Use these two buttons to choose a stake between MIN and MAX limits specified above.
Setting 'STAKE': When you enter the game, a default bet of $X USD is selected. The stake is displayed at the bottom of the screen below the reels. You can choose to increase or decrease the bet by using the "-" and "+" buttons available between MAX BET and AUTO SPIN. If your game balance drops below total bet placed, the system will automatically present the buy-in window

'PAYTABLE': Pay table can be viewed by clicking on the 'PAYTABLE'' button at middle left of the game screen. You can go back to the game by clicking on the 'GAME button available on 'PAYTABLE' screen. The second page of the pay table can be viewed by clicking on the 'NEXT' button available on the bottom center of the 'PAYTABLE' screen. To calculate the payout amount, multiply the respective prize with the stake placed. Clicking on the 'RULES' button in the pay table screen takes you to the Game Rules page.

'RULES': The Game Rules can be viewed by clicking on the 'RULES' button on the left hand side of the game screen. Player can go back to the game by clicking on the 'GAME' button available on 'RULES' screens. Clicking on the 'JACKPOT RULES' button in the RULES screen takes you to the JACKPOT RULES page.
The Jackpot Rules can be viewed by clicking on the 'JACKPOT RULES'' button at the top right of the game screen below the Jackpot meter.

PLAY: Press 'Spin' to start the game. The hexagons rotate and after they stop the rotation, winnings are paid; the winning combinations are obtained by having 4 or more of the matching connecting symbol groups anywhere on the hexagons draw area. Amount won will be paid according to the pay table. Symbols that form the winning combination will be highlighted and the win details shown at the bottom of the hexagons.
Result: All winning symbols will be highlighted and animated. The total win amount is shown in the Ticker messages displayed at the bottom centre the reels. The symbols participating in a winning combination will be highlighted and animated.
Repeat Bet/Change Bet: If you have already bet, the settings selected will be automatically carried over to the subsequent spin if there is sufficient amount. The default stake is $25 which is fixed for all 24 hexagons and a player can choose to increase or decrease the bet per line by using the "-" and "+" buttons between MAX BET and AUTO SPIN buttons.
Balance: Your remaining game balance, after you have placed the desired bet, is shown in 'CREDITS' meter.

BET: The amount that is going to be bet in a particular game is shown in the 'TOTAL BET' field.

Your current game balance is the sum of the amounts displayed in the 'CREDITS' and 'TOTAL BET' fields.

'AUTOPLAY': You can make use of this feature to choose the available number of spins options for 'hands free' game play. Options available under this feature are:
Number of spins: The game will automatically spin for the number of spins selected from the drop-down menu.
Spin till win is equal to or exceeds: The game will automatically spin until the win amount is equal to or exceeds the amount selected from the drop down menu.
Spin till any win: The game will automatically spin until the next win.
Spin till feature trigger: The game will automatically spin until the next feature is triggered.
Spin till my balance exceeds or equals to: The game will automatically spin until the game balance is greater than or equal to the amount entered. Note that 'game balance' implies the sum of the amounts given under 'CREDITS' meter and 'TOTAL BET' meter.
Spin till my balance falls below or equals to: The game will automatically spin until the game balance is less than or equal to the amount entered. Note that 'game balance' implies the sum of amounts given under 'CREDITS' meter and 'TOTAL BET' meter.
Play faster: This option lets you play faster than usual by reducing the break time. You must choose at least one of the other available Auto spin options to play with this option.
To make use of the auto spin feature, click on the 'AUTO SPIN' button at the bottom of the game screen. When the auto spin window opens, check the boxes next to the option(s) you'd like to play with. Select from the drop-down menu where applicable. Click on 'START' to activate the selected options and start the spins. Click on 'CANCEL' to return to the game screen.
Click on 'STOPSPIN' button to deactivate AUTOSPIN. While if spin is in progress, AUTOSPIN will be stopped after completing the current spin, otherwise AUTOSPIN is stopped immediately and normal game is restored.
When playing with multiple 'AUTO SPIN' options, the condition that is satisfied first will take precedence over the others, and the remaining selected conditions will be ignored. You can then choose to either select the same set of options again, or choose new option(s), and proceed with the 'AUTO SPIN'.
Please note: The 'AUTOSPIN' option is not available in play money mode.
Click on 'GAME LOGS' to view the logs of the games you've played.
Click on 'GAME RULES' to view the detailed rules of the game as web page.
Click on 'REBUY' to buy more credits into the game from your Account.
Click on 'EXIT GAME' to leave the game and return to the Lobby.
Click on 'QUICK DEPOSIT' button to deposit money into your Account.
The game rules are identical in both real money and play money modes.
Malfunctions Voids all Pays and Plays.

Expanding Wild

Honey Stick symbol is the wild symbol. It will let honey drip downwards, turning all symbols straight below the Wild into wilds.

Wild symbols may substitute only one matching connecting symbol group to form a winning combination. Any 4 or more connecting matching symbols including substituting Wild symbol may pay as per the pay table.
Honey stick symbol can substitute for any symbol except the Sting logo.
Honey stick can only substitute for one type of symbol and can be used for only one matching symbol groups' win.
When there is more than one type of symbol that the wild could substitute to make matching symbol group wins, then it will be used only for the win that makes the highest payout. If different symbol groups can make the same payout, then it will be used for the symbol that is higher up in the pay table.
Show Me The Honey Feature
Show Me the Honey feature is triggered when 3 The Sting Logo symbols appear anywhere on reels 2, 4, and 6.
Click on any one of 3 flowers, which awards free spins and a multiplier. The maximum number of free spins that can get awarded is 40 and the maximum multiplier is 8
You will be awarded with a random number of free spins & multipliers on selecting a flower. All free spins are played with the same stake as the triggering spin.
Wild feature can be triggered during free spins as well.
It is not possible to trigger free spins within free spins.
At the end of the free spins you are shown a summary of your total winnings in free spins in the ticker area and the amount gets added up to your total credits.

Jackpot Feature Game

The jackpot feature game is triggered every time you hit a jackpot.
Play the jackpot feature to find out which level of jackpot you have won.
Any bet is eligible for the jackpot. The larger your wager is on each game, the more chances you have of winning the jackpot.

Bonus feature game and free spin feature cannot trigger jackpot feature game.
Choose six out of the nine available options to reveal the '$' signs.
Only real money bets contribute to the Jackpot

Each '$' sign awards one level of the Gold Jackpot.
One '$' sign awards Gold Blitz Jackpot.
Two '$' signs award Gold Quick Jackpot.
Three '$' signs award Gold Super Jackpot.
Four '$' signs award Gold Mega Jackpot.
Click on the 'COMPLETE' button to restore the main game screen.
If you win multiple jackpots, the jackpot feature for the next jackpot will begin after you click the 'COMPLETE' button.
Pay Table
Click on PAYTABLE button in the main game screen, game will navigate to Payable screen. The NEXT button on the pay table window takes you to the second page of the pay table. (Please refer Fig 1 & 2 shown below)

Game Rules
Click on RULES button in the main game screen, game will navigate to Game Rules screen.
(Please refer Fig 3 shown below)

Jackpot Rules
The Jackpot Rules can be viewed by clicking on the 'JACKPOT RULES' button at the top right of the game screen below the Jackpot meter. Clicking on the 'JACKPOT RULES' button in the RULES screen also takes you to the JACKPOT RULES page.

The theoretical return to player of this game is 96.69%.

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4/18/2011

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard Doesn't Like Pokies; FBI Poker Aussie Connection, by Greg Tingle - 18th April 2011

Australian gambling and casino news keeps coming thick and fast. We've got the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard weighing into the pokies debate, pokie lovers vs haters, Burswood Casino attacks, James Packer's boat for sale, and much more. Media Man and Gambling911 with your regular Aussie gambling fix...

Aussie PM Julia Gillard Not A Big Fan Of Pokies, Slots, Gambling Industry...

PM Gillard advised that her choice to attack the poker machines has been further inspired from cases of gambling addiction in her own backyard, so to speak. The PM said her Werribee office had seen a young mum with no financials feed her newborn baby, a family living in a car, a man who lost his entire worker's compensation payout and a family forced to move to the country. "It is just reinforcing in me that there's a considerable problem out there, of people who just can't control their addiction and end up in really miserable circumstances," Gillard told the press. She said her will to take action was not forced upon her by independent MP Andrew Wilkie. That statement is contradictory to previous press reports, stating the anti gambling MP's forces the hand of Labor. There are 1020 poker machines in the PM's electrol seat of Lalor and it is home to the Werribee Plaza Tavern, which is ironically the state's top venue for player losses. The Productivity Commission found 40% of the money lost on pokies came from problem gamblers. Clubs Australia are not convinced of that number and have called on proof. Clubs Australia has have also launched a $20 million campaign against the crackdown, calling PM Gillard "un-Australian". PM Gillard said she did not want to hurt casual players who had "a bit of good fun and no problem at all", but too many could not control their habit. PM Gillard said a pre-commitment scheme would help problem gamblers. "It's about making you think, 'How much can I afford to lose before this stops being a night out and a bit of fun and turns into something more serious'. I'm really aware there is the other side of the coin, too, which is plenty of people who once a fortnight, or once a month or whatever, would go to one of the local clubs in Werribee and have a drink, have a meal, have a spin of the pokies and go home ... no problem at all."

Woolworths Looking For More Pokies Action...

Woolies could tighten its stranglehold on the pokies industry if it moves forward with discussions to get into bed with notable New South Wales gambling king Arthur Laundy. If it proceeds with a JV with Laundy the firm will increase its poker machines from just over 12,100 to 13,300 and it will increase its hotels from 286 nationwide to 326. This would see it further cement its place as Australia's biggest poker machine company and the biggest hotel owner. Believe it or not but Woolworths would then surpass Las Vegas's top 5 casinos in terms of total pokies (slots in US speak) ownership. The top five casinos in central Las Vegas - The Venetian, Wynn Las Vegas, MGM Grand, The Bellagio and The Mirage - together have 12,610 "slot machines". The proposed joining between Woolworths and Laundy's hotels comes at a curious time You can't have missed the $20 million national campaign by clubs and pubs to block mandatory pre-commitment systems. Under the plan, Woolworths would purchase from Laundy the leasehold of 40 gambling-focused hotels in NSW and Queensland. But first Laundy would be expected to buy the freehold of 20 of the hotels from the average performing hotel companies NLG and Redcape for about $365 million. He would effectively become Woolworths' landlord if you follow us. Any deal between Woolworths and Laundy would have to be approved by competition authorities because the deal could further compound Woolworths' dominance in the poker machine market. Laundy is believed to have approached Woolworths subsidiary ALH Group, regarded as the only player with the financial means to make such a big hotel acquisition in the depressed market. Woolies used its right not to comment, although ALH corporate relations boss David Curry said the company would "continue to look at good hotels in good locations". Should the deal goes ahead, Woolworths would become tenant of the 25th highest-grossing pokie pub in NSW, the Belfield Hotel at Belfield. Laundy and ALH Group chief executive Ross Blair-Holt would not comment.

A Media Man staffer joked "Looks like Woolworths are about ready to cement their place further as the company with the slogan - The Fast Cash People".

Aussie Gambling Industry Continues War With Government...

The Australian government is at war with the gambling industry. Australia has more sots per head than any other country in the world. And state governments are heavily dependent on 'pokie' taxes. A report commissioned by the federal government found the risks of problem gambling are much higher with poker machines, with a total social cost of $A4.7 billion per year. The Gillard government holds power partly because of a Green MP whose support depends on Labor passing legislation requiring people to pre-commit to their 'pokie' losses. This has triggered a $A20 million campaign by the industry calling the reform 'unAustralian' and amounting to 'a licence to punt'. It's also put into question revenue forecasts for listed gaming groups like Tabcorp and Crown.

Aussie Gaming And Tech Wunderkind Helps FBI Probe Big 3 U.S Online Poker Firms...

Australian online poker players are panicking to get their money out of some of the world's biggest online poker websites after the "Black Friday" FBI sting that was triggered by Aussie adult and gambling wunderkind an Australian tech tycoon Daniel Tzvetkoff. Front and centre PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker. They are now trying to stop people loosing confidence in them, as players take out their money and close their accounts. Their .com have been siezed by the FBI and their founders charged over serious money-laundering allegations. Many American serious poker players reckon online poker in the US is coming to an end. Online gambling has largely been illegal in the US since 2006. Insiders reckon the trigger point and deep throat which saw the house of cards come down was Aussie Mr Big of online transactions for gambling, Mr Tzvetkoff. The online poker companies tipped off the FBI last year. Tzvetkoff, 28, who IN his hey day circa 2008 was estimated to be worth about $80 mil, was arrested in April last year while attending an internet billing gig in Las Vegas, charged with being the mastermind of a $US540 million money-laundering racket.
The legal powers that be were reportedly tipped off by the online poker firms, who had been working with Tzvetkoff but began to unsettle things after he allegedly stole tens of millions of dollars from them. Tzvetkoff, who by then had filed for bankruptcy but was understood by authorities to have a secret stash of $US100 million, was looking at up to 75 years in jail. Come June Tzvetkoff was released from the clink without a bail hearing. A Vegas judge to granted him bail. Then Mr T got sweet revenge and rated on the guys to initially got him arrested. On Friday, now known in the online poker community as "black Friday", the FBI arrested the top execs of the three biggest online poker websites in the world, PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker. In total 11 people have been charged with bank fraud, money laundering and illegal gambling offences; they are looking at up to 30 years in jail and the US websites have all been shut down. The arrests come from the fact that online gambling in the United State is illegal. Tzvetkoff was accused of creating an illegal and complex system that allowed the overseas-based poker sites to accept billions from US gamblers while hiding the fact that it was gambling-related income from US banks using phony shell companies and offshore accounts. "These defendants concocted an elaborate criminal fraud scheme, alternately tricking some US banks and effectively bribing others to assure the continued flow of billions in illegal gambling profits," US Attorney Preet Bharara said. "Foreign firms that choose to operate in the United States are not free to flout the laws they don't like simply because they can't bear to be parted from their profits." Tzvetkoff, whose present whereabouts are unknown, was not named in the 52-page US indictment against the poker 3. He is understood to be held in a safe house with fiancee Nicole Crisp. Tzvetkoff was the mastermind behind online payment company Intabill, which hit the world stage in 2007. He bought a $27 million Gold Coast mansion, a Lamborghini, a super-yacht, a Queensland nightclub, a V8 supercar team and god knows what else. 2009 was when things started going bad. Intabill's parent company, BT Projects, closed with debts of $80 million. Bankruptcy followed. Tzvetkoff continued to plus away overseas until his arrest in Vegas. Tzvetkoff was also facing a $100 million lawsuit by a former business partner, lawyer Sam Sciacca, who claimed Tzvetkoff "diverted funds payable to the company to cover personal expenses". But that action was stayed when the internet whiz filed for bankruptcy. Australian poker players are rushing to close their accounts with the big 3. Aussies are still able to play on the big 3 websites but many pros are taking their funds out pronto like. US authorities are looking to get $US3 billion in civil money-laundering penalties from the poker websites and have issued restraining orders for 76 bank accounts in 14 countries. Some insiders think it might be easier to win a game of online poker on those big 3 websites now. Aussie Joe Hachem, sponsored by PokerStars, is quite on what's gone down with the FBI probe. Full Tilt Poker said in a statement that it believed online poker, "a game of skill", was legal in the US, however, it had suspended "real money" play in the United States until the case was resolved. It said it would continue to provide poker services outside the US. PokerStars had similar comments and, in a notice, assured players that their balances were safe. It had moved to a new domain, pokerstars.eu, after pokerstars.com was seized by the FBI. John Pappas, executive director of the Poker Players Alliance, said in a statement on YouTube that he believed the FBI action was "a declaration of war against poker and the people who play it". Firms such as PartyGaming, which currently do not accept players in the U.S, other that via their subscriber based World Poker Tour, are watching the space with great interest. PartyPoker and PartyCasino, other brands by PartyGaming, are seeking to return to the U.S, their biggest market since they opened for business in 1987. Recently Party merged with European powerhouse bwin to become bwin.party digital entertainment. For the most party, Party's legal issues are history, after coming to terms with the U.S Department of Justice a few years ago. No such luck for the big 3.

Burswood Casino Attacks Commence; Mainly Young Punks...

Burswood entertainment complex sees more crime and its almost doubled in 5 years and police state that gangs of teenagers are "hunting in packs" to rob patrons near the venue. Western Australia Police numbers show the number of reported offences at the casino and its surrounds jumped from 351 incidents in 2005 to 643 last year. That's about 2 attacks or incidents per day. It has triggered coppers to ramp up special operations to cut crime in the precinct, with officers focusing on offenders on trains and those who loiter around Burswood and in nearby car parks. Drug offences, property damage and threatening behaviour have also risen since 2000, but car thefts and graffiti offences have dropped. Kensington Detective Senior Sergent Chris Adams said gangs of juveniles, some as young as 12, were targetting patrons around Burswood, including at the nearby train station and car parks.
"They ride the trains and get off at Burswood because it is great pickings out there," he said. "You have got the car park, you have got the Dome and the casino to potentially target those who are vulnerable and susceptible. They hunt in packs because it yields them a great result, for example a wallet with good money, potentially." Burswood spokeswoman Denise Cheir said the complex had 24-hour security and management was working with police to cut crime. "Burswood has a zero-tolerance policy to anti-social behaviour and, in conjunction with police, we have introduced numerous measures supporting our strong stance," Ms Cheir said. Racing and Gaming Minister Terry Waldron said the rise in crime was in line with increased patronage, with the venue now attracting about 20,000 visitors a day. "However, any increase in crime is of concern to me and I'd expect that Burswood management is giving this issue strong consideration," he said. Police transport division Inspector Jo McCabe said an ongoing police sting codenamed Operation Beverstone had been successful in reducing crime over recent weeks. The Public Transport Authority was also planting guards at Burswood train station from 4pm and throughout the night to try to stop criminal activity around the railway and troublemakers from flowing into the casino complex, she said.

Sin City Casino Gunman Who Shot Casino Model Heard Aliens!...

A bloke who shot his ex-girlfriend inside Sin Sydney's Star City casino believed aliens told him to use a lower calibre bullet, his psychiatrist has told a court. Todd William Devaney has pleaded guilty to shooting fitness instructor and "casino babe", 'Happy' Holly Graham while she taught yoga at the gambling complex's gym in May 2008. She suffered serious wounds but survived. Giving evidence at a sentencing hearing in Sydney today, psychiatrist Dr Rosalie Wilcox said Devaney was suffering from untreated paranoid schizophrenia at the time of the incident. It manifested itself partly by Devaney hearing voices and taps on the wall that he interpreted as coming from aliens, Dr Wilcox told Downing Centre Local Court on today. "He's talked about that before... he's talked about aliens," she said. "It's certainly something he talks about when he's unwell." Quized about the build-up to the shooting, Dr Wilcox continued "He was getting these messages, these taps." Dr Wilcox agreed that Devaney had interpreted the messages as having come from aliens and decided to use a lower calibre bullet as a result. She said Devaney's illness was now being treated and his prospects of rehabilitation had improved. The former kickboxing champion had showed genuine remorse for what he'd done, she added. "I don't believe Ms Graham is still at risk from Mr Devaney," Dr Wilcox said. In a victim impact statement read to the court by her father John, Ms Graham said she still lived in fear of Devaney. Devaney had pleaded guilty in July 2010 to intending to murder the fitness instructor, as well as three firearms offences. Devaney sat impassively in the dock as the statement was read out. Previous court hearings were told that Devaney burst into Star City and shot Ms Graham twice below the hip and ribs. He fled the scene but was arrested a short time later wearing a fake moustache and beard, a latex mask, carrying three pistols, a folding knife and two apples. Sentencing submissions are continuing.

A Media Man spokesperson said "The Sin City Sydney Star City casino babe story with happy Holly is likely Sydney's most famous casino crime of the current era. Star City has since beefed up security and spent about $900,000 on the casino revamp. The image has improved, but the spirit of 'Happy' Holly Graham also lives on".

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4/17/2011

Gambling And Casino Scene And Gossip Down Under, by Greg Tingle - 17th April 2011

Australian gambling news continues at fever pitch. It's fun and games all the way with lovers vs haters, casino attacks, new games, casino revamps, stars touring Aussie casinos and more. Media Man and Gambling911 with your down under gambling report...

Aussie Welfare Cheats To Repay Big Brother $9 Million Punted At Casinos...

Single Aussie mums and pensioner getter's on welfare benefits, be it "the pension" or "the dole", will be forced to cough up $9 million bucks after they were found leading "double lives" as high-rolling casino gamblers. That's the story coming out of big brother, but how much is true and how much is spin is yet to be fully determined. A federal investigation has snatched 521 tax cheats, with authorities suspecting some of laundering money for crims. Cheats told Centrelink they needed welfare payments to survive on, but some were living it up tossing around $100,000 plus a year at Australian land based casinos. Some high-rollers "pseudo VIP's" have been charged and sentenced to home detention, while some other punters await charges. 15 welfare recipients were referred to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions suspected of committing fraud. The word is that they be forced to pay back big brother, but how do you get blood out of a stone. Some punters claim the moolah is spent while others have no traceable assets. 32 Queensland based banana benders will have to repay almost $500,000 bucks. In New South Wales, 128 cheats owe big brother in express of $2.2 million, while 279 Victorians owe close to $5 million. One NSW millionaire, who tried to hid his income, has on welfare for numerous years, snatching roughly $96,000 in age pension payments. Federal legislation requires casinos to provide information to law enforcement agencies about patrons who regularly gamble large amounts of money. Human Services Minister Tanya Plibersek said Centrelink did not count winnings as income if welfare recipients just had the occasional good day on the punt. "But people who can afford to regularly gamble large sums of money at the same time as receiving government assistance are required to prove they aren't concealing assets and income," Ms Plibersek said. "By cross-referencing casino high-roller information with Centrelink customers, Centrelink is identifying people who may be concealing assets or income, wrongly claiming benefits and even laundering money." Centrelink reviewed 1052 cases of suspected high-rollers in the past 3 years before demanding 521 welfare recipients repay more than $9 million. Federal Independent Senator Nick Xenophon said pre-commitment measures for pokies whereby gamblers would have to sign up and determine how much money they could lose before they start playing would help law enforcement. "Criminals are laundering millions of dollars through the poker machines each year. These reforms will put an end to this," Senator Xenophon said. It's a 3 way dance - Man VS Machine VS Big Brother - who will emerge victorious and where exactly will the money trial lead?

"Wicked" (Satire) Wilkie Won't Apologise For Hitler Scandal...

Andrew Wilkie says he will not apologise to the man who has accused him of ordering cadets to salute Hitler because he can't recall. Not recalling is an oldie, but a goodie, of Australian and American politicians, often when the s hits the fan, and its a smart, but unethical answer. Ex army cadet Brendan Etches claims the independent MP ordered him to salute the 50th anniversary of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's rise to power, when they were at Duntroon Military College in the 1980s. Etches wants Wilkie to apologise for the incident when the pair meet early this week.
He also wants an apology for suggestions that he was part of a smear campaign by the pro-poker machine lobby to discredit Wilkie. Wilkie says he's "looking forward" to meeting Etches, and talk about his concerns. "But I won't be able to apologise to him for an incident I have no memory of," he told Network Ten. Wilkie says that's not a political "cop-out", noting that he has already apologised for charges of bastardisation at Duntroon. "I was bastardised, I was a bastard," he said, acknowledging that his behaviour was "appalling and wrong". Wilkie claims the poker machine industry is behind a smear campaign against him, including death threats and blackmail. "As a general rule (politicians) wouldn't talk about such threats," he said, responding to criticism from coalition MPs about going public with the death threat. "But this most recent threat was different, it came on the day that the poker machine industry launched its $20 million campaign against me," he said, noting that he has received numerous death threats in public life. Wilkie is "very confident" the proposed pre-commitment gambling scheme will have the support of federal parliament. "We need four votes (in the lower house), I'm one, the (Australian) Greens are one, (independent) Bob Katter's already indicated support." "We are almost there with just those three votes," he said, citing confidence that regional MP Tony Windsor would change his stance and back the reforms. Nationals Senate leader Barnaby Joyce is raising the possibility of compensation for the many clubs and pubs that have bought poker machines and might be unable to rely on the income. Senator Joyce says it not as simple as clamping down on addicts. "A lot of places rely on them for income streams in regional towns where they are instrumental in delivering a whole heap of services including sporting fields, venues, to the town," Senator Joyce told ABC television. "But no one likes the mess of someone who sits in the corner and puts the family's savings or the family's income down the slot. Senator Joyce said it was vital both sides of the argument were understood before any action was taken. "A lot of people have paid a lot of money for poker machines and if you start removing the capacity for them to earn money from a federal sphere I suppose the federal government has to compensate those clubs for it. "There's a whole heap of aspects to this debate that have to be considered." Political fun and games continue.

Katy Perry Will Play TV Week Logies At Melbourne's Crown Casino...

Katy Perry has just been confirmed to open the awards ceremony at Melbourne's Crown Casino complex on May 1, performing her chart-topping hit - 'Firework'. No, its not a dream - its real! Perry will be in Australia as part of her California Dreams World Tour, with sold-out performances at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on May 4 and 14. Classical music superstar Andre Rieu is rumoured to attend the Logies, with 'tween heartthrob Justin Bieber also in Australia. Shane Bourne will be the host, and awards will be presented by Chris Lilley, Karl Stefanovic, Sarah Murdoch, Lisa McCune, Deborah Mailman, Shane Jacobson and Megan Gale. Twitters will be likely blocked after last years Twitter-Gate.

Crown Casino Logie Awards Banned From Twittering...

Mobile phones will not be allowed at this year's Logie Awards ceremony to avoid the Twitter-Gate deal that overshadowed last year's event, a spokesperson said. Invitations to the 53rd Annual Logie Awards on May 1 at Melbourne's Crown Entertainment Complex, say at the bottom: "Please note, mobiles will not be permitted. Your co-operation is appreciated." A Logies spokeswoman told ABC News Online the ban was put in place because of the tweeting that detracted from TV's 'night of nights' last year. "Bags are not being searched or anything; we're just expecting guests to observe that request," she said. Controversial comedian Catherine Deveny was sacked by The Age following her attacks on stars which were posted on Twitter during last year's Logies. The comments posted by Deveny on Twitter were as variously described as "offensive" and "vulgar". Deveny wrote that she hoped 11-year-old Bindi Irwin "gets laid" and that former talk show host Rove McManus's wife Tasma "didn't die too"...referring to the loss of McManus's first wife, Belinda Emmett, to cancer in 2006. Comedian Wil Anderson's Logies tweets also drew criticism. Media Man was one of hundreds of media outlets that spread the Twitter-Gate story worldwide, with assistance of Gambling911, Wires and Google News.

Tabcorp Granted Demerger Approval...

Tabcorp got the not from court to move forward with its demerger into separate casino and gaming businesses. Paperwork lodged with the stock exchange show that as part of the demerger, outgoing Tabcorp boss Elmer Funke Kupper will receive a payout of up to $5.5 million. The scheme booklet also gives the strongest indication yet that Tabcorp will sue the Victorian government over the loss of pokies licences, worth $687 million, due to expire in August next year. Shareholders will vote on the proposal in Melbourne on June 1. If shareholders approve ,they will receive one share in the new casino group, Echo Entertainment Group, for each Tabcorp share they hold and Echo will then be listed on the ASX. Kupper's golden handshake is made up of a $3 million termination payout and up to $2.5 million in shares. He will step down after the demerger, and rejoin the board as a non-executive director after a six-month break. Tabcorp has long maintained that it should be paid a $687 million break fee within a week of any new Victorian poker machine licences that are being issued. But, when he was in office, ex premier John Brumby consistently said Tabcorp was not entitled to compensation. "Tabcorp intends to pursue all of its rights and take all appropriate action in respect of the payment," Tabcorp said in the scheme booklet lodged yesterday. However, the company warned that if the matter went before the courts "the outcome cannot be predicted with any certainty. Despite its strong resolve to pursue this matter, Tabcorp may ultimately not succeed in recovering the payment from the Victorian government", it said. Most analysts agree the demerger deal is a great move from Tabcorp, that will both spread risk, raise money, and show investors that they are moving with the times, not to rest on their laurels. It will also be a point of difference with competitor, Crown Casino. The Aussie casino wars continue.

Snoop Dogg In The House At Jupiters Hotel & Casino, Gold Coast...

Snoop Dog did Jupiters Hotel & Casino Friday when the rap and hip hop star played a 4-hour plus poolside DJ set for 300 fans to officially launch his new album, Doggumentary, in Australia. Snoop took the stage at 6.25pm an hour and a half earlier than his scheduled 8pm start. Performing as DJ Snoopadelic, the Yankee rapper started with a old-school funk, disco and Motown mixed with numbers by Michael Jackson, Rihanna and JaythZ. His nephew our tour buddy' Bow Wow' acted as MC, urging the crowd to make more noise. "Are there any "real' Snoop fans here". Snoop turned up the volume on some house tracks always a sure-fire hit with Gold Coast clubbers including DJ duo Duck Sauce's hit Barbra Streisand. Later in the night Snoop Dogg was joined in a roped-off VIP area, and onstage, by a bush tucker bag of his Supafest R'n'B festival mates. Nelly, The Game, Timbaland, T Pain, New Boyz and Snoop's dad were also in the house. Snoop told the crowd he was filming a clip for a track from his Doggumentary, his 11th studio album, at the pool party. Released in Australia on Friday, the 21-track album features collaborations with everyone from Bow Wow to Gorillaz, Wiz Khalifa, Young Jeezy and country star Willie Nelson. The poolside party included a special Snoop-inspired menu of beef sliders, Snoop Doggs (sausages on sticks), chicken waffles and baby back pork ribs. Snoop and the gang, who played the Brisbane leg of Supafest, at the RNA Showgrounds are understood to be hitting Melbourne within the next 12 hours. Play hard and party harder. Snoop Dogg in the houssssssse.

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4/15/2011

Australian Gambling News Round-up Part II, by Greg Tingle - 15th April 2011

Australian gambling and casino news keeps coming thick and fast. Media Man and Gambling911 with the news you love to hate...

Jupiters Hotel and Casino Gold Coast Get Snoop Dogg...

Snoop Doggy attended a press conference at Jupiters Hotel and Casino yesterday wearing red slippers he snatched while in town. When quizzed whether he spent $25,000 grand in the store with his homeboys Nelly, Busta Rhymes, Game and nephew Bow Wow, the 39-year-old let the truth slip. "Actually it was the other way around as they gave us $25,000," he said let loose. Snoop, renowned for enjoying recreational herbs, said if he headed to Nimbin he would "expect $50,000". Police decided best to shut down the eastern side of the Southport street when Snoop and the boyz checked out shops. Snoop Dogg (Calvin Broadus), is in Australia to promote his new album Doggumentary and plays a poolside party at Jupiters Casino tomorrow. Snoop, who is 'good friends' with Aussie actor Russell Crowe, said he's had the opportunity to watch AFL and the other Australian football codes but doesn't think he will partake. "I love watching it, but I'd never play it because it seems like I'd get f***** up quick."

Star City Casino Ralph Model Kahili Blundell Delighted...

She won at 'Sin City' Star City and now the world might be at her feet. Manly Vale’s Kahili Blundell has won the 2011 Ralph Australian Swimwear Model of the Year competition, beating 37 finalists. Ms Blundell won the title after just three years of modelling. “I was absolutely speechless when I won,” she told The Manly Daily. “No words can explain how I felt when they came around to the winner’s spot and said my number, which was 27, I just couldn’t believe it. “I was so overwhelmed because I wanted it so badly.” The 21-year-old, who has drawn comparisons to Jennifer Hawkins, went through regional qualifying in November before claiming the title over 2000 beauties from Australia and New Zealand. Ms Blundell spent most of last week with the other finalists, being judged not only on her physique and presentation, but also on how she conducted herself during daily media interviews. For the former Mackellar Girls Campus student, who runs her own make-up studio between working in office administration, the win is a far cry from three years ago when she started modelling as a drinks promotion girl. “I’m not too sure what’s happening next but having this title will help me get my foot in the door to bigger and better things,” she said. But Ms Blundell, who recently moved to Cremorne, isn’t the only one basking in the title glory. Boyfriend Nick Taylor, who plays league for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in the NSW Cup, said he had an extra spring in his step since his partner won. “Yeah, I’ve got some bragging rights around training,” he said. “I think the other boys in the team are a bit jealous.” Ms Blundell won $16,000 worth of cash and prizes, and will feature on the cover of the 2012 Ralph Australian Swimwear Model of the Year Calendar.

Aussie Cody Simpson To Perform At Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom; New Hampshire...

As a kid growing up on Australia's Gold Coast, Simpson used to watch his dad play guitar and sing for friends and family at parties and backyard barbecues. Seeing how music brought people together, Cody asked for his own guitar and lessons at the age of seven. After learning a few chords from his teacher, Cody wrote his first song. "It was about putting a diaper on a chicken," he says with a laugh. "Who knows what my seven-year-old brain was thinking?" Cody's folks encouraged him to keep singing and practicing his guitar. By age 12, he began posting YouTube videos of himself performing covers of songs by artists who inspired him, including Justin Timberlake, Jason Mraz, and The Jacksons. Search for Cody on YouTube and there he is: An appealing blonde 12-year-old accompanying himself on guitar while knocking out stellar covers of "Cry Me A River," "I'm Yours," and "I Want You Back." Cody's YouTube Channel, which has been active since August 2008, now boasts nearly 4.5 million views and has more than 42,000 subscribers. In 2009, Cody received a message through his YouTube Channel from songwriter and producer Shawn Campbell (Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, Ciara) expressing interest in meeting him. Cody and his father flew to the U.S. to meet Campbell and write and record some tracks. In April 2010, Cody signed with Atlantic Records, which is releasing his irresistible rhythmic pop single "iYiYi" featuring Flo Rida on June 1st. "Flo and I worked with some amazing people including Colby O'Donis, Bei Major and DJ FrankE on my debut single" Cody says. "We came up with something really catchy. And I think everyone can relate to the lyrics. The song is about liking a girl and missing her when she's not around. Who hasn't been through that?" Tickets are $18 for this all ages show. Doors open at 6 p.m.; show at 7 p.m.

About the Casino: Constructed in 1927, the Ballroom at the Casino complex has become the pillar of Hampton Beach, providing New Hampshire with the hottest names in entertainment for almost one hundred years. The Ballroom has seen its share of history playing host to likes of Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, The Doors and U2. Today, the Ballroom consistently lands in the top 25 for club ticket sales worldwide and hosts the biggest names in live music and comedy. The Casino Ballroom has arguably become one of the most renowned entertainment establishments in the world.

Australian Anti-Gambling MP Andrew Wilkie Accused Of Ordering Cadets To Salute Hitler!...

One of the driving forced behind the anti-pokie brigade in Parliament; Andrew Wilkie has now been accused of ordering teenage army cadets to salute the 50th anniversary of Hitler's rise to power in Nazi Germany. Not good timing for MP Wilkie. Last night he conceded he was involved in "bastardisation" at Duntroon Military College in 1983. As a senior cadet at Duntroon that year Wilkie was one of a group that allegedly ordered junior cadets to stand to attention and salute to commemorate Hitler becoming Germany's Chancellor on January 30, 1933. When one defiant junior cadet refused to stand at attention in honour of Nazis, Wilkie allegedly allowed other senior cadets to abuse and punish him. In a statement yesterday Mr Wilkie said he had "no recollection" of the Hitler incident but admitted he was one of "many cadets caught up in the 1983 bastardisation scandal at Duntroon and like many cadets was disciplined for it at the time". A Defence Department spokesperson last night said the department could not comment on specific details of individuals "for privacy reasons".

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Australian Gambling News Round-up, by Greg Tingle - 15th April 2011

Australian gambling and casino news keeps coming thick and fast. We've got a butcher who slayed his wife over a gambling argument, Tabcorp numbers, pokie lovers vs haters, James Packer's boat for sale, and much more. Media Man and Gambling911 with your regular Aussie gambling fix...

Melbourne Man Butchers Wife Over Gambling...

Butcher Peter Lubik, 42, severed his wife Barbara's carotid artery when he stabbed her in the throat at their Melbourne home in January 2009. It's been described as a "shocking and cowardly" killing. Prior to the the stabbing they had fought about Lubik, who was understood to have been a big gambler, going to a casino, the Victorian Supreme Court heard on Wednesday. Last year, Lubik was found guilty by a jury of manslaughter but acquitted of murder. On Wednesday, Justice Ross Robson jailed Lubik for 9.5 years and ordered he serve a minimum of 6.5 years. Justice Robson said Lubik, of Noble Park North, deliberately stabbed his wife in a very delicate area of the body. He rejected Lubik's defence that his wife had come at him with the knife, finding that only Lubik had a knife. "Your deliberate stabbing of Barbara involved a deliberate intention to harm her," Justice Robson said. "It was a shocking and cowardly crime. You were duty-bound to protect her. "You are a big man. She was small. "There was not the slightest justification for taking up a knife against her in her own home." Justice Robson said Mrs Lubik constantly forgave her husband's abusive, "bullying and boorish" behaviour. "Despite her loyalty, love, forgiveness and companionship, you cruelly and deliberately stabbed her, with a knife, killing her," he said. "I can discern no reason for your conduct, other than your repeated abuse and bullying of your wife." Lubik's two-and-a-half-year marriage had been a turbulent one and included physical violence, the court heard. Lubik was a "good husband" unless he had been drinking. Mrs Lubik came to Australia from Poland in 2004. Lubik has already served more than two years and two months in custody.

James Packer Boat For Sale: $22 million...

Gambling and media king James Packer has put up for sales his 46m motor yacht, Z Sydney, on the market. The vessel is being advertised with an asking price of $22 million. That's about the same price it was bought for by JP back in January of last year. Rumour is that yachts name has been changed to "Ares" (Greek god of war) in attempt to lure in European buyers. The big boat can fit 12 guests and 8 crew. Leaks reckon he's looking to upgrade.

Sin City Sydney's Star City Wants To Take Brownlow AFL Event From Melbourne's Crown Casino...

The AFL code is in talks with the New South Wales Government to take the iconic Brownlow Medal night to 'Sin City' Sydney next year. Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu told the press that if the AFL even thinking about moving its awards night from Melbourne, it would show it is out of touch with Victorian football lovers. The shift would coincide with the launch of Sydney's second AFL team. An $850 million revamp of Sydney's Star City casino is the key in the bid to host the event. A grand hall in the redevelopment will hold up to 4,000 people. That does rather outdo Crown's Palladium, which has a 1,700 capacity. Will the rumor turn to reality? Time will tell, but many celebs keep saying they like it at Crown... and looking forward to doing some Twittering about it also.

Tabcorp 3rd Quarter Up 5.4%...

Gambling giant Tabcorp Holdings Ltd has reported a 5.4% rise in normalised net revenue for the March quarter. Normalised net revenues for the 3 months ended March 31 was $1.06 billion, up 5.4% on the previous corresponding period, Melbourne-based Tabcorp said in a statement on Wednesday. Revenue growth for the first nine months of the financial year was 3.9% to $3.32 billion. All 3 business divisions achieved positive revenue growth. The casinos division experienced revenue growth of 5.9%, wagering's grew 2.6% and gaming gained 8.6%. Revenues in wagering were adversely affected by wet weather in January and early February with abandoned race meetings and reduced field sizes due to the state of the tracks, the company said. Tabcorp said its plans to demerge its casinos business was progressing with shareholders to vote on it in June this year. In Queensland, the January floods impacted significantly on the performance of the Treasury Casino and Hotel during the quarter. Star City Casino in Sydney grew normalised revenues by 11.3 per cent and the other Queensland casinos recorded positive revenue growth. Tabcorp chief executive Elmer Funke Kupper said in a statement that trading in the third quarter was pleasing, in light of the Queensland floods. The recent floods on Australia's east coast had wiped $10 million from its revenue, the company said last month. In better news, last month Tabcorp was awarded Victoria's new exclusive 10-year Keno licence, which will start in April 2012. "Revenue growth in the third quarter improved over the first half of the financial year, which indicates that the businesses are resilient and have good underlying momentum," Kupper said.

PM Gillard Still Hates Pokies...

Julia Gillard stated on record that it's the "right thing" to crack down on problem gambling and she has seen the misery it causes in her own back yard. The PM holds the western Melbourne seat of Lalor, home to Victoria's number one venue for "one armed bandit" losses. "We know what it's like to see people who put so much money into poker machines that they break the family budget, they can't feed the kids. They end up with their houses being repossessed," Gillard said. "Now, that kind of problem gambling causes human misery. I don't think we want to see anybody profiting on human misery. Of course people like to have a bet, but I don't think they like to see their fellow Australians suffer." Despite a $20 million campaign by clubs and hotels, Gillard said the Government would push ahead to introduce technology to require frequent gamblers to set, in advance, how much they would spend. Anti-pokies senator Nick Xenophon said he had lodged a complaint with the ACCC against the Clubs Australia campaign. In the meantime MP Wilkie reckons he got a genuine death threat from pro gambling folks. Clubs Australia have called him to prove it and to refer the matter for police.

Burswood In Line To Get New Sporting Stadium Next To Packer's Casino...

West Australian Premier Colin Barnett says a new football stadium for Perth is likely to be built at Burswood, just across the Swan River from the city's centre. But he says a final decision on the site, size and timing of the new stadium will not be made until mid-year. "Burswood is a probable site, maybe even a likely site, but I stress a decision has not been made, cabinet has not yet looked at the matter," he told the press on Wednesday. He said there would not be any announcement about a stadium in the budget in May, though funding would be set aside to do initial engineering tests at the sites and perhaps initial designs. The government has been looking at three different sites for a new stadium, including several different locations within the Burswood precinct. "Much of that area is an old waste site, so we've got to be very careful about that," Barnett said. "I think most people, from the reaction I get, do see a lot of merit in Burswood in the sense that this stadium, when it's built, has to serve the state for another 50 years." Mr Barnett said Burswood, the site of the city's casino, had space for more sporting and entertainment venues and that was in its favour. West Coast coach John Worsfold said he would leave the matter of a stadium to the experts, but the sentimental value of Subiaco would remain. With all of this happening little wonder James Packer remains such a big fan of Perth.

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4/08/2011

PartyCasino News: Record Jackpots At PartyCasino - Biggest Ever!; The Big One Over $4 Million And Total Jackpots Over $6 Million

Record Jackpots At PartyCasino - Biggest Ever!; The Big One Over $4 Million And Total Jackpots Over $6 Million

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4/07/2011

Bwin.party digital entertainment effected as Germany proposes tax, by Greg Tingle - 7th April 2011

Bwin.party digital entertainment Plc, the company formed by last month’s merger of Bwin Interactive Entertainment AG and PartyGaming Plc, dipped 16% in London trading after German states’ prime ministers proposed a 16.67% tax on the sports betting sector.

The dip was the greatest since the U.S. banned internet-gambling financial transactions back in 2006, sending PartyGaming down. Germany plans to bring ina 16.67% levy on sports bets when it introduces its sports-gambling market to private firms in 2012, the Saxony-Anhalt state government advised on its website, citing a meeting in Berlin yesterday.

The newly merged outfit snatches about 23% of its pro-forma revenue from Germany, with half coming from sports, according to David Jennings, an analyst with Dublin-based Davy. Bwin and PartyGaming combined March 31 to enter European markets as they regulate and tax online gambling.

"Clearly the proposals look a lot more severe and restrictive than the operators and the market would have hoped for," said Nick Batram, an analyst with Peel Hunt who has a "buy" recommendation on the stock. "It would significantly restrict the ability of bwin.party to make money in the German market."

Bwin.party dropped 31.5 pence to 166.4 pence, giving the firm a market value of 1.4 billion pounds ($2.3 billion).

"There is still a long way to go, and we are confident in the end Germany will comply with European Union law and implement a commercially viable licensing regime," said John Shepherd, a spokesman for bwin.party in a telephone call.

Other counties such Australia, Canada, United States and New Zealand look on with keen interest, with politicians and the business sector knowing that gaming is one of the most lucrative markets on a global scale and that full regulation with raise much needed cash for government cofers.

bwin-party's PartyCasino.com remains arguably the world's most popular and trusted online casino brand while PartyPoker.com is not the world's third most popular online poker brand.

bwin.party digital entertainment are currently considering mass media campaigns into a number of new markets, however have to get their legals done first, as to keep their growth on track with appropriate risk management

*the writer has conducted b2b with a number of the companies featured in the article.

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Casino News Media - Media Man: Broker snap: bwin.party has potential post merger

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5th April 2011

Broker snap: bwin.party has potential post merger


Panmure Gordon ups its target price for PartyGaming following its merger with bwin, saying that the newly-formed bwin.party Digital Entertainment has the potential to deliver above-average earnings growth, underpinned by €55m of merger synergies.

“Recent regulatory developments have been overwhelmingly positive for eGaming operators, in our view and we think eGaming stocks are well placed for a period of sustained outperformance,” said the broker.

Panmure estimates that bwin.party will be almost twice the size of its closest peers in 2012, and its scale benefits give it a significant advantage in the French and Italian poker markets, where the broker thinks it will be among the top three poker liquidity providers.

The broker keeps its ‘buy’ rating, but increases the target price from 275p to 288p.

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1st April 2011

Beyond the Deal Selected to Support Merger Integration of PartyGaming and bwin


Beating stiff competition, Beyond the Deal LLP has been chosen to support the integration of PartyGaming and bwin, following their announced transformational merger inJuly 2010 to form bwin.party digital entertainment plc (Ticker: BPTY). The deal, completed today, makes bwin.party, the world's largest listed online gaming company.

Conducted across key bwin and PartyGaming locations across Europe, and working with senior executives and management in the merged entity, Beyond the Deal's work is focused on supporting integration planning, internal communications and cultural alignment.

Kathy Swindley, Group HR Director for bwin.party digital entertainment, said:

"We have chosen to work with Beyond the Deal due to its skills and understanding of the complex challenges that arise from merging different international cultures."

Carlos Keener, Managing Partner, Beyond the Deal LLP, stated:

"Our appointment by bwin.party continues to highlight our ability to support the largest multi-national deals in a way that is responsive, flexible, and makes the best use of clients' own capabilities and experience in merger integration. We look forward to working with many other companies as M&A activity resumes in the coming months."

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1. Established by Carlos Keener in 2001, Beyond the Deal (http://www.beyondthedeal.com) is an advisory and resources firm specialising in post merger integration, based in the UK & US.

2. The company focuses on acquisition and integration strategy, business model design, integration planning and management, and other post-acquisition areas such as business process change, organisational design, HR, IT, branding, culture, communications, and risk management.

3. Beyond the Deal's Cultural Snapshot Survey helps businesses address the need for cultural assessment alongside more commonplace pre-deal processes, and certainly as part of acquisition target assessment and integration planning. The survey considers both organisational and national culture, links it to post-deal business models and integration planning, and provides practical ways forward for cultural alignment post-deal.

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PartyPoker Unleashes Card Rush Instant Win Promotion - 5th April 2011


PartyPoker, the world’s third largest online poker room, is offering up 1.8 million prize cards as part of its Card Rush Instant Win promotion in April. The promotion will run through April 30th or until the prize cards are given away and offers numerous chances to earn extra cash by playing on the site this month.

You can obtain a Card Rush card simply by playing in a real money game on PartyPoker and earning points. The first card will cost five points and subsequent cards will cost 15 points. Players may obtain up to 50 cards per day, but the promotion will end when all 1.8 million are assigned.

Each card will instantly give players a monetary prize between $1 and $5,000, a points prize up to 25,000, or entry into a freeroll. The freerolls will run on the following days:

Card Rush $2,000 Freeroll – May 5th at 1:00pm ET
Card Rush $15,000 Freeroll – May 5th at 2:30pm ET
Card Rush $3,000 Freeroll – May 6th at 1:00pm ET
Card Rush $10,000 Freeroll – May 6th at 2:30pm ET
Card Rush $5,000 Freeroll – May 7th at 1:00pm ET
Card Rush $7,000 Freeroll – May 7th at 2:30pm ET
Card Rush $20,000 Freeroll – May 8th at 1:00pm ET

Players can also earn cash in the Card Rush Race, a leaderboard that will pay the top 200 point-earners a minimum of $100. Points will be awarded as part of the Card Rush promotion ranging from one to 20 points per card. The more points a player earns, the more money they’ll receive. Here’s a look at the payouts:

1st place – $9,000
2nd place – $7,000
3rd place – $5,250
4th place – $4,000
5th place – $3,500
6th place – $3,000
7th place – $2,500
8th place – $2,000
9th place – $1,500
10th place – $1,000
11th-18th places – $800
19th-30th places – $700
31st-45th places – $600
46th-60th places – $500
61st-75th places – $400
76th-100th places – $300
101st-125th places – $200
126th-150th places – $150
151st-200th places – $50

In addition, every 20th spot from 220 to 2,000 will earn a Hot Spot prize of $50.

PartyPoker is also running daily qualifiers to the 2011 World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas. Qualifiers are running now until June 19th, with satellites available for as little as $2. Each $14,000 package includes the $10,000 Main Event buy-in, travel and eight days’ hotel accommodations, and $2,000 spending money.

There are also special qualifiers exclusively for first-time depositors. Every month, new players can enter an exclusive freeroll to win one of 10 seats, each worth $750, in the WSOP weekly satellite.

PartyGaming, which owns and operates PartyPoker, recently merged with bwin to form the largest gambling group in the world. With the merger, Party Gaming hopes to even the playing field in the online poker arena as it positions itself to re-enter the U.S. market.

The new company also hopes the merge will expand the PartyPoker brand in Europe. bwin previously resided on the Ongame Network, but now combines its client base with PartyPoker to create the third largest online poker room in the world. (Credit: Poker News Daily)

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