Currently the biggest casino in Australia, Melbourne’s Crown casino, belongs to the well known James Parker. Very soon this title seems that it will change hands.
According to Reuters, the son of one of the founders of Hong Kong conglomerate Sun Hung Kai & Co. Ltd proposed in the Government to build a AUD$4.2 billion integrated resort and casino in Cairns, Australia, one that will tap into the attraction of being close to the Great Barrier Reef in an effort to drive up the country’s gambling and tourism industry. The name of the project is ‘The Aquis Resort‘. A spokesman for the Queensland state government told: “Basically it’s declared a coordinated project because of the size and complexity of it. It’s the first step in a comprehensive assessment of the approval process. The proponent has to prepare an environmental impact statement.” If this project meets all the requirements and gets approved(it is already in the first step of the government’s approval after being called a ‘coordinated project’), the casino is expected to become the biggest in the country, slightly bigger than Packer’s Crown casino with a total of 1,500 slot machines and 750 gambling tables. The resort will also feature a world class 25,000-seat sports stadium, a pair of 2,500 seat theaters, 3,500 square meters of high-end retail options, and one of the world’s largest aquariums, which it will be a complementary attraction to the world-famous Great Barrier Reef. Also for the local society, expectations call for the casino to create as many as 27,000 employment opportunities with an estimated completion date of 2018. We just have to wait for the Governments decision.
We have told you in the past that online gambling acquires more and more players all over the world day by day. The benefits of online gambling are already known and the classic land based Casinos seem unable to cut this wave of flee towards the online Casinos. The World capital of gambling, Australia seems that shows the way to the entire global gaming market as the Australian players have turned to the online market the past years according to all the new published studies. A study by Roy Morgan Research has recently published and showed that the total amount that has been betted the last year is smaller that the 2011’s one by about $1.5 billion. But at the same time the study showed that the amounts that have been gambled on Australian online Casinos were increased by about 20% in 2012 compared with 2011 domestic online Casinos betting amount. The truth is that still the land based pokies have the main share of the gambling market in Australia as you can find pokies machines easily and everywhere but at the same time we can also see the extremely large rise of the online market that is sure it will dominate in the near future. Stay tuned for more information on this topic.
We are in the final stage for the legalization of the online gambling in the United States of America. Till now the individual state governments tried to pass the laws in order to legalize online gaming but they were alone in this fight. It seems that lately the federal government has taken the final positive decision and started to unite their power with the local state governments, and now the final legalization of the online gaming in United States is clearly a matter of time. Optimistic opinions says that the entrance of the internet gaming will be a reality by the end of this year’s spring! The senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) , works day and night to form a law that supports both the Casino companies and the players as well as the state itself. All the interested sides have good faith to Reid’s work because of his long-term positive history in the political scene of America . That change of the federal government can be explained by the fact that more and more local state governments like New Jersey , Delaware and Nevada have pre-approved laws around online gambling. These states first allowed the online gambling in order to create some income taxes for their benefits and it seems that this fact forced the government to give a second chance to the online Casino gaming legalization project. Stay tuned as more news will come in the following days.
It seems that the last weekend, was one of the best weekends of the year for online slot players. We say that because there were some extremely big jack pot wins for Australian gamblers this weekend . More specifically , one player from Australia won £178,058 playing Tiki Temple and another player earned $149,854 playing Queen of the Pyramids. Those two games are very successful at this period in Australia, and we can confirm that by watching the big wins that players have by playing them lately. Tiki Temple has four different betting levels so each players can choose their level according to their purse. The main theme of Tiki Temple is a jungle where the players can win bonuses through slides and wild animals! Sometimes by choosing the correct path through the jungle players can win huge bonuses and jack pots. A truly spectacular game! On the other hand ,the Queen of the Pyramids game is a Egyptian themed slot with also huge bonuses for the interested players. You can find there many Egyptian characteristics like Pharaohs, Scorpions and some other impressive features that hide a lots of bonuses. Generally players nowadays have some serious choices to deposit their money and enjoy online gaming.
Slotomania is a very famous mobile/tablet slot game in Australia. Actually Slotomania is the most famous app for mobiles and tablets in Australia at the moment. Its success can be attributed to the easy gameplay that is very important for children and teenagers and also to the great graphics and design. The Caesars Entertainment Corporation game can be played through Facebook and through other social media, but also on mobile phone or tablet through the App store. This is only one of the three games from Caesars Entertainment Corporation that is included in the top 20 list with the hottest App dowloads in Australia! Players can play this game without real money and when their credits end , they can either buy more with real money or wait for a long time to play again , but they cannot convert their winnings to real money. Some Australians believe that this type of games could be dangerous for the teenagers because they could introduce them into the real money gambling industry but the operator company suggested that the game is addressed to people over 21 years old and any teenager between 13 and 21 years old that want to play the game should do it under parental supervision One or another way the online pokies are coming into people’s lives rapidly and young people especially are the main target. May anti – pokies campaigners have their concerns but there were always been concerns at any big change. The future will show which side will win but you stay tuned for the latest update.
It seems that another major European market is ready to allow their citizens to play online slots. The Spanish government is ready to approve online slot gaming in the newly regulated Spanish online gambling market. However, the operators will have to wait a little bit more because despite the government’s positive thoughts and actions, there are still some details that should be settled. The Spanish government is doing slow but steady steps to this direction. But they don’t seem to be in a hurry to approve the use of online slots. They try to reckon the pros and cons of an hypothetical entrance for the moment. The Regulatory Chief’s of the Ordencacion del Juego, Enrique Alejo biggest concern is the safety of the future Spanish online players and the way that the Spanish market will react to the entrance of online gambling to the country. So, in the following weeks a big discussion will open , between the Spanish government and the experienced operators that are interested. In this dialogue operators could make suggestions of how they will introduce online slots to the Spanish players. The truth is that many sites already operate in Spain and offer online slots to the Spanish players but these sites are in the edge of the law as the Spanish government has kept an eye on them . Enrique Alejo said that from the recent figures, it can be clearly seen thay the Spanish online gambling market has doubled during the last year. So more and more countries start to regulate their markets which is only good news for both players and casinos.
Online technology has made an unbelievable improvement the last years , and that undoubtedly had an impact on the online gambling industry. More and more players everyday logg in to an online casino website and try to play their favorite games found on internet, as they find it extremely weathered to go and play to a regular land-based casino where it can get very crowded some days and sometimes it can take too long to get there. Modern online gamblers have the habit to gamble from their living room , they don’t have to wear fancy dresses or jackets to go to a land based casino and generally want their privacy while they gamble. While the technology advances , and the online casino games become more and more impressive, online gamblers become more demanding. They need their favorite game to be as they have imagined it. Perfect! Recently a study shown that some online games have become serious hits and they are highly preferred by the online casino players. These games include Wheel of Fortune ,Bally’s Michael Jackson slot and IGT’s Megabucks. These three games seemed to be the most popular online games in the last 2 -3 years. Slot playing has become the most active sector of the web. Online technology advance and the mobile friendly new games from the online casinos made recently the online gambling industry even more popular. But the players want better games, bigger game variety, better online gambling websites and more online gambling services. They are right! Customers are always right and the online gaming industry should always be ready to answer the call!
Two hotels that are based in Ballarat have already applied to increase the number of pokies they have in their bars. The Victorian Commission for Gambling will decide whether they will take the pokie machines or not. The first hotel is based in Lydiard Street South and have asked for 8 more machines and the second hotel is based in Doveton Street north and wants 10 extra machines. Both hotels need the machines to support their funding of their planned renovations. However, members of the city council have already expressed their concerns regarding the applications as they believe that there is already a big number of pokie machines in the city and some parts of the society can be seriously damaged. Another argument is that both hotels are based on areas with already socio-economic issues and thing can only get worse if gambling opportunities are increased. The truth is that already there is a very big issue with gambling in these areas and it is normal that a big concern exists for the increase of the machines. The official figures show that there are around 645 machines spread in the pubs and bars of Ballarat which is a relatively high number if we consider the size of the city. The cost of the application was set to $50,000 in order to keep future applicants away which means that the cost of the license is significant for any pub or hotel. More will come on this subject in the following weeks, so stay tuned and we will let you know what will happen.
Woolworths or else Woolies, until now known as a huge supermarket operator, is rapidly developing as one of the world’s biggest pokies operators. Woolies with approximately 11,700 machines in operation across Australia, runs more poker machines than the six of the largest Las Vegas casinos combined. The earnings of this kind of activities have change significantly for Woolies during the last months. According to some estimation on this industry Woolies earn more than $200 million a year from gaming which is almost as much as the earnings for the Tabcorp-spinoff Echo Entertainment (fourth largest listed gaming operator in Australia).
This increase in the earnings for Woolies was triggered by some changes in the Licence System for pokies in Victoria. This changes smashed the monopoly of gambling giants Tabcorp and Tatts. Currently Woolworths is the largest single beneficiary.Woolworths’ ALH arm operates around 4677 machines which are more than one-third of the poker machines in Victoria’s pubs and is very close to the maximum number of machine which are allowed under current licensing arrangements.
According to City bank, AHL had earnings of $140 million last year and it is expected to increase this amount with an additional $72 million in annual earnings.”Profitability … should increase dramatically as per the new arrangements,” Citi analyst Craig Woolford said. Woolies, will spend more than $164.3 million on poker machine entitlements, and a further $26.2 million on new machines. They operate 16% of the poker machines in Victoria including 2500 machines in Crown Casino. ”The $164.3 million amount is in effect paying for the gaming machines that we already have,” a company spokesman said. The Baillieu government will receive $1.12 billion from taxes on pokies this financial year, but it is expected to get more than $1 billion in legal claims from Tatts and Tabcorp over the controversial decision not to compensate the two companies for the loss of their licenses.
POLICE found one of the oldest illegal Casinos in Sydney’s western suburbs. It is said that this is one of the oldest hidden casinos in town. Armed police men with a search warrant raided the illegal casino last Friday, the casino was located above a legitimate fruit and vegetable supermarket at Enderson Park and propably there is no link between them. Inside the casino they had two separate gaming areas, with professional tables for poker, casino style chips, a pool table and a lot of large TV screens. The raid took place at 10:30pm when the staff had already start the preparation for the clients including food and alcohol. Fairfield Local Area Commander Detective Superintend Peter Lennon said that the Environment was professionally set up. According to Peter Lennon police received information from the public and after the appropriate investigation they found the place and made the raid. Peter Lenon couldn’t recall when it was the previous similar case. This was a common case in some years back but he haven’t heard of them for years. As during the raid there were no customers inside no charges were laid. Officers seized paperwork and a CCTV hard drive recorder. Police will continue the investigation: “Investigations are continuing and we will also be referring the matter to council about what type of premises they have approval to operate.”and also “the operators were members of the middle eastern community.” as Lenon said. Outside of the casino there was a sign in the door that was saying “Members Only”. The Neighbors across the road said that they didn’t know anything about it. For many years this type of business flourished through out Sydney. “In the 80’s and even in the 90’s illegal gambling operations were everywhere, a lot of the Italians, Greeks, Yugoslavs and other Europeans had illegal card venues throughout the inner city particularly Marrickville. The Chinese had Mahjong and Manila operating above restaurants in Chinatown. The fancier black-jack and roulette casinos were run by the gangsters in the Cross. Two up was played at Straithfield, Paddington and in Abercrombie street Redfern. In those days most pubs had their own SP bookie.” said a retired NSW detective. The time will show if this is a unique case or this kind of business is returning back to Sydney.