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Day Special, by Greg Tingle - 26th January 2011
and Happy Australia Day everyone. Ok, we know some of you punters, journos, high
rollers - casino whales, entertainment news junkies, politicians, insiders, outsiders
and legal eagles are from across the globe are not Australia, nor have ever been
down under, but you get the idea. Did you know that some indigenous Australia's
call Australia Day 'Invasion Day'! That's because most history books show that
Captain James Cook and his crew invaded Australia on this day in 1988. They are
known by a new names including the First Fleet, while some aborigines will always
think of them and murderous mongrels, who stole their land and pride. It's easy
for many of us to get the point of the blackfellas (affectionate). Media
Man and Gambling911
with a bush tucker bag full of Australian gambling, casino, poker, media and sports
news. Fair winds...
Banana Bender State: Pub Pokies And Online Pokies Becoming More Popular?...
armed bandits are maintaining their popularity in 'The Sunshine State'. It's understand
that punters might have only a 1 in a million chance of winning really big, lotto
- millionaire style, but they just keep coming back for more. Yep, throw another
dime in the pokie baby. Queenslanders "invested" close to $2 billion
last year as the punters passion for the slots maintained its fever pace. The
total pokies expenditure of $1.81 billion was slightly down on the previous year,
it was the third year consecutively the number exceeded $1.8 billion. We're also
learned that the 2008 figure of $1.83 billion was an all-time record. Now, this
is important - those numbers Do Not take into account the rabid take up and roll
our of online poker or sports betting. You know, betting over the global medium
- the internet. Overall, Queenslanders spent $7 million less on pokies than last
year and $28 million less than in 2008, but it still works out at in excess of
$150 million every month down the slots August was the year's biggest month for
slot gamblers, who put close to $170 million in the throats of the one armed bandits.
August was also the biggest month for gamblers in 2008, with more than $173 million
lost. Pokies remain by far the most popular games for punters in Australia, bringing
in most of the estimated $17 billion spent on all forms of gambling down under
each year. Some insiders think that the reduction in official spending was more
a sign of the increased popularity of internet and sports-based gambling. Concentrating
on pokie figures, it appears Queenslanders gambled more at the height of the global
financial crisis two years ago than they did throughout 2010.
'Devil' Gambling Tycoon Devilish Quotes...
Walsh from Tasmania was such a big hit with the readership we thought we would
dig up a few more of the red hot 'The Devil's' quotes, that are too good not to
share. First a refresher...Art and gambling do mix, at least that's the experience
of Brits Damian Aspinall, Phil 'Tuffers' Tufnell, Australian artist Gina Sinozich,
Media Man (bodypaint and burlesque "fetish")
and Tasmanian gambling whale - tycoon, David 'Wicked' (satire) Walsh. You will
pick up on Dave's affectionate nickname by us later. We like you David, ok mate.
Tasmania's most famous or infamous gambling figure, millionaire, David Walsh yesterday
gave us a peak into his art exhibit...the biggest (and weirdest) private art gallery
in Tasmania, if not the Asia Pacific. The $110 million Museum of Old and New Art
is nestled on the banks of Hobart's Derwent River.
By The Tasmanian Devil!...
the art, let's rock'n'roll."
think formal curation is a form of mental masturbation."
not really that interested in a bunch of big names. Most of the works are by people
most people haven't heard of and still won't have heard of because there's no
don't want to lose control (or) something that ends up looking like a pale version
of the National Gallery of Victoria".
see reception if you are planning a pool party or a ritualistic orgy."
the opportunity to mess with your head. I like the idea of people having a couple
of beers and looking at the art, having a couple more and changing their mind."
a privileged guy with a megaphone"
like a rich mans soap box. Im standing on my soapbox and Im
shouting my views like they mean something."
take all the popular stuff out. And if you go to the toilet two or three times
well recommend a good urologist."
brother once said about me that Id rather be outside a barrel pissing in
than inside the barrel pissing out. Im anti this idea that we know what
were doing with certainty. I kinda think that most things that are good
happen to people largely by accident, but then they start looking for explanations.
You see the views of rich, successful people on television, and they tell you
why they got rich and successful; they dont interview all the people who
went through the same process and didnt. I think most things are complete
crap. I want to show that you can be fortunate without believing that your fortune
was anything other than fortune."
are so many things we do that we hide from. We hack open cows and eat their guts
but we compartmentalise that away from our lives so we can pretend its not
happening. And on a larger, more important scale, if each of us acted individually
to say OK, we f
ed up the atmosphere, it is our personal responsibility,
humanity would behave in a very different way."
of the things about having money is that
I feel a bit of guilt and a level
of privilege, and it seems to be an obligation to do something, and since art
is what Ive been doing....but it wasnt really like that. It was: I
bought this small gallery, bought a bigger one, and gradually it became something
of this scale. Its become a lot more serious endeavour than I intended it
to be. Theres a bit of thumbing my nose at the establishment and trying
to bypass academia, but mainly I just wanted it to be a bit of fun. And it is.
And it will be."
gambling is all a computer thing that is going on right now".
of Old and New Art
Cairns Reef Hotel Casino Poised To Raise Big Bucks For Flood Relief On Australia
let's all spare a thought for those who have been attacked by the floods on Australia
Day. Numerous events are being planed around Australia, from 'Sound Relief' to
and initiative from the Cairns Reef Hotel Casino 'Bring on the Sun' It will be
one of the biggest events on the Australia Day calendar for the city and all funds
raised will go to the Premiers Flood Relief Appeal. There's a good old fashioned
sausage sizzle, competitions and female performers including the Marlins
cheer squad. "The whole idea is slanted towards the female performer,"
entertainment manager Bruce Stewart said. "Weve got an eclectic blend
of female artists coming to perform as well." Cazalys, El Mundo Tapas Bar
and the Marlin Coast Bowls Club will also host events to raise money for flood
victims. Cairns Regional Council will hold events across the region, including
the ever-popular celebrations on the Esplanade. Mayor Val Schier said the council
was expecting a good attendance as usual with residents keen to get outside and
celebrate our sunburnt country in the green and gold. "Even last year when
it poured, a huge number of people came to the Aussie breakfast; we expect the
same will happen this year, rain, hail or shine. It is one of those days where
people can come together as a community and help celebrate why it is great to
be an Australian. We live in a fantastic country and it is good for people to
get out and enjoy it." Pubs and clubs will also get into the Aussie spirit
with a number of activities on offer. Paradise Palms Resort and Country Club has
a patriotic, fun-filled day planned with activities that pay homage to Australias
heritage such as the much-anticipated pie-eating competition. "Everybody
is welcome to come along and have some fun while tucking into our Aussie selection
of meat pies, icy beers, lamingtons and classic Australian music by DJ Danny from
Millennium Sounds," director of sales and marketing Darlene Holdsworth said.
Palms Resort and Country Club Australia Day celebrations
Whats on: Australian
menu served from noon in Restaurant 59, pie-eating and thong-throwing competitions
start at 1.30pm. Pies, icy beers, lamingtons and classic Australian music on offer
at the resort.
Time: 12pm. Entry free.
Bring on the Sun at Cairns
Reef Hotel Casino
Whats on: Entertainment, sausage sizzle, raffles,
jumping castle and more with all proceeds going to the Premiers Flood Relief
Time: 2pm. Entry free.
Shane Warne And Poker Mates Get VIP Star Treatment At Australian Open Tennis Sunday
spinner got there at 8pm hoping to get star VIP treatment for 14 of his closest
mates. In the mix was was Joe Hachem, who he had earlier caught up with at the
launch of the Aussie Millions Poker Tournament at Crown Casino. Warne requested
an escort (no, not that type silly) when he arrived and posed mostly for photographs
with his sunglasses on. He also spent time in Andy Roddick's player's box during
his loss to Swissman Stanislas Wawrinka. It been a big couple of days for "poker
her" for the legend, playing rendezvous with Liz Hurley in LA. He is expected
to play in the second round of the poker tournament and could face off against
Gary Ablett Jr and Jeff Fenech tomorrow. Blett made it through to the second round.
Australian Financial Review Goes Gaga For Lady Gaga; Gets Facts Wrong (We Think)...
took us a few months of going through newspapers but we finally found the AFR
to make a slip up, and its a doozy....An article reads "the complex will
have a few upmarket bars, including one on the roof, and an events theatre to
house live acts think Lady Gaga as well as awards nights."
With Gaga's level of popularity she would require a much larger venue than Star
City. Earlier this year, she - they played two concerts at the Sydney Entertainment
Centre, capacity 12,000 or thereabouts. Do the math.
Kylie Minogue To Do The Colosseum At Caesars Palace Las Vegas: Aphrodite Live...
is down Kylie fans the word over. She's doing Ceasers Sunday May 22, 2011 8pm
Melbourne: Aussie Joker Comedian Performs At Packer's Crown; Raises Cash For Flood
folks at Crown Casino recently enjoyed 'The Jokers Comedy That Rocks' at Crown
Casino. James Packer's casino donated all proceeds from last Friday nights
show to Queensland flood victims. Organiser William Leitch has happy with the
way things went and showcased an evening with some of the citys top stand-up
artists, including Brad Oakes, Christine Basil and Greg Fleet. It's understood
he got close to 150 people to come along, and he may be invited back on upcoming
Top 100 ASX Listed Companies Respond To Flood Cry For Help; Gambling And Gaming
Industry Steps Up; Mining Firms and Banking Bastards Lead Charge...
BHP Billiton: $1.3 million (in addition, matching employee donations)
CBA: $1.35 million
Westpac: $1 million
ANZ: $1 million
NAB: $1 million
News Corp: $500,000 and Blue Ribbon campaign
Rio Tinto: $1 million ($700,000 to Premier Relief, $300,000 to Emerald community)
Wesfarmers: $7.5 million (plus $3.5 million from Coles customers)
Telstra Corp: up to $1 million by matching staff contributions (so far $338,000;
is also supplying phones and free calls to people affected)
Woolside Petroleum: $122,395 (corporate + employees)
Woolworths: $6.9 million (matching customer donations in Woolies, Big W, Dick
Smith dollar for dollar)
Fortescue Metals: Matching staff donations dollar for dollar
QBE Insurance: not releasing a statement
Origin energy: $1 million
Macquarie Group: $200,000 (combined staff and company effort with fundraising
activities continuing both here and overseas)
AXA Asia Pacific: No response
Santos: $500,000 plus use of helicopters and vehicles for clean up. Also $50,000
for flooding in WA
Coal and Allied Industries: (see Rio Tinto)
AMP: $250,000 + matching employee contributions to WA flood appeal up to $250,000
Suncorp Group: $100,000 (staff and customers have donated $1.5million)
Foster's Group: $500,000
Brambles: No response
Leighton Holdings: No response
Orica: No response
Oil Search: No response
Stockland: Donated $250,000 to the Premier's flood relief appeal, another $30,000
to the Mayoress Rockhampton regional flood appeal and are matching employee donations
dollar for dollar
Coca. Cola Amatil: No response
Amcor: No response
Westfield Retail Trust: No response
IAG: No response
Crown: Donation tins in Crown complexes and have committed to matching all donations
as well as staff contributions
Tabcorp Holdings: $1 million
Tatts Group: Going to run a dedicated lottery for the Queensland flood appeal
where all profits will go to the Premier's Flood Appeal. They ran the same thing
in Victoria after the Black Saturday bushfires. It will run on Wednesday 2 Feb
in Queensland and is expected to raise $200,000. In addition, another donation
will be made from the unclaimed prizes fund of an as. yet undecided amount
Fairfax Media: Matching staff donations
Seek: Reported it had made a donation to the Premier's Flood Appeal but chose
not to disclose how much
Flood Relief Money Gets Spend On Pokies, Vice - Piss Up At Pubs...
been reported in a number of Queensland newspapers that the $1000 flood relief
grants that went to many good folks in Granville are being used to feed slots
and buy piss (beer) rather than food and necessities. Two Maryborough publicans
say that in some instances the answer to that is yes, and they are disgusted.
One of the publicans was so incensed by the misuse of flood relief money she telephoned
Fairfax Media to complain. "A man came in bragging about how hed got
the $1000 payout because he told Centrelink he was stuck in Granville but
he was here the whole time. It makes me sick that people are openly admitting
theyve got the money for nothing, while there are people whove died
or lost everything." She said Centrelink should have screened the applications
more carefully to make sure only people who were genuinely in need received the
cash. Another pub owner said his one armed bandits had not stopped buzzing since
the grants became available. "We were quiet during the actual floods but
this weeks been totally different. The pokies and the bottle shop have been
going non-stop." Yeah, Aussie continue to love a punt, rain, hail, shine
Millions Game 8 Results...
London based chap took down the $1,100 8 game mixed event title at Crown Casino
in Melbourne adding AUD$23,800 to his almost $1.2 million in career tournament
earnings. He entered the final table as the short stack, but managed to grind
his way to victory and nudge away Australia's Bruno Portaro for the victory. The
event marked Ashby's 8th final table appearance at the Aussie Millions that includes
a side-event win back in 2005 and a seventh-place finish in the main event in
2009. Ashby also won his first WSOP bracelet this summer in the $1,500 7 Card
Stud event and went well in the $10k H.O.R.S.E. for his biggest career score of
$378,027. The 2011 Aussie Millions $1,100 8-Game Mixed event drew 68-players and
paid the final 7.
are the results:
1 Richard Ashby AUD$23,800
2 Bruno Portaro AUD$16,320
3 Casey Kastle AUD$10,880
4 Daniel Ospina AUD$6,800
5 Oliver Gill AUD$4,760
6 Dane Coltman AUD$3,400
7 Paul Ravesi AUD$2,040
Main Event Day 1b: PartyPoker And Full Tilt Poker Players Feel The Pain...
PartyPoker and Full
Tilt Poker's powers that be likely won't be celebrating. Ok, they got news coverage
and exposure, but its because their players are out. Yep, history maties. Full
Tilt went well on Day 1a but Day 1b was rooted. Many of the big name pros went
down for the count as locals stepped up. 209 players entered the Crown Poker room
but after 7 levels of play, 80 remained. David Oppenheim, Annette Obrestad, Carlos
Mortensen, David Benyamine, Andrew Feldman, Steve Yea, Andy Bloch and Gus Hansen
were some of the Full Tilt players who died. Other casualties included Luke Santo,
Raj Ramakrishnan, George Moussa, Michael Pedley, Graeme Putt, Martin Comer, Dennis
Huntly, Jamie Pickering, Bruno Portaro, Casey Kastle, Ben Savage and Tim Marsters.
2005 World Champion Joe Hachem (tweeting he struggled with jetlag following a
recent trip to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.) Defending champ, 2010 Aussie
Millions Main Event winner Tyron Krost (PartyGaming's PartyPoker
pro went down too). A new champ will be crowned in 2011 with plenty of Aussies
still in contention. The field kicked off with Jeff Rossier in the lead with 154,900,
closely followed by Michael Ottobra (143,400) and Martin Drewe, After winning
the Opening Event last week and going deep in another event, Drewe is now set
in the chip leaders in the Main Event after getting to 136,100. Jay SEABEAST
Kinkade did nicely with 128,700, Haibo Chu (113,900), Manny Stavropoulos (85,600),
Sorel Mizzi (74,400), Michael Egan (61,100), Kent Hunter (56,400), Jeff Lisandro
(55,000), Eric Assadourian (50,300), Scott Montgomery (49,200), Chris Ferguson
(45,400), Lee Nelson (30,200), Neil Channing (28,800), Roland de Wolfe (26,100),
Aleks Brkovic (24,600), Jackie Glazier (21,900), Grant Levy (18,300), Gary Benson
(10,500) and Mel Judah (7,200) amongst those who will return on Day 2. The 3rd
and final flight of the 2011 Aussie Millions Main will commence Tuesday with another
strong field and a few big names expected. Even Van Marcus will front up. Van,
is your Red Ferrari safe this time mate? We're looking for more good fodder to
write about. How about do a publicity stunt and make world wide headlines ago.
Maybe someone at Crown Casino - Crown Limited might be open to it. Stanger things
have happened... like Ferrari's getting stolen on site, casino fights and a man
getting stuck in the Crown Casino kitchen grease vacuum.
Millions Event #9 Day 1b: Rossiter In Front...
was down to business with players investing AUD$10,600 to buy in all with the
goal of becoming the 2011 Aussie Millions Champion. 7 seven levels of play, and
the 209-player field went to 80. Jeff Rossiter is in front with 154,900. Martin
Drewe, 2011 Aussie Millions Event #1 winner with 136,100 - now 3rd on the leaderboard.
Australian Jay Kinkade is on 128,700, and European Poker Tour mainstay Jeff Sarwer
sits 5th with 120,500. Randy "nanonoko" Lew has 110,000 and Gavin Griffin
101,700 in 9th ninth and 10th place. Sorel Mizzi, Jeffrey Lisandro, Eric Assadourian,
Team Full Tilt's Chris Ferguson, Full Tilt Poker Red Pros Scott Montgomery and
Roland de Wolfe, Neil Channing, and Lee Nelson have also all made it to Wednesday's
Day 2, but it was touch and go for some of them, testing the skill VS luck debate.
Full Tilt Poker $25,000 Shootout Invitational winner David Oppenheim, Annette
Obrestad, Carlos Mortensen, Andy Bloch, David Benyamine, Andrew Feldman, Gus Hansen,
Joe Hachem, and David Steicke all had to say goodnight nurse. PartyGaming's -
Krost was eliminated in a hand VS Gavin Griffin where his Ace-Queen couldn't best
Griffin's Aces. The 3rd and final Day 1 flight commences Tuesday in Melbourne,
Australia at 12:30 p.m. local time.
board of poker yet? If so, try your luck er skill at Baccarat or Craps. If your
more into luck, check out the slots like Cleopatra, Sinatra, Rambo, Goanna Gold
and The Terminator. Rumour goes PartyGaming
also have, or will soon get, a World
Poker Tour themed online slot game. We recommend punters open an account with
and World Poker
Tour, just to have all based covered. Party appears to still be the most popular
online casino brand in Australia despite big efforts by the likes of 888. Marvel
slot games are forecast to be some of the most popular of this year with Captain
America and Thor
tipped to hit Australia cinema's this year, with Spider-Man
also getting a remake. Whatever your casino game of choice, good luck, and let
us know how you go guys and girls. Spin to win.
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Internet Betting Laws
may seem difficult but it is important that all citizens across the world stay
updated with Internet Betting laws. Below you will find what we understand as
the laws to online betting in certain areas of the world.
Internet Betting Laws
The United States of America has the most ambiguous
online casino laws in the world. They have passed laws to ban banks from allowing
transactions that are deemed illegal, but no one has any idea what the United
States considers legal or illegal. Currently, all US citizens are advised to check
with local laws before gambling online. Even the online casinos aren't sure if
you should be allowed to bet at their site. Some companies don't allow US players,
others allow some US players, and some could care less where a player is from.
Internet Casino Laws
The UK is the first major country to completely legalize
and regulate online gambling. The Gambling Act of 2005 was passed while Prime
Minister Tony Blair was in office. Blair had a flair for expanding gambling, but
when Gordon Brown took over as Prime Minister in the UK he provided a tax structure
that was so high that most online casino companies were not urged to relocate
to England. Today, all web branded casinos that are in a UK approved jurisdiction
are legal for UK citizens to play at.
Online Betting Laws
As the world gets deeper into the 21st century and the
Internet becomes a more common cultural tool more and more countries are realizing
the reality that is Internet gambling. Currently, Spain, Italy, Germany and other
countries have moved to legalize and regulate the industry, while few still look
to protect their homeland gaming monopolies. It is extremely important to check
all local, state, and federal laws before participating in any online gambling