Casinos a Hotbed for Organized Crime, by Greg Tingle
Murdochs' Australian newspapers including The Herald-Sun,
continue to run excellent (and balanced) coverage
on the casino and gambling sector in Australia.
it be known that Murdoch also has some gaming (and
igaming) interests, however they are further developed
in the UK sector. Media Man has incidental joined
some of News Limited's b2b affiliate programs as goodwill
and we utilise some of their newsfeeds, so there's
your disclaimer before we swing into things.
age old connection between casinos, gambling dens
and crime continues, albeit a different kind of animal
than when the late George Foreman and his "Underbelly"
crew ran the streets of Melbourne and Sydney. The
late "Earthquake" Tim Bristow gave me a
small taste of the scene via Sydney's Penthouse Executive
Retreat, and "The Golden Mile" (Kings Cross),
which Sydney's "Mr Sin" used to have a significant
James Packers' Crown Casino has come under the spotlight
(or blowtorch) again.... in Australia, if its not
the anti gambling lobby having a dig, its the press,
and if not them, the police. Crown Casino spokesman,
Gary O'Neil, was recently quoted that Crown "is
not a convent", but that's pretty much a given.
law enforcement agencies have smartly noted and actioned
revelations that some high level criminal networks
(and some not so smart ones also) are using Crown
Casino as quite the hub and centerpiece of criminal
of the scams that the crims operate is having Centrelink
(Australia's unemployment benefits service) customers,
and pensioners, buying chips at the casino which are
then used as part of the money laundering process.
Man will be attending Crown Casino Aussie Millions
next month and is in negotiations with media representatives
for Crown. We look forward to providing news media
and gaming media will more balanced reported on the
casino and gaming sector.
writer does own shares in Crown Casino.
Tingle is an Australian based correspondent for Gambling911
and the founder and director of Media Man http://www.mediamanint.com
a media, publicity and internet portal development
company. Gaming is just one of a dozen of business
sectors that Media Man covers.
Packham of The Herald Sun reports that Centrelink
has alerted organised-crime investigators to 15 clients
it believes are involved.
are understood to include a Victorian man who bought
almost $13 million in chips at Crown, despite being
on the dole. The Australian Crime Commission is closely
watching casinos after an 18-month probe.
chief executive John Lawler said that it had intelligence
indicating organised crime groups were engaged in
"high-level gambling activity" in legal
writer holds shares in Crown Casino
*The writer is the founder and director of Media
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