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Australian Pokie Palaces Warned Over ATM Credit Cards, by Greg Tingle - 7th November 2010

Pubs and pubs with pokie machines aka poker machines or "one armed bandits", are being strongly encouraged to ensure their ATM's (automatic teller machines) do not allow patrons to withdraw cash from credit cards.

Yes, its a battle of the Australian political machine VS the poker machines! Who have you placed money on?

A New South Wales government investigation has found 8 ATM's in 6 venues across New South Wales are still providing the option, despite a ban introduced last year. That's about a 100% strike rate (not in the government's favor).

Venues face fines of over $1,000 bucks if they breach the rule, but obviously the fine has not outlawed the practice - its still happening.

The Gaming and Racing Minister Kevin Greene says licensed venues are responsible for ensuring compliance with all gaming harm minimisation requirements.

"Credit card cash withdrawals were banned from ATMs in pubs and clubs in January 2009 by the NSW Government," he told the press.

"The intent of these laws is to stop problem gamblers gambling on credit." Duh!

Overall compliance standards have been extremely high, with just 6 out of more than 3,000 pubs and clubs found in breach, but do you trust the numbers?

Many media and gaming industry insiders were skeptical of numbers released by the Australian Productivity Commission report on Australian gaming and gambling.

Greene says inspectors from the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing regularly conduct audits of licensed venues and in response to complaints.

Leaks says more and more punters are playing online and the lure of almost exact copy machines games like the popular Cleopatra, manufactured by IGT, are a big part of the reason why. Online casinos are also offering what are understood to be extremely attractive sign up bonuses to new players, where as pubs do not offer sign up bonuses, rather just cheap food and drinks. There is also debate whether pub pokie patrons should be allowed to drink beer while they are playing the machines, since drink affects the brain. If playing at home such a rule would be basically impossible to police.

Media Man encourages everyone to gamble responsibly and to play by the rules.

Wrap Up...

Readers... er, punters, how do you feel about the crackdown on credit card withdrawals at the pokies palaces? Tell us in the forum. If you have a bet, please bet with your head, not over it, and for God's sake, have fun.

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Aussie Pokie Palace Bandits Strike; Crime Spree Continues, by Greg Tingle - 2nd June 2010

Casino players, would be crooks, gaming entrepreneurs, loyal readership the world over... seems Australia is breeding a few Bonnie and Clyde - Ned Kelly hybrid bandits, and your local pokie palace is the next target. Following the Gambling911 report of Aussie Bonnie and Clyde knock offs a few months ago, another couple of punters are having a go. Crime does not pay, well, not for long. We take our trusty baton and plastic handcuffs to probe down under...

An Aussie gang of bandits raided a Melbourne, Australia, pokies club last night.

Patrons, punters, staff, all and sundry, were forced to get to the floor.

The trio set upon the club in Sunset Boulevard, Jacana, just after 10pm armed with a firearm and a machete.

Terrified patrons and staff enclosed in the punting section were ordered to lay on the floor.

The bandits nabbed a significant sum of cash, as you might suspect, and ran off with their ill gotten gains into the dark of night.

Police said in a statement that no gun shots were fired and there were no reports of any injuries during the hold-up.

Sniffer dogs and the Police Airwing failed to locate the robbers.

Armed Crime Taskforce Detectives are investigating.

The attack follows a string of hold ups and crimes at Australian pubs and hotels.

Media Man has observed a trend of suburban and regional pubs, watering holes, pokies hang outs and the like being the preferred choice of criminals, over traditional land based casinos in Australia, which have beefed up security considerably over the past 12 months.

The Late News...

Melbourne, Australia - kids and parents playing poker in suburban parks have triggered council to ban the sale of playing cards with mixed success

A punter who won playing roulette at Crown Casino, but didn't get the money, another punter being handed the loot, is suing Crown.

Online poker and online casino games continue to grow in popularity in Australia, despite economic recession. The Australian government is considering how to best implement some recommendations in the Productivity Report. Media Man has documented some of their viewpoints for government law maker consideration, as well as offered Fairfax - Sun Herald - The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media) an exclusive interview. Gambling911 will also be privy to some exclusive information regarding the gaming sector in the Australian - Asia Pacific region in coming weeks.

*Greg Tingle is a special contributor for Gambling911

*Media Man is primarily a media, publicity and internet portal development company. Gaming is just one of a bakers dozen of sectors they cover.

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It 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.

US 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.

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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.

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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 activities.


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