by Snooker: Neil Robertson Wins Under Dark Cloud,
by Greg Tingle - 5th April 2010
has made massive national and international news,
however as is often the case, bigger news stories
often have a huge negative aspect, as is the case
Man and Gambling911 take the probe (and the snooker
cue Underbelly style) to see what the real story is,
and where from now to see Australian and international
snooker return to its former glory.
congratulations to the new world snooker champion,
Australian Neil Robertson.
won the world snooker championship title at Sheffield,
England. Robertson, 28, def Scotland's Graeme Dott
18-13 in the best-of-35 frames final at The Crucible
Theatre. He's only the second Aussie to ever win the
crown, after Horace Lindrum in 1952! Quite a few of
us weren't even alive back then, or even a thought
for that matter.
absolutely incredible. I just can't believe it,"
Robertson said after his victory, watched by his mother,
who had flown over from down under Oz on a "leap
wife Millie is expecting with the couple's first baby,
which was due on Sunday. Yesterday Robertson said
"Every part of my life is exciting. We were talking
about the due date, how wouldn't it be funny if I
got to the final."
champ now has five professional titles to his name.
He turned pro at 16, around the same age a number
of poker professionals step up and go all in.
is currently ranked number nine in the world.
mother Alison used her credit cards to fund Neil's
world snooker circuit antics. She made a surprise
trip to cheer on her son yesterday.
would like to play poker again soon in Australia.
the sport (and therefore his victory) has a dark cloud
over it at the moment, with snooker joining the tarnished
(largely sports betting and fixing to blame) of cricket,
NRL (Melbourne Storm recently) and European soccer.
Horse racing and professional boxing also have some
dirt on them at the moment, with with the racing and
boxing its almost to be expected.
Online has been covering the scandal in great depth
and their website also carries multimedia footage,
even more interesting with Higgin's caught on camera.
has been suspended over match-fixing allegations which
is having a massive negative effect on the sport.
filmed shaking hands on a £260,000 deal in which
he appears to agree to deliberately lose frames for
an illegal gambling syndicate... well, I never!
insists his conscience was "100%" and claimed
he had feared he was being intimidated by Russian
gangsters... its always the bloody mob... if not the
Russians, the triads, and of late, Melbourne and Sydney's
legend Steve Davis said it was "a dark day for
Pat Mooney was also caught in the News of the World
sting and resigned from his role on the board of the
World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association,
which polices the game.
two men were secretly filmed by undercover journalists
posing as members of a gambling syndicate.
Of The World
Man and Gambling911 are hopeful that new Aussie champ
Robertson can generate more positive press and represent
his sport like a true champion. Questions are going
to be asked of Robertson's victory, and we hope he
has the correct (and true) answers.
fallout gives more power to the argument by sport
purists that there should be no betting on sport.
Not even the horses!
tuned to Gambling911 as they tell is straight, in
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by Greg Tingle - 20th May 2010
technology is on fire, a bushfire on steroids in fact,
down under in Australia. Media
Man, Gambling911 and readers don the 3D glasses
and look and see what's cooking in Aussie sports,
movies, casinos, poker and more...
all about entertainment, eyeballs, and the entertainment
dollar. 'Entertainment' is something that PartyGaming,
Games (and Media Man and Gambling911) are big
on. What's the point in advanced technology if its
not fun and entertaining to the punter or consumer
at large? Content producers and platforms have largely
also realised that a product or service for gamblers,
gamers or combo, needs to be compelling, or they won't
come back and will find another game, website, live
event or whatever. Have you checked out the Gambling911
forum or Media Man YouTube lately?
that in mind check out the huge amount of entertainment
on now, and coming up for gamers, gamblers, sports
punters and even tech heads and geeks...
World Cup in South Africa
has announced it will form a three-way partnership
with Sony and Harvey Norman to bring Australian soccer
nuts the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa in 3D.
partnership means up to 15 matches throughout the
World Cup tournament will be available on a dedicated
3D channel in addition to SBSs coverage
including Australias opening match against Germany.
will provide a 3D broadcast feed of matches throughout
the tournament, which will then be broadcast live
by SBS and then repeated on a "loop" until
the next 3D match is made available.
Australian Communications and Media Authority has
been working with us on a spectrum solution and we
will be using our digital transmission network for
the broadcast," said SBSs chief operating
officer Richard Finlayson.
Australian Socceroos Catch 3D Fever
Socceroos 2010 World Cup team anthem will feature
what Sony music claims as the first 3D music video
in Australia. The video clip for the Rogue Traders
new single, Hearts Beat as One, will be shot in 3D
as the official Qantas Socceroos team anthem for the
2010 FIFA World Cup.
potential of movies, sports and gaming in 3D is already
evident and as the hype around 3D continues to build,
Sony remains at the forefront of delivering unique
experiences from the lens to the lounge room,"
said Carl Rose, Managing Director, Sony Australia
and New Zealand.
technology in Australia continues to generate unprecedented
hype in Australia with SBS to trial 3D TV broadcasts
for the duration of the 2010 World Cup, Channel 9
screening the State of Origin in 3D, and Foxtel strongly
hinted its intention to start broadcasting in 3D later
television manufacturers including Sony have also
been pushing 3D technology hard after the widespread
theatrical success of Avatar in 3D.
expects the 3D music video to premiere in early June.
Google TV To Include Gaming And Lots More
king Google is out to expand its kingdom to the living
room with an new service that lets punters mesh television
viewing with surfing the web.
TV, developed in partnership with technology big shots
Sony, Intel and Logitech and launched in the US overnight,
fuses the freedom of the internet with television
executives vowed their TV platform would succeed where
offerings such as Apple TV have foundered and hopefully
capture some of the $US70 billion ($85 billion) American
TV advertising market.
TV product manager Salahuddin Choudhary said in a
blog post that Google TV will allow TV viewers to
get "all the (TV) channels and shows you normally
watch and all of the websites you browse all day.
can access all of your favorite websites and easily
move between television and the Web," Choudhary
opens up your TV from a few hundred channels to millions
of channels of entertainment across TV and the Web,"
the entire Internet in your living room, your TV becomes
more than a TV - it can be a photo slideshow viewer,
a gaming console, a music player and much more,"
is not the first technology company to attempt to
unite the TV set and the Internet and a number of
electronics manufacturers are already offering Web-enabled
televisions or digital set-top boxes.
said the Internet-enabled televisions, Blu-ray players
and companion boxes from Sony and Logitech, which
are powered by Intel Atom computer chips, would be
available soon in the U.S via Best Buy stores. No
dates for Australia yet.
wireless computer keyboard and box were used during
the on-stage demonstration here of Google TV, which
uses traditional search to find TV channels or websites.
chief executive Howard Stringer described it as "a
very big deal."
can't stress that enough," Stringer said on stage.
"When you put all this, as we've done for the
fall, into the world's first Internet television,
the opportunities are, in a sense, just mind boggling."
did not announce pricing for the TV sets or the set-top
to be outdone, PartyGaming's PartyCasino has released
the Circus Slot, more a 2D experience, but is understood
to be the world's first interactive role playing online
slot game. Party insiders say to expect "Avatar"
type technologies with the Sly Stallone name coming
up in Chinese whispers. Rocky or The Expendables?
Who knows, but its going to be even bigger and better
than Evolution Gaming 'Live Dealer' we hear. 'Rambo'
is already available at Party, which is a good sign
of substance to the buzz.
Branson's Virgin Games is expanding globally, with
virtual world platform, AWOMO (A World Of My Own)
to be a major focus. Think Tomb Raider: Underworld
... in 2D, maybe 3D at some stage. Whatever the case,
its going to be out of this world, fast and value
for money. How long till Aussies and Americans can
get the downloads remains to be seen, but Branson
is to hard launch the product at the E3 Expo in Los
Angeles next month.
Poker, Casino And Now Sports Betting
world famous 3D poker rooms, PKR, now not only offers
poker, but also casino games and sports betting. The
virtual reality live poker remains their main drawcard,
however they smartly realised that poker players generally
also like a bit of casino games and sports punting
on the side
to have done a considerable deal with Playtech. Casino
and poker is on the menu Sega style. Media Man is
not impressed yet...with the technology, however,
that's not to say that we won't be in coming weeks
and months. Next...
FOXTEL - Microsoft Xbox LIVE deal (not gambling, but
FOXTEL has signed a deal with Microsoft to deliver
30 channels of pay TV over the internet.
and Microsoft today announced a new partnership offering
Australians a brand new way of receiving FOXTEL
over the internet and direct to television sets through
Xbox 360s online service Xbox LIVE.
FOXTEL by Xbox LIVE will allow Xbox 360 owners in
Australia to access FOXTEL channels including FOX
Sports, Discovery, Nickelodeon, Disney, MTV, and other
leading channels via their Xbox 360 entertainment
FOXTEL by Xbox LIVE will also provide a wide range
of Video-on-Demand (VoD) services, including television
series and movies. When the ground-breaking service
launches later this year it will enable Australians,
for the first time, to access FOXTEL without the need
for a FOXTEL set-top-box.
FOXTEL by Xbox LIVE will be accessible in FOXTEL areas
across Australia to all homes with a broadband internet
connection. All you need is an Xbox 360, an Xbox Gold
subscription and a FOXTEL by Xbox LIVE subscription.
The agreement brings together two of Australias
most recognised and respected brands combining each
companys profound entertainment and consumer
offerings.FOXTEL by Xbox LIVE provides Australians
a new way of enjoying FOXTEL, and cements Xbox 360
as one of this countrys leading innovative social
entertainment platforms. Xbox LIVE connects more than
23 million people across 26 countries to an ever-expanding
world of games, movies, TV, music, sport and social
FOXTEL Chief Executive and Managing Director, Kim
Williams AM said, This is a very exciting new
frontier. FOXTEL by Xbox LIVE will provide our 1.6
million subscribing households, as well as new customers,
a transformative way of receiving and enjoying FOXTEL
over the internet. We will offer FOXTEL by Xbox LIVE
with various packages and prices and under flexible
agreements. It is an exciting new way of exploring
FOXTELs universe of content for a new generation
persist that as different countries get their communications
laws up to speed that SecondLife.com may once again
offer pro active virtual casinos as part of their
offering. The parent of SecondLife
is Linden Research, and Linden Labs is understood
to be where the "cool kids" hang out. The
virtual currency is the Linden dollar L$.
Network Nine Underbelly And NRL State Of Origin In
advise they will carry Rugby League's 'State of Origin'
clash in 3D on 26th May. It's forecast to cost the
network $10 million to broadcast, and Nine have flown
over technology experts from the United States to
make it happen.
continues to drive forward the crime genre, and not
just on TV. Wires are reporting that at least 3 Australian
crime shows are due to be released over the next 12
months, quite likely soon, such is the current appetite
of Australian audiences.
next series of Underbelly, featuring the Gold Coast
- up Surfers Paradise way, will be shot, pardon the
pun, in 3D. The rumour mill says some scenes and footage
is already "in the can" (also Aussie for
Free Gaming VS Paid Gaming - Trends Summary
US currently leads the world in online business revenues,
but general belief is that the EU and other territories
will continue to grow gaming revenue.
free options are definitely broadening the appeal
of video games among older and female demographics,
and a lot of these consumers don't actually consider
themselves gamers at all," Michael Cai, vice
president of video game research at Interpret.
casual gaming portals like Pogo, Real Networks, and
Big Fish Games, many older female gamers would have
never paid for gaming content."
discovered that 21 per cent of the US population,
or over 46.1 million Americans, play social network
games. Over 11 million Americans only play social
network games. The median age for social network gamers
is 38.8, versus 30.9, which is the median age of console
found that 12 per cent of these social network gamers
plan on buying a Wii, which would be their first game
console game makers are offering consumers free play,
including downloadable game demos through Microsoft's
Xbox Live Arcade and Sony's PlayStation Network Store.
over free content to gamers can be tremendously beneficial
to developers and publishers, even if it comes in
the form of a short playable demo of a game that's
not spectacular," said Patrick Shaw, features
editor, GamePro Magazine.
on Facebook is becoming more popular, and players
like to check out games on YouTube before signing
up for accounts at game portals and online casinos.
'Play For Free' (before 'Play For Money') option continues
to be mega popular. Media Man has quizzed the powers
that be on this matter, and has some data to prove
this is the case. YouTube remains the king of internet
streaming for the masses, and owned by Google, it
can afford for it to be a loss leader if need be.
Censorship In Australia - Online, Offline and Everywhere
and Google's 'Google Guys' remain in the long list
of new media entrepreneurs seeking clarity on Australia's
censorship laws, both current and upcoming. The current
guidelines are an absolute mess and out of line with
laws in other developed countries such as the United
States, Canada and United Kingdom.
Aussie government initiative to filter the internet
down under is currently due to be actioned in 1 to
3 months, depending upon what report and source you
choose to believe. Govt legal eagles and policy makers
are still deciding what to do as far as policy relating
to video game ratings that are sold off the shelf,
and technologies such as AWOMO (A World Of My Own)
are likely to also be effected from Australian censorship
laws (even if some quarters of the Australian government
doesn't want to call it "censorship", we
Man International TV Not (YouTube)
out games, poker, even the 'Sin City' expo on Media
Man YouTube! Go on, we know you want to
gamers, gamblers, square eyes, couch potatoes, or
whatever is your poison.
a universe of 2D, 3D and interactive entertainment
know your already in information overload, so just
wait until you check out the above mentioned new big
boys toys. Know the odds, bet with your head, not
over it, and have fun.
Tingle is a special contributor for Gambling911
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portal development company. Gaming is just one of
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