An upset win in last night’s final of the Dancing With The Stars? Not if Team Ceberano had anything to do with it. Audience members overheard a conversation between Ceberano’s family and management in the foyer preceding the finale in which the group discussed a $10,000 phone campaign waged during the week to get their dancer over the line. The result was a good one for Seven, which will keep Ceberano on their payroll and our TV screens for another ten weeks as a star of It Takes Two, which slips into Dancing’s timeslot from next week.
The pilot rumour mill is circulating a solution to Virgin Blue’s need for more pilots, more jets and more cost cutting, which is to buy Air New Zealand and run two airlines with one set of dual listed shareholders like an antipodean version of the Air France KLM merger. Major drawback. Qantas tried a similar but less ambitiously presented merger for five years and failed miserably. Sceptical industry observers tell us it’s an idea that seems stuck in a perpetual holding pattern, but could suddenly turn real.
A former Crown Casino employee who is now a punter writes: As Crown celebrate their 10-year anniversary at Melbourne’s Southbank, what is their gift to punters? Believe it or not they have changed the rules on BlackJack to enable them to rake in more cash from desperate punters. Dealers on BlackJack now draw a card to a “soft 17” total (eg, an ace and a six), creating a significantly higher “house advantage”. But here’s the real kicker. The rule change has not been implemented in the high-roller areas. They knew they couldn’t get away with it up in the VIP rooms. This is just a grab for cash from the ordinary punter or what management refer to as the “grind”. The casino went to extraordinary expense to change the felt on every BlackJack table on the main floor (public area) so that the new rule is explained.