Topic archives: gambling industry

Canadian gambling giant Stars Group ploughs into Australia

March 7, 2018

As others flee, we now have a new player in Australian betting. What will they mean for our shifting gambling landscape?

Gambling donations approach $2 million and that’s before looking at the dark money

February 1, 2018 2

With the release of 2016-17 political donations data, the gambling industry proved once again that it's driving dark money in politics.

Why an anti-pokies reformer is running for the Woolworths board

October 11, 2017 2

The Woolworths notice of meeting for its November 23 AGM in Melbourne is not yet out, but City of Darebin councillor in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, Dr Susan Rennie, has nominated for the board. Here she explains why.

Rundle: Conroy moves to Big Gambling, Labor on a losing streak

December 12, 2016 31

If Labor keeps joining the banks, the global corporations, the industry bodies, it is not just the political party that will end up the loser.

Gambling is the only growth area in advertising. No wonder media companies are hooked.

October 11, 2016 1

Media companies are lapping up revenue from gambling advertising, even though every dollar lost at a poker machine is a dollar a consumer can't spend elsewhere, which hurts advertising in other areas.

Can you sue pokie manufacturers for your losses? Maurice Blackburn’s big gamble

September 7, 2016 8

Yes, pokies are destructive and addictive. But are they actually deceptive? And are they liable for punters' losses? Lawyer and freelance writer Michael Bradley looks at the legal case.

America, a land largely free of pokies — but that’s changing

America, a land largely free of pokies — but that’s changing

November 11, 2013

Unlike Australia, the United States has largely been sheltered from the pervasive gambling industry. But that's changing, and Americans are asking if it's for the worse.

Tom Waterhouse plays the odds with $100m sale

Tom Waterhouse plays the odds with $100m sale

August 13, 2013

Tom Waterhouse might not have walked away with the mountains of cash that have been reported from the sale of his eponymous betting business. So why sell at all?

Let the chips fall where they may: mapping Packer’s empire

Let the chips fall where they may: mapping Packer’s empire

July 15, 2013 1

James Packer won big when Crown was granted a gaming licence for a facility at Barangaroo, but as Crikey's map of the company’s international portfolio shows, there’s plenty more where that came from.

We’re asking the wrong questions about gambling

We’re asking the wrong questions about gambling

March 21, 2013 2

Are Australian gamblers getting value for money? Darryl Woodford -- a researcher on social media, video games and gambling -- writes at Inside Story about the holes in gambling regulation.

How to end pokies addictions

November 10, 2011

Former pokies addict Scott Eagar offers an alternative viewpoint to fighting problem gambling amongst the talk of pokies legislation and pre-commitment: kill the feature option.

Last Bets: states smash sports betting but no cold turkey on pokies

Last Bets: states smash sports betting but no cold turkey on pokies

June 28, 2011 5

It's no wonder premiers would prefer to gag Tony Greig and Richie Benaud than do anything that might impact their AAA-credit ratings.

Last Bets: around the world in online casinos — first stop, Gibraltar

June 22, 2011 2

Untaxed, unregulated and under the radar, the so-called "unofficial" sector of online gambling is increasing in popularity.

Last Bets: QHA’s pokies reforms are ‘tobacco industry tactics’

June 1, 2011 1

There are many tactics that the gambling industry resorts to in defence of its profits including misleading the public through misinformation campaigns, writes Angela Rintoul, Claire Tobin, Darshini Ayton and Charles Livingstone, of Monash University’s Department of Health Social Science.

Gambling with our money

Gambling with our money

May 20, 2011 12

A fascinating, and depressing, graph popped up in The Economist this week ...

The payout stunt delivering a marketing bonanza to bookies

The payout stunt delivering a marketing bonanza to bookies

October 22, 2010 1

Bookies are rarely seen as charitable organisations, so any time they cough up early on a wager there could be reason for suspicion. Crikey examines the marketing stunt and increasingly pervasive nature of betting agencies.

A call to get gambling dollars out of universities and research

September 30, 2010

Research into gambling has not generally been focused on harm reduction, health promotion or consumer safety issues and has been substantially funded by organisations with a vested interest in research outcomes, writes Professor Helen Keleher.

NSW pokies venues looking out for POOPs (Pets of Older Persons)

February 12, 2010 1

Donations to POOPs, as it is known, are at the heart of the present conundrum of clubland. Are they a vital hub of their community, or giant pokie palaces which are using their local connections as a fig leaf?

How Crown stacks the odds in its favour

October 30, 2009 5

When Crown Casino management have been missing their main floor revenue targets, they have been systematically changing the rules on table games in their favour, writes Mark Cridland.

A gloomy outlook in Copenhagen

October 22, 2009

Gloomy news for the immediate future of racing clubs as well as the environment.