Topic archives: online gambling

Nanny state govt doubles down on failed online gambling ban

August 22, 2016 4

Rather than accept that banning online gambling doesn't work and makes problem gambling worse, the government is determined to impose a nanny state solution.

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?

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

May 27, 2013 2

The government already has rules against betting during a game -- it just needs to extend them to phone betting. Plus other political views along the way.

Gambling insider: you’re lowering all our odds, Tom

Gambling insider: you’re lowering all our odds, Tom

May 6, 2013 15

Tom Waterhouse has to be stopped, according to one gambling industry insider. His pervasive brand of promotion is giving everyone in the gambling game a bad name. Now Tony Abbott is on the case.

What are the odds on Tom Waterhouse going the distance?

What are the odds on Tom Waterhouse going the distance?

April 23, 2013 7

Tom Waterhouse is everywhere, but will his business go the distance? The ubiquitous online bookmaker has a high-risk business strategy mirroring the dot-com legacy.

Sportsbet derails betting on trains, after Metro demands cancellation

June 14, 2012 1

Online betting agency Sportsbet.com.au has stopped offering odds and refunded all bets on the punctuality of Melbourne's trains, after the private trains operator demanded the market be removed due to concerns over "public safety".

All aboard for train betting, as novelty wagers hit the fast track

June 13, 2012 2

In a new twist on the rising popularity of novelty gambling, online betting company Sportsbet.com.au has started taking bets on Melbourne's trains meeting punctuality and service requirements.

Why Australia needs an online poker trial

June 4, 2012 13

Online poker is about to undergo major growth. Efforts to ban it will defeat the purpose of gambling regulation.

Floodgates to remain tightly closed on online gambling

May 30, 2012 1

The government's online gambling review identifies the key problem about online gambling but does little to address it.

Offended by ‘nanny state’, Coalition wants more censorship on gambling

Offended by ‘nanny state’, Coalition wants more censorship on gambling

November 3, 2011 21

The Coalition has proposed greater internet censorship as part of its counter-proposals on gambling reform. The US experience shows it doesn't work.

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: will changing the law fix the fixes?

June 6, 2011 1

So Sports Minister Mark Arbib thinks nationwide 10-year jail terms for anybody involved in match fixing will solve what the Sydney Morning Herald described this morning as "the biggest threat to sport since doping"? Good luck.

Last Bets: regulating gambling’s grip on sport

Last Bets: regulating gambling’s grip on sport

May 30, 2011 2

Having a bet on the baseball might be illegal in every American state bar Nevada, but every morning on the sports pages are the odds. It's a reminder to those who would like to outlaw betting on Australian sports.

Brokers trade in their stocks for online gambling

June 24, 2009

As things get increasingly grim on Wall Street, a generation of broke brokers are turning their finely turned financial skills to online poker to win their riches back.