Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Australian Pokies

50 Lions
Highly distinctive due to its appearance – it’s the first 50 line slot in the world – this means that you’ll always have 20 symbols showing on the screen rather than the more standard 15.

Indian Dreaming
Released in 1999, this was the first pokie in which the player could win without having lined up matching symbols – this is due to Aristocrats unique 243 config – in which symbols that are on neighbouring reels can win.

Where’s the Gold?
Where’s the Gold is ‘free game’ heaven – the player can win up to 20 free games simply by picking a character – this character becomes wild when your free games are initiated.

Show me the Money
Another bend on the free games feature, this game was released in 2000 and enables the player to choose between 5 different multipliers or spins – you can also pick up a mystery prize for getting wilds on the first five reels.

Queen of the Nile
This hugely popular slot has (rather unsurprisingly) an ancient Egyptian theme. It can be played up to 20 lines and the player can get up to fifteen game bonuses absolutely free. It’s remained at the top of the charts for nearly 12 years!


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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Wolverine and X-Men Online Slot Machines

Australia's own Hugh Jackman is featured in Marvel themed online slot machines, Wolverine and X-Men. InterCasino features the slot games in addition to a large range of other Marvel Comics themed slots.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine opens in Australia on April 29 and in the US on May 1.

The Wolverine and X-Men online slot games are available for play now.

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Sunday, April 05, 2009

X-Men sequel leaked online - 3rd April 2009

A stolen copy of the film X-Men Origins: Wolverine has leapt around the internet being downloaded from file sharing websites.

An incomplete, early version of the film purloined earlier this week was posted illegally at websites, according to Twentieth Century Fox Films studio spokesman Chris Petrikin.

The movie is slated to open in theaters worldwide in just under four weeks.

"It was without many effects, had missing and unedited scenes and temporary sound and music," Petrikin said of the version of the film put online.

"We immediately contacted the appropriate legal authorities and had it removed."

Fox forensically marks digital films to better track them and, in this case, figure out who made it available online and those that downloaded copies.

The X-Men film, based on the eponymous comic book characters, was evidently spread with BitTorrent file sharing technology that lets people share large data files virally between computers in a fashion called peer-to-peer.

"The source of the initial leak and any subsequent postings will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," Petrikin said in an email response to an AFP inquiry.

"We are encouraged by the support of fan sites condemning this illegal posting and pointing out that such theft undermines the enormous efforts of the filmmakers and actors, and above all, hurts the fans of the film."

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Saturday, April 04, 2009

AFL slammed for free gambling vouchers - News.com.au - 2nd April 2009

Promotion "cannabilising" supporters

Giving betting firms "plenty of oxygen"

Xenophon to introduce a Bill to ban it


THE AFL has "cannabalised" supporters by attaching free gambling vouchers to the official match day program, Independent Senator Nick Xenophon says.

Senator Xenophon plans to introduce a Bill into Federal Parliament banning such promotions, which he says are designed get some people hooked on gambling.

All copies of the round one AFL Record had a $50 Betfair gambling voucher attached.


The promotion, which a spokesperson for the AFL Record said was approved by the AFL, was on the cover of the publication.

It required the user to create an account with Betfair and then spend $50 of their own money on bets before receiving the credit.

In a climate of global financial uncertainty, the AFL and its clubs are giving betting firms plenty of oxygen, something Senator Xenophon predicted would result in some supporters becoming compulsive gamblers.

"This is the AFL taking a narrow, blinkered approach,'' Senator Xenophon said.

"The irony is that many fans will, because of this promotion, get hooked on gambling and won't be able to afford a season ticket or a membership.

"Getting money from gambling like this is fool's gold, because it essentially cannibalises the supporters of the game.''

Corporate bookmakers have moved with increasing confidence into aggressive marketing via top level sports since last year, when a High Court judgment in favour of Betfair effectively opened the gates to a closer relationship between betting agencies and sports.

In October, well-known bookmaker Gerard Daffy described the changed climate as "party time'' for betting companies.

But anti-gambling campaigner Senator Xenophon has a different view.

"My message to (AFL chief executive) Andrew Demetriou is think of the consequences of footy fans getting hooked on online gambling,'' he said.

"There is no such thing as a free bet - these companies are luring people via these promotions. They know a proportion of people will get hooked.'' (Credit: News.com.au)

Greg Tingle comment...

As long as its not illegal you can expect many Australian professional sports codes to adopt a business model that has elements of betting, be it Betfair with the AFL, Betezy with the NRL clubs, AIS with the Australian Grand Prix or whatever. Gambling is gambling whatever way we slice it or dice it. Lotto, bingo, scratchies, online bingo, horse racing, online slots or high stakes million dollar poker tournaments. The subject of betting ignites passionate arguments for and against and of course it's a very hot item on the Australian political agenda. I think the readers can guess whether Senator Stephen Conroy will have bet on the AFL footy matches of not!

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Aussie Gambling Reforms Close to Collapse - Gambling911 - 3rd April 2009

The revolutionary reform of Victoria's $5-billion-a-year gambling industry, which would end Tatts and Tabcorp's duopoly control of pokies by handing ownership to venues, is on the brink of collapse.

That's the news courtesy of The Australian:

"Gaming Minister Tony Robinson warned that the Government would have no choice but to walk away from its reforms if Opposition parties continued to block them in the upper house.

"The Coalition and the Greens, whose support Mr Robinson needs, hit back, accusing the Government of trying to ram through a flawed bill by scaremongering.

"The minister said his plan to auction pokies to individual venues and slash TAB's turnover tax on racing would collapse, leaving the industry and its 100,000 employees in chaos, unless the bill to achieve it passed in the next session of parliament in early May. He threatened to renew the duopoly deal if the "Opposition and the Greens would not support the bill. A nasty political brawl looms over the deadlock. The Government is expected to portray the Opposition and the Greens as lackeys of the two gambling giants."

Gambling911.com spoke with Australian Media Man, Greg Tingle regarding the gambling reforms issue:

"Things are still heating up in Australia on the gaming front. Australian's are amongst the world's biggest gamblers be it in clubs, hotels, casinos or online casinos. You can imagine the competition for the entertainment dollar, and of course the Australian government wants their cut also. The knives are out. Australian professional sports codes are upping the ante with magazine front cover promotions, in house sports betting like Betezy's BunnyBet, and so it goes on. In the meantime the world goes through a recession but the Australian gambling market looks pretty healthy."

Tingle deals with the online gambling community himself out of Australia and he claims times have never been better.

"Our numbers here at Media Man Australia are still holding up. We (Media Man Australia) had our recession a couple of years back but the last few years have been full steam ahead. That's an indication that the gambling sector, online gaming, igaming and the brave new world of internet portals are here to stay. Overseas operators still want in to Australia and for many like PokerStars, PartyGaming and The Bingo Affiliates, the internet is the way to go, backed up by "free to play" .net websites, complimented by live shows and offline promotions at the likes of Crown, Star City and Burswood Casino. Indications show that the industry is going to be further regulated, however as the ACMA blacklist policy shows there's going to be a few challenges and teething problems as the Australian government tries to regulate an industry that can be traced back to the underworld, 'Underbelly' days and the mob in Vegas and Chicago. If there ever was a "casino economy" the time is now."

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