Sunday, January 31, 2010

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PartyPoker News: PartyPoker's Aussie Millions Millionaire Factory! Online Qualifiers Take First And Second!

PartyPoker's Aussie Millions Millionaire Factory! Online Qualifiers Take First And Second!

Gibraltar – 30th January 2010 – PartyPoker.com has even more reasons to celebrate this week after two of their online qualifiers finished in first and second place in the 2010 Aussie Millions Main Event at the Crown Casino in Melbourne. 23-year-old Tyron Krost, from Bondi, Sydney scooped first place and a stunning AUD$2,000,000, while Frederik Jensen, a 27-year-old from Copenhagen finished runner-up for AUD$1,100,100. The two online qualifiers dominated a final table that included star names such as Annette Obrestad and Sorel Mizzi.

Krost currently works in his family owned office furniture business in Sydney but now looks to be part of the furniture of the world poker circuit after his amazing win. He recently graduated after studying psychology and finance, both excellent skills for poker.

Sipping champagne with his large supporting contingent Krost said: “This is totally unbelievable - it is beyond my wildest dreams. If it is a dream, I don’t want to wake up! In total I spent $700 trying to qualify for a package and I have managed to turn that into AUD$2,000,000! I got some really good spots on the final table. When I needed a hand I seemed to get it.”

“It just hasn’t sunk in at all how much money I have just won. I have no idea what I am going to with it. I cashed at the World Series in 2008 but nothing like this.” One person who was also ecstatic was his girlfriend Carly, who was cheering him on from the rail.

749 players, including 43 PartyPoker.com online qualifiers, took part in the southern hemisphere’s premier poker event this week and one of those players, poker superstar Gus Hansen fell victim to Krost. “Gus knocked me out of the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event and then I knocked him out in this tournament. Bit spooky that,” added Krost.

Krost’s win means that the Aussie Millions Main Event title stays in Australia and the PartyPoker.com camp for the second year running. Last year’s champion and Team Party member Stewart Scott was amongst the first to pass on congratulations. “I’m delighted for Tyron and I can honestly say I know what he is feeling like right now – it takes your breath away.”

Team Party’s latest signing Tony G was also delighted: “PartyPoker are on a roll. Our players are starting to dominate – it is bike time for the rest!”

Krost had been taking counsel from Tony G before the final table but doesn’t intend to adopt one of the Australian poker idols habits: “I will not be knocking people out and getting them to ride a bike. I will leave that to him!”

Tyron was full of praise for the runner-up and fellow online qualifier Frederik Jensen. “I have to say well played to Frederik. He is an excellent player. It is fantastic that when it came to heads-up there were just two PartyPoker qualifiers left.”

More details on the hands can be found at PartyPoker.com

** Qualifiers are now online at PartyPoker.com for the LA Poker Classic Main Event, which takes place at the Commerce Casino in LA from the 24th February – 4th March. One massive bonus is that if a PartyPoker.com online qualifier wins the tournament, there will be a brilliant $1 million payout with a $500,000 top up going to the winner and $500,000 shared amongst all the other online qualifiers, no matter where they finish in the event! **

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Friday, January 29, 2010

PartyCasino Marvel Slots: Don't just wait for the movies; Play the games - Thor, The Hulk, Spider-Man and Fantastic Four

PartyCasino.com Marvel Slots: Don't just wait for the movies; Play the games - Thor, The Hulk, Spider-Man and Fantastic Four.

As Marvel icon, Stan Lee would say, Excelsior!

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NCEL - GREENSBORO MAN WINS $100,000 INSTANTLY ON THE “WOOOOOOO!” INSTANT SCRATCH-OFF GAME

NCEL - Big Winners Jan. 25 - Jan. 28

GREENSBORO MAN WINS $100,000 INSTANTLY ON THE “WOOOOOOO!” INSTANT SCRATCH-OFF GAME
-Triple 5’s Drawn for “Carolina Pick 3”

RALEIGH- A Greensboro man suddenly became a $100,000 winner playing the “Wooooooo!” scratch-off game. Said Rashid scratched off his winning ticket at the store where he purchased the game, the Yico Lee Mart on West Market Street in Greensboro. His after-tax winnings totaled $68,001. Said told NCEL officials that in addition to putting his winnings into savings, he plans to use the money to do some things for his family.

Pick 3 players “saw triple” on Wednesday, Jan. 27 when the numbers “5-5-5” came up in the evening draw. A total of $888,750 in cash prizes were paid on the 3,555 winning shares.

Powerball players in North Carolina need to check their tickets! Two tickets sold in North Carolina are worth $10,000 after each one matched four out of five white balls and the Powerball in the Wednesday, Jan. 27 drawing. The tickets were sold at the Wilco Hess on Highway 264 East in Greenville and at the Shell Food Mart on Becks Church Road in Lexington.

A total of 41,109 North Carolina Powerball players won prizes in the Wednesday, Jan. 27 Powerball drawing ranging from $3 to $10,000 for a total payout in prizes worth $427,411. Because no tickets matched all five white balls and the Powerball, the jackpot for the Saturday, Jan. 30 Powerball drawing is an estimated $90 million.

The North Carolina Education Lottery (NCEL) has paid out over $5 million total in instant scratch-off ticket prizes since Monday, Jan. 25. Also since Monday, “Carolina Pick 3” players have won over $1.4 million, “Carolina Pick 4” players have won more than $148,000 and 5 tickets won the top prize of $5,000. “Carolina Cash 5” players have won over $183,708.

100% of the North Carolina Education Lottery net proceeds are used for pre-kindergarten programs for at risk youth, reduction of class size in early grades, school construction and need-based college scholarships.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Partygaming signs up Phil Tufnell - 27th January 2010

PartyGaming has hired former cricketer and reality TV star Phil Tufnell as its first celebrity ambassador to help boost the PartyCasino poker site’s cross-gender appeal.

Online gambling is growing in the UK, in particular among women who feel safer playing online. According to a survey of 5,000 adults by the Gambling Commission, 9.9% of people gambled “remotely” in the first quarter of 2009, up from 7.2% in 2006. Of the women polled, 7.7% gambled online in the first three months of last year, up from 5% in 2006.

Tufnell, a former England bowler and winner of the Channel 4 show I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, will front a television, press and outdoor campaign for PartyCasino that will highlight the range of casino games available on the site.

A spokesman for the gaming company says Tufnell was chosen because of his “broad appeal” to both female and male online casino players, because of his television profile and his cricketing achievements.

PartyCasino is operated by PartyGaming, which claims to be the world’s leading listed online gaming company.

The company, which also owns the PartyPoker and PartyBingo brands, is in discussions with several companies about potential consolidation. It is reportedly in talks with Austrian rival Bwin.

The PartyCasino campaign will break during the final of Celebrity Big Brother on Channel 4 today (28 January). It was created by Leeds-based agency home with media planning and buying by Mediacom.

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Aussie Casino Gossip From The Media Man, by Greg Tingle - 27th January 2010

Crown Casino is in a jovial mood this week, with celebs, big time players and whales in town for the annual Aussie Millions. Annette "Annette 15" Obrestad has already pocketed $200,000 AUD at the tables, while Dan Shak won over a million quid via the $100,000 Challenge, but that's small change compared to what Mr James Packer and co are making from all the action at Crown Limited.

The bean counters are said to be extremely pleased.

The poker may have focused considerable attention on Southbank, where US hedge fund manager Daniel Shak week earned $1.2 million by thrashing legendary player Phil "The Tiger Woods Of Poker" Ivey, but it's a filing from The Royal Bank of Scotland that has Crown chief executive David Courtney in a festive spirit. Not sure about the Queen Of England however, who would have heard the rumours with a push to change the Australia flag.

According to RBS, gambling revenues held up well in 2009 despite the global downturn, and RBS's analysts ''expect them to remain resilient in 2010''.

Such is the health of the sector, RBS expects Packer's Crown Casino to make ''accretive acquisitions'' during 2010.

''Balance sheets across the gaming sector are generally in good shape, with Crown and Tatts Group the best placed,'' states the report. ''We also believe mergers and acquisitions will become a key theme in the sector in 2010, with Tabcorp and Centrebet the most likely targets.

''Crown and Tatts are the two companies with the most significant balance sheet capacity for acquisitions in the sector.''

RBS highlighted Tabcorp (owners of Star City Casino and Conrad Jupiters on the Gold Coast) as the pick of the stocks, due to the ''potential for earnings upgrades based on operational improvements in the casino division''.

The news isn't so good for Tatts Group, the placed third of Melbourne's major gambling companies, which RBS said was its ''least preferred stock'', due to its high price-earnings ratio and the ''near-term earnings headwinds'' of lottery jackpots and the end to stimulus spending.

There is still considerable risk hanging over the industry. According to the most recent data, from 2007, poker machines make up 73 per cent of gambling turnover in Australia. Casinos contribute 11 per cent, wagering on racing and sports events 13 per cent and lotteries just 3 per cent.

Those highly lucrative poker machines are under attack from the anti-gambling lobby - take a walk through Crown and you will see responsible gambling warning signs posted on walls and machines as the industry tries to show it can self-regulate - and in October, the Productivity Commission released its draft recommendations on gambling regulation. The final findings are to be released this February.

Those recommendations include $20 cash limits on machines, moving ATMs further from gaming rooms, setting a maximum bet of $1 per spin, and limiting machines to 120 spins per hour. All would have a dramatic impact on the big players.

In a bit of a did, Collins & Spencer couldn't help but note a subtle crack at management of Crown and Tatts in the RBS report. ''The recent negative track record of both Tatts and Crown for overseas acquisitions may see both companies look to focus their respective growth ambitions on the Australian market, where they have their core competency,'' stated RBS.

The recent track record of James Packer's Crown includes the core incompetency of blowing $1.7 billion over the past two years on US and British casino adventures. (James, it's RBS that says that, not the Media Man down the road at Bondi Beach).

Sydney's Star City Casino is said to be getting things back to normal, after the unions recent high profile industrial strike action, is looking for return on investment of their $500 in the redevelopment of what was once known as "The Pyrmont Workers Club", a negative term for the once ho hum presence of Star City. The sports bar which is worth millions contains $100,000s worth of audio and visual equipment, some of which is said to have got knocked around a bit in the recent Hulk Hogan - Ric Flair staged attack at the casino. Australian casinos only wish more of the attacks were staged as apposed to being real. Australian bricks and mortar casinos, Star City, Crown Casino and Burswood have all suffered more attacks and violent incidents on premise (or in the surrounding areas outdoors) than they care to mention over recent years. Little wonder online casinos continue to give Australian land based casinos a run for their money, a trend unlikely to be curbed by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's crackdown on pokies in casinos, clubs and hotels.

Not to be outdone the igaming sector sector continues to make waves in the Asia Pacific and Australian region in a week that started with commencement of The Great Australian Internet Blackout protest. A number of media, poker and gaming related websites are taking part in the week long protest and approximately 200 sites have signed up, with approximately 1000 expected to sign up this week (after the effects of a Aussie Day beer piss up die down and everyone gets back to work).

PartyGaming signed up Aussie poker icon Tony G, flying the flag for Noble Poker (and soon PartyPoker), and Tony is expected to bring the fight to fellow Aussies Shane Warne and Jeff Fenech (888 - Pacific Poker) and 2005 WSOP champ, Joe Hachem. Party's also said to be getting into spread betting, with a deal on the go involving London Capital Group that may have branding and marketing considerations for PartyMarkets, but that's a wait and see situation. Party are also rumored to be exploring pro wrestling themed online slot games starting with the late, great, Andre The Giant, with a potential tie in to Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair. Sounds like a sure winner for the Australian rabid wresting and gambling fans.

European companies still see Australia as a land of opportunity, despite that dam internet filter and blacklist looming over Australian soil. Maybe the igaming firms have decided to get into Australia before the filter hits. PokerStars have signed up gaming account manager and PR queen bee, Sara Waller. Sara will be most likely working the Singapore - Australia route, with a bit of action out of Surfers Paradise. Our spies tell us Sara may be in a role similar to Rebecca Liggero's from Bodog fame, but no billionaire on her arm (not yet anyway).

Microgaming and Viper powered online casinos Roxy Palace and Casino Splendido have embarked on an online campaign into the Asia Pacific. Just how well they stack up again Microgaming's Captain Cooks Casino, an Aussie favorite, remains to been seen, but the new entrant has the new HellBoy online slot game while Captain Cooks does not (due to technical reasons).

We of course launched own www.mediamanaustralia.com website in an Art Of War maneuver to mark the Great Australian Internet Blackout. The site spots a modest amount of gaming and igaming coverage, however it covers in the region of a dozen different sectors, and is certainly ramping up on political content (thanks to hot fodder from "our friend" Senator Stephen Conroy and his master of the universe, Kevin Rudd). We only own 2 com.au websites out of fleet of 20 something sites, so what's all the fuss about Sirs Rudd and Conroy.

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*The writer is a special contributor for Gambling911.com

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Bondi Beach News Media: Happy Australia Day

Happy Australia Day from Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia.

Media Man is pleased to report that there were no major incidents and "The Boys In Blue" (the police) were out in force, many on horseback (mounted police).

Australian law enforcement agencies have been on guard following a number of deaths and bashings of foreigners, many of which are said to be race related.

Arrests were made at a number of Sydney beaches today including Coogee and Manly, but none at Bondi Beach were reported.

Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi.

Betfair rumoured to be planning London Stock Exchange float - 26th January 2010

Online gambling exchange Betfair is understood to have appointed Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to advise on a £1.5 billion flotation.

The company, which is backed by Japanese lender Softbank, is thought to be examining an autumn listing which would potentially net co-founders Ed Wray and Andrew Black hundreds of millions of pounds.

The news will renew hopes of a spree of initial public offerings (IPOs) in 2010 as private equity owners take advantage of calmer markets to exit investments and company managements look to raise fresh capital.

Last week, holiday services company Travelport announced its intention to hold a £1.1 billion IPO on the London Stock Exchange.

Other well-known names in the frame are retailer New Look, which has been eyeing a £1.7 billion flotation since last year, and Merlin Entertainment, the owner of the London Eye and Legoland.

Further down the market capitalisation scale are Blackburn-based Promethean, which provides interactive whiteboards and educational tools for schools, computer games company Codemasters and semiconductor manufacturer Icera, all of which are mulling IPOs.

Betfair offers a twist on online punting by allowing gamblers to bet against one another on sports matches and horse racing. It also hosts internet poker and casino games such as blackjack and roulette.

Last year, the company reported a 29 per cent increase in earnings to £72m on the back of 27 per cent higher sales at £303m. Becoming a public entity would put it in a position to consolidate smaller players.

Responding to suggestions of a flotation in the third quarter, a spokesperson for Betfair said: "This is only speculation, and we do not comment on speculation."

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Monday, January 25, 2010

PartyCasino Wins Media Man Online Casino Award, by Greg Tingle - January 2010

PartyCasino.com Wins Media Man Online Casino Award

PartyCasino.com has been awarded the Media Man and Casino News Media "Online Casino Of The Month".

PartyGaming's igaming suite has grown a custom to winning awards since they first opened for business in 1997.

The competition for the coveted award was intense again this month with massive bids from both Captain Cooks Casino, Virgin Casino, Roxy Palace, Betfair, PKR and Noble Casino, however there can only be one winner... ladies and gentlemen, that's PartyCasino.com

The award follows PartyPoker's EGR Poker Operator Of The Year and PartyGaming also made the shortlist for EGR Operator Of The Year. Last month PartyGaming's PartyPoker.com also won the Casino News Media "Online Poker Website Of The Month".

The Media Man - Casino News Media accolade is based on a combination of elements including user experience, innovation, trustworthiness, customer service, gameplay, affiliate program offerings, newsworthiness and company values.

PartyCasino.com is one of a number of PartyGaming brands.

The most popular PartyCasino.com games of late include Rambo, The Godfather, Sinatra, Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Mission: Impossible, The Terminator, Cleopatra, Sinatra, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, The Amazing Spider-Man, Monopoly, Resident Evil, Melon Madness, Wheel Of Fortune and Mega Fortune Wheel.

The PartyCasino.com jackpot is currently approaching the $1 million mark. Players can also compete for The Big One and Marvel Hero Jackpot, playing the Marvel super hero themed online slot games.

PartyCasino's most recent game releases include Melon Madness, Tarzan, High Noon and Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.

PartyGaming CEO Jim Ryan has gone on record advising PartyCasino will soon feature more Hollywood blockbuster themed slots. A few in the know journalists and media agents have been recently tipped off that pro wrestling themed online slot games are in the works and that an all time classic movie adaption will be showcased in the PartyCasino portfolio within 3 months. Names been thrown around include Andre The Giant, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, but those names are only rumors, however a print feature did showcase Andre earlier in the year, indicating that there is substance to the rumor mill. In any event, PartyCasino already has the world's most impressive line up of Hollywood themed games, and more are just around the corner.

In other exciting PartyGaming news, PartyPoker.com is currently running qualifiers to the L.A Poker Classic in the United States. PartyGaming's recent purchase of the World Poker Tour company and assets enables PartyGaming to once again accept American based poker players, and they are hopefully of soon accepting American casino players also. Both websites accept most European, South American and Australian players.

PartyCasino.com and PartyPoker.com customers can also benefit from rewards and bonuses via PartyPoints and the Palladium Lounge. Be certain to check out the PartyCasino exclusive "Cash Machine" that is being championed as one of the greatest online casino promos ever.

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PartyPoker Offering WPT Invitational Seats - 23rd January 2010

It’s the biggest celebrity tournament in the world and PartyPoker is giving its players a chance to grab a seat for just a handful of PartyPoints.

The World Poker Tour Celebrity Invitational is set to take place Feb. 20-21 in L.A. and PartyPoker will give away a total of 15 packages worth $3,000 each in a qualifying final on Jan. 31.

“This tournament will be filled with Hollywood stars and poker gods,” said a PartyPoker spokesman.

“The event is invitation only and PartyPoker.com can get you on the exclusive guest list. To win a package for the WPT Celebrity Invitational all you need to do is use PartyPoints to enter the daily qualifiers.”

PartyPoker is running two daily qualifiers, one of which costs 10 PartyPoints and sees the top three players qualify for the final. The second will cost you 25 PartyPoints with the top 15 advancing to the final.

Now in its fourth year the WPT Celebrity Invitational has seen celebrities like Paris Hilton, Michael Vartan, Don Cheadle, Jon Hamm, Ray Romano, Mena Suvari, Jason Alexander and Brad Garrett trade the red carpet for the felt at the Commerce Casino.

The WPT is guaranteeing a prize pool of $200,000 for this year’s Invitational with an extra $25,000 seat in the WPT World Championship in April going to the winner.

This year the tournament will offer $200 rebuys in the first two levels with all proceeds from the rebuy period going towards the Chrysalis organization, a group that assists economically disadvantaged and homeless individuals.

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Australian Media Man Backs Up Gambling Lists For Sale Story, by Greg Tingle - 25th January 2010

As reported by Gambling911 last October, gamblers details continue to be for sale to the higher bidder.

In the latest high profile development Britain's newspaper The Mail On Sunday has been offered a comprehensive list of 10,000 customer details from top gambling brand Ladbrokes, in addition to database access details of 4.5 million people.

Yesterday The Mail advised Ladbrokes of the approach and gave the customer files to the Information Commissioner's Office.

The police have been called and Ladbrokes has began contacting customers to let them know that their personal and financial details are safe, which has a touch of irony to it, given the nature of the attempted crime.

The person attempting to sell the list gave his name as "Daniel" from DSS Enterprises, in Melbourne, Australia, and claimed to have once worked for Ladbrokes.

The gambling records provided such information as Home Addresses, Gambling History, Customer Account Numbers, Date Of Birth, Phone Numbers and e-Mail Addresses!

Media Man can also confirm that we have received some sample lists of player details over the years, however we never buys lists and do everything buy the book. When lists come through we either delete them or pass details onto the Australian Federal Police (Australian High Tech Crime Centre) depending upon the amount of information contained in the lists.

Further Developments:

Yesterday Daniel advised "I have no access to any Ladbrokes database or any other information. I provided analytical services to them for 18 months during 2007 and 2008. Unless y name, my signature, my fingerprint is one anything, it has nothing to do with me. I had a call from a senior person at Ladbrokes this morning. I did not take the call. I don't know what they are ringing me about".

The Mail on Sunday received an email from Daniel yesterday advising that he was terminating the negotiations and warning against passing his details onto authorities.

Australia's Media Man will be further examining lists they have been offered for sale and will be sending more details to the Australian Federal Police and Gambling911 as the international scope of these e-crimes continues to be uncovered.

When I worked for PSINet Australia circa 2001 we were offered lists for sale from time to time but nothing containing the personal and sensitive details that have come to light in the Ladbrokes case. Media Man staff and management have never and will never buy lists from anyone. We are delighted to be able to do our bit in curbing the alarming trend of gambling lists for sale. We know that some readers and authorities may have been skeptical of previous Gambling Lists For Sale news stories but we can confirm these sort of e-crimes are happening.

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

PartyGaming hits the jackpot - 22nd January 2010

Gambling on a possible £2bn-plus merger in the world of online gaming proved a favourite pastime for excited punters.

Shareholders of PartyGaming hit the jackpot as the shares shot up to 297.7p and closed 16.7p higher at 2851/2p after Bwin, Europe's biggest online betting and gaming group, revealed it is in merger talks with the Gibraltar-based online gaming giant.

Bwin said the talks are 'no indication' that there will be a merger while PartyGaming grudgingly added it is in talks with a 'number of companies' about consolidation and discussions are at 'a preliminary stage'. However, as far as professional speculators are concerned, it would be a marriage made in heaven and a deal must be on the cards.

PartyGaming was once the most valuable publicly traded gambling stock in the world when it was worth £6.4bn in August 2005, after floating at 115p in June of that year. The US Department of Justice's clampdown on internet gambling in 2007 then trashed its valuation as did some controversial share sales by its founder directors.

It is now back on the recovery track and a recent statement revealed that trading since the end of September 2009 has been solid, with a return to sequential revenue growth. It has also announced an exclusive five-year agreement to provide an online gaming platform for poker and casino games in Denmark for Danske Spil.

Back in November all the industry gossip was about a possible Bwin offer for 888 Holdings, 4.9p better at 116p. 888 appears a harder nut to crack as brothers Avi and Aaron Skaked own 50pc of the equity through family trusts. Another pair of brothers, Shay and Ron Ben-Yitzhak, control a further 11pc.

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Casino News Media - Media Man - Global Gaming Directory - News Update - 22nd January 2010

PartyCasino maintains #1 online casino for Australians and Asia Pacific region

PartyCasino, Virgin Casino, PKR, Betfair and Captain Cooks Casino compete for Online Casino of the Month title

PartyCasino Marvel Slots Online - Just don't wait for the movie, Play The Game

Casino Jack and the United States of Money documentary opens 23rd January in U.S; Some Australian and European politicians and lobbyists are nervous

PartyGaming's PartyPartners To Attend London Affiliate Conference (LAC); PartyGaming and industry interest in 'Casino Jack' documentary

Virgin Games expecting awards and commendations at London Affiliate Conference; Releases a dozen new games in past 2 months, however can't accept Aussie or Yankee players

Roxy Palace and Casino Splendido embark on ramped up campaign; Asia Pacific and Australian focus - New Hellboy, Arctic Fortune and Robot Butler video slots plus Mega Moolah Progressive, Scoop the Cash, Summer Holiday, Carnaval and Keno

PartyGaming Decides to Protect Its Online Customers With Two-Factor Authentication From VASCO Data Security

PartyGaming update on PartyMarkets; London Capital Group deal completed last week

Events: INTRALOT Interactive Sponsors Fire&Ice 2010 - London, 29th January

Events: iGaming DownUnder Australian online casino affiliate conference scheduled for March 2010

New Games: Melon Madness progressive jackpot at Party, Slotbox and Bar X at Virgin Casino and Hellboy at Casino Splendido

Thor and The Incredible Hulk slot games a organic - viral popularity hit on YouTube

Sinatra slot continues to win over old and new players alike; PartyGaming CEO Jim Ryan ramp with response to classic Sinatra slot game

InterCasino driving forward with DC Comics branded slots

Community News - igaming business raises funds for disaster in Haiti

Betfair popularity increases in Australia, Asia Pacific - controversy raises awareness of service

Microgaming - Hellboy branded online slot machine a bit hit with punters; Mega Moolah ISIS gives Cleopatra a run for her money

Aussie Millions - Annette “Annette_15” Obrestad wins Pot Limit Omaha - Event #4; Pockets $40,000 AUD

PartyGaming's PartyPartners gets eCOGRA Affiliate Trust Seal

PKR looking to introduce "Avatar" type technology to its 3D poker room

World Series of Poker 2010 will allow Tweeting at table

Playtech and Sega delighted with online b2b partnership deal

Social networking websites maintain popularity with gaming industry and players; Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.com and YouTube.com lead the charge

James Packer - back on top of the gaming world - Crown Limited shares up, players and return on investment on upswing at Macau's City Of Dreams, and Fairfax, Bloomberg and News Limited provide balanced and positive stories on Packer's comeback

Ric Flair continues to add business clout to TNA; More gaming, igaming and lottery deals expected

The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) upcoming return to WWE likely to boost Legends Of Wrestling game sales, TV ratings and b2b deals

Stan Lee, Marvel icon very happy with adaptations of Marvel super heroes for movies and games; Looking forward to seeing more Marvel heroes come to life

Tony G does business deal with PartyGaming's Noble Poker; PartyGaming

PokerPoker signs Canadian / British hybrid expat Kara Scott

World Poker Tour site revamp continues with PartyGaming promos, offers et al

PokerStars maintains grasp on world's #1 online casino says PokerScout

Pro wrestling - Andre The Giant, Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair online slots still rumored for release this year; PartyGaming and NextGen Gaming in the running

Poker Babes - Michigan Ramada Inn poker event with topless dealers gets busted by Michigan State Police

UFC - PartyBets and BetUS.com battle for punters entertainment dollar on events; Australian government may try to ban UFC sports betting and video game

Casino Legal - online poker could become 100% legal in Florida writes Florida Times-Union

Casino Legal - bet with your head, not over it, set limits and keep it enjoyable

Casino Legal - Australian pokie crackdown at pubs and hotels might boost online gaming industry

Multi currency feature popular with players

World Casino Directory format preferred by players, industry and portal developers

Media Man website network approaching 5 million hits for the month of January; Media Man website maintains Hitwise Australia top ten status (entertainment category)

Media Man buys up more .coms and .nets; More lifestyle, property, bingo and news sites in the works - Preparing to launch more website portals next month to coincide with Productivity Commission report on gaming

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

PartyCasino Marvel Slots Online - Just don't wait for the movie, Play The Game, by Greg Tingle - 21st January 2010

PartyCasino.com Marvel Slots Online - Just don't wait for the movie, Play The Game, by Greg Tingle

As we head towards the conclusion of the first month of 2010, PartyGaming continues to cement itself as the world's leading igaming company.

PartyGaming's PartyCasino.com keeps adding more games and features, and the powers that be at Party advise to expect "Avatar" type technologies in the near future.

The powers that be at PartyGaming and Marvel Entertainment (recently purchased by Disney) have developed amazing online game versions of an array of Marvel superheroes.

Marvel Icon Stan Lee's creations have really come to life at PartyCasino, and you can even play them for free or for money. There's even a Super Hero Jackpot and Marvel Hero Jackpot.

Check them out: The Incredible Hulk, Thor, The Amazing Spider-Man and Fantastic Four.

The Media Man - Stan Lee connection advises that more Marvel themed movies and games are coming out this year and next, and that Marvel plan on developing characters that were released in Timely Comics and Marvel Comics decades ago.

PartyGaming is also adding more Marvel themed games to its Noble Casino brand including the red hot Iron-Man, the sequel soon to be hitting the big screen, and The Incredible Hulk.

iGaming industry developments may also see Wolverine, X-Men and The First Avenger, Captain America, arrive at PartyCasino.com, however that's just industry buzz at the moment.

PartyGaming have had contact with Australia's NextGen Gaming and its quite possible that pro wrestling themed games will arrive and the legendary Andre The Giant would likely be the first cab off the rank. Andre's battle with Hulk Hogan at WWE WrestleMania III is probably the most famous pro wrestling match in history. Marvel fans may be interested to know that Terry Bollea (Hulk Hogan) purchased the rights from Marvel to use the name "Hulk" for the wrestling and entertainment business in the 1980's in a multi million dollar deal. Hulk Hogan's star was of course elevated by his appearance in Sylvester Stallone's Rocky III playing "Thunderlips" (a bad guy wrestler). Stallone went on to late play John Rambo in the Rambo movies, and incidentally a Rambo themed slot game is also available at PartyCasino. The WWF (now WWE) continued to use some super hero themes including with the late, great, Owen Hart "The Blue Blazer" and current superstar Gregory Shane Helms "The Hurricane", however they are not Marvel creations. Speaking of the Marvel - pro wrestling connection, Randy "Macho Man" Savage featured in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man as "Bone Saw McGraw" circa 2002, and the late news is that a Spider-Man IV will soon be going into production, however some delays of the film have been experienced, and Kenneth Branagh's 'Thor' adaption has been moved forward to a release date of 19th May 2011.

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin, recently coming off "The Expendables" movie set (where he accidentally broke Stallone's neck) is said to be interested in appearing in a Marvel film and expending into igaming ventures, however that's a wait and see situation as of this writing. Certainly the fan base is there, but WWE's Vince McMahon may not be ready for Austin to be totally set free for movies and gaming quite yet, don't forget, McMahon is currently chasing Dwayne Johnson "The Rock" back to the WWE arena, a move that is likely to surge TV ratings (and sales of WWE Legends of WrestleMania game). Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka are said to be all interested in doing business with PartyGaming, including having their own game adaptions. Hogan currently has a "Hulkamania Experience" slot game available in some U.S. traditional casinos and Flair's recent promo with the North Carolina Education Lottery was extremely popular, so just imagine the interest for online games featuring these greats.

All the movie and Hollywood talk points to something... its all about entertainment. PartyGaming is in the entertainment (and igaming) industry, as is World Wrestling Entertainment and Marvel Entertainment (aka Marvel Comics).

It's for these reasons and more that when giants of the entertainment world such as PartyGaming and Marvel Entertainment get together, amazing game experiences can be enjoyed. In the words of Marvel icon and living legend, Excelsior! Don't just play the game, Feel It, at PartyCasino.com

*The writer has b2b dealings with Marvel Entertainment, PartyGaming and WWE, as they do with dozens of brands in the gaming, igaming and entertainment world.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

PartyCasino, Virgin Casino, PKR, Betfair and Captain Cooks Casino compete for Online Casino of the Month title, by Greg Tingle - 20th January 2010

PartyCasino, Virgin Casino, PKR, Betfair and Captain Cooks Casino compete for Online Casino of the Month title, by Greg Tingle - 20th January 2010

Five of the world's most popular online casinos have made the Casino News Media - Media Man shortlist for the prestigious Online Casino of the Month title.

The Casino News Media monthly award is based upon a number of factors which include game play, game range, customer service, ethics, affiliate offerings and all round customer experience.

Casino News Media does have a business relationship with all five casino brands, as they do with dozens of brands in the casino and online casino sector.

Europe's Betfair and PKR closely follow the leading pack this month, however PKR and Betfair are tipped to both be in a position to take out the winners trophy in the coming months, as both online casinos have made substantial improvements in the past month and positive feedback is coming in on both companies. PKR's revamp and Betfair's promos and stance against corruption in sports have really got both casinos back in contention for numerous industry awards.

This month PartyCasino added more games and features and was praised by numerous players and industry figures, and Virgin Casino has added approximately a dozen games including Treasures Of Troy, Slotbox, Bar X Magic, Triple Chance Hi Lo, Casino Dice, Spin Win, Aces High and Bingo Keno Extreme to their impressive portfolio.

Casino News Media is part of the Media Man group which includes Global Gaming Directory.

The Casino News Media award winner for January 2010 will be announced in early February.

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*PKR accepts players from most regions
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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Wrestlers unite for Haiti relief - 15th January 2010

SOME of America's biggest wrestling stars are getting together to raise cash to help the victims of the Haiti earthquake.

TNA Knockouts tag team champion Awesome Kong is hosting a charity event tonight in Pennsylvania — with hardcore legend Mick Foley pledging £1,500.

UK star Brutus Magnus, of the British Invasion tag team, will take a pie in the face once £300 is raised at the event.

And when the total gets to £600, TNA's Beautiful People have promised to cat crawl along the bar.

Kong, real name Kia Stevens, said: "Join me and my colleagues in making a difference at The Midtown Tavern in Harrisburg.

"Please urge people to send whatever they can. Let's prove the power of social networks!"

She added: "Big ups to Mick Foley. He has offered to match what we collect in pledges, up to £1500.

"Send pledges to wrestlers4Haiti@gmail.com — Let's see what we can drum up for the Red Cross."

Meanwhile WWE have posted a message on their website urging fans to donate to the AmeriCares relief effort.

The statement read: "By now, most of you are aware of the devastating 7.0 earthquake that hit 10 miles Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

"The devastation has been significant, with estimates of more than 3 million people impacted by the disaster.

"Emergency response teams have entered Haiti to start the recovery effort and provide needed medical relief to people affected by the earthquake.

"Among those responding is AmeriCares, which is sending $5 million worth of medical aid to survivors.

"Medicines and supplies are critically needed in Haiti right now.

"Emergency response experts from AmeriCares and other agencies are working around-the-clock to get those lifesaving products into the hands of medical personnel treating survivors." (Credit: The Sun)

WWE News: Former WWE CEO Linda McMahon dodges tough WWE-related questions during TV interview - 17th January 2010

During a TV interview on WFSB in Connecticut that aired this morning, former WWE CEO Linda McMahon stuck to her regular defenses promoting WWE's TV-PG programming, recent institution of the Wellness Policy, and paying for medical costs for pro wrestlers in response to being grilled about her executive decisions in WWE.

McMahon was asked several questions about her role in WWE based on how she created wealth to run for Senator in Connecticut and whether McMahon overlooked health issues ongoing in her company while making money off wrestlers.

During the interview, McMahon set up each WWE-related response with a preface on how she believes WWE is a great, family-friendly product. McMahon challenged reporter Brian Lockhart to check the Wellness Policy on WWE's website for details on the policy, but she would not address WWE's handling of health issues prior to the Wellness Policy's creation in 2005.

"We have had drug testing policies in place for many, many years. Maintaining the health and wellness of the performers in the ring is paramount to us," McMahon said.

McMahon was also grilled on wrestlers assuming risk and WWE not assuming much risk by classifying wrestlers as independent contracts. McMahon again defended the issue by saying wrestlers acknowledge their risk as wrestlers.

"The performers in WWE are independent contractors. They sign that waiver. Even given the waiver, we protect them," she said. "Any injury - surgery or rehab - WWE covers that and covers all their rehab."

McMahon's only true admission in the interview was acknowledging WWE has pushed the envelope on TV in the past, which came after she shot a glare toward reporter Brian Lockhart for bringing up Triple H's infamous simulated sex with the storyline corpse of Katie Vick.

"Yes, I think there are times when we have (pushed the envelope). That's what happens you write television 52 weeks per year. It's fiction," she said.

There wasn't enough time at this point in the segment to follow up on WWE appealing to a younger demographic that may not understand that pro wrestling is "fictional" and how she responds to that.

The final WWE-related note from the interview was Linda McMahon suggesting her husband, WWE CEO Vince McMahon, could be on the campaign trail down the line.

"He is fully supportive of this race, as is my family, and he is cheering me on for this campaign," McMahon said. "He might campaign down the road."

Links: Watch Part 1 of the Video on WFSB Ch. 3 and Part 2 and Part 3.

(Credit: Pro Wrestling Torch)

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Crown Casino Aussie Millions Poker Championship kicks off, by Greg Tingle - 16th January 2010

Melbourne, if not the whole of Australia, has poker fever, thanks to casino king James Packer's brainchild, "Aussie Millions".

Media Man long time friend, associate and eyes and ears of the industry, Keith "Bendigo" Sloan, tipped us off that it would be huge and he was right on the money.

Let's start with some big picture stuff.... poker has been widely acknowledged in a court of law as primarily a game of skill. Sure, there's some luck involved, but over time on measured tests, the skill factor comes through. This is a key point in some of the arguments put forward by the Poker Players Alliance. Folks, professional poker is big business and is also a form of sports tourism, something that's been picked up on by the Victorian government, but something Australia's Labor government is still trying to grasp. Maybe it will be covered in the Aussie version of "Casino Jack"!

Let it be said from the get-go that Crown's Aussie Millions gives some much needed balance into the news media coverage of Australia's casino sector, which has been copping a bit of a battering of late. Crown's connection with tourism, sports tourism and high rollers is undisputed, and the powers that be at Crown do give back to society in a number of capacities, some of which is reported and other elements that are done on the quite. It was impossible to miss Warnie and Joe Hachem on Network Ten's 7PM project last month.

It's a given that when so many whales, high rollers and the like are in town, there's vast financial resources not far from felt.

The Salvation Army and Unicef are just a couple of worthy causes that Crown and the powers that be have assisted over the years.

This year sees a reported 1,143 entrants have a punt at Aussie Millions...a record for major poker tournaments in Australia.

A $1,143,000 prize pool will be split amongst the top 108 players, with first place set to collect the first Aussie Millions Gold Championship Ring over $200,000 in cash.

Numerous big names were in attendance for day one including Tony G, Clonie Gowen, Sorel Mizzi, David Saab, Jason Gray, Paul Khoury, Kenneth Damm and 2005 WSOP Champ Joe Hachem. Players who returned to the felt for a second chance included Tony Dunst , Emad Tahtouh, Billy Argyros, Lee Nelson, Josh Field, Ben Delaney, Andrew Jeffreys, Leo Boxell, Amanda De Cesare, Tino Lechich, James Akenhead and 2009 Aussie Millions Champion (and PartyPoker sponsored) Stewart Scott.

Nick Haidaris has emerged with the chip lead of 165,300. Eighty-three players remained from Day 1's starting field. Those back for Day 2 include David Saab, JP Kelly, Antonis Kambouroglou, Brendan Edmonds, Con Tsapkounis, and Jim Sachinidis.

Players not back for day 2 include Tony Dunst, 2009 Aussie Millions Main Event Champ Stewart Scott, Emad Tahtouh, Barny Boatman, Matthew Pearson, Rayan Nathan, Joe Hachem, Tony G, Lee Nelson, Billy Argyros, Jonathan Karamalikis, Michael Guzzardi, James Akenhead, Ben Delaney, and Sorel Mizzi.

Day 2 at Crown Casino kicks off at 12:30 p.m where approximately 200 players will be giving it all they have in their quest for the championship.

Media Man encourages players (and management) on a winning streak to continue to give back to society, and of course the world is aware of those less fortunate including in Haiti which was recently rocked by an earthquake. Casinos and big gaming companies have much bigger resources than most, so let's see if they can even come close to helping to the extent that they did when the Aussie Victorian bushfires hit last March.

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

PartyGaming joins spread betting party, by Greg Tingle - 15th January 2010

London Capital Group and PartyGaming ink deal. A new player in an ultra competitive sector.

The spread betting market in the UK sector is one of the most competitive in the world, mind you, so is the igaming sector, so one shouldn't be surprised that PartyGaming is ramping up, as its been doing with its casino, poker, bingo and media related sectors of the company.

News today is that PartyGaming has inked a three-year deal with London Capital Group to soon offer a financial spread betting platform. PartyGaming also has brand names PartyBets.com and PartyMarkets, so its probable that the deal with go into one of those brand names.

Industry analysts will of course question if London Capital Group assisting another white label partner into the UK market is a good or bad move. That's something only time will tell. PartyGaming is a large and established player thus can help to offset any costs and reduce majors risks in prime spread betting.

PartyGaming Plc is reportedly the world’s leading listed online gaming company.

The Group is a constituent of the FTSE 250 share index with its shares listed on The London Stock Exchange under the ticker: PRTY. In the year to 31 December 2008, PartyGaming’s Continuing operations generated revenues of $472.9m and Clean EBITDA of $144.2m.

Partygaming has a global reach, and that should place them in a strong position. The Asia Pacific region, and in particular, Australia, is seen to have strong growth potential in the sector.

It's expected that a number of PartyGaming punters will take to the financial spread betting offering, just as some bingo players take to casino, poker and table games. Exactly how much cross over audience for spread betting remains to be see.

*The writer is the founder of the Media Man group of companies including Global Gaming Directory and Casino News Media and has b2b dealings with a number of PartyGaming brands, as they do with dozens of brands in the igaming, gaming and financial sector.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

PartyGaming's PartyCasino maintains top position in Asia Pacific and Europe; Releases more world class slot games and "Avatar" type tech on the way

PartyGaming's PartyCasino.com maintains top position in Asia Pacific and Europe; Releases more world class slot games and "Avatar" type technology on the way, by Greg Tingle - 14th January 2010

PartyGaming and its PartyCasino.com are on a roll as of late.

Under the leadership of CEO Jim Ryan, PartyGaming is now quite the darling of the news media and gaming world. Quite an accomplishment since the days when they pulled out of the U.S market, then progressing to come to amicable business terms with the United States Department of Justice.

PartyGaming's leading brands, PartyCasino.com and PartyPoker.com continue to release new features that satisfy their existing clients, in addition to seeing new clients and partners come on board.

Some of the key strengths of PartyGaming and its brands include:

Listed on the London Stock Exchange, so everyone knows the company is financially in a good position.

Branded slot games that can be played for free or played for money. Rambo by StudioCanal, Sinatra by Frank Sinatra Enterprises, Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Cleopatra by IGT, Monopoly and Cluedo by Hasbro, Mission: Impossible, Top Gun, The Naked Gun, Saturday Night Fever and High Noon by Paramount Pictures, Resident Evil by Capcom and Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, The Amazing Spider-Man and Fantastic Four by Marvel Entertainment, Call Of Duty 4 by Activision, King Kong by Universal Studios, The Terminator and Gone With The Wind by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and so the list goes on. As Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee says, "Excelsior!".

PartyGaming also have their own in house game development team entitled 'The Games Studio', that works in collaboration with their business partners.

New technologies have enabled PartyCasino.com to offer "Live Dealer", in collaboration with EvolutionGaming and "Single Wallet" sees players only having to have one account with PartyGaming even if they choose to play a number of games in the portfolio, from slots, to poker, backgammon, sports betting, bingo et al.

The company has ramped up activities and campaigns across the global from Channel Five in Europe, to business deals with Dutch lottery operators, all the way down to Australia where world class poker player, Stewart Scott is the regions brand ambassador for PartyPoker.com

Government b2b dealings - earlier this week PartyGaming announced an exclusive, five-year agreement to provide an online gaming platform for poker and casino games in Denmark for Danske Spil A/S (‘Danske Spil’). Danske Spil is controlled by the Danish Government.

Industry Awards and Commendations: PartyGaming's PartyCasino.com and PartyPoker.com are multi-time award winners of the Media Man - Casino News Media - Global Gaming Directory "Online Casino of the Month" and all entities have also won a range of annual awards handed out by the well respected eGaming Review.

For these reasons and more, if you like games, be it playing for free and fun or playing for money, PartyGaming more than likely has a game for you. Numerous multi language and multi currency options are also available, and the customer service is second to none. Don't just play the game, be the game and feel it at PartyCasino.com

PartyGaming Plc is the world’s leading listed online gaming company. The Group is a constituent of the FTSE 250 share index with its shares listed on The London Stock Exchange under the ticker: PRTY.

*The writer has a b2b relationship with PartyGaming and a number of its brands, as they do with dozens of companies in the gaming and igaming world.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Australia's Gold Coast Remains Hotbed For Sports Betting Scams: Crims charged over $10m online bet scheme, by Greg Tingle - 11th January 2010

Australia's Gold Coast in the Surfers Paradise region maintains its reputation as a hotbed for sports betting scams.

We can now confirm that four males have been arrested on the Gold Coast over an alleged $10 million betting fraud operation.

Police advise that the criminals were involved in a complex sports betting scheme, where bets were placed on all possible outcomes so a profit was made.

The bids were subsequently placed through the group's Gold Coast-based online betting agency (likely to be named and shamed in the near future).

It's alleged some money that punters gave the men to wager cannot be accounted for, something that got the criminals extra unwanted attention in the first place.

The four fraudsters were arrested today after a year-long police investigation sparked by a significant number of complaints by punters from across Australia.

The police named the investigation Operation Stopwatch.

The men have been conjointly charged with one count of fraud between November 2007 and February 2009 and are expected to face further charges including forgery and making false records.

They are due to face Southport Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Acting Detective Inspector Marc Hogan advised the arrests were an excellent outcome.

"The State Crime Operations Fraud and Corporate Crime Group assisted in this investigation and will continue to provide further specialised support," he said.

Media Man last year shed light on a number of sports betting cons originating from the Gold Coast and facilitated communications to the Australian High Tech Crime Centre, a division of the Australian Federal Police.

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*Media Man has acted in a publicity and online PR role for Australia's Betezy who are the backend sports betting technology that powers the Gold Coast Titan's NRL club.

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

WWE Hall of Fame - Stu Hart almost certainly to be inducted this year

WWE's Vince McMahon has said that he wants to induct Stu Hart into the WWE Hall of Fame at WrestleMania 26.

Wrestling announcer icon, Jim Ross via his official web blog advises "Stu Hart going into the WWE HOF is a cool deal as Stu was a real character and is one of the most impersonated men in the history of the wrestling biz. The late Owen Hart played some amazing, telephone practical jokes on his Dad that are classics. I have no idea who else will be inducted but I'm sure that it will be a fun night for those that attend or watch on TV".

Other names that insiders and fans have been speculating on for inclusion in this years WWE Hall Of Fame include but are not limited to Jake "The Snake" Roberts, Randy "Macho Man" Savage, "The Ultimate Warrior" and Bruno Sammartino. The names come up annually, however for a variety of reasons, including some heat and mixed history, haven't made the cut to date. "Rowdy" Roddy Piper showed guts and integrity by publicly championing Sammartino, who to date has rejected induction. A number of wrestling insiders say that Sammartino should follow Bret Hart's lead and "let go" of heat he was with McMahon and the company, and accept his rightful place in the HOF.

Roberts has also shown guts and leadership by accepting WWE rehab via the Wellness program. Roberts has also publicly thanked McMahon for saving his life.

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Australia's Casino Canberra proposal rejected by Labor ACT Treasury, by Greg Tingle - 10th January 2010

Casino Canberra in the nations capital is being denied entry to the gaming sector as the ACT Labor Government's Labor Clubs grabbed the majority of the almost $100 million profit made by pokies in the ACT last financial year.

The situation is leading to claims of a conflict of interest since Labor club poker machines made $14.21 million profit in 2008-09, just one-seventh of the $98.6 million profit made by all pokies in the ACT over the 12 months.

In a submission to the Australian Productivity Commission's gambling inquiry, Casino Canberra put forward a proposal to install 200 machines in the casino and estimated that they would contribute $3-4 million dollars to the ACT economy annually, in addition of $235 million contributed since it opened. However in a separate submission the ACT Treasury has once again rejected the casino's plans.

The Treasury submission argued granting the casino machines did not fit the ACT community gaming model. "When the Canberra casino licence was offered for sale by tender in the early 1990s, it was made clear at that time that gaming machines would not be permitted as part of the development," the submission said.

Media Man International, Gambling911, Crown Casino - Crown Limited, PartyGaming and Tabcorp are amongst the parties taking a keen interest in the case and Media Man representatives were heard joking that the situation might provide more good fodder for the film producer doing a feature on Australian casinos relationship with the Labor party in "Casino Jack" style.

Australia has some of the biggest and most passionate gamblers in the world, both in an traditional and online capacity, and many companies are looking for a piece of the action.

The online casino, sports betting and bingo sector is expected to grow this year, however as of this writing Casino Canberra is not satisfied with their current involvement.

Media Man reminds the public to bet responsibly and that measures such as playing with a friend or setting bet limits can be employed to keep the experience enjoyable.

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PartyCasino launches largest progressive seeded jackpot: $1.5 Million plus $300,000 up for grabs - 9th January 2010

PartyCasino.com the world's largest online casino, is proud to launch the largest progressive seeded jackpot in the online gaming industry in the form of 'The Big One' and the introduction of classic slot 'Melon Madness.'

A PartyCasino.com spokesman said: "'The Big One' is structured as a five tiered pool. The highest tier - Colossal Cash - seeds at $1.5m, the biggest online jackpot seed in the industry."

"'Melon Madness' is designed to be a classic 30 line video slot. Play is fast and the free spin feature is played in-reel. We think it's a jackpot player's slot game. It only went online over the holiday period and is already amongst the most popular games in the lobby! Our record Gold Mega Jackpot of almost $5 million was hit in December and the jackpot ticker continues to escalate in 2010 as players turn their focus to 'The Big One.'"

To celebrate the launch of the new slot Melon Madness and the 'The Big One,' PartyCasino.com is giving away over $300,000 in prizes this January through 'The Big Race'. Simply play Melon Madness or any other slots and progressive jackpot slots between the 6th and 20th January 2010 and those with the most points will scoop the huge prizes, totaling $300,000.

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The top 750 players will be rewarded for their performances. If a player misses out on these PartyCasino.com will still pay Hot Spot prizes to every 5th rank 755th to 1,500th place, making the total value of the leader board to be over $100,000.

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Saturday, January 09, 2010

Lasseters casino refutes "racist" ban of Bess Price, by Greg Tingle - 8th January 2010

Australia's multi cultural values and sensitivities have once again come under the spotlight following an incident at Lasseters Casino in the Northern Territory on New Years Day.

Patron Bess Price was refused entry to the premise and claims racism and mistreatment.

The incident comes off the back of yet another week of what is being reported as racist related killing of an Indian student in Melbourne, Victoria.

For the uninitiated, unfortunately Australia has a terrible history of what is known as "black deaths in custody" (Indigenous Australian dying, sometimes bashed to death, while in Australian police custody).

Rupert Murdoch's media company, News Limited, including his Darwin based Northern Territory News in Australia's "top end", has been doing an excellent job of providing fair and balanced coverage of Indigenous Australia. What some readers may not know is that it was a young Murdoch who helped cement his media business reputation in 1959 as editor of The News by covering the trial of Max Stuart (Ngoombujarra), a young aboriginal man who was sentenced to death after being found guilty of the murder of a nice year old girl on what was considered extremely questionable evidence. An Australian film entitled Black and White covers that story.

It seems that every time there is a serious incident on Australian soil everyone (press included so I'm "guilty" too) is looking to see if there are "racist" elements to it. Mind you, when a new story breaks a good journalist will always look deeper in order to help find the real story and to add meat and substance. It is not unusual for there often to be more to a story that what is first though and reported, so I think it is the duty of the press to see if there are potential racist elements to breaking news.

On a side note, Lasseters closed down their online casino operation via Income Access circa 2008, however the incident may potentially see more punters having a hit at various other online casinos rather that risk altercations at bricks and mortar establishments.

Australia's most recent race related incidents are going to keep the Australian government busy, and the rumor mill says that at least one film producer is looking to do a 'Casino Jack' style production and between the Labor Party, Crown Casino, Star City Casino and Lasseters they have some bloody good fodder to work with.

This morning I personally called The Northern Territory Times and spoke to journalist "Matt" and he basically said that patron Bess Price is naming the casino as racist and that the casino is calling her drunk. We have also called Lasseters Casino and spoke with Lasseters Group Chief Operating Officer, Brad Morgan. Mr Morgan advised us of no further comment at this time. Should further details emerge Media Man will pass them on to the readership.

In the meantime Australia's undisputed casino king, James Packer, continues to do his modest bit to assist in positive Australian community and multi cultural relations. James and Erica Packer are supporters of UNICEF. Mrs Packer recently bought James a water pump at Christmas for an impoverished community, reports Fairfax Media. The gift is being referred to as the "gift that gives". Mr Packer has also collaborated with Australian mining Magnate, Andrew Forrest in recent years by a special project helping find sustainable employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians. In other Australian multi cultural related matters allegations continue to fly back and forward between Sea Shepherd and Japanese whalers. Australian racing, gaming and advertising gurus, John Singleton and son, Jack Singleton, are long time supporters of Sea Shepherd and just one of their well known brands and stunts is known as "Whale Safe Beer". The Singleton's, Alan Jones and other notable Australian racing identities are currently looking at ways to bring Australian racing and gaming to the internet in an improved fashion. The news comes as the industry awaits updates on the Australian Productivity Report into the gaming industry. Unlike Vegas' "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas", what happened down under in Australia, doesn't stay "down under". Cheers me maties from a multi cultural Bondi Beach.

*The writer is the founder and director of Media Man, primarily a media, publicity and internet portal development company.

*The writer has worked with, represented and collaborated with various Indigenous Australian tribes such as Githabul People and Yuggera tribe and is a pro active member of Virgin Unite

*The writer owns shares in Crown Limited

Greg Tingle, Media Man Int (Special Contributor to Gambling911.com)

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