5/17/08 TO 5/24/08
Fatal explosion linked to gambling dispute
CHINA - An explosion that killed 17 people in what was originally thought to be a traffic accident was in fact caused by a disgruntled gambler plotting revenge with an apparent bomb attack, police in east China said on Sunday.
www.china.org.cn / Xinhua News / May 18, 2008
Gambling addict tells of robbery
NZ - Ondray Moir squandered his family's grocery money on the pokies before robbing a Newtown service station with an umbrella to continue his night of gambling. "I told her [wife] that I had been gambling and that I had gambled all the money away.
www.stuff.co.nz / The Dominion Post / By MATT CALMAN / 21 May 2008
AUSTRALIA - DESPITE our legendary love of the punt, a new survey shows Australians are gambling less than they were six years ago. "But while the total number of people gambling has gone down, the amount being gambled is going up," he [No Pokies senator-elect Nick Xenophon] said.
www.news.com.au / GREG KELTON / May 19, 2008
Legal fees, expenses and mystery band eat up millions in native Rama cash
CANADA - Millions of Casino Rama dollars meant to help lift First Nations out of poverty have been swallowed by legal fees, unexplained expenses and payments to at least one band that doesn't officially exist, suggest newly released audits. Between 2002 and 2006, the Ontario First Nations Ltd. Partnership paid out more than $7 million in legal fees to fight two protracted disputes over Rama funds. The legal fights involve Ontario's 20-per-cent grab of Rama monies along with a continuing bid by the host Mnjikaning First Nation near Orillia, Ont., to retain a 35-per-cent share of casino cash.
www.metronews.ca / Sue Bailey / May 19, 2008
S.Africa parliament approves Internet gambling law
S AFRICA - South Africa's parliament approved a new Internet gambling law to regulate an industry plagued by crime and vulnerable to money laundering and terrorism financing, parliamentary papers showed on Monday.
africa.reuters.com / 19 May 2008
Tour firms hold aces as Vegas players vie for Macau
CHINA - U.S. casino owners have placed big bets on Macau, turning the Chinese enclave into the world's top gaming centre, but local junket operators are forcing big names from Las Vegas to pay top dollar to bring crucial high-roller clients to their tables. Casinos are dependent on junkets, which bankroll mainly Chinese VIP gamblers in return for a fee from the casinos, because of their longstanding relationships with high-rollers, or "whales".
www.reuters.com / By Joseph Chaney and Tom Miles / May 20, 2008
Women are going to take over the world
AUSTRALIA - What can we do about so many Aussies being addicted to the pokies? Pur-lease!!!! That's too easy. All we have to do is fix each machine so that a loud recorded voice keeps up a running commentary announcing: YOU HAVE NOW LOST $20. YOU HAVE NOW LOST $25. Think of the casino with banks and banks of poker machines all making these announcements at the same time. Pokie addicts would soon wake up to the fact they're in a room full of losers!
www.news.com.au / By Kerry Cue / April 22, 2008