A mother-of-two who claimed her multiple personalities meant she was not to blame for losing almost $8 million of her employer’s money on online pokies has been jailed. Wendy Hope Jobson, 50, did not react as she was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment… Jobson used her administrative management role to siphon $7.8m from her employer of 16 years, the Koroneos Group which owns hotels in Geelong and Werribee on 1,478 separate occasions over five years.
Monthly Archives: April 2013
Former Melbourne star and reformed gambling addict David Schwarz launched a scathing attack on the AFL and its financial reliance on bookmakers… “I believe the AFL is drunk on the revenue they receive from gambling agencies and until that goes, we’re in trouble,” he said. Schwarz, who gambled up to a quarter of a million dollars each weekend at the peak of his addiction said the current state of the bookmakers’ integration with sport is a huge concern for society.
Pokie machine expenditure in the country’s 1367 pubs and clubs dropped four per cent in the year to March, and 10 per cent on the last quarter of 2012… License holder numbers fell from 359 to 353, venue numbers dropped from 1403 to 1367 and the number of gaming machines from 18,001 to 17,542. For the 12 months ending March 2013, expenditure was down four per cent from $865.4 million to $828.7m, and spending dropped from $214.6m in the fourth quarter of 2012 to $192.7m in the first quarter of this year.
Bell-Fruit Games, one of the UK’s most famous gaming brands, has outlined plans to celebrate its 50th anniversary this summer. The half century will be celebrated with a series of events in June, including a grand party at the company’s manufacturing plant and head office in Nottingham.
Turkmen President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has taken his strongman personality cult to a new dimension with headlines in the state-run media trumpeting his victory in a horse race with an $11 million prize… Berdymukhamedov has run the post-Soviet republic with an iron hand since 2006… State media on Monday showed Berdymukhamedov riding a shimmering straw-coloured horse of the national Akhal Teke breed named Berkarar (Mighty… “The spectators’ attention was riveted on the golden arrow Berkarar, led by the leader of the nation… “President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has yet again demonstrated not only his high class as a horse rider, but also his strong will, firmness and courage.” … will donate his $11 million prize to a state company breeding the Akhal Teke horses, local media said.
GTI Asia Taipei Expo will be held on May 9-11, 2013 at Zone B&C, Hall 1, Taipei World Trade Center. Mayor of Taipei, Lung-Bin Hau, welcomes delegates and participants to GTI Asia Taipei Expo 2013, “and invites them to take advantage of their stay in Taipei to explore this beautiful and vibrant city”. … This year, GTI Asia Taipei Expo will enter its 20th edition with the theme “Taiwan’s Originality Amazes the World”. All exhibitors including businesses from China, Japan, Korea and the US will present their finest products and their preparation work now is in full swing.
Minority investors in the Studio City casino project on Cotai will after all exercise an option to fund to the maximum level the second capital stage of the scheme. The minority partner, New Cotai LLC, had already committed to 40 percent of the US$800 million (6.40 billion patacas) first tranche for Studio City. A regulatory filing in October last year by Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd, the indirect 60 percent owner of Studio City, described the whole venture as a US$2.9 billion plan, of which US$2.04 billion is for construction.
Kung Fu Panda, Shrek and other Dreamworks characters are coming to a new attraction at Las Vegas Sands’ Chinese casino resorts, the companies said Tuesday, in the latest sign of China’s growing importance to Hollywood studios.
With little fanfare, China is sending an official with a ‘tough cop’ reputation to be its top man in Macau, the world’s biggest gambling hub, as Beijing puts tackling corruption centre stage. Li Gang, a veteran of handling contentious issues in Hong Kong, is slated to this year take control of China’s liaison office in the former Portuguese colony which like Hong Kong is a special administrative region under China’s ‘one country, two systems’ principle. The office, China’s representative in Macau, has deepened its ties with casino and junket operators, who helped bring in over two-thirds of Macau’s $38 billion in revenues last year. The low-key but significant moves signal a deliberate attempt by China to be more directly involved in the oversight of Macau, which has drawn unwanted attention with reports of mainland officials laundering state funds and betting millions in the casinos’ high-roller VIP rooms.
Support is continuing to grow across Canada for passage of a single sport betting bill which has been bogged down in Canada’s Senate for more than a year. Chamber of commerce organizations in Windsor and Niagara, who have been in support of the bill since it was first tabled on Parliament Hill, have now been joined by chamber organizations in Quebec and Atlantic Canada, who have more than 250 members. “When Senators return to their offices this morning, they will find evidence of growing national support for Bill C-290,” said Matt Marchand, president of the Windsor Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. “We are gratified that other chambers are throwing their support behind passage of the bill.