The Star Entertainment Group Found to Have Links with Controversial Gambling Tycoon Stanley Ho

The Star Entertainment Group Found to Have Links with Controversial Gambling Tycoon Stanley Ho

One of Australia’s largest gambling companies, The Star Entertainment Group, has been linked indirectly with Stanley Ho, a highly controversial figure in Asia’s gambling industry due to his alleged involvement in organized crime. The Star’s minor shareholder Chow Tai Fook Enterprises is owned by the Cheng Yu-tung family, which also holds nearly 10 per cent stake in Ho’s SJM Holdings. This comes after officials launched an investigation into Stanley Ho’s son Lawrence Ho and his company Melco Resorts and Entertainment as it seeks to acquire a 19.9 per cent stake…

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Three EPL Clubs Terminate Their Controversial Gambling Sponsorship Deals with 1xBet Following UKGC Warning

Three EPL Clubs Terminate Their Controversial Gambling Sponsorship Deals with 1xBet Following UKGC Warning

Three of the largest clubs in the English Premier League (EPL) have received a warning from the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) that they could face prosecution and fines that could rise to millions of pounds in case they continue to promote a gambling sponsor of theirs, 1xBet. The main gambling regulatory body in the UK has addressed Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea to inform them of the possible consequences if they continue to promote the controversial Russian gambling firm which had UK operating licence suspended. The UKGC has confirmed that it…

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Lasseters Casino in Australia’s Northern Territory Fined AU$18,000 for Allowing Intoxicated Patrons on Premises

Lasseters Casino in Australia’s Northern Territory Fined AU$18,000 for Allowing Intoxicated Patrons on Premises

The Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters, which is the only casino in Alice Springs, has been ordered to pay an AU$18,000 fine for failing to exclude intoxicated patrons on several instances. The casino allowed drunk customers on a licensed premise during an influx of patrons resulting from the recent introduction of anti-alcohol measures across Australia’s Northern Territory. On Monday, owners of the Lasseters Casino, the Ford Dynasty Pty Ltd, pleaded guilty to three separate instances of failing to remove drunk patrons from the licensed venue. The three incidents that brought…

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Gambling Giant bet365 to Keep Only 20% of Current Gibraltar Office Workforce

Gambling Giant bet365 to Keep Only 20% of Current Gibraltar Office Workforce

The gambling giant bet365 has officially confirmed that it intends to keep its licence alongside what it described as a “meaningful operational presence” on the territory of Gibraltar, no matter it is to considerably downsize its business in the British Overseas Territory and relocate most of its business to Malta. As revealed by the company, the gambling operator is to keep only around 100 of its 500 staff members who are employed in its offices in Gibraltar to date. Still, bet365 explained that it would retain its dual regulatory and…

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Employees of SkyCity Casino in Auckland Go on Strike for Better Night and Weekend Shifts’ Working Conditions

Employees of SkyCity Casino in Auckland Go on Strike for Better Night and Weekend Shifts’ Working Conditions

An overwhelming majority of SkyCity Casino workers in Auckland has voted to start strike action against their employer to make the company pay them compensations for working unsociable hours. According to the claims of the employees, it is exactly the night and weekend hours of operation which help the gambling firm generate its major profits. Currently, the Unite Union is the organisation which protects the interests of almost 900 of SkyCity Casino’s workers. Reportedly, 94% of these employees voted to reject the previous offer which the company had made and…

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Former Ladbrokes Employee Suggests the Gambling Operator Was Aware of Issue Leading to Cancelled Bets

Former Ladbrokes Employee Suggests the Gambling Operator Was Aware of Issue Leading to Cancelled Bets

Reportedly, a former employee of Ladbrokes has revealed that the British gambling operator had knowledge about an issue associated with its software systems which ended up with cancelled customers’ bets. As The Guardian revealed, a former employee of the British bookmaker has told the media that the company was actually aware for several months of the problem with its software systems, because of which some customers were able to see unique receipt numbers of bets which the trading department of Ladbrokes had rejected. Such receipts have normally been issued after…

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Melco Resorts and James Packer Put Off Second Transaction of Crown Resorts Shares Due to Ongoing Regulatory Probe

Melco Resorts and James Packer Put Off Second Transaction of Crown Resorts Shares Due to Ongoing Regulatory Probe

Lawrence Ho and his casino giant Melco Resorts will postpone the full AU$1.76-billion acquisition of James Packers’ share in the Australian gambling company Crown Resorts until after the gambling regulatory body of New South Wales (NSW) completes the ongoing inquiry into the deal and other issues regarding Crown. It is unclear when this will happen, but the takeover could also be fully cancelled in case the regulator rolls out conditions under which the deal between Mr Packer and Lawrence Ho is considered unacceptable. The first part of the 67.9 million…

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Grosvenor Casinos Unveils £5.2-Million Transformation of Brighton Seafront Property

Grosvenor Casinos Unveils £5.2-Million Transformation of Brighton Seafront Property

The UK-based casino operator chain Grosvenor Casinos has revealed its vision for the transformation of a former art deco cinema into a gambling and entertainment facility which is to be open 24 hours a day. The venue, which will be called Pier Nine, is located in Brighton. It is set to see the existing Grosvenor Casino Brighton renovated and transformed into a prosperous leisure, entertainment and gambling site on the city’s seafront area. Currently, the construction of the facility is underway. Grosvenor Casino has already started the transformation process of…

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On-Course Betting Operators Require Further Clarification Regarding Age Verification Measures Following License Checks

On-Course Betting Operators Require Further Clarification Regarding Age Verification Measures Following License Checks

Soon after the revelation that seven on-course betting operators will have the UK gambling regulatory body review their licences, some racing industry officials have asked for clarification regarding age verification measures that would help them prevent underage individuals from gambling. As previously reported by Casino Guardian, the seven sports betting companies had permitted a 16-year-old person to place a bet at the latest Royal Ascot which was held in June 2019. Regardless of the fact that so-called “Think 21” policy has been introduced across racecourses nationwide, the sports betting industry…

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Rank Group Full-Year Performance Hit by Slowing Sales at Grosvenor Casinos and Mecca Bingo Halls Footfall Decline

Rank Group Full-Year Performance Hit by Slowing Sales at Grosvenor Casinos and Mecca Bingo Halls Footfall Decline

UK gambling operator Rank Group has unveiled a pre-tax profit decline after suffering slowing sales at its Grosvenor Casinos and reflux in traffic as its Mecca Bingo halls which has started earlier in 2019. The group operating profit for the 2018/19 fiscal year fell by 22% from £50.1 million posted a year ago to £39 million. Still, the company revealed that it has already started to see the results of the measures which it had specially designed to boost its revenues and reduce its expenses, and which it implemented in…

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