Oceania

Oceanic news – Australia and nearby countries

Aristocrat boosts numbers

Slots developer Aristocrat Leisure Limited has revealed that group performance for the six months to 31 March 2014 was ahead of the prior corresponding period, with reported profit after tax and non-controlling interest of AUS$57.4m representing a 9.1 per cent increase over the prior year. The firm said that the result was driven by improving operational delivery, particularly share growth …

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Merlin’s Magic sequel now available on Flash & HTML5

NextGen Gaming, the Sydney, Australia based games studio of NYX Gaming Group, has released the Flash & HTML5 versions of Merlin’s Magic Respins. The sequel to the 2012 smash Merlin’s Millions, NextGen’s latest premium slots adventure features 50 win lines over 5 reels, with stacked wilds and an exclusive multi-level SuperBet mechanic sat behind three bonus features. Additional enhancements include …

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Betfred enters Aussie mobile sports betting market

Igaming operator Betfred moved ahead with plans to enter the Australian igaming market, with the soft launch of its mobile sports betting product. The mobile sports betting offering is tailored to the Australian sports betting market, offering Australian customers markets on popular sports such as Cricket, aussie rules football and A-League soccer. Betfred had been granted a regional sports betting …

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Canbet loses UK operating licence

Struggling igaming operator Canbet has surrendered its UK operating licence in the face of mounting financial concerns.  The UK Gambling Commission stated that Canbet’s operator licence had been removed on the 7th of May 2014. The operator had been struggling since the closing months of 2013, at the end of January 2014 a number of the operators customers had made …

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Australia faces potential tsunami of sports corruption

Victoria Police have called on Australian sporting bodies and integrity units to examine the threat of sport corruption in the region. Victoria Police called this urgent meeting in the wake of Operation Starling which disrupted an illegal gambling cartel targeting a suburban Australian Soccer club. Experts monitoring international match fixing syndicates are warning authorities that corruption will undermine the quality …

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Unibet Seeks Australian expansion with new marketing agency

Unibet confirmed the appointment of Sydney based marketing and advertising agency Leo Burnett , as the operator seeks to increase its presence and coverage in the Australian igaming market.  Unibet had announced plans to concentrate expansion in the region, in its Q1 2014 performance report. Unibet had entered the Australian igaming market in 2012 with the £14 million acquisition of …

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Tabcorp CEO criticises online bookmakers

David Attenborough, CEO of TABCORP, has openly slammed online-only bookmakers in Australia over the relatively low rates of tax they pay, the minimal contributions they return to the racing industry, and their reliance on extending credit to their customers. Tabcorp is the major operator of retail TABs in New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria in Australia, and in these locations, …

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William Hill in search of new Australia CEO as Sullivan leaves

William Hill has confirmed the departure of its Australia Chief Executive Officer Michael Sullivan, who agreed to leave the company on Monday. William Hill announced that Group of Director of Operatins James Henderson would take temporary charge of the regions operations, while it looked for Sullivan’s replacement. Sullivan retained his position as CEO of William Hill Australia, following the operator …

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Strong quarter for Ladbrokes

One of the UK’s oldest and largest retail bookmakers has warned of potential shop closures and job losses in 2015, because of regulatory uncertainty and a 5% hike in Machine Games Duty (MGD). Speaking as Ladbrokes released its Q1 Interim Management Statement, Chief Executive Richard Glynn, said: “The unexpected recent tax increases and ongoing uncertainty surrounding regulation are unwelcome. We …

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NextGen Gaming engages Betdigital for Gala Coral gaming machines launch

Betdigital has been chosen by NextGen Gaming, the Sydney, Australia based slots studio of NYX Gaming Group, to launch their Foxin’ Wins and 300 Shields online slots titles exclusively to Gala Coral’s licensed betting offices and bingo clubs. Foxin’ Wins is NextGen’s finest online slot of the year to date – five reels of comic capers set in the mansion …

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