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SkyCity appoints Walbridge as new CEO.

SkyCity Entertainment Group has announced the appointment of experienced gambling executive Jason Walbridge as its new chief executive. Walbridge is set to begin his new role at SkyCity in July this year. His appointment as CEO is subject to regulatory approvals in New Zealand.  He joins having worked in the gambling industry for two decades

ALH Neighborhood fined AU$480,000 for breaching Victoria working rules.

The Victoria Gambling and Casino Control Commission (VGCCC) has fined the Australian Leisure and Hospitality (ALH) Group AU$480,000 (£257,271/€296,494/US$326,469) for breaching rules over operating hours. VGCCC ruled eight ALH venues in Victoria ran electronic gaming machines (EGMs) outside permitted operating hours. The regulator said the facilities also failed to observe mandatory shutdown periods. Venues flagged

Ainsworth Game Know-how begins evaluation amid takeover talk.

Australian gaming machine supplier Ainsworth Game Technology has commenced a strategic review amid widespread reports that it is seeking a buyer. New South Wales-headquartered Ainsworth confirmed it has appointed Macquarie Capital as its financial advisor to undertake a review of all potential opportunities available. No expressions of interest have been received from suitors, the ASX-listed

Victoria authorities introduces gambling reform invoice.

The Australian state of Victoria has introduced its previously announced gambling harms bill which, among other measures, would establish an enforced curfew for most pokies in the state. Victoria’s minister for casino, gaming and liquor regulation, Melissa Horne, put forward the Gambling Legislation Amendment Bill 2023 to the state’s parliament. If the package of reforms

Crown Resorts unveils fresh CSR initiative.

Crown Resorts is launching a new corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative designed to reduce gambling harm at its Australian casinos. Crown PlaySafe will be part of “expanded reforms” within the company’s Future Crown transformation programme. It will aim to broaden Crown’s focus from identifying and supporting those experiencing gambling harm to proactive prevention. Crown will

ACMA blocks extra unlawful offshore sites.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is taking action against five more illegal offshore gambling websites. The regulator requested Australian internet service providers (ISPs) block Reef Reels, Royal Reels, Ricky Casino, Slots Gallery and Slotastic sites. They were all found to be operating in breach of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001. The ACMA made

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