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Hotels donation sparks conflict of interest fear
LORD Mayor Robert Doyle could be blocked from voting on council decisions that affect pubs and clubs because he accepted a campaign donation from their peak lobby group. more

Retailers expecting rush on back of stimulus payments, interest rates cut
GERRY Harvey, the man behind the country's biggest electrical retailer, is bracing for a rush of customers, with a cash windfall of $950 and a cut in interest rates of 100 basis points certain to encourage people to splash out. more

Call to set loss limits - Betting boss says bring it on
ONE of Australia's biggest online betting agencies has challenged the nation's racing ministers to force all gambling operators to offer customers pre-set spending limits. more

Manager jailed for fake robbery
THE manager of a Gold Coast tavern who staged an elaborate fake robbery to pocket more than $200,000 was yesterday sentenced to five year's jail. more

Casino zone a magnet for late-night trouble
MORE than 300 charges were laid by police for serious offences in the Crown casino precinct in 2007-08. more

International News

Online casino crowns newest millionaire
32 Vegas Casino releases the name of their latest millionaire – Rens S. from Holland, who won his fortune playing progressive slots at the online casino. Ever since their early days, slot machines have always been the most popular choice in casino gambling. What was once a simple 3-reel machine showcased in very few land-based casinos has now evolved into a worldwide phenomenon of endless variations, constituting more than 60% of any casino online or land-based. more

Shuffle Master to replace CEO
After an 18-month search, gambling equipment provider Shuffle Master announced Monday that veteran casino executive Tim Parrott would replace Chief Executive Officer Mark Yoseloff in March. more

Sport

Pup, Punter tie for AB medal
AUSTRALIAN captain Ricky Ponting and his deputy Michael Clarke last night figured in the first ever tie for the Allan Border medal. more

Visas expected for NRL stars
SUPER League newcomers Celtic Crusaders expect to have all eight Australian recruits who were awaiting UK visas available for their first match in Britain's top rugby league competition. more

13 nations, including Australia, bid for World Cup
ENGLAND, Australia, the United States and South Korea are among the 13 countries to have formally expressed their interest in hosting the 2018 or 2022 World Cups, FIFA says. more


  Tuesday 3rd February 2009
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National News

Poker machines a blight on rural life
SOME of the biggest gamblers in the state live in rural areas. more

Crown Casino refunds pokie players after Friday blackout
ALMOST all pokie players evacuated from Crown on Friday night have been refunded money stuck in the machines at the time. more

Online betting agencies lure gamblers with free bets
ONLINE betting agencies are giving away millions of dollars worth of "free" bets to open an online account to entice Queenslanders to gamble. The offers range from $10 to $1000 credited directly into their accounts - in a move condemned by critics as "unethical" and an attempt to "suck in" problem gamblers. more

ATM ban near pokies a security risk: clubs
THE registered clubs industry will use the recent explosive attacks on automatic teller machines to press its case against banning ATMs from poker machine venues. more

Rise in children dumped outside casino
THE number of parents banned from Star City casino after dumping their children outside has doubled in the past year, placing pressure on the State Government to introduce tougher measures. more

Friends stabbed minutes after leaving hotel
TWO men stabbed to death at Bankstown on Sunday night may have been attacked for their poker machine winnings. more

Hunt for killers after sports bar brawl
Police are searching for four men who they say stabbed two others to death outside a south-west Sydney pub last night. more

Assault stats are shocking
THE Herald Sun is shocked but not surprised at horrific new figures showing a big increase in serious street assaults. more

Tabcorp vulnerable to economic downturn
TABCORP Holdings Ltd is vulnerable to the economic downturn despite the solid first-half profit the gaming company reported on Thursday, chief executive Elmer Funke Kupper says. more

Tycoon Stanley Ho among large NSW Labor donors
NSW Labor has drawn some of the biggest political donations in the country from Chinese gambling tycoon Stanley Ho and other Hong Kong-based individuals and companies. more

Pubs offer condoms over Valentine's Day
Beer, wine, spirits, and condoms. Wollongong watering holes will stock more in their bars this month as part of a campaign to promote safe Valentine's Day loving. more

International News

House likely to vote on gambling
"With the new speaker of the House pushing electronic slots at racetracks as his top priority, it seems a safe bet a gambling bill will get a vote on the House floor in this session of the General Assembly. more

Sport

Test selectors to be told not to pick Andrew Symonds
THE board of Cricket Australia will today be advised to stand down troubled all-rounder Andrew Symonds from international cricket. more

Tim Sheens emerges as Kangaroos bolter
A BETTING plunge on Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens has established the NRL veteran mentor as the new dark horse for the Australia job. more

Wests Tigers star Benji Marshall offered $1m to play rugby in Japan
PERHAPS the fiscal meltdown afflicting most of the world has not yet reached the corridors of Japan's rugby headquarters. more

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