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Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation appoints new CEO

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Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, the Australian state’s body to help problem gamblers, has appointed seasoned public servant Shane Lucas as the new chief executive officer. The Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming, and Liquor Regulation, Marlene Kairous announced the decision following an extensive executive search process that began on November 2018.

Lucas has held a number of executive and senior management roles in the non-government, government, and private sectors, most recently serving as a full-time member of the Australian government’s Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

He has also worked as CEO of education charity the Early Learning Association Australia between 2013 and 2017, and sat on the advisory board of Deakin University’s Master of Public Policy Programme.

“Mr Lucas has a strong track record of program delivery, establishing innovative partnerships and developing strong stakeholder relationships in a career at the highest levels of the public and private sectors,” Kairouz commented.

“We look forward to working with Mr Lucas to further strengthen and enhance the Government’s approach to reducing and preventing gambling harm in Victoria – his appointment is a great outcome for the Foundation.”

Niji Narayan has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. He reports gaming industry headlines from all around the globe.

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Crown Resorts Gets a $7.1 Billion Bid from Wynn Resorts

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Crown Resorts in Australia has got a $7.1 billion bid from the Las Vegas based casino giants, Wynn Resorts.

Crown Resorts made a statement about the $7.1 billion (worth 10 billion in Australian Dollars) bid to the Australian Stock Exchange. The Melbourne-based company will be opening a new establishment in Barangaroo, a harbourside in Sydney. Wynn Resorts made a cash-and-scrip offer and Crown is considering it. The news about the takeover increased the price of Crown’s share by a staggering 21 per cent.

According to the deal, Crown Resorts will receive $10.50 on every share, for which Wynn Resorts will pay in stocks and cash. The Melbourne-based company stated that there isn’t any guarantee that the discussions will end with them accepting the offer. The proposal from the Las Vegas casino giants will need regulatory approvals and satisfy other conditions.

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Ainsworth brings in Lawrence Levy as new CEO

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Ainsworth Game Technology, the Australian based manufacturer and supplier of gaming solutions, has appointed Lawrence Levy as its Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Levy is having 37 years of experience in the gaming industry. Recently, he held the position of Vice President Global Sales at Novomatic AG Austria, having previously held roles in operational and sales areas within Central and South America.

Graeme Campbell, Chairman said: “Lawrence is a highly respected and experienced gaming executive and I am confident that he will further assist the Company achieve its strategies to become a leading provider of innovative gaming technology to the global market.”

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Pointsbet fined $20,000 for offering inducements to gamble

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Betting operator PointsBet has been convicted and fined $20,000 for posting an illegal gambling advertisement in NSW.

The penalty was handed down in Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday 9 April after PointsBet pleaded guilty to offering people in NSW illegal inducements to gamble.

The prosecution follows an investigation by Liquor & Gaming NSW into an advertisement that appeared alongside the PointsBet app in the Apple App Store.

The advertisement offered ‘ALL 40+ METRO RACES RUN 2ND UP TO $100 BACK’ if participants opened a betting account.

Under the NSW Betting and Racing Act, it is an offence to publish “a gambling advertisement that offers any inducement to participate, or participate frequently, in any gambling activity (including an inducement to open a betting account).”

Magistrate G J Still accepted that the advertisement may not have been easy to find on the Apple App Store but said it had the potential to drive people in the direction of PointsBet online.

Liquor & Gaming NSW Director of Compliance Operations, Sean Goodchild, said PointsBet’s advertisement had clearly offered an inducement to gamble.

“Betting operators have an obligation to ensure that all advertising complies with NSW laws on gambling advertising,” Mr Goodchild said.

“Inducements are known to increase the risk of gambling harm so any breaches are taken seriously, which is reflected in the $20,000 fine.

“Under new laws that came into effect in July 2018, wagering operators, if found guilty of promoting inducements to gamble face fines of up to $55,000 per offence and company directors can be criminally prosecuted.”

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