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Two Star Casino Staff Sacked Then Banned for Misconduct

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Two of The Star’s employees tasked with overseeing gaming have been banned from NSW casinos for five years after being sacked for serious misconduct.

A female gaming attendant who admitted to having gambling issues placed 28 bets on a gambling app while on shift, and an off-duty male games dealer was caught disposing of illicit drugs in a public area of The Star.

The female gaming attendant, who had worked at The Star for 11 years, admitted to frequently placing bets on her phone during work hours in January and February this year.

The male games dealer was off duty and standing on the City View Balcony with another person, when CCTV caught him throwing a bag of white powder over the railing behind him. Security searched the area and found the bag behind some plants in a public area within the casino’s boundaries.

When interviewed by The Star, the games dealer would not disclose where the substance came from, only that he found it in his pocket and wanted to dispose of it. He faced court in April this year, charged with possessing a prohibited drug.

The Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority made the decision to ban the ‘casino special employees’ from working at or even entering a casino premises after The Star alerted Liquor & Gaming NSW to having fired them for offences in breach of their responsibilities as gaming licensees.

Liquor & Gaming investigated and then made a complaint to the Authority. Liquor & Gaming is currently working with the NSW Police Casino and Racing Unit in relation to the matters.

Authority Chair Philip Crawford said The Star self-reported the misconduct in line with their obligations and was right to sack its employees as they held special positions of responsibility in the industry.

“A casino special employee is a licensee engaged to supervise and facilitate gaming activities,” Mr Crawford said.

“These people help safeguard the integrity of casino operations from criminal influence, serious misconduct or exploitation and a special degree of trust is placed in them.”

Link to vision of staff member disposing of illegal drugs: https://vimeo.com/463681024/218579706d

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Kambi Group plc partners with Racing and Wagering Western Australia

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The world’s trusted sports betting partner expands global reach with leading Australian operator

Kambi Group plc, the leading global sports betting supplier, has signed a long-term agreement to become the sports betting partner of Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA).

The partnership will see RWWA leverage Kambi’s technology to upgrade its current sportsbook offering across its retail outlets and established online brand TABtouch.

The Kambi sportsbook will complement RWWA’s existing racing wagering product, and RWWA will take full advantage of Kambi’s deep sports betting offer, powerful bonusing toolbox and extensive differentiation capabilities across front-end and odds to deliver players a best-in-class experience.

Established in 2003, RWWA is the state-run, self-funded racing authority for Western Australia, responsible for the operations of the state’s Totalisator Agency Board (TAB). Sales channels include a network of more than 320 retail agencies and TABtouch, which encompasses the online, mobile and call centre operations. RWWA distributes the profits gained through its wagering business to support the growth and competitiveness of the state’s racing industry.

Kristian Nylén, CEO, Kambi, said: “This is an important strategic partnership for Kambi. RWWA has achieved excellent recent growth, and we are very pleased that they view Kambi’s high-performance sports betting technology as central in pushing that to the next level.

“The agreement underlines Kambi’s ability to configure our technology to meet the needs of any operator and regulated market, and we are excited to play a crucial role in driving RWWA’s online and retail success.”

Ian Edwards, CEO, RWWA, said: “We are delighted to have partnered with Kambi to build on our reach across our online and retail sectors.

“Kambi’s track record as a springboard for growth is evident, and their flexibility and power under the hood marked them out as an ideal partner.

“As the organisation which funds the State’s racing industry, RWWA is focused on maximising its profits through the Western Australian TAB in the long-term interests of the industry, and we believe this partnership will help drive greater results.”

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Jumbo: Lotterywest white-label website operational

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Jumbo Interactive Limited (Jumbo) is pleased to announce that the Lotterywest white-label website www.oz.lotterywest.com is now live and fully operational, within the timeframe anticipated when Jumbo announced the Lotterywest Agreement to the ASX on 13 November 2020.

Under this Agreement, Jumbo will provide its online software platform and services to Lotterywest for up to the next 10 years, and has agreed to transition its WA customers to Lotterywest. Jumbo has also ceased sales of Tabcorp products to its WA customers from 21 December 2020, consistent with the terms of Jumbo’s 10-year agreements with Tabcorp, first announced on 29 June 2020.

“We’re very pleased to have delivered this project within the scheduled timeframe”, said Mr Mike Veverka, CEO of Jumbo.

“The successful completion was the result of the excellent working relationship between the Lotterywest and Jumbo project teams who were both focused on ensuring an uninterrupted firstclass customer experience”, he said.

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SQID Enters into Letter of Intent to Acquire 50% of ICON Esports

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SQID Technologies Limited has entered into a letter of intent (LOI) to acquire 50% of ICON Esports Pty Ltd.

SQID has agreed to invest AUD 2,250,000 for a 50% equity interest (on a fully-diluted basis) in ICON. The investment is expected to be used to expand the sales and business development activity and to support growth.

Upon completion of the transaction, SQID intends to integrate its payment platform into the ICON platform forming a single unified solution for payments and marketing campaigns. SQID has an existing solution of APIs and software plugins for mobile applications and upon completion of the transaction, expects a relatively simple integration between the two platforms.

Pursuant to the LOI, in recognition of the management time and cost commitment with respect to the transaction, ICON has granted SQID a period of exclusivity for two months from the date of the LOI. In addition, upon completion of the Transaction, it is expected that two nominees from SQID and two nominees from ICON will comprise the board of directors of ICON.

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