Gambling Makes Push in Asia Pacific Region - 22nd
The past month has seen a surge of
both established and not so established Internet Gambling
and other gaming companies make a push into the Asia
Pacific region. Greg Tingle, Special Contributor to
the Gambling911.com website and Australian correspondent,
takes a look at the Internet gambling sector in that
region. He also looks at the online poker component.
Tingle is also the proprietor of Media
Man out of Australia.
appears apparent that some of the gaming entities
have more than just a casual interest in Australia,
judging by some of the game titles. Try "Goanna
Gold", "Cool Bananas", "Kangaroo
Zoo", and "Shaaark" on for size!
saw some of their PartyCasino.com
titles enjoy a rise in popularity as Tom Cruise (Mission:
Impossible and Top Gun) fame, and his partner, Katie
Holmes, have been spending time in Melbourne, using
James Packer's Crown Towers as a base.
are making a push with their Aspinalls Online Casino
Online Poker. Aspinalls have quite a colourful
history, with the late, great, John Aspinall said
to have ties and friendships with Australia's Packer
family. In recent years it has been reported that
Australia's James Packer has done business deals with
Damian Aspinall. No doubt Aspers would be most welcome
to accommodate the needs of casino whales, in both
an online and offline capacity. Aspinall Jr has been
spotted out and about with Australia's Elle "The
Body" MacPherson a number of times over the past
year, so Aspers wins points for that alone.
Casino and Titan
Poker both Playtech powered casinos have also
identified the Asia Pacific region as a go ahead region
for growth. Titan have come up with some impressive
and generous bonuses for signing up at their online
Nugget Online Casino, both part of the Belle Rock
Entertainment family, rose to prominence in Australia
last year with their promotion of blockbuster movie
hits, Tomb Raider and Hitman. JackpotCity is powered
by Microgaming, which incidentally is also the software
that powers Australia's Captain
Cooks Casino. Captain Cooks Casino is by all accounts
a favorite with the Aussies, so it looks like a battle
of sorts may be on the horizon for the patronage of
players who prefer Microgaming.
Club and Slots
Club, both powered by Boss Media, proudly have
"Kangaroo Zoo" in their casino game stable.
In recent months they have added more games, revamped
the websites, and enhanced multi currency options.
Partners, the European gaming powerhouse is embarking
on a campaign pushing forward their highly respect
casino brands into the Asia Pacific. Sources advise
to be watching out for Casino
Tropez and Europa
Casino, to name but a few.
Games maintains presence in Australia and their
Transformers online slot game is impossible to miss,
thanks to the blockbuster movie launch last month.
Virgin looks to have taken a page out of the Marvel
Entertainment book, pushing forward a traditional
entertainment brand. Marvel Entertainment is working
on a Thor movie, so one would expect the Thor slot
game to enjoy some renewed popularity. Virgin Casino
top brass has recently gone on record via the Virgin.com
website portal about the ups and downs of the online
casino and igaming industry. Virgin's Richard Branson
has approximately 200 companies in a range of industry
verticals, so Virgin are certainly spreading their
risk. Virgin recently ceased their Pikum! brand, however
they remain one of the world's strongest and most
respected brands. Let us not forget that celebrated
film producer and director, Steven Spielberg has made
a financial killing in the gaming sector over the
decades, however it's his movie making that most of
the world knows him for.
have ramped up their progressive games and online
slot game offerings, so they can expect to see more
casino fans flocking to their casino, better known
for the 3D casino and online poker experience. PKR
are looking to continue their red hot streak in media,
building upon their recent promotions tied in with
the World Series of Poker, and are said to be sponsoring
a number of upcoming events including the Asian Poker
Tour, which is enjoying strong presence in Macau and
Philippines of late.
help cope with the current interest from the world's
igaming and gaming entities, Australia's Media
Man Australia, the media and publicity company,
has ramped up portal development operations and also
plans to launch more website portals including more
for the gaming sector. MMA's Casino
News Media, Australian
Casino News and Classic
Slots Online have been reporting a rise in rankings
in recent months, as they strive to achieve Hitwise
Australia top ten status. Media Man director, Greg
Tingle, reckons its online a matter of time before
Australian gaming figures, John "Singo"
Singleton and Gerry Harvey, make a major play into
Australian online gaming space, most certainly in
the horse racing sector. Pokies baron, Bruce Mathieson,
continues to do very well out of his pub pokies deal
with Woolworths and the like. Media Man Australia
is preparing a pitch to put to their connections at
TVS Channel 31 Community TV, and sees the igaming
and gaming sector as a new source of revenue for the
community media sector. The gaming sector is said
to be a significant source of revenue to fund Media
Man's philanthropic and community endeavours, so TVS
would do well to consider their pitch. Australia's
SBS are said to also be open to approaches on new
revenue streams, and ABC online has increased their
online gaming involvement, with an online "Grandstand's
Ultimate Ashes" game available, adding to their
"Good Game" offerings.
Australian government would be watching the igaming
developments unfold in the US and Europe, as the game
of skill vs games of chance debate continues. Now
many sports betting experts are arguing that sports
betting is largely a game of skill, following recent
court findings on poker. You can bet that the UFC
is watching this space closely and a number of sports
betting operations in the US are said to have broken
records with UFC 100, including BetUS.com,
with the Brock Lesnar fight being the prime money
maker, both for betting and Pay-Per-View buy rates.
One can bet that Sen Stephen Conroy's office would
have now heard of the upcoming motion picture staring
Kevin Spacey, 'Casino Jack'. Spacey plays lobbyist
Jack Abramoff, known for his Indian casino connections
and lobbying. His career sees him land him in jail.
Expect to hear whispers about the movie by the Tabcorp
and Crown Casino fraternity.
has seen a number more incidents at bricks and mortar
hotels, pubs and casinos, so having a bet on the pokies
at an online casino may be even safer and more enjoyable
that one might have first thought. As always, take
note of the casino and brand names and reputation,
and gamblers are advised to know their limits, meaning
set a financial limit and stick to it. In addition,
gamblers are advised to ensure their gambling stays
enjoyable, and if it stops being fun, its most likely
time to stop. As the old Aussie term goes, Bet with
your head, not over it.
friends at Gambling911,
GPWA and eGaming
Review see the gaming and igaming industry as
being one of the world's most recession resistant
industries, but certainly not recession proof.
mainstream press in Australia is starting to cover
the industry in more details, with regular coverage
being offered to the likes of PartyGaming, Joe Hachem
(PokerStars connection) and the World Series of Poker.
side of the gaming, igaming and gambling sector you
look into, there's plenty of exciting developments,
be it technology advancements, legal developments
or just new games, as the industry does its best to
be a good corporate citizen and do the right thing
by authorities, gaming regulators and players.
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