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TOWER HOTEL FACES DOZENS OF CHARGES AND MILLIONS IN FINES

The Victorian regulator has ramped up its prosecution of the operators of the Tower Hotel, laying a total of 38 charges over alleged responsible gambling failures, with maximum fines in the millions. In September the Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission (VGCCC) issued 35 charges to Rumotel P/L, which operates the Tower Hotel in Hawthorn …

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ILGA PAUSES GAMING APPLICATIONS AFTER LOSING SUPREME COURT RULING

The Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority (ILGA) has put gaming machine applications on hold, pending the outcome of a successful challenge by a hotelier in the Supreme Court that throws doubt on conditions placed on gaming rooms. Jim Knox’s pubs the Area Hotel in Griffith, purchased in 2019, and Whitebull Hotel in Armidale, bought mid-2021, …

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OLGR REAFFIRMS PUB TRANSFER DELAYS ARE ‘APPLICANT ERROR’

In the wake of further accounts of long delays in transfer of pub assets in Queensland, the state’s liquor regulator says the process typically takes less than two months, and delays are the result of applicant errors. In discussions with Queensland’s Office of Liquor & Gaming Regulation (OLGR), the department confirms the typical processing time …

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ALH HIT WITH SCORES OF CHARGES BY VICTORIAN REGULATOR

Australia’s biggest publican and largest operator of poker machines has been charged with dozens of counts of operating gaming machines not equipped with Victoria’s mandatory pre-commitment technology YourPlay. Australian Leisure & Hospitality (ALH) is facing 62 charges by the Victorian regulator over failures to minimise gambling harm, for allegedly operating the EGMs without YourPlay installed. …

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CRIME COMMISSION CALLING FOR PUBS TO BE ‘FUN POLICE’

An investigation reports criminals are funnelling billions of dollars of “dirty” cash through pub and club EGMs, and calls for massive overhaul including cashless systems and identity collection. The multi-agency inquiry was led by the NSW Crime Commission, with the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority NSW (ILGA), AUSTRAC and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, and …

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