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SkyCity warns of profit dip

nternational News Brief: SkyCity Entertainment Group's Auckland VIP customers have won about $10 million off the house this year, leading to the casino operator warning of a fall in annual profit.

NZ problem gambling funding criticized

International News Brief: The Government is paying gambling addiction centres up to $18,000 per client for counselling sessions of less than 30 minutes.

Casino closure criticized

International News Brief: Gambling foes are criticizing the New Zealand Gambling Commission's decision to suspend Dunedin Casino's licence for two days for failing to take adequate action over a problem gambler.

Kiwi Player Remains Great Takeover Target

International News Brief: New Zealand's Sky City Entertainment Group remains one of the last great takeover targets as the consolidation across Australia's $16 billion gambling sector winds down.

New Zealand Commission Reserves Decision

International News Brief: The Gambling Commission has reserved its decision on whether Dunedin Casino should have its licence suspended after a woman allegedly gambled away millions of dollars there.

Woman Showed No Sign of Problem Gambling

International News Brief: The former general manager of Dunedin Casino said yesterday that more could have been done to help a woman who stole from her employer to feed her gambling addiction.

Dunedin Fights License Suspension

International News Brief: The Dunedin Casino is fighting an attempt by the Department of Internal Affairs to suspend its licence.

New Zealand Pokie Operators Criticized

nternational News Brief: The law should come down hard on southern New Zealand pokie machine operators who stand by as the cancer of addiction forces their punters into crime, the Problem Gambling Foundation says.

New Zealand Smoking Ban Credited with Drop in Gambling

International News Brief: The incidence of problem gambling has dropped by a third since the introduction of the smoking ban in pubs and clubs.

NZTR Enters Into Agreement with

New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing has entered into an agreement with to provide nominated race meetings for the purpose of running a free competition from their website.

Casino Defends Actions Over Woman Who Gambled Away $6m

International News Brief: The 42-year-old woman at the centre of a Gambling Commission hearing lost an average of $30,000 a month at a casino the year before she was arrested for stealing to fuel her addiction.

Union Says SkyCity Must Improve Security

International News Brief: The Service and Food Workers Union has criticised the level of security at Auckland's SkyCity Casino, saying there must be improvements.

New Zealand Casino Licence Hangs in the Balance

International News Brief: A landmark hearing to decide whether to suspend Dunedin Casino's licence is underway in Auckland.

New Zealand Casino Happy with Carpark Security

International News Brief: Sky City Casino says it is confident about the security of people in its carpark despite an abduction there.

James Anderson Wins Skycity Auckland's World Series of Poker Finals

Scottish-born Aucklander James Anderson walked away from SkycityAuckland’s World Series of Poker Satellite final yesterday with an amazing prize package worth nearly $40,000.

Minister Hopes Lotto Win Won't Encourage Gambling

International News Brief: A Northland Minister says she hopes a massive Lotto win from a ticket bought in Kaeo will not encourage more spending on gambling.

NZ District Ignores Criticism

International News Brief: Rangitikei District Council has resolved to confirm its existing policies on gambling and TAB venues without change, unmoved by New Zealand Problem Gambling Foundation’s criticisms of some aspects of the policy.

Staff Say Union Notices Being Censored by Casino Management

International News Brief: Staff at Sky City Casino in Auckland say information posted on a union noticeboard is being censored by management.

Win Chance to Play with Poker Champs

Kiwi Casino Poker is giving their players the chance to win a seat alongside Joe Hachem and Lee Nelson at the 2006 New Zealand Poker Champs, hosted by their parent company the land based Christchurch Casino.

Poker Player Wins Two Tournaments

Alan Goodrum overcame a massive chip stack deficit at the final table to cap off an extraordinary week of poker which saw him take out both the Peter Peko Memorial Tournament and the New Zealand Poker Champs Main Event.

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