AusPost banks millions from offshore casinos

Australia Post pockets millions of dollars from providing financial services to online casinos which are illegal to operate in Australia, an exclusive investigation by The New Daily has discovered.
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A subsidiary of the government-owned postal company known as POLi Payments Pty Ltd is recommended by hundreds of offshore casinos as a reliable method for moving funds from Australian bank accounts into overseas gambling accounts.

But under the Interactive Gambling Act it is illegal for overseas gambling companies to provide casino-style games to Australian residents over the internet.
The New Daily understands that POLi Payments has raked in at least $5 million from online casinos forbidden to operate in Australia since Australia Post acquired the business in October 2014. A spokesperson from Australia Post later disputed this figure, saying the annual revenue figure was “significantly less” than $1 million per year.

The revelations, following the investigation by The New Daily, prompted independent senator Nick Xenophon to call on Australia Post to get out of the business immediately.

“I will be asking Australia Post for an urgent explanation for why it is doing this because as a government business enterprise and good corporate citizen the corporation should not be involved,” he said.

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A snapshot of a web page promoting an online casino and POLi Payments to Aussies.
“If it is involved in facilitating these payments Australia Post needs to recognise it is contributing to the growth of gambling addiction and the enormous harm it brings to Australians and their families.

“They need to get out of this business ASAP because it is toxic.”

The casinos include some of the world’s most popular online providers, including a number of websites licensed in Malta that allow users to gamble in Australian dollars.

While Australian residents who use these sites are immune from prosecution, online providers face penalties of up to $1.8 million for each day they offer online casino services to people living in Australia.

There are also steep penalties for marketing online casino games to the Australian public.

Many of the online casinos that promote POLi Payments explicitly target Australian residents.

Lucky247.com, which is managed by Malta-based company To Play Central Ltd, has a special section on its website customised for Australian gamblers.

Roxypalace.com boasts on its website that it offers “the best in online gaming in Australia” and a swathe of sites operated by online casino giant Digimedia Ltd have pages dedicated to helping Australian users open accounts.

All of these sites and hundreds more are flouting the laws which ban online pokies and roulette in Australia and they have arrangements in place with POLi Payments which help them do it.

As POLi Payments doesn’t provide or advertise an internet gambling service, it isn’t breaching the Interactive Gambling Act.

However, POLi Payments collects fees when Australian residents use its payments service to deposit cash in offshore internet casinos.

An Australia Post spokesman said that fees derived from the business were only a fraction of the $6 billion revenue generated by the corporation each year.

Australia Post told The New Daily that the POLi Payments business was compliant with all Australian laws.

“We are comfortable that POLi is acting in accordance with the Interactive Gambling Act and other applicable gaming laws where POLi is involved in making payment transfer services available for use,” a spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

But not all Australian banks are convinced that POLi is a transparent service.

Several do not allow their customers to link their deposit accounts to POLi, including HSBC Australia.

“As part of our commitment to upholding the highest standards, HSBC has robust policies in place to ensure transparency of payments,” said HSBC Australia spokesperson Tala Jahangiri.

“These policies ensure we only make use of systems or third party partnerships that allow us to understand the source and destination of funds.”

AusPost may shut down casino cash transfers

In a sign that Australia Post might withdraw payments services to offshore casinos, the corporation’s spokesperson said the online casino industry was not part of its long-term strategy.

“It is not an area that we intend to operate in over the long term,” the spokesperson said.

When asked whether Australia Post had refused to provide payments services to any online operator it suspected was marketing or supplying casino games to Australian residents, the spokesperson declined to comment.

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AllJackpotsCasino promotes POLi to Australian customers.
The New Daily raised matters relating to Australia Post’s exposure to the offshore casino industry on April 12 when we noted that POLi Payments may have breached the corporation’s own ethics policy.

While online casinos are legal in other countries, they are subject to a blanket ban in Australia.

By facilitating payments services to offshore online casinos targeted at Australian residents, POLi Payments and Australia Post have to deal with a problem of legal inconsistency between countries.

Section 2 of Australia Post’s own ethics policy advises all staff to abide by any host country’s legal requirements when working or conducting business for the group.

“If inconsistencies arise with Australian legal requirements, the more stringent requirements will apply.”

The spokesperson signalled that the corporation may soon review its commercial deals that remit fees to POLi for facilitating transactions with online casinos.

“To ensure alignment with the Australia Post group’s broader strategy, we review on an ongoing basis our relationships with payment intermediaries and other merchants,” the spokesperson said.

“Where necessary we will cease relationships which do not align with our values.”

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Mr Green targets faster online casino growth after Q1 success

Per Norman, chief executive of Mr Green, has said that the company is aiming to grow at a faster rate than the wider online casino market in order to continue to achieve further financial growth, following success in the first quarter.
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Revenue in the opening three months of the year amounted to SEK281.5 million (€30.7 million/$35.4 million), which represents a jump of 11.9% on the total collected during the corresponding period last year.

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) before non-recurring items was also up 23.5% year-on-year to SEK30.2 million, with an increased margin of 13.8%.

Meanwhile, earnings before interest and tax rocketed from SEK4.9 million in the first quarter of 2015 to SEK16.8 million in the most recent three-month period, while earnings per share also increased from SEK0.13 to SEK0.68.

Mr Green also noted an increase in active customers from 86,134 to 94,472.

“The European online gaming market is expected to grow at about 8% in CAGR in the next years, and our long-term goal is to continue to grow at a faster pace than the market,” Norman said.

“Over the past six months, we have successfully launched our new mobile products and gaming apps, which have been well received by our customers and won awards internationally.

“Mr Green’s core strengths are its strong brand and good customer relationships.

We believe our strong brand, new platform, strengthened management team and broader product offering put us in a good position to achieve continued growth.”

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Royal Panda Online Casino to Celebrate International No Diet Day with Three-Day Promotion to Win 1 Million Calories

Popular online casino royalpanda.com is to celebrate International No Diet Day by inviting players to ditch their diets in style, courtesy of a three-day promotion with a 1 million calorie top prize.
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A food package worth a million (calories)

To celebrate International No Diet Day – the annual celebration of body diversity – starting tomorrow, players can play to win a colossal consignment of food, including:

200 bags of potato chips, 50 bars of chocolate and 60 delicious desserts
Nuts, pies and other savory snacks
Baked beans, meatballs, stews and other tinned goods
Jelly beans, boiled sweets, marshmallows and other candy
Win a million calories with Royal Panda

The promotion starts tomorrow, 6 May 2016, and concludes on 8 May 2016. The winner will be the player to score the highest multiplier of any player on any of the following three food-themed video slots:

So Much Candy
So Much Sushi
Big Chef
The winner of the 1 million calories will then be announced on Royal Panda’s Facebook page.

About Royal Panda

Royal Panda is fully licensed to offer online casino games by the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) and the Gambling Commission (GC) of Great Britain. Priding itself on fairness and transparency, Royal Panda hosts hundreds of video slots and casino games, including its popular live casino where players can play their favorite table games with real dealers.

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Illegal Australian online casino faces investigation

An online casino that illegally promotes roulette, blackjack and 800 other games of chance to Australian gamblers may soon have its local website shut down after the registered owner revealed to The New Daily he knew nothing about the business.

Since 2012, the Emu Group Ltd has promoted itself as the leading provider of internet casino games in the Australian market even though online casino-style gaming is illegal under Australian law.
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The company announced on March 4 that a 38-year-old Perth man had won a $121,500 windfall while playing a digital pokies game on its site.

The registered owner of the Australian domain website is Gold Coast hairdresser Jeff Muller, who stridently denies any connection with the gambling operation.

Mr Muller said he never knew the website existed before he was told by The New Daily that it had been registered under his company’s name.

“That is all news to me,” Mr Muller said.

“I have nothing to do with this website.”

Mr Muller said he was now taking legal advice to find a way to remove his name from the com.au domain registry.

“That’s obviously what the solicitor is working on – he has already downloaded the paperwork.”

Under rules established by the Australian domain name regulator, auDA, websites can be shut down if they are found to be registered using fraudulent methods.

So who owns EmuCasino?

EmuCasino operates as a global casino operator, with its ultimate holding company – EMU Inc – incorporated in Panama, a notorious tax haven.

Its operating company, EmuGroup Limited, is registered in Malta, another jurisdiction known for tax avoidance.

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EmuCasino’s holding company is registered in Panama, a notorious tax haven. Photo: Getty
It is authorised to operate a casino over the internet under a licence issued by the gaming regulator of Curacao – yet another tax haven located in the Caribbean.

The New Daily has pieced together the casino’s corporate structure by conducting searches of official company registries in Malta and Panama.

While EmuCasino’s byzantine structure is not unusual in the online gambling market, it is likely to be of special interest to Australian regulators and law enforcement agencies because it promotes itself on its websites as “Australian-owned”.

According to the Panamanian companies registry, the shares of EmuCasino are held in the names of two trust companies, which effectively obscure the identities of the Australian owners.

According to filings made to Panamanian regulators, the holding company was incorporated by a law firm known as Quijano & Associates – one of Panama’s leading providers of shelf company registrations.

Quijano & Associates competes against Mossack Fonseca – the law firm now at the centre of an international tax evasion scandal after sensitive documents about its clients were leaked earlier this month to world media.

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Online Casino Reports Unveils its New Sports Betting App

The sports betting industry is as competitive as it gets, with punters constantly seeking value in the odds offered by bookmakers. Staying up-to-date with all the information available is quite a challenge, but there’s no other way to prevent downswings while increasing the profit margin. Online Casino Reports has released a new sports betting app that is aimed at making the mission of both amateurs and expert players easier.

Information at Your Fingertips

The new application is currently available only on iOS powered devices, but developers have announced their intention to release an Android version in the future. Meanwhile the app runs smoothly on Apple devices and it will be updated, to keep players in the loop with the latest information, bonuses and offers.

The Top Sportsbooks app is supposed to bring all the important information at your fingertips, therefore making online sports betting easier on mobile devices. By using this application, players should learn about the latest promotions, find out in time about free bets and relevant news. It has a user-friendly interface and covers football, tennis, golf, basketball, American football, horse racing and other sports.

The Online Casino Reports Sports Betting App Features

The app helps those who enjoy betting in real-time on a broad spectrum of sports, by presenting them with the updated odds and highlighting upcoming matches. It also informs players about the possibility of claiming free bets and suggests the most lucrative promotions offered by trusted bookmakers. Speaking of which, those interested can read comprehensive reviews about the recommended bookies.

The push notification service helps when time is of the essence, serving players want to make sure not to miss lucrative deals. The most interesting matches are also covered by Online Casino Reports and players who download the Top Sportsbooks application can read all these articles. Navigation is simple and quick, to minimize the risks of users being overwhelmed by all the information available.

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Arizona Charlie’s Casinos Gives Back to Vegas Community with Fourth Annual “Feed a Family” Program

For the fourth consecutive year, Arizona Charlie’s Casinos will spread holiday cheer to Las Vegas families with the return of its highly successful “Feed a Family” program (Pictured: Arizona Charlie’s team assembling the boxes of food for donation last year).
Now through Dec. 15, ace | PLAY card members have the opportunity to contribute their points toward providing families in need with delicious meals during the season of giving.
“The success of our ‘Feed a Family’ program is due to the incredible kindness of our ace | PLAY card members and the willingness of Arizona Charlie’s employees to spend time giving back to our community,” said Alex Rangel, Arizona Charlie’s Casinos Director of Marketing. “We are grateful to have the opportunity to help provide those in need with the delicious holiday meal they deserve.”
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For every 12,000 ace | PLAY points contributed, Arizona Charlie’s will provide boxes filled with holiday meal classics to the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority. The boxes contain enough to feed families of four and include items such as a 12-pound turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pie and more. Each individual box is packed by Arizona Charlie’s employees that donate their time in November and December to assemble the packages. The meals are distributed for both the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
Last year, almost 1.1 million points were contributed by ace | PLAY members towards the program. Employees also did their part to help make up the difference and contributed so that the “Feed a Family” program was able to provide holiday meals for 100 families throughout the community. This program continues to be successful because of the generosity of our guests and Arizona Charlie’s employees.

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Online Slots Games Gaining Ground in Canada

Canada is often on the forefront of many things, but we have to remember that they can also be on the tail end of things! Check out their love for hockey, which is sweeping the rest of North America as well right now and Europe and Asia too. They’re an awesome country with a lot going for them.
We say this because only now is Canada getting on board with online slots games, and online slots games have been super popular among Americans, British, French and Spanish people for many years now. Other from other countries have also been very interested in online slots games around the world.
Internet Gaming Gains Canadian Ground
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So why are internet games gaining such ground in Canada? For one thing, Canadians are looking for new ways to make money. It’s certainly not always easy when the economy is rather struggling.
A lot of Canadian citizens feel that when they get started they are overwhelmed, but only after a few times playing or a few days or weeks, they truly get the hang of it. If you choose the right sites to get started on, you will really notice that you can make a lot of money right off the bat.
With that money, there are endless amounts of things that you can do as a Canadian as well. Canadians love to travel, for example, so they often end up spending a lot of the money that they save on traveling to places that are warmer than their chilly country. For example, a lot of people from Canada end up heading down to Florida in the United States or the Bahamas or Barbados where it’s warmer. In Europe, they go to Italy or Spain.
These trips cost money, however, and Canadians are surely looking for ways that they can earn extra money in their spare time. This is where the slots games come in very handy for them. Canadians are loving these online games!
Are You a Canadian Who Is Interested?
If you are a Canadian who is interested in online slots games of any kind, you might be interested in actually getting started today. If so, you can play free Canadian slots games right now and you can find lots more info here. There is a ton to learn as you get started, but rest assured that it’s quite simple.
As you start out with online gaming, there are a few things to keep in mind. First of all, look for sites where you can play for free. In addition, try to remember that you should start slow with your bets. You don’t want to get ahead of yourself as you are just learning.
Next, look for bonuses and promotions where you play. There are a number of key sites that will cater to Canadians specifically, and they will help new players out. In other words, if you have just signed up with a site, all you need to do is open an account with an initial deposit and you can actually make back up to double the amount you deposited.
These promos and bonuses are called new player bonuses, and they can make you a ton of money to get you started. After all, you’re in this to make some extra cash!
Canada is a wonderful country full of wonderful people, and they are definitely 1st world. They have all the same types of businesses and commerce as the rest of the 1st world, but it is only now that they are seeing the light where online gambling and gaming is concerned. There’s a lot of fun to be had here by way of slots games and table games both. You should definitely check these games out if you are a resident of the country of Canada and are looking for ways to make some extra money. It can do you a lot of good and you will be joining the United States and other countries in this fun online gaming world!

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Pokies Casino Offers Hundreds of Online Slots

Gambling fans will be pleased to hear about the launch of a brand new online casino, Online-casino-poker.biz, which as the name suggests specialises in online slots.
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The casino carries games from a huge number of developers including 1x2gaming, iGaming2Go, Microgaming, NextGen Gaming and more. Of course there are a huge number of slots, both video and classic, with many linked to huge progressive jackpots. In addition members can play a good selection of casino games, video poker games and scratch cards.

New members can enjoy a 100% welcome bonus of up to £200 together with ten free spins on Foxin Wins slot. There are then a number of daily promotions to take advantage of including cashback, deposit bonuses and more. The casino is available in English and is licensed in Malta and the United Kingdom.

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Check or Bet: How safe can online poker really be?

SAN DIEGO – Everyone who supports legalizing Internet poker says the biggest reason behind the push is so it’s safe for Californians to play.
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As poker superstar Daniel Negreanu points out, “The current environment we have is unregulated poker. It’s just not something that is going to go away.”

California poker professional Maria Ho believes a lot of card players would feel better seeing online poker legalized and regulated.

“People were against online poker from the side of ‘Can I trust the sites I play on?’ But once they’re regulated, I think that would put a lot of people’s minds at ease,” she said.

Josh Rubinstein, chief operating officer of the Del Mar Thoroughfare Club, expressed a lot of the concerns poker players might have.

“If people feel they are being cheated online, there’s nowhere for them to go, right? There’s no protection board,” Rubinstein said.

That’s why Steve Stallings, a council member of the Rincon tribe, says the state should take action now.

“Do we want to wait until the one big rip-off happens in poker being played illegally in California? Or do we want to get ahead of that?” Stalling said.

But there’s another big question. Even if poker is legalized and regulated, will the games actually be safe?

“I can tell you: myself, I wouldn’t play poker online,” said Stephen Cobb, a top expert at San Diego-based ESET, one of the top security companies.

“Using a computer as an intermediary in a card game is really risky,” he explained, pointing out that just this past September, ESET discovered a major Trojan horse targeted at people playing on the world’s biggest poker site, PokerStars.com.

“We found malicious code,” Cobb said, “which takes a shot of your hand from the game and shares it to somebody who’s got that information who can bet against you knowing what you’ve got, which, as I understand poker, is not good.”

So hackers found a way to see your cards while they’re playing against you.

Cobb continued, “If you want to take a cynical look at it: if you’re playing poker through an interface on a computer, how do you know what’s on the other end? How are you assured of a fair game?”

Cobb said the risk involves each player’s own computer security, as opposed to problems with the company’s poker software. But, he said, there could be problems on that side, too, even with some of the features of online poker pro-regulation forces are promoting.

For example, poker sites say they can keep underage kids from gambling. That notion was brought up by industry expert Steve “Chops” Preiss.

“One of the great controls of regulated poker online,” he explained, “is that there are systems in place to ensure that you do not see under-age gambling, or kids that are 15 years old getting their parent’s credit card and depositing on the sites.”

Cobb scoffed at that notion, laughing and saying, “That technology I would invest in.”

Cobb said it’s like anything else online: a talented hacker of any age will find a way in. The includes getting in through so-called “geo locks,” the software that would guarantee that only Californians can play California sites, which is important since poker is still illegal to play online in 47 states.

Cobb isn’t recommending against legalizing online poker, but he thinks it’s important for all players to realize the danger.

“If people are going to participate in an activity, it’s best to make it legal, best to make it regulated,” he agreed.

But, he continued, “That won’t in itself, though, eliminate the risk.”

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India’s Largest Poker Website Collaborates With Bollywood Film Industry To Promote Online Poker

India has a massive underground sports betting industry which focuses mostly on the game of cricket, which many term as the biggest religion in India. Online gambling is permitted in a few states and the most popular game is currently rummy. Online poker is slowly gaining popularity and India’s biggest online poker website Adda52.com is looking to aggressively promote poker and build a large database of players in the sub-continent.

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Adda52.com recently launched the biggest online poker tournament in India and had over 800 players register for the tournament. One of the prizes that Adda52.com decided to offer was a chance to meet some of Bollywood’s A list celebrities who have a massive fan following all over India. The website decided to fly the top 5 poker players to Mumbai and meet with the stars of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani, a movie that is expected to be the best film in 2015.

The film stars some of Bollywood’s biggest celebrities featuring Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone and is expected to be released on the 18th of December. Priyanka and Deepika are considered to be two of the most beautiful women in India and Ranveer is amongst the top 5 male actors in Bollywood. This is not the first time that Adda52.com has collaborated with Bollywood to promote online poker.

The website initially ran a similar promotion in 2014 when it made deals with two Bollywood movies in Action Jackson and Mary Kom. The website flew the top 5 online poker players in 2014 to meet with the stars of these two movies and the promotion was well received amongst Adda52.com’s poker players and hence the company decided to run a similar promotion in 2015.

In a statement, Anuj Gupta, Founder & CEO of Adda52.com said “After the overwhelming response we received from our poker patrons for Mary Kom and Action Jackson, we knew that we needed another association with a Bollywood movie. We were looking for the right fit and with Ranveer Singh and Bajirao Mastani, we knew we found it”.

The race for the top 5 online poker players in 2015 will concluded on the 13th of December and the players who made the top 5 and qualified for this Bollywood promotion will be announced. Adda52.com currently offers three different poker variants in Pot Limit Omaha, No Limit Texas Hold’em and Omaha Hi/Lo at various levels.

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