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Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga to start Las Vegas residency at Park Theater end of this new year 2018

Lady Gaga

Fans of Lady Gaga will be excited to hear that the pop star has announced a two-year residency in Las Vegas and will be joining other big names such as Celine Dion, Britney Spears and Shania Twain who have recently taken up their own residencies.

Gaga said that she will begin the two-year engagement at the 5,300-seat Park Theater at the Park MGM in December next year, part of the transformation of the Monte Carlo hotel in to the new Park MGM resort.

In a statement Gaga said that it has been a life-long dream of hers to play in the home of Elvis, Tony Bennet, Frank Sinatra, the Rat Pack, Elton John and so on. She said that the honour of playing in Vegas is humbling and that she intends to create a “new show unlike anything Vegas has ever seen before.”

The series of performances begins in late 2018. The pop superstar wrote on Twitter, “The rumors are true. “I will have my own residency at MGM’s Park Theater. Get ready for a brand new show!! It’s been my lifelong dream to be a Las Vegas girl, I’m so overjoyed! Love you little monsters we did it, meet me in Las Vegas!!” The residency will be comprised of 74 concerts with the possibility of extending the run. Variety, the major show business publication, citing its sources, says that the deal is worth $100 million, with Gaga earning over $1 million per show.

Over the last decade Gaga, in addition to gaining popularity for her songs, she has become known for stunts such as setting her piano on fire and wearing a raw meat dress. Last February she began the Super Bowl halftime show by singing “God Bless America” from the top of Houston’s NRG Stadium.

She had a health scare a few months ago and postponed the European leg of her world tour until early 2018 citing severe pain. In 2013 she was hospitalised for a hip injury and she also revealed that she suffers from the musculoskeletal disorder fibromyalgia.

A number of top musicians are drawn to Las Vegas residencies as they allow the performers to remain in one location and still draw in large crowds without the need to tour.

About Lady Gaga

About Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta born March 28, 1986, an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She is known for her unconventionality and provocative work as well as experimenting with new images.

Gaga began her musical career performing songs at open mic nights and school plays. She studied at CAP21 through New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts before dropping out to become a professional musician. After Def Jam Recordings cancelled her contract, Gaga worked as a songwriter for Sony/ATV Music Publishing, where Akon helped her sign a joint deal with Interscope Records and his own label KonLive Distribution in 2007. She rose to prominence the following year with her debut album, a dance-pop and electropop record titled The Fame, and its chart-topping singles “Just Dance” and “Poker Face”. A follow-up EP, The Fame Monster (2009), featuring the singles “Bad Romance”, “Telephone”, and “Alejandro”, also proved successful.

Having sold 27 million albums and 146 million singles as of January 2016, Gaga is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Her achievements include several Guinness World Records, three Brit Awards, six Grammy Awards, and awards from the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Gaga has been declared Billboard’s Artist of the Year and included among Forbes’s power and earnings rankings. She was ranked at number four on VH1’s Greatest Women in Music in 2012, finished second on Time’s 2011 readers’ poll of the most influential people of the past ten years, and was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year in 2015. She is known for her philanthropic work and social activism, including LGBT rights, and for her non-profit organization, the Born This Way Foundation, which focuses on promoting youth empowerment and combating bullying.


Did the red rooster brought the first casino in Las Vegas

Red Rooster

Can a rooster bring the first  casino on the Vegas Strip. But rooster is a simple bird and he did set an alarm to wake the players up for wonderful games. Jest apart, Red Rooster was the first casino on the Las Vegas strip now where stands the Mirage Casino.

Even before gambling arrived in Sin City Red Rooster was actually a night club that served alcohol though it was prohibited at that time. Also Nevada officials had banned gaming in 1911. So when the state of Nevada passed legislation legalizing gambling in March of 1931, owners of the Red Rooster quickly took advantage of the new law, becoming the very first recipient of a gaming licenses in Clark County, Nevada. They were granted this license on April 1, 1931. Reportedly, they opened with just a few pokies machines and one blackjack table.

Red Rooster Casino

“Crime lords, illegal whiskey, federal stings and mysterious fires … par for the course in the tale of the Red Rooster, the first nightclub on what would eventually become the Las Vegas Strip” – Robert Stoldal, from Ace of Clubs, a history of Red Rooster and Meadows at KNPR. Photo: Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas.

Irony is that though Red Rooster became the first casino on the Las Vegas Strip, it also became the first casino in Las Vegas to lose its gaming license.

According to the book, “License to Steal” by author Jeff Burbank, the new gaming board revoked the Red Rooster’s license on July 7, 1931, after federal authorities raided the casino for selling alcohol as prohibition was still the law of the land. So, this first casino in Las Vegas lasted for less than 100 days.

The other “first casino on the Strip” contender was established on a desolate parcel a little south of where today’s Stratosphere now stands. It was the oddly named Pair O’ Dice, which had been a successful club previously, but which was granted a gaming license in May of 1931, just a month after the Red rooster.

Like the Red Rooster, the Pair O’ Dice was built on Highway 91, also known as the Los Angeles Highway, which would later be called the Las Vegas Strip. The Pair O’ Dice’s location was on land that would later become the Frontier Hotel and Casino directly across the street from where the Wynn and Encore stand now.

Owners of the Pair O’ Dice purposely built the nightclub or casino south of downtown, so as to try to capture some of the Los Angeles tourist traffic headed on Highway 91 into downtown. Like the Red Rooster, they too illegally served alcohol, but were somehow spared the wrath of the United States government, and continued to stay open.

After years and years of successfully operating as “The Frontier”, and then the “New Frontier” Hotel and Casino, the resort was closed and demolished in 2007. Grand plans to build a replica of the famous Plaza Hotel in New York City on the now-vacant land have failed to materialize, meaning this parcel of land on the Las Vegas strip was busier and more happening back in 1931 than it is today.

While the Pair O’ Dice was the first sustained casino on the Strip, the first resort with a casino was the El Rancho Vegas, which opened in April of 1941.

Unlike the Pair O ‘ Dice, which was basically a nightclub with a few pokies machines, one blackjack table, one craps table, and one roulette wheel, the El Rancho Vegas was more like the grand dad of the Strip casinos you know today. It had a swimming pool, a showroom, the first buffet in the nation, and fancier accommodations than at the hotels on Freemont Street a few miles to the North.

According to UNLV, the resort also had a whopping 70 pokies machines, and 4 table games, and the largest restaurant in Las Vegas. The hotel portion consisted of 63 rooms. This Las Vegas first sat on the land across from the SLS Hotel and Casino.

There is also a false and common belief that the Flamingo was the first casino on the Las Vegas Strip. The Warren Beatty/Annette Bening 1991 hit film “Bugsy” helped spread the misconception around. In one dramatic scene, Warren Beatty’s character Bugsy, character based on mobster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel stops his car in the middle of a lonely desolate highway in the desert. Here, as it was told, Bugsy came up with his vision of what would soon be the luxurious Flamingo Hotel and Casino. In reality however, Siegel and his mob associates purchased a majority interest in the already-planned resort, with Bugsy forcibly taking over the design and construction aspects.

In fact, the Flamingo opened on December 26, 1946 – that is 15 years after the opening of the Pair O’ Dice a mile up the road, and five years after the opening of El Rancho Vegas. For their part, Flamingo officials can brag that they were the first casino on the southern part of the Las Vegas strip.

What the Pair O ‘ Dice, El Rancho Vegas, and Flamingo started, has turned into a multi-billion dollar miles-long stretch of entertainment that is the premier gambling destination in the country.

Of the Strip, and nearby Strip properties, twenty-two are mega resorts, which the UNLV Center for Gaming defines as a resort having gaming revenues of at least $72 million per year. Strip properties bring in over a billion dollars of gaming revenue a year – of what the big change that came from a small, humble Red Rooster, Pair O’ Dice and some of the other first casinos on the Las Vegas Strip.

Female gambling Research

Research now on new study on female gambling and the influence of pop culture on betting

Female gambling Research

Bookmakers are offering gambling markets on television programmes such as The Bachelorette starring Sophie Monk.

Deakin University launches new study on female gambling and the influence of pop culture on betting. The rise of reality television betting, female-targeted pokie machines and Instagram influencers will form part of new study on women’s changing attitudes towards gambling.

The research, undertaken by Deakin University, will analyse if the saturation of advertising is making gambling more socially acceptable for young women. Associate Professor Samantha Thomas, from Deakin’s School of Health and Social Development, said gambling companies were increasingly targeting women with a range of tailored marketing strategies.

During Melbourne Cup week in 2017, online bookmakers were using female celebrities and influencers to promote products in their social media posts. It also includes the promotion of entertainment options and women’s groups from clubs and hotels, and a range of female-centred entertainment options from the casino.

The Melbourne Cup Carnival is an unequalled world-class event that encompasses the finest racing, entertainment, fashion, culture, food and wine all in one place.  Encompassing the famous Melbourne Cup Day, along with three other key racedays, Victoria Derby Day, Crown Oaks Day and Stakes Day, the Melbourne Cup Carnival holds a unique position in world racing as there is no comparable week where crowds of such magnitude gather to celebrate thoroughbred racing.  The Melbourne Cup is the iconic race of the Carnival, with increasingly the best thoroughbreds from around the world showcasing the very best of the sport.

The manufacturers of poker machines are using branding that is much more friendly and appealing to younger women as well, including the development of Britney Spears, Ellen and Big Bang Theory themed machines. Bookmakers are even offering gambling markets on events that are popular with young women, such as The Bachelor.

Associate Prof Thomas said women’s traditional preference for luck-based, rather than skill-based, gambling is changing. Until recently online bookmakers typically gave women a decorative role in advertising, but they are now starting to feature women as the protagonist.

The new Crownbet ad specifically features a woman, Australian actress and model Nicky Whelan repeatedly using the tagline: ‘If I were a betting man’. The ad portrays a sense of female empowerment and confidence through wagering.

The new study will access if the saturation of advertising is making gambling more socially acceptable for young women, and why their attitudes towards some forms of gambling, such as sports betting, are changing.

While there has been a significant amount of research on young men and gambling, there is almost no research on the gambling behaviours of young women in Australia.  So to properly understand this behaviour to develop strategies and help reduce and prevent gambling harm among young women, researchers are looking to speak with young women aged 18-34 who have gambled on the pokies, horses, sports, or at the casino in the past year. To find out more about the study, email


The ten pokies machines that brought change in gaming and punters will always cherish

pokies machines cherish

Pokies machines give hours of entertainment. It is not necessary that you need to spend money or place bet or play with real money to get this fun of gaming as most of the machines are available free to play. When you enter a casino you see lots and lots of pokies machines but do you know these pokies machines have all changed with times. As new technology enters the casino and gaming world so do the pokies also get a change of things like in machinery, structure, game play and other things. Here are ten pokies machines that brought change in gaming and punters will always love to speak of them.

1. The Sittman and Pitt Pokies Machine

Sittman and Pitt

The Sittman and Pitt Pokies machine is the first pokies machines that was invented in 1891 by Sittman and Pitt. In this pokies you needed to insert a nickel into the coin slot and then had to try and win prizes by building the best poker hand possible from the five spinning drums that displayed a selection of 50 card faces.

2. The Liberty Bell Pokies Machine

Liberty Bell Pokies machine

The classic pokies machines that you see today at casinos is said to be the resemblance of the Liberty Bell pokies machines developed by Charles Fey between 1887 and 1895 that hit casinos across the world over the 20th century. This pokies machines had three spinning reels with five symbols available to hit. These symbols consisted of diamonds, hearts, horseshoes, spades and the Liberty Bell icon. It offered the first automatic payout system and this would change the way betting and gaming operated.

3. Money Honey Pokies Machine

Money Honey

Money Honey pokies machine introduced the electro-mechanical pokies machine onto the market. It was in 1963, US-based developer Bally launched the this first pokies of such kind. Previous pokies had included elements of electro-mechanical design but this took things to a whole new level. The bottomless hopper and potential 500 coin win made it more attractive to the mass market at a time when Las Vegas was growing fast it is now. It was the perfect launching of this pokies at the perfect time.

4. Fortune Coin Pokies Machine

Fortune Coin

Fortune coin pokies machine was launched in 1976 by a firm called  Fortune Coin Co. This was the first video pokies machine to be introduced into casino market. It would set the precedent for decades of pokies machine releases. The pokies machines you still see on the casino floors to this day all draw inspiration from this pokies machine. It possessed a 19-inch Sony Trinitron color receiver and boasted logic boards for the machine’s functions. Its first live public demonstration came at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel. The machine became hugely popular along the Las Vegas Strip and Fortune Coin Co would eventually go on to become owned by renowned software developer IGT.

5. Reel ‘Em In Pokies Machine

Reel Em pokies

In the year 1996 WMS released Reel Em In pokies machines.  It was the first video pokies to offer a second screen bonus feature. Modern day pokies live and die by their bonus features. It’s hard to imagine a world when they didn’t exist.

Still WMS has continued to innovate the industry with the stunning Zeus pokies, the 6-reel behemoth of Raging Rhino, and the introduction of the Colossal Reels on a number of its titles such as Spartacus – Gladiator of Rome. This remains the most important pokies in their portfolio due to the impact it had on the industry by introducing the world to more in-depth bonus features.

6. Cleopatra Pokies Machine

Cleopatra pokies

This pokies machine was launched in the year 2005 with the Egyptian-themed and was 5-reel, 20-payline pokies from renowned developer IGT. It was a simplistic video pokies that took the world by storm. The chance to win 15 free spins with a 3x multiplier made it a must-play with novice and experienced players alike. For many pokies players, it’s one of the first games they ever played on.

Since its release, Cleopatra has spawned sequels and has also enjoyed equal levels of success on both the online and mobile platforms. It is unlikely you will ever see a day when this pokies machine is not available to play at a casino somewhere in the world. Only a few other pokies such as Playtech’s Desert Treasure, Microgaming’s Thunderstruck II, and WMS Gaming’s Zeus come close to the immortality of Cleopatra but the Egyptian Queen still rules the land.

7. Sushi Bar Pokies Machine

Sushi bar

Sushi Bar was launched in the year 2012 when 3D technology had already stepped in the gaming market. Everybody that witnessed the 3D movement back then will remember the red and blue cardboard glasses and the basic graphics produced from the technology. That has all changed now.

With the introduction of lots of 3D games as well as 3D TV screens things are lot more glamorous and fun now. Betsoft Gaming led the way with their array of 3D pokies. Sushi Bar was one of their finest releases along with Good Girl, Bad Girl, Mamma Mia, and More Gold Diggin’. These pokies brought a whole new gloss to the visual side of pokies gaming.

8. Mega Fortune Pokies Machine

Mega Fortune Pokies

Mega Fortune pokies were hit in 2013 when one anonymous player at the Finland-based Paf Casino hit the Mega Fortune mega progressive jackpot for a value of €17,860,868. It was the largest ever jackpot win on an online pokies machine. Only Microgaming’s Mega Moolah has come close to surpassing that figure when Jon Heywood triggered the game’s mega jackpot for £13,212,882 on 6th October, 2015.

9. Iron Man Pokies Machine

Iron Man pokies

Iron Man was released in 2014 by Playtech brought Marvel themed pokies into the casino industry. Playtech launch a number of Marvel-themed pokies like The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Thor, and The Avengers. The pokies all received very positive reviews and changed the landscape of a lot of Playtech-operated casinos online. They also proved to be a big hit at land-based casinos. The future of the pokies now hangs in the balance with Marvel planning to adopt a more family-friendly approach to their business but for the time they graced casinos around the globe, they were brilliant.

10. Jack and the Beanstalk Pokies Machine

Jack and Beanstalk

Now it is time for Virtual reality pokies and soon NetEnt is going to release many pokies machines with VR technology and other of their popular pokies with Jack and the Beanstalk being touted as one potential title.

Besides these ten pokies machines there will be a time when more will be added to the list  when VR and AR games will be on rise in coming years soon.

2017 big winning year for Queensland

2017 was the ‘Big Winning’ year for lottery players across Queensland

2017 big winning year for Queensland

THE Far North has emerged as one of Queensland’s lotto hot spots in the past 12 months with residents enjoying a combined windfall for more than $64 million.

A total of nine division one wins were recorded in the region throughout the year, which was just behind the Gold Coast where 13 winning entries were recorded.

In just the 4870 postcode area there were three division one winners which totalled $42 million.

Lotto winner

Customer Susan Lui has her fingers crossed for another lotto win in Far North Queensland. Picture source: Justin Brierty

During the past 12 months, between 1 December 2016 and 30 November 2017, Queensland lottery players enjoyed 105 division one prizes and pocketed more than $303.5 million in division one prize money.

While Queensland had the third highest number of division one wins nationally during the 12 month period, the state had Australia’s highest amount of division one prize money.

Golden Casket spokesman Matt Hart said a total of 63 millionaires were created across Queensland during the 12 month period. 2017 will long be remembered by many as a year of big wins for lottery players across Queensland.

Division one wins

Division one wins across Australia. Picture: The Lott/Supplied

According to Matt Hart there have been clusters of division one wins in certain areas in each state, these vary from year to year and in 2017 and seen division one wins land far and wide across Queensland in both metropolitan and regional areas.

He said one of the highlights in 2017 was in June when a young mother from Cairns recorded a $40 million Oz Lotto win.

Cairns is also home to another unclaimed division one lotto prize. An entry bought at NewsExtra DFO Cairns, shop 255, DFO Cairns, 274 Mulgrave Road, Cairns, won $2 million in Monday & Wednesday Gold Lotto draw 3315 on 22 January 2014.

You can play Saturday TattsLotto gives you the chance to take home a share in an estimated $4 Million dollars every Saturday! There are also regular events called Superdraws which offer Division One prize pools of $20 Million or more. Saturday TattsLotto draws close at 7.30pm (AEST) every Saturday night and to win you have to match 6 winning numbers in a single game.

Monday & Wednesday Lotto gives you the chance to become a millionaire each Monday and Wednesday with a guaranteed $1 Million dollar prize pool for up to four winners! Monday & Wednesday Lotto draws close at 7.30pm (AEST) every Monday and Wednesday night and to win you have to match 6 winning numbers in a single game.

Australian lotteries to win

Oz Lotto is a jackpotting game where 7 winning numbers are selected from a lottery draw barrel. To win the jackpot your entry needs to match all 7 winnings numbers in a single game, and if no one wins Division 1, the prize pool jackpots to the next draw. Oz Lotto draws close at 7.30pm (AEST) every Tuesday night and has jackpotted to over $100 million in the past!

Powerball is Australia’s biggest official jackpotting lottery. With the biggest prize pool and hundreds of thousands of winners each week, if there are no Division 1 prize winners, the prize pool jackpots to the next draw which has been as high as $80 Million! Powerball draws close at 7.30pm (AEST) every Thursday night and is a game of chance drawn from 2 barrels. 6 numbers are drawn from the main barrel and 1 Powerball number is drawn from the Powerball Barrel. Match all 6 winnings numbers plus the Powerball in a single game to win the jackpot!

Set for Life gives you a chance to win $20,000 a month for 20 years. It is the only game that allows you to play your numbers across 7 consecutive daily draws – that’s a chance every day of the week to be Set for Life! Draws take place every night at 9.00pm (AEST). To win first prize, your entry needs to match all 8 winning numbers in a single SET.

Besides these there are many other pool, mega and raffle lotteries to play and win. Try your luck then?


The story of Pokies entertainment so far in 2018

Story of pokies

As 2017 is about to end in few days, 2018 might see lots of changes in pokies entertainment. Pokies have stories in history where the crude machines changed to fascination and glamour and travelled to digital as well as VR gaming till now.

It all started in 1895 when Charles Fey first introduced pokies machine. Pokies machines as heavy with metal casing, having only a tiny coin inlet to insert with a small lever to pull as if starting an old model car engine that made the internal gears spin. The three reels featured diamonds, hearts, spades, horseshoes, stars and a cracked liberty bell (the name of the machine), all of which were hand painted. If three of these symbols matched up, the machine would automatically release its coins for the winner.

But people were charmed by the way it gave out coins and thus started the journey of pokies around the world. Mills Novelty Co. soon copied the idea and supplied bars around Australia, North America and Europe with the game. Over the years, new manufacturers began to add more reels and symbols to the original, but it wasn’t until the 1980s that they raised the jackpot odds high enough for more investors to become interested. You see, the original machines only had 1,000 combinations available, but when computerization was introduced, the odds of winning were raised to 1 in 16.8 million.

Computer age brought many changes to pokies machines as well as many casinos were on the rise both land and online.  Computer and technology made pokies more independent, meaning casinos could fill entire floors with the machines without having to attend to every unit individually. Instead, microprocessors ensured that the machines delivered high, frequent jackpots when possible and smaller jackpots when almost empty.

Around this time, many pokies manufacturers also introduced the Random Number Generator (RNG) and Ticket-In/Ticket-Out system. Not only do RNGs inform each individual machine what percentage it should pay out when compared to how much money has been paid in, but it also makes winning completely unpredictable for the first time ever.

Meanwhile, the Ticket-In/Ticket-Out method allowed casinos a little extra safety, as the tickets displaying jackpot amounts had to be swapped by a cashier. Before this system was introduced, jackpots were rewarded instantly in cash which made it incredibly difficult for casino operators to keep track of how much they had paid out.

As the millennium approached, many land-based casino brands as well as up-and-coming entrepreneurs realized the potential of creating online pokies.  Many gaming brands and software companies like Microgaming, Aristocrat, Playtech and Netent brought many new vibrant, progressive and swift gaming access to players all over the globe. By 2012, online casino operators  were able to compete with other flourishing gaming industries, by offering online pokies such as Mega Moolah, Major Millions, Starburst and Guns N Roses in addition to digital table games, scratch cards and even live dealer games. Also all of these games can be accessed on a variety of platforms including desktop, tablets and smartphones.

Pokies- A problem in Australia

But when pokies became a problem

Pokies became a problem when players lost more and were addicted to it. There was special impact on Australians where billions of dollars went down the drain by playing pokies. Many of these losses came from problem gamblers who cannot afford it. Placing bet limits on high-intensity machines help curb these losses without impacting on recreational gamblers.

There is/was an abundance of evidence that gambling – and pokies in particular – causes enormous harm in the community. Genuine gambling reform is an issue governments now have to face.

The failure of the poker machine reform legislation has been attributed largely to the lack of any betting limits on pokies under the most recent form of the laws. Both the Australian Greens and Senator Nick Xenophon demanded that a $1 bet cap on pokies and clubs be implemented in an attempt to limit problem gambling.

Supporters claim that the change would help limit the ability of players with potential gambling problems from spending beyond their means, while those who oppose the change point not only to the initial cost of implementation, but also the fact that reducing bets will lead to reduced revenues for clubs, and limit player options without significantly changing the incidence of problem gambling.

At the present time in Australia, there are no low-intensity machines where bets are restricted to ranges consistent with normal, recreational play. This contrasts with other jurisdictions around the world such as New Zealand and the United Kingdom, where certain venues are restricted to machines with low limits on the maximum stake and maximum prize. In the United States, high-intensity machines are generally limited to casinos.

It is possible to quickly lose large sums of money on the typical Australian poker machine. In states where a $10 maximum bet applies and the spin rate is unregulated, a gambler could expect to lose $1200 per hour – with possible losses significantly higher.

Because of the risks high-intensity machines pose, the Productivity Commission made several recommendations for reform in the area of electronic gaming machines.

  • A maximum bet limit of $1 per spin. Given that 88% of recreational gamblers already spend less than $1 per spin when playing pokies, this policy will not affect the average punter playing the pokies for an hour or two on a night out.
  • Limiting the amount of money to $20 that can be loaded into a machine at any one time will slow problem gamblers down.
  • Jackpots of no more than $500 reduces the volatility of the machines and therefore their addictiveness.
  • To give the industry time to adjust, all new machines must support bet and jackpot limits by 2018, with the limits enforced by 2020.

The Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016

The Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016 includes legislation that bans all internet gaming activities not specifically authorized within the new national codes, such as online poker. Although sports betting will remain authorized, the amended law reiterates the nationwide ban on any form of in-play wagering. A number of major operators have been offering in-play betting via a technical loophole where players could place an in-play wager via telephone, rather than online. It is thought the move could trigger a mass exodus of gambling companies from the country, with a number of firms having already withdrawn. As a result of the law changes, consumers that currently play online poker and place in-play bets on sports, and wish to continue doing so, will be forced to turn to unauthorized websites.

The pokies story will continue as the technological advancement behind the games rise each day. Now with virtual reality and augmented reality games boom pokies will also surely adopt this new technology. But will it bring a BIG change and stop punters to feed their money into these machines time will tell.


Ever counted the number of casinos in Vegas- Know the figures and the facts

Las Vegas Casino

If you are wondering how many casinos are in Las Vegas then find below some interesting facts and figures. According to 2017 figures there are 104 casinos in Las Vegas. These are located in the Las Vegas valley including downtown, the Strip, and suburbs, even though, technically, some of these are not in the city limits of Las Vegas.

These figures are taken from the Nevada Gaming Commission’s “unrestricted gaming licenses,” which defines a casino as a business with more than 15 pokies machines or one with table games.

That shows not in count the local 7-11 with a video poker machine as a casino (Like the “Louie,” a taxi driver who runs a semi-regular craps game behind the 7-11 on Friday nights). The neighbourhood bar with a few video poker machines, or the corner gas station with a few pokies machines aren’t considered casinos by the Nevada Gaming Commission, and thus, are not counted as casinos.

The  Nevada State Gaming Control Board, is good source for such figures considering they have authority over the ownership, games, licenses, and everything else to do with casinos and gambling in Nevada.

Few interesting facts

  • There are 172 casinos in Clark County, as of January 1, 2017, according to the Nevada State Gaming Control Board. This is up exactly 1 casino from 2016, but down 4 from the 176 casinos in Clark County in 2015 . For those of you unaware, Las Vegas is in Clark County, as are the gambling destinations of Mesquite, and Laughlin, Nevada. This 172 figure also includes the casinos in nearby Primm. Overall, Clark County has roughly 2 million people, and encompasses all of Southern Nevada.
  • 87% of the state’s gambling revenue comes from casinos in Clark County, Nevada, and 57% of the state’s gambling money comes from the Las Vegas Strip.
  • The 172 casinos in Clark County took in $9.7 billion in gaming revenue for the 2016 calendar year. This is up just slightly from the $9.6 billion earned in 2016 and up slightly from the $9.5 billion in gaming revenue for 2014.
  • Clark County’s gaming revenues were $9.7 billion 2013, meaning there hasn’t been any growth in gaming revenue in Clark Country in 4 years.
  • Although Clark County has 172 casinos, you cannot count the 172 figure in this Las Vegas figure, seeing as how some of those casinos are pretty far away from town.

Fortunately, the state of Nevada separates gaming revenue figures into many different geographical sections – four of which would apply to Las Vegas: The Strip, Downtown, North Las Vegas, and The Boulder Stip.

The Strip

The Strip

Of the 172 casinos in Clark County, Nevada, there are currently 40 casinos in the Las Vegas Strip area as of 2017 data. For their purposes however, the Nevada Gaming Commission includes casinos that are not actually on Las Vegas Boulevard as being Strip casinos in their figures. These include major resorts like the Rio, the Palms, the Hard Rock, and the Westgate. Also included in this list, are off-Strip properties like Hooters, the Orleans, and the Gold Coast. As you might expect, these 40 casinos represent the vast majority of gaming income in Las Vegas. In fact, in 2016, the Strip accounted for 57% of all the gaming revenue in Nevada. In 2016, Las Vegas Strip casinos generated $6.376 billion in gaming revenue, down slightly from the $6.348 billion in gaming revenue generated in 2015. It nearly matched the 2014 figures.


Downtown Las Vegas

There were 20 casinos reporting revenue in the downtown Las Vegas/Fremont Street area in 2016. These 20 downtown casinos had gaming revenues of over $564 million in 2016, which was up over 4% from the $542 million in 2015.

In contrast, the 40 casinos on the Las Vegas Strip took in approximately $6.4 billion in 2016. So although the Strip has just over twice as many casinos, it has over 11 times more gambling revenue than downtown. This really isn’t surprising given the modest size of many of the popular casinos on Fremont Street as compared to the behemoths like the Bellagio and MGM Grand on the Strip.

North Las Vegas

North Las Vegas

North Las Vegas has 12 casinos, again, according to the Nevada State Gaming Control Board. Casinos in North Las Vegas are mainly locals-oriented, and are not that popular than their cousins on the Strip. North Las Vegas Casinos include the Station chain properties: Santa Fe Station Hotel and Casino and the Texas Station, as well as the old-school classic joint: Jerry’s Nugget, which has been around since 1964. My friend Ken stops there every time he’s in Las Vegas, as they always have very low minimums on the craps tables. Also in this North Las Vegas category are the Cannery Casino and the Aliante Hotel and Casino, which was built in 2008. In 2016, these North Las Vegas casinos brought in $275 million in gaming revenue, up from the $271 million in gaming revenue in 2015.

Boulder Strip

Boulder Strip

The Boulder Highway area covers some casinos in Las Vegas suburbs, or those on the outskirts. These are mostly locals places, and include casino/hotels such as Sam’s Town, Boulder Station, Fiesta Station, Green Valley Ranch, and such. There are 31 casinos in this area.

It may surprise you to learn that casinos in the Boulder Strip area bring in more gambling revenue than downtown Las Vegas. This area of mostly “locals” casinos is roughly seven to ten miles east and southeast of the Las Vegas Strip. While many tourists have probably never played there, this section of town, which includes Henderson, Nevada, is an impressive player in the casino market. There are 32 casinos on the Boulder Strip. These thirty-two casinos brought in $787 million in gaming revenue during 2016, versus the $784 million in gaming revenue in 2015.


How one becomes a pokie addict – The story of an Australian professor

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Laurie Brown an Australian professor who has successful academic career at the University of Canberra but is a problem punter addicted by pokies machines. She sometimes lost as much as A$1700 a night at a Canberra Raiders club. She has a partner who stands by her, despite her losing A$230,000  on the pokies, putting a massive hurdle in the way of their retirement plans. She understands statistics and knows the gambler loses.

None of that stopped Brown heading to the Raiders club in Canberra three nights a week and losing sometimes as much as A$1700 a pop on the pokies in 2016. Brown and partner John Formby say no one at the club did anything to stop her. The staff knew her well – she gambled regular hours, 10am till 4am, when she knew her partner would be asleep at their cattle farm more than two hours from Canberra.

Clubs have a A$250 daily withdrawal limit on ATM machines. But Brown had four accounts, so could take out up to A$250 from each. After that, she went to a nearby ATM for more money, but a staff member told her she could simply use the club’s eftpos. From then, she handed her card to a staff member and withdrew hundreds of dollars a night at the counter to feed into the poker machines.

Brown, who doesn’t drink and never bought a meal in the club, compares her vulnerability to pokies to a drug addict.

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Laurie Brown with her partner

How it all started

Her first bender was in 2011, when she was living alone during the week, heading to join her partner on the farm on weekends. She made regular late-evening visits to another Raiders club, losing A$30,000 before the bank alerted her partner. The disclosure sparked a crisis and a complaint to the Gambling and Racing Commission which declined action against the club.

Brown put herself on the self-exclusion list, which bans entry to clubs. The couple blocked her access to their daily accounts and, for three years, she was safe. In mid-2015 she relapsed, heading to the Labor Club in Belconnen, Canberra to play the pokies. While her exclusion had expired, the club would not let her in without her family’s authorization. So Brown went to Raiders Belconnen despite the “big fight” with its sister club just three years before. There, her gambling resumed.

Raiders Belconnen didn’t her any questions. They just signed her up and that was the beginning of the slippery slope as she says. She played the pokies for a full 17 months, losing about A$200,000 from the couple’s retirement savings. Again, the bank eventually alerted her partner, in January 2017

Brown says her behaviour was that of a problem gambler – devious and secretive, and “to this day she do not know what happened, why she went back”. Formby said he had felt protected by the restricted access to bank accounts and the self-exclusion. He had no idea what was going on and was amazed as how can someone  go to pokies machines for 151 nights until 4am and spend all this money and nobody notices of this addiction.

Protection necessary for pokies addicts

Brown wants better protection for addicted gamblers, with stringent self-exclusion and intervention from staff. She wants withdrawal and spin limits, and changes to the design of poker machines, which “give the impression that you’re close to winning”.

The couple want the Raiders to take responsibility, pointing to the requirement for Australian clubs to raise the alert about anyone for which a staff member “has reasonable grounds for believing has a gambling problem”. Raiders chief executive Simon Hawkins said while the couple presented the club with a spreadsheet detailing her losses, the club would not refund any money, because he had not seen evidence the money was lost at the club and because it was Brown’s choice to spend the money.

Brown had shown no signs of problem gambling. She was “calm and relaxed, very friendly” and had shown no signs of distress, which could have triggered intervention. The amount spent was not an obvious trigger. “At the end of the day there are some very wealthy people who like to gamble and it’s not for operator to say they’re not allowed to. It is after all their business. But this is the version of clubs and their pokies. It is you who ultimately lose all and they profit with such business.

It is therefore always advisable to learn a lesson from such addicts and play responsibly.


The Wiggles brings National Christmas show to Perth


The Wiggles will bring their national Christmas show to Perth Arena on November 18. Christmas will be coming early for Perth kids this year with the announcement that The Wiggles will hit WA as part of a national Christmas tour in November.

The hugely popular children’s entertainment act will play at Perth Arena on November 18 to kick off a national tour that includes Adelaide, Wollongong, Brisbane and Canberra.

Wiggles performing

The Wiggly Christmas Big Show tour will feature all the hallmark bells and whistles of The Wiggles’ usual tours, including appearances by their friends Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus. There will be a range of dances, a huge inflatable backdrop and, of course, the Big Red Car to entertain children.


The Wiggles have been entertaining children around the world for over 26 years  and have been on an international roadshow, performing in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Canada and New Zealand. It’s an exciting new era for The Wiggles with a new generation of Wiggles fans singing and dancing with Anthony (Blue), Emma (Yellow), Lachy (Purple) and Simon (Red)! The Wiggles are the world’s most popular children’s entertainment group which formed in Sydney, Australia in 1991. The Wiggles performed to some 330,000 fans in 2016 at 143 locations globally with 332 shows in total. You can Click here for more details.


Sydney pubs to have now more fun and music rather than pokies to play

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Jake Smyth and Kenny Graham owner of Paddington’s Unicorn Hotel and Mary’s burger joint. Photo: James Brickwood

Australia has more pokies per person than any other country excluding casino-dominated destinations such as Macau and Monaco and almost half of these machines are in NSW pubs and clubs. Because of pokies the other form of entertainment has suffered a lot like music and food. According to Dr Charles Livingstone, head of the gambling and social determinants unit at Monash University, poker machines are a major problem in Australia and harms include financial catastrophe, divorce and separation, neglect and abuse of children, crime, mental and physical health problems and, in extreme cases, suicide.

In the 1990s a lot of joints starting making easy money from the pokies so they didn’t have to try as hard on the food and entertainment front. But now the pubs in Sydney and many parts of Australia are focussing more fun on music, good food and drinks rather than on pokies.

Chippendale’s Lansdowne Hotel  was supposed to be the pokie den and now it’s a space to drink beer with mates and have an awesome time. Also there have been even having male and female go-go dancers in here for the opening weekend to make this place a lot of fun.

The City Road hotel will start slinging schooners and counter meals, having sat vacant since the previous owners called last drinks in April 2015.

Smyth and business partner, Kenny Graham, who also co-own Paddington’s Unicorn Hotel and Mary’s burger joint in Newtown, are determined to restore their new pub to the legendary live music venue it once was, where bands such as You Am I and The Living End wind milled guitars on a regular basis. The pair believe that giving poker machines the boot is essential to reach this goal.


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Food, music and big dreams for the new owners of the Lansdowne Hotel: Jake Smyth, centre, and Kenny Graham, right, with their live music booker Matt Rule. Photo: Edwina Pickles


The Bald Faced Stag in Leichhardt is also booting pokies to focus on music. The pub’s new owner, Scott Mackenzie, says removing the machines was part of the business plan when he took control of the hotel three months ago.

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Tom and Anna Lawrence are leading a Proudly Pokies Free campaign. Photo: Dominic Lorrimer


There is a need for more live music venues in Sydney so that without the pokies machines they can get 500 people in the bandroom. The Parramatta Road pub has a “Proudly Pokies Free” banner fixed to its facade, supplied by a youth-focused campaign bringing the anti-pokie conversation to a venue level.

According to its co founder Tom Lawrence they want to talk to Australians about why they need to change their culture and attitude towards pokies and the biggest way they’re working towards that is celebrating venues that don’t have pokies and are the heroes in the community.

Proudly Pokies Free-approved venues are issued with stickers and signage to be displayed on premises. Other Sydney pubs championed by the campaign include The Unicorn, Alexandria’s Lord Raglan Hotel, The Oxford Tavern in Petersham and The Carrington, Surry Hills.