When Len Ainsworth took over his father’s dental equipment company as a young man, he had little idea that he would ultimately transform the gambling industry and become one of the richest people in Australia. Now in his 90s, Ainsworth devotes a great deal of his AU$1.35 billion fortune to a variety of philanthropic efforts. A cancer survivor, he donates substantial sums to support cutting-edge medical research.
His firm dedication to innovation has served Ainsworth well over the course of his 62-year gambling industry career. He founded the slot machine company Aristocrat Leisure in 1953 and soon grew into a global market leader. Never one to be satisfied with the status quo, he always looked forward to the latest advancements in the industry.
As modern technology expanded beyond the world of traditional spinning-reel slot machines, Ainsworth consistently kept pace with the progress. Over the years, Aristocrat began to produce a wide range of linked jackpot systems, electronic card game simulations, and computerised table games. The company has also created revolutionary digital gaming systems that are able to manage entire networks of slot machines.
Aristocrat is perhaps been known as the manufacturer of the iconic, Egyptian-themed “Queen of the Nile” slot. A great deal of the company’s revenue, however, is generated through its popular linked jackpot brands “Jackpot Carnival” and “Cash Express.” These hyperlink systems are able to synchronize as many as 256 machines, allowing them to do display a common progressive jackpot.
After his cancer scare, Ainsworth handed ownership of Aristocrat over to his sons to begin Ainsworth Game Technology. At an age when most people are thinking about retirement, he continues to push the hi-tech envelope, offering a range of global gaming solutions and progressive linked terminal systems. In 2010, Macau Business Magazine presented Ain
Online poker players and other gamers will soon be required to jump through an extra hoop — and they have a new policy spearheaded by Prime Minister David Cameron to thank for it.
Cameron has been lobbying the U.K.'s largest Internet service providers to install automatic browsing filters in an effort to protect minors from violent, racist and adult material.
Customers must manually opt out of such filters by making a request to their ISP.
The U.K.'s four largest ISPs have responded to the lobbying in different ways. Sky and TalkTalk have agreed to require opt-out filtering, but Virgin Media and BT, the country's two other major ISPs, have yet to introduce opt-out filters. Both are under pressure to do so, though, and BT now uses an opt-in filter.
While the filters are primarily designed to prevent minors from accessing violent or adult material, online gaming sites are also affected. Some ISPs attempt to filter all gaming sites, while others only filter gaming sites with adult content.
That could be a significant problem for some online gaming fans, who may not be able to opt in to the filtering system without blocking their favourite gaming sites.
Some critics have assailed this "broad brush" approach, claiming that too much content is being inadvertently restricted. Some businesses and even charities have complained that their sites have been unwittingly placed off limits because of software mix-ups. There's also considerable confusion on the consumer side, as the filtering policies of ISPs are not uniform.
There's also a question as to whether gaming is being unfairly lumped in with adult or objectionable content.
While the value of opt-out filtering can certainly be debated, one thing seems beyond question — poker and other games have nothing in common with violent or adult content.
To lump them together is poor policy — and a unnecessary headache for British gaming fans.
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An astonishing win was recently awarded in New Jersey after a player struck it lucky on the online Poker variant, Let it Ride. The man who preferred to remain anonymous smashed the previous online jackpot record held by Cathy Ruela of $1,3 million with his mighty $1,52 million jackpot.
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The Let It Ride game offers players a relaxed pace in contrast with other Table Games which has proved to be an excellent candidate for older players as well as beginners.
The popular Let it Ride game is a variation of the Five-Card Stud with the game based on three player cards and two community cards. The community cards are initially dealt face downwards and the player is given two chances to withdraw a third of their initial wager. The first opportunity is offered after the player has had a chance to view their cards before the first community card has been revealed. The second opportunity follows after the first community card has been revealed. The player can decide to reduce their wager on both of these instances, a single instance, or they can opt to keep their original wager intact – this move is then termed as “letting it ride”.
It certainly appears that New Jersey’s decision to legalise online gambling in November 2013 has paid off as reported revenues for the fiscal year of 2014 amounted to $122 million with a number of players also reaping in the rewards.
The recent Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) was meant to see two sides of the online gambling legalisation issue in America square off in a debate, but the team of online gambling’s opponents simply didn’t pitch up.
The two organisations that were meant to go head to head at the CPAC conference, a political conference for conservative activists and elected officials, were the self-explanatory Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling (CSIG) and the Poker Players Alliance (PPA). The former, an organisation bankrolled by the hugely contraversial casino magnate and Republican Party mega-donor, Sheldon Adelson, supports a bill which would effectively cement the illegal status of online gambling across the United States, the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA). The 81-year-old Adelson has made little secret of his dislike for the very concept of gambling online and has rallied an unlikely alliance of conservative groups with the formation of CSIG, consisting of many organisations which seem outwardly opposed to gambling in its entirety.
PPA Executive Director John Pappas was present at the CPAC event to defend online gambling and relaxing the current prohibition in all but a handful of states. The debate was titled “Full House: Whose Got the Winning Hand? A Debate on Internet Freedom and the 10th Amendment: Should Congress Shut Down State-Authorized Gambling Websites?” However nobody from the other side of the debate, representing Adelson’s CSIG, made an appearance. Las Vegas Sands Vice President of Government Relations, Andy Abboud, was meant to be in attendence but as the scheduled time came and went there was no sign of him or anyone else to speak on behalf of the CSIG. Of course the debate had to be cancelled.
Pappas released a statement soon after in which he said, “I guess when the rubber meets the road prohibition supporters realize they can’t backup their fear-mongering PR campaign with actual facts. I was looking forward to an open and fair debate on the future of online gaming, and not just because the facts are on our side. Before Congress votes on any legislation that would impose a broad prohibition, like the Restoration of America’s Wire Act, I think American voters deserve to hear both sides clearly articulate how such a ban impacts consumers, states and the economy.” He added that the fact primary RAWA supporters refused to join the debate indicated to him that they want the bill rubberstamped without having to debate its merits.
The majority of smokers experience a certain yen when they take to gambling and one of Britain’s most elite casinos has come up with a brilliant solution. The Hilton Hotel in Park Lane is set to introduce a brand new private rooftop casino next month in where players can both play and puff away. The hotel opened its interior casino in November 2014 and has quickly become a high roller haven.
Those willing to fork out a cool £1000 membership fee will be able to access the roof garden extension kitted out with Roulette, Baccarat, Blackjack and Three-card Poker tables.
David Mills, the hotel’s operations director, said: ‘Many of our clients come from countries where smoking bans do not apply. We want to provide them with a relaxing and enjoyable experience.’
The only issue gamblers may face is that fact that Westminster Council has banned the property from providing live or recorded music as a preventive measure so that the casino doesn’t disturb the neighbours. Oh well smokers can’t have it all.
Canberra Casino will soon be backdoor listed through Namibian oil and gas explorer Discovery Resources. Discovery will change its name to Aquis Entertainment after giving approximately 89% of the shares to the Hong Kong gaming magnate, Tony Fung.
Mr Fung bought Canberra Casino for $6 million in December last year, complete with 39 gaming tables, two bars and licence fees that have been prepaid for five years. He also announced plans to upgrade his newly acquired casino in hopes of luring international and domestic gamers who are higher-spending than what Canberra is used to.
Experts reckon that this small move could be the start of major plans for Canberra Casino. Pat Flanagan, Aquis Barrier Reef Resort project manager, said in a statement that the “proposed listing of Aquis Entertainment Group is an important milestone in the future development of the Canberra Casino”. He also stated that the proposed listing relates exclusively to Canberra Casino and doesn’t have any immediate impact on the plans or ownership for the Aquis Great Barrier Reef Resort, where Mr Fung is waiting on a gaming licence.
If there are any changes in the relationship between Aquis Entertainment and Aquis Great Barrier Reef Resort, the public will be informed at the appropriate time.