March 2016 Casino Action Update in Australia

The Tasmanian government has announced that it can handle opening two more casinos. This would potentially be the fourth casino in the island state. Even though it could be the fourth casino to open in the state, it would be a big blow to the Federal Group. The Federal Group opened Wrest Point Hotel in 1973. It was Australia’s first legal casino to open. The Federal Group has held exclusive rights to operate Kenos, pokies, and casinos in Tasmania for 30 years. Currently the deal has been set to expire in 2023.

This has made the company who owns and operates entertainment, tourism, and gaming businesses in the state to obtain an early extension. Obtaining an early extension makes sure that the company keeps its promise. The promise is that it will $100 million for building upgrades.

Last month in March, Treasurer Peter Gutwein revealed that negotiations for a new state gaming license which is due by the year of 2019. Poker machines will play a big role in this. Right now there are 3,530 pokies in the state. Gutwein has stated that, “The rights to operate these machines post 2023 will be allocated and priced by a market-based mechanism, such as tender.

Canberra Casino is currently facing a very tough opposition. The casino is owned by Aquis Entertainment. Aquis Entertainment is a company that is based in Hong Kong. The company wants to the venue begin to have pokie gaming meaning slots and video poker. Also, the company wants the Australian Capital Territory government give permission to provide pokies in the Australian resort. They want it to become part of their plan to redevelop. Aquis wants to spend $330 million on the project.

According to reports, Aquis has formed a proposal and asked the government to allow 500 pokies to be at the casino. They strongly believe that a full service gaming model would attract Asian tourists. However Anthony Ball who is the Executive Director of Clubs Australia thinks the opposite. He believes that the local would be more attracted to the pokies more than tourists. A casino operator has been talking a lot about VIP gamblers coming to the venue from Asia, but avoiding Melbourne and Sydney before visiting Canberra. Ball believes that Canberra is selling a dream, while Clubs Australia thinks the venue has their eyes on local residents.

When the license for pokie gaming is allowed, the clubs industry would get wiped out according to Ball. There is a major concern that this move would force members of clubs out of business because there are 35 clubs located real close to the casino. Clubs Australia has mentioned that history has shown that when casinos are set, they start to market towards the locals.

Jackpotland online casino has released two new NetEnt pokies. Both of the pokies have unique themes and nice gaming features. This online casino is licensed. The name of one of the pokies is Multiplier Mayhem. NetEnt describes the game as “an exciting product that keeps the adrenaline rushing throughout, so users will not stop playing.” Multiplier Mayhem has 15 paylines and has 5×3 reels structure. Gamblers will see the daring lady driver, her three opponents, and her sleek racing car. The name of the three opponents is Twitch, Hamaki, and Bruiser. Its special feature the game contains delivers the payouts. Wild symbols can land on any reel. The reel that they land on is the multiplier value they. This means that players who have a wild symbol on reel 4 will have their payouts multiplied four times. Players begin the free spins race against Twitch. As players collect nitro symbols, they are awarded three more free spins. They are also awarded overlay wilds. Nitro symbols are collected in a nitro meter. After players obtain three nitro symbols, they will advance to the next level. When they advance to the next level, they battle Hamaki. After they receive three more nitro symbols, they challenge Bruiser.

Their other new pokie called Fantasini: Master of Mystery takes players through a magic show that is set in the 19th century. It has impressive thematic symbols. Fantasini the magician is the first symbol that is shown. The magician appears on reels 2,3,4, and 5. It substitutes for other symbols. The substitutions make the winning paylines seem like magic. Then he receives help from his assistant and a lot of magic props. This is a 243 way slots game. In every single spin that is seen in the Linked Reel feature has at least two reels cloned that are linked together with a chain that glows. Those who can work the magic themselves might be able to get all five reels linked.

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