A code developed by Australia’s ACT Gambling and Racing Commission, effective Dec. 1, requires ACT gambling facilities to comply with new rules to ensure safe gambling practices or risk losing their license. The code applies to all ACT providers (including casino, bookmaker, and lottery) and would require staffers to complete approved training courses. Each venue would have a gambling contact officer, and have information on gambling readily available. Also, problem gamblers would be excluded. Gaming Minister Ted Quinlan, who launched the code, says ACT is the first jurisdiction to implement a mandatory code across all forms of gambling. “We don’t want prohibition. We want people to be able to enjoy themselves on as many levels as is possible, but at the same time a civilized society needs safety nets for people who might face considerable ill effect from participation in gambling.” Code violations include fines of up to $5,000, or possible gambling license suspension or cancellation.
Class Action Denied in MGM Bias Suit
Black workers at MGM Grand Detroit Casino who contend they were discriminated against by management will have to do battle against MGM alone, as Wayne County Circuit Judge Susan Borman has denied the workers’ requests to have their claims lumped into one class-action case. Fifteen workers initiated the lawsuit in 2001, but it was expected that as many as 350 current and former MGM workers would join a class action. “The case, if certified as a class action, would degenerate into 350 individual trials. The class would not be manageable.” wrote Borman in a 29-page opinion denying the class-action. One plaintiff claimed she was fired due to her race after overpaying a customer by $800, when a white worker wasn’t fired. But the black worker was a supervisor, while the white worker wasn’t, wrote Borman. Also, one plaintiff complained he was paid less than a white peer, but MGM said the white worker had twice the experience, wrote Borman. The judge cautioned MGM that while the varied claims would be unwieldy for one suit, “this court notes that the individual claims have the potential for a substantial award of damages.”
Gaming Corp. Launches Online IDNPLAY Casino
Gaming Corporation plc – owner of Casino.co.uk gaming portal and provider of marketing services to some of the world’s leading casino operators – today announced the launch of its online casino www.play.casino.co.uk. The casino is operated by Gaming Corporation (Curacao) NV and licensed by the Government of the Dutch Antilles. The online casino is powered by Boss Media software, and uses a secure payment provider that enables customers to make deposits and withdrawals in British pounds to and from credit/debit cards (including Solo and Switch) software. “The launch of our online casino is an important step in delivering our stated strategy of building an interactive gaming business. The board is confident that offering our extensive existing customer base new products and services such as the online casino will add both significant turnover and profitability during the next financial year,” says Justin Drummond, Chief Executive of Gaming Corp. The company plans to build an extensive affiliate network and to operate and manage “white label” online casinos for major brands.