Casino operator SkyCity, the biggest single-site employer in Auckland, will provide employees with more security by ending zero-hours contracts starting next year.
Following strong revenue growth, SkyCity Auckland reached an agreement with Unite Union and the Service and Food Workers Union to give its 800 part-time and on-call staff guaranteed hours of at least 8, 16, 20 or 32 hours a week. SkyCity employees will have the option of electing a higher number of hours or remaining on their current minimum hours, depending on their individual circumstances.
SkyCity Auckland has also agreed to a 2.5% pay increase for all staff for the next two years.
Unite Union assistant secretary Tom Buckley said the agreement followed a union campaign against zero-hours contracts, which started in December. Fast food restaurants, cinema chains and two hotels have already agreed to end such contracts.
The Illinois Lottery has stopped paying jackpot winners due to the state’s budget crisis.
The state’s fiscal year began July 1 but bickering politicians have yet to pass a budget. As such, the state is only distributing funds for essential services, which evidently doesn’t include the Lottery. But the Lottery is a state agency, and it says it has been forced to stop processing payouts of jackpots over $25k.
Lottery spokesman Stephen Rossi insisted that the money is in the Lottery’s accounts and that “all winners will be paid in full as soon as the Lottery and the Illinois comptroller have the legislative authority to do so.” Lottery winnings of $600 or less can still be cashed at participating retailers, while prizes between $600 and $25k can be redeemed at official Lottery claims centers.
Jackpot winners are understandably miffed at the Lottery’s stalling, but it’s unclear whether the bad publicity is having a negative effect on sales. Meanwhile, one local wag couldn’t help reminiscing that the infamous Chicago Outfit bookies were far better about paying their winning bettors because they knew not doing so was bad for business.
Betting on Football Conference
SBC’s second annual Betting on Football Conference is taking place on Thursday, September 10th at the Arsenal FC Stadium. This one-day event brings the football and betting industries together for a series of conference sessions covering partnership deal strategy, innovation in football betting, the Asian market and more.
Following the sessions, delegates will be treated to a tour of the facilities, a chance for picture with the FA Cup trophy and a late night networking bar sponsored by TXODDS.
What: Betting on Football Conference
Sports Betting Community (SBC) and Asia Gambling Brief (AGB) have rolled out its next Asia iGaming Social in Manila, the Asian Gaming Autumn Social, designed to bring together local iGaming professionals for drinks, food and networking.
The Asian Gaming Social will be held on September 18 at Skye Bar at Fort Bonifacio, boasting stunning rooftop views, an open air bar, comfortable lounge chairs, and sexy cocktails—a perfect location for mingling and socializing.
The one-day social event attract the who’s who of the gaming scene in Manila and beyond. We’re expecting well over 100 gaming guys and gals at the September Social, so if you haven’t registered for the event, you can do so now to guarantee your entry to one of the most anticipated iGaming socials in the calendar.
Manila iGaming Social, the first iGaming Social held in the Philippines hosted by SBC Asia and AGF, drew over 75 iGaming companies from all over the world, each of whom had many of their representatives in attendance during the event.
Wynn Resorts is slowly overcoming barriers in its quest build a casino in Everett, the Boston Globe reported. An environmental permit was awarded on Friday, the report said.
It appeared as though live racing and full-card simulcasts were to be suspended Sept. 1 in the wake of a battle over funding for the Texas Racing Commission.
Macau’s gross domestic product fell more than one-quarter in Q2 as the special administrative region’s casino-based economy continues to struggle.
Figures released Monday by Macau’s government showed GDP falling 26.4% in the three months ending June 30, a worse result than Q1’s 24.5% decline. That puts Macau’s economic output at a low not seen since early 2011.
The numbers come one day before Macau releases its August casino gaming revenue figures, which analysts expect to be down around 38% from the same month last year. That would reverse a recent trend during the current 14-month revenue slide that appeared to indicate a slowing pace of monthly declines.
MACAU’S PAWN SHOPS ARE HERE TO HELP
Congratulations, you won $25,000 in the Illinois lottery! Sorry, you’ll have to settle for an IOU for now. Winners of the Illinois lottery are being forced to wait for their money, because state lawmakers haven’t passed a budget and so lottery officials don’t have legal authority to do payouts.
John Juanda celebrated his return to the international poker tournament circuit by winning the largest ever EPT Main Event in its history in Barcelona over the weekend. Juanda, who had taken a year off from poker in order to learn new languages and concentrate on his fitness, marked his comeback in style, charging through a record-breaking […]
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Playtech, the world’s largest online gaming and sports betting software supplier (according to its own website) has reported a 33 percent gain in the company’s revenues for the first half of 2015. That’s compared to the previous year, a rise that included an improvement in the company’s performance in regulated markets. But the firm has […]
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Not seen at the races in 10 months, grade II winner Zivo is set to return Sept. 4 at Saratoga Race Course in the $100,000 Evan Shipman Stakes for New York-breds.
The California Thoroughbred Trainers Aug. 31 said its leadership unanimously agreed to use $150,000 from reserve funds to facilitate race-day camera surveillance in barn areas at California racetracks.
The government-run online gambling site in the Canadian province of Quebec saw revenue rise more than one-quarter to start its new fiscal year.
Loto-Quebec reported that revenue at its Espacejeux.com site had risen 27.4% to around C$8.5m (US $6.5m) in the three months ending June 29.
The company partially credited the gains to the June 2014 launch of online bingo and the sharing of bingo liquidity with the provincially-run online sites in Manitoba and British Columbia. Loto-Quebec said online bingo attracts “a different clientele” than land-based bingo halls.
Beyond that, Loto-Quebec had bupkis to say regarding its online operations. There was no mention of its controversial plans to IP-block online operators that aren’t named Espacejeux. There was also no update on its proposal to offer licenses to select international online gambling sites, which the province abruptly decided was a good idea shortly after the Montreal-based Amaya Gaming – which supplies gaming technology to Loto-Quebec – purchased PokerStars and Full Tilt.
A winning Powerball ticket worth $1 million was sold in Mableton. Publix Super Market #0464, located at 5015 Floyd Road, sold a ticket that matched the first five winning numbers from the June 27 Powerball drawing.
Hollywood Casino in Perryville, the first casino to open in Maryland, is celebrating its fifth anniversary during the month of September. Hollywood Casino in Perryville, the first casino to open in Maryland, is celebrating its fifth anniversary during the month of September.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation authorizing an additional 1% of purse money payments to the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association.
The Texas Legislative Budget Board has reportedly authorized three months of funding for Texas Racing Commission operations.
California Gambling Control Commission (CGCC) member Richard Schuetz is ditching the Golden State to take up a similar job in Bermuda.
On Monday, Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission (BCGC) chairman Alan Dunch announced that Schuetz was stepping down from his California position effective immediately and would assume his new role as BCGC executive director on Tuesday, Sept. 1.
Dunch said Schuetz’s years of experience in the gaming industry, which includes acting as CEO of the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and a stint on the board of gaming equipment supplier Shuffle Master, would be of great use to the BCGC as it prepares to “introduce casinos to Bermuda.”
The BCGC was formed in February of this year, two months after the country passed the Casino Gaming Act 2014. The legislation, which took years to garner sufficient legislative support, calls for a maximum of three casinos to be built in Bermuda.
If horses on the list of probable starters all show up, the Sept. 5 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course could prove very interesting.
Jockey Victor Espinoza has been fined $15,000 by stewards at Saratoga Race Course in connection with having advertising on his pants when he rode American Pharoah in the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes.