Woolworths says $1 bet limits on poker machines won't help problem gamblers – The Guardian

Chairman knocks back calls for company, which is one of Australia’s largest poker machine operators, to follow Coles in introducing maximum bets

Woolworths chairman Gordon Cairns was peppered with questions from shareholders and anti-gambling advocates at the company’s AGM on Thursday.
Photograph: Wayne Taylor/AAP Woolworths says $1 bet limits on poker machines won’t help problem gamblers

Chairman knocks back calls for company, which is one of Australia’s largest poker machine operators, to follow Coles in introducing maximum bets

The Woolworths chairman Gordon Cairns doubts $1 bet limits on poker machines would help problem gamblers.

The supermarket chain is one of Australia’s largest poker machine operators, through its ownership of more than 330 hotels.

Shareholders and anti-gambling advocates peppered Cairns with questions and criticism of the company’s poker machine operations during Thursday’s annual general meeting.

Cairns was asked if he would consider following Coles, which owns 89 hotels, in seeking to introduce $1 maximum bets on pokies.

“There is no empirical evidence that it will improve the incidences of problem gambling,” Cairns said.

He said Woolworths was the first national hotel operator to adopt voluntary pre-commitment, a system that allows gamblers to nominate a maximum spend or time limit on a poker machine.

“We are the most responsible operator of gaming machines in Australia and we will have that validated by a recognised world authority from Canada that is

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New Buffalo casino pastry chefs create intricate gingerbread village – WSBT-TV

by Veronica Ortega, WSBT 22 Reporter

The staff at Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo brought a classic Bavarian village to life. // WSBT 22 Photo

NEW BUFFALO — 

A group of pastry chefs created something special to kick off the holiday season.

The staff at Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo brought a classic Bavarian village to life.

A lot of work went in to the gingerbread art.

It took about 200 man hours,18 different varieties of candy, 300 pounds of both chocolate and icing and about half a ton of gingerbread to create the display.

Wednesday was the first night guests could see it in the rotunda of the casino and people WSBT 22 spoke to said it’s impressive.

The casino started making displays like this 10 years ago. Over the past few years, it created a massive three story castle out of gingerbread. Now back by popular demand is the village.

“The guest, when they come in, they talk about what they’ve seen in the past and we really listened to them. With the train and the castle, they really liked the big structure, but they said we want to see what’s old fashioned. We want to see things that we’ve seen in the past that remind us of our childhood,” said Craig Lewkowitz, vice president of Culinary Operations.

Construction of the village was spearheaded by two groups. The facilities team built the structure and the culinary staff designed the houses. Both ran into some challenges along the way.

“We actually built 14 houses, but we have 11 out in the display. We built three level houses, but they were too tall so we couldn’t see the inside of the display. That

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Dan Haar: MGM, tribes should stop casino spats – CT Post

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Bridgeport is watching closely as the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs blew off a deadline to approve or reject the deal that allows the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes to build an East Windsor casino.

The East Windsor deal – a controversial state law passed a few months ago – affects the fate of a $675 million plan for a casino resort by MGM on Bridgeport Harbor.

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MGM executive Uri Clinton answers resident’s questions about their proposed casino during a meeting with the community group East End NRZ in Bridgeport, Conn., on Wednesday Oct. 18, 2017.

MGM executive Uri Clinton answers resident’s questions about their proposed casino during a meeting with the community group East End NRZ in Bridgeport, Conn., on Wednesday Oct. 18, 2017.

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Children walk home from school along Newfield Ave in the East End neighborhood where MGM proposes to build a casino, in Bridgeport, Conn., on Thursday Oct. 19, 2017.

Children walk home from school along Newfield Ave in the East End neighborhood where MGM proposes to build a casino, in Bridgeport, Conn., on Thursday Oct. 19, 2017.

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Grab a Steam Link and PC gaming freedom for just $5 – GamesRadar

The Steam Link is a magic little box that lets you play your PC games on any TV in your home, and it’s on sale right now for an insane $5 at GameStop. That’s gaming freedom for less than a Big Mac Meal.

The Steam Link comes straight from the PC gaming overlords at Valve so promises 1080p looks and 60fps performance. Here’s what Valve has to say about it: “Play your Steam games on any TV in the house with Steam Link. Setup is easy. Just connect your Steam Link to your TV and home network, where it will automatically discover any computer running Steam. Then grab a controller and play your collection of games from the comfort of your couch.”

We’ll be tracking amazing deals like this all weekend, so keep your eyes and mouse trained on our best Black Friday deals page.

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Sources: Arrow to join OpTic Gaming – ESPN

Noh “Arrow” Dong-hyeon will join the new LCS franchise OpTic Gaming, sources told ESPN. 

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OpTic Gaming has finalized a deal to add AD carry Noh “Arrow” Dong-hyeon to its League of Legends roster, sources close to the team and player told ESPN.

The former Phoenix1 player will occupy one of two team import slots, with the other to be filled in either top, mid or support roles. The acquisition was earlier reported by Inven.

Arrow will join Matthew “Akaadian” Higginbotham as the second player on the OpTic roster. Akaadian was bought out from Echo Fox on Tuesday, sources told ESPN. OpTic chose not comment to on this report.

The team is currently being assembled by manager Romain Bigeard, head coach Thomas “Zaboutine” Si-Hassen and OpTic’s parent company, Infinite Esports & Entertainment.

OpTic Gaming was accepted into the League of Legends Championship Series in October as one of the four new teams including Houston Rockets-owned Clutch Gaming, Golden State Warriors’ Golden Guardians and 100 Thieves, which is owned by Dan Gilbert and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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