Search News Subscribe
Stay informed with the
NEW Casino City Times newsletter!
Newsletter Signup
Stay informed with the
NEW Casino City Times newsletter!
Related Links

Gambling With Mobile Bill

17 May 2006

AUSTRALIA -- As reported by the Courier-Mail: "Betting cash on the outcome of blackjack, roulette or poker games in Australia could soon be as easy as pressing a few buttons on your mobile phone.

"Without even dialling a number, users could also be able to enter lotteries, play electronic slot machines and use animated "scratch cards".

"But Queensland academics are already concerned this new form of gambling, dubbed m-gambling, could spawn a new generation of addicts.

"As such, a group of four researchers from the Queensland University of Technology, University of Queensland and Griffith University have joined to investigate the emerging trend and assess whether it's a risk to Australian mobile phone users.

"...M-gambling is already taking off overseas and Juniper Research estimates that the industry will take in $US19.3 million ($A25 million) by 2009.

"Its reach is also spreading. Vodafone in the United Kingdom, for example, last week signed a deal with the owner of to add betting games to the Vodafone Live! menu in June..."

< Gaming News