Tasmania Government To Accept Two New Casinos
The Tasmanian government is stating that it is willing to handle the opening of 2 new casinos, which would potentially bring the total number of casinos in the island state that is off of the south coast of Australia to 4 casinos. This new deal, if it really ends up in 2 new casinos, it would be a huge blow the Federal Group, which has opened the very first legal casino on Australian soil, the Wrest Point Hotel & Casino, this was back in 1973. This group has maintained the right to operate casinos, pokies and Keno through the Tasmanian government for thirty years. On the other hand, the deal is going to expire in 2023, this urged the company that owns many entertainment, gaming and tourism businesses in Tasmania to seek an extension, while promising the investment of 100 million dollars in upgrades.
Earlier last week, negotiations for a new gaming license in the state, which is due by the year 2019, went underway. These plans were revealed by Peter Gutwein of the parliament. Peter Gutwein stated that the government stance is that limited and new high roller non residential gambling premises are going to be available in the state of Tasmania, which will be an addition to the already existing 2 casinos that are owned by Federal Group. It is stated that one of these licenses are going to be given to none other than David Walsh, who is the operator of MONA (Museum of old & New Art).
Peter Gutwein also stated that this chance to apply for the license should be given to Mr. Walsh, as he has initially proposed the idea of supporting the MONA museum financially. There were up to 12 gambling tables that were included in the initial proposal of Mr. Walsh, which are located in his complex in the northern suburbs of Hobart, which would focus on the wealthy art collectors and lovers.
The poker machines are going to be in the heart of the negotiations for a gaming license, as one of its key elements. At this moment, there are a total of 3520 pokies that are available for players throughout Tasmania. Peter Gutwein stated that the rights to operate these pokies will be priced and allocated according to market studies and mechanism, through a tender process. Mr. Walsh, who is a gambler himself has stated that his casino, which is entitled Monaco, is not going to offer any poker machines. He also stated that he wishes to build a casino that abides by these limitations; 12 tables with no poker machines, high maximums and minimums where no Tasmanian gamblers are allowed. All of the revenue from these tables will be directed to Mona and other related projects. He also proposed that the local community and its members should be put in mind when the decision regarding the relocation of the machines is taken, post 2023. Nonetheless, the plans of the government are already going through criticism regarding the lack of assurances of mandatory measures for effective harm minimization.