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15 April 2011

Australian Gambling News Round-up Part II, by Greg Tingle - 15th April 2011

Australian gambling and casino news keeps coming thick and fast. Media Man and Gambling911 with the news you love to hate...

Jupiters Hotel and Casino Gold Coast Get Snoop Dogg...

Snoop Doggy attended a press conference at Jupiters Hotel and Casino yesterday wearing red slippers he snatched while in town. When quizzed whether he spent $25,000 grand in the store with his homeboys Nelly, Busta Rhymes, Game and nephew Bow Wow, the 39-year-old let the truth slip. "Actually it was the other way around as they gave us $25,000," he said let loose. Snoop, renowned for enjoying recreational herbs, said if he headed to Nimbin he would "expect $50,000". Police decided best to shut down the eastern side of the Southport street when Snoop and the boyz checked out shops. Snoop Dogg (Calvin Broadus), is in Australia to promote his new album Doggumentary and plays a poolside party at Jupiters Casino tomorrow. Snoop, who is 'good friends' with Aussie actor Russell Crowe, said he's had the opportunity to watch AFL and the other Australian football codes but doesn't think he will partake. "I love watching it, but I'd never play it because it seems like I'd get f***** up quick."

Star City Casino Ralph Model Kahili Blundell Delighted...

She won at 'Sin City' Star City and now the world might be at her feet. Manly Vale’s Kahili Blundell has won the 2011 Ralph Australian Swimwear Model of the Year competition, beating 37 finalists. Ms Blundell won the title after just three years of modelling. “I was absolutely speechless when I won,” she told The Manly Daily. “No words can explain how I felt when they came around to the winner’s spot and said my number, which was 27, I just couldn’t believe it. “I was so overwhelmed because I wanted it so badly.” The 21-year-old, who has drawn comparisons to Jennifer Hawkins, went through regional qualifying in November before claiming the title over 2000 beauties from Australia and New Zealand. Ms Blundell spent most of last week with the other finalists, being judged not only on her physique and presentation, but also on how she conducted herself during daily media interviews. For the former Mackellar Girls Campus student, who runs her own make-up studio between working in office administration, the win is a far cry from three years ago when she started modelling as a drinks promotion girl. “I’m not too sure what’s happening next but having this title will help me get my foot in the door to bigger and better things,” she said. But Ms Blundell, who recently moved to Cremorne, isn’t the only one basking in the title glory. Boyfriend Nick Taylor, who plays league for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in the NSW Cup, said he had an extra spring in his step since his partner won. “Yeah, I’ve got some bragging rights around training,” he said. “I think the other boys in the team are a bit jealous.” Ms Blundell won $16,000 worth of cash and prizes, and will feature on the cover of the 2012 Ralph Australian Swimwear Model of the Year Calendar.

Aussie Cody Simpson To Perform At Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom; New Hampshire...

As a kid growing up on Australia's Gold Coast, Simpson used to watch his dad play guitar and sing for friends and family at parties and backyard barbecues. Seeing how music brought people together, Cody asked for his own guitar and lessons at the age of seven. After learning a few chords from his teacher, Cody wrote his first song. "It was about putting a diaper on a chicken," he says with a laugh. "Who knows what my seven-year-old brain was thinking?" Cody's folks encouraged him to keep singing and practicing his guitar. By age 12, he began posting YouTube videos of himself performing covers of songs by artists who inspired him, including Justin Timberlake, Jason Mraz, and The Jacksons. Search for Cody on YouTube and there he is: An appealing blonde 12-year-old accompanying himself on guitar while knocking out stellar covers of "Cry Me A River," "I'm Yours," and "I Want You Back." Cody's YouTube Channel, which has been active since August 2008, now boasts nearly 4.5 million views and has more than 42,000 subscribers. In 2009, Cody received a message through his YouTube Channel from songwriter and producer Shawn Campbell (Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, Ciara) expressing interest in meeting him. Cody and his father flew to the U.S. to meet Campbell and write and record some tracks. In April 2010, Cody signed with Atlantic Records, which is releasing his irresistible rhythmic pop single "iYiYi" featuring Flo Rida on June 1st. "Flo and I worked with some amazing people including Colby O'Donis, Bei Major and DJ FrankE on my debut single" Cody says. "We came up with something really catchy. And I think everyone can relate to the lyrics. The song is about liking a girl and missing her when she's not around. Who hasn't been through that?" Tickets are $18 for this all ages show. Doors open at 6 p.m.; show at 7 p.m.

About the Casino: Constructed in 1927, the Ballroom at the Casino complex has become the pillar of Hampton Beach, providing New Hampshire with the hottest names in entertainment for almost one hundred years. The Ballroom has seen its share of history playing host to likes of Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, The Doors and U2. Today, the Ballroom consistently lands in the top 25 for club ticket sales worldwide and hosts the biggest names in live music and comedy. The Casino Ballroom has arguably become one of the most renowned entertainment establishments in the world.

Australian Anti-Gambling MP Andrew Wilkie Accused Of Ordering Cadets To Salute Hitler!...

One of the driving forced behind the anti-pokie brigade in Parliament; Andrew Wilkie has now been accused of ordering teenage army cadets to salute the 50th anniversary of Hitler's rise to power in Nazi Germany. Not good timing for MP Wilkie. Last night he conceded he was involved in "bastardisation" at Duntroon Military College in 1983. As a senior cadet at Duntroon that year Wilkie was one of a group that allegedly ordered junior cadets to stand to attention and salute to commemorate Hitler becoming Germany's Chancellor on January 30, 1933. When one defiant junior cadet refused to stand at attention in honour of Nazis, Wilkie allegedly allowed other senior cadets to abuse and punish him. In a statement yesterday Mr Wilkie said he had "no recollection" of the Hitler incident but admitted he was one of "many cadets caught up in the 1983 bastardisation scandal at Duntroon and like many cadets was disciplined for it at the time". A Defence Department spokesperson last night said the department could not comment on specific details of individuals "for privacy reasons".

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*Greg Tingle is a special contributor for Gambling911

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