I'm forgetting ISIS and those Labor-ing bores for a moment today to have a bloody great big whine about the Packer empire. As indeed they are doing in the financial pages of every paper in the country this morning. Well James is – to be exact. 

"The punters are killing us!" he exclaims. In the world of gambling, this is not how it is supposed to be. 

They are supposed to be killing the punters. Indeed – if you win too often at casinos in Vegas- the buggers ban you. They don't like winners. Winning is NOT how it is supposed to be. 

But, this fearless new leader has pulled out of all the print and other industry stuff they used to do -the empire having throttled a Bond or two on the way – and now has all his eggs in the one basket. Gambling. Glittering towers of bad taste bling, full of hopefuls all banging away on machines and tables with no real hope of walking out of there with their fiscal security intact. 

Playing in Casinos is akin to dabbling in hookers. Sooner or later you are going to have to deal with the legacy. 

Now I know that Kerry liked to gamble. The stories are legendary of his wins and losses and tipping where we heard about croupiers and pit bosses having mortgages paid off when Kerry had a good night at their tables.

But – gambling is a dirty business in my book. It wrecks families- businesses – and people. For every big winner- there are 1000 little losers. 

Victoria's prisons are full of people who in a former life were bank tellers or managers and who succumbed to the worth-reducing habit of gambling. They started by misappropriating the odd $50 note to devising complex schemes where they pilfered hundreds of thousands -if not millions- from their employers. Then they lost the lot at Crown or Star and found themselves in THE clink with a whole lot of murderers and rapists. 

A hell of a come-down. Meanwhile their families are blinking in the wake of the disaster that has now descended upon them as the kids get ready to send themselves to school. With no lunch money. See what I mean? 

Well somehow – these blinking punters have somehow gotten good at playing the games that these places offer this year – and have had a lot of wins according to Mister Packer. Which is unheard of apparently. They have learned when to hold 'em – when to fold 'em and when to walk away. With James Packer's millions. And he is not happy. 

How can he relax on his squillion dollar yacht in the Mediterranean this year with people winning his money? The poor bastard! 

Governments are not about to do anything about casinos – with Sydney being the latest to sign up for the latest version of these glittering, money fleecing, gin palaces which we are told is aimed at the Asian high roller.

If you have the dollars- they have the VIP jet and the free penthouse waiting for you. Objective? Separate you from your Oxford Scholars as quickly as possible and send you back from whence you came, freeing up your table and penthouse for the next mug. 

Well, I'm sorry but I still say it is a grubby business. Sure it creates a few jobs-something that Packer likes to rabbit on about – but it loses a lot of people their jobs too.

I have watched at a club I used to belong to – the insidious procession of distraught office workers and public servants trying to figure out how they are going to tell the missus – or more often the husband believe it or not – how they have arrived home on Friday night without any pay.

They shoved it down the throat of a machine that is designed to take the lot by degrees. With promises of life-changing wealth. 

So I don't feel sorry for you Mister Packer. You have had it too good for too long.

As had your dad before you.
 

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Angus Whittaker
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Angus Whittaker

I know what it’s like to be controlled by these machines they’re a blight on our country!

annesrosecottage
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annesrosecottage

Now there is someone who should be wearing a burqua. If you are going to wear budgie smugglers, you at least need a fit body to put into them.

IsaacHunt
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IsaacHunt

He’s not pregnant is he?

TonyH
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TonyH

What a fine figure of a man! In speedos as well! Where’s Gyngell?

Bargeass
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Bargeass

Many years ago my mother worked as a book keeper at a Licenced Club and she told me something that has stayed with me all my life, if the poker machines were paying too much out they were pulled out of use and rebuilt as they were never meant to be winners, never played the pokies ever since nor gambled, that’s why the term Mug Punter was invented!

juggernaut
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juggernaut

Nobody forces people at gunpoint into these gambling dens. Anyone dumb enough to beg, steal and borrow to gamble deserves to be punished. Let’s not totally absolve people of personal responsibility. Lesson……Gross stupidity will eventually bite you.

Emmett
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Emmett

What I’d like to know is where a ‘fool’ got his money

Threepence
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Threepence

OMG look what happens when you end up with everything Bigger, Fatter and Uglier than before please put it away If this is what money does I am glad I am broke.

pilgrim
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pilgrim

Sounds a bit like the stock exchange to me.

good4u
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good4u

Gambling isn’t the only activity at Casinos – There are many shows to go to. Fine dining AND watching fools and their money parted. We are free here (still) to do whatever we want. Just as James has invested his money in building and owning casinos doesn’t make him bad or immoral. Seems a lot of commentary is by those who have tried to get rich quick and lost.

GlemSnotbrook
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GlemSnotbrook

Having had dealings with ACP when Kerry was alive and in charge, I know he was a man of honour. Gambling was his pastime, not his living. James’ inheritance didn’t include honour.

tiredandweary
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tiredandweary

A very unattractive man, lucky he’s got money

Renny53
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Renny53

Woo some v-e-r-y interesting comments. Look – I’m not having a go at the Packers per se- but rather- the fact that they have gotten out of every ‘legitimate’ business they had and rolled it all into casinos. Casinos are dirty businesses. That’s why the underworld ‘washes’ its cash there. And when a young bank manager steals millions from her employer – (like one of many did) – the casino got the lot. Nobody said – “hang on – how can a 23 year old girl in a bank uniform afford to lose 500 grand at the tables?” They grabbed… Read more »

Agnes
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Agnes

My uncle worked for Kerry Packer. A minion KP would never have set eyes on. When he got terminally illa nd had to quit after 15 odd years, mr packer paid off his mortgage and had the house air conditioned for his comfort. He didn’t have to do that, he sent word that he wanted my uncle to be comfortable and he didn’t want his widow worrying about a mortgage. Nothing public, just a quiet private gesture.

NoosaDuck
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NoosaDuck

Peter he was his father all over, no doubt …but that was the way he was brought up with a philandering father was was more of a “bully” than Kerry.

farmerdoc
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farmerdoc

What a lovely pair of “bitch tits” and that belly…his sex life must be almost zero to be like that!!!

peterwagyu
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peterwagyu

What a tragic legacy … but then what a dreadful old bag she is !

peterwagyu
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peterwagyu

Kerry repeated year 6 [ matric ] so he could get school colours for cricket. Was noted for regularly shagging one of the matrons. I recall he ” blooded ” James soon after leaving school with a sure thing too. Money talks all languages !

Masculumosor
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Masculumosor

Do you think he’s gonna Go-Anna?

BlackRoo
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BlackRoo

Agree Shottie and Robulus.

BlackRoo
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BlackRoo

Shit is he actually holding his gutz in his hands? That’s one big shadow he’s casting;-)

johnsamson
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johnsamson

Is James telling the truth?

BigLewy
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BigLewy

Who says Gambling is a Mugs Game..?
Correct my boy
WHO said That.

Farcanal
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Farcanal

After all these years, I’ve yet to see anyone gambling with a gun to their head. Nobody can force you to blow your money. Take responsibility for your actions and stop blaming others for your fCuk ups.

Panda
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Panda

Need Weight Watchers Fat Boy!

Panda
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Panda

These “people” are another deadly Cancer killing the poor folk, and sometimes not so poor.

terrestre
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terrestre

Hello there Renny*, I hope you are doing well. Maybe that is what his err “advisors“are telling him? and.. hey , wheres the lefty`s outrage re the speedos? Fairs fair.. I know who I think wears `em better :)) lol.

paisley
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paisley

Packer must know the gambling calculation to bring in reasonable money without being greedy. If you have a calculated winning limit for the high rollers it should bring down the losses during a bad run. O.K. during a winning streak by the owner the profits are lower. The question is do you want to sleep easy, or not, and also do not spend money in expansion of the business based on screwing the high rollers on a regular basis, because this will not happen they sometimes bite hard. I think Packer is a bit greedy, he is loaded with money,… Read more »

Shocker
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Shocker

Casinos are only a problem if you go near them. No matter how much you dress them up as “entertainment”, tourist “resorts” etc, they are a dirty grubby business. But, that big fat gut of Jamie’s is all paid for and he doesn’t seem to have too many problems picking up the good looking sheilas – even the previously married ones.

Minkers
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Minkers

In my recollection, the Packers worked hard for their money. Whatever they have is their own business. Envy is a brutal thing in Australia. Gina Rinehart comes in for a bashing from people who have never met her, but are jealous that she inherited money and carried on with her mining businesses. I do not know her but I can accept that she, too, learned to work hard (and intelligently) from her father, and can only wish her and James well in the face of abuse from the press and others.

@screwedtenancy
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@screwedtenancy

He is a bit hard to “shirtfront” Renny.

NoosaDuck
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NoosaDuck

Mr Bruce, your statement about Kerry Packer is from personal experience I take it.
“one of the rudest,greediest bullies that ever lived” ?

JoBlow
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JoBlow

Does anybody really believe that Jamie is doing it tough? Sounds like crocodile tears to me!

Daveinoz
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Daveinoz

Joh banned them – after his death Labor bought them in ……..

Daveinoz
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Daveinoz

I don’t believe his story – punters winning
I say business is a little quiet
He says – Hey ! The punters are fleecing me …..
On this news the hopefuls rush back
Wanting their big win as well
Takings go back up
Bank account bigger
Aaah ! Now he can stretch and relax on his yacht ….
Another champers .. a little grin … and nod off !

Shotgun
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Shotgun

Robulus, on this subject I am with you. I say the same thing about booze. I had an alcoholic as an ex husband and it wasn’t very pleasant. I have never heard of a person who smokes driving into another car and killing someone or belting up the missus in an alcoholic rage. Look what drinking is doing to our young generation and they have replaced smoking with ice.

ProudOz
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ProudOz

Anyone who believed that he is losing big got a big rock in their head as it is an advertisement, a come on ad to come to his casino as it is very easy to win from him, nobody would ever put billions of dollars capital if there’s a chance to lose.

Shotgun
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Shotgun

I think Joh Bjelke- Petersen said the same thing for Qld. My mother and father lived down at the Gold Coast and they used to call the casino “their office”. I used to think their vehicle was on auto pilot to head off to the Casino. Only ever heard if they won. I am not a gambler. Think I must have learned a thing or two from them.

ZacKnight
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ZacKnight

Nick (No pokies) Xenophon got a senate seat on the no pokies issue. He knew it wouldn’t happen but it got him in and that’s all he cared about. He should have resigned when he failed miserably but Nick, being the slick and slimy politician that he is, keeps finding other hobby-horses that keep him in the news. The South Aussies keep voting him because he’s “Our Nick”. Parochial politics allows another lying little toad to control the senate and eventually get a gold pass for life that we, the mugs, will pay for. We deserve all we get.

Likeatreat
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Likeatreat

Clubs give profits back to members. Pubs just take all they can get, it is criminal. As you say should never be allowed. With the NSW Gov selling the lottery cash cow proves that there isn’t a sane politician anywhere. Just bad, real bad and worse.

theos
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theos

I was distraught to hear that Packer was being done over by gambling high-rollers, the very group he planned to take to the cleaners. so much for dining out on father’s and grand father’s legacy.

BwanaNeusi
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BwanaNeusi

Went on a cruise ship earlier this month. The on board casino was full of people “Having a good time” feeding the machines

juliathewarthog
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juliathewarthog

Good … I’ll poke a dollar through a Pokie to celebrate

juliathewarthog
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juliathewarthog

Isn’t he dead yet?

liteline
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liteline

I think he needs to don the shirt Renny!! Had some spare money years ago and told our stockbrocker mate to buy some shares in a Casino company on the East Coast, Townsville/Cairns. Then 6 months later just read an article where they were relaxing the rules about dress code. Told the mate to sell them quickly. They must have been starting to lose. I often wonder about Packer Jnr after his foray into One.Tel, along with Murdoch Jnr, being conned by that arrogant bastard whose name escapes me. I must confess to my love of horse racing and having… Read more »

NoosaDuck
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NoosaDuck

Renny, Kerry Packer might have liked a gamble but it was his money….he made his money out of the media business…..Kerry also gave a bloody lot of money to charity and I mean a bloody lot. I suggest that your comment “You have had it too good for too long, as had your dad before you” is way out of line.
I doubt that Kerry would actually approve of the direction that Jamie has taken the family business, despite the fact he enjoyed a punt..

iphoenix
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iphoenix

Actually, I found Packer’s complaint offensive. Wonder if he can be sued under 18C?