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Packer PBL Will Base Online Casino in Vanuatu, Newspaper Says

10/29/2001 (By Morag MacKinnon, Bloomberg.com) Sydney — Publishing and Broadcasting Ltd., controlled by Australian billionaire Kerry Packer, will base an online casino operation in the Pacific nation of Vanuatu, the Australian Financial Review said.

It is “no state secret in Vanuatu” that an online casino to be called “crowngames.com” will be based there, the newspaper cited unidentified executives from PBL as saying yesterday. PBL owns Australia’s largest casino, Crown Casino in Melbourne.

The Sydney-based television, gaming and publishing company, hasn’t made any official announcement regarding its online gaming plans, the newspaper said. A search of domain name owners lists PBL Gaming Operations (Vanuatu) Ltd. as controlling the Internet addresses crowngames.com, crowngames.net and crowngames.tv, the newspaper said.

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