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Genting HK gets nod from regulator to up stake in Aussie casino group

Pedestrians walk past The Star casino, operated by Echo Entertainment Group Ltd., in Sydney, Australia, on Friday, Mar 16, 2012.

GENTING Hong Kong (HK) has received approval from one of two Australian authorities to raise its stake in Echo Entertainment Group above 10 per cent, the gaming company announced on Friday.

The New South Wales Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority gave its consent on Sept 3 for Genting HK to increase its shareholding in Brisbane-based Echo above 10 per cent, but not more than 23 per cent without further approval.

Genting HK is still trying to get similar approval from the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation in Queensland.

As at September 2014, Genting HK held a 6.6 per cent stake in Echo, which owns and runs The Star Casino in Sydney, Treasury Casino and Hotel in Brisbane, and Jupiters Hotel and Casino in Gold Coast.

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