Crown’s Robert Rankin played hardball in privatisation talks: sources – The Australian Financial Review

James Packer, left, with outgoing Crown Resorts chairman Robert Rankin. Pat Scala So farewell then Robert Rankin, whose shortlived stint as chairman of James Packer’s listed Crown Resorts gambling company and chief executive of Packer’s private Consolidated Press Holding investments vehicle serves as a reminder that perhaps there is some merit in Angus Aitken’s sexist contention that…

‘People get killed over $20000’: Cocaine baron Owen Hanson threatens high-roller who lost $2.5m in The Star casino – 9news.com.au

Californian Owen “O-Dog” Hanson, the kingpin of an illegal gambling racket and cocaine ring smuggling drugs into Australia, understood how to collect a debt. The FBI had monitored the muscle-bound ex-college football star and his crew of heavies as they used intimidation, threats and violence to haul in cash owed criminal underworld figures who did…