THE DISTILLERY: Echo poker face

Scribes are caught between bemusement and shrewd analysis as they discuss Echo’s strategic defence of its New South Wales turf.

Is Echo Entertainment’s ‘third way’ for the New South Wales casino market clever tactics, transparent tomfoolery, or nonsensical bluff? That’s the question debated among this nation’s business scribes as Echo tries to foil billionaire James Packer’s plans to take an almighty chunk of the NSW gambling market.

Fairfax’s Elizabeth Knight says Echo’s proposal is still ostensibly a defensive move as the owner and operator of The Star tries to protect its patch in Sydney.

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