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31st August           Las Vegas            Nasdaq.com/Wall Street Journal
Colony Capital Group Reportedly Near Deal for 4 Casinos

31st August           Las Vegas            Yahoo/AP - Adam Goldman
Sources: Harrah's, Caesars to Sell Casinos
Colony Capital, the new owners of the Las Vegas Hilton, are said to have a 30 day exclusive right to bid on 4 of the properties involved in the Harrah's/Caesars merger.

31st August           Las Vegas            SanFrancisco Chronicle/AP & Reuters
Sources: Casino giants Harrah's, Caesars looking to sell four properties
Harrah's, Caesars in talks to sell four casinos

31st August           Las Vegas            Las Vegas Sun & LVR-J
Harrah's, Caesars in talks to sell casinos
PREMERGER DEALINGS: Sources: Harrah's OKs property sales

31st August           Las Vegas            Yahoo/PRNewswire
Harrah's, Caesars Confirm Discussions on Potential Casino Sales

31st August           Reno & Louisiana            Reno Gazette Journal
Eldorado to buy Louisiana casino - Experts surprised: Purchase unusual, but 'perfectly logical.'

31st August           Las Vegas            Yahoo/AP - Adam Goldman
Sources: Harrah's, Caesars to Sell Casinos
Colony Capital, the new owners of the Las Vegas Hilton, are said to have a 30 day exclusive right to bid on 4 of the properties involved in the Harrah's/Caesars merger.

31st August           California            Christian Science Monitor
California controversy: gold rush into casinos

31st August           Reno & Las Vegas            Yahoo/PRNewswire & Reno Gazette Journal
IGT to Build New Facility in Las Vegas
IGT consolidates Vegas operations
IGT has 2,686 employees in Reno, 754 in Las Vegas and 5,500 in total world-wide.

31st August           Levis, Quebec            CNW Telbec
DEQ Systems Corp. seeks a Private Placement $800,000

31st August           Las Vegas            San Francisco Chronicle/AP & Reuters
Sources: Casino giants Harrah's, Caesars looking to sell four properties
Harrah's, Caesars in talks to sell four casinos

31st August           Las Vegas            Nasdaq.com/Wall Street Journal
Colony Capital Group Reportedly Near Deal for 4 Casinos

31st August           Burnaby, B.C.            CBC.ca
Gateway Casinos controlling shareholders sell 25% of casino operator

31st August           Illinois            Chicago Business
Another Gaming Board member quits
The Illinois Gaming Borad now has only 2 of a total of 5 members remaining.
 

30th August          Las Vegas           Reno Gazette-Journal
Mikohn Gaming sues rival casino device firm over patent

30th August          Las Vegas & Macau           Las Vegas Review-Journal
INSIDE GAMING: Feds' request has papers flying

30th August          Washington State           The Olympian
Casinos bet on expansion - Red Wind to add cabaret, double size of gaming floor

30th August          Las Vegas           Denver Post
Latest makeover turns Sin City further away from Disneyland
 

29th August         Las Vegas           Indianapolis Star
Vegas at 100 - City of gambling, glamour and glitz to celebrate its centennial with year long party

29th August         Colorado           Denver Post
Owens to denounce casino

29th August         Illinois           North West Indiana Times
Illinois Gaming Board head resigns

29th August         Virgina           Roanoake.com
ABC raids Moose Lodge in Salem over gambling
Interesting reading and one has to ask the question - Don't police have anything better to do?
 

28th August         Las Vegas           KVBC.com 
Woman Claims Excessive Force After Dragged Through Casino
KVBC have some amazing footage. The incident happened September 7th 2003.

28th August         Illinois           Chicago Daily Herald
Gaming board president steps down

28th August         Montana           Billings Gazette 
Police nab Bookie casino robbery suspect
The Billings Gazette has an excellent series of pictures. What a loser!
www.billingsgazette.com/index.php?display=/newgallery/20040827robbery/index1.php

28th August         Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS: Data request may stall deal

28th August         Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Harrah's Entertainment, Caesars Entertainment Receive FTC Second Request
The press release was issued after the markets closed on Friday evening.

28th August         Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun
Aladdin deal approved

28th August         Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun
Hard Rock Hotel alters its marketing tactics
The LV Sun has an excellent  picture of the latest Hard Rock marketing ploy at: www.lasvegassun.com/from.ed/2004/aug/27/photos/P000066368.jpg
 

27th August         Los Angeles           Yahoo/Business Wire
World Poker Tour Welcomes Six New Licensing Partners to the Table
Starting later this year players will be able to sit down at the table in their WPT Boxer shorts!

27th August         Carson City           Las Vegas Review-Journal
New Aladdin owners licensed - Gaming Commission's unanimous vote clears way for Planet Hollywood casino

27th August         Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Caesars joins casinos downsizing at craps tables
Caesars Palace is the latest Caesars Entertainment property in Las Vegas casino to eliminate boxman position.

27th August         Las Vegas           Yahoo/Business Wire
Mikohn Files Suit Against Paltronics, Inc.

27th August         Las Vegas           PRNewswire
GSA Creates Environment to Further Industry Wide Adoption of Standards
- www.gamingstandards.com

27th August         Carson City, Nevada           Las Vegas Sun
License for unused Vegas high-roller gambling salon renewed

27th August         Niagara Falls, Canada           National Post/CP
Gambling industry rebounding: report
Amazing statistics from Ontario's four casinos that have an average combined daily attendance of 47,000.
 

26th August         Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
License expected for new Aladdin owner

26th August         Louisiana           PRNewswire - Casino City Press release
Attorney General John Ashcroft Summoned to Answer Online Gambling Free Speech Complaint

26th August         Niagara Falls           The Buffalo News
Poker dealers graduate, prepare for careers at Seneca Allegany Casino

26th August         Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun
Aladdin turns profit as licensing hearing nears

26th August         Missouri           KCTV5.com & Las Vegas Sun/AP
Gaming Commission relaxes rule on concealed guns in casinos
Casino fined for marketing to problem gamblers

26th August         Waukegan, Illinois          Chicago Business
Will Clint make WMS Gaming's day?
 

25th August         Waukegan, Illinois           Yahoo/Business Wire
Clint Eastwood Makes WMS Gaming's Day
WMS Gaming's first slots with a Fistful of Dollars theme will debut at the Global Gaming Expo in October.

25th August         Reno, Nevada           Reno Gazette-Journal
Third man sent to prison in casino chip theft
 

24th August         Las Vegas          Las Vegas Sun
Violence hits two casinos
 

23rd August         Las Vegas & Minneapolis          Yahoo/Business Wire
Cash Systems, Inc. and Mikohn Gaming Form Strategic Alliance

23rd August         Las Vegas           Yahoo/Reuters
Poker TV Show Bets on Syndication - The Ultimate Poker Challenge
- www.tvimedia.com/1_UPC.htm
 

22nd August         New York           New York Post
Trump Cards
Although his casinos in Atlantic City have not made a profit in 8 years, Donald Trump appears to have cut a sweetheart deal.

22nd August         Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Mall giant bids for LV empire
 

21st August         Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Casino merger value rises - MGM Mirage, Mandalay deal up $200 million

21st August         Phoenix, Arizona & Madrid           Reuters.co.uk
Franco's grandson jailed in US
Joaquin Franco Perez the grandson of Spanish dictator Franco is the president of R. Franco USA, a subsidiary of slot manufacturer Recreativos Franco S.A.

21st August         Phoenix, Arizona           Tucson Citizen/AP
Dictator Franco's grandson jailed in Phoenix on fraud, theft, bribery charges

21st August         Las Vegas & California           Las Vegas Sun - Jeff Simpson
Wynn: Disneyland casino reports overblown

21st August         Las Vegas           KLAS-TV 
$7.2 Billion Deal For Hughes' Parent Company

21st August         Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun
Desert Inn to be imploded Nov. 17

21st August         Atlantic City           Daily Telegraph
A misdeal at Trump casinos

21st August         Las Vegas           Investors Business Daily
Venetian Casino Resort, LLC and Las Vegas Sands, Inc. Announce the Closing of a New $1.01 Billion Credit Facility
 

20th August         Reno           San Francisco Chronicle/RGJ
Reno trial delayed in casino suit against IGT

20th August         Tampa           Tampa Tribune
Formula For Success? Girls, Wings, Gambling

20th August         Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Mergers stir some vendors' fears - Small-business people say casino contracts may become scarcer if deals go through
An excellent article and an issue that regulators must certainly take into consideration.

20th August         Colorado           Rocky Mountain News
Ex-gaming agent gets probation - Man sold chips from casinos he regulated

20th August         Missouri           Newsday/AP
Poker Gets Popular, Casinos Get Card Rooms

20th August         Los Angeles           San Francisco Chronicle/AP
Hawaiian Gardens casino owner receives conditional gambling license
- www.hawaiiangardenscasino.net
 

19th August         Baton Rouge, Louisiana           The Advocate/AP
July casino revenue up sharply

19th August         Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Hooters brands casino off Strip - Renovation project will erase all traces of former San Remo

19th August         California & Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Las Vegans in on huge Bay Area casino deal
 

18th August         Michigan           Yahoo/Reuters
Michigan gov. signs Detroit casino tax hike bill
The Tax on Detroit's 3 casinos will rise from 18 to 24% and is effective from September 1st.

18th August         Atlantic City           Yahoo/Reuters
The Donald launches board game with Trump fanfare

18th August         Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun
Aladdin deal clears FTC review - Job cuts detailed
 

17th August         Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun
San Remo converting to Hooters brand - Observer: Hotel-casino may also be sold

17th August         Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun & LVR-J
Aladdin changeover under way - 20 managers to be terminated
Aladdin buyers issue letter to reassure rank-and-file staff
 

16th August         Laughlin, Nevada           San Bernadino Sun
Laughlin circles the wagons
- www.visitlaughlin.com
 

15th August         Mississippi           Delta Democrat Times
Casino robbers sought - Boating bandits take thousands from Lighthouse Point

15th August         Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
INSIDE GAMING: Adelson's property portfolio may grow 

15th August         Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Mega-mergers threaten gaming employees
A letter from representatives of the International Union of Gaming Employees. 
- www.iuge.net (Very poor quality website)

15th August         Connecticut           The Norwich Bulletin
Casino art - Museum-quality pieces often go unnoticed

15th August         Michigan           Detroit News
Expansion threatens Michigan gaming jackpot
Flat Gambling Revenues Should Stop Racetrack Casinos -Editorial

15th August         Alton, Illinois           St. Louis Today
When Belle casino loses, Alton must tighten its belt

15th August         Las Vegas           Scotland on Sunday
Environment pays price for Vegas boom

15th August         New York           The Denver Post - Columist opinion
The Donald ducks fiscal responsibility
An excellent article that questions whether Donald Trump really is such an astute businessman.

15th August         French Lick, Indiana           Newsday/AP
Indiana's gaming commission sticks with Trump
 

14th August         Albany, N.Y.           Newsday/AP
Public colleges take gamble on casino studies
An increasing number of U.S. Colleges and University's are offering studies that involve casino management and operations.

14th August         Las Vegas           Newsday/Washington Post
'Round and 'round on the monorail
The casinos served by the LV Monorail are quite some distance from the stops which could be it's biggest longterm drawback.

14th August         Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Respect Caesars, Harrah's told - Observers say Harrah's should handle valuable brand carefully

14th August         U.S.           Washington Times
Slot escapes attract middle-aged, middle-class women
"The average slot-machine gambler is a middle-aged, middle-class woman seeking to trade disposable income for escapist entertainment"

14th August         Troy, Alabama           Montgomery Advertiser/AP
Gambling devices seized
Officers raid Troy gambling hall; AG says more may follow
 

13th August         California           Card Player
Andy Glazer Followed His Dreams
Phil Hellmuth writing in the August edition of Card Player on the life and times of his friend and casino industry journalist Andy Glazer.

13th August         Nevada           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Gaming win surges 6% - State win for fiscal year reaches $10.1 billion, also up 6%

13th August         Carson City, Nevada           San Francisco Chronicle/AP
Nevada casinos win record $10.1 billion in last fiscal year
Slot win totalled $6.77 billion and table games $3.26 billion. The Las Vegas Strip win was $5.1 billion up 7.7% from 2003.

13th August         Biloxi, Mississippi           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Isle Of Capri Casinos, Inc. Announces First-Quarter Results

13th August         Las Vegas           Yahoo/Business Wire
Paul-Son Gaming Corporation Reports Revenues and Net Income for the Second Quarter and First Half of 2004
 

12th August         New York & Atlantic City           Las Vegas Sun/Bloomberg News
Major debt holders demand better terms from Trump

12th August         Carson City, Nevada           Las Vegas Review-Journal
License urged for resort's owners - Regulators question Planet Hollywood chief's business judgment

12th August         Richmond, B.C.           Canada.com/Canadian Press
Great Canadian Gaming Q2 take rises 32% to $36.9M; profit up 18% at $5.4M

12th August         Connecticut           The Norwich Bulletin
Casinos see surge in table games

12th August         Missouri           Kansas City Star
Casino revenues exploded in July

12th August         Detroit           Detroit Free Press & Las Vegas Sun/AP
Casino tax bill to cost 100 Greektown workers their jobs
Detroit casino announces layoffs in response to tax
Greektown casino is laying off staff well before any additional taxes will become due.

12th August         Manitoba, Canada           Canada.com/Canadian Press
Manitoba Lotteries gives severance packages to 269 workers due to smoking ban
 

11th August         Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Gaming industry wins key ruling in lawsuit

11th August         New York           Forbes.com
Trump: 'Atlantic City Has Been Good To Me'

11th August         New York           Bloomberg News
Trump Hotels Debt Plan Faces Resistance From Bondholder Group

11th August         Las Vegas           Herald Tribune/AP
Court affirms decision on class action gambling lawsuit status
The Class Action lawsuit was originally filed in April 1994 by Florida slot player William Poulos.

11th August         Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun
Golden Nugget cash flow up, Alliance quarterly results improve

11th August         Indiana           Indianapolis Star
Gaming Commission says Trump's bankruptcy not an issue

11th August         Atlantic City           New York Times
No Tears for Trump in Atlantic City's Casinos

11th August         New York           New York Times & USA Today
Trump Must Ante Up $55 Million to Hold On to 25% of His Casino
Casinos deal Chapter 11 filing
The NYT takes a look at the assets of DJT.

11th August         Las Vegas & California           Sun Sentinel/AP & Biloxi Sun-Herald
Calif. Reacted Differently to Terror Tapes
Vegas threat kept quiet - Public was never alerted

11th August         New York           New York Daily News
Trump change all that's left - Casinos need upgrade

11th August         U.S. Legislation           Card Player - I. Nelson Rose
Self-Delusions From the Antis

11th August         Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Results vigorous for Venetian's parent - Strength in LV and Macau helps to drive company's quarter

11th August         Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun
Sands has more reason for IPO than stock options - Profit improves for Venetian owner

11th August         Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Las Vegas Sands, Inc. Reports Record Second Quarter Results
 

10th August         Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Alliance Gaming Reports 35% Increase in Fiscal Year 2004 EPS of $1.00 From Continuing Operations,

10th August         Pennsylvania & Missouri            Yahoo/Reuters & AP
Penn National Gaming Enters into $28 Million Stock Purchase Agreement with President
President Casinos, Inc. Enters into Agreement with Penn National Gaming, Inc.

10th August         New York            Yahoo/Reuters & AP
Trump loses his job -- but gets a raise
Some Trump bondholders balk at reorganization
Trump Out As WPT Takes Seat at Table

10th August         New York            Forbes.com/AP
Trump Casinos Filing for Bankruptcy
The link is to the 8th update!

10th August        New York            San Francisco Chronicle/AP
Trump casinos to file for bankruptcy protection; plan would strip Trump's majority stake
Trump Hotels & Casinos stock has now been listed on the Pink Sheets. http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=DJTC.PK

10th August         California            Yahoo/Business Wire & Reuters
WPT Enterprises, Inc. Announces Pricing of Initial Public Offering
Poker company WPT Enterprises IPO raises $32 million
 

10th August         Washington            Exposed.com/AP
AP: U.S. Didn't Warn Las Vegas of Threats

10th August         New York            Reuters.com
Trump in casino debt deal, plans bankruptcy

10th August         New York            Yahoo/Business Wire
Donald J. Trump and Private Equity Arm of Credit Suisse First Boston Partner in Recapitalization Plan for Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts
 

9th August         Waukegan, Illinois            Yahoo/Business Wire
WMS Industries Fourth Quarter Revenues Rise 34% to $68.1 Million

9th August         Las Vegas            Yahoo/Business Wire
Mikohn Establishes Partnership with IGT

9th August         Las Vegas            Reno Gazette Journal
Vegas: Alliance Gaming rebuffs Shuffle Master patent suit

9th August         Las Vegas            WCCO.com/AP
Mr. O'Lucky Goes Up In Flames
- www.neonmuseum.org

9th August         Niagara Falls            National Post
A fool and his money
The title is very apt. The reporter spent an entire day playing CSP and not surprisingly lost.

9th August         Detroit            Detroit Free Press
A FEW MINUTES WITH . . .: A dealer at MGM Grand Detroit Casino
 

8th August         Las Vegas            Las Vegas Review-Journal - Inside Gaming
Big news seen ahead from Wynn, Adelson

8th August         Ontario, Canada            The Barrie Advance/Simcoe.com
Teamsters have eye on casino employees

8th August         Las Vegas            San Francisco Chronicle/AP
Luck runs out for Vegas casino icon 'Mr. O'Lucky'
A picture of Mr O'lucky and other Las Vegas signs and bygones can be found at:
- www.vegas4visitors.com/attract/descrip/neongatt_photos.htm

8th August         Illinois            The Herald News
July a winning month for casinos

8th August         Rhode Island            South Coast Today/AP
Harrah's offers $15 million yearly for R.I. casino

8th August         Montana            Montana Standard
Four accused of robbing Anaconda casino
 

7th August         Las Vegas            PRNewswire
Las Vegas Sands, Inc. Considers Initial Public Offering

7th August         Las Vegas           Reuters
Venetian casino owner Las Vegas Sands mulls IPO

7th August         Washington           Las Vegas Sun
Casino plan deleted from ballot

7th August         Boulder City, Nevada           Las Vegas Sun
Park Service's plan to buy Hacienda advances

6th August        Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun & Review Journal
Union stages rally over organization at Aladdin
Protesters stage rally at Aladdin

6th August         French Lick, Indiana           The Indy Channel/AP
Some Doubt Trump's French Lick Casino Can Succeed - Location Could Present Difficulties, Analysts Say

6th August         Detroit           Detroit News & Detroit Fee Press - Both editorials
Tax Hike on Casinos Sends a Dangerous Message
Casino Tax - A winning change? It won't be clear for some time

6th August         Missouri           Kansas City Star
Voters display ‘gambling fatigue'

6th August         Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Harrah's Entertainment, ValetNoir Team Up on Player-Development Venture at Four Harrah's Properties
- www.valetnoir.com

6th August         Florida           Naples Daily News
Life's a gamble: Southwest Florida has plenty of spots to place your bets
 

5th August         Atlantic City           CBS3 Philadelphia 
Police Investigate Death Of Gambler

5th August         Lansing, Michigan           Detroit Free Press
House to vote on setting aside casino revenue for agriculture

5th August         Mississippi           Biloxi Sun-Herald
Casinos turn to retail - Stores help the bottom line

4th August         Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Shuffle Master files lawsuits over patents
As well as the laswuit against Mindplay/Alliance Gaming, Shuffle Master also has another one involving the game 3-5-7 Poker.

4th August         Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Alliance Gaming Responds to Patent Infringement Complaint

4th August         Lansing, Michigan           Detroit Free Press & Detroit News
Committee approves increasing Detroit casino tax by one-third
Casino tax deal to raise $75 million

4th August         Las Vegas & Vienna          Yahoo/Business Wire
Shuffle Master, Inc. and CARD to Debut New Products at the Australasian Gaming Expo
AGE is first show that the combined Shuffle Master/CARD product range will be displayed on the same stand.
 

3rd August         Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun
Potential buyers list for Harrah's, Caesars properties is growing

3rd August         Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun
Sign goes up on Wynn resort
The LV Sun has an excellent photo - Might spoil the view for some rooms though!
www.lasvegassun.com/from.ed/2004/aug/03/photos/P000065824.jpg

3rd August         Las Vegas           Yahoo/Business Wire
Mikohn's TableLink Technology Adoption Continues to Increase

3rd August         Carson City, Nevada           Reno Gazette-Journal
Despite ruling, Baer determined to pursue Jethro casino
- www.jethroscasino.com
 

3rd August         Nevada & Washington           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Trade group kicks off Responsible Gaming week

3rd August         Las Vegas           Shuffle Master Gaming/Business Wire
Shuffle Master, Inc. Sues for Patent Infringement
- www.shufflemaster.com & www.mindplay.biz
All Shuffle Master press releases since March 2000 can be found at:
www.corporate-ir.net/ireye/ir_site.zhtml?ticker=SHFL&script=400

3rd August         Las Vegas           Yahoo/Business Wire
Mikohn Reports Second Quarter 2004 Operating Results

3rd August         Carson City, Nevada           San Francisco Chronicle/AP
New Nevada Gaming Commission must shed gambling interest 

3rd August         Sacramento, California           San Francisco Chronicle/AP
Schwarzenegger's committee to fight gambling propositions raises zero dollars 
 

2nd August         Las Vegas           Forbes Magazine
HARRAH'S - Teacher's Bet
Registration required for the full article.

2nd August         Louisiana           Daily World
Gambling on the go - Truck stops thrive on video poker
Statistics on the amount of machines and their locations throughout the State.

2nd August         Las Vegas & Mississippi           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Bagman went from Las Vegas casino owner to Watergate legend
 

1st August         U.S.           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Campaign focuses on conduct code - Responsible Gaming Education Week offers lessons to workers and customers
The AGA's Responsible gambling week starts Monday 2nd August.
- www.americangaming.org

1st August         Michigan           Detroit News
Tax on casinos likely to pass; size undecided

1st August         Montana           NDTV.com/AP & National Post/CP
Balcony collapses at US casino, 30 injured
Collapse of balcony at Montana casino injures at least 70

1st August         Montana           CNN.com
Fire chief: 52 injured in Montana deck collapse

1st August         Las Vegas           Denver Post
Next stop could be profit for new Vegas monorail

1st August         Gaming Investments           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Faith wanes, gambling stocks fade - Investor concerns about casino companies' second-half performance spark sell-off
 




 
 

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