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December 2001
North America

31st December    Las Vegas    Source: Las Vegas Review Journal
Security in spotlight for New Year's show - Las Vegas authorities ready for big crowds

31st December    Reno    Source: Las Vegas Review Journal
Piece of Reno history to bite dust - Motel was one of city's first racially integrated inns
Very interesting story about the Siesta Motel from 1946 to its now pending demolition.

31st December    New York & California    Source: Yahoo/New York Post
N.Y. Lotto our games are up to scratch
The California lottery is involved in a lawsuit over selling scratch card tickets after major jackpots had been claimed.

31st December    Detroit     Source: Yahoo Photos/AP
Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer rolling a pair of oversized dice at the opening of the MGM Grand Detroit Casino (July 28, 1999)

31st December    US     Source: Seattle Times
Gambling still thrives when chips are down

30th December    Las Vegas     Source: Las Vegas Review Journal
Man, 60, pleads guilty in scam - Defendant among second wave nabbed in slot cheating plot

30th December    Detroit     Source: Northern Light/AP
Detroit Mayor Archer Leaving Office

28th December    Las Vegas     Source: Las Vegas Sun
Gamblers treatment program set to begin

28th December    Las Vegas     Source: Las Vegas Sun
Station's Reserve rebranded as Fiesta

28th December    Nevada     Source: Las Vegas Sun
Slot giants in patent litigation
The latest patent dispute involves the world's two biggest slot manufacturers - IGT and Aristocrat.

28th December    Nevada     Source: Reno Gazette Journal/AP
Nickel slots paying off for Nevada casinos
Slots in Nevada at the end of October for $1, 25 cent and 5 cent denominated machines totaled 31,061, 75,452 & 64,282 respectively.

28th December    Las Vegas     Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Las Vegas to Host 'America's Party: Las Vegas New Year 2002'
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is expecting some 282,000 visitors for the New Year.

28th December    Nevada     Source: Las Vegas Sun
Lag in Nevada numbers called unacceptable

28th December    Vancouver     Source: Vancouver Sun/Canada.com
Casino card dealer beats fraud charge - Employee not a thief, just a bad dealer, lawyer argues

27th December    Las Vegas    Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Acres Gaming Incorporated and Mikohn Gaming Corporation Announce License Agreement

27th December    Carson City, Nevada    Source: Las Vegas Review Journal
'Yes' vote could bring gaming salons fast - Official says high-roller rooms could come two months after gaming panel's approval

27th December    Carson City, Nevada     Source: Las Vegas Sun
Nickel slots carry load in Nevada
For the 12 month period ending 31st October win in Nevada from 5c Multi-coin, Multi-line slots is up 18.4% to $1.7 billion from 64,282 machines. Win from all table games declined over the sames period. Craps & Baccarat down 8.4% and 8.1% respectively.

26th December    Illinois     Source: Chicago Tribune
Poor economy no big deal for state casinos, lottery

24th December    Las Vegas     Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Gaming Systems International Announces GLI Approves GAMBIT Modules

24th December    Hawaii     Source: TheHawaiiChannel.com 
Gambling To Be Big Issue In Next Legislature

22nd December    Nevada    Source: Las Vegas Sun
Casino industry launching weekly Vegas TV show

22nd December    Carson City, Nevada     Source: Las Vegas Sun
Boards approve Anchor, IGT deal

22nd December    Atlantic City     Source: PressPlus.com
State wants winnings from underage gamblers

21st December    Carson City, Nevada    Source: NJ.com/AP & Las Vegas Review Journal & Las Vegas Sun
Casinos, Nevada regulators squabble over high-roller rules
Private Gaming Salons: Bible thumps minimums
Regulators, casinos fight over salon rules
Casinos are not happy with a $1 million credit line requirement for entry to private salons. The original idea of a $20,000 minimum bet was lowered to $500.

20th December    Las Vegas    Source: Las Vegas Sun
Teamsters now looking at organizing casino dealers

20th December    Las Vegas    Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. Integrates Three Harveys Properties Into Total Rewards System in Record Time

20th December    Las Vegas    Source: Northern Light/PRNewswire & Las Vegas Sun
Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa Opens With Star-Studded Gala And Fireworks Spectacular
Outlook upbeat at new locals' resort
The LVS has a good selection of photographs from the opening.

20th December    Louisiana    Source: Las Vegas Sun/AP
Louisiana, Detroit casinos rebound from slowdown - Land-based casino, boats up 7%
Total win for the 14 state-licensed Riverboat casinos and New Orleans was $153.4 million in October. Three Indian casinos in the state are not required to disclose win figures.

20th December    Las Vegas    Source: Las Vegas Sun
Vegas hotel-casino sues gambling website operator
Mandalay Group trying to prevent the "Excalibur" name being used for online gaming.

20th December    Las Vegas    Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Alliance Gaming Announces Agreement to Acquire Advanced Casino Systems Corporation (ACSC™)

19th December    Reno & Las Vegas    Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire & Las Vegas Review Journal
International Game Technology and Anchor Gaming Announce Results of Shareholder Meetings
IGT-Anchor deal: Shareholders OK proposed buyout
The two companies have over 6,400 employees. The present Market Cap. of the new combined company will be $5.9 billion.

19th December    Detroit    Source: Detroit Free Press
Casinos saw revenues jump in Nov.; Greektown's opening a factor

19th December    Ohio    Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Diebold Obtains ATM Monitoring Contract for Largest Deployer of Casino ATMs

19th December    Hawaii    Source: West Hawaii Today
Cayetano favors isle casino

19th December    Las Vegas    Source: Las Vegas Sun
Vegas firm in sex industry, gambling deal

18th December    Detroit    Source: NJ.com/AP
Detroit casino revenues increase in November
The casino wins were - MGM Grand $32.6 million, MotorCity Casino $31.5 million, Greektown Casino $27.2 million. Win for 2001 from the three casinos looks set to hit $1 Billion.

18th December    Problem Gambling    Source: Yahoo/Reuters
Problems with Drinking, Gambling Go Hand in Hand

18th December    Nevada & Arizona    Source: Yahoo/AP
Atronic Americas LLC Receives Slot Route Operator's License in Nevada
The license allows Atronic Americas to participate in revenue sharing in addition to Sales and Lease aggreements with casinos.

18th December    Reno & Las Vegas    Source: Yahoo/AP
IGT, Anchor Merger Moves Forward
Both companies have scheduled shareholder meetings today to vote upon the merger.

18th December    Niagara Falls & New York    Source: CNN.com/AP & New York Times
U.S. Niagara may take casino plunge - New York and Senecas eye Canadian success
Competition Fierce for Stake in New York Gambling Market
Competition Fierce for Stake in New York Gambling Market - Page 2

17th December    New Orleans    Source: Nando Times/AP
Shouting match between Popeye's Famous Fried Chicken founder, former casino owner turns into brawl - Some very interesting background information.

16th December    Michigan    Source: Detroit News
Government lawyer urges judge to throw out casino lawsuit

15th December    Texas    Source: CNN.com
Texas betting against casino gambling
The Speaking Rock casino in El Paso operated by the Tigua Indians is at the center of a legal battle with the state of Texas.

15th December    Reno & Las Vegas    Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire & Reuters
International Game Technology and Anchor Gaming Report Federal Trade Commission Approval
Federal regulators clear IGT-Anchor merger

15th December    Totonto, Ontario    Source: The Toronto Star
Casinos haul in record revenues
Ontario's commercial casinos, charity casinos and racetrack slot operations won  more than C$890 million in the 3 months ended 30th September.

15th December    Honolulu    Source: Las Vegas Sun/AP
Economy prompts Hawaii gambling debate

15th December    Detroit    Source: Al.com/AP
Detroit casino employee charged with embezzlement

14th December    Atlantic City     Source: PressPlus.com
CCC barely updates employment plan

14th December    Quebec     Source: Northern Light/Canada NewsWire
Loto-Quebec - Name Change for the Casino de Hull
The new name will be Casino du Lac-Leamy from the 1st of January 2002

14th December    Connecticut & Saratoga Springs, New York     Source: The Hartford Courant & Yahoo /AP
As Jai Alai Dies, Gambling Thrives
Saratoga Track Fears Video Gambling
As Foxwoods and the Mohegan Sun continue to expand the last of three Jai Alai frontons in Bridgeport, Connecticut has closed.

14th December    Minnesota     Source: Star Tribune
New casinos proposed to solve stadium, budget woes

14th December    Las Vegas     Source: Las Vegas Sun
Park Place CFO says departure is  voluntary

13th December    Nevada     Source: Las Vegas Review Journal
State casino win down more than 5 percent
Nevada's 6.25% tax on casino win provides almost one third of the states budget. For October the figure was down 8% to $44.4 million.

13th December    Las Vegas     Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
SINATRA™ Slots™ World Premiere in Las Vegas On Frank Sinatra's Birthday
International Game Technology releases Sinatra slots - Photo at Newscom
Sinatra Kids cut cake on Frank's Birthday - Photo at Newscom

13th December    Las Vegas     Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Mikohn Gaming Files Amended 10-Q for Third Quarter Showing Earnings Increase of Eight Cents Per Share for Quarter

13th December    Las Vegas     Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Shuffle Master, Inc. Reports Revenue and Earnings for Fiscal Year and Fourth Quarter 2001

13th December    Las Vegas     Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Sphinx II Exclusive Market Release at Stations Casinos in Las Vegas

12th December    Saratoga Springs, New York     Source: Yahoo Photos/AP
Yahoo News Photos - Saratoga Springs Casino
Casinos are nothing new in New York - an interesting photo of the old casino built in 1870 by William Morrisey. The building  was purhased in 1894 by Richard Canfield and closed in 1907. Hank Messick and Burt Goldblatt detail in the book "The only game in town" how the casino in 13 years of operation with an operating season of only six weeks made profits of over $2.5 million.

12th December    USA     Source: Las Vegas Sun
Gambling revenue
A quick rundown of statistics from Christiansen Capital Advisors, LLC that show casino revenues (gross win) in the US last year was $38.7 billion.

12th December    Las Vegas     Source: Las Vegas Sun
Gambling industry leader voices concerns about gambling bills

12th December    Nevada     Source: NJ.com/AP
Nevada casinos win $769.7 million in October, down 5.1 percent
The biggest revenue drop was on the Las Vegas Strip with results down 10.6% from October 2000. Nevada's tax income from gambling for the month was $44.4 million, down 8%. 

12th December    Nevada     Source: Las Vegas Sun & LVRJ
Governor may hold up gaming, sales tax figures
Report delayed as officials meet to discuss downturn

11th December    Las Vegas     Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
New Park Place Foundation Contributes $300,000 to Aid Displaced Nevada Casino Employees

11th December    Las Vegas & Atlantic City    Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Alliance Gaming Upgrades Earnings Guidance, Announces New Jersey Approval Of EVO(TM)
Platform and Popeye Video Wide-Area Progressive Installations

10th December    Las Vegas    Source: Las Vegas Sun
Barden takes the helm at Fitzgeralds properties

10th December    Las Vegas    Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Harrah's Entertainment Breaks Own Record for Largest Corporate Satellite Simulcast, Links Players at 20 Casinos Nationwide

8th December    Macau    Source: Bloomberg News
MGM Mirage, Aspinall's, 19 Others Bid for Macau Casino Licenses
The Macau Government website can be found at: http://www.macau.gov.mo

8th December    Macau & Las Vegas    Source: Las Vegas Sun
Las Vegas gaming interests bid for Asian license

8th December    Las Vegas    Source: FT Global Archive/PRNewswire
Governor's Tourism Conference to Explore Traveler Security, Indian Gaming, Recreation on Public Lands

8th December    Laughlin, Nevada    Source: Tucson Citizen/AP
Laughlin the man turned town into gambling mecca
Excellent profile of Don Laughlin who began casino operations in a small town located on the banks of the Colorado river some 35 years ago.

7th December    Las Vegas    Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Las Vegas' Newest Resort Destination - Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa - Opens December 18

7th December    Las Vegas    Source: SFGate.com
Las Vegas locals' gambling giant continues to evolve
Profile of Station Casinos that opened their first casino in Las Vegas - the Bingo Palace in 1977. The company's ninth casino catering to the locals market, the Green Valey Ranch will open for business on the 20th December.

7th December    US Financial Markets    Source: Yahoo/Reuters
Hotel, casino stocks rally to pre-Sept. 11 levels
The "Big 4" - MGM Mirage, Park Place, Harrah's and Mandalay Bay have seen their stock prices recover to more or less what they were before September 11th.

7th December    Illinois    Source: Zacks.com
Gaming Firm Cashes In Despite Weak Economy

6th December    Gary, Indiana    Source: Northern Light/PRNewswire
Majestic Star Completes Acquisition of Three Fitzgeralds Casinos -- First And Only African American to Wholly Own a Casino Company Goes National

5th December    Las Vegas    Source: Las Vegas Sun
Mikohn settles lawsuit with partner
Las Vegas based Mikohn Gaming and Safe Games Inc. have come to an agreement over the future marketing and development of the game Safe Jack.

5th December    Las Vegas    Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Shuffle Master Management Provides Fiscal 2002 Outlook

5th December    Atlantic City   Source: Yahoo/Reuters & PressPlus.com - Joe Weinert
Atlantic City casinos post first gain since Sept. 11
Nov. win has casinos thinking happy new year
The November win from the 12 casinos was a record $343.5 million. The slot/table split being $253 million to $90.6 million (73.5/26.5).

5th December    Las Vegas    Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Anchor Gaming Signs Licensing Agreement With United Media to Develop Slot Machine Based on the Dilbert™ Comic Strip

4th December    Canada   Source: Yahoo/CP
Alberta moving toward Casino Land North, critics of gambling expansion warn
The Gambling industry in Canada employs 47,500 people. There are 59 permanent casinos and 1,880 Bingo Halls. 38,252 video lottery terminals and 31,537 slots.

4th December    Atlantic City    Source: PressPlus.com
Dealing with pressure at poker tournament
The US Poker Championship is presently been held in Atlantic City. This is a rare article looking at high stake competitions from the dealers perspective.

4th December    Las Vegas    Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Caesars Palace First in Ring With Lennox Lewis vs. Mike Tyson Wagering

4th & 6th December    Victoria, British Columbia    Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Great Canadian Casinos Inc.: View Royal Casino Offers Preview Tour to Media
Great Canadian Casinos Inc.: View Royal Casino Opens to Public

3rd December    Problem Gambling   Source: Las Vegas Sun
Experts struggle to define problem gambling

3rd December    Legal Matters   Source: Newsre.com
Gambling's Bad Effects May Make It, Like Tobacco, Subject to Lawsuits, Says Expert

3rd December    Detroit    Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Charfoos & Christensen, P.C.: Detroit Casino Found Guilty For Battering and False Imprisonment of a Gambling Patron

3rd December    California    Source: Daily Breeze
South Bay Yesterday - High stakes on the high seas
A rare article on the Gambling ships, particularily the Rex, that plied their trade off the shores of California in the 1930's. (This link may change)

2nd December    New York   Source: The Saratogian
Lawyers, officials discuss gambling

2nd December    Washington   Source: New York Times
How Casinos Help
Brief letter from Frank Fahrenkopf President of the American Gaming Association in responce to the newspapers editorial on the 29th November.

1st December    Las Vegas    Source: Las Vegas Review Journal
Researcher would welcome broad-based source of funds to study problem gambling

1st December    Las Vegas    Source: Las Vegas Sun
Mikohn, partner in litigation over blackjack device

1st December    Mississippi    Source: Las Vegas Sun/AP
Mississippi casinos hit by slowdown
The 30 state regulated casinos had a win of $212.9 million in October down 2.5% from 2000.

1st December    Las Vegas    Source: Yahoo/Reuters
Lenders to sell bankrupt Aladdin in 6-12 months
The property was originally built at a cost of $1.2 billion is expected to be sold for as low as $300 million.