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December 2002
North America

31st December           Las Vegas          Source: Space.com
Moon-Themed Casino: Place Your Bets

31st December          Las Vegas         Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Bruce Smith, David Coheen Join Global Gaming Business Sales Team

31st December          Rhode Island         Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
GTECH Announces Development With Customer in Wisconsin
GTECH Reviewing Legal Options Over Wisconsin Customer

31st December          Las Vegas         Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Resorts aim to corral Net room hunters - Companies aim to better compete with wholesalers

31st December          Atlantic City         Source: The Press of Atlantic City - Joe Weinert
Tale of 2 casinos that now are just 1
Park Place Entertainment now has official approval forthe merger between Bally's AC and the Claridge. Bally's is now the largest of the 11 casinos with 6,037 slots and 221 tables.

30th December          Atlantic City         Source: The Press of Atlantic City
Down and out in A.C. - Stranded gamblers get free ride home
Atlantic City is presently funding the return journey of around 12 persons a week. The Citie's Soup kitchen serves some 600 people a day.

30th December          Las Vegas         Source: Las Vegas Sun
Plaza may hold key to downtown future - Potential buyer sees hotel as 'tremendous asset'

30th December          Las Vegas         Source: Northern Light/Business Wire
SmartConnect Launches Three New Live Las Vegas Strip Web Cameras For Las Vegas Helicopters

30th December          Las Vegas         Source: Las Vegas Sun
LV casinos eye last-minute New Year's Eve business

29th December          Las Vegas          Source: International Herald Tribune
Museum that roared to close in Las Vegas
The Guggenheim Museum at the Venetian will close on the 5th January.

29th December          Las Vegas          Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Wynn gathering his dream team

29th December          Las Vegas          Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
A year of recovery - Resilient tourism industry shakes off Sept. 11 attacks to regain near-normalcy

29th December          Connecticut          Source: The Hartford Courant
Stop Casino Proliferation: Repeal Las Vegas Nights - Commentary

28th December          Las Vegas          Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Station Casinos, Fiestas modify slot clubs

28th December          Las Vegas         Source: Las Vegas Sun
Gaming turnaround key local story
The Sun takes a look back at the most memorable stories from 2002. The big winner for the year being unquestionably Steve  Wynn.

28th December         Las Vegas & Atlantic City        Source: The Press of Atlantic City - Joe Weinert
Trump boosts his stake in Riviera owner to 10%

27th December         Las Vegas        Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Regulators conclude bingo scam inquiry - Three-month investigation points to one cheat
The GameTech software engineer believed responsible for manipulating the Bingo terminals commited suicide on September 20th by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge.

27th December         Massachusetts        Source: Boston Globe
State report sees new revenues, costs of wider gambling

26th December         Las Vegas          Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Many Las Vegas casino workers looking forward to better times in 2003

26th December         Nevada          Source: Las Vegas Sun
Slot maker chief resigns under pressure - Innovative Gaming Corp. of America.

26th December         Detroit          Source: Detroit News
Detroit casinos' revenue dips - But Windsor gaming regains 9-11 setback from a year earlier

26th December         Powerball Lottery        Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
$314.9 Million Powerball Jackpot Won By A Single Ticket
The jackpot will actually be worth just $170,505,876 if the player asks for the cash option. Powerball is played in 23 U.S. states. Website: www.powerball.com

26th December         Colorado        Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Isle Of Capri Black Hawk Announces Agreement to Acquire Colorado Casino Operations
International Game Technology Announces Agreement To Sell Its Colorado Casino Operations

24th December         Las Vegas        Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Casino pioneer Bennett, 78, dies - Sahara owner's properties catered to middle class

24th December         Pennsylvania        Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Christmas Day Powerball Jackpot at $280 Million!
PA Lottery Encourages Players to Play Early, Play Responsibly

23rd December         Las Vegas          Source: Las Vegas Sun
Wynn planning school in China to lure workers - Le Reve plans also described

23rd December         Las Vegas          Source: Las Vegas Sun
Gaming pioneer Bennett dies - Sahara owner led Circus Circus' rise and was known for giving
Yahoo/AP Photos - William G. Bennett

23rd December         Atlantic City          Source: Las Vegas Sun
Gamblers help themselves at Atlantic City soup kitchen

23rd December         Las Vegas          Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Casino exec excited about his new post
Don Marrandino will shortly be taking up his new position as GM of Steve Wynn's $2 billion Le Reve.

23rd December         Colorado          Source: The Denver Post
'Proper Englishman' sought in Colorado casino scam

22nd December         Montreal, Canada          Source: Montreal Gazette
Croupiers: no deal
After a failure to reach a collective aggreement Croupiers at Casino Montreal may call a strike on December 31st.

22nd December         Atlantic City          Source: The Press of Atlantic City - Joe Weinert
Gambling pro trashes casino industry in book - Casino Notes

22nd December         Houston, Texas          Source:  Houston Chronicle
Against long odds - Lawmaker betting on transforming Dome into casino

22nd December         U.S. Population demographics          Source:  Northern Light/AP
Census: U.S. Adds 3.1 Million People
The population of Nevada is 2.2 million up 3.6% over the last 12 months and nearly triple what it was in 1980.

21st December         Calgary, Canada          Source:  Canada.com/Edmonton Journal
Vegas casinos get $1.3M in judgments against couple
The casinos have apparently won the judgement, but the whereabouts of the two punters is unknown.

21st December         Las Vegas          Source:  Las Vegas Review-Journal
Partnership emerges in Aladdin sale
Planet Hollywood and Sheraton (Starwood Hotels) are apparently now the front runners to take over the bankrupt Aladdin casino.

21st December         Atlantic City          Source: The Press of Atlantic City
A.C. visitors authority sees revenue growth in 2003

21st December         Louisiana          Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Harrah's Entertainment Assumes Control of Louisiana Downs Racetrack; Facility Will Feature 900 Slots in June 2003

20th December         Las Vegas and Beaune, France          Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Paul-Son Names CFO and Announces That Its Nasdaq Listing Will Continue

20th December         Nevada          Source: Las Vegas Sun/AP
Nevada passes new rules for statewide gambling work cards
Gambling regulators OK sale of Wendover casinos
The new system will allow casino staff to work in any part of Nevada without having to re-apply in each location.

20th December         Sydney & Chicago          Source: Stockhouse.com
Rapid Roulette - North American Update
Stargames Ltd. giving details of a revised North American distribution agreement with Williams Gaming.

20th December         Washington          Source: Pechanga.net/AGA Press release
AGA Position Statement re: TIME Magazine Articles

20th December         Baton Rouge, Louisiana          Source: Las Vegas Sun
Regulators take up case of Horseshoe Casino next month

20th December         Charleston, South Carolina          Source: Las Vegas Sun & Charleston.net
Illegal machines seized
Officers nab gambling machines

20th December         Las Vegas          Source: Northern Light/PRNewswire
Phil Satre, the Face of Gaming in America, to Be Honored at The American Gaming Summit 2003

20th December         California          Source: Northern Light/PRNewswire
Thoroughbred Owners of California Say Gambling Expansion Is Their Top Legislative Priority

20th December         Sacramento & Las Vegas          Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
National Indian Gaming Commission Approves Seven Year Management Agreement
NIGA has approved Station Casino's to manage the Thunder Valley Casino and receive a 24% share of revenues.

20th December         Massachusetts          Source: The Boston Herald/Business Today
Report sees gambling benefits: Profit, $200M in taxes noted, but critics call work tainted, weak

19th December         Saskatoon, Saskatchewan          Source: Canada.com/The Star Phoenix
Province holds off on casino licence

19th December         Arizona          Source: Arizoa Republic
Casino test-drives slots - Gamemakers seek advice of gamblers
The Mazatzal Casino invited 200 of its best slot players to test drive 30 machines from 7 different manufacturers.

19th December        Reno          Source: Northern Light/PRNewswire
Ticket in/Ticket out (TITO) Gaming Milestone: IGT Marks its 100th EZ Pay™  Installation
The EZ Pay™ TITO system is now installed on over  63,000 machines - about 10% of the U.S. slot population.

18th December         Shreveport, Louisiana          Source: The Shreveport Times
Casino revenues hold steady here - Riverboats take in about $65.7 million

18th December         U.S. Horseracing          Source: Las Vegas Sun
Experts see 'racinos' re-shaping gaming - Nevada-based casino operators, slot makers look to cash in on trend of slots at tracks
Detailed and statistic filled article covering the recent Racing & Gaming Summit in Tucson, Arizona.

18th December         Las Vegas          Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Wynn maintains focus on Le Reve, Macau work
Steve Wynn discusses his current projects in Las Vegas and Macau. He is also apparently looking for what are termed "other irresistable business opportunities".

18th December         Colorado          Source: Rocky Mountain News
Casino and Hyatt head for 'divorce' - Black Hawk team says it can be more efficient on its own

18th December         Las Vegas          Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Development becomes Greenspun's door into gaming - Casino devised as part of Green Valley
Green Valley Ranch has upbeat birthday - Backers, analysts laud year-old property's results

18th December         Texas & New York           Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
MGAM Signs Central System Contract

18th December         Massachusetts           Source: The Boston Herald/Business Today
Safe bet: Report: Casinos won't hurt Bay State

18th December         Las Vegas           Source: Las Vegas Sun
Revised LV Strip monorail plan unveiled

17th December         Las Vegas           Source: Northern Light/PRNewswire
Tired? Run Down? Listless? I Love Lucy(R) Slots Offer Laughter as an Antidote

17th December         Las Vegas          Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Pieces fall into place for Le Reve, Macau - Wynn shifts focus to building top staff
Steve Wynn says that he will need 8,000 staff for Le Reve and 2,400 for his Macau project. Le Reve's casino will open in March or April 2004.

16th December         Massachusetts         Source: Las Vegas Sun/AP
Adelson eyes casino resort for Massachusetts

16th December         Atlantic City         Source: The Press of Atlantic City - Joe Weinert
Casino projects make A.C. boomtown

16th December         Las Vegas         Source: Las Vegas Sun
LV tourism counts still lagging behind 2000 levels
Hotel occupancy rates for the first 10 months of 2002 is 85.3% compared with 90.5% in 2000.

16th December         Las Vegas         Source: Northern Light/Business Wire
Mikohn Receives GLI Approval for Trivial Pursuit Easy as Pie Video Slot Game

16th December         Las Vegas         Source: Yahoo/Reuters
Odds improve for good start to New Year in Las Vegas

15th December         Las Vegas         Source: The Melbourne Age
Vegas back to old tricks
As the Sapphire Gentlemen's Club, the "largest strip club in the world", opens at a cost of $US30 million a look at what happened to Las Vegas's marketing plan to sell the city as a family destination.

15th December         Las Vegas         Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Downtown blues - Aging properties, California challenge hurt off-Strip gaming node

15th December         Atlantic City         Source: The Press of Atlantic City
The high life for high rollers
A look at some of the many perks that are available in Atlantic City for the casinos premium players.

14th December          California        Source: The Mercury News
Lottery tactic raises concerns

13th December          Las Vegas         Source: Las Vegas Sun
Binion's plans to launch Internet casino
Binions.com now offers play for fun casino games supplied by Access Gaming Systems.

13th December          Video Poker         Source: Detroit Free Press - Andrew N.S. Glazer column
Video poker has big drawbacks

13th December          Las Vegas         Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Player's Edge - Green Valley Ranch celebrates first anniversary

13th December          Nevada         Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Gaming revenue rises in October - Results affected by last year's drop-off following terrorist attacks
Nevada's October 2002 casino win was 0.2% less than in 2000. Full results can be found in PDF format at: http://gaming.state.nv.us/mrrindex.htm

13th December          Atlantic City         Source: Philadelphia Enquirer
Casinos seek ways to attract workers

13th December         Nevada          Source: Las Vegas Mercury
Tales of Vegas Past: Our not-so-little Black Book
A look at the creation of the "List of Excluded Persons" first began in 1960 by Gov. Grant Sawyer. It's most famous member being perhaps Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal who was included in 1989. gaming.state.nv.us/loep_main.htm

13th December         Las Vegas          Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Shuffle Master, Inc. Reports Record Results for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Ended October 31, 2002

12th December         Nevada         Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal/AP 
Expert predicts slow LV growth - New megaresorts needed in future

12th December         Nevada          Source: Reno-Gazette-Journal/AP & Las Vegas Sun
Another winning month for Nevada casinos
Gaming win still weak compared to 2000
Nevada casinos won $807.4 million in October up 4.6% from 2001. The Las Vegas Strip win was up 10.4% but Reno was down 4.7%.

12th December         Phoenix, Arizona         Source: Las Vegas Sun/AP
Slot makers may benefit from Arizona expansion

12th December         New York & Las Vegas          Source: Northern Light/PRNewswire
Alliance Gaming Corporation Celebrates Listing on the NYSE
Photo - Alliance Executives ring the Opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange

12th December         Saskatoon, Saskatchewan          Source: Canada.com/The Star Phoenix
Cash in or lose benefits of new casino: Maddin Mayor issues ultimatum to business community

12th December         Atlantic City          Source: The Press of Atlantic City- Joe Weinert
CCC OKs merger of Bally’s, Claridge - Owner Park Place sets Dec. 30 date

12th December         Reno, Nevada          Source: Reno Gazette-Journal
California's Indian gaming revenue could surpass Nevada
Delegates at the 19th annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism have heard that revenues from Indian casinos in California could surpass Nevada within the next 10 years.

12th December         Bossier City, Louisiana          Source: Northern Light/PRNewswire
Pinnacle Entertainment Appoints New Management Team for Boomtown Bossier City

11th December         Las Vegas & South Korea          Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Acres Receives $2 Million Order for Casino System at Premiere South Korean Resort
Kangwon Casino is the only casino available to residents of South Korea. Website: www.kangwoncasino.co.kr

11th December         Las Vegas          Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Alliance Gaming Begins Trading on NYSE Under Symbol AGI On Thursday, Dec. 12 at 9:30 a.m. EST

11th December         New York          Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
The Race for Revenues On and Off the Track Could Make "Racinos" a Gambler's New Paradise
U.S. slot manufacturers are eager to place machines at Racetracks to create what is known as a "Racino". Lawmakers also see this as a way of raising additional revenue without increasing direct taxation.

11th December         Las Vegas          Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Casino earnings up but 'disappointing' - Comparisons with post 9-11 slump confuse numbers, analysts note

11th December         Las Vegas          Source: Northern Light/Business Wire
Las Vegas Multi-Title Publisher Greenspun Media Group Reports Increase in Ad Revenues for Three Consecutive Quarters

11th December        Washington State          Source: Las Vegas Sun/AP
Winners swamped with money requests - Washington couple won $93 million lottery jackpot in November

11th December         Gambling History          Source: UPI - Joe Bob Briggs
The Vegas Guy: The Ghosts of Faro
A nostalgic and interesting look at Faro that was last played in 1985 at the Ramada Casino, Reno.

10th December         Niagara Falls          Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
IGT/Sodak Installs First Class III Slots in New York
A total of 2,625 slots are being installed in the Niagara Falls Convention Center. 72% are from IGT and 24% Bally.

10th December         Detroit          Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Greektown Casino Announces Permanent Casino Construction Team

10th December         Nevada          Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Indian gambling, rebound from terror on tourism agenda

10th December         Las Vegas          Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Barrick to buy casinos - Company plans to redevelop Gaughan casinos

10th December         Lansing, Michigan          Source: Detroit News
Casino votes net cash for legislators - Investors donated thousands to 45 of 51 who OK'd project

10th December         Las Vegas & Niagara Falls           Source: Northern Light/PRNewswire
Alliance Gaming Announces Bally Unit Receives ACSC™ System Order for New Seneca Casino, Plus 24% of Slot Floor

10th December         Atlantic City           Source: The Press of Atlantic City - Joe Weinert
Borgata opening date is still anyone’s guess

9th December         Calgary, Alberta           Source: Calgary Herald
Casino owner honoured for life's work
Frank Sisson owner of the Sisson's Silver Dollar Casino. Website: www.franksissons.com

9th December         Las Vegas           Source: Las Vegas Sun & LVRJ
Downtown casinos sold
Four downtown casinos to be sold - Start-up company to buy four properties from Gaughan
Jackie Gaughan intends selling a package of 4 casinos to a Las Vegas start up company - Barrick Gaming Corp.

9th December         Problem Gambling - Iowa           Source: Las Vegas Sun/AP
'Video pull-tabs' criticized by problem gambling counselors - Officials criticize pull-tab machines

9th December         Manitoba, Canada           Source: Canoe.ca/CN
Concorde Purchases Jazz Alley Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado

9th December         Manitoba, Canada           Source: Canoe.ca/CN
Winnipeg's two casinos pulled in record profits for first half of year

9th December         Albany, New York           Source: New York Daily News
Racing toward deal on video slots

8th December        Nevada          Source: SFGate.com/AP
Guinn reappoints Neilander, Siller as Nevada casino regulators

8th December        Ontario        Source: Detroit News
Gamblers sue over addiction - Ontario case among rising number faced by gaming industry

7th December        Atlantic City         Source: The Press of Atlantic City - Joe Weinert
DGE seeks casino ban for reputed mob boss
Presently there are 155 individuals on the New Jersey exclusion list, Nevada where casino gambling has been legal since 1931 has just 37 in the Black Book.

7th December        Quebec, Canada         Source: Northern Light/Canada NewsWire
Loto-Quebec's Casinos Are Clearing the Air

7th December        Nevada         Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Herbst Gaming reaches deal to acquire IGT's 1,100-machine slot route

7th December        Detroit         Source: Detroit Free Press - Andrew N.S. Glazer
Barring winners antes up the hype

7th December        Washington & Las Vegas         Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Gaming group chief outlines strategy
Phil Satre, chairman and CEO of Harrah's Entertainment is the new Chairman of the American Gaming Association.

7th December        Gaming Investments         Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
IGT stock price lifts gaming index

7th December        Windsor, Ontario         Source: Northern Light/PRNewswire
Walter Doctor from Brantford captures the "gold" at Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation's Slots at Windsor Raceway

5th December        Las Vegas        Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire & Reuters
Mandalay Resort Group Reports Third Quarter Results
Mandalay profit up but taxes, losing streak weigh

5th December        Las Vegas         Source: Las Vegas Sun
Some foreign high-rollers returning to Las Vegas - Private salons planned at Mandalay Bay

5th December        Carson City        Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Gaming Control Board approves Mandalay Bay's request for private gambling salon

5th December        Las Vegas         Source: Las Vegas Sun
Park Place appealing $8 million judgment won by high-roller

5th December        Detroit         Source: Detroit News
MotorCity goes Vegas style in $300 million expansion - Casino proposes new design for project

5th December        Montreal, Canada        Source: Northern Light/Canadian News Wire
Group of businesspeople operating video lottery machine sites condemns the Frigon plan

4th December        Las Vegas        Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Global Gaming Business Magazine Announces '25 Gaming People to Watch' Feature in January 1 edition
No mention of Gaming floor - very disappointing!

4th December        Hartford, Connecticut        Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Othello: The World's Best Selling Licensed Strategy Game Lands in MDI Entertainment's Portfolio of Lottery Game Properties

4th December        Nevada         Source: Las Vegas Sun
Modest Nevada gaming growth foreseen - War, Indian casinos listed as threats

4th December        Las Vegas        Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Alliance Gaming Announces Move to the New York Stock Exchange, Ringing of the Opening Bell(SM) Dec. 12

3rd December        Las Vegas        Source: Las Vegas Sun
Coast says company is not for sale - Firm denies report of talks with Harrah's
Coast Casinos has 4 Las vegas operations - The Gold Coast, Barbary Coast, The Orleans and Suncoast.

3rd December        Las Vegas        Source: UPI - Joe Bob Briggs
The Vegas Guy: Weird Table Games
A brief but entertaining look at some of the new, and not so new table games on offer around the U.S.

3rd December        Nevada        Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
All-New Quartermania so Hot it Sizzles - Hits Twice in 24-Hours on Las Vegas Strip

3rd December        Las Vegas        Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Aladdin executives awarded more time - Strip resort's sale, reorganization remain unclear

3rd December        New Jersey        Source: The Press of Atlantic City - Joe Weinert
A.C. casino win up 2.9% in November
Atlantic City's 12 casinos won $351.9 million in November. $262.3 million from slots and $90.6 from table games - a split of 74/26.

3rd December        Arizona        Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Atronic Spreads Magic through Arizona

3rd December        California        Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Hogen, Sandoval and Pico to Deliver Timely Keynotes at IMGL Presents California 2002,

3rd December        Iowa & Missouri        Source: Las vegas Sun
Harrah's renovating, expanding two properties

2nd December        New Jersey          Source: The Press of Atlantic City
Holiday hours a fact of life for casino  workers

2nd December        Chicago          Source: The Courier News Online
Chicago-area casinos growing stingier with tighter odds - statistic filled report!
Illinois Riverboat casinos have had declining admissions since 1998 but are winning far more money from fewer players. Table games have also declined from 472 in 1995 to their present number of 291. During the same period slots increased from 7,742 to 9,540.

2nd December        Massachusetts         Source: Boston Globe
In-state casino backers point to Internet betting
This could be the first instance of the easy availability of Internet gambling being used as an argument to establish land based casinos.

1st December        Las Vegas        Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
CARD COUNTING: Creating Their Luck MIT students use their math skills to reap large rewards from Las Vegas casinos
A look at the story behind the new book about Card Counters - Bringing down the house.

1st December        New Jersey       Source: The Press of Atlantic City - Joe Weinert
A.C. casinos in for close competition - Politics, budget deficits motivate 9 states, including  N.J., to consider gaming expansion

1st December        Las Vegas       Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
GAMING CHIPS: Park Place stuck in neutral

1st December        Atlantic City       Source: The Boston Herald
Gamblers help themselves at Atlantic City soup kitchen
More on the customers bussed into Atlantic City from New York who make their way to the local soup kitchen.