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December 2003
North America

31st December         New Jersey          Newsday/AP
State, casinos remain at odds over new taxes

31st December         Atlantic City          Las Vegas Sun/AP
Atlantic City casinos prep for biggest night

31st December         Pompano Beach, Florida          South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Officials debate whether adult arcades are a form of gambling

31st December         Mississippi
Casino employees no longer have to wear badges

30th December         Atlantic City          The Press of Atlantic City
Local 54 and casinos help keep workers legal

30th December         Las Vegas          Las Vegas Review-Journal
Anti-terrorism steps taken - Security measures instituted to ensure safety of Strip revelers

30th December         Las Vegas          Las Vegas Review-Journal
Strip no-shows surface - Terrorism threat blamed for increase in cancellations for New Year's

30th December         Indiana          Indianapolis Star
Casino dealer, patron charged with cheating
The dealer allegedly manipuated a hand of Three Card Poker to give a payout of $10,100.

30th December         Biloxi, Mississippi          Biloxi Sun-Herald
Casino supporters press for OK - Project has faced 8 years of hurdles

29th December          Arizona          Interest Alert/PRNewswire
Arizona Magic® Brings Holiday Joy to Second Winner in One Week

29th December          Minnesota          ABC News/Health - 22nd December
Casino Cough - Secondhand Smoke Is Real Cancer Risk, Casino Study Shows

29th December          Mississippi          Biloxi Sun-Herald/Gaming Wire - Rod Smith
Gambling expansion not likely - Economic recovery tends to slow trend

27th December          Las Vegas          Las Vegas Business Press
Voyager to take Rio skywards

27th December          Atlantic City          The Press of Atlantic City
3 arrested in theft from casino

27th December          Atlantic City          New York Post/AP & Philadelphia Inquirer
Casino Dealer Crap$ Out
Employee, others charged in casino theft

27th December          Las Vegas          Las Vegas Review-Journal - Jeff Simpson
Here's a sure bet: Those new table games favor the house
Casinos on the Las Vegas Strip are increasingly only paying 6 to 5 for a Blackjack on low stake games and have reduced the odds on 3 Card Poker's "Pair Plus" bet to 3 to 1 for a Flush.

27th December          Las Vegas          Yahoo/Reuters
New Year's revelers still planning Las Vegas trips

27th December          West Virginia          Las Vegas Sun
A year later, lottery winner wishes he'd been quieter
Andrew "Jack" Whittaker who won $113,386,407.77, the largest undivided lottery prize ever on 25th December 2002.

27th December          U.S. Gambling expansion          Las Vegas Sun/AP
Nebraska lawmakers face issues on casinos
Idaho officials shoot for legalized gaming
Louisiana lawmaker opposes tribal casino plan

26th December          Las Vegas          Las Vegas Review-Journal
Officials: LV not a target - Sheriff says plot report false; Guinn aide says air sensors not linked to orange alert

26th December          Tacoma, Washington          The Olympian
Casino workers focus of illegal betting probe

26th December          French Lick, Indiana          My Inky/Courier & Press
Town seeks more money from casino applicants

24th December          Des Moins, Iowa          Las Vegas Sun/AP & The Hawk Eye
Officials examine money launderer's use of Iowa casinos
Drug dealers bet on casinos

24th December          Lafayette, Louisiana          The Advertiser
Serial armed robbers strike two more casinos

24th December          Las Vegas          Yahoo/Business Wire
Mikohn Gaming Receives Additional Approvals from Ontario and Mississippi

24th December          Las Vegas          Las Vegas Review-Journal
Rio makes plans for wheel in sky - New attraction would be 600 feet high and include shops, restaurants, 'orbitors'

24th December          Las Vegas          Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Park Place to sell LV Hilton
Rio looking at observation wheel

24th December          Las Vegas & Dow Jones
Park Place agrees to sell Las Vegas Hilton
Colony Capital To Buy Las Vegas Hilton From Park Place

24th December          Las Vegas             San Francisco Chronicle/AP - Adam Goldman
Park Place sells Las Vegas Hilton for $280 million

24th December          Las Vegas          Yahoo/Business Wire
Park Place Announces Agreement to Sell Las Vegas Hilton to Colony Capital

23rd December          Minnesota          Yahoo/PRNewswire
Table Trac Inc. Receives Casino System Contracts

23rd December          Las Vegas          Las Vegas Sun
Bankrupt resort gets OK to borrow $10 million - Castaways Hotel Casino

23rd December          Mississippi & Las Vegas          Biloxi Sun-Herald/AP
Federal jury rules in favor of Wayne Newton in lawsuit brought by casino

23rd December          Las Vegas          Yahoo/Business Wire
Mikohn Gaming Receives Additional Approvals from Ontario and Mississippi

23rd December          Las Vegas             Yahoo/Business Wire
Mikohn Gaming Signs Distribution Agreements for Russian Market

23rd December          Las Vegas            Yahoo/Business Wire
Mikohn and Park Place Entertainment Enter into Exclusivity Agreement for Distribution of Mikohn's New Garfield Slot Game

23rd December          Mississippi & Coventry             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. Announces Completion of Agreement To Develop Casino in Coventry, England

23rd December          New York & Costa Rica   
9 Bonanno Family Members Arraigned In Alleged Gambling Operation

22nd December          Iowa             Des Moins Register
Drug cash laundered at casinos

22nd December          Las Vegas             Reno Gazette Journal/AP
Mandalay Bay opens new luxury hotel tower on Las Vegas Strip

21st December          Texas             San Antonio Express - Editorial
Editorial: Additional gambling a bad idea for Texas

21st December          Las Vegas             Reno Gazette-Journal/AP
Prosecutors to seek life in Binion retrial

21st December          Nevada             Las Vegas Review-Journal - Rod Smith
INSIDE GAMING: Is MGM primed to sell in Primm?

20th December          Atlantic City             Philadelphia Inquirer/AP
Strip poker: Casino women bare almost all for calendar - "Babes of Borgata"

20th December          Sarasota, Florida             Herald Tribune
Four gaming clubs ordered shut down

20th December          Nevada             Las Vegas Sun/AP - Adam Goldman
Casinos use controversial database to net cheats, card counters
A must read article on the continuing struggle between casinos, cheats, counters and Griffin Investigations.

20th December          Las Vegas             Las Vegas Review-Journal
Harrah's showing interest in purchasing Horseshoe brand

20th December          Carson City & Las Vegas             Las Vegas Sun
Nevada gaming commission approves restructuring at Resort at Summerlin

20th December          Las Vegas             Las Vegas Sun
Harrah's has potential bargaining chip for Binion's Horseshoe

19th December          Las Vegas & Minnesota             Las Vegas Review-Journal
Park Place formally floats Mall of America casino idea
The proposed casino would have over 5,000 slots and a gaming floor of 160,000 square feet.

19th December          Las Vegas             Las Vegas Sun/AP
AP Exclusive: Harrah's aims for Binion's Horseshoe name in Nevada
Harrah's as part of the purchase of Jack Binion's Horseshoe casinos apparently has a $20 million note owed by sister Becky Binion Behnen who owns the downtown Las Vegas Horseshoe.

19th December          Nevada             Reno Gazette-Journal/AP & Las Vegas Sun
Nevada justice questions gambler's detainment
Court questions detention of pro gambler

19th December          Atlantic City             The Press of Atlantic City
Sands slot claim is so last month - It had best slot pays from May-October, not 'last six months'

18th December          Las Vegas             Las Vegas Sun
Outside experts critical of Las Vegas ad campaign

18th December          Mississippi             Delta Democart Times & Sun-Herald/AP
Cash snatched from Jubilee
Suspect snatches cash from Mississippi casino cage
Yet another casino robbery in Mississippi. The snatch and grab netted more than $11,000.

18th December          Atlantic City             The Press of Atlantic City - Joe Weinert
Alleged mobsters barred from A.C. casinos for good

18th December          Gaming Investments             Yahoo/Motley Fool
Shuffle Master Shuffles Up

18th December          Las Vegas             Yahoo/Business Wire
World Poker Tour Events Continue Dramatic Growth
Today's Five Diamond World Poker Classic at the Bellagio has 314 players signed up and a prize pool of $3,070,050. Website

18th December          Mineola, New York             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Bet as You Watch Casino on TV
Kenilworth Systems - The company to my knowledge does not even have a website.

18th December          Charleston, West Virginia   
Ads remind neighborhood casinos to change names

17th December          Las Vegas & Macau             IHT/Bloomberg News
Galaxy outlines $591 million casino plan
Galaxy Resort Casino intends spending $591 million on three hotel casinos in Macau. The Waldo opening in April with 38 tables and 150 slots.

17th December          Las Vegas             Las Vegas Review-Journal
China tourism potential touted - Lieutenant governor says Asian nation is powerful, lucrative market

17th December          Las Vegas             Las Vegas Review-Journal
Professor: Wynn Las Vegas, tribal gaming key to LV
University of Nevada, Reno professor Bill Eadington speaking at the Governor's Conference on Tourism at Caesars Palace.

17th December          Augusta, Maine             Press Herald/
Cost of casino battle tops $10 million

17th December          Albany, New York             The Times Union
Gambling expansion under scrutiny - Albany Appellate justices question state law legalizing casino plans

16th December          Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Station Casinos, Inc. to Expand Santa Fe Station and Fiesta Rancho Properties

16th December          Louisiana             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Pinnacle Entertainment Launches First Hull of Lake Charles Riverboat Ahead of Schedule - website:

16th December          Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire
First Season of 'American Casino' Showcases Green Valley Ranch

16th December          San Diego             Yahoo/PRNewswire
VirtGame's Sport Bet Express Is First System to Bring Customers & Casinos Together Through a Nevada Gaming Network

15th December          Springfield, Illinois             Yahoo/Reuters
Illinois regulators back plan for casino license

15th December          Nevada             Reno Gazette-Journal
Vegas firms to launch first statewide sports betting in bars

15th December          Boston, Massachusetts             The Boston Herald
Casino operator gives up on Mass. for R.I.
Gary Loveman, CEO of Harrah's Entertainment Inc.

15th December          Winnipeg, Manitoba    Post
Gov't looking at Sunday gambling

14th December          Missouri             News Alert/Kansas City Star
Harrah's Fined $15,000 for Action Involving Blackjack Card Counter
Amazing story of a Pitboss requesting a player to reduce his stake after he had already received his first card!

14th December          Nevada             Las Vegas Review-Journal - Jeff Simpson
No change for the bettor - Ticket-in, ticket-out machines more popular with casinos, players
A statistic filled report from Jeff Simpson on the continuing conversion of Las Vegas slots to TITO technology.

14th December          Nevada             Las Vegas Review-Journal
INSIDE GAMING: 'Phantom' may soon haunt Venetian

14th December          Atlantic City             The Press of Atlantic City - Joe Weinert
Borgata rolled dice on tables - and won
Table Games win in A.C. is so far up 8% compared to 6% for slots in 2003. In November each of the Borgata's 121 tables won $4,679 per day.

13th December          Detroit              Yahoo/PRNewswire & Detroit News
Lac Vieux Tribe Responds to Detroit News Editorial
Federal Appeals Court Should Wrap Up Casino Bid Case - Editorial

13th December          Scottsdale, Arizona              Yahoo/PRNewswire
Atronic Announces Leadership Changes

13th December          Las Vegas              Yahoo/PRNewswire
Archon Corporation Clarifies Development Plans for Las Vegas Strip Property

13th December          Las Vegas & Tokyo              Las Vegas Review-Journal
Park Place, MGM Mirage consider casinos in Japan
Park Place and MGM Mirage have apparently both had discussions with Tokyo government officials.

12th December          Las Vegas              Las Vegas Sun
Gaming firm plans to sell slot assets - Shufflemaster Gaming

12th December          Missouri              KansasCityChannel/AP
Local Casinos Fined By Gaming Commission

12th December          Primm Valley              Las Vegas Sun
MGM MIRAGE working on employee housing in Primm

12th December          Minnesota    
Authorities investigate shooting incident near Hinckley casino

12th December          Nevada             Billings Gazette
Nevada's gambling revenues climb

12th December          Las Vegas             Las Vegas Review-Journal
Las Vegas again hot spot for New Year's - Double-digit room rate growth forecast

12th December          Maine              Bangor News
Governor plans gambling commission

11th December          Niagara Falls             The Buffalo News
Casino Niagara workers reject union
Staff at Casino Niagara have rejected representation by the Canadian Auto Workers Union 1,334 votes to 907.

11th December          Las Vegas             Yahoo/Reuters
Shuffle Master profit up,to sell slot machine unit

11th December          Las Vegas             Yahoo/Business Wire
Shuffle Master, Inc. Reports Record Results for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Ended October 31, 2003

11th December          Nevada             Reno Gazette-Journal
Baer petitions for Beverly Hillbillies-themed hotel and casino

11th December         Nevada             Las Vegas Review-Journal
A penny for your slots - Payout technology makes small-coin play more feasible

11th December          Nevada             Las Vegas Sun
Gaming win inches up

11th December          Las Vegas             Las Vegas Sun
Strip motels being demolished
The La Concha Motel opened in 1961 and the El Morocco which opened in 1964.

11th December          Illinois             Journal & Topoics
Gambling Attendance Down In State
Attendance at Illinois's 9 Riverboats is so far down 10.7% in 2003 compared with 2002. October's admissions were down 20%.

11th December          Las Vegas             EOnline
Fox Gambling on Burnett's "Casino"
Fox is planning on running an hourlong reality series that will document Thomas Breitling and Timothy Poster's re-opening of the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas.

11th December          Texas City, Texas             Texas City Sun & The Times Record
Eight-liners lined out next year
Police cracking down on 8-liner gambling

11th December          Atlantic City             The Press of Atlantic City - Joe Weinert
Borgata powers casinos 9.1% gain
November casino win in Atlantic City was $379.2 million. Table games up 12% and slots 8% from November 2002.

11th December          Los Angeles & Israel   
Group Contests Casino Owned By Israeli Jewish Extremists' Backer

11th December          Problem Gambling             Philadelphia Inquirer - Columist Opinion
Monica Yant Kinney | Casinos gambled credibility away
Article riduiculing yesterday's announcement by Park Place of their new responsible gambling programme.

11th December          Maine             Miami Herald/Bangor Daily News
Maine Governor's Measure Would Limit Number of Slot Machines

10th December          Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Aristocrat Technologies, Inc. Announces Nevada Gaming Control Board, GLI Approval of Its Breakthrough Millioni$er® Progressive; Signs Agreement With Coast Casinos

10th December          Nevada             Yahoo/PRNewswire
VirtGame and United Coin Unveil Sports Bet Express - Nevada's First Sports Wagering Route

10th December          Los Angeles            Yahoo/Business Wire
WORLD POKER TOUR Joins Forces with Casinos Nationwide to Develop New WPT Satellite Events

10th December          Nevada             San Francisco Chronicle & Yahoo/Reuters
Nevada casinos post 1.2% fiscal year-to-date gain
Las Vegas helps bump up Nevada October casino revs
Nevada's October win was $819.5 million. Table Games were up 5% and slots down 0.2% from October 2002.

9th December          Tunica             Clarksdale Press Register
Six men were arrested Monday night after a robbery at the Sheraton Casino in Robinsonville

9th December          Tunica, Mississippi             Biloxi Sun-Herald/AP
Two men arrested in Tunica casino robbery
The robbers who were later caught following a car chase entered the casino through an employee entrance.

9th December          Las Vegas          Yahoo/Dow Jones Business News
Shuffle Master Announces Preliminary Injunction; CARD's One2Six Shuffler Found To Infringe Co Patent

9th December          Las Vegas          Yahoo/Business Wire
Shuffle Master Announces Preliminary Injunction
Under the terms of the injunction Casinos Austria Research and Development (CARD) will be not be able to sell, lease or import the companies One2Six shuffler into the U.S.

9th December          Richmond B.C.
Underwriters bet $20 million on Great Canadian Gaming issue of new equity

9th December          Carson City, Nevada             San Francisco Chronicle/AP
Jethro to court over northern Nevada Hillbillies casino
Max Baer Jr. who played Jethro in the 1960's series also has a website at:

9th December          Las Vegas             Las Vegas Sun
Two insiders leave Station Casinos board

9th December          Las Vegas             Las Vegas Sun
Group works to become a player in gaming decisions
Further report from the National Center for Responsible Gaming conference in Las Vegas.

8th December          California             Roseville Press-Tribune
Three charged with Thunder Valley Casino scam
Another Baccarat scam, this time at the newly opened Thunder Valley in California operated by Station Casinos.

8th December          Las Vegas             Las Vegas Sun
Caesars unveils credit card

8th December          Reno & Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Alliance Gaming to Sell Nevada Casino to Sands Regent

8th December          Reno & Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire
The Sands Regent Announces $38 Million Agreement to Purchase Rail City Casino
Alliance Gaming Announces Definitive Agreement for Sale of Rail City Casino

8th December          Los Angeles & Israel    - Registration required
U.S.: Group contests casino owned by Jewish extremist's backer
Hawaiian Gardens Casino in Los Angeles. The Coalition for Justice in Hawaiian Gardens and Jerusalem will appear at a meeting of the California's Gambling Control Commission on December 18th to object to the license of the owner.

8th December          Atlantic City             The Courier-Post
New publication launched for casino workers
Global Gaming Business have launched "Casino Connection" a publication aimed at Atlantic City casino employees.

7th December          Las Vegas             Las Vegas Review-Journal
INSIDE GAMING: Station may look toward west next

7th December          Melbourne, Florida             Florida Today
Betting the dogs
Detailing the continuing decline in attendance at Florida's dog tracks as they compete head to head with day ships, Indian casinos and online casinos and sportsbooks.

7th December          Jacksonville, Florida             Florida Times-Union
Clay police seize slot machines in gambling probe

7th December          Colorado             Rocky Mountain News
Pro-gambling campaign in debt - Groups that worked for Amendment 33 are owed $700,000
It would appear that Wembley PLC. who bankrolled the losing campaign for Amendment 33 that would have placed VLT's at Colorado tracks spent an amazing $36.50 per vote.

7th December          Connecticut             The Day
Technology Helps Casino Trap Fake IDs

7th December          Nevada & Atlantic City             The Press of Atlantic City - Joe Weinert
Nev. regulator questions PPE about underage betting in A.C.
Sands axes CFO Ebling

7th December          Mississippi             Biloxi Sun Herald
Copa's club card offers perks outside casino

6th December          Atlantic City             The Press of Atlantic City
Ohio man charged in threat to A.C. casinos

6th December          Las Vegas             Las Vegas Review-Journal
Megaresort planned for Wet 'n Wild site

6th December          New Orleans & Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire
VendingData™ Corporation's Random Ejection Shufflers™ Installed in Harrah's New Orleans Casino

6th December          Tunica, Mississippi             San Francisco Chronicle/AP
Casino wealth brings crime wave to Mississippi Delta
Details of the 25 casino robberies this year  in Tunica that have netted $1.4 million. Over half are believed to involve assistance from the casinos own employees.

5th December          Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Archon Corporation Announces Development Plans for Las Vegas Strip

5th December          Las Vegas             Las Vegas Review-Journal
Agassi, former IGT chairman drop $5 million for slice of Golden Nugget

5th December          Las Vegas             Institutional Investor
MGM Said To Be Cashing In Chips On $1B In Casinos

5th December          Las Vegas             Las Vegas Review-Journal
Coast Casinos to add 460-room tower at Orleans

5th December          New York & London             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Electronic Game Card Inc Debuts on OTCBB

5th December          Las Vegas             Yahoo/Dow Jones Business News
Ruling On Station Casinos Project Near Las Vegas Delayed

4th December          Atlantic City             The Press of Atlantic City - Joe Weinert
Trump chief shuffles execs

4th December          Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Boyd Gaming Consolidates Three Players Cards Into One
Boyd Gaming will have just one player card for all three downtown Las Vegas Casinos the Main Street Station, the California and Fremont.

4th December          Las Vegas             Las Vegas Sun & Reno Gazette Journal/AP
Mirage figure gets probation, judge calls sentence 'silly'
Ex-Mirage employee gets probation for failing to file reports
Christopher Morishita has received 3 years probation for failing to file some 14,900 cash transaction reports from April 2001 to January 2003.

4th December          Carson City             Las Vegas Sun
Top casino exec gets endorsement, lecture from Nevada regulators

4th December          Connecticut             The Norwich Bulletin
Police: Holdup loot bet at casino

3rd December          Tallahassee, Florida             Tallahassee Democrat
Education put into initiative on gambling - Opponents call move 'log-rolling'

3rd December          Tallahassee, Florida             The Sun-Sentinel
Gambling lobbyists aim for statewide vote on slot machines in racetracks, frontons

3rd December          Las Vegas             Yahoo/Reuters
Mandalay Resort Profit Jumps

3rd December         Colorado & Johannesburg             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Johannesburg Casino License Update

3rd December          Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Mandalay Resort Group Reports Record Third Quarter Results And Raises Quarterly Dividend

3rd December          Reno             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Robert Mathewson Appointed to International Game Technology Board of Directors

3rd December          Atlantic City             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. and Red City Developments Announce Intent to Develop a Casino Entertainment Complex in Salford, Greater Manchester, England

3rd December          Georgia             Gainsville Times
Gambling raids hit 12 area businesses
Georgia police have seized around 50 illegal slots and brought felony charges against 22 individuals after raids were conducted at BP stores on Monday.

3rd December          Mississippi             Meridian Star
Gambling machines crushed at landfill
128 illegal slots that were originally seized in June 2002 have been crushed and buried in Lauderdale County.

3rd December          Las Vegas   
Gambling On Customers
A look at the customer loyalty strategy employed by Harrah's CEO Gary Loveman.
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2nd December          Atlantic City             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Aztar Reports Resumption of Construction of Atlantic City Tropicana Expansion

2nd December          Los Angeles             New York Post
"Poker Showdown" Betting on Celeb's

2nd December          Las Vegas             New York Post/AP - Adam Goldman
Jackson's Roots Run Deep in Las Vegas

2nd December          Vancouver    Sun
Protesters chime in on slots debate

2nd December          Las Vegas             Las Vegas Review-Journal - Rod Smith
Casinos of future getting smaller? - Personal touch will be needed, survey shows
Results from the AGA's Furture Watch survey taken at the Global Gaming Expo.

2nd December          Las Vegas             Las Vegas Review-Journal - Jeff Simpson
Station Casinos aims Red Rock project at an upscale clientele

1st December          Gaming Investments           Miami Herald/LVRJ - Rod Smith
Gambling Gauge Outperforms S&P Index by 3-to-1 Margin

1st December          Colorado            Casper Star-Tribune/AP
Colorado's windfall from gaming reaches $684 million

1st December          Mississippi & Dudley, England            Biloxi Sun-Herald
Isle of Capri finalizes deal for majority interest in Great Britain casino

1st December          Louisiana            Times Daily
Louisiana's riverboat casinos exceed hiring goal for women and minorities
Of 15,000 employed by Louisiana riverboats, 8,600 are minorities and 8,400 are women.

1st December          Las Vegas            CEO Refresher - Jill Griffin
How Customer Information Gives Harrah's a Winning Hand
A must read article on Harrah's Total Rewards programme and how it helps the company to consistently be the most profitable casino operator in the U.S.

1st December          Olympia, Washington State            Las Vegas Sun/AP
Washington state considers gambling options

1st December          Los Angeles            Yahoo/Reuters
Hawaii luxury hotel developer Hemmeter dead at 64

1st December          Mississippi & Dudley, England            Yahoo/PRNewswire
Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc., Announces Completion of Acquisition of Interest In Blue Chip Casinos, Plc.
The purchase of a two thirds stake in Blue Chip Casinos for $8 million looks to be a real bargain given the scarcity of independent operators.
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