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December 2004
North America

31st December          San Francisco           San Francisco Business Times
New school for card dealers puts its chips on Market Street site

31st December          Orilla, Ontario 
Few gamblers get loans: casino

31st December          Las Vegas & New York           San Francisco Chronicle
Trump misses Riviera boom
A look at Riviera Holdings. The stock price is now $40 and has risen because of spectacular gains in land values on the LV Strip and the property's proximity to Wynn Las Vegas.

31st December          Las Vegas           Seattle Times/Los Angeles Times
Casinos say: Deal me in
Both Caesars Palace and the MGM Grand willbe re-opening new poker rooms in early 2005.

31st December          Las Vegas & Singapore           Las Vegas Business Press
Casino operators grasp Singapore concept

30th December          Mississippi           Biloxi Sun-Herald
Beau Rivage quits state Gaming Association

30th December          Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun/AP
Year saw casino companies gearing up for consolidation

30th December          Las Vegas           Newsday/AP & Las Vegas Review-Journal
Poker champion fights off attacks at Las Vegas Strip hotel-casino
Gambler calculates odds, wins fight with robbers - Poker champ accosted outside Bellagio room
A remarkable story, apparently reining WSOP champion Greg Raymer was attacked whilst entering his room at the Bellagio on the 20th December.

30th December          Las Vegas           San Diego Unione-Tribune
Billionaire to redevelop casino without partner

29th December          Singapore & Las Vegas           Yahoo Singapore/Asia Pulse
Singapore's Request for Casino Concepts Welcomed by Harrah's

29th December          U.S. Sports betting           Scranton Times
Experts: Illegal gambling isn't going away soon

29th December          Reno, Nevada 
Firing of Harrah's bartender backed
The female bartender was originaly dismissed in 2000 for refusing to wear makeup.

28th December          Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
In return, monorail sets rider record - Saturday's tally of 45,000 people a one-day high; system official says fixes worked
Officials believe the record was set because the monorail was free !

28th December          Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Riviera shares rising fast - Speculation about company's plans for 26-acre site contributes to increase

28th December          Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Taxes will be higher for casinos, too
Strip casinos avert strike - Union votes to accept offer from Mandalay Resorts

28th December          New York & California           New York Post/Reuters
Trump sells $6 Million license

28th December          Ontario, Canada  Advance
Casinos lend money to gamblers only in Ontario
Casino loans cited as adding to problem gambling
Ontario is apparently the only province in Canada where casino customers are permitted to take out a line of credit.

27th December          Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun
Roulette maker gets chance in LV
Gaming Partners International - The combined Paul-Son Gaming, Bud Jones and Bourgogne et Grasset.  -

27th December          Palm Springs, California           Yahoo/Business Wire
Trump Transfers Management of Trump 29 Casino to Tribe
Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts are getting a payoff of just $6 million to relinquish their management contract.  -

27th December          West Virginia           The Wheeling Intelligencer/News Register
Eliminate ATMs In Gambling Parlors

27th December          Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
2004 IN REVIEW: MERGING AND CONVERGING  - A pair of Strip megadeals lead the year in local business
An excellent look back at what was an action packed year for Las Vegas based operators.

27th December          Mississippi           MSNBC/Memphis Business Journal
Tunica gaming industry sees mergers, new casinos on tap

27th December          Las Vegas 
Gaming Company Takes RFID to the Casino

26th December          Illinois & Iowa           Chicago Sun-Times
Illinois, Iowa join forces in gambler self-ban program

26th December          Idaho 
Slot machine recall
Costco have been apparently selling Japanese Pachinko machines at $289 each.

26th December          Las Vegas           The Gadsden Times/New York Times
Is There Life After Blackjack? Ask MGM
A look at President and CFO of MGM Mirage Jim Murren's plans for Las Vegas with the $4 billion "Project CityCenter".

26th December          Atlantic City           Ashbury Park Press/AP
2004 saw winners and losers in Atlantic City

26th December          U.S.           CBS News
Poker's Popularity Surging

26th December          Wood Village, Oregon           Register-Guard & Statesman Journal
Dog racing hits the finish line in state after 71 years
Dog racing set to end in Oregon

26th December          Las Vegas           Boston Globe
Monorail gets back on track, but Vegas awaiting grand ride

26th December          Nevada           Reno Gazette-Journal &
Aviator Hughes was a key figure in state’s history
The man behind The Aviator
RGJ - Interesting look at Howard Hughes legacy in Nevada and the struggle for control of his estate after his death in 1976.

25th December          Trenton, New Jersey           New York Times
A New Push for Sports Bets at Casinos in Atlantic City

25th December          New York           Bloomberg News
Dollar Drops for 10th Week as ECB May Not Stem Euro's Climb
The Dollar fell to $1.3548 against the Euro on Dec. 24 and analysts believe it will hit $1.40 in January.

25th December          Gardena, California           The Guardian/AP
Suspect Killed After Casino Hostage-Taking

24th December          Los Angeles & Reno           Reuters
Munster actress sues IGT for using image on slots

24th December          Gardena, California           San Francisco Chronicle & CNN/AP
Police shoot carjacking suspect at Hustler Casino in Gardena
Man shot after taking hostages in casino

23rd December          Honolulu, Hawaii           Honolulu, Advertiser
Bust closes three casinos

23rd December          Ontario, Canada  Press
Canadians feel there's too much gambling in the country: poll
The first legal gambling in Canada was the Montreal Lottery, which was launched in 1968 to raise money for the 1976 Olympics.

23rd December          Black Hawk, Colorado           St. Louis Business Journal
Ameristar completes purchase of Colorado casino

23rd December          New York           Las Vegas Sun/Bloomberg News
Trump Hotels & Casino shareholder sues Trump over exit plan

23rd December          Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal - John L. Smith
Want to be in the know? Odds are gambling expert, his shop will help
A profile of Howard Schwartz proprietor of the Gamblers Book Shop.

22nd December          Black Hawk, Colorado           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Ameristar Casinos Completes Acquisition of Mountain High Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado

22nd December          Gaming Investments           Financial Times
MGM Mirage purchase tops US deals league
M&A cards pay out in Strip poker

21st December          Atlantic City           Philadelphia Inquirer
Techno-personal gaming
An excellent look at the amazing range of new technology that is in use at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City.

21st December          California           USA Today
Poker at an early age: Not just another teen fad

21st December          Saskatchewan, Canada 
Casino workers ratify contract

21st December          Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewsire
Las Vegas Sands Corp. Announces Closing of Initial Public Offering
LVS sold 23,809,524 shares at $29.00 per share and an additional 3,571,429 to underwriters. The net proceeds of the offering are around $744.4 million.

21st December          Las Vegas & Australia           Yahoo/Business Wire
Progressive Gaming International Bolsters Its Table Management Solutions
PGI (Mikohn Gaming) is buying PitTrak and their existing customer base from Sydney's Hotel Systems Pty. Ltd.
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20th December          Las Vegas           Business Wire
Global Cash Access Signs Contracts with 20 Gaming Properties; Properties to Use GCA's Products and Services

20th December          Richmond, B.C.           National Post
Great Canadian Gaming pays $40 million for Orangeville Raceway of B.C.

20th December          Mississippi           Biloxi Sun-Herald
Former state gaming chairman lawyering for casino interests

20th December         Catskill Mountains, New York           New York Times
Proposal to Allow Five Casinos Reignites an Old Catskill Debate

19th December          Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal - Howard Stutz
A developing interest - Wynn Las Vegas may open doors to next phase of casino building
A facinating look at the many casino and hotel developments presently underway in Las Veas both on and off strip.

19th December          Poker           Indianapolis Star
Poker publishers say they're not bluffing

19th December          Bethlehem, PA           Newsday/AP
Bethlehem the focus of second casino proposal

18th December          Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
In second day of trading, Las Vegas Sands shares keep climbing

18th December          Las Vegas           Las Vegas Business Press
Shuffle Master buys new technology patent

18th December          Colorado           Denver Post
Casinos post 15% drop in earnings for Nov.

18th December          Richmond, B.C.           The Canadian Press & Casin City Times
Great Canadian Gaming pays US$1.8M to end lawsuits, accepts apology
Great Canadian Gaming Drops Lawsuit

18th December          Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Chippendales Complex Nearing Completion - Rio's New Chippendales(R) Theater, Ultra Lounge and Retail Boutique Slated for December Opening

17th December          Ontario   Today
Smoking ban planned at Casino Rama

17th December          Las Vegas            Las Vegas Sun - Richard N. Velotta
Hotels express frustration with monorail's shutdown

17th December          Las Vegas            Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Adelson proves skeptics wrong

17th December          Reno & Wallingford, Connecticut            Yahoo/PRNewswire
IGT and TransAct Expand Relationship With New Supplier, Sales and License Agreement

17th December          Detroit 
Merger Forces MGM To Sell One Of Its Detroit Casinos

17th December          Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Judge tosses out gambler's suit against casino company

16th December          Central City, Colorado           Denver Post
Two new casinos to roll the dice on Central City
Scarlet's and the Teller House will bring the number of operational casinos in Central City to 7.

16th December          Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Investors, Las Vegas Sands hit jackpot as stock goes public

16th December          Atlantic City           USA Today/AP
Atlantic City casino fined for cameras
Caesars Atlantic City has been fined $80,000 by the NJ CCC after Surveillance operators had recorded tapes focusing only on the anatomy of female staff and customers.

16th December          Pennsylvania           Investor's Business Daily/PRNewswire
PA Gaming Board Backs Background Checks For Potential Employees, Suppliers, Manufacturers

16th December          Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Harrah's Launches Redesigned Web Site

16th December          New York & Las Vegas           USA Today
Casino deals itself short as IPO pops 61%

16th December          Las Vegas 
Adelson: Debut Raises Over $690 Million For New Casinos

15th December          Las Vegas & Southampton           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Ameristar announces plans for U.K. casino

15th December          Las Vegas & New York           Reuters
Las Vegas Sands up 53% from IPO price
At the time of this update (2.00pm EST) the LVS stock was trading at $47.78 on a volume of 21 million shares. Yahoo Finance:

15th December          Las Vegas & Mississippi           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Mississippi Gaming Commission Approves MGM MIRAGE's Merger With Mandalay Resort Group

15th December          Indiana           Northwest Indiana Times
Battle lines drawn - Casino workers rally for new contract as deadline nears

15th December          Minnesota 
University student wins big playing online poker

15th December          Detroit           Detroit News
MGM managers bring expertise back to Detroit
Officials downplay TB at casino

15th December          Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun
NFL still plans to sack LV Super Bowl parties - Sports books allowed to show game

15th December          Las Vegas & New York           Yahoo/AP & Bloomberg News
Las Vegas Sands Prices Its IPO at $29
Las Vegas Sands Raises $690 Mln in Casino IPO

15th December          Las Vegas           Yahoo/Business Wire
Wynn Resorts, Limited Announces Completion of Refinancing

15th December          San Francisco 
Northern California's Largest Casino Dealer School opens shop in San Francisco

15th December          Cincinatti. Ohio           PRNewswire
'Official World Poker Tour(TM)' Poker Paraphernalia Leaps Off Store Shelves; Becomes Holiday Season's Most Sought After Gift

15th December          Las Vegas 
Reward Offered for Arrest of Orleans Robber

14th December          Harrisburg, Pennsylvania           Times Leader/AP
Gambling board to hold first meeting

14th December          Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun
Sands raises IPO estimates
Las Vegas Sands IPO is today with a $25 estimated share price. The issue will value Sheldon Adelson's 88% holding in the company at around $7.7 billion.

14th December          Las Vegas & Southampton           ThisisMoney & Yahoo UK/Reuters
Ameristar targets UK casino licence
Ameristar taking punt on Southampton casino

14th December         Las Vegas & Southampton 
Ameristar Casinos Announces Plans for Regional Casino Development in Southhampton, England

13th December          Las Vegas           Reno Gazette-Journal
Las Vegas: Gambling 'firing on all cylinders'

13th December          Northwest Indiana           Indianapolis Star
Employees at 4 casinos may strike

13th December          New Jersey           Courier-Post Online
Gaming revenues fall in November
New Jersey's 12 casinos won $375 million in November. Slots contributing $274.3 million and table games $100.7 million.

13th December          Iowa           Des Moines Register
Hit me! All in! Table games set for debut

13th December          Las Vegas           Chicago Sun-Times/AP - Adam Goldman
Gamble on Venetian hotel complex about to pay off

13th December          Las Vegas & Holland           Yahoo/Business Wire
Progressive Gaming International Opens New Sales Office in Tallinn, Estonia

13th December          Macau & Las Vegas           Hong Kong Standard
Wynn goes it alone on Macau casinos

12th December          Louisville, Kentucky           Courier-Journal
Video gambling is thriving in the open, outside the law
Part of a series of articles on the operation of video slots at Truck stops and convenience stores

12th December          Las Vegas 
Caesars 24/7 Premieres on January 10, 2005 at 10pm/9c on A&E!

12th December          Biloxi, Mississippi           Biloxi Sun-Herald
Those were the
Interview with Vic Vickrey who is writing a book about his 56 years in the casino business.

12th December          Carson City, Nevada           Las Vegas Sun
Strip, state casinos stay hot
The October 2004 revenue report in PDF format can be found on the NGC website @ -

12th December          Nevada           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Casino revenue soars - Surge in Strip table play sparks second-best month ever
Las Vegas Strip casinos won an amazing $491.9 million in October, $83 million (20.3%) more than in 2003.

12th December          Las Vegas          Yahoo/Reuters
Las Vegas Sands Looks for a Jackpot
The $7 billion IPO of Sheldon Adelson's Las Vegas Sands under the ticker symbol LVS is expected to take place Tuesday.

12th December          Las Vegas           Sacramento Bee
Fremont Street experience - Far off the Strip, 'Old Vegas' is the city's bargain basement - but sometimes it surprises

12th December          Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun
Deadline set for online job applications at new resort

11th December          Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal/AP - Adam Goldman
'SIEGFRIED & ROY' SHOW: Company ticketed for tiger attack - Action ends investigation into incident

11th December          Las Vegas & Bahamas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Pinnacle Entertainment Signs Letter of Intent to Operate Casino at Great Exuma at Emerald Bay

11th December          New York           Yahoo/AP
Shuffle Master Shares Fall on 1Q Warning

10th December          Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Mandalay Stockholders Approve Merger

10th December          Gaming Investments           Forbes & Yahoo/AP - Adam Goldman
Hitting The Jackpot
Vegas Sands Looks to Become Gambling Giant
A look at the highly awaited IPO of Las Vegas Sands that will likely value the company at more than $6 billion.

10th December          Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Revenues surge at Shuffle Master
Alliance Gaming shares pressured

10th December          Phoenix, Arizona           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Aztar Announces Planned Retirement of CEO and Chairman Paul E. Rubeli

10th December          Miami, Florida           South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Opponents of slots drop recount suit

10th December          Las Vegas           Yahoo/Business Wire & AP
Shuffle Master, Inc. Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2004 Results
Shuffle Master Posts Higher 4Q Profit

10th December          Las Vegas & Macau          Las Vegas Sun - Jeff Simpson
Wynn seeks Macau expansion as Las Vegas opening looms

10th December          Waukegan, Illinois          Las Vegas Review-Journal
Resigning board member claims misdeeds at WMS

9th December          Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun
Casino workers finding reason to smile - Station, Boyd working with mobile dentist

9th December          Reno           Las Vegas Review-Journal
International Game Technology names chairman

9th December          Reno & Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
IGT Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Alliance Gaming
Alliance Gaming Comments on Patent Infringement Complaint

9th December          New York           Newsday/AP
Pataki switches courses on out-of-state tribes gaming in New York

8th December          Reno, Nevada           Yahoo/PRNewswire
TJ Matthews Named IGT Chairman

7th December          Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun
Mikohn spinning off sign division

7th December          Reno, Nevada           Las Vegas Sun
Guinn: Nevada better as result of tribal casino competition

7th December          Atronic/Gtech           Neue Westfälische News
Ehe im Glücksspielmarkt - Gauselmann gründet Joint-Venture / US-Konzern erwirbt 50% von Atronic

7th December          Atronic/Gtech           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Gtech makes slot power play - Lottery company to buy controlling interest in Atronic

7th December          Texas City, Texas           Galveston Daily News
83 face fines in gambling raid of nightclub

7th December          Las Vegas  
Aladdin Workers Will Join Union in 2005

6th December          Las Vegas            Las Vegas Sun
Dollar's slide may be boon for tourism

6th December          Las Vegas            Yahoo/Business Wire
Shuffle Master, Inc. Purchases RFID Patents

6th December          Rhode Island            Yahoo/AP
GTech Buys 50 Percent Stake in Atronic

6th December          Saskatchewan, Canada            Globe & Mail
Casino workers poised to strike in Regina

6th December          Rhode Island & Arizona            PRNewswire
GTECH Enters Into Partnership Agreement to Acquire 50 Percent Controlling Equity Stake of Atronic from Gauselmann Group
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6th December          Las Vegas           Yahoo/Business Wire
Progressive Gaming to Host Conference Call Focused on Realignment of Interior Sign Business and Name Change

5th December          Las Vegas           Corporate IR/Mikohn press release
Mikohn Gaming Announces Repositioning with Focus on Technology and Content
Mikohn Gaming in January 2005 will change it's name to Progressive Gaming International Corporation and have the new trading symbol PGIC.
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5th December          Vail, Colorado           The Denver Post
Casino chief pays $13.5 million for Vail house

5th December          Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Taxis, double-decked buses bring British feel to Strip

5th December          Las Vegas           Daily Racing Form
Trust me, Vegas can't be trumped - Las Vegas boggles the mind

4th December          Indiana           Indianapolis Star
Flap over Trump casino escalates

4th December          Detroit           Detroit Free Press
MGM Mirage might opt to sell MGM Grand in Detroit

4th December          Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Aladdin workers OK union - New owners to negotiate contract covering half of resort's workers

4th December          Niagara Falls, New York           Newsday/AP
Teamsters seek to unionize Indian casino workers
More than half the 430 dealers at the Seneca Niagara Casino voted last month to seek union representation at the property.

3rd December          Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
VendingData(TM) Corporation Files Emergency Motion to Modify Preliminary Injunction Issued Earlier This Week

3rd December          Detroit & Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire & Las Vegas Sun
MGM MIRAGE Considering Strategic Alternatives in Detroit
MGM Grand in Detroit draws suitors

3rd December          New Jersey  Times
Panel approves sports betting measure

3rd December          Connecticut & New York           The Day
Trump Willing To Drop Lawsuit Against Easterns For $500 Million

3rd December          Las Vegas           Yahoo/AP
Mandalay Grosses $67.1M in 3Q Earnings

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

3rd December          Carson City, Nevada           Las Vegas Sun
Tensions still high between Hard Rock, gaming regulators

3rd December          Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Few New Year's sellouts, so far - Data show Strip holiday weekend stays 25 percent pricier than year ago

2nd December          Los Angeles           L.A. Daily News
Raking in chips - Poker a hot hand during holidays

1st December          The Wild West 
Faro: Favorite Gambling Game of the Frontier
A excellent look at the colourful history of Faro, once America's most popular casino game.

1st December          Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun
New loyalty cards show allure of local  high-limit gamblers

1st December          Colorado & Guateng, South Africa           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Century Casinos Agrees to Sell Interest in Gauteng, South Africa, Project

1st December          London & New York           Bloomberg News
Dollar Drops on Speculation U.S. Officials Seek Weaker Currency
The Dollar has hit $1.92 to Sterling and $1.34 against the Euro and the belief is that the weakness is set to continue.
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