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February 2003
North America

28th February           New Jersey         Source: The Press of Atlantic City
Casino tax hike would hurt workers, McDevitt testifies

28th February           Nevada         Source: Las Vegas Sun
Megabucks progressive slot climbs to highest level ever

28th February           Reno           Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Next Nevada Megabucks® Winner Will Be in The Guinness Book of Records
The Nevada Megabucks® progressive slot system has surpassed the world record slot payout of $34,955,489, set in January 2000. To check out the curent total see: www.igtonline.com/megajackpots/nevada

28th February           New Jersey           Source: The Press of Atlantic City - Joe Weinert
CCC collects $105,000 from casinos that broke rules

28th February           Las Vegas           Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Bad luck on table games hurts Hard Rock's results - Casino property's parent company reports fourth-quarter loss

28th February           Nevada           Source: Las Vegas Sun
Scam artists impersonate gaming officials

28th February           Las Vegas           Source: Las Vegas Sun
Focus on diversity: MGM MIRAGE recruits partners for program

26th February           Las Vegas          Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones
MGM Concedes Errors In Casino's Reporting Of Transactions

26th February           Nevada          Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Neal makes case for higher gaming tax - Senator tells taxation panel gambling's social problems cost state $450 million

26th February           Richmond, B.C.          Source: Canada.com/Vancouver Sun
Richmond council approves huge new casino

26th February           Edmonton, Alberta          Source: Canoe.ca/Edmonton Sun
Casino project not in councillor's cards

26th February           Las Vegas          Source: Reno Gazette-Journal/AP
Vegas casino accused of failing to file money-laundering reports

26th February           Las Vegas          Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire & Las Vegas Sun
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas Reports 4th Quarter and 2002 Results
Hard Rock Hotel's loss widens in fourth quarter
Table Game drop was up 22% but hold declined to just 9.7% from 13.9% in the previous 4th quarter.

25th February           Waukegan, Illinois          Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
WMS Reports on Shuffle Master Lawsuit

25th February           Carson City, Nevada          Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Bill sought for salon disclosure

25th February           Las Vegas          Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
State officials investigate Mirage's reporting failures
The Nevada Gaming Commission are looking into why over 14,000 currency transaction reports at The Mirage have not been filed with the Treasury Department.

25th February           Indiana          Source: Indianapolis Star
Panel OKs bill creating force to police casinos

25th February           Gary, Indiana          Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Majestic Star Casino Announces Record Annual Results

25th February           Las Vegas          Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Alliance Gaming Announces Corporate Agreement With Boyd Gaming to Supply Systems and Cashless Solutions

25th February           Las Vegas          Source: Yahoo/Business Wire & reuters
Shuffle Master Announces Lawsuit against WMS Gaming, Inc. and Bally Gaming, Inc.
Shuffle Master sues WMS, Bally Gaming

24th February           Las Vegas          Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Gaming Technology Leader, Casino Data Imaging, Enters into Strategic Partnership with Park Place Entertainment

24th February           Las Vegas          Source: Yahoo/Business Wire & Dow Jones Business News
Mikohn and Bally Gaming and Systems to Develop New Wide-Area Progressive Games
Mikohn, Bally Gaming in Game Development Pact

23rd February           Book Review          Source: The Press of Atlantic City
Book reveals secrets of Harrah’s success
The title is "Jackpot! Harrah's Winning Secrets for Customer Loyalty," by Robert L. Shook.

23rd February           New Jersey          Source: The Press of Atlantic City - Joe Weinert
Casino Notes - Tropicana to retire tic-tac-toe chickens

22nd February           Nevada          Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Control board seeks more software engineers - New hires will relieve electronic services division backlog

22nd February           Las Vegas          Source: Las Vegas Sun
Aladdin turns a profit in January - Pinnacle won't bid

22nd February           Trenton, New Jersey          Source: Newsday.com
Casino competition is coming

22nd February           Niagara Falls, Ontario          Source: Buffalo News
Betting on success - Casino, hotel bring development, jobs to Canadian city
Construction is now underway on the permanent casino on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.

22nd February           Quebec          Source: Toronto Globe & Mail
Scandal hits Loto-Québec - Patron of the arts faces allegations it misused public funds 

22nd February           Reno          Source: The Detroit News/Los Angeles Times
Casinos bet on new slots to keep gamblers entertained
A look behind the scenes at IGT where the company presently have 600 designers and engineers working on 160 new models.

21st February           Edmonton, Canada          Source: Canada.com/The Edmonton Journal
New city casino holds for council's call - Gaming commission requires council to give neighbours, nearby businesses a say

21st February           Las Vegas          Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal/AP
Sources: Aruze cleared of charges - Decision clears way for licensing hearing to restart

21st February           Carson City, Nevada          Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal/AP
Slot cheat voted unanimously into Black Book

21st February           Las Vegas          Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Park Place CEO's focusing on Caesars - New boss on mission to restore Strip property

21st February           Colorado & Arizona          Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Ten Stix, Inc. Announces Accelerating Growth in Arizona Markets

21st February           Detroit          Source: Detroit News
Web site tracks best jackpots - Detroit casino workers compile nationwide list of biggest stakes
Excellent story about two casino staff from the Greektown Casino in Detroit and the launch of their website www.bestjackpots.com

21st February           Las Vegas          Source: Las Vegas Sun
Feds, police raid adult club - Dozens of officers, agents swarm site before dawn

21st February           Las Vegas          Source: Las Vegas Sun
Aladdin casino in Las Vegas improves finances in January

21st February           Atlantic City          Source: The Press of Atlantic City - Joe Weinert
Casino execs reflect on blizzard’s toll

21st February           Las Vegas & Indiana          Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire & Reuters
Pinnacle Entertainment Breaking Ground Today on $35 Million Belterra Expansion Project
Pinnacle loss narrows, abandons Aladdin bid

21st February           Carson City, Nevada          Source: Reno Gazette-Journal/AP
Convicted slot cheat added to Nevada's 'black book'
Tommy Glenn Carmichael will become the 38th person to be included in the famous "List of Excluded Persons". Website: http://gaming.state.nv.us/loep_main.htm

21st February           Olympia, Washington State          Source: The Bellingham Herald
Legislators take serious look at revenues from gambling

21st February           Las Vegas          Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Rio to replace cocktail servers - 'Bevertainers' will take waitresses' jobs
The Rio's management has a strange plan to have singing and dancing entertainers serving coctails to players.

21st February           Las Vegas          Source: Las Vegas Sun
Las Vegas casinos ponder war marketing strategies

20th February           Las Vegas          Source: Northern Light/Business Wire
Global Cash Access Signs New Contracts with 16 Casinos; Properties To Use GCA's Latest Products And Services

20th February           Springfield, Illinois          Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Jacobs, Davis Introduce Legislation to Increase Economic Impact of Illinois Riverboat Casinos

20th February           Reno          Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Argosy Gaming Agrees to Purchase New Ticket-Equipped Machines for Its Casinos
The order is for 4,000 new EZ Play™machines and retrofits for another 1,000 IGT models. Argosy intends to have TITO technology on 100% of all gaming floor's by the end of 2004.

20th February           Las Vegas         Source: Yahoo/Business Wire & Reuters
Shuffle Master Announces 1st Fiscal Quarter 2003 Results
Shuffle Master posts strong rise in earnings

20th February           Vancouver, B.C.         Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
MOON Resort and Casino: Onwards and Upwards!
A project update on the resort that if ever built will have some 12,000 slots and 600 table games.

20th February           Mississippi         Source: Las Vegas Sun
Mississippi commission faces shortage of  agents

20th February           Las Vegas         Source: Las Vegas Sun
Icahn casinos hit with trademark infringement suit

19th February           Las Vegas         Source: Las Vegas Sun
Casino equipment maker announces deal with IGT - Shuffle Master Gaming

19th February           New Jersey         Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Gaming Industry Observer, Bristol Associates Will Update Survey to Help Casino Industry Cope With Dramatic Change

19th February           Scottsdale, Arizona & Luebbecke, Germany         Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Atronic and Gauselmann Group Release 2002 Results Ranking Among the Top Gaming Manufacturers in the World
According to the press release the companies Atronic subsidiary is now the third largest slot manufacturer behind IGT & Aristocrat and ahead of Bally and WMS.

19th February           Louisiana          Source: The Shreveport Times
Harrah's gets OK to run LaDowns 'racino'
The Louisiana State Gaming Control Board has approved a plan or Harrah's to run a racino at the recently purchased Louisiana Downs in Bossier City.

19th February           Tallahassee, Florida          Source: Miami Herald
Gambling industry now gets a warm welcome

18th February           Reno          Source: Reno Gazette Journal/AP
Gaming expert says casino carpet should be ugly
The Atlantis Casino Resort is presently replacing 38,000 sq yds of carpet on the gaming floor at a cost of $400,000.

18th February           Las Vegas & Reno          Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Shuffle Master Licenses Suite of Patents to IGT

18th February           Atlantic City          Source: The Press of Atlantic City
Snow, snow, snow. Still the dice rolled.

17th February           Tallahassee, Florida        Source: The Orlando Sentinel
Gambling interests make pitch
Attendance at Florida's 26 frontons and tracks has dropped from 17 million in 1980 to 2.8 million in 2002.

17th February           Las Vegas         Source: Northern Light/Sunday Times
Planet Hollywood, Starwood plan joint bid for Aladin - report - very brief

17th February           U.S.         Source: USA Today
Doomed plane's gaming system exposes holes in FAA oversight
Swiss Air flight 111 crashed on September 2nd, 1998, killing all 229 onboard.

16th February           Security Issues         Source: Time.com
You're in the Picture - Mobile phones that send and receive images are the latest threat to privacy - For casinos the technology also has the potential for much mischief.

16th February           Seattle          Source: The Seattle Times
Mini-casinos playing for larger stakes
Washington that has no direct gaming taxes now has 78 licensed non tribal "mini-casinos". House banked games were first allowed in 1997 but they are not permitted to have gaming machines.

16th February          Austin, Texas          Source: The Houston Chronicle
Budget crisis improves odds for casinos
Houston Democratic Senator Rodney Ellis filed a bill on the 14th February designed to allow casino gambling in Texas.

16th February          Edmonton, Alberta         Source: Canoe.ca/The Calgary Sun
Gambling a sure bet in Alberta
Statistics from Lotto-Quebec report Albertan's lost an average of C$699 on all gambling products last year. Ontario was highest with a total of C$705.

16th February          Atlantic City         Source: The Press of Atlantic City - Joe Weinert
Regulators get busy for Borgata Casino Commission, DGE have work cut out for them

15th February          Nevada         Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Companies braced for  war - Casino operators, convention authority will draw on 9-11 experience to cope if U.S. enters battle with Iraq

15th February          Green Bay, Wisconsin         Source: Herald Times Reporter
269 illegal gaming machines found in GB establishments

15th February          Las Vegas & Missouri         Source: Northern Light/Business Wire
Sigma Wins 90-Day License Extension in Missouri; CEO Calls Court Order 'A Step in the Right Direction'

15th February          Illinois         Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Horseshoe Gaming Holding Corp. to Relocate Corporate Office to Las Vegas

15th February         Detroit        Source: Detroit News
Casino revenues fall 7% in January - Fourth straight drop affected all three Detroit gaming halls

15th February         Atlantic City        Source: The Press of Atlantic City - Joe Weinert
Davis licensed to take Sands helm - Veteran casino boss to ‘start fixing things’ at languishing casino

15th February         Edmonton, Alberta        Source: Canada.com/Edmonton Journal
New owners want downtown casino enlarged, moved - Baccarat would be more than twice as big, three blocks away

14th February         Nevada         Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
State gaming win drops in '02 - Decline marks second straight annual slide

14th February         Nevada         Source: Las Vegas Sun
Problem gambling study triggers debate

14th February         Biloxi, Mississippi         Source: Northern Light/PRNewswire
Isle Of Capri Casinos, Inc. Announces Third Quarter Results

14th February         Chicago         Source: Northern Light/PRNewswire
Wells-Gardner Reports 2002 Earnings of $815,000 Compared to a Loss of $5.7 Million for 2001

14th February         Las Vegas         Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Boyd Gaming Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2002 Results

14th February        Las Vegas        Source: Yahoo/Forbes.com
Decline and Fall - Can Canadian crooner Céline Dion bring the crowds back to Park Place's Roman-themed Caesars Palace?

14th February         Carson City, Nevada        Source: Las Vegas Sun
Nevada annual casino win again declines - December win improves

14th February         Rhode Island         Source: Las Vegas Sun
UNR expert explains pros & cons of gaming - Rhode Island lawmakers studying possible casino
University of Nevada's Bill Eadington speaking to a House panel in Rhode Island studying gambling expansion.

14th February         Las Vegas         Source: Las Vegas Sun
Vegas gains third weekly London flight

14th February         Nevada        Source: Reno Gazette Journal/AP
Nevada casinos win $9.45 billion in 2002, down slightly
Highlights of 2002 revenue report on Nevada casinos
The $9.45 billion win was $6.27 billion from slots (up 1.2% from 2001) and $3.12 billion from table games (down 2.9%). Casino win in Nevada has now declined in two straight years from the record set in 2000.

13th February         Las Vegas & Illinois        Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Giants scramble in Illinois - Wynn Resorts, MGM Mirage, Harrah's vying for coveted riverboat license

13th February         New Jersey         Source: The Press of Atlantic City - Joe Weinert
Admittedly flawed study says racetrack slots unconstitutional

13th February         New York        Source: Northern Light/AP
Sentencing of Betting Probe Postponed - Breeders Cup computer data scam.

13th February         Quebec, Canada         Source: Canada.com/The Gazette
Loto-Québec chief weathers grilling
Quebec intends reducing the number of VLT's by 2,800 from the present 15,300. Renovations at Casino Montreal and a new casino at Mont Tremblant are also planned.

13th February         Atlantic City        Source: The Press of Atlantic City
From afar, 10 percent casino tax not so bad

13th February         Las Vegas        Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Venetian parent has big quarter - Officials: Result bucks slowdown

13th February         Las Vegas       Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Ritz-Carlton makes regal arrival - Upscale 349-room hotel considered centerpiece of MonteLago Village

13th February         Las Vegas        Source: Las Vegas Sun & LVRJ
Vegas tourism flat in 2002
LV visitor numbers edge up 0.2 percent for year
35.1 million people visited Las Vegas in 2002, up 0.2% from 2001 but down from 35.8 million in 2000.

13th February         Atlantic City         Source: Northern Light/AP
Man Rolls Snake-Eyes in Wrong-Drink Suit
The New Jersey Supreme Court has thrown out the case of a player served an alcoholic drink instead of Diet Cola.

12th February         Massachusetts         Source: United Press International
Mass. casino ban bid flops

12th February         Pennsylvania         Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Penn National Gaming Reports Record Fourth Quarter Revenue And Net Income

12th February         Boston, Massachusetts         Source: Las Vegas Sun
Casinos may be banned in exchange for cash

11th February         Las Vegas         Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Binion's owner forced to inject funds
The Review-Journal reports that owner Becky Binion Behnen is now having to put money into the 51 year old casino and hotel.

11th February         New Jersey         Source: The Press of Atlantic City
Casino tax doomed, Gormley says

11th February         Las Vegas         Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Riviera Reports Fourth Quarter 2002 Results

11th February         Las Vegas         Source: Yahoo/Business News
Las Vegas Sands, Inc. Reports Record Fourth-Quarter
Las Vegas Sands is the owner and operator of The Venetian. 4th quarter table games drop was $225.2 million with an excellent hold of 21.4% before promotional allowances.

11th February         Las Vegas         Source: Las Vegas Sun
No slowdown seen in LV despite terror warning

11th February         Missouri & Las Vegas         Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Sigma Asks Missouri Court for Restraining Order Against Gaming Commission

10th February         Las Vegas          Source: Hoovers.com/Las Vegas Review-Journal
Billionair Considers Purchase of Aladdin Casino in Las Vegas

10th February         Book Review          Source: The Houston Chronicle
Gamblers' secret of success: managing risk - Planning, not luck, crucial to winning
Gambling Wizards: Can skills learned at the tables be applied to real life business situations?

9th February         Las Vegas          Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Odds stacked against lifetime player in battle with casino over jackpot

9th February         New Jersey          Source: The Press of Atlantic City - Joe Weinert
Bill would end smoking in N.J. bars and casinos

9th February         U.S. Politics          Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Political Gamble - Seeking power and influence, gaming interests contribute increasingly to election campaigns

9th February         Nevada          Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Nevadan at Work: Bill Thompson Professor of public administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas

9th February         Philadelphia          Source: The Philadelphia Enquirer
Slots of Gold - Gov. Rendell leads the rush for casinos at Pennsylvania racetracks

9th February         U.S. Politics          Source: Newsday.com
Gambler-in-Chief - Bush Is a Risk-Taker, Gambling on a Radical Agenda

8th February         Las Vegas & Atlantic City           Source: Las Vegas Sun
Casino says governor offered deal on gambling machines

7th February         Nevada          Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Question: Should the Nevada Gaming Tax be raised to solve Nevada's revenue crisis?
NO: Other businesses must shoulder the burden
YES: Don't let casinos off the hook

7th February         Ohio          Source: Las Vegas Sun/AP
Man hoping to become next big Ohio lottery winner arrested
Amazing tale of a lottery player buying $1.5 million in tickets over 8 days and loosing $632,000 in the process. 

7th February         Nevada          Source: Reno Gazette Journal
Nevada hotel-casinos lose millions in 2002
The study tracked 249 casinos statewide with at least $1 million in gross revenues during fiscal 2001-02.

7th February         Atlantic City          Source: Newsday.com/AP
Park Place halts development because of tax proposal

6th February         Las Vegas          Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Harrah's says earnings up in 2002 - But higher taxes blamed for fourth-quarter dip

6th February         Nevada          Source: Las Vegas Sun
Gaming industry reports loss of $33.5 million - Tourism slowdown, accounting maneuver behind the loss
Fact filled look at Nevada's 249 casinos. Increasing competition from Native Indian casinos and the downturn in tourism following September 11th denting results for 2002.

6th February         Las Vegas        Source: Yahoo/Business Wire & Dow Jones Business News
Park Place Reports Financial Results for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2002
Park Place Reports Flat 4Q Results, Halts NJ Projects
Park Place Names Mark Juliano President of Caesars Palace

6th February         Colorado        Source: The Denver Post
Casinos seek to ban video lottery devices - Rival plan would put them at tracks

6th February         Louisiana        Source: MLive.com/AP
Gambling board approves Bally's proposal in special meeting

5th February         Atlantic City        Source: The Press of Atlantic City
Casinos say budget kills golden goose

5th February         Connecticut        Source: United Press International
The Vegas Guy: Mohegan Sun
Another first class article from travelling author and gambler Joe Bob Briggs.

5th February         Newton, Massachusetts        Source: Northern Light/PRNewswire
Global Gambling Report, 2nd Edition: Global Gambling Comes of Age Now Available through Casino City Press

5th February         Las Vegas        Source: Northern Light/PRNewswire
Harrah's Entertainment Reports Gains in Fourth-Quarter, Full-Year Revenues
Harrah's 4th-qtr net profit falls slightly

5th February         Gaming Investments        Source: Yahoo/Reuters & Las Vegas Sun & LVRJ
NJ gambling tax plan clobbers casino stocks
Gaming stocks fall on proposed N.J. tax hike
Exec: New Jersey governor's tax plan may hurt LV-based gaming companies

5th February         New Jersey        Source: Northern Light/Business Wire
Park Place CEO Calls N.J. Tax Plan "Prescription for Disaster"; Governor's Plan Would Hurt Workers and Halt Investment.
Strong words from newly appointed CEO Wallace R. Barr. The proposals include raising the tax on casino win from 8 to 10%.

5th February         Nevada        Source: Northern Light/PRNewswire
Nevada Megabucks® Jackpot Total Goes Over $30 Million
Check out the latest total at: www.igt.com/megajackpots/nevada/systems/flash_megabucks1_00.html

4th February         New Jersey        Source: The Press of Atlantic City
Budget plan pounds casinos
Commission to give video slots a look
Cold January hot for casinos - Gambling revenue in A.C. rises 4.8% as temperature falls

4th February         Nevada        Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Casino industry looks to the state - Resort association hopes Legislature will ante up with money for problem gambling bill
Nevada, despite having a $9 billion casino industry has never provided any state money to fund problem gambling programmes.

4th February         Las Vegas        Source: Las Vegas Sun
Station lures poker players with progressive jackpots

4th February         Atlantic City        Source: Newsday.com /AP
Governor wants casinos to ante up in budget crunch
New Jersey, Governor James McGreevey has proposed raising the tax on casino revenues  from 8 to 10%.

4th February         Las Vegas         Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Alliance Gaming Names Mark A. Lipparelli Sr. Vice President/GM of Bally Systems

4th February         Las Vegas         Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire & reuters
Shuffle Master Gaming Announces Reorganization
Shuffle Master says president Lipparelli resigns

4th February         Alton, Illinois          Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Argosy Gaming Company Reports 2002 Results

4th February         Sports betting          Source: Newsday.com
A Very Serious Issue? You Bet

4th February         Atlantic City          Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Business News
New Jersey Casinos' December Revenue Falls 11% To $311.4 million
Slot revenue in December was down 7.5% to $226 million and table games down 18% to $84.7 million. A % split of 73 to 27. Slot win at Harrah's  was almost 88% of the casino total of $34.5 million.

3rd February         U.S. & Canada Slot jackpots          Source: Northern Light/PRNewswire
MegaBucks hits with Mega Winner at Casino Windsor
Multiple Arizona Magic® Jackpot Hits

3rd February         Las Vegas         Source: Hoovers/Las Vegas Review-Journal
Defunct Las Vegas Hotel-Casino Getting $40 Million Renovation, Westin Name - The Maxim

3rd February         Orlando, Florida         Source: Orlando Business Journal
Critics: There's more to slot machines than meets the eye

3rd February         South Florida         Source: The Sun-Sentinel
Cockfights present a challenge in Palm Beach County

3rd February         Atlantic City         Source: The Press of Atlantic City - Joe Weinert
Was DGE playing fair vs. Trump?

2nd February         U.S. Gambling         Source: The Indianapolis Star/New York Times
More people gambling, study finds - Lotteries are biggest draw, while casinos take the most money out of their pockets
The latest study shows that 82% of adult Americans gambled in the last year. In 1975 and 1998 the figures were 61% and 63% respectively.

1st February         Niagara Falls, Ontario          Source: Canadian News Wire
Casino security officers to hold strike vote

1st February         Halifax, Nova Scotia         Source: Canada.com/The Daily News
'Crack cocaine of gambling' NDP: Health minister ignored warnings new VLTs more addictive