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January - February 2003
Asia & Australasia

28th February           Queensland          Source: Australian Daily Telegraph
D-day for Jupiters
Jupiters board will decide tomorrow whether to merge with Queensland wagering group UNiTAB Ltd or be taken over by Victorian Tabcorp Holdings Ltd.

28th February           Singapore           Source: The Straits Times
$1m owed to casinos by missing lawyer

27th February           Shanghai, China           Source: Northern Light/XFN
Shanghai Industrial Investment to build 2.7 bln yuan horse racing track

26th & 27th February           Manila, Philappines           Source: Northern Light/AsiaPulse & AFX-ASIA
Electronic gambling charges laid against Philippine Radio, TV
PAGCOR plans to sue PLDT over SMS-based games

26th February           Taiwan          Source: Taipei Times
New survey shows tentative support for Penghu casinos

25th February           Queensland, Australia          Source:
Takeover of Breakwater Island Trust
Jupiter's has now almost completed the takeover of theTownsville casino in Northern Queensland:

25th February           Kuala Lumpur          Source: Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Malaysia Star Cruises Swings to Profit in 2002

25th February           Kuala Lumpur          Source: Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Malaysia Berjaya's Tan To Open Bukit Tinggi Gaming Center

25th February           New Zealand          Source: The New Zealand Herald & Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Sky City posts 39 per cent rise in interim profit
NZ's Sky City H1 profit up, annual result on track
The Auckland based operator has posted a profit of NZ$52.8 million after tax for the six months to December 31, up from NZ$37.9 million.

25th February           Sydney          Source: Yahoo/ANI
Aussies top the gamblers' list

24th February           Melbourne          Source: Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
TAB Ltd. yearly profit seen down, gaming costs bite

24th February           Auckland, New Zealand          Source: Bloomberg & Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Sky City 1st-Half Net May Rise Fivefold, Analysts Say
Revenue gains seen driving NZ's Sky City H1 higher
Expectations on the 25th are for a profit of around NZ$50 million ($28 million), with double digit growth at Auckland and Adelaide.

21st February           Christchurch, New Zealand          Source:
City Mission under fire over casino link

21st February           Perth, Australia          Source: Yahoo Singapore/Asia Pulse
Australia's Ainsworth Game Technology Blames Investments for H1 Loss
Australia's Tabcorp Expecting Slow Profits Due to Smoking Bans

21st February          Auckland, New Zealand          Source: Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
NZ's Sky City Expected To Post Sharp Rise In 1H Earnings
Analysts expect Sky City on Tuesday to declare a 1st half profit of NZ$52 million, up 37% from 2002.

20th February           Sydney          Source:
Aristocrat faces 'please explain'

20th February           Perth, Australia          Source: Yahoo Singapore/Asia Pulse
Australia's Burswood Ponders Causes of H1 Profit Dive

19th February           Perth, Australia          Source: Northern Light/Asia in Focus
Australian casino firm Burswood posts lower half-yr net profit

19th February           Melbourne         Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Business News
Australia's Tabcorp 1H Net A$131.2 Million

19th February           Taiwan          Source: Taipei Times & The China Post
Local agent for UK online bookie gets charged by police
Offices of Sportingbet's Taiwan promoter raided
The Shijiwei Advertising Company that invited Sportingbet founder Mark Blandford to speak on the island has been raided by members of the Criminal Investigation Bureau.

19th February           Melbourne          Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Business News
Tabcorp: Jupiters Would Help Build Critical Mass

18th February           Sydney          Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Business News
Aristocrat/Earnings: Net Down 6.8%, Yr Ago Div 7.5C
Aristocrat CEO/America: Speaking At Results Briefing

17th February           Okayama, Japan          Source: Japan Today
Minister says not enough support for casino plans
Cabinet Minister Yoshitada Konoike speaking at a public meeting in Okayama City.

17th February           Australia         Source: Northern Light/Asia in Focus
Australia's Tabcorp expected to book US$76.73 million H1 profit

17th February           Northern Territory, Australia         Source:
Bookie's threat to leave over tax hike

17th February           Australia          Source: Yahoo Aus/Reuters Finance
Aristocrat shares rise, heads could roll

17th February           Australia          Source: Australian
Ire over Aristocrat shambles
Paul Ainsworth, one of five sons of founder Len Ainsworth has called for all Aristocrat directors to stand down at the coming AGM.

17th February           Thailand         Source: The Nation - Opinion
Don't bet the farm on legalised casinos just yet

16th February          India          Source:
Mumbai bookies take lead in cricket betting
A look at the substantial operations of underground bookmakers in India.

15th February         Tokyo, Japan        Source:
Sega's Merger With Pachinko Maker May Be Misguided

15th February         Brisbane         Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Jupiters to decide future in fortnight

14th February         Pattaya, Thailand         Source: The Bangkok Post & The Nation
Thaksin calls off Pattaya's bid for casino
Casino needs more study: PM
The Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has come out strongly against the plan to establish a casino in Pattaya.

14th February         Sydney         Source: The Courier Mail
Pokies king punished
Aristocrat stock has lost 57% since last Friday and now stands at A$1.80. 12 months ago the price was around $6.00.

13th February         Tokyo, Japan        Source:
Sega to Merge With Sammy, Maker of Pachinko Machines

13th February         Sydney         Source: Sydney Morning Herald & Yahoo Aus/Reuters
Sellers dump 41 million Aristocrat shares as price plunges 21% more
Aristocrat sinks as investors lose faith

13th February         Queensland        Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Unitab may pull out of race

13th February         New South Wales         Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Losing Face: gaming minister throws in his hand

12th February         Queensland, Australia         Source: The Courier Mail
Jupiters gaming, sports crunch

12th February         Manila, Philappines         Source: Northern Light/AFX-ASIA
PAGCOR wants 20 pct share of Globe/Smart SMS games revenue

11th February         Sydney         Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Aristocrat expresses 'full confidence' in CEO
Credibility gambled and lost - Opinion

11th February         Manila, Philippines         Source: Northern Light/AFX-ASIA
PAGCOR files complaint vs Globe Telecom for SMS contests

11th February         Brisbane, Queensland         Source: Northern Light/Asia Pulse & AFX-ASIA
Australia's Jupiters seeking best value from suitors: MD
Jupiters H1 net profit down 4 pct on lower gaming machine revenue
Jupiters continues to hold merger talks with Tabcorp Holdings Ltd and UNiTAB Ltd.

11th February         Brisbane, Queensland         Source: Sydney Morning Herald
It's more than just money, says Jupiters

11th February         Sydney         Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Business News & Northern Light/Asia Pulse
Australia's ASX Not Satisfied With Aristocrat Disclosure
Australia's Aristocrat says American profits in line with forcasts

11th February         Sydney          Source: Sydney Morning Herald &
Aristocrat tells all: it's worse
Pokies king runs out of Latin luck

10th February         Sydney          Source: Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Aristocrat: S. American Contract For 3,000 Units
Aristocrat Admits US Results Weaker Than Expected

10th February         Sydney          Source:
Investors punish Aristocrat

9th February         Sydney          Source: &
Aristocrat Leisure Stock Slumps on 2002 Profit Cut
Aristiocrat Leisure Ltd: 2002 Full Year Profit Update - Trading statement

9th February         Sydney          Source: Yahoo Aus & Singapore/Dow Jones & reuters - February 7 & 8th
Aristocrat Leisure In Crisis, Loses S America Bet
Aristocrat Leisure Plunges On Soured S America Deal
Market slams Aristocrat on profit shock

9th February         Gaming Investments           Source:
Aussies to gamble on Sky City? - a look at the recent rise in the share price of New Zealand's Sky City.

9th February         Australia           Source: The Mercury/The Sunday Tasmanian
A$150b gambling bill
Australia's Wrest Point celebrates it's 30th anniversary on Monday. Losses by Australians on all forms of gambling have now reached A$14 billion per annum.

9th February         Japan           Source: Taipei Times/AFP
Japanese authorities urge loosening of gambling law

8th February         Sydney           Source: Australian
Pokies icon in $830m slump - Aristocrat Leisure

7th February         Auckland          Source: New Zealand Herald
Pokie syndicate beats casino ban

7th February         Tokyo, Japan          Source: The Japan Times
Justice minister comes out for casinos

7th February         Thailand          Source: The Bangkok Post
Thai casino gamblers seen flocking to Burma instead

7th February         Tokyo          Source: The Japan Times
Five prefectures call for end to casino ban

6th February         Sydney, Australia          Source: Yahoo Singapore/Asia Pulse
Australia's Tabcorp Set to Make Offer for Jupiters

6th February         Tokyo         Source: Business Day/AFP
Japanese metropolitans need casinos

6th February         Melbourne        Source: The Australian
All in flick of the wrist for $1.8m casino cheat

6th February         Thailand        Source: The Bangkok Post
Border to reopen to relieve hardship - Trade to resume, but casino visit ban stays

5th February         Sydney        Source: The Sydney Morning Herald
Woman charged after $200,000 theft from casino gambler

5th February         Melbourne        Source: The Melbourne Age
Croupier jailed for casino scam
Crown Casino Baccarat dealer Tiffany Moss was paid A$20,000 to shuffle in a manner where the cards could be recorded with a hidden video camera.

4th February         Osaka & Tokyo, Japan       Source: The Japan Times & Las Vegas Sun
Entity to give gambling winning spin
Police agency rejects plan for casino district
The Japan Academy of Gambling and Gaming Studies has been established at the Osaka University of Commerce. The group will study the economic effects of gambling on local communities.

3rd February         Sydney, Australia         Source: Australian Financial Review
Ainsworth to fund group's expansion

2nd February         Melbourne          Source: Northern Light/AFX-ASIA
Crown Casino, union agree to 12.5 pct wage hike over 3 years

1st February         Tokyo         Source: Press
5 Japan Prefectures to Ask for Casino Permission
The governors of Tokyo, Osaka, Shizuoka, Wakayama and Miyazaki are thought to be ready to submit a proposal on the legalization of casinos to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.

1st February         Thailand & Cambodia         Source: The Independent
Thais dismiss peace bid in soap star row
The border between Cambodia and Thailand remains closed after rioting in Phnom Penh saw the Thai Embassy destroyed.

1st February         Melbourne         Source: Australian
Casino dispute settled

31st January        Melbourne          Source: The Melbourne Age
Dealer in $1.8m casino scam, court told
Amazing story of a non-procedure Baccarat shuffle being filmed with a hidden video camera.

29th January         Karachi          Source: Yahoo Aus/AFP
Former Pakistan pacer says World Cup without fixing impossible
The Cricket World Cup will be held in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya from 8th February to 23rd March.

29th January         Melbourne           Source: Northern Light/AFX-ASIA & Yahoo Aus/Asia Pulse
Crown Casino sees no disruptions from planned workers' strike
Stopwork Meeting Planned For Sat At Melbourne's Crown Casino
The Liquor, Hospitality & Miscellaneous Workers Union has planned industial action on Saturday from 2 to 6am.

29th January         Queensland, Australia          Source: Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Jupiters seen asking Tabcorp to up bid-source

29th January         Thailand          Source: The Straits Times
Thai minister seeks casino decision

28th January       Thailand           Source: Bangkok Post
Sonthaya upbeat about casino - Investors waiting in the wings
More on the plan to site a casino in Pattaya. There are apparently now 34 casinos located on Thailand's borders.

27th January        Sydney           Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Balmain Tigers plan giant pokies club

27th January        Australia          Source: Sydney Morning Herald
The real deal - Late Night Poker makes it's debut on Australian Television on the 1st February.

27th January         Thailand          Source: Bangkok Post
Thais living in 'a casino democracy'  - Academic says B25bn paid to police in 2001
A study by Sangsit Piriyarangsan economic researcher at the Chulalongkorn University has revealed that Thai's lost between 399.5 and 518.6 billion baht on all forms of gambling in 2001. 

24th January         Japan          Source: Japan Times
Kansai casinos a dicey proposition - Wheel of fortune for some may be crapshoot for society

21st January         Las Vegas          Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Aristocrat, IGT Settle Patent Lawsuit

20th January         Las Vegas          Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Aristocrat's MKVI Game Platform Enjoys Exceptional Performance Throughout U.S.

17th January           Australia & England          Source: - January 13th
Mechanic matches poker pros
English player Peter "The Poet" Costa has won the A$394,870 first prize at the Crown Casino, Melbourne.

16th January           Australia         Source: Herald Sun
Casinos want Net betting
Under legislation introduced in 2001 Australian Internet casinos cannot take bets from Australian players.

15th January           Melbourne           Source: LHMU Casino Union
Crown Casino collective bargaining update: Movement on entry level - LHMU press release

14th January           Philappines           Source: Northern Light/AP
Cockfighting Rooster Kills Handler

14th January           Queensland, Australia          Source: Yahoo Aus/ASia Pulse
Shares In Australia's Jupiters Continue To Rise On Merger Talks

14th January           Sydney           Source: Northern Light/AFX-ASIA
Aristocrat Leisure expands alliance with Mikohn Gaming

14th January           New Zealand           Source:
Casinos and sharemarkets have much in common - mathematician

13th January           Australia           Source: Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Australia's Jupiters Leaps 13% On Merger Excitement
INTERVIEW: Unitab May Have To Give Up On Jupiters Merger

13th January           Melbourne          Source: Northern Light/Asia Pulse
Australia's Melbourne Crown Casino stuck in pay dispute talks

13th January           Malaysia & Cambodia         Source: Malaysian Business Times
Ho Wah Genting to run casino in Cambodia - Company expects business to commence in March
Ho Wah's casino in Poipet, scheduled to open in March has no connection to the Genting Highlands casino.

13th January           Queensland, Australia         Source: The Australian & Australian Financial Review
Jupiter's stakes to rise
Tabcorp looks to Jupiters to boost growth
Tabcorp Holdings, operators of the Star City casino in Sydney are the latest company to be talking to Queensland based Jupiters. Tabcorp has reported a significant effect on Pokie machine play following Smoking bans in Victoria.

12th January           Tasmania, Australia          Source: Mercury
Hotels chief hails pokies

10th January           Melbourne & Adelaide          Source: The Herald Sun & Melbourne Age
Casino robber's life on the run - must read!
VIP robber given trip to casino, court told
The amazing and disturbing story of the alleged Crown Casino robber Thomas Mangos. Whilst on the run he managed to turn over almost $1 million in 13 days gambling at Adelaide's Sky City casino.

10th January           New Zealand          Source: New Zealand Herald
Gamblers spend more, lose more
Gambling spend in New Zealand in 2001 was NZ$9.8 billion of which operators retained NZ$1.7 billion.

10th January           New Zealand          Source:
Funding stakes too high for casino
Sky Alpine Casino in Queenstown had wanted to reduce its annual NZ$100K community contribution to NZ$45K.

9th January           New Zealand        Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Business News
New Zealand Casinos' 02 Gambling Gross Profit +11% On Year - Government

9th January           Melbourne        Source: The Herald Sun
Stopwork cancelled at Crown Casino
The Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union (LHMWU) has withdrawn notices of stopwork at 1.30pm - 45 minutes before Crown's Court challenge was scheduled to begin.

9th January           Melbourne        Source: The Herald Sun
Casino in court over walk-out
Crown Casino has launched Federal Court action to hopefully prevent casino staff from walking out this weekend.

8th January           Malaysia & Poipet, Cambodia         Source: Northern Light/AFX-ASIA
Ho Wah Genting unit leases building in Cambodia to start casino resort ops

8th January           Melbourne, Australia         Source:
Talks aim to end casino pay dispute
Casino staff at Crown Casino will be taking further industrial action this coming weekend in support of a 20% pay increase and improved working conditions.

7th January           Canberra, Australia         Source: The Canberra Times
Proposals spark gaming upheaval
Canberra must be almost unique. The Canberra Casino is not allowed slots but pubs and clubs are.

6th January          Thailand         Source: Hoovers/Newsedge
Government to consider legalising casinos

6th January           Japan         Source: The Japan Times/AP - Mari Yamaguchi
Japan considers a flutter on casinos - Las Vegas-style gambling could ease economic woe

6th January           Taiwan         Source: Taipei Times
Legislators hope to block plan for gaming prizes

5th January           Tokyo         Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Japan considers gaming expansion to solve economic woes

5th January           Melbourne          Source: The Melbourne Age
Casino, staff to hold talks after 1000 walk out

4th January           Victoria, Australia          Source: The Melbourne Age
Gambling issues to be studied
The Victorian Government is commissioning 4 separate studies on gambling. Last years windfall from gambling taxes was 15.7% of the State's total budget.

4th January          Sydney          Source: The Australian
'Gambling led to bank raid bid'

4th January          Melbourne          Source: The Australian & ABC News Online
More pay talks for Crown Casino
Staff walk-out inconsequential: Crown Casino
Vast differences of opinion about how effective the protest was and the number of staff who joined in - Union 1,400, Casino 300.

3rd January          Melbourne          Source:
Casino staff walk off the job

3rd January          South Korea          Source:
Gambling Industry Doubles in Two Years
The Korean gambling sector including Horseracing and Casinos is now worth 11.3 trillion Won ($9.4 billion). The Kangwon Casino which is open to Korean citizens is thought to have gross revenues of over $1 million a day.

3rd January          Tokyo           Source:
Tokyo pushes to bring casinos to Japan

3rd January          Melbourne           Source: The Melbourne Age
Casino's luck runs out as staff stop work

3rd January          Melbourne           Source: Yahoo Aus/Asia Pulse
Staff At Australia's Crown Casino To Walk Off Job Today
Dispute May Disrupt Intn'l Poker Tournament At Australian Casino

2nd January          Australia           Source: Telegraph
Gambling addiction soars
Punters in Australia lost A$14 billion, or A$1,000 ($562) per adult in the last financial year. 130,000 Australians are thought to have severe gambling problems.

2nd January          Haryana, India          Source: The Gulf News
Haryana CM, governor clash over casino bill

2nd January          Melbourne          Source: The Melbourne Age
Casino staff ready to take a punt on stopwork
Crown Casino staff are ready to take strike action after management has refused a 20% pay rise over the next 3 years. Crown is host to the A$3 million Australasian Poker Championship this week with 200 players attending.

2nd January          Tokyo          Source: Yahoo/AP
Desperate for revenue, Tokyo leads push to bring casinos to Japan
Governor Shintaro Ishihara is very much in favour of establishing casinos in Tokyo to help plug a widening budget deficit that in 2001 stood at $80.65 million.