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January - February 2004
Asia & Australasia

27th February           Sydney
Aristocrat's new boss ready for new markets

27th February           New Zealand & ABC Online
Slight profit rise for casino owner
Enhanced gaming facilities boost NZ entertainment groups profits - Sky City

26th February           New Zealand
International conference to discuss problem gambling

26th February           Sydney, Australia          The Australian
Ad, gaming upswing propels PBL
Win at PBL's Crown Casino was A$604.6 million for the first 6 months - an increase of 5.8%.

24th February           Cairns. Australia          Sydney Morning Herald
Reef Casino back in the black
The Reef Hotel Casino complex in Cairns is jointly operated by Casinos Austria and Accor Hotels.

24th February           Australia          Las Vegas Sun/Bloomberg News
Slot maker Aristocrat's stock jumps despite loss

24th February           Perth, Australia          Yahoo Singapore/Asia Pulse
Australia's Burswood Posts H1 Net Profit of US$18.5 Million

24th February           Sydney, Australia          Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones &Asia Pulse
Australia's Aristocrat Leisure Wipes Slate Clean
Australia's Aristocrat Leisure Posts US$81.6 Million Year Net Loss

23rd February           Australia          Townsville Bulletin & IHT/Bloomberg News
Tabcorp in $2bn king-hit
Australian gaming company offers $1.57 billion to buy rival

23rd February           Perth, Australia          The West Australian
$3m Packer bonus as casino shines
Burswood Casino's profits for the six months ended 31st December were $24.1 million.

21st February           Auckland, New Zealand          New Zealand Herald
SkyCity's winning streak
An Interesting look at the impressive growth of Sky City that with a market cap. of $1.9 billion is the NZX's seventh biggest company.

20th February           Australia          The Melbourne Age
Tabcorp upbeat on casino wins

20th February           Christchurch, New Zealand          Otago Daily News
Casino chairman resisting rival

18th February           Mumbai, India          The Asian Age
Bookies in Mumbai gear up for Pak series
Bombay Police may be considering detaining all known Bombay bookmakers until the forthcoming Cricket series between India and Pakistan is completed.

18th February           Tasmania          ABC News Online
Anglicare challenges Tas Govt to live up to gambling claims

18th February           New Zealand Shore City
New draft gambling venue policy

17th February           New Zealand 
Christchurch Casino chairman seizes on rival's Darwin slip

16th February           South Australia & Victoria           The Advertiser & Melbourne Age
3000 pokies to be axed
No more pokies, groups tell Bracks
South Australia presently has 15,000 non-casino slots and Victoria 27,500.

16th February           Auckland, New Zealand 
Aucklanders to take a punt at new gambling policy

16th February           South Australia           The Australian
20pc cut for gaming machines
Slots in South Australia could be reduced from 15,000 to 12,000 under a new Bill. 70% of all problem gambling in S.A. is related to Pokies.

14th February           Victoria, Australia           The Melbourne Age
Regulator fully informed: casino
Melbourne's Crown Casino faces fines of up to $1 million from Victoria's Office of Gaming Regulation for player transactions in the Mahogany room that a judge recently described as a shambles.

11th February           New Zealand & Australia  &
NZ's Sky City buys MGM Mirage's Australian casino
Sky City punts A$220m on Darwin casino
MGM Darwin has on average 3,000 visitors a day and has an exclusive gaming license until 2015.

11th February           New Zealand & Australia 
Sky City Set To Acquire Darwin Casino
MGM Mirage have apparently reached a deal with New Zealand's Sky City for the sale of the 29 table, 450 slot MGM Darwin casino.

11th February           New Zealand & Australia           Yahoo Aus/AAP & Asia Pulse
Sky City punts on Darwin casino
NZ's Skycity Buys MGM Grand Darwin Casino For Us$151 MLN

11th February           New Zealand & Australia           New Zealand Herald
Sky City requests trading halt ahead of 'significant' deal

10th February           Victoria, Australia           The Melbourne Age
Gambling dollars score goals

10th February           Banting, Malaysia           The Malaysian Star
Angry wives put stop to casino
Story has as an excellent photo of the seized gaming equipment. Punters obviously buying-in and collecting their cash winnings at another location.

9th February           Melbourne           Sydney Morning Herald &
Court chides Crown over high rollers
Shanghai tycoon loses casino case

8th February           Melbourne           The Melbourne Age
Casino's high-roller activity a 'shambles'
Crown Casinos own lawyer has apparently admitted in court that the casinos procedures for dealing with transactions from high rollers were a shambles.

7th February           Tokyo, Japan           The Japan Times
Croupier school anticipates legal casinos

7th February           Australia & India           Sydney Morning Herald
Illegal gamblers set to target finals series - Cricket betting

3rd February           Brisbane           Townsville Bulletin
Casino worker's bomb hoax rap

1st February         Durban, South Africa & Sikkim, India           The Sunday Times
Reddy wins bid for casino in India
Durban businessman Vivian Reddy who has interests in 3 South African casinos has plans for an operation in the Indian state of Sikkim that borders with China.

1st February         Australia           Sydney Morning Herald
Caribbean casinos lure net gamblers offshore
9 of the 10 most popular online gambling sites in Australia are based overseas. Casino-on-net making up 11% of all gambling related traffic.

30th January         Japan           Daily Yomiuri
MATTERS OF OPINION/Should Japan legalize casino gambling?

28th January         Sydney, N.S.W           Yahoo Auz/Reuters
NSW state govt sets rules for Tabcorp's TAB buy

25th January         Goa, India           Channel News Asia
Indian state of Goa levies entry fee on thriving casino industry
According to the report Goa now has 6 casinos fitted with 20 to 30 electronic devices. Punters will have to pay a U.S $4 entrance fee.

25th January         New Zealand  News
Gambling a threat to migrants

20th January         Perth, Australia           The Herald Sun
Packer gamble pays off - Burswood Casino, Perth

19th January         Perth, Australia           The Melbourne Age/AAP
Burswood shares rally

19th January         New Zealand           Otago Daily Times
Hagaman battling casino 'monopoly'

18th January         Manila, Philappines           ABS-CBN News
Manila gambling lords forge alliance with bets

18th January         Brisbane, Australia           Alertnet/Reuters
Gambling-mad Aussies flock to annual cockroach race
7,000 spectators are expected at the 23rd annual Cockroach Races to be held in Brisbane on January 26th.

18th January         Bangkok, Thailand           The Nation
GAMBLING: Proposal for casinos criticised

16th January         Christchurch, New Zealand          New Zealand Herald/NZPA
New offer for 7.7pc of casino shares

16th January         Darwin, Australia          New Zealand Herald
Darwin casino bid pulls SkyCity down

16th January         Darwin, Australia Territory News
MGM casino up for sale
The MGM Darwin was formerly known as the Diamond Beach Casino it was bought by MGM Mirage in 1995 for A$105 million.

15th January         New Zealand          Stuff &
Casino shareholder Crimp considers an offer
Earl Hagaman Letter To Casino Control Authority
Interesting letter highlighting that Skyline Enterprises and Sky City already have considerable casino interests in New Zealand and that there is a moratorium on new licenses.

15th January         Wellington, New Zealand          Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
NZ Sky's Plan To Buy Casino Causes Some Jitters

15th January         Darwin, Australia          Sydney Morning Herald
Sky City eyes Darwin casino

14th January         Canberra, Australia          The Melbourne Age
Latham wants hours clamp on gaming venues

14th January         South & North Korea          The Malaysian Star
South Korea probes North Korea's cyber-casino
Police in South Korea has referred 16 people to prosecutors for gambling on a North Korean website.

13th January        Christchurch, New Zealand
Christchurch Casino owner to oppose share buy-back plan

12th January         Taiwan          Taipei Times
Gambling harbors horrible secrets

12th January         Christchurch, New Zealand &
Aspinall rolls casino suggestion
Christchurch Casino Limited - Aspinalls press release.

11th January         Bangkok, Thailand         The Nation Multimedia
Group to fight legal casinos

10th January         South & North Korea          The Korea Herald & Digital Chosun
Firm loses license for N.K. gambling
Govt. Disapproves South-North Korea Joint Cyber Gambling Website
Apparently it is illegal for South Korean's to visit North Korean websites!

10th January         Christchurch, New Zealand
Sky City pulling poker face over Christchurch Casino

10th January         Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
Govt Servants Netted In Gambling Raid

9th January         China
Soccer Gambling Ring Smashed

8th & 9th January         Seoul, South Korea          Yonhap News
Firm Punished for Connection with North Korean Online Gambling
Korean Lawmaker Charged with Gambling at U.S. Military Casino

9th January         Bangkok, Thailand          Channel News Asia
Thai government mulls decision on legalising gambling as debate rages
Continuing debate over whether to legalise casinos in Thailand. The clientelle at casinos in Poipet, Cambodia is 90% Thai.

9th January         New Zealand Express
Skyline twice rejected over Christchurch Casino
A colourful and entertaining look at the rift between Skyline and Aspinalls over the proposed sale of the Christchurch casino.

8th January         New Zealand          New Zealand Herald
Casino boss seeks tighter grip

6th January         Baguio City, Philappines          The Manila Times
Councilors urged to clear John Hay casino issue

6th January         Manila, Philappines          The Philippine Inquirer
President to police: Keep illegal gambling scorecard

5th January         Christchurch, New Zealand Press
Underage punter denied casino jackpot
The 19 year old Chinese student instead of taking home a $18,500 video poker jackpot has been allowed to keep a keyring from the casino. The question is why was he even on the premises?.

5th January         Christchurch, New Zealand Press
High rollers fight for casino
More on the battle for control over the Christchurch Casino between partners Aspinall's and Skyline Enteprises.

5th January         South Korea          Strars and Stripes
S. Korea expands gambling probe of USFK club

4th January         Malaysia          Dow Jones Newswires
Tanjong Unit Launches New Betting Service

4th January         New Zealand          The Melbourne Age
Chinese student denied NZ jackpot
The player won $NZ18,500 on Video poker but his driving license revealed he was just 19.

3rd January         Thailand & Cambodia          The Straits Times
3,000 Thai jobs at stake, casinos warn

2nd January         Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia          Daily Express
Genting to reduce dependence on local gaming

2nd January         Cambodia & Thailand          Channel News Asia
Thai gamblers shy away Cambodian casinos amid immigration clampdown

1st January         Cambodia & Thailand          The Nation
CAMBODIA BORDER: Casinos set to lay off Thai staff
The 9 Poipet casinos may be forced to lay off some 3,000 staff as delays caused by increased border checks have cut customer numbers from Thailand by some 70%.

1st January         Malaysia          The Straits Times/Bloomberg News & The Malaysian Star
Genting casino king calls it a day
A tribute to Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong
GENTING founder Lim Goh Tong, who will be 86 in February is retiring as Chairman with his son and CEO Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay taking over the position.

1st January         New Zealand          New Zealand Herald
Casino rival plays cash card
Interesting wrangles between Sky City and Skyline Enterprises for the control of Christchurch and the Sky City, Queenstown casinos.
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