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January - February 2004

29th February           Wiesbaden, Germany          Wiesbadener Tagblatt
Spanische Casino-Fachleute sind in der Spielbank Wiesbaden zu Gast

28th February           Dublin          Yahoo UK/Biz Plus Ireland
Ladbrokes Start EPOS Roll Out

27th February           Dortmund, Germany          Yahoo DE/ddp
Der Flaute getrotzt - WestSpiel-Casinos steigern Einnahmen auf Rekordhöhe

26th February           Olso, Norway          Aftenposten
Norwegians gambling more than ever

26th February           Dublin          The Times
Paddy Power races back with 15% leap in profits
If deregulation goes ahead Paddy Power may offer betting services in Luminar owned nightclubs.

26th February           Germany
Man lost false teeth in poker game

25th February           Las Vegas          Yahoo/Dow Jones
Shuffle Master To Buy Casinos Austria Unit, Stays Lawsuit

25th February           Las Vegas & Vienna, Austria          Business Wire
Shuffle Master, Inc. Announces Intent to Purchase Casinos Austria Research and Development -CARD-
An amazing development. Shuffle Master & CARD are presently involved in Patent infringement lawsuits involving each others shuffling machines.

24th February           Paris          Libération
Bertrand Delanoë ne veut pas d'un casino à Paris

24th February           Israel          Globes Online
Netanyahu: Eilat will have a casino

24th February           Switzerland          Swiss Info
Mountain resorts lose casino gamble
2 of the 14 Class B casinos in Switzerland have apparently already closed and several others are finding their remote locations difficult.

23rd February           Espelkamp, Germany          Neue Westfälische
Spiel auf der Sonnenseite - Gauselmann setzt verstärkt aufs Ausland / Umsatz sinkt leicht

22nd February           Austria          Sunday Telegraph
Gambling addict wins a fortune in court ruling against casino

17th February           Brussels          Hugin Online - press release
BetandWin c-founds European Betting Association (EBA)
Betting Companies in Europe unite to form EBA - Word format
The EBA has been founded by, Expekt, Globet, and Unibet.

17th February           Malta           The Malta Times
Lottery games operator given 7-year operating licence

15th February           Paris           Yahoo UK/AFP &
Punter in central France wins first Euro-lottery jackpot
French winner takes first EuroMillions jackpot
The winning numbers of the first draw were: 16, 29, 32, 36, 41, with Lucky Star numbers 7 and 9.

14th February           ?           The Irish Times - Registration site
25 years for casino dealer who killed student...
Update: No link was ever found for this story.

13th February           Paris           Yahoo UK/AFP
Punters eye 15 million euro jackpot in new lottery
The first numbers in the Euro lottery will be drawn tonight. Participating countries are Britain, France and Spain.

13th February           Austria  &
Spielsüchtiger gewinnt Prozess gegen Casinos
Neue Entwicklung im "Casino-Prozess"
Casinos Austria have been ordered by a court in Graz to pay back €227.000 to a customer who lost €2.5 million playing Blackjack between 1997 and 2000.

11th February           Warsaw, Poland           Warsaw Business Journal
State Treasury has big plans for gambling market

11th February           Sofia, Bulgaria 
Bulgaria's Gambling Committee Chief Dismissed

7th February           Dublin, Ireland           The Register/
Extortionists attack

24th January         Israel & Greece           The Guardian
Greek isle casino was big gamble
Details of plans to build a $5 billion casino on an island near Athens and how they could topple Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

22nd January         Eilat, Israel           Israel National News
Making Order: Police Swoop Down on Gambling Boats

22nd January         Eilat, Israel           Globes Online & Israel National News
Police arrest 20 raiding Eilat casino ships
Floating Casinos Raided as Police Begin War Against Organized Crime
The Globes Online reports that 265 slots were seized with 32 gamblers & 65 dealers detained as part of "Operation Baywatch". The names of the ships are: Royal Casino, Flamingo, Lucky Dolphin, Victoria, and the Olympic.

22nd January         Eilat           Ha'aretz Online & Jerusalem Post
Police arrest 19 suspected of operating floating casinos
Gambling boats raided in Eilat
Israeli police have raided and confiscated the 5 casino boats that were operating out of the Port of Eilat. 19 individuals suspected of running the operations have also been arrested.

22nd January         Eilat           Ha'aretz Online
Police confiscate five casino boats off Eilat shore, arrest 19 linked to gambling

21st January         Helsinki, Finland           Helsingin Sanomat
FACTFILE: Gambling space triples in Finnish capital
The Grand Casino will have 300 slots and 30 tables. The present Casino Ray at the Hotel Presidentti will close.

21st January         Helsinki, Finland           Helsingin Sanomat
Casino architect brings piece of Las Vegas to refurbished Helsinki restaurant
The Grand Casino Helsinki operated by the Finnish Slot Machine Association (RAY) and designed by Paul Steelman will open on the 1st of April.

20th January         Paris           PRNewswire UK
Neue Unternehmensgruppe mit Sitz in Frankreich wird führende Kraft auf europäischem Kasinomarkt - German translation of yesterday's release from Accor Casinos.

20th January         Frankfurt am Main 
Automatenwirtschaft will am Wachstum des Glücksspielmarktes partizipieren Neue Rechtsgrundlage gefordert - Gauselmann Group press release,

19th January         Austria           Salzburger Nachricten/APA
Kfz-Mechaniker gewann im Casino Linz eine Mio. Euro

19th January         Paris           Accor Press Release - PDF
Creation of a French based group, one of the major European players in the casino sector

19th January         Paris           PRNewswire UK
Partnership between the Barrière Desseigne family, Accor and Colony/Colyzeo
Groupe Lucien Barriere will be formed from a merger of Accor Casinos, Societe Hoteliere de la Chaine Lucien Barriere & Societe des Hotels et Casino de Deauville. The combined operation will have 37 casinos, almost 500 slots and annual revenues of €900 milion.

19th January         Paris           Business Day/AFP
European casino firms set to merge

15th January         Madeira, Portugal
Bomb threat on Queen Mary 2

12th January         Switzerland          Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Casinos: 550 Millionen Umsatz im 2003
Class A and B casinos won SFR550 Million in 2003. Almost all of the permitted casinos are now open for business.

12th January         Stockholm          Primezone Media Network
MTG Invests In Betting Company

12th January         Colorado & Czech Republic          News Alert/PRNewswire
Century Casinos Announces Completion of 50% Purchase of Casino Millennium

10th January         Stralsund, Germany         Süddeutschen Zeitung
Stralsunder Spielbank hat weniger Einnahmen

10th January         Bayern, Germany         Süddeutschen Zeitung
Groß im Großen Spiel - Spielbank Wiessee macht aber wenig Umsatz mit Automaten

10th January         Bayern, Germany
Rien ne va plus - Flaute in den Casinos: Bürger verspielen nur 126 Millionen Euro
The 9 Bayern Spielbank's had a 2003 win 5.1% lower and 11% fewer visitors than in 2002.

10th January         Malta         The Malta Independent
Minister for Tourism visits Dragonara Casino

7th January         Prague, Czech Republic
Betting firm Sazka's 2003 profit grows to record Kc1.4bn

1st January         Paris          Dow Jones Newswires/AP
Accor Casinos et Barrière étudient un accord - source
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