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January - June 2004


25th June          Macau & South Dakota           Daktronics Press release
Daktronics completes installation of large LED displays for new Las Vegas Sands Macao Casino 

23rd June          Macau & Thailand          Business Day
Casino tycoon Stanley Ho eyes Thailand
Stanley Ho's Sociedade may pitch for S'pore casino

23rd June          Macau          Channel News Asia/AFP
MGM Mirage enters Macau casino market

22nd June          Macau & Las Vegas          Las Vegas Sun - Liz Bentson
MGM MIRAGE in deal to build casino in China

22nd June          Macau & Las Vegas          Business Times Asia/AP & Forbes/AP
MGM Mirage to build hotel-casino in Macau
MGM Mirage to Build Hotel-Casino in Macau

21st June          Hong Kong          Hong Kong Standard
Jockey Club urges cut in betting duty
The handle at Sha Tin for the season declined to HK$65.03 billion from HK$71.47 billion in 2002-03. Attendance was also down 5.7% to 26,300 per meeting.

20th June          Macau
Casino king blackmailed me, sister claims
Complex story detailing that deatils the family history of Dr. Ho.

18th June          Hong Kong & Macau          Straits Times/AFP
Casino king silent on allegations
Allegations of money laundering by Dr. Stanley Ho's STDM in China have been made by the Far Eastern Economic Review.

15th June          Macau & Australia          The Hong Kong Standard & The Mercury News
Casino deal in the bag, says Leighton
Leighton builds Macau casino
Leighton Asia and China State Construction Engineering have been awarded the contract to build the Wynn Resorts Hotel & casino in Macau.

15th June          Macau          Hong Kong Standard
Wynn bets on cheap loan deal for casino
Steve Wynn appears to have got a good deal on his US$397 million loan for the construction of the companies Macau casino.

12th June          Macau          China View/Xinhua Net
Wynn's Macao casino to start construction

11th June          Las Vegas & Macau          Reno Gazette Journal/Ap & Las Vegas Sun
Wynn details $705 million Macau casino
Wynn's Macau project growing
Wynn says 'Avenue Q' will enrich experience

11th June          Las Vegas & Macau          Yahoo/Reuters
Wynn to start building Macau casino June 28

9th June          Macau          The Hong Kong Standard
Security headache at Macau's new casino
The Standard reports that there have already been two robberies at the Sands Macau. One against a player and another involving an assault and chip theft on a dealer.

4th June          Macau & Las Vegas Jones Newswires
Gambling Tycoon Wynn To Break Ground For Macau Resort

31st May          Macau         Ponto Final
Macau's legislature passes law allowing gaming credit

29th May          Macau          Straits Times
New casino gives Stanley Ho a run for his money
Unnoficial results from the Macau Sands are that in the first days of operation the casino has around 13% of the market. Tables winning an average of U.S.$4 to 5,000 daily.

25th May          Macau & Las Vegas          Las Vegas Sun/New York Times
Official: MGM MIRAGE may join Macau market

25th May          Macau          Asia Times Online
Macau bets on Las Vegas touch

24th May          Macau          Straits Times
Vegas in Asia - New American casino adds glitz to the gambling scene in Macau
AFP Photo - Stanley Ho, William Weidner and Sheldon Adelson at the opening of Sands Macau.

20th May          Macau          Las Vegas Review-Journal
LV casino interests open new era in Macau - Overflow crowd greets new Sands property on opening day

19th May          Macau          News Guandong
First foreign casino in Macao opens

19th May          Macau          The Hong Kong Standard
New casino mobbed
The HK Standard estimates that 35,000 to 40,000 were on hand for the opening of Sands Macau. Staley Ho also visited and dined at the casino with his wife and daughter Pansy.

18th May          Macau          Ponto Final
Rumours of free gaming chips cause huge rush on opening day of Sands Casino
A rumour of a free 200 Patacas in gaming chips swelled crowds to 15,000 at the 3pm opening.

18th May          Macau          Bloomberg News & The Malaysian Star/AP
Macau Gets Las Vegas Gambling as The Sands Breaks Ho's Monopoly
Four-decade monopoly in Macau's gaming industry

18th May          Macau          Yahoo/Reuters
Rush of gamblers greets new Vegas casino in Macau
Sands Macau briefly had to close its doors on the first day of trading.

18th May          Macau          San Francisco Chronicle/AP
Las Vegas-style casino breaks four-decade monopoly in Macau's gaming industry

16th May          Macau          Ponto Final
Chronology of Macau's gaming industry
Interesting review of Macau's gaming industry from 1847 to the present day.

14th May          Macau          Ponto Final
Sheldon Adelson's first casino in Macau auspiciously named 'Golden Sand' in Chinese

11th May          Macau          Ponto Final
US weekly highlights Macau gaming industry

10th May          Macau          US News & World Report
Gambling on China

7th May          Macau          Straits Times/AP
Macau gears up for battle of the casinos - Las Vegas-style competitors itching to take on gaming tycoon

7th May          Macau          Las Vegas Review-Journal/AP
Gambling on Macau - Coming Sands opening to end longtime island monopoly

6th May          Macau          China Post Taiwan
Vegas-style casinos come to Macau
The Sands Macau with 250 tables and 600 slots has scheduled a soft opening for next Monday.

27th April           Macau  
AirAsia eyes Macau to tap China market

22nd April           Macau            Xinhua News Service/China View - April 21st
Macao to set up 4 new casinos

19th April           Macau            People Daily Online/Xinhua
Macao's gaming market liberalization proves big job creator
The expansion of gaming in Macau is liable to create 22,000 new jobs over the next few years.

19th April           Macau            Yahoo/Reuters
New casinos to create 22,000 jobs in Macau

17th April           Macau            Australian Financial Review
Asia's Vegas hits the jackpot

12th April           Macau & Las Vegas            The Peoples Daily/Xinhua
Las Vegas Sands Macao to persist with own style in operation

9th April           Macau            Xinhua News Service/China View & Peoples Daily
Asia's oldest casino resort to be expanded
Expanded Hotel Lisboa of Macao aims to be Asia's most luxurious
The Grand Lisboa will have 40 floors, 800 hotel rooms and a gaming floor of 30,000 square meters. The estimated cost is $250 million.

8th April           Macau            Ponto Final
Construction of Stanley Ho's luxury Grand Lisboa casino-hotel to cost 2 billion patacas
The 40 story Grand Lisboa casino-hotel will be built on the site of a former football pitch at the side of Stanley Ho's Casino Lisboa.

7th April          Manila & Macau           Taipei Times
Ho eyes another piece of the action
A superb picture of Dr. Ho's "Jumbo Palace" berthed in Manila can be found at:

6th April           Manila & Macau           Khaleej Times Online
Asia's gambling mogul stirs hornet's nest in Philippines

5th April           Macau & Hong Kong           Dow Jones Newswires
Macau Gamblers Get Ready For Betting On HK Horse Races

1st April           Macau & Las Vegas           Xinhua News Agency/China View
Las Vegas Sands to unveil theme casino in Macao
The Venetian Macao will be on the southern side of the Macao Peninsula and will have a 120,000 sq. ft. gaming floor.

1st April           Macau           The Peoples Daily
Macao's gaming industry sees profit hike

31st March           Macau           Ponto Final
Stanley Ho's casinos generate 3.3 billion pataca net profit in 2003
Sociedade de Jogos de Macau reported a 2003 profit of U.S. 412 million - up 50% on 2002.

27th March           Manila & Macau           Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Macau casino king seen betting on Philippines

24th March           Manila & Macau  & The Hong Kong Standard
Stanley Ho back, in many, many ways
Casino king to bet again in Philippines

23rd March           Macau           The Independent
The men from Las Vegas take a gamble on Macau

17th March           Macau          XinhuaNet/China View
Macao's casino tax expected to soar in 2004

16th March           Macau          Ponto Finale
Macau government 'can expect' 12 billion patacas in casinos taxes this year
Tax payments from Macau's casinos were 6.1 billion patacas in 2001, 7.6 billion in 2002, and 10.1 billion in 2003.

3rd March           Macau          Peoples Daily/Xinhua News Agency - March 2nd
Casinos in Macao pay over 10 billion patacas in tax in 2003

2nd March           Macau          China View/
Casinos in Macao pay over 10 billion patacas in tax in 2003
Casinos in Macau paid more than 10 billion patacas ($1.25 billion) in gaming taxes in 2003, up an impressive 33% from 2002.

29th February           New Delhi & Macau          Hindu Busines Line
Rise in Indian tourists in Macau

27th February           Las Vegas & Macau          Las Vegas Sun - Jeff Simpson
Wynn says rule changes will advance Chinese casino
Macau casinos will be able to advance credit to customers and this may also help stem the acitvities of money lenders.

22nd February           Macau          Ponto Final
Macau lawmakers pass bill allowing casinos to grant gamblers credit
Macau's Legislative Assembly appears ready to pass a bill allowing casinos and appointed representatives to grant credit in the form of casino chips to customers

18th February           Macau          Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Macau tourist arrivals jump on Chinese visitors
The number of visitors from Mailnland China rose 57.9% in January 2003. Total visitors were 1.33 million up 35.1%.

16th February           Macau           Ponto Final
Macau's casinos 'not affected' by bird flu outbeak
The article gives a number of statistics. There are 8 patacas to 1 $U.S. The 3 billion pataca figure for January is believed to be gross handle - not win.

13th February           Las Vegas & Macau           South China Morning Post - Registration required
Las Vegas operator poised to sign Macau casino deal
Ho sees HK races attracting $7.8b in Macau

11th February           Las Vegas & Macau           Las Vegas Sun
MGM MIRAGE talks continue in Macau

10th February           Macau           Ponto Final & Yahoo/Reuters
Shun Tak says no "association" with MGM casino joint venture
MGM Mirage in Macau talks with casino family
MGM Mirage have confirmed that they are indeed in talks with Stanley Ho's daughter Pansy with regard to establishing a sub-licensed casino on Macau.

10th February           Macau & Las Vegas           Yahoo/Reuters
HK's Shun Tak says not in casino venture with MGM
Reports yesterday that MGM Mirage was close to completing a deal in Macau have been denied by the Stanley Ho subsidiary company Shun Tak Holdings Ltd.

9th February           Macau           Ponto Final
MGM-SJM casino sub-concession deal to be announced 'as early as this week'
If the story does not display, change the language to "Ingles". A must read!. Could MGM Mirage and also Mandalay Group end up owning and operating casinos in Macau?.

8th February           Macau & Las Vegas 
MGM Mirage, Macau gaming firm in JV talks--paper
MGM Mirage came 5th in the bidding for the 3 casino licences in Macau. Last week the company announced that they had struck a deal with British Land to develop a casino in Sheffield.

2nd February         Macau           Ponto Final
Macau's casinos reach new monthly gross revenue record
The link is good just click on Ingles and the story will appear!. Amazing statistics from Dr. Ho's 12 casinos, he also believes his operations will maintain a 70% market share in the future.

20th January         Macau           Ponto Final
Stanley Ho to open his 12th casino on Chinese New Year's Eve
Sociedade de Jogos de Macau/SJM will open the the MJC Casino at the Grandview Hotel on Taipa Island with 13 gaming tables at 11 pm on Chinese New Year's Eve. It will be Macau's 12th casino.

14th January         Macau          Ponto Final
Galaxy hands out over 33,000 application forms for 1,000 jobs

10th January         Macau         Ponto Final
Galaxy launches job fair to hire 1,000 for its first casino-hotel...
Got the page but not the story! Galaxy Gaming is the Macau arm of the Venetian in Las Vegas.
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