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July - August 2001
Asia & Australasia

30th August   Australia & Austria   Source: Yahoo Singapore/Asia Pulse &
Casinos Austria Int'l Posts 44 PCT Slide in H1 Net Profit
Reef Casino's asset jackpot
The companies profits being hit by the continued closure of the Oasis Hotel Casino Resort in Palestine.

29th August   Malaysia   Source: Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Malaysia Genting H1 profit disappoints

28th August   Hong Kong   Source: HKiMail
$6m netted in gambling raids

27th August   Melbourne  Source:
The woman who gambled away her AFL dream job

26th August   Philippines   Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer
Only gov't gaming firm can run jai alai, Supreme Court rules

24th August   Perth, Australia   Source: Sydney Morning Herald
High rollers bruise casino
On high stake play Burswood won 1.08% from $5.1 billion action. The figure for 1999-2000 was 1.51%. Theoretical win is 1.35%.

23rd August   Australia   Source: Northern Light/Asia Pulse
Australian casino operator Burswood posts lower Yr profit

23rd August   Australia   Source: The Herald Sun
Casino cash saves PBL
The Crown Casino, Melbourne had gross revenues of A$1.1 billion up 10.3%. Profit was A$277.7 million, the Victorian Government raked in A$166 million from gaming taxes.

22nd August   New Zealand   Source:
Casino Top Tourist Attraction
Sky City in Auckland is the most popular tourist attraction in New Zealand with an annual 5.5 million visitors.

21st August   New Zealand   Source: & Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Profitable Year For Casino Operator
NZ's Sky City yr profit NZ$68.31 mln, div 35 cents
Legal Action Considered By Casino Staff
Sky City workers walk off the job
Sky City Auckland made a profit of NZ$68 million during the last year. Staff are not happy after being offered a pay rise of 2.5%.

19th August   Auckland, New Zealand   Source:
Workers angry at casino tactics

17th August   Taiwan  Source: Taipai Times - Columist opinion
Taiwan mustn't gamble on casinos

15th August   Macau    Source: Wall Street Journal
Macau Hopes for Renaissance With End of Casino Monopoly

15th August   Australia   Source: The Daily Telegraph/
$31m win despite pokies cap
Aristocrat Leisure posted a 6 month profit of A$31 million on a turnover of A$162 million. Japan provided A$48.6 million in total revenue. The company presently has 3% of the US market.

15th August   Taiwan   Source: Yahoo Singapore/Asia Pulse
MGM Group Interested in Taiwan's Tapeng Bay Development Plan

14th August   Seoul   Source: Yahoo Singapore/Asia Pulse
Korean Ministry to Set up Casino Supervision Committee
Korea has 14 casinos of which 13 are for foreigners only. The exception is the casino located in Chongson, Kangwon Province that opened in October 2000.

14th August   Sydney   Source: Yahoo Singapore/Asia Pulse
Australia's Aristocrat Set for 30 PCT Jump in Full Year Profit

14th August   Queensland   Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Jupiters rides lucky streak at casinos

13th August   Sydney   Source: Yahoo Singapore/Asia Pulse
Bookmaker Robbie Waterhouse to List Betting Business on ASX

13th August   Malaysia   Source: Yahoo Singapore/AFP
Malaysia plans cable-car from world's tallest offices to casino
The proposal would be a  50km link between the  Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur and Gentings Highlands.

13th August   Australia   Source: Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones Newswires
INTERVIEW: Australia's Jupiters Looks For Intl Growth

13th August   Australia   Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Gaming to post big wins despite economic downturn
The Herald reports that the numbers seem to be looking good for Aristocrat and Star City operator Tabcorp.

10th August   Victoria, Australia   Source: The Herald Sun - 9th August
Pokies a waste of money, says minister
Pokie venues aim for low-income areas
Gaming Minister John Pandazopoulos has ranked poker machines alongside heroin and cigarettes as public health problems.

10th August   Australia   Source: Northern Light/Asia Pulse
Shares in Australia's GoCorp make stunted return to ASX - The company now trades under the Lasseters name after closing down and merging with the NT operator in February.

8th August   Philippines   Source: Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Mondragon Philippines Seeks JV Partners For Casinos

8th August   Australia   Source: Yahoo Singapore/Asia Pulse
Shares in Australian Casino Group Plunge 3.66 Per Cent

8th August   Perth   Source: The West Australian
Gallop rules out pokies - WA unlike the other Australian states does allow gaming machines in clubs or pubs.

7th August   Perth    Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones
W Australia Govt Won't Allow Burswood Gambling Machines

6th August   Tokyo  Source: Northern Light/AFX-Asia & Japan Today
Konami unit to buy US casino management system developer for 12 mln usd
Konami buys U.S. casino firm

6th August   Victoria, Australia   Source: The Herald Sun
Time to cut losses on pokies
Odds always stacked
The Herald Sun reports that the State Government is addicted to gambling revenues. Victorians lose A$6 million a day on 27,500 machines, the States cut amounting to almost 10% of the annual budget.
Australia & NZ Gambling issues

6th August   Melbourne   Source:
Crown Casino's blackjack rules face scrutiny
The Victorian Casino and Gaming Authority is holding an enquiry into the use of continuous shuffling machines after receiving claims that unfair procedures are being used against skilled players and counters.

5th August   New Zealand   Source: New Zealand Herald
Casino workers protest over pay
Company slams Government position on gambling

3rd August   Melbourne   Source: Yahoo/AFP
Triad heavyweight jailed for heroin smuggling - Over $200 million was laundered through the Crown Casino between 1997 and 1999.

2nd August   Thailand & Cambodia  Source: Bangkok Post
Bank ATMs keep casino cash flowing

30th July   Sydney   Source: The
Star City bans 140 suspect high rollers - The Endeavour room and its assortment of customers were the focus of a State Government enquiry in December.

29th July   New Zealand   Source: Yahoo Singapore/AFP
Government rules against more casinos for New Zealand

29th July   New South Wales   Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Clubs gamble on gaming law compromise

28th July   New Zealand   Source: Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
No more casinos for New Zealand - government

28th July   New Zealand   Source:
No more casino licences
Gambling industry review due - Problem gambling considered health issue
NZ presently has 5 casinos in Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown & Dunedin with Sky City's Hamilton casino under construction. "In 1991, gambling turnover reached $2 billion and had quadrupled to more than $8 billion by 1999"

27th July   New South Wales   Source: Sydney Morning Herald
New laws to let clubs cash in on pokie trade

27th July   Perth, Australia   Source: The West Australian
Casino pitches as shares jump

26th July   Victoria, Australia   Source: The Courier Mail & Herald Sun
Casino feted heroin baron
Crown casino paid drug syndicate king

26th July   New South Wales   Source: Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Australian state caps gaming machine numbers
The total is 104,000 machines statewide and gaming machine tax increases have been frozen for 3 years.

26th July   New Zealand   Source: Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
New Zealand does not need more casinos - deputy PM
"New Zealand has five casinos - Auckland, Christchurch,  Queenstown (two), and Dunedin with a sixth under construction in Hamilton".

24th July   Macau & Las Vegas   Source: Las Vegas Sun
Vegas casino operators considering a bet on legalized gambling in Macau, Britain

21st July   Australia & Cyberspace  Source: The Industry Standard
Punters still unaffected by Gambling Bill - Aussie punters are apparently still logging on to foreign casino sites according to statistics from monitoring group Hitwise.

20th July   Australia   Source:
Minister weighs pokie bet limits

19th July   Macau   Source: Yahoo Singapore/China Online
Macau to end monopoly on gambling industry, issue licenses - Macau's Government looks set to issue three new casino licenses by the end of the year. Dr Stanley Ho's STDM's monopoly on gambling ends on the 31st December 2001.

19th July   Melbourne   Source: Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Australian state to review gaming duopoly near 2012
Tabcorp and Tattersall's presently operate all of the 13,750 Pokies statewide. Kerry Packers PBL has 2,500 machines at the Crown Casino.

18th July   Philippines  Source: Philippine Inquirer
Banks ask for new casino at Subic

15th July   New Zealand  Source: New Zealand Herald
You wanna cyber-bet? - Like the UK, New Zealands Gambling laws are currently under review with what to do about Internet gambling high on the agenda.

14th July   Queensland  Source: ABC News Online
Jupiters' boss predicts drop in casino-based revenue

12th July   Tasmania & Victoria, Austrlaia   Source: Sun
Arms cache deal struck in casino
$30m dirty deals

11th July   New South Wales  Source: Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Tabcorp To Pay For Closer Scrutiny Of Star City Casino

11th July   New Zealand   Source: New Zealand Herald
Riverside Casino donates court costs to charity

10th July   Hong Kong   Source:
Offshore bookmakers on to a winner with gambling law changes

9th July   Melbourne  Source:
50 new pokies approved

6th July   Victoria, Australia   Source: News
Pokie losses hit poor areas - The Victorian state receives 10% of its budget from gambling. 57% of which is emptied out from Pokies, 21% from the Crown Casino and 12% horse racing.

6th July   New Zealand  Source: The New Zealand Herald
Gaming machines numbers growing - The number of licensed gaming machines in the country has risen from 14,300 to 18,650 over the last year.

5th July   New Zealand  Source: New Zealand Herald
Casino Gets Approval To Expand
Punter sues on casino changes
A card counting player is accusing Star City of bringing in unfair "countermeasures" after he has won over NZ$800,000 in recent months.

4th July   Manila  Source: Yahoo Asia/Dow Jones
Creditor Bks OK Mondragon Casino Plan - After being closed for 3 years the casino at the Mimosa Leisure estate will reopen on the 6th July.

4th July   Goa, India   Source: Yahoo Asia/AFP
Indian tourist state bets on gambling income - Amendments to the Goa Gambling Act now mean that the casino ship "Caravela" operated by Casinos Austria is now operating out of the former Portugese enclave.

4th July   New Zealand  Source: Yahoo Asia/Reuters & Dow Jones
Sky City says NZ regulator backs expansion
NZ's CAA/Sky City -2: Adds 230 Gaming Machines, 12 Tables

3rd July   Western Australia   Source:
Burswood banks on high rollers
The incentives given to lure big Asian players to Australia is known as "international commission business" (ICB). Burswood has marketing offices inThailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

3rd July   Australia   Source: The West Australian
Minister to hear pitch for pokies

2nd July   Sydney  Source: Yahoo Asia/Asia Pulse
Australia's Aristocrat Completes Takeover of Las Vegas Company