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July - August 2002
Asia & Australasia

31st August         Canberra, Australia       Source: Hoovers.com/Newsedge
Casino says it is not enticing vulnerable gamblers

31st August         Thailand      Source: The Straits Times
Bangkok urged to go slow on casinos plan

30th August         Victoria, Australia        Source: News.com.au/Herald Sun
Smokers butt out at pokies
A smoking ban in single room Pokie parlours comes into effect Sunday. Crown Casino will allow smoking in 6 bars and public areas.

30th August         Thailand        Source: The Straits Times
Top Thais favour legalised casinos as way to curb illegal gambling

30th August         Canberra, Australia        Source: The Malaysian Star
Vietnamese angry over casino's attempt to lure gamblers
Casino Canberra advertises special deals in Sydney's main Vietmanese newspaper. Players must be prepared to wager at least A$1,000.

29th August         Sydney        Source: Northern Light/Business Wire
Aristocrat Launches the Future of Slot Machine Technology with New MK VI Platform

29th August         Sydney        Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Newswires
Australia's Ainsworth Secures License In Victoria

29th August         Sydney       Source: Stockhouse.com
New Rapid Roulette International Agreements
WMS Gaming Inc has been appointed Stargames exclusive distributor of Rapid Roulette in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

28th August         New Zealand       Source: New Zealand Herald
More growth on the cards says Sky City
The company registered a profit before write downs of NZ$85.1 million up from $70.1 million last year. Auckland and Adelaide casinos both performing well up 10 and 14% respectively.

27th August         Tokyo       Source: Yahoo UK /Reuters - 24th Aug
Japan eyes casino jackpot

27th August         Thailand & Cambodia       Source: News.com.au/AFP
MPs quizzed on casino 'study tour'

27th August         Singapore       Source: The Straits Times
Soccer bookie jailed, fined $360,000 

27th August         Thailand        Source: The Bangkok Post
Police chief supports casino plan 'Impossible to stop Thais from betting'

26th August         Thailand       Source: Bangkok Post
Govt MPs back bid to legalise casinos - Billions lost as Thais cross borders to bet

24th August         Sydney      Source: The Melbourne Age
Odds stack up against TAB

24th August         Australia       Source: News.com.au/Herald Sun
Surrender: dad pleads
Thomas Mangos, 48 was a gambling addict and regular player at the Crown casino before robbing the Mahogany room of A$130,000.

23rd August         Melbourne, Australia       Source: The Australian & Melbourne Age/AAP
Police fail to find casino robber
No jackpot in casino robber hunt
Although the Melbourne police know the name, address and family so far they have failed to apprehend their man. Like the robber of Foxwoods Salon Prive three months ago he had no previous criminal record.

23rd August         Manila, Philippines       Source: Northern Light/AFX-ASIA
Pagcor sees full year net profit rising to at least 19 billionn pesos

22nd August         Perth, Australia       Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Newswires
Australia's Burswood Fiscal Year Net A$20.6 Million - Non smoking
Burswood's main gaming floor is smoke free, a decision that has unfortunately not been too popular with players.

21st August         Thailand      Source: Bangkok Post - opinion
Is legalised betting worth the gamble?

21st August         Bangkok       Source: The Bangkok Post & The Straits Times
Legalising of casinos urged
Thai DPM backs plan to legalise casinos

21st August         Melbourne       Source: The Herald Sun & Melbourne Age
Casino bandit grabs $130,000
Robber takes big gamble at casino
This one should be easy for the Melbourne Police.The robber is apparently a regular player at the Mahogany room signing in with his membership card and was captured on both the casino and taxi video cameras. Before fleeing he left the Taxi driver a A$700 tip.

20th August         Queensland &  Northern Territory      Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Centrebet boosts growth at Jupiters
Based in Alice Springs 75% of customer turnover comes from Scandinavian countries, 10% from Australia and 15% from other countries.

20th August         Melbourne, Australia      Source: The Australian Daily Telegraph/AAP
'Brazen' casino gunman on film
Casino gunman 'no Einstein'

20th August         Melbourne, Australia      Source: The Melbourne Age/AAP
Police search for Crown Casino gunman

20th August         Melbourne, Australia      Source: The Herald Sun/AAP
Gunman robs Crown's Mahogany Room

20th August         Melbourne, Australia      Source: Yahoo/AP
Gunman holds up high rollers room at Australian casino
In what appears to have been a monumental security lapse a gunman has robbed the exclusive Mahogany Room at the Crown Casino and made his getaway by Taxi.

20th August         Thailand      Source: The Straits Times & Bangkok Post
Thaksin supports proposal to legalise Thai casinos
Legalising gambling - People will have a say, says PM
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra apparently supports the move to legalise gambling. The illegal market within Thailand is believed to turn over 400 billion baht ($9.5 billion) a year, or an amazing 7% of GDP.

19th August         Thailand       Source: Yahoo Singapore/AFP - Aug 17th
Thai government to consider casinos in resort town
Estimates are that the Thai economy is losing $3 billion a year as gamblers travel to 18 casinos along the border in Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos.

18th August         New Zealand      Source: New Zealand Herald
Sky City invites back banned gambler

18th August         Bangkok, Thailand       Source: The Straits Times & Bangkok Post
Govt to consider casinos for Pattaya
Sonthaya welcomes calls for starting casinos in Pattaya
Pattaya has a racy reputation and is located on the Gulf of Thailand around 150 miles south of Bangkok.

17th August         Manila, Philippines       Source: Gulf News
President backtracks from plan to put up 2,000 slot machines

16th August         Philippines       Source: The Philippine Star
Government giving up P2-B arcade earnings
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) is abandoning its plan of siting 11 joint venture slot machine arcades in major cities nationwide.

16th August         Queensland      Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Jupiters looks for an overseas punt

16th August         Sydney       Source: The Herald Sun & Sydney Morning Herald
Star City starts to shine
Star City the high-roller among Tabcorp earners
Led by cost cutting, casino win for Tabcorp rose 41% to A$158.5 million in the last financial year.

15th August         Brisbane, Australia       Source: Northern Light/Asia Pulse
Australia's Jupiters looks to International market for opportunities
The Queensland based operator of 3 casinos posted full year profits up 1.3% to $A78.1 million. The companies Centrebet division based in NT now takes some 200,000 bets per week, 99% of which are over the internet.

15th August         Sydney       Source: Northern Light/Asia in Focus
Full year profit of Australian gaming company Tabcorp up 39% year on year.

14th August         Sydney       Source: The Melbourne Age
Smaller loss for Ainsworth

13th August         Philappines        Source: Manila Sun Star
'Only court can disallow Pagcor's slot machines'

13th August         Sydney        Source: Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Aristocrat Leisure/Earnings: International Sales Nearly Double
The world's second largest manufacturer of gaming machines saw its first half profits rise to A$41.6 million on sales up 49% to A$439.4 million.

13th August         Sydney        Source: Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Australia's Ainsworth/Results: Tips Victorian License
Ainsworth posted a A$5.9 million loss for the fiscal year ended June 30th, sales were A$22.7 million. The company has now been granted a license to supply into the Queensland market with Victoria expected to follow in 2003.

12th August         Australia        Source: Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Stronger profits tipped for Australia gambling firms
Aristocrat is due to release first half results Tuesday, Analysts are expecting a 30% rise in net profit to about A$41 million.

12th August         Bangkok        Source: Yahoo/AP
Japanese claimed Filipinos forced them into losing games of blackjack

12th August         NSW, Australia        Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Pubs hit jackpot with 2,500 new pokies
New South Wales has a cap of 104,000 machines statewide. Average win per machine per year is A$47,000.

12th August         Korea       Source: Northern Light/AFX-ASIA & Yahoo Singapore/Asia Pulse
Kangwon Land H1 net profit 119.0 billion won versus 112.0 billion
Korean Ministry Names New President of Kangwon Land
Kangwon Land has since October 2000 operated the only casino in Korea that is open to Korean citizens. 

11th August         Australia       Source: Australian Sunday Times
Betting stoush spreads
Although only operating in Australia for 3 weeks IG Index could well be headed for the courts to determine whether spread betting on financial markets is legal.

11th August         Australia       Source: The Australian
Editorial: Gambling can't be tackled with a bet each way
Gambling losses in Australia over the last 25 years have risen from A$94 lost per adult in 1975-76 to A$988 in 2000-01. 20% of the worlds's slots call Australia home.

10th August        Victoria, Australia       Source: The Herald Sun
Glamour lures teen gamblers

10th August        Philippines       Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer
Gov't gaming firm to flood country with slot machines
A business decision: gaming firm
Government owned PAGCOR has entered into a number of joing venture agreements. The first 11 contracts call for an additional 2,000 slots to be located in arcade style operations.

9th August        New Zealand       Source: New Zealand Herald
Pokie gang in casino turf war
Pokie patience pays dividends
The Herald reports that Asian gang members are threatening players at the Sky City Casino in Auckland. Members of the syndicate try to take up all the available seats on progressive jackpot machines when they are due to hit.

9th August        Australia       Source: News.com.au/The Australian
Problem gambler fails bid
Pokies losses top $14bn
'Pirate' bookies clean up in NT
More statistics from the Tasmanian Gaming Commission. The average gambling loss for each adult in the Northern Territories during 2000/1 was A$1250.

9th August        Thailand       Source: The Bangkok Post & Yahoo/AP
Three suspects arrested with radioactive gambling dice in police sting operation
Three arrested for chemicals used in gambling scam

9th August        Thailand       Source: CNN.com & The Guardian
Thai's nabbed in radioactive gambling scam
Thailand Arrests For Gambling Scam
The cards and dice being coated in strontium-90. They were discovered by the FBI after being mailed to addresses of customers in the US.

8th August        Sydney & Nevada       Source: Stockhouse.com
Stargames Rapid Roulette Approved in Nevada

8th August        South Australia        Source: South Australia Advertiser
Pokies turnover hits $4.6bn
SA gaming machine turnover has risen from $1.4 billion in 1994-95 to $4.6 billion in 2000-01 a rise of 330%.

8th August        Australia        Source: News.com.au/AAP
$14bn lost in gambling
The average loss in 2000/1 for each adult Australian was A$988 a rise of A$57 over the previous year. Pokie losses in pubs and clubs (excluding casinos) was $8.32 billion, the equivalent of almost A$1 million per hour or A$263 per second.

7th August        Australia         Source: Australian Financial Review
Ainsworth is playing a losing game
Ainsworth Game Technology have announced sales in the three months ended June 30th were 56% below its prospectus forecast with negative cash flow of $9.6 million.

6th August        Philippines        Source: Northern Light/Xinhua
Philippine lawmaker seeks probe of gambling on cellphones

4th August       Victoria, Australia       Source: News.com.au/The Herald Sun
Warning on shares gamble
British company IGIndex has opened financial betting operations in Australia. Minimum bet is A$5 per 1 cent of share price movement.

2nd August       Hong Kong        Source: Reuters.com
Hong Kong Jockey Club doubles membership fee to US$32,000

2nd August       South Australia        Source: News.com.au/The Advertiser - July 31st
130 hotels escape pokies super tax
There is a graduated rate of tax for Pubs and Clubs. Those making over A$3.5 million per annum from their slots will pay the "Super Tax " of 65%.

1st August       Australia        Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Online gamblers facing a credit card ban
Australian banks are debating whether or not to follow banks in the US and not allow their Credit Cards to be used for online gambling transactions.

29th July       Malaysia        Source: Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Malaysia's Genting opens Asia's biggest hotel
A look at the operator of Gentings Highlands and Lim Goh Tong who won the casino concession back in 1969.

29th July       NSW, Australia        Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Pokies trial making a Stash at the pub
A progressive slot system from TAB ltd. known as "The Stash" is about to begin trials in Sydney suburbs.

29th July       Taiwan        Source: Taipei Times
Penghu residents, experts question value of gambling

26th July       Korea        Source: Hoovers.com/Korea Herald
Former casino president gambled with arrested ex-newspaper owner

26th July       Thailand        Source: Bangkok Post
Casino mooted for island development

25th July       Perth, Australia        Source: Hoovers.com/AAP
Man spends company money on Versace, jewels and gambling

24th July       Thailand        Source: Bangkok Post - in brief
Police accused of casino theft

24th July       Thailand        Source: Bangkok Post
Permit at risk if gambling on Thai seas - Cabinet orders close watch on tour ship

24th July       London & New Zealand       Source: BBC World Edition
Who are casino losers?
The BBC takes a look at New Zealand and what has happened after liberalisation of the country's gambling laws. Although there are only 5 casinos, gambling spend is now apparently higher than the total for health care.

22nd July       Indonesia        Source: The Jakarta Post
Forget plan to establish gambling den, Sutiyoso says
Governor Sutiyoso has rejected plans to build casinos in Kepulauan Seribu (Thousand Islands).

21st July       NSW, Australia       Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Clubs drop their support for fight on gambling laws

19th July       Australia       Source: Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Packer's PBL Seeks Sale Of Burswood Shares

19th July       Australia       Source: The Daily Telegraph, AAP & Radio Australia News
Gambling up 25% in three years
Punters gambling billions 
Governments get $A4.4 billion from gambling in Australia
Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals that slots takings rose by 39% nationally over three years to A$8.7 billion. Each of the 185,000 slots winning an average of $47,200 per year.

19th July       Australia        Source: Northern Light/Market News Publishing
Australian's spent US$7.62 billion on gambling in financial year 2002
On average, each Australian adult gambled A$944 in 2000/01, up 21% since 1997/98, the Australian Bureau of Statistics has reported. Slots (Pokies in Australia) represented nearly two thirds of the total gambling spend.

17th July       Australia       Source: News.com.au/The Australian
'Casual punter' heads Tabcorp

14th July       South Australia       Source: ABC News Online
SA may lose millions from casino sale

13th July       South Australia       Source: The Advertiser
$140 million of cash lost
Sky City that bought the Adelaide Casino in February 2000 will not pay the new "Pokie Supertax" of up to 65%. The company will pay a rate of 34.4% for the next 13 years on its 829 machines.

13th July       New Zealand       Source: New Zealand Herald
Casino chief no gambler
A profile of New Zealand based Sky City's CEO Evan Davies.

13th July       Reno & Victoria, Australia       Source: Las Vegas Sun
Controversial payment by IGT to be refunded

12th July       Tasmania       Source: The Mercury
Churches' plea for limit on pokie bets
Betting limits on slots in Tasmania were abolished on January 1st, 1999.

12th July       South Australia      Source: The Daily Telegraph & News.co.au/The Advertiser
Robin Hood tax on pokie profits
$40m payout from gaming profit tax
Pubs and clubs in South Australia will be hit with a 65% "Robin Hood" tax for venues that make profits over A$2.5 million per annum.

11th July       New South Wales, Australia        Source: News.com.au/AAP
Poker machine signs ban
A government ban on poker machine advertising and neon lights outside NSW clubs and pubs comes into effect today. Operators who continue to display signs will be liable to fines up to A$11,000. 

10th July       Sydney & Las Vegas       Source: Yahoo/Business Wire & Northern Light/
Aristocrat Awarded Contract for OASIS System for Icahn Gaming Properties

9th July       Victoria, Australia        Source: The Melbourne Age
Bracks defends minister over gaming payment claims

9th July       Victoria, Australia        Source: ABC News Online
Investigation payment sparks gambling law reform

6th & 7th July       Victoria, Australia       Source: ABC News Online
Minister must resign over $400,000 gambling scandal: Opposition
Minister denies prior knowledge of pokie payment
The Victorian Casino and Gaming Authority accepted the payment from IGT to cover the cost of an investigation of the company.

6th July       New Delhi, India      Source: Northern Light/Xinhua
India bans foreign investment in lottery, gambling

4th July       Australia        Source: The Melbourne Age
World Cup gives sports betting a big kick along
Australian bookmaker Tabcorp says it took A$17.5 million in bets on the tournament. Centrebet is believed also have had a turnover of A$15 million.
A very interesting quote on betting trends from Centrebet General Manager, Piers Morgan.
"In 1996 our business was all telephone betting, Now, in terms of volume, almost 95 per cent is Internet betting. In addition, about 80 per cent of our customers now come from overseas."

2nd July       Singapore         Source: Yahoo Singapore/Reuters - Asia
Singaporeans wager over S$200 million on World Cup
Singapore Pools has been in operation since 1968 and offers a state lottery and football betting.

1st July       Malaysia       Source: New Straits Times - July 30th
Editorial: Gambling does not pay
On-line gambling: Banks can be charged
Gambling in Malaysia is illegal under the Betting Act of 1953. Banks in the country may also be criminaly liable if their credit cards are used to fund Internet gambling.

1st July       Jakarta, Indonesia & Christmas Island, Australia       Source: The Canberra Times/AAP
Casino 'used to launder money'
Plans are underway to re-open the Christmas Island casino if Asia Pacific Space Centre decides to establish a Russian satellite launching operation there.

1st July       Bangkok, Thailand       Source: Northern Light/Xinhua
Thailand Prepared to Fight Crime Rise After World Cup
Man stole road signs to pay off World Cup debts
Thai police arrested 1,148 people for involvement in gambling during the tournament. Also roadsigns at 30p a Kilo for scrap now appear to be a target for punters struggling to payoff their losing World Cup bets.