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July - August 2003
Asia & Australasia

31st August           Vadodara, India            Source: The Times of India
Major gambling den raided in Vadodara; 109 held

31st August           Manila, Philappines            Source: Manila Times
WPD official in hot water over illegal gambling

30th August           Victoria, Australia           Source: The Melbourne Age
Pokies pain: $1000 for every battler
Victorians in poor communities are losing the equivalent of between A$800 and A$1000 a year on Pokies. Total Pokie win in Victoria during 2002/3 was A$2.33 billion.

30th August           Perth, Australia            Source: The West Australian - 28th August
Burswood's profit hit by high rollers, tourism slump
Burswood International Casino Resort announced profits of $11.1 million for the year to June 30, 2003, down from $20.6 million in 2001/2.

27th August           Auckland, New Zealand          Source: Yahoo Australia/AAP & Reuters
SkyCity confident of positive path
NZ's Sky City full year profit up 88 percent

27th August           Hamilton, New Zealand          Source:
Casino drops 'river' tag in name change
Sky City have decided to drop the "Riverside" name and their casino will now be known as SkyCity Hamilton.

26th August           New Zealand           Source: New Zealand Herald
Sky City nearly doubles annual profit

26th August           New Zealand & Australia           Source: The Herald Sun & Melbourne Age
Smoke ban won't hurt Sky
SkyCity vows long winning streak
Casinos in New Zealand will shortly have to ban smoking if the  "Smoke-Free Environment Act" is passed without exemptions.

26th August           Bangkok, Thailand           Source: The Bangkok Post
Betting assets across border to be seized  - Bribes law snare for local, offshore dens

25th August           Sydney            Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones
Australia's Tab Full Year Net A$74.5M

25th August           Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia            Source: Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Malaysia Genting, Resorts: 1H Net Expected Lower On SARS

25th August           Sydney            Source: The Melbourne Age - August 23rd
Gambling tales from a fallen Aristocrat
Amazing tale of Aristocrat's bungled Colombian deal. A $1 million cheque for the deposit on 3,000 slots bouncing one month after the shipment had been made!.

25th August           Auckland, New Zealand            Source:
Sky City May Have Record Profit, Migrants Boost Auckland Sales

22nd August           Cambodia & Malaysia          Source: Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Interview: Malaysia Ho Wah Bets On Casino To Lift Profits

21st August           Calcutta, India          Source: The Telegraph - India
Share deal bar on CSE casino king

21st August           New Zealand          Source: New Zealand Herald
Gambling a problem in Manukau says report
Manukau City is believed to have a problem gambling rate of around 15%. The city has a large population of Maori, Pacific and Asian people.

21st August           China          Source: China Daily
Police crush illegal gambling operations in South China

21st August           Sydney         Source: Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Australia's Ainsworth/Earnings: Another Short-term CEO

21st August           Cambodia & Singapore         Source: Yahoo Singapore/Channel News Asia & Reuters
Cambodia's NagaCorp to launch IPO for US$52m casino and hotel project
Cambodian casino wagers on Singapore IPO

19th August           Guam          Source: Guam Pacific Daily News
GHRA backs casino vote
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15th August           New Zealand           Source: City Council
New report on effects of gambling in Manukau

14th August           Queensland, Australia           Source: The Melbourne Age
Cairns casino sets sight beyond war, sickness
Reef Casino is located in Northern Queensland website:

14th August           Australia         Source: Yahoo Australia/Travel Press
World championship two-up in Kalgoorlie

13th & 14th August           New Zealand           Source:
Changes needed to gambling bill: local authorities
Gambling bill changes almost finalised but not yet public

13th August           Australia           Source: Daily Telegraph
Centrebet wipes gloss off Jupiters

12th August           Sydney           Source: The Melbourne Age & Yahoo/Reuters & Dow Jones
Aristocrat loss brings payout pain
Australia's Aristocrat posts loss, sees better H2
Aristocrat: Targets A$20M Annualized Cost Savings

12th August           Australia           Source: The Melbourne Age
Last roll of dice for stand-alone casino
Australia's Jupiters FY Net A$58.5M
Jupiters: Net Proceeds From Centrebet Likely A$40-50M
Jupiters has posted a 25% fall in full-year net profit to $58.5 million. The company is presently being merged with Star City owner Tabcorp.

11th August           Guam           Source: Guam Pacific Daily News
Pro-casino group clears signature-threshold hurdle

11th August           Sydney           Source:
Guilty plea on casino-doors ram

10th August          Australia           Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Gaming sector is down on its luck

8th August          Victoria, Australia            Source: The Melbourne Age
Gaming losses fall by $220m
Slot win in Victoria declined to A$2.33 billion in financial year 2002/3 a drop of 8.9%.

7th August          South Korea            Source: JoongAng Daily
Casinos are approved for new Incheon zone

6th & 7th August          Sydney           Source: Sydney Morning Herald & Australian Financial Review
Aristocrat approved furnishings: Randall
Aristocrat loses 600 pokies in Columbian play
Aristocrat $5.4m Bogota settlement
More details of the disastrous 3,000 machine Colombian contract. Aristocrat has now apparently agreed to build over 600 slots that have never been paid for with the rest returned to the company.

5th August          Guam           Source: Guam - Pacific Daily News
Special gaming ballot possible
Citizens for Economic Diversity has presented Guam's Election Commission with 3,600 signatures to hopefully fastrack a vote on casinos.

5th August          Australia           Source:
States accused of gambling tax addiction
The comments come not from problem gambling lobbyists but directly from Australia's Federal Treasurer.

5th August          Sydney & Bogota, Columbia           Source: Yahoo AUZ/Asia Pulse
Australia's Aristocrat Settles Colombian Dispute

5th August          Sydney, Australia           Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Business News
Australia's Aristocrat Settles Colombian Contract Dispute
Quite remarkable reading. Aristocrat shipping 3,000 machines to Colombia without any prior payment or deposit.

5th August          Perth, West Australia           Source: The West Australian
Punters flee on casino's warning

4th August          Hamilton, New Zealand           Source: New Zealand Herald & Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Sky City Hamilton casino expands
NZ Sky City To Add Conference Center To Riverside Casino

4th August          New Zealand & Australia           Source: & Yahoo Singapore/Asia Pulse
New bet for Sky City?
Australia's Burswood Issues Second Profit Warning
Continuing rumours that New Zealand's Sky City will make a bid for Perth's Burswood Casino.

4th August          Melbourne           Source: The Advertiser & Herald Sun
Curfew for Melbourne casino?
Six injured in casino brawl

3rd August          Melbourne           Source: The Herald Sun
Criminals haunt casino
It would appear that various departments of the Australian Police have been conducting major investigations of customers at Melbourne's Crown casino over the last 18 months.

2nd August          Australia           Source: Australian Financial Review
Betting exchanges are here, but who'll pick up the TAB?

1st August          Osaka           Source: Mainichi Daily News
Punter loses betting suit over malfunctioning machine

31st July          New Zealand           Source: XtraMSN/Newstalk ZB News
Pokie Costs Inflated Claims Internal Affairs

30th July          Osaka, Japan           Source: Japan Times
Osaka tourism gambling on casinos

30th July          Sydney, Australia          Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Business News
Australia's Aristocrat: Makes Claim Against Former CEO

25th July          Bangkok, Thailand         Source: The Bangkok Post
Gambling proposals shot down
The National Economic and Social Advisory Council has voted against legalising three types of gambling - Casinos, Lotteries & Football betting.

25th July          Victoria, Australia          Source: The Herald Sun
Pokies giants sit pretty
Duopoly slot operators Tattersall's and Tapcorp could hit a compensation jackpot worth A$1.28 billion if the State Government cancels their contracts early.

25th July          Australia          Source: The Advertiser
New pokies 'will destroy jobs'
The Liquor Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union (LHMU) is worried about job losses as new cashless slots are apparently presently being flown in from the U.S.

24th July          Maharashtra, India          Source: Web Mid-Day
Govt to discuss proposal for first casino

22nd July          Sydney          Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Directors put $7m on casino tables

21st July          Sydney, Australia           Source: The Melbourne Age
Aristocrat gambling on winning streak in US

19th July          Las Vegas & Bangkok           Source: Yahoo/Reuters
Thai bath house has Web site Park Place lusts for

18th July          Jakarta, Indonesia           Source: The Jakarta Post
Police raid gambling dens, arrest 565 suspects
According to government regulation No. 9/1981, all forms of gambling in Indonesia are a crime. Penalties are up to a maximum of 10 years in jail or fines up to Rp 10 million.

18th July          Australia           Source: Fox Sports/
Pokie tax a disaster: Cowan

15th July          Port Lincoln, South Australia          Source: Port Lincoln Times
$7.33m spent on pokies

15th July          Tasmania          Source: The Mercury News
$130m pokies tab tallied
Federal Hotels are in negotiation with authorities on a deal to extend their casino and slot monopoly to 2018.

15th July          Indonesia & India          Source: The Jakarta Post & The Times of India
Police blasted over gambling inaction
Police target gambling dens

14th July         Las Vegas           Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Aristocrat's Walter Stowe Named President of the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers

14th July          Australia & London           Source: Australian Financial Review
Betfair slams betting report

14th July          Sydney           Source:
Man drives car into casino

13th July          Malaysia           Source: Salt Lake Tribune/AP
Permit for gambling brings Muslim outcry

12th July          Sydney, Australia           Source: TCS Aces website
The Quest for the Best Dealer in the World continues...
Press release from back in May. The finals of the TCS Aces International Casino Dealer Championship 2003 will be held at the Australian Gaming Expo in August. Website:

11th July          Thailand           Source: Pattaya Mail
Casino on Koh Larn - what are the odds? - Link liable to change on site update.

11th July          Australia           Source: The Melbourne Age
Each-way bet on exchanges - Opinion

11th July          Las Vegas           Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Aristocrat Technologies, Mikohn Gaming Mutually Terminate Joint Development, Service Agreements

10th July          Hong Kong           Source: Taipei Times/Reuters
Hong Kong enters final stage of gambling debate

10th July          Victoria, Australia          Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Business News
Australia's Victoria Seeks Action On Betting Exchanges
Australian Taskforce Recommends Ban On Betting Exchanges

10th July          Sydney           Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Aristocrat hires US 'gaming legend'

9th July          Chandigarh, India           Source: The Tribune
Casino Bill still awaits Presidentís nod

9th July          Malaysia           Source: The Malaysian Star
900 gaming machines seized

7th July          Australia           Source: Australian Financial Review
TABs hold out against betting exchanges

6th July          New Zealand           Source: New Zealand Herald
Parties divided over bill to reform gaming laws

6th July          Thailand           Source: The Bangkok Post
Uthai against casinos in big tourist cities  - Public survey finds most want to see them legalised

5th July          Mariana Islands           Source: Pacific Business Journal
Push to expand gambling in Marianas

4th July          Melbourne           Source: Yahoo Aus/Asia Pulse
Tabcorp Faces Risk Of Negative Public Sentiment On Gambling: S&P
Australia's Tabcorp To Focus On Bedding Down Jupiter Merger - July 2nd

4th July          Manila, Philappines           Source: The Manila Times
Fines on illegal gambling to be raised

3rd July          Australia           Source: Dial Infolink
Aristocrat ship still searching for a captain
Ex-Aristocrat boss sues for $12m damages

3rd July          New Zealand           Source: Otago Daily Times
More pokies in fewer sites
Figures from the Department of Internal Affairs show NZ has 25,221 machines at 2,122 venues outside the 6 casinos.

2nd July         Bhutan           Source: Kuensil Online
Gambling : illegally legal

1st July         Thailand           Source: The Korea Herald/The Nation - Thailand
Legal casinos: All that glitters is not gold - Editorial
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