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July - August 2003

29th August           Bremen, Germany          Source: NordWest Zeitung & Die Welt
Spielverluste bleiben verloren
Spielbankverlust: Kaum Chance auf Rückzahlung
A German court has thrown out the case of an addicted gambler who sought the return of money allegedly lost at the Bremen Spielbank in 1999 and 2000.

28th August           Denmark          Source: Copenhagen Post
The nation’s gone gambling crazy - Dansk Tipstjeneste, the state-run betting monopoly, has a firm grip on the public's belief in hitting the jackpot
The Danish state monopoly Dansk Tipstjeneste and subsidiaries had a turnover of DKK 4.4 billion, a rise of DKK 677 million in the first 6 months of 2003.

28th August           Israel          Source: Globes Online
Study: Casinos won’t increase crime - Dr. Nitzan Yaniv: Attorney General’s argument against legal gambling unfounded

26th August           Tirol, Austria           Source: Tiroler Tageszeitung
Weniger Gäste, dafür aber mehr Erträge: So lautet die Halbjahres-Bilanz der drei Tiroler Casinos.

26th August           Israel           Source: Globes Online
Hamat Gader wants to build casino
Hamat Gader hot springs is located at the meeting point between Israel, Jordan, and Syria.

25th August           Hittfeld, Germany           Source: Hamburger Abendblatt
Hittfeld: Endgültiges Aus fürs Roulette
Spielbank Hittfeld will be the latest German casino to remove table games and provide electronic gaming only.

25th August           Austria           Source:
Aus winCARD wurde EuroBon - Neue Prepaid Card auf der Spieleplattform

25th August           Berlin           Source: Beliner Morgenpost
Kein Ende des Streiks im Casino in Sicht

24th August           Cyprus           Source: Cyprus Mail
‘Sex on the menu’ at Turkish Cypriot casinos
Turkish Cypriot casinos appear to be offering prostitutes to entice Greek players. A CY£200 buy-in required.

24th August           Asturias, Spain           Source: El Commercio Digital & La Nueva España
Las empresas enmarcan la pugna por los casinos en la importancia de hacerse con el monopolio
Qué pasa con el casino de Asturias?

22nd August           Konstance, Germany          Source: Sued Kourier
Das Grand Casino St. Gallen eröffnet seine Pforten in drei Monaten

22nd August           Vienna, Austria          Source: Wiener Zeitung
Weniger Casino-Gäste
Casinos Austria had 1.2 million visits in 2002/3 down from 1.3 million. Slots provided 68% of win and tables 32%. The 12 casinos have 1,800 slots and 240 tables.

22nd August           Israel          Source: Ha'aretz Daily
Shamgar: Any casino must be publicly owned
If a casino is ever authorised in Israel, 3 potential owners are named. Lottery operator Mifal Hapayis, Austrian businessman Martin Schlaf & Venetian chief Sheldon Adelson.

19th August           Cannes, France          Source: Daily Telegraph
Top casino in Cannes robbed of £150,000 - Palm Beach Casino

18th August           Vienna          Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones
Austrian Betandwin Buys Turkish Beteurope

15th August           Israel          Source: Ha'aretz Online
Eilat, lottery sign deal on new casino
The municipality of Eilat and the National Lottery (Mifal Hapayis) have signed an agreement in principle for the joint construction of a casino in the city.

15th August           Russia           Source: RBC News
Casinos and pawnshops break the law

13th August           Germany           Source: Wolfsburger Allgemeine Zeitung
Anschub für Erlebniswelt: Wolfsburg AG setzt auf Spielbank mit Roulette

13th August           The Netherlands           Source: De Volkskrant - Registration required
Monopolie van casino onder vuur

13th August           Lebanon           Source: Lebanon Daily Star
Casino du Liban usury suspects referred to prosecution
24 customers of Casino du Liban have been referred to the Mount Lebanon Public Prosecution. 58 others released.

12th August           Vienna           Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones
Austrian BetandWin 1H Net Loss €494,000 Vs €7.955M

9th August          Velden, Austria           Source:
Casinos Austria: Willkommen, die Damen!

9th August          Berlin           Source: Berlin Online
Rien ne va plus im Casino Berlin - Belegschaft will für höhere Gehälter streiken
Staff at Casino Berlin on Alexanderplatz are planning strike action for higher basic salaries..

9th August          Paris           Source: The Guardian
Omar Sharif headbutted policeman in casino

7th August          Paris           Source: Reuters
Omar Sharif Sentenced in Paris Casino Incident
Legend headbutts Officer
The sentence stemming from an argument at Enghein-les-Bains outside Paris.

6th August          Italy           Source:
Italy's $66m lotto fever

5th August          Asturias, Spain           Source: El Comercio Digital
El Principado rechaza las ofertas del casino en contra de informes urbanísticos municipales

4th August          Konstance, Germany           Source: Südkurier Online
Dieser Kitzel mit der Kugel - Tag der offenen Tür im Casino lockt viele Besucher - Das eigene Geld bleibt in der Tasche

4th August          Scottsdale, Arizona           Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Atronic's Arizona Magic® WAP Continues to Hit at Casino Arizona

4th August          Austria           Source:
Casino to pay damages to gambler
More on the 20% rebate that Casinos Austria have been told to repay a player by an Austrian court.

3rd August          Germany           Source: Badische Zeitung
Alle drei Casinos jetzt in staatlicher Regie
State owned operator Baden-Württembergische Spielbanken GmbH & Co KG has now taken over the 3 casinos in Baden Baden, Stuttgart & Konstance.

3rd August          Austria           Source: Oberösterreichische Nachrichten
Gedränge an den virtuellen Spieltischen
Interview with Casinos Austria executive Emil Mezgolits. The company is the worlds largest casino operator numerically with 68 operations in 15 countries.

3rd August          Locarno, Switzerland           Source: Basler Zeitung
Das Casino Locarno öffnet seine Pforten
The Class B Casino Locarno is a partnership of 3 companies including Escor and ACE-Holding (Novomatic).

3rd August          Austria           Source: Süedeutsche Zeitung & Der Standard
Zocker verklagt die Spielbank – und bekommt Recht
Spieler bekommt Millionenverlust zurück
An Austrian court has ruled Casinos Austria must pay back to a compulsive gambler €499,000 of the €2.5 million he is said to have lost at Casino Velden.

3rd August          Bulgaria           Source:
Changes to Bulgaria's Gambling Law Ease Foreign Companies Requirements

1st August          Brussels           Source:
Jackpot machines back on Belgian coast

1st August          Oslo, Norway           Source: Nettavisen
Norwegian gambling monopoly threatened

30th July          Tel Aviv, Israel           Source: Ha'aretz Daily
Four held in raid on illegal casino in Tel Aviv basement

29th July          Wiesbaden, Germany          Source: Frankfurter Rundshau
Lernen, wo Dostojewski sein Geld verzockte
In 1862 Fjodor Dostojewski, author of "The Gambler" lost his money at Wiesbaden and was forced to pawn his wife's wedding ring. The casino was closed in 1872 by the Prussians and opened again in 1949.

29th July          Stuttgart, Germany           Source: Stuttgarter Zeitung & Pforzheimer Zeitung
Alles neu im Casino: Name, Sitz, Roulette - Großes Spiel in der Krise, Automatenspiel immer beliebter
Roulettekugel rollt um Bares an der Bar
More of the introduction of "Euroulette" and the drop in business for table games throughout Germany in 2002/3

28th July          Israel          Source: Globes Online
Gambling income to be taxed

28th July          Vienna, Austria          Source: Die Presse
Tristesse an den Spieltischen, Automatenspiele boomen
More news on the continuing trend for German & Austrians to play slots instead of traditional table games.

25th July          Stuttgart, Germany          Source: Stuttgarter Zeitung
Facelifting für eine "alte Dame" - Spielbank Stuttgart präsentiert neuen Spieltisch
"Euroulette" is the new game at Spielbank Stuttgart and is the result of 2 years R & D and an investment of €200,000. The casino will have 6 tables. Website:

24th July          Atthens, Greece          Source:
Greece warned over gaming 'mess'

23rd July          Bulgaria           Source: - In Brief
Thousands of Gambling Facilities Seized

23rd July          Konstanz, Germany           Source:
Kulturrevoltion im Großen Spiel - Bar-Charakter fürs französische Roulette - Freitag Enthüllung
"Euroulette" is the name of the new table game at Spielbank Konstanz from August 3rd. The game will also be introduced at Speilbank Stuttgart on Friday.

23rd July          Brussels & Athens, Greece          Source: EU Business & The Register
European Union to fight Greek gambling ban
Greek games ban breaks EC rules
Greek parliament adopted a law July 11th banning electronic gaming machines in all places except the country's seven casinos.

23rd July          Israel          Source: Ha'aretz Daily
The PM is a friend and he wants to build a casino
A very interesting in-depth look at the individuals and political maneuvering involved in the attempts to bring legal casino gambling to Israel. Includes news on the Cancun Casino and the ships owner Martin Schlaaf.

22nd July          Konstanz, Germany          Source:
"Kulturrervolution" beim Roulette

21st July          Switzerland           Source: Neue Zürcher Zeitung - 18th July
Zufriedene Casinos Austria - Änderung der Spielbankenverordnung angestrebt

21st July          Karlsruhe, Germany           Source: Stuttgarter Zeitung - 18th July
Casino Baden-Baden in Stuttgarter Hand

16th July          Israel          Source: Ha'aretz Daily
A-G: Casinos would impoverish families
Attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein has to the chairman of the Knesset Economics Committee that he strongly opposes casinos being established in Israel.

16th July          Israel          Source: Israel National News
Rubinstein Adamantly Opposed To Legalized Gambling

13th July          Lebanon           Source: Lebanon Daily Star
Casino du Liban records $30 million net profit
Gross profits at Casino Du Liban were thought to be over $130 million in 2002. London Clubs International have recently had their managemnt fees cut by two thirds.

13th July          Online Gambling  - Germany           Source: Der Spiegel
Ausweitung der Spielzone
Spielbank Hamburg that set up live Internet Roulette in October 2002 at a cost of over €3 million has so far only managed to sign up 900 customers. 

11th July         Switzerland           Source: Neuen Luzerner Zeitung
Casinos von Luzern und Zermatt bauen Stellen ab
Swiss Casinos are having fewer visitors than were budgeted for and several are now reducing staff numbers.

8th July          Sweden & Slovenia           Source:
Boss Media to Deliver Slovenian Internet Casino

7th July          Germany           Source:
Horse gambling over a 3G network

7th July          Switzerland           Source: Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Casinos werfen noch keine fetten Gewinne ab Jahresbericht der Spielbankenkommission
The annual report from the Eidgenössischen Spielbankenkommission (ESBK) shows a total win of SF176,5 Million. Operators appear to have recorded a loss of SF26.2 Million between them.

7th July          Bulgaria           Source:
Bulgarian Police Busted Illegal Gambling Network
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