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July - August 2004
Asia & Australasia

31st August           Poipet, Cambodia            Bangkok Post
Staff confined to Poipet casino as police probe loss of B125m...
The Baht total is some U.S. $3 million. The link requires registration so I will look for an alternative source.  Ian

31st August           Sydney            Yahoo/AP World Photos
Jennie Evans, winner of the International Dealers Championships at the Australian Gaming Expo.

31st August           Christchurch            New Zealand Herald/NZPA &
Director offers to go after deal
Casino director happy to be off board

31st August           Dunedin, New Zealand            Otago Daily Times
Pokie rings anger punters
A gang of Asian players has been hogging slots in Dunedin's bars and Taverns, but only when the jackpot on offer has climbed to NZ$950.

30th August          Australia           The Australian
No more bets: gaming hits the ceiling
The ACA Economic Report 2002-2003 was commissioned by the Australian Casino Association and can be dowloaded from their website.  -

30th August          Singapore          Channel News Asia
Singaporeans split over casino: NewsRadio 93.8/TODAY survey

30th August          Australia           ZDNet Australia & ABC News
Betfair or not?
Nine's Betfair mates :: 23/08/2004
The continuing debate and controversy caused by's plans to move into the Australian market in competition with the TAB betting agencies.

30th August          Sydney           Sydney Morning Herald
Casinos add $5.9b into GDP, study says
Report from the AMMMA sponsored Australasian Gaming Expo presently being held at the Sydney Convention Centre.  - &

30th August          Christchurch, New Zealand  & NZ Herald
Agreement Reached Between Skycity And Skyline
Casino shareholders settle dispute

28th August         Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia           Business Times/Bloomberg News
Genting hotel expansion will make it world's biggest
Plans are to take Genting's Highlands to 6,300 rooms by the end of 2005. So far in 2004 visitors from China are up 81%.

28th August         Perth, Australia           The West Australian
Billionaire dynasties join forces at Burswood
Interesting article on the changeover to PBL ownership with profiles of the individuals involved.

28th August         Philappines           Philappine Daily Enquirer
High-stakes gambling solons

27th August         Perth, Australia           The Courier Mail
Packer to chair casino board
Once the PBL takeover is completed James Packer is to take over the helm at the Burswood Casino. The existing board have agreed to step down.

27th August         Victoria, Australia           The Herald Sun
Gaming elite kept secret
The 2,500 or so beneficiaries from Tattersall's sports betting and Pokie monopoly will continue to remain secret under new Victorian Government regulations.

26th August         Melbourne & Sydney           The Australian
PBL a big winner on tables, TV

26th August         Singapore           The Malaysian Star
Singapore court rules in favor of Australian casino
Singapore citizens who run up gambling debts in foreign casinos will in future be able to be sued in the countries court's.

26th August         Perth, Australia           The Mercury News
Casino's jackpot year
Burswood packs $44.9 million punch
The casino performed well in all divisions with a large rise in the hold on Asian International Commission Business.  -

26th August        Sydney           Bloomberg News
Tabcorp Full-Year Net Rises 23% on Jupiters Purchase

26th August         Sydney Courier Mail
PBL rolls out 75pc rise
For the full year Crown Casino contributed A$375.6 million to PBL's profits.

26th August         Australia & New Zealand          The Advertiser
SkyCity plays its cards right

25th August         Queensland           The Courier Mail - Editorial
Controls on gambling no sure bet

25th August         Wellington, New Zealand          Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
INTERVIEW: NZ Sky City Expects Acquisitions To Pay Off

25th August         Singapore           The Straits Times
Taking the gamble... and keeping social ills out
How other countries restrict gaming

25th August         Wellington, New Zealand           Yahoo Aus/Reuters, NZ Herald & Bloomberg
NZ's Sky City profit dips, smoking ban to hurt
Sky City Entertainment posts write-off affected profit
Sky City Profit Declines After Writedown for Canbet

25th August         Auckland 
Skycity Entertainment Group Announces Annual Profit Of $121.1 million

24th August         Sydney           Yahoo Australia/Reuters
Australia's Aristocrat spins back to black, shrs soar

24th August         Kathmandu, Nepal  & The Himalayan Times
After Sobhraj, another Interpol wanted surfaces in casino
Interpol wants gambler who sued casino
Interesting!. See yesterday's story from the Hindu. The Canadian Indian suing Casino Everest in Nepal is apparently on Interpol's wanted list..

24th August         Guam          Pacific Daily News
Visitors split on casinos

24th August         Sydney          Bloomberg Australia
Aristocrat Forecasts Record Profit; Shares Surge 19%

24th August         Vladivostok, Russia          Vladivostok News
Deputies skip gambling tax increase
Some interesting statistics on taxes, the number of tables, casinos and their customers.

24th August         Singapore
Singapore signs up to global casino club

24th August         Singapore          The Malaysian Star
Singapore seeks commercial proposals for casino resort
Sentosa Island, managed by the Sentosa Leisure Group has it's own website at:

24th August         South Australia Advertiser
Clubs' cash reprieve

23rd August         Brisbane 
Violence caused gambling habit

23rd August         Kathmandu, Nepal           The Hindu
Indian origin Canadian sues Nepal casino over Blackjack rules!
The player apparently lost a considerable amount of money and is unhappy about the number of decks used.

23rd August         Singapore           Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Singapore seeking proposals for resort-style casino
Stanley Ho, Las Vegas Sands, Harrah's and Casinos Austria are given mention.

23rd August         Singapore           The Straits Times & Ample/AFX-ASIA
Casino: Govt to seek middle ground
Low-income Singaporeans may be barred from planned casino - new PM Lee

22nd August         Queensland, Australia           The Mercury News
Granny bashed in casino bag-snatch

22nd August         Auckland, New Zealand  Star & Times
Smoking ban cloud over Sky City
A smoking ban in New Zealand's casinos comes into force on December 10th.

22nd August         Tasmania           The Mercury News
Casino ducks can gambol a bit easier

21st August         Sydney, Australia           The Deal & Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Australian gaming deal advances
Australia's PBL wins more than 90% of Burswood

20th August         Perth, Australia           ABC News Online & Yahoo Aus/AAP
PBL wraps up bid for Burswood casino
Packer close to his second casino

19th August         New Zealand           Telecom Asia & New Zealand Herald/NZPA
NZ government bans text gambling
Government clamps down on text gambling

18th August         Australia           Sydney Morning Herald
Ainsworth's $2m maiden sets lights flashing

18th August         Australia           Sydney Morning Herald
Reef Casino on a winner and reckons more to come

15th August         Tasmania           Workers Online
Casino's Gamble Backfires

14th August         Indonesia           Jakarta Post
174 nabbed in gambling raid

11th August         Australia           Herald Sun
Clubs plan action against betting exchanges

9th August         Victoria, Australia            Sunday Herald Sun
Doyle pledge to cut pokies
Former premiers think again
Doyle is on the money - Editorial

9th August         Australia            ABC News Online
Government dismisses Christmas Islands casino 'conspiracy'

8th August         Agra, India            Express India
Gambling the Taj
The Uttar Pradesh tourism ministry belives that casinos in Agra would  be an aid in increasing the number of international visitors to the region.

8th August         Victoria, Australia           The Herald Sun
Losing streak drains $2.2b
Smart card 'can help'
Win from each of Victoria's 27,500 slots is around A$85,000. The Herald Sun articles also detail the percentage split between venue owners, suppliers and the state goverment.

7th August        Bagiou City, Philappines            The Philippine Inquirer
Casinos planned as new focus of tourism campaign

7th August         Christmas Island            Sunday Times & Townsville Bulletin
Islanders irate as new casino blocked
Outrage as new casino blocked

6th August         Tasmania           ABC News Tasmania
Casino employees urged to accept pay deal

5th August         Darwin, Australia           Otago Daily Times
Darwin casino aims at Asian punters

5th August         West Australia           The West Australian
WA punts$1.5b on gambling

4th August         New Zealand & Australia           New Zealand Herald/Reuters
Sky City to expand Darwin casino to attract big rollers

2nd August         Tokyo 
Casino supporters hope to lift ban

2nd August         Baguio City           The Manila Times
Task force created to keep watch on John Hay casino

1st August         Tokyo, Japan           Mainichi Daily News
Japan may yet give casinos a roll of the dice
The Liberal Democratic Party are pushing a measure to legalise casinos in Japan. Governor Shintaro Ishihara has for sometime warmed to the idea of a casino in Tokyo. 

31st July         Sydney           NineMSN News/AAP & LHMU
Casino workers walk off the job
Star City Casino stoppage 
Members of the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union (LMHU) have planned strikes all day Saturday in support of their 5% pay claim.

30th July         Australia           Yahoo Singapore/Asia Pulse
Australia's PBL Stakes Out Macau Casino Opportunities

30th July         Australia & Las Vegas           The Melbourne Age
Australia's Tabcorp close on casino management buyout
Two of Tabcorp's Queensland casinos acquired from Jupiter's in 2003 are presently under long term management contracts to Caesar's Entertainment.

29th July         Christmas Island           The Melbourne Age
Island enraged by casino backflip

29th July         Sydney & Macau           The Australian
PBL throws the high-roller dice to win a Macau casino
With a newly announced deal with Betfair and an almost completed takeover of Burswood in the bag does the Packer organisation now have it's eyes turned on Macau?.

29th July         Kuala Lumpur           The Straits Times/AFP
Muslims banned from SMS contests

29th July         Dunedin, New Zealand
Casino Victory

28th July         Christmas Island           ABC News Online
Christmas Island 'deceived' over casino

28th July         Australia           Sydney Morning Herald & Daily Telegraph/AAP
Labor will limit gambling cash withdrawals
ALP faces fight with clubs
The opposition Labor party have said they will impose strict limits on cash withdrawals from ATM's located at gaming venues.

28th July         Guam           Pacific Daily News
GEC needs extra funds for gaming pamphlets
Campaigners trying to get casino gaming legalised on Guam have their own website: Citizens for Economic Diversity:  -

27th July         Victoria, Australia 
Tabcorp bid reaches 90pc

26th July         Christmas Island 
Island to fight for casino

26th & 20th July         Christmas Island           ABC News Online
Christmas Is at 'war' over casino licence
Govt to block reopening of Christmas Island casino
The Christmas Island Resort opened in 1993 and closed in 1998 due to financial difficulties.

26th July         Perth, Australia           Australian Daily Telegraph
Packer goes for casino's jugular

26th July         Perth, Australia           The Courier Mail & The Australian
PBL set to win Perth casino
Burswood boss lauds future

24th July         London & Sydney           The Courier Mail & The Australian
Packer tipped to invest $30m in betting exchange
PBL wins Burswood as board caves in

24th July         Perth & Sydney           The West Australian & Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Packer gets control of Burswood casino
Australia's Burswood recommends PBL bid

23rd July         Las Vegas & Darwin           Yahoo/PRNewswire
MGM MIRAGE Completes Sale of Darwin Hotel and Casino

23rd July         Australia           Sydney Morning Herald
Govt report on gambling gets thumbs up

22nd July         Sydney, Australia          The Courier-Mail
PBL scores online punting deal

22nd July         London & Sydney
Betfair races into Aussie market

22nd July         London & Sydney          Yahoo UK/AFP & Asia Pulse
Packer's PBL ties up with Britain'sBetfair in gaming joint venture
PBL to Set up New Betting Service JV in Australasia
Crown Casino owner PBL has announced it has signed a 50-50 deal with Betfair. Betfair already has a partnership in Asia for a Chinese version of their website with Dr Stanley Ho.

21st July         Tasmania          ABC News Online
Further strikes likely at Tasmanian casinos

20th July         Tasmania          ABC News Online &
Casino owner refuses to budge on pay offer
Casino pay offer rejected
80% of staff at Federal Group's two casinos have voted in favour of rejecting the companies latest pay rise offer.

20th July         Canberra          ABC News Online
Govt to block reopening of Christmas Island casino

19th & 20th July         Perth & Sydney           Sydney Morning Herald & Courier Mail
PBL sets the clock on casino bid
Packer deals new bid hand

19th July         Darwin, Northern Territory           New Zealand Herald
Darwin casino buy nears end

18th July         India & London          Hindustan Times
Are Indians predisposed to gambling?

17th July         Northern Territory          ABC News Online
NT betting company pays off hackers
An amazing story if true. have apparently paid hackers more then A$100,000.

17th July         New Zealand
Sports set to benefit from Olympics gambling

16th July          Sydney & Perth          The Herald Sun & Mercury News
Deadline for PBL
PBL bid for casino in third extension

16th July          Darwin, Australia          Yahoo Singapore/Asia Pulse
NZ-Based Skycity Gets Nod to Buy Australian Casino
Skycity Entertainment have received regulatory approval to buy the Darwin casino from MGM Mirage for a purchase price of A$195 million.

14th July          Tasmania          ABC News Online
Casino workers meet over pay offer

14th July         New Zealand          New Zealand Herald
Gaming machine numbers continue to decline
The number of non-casino slots in New Zealand is now put at 22,497.

14th July          Victoria, Australia          The Melbourne Age/AAP
Welfare groups welcome Vic gaming review
Renewal delay puts gambling giants in limbo

13th July          Perth, Australia          The West Australian
Packer on 28% of casino as deadline looms

13th July          Victoria, Australia          The Melbourne Age
Vic gaming review ignores pokie numbers

13th July          Singapore & London          The Straits Times
Casino sues over swindler's $8.3m debt

13th July          Angeles City, Philappines          Philippine Inquirer
Casino men protest stop to cash meal allowances

12th July          London & Sydney
Westpac fraud loot suit

11th July          Australia, London & Singapore         The Advertiser
Westpac sued for fraud loot
Court case surrounding the gambling of Chia Teck Leng who is now in prison in Singapore. Aspinalls Club appear to have been stiffed on cheques totaling over £2.6 million.

11th July          Dunedin, New Zealand         Otago Daily Times/
Picket outside casino highlights dismissal

11th July          Tasmania         Green Left
Tasmanian casino workers to stop work
Interesting details about the ownership of the Federal Group - Australia's 34th wealthiest family in 2003.

10th July          Tasmania           The Mercury News
Hopes rise for end to casino staff standoff
Tassie's $270m gamble shock

10th July          Australia           The Advertiser
Gambling giant may lose pokies

10th July          Dunedin, New Zealand 
Casino refuses to reinstate SFWU Delegate

9th July          South Australia           The Advertiser
Betting is a $128 billion obsession
The turnover on gambling in Australia is split - $90 billion slots, $17 billion casinos and TAB's (Horse and sports betting) $11.3 billion.

9th July          Perth, West Australia           The West Australian
Bare trust tipped as key to casino success
Kerry Packer's PBL has upped its stake in the Burswood casino to 26%.

7th July          Australia           The Advertiser/
TAB tickets used to launder cash

6th July         Malaysia & Singapore           The Malaysian Star
Cards laid out for battle of casinos
A look at the future of Genting Highlands outside Kuala Lumpur if casinos were to open in Singapore and Thailand.

6th July          Australia           NineMSN News & Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Tabcorp assumes control of Tab
Australia's Tabcorp Takes Management Control Of TAB

6th July          Tasmania           The Mercury News
Bullying claims in casino dispute

5th July          Manila, Philappines           Philippine Inquirer
Baguio Mayor Yaranon withdraws casino permits

5th July          Tasmania           ABC News Online
Casino workers may strike again

4th July          Australia           The Melbourne Age/AAP
Gambling bodies welcome strategy

4th July          Tasmania           ABC News Online & The Mercury/
Federal Hotels stands firm on pay offer
Strike, and Federal makes its own bed

3rd July          South Korea           The Korea Times
Foreign Visitors to Casinos Fall
Korea has 13 casinos open to foreigners only (8 on the island of Cheju) and the Kangwon Casino where Korean citizens are also permitted to gamble.

3rd July          Tasmania  & ABC News
Casino strike
Tasmanian casino workers to strike
Striking workers accused of hurting Tas tourism
'Business as usual' despite casino strike
A 24-hour strike will be in effect at the Wrest Point in Hobart and the Country Club casino in Launceston. The casinos appear to be staying open with Management getting stuck-in.

3rd July          Manila           The Manila Bulletin - Columnist opinion
The entertainment value of casinos

3rd July          Alice Springs & Adelaide           Business Times
Lasseters buys Adelaide pub with gaming facilities

2nd July          Manila, Philappines           The Manila Times
New Baguio mayor stops John Hay casino

2nd July          Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea           Post Courier Online
Ex-Gaming boss in mercy plea

1st July          New Zealand           New Zealand Herald
New betting law takes effect

1st July          South Korea           The Korea Times - A must read story. 
Gambler Using Casino Chips Convicted for Violating FX Law
The South Korean Supreme Court has sentenced a gambler to a suspended 2 years prison term for gambling at a foreign casino!.

1st July          Melbourne, Australia           The Herald Sun/
Probe on casino prostitute claim
Victoria's new Commission for Gambling Regulation starts works today. Website:

1st July          Victoria, Australia           ABC News Online
Anti-gambling campaigner named Victorian of the Year
An online resource for casino trade and industry news