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July - August 2004

31st August           Hamburg, Germany            Spielbank-Hamburg- Press release
Spielbank entscheidet sich für neuen Hauptstandort an der Esplanade

31st August           Vienna & Innsbruck, Austria            Tirol Online
Plus für die Tiroler Casinos, Aus für 25 illegale Spielclubs

29th August         Mont Parnes, Athens           The Houston Chronicle
Tourists go for broke at the Regency Casino
An intrepid journalist from the Houston Chronicle in Athens covering the Olympic Games took a quick trip into the mountains to visit the famous Mont Parnes casino.

24th August         Espelkamp, Austria
Paul Gauselmann wird 70 Jahre

24th August         Espelkamp, Austria          Yahoo Germany/ops
Pionier der Automatenindustrie - Der Espelkamper Unternehmer Paul Gauselmann wird am Donnerstag 70 Jahre alt

23rd August         Erfurt, Germany          Yahoo Germany/ddp
Noch zwei Bewerber für erste Erfurter Spielbank im Rennen
There are apparently just two bids for the rights to run the Thüringer Spielbank.

19th & 20th August         Austria           WirtschaftsBlatt Online & Wiener Zeitung
Casino-Monopol: Hoteliers ziehen vor den VfGH
Hoteliers machen gegen Casino-Monopol mobil
Hoteliers fordern ein Ende des Glücksspielmonopols

20th August         Israel & Egypt           Haaretz Online
Suspected underworld kingpin Abutboul developing luxury hotel-casino in Taba
Since the authorities closed down the Eilat casino boats earlier this year Israelis have been crossing the border in increasing numbers to gamble at the casinos in Taba, Eqypt.

18th August         Israel           Globes Online
Income tax division: Illegal gambling income subject to full tax

17th August         Vienna, Austria           WirtschaftsBlatt Online
Casinos Austria spürten schlechte Konjunktur - 4,8 Prozent weniger Bruttospielertrag im Halbjahr in Österreich

17th August         Athens           Channel News Asia
Olympics: Olympic security shake-up after online casino stunt
Another stupid publicity stunt from the online casino operator

16th August         Prague, Czech Republic           Czech Happenings/
Royal Praha company closes all its Czech casinos

16th August         Prague & Israel           Haaretz Online
Israeli-owned Prague casino that was bombed closed

12th August         Prague           The Prague Post
Klaus: Casino controls too lax
There could be a major shakeup of Czech casino laws following the attempted assassination of Assaf Abutbul outside the Casino Royal.

12th August         Wiesbaden, Germany 
Tiefrote Zahlen in der Wiesbadener Spielbank Geschäftmann räumt rund 1,6 Millionen Euro ab
An eastern european Roulette player has won €1.6 million at the Wiesbaden Spielbank. The management hopes that he will decide to come back.

9th August         Israel            Jerusalem Post
Miloumor to spin off casino holdings

8th August         Israel            Globes Online
Flatto-Sharon willing to invest $100-200m in casino

6th August         Israel           Globes Online
Miloumor considering issue of Loutraki casino stake

6th August         Prague           The Prague Post
Blast prompts curbs on casinos - Grenade attack that injured 18 linked to organized crime
According to the Finance Ministery Prague has 10 companies operating a total of  36 casinos.

5th August         Hittfeld, Germany           Hamburg Abendblatt
Spielbank - Verlierer sind die Mitarbeiter

5th August         Loutraki, Greece & Tel Aviv           Haaretz Online
Casino Loutraki may issue shares in Tel Aviv
Gives details of the ownership structure and the interests of the companies and individuals.

4th August         France 
French casino hit by lawsuit
The BBC takes a look at a player lawsuit in Vichy, France against the local Partouche casino.

4th August         Czech Republic           Haaretz Online & Czech Happenings
Prague to clamp down on casinos
Rules for gambling operators to be tightened following blast
The Czech Republic presently has around 150 registered casinos.

4th August         Hittfeld, Germany           Hamburg Abendblatt
So lief das falsche Spiel in Hittfeld
Part II. The HA has a detailed account of a massive scam at the Harburg Spielbank that took place over several years, involving false Fill's and cash removed from Drop boxes by management.

4th August         Monaco 
Heiße Küsse mit Croupier - Prinzesssin Stephanie frisch verliebt?

3rd August         Prague 
Czechs to tighten casino licences

3rd August         Hittfeld, Germany           Hamburg Abendblatt
Hittfeld: Die Wut der Croupiers - Spielbank: Das Roulettspiel schließt. Über 60 Mitarbeiter sind gekündigt
Part I. On the 31st August Spielbank Hittfeld near Hamburg will remove all their table games in favour of slots and electronic games.  -

3rd August         Prague & Israel           Maariv International
Prague: two suspects filmed throwing grenade at casino
The two suspects are believed to be Thai citizens and the feature speculates on the motive.

2nd August         Prague & Israel  & Jerusalem Post
Criminal world probed after Czech blast
Police warn of further underworld attacks

2nd August         Prague & Israel           Haaretz Online & The Guardian
Czech PM-elect may close Abutboul hotel-casino
Britons among 18 injured by Prague blast

1st August         Prague & Israel           Jerusalem Post & Haaretz Online
Attempted Israeli underworld hit wounds 18 in Prague
At least 18 hurt in attack on Israeli-owned Prague casino 

1st August         Prague, Czech Republic           San Francisco Chronicle/AP &
Bomb blast outside Prague casino injures at least 18, including foreign tourists
Prague casino grenade wounds 18

30th July         Czech Republic           The Prague Post
Betting firm on the block in banner year - Fortuna owner says record revenue is not behind sale

28th July         Israel           Al Bawaba & Haaretz ONline
Israel to invest $20 million in building horse race tracks for betting
Horse racing, betting okayed, pending bill

28th July         Vienna           Österreich Journal
Casinos Austria International zurückgekauft

27th July         Israel           Globes Online
Legal gambling proceeds totaled NIS 1.6b in 2003

26th July         Israel           Haaretz Online
Ministers back proposal to legalize gambling on horse races

25th July         Lebanon & Israel           Lebanese Daily Star
Authorities investigate clash at casino
The Casino du Liban first opened in 1959. An extremely impressive website can be found at:  -

25th July         Cyprus           Haaretz Online
Israel's EU island neighbor
The number of Israeli's visiting Cyprus is expected to increase substantially from the present 50,000 per annum. Many cross the border to gamble in the casinos on the Turkish side.

24th July         Vienna & Australia           Casino Austria - Press release
Casinos Austria International successfully completes takeover of Australian subsidiary

21st July         Paris Yahoo France/AFP
Daylight robbery at Paris casino
Braquage aux championnats du monde de poker à Paris
Yahoo/AFP photo -

21st July         Paris          Figaro - International edition
La vague de concentrations dans les casinos gagne la France

21st July         Paris          Yahoo/Business Wire
WORLD POKER TOUR Season Three: Paris
The Aviation club located on the Champs-Elysées was also robbed at gunpoint on Tuesday the 20th July according to Reuters news reports.

21st July         Paris          Bulgarian News network/Reuters
Daylight Robbery at Paris Casino

19th July         Madrid           The Guardian
Judge rules for Madrid gambler
June 24th - I missed this at the time. Interesting story about wheel bias at the Casino Gran Madrid.

19th July         Online Gambling - Germany & Wiesbadener Tagblatt
Hessisches Online-Roulette & rechtliche Rahmenbedingungen
Die Wiesbadener Spielbank eröffnet das Online-Roulette

17th July         Malta          The Malta Independent
Dragonara Casino celebrates 40th anniversary
- The Dragonara casino is operated by France's Accor Casinos.

16th July          Wiesbaden, Germany          Yahoo Germany/AFP
Spielbank Wiesbaden startet Online-Roulette

14th July          Orenburg, Russia          ITAR-TASS News agency
Guard at gambling machines room opens fire on visitors

13th July          Stockholm          M2 Communications/Nordic Business Report
Swedish gambling monopoly spends big money on advertising
Lottery and casino monopoly Svenska Spel apparently spends SEK720 million a year on marketing and advertising campaigns.  -

13th July          Cyprus          Cyprus Mail
Editorial - There is no rational reason to oppose casinos
Undated Editorial. The Cyprus Mail is very much in favour of casinos being established in the south.

10th July          Paris           Ample/AFX - in brief
Accor casinos deal with Barriere, Colony not to be completed until autumn

9th July          Guernsey 
Lack of licence delays new casino
Channel Island Traders that intend opening a casino at the St Pierre Park Hotel are still awaiting a license from the Guernsey authorities.

7th July          Vienna, Austria           PRNewswire
betandwin European Soccer Resume: 2004 Championships More Successful Than Expected 

7th July          Vienna, Austria           Tirol Online
Casinos Austria - Raiffeisennahe Gruppe wird größter Eigentümer
Insurance company Medial Beteiligungs GmbH has increased its shareholding in Casinos Austria AG from 29.9% to 33.3%.

5th July          Eilat, Israel           Globes Online
Eilat mayor seeks legislation to allow casino

5th July          Germany           Harburger Anzeigen & Nachrichten
Bald rollt die letzte Kugel - Spielbank Hittfeld: 71 Mitarbeiter werden entlassen Verhandlungen stocken
Spielbanken Niedersachsen are shortly taking out table games from their casinos in Hittfeld and Bad Pyrmont. The Niedersachsen Parliament is actively seeking a new operator for the concession.

3rd July          Austria           Tirol Online
In Lienz wird ein Kasino errichtet
Another contract for Casinos Austria, this time 50 VLT's in Lienz, Austria.
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