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July - December 2004

27th December          Macau           Hong Kong Standard
Agents for junkets in Macau need licences
Macau's casinos have around 70 VIP rooms that accounted for 77% of last year's casino revenue.

26th December          Macau           Yahoo/AFP
Grecian-style casino is Macau's latest earner
The Greek Mythology casino is a 223-table operation taking up two floors of the New Century Hotel. The story has an excellent picture of the Gaming floor @ Yahoo/AFP Photos

23rd December          Macau           Nasdaq/AP
Macau Tycoon Responds To Las Vegas Rivals With New Casino
Stanley Ho opened the 223 table Greek Mythology casino today.

23rd December          Macau, S.A.R.
Greek Mythology (Macau) Entertainment Group Limited HKD600-million Casino Opens Door to Become One of the Largest in Macau

23rd December          Macau           The Scotsman
Casino Loser Leaps to his Death
The player who had apparently lost £200,000 jumped from the Sands Macau fourth floor restaurant and landed in the lobby.

20th December          Macau 
Macau, the rise of Asia's 'Las Vegasí

20th December          Hong Kong           The Hong Kong Standard
Casino plan for Lantau ludicrous - Jockey Club

19th December          Macau           Taipei Times/AFP
Move over Las Vegas, Macau is taking over

18th December          Macau           The Manila Times/AFP
Has Macau really hit the jackpot?

15th December          Macau           Bloomberg News
Macau Hotel Occupancy Rises to 77.2 Percent as Tourism Surges

14th December          Macau           Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Shun Tak Plans HK$4.5B Macau Waterfront Complex

10th December          Hong Kong           Hong Kong Standard
Ho to convert luxury liner into casino
Bulls rush to the casino

10th December          Las Vegas & Macau           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Sands details Macau plans -  LV company proposes six resorts; strikes deal in Pennsylvania

9th December          Macau & Las Vegas          Hong Kong Standard
Ho's flagship MGM Grand Macau to dwarf rivals
The proposed MGM Grand Macau will apparently have a gaming floor of 61,000 square metres, 20% larger than the Venetian Macau.

9th December          Australia & Macau          The Australian/
Packer's Macau JV looks to Nasdaq

9th December          Macau           China View/Xinhua News Agency
"May gaming industry bolster Macao's economic growth": casino tycoon
Xinhua has an exclusive interview with Dr. Stanley Ho on his views of the gaming industry and the future of SJM.

9th December          Hong Kong & Macau           The Guardian/AP
Las Vegas Sands eyes more casino-hotels in Macau

8th December          Macau           Peoples Daily Online - English Edition
Macao to build first six-star hotel by 2007

7th December          Macau           Las Vegas Sun
Enclave had 1.5 million visitors in October

7th December          Manila & Macau           The Daily Tribune/Reuters
Stanley Ho eyeing Manila casinos

6th December          Macau            Hong Kong Standard
Tunnel plan as Ho in play for Zhuhai

6th December          Macau           New York Post
Betting on Red

1st December          Hong Kong           Hong Kong Standard
Emperor deal signs up cruise ships in casino war

1st December         Hong Kong           Hong Kong Standard &
Casino firm says Macau to overtake Las Vegas
Macao's gambling revenues set to overtake Vegas

27th November          Hong Kong & Macau           Financial Times
HK speculators fuel gambling stock frenzy

26th November          Macau           Hong Kong Standard
Shun Tak digs into casino earnings

25th & 26th November          Macau           Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones Newswires
Release from Shun Tak Hldgs On Connected Deal
Press Release from Melco Intl Devt

25th November          Macau           Channel News Asia & Dow Jones Newswires/AP
US firm plans Macau's biggest ever casino: report
Hong Kong Gaming Tycoon To Open Casino In Macau Next Month

25th November          Macau & Las Vegas         Hong Kong Standard
Casino operator expects Venetian to cost US$1.8b
Sands Macau had 825,651 visitors in October and the companies filings with the SEC show that the Venetian Macau will cost some $1.8 billion.

24th November          Macau & Manila, Philappines           Hong Kong Standard
Tech start-up's shares soar 541pc on Macau plans

24th November          Macau 
Stanley Ho Opens New Casino in Macau
The Greek Mythology Casino will open on 23rd December with 228 tables.

20th November           Macau            New Zealand Herald/Bloomberg
Asian profits lure big casinos

18th November          Macau           Yahoo Singapore/AP & Reuters
Macau, China strike new aviation deal
Macau in new air pact, opens way for Virgin Blue-paper

18th November          Las Vegas & Macau           Las Vegas Sun/Bloomberg News
Sands' Macau haul lures Harrah's, MGM Mirage
Venetian owner faces new suit over Macau casino - Liz Bentson

17th November          Macau           IHT/Bloomberg News
A risk-free gamble on Macao?

16th November          Sydney & Macau            IHT/Bloomberg News
Casino owners team up in Macao

16th November          Sydney & Macau            Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones & AFP
Casino Moguls Ho, Packer Roll Dice On Asia Deal
Australia's PBL and Melco show hand on Macau casino joint venture
Kerry Packer's PBL will invest US$163 milion for a 28% share of Park Hyatt Hotel and Casino to be developend on Macau by Melco International Development Ltd.

16th November          Sydney & Macau  
Packer's foothold in Macau casinos

16th November          Australia & Macau            Channel News Asia/AFP
Australia's PBL joins Melco in Macau casino joint venture
The Park Hyatt Hotel and Casino is scheduled to open in 2007 with 200 tables and 1,300 slots.

15th November          Australia & Macau            The Australian/
Bets on PBL in Asian gambling tie-up with Ho
Rumours abound that Kerry Packer's PBL is set to announce a partnership with Stanley Ho.

15th November          Hong Kong          Hong Kong Standard
Jockey Club stands firm on Web bets monopoly

13th November          Macau          San Francisco Chronicle/Washington Post
Luxury gambling reaches China enclave - Las Vegas comes to Macau, notorious for its sleazy ways

8th November         Macau          Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Shun Tak says to buy Macau property for HK$1.5 bln

7th November           Macau & Taiwan          Lusa News Agency
Jogo: Magnata Stanley Ho admite interesse em abrir casinos em Taiwan

4th November           Macau & Las Vegas          Hong Kong Standard
Venetian Macau to miss deadline
Interesting story.  Las Vegas Sands may miss a Government imposed deadline on the opening of the Venetian Macau.

4th November          Hong Kong & Macau          Hong Kong Standard & Yahoo/Dow Jones
Gambling on Macau stock the hottest game in town
HK Bourse: Press Release from Melco Intl Devt

21st October           Las Vegas & Macau          The Standard/Global China
MGM Macau casino opening moved back to 2007

15th October           Macau          Hong Kong Standard
Melco bets on $400m issue to fund casino

14th October           Hong Kong          Hindustan Times
Chinese man kills wife, torches apartment after gambling away millions

14th October           Hong Kong
Seminar On Gaming Management In Asia Pacific | 2004
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Hotel and Tourism Management is hosting the first Seminar on Gaming Management in the Asia Pacific region from the 20th to 22nd October.

12th October           Macau          China View - Corrected link but story has disappeared!
Macao's casino revenue soars at beginning of October
Macau's 15 casinos have so far won 1.5 billion patacas (U.S. $187 million) in the first 10 days of October.

5th October           Macau          Agencia Lusa
Macau: Casinos geram receitas de 65,2 ME em quatro dias

5th October           Macau          Peoples Daily Online
Holiday economy boosts Macao casino revenue

29th September           Macau          The Scotsman
Las Vegas high-rollers beat odds to win cut of Asian casino millions

26th September           Macau          China View/Xinhua
Interview: Macao's gaming industry braces for a change
Interview with Ambrose So who is in charge of developing Stanley Ho's casino empire at the Macao Gaming Company (SJM).

24th September           Macau          China View/Xinhua
Macao's gaming tax hits record high in January-August

21st September           Hong Kong          Channel News Asia/AFP
HK police smash illegal insect-fight gambling syndicate
Confiscated were 167 crickets in small bamboo cages and some HK$2,260 (US$290) in cash.

17th September           Macau
Macao casino offers "Mona Lisa Smile" lucky draw

16th September           Macau & Las Vegas          Las Vegas Review-Journal
Sands Macau off to roaring start - Asian casino earns $36.9 million in first two months open, filing shows

14th September           Macau           Las Vegas Sun/Bloomberg News
Melco to buy Macau stake from chairman

9th September           Macau & Kuala Lumpur           The Malaysian Star
Cyber Village in major Macau deal

8th September           Macau & Las Vegas
Vegas Casino Company Seeks Resort in China - Las Vegas Sands

7th September           Macau          Hong Kong Standard
Wynn Resorts buys out local partners

6th September           Hong Kong          Hong Kong Standard
Racing turnover slumps
First day handle at Sha Tin was HK$766,249,464 down 12% from the same day in 2003.

1st September           Macau            Taipei Times/AFP
Casino growth worries Macau
Could this quote indeed be the future for Macau ?. "Macau is mutating into the entertainment center of China".

31st August           Macau            Taipei Times/AFP
Macau outstrips The Strip - Reprint of an earlier AFP article.

30th August          Macau           Channel News Asia
Billions rolling in as Macau is transformed into Asia's Vegas
More information on the astounding growth of the casino industry in Macau since two additional casino licenses were granted.

30th August          Macau           The Straits Times
Second term handed to Macau chief Edmund Ho

28th August         Macau           eTaiwan News
Macau enjoys rise in tourist arrivals

24th August         Macau          Ponto Final - English edition
Macau police arrest Hong Kong for allegedly using bogus credit card in casino to pay back loansharks in Hong Kong

23rd August         Hong Kong & Macau           Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
HK's Far East plans HK$1.5 bln Macau complex-paper

21st August         Macau           New York Times - Travel section
Macao Tries to Spruce Up Its Image

18th August          Macau           Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Macau says tourist numbers hit record in July
Visitors to the S.A.R reached 1.52 million in July up 51.4% from July 2003.

13th August         Macau           Hong Kong Standard
Ho in HK $1 billion spree on casinos
Dr. Ho has plans for 3 more casinos on Macau and an expansion of slot operations under the Mocha Slot brand.

11th August         Macau           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Bentson
Business booming in Macau as Venetian owner plans expansion

11th August         Macau           Hong Kong Standard
Sands on a roll with US$20m profit

7th August         Las Vegas & Macau           Las Vegas Sun/Bloomberg News
A dozen banks sign up to finance Wynn project

5th August         Macau           Hong Kong Standard
Wynn casino on 2009 deadline

4th August         Macau           China View/Xinhua & LVR-J
Effect of Macao's 3 casino concessionaires emerges
Macau casinos set revenue record
Macau's casinos won 4.2 billion Patacas (US$ 525 million) in July up 70% from 2003. 80% of the win being generated from Dr. Stanley Ho's operations.

3rd August         Macau           Agencia Lusa
Macau: Novo recorde de receitas nos casinos em Julho

3rd August         Macau           Hong Kong Standard
Casino vet brought in as Sands reshuffles
Las Vegas Sands has hired Garry Saunders as GM of it's new Macau casino.

3rd August         Macau           Peoples Daily - English Edition
Macao's gaming tax soars 42% in first half
Macau's casinos pay 35% of their gaming win in taxes.

2nd August         Macau           China View/Xinhua
Macao's gaming tax soars 42% in first half
Macau is now well on course to exceed the gaming revenues of Las Vegas by as early as 2005.

1st August         Hong Kong & Macau           Hong Kong Standard
Melco in $32m IT deal with casino firm

31st July         Macau 
Macau gambles on a property boom

30th July         Hong Kong & Macau           China Daily
Gambling empire bets on rebranding
The China Daily has an interview with Pansy Ho where she disczusses the future of SJM, STDM and Shun Tak Holdings.

30th July         Hong Kong & Macau           China Daily
Junket operator raises the stakes on Macao operations

28th July         Macau           Ponto Final - English edition
Galaxy to install high-tech gaming security system
Comment on the earlier release from Alliance Gaming on their intended deployment of Mindplay's Baccarat system.

26th July         Las Vegas & Macau           Alliance Gaming - Press release
Alliance Gaming Announces Contract With Galaxy Macau for New MindPlay Baccarat Table Technology
An interesting development given the scam that was recently discovered on the Baccarat tables of the Sands Macau.

26th July         Macau           Ponto Final - English editition
Authorities nab suspected illegal workers at Sands Casino-Hotel construction site

23rd July         Canada & Macau           Asia Pacific Post
CASINO CONNECTIONS Part 2 - Stanley Ho's house of cards
One of a series of hard hitting articles looking at the 14K Triad's operations in Canada and Macau and aspects of Dr Stanley Ho's business empire.

23rd July        Macau           Taipei Times
Macau gambling palace falls victim to baccarat scam

22nd July         Macau          The Guardian
Macau casino stung by card sharp's £2 million scam
A combination of earlier news reports.

21st July         Macau          Ponto Final - English edition
Suspected card sharp allegedly cheats Sands Casino out of 'over 30 million patacas

21st July         Macau          Malaysian Star &
Hong Kong card sharp allegedly cheats casino of US$3.85m
HK Man Allegedly Cheats New Macau Casino Out Of Millions

18th July         Macau          China Daily
Macao's gaming tax soars on opening of new casinos
Recap on an earlier Xinhua article.

16th July          Macau          China View/Xinhua
Macao's gaming tax soars on opening of new casinos
Macau's casinos have paid 5.3 billion patacas ($663 million) in gaming taxes in the first 5 months of 2004 up 32% from 2003.

14th July          Macau & Las Vegas          Hong Kong Standard & Ponto Final
MGM submits casino plans to Macau SAR
MGM submits plans for new casino
The MGM Grand Macau will be a 50/50 joint venture with, and operate on a sub-license of SJM.

7th July          Macau           Ponto Final - English edition
Technology foils casino cheats - Vending Data Corp's Deck Checker.

5th July          Macau           Ponto Final (English edition) &
Galaxy opens its first casino in Macau - Very detailed article.
Macau: Terceiro operador de casino entrou hoje no mercado

5th July          Macau           English & ABC News/AP
Macau opens new resort and casino
Second New Casino Opens in Macau
The 38 tables and 150 slot Galaxy Waldo Hotel is under the license of Hong Kong-based Galaxy Resort and Casino.

4th July          Macau & Lisbon           The Guardian/Reuters
Euro-Gambling beats Euro soccer for Macau's Chinese
A classic day for Sports betting!. The French Grand Prix, Wimbledon's Mens Final and the Euro 2004 final between Portugal and Greece.

1st July          Macau           Ponto Final
Steve Wynn - a gaming raconteur par exellence
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