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June 2004
North America

30th June          Las Vegas           In Business Las Vegas - Liz Benston
Vendors await decisions from merging companies

30th June          Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun
Trade group adds, loses members - The Gaming Standards Association.

30th June          Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Wynn, publisher settle lawsuit
The Lawsuit was over advertising for the book - "Running Scared: The Life and Treacherous Times of Las Vegas Casino King Steve Wynn"

30th June          Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Caesars Palace tries to lure the masses  - Roman Plaza will provide new entry for pedestrians

30th June          Pennsylvania           Yahoo/Reuters
Pennsylvania Senate to OK slots, even in Philly
The Pennsylvania Senate is expected to approve a bill on Wednesday that would legalize slots at 12 locations.

30th June          Las Vegas           San Francisco Chronicle/AP - Adam Goldman
Vegas monorail to open July 15 after nearly six months of delays
Website: www.lvmonorail.com

30th June          Reno & Northern California           San Francisco Business Times
California's casino jackpot deals Reno out
 

29th June          Las Vegas           San Francisco Chronicle/AP - Adam Goldman
Sadder Temple of Vegas Keeps Hopes Alive
A look at the staff and patrons of the Western Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas, recently purchased by Barrick Gaming Website: www.barrickgamingcorp.com

29th June          Las Vegas           Newsday/AP
Vegas hits TV jackpot
 

28th June          Richmond, B.C.           Canada.com
West Coast meets Vegas in new $100-million Richmond casino
The C$200 million River Rock Casino in Richmond, B,C is owned by Great Canadian Gaming and  opened on the 25th June. There is an Indian casino with the same name located near San Francisco.

28th June          Las Vegas          PRNewswire
Gaming Standards Association Welcomes Six New International Members

28th June          Las Vegas          Yahoo/PRNewswire
Aristocrat Technologies, Inc. Receives Nevada Gaming Control Board Approval of Its OASIS™ PersonalBanker® Cashless Promotional Credit System
 

27th June          Mississippi & Las Vegas          Biloxi Sun-Herald & LVR-J
Casino characters get to ride reality TV wave
$7.9B buyout is latest in Vegas tale - Rod Smith/Gaming Wire

27th June          Inglewood, California          Daily Breeze & SanLuisObizpo.com/The Tribune
Card dealer sues Inglewood, Compton casinos
Card dealer sues two Calif. casinos over alleged wage violations
 

26th June          Vancouver, B.C.          My Telus/CBC
Loansharking alleged at B.C. casinos

26th June          Carson City, Nevada          Las Vegas Review-Journal & Las Vegas Sun
Moran tapped for Nevada Gaming Commission
Las Vegas attorney named to state Gaming Commission
 

25th June          Weirton, West Virginia          Las Vegas Sun/AP
Girls lobby to bring ice cream shops back to town overrun with slots
Amazingly, Weirton in West Virginia with a population of just 20,000, now has 81 licensed video poker bars.

25th June          Rhode Island          Newsday.com/AP
Rhode Island House approves casino bill

25th June          New Jersey          Las Vegas Sun/AP
Casino operator, contractors sued over accident

25th June          Pennsylvania          Yahoo/Market Wire
Law Offices of Marc S. Henzel Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against Alliance Gaming Corporation
 

24th June          Pennsylvania          Yahoo/Reuters & CBS Marketwatch
Shares of Slot Machine Makers Jump Today
Slot machine makers see big boost
 

23rd June          Las Vegas          Las Vegas Review-Journal
Experts see land as key deal asset - MGM Mirage would gain developing power with Strip acreage

23rd June          California & Nevada          Las Vegas Sun/Bloomberg News
Analysts: IGT, Station to benefit from deal

23rd June          Las Vegas          Yahoo/PRNewswire
Mandalay Postpones Stockholders Meeting

23rd June          Philadelphia          Yahoo/Market Wire
Law Offices of Brian M. Felgoise, P.C. Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against Alliance Gaming Corp. -- AGI

23rd June          Providence, R.I.          Newsday/AP
Rhode Island House, Senate committees approve casino bills
Harrah's Entertainment have sweetened their deal with the state including a higher tax rate and a $100 million licensing fee to be paid over 3 years.

23rd June          Richmond, B.C.          Vancouver Sun - Registration required
Big Richmond casino still being built, with opening set for Thursday

23rd June          Las Vegas          Las Vegas Sun & LVR-J
Wynn Golf offers to buy course - Member says offer may be too low
Club members wonder if they're getting all the facts

23rd June          Las Vegas          Yahoo/Business Wire
Mikohn's Garfield Slot Game Approved in New Jersey, Nevada -- Theme Only -- and Michigan
 

22nd June          Las Vegas          Yahoo/PRNewswire & MSN Money/Reuters
Harrah's Entertainment to Appeal Station Casinos Patent Ruling
Harrah's to Appeal Nevada Court Ruling
The dispute involves Station Casino's "Boarding Pass" and Harrah's Entertainments "Total Rewards" customer loyalty programmes.

22nd June          Vancouver, B.C.          CCNMatthews
Great Canadian Gaming Corporation: River Rock Casino Resort Press Conference and Media Tour Thursday, June 24th, 2:00 PM

22nd June          Los Angeles          Yahoo/PRNewswire
Ben Affleck Wins Commerce Casino's California State Poker Championship No-Limit Texas Hold 'Em Event; Pockets $356,400
The win also guarantees Mr. Affleck a $25,000 seat in April 2005 at the Bellagio on the World Poker Tour.

22nd June          Las Vegas & Iowa          PRNewswire
Harrah's Pays $73 Million Price Adjustment for Bluffs Run Casino

22nd June          New Jersey          Detroit News
Mike Tyson gets New Jersey boxing license

22nd June          Las Vegas          Yahoo/PRNewswire
Shareholder Class Action Filed Against Alliance Gaming Corporation by the Law Firm of Schiffrin & Barroway, LLP
Class Action lawsuit number 3 if I have the count right!  Ian

22nd June          Atlantic City          1010Wins.com
Banned Casino Exec Wants Back in the Game
Gary DiBartolomeo, the former President of Caesars Atlantic City.
 

21st June          Las Vegas & Macau          San Francisco Chronicle/AP - Adam Goldman
MGM Mirage enters into agreement to build hotel-casino in Macau

21st June          Las Vegas & Macau          Yahoo/PRNewswire
MGM MIRAGE Announces Agreement for Macau-Based Casino
Major deals are coming thick and fast for MGM Mirage. The company has entered into joint venture agreement with Pansy Ho Chiu-king, daughter of Stanley Ho and managing director of Shun Tak Holdings Limited to build a casino on land next door to the planned Wynn Macau.

21st June          Las Vegas          Yahoo/The Deal
Mandalay-MGM seems bulletproof
AGREEMENT AND PLAN OF MERGER - MGM MIRAGE, MANDALAY RESORT GROUP
The full agreement for the merger was filed with the SEC on 17th June.

21st June          Las Vegas          Reno Gazette-Journal
Vegas: Fremont Street Experience launches brand new video display

21st June          Nevada          KTLA5.com/Los Angeles Times
Thirsty Las Vegas Eyes a Refuge's Water
Water and the lack of it is becoming a major issue as Las Vegas continues to expand. Lake Mead is presently at it's lowest level since 1968.

21st June          Las Vegas          Time Magazine
Viva Las Vegas
Online feature on Las Vegas that is also in the 28th June Newsstand edition.
 

20th June          Florida          St. Petersburg Times
Betting on death: Just for fun, or just sick?
A look at the popularity in some circles of having a betting pool on the deaths of celebrities and famous people.

20th June          Las Vegas          In Business Las Vegas
Gambling promotion nixed in China

20th June          Las Vegas          Las Vegas Review-Journal 
Casino merger will create many losers
Shares in gaming companies take sharply different routes

20th June          Deadwood, South Dakota          Press-Enterprise/AP
Deadwood thrives with HBO show
"This town of nearly 1,400 people has about 80 casinos" Website: www.deadwood.org
Gaming Halls - www.deadwood.org/OfficialGuide/GamingHalls/Index.cfm
 

19th June          New York & Las Vegas          Yahoo/PRNewswire
Geller Rudman Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against Alliance Gaming Corp. on Behalf of Investors

19th June          Las Vegas          Yahoo/Business Wire & Las Vegas Review-Journal
Caesars Completes Sale of Las Vegas Hilton to Colony Capital
Caesars completes sale of Hilton for $280 million
Colony Capital buys Las Vegas Hilton
The purchase price of around $280 million looks extremely cheap when compared to the budget's for building new casino resorts.
 

18th June          Las Vegas & Carson City          Reno Gazette Journal
Wynn: Radical slot in development
Thursday was a busy day for the Nevada Gaming Commissíon!. The story has an excellent picture od Steve Wynn and Wynn resorts partner Kazuo Okada.

18th June          Biloxi, Mississippi          Yahoo/PRNewswire & Reuters
Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. Announces Full Year and Fourth Quarter Results
Isle of Capri posts loss, ramps up promos

18th June          Carson City          San Francisco Chronicle/AP
Garfield slot machine concept endorsed in Nevada
Nevada Gaming Commission: Boyd Gaming can acquire Coast Casinos
The purchase will create the 4th largest casino operator in the U.S. Websites: www.boydgaming.com & www.coastcasinos.com

18th June          Las Vegas          Las Vegas Review-Journal
MGM MIRAGE - MANDALAY RESORTS TRANSACTION: Deal secure, execs ponder future

18th June          Las Vegas          Las Vegas Sun/Bloomberg News
Mandalay CEO's stock sales confound observer

18th June          Tunica, Mississippi          ABC24.com
New Casino Planned For Tunica, MS
 

17th June          Carson City          Yahoo/Business Wire
Mikohn's Garfield Slot Game Receives Approval in Additional GLI Jurisdictions

17th June          Baltimore & Las Vegas          Yahoo/Primezone & TheStreet.com
Law Offices Of Charles J. Piven, P.A. Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against Alliance Gaming Corp.
Shareholders Sue Alliance Gaming

17th June          Las Vegas          CBS Marketwatch
MGM Mirage deal bigger than Vegas - Few regulatory problems seen for gaining 'larger stage'

17th June          Las Vegas          Sydney Morning Herald/AAP
MGM Mirage becomes leading casino

17th June          Las Vegas          Baltimore Sun/AP & USA Today
Casino dealmakers aim for globe - MGM Mirage executives plan aggressive growth
Kerkorian takes casino crown

17th June          Las Vegas          Reuters.com
MGM aims to keep all Las Vegas casinos in merger

17th June          Las Vegas          Forbes.com
MGM Mirage, Mandalay To Combine
 

16th June          Reno & Las Vegas          Reno Gazette Journal
MGM Mirage, Mandalay OK sale - $7.9 billion deal: Fate of properties in Northern Nevada remains unclear

16th June          Las Vegas          Yahoo/Reuters
Mandalay agrees to takeover by MGM Mirage
After a seven hour meeting the board of  Mandalay Resort Group has agreed to the $71 a share takeover offer from MGM Mirage. The total value of the deal is $4.8 billion, plus the assumption of $2.5 billion in debt and $600 million in convertible debt.

16th June          Las Vegas          CBS Marketwatch
Mandalay OKs MGM Mirage offer - $7.9 deal would form world's largest gaming company

16th June          Las Vegas          BBC.co.uk
Casino giant created in Las Vegas
 

15th June          Las Vegas          Forbes/AP & FT.com
MGM Mirage Board OKs $4.8B Mandalay Offer
MGM approves $7.9bn Mandalay deal

15th June          Las Vegas          Las Vegas Sun
Las Vegas Hilton buyer could play merger role
MGM MIRAGE cites 'juggernaut'
 

15th June          Osceola, Iowa          Daily Gate City
Three charged with trying to cheat Osceola slot machine

15th June          New York & Las Vegas          Forbes.com
Kerkorian: Big Winner If MGM Mirage, Mandalay OK Deal

15th June          Las Vegas          San Francisco Chronicle/AP
Las Vegas flips switch on upgraded Fremont Street light show
The Fremont Street Experience. Website: www.vegasexperience.com

15th June          Las Vegas          The Guardian
MGM's improved $8bn offer clears road to Mandalay

15th June          Las Vegas          Fox News - Multimedia presentation
Hot New Reality Show - "The Casino"...

15th June          Las Vegas          Yahoo/Reuters
MGM Mirage Says Has Deal to Buy Mandalay
Mandalay says board to consider MGM offer

15th June          Minneapolis, MN          Yahoo/Business Wire
World Poker Tour Expands Season 3 Schedule to 15 Tournaments, Culminating With WPT Championship
 

14th June          Las Vegas          Forbes.com
Zero Sum Deal In Vegas
MGM Mirage Vs. Harrah's Entertainment

14th June          Las Vegas          MSNBC/Reuters
MGM Mirage raises bid for Mandalay - $4.8 billion deal may be approved Tuesday

14th June         Las Vegas          Bloomberg News
MGM Mirage Raises Mandalay Resort Bid to $4.8 Billion

14th June          Las Vegas          Yahoo/PRNewswire
Mandalay Board to Consider Terms of Potential Acquisition by MGM Mirage
The Mandalay Group & MGM Mirage press releases appear to have slightly contrasting language about the agreement.

14th June          Las Vegas          Yahoo/PRNewswire
MGM MIRAGE Announces That Its Management Has Agreed on Terms to Acquire Mandalay for $71 Per Share in Cash Subject to Board Approval and Signing of a Definitive Agreement

14th June          Las Vegas          Yahoo/Reuters
MGM Mirage, Mandalay resume merger talks - report

14th June          Melbourne & Macau          The West Australian
Packer seeks oriental jewel for Crown Casino

13th June         Las Vegas          The Ledger Online/AP
Gaming Hall of Fame Inducts Don Rickles
 

12th June          Las Vegas          Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Vegas visitor volume hits record for April

12th June          Las Vegas          Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Mandalay rejects MGM MIRAGEs $7.65 billion bid
Kerkorian succession issue highlighted by merger offer

12th June          Las Vegas          CBS Marketwatch
Mandalay says no to MGM Mirage

12th June          Las Vegas          Toronto Globe & Mail/AP
Mandalay rejects casino bid

12th June          Las Vegas          Yahoo/Reuters
Mandalay rejects takeover offer from MGM Mirage

11th & 12th June          Las Vegas          Yahoo/PRNewswire
Mandalay Resort Group Rejects MGM Mirage Merger Proposal
 

11th June          Las Vegas          Forbes.com/AP
Talks on MGM Mirage's Proposed Bid Stall

11th June          Las Vegas          Seattle Post/AP
Now, Las Vegas is all over the tube

11th June          Montana          Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Belgrade looking into restricting casinos
This headline had me confused for a minute! - It's Belgrade, Montana not Belgrade, Serbia. There is a slight difference. www.beograd.org.yu or www.ci.belgrade.mt.us

11th June          Las Vegas          Yahoo/Reuters
MGM Mirage holding firm on Mandalay offer
MGM Mirage has extended its deadline for the takeover offer until Friday at 5 p.m. PDT. There are believed to be no offers from other operators.

11th June          Atlantic City          Yahoo/Reuters
Atlantic City casino revenues off, excluding Borgata

11th June          Washington          Las Vegas Sun/AP
Nevada gov praises Reagan, casinos to dim lights Friday
 

10th June          Las Vegas          Las Vegas Sun/Bloomberg News
MGM MIRAGE's Lanni doesn't roll the dice on his pay
A detailed look at the salary and options package of MGM Mirage CEO Terry Lanni.

10th June          Las Vegas          Las Vegas Sun
Pioneer Las Vegas gaming figure Stein dies at 87

10th June          Las Vegas          TheDeal.com
Betting begins on MGM-Mandalay

10th June          Ohio          Channel3000.com
Pete Rose's Ex-Bookie Shot In Head

10th June          Providence, Rhode Island          Las Vegas Review-Journal/AP
Harrah's may bid more for casino - Lawmakers seek higher licensing fee

10th June          Nevada          Las Vegas Review-Journal
Record revenue for April - Casinos take in $826.9 million, continuing hot year

10th June          Detroit          Detroit Free Press
MotorCity sets record as casinos' revenue rises
Detroit's 3 casinos benefited from the closure of Casino Windsor due to strike action. In an average month they win around $100 million between them.
 

9th June          Niagara Falls, Ontario          WJRZ.com & Buffalo News
Niagara Fall's Fallsview Casino Opens
New casino has 'Vegas feel' 
The new casino on the Canadian side of the border has 3,000 slots and 150 tables and will officially open to the public on Thursday 10th.
Website: http://discoverniagara.com/fallsviewcasino

9th June          Las Vegas          Las Vegas Sun
Columnist Jeff Haney: Casinos shy away from 'Super Bowl'
The NFL have been recently pressuring Nevada casinos over their Trademarks and intellectual property. No mention if they have also contacted British or Caribbean based bookmakers.

9th June          Las Vegas          Las Vegas Sun
Firms eye merger leftovers
'Wal-Mart effect' seen with potential casino merger

9th June          Las Vegas          CBS Marketwatch
MGM Mirage won't boost Mandalay bid

9th June          Detroit          Crains Detroit
Detroit casinos report second-highest monthly revenue

9th June          Las Vegas          Las Vegas Review-Journal
MGM Mirage extends deadline on buyout offer
Speculation also about who would buy some of the casino properties if the deal is concluded with restrictions imposed by regulators.

9th June          Las Vegas          Yahoo/PRNewswire & Reuters
MGM MIRAGE Extends Offer to Buy Mandalay Resort Group
MGM Mirage extends bid for Mandalay until Friday

9th June          Carson City, Nevada          Las Vegas Sun
Gaming win sets record for April
Table game win outpaced the growth in slot win in virtually every part of the state.

9th June          Illinois          Chicago Business
Gaming chief wants new counsel - Higginbottom sees conflicts of interest

8th June          Las Vegas          PRNewswire
Gaming Standards Association Releases Two Remarkable Protocol Standards
The two protocols are Best of Breed (BOB) and System to System (S2S).

8th June          Las Vegas          Yahoo/Reuters
MGM Mirage likely to extend Mandalay bid deadline

8th June          Las Vegas          Newsday/AP
Alliance Gaming Shares Plunge

8th June          Harlem, New York          NY1.com
Two Men Killed In Makeshift Casino In Harlem

8th June          Nevada          Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Compensation soars for casino executives
A wealth of statistics on the amazing annual earnings of top U.S. Casino executives. The salaries are inflated by extremely liberal share options and their subsequent sale.

8th June          Mesquite, Nevada          Yahoo/PRNewswire
Golfer 'Aces' Wheel of Fortune Dollars in Mesquite

8th June          Las Vegas          Yahoo/PRNewswire
Alliance Gaming Updates Guidance for Fiscal Year 2004 and 2005

8th June          Las Vegas          Yahoo/PRNewswire
Federal Trade Commission Clears Harrah's Acquisition of Horseshoe Gaming

8th June          Las Vegas          Las Vegas review-Journal
Buyout buzz boosts Mandalay stock

8th June          Las Vegas          Yahoo/Reuters & Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
MGM Mirage bid sparks rush to Mandalay shares
Mandalay shares soar after takeover bid
Both articles contain interesting comments on the 10% upward movement in Mandalay Bay shares on Friday before the news of MGM Mirage's bid became public knowledge.

8th June          Las Vegas          Las Vegas Sun
Kerkorian strikes again
A quick history of 87 year old Kirk Kerkorian's deals in Las Vegas dating back to his purchase of the Flamingo in 1967.

8th June          Illinois          San Francisco Chronicle/AP
Mayor, police chief in small Illinois town indicted for gambling

8th June          New York          International Herald Tribune & Forbes/AP
Stocks: Casino deal and job data bolster Wall Street
Gaming Stocks Rise on Mirage Bid
Is Caesars Entertainment A Takeover Target?

8th June          Las Vegas          Yahoo/The Street.com
Harrah's Entertainment May Make a Play
 

7th June          Las Vegas          Yahoo/Reuters
Harrah's sees no change in expansion options

7th June          Deadwood, South Dakota          Billings Gazette/AP
Deadwood revival: Gambling town cashes in on TV show

7th June          Reno          Reno Gazette Journal
Industry Vista: Slots’ dominance changing casino floors

7th June          Las Vegas          MSNBC/FT.com
MGM Mirage launches bid for Mandalay - Las Vegas casino group seeks to buy its rival

7th June          Las Vegas          International Herald Tribune & Herald Sun/News.com.au
Mirage bids 4.5 billion for casino rival
MGM on road to Mandalay
 

6th June          Gaming Investments          CBS Marketwatch
Mandalay could move on buyout offer - Analysis: MGM holders have has to balance promise, debt

6th June          Las Vegas          CBS Marketwatch
Big deal, says Vegas - MGM Grand eyes convention, hotel plums

6th June          Las Vegas          Las Vegas Review-Journal
Tale of two companies - MGM Mirage, Mandalay Resorts took very different paths to success
An excellent potted history of MGM Mirage and the Mandalay Group.
 

5th June          Rapid City, South Dakota          KOTA TV News
Gunmen rob Rapid City casino

5th June          Las Vegas          Yahoo/Reuters
MGM Mirage makes $4.85 bln bid for Mandalay Resort
MGM-Mandalay deal would create No. 1 casino company
The potential deal would merge the U.S.'s number 3 and 4 ranked casino operators and would have implications for some 73,000 employees.

5th June          Las Vegas          Yahoo/Reuters
MGM Mirage, Mandalay talked merger before MGM bid

5th June          Las Vegas          Yahoo/PRNewswire & Reuters
Mandalay Resort Group Acknowledges MGM Mirage Proposal
Mandalay says it will evaluate MGM merger bid
An even briefer response from Mandalay Group. This one appears to have caught everyone off guard - including Gaming floor :(

5th June          Las Vegas          Yahoo/PRNewswire
MGM MIRAGE Offers to Buy Mandalay Resort Group in $7.65 Billion Transaction
An amazing but very brief press release, timed at 8:37 pm ET on a Friday evening. The offer is $4.85 billion plus the assumption of around $2.8 billion in debt. 

5th June          Las Vegas          Yahoo/Business Wire
Shuffle Master, Inc. Terminates Gerald W. Koslow, Chief Financial Officer, Effective Immediately
 

4th June          Las Vegas & New York          Yahoo/Reuters
Mandalay stock up 10 pct on results; rivals up too

4th June          Las Vegas & Carson City, Nevada         Las Vegas Sun/AP
Wynn wins vs. Adelson in resort battle
Garfield slot recommended despite objection
Two recommended for Nevada 'black book'
 

3rd June          Detroit         Detroit News - Letter
Higher taxes will damage Detroit's casinos

3rd June          Las Vegas         Yahoo/Reuters
Mandalay Resort profit nearly doubles, Vegas hums

3rd June          Las Vegas         Yahoo/PRNewswire
Mandalay Resort Group Reports Record First Quarter Results

3rd June          Carson City, Nevada         Yahoo & Las Vegas Sun/AP
Nevada Control Board OKs Gaming Merger
Las Vegas-based Boyd Gaming to acquire Coast Casinos
Boyd Gaming's purchase of Coast casinos if completerd will create the US's 5th largest casino operator.
 

2nd June          Washington         Reno Gazette-Journal
U.S. casino visitors increase - The annual AGA "State of the States" report.

2nd June          St. Louis, Missouri         Yahoo/PRNewswire
St. Louis County Endorses Pinnacle Entertainment's Proposed $300 Million St. Louis County Casino and Mixed-Use Project
 

1st June          Black Hawk, Colorado         Yahoo/PRNewswire
Ameristar Casinos Agrees to Acquire Mountain High Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado

1st June          Las Vegas         Yahoo/Business Wire
Caesars Palace Revs up for Exotic Car Dealership in the Forum Shops at Caesars

1st June          Oregon         Katu.com
Spirit Mountain's tech savvy security
Details of the work of Surveillance at the Spirit Mountain Indian casino in Grande Ronde, Oregon.
 

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