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March - April 2001
Asia & Australasia

30th April   Philippines   Source: Yahoo Asia/Dow Jones
Philippine Pagcor To Reopen Casino On SM Group Ppty

28th April   Australia   Source: News.com.au
Gamblers rack up $13.3bn in losses 
"Australians gambled away more than the Tasmanian 1999-2000 GDP of $11.6 billion"

28th April   Australia   Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Pokies raise the stakes as a nation spends up
Australians lost an average of A$931 per head during 1999/2000. Local and state Governments cashed in A$4.4 billion of tax revenues and total gambling turnover was up 10% at A$113.8 billion. 

26th April   Chicago & Sydney   Source: Yahoo/Reuters
WMS says Australia plans won't impact EPS

25th April   Sydney   Source: Sydney Morning Herald - April 26th
Whales make too big a splash at casino
Star City shies away from high rollers

25th April   Sydney & Melbourne  Source: News.com.au
High-roller forces Star City to cut refund
The article contains an amazing statistic on the potential refunds available to players who lose A$1 million or more in Australian casinos. No surprise they find it difficult to win.

24th April   Australia  Source: TheAge.com.au - April 20th
Call for ATM limit at gaming venues

21st April   Perth  Source: The West Australian
Burswood slips as punters win - The Perth casino operator issued a profit warning after big wins by players during the first quarter.

20th April   Victoria, Australia   Source: TheAge.com.au - Editorial Comment
Brumby bows to the pokie czars
More on the tax raise to A$1,533. The Average pokie in Victoria has a win of A$80,000. The State gets 16% of its revenue from gambling taxes and levies.

20th April   Sydney  Source: Yahoo Asia/Reuters
Australia's NSW freezes gaming machine growth

19th April   Melbourne, Victoria   Source: Herald Sun/News.com.au & TheAge.com.au
Crime web hits casino
A report detailing incidents at the Southern Hemisphere's largest casino.
$35m gaming windfall to boost hospitals
How the Victorian Government intends spending additional revenue from an increase in Pokie taxes to A$1,533 per machine.

19th April   Las Vegas & Queensland, Australia  Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Shuffle Master Agrees to Acquire QuickDraw(R) Shuffler Business - SM's market Cap. presently stands at almost $280 million with over 3,000 units in operation.

18th April   Melbourne  Source: Yahoo Asia/Dow Jones
Australia's Tabcorp Unhappy With Gambling Machine Levy
The Victoria state government plans increases to A$1,533 up from A$333 coming into effect July 1st.

17th April   Melbourne   Source: Sydney Morning Herald & TheAge.com.au - same report.
Crown Casino tender papers locked away for two years
Access to casino papers denied

17th April   Adelaide   Source: New Zealand Herald
Plan to lure big spenders to casino is paying off
The A$13 million renovation of the Adelaide casino. The property recieves some 5,400 visits a day and is one of the cities top 10 employers

17th April   Bangkok  Source: Manila Bulletin - opinion/editorial & Bangkok Post
Casino proliferation in Asia sparks debate
Officials losing their fight against casinos

15th April   Thailand   Source: The Nation
Legal casinos may now be on the cards

12th April   Sydney   Source: Yahoo/Business Wire & Yahoo Asia/Dow Jones
Aristocrat Update on the Acquisition of Casino Data Systems
Aristocrat/Casino -2: Support Of International Bank

10th April  New Zealand  Source: Newsroom.co.nz
"Pokie" Numbers Increase Sharply
The Department of Internal Affairs says the number of gaming machines outside casinos now stands at 18,650.

9th April  San Francisco & Hong Kong  Source: AsianWeek.com & Individual.com/AP
Addicted to Big Money - and Bad Odds
Little help available for chronic gamblers in betting crazed Hong Kong

6th April   Sydney  Source: Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Australia's Aristocrat Considers CDS Financing Options

6th April   Saudi Arabia  Source: BBC.co.uk
Long-distance gambling den raided

5th April   Australia  Source: The Courier Mail
Advertising for Internet gambling to be banned

4th April   Las Vegas   Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
PDS Financial Corporation Signs Licensing Agreement With Action Gaming, Inc.; Agreement Will Allow PDS Gaming To Expand Line Of Digital Table Games

3rd April   Victoria, Australia  Source: TheAge.com.au
Gaming laws curb growth

3rd April   Australia   Source: TheAge.com.au - OPINION
Gambling's great web of lies

2nd April   Hong Kong   Source: Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Hong Kong kicks around idea of legalising soccer betting

1st April   Macau  Source: MSNBC.com/Reuters
Macao’s casinos look to future
In nine months the 40 year old contract of STDM to run gambling on the former Portugese enclave comes to an end.

30th March   Goa, India  Source: Yahoo Singapore/AFP - Mar 28th
Excise officials shut down India's first off-shore casino

28th March   Macau  Source: Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Macau bets gambling king Ho will keep rolling
Dr Stanley Ho's 40 year concession on casino gambling ends on December 31st. There are no shortage of potential bidders for the new licenses. 

26th March   New South Wales  Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Carr shuffles pokie machine changes off to 'research'
Three of the proposed measures to limit the effects of problem gambling, including reducing the maximum bet to $1 have been deferred.

23rd March   New South Wales  Source: ninemsn.com.au
eBet Ltd completes cashless gaming system trial
After being tested at Pokie clubs the system has recieved unconditional approval from the Government-Accredited Testing Facility (ATF).

21st March   New South Wales, Australia  Source: The Australian
Clubs punt on cashless pokies

20th March   Australia  Source: Ninemsn.com/AAP
Casino workers fear gambler violence
he Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union (LHMU) calling for the introduction of metal detectors in Australian casinos.

20th March   Taiwan  Source: Taipei Times
Penghu residents unsure on casinos
The group of 64 islands are located in the Taiwan straights in between Taiwan and mainland China.

20th March   South Korea   Source: Korea Herald
Seoul drags feet on Hyundais casino plan...

18th March   Macau   Source: Yahoo Singapore/AFP
Hong Kong horseowner wins Macau baccarat tournament
Organized by Dr Ho's Sociedade de Turismo e Diversoes de Macau (STDM) the first prize was $640,000.

18th March   Hong Kong   Source: Yahoo Singapore/AFP
Hong Kong debates plan to legalize football gambling
The Hong Kong Jockey Club that has a monopoly on horse racing and lottery betting had a turnover of $10.65 billion in 2000.

16th March   Goa, India   Source: PRNewswire
Casinos Austria International Opens Casino on Boat in Goa

15th March   Alderney   Source: Ananova
Sportingbet buys Australia's largest private bookmaker.

15th March   Philippines   Source: Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Malaysia's Ekran Says Won't Sell Casino At Half Value

14th March   England & Cambodia   Source: EndX press release
EndX in Cambodia
The company has recently completed installation of their Pit Assistant solution at the 65 table Holiday Palace casino in Poipet.

14th March   Australia   Source: Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Casinos Austria/Earnings -2: Watching Israel, Palestine

14th March   Philippines   Source: Yahoo Singapore/Asia Pulse
Malaysia's Ekran to Sell Casino Resort in the Philippines

13th March   Taiwan  Source: Taipai Times (OPINION)
Gambling must not be legalized

13th March   New Zealand   Source: Yahoo Asia/Dow Jones
NZ Sky City Application For Convention, Gaming Expansion
Approval is being sought to increase slot numbers  to 1647 and tables to 110 for the Auckland casino

9th March   Melbourne   Source: Herald Sun
MP in more strife over pokies

9th March   Colombo   Source: Yahoo Singapore/AFP
Sri Lanka gambles on casinos to fund war budget

9th March   Taipei   Source: China Times (English version) & FT.com
Mixed Reactions to Proposal for Casinos on Offshore Islands
Taiwan may end gambling ban

8th March   Taipei   Source: China Times (English version)
Taiwan Legislators Pushing to Legalise Casino Business

8th March   Thailand & Cambodia border   Source: TheNation
Bt30 visas for Poipet casino clients

7th March   Victoria, Australia   Source: TheAge.com.au
Premier seeks cap on gaming donations

6th March   New Zealand   Source: New Zealand Herald
Billions feed NZ's big gamble
Eight billion dollar bet we make every year 
Gambling turnover in 2000 was NZ$8.4 billion an average of NZ$2500 per person. 45% being fed into Pokies in hotels and clubs.

6th March   Melbourne   Source: Yahoo Asia/Dow Jones
Proposed Tax/Tabcorp -2: Industry Complains
More on the proposal for a A$4,000 tax per machine in Victoria.

6th March   Wellington, New Zealand   Source: Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones/Reuters
Sky City To Rename Adelaide Casino
NZ's Sky City plans NZ$37 mln conference centre

6th March   Seoul, South Korea   Source: Chosun Online - Editorial
Casinos a Sure Bet?

5th March   Hong Kong   Source: Yahoo Asia/Dow Jones
Hong Kong Police Arrest 100 In Raid On Floating Casino

3rd March   Melbourne   Source: TheAge.com.au
Bracks weak-kneed on gaming, says expert
The Victorian Government plans to remove 406 out of a total of 27,500 gaming machines outside of the Crown Casino.

2nd March   Seoul, South Korea  Source: Chosun.com & Yahoo Singapore
Race for New Casinos in Seoul Under Way
Korea's Hanmoo Set to Build Casino in Oakwood Hotel
South Korea is joint host with Japan for the Soccer World Cup in 2002.

1st March  Victoria, Australia  Source: Herald Sun
Gaming powerbrokers revealed
The Victorian Casino & Gaming Authority has for the first time posted 4,000 names of associates & operators online.
Tax plan seeks $4000 pokie levy
Possible cost to Crown casino A$10 million a year and Tattersall's and Tabcorp A$55 million each.