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March - April 2002
Asia & Australasia

29th April      Perth, Australia     Source: The Australian
Burswood in line for Packer
Presently Kerry Packer, owner of the Crown Casino, Melbourne has a 5% holding in the Burswood Casino.

29th April      Jakarta     Source: Jakarta Post
Operator claims police ordered casino closure

26th April      Asia        Source: Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Singapore says bets are on for World Cup soccer
Hong Kong racing in good health but all is not Happy in the Valley

26th April      Perth, Australia      Source: Northern Light/Asia Pulse & Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Shares in Australia's Burswood slide on low win ratio
INTERVIEW: Overseas Gamblers Roll Australia's Burswood

26th April      Melbourne       Source: Herald Sun/
Criminals galore at casino
The article details an interesting list of events over the last 18 months. One has however to take into consideration the Crown Casino in Melbourne is the largest and busiest in the Southern Hemisphere.

26th April      Alice Springs, Australia       Source: The Melbourne Age
Repco casino deal

25th April      Philippines       Source: The Philippine Star
‘Nothing wrong with Casino U’

25th April      Bangkok       Source: The Asia Times
World Cup to feed Thais' insatiable thirst for gambling

24th April      Victoria, Australia      Source: Herald Sun
Pokies rake in a cool $billion
The Victorian Government made a staggering A$1.016 billion in State gambling taxes from 27,500 slots in the last financial year. Tattersalls & Tabcorp are the two main Pokie operators.

24th April      Indonesia     Source: The Jakarta Post
Gambling debate heats up in N. Sumatra

23rd April      Jakarta     Source: Jakarta Post
Efforts quetly continue to pursue casino plan despite public objection

22nd April      Sydney      Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Council extends opening hours at clubs with pokies

22nd April      Philippines      Source: Business World & Yahoo/Reuters
Macapagal-Arroyo rejects Pagcor Academy proposal - Link content likely to change
Philippine leader gives thumbs down to proposed gambling university
Degree in Gambling Seems a Sure Bet

21st April      Philippines      Source: Philippine Star & Yahoo Singapore/Reuters - April 19th
Militants slam casino university
Philippines sees gambling studies as a sure bet

21st April      New Zealand      Source:
Call for database to monitor gambling

18th April      Las Vegas & Queensland, Australia       Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Park Place Completes Sale of Jupiters Shares, Gross Proceeds Total $120 million

17th April      Western Australia      Source: Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
WA Govt About To Consider Burswood Shareholder Changes

17th April      Jakarta      Source: The Straits Times
Gambling thriving in Jakarta, thanks to corrupt officials

16th April      Western Australia, Australia      Source: Yahoo Singapore/Asia Pulse
Shares in Australia's Burswood Rise on Possible Lift of 10% Cap

16th April      Victoria, Australia      Source: Sun
Smoking ban for gamblers
Gambling venues will be totally smoke free from September. The original plan was to have a 2.5 metre buffer zone around each Pokie.

15th April      Victoria, Australia     Source: The Melbourne Age/AAP
Smokers to be banned from pokies areas

15th April      Jakarta      Source: Jakarta Post
Illegal gambling business generates huge money
Foreign gamblers to be invited in planned casinos

14th April      Jakarta     Source: Jakarta Post
Band of protesters demands casinos for Jakarta, not islands

13th April      Indonesia       Source: Jakarta Post
Building island casino needs approval from central govt
Sutiyoso's residence swarms with anti-casino protesters

12th April      Canberra       Source: Canberra Times
Pokies cap set to continue for a year

12th April      Western Australia       Source: Australian Sunday Times
Burswood share cap removal played down

12th April      Indonesia       Source: Business Times - South East Asia & Yahoo/Reuters
Plans afoot to set up first Indonesia casino: official
Indonesia may build casinos on islands off Jakarta

11th April      Jakarta       Source: Northern Light/AFX-ASIA &  FT Global Archive/Jakarta Post
Indonesia considers developing casinos
Sutiyoso prepared to build island casino

11th April      Thailand       Source: Northern Light/AP &
World Cup Gamblers Under Probe
Thai police to monitor illegal World Cup internet gambling

11th April      Malaysia       Source: Northern Light/AFX-ASIA
Genting, Resorts, Tanjong higher on foreign investor interest
Rumours persist about a partnership between Steve Wynn and Genting in Macau.

11th April      Sydney & Auckland       Source: Northern Light/ASia Pulse
Sky City likely to seek full listing on the Australian bourse

9th April      Australia    Source: Advertiser
Attack on pokies credit

9th April      Australia & UK     Source: Business
Packer raises stakes in UK casino sector

9th April      Western Australia & Vanuatu     Source:
Australian Government Backs WA's Offshore Betting Ban

9th April      Hong Kong     Source: Hong Kong iMail
Jockey Club in football bet talks

8th April      Japan     Source: The Japan Times
Ishihara gambles on casinos
Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara is in favour of allowing casinos in the city. Japan's first laws forbidding various forms of gambling date back to 1908.

5th April      Sydney      Source: Northern Light/AFX
Aristocrat Leisure to see lower growth from US - JP Morgan

3rd April      Victoria, Australia     Source: Sun
MP fury at pokie laws
One of the less publicized changes is a ban on smoking within 2.5 Metres of a Pokie machine!. The Victorian State Government will receive some A$900 million in gambling taxes this year.

3rd April      New South Wales, Australia      Source: New Zealand Herald
Gambling opponents win on the pokies
The number of slots (Pokies) in NSW will be limited to a total 104,000, and a maximum of 450 will be allowed for any one club.

2nd April      Sydney       Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Newswires
Australia's Ainsworth Gets Star City Casino Approval
Star City's Doors Open For Ainsworth

2nd April      Sydney      Source: The Melbourne Age
Three hour shut down of gaming machines starts today
The machines will be turned off between 6 and 9am. New South Wales will also be limited to a total of 104,000 slots (Pokies).

1st April      New South Wales, Australia       Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Pokie laws 'have gone far enough'
Pubs and clubs will have to shut down their machines for 3 hours from 6am to 9am. Advertising in Newspapers and magazines is also banned.

30th March      South Korea      Source: Digital Chosun
Embezzlement Suspected at Kangwon Casino

29th March      Australia      Source: Yahoo Singapore/Asia Pulse
Shares in Australia's Ainsworth Plunge on CEO Resignation

29th March      Melbourne      Source: The Australian
Hunt on for casino gunman

28th March      Australia       Source: Sydney Morning Herald & Herald Sun
Packer victory on UK casinos
UK gaming bonanza looms
Australian gaming companies may also end up big winners from changes to Britain's gambling laws.

28th March      Thailand       Source: Bangkok Post
Thaksin's party MPs back call to legalise casinos - Working group set up to look into idea

27th March     Melbourne      Source: Herald Sun/
Crown gamblers to set loss limits
In what could be a world first, Pokie players will be allowed to determine before they begin play their maximum loss.

22nd March     Canberra, Australia     Source: The Canberra Times
Showdown over ATMs in casinos
Gambling office opens in Civic

21st March     Kuala, Lumpur      Source: Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Genting denies talks to buy Macau casino stake

21st March     Victoria, Australia      Source:  Herald Sun
Firm pushes gamblers smartcard

21st March     Australia      Source: ABC News Online
Vanstone dismisses claim gambling body is industry weighted

20th March     Sydney      Source: The Melbourne Age
Punters urged to ignore dodgy gambling schemes

20th March     Victoria, Australia      Source: The Sunday Times
Gambling donations capped
The maximum donation to a political party is proposed to be A$50,000.

20th March     Australia      Source:
Gaming stocks a gamble

18th March     Australia      Source: Herald Sun
Phone bet minimum angers punters

18th March     Kuala Lumpur      Source: Northern Light/AFX-ASIA
Genting, Resorts World higher on foreign investor interest

15th March     Hong Kong      Source: Hong Kong iMail
HK millionaires show that betting is science, not sport

14th March     Philippines & Austria     Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire is expanding - Philippines as a Springboard to Asian markets
The Austrian companies press release contains an indepth assessment of the Philippine market for gambling products.

9th March     Melbourne       Source: Australian Herald Sun
Crown given slap on wrist
A $1,000 fine from the Melbourne Magistrates for allowing children onto the gaming floor.

9th March     Melbourne       Source: Australian Daily Telegraph
Ms Big down on her luck
A cautionary tale about junket action in Crown Casinos high roller Mahogany Room - heard in the less luxurious surroundings of the Victorian Supreme Court.

9th March     South Australia       Source: The Advertiser
Pokies test on gambling laws

8th March     India       Source: Northern Light/AP & Hindustan Times
Bookies Held for Taking Bets on Riots
49 bookies held for betting on riots remanded

8th March    Australia     Source:
High-roller is a winner again
Crown Casino has made an out of court settlement with a high rolling junket player. Apparently the Junketeer was paid the money and gambled it away.

5th March   New South Wales    Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Carr backs away from poker machine reform
The plans to restrict Pokie stakes to A$1 and ban the use of A$50 & $100 bills has been abandoned until at least after the next election. NSW alone  has 100,162 slots that generated $734 million in tax revenues in 2000/1.

5th March   Australia - Gaming Investments    Source: - March 2nd.
How to bet on gaming stocks

5th March   Melbourne     Source: The Melbourne Age
High roller says casino owes him $800,000
Complicated story concerning junket play at the Crown Casino.

4th March    Hong Kong     Source: Hong Kong iMail
Jockey Club in betting duty warning

4th March    Sydney     Source: The Melbourne Age
Phone ban to counter betting shop scourge

3rd March    Australia     Source: Catholic Telecommunications
NSW MP tells Pope his image being used to condone gambling

3rd March    Philippines     Source: FT Global Archive/Business World
Manila solon wants more of Pagcor funds to fight poverty