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March - April 2003
Asia & Australasia

29th April          Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia           Source: Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Malaysia's Vincent Tan to open huge gaming resort

29th April          Melbourne           Source: Australian
Casino robber gets five years
Thomas Mangos 49, who had no prior convictions, has been sentenced to 5 years for his robbery of the Mahogany Room at Melbourne's Crown Casino.

29th April          Sydney          Source: ABC Newsw Online
NSW Govt criticises Packer's interactive gambling plan

29th April          Tokyo, Japan          Source: Daily Yomiuri
Police arrest 18 in raid on illegal Tokyo casino

28th April          Macau & Australia          Source: Las Vegas Sun/AP & The Herald Sun
SARS hurting Chinese market targeted by Adelson, Wynn
Workers plan virus defence

28th April          Australia          Source: Mail
Tabcorp's bid for Jupiters delayed

27th April          Canberra, Australia          Source: Canberra Sunday Times
No higher taxes on gambling, says MLA

27th April          New Zealand          Source:
Sky could roll the dice on Burswood
The Burswood casino in Perth will have its 10% ownership cap lifted in 4 months. A 40% limit on foreign ownership will remain.

27th April          Chandigarh, India          Source:
Stiff resistance to casinos in Punjab

27th April          Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia          Source: Utusan Online - April 25th
Resorts World gaming business still attractive despite SARS outbreak

26th April          Sydney          Source: The Courier Mail
SARS bites into casinos
Crown Casino in Melbourne, Burswood in Perth and Jupiters on the Gold Coast could well be seeing a decline in high roller play from Asia of between 20 & 30% as a result of the SARS outbreak.

26th April          Sydney          Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Law cannot stop growth of online gambling

25th April          Mumbai/Bombay, India          Source: The Times of India
Mumbai may legalise cricket betting
The Mumbai police has recommended the amendment of sections 4 and 5 of the Bombay Prevention of Gambling Act of 1887. (Yes, gambling legislation dating back to the reign of Queen Victoria!).

25th April          Punjab, India          Source: The Times of India
Casinos would legalise social evils: BJP leader

24th April          Australia          Source: The Advertiser
Workers seek SARS protection
Casino workers at Star City in Sydney and the Crown Casino in Melbourne have raised concerns about potential exposure to the virus.

23rd April          Australia         Source: The West Australian
Casino lifts on target talk in NZ - Burswood Casino located in Perth, Western Australia.

23rd April          New Zealand         Source: New Zealand Herald/NZPA
Pokies set to pay more to communities
Clean air strangling clubs' bottom line

22nd April           New Zealand        Source: Mercury
Kiwi casinos eye new game
New Zealand casino operator Sky City is on the lookout for futher acquisitions in Australia.

21st April           Australia        Source: Mercury - April 17th
Net punters backed to get run for money

19th April          Chandigarh        Source: The Times of India
Badal hits out at casino move

18th April          Sydney         Source: The Daily Telegraph
Aristocrat shares dive

18th April          Guam         Source: Guam Pacific Daily News
Carnival casino banned

18th April          Osaka, Japan         Source: Mainichi Daily News
Raid on illegal gambling den in Osaka nets 30

17th April          Tokyo        Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Business News
Sega Confirms Receiving Merger Proposal from Namco

17th April          Chandigarh, India         Source: The Times of India
Punjab promises casinos, more heritage festivals

17th April          New Zealand         Source:
Sky TV Launches New Interactive Betting Service

16th & 17th April          Tasmania         Source: Mercury
Jackpot for the pokie kings
Deal licence to print money, says Hidding
Monopoly is all bad, says economist 
Federal Hotels have been granted an exclusive 20-year monopoly to run casinos and operate slots in Tasmania.

16th April          New Delhi, India        Source: Yahoo India/ANI
Punjab CM outlines steps to augment tourism
The Punjab appears to be considering legalising casinos to increase tourism and increase investment.

16th April          Poipet, Cambodia        Source: Asia Times
Cambodia's border casinos back in business - Interesting article
Thailand and Cambodia have agreed to renew full diplomatic relations and the Cambodian border with Thailand has now been re-opened.

15th April          Sydney        Source: Las Vegas Sun/Bloomberg News
Aristocrat forecasts first-half net loss
More on the future resignation of Chairman John Ducker and sales forecasts for the North American market.

15th April          Melbourne        Source:
Casino robber 'calm, composed'
Pre-sentencing hearing of Crown Casino Mahogany Room robber Thomas Mangos.

15th April          Sydney         Source: ABC News Online & Yahoo/Dow Jones Business News
Profit slump claims gaming chief's scalp
Aristocrat/Chmn: Speaking at Annual Meeting
Aristocrat/Result: Seeking US Acquisitions
Chairman John Ducker will be the latest to resign from the embattled slot manufacturer following the recent departure of the CEO, CFO & most of the U.S. Management.

15th April          KualaLumpur         Source: Malaysian Daily Express
SARS scare hits numbers at casino

11th & 13th April          Singapore & Kuala Lumpur         Source: Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Malaysian gamblers roll alone as SARS hits numbers
Asian cruise ship reports two crew possible SARS cases
Malaysia quarantines cruise ship crew in SARS scare
Malaysia now has a ban on Chinese tourists that is affecting business at Genting Highlands. 13 crew members have been quarantined on Star Cruises Superstar Virgo after an outbreak of SARS.

13th April          Sydney          Source: Australian
Aristocrat gambles on Latin debt
The companies AGM is on Tuesday. Aristocrat is apparently owed A$88.1 million by 4 South American customers.

13th April          Thailand          Source: Bangkok Post
Survey: People want casinos

12th April          Sydney        Source: Yahoo Singapore/Asia Pulse
Australia's Tab Strives to Combat Foreign Betting Exchanges

8th April          Taiwan          Source: Digital Chosun - English Version
Government May Welcome Foreign-Run Casinos

8th April          Guam          Source: Pacific Daily News
Casino competition warned
Presentation from Cathy Hsu, a professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University's School of Hotel and Tourism Management on the logistics, benefits and drawbacks of establishing a casino on Guam.

8th April          Seoul, South Korea          Source: Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
S.Korea plans to permit foreign-owned casinos

7th April          Australia          Source: The West Australian/SMH
Gaming group punts on WA TAB

7th April          Australia & UK           Source: Sydney Morning Herald & - April 5th
Racing needs a Betfair it can call its own
Odds shift to bookmakers in wrangle over internet betting
After intensive lobbying from Bookmakers, British Chancellor Gordon Brown may introduce 15% tax on those who lay bets on the exchanges. The proposal may be announced in Wednesday' budget.

6th April          Poipet, Cambodia           Source: The Nation - Thailand
Casinos hit, lay off staff

6th April          Victoria, Australia          Source: The Herald Sun
Gaming post for ALP boss

5th April          Sydney           Source: Australian
Top-deck shuffle of pokies
Chairman John Ducker may be the next to depart Aristocrat after Friday's terminations of the CEO & CFO.

4th April          Sydney          Source: Yahoo Aus/Reuters
PBL shares drop on Packer health reports

4th April          Sydney        Source: Yahoo/Reuters & Dow Jones Business News
UPDATE - Aristocrat dumps chief, unveils writedown
Aristocrat Chairman Admits Profit Warning Poorly Handled

4th April          Sydney        Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Business News & reuters
Aristocrat dumps chiefs, unveils writedown
Australia's Aristocrat to Get New CEO, Financial Chief
Australia's Aristocrat To Issue Statement Later Friday
CEO Des Randall and CFO Lionel Jeyaraj are said to be leaving the company shortly.

3rd April          New Zealand         Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Business News
NZ Gaming Machines Outside Of Casinos Rise 1% In 1Q vs 4Q
At the end of March New Zealand's six casinos had a total of 182 tables and 2,541 slots.

3rd April          Sydney          Source: Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
TAB renegotiates NSW Racing agreement

2nd April          Australia          Source: The Melbourne Age/RealFooty & AFL Website
League acts on gambling
Anti-Gambling and Corruption Regulations - Australian Football League

2nd April          Sydney, Australia          Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Betfair faces millions in fines after content ruled illegal
The Australian Broadcasting Authority believes that Betfair is presently breaching sections 15 and 61EA of the Australian Interactive Gambling Act.

2nd April          Japan          Source: - Opinion
Hirokazu Shiode: Learn casino management from Macau

2nd April          Philappines          Source: Sun Star Omnline
Police major nabbed in gambling den raid

1st April          Taiwan          Source: Yahoo Singapore/Asia Pulse
Taiwan Premier Wants Outlying Islands' Casino Issue Resolved

1st April          Kuala Lumpur          Source: Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Analysts Still Sanguine On Malaysia Genting Despite SARS

1st April          Taiwan          Source: Taipei Times
Cabinet finally bets on gambling

1st April          Sydney          Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Business News
Update On Aristocrat's Americas Review Further Delayed

31st March          Sydney & Las Vegas         Source: Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Update On Aristocrat's Americas Review May Come Wednesday
Aristocrat May Cull More Executives

30th March          Singapore & Cambodia         Source: The Business Times - March 28th
Cambodian casino bets on SGX listing - Naga Resorts is owned by M'sian Chen Lip Keong

27th March          Kuala Lumpur         Source: Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Malaysia Genting shares hit by Iraq war,killer flu

26th March          Bangkok, Thailand          Source: The Straits Times
Thailand might set up Las Vegas-style casinos
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra belives that casinos could be set up in Entertainment complexes within 3 years.

25th March          Auckland, New Zealand         Source: Week
Pokie 'abusers' duck for cover

24th March          Bangalore, India          Source: The Times of India
Heavy betting leads to huge losses - Cricket World Cup

24th March          Australia          Source: Yahoo Singapore/ Dow Jones & Reuters
Strong Interest In Hard-To-Value Australian Centrebet Op
JupitersCentrebet sale seen in June-source
More than 60% of Centrebet's turnover is Soccer betting from Scandinavian based players.

24th March          South Korea          Source: Times
Kangwon Land Finally Begins to Take On Look of Int'l Resort

24th March          Poipet, Cambodia          Source: The Straits Times & The Nation
Bets are still off in Cambodian casino town
Cambodian casinos reopen

23rd March          Thailand          Source: Bangkok Post
Legalise casinos, says Sanoh - Only way to keep punters' money here

22nd March          South Australia          Source: The Advertiser/Sunday Mail
Fraud jackpots
Tax loss may delay gaming smoking ban
Gambling related fraud is apparently rising steeply in South Australia with 12 addicts allegedly caught stealing more than A$450,000 in the past week.

22nd March          Victoria, Australia           Source: The Herald Sun
Strip Tatts of pokies : taskforce
Tattersall's and Tabcorp are licensed to operate Victoria's 27,500 poker machines until 2012.

22nd March          Thailand & Cambodia           Source: The Bangkok Post
PM urges travellers not to visit casinos across the border

21st March          New Zealand           Source: Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
NZ Smoke Ban Holds Risks For Sky City But No Big Impact

20th March          Hamilton, New Zealand           Source: New Zealand Herald
Hamilton casino marks half a million visits

19th March           Wellington, New Zealand          Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Business News &
Sky City Pushes For Exemptions On Proposed New Zealand Smoke Ban
Sky falls as smokers kicked in butt

18th March           Cambodia & Thailand         Source: The Singapore Business Times/AFP
2 casino moguls 'helped Cambodia pay riot bill'

17th March           Cambodia & Thailand         Source: The Bangkok Post
B251.7m paid for damage to Thai embassy
The Thai Embassy in Phnom Penh was set alight by rioters, part of the compensation has been paid by Cambodian casino owners.

17th March           Haryana, India         Source: Indian Financial Express
Haryana’s Casino Row Fails To Die

17th March           Philappines         Source: Northern Light/AFX-ASIA
Mondragon pursuing talks with govt, potential investors over Mimosa estate

17th March           Sydney, Australia         Source: The Mercury
Gaming boss won't face vote - Aristocrat

15th March           New Delhi, India         Source: The Independent & Hindustan Times
In Foreign Parts: Cricket craze sparks drug abuse, betting scams and bad memories
Another betting racket busted in Delhi
Cricket World Cup in India & Cricket fighting in China :)

14th March           Monash, Australia         Source: Monash Journal
Pokie cash up in smoke

13th March           Brisbane, Australia         Source: Yahoo Singapore/Asia Pulse
Australia's Jupiters LTD Lists Buyers Interested in Centrebet
Amazingly, 25% of the Australian bookmakers turnover is from Denmark.

13th March           New Zealand          Source: National Business Review
Law change axes 4000 pokies
The Responsible Gambling Bill proposes capping  slots in New Zealand at 20,097 - the number in operation on the 17th October 2001.

12th March           Victoria, Australia        Source: The Courier & The Melbourne Age
Smoking ban hits pokies revenue
Slash pokie numbers, Bracks urged
The Victorian Government collected about A$1.8 billion in gambling taxes in 2001/2 compared with A$1.52 billion in 1999-00 and A$907.7 million in 1994-95.

11th March           Hamilton, New Zealand        Source: New Zealand Herald
Hamilton casino under fire over rugby jersey ban

11th March           South Australia        Source: The Advertiser
Pokie losses lift with every new machine
South Australia has 15,048 machines approved for operation, with 14,804 in use in 599 licensed venues.

9th March           Taiwan        Source: Taipei Times
Facing up to a gambling problem
Taiwan's Criminal Investigation Bureau is considering bringing prosecutions against some 300 local customers found in records confiscated from Sportingbet's Taiwan offices.

9th March           Manila, Philappines        Source: Mamila Sunday Times
Pagcor mulls suits against cellular phone companies

9th March           Bangkok        Source: The Nation
A death knell for the illegal lottery?

8th March           Cambodia         Source: Bangkok Post
Casinos hit for B300m every week - Phnom Penh loses taxes, unofficial payments
The 8 casinos in Poipet are presently losing some 300 million baht per week due to the border with Thailand remaining officially closed.

8th March           Chandigarh, India         Source: Chandigarh Express
Ministry dreams casinos, race course for city

8th March           Melbourne         Source: The Melbourne Age
Designer boutiques abandon casino

7th March           Norfolk Island          Source: New Zealand National Business Review
Norfolk internet gaming plan fails

7th March           Thailand & Cambodia          Source: The Nation - Thailand
Thai retaliation restrained
Apparently 6 of 7 casinos in Cambodia adjacent to the Aranyaprathet district closed shortly after Thailand closed the border with Cambodia

7th March           New Zealand         Source:
Pokie Numbers Under Control
The Gaming Machine Association of New Zealand (GMANZ) say that there are presently 21,913 gaming machines in operation in the country.

6th March           Perth, Western Australia          Source: The West Australian
Casino racks up sales, stays flat

6th March           Cairns, Queensland          Source: The Mercury
Crocodile moves into casino

6th March           Melbourne          Source: Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Australia's PBL 1H Jumps On Magazine, Casino Gains

6th March           Sydney          Source: Sydney Morning Herald
More heads to roll at Aristocrat, Ducker warns

5th March           Bangkok, Thailand         Source: Business Day
Thailand bets on legalising casinos in 2003

5th March           Victoria & Queensland         Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Business News
Australia's Tabcorp Offers $1.02 Billion for Jupiters

5th March           Sydney         Source: Yahoo Aus/Reuters
Magazines, Crown Casino spur PBL H1 profit

5th March           Queensland          Source: ABC News Online
Tabcorp, Jupiters eye gaming giant
Jupiters shareholders will receive 24 Tabcorp shares and $285 for every 100 shares presently held.

5th March           Queensland          Source: Herald Sun
Merger creates gaming colossus
Tabcorp and Jupiters have unveiled plans to merge in a deal valuing Jupiters at A$6.06 per share. The group will have control of 4 of Australia's 13 casinos.

5th March           Queensland & Victoria         Source: Yahoo Aus/Reuters
Tabcorp to raise A$785 mln debt for bid
Jupiters board agrees to Tabcorp takeover
Tabcorp set to take over Jupiters

5th March           New Zealand          Source: New Zealand Herald
Casino wants dues to target the social cost of gambling

4th March           Sydney & Las Vegas          Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Aristocrat's three scattered jokers

4th March           Sports betting - Australia          Source: ABC News Online & The Australian
AFL investigates impact of gambling on game
AFL wants to drop the punt on its game

4th March           Hamilton  New Zealand          Source:
Casino staff hit jackpot
Some 1,532 Sky City staff are elible for bonuses costing the New Zealand based operator NZ$1.2 million.

4th March           Bangkok, Thailand          Source: The Malaysian Star & Yahoo Singapore/AP
Legalisation of casinos a good bet in Thailand
Thailand Likely To Take Chance On Legalizing Casinos

4th March           New Zealand          Source: New Zealand Herald
Racing: Clubs unite against exchange betting
Further report from the Asian Racing Federation conference in Auckland.

4th March           Auckland, New Zealand          Source: New Zealand Herald
Sky City workers get bonuses - In brief
More than 2,300 Sky City casino staff are receiving bonuses of up to NZ$867 after a 39% increase in profits.

3rd March           Sydney           Source: Melbourne Age
Heads roll in Aristocrat shake-up
Executives at the U.S. subsidiary of Aristocrat including President Mark Newburg, CFO Ron Rowan and VP of sales David Lucchese are apparently all being terminated.

3rd March           Auckland, New Zealand          Source: Thoroughbred Times
International, exchange betting debated at Asian Racing Conference
Report from the 29th Asian Racing Federation Conference held in Auckland.

3rd March           Sydney & Brisbane           Source: The Daily Telegraph & Melbourne Age
Game on for Tabcorp
It's Tabcorp's call on Jupiters

3rd March           Guam           Source: Guam Pacific Daily News
Hotelier backs casino gambling

3rd March           Philappines          Source:
SISA to Gloria: Stop plan to put up casino in Ilocos Sur

3rd March           Victoria, Australia          Source: Daily Telegraph/Herald Sun
Smokes cut pokie profits
Win at Victorian slot machine venues has declined by more than A$25 million a month since smoking bans were introduced on 1st September 2002.

3rd March           Queensland, Australia          Source: Daily Telegraph
Jupiters suspends suitor talks

3rd March           Hyderabad, India          Source: The Times of India
102 arrested in raids on two gambling dens

2nd March           Brisbane, Australia          Source: The Daily Telegraph/Weekend Australian
All is quiet at Jupiters
Jupiters decides its fate

2nd March           Victoria, Australia          Source: The Melbourne Age
Gaming office accused of witch-hunt

1st March           China         Source: The Hong Kong Standard
Gambling poll response sets off alarm bells
A pole of 501 conducted by the Chinese YMCA has found that 80% of adults and 82% of students interviewed felt gambling was acceptable as long as it was kept within limits.