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March - April 2004
Asia & Australasia

29th April          Perth          The Melbourne Age
Burswood bid war unlikely

28th April          Sydney, Australia
Casino faces prize fines

28th April           Australia          The Melbourne Age
Beadman sues over betting house ads
Part of the media campaign by Australia's TAB Ltd against offshore Betting exchanges.

28th April           Perth, Australia          Sunday Times & ABC News Online
Pokies ban at casino to stay: WA Govt
Casino shareholders eye Packer jackpot

28th April           Australia & Sydney Morning Herald
Packer bids for another casino
Burswood shares soar after PBL takeover offer
Kerry Packer's PBL Group's A$686 million bid for the Burswood casino. in Perth.

27th April           Perth, West Australia & Melbourne            The West Australian
Packer bids for casino
Packer play looks to be a winning hand
Burswood survived decades of controversy
Kerry Packer's PBL Grpup, owners of the Melbourne Crown Casino have offered A$686 million (A$1.40 a share) for the Burswood casino.

27th April           New Zealand            Sydney Morning Herald
Independent NZ casino may be pushed out

27th April           Manila, Philipinnes  
Prelate urges Senate not to renew Pagcor franchise

26th April           Sri Lanka            Sri Lankan Daily News
Night club, casino and bookie taxes to be upped

26th April           Christchurch, New Zealand            New Zealand Herald/NZPA
Competition worry over Sky's Christchurch Casinos bid

26th April           Singapore & Asia            The Straits Times
High-stake gamble over casinos

25th April           Thailand            The Nation
14 reasons for no casinos

25th April           Philippines            The Inquirer & Manila Bulletin
Pagcor franchise would face  rough sailing in Senate
Pagcor deals legitimate, says Genuino

25th April           Sydney   Daily Telegraph
Tabcorp shareholders on sure thing

25th April           Sydney            The Melbourne Age - Editorial
Great gambling debate gets railroaded

24th April           Manila, Philippines            The Inquirer
House extends Pagcor  franchise another 25 years
The Philippine House of Representatives has apparently agreed in principle to extend the casino license of state monopoly PAGCOR for an additional 25 years - they had asked for 50.

23rd April           Sydney            Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Tabcorp, Unitab Call Truce In Battle For Tab

23rd April           New Zealand            Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
NZ's Sky City Appoints Silberling To Head Australian Ops

22nd April           Saigon, Vietnam   Saigon Times
Saigon-Phu Quoc Resort to open gambling club

22nd April           North Korea            Yonhap News
China Opposed N.K.'s Sinuiju Plan Due to Casino Concerns: Sources

21st April           Singapore            Business Times
Casino likely to be run by private firm, says Hng Kiang

20th April           Sydney            The Herald Sun & The Australian
Bookie claims $5m bet a stunt
Bookie backs up $5m Lonhro punt
An Australian punter living in London apparently bet A$5 million on Lonhro to win the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Sydney's Randwick racecourse on Saturday. It came second!.

20th April           Baguio City, Philippines            The Manila Bulletin
Casino at Camp John Hay readied
The development involves Royal Highlands Gaming based in Hong Kong and Leisure Corp. who will manage the casino.

20th April           Australia            The Australian/
Betcorp fights back
Betcorp operate the Antiguan based online bookmaker Worldwide Telesports. Website:

19th April           Singapore            Channel News Asia
Decision on casino in 6-9 months, no talks with casino operators yet

19th April           New Zealand            New Zealand Herald
Sky City seeks casino clearance
If the 40.5% Christchurch Casino aquisition is given the go ahead Sky City will own or have a shareholding in 5 of the 6 New Zealand Casinos.

18th April           South Australia   Advertiser
Pokie hotels won't lose out

18th April           Singapore            Toda Online
Asian nations in race for $7-billion jackpot

11th April           Christchurch  
Casino boss still has cards up sleeve

9th April           Perth, Australia            The Melbourne Age
Casino workers protest against smoking

8th April           Perth, Australia 
Casino workers masked for protest

7th April           Christchurch, New Zealand           National Business Review
Sky City in shootout at Christchurch corral

6th April           Victoria, Australia           ABC News Online
Govt, gambling groups welcome Tatts move to go public
Tattersall's is presently owned by 2,500 private shareholders who's identities are secret.

5th April           New Zealand 
Sky City Tightens Grip On Casino Biz

5th April           New Zealand           Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones & NZ Herald
Sky City Extends NZ Dominance With Southern Buy
Sky City pays $93.8m for Aspinall stake in Christchurch Casino

5th April           New Zealand  &
Skycity To Purchase Shares In Christchurch Casino
Sky City defends Christchurch stake
Sky City will pay NZ$93.75 million for the 40.5% shareholding in Christchurch Casinos Limited presently held byAspinall (NZ) Limited.

5th April           Christchurch, New Zealand           Bloomberg Australia
Sky City to Buy Christchurch Casino Stake for NZ$93.8 Million

4th April           Brisbane, Queensland 
Man impaled on casino fence
The individual had apparently been declined entry to the Teasury casino in Brisbane and then decided to climb up the side of the building.

2nd April           Melbourne           The Mercury
Accused gangsters casino ban

1st April           Singapore & Alice Springs           Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Casino operator Lasseters seeks Singapore listing

1st April           Kuala Lumpur           Business Day/Bloomberg
Genting may gain as Chinese flock to casino

1st April           New Zealand 
No sign of deal for Christchurch Casino control
Continued wrangling over Aspinall's 40% stake. Sale funds are likely to be used for expansion in the U.K.

31st March           Singapore           Business Times Asia
A Singapore casino could create up to 1,000 jobs 

29th March           Singapore           The Straits Time - Editorial
Be practical about casino

29th March           New Zealand           One News
Xtra gambling emails unwelcome

28th March           Cebu City, Philippines           Philippine Headline News
ARROYO: I Didn't know Stanley Ho has plans to do business here

24th March           Singapore           Today Online
Gaming giants eye Singapore - Analysts: S'pore casino may exceed Genting in revenue
The prospects of Singapore allowing a casino has not gone unnoticed by international operators.

22nd March          Singapore          Yahoo Singapore/Channel News Asia
Government not out to promote gambling with casino

22nd March           Thailand & Poi Pet, Cambodia          Asia News Network
Casino holds Thai 'hostage'

22nd March           Shanghai          Interfax News Agency
Online gambling discs seized in Beijing

21st March           Singapore          Today Online
Members-only casino - Restrictions do not mean S'poreans are 2nd class citizens
Article with an amazing quote. "We don't want to be a Las Vegas. Or a Macau. We don't want to have the crime and the sleaze that go with such activities."

21st March           Singapore          Straits Times
Entry restrictions for S'poreans if casino opens

20th March           Thailand          The Nation
Senate, House face off over casinos

19th March          India
Cricket spurs on India's betting boom

18th March           Bangkok, Thailand          The Nation
PM'S PET PROJECT: House bets on legal casinos
Thailand's House of Representatives has voted 216-23 to approve a report that would pave the way for allowing casino operations.

18th March           Sydney, Australia          Sydney Morning Herald & LVS/Bloomberg News
Outcry as pokie boss set to score $577,000
Aristocrat director to profit by leaving

17th March           New Zealand          One Newsw/NZoom
Note limit on gaming machines
From midnight on Thursday slots in New Zealand will only accept notes up to NZ$20.

17th March           Singapore          The Straits Times
If your chips are down, you're out
Any casino established on Singapore's Sentosa Island will likely only be accessible to the wealthy.

17th March           Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia          The Straits Times
Genting casino to go if Pahang says yes: PAS
Parti Islam Se Malaysia (PAS) has said it may shut down Genting's if it wins control of the area in Sunday's General Election.

17th March           Auckland, New Zealand          ABC News
NZ group confident about Darwin casino purchase

15th March           Victoria, Australia
Offshore betting action urged

15th March           Singapore          Channel News Asia
Not everyone will get to gamble in Singapore's proposed casino

14th March           New Zealand
Investors talk tough to Sky City

14th March           Singapore          The Straits Times
Top-draw resort for southern isles

13th March           Singapore          Yahoo Singapore/AFP
Singapore eyes casino-resort complex
Sentosa is a beach and golf islet linked by a causeway to mainland Singapore.

13th March           Singapore
Place your bets on a casino - Sentosa and Southern Islands to become huge resort

13th March           Islamabad, Pakistan          The Times of India
Bumper gambling spree expected

12th March           Singapore          Channel News Asia
Plan for casino among resort, residential project on Sentosa, Southern Islands

9th March           Australia.          The Courier Mail
Pokies maker hits jackpot in US gaming - Aristocrat

9th March           Australia          The Melbourne Age
Aristocrat shares surge on good news
Aristocrat shares closed at A$3.04 on Tuesday teir highest level for over a year and up from a low of A$0.76 in May 2003. 

8th March           South Australia          The Australian
Pokie cut to 'slash jobs and revenue'
Article with a number of statistics on slot numbers in South Australia & Queensland.

8th March           Australia & Macau          The Melbourne Age &
Aristocrat in Macau casino deal
Aristocrat expands into Asia
The deal is for 127 of the 519 slots, signage and two online systems at the Sands Casino presently under construction by Venetian Macau Ltd.

7th March           Pakistan           The Guardian
Betting syndicates a tour target - Players to be constantly accompanied by security guard

6th March           Melbourne          The Melbourne Age
Casino audit program cut - Crown Casino

6th March           Taiwan          China Post
More presidential election betting operators busted in new crackdown

5th March           Australia          Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Australia Share Assoc Wants Ducker Off Aristocrat Board

5th March           Adelaide          The Courier-Mail
$70 million facelift for casino
Sky City is planning a A$70 million refurbishment of the Adelaide Casino.

3rd March           Islamadan, Pakistan          Hindustan Times
India-Pakistan series may set new records in gambling
Indian bookmakers are complaining that Police have upped their rates for protection from the normal Rs.10,000 a month.

3rd March           London & Australia          The Evening Standard
Aussie gambling row growing
The rumpus over Betfair's bid to enter the Australian market.

3rd March           New Zealand
Tips on how to keep gamblers playing
In the wake of smoking bans the N.Z. Problem Gambling Foundation is upset at an Australian 

3rd March           New Zealand          Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Sky City Still In Talks On Christchurch Casinos Stake

2nd March           N.S.W, Australia Telegraph
Pubs threaten betting blackout
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