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March - April 2004

30th April          Bulgaria
South Africans Stirred by Bulgaria's Casinos

30th April          Hannover, Germany          Yahoo Germany/AP
Niedersachen privatisiert Spielbanken

27th April           Austria          Österreich Journal
70 Jahre Casinos in Österreich
A gala evening will be held in Baden on the 27th May to celebrate 70 years of casinos in Austria.

27th April           Vienna, Austria            Wiener Zeitung & OÖNachrichten
Casinos Austria feiern 70. Geburtstag
Casinos Austria feiern 70. Geburtstag
The first casino opened in Austria on the 12th April 1934 in Baden with 6 double-ended French Roulette's and 5 Baccarat tables. Salzburg und Kitzbühel followed shortly after. Presently Austria has 12 casinos operated by Casinoa Austria International.

27th April           Bad Bentheim, Germany            Grafschafter Nachrichten &
Grafschafter gewinnt 553,000 Euro - Casino Jackpot mit 50 Cent geknackt
Gast knackt nicht vorm Fernseher, sondern Niedersachsen-Jackpot 
This is the Niedersachsen-Jackpot. 56 €0.50 linked machines from Atronic in 10 different locations.

27th April           Paris            Yahoo France/Cercle Finance &
Groupe Partouche: cession et acquisition en discussions
Toujours dans l'attente des modalités d'acquisition des casinos de Didot Bottin

26th April           Tel Aviv, Israel  
New bribery suspicions link Sharon family to Austrian casino tycoon

25th April           Israel & Vienna, Austria            Jerusalem Post
PM ties to gambling tycoon probed
Austrian Martin Schlaff was the main partner in Casinos Austria's Jericho casino and the Cancun vessel which is presently moored in Eilat.

23rd April           Vienna, Austria          Casinos Austria International - Press release
Casinos Austria Announces Takeover Offer for Casinos Austria International Limited

22nd April           Vienna, Austria & Australia            Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Casinos Austria International Launches Mop-Up Bid For Australia Operations

22nd April           Vienna, Austria & Eilat, Israel            Format Online
Zocker im Roten Meer: Casinos Austria eröffnen luxuriöses Schiffskasino in Eilat

21st April           Tenerife, Canary Islands.            Malta Media
Two Maltese men arrested after allegedly defrauding Tenerife casinos
Auto-Roulette machines appear to have been the target.

13th April           Belgium            Radio Vlaanderen International
Gambling: thousands squander monthly pay online
Short article from Belgium with mention of a €15 million scam that occured at the Namur casino.

8th April           Copenhagen, Denmark           The Copenhagen Post
EU launches long-awaited gambling suit
The EU announced last week that they will begin legal action against Denmark over the State's monopoly on offering betting services.

6th April           Switzerland  &
Schweizer Spielbanken sind beliebt
Ein starkes Jahr für die Schweizer Spielcasinos
Switzerland's Class A & B casinos had 3 million visitors in 2003 and a gross win of SF561 million. Slots won 388,5 million and tables 151,5 million.

5th April           Vienna, Austria           OÖNachrichten
Pre-Opening der modernsten Pferderennbahn Europas
Casinos Austria and Admiral Sportwetten (Novomatic) are providing gaming & betting facilites within the Magna-Racino-Rennpark.

2nd April           Athens, Greece 
EU tells Greece to lift electronic games ban

1st April           Bavaria, Germany  Press release
Doloplex Casino Group Purchases

29th March           Austria & Bayern, Germany 
Gaminatoren™ für Bayerische Spielbanken

29th March           Frauenfeld, Switzerland           Thurgauer Zeitung
Stadt übernimmt Casino

26th March           Vienna & Israel           Die Jüdisch
Der "Zauberer" zieht sich aus Israel zurück
The house of Martin Schlaff in Herzelia, Israel has been bought for $22 million by Las Vegas Sand's owner Sheldon Adelson. Schlaff was the main partner in the now shuttered Oasis Casino in Jericho.

26th March           Dortmund & Berlin 
Die feine englische Art der Pressearbeit
It appears that in order to appear No 1. in Germany, Spielbank Berlin has taken the liberty of adding together takings from 3 different locations. :)

25th March           Austria           Poker in Europe - Nic Szeremeta
Poker Europa: European Staff Championship - Future is safe
The European Casino Staff Poker Tournament will be held in September at Casinos Austria in Baden and Vienna.

22nd March           Berlin
Die Spielbank Berlin ist neue Nummer 1 in Deutschland
Spielbank Berlin on Potsdamer Platz in 2003 took over from Casino Hohensyburg as Germany's most profitable casino.

15th March           Israel          Ha'aretz Daily & Jerusalem Post
Police arrest MK Gavrieli's uncle for alleged link to casinos
Uncle of Likud MK arrested for TA Casino links

12th March           Israel          Arutz Sheva/Israel INN
Mifal Hapayis Lottery wants Control Over Gambling

8th March           Regensburg, Germany
Gamblers Store live erleben: AniMazing eröffnet Europas größtes Fachgeschäft für Casino Zubehör
What is billed as "Europes largest gamblers store" will open on Friday in Regensburg Germany. Website:

8th March           Eilat & Jerusalem          Globes Online
Prime Minister expected to support Eilat casino
The Hebrew daily “Yediot Ahronot” reports that a casino will be opened in Eilat within 18 months.

4th March           Austria & London          ISA Casinos/Monika Emeresz
Novomatics ICE Rückblick

4th March           Greece          Greece Now
Hyatt Regency ups the ante with its ongoing renovation and relaunching of the Athens Mont Parnes Casino
Hyatt Regency in partnership with Elliniki Technodomiki spent €130 million for a 49% stake in Mont Parnes. The mountain top venue presently has 61 tables and 500 slots.
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