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May 2004
North America

31st May          Des Moins, Iowa         Des Moins Register
Costs mount in SUV crash at track-casino

31st May          Las Vegas         Las Vegas Review-Journal
STRIP GAMING: Make room for poker
INSIDE GAMING: Models cry foul in Hard Rock ad fallout

31st May          Las Vegas         Yahoo/PRNewswire
New Wheel of Fortune® Special Edition™ Makes for a Memorable Memorial Day
Los Angeles visitor wins $1.6 million on game's first jackpot at Palace Station

30th May          Chicago, Illinois         CBS2 Chicago/AP
Gambling money flows as lawmakers draw up gambling expansion bill

30th May          Gardena, California         Adult Video News
Hustler Casino Overcomes Prejudice Against Porn in Political Battle

29th May          Gaming Investments          Las Vegas Review-Journal
Casino stock gauge declines in May - Analyst says gaming issues fell in reaction to broader market's slippage

29th May          Las Vegas          Fox News/Reuters
Las Vegas Valley Becomes Fast-Growing Housing Market

29th May          Las Vegas          Poker Voice
Greg Raymer is the new WSOP Champion
Excellent coverage of the competition with quality photos and biographies of the players.

29th May          Las Vegas          International Herald Tribune
Casinos realize poker has become a winning hand 

28th May         Albany, New York          New York Business Review
Pataki proposes commission to oversee state gambling

28th May          Las Vegas          Yahoo/PRNewswire
World Series of Poker Begins Last Day of Action at Binion's Horseshoe Casino

28th May          Las Vegas          Yahoo/PRNewswire
Four Players Make Final Table at World Series of Poker

28th May          Las Vegas          Las Vegas Sun
Shuffle Master profit improves

28th May          Carson City, Nevada          Las Vegas/AP
Nevada 'Black Book' may grow

28th May          Las Vegas & Singapore          Las Vegas Business Press
Casinos chase Singapore sling
A 20 strong delegation from Singapore visited Las Vegas in Mid May on a fact finding mission. Meetings were also had with executives from the major strip operators.

27th May          Las Vegas          Business Wire
Shuffle Master, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Results

27th May          Las Vegas          Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Commercial casino take increased 2 percent in '03

27th May          Las Vegas          Las Vegas Sun
Eleven sought in ATM, casino scam

27th May          Washington          Yahoo/PRNewswire
Annual Survey Shows More Americans Visiting Casinos
The AGA have released their annual "State of the States" report on the scope and attitudes to casino gaming in the U.S.. Website:

27th May          Las Vegas          Yahoo/PRNewswire
American Casino & Entertainment Properties Closes Acquisition of Arizona Charlie's Casinos in Las Vegas

27th May          Toronto
Smokers Pushed Out Into Cold in Canada
A Nationwide smoking ban in public places, including casinos, will become law across Canada from June 1st.

27th May          Las Vegas          Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Rock star of poker
Portrait of Phil Hellmuth Jr. who at 24 in 1989 was, and still is, the youngest player to have won the WSOP.

26th May          Los Angeles          The Guardian
Gambling mogul raises the stakes in art market

26th May          Atlantic City          Philadelpia Inquirer/AP
Casino employee in trouble for groping woman

26th May          Las Vegas          Las Vegas Review-Journal
TV makes stars of casino operators
Without including Poker coverage, over the next 6 months there will be 5 prime time series on U.S. television featuring Las Vegas.

26th May          Las Vegas          Las Vegas Review-Journal
How technology can aid casinos, from the mouth of one converted
Report on Harrah's CEO Gary Loveman's speech at the Gaming Technology Summit.

26th May          Las Vegas & Indiana          Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston & Richard N. Velotta
Harrah's unveils new marketing program - Technology gives employees real-time data on gamblers
Official: Innovations for table games on rise
Report from the Gaming Technology Summit being held at the Green Valley Ranch Casino in Henderson, Nevada.

26th May          Las Vegas          Las Vegas Review-Journal
Icahn casino reshuffle ending - Combined holdings will create economy of scale, official says

25th May          Lake Tahoe          Reno Gazette Journal
Lawrence receives maximum sentence in casino scam

25th May          Nevada          Las Vegas Sun
Battle lines emerge in remote gaming debate

25th May          Las Vegas          Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Station Casinos claims key patent victory
Harrah's filed a lawsuit against Station Casinos in July 2001, claiming Station's "Boarding Pass" infringed on Patents held by  Harrah's for their "Total Rewards" program.

24th May          Mississippi          Las Vegas Sun/AP
University to offer casino program

24th May          Las Vegas          Yahoo/Reuters
Station wins ruling against Harrah's

24th May          Las Vegas          Yahoo/Business Wire
Station Granted Summary Judgment in Patent Lawsuit Brought by Harrah's

24th May          Las Vegas          Fox TV - Interactive promotion (800k download)
Hot New Reality Show - "The Casino"...
Website presentation for "The Casino" that debuts on Fox on June 14th. The series follows Timothy Poster and Thomas Breitling during their recent purchase of the two Golden Nugget casinos from MGM Mirage. Website:

24th May          Las Vegas          Daily Telegraph
Five years of drought force Las Vegas to tear up its grass
Las Vegas residents are now being offered $1 for every square foot of turf they dig up.

23rd May          Las Vegas          Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
2,500 poker players competing for $5 million

23rd May          Mississippi          Biloxi Sun-Herald
Gambling education deserves state's support
Despite the casino industry employing some 40,000 staff, courses in Gaming Management in Mississippi are still not permitted.

22nd May          Las Vegas          Las Vegas Review-Journal
More hoping their chips come in - World Series of Poker draws record number of entrants

22nd May          Springfield, Illinois          Chicago Business/AP
Senate approves Chicago casino

22nd May          Las Vegas          Las Vegas Sun
Stratosphere plans Tower Shops growth

21st May          Las Vegas          Yahoo/PRNewswire & Las Vegas Sun
World Series of Poker Shatters Prize Money and Participation Records
Locations for poker championship set
Players for the $10,000 WSOP final were split into two groups with the first rounds being played on Saturday and Sunday.

21st May          Las Vegas          Las Vegas Business Press
Bellagio outage called a total freak

21st May          Nevada & Waukegan, Illinois          Yahoo/Business Wire
WMS Gaming Receives Wide Area Progressive Gaming System Regulatory Approvals from Nevada Gaming Commission and GLI

21st May          Louisiana          Yahoo/PRNewswire
Sam's Town Shreveport Opens to the Public
Boyd Gaming presently have 14 casinos and are in negotations to buy Las Vegas based Coast Casinos. Website:

21st May          Chicago          Yahoo/Reuters
Isle of Capri still aims for Chicago casino

20th May          Springfield, Illinois          Chicago Business/AP
Senate approves Chicago casino - Gambling bill advances amid mountain of questions

20th May          Atlantic City          Yahoo/Business Wire
Announcing The Pier at Caesars
The $145 million Pier at Caesars will open in 2005 and will connect to Caesars Atlantic City via a skybridge.

20th May          Mississippi          Biloxi Sun-Herald
April good to Coast casinos
Hard Rock rolls on - Casino hires execs, opens Biloxi office

20th May          Las Vegas & Singapore          Bloomberg News & Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Las Vegas Sands to Meet Singapore Government on Casino
Las Vegas Sands Ready To Invest US$2B In Singapore Casino

20th May          Connecticut          The Times Leader/Hartford Courant
Gamblers' suit targets machines
Is big Gambling making the same mistakes as big Tobacco?. The article details a long running industry lawsuit filed in San Francisco.

20th May          Connecticut          The Times Leader/Hartford Courant
Slots makers out to thrill, beat tech-savvy gamblers
A must read look at slot development and IGT's 3 year quest developing their Star Wars models.

20th May          Nevada - General          Las Vegas Sun & LVR-J
Nevada opens tourism office in Beijing
Southern Nevada's home prices soar

20th May          Las Vegas          Yahoo/PRNewswire
Harrah's to Deliver $1 Million to Casino Customer's Door
Harrah's are embarking on a major marketing campaign at their U.S. casinos involving 21 winning Coca Cola cans that will be tracked with GPS software.

20th May          Chicago          Chicago Business/AP
Judge OK's sale of Emerald casino license

19th May          Las Vegas & Macau          Ponto Final
While celebrating in Macau continues, US gaming industry insiders contemplate the downside

19th May          Mineapolis          Yahoo/Business Wire
World Poker Tour Announces Licensing Partners

19th May          French Lick, Indiana
Larry Bird Finds Trump In His Backyard

19th May          Las Vegas & Macau          Las Vegas Sun
Adelson plans separate Macau Strip, IPO - IPO plans announced by Venetian parent

19th May          Las Vegas          Las Vegas Sun
Harrah's review focusing on Chicago area

19th May          Atlantic City          Yahoo/PRNewswire
Borgata Signs Up One-Millionth Customer Into Its Player Rewards Program

18th May          Nevada          Las Vegas Review-Journal
Coin dealer finds treasure in warehouse - Californian buys gaming memorabilia, silver dollars from Nevada casino owner's heirs

18th May          Scotsdale, Arizona          Yahoo/PRNewswire
Atronic Sun Shines Brightly at Southern Gaming

18th May          Burnaby, B.C.
Gateway Casinos buys Radisson Hotel Burnaby for $23.5M, bets on big expansion

18th May          Louisiana          Yahoo/PRNewswire
Louisiana Gaming Board Approves Boyd Gaming Acquisition of Shreveport Riverboat

17th May          Las Vegas          Yahoo/Business Wire
Paul-Son Gaming Reports Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2004

17th May          Nevada          Las Vegas Sun/AP
Sparks-based company buys four northeast Nevada casinos

17th May          Illinois & Indiana          Indianapolis Star
Illinois set to act on adding casinos to take on Indiana

17th May          Illinois          Chicago Sun-Times
48% oppose more Illinois casinos

17th May          Florida          Palm Beach Post - Opinion
Video slots look to rock Floridians

16th May          Nevada          Las Vegas Review-Journal
INSIDE GAMING: Mandalay seeks way around slot titan

16th May          Windsor, Ontario Windsor Star
Gamblers flock back to casino

16th May          Washington State          The Seattle Times
Casino jobs: good bet for extroverts
Washington State has around 80 non tribal "mini-casinos" and 19 tribal.

16th May          Las Vegas          Record-Searchlight
Las Vegas gambles on water supplies

16th May          Florida          Daytona News-Journal - Opinion
The ol' slots-for-schools con is poised for a comeback run

16th May          Windsor, Ontario Windsor Star
Gamblers flock back to casino

15th May          Wisconsin          Duluth Superior/AP
Loss of gambling revenue worries state agencies

15th May          Windsor, Ontario          Detroit Free Press & Click on Detroit
Windsor gamblers find return friendly - After 41-day strike, casino reopens to big crowds
Casino Windsor Back In Business - Strike Over, But Losses In The Multimillions

15th May          Las Vegas          Pahrump Valley Times
Four women reign as poker champs

14th May          Florida          Sun-Sentinel & St. Petersburg Times
Court OKs vote on slot machines at S. Florida tracks, frontons
Court sets stage for vote on gambling

14th May          Detroit          Detroit Free Press
If taxes double, casinos may skip building hotels

14th May          Las Vegas & Macau          In Business Las Vegas
Venetian owner lining up Macau developers

14th May          Windsor, Ontario          Canadian Auto Workers Union
Settlement At Casino Windsor

13th May          Madision, Wisconsin          Duluth Superior/AP
Wisconsin Court Nullifies Gaming Compact

13th May          Windsor, Ontario          Duluth Superior/AP & Detroit News
Casino Windsor set to reopen after workers approve contract
Casino Windsor set to reopen Friday

13th May          Detroit          Yahoo/Reuters
Michigan Senate to take up tax-doubling casino bill
The proposal to double taxes on the 3 Detroit casinos to 36% passed the Republican controlled House 80 to 25.

13th May          Las Vegas & Vienna          Yahoo/PRNewswire
Shuffle Master, Inc. Announces Completion of CARD Acquisition
Ernst Blaha will maintain his position as CARD's Managing Director and oversee international distribution of Shuffle Master's combined product line.

13th May          Atlantic City          Dow Jones Newswires
New Jersey Casino Control Commission Relicenses Caesars Entertainment's Three Atlantic City Resorts

13th May          Ontario          Detroit News & Detroit Free Press
Deal may end Casino Windsor strike
Casino Windsor and unionized workers reach tentative agreement

13th May          Springfield, Illinois & Chicago Sun-Times
Governor to veto any downtown Chicago casino
Why Blagojevich balked at Daley's casino plan

13th May          Chicago - Sports Betting          NCAA - Press release
NCAA study finds sports wagering a problem among student athletes

13th May          Chicago - Sports Betting          Newsday/AP & ESPN
College life: Books, booze and betting
Survey - Players took money to play poorly

13th May          Cripple Creek, Colorado          Yahoo/PRNewswire
Century Casinos Announces First Quarter Earnings

12th May          Nevada          Nevada Appeal
Gaming win sets record in March

12th May          Reno          Reno Gazette-Journal
IGT, psychology of slots get harsh national spotlight

12th May          South Carolina          WBCD-TV, South Carolina
Pool Players Busted for Gambling
The competition had a $5 entry. Don't the S.C. Police have anything better to do!

12th May          Scotsdale, Arizona          PRNewswire
Atronic's Arizona Magic(R) Awards Three Winners in Seventeen Days

12th May          Windsor, Ontario & Duluth Superior
Reports: Deal Reached In Casino Windsor Strikes
Casino Windsor and unionized workers reach tentative agreement

12th May          Colorado & Las Vegas          Las Vegas Sun
Gaming briefs for May 12, 2004 - Pub and slot route operator to buy Colorado casino

12th May          Las Vegas          Las Vegas Sun
Station Casinos files trademark lawsuits

12th May          Las Vegas          Yahoo/Business Wire
Wynn Resorts Completes Common Stock Offering

12th May          Springfield, Illinois          Yahoo/Reuters
Update - Isle of Capri Chicago casino stopped by Illinois A.G.

12th May          Atlantic City          Philadelphia Inquirer
A.C. casinos' revenue rises 16%
The 12 Atlantic City casinos won $394 million in April. Table game win was $96 million up 17%, and slots $298 million up 15% from March 2003.

11th May          Las Vegas          Las Vegas Review-Journal/AP
Harrah's aims for Binion's bonus - MTR would pay extra $5 million if goals reached

11th May          Biloxi, Mississippi          Yahoo/PRNewswire
Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. Issues Statement

11th May          Springfield, Illinois          Yahoo/Reuters
Illinois AG ends Isle of Capri bid for Chicago casino
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has said she had ended a bid by Isle of Capri Casinos to build a casino in Rosemont that was awarded earlier this year by the Illinois Gaming Board.

11th May          Las Vegas          Yahoo/Business Wire
Mikohn Reports First Quarter 2004 Operating Results

11th May          Macau & Las Vegas          Yahoo/Business Wire
Mikohn's CasinoLink Slot Management and Enterprise Jackpot Systems Selected by Waldo Hotel and Casino in Macau

11th May          Chicago          Yahoo/Reuters
Chicago mayor proposes city-owned casino

11th May          Chicago          Chicago Business/AP
Governor says no to Chicago casino

11th May          Chicago          Yahoo/Reuters
Chicago mayor proposes city-owned casino

11th May          Carson City, Nevada          Las Vegas Sun & AP
Nevada's casinos win big in March
Nevada casinos have record $930.3 million win in March
The statewide win of $930.3 million was the biggest in Nevada's history. Table game win was up 6.9% to $274 million and slot's up 13.2% to $648.5 million. 

11th May          Nevada
Sin City prepares for trial sequel

10th May          Detroit          Detroit Free Press/AP
Low-end slots a big hit at Detroit casinos

10th May         Ontario, Canada          Toronto Star
Hoffa to aid sign-up of casino workers
James P. Hoffa's father, Jimmy Hoffa was president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters from 1957 to 1971.

9th May          Detroit          Detroit News - Comment
Casino hotels don't really factor in Super Bowl XL

9th May          Mississippi          Biloxi Sun-Herald
Thriving summit reflects casino boom

9th May          Indiana          North West Indiana Times
Casinos go high-tech to save bottom line
Some very interesting statistics in the report, including that 37% of all Valet parking damage claims are fake.

8th May          Las Vegas          Las Vegas Review-Journal
Wynn ready to sell more stock - Cost overruns of new resort prompt second offering

8th May          Las Vegas          USA Today/AP
Vegas monorail system delayed by setbacks

8th May          Mississippi          Biloxi Sun-Herald/AP
Regulator suggests casinos move away from dockside moorings

7th May          Las Vegas          Reno Gazette-Journal/AP
Harrah's reveals price for Horseshoe name, World Series of Poker

7th May          Washington          Las Vegas Sun
Trump, other major investors named in Indian casino hearing

7th May          Las Vegas          Las Vegas Sun
Algiers deal to make way for condo project on Strip

7th May          Las Vegas          Biloxi Sun-Herald
Helping casinos stay uniform
U.S. casinos apparently spend $200 per annum per-employee on staff uniforms.

7th May          Las Vegas          Yahoo/Business Wire
Caesars Entertainment Reports Impact of Indiana Tax Court Decision is $8 Million

7th May          Las Vegas          Yahoo/Business Wire
Wynn Resorts Announces Common Stock Offering
The net proceeds from offering 7,000,000 new shares is estimated at $268.1 million.

7th & 8th May          Las Vegas          The Big News Network & The Boston Clobe
Documentary details legal casino cheating
MIT nerds get the best of Vegas in a winning TV documentary
The documentary airs on the History channel and is based on the book "Bringing down the house".

6th May          Mississippi          Biloxi Sun-Herald
Notes from Southern Gaming Summit

6th May          Gaming Investments - Nevada          Las Vegas Sun/AP
Gaming board looks at misdeeds on Wall Street
Article that goes some way to explaining why some analysts are so bullish on gaming stocks.

6th May          Juneau, Alaska          Las Vegas Sun/AP
Alaska casino measure revived

6th May          Chicago          Chicago Sun Times
Daley weighing commitment to a city-owned casino

6th May          Waukegan, Illinois          Yahoo/Business Wire
WMS Industries Third Quarter Revenues Rise 53% to $63.8 Million

6th May          Atlantic City          International Herald Tribune
Quarterly report shows squeeze at Trump casinos

5th May          Ontario, Canada          Detroit Free Press
Ontario feels impact of Casino Windsor strike
Casino Windsor employees have been on strike since 2nd April.

5th May          Las Vegas          Yahoo/PRNewswire
Point Pleasant, NJ Resident Wins Hunt and Captures $1 Million in Treasure

4th May          New York & Las Vegas          Yahoo/Reuters
Casino stocks off as end of boom questioned

4th May          Las Vegas          Yahoo/PRNewswire
Pinnacle Entertainment Reports First Quarter 2004 Results

3rd May          Las Vegas          Computer World
Harrah's: Betting on IT Value

3rd May          Vancouver, Canada & Vilnius, Lithuania          Yahoo/Reuters
Creation Casinos Inc.: Corporate Update

3rd May          Las Vegas          Yahoo/Business Wire
Wynn Resorts Prepares for Expansion in Las Vegas

3rd May          Kentucky          Yahoo/Reuters $5 Million Pay Day Prize Goes Unclaimed; One Contestant Wins $25,000 Consolation Prize
An amazing 250,000 entries and the best result was picking the first five past the post.

3rd May          Minneapolis, Minnesota          Yahoo/Business Wire
WORLD POKER TOUR Names Erick Lindgren the WPT Player of the Year
The 27 year old Lindgren is a former California Blackjack dealer.

3rd May          Las Vegas          Yahoo/PNewswire
Alliance Gaming Announces Completion of Rail City Casino Sale to The Sands Regent
The Sands Regent Closes Acquisition of Rail City Casino and Secures New Financing

3rd May          Las Vegas          Yahoo/Business Wire
Mikohn Receives Approval from Gaming Laboratories International for Its Garfield Slot Game

2nd May          Detroit          Detroit News
Casinos cost Detroit $1.26 million

2nd May          Louisville, Kentucky          Yahoo/PRNewswire
Total Wagering on Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs' Derby Day Race Card Establishes North American Record

1st May          Atlantic City
Dice Game Made Popular By Rappers Coming To Casinos
The game is C-Lo (Bling Bling) played with 3 dice and developed by the Gameologist Group. Website:
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