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May - June 2001
Asia & Australasia

30th June   Sydney   Source:
Tabcorp abandons the high-rollers

30th June   Sydney & Las Vegas    Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Aristocrat and CDS Announce Completion of Merger

28th June   Sydney & Las Vegas  Source: Yahoo Asia/Reuters & Dow Jones
Tabcorp stops casino high roller incentives
Australia's Tabcorp, Harrah's Extend Casino Relationship

28th June   Canberra   Source: The Australian
Senate to vote on online gambling ban

27th June   Kuala Lumpur   Source: Yahoo Asia/Reuters
Genting says casino licence safe despite threats

27th June   Australia  Source: Herald Sun
Mates fight over $1m casino win

26th June   Macau & Antiqua  Source: Yahoo Asia/Reuters
Macau gambling king Ho hits jackpot online

26th June   Australia  Source: ABC News Online
Brown urges further amendments to planned Net gaming ban

25th June   Hong Kong  Source: Hong Kong iMail
Officials 'lost on overseas bets'
Estimates are that HK$20 Billion is now placed annually with offshore bookmakers.

25th June   Philippines  Source: & Northern Light
Mondragon to re-open casino to pay debts
Mondragon in talks with 6 potential investors
The property at the former Clark airforce base closed in 1998 and will re-open on July 6th as a partnership with PAGCOR having a 75% interest.

24th June   Queensland, Australia  Source:
Lockout staff return to casino
500 gaming staff walked out for 24 hours on Friday night over wages that according to the article "have not risen in 15 years". Management have apparently offered 3%.

23rd June   Australia  Source: ABCNews ONline
Jupiters' gaming staff to strike over failed enterprise talks

23rd June   Las Vegas & Sydney  Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
ALL And CDS Merger Approved in Nevada and Mississippi
The Aristocrat/Casino Data Systems merger.

22nd June   Victoria, Australia  Source: Herald Sun
Coins-only call for pokies
Victoria's 27,403 machines contribute 10% of the state's total revenue. 68% of peple in a recent survey would like to see bill acceptors removed from machines.

22nd June   Australia  Source:
Lasseters to relist
The online casino out of Alice Springs is said to have 160,000 registered players of whom 10,000 have been active in the last 90 days.

21st June   Australia  Source: Christian Science Monitor
An Aussie shift on gambling
he CSM takes a look at Australia that with a population of 19 million is home to 20% of the world's slots.

20th June   Sydney & Melbourne  Source: Sydney Morning Herald &
Casino ethics questioned after woman loses $8m
Mum wins $8m, then blows it
The Vietmanese player won at Star City, Sydney and then apparently did it all back at the Crown Casino, Melbourne.

19th June   Malaysia   Source:
PAS: Private gambling allowed

18th June   New Zealand   Source: Otago Daily Times
Casinos take aim at pub gaming rooms

18th June   Hong Kong   Source: & Yahoo Asia/AFP
Slide in race bets brings action call
Hong Kong Jockey Club sees slump in racing betting turnover
The last meeting of the season at Sha Tin saw an attendance of 61,000. There was a decline in the handle of 2.3% for the period to HK$8.532 billion ($10.5 billion).

15th June   Macau & Hong Kong   Source: Asia Week - Cover date June 22nd
Another Turn of the Wheel
A further in depth look at the gaming operations of Sociedade de Turismo e Diversoes de Macau.

13th June   Kuala Lumpur   Source: Yahoo Asia/Reuters
Malaysia Islamic party allies decry casino comment

12th June   Hong Kong   Source: China Times
China to Start Corruption Trials over Massive Gambling Racket

11th June   Philippines    Source: Yahoo Asia/Dow Jones
Pagcor To Reopen Mondragon's Mimosa

9th June   Macau  Source: Las Vegas Review Journal/AP
Gaming czar to lose monopoly
The LVRJ running an earlier AP story that gives an interesting profile of Dr Stanley Ho.

9th June   NSW, Australia   Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Flashy lures to play the pokies banned under tougher gaming law

8th June   Macau   Source: Hong Kong iMail
King of Gamblers holds lion's share, says casino company
Interesting background on the shareholder structure of STDM who's net profit in 2000 was  $1.4 billion.

7th June   Thailand   Source: Bangkok Post
Odds raised on casinos
Authorities are concerned about the loss of revenues caused by Thai's travelling over the border to the Cambodian casinos in Poipet.

6th June   Macau  Source: Yahoo Asia/AP
Macau Tycoon Ho Faces End To His Gambling Monopoly
Profile on the 80 year old Dr Ho and his company, who's 40 year old gambling concession comes to an end on December 31st.

6th June   Victoria, Australia  Source: Sun &
Town wants to save its pokies
Hotels hit out at pokie criticisms
The Australian Hotels Association (AHA) has replied to the former Crown Casino boss comments that poker machines are a social evil.

6th June   New South Wales  Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Gaming complaints up as staff cut 

5th June   Australia  Source:
Anti-gamblers welcome jackpot crackdown
The Australian Federal Government is proposing to get rid of wide area Pokie jackpots.

5th June   Melbourne  Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Hotel tipped to be casino's crowning glory
The Southern hemisphere's largest casino will begin construction in August on an additional 20 storey, 469 room hotel tower at a cost of A$150 million.

4th June   Melbourne  Source: Yahoo Asia/Dow Jones
Australia's Crown Casino: Work To Begin In August
Australia PBL/Crown: A$16.1M Tax-Free Earnings In 1H

4th June   New South Wales  Source: - June 1st
Ban poker machine ads: Pell
In an attempt to curb problem gambling Sydney's new Archbishop has called for an end to Pokie advertising and venues opening 24 hours.

1st June   Hong Kong & Antigua   Source:
Son-in-law 'misused' Stanley Ho's name in website

30th May   NSW, Australia  Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Gamblers to up the ante once again
Planning ahead, New South Wales is budgeting to cash in A$907 million in gaming machine revenue in the financial year 2004/5.

29th May   Austria & Australia  Source: Australian Financial Review
Arab conflict hits casino
Casinos Austria International expect profits to be off one third due to the continuing closure of the Oasis Casino in Palestine.

29th May   Canberra, Australia  Source:
Online gambling ban likely to be extended

29th May   Canberra, Australia  Source: Yahoo Asia/Reuters
Australia pushes ahead with Internet gaming ban

29th May   Australia   Source:
Howard backs internet gaming ban

29th May   Perth, Australia   Source: CNET/Bloomberg & The West Australian
Packer, Williams Buy Into Perth's Burswood Casino, Paper Says
Burswood shares rally on reports of Packer link

28th May   Sydney   Source: Sydney Morning Herald & Yahoo/AFP
PBL eyes Vanuatu for Net casino
Kerry Packer moves to set up online gambling from Vanuatu

26th May   Taiwan   Source: Taipei Times
Aussie gambler bets on Taiwan

25th May   Taiwan  Source: Yahoo Asia /Dow Jones & Las Vegas Sun
Publishing & Broadcasting/Taiwan-3: Govt Decision Awaited
Packer, Trump, MGM MIRAGE studying Taiwan casino opportunity

24th May   Japan & Korea  Source: Masui Gaming Machine
Matsui Gaming Machine sign exclusive distributorship

24th May   Taipei, Taiwan   Source: Yahoo Asia/Dow Jones
Decision On Casinos In Taiwan Penghu Still A Few Mos Away

24th May   Sydney & Taiwan   Source: Yahoo Asia/Dow Jones & Northern Light
PBL In Bid To Build Casino In Taiwan
Australia's Packer eyes license for casino off Taiwan- Report
Both MGM Mirage (MGG) and PBL are reported to have approached Penghu about establishing a casino and beach resort on the island.

23rd May   Sydney   Source: The Daily Telgraph/
Gambler in casino ban - A Hungarian man has been accused of cheating Star City by using a microprocesser hidden in his shoe.

22nd May   Cairns, Australia  Source: Accor Asia- Pacific
Reef Casino Trust posts best ever financial performance
The Hotel and Casino located in North Queensland is operated as a joint venture by Accor and Casinos Austria.

21st May   Sydney & Las Vegas   Source: Northern Light & Yahoo/Asia Pulse
Australia's Aristocrat to merge with Casino Data
Aristocrat details U.S. bond, share placement

20th May   Sydney  Source: Sydney Morning Herald
The Sydney gambler who won $10m in one month
How Star City first lost the money and then the player.

19th May   Victoria, Australia  Source:
A game for high rollers
Brief article on Baccarat play in Australia containing misleading statistics on hold percentages

19th May   Victoria, Australia  Source:
Victoria depends most on gaming
The state budget for 2001 expects that 17.2% of total revenues will come from gambling.  A$900 million from Pokies alone.

18th May   Victoria, Australia  Source:
Punters to pour $1.4b into coffers
The Victorian State Goverment have revealed their 2001 budget that relies heavily on Pokie machine tax revenue and the Crown Casino Melbourne.

18th May   Las Vegas & Sydney  Source: Yahoo Asia/Reuters &
Aristocrat wins final Nevada approval
Aristocrat gets the nod for Penguin play
The game had been on trial at the Sunset Station Hotel & Casino, There are presently some 2,500 Pequin Pays throughout the US.

17th May   Nevada & Sydney  Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Aristocrat Announces Final Approval of Its First Nevada Entry; Penguin Pays® Games to Be Installed Throughout Nevada Casinos

13th May   South Australia  Source: ABC News Online
Call for SA to introduce pokies supertax

12th May   Australia & Canada  Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Throwing our money away
As the Australian Federal parliament gets set to debate Internet gaming laws the SMH looks at the 10,000 strong Kahnawake tribe of Quebec, who's reservation now plays host to some of the Internets best known gaming sites.

12th May   South Australia  Source:
Casino owner likely bid for TAB

11th May   Melbourne   Source: CNet/Bloomberg News
PBL Will Spend A$200 Mln Completing Crown Casino, Paper Says

9th May   Japan  Source: CNN Travel/Reuters
Tokyo governor suggests building casinos

8th May   Australia  Source: ABC News Online
Queensland Govt bans more poker machines in hotels

8th May  Las Vegas & New Zealand  Source: Las Vegas Sun
Company installing slot software package
Harrah's Entertainment will trial the "seePower" slot monitoring system from NZ company Compudigm International.

8th May  New South Wales  Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Resignation rocks TAB's venture into gaming
The planned launch of a progressive jackpot system for Pokies in the state has encounted software problems.

7th May   New Zealand  Source: New Zealand Herald
Sky City says let public decide
The NZ Government is presently gathering information as part of a gambling review the recommendations expected to be published in July.

5th May   Australia   Source: The Australian
Gambling ban could end TV game shows

4th May   New Zealand   Source:
New Gaming Taxes Could Kill Rugby

2nd May   Las Vegas & Australia   Source: Yahoo/Reuters
Shuffle Master Announces Closing of QuickDraw(R) Transaction And Contracts With Shuffler R&D Heads

2nd May   South Australia & New South Wales   Source:
Survey backs pokies ban
Warnings on pokies to ease betting abuse

1st May   Japan & Las Vegas   Source: Yahoo/Reuters
Japanese pachinko to make trans-Pacific leap