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May - June 2002
Asia & Australasia

29th June       Singapore       Source: The Straits Times
22 men, one ball - and big, big bets

29th June       Chandigarh, India       Source: The Straits Times
Punjab set to be first Indian state to have big-time casinos
The proposals for US style casinos come from the Punjab Tourism Development Corporation

28th June       Philippines       Source: Manila Bulletin Online
Witness testifies on Clark casino

27th June       Manila       Source: Malaysian Star
Top policemen sacked over illegal gambling
Update: The policemen were severely reprimanded and not sacked.

27th June       Canberra, Australia        Source: Canberra Times
Labor refuses $10m jackpot from casino
The Australian Capital Territories Labor Party receives up to A$400,000 annually from the slots win at its Labor Club. 5200 machines are allowed in ACT all of which are located in licensed clubs.

26th June       Manila      Source: Reuters Asia
Manila police face sack for failing to stop gambling

24th June       Victoria, Australia      Source: The Melbourne Age
Gaming body faces fresh investigation

23rd June       Hamilton, New Zealand       Source: nzoom.com
New casino attracts job seekers
The Sky Riverside Casino is expected to open in September and will offer 220 full-time jobs.

22nd June       Sydney       Source: The Melbourne Age
Poker machine maker appoints gaming unknown as CEO
Len Ainsworth originally founded Aristocrat way back in 1952 and presently has a 52% holding of Ainsworth Game Technology.

21st June       Sydney       Source: Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Interview - New Ainsworth Game Tech CEO To Add Stability

20th June       Hong Kong       Source: CNN.com
Hong Kong horse racing loses to World Cup
Attendance at Sha Tin was down 26% for meetings that clashed with World Cup games. Both the Hong Kong and Malaysian Stock exchanges have complained about a drop in share trading caused by the competition.

20th June       Sydney       Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Newswires
Australia's Ainsworth: Appoints Peter James As CEO

17th June       Manila, Philippines       Source: Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones Newswires
Mondragon Results: Unpaid Casino Fees
The companies casino at the former Clark airforce base has been closed since early 2000.

17th June       Singapore        Source: Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Singapore arrests 11 for illegal soccer betting

15th June       Taiwan       Source: Taipei Times - Opinion
Better think twice about opening up any casinos
The writer details a number of problems with the present infrastructure of the Penghu islands that would hinder the development of large scale casinos.

14th June       Reno & Victoria, Australia       Source: Las Vegas Sun/AP
IGT controversy continues

14th June       Wellington, New Zealand       Source: Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Sky City says will seek full ASX listing

13th June       Victoria, Australia        Source: The Melbourne Age
Vic Govt could change gaming laws after ombudsman's report
Ombudsman slams $350,000 payment to gaming body
Gaming authority blasted over US payment
The Victoria Office of Gaming Regulation accepted a payment of $A351,927 from slot manufacturer IGT whilst the office were conducting an investigation of the company.

12th June        Manila        Source: Philippine Business World
PhilWeb not allowed to offer Internet gaming - SAGE - Link story liable to change

11th June        Penghu Islands, Taiwan        Source: Taipei Times & e-Taiwan News
Penghu says it wants to roll the dice
Penghu residents endorse legalizing gambling
In local elections 80% of voters on the separate issue of gambling said that they were in favour of the introduction of casinos to the island chain.

8th June        South Korea       Source: The Korea Herald
Foreigner-only casinos planned for Incheon airport area

8th June        Thailand & Cambodia       Source: Bangkok Post
Casinos protest at B1,000 border fees

4th June        Perth, Australia       Source: The Melbourne Age
Gambling JP jailed for fraud over residency claims

30th May        New Zealand        Source: New Zealand Herald
Locals first for jobs at Hamilton casino
Hamilton's Riverside Casino operated by Sky City is scheduled to open in late September

30th May        Melbourne        Source: The Melbourne Age
Casinos Austria bets on further growth

30th May        Brisbane        Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Newswires
Australia's Casino Austria Anticipates Stronger Fiscal Year Result

28th May        Brisbane, Australia        Source: The Melboune Age
Gambling dangers signs go up in Queensland

28th May        Melbourne        Source: The Melboune Age
Charity blasted over gambling links
The Doxa Youth Foundation is operated by Joe Giacobbe who is also known as the "punting priest".

28th May        Melbourne       Source: News.com.au/Herald Sun
Church charity nets $3m from pokies

27th May        Queensland      Source: Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Jupiters tips low double digit profit growth

27th May        Australia       Source: CNN.com - May 23rd
Media man Packer still richest Aussie

26th May        Queensland, Australia       Source: News.com.au/Courier Mail
Jupiters jumps on talks

24th May        Asia      Source: Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Organised crime bets on a winner

24th May        Hong Kong & Gibraltar      Source: MSNBC.com/Reuters
Gaming giant Chandler slams HK offshore gambling ban
The ban which comes into effect on the eve of the World Cup on May 31st. is almost certain to cost European based bookmakers a chunk of the many Millions in turnover the event is expected to generate.

24th May        Hong Kong      Source: The China Daily
HK leg approves Bill against illegal gambling

23rd May        Burma & Thailand       Source: Bangkok Post
Rangoon seals entire frontier as row spirals - Doors closed to all except casino visitors

23rd May       Australia       Source: Melbourne Age
Chips down for Ainsworth with projected $8m loss
Len Ainsworth, Australia's seventh-richest man has a 56.5 per cent stake in the company. He originally founded Aristocrat who presently have an estimated 65% of the market share for gaming machines in Australia.

23rd May        Hong Kong       Source: Newsbytes.com
Hong Kong Soccer Fans Turn To Net To Place Bets

22nd May        Hong Kong       Source: Yahoo Singapore/Reuters & Las Vegas Sun/AP
Soccer - Hong Kong bans Internet betting ahead of World Cup
Hong Kong passes bill banning overseas betting
The Hong Kong Jockey Club, which has a monopoly on betting in the enclave is apparently losing some US$10.26 billion annually to offshore unlicensed bookmakers. The World Cup begins in just 8 days and it will certainly be interesting to see if European based Bookmakers continue to take bets on the competition from Hong Kong based customers.

22nd May        Sydney       Source: Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
INTERVIEW - Australia's Ainsworth Hopeful Despite Market Route

22nd May        Sydney       Source: Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Kerry Packer Remains Australia's Richest, Despite One.Tel

22nd May        Wellington, New Zealand       Source: Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
INTERVIEW - Adelaide casino work paying off - Sky City CEO

21st May        Thailand        Source: Yahoo/Singapore/Reuters
Thai police chief says make World Cup bets legal

21st May        Melbourne, Australia        Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Newswires
Australia's Ainsworth: Cuts Fiscal Year Revenue And Profit Forecasts

20th May       Queensland, Australia        Source: Northern Light/Asia Pulse
Australia's Reef Casino Trust exceeds budget in Q1

19th May       Victoria, Australia      Source: News.com.au/Sunday Herald Sun
Smoke ban in pokie rooms
From September almost all of Victorias 533 gaming venues will be smoke free.

18th May       New Zealand      Source: Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
NZ's Sky City appoints GM for Hamilton casino
The casino in Hamilton is scheduled to open in September 2002 and will be Sky City's third in New Zealand. The company also operates Australia's Adelaide casino.

17th May       Australia & Illinois      Source: Yahoo Singapore/Asia Pulse
Australia's Aristocrat Wins US Casino Contract

16th May       Sydney & Las Vegas     Source: The Adveriser
Aristocrat hits Vegas jackpot

15th May       Malaysia      Source: New Straits Times
Cruise ships with onboard casinos can't operate while anchored locally

14th May       Korea       Source: US News and World Report
Military casinos - Uncle Sam's one-armed bandits
The US Military is a major slot operator on overseas bases. Last year total drop was $1 Billion with net revenues of $150 million.

13th May       Kuala Lumpur       Source: Jang Newspapers
Match-fixers may try to rig World Cup games, says Asian soccer chief

13th May       Sydney       Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Crooks rip off millions in dud pokie cheques
All wins over A$1,000 in New South Wales must be paid by cheque. Poker clubs estimate that they write out almost half a million a year.

12th May       Canberra       Source: The Canberra Times
Time to let taverns collect revenue from ACT pokies

12th May       Hanoi, Vietnam       Source: Yahoo/Reuters
Lady luck deserts Vietnamese women gamblers

11th May       Vanuatu & Australia       Source: The Melbourne Age
Pacific Star takes a punt on Vanuatu, going it alone on a $35m casino float

9th May       London       Source: BBC.co.uk
Packer: A born gambler
The BBC Sports takes a look at perhaps the worlds most flamboyant casino owner - certainly the biggest tipper!

9th May       Kuala Lumpur      Source: Yahoo/AP
Official Seeks End to Soccer Betting

5th May       Hong Kong       Source: Ananova.com & Yahoo/Reuters
World Cup gambling ring raids in Hong Kong
HK police crack illegal soccer betting syndicates
Yahoo Photos - Hong Kong betting seizures

4th May       South Australia       Source: ABC News Online
No Pokies MP calls for super tax on gaming earnings

3rd May       Hong Kong       Source: Yahoo/Reuters
World Cup to spur huge betting wave in Asia

3rd May       Hong Kong      Source: Reuters Asia
Betting proves irresistible to Hong Kong punters

2nd May       Bangkok      Source: SportingNews.com/AP
Authorities grapple with World Cup gambling
Ladbrokes expects 35% of its betting turnover on the World Cup to come from Asia.