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May - June 2003
Asia & Australasia

30th June         Sydney, Australia           Source: Yahoo/Dow Jonmes Business News
Tabcorp: Buys Leighton's 15% Star City Mgmt Stake

29th June         Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia           Source: The Malaysian Star
2,500 gaming machines seized

29th June         New Zealand           Source:
Iwi trust gathers ammunition to battle government casino bill

28th June         Manila, Philappines           Source: Manila Bulletin
PAGCOR holds soft launch of world-class casino in Angeles City
The new venue has 39 tables and 287 slots. PAGCOR appear keen now to stress entertainment as well as gambling at their casinos.

27th June         Melbourne           Source:
Australia's Tabcorp says UK bets off for now
Interview with Tabcorp CEO Matthew Slatter.

27th June         Australia          Source: The Courier Mail & Daily Telegraph
Ainsworth rides $13m losing streak
Poker machine sound - $13m loss

27th June         Jodhpur, India          Source: The Hindustan Times
Jodhpur becomes Casino city
Interesting story, Jodhpur located in north-west India appears to be awash with electronic Roulette games.

26th June         Thailand          Source: Bangkok Post
Council finds nation not ready for legal casinos, soccer betting
The National Economic and Social Advisory Council has recommended that legalising the "underground lottery" is the lesser evil for Thailand.

25th June         Pakistan          Source:
MMA fails to ban gambling

25th June         Australia          Source: ABCNews Online & Melbourne Age/AAP
Greed, gambling motivate crime: report
Study links gambling and fraud
The Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) website can be found at:
Report link: Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice

24th June         West Australia          Source: Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Burswood seen as next Australian casino prey

24th June         Malaysia          Source:
Slot machines, not mini-casino for Tioman resort

24th June         Malaysia          Source: The Straits Times
Major illegal gaming machine centre uncovered
Police have seized around 3,000 illegal slots worth RM9 million ($2.36 million) in a warehouse in Ampang.

24th June        Sydney, Australia          Source: The Courier Mail
Game on at shaky Aristocrat
Aristocrat shares have recovered from a low of A$0.86 to a A$1.42 closing price on Tuesday.

23rd June         Australia         Source: The Advertiser
We don't want pokies say residents

23rd June         Sydney, Australia         Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Ainsworth may be dreaming about Aristocrat

23rd June         Australia         Source: Sydney Morning Herald & Melbourne Age
IASbet punting on European position
Iasbet on good deal with Europe betting company

22nd June         Sydney, Australia          Source: The Melbourne Age & SMH
Ainsworth hints at reverse takeover of Aristocrat
Ainsworth ponders bid for Aristocrat

22nd June         Sydney, Australia          Source: The Herald Sun/AAP
Gaming chiefs derided
Quote from Len Ainsworth who founded Aristocrat in 1952 and now heads Ainsworth Game Technology
"It is a specialised business and the people who come into it and fall on their face are those who come in thinking it is not different to any other business"

21st June         Victoria, Australia          Source: & Yahoo Australia
Gaming reforms set to take effect
Pokie players to get statements
Operators of Victoria's 535 poker machine venues, including Crown Casino will be required to issue activity statements to players club members at least once a year.

20th June         Manila        Source: Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Belle wins court ruling for aborted gaming deal

20th June         Kajang, Malaysia         Source: Utusan Online
Police seize RM1.5 million gambling machines in Kajang

20th June         Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia         Source: The Malaysian Star
Two men shot dead after trip to casino

20th June         New Delhi, India         Source: The Times of India
Is clampdown on gambling a farce?
Arrests totalling 426 in the first 4 months of 2003 are being made under the Delhi Gambling Act 1955.

19th June        Sydney          Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Business News
Aristocrat Leisure: No Basis For Bid Talk

19th June         Australia          Source: Sydney Morning Herald
EBet has to settle for less earnings

19th June         Sydney          Source: Sydney Morning Herald - 18th June.
Aristocrat can add fraud to its woes

18th June         Philippines           Source: Yahoo Singapore/Asia Pulse
Casino Proposed for Boracay Island, Philippines

17th June         Illinois & Sydney, Australia           Source: Yahoo/Business Wire & Reuters
WMS Gaming to Allow Rapid Roulette Distribution Agreement to Expire
WMS takes charge as abandons roulette game

17th June         Sydney, Australia           Source: Yahoo Australia/Reuters
Aristocrat big shareholder denies takeover talk

16th June        Melbourne          Source: ABC News Online
Casino guards back at work

15th June        Melbourne         Source:
Guards strike at Crown Casino

14th June        Melbourne           Source: The Herald Sun
Casino guards to strike tonight

14th June        Tokyo, Japan          Source: Mainichi Daily News
Ishihara abandons casino plans for Odaiba
The chances of a casino opening in Tokyo any time soon look increasingly remote. Governor Shintaro Ishihara will not pursue the idea of a casino in the Odaiba district.

14th June        South Australia          Source: The Advertiser
Pokies campaign 'gutsy'
South Australians have lost A$3.8 Billion on Pokies since they were legalised 10 years ago.

13th June        Western Cape, South Africa          Source: AllAfrica/Business Day
DA Objects to Accord Reducing Gambling Levies

12th June        Bangkok, Thailand          Source: The Bangkok Post
Panel not in favour of legalising casinos - Underground lottery may be kept alive

13th June        Australia          Source: The Thoroughbred Times
TAB urges government action on illegal foreign gambling operators

12th June         Malaysia          Source:
Report says mini-casino approved for Tioman resort

12th & 13th June         Australia          Source: Daily Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald, The Advertiser
Gaming giants double up
Tabcorp, Jupiters to join hands
Jupiters merger penalties
Tabcorp Holdings and Jupiters have apparently  greed  terms for their merger. It will create Australia's largest gaming company with among other assets 18,000 slots and  4 of the 13 casinos.

10th June         Goa, India          Source: The Times of India
Gambling their luck at Goa casino
The Caravela, managed by Casinos Austria International and operating out of Goa is the only legal casino in India. 

10th June         Melbourne          Source: Yahoo Singapore/Asia Pulse
Australian State Oks Move to Phase Out Atm's From Gaming Venues
Australian Banks Unlikely to Replace NAB Atms at Gaming Venues

10th June         Melbourne          Source: The Melbourne Age
The other slot machine
The National Australia Bank has decided to remove all its ATM's from gaming venues in Melbourne.

9th June          Melbourne & Shanghai             Source: The Melbourne Age
Gambling tycoon at odds with casino
Rise and rise of Shanghai Eddie

6th June          Victoria, Australia           Source: The Herald Sun
Secret deal on pokies
Govt denies gaming licence extension talks
"An extension of its existing deal with the State Government would continue to line the pockets of Tattersall's secret owners."

6th June          Sydney           Source: The Daily Telegraph
Cash it all in? No dice
Aristocrat founder Len Ainsworthe believes his family have no intention of selling their 40% stake in the slot manufacturer.

5th June          Thailand            Source: The Bangkok Post
Police keep eye on cruise ship to ensure its casino stays closed - Vessel must travel 12 miles out for a flutter

3rd June          Auckland          Source: Dominion Post
Casino bets Sars, war won't hurt finances

2nd June          Manila           Source: Yahoo Australia/Asia Pulse
Philippine Govt Seeks Probe Into Internet Sports Gambling System

1st June          Australia           Source: The Courier Mail
On a losing streak but pokie king unfazed
Len Ainsworth, who founded Aristocrat is staying cool over the recent troubles of the company although he and his family still own 40%.

1st June          Johor, Malaysia           Source: The Malaysian Star
Be our eyes and ears, Customs Dept urges villagers
The smuggling of slot machines has more than doubled in 12 months with customs so far confiscating 719 machines in 2003.

30th May          Sydney          Source: Yahoo Singapore/Asia Pulse
Australia's Stargames Annual Earnings Forecast on Track

29th May          NSW, Australia          Source: Yahoo Singapore/Asia Pulse
Australian State Govt Dedicates US$4.6 MLN to Help Gamblers

28th May          Sydney         Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Business News
Australia's Aristocrat Takes Issue With Hldr Lobby Grp
Aristocrat shares fell another 11 cents on Wednesday to A$0.89. on volume of 87,481,632 million.

28th May          Malaysia         Source: Utusan Online
Police cripple illegal gambling syndicate, arrest two

27th May          Sydney           Source:
Aristocrat Leisure Ltd. - Trading update
Company press release

27th May          Sydney           Source:
Aristocrat Stock Falls 33% on 3rd Forecast Cut in Yr

27th May          Sydney           Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Business News & Reuters
Australia's Aristocrat Warns 1H Rev, Earnings To Fall
Aristocrat Acting Chief Fincl Officer To Leave In July
Aristocrat shares slump on loss warning
The companies share price ended Tuesday at A$1 down 64 cents, and Aristrocrat must now be extremely vulnerable to a takeover bid

26th May          New Delhi, India           Source: The Times of India
Cricket betting racket busted, 8 held

26th May          Melbourne & Vanuatu           Source: Financial Review - May 7th
Packer closes Crown Games
Crown Games was run by chief executive of PBL Gaming, Andrew MacDonald who is also the founder of the casino news and management portal

26th May          Online Gambling - Australia          Source: The Melbourne Age
Gambling growth row rages

25th May          New Zealand           Source: New Zealand Herald/NZPA
Public gets say on where payout from pokies goes

25th May          Thailand & Cambodia          Source: The Nation
Chips are down at border casinos
A look at business in the Cambodian casino town of Poipet and the decline in visitors following anti Thai rioting in Phnom Penh.

24th May          Sydney         Source: Las Vegas Sun/AP
Trading of firm's stock halted - Aristocrat Leiure.

23rd May          Sydney          Source: Yahoo Auz/Reuters
Australia's Tabcorp Holdings Still Adjusting To New Smoking Laws
Tabcorp owns Sydney's Star City casino, all of Victoria's TABs, and 13,750 gaming machines in Victoria and 1,500 at Star City.

23rd May          Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia           Source: The Malayia Star
Resort holds a gaming permit not casino licence, says manager

22nd May          Malaysia           Source:
PAS MP: Umno bigwig second largest shareholder in ‘slot machine’ resort

22nd May          Australia           Source: Yahoo Singapore/AFP
Packer remains Australia's richest but billionaire numbers dwindle

21st May          Japan & North Korea           Source: The Times Online
Japan is to cut off gambling lifeline from North Korea

20th May          Malaysia           Source: Channel News Asia & Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
PM Mahathir vows no second casino in Malaysia
Malaysia rules out second casino

19th May          Yokohama, Japan          Source: News - 17th May
Kanagawa, Japan, Governor Says Casinos May Help Revive Economy

19th May          Tokyo, Japan           Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Business News
Sega Says Possible Deals With Japan Companies Evaporated

19th May         Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands          Source: Saipan Tribune
Bishop: No to Saipan casino

18th May          Japan, Malaysia & Philappines            Source: Daily Yomiuri, Straits Times &
Gambling firm vanishes with 100 million yen
Dying father and son rob string of betting shops
Molo police chief sacked for failing to stop illegal gambling

16th May          Perth, Australia           Source: Yahoo Aus/aap
$20,000 goes from casino
The culprit who allegedly made off with cash left unattended has been caught and is set to appear before Perth Magistrates.

16th May          Australia           Source: Yahoo Singapore/Asia Pulse
Smoking Bans to Have Impact on Fy Profit of Australia's Tabcorp

16th May          Victoria, Australia           Source: Yahoo Aus/aap & Sun
Tabcorp shares fall
Pokies jobs go up in smoke
Both Tattersall's & Tabcorp that are licensed to operate Slots in Victoria until 2012 have seen revenues fall as a result of smoking bans.

15th May          Australia          Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Business News & The Courier Mail
Tabcorp Expects Jupiters Merger Deal Within 3 Weeks
Smoking bans burn profits – Tabcorp

15th May          Australia          Source: The Melbourne Age & Yahoo Aus/ABC
Boy's death brings new gaming code
Coroner considers gambling's youngest victims
Toddler Brian Yao died of heatstroke in February 2000 after his mother left him in a closed unshaded car for 3 hours whilst she played slots.

15th May          India          Source: Deccan Herald
Punjab may give up proposal on casinos

15th May          Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia          Source: Singapore Business Times
Pahang defends gaming centre

14th May          Malaysia          Source:
Pahang MB defends Bukit Tinggi 'casino'

13th May          Melbourne          Source: The Herald Sun
Fight at casino over money
Disturbing story, the stabbing with a hunting knife apparently occured at one of Crown Casinos Baccarat tables.

12th May          Melbourne          Source: Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Centrebet valued at up to A$147 million-source

12th May          Thailand        Source: The Nation - Opinion
How to legalise lucrative casinos

11th May          Perth        Source: The Herald Sun
Man injured in casino fall

11th May          Sydney        Source: Advertiser
Gamber to sue casino for losses

13th May          India          Source: The Times of India
No casinos: Amarinder
Gambling den raided, 100 arrested

9th May          Melbourne        Source: Sun
Man charged over casino stabbing

8th May          Melbourne          Source: Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Smoking ban to hit Tabcorp profit-analysts

8th May          Kangwon, South Korea          Source: The Korea Times
KangwonLand Casino Losing Proposition for Gamblers

8th May          Tokyo         Source: Yahoo/Reuters & Dow Jones Business News
Sammy, Sega Scrap Plan to Merge Operations
Sega Hopes to Continue Talks With Namco Beyond Deadline
Namco Withdraws Proposal to Merge With Sega

7th May          Australia          Source: Australian
Packer betting shut down

7th May          Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia          Source: The Straits Times
A low-key opening for Genting's rival resort
Bukit Tinggi Resort will open next week near Gentings Highlands. There will be 250 electronic games but no tables.

6th May          Melbourne & Vanuatu          Source: Sydney Morning Herald
PBL pulls plug on net gambling
PBL quits online gambling
PBL shuts online gambling business
The highest profile failure of an Internet Casino so far. PBL, operator of Melbourne's Crown Casino has closed their online version that first opened in January 2002. Full year losses are expected to be A$7 million.

6th May          Melbourne          Source: The Melbourne Age
PBL folds ailing online casino

6th May          Canberra, Australia          Source: Yahoo Aus/Asia Pulse
Online Gambling Needs Review: Australian Minister

6th May          Australia          Source: Yahoo Aus/aap
Casinos feel the pinch from SARS epidemic

6th May          Australia & Denmark         Source: Yahoo Aus/aap
Centrebet sale not affected by online ruling-source

6th May          Brisbane, Australia          Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Business News & reuters
Jupiters Says SARS To Have Minor Earnings Impact
Jupiters sees scant SARS impact on earnings

5th May          Punjab, India          Source: Express Hotel & Caterer
Punjab Gambles On Casinos To Boost Revenues

3rd May          Perth, Australia          Source: Yahoo Singapore/Reters & Asia Pulse
Burswood sees yearly profit down 30%
Australia's Burswood Expects 30% Plunge in Full Year Net Profit

3rd May          Perth, Australia          Source: The West Online
SARS slices 30pc off casino profit
Management at Burswood Casino in Western Australia have announced thet profits are likely to fall by 30% for the full year. The war in Iraq and the SARS outbreak severely effecting international commission business (ICB).

2nd May          Tokyo          Source: Las Vegas Sun
Slot maker's profit to soar
Aruze Corp. that is the world's largest manufactureres of Pachinko machines.

2nd May          New Zealand          Source: New Zealand Herald/NZPA
More than 24,000 gaming machines in NZ

1st May          New South Wales, Australia          Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Hardship loophole opened on six-hour pokie ban