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May - June 2004
Asia & Australasia

30th June          Melbourne           The Herald Sun
Gaming secrets out
Brief mention of the Crown Casino's refund programme based on Baccarat turnover in the Mahogany Room.

30th June          New Zealand 
Sweeping gambling laws to come into effect

30th June          Melbourne 
Crown accused over prostitutes
Drugs cash in casino
Hosts at the Crown Casino apparently regularily visited brothels with high rolling customers assisting them procure prostitutes.

30th June          Melbourne           The Melbourne Age
Labor's casino tour comes under fire

29th June          Manila, Philappines           The Manila Bulletin
Critics hit plan to convert 65 hectares of Manila Bay into huge gambling complex
PAGCOR intends to develop 65 hectares of Manila Bay that will include 3 casinos.

29th June          Hobart, Tasmania           ABC News Online
Casino workers to strike in wages dispute

29th June          Christchurch, New Zealand & London 
SKYCITY complete Christchurch Casino purchase
Aspinalls withdraw from Christchurch Casino
The sale of Aspinalls 40.5% stake in the Christchurch casino has been completed for NZ$93 Million. Sky City now own or have a stake in 5 of the 6 New Zealand casinos.

29th June          Darwin, Northern Territory           ABC News Online
NZ-based group in negotiations to run NT casino

29th June          Melbourne           Yahoo Australia/Reuters
Australia's Tabcorp extends takeover offer for Tab
Tabcorp require a 90% agreement level from Tab shareholders and presently have just 42.4%.

28th June          Poipet, Cambodia
Euro 2004 lucky draws at Cambodia's casinos
At the border crossing the average number of Thai's crossing daily to gamble in Poibet's casinos is put at around 1,000.

28th June          Singapore & Las Vegas          The Straits Times
The best bet
A poor title but an interesting interview with casino architect Paul Steelman conducted at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore.

28th June          Melbourne          The Advertiser/ & Herald Sun
$7.4 billion lost at casino
Two sides to the Crown coin
Crown Casino in Melbourne is celebrating it's 10th Anniversary this week. The average win-per-second since opening is apparently A$23.

28th June          Singapore          The Straits Times
Asia puts its chips on the gambling industry
A quick rundown of casinos and potential casino developments across Asia.

28th June          Hanoi, Vietnam
Vietnam man kills wife over Euro '04 bets
US$250 million casino to take shape in Da Nang

27th June          Singapore          Pakistan Daily Times
Feature: Will Singapore bet on a casino? Stakes are high

23rd June          Perth & Sydney          The Courier-Mail & West Australian
PBL bet to win casino
Packer's 90% call stays casino's hand

23rd June          Malaysia & Cambodia          Business Times
Ho Wah upbeat on gaming, hotel unit

23rd June          Singapore          Straits Times & Las Vegas Sun/AP
Casino giants eye Singapore and Thailand
Interest in Asian casinos intensifies; Harrah's in talks
Officials from Harrah's Entertainment are meeting with Singapore Government officials on Thursday.

22nd June          Hobart, Tasmania          ABC News Online
Casino pay talks to resume

22nd June          Brisbane, Queensland
Tabcorp bets on TAB

22nd June          Perth, Australia          Daily Telegraph
Packer sweetens casino takeover terms

22nd June          Bangkok, Thailand          The Malaysian Star/AFP
Thai police go down hard on gamblers

21st June          Sydney          Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Australia's PBL Puts Pressure Back On Burswood

21st June          Sydney          The Australian/
Oneile Aristocrat saviour

21st June          Perth & Sydney & Bloomberg News
Packer lifts bid for Perth casino
Publishing & Broadcasting Increases Bid for Burswood 
Publishing and Broadcasting Ltd. have lifted their bid to A$1.46 a share for the Burswood Casino in Perth, a deal valued at A$605 million ($417 million).

20th June          Bangkok, Thailand          The Nation
Gambling and corruption a major drain on the economy

19th June          New Zealand
Sky City betting on casino board seat

18th June          Hobart, Tasmania          ABC News Online & The Mercury News
Casino staff in Hobart still considering strike action
Ultimatum by casino workers

18th June          Christchurch, New Zealand
Skycity Entertainment Group Gains All Necessary Approvals For Interest In Christchurch Casino
Sky City have announced that they expect the purchase of a 40.5% interest in the Christchurch casino from Aspinall (NZ) Limited to be completed in 2 to 3 weeks.

18th June          Perth & Sydney          The Courier-Mail/
Casino investors quizzed

18th June          Singapore          San Francisco Chronicle/AP
Singaporeans invited to air views on casino plan as debate heats up

17th June          Bangkok          Fox Sports World/AP
Thai prisoners lose cable TV because of Euro 2004 gambling fears

17th June          Manila, Philappines          ABS-CBNNews
Manila cracks whip on gambling

16th June          Melbourne, Australia          Yahoo Australia/Reuters
Australia's Tab sees net profit up 21%

15th June          Hobart, Tasmania          ABC News Online
Casino operator moves to prevent industrial action
Federal Hotels have the monopoly concession for casinos (2) and slots in Tasmania. Website:

14th June          Hobart, Tasmania          ABC News Online
Tasmanian casino workers to stage stop-work meetings

13th June          Melbourne          The Melbourne Age
Underworld bans puts spotlight on casino

13th June          Singapore          Boreo Bulletin/Brunei Online
Singapore's Islamic teacher decry govt's casino plans

13th June          Singapore          Straits Times & Channel News Asia
Singapore police seize 253 gaming machines
Bogus football clubs raided, $8,200 and 253 gaming machines seized 

11th June          Bangkok, Thailand          The Malaysian Star/AFP
Thais likely to spend US$800m on illegal betting

11th June          Bangkok, Thailand          Mass Communication Organization of Thailand
Money circulated in Euro football gambling likely to reach Bt33bn
Police to crack down internet football gambling

10th June          Victoria, Australia          The Herald Sun
Bungled betting binge
Amazing story of a Victoria Gaming Room Manager who in around 8 hours bet A$540,000 on Keno while at work, later crashing his car at 180km/h on the way home.

10th June          Perth & Sydney          Sydney Morning Herald
Doubts weigh on Perth casino
It now looks increasing likely that Kerry Packer's PBL will not be upping their takeover bid for the Burswood casino.

10th June          Hamilton, New Zealand          New Zealand herald/NZPA &
Top cop nabs casino double
Top cop wins casino double during work hours

9th June          Sydney          Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones - 8th June
Australia Court Says Aristocrat OK To Dismiss Randall
Bitter Sweet Victory For Australia's Aristocrat

9th June          Sydney          Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Australia's PBL replaces Yates as chief executive

8th June          Korea          The Korea Times
52 Filipino Workers Caught Gambling on Cockfights

8th June          Melbourne          The Herald Sun
Police boost for casino
Despite daily attendances of 45,000 the number of police allocated to the Crown Casino has been just 6 since 1999.

8th June          Perth, Australia
Man accused of casino pepper spray attack
Casino pepper spray case heard
A 20 year old man has been remanded in custody and will appear in court on June 15th.

8th June          Victoria, Australia          Herald Sun
Blitz on gaming signs
All the 534 gaming pubs and clubs in Victoria will be restricted to one 2m sq. billboard from July 2005.

7th June          Perth, Australia          NineMSN news/AAP
Casino cleared after pepper spray attack
2,000 customers and staff were evacuated from the iurswood Casino in Perth on Sunday after an unidentified man sprayed pepper spray on the gaming floor.

5th June          Melbourne          New Zealand Herald/Bloomberg
Lottery firm to try luck with listing
Tattersalls is considering an IPO in November. There are presently around 2,000 private shareholders who are the descendants of individuals named in founder George Adams Will.

4th June          Dubai, U.A.E          Khaleej Times
61 Chinese held on gambling charges

4th June          Canbera, New Zealand
Man arrested over casino stabbing

3rd & 4th June          Taipei, Taiwan         CNA & eTaiwan News
Penghu opinion varied over Vice President's gambling proposal
Annette Lu's gambling proposal gets mixed opinions in Penghu

3rd June          Melbourne Sun
Accused drug boss banned from casino

2nd June          Singapore          Channel News Asia
Malaysia's Genting keen to invest in casinos in Singapore, Thailand

1st June          Singapore         Business Times - Opinion
Singapore can win big with gaming

1st June          Christchurch, New Zealand         New Zealand Herald
Casino: judge took a punt on the facts

31st May          Wellington, New Zealand         New Zealand Herald/NZPA
Illegal casino raided in Wellington

31st May          Lahore, Pakistan         Daily Times
Punters turn to Indian TV for gambling

31st May          Melbourne         The Melbourne Age/AAP
State hits back over Cain's casino claim
Crown Casino a money laundering centre

31st May          Singapore         Business Times
Asia's gaming industry set to go places

31st May          Melbourne, Australia         ABC News Online
Vic police watch for casino money-laundering

31st May          Perth         The Advertiser
PBL sees chink in casino armour

30th May          Perth, Australia         The Courier Mail/
Packer rolls again for casino
Punters expect PBL bid rise

29th May          Singapore
Singapore set to gamble on casinos in war for tourists
A proposed casino would be located on Sentosa Island a former British military fortification now housing a theme park.

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.

26th & 27th May          Victoria, Australia          The Melbourne Age - Editorial
Pokie culture condemned, but no change until 2012
Gambling on a different future

27th May         Perth & Melbourne au/Courier Mail
PBL may improve casino tilt
Casino sends PBL 'cheap' bid packing
Casino's pushing Packer to throw dice again
The board of Burswood have rejected a A$1.40 per share (A$686 million) bid from Kerry Paker's PBL Group.

27th May          Sydney, Australia          Yahoo/AFP & New Zealand Herald
Australia's Tabcorp finally snares rival TAB to create gaming giant
Australian gambling battle heats up 
Tabcorp Holdings latest bid of A$4.77 for each TAB share, valuing the company at A$2.15 billion has been accepted by the TAB Board.

26th May          Malaysia          The Malaysian Star
English and European league betting mastermind held

26th May          Singapore          Straits Times
Are debts incurred in a S'pore casino enforceable?

25th May          Melbourne
High-roller shows his hand
Intereresting. The website is: - And of course they have a system to sell!

25th May          Guam          Pacific Daily News
Gaming giant eyes Guam - Potential for casino market under review
Caesar's Entertainment are looking at Guam for a potential casino location. A vote will be held in November on whether or not to legalise gambling on the island. Website:

25th May          Sydney          Yahoo/Reuters
Australia's Aristocrat sees strong H1, shares soar

24th May          Singapore & Alice Springs          Channel News Asia
Casino operator Lasseters' share price up 51% on trading debut

22nd May          Singapore          Straits Business Times & Yahoo/AFP
Willing to bet big in S'pore
Las Vegas casino giant ready to bet two billion dollars on Singapore
The Pinstriped Mogul - MGM Mirage's Terri Lanni
Several U.S. companies are making a pitch to Singapore including MGM Mirage and Sheldon Adelson's Las Vegas Sands. The BT interview with CEO Lanni is an excellent piece.

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          Australia          The Melbourne Age
EBet secures US casino deal

19th May          Tokyo          Las Vegas Sun/Bloomberg News
Japanese gambling giant taking over Sega -- again

19th May          New Zealand
SkyCity gets regulator's nod for Christchurch casino purchase

19th May          New Zealand
Cleared To Buy Interest In Christchurch Casino

18th May          Burma          The Independent
Chinese flocking to gaming tables of Burma's sin city

17th May          Philappines          The Inquirer
New Baguio mayor to focus on casino issue

16th May          Kuala Lumpur          Fox Sports/AP
Malaysian police vow to crack down on Euro 2004 illegal betting
Police have apparently arrested 3,232 suspected soccer bookies in the past three years.

15th May          Singapore          Business Times
Gaming titans' S'pore wish-list

14th May          Tokyo, Japan          Mainichi Daily News
Japan to bet on casinos to boost tourism, economy
The report has an interesting picture of Japan's first casino dealer training school. 114 students have each paid ¥400,000 ($3,500). Website:

14th May          Auckland, New Zealand
Skycity Addresses International Gambling Conference

13th May          Singapore          Straits Times
Casino projected to plug $1.7b leak overseas
Reports from the Asian Gaming Expo that was held in Singapore from 12th to 13th May.

13th May          New Zealand          New Zealand Herald
Christchurch casino decision stalled

13th May          Northern Territory, Australia & Singapore          Channel News Asia
Casino operator Lasseters to launch IPO on Thursday

12th May          Singapore          Business Times
Tap casinos potential for clean entertainment: analyst

11th May          Singapore          The Manila Times
Casinos have image problem

11th May          New Zealand
Casino Commerce Commission decision delayed
Sky City's bid for 40% of the Christchurch casino, if successful, will give the company a stake in 5 of the 6 New Zealand Casinos.

10th May          Perth, Australia          Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Burswood Profit Rebound May Hinder Packer

9th May          Victoria, Australia          Sydney Morning Herald
Casino hostess escapes conviction after stealing from client
Crown Casino hostess Vivien Feng stole $200,000 from the hotel room safe of one of her high roller clients.

7th May          Australia          The Straits Times
All bets are off for gambling in Australia
Polititians are under increasing pressure to curb the State Government's addiction to gambling revenues.

7th May          Queensland, Australia          Yahoo Singapore/Asia Pulse
Australia's Reef Casino Posts Y-O-Y Rise in Q1 Net Profit
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