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November - December 2002
Asia & Australasia

30th December          Melbourne         Source: BBC.co.uk
Casino gambles on text messaging
Crown Casino uses text messaging to 400 casual and part time staff letting them know there are shifts available.

30th December          Brisbane, Australia          Source: Northern Light/Asia in Focus & The Herald Sun
Australia's Jupiters gets ready to buy Breakwater Island Trust
Jupiters to wrap up Breakwater takeover

30th December          Melbourne          Source: News.com.au & Yahoo Aus/AAP
Casino workers in pay protest
Crown Casino staff push pay demands

30th December          Sepang, Malaysia          Source: The Malaysian Star
Cops seize gaming machines
The article a photo of one of the devices - a very strange piece of equipment that seems to run computerised horseracing.

29th December          Melbourne          Source: The Melbourne Age
Crown strike seems odds-on
2,700 Crown Casino staff may take strike action on Thursday 2nd January after talks with management over pay rises have broken down.

28th December          Bangkok, Thailand          Source: The Business Times
8 Billion baht a month spent on gambling in Bangkok
If the statistics are accurate - Bangkok residents expenditure on gambling is a remarkable $186 million a month.

28th December          Haryana, India          Source: The Hindu
Haryana: HVP protests Casino bill

27th December         Melbourne       Source: The Melbourne Age & The Australian
Casino staff contemplate strike
Crown casino staff to strike
Two similar reports but a difference in the number of staff - one 2,700 the other 4,000.

27th December         Melbourne        Source: Yahoo Aus/AAP
Crown Casino staff plan strike
The Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union (LHMU) has threatened to take industrial action on 2nd January over what they see as an inadequate pay rise offer from employer PBL.

23rd December         Canberra, Australia          Source: Hoovers.com/Newsedge
Hotels outraged at gaming plan

23rd December         Manila, Philappines          Source: The Philippine Star
Casino financier killed in Ermita pension

23rd December         Melbourne, Australia          Source: The Melbourne Age
Casino pleads for change in laws
Crown Casino has been fined A$140,000 in the past 10 months for various breaches of Victorian gaming rules.

22nd December         Manila, Philappines          Source: Abs-CBSNews.com
Pagcor sees 43% jump in earnings to P20B in '02

20th December         Queensland, Australia          Source: Yahoo Aus/Asia Pulse
Australia's Jupiters Declares Breakwater Takeover Unconditional

20th December         Manila, Philappines          Source: ABS-CBSNews.com
Pagcor to tax text games proponents

20th December         Sydney & Chicago          Source: Stockhouse.com
Rapid Roulette - North American Update
Stargames Ltd. giving details of a revised North American distribution agreement with Williams Gaming.

20th December         Thailand          Source: Hoovers.com/The Bangkok Post
Even odds on Pattaya getting a legal casino - Mayor claims govt has endorsed project

18th December         Shanghai          Source: Yahoo/AP Photos
Dr.Stanley Ho proposes a toast celebrating 'The Shanghai City'

18th December         Malaysia & Canada          Source: The Edge Daily - December 16th
Genting unit buys into Canadian lottery firm

17th December         Queensland, Australia          Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Keeping the cash in-house - Southerners taking the pot? No way! says Jan Eakin

17th December         Sydney          Source: Northern Light/AFX-ASIA
Jupiters, UNiTAB sharply higher after announcing merger talks

16th December         Australia         Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Business News
Australia's Jupiters In Merger Discussions With UniTab

16th December         Queensland, Australia         Source: The Melbourne Age
Bets down on gaming merger
Queensland based Jupiters and UniTAB are exploring merger possibilities that would create Australia's 2nd largest gaming company. Victoria's Tabcorp Holdings is the largest with a market capitalisation of A$3.8 billion.

16th December         Victoria, Australia         Source: News.com.au/Herald Sun
Pokies left in limbo
Victoria's 27,500 poker machines are operated jointly by Tattersall's and Tabcorp on a contract that expires on 1st January 2012. Crown Casino's licence for 2,500 slots is good until 2032.

16th December         Cambodia & Thailand         Source: The Bangkok Post
Gambling debt row settled - Casino owner, Thai businessman make up

15th December         Chandigarh, India         Source: Outlook India
Casinos will generate revenue to be utilised on development

15th December         Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia         Source: Business Times Asia
Will Genting CEO bet right too?

15th December         Melbourne, Australia         Source: News.com.au/Herald Sun
Job losses blamed on smoke ban
Crown Casinohas axed 100 jobs from its 8,000 strong workforce after a downturn in business following the 1st September smoking ban.

12th December         Sydney          Source: The Australian Sunday Times
Aristocrat goes Russian
There are apparently 46,000 registered machines in the Russian Federation. Aristocrat's deal will see the company supplying slots to mainly Moscow and St. Petersburg

12th December         Sydney          Source: Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones Newswires
Australia's Aristocrat Slides On US Sales Concerns

11th December         Auckland, New Zealand          Source: New Zealand Herald
Woman robbed after Casino win

11th December         Las Vegas & South Korea          Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Acres Receives $2 Million Order for Casino System at Premiere South Korean Resort
Kangwon Casino is the only casino available to residents of South Korea. Website: www.kangwoncasino.co.kr

11th December         Haryana, India          Source: The Times of India
Hurdles being removed to welcome casinos

11th December         Malaysia          Source: Malaysia Star
Genting CEO eyeing Mycom properties and Olympia gaming

8th December        Australia         Source: The Weekend Australian
New casinos to fly
A look at the potential for future operators of the Airbus A380 to offer in flight casino gaming.

5th December        Mariana Islands, Australia         Source: ABCNews Online/Radio Australia
More criticism of Marianas gambling industry

5th December        Melbourne         Source: Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
INTERVIEW: Smoking Ban Challenges Australia's Tabcorp
Victoria Pokie players are apparently cutting down on the time spent playing and also the frequency. Tabcorp also operates Sydney's Star City Casino.

5th December        Melbourne         Source: The Melbourne Age
Tabcorp pokies takings continue slide

4th December        Sydney, Australia        Source: ABC News Online
Tongue-pierced worker takes on casino
Does a pierced tongue (Presumably like Scary Spice) breach Star City's grooming standards?

1st December        Victoria, Australia       Source: The Melbourne Age
Pokie cutback hopes falter
The InterChurch Gambling Taskforce had asked the Labour Party to cut the number of pokies from 27,500 to 15,000 over 5 years.

29th November        Singapore       Source: The Straits Times
Half the gaming houses raided still closed
407 video slots were confiscated from 18 sports clubs last week. Gambling in Singapore is limited to the Lottery and Football Pools.

29th November        Canberra, Australia       Source: Hoovers.com/Newsedge.com
Tough new gambling law threatens loss of licences

29th November        Seoul, South Korea       Source: Yahoo Auz/Asia Pulse
Online Korean Lottery Likely To Cause Gambling Craze

29th November        Tasmania       Source: The Tasmanian Mercury/
Tassie gambles $2b
Total handle in Tasmania has been put at A$2 billion with A$257 million lost by punters and A$70 million paid in gaming taxes.

28th November        Kuala Lumpur       Source: Borneo Bulletin & Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Founder of Malaysian casino Genting resigns after 34 years
Malaysia's casino king Lim hands power to son
Lim Goh Tong who is now 85 founded Genting Highlands in 1968. Two additional towers are due to be added to the complex to take the total number of hotel rooms to 6,300.

28th November        Tasmania       Source: ABCNews Online
Tasmania's Gambling Reliance Questioned

27th November        Queensland       Source: The Australian
Jupiters is a takeover target: CEO

27th November        Hong Kong       Source: The Straits Times
Top HK council endorses football-betting plan

26th November        Queensland, Australia       Source: Australian Financial Review
Jupiters tips flat growth

26th November        Hong Kong       Source: Reuters Asia
Cash-hungry Hong Kong to legalise soccer gambling
At present there are only two forms of legal betting in Hong Kong - Horseracing and the Lottery. The 118 year old Jockey Club is the largest taxpayer paying 14% of turnover to the government.

26th November        Hong Kong       Source: Northern Light/AFX-ASIA
Hong Kong govt sees revenue over 1 bln hkd/yr from soccer betting tax
The Hong Kong Jockey Club has been granted a five-year operator's licence for betting foreign soccer matches.

25th November        Manila. Philappines       Source: Yahoo Australia/Asia Pulse
Philippine Government To Ban Gambling Via Text Messages

25th November        Hong Kong       Source: Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
HK Shun Tak Extends Gains On Macau Casino Exposure Hopes

25th November        Hong Kong       Source: Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Hong Kong said to propose legalising soccer betting

25th November        Kuala Lumpur       Source: Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Malaysia Genting 3rd Quarter Net Forecast +22% on year, Resorts +35%

25th November        Sydney, Australia       Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones
Australia's Ainsworth: Expects A$5 Million Loss In FY03

24th November        Thailand & Cambodia        Source: Bangkok Post
Army officers banned from Poipet casinos

24th November        Thailand        Source: Hoovers.com/Newsedge
Go ahead and gamble
Good gambling looks dicey
Students carrying out a survey have found that of 38,976 questionnaires completed 75.8% were in favour of establishing a casino in Pattaya,

24th November        Wrest Point, Tasmania        Source: The Sunday Tasmanian
Protest targets casino pokies
Green Youth Network members have began placing stickers on machines informung players that they have a 9,765,625 to 1 chance of winning the jackpot.

24th November        Australia        Source: South Australian Advertiser
Pokies in gambling slowdown
Total spend on the 196,600 slots across Australia has reached A$14 billion according to research done by the Productivity Commission.

23rd November        Australia        Source: News.com.au/Daily telegraph
Pokie that paid too much
Tale of a Pokie operator and former Lord Mayor of Sydney suing a supplier over an alleged rogue machine.

22nd November        Victoria, Australia        Source: The Herald Sun
More bans for pokies
The Bracks Government if re-elected would ban all forms of advertising at the state's  534 pokie parlours and also at Melbourne's Crown Casino.

22nd November        Singapore        Source: The Straits Times
The name of the game for these sports clubs: Gaming
Crackdown on gambling in 'sports clubs'  Registered as societies, many had very little to do with sports
Picture of a very stylish video slot being removed. Police have recently confiscated 407 machines from 18 clubs.

22nd November        Hong Kong        Source: ESPN/SoccerNet.com & CNN/Reuters
HK to propose legalising betting
HK soccer gambling odds-on favorite

21st November        Victoria, Australia        Source: The Melbourne Age
Gambling gets mother jail for $130,000 fraud

21st November        Victoria, Australia        Source: The Melbourne Age
Labor to tighten controls on pokies

18th November        India        Source: Rediff.com
Haryana to go ahead with opening casinos: Chautala

17th November        Bangkok, Thailand        Source: Hoovers.com/Bangkok Post
Tackle gambling with legalisation

15th November        Kuala Lumpur & Niagara Falls       Source: Malaysian Star
Genting Managing Director lending US$80 million to tribe to build Niagara Falls casino

15th November        Kuala Lumpur & Niagara Falls       Source: Northern Light/AFX-ASIA
Genting not involved in Lim Kok Thay's $80 million loan for US casino - official
The Buffalo News has reported that an $80 million loan to the Seneca Tribe to build the "Seneca Niagara Casino" is from Lim Kok Thay. The interest rate quoted at 29% per annum. 

12th November        Taiwan         Source: TaiwanNews.com/Central News Agency
Private survey to test acceptance of offshore casinos

11th November        New Zealand        Source: New Zealand Herald
Pokies installed to beat tougher law

11th November        Chandigarh, India      Source: Tribune India
Some doubts over Haryana casinos

10th November        Fiji        Source: ABC Radio Australia News - 6th November
Fiji cabinet defers gambling machines move

10th November        Thailand        Source: The Nation
Casinos: PM vows to heed public opinion
The Thai Prime Minister says he is ready to say yes to casinos - if the public is also in favour.

7th November        Manila        Source: The Philippine Star
Senator questions legality of online casino gaming
www.sagecasino.com has been operating for 2 years after being granted a licence by PAGCOR in 1998.

7th November        Victoria, Australia       Source: The Melbourne Age
Greens scold parties for gambling addiction

7th November        Victoria, Australia        Source: The Hospitality Site
Pokies profit up in smoke
Pokie clubs in Victoria have experienced an overall 20% decline in business following the implementation of the no smoking policy on 1st September. For those near the State borders with NSW the figure is 30 to 35%.

6th November        Auckland, New Zealand       Source: New Zealand Herald
Sky City punts on second hotel

5th November       Tokyo & Las Vegas       Source: Las Vegas Sun
Aruze investment detailed

5th November        Taipei, Taiwan       Source: Northern Light/Asia In Focus & Yahoo Aus/Asia Pulse
Casinos plan halted by Taiwan's Premier
Taiwan Premier Seeks National Consensus On New Casinos

5th November        New Zealand       Source: Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
NZ's Sky City plans buyback of up to NZ$60 mln

4th November        Seoul, Korea        Source: Northern Light/AFX-ASIA
Casino operator Paradise to list on KOSDAQ tomorrow - 3rd November
Paradise Group operate a number of "foreigner" only casinos in South Korea including the Walker Hill casino. website: www.paradisegroup.co.kr

4th November        Australia        Source: The Australian
Unions push for smoke free clubs

3rd November        Singapore        Source: Malaysia Kini
Gambling thrives in Singapore despite ban on casinos - very brief story

3rd November        Nevada        Source: Reno Gazette Journal/AP
Las Vegas casino sues Hong Kong gambler for $700,040

1st November        Malaysia & Cambodia        Source: Malaysian Daily Star
Ho Wah Genting explains why it ventures into casino business

1st November        Melbourne        Source: The Melbourne Age
Smoke ban tarnishes PBL's Crown
The smoking bans implemented across Victoria from 1st September apparently have hurt results at Crown as well as Pokie venues.