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November - December 2002

31st December          Hamburg, Germany         Source:
Spielbank Hamburg eröffnet ihre fünfte Dependance
Spielbank Hamburg will be celebrating its 25th anniversary on the 20th January 2003. The company has also been granted a 15 year contract extension and will be opening its 5th operation shortly.

31st December          Lindau, Germany         Source:
Nach 41 Jahren Roulette in den Ruhestand
Excellent story about the retirement of a Saalchef who began work at the Lindau Spielbank in 1961 and his successor who has also been at the casino 35 years.

29th December          Switzerland          Source: Neue Zürcher Zeitung AG
So rollen die Kasino-Kugeln
Die beliebtesten Slot-Machines
A look at the Swiss Casino industry and also the selection of slots so far chosen by operators.

29th December          Germany          Source: Yahoo Germany/ots
"scaraboo live": Nervenkitzel bei der Vierschanzentournee
Scaraboo, a subsidiary of Siemens, is a German based betting platform for use on mobile telephones and PDA's.

28th December         Switzerland        Source: Northern Light/AFX
Zehntes B-Casino der Schweiz im Kurort Bad Ragaz eröffnet
The 10th of 15 "Class B" casinos has opened in Bad Ragaz. There are a total of 125 slots and 7 tables - 4 Roulette and 3 Blackjack.

27th December         Paris        Source: Nothern Light/Les Echos
Groupe Partouche sees good turnover result - (Hausse de 28% du chiffre d'affaires de Groupe Partouche)

26th December         Loutraki, Greece        Source: Globes Israel
Casino Loutraki owners will make €120m exit - source
Article on the controlling interest in the Loutraki casino now being purchased by Casino Austria.

23rd December         Switzerland          Source:
Im Schweizer Nobelort St. Moritz zieht das Glücksspiel ein
The St. Moritz Casino (Class B) has re-opened in the Kempinski Grand Hotel, there are 7 tables and 75 slots.

23rd December         Switzerland          Source:
Werbung für illegales Casino Werbung
The Swiss Gaming Board is looking into Internet Casino advertising placed recently in Swiss newspapers.

22nd December         Spain          Source:
Spain celebrates huge lotto wins
The Christmas Lottery in Spain is the worlds largest gambling event. Prizes this year totalled €1.6 billion.

22nd December         Zermatt, Switzerland          Source: Yahoo/Reuters
Top Swiss Alpine Resort Opens Casino to Boost Image
The town of Zermatt at an altitude of 5,315 feet has opened its "Class B" casino. It is a partnership between the town and Saarland Spielbanken.

22nd December         Lugano, Switzerland          Source:  Northern Light/AFX
Direktor des Casinos Lugano entlassen
Just three weeks after opening Casinò Lugano SA have sacked Director Bert Westermann from partner Holland Casino. The company will now just have an advisory role in the casinos operations.

20th December         Las Vegas and Beaune, France          Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Paul-Son Names CFO and Announces That Its Nasdaq Listing Will Continue

20th December         Barcelona          Source: Coinslot/ATE
Unidesa and IAMC undertake strategic alignment

20th December         Zurich, Switzerland          Source: Yahoo Germany/OTS  - December 17th
Verkehrte Welt: "Spiel-Hölle" in Kirchgemeindehaus ausgehoben
An gambling club run by Yugoslavians has been raided in Zurich and SF14,000 confiscated. The venue was apparently Church property.

20th December         Bern, Switzerland          Source: Yahoo Germany/OTS
Neues Mitglied für Eidgenössische Spielbankenkommission

20th December         Stockholm, Sweden          Source: Northern Light/Primezone
Boss Media launches software for online poker with assistance from poker professional Andy Glazer

18th December         Monte Carlo         Source: Yahoo/AP Photos
Christmas and New Year's lights illuminating the casino in Monte Carlo

18th December         London & Sweden          Source: Northern Light/Primezone & Yahoo Sweden
Freeserve, the U.K.'s Biggest ISP, Launches Online Bingo with Boss Media
Boss Media: Genombrott för Boss Medias nya bingoplattform
Sweden's Boss Media, Victor Chandler and Free serve are teaming up to offer Bingo at:

18th December         Paris           Source: Northern Light/AFX
Groupe Partouche: chiffre d'affaires 2001/02 en hausse de 28% à 371,9 M EUR

17th December         Barcelona          Source: Northern Light/Expansion
Olivetti withdraws from Cirsa board - (Olivetti sale del consejo de Cirsa tras considerar no estrategico su 5%)
Cirsa is parent company of slot manufacturer Unidesa and was founded by Chairman Manuel Lao in 1978.

16th December         Vienna, Austria         Source:
Spielsüchtig - Kasino muß Verluste zur Hälfte ersetzen
Casinos Austria must pay back half of the losses of a student after not correctly verifying his financial position.

16th December         Bremen, Germany         Source: - 13th December
70000 Mark Trinkgeld gezahlt
A player who tipped the dealers around 70,000 DM in the Bremer Spielbank has gone to court to try and get the money back.

13th December         France          Source: Northern Light/AFX
Les casinos du Mont-Dore et de la Bourboule rachetés par Arev Finances

12th December         Jerusalem          Source: Jersusalem Post & Ha'aretz Online
Court rejects casino airplane petition
Flying casino is grounded before venture even takes off

11th December         Vienna, Austria          Source: Yahoo Germany/Reuters
Admiral dreht nach neun Monaten operativ ins Plus
Admiral Sports Betting is publicly traded in Vienna and is part of the casino supply company Novomatic Group.

9th December         Connecticut           Source: Norwich Bulletin
Mohegan Sun recruiting casino dealers in Poland
100 English-speaking dealers from Poland are expected to be recruited early in 2003 on 9 month working visas.

9th December         Bratislava, Slovakia           Source: The Slovak Inspector
Casinos struggle with low attendance, bad image
Interesting look at the development of casinos in Slovakia that first began opening in late 1989. Salaries for casino staff have unfortunately not kept pace with inflation.

6th December        Athens & Serbia        Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Business News
Intralot's Serbian Unit Gets Fixed-Odds Games Contract
Intralot operates the Greek National Lottery and sports betting. Website:

2nd December        Berlin        Source: Yahoo/Reuters
Germany turns on to Bingo

30th November        Berlin, Germany       Source: Der Tages Spiegel Online
Einfach zum Kugeln
Germany's first Bingo Hall with 330 places has opened on the first floor of Spielbank Berlin in Potsdammer Platz.

29th November        Switzerland       Source:
Casino Lugano öffnet heute seine Tore
The "Class A" Casino Lugano has opened for business today. With a combined gaming floor of 4,000 square metres, 26 tables and 250 slots. Average future attendance is thought to be in the region of 900 to 1,300 daily.

29th November        Switzerland & Italy        Source:
Casinò: lanciata la prima sfida diretta

29th November        Bad Homburg, Germany       Source: Berlin Morning Post/DPA &
Bad Homburger Spielbank überfallen
Bad Homburg-Spielbank überfallen - 140000 Euro
Bad Homburg casino has been robbed at gunpoint by two men who fled the scene on foot, there is disagreement from news reports about exactly how much was stolen. The casino is famous as it was originally founded by the Blanc brothers who later established the casino at Monte Carlo. Website:

26th November        Israel      Source: Ha'aretz Online
Alon: 'I stole for my gambling brother'

25th November        Hohensyburg, Germany       Source:
Kommt - setzt - siegt Casino Hohensyburg Dortmund - image file
Vitali Klitschko took time out from fight preparations last Friday to bet on No: 7 at the French tables of Germany's largest casino. Klitschko's next fight could possibly be against Lennox Lewis in early 2003.

21st November        Lugano, Switzerland        Source: Northern Light/AFX-CH
Casino Lugano rechnet mit 90 Million CHF Gewinn pro Jahr
Daily attendance at the "Class A" Casino Lugano is calculated to be between 900 and 1,300. Average daily win per slot at 400 Swiss Franc's and 4,300 per table. The first day of business will be on the 29th November.

20th November        Switzerland        Source: Northern Light/AFX-CH
Swiss Casinos Services AG entlässt 16 Mitarbeiter

18th November        Austria & Switzerland        Source: Casinos Austria International
Casino Number 4 for Casinos Austria International in Switzerland
On the11th November "Class B" Casino Zürichsee in which Casinos Austria Internationals (CAI) have a 30% stake opened its doors to the public.

17th November        Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany       Source: Welt am Sonntag
So bittet NRW Casinos zur Kasse
Nordrhein-Westfalen's 4 casinos pay 80% of win in Tax to the state. Although the gaming staff are paid out of the Tronc there is little left for modernisation. Casino Hohensyburg in Dortmund is one of the largest in Europe.

13th November        Switzerland       Source: Northern Light/AFX-CH
CH/Casinos erwirtschaften 292 Million CHF
In the last year the 23 Swiss casinos had a gross win of 292 million Swiss Francs. The most profitable operation is Casino Baden with a win of just under CHF46 million.

13th November        Montreux, Switzerland         Source: Northern Light/AFX-CH
CH/Casino Montreux verschiebt Eröffnung um zwei Monate
The "Class A" Montreux casino is expected to have its official opening on the 12th February 2003. Budget for the project is CHF44 million.

11th November        Switzerland         Source: News Aktuell Switzerland
Casino Zürichsee eröffnet - Nadine Vinzens und Jennifer Ann Gerberrollten die erste Kugel
Casino Zürichsee at Pfäffikon is a "Class B" casino with 10 tables and 150 slots. Miss Switzerland, Nadine Vinzens will do the honours by spinning the first number. Website:

11th November        Lisbon, Portugal        Source: Journal Publico Online
"A Associação de Casinos Corre o Risco de Se Desfazer"
The President of the Portugese opeator Solverde is worried about the effect that a new casino in Lisbon will have upon other properties.

8th November        Toulouse, France         Source: Northern Light/AFX
Toulouse compte accueillir un casino d'ici à quatre ans
The Toulouse town council has approved in principal the establisment of a casino at a site yet to be determined. Under the 1988 French Gaming Act all cities with a population over 500,000 are elible to have casinos.

8th November        France         Source: Northern Light/La Tribune
Moliflor gambles on south-west
French casino operator Moliflor has aquired two casinos in Saint-Jean-de-Luz and Saint-Paul-les-Dax.

7th November        Pfäffikon, Switzerland        Source: Yahoo DE/News Aktuell
Eröffnung des Casinos Zürichsee
On the 12th November another "Class B" casino will open in Switzerland. The Pfäffikon casino will have 10 tables and 150 slots and is a Partnership between Swiss Casinos (70%) and Casinos Austria (30%).

5th November        Israel & Loutraki, Greece       Source: Jerusalem Post
Israelis to sell 25% of Greek casino for $163 million
Casinos Austria appear set to take a 25% stake in the Loutraki casino. One of the busiest in Europe, the operation is presently 80% owned by Israeli company Residio FIBI.

5th November        Bulgaria       Source:
Bulgaria's Police Scrutinizes Gambling Halls

3rd November        Italy        Source: Northern Light/Il Sole 24 Ore
Snai losses mount - (Le perdite Snai a 11 milioni nel primo semestre)
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