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November - December 2003
Asia & Australasia

30th December         Australia          The Melbourne Age/AAP
More gaming mergers on the table

30th December         Malaysia          The Straits Times
40 fined RM700 each for betting on cock-fighting

29th December          Thailand & Cambodia          The Bangkok Post & Dow Jones Newswires
PM warns officials not to visit casinos
Thai PM Threatens To Fire Officials For Casino Gambling

29th December          Hanoi, Vietnam          San Diego Union-Tribune/AP
U.S.-backed $1 billion Las Vegas-style resort one step closer to reality in Vietnam

29th December          Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia          Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Malaysia's Genting names new chief, eyes Loy Yang

29th December          Taiwan          Taipei Times
Penghu ready for growth, with or without a casino
Editorial: Penghu voting fiasco holds a lesson

29th December          Manila          The Manila Sunday Times
PNP rounds up over 2,000 illegal gamblers

28th December          Taiwan          Taipei Times
Penghu referendum a no show
Penghu referendum has no legal basis, Cabinet claims

28th December          Taiwan          China Post,
Majority of Penghu voters back casinos in gambling referendum
Penghu voters uninspired by referendum
Out of 68,086 eligible voters on the Penghu Islands 7,830 votes were for casinos with 5,984 votes against. A turnout of just 21%.

28th December          South Korea          Yahoo/AFP
Full house, fat profits at South Korea's only casino for Koreans
Amazing statistics from the Kangwon Casino that at 100 tables and 960 slots is the second largest in Asia behind Genting Highlands in Malaysia.

27th December          Tinian          Saipan Tribune
Court freezes poll results on Tinian casino initiative

27th December          Taiwan          Taipei Times
Critics say casinos no answer to woes
The Penghu's County Government is conducting a referendum today to determine whether residents support the legalization of casinos.

26th December          Sydney          Sydney Morning Herald
Tabcorp considers its next bets in TAB race

26th December          Seoul, South Korea          The Korea Times
Lawmaker Faces Questioning for Gambling in USFK Casino

24th December          New Zealand
Christmas truce in casino war

22nd December          New Zealand    Press release
Gambling Double Standards

22nd December          South Australia             ABC News Online
Gambling authority calls for pokies cull
The Independent Gambling Authority is calling for S.A's slot numbers to be cut 20% to 12,000.

21st December          Singapore             CNN/Sports Illustrated - AP
Singapore's soccer betting spark rise in phone 'analysts'

21st December          Sydney             The Melbourne Age - Opinion
Tabcorp sweats on the numbers in the contest to win TAB

21st December          New Zealand             New Zealand Herald
Millionaire bids to keep Christchurch casino local

20th December          Australia    Advertiser
Tabcorp tipped to take TAB

20th December          Adelaide             ABC News Online
Call to probe note acceptor use in SA casino
Bill acceptors on slot machines are now illegal in South Australia. These ones are on Rapid Roulette at the Adelaide Casino.

19th December          Bangkok, Thailand             Financial Times
Thai taxman sets his sights on prostitutes and gamblers

19th December          New Zealand             Otago Daily Times
Hagaman partner in high stakes bid for casino

19th December          Sydney, Australia             Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Australia's Unitab Goads Tabcorp With A$2B Tab Bid

19th December          Manila, Philippines             Philippine Daily Inquirer
Police reminded anew to curb illegal gambling or face ax

18th December          Melbourne             The Herald Sun & Courier Mail
$2.3m fraud nets three years behind bars
Jail for cheating high roller
Sam Yi-Shen Huang managed to get $2.3 million from the management of Crown Casino with just a forged check and a photocopy of a fake passport.

18th December          New Zealand   
Hotelier targets stake in casino
A struggle for control of the Christchurch Casino is developing between Aspinall's, Skyline Enterprises, Sky City and a local hotelier Earl Hagaman.

18th December          Australia             The Sunday Mail
Russian poker gang 'easy meat'

18th December          Australia    Telegraph
TAB's UNiTAB deal was dumb from the start - Opinion

18th December          Christchurch, New Zealand             New Zealand Herald
Court threat in casino board wrangle

17th December          Christchurch, New Zealand             Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
NZ PRESS: Sky City Eyeing 41% Christchurch Casinos Stake

15th & 16th December          Sydney             Sydney Morning Herald & Melbourne Age
ASA urges Aristocrat response on Creary
How Aristocrat's top executives became the gaming aristocrats

15th December          Sydney & Moscow             The Melbourne Age
Ainsworth signs agreement with Unicum
Ainsworth Game Technology Ltd has signed a five year 2,000 slot deal with Unicum Ltd. Machine parts will be shipped to and assembled in St. Petersburg.

15th December          Australia             Sydney Morning Herald
One in 8 billion a pokie maker's odds
Slot operators in N.S.W last year had a gross machine win of $4.4 billion up $100 million from the previous year.

15th December          Australia    Australian
Cricket site hits itself for six
An official statistics service for Australian Cricket has been moved to a UK host after investigations of gambling advertising by the Australian Federal Police.

15th December          Bhopal, India             Central Chronicle
Gambling dens raided, 30 arrested

15th December          Melbourne             Yahoo Aus/Reuters
Australia's Tab may dissolve UNiTAB deal-analyst

14th December          Christchurch, New Zealand   
Casino managing director stood down from board

14th December          Queenstown, New Zealand             New Zealand Herald
Few gaming ills in 'white' resort, official says

11th December          Bangkok, Thailand             The Nation
MPs tout UK casino model - Some inaccuracies in the article.

10th December          Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Aristocrat Technologies, Inc. Announces Nevada Gaming Control Board, GLI Approval of Its Breakthrough Millioni$er® Progressive; Signs Agreement With Coast Casinos

9th December          Agra, India             Indian Express
To woo more tourists, Agra may take casino route
Tourism Minister Naresh Agarwal belives casinos will encourage International visitors to stay overnight in the city of Taj.

9th December          South Australia             ABC News Online
More calls for SA pokies cap

9th December          Malaysia             Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Malaysia's Genting Says $300M Notes Fully Placed Out

8th December          New Zealand   
Parliament passes law banning smoking in pubs and clubs

8th December          Tokyo, Japan             CNN Money & Yahoo Asia/Reuters
Surprise shake-up for Sega
Sammy buys 22% of Sega from CSK, may raise stake

8th December          Australia & New Zealand             Sydney Morning Herald
Telecom eyes pokies monitor

8th December          Bangkok, Thailand             The Straits Times
Thai group vows to fight off casinos

8th December          South Australia             ABC News Online & Yahoo/Aus
No Pokies MP questions new gambling rules
SA introduces new gambling rules

8th December          Bangkok, Thailand             Bangkok Post
No dice, say activists as opposition grows 'Against Buddhism, will hurt the poor'

8th December          Australia & NZ             Sydney Morning Herald & Yahoo Aus/Asia Pulse
UNiTAB enters NZ gaming market
Unitab To Tender For Right To Monitor NZ's Gaming Machines
UNiTAB Ltd has teamed up with Telecom New Zealand to tender for the monitoring system for  New Zealand's 22,500 non-casino slots.

6th December          Singapore             The Straits Times
APB exec allegedly hid $11m in Swiss accounts
Chia Teck Leng who is accused of stealing S$117 million from his employer apparently did not lose all the money at the Crown Casino in Melbourne.

6th December          New Zealand & Adelaide             The Advertiser/
Smoke in the eyes of casino operator - Sky City

4th December          Tasmania             The Mercury News
Tassie's gambling spree tops $2b

4th December          Melbourne             Townsville Bulletin
Casino took fake $2.3m cheque
The Victorian County Court has heard that executives of the Crown Casino accepted a fake A$2.3 million cheque. The only ID shown to them was a photocopy of a forged passport.

3rd December          Victoria, Australia             The Herald Sun
Racing hits out at 'exploitative' corporate bookies

3rd December          Adelaide             The Australian
Casino to punt on overhaul

2nd December          New Zealand   
Most gamblers honest - Casino Control Authority
The NZ Casino Control Authority recorded 77 incidents of cheating last year in the countries 6 casinos. Website:

2nd December          Adelaide & Ackland, NZ   
Sky City details $A70m Adelaide casino upgrade

1st December          Adelaide            The Mercury News
Adelaide casino revamp
The Adelaide casino is owned by New Zealand's Star City who also recently opened an extension to their flagship Auckland casino.

1st December          Thailand            Bangkok Post
The casino question - Editorial
Safeguards warning on casino plan

30th November          Canberra, Australia            ABC News Online
Gambling the focus of new research centre in ACT

30th November          Auckland, New Zealand  
Casino beats licensing ban

30th November          Sydney, Australia            ABC New Online & Herald Sun
No grounds for class action, new gaming company boss says
Gaming chief digs in
Aristocrat has been hit with a shareholder lawsuit on the day that new CEO Paul Oneile took up office.

30th November          Sydney, Australia            Sydney Morning Herald
Warnings fail to deter, say problem gamblers

29th November          Sydney            Sydney Morning Herald
Cost of solving gambling problem: half all revenue
Sydney University Gambling Research Unit's director Dr.Michael Walker's speech to the National Association of Gambling Studies conference.

28th November          Thailand            Bangkok Post
Govt to give public final say on casinos - Referendum to gauge consensus of opinion on legalisation plans

27th November          Queensland            News.coma.u/The Courier Mail
Gambling rewards under fire

27th November          Cambodia            Dow Jones Newswire/FEER
Cambodia's Poipet Casino Enclave Could Vanish
A must read story about Poipet's 8 casinos. The Cambodian border town now ranks 2nd behind Macau, but ahead of Genting Highlands for gambling revenue in Asia.

27th November          Sydney            Sydney Morning Herald
Pubs and clubs gain wide reprieve from pokies shutdown

27th November          Thailand            The Straits Times/AFP
Thais to vote on legalising casinos

26th November          Australia            Yahoo Aus/aap & Dow Jones
Tabcorp/Tab deal tough, says UniTab
Australia's Unitab: Dismisses Speculation About PBL

26th November          Thailand            Bangkok Post & The Nation
GLO sees joint investment - Dire warnings on social ramifications
Casinos: 3 regions to be polled
GLO - Government Lottery Office.

26th November          Australia            The Courier Mail
UNiTAB confident of merger

26th November          Bangkok, Thailand            ABC/Radio Australia
Thailand to vote on legalising casinos
Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has announced that a referendum will be held in early 2004.

25th November          Australia            Yahoo Aus/Asia Puse
Australia's TAB Wants Tabcorp To Pay Unitab Merger Break Fee

25th November          Bangkok, Thailand            Bangkok Post
Casino hearings ordered

24th November          New Zealand            New Zealand Herald/NZPA & Newstalk
Online casinos illegal in NZ, warns Internal Affairs
Warning about on-line casinos
The Gambling Act 2003 comes into force in 2004 and prohibits the advertising of Internet casinos in New Zealand.

24th November          Australia            Sydney Morning Herald
Bookies keen to take on TABs

24th November          China & Mong La, Myanmar            The Asia Times
China moves on Myanmar - Part 2: Casino town loses out

24th November          Sydney            The Daily Telegraph
Exposed: Sydney pubs are suburban casinos
Statistics revealing that many Sydney pubs make substantially more from slots than from sales of alcohol.

21st November          Australia            The Australian
TAB schemers hedge the bets

21st November          Palau            ABC News/Radio Australia
Gambling bill to return to Palau congress

19th November          Baguio, Philippines             The Manila Times
Baguio City casino for visitors only

19th November          Angaur, Palau             Guam Pacific Daily News
Palau considers casinos
The Palau National Congress has passed a bill that would legalize casino gambling on Angaur a small island with a population of just 150.

18th November          Phnom Penh, Cambodia            Christian Science Monitor
In shadow of Cambodian casinos, illegal gaming soars
The $100 million Malaysian owned Naga World is presently under construction on the waterfront in Phnom Penh.

18th November          Australia            Yahoo Aus/Asia Puse
Australia's TAB Wants Tabcorp To Pay Unitab Merger Break Fee

18th November          Sydney, Australia            Yahoo/Reuters
Aristocrat shocks with fresh warning, shares slump

17th November          Adelaide  
Casino upgrade after gunman scare

17th November          Sydney            The Melbourne Age/aap
NSW Racing warily backs Tab proposals

17th November          Singapore            Yahoo Singapore/Channel News Asia
Police seize 360 illegal jackpot machines in raids on 18 sports clubs
Raids by Singapore Police follow a similar operation back in June when 219 slots were seized.

15th November          Sydney             Sydney Morning Herald
Men stabbed at casino

15th November          Melbourne    Mail
Casino gave cricketers 'play money'

14th November          Baguio, Philippines             Philippines Sun Star
Green light on casino operation unstoppable: Vergara

14th November         Sydney, Australia             New Zealand Herald/Reuters
NSW scraps gaming restriction

13th November          Baguio, Philippines             The Manila Times
Proponent of CJH casino told to comply with laws

13th November          Sydney             Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Tabcorp Bid For Australia's Tab Clears Major Hurdle

13th November          New Zealand             Otago Daily Times
Cheats, thieves target of forum
The 18th annual Australasian Security, Surveillance and Government Agencies Seminar.

13th November          Baguio, Philippines             Sun Star Network
Dads defend pro-casino stand amid protests

13th November          N.S.W, Australia             The Herald Sun
Gaming pumps $4.2bn into NSW

12th November          Canberra, Australia             Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Australian ACCC Boss Mum On Fate Of Tabcorp Bid For TAB

12th November          Bangkok, Thailand             Bangkok Post
Police pose obstacle to decriminalise illegal betting - Transactions should be opened for scrutiny

12th November          Australia             The Times of India
Gambling rampant in Aussie squad: Report

12th November          Seoul, South Korea             JoongAng Daily
New encouragement for foreigner casinos
President Roh Moo-hyun and his cabinet have approved a proposal from the Culture and Tourism Ministry allowing foreign companies that invest $500 million in Korea's tourism industry to also open a casino.

12th November          Sydney             Sydney Morning Herald
Pokies curfew sends punters to casino, say pubs

12th November          Seoul, Korea   
New encouragement for foreigner casinos

11th November          Australia & New Zealand   
Skycity may yet make play for Perth casino

11th November          Australia             Mercury News & Courier Mail
Warne gambling shock
ACB 'ignored' a worrying betting culture

11th November          Australia             The Australian/
TAB, UNiTAB merger on

11th November          Sydney, Australia             Yahoo Singapore/Asia Pulse
Australia's Ainsworth Plans US$9.6 MLN Rights Issue

8th November          Bangkok, Thailand            The Straits Times
Thai opposition says 'no' to legalised betting

10th November          Singapore             The Straits Times
$130,000 seized from alleged gambling den

10th November          Sydney, Australia             Yahoo Australia/aap
Ainsworth renounceable rights issue

10th November          Brisbane, Australia             Yahoo Singapore/
Australia's Tab to Go Ahead With Its Merger Plan With Unitab

9th November          Australia             The Herald Sun
Tabcorp pitches to ACCC
Watchdog to quiz Tabcorp

8th November          Australia            The Melbourne Age & Herald Sun
Tabcorp and TAB marriage could be simply irresistible
Odds 'against punters'

7th November          Philippines            The Manila Times
Casino gets backing from Baguio officials

7th November          Australia            The Herald Sun
Pokie ad ban long way off

7th November          Bangkok, Thailand            The Straits Times
Thais may legalise football gambling

7th November          Christchurch, New Zealand            ABC News/AP
Council to consult on proposed gaming policies

7th November          Australia  
Advertising ban put on gambling

6th November          Queensland, Austrlalia            The Australian
Premier slams Tabcorp bid
Queensland Premier Peter Beattie has said the proposed merger between Tabcorp and NSW's Tab Ltd would make a mockery of competition rules.

6th November          North Island, New Zealand  
Gaming machine scam hits North Island bars

5th November          Sydney            Sydney Morning Herald
Gangland murder taskforce arrests three on casino steps

5th November          Australia            The Melbourne Age & Herald Sun
Tabcorp's $1.9bn NSW TAB raid
Battle of the TABs

5th November          Australia            Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones & Reuters
Tabcorp Elbows Unitab Out Of The Way With Tab Bid
Australia's Tabcorp makes A$1.9 bln bid for TAB
Tabcorp: Merger To Be EPS Positive In Second Year

5th November          India            India Times - Opinions
Yes. Tax its proceeds to enhance revenue
No. Crack down on illicit gambling instead
Two opposing views on the legalisation of gambling in India. The practice was banned under British rule by The Public Gambling Act of 1867.

5th November          Australia            ABC News Online
Gaming groups announce merger plans

5th November          Jakarta, Indonesia            The Jakarta Post
Police arrest 88 people in a raid on gambling den

4th November          Victoria, Australia            Townsville Bulletin/
Tabcorp, pollies in shift

4th November          Melbourne            Sydney Morning Herald & Herald Sun
Bookies must love overseas hotpots - Melbourne Cup Reports
Mixed fortunes for bookies

4th November          Thailand           Business Day
Government explores legal football gambling

3rd November          Perth, Australia           The West Australian & New Zealand Herald
$19m thief may get more jail
Gambler's term disputed
Kim David Faithfull, 36 has been jailed for 5 years for stealing A$19 million from the Commonwealth Bank branch where he was manager. The Crown will appeal the light sentence.

3rd November          Australia  Telegraph
Bookies brace for tycoon plunge - Melbourne Cup Betting
8 hours before the race has so far matched £282,021 the book is 3% over round.

1st November          Australia          The Herald Sun& The Melbourne Age/aap
National blitz to curb pokies
National gambling controls on way
No linked jackpots, bill acceptors or ATM's and machine pauses are some of the radical plans agreed by states to cobat Australian's growing addiction to slots.

1st November          Phuket, Thailand          Phuket Gazette
Governor rejects casino idea
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