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November - December 2003
Europe

30th December          Valleta, Malta          The Malta Independent
Casino di Venezia in Malta seeking new investment to become profitable

30th December          Tel Aviv, Israel          Ha'aretz Online
Police believe crime gangs behind bombing of known gambler's jeep

29th December          Paris, France          Viola.fr/AFP - 27th December
Nouvelle saison record pour les casinos français
France's 180 casinos had a gross win of €2.54 billion in 2002/3 up 3.68%. Slot win made up 92.88% of the total.
Les dix premiers casinos français
Listing of the top 10 casinos ranked by win in 2002/3. Enghien, on the outskirts of Paris is since the placement of slots the most profitable in France.

21st December          Nicosia, Cyprus             Cyprus Mail
30 charged after gambling club raids

19th December          Athens, Greece             eKathimerini
No more back doors or gaming at Net cafes

19th December          Tel Aviv             Ha'aretz Daily
Gambling kingpin, bodyguard remanded

16th December          Corfu, Greece             eKathimerini
Construction firms lead bidders for Corfu casino
The 3 bidders for an 80% share of the Corfu casino are:
Empedos with Spainís Cirsa Business Corporation as manager.
Olympic Technical and its subsidiary Sithonia Beach (which manages the Porto Carras Casino).
Vioter in partnership with Gantzoulas and Erteka and Casinos Poland.

15th December          Asturias, Spain             El Commercio Digital
Hoy se darán a conocer las tres ofertas del casino para Gijón

15th December          Israel             Jerusalem Post
Sharon urges war on crime
Israeli police have raided a number of illegal casinos in the Haifa region, confiscating NIS 150,000 & detaining 200 of the 1,000 gamblers on the premises.

14th December          Israel             The Scotsman
Israel faces up to terror of the Mob

12th December          Athens & Lima, Peru              Yahoo/AP
Greece's Intralot buys Peruvian gambling operator Tektron

11th December          Copenhagen             Copenhagen Post
Gambling monopoly
Brief comment from the governments's own law company questioning the legality of Denmark's betting monopoly Tipstjenesten.

11th December          Tel Aviv             CNN.com
Tel Aviv blast kills 3 - Police: Suspected crime figure may have been targeted

11th December          Budapest, Hungary             The Budapest Sun
Gaming monopoly cashes in on jackpot
Hungary's monopoly lottery and gaming company Szerencsejáték Rt has benefitted from a 38 week "Rollover" that saw one ticket win U.S. $21Million on December 1st.

10th December          Israel             Globes Online
BDI: 3 casinos will create 1,200 new jobs
Business Data Israel research into the effects of legalising 3 casinos in the country

9th December          Sofia, Bulgaria             Novinite.com
Bulgaria's State Lottery Operator Tender Halted

9th December          Hamburg             ISA-Casinos.de
Pünktlich zum Fest - Hamburg Jackpot mit über 600.000 Euro vor Berlin und Stuttgart

8th December          Prague. Czech Republic             Ceebiz.com
City council crackdown on "hernas" under fire
Prague has some 6,048 slots located in either herna bars, casinos or restaurants and there are believed to be some 42,900 machines nationwide.

4th December          Paris             Investir.fr
LES CASINOS POURRAIENT PERDRE LE MONOPOLE DES MACHINES à SOUS

3rd December          Warsaw, Poland             Financial Times
Politicians rush to distance themselves from Polish gambling machine scandal
Prosecutors in Gdansk are investigating whether a slot tax of €200 was reduced to €50 after the payment of a €8.35 million bribe.

29th November          Vancouver & Vilnius, Lithuania            Yahoo/CCN Matthews
Great Canadian Gaming Corporation: Company Update

27th & 28th November          Vancouver & Vilnius, Lithuania            CCN Matthews
Creation Casinos Commences Trading on CNQ
Creation Casinos Inc.: Private Placement
Creation Casinos owns and operates the newly opened Grand Casino World in Vilnius, Lithuania.

27th November          South Africa & Austria            Finance24.co.za/JSA
Admiral Leisure World Ltd - Reviewed Group results for the year ending 31 August 2003
ALW Ltd. is 80,88% owned by Austrian Gaming Industries (Novomatic). Among it's assets on the continent the company operated 2 casinos in Botswana.

27th November          Sofia, Bulgaria            Focus News
Roumen Marinov, Dealing with Gambling, is the Man Killed in Sofia
Cold Blooded Murdered in the Head Man was Partner in VAI Holding

24th November          The Netherlands            iGamingNews.com
Foreign Operators Brace for 'Real War' in Holland
As a prime example of how the law cannot match the changes taking place in technology, the Ladbrokes/De Lotto case is expected to last a number of years in the Dutch courts.

24th November          Germany & Malta            isa-casinos.de/ots
Wettbörse sperrt Oliver Kahn aus

20th November          Tel Aviv, Israel            Ha'aretz Daily
Former police chief to be charged with aiding casinos

17th November          Eilat, Israel            Globes Online
Ports Authority orders Eilat casino ships activities halted

15th November          Valleta, Malta             The Malta Independent
Government faced with difficult decision on gambling machines

13th November          Denmark             Copenhagen Post
Gambling monopoly under threat
Dansk Tipstjeneste's monopoly on gambling could shortly be removed after the European Supreme Court's recent ruling in the Italian Gambelli case.

9th November          St. Gallen, Switzerland             Wirtschaftsblatt
Casinos Austria startet mit sechstem Casino in der Schweiz

6th November          Bern, Switzerland             Yahoo Germany/AP
Casino Verband wirft den Kantonen Doppelmoral vor

6th November          Copenhagen            Copenhagen Post
A European court ruling could spell an end to the domestic monopoly of state bookmaker Dansk Tipstjeneste

6th November          Liverpool & Italy            Ample.com/AFX
Stanley Leisure says EU Court rules in its favour in Italian betting
The ECOJ ruling appears to only apply to "bricks and Mortar" operations and not Internet gambling.

6th November          Liverpool & Italy             The Scotsman/PA
Euro Judges Back Internet Bookie in Row with Italian Government
EU Court Boost for British Bookie
Judges at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg have ruled in the Gambelli case that Italy's rules on Interactive betting run counter to EU competition laws.

4th November          Koblenz, Germany            News.de/dpa
Krankhaftes Glücksspiel nimmt beängstigend zu - Website: www.gluecksspielsucht.de

4th November          Lugano, Switzerland            Swiss Info - Italian
Ticino: racket al Casinò? - Website: www.casinolugano.ch

4th November          Italy            EU Politix
Italian bookmakers gamble on court win
The European Court of Justice is set to rule on the "Gambelli" Italian bookmaking case on Thursday.

1st November          Cyprus          Cyprus Mail
Casinos touted as solution to tourism problem
Commerce Minister George Lillikas and political parties will hold discussions in mid November on whether to establish a casino in Southern Cyprus.
 




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