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November - December 2004
Asia & Australasia

30th December          Singapore           Today Online & The Malasian Star/AFP
Govt sets conditions for casino
Casino proposals sought

30th December          Singapore & Australia           Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones & SMH
Macau, Australian Casino Barons Mull Singapore License
Packer and Ho roll dice in Singapore

30th December          Philappines           Philippine Star
Casino financier not kidnapped, cops say

29th December          Singapore           IHT/Bloomberg News
Singapore tries to placate casino critics

29th December          Singapore & Las Vegas           Yahoo Singapore/Asia Pulse
Singapore's Request for Casino Concepts Welcomed by Harrah's

29th December          Singapore           Singapore Government - Press release
Social safeguards for Integrated Resort with casino gaming
The Singapore Government is now requesting plans to be submitted for an "integrated resort" either on Sentosa Island or the Marina Bayfront.

29th December          Singapore           Yahoo Singapore/Channel News Asia
Casino operators surprised by proposed guidelines
Singapore authorities are proposing that any casino will have a S$100 a day or $2,000 per year membership fee.

29th December          Singapore           The Edge Daily
Genting proposes RM3.8 billion cruise centre in Singapore

29th December          Goa, India           Navhind Times
No more floating casinos, says govt

27th December          Hanoi, Vietnam           The Daily Times, Pakistan
Vietnam mulls lifting ban on football betting

23rd December          China & North Korea           The Himalayan Times
Chinese officials gamble away public funds

22nd December          Singapore           Business Times
A casino can lift property stocks

22nd December          Tasmania 
Win on pokies - State escapes penalty over gaming monopoly
Privately owned Federal Hotels Group has a monopoly on slots in Tasmania until 2020.

20th December          Victoria, Australia           The Melbourne Age
All-day pokies shut down
24 hour gaming venues in Victoria will cease to exist in January. In 2000 there were 133 locations operating around the clock.

19th December          Thailand & Cambodia 
Cambodian casino encroaches on Thai soil

19th December          Singapore           The Melbourne Age
Government to invite casino operators to submit proposals

18th December          London & Northern Territories           The Herald Sun
NT knocks back betting exchanges

18th December          Singapore           Yahoo Austrlaia/AFP
Singapore's Raffles hotel group denies casino plans

17th December          Singapore           The Electric New Paper
Raffles Hotel, Raffles City. Next, Raffles Casino

17th December         Victoria, Australia           The Melbourne Age
Secrecy fears on gambling research

16th December          China & North Korea           Antara News
China hunts for official who gambled $334,000 in N. Korea
The casino is apparently the Emperor Club in the city of Rason.

16th December          Sydney, Australia           Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones Newswires
Sin Is In As Asian Government's Embrace Gambling

16th December          Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia           IHT/Bloomberg
Slot-machine supplier rides a gambling wave - Dreamgate adds staff to handle demand

16th December          Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia           New Straits Times
No plan to abolish legal gambling

15th December          Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 
Gov't Expects To Collect RM1.8 Bln In Gaming Tax

14th December          Singapore  & Borneo Bulletin
Families join casino debate — online
Online petition against Singapore casino
A group has been formed opposing the establishment of a casino in Singapore - FACTS.
Families Against the Casino Threat in Singapore.  -

14th December          New Zealand 
Problem gambling at the expense of the poor

14th December          Goa, India           Navhind Times
Plying permission to floating casino Caravela withdrawn
The M V Caravela casino ship managed by Casinos Austria apparently ceased operations in Goa on 9th December.

13th December          Manila, Philappines           The Philappine Inquirer
Zubiri tags report on PAGCor measure an honest mistake

13th December          Mainland China           Hong Kong Standard
China gaming nod likely
Chinese scholars are studying closely the effects of allowing "games of chance" on the mainland.

13th December          Manila           Manila Bulletin - Opinion
Foreign capital not needed to run casinos

12th December          Dunedin, New Zealand
$5m gamble leads to casino probe

11th December          Dunedin, New Zealand  Daily Times
Casino licence on the line with inquiry
Christine Marie Keenan who stole $500,000 from her employer had apparently turned over NZ$5 million at the Dunedin casino over the last 2 years.

11th December          Manila           Philappine Daily Inquirer
House bill recommending Pagcor foreign ventures pushed

10th December          Australia           Seven News
Pokies to feature in court

10th December          Manila, Philappines           Philappine Daily Inquirer
House committee extends PAGCor operations for 25 more years
PAGCOR's new license is set to run for 25 years from 11th July, 2008. They are also permitted to establish joint ventures with local or foreign companies.

10th December          Australia           The Herald Sun
Racing loses its bid to block Betfair

10th December          New Zealand 
New Zealand bans smoking in bars and restaurants

10th December          Melbourne 
Punter took $1m from council pay

9th December          New Zealand          New Zealand Herald/NZPA
Gambler's spending rises 9% to exceed $2 billion

8th December          Victoria, Australia           Townsville Bulletin/
Pokies addicts to sue for loss
A group called Action Against Gaming Machines (AAGM) are planning to bring a class action lawsuit in Victoria claiming that the State's Pokies do not return the statutory minimum of 87%.

8th December          Singapore & Las Vegas           Channel News Asia
Harrah's Entertainment ready to invest US$1b for integrated resort-casino

8th December          Australia 
Ainsworth seeks further casino licences

8th December          Queenstown, New Zealand 
Skycity Queenstown Casino Ready For Smokefree

8th December          Shanghai           The Times
Playboy to open club in Shanghai

6th December          Australia & Macau            Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Australian gaming firm PBL seeks Asia expansion
The ground breaking ceremony for the  Park Hyatt Hotel & Casino in Macau was attended by James Packer and Lawrence Ho. The partnership between Melco and PBL is apparently 60/40 in Asia and 40/60 in other parts of the world.

6th December          Manila            Business World
HK tycoon bets big on Malate Hyatt hotel casino
The development of the 32-storey Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila is well under way with the 15,000 sq mt casino scheduled to open in early 2005.

6th December          Australia           The Herald Sun - Editorial
Pokies spawn new criminals
Huge cost of pokie addiction
Over the last few years Victorian's addicted to slots have been sentenced to more than 200 years in jail for stealing at least $80 million from their employers, clients or families. 

5th December          Singapore           The Malaysian Star
Firm to help with casino resort plan

4th December          Binondo, Manila           The Manila Times
Pagcor opens controversial casino amid vocal protest

4th December          Adelaide, Australia           The Advertiser
Casino blocks 3500 minors
Adelaide casino seem to be mounting a stiff defence against the accusation that they allowed a 17 year old Chinese student gamble away over A$40,000

4th December          Sydney, Australia           The Herald Sun
Favoured casino patrons jailed

3rd December          Singapore & Thailand           Today Online & Channel News Asia
Casino in young leaders' hands
Having a casino is something the new leaders will have to decide: MM Lee

2nd December          Melbourne, Australia           The Herald Sun
Gambler jailed for $1m fraud

2nd December          Adelaide  & The Advertiser
Asian student gambling plague
I blew $40,000 at casino, 17-year-old tells mum

1st December          Singapore           IHT
Offering shares to sweeten casino bid
Harrah's will sell shares to raise funds should they be chosen to operate a casino in Singapore.

1st December          New Zealand 
Crocodile tears over gambling venue expenses

1st December          Adelaide, Australia  & ABC News Online 
Student, 17, 'lost $40,000 at casino'
Underage gambler 'lost $45,000 at casino'
The family of the student have gone public with their story and it has been taken up by "No Pokies" MP Nick Xenophon.

1st December          Singapore & Las Vegas           Bloomberg News
Harrah's Offers Share Sale in Singapore Casino Bid

29th November          Singapore           Asia News Network
Casino resort idea: Big players show keen interest
The Straits Times reports that Harrah's CEO Gary Loveman is visiting Singapore this week.

29th November          Australia           AFR/AAP, The Advertiser & 
Tabcorp in no hurry to expand overseas
Tabcorp in good shape
Tabcorp to gamble on UK, Macau
Tabcorp Director, and Harrah's Chairman Phil Satre was speaking at the companies AGM on Monday.

29th November          Sydney           Australian Financial Review/AAP & Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Tabcorp says revenue rising
Australia Tabcorp says 2004/05 yr starts well

29th November          Singapore 
Gambling is evil - casino man

28th November          Singapore           Channel News Asia/AFP
Singapore to seek casino proposals despite strong opposition

27th November          Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia           New Straits Times
No smoking ruling extended to bars and casino

27th November          Singapore           Business Times
Bahamas wins from casinos, but at minimal social cost
The Bahamas, Nepal & South Korea I believe are the only three casino countries that bar their own citizens from entry.

27th November          Australia 
Gambling bug costly for bandit
Pokies law hits snags

27th November          Sydney, Australia           Sunday Times
Club could face $300K fine

26th November          Australia           Sydney Morning Herald
Addiction to gambling tax: it's a losing bet

25th November          South Australia           The Advertiser
Problem gambling move in pokies Bill

25th November          Manila           Manila Bulletin - Editorial
Private gambling joints

25th November          Tasmania           The Mercury/
$2b take in Tassie gaming machines
- Tasmanian Gaming Commission

24th November          Kuala Lumpur           International Herald Tribune
Genting gets lift from plan to build casinos in Britain

22nd November          Melbourne, Australia           The Herald Sun, The Australian & NineMSN
Casino welcomes  ban on gangsters
Casinos join gangster ban call
Racing Victoria supports criminal ban

21st November          Adelaide, South Australia           The Advertiser
Casino to help at-risk gamblers

21st November          Goa, India 
Casino rage takes Goa by storm
The MS Caravela - a joint venture between Advani Hotels & Resorts India Ltd and CAI.

19th November          Bhutan & Nepal            Kuensil Online
Bhutanese wins casino flush tournament - Gamingfloor's first ever newslink for Bhutan !

19th November          Sri Lanka            Yahoo Singapore/AFP
Sri Lanka raises casino tax, fines in welfare budget
The annual tax on casinos has risen from 12 million rupees to 50 million rupees ($450,000).

18th November          Singapore           Business Times
Casino - sliced, diced and examined every which way
Institute of Policy Sudies - Singapore.  -

18th November         Singapore           China Post & Las Vegas Sun
Casino project awaits approval from gov't
Singapore may consider Las Vegas-style casino within city
Singapore authorities have apparently now invited a dozen casino operators to submit their plans for a casino resort.

18th November          Seoul, South Korea           Korea Herald
Government selects three more casinos for foreigners

17th November          Singapore            Channel News Asia & Yahoo Sinpapore/AFP
Economic gains from casino may be exaggerated, says expert at forum
Singapore moves one step closer to casino project despite criticism

17th November          Seoul, South Korea           Korea Times
Three Casinos for Foreigners to Open in Seoul, Pusan

16th November          Singapore            Yahoo Singapore/Channel News Asia
S'pore tourism gets $2b devt fund, govt to meet potential casino operators

13th November          Guam          Stars & Stripes - Pacific edition
Guam group seeks new vote on casino gambling issue

13th November          Kangwon, South Korea          The Seoul Times
Kangwon Land Is Much More Than a Casino - A Little Bit of Vegas in Gangwon Province
The detailed article has a rare picture of the Kangwon Hotel and Casino.

11th November          Malaysia & London          The Electric New paper
'Ex-royal blew $3m at one go'
Further details about the life of Datin Arina Binti Abdullah who the Ritz are now pursuing to try and recover some £2 million in alleged gambling debts.

10th November          Singapore          Yahoo/AP & Channel News Asia
Singapore Tourism Group Backs Casino Plan
Tourism experts back devt of integrated gaming resort

10th November          Western Australia          Sunday Times/
TAB denies responsibility for thieving gambling addict

8th November         Sydney            Sun Network
I was approached by Indian bookie: Fleming

7th November           Singapore          Yahoo/AFP
Watch out Macau: Las Vegas giants eye Singapore casino project

6th November           Kathmandu, Nepal          The Himalayan Times
20 held in ‘farcical’ casino raids

5th November           Bribane, Australia          ABC News Online
Tabcorp to consolidate casino management efforts

3rd November           Guam & Saipan          Saipan Tribune & Guam Pacific Daily News
Guam casino initiative "good" for CNMI
Gaming initiative rejected
Proposal A that would have established casinos on Guam was rejected by votes 21,164 to 13,290.

3rd November           Christchurch, New Zealand
Rift strains casino relations

3rd November           Seoul, South Korea          Yonhap News
Founder of South Korea's Biggest Casino Chain Dead at 77
Chun Rak-won was founder of the Paradise Group and operator of the famous Walkerhill Casino.  -

2nd November           Las Vegas & Singapore          Las Vegas Sun/Bloomberg News
Harrah's to use access to capital in Singapore pitch

2nd November           Melbourne          Reuters & The Melbourne Age
Makybe Diva wins successive Melbourne Cups
Bookies big day comes unstuck
Vandals superglued the locks on all 25 TAB outlets in Melbourne ahead of Tuesday's Melbourne Cup running.

1st November           Hong Kong & Tinian          Hong Kong Standard
No gamble by Lai Sun on casino's expansion
Tinian Dynasty Hotel & Casino is set to embark upon a US$80 million, 555 room hotel expansion expansion.  -

1st November           Guam          Hong Kong Standard & Guam Pacific Daily News
Guam ups the ante on gambling
Fate of casino gaming initiative to be determined

1st November           Guam          Guam Pacific Daily News
Guam gears up to vote
Proposal A will set up the framework for establishing casinos on the Pacific Island.
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