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November - December 2004

31st December          Paris           The Independent
Rien ne va plus: casinos face jackpot night strike by croupiers
Croupiers and other casino employees around France have reached an agreement with operators for a 4% pay rise and other benefits - there will be no casino strike today.
Sylvie Leroy has more information at Journal des Casinos -

30th December          Paris           Tocqueville Connection &
Unions call off New Year's Eve strike at French casinos
Casino staff threaten strike

29th December          Rome           AGI Online
GAMBLING: Inveterate gamblers denounced in Rome

28th December          Münster & Erfurt, Germany  & Yahoo Germany/ddp
WestSpiel Casinos erhalten den Zuschlag für Erfurter Spielbank
Würfel gefallen - Betreiber für erste Spielbank Thüringens steht fest
WestSpiel Casinos are the succesful bidders for the first casino in Erfurt, Thuringen. The casino in the 5 Star Grand Hotel am Dom will open in 2005.

28th December          Zurich, Switzerland           Swiss Federal Gaming Board - Press release
Aus für Glücksspielautomaten - PDF in German
Around 6,000 machines in bars and arcades must be removed or the owners will face fines up to SF500,000.

28th December          Zurich, Switzerland           Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Gaststätten bald ohne Automaten - Glückspiele ab 1. April nur noch in konzessionierten Casinos
From 1st April 2005 only licensed casinos in Switzerland will be able to operate gaming machines.

28th December         Greece           eKathimerini English Edition
Casinos level the tables - Security is now in place against scams costing millions of euros

28th December          Lebanon           Lebanon Daily Star
Ruling: No 'black box' at Casino du Liban

28th December          Prague, Czech Republic           Die Presse
"Las Vegas" lockt Kriminelle
A look at the casino industry in the Czech Republic. The country is believed to have 155 casinos, 40 in Prague.

27th December          Athens, Greece           eKathimerini English Edition
Casino bets set to top 2.5 billion

22nd December          France           The Times
Wheel of fortune set to stop
Staff at France's 183 ? casinos are set to strike on 31st December.

22nd December          Germany 
German betting shops catch World Cup fever

20th December          Paris           Yahoo France/
Groupe Partouche : Lucien Barrière numéro 1 français des casinos

18th December          Paris           Yahoo/AFX
Accor completes casinos deal with Barriere, Colony

18th December          Brussels           Union Network
European Commission urged to keep tight controls on gambling
European Lotteries are lobbying the EU to allow member countries to retain national control over gambling within their borders.

17th December          London & Greece           ThisisMoney/Evening Standard
UEFA plan gambling crackdown

16th December          Israel           Maariv International
Court sends Maximov to 15 years in prison

15th December          Paris & Hong Kong  
France awards Macao mogul's winning ways
France awarded Dr. Stanley Ho the honour of Commandeur de la Legion d'Honneur at a ceremony in Hong Kong on Wednesday 15th.

15th December          The Netherlands  Business Information
Holland Casino mag uitbeiden

14th December          Israel           Haaretz Online
Gambling cafes tied to gangland hits, court told

13th December          Nicosia & Limassol, Cyprus           Cyprus Mail
Police raid illegal gambling houses

10th December          Israel          Globes Online
Gambling regulator: Enforce betting laws on Web

9th December          Warsaw, Poland          Warsaw Business Journal
Gambling companies not getting a fair shake from Finance Ministry

9th December          Malta          Malta Independent
15 arrested for illegal gambling

7th December          Atronic/Gtech           Neue Westfälische News
Ehe im Glücksspielmarkt - Gauselmann gründet Joint-Venture / US-Konzern erwirbt 50% von Atronic

7th December          Atronic/Gtech           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Gtech makes slot power play - Lottery company to buy controlling interest in Atronic

6th December          Rhode Island & Arizona            PRNewswire
GTECH Enters Into Partnership Agreement to Acquire 50 Percent Controlling Equity Stake of Atronic from Gauselmann Group
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3rd December          France           Union Network
French unions call for December 31 national casino strike

2nd December          Austria & Germany           Die Presse
Casinos Austria to take over German casinos
English summary. The Paliament of Lower Saxony have also permitted Internet gaming as part of the €90 million sale of Spielbank Niedersachsen.

1st December          Oslo           Aftenposten
State loses gambling machine appeal
An Oslo Municipal Court has ruled that a proposed state monopoly on slots will breach European Economic Area competition rules.

1st December          Israel & Loutraki, Greece           Haaretz Online
How much does that casino rake in?
Statistics and contract details for the Loutraki casino outside Athens.

30th November          Vienna, Austria           Casino Austria & Süddeutsche Zeitung
Casinos Austria übernimmt Spielbanken Niedersachsen
Casinos Austria übernimmt Spielbanken Niedersachsen
The Government of Niedersachsen has today announced that of the 20 bids for the state's 10 casinos they have chosen the one from Casinos Austria.

29th November          Slovakia           Interfax News Agency
Cabinet approves tougher new gambling bill

29th November          French Riviera           The Times Online
Russian roulette in Monte Carlo

27th November          Guernsey           ThisisGuernsey/Guernsey Press & Star
Casino safe – but costs trim project
The original £25 million plan for a casino at the St Pierre Park Hotel has been scaled back to £13 million.

26th November          Egypt           Haaretz Online
Hilton Taba casino and rooms to open in December

24th November          Germany & Antigua           Daily Telegraph
Gaming VC gambles on Aim

14th November          Ireland          The Times
WTO opens US door for Irish bookies

14th November          Lisbon, Portugal
PORTUGAL-CASINOS Estoril Sol invertirá 50 millones en el nuevo Casino de Lisboa

12th November          Helsinki, Finland          Virtual Finland
BioTie sells gambling drug licence to US Somaxon
Finnish company BioTie Therapies has announced Somaxon Pharmaceuticals will licence the drug Nalmefene in North America.

11th November          Nicosia, Cyprus          Cyprus Mail
Punters fined for illegal betting on the dogs

9th November          Brussels & The Scotsman
EU says betting firms can use sport listings
EU Courts Backs the Bookies

9th November          Lebanon          TerraNet/Lebanon Daily Star
Lahoud orders casino investigation
Casino du Liban.  - (Website was down when visited).

8th November         Vienna, Austria          Die Presse
Kälterer Wind für Anbieter von Glücksspielen

8th November         Brussels & Vienna, Austria          Der Standard
Glücksspielmonopole vor dem Aufbrechen
The EU Parliament in Brussels will on Thursday hear a case brought by Novomatic challenging the casino monopoly of Casino Austria.

8th November         Germany            The Stars and Stripes
German casinos offer a formal way to play
Germany's casinos are profiled and there are also a few facts and figures about slots on U.S. military bases.

3rd November           Ireland          CNN Money/Reuters
In-flight gambling next on Ryanair’s wish list

3rd November           Estonia          Baltic Times
Diary of a notorious gambling fiend
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