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November - December 2004
Problem Gambling

28th December          Oregon           Mail Tribune
Family believes gambling led to suicide

28th December          Ontario, Canada           Simcoe.com/Barrie Advance
Casinos lend money to gamblers only in Ontario
Casino loans cited as adding to problem gambling
Ontario is apparently the only province in Canada where casino customers are permitted to take out a line of credit.

22nd December          Ontario, Canada           Toronto Star
Editorial: Ontario ignoring gambling addicts

21st December          Nevada           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Bentson
Experts: Nevada behind in problem gambling treatment

20th December          Ontario, Canada           Toronto Star
Is compulsive gambling taking a deadly toll? Gaming-related suicide rate jumps

20th December          Baton Rouge, Louisiana           WAFB.com 
Gambler Arrested After Hitting Jackpot
The unidentified player had signed up to Louisiana's voluntary self exclusion list in 2001.

19th December          Problem Gambling - Toronto, Canada           Toronto Star
Casinos playing race card

19th December          Victoria, Australia           The Melbourne Age
Pokie addiction 'a public health issue'

14th December          Montreal, Canada           Globe & Mail
Safety council takes aim at problem gambling

13th December          Scotland           Glasgow Herald & Glasgow Evening Times
Casino culture 'increases problem gambling'
Super casino in new gambling addiction fear
The study from the Auckland University of Technology's Gambling Research Centre was released in September 2004.
Groundbreaking NZ research challenges conventional views on problem gambling

12th December          Farnham, Buckinghamshire           The Guardian
£9m fraud by gambling addict

12th December          Richmond, B.C.           Richmond Review
Richmond deals gambling addiction card

9th December          New Zealand          Stuff.co.nz
Pokies the 'crack cocaine' of gambling, says watchdog

9th December          Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Bentson
Gambling addiction think tank studied

8th December          Victoria, Australia           Townsville Bulletin/News.com.au
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%.
- www.epost.net.au/aagm

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          Nova Scotia, Canada           My Telus
Don't bet on anti-gambling device: former addict

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

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

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

1st December          Adelaide, Australia           News.com.au & 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.

20th November          Vancouver, B.C.            Vancouver Sun
In the grip of gambling fever

20th November          Victoria, B.C.            My Telus/CBC
B.C. Liberals have expanded gambling, says minister

16th November          Estonia            Channel News Asia/AFP
Private casinos leave Estonia with big problem of gambling addiction

14th November          Ontario, Canada          Ottawa Citizen
Bet on it: Problem gamblers take heart, McGuinty's shrug is his word

13th November          Finland & U.S.          Pharmaceutical Business Review 
Somaxon and BioTie in pathological gambling licensing deal

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.

12th November          Quebec, Canada          Globe & Mail
Man's suicide a wakeup call about gambling, widow warns
Quebec has 14,000 VLTs in 3,663 bars and restaurants that contributed C$706-million in gaming taxes to treasury coffers last year.

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          Western Australia          Sunday Times/News.com.au
TAB denies responsibility for thieving gambling addict

8th November         Toronto, Canada            CNET News/Canoe
Experts look at gambling
A cautionary tale about a Canadian VLT player's attempted suicide.

7th November           Boston          San Francsico Chronicle/AP
Harvard institute's links to gambling industry draw criticism

7th November           Boston          The Boston Globe
Gambling industry link to Harvard draws questions
The AGA sponsored National Center for Responsible Gaming funds Harvard Medical School's Research on Pathological Gambling and Related Disorders department which has received some $6 million since 1996.
- www.ncrg.org & www.hms.harvard.edu/doa/institute

4th November           Ontario, Canada          My Telus
Gambling suicides hit record high: chief coroner
The Ontario Coroner belives the number of "casino-related suicides" this year is nearing 15.

3rd November           Toronto          Canadian Broadcasting Authority
Ontario wins 36% of gambling cash from problem gamblers
INDEPTH: Gambling: Risky Business - The CBC has a special report on gambling issues.

3rd November           Problem Gambling - Liverpool          Liverpool Daily Post
Mother gambled away her business
 



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