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September 2000
North America

30th September   Atlantic City   Source: Las Vegas Sun
Billionaire financier Carl Icahn pulls Sands out of bankruptcy

30th September   Atlantic City   Source: Atronic International
Atronic Americas welcomes guests to Atlantic City Open House

29th September   Catskill Mountains. New York   Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Catskills' Old Borscht Belt MakesWay for New Casinos Some want to preserve region's history

29th September   Las Vegas   Source: Press release
Casino Executive Names New General Manager; Jan Johnson Appointed to Head Influential Gaming Magazine

29th September  Reno & Las Vegas  Source: Press release
IGT's EZ Pay(TM) Ticket System Approved By Nevada Gaming Control Board

28th September  Las Vegas  Source: Press release
Nevada Gaming Commission Approves PDS Financial Corporation's Digital Card System(TM)

28th September  Mississippi   Source: Biloxi Sun Herald
'Excluded' gambling addict gets in anyway

27th September  Las Vegas   Source: Gem CommunicationsPress release
New Website brings World Gaming Congress to the World | www.worldgaminglive.com

27th September  California/Mississippi   Source: Press release
Gamecraft Approved to Manufacture and Distribute in Mississippi

27th September  California   Source: Las Vegas Sun
Davis vetoes bills allowing blackjack at card rooms, casino off-ramp...

26th September  Vancouver   Source: IGC Press release
Interactive Gaming Council (IGC) Implements Seal of Approval Program

26th September  Arizona   Source: Yahoo Gambling News Press release
Bally's SDS(R) Technology Drives Revolutionary Cashless Slot Floor at New Casino Arizona

26th September  Las Vegas   Source: Gaming Machine Manufacturers Association
Gaming Manufacturers vote to implement GAMMA'S newest standard: Software verification protocol.

22nd September  Los Angeles   Source: Yahoo/Reuters
Union vows organizational drive for Vegas dealers

20th September  Chicago   Source: Williams Industries
WMS Gaming Announces in Excess of 2,100 Units Ordered to Date by California Casinos

19th September  Chicago   Source: Williams Industries
WMS Industries and IGT Settle Patent and Antitrust Litigation; WMS Enters Into Patent License With Anchor Gaming

19th September  Las Vegas   Source: GAMMA Press release
GAMMA Reveals Strategic Plan for 2001 to the Gaming Press Corp.

19th September  Chicago  Source: Press release


    Williams Gaming Inc. have announced that the Nevada Gaming Control Board has given its approval to their new JUMBLE® themed slot. The company will now commence delivery and installation of the some 1,000 machines on order. The game is the first in the Puzzle Pays™ series that will include Scrabble® and Pictionary® that are presently under development into slot format.
WMS Gaming Installs Its First Jumble Branded Participation Gaming Devices in Nevada; Nearly 1000 Units on Order Backlog
 

19th September  Las Vegas  Source: LVCVB


    Las Vegas has once again seen year on year increases in visitor numbers. For July total visitors according to figures from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority were 3,106,011 up 7.4% from July 1999.  City wide gaming revenue was $636 million for the month up 14% with the Strip properties showing gains of 15.2% to $397 million.
 

19th September  Las Vegas  Source: Press release


    Casino Data Systems have announced that the companies OASIS™ v.11(On-line Accounting Slot Information System) has gone live at the new 2,100 slot Suncoast casino in Las Vegas owned by Coast Resorts. The system enables operators to link all of their data centers together including casino, hotel, food and beverage, and point of sale terminals and runs under the Windows operating system.
 

18th September  Chicago   Source: IGB


    The Illinois Gaming Board have released revenue figures for August for the nine riverboats in the state. Admissions at 1.65 million were down 7.4% on July giving a per-boat average of 5,900 PAX per day. The ships, which since July 1999 are no longer required to cruise have combined slot and table numbers of 8,867 and 346 respectively, a ratio of 25 to 1.
    Slot win averaged $443 per day with approximately 40% of the machines being 25c and 35% $1 denominations. Blackjack with 208 tables (60% of the total) provided 43% of the total table revenues with a hold of 13.8%.
 

18th September  Las Vegas   Source: Press release


    PDS Financial Corp. announced on the 15th that their Digital Card System™ has been approved by the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Digital 21™ has a dealer who delivers an image of the cards to players by pressing buttons on a keypad resembling a traditional shoe. Players place their bets on a plastic layout in front of the images. The game was exhibited at the WGCE in 1999 and at ICE, London in January of this year.
 

15th September  Las Vegas   Source: Las Vegas Sun


    IGT's "The Munsters" themed slot has been approved by the Nevada Gaming Control Board in a 2-1 vote. The Board however is recommending that the machine be only placed in "non-restricted" locations due to the belief that the machine could potentially be attractive to minors. The Addams Family slot also manufactured by IGT is subject to a similar rule and was approved by the Board in April.
Board splits on vote, but OKs IGT's 'Munsters' slot machine
 

14th September  Las Vegas   Source: AP/Las Vegas Sun


    Lawyers representing casino dealers and cigarette companies are presently engaged in an important battle away from the tables. The scene is the Nevada Supreme Court following a lawsuit alleging that "Big tobacco" lied about the adverse effects of secondhand smoke. The case being originally filed in 1997 by Tony Badillo, President of the National Federation of Gaming Employees who has over 40 years casino experience and eight other dealers.
Nevada court reviews casino dealers' secondhand smoke case
 

13th September  Las Vegas   Source: Press release


   Casino Journal Publishing Group and PlaySys.com have jointly announced that they have cemented a two year deal between the two companies. PlaySys.com will purchase $1 million subscription packages to CJPG magazines in exchange for advertising and content from the group. On launch PlaySys.com will be edited by Andre Gouche who was formerly with Gem Communications at Gaming for Africa magazine.
 

13th September  Toronto & Antigua   Source: Press releases


     Cryptologic announced on the 12th that they will be supplying their software to Australian listed company eBet Limited for an online casino at www.casinoebet.com. 
  Starnet Communications also released news that they had entered into an agreement to license their software to European sports betting company Victor Chandler for their "land based" casino on Antiqua. Latin American Entertainment out of Mexico will also be licensing the software for a spanish language portal that will feature Mexican soccer.
    Starnet followed up with news on the 13th that their CEO, President and Director, Meldon Ellis had resigned and has been replaced by Fred Hazell as acting Chief Executive Officer and President.
 

12th September  Las Vegas   Source: Las Vegas Sun/NGCB


    Gaming win for the month of July in Nevada has shown a 12.8% increase from 1999 to $827.6 million according to statistics from the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Slot win was up 12.5% to $544.5 million and table game win up 13.8% to $283 million. These two figures giving a slots/table revenue split of 65/35. 
    Win along the Las Vegas Strip was $397 million or 48% of the total statewide. Revenue from downtown Las Vegas was $54 million up 4.3% but with table game win down 2%.
Gaming revenues for July jump 12.8 percent
 

10th September  Colorado  Source: Las Vegas Sun/Colorado Springs Gazette


    The number of casinos in Cripple Creek, Colorado has dropped to 17 from a peak of nearly 3 dozen a few years ago. Takeovers and closures are given as the reasons for the declining numbers of operators. 
   Casino gaming in the state was legalized in 1991 and is limited to the three towns of Central City, Blackhawk and Cripple Creek. Statewide the seven largest casinos generating 59% of total gaming revenues with the 27 smallest just 10%.
Small-casino owners find Cripple Creek a gamble
 

9th September  Las Vegas  Source: Los Angeles Times


    A female tourist was shot and fatally wounded at Harrah's Las Vegas on the 8th. The tragic accident apparently happened when security tried to apprehend two suspects from an earlier purse snatching. Two shots being fired with a security guard involved in the arrest being also shot in the stomach.
 

8th September  New Jersey  Source: Press release


    Casino Careers have announced that Dakota Nation with three casinos in North and South Dakota have joined up as a corporate member. President Beth Deighan has now welcomed more than 80 gaming properties and companies who now use their database to search for and post vacancies online. Casino staff looking for a job or career move may post their resume online in either "open access" or "confidential" format.
Casino Careers Online Registers Dakota Nation As Corporate Member
 

7th September  Michigan   Source: Press release


    Analysts and media representatives visiting the Northern Gaming Summit will have the opportunity to have a sneak preview of the Greektown Casino. The opening of Detroit's third and final casino has been delayed for some months due to licensing problems with the new date set for November subject to regulatory approval.
    Michigan is now believed to be the 4th highest grossing US gaming region behind Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Mississippi.
 

7th September  Las Vegas   Source: Las Vegas Sun


    The Las Vegas Sun reported on the Transport Workers Union proposals to recruit casino dealers. Attempts to unionize staff have failed in the city before and the Sun has interviews with individuals both for and against the idea who differ on the likelihood of success. 
    The subject of unions in casinos is one that is a very emotive one for many gaming staff. Around the world differences are marked and can range from compulsory membership to being shown the door for even talking about the subject.
 

5th September  Detroit   Source: Press release


    Northern Gaming Summit organizers CJPG and Fraser Trebilcock Davis & Foster P.C have released the final line up of speakers and quests for the event being held at the Exhibition and Conference Center in Detroit 11-13th September. Those either participating or speaking include representatives of the state and local authorities as well as industry executives, analysts and legal experts. Also on the speakers list are executives from Casino Windsor, MGM Detroit, Motor City and Greektown casinos.
Educational opportunities with industry and civic leaders are abundant at the 2000 Northern Gaming Summit.
 

3rd September  US   Source: Ziff Davies


    The future of Internet gambling is discussed in an article on ZDNet that also draws attention to the fact that more and more traditional operators are now forging alliances with new technology and gaming software houses. Whilst the largest of the US companies are mindful of breaking Nevada State law and the 1961 Wire Act, most are said to be carefully examining the potential with play for free and promotional sites presently under development.
U.S companies place bets on the future of Internet gambling
 

2nd September  New England   Source: Boston Herald


    The misfortunes of the Midnight Gambler a small day ship that had been sailing out of Provincetown, Cape Cod is highlighted in an article in the Boston Herald. At just 108 feet the ship could not attract the players due to the heavy seas off the peninsula. 
    On its departure the operators also leaving behind unpaid staff and vendors before the vessel was briefly  impounded in Freeport N.Y.
Gaming boat leaving debt in its wake
 

1st September  Florida   Source: Forbes online


    Forbes magazine has an in depth article on Sun Cruz owner Gus Boulis. The Florida day ship company being founded in 1994 after Mr Boulis had built up the Miami Subs chain of fast food restaurants. The cruise to nowhere operations during last year earning estimated net revenues of $13 million on $85 million sales.
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