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September 2002
North America

30th September         Las Vegas & California         Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Acres Signs $4.1 Million Contract With Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians

30th September         New York & Japan         Source: Yahoo/Busieness Wire & Northern Light/AFX-Asia
JPMorgan Announces Konami ADR Program
Konami lists on NYSE today - in brief

30th September         Michigan         Source: Detroit News & HollandSentinel/AP
Casinos balk at racetracks bid for gaming - Legislative measures would OK venues, help struggling tracks
Casinos oppose more gambling at tracks

30th September         Michigan         Source: Detroit News - Peter Waldmeir
Michigans reliance on new gaming revenues is an iffy bet

29th September         US - Gambling expansion         Source: Sacramento Bee & SFGate.com/AP
States bet on gambling to fill their budget gaps
A state-by-state look at recent gambling-related developments

29th September         Nevada         Source: Reno Gazette Journal
Nevada dealers prison terms show IRS campaign on tip income
The 6 month prison sentences given 4 Nevada casino dealers for incorrectly reporting tip income are the first ever prosecutions in the US under IRS tip compliance rules.

29th September         Las Vegas         Source: Billings Gazette/AP
Casinos look back in planning for future

29th September         Port Huron, Michigan         Source: The Times Herald
Tourism groups must get ready for gambling

29th September         Tennessee         Source: Northern Light/AP
Polls Say Tennessee Will OK Lottery
There are only 3 states in the US without any form of legalised gambling - Hawaii, Utah & Tennessee. Interestingly although gambling has been legal since 1931 in Nevada, lotteries are still not permitted.

28th September         US - Video Games         Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Casino Empire Hits Store Shelves Nationwide
Fancy taking on MGM Mirage and Park Place?. The game can be found at  http://casinoempire.sierra.com

28th September         Los Angeles         Source: Newscom/PRNewswire
Hugh hefner unveils Playboy slot machines from Alliance Gaming

27th September         Carson City, Nevada         Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Bellagio pays fine, settles cash-handling violation
The Nevada Gaming Commission have also voted 5-0 to allow a private gaming salon in the Palace Court casino at Caesars Palace.

27th September         Vancouver, B.C.         Source: Northern Light/CCNMatthews - Sept 25th
Great Canadian Gaming: Acquisition of New Casino in Everett, Washington

27th September         Detroit         Source: SFGate.com/AP
Woman banned for playing found nickel sues Detroit casino
Amazing story of a single 5 cent token left abandoned in a slot machine tray at Motor City Casino in Detroit.

27th September         Nevada         Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Bingo scandal spurs device scrutiny - Regulators to check other types of electronic equipment

27th September         Mississippi         Source: Nola.com/AP
Storm deals coast casinos bad hand

27th September         Nevada         Source: Wired.com
He Cheated at Bingo, Killed Self

27th September         Atlantic City         Source: Yahoo/Reuters & Business Wire
Teamsters union boycotts Park Place casinos
Park Place Issues Statement on Teamsters Boycott Announcement

27th September         Atlantic City         Source: Las Vegas Sun
Regulators halt work on AC casino resort - Mob ties cited

26th September         Colorado & Guateng, South Africa         Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Century Casinos Announces South African Court Judgement On Action by Tsogo Sun Holdings

26th September         Las Vegas         Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Growth foreseen for slot machine sales - New markets, shorter shelf lives expected to help slot expansion
The annual market for slots in the US may grow to 250,000 units annually as cashless slots become the norm and more states legalize slots at racetracks to raise additional taxes.

26th September         Las Vegas         Source: Las Vegas Sun & LVRJ
Colony to bid for Aladdin
Bankrupt Aladdin's money-losing streak continues - August loss for troubled Strip property best result since April

26th September         Nevada         Source: Las Vegas Sun/Wire reports
Bingo scandal extends to more states Investigation continues

26th September         Mississippi Gulf Coast         Source: Las Vegas Sun/AP
Casinos shut down as Isidore hits Gulf Coast

26th September         Las Vegas         Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Extent of bingo scam investigated - Software corruption might have let suspect play hundreds of cards at once
The suspect, software engineer Brett Keeton has unfortunately committed suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

26th September         Las Vegas         Source: Las Vegas Sun & Northern Light/AP
Casino workers afraid of reprisal - Riviera sued by EEOC - more lawsuits planned
Federal Commission Sues Vegas Casino

25th September         Las Vegas         Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones
Aladdin Gaming Seeks 2-Mo Extension Of Ch 11 Exclusivity

25th September        Missouri         Source: Kansas City Star
Dealers say Harrah's is trying to halt union drive

25th September         Las Vegas         Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Bingo scam forces shutdown - Software flaw affected electronic systems at 16 Las Vegas casinos

25th September         Saskatchewan, Canada         Source: Canada.com/Leader-Post
Gambling profits soar
Casino Regina operated by the Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation saw 2001/2 profits increase to C$26.4 million. Average visitors are between 4 to 5,000 per day.

25th September         Mississippi         Source: WLBT.com & WPMI.com
Gulf Coast Casino's Stay Open For Now
Preparing casinos for the storm
Hurricane Isidore is presently moving towards the Gulf coast.

25th September         Reno         Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
GameTech Cooperates With Nevada Gaming Control Board Investigation
Nevada Gaming Board Investigating Possible Misuse of GameTech Bingo Units

24th September         Atlantic City         Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Park Place proposes casino merger - New Jersey regulators consider plan to combine historic Claridge with Bally's

24th September         Nevada         Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Tip income: Casino workers get prison terms - Employees 'fall guys,' attorney says
The LVRJ has a must read story where IRS's attorneys appear to be making an example of four casino staff.

24th September         Las Vegas         Source: Las Vegas Sun
Firm sued over Le Reve name
The domain name www.lereve.com is presently owned by an English computer company and was first registered according to Verisign's records in February 1999.

24th September         Atlantic City         Source: Las Vegas Sun
Miss America slots debut at Harrah's Atlantic City

24th September         Las Vegas         Source: Las Vegas Sun
Casino to hire more than 1,000 - The Cannery Casino in North Las Vegas

23rd September        Las Vegas & Atlantic City         Source: Yahoo/Business Wire & Dow Jones
Park Place Seeks Permission to Merge Claridge with Bally's Atlantic City
Park Place Entertainment Seeks Approval for Hotel-Casino Merger

23rd September         Gaming Investments - U.S.         Source: CBS Marketwatch
Casino stocks roll on down Monday

22nd September         Las Vegas         Source: TheDay.com
Vendors sport latest gizmos as casinos go shopping for slots - Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun two of biggest customers

21st September         Gaming Investments         Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Gaming IPOs in doubt - Experts question timing of offerings
Three US companies are presently potential entrants to the IPO market - The Venetian (Las Vegas Sands Inc). Coast Casinos and Wynn Resorts.

21st September         New Jersey         Source: Oregon Live/The Oregonian
Miss America slot machine riles Misses

21st September         Las Vegas         Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
The best and the not very bright - Casino industry campaigns lauded, panned
Raving Consulting has awarded best casino promotion for 2002 to the Chicken game.
www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2002/Sep-21-Sat-2002/photos/business.jpg

I also took on the Chicken during my recent visit to Las Vegas for the G2E show hoping to be the second person to win $10,000.  The resulting draw was classed as a win for the house. It must be noted however that the bird which is in a small area behind a glass screen did not look entirely happy. It appeared on occasion to be more interested in trying to escape from its confinement than playing the game. The staff member said the birds work 2 hours before being changed.
Ian

20th September         Mississippi       Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Casinos Use Promotions To Generate New Business
The Grand Casino Gulfport will be using the Chicken playing Tic-Tac-Toe promotion that has become popular at the Tropicana in Las Vegas. 

20th September         Missouri       Source: Reno Gazette Journal/AP
Woman sentenced for theft of $2 million from St. Charles casino

20th September         Las Vegas       Source: KLAS-TV.com/AP
Man Gets Prison Time for Casino Cheating Scheme

20th September         New Jersey      Source: NorthJersey.com/AP
Horse track owners make case for slots

20th September         Las Vegas        Source: The Press of Atlantic City
Casino profits could go up in (no) smoke

20th September         Las Vegas        Source: Las Vegas Sun
Gaming group honors UNLV's Bybee - Illness slows respected educator, but doesn't detract from his mission

20th September         Carson City, Nevada        Source: Las Vegas Sun
Economist: State's casino business on the rebound

19th September         Mississippi        Source: Biloxi Sun-Herald
Casino revenue plunges - August figures baffling; Coast reports 9% drop

19th September         Las Vegas        Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Aristocrat Leisure: Newburg Stands By 4th Quarter Goal
The Australian companies CFO is predicting a 20% North American market share by their 4th quarter.

19th September         Las Vegas        Source: Yahoo/Reuters Company News
New slot machines tap classic games, ergonomics

18th September         Gaming Investments       Source: CBS Marketwatch
Too much license in Las Vegas? - More products, people sell brands to slot makers
A look at some of the many branded slots at G2E and the reluctance of a small number of media stars to allow their image to be associated with gambling.

18th September         Las Vegas         Source: Yahoo/ReutersCompany News & Dow Jones
Loveman sees more targeted marketing for Harrah's
MGM Mirage Sees Good 3rd Quarter, 4th Quarter On Conference Business
MGM Mirage sees Indian contract within a year-CFO

18th September         Reno & Las Vegas       Source: Las Vegas Sun
IGT hopes to cash in on potential foreign markets

18th September         Washington       Source: Northern Light/Xinhua
Casinos in US asked to report suspicious transactions

18th September         Las Vegas       Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Innovative Gaming Receives Approval of Ticket-In Ticket-Out Feature

17th September         Los Angeles       Source: Newscom Photos
Hugh Hefner unveils Playboy slot machines from Alliance Gaming

17th September         Las Vegas       Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Mikohn and Grand Casino Coushatta Ink Deal in Las Vegas - TableLink CT Technology to be Installed in Louisiana's Largest Casino

17th September         Las Vegas       Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Aristocrat Opens Doors to New Americas Headquarters
The Australian company that last year bought Casino Data Systems employs some 385 people in Nevada.

17th September         Las Vegas       Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal - G2E coverage
And now, on with the show - Gaming expo to feature record number of exhibitors, attendees

17th September         Mississippi       Source: Biloxi Sun Herald
Treasure Bay on cutting edge of table game technology

17th September         Atlantic City       Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Hottest Chick on the Boardwalk Returns; Chicken Challenge Winners Take Home $10,000 Each at Tropicana Casino And Resort

16th September         Las Vegas       Source: Reno Gazette Journal/AP
Coinless slots among topics before industry conferees in Vegas

16th September         Las Vegas & New Jersey       Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Alliance Gaming Announces Bally Unit Receives ACSC™ System Order For New Borgata, Plus 30% of Slot Floor

16th September         Reno       Source: Yahoo/Reuters Market News
IGT Appoints Director of Responsible Gaming

16th September         Mississippi & Wendover, Nevada       Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Isle Of Capri Casinos, Inc. Announces Agreement To Acquire Wendover, Nev. Casinos 

16th September         Las Vegas        Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
GSA Finalizes Interoperability Center Agreement With GLI

16th September         Austin, Texas        Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
MGAM Licenses WMS Game Themes for Class II Market, Adds New WMS Class III Game Themes

14th September         San Diego       Source: Northern Light/Business Wire
Chicago Gaming Lawyer Donna B. More Elected To Lead International Legal Group

13th September         Waukegan, Illinois & Las Vegas        Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones & Business Wire
WMS Industries Files Trademark Suit Versus Shuffle Master
Shuffle Master Files Federal Lawsuit Against WMS Gaming

13th September         Las Vegas        Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Innovative Gaming Announces a Revolution in Video Poker; 3-Hand Poker(TM) to Debut at Upcoming Global Gaming Expo

13th September         Las Vegas & Beaune, France        Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Paul-Son Completes Combination With Bourgogne et Grasset and Bud Jones

13th September         Las Vegas        Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Shuffle Master Introduces New Products That Enhance and Compliment Core Business

13th September         Las Vegas        Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Global Gaming Business Magazine Named Official Publication Of the American Gaming Association

12th September         New Jersey        Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones & The Press of Atlantic City
New Jersey Casinos' August Win Rose 0.9% To $427.2 Million
August casino win good, but not a record
Win at the 12 Atlantic casinos showed slots contributing $318,356,455 and tables $108,832,609 to the total of $427,189,064 a split of 74.5 to 25.5. In 2001 the revenue split was 71.7 to 28.3.

12th September         New England        Source: Northern Light/Christian Science Monitor
Even in Puritan New England, casino profits call

12th September         Atlantic City        Source: The Press of Atlantic City - Joe Weinert
Casinos remember 9-11 as gambling goes on

12th September         Las Vegas        Source: Yahoo/Business Wire & Dow Jones
Paul-Son Stockholders Approve Combination
Paul-Son Stockholders OK Combination

12th & 13th September         Detroit        Source: Detroit News & Detroit Free Press
Court places permanent Detroit casinos on hold
Bigger casinos blocked by court Tribe is likely to win appeal for a rebidding

12th September         Las Vegas        Source: Yahoo/Business Wire & Reuters Company News
Mikohn Reports Results of Cost Savings and Restructuring Initiatives 
Mikohn Gaming to cut jobs, take third-quarter charges

12th September         Waukegan, Illinois        Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
WMS Gaming Named Exclusive North American Distributor of Rapid Roulette

11th September         Nevada         Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
State gaming win declines 0.5 percent in July - Result is third straight monthly slip

11th September         Detroit         Source: Detroit News
Financing rules change for MGM casino plans

11th September         Oregon & Washington State         Source: United Press International
The Vegas Guy: Dodge City Saloon
A humorous look at the odds of winning in Vancouver, Washington. Paper pull tabs sold in bars have a normal advantage of 32.67% but can the system player find an edge!

11th September         Austin, Texas         Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Multimedia Games' Megananza Case Dismissed

10th September         Nevada         Source: Las Vegas Sun
Nevada gaming win off again
Nevada's casinos won $804.3 million in July down 0.5% from 2001. Table game win dropped on all major games, slot win was up 0.6%.

10th September         Reno         Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Pat Sajak, Vanna White Will Help IGT Launch Newest Version Of Wheel of Fortune® Slot Machine at Global Gaming Expo
IGT's press release has a detailed rundown of the 70 new models the company will be displaying at G2E.

10th September         Kentucky         Source: The Kentucky Post
Poll: 55% support slots at tracks
Young adults aged 18-to-34 are 69% in favour of slots at racetracks. The opposite view can be found at Kentucky Citizens Against Gambling Expansion. Website: www.kycage.org

10th September         Indiana         Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Gambling foes hope federal lawsuit will lead casinos into tobacco industry's fate

9th September         Atlantic City         Source: The Press of Atlantic City - Joe Weinert
Casinos like how A.C. execs operate - Men who started here now control nation’s biggest gaming firms

9th September         Las Vegas         Source: Las Vegas Sun & Las Vegas Review-Journal
New deal announced for sale of Maxim
Maxim sold for $38 million

9th September         Las Vegas         Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
GSA Enters Partnership With GEM Communciations; Slot Manager Named Official Publication

9th September         Las Vegas         Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Station Discusses Ruling in Favor of the Auburn Indian Community And Other Development Plans

8th September         Gaming Investments        Source: Biloxi Sun Herald
Casinos defying slump

8th September         Indiana        Source: The Indianapolis Star/AP
Looser restrictions boost casinos' revenue
The states 10 Riverboats are now allowed dockside gaming. Win in August was $198m up from $159m in July.

7th September         Illinois         Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Developer with ties to Ryan, Daley to lead Gaming Board

7th September         St. Louis         Source: STLtoday.com
Woman accused of embezzling gambled away more than $200,000, prosecutor says

6th September         Nevada         Source: Las Vegas Sun
Caesars second to get OK for private salon
Caesars Palace will become the second casino to have private gaming if approved by the Nevada Gaming Commission.

6th September         Las Vegas & Liverpool, England         Source: Northern Light/Business Wire
Global Cash Access First to Install Debit and Credit Cash Access Service in U.K. Casinos; Company Signs Contract With Stanley Leisure

6th September         Carson City, Nevada         Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Board OKs Bally game - Slot winner to get payments for life

5th September         Atlantic City        Source: The Press of Atlantic City
Taj, Caesars pay for violations

5th September         Las Vegas        Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Satre will cede control of Harrah's Entertainment

5th September         Las Vegas        Source: Yahoo/Business Wire & Dow Jones Newswires
Gary Loveman to Assume CEO Post at Harrah's Entertainment
Harrah's Entertainment Names Loveman As Its Next CEO

5th September         Laughlin, Nevada        Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
World Record Slot Jackpot Set at Flamingo Laughlin
The $8.4 million jackpot is the largest recorded on a 25 cent denominated machine.

5th September         Nevada        Source: CNN Sports Illustrated
Equipment failure or ... ? Gaming board looking into UNLV power snafu

5th September         Tunica       Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. Closes Tunica Casino
No mention from the company exactly how many staff were laid off.

4th September         Las Vegas        Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Mandalay Resort Group's Online Room Reservations Soar 25%
Mandalay Group's websites over the last 6 months producing some 320,000 reservations, either directly online or via telephone numbers listed only on the websites.

4th September         Las Vegas        Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Alliance Gaming Announces Acquisition of LSI Casino Management System 

4th September         Las Vegas        Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Alliance Gaming to Display More Than 100 Unique Slot Machine Titles At the Global Gaming Expo

4th September         Atlantic City        Source: The Press of Atlantic City - Joe Weinert
For casinos, best month ever in Atlantic City
Unofficial statistics from Atlantic City's 12 casinos show a win of $435.1 million in August a 2.8% rise from 2001.

4th September         Nevada        Source: Yahoo/AP
Nevada voters pick Democratic critic of casino industry to challenge Republican governor

3rd September         California & Illinois       Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
WMS Gaming Reports First SURVIVOR Jackpot Winner

3rd September         Las Vegas       Source: Las Vegas Sun
Harrah's not liable in woman's death

3rd September         Davenport, Iowa       Source: Las Vegas Sun/AP
Shift in slot machine mix boosts Iowa casinos odds
The number of multi-coin multi-line nickel slots on the states riverboats has risen 152% from 1,392 in 1999 to 3,503 in 2002.

3rd September         Las Vegas       Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Lure of easy revenue stokes gambling's spread - Local officials say out-of-state competition may be good for Las Vegas

3rd September         Las Vegas       Source: Business Week Online
A Winning Hand in Las Vegas
A look at the enduring appeal of Las Vegas. The S&P 500 Index is down 18% for the year, however the gaming sector is up 1.2%.

2nd September         Atlantic City       Source: Yahoo/Ap News Photos
AC Coin and Slots - Miss America model
The concept is unpopular with some former winners of the competition. AC Coin and Slots provide additional theming to IGT made machines.

1st September         Detroit       Source: Yahoo/ClickonDetroit.com
Four People Arrested At Casino

1st September         Atlantic City       Source: The Press of Atlantic City
Interpreters for casino employees break barriers every day

1st September         Edmonton, Canada       Source: Canada.com/Edmonton Journal
Senior stalls robber in casino toilet

1st September         Boston       Source: The Boston Globe - editorial
The casino clamor