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September - October 2002
Asia & Australasia

31st October        Kuala Lumpur  & Cambodia        Source: Northern Light/AFX-ASIA
Ho Wah Genting to invest initial 100 million rgt in 1st phase of Poipet casino

30th October        Chandigarh, India        Source: OutlookIndia.com
Casino, gambling bills passed amidst protests
Chandigarh province is next to the Punjab in the very north of India, and also about 250km north of Delhi.

30th October        New Zealand        Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Business News
New Zealand's Sky City Expects Fiscal Year To Repeat Recent Robust Earnings

30th October        Korea        Source: Northern Light/AsiaPulse
Korean Board suspends online games for gambling content

30th October        Victoria, Australia       Source: Yahoo Australia/Asia Pulse
Australians Lost Us$500.3 M At Melbourne Crown Casino Last Year
Us$2.44 bln Spent On Gambling In Victoria, Australia Last FY

29th October        Victoria, Australia       Source: The Melbourne Age
$4.4 billion: price we pay for gaming
Of the total, A$1 billion was lost at the Crown Casino and A$2.56 billion on Pokies in pubs and clubs. There are 27,400 licensed machines in the state. The average loss per adult on all gambling products was A$1,193.

29th October        Queensland, Australia       Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones Business News
Australia's Breakwater Recommends Jupiters' Cash Bid

29th October        Poipet, Cambodia        Source: Bangkok Post
B29m casino debt

28th October        Manila, Philippines        Source: Hoovers.com
Pagcor funds vital laws

28th October        Kuala Lumpur & Cambodia        Source: Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones & Northern Light/AFX
Ho Wah Genting Buys Gaming License
Ho Wah Genting acquires Cambodian gaming licence

28th October        Singapore        Source: Northern Light/AFX-ASIA & Yahoo Singapore/AFP
Singapore govt still not keen on casinos - Lee
Top minister says no to casinos in Singapore

28th October       Chandigarh, India        Source: The Times of India
Dalit killings, casino sure to give spin to Chautala
Haryana Cabinet okays bill on casinos

28th October        Singapore        Source: Business Times
Gambling on casinos: the pros and cons - Benefits of more tourists, jobs and taxes must be weighed against costs

28th October        Singapore        Source: The Straits Times
Build a casino? Don't bet on it to solve woes

27th October        Singapore        Source: The Business Times
Tourism task force pushes for casinos - Services panel chief rejects idea

27th October        Thailand        Source: The Nation
Pattaya's casino bid: Yes or No?

25th October        Victoria, Australia        Source: Northern Light/Asia Pulse
Australia's Tabcorp faces $US22.14 million losses from smoke bans

24th October        Perth, Australia        Source: Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Burswood Loses Its Appetite For Very Large Gamblers
Australia's Burswood Adjusting High Roller Program
Perth's Burswood casino have apparently cut Baccarat (Punto-Banco) maximums to A$150,000 as hitting a theoretical win percentage has become increasingly elusive.

24th October        Australia        Source: Northern Light/AFX-ASIA & Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Tabcorp gaming revenue down 6.6% since smoking ban; sees full year fall 3.2%
Australia's Tabcorp 1st Quarter: Smoking Ban Hits Revenue

23rd October        Victoria, Australia       Source: News.com.au
Gaming monitor rebuked again

23rd October        Singapore        Source: Northern Light/AFX-ASIA
Singapore tourism group proposes establishment of casinos - report

22nd October        Thailand        Source: Northern Light/Xinhua
US gambling giant keen to invest in Thailand

22nd October        Victoria, Australia        Source: The Melbourne Age
Ban burns into Tabcorp revenue
Analysts believe that revenue at Tabcorp's pokie venues may be down 20% due to the 1st September smoking ban.

22nd October        Perth, Western Australia        Source: Northern Light/Asia Pulse
Australia's Burswood books first quarter net loss of US$1.55 million
Burswood reports that the decision to implement a non-smoking policy on the main gaming floor has encountered a negative reaction from players.

22nd October        Bangkok, Thailand        Source: The Nation & Yahoo Singapore/AP
US casino group eyes Thailand
Thai PM Says US Casino Operator Interested In Thai Market
Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been in talks with MGM Mirage Chairman J. Terrence Lanni over proposals to legalise casino gaming in the country.

21st October        Perth        Source: The West Australian
Casino eyes $30m raising

17th October        Tokyo, Japan         Source: Hindustan Times
Tokyo governor eyes casino cure for economic malaise

17th October        Australia         Source: News.com.au
Investors gamble against Jupiters

17th October        Brisbane, Australia        Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones
Australia's Jupiters: 1st Half FY03 Net To Be Down 10% On Year 

15th October        Vladivostok, Russia         Source: Vladivostok News
Casino director shot dead
The shooting occurred October 11th

15th October        Korea         Source: Korea Times
Casino Control Committee to be Set Up This Year
Korea has 13 casinos for foreign nationals only, 8 on the island of Cheju. The Chongson casino in Kwangwon Province is the only one open to Koreans.

13th October        New Zealand        Source: Stuff.co.nz/Sunday Star
Lotto gambles on revamp to beat off competition

12th October        Melbourne         Source: The Sunday Times & Herald Sun
High-roller blows A$93m
High-roller's high life
Crown Casino's biggest punter has not been seen in the casino since January. According to restaurant staff he once left behind a A$1 million plaque by mistake.

12th October        Perth, Western Australia         Source: The Australian
Casino fleeced by high rollers

11th October        Perth, Western Australia         Source: Yahoo/Dow Jones & Reuters
Australia's Burswood: 1st Quarter Performance Below Expectations
Burswood posts Q1 loss, sees flat yearly profit

9th October        Queensland, Australia        Source: ABC News Online & Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Jupiters eyes full ownership of Breakwater Casino
INTERVIEW: Australia's Jupiters Looks Past Breakwater

9th October        Philippines        Source: The Philippine Star
Alleged jueteng lord not filing charges vs attackers

8th October        Perth, Western Australia        Source: The West Australian
Pokies pay big for casino
Burswood Casinos 1,300 Pokies earned almost $96 million in 2000-2001 about 33% of the total $292 million win.

7th October        Queensland, Australia         Source: Northern Light/Asia Pulse & Yahoo/Dow Jones
Australia's Jupiters proposes US$15.3 million Breakwater takeover
Australia's Jupiters To Bid For Breakwater Island Trust

5th October        Perth, Western Australia         Source: Australian Sunday Times
Market chips in for casino
The Burswood Casino's International Room last year won A$15.7 million. The casino last week had a 10% cap on individual shareholdings lifted.

4th October        Canberra         Source: The Canberra Times
Clubs' stranglehold on pokies grossly unfair
In the Australian Capital Territories Pokies are only permitted in registered clubs and barred from Taverns and Pubs.

4th October        Kajang, Malaysia         Source: The Malaysian Star
Gaming chips, machines seized

4th October        Melbourne         Source: Herald Sun
Casino staff in strike threat
The September 1st partial smoking ban at the Crown Casino has apparently led to a substantial deterioration in air quality in the permitted areas.

3rd October        New Zealand        Source: New Zealand Herald
Smoking ban would cost millions says Casino

2nd October        Portland, Victoria, Australia         Source: News.com.au/Herald Sun
Portland pokies pull in $7 million
Win per pokie machine in the Victorian town was A$1311 per week - per machine about US $100 a day.

2nd October        Melbourne, Victoria         Source: News.com.au/Herald Sun
Locals betting big at casino
7,700 Victorians are members of the Crown Casinos "high roller" salons out of a total of 11,000. Punters who turn over A$20,000 a month are invited to join.

1st October        Cambodia          Source: Yahoo/Reuters
Las Vegas Overruns Pol Pot's Idyll in Cambodia

1st October        New  Zealand         Source: New Zealand Herald/NZPA
Pokie makers correct sums
The 24,651 and 1 to 158 ratio apparently puts New Zealand 20th on the list of countries with gaming devices.

1st October        NSW, Australia         Source: News.com.au
Pokie advertising to be banned
The ban coming into effect 2nd October covers television, radio, print and the internet.

1st October        Australia         Source: News.com.au/The Advertiser & Herald Sun
Casino 'thief' gambles it away
Casino thief blows takings
Amazing. The stolen money from Melbourne's Crown Casino has apparently almost all been been lost at Sky City's Adelaide Casino. Will they have to pay the money back.?

30th September         Australia         Source: The Press of Atlantic City - Joe Weinert
Smoking ban choking gaming profits abroad

30th September         Melbourne, Australia         Source: News.com.au/The Advertiser & Yahoo/AP
Alleged high rollers thief in court
Man makes court appearance after allegedly holding up Australian casino
Amazingly, during a nationwide manhunt Thomas Mango had gambled at the Adelaide casino.

30th September         New Zealand         Source: Stuff.co.nz & New Zealand Herald
NZ flooded with pokies? You bet
NZ rates second in number of gaming machines per head 
The Coalition for Gambling Reform reports there were 24,651 gaming machines in New Zealand at the end of June - one for every 158 citizens.

30th September         Melbourne, Australia         Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Gambling reforms in lobbying stoush

30th September         Western Australia         Source: Australian Sunday Times
Extra pokies 'a social threat'
Perth's Burswood casino will be increasing its slot total to 1,500 over the next two years.

29th September         Australia         Source: The Melbourne Age
Gambling strategy a shambles
The National Advisory Body on Gambling is at present trying to create a national code for poker machine controls.

29th September         Melbourne         Source: NineMSN.com/AAP
Man charged over casino heist
Thomas Mangos who last month allegedly robbed the Crown Casino in Melbourne has now been apprehended.

27th September         Victoria, Australia         Source: News.com.au/Herald Sun
$2.5b lost on pokies
A statistic filled look at slot machine play in Victoria. The Interchurch Gambling Taskforce is calling on the number of machines to be halved to 15,000 as losses by players have now reached A$7 million a day.

26th September         Perth, Western Australia         Source: News.com.au/AAP
Burswood shares soar after cap lifted
Burswood is Western Australia's only casino. Although the country is home to some 20% of the world's population of slots, WA's only pokies are to be found at the casino.

25th September         Perth, Western Australia       Source: News.com.au/AAP
Govt removes Burswood shareholding cap
The 10% cap will be lifted in September 2003. PBL, Tabcorp, Jupiters & Sky City are all thought to be interested.

25th September         Victoria, Australia         Source: News.com.au
Pokies smoke ban stays
Business is down around 20% at the states 534 gaming venues since the smoking ban came into effect at the beginning of September.

22nd September         Tasmania         Source: News.com.au/Sunday Tasmanian
Dealing hearts, holding aces
An interview with Federal Hotels and Resorts managing director Greg Farrell,  the family owned company has a monopoly on casinos and slots in Tasmania.

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.

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.

16th September         Las Vegas & Australia       Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Aristocrat Creates a Carnival of Fun at This Year's Global Gaming Expo
Aristocrat Does It Again Groundbreaking Mr. Cashman Latest Innovation From Legendary Slot Company

14th September         Australia       Source: Las Vegas Sun/AP
Lawsuits threatened in Australia - Researcher: Problem gamblers could be spurred by Canadian class-action lawsuit

11th September         Victoria, Australia         Source: News.com.au/The Herald Sun
Pokie clubs robbed
Smoke bans hurt pokie venues
Slot revenues at Crown casino and the state's 534 gaming venues are estimated to have fallen by $1.5 million a day since the ban came into effect September 1st.

11th September         South Australia         Source: News.com.au/The Advertiser
Gambler 'spent $2.5m a day placing bets' - must read!
Sportingbet Australia is now being sued in court as unfortunately their customer (who must have briefly the biggest punter in the country) had stolen all the money from his employer.

10th September         Victoria, Australia         Source: ABC News Online
Victorian gambling 'plague' features in guidebook

9th September         Australia        Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Waterhouse gambles once too often

8th September         Singapore        Source: Yahoo Singapore/Channel News Asia
Police smash illegal 4D betting syndicate

6th September         Australia         Source: The Melbourne Age
Waterhouse to fight nine-month ban
Waterhouse to fight ban

6th September         Thailand        Source: The Nation
Casino survey - in brief
The survey will guage public opinion about the proposal to establishThailand's first legal casino in Pattaya.

5th September         New Zealand        Source: New Zealand Herald
Sky City looking for next Aussie buy-up
Perth's Burswood Casino or overseas acquisitions could be possibilities for the New Zealand operator.

4th September         Australia        Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Packer's PBL back in the black after One.Tel

4th September         Melbourne, Australia        Source: News.com.au/Herald Sun
Pokie club quizzed over teenager

4th September         Australia        Source: Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones Newswire
Australia's PBL/Earnings - High Rollers Beat Crown
Australia's PBL CEO Quiet On Earnings Outlook
CrownGames.com the Vanuatu based Internet version of the Crown Casino in Melbourne posted an EBITDA loss of A$9.8 million.

3rd September         New Zealand      Source: Hoovers.com/Newsedge.com
Big gamble - A must read article, 
Over the last year Pokie revenues provided NZ$199 million for community projects.

Everything you wanted to know about Pokies (slots) in New Zealand. The charitable nature of the system seems admirable but problem gambling and addiction to the machines is a major drawback. 81% of the 6,000 callers to the gamblers helpline blame Pokies as the cause. There are now 22,113 machines on the north and south islands across 2,150 locations. The total drop of NZ$6 billion is 6 times the amount that the Government spends on the Police service!.

3rd September         Sydney       Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Aristocrat boss isn't perfect but he's learning
Profile and analysis of the management style of Aristocrat CEO Des Randall.

3rd September         Australia & Vanuatu       Source: Yahoo UK Sports/Sporting Life
Australia's Ecorp/Results - Invests A$2.1M In CrownGames
ECorp's loss was A$17.6m down from a loss of A$31.9m last year. The company is 80% owned by Kerry Packer's Publishing & Broadcasting Ltd. No details on the performance of Vanuatu licensed CrownGames.com

2nd September         Hong Kong       Source: Northern Light/Xinhua
HK police arrest 12 persons for engaging in soccer bookmaking

1st September         Melbourne       Source: Hoovers.com/AAP
Smoking bans apply to Vic gaming areas from today

1st September         Adelaide       Source: ABC News Online
Adelaide casino secured after firearm threat