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September - October 2003
Asia & Australasia

31st October          Thailand          Bangkok Post
FLOATING CASINO - Four execs linked to gambling

31st October          Brisbane, Australia          The Courier Mail
Tabcorp wants to manage casinos
Presently the two Jupiters casinos, the Treasury in  Brisbane and on the Gold Coast are managed by Park Place subsidiary BI Casinos.

31st October          Manila, Philappines          The Philappine Star
Pagcor to put up casino in Manila Jockey Club complex in Carmona, Cavite

30th October          Victoria, Australia          News.com.au/aap
Vic punters lose $4.26 billion

30th October          Thailand          Business Day
PM may review gambling laws

30th October          Thailand & Cambodia          Bangkok Post
Casinos may be legalised - PM to take public opinion into account
Casino bosses asked to inform on drugs
Gambling on casinos is a risky business - Editorial

28th October          Perth, Western Australia          Crikey.com.au - Opinion
CommBank's $19m gambling fraud
The mug punter who blew $18,998,309 - Melbourne Age
Banker in court over $19m theft - ABC News 7.30 report
The trial of gambling bank manager Kim Faithfull is now underway. It is also very likely that the Commonwealth Bank will seek the return of the stolen money from IASbet.
Discuss this topic on Gaming floor's forum - Stolen money - Should casinos pay it back?

28th October          Seoul, South Korea          The Korea Herald
USFK probing lawmaker's gambling

28th October          Seoul, South Korea          Korea Times - Editorial
Lawmaker's Gambling at U.S. Military Casino
The big question is of course why are U.S. Army servicemen operating a casino at their base?

28th October          Vietnam          Radio Australia/ABC News
Vietnamese police arrest 92 people for alleged football gambling

27th October          Seoul, South Korea          Korea Herald
Lawmaker apologizes for gambling
The Dong-a Ilbo newspaper has reported that South Koreans gamblers are regular visitors to a monthly casino night set up at an American military base in Seoul.

27th October          South Korea          Donga.com
"Off Limits to Koreans" - The Casino of the Eighth U.S. Army

26th October          Australia          The Sunday Telegraph/Townsville Bulletin
TAB deal to take on Vics

26th October          Bangkok, Thailand          The Nation
FLOATING CASINO: Cruise boss sentenced to 6 months
Chusak Buasang confessed to operating the Ukrainian registered Olvia casino. Thirteen other staff were each sentenced to 2-month's detention, and all 14 defendants were fined Bt2,000.

26th October          Thailand          Bangkok Post
Police plan more raids on ships - Harsh anti-gambling drive to be launched

25th October          Thailand          Bangkok Post
Bookmaker gets six months in prison - Reduced sentences for 44 gamblers
Gamblers and staff have already been sentenced following the Olvia raid on Wednesday. Dealers were given 2 month sentences, reduced to a short detention.

25th October          Sydney, Australia          Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Holders Of Australia's Jupiters Vote For Tabcorp Merger

25th October          Thailand          The Straits Times
Thai commandos storm gambling boat, 58 held

24th October          Perth, Australia          Yahoo Singapore/Asia Pulse
Australia's Burswood Casino More Vulnerable to Takeover

24th October          Melbourne, Australia          Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
PBL/Crown/Smoking: VIP Areas Could Take Extra Machines
Victoria Govt/Crown Casino: Expanding 2 Smoking Areas

24th October          Thailand          ABC News Online
Nearly 60 arrested on illegal gambling boat in Thailand
More on the storming of the Ukrainian registered Olvia by 100 Thai commandos.

23rd October          Pattaya, Thailand          The Nation
"Floating casino off Pattaya": Commandos storm liner
Dramatic story of police raids on the 14,000 ton Ukrainian registered ship Olvia that was stormed by Police Commandos with gamblers arrested and casino equipment and money impounded.

23rd October          Thailand          Bangkok Post
Police arrest 100 in raid on casino liner  - Helicopters, patrol boats swoop on ship

21st October          Sydney, Australia          Yahoo Australia/Reuters Finance
Australia's Aristocrat shrs up on CEO, takeover talk

21st October          Australia          The Register
Bank manager blows customer millions on online betting
More on Bank Manager Kim David Faithfull who blew through A$19 million of his employers money before handing himself in to Police.

20th October          New Delhi, India          The Times of India
Gambling: Legal, but in private
Summary of India's Public Gambling Act, written in 1867 during the reign of Queen Victoria.

20th October          Guam          Pacific Daliy News
Women's group fights gambling, aids community

18th October          Perth & Darwin, Australia          Sydney Morning Herald
Mug banker blew $19m at the track - A Must read
Detailed report on two more Australian whales who bet big with stolen money. The amounts lost with IASBet and Britain's SportingBet.com totalled A$30 million.
Discuss this topic on Gaming floor's forum - Stolen money - Should casinos pay it back?
Two stories this week involving massive thefts and the proceeds being gambled with Bookmakers and Casinos. Should losses of stolen money be paid back to the rightful owner?

18th October          Melbourne          The Herald Sun
Casino boss defends record
Crown Casino had apparently passed information about Chia Teck Leng's movement of cash onto Austrac, Australia's chief financial monitoring authority at least a dozen times.

18th October          Singapore & Australia          The Straits Times
$230m in brewery man's casino account
Chia Teck Leng is accused of cheating four foreign banks of $117 million. He will appear in Court October 28th.

18th October          Thailand & Cambodia          Bangkok Post
Thousands flock to casinos for special summit holiday

18th October          Australia          NineMSN
Bookie warns of tennis fixing

17th October          Australia           Sydney Morning Herald
Gaming must look further afield: Chapman

17th October          Singapore           The Business Times
Former APB exec blew loot in Melbourne casino
Photo & details of Chia Teck Leng's gambling exploits at the Crown Casino Melbourne and the charge of allegedly stealing over $100 million from foreign banks.

17th October          Singapore & Melbourne           The Herald Sun
Gambling crooks in firing line
An amazing story. One of Crown Casino's biggest customers was arrested in Singapore in September and charged with allegedly stealing over A$100 million from 4 foreign banks.
Some more background information - Brewery exec held for cheating over RM194m

17th October          Singapore           Channel News Asia
If true, a mega scam: Stunning charges against former finance manager
A high-roller?: Former executive allegedly led life of gambling
Stories from the 5th and 8th of September on the arrest of Chia Teck Leng.

17th October          Australia           The Melbourne Age & Courier-Mail
Gambling duo takes bet on merger
Thumbs up for betting giant
The UNiTAB and TAB Ltd merger that will create a company with a market capitalisation of around A$2 billion and a turnover of A$7.1 billion.

16th October          Australia           The Mercury News
$2.5bn gaming titan born

16th October          Australia           The Australian
Giant gaming merger confirmed
Following on from Tabcorp & Jupiters, Queensland based UNiTAB Ltd. and Tab Ltd from New South Wales are the latest betting and wagering companies to announce a proposed merger.

15th October          Melbourne           News.com.au/The Herald Sun
How casino crim blew $2.3 million
An almost unbelievable story of an Asian players exploits at the Crown Casino in Melbourne after cashing a fake cheque with forged identification for A$2.3 million.

15th October         Guam            Guam Pacific Daily News
Drinking age, gaming and tax are topics of debate for forum

13th October         Lucknow, India            The Times of India
Police gear up to bust gambling dens

12th October         London & Australia            Yahoo/Reuters
Betting exchanges put the squeeze on bookmakers
Attempts by Betfair to become licensed in Australia are meeting strong objections from established Bookmakers and TAB's.

12th October         Australia            News.com.au/Daily Telegraph
Game on for punters

10th October         Taiwan            eTaiwan News
Baseball fights gambling allegations

8th October         Guam            Guam Pacific Daily News
Mayor seeks changes to casino special election bill

7th October         Sydney            Sydney Morning Herald
UNiTAB chief tipped for top at Aristocrat

5th October         Taiwan & Macau           China Post
Second cash card holder uses scam to borrow millions
Despite having a limit of NT$50,000 a Taiwanese punter in Macau managed to withdraw NT$2.56 million with his ATM card.

5th October         Australia           News.com.au/The Daily Telegraph
Casinos' high-roller dilemma
A look at why Australian Casinos with International Conmmission Business (ICB) struggle to meet margins.

5th October         Singapore           Reuters.com
Casinos Eye Asia, Countries Seek Revenue
Statistic filled article. From September residents of China's 3 weathiest cities Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou have been allowed to travel to Macau alone instead of with tour groups.

3rd October         Tasmania           The Tasmanian Examiner
MLCs say yes to pokie bill
Federal Hotels have been granted a 15 year exclusive extension on the operation of slots on Tasmania. The number of slots will be capped at 3680. Website: www.federalresorts.com.au

3rd October         New Zealand           New Zealand Herald
Gambling lawyer loses appeal
Lawyer Philip Gerald Coburn took NZ$1.78 million of clients money to fund gambling at Christchurch Casino.

3rd October         South Australia           News.com.au
Bid to ban gaming room smoking

2nd October         Guam           Guam Pacific Daily News - Editorial
We can't afford it - Casino gaming issue must be decided on 2004 election ballot

2nd October         Guam          Guam Pacific Daily News
Casino bill divides community

1st October         Sydney          The Melbourne Age/AAP
Thousands to protest pokie tax
Tax on slot profits over A$10 million in NSW is planned to rise from 17.16% to 40% over 7 years.

1st October         Cambodia          Channel News Asia
NagaCorp opens casino in Phnom Penh after barge closure - In Brief
NagaCorp can be found online at: www.nagaresorts.com

1st October         Perth, Australia          News.com.au/The Australian
Talks prompted casino raid

1st October         Guam          Guam Pacific Daily News
Public hearing on casino election set
The Island of Guam even without an election already has proposed gaming  regulations online. Website: www.guamgaming.com

1st October         New Zealand          New Zealand Herald
Pokie pubs could forfeit machines

1st October         Australia          News.com.au & The West Australian
PBL off on gaming punt
Packer moves on Burswood

30th September         Perth & Melbourne, Australia          News.com.au & SMH
Packer gambles on casino
Packer raids Perth casino

30th September         Perth & Melbourne          ABCNews Online
PBL buys Burswood Casino stake
Kerry Packer's Publishing and Broadcasting Limited (PBL) owner of the Crown Casino in Melbourne has upped it's stake in Burswood Casino in Perth to 16%.

29th September         Melbourne           Yahoo Australia/Reuters
Australia's Jupiters sells Centrebet for A$47 million
The buyer is privately owned sports betting group SportOdds - Website: www.sportodds.com

28th September         Australia           The Advertiser
Milk cartons 'encourage gambling'
The NSW Council on Problem Gambling belives that printing lottery tickets on cartons of milk may encourages and promoteds a culture of gambling

28th September         Australia           News.com.au/The Advertiser
Gamblers' wages may be docked
The Victorian State Government is looking at a plan to take money from the wages of gamblers who have defaulted on bills and family payments.

28th September         New Zealand           Stuff.co.nz
Church bingo and Lotto tickets cop blame for gambling

28th September         New South Wales           ABCNews Online
Panthers CEO charged own club millions: NSW Gaming

26th September         Australia           The Melbourne Age/AAP
Statistics reveal a nation of losers
More details on Australia's A$15 billion slot industry. Australia is home to 20% of the worlds gaming machines.

26th September         Singapore & Australia           Business Times
Aussie casino operator plans listing on SGX - Lasseters Corp.

25th September         Jakarta, Indonesia          Source: The Jakarta Post
29 men nabbed for gambling

24th September         Guam          Source: Kuam News8 
Aguon to hold public hearing on casino gaming initiative

24th September         Victoria, Australia          Source: The Herald Sun
Bracks defends Vic gaming record

24th September         Australia          Source: ABC News
Federal Government urged to act as gambling tops $15 billion

24th September         Australia          Source: The Courier Mail
Gamblers up stakes in $1000-a-head wipeout
Tasmanian Gaming Commission website: www.gaming.tas.gov.au

24th September          Northern Territory, Australia          Source: The Advertiser
NT has biggest gamblers
Gambling hurt my family: Latham
Citizens aged 18 years or more in Australia's Northern Territory lost on average A$1,576 on pokies, horses, casinos, lotteries and other forms of gambling last year. 3.4% of average household income was lost nationwide.

24th September          Australia          Source: The Australian
Aristocrat wins on Balmoral house

24th September          Australia          Source: The Melbourne Age
Man stole from cricket club to feed gambling addiction

23rd September          Australia          Source: NineMSN/AAP, Herald Sun 6 Asia Pulse
Australia a nation of bad gamblers
Australian gamblers the real losers
Australians Gamble US$10.17 Billion in 2001/02
Gambling losses in Australia reached over A$1,000 per-adult for the first time during 2001/2 according to a report compiled by the Tasmanian Gaming Commission.

22nd September          Perth, Australia          Source: NineMSn/AAP
Man crashes into casino after big loss

20th September         Kathmandu, Nepal          Source: The Independent & Ananova.com
'Bikini killer' held in raid on Kathmandu casino
International serial killer 'The Serpent' arrested in casino

16th September         Phnom Penn, Cambodia          Source: ABC News - Asia Pacific
Cambodia arrests 11 foreigners over illegal casinos

15th September         Sydney & Las Vegas          Source: News.com.au/The Advertiser
Aristocrat shortlists chief candidates

11th September         Palau, Micronesia          Source: ABC News
Palau legalises casino gambling
Palau is located approximately 1,000 km south-east of Manila and is a 4.5 hour flight from Tokyo. Website: www.visit-palau.com

11th September          Davao, Philappines          Source: Davao, Sun Star
2 Casino Filipino staff ties knot

10th September          Manila          Source: Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Mondragon Philippines Rescinds Lease Settlement With Govt

10th September          Singapore          Source: The Malaysian Star & Straits Times
Singapore blocks casino IPO
Strike two for Malaysian casino boss Chen Lip Keong
Casino operator reviews listing options
NagaCorp's NagaWorld is located on the Mekong River in Cambodia: www.nagaresorts.com

9th September          New Zealand          Source: NZoom.com
Accusations over gambling law

9th September          Singapore & Cambodia          Source: Yahoo Singapore/AFP
Singapore central bank rejects Cambodian casino operator's listing bid

9th September          Singapore & Cambodia          Source: The Straits Times
All bets off on casino operator's listing?  - MAS intends to refuse registration of NagaCorp prospectus

7th September          Australia          Source: News.co.au/The Australian
Betting on a $10.2m win
The proposed Jupiters & Tabcorp Holdings merger. Shareholders will recieve a 456 page "Booklet" on the 17th September.

7th September          New Zealand          Source: Stuff.co.nz
Donations alarm community groups
Casino operator Sky City has apparently donated $40,000 each to New Zealand's National and Labour parties.

5th September          Melbourne          Source: The Melbourne Age
Labor extends secrecy on casino
Politicians in Victoria have decided that documents relating to the original tendering process for the Crown Casino must stay secret until 2023.

4th September          Melbourne, Australia          Source: The Herald Sun
Casino put on the spot

4th September           New Zealand           Source: Stuff.co.nz
NZRU urges MPs to back gambling bill amendments
Responsible gambling Bill Summary & Casino Control Authority - www.casinocontrol.govt.nz

4th September           Tasmania           Source: The Examiner
Tax break for casinos sees Crean under fire
Federal Hotels operates Tasmania's 2 casinos and all the islands 3,680 slots. Website: www.federalresorts.com.au

3rd September           Melbourne            Source: NineMSN.com/AAP
Crown Casino review finds faults

3rd September           Australia            Source: News.com.au/AAP
TABs bid to block online exchanges

3rd September           Melbourne            Source: The Herald Sun
Casino no longer crowning glory, says review

3rd September           Northern Territory, Australia            Source: ZDNet Australia
AU online casino threatens to leave over government review - Lasseters Casino

3rd September           New Zealand            Source: Stuff.co.nz/NZPA
Bulky gambling bill rewrite disenfranchises public - MP

1st September           Sydney            Source: Yahoo Singapore/Asia Pulse
Australia's Stargames Cautious About Short Term Gaming Outlook

1st September           Sydney & Tokyo            Source: Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Australia's Aristocrat Appoints New Japan President

1st, 2nd & 3rd September           Melbourne            Source: The Melbourne Age & The Advertiser
Baby left in car at casino
Casino couple to keep their baby
Children's Court bans casino parents from gaming venues
 




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