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September - October 2003
Europe

28th October          Hamburg, Germany          iGaming News - October 21st
Hamburg's Online Roulette Declared Illegal
Less than 1 year after the game was launched, Hamburg Spielbank's live Roulette game has been ruled illegal by judges 

28th October          Oslo, Norway          Yahoo/Reuters & Dow Jones
Royal Caribbean Posts Bleak Outlook
Royal Caribbean Passengers Still Booking Late

28th October          Israel          Israel National News
Netanyahu Wants a Private Casino in Eilat

26th October          Sweden          Boss Media Press Release - 24th October
Boss Media sells its well-known gaming portal Casino.com

26th October          Lugano, Switzerland          Swiss Info
Casino enquiry
Casino Lugano is being investigated by the Federal Gambling Board over allegations of money lending on the premises and renting offices to junketeers.

26th October          Lugano, Switzerland          De Bund & Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Casino Lugano muss mit Strafuntersuchung rechnen
Spielcasino Lugano unter Beschuss

24th October          Sweden          Online Casino News
Casino.com sold for $5.5 million
www.casino.com was owned by Boss Media and for a number of years has been used as a gambling portal advertising casinos using the company's software.

23rd October          Hamburg          Online Casino News
Politicians find legal loop-hole to close German Casino
Spielbank Hamburg will have to close it's pioneering live Internet Roulette game after officials have ruled the game is unlawful.

20th October          Vienna, Austria          Der Standard/apa
Russischer Arzt knackte in Wien "Mega Austria Jackpot"

18th October          Cyprus & Israel          Cyprus Mail
Deportation for Israelis gamblers heading for casinos in the north
According to the report there are 28 casinos in the Turkish controlled Northern Cyprus.

17th October          Baden Baden, Germany          ÖstThuringer Zeitung
Spielsüchtige können Casino-Verluste zurückfordern
The headline from Germany translates - Addicted gamblers can reclaim losses!

17th October          Lugano, Switzerland          Yahoo Germany/AP
Italienische Vereinigung reicht Strafanzeigen wegen Wuchers ein
Italian authorities have brought charges against 7 Money lenders charging interest of 10% per day in Casino Lugano, Switzerland.

17th October          Cyprus           Ha'artez Online
Cyprus expels 30 Israelis headed for casino in north

15th October          Switzerland           Swiss Info
Smaller casinos hit the jackpot
Swiss authorities are set to introduce a sliding scale of taxes with Class A casinos paying 40% and the smaller Class B 20 to 30%.

12th October         Ireland & Las Vegas            Belfast Telegraph - 10th October
Flatley's $750m irish casino in las vegas

10th October         Amsterdam, Holland           isa-casinos.de
Europes biggest poker tournament in Holland Casino
Website: www.masterclassicsofpoker.nl

2nd October         Austria & Hungary          Wirtschaftsblatt
Novomatic will im Osten weiter wachsen
Novomatic has plans for expansion in Eastern Europe including operations in Hungary & the Czech Republic. Last year the group which has 2,400 employees world-wide including 1,000 in Austria had a turnover of €280 million.

2nd October         Asturias, Spain          El Comercio Digital
El Principado no ha recibido proyectos para el casino a 10 días del final del concurso

1st October         Israel          Ha'aretz Daily
MK's aides try to obtain report on illegal gambling

28th September         Austria & Las Vegas           Wirtschaftsblatt/aap
Patentrechtsklage gegen Casinos Austria - US-Unternehmen behauptet, Kartenmischer sei abgekupfert

25th September        Israel & Austria           Ha'aretz Online
Austrian bank linked to Sharon loan has Jericho casino stake
More details on the ownership of the Jericho casino and plans for Casino Cancun now anchored off Eilat and awaiting permission to open.

19th September         Loutraki, Greece          Source: Österreich Journal
Casinos Austria in Griechenland - Beteiligung am größten europäischen Casino abgeschlossen
Casinos Austria's €100 million investment in the Israeli owned Casino Loutraki. The company owns or has management contracts for 71 casinos in 16 countries.

19th September         Loutraki, Greece          Source: Der Standard
Casinos Austria investieren in Griechenland

12th September         Tirol, Austria          Source: Tiroler TagesZeitung
Rien ne va plus für das Card-Casino

10th September          Arizona & Lübbecke, Germany          Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Atronic Proudly Celebrates 10 Years of Success at G2E

9th September          Bad Homburg, Germany          Source: Frankfurter Neue Presse
1000 Gäste bei der Playboy-Night
5 new Playboy slots from Bally Gaming have been installed at the Bad Homburg Spielbank.

5th September          Valencia, Spain          Source: The Guardian & CBS Sports/AP
Olympic star held over casino scam
Former Olympic gymnast arrested in casino fraud case

4th September          Voralberg, Austria          Source: Voraralberg Online
Weniger Besucher, aber höherer Einspielertrag - Casino Kleinwalsertal

4th September          Hamburg, Germany          Source: Hamburger Abendblatt
Hittfeld - Nichts geht mehr
Ausgespielt - Warum die Deutschen immer weniger Geld in die Casinos tragen.
Spielbank Hittfeld south of Hamburg is the latest German casino to remove table games and replace them with slots. 85 staff will be made redundant.

3rd September           Vienna, Austria            Source: Der Standard
Gericht: Fünf Jahre für süchtigen Spieler

3rd September           Amsterdam            Source: Radio Netherlands & Het Parool
Money laundering reported in Dutch casinos
Holland Casino drijft op zwart geld
Casino zag witwassen zelf ook
Government owned monopoly Holland Casino is facing accusations in the newspaper Het Parool and Nova television programme that between €10 and 20 million of black money is laundered anually by criminals through their Amsterdam casino. Holland Casino operates 12 casinos in the Netherlands.

2nd September           Dublin            Source: Business World &Yahoo UK/Electronic News
Paddy Power may offer online casino
Paddy Power to launch e-casino

2nd & 3rd September           North Cyprus            Source: Ananova.com & The Guardian
Fugitive tycoon Nadir says he will return
Killing that shook UK fugitives in Cypriot haven

2nd September           Austria            Source: Hugin Online
BETANDWIN And Columbia Exchange Systems Ltd. Form Joint Venture To Enter Betting Exchange Market

2nd September           Israel            Source: Ha'aretz Online
The Bottom Line / Soncino Casino R.I.P.
A look at the efforts of the Finance Ministary and Police in closing down 60 illegal casinos in Tel Aviv.
 




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