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21st April

London          Interactive Investor/AFX
UK's Labour says no immediate plans to allow more super casinos of re-elected

Las Vegas          Yahoo/Reuters & AP
Caesars 1st-quarter profit falls on merger costs
Caesars 1Q Profit Slips on Merger Costs

Las Vegas           Yahoo/Business Wire
Caesars Entertainment Reports Record Results for First Quarter of 2005

Reno, Nevada           Yahoo/Reuters
Slot machine maker IGT profit falls 20 pct in qtr

Reno, Nevada           Yahoo/PRNewswire
International Game Technology Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2005 Results
Strangely IGT do not mention or compare machine sales numbers for the quarter or six months.

Casinos Austria Swiss AG: Aufwärtstrends im 2004 fortgesetzt
2004 Financial results from Casinos Austria's Swiss subsidiary.

Hong Kong           Hong Kong Standard - Zach Coleman
Online horse betting curb stays despite WTO ruling

Lafollette, Tennessee  
Four Campbell Co. business raided for illegal gambling
An unusual selection of devices seized from roadside taverns and bars.

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun/AP
Las Vegas casino blames wind for thrill ride stranding two girls

Macau & Singapore           People's Daily Online & Channel News Asia
Macao casinos claim fearless to Singapore's gaming sanction
Casinos in S'pore could generate as much as US$2b a year: Merrill Lynch

London           Interactive Investor/AFX
Blair in favour of more super casinos; rejects concern over gambling addiction

Halifax, Nova Scotia           Saint Mary's University - Press release
The House Always Wins - Saint Maryís Arts Professor releases ground breaking research on the gambling problem in Canada

Halifax, Nova Scotia
VLTs should be restricted to casinos: study
The report is from John McMullan, a professor at Saint Mary's University in Halifax.

Online Gambling           Globe & Mail & Economic Times (India)
On-line gambling sector is cashing in
Can online gambling make you rich?

Asia lays bet on casino gambling

Phoenix, Arizona           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Aztar Reports First-Quarter 2005 Results

Devon, England  - 18th & 20th April.
Woman 'admits gambling some cash'
Carer 'gambled' woman's savings

20th April

Guernsey, Channel Islands           The Publican
CI Traders questions Guernsey casino development

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun
Hooters Casino Hotel breaks ground

Casino-General im NEWS-Interview: Bis 2006 über eine Milliarde Umsatz

Mexico           La Jornada
La instalación de casinos divide a empresarios y organismos del turismo 

Las Vegas           Yahoo/Reuters & AP
Casino stocks down following Wynn downgrade
With just 8 days to go before the opening of Wynn Las Vegas, the company's stock has declined from $75 to $55.60 over the last 2 months.

Las Vegas           Yahoo/Reuters & AP
Harrah's 1st-quarter profit rises 27 percent
Harrah's 1Q Profit Soars on Acquisition

Las Vegas           Yahoo/Business Wire
Harrah's Entertainment Reports 2005 First-Quarter Results

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun - Jeff Simpson 
Wynn offers inside look at new resort - Strip property is set to open April 28

Singapore           The Hong Kong Standard
Bets on eight in Singapore casino race
Apparently the leading contenders are bids from Las Vegas Sands, Wynn Resorts, MGM Mirage, Harrah's Entertainment, Kerzner International, Eight Wonder, TabCorp and Genting..

Melbourne,  Australia           The Herald Sun
Trial on casino bribery charge
A player is charged with bribing a dealer to manually override numbers on Rapid Roulette at the Crown Casino. The accused dealer has apparently fed to New Zealand.

Lima, Peru           Panamá América-EPASA
Empresa española Cirsa adquiere casino en Perú
Barcelona based Cirsa have aquired the Stellaris Casino, located in the JW Marriot, Lima. After renovations it will be known as the Majestic Lima.
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Dominican Republic            Listín Diario
Tower Princess Casino lanza su calendario de actividades

Atlantic City           The Press of Atlantic City
Casino workers to get longer-lasting licenses
Gaming icences for casino staff will in future be valid for 5 years.

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Business Press   - at Bevertainer website
The new art of customer service

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Business Press
Makeover for the San Remo Casino and Resort into Hooters Casino Hotel

Singapore & Macau           China Daily, The Deal & Bloomberg News
K. Wah joins Galaxy of gaming market
HK investor gambles on Macau casino
Singapore Casinos Won't Cut Macau Gaming Revenue, Analysts Say

Blackpool           The Stage
Site of UKís first super-casino will be Blackpool, predicts Etches

Hong Kong & Singapore           The Edge Daily
Macau casino to gain HK listing in RM9.1b deal

Las Vegas           ZDNet &
Caesars Palace to offer Net phones, biometric IDs
Caesars Palace: The Emperor's new tower

Baton Rouge, Louisiana           The State
Churchill Downs gets state OK for slots at Fair Grounds

Arcadia, Florida 
Local law enforcement works together to rid Arcadia of gambling house

Las Vegas & Macau           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston & Richard N. Velotta
MGM Mirage announces big plans for Macau casinos

Las Vegas & Macau           Yahoo Australia/AFP
MGM Mirage venture to build 975 million dollar hotel-casino in Macau

Australia & Macau           Yahoo Asia/Reuters
HK's Melco teams with PBL for Singapore casino project bid

Toronto, Ontario  Windsor Star
Border casinos hurting - Windsor, Niagara see largest decline

19th April

Las Vegas            MGM MIRAGE - press release
MGM MIRAGE Announces Grant of Macau Subconcession to Its Joint Venture With Pansy Ho Chiu-king

Las Vegas           Yahoo/Reuters
MGM Mirage says 1,292 employees defected to Wynn

Atlantic City           Yahoo/PRNewswire
The Quarter at Tropicana Leads Atlantic City's Revitalization

Las Vegas & Macau           Yahoo/PRNewswire
MGM MIRAGE Announces Grant of Macau Subconcession to Its Joint Venture With Pansy Ho Chiu-king
The MGM Grand Macau project will include 600 rooms, 300 tables and 1,000 slots and will be located next to Wynn Macau & near to Stanley Ho's Casino Lisboa.

Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
MGM MIRAGE Reports Record First Quarter Results

Kuala Lumpur & Liverpool  Jones Newswires
Malaysia's Genting Upgrades Stake In Stanley Leisure To 19.1%

Windsor, England           icBerkshire
'They're off:' Racecourse hotel is under starter's orders
Neighbours of Windsor Racecourse fear that Arena Leisure's plans will also include a casino.

Derby, England           The Inquirer
Future winning Lotto ticket for sale on eBay - Turkish fortune foretold
Could a certain Internet casino take and interest in this item ?

Hong Kong & Macau           Bloomberg News
Hong Kong's Lui Plans Publicly Traded Casino Operator

Hong Kong & Macau           Yahoo/Reuters
Macau casino to gain HK listing in $2.4 bln deal
The Lui family's K. Wah Construction Materials  intends to buy Galaxy for HK$18.41 billion (US$2.36 billion) and then change its name to Galaxy Entertainment Group.  &

Monterrey, Mexico 
Asesinian tres Mexicanos durante Negociación ce casino con EEUU y Canadá
It apperas that three Mexican citizens taking part in casino negotiations with American and Canadian investors have been assasinated.

Mexico           La Journada
Rechaza la Conferencia del Episcopado la instalación de casinos en México

Macau & Las Vegas           Diario Economico
Pansy Ho e MGM vão investir em casino e hotel
MGM MIRAGE are poised to invest $400 million in a joint venture with Panys Ho. The new Company being known as MGM Grand Paradise.

Shreveport, Louisiana           The Advocate & Gadsden Times
Shreveport benefits most from gambling
Casinos pull in $198.6 million in March
The Advocate article has statistics and comment on a report issued by the Casino Association of Louisiana.

South Florida           Sun-Sentinel - Michael Mayo
If state OKs real slots, Indians' free ride could end

Vienna, Austria  Interactive Entertainment AG - Q4 & Financial Year 2004

Toronto, Ontario           Globe & Mail
Make a bet on CryptoLogic?

Macau           Kerala Next
Macau collects record $478 mln in gaming tax in Q1

London           Yorkshire Post
Ukbetting launches its first mobile phone soccer channel

Sydney, Australia           Interatve Investor
Australia's Tattersall gambling group nears market listing

London           The Times Business & Liverpool Daily Post
Itís a fair bet Stanley Leisure will become flush with cash
William Hill group to buy 600 Stanley betting shops

Singapore           Reuters & Sunday Times/AFP
Favourites emerge in race for Singapore casinos
Critics slam Singapore's approval of casinos

Toronto, Ontario           Canoe/CP - Temporary link
U.S. fears of SARS, border security hurt 2003-04 profits at Ontario casinos

Singapore           Singapore Government Press Release
Ministerial Statement by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong  - Proposal to develop integrated resorts
The official statement from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong authorising the development of two integrated resorts.

Nevada           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Nevada Cancer Institute Adds Gift From MGM MIRAGE

Singapore           Yahoo/Christian Science Monitor
In search of buzz, Asia bets on gambling

London           Yahoo/TheScotsman
Odds are shortening on Hill riding to the front as UK No.1 

U.S. Problem Gamvbling           Boston Herald/AP
Video poker machines blamed for growing number of women getting hooked on gambling

18th April

Las Vegas & Macau           Las Vegas Review-Journal
MGM Mirage partner has familiar last name in Macau gaming circles
A look at the partnership that has been forged between Stanly Ho's eldest daughter Pansy and MGM Mirage who are naturally extremely keen to enter the Macau market.

London           Manchester Evening News
£1m payout, but bookie Fred is still smiling

London           Bloomberg News & Racing Post - Registration required
William Hill May Buy Stanley Outlets for $945 Million
Leading bookmakers line up for possible acquisition

Singapore  & Interactive Investor/AFP
Singapore casino plan gets nod
Singapore to proceed with two integrated resort/casinos-Lee - UPDATE 

Singapore           Bloomberg News
Singapore to Allow Casinos to Boost Tourism, Add Jobs

Singapore           Reuters
Singapore Gives Green Light to Two Casinos
The Singapore Government have announced two casinos will be developed, one on Marina Bay and one on the resort island of Sentosa. A provisional opening date given is 2009.

London & Liverpool  - William Hill press release
Potential Acquisition of Stanley Leisure plc's Retail Bookmaking Operations in the UK and Ireland

London & Liverpool  - Stanley & William Hill press release
Potential Acquisition of Stanley Leisureís Retail Bookmaking Operations in the UK and Ireland

London & Liverpool           Ananova/PA & Yahoo/Reuters
William Hill In Talks With Stanley
William Hill in talks to buy Stanley shops

Louisiana           The Daily Comet
21 arrested in early-morning dogfighting raid

Singapore           Bloomberg News
Singapore May Drop Casino Ban to Help Triple Tourism Revenue

London           The Times & Daily Telegraph
William Hill in talks over Stanley bookmakers
William Hill tables £500m for Stanley
The share prices of Stanley, William Hill and London Clubs will be closely watched Monday.

Macau           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Macau, where gambling is no laughing matter

New York  YorkDaily News & Norwegian Cruise Lines
Coast Guard launches probe after waves batter cruise ship
Norwegian Dawn News Update

Singapore           Channel News Asia
Singapore set to announce decision on casino issue
The Singapore Government will officially announce if they are proceeding with casino proposals this morning.

Singapore           The Malaysian Star & Yahoo/AFP
Gambling with a yes for casino
Even without a casino, Singaporeans love gambling to death

Singapore & Australia  Herald Sun
Singapore warms to casino

London           The Irish News &
William Hill 'in takeover talks'
William Hill 'in talks to expand'

17th April, 2005.

Hittfeld, Germany 
Aquamarin Casino Seevetal - Edelstein vor den Toren Hamburgs: Aquamarin Casino Seevetal eröffnet
Casinos Austria the new owners of Spielbank Niedersachsen have unveiled the new Aquarium at the Hittfeld operation.

London           The Observer/Guardian
Hill to make £700m bid for Stanley betting shops
The Observer also reports on talks between Hills and Stanley with the later reported to be looking for around £700 million for their LBO estate.

London           The Times
Wm Hill bets on Stanley
The Sunday Times reports that William Hill are in talks to buy the 600+ betting office chain of Stanley Leisure for £500 million.
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London           The Independent
EU probe threatens Labour's plan to sell off the Tote

Las Vegas & Illinois           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Casino company merger headed over final hurdle - Final OK of MGM-Mandalay deal foreseen

16th April, 2005.

Wyoming           Plainview Daily Herald
Internet 'sweepstakes' raises question about gambling

Singapore           Channel News Asia
NTUC chief says casino debate is about creating jobs

Albany, New York           Record Online
Casino downsizing - Governor scales back casino plan

Windsor, Ontario           Rolling Good Times
Dice Controller Howard "Rock 'n Roller" Newman Coming to Casino Windsor on May 21 and 22
"Rhythm Rolling" some people really believe it works. Send a taxi for em! :)

Cardiff           icWales/The Western Mail
Millennium Stadium could be supercasino
Although the official Gambling Bill agreement was for 1 only regional casino, all the talk now is of loopholes that may allow several more to be developed.

Singapore           Today Online
Once upon a time, I was a gambling addict ... 
Commentary from Chia Teck Leng who is now serving 42 years in jail in Singapore for Fraud.

Singapore           Today Online & Yahoo Australia/AFP
S'pore can't afford to let casino chance pass us by: MM Lee
Lee Kuan Yew weighs in for Singapore's first casino

Cripple Creek, Colorado 
Century Casinos Reports Earnings for the Fourth Quarter and the Year Ended December 31, 2004

Las Vegas           In Business Las Vegas - Liz Benston
Land availability among Station's greatest assets

Singapore           Hong Kong Standard - Weekend Edition
Nanny takes to gambling

Atlantic City           Business Wire
Global Cash Access Signs Multi-Year Contract with Trump Casino Resorts

15th April, 2005.

London           The Times & The Guardian
Secret deal means eight super-casinos if Labour gets in
Loophole threatens limit on super casinos

Las Vegas 
Exclusive: Las Vegas casino goes for RFID
Harrahs have apparently started attaching RFID chips to waitress badges to check if customers are receiving drinks in a timely manner.

Blackpool           Blackpool Today
Casino plans on hold until 2007

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Internet sites show poker pros the money

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun
Multihand games a steady hit
A look at Action Gaming's Multiple hand poker variations, the most popular being Triple Play Poker.

U.S. Gambling studies           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Study shows link between casinos, bankruptcy filings

Malaysia           The Malaysian Star
Rep: Set up a casino in Penang to woo tourists

Shanghai  Daily
Courts Sentence 46 for Gambling

Mexico           Tiempos del Mundo
Casinos en México, un riesgo no calculado

Wendover, Nevada           Reno Gazette-Journal
Rural casinos successful with innovation
- - Nevada Commission on Tourism

Johannesburg           IT Web
Govt to Focus On Net Gambling

London           ShareCast & Financial Express/
Online poker craze lifts ukbetting
ukbetting plc - Final Results

Coventry           Coventry Observer
Coventry goes head to head with Blackpool in casino battle royale

Detroit           Detroit News
Barden seeks stake in casino

Tallahassee, Florida           Palm Beach Post
House panel OKs Broward slots bill

Singapore           Channel News Asia & Today Online
High Stakes - The Casino Debate
2% risk 'not small'
Channel News Asia special section covering the decision on whether or not Singapore will have casinos.

Singapore           Channel News Asia - 12th to 15th April
Social costs of casino must be tackled: DPM Tan
Many Singaporeans believe the economic arguments for casino will win
Cabinet has made its decision on casino issue: SM Goh

Illinois           Chicago Business
Gaming Board to annul Emerald permit

London           The Times
Ex-Treasury mandarin to take role in floated IG

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Gambler sues casino over his depiction on reality TV show

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Las Vegas visitors spend even more - Retailers reap reward of bigger tourist budgets

Las Vegas & Illinois           Las Vegas Review-Journal
$7.9 BILLION MERGER: MGM Mirage seeks fastest path

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