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7th April, 2005.

Sydney & Moscow          Australian Financial Review
Aristocrat signs Russian agreement

Macau          Bloomberg News
Macau's Economy Expands Record 28%, Bolstered by Gambling

London          Interactive Investor
UK Gambling Bill receives Royal Assent

Las Vegas          Yahoo/Business Wire
Harrah's Entertainment Anticipates First-Quarter Adjusted EPS of 95-99 Cents

Monaco          The Times
Casinos thrown out with washing-up

Monaco          The Times - Obituary
Prince Rainier III of Monaco

Geneva, Washington & Antigua          The Times
Antigua wins big in online gambling case
Both sides are claiming victory after the WTO ruling was released onthe 7th April.
Appellate Body issues report on gambling dispute

Geneva          WTO - Press release (Temporary link)
Appellate Body issues report on gambling dispute
Antigua and Barbuda against “United States – Measures Affecting the Cross-Border Supply of Gambling and Betting Services”
Findings and conclusions - 5 page PDF summary of the case
Full Appellate Body Report  - 146 page PDF, 441k.

Wallingford, Connecticut          Yahoo/PRNewswire
TransAct Technologies Responds to Questions Related to Its Patent Allowance Covering Technologies in Its Epic 950(TM) Thermal Printer

6th April, 2005.

Nova Scotia, Canada           Canoe/CP
N.S. to cut one-third of its VLTs

Nevada          San Diego Union-Tribune
Gambling favorite pastime for one in five southern Nevadans

Los Angeles          Yahoo/Business Wire
Steve Lipscomb Named Chief Executive Officer of WPT Enterprises, Inc.

Monaco          Reuters
Monaco's Prince Rainier Dies at 81 - Palace

Tirana, Albania          Macedonia Press Agency
Two Greek companies interested in Building a Tirana casino

Glasgow & Newcastle          Glasgow Herald, & icNewcastle/The Journal
Glasgow looks to be on a loser as a centre for new super-casinos
Casinos plan 'blow' for Glasgow
Casinos ditched

Macau          Las Vegas Sun - Richard N. Velotta 
High standards: Steelman impresses Asian officials with speed, quality of Sands Macau
The Paul Steelman designed Sands Macau is on pace to recoup 100% of building costs within the first 12 months.

London           The Times
LCI loses out over Ramadan

New York           Reuters
Bankruptcy court OKs Trump Hotels reorganization

Atlantic City 
The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is still winning big

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Plaza hopes strategy will woo growing Hispanic community

5th April, 2005.

London 6 Blackpool           The Conservatives &
Labour climbdown on Gambling Bill
Resort's 'strong case' for casino 

Hamilton, Bermuda           The Royal Gazette
Churches: Casino boat plan gambles with Island's future

Online Betting  & Daily Telegraph
Web bookies demand higher security standards
Bookies' caring side is lacking

London           Daily Telegraph & The Guardian
Number of super casinos cut from eight to one
Jowell cuts deal to save gambling bill

Glasgow           Glasgow Evening Times
Casino plans set to be scrapped in election scramble

Tasmania           The Mercury
Premier pleased with Packer talks
Race industry's integrity at stake

Sydney, Australia           The Australian
Stargames in profit warp as the investors go ballistic

London           The Scotsman & ePolitix
One 'Super Casino' Deal Saves Gambling Bill
Jowell compromises to save gambling bill
One regional casino as a prototype and the Bill will pass. Blackpool being an odds on favourite to eventually get the nod.

London           Daily Mail
Government back pedals over super casinos
Stanley & Rank Group shares are up sharply in late afternoon trading in London. It looks like the BCA has got what it wanted.

Casino and ID bills 'to be lost'

London  & Bloomberg News
Punters eye right royal result
Grand National Horse-Race Bets to Reach $468 Million
Prince Charles & Camillas wedding clashes with the Grand National and bookmakers fear last years 2nd Clan Royal could become a huge liability.

London           The Sun & Bloomberg News
Blair calls May 5 poll
Blair Sets May 5 for U.K. Election as Polls Show Lead Slipping
It's official. The General Election will take place in Britain on the 5th May.

Tampa & St. Petersburg           Tampa Tribune
Ocean Jewel Casino Buys Out Rival
- &

London           Yahoo UK/Sharecast & Business Wire
NETeller upbeat for 2005
Gaming Corporation plc Launches Mobile Gaming Service with Orange

Contra Costa Officials Consider Indian Casino Ban

London           ThisisMoney/London Evening Standard
Lady Luck unkind to casinos operator LCI
D-day for casinos in pre-election wrangle
The major sticking point is slot numbers and how big the jackpots will be for Britain's established operators.

London           Best Invest/
London Clubs International PLC - Pre-close statement for the year ending 27th March 2005
LCI have announced that profits have been hit by results at Les Ambassadeurs as well as disruption to trading at the companies joint venture Fifty.

London           The Independent & Financial Times
Government forced into compromise over US-style super-casinos
Limit on super-casinos could be cut in race to pass gambling bill
The Conservatives want the number of super-casinos cut to 4 and existing British operators to be allowed more slots.

Tasmania & Sydney           ABC News Online
Packer meeting fuels online gambling deal fears

Tasmania & Sydney  &
Packer set to revolutionise racing
Betfair/Packers set to take a punt in Tassie

4th April, 2005.

Nassau, Bahamas            Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Ruffin sells Bahamas resort for $150 million

Las Vegas            Business Week
The Revenge Of Steve Wynn

London            DCMS - Press release
Ministerial Written Statement - Gambling Bill: Amendments
Lengthy written statement from the Minister for Sport and Tourism Mr. Richard Caborn.

London            Net Imperative
"Take it or leave it" for Gambling Bill

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Sun
G2E shifts '06 convention dates
The 2006 G2E will be held from 14th to 16th November in a slot vacated by the Comdex show.

Illinois            Chicago Tribune
Bally's no stranger to questions, controversy
A look at the history of Bally Manufacturing Corp. and their failure to get into the Video poker market that eventually opened the door for IGT.

Details of Russian Hackers’ Attack on UK Online Bookies Revealed
The Russian Interior Ministry has released the names of 4 individuals who have now been charged, two of them being still at large.

Illinois            Chicago Sun Times
Is Illinois gambling sinking?

San Jose, Costa Rica            La Prensa Libre
Casinos no abrirán las 24 horas

Vienna, Austria            Osterreich Journal
Casinos Austria International begibt öffentliche Unternehmensanleihe

Israel            The Globes Online & Haaretz Daily
Mifal Hapayis 2004 operating profit - NIS 569m
Mifal Hapayis boasts bigger profits, despite taxes

London            The Guardian, Bloomberg News &
Up to 15 bills at risk as session ends
Blair May Announce Date Tomorrow for U.K. General Election
Blair to lose half legislative programme
The Guardian reports that regional casinos may be pruned entirely from the Gambling Bill.

London            ThisisLondon/Evening Standard
Bonanza for the bookies as £10m is placed in bets - Election betting.

Florida            Florida Today
Which port is No. 1? - Cruise numbers can help define Port Canaveral

Ontario            Toronto Globe & Mail
Gambling fever

Los Angeles            New York Post
It's no bluff: Casino Oscars

3rd April, 2005.

Illinois            Reno Gazette-Journal/AP
Casinos revitalize towns, but future uncertain

Seneca Nation, New York State            Buffalo News
Senecas' role in casinos expanded
State set to get share of casinos' revenues

London & Rhode Island            ThisisLondon/Mail on Sunday
£250m at stake in tribe's gamble

China            Yahoo Asia/AP
10,000 Arrested in Gambling Crackdown

London            The Guardian
Howard poised to kill off Jowell's casino bill
The last spin of the wheel
As a 5th May election looms British Politicians appear to be playing games with the fate of the British casino industry.

The Mediterranean            The Observer
Hands across the ocean
Detailed report from inaugural Ladbrokes poker cruise that was won be the oldest player in the tournament - 74 year-old Eric Dalby.

Atlantic City            The Star-Ledger
Gambler says Borgata took him on limo ride back to debt

London           The Sunday Times
Campaign starts as Blair declares May 5 polling day

A look at Illinois' nine riverboat casinos
A look at Illinois casinos' performance since 2002

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Review-Journal
Cost of Las Vegas jaunt jumps 11 percent in year

Reno & Las Vegas            Reno Gazette Journal
Station Casinos quiet about Reno land

2nd April, 2005.

Adelaide, South Australia            The Advertiser
Casino puts its stake on the table - 250 jobs

Hull            ThisisHull/Hull Daily Mail
Bigger Stadium and casino bid submitted

Bermuda            The Royal Gazette
Casino boat arrives but no plans on use
Company offers croupier training

Manila, Philappines            Philippine Daily Inquirer & ABS-CBNNews
Solon seeks probe into P20M worth of missing casino chips
Marcos: Casino chips worth P20M lost

Nevada            In Business Las Vegas
Problem gambling funds looking more likely

Reno, Nevada            Reno Gazette-Journal & Las Vegas Sun
Slot-system suit nets Siena $1.7M win in Reno court
Reno hotel wins judgment from IGT subsidiary

Atlantic City            The Press of Atlantic City
CCC fines Caesars, Taj

Vienna, Austria   & Casinos Austria - Press release
Casinos Austria erhöhen Anleihe auf 180 Mio. Euro
Casinos Austria International begibt öffentliche Unternehmensanleihe

Birmingham            The Guardian Fottball
Blues can win £250m ground off new casino

Las Vegas  
Global Cash Access renews contract with Harrah's Entertainment

Davenport, Iowa            Quad City Times
Boyd Gaming makes blue chip investment deal

Singapore            The Electric New Paper
Macau beats the odds So can Singapore 

Henderson, Nevada            Las Vegas Sun/AP
Two charged with counterfeiting casino chips in Nevada

Ontario, Canada            The Globe & Mail
Addicted to gambling? Step inside the casino

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Sun/AP
Caesars Entertainment Inc., in Partnership with Onboard Media will Introduce Caesars Player Magazine

London            The Financial Times
Gambling reform hangs in balance

Chicago. Illinois            Crain's Chicago Business
Gov: More slots, gaming tables - More gaming at existing casinos to increase funding for schools

1st April, 2005.

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Wynn keeps plans shrouded in secrecy
Just 4 weeks to go before the opening of Wynn Las Vegas and not one image of the properties interior has been released to the press.

Macau            Hong Kong Standard - Zack Coleman
High-stakes baccarat still rules town
Statistic filled look at table game play in Macau and the effect of more tables being located in public gaming areas.

Singapore            Borneo Bulletin/AFP
Lee 'dead set' against gambling but casino decision not his to make

Hong Kong            Yahoo Singapore/AFP
Asian Stock Focus: HK Casino Giant Shun Tak Worth A Bet

Springfield, Illinois            Rockford Register Star
Gov. says doubling casino sizes would create $300M for schools

Tallahassee, Florida            Bradenton Herald
House panel OKs bingo machines, sliding tax scale
Pari-Mutuel facilities in Broward County look increasingly likely to be only allowed Class II slots.

Las Vegas            Yahoo/PRNewswire
VendingData(TM) Corporation Reports Full Year and Fourth Quarter 2004 Financial Results

Dover, Delaware            The Register-Guard/New York Times
States bet on gambling for revenue

Singapore            Channel News Asia & Radio Singapore International
Jeyaretnam's application for protest march against casino turned down by police
Younger Singaporeans more open to casino concept

Iowa            Washington Evening Journal
Casino spent $450,000 on 'yes' campaign - An amazing $109 per vote.

Tulsa, Oklahoma            Native American Times
Former casino manager indicted for scam - Accused of stealing from Cherokee casino

Toronto, Canada   & CBC News
Ontario man on EI after quitting casino job because of second-hand smoke
Man gets EI benefits after quitting smoky casino

Las Vegas & Johannesburg  
Caesars Completes Sale of Its Interests in South African Casino
Caesars 25% ownership has been bought by Peermont Global and Marang Gaming Investments. Peermont is also buying Caesars 50% management contract.

Illinois            Las Vegas Sun/AP
Changes to gaming board encouraged

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