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30th April

Macau            The Malaysian Star
Macau casinos to chalk up higher gross revenues
Macau's casino revenues for April are believed to be up around 40% from April 2004.

Detroit            Detroit News
MGM, MotorCity plan to build casino complexes

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Review-Journal
Harrah's preparing to absorb Caesars - Chief says company will stay true to goals

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Sun
Magazine: Vegas convention industry trumps competition

Niagara Falls, New York            10nbc.com
State's share of casino revenues is $57 million
 


 
 
29th April

London            Daily Mirror
British face of shadowy foreign gambling syndicate

Las Vegas & Macau            Hong Kong Standard - Zack Coleman
Ho chips US$80m into MGM
Pansy Ho, MGM in US$975m resort deal - 20th April
The MGM Mirage/Pansy Ho partnership will see MGM investing around 9 times that of Pansy Ho and the payment of $200 million to act as a sub-licensee of Stanley Ho's SJM.

Rochester, New York            13WHAM.com 
Battle Begins: Poker Club Legal

Illinois            Chicago Business
Gaming chair wants independence - Jaffe urges regulator be separated from Dept. of Revenue

Edmonton            Edmonton Journal
New plan for downtown casino - Revamped Baccarat proposal can expect a rough ride at City Hall

London            Bloomberg News
Hilton to Add Ladbrokes to Compete With William Hill

Detroit            Newsday/AP
Court Clears Way for Detroit Casinos

Singapore            Today Online
The Monaco of SE Asia?

London            Yahoo UK/Sharecast
Sportingbet odds on

Frankfurt           Foxsports/AFP
German betting ban

Las Vegas           Foxsports/AFP
Alliance Gaming Reports Third Quarter Revenues Increase 8% to $125.4 Million
 


 
 
Wynn Las Vegas Opening
A collection of links, headlines and images to celebrate the opening of Wynn Las Vegas - 28th April 2005.

www.wynnlasvegas.com & www.wynnresorts.com

Wynn Las Vegas opening 28th April

1st May          Las Vegas Review-Journal
What effect Wynn Las Vegas? Experts wonder

1st May          The Times Online
Breaking (and entering) the casino

29th April           KLAS-TV.com 
KLAS TV Las Vegas video collection
Steve Wynn's Las Vegas Timeline.
Wynn Las Vegas Opens to Crowds.
View of Wynn Las Vegas From Chopper 8.
Steve Wynn Interview With Paula Francis.
Mysterious Wynn Las Vegas Opens Wednesday.

29th April           Wynn Las Vegas - on Ebay :)
$1 WYNN Las Vegas NEW HOUSE CHIP 4/28/05 MINT LIVE!!!!!
A particularly nice image of a WLV $1 chip

29th April           The Times
Get married, buy a Ferrari, go to the art gallery...oh, and you can gamble too

29th April           Forbes
Wynn's Next Wager
Forbes takes a look at the first 20 minutes of the opening of Wynn Las Vegas.

29th April           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Wynn creation opens - Countdown inaugurates hotel's start
Point, click and bling-bling - Wynn photo exclusive no match for amateurs
 

28th April           Las Vegas Sun
New resort just latest piece of Wynn's legacy
In Dragone, 'Avenue Q,' Wynn picks proven winners
Attracting high rollers a luxury for Wynn
Wynn expected to be a big convention player
Desert Inn site carries a rich past & Desert Inn chronology

28th April           MSNBC.com/AP
Wait for Las Vegas' newest casino is over - $2.7 billion Wynn Resort to open doors early Thursday

28th April           CNN.com & Reuters
Wynn casino wins with crowds
Wynn Las Vegas casino resort opens, crowds pour in

28th April           ABC News/AP - Adam Goldman
Wynn's $2.7B Vegas Hotel-Casino Opens


27th April          Las Vegas Review-Journal
Wynn revels in magic moments - Resort opening to contrast with past unveilings

25th April           CNN/Reuters
World's most expensive casino opening

25th April           Chicago Sun-Times/AP - Adam Goldman 
Wynn must win latest Vegas gamble

25th April           Yahoo/Business Wire
Wynn Resorts Qualifies to Participate in Request for Proposal for Integrated Resort in Singapore

25th April           Channel News Asia & Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Wynn Resorts on shortlist for Singapore integrated resort projects
Wynn Resorts Says It's On Singapore's Casino Shortlist

24th April           Las Vegas Review-Journal 
WYNN LAS VEGAS: THE UNVEILING
Charity event precedes public opening
Exclusive boutiques line Wynn Esplanade

24th April           Las Vegas Review-Journal 
Look back reveals parallels with project, developer
Comparison between Steve Wynn and Desert Inn founder Wilbur Clark.
From first glance, Las Vegas held allure for Wynn
Cracking look at Steve Wynn's history in Las Vegas from his original 3% stake in the Frontier back in 1967 to the present day.
Strip resorts have roots in Florida, Mexico
A look at the connection between Fontainebleau Hilton in Miami and the original design of Caesars Palace.

22nd April           San Diego Union-Tribune/AP - Adam Goldman
AP Centerpiece: Casino developer Steve Wynn returns to Vegas with opening of megaresort
 


 
 
28th April

Victoria, Australia            Yahoo Australia/Reuters
Australian court clears way for Tattersall's float

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Review-Journal
Profits, revenue rise for Station Casinos - Casino company plans $190 million in improvements to pair of properties

Las Vegas & Bahamas            Las Vegas Review-Journal
Renowned developer Kerzner not quite ready for Las Vegas
Kerzner still interested in Vegas

Connecticut            Yahoo/PRNewswire
TransAct Sues FutureLogic
TITO printer wars.
- www.transact-tech.com & www.futurelogicinc.com

Australia            The Melbourne Age
Govt commits $3m for problem gambling

Colorado Springs, Colorado            Yahoo/PRNewswire
Argosy Gaming Company Reports First Quarter 2005 Earnings

Colorado Springs, Colorado            9News.com 
Two dozen arrests in small town gambling ring

Mexico            Diario de México
Busca PRD impedir dinero del narco en casinos

Broward County, Florida            Miami Herald
SunCruz legal battle comes to an end

London            Her Majesty's Stationary Office
Gambling Act 2005 - ISBN 0 10 541905 2
Britain's new Gambling Act has now been published by HMSO and is also available online.

Hampshire, England            Daily Mirror
£200K In a flutter

Ontario, Canada            Toronto Star - 26th April
Blackjack dealer wins $7M in lottery

Las Vegas            Christian Science Monitor
Las Vegas glitz dulled by growing pains

Washington            Yahoo/AP
McCain: More Laws Needed on Tribal Casinos

London            eCommerce Times
Online Bookmaker To Stream Sports on the Web
- www.bluesq.com

Singapore & Johannesburg            Business Report & Mail & Guardian
Peermont's Singapore casino bid aims high
SA firm battles global giants for Singapore casino

London            Silicon.com
Interview: William Hill bets on new technology

Indiana            Post-Tribune
Few changes as Resorts takes over at E.C. casino 
The new name for Harrah's East Chicago is Resorts Casino and owned by Colony Capital.
- www.resortscasinos.com & www.colonyinc.com
 


 
 
27th April

Wallingford, Connecticut            Yahoo/PRNewswire
IGT Receives Nevada Gaming Control Board Approval for the Integration of TransAct's Epic 950(TM) Printer

Las Vegas            Yahoo/Business Wire
Progressive Gaming International's TableLink Continues to Gain Momentum
- www.progressivegaming.net& www.mikohn.com

Problem Gambling            News-Medical.net
Pathological gambling accompanies myriad of psychological disorders for some veterans

Tarpon Springs, Florida            St. Petersburg Times
Another casino boat runs out of luck
The latest dayship to shut up shop is the Mardi Gras Queen.

Macau            Diario Economico/Lusa
Receitas dos casinos sobem 40% em Abril

Las Vegas            KVBC.com 
MGM Mirage And Mandalay Resort Group Finalize Merger

Manila            ABS-CBNNews
PAGCOR accepts audit challenge to dispel Jinggoy's charges

London            Reuters.co.uk
Films help Rank offset gambling weakness

London            Best Invest/UK-Wire.co.uk
The Rank Group Plc - AGM Trading Statement
Rank's Grosvenor Casinos division appears to have had a mixed year. Attendance in the provinces showing impressive growth with the addition of Bolton and Stoke-on-Trent.

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Sun
Bellagio unveils new poker game
World Series of Poker brand licensed to WMS

Las Vegas            Yahoo/Business Wire
Station Casinos Announces Record First Quarter Results and Additional Expansion Plans

Atlantic City            NJ.com/The Star-Ledger
'Borgata babes' policy attracts rights inquiry

Atlantic City            Ashbury Park Press/AP
More casino security workers ogled women, complaint says
The alleged incidents at Caesar's in Atlantic City happened over a 3 day period in October 2004.

Seoul, South Korea            The Korea Times
KNTO to Open Foreigner-Only Casino in Seoul
- www.knto.or.kr/eng/KNTO - Korea National Tourism Organization.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana            The Daily Comet/AP & The Advocate
Penn National to sell one of two Baton Rouge casinos
Argosy Casino put up for sale

Singapore            Yahoo/PRNewswire
Las Vegas Sands Corp. Named to Singapore 'Short List'; and Will Continue to Participate in Singapore RFP Process

Singapore            Today Online
Casinos: Having the cake and eating it

Inglewood, California            Yahoo/AP
Hollywood Park Owners Eyeing Sale of Track

Manila & Hong Kong            The Manila Times & ABS-CBNNews
Restaurant or casino? - Hoís old ship attracts winds of controversy
Atienza: Ho's old ship a restaurant, not a casino
- www.jumbo.com.hk
 


 
 
26th April

Sacramento            Yahoo/PRNewswire
Indian Gaming Jobs Surpass 50,000

Reno, Nevada & Minnesota            Yahoo/PRNewswire
IGT Advantage(TM) Casino System to Replace Legacy Applications at Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley

Alton, Illinois            Yahoo/PRNewswire
Argosy Gaming Company Withdraws from Singapore Integrated Resort Proposal Process

Las Vegas            Business Wire
Harrah's, Caesars Complete Sale of Four Casinos to Colony Capital

Houston, Biloxi and Cripple Creek, Colorado            Business Wire & Yahoo/PRNewswire
Nevada Gold Acquires Colorado Grande Casino-Cripple Creek
Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. and Nevada Gold & Casinos, Inc. Announce Sale of Colorado Grande Casino in Cripple Creek, Colorado
- www.coloradogrande.com

Nevada            PRNewswire
Aristocrat Technologies, Inc. Receives Key Product Approvals in Nevada, GLI Jurisdictions

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Review-Journal
CHICAGO MOB TARGETED: Goodman, family pleased with indictment in killings
JOHN L. SMITH: 'Tony the Ant' was tadpole in big pond, but his legend won't die

Las Vegas & Waukegan, Illinois            Yahoo/Business Wire
Harrah's Licenses World Series of Poker Brand to WMS Gaming for Slot Machines

London & Liverpool            Liverpool Daily Post
Tote may join race for Stanley Leisure

Carson City, Nevada            Las Vegas Sun/AP
Nevada problem gambling bill receives strong support

London            Daily Telegraph
London Clubs bid on cards after Malaysia group raises stake

Kuala Lumpur            Malaysian Star
RM1 drop erases Gentingís earlier share price gains

South Florida            Miami Herald
Arcades prosper, may be ruled illegal

Gaming History            PokerNews.com
Legends of the game: Ken Uston (1935-1987)

Singapore            The Edge Daily
Singapore draws up shortlist for casino bids

Athens            Southeast European Times
Greece to Privatise Public Organisations
Mont Parnes, OPAP and slot legalisation are all mentioned in the article.

Las Vegas            Yahoo/PRNewswire
MGM MIRAGE Completes $7.9 Billion Acquisition of Mandalay Resort Group
Until the Harrah's/Caesars merger is completed MGM Mirage becomes the world's largest gaming company.
- www.mgmmirage.com & www.mandalayresortgroup.com

Las Vegas & Atlantic City            Yahoo/PRNewswire & Courier Post
Boyd Gaming Reports Record First Quarter Results
Borgata's parent firm more than doubles earnings for quarter

St. Petersburg            TampaBay10.com 
Gambling ship to make changes

Las Vegas            WESH.com/Vegas4Visitors.com
Will Casinos Be Allowed To Charge Cover Fees ?

Western Cape, South Africa            Business Report
Empowerco getting no return on casino stake, court hears - Caledon Casino.

Johannesburg, South Africa            iAfrica Business & Johannesburg Stock Exchange
Gold Reef buys Johnnic stake for R156m
Gold Reef Casino Resorts Limited - Purchase Of A 9.9% Interest In Johnnic Holdings Limited

South Africa & Singapore            AllAfrica.com/Business Day
SA Groups in Race for Singapore Casinos

Australia & Singapore            Business Wire
Tabcorp, PBL vie for Singapore casino projects

Las Vegas & Singapore            Business Wire
Harrah's, Keppel Land Invited to Submit Proposals for Integrated Resort in Singapore 

Las Vegas & Singapore            Business Wire
Singapore Selects Mark Advent's Eighth Wonder as Finalist for Nation's First Integrated Resort and Gaming Licenses
 


 
 
25th April

Las Vegas            MGM MIRAGE - press release
MGM MIRAGE Completes $7.9 Billion Acquisition of Mandalay Resort Group

Nassau, Bahamas            The Nassau Guardian
Kerzner shortlisted for Singapore casino

Manila            The Manila Times
PAGCOR 'excesses' hit

London            Best Invest/UK-Wire.co.uk
London Clubs International PLC - Notification of major interest in shares
Confirmation of the 15.8 million share purchase by Genting Berhad.

Singapore            Reuters & Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Singapore says 14 groups shortlisted for casino bids
Singapore Names Cos Invited To Bid For Casino Resorts
14 of the 19 original submissions from 16 companies have made it to the 2nd stage.

Norfolk, England            EDP24.com & The Independent Online
Lotto couple in £16m nightmare
Overseas gamblers used agent to scoop £16m on National Lottery
The story of the elderly couple who bought the £16m National Lottery ticket on behalf of Liechtenstein based Overseas Subscribers Agents.
- www.interlotto.com

St Petersburg, Florida            St. Petersburg Times & Tampa Tribune
Misfortune of high seas affects 550 on floating casino
Ocean Jewel's Shuttle Bumps Bridge
Passengers were stranded onboard the Ocean Jewel Saturday night when seas became too rough for the ships tenders.
- www.oceanjewel.com

London            Yahoo UK - Sportech LSE press release
Sportech announces launch of Bet Direct Casino & Poker website

Mexico            Mexdata.info - Barnard R. Thompson
Narco killings may freeze casino bill in Mexico
Comment on the assassination in Monterey of three Mexican citizens who were apparently involved with more than just local casino negotiations.

London            Interactive Investor/AFX & Sharecast
Genting Berhad confirms raised stake in London Clubs Intl to 29.9%
Genting ups London Clubs stake to 29.9%
Genting purchased a block of 15.8 million shares on Friday afternoon and now hold almost 30% of the company.

Australia            Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Australia TabCorp says on Singapore casino shortlist

Carson City, Nevada            Nevada Appeal
The Beverly Hillbillies Casino saga - Former TV star continues battle to develop theme resort

China & Las Vegas            Hong Kong Standard - Zack Coleman
Casino networks feel mainland heat

Washington State            The Seattle Times
A whole new game: Internet gambling
 


 
 
24th April

London            The Times, The Scotsman/PA & Mail on Sunday
Tote eyes Stanley Leisure bookies
Tote 'May Scupper Betting Shop Deal' 
Bookies to stake £520m in bid war
The Government owned Tote and Coral Eurobet are apparently also interested in joining the bidding for the Stanley LBO estate.

Online Gambling           International Herald Tribune 
Online gambling: New arena for U.S.- European conflict

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun/AP 
From nickels to millions, slots evolve over 100 years in Nevada

Tasmania            ABC News Online
PBL, Tabcorp hold free online gaming licences

Singapore            Yahoo/AP
Report: Singapore moves into next round of selecting casino operators

Connecticut            Norwich Bulletin
Man arrested at casino for alleged urination

Sweden & England            PRWeb.com
PokerNetwork Sponsors Power 50 Summit

Shanghai            Shanghai Star/Dhina Daily
Gambling entrepreneurs lose
More arrests and convictions in China for running online gambling operations.

Illinois            Pantograph.com
Gamble on the riverboats - Casinos may raise or fold under reform proposals
Riverboats struggle with increased taxes

Singapore            Yahoo/AFP
Former British fortress to host one of Singapore's casino resorts

Singapore            Newsweek.com & The Malaysian Star
Viva... er, Singapore?
Itís content, content, content

Hollywood, Florida            Miami Herald & Sun-Sentinel
Against all odds, SunCruz bids adieu
SunCruz affirms its Hollywood shutdown
- www.suncruzcasino.com
 


 
 
23rd April

Singapore & Macau            Hond Kong Standard - Zach Coleman
New Century loses casino bid

London            The Guardian
Traders take a punt on London Clubs
LCI's stock price rose gained 11p to 130.75p Friday following a 15 million share purchase.

Florida            Sun-Sentinel & Palm Beach Post
Jai-alai may find rescue in slots
Florida House, Senate split on taxation, rules for slots
House panel puts 55% taxation rate on slots

Macau            KeralaNext.com
Macau visitor arrivals climb 19 pct in Q1
Macau had 4.45 million visitors in the first quarter of 2005, up 18.8 % from 2004. 55.8% of the total were from mainland China.

Johannesburg & Singapore            Today Online
S African bidders step up fight in casino race
Companies so far through to the RFC stage are Kerzner, MGM Mirage, Peermont Global & Sun International. Also believed to have been selected are Wynn Resorts, Genting and PBL/Melco.

Kuala Lumpur & Hong Kong           Business Times
Genting expands gaming interest with Macau buy

Johannesburg & Singapore            Channel News Asia
Integrated resort on Sentosa need not be an iconic landmark: Sun International

Glasgow            Glasgow Evening Times
Clyde project plan is still on despite fears over casino

Las Vegas            Investors Business Daily
Casino Owner Keeps Rolling The Dice On New Properties - Boyd Gaming

Las Vegas           In Business Las Vegas
In Business Q and A - Richard Haddrill, chief executive of Alliance Gaming

Las Vegas & Singapore           Yahoo/PRNewswire
MGM MIRAGE Invited to Submit Proposal for Singapore Casino
 


 
 
22nd April

London           Best Invest/UK-Wire.co.uk
Stanley Leisure PLC - Notification of major interests in shares
Genting picking up another million. LCI's stock has also seen frenzied activity today.

New York           New York Post
Esquire loses bet vs Feds.

Singapore           Reuters.com
Singapore shortlist for casino-builders takes shape

London & Toronto           The Times - Technology
Kazaa of online gambling bets on the US
- www.betbug.com & www.1xinc.com

Indiana           Courier-Journal
State board fines Caesars $50,000 - Harrison casino broke gaming laws

Hollywood, Florida           Sun-Sentinel
SunCruz to fold Hollywood gambling-ship operations
- www.suncruzcasino.com

South Africa & Singapore           Mail & Guardian/I-Net Bridge
Peermont aims for Singapore success
Peermont Global have announced that they have made it to the Request for Proposals stage of bidding in Singapore.

California & Caribbean           Business Week online
Has Youbet.com Picked a Winner?

Kuala Lumpur & Hong Kong           Yahoo Singapore/Reuters & KeralaNext.com
Genting family buys into first listed Macau casino
Genting family buys into first listed Macau casino
Genting Group has bought a 6.9% shareholding in Hong Kong's K. Wah Construction which is buying the Galaxy Casino in Macau.
www.genting.com.my | www.kwcml.com | www.galaxyresorts.com

Reno           Reno Gazette-Journal
IGT profits tumble in first quarter

Guernsey           ThisisGuernsey
Cash climbdown puts hotel casino in crisis
C. I. Traders now doesn't want to spend £25 million upgrading the St Pierre Park Hotel that was originally the basis of their casino bid.

Las Vegas           KLASTV.com 
Stratosphere Expects Insanity Ride to Reopen Friday
The Riviera Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

Maryland           WJZ 13 Baltimore 
Police Officer Among Those Arrested In Illegal Gambling Operation

Singapore           IT Asia One
IT firms have solutions for casino industry
Integrated resorts set stage for major tech spinoffs

Singapore           Today Online
Lone voice in last-ditch appeal to reverse decision
$1m fund to educate vulnerable groups
'Don't blame Govt for addiction'

Las Vegas & Springfield, Illinois           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Illinois Gaming Board Approves the Escrow of Mandalay's Interest in the Grand Victoria

South Africa           Business Report
Sun International's earnings rise 22%
Sun International's revenue rises
- www.suninternational.co.za

California           San Francisco Examiner
Man pleads not guilty to casino attack
Phong Huu Vu is accused of attempted murder in an atatck on a dealer at the Lucky Chances card cub on 26th January.

Edinburgh           The Scotsman
Casinos tax plan to fund Festival

Singapore           Taipei Times/DPA
Singapore places its best on legalized gambling

Hong Kong           Hong Kong Standard
K Wah cuts share sale by half as casino fears persist
Build a casino or HK will be the big loser, warns tourism chief 

Singaore & Australia           The Australian
Tabcorp tipped for $5bn casino tango

Reno, Nevada           Las Vegas Sun & AP
IGT earnings drop as demand sinks
IGT's income slips as demand for new slot machines eases
IGT shipped 22,600 slots in the quarter, fewer than half the 45,400 sold in the same quarter last year.

French Lick Indiana           Courier-Journal
Planned Indiana casino attracts just one bidder
 

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