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21st August

Singapore           The Electric New Paper
Pay up $3 million, says 2nd London casino

London & Israel           Reuters
Web gaming firm Cassava eyes London listing - paper
- www.cassava.net | www.888.com | www.pacificpoker.com

Britain - National Lottery           The People
Sleazy Money - The life and times of a £1 million winner.

Washington           U.S. News and World Report - 29th August edition
Snake Eyes for 'Casino Jack'

Indian Gaming - California           The Press-Enterprise
Building casinos off tribal land decried
Odds don't look good for area card rooms
- www.lercasino.com

Indian Gaming - California           The Press-Enterprise
Casinos seek right amenities

Las Vegas & Macau           Las Vegas Sun - Richard N. Velotta, 19th August
Ho, MGM Mirage deal should pass regulators

London           ABC Money
Bingo firm Gala drops flotation plan, sells stake to buy-out company
 


 
 
20th August

Geneva & Washington           Reuters
WTO gives U.S. till April to change gambling law

Australia           Australian Daily Telegraph
He bet $1.6m and won't pay

Perth, Australia           Australian Sunday Times
How high-rollers blow $5m a night
CASINO STING

Report detailing activity in Burswood's 24 table International Room where the maximum on Baccarat is A$300.000 per coup.
- www.burswood.com.au/content.asp?area=casino

Lake Tahoe           Taho Daily Tribune
Casino bombed 25 years ago: Domestic terrorism trumped in 1980
It's now 25 years since John Birges Sr. wheeled a 1,200 lb bomb disquised as a photo copier into Harvey's Resort Hotel in Lake Tahoe. It was part of a $3 million extortion plan and he died in prison in 1996.


Queensland, Australia & Thailand          The Sunday Mail
Casino hit in $12m rip-off - Jupiters Casino.

Perth, Australia           News.com.au
Casino caught in $5m sting - Burswood Casino.

Melbourne, Australia           News.com.au
Crown hit for $4.5m - Crown Casino

Three stories detailing alleged debts owed to Australian casinos by a Thai Junket operator. The casinos investigator apparently serving the writ at the Grand Diamond Casino in Poipet 12 months ago.

Prague, Czech Republic          ceskenoviny.cz
Jandak worked in foundation linked to casino Royal - press

Portugal          Peoples Daily/Xinhua
Betandwin sponsors Portuguese soccer league for next four seasons

Louisiana          Yahoo/Business First
Churchill gets approval for slots at New Orleans race track
- www.fairgroundsracecourse.com

Wyomissing, Pennsylvania & Bangor, Maine          Yahoo/Business Wire
Penn National Gaming Secures Operators License in Maine
- www.pngaming.com/main/bangor.shtml

Colorado          The Denver Post
Casinos' contributions to state climb slightly

South Africa          Finance24.com
Casino staff return to work
- www.emperorspalace.co.za
 


 
 
19th August

Birmingham          icBirmingham/Birmingham Post
£10,000 reward after casino ram raid by lorry

London          BBC.co.uk, Sharecast.com & The Times Online
Third player added to Gala table
Candover and Cinven sell Gala stake
Gala float off as owners sell stake to Permira
- www.galagroup.co.uk | www.candover.com | www.cinven.com | www.permira.com

London & Malaysia          Malay Mail
GAMBLING DATIN - Another casino hounds her over £1m debt

More information on Malaysian customers of London casinos being pursued through the courts to try and recover substantial gambling debts.

Miami, Florida          Sun-Sentinel/AP & The Ledger/AP
Abramoff in court on fraud charge - GOP lobbyist plans to enter not guilty plea
Abramoff makes first Miami court appearance on fraud charge

Tokyo, Japan          Independent Online
Gambling mom charged with baby's death

Mississippi          Biloxi Sun-Harald
Collectors target poker chips, tokens and other gambling items
- http://home.cfl.rr.com/deepsouthchips

Indiana          bizjournals.com/Business First
Caesars Indiana to be rebranded as Horseshoe casino

Fiji          FijiVillage.com
Asians appear for Gambling charges
 


 
 
18th August

Las Vegas & Australia          Yahoo/Business Wire
Shuffle Master, Inc. Announces Purchase of VIP Gaming Solutions
- www.shufflemaster.com & www.vipgamingsolutions.com ?

Nevada & Indiana          Las Vegas Sun
IGT back in slot group
Harrah's to rebrand Caesars Indiana as a Horseshoe property
Castaways being demolished

Las Vegas & Indiana           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Legendary Horseshoe Casino Brand Coming to Southern Indiana
- www.harrahs.com & www.caesars.com/Caesars/Indiana

Las Vegas          PRNewswire - Gaming Standards Press releases
GSA Simplifies Patent Policy
IGT And GSA Agree to Combine Efforts and Consolidate Protocols
- www.gamingstandards.com & www.igt.com

San Diego          San Diego Union-Tribune
Pauma tribe, Hard Rock scrap casino-resort plans
- www.casinopauma.com

Atlantic City          The Press of Atlantic City
Casinos post $328.2M. in profits - Borgata, Resorts among leaders in second quarter
- www.state.nj.us/casinos/july_2005_revenue.htm

Winnepeg, Manitoba          The Globe and Mail
Winnipeg reserve to open smoker-friendly casino
- www.rrafn.com

Brownsville, Texas          Fort Wayne.com/AP
Drug dealer wins lottery, can't keep it - He's also doing 24 years time without parole!

Trinidad & Tobago          T & T Express
Rocke takes High Stakes Poker game - Club De Vegas, Frederick Street, Port of Spain. 

Macau          FT.com - Slideshow
Casinos take a bet on Macao

Interview with Las Vegas Sands CEO William Weidner on the influence of traditional Chinese culture and feng shui on the design of Sands Macau and the Venetian Macau which is scheduled to open in 2007.

Colorado          9News.com
Casino operators say rock slide costing them customers

Bloomington, Illinois          KWQC.com/AP
Sheriff: 100 people had IDs stolen in gambling scam

Mississippi          Biloxi-Sun-Herald
Three top executives leave Beau Rivage in a SHAKE-UP
- www.beaurivage.com

Louisiana          Shreveport Times
Overall casino market down in July

Nevada          Las Vegas Review-Journal - Gaming Wire
More rules swamp casino industry - New credit-card regulations are latest development
 


 
 
17th August

South Africa          Independent Online
Court hears cops used fake warrant
Two off duty Police officers raided an illegal slot operation simply to sell the seized machines.

Hong Kong          Hong Kong Standard - Zack Coleman & Townsville Bulletin
Money 'gets washed on HK cruises'
Four bailed over super fraud

Online Poker          Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
World's largest online poker tournament gains popularity

South Australia          The Advertiser
Pokie Losses reach $800m

South Australia has 15,690 slots that had an average A$50,994 win in 2004/5. Of the A$800 million total player loss $749.25 million was in hotels and clubs and $50.1 million in Adelaide casino.

Johannesburg, South Africa          Business Day & Finance24.com
Fawu workers on strike at Emperorís Palace
Casino workers in wage gamble
- www.emperorspalace.co.za & www.peermont.com

Thailand          Bangkok Post - Editorial
Gambling on football must be stopped

Denmark          DR Nyheder International
Gaming Service to lower gambling age
- www.tips.dk - Dansk Tipstjeneste.

Johannesburg, South Africa          Independent Online
Gambling addict saw R3.9m as 'a loan'

Detroit          Crains Business Detroit
MGM, Greektown casinos report July revenue increases; MotorCity down 4%

Aruba          TravelAgentCentral.com
Riu Purchases Aruba Grand Beach Resort & Casino
- www.arubagrand.com & www.Riu.com

Colorado Springs, Colorado          Yahoo/PRNewsire
Century Casinos Receives Letter of Commitment for Funding of the Central City, Colorado Project

Richmond, B.C. & Aurora, Ontario          Canada.com/PRNewswire
Great Canadian Gaming Corporation and Magna Entertainment Corp. finalize agreement for purchase of Flamboro Downs
- www.gcgaming.com & www.flamborodowns.com

Los Angeles          Los Angeles Daily News
Casino plan called a scam - Businessman is sued by state
 


 
 
16th August

Macau          Las Vegas Sun/SCMP
Sands Macau raises junket commissions to record


Birmingham, England          Birmingham Evening Mail & BBC.co.uk
Casino hit by ram raiders
Robbers use lorry in casino raid

Stanley Leisure's Midland Wheel Casino was targeted by ram raiders who ploughed into the back of the building at 10.50pm on Sunday Evening 14th August.. The perpetrators apparently making off with a substantial amount of cash.

Newcastle          LeisureOpportunities.co.uk
Casino group creates local commitee ahead of flagship casino launch
- www.aspersnewcastle.co.uk

Florida & Los Angeles          Sun-Sentinel/AP
Attorney says lobbyist willing to discuss gangland-style murder of Gus Boulis

Australia & Hong Kong          The Advertiser
Conspiracy to launder super funds

"One of those transactions saw $30.4m transferred to a Hong Kong-based gambling cruise ship, the Captain Omar III."
- "MV Captain Omar"

Australia & New York          The Advertiser
Aristocrat faces fraud case
- www.aristocrat.com.au


Betting Office Robberies
Britain & Ireland           British Provincial Press
Armed man tries to raid betting shop - Donnington, Shropshire 15th August.
Armed raid on betting shop staff - Southend, Essex 14th August.
Paroled killer jailed for robbing bookies - South London 13th August.
Lone gunman raided bookies - Waterford, Ireland 12th August.
Bookies boss is defiant after gun-point robbery - Buckinghamshire, 12th August.
Armed robbers jailed for crime spree around borough - Ealing, London 19th July.
Betting shop worker is tied up in robbery - Reading 16th July.

New York          Reuters
Trump Resorts posts loss in bankruptcy during Q2

New York          Business Wire
Trump Entertainment Resorts Reports 2005 Second Quarter and Six Months Results
Share Price - www.trumpcasinos.com

Hong Kong & Macau          Reuters & Hong Kong Standard
Shun Tak to take stake in Macau low-cost airline-paper
Ho firm taking 30pc of carrier

Australia          ZDNet Australia
Google, others breach e-gambling law ?

Thailand          Bangkok Post
Gambling bank clerk siphons off B26m
 


 
 
15th August

Casino Marketing          Las Vegas Business Press
Harrah's database grows with Caesars deal

Connecticut          The Stamford Advocate/AP
Connecticut casinos send state $40 million in July

Slot win at the the Mohegan Sun was $77.6 million from 6,205 machines and $80.1 million at Foxwoods from 7,417. A win per-day per-slot of $403 and 348 respectively.

Las Vegas          Yahoo/Business Wire
Gaming Partners International Corporation Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2005
Share Price - www.gpigaming.com

Macau          Las Vegas Business Press
Currency adjustment may be plus for Macau

London ?         Yahoo UK/Business Wire
Fortune Strikes as GameAccount Forges Deal with Fortune Lounge Internet's Largest Casino Group - Skill games.

London          Yahoo UK/CNW
FUN Technologies' SkillJam signs multi-year skill-gaming agreement with Sportingbet - Skill games.

Singapore & London          Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Singapore's BIL ups dividend, seeks UK casino licences
- www.thistlehotels.com & www.bilgroup.com

Melbourne, Florida          Florida Today
City, arcade battle is no game - Starlight Palace showdown may set precedent
- www.aboutbrevardcounty.com/starlight

Toronto          Globe and Mail Technology
CryptoLogic betting on growth
Share Price - www.cryptologic.com

Vietnam          English Eastday.com
Vietnam may remove tax on casino and jackpot winners 

Poker          PRWeb.com
Poker TV Guide launches interactive poker TV listings
- www.pokertvguide.com

New Zealand          Scoop.co.nz
Downturn in gaming revenue hits community grants
 

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