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31st August
Hurricane Katrina...

Mississippi           Yahoo/Business Wire
Penn National Gaming Provides Update on Gulf Coast Area Properties

Mississippi           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. Provides Update of Hurricane Damage

Mississippi           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Casinos sort out damage - Mississippi industry may be crippled for months

Mississippi Gulf Coast 
Mississippi's Lost Casinos
CNN slide show of thw almost total destruction of Biloxi's and Gulfport casinos. (scroll down)

Mississippi Gulf Coast
Brad Kessie reports on Katrina aftermath in Gulfport, Mississippi
Aerial shots of Hurricane Katrina's destruction in Gulfport area
Aerial shots of Hurricane Katrina's destruction in Biloxi area
Amazing and disturbing ariel footage showing complete devastation in Gulfport & Biloxi. Many casino barges being picked up and deposited far from their original moorings. Many of the casinos will in reality never reopen.

Mississippi Gulf Coast
Mississippi Gulf Coast Damage from Skycopter 3
Skycopter on the Gulf Coast--Second Tour

Footage similar to the above. Remarkable viewing. 22 and 15 minutes respectively.

Mississippi &  Louisiana            Miami Herald/AP - Adam Goldman &
Gambling companies tally damage to Mississippi, Louisiana casinos
Katrina Cripples Gulf Gambling Industry

Mississippi &  Las Vegas            Fox News/Reuters
Katrina Slams Gulf Coast Casinos

Mississippi &  Las Vegas            Yahoo/PRNewswire & Business Wire
Harrah's Entertainment Provides Update of Hurricane Damage
Harrah's Launches Relief Effort in Wake of Hurricane Katrina

Israel             Globes Online
Online gambling technology co Zone4Play heads for AIM

Interactive Gaming Holdings plc Completion of Premier Bet Acquisition
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Dublin, Ireland    & Yahoo UK/AFX
Paddy Power plc - Interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2005
Paddy Power H1 profit dips on adverse sporting results, shares slide
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Paris, France             Reuters
Casinos, biotech on France's protected list

Macau & Las Vegas            Yahoo Singapore/Asia Pulse & China View/Xinhua
US Gaming Giant Plans to Hire 4,000 for US$700 Million MacAo Project
US gaming giant to hire 4,000 in Macao

Johannesburg            Sunday Times/I-Net Bridge
One last SA casino for Sun International

Johannesburg            Business Report & Business Day
Sun International to dish out R2 a share dividend
Sun International earnings up 45% - Interview with SI CEO Beter Bacon.

Macau            Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Macau Casinos Betting On Gambling Blowout

New Zealand  
Illegal casinos have sinister undertones

30th August
Hurricane Katrina...

Mississippi &  Las Vegas            Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Details about damage to casinos sketchy

Mississippi & New Orleans            Various Media/TV Stations
Katrina's full wrath still being felt as body count rises along Gulf Coast - KRISTV
Mayor Nagin advises WWL-TV to the extent of damage in the city - WWLTV

Las Vegas & Mississippi            Las Vegas Review-Journal
Katrina hits casinos - Las Vegas companies await word on Mississippi properties

Mississippi            Clarion Ledger
Casino damage could hit state hard - Gaming houses lose cash, Miss. loses tax revenue for each day doors are closed
- - Mississisippi Gaming Commission.

Gulf Coast, Mississippi            New York Daily News & USA Today
Storm's wrath takes 55 lives
Storm hit just prior to convention season
"In Biloxi, the mayor said at least five casinos are out of commission, including Grand Casino Biloxi, which washed across U.S. 90 to the west."

Gulf Coast, Mississippi            Biloxi, Sun Herald
At least 50 dead on Gulf Coast
Familiar landmarks destroyed

Gulf Coast, Mississippi  
UPDATE 2-Katrina washes away profits at casinos, airlines

Las Vegas & Mississippi            Las vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Pinnacle Entertainment Assesses Initial Hurricane Damage

Las Vegas            Yahoo/Business Wire
Shuffle Master, Inc. Announces Distribution Agreement with Casino Solutions, S.A.C.

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Dress code idea for planned casino could get cold shoulder

Mashantucket Pequots take Web site owner to court
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Los Angeles            Yahoo/PRNewswire
WORLD POKER TOUR(R) Continues Stratospheric Growth With Record 839 Players at Bicycle Casino's Legends of Poker

Victoria, Australia   & Reuters
Spring racing, dogs drive Tabcorp profit
Australia's Tabcorp yr profit up, flags growth
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Johannesburg, South Africa  
Sun International Limited - Reviewed results for the year-ended 30 June 2005

S.I's Gaming revenues were up 18% with slot and table revenues 19% and 16% up respectively.

Melbourne            Herald Sun
Bank could pursue casino
The Crown Casino in Melbourne once again hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Halifax, N.S.   & Globa and Mail
N.S.'s efforts to keep problem gamblers out of casinos laughable: lawyer
Problem gambling law called worthless

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Review-Journal & San Francisco Chronicle/AP
Stewart bullied company - Harrah's president says millennium eve concert threatened
Casino Exec Testifies in Stewart Case

Auckland, New Zealand  
Auckland casino falls foul of Gambling Act - Appears to be an illegal Asian operation.

Las Vegas & Los Angeles            CBS News/AP
Clooney Rolls The Dice On Vegas

U.S. Baseball            GOM - Frank Rosenthal
Steroids are the biggest cheat in Major League Baseball

29th August
Hurricane Katrina...

Gaming Investments            Yahoo/Reuters
U.S. casinos to lose millions a day due to Katrina

Live coverage - New Orleans, Louisiana - Biloxi, Mississippi

Shreveport, Lousiana            Shreveport Times
Casinos packed, but with nonplayers
Staff at Shreveport casinos seem concerned that those fleeing Hurricane Katrina may not tip !

Biloxi, Mississippi            Mobile Register
Casino boats face the odds on Mississippi Coast

Mississippi & Louisiana  
Watching Katrina - Various video reports.

Oil touches $70 on hurricane fears

Melbourne, Australia            The Herald Sun & The Advertiser
$1000 fine for stealing $1.5m watch
Mother's $20m casino spree

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Sun
Clooney joins cast of investors in LV project - Liz Benston.
ATM device will spit out tickets instead of cash - Richard N. Velotta.

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Review-Journal
Work gets humming for Project CityCenter

Miami            Fox News & New York Times
Abramoff Pleads Innocent in Casino Case
Lobbyist Denies Guilt in Casino Purchase

Derby, England            ThisisDerbyshire
Armed raid by masked trio at Bookies
The latest armed robbery was at a Ladbrokes shop in Chaddesden, Derby.

Kuala Lumpur            Yahoo Aus/Asia Pulse
Malaysia's Genting Reports Higher H1 Pre-Tax Profit

New York            New York Times
Catskill Casinos: An Issue Left in Limbo by Discord and Indecision

Las Vegas & Los Angeles            L.A. Times
George Clooney Making a Side Bet in Vegas
The L.A. Times reports an announcement will be made today for a casino project on Harmon Avenue. Actor George Clooney is believed to be a significant investor.

Charlotte, North Carolina            MSNBC/Charlotte Business Journal
Matthews startup placing its bets on $27.6 million IPO - PokerTek Inc.

Cleveland, Ohio            MSNBC/Cincinnati Business Courier
Studies put casino cards on table - Data likely to spur anticipatory real estate deals

Alton, Illinois            The Telegraph
NAACP rep calls for diversity in casino management

Halifax, Nova Scotia            Macleans/CP
Addicted N.S. casino gambler blows $500,000; says no safeguards to stop him

Hamburg, Germany            Heise Online
40,000 euros offered for identities of online blackmailers wehrt Web-Attacke erfolgreich ab - Fluxx Press release. 24th August.
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Australia & Malaysia            Business Times
Lasseters executive director dies at 49

Australia            The Melbourne Age
Betcorp considers listing on UK market
Betcorp Banks on GameAccount for Skill Gaming Service - 25th August.
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Victoria, Australia            NineMSN/AAP & Yahoo Aus/Asia Pulse
Tabcorp set to post $350m net profit
Murky Days Ahead For Australia's Tabcorp: Analysts
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Macau            Peoples's Daily/Xinhua
Macao's property boom persists
Macao receives 10.5 million visitors in first 7 months
Figures from the Statistics and Census Service show an average transaction price for residential units at 10,072 patacas (1,259 US dollars) per square meter in the last quarter.

Global Gaming Expo 2005

28th August

Hurricane Katrina
Mississippi & Louisiana            Various Mississippi & Louisana Media
Mississippi Braces For Major Hit From Katrina -
Katrina could be strongest storm in recorded history - CBS
Gov. Blanco grim in face of impending catastrophe - CBS

Mississippi & Louisiana  
Vulnerable City: New Orleans
Watching Katrina


Las Vegas            Las Vegas Review-Journal
Adelson, driven to win, does so by thinking big - Wynn rival scales heights with Venetian
Interesting look at the long running rivalry between Sheldon Adelson and Steve Wynn. Including the detail that Wynn's original name is Weinberg (Stephen Alan).

Las Vegas          San Diego Union-Tribune - 31st July
With dreams and drive, Steve Wynn has changed the face of Las Vegas

Biloxi, Mississippi   & Biloxi Sun-Herald
Coast Casinos Closing At 2am
Casino closure order issued - Gambling establishments to shut down at 2 a.m.
Fearing the worst: Category 5 - All are urged to evacuate Coast as soon as possible

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Business Press
Imperial Palace falls to Harrah's; Biloxi property spurned
Strip's oldsters await mixed future

London - Gaming Investments            Guardian/Observer
Bets are off for

Mississippi & Louisiana            Biloxi Sun-Herald
No decision on casinos evacuations

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27th August

Lake Tahoe            Las Vegas Review-Journal
Casino explosion nearly forgotten - Gambling loser targeted Harvey's Wagon Wheel

Australia & Thailand            Australian Sunday Times
Sex accused: It's a payback
The Private Investigator who tracked down an Asian junket operator in Cambodia is now accused of sex crimes in Thailand.

Barstow, California            San Diego Union-Tribune & Desert Dispatch
Governor, two tribes reach deal on casinos
Casino backers disclose details

London            Daily Telegraph
Bookie unhorsed by too much of a racing certainty

Ladbrokes apparently showed the result of one of their virtual races on the 25th August before the race had been run !.

London            The Independent
Poker face still smiling after 40 years surviving a busy life of leisure
Interview with David Michels Chief executive of Hilton Group.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina   Sun News
Two casino boat owners charged with tax fraud - Star Dancer.

Las Vegas            In Business Las Vegas - Liz Benston
Gaming - Aztar may have missed opportunity

Malaysia            New Straits Times
Genting first-half net profit increases 11%

Gaming Investments            Daily Telegraph - Questor Column
PartyGaming holds a strong hand for the long haul

Hong Kong & Macau            Yahoo/AP & Hong Kong Standard
Shangri-La in Talks With Las Vegas Sands
Shangri-La in talks to run two Sands hotels 

Peru            Yahoo/AP
Banda de mujeres era el terror de los casinos

London            The Guardian
Pools firms hit by tidal wave of online betting

26th August

Nevada            Las Vegas Sun
Experts say Nevada dealers make more than federal statistics show

Carson City, Nevada            Las Vegas Review-Journal & Las Vegas Sun
'Jethro' licensed to run 'Hillbillies' casino in NLV
Silver Saddle Saloon sale OK'd 

Pennyslvania            Yahoo/Business Wire
Penn National Gaming Provides Update on Proposed Acquisition of Argosy Gaming Company

Las Vegas  
Search Intensifies for Suncoast Killer - Boyd Gaming Posts $50,000 Reward
Enraged Husband Speaks Out Over Wife's Tragic Death
Robbery Ends in Murder in Suncoast Parking Lot

Bayside, Miami            Miami Herald
Defunct Casino Princesa sold

The Princesa that opereated out of Miami's Bayside for 7 years has been sold to a company from Brunswick, Georgia. The casino concession onboard was operated by Casinos Austria.

Kuala Lumpur            Yahoo UK/AFX
Malaysia's Genting corporate credit rating affirmed at 'BBB+' - S&P
- - Under 21's and Malayan Muslims may not enter..

Kuala Lumpur            Malay Mail
Blackjack scam targets male tourists: Pretty women lure losers to gaming table

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Review-Journal
Airport flying high - July passenger count nearly hits 4 million, on record pace
MaCarran International is now the U.S.'s 5th busiest airport and handled 3.99 million passengers in July.

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Sun
Ex-Hard Rock exec Marrandino to head Harrah's LV, Flamingo
Strength in U.S. boosts Australian game maker

Reno, Nevada            Yahoo/PRNewswire
International Game Technology Completes Acquisition of WagerWorks, Inc.

25th August

Las Vegas            PRNewswire
Card Player Media, LLC Announces Private Equity Placement

St. Petersburg            Tampa Bay Business Journal & Tampa Bay Tribune
Gaming ship to lay off 415 people, CEO still looking for investors
Mishaps Continue For Gambling Boat

Titan Cruise lines plans on laying off 415 employees from 16th October. The Ocean Jewel is scheduled to go into dry dock from 15th October.

Sydney & Macau            PBL - Press release
Melco-PBL name its 6-star Casino-Hotel Project "Crown Macau" (PDF)
The Crown Macau's casino is scheduled to open in the second half of 2006. The entire project being completed in 2007 at a cost of HK$1.5 billion. 

Las Vegas            Yahoo/PRNewswire
VendingData(TM) Corporation to Expand Product Line

Liverpool           icLiverpool/Evening Post
Gambling addict conned parents out of £100,000

Bury            ThisLancashire/Bury Times
Staff terrified in Bookie raid - Temporary link
The epidemic of armed robberies at betting offices continues. Staff and customers at a Tote shop in Bury, Lancashire are the latest target.

Gruissan, France  
Trois hommes armés braquent le casino
The Partouche owned Casino le Phbus à Gruissan has been robbed of €54,410 by three armed raiders. The story gives a graphic description of events recovered from CCTV footage.

Malta            Malta Independent & Times of Malta
Lm2,600 stolen in two lotto booth hold-ups: Man shot in the arm during car chase
Man shot in lotto hold-up

Panama            Panamá América
Privatización de los casinos crea un próspero negocio en Panamá

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
MGM Mirage defends valet parking with key left in car

Hilton Group unaudited interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2005
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Sydney, Australia            Yahoo Aus/Reuters & Reuters
Australia's Aristocrat H1 profit surges
Update 2: Australia's Aristocrat sees better H2, U.S. a worry
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Sydney, Australia            Bloomberg News & Forbes/AFX
Publishing & Broadcasting Profit Slumps on TV Costs
Australia's PBL casino, magazines ops offset poor television performance
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San Juan, Puerto Rico            Puerto Rico WOW
UPR to receive $68 million from slot machine income

South Africa            S.A. Sunday Times & Moneyweb
Gold Reef Casino Resorts shine
Steven Joffe: CEO, Gold Reef Casinos

London - Online Gaming IPO's            Daily Mirror & Manchester Evening News
Getting a taste of casinos online

Scottsdale, Arizona            Yahoo/PRNewswire
Atronic Inks Deal With Universal Studios Consumer Products Group to Bring Miami Vice to Slot Machines

Las Vegas            Yahoo/Business Wire
Harrah's Entertainment Announces ESPN to Expand Coverage of World Series of Poker Circuit Tournaments
2005 World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions to be Held Nov. 6-8 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

24th August

London            New Scientist
Too scared to be a millionaire ?
Researchers have come to the conclusion that contestants on Who want to be a Millionaire would win alot more if they had more bottle.

Las Vegas            Gaming Today- David Stratton & Rob Singer
Video poker dilemma - Rare breed of machine spurs debate
Full-pay poker is Wynn-Wynn deal! - Who says casinos dont have a heart !
Wynn Las Vegas have installed two banks of full pay IGT pokers that in theory have a better than 100% payout.

Freeport, Texas  
Casino boat owner aiming for success - Texas Star Casino Boats.

St. Petersburg            St. Petersburg Times
Casino boat trip turns out to be a bad gamble - Entertaining reading :)
Ocean Jewel shuttle breaks down, casino boat idled

Las Vegas  
Gaming Marketing Conference / Casino Affiliate Convention Will be Held Sept. 11-12, 2005, in Las Vegas

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Review-Journal
Woman killed outside casino - Attack in parking lot also leaves her husband wounded; gunman at-large

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Sun - Liz Bentson
Imperial Palace purchase is strategic move for Harrah's

San Diego County            North County Times
Pauma blames Hard Rock for deal collapse

San Diego            San Diego Union-Tribune
Jamul tribe plans to build a 30-story hotel-casino
The Jamul tribe has just 53 members and is backed by Lyle Berman's Lakes Gaming.
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Melbourne, Australia  
Suitcase prank sparks scare - Crown Casino.

London            The Times - Racing
Ladbrokes keep radio silence after tipsters hit winning run

London & Tel Aviv            Reuters
Online casino Cassava plans IPO -sources

Las Vegas            Netscape News/AP & The Scotsman
Stewart Appears in Court in Breach Suit
If you want my money, fight me in court, says singer Rod

Los Angeles            Yahoo/PRNewswire
World Poker Tour(R) and Travel Channel Agree to Sponsorship Policy Change Allowing Players to Wear Approved Logos

23rd August

The Bahamas            Daily Telegraph
Mandela's favourite multi-billionaire
Graham Boynton interview with Sol Kerzner in Monaco. Interesting stuff !

Connecticut            The Norwich Bulletin
Mohegan converting slots to use tickets

The Mohegan Sun presently has 2,700 slots, around 42% of the total converted to TITO. The intention is to have all their remaining machines converted over the next seven months.

Townsville, Queensland            Townsville Bulletin/
Casino's top job for mum

Wellington, New Zealand  
Wellington marks Gamble-Free Day - 1st September.
- Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand

Durham, North Carolina            Duke University Medical Center
Gambling Monkeys Give Insight Into Neural Machinery Of Risk

Boca Raton Florida & Birmingham, England            Yahoo/Business Wire
Diamond I Purchases Option to Acquire U.K. Gaming Software Company
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Manila, Philappines           Peoples Daily
Philippine president sets ultimatum to illegal gambling

Scotland           Daily Record
TV Gambler's wife hid the tellyremote

Robber pulls gun on bookies staff

There have apparently been 19 armed robberies on Bookmakers in Nottinghamshire recently. This time it was a Ladbrokes shop targeted.

Las Vegas           Las Vegas CityLife
Reinventing Fremont Street

Connecticut           The Day
Chips Or Chump Change? - Retired Chips Value As Collectors' Items Is Unpredictable
The Mohegan Sun is having a complete re-chip on 29th September. Surprisingly they appear not to be going with RFID.

Gaming Investments           Yahoo/Dow Jones Newswires
FOCUS: Online Gaming Is More Than A Passing Fad

Mississippi           Biloxi Sun-Herald
Competition breeds added benefits

Broward County, Florida           Miami Herald
OK to install slots now, judge rules

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun/AP - Adam Goldman & CNN/AP
Harrah's Entertainment buys Imperial Palace for $370 million
Harrah's adds another casino - Aging Imperial Palace goes to gaming leader for $370 million
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22nd August

London            Brand Republic
Inside Edge ABC dampens enthusiasm for gambling media
Publishing's sure thing
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TOTAL GAMBLER launch announced from Dennis Publishing - 13th July.

Los Angeles          Yahoo/AP
WPT Falls to Second-Quarter Loss on Higher Costs; Shares Plummet
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London & Gibraltar           The Independent - 20th August plans to raise £25m in flotation
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Macau           Las Vegas Sun/Bloomberg News
Ho counting on Chinese recipe in Macau

Las Vegas           Yahoo/Business Wire
Harrah's Entertainment to Acquire Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino

The Imperial Palace has a 52,000-square foot gaming floor and 2,640 rooms on 18.5 acres. The purchase price is $370 million. 

New Zealand           New Zealand Herald
Casino operator fires without the smoke

Carson City, Nevada           Las Vegas Sun
Gaming employment expands in Las Vegas but falls in Reno

New Zealand           Computer World NZ
Dice set to roll for online gambling

TV Poker           Daily Mirror
$1 million win for Poker outsider - Ladbrokes Poker Million.

Sheffield           The Sheffield Star
£150m gamble over casino bid
Sun International have revealed revised plans for Sheffield's Lower Don Valley

Macau's casino tax income soars
Gaming taxes recieved by the Macau Government were up 23.4% between January and July. Operators pay a rate of 35% and the sum made up 76.2 % of the Government's total income.

Victoria, Australia           The Melbourne Age
Experts slam moves on problem gambling
Report from the West Heidelberg Community Legal Service in Victoria.

Malaysia & Thailand           The Edge Daily
Genting down 1.5%, Thai may use Pattaya as likely site for casino

Australia           Australian Daily Telegraph
Pokies tax's cruel impact

Thailand & Australia           The Nation
AUSTRALIAN INQUIRY: Thai woman wanted for casino debts

Auckland, New Zealand           Yahoo Australia/Reuters, Dow Jones & SMH
NZ's Sky City yr profit up 4%, Adelaide poor
INTERVIEW: Sky City Sees Growth Bouncing Back In FY07
Sky City posts $NZ104m profit

Auckland, New Zealand           Bloomberg News
Sky City 2nd-Half Earnings Growth Stalls on Gambling Curbs
Star City that operates five of New Zealand's six casinos is coping with a smoking ban that came into force last December, and a ban on notes higher than NZ$20 being used in slot bill acceptors that was introduced in March 2004.
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