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14th December

Birmingham           icBirmingham/Birmingham Mail & Birmingham Post
Place your bets in city casino battle
Brady dismisses NEC casino bid

Melbourne, Australia           ABC News
Melbourne to host $80m winner-takes-all poker tournament

Problem Gambling           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Search is on for drugs to treat gambling addiction
The four drugs mentioned that manufacturers are hoping to cash in on are Nalmefene, Zyprexa, Prozac and Naltrexone.

London           The Guardian
Are betting exchanges good for sport?
Edward Wray Co-founder of Betfair & Tom Kelly Chief executive, Association of British Bookmakers.

Canada           Canoe/CNW
Canadian Gaming Association Partners with Leading Canadian Event Management Company

Las Vegas           Yahoo/Business Wire
Progressive Gaming International Reaches Agreement with the Palms Casino to Field Trial Rapid Bet Live(TM)

Gaming Investments           Yahoo/AP
Gaming Sector Slumps on Rate Reports

Australia           The Herald Sun
Aussie bookies to build on Betfair model

Louisiana           Yahoo/AP & Las Vegas Sun/AP
Harrah's Studying Ways to Rebuild Casinos
Harrah's working to rebuild in Lake Charles, reopen in Orleans
In Louisiana Harrah's still has three casinos closed, two boats on Lake Charles and Harrah's New Orleans. The latter is csheduled to open sometime before Mardi Gras in February.

Louisiana           The Daily Comet
Casinos boost winnings despite closures

Biloxi,Mississippi           New York Times
Bright Spot on Gulf as Casinos Rush to Rebuild

Singapore           Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Singapore Govt Confirms Wynn's Withdrawal From Casino Bid

Singapore           Today Online
House rules shaped by conscience

U.S.           Las Vegas Sun/AP
Lobbyist: Casinos booming despite hurricane damage

13th December

Victoria, Australia           The Herald Sun
Hidden agenda fears over gambling crisis

Birmingham           Birmingham Mail & Post,
Casino 'a £600m jackpot for Brum'
NEC casino a financial lifeline for council
NEC unveils rival casino proposal

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal - John L. Smith
International counterfeiters putting Las Vegas casinos to test

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Lady Luck running out - Downtown property to close Feb. 12 for renovation; 684 to lose jobs

Las Vegas 
Las Vegas Casino Terminates Employees

Singapore           Channel News Asia
Harrah's Entertainment, Keppel Land in strategic tie-up with Suntec

Singapore           Channel News Asia
Social safeguards top concern in casino bill feedback

Singapore           Reuters & Yahoo Singapore/AFX
Harrah's, KepLand tap Suntec for Singapore casino bid
Harrah's in tie-up with Hong Kong-linked firm for casino bid

South Africa           Business Report
Sun International expects profit to rise

Manila           The Manila Times
NBI arrests trader for slay of casino financier in a hotel
Suspect in casino man’s slay nabbed

Barstow, California           VV Daily Press
Barstow goes forward with casino plans

12th December

Macau           China View/Xinhua
Macao expects new high in casino tax income
Gaming taxes collected by the Macau Government are expected to reach 16 billion patacas (U.S. $2 billion) in 2005. The tax rate is 35% so gaming win must therefore be approaching U.S.$6 billion for the year.

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun/AP
Downtown Las Vegas casino lays off nearly 700 workers

London           Yahoo UK/Sharecast
William Hill announces LBO sale

Mexico  - Barnard R. Thompson
Mexican casino plan dies yet again

Birmingham & Las Vegas           NEC Group - Multi-Media Press release
MGM MIRAGE Chosen to Develop Regional Casino at Birmingham NEC

Las Vegas           Canoe/CP
Century Casinos buying out minority stake in Edmonton project for $7.3M

Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
South Coast Hotel and Casino Set to Open December 22

11th December

Eilat, Israel           Globes Online
Tessler rejects Isle of Capri Casinos' $1.9m Eilat hall rental offer
Isle of Capri apparently offered Alexander Tessler the owner of Eilat's Princess Hotel $40 per sq.m. per month - $1.9 million per year.

Amsterdam, Holland 
Holland Casino belaagd met valse fiches
A plot has was foiled by Holland Casino in September to counterfeit their €500 chips.

Tampa, Florida           Tampa Tribune
Floating in flux, Ocean Jewel tries to buff up for potential sale

Tampa, Florida           Tampa Tribune - 18th November
Casino Boat Failure Likely Voids Payoffs

Australia           The Melbourne Age
Betfair faces wait

10th December

Atlantic City           Courier-Post
Hilton staff loyal at 25
The Atlantic City Hilton is celebrating it's 25th year. The property was originally opened as the Golden Nugget Casino Hotel in 1980 by Steve Wynn.

Austria & Sweden           The Guardian & The Times
Betandwin in takeover talks with Ongame
Betandwin enters talks for €500m takeover of Ongame
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Austria  Adhoc - preliminary discussions with Ongame e-solutions AB regarding an acquis

Ontario           The Toronto Star
Casino high rollers hit freebie jackpot

Carson City, Nevada           Las Vegas Review-Journal
State casino win sets record - Results exceed $1 billion mark for fourth time in 2005

Carson City, Nevada           Las Vegas Sun/AP
Nevada casinos win record $1.06 billion in October
$563.5 million or 53% of the $1.06 bullion was won on the Las Vegas Strip. Table game win for the month was up 8% and slots registered a whopping 17.7% increase.

Tallahassee           Newsday/AP
Gov. Bush Agrees to Sign Slot Machine Law
Florida's tax rateon slots at Browards pari-mutuels will be 50%. New York and Rhode Island recently set a slot tax rate of 61%.

Las Vegas 
Monorail's Charity Status Re-Affirmed

Casino Act has no restriction on opening hours

St. Louis, Missouri           St. Louis Times
Casino settlement tops $14 million - Isle of Capri.

Singapore           Reuters, AP & The Australian
Wynn Resorts drops out of Singapore casino race
Wynn Resorts Out of Singapore Casino Race
Tabcorp throws in its hand on casino

Atlantic City           Reuters & Courier-Post
Atlantic City Nov. casino winnings rise 6.6%
A.C. casinos report record-high wins

9th December

Hamilton, New Zealand 
Casino staff go on strike again

Florida           Sun-Sentinel
Legislators set 50% tax rate as 6,000 slot machines approved for Broward

Singapore           iwon/Dow Jones Newswires
Wynn Didn't Complete Singapore Casino Bid Probity Check
Dow Jones Newswires are also now reporting that the number of bidders is down to 5. Wynn Resorts, Tabcorp and Guocoland Ltd are the casualties.

Singapore           Sydney Morning Herald & Reuters
Tabcorp quits race for casino contract
Tabcorp withdraws from Singapore casino bids
The SMH reports that the number of bidders for the Marina Bay site down to just 5 from an earlier total of a dozen or so.

France           Le Monde
Casinos: Le produit brut des jeux 2004-2005 en hausse de seulement 1,3%
Gross win at France's 190 casinos was up just 1.3% in 2004/5 to €2,647 billio . Table games that contribute just 6% of the total registered a slight decline to €171,8 million. 

Florida           Sun-Sentinel
Deal sealed on slots regulation; machines allowed in 4 Broward venues

Florida           St. Petersburg Times & Miami Herald
Plea deal hinted in SunCruz case
Kidan is expected to admit to fraud

Nevada           Wall Street Journal
System Would Let Gamblers - Bet and Bet and Bet on Game

Singapore & Australia           Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones Newswires
Australia's Tabcorp Withdraws Singapore Bid

Gibraltar & London           The Independent
PartyGaming bets on bumper year after blackjack success

Spokane, Washington 
Smoking ban goes into effect
Washington State's only smoking ban exception is at tribal casinos.

Buffalo, New York           Times Union/AP
Senecas begin work at third casino site

Nashville, Tennessee 
Public Works employee allegedly works behind-the-scenes as bookie

8th December

Tallahassee, Florida           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Florida Legislature passes slot machine legislation for Broward County pari-mutuel facilities
Each of the four pari-mutuels in Broward County will be able to install up to 1,500 Class III slots at a tax rate of 50% on gross gaming revenues.

Las Vegas           Yahoo/Business Wire
Shuffle Master, Inc. Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Results

New Zealand           New Zealand Herald
Gambling blamed for banker's thefts

Freeport, Bahamas 
Casino Licenses Under Consideration

Netanya, Israel 
Trump Plans Hotel for Israeli Coastal City

Southampton & Portsmouth  & Daily Mail
FA hold Betfair talks over Redknapp
FA investigates betting over Redknapp's return
An amazing £16.5 million was traded on's next Portsmouth manager market ahead of former manager Harry Rednapp's return to the club.

Honiara, Solomon Islands           Radio Australia
Developer faces opposition in the Solomons to casino proposal

U.S.           L.A Weekly
Blackjack’s Death Count - Is the total casino management of MindPlay killing 21? - The article appears to have been written some months ago.

London & Gibraltar           Yahoo UK/Reuters & Bloomberg
PartyGaming says to beat forecasts
PartyGaming Likely to Beat Estimates on Poker, Casino

London & Gibraltar 
PartyGaming Plc - Trading Update for the two months ended 30 November 2005

U.S. Armed Forces 
Navy MWR introduces ‘coinless’ slots at some base casinos
MWR Clubs which is perhaps America's largest overseas slot operator is now installing coinless machines and 28 have recently been placed at the Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan. - (MWR - Morale, Welfare, and Recreation)

Lake Tahoe           Reno Gazette-Journal
Recent string of violence at casinos called 'unusual' by sheriff's spokesman
In the space of 1 week Harrah's Lake Tahoe had a shooting, two stabbings and a customer die in their Altitude night club.

Indonesia           Tempo Interactive
Police Pursue Two Gambling Ships in Batam Waters
The Leisure and Omar III are the two ships concerned. The Omar III was previously the Hyundai Pongnae, SuperStar Sagittarius and Sun Viking.

Melbourne, Australia           The Herald Sun
Casino fraud freed

Macau           Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Galaxy Casino Sells $600M Bond To Finance Macau Expansion

Singapore           Business Times
GuocoLand pulls out of S’pore casino bidding

Jackson, Mississippi           Houston Chronicle/AP
Casino workers look for a better deal

Las Vegas           Yahoo/Business Wire
Harrah's and Progressive Gaming International Team up for World Series of Poker(R)-Branded Texas Hold 'Em Bonus(TM) Poker Game

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