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21st February, 2005.

London            New Statesman
The machines that ate my life - FOBT's

Nottingham & London   & London Evening Standard
Gala slams UK casino bill as anti-competitive
Demand for gambling Bill changes

The Netherlands            The Register &
Ladbrokes barred from net games in Netherlands
Dutch Court upholds Ladbrokes Internet ban
Last week's Supreme Court decision means that Holland is in effect off limits to all overseas bookmakers.

Jericho, West Bank            The Media Line/International News Hour
Without Israelis, Casino remains closed
Interview with Brett Anderson, GM of the Oasis Hotel Casino Resort.

Singapore & India            Channel News Asia
MediaCorp news platforms to let public air views on casino issue
Legalised casinos drive economy of Indian resort Goa
Channel News Asia has created a dedicated website and will air a Telecast "High Stakes - The Casino Debate" on 3rd March.
- www.channelnewsasia/

London            Financial Times
Jowell is determined gambling bill will become law, say officials

London            Interactive Investor - in Brief
UK smallcap opening - Gaming Corp up on new poker site launch

Liverpool            ic Liverpool/Liverpool Echo
Casinos hit out over gambling reform

Davenport, Iowa            Sioux City Journal/AP
Slots with poor odds rapidly expanding at Iowa casinos

Auckland, New Zealand   & Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Skycity on track after smoke clears
NZ SKY City Eyes Auckland, Australia Growth
The NineMSN article mentions problems with TITO systems at Sky City Auckland.

London            London Evening Standard & The Independent
Last throw of the dice for Casino Bill?
Gambling Bill: Jowell gets tough
The officials at the DCMS have now admitted that dropping the Gambling Bill is one of Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell's options.

London            The Times 
Casino Bill opponents cannot call our bluff, say ministers

Las Vegas   
Face to Face with Jon Ralston
The Steve Wynn interview in several segments can be found at the location.

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Sun  - 14th February
Wynn's Las Vegas - Casino giant gives his views on new resort, city's future
Part of an hour long interview with Steve Wynn conducted by Jon Ralston on the 14th February.

Auckland, New Zealand            Bloomberg News & Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Sky City 1st-Half Profit Growth Slows
NZ Sky City 1H Profit Likely Boosted By Darwin Purchase

Philappines            The Philappine Star
The ‘casino fastbreak’ in San Juan – where will the Malaysians put it?

Macau & Hong Kong            The Hong Kong Standard
Jockey Club pitches for role in casino

20th February, 2005.

Carson City, Nevada            Mercury News/AP
Nevada proposes helping problem gamblers
For the first time since gambling was legalised in 1931 the State of Nevada is proposing contributing towards problem gambling initiatives.

London            Bloomberg News
U.K. Government to Push Ahead With Gambling Bill Casinos Oppose

London            The Scotsman/PA
Government 'Determined to Push Through Gambling Bill'
The Scotsman report appears to contradict the earlier Independent story.

London            The Independent on Sunday 
Scandal of the high street roulette losers
A look at the 20,000+ FOBT's that have now turned British bookmaker's shops into mini-casinos.

London            The Independent on Sunday 
Controversial Gambling Bill to be dropped, ministers warn
The Independent reports that the Government is more likely to drop the Gambling Bill than give concessions to the casino industry.

London            The Sunday Times 
Ministers relied on 'flawed' study to dismiss child gambling risk

London            The Sunday Telegraph, The Scotsman/PA &
Rank to focus on gambling and Hard Rock
Rank 'To Demerge Film Business'
Rank 'set to sell off film unit'

London & Nicosia, Cyprus            The Sunday Telegraph
Two-month-old betting firm plans £25m float

China            Shanghai Star
Gambling is the opium of the 21st century

19th February, 2005.

Minnesota            New York Times
Bars Test Laws on Gambling With Moneyless Poker Games

Singapore            Gulf Daily News
Singapore to decide on $1.2bn casino proposal

Victoria, Australia            The Melbourne Age
Gambling up $100m after smoking ban

Online Poker            London Evening Standard 
How poker websites hold a winning hand

Louisiana & Boston, Massachusetts            Business Week
Casino City Is Upping Its Bet
On 15th February U.S. District Court Chief Judge Frank J. Polozola threw out Casino City's case.

The Netherlands & London            Thoroughbred Times & Ham & High
Dutch Supreme Court upholds online gambling ban
Bookies slammed over pub hunt for punter witnesses
Ladbrokes have lost their case to take bets from Dutch citizens in the countries Supreme Court.

Lake Tahoe & Las Vegas            Las Vegas Review-Journal
Investors buy Tahoe's Cal-Neva for $30 million
MGM Mirage - Mandalay resort merger: Next step in deal: Restructuring

Temecula, California             North County Times
Pechanga and state in court again over methods used to count slot machines

Toronto, Canada  
Online gambling firm CryptoLogic fourth-quarter revenue up 33%, profit up 25%

Las Vegas            Yahoo/Investors Business Daily
Casino Operator Doubles Down (And Then Some)With Acquisition

Las Vegas            Yahoo/PRNewswire
Harrah's Entertainment, Caesars Entertainment Announce Expiration of HSR Waiting Period

Macau & Hong Kong            Malaysian Star
Casino king backs Tsang as HK’s No 1

18th February, 2005

Macau & Hong Kong            Hong Kong Standard
ATV, TVB probed over holiday casino ad blitz

Manchester & Las Vegas            The Times
Man Utd holds supercasino talks

Casinos raise stakes in gambling reform battle
BCA members may seek legal redress with European competition bodies if the Gambling Bill passes through the Lords without amendment.

Mobile Gambling - Sheffield, England   - Press release
Cometa Games Launches Arcadia Mobile Gambling Platform

Austria & Germany            BetandWin - Press release
betandwin Commences Cooperation With Premiere in Austria

Toronto, Canada            Yahoo/Business Wire
CryptoLogic Achieves Record Revenue & Excellent Earnings In 2004

New Zealand            Bloomberg News
Sky City N.Z. First-Half Profit May Rise 5.4% on Expansion

North Korea            Digital Chosun - English edition
N. Korean Casino Shuts Under Chinese Pressure

London            London Evening Standard
Entrepreneur leads greyhound tracks race
The eventual purchase price for Wembley's six Greyhound Stadiums is thought to now be between £50m and £55m.

Manchester            Manchester Evening News/Manchester Online
United casino shock
Entering the race somewhat late, Manchester United have teamed up with Las Vegas Sands to build a casino in Trafford Park.

Macau            Hong Kong Standard
Gaming race may be slowing
The Greek Mythology Casino has postponed until next month a second phase that would have added an addidional 272 tables.

Atlantic City            USA Today/AP & New York Post
Casino imposes weight restrictions on cocktail servers
Casino gal's fat chance
Yahoo/AP Photos - Borgata cocktail servers Megan Mercado nd Sara Jamison.

Florida & London            Sun-Sentinel
Gambling on growth - Rank Group's Hard Rock division.

Online Gambling  
Pregnant woman sued over eBay auction are upset that Golden Palace's tatoo was chosen and not their highest bid.

Tallahassee, Florida            Sun-Sentinel & Miami Herald
High Court says state can't tax gambling cruises to nowhere
SeaEscape escapes $1.3 million in Florida taxes, penalties on gambling
Supreme Court tax ruling benefits offshore gambling

Sacramento, California            San Diego Union-Tribune
Tribes face challenge from state over slots

Mississippi            Clarion Ledger/AP
Gaming Commission approves location of fifth Vicksburg casino

Problem Gambling - Bath, England            ThisisBath/The Batch Chronicle
£70K gambling debts of job cheat

17th February, 2005

Tirana, Albania  
4 Companies Apply to Open Casinos in Albania

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Review-Journal - Jeff Simpson 15th February 
Wynn hoping to make megaresort feel smaller

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Review-Journal
$7.9 BILLION DEAL: FTC clears casino buyout - MGM Mirage, Mandalay Group deal now faces gaming boards

Las Vegas & Washington            Las Vegas Sun
FTC clears MGM Mirage buyout of Mandalay Resort Group

South Florida            Sun-Sentinel
Job seekers gamble on future jackpots - Applicants at tracks bet measure will pass

Mexico            El Universal & La Chronica de Hoy
Prevén aumento de criminalidad por casinos
Los casinos en México provocarán “consecuencias indeseables”: ICESI
A new report paints a bleak picture of increased corruption, crime and addiction should casinos be legalised in Mexico.

Wellington, New Zealand            Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
NZ Sky City 1H Profit Likely Boosted By Darwin Purchase

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Mercury
Bringing down the house - 'Advantage players' use guile and gumption to beat casinos at their own games

Las Vegas & Washington            Yahoo/Reuters & AP - Adam Goldman
Mirage Bid for Mandalay Gets Antitrust OK
FTC Approves MGM-Mirage-Mandalay Deal
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London            The Times Online - 16th February
Disposal of Deluxe tipped to herald Rank break-up

Macau            ETNet News Hong Kong
Work stops on $1.2 billion casino site: report

Niagara Falls, New York            Buffalo Business First
Seneca casinos take in $104.3 million in 1Q

Online Gaming - London & Canada            Yahoo/Business Wire & PRNewswire
Ritz Club London Extends Winning Relationship With CryptoLogic
World Gaming plc announces full year trading statement

Leeds            Yorkshire Post
Luminar bets on casino conversion
The Luminar-Accor Casinos partnership have been granted planning permission for the conversion of the Majestyk nightclub into a potential regional casino.

Shanghai            China View/Xinhua News
21 arrested for gambling fraud

Hainan, China            China Daily
Gambling bill unjustifiable

16th February, 2005

Texas            The Herald Democrat
Deal 'em in - Choctaw Casino antes up with blackjack

Macau            Hong Kong Standard
Fortuna to pay $50m for Macau hotel-casino stake

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Sun - Jeff Simpson 
Wynn boasts high-tech slot floor
Wynn Las Vegas's 1,962 slots are split 70% IGT, 15% Bally Gaming and 12% WMS Gaming.

Australia & Singapore            The Melbourne Age
Tabcorp dices for $1.5bn Singapore casino complex

Tribal casino revenues double Nevada's - Figures extend decade of double-digit growth
The U.S. now has 411 Indian casinos operated by 223 tribes in 28 states. Gross revenues in 2004 were $18.5 billion.

Liverpool            Liverpool Echo
Casino cash for stadium
Las Vegas Sands has apparently proposed an idea of financing a shared stadium for Liverpool & Everton football clubs.

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Rise in room rates, payoff of markers lift profits on Strip
Correction:  Amendmend of revenue figures per sq. ft.

Russian Soccer Club Dynamo Signs Deal With Super Slots Casino Chain
Super slots is part of Michael Boettcher's Storm International operations.
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Toronto, Canada            Canoe/CP
Ontario Liberals on the hot seat over $400 million plan for Casino Windsor

Detroit            Detroit Free Press & Detroit News
Suit accuses Marian Ilitch of bid to control MotorCity
Ilitch makes bid for MotorCity

Macau            English
Macau casinos spin rolling good times
Macau's 17 casinos apparently won 500 million patacas (US$62.5 million) in the first five days of the chinese new year.

Singapore            Yahoo Singapore/AFP
Singapore casino race heats up with entry of Australia's Tabcorp

Boston, Massachusetts            Boston Globe
Online casino antes up $35,099 to rename FleetCenter

15th February, 2005

Reno & Macau            Yahoo/PRNewswire
IGT Creates Asian Division in Macau

Moscow & Sydney            Bloomberg News 
Russia's Belotserkovsky to Buy Australian Gaming Firm
Bloomberg has further details of the proposed merger and background details on Unicum's Boris Belotserkovsky.

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida            Sun-Sentinel - Corrected link
Port Everglades gambling ship continues to sail despite bankruptcy

Sydney & Moscow            The Australian 
Russian roulette's a sure bet for gaming tsar Ainsworth
Ainsworth Game Technology and Russian Supplier Unicum are apparently in merger talks.
- &

Sydney & Moscow            Sydney Morning Herald & ABC News
Ainsworth considers Russian merger
Pokies maker unveils merger plan, $1.8m loss

Sydney & Singapore            The Australian
Tabcorp, Packer vie for Asian casino

London            The Guardian
Gambling chief quits - Derek Jeffrey, CEO of the BCA.
Las Vegas players handed a fistful of trumps

Douglas, Isle of Man            Isle of Man Online
Gambling regulatory principles tipped to stay

Boston            CBS4 Boston/AP
''Golden Palace Casino'' offers high bid for single-day naming rights at FleetCenter

Singapore & Las Vegas            Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones & Yahoo/PRNewswire
Wynn Resorts Confirms Singapore Casino Interest
Wynn Resorts, Limited Confirms Participation in Singapore's Request for Concept

Jericho, West Bank            Middle East Online & Arutz Sheva
Jericho looks to security handover to revive tourism
PA Figure: Israel Has Given In on Jericho Village
Signs are that the Oasis Casino in Jericho could only be weeks from re-opening.

Beijing, China            Globe & Mail 
China wages losing war against gambling

Israel            Haaretz Online
Wheels of justice spin slowly in Jericho casino case
Details relating to a $45 million insurance claim filed in Ramallah after the Oasis casino in Jericho was forced to close.

London            The Independent
Casino firms in last-ditch effort to force changes to Gambling Bill
Gambling Bill attacked by casinos

Singapore & Las Vegas            Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Wynn Resorts To Submit Casino Plan

Ontario, Canada            Globe & Mail & Detroit News
Casino Windsor to expand
Windsor bets on casino expansion
The proposals will add a 400-room hotel, 5,000-seat auditorium and 100,000 sq. ft. of additional convention space.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida            The
Cruise line wins two-week reprieve
St. Tropez Casino Cruises operating out of Port Canaveral in competition with Discovery Cruise Lines and SeaEscape is apparently struggling to avoid having their vessel seized by creditors.

New York            New York Newsday
Oneidas accuse Pataki of cronyism in Catskill casino deal

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