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7th February, 2005

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Analyst predicts Russia as world's next gaming hotbed

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Sun  - Liz Benston & Richard N. Velotta
Landry's has big plans for Nugget
Big game hunting - Super Bowl weekend one of the biggest for Las Vegas

Problem Gambling - London             The Daily Telegraph
Screen gambling is 'No 1 problem'
Pensioners take to gambling to make ends meet
GamCare reports that 25% of individuals contacting the organisation now have a problem with high street betting office FOBT's.

Washington             NCRG - Press release
NCRG Elects new board members, establishes advisory council

Macau             Hong Kong Standard
Casinos bet on New Year
The Chinese New Year starts on 9th February. 2005 is the Year of the Rooster.

London & Malaysia   
Stanley Leisure PLC - Notification of major interest in shares
Genting Berhad Group have increased their holding in Stanley Leisure to 14.9%

New York & Louisiana             Business Week - 14th February edition
High Stakes For Casino City
Casino City owner Michael Corfman's struggle with the U.S. justice department over the legality of advertising Internet casinos.

Reno, Nevada             Business Week  - 14th February edition
IGT: In Search Of The Next Jackpot

New York    & Local 
$100M gambling ring busted
On Super Bowl Sunday--Gambling Busts

Singapore & Batam, Indonesia             Today Online
Singaporeans barred from posh Batam casino after gang clash
Batam, Indonesia is located 31km South-East of Singapore. An estimated 5,000 Singaporean's visit the island on weekends.

Baden, Austria   ÖN Online
20 Bewerber für Top-Job im Badener Casino!

Switzerland             Sonntags Zeitung
Fast 10 000 Personen stehen auf den schwarzen Listen der Spielbanken
There are now 9,732 individuals on the lists of Switzerland's casinos that have requested that they be barred. A 40% rise from 2003's total.

Las Vegas             Houston Chronicle
Casino a gem, but with potential flaw

Macau             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Sands Macao Opens Pearl Room, Increases Overall Gaming Capacity
The total number of tables and slots at Sands Macau now stands at 360 and 848 respectively.

China             China Post Online & Peoples Daily
China detains official accused of gambling away public money?
Gambler local official detained
The Peoples Daily also has pictures of the accused behind bars.

6th February, 2005

Miami, Florida             Miami Herald
Who ordered 'hit' on Boulis?  - Four years later, the killing of tycoon is unsolved

Niagara Falls, Canada             MyTELUS/CP
Niagara Falls casino opens wedding chapel; 'all the rage' in Vegas

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire             Gloucestershire Echo
Confusion surrounds casino law

Sydney, Australia    Telegraph
Casino deals a bad hand
A look at some of the documented customer disputes at the Star City Casino during 2004.

Gaming Investments             Yahoo/Reuters
As Gambling Goes Mainstream, Deals Mount

Houston, Texas & Las Vegas             Houston Chronicle/Reuters
Tilman Fertitta bets buying casino in Vegas will boost his other properties
Casino purchase shows how mainstream gambling has become

China & North Korea   
China nabs official who lost big in North Korea casino
Cai Haowen was apparently caught on a train from Beijing to Changchun he is believed to have lost 3.5 million yuan in public funds at the now closed Emperor casino in North Korea. 

5th February, 2005

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Binion eyeing LV casino opportunities

California             San Diego Union-Tribune
Lockyer to casinos: No games with dice
Many Californian Indian casinos now have a version of craps that uses cards to determine the results.

Nice, France             Yahoo/AFP
Cameras, not aces, up their sleeves win trio a year in prison

Las Vegas & Lake Tahoe             Yahoo/Business Wire
Caesars Entertainment, Columbia Sussex Receive Second Request from Federal Trade Commission Regarding Caesars Tahoe Sale

4th February, 2005

Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France             Tribune de Geneve/AFP
Mini caméras cachées pour maxi gains au casino de Beaulieu-sur-Mer
Yet another scam. This one using mini cameras on the players wrists, almost certainly on CSP.

Los Angeles            PRNewswire
World Poker Champion, Chris Moneymaker, Cashes in on Poker Craze

Las Vegas & Houston, Texas            Reuters, Houston Chronicle & Yahoo/AP
Landry's to Acquire Golden Nugget Casino
Landry's bets $140 million on Las Vegas casino
Landry's Buying Golden Nugget Casino

Las Vegas & Houston, Texas            PRNewswire
Landry's Announces Initial Gaming Acquisition With Purchase of Golden Nugget Las Vegas
Houston based Landry's Restaurant's has anounced an agreement to purchase the Golden Nugget, Las Vegas. CEO Tilman Fertitta is a cousin of Station Casino's Fertitta brothers.

Beijing, China           Sydney Morning Herald
Thousands arrested in swoop on high-rollers
The total of arrests is now put at 4,000. Chinese citizens are presently allowed to take the equivalent of U.S.$5000 abroad.

Windsor, Ontario           Detroit News
Casino Windsor to open 10-table poker room

Berlin, Germany           The Guardian
The game's up
A look at the Soccer betting scandal in Germany that's presently dominating the front page headlines.

Bern, Switzerland           Langenthaler Tagblatt
Spielautomaten mit Geldgewinn ab April zugelassen
From 1st April "skill machines" with a maximum non-cash prize of no more than SF50 will be the only slots allowed outside licenced casinos in Canton Bern

Hittfeld, Germany           Hamburg Abendblatt
Statt Roulette 88 Spielautomaten
Developments at the Hittfeld Spielbank now under the ownership of Casinos Austria include an 8,000 litre aquarium.

China  Daily
Gambling Official Most Wanted

Jacksonville  Times-Union
Casino boat shut down; state charges operator
Arrested is Thomas O'Donnell of Coin Castle Casinos.

Kathmandu           The Times of India
In Kathmandu casinos, business as usual

"Casino Royale" will be new Bond film
Casino Royale will be the 21st Bond Film. There is no news about who will play 007 but Gaming floor goes for Clive Owen.

Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Ameristar Casinos Reports Record 2004 Fourth Quarter and Annual Financial Results

Isle of Man           ThisisLondon/Evening Standard & Sharecast
Betinternet puts its money on profit
betinternet narrows half year losses

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Shares of Tropicana parent battered, fall nearly 12%
Hard Rock heads west - Company to build, run tribal casino near San Diego

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun
Decision on Tropicana delayed - Aztar, whose profits have plunged, considers future of Strip property

3rd February, 2005

London & Germany           Hong Kong Standard
UEFA Forms Link With Betfair Amid German Soccer Probe

China           Hong Kong Standard
Hainan wants gambling legalized to lift economy

Online Gambling -  London           Media Week
Future unveils gambling mag with 500,000-copy sampler
The first edition of Online Gambler with a print run of 500,000 is due to hit the shelves in March.

Blackpool           ThisisBlackpool
Casino debate
ReBlackpool will be busy shortly sifting through the 22 casino plans they have received.

Jacksonville, Florida  & First Coast News
Gambling Boat Busted For Super Bowl Poker Tournament
JSO Vice Squad Arrests Operator of Casino Vessel - The StarDancer IV.

Paradise Island, Bahamas           Yahoo/Business Wire
World Poker Tour and WagerWorks Finalize Agreement and Set Timetable for Launch of International Online Gaming Site

Paradise Island, Bahamas           Yahoo/Business Wire
Kerzner Announces Fourth Quarter Results

Las Vegas           Bloomberg/PRNewswire
Bally Gaming and Systems Announces Flamingo Las Vegas Purchase of MindPlay(TM) Technology
Caesars intend using the Mindplay MP21 system on all 36 BJ tables at Harrah's Las Vegas.

Hong Kong & Macau           Yahoo Asia/Dow Jones
Macau Govt Approves 90% Galaxy Stake Transfer

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun
Nevada casinos report $1.33 billion in fiscal '04 net profits
Strip's gaming profit soars

Beijing, China           China View/Xinhua
China to blacklist gambling accounts
Gambling kingpin on the run

Kangwon, South Korea           Jong Ang Daily
Casino keeps jackpot from local winner

Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Herbst Gaming, Inc. Announces Completion of Acquisition of Grace Entertainment Riverboat Casino Assets

Las Vegas           Newsday/AP - Adam Goldman
Harrah's Entertainment sees profits double in fourth quarter

Las Vegas & Singapore           Las Vegas Business Press
MGM finds partner to dance in Singapore

Las Vegas & Macau           Hong Kong Standard - Zack Coleman
MGM confident of approval for Macau casino: report

Beijing           Hong Kong Standard/AFP & China View/Xinhua
Anti-gambling campaign stepped up
46 bank staff charged over theft of 540m

Northern Nevada           Reno Gazette Journal
Nevada’s gaming industry might be reshaped

2nd February, 2005

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun
Surge in gambling revenue doubles Harrah's Entertainment earnings

Ontario, Canada           Clinton News Record
Gambling related suicides at record high

Phoenix, Arizona           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Aztar Reports Fourth-Quarter 2004 Results

Las Vegas           Yahoo/Reuters & AP
Harrah's 4th-Quarter Profit Doubles
Harrah's 4Q Earnings Beat Expectations

Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Harrah's Entertainment Reports Record Fourth-Quarter, Full-Year Results

Henderson, Nevada           Las Vegas Review-Journal & LVS
Workers mourn slain boss - Casino shift manager shot on way home
Slaying hits casino employees hard - Two suspects arrested in apparent random killing of slots manager

Connecticut           The Norwich Bulletin
Foxwoods confident it can fill 2,300 jobs
Casinos compared
Amazing statistics from the two Connecticut casinos that between them already employ almost 25,000 staff.

Vienna, Austria 
BETANDWIN.COM reports preliminary results

London           Ealing Times
Casino plans investigated

Atlantic City 
New Jersey Casino Dealer Charged with Concocting Mini-baccarat Cheating Scam
The charges relate to events at the Borgata in September 2003 the amount involved being $61,105.

Macau           China View/Xinhua
Macao's casino revenue up 20% in Jan.

China           Peoples Daily & Sydney Morning Herald
Beijing police break Internet gambling case
Millions disappear from Chinese banks
During the recent clampdown on Internet gambling Police have apparently seized an amazing 235 million yuan (U.S. $28.4 million).

Connecticut           Yahoo/AP & CT Now/Hartford Courant
Tribal Council Approves Foxwoods Expansion
Foxwoods Plans Major Expansion
The $700 Foxwoods million expansion will add 1,500 slots, 50 table games and another 2,300 staff will be required.

Vietnam & China           Hong Kong Standard  - Zack Coleman
Gambling crackdown shuts suspected SAR casino
The Li Lai International Hotel in Mong Cai, Vietnam is the latest border casino to be closed by Chinese authorities.

1st February, 2005

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun - Richard N. Velotta
National Lampoon, Barrick to offer spring break package

Las Vegas           Yahoo/ & CBS Marketwatch
MGM Mirage pushes beyond desert heartland
Lanni looks to 2005 and beyond - MGM Mirage CEO sees big growth in Vegas, elsewhere 

Las Vegas           CBS Marketwatch & Reuters
MGM Mirage posts blowout results for Q4
MGM Mirage Beats Wall Street Estimates

Las Vegas & Atlantic City           Yahoo/Business Wire
Caesars Entertainment Wins Approval to Install New Jersey's First All-Digital Casino Surveillance System
The system will be the first digital installation in Atlantic City designed for monitoring gaming.

Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
MGM MIRAGE Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

Waukegan, Illinois           Yahoo/Business Wire
WMS Gaming Amends Agreement with Its Russian Distributor to Provide a Minimum of 24,000 New Units over Six Years

Waukegan, Illinois           Yahoo/Business Wire
WMS Industries Second Quarter Revenues Rise 83% to $94 Million

Nottingham           Yorkshire Post
Quadnetics keeps an eye on casinos after Canada deal

Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire & AP
Alliance Gaming Reports Second Quarter Revenues Of $113.7 Million
Alliance Gaming Swings to 2Q Loss
A grim set of figures from the Las Vegas based slot manufacturer.

Macau           Lusa News Agency
Casinos: Receitas do jogo em Macau sobem 20 por cento em Janeiro
Casino win in Macau for January was €360 million a 20% rise from January 2004.

Sacramento           San Diego Union-Tribune
More than $105 million spent on competing gambling measures

Singapore           Reuters
Casino proposal divides Singapore cabinet - report

Jackson, Mississippi           USA Today/AP
Mississippi casino revenues steady since 2000

London           ThisLondon/Evening Standard &
Public hearings on casino plans
Ministers face legislative log-jam

Douglas, Isle of Man           Isle of Man Online
e-Gaming prospects brighten

China           China View/Xinhua & Shenzhen Daily/
Fujian smashes online gambling rings
Accountant Embezzles 21m Yuan for Gambling
China seizes 597 suspects in Internet gambling case - 21st January

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