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28th February, 2005.

Malaysia & Singapore           The Edge Daily
Genting group bids for S’pore integrated resorts

Sweden  & Svenska Dagbladet
Swedish police to investigate poker sites
Pokerspel kan bli polissak

Miami & South Florida           Miami Herald - 26th February
Gambling ships hit troubled waters

London           Yahoo UK/Business Week Online
A Stock Exchange for Bettors

London           Best Invest/ & Manchester Online
Wembley sells UK gaming division
Entrepreneur buys Belle Vue track
Wembley's 6 U.K. dog tracks are being sold for £50.3 million in cash to a new company formed by Risk Capital Partners.

Hong Kong & Singapore           Yahoo Asia/Reuters
HK's New Century eyes Singapore casino, resort project

Singapore casino submissions.

Singapore           Channel News Asia
Singapore's proposed integrated resort gets good response

Singapore           Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones, Reuters & Bloomberg News
Wynn Submits Singapore Casino Proposal
Wynn Resorts joins Singapore casino contest
Wynn, MGM Mirage Bid for Singapore Casino Franchise
The deadline for submissions for an integrated casino resort in Singapore expired at 12 o'clock midday today.

Singapore           Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Malaysia Genting Submits Singapore Casino Plan -Analysts

Singapore           Finance24/SAPA
Sun in Singapore casino rush

South Florida           St. Petersburg Times
Slot machine vote could open door to rest of state

Paramaribo, Suriname           Caribbean Net News
American company terminates its casino operations in Suriname
The Suriname Palace Casino at the Plaza Hotel in Paramaribo is now apparently closed.

Macau           China View/Xinhua
Galaxy's casino investment in Macao to top $687 mln 

Norway & Bremerhaven, Germany           Aftenposten
Scrapping looms for veteran liner
The S.S. Norway, presently docked in Bremerhaven, Germany will be sold for scrap unless a buyer emerges today. The price tag is $26 million.

Australia & Norway           The Advertiser & Aftenposten
Australian firm in Norway strife
World Games officials face probe

London           The Times
Judgment Day: Should you buy shares in Rank?

Manila, Philappines           Business World - Temporary link
Pagcor's franchise extension legally flawed?

27th February, 2005.

Hong Kong & Macau           Hong Kong Standard
Pair ready to bet $250m in Macau despite opposition 

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
INSIDE GAMING: No higher ground in hiring scramble
The Wynn Las Vegas opening is only 2 months away and existing operators are keen to retain their top staff.

London           The Mail on Sunday
Ladbrokes casino bill blitz on Jowell
Ladbrokes campaign to ensure that FOBT's were not put under threat by the Gambling Bill.

Gaming Investments - Online Gambling            Sunday Business Post & Mail on Sunday
Odds are even for online gambling
Online poker 'a gamble too far'

Melbourne           The Melbourne Age
Plan to ban 100 from Crown

Las Vegas  Inquirer
Steve Wynn's latest Las Vegas extravaganza

Kuala Lumpur           Malaysian Star & New Straits Times
15 arrested and ‘mini casino’ discovered in raid
Lady luck smiles on police when they raid building 
Counterfeit chips believed to be similar to those at Genting Highlands were also uncovered.

Cyprus           Cyprus Mail - Columnist opinion
Do we really want casinos ?

Valetta, Malta           The Times of Malta
Malta-based betting firm in Real Madrid's line of fire

South Florida           Sun-Sentinel
Impact of slots on cities is no sure bet - Indian casinos have brought mixed results
The slot machine issue - Sun-Sentinel special feature.
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Albany, New York           Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin
Casino expansion plan gets scrutiny this week - Pataki proposal would add 5 Indian-run casinos in Catskills

London           BBC News - The Politics Show
London: Super casinos to cash in?

26th February, 2005.

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal - 25th January
MGM-Mandalay deal OK'd Kerkorian says competition in casino market will stay strong
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Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun - 25th January
MGM Mirage-Mandalay deal clears final hurdle - $7.9 billion acquisition to create world's largest casino company

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Business Press
Deal gives giant big share of the Strip

Nicosia, Cyprus           The Daily Telegraph
Cypriots are reunited over the card table

Tallahassee, Florida           Tallahassee Democrat
Lawmakers struggle with slots, Bush ponders tribal gaming
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Singapore           Today Online
Casino consultants - Pair on opposite sides of debate earn Genting trip from MediaCorp

London & Real Madrid           The Guardian
This month's most intriguing fixture: Real Madrid v William Hill

Paramaribo, Surinam           Caribbean Net News 
Casinos in Suriname scrambling to meet deadline
Suriname casinos not located in a 3 star hotel with at least 20 rooms face closure this weekend.

Manila, Philappines           Philippine Inquirer
SC affirms ruling that voids SAGE online gambling franchise

Beijing, China           China View/Xinhua
China to confiscate illegal gambling profits

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun/AP & LVR-J
MGM Mirage execs reassure Mandalay employees about job security
Golden Nugget pays $30,000 fine
Misdeal becomes misdeed for Golden Nugget owners

25th February, 2005.

Madrid, Spain           Real Madrid - Press release 
Real Madrid and the players Raúl, Zidane, Ronaldo, Figo and Beckham start legal action against online betting companies

Madrid, Spain 
Beckham and Real to sue betting firms
Companies involved in the lawsuit include Ladbrokes, William Hill & Sportingbet.

Indiana            Indianapolis Star
Men who tossed ticket now seek prize

Swindon, Wiltshire            Swindon Evening Advertiser & Huddershield Daily Examiner
Bingo punters join gambling protest
Gamblers hit out at casino 'relegation' 
Rank Group are apparently mobilising Bingo players in their battle against the Gambling Bill.

Munster, Germany            Yahoo Germany/ddp-nrw
1,2 Millionen Besucher strömten in die WestSpiel Casinos in NRW
Westdeutsche Spielbanken GmbH operate 6 casinos in Germany including Berlin Alexanderplatz.

Bond Shortlist Is Revealed
It's now down to either Clive Owen or Daniel Craig for the 007 job. Go Clive!.

London            Bloomberg News &
Rank Group to Sell DVD Business to Focus on Gambling
Rank warns on government's super-casino plans
Rank Group's share price has taken a major hit today and is presently trading down 5%.

London            Best Invest/ 
The Rank Group Plc - Preliminary announcement of the results for the year ended 31 December 2004
Rank's Grosvenor Casino division (including Belgium) in 2004 chipped in profits of £33.8 million on turnover of £200.8 million.

Rhode Island & London            Yahoo/AP
Wembley says Lincoln Park acquitted of 3 charges in US Rhode Island trial

Las Vegas            Yahoo/PRNewswire
Nevada Gaming Commission Approves MGM MIRAGE and Mandalay Resort Group Merger

Carson City, Nevada            Yahoo/AP
MGM-Mirage, Mandalay Deal Gets Final OK
The Nevada Gaming Commission have approved the merger between MGM Mirage and Mandalay Resort Group.

London             The Independent
Big payday for Hilton investors as Ladbrokes hits jackpot

Papua New Guinea             ABC Asia Pacific
Legislation to ban gaming machines introduced into PNG parliament

Newcastle             ic Newcastle/The Journal
'I wouldn't bet on football casinos'
Steve Donouhue's comments to a Bear Stearns investors conference on the viability of Football stadium casinos seem to have touched a raw nerve.

24th February, 2005.

Sydney    Mail
Tabcorp solid but no dice yet in Asia

Macau             Las vegas Review-Journal
Trump temp tag: $3 million - Realtor's first Las Vegas project has 8,100 square foot sales center on Strip
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London & Las Vegas   
Casino firms criticise reform plan
MGM Mirage, Harrah's See UK Casino Operations - Reuters Hotels and Casinos Summit
The new argument is over how many Class B machines would be in Britain's casinos if each operation were allowed 80.

Macau             Pitsburgh Post-Gazette/Wall Street Journal
Macau casinos may be good bet - Global investors are placing a big bet on Chinese gambling

Auckland, New Zealand             National Business Review
Sky City: Bloomberg was wrong

South Florida             Sun-Sentinel
Gambling industry deceiving public about job creation, slot foes say

London & Dublin             The Guardian
Paddy Power set to raise stakes in Britain

London             Best Invest/
Hilton Group PLC - Preliminary statement of results for the year to 31 December
At the end of 2004 Ladbrokes had 1,921 LBO's. The shops contatined 5,995 FOBT's and 1,482 AWPs. The average weekly win per FOBT during the year was £584.

Australia             Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones & Reuters
Australia's Tabcorp Profit Up 8%, Macau Impact
Australia's Tabcorp H1 profit rises, sees solid H2

Las Vegas             Bloomberg News
Harrah's Says Singapore Project 'Most Important' Since Caesars

Sydney             Sydney Morning Herald
PBL profit up on strong economy
Chips down at casino - 25th February edition.
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Singapore & Sydney             Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
PBL Submits Proposal To Build Singapore Casino - Analyst
Asian High Rollers Dent PBL Profit,Macau On Track

Israel             Haaretz Daily
Online gambling is an Israeli hit

Calgary, Alberta & London             Yahoo/CCMatthews
Chartwell Signs Sportingbet plc

New Zealand   
Internet gambling plan sheer madness

23rd February, 2005.

New Zealand             Bloomberg News
Sky City's Ticket System Under Review by New Zealand Regulator

Casino Association Clarifies Position of British Operators

Singapore             Yahoo Singapore/AFP
US gaming giant Harrah's joins Singapore casino race

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Sun & LVR-J
Greek Isles owner refutes sale report
Greek Isles isn't changing hands, hotel's owner says

Carson City, Nevada             KVBC Las Vegas 
Gaming Control Board Gives MGM Green Light
FTC Approves MGM-Mirage-Mandalay Merger - 16th February.

Carson City, Nevada             KVBC Las Vegas 
Gaming Control Approves MGM-Mirage Buyout Of Mandalay

Nevada & Arizona             KVBC Las Vegas 
Lake Mead's Level Depends Mostly On Arizona's Lake Powell
Fascinating video. Lake Powell is currently at only 34% capacity and Lake Mead is at just 59%.

Dade & Broward, Florida             Sun Sentinel
Gambling foes start anti-slots campaign through e-mails, voter guides

Reno             Reno Gazette-Journal
Harolds Club mural resurrection closer to reality
- Harolds Club mural image:

Dublin, Ireland             Best Invest/ & London Evening Standard
Paddy Power plc - 2004 Preliminary Results Announcement
Paddy Power's online gamble paying off

Carson City, Nevada   
Gaming board backs Mandalay deal
Yahoo Photos - J.Terrance Lanni and Kirk Kirkorian at the NGCB hearing in Carson City.

Newcastle             ic Teeside/The Journal
Dotting the eyes to awaken Chinatown's guardian lions
Aspinall's have donated 2 stone lions to Newcastle' Chinatown arch.

Atlantic City             ABC News/AP
Man Sues N.J. Casino Over Weight Rules

Singapore & Las Vegas   
Keppel and Harrah's in $3.3 bln casino plan -source

London & Costa Rica             The Guardian & Daily Telegraph
Group wins £55m on Sportingbet
Online poker the ace for casino group Sportingbet
Mystery surrounds the identity of DBS Advisors the original owners of

New Zealand            XtraMSN/NewstalkZB
Gambling Ticketing System Under Scrutiny
Sky City reported that problems with TITO sytems cost them NZ$2.5 million in potential earnings.

Carson City, Nevada            Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston & Richard N. Velotta 
MGM Mirage outlines deal to regulators
MGM had their top executives plus major shareholder Kirk Kirkorian in attendance at hearings with the NGCB Tueday.

London            Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston 
U.K. casinos may be limited to remote, poor regions
Steve Donoughue, chief executive officer of The Gambling Consultancy on a conference call with Bear Stearns investors.

Sydney, Australia             Las Vegas Sun
Aristocrat enjoys record earnings - Slots-maker cites success in Macau

22nd February, 2005.

Southampton            ThisisHampshire/Southampton Daily Echo
Ice rink and casino plans move nearer

Bill Would Clear The Way For As Many As Two Dozen Texas Casinos

London            DCMS - Press release & The Scotsman/PA
Gambling Bill Reaches The House Of Lords - List of amendments
Major Government Amendments to Gambling Bill Announced

Las Vegas            Yahoo/PRNewswire
VirtGame and Progressive Gaming International Finalize Acquisition Terms

London            Bloomberg News & Sharecast
Sportingbet Quarterly Net Gains 84% on Poker Purchase
Sportingbet doubles profit, DKW places stake

London   Casino Association
BCA Chairman Penelope, Viscountess Cobham speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

London            Salvation Army - Press release
Botched Government research puts children at risk of gambling addiction, say Salvation Army and Methodist Church
Professor Mark Griffiths of Nottingham Trent University and Professor Jim Orford believe the DCMS's research for the Gambling Bill on children and gambling is flawed.

Crewe, Cheshire            The Crew Guardian
The game's up for illegal gambling
8 slots installed in Crew take-aways without licences have been crushed.

Las Vegas            Yahoo/Business Wire
Progressive Gaming International Reports Net Income and Free Cash Flow for Fiscal 2004

Sydney, Australia            Bloomberg News
Aristocrat Has Record Second-Half Profit; To Increase Returns
North American sales rose 53% to A$368.4 million during the year and the U.S. is now Aristocrat's biggest market.

London            The Scotsman/PA
Peers Debate Gambling Bill

New Zealand   &
Smoking ban hurts casino
Gambling Watch Claims Untrue & Misleading

London & The Netherlands            iGaming News & Digital Medie Europe
De Lotto Prevails over Ladbrokes in Dutch Supreme Court
Supreme court says ‘nee’ to British bookie’s online-gambling op

Glasgow, Scotland            Glasgow Herald & Glasgow Evening Times
Odds in favour of go-ahead for super-casino
£8m casino gets go-ahead
LCI have been granted planning permission for their proposed casino at Springfield Quay.

Hong Kong & Macau            China Daily & Hong Kong Standard
Luck may be over for small casinos
Skills odds favour club on casino

Lotteries, Betting & Casino Style Gambling to Generate over $2bn for the Mobile Phone Industry in 2006

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