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14th February, 2005

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Sun
More poker rooms going smoke-free

A Sure Bet: The Region's Casinos Will Continue To Grow

Israel            Arutz Sheva/Israel National News
Pines Calls on Mofaz to Prohibit Opening of Casino
Jericho is scheduled to shortly return to the control of the Palestinian Authority.

London            The Australian
Last throw of dice by casino old guard
More on Gala, Rank, Stanley and LCI's combined campaign against the Gambling Bill.

London   - BCA Press release 
Casino Association Demands Fairness for British Operators
It's now official, the BCA oppose the Gambling Bill and will no doubt be strongly lobbying the House of Lords to make substantial amendments.
The domain name of has been mobilised by campaign manager's M:Communications from which to carry on the struggle.

Chicago, Illinois            Chicago Business
Casinos squeezing Illinois gamblers - Slot machine payout rates shrink as house pockets a bigger share

Las Vegas            Yahoo/PRNewswire
Bally Gaming and Systems Announces Expansion of QuarterMillion$(TM) Link With New Pamela Anderson Playboy Slot

Scottsdale, Arizona            Yahoo/PRNewswire
Atronic Directs Focus on Canada

London            Best Invest/
Stanley Leisure plc - notice of major interests in shares
Genting increased their holding in Stanley Leisure to 17.11% on 11th February.

Lubbock, Texas            Lubbock Online &  - Excellent video
Police Raid High Dollar Gambling Operation
Wolfforth gambling raid yields 47

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia            New Straits Times
Genting fake gambling chips scam exposed
The attempt was intended to introduce 200 fake RM1,000 to Gentings during Chinese New Year.

Windsor, Ontario            Detroit News
Expansion is expected for Casino Windsor
Casino Windsor with 3,300 slots and 80 tables will also open a 12 table poker room today.

Biloxi, Mississippi            PRNewswire
Isle Of Capri Casinos, Inc. Announces Third Quarter Results

Niagara Falls, Canada            CTV/CP 
300 couples renew vows in new casino chapel

Manila, Philappines            Philappine Inquirer
Tatad: Pagcor operating with expired franchise

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Sun/AP - Adam Goldman
Vivid porn company signs deal to open new nightclub in Las Vegas casino

Victoria, Australia            News, Sun
Mob suspects face racetrack ban

Mobile Gambling  
A casino in the palm of your hand

13th February, 2005

Manitoba, Canada  
Bilingual blackjack
French will now be be allowed at Manitoba's Blackjack tables, but only on Friday and Saturday!.

Duisberg, Germany            Westdeutsche Allgemeine
Neuer Casino-Namen stößt auf Hohn und Kritik
"CityPalais" reicht nicht
The name chosen for the building housing the future Duisberg casino is not a popular one with the town's citizens.

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Review-Journal
Countdown to splashdown - Wynn Las Vegas show promises watery wonder
Wynn Las Vegas's show will be titled "Le Reve: A small collection of Imperfect Dreams".

London            Yahoo UK/Reuters
Prescott hints at May 5 vote
On Betfair the odds of a 5th May Election are now 1.17  - 1 to 6 on.

Volgograd, Russia            ITAR- TASS News Agency
New assault on gambling joint of coin-machines made in Volgograd

Michigan City, Indiana             Herald Argus 
Blue Chip Casino worker accused - Charged with felony in $70,000 slot machine theft
Story that seems to suggest that a major slot ticketing system may not be totally secure.

London             The Observer 
Casinos raise stakes over gambling bill
As the Gambling Bill heads to the Lords, British operators appear to be taking the gloves off !

New Technology - Las Vegas             Financial Express
Betting chips meet silicon chips as casinos integrate technology
More details of the deployment of RFID chips and tables at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas.

London & Glasgow             Houston Chronicle
British may roll dice on Vegas-style casinos - Plan considered by parliament stirs heated controversy

Limabang, Sarawak             Brunei Direct &
Bruneians Held In Raid On Illegal Limbang Casino
Sarawak Police Smash Illegal Gambling Syndicate

12th February, 2005

Nottingham, England             This is Nottingham/Evening Post
Big spenders
London Clubs International have been given the go ahead by Nottingham magistrates for an £8 million, 50,000 sq ft Rendezvous casino.

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Business Press 
Poker magazine becomes a bigger player
A look at the spectacular growth of Barry Shulman's Card Player magazine.

U.S. & Macau             International Herald Tribune 
Gambling firms place their bets on China

Frankfort, Kentucky             The Courier-Journal
Raids crack down on gambling devices

Novosibirsk, Siberia             Novosti News Agency
Baby Born in Casino - Novosibirsk's 777 Casino.

Moscow             Novosti News Agency
Muscovites visit casinos to win money and have fun

Carson City, Nevada             Las Vegas Review-Journal
Casinos win big in 2004 - $10 billion topped for the first time

Monticello, New York             The Citizen Online
Sullivan OKs Indian casinos

Singapore             The Malaysian Star/The Straits Times
Muslim council against casino

Illegal Gambling - Texas & Ohio    &
Lubbock Police Raid Casino
Charges Pending For Alleged Illegal Gambling Parlor

11th February, 2005

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston 
Golden Nugget owners vow to return to Vegas market

Carson City, Nevada             Las Vegas Sun
Nevada's casinos won record $10.6 billion last year
The $10.6 billion win was up 9.7% from 2003. Slot win was up 9.6% and Table games 9.2%.

Carson City, Nevada             Las Vegas Sun/AP
Nevada casinos win record $10.56 billion in 2004

China             China Daily - in brief
Shanxi breaks up gambling gang
The latest gambling raid apparently producing 32 million yuan (U.S. $3.8 million) in cash.

London             The Guardian
Placing a bet on the mobile
A study by Juniper Research indicates that mobile gambling could have revenues of $19.3 billion by 2009.

London             Daily Telegraph 
Bookies target Westminster
The Telegraph has details of Ladbrokes £120,000 per annum contract with LLM Communications to lobby members of the Gambling Bill scrutiny committee and the APBGG.

Monticello, Sullivan County, New York             Record Online
Sullivan Legislature OKs plan for 5 casinos

New Technology   
Following the Chips in Wynn's New Casino
Discussion thread on the efficiency of RFID and if the technology is suitable for casinos

Detroit             Crains Detroit Business
Casinos had $100.6M in revenue for January

Las Vegas - New Technology             CNET News 
Vegas casino bets on RFID
The CNET news article has two excellent images of an RFID chip and the PGI Casino Link table.

Mississippi & Las Vegas             PRNewswire
Aristocrat Technologies' Cash Express® Hyperlink® Game Approved in Mississippi

Reno & Biloxi, Mississippi             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Hard Rock Biloxi Selects the IGT Advantage(TM) Casino System
Premier Entertainment of Biloxi, LLC's Hard Rock casino is scheduled to open later this year with 1,500 slots and 50 table games.

10th February, 2005

London             Yahoo UK/PRNewswire
eCOGRA Forges New Alliance on Responsible Gaming
- & (Global Gambling Guidance Group)

London & Dublin             Yahoo UK & Business Plus Ireland
Paddy Power Inks Tribeca Poker Deal
Paddy Power Poker is the latest brand to incorporate the Tribeca Tables Poker client.

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Review-Journal
Stratosphere operator's plan aims to keep staff from straying
Golden Nugget sellers have short memories about long-term commitment
PHOTOS: Insanity in the Air - The Stratosphere's new ride being delivered atop the tower.

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Review-Journal
Merger partners watch and wait - MGM Mirage, Mandalay officials need regulators' nod

Las Vegas             Yahoo/AP
Casinos Help Caesars Swing to Profit

Edinburgh, Scotland             The Scotsman
Easibet cafe forced to close
Founder Henry Spurway is now in a dispute with partner Betfair over commission payments.

Las Vegas             Yahoo/Business Wire 
Caesars Entertainment Reports Record Earnings for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2004

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Review-Journal
Boyd deal looks better - Coast properties play big role in earnings jump

Las Vegas             CNET News/VZDNet
Vegas casino bets on RFID
Steve Wynn has apparently decided upon RFID chips from Gaming Partners International for Wynn Las Vegas. 

Vienna, Austria             Presse Portal
betbull - The European Betting Exchange Plc.

Nevada             The Guardian/AP
Nevada Enlists Drivers for Homeland Security

Online Gambling             Yahoo/Business Week
Virtual Gambling's Real Challenges

Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire & AP
Boyd Gaming Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results
Boyd Gaming Fourth-Quarter Earnings Surge

Atlantic City & New York             Biloxi Sun-Herald/AP
Trump firm bankruptcy plan bashed

Los Angeles, California   
Howard Hughes FBI Files Published by
- - $10

London             The Independent & Business Day/AFP
Gambling: Toughen up on betting cheats, inquiry urges
UK MPs call for crackdown on sportís gambling cheats

9th February, 2005

London             Bangladesh Daily Star/AFP
British MPs for betting crackdown
All Party Betting and Gaming Group report on the effects of betting on sport have now produced their report. 124 pages in PDF !

Las Vegas & Carson City             Las Vegas Sun & AP 
Golden Nugget's Poster deals, property accepts $30,000 fine
Wynn ad a prelude to resort's April opening
Steve Wynn will air new megaresort commercial during Oscars
The advertisement for Wynn Las Vegas can be found on the casinos website and it's well worth taking a look.

St. Petersburg, Russia             Interfax News Agency
Descendant wants Dostoyevsky face to be off lottery tickets

Kathmandu, Nepal             Himalayan Times
Tourism Industry Division drafting laws to regulate casinos

Alton, Illinois             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Argosy Gaming Company Reports 2004 Results

Sydney, Australia             Sydney Morning Herald
Gambling website runs against the odds
Gambling - Calculating the risks can be found @

Nevada             Las Vegas Sun/AP - Adam Goldman
Super Bowl helps Nevada sports books set wagering and win record
Nevada's 173 sportsbooks won $15.4 million out of a total handle of $90.7 million on Sunday's Superbowl.

San Pablo, California             San Francisco Chronicle & Alameda Times-Star
342,000 square feet for slimmed-down casino
Downsized casino still to boast 2,500 slots

Birmingham             ic Birmingham/Birmingham Post
Wembley break up good for the dogs

Bearwood, English Midlands             ic Birmingham/Evening Mail
New hope in casino fight
Blue Chip Casinos continuing struggle to get a casino license for the Barleycorn Pub.

Online Gaming             Business Report - South Africa
Online UK gambling firms' shares soar on prospect of mergers

Hong Kong & Macau             Hindustan Times/AFP
Casino king turns air blue with smutty jokes

Scotsdale, Arizona & Mississippi             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Atronic's e-motion(TM) Approved for Mississippi

Ohio & Nevada             Cincinnatti Post
Hotel firm purchases 3 casinos - Columbia Sussex Corp.

8th February, 2005

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Business Press
New development brings majesty to the Strip

Wembley Plc. Conditional sale agreement with BLB investors, L.L.C.

Jersey, Channel Islands             BBC Jersey
Casino plan may spark resignation

Macau             China Daily/Xinhua
Macau welcomes 2 new casinos
The Fortuna Casino at the former Fortuna Hotel has become the 15th casino owned by Stanley Ho's SJM.

Rhode Island & London             Bloomberg News & The Scotsman/PA
Wembley Agrees to Sell U.S. Business for $339 Million
Gaming Firm Seeks Buyer for Dog Tracks

Rhode Island & London             Evening Standard & Manchester Online
Wembley to sell US assets for £182 million
Gaming firm seeks buyer for Belle Vue

Philappines             Philappine Inquirer
Group says new lease on casinos meant for aliens

South Florida & Cuba             Herald Tribune/AP
Former lansky bodyguard tells of Cuba's fabled past as playground
Armando Jaime Casielles accompanied Meyer Lansky in Cuba from 1957 to early 1959.

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Business Press
New resort creates a Wynn win
Wynn Resorts apparently have recieved 82,000 job applications. The 500 dealer positions available resulted in 12,000 applications alone.

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Sun/AP - Adam Goldman
Clear Channel OKs deal with Aladdin casino

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