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21st January, 2005

Reno           Las Vegas Review-Journal & LVS
Reno slot giant says earnings decline sharply
IGT sees drop in net earnings

London           Reuters.co.uk
Casino minister says no bias against local players

Aberdeen, Scotland           ThisisNorthScotland/Press & Journal
Chips down after plan for city-centre casino refused - International Casino.

Sandwell, English Midlands           Express & Star
Fears rife over new casino plans - Blue Chip Casinos.

Bristol           Bristol Evening Post & Avon & Somerset Police
Casino Robbers wore Turtle masks and Santa Hats
Images of attempted robbery released in fresh appeal for information
The Gala Casino in Redcliffe Way, Bristol was the scene of an attempted robbery by 4 armed men on 23rd December 2004.

New York           eWorld Wire
New Media Form Launched At Casinos By Casino Media Group
- www.casinomediagroup.com

Ontario, Canada           Toronto Globe & Mail
Ontario calls halt to new slot operations
Ontario won't build new casinos, minister says

London & Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
VendingData(TM) and TCSJohnHuxley Sign Exclusive International Shuffler Distribution Agreement

Las Vegas           Wynn Resorts - Press release
Steve Wynn's newest resort, Wynn Las Vegas, now taking room reservations

Colorado           Denver Post & Denver Business Journal
Mountain casinos back in the chips
Black Hawk casinos sold
Colorado's 45 casinos won $725.9 million in 2004. Up 4% from 2003.

Las Vegas         Las Vegas Sun _ Liz Benston & Richard N. Velotta
Mandalay buyout prompts changes in management
Shuffle Master to form TV production company
MGM Mirage set to submit joint proposal for Singapore casino

Shanghai           China Post/Xinhua
China reports almost 600 detained in major Internet gambling case.

London           The Independent
Gala wants Gambling Bill to be shelved
 


 
20th January, 2005

Singapore           CapitaLand Press release (PDF)
CapitaLand partners Kerzner International and MGM MIRAGE for Integrated Resorts
CapitaLand has partnered with Kerzner for the Sentosa Island site and MGM Mirage for Singapore's Marina Bayfront.
- www.capitaland.com

Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
MGM MIRAGE to Partner With CapitaLand to Submit Proposal for Singapore Resort

Paradise Island & Singapore           Business Wire
Kerzner to Partner with CapitaLand to Submit Joint Concept Proposal for Singapore

Las Vegas & Biloxi, Mississippi           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Isle of Capri Casinos Selects the IGT Advantage(TM) Casino System to Replace Legacy Applications

Las Vegas           Business Wire
Shuffle Master Launches Shuffle Up Productions

Reno, Nevada           PRNewswire
International Game Technology Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2005 Results

London           Interactive Investor
UK govt receives cash advance to set up Gambling Commission
The Government has alloted £367,000 for expenses related to setting up the new Gambling Commission.

London           FT.com
Gala hits out at gambling climbdown

London           ThisisMoney/London Evening Standard
Casino boss slams Government retreat

London           Daily Telegraph
Crime team to investigate link with betting
There no requirement for Britain's 8,200 betting offices to record financial transactions despite casinos having a limit of £700 pounds.

London & Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia           UK-Wire.co.uk
London Clubs International PLC. - Notification of major interest in shares
Genting have upped their share holding in London Clubs to 21.43% making an outright bid look increasingly likely.

Atlantic City           Newsday/AP
Borgata fined $25,000 for letting alleged mobster gamble

North Korea           Hong Kong Standard
Emperor casino closure tied to graft crackdown
The Emperor casino has closed down along with apparently 68 and 84 casinos in Burma, Laos, Vietnam & even Vladivostok in Russia.

Czech Republic & New York           ISA-Casinos.de
TWC to open new casino at the border between Austria and the Czech Republic
- www.american-chance-casinos.com

Nova Scotia, Canada           Canoe & Canada.com/CP - Temporary link
N.S. gaming corp. holds preliminary talks for $100-million casinos takeover
N.S. may kill casino management deal

London           The Scotsman/PA & Reuters.co.uk
Gala Calls Right Set of Numbers - Gala Group.
Bingo draws in younger crowds

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Megadeal closer to completion - Gaming companies say they have met requests of FTC

Las Vegas & Detroit          Detroit News
The Sands to face rivals in casino bid
 


 
19th January, 2005

Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
eGENTING Holdings SDN. BHD Becomes Platinum Member of Gaming Standards Association

New Orleans           Las Vegas Sun/AP
Louisiana casino winnings remain relatively flat

Philadelphia           MSNBC.com/AP & Psychiatry Online
Many elderly gamblers betting the farm
Gambling Among Older, Primary-Care Patients
The study is published in the January edition of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Harrah's Entertainment, Caesars Entertainment Certify 'Substantial Compliance' With FTC Information Requests

New Jersey           PRNewswire
Slingo Reinvents Blackjack; New Casino Table Game Based Upon Popular Internet Game

Toulouse, France           The Times & Wired News
The all-singing, all-dancing Airbus is all things to all men
Casinos, Malls Won't Fly

Durban, South Africa           Business Report
Sibaya Casino is a hit with tourists
The Sibaya casino in Durban had more the 500,000 visitors in it's first month of operation.
- www.sibayacasino.co.za

Johannesburg, South Africa           Business Report & JSE
Gold Reef sees shining results
Gold Reef Casino Resorts Limited
JSE announcement of the appointment of a non executive director from Casinos Austria International.

China & North Korea           Yonhap News
North Korea Shuts Down Casino in Border Area: Report
Sina.com is reporting that the 5 year old Emperor Casino in the Rajin-Sonbong Economic Zone has now closed.
- www.emperor.com.hk/eng/our_business/hospitality/dprk.htm

Halifax, Nova Scotia           Canoe.ca/CP
N.S. hotel up for sale as province considers casino contract buyout
Both casinos in Nova Scotia, Halifax and Sydney are managed by Caesars Entertainment.

Detroit           Detroit News
Vegas casino may bet on Cobo - The Sands considers building a gaming hall and hotel tied to the convention center

Detroit           CrainsDetroit.com
3 Detroit casinos totaled nearly $1.2 billion in revenue in 2004

Regina, Saskatchewan           CBC Saskatchewan
Ottawa won't block smoking bylaw on reserve casino

Beijing           China Business News & Xinhua News Agency
Should China completely open its gaming industry?
China to shut down gambling websites

San Diego           Yahoo/Business Wire
VCAT Files Lawsuit to Protect Mariposa
 


 
18th January, 2005

Poipet, Cambodia           MCOT.org
Diplomatic efforts sought to help nine Thais arrested for cheating in Cambodian casino

Lake Tahoe           Sacramento Bee
Tunnel links casino to Sinatra

Toulouse, France           CNN.com/Reuters
Virgin wants casino on its A380 jets

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun & Review-Journal
Key Largo closes today - 196-foot condominium tower is planned for off-Strip site
Regulars say goodbye as Key Largo nears closure
- www.keylargocasino.com - The website seems to have gone as well !

London & Los Angeles           Yahoo UK/Reuters & William Hill
Odds halved on Clive Owen being new James Bond
The Croupier star is now down to just 4 to 1 with William Hill to land the roll.
William Hill Co - Sponsor Gambling Book Of Year Award

Melbourne, Florida           Florida Today 
Players, spectators pack poker room Biggest issue on opening day was the wait
Melbourne Greyound Park in Florida opened their 10 table poker room on the 17th January.

France & Switzerland          Tribune de Geneve
Hold-up de Casino d'Annemasse
Casino d'Annemasse has been robbed of €300,000. The second time in 16 months that the property has been targeted.
- www.casino-annemasse.fr

Mexico          Excelsior.com
PIDEN DIPUTADOS A LA UNAM ESTUDIO DE IMPACTO SOBRE CASINOS EN MÉXICO

Jacksonville, Florida          First Coast News 
La Cruise Leaves Jacksonville
La Cruise, now using the Horizons Edge vessel is being repositioned in Tarpon Springs.
- www.lacruise.com

Liverpool          Yahoo UK/AFX
Stanley Leisure says Genting Berhad upped stake in co to 10.1%

Baton Rouge, Louisiana          The Advocate
Bar owners upset over debut of Argosy poker pit

Newcastle upon Tyne          ThisisLondon/Evening Standard
Gambling chief pulls out of Labour funding
Duncan Bannatyne who's first casino on the Quayside in Newcastle upon Tyne will open in February.

China          China Economic Net/China Daily
Cops wage high stakes war on gambling

Las Vegas          Yahoo/PRNewswire
Harrah's Gary Loveman Named Gaming & Lodging Industry's Top CEO
 


 
17th January, 2005

Las Vegas          Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
GSN upping the TV stakes - Friday night will be casino night on Game Show Network
The Game Show Network produces the World Series of Blackjack & Celebrity Blackjack.

London          The Guardian
Roulette 'worsens gambling addiction'
GamCare is reporting significant increases in the number of callers citing FOBT's in Betting Offices at the root of their gambling problem.
- www.gamcare.org.uk

Canada          The Sault Star
You know itís wrong but you cannot stopí - How one gambler found herself out of luck
Another case of the theft and embezzlement caused by an addiction to Video Lottery terminals.

Poipet, Cambodia & Thailand          Bangkok Post
Army officers to negotiate for release of nine Thai gamblers
Further details about the 90 million Thai Baht coup at the Star Vegas casino and the imprisonment of 9 players - 5 men and 4 women.

North Korea - Free Trade Zone         Little Speck - Webblog
Hong Kong-owned 5-star casino in North Korea quietly makes it big from rich Chinese gamblers
Informative webblog about the Emperor Casino in North Korea and the mainly Chinese clientelle.

Tasmania          ABC News
Anti-smoking laws impact on gaming venues

Beijing & North Korea          China Daily & Yonhap News
Anti-gambling war forces 84 casinos to close
China Pressures N. Korea into Closing Casino in Border Area

London          The Observer - 9th January
Desperate Lucan dreamt of fascist coup
Interesting combination of right wing politics and mayfair casinos in late 70's strike torn Britain.
 


 
16th January, 2005

Poipet, Cambodia & Thailand          MCOT.org/TNA
Thailand launches investigation into gambling accusations

Poipet, Cambodia         The Nation
Nine Thais held in Poipet over alleged hi-tech casino scam
The Bt90 million scam on Baccarat appears to have involved filming the shuffle and then the information relayed remotely for further analysis.

Las Vegas          Las Vegas Review-Journal
Big Six's earnings soar 40 percent in '04

Las Vegas          Las Vegas Sun
Columnist Jeff German: This is the time to help gambling addicts

Connecticut          The Day
Gaming Houses Divided When It Comes To Advertising Approach

Connecticut & Lowell, Massachusetts          The Lowell Sun
Casino push divides local Cambodian community

Monicello, New York          Record Online
Monticello's racino not the savior, not the devil

Singapore          Brunei Online
S'pore Muslims barred from entering casino
 


 
15th January, 2005

St. Petersburg, Russia          The Independent
Dostoevsky family fights 'gambler' slur

Florida          Sun-Sentinel
Broward, gaming industry nearer to deal

Reno & New York          Las Vegas Review-Journal
IGT agrees to joint venture - Partners will serve lotteries operated by governments

Batam, Riau Islands - Indonesia          The Jakarta Post
Council wants to legalize gambling

Las Vegas          KLAS-TV.com 
'What Happens in Vegas' Has New Catch Phrase

Singapore          Khaleej Time/AFP & Bernama.com
Islamic groups in Singapore bar Muslims from entering proposed casinos
Seven Muslim Groups Oppose Casino Idea

Macau & Singapore          The Malaysian Star
Macau gambling firm bids to operate resort in Singapore

Gary, Indiana          Post-Tribune
Blue Chip workers may set up pickets

Beijing          Hong Kong Standard
Crackdown squeezes border casinos

Seoul, South Korea          Japan Today
420 counterfeit Y10,000 bills found at casino in S Korea

Farnham, Berkshire          The Scotsman/PA
Accountant to Be Sentenced for £9m Gambling Spree

Valetta, Malta          di-ve News
21 persons arrested for illegal gambling

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands          Environmental News Network/AP
Casino Developers Granted Permit to Build Resort Near Wetlands in U.S. Virgin Islands
 

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