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7th January, 2005

New York & Geneva           Bloomberg News
U.S. Appeals WTO Ruling That Online Gambling Ban Is Illegal

London           The Guardian
Betting exchange chief loses £1.1m - The collapse of

London & Las Vegas 
Beatles take to the Big Top
The remaining Beatles & Cirque du Soleil have agreed to co-operate on the production of a circus style stage show at the Mirage.

Newcastle           ic Newcastle/The Journal
Decision day for casino application

Hong Kong           Yahoo Asia/Reuters
HK's Macau stocks plunge as Ho comment stems euphoria
Tycoon Stanley Ho to buy 3.4 pct of Emperor (China Concept)

Birmingham           ic Birmingham/Birmingham Post & NEC Group
Super casino crucial to NEC, warns councillor
The NEC announces shortlist for leisure and entertainment complex
The shortlist for a casino at the NEC in Birmingham is Ameristar, Harrahs (Caesars), MGM, Stanley Genting, and Sun International.

Singapore           Today Online & Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Casino project: 100 attend STB briefing
100 People Attend Govt's Casino Briefing

7th January          Las Vegas & Macau           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Las Vegas Sands Corp. Announces Resignation of Sands Macao COO
Las Vegas Sands Corp. Names New General Counsel and Secretary

Birmingham           Express & Star
£3 million win at Star City
Re-write of the earlier Times story.

Alberquerque, New Mexico           Alberquerque Journal
State's Gambling Treatment Boss Has Casino Ties
Interesting article that gives details on what individuals earn as problem gambling councilor's.

Montreal, Canada           Yahoo/Primezone
Internet Bookie Posts Odds on Simpsons Characters Coming Out of Closet

Iowa  & des Moins register
Meskwaki tribe to pay state for regulating casino
Meskwaki reimbursement set

6th January, 2005

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Gaming lobbying group selects Lanni - Executive to head American Gaming Association

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Lanni ready for legislative fights as AGA chief
Terri Lanni, CEO of MGM Mirage has now taken over former Harrah's Chairman and CEO Phil Satre as Chairman of the American Gaming Association.

Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
MGM MIRAGE Among Forbes List of 'Best Managed Companies in America'

Singapore           The Electric New Paper
Ascott and Raffles register casino names
Pay $100 to enter S'pore casino? No thanks

Macau & Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun
Macau casino chief quits
Former Casinos Austria Executive Frank McFadden will take over as CEO of Sands Macau.

Las Vegas & Nottingham, England           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Harrah's U.K. venture nixed - Company says it won't pursue plan to develop regional casinos

Hong Kong & Macau           Hong Kong Standard
Ho in Emperor deal to firm Macau clout
Contrary to earlier reports Dr. Stanley Ho will pay HK$92 million to buy a 3.44% stake in Emperor Entertainment Hotel.

Tallahassee, Florida 
Man divorces wife before claiming lotto prize

Mississippi           The Jackson Channel & Biloxi Sun-Herald
Major Hurricane Would Devastate Coast Casinos, Group Says
Casinos are sitting ducks; what do we do?

Canada           The Globa & Mail - Editorial
Canada has a gambling problem - Hooked on revenues, the government hasn't looked closely at the social costs

Birmingham & Liverpool           The Times Online
High roller hits casino where it hurts with his £3m jackpot
The Times is reporting that the big win was at Stanley's Star City casino in Birmingham.

London           Daily Telegraph & ThisisMoney/Evening Standard
High roller's £3m win adds to Stanley's woes
Casino profits dented by lucky winner
The Telegraph article focuses on the timing of Lord Steinberg's £36 million share sale to Genting in November 2004.

London           The Daily Telegraph
Gala blames government as it unwinds casinos plan

London           The Times Online
Gala gives up on $1bn casino joint venture
Gala Casinos and Harrah's entertainment have terminated their 50/50 joint venture to build up to 8 casinos in the U.K.

London           Daily Telegraph
BHB in u-turn on exchanges

Hong Kong & Macau           ETNet News
Casino operator ups stakes in 'Macau concept' spree: report
Dr. Stanley Ho has taken a 20% stake in Emperor (China Concept) Investments that operate the Emperor casino in North Koreas free-trade zone.

Jamaica           Jamaica Gleaner
Casino gambling valuable, says Kingsley Thomas

London           The Glasgow Herald, The Guardian & Bloomberg/LVS
Casino company’s shares slump as gambler wins £3m
High roller costs Stanley £3m
Stanley Leisure lowers annual profit forecast
Stanley Leisure's share price is recovering slightly in morning trading. Up 6p at 388p.

South Korea           Korea Times
South Koreans Spend Less on Gambling

Reno, Nevada & Canada           Yahoo/PRNewswire
IGT Acquires Assets of Hi-Tech Gaming, Forms IGT-Canada
Hi-Tech gaming a major supplier to the canadian slot and VLT market will now become IGT Canada.

5th January, 2005

Sydney           Australian Daily Telegraph
Tables turn at casino

San Juan, Puerto Rico 
Casino robbed of $400,000 - Authorities say former employee has been detained
CNN have an update on the earlier AP story.

Liverpool & London           Sharecast & Stanley Leisure -  Press release
Stanley Leisure issues profit warning
Stanley Leisure - Trading Statement
The Stanley share price has nosedived 10% this morning to 389p.

Temulca & Sacramento, California           North County Times
State sets deadline for Pechanga video lottery terminals

Biloxi, Mississippi           Biloxi Sun-Herald
Two casinos on the move

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Shuffle Master acquires patents to track table play
A look at Shuffle Master's recent purchase of RFID patents on casino chips and how they might be employed by table games.

Manchester & London           Manchester Online
£10m casino beats crackdown to hit jackpot
LCI have been granted permission to open a Rendezvous Casino in Mancehester's Great Northern Warehouse.

5th January          North Korea & Beijing           China Daily/Reuters
Chinese main guests at N.Korea casino
The Emperor Hotel and Casino in the Rajin-Sonbong Free Trade Zone.

French Lick, Indiana           Indianapolis Star & Courier-Journal
Lawmaker pushes review of French Lick casino plans
Review set on selection of casino boat
More problems for Donald Trump, he apparently owes Indiana $15 million in back taxes from his Riverboat casino in Gary.

New York & Atlantic City 
Judge: Trump Casinos Must Open Books

San Diego           San Diego Union-Tribune
Penny-slot jackpot pays out $2 million

Singapore           Today Online
Anti-casino drive grows 24,400 have signed online petition asking President to 'reject' casino plans
Families against the casino threat in Singapore -

4th January, 2005

Newcastle           ic Newcastle/Evening Chronicle
Casino is backed by planners
The plans are from Gateshead based amusement arcade operator the Noble Organisation.

San Juan, Puerto Rico           Puerto Rico WOW/AP
Suspect arrested in Ambassador hotel robbery
Just 2 days after the $400,000 robbery Puerto Rico Police apparently have one of the culpits.

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Trump adding tower - $300 million high-rise will be second on 41-acre Frontier site

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun
British tourist carjacked after buying panhandler breakfast on Vegas Strip
Slain immigrant hoped for better life
Two stories showing the darker side of Las Vegas.

Belgium           Radio Flanders International
Call for Internet gambling regulation

Macau           Yahoo/Reuters
Tycoon Stanley Ho to open his 14th casino in Macau
SJM will open the Golden Dragon casino on the 5th January the company operates 14 of the 16 casinos presently operating. The Golden Dragon casino has 70 tables and 123 slots.

Douglas, Isle of Man           Isle of Man Today
Island reviews it's online gaming policy
The Isle of Man's new online gaming regime will have no objections to companies taking bets from the U.S.

Las Vegas & New York           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Index shows 2004 a scorcher for casino stocks - Sands offering, mergers help buoy market prices

Las Vegas & Washington           Las Vegas Sun
Inauguration fund drive draws Adelsons

Macau           Agência Lusa
Jogo/Macau: Stanley Ho abre o seu 14º casino

Leicester           ThisLeicester/Leicester Mercury
Council poker-faced as it waits for casino rules

Catskill Mountaims, New York           CBS New York 
New Casinos For The Catskills?

Las Vegas  
Cause Of Friday Night's Power Outage On The Strip Revealed

Kuala Lumpur           The Malaysian Star
Genting poised to reap benefits

Raleigh, North Carolina           The New Observer
Casino owes millions to tribe, panel says

Monticello, New York           Yahoo/Business Wire
Empire Resorts Inc. Announces Receipt of Signed Intent to Extend Contract by Cayuga Nation of New York
The press release contradicts an earlier story on the AP that the Cayuga Nation had terminated their partnership with Empire Resorts.

Palm Springs, California           North County Times
Morongo tribe agrees to stop operating video lottery terminals

3rd January, 2005

Sacramento, California           San Diego Union-Tribune
Officials adopt disputed stance on slot licenses

Hong Kong           Hong Kong Standard
Russian bet boosts shares of Emperor

Syracuse, New York           Las Vegas Sun/AP
Tribe says it is walking away from Empire Resorts casino deal
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Santa Monica, California           Yahoo/PRNewswire
GSN's WORLD SERIES OF BLACKJACK Returns With a Stellar Line Up of the World's Top 40 Players

Atlantic City           Las Vegas Sun/New York Times
Atlantic City turns to history for image

NSW, Australia           The Herald Sun
Costello reverses gaming donor rule

Gaming Investments           CNN Money
Casino stocks: Let them ride?

San Juan, Puerto Rico           Puerto Rico WOW/AP
Robber steals $400,000 from casino vault

Singapore           Yahoo Singapore/AFP
Singapore sets limits on size of proposed casino resort
The maximum size for a Singapre casino will be 15,000 square metres and 2,500 slots.

Mexico  - Barnard R. Thompson
On-again, off-again casinos in Mexico
The establishment of casinos in Mexico looks increasingly unlikely antime soon with the draft of the Federal Gaming with Wagers and Raffles Law stuck at the committee stage.

2nd January, 2005

San Diego, California           San Diego Union-Tribune
Vigilance name of game in tribal casinos - Regulators keep watch against crime, corruption
An excellent story that chronicles events in Table games, security and surveillance after the discovery of a Pai Gow dealer cheating at the Sycuan Casino.
Background checks are key for casinos

New York           New York Daily News
Gambling addiction soaring in the city

San Diego, California           San Diego Union-Tribune
S.D. firm hopes to market a drug to treat gambling addiction
More on the drug Nalmefene that San Diego company Somaxon Pharmaceuticals is hoping to market as a cure for gambling addiction.

Louisville, Kentucky           Courier-Journal
Expanded track gambling, casinos may be considered

Tasmania  Tasmanian
Gaming areas will feel pinch
Tasmania is the latest Australian State to commence with a smoking ban at casinos and gaming venues.

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
A LAS VEGAS NEW YEAR: In with a bang - Fireworks show lights up sky, rings in 2005

Tarpon Springs, Florida           St. Petersburg Times
Cruise provider pulls from casino project

1st January, 2005

Las Vegas - Gaming Investments           San Francisco Chronicle/AP
Gambling industry experiences momentous year as changes abound

St. Croix, U.S Virgin Islands           Virgin Islands Daily News
Golden Gaming gets 3rd extension to find financing for $120M casino-resort project

Buffalo, New York           Newsday/AP
Seneca Nation probing financing of own casinos

Monticello, New York           Buffalo News/AP
Casinos ready to make a big bet on Catskills - Five casino proposals create stir in the Borscht Belt

Plymouth           Thisis Devon/
Casino and nightclub plans on track

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