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31st January, 2005

Glasgow           The Register 
Casino rents eBay cleavage for £422
No prizes for guessing which particular casino is the highest bidder.

London & Hooffdorp, Holland           ATE Online &
New casino association formed
Europese casino's vormen vereniging

Blackpool           Blackpool Today &
'Massive interest' in casino proposal
Casino plans attract big interest
ReBlackpool has apparently received a whopping 22 casino proposals from around the world.

London           New Media Age & Net Imperative
Yahoo! UK in deal with Betfair to offer gambling
Betfair secures coup with Yahoo!

London           Infomatics/vnunet
Ladbrokes bets on mobile casino
The application called Gamewire is developed by Spin3 and Microgaming.

Macau           Lusa News Agency
Casinos de Macau vão mais que triplicar receitas até 2010 para 12.800 ME
The Lusa article quotes a BofA study forecasting casino revenues in Macau to triple by 2010.

Macau & Singapore           Asia Times Online
An ace to trump Macau's
Not ready for a bet, just yet
On February 9th The Greek Mythology Casino will open it's second phase taking the table game total to 500. Singapore has also apparently invited casino bids from around a dozen companies.

Israel           Globes Online
Sheldon Adelson: Israel must build casino

London           Yahoo/The Deal
Gala payout for Cinven, Candover

London           Glasgow Herald
Spread betting firm may seek re-listing

Atlanta           Atlanta Business Chronicle
Not Bluffing: Poker mag makes serious start

Indian Gaming - Minnesota           Star Tribune
Lenders bet on casinos

30th January, 2005

Melbourne           Melbourne Herald Sun
Casino punters affected by errors
Listing of events at Crown Casino as recorded (and leaked ?) by their Surveillance department.

London           The Times
Gaming law peer linked to US casinos - Lord Faulkner of Worcester.

Las Vegas           Yahoo/Los Angeles Times
A High-Stakes Gamble - Can Steve Wynn hit the jackpot again?

Macau & Singapore           Radio Singapore International 
Macau's Casino Culture
A look at the history of gambling in Macau from the 19th century to the present day.

Hong Kong & China           Hong Kong Standard - Zach Coleman 
All bets are off ?
A look at the present clampdown on gambling in China that has seen casino closures along the Chinese border.

Berlin           The Times of Malta
Four arrested in match-fixing scandal

London           Yahoo/AFP
Online gambling soars in Britain: report
Statistics from a report produced by owners Cassava Enterprises.

London & Gibraltar           Daily Telegraph
Investors are asked to wager £2.3bn on PartyPoker
A look at the possible IPO of Party Gaming/iGlobal Media that may take it into the FTSE 100.

Milwaukee & Cancun, Mexico           Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Tribe's partners in casino a crapshoot
Ownership details for the Dream Catcher which is intended to operate from Cancun, Mexico.

Tarpon Springs, Florida           St. Petersburg Times & Tampa Tribune
Choppy waters greet Tarpon's newest casino
New Casino Ships Bank On Bay Area Gamblers - 27th January
The arrival of the Mardi Gras Queen Casino, believed to be the Horizon's Edge vessel.

Gambling on a house of cards
A look at the lame duck Gambling Bill that's now limped into the House of Lords.

Den Haag, Netherlands 
Schietpartij in Haags casino

Seoul, South Korea           JoongAng Daily
Three more casinos to be opened

29th January, 2005

Birmingham           ic Birmingham/Evening Mail
Casinos fight it out 
Culture secretary Tessa Jowell believes only one of the three proposed regional casinos in Birmingham will be approved.

Tucson, Arizona           Tucson Citizen
Casinos give Arizona $9.9M for last quarter

China           China View/Xinhua
Officials sacked for gambling

Seoul, South Korea           Yonhap News
S. Korea Approves 3 More Foreigners-Only Casinos

Minneapolis, St Paul           Minneapolis Business Journal
Southwest Casino lands $50M private placement

Indiana           N.W. Indiana Times & Chicago Sun-Times
Casino workers gambled on negotiations, won better contracts
Casino workers approve contract with 7.6% raise

Winnepeg, Manitoba           CBC Manitoba
Gov't to spend $10M on problem gambling

28th January, 2005

British Columbia           BCGEU - Press release
BCGEU members ratify agreement with Lake City Casinos

London           The Times & Daily Telegraph
PartyPoker plans $6bn deal to win FTSE place
Floats on the cards for online gambling firms
Cassava Enterprises (Casino-on-net/ and Party Poker are two leading online gaming companies that are proposing a listing on the LSE.

Las Vegas           KNRV Reno/AP
Venetian wins OK to open private gambling salons

California           Contra Costa Times
Casino workers not breathing easily

St. Petersburg, Florida           ABC Action News 
Jackpot! Coast Guard clears casino ship's return to service

Gaming IPO set for FTSE 100? - Party Poker/iGlobal Media

China crackdown closes N.Korean casinos

Online Gambling           The Scotsman
Women all a-flutter at online gambling

Clark County, Nevada           Las Vegas Sun
Suit against Gaming Control Board is dismissed

Las Vegas 
Wynn Las Vegas advance bookings prices up-analysts

London & South Africa           The Independent
Casino chief says gambling Bill could now be in peril
Peter Bacon CEO of Sun International.

Atlantic City           Newsday/AP
Firm files suit in Trump casino bankruptcy case

Georgia, C.I.S.  - In brief
Casino Eldorado closed for tax evasion

27th January, 2005

Las Vegas           Yahoo/Investors Business Daily
Betting Chips Meet Silicon Chips As Casinos Integrate Technology
Progressive Gaming International's deployment of RFID gaming tables and chips at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Austria           Osterreich Journal
OGH spricht Urteil im Casino Prozess

Liverpool & Birmingham           The Scotsman & ic Birmingham
Stanley Leisure hits out at casino U-turn
Casino takes a £1m hit - Star City

Liverpool           Leisure Opportunities & The Times
Betting terminals and Casinos keep Stanley buoyant
Stanley could bid for all 24 licences in casino revamp

Problem Gambling           ThisisLondon/Evening Standard
Accountant stole £9m to pay for gambling

Tirana, Albania           Focus News Agency
Only Five Casinos in Albania
The Albanian Government will restrict casino numbers to five. One each in Tirana, Vlora, Saranda, Duras and Velipoja.

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun
LVCVA chief: Vegas' success relies on exploiting its brand
McCarran traffic jumps in '04
The top executive of the LVCVA believes the city will attract 43 million visitors by 2009, a 15% increase from the 37.4 million people who visited in 2004.

Austin, Texas           Yahoo/Business Wire
Multimedia Games Reports First Quarter Diluted EPS of $0.17.

Austin, Texas           Yahoo/Business Wire
Multimedia Games Acquires Assets of Sigma Game Inc.

26th January, 2005

Liverpool           Yahoo UK/AFX
Stanley Leisure confident of Genting's commitment

Scotland           The Scotsman
MP slots in to ease gambling law fears - Worried beach arcade operators told no ban for children

Harrisburg,  Pennsylvania           Pittsburg Post-Gazette
Narrowing the odds for slots sabotage - Gaming board zeroing in on computer to track revenue

Liverpool           ThisisMoney/Evening Standard & The Times
Stanley retreats on Labour casino decision
Stanley Leisure bets on casino growth

Liverpool           Stanley Leisure - Press release
Stanley Leisure plc - Interim Results (PDF)

Israel           Globes Online
Hirchson supports Eilat casino

Czech Republic           Yahoo/Business Wire
Trans World Corporation Announces a New Casino Opening in Dolni Dvoriste, Czech Republic

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia           Yahoo Singapore/Do Jones
Asian Stock Focus: U.K. Ventures Add To Genting's Shine

Macau           China View/Xinhua
Crimes in casinos on rise in Macao
Macau police recieved 823 reports of crimes in Macau's casinos in 2004, almost double the amount received during 2003.

25th January, 2005

Georgia, C.I.S.           The Messenger
Regulating the gambling industry
Politician's in Georgia are presently debating a draft gambling act that may see many of Tbilisi's casinos closed or having to relocate to remote areas.

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Caesars executives set to receive millions in severance pay
The payoffs explain why top Caesars executives are so keen on the Harrah's takeover being completed.

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Station may accelerate development of casinos

South Australia           The Australian
D-day looms for gambling venues

Birmingham & London           ic Birmingham
Gambling watchdog to be based in Birmingham
Birmingham is the latest location proposed for the new Gambling Commission.

Detroit           Detroit Free Press
2004's jackpot: $1.18 billion - MGM, MotorCity up; Greektown down

London           Reuters
U.K. House of Commons passes gambling legislation

Los Angeles           Reuters
Gambler sues MGM Mirage, says preyed on addiction

24th January, 2005

Rank, Gala Lead U.K. Casino Fight Against Blair's Gambling Bill
The Gambling Bill passed it's 3rd reading in the House of Commons by a vote of 236 votes to 38. It will now be passed to the House of Lords for further debate.

Las Vegas           Yahoo/Business Wire
Station Casinos Announces Record Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results and Declares Dividend

Las Vegas & Atlantic City          Yahoo/Business Wire
Caesars Entertainment Introduces Exclusive Million Dollar Connection Progressive Slots

Casino robbers wore Turtle Masks and Santa Hats
Police press release on the Gala Casino robbery in Redcliffe Way, Bristol on 23rd December.

London          The Scotsman & The Guardian
Tories Demand Regional 'Super-Casinos' Cut
Odds swing in favour of casino reform

London          Yahoo/PRNewswire
'Play It Safe' Marketing Campaign From eCOGRA

Ontario          The Buffalo News
Ontario applies the brakes to gambling expansion

23rd January, 2005

Casino Career Change: Learning The Real Deal At Age 81
The story of a Blackjack trainee at Foxwoods giving the game a go at 81 years young.

Las Vegas           Business Wire
Progressive Gaming International Intends to Acquire VirtGame

Holland & Slovenia           Yahoo/Business Wire
Progressive Gaming Awarded Contract for CasinoLink System by Casino Ljubljana in Slovenia

Las Vegas           PRNewswire
VirtGame Agrees to Exclusive Negotiations to Be Acquired by Progressive Gaming International

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
What's based here may not stay here - Ameristar and Pinnacle manage far-away properties from Southern Nevada addresses

Phnom Penh, Cambodia           Yahoo Asia/AP
Six Thai nationals charged with using device to cheat at Cambodian casino
The six Thai's charged are now believed to have been transferred to Phnom Penh.

California           San Diego Union-Tribune
State commission to test slot machines - Mathematicians to look for hidden vulnerabilities

Shijiazhuang, North China           Yahoo/Reuters
Chinese police officer smashes gambling machines - Yahoo/Reuters photos

Atlantic City           New York Post
Casino chipping in with a tribute - Donald Trump's wedding to Melania Knauss

Las Vegas           Reno Gazette Journal/AP - Adam Goldman
‘Wynning’ revolution - Casino developer shuns celeb chefs, remakes eatery scene

'Hold'em' poker pushes casinos to open more tables

22nd January, 2005

Berlin, Germany 
Referee resigns - Ref is suspected of betting on German Cup match

London           Big Brother Website &
A Statement from William Hill
Bets off after Big Brother 'leak'
Bookmakers William Hill believe that there may be someone within the Big Brother operation trying to pull off a coup.

Gaming Investments           GBGC - Press release
Top 50 Global Gambling Stocks Break the US$100bn Market Cap Barrier for the First Time (PDF)

Saskatchewan           The Star Phoenix & CBC News
More casinos to allow smoking
More aboriginal-run casinos allowing smoking

China           Digital Chosun - English edition &
China Steps Up Campaign Against Gambling
China police hit online gamblers

Sacramento           Sacramento Bee - Editorial
Casinos, but no college - D-Q University withers as tribes prosper

Atlantic City           Newsday/AP
Former casino worker pleads guilty in prostitution ring

Reno & Louisiana           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. Selects the IGT Advantage(TM) Casino System for Its Newest Riverboat Property

Lake Tahoe & Las Vegas           Yahoo/Business Wire & LVR-J
Park Cattle Co. Will Not Exercise Right to Purchase Caesars Tahoe
Declined option clears way for casino sale

New Jersey & Wales           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Interactive Systems Worldwide Announces Launch of Live Betting at Sports Venue

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