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31st July

Las Vegas            San Francisco Chronicle/L.A. Times
Wynn's latest not greatest - Vegas developer's high-stakes resort can't outdo his own Bellagio

Gaza, Israel            The Conservative Voice
Does Corruption Drive Israeli 'Disengagement' ?
Interesting look at some of the individuals proposing a casino in Gaza after Israel's withdrawal and power is handed over to the Palestine Authority.

Mobile Gambling 
Despite laws against it, Internet wagering anytime, anywhere seems a sure bet to grow on cell phones and other wireless devices

London           The Times
Bookmaker Coral set to gamble on £800m float
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London           The Observer & The Times
Online bet firm Trident gambles on £100m float -
Priests are shocked by unholy share bet -

Gamesys aims for jackpot joy - 17th July.
Ultimate Bet lays out its float plan - 24th July.

San Diego, California           San Diego Business Journal
Sycuan Bets SDSU Gaming Program Will Be a Winner

Tokyo           Taipei Times/AP
Japan's top mob boss retires from underworld post

Goldsby, Oklahoma 
Chickasaw Nation Planning Oklahoma's Largest Casino

Mobile, Alabama           Biloxi Sun-Herald
Police: Woman spent $1.7 million in housing grants at casinos

30th July

Tasmania           The Mercury
Betfair to return millions to racing

Guernsey           ThisisGuernsey/Guernsey Press & Star
St Pierre Park 'unlikely' to host island’s casino

Swansea, Wales           ThisisSouthWales/Evening Post
'Old-Style' casino is on its way
Casino in spin over plans for intimate rival

The Lanes Casino in Orchard Street is scheduled to open in around 12 months time. Swansea presently has just one Grosvenor Casino.

Saskatchewan, Canada  Star Phoenix
Casino delayed by new design - SIGA awaits approval of $66-million proposal

Riverside, Ohio 
Thieves robbing poker game at gunpoint take players' clothes

Kansas City, Missouri 
Casino customer found floating in moat

Detroit & Washington           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Greektown Casino Team Members 'Band Together' in Nationwide Responsible Gaming Awareness Campaign
Responsible Gaming Education Week is from the 1st to 5th August.
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Travemünde, Germany           Keiler & Lübecker Nachrichten - 27th July
Gewerkschaft: Kieler Chefs lassen Travemündes Spielbank ausbluten

Since 1999 visitors to the Travemündes Spielbank have fallen 34% with tips (Trinkgeld) declining some 40%.

Mallorca           Mallorca Zeitung
Crash-Kurse, Teil VI: An einem Tag zum Black-Jack-Profi
Report about German language Blackjack seminars in Mallorca costing €1,200.

U.S. Poker Boom           Market Watch
Upping your odds, for a price - Poker boot camps a full house, but are they a good bet ?
Report from a recent World Poker Tour Boot Camp that had a full house of players who had each anted up $1,500 to be dealt in.

U.S. Poker - Gaming Investments           Market Watch
Marketers join in the poker craze
Commentary: Why investing in poker's a bad bet

Philipsburg, St. Maarten           The Daily Herald
Casino robbers may have stolen over US $10,000
Beach Plaza Casino on Front Street. Website unknown.

London           The Guardian & Daily Telegraph
Betfair loses financial director as it plans stock market float
Betfair tells finance chief to go ahead of flotation

Connecticut           New York Newsday/AP
All eyes on Connecticut in Internet gaming dispute
The Foxwoods online PlayAway game appears to have been discontinued.

Carson City, Nevada           Las Vegas Sun
Gaming Commission OKs rules for slot surveillance
Resort pays fine after violating regulation

Las Vegas          Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Hard Rock opts out of tribal deal to focus on LV project
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29th July

St. Petersburg           Vancouver Sun
Lucky country?:  Gambling in Canada is a $13-billion industry with profits similar to fuel, liquor taxes
Canada now has some 87,000 slots, 60 casinos and 33,000 lottery ticket centres.
Report of gambling in Canada released today - June 21st. Canada West Foundation

St. Petersburg           St. Petersburg Times & Tampa Tribune
Gambling ship to abandon St. Petersburg
St. Pete Signals End To Deal With Gambling Ship Shuttle

Austin Texas           The Daily Texan
Crime Unit yanks rigged gambling machines
Austin police bust convenience store gambling scam

London & Malaysia           The Malaysian Star & Daily Express
British casino files appeal in former Sabah CM's case
Casino files appeal in Osu case

Arizona            Arizona Republic
State's quarterly share of casino pot up 20%

Macau           Hong Kong Standard - Luis Pereira and Zach Coleman
Loan sharks infest murky casino waters
A look at the unsavoury side of gambling in Macau. Loan sharks shaking down punters desperate to try and get their money back.

Bangkok, Thailand 
Thai Fighting Cocks Get Passports in Bird Flu Battle
Fowl Play - Forbes. March 2003.

Adelaide           ABC News Online
Adelaide 'mini casino' provokes outcry from Opposition

28th July

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Pay-for-play scandal entangles Celine Dion

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Station plans residential high rise in Summerlin
MGM Mirage to spend 'hundreds of millions' on property upgrades

Las Vegas & Argentina           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Pinnacle Entertainment Opens Spectacular New Casino in Neuquen, Argentina

Connecticut           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority Announces Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2005 Operating Results

Dover, Delaware           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, Inc. Reports Results for the Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2005
Share Price -

Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
MGM MIRAGE Reports Record Second Quarter Results
Share Price -

Austin, Texas           Yahoo/Business Wire
Multimedia Games Reports Third Quarter Diluted EPS of $0.16, Net Income of $4.6 Million, and EBITDA of $22.3 Million
Share Price -

Pennsylvania           Yahoo/Business Wire
Penn National Gaming Reports Second Quarter Diluted EPS from Continuing Operations of $0.17 Inclusive of $0.21 of Charges
Share Price -

Las Vegas           Reuters
Station Casinos profit up 40 pct, outlook raised

Las Vegas           Yahoo/Business Wire
Station Casinos Announces Record Second Quarter Results, Additional Expansion Plans and Increases Dividend
Share Price -

Newcastle           icTeeside/Newcastle Evening Gazette - 26th July
Bannatyne to invest in new casinos

London  to be Exclusive Sponsor of New ITV Celebrity Show All Star Poker Challenge
All Star Poker Challenge - Thursday 28th July at 11.30pm on ITV1
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U.S.           American Gaming Association
Responsible Gaming Education Week

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
More hotels are trying fewer sheet changes: Policies at LV properties vary

Austin, Texas  &
APD Makes Huge Gambling Bust
More than 700 machines seized

The raids have resulted in 707 slot seizures in a joint operation by the Austin Police Department, the FBI and IRS.

London           Daily Telegraph
When the chips were down - Christopher Bray reviews The Gamblers by John Pearson.
Biography: The Gamblers by John Pearson - The Times review 3rd July.
The Gamblers - John Pearson -

Macau           New Straits Times
Genting, Dreamgate likely winners from Macau gaming business
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New Zealand 
Students play pokies in school uniform

Sky City has apparently revealed that 23,000 underage teens tried to get on to the casino's gaming floor over the past year.

Reno           Market Watch
IGT buys online gambling company

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia           Malaysian Daily Express
Schoolgirl among 12 held in major gaming bust

Reno, Nevada           Reno Gazette-Journal
At 10, mining-themed casino leaving a Legacy

Reno, Nevada           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. Announces Record Second Quarter
Share Price - &

27th July

Egypt & South Africa 
Online Gambling Workers Killed In Egypt Bombings

Reno           Yahoo/PRNewswire
International Game Technology Announces Definitive Agreement To Acquire WagerWorks, Inc.

Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
AXCESS' Active RFID Installed by Boyd Gaming to Reduce Casino Expenses
RFID to keep tags on casino keys. Excellent idea !

Johannesburg           Reuters South Africa
Hotel and casino company Johnnic picks adviser on HCI bid

St. Croix           Virgin Islands Daily News - Editorial
Casino Control Commission must be properly funded
The V.I. Casino Control Commission presently oversees the Divi Carina Bay Casino.

Israel  & Lebanon Daily Star/AFP
Israeli businessman hopes to open casino in Gaza
Israeli tycoon suggests Gaza casino plan

London           Reuters
Wining and dining best way to woo women
Nothing to do with casinos but I thought it was interesting !

Singapore           The Edge Daily/Reuters
Merrill Lynch sees Singapore casinos costing RM18.89 billion

Los Angeles           Yahoo/CNW Group
WPT Enterprises, Inc. Prevails against WORLD POKER TOUR(R) Trademark & Copyright Infringers
Some big names on the list including Ultimate Bet and Cryptologic subsidiary Wager Logic Ltd

Queensland, Australia  Courier-Mail
Casino under fire for tiger cub deaths
All three cubs born to Serena at the Jupiters Casino have now died.

Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Boyd Gaming Posts Surge in 2Q Results
Share Price -

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
For Coast, practical equals palatable - Restaurants at new resort to cater to the value-conscious

Sharm el-Sheikh, Eqypt 
Egypt Identifies Body of Possible Bomber
The AP reports that prior to the bombing security had been tightened at Sharm el-Sheikh's casinos in the belief that they would be a target.

New Zealansd           Wairarapa Time-Age
Lotto operator’s mistake earns couple $532,000

26th July

Stockholm, Sweden           Yahoo/CNW Group
PokerNetwork signs with Gaming Corp - UK's no 1 gaming portal operator
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Manchester           Manchester Evening News & NWDA - Press release
Casino dream is dealt major blow
NWDA announces findings of Casinos Demand Study - 22nd July.
The NWDA has decided to support Blackpool and not Kerzner's Manchester Sportcity proposal in the bid to secure a regional casino license.

St. Petersburg           St. Peterburg Times - Columnist Opinion
An apology is apropos in casino boat's wake
Titan Cruise Lines Ocean Jewel has now deserted St. Petersburg in favour of Johns Pass.

Sandwell, West Midlands           Express & Star
Fury from residents over casino plan
Blue Chip Casinos campaign to get planning permission for the Barlycorn Pub goes before a planning committee once again on the 3rd August

Bid rumours fuel Newcastle United
The BBC reports that a Malaysian casino operator may be involved in the bid.

Papua New Guinea           The Post Courier - Editorial
Check 'cards' for casino situation - Follow up story from yesterday's casino raid.

Laughlin & Las Vegas           Court TV
Hells Angels linked to fatal casino brawl move to have all charges dismissed

San Diego           San Diego State University - Press release
Sycuan Donates $5.5 Million to SDSU to Create Nation's First Tribal Gaming-Focused Institute
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Philipsburg, St. Maarten           The Daily Herald
Beach Plaza Casino robbed, massive police hunt ensues –‘Scary Movie’ modus operandi used

Malaysia           New Straits Times
Police tracking syndicate selling counterfeit RM1 coins

Barstow, California           Pasadena Star News
Barstow casino plans diverge from gaming act

South Florida           Florida Today - Opinion
Sea is no cesspool - Move to stop gambling ships from dumping sewage in ocean deserves strong support

25th July

Littlewoods site to sponsor ITV's first poker series

Sydney           The Melbourne Age
Tabcorp venture wins lottery in China

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Business Press
To tell or not to tell -- the casino worker's dilemma
Difficult to assign dollar value to Las Vegas slogan

Israel & Gaza Strip           Arutz Sheva
Cyril Kern to Build Casino on Elei Sinai Lands
Sharon's Friend to Build Casino in Gaza
Elei Sinai Unhappy with Casino Plans

Sydney           The Courier
Threat costs firm $10m

Las Vegas           New York Newsday/AP - Adam Goldman &
Version 'Spamalot' Coming to Las Vegas
"Spamalot" Bound for Sin City
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Connecticut           The Boston Globe
Online casino game off to a rocky start
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Nevada           Reno Gazette Journal
Nevada’s population shifted with booms, busts

Johannesburg, South Africa           Mail & Guardian Online
Casino company has two boards
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London Clubs casino group in West End venture
Reuters are reporting that LCI are after "a large slug of The Empire in Leicester Square".

Papua New Guinea           Post Courier
Casino raid nets 54

Buffalo, New York           Buffalo Business First
City awaits casino decision

Problem Gambling           Time Magazine
When Gambling Becomes Obsessive

24th July

London           The Times Online
Ultimate Bet lays out its float plan

El Paso, New Mexico           El Paso Times
Casino job fair big draw despite criticism

Rock slide helping increase Central City's gambling business

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal -  Rod Smith
INSIDE GAMING: Analysts wonder if Singapore plans sensible

Thailand & Cambodia           The Nation & New Kerala
Princess goes to ground in casino
A royal gamble turns sour for Thai princess

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands           Virgin Islands Daily News
Casino commission requests double FY 2005 budget

Mississippi           The Clarion-Ledger
3 more universities may offer gaming courses

Ankara, Turkey           Zaman Online
Government Wage War Against Virtual Gambling

Halifax, Nova Scotia 
N.S. Gaming corp. releases casino contract
Following Caesars Entertainment's sale of the N.S. casinos management contract Great Canadian Gaming have a 10 year deal and will keep 55.5% of gaming revenues.
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Bangor, Maine           Portland Press Herald/AP
Increase in gambling addiction expected with slots

Singapore           The Electric New Paper
Gambling on-the-go - Den operators are moving from jungles, to empty factories and even temples.

23rd July

St. Petersburg, Florida 
"Ocean Jewel" Gambling Ship lays off 50

Jakarta, Indonesia           Antara News & The Jakarta Post
Jakarta polce confiscate hundreds of gaming machines
Police say they'll now crack down on big fish
Indonesia's gambling clampdown continues with 3,000 machines confiscated so far and Police promising that they will also go after the largest operators.

London           Daily Telegraph
$2m pot for actors who play their cards right

Spain           The Guardian
£70m-a-year scam smashed in Spain

Los Angeles           L.A. Downtown News
Downtown Business Marks 80 Years in the Poker Chip Game - T. R. King & Co. Inc.

Goa & Mumbai, India           Business Standard - 15th July
Star 'Cruises' to Goa, Lakshadweep this year
The Norwegian Star will change its name to the SuperStar Libra and start cruises from Goa to Mumbai in October.

22nd July

Bonn, Germany           Kolner Stadt-Anzeiger
Illegales Casino aufgezogen

London           Government News Network
Office of The Deputy Prime Minister (National) Casino locations no longer left to chance
- - Click on consultation papers.
- Possible Changes to the Use Classes Order; Casinos - Consultation Paper (PDF)

Nassau, Bahamas           The Nassau Guardian
Irate casino staff to meet with hotel bosses - Crystal Palace Casino

New Zealand  & New Zealand Herald
Sky City spins the wheel of fortune
Odds against SkyCity sale
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London & Antigua           Yahoo/PRNewswire
World Gaming plc sales and marketing update
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Northern Territory, Australia           Melbourne Age
Looming loss fails to daunt bookie IAS - International All Sports
Share Price - &

Kinmen & Penghu, Taiwan 
Promotion of islands' beauty and history favored over establishment of casinos

London           The Times & Daily Telegraph
High-rollers on a winning streak put LCI in the red
High rollers put London Clubs on a losing streak
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Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal - Rod Smith
Big Six see soaring profits - Two big mergers, opening of Wynn Las Vegas contribute to robust quarter
The "Big Six" now include Las Vegas Sands and Wynn Las Vegas instead of Caesars Entertainment and Mandalay Resort Group.

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Many casinos outside Nevada face tough marketing rules
Tropicana owner reports higher profit

Milan, Italy           Yahoo UK/AFX
Lottomatica to merge with parent to simplify De Agostini ownership

Levis, Canada           Yahoo/CNW
DEQ Systems To Enter Into An Agreement To Participate in Central America Company

Detroit           Detroit Free Press & Detroit News
Casino owner sues tribe for share of Detroit casino settlement
Barden sues Indian tribe

Reno           The Street & Reuters
International Game Profit Drops
International Game quarterly profit falls 19%

South Carolina 
Raids Net Nearly 60 Video Gambling Machines

Los Angeles 
Shootout Begins Outside Casino, Continues During Pursuit

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