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21st June

Cape Town, South Africa             Cape Argus
Gambling sucks R1.4bn out of Cape pockets

London             Citywire.co.uk & London Evening Standard
PartyGaming struggles to win fund manager support
PartyGaming dealt a grey-market blow

Las Vegas & New York             Las Vegas Review-Journal
MGM Mirage to spend $170 million on video lottery casino

Moscow             RIA Novosti - political commentator Yuri Filippov
Moscow seeks control over the gambling business

London             The Times
Betfair chief's stake could pass £10m with flotation

London             Daily Telegraph, The Independent & Edinburgh Evening News
Betfair's profit surge adds to talk of possible flotation
Betfair warns Treasury over tax rate changes
Betfair profit races ahead amid talk of flotation

London             Daily Mirror
Chelsea star in poker ruckus

Manila             The Philappine Inquirer
Manila Jockey Club signs deal with state-run gaming body
The San Lazaro Leisure Park, the home of the Manila Jockey Club opened 1st April, 2003.
- www.manilajockey.com & www.casinofilipino-online.com (PAGCOR)

Freeport, Texas             TheFacts.com
New floating casino docks at Bridge Harbor

Washington             Reuters
Don't bet on Web gambling crackdown, experts say

Calgary, Canada             CNW Telbec
Canada West Foundation to release report on gambling in Canada
The CWF report will be released at 9.00 am today.
- www.cwf.ca

London             The Independent
The Investment Column: Stanley Leisure is not worth gambling on until it wins some new licences

Las Vegas             USA Today
Casinos bet on slots, chips with star images

Singapore             Yahoo/AP
Australia's Tabcorp Joins P&O Princess Cruises for Singapore Casino Bid
- www.tabcorp.com.au

Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire
World's Richest Sporting Event Keeps Getting Richer
The prize pool at the 36th Annual World Series of Poker is xpected to reach $100 Million. So far there have been over 13,500 registrationd for the first 19 events.
- www.worldseriesofpoker.com

Pennsylvania & Louisiana             Yahoo/Business Wire
Penn National Gaming to Sell Argosy Casino-Baton Rouge for $150 Million
- www.argosy.com/batonrouge

Baton Rouge, Louisiana             The Advocate
Casino Rouge to pay $60,000 for violating exclusion rule

Las Vegas             Yahoo/Business Wire
Shuffle Master, Inc. Makes FORTUNE Small Business 100 List for Fourth Consecutive Year
 


 
 
20th June

Liverpool             Politics.co.uk, The Scotsman & LabourNet.net
Industrial action looms at Stanley Casinos
Odds Shorten on Casino Pay Strike
Odds on strike at 41 Stanley Casinos
Further talks between the GMB Union and Stanley Casinos will be held on the 27th June.

London             Best Invest/UK-Wire.co.uk
Stanley Leisure plc - Completion of disposal and proposed return of capital
- www.stanleyleisure.com

Switzerland             Neue Zürcher Zeitung & Nachrichten.ch
Escor schliesst Playland-Spielbetriebe und baut 40 Stellen ab
Escor schliesst seine Spielbetriebe

London            ThisisLondon/Evening Standard
PartyGaming advisers get £54m fee pot

Detroit             Crains Business Detroit - Opinion
Governments can become addicts, too

Gaming Investments - Australia             Sydney Morning Herald
Check the odds on the best bets for share punters

London             Yahoo UK/AFX
Stanley Leisure to return 325 mln stg to s/holders after selling betting shops

Mississippi             The Gainesville Sun
Gaming industry braces for another hurricane season
 


 
 
19th June

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Review-Journal
MIKE WEATHERFORD: Does Michael Jackson have a future here? 

Austria             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Century Casinos Announces Intention to Seek a Listing on the Vienna Stock Exchange

Tallahassee, Florida             Sun-Sentinel & Palm Beach Post
Legislature still split over slot machines
Bush might call special session on slot machines

Michigan             Detroit News
Church to get back its gambled money - Priest acknowledged misusing $90,000

London             Daily Record
Student debt on the cards - Brief article with a couple of amusing quotes !

London             The Daily Telegraph
PartyGaming is far too good to be floated
The Telegraph's Robert Peston looks at the Party Gaming IPO and is far from confident about the companies future.

London             The Observer/Guardian
PartyGaming float in doubt as nervous City hedges its bets

London             ThisisMoney/Daily Mail
£50m for net poker advisers
Party Gaming stock may have to be cut once again. IGIndex.com are betting on 105p-113p.

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Review-Journal
Airport falls just shy of record -  Count slips 28,000 short of March high

Macau             China Daily
New casinos to fuel betting industry
Deutsche Bank's Marc Falcone believes the number of table games in Macau will grow four to five times by 2008 and slots numbers will increase from 2,600 to 15,000-20,000 by the end of the decade.

Arkansas             Pine Bluff Commercial & KATV.com
Two alleged gambling houses raided at Star City
More Than $53,000 Found At Two Alleged Gambling Houses

Tasmania             ABC News Online
Gambling study welcome but 'very limited'
 


 
 
18th June

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Review-Journal
His cheatin' art welcome on television
The Nevada Gaming Control Board have apparently approved a programme on Court TV that shows viewers how to cheat casinos, including how to switch a Baccarat shoe.
- www.courttv.com/takedown/index.html?link=TDAD250CTVprime

Carson City & Las Vegas             Las Vegas Review-Journal
Jury deals gamblers winning hand - Two awarded punitive damages from detective agency used by casinos
Court case verdict that calls into question the accuracy of information from Griffin Investigations.
- www.griffininvestigations.com

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Review-Journal
Airport falls just shy of record -  Count slips 28,000 short of March high

London             The Racing Post - Temporary Link
Britain's biggest betting-shop empire created
Following the completion of the purchase of Stanley Leisure's estate LBO numbers will be - Hills 2,237, Ladbrokes 1,956, & Coral Eurobet 1,170, Done (Betfred) 500+.

California             KESQ.com
New Morongo Casino says they're earthquake safe
- www.morongocasinoresort.com

London             Yahoo/PRNewswire
CelebPoker.com Hosts Star-Studded Gala Weekend of Poker at the Palm Beach Casino in Mayfair

Lake Tahoe & Reno             Reno Gazette-Journal
Caesars staffers laid off, but temp work available in casinos
City reaches deal to sell Old Reno Casino to buyers of Fitzgeralds

Las Vegas & Biloxi, Mississippi             Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Former LV casino executive to run Gulf Coast resort

Las Vegas             In Business Las Vegas - Liz Benston
Gaming - Regulators' merger questioning unusual

Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire
MGM MIRAGE Among Black Enterprise 30 Best Companies for Diversity

Las Vegas             Yahoo/Business Wire
Harrah's Entertainment Announces Final Results of Elections Regarding Merger
 


 
 
17th June

Moscow             Die Welt
Putin will die Glücksspieler aus den Innenstädten verbannen - Allein in Moskau gibt es 56 Kasinos

South Africa             Business Day
Gamblers blow R10bn as casinos hit jackpot
Statistic filled report. Casinos in South Africa won R8.7 billion in the year to March.
- www.ngb.org.za/uploads/1_Qstats_F2005.pdf

Southampton             ThisisHampshire - Temporary link
The chips are down!
Ameristar Casinos plans to build a casino and ICE rink in Southampton have melted away.

London & York             Betting Zone - 17th & 18th June
BOOKIES FEAR EXCHANGE
BOOKIES ESCAPE EXCHANGE PAY-OUT
Bookmakers report a substantial gamble on Simple Exchange in the 4.20 at York.

London             ThisisMoney/Evening Standard & Daily Mail
Poker float's a rubbish game
Poker boss demands king's ransom
A warning about the pitfalls of Party Gaming's IPO from the Evening Standard's Anthony Hilton.

Liverpool & London             Stanley Leisure & UK-Wire.co.uk - Press releases
Proposed sale of Retail Bookmaking Operations, EGM resolution passed
Announcement of Results of Extraordinary General Meeting ('EGM')
Shareholders of both Stanley Leisure and William Hill have approved the sale and purchase of SL's retail bookmaking operations to WH. Completion is expected on the 18th June.
- www.stanleyleisure.com & www.williamhillplc.co.uk

Vienna & Saltsburg, Austria             OÖNachrichten
Anzeige gegen Casino im Internet "Teilnehmer riskieren Geldstrafe" - Betandwin.

Havana, Cuba             New Zealand Herald/Reuters
French group to run former Mafia hotels in Cuba
Accor have  taken over the management of the famous Riviera & Capri hotels in Havana.
- www.usacubatravel.com/facriviera.html & www.usacubatravel.com/faccapri.html

London             The Times
Non-execs to net big fees in float of PartyGaming

Tokyo & Las Vegas             Japan Corporate News Network
Konami Opens New Gaming Production Facility in Las Vegas
www.konami.co.jp/press/2005/06/022/r.17.06.10-e.html - June 10th.
- www.konami.com

Atlantic City             The Press of Atlantic City
Bally’s to get new name New owner plans rebrand

California             The Daily Breeze
California tribal casinos earn most in U.S.

Sacramento             San Francisco Chronicle/AP
Governor reaches casino deals with two tribes

Singapore             Yahoo Australia/Dow Jones & Reuters
Singapore To Defer Launch Of Casino Tender Till 3Q - Updated.
Singapore delays request for casino proposals

New York             Las Vegas Sun
MGM Mirage finalizes deal to develop, manage N.Y. casino
 


 
 
16th June

Macau             Hong Kong Standard - Zack Coleman
Melco's Mocha Slot unit makes more with less

Macau             Hong Kong Standard
New rules may put Melco joint venture in poor slot
Stanley Ho to buy 80pc of airline

Macau             Reuters
Machine makers vie for slots in Macau gambling boom
The Reuters article has several memorable quotes.

Chemnitz, Germany             Freiepresse.de/ddp
Black Jack und Roulette - Casino Chemnitz eröffnet
Casino Atlantis, the second largestin Germany opened in Chemnitz on the 15th June.
- www.saechsische-spielbanken.de

Las Vegas & Reno             Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Casino equipment makers team up

Sandwell, UK             Express & Star
Late-night casino plan is rejected

London             The Guardian
Online gambling tycoons face jail threat
"Ms Parasol and Mr DeLeon have declined to give interviews, refused to be photographed and are rarely sighted in Gibraltar, where their company is registered and they are said to be living."

London             BBC.co.uk
Shadow cast on Partygaming sale

Online Gaming Investments             Forbes.com
Betting On Some Winners

Carson City, Nevada             Las Vegas Sun
Indian casinos rake in $19 billion last year
The 2005-2006 Indian Gaming Industry Report authored by Alan Meister, an economist at the Analysis Group is available from the Casino City Pres.
- www.gamingalmanac.com/IndianGamingReport

Indian Gaming             New York  Times
Indian Casino Revenues Grow to Sizable Segment of Industry

Singapore             Forbes.com/AP
Singapore Delays Launching Casino Tender

Manila             Reuters
Philippine army lifts alert, Arroyo under pressure
 


 
15th June

Connecticut & California             Newsday/AP
Report: California tribes lead nation in Indian gambling revenue

Leeds             Leeds Today
Bets are back on! - Elland Road super casino plan set to be resurrected
Stanley Leisure's plans for a 40 table, 1,000 slot casino at the Leeds United ground.

Vienna, Austria             Yahoo/PRNewswire
betandwin Announces Increase in Share Capital From Company Funds (Capital Adjustment) and Issue of Bonus Shares
- www.betandwin.com

Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Elton John Extends Contract With Caesars Palace

Moscow             Pravda - English Edition
Moscow to be relieved of casinos and gambling clubs
Pravda reports that there are moves in the State Duma to more tightly regulate casinos and slots in Moscow. There are apparently now 56 casinos and 63,000 machines in the capital.
Russian version: www.pravda.ru/economics/2005/7/21/63/20082_casino.html

London             UK-Wire.co.uk
Empire Online - First Day of Trading - Financial release.
1pm GMT: EOL.L is presently trading at it's issue price of 175p after earlier touching 190p.
- www.empirepoker.com

Aberdeen             ThisisNorthScotland/Aberdeen Press & Journal
City poised to allow the first casinos for 20 years

London, Cyprus & Israel             The Times & The Guardian
PartyGaming sets IPO price range
Online poker firm cuts float price after City doubts
- www.partygaming.com

Gary, Indiana             FortWayne.com/AP
Gary casino aims to end partnership with Trump
- www.majesticstar.com & www.trumplakemichigan.com

Mexico             La Crónica de Hoy
Crecen casinos en México aun sin cambios a la Ley de Juegos

Lake Tahoe, Nevada             North County Times
New owners of Tahoe casino looking for name, theme, employees

Montreal             FT.com
Confusion on internet gambling spurs US appetite for more facts

London, Cyprus & Israel             Reuters, The Guardian & Bloomberg News
PartyGaming IPO to raise 1.1 billion pounds as poker booms
PartyGaming shows hand on flotation value
PartyGaming IPO May Value Company at $9.2 Billion

London             Reuters & Yahoo
PartyGaming IPO to raise 1.1 billion pounds amid poker boom
Gambling Website To Be Worth £4.8bn
Party Gaming's shares are expected to debut in London 27th June at between 111p and 127p.

Las Vegas             Forbes.com/AP & Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Harrah's Chairman Lays Out Future
Harrah Confident Of Success In Casino Bid - Singapore

Las Vegas             Yahoo/Business Wire 
Gaming Partners International Comments on Newly Formed Alliance and Patent Acquisition as an Industry Endorsement of RFID Technology
Interesting details about GPI's manufacture of RFID chips and the company's brand names. "Chipsoft™ by Paulson, Smartchip™ by Bud Jones, and Safechip™ by B&G."
- www.gpicgaming.com

Wisconsin             Green Bay Press Gazette
Wisconsin’s tribal casinos rake in $1 billion in 2004

Tallahassee, Florida             Miami Herald
Bush may let tribes expand gaming
 

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