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30th June

Las Vegas  
Barrick Gaming Sells Four Downtown Casinos

Carson City & Las Vegas            Las Vegas Review-Journal
Cash promised for downtown casinos - Tamares Group tells state regulators it will infuse $10 million into properties

Melbourne   & The Herald Sun
Crown Casino 'part of drug ring'
Casino link to heroin arrests

New York & London  
Electronic Game Card Gains National Indian Gaming Commission Approval for its GameCards

London            Best Invest/
PartyGaming Plc - Disclosure of Interests in Share Capital
PartyGaming Plc - Disclosure of Directors' Shareholdings
Financial declarationson individual share holdings in the newly listed company.

Las Vegas            Yahoo/PRNewswire
Bally Gaming and Systems Announces Formation of New Table Games Division, Receives Approval of MP21(TM) Technology; Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit
The Bally Gaming PIL is against SM's MD2 machine which is accused of infringing BG & S's U.S. Patent No. 6,460,848 B1.
- | | 6,460,848.

Public takes punt on Partygaming
Q&A: Partygaming share offer - 27th June.
The growing allure of online poker  - 2nd June.
Share Price - Party Gaming shares have risen to 143.5p on their first day of public trading.

Moscow            Kommersant
Moscow City Duma Deputies Go at One-arm Bandits

Costa Rica & Utah            Deseret News
Online gaming may recruit Costa Rica in its U.S. push

Phuket, Thailand            Phuket Gazette
PSU dumps controversial casino course

Moscow            RIA Novosti
Number of gambling venues set to fall in Moscow
A new gambling Bill for Moscow passed it's first reading in the city Duma on the 29th June.

Sydney            AFR & NineMSN/AAP
Pokie maker looks mug punter with $11m loss
Ainsworth set to post $11m net loss
Ainsworth Game Technology shares are presently trading at A$0.46 down 13%.
Share Price -

Connecticut & St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands            CBS4 Boston/AP
Mashantucket Pequots announce plans for Caribbean resort casino
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Ottawa, Canada            CNW TELBEC
Provincial casino regulators and FINTRAC sign agreement to combat money laundering and terrorist activity financing
FINTRAC - Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada.

Three Dealers Arrested At Barona Casino

Arizona            Arizona Republic
State probing casino patron's lucky streak - San Carlos tribal member wins 3 vehicles

29th June

Macau            Bloomberg News & IHT
Macau Casino Boom May Push Luxury Home Prices Up 30% in a Year
Around Asia's markets: Gambling on luxury residences in Macao

London            Yahoo/Business Wire & Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
WPT Enterprises, Inc. Introduces Online Gaming Site
WPT launches new Internet poker room 

Monticello, New York            Yahoo/Business Wire
Mighty M Gaming Setting Records at First Year Anniversary

Connecticut            Norwich Bulletin
Probation will likely wash ex-casino worker's record

Cardiff            icWales/South Wales Echo & BBC Wales
Billionaire heads up Cardiff casino complex
Aspers ahead in super casino race 
Aspinalls has been chosen as the preferred casino operator at the £700 million sports village under development at Cardiff Bay.
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Gambling Studies - U.S.  , University at Buffalo
Living closer to a casino increases likelihood of problem gambling
The research is from the University at Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions.
Study Ties Risk of Problem Gambling with Proximity to Casinos and Other Gambling Opportunities
- Journal of Gambling Studies
The Relationship of Ecological and Geographic Factors to Gambling Behavior and Pathology

Los Angeles            dBusiness News
World Poker Tour(TM) and U.S. Playing Card Chosen Sports/Special Brand Licensee of the Year at International Licensing Excellence Awards

California            eMediaWire
The Casino Dealer College Opens Newest Location In Los Angeles, California

Hong Kong & Macau            Interactive Investor/AFX
Macau tycoon Stanley Ho ousts sister from family casino business

New Mexico            Business Wire
Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

Jamaica            Jamaica Observer
Prime Sports, Supreme open $300-m gaming lounge
The Acropolis. A cooperation between Prime Sports & slot operator Supreme Ventures Ltd.

Kentucky & San Juan, Puerto Rico            Business Wire
Eagle Hospitality Acquires Embassy Suites San Juan Hotel & Casino; Upscale, Full-Service Hotel Purchased for $60 Million
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Penghu, Taiwan            Taiwan News
Casino could boost Penghu tourism, says Lu

London & U.S.  
Partygaming steals a march on US casinos

New Mexico            Yahoo/New Mexico Channel
New Law To Allow Casinos To Stay Open Longer

Washington            USA Today/AP
McCain takes aim at off-reservation gambling
U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

28th June

Las Vegas            USA Today/AP &
USDA still mystified by Roy attack
Report Released on Roy Horn's Tiger Attack

Colombia, South Carolina            Las Vegas Sun/AP &
Baptists to help track down illegal machines
Southern Baptists To Help Fight Illegal Gambling Machines

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Partner buying real estate interests of Barrick Gaming

Singapore & Japan            Las Vegas Sun
Japan could be next Asian hotbed for legalized gaming

Gaming Investments            MarketWatch
WPT to tap online poker craze

Carson City, Nevada            Las Vegas Review-Journal/AP
Nevada Supreme Court to hear arguments on IGT tax-evasion case

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Review-Journal
Barrick sells casino stakes - Full control of Plaza, Western Hotel, Las Vegas Club and Gold Spike goes to Tamares Group
- Search "Poju Zabludowicz"

Macau Property            The Moscow Times/Reuters
Macau Booming, Not Bubbling

Greece   - In brief
Hyatt Regency - 1st quarter results
- - Hyatt Regency casino listings.

Levis, Canada            CNW Telbec
DEQ Systems Corp. to acquire Las Vegas side betting operator D P Stud

Halifax            CBC News & Free Press
VLT suicides' families want machines banned
Dead daughter's kin seeks ban on VLTs

London            The Times - 26th June
Lord Lucan: Solving the riddle
A cracking read and extracted from the book "The Gamblers" to be published 7th July.

London & Liverpool
Stanley Casinos - GMB Union talks
The two sides were in talks covering pay and conditions on the 27th June. A brief message on our forum indicates that some form of compromise may have been reached. This aggreement could possibly be put to GMB members as early as Thursday (30th June). Ian
GMB threatening strike action at Stanley Casinos

London            The Scotsman/PA
Fears over Online Gambling Craze - The Mental Health Foundation

Macau & Hong Kong            Hong Kong Standard
Top banks to arrange two casino bond sales

Melbourne            The Herald Sun
Hunt for gambling venue bandits

London  , Business World & The Gambling Press/InfoPowa News
Gaming Corporation PLC - Acquisition of
Gaming Corp Irish casino buy for £60,000
Gaming Corporation purchases

London            New York Times
Online Gambling Shares Climb 11% in Debut Day
Party Gaming shares ended their first day of conditional trading at 129p. PG is now the world's second most valuable gaming company.
Share Price -

New Jersey            The Press of Atlantic City
For Atlantic City casinos, the doctor isn't always in

New York            CBS Marketwatch - Columnist opinion
The N.Y. Times discovers poker

27th June

Halifax, Nova Scotia            Nationmal Post/Canadian Press & My Telus
Citizens want inquiry on VLT addictions
Families who say loved ones committed suicide over VLTs call for inquiry

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Sun/AP & Liz Benston
Tamares signs agreement to buy Barrick Gaming casino interests
Barrick hampered by debt, sources say
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Mexico            La Jornalda
Gobernación ignoró leyes locales al otorgar licencias para casinos 

Spain & Chile            La Bolsa
Cirsa y Radisson concurrirán juntas a la licitación de casinos en Chile.

PartyGaming surges after biggest UK float in 5 years

Niagara Falls, Canada            MSNBC/Business First Buffalo
Numbers indicate big payoff for Falls, Ont. casinos
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Dortmund, Germany            Westdeutsche Allegemeine
Uschi Glas nahm sich zur Eröffnung die Kugel
Casino Hohensyburg is celebrating it's 20th Birthday. Originally opening 28th June, 1985.

Travemünde, Germany  
Roulette und Black Jack Open Air

London            Sharecast & Sky News
PartyGaming sets 116p price
Party Gaming shows hand
Conditional trading in Party Gaming shares starts today and the public can buyin from the 30th June.

IPO puts PartyGaming on course to enter FTSE 100 - PRTY.L
Share Price -

London            Business Wire
Gaming Corporation PLC UK Regulatory Announcement: Trading Statement
Share Price -

Macau            Channel News Asia
Giant Macau casino wins convention boost from China: report - Venetian Macau.

26th June

London            The Times - 26th June
Coral Eurobet heads league
In a list of Britain's largest private companies Coral Eurobbet rank 1st. Done Brothers Bookmakers and Gala Group are also on the list at 56 and 58 respectively.

Online Poker            The Times - 26th June
Talking Point: Innocent fun or high-risk thrill?

Online Poker            The Ledger/New York Times
At PartyGaming, Everything's Wild
On the eve of Partry Gaming's IPO in London the NY Times has an article looking at the Porn business background of founder Ruth Parasol.

Alberta, Canada            The Edmonton Sun
Province now the pit boss - Columnist opinion.
Alberta’s gambling problem - Editorial.

Thailand & Australia            The Australian
New bets on Thai casinos

Seoul, South Korea             JoongAng Daily & The Korea Herald
Casino operator sees potential in South Jeolla's resort plan
U.S. casino tycoon may launch business here
Sheldon Adelson is looking at opportunities offered by South Jeolla's 10,579 hectare "J-Project".

Florida            Sun-Sentinel
Florida to appeal judge’s ruling allowing slots on July 1

Mississippi             Biloxi Sun-Herald
Coast casinos join trend using foreign workers to fill job gaps

Moscow             Washington Post
Gambling Industry Explodes In Russia - Number of Casinos And Slots Skyrockets After Change in Laws
There are now apparently 58 casinos, 2,000 slot arcades and approximately 70,000 machines in Moscow alone.

Atlantic City             The Press of Atlantic City
Casino chips with chips offer security, tracking

Queensland, Australia             The Sunday Mail
Gambling almost shattered my life

Las Vegas             eMediaWire/PRWeb
Marketing Icon Shares Secrets In New Managment Company

25th June

Perth, Australia             Australian Sunday Times
Agent loses $1m of clients' money

Cambodia & Thailand   
Gamblers flock to Cambodia after Bangkok crackdown

California             San Diego Union-Tribune
Some casinos are refusing to revert to cards-only games

Norwich, England             Norwich Evening News
Cabbies angry over gambling ad

Johannesburg, South Africa   
No BEE, no gambling license

Online Poker             The Economist, The Guardian & Independent
A blue-chip investment?
Investors rush to online poker float
The party's about to begin for PartyGaming's millionaires
The Interview: The Empire strikes back for online poker - Noam Lanir interview.

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Panel: Casino marketing in future to focus on nongaming attractions
Report from the Casino Design conference held at Wynn Las Vegas.

Vienna             Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Barrick landlord files for share of gaming

Bangkok             Bangkok Post &
Eight senior police moved after Taopoon casino raid
More than 5,000 Thais jailed for gambling
Democrats oppose legalised casinos

South Korea             JoongAng Daily
Casino executive visiting Korea - Sheldon Adelson.

Den Haag             De Telegfaaf
Internetgokken bij Holland Casino

Victoria, Australia             The Herald Sun
Tatt's may hit jackpot

24th June

Puerto Rico             Puerto Rico Herald
Here's another thing Puerto Rico lawmakers don't agree on: slot machines at the race track
Puerto Ricos 19 casinos presently have 5,600 slots and more than 300 tables generating a $242 million gaming win in 2004.

Vienna             Casinos Austria - Press release
Casinos Austria International CEO Paul Herzfeld elected to the Board of the European Casino Association
The ECA to my knowledge doesn't as yet have a website.

Israel             Arutz Sheva
Lottery Officials [Secretly] Launch Casinos

French Lick, Indiana             The Indianapolis Star & Cincinatti Enquirer
French Lick casino license is granted
Indiana Gaming Commission approves plan for $250M Orange County casino
Lauth Resorts & Casinos has been awarded the license with the Blue Sky Casino to be operated by Majestic Star.

Indiana             The Courier Journal
724 people requested casino ban - Help for gambling addicts in 1st year

Macau             The Hong Kong Standard
Harilela Cotai resort venture falls through
Las Vegas Sands have lost a key hotel partner for the ambitious Cotai Strip development.

Bangkok, Thailand             Bangkok Post
Casino raid revives row over betting - Thaksin: Issue may be put to vote at election

Bangkok             The Nation
Owner of den gets jail
TAOPOON GAMBLING RAID: Five senior police officers under investigation
The Thai courts have wasted no time in sentencing and levying fines on those involved with the Taopoon casino.

Victoria, Australia    & Yahoo Australia/Asia Pulse
Stampede shuts Tatts offer early
Australia's Tattersall's To Concentrate On Core Competencies
Tattersalls is expected to list on the ASX 7th July.

London & Gibraltar             The Glasgow Herald, Evening Standard & Calcutta Telegraph
PartyGaming founders on line for fortune
PartyGaming flotation 'fully subscribed' 
Poker party on bourse - Party Gaming shares will trade conditionally from the 27th June.

Los Angeles             Yahoo/Business Wire
WORLD POKER TOUR Offers Autographed Final Table Cards, Chips & Felt from WPT World Championship on eBay

Biloxi, Mississippi             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. Announces Full Year and Fourth Quarter Results
Share Price -

Singapore             Yahoo Asia/Channel News Asia
Asian govts should legalise & regulate online gaming industry: experts

Singapore             The Edge Daily/Reuters
Universal Studios says still in Singapore casino bid

South Africa             Business Report & Engineering News
Johnnic sees possible gaming merger with HCI
Johnnic sees good gaming prospects
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Guyana             Virgin Islands Daily News - Columnist opinion
Guyana looks to the future with plans for a casino and new hotel

Macau             International Herald Tribune
Macao casino giant to expand
More information from L.C. Koo's speech at the Asian Casinos Expo in Singapore.

Washington             The Daily Telegraph
£36m casino cash 'used for donations to congressmen'

California             San Diego Union-Tribune
From smallest casino to a big-time player

23rd June

London             BACTA - Press release
ICE & ATE have a new owner
The new owner of the ICE, ATEI, magazines and websites etc... is Clarion Events.

Singapore             Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Sun Intl Eyes Tie-Ups For Singapore Casino Bid

Bangkok, Thailand             The Nation
Number’s up for infamous den
Referendum needed to justify legalising casinos: PM

Bangkok, Thailand             Bangkok Post  - Possible temporary link
Major city casino busted  - Air-ground raid nets 353 gamblers, B56m
An amazing story and one of the biggest ever raids on an illegal casino. The operation being apparently owned by a Thai Senator.

Bangkok, Thailand             The Gulf Times, Dow Jones Newswires &
Thai police in copters raid casino, arrest 350
Thai Police Raid Gambling Den Allegedly Owned By Lawmaker
Thai police raid illegal casino
The BBC article has a picure of Mini-Baccarat tables being removed by police.

San Francisco             Kansas City Star/AP
Woman sues over casino's makeup policy

Yarmouth             Eastern Daily Post
Plug pulled on casino plan
Hilton Group have pulled out of a 4* hotel development at Yarmouth's Pleasure Beach.

Victoria, Australia             The Melbourne Age
Tattersall's share offer closes early - Tattersalls shares are expected to trade 7th July.

Casinos optimistic on Singapore gaming prospects; to target China high rollers

New Jersey             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Borgata Receives New Jersey Gaming License Renewal

Waukegan, Illinois             Yahoo/Business Wire
WMS Gaming and Cyberview Technology Enter into Server-Based Gaming System Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property License Agreements
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Ontario & Detroit, Michigan             Detroit News
Ontario smoking ban to boost Detroit gaming
Ontarios state wide ban on smoking in public places comes into force 31st May, 2006.

Gambling Research             Las Vegas Review-Journal
GAMBLING STUDY: Projected revenue: $100 billion - Casinos expected to hit mark by end of decade
- PricewaterhouseCoopers' Global Entertainment and Media Outlook: 2005-2009

Singapore             Channel News Asia
Industry players stress need for responsible gaming
Unique advantages help Macau casino group cope with competition - SJM

Canada    Sun
Lucky country?: Gambling in Canada is a $13-billion industry with profits similar to fuel, liquor taxes

Macau Casinos Eye Facial Recognition to Nab Cheats

Isle of Man   
Poker Stars makes a move

22nd June

Singapore             Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Sun Intl Eyes Tie-Ups For Singapore Casino Bid

Atlantic City             The Press of Atlantic City
A.C. activists: Gambling hasn’t helped residents
Harrah’s announces plans for $458M. expansion

Macau & Singapore             Yahoo/AP
China Said Should Regulate Macau Gambling - Macau's Dominant Casino Operator Says Foreign Competition 'Not Welcome'
Dr L.C. Koo Head of the Performance Improvement Department at SJM speaking during the Asian Casinos Expo in Singapore.

Singapore    & Las Vegas Sun/Bloomberg News
Singapore Casinos to Spur Gaming Growth
Harrah's may enter Macau

Hong Kong             Hong Kong Standard - Zack Coleman
Slow casino boat from Shenzhen weighs anchor
The Panamanian registered Princess Rowena. It's not confirmed that there is a casino onboard.
- - ship photos.

Canada    Star
Canadians lose 400% more gambling than they believe
Statistics from the new Canada West Foundation report: Gambling in Canada 2005: Statistics and Context. Report download link

Harrah's ready to invest up to 3-4 bln usd in Singapore casinos, eyes Macau

Scotland             Glasgow Evening Times
Casino workers back strike call in pay row

Singapore & Australia             IT/Bloomberg News & New Zealand Herald
Tabcorp teams with Carnival for Singapore casino bid
Tabcorp in joint casino resorts bid

Tallahassee             Sun-Sentinel
Judge allows slots in Broward starting July 1
The slot machine issue - Special feature

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