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7th March, 2005.

Beijing            China Daily
Experts split over gambling law proposal

Coventry            ic Coventry/Coventry Evening News
Casino giant to gamble on law change
Isle of Capri intend opening a small casino in the Coventry Area, the larger regional one will be located underneath the exhibition and conference halls.
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London            Christian Today
Methodists Launch Huge Petition against New Gambling Bill

Mexico   - Barnard R. Thompson
Mexican casino opponents use delaying tactics
Casinos in Mexico will apparently not be debated in Congress before the recess on 30th April.

London            The Times &
Britain to trump Las Vegas tricks
US casino 'tricks' face ban in UK
The article also has an estimated date for "super casino" openings - 2010 !

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Kerkorian's vision shaped Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas            Detroit Free Press
Steve Wynn returns to the Strip - Ex Mirage owner names hotel-casino after himself

France & Switzerland           Le Progress
Braquage du casino de Divonnes-les-Bains: 12 à 15 000 euros dérobés
An armed gang robbed the Domaine de Divonne casino of €12 to 15,000 on 6th March and escaped over the border into Switzerland.

Singapore            Yahoo Asia/AP & Financial Times
Singapore archbishop opposes casino plan
Singapore gets 19 bids to build first casino

South Florida           Christian Science Monitor
A Florida tug of war over gambling

South Florida            Times-Union & The Ledger Online
South Florida to vote on slot machines 
Two sides, two visions of slots impact in Florida
Voters in Miami-Dade and Broward will vote on Tuesday 8th March whether to allow slots at racetracks and jai-alai frontons.

Miami            Reuters
Casino Company Buys 69-HH Stripper's Implant have paid $16,766 for the lump of silicone.

Macau            Hong Kong Standard
Casinos give Macau coffers 30% boost
During 2004 Macau's casinos paid 30% more in gaming tax and the S.A.R. received 66% more visitors from mainland China than in 2003.

Macau            Catholic News Service
Macau church officials worry casinos lure students away from school

Canadians wary of online casinos, fear addictive pull of VLTs: poll

6th March, 2005.

Vienna, Austria            Wirtschaftsblatt Online
Novomatic eröffnet Gross-Wettcasino im Wiener Prater

San Diego, California            San Diego Union-Tribune
Casino workers face even tougher battle
Indian Casinos and many Nevada casinos allow their employees to gamble when not on duty.

Bismark, North Dakota            Grand Forks Herald/AP
Internet poker bill: Feds say it's illegal

Queensland, Australia            The Sunday Mail
Our $2 million-a-day pokie addiction
Queensland's 41,000 slots in Clubs, Bars and Hotels won A$760 million in 2004.

Barrow in Furness            North West Evening Mail
Punter calls for casino machines to be banned

South Florida            Miami Herald & Sun-Sentinel
Slots spin big dreams, casino profits
Slot machine opponents might be closing the gap
Slots will ignite business, pari-mutuels say

Las Vegas & Singapore             Yahoo/PRNewswire
CPAmerica Submits Bid for Singapore Resort & Casino

Macau            China View/Xinhua News 
Macao nets 1.8 billion US dollars from gaming tax
Macau's gross gaming win in 2004 was 36.8 billion patacas (U.S $4.6 billion) and 14.7 billion patacas (U.S $1.8 billion - 35%) was paid in government gaming taxes.

Mississippi            Biloxi Sun-Herald
La. entrepreneur wants OK for casino site

Arizona            Arizona Republic
Gaming devices find 2nd life  - Chances are, old machines a hit at home

5th March, 2005.

London            The Scotsman
Charity and Churches Call for Gambling Ban
The Salvation Army, the Methodist Church and children's charity NCH are campaigning for Class D slots to be barred from use by children.

London            The Financial Times
Jowell warns on gambling bill hold-up
5-year slog to reach the home straight

North Korea            Daily Telegraph
Odds against North Korean casino as China stops flow of 'dirty cash'

South Florida            Palm Beach Post
Gov. Bush makes final rounds to discourage slots
Some worry about impact slots would have on businesses here

South Florida            Miami Herald
Bankrolling the slots battle

South Florida            Sun-Sentinel - Editorial
Slots Too Big A Gamble
Bush concedes pro-slots forces are ahead
The Sun-Sentinel's editorial strongly advises readers to vote against slots on 8th March.
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London            Yahoo/Reuters
Online Poker Seen Doubling in 2005, Site Launched

Texas            Brownsville Herald
Police raid casino

London            Net Imperative
Ladbrokes hires agencies to grow online

4th March, 2005.

Mexico            La Jornada
Avanza en San Lázaro decreto para permitir casinos en México

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Sun
Profit falls at Mandalay Resort Group
Shuffle Master reports best-ever first quarter

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Many investors priced out of Vegas market, Adelson says

Guildford, Surrey           Surrey Advertiser
Licence means casino is on a roll

Broward County, Florida            Sun-Sentinel
Ruling on slots ads deals a setback to gambling foes

Port Everglades, Florida            Miami Herald
St. Tropez ship can repatriate crew

Macau & Las Vegas            Eastday/Xinhua
Wynn's bidding in Singapore has no impact on investment in Macau
Wynn Macau intend holding a job fair toward the end of 2005 for the 4,000 staff required.

Luxemburg            Union Network International
A Global Union for workers in the Gaming Sector !

Reno, Nevada            Yahoo/PRNewswire
IGT Supports National Problem Gambling Awareness Campaign
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Las Vegas            Las Vegas Review-Journal
Tourism: Downtown's draw improves - 21.3 million visitors headed there in 2004, data suggest

New York & Singapore            Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Starwood submits proposal to develop Singapore casino

Singapore           International Herald Tribune - Columnist opinion 
Commentary:  Singapore's trump card

Asunción, Paraquay            ABC Color
Imputan y piden clausura de casino

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Palms joins upward trend in Las Vegas - Owner says shortage of rooms addressed by $600 million add-on

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Harrah's shuts down U.K. gambling Web site after losing money 
Harrahs has closed down the sunscription gaming website after posting losses of  $9.3 million last year.
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Las Vegas           Yahoo/Business Wire
Shuffle Master, Inc. Reports First Quarter Results

Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Mandalay Resort Group Reports Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results

3rd March, 2005.

Macau           Hong Hong Standard
Sands sets sights on big spenders at the baccarat tables
The Sands Macau will shortly start offering high rollers on Baccarat a commission rate of 1.1% on gross action. Minimum turnover required is HK$1 Billion per month.

Montevideo, Uruguay           Ultimas Noticias
Utilidades de casinos del Estado tuvieron alza de 59,07% en 2004 respecto a 2003

Las Vegas 
Palms casino in Las Vegas announces plans for condo tower

Las Vegas           Yahoo/Investors Business Daily
Casino Operator Keeps Betting On Locals

Indiana           Indianapolis Star
Trump bails out of casino plan for French Lick

Beijing, China           China View/Xinhua
Big gambling ring smashed
The continuing campaign in China to eradicate gambling interests in the country.

Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas Reports Record 4th Quarter Net Revenues

New Zealand  & New Zealand Herald
Govt puts $54m into new gambling strategy
Strategy to cut gambling hailed as a world first

Pennsylvania           MSNBC/
A monthly statement from your local casino?

Singapore           Today Online
No referendum on casino issue

Newton, Massachusetts           Interest Alert/PRNewswire
Casino City Press Releases New 2005 Gaming Business Directory

London           Daily Telegraph & Independent
William Hill blames casino U-turn for £453m refund
William Hill returns £453m after scrapping casino plans

2nd March, 2005.

French Lick, Indiana           New York Newsday/AP
Trump's company drops plans for Indiana casino

London           CBS MarketWatch
Hopes fade for UK gaming boom - William Hill forgoes acquisitions; Quintain forges ahead

Indiana          Yahoo/Business Wire
Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts, Inc. Announces End of Negotiations for Southern Indiana Casino
The news means that the Indiana Gaming Commission may reopen the bidding for the license.

London           Yahoo UK/Reuters
Passive smoke kills hundreds

London & The Guardian
William Hill betting on expansion
Bookie's bets are off on UK 'supercasinos'

Nevada          Las Vegas Review-Journal
Nevada tourism group launching TV ads - Nevada Commission on Tourism.

Las Vegas          Bloomberg News Feature 
Harrah's, MGM Mirage Duel for Supremacy on the Las Vegas Strip

Jersey         Jersey Evening Post - Temporary link
All bets off - THE States today rejected a casino and commercial bingo for Jersey

Singapore          Channel News Asia
19 proposals received for integrated resort; Cabinet to decide in 4-6 wks
CHA does not yet have the complete list of companies who have submitted proposals.

Casino revenue plunges - Loonie, border 'fatigue' blamed for 13.6% dip

Ontario          Toronto Star & CBC News
Jackpot bad luck for senior
81-year-old sues over lottery win gone wrong

London          Yahoo UK/Reuters, Financial Times & London Evening Standard
William Hill returning capital
William Hill to return £453m to shareholders
£453m cashback as Hill shuns casinos
Hill's return of capital to shareholders seeming to indicate that the company is not interested in casino investments in the UK.

London          Best Invest/
William Hill PLC - Preliminary Announcement of results
William Hill's profits are up 16% to  £232.0 million. The company now has 5,573 FOBT's that won an average of £370 per week during the year.

Rangers, Celtic and Money
A look at how LCI have out manoevered Rangers FC in the quest for a Scottish regional casino.

Casino muss Einsatz zurückzahlen
An Austrian court has ruled that Casinos Austria must repay a problem gambler some of his losses.

Las Vegas & Singapore          Las Vegas Sun/AP & Las Vegas Review-Journal
Las Vegas companies bidding to build casinos in Singapore
Casino groups pursue Singapore - Local gaming companies among bidders for island resorts
Four Las Vegas based gaming companies have submitted plans for Singapore - Harrah's Entertainment, Las Vegas Sands, MGM Mirage & Wynn Resorts.

Ontario, Canada           Globe and Mail
Responsible gambling plan goes inside casinos

Reno, Nevada           Las Vegas Sun/AP
IGT: Stock drop temporary, gambling expansion 'alive and well'
Report from yesterday's IGT AGM in Reno.

Reno, Nevada           Yahoo/PRNewswire - Very brief
G. Thomas Baker Retires as Chairman of International Game Technology, TJ Matthews Succeeds as New Chairman

Las Vegas & Singapore           Yahoo/Reuters
Harrah's sees next Singapore move in March

Manitoba, Canada           Canoe/Winnepeg Sun
Casino looking for staff

London           The Stage
Live shows will sweeten Gambling Bill, say Tories

1st March, 2005.

London           British Casino Association - Press release
Casino Association highlights Government double-speak

Jamaica           Jamaica Gleaner
NO TO CASINO - Most Jamaicans reject proposed gaming method 

Jersey, Channel Islands 
Island's gambling laws discussed

Singapore           Channel News Asia
MP urges parliament to lift Whip on casino debate

Ontario & Oldham, England           Business Wire
iView Systems Acquired by EndX Group
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London           The Independent
Going to the dogs: Channel 4 chief takes £50m punt on tracks

Fort Lauderdale, Florida          Sun-Sentinel
Pari-mutuel slots could capsize gambling cruises - Day-trip ships fear profits may plunge

Temecula, California           North County Times
Judge denies Pechanga request to stop new guidelines

Albany, New York           The Record Online
Pro-casino side packed with insiders

Singapore           Today Online
Second round for casino operators ?
At least 13 companies from Asia, Australia, South Africa and the U.S. have submitted proposals.

Kuala Lumpur           New Straits Times & Malay Mail
Seized chips were for illegal casino
The bets are off at these bookie centres - Good picture of the sized chips.

Beijing, China          China View/Xinhua & China Economic View
No overseas gambling firms allowed in China
Gambler cadre expected to stand trial

Atlantic City           MSNBC/Newsweek - Columnist opinion
Babes Up in Arms - An Atlantic City casino says its cocktail waitresses must be thin.

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