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31st March, 2005.

Las Vegas            MSNBC/Reuters
Wynn's new Las Vegas casino sparks gaming rivalry

Ontario            MyTelus/CP
Addicted gamblers to get access to counselling at Ontario casinos
New gambling code a PR gambit, says opposition

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Sun
Appearance counts: Casinos say looks just one aspect of standards for cocktail servers

New York & Czech Republic            Yahoo/Business Wire
Trans World Corporation Announces Significant Increase in Earnings for 2004

Spread-betting firm set to float

Cape Town, South Africa  Bridge
New casinos raise revenues
Gross Gambling Revenues in S.A. increased 19.2% to R8.2 billion in the 12 months to March.

London            Net Imperative
Racing channel launches gambling sites

Nassau, Bahamas            Wichita Eagle
Ruffin sells his Bahamas hotel, casino
The Wyndham Hotel and Crystal Palace Casino.

Liverpool & London           Best Invest/
Sportech PLC - Preliminary Results for the year ended 31 December 2004

Singapore           Yahoo Asia/Reuters
Singapore rejects bid for casino protest march
An application for a license to march in protest against a casino on April 17th has been rejected by the Singapore Government.

Las Vegas & Macau  
Macau Gives Las Vegas Serious Competition

Antigua & Geneva           Heartbeat News
Antigua Anticipates Favorable Ruling on Trade Issue
The WTO must issue it's final ruling by 7th April.

Las Vegas           USA Today Money
Investors wild for Wynn resort
Wynn stock seems to have settled around $70 valuing the company in the region of $7 billion.

Arizona          The Arizona Republic
Navajos may get 6 casinos

Saskatchewan           Yahoo Asia/Reuters
VLT–casino combo causing problems, study says

Nevada           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Few gaming firms disclose figures on minority hiring

Macau & Hong Kong           The Malaysian Star
Macau casino group plans US$200mil IPO

Chicago           Yahoo/AP
Wells-Gardner Warns of First-Quarter Loss

30th March, 2005.

Macau           Hong Kong Standard
Investor eyes $2b jackpot in casino VIP room offer
Galaxy Casino's IPO may involve selling shares in its VIP operations and not the entire company.

Johannesburg           Reuters
S.African regulators approve Caesars casino sale

South Florida 
Florida Slots And The Ultimate Shell Game

Las Vegas          Business Week
Hike Your Odds On A Vegas Condo

Sydney & Moscow           Yahoo Asia/Asia Pulse & Sydney Morning Herald/AAP
Australia's Ainsworth Calls Off Merger With Russia's Unicum
Ainsworth cans Unicum merger talks
Len Ainsworth has called off plans for his company to merge with Boris Belotserkovsky's Unicum. - &

Hamburg & Stuttgart           Manager Magazin
Casino-Imperium soll wachsen

London           The Racing Post - Registration required
UK Bookmakers target Europe
Fair, Honest and Safe: Cross border remote gambling within the European Union - PDF

The Haigh, Holland 
Holland Casino pakt witwassen feller aan

The Haigh, Holland 
'Naam casino verbieden voor hallen met speelautomaten'
Slot machine arcades in Holland could be forbidden from using the word "Casino" to describe or promote their business.

Sydney & Moscow           Yahoo Asia/Dow Jones
Australia's Ainsworth, Russia's Unicum End

London           The Independent
'17,000 jobs riding on Gambling Bill'
iGGBA seem to be the only British organisation keen to see the Bill pass !

Johannesburg           Business Day & All Africa
Silverstar wins casino licence battle
Silverstar Wins Casino Licence Battle

California           The Bloodhorse
Offshore Casino Buys Right to Advertise on Valenzuela's Clothing

London & Macau           ThisisLondon/Evening Standard
British firms size up Macau jackpot

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston 
Station, MGM Mirage execs reap millions from options
Station purchases Reno land

Montana           Sidney Herald
Bill makes habit tough on smokers
Montana's bars and casinos have an excemption allowing smoking until 2009.

Florida           Sun-Sentinel
Florida Senate panel looking at 30-35 percent tax rate for slots

29th March, 2005.

Blackpool           Blackpool Today
Casino bidders 'dealt out' - PLANS to convert two famous Blackpool seafront amusement arcades into casinos are set to be thrown out.

Washington State & Connecticut           The Colombian
Gambling on our future? Wanted: Thousands of casino workers for low-wage jobs

Casinos Austria legt 150-Millionen-Anleihe auf

Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
MGM MIRAGE Presents Four-Year Retrospective of Diversity Initiative

Las Vegas           Yahoo/Business Wire
Gaming Partners International Corporation Posts Results for the Fourth Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2004

Los Angeles           Yahoo/Business Wire
WORLD POKER TOUR Hits $100 Million Milestone

London           Sourcewire/Datacash -  Press release
Online gaming sites prevent underage gambling

Carlisle           Carlisle News and Star
Could Village be the first Carlisle casino ?
Casino scheme worth a flutter

Germany & France           ISA Casinos & Journal des Casinos
ISA CASINOS PA und "Journal de Casinos" aus Frankreich – eine Kooperation die verbindet
- &

Indiana           North West Indiana Times
Man jumps to death from casino parking garage

Iowa           Des Moins Register
Study: Counties with casinos have higher bankruptcy rates

Manila & Macau & Philippine Star
Stanley Ho set to open floating casino in Manila Bay - Imee
Stanley Ho to open floating casino?

Temecula, California          North County Times
New lawsuit filed over Pechanga membership

Las Vegas          The Mercury/AP
Station Casinos CEO realizes $75.4 million from options

London          The Guardian
Value of fraud cases soars to £750m
10% of fraud cases in 2004 cited gambling, 60% the desire to fund an already lavish lifestyle.

Yorkshire & Las Vegas          The Yorkshire Post
Americans want a slice of UK casino pie
Interview with Brad Friedmutter of the Friedmutter Group who are working on the casino at the Coventry Arena for Isle of Capri.

Illinois          The Illinois Leader - Columnist opinion
Elimination of gambling would be windfall for Illinois citizens

Illinois          St. Louis Today
Casino Queen prepares to build larger casino

28th March, 2005.

California & Las Vegas          San Francisco Chronicle
Vegas firm with a history of fines has big plans for Indian casinos - Station Casinos.

China & Burma          Hong Kong Standard/AP
Border casinos feel pain of crackdown
Apparently all but 1 of 82 casinos in Burma along the Chinese border have now closed.

Gaming Investments           Yahoo/Investors Business Daily
Top-Rated Gaming Stocks

New Jersey & Colorado           Yahoo/Reuters
Casino smoking bans loom for two US states

New York           Yahoo/Business Wire
Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts, Inc. Reaches Settlement with Equity Committee

St. Petersburg, Florida           Tampa Tribune
Gambling Ship Seeks To Build Clientele
The Ocean Jewel served by high speed catamarans during the day is averaging around 1,000 passengers a day.

South Africa           Independent Online
Casino bosses urge patrons to mind their kids

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal 
Snyder goes out on top - Executive steered company through transforming time

Macau           The Harald Sun 
Macau may trump Vegas

Washoe County, Nevada           Reno Gazette-Journal
Illegal immigrants boosting Nevada’s high rate of growth

Monaco           The Mercury News
Prince 'clinically dead'

Philadelphia           The Virginian Pilot
The SS United States could sail again

Gambling accountant gets 80 months for embezzling $7 million

Rochester, New York  
New Effort to Get VLT's on Ferry
The Spirit of Ontario connects Rochester New York and Toronto across Lake Ontario.

London           The Daily Telegraph, The Scotsman & The Guardian
Betfair in the running for £200m flotation
Talk of Betfair stock market move
Betfair duo could net £100m

27th March, 2005.

Long Beach, California           Press Telegram
Idea of gambling at Queen Mary still alive

Yarmouth           Eastern Daily Post
Resort puts its cards on the table
Yarmouth Borough Council intends applying for a regional casino licence which it is believed will attract 3.3 million visitors per year to the town.

Sydney           Sydney Morning Herald
New laws to target casino chip gangsters
The laws will prevent high denomination chips from being used as part of drug and money laundering deals.

South Korea           Stars & Stripes
USFK aids South Korean police probe of Yongsan gambling

London           The Times Online &
Betfair pair odds on for £700m float
Online betting group Betfair mulls listing have appointed investment bank NM Rothschild to advise on strategic options.

Iowa           The Hawk Eye
Not going away Smoke–filled casinos are a risk to customers and above all, employees.

26th March, 2005.

Germany           The Times of Malta/Reuters
Bookmaker bans players from betting

Primm, Nevada  
Couple Attempts To Leave Primm Casino With Dead Baby

Macau           The Hong Kong Standard
Sex and the gambling man
Casino gambling is apparently not the only product that Macau has to offer.

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Las Vegas is big-time poker's tournament capital of the world

Michigan           Detroit Free Press
Judge dismisses lawsuit against Indian casino

Monaco           New Zealand Herald
A tragic Prince Charming - Prince Rainier of Monaco.

Malaysia           The Electric New Paper
Seized: Fake coins for jackpot machines
Punters are apparently paying RM700 for 1,000 fake tokens with a value of RM1,000.

Online Poker           CBS Marketwatch 
Royal flush for poker, new online craze - Card room sites are the Net's fastest-growing business
Brief interviews with Sportingbet's Nigel Payne & Phil Hellmuth.

Las Vegas           In Business Las Vegas - Liz Benston
Locals survey bolsters Station's plans

Las Vegas & Carson City           Las Vegas Sun
Schneider says gaming regulators should not be 'moral cops' on ads

Las Vegas & Carson City           Las Vegas Sun
Wynn project earns OK - As expected, commission grants license to operate Strip property

25th March, 2005.

Las Vegas & Carson City           Las Vegas Review-Journal 
Wynn rhapsodizes about latest - Nevada Gaming Commission OKs license to operate $2.7 billion Strip casino

Iowa           Des Moins Register
Whoops! Casino bill changer delivers unbeatable odds
$100 bills had mistakenly been placed into a bill changer instead of $20's. The loss $46,640 !

Margarita Island, Venezuela           El
Seniat cerró casino del Hilton en Margarita

Atlantic City           Ashbury Park Press &
Regulators OK sale of Hilton casino
The going price for a casino these days? In A.C., $513 million

Vancouver          The Globe & Mail
Hastings racetrack abuzz after hitting the jackpot

Las Vegas          Yahoo/Business Wire
Station Casinos, Inc. and Perini Building Company Top Off Red Rock Resort Spa Casino

Las Vegas & Carson City         Las Vegas Sun/AP - Adam Goldman
Casino mogul Steve Wynn gets gambling license for new resort

Las Vegas & Carson City          Yahoo/Business Wire
Nevada Gaming Commission Approves Wynn Las Vegas' Application

China          The People Daily & China Economic Net
103 foreign casinos compelled to close
China closes down 103 casinos
Amazing statistics. 48,000 illegal gambling cases, 146,000 arrested suspects and nearly 230 million yuan confiscated.

Singapore          The Electric New Paper
Casino hopefuls spend millions just to bid

Berlin, Germany          CNN Sports Illustrated/AP
German gamblers had list of refs

Illinois          Chicago Business
'Intriguing' member joins Gaming Board - Rev. Winkler opposes industry he's about to regulate

24th March, 2005.

£36K Winner told: You can't have the cash
Interesting story. Would the Bookmaker have refunded the money if the bet had lost ?

Monaco          The Guardian/AP
Powerful Body Decides How Monaco's Run

Las Vegas          Las Vegas Sun
Global Cash Access plans initial offering

Bismark, North Dakota          Las Vegas Sun/AP
Internet poker supporters attempt to salvage constitutional amendment

Chicago, Illinois
Austria's Casino Screens Hit The Jackpot

Chicago, Illinois          Chicago Sun Times
New head of Gaming Board promises action

Christchurch, New Zealand          New Zealand Herald
Runanga treasurer jailed over thefts to feed gambling habit

Indiana          Indianapolis Star
French Lick casino gets a redeal - With Trump out, gaming commission reopens bidding

Tallahassee, Florida          Sun-Sentinel/AP
Legislation would put limits on slot machines - Only electronic bingo, video lottery would be permitted

Detroit           Detroit Business News, Detroit Free Press & Detroit News
Marian Ilitch Moves One Step Closer to Purchasing MotorCity Casino
MotorCity's sale to Ilitch is closer - She would be first all-local investor
Ilitch purchases MotorCity Casino

Macau           China Daily
Casino design is no game of luck
A look at Paul Steelman's design for Sands Macau and his own personal thoughts on what works and what usually doesn't.

Antigua           Antigua Sun
Companies staying: Gaming director

Singapore           Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Govt May Be In Talks With Casino Bidders
Several companies may already have been shortlisted ahead of an 18th April announcement.

Johannesburg Bridge
Sun's results reflect 2 markets
Earnings dice rolls for Sun

Singapore & Las Vegas           German & Swiss Press
Harrah's Uses Ground Zero Architect for Singapore Bid

Singapore & Johannesburg  & Business Report
Sun in run for Singapore casino
Sun International to sell hotel stake

23rd March, 2005.

Europe - Germany, Switzerland & San Marino           German & Swiss Press
Spandau setzt auf Coinless- Lösung von AGI
Grand Casino Gruppe in Luzern schreibt schwarze Zahlen
"Bingo City" geplant

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston & LVR-J
County OKs Wynn licenses
County commission approves resort's liquor, gaming licenses
Around 99,000 staff applied to work at Wynn Las Vegas. 9,000 are required for the 28th April opening.

London            ThisisMoney/London Evening Standard
Spread betting firm fined £35,000

Poker - U.S.           Pop Matters
TV Poker: Don't believe the hype:

Newcastle & Las Vegas          ic Newcastle/The Evening Chronicle
You bet your life I'm angry
Meetings between Newcastle City Council and MGM Mirage regarding a casino at St. James Park have apparently been so top-secret that not even the local MP could gain access.

Buenos Aires, Argentina  & Pagina12/WEB
Un juez ordenó que clausuren el Casino, pero la Ciudad no lo hará
El casino, otra vez en la polémica

Hollywood, Florida           Miami Herald
Seminoles seek meeting with governor over slots

Las Vegas            Yahoo/PRNewswire
MGM MIRAGE and Mandalay Resort Group Announce Extension of Closing Date

Las Vegas & Detroit            Yahoo/PRNewswire
MGM MIRAGE and Mandalay Resort Group Announce Agreement for the Sale of Mandalay's Interest in the MotorCity Casino

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
'South Strip' sees resurgence

Las Vegas & Illinois           Las Vegas Review-Journal
MGM-Mirage merger may be delayed

Mississippi & Florida           Sun-Sentinel
A gamble on the way to payoff - Firm's CEO took a bet on Broward slots
Profile of Isle of Capri's founder, president and CEO Bernard Goldstein.

Hong Kong & Macau           Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones Newswires
HK Bourse: Release from Melco Intl Devt On Connected Deal -15

Washington & Minnesota  - Press release
Indian country Mourns red lake tragedy - National Indian gaming association begins relief fund

Australia & Macau           Asia Time/Asia Pulse
Australian casino operator ups stake in Macau

Winnepeg, Manitoba 
Study finds link between problem gambling and abundance of VLTs
The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry -

Winnepeg, Manitoba   & Winnepeg Sun
Study links problem gambling, spread of VLTs
Casinos, VLTs 'too accessible'

Albany, New York           Buffalo News
Court of Appeals hears suit against casinos 

22nd March, 2005.

Portsmouth. England           Portsmouth Today
Gambling menace to young sailors
Slots located at the Royal Navy training base HMS Collingwood in Fareham are apparently making £1,300 profit per week.

Macau & Australia           The Hong Kong Standard - Zack Coleman
Hyatt casino deal lifts Ho, Packer tieup

Victoria, Australia           The Herald Sun/
Casino deal probed
The Victorian Commission for Gambling Regulation is looking into the deal between Kerry Packer's PBL and Melco International Development.

Palm Beach, Florida           Palm Beach Post 
Cruise line rolls dice on new gambling ship
Palm Beach cruise lines are shortly introducing "the Big Easy" with a 30,000 square foot casino and 23 tables.

Zürich, Switzerland           Swiss Info/SDA-ATS
Swiss Casinos mit erfolgreichem Geschäftsjahr 2004

San Miguel, Peru            La Republica
Desvalijan casino en San Miguel
The Casino Miami in San Miguel, Peru has been robbed by an armed group of 12 who destoyed the surveillance system and disabled alarms.

Buenos Aires, Argentina  
Investigan si planean abrir nuevos casinos flotantes

Indiana            Northwest Indiana Times
Jackpot: Local casinos hit record profits - Horseshoe's $14.7 million table drop spikes February revenues

NSW, Australia            Austalian Daily Telegraph
New laws target criminals using casino chips

Problem Gambling - Nevada            CBS News/Christian Science Monitor
The Dark Side Of Gambling

Australia & Macau            The Melbourne Age, & Yahoo Asia/Asia Pulse
PBL gets a bigger foothold in Macau
Packer, Ho in Macau casino deal
Australia's PBL ups Stake in MacAu's Great Wonders Investments

North Dakota            Bismark Tribune
Online poker defeated
The Bill (HD1509) was defeated 44-3 in the N.D. Senate.

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