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14th March, 2005.

South Africa           All Africa/BUANews
N West Casinos Up for Socio-Economic Development

Las Vegas & Hong Kong           Las Vegas Review-Journal & Yahoo Asia/Reuters
Hong Kong firm to partner with Sands in Macau
Regal signs Macau resort agreement with Sands

Detroit           Detroit News
February revenues at two Detroit casinos fall

Gaming History           Chicago Sun-Times - John Grochowski column
Gambling tiger goes extinct, but other contests still roar

Singapore           Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Casino Resort Will Be Positive For Singapore - Merrill

Gilze-Rijen, The Netherlands           De Telegraaf
Van der Valk test casino in hotel
- www.jvh.nl & www.jackscasino.nl - JVH Gaming.

Las Vegas & Hong Kong           Hong Kong Standard
Wynn casinos may be marketed on mainland

Niagara Falls, Ontario           Toronto Star 
Gaming officials demand casino shape up - Niagara isn't earning enough
- www.olgc.ca & http://discoverniagara.com/casino/main/index.php

Israel           Haaretz Online
An Internet gamble that paid off
A look at the two pairs of Israeli brothers Avi and Aharon Shaked, and Shai and Ron Ben-Yitzhak who founded Casino-on-net.

Australia           Australian Sunday Times
Shoe used to rob casinos
The re-wrirte of the earlier Daily Telegraph story has an actual picture of the shoe.

Hong Kong & Macau           Hong Kong Stock Exchange - Press release
Announcement - Hotel Project in Macau - PDF
Regal International's agreement with Las Vegas Sands for a Hotel and Casino in Macau.

Las Vegas & Macau           Forbes.com/AP
Las Vegas Sands in Deal for Macau Casino
- www.regalhotel.com - Regal Hotels International.

Jericho, West Bank           Seattle Times/Newhouse News Service
Fractured Palestinian economy among roadblocks to stability

Manila, Philappines           Philappine Inquirer
Pagcor mulls countersuit against anti-graft watchdog

South Florida           The Ledger
Bush's Clout Trumps Gamblers' Cash

Gaming & Politics - U.S.           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Tribal casinos gaining influence with mounting piles of donations

Washington D.C.            San Francisco Chronicle
Congress may put limits on tribal casinos Lawmakers want to prevent spread to urban centers
 


 
13th March, 2005.

Belgium & Australia             News.com.au/Australian Daily Telegraph 
Shoe used to rob casinos
The European Union Court of First Instance in Brussels is now apparently investigating Roulette scams involving microprocessors.

Manila             ABS-CBNNews
Graft, plunder charges filed vs Pagcor execs

Birmingham & London             Various sources -  11th, 12th & 13th March
Man in court on casino charges
Train delayed by risk of thieves on the line
Suspected thieves on line
Casino robbery arrests
Links to arrests of the Star City casino robbers. The two are believed to be South African.

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Review-Journal
Tabish, Murphy face prison for Binion theft - Judge sentences pair for taking $8 million in vault

Florida             Palm Beach Post
Bid for Vegas-style slots hinges on who has pull

China & Singapore             MSNBC/Newsweek
China: Casino Crisis
Letter From Singapore: The Yin and Yang of Gambling

California             Pasadena Star News
Students gamble on future at casino dealer-training school

West Virginia & Florida             Sun-Sentinel
Mountain state hits pinnacle with slots - S. Florida can look up to West Virginia for gaming success story

Florida             Palm Beach Post
Bid for Vegas-style slots hinges on who has pull

Asunción - Paraguay           ABC.com.py
Directivos afirman que casino cuenta con seguridad necesaria
 


 
12th March, 2005.

Vienna, Austria             ORF.at
Casinos müssen wieder zahlen - Kärntner erhält über eine halbe Million
Casinos Austria must repay another €305.000 to a problem gambler, the total to be returned now rising to €560.000.

Beijing, China             EastDay.com/Xinhua
Life sentences urged for gambling cadres
Xinhua's report also details that 92 of 160 gambling houses along the Chinese border have now been closed.

Windhoek, Namibia             Namibia Economist
An up-market gambling ‘Bandit’

San Francisco             San Francisco Chronicle
San Pablo casino deal rejected by key sponsor - Miller's push to trim slots down to 1,000 could doom project

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Sun/AP
Shot fired, no injuries in casino robbery at Las Vegas Strip resort
A change booth was robbed at Mandalay Bay around 4pm on the 11th March.

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Review-Journal
Megadeal headed to regulators - Shareholders of companies approve $9.4 billion buyout

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Caesars, Harrah's shareholders vote to approve buyout
Harrah's unsure on how brands will be dealt with

New Zealand             Stuff.co.uk
Casinos, gaming venues, sitting ducks for money launderers

Singapore             China Post
Singapore to announce casino decision on April 18

South Africa             The Star/IOL
Daring pre-dawn robbery as 8 gunmen raid Gold Reef City

South Africa             Independent Online
Robbers steal R1,2m during heist at casino
The 5 robbers were armed with AK 47's and fired shots in the Salon Prive before leaving with R1.2 million ($200,000).
- www.goldreefcity.co.za

Las Vegas             Bloomberg Daily News
Harrah's, Caesars Stockholders Approve Merger

Las Vegas             Yahoo/Business Wire
Harrah's, Caesars Stockholders Approve Merger
Harrah's Entertainment Announces Post-Merger Senior-Management Structure
 


 
11th March, 2005.

Las Vegas             KVBC.com 
Insanity Ride Opens Atop The Stratosphere

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Review-Journal
MGM Mirage plans 2-for-1 stock split; company makes Fortune list

Singapore             Washington Times/UPI
Singapore to decide on casino April 18

Las Vegas             Forbes 
Billionaires - The Gambler
Forbes has an indepth profile of Las Vegas Sands founder Sheldon Adelson who has now taken over from Kirk Kirkorian as the richest individual in casino gaming.

Travemünde, Germany             Lübecker Nachrichten
Nichts geht mehr: Croupiers fürchten um ihre Stellen
Vistors to the Travemünde casino in Schleswig Holstein have dropped from 54,000 in 1999 to just 34,000 in 2004.
- www.casino-sh.de

South Africa             Business Day & SABC
Gold Reef City casino robbbed
Five armed men rob Gold Reef City Casino
The robbery took place at 4.15 am this morning, there are no reported injuries.

Tallahassee, Florida             Sun-Sentinel
Legislative panel debates rules on slots - State could gain up to $300 million

Reno             Reno Gazette Journal
Snow freezes Northern Nevada’s gambling revenue

Mississippi & Florida             Florida Times-Union/AP
Miss. casino workers to get first shot at Pompano slots jobs

Jericho, West Bank             Jerusalem Post
Casino chips await Israeli gamblers
Management are on standby at the Oasis casino fro the green light to reopen.

Ft. Lauderdale             WSVN.com/AP
Gambling Boat Collides With Bridge, Two Other Boats - The Deuces Wild.
 


 
10th March, 2005.

Guernsey             ThisisQuernsey/Guernsey Press & Star
GUERNSEY could hit the jackpot following the Jersey States’ decision to reject a casino and commercial bingo.

London & Birmingham             BBC.co.uk
Armed police in swoop on train
Two men who allegedly robbed Stanley's Star City Casino last Sunday have been arrested by armed Police traveling by train to London.

Macau             Hong Kong Standard
US cardmaker shows hand with plan for two factories
- www.gemacocards.com

Sandwell, West Midlands             Express & Star/Sandwell Chronicle
Bingo army mobilised by Rank

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Harrah's officially exits Binion's management

Carson City             Las Vegas Sun/AP
Nevada casinos win $917.1 million in January
Gaming win rises in January

Carson City             Las Vegas Review-Journal
Board backs license for Wynn hotel - Gaming commission will consider matter later this month

Carson City, Nevada             Las Vegas Sun/AP
Nevada Gaming Control Board recommends gambling license for Wynn

London             Christianity Today
35,000 Sign Church Petition against Gambling Bill

London             Financial Times
Treasury told it will miss out if gambling bill fails

South Africa             Finance24.com
Gold Reef final HEPS up 46%
Gold Reef Casino Resorts operates 5 South African casinos. Their flagship operation is Gold Reef City in Gauteng.
- www.grcresorts.co.za

Rapid City, South Dakota             Rapid City Journal
Sodak's role unclear in restructure
- www.sodak-gaming.com

South Florida             Sun-Sentinel & Miami Herald
Up to Legislature to decide how to regulate slot machines
Slots jackpot could be just a can of worms

New Zealand             Stuff.co.nz
Gaming groups fight pokie pop-ups
 


 
9th March, 2005.

London             UK-Wire/BCA Press release
Casino Association refutes Secretary of State's claims
A House of Lords committee will be examining the Gambling Bill further on the 10th March.

Macau & Las Vegas             Hong Kong Standard
Sands pips baccarat rivals with high-stakes gamble

Gambling problems - California & Indiana             NWI Times & The Mercury News
Man accused of neglecting his mother - Majestic Star Casino.
SJ mom jailed after girl left in car - Thunder Valley Casino.

Las Vegas             Yahoo/Business Wire
Gaming Partners International Corporation Announces Approval for Listing On NASDAQ National Market

London             BCA/BillWillKill.co.uk
Rank Group: Thousands write to MPs in Protest at Gambling Bill - PDF

Waukegan, Illinois             Yahoo/Business Wire
WMS Gaming and Aruze Agree to Develop Proprietary Display Technology for Mechanical Reel Gaming Devices

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston 
Resorts fight bogus bills
Around 100 counterfeit $10 bills were discovered in slots at unamed casinos two weeks ago.

South Florida             Sun-Sentinel
The slot machine issue
The vote for slots was 56 to 44% in Broward County and 48 to 52% against in Miami-Dade. . Voter turnout was just 18% and 14% respectively.

South Florida             Sun-Sentinel 
Broward OKs slots while Miami-Dade rejects expanded gambling
Broward County looks set to allow slots at Hollywood Greyhound Track, Dania Jai-Alai, Pompano Park Harness Track and Gulfstream Park
- www.nocasinosfl.com & www.yesforlocalcontrol.com

South Florida             Sun-Sentinel
Casino Stan backs slots without betting a cent

Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire
MGM MIRAGE's Board of Directors Approves 2 for 1 Stock Split

Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Herbst Gaming Reports Year-End Earnings

Kansas City, Missouri             Sioux City Journal
Former head of Missouri school district pleads guilty to stealing more than $800,000 for gambling

Oklahoma            ChannelOklahoma.com
Dealer School Hopes To Capitalize On Expanded Gaming

Las Vegas & Macau            Las Vegas Sun - Jeff Simpson
Ruffin plans high-end resort to replace his New Frontier

Las Vegas & Macau            Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Las Vegas Sands profit soars in fourth quarter

Macau            China View/Xinhua
School dropouts in Macao working in casinos

Springfield, Illinois            Marion Daily Republican
Bradley says gambling is a social failure
Strong comments about the failure of casinos in Illinois that may prompt the AGA to reply.

Springfield, Illinois            Yahoo/Business Wire
WPT Enterprises, Inc. Announces Results for the Fourth Quarter 2004
- www.worldpokertour.com
 


 
8th March, 2005.

Coventry            ic Birmingham & ic Coventry
Casino for Coventry may create 1,200 jobs
Churches unite against gambling bill

Niagara Falls, Canada            Metro News
Program gambles with success - Niagara College certifies blackjack, poker dealers

Thailand            Business Day
New cabinet expected to make casino a reality

Macau & Hong Kong            Hong Kong Standard
K Wah rules out bonds to fund Galaxy stake plans

Las Vegas            Yahoo/PRNewswire
Las Vegas Sands Corp. Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2004 Results
- wwww.lasvegassands.com

Ankara, Turkey            Turkish Daily News
Turkey to crack down on online gambling

Johannesburg, South Africa            Finance24.com & Business Report
Sun's results reflect 2 markets
Earnings dice rolls for Sun
Sun International boosts interim earnings 
- www.sun-international.co.za

Bismark, North Dakota            Las Vegas Sun/AP
Lobbying blitz begins on Internet poker measure

Washington            Reuters
Indian Casinos Need More Oversight - Sen. McCain
Nevada's GCB has a staff of 500, the National Indian Gaming Commission has just 40.
- www.nigc.gov

Nevada            Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Council launches problem gambling TV ad campaign
National Problem Gambling Awareness Week - 6th to 12th March.
- www.npgaw.org

Manila, Philappines            ABS-CBNNews/Today & Manila Sun-Star
Jinggoy exposes alleged PAGCOR anomaly
RP now a 'gambling republic': senator

Mexico            La Cronica da Hoy
Prevén retraso para legalizar los casinos

Tampa, Florida            Tampa Tribune
Casino Rockin' Along

Melbourne, Florida            Florida Today
South Florida slots vote raises stakes for Brevard

Yarmouth, England            The Business/EDP
Yarmouth could be a gambling capital

Sacramento, California            San Diego Union-Tribune
Governor's tribal allies criticize plan to pump up gambling commission

Atlantic City            KYW.com/AP
Tropicana Imposes Guest Dress Code

Singapore            Hotels/AFX
Morgan Stanley says doubtful if Singapore casino can attract enough foreigners
 

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