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14th May

Atlantic City           The Press of Atlantic City
Hilton chief abruptly quits - Donna Graham first to go after takeover by Colony

Hong Kong           Hong Kong Government News
Betting duty reforms proposed
- - Hong Kong Jockey Club

Guernsey           Guernsey Press & Star
A CASINO at St Pierre Park Hotel is still a viable investment.

Beijing, China           Peoples Daily Online
China stipulates judicial interpretations on gambling

Cape Town, South Africa           SABC News
Casino donates field kitchens to Red Cross Society

Las Vegas  
Elvis' Reign in Las Vegas
The Real Elvis Off Stage
Excellent videos.

Santa Monica, California           Yahoo/Business Wire
Binion Horseshoe Casino $10,000 Notes Now Available to Public
Notes from the famous $1,000,000 display that was outside Binion's Horseshoe from 1955 to 1999 ? (Do any GF visitors know the official dates ?) are now for sale.

Las Vegas  
Miami's Fontainebleau is Coming to The Strip

Singapore           Channel News Asia
Singapore's integrated resorts could be second biggest in Asia: experts
Singapore's integrated resorts will be among the best globally: economists

Las Vegas & Singapore           Yahoo Singapore/AFP, Forbes/Reuters & Malaysian Star/AP
US bidder says too much control on Singapore casino design
Report: Wynn Slams Singapore's Casinos
Las Vegas mogul Steve Wynn slams Singapore for direct involvement in casino planning
Wynn's remarks on the tender process appeared in the Malaysian Business Times have been picked up by the major newswires.

Betfair considers Hobart base

New Zealand           New Zealand Herald
SkyCity shares drop as casino profits forecast to plunge

Missouri           Columbia Daily Tribune
Casino loss-limit measure dies in chamber
Missouri's 11 casinos have a $500 chip or token loss limit for every 2 hour period.

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun
RFID chip sales boost equipment supplier

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Boyd Gaming looks fondly back, boldly ahead - Shareholders meeting recaps strong '04
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St. Petersburg           St. Petersburg Times
Port losing out on casino boaters - Thousands of Ocean Jewel passengers choose the new John's Pass ferry in April

13th May

FOBTs contribute to significant increase in problem gambling

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Lady Luck sold to LV company

Macau           The Courier Mail
Casino venture seen as sure bet for Packer

Las Vegas & Beaune, France           Yahoo/Business Wire
Gaming Partners International Corporation Reports Financial Results for the First Quarter of 2005

London           Racing Post - Registration required
Caborn handed back gambling responsibility

Manchester           Blackpool Today
United's super casino proposals unveiled

Macau           Yahoo/PRNewswire & Hong Kong Standard
Macau's Greek Mythology Casino Reveals Its Expansion Plan
If all the planned expansions are completed then the Greek Mythology Casino will end up with 1,228 tables by 2007.

Auckland, New Zealand           Bloomberg News & The Melbourne Age
Sky City Cuts Profit Forecast on Smoking Ban, Gambling Curbs
Skycity downgrade blamed on smoking ban

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun
Boyd property plans to double size of original project

Toronto           Business Television 
BTV Features Titan Uranium and Sungold International
Canadian Sungold International's animated horseracing game - Horsepower®.

Las Vegas           Yahoo/Business Wire
MGM MIRAGE Selects Perini Building Company as the General Contractor for Key Components of Project CityCenter

12th May

Las Vegas  & Las Vegas Sun/AP - Adam Goldman
Guests Feel Safer With Wynn Security Dogs On Premises
Wynn Las Vegas show cut to one nightly performance
Wynn Las Vegas has a team of 8 dogs and their handlers patrolling the casino and hotel.

Macau & Sydney           Hong Kong Standard - Zack Coleman
Ho, Packer team up for $8b Cotai resort
Century Legend rides out junket fears

Macau & Sydney           Sydney Morning Herald & The Australian
PBL, Ho plan new casino in Macau
PBL dives deep for Macau casinos

Florida           Keynoter
Seminoles hit the jackpot
Class II slots at the Seminole Hard Rock casinos in Tampa & Hollywood are winning an average of $445 per day. Average attendance on a weekend at the Hoolywood operation is 25,000 to 40,000.

Carson City, Nevada           Las Vegas Review-Journal & Nevada Appeal
Casinos' win tops $1 billion - Industry enjoys 'absolute blockbuster' March results
Gaming breaks records in March

Washington           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Officials term recognition process for tribal gaming as corrupt, dysfunctional

Carson City, Nevada           North County Times/AP
Nevada casinos win record $1 billion in March

Las Vegas           Miami Herald
Even with the sin and skin, Vegas is model for America

Miami           Miami Herald
A gamble for the Fontainebleau
New Miami Fontainebleau owner Jeffrey Soffer has recruited former Mandalay Bay executive Glenn Schaeffer to head up operations and terminated Hilton's contract.

Macau           Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Packer, Ho Plan Their Second JV Casino In Macau

Saipan, CNMI           Marianas Variety
Tinian raid nets illegal gaming machines - 43% of poker machines on Tinian illegal

Reno           Reno Gazette-Journal
Reno Hilton sold for $150 million

Sydney & Macau           PBL - Press release
PBL/Melco JV to build an integrated entertainment resort on the Cotai Strip, Macau

Macau           Bloomberg News
Stanley Ho, Packer Venture to Build 2nd Macau Casino
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New York           Business Wire
Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts, Inc. Announces Effective Date of Recapitalization Plan

Nova Scotia, Canada            The Globe and Mail
N.S. Gaming Corp. fights back on VLTs

Biloxi, Mississippi           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. Selected as Recipient for Gaming License in Waterloo, Iowa

Las Vegas & Reno          Yahoo/Business Wire & Yahoo/AP
Caesars Entertainment Agrees to Sell Reno Hilton to Grand Sierra Resort Corp.
Caesars Entertainment to Sell Reno Hilton
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11th May

Macau           Yahoo/AFP
Cashing in on Macau's casino gold mine

Iowa           Des Moins Register &
Four new casino locations approved by gaming board
Four new casino licenses approved

British News          Various - National & Provincial Press
Sheffield bid for super casino under threat from Manchester
United risk row over new casino gamble - Sheldon G. Adelson's Las Vegas Sands.
Manchester United plans super-casino
MK casino an odds on bet

Santiago, Chile          ATEOnline/ - English edition
The Chilean Casino Board officially began working

Toronto          Yahoo/AP & Reuters
CryptoLogic 1Q Profit Jumps 27%
Cryptologic profit jumps 27%

Toronto          Yahoo/CNW
CryptoLogic delivers record revenue & strong earnings growth in Q1 2005

Atlantic City          The Press of Atlantic City
A.C. casino revenue rises 7.3 percent during April
Atlantic City slot win increased 5.2% to $313.4 million and table games 14% to $109.8 million.

Paraquay          Diario ABC Color
Influencias políticas en explotación de casinos

Des Moins, Iowa          The Iowa Channel/AP
Future Casino Sites Decided Wednesday - Gambling Commissioners To Award New Casino Licenses

Las Vegas 
Smart Chips at Wynn Las Vegas Contain Special Components
Also check out - "Latest Issue of Vanity Fair Features 11 Page Article on Wynn Las Vegas"

Tallahassee, Florida          Sun-Sentinel & St. Petersburg Times/AP
With no state regulation, Broward may make rules on slot machines
Slots backers 'going to court' over impasse

Reno, Nevada          Yahoo/PRNewswire
The Sands Regent Reports Third Quarter and Fiscal 2005 Year-To-Date Financial Results

Rhode Island & Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
GTECH and Harrah's Enter into Strategic Alliance

Biloxi, Mississippi & Singapore           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. Announces Agreement With Eighth Wonder

Cripple Creek, Colorado           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Century Casinos Announces First Quarter Earnings

London & Valetta           The Times Online &
Betfair wins licence in Malta
Betfair heads to Malta
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Manchester & Las Vegas           The Times Online
United aim to hit jackpot with touch of Las Vegas
Graphic: How Old Trafford's casino would look...

Gaming History           The Times Online
Sinatra, the Mob and $3.5m
The book on Frank Sinatra's alleged connections is Sinatra: The Life by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan.

10th May

Macau           Las Vegas Sun/Bloomberg News 
Stanley Ho remains on top - Casino operator holding off Las Vegas rivals
Statistic filled report that indicates that Stanley Ho's Casino Lisboa may well be the world's most profitable casino.

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Rating of Wynn lowered  - Goldman Sachs report calls gaming 'least-favorite industry'

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Analysts mixed on Wynn earnings expectations
Fast movers: Exotic cars speeding out of Wynn showroom

Las Vegas           Yahoo/Business Wire
WPT Enterprises, Inc. Announces Results for the First Quarter 2005

Las Vegas           Yahoo/Business Wire
Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation To Assume Management Of Harrah's Prairie Band Casino in 2008

Las Vegas 
'Few Positives Ahead' For Wynn Resorts
Wynn Las Vegas has received mixed reviews, and there is no indication of how successful the casino operation has been so far.

Niagara Falls, New York 
Seneca Gaming Corporation Announces Agreement to Terminate $80 Million Term Loan

Hamilton, New Zealand           New Zealand Herald & Sky City - Press release
Sky City buys up Hamilton casino
SKYCITY Acquires Full Ownership Of SKYCITY Hamilton

Manchester           The Scotsman/PA & Yahoo/PRNewswire
United Take A Gamble
Las Vegas Sands Corp. Joins Forces With Manchester United
Manchester United are teaming up with Las Vegas Sands to apply for a casino license at Old Trafford.

Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
American Casino & Entertainment Properties LLC Reports First Quarter Results

New York           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Scientific Games Files Patent Infringement Suit Against GTECH
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9th May

Seoul, South Korea           Yonhap News
Korean-American commits suicide after losing money from gambling

New York & Czech Republic           Yahoo/Business Wire
Trans World Corporation Announces First Quarter 2005 Results
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London           Net Imperative
Victor Chandler targets London travellers
Chandler is running a £250,000 advertising campaign in London from 9th May to 5th June.

Slovakia           Slovak Inspector
New law to clean up gambling

London           The Guardian
Roulette machines blamed for rise in gambling addiction

Broward County, Florida           Sun-Sentinel 
When slots and stickmen ruled Broward

Kuala Lumpur           International Herald Tribune
Genting acts on gambling shift in U.K.

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
NORM: Wynn Las Vegas reviews pour in
Del Mar's demise won't dent increasingly sophisticated local sex trade

Beijing           Globe and Mail/AP
Chinese man jailed for selling newborn to buy lottery tickets

Montgomery County, Texas           The Courier Online
County to auction off seized 8-liners

Des Moins, Iowa 
Gambling commissioners to award new casino licenses

Springfield, Illinois           St. Louis Today
Gaming chief seeks more independence, ban on casinos’ political gifts

8th May

London & Las Vegas           Daily Telegraph
'It's not luck. It's not gambling. It's psychological warfare'
Paul Maxfield's second place finish on the WPT at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

China           Yahoo Asia/AP - China View/Xinhua News Agency
Chinese official sentenced to 17 years for gambling away public money in foreign casino
Gambler official gets 17 years in jail

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Binion jurors explain vote to acquit - Prosecutors left key gaps unfilled, pinned their hopes on set of dubious witnesses

London  - 4th May
Talarius PLC ('Talarius') - Proposed acquisition of RAL Holdings Limited for £39m
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Jersey City, New Jersey           Daily Record
Cop's lawyer: Roxbury officer tried to leave gambling business

Tallahassee           Palm Beach Post
Casinos in limbo as state House fails to act on slots

Windhoek, Namibia  Economist
Taking the Lead in Responsible Gaming - Kalahari Sands Casino

Malta           The Malta Independent
'They stole to play in casino in Malta'

Bermuda           The Royal Gazette
Business group to challenge gaming ban
The operation in Bermuda of slots is illegal under the Prohibition of Gaming Machines Act 2004.

Louisville, Kentucky           Yahoo/Business Wire
Kentucky Derby 131 Shatters Wagering Records, Sets North American Standard -- Attendance Second Highest Ever
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