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30th November

Israel           Globes Online
Hirchson suspends promoting Eilat casino

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Shaking off storm, Alliance holds private peek at games
Alliance Gaming Corp. has hosted 22 executives from the Mississippi Gulf Coast reagion at Wynn Las Vegas to give them a glimpse of slots that will be available in 2006.

Las Vegas & Ciudad Real, Spain           Yahoo/AP
Harrah's Entertainment Forms Joint Venture for Large-Scale Casino Resort in Spain

Las Vegas & Ciudad Real, Spain           Yahoo/Business Wire
Harrah's Signs Agreement to Bring Caesars to Spain - El Reino de Don Quijote.

Charlotte, North Carolina           PRNewswire
PokerPro(TM) Gains Quick Adoption in Casinos in Florida and Oklahoma

London           Reuters
Sportingbet rules out Empire Online bid

Moscow Mayor Declares War on Slot Machines

Macau           Yahoo Asia/Reuters
Macau Q3 GDP growth slows to 2.8% yr/yr

Macau           China View/Xinhua
Casino tax income to reach new high in Macao
Gaming taxes in Macau are likely to reach 16 billion patacas (US$2 billion) in 2005. The Macau  Government collected 14.74 billion patacas (US$1.84 billion) in 2004.

London           Yahoo UK/AFX
Sportingbet posts fourfold rise in Q1 earnings
Sportingbet plays down prospect of bid for Empire Online

Sportingbet Plc - Unaudited Results for the Three Months Ended 31 October 2005

Swansea           icWales, ThisisMoney &
Halifax pledge to reimburse con victims
Halifax victims to be reimbursed
Victory for 'IOU fraud' victims
Gambling 'IOU bank thief' jailed - 8th November. Graham Price jailed for 12 years.

London           The Independent
UK misses out as Harrah's $1.4bn heads overseas

OKC man accused of stealing laptop from Remington casino
Not an ordinary laptop apparently. It was valued at $100,000 and used by Bally Systems to programme newly installed slots at Remington Park.

Burnaby, B.C.           CCN Matthews
Gateway Casinos Income Fund Receives Final Rezoning for Redevelopment of the Burnaby Casino

North Carolina           Yahoo/Business Wire
PokerTek, Inc. Announces Exercise of Over-Allotment Option by Underwriter

Las Vegas & Laughlin           Las Vegas Sun/AP
Harrah's announces sale of Laughlin casino

Las Vegas           The HawaiiChannel/
Harrah's Could Level Several Hotel-Casinos

29th November

Minneapolis, Minnesota           Yahoo/Business Wire
WORLD POKER TOUR ALL-IN HOLD 'EM(TM)' Table Game Approved by Gaming Commission in Nevada

Gaming Investments           Yahoo/AP
Las Vegas Sands Shares Fall on Downgrade

London           Reuters
PartyGaming regains float price after poker scare

Las Vegas & Slovenia           Yahoo/AP & Reuters
Harrah's Entertainment to Form Joint Venture With Hit Group
Harrah's to build Slovenia casino with partner

Las Vegas & Slovenia           Yahoo/Business Wire
Harrah's and Hit Group to Join Forces to Bring Luxury Casino Resort to Nova Gorica, Slovenia

Las Vegas & Laughlin, Nevada           Yahoo/AP
Harrah's to Sell Flamingo Laughlin Hotel-Casino and Atlantic City Property for $170 Million

Las Vegas & Laughlin, Nevada           Yahoo/Business Wire
Harrah's To Sell Flamingo Laughlin To Subsidiaries of American Real Estate Partners, L.P.
AREP presently operate 4 U.S. casinos. The Stratosphere Hotel & Casino and two Arizona Charlies in Las Vegas, and The Sands in Atlantic City.

Melbourne, Australia           Herald Sun
Frauds stalked losers at Crown casino

Spain & Slovenia           Reuters
Harrah's set to announce 2 European resorts-WSJ

Travemüunde, Germany 
Öffnet Casino Travemünde wieder um 15 Uhr?

Düsseldorf, Germany           RP Online/dpa
Spielcasino bald in Düsseldorf?
Nordrhein-Westfalen presently has 4 casinos - Aachen, Hohensyburg, Bad Oeynhausen and since 1999 Duisburg. To establish a casino in Düsseldorf would mean making changes to the NRW's 1974 gaming laws.

Nassau, Bahamas           PRNewswire
Third Annual PokerStars Caribbean Adventure to Be Held at the Atlantis Casino-Resort in January 2006

New York           The Times Union, MSN Money & Yahoo/Business Wire
U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear New York gambling case
Empire Resorts Shares Up on Court Ruling
Empire Resorts Comments on Favorable Court Ruling

Sydney           The Herald Sun
Odds change for Tabcorp

28th November

West Patterson, New Jersey           Yahoo/Business Wire
ISWI and SkyBet Sign New Agreement &

Las Vegas & Oldham Lancashire           Yahoo/Business Wire
Progressive Gaming International Completes Acquisition of EndX Group

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
New hotels turning to Internet for hiring  - Red Rock Station, South Coast need 5,000 employees

Online Poker           ThisisMoney/Mail on Sunday
You'll never beat poker robots
We put poker bots to the test...

Casino brings hope for future

London  Express - ECOGRA Press release
Growing Numbers of Online Casinos and Poker Rooms Will Soon Have Top Player Protection Seal

London           GMB Union - Press release
GMB Members Working At London's Gala Casinos Settle Pay Deal In Time For Christmas

Toronto & London           Yahoo/Business Wire
CryptoLogic Develops First Multi-Language Internet Poker Offering for William Hill

Canberra, ACT           The Canberra Times
Casino loses out as pokies raise stakes
Canberra is one of the few casino operations in the world that's not permitted to operate slots. The management contract is held by Casinos Austria.

Liverpool           icCheshire/Liverpool Daily Post
Casino owner is on a safe bet for homes plan success

London & Australia           The Australian
Tattersall's buys 10pc of British 'adult gaming centre' operator

Talarius plc - Holding(s) in Company

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun
Columnist Jeff Simpson: On more use of private gaming areas

Australia           Reuters & Bloomberg News
Australia's Tabcorp cuts forecast, shares fall
Tabcorp Sales Growth Slows on Fuel Price, Smoking Ban 
Tabcorp owns and operates four Australian casinos. Star City in Sydney, the Jupiters casinos in Brisbane and the Gold Cost and Jupiters Townsville.

Western Cape, South Africa           Business Report
Casino brings Sun to Breede River Valley

27th November

Durban, South Africa           S.A. Sunday Times
Trio stole R1.9m from slot, says casino

Boston           Boston Globe
Gaming guru bets on courts
Second interesting profile of the day. This one looks at Michael Corfman who in 1995 founded His company now employs 30 staff and publishes numerous casino industry journals and directories.

Online Gaming           KTLA/L.A. Times
Billionaire Plays Her Cards Right in Online 'Gray Market'
Detailed profile of the reclusive founder of Party Gaming Ruth Parasol and the early history iGlobalMedia.

Scotland & Penghu Islands, Taiwan           The Scotsman
£350m gamble on Taiwan's Vegas

London & Israel           The Sunday Times
Empire knew of threat to Party Gaming link

Online Poker           L.A. Times
Poker Website Is a Legal Gamble - WPT, producer of TV's World Poker Tour, ventures online but has to bar U.S. residents.

New York           Boston Globe
Crackdown raises the ante for underground poker clubs

London           Scotland on Sunday/The Scotsman
Betfair to release cash after float plan shelved

Nevada           Las Vegas Sun
Handheld gaming devices might find way into casinos

Pennsylvania           Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Casino owners permitted to invest in other casinos

Miami           Orlando Sentinel/Sun-Sentinel
Witness recounts plot to kill tycoon - Tense business dispute at center of case

Australia           The Melbourne Age
Crown bets on a lucky roll of Asian dice

26th November

New Jersey           Biloxi Sun-Herald/AP
Once a thorn in his side, restaurant owners to sell to Trump

Washington           Miami Herald
Feds probing SunCruz links to GOP

Newfoundland, Canada           CBC News
VLT risks flagged in gambling study
The study was conducted by Market Quest Research on the gambling habits of 2,596 Newfoundland & Labrador residents.
Newfoundland and Labrador Gambling Prevalence Study (PDF)

Malaysia           Business Times & IHT/Bloomberg
Genting Q3 net profit surges
Net surges for Genting in quarter - 27th November.

London           The Guardian
Virgin's poker phase - Boss Media software.

Mississippi           USA Today/AP
Three casinos set dates for reopening on Miss. Gulf Coast
The Imperial Palace will reopen on the 20th December. The Isle of Capri on the 26th and the Palace casino on the 30th 

Los Angeles & Minnesota
Casino developer might sell poker tour stake to keep running

Betting offices           Times and Star & Welwyn & Hatfield Times
Friends face jail for betting shop scam
Armed raider steals betting shop cash

25th November

Hong Kong           The Hong Kong Standard
Gambling's higher stakes
Gambling needs a local solution - Asian Pacific Problem Gambling Conference.

Brussels & Austria           Yahoo/Reuters
Yahoo Photos - Brussels Casino press conference
Casinoa Austria held a press conference in Brussels today. Grand Casino Brussels will open on the 19th January. The General Manager is Tim Cullimore who was formerly at Crans-Montana in Switzerland.

Thurrock, Essex           ThisisThurrock/Thurrock Gazette
Casino plan rejected - Banatyne Leisure.

Czech Republic           Czech News Agency
Police again arrest member of Polish gang of frauds

Hong Kong           Channel News Asia
Macau casino tycoon urges public support for Hong Kong reform
Dr. Stanley Ho is also celebrating his 84th Birthday today !

Cleaners 'hoovered cash from slot machines'
The Korona Hotel & Casino in Kranjska Gora. I'm not sure if it's the Hit Casino or another operation.

Slough           icBerkshire
Casino not on cards as report highlights crime fears

Battersea, London           Wandsworth Borough News
Bookies raided in drugs swoop

Moscow Changes Gambling Rules
Moscow is believed to have 56 casinos, around 2,000 street arcades and over 67,000 slots. The numbers of the latter are expected to be cut by one third under the new legislation.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia           Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Genting Intl's $150M SGX IPO At Least 2X Covered

Kingston, Jamaica           Jamaica Observer
Supreme Ventures postpones IPO untill January 2006

Brussels           EU Business - 22nd November
Gambling in Services Directive: what does EU Parliament really fear?
Press release from the European Betting Association.

Mississippi           Clarion Ledger
Nugget making plans for Biloxi site

South Africa           MoneyWeb
Casinos serving Johnnic well

Tasmania           ABC Newss
Betfair-PBL set to open Hobart HQ within months

The Bahamas 
Gaming Board Signs Industrial Agreement

Trinidad & Caribbean 
GTECH reels in more players....expands presence in Caribbean as lotteries swell

Problem Gambling           Seattle Times
When a pastime turns problem - Part of a series of articles at the Seattle Times.

24th November

Sweden           Boss Media & The Local - Sweden's news in English
Boss Media to supply poker system to Svenska Spel
Net poker gets the green light

Trinidad & Tobago 
Court of Appeal to rule - Is gambling wrong and sinful?

Ladbrokes again denied Finnish licence

Latvia           The Baltic Times
Public backlash on casino restrictions forces PM Kalvitis to rethink law

Sunderland           Sunderland Today/Sunderland Echo
Casino odds-on for entertainment
Gala Casinos new River Quarter casino opens this evening. The property has 21 tables and 40 slots and electronic terminals.

London           The Guardian
Casino operators rush to open new sites
The Guardian reports that during 2005 39 applications for new casino licenses have been lodged with the Gambling Commission under the 1968 Gaming Act.

Equador & Barcelona 
Cirsa entra Ecuador con concesión casino Hotel Dann Carlton Quito
Barcelona based Cirsa have been successful in gaining a casino license for the Hotel Dann Carlton in Quito.

Tasmania  & ABC News
Tasmania passes Betfair Bill
Tas Parliament passes Betfair laws

Miami           Dayton Online/AP, Sun-Sentinel & Miami Herald
Former Abramoff partner a key witness in SunCruz fraud case
Man held in Boulis slaying incriminates fellow suspects
Boulis tailed before murder

Macau           The Hong Kong Standard - Zack Coleman
Galaxy Casino loses market share
The Galaxw Waldo Casino's share of the Macau market slipped from 14.1% just after opening to 8.1% for thid July.

Woman and her son charged in casino fire - Smoking Methamphetamine.

Panama           El Panama America
Majestic Casino en el WSOP

Poker           Card Player Magazine - Barry Shulman
Has Poker Peaked? What is Next?

Sofia, Bulgaria 
EUR 600 Stolen in Sofia Casino Armed Robbery

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Station Casinos sees a future near north end of the valley

Las Vegas & Mississippi Gulf Coast           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Golden Nugget casino proposed for Gulf Coast - Landry's pitches $400 million Mississippi hotel-casino

23rd November

New Jersey           Ashbury Park Press
State asked to ban pair from N.J. casinos

Scotland           The Scotsman
Stanley takes a chance on new rules of membership

Monaco           Hugin Online - Prima Poker PR
Top Six Finalists At Monte Carlo Millions Make History As The First to Play Poker in the Casino De Monte-Carlo
Play on the final table begins today @ 5pm CET (4pm UK). American Phil Ivey has a massive chip lead with $2,317,000. Brit Richard Herbert is in second place with $908,000.

Tasmania           Australian Daily Telegraph
Tasmania set to license Betfair

Gaming Investments           The Toronto Globe & Mail
Liberty Media wagers on Internet gaming firm

Liverpool           Sky News & icCheshire
Casino Business Picks Up
Stanley to install 1,000 new gaming machines in British casinos

Macau           Diario Economico
Receitas brutas dos casinos poderão atingir 4,4 mil M€ em Dezembro

22nd November

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Court's latest patent ruling not rewarding for Harrah's

London          Yahoo UK/Sharecast
Gaming Corp makes maiden profits

Stanley Leisure plc - Pre-Close Period Trading Update

London & Canada 
Liberty Media Corporation to acquire a majority interest in FUN Technologies plc

Gaming Corporation Plc - Preliminary announcement of unaudited results for the 12 months ended 30 September 2005

Macau           Reuters
Casino stocks rise as trips to Macau increase
Visitation to Macau rose 10.2% in October. The number from the Chinese mainland rose 9.8%.

London & Gibraltar           The Guardian & The Independent
PartyGaming dismisses Empire's threat to sue as takeover talks fail 
Empire Online sues PartyGaming after merger talks fail
Empire to take PartyGaming to court
Apparently the case would have to be held in the British Virgin Islands and the ruling enforced in Gibraltar.

Online Gambling           Time Magazine - December
How the U.S. Is Getting Beat in Online Gambling

Las Vegas           The Rebel Yell - UNLV
Professor helps create Problem Gambling Center

Port of Spain           Trinidad & Tobago Express
Man shot dead while gambling
There have so far been an incredible 336 murders in T & T - 25.85 for every 100,000 citizens.

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