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14th November

London           Gambling Commission - PDF Press release
Gambling Commission to move to Victoria Square House, Birmingham
The Gambling Commission begin their trek north to Birmingham in January 2006. Staff numbers will grow from 70 to over 250 and all vacancies will be posted on the GC website.

South Africa           Sunday Times
Casino industry signs code of conduct
Casino industry signs ‘demanding, binding’ code of conduct - 15th November

Gt. Yarmouth           EDP24
Casino stakes claim on jobs boost 

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Business Press - Dave Schwartz
Casinos were never Hughes' real strength

Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Bally Gaming and Systems Announces Third Annual Systems User Conference Highlighting New Technology and Trends

Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
VendingData(TM) Corporation Reports Third Quarter 2005 Financial Results

Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Gaming Partners International Corporation Reports Higher Revenues and Increased Profits for the Third Quarter and First Nine Months of 2005

Gaming VC Holdings S.A. - Third Quarter Update
Gaming VC Holdings shares are down 20% this morning after issuing a dismal trading update. GVCH's online customer base is almost entirely in Germany.

London & Antiqua 
World Gaming Plc. - Acquisition of the SPORTSBETTING.COM Group

Singapore           Yahoo Asia/Reuters
FACTBOX-Singapore casino bidding process
Singapore woos "starchitects" for casino project

Australia           The Advertiser
UNiTAB merger with Tattersall's 'logical'

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun
Columnist Jeff Simpson: Why Lanni's legacy may be diversity

South Africa           MoneyWeb
SABMiller coins it from casinos

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia           The Edge Daily
Genting gets triple honours

Melbourne, Florida           Florida Today
Poker tournament ban hits Melbourne dog track hard

Online Gambling           The Sun
Drug made me casino nut

Mesquite, Nevada           Reno Gazette-Journal/AP
Yet another hotel-casino developer eyes developing Mesquite

13th November

Moscow           Kommersant - 11th November
Duma Consolidates Gambling
The Moscow Parliament has taken the first steps in pushing through legislation that will curtail the numbers of slots in the city. There will also be legislation controlling the location, size and number of casinos.

Singapore           International Herald Tribune
Bets are down on gambling by phone

New York 
City Crackdown Targets Underground Poker

London           The Observer/Guardian
City resonates to Rank bid rumour

Lingfield           The Guardian - 11th November
Racecourse bookies facing meltdown
Although there has been no official announcement William Hill have now apparently decided to hedge all racing bets with Dublin based betting exchange Betdaq.

Poker           The Observer/Guardian - Victoria Coren
The real deal - Victoria Coren looks at  the continuing growth of Poker, online and off.

Las Vegas           National Public Radio
Las Vegas Documentary Goes Beyond Casinos
Las Vegas - An unconventional History can be seen on PBS 14th & 15th November. It looks good !

Australia           NineMSN/AAP
Betfair hands tied over punter identity

Kathmandu, Nepal 
Nepal casino falls foul of royal family
A rare story from Nepal where there are presently 6 casinos operated by the Nepal Recreation Centre Group. All the operations are located within Kathmandu's 5 Star Hotels.

Mississippi Gulf Coast           Las Vegas Review-Journal - Weeklong LVR-J report
Rubble, Rubble, Toil, Trouble - Areas of Mississippi dependent on gaming devastated by storm damage

Houston, Texas           The Pasadena Citizen Online
SoHo police close three game rooms

Ledyard, Connecticut           Norwich Bulletin
Robbery suspect caught after holdup of Foxwoods casino patron

Reno           Reno Gazette-Journal
Group warns against casino in south Reno

Fort Mitchell, Kentucky           Cincinnati Enquirer
Casino/hotel owner is dealing

12th November

Macau           The Hong Kong Standard
Venetian Macau seeks US$2.5b to fund projects

London           The Times
Gambling surges as casino law is relaxed
The BCA reports that it's members casinos have registered an average 8% growth in attendance since the scrapping of the 24 rule on 1st October.

Birmingham           icBirmingham/Birmingham Mail
Blackpool tipped to beat Brum to casino - Comments from Stanley's Michael Riddy.
Brum's the best bet for casino - MP

Dodgy online casino ads face wrath of UK government

Online Poker           The Guardian & Reuters
Empire under pressure as PartyGaming buys partners
PartyGaming strikes two poker deals in revamp

South Africa           The Sunday Times/Eastern Province Herald 
Online casinos boom

11th November

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania           Daily Pennsylvanian
Planet Hollywood may snag city casino license

Middlesbrough           icTeeside/Evening Gazette
Three players in running for super casino
Las Vegas Sands/Middlesbrough Football Club, Isle of Capri & Aspers Casinos have submitted entries designed to help bring a "Super" casino to Middlehaven, Middlesbrough.

Las Vegas & Macau           Bloomberg News
Las Vegas Sands Plans $2 Bln Loan for Macau Casino, Banker Says

Macau           Hong Kong Standard - Zack Coleman
Las Vegas Sands plans US$5b binge
Wynn steps up resort bid as MGM slows expansion
A look at the different strategies of MGM, Wynn Resorts and Las Vegas Sands in Macau. Amazingly LVS obtained their casino sub-concession from Galaxy free, MGM paid SJM $200 million.

Nevada           Las Vegas Review-Journal - Gaming Wire
September: Ka-ching for casinos
IGT profits rise in quarter - Results improve though slot sales slip in North America

Tasmania           The Australian
Premier says no to Betfair inquiry

London           Yahoo UK/Reuters
Leisure & Gaming ups acquisition drive

London           Yahoo UK/Reuters, AFX & The Times
PartyGaming to take over two poker partners
PartyGaming pays 14.5 mln usd for Scandinavian rival
PartyGaming shakes out its 'skins'

Las Vegas 
The Tunica of the West

Leisure & Gaming plc - Proposed acquisition of and English Harbour

PartyGaming Plc - WPC Platform and White Label Businesses or 'Skins'

Nevada           Las Vegas Review-Journal - Editorial
Spying on casino customers - FBI should stop indiscriminate information requests

Cyprus           Cyprus Mail
CTO: Why don't we have a casino?

New Zealand 
Casino review backed - Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand.

Missouri           Kansas City Business Journal
Area casinos pull in more from fewer customers

Gulfport, Mississippi           Biloxi  Sun-Herald
Casinos talking to port - Harrah's, Copa explore options

10th November

Cyprus           Financial Mirror/Xpress Oikonomiki
400,000 visit Turkish casinos in north Cyprus

London            Government News Network -DCMS Press release
Online casino and poker Ads. face crackdown

Hong Kong            International Herald Tribune
Casinos threaten Hong Kong's largest taxpayer
Wagering on Horse racing in Hong Kong has declined for 8 straight years and the HKJC are seeking a change in the tax system to one based upon gross profits.

Carson City, Nevada            Las Vegas Sun/AP
Nevada casinos win $1 billion in September, 14th positive month
Table games on the Las Vegas Strip once again driving gaming win for the month. Statewide TG win was up 14% and slots just 0.6%.

Macau            The Hong Kong Standard - Zack Coleman
Ho casino group makes IPO move

Reno, Nevada            Yahoo/AP & Reuters
International Game 4Q Profit Surges
Slot machine maker IGT quarterly profit rises

Reno, Nevada            PRNewswire
International Game Technology Reports Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2005 Results

Problem Gambling - New Zealand            Otago Daily Times/
Move to suspend Dunedin Casino

London   & Revolution Magazine
Clampdown on internet casino ads
Government fury over online casino advertising

Betfair bill passed in lower house
Claim $1m Betfair sweetener offered
After 6 hours of debate the Gaming Control Amendment (Betting Exchange) Bill 2005 passed 12 to 20 and now passes to the State's Upper House.

Malaysia            Business Times
Malaysian gaming firms seen posting mixed Q3 results

9th November

Swansea, Wales   & The Scotsman/AP
Gambling 'IOU bank thief' jailed
Victims 'destroyed' by bank thief
£10m fraudster jailed for 12 years
Halifax branch manager Graham Price of Llansamlet defrauded 84 private investors of £10 million over a 4 year period. He had claimed during his trial that a gambling addiction played a part in his activities.

Aberdeen            ThisisNorthScotland/Press & Journal
Winners and losers after decisions on casinos

Las Vegas            Yahoo/AP & Reuters
Pinnacle Entertainment Delays 3Q Report
Pinnacle delays quarterly report, cites hurricanes

Singapore            The Australian
Singapore ups the ante by $1bn for casino

U.S. - University Campus            The Daily Collegian
Poker: the downfall of a social life

Dominican Republic            Diario Libre
Decomisan 442 kilos coca en parqueo casino de hotel

Macau           The Hong Kong Standard - Zack Coleman & Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
A-Max in $2b casino deal
A-Max To Increase Stake In Macau Casino For HK$2B
A-Max intends upping it's stake in Greek Mythology Entertainment Group to 49.9 percent from 19.9 percent. The Greek Mythology Casino is located on Taipa island and operated by SJM.

Top Ten Holdings Plc - Interim Results
Top Ten Holdings trading under the names Top Ten Bingo and Walkers is the third largest bingo operator in the U.K. behind Mecca (Rank Group) and Gala.

London   - 8th November
NETELLER Plc - Successful placing of £218,750,000 of Founders stock
The founders of Internet wallet Neteller have cashed in stock worth £218,750,000. 35,000,000 shares at £6.25.

Tasmania            ABC News &
Tas Govt unveils gaming bill amid Betfair controversy
Lennon 'stupid' over junket

Pennsylvania            Bloomberg - Andrew Ferguson
New Civil War Erupts Over Gettysburg Casino: Andrew Ferguson

Bangor, Maine            Yahoo/PRNewswire
Bally Gaming and Systems Announces Hollywood Slots at Bangor Opens with CMS™/SMS™, 30% Bally Machines

Detroit            Detroit Free Press & Detroit News
Board OKs Barden's stake in Greektown - But he will sell 3.8% interest
Barden's 3.8% stake in Greektown OK'd

Atlantic City            Philadelphia Inquirer/AP
Harrah's casino executive quits

Texas & Oklahoma            Yahoo/PRNewswire
WinStar Casinos Aggressive Ad Campaign Lures Texans Across OK Border to Play

Bridgepoint to buy French casino chain Moliflor Loisirs
Founded in 1948 Moliflor Loisirs presently owned by Legal and General Ventures operates 20 French casinos.

Melbourne, Australia  
9 stable after Crown Casino fire
Crown Casino staff in hospital after fire

8th November

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Extreme makeover - Aging Las Vegas Hilton gets face-lift

St Louis, Missouri            Yahoo/PRNewswire
Pinnacle Entertainment Breaks Ground, Announces Name for St. Louis County Casino Resort

Las Vegas            Yahoo/AP
Alliance Gaming Posts 4Q Loss of $924,000

Las Vegas            Yahoo/PRNewswire
Alliance Gaming Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year End 2005 Results

Singapore            Channel News Asia
Harrah's evaluating S$1.2b price tag of site for Marina Bay IR
The S$1.2 billion price tag is for the Marina Bay site. The actual plot is reclaimed land which will be sure to present a number of challenges to the company eventually awarded the license.

Macau            The Hong Kong Standard
Fire hits Macau casino for second time in three weeks
The HK listed Emperor Entertainment Group is 45% controlled by Albert Yeung. The Emperor Hotel Casino was scheduled to open later this month with a 5% ownership stake held by actor Jackie Chan. 20% is owned by Stanley Ho's SJM who will manage the casino.

London  , The Times & Guardian 
Lotto licence competition launch
Lottery mandate extended to give possible new bidders a better shot
Lottery licence goes up for grabs

London            GMB Union - Press release
GMB to Ballot Gala Casino Workers on Pay Offer in the Run Up to Christmas

Aberdeen            ThisisNorthScotland/Press & Journal
City could lose £15 million showpiece over casino

Australia & Tasmania  
Premier partied with Betfair partner
Gaming Control Amendment (Betting Exchange) - 56 pages

Saskatchewan   StarPhoenix
Liberals call for VLT cuts

Nassau, Bahamas            Sun Sentinel
Nassau developer announces plans for $1.6 billion luxury casino-resort

Las Vegas & Nassau, Bahamas   & MSNBC/FT
Harrah's, Starwood Unveil Joint Venture
Harrah's and Starwood form $1.6bn Bahamas venture

South Africa            Business Report/Bloomberg & Sunday Times
Sun International sells equity stake for R392m
Sun International at forefront of BEE

Richmond, B.C.  
Great Canadian Gaming reports Q3 profit of $9M, up from $6.3M year ago

Las Vegas & Nassau, Bahamas            Bloomberg News - Press release
Harrah's, Starwood and Baha Mar Resorts Ltd. Announce $1.6 Billion Joint Venture for Development of Baha Mar
The 'Destination Resort Metropolis' will have a 1,000-room Caesars Resort Hotel and 95,000 square foot casino. Construction is set to begin in 2007, with the opening sheduled for 2010.

Port Elizabeth, South Africa            The Herald Online
Police swoop on illegal online gambling venue

Bulverde, Texas   & Herald-Zeitung
Undercover Officers Bust Bulverde Casino
Police say ‘no dice’ to Bulverde casino

Las Vegas  
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas Reports All-Time Record Quarterly Revenues

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