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7th September

Mississippi           Washington Post
Floating Casinos Down on Their Luck - Industry Helped Coastline's 1990s Economic Revival

Nevada           Fox5 Las Vegas
Nevada to Take 800 People Displaced By Katrina - Officials Prepare For Arrival Of Evacuees

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Boyd buys land under Barbary Coast - $15.7 million purchase gives casino operator 4.3 acres at corner of Strip and Flamingo Road

Waukegan, Illinois           Yahoo/Business Wire
WMS Gaming to Preview WAGE-NET Server-Based Gaming Capabilities at G2E Trade Show
- www.wmsgaming.com

Poipet, Cambodia           The Nation
Threat to casino town

Las Vegas           Macleans/AP
Bio on Stuey Ungar reveals that poker champ didn't play all his cards right
- One of a Kind : The Rise and Fall of Stuey "The Kid" Ungar. (Amazon.com link)

London           UK-Wire.co.uk
ukbetting plc - Interim Results
Share Price - www.ukbetting.com

London           The Times, FT.com, Guardian, Daily Telegraph & Globes Online(Israel)
Internet gambling sector suffers as PartyGaming shows a losing hand
PartyGaming's problems leave red faces in the City
PartyGaming falls on fears fad is over
Poker party is over, admits online operator
PartyGaming slump puts dampener on the tables
PartyGaming share plunges 30%
Share Price - www.partygaming.com

Las Vegas           Yahoo/Business Wire
Shuffle Master, Inc. to Introduce New Products at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas, Nevada, Sept. 13-15

Mississippi           New York Times
The Perils of Casinos That Float

Mississippi & Las Vegas           CNN Money
Gaming leaders mull Miss. moves
G2E is likely to be the backdrop next week for high powered discussions on plans to rebuild casinos in Mississippi.

Las Vegas & Mississippi          Yahoo/PRNewswire
Harrah's Entertainment Provides Update of Hurricane Damage - Re-Release
There is also another corrected version of this release. Harrah's New Orleans will stay closed for "an undetermined amount of time".

Jakarta, Indonesia           The Jakarta Post
Gambling den owner arrested, 70 machines seized

Victoria, Australia           ZDNet Australia
TAB to help Internet, phone gambling addicts

Malaysia           The Malaysian Star
Two men with fake RM1 coins held - Genting Highlands.
 

Global Gaming Expo 2005


6th September

Las Vegas & Oldham, Lancashire           Yahoo/Business Wire
Progressive Gaming International Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire EndX Group Ltd.
- www.progressivegaming.net & www.endxgroup.com

Las Vegas           Yahoo/Business Wire
Shuffle Master, Inc. Reports Record Third Quarter Results
Share Price - www.shufflemaster.com

Biloxi, Mississippi           San Francisco Chronicle
Floating casinos bulldoze history: Residents return to wreckage -- levee break plugged

Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Boyd Gaming Acquires Barbary Coast Land
- www.boydgaming.com & www.barbarycoastcasino.com

Las Vegas, Spain & Malaysia           Yahoo/Business Wire
Shuffle Master, Inc. Announces Table Master and Easy Chipper Milestones
- www.shufflemaster.com

London           Yahoo/Business Wire
WMS Gaming to debut the Next Big Event™ for the slot floor at G2E Trade Show
- www.wmsgaming.com

London           Morning Star/Dow Jones & Yahoo/AFX
PartyGaming Loses Third Of Its Value On Warning
Sportingbet says trading in line with its expectations

London           Bloomberg News
PartyGaming Shares Plunge as Growth Rates to Slow

The Party Gaming share price has collapsed this morning and is now trading at 103p - down 53p. Empire Online is off 35p at 237p and Sportingbet 64p at 306p

Mississippi           Biloxi Sun-Herald
Casinos update - Dice rolling in three months ? - A somewhat optimistic headline.
FEMA has leased Biloxi's Imperial Palace hotel

New Zealand           Yahoo Asia & Melbourne Age
Australasia's Skycity Expects Momentum to Build up by 2007
Smoking bans flatten out SkyCity profits
- www.skycityentertainmentgroup.com

Western Cape. South Africa           Cape Business News
Caledon's king of cash
- www.thecaledon.co.za

Johannesburg, South Africa           Business Day
Peermont interim earnings up 52% - Interview with Peermont's CEO Ernie Joubert.

London & Liverpool           Liverpool Daily Post
William Hill backs winner as poker gamble pays off

London           Reuters UK, Tiscali & BBC.co.uk
PartyGaming falls 23% on cautious outlook-dealers
Online casino PartyGaming H1 revenues up 81%
Partygaming tables profit growth

London           UK-Wire.co.uk
PartyGaming Plc - Interim Results for the six months to 30 June 2005
PartyGaming and Cellectivity Launch Starluck Casino Mobile
In early trading Party Gaming shares are trading off 35p at 122p. EBITDA after share option and IPO related expenses was $195.4m for the 6 months to 30th June.
Share Price - www.partygaming.com

London           The Times Online & Guardian Online
PartyGaming up on talk of trump card
Sportingbet behind play for Empire poker website

Mississippi           CNN Money
Miss. official says casino companies are 'hesitant' to rebuild, state could lose billions

London           Daily Telegraph
William Hill takes knock from tipster - Pricewise in the Racing Post.
 


 
 
5th September

Las Vegas & Mississippi           Las Vegas Business Press
Execs: Rod Stewart's big payday highly unorthodox
Katrina destruction leaves questions about rebuilding

Las Vegas & Mississppi           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Harrah's is hoping to build temporary Mississippi casino

London           The Scotsman
William Hill to return up to £300m to investors after profits fall

London           Sharecast.com
Gaming VC bets on poker move

South Africa           The Star/IOL
Casino gang strike, but police expect to nail them

London           Yahoo UK/AFX & BBC.co.uk
William Hill to buy back up to 300 mln stg shares as H1 pretax drops 17%
William Hill hit by winning bets

London           Uk-Wire.co.uk
Gaming VC Holdings S.A - Maiden Interim Results for the Half-Year Ended 30th June 2005
Share Price - www.gamingvc.com & www.casinoclub.com

London           Uk-Wire.co.uk
William Hill PLC - Announcement of interim results
Hill's expect to have in the region of 7,500 FOBT's and 550 AWP's in their 2,182 UK LBOs by the end of 2005.
Share Price - www.willhill.com

London           Reuters UK & Uk-Wire.co.uk
Sportingbet in bid talks with Empire Online
Sportingbet Plc - Statement re. Press Speculation
 


 
 
4th September

Mississippi           Chicago Sun-Times/AP
States might lose millions as casinos are shuttered

Miami, Florida & Mississippi           USA Today/AP & Carnival update
FEMA chartering Carnival ships for Katrina refugees
Sailings Impacted by Hurricane 3 CCL Ships to Aid FEMA
The three Carnival ships are the Ecstasy, Sensation and Holiday.
- www.carnival.com

Nevada           Arizona Republic/Los Angeles Times
Fight rages over Vegas sinful slogan

Johannesburg, South Africa           SABC News & Independent online
Heist at Emperor's Palace Casino
Robbers hit Emperor's Palace Casino
The Emperors Palace casino is the former Caesars Gauteng.
- www.emperorspalace.co.za & www.peermont.com

Thailand & Cambodia           MCOT/TNA
Thailand wants to limit access to Cambodian casinos

Nairobi, Kenya           The East Standard & AllAfrica.com/The Nation
Pattni, Somaia in dispute over casino
State Takes a Gamble On Casino Sale - 30th August.

Bristol           ThisisBristol/Bristol Evening News
Most casino staff want workplace smoke ban
The study was carried by the University of the West of England in partnership with the GMB and TGWU trade unions.

Mississippi          WLOX TV
Hurricane Katrina - News and Information
www.wlox.com/Global/category.asp?C=63035&nav=6DJHduXE
Dedicated Katrina news and video update sites from Biloxi & Gulport's WLOX TV.

London & Israel           Daily Telegraph & Globes Online
PartyGaming raises the stakes in £800m battle for control of Empire Online
$1.5b takeover bid for Empire Online

Las Vegas           Chicago Sun-Times
Steve Wynn's biggest gamble also his grandest
Interview with Steve Wynn. Interesting  details on what made him decide to change the resorts name to Wynn Las Vegas from the originally planned Le Reve.

Gulfport, Mississippi           Tallahassee.com/Biloxi Sun-Herald
All bets off - Casinos assess damages, try to make contact with employees

London           UK Casino Times
Flushed With Success - The Debut of Poker Magazine "Flush" in October.
 


 
 
3rd September

London & Israel           Reuters & Daily Telegraph
Online gamer Sportingbet bidder for Empire-sources
Betting group admits £790m takeover talks

Iloilo City, Philappines           Sun Star
Police given 15 days to stop illegal gambling

Las Vegas & Mississippi           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Pinnacle Management Reviews Hurricane Katrina Damage and Establishes Plan for Recovery
- www.pnkinc.com

Las Vegas & Mississippi           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Ameristar Casinos and The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Announces Over $250,000 In Katrina Relief Aid
- www.ameristar.com

Biloxi, Mississippi           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. Establishes Relief Fund for Employees
- www.islecorp.com

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Gulf Coast hospitality workers may try LV

Las Vegas & Mississippi           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Harrah's Employee Relief Hotline Launched
Multimedia News Release - Harrah's Continues Relief Effort in Wake of Hurricane Katrina
- www.harrahs.com/hurricane & www.harrahs.com/hurricane/hurricane_login.jsp
 


 
 
2nd September

New York           Buffalo News
Senecas narrow search to 3 sites for new casino

Thailand & Australia           Sydney Morning Herald
Thai child sex charges are payback, says accused Australian

London           The Times Online & Forbes.com/AFX
Rank's £65 million gamble - Blue Square bookmakers.
Rank H1 earnings drop on weaker gaming profits

Blackpool           Blackpool Today
Resort vision shared by the Government

Mississippi           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Casinos looking for answers - Companies insured, from storm damage, but for how much ?

Israel & London           The Independent & The Times
How an Israeli dentist pulled a £500m poker profit
888.com founders to net £175m
888 gaming group plans $1.5bn float

Israel & London           ThisisMoney/London Evening Standard
Gaming operator Empire in bid talks
Mystery suitor's punt on Empire Online

London & Cyprus           UK-Wire.co.uk
Empire Online Limited - Offer Approach
Empire Online appoints new Chief Financial Officer
No mention of the bidding companies name but it's almost certainly Party Gaming.
Share Price - www.empirepoker.com

London           UK-Wire.co.uk
The Rank Group Plc - Interim Results for the six months ended 30 June 2005
Rank Group CEO Mike Smith believes that Grosvenor Casinos will see an additional 2 million visitors per year after deregulation changes in October. The company have an additional 5 licences issued under the 1968 Gaming Act that will take the estate to 41 units over the next 2 years or so.
Share Price - www.rank.com

London           UK-Wire.co.uk
NETeller PLC - Half yearly report
NETeller Plc's market capitalisation has now reached £1 Billion.
Share Price - www.neteller.com

Las Vegas & Mississippi           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Casino firms worry about employees, unsure about prospects for returning 

Mississippi           Clarion Ledger & Boston Herald
Coast casinos set up hot lines for employees
Gambling magnate shows heart of gold - Harrah's Gary Loveman.

Colorado & South Africa           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Century Casinos Secures R60 Million Loan Facility From Nedbank Limited
- www.thecaledon.co.za

Singapore           Yahoo Singapore/Dow JOnes
Singapore Casino Tender No Earlier Than Last Week Of September
- www.stb.com.sg

London & Israel           The Guardian & Daily Telegraph
Founders' number comes up as 888 online casino plans £800m flotation
Online casino plans to play its hand
 


 
 
1st September
Katrina aftermath...

Las Vegas & Mississippi           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Harrah's Continues Relief Effort in Wake of Hurricane Katrina

Mississippi           Yahoo
Yahoo news images - Casino

Mississippi           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Hurricane obliterates Gulf Coast casinos

Mississippi           Biloxi Sun-Herald & Reuters
Casino losses a big hit to Mississippi state budget
Mississippi dockside casinos devastated by Katrina

Mississippi           Newsday/AP - Adam Goldman
Miss. Could Consider Land-Based Casinos

Las Vegas & Mississippi           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Ameristar Casinos, Inc. Reopens Ameristar Vicksburg


Scarborough            Yorkshire Today/Yorkshire Post, ThisisYork & Scarborough Today
Casino to raise profile of resort
£7M bet pay-out
October opening for new casino
The Opera House casino in Scarborough is planned to open on the 26th October 2005.
- www.operahousecasino.co.uk

Las Vegas           MSNBC/AP
Rod Stewart testifies at breach-of-contract trial
- www.rodstewart.com

Western Cape, South Africa           Mail and Guardian/sapa
Reformed gambler says he's lost R30m at the tables

London & Israel           Reuters UK & Las Vegas Sun/Bloomberg News
Online casino Cassava plans LSE float for 888.com - 888 Holdings Plc.
Internet casino firm 888 plans $500 mil. IPO

Ft. Lauderdale           Hartford Courant
Issue of parking sinks bid for SunCruz Casinos berth at port
- www.suncruzcasino.com

Macau           Peoples Daily/Xinhua
Roundup: Casino fever sizzling in Macao

San Diego           Yahoo/San Diego Daily Transcript
International Thunderbird reports 2Q loss of $146K
- www.thunderbirdgaming.com

Sydney, Australia           News.com.au/AAP
A COUPLE emerging from Sydney's Star City Casino were robbed of their winnings at gunpoint.

Victoria, Australia          The Herald Sun
Pokie fans betting the house

Minnesota           KARE11.com
Former Governor Ventura now promoting internet gambling
- www.BetUS.com
 

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