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30th September

Israel          Haaretz Online
Shakeds float online gambling firm 888 on London exchange at value of $1 billion
Share Price -

London          DCMS - Press release
Independent panel appointed to advise Government on new casino locations
The Government's Casino Advisory Panel will be chaired by Professor Stephen Crow, CB. The 4 other members are Christopher Collison, James Froomberg, Neil Mundy and Deep Sagar. They begin work almost immediately and a report is expected by the end of 2006.

London          DCMS - Press release
Commencement Orders bring Gambling Act changes into force
The 24 hour rule will be history from 1st October and jackpot slots are increased from 10 to 20 for all size operations.

London          Gambling Commission - Press release 29th September.
New gambling watchdog launched
The Britsh Gambling Commission officially takes over from the Gaming Board as the regulating body for Britiain's 139 casinos on 1st October 2005. The commission will also be relocating to Birmingham in early 2006.

Singapore          The Malaysian Star
Bill on casinos ready next year

Fort Lauderdale          Miami Herald - Columnist Opinion
Mob-style hit here reminiscent of bad old Vegas

Singapore          Business Times Asia
Raffles Hotel officially handed over to US-based Colony Capital
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London          icLiverpool/Daily Post
Casino shares fall on debut

Nottingham          Response Source - Gala group press release
Play Now - Gala Casino and Gala Bingo
From 1st October 2005, customers of British Casinos and Bingo Halls will no longer have to wait 24 hours before entering.

Suitors already in hunt for Empress, Alton casinos - Illinois Gaming Board approves merger of Penn National, Argosy
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Mississippi & Louisiana          CNN
Floating casinos may come ashore - Post-Katrina Mississippi considers changing gaming law

Las Vegas & Singapore           Forbes/AP
Harrah's Teams With SMG to Build Casino

Sydney & Singapore           Australian Sunday Times
Tabcorp rates Singapore casino chances

Israel & London           Jerusalem Post
Israeli-owned Internet gambling firm raises GBP 147.7m. in IPO
Trading in 888 stock for the public begins on Tuesday, 4th October.

Gaming Investments           Yahoo/AP
Ameristar Casinos Dips on Lower Outlook
Share Price -

Solomon Islands          Solomon Star
Third casino on the way

Tucson, Arizona           Tucson Citizen
Arizona Indian casinos among most profitable
Arizona has 22 tribalcasinos that had a combined gaming win of  $1.536 billion from 1st July, 2004 to 30th June 2005.

Agra, India           The Times of India
Agra to host laser shows, casinos for tourists

Pennsylvania           Yahoo/Business Wire
Penn National Gaming Secures Illinois Gaming Board Approval to Proceed with Proposed Acquisition of Argosy Gaming Company
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Las Vegas           Yahoo/Business Wire
Shuffle Master, Inc. Provides VendingData Infringement Action Update
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29th September

Americas richest high rollers
Forbes takes a look at the increasing number of individuals from the casino business that are now included within America's richest 400.

Malaysia           Independent Online
Malaysias hilltop casino gets a facelift

London           The Times & Reuters UK
Online casino 888 bets on £590m float
Online casino 888 sets 175p/share offer price
Share Price - &

Blackpool           Blackpool Today
'No U-turn from PM on super casino bid'

London           Yahoo UK/AFX
CVC Capital joins race to buy Coral Eurobet - report

Travemünde, Germany           Kieler Nachrichten
Bald rollt die Kugel erst ab 17 Uhr

Casino Travemünde like many German Spielbanken is faced with a continued decline in visitors and is saying goodbye to French Roulette. Table games will also open at 5 instead of 3 pm.

South Africa  Bridge
SA's gambling brings in R10 billion
Gross revenues from gambling in South Africa during 2004/5 were almost R10 billion. Up from R6.5 billion in 2003/4. Casino gaming contributed 87.6% of the total.

Las Vegas            Yahoo/PRNewswire
VendingData(TM) Announces Positive Outcome to Markman Hearing

Melbourne, Australia            The Malaysian Star 
Malaysian stings Aussie banks

Las Vegas           The Statesman
Casinos' eye in the sky goes digital

Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Ameristar Casinos Updates Third Quarter and Full Year 2005 Financial Guidance
Share Price -

Singapore           Channel News Asia
Singapore lays its cards on the table

Tulsa, Oklahoma           Las Vegas Sun
Card games trump gambling machines in state revenue

28th September

Fort Lauderdale           Sun-Sentinel
Three arrested in 2001 gangland-style killing of boat casino and Miami Subs owner Gus Boulis

Fort Lauderdale           The Seattle Times
Three held in '01 slaying of man who sold boats to Abramoff
The AP reports that 3 arrests have now been made in the Gus Boulis murder trial and that at least 1 has ties to Sun Cruz purchaser Adam Kidan.

London           The Times &
Gala in battle with equity firms to take over Coral
Bingo group Gala in talks over bid for Coral
Gala's flutter
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London           Interactive Investor
UK casino operator Gala in talks to buy Coral Eurobet - report

London           Yorkshire Post
Government denies changing casino plans

Saltley, Birmingham           icBirmingham/Sunday Mercury
New blow to Blues' plan for casino
Three local councilors have now formerly objected to BCFC's regional casino plan on moral and religious grounds.

New Jersey           The Press of Atlantic City/AP &
Caesars pays $185,000 to settle charges surveillance workers ogled women
Casino Workers Allegedly Misused Surveillance Cams

Toronto, Ontario           CNW Group & Canoe
Ontario Government Releases Report On Problem Gambling
Report finds problem-gaming cash didn't get to right programs - Temporary link

Australia           Contact Music
Moss offered gambling contract
- - No company name or address could be found on the website.

Levis, Canada & Guatemala           CNW Telbec
DEQ cancels shareholder agreement and renegotiates partnership agreement with Severn for a 550 slot machine project

Las Vegas           Investors Business Daily - Press release
PB Gaming Completes Sale of Poster Financial Group
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Las Vegas & Carson City           Las Vegas Sun/AP - Adam Goldman
Nevada regulators OK Landry's purchase of Golden Nugget casinos

California           Bloomberg/Business Wire
Harrah's Rincon To Host World Series of Poker Circuit Event

Macau           Las Vegas Sun/AP
Casino backers still in control of Macau

Las Vegas 
Westward Ho Casino Closes in November

Colorado           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Century Casinos Secures Financing for Two Growth Projects

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania           Las Vegas Sun/AP
Gaming board sued over background checks

27th September

InterLogic suing Empire Online for alleged theft of brand

Penn to sell Empress, Alton Belle - Company to divest two IL casinos in order to win approval of Argosy merger

Illinois  & Yahoo/St. Louis Business Journal
Empress may change hands again
Penn National to sell Alton Belle as part of Argosy buy
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Jackson, Mississippi           Biloxi Sun-Herald/AP
Lawmakers to tackle future of state's battered casino industry

Melbourne, Australia           The Herald Sun
High-roller casino con
Banks his golden goose

Adelaide, Australia           The Advertiser
Regulator to act on casino, footy club drug claim
Gambling inquiry delay - The 17 year old Chinese student who allegedly lost A$40,000.

Louisiana           Lafayette Daily Advertiser
Casinos still standing - Damage to Lake Charles sites light to moderate
Photos of Harrah's Lake Charles would appear to show more than "moderate" damage.

Missouri           Kansas City Star - Rick Alm
Gambling losses up sharply in Missouri - State report also notes rise in crime

London           Reuters UK
Online casino 888's IPO 'well covered' - HSBC looks set to begin trading on Wednesday Afternoon, 28th September.

Sportech PLC - Unaudited Interim Results for the six months ended 30th June.
Sportech PLC - Directorate Change

Louisiana           Newsday/AP
Pinnacle Entertainment Properties Endure Hurricane Rita
Boyd Gaming Reports on Impact of Hurricane Rita
Harrah's Lake Charles Employees Asked To Call Relief Hotline
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Louisiana           Newsday/AP
Rita Shuts Down 2nd Major Louisiana Casino Market

Singapore           Bloomberg News
Singapore Delayed Casino Bidding to Address Concerns, Lim Says 

London & Las Vgas           Yahoo/Business Wire
Cyberview Technology Issued Another U.S. Patent for Innovation in Gaming Systems

Las Vegas-style casino for Yarmouth? 
Yarmouth officials believe that a regional casino would bring an additional 3.3 million annual visitors to the town.

Governor's challenger urges gambling ban for aid recipients

26th September

Louisiana           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Rita casino damage less than feared

Mississippi           Business Wire
Floating Casinos Wrecked, Millions in Tax Dollars Lost Daily; Mississippians for Jobs Says Rebuilding Ashore Will Assure Revenues to Benefit Citizens Again 

Las Vegas & Singapore           Bloomberg News
Harrah's, Keppel Land comment on Singapore casino bid process

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Business Press - David McKee G2E reports
Loveman noncommittal on Caesars' high-end future
Cultural misunderstandings plague Macau's casino business

Cyprus & Tel Aviv, Israel           Globes Online
PlayTech mulls London IPO

Bahamas           The Bahama Journal
Baha Mar Negotiates With Hilton For Casino Partnership

Singapore           Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Singapore Likely To Miss Casino Tender Deadline -Sources
Singapore To Delay Issuing Casino Tender Until Nov
The delay in proposals is for the Marina Bay site. A formal request for proposals for Sentosa Island will apparently be issued in the 1st quarter of 2006.

Singapore           Singapore Tourism Board - Press release
Request for Proposals for the Integrated Resorts

Macau           China View/Xinhua & Washington Post/Reuters
Macao's casino tax income soars 17% in 1st 8 months
Democracy group emerges big winner in Macau polls

London & Netherlands Antilles 
Leisure & Gaming plc - Maiden Interim Results for the six months ended 30th June 2005
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Minister admits casino mistakes

Lake Charles, Louisiana           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc., Provides Update of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina Damage
Share Price -

Online Gambling/Betting 
Online Betting Website Traffic Volumes
The Hong Kong Jockey Club continues to have the No. 1 ranked betting website world-wide. Macau Slot appears to have jumped into second place.
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Las Vegas & Singapore           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Las Vegas Sands Corp. Announces Plans to 'Usher in New Era of Entertainment' in Singapore
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Niagara Falls, New York           Buffalo News
Job fair seeks workers for new casino hotel

Ashburton, New Zealand           Ashburton Guardian
Smokefree cuts gaming machine revenue

25th September

Melbourne           The Melbourne Age
Library may turn to casino to help it balance the books

Israel & Barnet, Hertfordshire           ThisisMoney/Mail on Sunday
Gaming tycoon in Israeli fraud trial

San Juan, Puerto Rico 
Mystery surrounds murder of online gambling entrepreneur Adam Anhang
- Search "Adam Anhang"

British Columbia, Canada 
Casino worker charged with first-degree theft

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Alert targets 26,000 at Expo - G2E worker infected with Hepatitis A

Victoria, Australia           The Melbourne Age
Review of licences could put an end to pokies
The concession on slot operations in Victoria is jointly operated by Tattersalls and Tabcorp. Their contract with the state comes to an end in 2012.

London           The Sunday Times
The Andrew Davidson Interview: Casino fixer gambling on win in UK
Interview with Isle of Capri co-founder Allan Solomon. Discussed are the companies plans for a regional casino at the Ricoh Arean in Coventry.

Strasbourg           Servihoo/AFP
Tensions building over liberalisation of EU gambling sector
Questions will be raised this week about the impartiality of a study into European gambling monopolies being undertaken by the Centre for the Study of Gambling at the University of Salford.

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Alert targets 26,000 at Expo - G2E worker infected with Hepatitis A

Las Vegas           Newsday/AP
Global Gaming Expo attendees warned of hepatitis-A exposure
- Global Gaming Expo - Public Health Notice

Calgary, Alberta           The Globe and Mail
435 workers at casino in Calgary go on strike

London & Gibraltar           Daily Telegraph
32Red online casino goes for a rolling flotation
32Red boss plays an adventurous hand

Reno, Nevada           USA Today
Peppermill's $230 million expansion includes 17-story hotel tower

Cyprus           Cyprus Mail
Bookies welcome gambling proposals

Louisiana           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Boyd Gaming Establishes Employee Assistance Hotlines for Louisiana Employees

Reno & Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun/AP
Opposition mounts to Las Vegas-based company's Reno plans

24th September

French Lick, Indiana           WTHR Indianapolis & Indianapolis Star
French Lick casino names new project manager
Majestic Star won't run new casino after all
G. Michael Brown will be Project Manager for the French Lick Springs Resort and Casino. Brown was formerly the CEO of Seneca Gaming Corp. in New York.

New York           Kansas City Star/AP
High rollers attend New Yorker festival

Miami, Florida  & Miami Herald
Lobbyist accused in SunCruz says former partner is to blame
Federal inquiry looks at ship deal

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Jury: New Frontier must pay $110,000 to card counter

Hurricane Rita...
Satellite images:
The Weather Channel:

Lake Charles, Louisiana
There are three casinos in the Lake Charles area...
Isle of Capri Lake Charles
Harrah’s Lake Charles
Pinnacle Entertainment's L’auberge du Lac Hotel & Casino

Louisiana Casino Association.
As daylight breaks in Texas and Louisiana the Weather Channel has reported that casinos in the Lake Charles area have suffered "severe damage".

Lake Charles, Louisiana           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Lake Charles Experiencing Serious Damage

23rd September

Louisiana & Mississippi           Las Vegas Business Press
Casino companies flee Rita's wrath

Louisiana casinos closed ahead of hurricane Rita

Louisiana           Yahoo/PRNewswire
L'Auberge du Lac Temporarily Suspends Operations Due to Hurricane Rita
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Harrah's Lake Charles Closes Due to Approach of Hurricane Rita

32Red Plc - 32Red Plc floats with a market capitalisation of approximately £60 million
Share Price - &

Coventry           icCoventry
We'll beat Blackpool to super casino!

Kuala Lumpur           Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Malaysia Genting Unit, GIL, Seeks SGX Main Bd Listing

New York & Las Vegas           Yahoo/Reuters
Global Cash Access up 7% in market debut
Share Price -

Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
MGM MIRAGE Secures Existing Management Team to 2010

Coventry           icBirmingham/Birmingham Sunday Mercury
Why this £60m casino is well worth a gamble
Isle of Capri giving their pitch as to why the Ricoh Arena should be chosen as the venue for Britain's first regional casino.

Birmingham & Coventry           icBirmingham/Birmingham Evening Mail
City faces rival casino bid

Las Vegas  - 21st & 22nd September
Eyewitnesses Say Ressa Showed No Remorse
Police Believe Driver Intentionally Hit Las Vegas Strip Pedestrians
Ressa Facing Numerous Charges - Admits to Being The Driver
Condition of Crash Victims Hospitalized
Rapid Response to Crash Scene

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun
Driver charged with murder

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Report recommends no tough limits on neighborhood casinos

Atlantic City           Yahoo/Market Wire
Down to Six At the World Poker Tour Main Event At Borgata

Miss. Baptist Convention gearing up to oppose on-land casinos

Mississippi           San Francisco Chronicle/Washington Post
Big tax breaks proposed for Gulf Coast casinos - Gambling firms had been excluded in past, officials say

The Bahamas 
Cable Beach Resorts Spends $6.75 Million On Renovations And Upgrades To Crystal Palace Casino

Mississippi & Ontario, Canada           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. Contributes C$250,000 to Harrah's Employee Recovery Fund

22nd September

Las Vegas & New York 
Global Cash Access is IPO of the week

Glasgow           The Scotsman & Las Vegas Sun/Bloomberg News
Rangers plan to bring Las Vegas-style gambling to Ibrox
Sands may build casino in Scotland 
The Scotsman's article also includes an artists impression. The soccer pitch will be on top of many of the proposed retail and gaming areas.

Mississippi           MSNBC/AP
Gambling barge goes 'kaboom' in Mississippi
Officials Implode Casino Barge On Miss. Highway
An amazing video of the the Grand Casino being imploded. The properties website at is still available for viewing.

Auckland, New Zealand 
Casino workers unhappy about evacuation
Sky City Auckland apparently had to be evacuated on Saturday 17th September after a pilot threatend to fly a stolen plane into the building.

Hamilton, New Zealand 
Sky City development plans given a boost

Free State, South Africa
Bloem readies for R240m casino

Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
MGM MIRAGE Named Among Leading Companies for Gay and Transgender Employees by The Human Rights Campaign Foundation

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Sands starts own big dig for Palazzo - More than 1 million cubic yards of sub-Strip dirt moved for garage

Los Angeles           Yahoo/PRNewswire
WPT Enterprises in Dispute With the Travel Channel Over the Professional Poker Tour

New York - Gaming Investments           Yahoo/AP
Casino Stocks Weaken Ahead of Rita

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