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Archive 2006: 1st - 7th April

7th April
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Party Gaming
Progressive Gaming
Macau Success
Betbull (Austria)
Wynn Resorts
Empire Online
Bally Tech
Melco Int.
Station Casinos
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Churches launch 'gambling dangers' campaign as 'super casino' looms large

Stanley Leisure Plc - Award of additional Liverpool licence

South Africa & Zimbabwe    
Southern Africa: Cross-Border Crime Rising As Economy Sinks

Las Vegas    
Gaming Industry Gets 'Teed Off' at Problem Gambling

Las Vegas              Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Binion's hoping for 'Net gain - Casino to begin Web poker broadcasts

Antigua              Antigua Sun
Govt accused of mishandling gaming issue

Greece & Turkey              Yahoo UK/AFX
Greece's Intralot eying privatisation of Turkish lottery Milli Pinyango

London              Yahoo UK/PRNewswire
32Red Plc Announces Agreement to Be Official Club Sponsors of Aston Villa FC for the Next Two Premiership Seasons

Aston Villa plc - Villa announce Internet linkup with new shirt deal
32Red Plc announces conditional agreement to be official club sponsors of Aston Villa FC

London             The Glasgow Herald & Ireland Online
Party time as prospect of US online gambling ban fades
Gambling firms hopeful of escaping ban

Blackhawk, Colorado             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Ameristar Casino Debuts in Black Hawk - Formerly Mountain High Casino.
Ameristar/Aztar Corp proposal 3rd April

Macau             Hong Kong Standard
Timber trader to draw casino revenue
Interesting details about commission on rolling turnover at Sands Macao's Paiza Club. - Teem Foundation

Switzerland    Zeitung
Das Tessin ist das Eldorado der Spieler
No 1 and 2 casinos in Switzerland are Mendrisio (Amazingly only a Class B) and Lugano. Both are located in Southern Cantons and draw large numbers of players from over the Italian border.
Additional headlines
Special tax on gaming machines - Mongolia
NYSE Traders Warned About Gambling - Traders Magazine
L.V. Advisor: Question of the Day - Hitting on Soft 17 rules.

6th April
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Melco International
Party Gaming
Boyd Gaming
Galaxy Ent.
Riviera Holdings
Aristocrat Leisure
Gaming Partners
WMS Gaming
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Detroit             Detroit News
First look: New MGM casino will feature art-deco style

British Casino license applications
Council applies to open town casino - Sevenoaks, Kent.
Peterborough is vying with 40 other areas to build a multi-million pound casino
Gambling concerns as casino bid goes in - Blackpool.
Casino features in plaza plan - Cannock.
Falkirk bets on winning casino site race

Antigua             Antigua Sun
Hope still for gaming sector despite US resistance

Gaborone, Botswana   
Botswana: Fewer Hours for Casinos

Scotland             Christian Today & Glasgow Evening Times
Kirk Opposes Scottish Applications for First Super-Casino
Supercasino would get advisers to stop problem gambling

Las Vegas             Reuters
Casino operator Riviera to go private
Investors perhaps believe there may be a higher bid as RIV closed up 80 cents at $18.93.

Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Riviera Holdings Corporation Agrees to Be Acquired By Investment Group for $17 Per Share In Cash

Düdingen, Switzerland             Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Escor hat in Restaurants ausgespielt
Escor Casinos and Entertainment have further reduced the workforce in their Playland division. Slots are now only permitted in Switzerland in the countries 19 licensed casinos.

Bern, Switzerland             Liechtensteiner Vaterland, &
Schweizer Casinos steigern Umsatz um 14 Prozent
Schweizer Casinos: Die Kugel rollt gut
13,300 Spiel-Süchtige gesperrt! 
The Swiss Casino Federation has announced that gross casino win in 2005 rose 14% to SF874 Million. The number of visitors rising 4.1% to 4.4 million. - Schweizer Casino Verband/Swiss Casino Federation.

London             Yahoo/Reuters
PartyGaming jumps on US gambling bill doubts
Party Gaming and a host of other online betting companies have gained between 3 and 14% in early trading in London

Macau             Washington Post
China's Big Import: Vegas

Washington & Costa Rica             Reuters
BETonSPORTS sees US online gambling ban unlikely

Ipswich             Evening Star
Casino could be on cards for town

Manchester             Daily Telegraph
United refuse to deal as tobacco and gambling worries mount

Moscow             The Moscow Times & ITAR-TASS
City Cracks Down on Gaming
Over 500 gambling outlets to be closed in Moscow shortly
New gaming laws in Moscow are believed to have reduced the number of slot operations to 1,300 over the last 6 months.

British Casino license applications
Developer hopes to beat odds for super casino in Glasgow
Council bets on Straiton for super-casino - Edinburgh
SOUTH Tyneside is to try its luck at becoming home to a new casino complex
Bets are placed in great casino rush - Bradford

El grupo Estoril Sol invierte 130 millones en el primer casino de Lisboa - Casino Lisboa will open on the 19th April.

Atlantic City   
Casinos beat odds on profit
State says gang worked casinos

Chile & Poway, California             Marketwire
Thunderbird Resorts, Inc.: Update on Chile and on Over-all Operations

Florida             Florida Today
Ban the dumping - Protect coastal waters and beaches by stopping casino-boat sewage discharge
Additional headlines
Slaying suspect's body found at casino - East Chicago
Investigators ready case against alleged casino - Austin, Texas.
African diplomat tied to gambling pit - Tokyo & Cote d'Ivoire.
Online gambling snagging children as young as 9

5th April
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Party Gaming
Las Vegas Sands
Empire Online
Station Casinos
William Hill
Wynn Resorts
Aristocrat Leisure
Multimedia Games
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina   
New casino boat in town
Casino boat sold ~~ Dredging under way
The Diamond Girl II will replace the Southern Elegance after a buyout by Al Shuman and his Diamond Management company. The ship was formerly operating as the Escapade Casino out of Amelia Island, Florida.

Vancouver, B.C.             Globe and Mail
Gaming holder complains
Unimaginative headline but an interesting story about Great Canadian Gaming's recent private equity placement.

Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Bally Technologies Announces Regulatory Approvals for Hot Shot Progressive(TM) Game, S9000, CineVision(TM)

Mönchengladbach, Germany             Westdeutsche Zeitung
Illegale Wettbüros im Visier der Stadt

Singapore             Yahoo/Dow Jones & Reuters
Genting Intl's Singapore Casino Bid May Involve Universal
Genting taps Universal to help Singapore casino bid

Gulf Coast, Mississippi             Clarion-Ledger
6 more casinos to reopen soon
Schedule of reopenings

St. John's, Antigua             PRNewswire
World Poker Exchange Launches 'No Rake' Poker

Placier County, California            ABC News
Former Employees Fight to Sue Native American Casino

Scotland & Wales - License applications
Fight on cards for first super casino - Rangers up against 26 rival bids
Casino plans unveiled for Elgin's high street
Three-way fight for Scots Las Vegas
UK 'super-casino' plans - The Scotsman's dedicated section.
Welsh cities square up over super-casino plan

England - License applications
Chips are down for casino bids - Swindon
Panel begins to sift through casino bids - Birmingham
Place your bets for first super casino - Norfolk
Three cities in running to open Las Vegas-style casino - North East (Temp link)
Do we want a casino here? - North Tyneside
Casino Applications - Canterbury, Dartford, Dover, Maidstone, Sevenoaks and Shepway.

Iowa            Globe Gazette
Gambling goes live at Diamond Jo Worth

Washington & Antiqua             Business Week/AP
U.S. accused of flaunting WTO ruling

Larnaca, Cyprus             The Cyprus Mail
‘We won’t allow Pyla casino to go ahead’

Washington            San Francisco Chronicle
Poker players fight online gambling ban
Additional headlines
Branson may pull out of Lottery bid
Japan labels Ivory Coast diplomat 'persona non grata' over illegal gambling
Woman slain at casino hotel - East Chicago
Estrada denies gambling kickbacks from gangs
1976: Billionaire Howard Hughes dies

4th April
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Galaxy Ent.
Chariot Lottery
Las Vegas Sands
Melco Int.
Stanley Leisure
Wynn Resorts
Tattersalls Ltd.
Global Cash Access
Tabcorp Holdings
Party Gaming
Bally Tech.
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Super casino bid by 27 councils
The BBC have an excellent diagram supplied by the CAP showing all the potential locations for the regional, large and small casinos.

Southend            Barnett and Potters Bar Times
Council denies plans to employ gambling counsellors

Phoenix, Arizona            Yahoo/PRNewswire
Aztar Corporation Prepared to Enter Into Discussions With Colony Capital and Ameristar

London            CAP & Provincial press
Casino Advisory Panel Publishes List of Proposals
NEC one of 27 super-casino bidders - Birmingham
Our 26 rivals in casino stakes - Blackpool
Scottish bids for 'super-casino'
Welsh councils set for 'super-casino' fight
North-East councils join "super-casino" race
The Casino Advisory Panel have tallied the number of applications and 27 local authorities are interested in the single Regional Licence and 41 in 1 or more Large and Small licenses.

Astana, Kazahkstan            BBC &
Kazakhs pondering 'desert Vegas'
A new Vegas to emerge in the Kazakh Steppe?

Macau            Hong Kong Standard
Separate listing considered for casino
Melco International and partner PBL may seek a separate listing for their HK$8 billion City of Dreams casino resort.

London            The Conservatives - Press release
There must only be one regional casino pilot, says Swire

Tinian, C.N.M.I.            Pacific Islands Report/Saipan Tribune
New Tinian Hotel and Casino project breaks ground
Tinian gaming agency left out of CNMI casino OK

Vancouver, B.C.   & Reuters
Gateway Casinos buys Cascades Langley Casino and Hotel for $106.3 million
Gateway Casinos to buy BC casino for C$106.3 mln

Las Vegas            Yahoo/AP
Ameristar Offers About $1.5B for Aztar - Tops Other Bids

Macau            Yahoo/PRNewswire
115 Premium Retailers Partner With the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel

London & Israel            Yahoo UK/Reuters & AFX
Empire Online still confident of revenue rise
Empire Online profit up 57 pct
Share Price

London & Israel  
Empire Online Ltd maiden preliminary results for year ended 31st December

Pine Ventures plc - Admission to trading on AIM
I won't be rushing to buy shares in this one. A betting website including "Naughty Netball".

London            Daily Telegraph & The Times
United twist on £70m deal
United snub gets shirty reply

Phoenix, Arizona            Yahoo/PRNewswire
Aztar Corporation Prepared to Enter Into Discussions With Colony Capital and Ameristar
Additional headlines
Sun International buys 424,798 Real Africa shares
Johns brothers not linked to betting plunge: manager - Australia
Macao casino mogul to open bank in Angola
L.V. Advisor: QotD - Faro, what happened to the game ?
Bookies' Cash Robbery Con Pair Are Jailed

3rd April
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Aristocrat Leisure
Tabcorp Holdings
Rank Group
Gaming Partners
Golden Resorts
Empire Online
Aztar Corp.
A-Max Holdings
London Clubs
Progressive Gaming
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Montreal            Yahoo/CNW Telbec
Dynasty Gaming Signs Agreement with Interactive Gaming Holdings plc

Bloemfontein, Free State  
4 nabbed after failed heist at Bloemfontein casino
Sun International's Windmill Casino has been open just 4 months.

Vietnam            Thanhniem News
Vietnam’s casino joint-stock business to auction shares
Hoang Gia International

Macau            Peoples Daily/Xinhua
Macao casino mogul to pass 5 percent of net profit to staff
As part of SJM's IPO package Stanley Ho will give 5% of 2005 profits to staff. He's also announced a 30% pay rise to help retain SJM employees who are increasingly being poached by the other license holders.

Las Vegas            PRNewswire
Ameristar Casinos Submits All-Cash Proposal to Acquire Aztar Corporation for $42 Per Share

Newcastle, South Africa & Colorado Springs, CO.            PRNewswire
Century Casinos Announces Closing of Acquisition of Controlling Interest in Second South African Casino

London            Bloomberg
Rank Shares Gain on Blackstone Takeover Speculation

London            Daily Telegraph
Results flat for London Clubs International

London Clubs International plc - Completion of disposal, new banking facilities and trading update

London            The Daily telegraph
Residents oppose Stanley's Earls Court casino plans

London            The Independent
75 authorities spin the wheel for chance to have a casino

Briain - Local authority casino license applications
Manchester 'must' host UK’s first regional casino - Manchester
Southend bids for 'regional casino' - Southend
Blackpool bids for UK's only 'super casino' - Blackpool 30/3
Town aims to hit casino jackpot - Harrogate

Gaza Strip, Palestine            Arutz Sheva &
Gaza Casino Destroyed in IDF Bombing
Palestinian casino dream shattered
The AS report has a film of part of the sizeable construction taking a direct hit.

Edinburgh            The Sunday Mail
Exclusive: The Casino Killer

Las Vegas & California            Bloomberg
Traffic to Las Vegas Keeps Los Angeles Gamblers Stuck in Desert

Manchester            News of the World - Temporary link
£60M United Poker deal

Tinian, C.N.M.I            Saipan Tribune
New Tinian casino MOA signed

Singapore            Yahoo/Singapore
SINGAPORE PRESS:Genting Confident In Singapore Casino Bid
"Being Asians, we are more reserved. I think we do first, then we talk. I think the American mentality is talk first, then maybe do," :)
Gaming floor visitors should not be surprised if Genting wins the bidding for the Marina Bay IR.

Las Vegas & Singapore            Las Vegas Sun
Jeff Simpson analyzes the players in the bid for a Singapore casino
Jeff's Odds. 3 to 2 MGM Mirage, 3 to 1 Harrahs, 8 to 1 LVS & 10 to 1 Genting International.

Melbourne            The Australian
Wave of violence puts casino clubs in doubt
Press releases 
Some site changes being made - Daily PR to be posted here from 3rd April onwards.

Additional headlines
Robbers target casino again - Missoula, Montana.
Agua Caliente Casino names Cooper - Rancho Mirage, California.
L.V. Advisor: QotD - Are there any gay hotels or casinos in Las Vegas ?

2nd April

London            The Observer/Guardian
Tories ready for more than one super-casino

Fiji            Fiji Times
Church opposes casino plan

Bern            Basler Zeitung
Zahl der Spielsperren in Casinos stark angestiegen

Easter Island & Santiago, Chile            IHT - Interesting story
Casino plan strikes Easter Islanders as latest in long series of calamities

1st April
Updates to Gaming floor on the 2nd and for most of the 3rd April were delayed as I played in a Blackjack Tournament in Travemünde, Germany.
The tournament was also co-sponsored by Le Jeton a new German language casino magazine launching on the 1st.

70 entrants, a €12,000+ prize pool - and a female winner !
I was out in the first round :(  Ian

1st April

Problem Gambling - Britain            British Psychological Society
Impulsive males most likely to succumb to new gambling laws

British Casino License applications
Major players ready to gamble on casino - Blackpool
Casino Latest - Mansfield Town Football Club
Casino bids battle with huge stakes - Yorkshire. Sheffield, Leeds and Wakefield
Hopefuls scramble to hit super casino jackpot - Nationwide, 40+ for RC alone.
Town shows its hand on casino bid - Dunstable & Luton
Cameron urged to pitch in favour of super casinos - Coventry & Liverpool

Macau   - Registration required for full story
Melco, PBL plan third casino

Atlantic City            The Press of Atlantic City
In A.C., rumblings of new casino financed by Morgan Stanley

Fairground Gaming Holdings plc - Preliminary Results Announcement

Singapore            Today Online
Harrah's likely to invest about $5b

Easter Island            New York Times
Easter Island Casino Plan Raises Fear of Cultural Erosion

Fiji            The Fiji Sun
Casino plan for church - Hoteliers vow to give Methodists share of profits 

Las Vegas           Yahoo/Business Wire
Progressive Gaming International Reports Operating Results for Fourth Quarter of Fiscal 2005 - Released Friday at 6.15pm.

Punters set to "back regeneration" at new super-casino
The DCMS announced today that companies bidding for the new super-casino license will have to ensure all customer winnings go for regeneration. "We're very excited about this plan" said a spokesman. "For the first time British casino customers will have the opportunity to play their favourite games safe in the knowledge that every pound they win will be used to regenerate their area".

They don't do that in Vegas! - Maritime Gambling Act to be strengthened
New shipboard gaming rules are being proposed after increased complaints from Cruiseship casino customers. 

Numbers on European Roulette wheels to be increased
To bring European wheels into line with those in the U.S. a double 00 will shortly be added.
"After many requests from our customers, we will finally be able to give them the convenience of another green number to bet on" said one Casino operator.

Call disputed after spot falls off Die
Was it a Seven-Out or a Winner Six?. Boxman maintains that the spot should count, even though it fell off when the die hit the back wall.
Additional headlines...
Abramoff's "Gift" to Online Gambling
GF CASINO: More than 'a long shot' - North Dakota
Lotto the big Gamble - Nassau, Bahamas
SPL Star in £10,000 betting probe - Edinburgh

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