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Archive 2006: 8th - 14th April

14th April

Connecticut              Harrtford Courant
Casinos Send State More Than $36.2 Million
In March the Mohegan Sun's 6,202 slots won $77.2 million and Foxwoods 6,740 won $67.7 million. A daily win per machine of $401 and $324 respectively.

South Africa              Business Report &
Real Africa spurns 'low' bid from Sun International
Further Announcement Regarding The Potential Cash Offer To Acquire All The Ordinary Shares In RAH

South Africa    
Hosken Consolidated Investments Limited - Increase Of Hcis Interest In Vukani

New Jersey              Bloomberg &
Restaurants Sue New Jersey for Smoking Ban That Exempts Casinos
Ban on smoking might expand to 25 feet outdoors

Las Vegas              Reuters
Station Casinos stock up as Red Rock debut nears - Opening Tuesday 18th April.

Britain              Provincial Press
Mayor hails Tees casino bid - Middlesbrough
Casino a good bet for council - Chelmsford, Essex.
Additional headlines
Aushorse punting on PBL to save racing
Mt. Pleasant police cite 22 in Poker raid - South Carolina.
Betting and losing my weekly wages gives me the wisdom of hindsight
L.V. Advisor: Question of the Day - What became of the Ted Binion murder case ?

13th April
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Melco Int.
Galaxy Ent.
Party Gaming
Las Vegas Sands
Macau Success
London Clubs
Empire Resorts
Fluxx (Germany)
Scientific Games
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Blackpool              Blackpool Today
Blackpool I love you...but I'm off!
"Leisure Parcs don't care about shows. They just want casinos"
Amazing comments by Comedian Freddie Starr at Trevor Hemming's Leisure Parcs who own almost every major attraction in Blackpool.

London              The Guardian
Online gaming giants raise sponsorship stakes
888 Holding's sponsorship of Middlesbrough and 32red's of Aston Villa could be perhaps only the start of a major push into soccer by online gambling operators.

Buffalo, N.Y.    
Casino Fight Giambra: "We're Going to Court" Senecas: "We're Full Steam Ahead"

Ireland              Legal Week - Article from Rob Corbet a partner at Arthur Cox in Dublin.
High stakes - Ireland’s Gaming and Lotteries Act

Colorado & Prague, Czech Republic              Yahoo/PRNewswire & AP
Century Casinos Announces 100% Ownership of Casino Millennium, Prague
Century Casinos Buys Out Czech Casino

New York              Yahoo/Business Wire
Empire Resorts Announces Progress with BIA

Prague, Czech Republic              Prague Daily Monitor
People spend record CZK 50 billion on gambling machines in 2005

Halifax, Nova Scotia    
Government Still Misguided on Gambling

Antigua              Antigua Sun
Govt urged to seek UK support in gaming row

Las Vegas              Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Retiree caught in a legal web over his gambling patent
A look at Mel Molnick, Patent 5,800,268 and whether his latest crop of lawsuits, especially the one against Sportingbet, have any realistic chance of success.
Method of participating in a live casino game from a remote location

Las Vegas              L.V. Business Press - David McKee
Adelson touts own Singapore bid, dismisses MGM Mirage
Riviera shareholder balks at sale price

Las Vegas              In Business Las Vegas - Liz Benston
Gaming - A whole new meaning to singing in the shower

Buffalo, New York    
Giambra, Brown, Others Raise Concerns About Buffalo Casino

Costa Rica    
"No somos ilegales, ni casinos"
Asociación Costarricense de Empresas de Apuestas Electrónicas - The Costa Rican Gaming Association. Website unknown.

British Soccer - Gambling issues              Daily Telegraph & Daily Mirror
Technology feeds gambling bug
Rooney and Owen still 'pals' but betting worries remain
Exclusive: Sven sets £200 limit

Betfair Poker Pick Up $1 Million WSOP Tab
Betfair now has a market cap. of £1.5 billion but here is using a free PR service carrying other companies advertisements.

Additional headlines
Man Issues Warning About Lotto Scam That Cost Him $2,000
Pandemonium as prisoner sparks court shootout - S.A. Casino robbery trial.
Bank clerk stole £500,000 to feed gambling hab - Hertfordshire.
BowmansPoker Raises the Stakes - Caution adult content ;)
Sven gamblers agree to stick with £200 limit

12th April
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Aristocrat Leisure
Las Vegas Sands
Galaxy Ent.
Riviera Holdings
Melco Int.
Empire Online
Shun Tak Holdings
Lakes Entertainment
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Las Vegas              Las Vegas Review-Journal
Nevadans strongly support bans on smoking
The ban, supported by the Nevada's gaming industry naturally exempts casinos, bars and restaurants.

Las Vegas              Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Montreux to replace the New Frontier

Los Angeles              PRNewswire
WORLD POKER TOUR World Championship(TM) Features Match Up of WPT Millionaires - Largest Gathering of Poker Millionaires Ever!

Dunedin, New Zealand              New Zealand Herald
Casino fights suspension of licence
New Zealand's Internal Affairs Department have gone to court to order the Gambling Commission to suspend the license of the Dunedin Casino for six months.

Peterborough              Peterborough Now/Evening Telegraph
Rinaldo's £50m casino gamble

London & Canada              Yahoo/CNN
Butlins Bingo Launches on the St. Minver Network, Powered by Parlay Entertainment Technology

Los Angeles              PRNewswire
WORLD POKER TOUR World Championship(TM) Features Match Up of WPT Millionaires - Largest Gathering of Poker Millionaires Ever!

London & Valetta, Malta    
Malta recognises eCOGRA standards and testing

Macau              People's Daily/Xinhua
Casino group to tenfold number of gaming tables in Macao
Galaxy Entertainment intend going from 63 tables at present to 603 when the companies Grand Waldo and StarWorld open later this year.

Macau              Hong Kong Standard
Melco jumps into casino tools trade
Shuffle Master/Stargames 20 year deal with Melco International will replace SM's distribution agreement in Asia with Malaysia's Dreamgate Corp.

Britain              Provincial press
This casino will really make an entrance!  - Coventry, Isle of Capri's Ricoh Arena.
No casino on the cards - Cumbria
Dome bid for casino licence - Greenwich.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania    
Video Released Of Proposed Casino, Development Plan In Lower Hill District

Nassau, Bahamas    
PM Hints At More Kerzner Expansions

Buffalo, N.Y.              N.Y. Newsday/AP
Sabres owner Golisano outlines casino concerns

Las Vegas             New York Times - 6th April
From the Back Office, a Casino Can Change the Slot Machine in Seconds
Server based slots from IGT are presently on trial at the Treasure Island in Las Vegas and the Barona Casino near San Diego.

Las Vegas              Yahoo/Business Wire
Win Win Gaming, Inc. Wireless Subsidiary Offering Broadband Services in United Kingdom

Indiana - East Chicago              Northwest Indiana Times
Governor slams private E.C. developer

Montreal, Quebec               CNW Telbec & Loto-Québec
Casino Patrons at the Masters
Présence de joueurs du Casino au Masters

Toronto, Ontario               CNW Telbec
From novices to pros, poker enthusiasts face off in televised tournaments on Poker Night Live - Casino and Gaming Television Canada (CGTV)

Las Vegas               Yahoo/PRWeb
Binion's American Poker Player Championship™ Maintains Legendary Tradition

English Soccer & Gambling issues               Belfast Telegraph
A game in denial on serious addictions
'Gambling in football at epidemic levels but managers support it'
'I borrowed £21,000 and lost it all in three weeks'
Additional headlines
Nevada's Per-Pupil Spending Near Very Bottom in Nation
Battle waged over image rights, licenses for Marilyn Monroe - Interesting.
Gambling Divides English Duo

11th April
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Riviera Holdings
Aristocrat Leisure
BetBull (Austira)
Dover Downs
Melco Int.
GamingVC Hold.
Wynn Resorts
Galaxy Ent.
Stanley Leisure
World Poker Tour
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Costa Rica              Dow Jones Newswires
'Calvin Ayre Wild Card Poker' TV Series Set to Premiere April 15

North Carolina    
Study: More Lottery Tickets Sold In Poorest Counties

Singapore              Morning Star
Singapore STB Reiterates To Name Casino Winner "Mid-2006"

Britain              Provincial press
Giant casino on waterfront - Gala Casinos at Bristol Harbourside. Opening in May.
City bidding for casino - Leicester
Council submits proposal to open casino in town - Sevenoaks, Kent.

Australia              The Australian
Tabcorp takes on PBL with TVN bid - ThoroughVisioN

Macau              The Australian & Reuters
Six-month delay for PBL's Macau casino
Lawrence Ho and James Packer attending a ground breaking ceremony for the City of Dreams have announced that Crown Macau will not open until Spring 2007.
Melco and PBL look to increase Macau casino tables
Plans are for Crown Macau to have 220 tables and 500 slots, and the City of Dreams to have 450 and 2,500.
Yahoo AP News Photos - Keyword "Melco"

Hong Kong &  Las Vegas             Yahoo/Business Wire
Shuffle Master, Inc. and Melco Announce Gaming Technology Alliance

Las Vegas              Yahoo/PRNewswire
Bally Technologies Announces Enterprise-Wide Systems and Bonusing Deal With Boyd Gaming Corp

Kansas City              Native American Times
Court rebukes state over casino raid - Orders cash, equipment returned to tribe

San Diego & Southern California              San Diego Union-Tribune
Casino jobs – a good deal ?
A SDU-T survey of casino staff at San Diego Counties Indian casinos.

Gaming VC Holdings S.A. - Preliminary Results
Gaming VC who target mainly German speaking customers via are offering a stock dividend far in excess of their earnings per share.

Lisbon, Portugal              Lusa Agencia
Música: Grande Gala do Fado Carlos Zel quarta-feira no Casino Estoril
Casino Estoril's Casino Lisboa opens for business at 9pm on the 19th April.

France     & Le Progress
Les casinos veulent rafler la mise sur Internet
Guerre des jeux entre les casinos et la Française

Freeport, Texas              The Facts
Texas Star Casino seized
$40,000 apparently owed for electrical work. The Texas Star is the former Millionaire's Casino which was based out of Savannah, Georgia.
www - unknown.

Cannock Chase, The Midlands              Express & Star
Big plans for town casino
Additional headlines
Merson: Wayne's gambling not a problem
Fan's fury at Bookie £10K error - 10,000 to 1 for an own goal !
Winning on Betfair for Dummies -
Trump Look-Alike Contest Held In LA

10th April
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Melco Int.
Riviera Holdings
Macau Success
Chariot Lottery
Progressive Gaming
Aristocrat Leisure
Empire Online
Bally Tech.
China LotSynergy
London Clubs Int.
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Carson City, Nevada             Las Vegas Sun/AP
Nevada casinos win $1.03 billion in February

Reno & Stamford, Connecticut             Yahoo/PRNewswire
IGT and Walker Digital Sign Development Agreement

Los Angeles              Yahoo/PRNewswire
WORLD POKER TOUR(R) on the Big Screen: WPT and Hosts to Be Featured in 'Deal' - Starring Burt Reynolds and Bret Harrison

Nevada              Yahoo/PRNewswire
Nevada Megabucks(R) Jackpot Now Over $17 Million
It's now over 6 months since the last $1 Nevada Megabucks winner which was $11,909,745 in October 2005 at the Aladdin in Las Vegas

Fallon, Nevada              Yahoo/PRNewswire
Full House Resorts, Inc. to Acquire Stockman's Casino in Fallon, Nevada

Las Vegas              Yahoo/PRNewswire
MGM MIRAGE Hosts 2006 Diversity Expo

Beijing              China View/Xinhua
Police mobilized to crack down on soccer gambling

Las Vegas              Reuters
Casino operator Riviera's investor opposes buyout

Melbourne. Australia              The Melbourne Age
Court told of casino swindle
Player collusion with 3 dealers and a figure of "up to A$1 million" is mentioned. The dealers amazingly only receiving suspended sentences for co-operating with the investigation.

Italy & Malta              The Times of Malta
Italy blocks Malta betting websites - Maltese Lotteries and Gaming Authority - Malta Remote Gambling Council

Birmingham              icBirmingham/Birmingham Mail
NEC super-casino bid chief to quit

Sydney & Macau    
Packer, Ho lure Dream-catchers
James Packer and Lawrence Ho will be attended the ground breaking ceremony for their City of Dreams joint venture this evening.

Pennyslvania              Philadelphia Inquirer
Casino ventures tout rosy projections - Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

Australia & Sweden    , SMH & Channel News Asia/AFX
Tattersall's signs deal with Aristocrat
Aristocrat pays $70m for EssNet
Australia's Aristocrat acquires Swedish gaming company EssNet

Australia              Aristocrat & Tattesals - Press releases (PDF)
Server-Based Video Lottery Technology Acquisition
TTS: Sale of EssNet Interactive AB

London & Manchester              Daily Mirror,
Eriksson to act on bets rift
Ferguson backs Rooney over claims

London & Manchester              The Times
The chips are down in Rooney's game of risk
I bet it is not a problem - Tony Cascarino
Two different perspectives on the same story. Wayne Rooney is also 17 to 1 with Betfair to be the top goalscorer in Germany which is excellent value IMHO.  Ian

Singapore              IOL/Reuters
Singapore woos 'starchitects' for casino

St. Helena, South Atlantic     Helena Herald
Locally Registered Company Sells Gaming and Banking Licenses
The Gaming Licenses are apparently in the Republic of Serbian Krajina.
Additional headlines
County tourism president quits over casino revenue flap - Nigara Falls, N.Y.
Armed man robs Great Falls casino - Montana
Gambling arrests increase on O'ahu - Hawaii
Bookies spared pasting at the Grand National
30 Vietnamese 'brides' arrested at gaming den - Sanchung, Taiwan.

9th April

London & Tokyo              The Sunday Times & Sydney Morning Herald
Japanese wager £300m on Betfair
Betfair investors to divvy up $700

London & Tokyo              The Daily Mail
PFA look into Rooney gambling claims

Las Vegas              Las Vegas Sun
Jeff Simpson on Red Rock: It's great, but let's not get carried away with the hype 

Las Vegas              Orange County Register
Tourism Web site offers free monorail ticket

Los Angeles & Chicago              ABC News/AP
Hugh Hefner Reflects On Life At 80
At 80, Hefner Still a Hopping Playboy

Las Vegas              Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Vegas boom going upscale - Middle-income tourists not in picture

London              Daily Telegraph
Betfair's backers in line for £300m
Japan's Softbank has bought a 23% stake in Betfair for £355m. The deal values the company which launched only 6 years ago at £1.54 billion.

British Football              Channel 4 & ThisisLondon
Sven to tackle gambling claims
Rooney's '£700,000 gambling debts'

British Football              Sunday Mirror
World Exclusive: Wayne Rooney's £700,000 bet debts
Additional headlines
Punter gripped by gambling habit - Ireland
Mistake worth a million to granny - Sydney
HCMC police smash major illegal numbers ring - Vietnam

8th April

Macau & Las Vegas              The Australian - Glenda Korporaal
Packer's helping hand
An interesting and detailed interview with Steve Wynn covering his motivation for recently selling Wynn Resorts casino sub-license to James Packer and Lawrence Ho for A$1.2 billion

Hong Kong              China View/Xinhua
HK to reform betting duty system to curb illegal gambling

Web gambling addict stole £½m from bank

Dudley              Express & Star
Funeral of casino boss
The funeral of former Blue Chip Casinos Director Barry de Lacy took place yesterday in Dudley. Dean Wood, aged 27, of Langley Moor, County Durham, is accused of his murder and the trial is scheduled for July.

Las Vegas    
North End of Las Vegas Strip Changing Face

New York              New York Times & Daily Telegraph
Who Paid $35.8 Million for J. M. W. Turner's View of Venice?
The most expensive British painting ever
Steve Wynn has apparently paid £20.5 million for the Turner "Giudecca, La Donna della Salute and San Giorgio". The previous record for a British painting was for The Lock by John Constable which sold for £12 million in 1990.

Tallahassee, Florida              Sun-Sentinel & Miami Herald/AP
Governor Bush ends gaming talks with Seminoles on gaming
Vegas-style slots will not be ringing at tribal casinos

Glasgow              BBC Scotland
Study looks into gambling habits

San Jose, Costa Rica              CBS News Video
Costa Rica: A Gambling Mecca

London              The Guardian
Online casino operator puts its shirt on Aston Villa next year will become the second overseas Internet casino operator to place it's name on the shirts of an English Premiership team.

Detroit              Detroit Free Press & Detroit News
MGM bets big on Detroit: $765 million, 1,000 new jobs
Greektown Casino gets the OK to buy parking garage
City sells parking garage to Greektown Casino

Singapore              Morning Star/Dow Jones
Sands: Can Draw 20 Exhibitions A Year To Singapore Casino

Vienna, Austria              Österreich Nachricten
Bawag sucht in Jericho 80 Millionen und verlor nach Refco täglich 60
Additional headlines
First legal poker tournament hailed as a success - Manitoba, Canada.
No Houses, No Workers For Casinos - Connecticut.
L.V. Advisor: Question of the Day - WSOP v's WPT who's going to win ?

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