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Archive 2006: 8th - 14th August

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Monday,  14th August
Selected gaming stocks   Asia  Europe   U.S.
London Clubs Int.
WMS Industries
Galaxy Entertainment
Boss Media
Dover Downs
Melco International
Party Gaming
Century Casinos
Shun Tak Holdings
Bally Technologies
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Las Vegas               Reuters UK
Harrah's declines comment on reports of talks

St. Louis, Missouri               Kansas City Star/AP
BetOnSports CEO remains in custody
BetonSports once again didn't send a lawyer to St. Louis. According to the Online Wire, between 50,000 to 70,000 BoS customers are still awaiting the return of their deposits.
TRO Extended, BETonSPORTS Faces Bankrupcy

Las Vegas               Las Vegas Business Press
North Las Vegas casino set to be sold

Las Vegas               Yahoo/PRNewswire
Bally Technologies Announces Restatement and Provides Business Update
Bally to Restate Results Back to 2003

Las Vegas               Yahoo/PRNewswire
Gaming Partners International Announces Record Financial Results for the Second Quarter and First Six Months of 2006

Matamoros, Mexico & Browsville, Texas               The Brownsville Herald
Matamoros casino to open this month
A number of slot halls also offering sports betting have recently opened in Mexico. The machines in use are similar to the Class II devices in many U.S. Indian casinos.
Mexican Official Wants to Bring Slots to Border - Banderas News 27th July
Matamoros location

London & Gibraltar     
888 sponsors Sevilla Football Club

London & Australia      &
Betcorp Limited - Audited results for the six months ended 2nd July 2006
Betcorp’s interim profit up 146%
Betcorp hangs up on American punters - The Times

Macau               Shanghai Daily/SCMP
Gambling duel
Revenue at SJM's 150 VIP rooms in Macau is apparently down 20% in the first 7 months of 2006 with many premium players choosing to take their business to Sands Macau.

Antigua               Caribbean Net News
BetOnSports to shut down Antigua operation amid crackdown

Victoria, Australia               The Australian
Bookie under starter's orders
Betfair will begin operations in Victoria, Australia on 22nd August.

Top Bollywood actress adds glamour to gambling
Google Images - Urmila Matondkar

London               Birmingham Post
American giant wants a stake in UK casinos

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Sunday, 13th August

BetonSports issues...
Advisers to Betonsports faced with legal action - Observer/Guardian.
BetonSports founder and major shareholder Gary Kaplan was apparently only mentioned once in the companies IPO prospectus and described as a "consultant".
The £50,000 blunder of Tory online betting boss - The Mail on Sunday

London               The Daily Mail
Gambling adverts 'should have health warnings'

Costa Rica               The Melbourne Age
Costa Rica's online gambling companies seek to remain in business after BetOnSports closes
Costa Rican Electronic Gambling Association - Website ?

Victoria, Australia               The Times
Gaming wizards of Oz bid for lottery
A look at the mysterious and secretive past of Victorain Lottery and pokie operator Tattersalls.

London & Las Vegas               The Sunday  Times
Las Vegas lines up a play for British casinos
The authors speculate that if a Stanley Leisure/London Clubs merger is completed then Harrah's may be interested in picking up the combined group.

Aukland, New Zealand               SFWU - Food Service Union
SkyCity: Striking union casino workers ask, who’s winning?

Bermuda               The Royal Gazette
Gambling boat raided by Police and Customs
The Nio Be Corinthian - owned by Estrellas Management (BVI) Ltd.
Google Search - Nio Be Corinthian

Additional Headlines
Urmila adds glamour to Nepal casino
Macao to showcase tourism charm on Thai TV
State gambling board wants moratorium on casino operations - Maine
Casino Sues Ledyard Over Taxes On Slots - Ledyard, Connecticut

Saturday,  12th August

Broward County, Florida               Sun-Sentinel
Arcade owner still facing two illegal gambling charges after one charge dropped

BetonSports continued...
London, St. Louis, Missouri & Costa Rica
Feds to Continue BetOnSports Prosecution - Red Orbit
BetonSports to shut down in States - Daily Telegraph
BetonSports teetering on brink as US arm shut down - The Independent

Gambling Research - Britain               The Times
Relaxed gaming laws 'will cause extensive damage within 20 years'
Stakes are high as experts predict a surge in addiction
High stakes - Britain is ill-prepared for the affliction of gambling addiction

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina               Myrtle Beach Online
Casino boats lose in lawsuit - SunCruz must open books

Las Vegas     
Casino Winnings Down 7% This Year

Austin, Texas     
Future of casinos in Texas a political debate

Shakopee, Minnesota               Yahoo/Business Wire
Canterbury Park Holding Corporation Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2006

Additional Headlines...
Odds shortening on Stranraer casino bid

Friday,  11th August
Selected gaming stocks  Asia  Europe   U.S.
Shun Tak Holdings
Bally Technologies
Galaxy Entertainment
Boss Media
WMS Gaming
China LotSynergy
Vending Data
Aristocrat Leisure
World Gaming
Pinnacle Entertainment
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

BetonSports debacle....
BetonSports close to complete collapse - Daily Telegraph
BetonSports shutting US arm amid fraud probe - The Guardian
Bets Are Off For BetOnSports
BETonSPORTS throws in the towel

London               Yahoo UK/Reuters & AFX
BETonSPORTS closes in U.S.
BetonSports' US closure made in anticipation of new restraining order

London      - BoS PRESS RELEASE
The BoS directors intend refunding customers and paying staff and creditors in an "orderly manner". The company will also be shutting down operations in both Costa Rica & Antiqua.

London & Costa Rica               Yahoo Canada/AP - Adam Goldman & SMH
BetOnSports Bettors Seek Return of Money
Employees say online gambling operator BetOnSports closing in Costa Rica
Betonsports has apparently so far not returned one penny of cash held on deposit by the companies customers.

Malta               The Times of Malta
Vittoriosa casino reopens

Carson City              Las Vegas Sun/AP
Nevada casinos win $12.2 billion from gamblers in fiscal 2006

Atlantic City               New York Times & Philadelphia Inquirer
Bet the Casinos Dropped a Bundle in the Shutdown? You’d Lose
Three-day shutdown cost Atlantic City casinos about $51 million

Newark, New Jersey               Miami Herald/AP
July casino revenues drop 4.8 percent with three-day shutdown

Nevada               Las Vegas Review-Journal
IGT closer to gaining wireless approval

Additional Headlines...
Casino could create over 300 jobs - Skegness/Mablethorpe


WSOP Main event: $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Championship
Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas.
Statistics...Event 39.
Total Players: 8,773
Prize Pool: $82,512,162
Winner: $12,000,000.

Friday, 11th August:  13 hours, 42 minutes
Jaime Gold -  2006 WSOP World Champion

WSOP Bracelet 2006

Las Vegas               Harrah's - WSOP RELEASE
WSOP 2006 - Final Results (PDF)
23 pages with all the top 873 finishers.

Las Vegas               Yahoo/AP &
Gold Wins World Series of Poker
Jamie Gold Wins The 2006 WSOP Main Event

Las Vegas         WSOP FINAL TABLE
ESPN  Internet feed - Live on the web - Official updates
**** Official WSOP Main Event Final Thread **** - Hendon Mob forum
It was all over at 3.42 am. Jamie Gold's Queens beating Paul Wasicka's pocket 10's.

Las Vegas               Harrah's - WSOP RELEASE
WSOP - Final table profiles (PDF)
Profile & chip counts for the 9 remaining players.
Jamie Gold 25,650,000 Doug Kim 6,770,000
Allen Cunningham 17,770,000 Rhett Butler 4,815,000
Richard Lee 11,820,000 Michael Binger 3,140,000
Erik Friberg 9,605,000 Dan Nassif 2,600,000
Paul Wasicka 7,970,000 - -

Reno               Reno Gazette-Journal
No bluffing. World Series of Poker started in Reno

Las Vegas               Harrah's - WSOP RELEASE
WSOP - End of Day Seven Report (PDF)
9 players remain now. Jamie Gold has maintained an impressive lead for the 4th day running and now has $26.65 million. All players are guaranteed to receive at least $1,566,858.
WSOP Main Event Day 7 Thread - Hendon Mob Forum

Las Vegas               Yahoo/Business Wire
Final Table Set at World Series of Poker Main Event
A young mans game ?. The average age of the players at the final table is just 33.

WSOP $10k - Brits & Europeans -
Down to the final table. 9 U.S players and 1 Swede - 23 year-old Erik Friberg from Stockholm. The big question is will Jamie Gold's luck hold ?

Las Vegas               Daniel Negreanu - VIDEO BLOG
Daniel Negreanu speaks extremely candidly about the WPT, the player lawsuit against the company and friction between him and Greg Raymer.

Las Vegas               The Guardian
Boulevard of broken dreams
Day 4 report. One particularily famous female player apparently isn't all that popular with the WSOP dealers.

Las Vegas               Harrah's - WSOP RELEASES
WSOP - End of Day Six Report (PDF)
WSOP Main Event Day 6 Thread - Hendon Mob Forum

WSOP - End of Day Five Report (PDF)
WSOP Main Event Day 5 Thread - Hendon Mob Forum

WSOP - End of Day Four Report (PDF)
WSOP Main Event Day 4 Thread - Hendon Mob Forum

WSOP Blogs & Forums... - Daniel Negreanu

Thursday,  10th August
Selected gaming stocks   Asia  Europe   U.S.
Aristocrat Leisure
Boyd Gaming
Station Casinos
888 Holdings
Progressive Gaming
Golden Resorts
Gaming VC Holdings
Gaming Partners
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Charlotte, N.C.               Reuters
PokerTek Announces Results for Second Quarter 2006

Carson City, Nevada               Yahoo/Reuters
Nevada June gambling revenue falls 3.5%

Trenton, New Jersey               Yahoo/Reuters
Atlantic City July casino winnings fall 4.8%
Slot Revenue:  8%. Table Games:  4.7% - and that's with a 3 day closure !

Las Vegas              Vending Data - PRESS RELEASE
VendingData™ Expands Product Line and Enters Gaming Plaque Business

BetandWin/Bwin - Saxony license revocation
Vienna, Austria & Saxony, Germany
Austria's bwin banned from bookmaking in Germany - Guardian/Reuters.
Online gamers tumble as Germany gets tough - The Independent.

Bwin/Deutschland will gegen Sachsens Lizenzentzug klagen - Reuters Germany
Bwin darf in Sachsen keine Sportwetten mehr veranstalten - Yahoo/AP
Saxony has revoked the sports betting license of It is now illegal for the company to offer or take bets in Germany. BWIN's shares continue to decline on the Viena Borse and are presently down 10% at €20.50.

Point Edward, Ontario     
OLG Casino Point Edward Unveils New Look: Media and Public Invited!

London & Cyprus     
Playtech Win ukbetting plc Casino Contract

Asia & Australia     
Casino Industry Veterans Establish New Gaming Services Company

Indian Gaming               Wisconsin
Ho-Chunk Casino is ready to deal

Wolverhampton               Express & Star
Racino moving closer
Wolverhampton Racecourse & Conference Center

Additional Headlines...Britain
Port's casino case gathers pace - Stranraer
Super-casino bid moves a step closer - Blackpool
Tesco 'gambling on Las Vegas launch
Shock as bookie is accused - Leicester
Racino moving closer - Dunstall Park - 

Wednesday,  9th August
Selected gaming stocks  Asia  Europe   U.S.
Melco International
888 Holdings
WMS Gaming
Shun Tak Holdings
Shuffle Master
Galaxy Entertainment
Party Gaming
Multimedia Games
BetandWin (Austria)
Progressive Gaming
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Waukegan Illinois               Yahoo/Business Wire
WMS Industries Fourth Quarter Diluted Earnings Per Share Increases 27% to $0.28 on 10% Revenue Gain

Las Vegas               Las Vegas Sun/AP
Nine players remain for final table of World Series of Poker

Las Vegas               Yahoo/Reuters
Vegas casinos 'whaling' for the biggest spenders

Las Vegas               Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Pennies ready to pop - Slot jackpot still a random event despite hype

Austria & Germany               Reuters
Bwin drops 30 pct on report it may lose licence

U.S. - Casino Cheating     
Defcon 2006: Casinos losing millions to slot machine hackers
There's also an 11 minute audio file available at the above link. - Appear to be based in Florida.

Colorado Springs, Colorado               Yahoo/PRNewswire
Century Casinos Reports Second Quarter 2006 Earnings

London               Yahoo/Reuters
Spreadbetter IFX backs 58 mln stg takeover plan

Sacramento, California               Miami Herald/AP
Unions denounce governor's casino deal with Palm Springs tribe

Palm Springs, California               The Desert Sun
Another casino not planned - Compact agreement has valley wondering, speculating where Agua Caliente would build

Connecticut & New Jersey               Harris Interactive
Connecticut Casinos Were Beneficiary of Recent AC Casinos Shutdown

Mississippi & Broward County, Florida               Yahoo/PRNewswire
Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. Will Proceed With Development at Pompano Park

Additional Headlines...
Betting Slip - Was the £2,000 Greyhound bet made after the off ?
Blackpool conference and casino plans submitted

Tuesday,  8th August
Selected gaming stocks   Asia  Europe   U.S.
China LotSynergy
Fireone Group
Progressive Gaming
Rank Group
Riviera Holdings
Aristocrat Leisure
Gaming Corporation
Shuffle Master
World Poker Tour
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Las Vegas               Las Vegas Sun
Jeff Simpson says it would be a mistake to ignore Wynn Resorts as a player in Japan
Jeff also spoke to Michael Gaughan on his purchase of the South Coast Casino from Boyd Gaming. The properties new name will be the South Point Casino. - ?

Las Vegas               The Guardian
Gold rush

Las Vegas & Biloxi, Mississippi               Yahoo/Business Wire
Harrah's to Re-open Grand Casino Biloxi August 17

New York               Yahoo/Reuters
GTech says Brazil not renewing lottery contract

Las Vegas               Yahoo/PRNewswire
The Venetian is the First on The Strip to Allow Guests to Bypass Airport Check-in Lines

Las Vegas               Yahoo/PRNewswire
Riviera Holdings Corporation Announces Receipt of Competing Takeover Proposal and Postponement of Shareholder Vote

Reno               Yahoo/PRNewswire
IGT Promotes Responsible Gaming in 'Be Responsible. Get Educated.' Campaign
The American Gaming Association's Responsible Gaming Education Week runs from the 7th to 11th August.

Washington               PRNewswire
Gaming Industry Encourages Employees, Patrons and the Public to 'Be Responsible. Get Educated.' During Responsible Gaming Education Week

Palm Springs, California               The Desert Sun
Deal: Aguas win right to build a third casino

Sacramento & Palm Springs, California               San Francisco Chronicle/AP
Schwarzenegger, Palm Springs tribe reach casino deal

Missouri & London               The Times
Former BetOnSports chief waits for bail
US sheds few tears for Carruthers
David Carruthers remains in prison and it appears that Lawyers and family are having problems raising his $1 million bail.

Formal Plan for Blackpool's Conference and Leisure Quarter Submitted

London               Yahoo UK/Sharecast &
Fireone H1 net profit soars 98%
FireOne Announces 98% Increase in First Half Net Profit and Maiden Interim Dividend of $0.232

South Africa               Cape Times
Punter beats indemnity odds, wins R1.6m in settlement for 2002 casino injury

Las Vegas               Yahoo/Business Wire
Progressive Gaming International Reports Operating Results for Second Quarter of Fiscal 2006
PGIC lost $14.4 million on revenues of $15.3 million for the 2nd quarter. The conference call is at 11.00 am EST.

Additional Headlines...
Hefner Denies Stroke Claim, Says He's OK
Toga! Toga! Toga! Caesars Palace Turns 40
Bureau of Engraving Worker Accused of Stealing Sheets of $100 Bills
The $100's without a serial number or Treasury Department seals still worked in slot bill acceptors in Delaware & Atlantic City.
Illegal Web gamblers keeping a poker face - Washington State.

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