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Archive 2006: 15th - 31st December

Sunday, 31st December

Las Vegas                  Las Vegas Sun
Jeff Simpson takes a look at the top casino takeover targets

Friday, 29th December

London                  Yahoo/Sharecast
William Hill joint venture granted Italian licences

Tuesday, 26th December

Las Vegas & London                  Yahoo/PRNewswire
Gaming Partners International to Showcase RFID Casino Currency at International Casino Exhibition in London

Friday, 22nd December

North Cyprus                  Cyprus Mail &
Two killed in north casino shootout
Two killed in north casino shootout

Thursday, 21st December

Russian Gambling Bill - 3rd reading...
Casino Bill Clears 3rd Vote - Moscow Times
"The bill received the support of 428 out of 450 deputies, indicating that the law is certain to be adopted."

Moscow tightens restrictions on gambling business - The Peoples Daily
Russia to banish gamblers to Siberia - USA Today/AP
2,000 gambling outlets closed in Moscow since January 1

Pennsylvania slot licenses...
PA Gaming Control Board approves 11 permanent operator licenses

Las Vegas Sands Wins Approval to Build Hotel-Casino Complex in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania - Yahoo/PRNewswire.
Adelson Gets Pa. Gaming License, Trumping Trump - Forbes/AP.
Isle of Capri, Pinnacle Entertainment and Trump Entertainment Shares Fall on Pa. Ruling - Yahoo/AP.
Pinnacle Entertainment Not Chosen for Philadelphia License - Yahoo/PRNewswire.
Penguins' casino gamble folds -

Las Vegas                  San Francisco Chronicle/AP & PRNewswire
Harrah's Debt Load Will Nearly Double
Harrah's Agrees to Be Acquired by Apollo and TPG
Harrah's debt will rise to $21,000,000,000 which is $5 billion more than the value of the company.

Nova Scotia, Canada                  Chronicle Herald
Gambling addict robbed bank in hopes police would kill her

Goa, India                  Asian Age/AFP
Goa puts money on armada of casinos

Additional headlines...
Playtech signs Chinese gaming deal
New Casino Floor Revealed - Sky City Auckland.
Inauguran el Ocean World Marina y Casino - Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.
German court suspends bwin betting ban, bwin says
Aussie poker king wins $2.8m world title

Video, audio & images
Harrah's Agrees to Be Acquired by Apollo and TPG PRNewswire
Harrah's agrees to buyout MarketWatch
Slot machines coming to Philadelphia CBS3/
Two city slots licenses awarded CBS3/
Gaming Board says the fix was not in
PITG Gaming plan had plenty going for it

Wednesday, 20th December

Harrah's Entertainment buyout
Harrah's Development Plans Questioned - ABC News/AP
Harrah's accepts $17.1 billion private equity bid - MSN Money/Reuters
Harrah's Agrees to Be Acquired by Apollo and TPG - Harrah's press release

Macau                  Peoples Daily/Xinhua
Macao's casino taxes see year-on-year rise in first 11 months - Up 18.3%.

Blackpool & Manchester                  Blackpool Today
Manchester peer champions resort's hopes of winning super casino bid

Macau & New York                  Yahoo/Reuters & Sydney Morning Herald
Melco PBL to open Crown Macau Hotel Casino in April - 28th April 2007
Packer venture makes strong Nasdaq debut

Bensalem, Pennsylvania                  Yahoo/AP
New Slots Parlor Opens in Pennsylvania

Baton Rouge, Louisiana                  Manila Bulletin
Gamblers Lose $168.4 Million at La. Casinos

Macau                  PRNewswire
PacificNet Announces Orders of Electronic Gaming Machines From Two More Casinos in Macau

Singapore                  Manila Bulletin
Mobsters, hookers unwelcome in Singapore casinos

Las Vegas                  MSN Money/Market Wire
Atlantis Internet Group Buys Stake in a Historic Vegas Casino The "Moulin Rouge"

Additional headlines...
GCA (MACAU) S.A. Grows Presence in Asia-Pacific Region with Galaxy Casino
Isle casino lays off 200 employees - Biloxi, Mississipi

Tuesday, 19th December

Macau                  Voice of America
US Investors Turn Macau Into the 'Las Vegas' of Asia

Goa, India                  CNN-IBN
Goa on the road to being Las Vegas

New York                  ABC News/Reuters, Bloomberg & Sydney Morning Herald
Casino operator Melco PBL raises $1.14 billion in IPO
Melco PBL, Casino Venture, Raises $1.14 Billion in Share Sale
Packer's PBL raises $1.5b on Nasdaq

Kuala Lumpur                  Bloomberg News
Star Cruises Hires Banks for $750 Million Singapore Casino Loan

Las Vegas                  The Press of Atlantic City/AP
Harrah's to accept $16.7B. buyout - Deal sets largest casino company at $90 per share

Las Vegas                  Las Vegas Business Press
Management-led buyout could sharply constrict Station Casinos' growth

Las Vegas                  Las Vegas Sun - Jeff German
Binion case heating up, this time over his estate
Ex-casino owner's estate sued - Billings Gazette/AP

Swansea                  icWales
Casino's £7m Midas splurge - Aspers Swansea is scheduled to open in mid-2007.

Nevada                  Las Vegas Sun/AP
Major Nevada casinos oppose foes of smoking ban

Additional headlines...
Tabcorp upgrades TAB outlets
40 men held in makeshift casino - Pakistan
Crafty Cyber-cafe Owner Can't Fool Police - Malaysia

Monday, 18th December

Moscow                  Moscow Times
Moscow Casinos Likely to Close Come 2009

Las Vegas & New York                  Forbes/AP
Harrah's Board Said to Agree to Buyout

Macau & New York                  MarketWatch & Hong Kong Standard
Macau casino firm Melco PBL to raise $900 mln in IPO
Venture takes gamble on Nasdaq
Chow bets on wharf listing

Las Vegas & Connecticut                  Yahoo/PRNewswire
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and MGM MIRAGE Sign, Enter Into Multi-Faceted Strategic Alliance - Unity Gaming LLC.
Foxwoods Development Co.
Foxwoods Resort Casino @

Las Vegas & New York                  Reuters & Bloomberg
Harrah's nears buyout deal with Apollo, TPG: sources
Harrah's Considers $16.7 Billion Takeover Offer, People Say

Northern Ireland                  Department for Social Development - Press release
Sunday gambling ban to be lifted - BBC Northern Ireland.

Simplicity, selection and statistics: CryptoLogic redesigns poker software

Additional headlines...
Venues to lose pokies in gambling crackdown
10 per cent tax on the income from gambling activities - Bulgaria
Report: Gambling Critic Won Thousands - Pennsylvania
Gambling-addicted bank clerk frauded 80 account holders - Italy. €14 million

Video, audio & images
Casino decision coming Down to the wire Yahoo/
Les croupiers ont les jetons
Film detailing the opening preparations for the Grand Casino Brussels. In French. 47 minutes.
Google Video

Sunday, 17th December

Ledyard, Connecticut                  Hartford Courant & Norwich Bulletin
Police Allege Forgery With Bogus Chips
Police nab man with $160K in fake chips
After playing Mini-baccarat Xingyao Dong, 37, of the Bronx was detained at Foxwoods Casino on Friday 15th February with 1,640 counterfeit $100 chips.

Las Vegas                  Las Vegas Sun
Landowners stand in way of 'the gorilla'

Seoul, South Korea                  Yonhap News
Prosecution to donate computers from video gambling parlors to poor - 32,833.

Las Vegas        
Las Vegas Unveils New Year's Eve Plans

Klagenfurter eröffnet Spielcasino in Slowenien - Slots and electronic games only.

Russia                  Yahoo/AP & StarTribune/Cox News Service
Russian Lower House of Parliament Backs Gambling Zones, New Curbs
Kremlin advocating rural gambling zones

Die WestSpiel Casinos setzen mit der Pitbossausbildung neue Standards

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania                  Philadelphia Inquirer & Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Gaming board to pick slots licenses in private
Analysis: Slots casino license race comes down to final spin

Additional headlines...
Guyana Islamic Trust opposed to casinos
Mohawk casino given environmental OK - Monticello, New York.
Attorney: Financing 'in good shape' for proposed Vicksburg casino - Mississippi

Video, audio & images
News Years Eve: Vegas Royale 2007
Poker Dress For The Game - Poker Million MSN Video
U.S. law faces gaming re-think Yahoo/
Denver Police arrest 31 in illegal gambling raid CBS4 Denver

Saturday, 16th December

Cyprus                  Cyprus Mail
Study recommends three casinos to offset competition from the north 

Singapore                  Yahoo Singapore/AFP
Las Vegas Sands seeks to work with fellow casino winner Genting: report

Monticello, New York                  Times Herald-Record
Casino at Monticello Raceway set for approval
Catskill Casino Watch - Record Online Special Feature

Windsor, Ontario                  Yahoo/AP, Detroit Free Press & Detroit News
Casino Windsor to Become Caesars Windsor in 2008
Call Casino Windsor by new name in early '08
Casino Windsor bets on Caesars name - Gambling hall hopes change will draw crowds

New York                  MSN Money/Reuters & Yahoo/AP
Harrah's considering two $87/share bids: WSJ
Harrah's Bids Affect Entire Sector

Additional headlines...
Hard Rock developer sues advisor
BSkyB buys gambling and sports websites

Friday, 15th December

London                 Reuters
BSkyB set to buy online company 365 - paper - 365 Media Group is the former ukbetting Plc.

Gaming Investments                  CNN Money & Yahoo/AP
Penn National said to make bid for Harrah's
Ahead of the Bell: Harrah's Climbs - Sources Say Penn National Makes a Bid for Harrah's, WSJ Reports

Island pushes for e-gambling cash
Launch of the Shadow Gambling Commission

Northampton                  Northampton Today
$1M: Poker novice faces biggest TV showdown
Ladbrokes Poker Million Final - Tonight on Sky Sports

Port of Spain, Trinidad        
Casinos clean up act

Dublin                  Irish Times
Betting terminals 'liable to be seized' - FOBT's. Registration required for story

Las Vegas & New York                  Reuters & Newsday/AP
No Harrah's board decision on bids Thurs - source
Harrah's Board Undecided on Buyout Bid

Capital & Regional Plc. - X-Leisure sells Star City Birmingham
Stanley/Genting's Star City Casino is one of the anchor clients. The entire property suffers from having a miserable location.

Dublin, Ireland                  Yahoo UK/ShareCast &
Fireone agrees to 60p buy-out
Recommended Cash Offer by Optimal Acquisition Inc. for FireOne Group plc

London & Antigua                  Yahoo UK/ShareCast
Sportingbet trading as expected

South Dakota                  Rapid City Journal
Deadwood’s Gold Dust Casino complex sale pending

Additional headlines...
Carnival Corporation & plc and TUI AG Sign Letter of Intent
Atlantic City casinos in deal for NY train service
Casinos, NJ Transit sign deal
Connecticut Sues Tribe Over Casino Revenue
Anti-gambling coalition demands moratorium on VLTs - Quebec
Ex-Minister Linked to Gambling Scandal - South Korea

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