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Archive 2006: 8th - 14th December

Thursday, 14th December

Bern, Switzerland        
Schweizer Spielcasinos mit Rekordeinnahmen
Eidgenössische Spielbankenkommission

Charlotte, N.C.                  Yahoo/Business Wire
PokerTek, Inc. Receives GLI Certification for the New PokerPro Heads-Up System

London                  Yahoo/Reuters
Financing under spotlight as Tote sale unveiled

London & Gibraltar                  The Guardian &
PartyGaming poker revenues recovering from US crackdown

Moscow                  ITAR-TASS
Duma names locations of gambling zones
"The gambling zones will be located in the Kaliningrad region, the Altai republic, the Maritime territory and on the borders of the Rostov region and the Krasnodar territory." Moscow and St. Petersburg casinos under the present Bill must be closed by 1st July 2009.

Berlin                  Reuters & Bloomberg
German States Postpone Plans for New Gambling Law
German states uphold state lotto monopoly -sources

Goa, Indiar        , Goa Herald & Financial Express
Goa to grant licence to three offshore casinos
Casino licence fee hiked to Rs 5 cr
Goa hikes licence fees for off-shore casinos
The Goa Government has decided to issue three new licences to set up offshore casinos but to restrict the total number of offshore casinos to five. The licence renewal fee will also be increased from Rs.1 crore to Rs.5 crore. 

London & Gibraltar                  Yahoo/Reuters & AFX
PartyGaming says poker recovering, eyes bolt-ons
PartyGaming says revenues have stabilised; seeing improvements in KPIs

New York & Las Vegas                  Miami Herald/AP
Harrah's board in 2-day meeting discussing higher bid

Hallandale Beach, Florida                  Miami Herald
Mardi Gras racino flunks test; slots opening delayed - The former Hollywood Greyhound Track.

Gaming VC Holdings S.A. - Statement re New Lottery State Treaty
Gaming V

PartyGaming Plc - Pre-close trading update

Probability plc - Interim Results

Additional headlines...
Riviera Bidders Withdraw Offer After Negotiating Period Expires
MGM Mirage in talks to build hotels in China
Casino figures decline again - Missouri
Christchurch said to have most gambling-related crimes - New Zealand
Wharf causes more problems than its worth - Queenstown, New Zealand
EU says William Hill, Codere joint venture inquiry ongoing

Wednesday, 13th December

Nottingham & Toronto        
CryptoLogic signs 3-year contract with new UK poker club - Dusk Till Dawn, scheduled to open in April 2007 with 50 tables !

32Red Plc - 2006 Trading update

U.K.                  Glasgow Herald
Warning to casino cities on dangers to poor

Nevada                  Las Vegas Review-Journal
Casinos bailed out by locals - Gaming revenue increase makes up for Strip
The hold on Baccarat (Punto Banco) during October was an amazinly low 5.5% resulting in a 54.2% decline in win to $29.1 million.

Germany                  Reuters
German states set to ban Internet gambling - paper

Germany - Online Gambling & State Glücksspiel monopolies
Länder suchen weiter nach Lösung für Glücksspiel - Reuters Germany
Online-Glücksspiel bald verboten? -
Glücksspiel-Verbot im Internet: Übergangsfrist für private Anbieter geplant

Länder entscheiden über das Glücksspielmonopol - Frankfurter Allgemeine
Warum der Staat Lotto langweilig macht
Online-Glücksspiel auf der Abschussliste -

Las Vegas & Macau                  PRNewswire
VendingData(TM) Receives Orders for 44 DeckCheckers(TM) Through TCSJohnHuxley for International Distribution

Hamburg & Florida                  Business Wire
German Casinos Secure With Cross Match Technologies Facial Recognition Solution

London                  Yahoo UK/Reuters
UK snubs S.Africans, Australians in Tote sale-source

Macau                  Shanghai Daily
Billionaire's sister offers to buy out Macau casino stake

British provinces
Hundreds sign petition against casino - Hastings, Sussex
What's on the table in casino bid - Bath, Somerset

Additional headlines...
Rarely Available Vegas Domain Portfolio to be Sold in Global Auction - all .vc's
CA, Betfair sign revenue sharing deal
Greektown Casino short on revenue
State keeps lookout for scam artists at new casinos - Iowa
Casinos worry about changes to gaming machine definition - Class II slots


Video, audio & images
Lim of Genting Says New Singapore Casino Will Be 'World Class' Bloomberg
Ho, Stanley Ho's Sister, Discusses Macau Gaming Dispute Bloomberg
Hollywood Park Casino Commercial MySpace
Promo Video For 'The Full House' Poker Club - MySpace

Tuesday, 12th December

Las Vegas                  Yahoo/Reuters
Harrah's shares up as bidders prepare to raise offer
Bid for Harrah's expected to be raised to $87: paper

Las Vegas        
Casino Gaming, L.L.C. Announces Exclusive Distribution Agreement With Galaxy Gaming, L.L.C. - Casino Surrender.

Macau                  SMH/Bloomberg
Casino boss's sister bids against house

London                  Daily Mail
Dome owners show off planned casino site

Kuala Lumpur                  Bloomberg
Genting Says Latest Casino Will Make It World's Top 3

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania               Philadelphia Inquirer & Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
14 arrested at anti-casino rally in Harrisburg
14 arrested for protest about casino information
Fourteen residents arrested at Gaming Board protest
Two of those arrested were apparently in wheelchairs.
Casino-Free Philadelphia Starts Operation Transparency - 30th October

Macau                  Bloomberg
Galaxy's Casino Bond Rally Set to End on Threat of Ratings Cut

Atlantic City                  Newsday/AP
New Jersey casino revenue rises even as 1 casino shuts doors

Lowestoft                  The Guardian & Independent
Exchange sting bookie banned eight years and riders given 18 months
Racing: Jockeys 'groomed' by bookmaker are banned

South Africa        
Online gambling closer to legalisation

French Lick, Indiana                  CBS2 Chicago/AP
New casino gets 156,000 visitors in 1st month

Monday, 11th December

Las Vegas              Reuters
Harrah's board to weigh offers on Wednesday-source

Wolverhampton                  ThisisMoney/Financial Mail
Arena and Ladbrokes set to run 'racino'

Aston, Pennsylvania                  Yahoo/PRNewswire
Lightning Poker Withdraws Lawsuit; Focuses on Marketplace

Singapore                  Yahoo/AFP
Sentosa gaming resort will be Singapore's biggest tourism earner: Genting
Genting Group chairman Lim Kok Thay - Posing with a scale model of Sentosa Resorts World

Florida                  Yahoo UK - Eamon Javers
Will Seminole's Deal Spur Indian Bidding ? - Power Plant Entertainment LLC.

Kuala Lumpur                  Reuters, Bloomberg & Channel News Asia
Genting soars after hitting Singapore casino jackpot
Genting Stock Surges After Company Wins Singapore Bid
Genting's shares soar after winning Singapore integrated resort licence - Genting International - Star Cruises

Australia         & Sydney Morning Herald
Packer loses on casino bid
Packer still seeking Asian gaming assets

Oklahoma & Tennessee                  Ashland City Times
Entrepreneur gambles, wins at Video Gaming - Fast-growing company leases to tribes casinos - Video Gaming Technologies. Class II machines.

Nice, France                  Electric New Paper & Daily Telegraph - 24th November
30 Years later...Mistress confesses she lied about alibi
Lawyer on trial for killing heiress 30 years ago - Palais de la Méditerranée

Additional headlines...
Beware of candid cameras at the office party
Betex Group Invests in First - Sports Lottery Scratch Card Launch
Bath casino plans under scrutiny
City's casino applications could pay off next month - Swansea

Video, audio & images
Genting Hits The Jackpot CNBC
Robber successfully robs a casino Caught on Video Court TV

Sunday, 10th December

Hamburg, Germany         - 8th December
Casino Esplanade - ein Casino mit dem Flair von Las Vegas und der Nostalgie Monte Carlos

Hannover, Germany                  Hannoverische Allgemine - 1st December
Land muss Spielbank-Käufern eventuell Millionen erstatten

Las Vegas                  Las Vegas Sun - Jeff Simpson
Jeff Simpson on why casino chief Steve Wynn reserves the right to change his mind

Athens                  eKathimerini
Four held for casino van heist

U.K. & Florida                  The Sunday Times
Florida tribe’s Hard Rock coup

Moscow                  Houston Chronicle/Cox News Service
Russia proposes limiting gambling to four zones

Macau                  Sky News
Stakes Are High In Macau

Additional headlines...
Woman ID'd In Casino Surveillance Video - Unsolved L.V. Silver Nugget shooting.
Casino payouts rise to $4,699 - Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. N.C.
Casino Domain calls it a day - run by Sweden's Net Entertainment,
Ayre says private companies could benefif from U.S. ban
Street drinking banned at casino and on Block - Sydney

Video, audio & images
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six - Best Moments - Violent garbage MSN Video
Gambling Machine Raid - Texas

Saturday, 9th December

Las Vegas & Israel                  The Jewish Advocate & Ynet News
World's richest Jew raises the bar
USD 500 million in Hanukkah gelt

Hollywood, Florida           Sun-Sentinel
Seminoles buying parent company of Hard Rock casinos, hotels for $965 million
Tribes bet on deals beyond casinos - Seminoles lead the way with their Hard Rock mega-deal

San Diego - Problem Gambling research        Kansas City Star - Rick Alm
Anti-gambling pill fails test
Somaxon Pharmaceuticals Inc. - Nalmefene.
Somaxon Reports Results From a Clinical Trial of Oral Nalmefene in Pathological Gambling

Las Vegas & The Netherland                  RFID Update
Dutch Casino Operator Bets on RFID Chips
China Post/AP
Genting to build Singapore's second casino

Business Times
Casino resort: Dice rolls in Genting’s favour

Hong Kong Standard
Genting wins license for Singapore casino

Artists impression - Resorts World Singapore

London                  Daily Telegraph & Sky Sports
Tottenham slam gambling probe
Levy hits out at gambling probe
Totteham's shirt sponsor has a gaming license issued by Gibraltar. The companies owner is Indonesian tycoon Putera Sampoerna who recently purchased Les Ambassadeurs from LCI.

Singapore                  Singapore Tourism Board - Press release
Genting International And Star Cruises Wins The Bid For The Integrated Resort On Sentosa

Additional headlines...
Overseas firms join race for Tote
Slight drop in gambling spending - New Zealand
School to train slots techs for casinos - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Pa. hotline to deal with gambling addictions opens - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Correction/Clarification. Casino Royale gaming equipment
8th December
On the 2nd December Gaming floor carried a headline link to a story in the Irish Examiner and brief comment about gaming equipment used in the film Casino Royale being purchased by the soon to be opened Fitzpatricks Sports Emporium in Limerick. I have been informed by TCS John Huxley that this story isn't true and that the equipment is owned by Casino Royale productions. The poker table that's the feature of the casino scenes in the film is presently on display at Harrods in Knightsbridge.  Ian

Friday, 8th December

London                  Yahoo/AFX
Ladbrokes says bid talks with 888 continue

Paphos, Cyprus                  Cyprus Mail
Slot machines seized in Paphos raid

Rhode Island        
Harrah's spent record $17.8 million on casino question
"Among the expenses Harrah's listed was the hiring of 750 people on Election Day, most at about $150 each, to be stationed outside polling places."

Las Vegas & The Netherland                  Yahoo/PRNewswire
Gaming Partners Receives $2.4 Million Casino Chip Order From Holland Casino

Singapore                  IHT/AP & Newsday/AP
Genting wins Singapore casino license
Genting to Build Singapore's 2nd Casino

Singapore                  Reuters & Forbes/AFX
Genting wins bid for Singapore's second casino
Genting group wins Singapore Sentosa integrated resort project

London                  The Guardian
New gambling rules put shirt deals at risk
Premiership Soccer & the promotion of gambling products to children & minors.
 - Aston Villa: 32 Red.
 - Tottenham: Mansion.
 - Blackburn: Bet24
 - Middlesbrough:

S'pore To Announce Successful Bidder For Sentosa Casino Resort

Hollywood, Florida                  CBS News/AP & The Times
Seminole Tribe To Buy Hard Rock Cafe
Hard Rock sold off cheap, say analysts

Nevada                  Las Vegas Sun/AP
Court grants 15-day reprieve on Nevada smoking ban

Tel Aviv, Israel        
Israeli gambling billionaire makes bid for peace
Google Search - "Avi Shaked"

Las Vegas & Macau                  PRNewswire
VendingData(TM) Receives Order from Elixir Group for Crown Macau Casino for its Dolphin High Frequency (13.56 MHz) RFID Casino Chip

Nottingham                  ThisisNottingham
150 Jobs at City Casino - Stanley Circus Casino.

Macau                  RFID Journal
Macau Casinos Use RFID to Authenticates Chips

London & Israel                  ThisisMoney/London Evening Standard
Ladbrokes to buy online casino 888

Additional headlines...
Viva Macau gets green light to fly in December
Macau minister arrested for graft
House approves ban of public servants from casinos
Illegal Gambling Machines Seized - Burnley, Lancashire.
Betting exchanges banned under new legislation - Western Australia.

Video, audio & images
Hassling the Hoff - The Strip Podcast. 76 minutes.
Casinomeister Webcast - 7th Dec. 30 minutes.
Gas Outage Leaves 9 Las Vegas Hotels Without Heat Yahoo Video
Seminole Tribe to Buyout Entire Hard Rock Chain Yahoo/
Hard Rock's Seminole Event MSN/CNBC

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