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Archive 2006: 22nd - 28th February

28th February

London             Daily Telegraph
New betting paper is a real gamble - Sports Betting Media Ltd.

Las Vegas    - Rick Garman
South Coast Nice, But Where's The Fun? - South Coast Review,
Hard Rock Cuts Off Expansion Plans

London             Finextra - Betfair press release
PayPal Europe to facilitate Betfair's P2P payments

London & Gibraltar             Bloomberg News
PartyGaming CEO Will Quit After Declining to Relocate

London & Gibraltar   
PartyGaming Plc - Preliminary announcement of results for the year ended 31 December 2005

Harrisburg, Pennyslvania   
PA Gaming Control Board Approves 6 Manufacturer Licenses
IGT, Aristocrat and WMS Gaming are all in. Atronic, Bally, GTECH, Konami & Shufflemaster will have to wait.

Douglas, Isle of Man & Penghu, Taiwan   
Amazing Holdings plc - Interim Results for the six month period ended 30th November 2005
Additional headlines...
The King Solomons Group acquires the Windows Casino Group

27th February

Atlantic City             Yahoo/Market Wire
Borgata to Increase Employment by 25 Percent With Its 2006 Expansion

Douglas, Isle of Man    PLC - Interim results for the 26 weeks ender 27th November

Las Vegas             Yahoo/Business Wire
Progressive Gaming International Receives Approval for Field Trial for Rapid Bet Live

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Sun
Jeff Simpson takes a ride down the Strip, pointing out the ultra to the cheesy

26th February

London             The Observer/Guardian & Sunday Times
Mad on sport: betting firms hit jackpot
Ladbrokes bets on big push for foreign growth

Manila             Manila Bulletin
Favila favors 100% foreign ownership in gaming
2 foreign groups commit to invest in gaming industry
Reports from the "Asia's GEM" conference held in Manila on the 22nd & 23rd February.

Moscow             RosBusiness Consulting
State Duma to consider gambling bills

25th February

Beijing             China View/Xinhua
China calls for Internet regulations to cut down on pornography and gambling

Port Richmond 'casino' goes bustCops raid sophisticated operation in warehouse; 5 arrested, 4 sought

Kathmandu, Nepal             eKantipur Online
Another casino in Kathmandu - Casino Shangri-La is set to open in Mid April.

Kyodo, Japan             Yahoo Asia/Kyodo News & China View/Xinhua
LDP to seek to legalize casinos
Japan to legalize casino to promote tourism

Indonesian to buy London casino
The £115m offer is from Indonesian Putera Sampoerna who apparently sold his Tobacco interests to Philip Morris for $5.2bn in 2005.
Google News search - "Putera Sampoerna"

Jericho, Palestine             Globe & Mail
Hamas refuses to gamble on Jericho casino

Online Poker    &
Poker Tournament Cheats Exposed
The JJProdigy Situation
Story of a player (JJProdigy) with two accounts having $180,000 confiscated at Party Poker. The remarkable thing is that he's apparently only 16 years old.
Google search - "jjprodigy"

Online Poker   
$500,000 Tournament Winner Disqualified

St.Louis             St. Louis Business Journal
President Casinos to sell St. Louis casino for $32M
Additional headlines...
Square Mile speculates on Ladbrokes punt
Plaza Hotel founder Scott dies - Interesting biography from the LVR-J.
Las Vegas clubs warned for underage celebrity incident

24th February
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Multimedia Games
Melco International
Empire Online
Pinnacle Ent.
A-Max Holdings
888 Holdings
Ameristar Casinos
Ebet Ltd
Alliance Gaming
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

London             Reuters
London Clubs to sell Les Ambassadeurs for $201 mln
The purchaser is a company called Twinwood Ltd. The broadsheet press should uncover who the principals are in the next day or so.

London Clubs International PLC - Disposal of Les Ambassadeurs Club

Moscow             RIA Novosti
Patriarch concerned over rampant gambling in Russia

Middlesbrough    & BBC Teeside
Salvation Army leads calls against new "super casino" plans
Salvation Army objects to casino
Salvation Army - Casino Campaign Resources

Glasgow            The Scotsman
Councillors show hand to back super casino bid

St. Thomas, U.S.V.I             Virgin Islands Daily News
Golden Gaming financing deadline extended again

Macau             Reuters
Property investors get decisive on Macau casino boom

Glasgow             Glasgow Evening Times
Glasgow hotel gets green light for casino

Las Vegas & Macau             CNN/AP
Mixed fortunes for casino giants

Las Vegas             Yahoo/Business Wire
Wynn Resorts Loses $11.4 Million in 4Q
Wynn Resorts loss narrows as Vegas business builds

Las Vegas             Yahoo/Business Wire
Wynn Resorts, Limited Reports Fourth Quarter Results
In the companies 4th quarter Wynn Las Vegas averaged a table and slot win of $8,842 and $252 respectively. Wynn Macau will open with 200 tables in the third quarter of 2006 a second phase of development will take the casino to 500 tables.

Las Vegas             In Business Las Vegas - Liz Benston
Top two locals casino operators take different paths to prominence
Boyd Gaming and Station Casinos.

Atlantic City             The Press of Atlantic City
MGM Mirage mulling casino project in A.C.

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania            Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Casino interests form Pa. trade association - Keystone Gaming Alliance.

Victoria, Australia             ABC Online
Tattersalls posts first profit as listed company

Argentina & Uruquay   
Extraditan a pistolero que copó casino de Piriápolis - 1996 robbery extraditon.

Online Gambling             CIO Today
Viva E-Vegas: The State of Online Gambling
Additional headlines...
Police sue gambling den suspect - Bangkok
Phila. Police Bust Major Gambling Ring
Hilton Group stakes future on roll of the dice - Credit rating cut.
Italian government bans outside online gambling sites - The ban starts today.

23rd February
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Melco International
Stanley Leisure
Multimedia Games
Shun Tak Holdings
888 Holdings
Aristocrat Leisure
Wynn Resorts
Sky City Ent.
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Saskatchewan, Canada, Colorado & New York             Smoking Issues
Casino smoking issue still up in the air
Senate yanks casino smoking exemption
Oneidas seek smoking copact - Turning Stone has been cited for violations

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania             Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Slots revenue forecast looks high to some

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Olympia Gaming on the move - Goett has big plans north and south

Australia & Macau    Australian
PBL shuffles Macau deal to gain more say

Bowling, Dunbartonshire             icDunbartonshire
All casino bets off, say villagers

Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire & AP
MGM MIRAGE Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results
MGM Mirage Profit Rises 31 Percent

Washington             Citizen Link/Focus on the Family
Gambling Industry Emerges as Top Lobbyist

London    & Reuters
Hilton Group PLC - Change of name
S&P cuts Ladbrokes credit rating to "junk"
Hilton becomes Ladbrokes, eyes Asian gaming growth

London            Yahoo UK/AFX & Reuters
Hilton to return 4.2 bln stg to shareholders
Hilton completing hotel sale, eyes Asian gaming

London & China   
Ladbrokes plays significant role in launch of China's first sports lottery betting shops
Alexa Ranking - China Sports Lottery

Hilton Group PLC - Preliminary statement of results for the year to 31 December 2005

London & Gibraltar             Yahoo UK/AFX
PartyGaming launches new integrated gaming website

Kuala Lumpur            The Malaysian Star
Genting posts record net profit of RM1.25b

Australia            Yahoo Australia/Reuters
Australia's Tabcorp H1 profit up, cuts forecast

London            The Independent
SportingBet takes gamble on casino games
Paradise Poker sellers cash in on Sportingbet - Bonaire Investment Holdings Ltd.

Colorado            CBS4 Denver/AP
Smoking Ban Approved, Casino Exemption Removed

Macau            Yahoo/PRNewswire
Sheraton and St. Regis Newest Names Added to Cotai Strip(TM)
Starwood to Run Two Las Vegas Sands Hotels
Starwood Hotels apparently now has  22 hotels and resorts under construction or development in China under the Westin, Sheraton, W Hotels, Le Meridien and Four Points by Sheraton brands.
Additional headlines...
Hotel-casino gets OK to build
Two policemen 'at war' over casino raid - Bangkok
Woman dies after casino boat fall - Daytona Beach
Doctor's gambling history used as motive in manslaughter case - Palm Beach
Greens announce policy to reduce pokies - Tazmania
Casino scheme backed by cabinet - Bournemouth

22nd February
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Sky City Ent.
Aristocrat Leisure
Empire Online
Wynn Resorts
A-Max Holdings
Las Vegas Sands
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Austin Texas            Austin American-Statesman
Doctor sues drug company, casinos after losing $14 million

Las Vegas            Yahoo/PRNewswire
Pinnacle Entertainment Reports Strong Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2005 Results

Online Gambling   
U.S. adults split as to whether online gaming should remain illegal in the United States
Study from Harris Interactive conducted in the U.S. between 12th & 17th January among
2,985 adults.

Hotel casino bid set for approval - Hilton Metropole/Ladbrokes.

Birmingham            icBirmingham/Birmingham Mail & icSolihull
Boost for NEC casino plan
Council waiting for Blues casino report
Cabinet gambling on super casino

Middlesbrough            icTeeside/Evening Gazette & BBC Teeside
Glimpse of the future
Casino 'could bring 4,000 jobs' 
Aspers has beaten Las Vegas Sands and Isle of Capri to be the favoured casino operator of a mixed use development at Middlehaven Dock.

Las Vegas   &
Gunman Arrested After Slaying, Standoff
Gunman Arrested After Standoff at Las Vegas Hotel

Las Vegas            Yahoo/AP & Reuters
Harrah's Logs Substantial 4Q Loss
Harrah's beats Street; Vegas, Atlantic City strong
Very different headlines but the same story. Harrah's recorded a $142.2 million loss in the 4th quarter, compared with net income of $76.9 million in 2004.

Las Vegas            Yahoo/Business Wire
Harrah's Entertainment Reports Fourth-Quarter, Full-Year Results

Blackpool            BBC Lancashire & Manchester Evening News
Casino college's official opening
Gambling a safe bet at college

London            Yahoo UK/Reuters
Sportingbet beats forecasts, plans new games

Sportingbet Plc - Unaudited Results for the Second Quarter and First Half ended 31 January 2006

Poker            PokerTV Network
Poker Player of the Year Awards Ceremony
Is online Poker legal?

Las Vegas            Yahoo/PRNewswire
The Signature at MGM Grand, Las Vegas, to Debut in May 2006

Las Vegas & Los Angeles            Yahoo/PRNewswire & The Mercury News/AP
MGM MIRAGE Announces Resignation of Director Terry Christensen
Prominent lawyer pleads not guilty in Hollywood wiretapping probe

Las Vegas            Reuters & S.F. Chronicle/AP
Hard Rock may sell Las Vegas hotel and casino
Hard Rock Considers Selling Nev. Casino

Sydney            NineMSN/aap
PBL lifts first half profit
SkyCity cautious as smoke clears

Sydney            CNN/Reuters & IHT
Casinos push PBL profits
PBL lines its pockets after gamblers lose shirts

Auckland, New Zealand            Yahoo Aus/Reuters
NZ's Sky City H1 profit flat, share price jumps

Brussels & Greece     &
CE aprueba adquisición de cadena casinos Hellas por BC Partners
Greece: EC Approves BC Partners' Acquisition Stake in Hyatt Regency 
The European Commission has approved the purchase of 51.57% of Hyatt Regency Hotels & Tourism by private investment fund BC Partners.
Hyatt Regency Hotels & Tourism to be acquired by BC Partners - 9th January.
Additional headlines...
Petition Filed To Create 3 Casinos In Nebraska - Boyd Gaming
Despite closed casinos, gambling revenue climbs - Louisiana
State to cite gambling as motive for doctor accused in pill deaths- Florida

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