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Archive 2006: 8th - 14th February

14th February - Happy Valentines Day!
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Ainsworth G.T
888 Holdings
Betcorp Ltd
Sands Regent
A-Max Holdings
Party Gaming
World Poker Tour
Macau Success
Global Payment Tech.
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Aberdeen            Aberdeen Press & Journal
Work to start on city hotel and casino

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Business Press - David McKee
Golden Nugget rollin' the dice - Ferttita gambling that guppies, not whales, will grow bottom line

Las Vegas  
Las Vegas Casino Implosion
Build in 1980 the property was originally called the Shenandoah. The name was changed to the Bourbon Street Hotel Casino in 1985.

Las Vegas  
Harrah's implodes Bourbon St. hotel to pave way for Strip project
The website's still there even though the building isn't !

Biloxi, Mississippi            PRNewswire
Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. Announces Agreement to Sell Vicksburg, Miss. and Bossier City, La. Properties

Denver, Colorado   &
Police Arrest Dozens In Illegal Gambling Raids
41 arrested in social club gambling bust

Problem Gambling - Canada            Medical Post
Gambling away the senior years

Singapore            Channel News Asia
Singapore passes Bill on casino regulations

Australia            The Mercury News & AFR
Aussies gamble away $1.9bn
Gambling outpaces retail growth
An amazing 7% of all retail turnover in New South Wales is now on gambling related products.
Contribution of Gambling to Retail Estimates, Dec 2005

Las Vegas            Yahoo/Business Wire
Global Payment Technologies Announces Fiscal 2006 First-Quarter Results

Los Angeles            Yahoo/PRNewswire
WPT Enterprises, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year Fiscal 2005 Financial Results

Liverpool            icLiverpool/Daily Post
Riverside Leo Casino is sold to Gala for £14.5 million
The casino was apparently named after founder Amaury Taittinger's pet dog.

South Africa            Moneyweb/The Citizen & Bridge
Gold Reef beefs up casino presence
Gold Reef ups its BEE stakes

Singapore            Today Online
MPs up the casino ante
$100 casino entry fee to stay
The Casino Control Bill has been introduced to the Singapore parliament. The controversial S$100 entrance fee will remain, gaming taxes will be fixed for 15 years and the license will be exclusive (with the exception of Sentosa Island) for 10 years.

Singapore            Channel News Asia
Nine MPs back Casino Control Bill but with reservations
Operational controls over casinos eased
There will be no ATM's permitted on the Gaming floor. Issuing credit will only allowed to those with a pre-arranged limit of S$100,000. A Casino Regulatory Authority will be established 12 to 18 month prior to the first casino opening.

Reuters Hotels & Casinos Summit            Reuters
Harrah's sees slow Gulf Coast gambling recovery
Reuters Summit-Trump casinos sees positive signs soon

Richmond, B.C.            Globe & Mail & Yahoo Canada/CP
Great Canadian Gaming sinks
Great Canadian Gaming posts preliminary Q4 revenue of $87M, warns of loss
Additional headlines...
Pendry calls for betting code of practice for London 2012
Ameristar Casino Robbed - Vicksburg, Misissippi.

13th February
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Sky City Ent.
Global Gaming Tech.
Las Vegas Sands
Betcorp Ltd
Stanley Leisure
Shun Tak Holdings
Empire Resorts
A-Max Holdings
Empire Online
Great Canadian Gaming
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Vancouver, British Columbia            YahooCanada/CBC
Great Canadian Gaming shares slump on profit warning
GCG shares fell 20% today after the company issued a 4th quarter profit warning.

Blackpool            The Independent
Britain's first casino 'university'
The Independent's Ed Caesar spends a day training at the Regional Gaming Academy and then heads to London for a table test. How did he do ?

Las Vegas            Yahoo/PRNewswire
Boyd Gaming Announces Acquisition of Las Vegas Locals Casino Site

St. Croix, U.S.V.I            Virgin Islands Daily News
Casino commission accepts application for William and Punch gaming license
The controlling interest in William and Puch Gaming is owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation the operators of Foxwoods Casino and Resort in Connecticut.

Vancouver, British Columbia            CCN Matthews & CBC News/CP
Great Canadian Gaming Corporation: Preliminary 2005 Fourth Quarter Results
Great Canadian Gaming posts preliminary Q4 revenue of $87M

South Africa            Reuters
S.Africa's Gold Reef says buys casino stakes

Paradise Island, Bahamas            Yahoo/Business Wire
Kerzner Announces Fourth Quarter Results

Singapore            International Herald Tribune
Rules eased for casinos
Liverpool            The Guardian
Gala buys Liverpool casino for £14m
The 22 table Leo Casino located on the Queens Dock opened in December 2002. Liverpool has 3 other casinos. 2 Stanley's and 1 Grosvenor.

Nottingham & Liverpool            Gala Group press release (PDF)
Gala to acquire Liverpool Casino for £14.5 million

Leo Casino, Liverpool

Casino seduced me: accused
Melbournes Crown Casino once again in the news. One of their VIP slots players is accused of a A$7 million fraud at the Bendigo Bank.

Is Kerry Packer about to be immortalised on Hollywood's big screen?
Chasing the Whale (2006) -

Global Gaming Technologies launches new consumer betting platform with Betfair

New Zealand  
Christchurch Casino expands online
A Kiwi export not to be proud of
Additional headlines...
Rise in Online Gaming Threatens Traditional British Pastimes
CEO Poker Championship to be Held at The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas
Former basketball star charged in token fraud
NORM: Gretzkys on list of highest rollers
Casino plans debate to be heard - Bournemouth

12th February

Nevada            Las Vegas Review-Journal
Jeff Simpson wonders why there's no crackdown on state's Internet poker players
Although gambling on the Internet is illegal in Nevada the states biggest card rooms distribute magazines openly promoting the activity.

Dublin            Irish Examiner
Betting firm announces €1.7m losses

INdianapolis, Indiana            Courier-Journal &
Recruits sought to keep order in state casinos
Indiana casinos look for new breed of enforcers

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Review-Journal
Meeting the future - Bold convention center overhaul aims to help LV keep its trade-show-site pre-eminence

Las Vegas  
Lady Luck Casino Closes its Doors
Downtown's Lady Luck Closes For Renovations
In addition to the closure of the Lady Luck, Harrah's Bourbon Street casino that closed in October 2005 will be imploded on the 14th February.

London            Christian Today
Salvation Army, Methodists Call for Opposition to Casino Plans
The Salvation Army and Methodist Church have compiled a series of documents for those opposed to local authorities casino plans.
Salvation Army - Casino Campaigning Resources

Iowa            ZWire/Daily Nonpareil
March 16 debut planned for $87 million Horseshoe Casino

London & Israel            The Independent
Empire close to $200m deal to settle PartyGaming dispute

Harrogate & Scarborough  
Towns play for high stakes in casino race

Luton            Bedford Today
Luton in line for super casino
Additional headlines...
What's legal, what isn't when it comes to sports betting - New Jersey
Casino revenues topped $4 billion in record month - New Jersey
KL cops ready to red card bookies - Malaysia
Selected ADD URL's... - Casino training company based in the Czech Republic. - Australian fun casino operator. - Internet & U.S. based casino equipment supplier. - Macau based casino and resort developer.

11th February

London            The Guardian
Rank rumours help lift Stanley Leisure by 12% 

Sopron, Hungary            MTI - Hungarian News Agency
Police detain double murder suspect of casino employees in W Hungary

Singapore            Yahoo Singapore/AFP
MGM Mirage sees winning recipe for Singapore casino license

Reno, Nevada            Las Vegas Sun/AP
Court rules against IGT whistleblowers

Manchester            Manchester Evening News
Super casinos 'are a safe bet for more jobs

Las Vegas            In Business Las Vegas - Liz Benston
'Hooters Girls' give thumbs-up to casino

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Review-Journal
Monorail rating, ridership go down - Bleak outlook puts bond sale at risk

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Review-Journal
MGM wants partner approved - Casino giant, Pansy Ho working on Macau casino

Las Vegas            L.V. Business Press - 7th February
Tamares looks to demolish three downtown hotels
Hotel Nevada, Queen of Hearts Hotel and the Ambassador East Motel appear as though they will soon have an appointment with the wrecking ball.

Buenos Aires, Argentina  
Trabadores del casino van por el aumento
Staff at Casino Buenos Aires on the ship Estrella de la Fortuna have began strike action in protest at working conditions.

Atlantic City            Reuters
Atlantic City Jan. casino winnings rise 11.6 pct

London            ThisisMoney/Evening Standard
PartyGaming settlement on the cards

Coventry            icCoventry
Casino bosses go for the big prize

Belgium, China & U.K.            China View/Xinhua
British gambling firm to help Belgian investigators
Betfair has agreed to cooperate with Belgium authorities and will supply information on suspicious betting activity involving the club Sint-Truiden.

Peterborough            Peterborough Today
Casinos stake bet on city - casino operators are keen to set up shop in Peterborough, it has emerged

Colorado            Rocky Mountain News & Colorado Springs Gazette
Practically smoke-free - House backs bill banning puffing in most workplaces
House OKs indoor smoking ban
Colorado may possibly become the 2nd U.S. state to ban smoking in all public places, with the exception of casino gaming floor's.

Louisiana            ABC 26/WGNO
New Orleans Riverboat Casino Expresses Interest In Move
Additional headlines...
Why Las Vegas didn't make list of terror targets 
Ex-Chinese bank managers, wives plead not guilty in Las Vegas
35 suspected gamblers arrested - Bangkok
Three brothers charged for making TTC tokens - Toronto

10th February
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Ainsworth G.T.
Stanley Leisure
London Clubs Int.
Rank Group
Empire Resorts
888 Holdings
Cash Systems
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Carson City, Nevada            Las Vegas Sun/AP
Nevada casinos win record $11.65 billion in 2005
Of the $11.65 billion gross gaming win $7.8 billion was from slots, up 9.4% and $3.74 billion from table games, up 11.2%.

Charlotte, North Carolina            Yahoo/Business Wire
PokerTek's New Partnership and the PokerPro(TM) System Are Designed to Speed up Live Poker Games around the World

Britain - Super Casino Plans            British press
19 schemes in 'super casinos' bid -
13 areas targeted for giant casinos - The Guardian
13 areas targeted for giant casinos - LOndon Evening Standard
The GMB Union's updated version of it's "Runners and Riders" report details 19 proposals for the Regional casino in 13 separate areas.

London            GMB Union
GMB Names 'Runners and Riders' In The Race For New UK Casinos
The GMB Union is calling for 4 Regional casinos to be approved by the Government. The Organisation also wants operators with "a proven track record of creating well paid quality jobs and treating their workforce with dignity".
GMB Runners and Riders Report - PDF

Coventry            The Times
Indonesian billionaire makes play for 'Les A
Shares in British casino operators are all up this morning. Stanley Leisure has added 70 to 850p a gain of almost 9%.

London            The Guardian, Daily Telegraph & Independent
Tycoon bids for Ambassadeurs
Indonesian takes a punt on Mayfair casino
Tycoon tables £115m Ambassadeurs bid
Yesterday's release from LCI did not give a name however the Independent, Daily Telegraph and Guardian all believe it's Indonesian Putera Sampoerna. The offer of £115 milllion is remarkable considering that in the six months to 31st December Les A recorded a loss of £2.1 million

London & Israel            Yahoo UK/Reuters
Empire says discussing PartyGaming settlement

Britain - Company News  
Empire Online Limited - Party Gaming skins deal
BETonSPORTS plc - Trading inline
IQ-Ludorum plc - Directorate & board changes

Kathmandu, Tibet            Himalayan Times
Gambler missing; casino premises searched
Friends of a missing gambler who recently had big wins in Kathmandu believe that a casino may have him isn custody. 

Coventry            icCoventry/Coventry Evening News
Colourful casino chief and fundraiser found dead - Barry DeLacy

Las Vegas            Yahoo/Reuters
MGM Mirage CEO eyes Atlantic City development
MGM Mirage expects 15 pct return from S'pore project-paper
Reuters - Hotels and Gaming Summit - Feb 22nd to 24th, Los Angeles.

Nevada            Las Vegas Sun/AP
Nevada casinos told to mind nightclubs
MGM Mirage says cost of new megaresort now $7 billion

Las Vegas            Yahoo/PRNewswire & Yahoo/Reuters
Boyd Gaming Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results
Boyd Gaming 4th-qtr profit falls, stock rises

Montreal            CBC Montreal
Casino management to hire locals

Toronto & New Jersey            Toronto Globe & Mail
Report: Gretzky subject to wiretaps, wife bet $500,000
Gambling ring took in $1-million last month
Additional headlines...
Bookies staff in two major raids - Rugby
Bristol man's Las Vegas death fall
'I'm All In': Lyle Berman's Life, In His Words -
Gaming facilities not included in Macao's urbanization plan: report

9th February
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
888 Holdings
Penn National Gaming
Empire Online
Gaming VC Hold.
Empire Resorts
Melco International
Progressive Gaming
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

London Clubs International plc - Les Ambassadeurs
LCI release confirming to the markets that the company has been approached by a party interested in purchasing Les Ambassadeurs.

Las Vegas            Yahoo/PRNewswire & Yahoo/AP
MGM MIRAGE Provides Update on Las Vegas Development Plans
MGM Mirage Board Approves CityCenter
The gross cost of Project CityCenter that will sit on 66 acres between the Bellagio and Monte Carlo is estimated at $7 billion. The opening date is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2009.

Las Vegas            Yahoo/Business Wire
Progressive Gaming Announces Best Debt Position in 7 Years
The company's situation has apparently improved and PGIC are now only $31,000,000 in debt.

Paris & London  
Partouche Group launch mobile casino in U.K.

Cheshire & Lancashire            icLiverpool/Daily Post
Three towns fight for right to be casino capital of NW

Gaming VC Holdings S.A. - Pre-Close Trading Update

Washington            CBS News/Christian Science Monitor
More Scrutiny Of Indian Casino Plans

Asia & las Vegas            Reuters
Casino firms punt on Asian love of gambling

West Virginia  
Will West Virginia Allow Table Gaming ?

Las Vegas            Thoroughbred Times
Lanni pitches more legalized Internet gaming to casinos, racetracks
Additional headlines...
Tourism appeal to determine casino winner: Singapore
Raid on casino fails to deflect interest from rally - Bangkok.
Man rolls dice and loses $533G of fiancee’s money - Atlantic City.
L.V Advisor: Question of the Day - The origins of Summerlin.
Camerlin up on casino approval in Britain

8th February
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
London Clubs Int.
Empire Online
Station Casinos
Melco International
Gaming VC Hold.
Global Cash Access
Shun Tak Hold.
Progressive Gaming
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Astana, Kazakhstan  
Kazakhstan PM assigned to complete draft law on gambling industry
According to the report Kazakhstan presently has 140 registered casinos. 37 in Almaty, 16 in South Kazakhstan and 14 in Astana.

Moscow            ITAR-TASS
State Duma determined to ban teenagers from gambling

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Review-Journal
Alliance set to switch name, ticker

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Sun/AP
English man's plunge from Las Vegas casino tower ruled suicide

Las Vegas            Yahoo/PRNewswire
Shuffle Master, Inc. and Sona Mobile, Inc. Announce Launch of Wireless Gaming Product Line

Singapore            Bloomberg & Yahoo/AP
Singapore announces evaluation criteria for casino-resort bid
Singapore Unveils Criteria for Casino
The word casino struggles to get a mention!

Birmingham            Birmingham Post
Super casino fear for traders
Some 6,000 Washwood Heath and Saltley residents have signed a petition objecting to Birmingham City FC's propoesd new stadium and casino.

Murder charge over stabbing death

Nevada            MSNBC/AP
Betting record surpassed, gaming board says
Nevada sports books won $8.8 of $94.5 million for a hold of 9.3%. The total however is only a fraction of the amount bet worldwide on the game. Betfair alone traded almost £6 million, most of it "in-running".

Bangkok, Thailand            The Nation & Bangkok Post
Police seize 46 cars near gambling den
62 cars seized from retired gambler

London            PRWeb
UK Online Gambling Law is Weak, Finds XTN Data - The full report costs £295.

East London, South Africa            The Herald Online
Bidding process starts for new casinos
The Eastern Cape presently has 3 casinos The Boardwalk, Hemingways & Wild Coast Sun. "Tendering is set to close in June, with successful bidders to be announced in November."

Canada            Toronto Globe & Mail & NW Indian Time/AP
NHL personalities linked to probe of gambling ring, police say
Gretzky's wife cited in gambling probe

Malaysia & London            The Edge Daily & Business Times
Camerlin up 12.6% on UK casino ops
Camerlin ventures into UK gaming
Additional headlines...
Hotels et Casinos de Deauville : le résultat net progresse de plus de 12%
Man Sentenced For Leaving Elderly Mother At Casino - Indiana
People 'will be casino losers' - Wembley.
Blackjack Card Counter 3.0 released -

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