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Archive 2006: 1st - 7th January

7th January

Melbourne, Australia            The Sunday Times
Chips are down: Jailed high-roller warns of casino risk
Chia Teck Leng for a time was the world's largest Baccarat player. The problem was the money wasn't his and he's now serving 42 years in a Singapore prison.

Problem Gambling - Victoria, Australia            The Herald Sun
$2.5b pokie losses up in smoke
Sweaty palms all for nothing
The later story details the considerable deficiancies in the Australian Hotel Association's Pokie self exclusion programme.

Tasmania, Australia  
Govt's projected Betfair returns 'dangerously high'

Washington            Sydney Morning Herald
Lobbyist was only doing what came naturally
'Friends' of Jack Abramoff-
Casino Jack could have done with better PR - Daily Telegraph
Lobbyists in Washington apparently number 35,000 and their expenditure increased from $1.4 billion in 1998 to $2.1 billion in 2004.

Gary, Indiana  
Gary's Majestic Star Casinos to cut jobs

Penang, Malaysia            The H.K. Standard/AP & Today Online
Penang considers plan for casino fantasy isle
Penang ponders opening a casino

Tasmania & Australia            The Australian
Bookies warn of illegal mainland Betfair punts

Florence, Kentucky            PRWeb
Card Shark Uses Skills to Inform, Not Exploit Casino

Miami            Miami Herald
Gambling boat sets sail from Miami

Colorado Springs, Colorado            MarketWire/Steve Bourie - Amrican Casino Guide 
Dobson Calls for End of Government-Sponsored Gambling; Vice is a 'National Disaster'

6th January

Miami, Florida            Yahoo/Business Wire
Horizon's Edge Casino Cruises Launches from Bayside in Miami
The Horizons Edge vessel replaces the Casino Princesa that ceased operations from the Bayside Marina in 2005.

Hollywood, Florida            MarketWire/Steve Bourie - Amrican Casino Guide 
Have TV Gambling Shows Finally Gone Too Far?

Mississippi            Bloomberg News
Biloxi Sheds Blues as Katrina-Battered Casinos Stir With Dice

Manchester            North East Manchester Advertiser
Casino gamble
"These payments are wasteful. This is proof that if you pay consultants enough money, they'll tell you what you want to hear" - Liberal Democrats.

Manchester            Manchester Online/Manchester Evening News
Super-casino back on track
A study commissioned by the Manchester city council at a cost of £50,000 has apparently found that their super-casino bid is superior to Blackpool's.

New Jersey  
Smoking ban on verge of passage
The only public place in New Jersey where smoking will be allowed is on the gaming floor of Atlantic City's casinos.

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Review-Journal
WHOLE NEW VISION - New places to dine, dance mark makeover of The Mirage

China            News Gauangdong/China Daily
Overseas gambling rises among Chinese new rich

Victoria, Australia            The Melbourne Age & Herald Sun
Government to probe pokies king
Pokies profit probe
Jackpot kings keen to keep low profile
Pokie-free pubs, pondered

Broward County, Florida            Sun-Sentinel
Gambling sites eager to roll as governor signs bill regulating Broward's slot machines

Las Vegas & North Korea            Yonhap News & The Korea Times
Suspected N.K. 'supernotes' found in U.S. casinos since last year
Las Vegas official denies reports of N.K. supernotes at casinos - 4th January.
US Takes Tough Stance Over NK Counterfeiting

New Orleans  
Job Fair for Casino workers to be held in New Orleans
Harrah's New Orleans is scheduled to re-open on Friday, 17th February.

Las Vegas  
Boardwalk Casino set to close
The Boardwalk casino will close on the 9th January and the site will become a part of MGM MIRAGE's project CityCenter.

Liverpool            The Guardian, Independent & icCheshire/Daily Post
Sportech cuts its losses on ITV gaming 
ITV pulls plug on interactive gaming deal with Sportech
Sportech attacks ITV after ditching gambling deal 
More headlines... a quick roundup of other stories fround during GF's daily updates.
Vietnam may allow soccer betting
Betting shop raider is hunted by police - Hamilton, Scotland.
Former bank official admits fraud - $323,000. Most lost in Missouri casinos.
State police display haul from gambling-ring bust - Rhode Island.

5th January

Carson City, Nevada            San Diego Union-Tribune/AP
Nevada's casinos earn record $1.8 billion before federal taxes in fiscal 2005

Las Vegas            Yahoo/PRNewswire
Bally Gaming and Systems Announces Boyd Gaming's South Coast Opens With Powerful Systems and Bonusing Package

Mansfield, Nottinghamshire            Nottingham Evening Post
Stags bid for Las Vegas-style casino
Las Vegas Sands have apparently approached Mansfield Town to build a £100 million casino at their ground.

France            Le Monde
Dépendance aux jeux: contrôles d'identité à l'entrée des casinos fin 2006

Singapore            Reuters
Asia's casino revenues to hit $13 bn in 2006-report

Macau           Eastday/Xinhua & Diario Economico
New casino opens in Macau
Empresário de Hong Kong abre mais um hotel/casino em Macau 
Macau's 18th casino, the Emperor Palace Casino opened today. Movie star Jackie Chan has a minority interest in the venture. The gaming operations are managed and under the license of Stanley Ho's SJM.

Miami           Miami Herald & Sun-Sentinel
Abramoff pleads guilty to bogus purchase of SunCruz Casinos fleet
Lobbyist Abramoff admits fraud in deal to buy SunCruz gambling ships

FLUXX AG beteiligt sich an Sportwettenanbieter

Israel & Austria           Bloomberg, World News & Der Standard
Israel Investigates Alleged $3 Million Payment to Sharon Family
Sharon faces bribe claims
Porträt: Multimillionär mit Hang zur internationalen Politik - Martin Schlaff.

London           Hotel Online/Financial Mail
Ladbrokes in new casinos deal with Hilton hotel chain
Ladbrokes the betting and gaming arm of the Hilton Group, has applied for licensing for a 1,000-square metre casino at the Brighton Metropole, part of the Hilton chain.

Kangwon, South Korea           The Korea Times
More Gamblers Seek Voluntary Casino Ban

Springfield, Illinois           UPI
Illinois casinos may card for addicts
The Illinois Gaming Board is considering introducing an ID requirement at all 9 casinos to help keep out the 3,046 individuals who signed have signed up for the states self exclusion programme.

London           The Times, Bloomberg & ThisisMoney
Betting exchange denies crisis as three directors resign
Betfair Appoints Chief Operating Officer Yu as Chief Executive
Boardroom blow for Betfair

San Mateo, California           Bloomberg/Business Wire
Harrah's and Glu Team up to Bring the World Series of Poker(R)

London           Daily Mail
Don't place your bets on Ms Jowell

Nevada           Las Vegas Sun
Activist puts Nevada gambling tax plan on hold
More headlines... a quick roundup of other stories fround during GF's daily updates.
Sportech's Interactive Gaming Contract with ITV is terminated
World Cup gamble may reach £100m
Wembley Stadium Unlikely to Host Cup Final, William Hill Says
Bank staff plunder footballers' accounts
Long-Range Jets Threaten Singapore Airport's Hub Status

4th January

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
$4 billion project to replace Stardust - Boyd Gaming Corp. eyes luxury market with 5,300-room resort: Echelon Place

Mpumalanga, South Africa           SABCNews
Breakthrough in Nelspruit casino robbery

Birmingham           Birmingham Post & Mail
Super-casino plans 'will lead to more addicts'
Odds on increase in gambling addiction

Singapore           Reuters
Singapore casino bidders in final countdown

Atlantic City           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Bally Gaming and Systems Announces Borgata Goes Live With Power Winners(TM), Order for 4,000 iVIEW(TM) Displays

Las Vegas           Associated Press
Boyd Gaming Announces $4B Las Vegas Complex 

Prague, Czech Republic           The Prague Daily Monitor
American-style "gambling club" for kids opens in Prague

London       Comment on Peter Dean's interview in the Times
Watchdog named Caligula - The Times Thunderer Column
Government must not water down promises on gambling - The Conservatives.

Las Vegas & Hong Kong           Yahoo/Reuters
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts to Open Luxury Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Boyd Gaming Unveils Las Vegas Strip Development Plan

Israel           The Times - Dominic Walsh
Family stand to net $2bn from their online gamble
The next IPO lined up for the online Poker world is apparently which is 75% owned by the Israeli Scheinberg family.

Newcastle           icNewcastle/The Journal
Casino loses out on its sign gamble

London           The Independent
Recovering William Hill bets on World Cup success

Florida & Washington           The Ledger & The Independent
Abramoff to plead guilty in SunCruz Casinos fraud case
The man who bought off Washington

London           The Times - Sam Coates
Gambling watchdog who barked is in the doghouse
Yesterday's Times interview with Peter Dean has caused a great deal of consternation in Westminster. The article also reveals that many of the Gaming Board's senior staff in London have refused to make the move to Birmingham.

London           The Times - Letters to the Editor
Licence to gamble? - Peter Dean, Chairman Gambling Commission.

Singapore           Business Times & Hong Kong Standard
Competition to build Singapore casino narrows
Cost kills casino joint bid

3rd January

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
UP 12 PERCENT: 180 homicides set annual record
A statistic that's unlikely to make it into the tourist brochures.

Israel           Globes Online
Police suspect illegal gambling ads on MSN Israel, Start, Nana sites

Middlesbrough           icTeeside/Evening Gazette
Mayor pledges cautious approach to casino bid

U.S Reality TV           Digital Spy
FOX Reality to air US 'Double Or Nothing'

Miami & Washington           Sun-Sentinel
Lobbyist Abramoff reaches plea deal in SunCruz fraud case

Singapore           Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones & The Courier Mail
Melco, PBL Withdraw Bid For Singapore Casino
Packer quits casino venture bid

The Netherlands           Het Financieele Dagblad
Zuinige klant drukt omzet Holland Casino
Preliminary results from Holland Casino for 2005 indicate a gross win of around €680 million. Spend per head declined €1 to €106. The state monopoly intends to once again try it's luck with an Internet casino in 2006.

London           The Times - Editorial
High stakes - The Gambling Commission should be a tougher regulator
The Times editorial openly critisises the Gambling Commission's "light touch" with the industry.

London           The Times
Casino law will fuel gambling problems - watchdog
Supercasinos are no big deal, says gaming watchdog
Articles highlighting the working relationship the GC presently has with British operators and their laissez faire approach to regulation.

Doncaster           The Scotsman
National Lottery fails to find the poor punter who missed £9.4m

London           The Scotsman
Gambler 'tried to start casino fire'

Confident future for William Hill
William Hill sees profits topping forecasts

London           The Times
LCI seeks licence for Park Lane casino in Grosvenor House deal - It's not this one !

Pennsylvania           Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Would-be Pa. slot machine distributors court manufacturer IGT

Australia & Singapore           Yahoo Singapore/Asia Pulse & Melbourne Age/AAP
Australia's PBL Withdraws From Singapore Casino Bid
Packer folds on casino

Australia & Singapore           Bloomberg News & Malaysian Star
Publishing & Broadcasting, Melco Withdraw Casino Bid - Update 4
Macau casino magnate, Australian partner withdraw from biding on Singapore casino

Las Vegas           Poker Player Magazine
An Interview with Michael Matts, Cardroom Manager for Caesar's Palace
Caesars Palace's new Poker room opened on the 21st December 2005, 15 years after the original one was closed.

2nd January

London           The Sun
Loser's casino arson bid
The Sun reports on a the arrest of a player at the Connoisseur Club on the 30th December who first doused a Croupier in petrol before trying to set fire to the casino.

Bolton, Lancashire           ThisisLancashire/Bolton Evening News
Armed gang raid bookies

Hobart, Tasmania & London           The Australian
Betfair ready to set up for business

Florida           Palm Beach Post
Slots' bet on schools may turn up lemons

St. Paul, Minneapolis  Press
Collector of all things Vegas keeps rollingHis mobile home holds thousands of souvenirs - nice story!.

Vienna, Austria           OÖNachrichten, Wiener Zeitung &
10 Prozent der Casino-Austria-Mitarbeiter gehen
200 Casino-Mitarbeiter nehmen den Hut
Jobabbau bei Casinos Austria
Some 215 staff out of a total of 1,800 (12%) will be taking Casinos Austria's redundancy package. Visitation to CA's 12 casinos have declined from 2.8 million in 2001 to around 2.3 million in 2005.

Travemünde, Germany 
Casino: Personalabbau um 30 Prozent?

London           The Times
Rank to return £300m as gaming group is shot of its last film asset

London           The Times
Head of Hilton Group to earn £9m from deal

Problem Gambling           ABC News
Online Gambling: A Growing Addiction

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun
Columnist Jeff Simpson: 2006 can only get better for LV gaming

Macau           Peoples Daily/Xinhua
Macao's newly opened theme park logs 110,000 visitors
Macao opens first theme park
Macao-Zhuhai checkpoint logs strong passenger flow

Macau           Macau Tourism
Macau Fisherman's Wharf - A New Themed Experience in Macau

1st January

Biloxi, Mississippi 
Palace Moves Its Casino Into Its Hotel

London           The Times
Rank to chop its dividend and pay back £300m

Adelaide, Australia           The Sunday Mail
The Ringleaders of $1m sting
Late plunge gouges $200,000 in greyhound sting - 22nd December.
Seal hit hard by sting
Fascinating story involving manipulation of Tote odds to facilitate a coup with a bookmaker. The punters have however still not been paid out.

Australia           The Times &
Packer heir gambles his legacy on casinos
It's James Packer's time at the helm Gambling the start of the empire, and its mainstay
Rumours abound that James Packer, just a few days after taking over at PBL, is lining up a bid for pokie and casino operator Tabcorp.

Gaming Investments           Las Vegas Review-Journal
CASINO STOCKS: December uptick ends wild year

Bangkok, Thailand           Bangkok Post
Over 100 arrested in casino raid - Almost B2m seized in betting money

Reno           Reno Gazette-Journal/AP
Nevada hit by worst flooding since 1997, mudslide shuts down I-80 

Washington           New York Times
Lobbyist Is Given Deadline to Take Deal or Go to Trial

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