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Archive 2006: 8th - 14th January

14th January

Milwaukee            Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Finders weepers - Casino keeps $700 found by gambler
Considering the story, the domain name of the Potawatomi Bingo Casino is quite ironic. The Tribe's decision appears to encourage dishonest behaviour among it's clientele.

Washington            The Jewish Exponent
Abramoff's Troubles Worsen, for Him and Jews

Edinburgh            The Scotsman
Game on as casino eyes up club site
Stanley Casinos who presently operate 3 of Edinburgh's 4 casinos have applied for planning permission for a new operation on the site of the former Eros/Elite nightclub at Fountainpark.

Missouri            The Kansas City Channel
Casino Crowd Helps In Robbery Arrest - Woman Fends Off Female Robber At Harrah's

Online Gambling  
AOL Expands Casino Games With Blackjack Site

Wiltshire, England            The Washington Post
A Million to One - Chances Are Imitators Can't Match This Student's By-the-Pixel Web Sales Success
Quite amazing. The college kid's website presently has a higher Alexa ranking than Betfair. He could sell it for far more than the million he's already made.

Las Vegas            Dallas Morning News
Old neon signs glow again in Las Vegas project

Las Vegas            Dallas Morning News
The low-roller's Las Vegas - How I made $75 from nothing but coupons and casino cards
On a coupon run with Anthony Curtis from the Las Vegas Advisor.

Washington            The Jewish Exponent
Abramoff's Troubles Worsen, for Him and Jews

Olympia, Washington State            Associated Press
Youth gambling ban? Lawmakers mull raising threshold to 21

St. Louis, Missouri            Cincinnati Enquirer
Columbia Sussex sued over Mo. casino deal

Guam            Pacific Magazine
GUAM: Casino Initiative (Prop A) Could Go Back To Polls

13th January

Macau            Shanghai Daily
Macau encounters labor crunch
Macau has an unemployment rate of just 4.1%. The next two casino hotels to open, one this month and another in March need a combined 7,000 employees which is 70% of the total.

Nassau            The Nassau Guardian
Illegal gambling rampant in Family Islands

London            UK Wire
ubet2win plc - Trading Update

Tasmania            ABC News
Lennon 'in difficulty' over casino stay

Las Vegas            Yahoo/Business Wire
Shuffle Master, Inc. Announces Strategic Alliance with Sona Mobile, Inc.

St. Croix, USVI            Virgin Islands Daily News
Three women charged with swindling casino
Casino Commission rejects Robin Bay's request for license extension

Las Vegas            Bloomberg/PRNewswire
Harrah's Adds $50,000 Buy-In 'HORSE' Event to 2006 World Series
Harrah's press release has a full schedule for the WSOP. The competition begins on the 25th June and concludes on the 10th August.

Trenton, New Jersey  
Dozens of Local Strippers Protest Smoking Ban

Las Vegas & Singapore            The Malaysian Star
MGM Mirage to proceed with Singapore casino bid

Lowell. M.A. & Cambodia            Marketwire
Cambodian Ventures Limited Pursues Cambodian Casino License

Phnom Penh, Cambodia            The Peoples Daily/Xinhua
Cambodia to build satellite city at Koh Pich island
Images of the Nexus Naga Casino and Hotel in Phnom Penh.
Naga Casino looming over the Buddhist Institute - Flikr image

Palm Springs, California            San Francisco Chronicle
Indian tribes worry about proposed restrictions on their casinos

Las Vegas  
Downtown Casinos on Revenue Losing Streak

Guam            Guam Pacific Daily News
Hearing on casino case today
In the original election held in November 2004 Guam's citizens rejected a Bill that would have legalised casinos in 10 hotels on the island by 21,223 votes to 13,311.

Las Vegas & Pasadena, California            PRNewswire
Strangely all the qualifying rounds appear to be at Tribal casinos.
More headlines...
Casino merger may sink 400 jobs - Gary, Indiana.
Report: N. Korean 'supernotes' surfaced in Las Vegas casinos
Underground casino busted in Macao
Trump tees up Scotland for top golf resort
Gold Circle upbeat on R1.6bn betting turnover - Durban, South Africa.

12th January

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Tropicana's owners take first steps toward redevelopment

Sydney            The Melbourne Age
No bets on second casino for Singapore, PBL says

Kansas City, Missouri  
Man Snatches Blackjack Dealer's Purse Outside Kansas City Casino

Las Vegas            Yahoo/Business Wire
Hooters Casino Hotel to Open with Global Cash Access Products and Services

Blackpool            Birmingham Mail
Blackpool gambles on beating Brum

Nevada            Las Vegas Review-Journal
GAMBLING: November win rises  - Casinos take $999.6 million from gamblers, pushing '05 total to record

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Review-Journal
CASINO SINKS INTO HISTORY - Castaways, formerly Showboat, ends in demolition

Online Bingo            Online Casino News
Online Casino Bingo Site Closes Unexpectedly

Mansfield            Ashfield Today
£100m casino on the cards for Stags

London - Financial statements  
Leisure & Gaming plc - Pre-Close Statement
ukbetting plc - Trading update

Tbilisi, Georgia            The Messenger
New fees putting crunch on casinos - Government starts exemption for casinos in IDP town Tskaltubo

Tampa, Florida            St. Petersburg Times
Judge okays casino boat deal
In addition to buying the Ocean Jewel, California based Yamashiro Financial Services recently bought the St. Tropez that formerly operated out of Port Everglades. The company intends relaunching both under the name Casino Royale.

Macau            Channel News Asia/dpa & Malaysian Star/AP
Casinos pull in 18.7 million visitors to Macau
Macau tourist arrivals jumped 12% in 2005
Of the 18.7 million, 10.5 million visitors were from mainland China. The average length of stay declined to just 1.1 days.

London - Gaming Investments            Daily Telegraph
To the point: My money is on traditional casinos

Colorado & Edmonton, Alberta            Yahoo/PRNewswire
Century Casinos Announces Completion of Buy Out of Minority Interest in Edmonton Project

Missouri            Kansas City Star - Rick Alm
Riverboats ride higher after 05Revenues up again in area, while new mark set statewide

Palm Springs, California            New York Newsday/AP
Political scandal clouds meeting of tribal gambling leaders
More headlines...
Bookies fume amid talk of bent arrows
Players cleared after betting investigation
Betting on denial - Tasmania's Premier Paul Lennon is under pressure to resign.
Premier denies casino wrongdoing
Housewives arrested for running multi-million ringgit betting ring - Borneo

11th January

Carson City, Nevada            Las Vegas Sun/AP & Reuters 
Nevada casinos win nearly $1 billion in November
Nevada says casino gambling revenue up 16%
Of the $999.6 million win $524.7 million was generated by the Las Vegas Strip. Statewide table game win was up 21.3% and slot win up 13.9%.

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Review-Journal
OFF-STRIP CASINO INCIDENTS: Shootings injure two men. Guard, another man shot in leg

St. Charles, Missouri            PRNewswire
Annual International Event Sees 'No Limits' to I-Gaming Industry Growth

London            Computing
Betfair raises odds against web attacks

Las Vegas  
Las Vegas' Castaways Imploded

Las Vegas            Yahoo/PRNewswire
The Cosmopolitan Resort & Casino Secures Construction Financing

Sydney & Singapore            Sydney Morning Herald
PBL to pull plug on Sentosa casino plans

Tampa. Florida            St. Petersburg Times
Deal could get gambling ship Ocean Jewel back under way

Trenton, New Jersey            United Press International
N.J. bans smoking except in casinos
The only public place where smoking will be permitted in New Jersey is on the Gaming floor's of the state's 12 casinos.

Cyprus            Cyprus Mail
Banks insist casino-stamped notes are valid

Calls for Premier to quit in casino row
Luxury 'did not influence deal'

Las Vegas            Yahoo/PRNewswire
Harrah's Establishes Player Advisory Council to Further Enrich World Series of Poker(R) Tournaments

Atlantic City            Reuters
Atlantic City casino revenues topped $5 billion in 2005
N.J. casino revenues top $5B for first time

Rome & West Greenwich, R.I.             Lottery Post/MarketWatch
Italian lottery operator to buy GTECH

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania            PGCB - Press release 9th January
PA Gaming Control Board Receives 25 Application Submissions for Operator Licenses

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Sun/AP
Boardwalk casino closes in Vegas; Castaways due for demolition
After 34 years, a familiar face leaves the Strip
The Boardwalk will be holding a public auction of "remnants & relics" on the 21st January.
More headlines... a quick roundup of other stories fround during GF's daily updates.
Players cleared of match-fixing
Pennsylvania has lost its bet before casinos even open - Opinion
Calls to gambling helpline falling - New Zealand
DeLay led bid to close Livingston casino

10th January

Bad Homberg, Germany  
Kameras im Bad Homburger Casino finden gesperrte Spieler

Biloxi, Mississippi            Yahoo/AP
Mayor: Harrah's to Invest in Biloxi Casinos

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Review-Journal
Implosion slated for tower at Castaways - Station Casinos has been clearing site since July

Sydney & Singapore            Sydney Morning Herald
Tabcorp drops second Singapore casino plan

Rome            Yahoo/AP
Lottomatica Offers $4.65 Billion for Gtech

Rhode Island & Rome            MarketWatch
Italian lottery to buy GTech

Melbourne & Tasmania            Australian Daily Telegraph & The Advertiser
Casino keeps Lennon suite
Premier in casino scandal

Edinburgh            The Scotsman
Hotel places its bets on casino - BIL International Limited.

Stoke on Trent            ThisisStaffordshire/The Sentinel
Casino plan hits jackpot

Des Moins, Iowa            Sioux City Journal
Vilsack puts moratorium on 'TouchPlay' machines

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Business Press - David McKee
Black cloud hovers over Barrick's exit from downtown
Navegante Group's subsidiary PlayLV has entered into a 5 year agreement with Tamares to operate the 4 downtown casinos vacated by Barrick Gaming.

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Business Press - David G. Schwartz
Wynn's return a defining moment for Strip

California & Reno, Nevada            PRNewswire
IGT Installs Server Based Gaming at Barona

Tampa, Florida  
Ocean Jewel betting on best offer

Washington - Indian Gaming            Detroit News
Indian casino moratorium gathers steam after scandal

ukbetting plc - Renewal of poker agreement with CryptoLogic

Athens            Reuters
Hellenic Casinos to sell Hyatt stake to BC Partners

Nassau, Bahamas            Yahoo/Business Wire
Veteran Hospitality Industry Executive, Don Robinson, Appointed President of Baha Mar

Louisville, Kentucky            Yahoo/Business Wire
Churchill Downs Incorporated, Magna Entertainment Corp. and Racing UK Planning New Television Service

Las Vegas            Interest Alert/PRNewswire
The New Sizzling Hot Strip Las Vegas Magazine Unveils Its First Issue!
More headlines... a quick roundup of other stories fround during GF's daily updates.
Armed raid at betting shop - Bolton again (temporary link)
Topless club owners settle dispute with public auction - Las Vegas

9th January

London            The Evangelical Alliance
Concerns over problem gambling

Las Vegas            Yahoo/PRNewswire
Harrah's and Glu Mobile Team Up to Bring the World Series of Poker(R) to Mobile Devices

Dania, Florida            Business Wire
SunCruz Casinos Celebrates Winners of Holiday Giveaway

Middlesbrough            icTeeside/Evening Gazette
Hotel gets go-ahead for casino scheme - BIL International Limited.

Las Vegas  
Las Vegas security in jeopardy

Macau & Las Vegas            Yahoo/PRNewswire
MGM Grand Macau Announces Project Enhancements and Secures $700 Million in Project Financing

Paradise Island, Bahamas            Reuters &
IDs of 50,000 Bahamas resort guests stolen: Kerzner
Huge Atlantis Theft
Shootout in Cable Beach Tourist Area

Macao            China View/Xinhua
Macao's gaming industry sees income rise in 2005

St. Petersburg, Florida           St. Petersburg Times
Gambling boat's last trip: auction, bankruptcy court
Gambling ship up for bids
Titan Cruise Lines Ocean Jewel will be auctioned to pay off creditors this week. The amount owed is believed to be $69 million.

South Africa            Independent Online
State scores in SA's gambling craze

Bermuda            Royal Gazette
Island to take the lead in Bingo gaming - The Canadian Bank Note Company.

Penang, Malaysia            The Malay Mail & The Malaysian Star
'Casino idea only mine'
Penang says no to casino in Pulau Jerejak

Pokie Problems - Victoria, Australia            The Herald Sun
Brave town says no to gaming
Warning to pokie addicts
Kirner regrets pokies mistakes
Labor's gamble causes regrets

Atlantic City            MSNBC/AP - Corrected link
Trump's casino company sees luck turning
More headlines... a quick roundup of other stories fround during GF's daily updates.
Punter cleans up after bet on Alonso long shot
Jordan after Bond role - Katie Price would play one of the casinos croupiers
Betfair claims J2EE a better bet than .NET
Porn adorned - Adult Video Awards in Las Vegas.
Casinos, Yogurt, Champagne Shape France's Future
E-fit released after bookies robbery - High Wickham

8th January

Tallahassee, Florida            Miami Herald
Slots deal faces tough road

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Sun
Columnist Jeff Simpson: Why Wynn, Stations are likely to pass on Penn

Macau            China Daily
Macao casinos notch up US$5.6 billion
From figures supplied by operators, casino win in Macau was 44.6 billion pataca (US$5.575 billion) in 2005, an 11.2% increase. 75% of the win coming from Staley Ho's SJM, 15% from the Galaxy Waldo and 10% from Macau Sands.

Australia            The Melbourne Age
Leader of the pack still playing his cards right

Police nab 'heist kingpin'

Graz/Klagenfurt , Austria            Der Standard/APA - 6th January
Casino-Prozess: Kärntner soll Viertel des Spielverlusts zurückerhalten
Casinos Austria must repay an additional €217,000 (making a total of almost €500,000) to an addicted gambler who lost around €1.2 million between 1997 and 2000.

Las Vegas & Singapore            Las Vegas Business Press - David McKee
Las Vegas operators nearly a lock for first Singapore casino

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Review-Journal
The future for sports wagers: Rapid Bet Live

Las Vegas            In Business Las Vegas - Liz Benston
South Coast: Ahead of the development curve

St. Paul, Minnesota  
Billion-Dollar Casino Controversy

Germany & U.K.            The Guardian
Match-fix gang target UK betting

Gulfport, Mississippi            Picayune Item/AP
Miss. still the third-largest casino market after hurricane

London            The Sunday Times
Boardroom upheaval as Betfair backs untested techie in top job

London            The Sunday Times
GCVC primed for Ladbrokes bid

Malaysia            Brunei Online
Malaysia considers proposal for casino on tourist island

Australia & Antiqua            The Melbourne Age
Gridiron punters pummel Betcorp

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