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Archive 2006: 22nd - 31st July

Monday, 31st July
Selected gaming stocks   Asia  Europe   U.S.
ChinaLot Synergy
Rank Group
Global Cash Access
Galaxy Entertainment
Party Gaming
Boyd Gaming
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

BetonSports court appearances....
St. Louis, Missouri
7 Plead Not Guilty in BetOnSports Case - MSN Money/AP
Figures in BETonSPORTS indictment plead innocent - Reuters
Lawyers for BetOnSports failed to appear in court - St.Louis Today

Dunedin, New Zealand             New Zealand Herald
Gambler given free wine as she lost up to $50,000 a month
Dunedin Casino is fighting to avoid a suspension of it's gaming license. Christine Keenan who was jailed in December 2004 for 3 years had a recodred loss of NZ$582,000 on a turnover of NZ$6.6 million.

Kathmandu, Nepal             The Himalayan Times
Two Indian Nationals ‘Forced’ To Quit Casino Job

BetonSports coverage...
St. Louis, Missouri
Doubts cast on BetonSports version of SDS links - Daily Telegraph
E-gaming lawyers due in court here - St. LouisToday
BetonSports, David Carruthers hearings scheduled for today -
David Carruthers to plead "not guilty" in St. Louis hearing -
Former betonsportsCEO David Carruthers will make an appearance in a Federal court in St. Louis, Missouri today. BetonSports have now apparently agreed to pay his legal fees.

London             Clarion Events/ATE - Press release
ICEi strengthens stand-alone status (PDF)

Charlotte, N.C.             Yahoo/Business Wire
PokerTek Announces Additional PokerPro(TM) Table Installations
2 Oklahoma Indian casinos taking 2 tables each. No mention of the Lightening Poker lawsuit.

Singapore             Reuters & Yahoo/AP
Harrah's, Genting in Singapore casino bid
Harrah's Teams With Singapore Firm on Bid for New Casino
The Singapore Tourist Board has announced that 4 consortia have placed bids for the Singapore licence on Sentosa Island. They are...
Eighth Wonder/Starwood Hotels & Resorts/Isle of Capri
Genting/Universal Studios
Harrah's Entertainment/Keppel Land
Kerzner International Ltd/Capitaland

Delaware & Las Vegas             Yahoo/Business Wire
Shuffle Master, Inc. Announces Receipt of Delaware State Lottery Contract

Las Vegas  - WSOP Final event: $10,000 No Limit Hold'em

Toronto             Marketwire & Reuters
Playboy Deals Itself Into Internet Poker-With CryptoLogic
CryptoLogic to set software for Playboy poker site

Gibraltar             The Sunday Times
Louise Armitstead: To the Victor the spoils of gambling
Interview with Victor Chandler at the company offices in Gibraltar.

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Review-Journal
Attorney wagers against casinos -- and wins
Interview with lawyer Bob Nersesian who has won several high profile cases against Las Vegas casinos on behalf of advantage player clients.
Beat the Players: Casinos, Cops And the Game Inside the Game -

Charlotte, N.C.             WRAL -
Lucky Draw? PokerTek Is Betting On Automated Software As Its Winning Card

Hagatna, Guam             Pacific Islands Report & Pacific Daily News
Legalizing gambling to be on Guam ballot
Final gambling signatures today

Dunedin & Aukland, New Zealand   
Casino licence hangs in the balance

Britain    NetRatings
20% of UK Internet users were visiting gambling sites during FIFA World Cup

London             The Scotsman
Bookmaker fails to score from World Cup

Sheffield             Yorkshire Post
Bishop says Britain rushing down road to gambling hell

Las Vegas   
Team Expert Insight Has Already Won $1.5 million at the 2006 World Series of Poker - Good quality video, definately worth a look.

Sunday, 30th July

Las Vegas  - WSOP Final event: $10,000 No Limit Hold'em
8,472 players and a total prize pool of $84,720,000
Dr. Pauly's WSOP Main Event Day 1-A Recap | Photos -
Dr. Pauly's WSOP Main Event Day 1-B Recap | Photos

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Sun
Commentary: Jeff Simpson talks to Steve Wynn and Jack Binion about their Macau relationship

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Architects leaning toward Strip skies the sky in Las Vegas

Costa Rica             Sunday Times & Gambling911
Betting firm is linked to US Mafia kingpin
BetonSports links to mafia family not all what they seem
BetonSports shareholders, players express outrage over shutdown

Casinos winning big by betting on Asians
Asian gamblers are estimated to make up one third of Foxwoods average 40,000 daily visitors.

Dublin             Sunday Business Post
Online gambling firm continues with Dublin operations

Las Vegas             Denver Post
Affair drawing full house - Main event lures an amazing 8,000-plus entrants

Costa Rica             Inside Costa Rica Launches Breakthrough Live Nude Entertainment/Casino Technology!
Yes folks - Costa Rica !

Costa Rica             Inside Costa Rica
Costa Rica - U.S. Extradition Laws And Gary Kaplan and Sportsbooks

Additional headlines...
Lady Luck Casino Widow Places Honolulu Mansion Up for Sale
Police investigate Prescott claim -
Police inquiry into Prescott US visit - Sunday Telegraph

Saturday, 29th July

Edinburgh             Property Executive
Stanley Casinos to open casino at X-Leisure's Fountain Park, Edinburgh

Britain             The Publican
Fruit machines top teen gambling addictions

Las Vegas             In Business Las Vegas - Liz Benston
Freed-up Gaughan bullish on South Coast

Washington             Yahoo UK/AFX
2 hearings Monday in BetOnSports case

New Zealand             New Zealand Herald
Casino lawsuit on the cards

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Sun/AP
Gambler accuses Las Vegas casinos of preying on addiction

Great Yarmouth   
Casino odds tip in Yarmouth's favour

Gaborone, Botswana    Reporter
Botswana: GH Races Against Time for Casino

Buffalo, New York             The Buffalo News
Suit claims Senecas lack sovereignty for casino site

Additional headlines...
Wynn International marketing chairman to get $1.5 mln salary
TV poker show's new digs unveiled - Poker Dome theater opens at Neonopolis

Friday, 28th July
Selected gaming stocks   Asia  Europe   U.S.
Aristocrat Leisure
Leisure & Gaming
Penn National
Melco International
Pinnacle Entertainment
K.Wah International
Las Vegas Sands
Bally Technologies
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Starting today...
Las Vegas  - WSOP Final event: $10,000 No Limit Hold'em
World Series of Poker Main Event Begins Today With Record-Breaking Field and Richest Prize in Poker History
It's called No-limit for a reason - World Series of Poker official aims to break record-breaking marks

 USA Today
Poker pros, fans going all in
Jennifer Tilly: One of a kind
Ten to watch at the table

Pamela Anderson walks out of Doyle Brunson Toast -
Yahoo News Images - Poker

St. Louis & Las Vegas             St. Louis Today
Greg Raymer sets his sights on another monster finish
Interesting background on the career of Greg Raymer the 2004 World Series of Poker champion.


Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Riviera Reports Results for Second Quarter 2006

Aston, Pennsylvania   
Lightning Poker Files Action Against PokerTek

Atlantic City             The Press of Atlantic City
13 nickels and three years later, accused slot cheat beats charge
Makes amazing reading, and perhaps it's a definative "only in America" story.

Fiji             Fiji Sun & Fiji Live
Casino sparks festival boycott
Festival to feature casino, music shows

Mexico/Texas border             The Monitor & Pajamas Media
Mexican official wants to bring slots to border
Nuevo Progreso's Big GambleSlots now, other games could be in the cards

BetonSports coverage
BETonSPORTS prolonged silence frustrates gamblers
BETonSPORTS cancels all advertisement deals

Thursday, 27th July
Selected gaming stocks   Asia  Europe   U.S.
eSun Holdings
888 Holdings
Century Casinos
Shun Tak Holdings
Party Gaming
Harrah's Entertainment
Tabcorp Holdings
Penn National
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Wyomissing, Pennsylvania             Yahoo/AP & Reuters
Penn National 2Q Profit Surges on Acquisitions, Boosts Year Outlook
Penn profit rises, but shares dive on COO's exit

Wyomissing, Pennsylvania             Yahoo/Business Wire
Penn National Gaming Reports Second Quarter Diluted EPS of $0.49
Penn National Gaming President and Chief Operating Officer to Leave Company by Year-End

Las Vegas             Yahoo/Reuters
Harrah's 2nd-quarter profit lags view, shares fall
Harrah's says evaluating bid for Singapore casino

Las Vegas             Yahoo/Business Wire
Harrah's Entertainment Reports Record Second-Quarter Results

Las Vegas             Yahoo/Business Wire
Jack Binion to Join Wynn Resorts
Jack Binion will take up the position of Senior Executive for Wynn Resorts in Asia. Wynn Macau is scheduled to open in just 40 days time.

Las Vegas             Yahoo/Business Wire
Progressive and Cantor Partner on Mobile Gaming

Hungary & Austria             Die Presse - 26th July
Las Vegas vor den Toren Wiens - "EuroVegas"
Vielsprachiges Kasino
EuroVegas and Experience City in West Hungary - undated.
Gaming industry says rules unfair - Budapest Times.

Singapore             Channel News Asia & MarketWatch
Genting plans Universal theme park for Singapore IR bid
Keppel Land says still keen on Sentosa casino

Washington             Interactive Investor/AFX & Yahoo/Reuters
House moves against tribal gambling - Reservation shopping legislation.
Outlook dims in Senate for online gambling bill

Norman, Oklahoma             Yahoo/AP
With Las Vegas in Mind, Chickasaws Open 18th Casino, Oklahoma's Largest
Tribe opening state's largest casino - Cushing Daily Citizen 12th June

Las Vegas             Yahoo/AP
Ameristar Casinos Reports Record Second Quarter 2006 Financial Results

London             Daily Telegraph
Hope for online betting trade-off
BetonSports believe that the sacking of CEO David Carruthers will allow them to reopen for business within days.

Grays, Essex   
Raiders rob bingo club - £20,000

South Africa             S.A. Engineering News
Gold Reef City Casino to invest R240m in upgrading facilities


Additional headlines...
L.V. Advisor - Question of the Day: The Moulin Rouge story - Excellent
AIM Sch 1 - Probability plc - Probability Plc is a mobile gambling operator/developer.
Chariot limps on after fiery baptism - London.
Triad-run gambling den raided - Hong Kong.
Take a stand against gambling - Christchurch, New Zealand.

Wednesday, 26th July
Selected gaming stocks   Asia  Europe   U.S.
Melco International
888 Holdings
eSun Holdings
Party Gaming
Wynn Resorts
Tabcorp Holdings
Las Vegas Sands
Leisure & Gaming
Boyd Gaming
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Britain...CAP league tables
Blackpool's casino race
Southampton is a good bet for a casino
Long odds for casino - Mansfield's plan got just 35 points out of a possible 80.
LCasino bid needs to be better says panel - Leicester

Las Vegas             Sports Illustrated
The Prince of Poker - 21-year-old Jeff Madsen is the surprise star of the WSOP
The amazing story of Jeff Masden at the WSOP. At just 21, 1 month, and 19 days old he has so far won two Gold bracelets. He also came third in a Omaha High-Low tournament and his winnings so far total almost $1.4 million. 
Jeff Madsen Becomes the Youngest Winner in WSOP History
You've Got to be Kidding!; Jeff Madsen Wins Gold Bracelet Number Two!

Las Vegas             Yahoo/AP
Boyd Gaming Hits Fresh 52-Week Low on Poor 2nd-Quarter Results, Sale of South Coast Property

Singapore             Channel News Asia/Today
Keppel Land's US partner Harrah's may opt out of race for Sentosa IR
The conclusion is that with their sole delegate not showing up for the three-day Asian Casinos Executive Summit, Harrah's may be about to withdraw from bidding on the Sentosa Island IR.

Macau             Hong Kong Standard
Banks to fund 'water casino' - Melco/PBL's "City of Dreams" project.

Problem & Underage Gambling - Britain             icNetwork/Western Mail
Fears that underage gambling is becoming an increasing problem
Statistics from a study by MORI and Nottingham Trent University's International Gambling Research Unit on behalf of the National Lottery Commission.
Regulator announces drop in reported underage Lottery play - International Gaming Research Unit (IGRU)

Las Vegas             Newsday/AP & Reuters
Boyd Gaming to sell underperforming South Coast casino
Boyd profit falls 79 pct, selling Las Vegas casino

Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Boyd Gaming Reports Second Quarter Results

Washington             Reuters
Internet gambling bill seen delayed in Senate

Malta             The Times of Malta
Vittoriosa casino appeals licence cancellation ruling

South Africa             Moneyweb - 19th July
Gold Reef ups Sliverstar Casino stake

London             The Independent & Daily Mail
Jowell reveals talks with Prescott over super-casino policy
Prescott 'discussed super-casinos'

London & Israel   , Yahoo/Sharecast & Reuters
Playtech Limited - Second Quarter Trading Update
Playtech revenues up 22%
Playtech cuts U.S. exposure

Missouri             PRWeb
Missouri Casinos Inform Public with New Messages on Ticket-In Ticket-Out (TITO) Stubs - Missouri Gaming Association

Chariot (UK) plc - Unaudited Preliminary Results for the year ended 30 April 2006

BetonSports continuing media coverage...
Internet gambling chief sacked as he sits in a prison cell - Daily Telegraph
The Telegraph reports that BoS directors have flown to Costa Rica (via Madrid !) and that the company wont be paying former CEO David Carruthers legal fees.
Gambling firm sacks director held in the US - Glasgow Herald
Feds Target Ad Firms in Gambling Case -
David Carruthers may put up good fight -

Additional headlines...
Nepal King turns to online gambling for solace: report
New licences raise problem-gamblers concern - KwaZulu-Natal
Casino continues to take shape as opening nears - French Lick, Indiana
Gamblers in India wagered $33 million on boy's survival in pit: report
L.V. Advisor - Question of the Day: Shills and proposition players
Electronic Game Card Signs First US Native American Gaming Casino

Tuesday, 25th July
Selected gaming stocks   Asia  Europe   U.S.
Gaming Partners
Shun Tak Holdings
Harrahs Ent.
eSun Holdings
888 Holdings
Boyd Gaming
Aristocrat Leisure
Station Casinos
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

South Africa             ALL Africa/Business Day
Sun International's Real Africa Bid Clears Competition Hurdle

Croydon, Surrey             Harlow Citizen
The face of the bookie bomber
A robber using a crude device to scare betting office staff into handing over cash.

Reports from the Asian Casinos Executive Summit in Singapore
Channel News Asia & Malaysian Star
Strong regulatory environment will help Singapore's gaming sector
Eighth Wonder: Resort to draw 6 million visitors
Growth of gaming industry a boon to real estate: property expert
Organised crime a threat to Asia's gaming industry: expert

Las Vegas             Yahoo/AP & Reuters
Station Casinos 2nd-Quarter Proft Slides on Higher Expenses
Station Casinos profit falls, lowers outlook

London    - 21st July
Paddington hits the jobs jackpot with 100 new casino jobs
Ladbrokes Casino and Sports Bar, Paddington, London - Casino Life Magazine - image library

Las Vegas             Yahoo/Business Wire
Station Casinos Announces Record Second Quarter EBITDA and Increases Dividend

Malta             Malta Today - 23rd July
Italian politician alleges ulterior motive to remove Casino di Venezia licence
Vittoriosa casino’s reputation tarnished by Italian royal’s aide - 16th July

London & Gibraltar             Yahoo UK/Reuters
888 shares tumble as sales miss forecasts

Britain             Provincial Press
Midland super casino chiefs get extra time - icBirmingham/Birmingham Post
Scots casino boost - Scottish Daily Record
Scotland set for United Kingdom's first supercasino - Glasgow Herald
Blackpool "third" in casino race - Blackpool Today
Southport losing race for casino - Southport Daily Post

Regional casino developments...
Dome leads way for role as UK's only supercasino - The Scotsman
Dome tops casino shortlist - The Times
Prescott's friend leads race for first super casino - The Independent
Prescott under fire as Dome made frontrunner for super-casino - Daily Mail
Dome 'led super-casino shortlist' - BBC London

London             DCMS Casino Advisory Panel - PRESS RELEASE
Decision of the Casino Advisory Panel regarding the shortlists of successful proposals
The CAP released a number of documents on the 24th including their points tables for the Regional as well as Large & Small casinos. They can be found under the What's New tab on the CAP website.

London             Yahoo/AFX &
BetonSports terminates contract of CEO David Carruthers
BetonSports fires chief executive

London             BetonSports - PRESS RELEASE (PDF)
BETonSPORTS plc Makes Announcement Regarding CEO
BETonSPORTS plc Makes Announcement Regarding CEO - UK-Wire
BETonSPORTS Responds to Media Coverage - UK-Wire
BetonSports have announced that the Board of Directors have decided to terminate CEO David Carruthers contract and that he's also been removed as a Director of the company. - BOS have now even taken down their corporate website !

BetonSports coverage @
Busted: What really led up to the indictments against BetonSports?
Ineptness of management finally catches up with BetonSports
BetonSports responds to "salacious hooker party" story, fires CEO

Tokyo & Las Vegas             Bloomberg
Japan in Talks With Harrah's, Sands for Casinos After 2010

London & Gibraltar   
888 Holdings Public Limited Company - Trading Update and Q2 2006 KPIs
Uninspiring figures and the company's share price is down 10% this morning.

World Gaming Plc. - Results for the three and six months ended 30th June

London             Daily Mail
Gambling fuels huge rise in bankruptcies

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Review-Journal - Howard Stutz
Sands Corp. suing Sun over 'mean-spirited' column - Casino operator seeks more than $10,000

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Review-Journal - John Smith
Come one! Come all! Watch Neonopolis kill the dreams of a new owner

Additional headlines...
PM backs policy to slash poker machine numbers - Australia
Short of space, Monaco wants to expand into sea
The Gambling Is Virtual; the Money Is Real

Monday, 24th July
Selected gaming stocks   Asia  Europe   U.S.
Macau Success
Ameristar Casino
Melco International
Party Gaming
Pinnacle Ent.
K.Wah Int.
WMS Gaming
Betcorp Ltd.
Shuffle Master
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Tazmania             The Australian
Tiny fine as gaming king overplays his pokie hand - Federal Gaming

Nevada             Las Vegas Sun
Jeff Simpson sees dangerous trend in Nevada's inaction on growing online action
A look at the uncomfortable alliance of U.S. casino operators with Online Poker rooms. Each and every table at this years WSOP has the logo and domain for - Party Gaming's freeplay website.

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa             Business Report
KwaZulu-Natal licenses gambling in nightclubs
Gold Circle, Vukani Gaming, Kingdom Slots and Luck-at-It have been awarded one-year renewable licences for 1,000 slots each. The machines will have a  maximum R5 bet with a maximum payout of R500.

Problem Gambling - Seniors             The Buffalo News
Seniors prove vulnerable to the lure of casinos, but some drain retirement funds to keep the party going

Colorado             The Denver Post
Interview: Peter Hoetzinger
Brief but interesting interview with Peter Hoetzinger co-founder and co-chief executive of Colorado Springs-based Century Casinos.

Singapore             The Nation
Macau to lead the way in Asia's gaming boom: industry
Report from the Asian Casinos Executive Summit presently being held in Singapore.

Las Vegas             Reuters
Station Casinos shares may be set to tumble-report

Victoria, Australia    & Herald Sun
Libs pledge gambling war
Tabcorp defends pokies
Victorian Liberals are pledging to cut the number of slots in the state from 27,500 to 22,000 when contracts with operators Tattersall's and Tabcorp expire in 2012.

Online Gambling             Caribbean Net News - Commentary
The Troubling Face of Globalisation: The US and Internet Gambling

Macau & Las Vegas             MSN Money/
Las Vegas Sands to put $8bn in China casinos

London & Costa Rica             Sunday Telegraph

London             Forbes/AFX
IG Group beats FY forecasts as spread betting bonanza continues

Sydney, Australia             Sydney Morning Herald
Tabcorp battles Tax Office over $120m

Aditional headlines...
Police raid mobile gambling den, 23 arrested - Vietnam
John chases $10m poker prize - Scarborough, another online qualifier.
Most problem gamblers seek ban - Queensland
Rooney speaks about gambling

Sunday, 23rd July

London & Costa Rica             The Sunday Times
Focus: Dangerous game

Weekend BetonSports coverage...
How US gambling laws sent a Scot to jail - Scotland on Sunday
US turns tables on internet bets - The Sunday Herald
All bets are off for online gambling - The Independent On Sunday
Hookers and high rollers: Why British web chief faces 50 years- Daily Mail
Ex-finance boss sues gambling firm at centre of FBI inquiry - Observer/Guardian
Website betting boss told to give up Mr Big - icBirmingham
Net bookies still placing bets - CNN/Reuters
Reporters from the UK appear to have been hard at work over the last few days and pictures of fugitive Gary Kaplan are now in major demand.
Feds and Paparazzi hunt Kaplan, Ayre neglected - TheOnlineWire
BetonSports fails to get listed on the London Stock Exchange previously - Gambling911
BetonSports: The world is yours - Gambling911

London             The Observer/Guardian & New Statesman - Michael Atherton
The big gamble
The ultimate gamble
A look at the downside of the rapid expansion of gambling in the UK. Michael Atherton's book Gambling - A Story of Triumph and Disaster will be published by Hodder & Stoughton in September.
Luck Be a Lady Tonight: Gambling - A Story of Triumph and Disaster -

London             Daily Telegraph & GMB Union
Odds rise on a pay strike at Gala Casinos
Gala Casinos In London Face Calls For Industrial Action

Dublin             The Sunday Times - Ireland & Sunday Business Post
Ministers want a limit on stakes at casinos
Cowen led cabinet calls for McDowell to scrap casinos ban

Edinburgh & Las Vegas     The Scotsman
City poker ace aims to play his cards right for $10m pot
Scott McQueston after qualifying online at believe he can win the WSOP $10,000 No Limit. He will of course be up against 8,000 others who also think the same :)

South Africa             SABC
KZN govt slammed for lax gambling laws - LPM's/Route Operations
KZN to destroy gambling machines worth R1 million - 1st June

Additional headlines...
Boredom led to my gambling, says Rooney
Police arrest bank robbery suspect playing blackjack at casino - Connecticut
Gamblers rush for scratch tickets looking for instant gratification - New Jersey
Senecas to hold job fairs for Salamanca casino - New York

Saturday, 22nd July

U.S. & Costa Rica             The Times
The gamble that misfired for online betting entrepreneurs
Online gambling boss shackled in US court

London            Financial Times
David Carruthers: The unlucky gambler

London             The Guardian & Independent
PartyGaming boss insists he won't be scared from US market
Travel ban forces PartyGaming executives to give US a wide berth
Party Gaming has apparently banned all travel to the U.S. by the companies executives.

Prince Edward Island, Canada            The Guradian
Racino’s losses at $2.4 million for last year - Charlottetown Driving Park Entertainment Centre

Fort Worth, Texas            Daily Telegraph
Carruthers postpones bail hearing
A description of David Carruthers court appearance and his forthcoming trip to a jail in St. Louis Missouri.
You bet: Dallas arrest spoils the party

Problem Gambling - Cambridge            Cambs Times
Warning for gamblers - A pensioner who has apparently lost £87,000 gambling online

London            Daily Telegraph
Labour gambles away its principles

Philipsburg, St. Maarten             The Daily Herald
Vanterpool claiming US $33M from Govt over casino licence

Guernsey             ThisisGuernsey/Guernsey Press & Star
Casino cash ‘not gambled away
Casino was a project too far, admits Scott

Additional headlines...
Gary Kaplan photos going for big bucks, but do they exist? -
British press go bonkers over BetonSports Carruthers and Kaplan

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