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Archive 2006: 1st - 7th June

7th June
Selected gaming stocks   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Shun Tak Holdings
Magna Entertainment
eSun Holdings
888 Holdings
Wynn Resorts
Melco Int.
Las Vegas Sands
Party Gaming
Isle of Capri
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Sheffield           Christian Today
Casino Giant Attempts to Woo Anti-Gambling Bishop with Financial Benefits

Las Vegas & Macau           Yahoo PRNewswire & AP
Fairmont Raffles Holdings International and Las Vegas Sands Working Together in Asia's Las Vegas(TM)
Las Vegas Sands, Fairmont Raffles Plan Macau Resort

Chicago           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Wells-Gardner Announces Introduction of Four New LCD Products for IGT Games

Britain          The Scotsman
Expert warns on risks of supercasino - Glasgow
Blackpool's Grosvenor Casino is placing a bet on a grand expansion

London & Gibraltar           Reuters/, The Guardian &
PartyGaming founders to sell 8 pct of the firm
PartyGaming founders sell major stake
Party sours for poker site
PartyGaming Plc - Notification of Major Interests in Shares

Antigua & Washington           Caribbean Net News
Antigua-Barbuda makes sumissions to US Congress on gaming laws

South Florida 
Hudson Man's Video Arcade Busted In Gambling Raid

Reno & Littleton, Mass           Investors Business Daily/Business Wire
Marathon Technologies and IGT Sign Distribution Agreement; Alliance Expands Marathon's Reach Into Gaming Industry

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania           Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Three casino bidders deliver pitches, promises to City Council
Isle of Capri Casinos Inc., Forest City Enterprises & Majestic Star Casino.

$100M Casino and Golf Resort Under Way

Soccer betting news....
FA probe continues into bets on Harry
An incredible £16.7 million was matched on Betfair's next Portsmouth manager market which ended with Harry Redknapp's return to Fratton Park.
Match-fix allegation rejected by bookies - Hearts v's Celtic.

Additional headline links....
Shipyards start work on barges for new Horseshoe casino - Louisiana & Illinois.
Playtech Announces the Launch of New Licensee Sites
GTECH Shareholders Approve Merger Agreement with Lottomatica
Casino: Lottery Winner Wrote Bad Checks

6th June
Selected gaming stocks   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
China LotSynergy
Progressive Gaming
Melco International
Shun Tak Holdings
Stanley Leisure
Harrah's Ent.
Ainsworth G.T.
William Hill
Las Vegas Sands
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Manchester           Manchester Evening News
Poker mum's £1 wins £200,000 - Grosvenor Casino, George Street.

Gaming Investments           MSN Money Central/PRNewswire
Gaming and Casino Fund Now Available Through Fidelity Investments

Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Harrah's to Unveil New World Series of Poker Bracelets and Jewelry Line Made by Frederick Goldman, Inc.

Manatee County, Florida           The Herald Tribune
Gambling clubs roll snake eyes - Deputies arrest managers, take slot machines in raids

London           The Guardian
Online lottery company faces ruin as punters decide they don't like Mondays
Executives and insiders at the Chariot Lottery have apparently received more in payouts than the 20 charities the operation was supposed to be raising funds for. - Ranking 281,303

London           Sunday Times & The Times (3rd June)
Investors furious as bosses of the Monday lottery fall woefully short of the jackpot
Chariot admits the wheels are coming off after just four weeks

London           The Times
Spencer takes punt on internet gaming

Las Vegas           The Times & USA Today/AP
Maxim's $1.2bn Las Vegas deal for Dennis Publishing
Maxim magazine to lend name to $1.2 billion Las Vegas casino

Las Vegas & Reno           PRNewswire
Retired Woman Wins $20.5 Million Megabucks(R) Jackpot at the Cannery

Victoria, Australia           News,
More pokies bid rejected
Tattersalls and Tabcorp's duopoly on the 27,000 slots outside the Crown casino ends in 2012 the two companies are seeking a 20 year extension of their licenses.

Macau           Lusa
Macau: Peritos da bolsa de Hong Kong vão analisar casinos de Stanley Ho
I quickly ran this through Babelfish however the result wasn't easily understandable. Ian

London & The Philippines           Yahoo/CNW
Philippines Regulator First Cagayan Recognises eCOGRA Standards for Online Casinos and Poker Sites

World Cup betting news....
Vietnam close to legalizing betting on football
England Waits on Rooney as Odds Indicate He Will Miss World Cup
England arrive at World Cup home

Additional headline links....
Internet cards ruled gambling - Texas
Gold's Casino robbed - Montana
Man gets 34 years for robbery - Montana
Casino-resort plans job fair to help fill 1,000-plus positions - French Lick, Indiana.
Cops: Theft suspect has gambling problem - Indiana

5th June
Selected gaming stocks   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Melco International
Fluxx (Germany)
Wynn Resorts
K. Wah International
London Clubs Int.
Boyd Gaming
Star Cruises
MGM Mirage
Party Gaming
Shuffle Master
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Las Vegas & London           Nasdaq/Dow Jones & IHT/N.Y. Times
Maxim Magazine To Lend Name To Las Vegas Casino-Hotel
Maxim is building on its saucy rep
The proposed site for the Maxim Hotel and Casino is an eight acre plot just north of the Stardust Resort and Casino. The original Maxim Hotel & Casino on East Flamingo closed in 1999 and is now the Westin-Causarina

Hong Kong & Cambodia           Yahoo Asia/Reuters
Cambodian casino seeks up to $77 mln in HK IPO-paper - Nexus Naga Casino & Hotel.

Macau           The Malaysian Star
Boom time for Macau gaming industry
Thriving beyond expectations

Australia           The Melbourne Age & SMH
Centrebet founder takes punt on ASX
Family cashes in on our love for a flutter

New York           New York Times
Race Is on for Right to Operate New York Tracks

Las Vegas           The Malaysian Star & Yahoo/AP
Developers sell George Clooney-backed condo project site in Las Vegas
Clooney-Backed Condo Site Sold

Sydney, Australia  & Bloomberg
Australia's UNiTAB rejects Tabcorp's 1.9 bln aud bid
Unitab Rejects Tabcorp, Favors Lower Tattersall's Bid

Victoria, Australia           ABC News Online
Salvos push for pokies phase-out
The Victorian Salvation Army are calling for Pokie machines (slots) to be removed from bars, hotels and clubs and only permitted at the Crown Casino.

World Cup betting news....
New daily section for the duration of the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Additional headline links....
Mayors live it up at Las Vegas meeting
Greece: OPAP Considers Expansion Abroad
S.Africa eyeing casinos, property for laundering
Monopoly not best bet for the punter - Australia.

4th June

Sacramento, California           Sacramento Bee
Ex-casino workers' harassment case faces key hearing

Australia           ABC News Online
Over-18 limit for gambling not enough, counsellor says

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Investors more bullish on Las Vegas casinos than ever before

Asia & Las Vegas           Forbes/AP
Harrah's Faces Possible Shutout in Asia

Dania, South Florida           The Sun-Sentinel
With Jai-alai purchase, Boyd Gaming spreads its bets to new markets

Isle of Man           The Independent
Fairground raises online gaming stakes

Sheffield           Daily Telegraph
Casino cites financial benefits in bid to woo anti-gambling bishop
Neil Murphy, managing director of Sun International's British subsidiary has recently met with Rt Rev John Nicholls, the Bishop of Sheffield.
Skscraper City Forum thread with artist impressions...
Sheffield Sun Casino - Sun International, Lower Don Valley

Niagara Falls, Ontario 
Strike averted at Niagara casinos - Settlement reached between Security Staff and Niagara's casinos
Settlement reached between Security Staff and Niagara’s casinos

Australia           Sydney Morning Herald, Herald Sun & Bloomberg
Tabcorp prepared to raise its bid
Unitab sitting pretty with potential suitors
Tabcorp's A$1.9 Bln Bid for Unitab Not Final, CEO Slatter Says

Tournament Poker           Card Player Europe
The Life, Views, and Choices of European Tournament Director Thomas Kremser

32Red Snaps Up Bookies in Time for World Cup

Additional headline links....
L.V Advisor: Question of the Day - Nevada's Casino debt collection procedures.
PartyPoker Increases Sunday Guarantee to $1 million Starting Today
Las Vegas Forges Friendship With Kazakhstan - KLAS TV Interesting.
Niagara's wheel of fortune - Niagara Falls, the Canadian side.
Top resort is on shortlist for one of U.K's new casinos - Restormel, Cornwall.

3rd June

Paris           The Times
French lotto loser 'wins' £315,000 to halt lawsuit
Another dodgy Lottery story. The French National Lottery denies offering a researcher €450,000 in "an out of court settlement" to a player who has apparently proved that the distribution of Scratchcards in France isn't random.

London           The Independent & Daily Telegraph
Rival lottery firm hits financial crisis
Camelot rival's shares plunge 96pc as player numbers fall short of plan
Chariot launched on AIM just 3 months ago and after a disastrous start appears to have burned through almost all of the £9.6m million raised. The share price collapsed 74% to 8p yesterday.

Detroit           The Detroit News
Greektown trails other 2 casinos - Construction of the permanent facility.

Niagara Falls, Ontario           Niagara Falls Review
'Business as usual' at casinos after smoking ban

Saskatchewan           Toronto Globe & Mail
Saskatchewan to ease charities' gambling rules - Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority

Tinian, C.N.M.I.           Saipan Tribune
Tinian has enough space for more casinos

Reno           Yahoo/PRNewswire
A Million for Each Year: Nevada Megabucks(R) Jackpot Over $20 Million in Its 20th Anniversary Year
Time flies, the Nevada Megabucks system is now 20 years old !

Las Vegas           In Business Las Vegas - Liz Benston
Station Casinos puts stock in planned growth - AGM report

Burney, California 
Suspect held in casino robbery

Additional headline links....
Bookmakers move to Myanmar for World Cup
State, tribe talks costly - But arbitration led Ho-Chunk to pay $30 million
Trump casinos rejoin lobbying association - Casino Association of New Jersey.
K Wah leaps 8pc on Galaxy talks

2nd June
Selected gaming stocks   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
London Clubs Int.
WMS Gaming
K. Wah International
Wynn Resorts
Keppel Land
32Red Plc.
Aristocrat Leisure
Chariot Lottery (74%)
Penn National
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Barrow in Furness, Cumbria          North-West Evening Mail
Chips are down: Local poker nights are 'illegal'
The Gambling Commission have apparently informed poker tournament organisers in Barrow on Furness that they are breaking the law.

London  & Bucks Free Press
Bookie takes the gamble of his life - Britain's first non smoking bookmakers.
First smoke free betting shop opened

Macau & Australia           The Australian
Packer and Macau casino partner hit the jackpot

Lottery company seeks new funding
Chariot (UK) plc - Strategic update and possible fundraising

French Lick, Indiana           The Courier Press
Job Fair Next Week for French Lick Resort & Casino - More than 1,000 jobs to provide economic boost to region - Opening November 2006.

Johannesbug & Singapore           Yahoo/Reuters
S.Africa's Sun says won't bid for Singapore casino

Coventry           icBirmingham/Birmingham Post & icCoventry
Robinson to ask for re-think on casinos
Casino campaign goes to Jowell
Council demands casino bid rethink - Coventry
Coventry North West MP Geoffrey Robinson (Lab) is chairman of Coventry City Football Club who play at the Ricoh Arena.

Britain           Provincial press
Casino hope lives on - Brierley Hill, West Midlands.
Town's casino bid reaches short-list - Chelmsford, Essex.
Council casino snub is welcomed - Seveoaks, Kent.
Council loses out in casino gamble - Taunton, Somerset.

Burton on Trent 
Inspired Gaming Group announces the Admission of its issued share capital to trading on the AIM market

London & Liverpool  &
32Red Plc - Acquisition of the Bet Direct business from Sportech PLC 
Sportech PLC - Disposal of Bet Direct - goes through to Bowmans Bookmakers.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania           Pittsburgh Business Times
Gaming task force to release report on slots applicants on Friday

Hong Kong           Reuters
K. Wah climbs after saying Harrah's eyeing Galaxy

Nicosia, Cyprus 
Playtech Ltd - Signs Exclusive Partnership Contract with Major Mahjong Game Developer

Nova Scotia, Canada           CCNMattews
Casino Nova Scotia to Relaunch with a Bang

1st June
Selected gaming stocks  Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Galaxy Ent. (3rd Day)
Lottomatica (Italy)
Transact Technologies
Melco International
Party Gaming
Shuffle Master
BetandWin (Austria)
Monarch Casino
MGM Mirage
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Las Vegas & Macau           Yahoo/Reuters
Harrah's in talks to buy Macau casino firm stake
Eagle eyed Gaming floor visitors will have spotted the rise in Galaxy Entertainment stock this week. It appears that Harrah's may be tiring of being the bridesmaid in Asia.

Macau & Las Vegas 
Betting on Macau - Puff piece for Shuffle Master.

Los Angeles           Yahoo/PRNewswire
The Professional Poker Tour(TM): New Faces, New Places for Season II

Undercover inspectors to police casinos

London           Gambling Commission - Press release
Gambling Commission publishes new approach to licensing, compliance and enforcement of gambling laws (PDF)

Lancashire           Daily Mail
My son blew £30,000 of my money gambling
The story of the Richardson family from Darwen, Lancashire. Daniel Richardson running up £30,000 in Internet gambling debts on his fathers credit card.

Macau           Channel News Asia
Macau posts record first-quarter gambling receipts - Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau

Britain           Various sources
MP wants answers over casino bid - Coventry
Dome still in running for super-casino bid - Greenwich, The O2
Do you want casino on your doorstep? - Greenwich
Delight as Mansfield makes casino shortlist

Aberdeen           The Scotsman
Watchdog to investigate vote for casino licence - The International Casino.

Singapore           Business Times
Singapore’s next casino: Better odds for Genting ?

Niagara Falls, Ontario           Canoe Money/CNW & OPSEU Press release
Strike imminent at Niagara's casinos
Strike imminent at Niagara’s casinos
Casino Niagara and Niagara Fallsview are managed by the Falls Management Company on behalf of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.

Sydney, Australia  & CNN/Reuters
Tabcorp bids for Unitab
Tabcorp's $1.4B bid trumps rival

Nicosia, Cyprus           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Playtech to Release Another Exclusive Game - Tequila Poker

London  & ShareCast
New licencing agreements signed for Lara Croft and Hitman as video slot games
SCi in Lara Croft casino slots deal - Impressive website graphics.

Ontario & New York State           Buffalo Business Journal
Smoking to cease at Canadian casinos

Canberra, Australia           OptusNet/ABC News
Man jailed for casino stabbing

Sydney, Australia           The Melbourne Age
Centrebet gambles $70m on sport, poker
Centrebet plays the field with A$70 mln IPO

Idaho           Coeur d'Alene Press
Tribe fires casino CEO - Matheson helped build business into a major economic force

Lake Charles, Louisiana & Biloxi, Mississippi          Yahoo/AP
Pinnacle, Harrah's to Exchange Casinos

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