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Archive 2006: 15th - 21st March

21st March
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Galaxy Ent.
Shuffle Master
Chinalot Synergy
MGM Mirage
888 Holdings
Empire Resorts
Betcorp Ltd
Fluxx (Germany)
Wynn Resorts
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Las Vegas              Yahoo/Business Wire
Shuffle Master, Inc. Reports First Quarter Results

Mississippi              Yahoo/Business Wire
Harrah's Announces First Phase of Biloxi Reopening

Oxford              ThisisOxforshire/Oxford Mail - Temporary link
Kassam opens his casino bid
Oxford United owner Firoz Kassam has teamed up with LCI to build a 30,000 sq ft casino in the city.

London              ThisisMoney/Daily Mail
Brown plans tax raid on super-casinos
Brown to tax super-casinos - The Scotsman
4x4s and casinos in Brown's sights - Manchester Evening News
Chancellor Gordon Brown is planning a tax of £5,000 for every 'Class A' slot that is placed in a regional casino. This will lead to an additional expense of £6.25 million for the successful bidder.

OPAP Considers Expansion Strategies
Intralot Cooperates with Turkcell in Moldavia

Zurich, Switzerland     &
Swiss Casinos spülen 65,6 Millionen in Staatskassen
Swiss Casinos Holding AG mit mehr Umsatz
Swiss Casinos Holding AG have an interest in 5 of Swtzerland's 19 casinos. Profits for the year ended 31st December 2005 were 13.9 SFr up 5.6%

Birmingham              icBirmingham/Birmingham Post & Evening Mail
NEC sets sights on casino jackpot
Brady blasts council's casino choice
Statement regarding failed casino bid
Super-casino - the story so far... - No fewer than 22 stories covering the topic.

Blackpool              The Stage
Blackpool defiant despite damning casino report

Singapore & Las Vegas              Yahoo/Business Wire
Leading Chinese, Indian Live-Entertainment Companies Join Caesars Singapore
Harrah's proposals for Singapore appear to be making the IR development more like a three ring circus than a casino.

Minnesota Student Takes PartyPoker Million V

Richmond.B.C.              Reuters & Toronto Star
Great Canadian Gaming posts loss, warns on debt
Great Canadian Gaming sees ballooning losses

Birmingham              ESPN Star/AFX
Birmingham casino plan goes bust

Spottech Plc. announces new football pools and gaming partnership with paypoint

Paradise Island, Bahamas             Bloomberg News
Kerzner to Be Sold for $3 Bln to Chairman, Investors
Additional headlines...
Owner of Gaming Vessel Pleads Guilty - $300,000 fine for the Texas Treasure.
Investigator: Casino Death Was Suicide - Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Empire Tries Again for Monticello Casino

20th March
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Aristocrat Leisure
Stanley Leisure
Betcorp Ltd
888 Holdings
Raffles Hotel
Multimedia Games
Melco International
Empire Online
Great Can. Gaming
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Moscow              RIA Novosti
The onslaught on slots

Richmond, B.C.              CBC News
Great Canadian Gaming posts Q4 loss, may breach debt pacts
Creation Casinoshave closed the Grand Casino World in Vilnius that opened in 2003. Great Canadian Gaming was a major investor in the operation.

Manchester              Hendon Mob Forum
Manchester United festival release

Macau              MacauHub
Gaming and betting revenues in Macau may reach US$6.87 billion in 2006

Macau & Las Vegas              MSNBC/Business Week
Wynn's Macau Game Plan
Interview with Grant Bowie, president and general manager of Wynn Resorts Macau.

Australia              The Australian
Casinos seek customer exemption from anti-terror laws

Birmingham              icBirmingham/Birmingham Post & Evening Mail
Councillors back NEC super-casino bid
Get behind city casino - Sir Albert

Paradise Island, Bahamas              Yahoo/Reuters & AP
Kerzner agrees to be bought for $3 billion
Kerzner Agrees to $3.6 Billion Buyout

Paradise Island, Bahamas              Corporate-IR/Business Wire
Kerzner Enters into Agreement for Sale to Investor Group

London              The Times
Rapid Mobile wins over Betfair

Birmingham              icBirmingham/Birmingham Post
Super-casino indecision 'undermines credibility'

Havant, Hampshire              Christian Today
Salvation Army in Havant Urges Opposition to Casino Plans

London & Rome              ThisisMoney/Financial Mail
Bookies take Italy to court

London & Cyprus             PRNewswire
Hard Rock Casino Completes Successful Migration to Playtech Software

London & Gibraltar              The Guardian, Daily Telegraph & PRNewswire
PartyGaming to name its new, £9m-a-year, chief executive
Online payment guru is to head Party Gaming
Journalism Student Becomes Youngest Winner in History of Million

Online Gambling              Nevada Appeal - Columnist opinion
Jack Abramoff and Internet gambling

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania              Las Vegas Sun/AP
Pittsburgh casino bidders promise new jobs, but skeptics remain

Northern California              CBS13/AP
Thunder Valley Casino Fined For Polluting Streams
Additional headlines...
Woman wins $8.2 million at Isle - Biloxi, Mississippi
L.V. Advisor Question of the Day: The Golden Nuggets "Hand of Faith"

19th March

Macau              PRWeb
New Sofitel Macau to revitalize city's historic waterfront

Las Vegas              Las Vegas Sun
Jeff Simpson on Pinnacle's smooth moves, including purchase of Trop parent

Ontario              Toronto Sun
Ontario spends $75M a year on problem betting

Buenos Aires, Argentina    
Casinos: Trabajo dispuso la conciliación en conflicto
Casino Buenos Aires onboard the Estrella de la Fortuna.

Blackpool              Reuters
Britain gears up for gambling rush
A look at the Regional Gaming Academy. Good quality video that has interviews with Manager Colleen McLaughlin and intructor Wendy Bradley. - Blackpool and the Fylde College.

Birmingham              Express & Star & BBC Midlands
Casino battle is a sure bet
West Midlands: Super casino
The E & S article contains the explanation why Las Vegas Sands decided to target football grounds for their regional casino plans.

Newcastle              Newcastle
Las Vegas casino on the cards
Super-casino could be a winning hand

Birmingham              The Daily Telegraph
Place your bets for Birmingham bid
The National Exhibition Centre and Birmingham City Football Club will know on Monday 20th which proposal the Birmingham City Council will be backing.

Manila, Philippines              ABS-CBNNews & Manila Times editorial
Bookie operation rakes in P9 billion
Bettors asked to name bookies
Waging war on bookies

Fort Lauderdale              The Miami Herald
Hop on over to this English pub to enjoy an Irish feast

London              The Sunday Times -  Andrew Davidson Interview
Aspinall makes a monkey of Las Vegas rivals

London              The Independent
'The Sportsman', Britain's first national daily for 20 years, launches next week. Can it win ?

Dublin              The Times Online
Garda curb on casinos to stop money-laundering

London              The Observer/Guardian
Take from the poor to give to the rich... that's New Labour's super-casino plan

Australia & London              The Melbourne Age
Betfair backs sports gambling reforms

Israel              Globes Online
Playtech sued for patent infringement
Austrian company Lubar say they have a Patent on "method for remote online gambling at actual casinos". This claim sounds very familiar to ones involving i2corp/Home Gambling Network a few years ago.
Additional headlines...
Man found shot outside Cocke Co. home that had illegal gambling
Parkinson's drug link to gambling probed-newspaper
Court of Appeal deliberating Inchcup’s gambling machine case - Bermuda.
World-class poker faces belong to Canadians
Investors sue casino owner - Olympia, Washington State.
Lake Tahoe has real and fictional ties to the Mafia

18th March

Mississippi              Biloxi, Sun Herald
Three casinos booming

Birmingham              icBirmingham/Birmingham Post
Council set to back NEC casino bid

Gaming Technology              BBC Click Online
Vegas gambles on a hi-tech future

Las Vegas              Las Vegas FBI.
Two plead guilty to computer fraud for stealing client information of sports handicapping company

Las Vegas    
Nevada's 75 Years of Legalized Gambling

Levis, Canada              CNW Telbec
Talisman Group to Distribute DEQ's No-Commission Baccarat Game Patents

Antiqua & Geneva, Switzerland              Caribbean Net News
US to respond to WTO in Antigua-USA internet-gaming case

Cheltenham             The Independent
Brotherhood of bookies dismayed by Williams theft 

Cheltenham             Scottish & British Press
Top bookie robbed by car gang
Second bookie robbed
Bookie in £100k hijacking says: I don't want to go back on track

Colorado              CBS TV11/AP
Colo. Legislature bans smoking in most public buildings; bill awaits governor's signature
When signed by the Governor the ban will exempt casino gaming floor's at Colorado's 50+ slot dominated venues.

California              Berkeley Daily Planet
Race, Poverty and Neglect Dominate Casino Hearing - Analytical Environmental Services.

New York & Czech Republic               Yahoo/Business Wire
Trans World Corporation Announces 2005 Results

South Florida               Sun-Sentinel
Legislative committee decides pari-mutuels with slots will have for impact on cities
Additional headlines...
Cyber Cafe Owner Fined For Running Gaming Outlet - Brunei
32Red Announces 67% Rise in Revenues
Seminoles, ex-chairman Billie agree to end legal battles - South Florida
Another TouchPlay debate expected in House - Iowa

17th March
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Shun Tak Holdings
Ameristar Casinos
Macau Success
Multimedia Games
Aristocrat Leisure
888 Holdings
Stanley Leisure
WMS Gaming
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Austin, Texas              Yahoo/Business Wire
Multimedia Games Awarded Contract to Supply Electronic Bingo Units and Consulting Services to Apuestas Internacionales - Grupo Televisa, S.A.
Mexican casino plan dies yet again - December 2005.

Jackson, Mississippi             WREG-TV Memphis
Gaming Commission approves plan for Gulfside Casino
Gaming Commission approves extensions for two casino projects

Edinburgh             The Scotsman
Casino plans put residents in spin
The Scotsman - UK 'super-casino' plans - Dedicated section.

Swansea go-ahead for casino bid

Antiqua             Antiqua Sun
Antigua praised for work in gaming sector
Antigua awaits WTO position on gaming issue

Erster Börsengang einer Online-Casino-AG in Deutschland

Myrtle Beach, S. Carolina             The State/AP
Horry to tax casino boats

Birmingham             icBirmingham/Birmingham POst
'Brady broke casino pact'
Why Brum MP is supporting the Blackpool option
Casino... Send it to Blackpool
The NEC Group and Birmingham City are now engaged in an unseemly public squabble over their respective regional casino plans.

Cheltenham             The Guardian
A bad day for Fearless Fred the bookie: first he loses £925,000 to a punter, then he's robbed of £70,000

London - AIM listings   
New Media Lottery Services - First day of dealing on AIM
Betcorp fast tracks to AIM

London & Washington             The Guardian
Threat of American crackdown on online gaming hits shares

Macau             NineMSN/AAP
Casino tycoon resigns from top Melco job

Bowling, Dunbartonshire             Glasgow Herald
Casino with plenty of room for the dog
The £300 million casino planned for an old ESSO oil refinery in Bowling will apparently also have a hotel for punters pooches. Bowling is located here.

Hanoi, Vietnam             Peoples Daily/Xinhua
Vietnam's lottery revenue represents 2.4 pct of GDP

Toronto, Ontario             CNW Telbec
Canadian Gaming Association - Study on VLT Gaming in Canada
The study of VLT operations was commissioned by the Canadian Gaming Association.
Additional headlines...
Accused Port St. Lucie embezzler blames gambling habit
Law firm wins Boulis suit
Aussie named in betting scandal - Germany
Club chairman arrested in Belgian betting probe - Belgium
Chelsea aces lose £½ million at races - Cheltenham
We have all got a gambling problem, which is the idiots telling us to stop
L.V. Advisor Question of the Day: How does three-card monte work ?
Lucky break for
Dentist to fill post at 888 Holdings

16th March
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Aristocrat Leisure
Fluxx (Germany)
Magna Entertainment
Melco International
Trump Entertainment
Betcorp. Ltd
Party Gaming
WMS Gaming
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

London & Israel             Reuters
Playtech IPO five times covered - sources

Ireland    Southern Star
Flourishing gangland but McDowell acts on casinos !
Interesting article. "Archon" believes that Ireland's Justice Minister McDowell's plans are to regulate and legalise gaming clubs and not close them down.

Macau & Hong Kong             Reuters
Macau casino operator SJM to apply for IPO

Sydney & Macau             Sydney Morning Herald
PBL cuts ties with casino king
Stanley Ho has stepped down as Chairman of Melco International. The Victorian Commission for Gambling Regulation has apparently been investigating the PBL/Melco International partnership for almost 2 years.

London             The Guardian/AP
Lottery operator fined £90,000

The Great British casino license scramble.
Small town Councils seem to have completely unrealistic notions about the potential for casinos in their area. I wonder where they got their ideas from :)

St Helens bids for large casino - St. Helens, Lancashire.
Stranraer to take casino gamble - Stranraer is here!
Hedging bets for new casino - Weston-super-Mare is here!
Deadline for new casino approaches - Wolverhampton
Casino could be a money-spinner for the council - Borehamwood.
Casino not worth the gamble - Wrexham, North Wales.

London             Yahoo/UK/Reuters
888 says U.S. anti-Web-gaming bill to fail
888 brushes off US legal concerns

London & Gibraltar   
888 Holdings Public Limited Company - Preliminary Results for the year ended 31 December 2005

Toronto & London   
Excapsa Software Inc. - New Licensee Announcement:

Seaside city debates new casino

London             The Times Online
William Hill enters the winners' enclosure with festival success

London             The Times - Corrected link
Credit card gamblers lose again
British based Credit Card companies are to start charging customers a fee for gambling related transactions.

Iowa & Omaha, Nebraska   
Pending TouchPlay Ban Has Businesses Upset - Vilsack Promises Signature On Bill To Remove TouchPlay Machines
After Goveror Tom Vilsack signs the Bill convenience stores and other TouchPlay locations will have 25 days to remove their machines. | |

Problem Gambling - Iowa          Newswise & University of Iowa
Study Finds Pathological Gambling Runs In Families
UI Study Finds Pathological Gambling Runs In Families

U.S. - NCAA Basketball          MSNBC/AP & Chicago Tribune
March Madness is all about the money
Student gambling on rise? You bet

Missouri             St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Missouri Gaming Commission chairman quits - Set to join Gaming Labs Int.

Los Angeles?             Forbes/PRNewswire and Aston Martin Racing Are Driven to Win
Additional headlines...
Gretzky's Wife Faces Gambling Subpoena
Poker tourney operators accused - Dayton Ohio
On Vegas strip, fast, brutal sport deals blow to boxing

15th March
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Multimedia Games
Macau Success
Party Gaming
Station Casinos
Int. All Sports
Betcorp. Ltd
Magna Entertainment
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Washington             Washington Post/Reuters
House panel clears anti-Internet gambling bill
The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006. After the news broke online gaming stocks tumbed in late afternoon trade in London.

Technology             Reuters
Radio chip barcodes can carry a virus - scientists
RFID gaming chips may not be quite as safe and secure as manufacturers would wish.
Amsterdam Free University

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Review-Journal
Cirque du Singapore? MGM Mirage says yes
Las Vegas Sands announces projects; stock sale price set
LV visitor count near 3.2 million in January

Birmingham             icBirmingham/Evening Mail
Doubts over NEC casino bid claims -

South West England             Western Daily Press
Civic Chiefs take a punt on casino glitz to draw tourists back to the West
Bristol, Bath, Taunton, North Somerset, Bournemouth and Torbay are all thought to be submitting bids to the Casino Advisory Panel.

Council Bluffs, Iowa             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Grand Opening of Horseshoe Council Bluffs Sets New Gaming Standard in Iowa

Online Gambling             L.A. Times
Don't bet against online gambling - The industry needs to be regulated, not outlawed
BetonSports CEO David Carruthers writing in the L.A. Times

Newport, Wales  
Newport Casino opposed by Salvation Army

Singapore & Las Vegas             Marketwatch
MGM, CapitaLand sweeten Singapore casino bid with Cirque du Soleil

Cheltenham Betting             The Independent
Punter who backed 'doomed horse' wins £20,000
£1M Bet joy
A £20 in running bet on Noland in the opener was taken at odds of 999 to 1

Austin, Texas             Las Vegas Business Press
A Texas-sized lawsuit - Parkinson's drug said to cause big gambling losses

Birmingham             Birmingham City - Press release
Brady: Why Birmingham should back the Blues bid
An empassioned plea from Managing Director Karren Brady for Birmingham to support Birmingham City's regional casino plans.

Broward County, Florida             Sun-Sentinel
Proposed rules for Broward slot machines called 'a huge gift to Indian casinos'

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
New hands, new plans  - Exec talks Trop, other projects
Interview with Pinnacle Entertainment CEO Dan Lee on the purchase of Aztar Corp. and the companies plans for the future.

Casino Loan-sharks Nabbed in Macao - The darker side of Macau.

Aurora, Ontario & London             Investors Business Daily
MEC distributing premium North American content in Ladbrokes betting shops

Iowa & Austin, Texas             Yahoo/AP
Multimedia Games Sinks on Iowa Ban Vote
The Iowa Senate has voted to remove almost 6,000 VLT style slots from the State. Original plans called for almost 12,000 mainly Bally and Multmedia Games machines to be sited.

Las Vegas             PRNewswire
Aristocrat Technologies, Inc. Awarded OASIS(TM) Casino Management System Contract for Peninsula Gaming's New Diamond Jo Casino in Iowa

Amsterdam             PRWEb
2006 Casino Affiliate Convention in Amsterdam will Discuss Italy and Other Countries Blocking Online Casino Sites
Additional headlines...
No, those Casino Rama ads aren't running in NYC - Product placement
Gambling industry problems discussed - Almaty, Kazakhstan
Two casinos generate millions - Connecticut

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