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Archive 2006: 1st - 7th March

7th March
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Galaxy Entertainment
Fluxx (Germany)
Penn National
Macau Success
888 Holdings
Trump Ent. Resorts
eBet Ltd
Empire Online
Aristocrat Leisure
Progressive Gaming
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Scottsdale, Arizona             PRNewswire
Atronic's E-Motion Approved in New Jersey

Illinois             MSN Money/AP
Penn National Shares Surge on Ruling

Australia & Macau    Australian & Sydney Morning Herald
New deal to speed casino OK
Packer buy puts casinos on rocket

London             The Stage
Casino plans for Hippodrome could save Matcham design

Dublin             Irish Examiner
McDowell to shut casinos
Irish Justice Minister Michael McDowell has stated that that he intends closing down private member clubs that are acting as casinos. Gaming in Ireland is presently regulated under the Gaming and Lotteries Act of 1956.

Macau              KVBC-TV
Building 'Asia's Las Vegas' - 2 excellent video reports.

Online Poker             Revolution Magazine
Betfair lures women to online poker with handsome dealer prize

Great Yarmouth             EDP24
Odds improve on Norfolk super casino

Eastern Cape, South Africa             The Mercury
Casino robbery has taken crime to a new level, says business

Australia & Macau    Herald Sun & Peoples Daily/Xinhua
Packer splurges on casinos
Australian enterprise gets entry into Macao's casino business

Israel & Cyprus             Globes Online
Freddi Robinson to set up online gambling co

New Zealand & Australia             Australian Financial Review
Talk of SkyCity taking Unitab
Additional headlines...
Rod Stewart ordered to pay Vegas casino $3M US
Cock-up costs bookies - Lingfield judge error.
81 illegal gambling machines crushed - Manila

6th March
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Fluxx (Germany)
Wynn Resorts
Las Vegas Sands
Macau Success
Betbull (Austria)
Gaming Corp.
Penn National
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Macau & Australia             The Courier Mail/
Packer deals out Stanley Ho

Hong Hong & Macau             Hong Kong Standard
Melco gets lift from PBL Wynn deal

Las Vegas & Macau             Forbes
Wynn Blocks Out Harrah's In Macau

Las Vegas & Macau             Las Vegas Sun - Jeff Simpson
Wynn: Deal is good for Macau

Detroit & Windsor, Ontario             Bloomberg News
Harrah's, Hilton May Find 'Friendliest Border' Less Welcoming
Quite amazingly, crossing the border from Canada to the U.S. & visa-versa does not presently require a passport.

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
As Strip hotels sink, workers will try to stay afloat

Leeds             Leeds Today/Yorkshire Post
Casino war - Concern over effects of gambling sparks Salvation Army campaign

London             Media Week & The Sportsman
Sportsman partners with Sky and Setanta
The Sportsman joins The John Smith's Grand National Party
Spencer places bet on new gambling newspaper - The Times 2nd March.
The Sportsman will officially launch 22nd March 2006 with a staff of 120 based in Hammersmith, West London. It will be printed 7 days a week on presses owned by the Daily Telegraph.

Matthews, North Carolina             Yahoo/Business Wire
PokerTek, Inc. Announces Appointment of Joseph J. Lahti, former President, CEO and Chairman of Shuffle Master, Inc., as Director

Rohnert Park, California             Press Democrat
RP casino backer plans shopping center

Eastern Cape, South Africa             The Herald Online
15% increase in revenue for popular casino complex

Guyana             Guyana Chronicle
Gambling on casinos - Temporary story link

Indiana             Indianapolis Star
Casinos fuel $52M in crime, study says - Casino Association of Indiana

London             The Guardian
JD Wetherspoon ends no-smoking trial
Pub operator JD Wetherspoon saw an average drop in revenue of 20% at the 37 venues trialed and slot win declined around 25%. Scottish casinos will be smoke free from 26th March.

Liverpool             icLiverpool
Casino fear for small businesses

Coventry             Coventry Observer
Council chief wants Cameron to change casino stance
Coventry's campaign to win a regional casino license for the Ricoh Arena appears to be becoming increasingly desperate.

Gaming Corporation PLC - Trading update

Australia & Macau             Reuters & Bloomberg - Updates
PBL, Melco buy Macau casino rights for $900 mln
Publishing & Broadcasting Buys License From Wynn
The two PBL/Melco casinos under development, the Crown Macau and City of Dreams will have casinos operated under the sublicence of Wynn Resorts. Stanley Ho's SJM has apparently waived all rights in relation to both properties.

Australia & Macau             Channel News Asia & Newsday/AP
PBL acquires US$900m casino sub-concession in Macau 
Wynn Sells Macau Casino Rights to PBL

Australia & Macau             NineMSN/Reuters, Morningstar/Dow Jones, Yahoo Aus/Reuters
PBL shares surge after Macau casino deal
Australia's PBL Bets US$900 Million On Macau Casinos
Australia's PBL buys Macau casino rights for $900 million

Las Vegas & Macau             Yahoo/Business Wire
Wynn Resorts Limited Announces Sale of Subconcession for $900 Million to Publishing and Broadcasting Limited

Sydney, Australia             PBL - Press release (PDF)
PBL Acquires its own Macau Casino Subconcession from Wynn Resorts
Additional headlines...
Taipei County police break up online sports gambling site - Taiwan
Arrest made within a day after two killed in casino robbery - Louisiana
Israel extradites suspected mob boss to Miami
Police: Man Robbed Bank, Fled To Casino - Connecticut & Atlantic City
Jennifer Tilly chooses poker over Oscar parties
Judge finalizes $2 million verdict against Stewart, tacks on interest

5th March

Las Vegas & Macau             Las Vegas Sun - Author of story not given
Wynn-fall: LV Strip king scores in Macau

Durban, South Africa    & Independent Online
Gang robs casino of R1m
Gang robs Umfolozi casino
The latest military-style armed robbery at a casino in South Africa was on Saturday 4th March at Tusk Resorts Umfolozi operation in KwaZulu-Natal.

Birmingham             icBirmingham
Super-casino profits 'will go overseas'
Vital talks over super-casino plan

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Sun
Hal Rothman on McCarran International Airport's role in the continued success of the tourism industry in Las Vegas

Montreal             KSHB-TV/Scripps Howard
Montreal considers roll of the dice (Nice music)

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Sun
Jeff Simpson says Suncoast and Rampart don't fear opening of $1 billion resort (...also nice music)

Italian gambling website ban...
Italy clamps down on online casinos - Financial Mirror, Cyprus 4/3.
Conspiracy theorists say online gambling industry is doomed - Gambling911 3/3.
Italy blocks Maltese internet gaming sites - Business Today Malta 22/2.
The Italian Economy Ministery recently published a list of over 600 websites that are illegally advertising and/or targeting Italian customers. Many of those on the list are licensed in Malta. - Italian Economy Ministry - Lotteries and Gaming Authority Malta

Iowa TouchPlay machines...
East-side TouchPlay generates top sales - 35 firms control 90% of sales - 5/3 
Lottery releases some records of TouchPlay sales - Des Moins Register 4/3.
TouchPlay machines make $1,654 per year, group says - Des Moins Register 4/3.
TouchPlay Impact On Iowa - 4/3.
Waukee Wants to Ban TouchPlay -
The Iowa Lottery board has approved 10,500 VLT's for the state. At present around 6,000 are in operation at a variety of bars, convenience stores and entertainment facilities. 4 slot manufacturers have been approved including Bally and Multimedia Games and their machines are available to potential operators via 4 distributors. - Distributor website.
Additional headlines...
Before 'Mafia Cops' one cop ruled the mob - New York
State's poker rules no bluff - Minnesota

4th March

U.S.             Las Vegas Review-Journal
Spread of gambling loses steam - Only two states in U.S. making push to add wagering in 2006

Las Vegas             In Business Las Vegas - Liz Benston
A loss now will mean a Wynn win down the road

U.S. - Illegal Gambling
Illegal gambling dens found in Dallas
Property seized from an illegal gambling ring - Texas
Grand jury indicts 15 people in illegal gambling operation - Detroit
Gambling raids cap an 8-year U.S. probe - Detroit
Illegal Gambling Machines Seized In S.C. Raid - South Carolina
464 gaming machines seized in S.C.
Video gaming machines removed from 13 sites
Bookmaker gets eight months for role in gambling ring - Springfield, Illinois

Birmingham             Birmingham Mail
NEC chief reveals casino ambition
The National Exhibition Centre has teamed up with MGM MIRAGE. Birmingham City who like half a dozen or so other football clubs has a contract with Las Vegas Sands.

London             The Guardian
Minister tells gaming firm he wants more super casinos

OnlineGambling             Yorkshire Post
Feeding frenzy in world of online betting

Puerto Rico             CNN/AP
Puerto Rico enacts Caribbean's toughest smoking ban
Puerto Rico's smoking ban that includes all the islands casinos comes into effect in March 2007.

Connecticut             Stamford Advocate/AP
Foxwoods expanding poker room, but is the market drawing dead?
In partnering with the World Poker Tour Foxwood Poker Room will be expanded from 76 to 114 tables and will be able to accommodate 1,100 players simultaneously.

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania             Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
24 companies vying to be slot machine suppliers

Lake Tahoe             Tahoe Daily Tribune
Caesars makes way for MontBleu

Las Vegas             PRNewswire
Card Player Chosen as Exclusive Poker Magazine for the 2006 NBC Heads-Up Poker Championship

Healdsburg, California             San Francisco-Chronicle & Press Democrat
'Ninja'-style intruder identified as former casino executive
Healdsburg intruder ID'd as former employee

Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Olympia Gaming Expands Scope of Southern Highlands Casino Resort

Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia             ITAR-TASS
4 criminal cases against casino owners opened in North Ossetia
Additional headlines...
Group wants to recall legislators who took casino contributions
Police Investigating 'Suspicious' Death - Mandalay Bay

3rd March
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Aristocrat Leisure
888 Holdings
Party Gaming
Great Can. Gaming
Scientific Games
Rank Group
Gaming Partners
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

BC Partners Concludes 51.57% Stake Acquisition in Hyatt

Birmingham             icBirmingham/Birmingham Post
Chamber hits back at NEC casino claim
Birmingham Forward backs NEC super-casino

Bayou Blue, Louisiana    &
Unarmed Guard, Manager Gunned Down inside Mini-Casino
Two killed at Casino

Nevada             Yahoo/CNW
DEQ Approved to Introduce LCD Technology Based Electronic Side Betting on Nevada Table Games

Casino benefits are 'optimistic'

New York             Cumbria Online
Casino for city is on the cards say councillors

Atlantic City             Newsday/AP
New Jersey lawmakers mull wireless gambling in casinos - NJ Casino Control Commission - NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement

London             Yahoo UK/Reuters & AFX
Rank year profit down
Rank FY profits fall sharply on weak Gaming, Blue Square results

London             Reuters
The Rank Group Plc - Preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2005
Since the scrapping of the 24 hour rule in October 2005 attendance at Rank's Grosvenor Casinos is presently up 16% however spend per-head has declined.

London             Guardian & The Times
William Hill chief vows to keep up internet fight
William Hill distances itself from bid rumours

Mississippi             Reuters
Mississippi Gov: Katrina plan OK, sees casino boom

Des Moins, Iowa             Des Moins Register
Iowa casinos poured $778 million into economy - Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania             Pittsburg Post-Gazette
Official says several casinos could open by November

South Africa             Business Day
UKs Betfair chooses SA as hot favourite for expansion

South Africa             Business Report & MoneyWeb
Sun International hits the jackpot on strong economy
Sun Int'l coins it from casinos
Sun International earnings buoyed by gaming spree

Chicago             The Daily Aztec
Poker-playing entrepreneurs go all-in with adventurous idea

Atlantic City             The Press of Atlantic City
Trump casinos lose $22.1M in fourth quarter
Additional headlines...
Beat the bookie - Interesting Soccer statistics from major European tournaments

2nd March
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Aristocrat Leisure
Gaming Corporation
Station Casinos
Unibet (Sweden)
Nevada Gold
Macau Success
William Hill
Boyd Gaming
A-Max Holdings
Party Gaming
Progressive Gaming
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

New York             Yahoo/Business Wire
Trump Entertainment Resorts Reports 2005 Fourth Quarter and Year End Results

Johannesburg             Sharenet & Reuters South Africa
Sun International Limited - Profit And Dividend Announcement
Casino operator Sun Int. sees slower profit growth in H2

Las Vegas   
New Book to Reveal Las Vegas Mob Secrets
The Battle for Las Vegas - The Law vs the Mob

Munster, Germany             Westdeutsche Allgemein/dpa
Spielleidenschaft sinkt: Casinos büßen Besucher und Einsätze ein
Both win and attendance numbers declined at Westspiel casinos in 2005, 3 & 5% respectively.

Dania, Florida             Miami Herald & Sun-Sentinel
Jai-alai players to strike
Dania Jai-Alai players to picket, fearing loss of jobs to slot machines

Mississippi             Marketwatch
Gulf Coast gaming industry rises again
Tim Hinkley, President and COO of Isle of Capri Casinos.

Australia             Australian Daily Telegraph
Gambling ranks with alcoholism

Singapore             Reuters
Harrah's CEO says optimistic about Singapore bid

News 8 finds alleged illegal Texas casinos

Toronto, Canada   
New gambling facility to target locals in Ajax - Ajax Downs

Las Vegas             Gaming Today
Colony to buy Hard Rock hotel ?
Server slots hit Vegas - IGT begins field trial at Treasure Isl.

Birmingham             icBirmingham/Pirmingham POst
Chamber in casino poll row

London             Bloomberg News & Reuters
William Hill 2005 Profit Drops 26% on Unfavorable Sport Results
Hi-tech gambling offsets sports betting at Wm Hill

William Hill PLC - Preliminary announcement of results

32Red Plc -  Maiden Preliminary results Year ended 31 December 2005
Additional headlines...
Indonesian billionaire hoping to become United shirt sponsor -
Bookie, mom give up $363G seized in raid
Parkinson's medicine has odd side effect: Gambling 

1st March
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe  U.S.
Arena Leisure
Scientific Games
Magna Ent. Group
Ainsworth G.T.
Rank Group
Dover Downs
Macau Success
Churchill Downs
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

China             Hong Kong Standard
Mainland slots match Macau takings - Beijing Lottery

Macau             Hong Kong Standard
SJM doubles IPO plan to US$1.9b
Macau jobhunters trampled in scramble for forms - Galaxy StarWorld.

Las Vegas   
I-Team Exclusive: Dirty Poker
I-Team Exclusive: Dirty Poker, Part 2
Ex casino cheat Richard Marcus with an expose on traditional and online Poker. Interesting, but watch his chip handling in the videos.

Dublin             Irish Examiner
Warning over money laundering in casinos

London             Interactive Investor/AFX
UK's Caborn challenges Tories to revisit limit on 'super casinos'

Britian - Casino developments             Provincial Press
Boost for Glasgow in bid for super-casino - Glasgow Evening Times.
Row as Chamber backs NEC casino bid - Birmingham Mail.
Gala to run plaza casino - icCoventry.
Is super casino a winner or is it all spin ? - icWales
Councillors want seaside casino - (Skegness & Mablethorpe)

Oklahoma & Dallas, Texas   
'Malfunctioned' win spurs Okla. casino questions
Oklahoma has 85 Tribal casino and bingo operations. An interesting story, even if the slot concerned did "malfunction".

Vienna, Austria    Interactive Entertainment AG/quarterly or semiannual financial statement
Share - online presentation

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania             Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Gaming board defends screening procedures

Australia            The Herald Sun
Aristocrat punts on US rival

Blackpool             Blackpool Today
New report warns of flawed casino dream
Hall Aitken's report warns that the social and economic impacts of regional casinos in Britain could actually be damaging and not regenerative.

Leicester             ThisisLeicestershire/Leicester Mercury
Men accused of cheating casino - Appears to involve touchbet roulette terminalse

London & Japan             Australian IT & The Times
Japan's Gates punts on Betfair

Dublin             Yahoo UK/Reuters
Paddy Power plc - 2005 Preliminary Results Announcement
Paddy Power annual profit slips

Seoul, Korea             Korea Herald & Korea Times
Government to ease casino regulations
More Casinos for Foreigners Expected Nationwide
5-Star Hotels Get Tourist-Only Casinos
The Korean Government has passed a revision to tourism laws that could allow "foreigner-only" casinos throughout the country.

Macau & Hong Kong             Reuters
Stanley Ho's casino eyes $1.9 bln HK listing-paper

Cardiff             BBC Wales & icWales/Western Post
Olympians at super casino launch
Casino scheme calls for careful thought

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