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Archive 2006: 8th to 14th March

14th March
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Raffles Hotel
Group Partouche
Magna Ent.
Betcorp Ltd
William Hill
Aztar Corp.
Aristocrat Leisure
Rank Group
Las Vegas Sands
Macau Success
Cyberscan Tech
Multimedia Games
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Singapore & Las Vegas             Channel News Asia & Morning Star
Harrah's unveils design plans for integrated resort bid at Marina
Harrah's CEO Got $3.65 Million Bonus For 2005, Up 83%

Las Vegas & Singapore             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Hollywood Icon James Cameron Joins Harrah's-Keppel Caesars Singapore Team
The re-claimed area designated for the "Integrated resort" is shown in a photo. It appears that to reach it visitors must cross a bridge from the business district.

Las Vegas & Macau             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Hilton Hotels Set to Join with Las Vegas Sands in Asia's Las Vegas(TM) - Will the Macau Hotel have a Parisian theme ?

Tirana, Albania             Reuters & Forbes/AFX
Greece's Hyatt sells stake in Albanian casino
Greece's Hyatt sells 51 pct of Tirana Casino to Cypriot co Tobias Enterprises

Cyberscan Technology Inc - Trading Update
Cyberscan Technology shares are presently trading almost 40% down. The company have lost a 1,000 unit FOBT contract with an unnamed high street Bookmaker.

Kiel & Luebeck, Germany             Kieler Nachrichten
Schifffahrtskauffrau wird zur Spielbank-Chefin
Die kühle Blonde setzt auf Sieg - Hamburger Abendblatt 23rd January.
At 35 Jessica Barke is one of only 3 female casino GM's in Germany.

Birmingham             icBirmingham/Birmingham Post
Prescott inquiry backs NEC casino

London             The Times
Tories demand an explanation on supercasinos
Casinos are a risky gamble - Letters from the Salvation Army & Professor Mark Griffiths.
The Use Classes Order, Casinos and the Gambling Bill

Brussels             IHT/New York Times
6 EU nations under fire over bans on gambling

Las Vegas & Singapore             Las Vegas Sun/AP
Harrah's unveils high-tech core of Singapore casino bid
Hollywood Icon James Cameron Joins Harrah's-Keppel Caesars Singapore Team

Macau             Business Week
Macau Gaming: Shady Past, Rosy Future

Macau             Hong Kong Standard
A-Max set for its next casino stake dividend
A-Max Holdings presently have a 19.9% holding in the Greek Mythology casino but may shortly be raising the stake to 49.9%.

Las Vegas             KLAS-TV
Las Vegas' Tropicana Gets New Owners

Indiana             Chesterton Tribune
Casinos' social corrosion worst nearest the boats study shows

North Korea & China             World Peace herald
Korea in Crisis: China puts the squeeze on N.Korea's economy
Interesting background details on the now shuttered Emperor Casino in the Rajin-Sonbong Economic Zone.
Additional headlines...
Out for $20,000 - a punter's nightmare
More German third division players approached in match fixing
Gambling? You bet it's respectable - William Hill's David Harding speaking in Cardiff
L.V. Advisor: Question of the Day - History of the Thunderbird Casino.

13th March
Gaming Stocks Major Movers  Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Galaxy Ent.
Rank Group
Aztar Gaming
China LotSynergy
Pinnacle Ent.
Aristocrat Leisure
Paddy Power
Multinedia Games
Empire Online
WMS Gaming
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Eilat, Israel & Austria   
Omri Sharon: I didn't offer to help set up casino

Ottawa, Quebec             Ottawa Business Journal
Hull casino celebrates 10th year

Ryde, Isle of Wight   
Not all wight for under age gambler
A 17 year old girl who won a £200,000 jackpot on her first visit to the Commodore Bingo Club on the Isle of Wight will not receive her prize.

Darwin, Australia             The Advertiser
Angry gambler 'threatened to bomb casino'

Las Vegas             Yahoo/Reuters & MSNBC/AP
Pinnacle to buy Aztar for $1.45 bln
Acquisition creates nationwide casino network

Las Vegas & Phoenix, Arizona             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Pinnacle Entertainment to Acquire Aztar Corporation for $38.00 Per Share in an All-Cash Transaction

Costa Rica             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Forbes Spotlights CEO Calvin Ayre on Cover of Billionaires Issue

Hong Kong & Macau             Yahoo Australia/Dow Jones
A-Max Says May Get Special Dividend From Macau Casino

Mexico City   
Mexican Congress holds Hearing on Gaming

Legal bid fails to stop Post's move on casino files
Las Vegas Sands attempt to keep their casino deal with Birmingham City Council secret.

London             The Times Online
Secret plan to open a thousand casinos
The two documents in PDF format are available for download at the links below.
The Use Classes Order, Casinos and the Gambling Bill
Possible Changes to the Use Classes Order; Casinos - Consultation Paper

Iowa             Las Vegas Sun
Jeff Simpson on how Steve Wynn's golden touch has been working its magic lately

Iowa             Des Moins Register
Casinos spend $742 million on expansion

Australia & Macau    Australian
PBL 'risks a credit rating cut'
Packer named nation's richest man
PBL and Melco are due to make a $100 million payment to Wynn Resorts today as a deposit for their casino sublicense.

Talarius Plc - Preliminary results for the period ended 31 December 2005

Dublin             Indymedia Ireland
All the casinos to be shut down - is Michael McDowell bluffing, or does he have the Nuts?
Additional headlines...
Super-casino looks like a high-risk social gamble for Glasgow - Reg. required.
Candover Investments plc preliminary results - Gala/Coral Eurobet investment.
No winners as owner's Betfair punt has racing in a pickle - Australia.
L.V. Advisor: Question of the Day - Backgammon in Las Vegas.

12th March

Dublin             Irish Independent
Casino owners urge rethink on club crackdown

Iowa             Des Moins Register
So far, casinos unharmed by new lottery machines
TouchPlay becomes substitute for casinos
Fickle Iowans gamble billions
More than $8 billion bet in Iowa in seven months
DMR in depth report on the introduction and effects of 6,000 VLT "TouchPlay" slots across the state, most being sited in neighbourhood convenience stores.

Problem Gambling - Online Poker             The Observer
Online poker hooks teenagers - Underage gamblers lose thousands as laws fail to keep up
Crossing Continents will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 11 am GMT on Thursday 16th March.
BBC Radio 4 Crossing Continents - Logging on and losing out

Monaco & Dunwoody, Georgia   
UGA Freshman Wins $1 Million Poker Tourney

Monaco             Card Player Magazine
University of Georgia Student Wins EPT Grand Finale - 19-Year-Old Amateur Wins €900,000

Monaco             Poker Stars Blog
EPT Monte Carlo: American Jeff Williams wins EPT Grand Final
19 year old Jeff Williams has won the Poker Stars sponsored European Poker Tour Final in Monte Carlo and a prize of €900,000.

Georgia teen only American remaining in European Poker Tour final

Britain             The Independent
So who will get Britain's super casino ?

San Jose, Costa Rica             Reuters & Card Player
Costa Rica police raid gambling billionaire's home
Police Raid Bodog's Calvin Ayre's Home in Costa Rica During Party Billionaires - Catch Me If You Can (Calvin Ayre profile)

Ajaccio, Corsica    & Euronews
Corsican MP shot dead at airport
Police probe murder of Corsican politician
Robert Feliciaggi, who apparently had casino interests in the Cameroon, Gabon and Congo.

Prince Edward Island, Canada             The Guardian
Casinos: are we in or out?
Selected recent ADD URL submissions...
Casino Agency. Croupier training school and recruitment agency located in Bratislava.
Pitboss Gaming. Home casino equipment supplier. Mainly Poker orientated.
StylGame S.r.l. Italian based supplier of casino chairs and stools.
Gaming Green Pages. Excellent directory of casino suppliers and manufacturers. Gary Locke
Infinity Games. Austrian Manufacturer of Single and Multiplayer Roulettes.
P2P Games. Gaming platform and player network for multiplayer Internet games.

11th March

Ajaccio, Corsica             CNN/Reuters
Corsican official shot at airport
Google search - Robert Feliciaggi

Costa Rica             Gambling911 - A possible hoax ?
Forbes Billionaire cover boy Calvin Ayre arrested in Costa Rica
Celebrities, Fox Sports producers subjected to Costa Rica raid during poker tournament
US ports proposed amendment sidelines attempts to outlaw online gambling Billionaires - Catch Me If You Can

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania             The Evening Sun
Casino investors choose operating firm - L.V based Millennium Gaming.

Guyana             Stabroek News
Casino gambling

Montreal             CBC News & Globe & Mail
Casino move abandoned as Cirque pulls out
Montreal Casino plans nixed

Press response to the GC's release of their draft licensing & code of practice doc...
No 10 hints at U-turn over super-casinos - The Scotsman
Casinos must call time on problem gamblers - The Guardian
Warning signs plan for betting shops - Daily Telegraph
Online bookies face tighter UK regulation -

London             The Conservatives - Press release
Whatever happened to Jowell's 'crackdown' on gambling adverts?

U.S. Problem Gambling             ABC News & Chicago TRibune
Gambling Takes Hold of College Students
Cop's son held as teens' bookie

Bridgeport, Indiana             Indianapolis Star/AP
Caesars riverboat fined $50,000 for patron-counting violations

Port Everglades, Florida   
PartyPoker Million V Ready To Set Sail

Norwich & Yarmouth             Norwich Evening News
City bets on town to win casino battle

Tinian C.N.M.I.             Pacific Magazine
CNMI: Govt Okays Two More Casinos For Tinian

Nicosia, Cyprus             Cyprus Mail
Race Club urges government rethink on plan to open up betting to foreign races

10th March
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Melco International
Scientific Games
Shun Tack Hold.
Rank Group
Alliance Gaming
Galaxy Ent.
Aztar Corp.
China LotSynergy
BetandWin (Austria)
Trump Entertainment
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Australia & Macau             The Australian
Packer flirts with 'Macau mania'

Macau & Hong Kong             Hong Kong Standard
Melco shares soar 26pc on casino rights deal

Moscow             PRIME-TASS
Russia's lower house OKs bill on gambling equip licensing moratorium

London             The Times
British super-casinos to bar gambling addicts

Problem Gambling Awareness Week - 6th to 12th March.
Compulsive Gambling: Growing Problem For Women - KLAS-TV
Women Addicted To Gambling - CBS News
Know when to say "No more" to gambling - Ontario.
More gambling addicts going bust - New York
Christchurch gambling-related crime capital - New Zealand
"Problem Gambling Awareness Week" - Connecticut

Tinian, C.N.M.I             Saipan Tribune
Casino Industry on a roll
A 4th and possibly a 5th casino operator for Tinian have now been identified.

London             Gambling Commission - Press release (PDF)
Gambling Commission publishes proposed new rules to govern gambling in Britain
The Gambling Commision have published a draft copy of their proposed "License Conditions and Codes of Practice". Follow the links below to download the 134 document which is also now open for consultation with stakeholders and the general public. - Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (External PDF)

London             Financial Times &
Super-casinos bank on change in law
New rules to keep gambling industry "crime free"

Colorado Springs, Colorado             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Century Casinos Announces Record 2005 Revenues

Pattaya, Thailand             Pattaya Mail
Casino study group will visit Macao later this month and report to parliament

Montreal, Quebec             CBC Montreal
Casino project gets lukewarm response

Canada & Costa Rica             Toronto Star
Cyber bookie joins billionaires' club
Bodog founder Calvin Ayre is now on Forbes billionaire list after starting with an investment of just $10,000 in 1995.

Peermont: preferred entry point to casino sector
Gamblers boost Peermont - Interview with Peermont Deputy MD Anthony Puttergill
Peermont's majority acquisition of the Tusk Resorts is expected to be completed in June 2006 at a cost of between R440m and R583m.

London & Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia             Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones & The Times
Genting Intl Buys Maxims Casino For GBP8.5M
Stanley rolls up profit by selling back upmarket casino stake

Cardiff             icWales/South Wales Echo
Cinema screens axed for new casino - Stanley Leisure is the development partner.

Coventry            icCoventry/Evening Echo
Give city a clear run for super-casino

London & Gibraltar             Betting Zone/Sporting Life
Chandler sell licenses to Coral - Chandler's shop just round the corner from the Dorchester.

London    & Reuters UK
New gambling laws to help addicts
Clocks ticking against problem gambling

Miami, Florida    Herald
No e-mail records could cost Trump
Additional headlines...
Station shares get a boost on new casino's promise
Casino videotape may help find teen
Vietnam mulls plan to legalize soccer betting
Four arrested in alleged German match-fixing scandal
Bed bugs biting at Vegas hotel - Station Casinos Wild Wild West

9th March
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Reef Casino Trust
Lottomatica (Italy)
Boyd Gaming
Fluxx (Germany)
Station Casinos
Progressive Gaming
Ainsworth G.T.
Wynn Resorts
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

London & Liverpool   
Stanley Leisure plc - Sale of interest in Maxims Casino
Stanley have sold their 50% interest in Coastbright Ltd the operating company of Maxims Club to partner Genting International for £8.5m in cash.

Carson City, Nevada             Reuters
Nevada posts record gambling revenue in January

Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Progressive Gaming International Receives Regulatory Approval for TableMax in California

Darlington             Daily Telegraph
Bannatyne considers float after rejecting bid

Casino suffers croupier shortage
Gala are struggling to find dealers in the UK. Could the reason be the hours or is it perhaps the dismal salaries ?

3 Investigates: Casinos
The BBC travels to the U.S. to see if American operators are telling the truth about the regeneration benefits of their casinos.

Saipan, N.W.M.I.             Pacific Islands Report
Second casino project in offing on Tinian

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa              The Mercury
Casino winner will not be paid R42.9m
Yet another case of a slot "malfunctioning". This time at the Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World in Durban.
'Malfunctioned' win spurs Okla. casino questions - Oklahoma 1st March

Gaming Corporation PLC - Launch of magazine

London & Antigua             PRNewswire
World Poker Exchange and Autumn Light Media to Offer Second Annual London Open

Casino Surveillance     - John Grochowski column
Casino surveillance and the evolution of the eye in the sky

Las Vegas              PRNewswire
Global VIP Traffic Announces Multi-Million Dollar Las Vegas Advertising Project,

Mississippi              Biloxi Sun-Herald
Former casino workers find alternative careers
Additional headlines...
Vanity Fair: Bush had ties to Abramoff - Miami Herald/AP
Trump's Taj Mahal to Rise by 45 Stories
Casino plans move a step nearer - Romford
Carlyle to gamble on it's own casino
Vietnam police blow lid off international bookie ring

8th March
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Party Gaming
Multimedia Games
Int. All Sports
London Clubs Int.
Progressive Gaming
Macau Success
Pinnacle Ent.
Shun Tak Holdings
Fluxx (Germany)
Penn National
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Dublin             Irish Examiner & Irish Post
Government examining law to ensure gaming clubs can be closed down
Illegal gaming clubs to close

Birmingham & Las Vegas             icBirmingham/Birmingham Post
Casino bosses lose legal battle to stop The Post publishing
Las Vegas Sands have lost their case to prevent the Birmingham Post publishing financial and contractural details about the proposed development of the Birmingham City stadium.

Coventry & Birmingham             icBirmingham/Birmingham Post
Ricoh appeal to city council
Coventry City Council are now appealing for Birmingham to drop their regional casino plans.

U.S. - Problem Gambling             Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Problem gambling worse than thought - Figures are bad news for casino industry
The National Council on Problem Gambling believes that 2 to 3% of Americans have gambling problems and the figure could be as high as 5 to 8% in Nevada.

California             Yahoo/Business Wire
Agencies Join Together to Promote Problem Gambling Awareness Week

New Zealand   
SkyCity low-key on talk of Unitab merger

Las Vegas             PRNewswire
Ron Jeffrey Named Aristocrat's Global General Manager, Multi-Station Gaming

Jericho, Palestine             Arutz Sheva, The Medi LIne &
End to the Jericho Casino Foreseen
Hamas: Casino will not reopen
MP Rejoub: Hamas to turn Jericho Casino into public service institution

Guyana             Stabroek News
Some Christian leaders opposed to casinos -Jagdeo says investors may need gambling to justify hotels

Las Vegas & Macau             Yahoo/PRNewswire
World's Largest Travel Retailer Sets Sights on Cotai Strip(TM)

Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Riviera Reports Results for Fourth Quarter 2005

London             The Conservatives - Press release
Government continues to undermine the Gambling Bill

Washington             Las Vegas Review-Journal
Foes of Web gambling plan legislative move

Las Vegas             KLAS-TV
Red Rock Resort Sneak Preview
Station Casinos newest operation will open in April with a price tag of over $1 Billion.

Kathmandu, Nepal             NetIndia123/IANS
Women show who's boss at Nepal's new casino
Nepal presently has 6 casinos operated by Nepal Recreation Centre all are located in Kathmandu's 5-star hotels.

Saipan, C.N.M.I.             Pacific Islands Report & Siapan Tribune
Developer anxious to start Tinian Casino project
2nd casino investor signs up
Bridge Investment Group LLC expect a soft opening for their hotel and casino resort by December 2007 and a grand opening by April 2008.

Reno, Nevada             Las Vegas Sun/AP
Shareholders embrace upbeat report by IGT chairman

Montreal, Quebec             CBC News
Group wants casino report to be made public

Birmingham             Birmingham Post - Unnamed columnist opinion
A plague on your tacky roulette wheels

Colorado             The Rocky Mountain Collegian
'Casino crud' worries gambling workers - Smoking ban packed with more exemptions

Florida & New York             Sun-Sentinel
Deleted e-mails delay Trump lawsuit for share of Hard Rock casino profit
Additional headlines...
Bars, bowling alleys sue New Jersey over smoking ban that exempts casinos
Casino operator opens fifth outlet in Kiev - Olympic Entertainment Group
Casino losses conferences to state ban - Verona, New York
Lotto sales rise as Kiwis lose $170m in six months

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