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Archive 2006: 1st - 7th May

7th May

Nassau, Bahamas             Philadelphia Inquirer/Miami Herald
Gambling in the Bahamas has its own peculiarities

Paradise Island             The Observer/Guardian
At the court of the sun king - Sol Kerzner and his plans for Kerzner International.

Scotland             Scotland on Sunday
Betting firms can count on canny Scots
Betdaq's marketing director Mark McGuinness with a listing of Scotsmen (and 1 Scotswoman) in the betting game.

Edmonton & Calgary, Alberta             Edmonton Journal & Edmonton Sun
Province opens 'responsible gambling' centre in Calgary casino
Counselling for Calgary gamblers
The Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission have opened their second "on-site responsible gambling information centre" at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino in Calgary.

Macau             Reuters
Big deal: casinos turn Macau into city of croupiers
Since the opening of Sands Macau in May 2004 the number of casino jobs in the S.A.R. jumped 32% to 26,118 in the fourth quarter of 2005. Around 15,000 are dealers which equates to circa 7% of the entire workforce. - Macau Tourism and Casino Career Centre.

Indian Gaming - California             San Bernadino Sun &
Tribal leader rips Barstow casinos plan - Accusations of Reservation Shopping.
Politician Wants to End 'Reservation Shopping'

Buenos Aires, Argentina   
Realizan huelga en casino que controla Cirsa en Buenos Aires
Continuing industrial action by staff onboard the Cirsa managed Estrella de la Fortuna.
Additional headlines
Daly struggle for survival
Police probe mall spies - Durban's Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World.
Sports, gambling bad partners
Betfair Official Says U.S. Racing Could Make Millions
Want to misbehave? Gambling is just the start - Niagara Falls, Ontario.

6th May

Tinian, C.N.M.I.             Saipan Tribune
Another Casino MOA signed

Poker    - Feature
The poker machine - A look at 

Las Vegas & Churchill Downs, Kentucky    Jones
MGM Mirage CEO Likes His Kentucky Derby Chances
MGM Mirage CEO Terry Lanni is a part owner of Derby contender Sinister Minister.

Freeport, Texas             The
U.S. Marshals release Texas Star Casino boat

Seville, Spain             Radio y Televisión de Andalucía
Más de 14.000 personas visitan el Gran Casino Aljarafe de Tomares en su primer mes de actividad
In the first month of operation El Gran Casino Aljarafe has had over 14,000 visitors. The casino has 25 tables around 100 slots.

El casino Sands pierde dinero a causa de malos jugadores VIP

Macau             Reuters Video
Macau's students plan casino careers

Queensland, Australia             The Sunday Mail
Alarm at pub pokies growth
The number of slots located outside of casinos in Queensland is now over 40,000 and is increasing at the rate of around 100 per-month.

Nevada             In Business las Vegas - Liz Benston
Gaming - Casinos no haven for illegal immigrants

Northampton             Northampton Today
Casino set for 2007 opening
Kerzner have apparently already spent £5 million on the development of their first British casino in Northampton which is scheduled to open in 2007. The gaming licence was originally purchased from LCI.

Wiltshire             Wiltshire Times
All bets off after pub poker ban

Illinois             Daily Herald
Casinos consider challenging tax - Debate intensifies over $36 million subsidy for racetracks

North Carolina             Charlotte Observer
Poker raid sparks calls for N.C. ban

Phoenix, Arizona             Reuters
Aztar agrees to Pinnacle's $51/shr offer

Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Pinnacle Entertainment Amends Merger Agreement With Aztar Corporation to $51.00 per Common Share in Cash and Stock, Subject to Adjustment

Gala Coral lays out plan for £5.5bn IPO

U-turn means Tote will now be sold at market value

Las Vegas             PRNewswire
The Majestic Star Casino, LLC Announces First Quarter 2006 Results

Online Gambling    &
Statement on English Harbour Double-Up Bet Software Bug
Mathematical Proof that English Harbour is cheating
Additional headlines
Gold hits new 25-year peak, sentiment upbeat - Reuters, South Africa.
Senecas shuffle deck on casino architect
DEQ Appoints Jean-Paul Sabini as Chief Marketing Officer
Police bust over 350 on-line gambling cases in 2005 - Beijing
Belgian soccer stained by betting scandal

5th May
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
888 Holdings
Las Vegas Sands
MGM Mirage
Golden Resorts
WMS Gaming
Kangwonland (Korea)
BetonUSA (Germany)
Ameristar Casinos
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Online Gambling   
Web casino blacklisted for 'messageboard spam' is the target of the campaign. The "International Gaming Affiliate Marketing Initiative" mentioned in the story does not have a street address or telephone number on their website.

Johannesburg, South Africa             Business Report/Bloomberg & Reuters
Sun International has RAH firmly in its sights
Sun International bids for Real Africa Holdings

Las Vegas             Yahoo/Reuters & AP
Pinnacle says new higher offer for Aztar expires
Pinnacle's Latest Offer for Aztar Expires
Aztar says had insufficient time for Pinnacle bid

Toronto             Yahoo/Market Wire
CryptoLogic Extends Terms With Largest Customer, Announces Change To Licensee Base

Las Vegas   
Melvin Dummar and Las Vegas Billionaire Howard Hughes

Botswana             Botswana Daily News
Botswana chairs African gaming body - Gaming Regulators African Forum

Casino gaming boss visits resort
Andrew Tottenham's visit to Blackpool on behalf of his client Harrah's Entertainment.

San Diego, California   
Slot Tech Magazine Offers Tech Class to Public

Las Vegas & Macau             Hong Kong Standard
Wynn in talks for Ferrari brand hotel

Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Ameristar Casinos Reports First Quarter 2006 Financial Results

Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire & Las Vegas Sun/AP
Las Vegas Sands Corp. Reports Record First Quarter 2006 Results
Las Vegas Sands earnings jump in first quarter

Los Angeles             Yahoo/PRNewswire
WPT Enterprises, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2006 Financial Results
Additional headlines
Churchill Downs readies for Derby
Poker Champ Gives Away his Winnings
Sting punter waits - South Australia, Tote odds rigging caper.
Record win for Punter - U.K. Soccer Accumulator

4th May
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Golden Resorts
Aristocrat Leisure
BetonUSA (Germany)
Multimedia Games
Tabcorp Holdings
888 Holdings
Wynn Resorts
Kangwonland (Korea)
Chariot Lottery
World Poker Tour
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Hannover, Niedersachsen             NDR
Anklage gegen ehemalige Mitarbeiter der Spielbank Hannover
Legal proceedings are being taken against 15 former Hannover casino employees and one Tax inspector. The amount involved is €463.000 and appears to involve theft from slots over several years.

Edinburgh             The Scotsman
Scotland's smoking ban is not a big deal, says casino giant

Las Vegas             Reuters
Station Casinos profit tops view, outlook mixed

Penang, Malaysia    & Channel News Asia
No Plans To Build Casino In Pulau Jerejak, Says Teng
Malaysia says no to more casinos

Las Vegas             Yahoo/Business Wire
Station Casinos Announces Record First Quarter Results and Declares Dividend

Austin, Texas             Yahoo/Business Wire
Multimedia Games Reports Second Quarter Diluted EPS of $0.09

Charlotte, N.C.             Yahoo/Business Wire
PokerTek, Inc. Announces the Publication of 25 U.S. Utility Patent Applications at the End of March 2006

Atlantic City             Philadelphia Inquirer
Smoking ban rolls snake eyes - A.C. gamblers fume about where they can and can't light up

Washington             Reuters & MSNBC/Reuters
House panel approves bill to ban cyber-gambling
House panel OKs bill to ban Net gambling

Zürich, Switzerland             Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Zürcher Regierungsrat will Casino in Zürich

Mongolia             UB Post
Las Vegas in Mongolia - Government officials are denying any deal has been signed.

Philippines             Manila Standard
US casino firm faces higher odds in Poro

Carson City, Nevada             Yahoo/AP & Las Vegas Sun/AP
Wireless Gambling Co. Gets Nevada Backing
Wireless gambling company gets endorsement from Nevada regulators
Cantor Gaming has been recommended for licensing by the Nevada Gaming Control Board. The Gaming Commission will have final say on the 18th May.

Johannesburg             Reuters
S.Africa's Sun International boosts Q3 sales 13 pct

Fairground Gaming Holding Plc - Acquisition of The Spin Palace Group and suspension of trading on AIM

Interactive Gaming Holdings Plc - Agreement with Mfuse to provide mobile betting

Carson City & Las Vegas             Yahoo/Business Wire
Progressive Gaming International Obtains Ticket In Ticket Out Approval in Nevada

Online Gambling   
Doubling feature at English Harbour Online Casino the centre of major furore
Wizard to investigate English Harbour doubling debacle
Mathematical Proof that English Harbour is cheating - Forum.

Los Angeles and Hendon, U.K.             PRWeb
Full Tilt Poker and the UKs Hendon Mob Join Forces
Poker being described as a sport again!. The Hendon Mob were formerly sponsored by the Prima Poker network (Microgaming).

Denver & Las Vegas             Rocky Mountain News
Denver entrepreneurs bring whole new bet game to Vegas
The history and pedigree of Progressive Gaming's Rapid Bet live.

Additional headlines
L.V. Advisor: Question of the Day - Tony Cornero, Stardust, Desert Inn Part II.
Barkley: 'I do have a gambling problem'
Vic community groups target gambling - Victoria, Australia

3rd May
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe  U.S.
Melco International
Stanley Leisure
Trump Ent. Resorts
Int. All Sports
Party Gaming
Wynn Resorts
WMS Gaming
Kangwonland (Korea)
BetonUSA (Casmaker)
Bally Tech.
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Las Vegas             Yahoo/Business Wire
Wynn Resorts, Limited Reports First Quarter Results
Table games win per-table per-day at Wynn Las Vegas was $7,395 for the quarter with a 19.8% hold. Slot win per-unit per-day was $260.

Blackpool & Las Vegas           Blackpool Today
£400m casino plan
Andrew Tottenham, Managing Director of development in Europe for Harrah's will  be in Blackpool on Friday trying to sell the plan. 22 companies have expressed an interest in operating a casino in the resort.

Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire & AP
Ameristar Casinos Terminates Proposed Acquisition of Aztar Corporation
Ameristar Casinos Ends Bid to Acquire Casino Operator Aztar Corp.
Ameristarhave issued a one sentence statement - not including the usual disclaimer's & company info etc...

New York             Yahoo/AP & Reuters
Trump Entertainment Resorts Has 1Q Loss
Trump posts loss, but shares rise on revamping

New York             Yahoo/Business Wire
Trump Entertainment Resorts Reports First Quarter Results
Gaming revenues (Win) declined at all three of Trump's Atlantic City casinos compared with 2005.

London & Antigua             Yahoo/PRNewswire
World Gaming plc: Results for the Three Months Ended 31 March 2006

Liverpool             Yahoo UK/Reuters &
Casino firm Stanley Leisure says trading on track
New law leads to boom for casinos

Stanley Leisure Plc - Pre-Close Period Trading Update
Since the ending of the 24 hour rule admissions at Stanley casinos are up 17.4%. The company remains unsure of the effect of the smoking ban that came into effect in Scotland on 26th March.

Derby & Las Vegas   
UK Online Gamblers Demand More information from online gambling websites
A rare and informative press release from Derek Webb's Prime Table Games. They now also have their website up and running.

Sydney             Yahoo Aus/Reuters
Update: Aristocrat flags possible H1 loss in Japan
Aristocrat Chief Executive Paul Oneile believes the company could take over from IGT as the world's largest slot manufacturer within 5 years.

Liverpool             icLiverpool/Liverpool Daily Post
Casino operators rush to beat application deadline

Iowa             Iowa City Press-Citizen & Des Moins Register
TouchPlay ban kicks in tonight - Opponents explore their legal options
Iowans stuffing money into TouchPlay after last-ditch court appeal is turned down
Luck runs out for TouchPlay machines

Macau             Hong Kong Standard
Rapid change spurs Macau unrest

SLOVENIA: A New Gaming Parlour
Additional headlines
Casino Royale - Sony Pictures teaser. Worth a look!
L.V. Advisor: Question of the Day - Tony Cornero, SS Rex etc... Interesting.
Daly's battle with gambling must be pitied not glorified
VendingData(TM) Closes on $18 Million Private Placement
Casino could save seafront prom - Torquay

2nd May
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
China LotSynergy
Transact Tech.
Shun Tak Holdings
Party Gaming
Shuffle Master
Galaxy Ent.
Sportwetten (Germany)
WMS Gaming (After hours)
Aristocrat Leisure
London Clubs Int.
Multimedia Games
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Montreal & Macau             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Cirque du Soleil Joins Las Vegas Sands to Premiere a New Show in Asia's Las Vegas(TM)

Waukegan, Illinois             Yahoo/Business Wire & Reuters
WMS Industries Third Quarter Diluted Earnings Per Share Rise 24% to $0.26
WMS Industries quarterly profit rises, outlook cut

Blackpool             Blackpool Today & Blackpool Liberal Democrats
'Let people vote on super casino' plea
Blackpool Lib Dems call for referendum on Super Casino
Liberal Democrats in Blackpool are calling for a voter referendum on the town's super-casino plans.

Manchester             Manchester Evening News
Super casinos 'make fewer gamblers'
Comments from Professor Peter Collins at last weeks Conservative Party seminar on gambling.

Las Vegas             Yahoo/Business Wire
Global Cash Access Announces First Quarter 2006 Financial Results

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

Tunica, Mississippi   
Gaming industry meets amid despair over Katrina, elation for Miss. coast recovery - Southern Gaming Simmit.

Las Vegas             Yahoo/AP
Pinnacle Entertainment Moves to 1st-Quarter Profit, Boosted by Sharply Higher Revenue

Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Pinnacle Entertainment Reports Strong First Quarter 2006 Results

Nevada             Las Vegas Business Press - David McKee
Casinos putting PlayAway through its paces - GameLogic's PlayAway system.

Austria & Germany   
betandwin-Chef Teufelberger ist optimistisch, dass das Monopol in Deutschland 2008 aufbricht

Reno             Las Vegas Review-Journal
IGT sues rival slot builder - Dispute centers on gaming system item

Manchester             Manchester Evening News
Fortune smiles on casino revamp
Stanley Casinos Strand Casino on Princess Street has been renamed the Manchester Mint.

Poway, California             Marketwire
Thunderbird Reports Fourth Quarter, Full-Year Results; Opening of Second Property in the Philippines

Problem Gambling             Forbes/AP
Daly Says He's Got Gambling Addiction
Amazing story about losing $1.65 million in Las Vegas playing $5,000 slot machines in a period of just 5 hours.
My Life in and out of the Rough : The Truth Behind All That Bull**** You Think You Know About Me - Released on 8th May.

Sydney, Australia             ASX/Aristocrat Leisure
Aristocrat Leisure - Financial Results First Half 2006, AGM Presentation - (PDF)

Phoenix & Detroit   
The Casino College Gambles on New Phoenix Arizona Campus
Nation's Largest Casino Party Company Gambles on Detroit

Las Vegas   
Thousands Take to Las Vegas Streets for Rally

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Sun/AP
Las Vegas casinos report no disruptions on day of boycott

Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky             Yahoo/Business Wire
Columbia Sussex Comments on Aztar's Determination That Its $50 Per Share All-Cash Offer is Superior to Pinnacle Agreement

Phoenix, Arizona             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Aztar Determines That Offer From Columbia Entertainment is Superior
Additional headlines
Kerzner casinos go private for £1.7bn
Cayzers set to cash in as Kerzner is sold for $3.2bn
Editorial - Golden Gaming's tenacity - St. Croix U.S.V.I.
Casino staff in TV hit - Scarborough's Opera House Casino.

1st May
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia Europe   U.S.
China LotSynergy
European Markets Closed
GameTech Int.
Aristocrat Leisure
Aztar Corp.
Pinnacle Ent.
Shun Tak Holdings
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Reno & Las Vegas             PRNewswire
IGT Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Bally Technologies

The Netherlands             De Telegraf/ANP-AFX &
Holland Casino levert minder op voor Staat
Steeds minder uitgaanspubliek bij Holland Casino
Holland Casino had a gross win of €256 million in 2005 down from €268 in 2004. Net profits and visitor number also declined.

Sydney, Australia             The Melbourne Age & Australian Daily Telegraph
Man accused of gambling $8.5m bank cash
$10.5m super theft
A Colonial Mutual Life employee apparently took A$10.5 million from clients accounts and blew $8.5 million of it at Sydney's Star City Casino. 

Paradise Island             Yahoo/Reuters & AP
Kerzner agrees to go private in $3.2 bln buyout
Kernzer Accepts Sweetened Acquisition Offer From Investment Group

Paradise Island             Yahoo/Business Wire
Kerzner Amends Agreement for Sale to Investor Group, Ends Auction

Las Vegas    5
The best of Las Vegas
FOX 5 and the Las Vegas Review-Journal present the Best of Las Vegas 2006 hosted by Robin Leach.
Las Vegas Most Wanted - The worst of Las Vegas also at

Blackpool             The Guardian
Sign up to oppose supercasinos
Blackpool Liberal Democrat Councillor Steven Bate has set up a website for "Super-casino sceptics" to sign a national petition. - Campaign Against Super-Casino Expansion.
National campaign against super-casino expansion launches
Guardian Special Report - Gambling

New York             Buffalo Business First
Job seekers find gold at casino

Des Moins, Iowa             Quad-City Times & Sioux City Journal
TouchPlay vendors pray for miracle
TouchPlay owners wait for judge's ruling
A state-wide ban on Iowa's TouchPlay machines comes into effect at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.

Las Vegas             In Business Las Vegas
Red Rock Resort will test Rampart's turnaround
Millennium Management Group - Wikipedia listing.

Northern Ireland             Northern Ireland Mad & Sunday Times Ireland
IFA to investigate match fixing
Bookies raise alarm over more matches
Additional headlines
L.V. Advisor: Question of the Day - Elvis themed hotel plans ?

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