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Saturday, 7th April

US firm wants casino added to billion dollar tourism complex

Niagara Falls, New York
Man kills himself in Seneca Niagara Casino - Niagara Falls Review
Man who shot himself inside casino was Buffalo businessman -
Mortician kills himself at Niagara Falls casino table - Buffalo News

Las Vegas                   Yahoo/PRNewswire
Video: 'Le Reve' Theater at Wynn Las Vegas Reopens on April 5

Dublin                   Irish Examiner
No holding Irish gamblers as chips are down in €2m poker tournament

Seminole Reservation, Florida                   Tampa Bay Online/AP
Seminoles Strive To Not Sell Soul As Fortunes Increase

Additional headlines...
Will Spamalot Win Big in Vegas?
Punter places $1m bet with NT bookie - Miss Finland. and did she win ?

Friday, 6th April

Las Vegas                   Yahoo/AP
Harrah's Shareholders Approve $17.1 Billion Buyout, the Largest Casino Buyout Ever

Port of Spain, Trinidad                   Trinidad Express
Objections to new casino opening

Additional headlines...
Embattled lottery firm's security chief steps down - Ontario.

Thursday, 5th April

Las Vegas                   Yahoo/AP
Harrah's Shareholders Vote on Biggest Casino Buyout Ever, Results Expected Later Today

Los Angeles                   Yahoo/AP
WPT Enterprises Shuffles, Deals World Poker Tour to Game Show Network

Lytham St Annes                    Blackpool Gazette
Bets are off as casino closes for good
Stanley Genting have closed their operation in Lytham St. Annes. Staff and business being transferred to the Castle Casino in Blackpool.

New Jersey                   N.Y. Times/AP
At Shuttered Casino, $17,000 Is Found in Crevices of Slots - the Sands website is also history.

Budapest, Hungary                   Budapest Sun
Large casinos to open in small towns - Caution: errors in this report.

Macau                   The Times
Macau's flourishing casinos overtake the Las Vegas Strip

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania                   Yahoo/AP
Spurned Slots-Seekers Critical of Pennsylvania Gaming Board

Sydney & B.C. Canada                   Yahoo/Reuters & Melbourne Age
PBL, Macquarie bet on $1.2 bln Canadian casino deal
Packer reveals winning hand in North America casino bid

Additional headlines...
'Swiss Casino terecht gesloten' - Den Haag, Holland.
Fugitive founder of BetOnSports gambling Web site to be extradited to U.S.
Armed man holds up betting shop - Ladbrokes. Bolton, Lancashire.
Armed hold-up captured on camera
Ladbrokes buys 5 Roscommon betting shops - Ireland.

Wednesday, 4th April

Indiana                   Yahoo/PRNewswire
Ameristar Casinos to Acquire Resorts East Chicago
$675 million in cash. Harrah's sold the property to Colony Capital LLC. (Resorts Casinos) as part of a 4 casino package in late 2004. |

Brussels                   Yahoo/AP
Harrah's Wins EU Approval for Buyout Bid

California                   NBC San Diego
Tribe Trains Casino Workers To Spot Compulsive Gamblers - California Council on Problem Gambling

Switzerland                   AZ Medien Gruppe, & Basler Zeitung
Mehr Bruttospielertrag in Schweizer Casinos
Schweizer Casinos machen 860 Millionen
Schweizer Casino Verband mit höherem Spielertrag
The 17 members of the Swiss Casino Association saw their gross gaming win increase 9% in 2006 to SF862.3 million. Visitor numbers were up 300,000 to 4.7 million.

Lovells hits jackpot for old casinos

PBL/Macquarie Gateway Casinos offer
New World Gaming to Offer to Acquire Gateway Casinos Income Fund for C$25.26 Per Unit - CCN Matthews

Packer, Macquarie Bid $1.2 Billion for Canada Casinos - Bloomberg
Macquarie/PBL venture buys Canadian casino - SMH/AAP
Australian Group Buys Canadian Casinos - NYT/Bloomberg
Macquarie and Oz media group anteup $1.37B for Gateway Casinos -
The C$1.37 billion offer for Gateway Casinos comes from New World Gaming a 50/50 joint venture between Australia's Macquarie Bank and Publishing and Broadcasting Ltd. - Gateway Casino Income Fund

Gateway casinos operations include...
Burnaby Casino, Greater Vancouver, BC.
Cascades Casino, Langley, BC.
Lake City Casinos
Kamloops, Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon, BC.
Palace Casino, Edmonton, Alberta.


London                   The Times &
Casinos pin hopes on judicial review
Legal challenge to super-casino granted

Broward County, Florida                   Sun-Sentinel
Coconut Creek casino to reveal new look next week

London                   The Guardian
Leap in gamblers seeking help
30,240 calls (an average of 82 a day) were made to Gamcare's helpline last year, a 33.9% increase on 2005.

St. Charles, Missouri                   PRNewswire
I. Nelson Rose to Keynote GIGSE

Additional headlines...
FBI checks gambling in Second Life virtual world
First piece of new Horseshoe casino platform arrives - Indiana
WTO rules against US net gambling ban again
Armed raid on bookies - Troon, Scotland

Video, audio, podcasts & images
Gambling Election Possible for August - Kansas
High Stakes Poker - Season 3 - Ep 12 - Part 1 You Tube

Tuesday, 3rd April

Hong Kong                   Shanghai Daily
Reports: Stanley Ho hospitalized

London                   Daily Mail & Reuters UK
Existing casinos fight plans for constuction of further 17 in the UK
High Court to review new casino laws

Reno                   Yahoo/PRNewswire
IGT to Make Strategic Investment in Digideal Corporation

Saskatchewan                   Yahoo Canada/CBC
Province turns gambling regulation over to First Nations agency - Indigenous Gaming Regulators Inc.

Macau          & AFP
Macau punts Las Vegas in casino stakes
Macau confirms its casinos overtake Las Vegas Strip
Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau - 2006 statistics

Monte Carlo                   Card Player Magazine &
Gavin Griffin Wins EPT Monte Carlo Grand Final
Gavin Griffin Wins the EPT Grand Finale
The 706 players for the €10,000 ($13,000) EPT Grand Finale created a prize pool of €6,636,400 ($8.8 million) making it the the largest poker tournament held outside the United States.

Almaty, Kazakhstan          & Moscow Times/Reuters
Kazakhs close down casinos
Gambling Ends in Kazakh Cities
" "Out of 100 places that we checked, 99 were closed," Zhanat Tastemirova, deputy head of Almaty's tax committee, told reporters."

Las Vegas                   PRNewswire
National Poker League - Paris Open to Become the Largest Poker Event in European History

Prague                   Prague Post & Czech Business Weekly
Ante Up - Czech gambling firms circumvent online betting ban
Operators hedge their online bets

Austin, Texas         
Poker enthusiasts seek to legalize public wagering in Texas

New Zealand         
Gambling Commission Gets It Wrong

Nairobi, Kenya                   All Africa/The Nation
Kenya: Citizens Gripped By Gambling Craze As Questions Asked On Too Many Casinos
Detailed report, including casino ownership & numbers, from The Nation's Sunday edition.

Additional headlines...
Casino developer becomes largest shareholder in Suffolk Downs - Massachusetts
13 prosecuted for int'l gambling in Vietnam
£100m cocaine 'milkman' will die in prison - Former Croupier apparently.
Casino meal to help smokers rediscover taste buds - Wales.
Horry County to vote on fee for floating casinos - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Monday, 2nd April

Coventry                   Coventry Evening Telegraph
Casino boss out of luck
Interview with Chris Brammer about Isle of Capri's £35 million investment in creating a casino beneath the Ricoh Arena's exhibition hall.

U.K.                   Daily Mail
Helpline for gamblers sees calls rocket by one third

Mayetta, Kansas                   Yahoo/Business Wire
Harrah's to Transfer Management of Kansas Property to Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation

Edmonton, Alberta          Journal
The woman who brought Las Vegas to Edmonton - Diana Bennett.

South Florida                   Miami Herald
As casinos open, many look for new career as poker dealer

Suriname & Guyana                   Stabroek News
Suriname govt moves to clamp down on casino law breaches

Monte Carlo                   Card Player Magazine
EPT Day 4 Live Updates
EPT Grand Final: Final table set
8 players left and play at the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo commences this afternoon at 4pm.

Halifax, Nova Scotia                   The Daily News & CCN Matthews
Casino workers in Halifax weeks away from certification vote, union says
SEIU Canada: Casino Workers in Halifax Speak Out for Respect and Dignity - Service Employees International Union.

Astana, Kazahkstan         
Gambling establishments? owners to relocate beyond Kazakhstan
14 casinos and 130 slot machine halls have apparently already been closed in Astana.

Sydney & Macau          & IHT
Losing hand for Packer's dream in Macau
Melco rolls big profit on casino venture listing - Melco PBL NASDAQ listing - Melco International Dev.

Antigua & Geneva, Switzerland         
Sanctions may follow gambling ban

Macau & Las Vegas          & SMH
Wynn Hires Banks for $1.25 Billion Loan for Macau, People Say
Wynn seeks $1.55b to double Macau resort

Additional headlines...
Millions at stake with Lotto now in limbo
CryptoLogic Appoints New CEO
New Endurance Beverage Changes The Game in Land-Based and Online Poker Tournaments -
Epic views, but no cameras allowed on Skywalk

Video, audio, podcasts & images
Video: 'The Donald' - Donald Trump's views on Bush and the Iraq war

Sunday, 1st April

Las Vegas                   Las Vegas Sun
Jeff Simpson sits down for a talk with George Maloof about what's next after creating the Palms brand

Macau & Sydney                   Sydney Mornig Herald
Costs blow out at PBL's Macau casino

London                   The Sunday Times
All bets off for the UK - Comments from MGM Mirage CEO Terry Lanni.

London                   The Observer/Guardian
Final roll of the dice for Tessa Jowell's gambling proposals
Betting firm says casino policy too 'complex' - Kerzner Int. Sunday Telegraph

Atlantic City                   PRNewswire
Dealers at Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino Vote for Union Representation
The vote among dealers and dual-rate supervisors was 324 to 149 in favour of being represented by the UAW. - United Auto Workers

Vienna                   Scotland on Sunday
Chips are down as gambling addict sues casino - Casinos Austria.

Las Vegas                   In Business Las Vegas - Jeff Simpson
Tourism and Gaming - Ruffin eager to strike deal for New Frontier

Gary Stephen Kaplan arrest...
Betonsports's Kaplan arrested in Dominican Republic - Caribbean Net News
DOJ May Drop Charges Against Gary Kaplan Family Members - Gambling911
How High-Living Founder Of BetonSports Fell, Fled- WSJ

Additional headlines...
South Africa Temporarily Suspends Lottery After Legal Challenge
Minister says no lottery for at least a month
Cockfighting club owner arrested for illegal gambling - Louisiana
Cock Fighting Arena Raided for Illegal Gambling
New tourism minister supports casino in Israel

Video, audio, podcasts & images
The Real Hustle - The Poker Scam You Tube

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