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Friday, 31st August

London                 Gambling Commission - Press releases
Gambling Commission is ready for 1 September
Joint Compliance and Enforcement Statement

London                 DCMS - Press release
New gambling laws to come into force tomorrow

"The Act creates the Gambling Commission, one of the most powerful gambling regulators in the world. It will be able to levy unlimited fines, withdraw licences, bring prosecutions, enter premises, sieze goods and suspend and void bets."

London        & BBC
U.K. Brings in New Gambling Law, Opens Web Casino Betting, Ads 
New law allows casinos TV adverts

Macau                 Sydney Morning Herald
Packer casino debt squeeze

Macau                 YouTube Videos
Destination Macau Report -- Ep 9 - The Venetian Macau
Place your bets at the world's largest casino
Casino- Venedig mitten in China - Reuters Germany

Seattle                 Seattle Times & Seattle Weekly - 22nd August
Jacob Nickels pleads guilty in casino scam
The Casino, the Mayor's Son, and the Shuffle That May Have Suckered Them Both
Detailed article looking at the Tran Organisation's origins in San Diego and the arrest of Nooksack River Casino pitboss and Seattle Mayor's son Jacob Nickels.

Paris                 IOL
Tennis players allege corruption

British news & Gambling Act 2005 introduction
Punter police enforce gambling laws - Daily Mirror
Contagion is spreading to real world - The Guardian
Where there's Mecca there's brass! - Daily Mirror
'We can win fight to run city casino' - Yorkshire Post

Online Gambling
A perspective on Internet gaming - Antigua & Barbuda
Online gambling 'no threat to casinos' - South Africa
Betdirect Poker Launches New Poker Software

additional news stories...
Bulgaria: Queenco Leisure Int'l to open 2 casinos
Ex-casino boss bets on coffee - New Zealand
Police Believe Man Caught On Tape Robbed 2 A.C. Casinos
Bank worker jailed over $4m theft - Sydney
Baccarat is only game in town for China's gamblers

Thursday, 30th August

Swansea                 ThisisSouthWales/Evening Post
'Stunning' Aspers casino is unveiled
Casino bets on new faces - Grosvenor Swansea.

Macau                 China View/Xinhua
Casino loan-sharks nabbed in Macao

Trinidad & Tobago                 T & T Newsday
Gaming union head for Argentina meeting

New Zealand       
‘Gamble Free Day’ to Reflect on Problem Gambling

Manila                 ABS-CBNNews
Cops raid suspected gambling lord’s base

Macau                 Yahoo Video &
Glitzy opening for Macau's biggest casino
Macao's new Venetian Casino claims to be world's biggest
It's Vegas; No, it's Macao
Venice Comes to China Vegas Style

Online Gambling       
Opportunist Mel Molnick steals Domain Name
Internet Gambling: Bodog domain name issue not isolated to one operator!

Macau & Beijing       
ICBC clinches Ho's stake in Seng Heng  - and a foothold in the Vegas of Asia

Tokyo                 Bloomberg
Wynn, Aruze to Push Japan Casino Potential at Seminar

Johannesburg                 Business Report
Sun International's UK expansion barred, but profit warms up

London        & Reuters UK
Rank Group Plc - Interim Results for the six months ended 30 June
Downpours ease smoking ban introduction for Rank

London                 The Guardian
US gambling ban pushes PartyGaming to £23m loss

Taipei, Taiwan                 Yahoo Aus/Asia Pulse
Taiwan Govt Seeks Broad Consensus On Casinos

Australia & Japan                 Yahoo Aus/Reuters, Bloomberg &
Australia equine flu spreads to thoroughbreds
Tattersall's, Tabcorp Shares Fall; Horse Flu Spreads
Tattersall's profit leaps 124% - Tattersalls. - Tabcorp Holdings

Macau                 Daily Mail
The super casino with the biggest game floor in the world

additional U.S. headlines...
Seattle mayor's son to plead guilty in casino cheating ring
Missouri fines five casinos a total of $150,000
Casino manager shot dead - Detroit
Police: Slain Greektown casino manager was target
Casino Robbery Suspect Called Armed, Dangerous - Louisiana
Kewadin casino allowed to open - Michigan.
Man, 81, an alleged loan shark - Washington
Five-year-old left in car while mom gambles in casino - Oklahoma
N.J.: Tropicana Casino's Wall Problem Not Structural

Wednesday, 29th August

Johannesburg                 Reuters Africa & Sharenet
Sun International says annual earnings up 33%
Sun International - Profit And Dividend For The Year Ended 30 June 2007

London                 Reuters & The Guardian
PartyGaming still in talks to cut U.S. deal
PartyGaming revenues drop 70%

New York                 Yahoo/AP
Casinos Trade Mostly Higher As Las Vegas Sands Shares Rally Behind Venetian Macao Opening

Venetian Macau opening - News, photos and YouTube videos.

Singapore                 Yahoo/AFP
Singapore casino costs could balloon by 40 percent: report
Wikipedia Image - Construction work 18th August, 2007

Vancouver, Antigua & Las Vegas        Sun & Gambling911
Gambling site Bodog hit with $48-million judgment in U.S. court
Bodog Will Suffer Massive Damage from Lost Google Rankings
No Online Gambling Site is Immune: Bodog is Just the Beginning

Minister warns against problem gambling rise

Swansea                 icWales/Western Mail
Australian architects add finishing touches to new Swansea casino

Port of Spain                 Trinidad Express
PM putting religion before people, say casino workers

New Zealand       
Its time to clean up the Gambling industry

London & Gibraltar                 Yahoo UK/Reuters &
PartyGaming says confident on prospects
PartyGaming Plc - Interim results for the six months to 30 June 2007

additional headlines...
MGM Mirage General Counsel Sells Stock
Anti-casino protest - Goa
Chicago colleges may train casino workers - Earth Times/UPI
Reaching for $1b jackpot: Casino licenses rake in big bucks - Massachusetts
2 plead guilty for roles in Soboba Casino heist
Casino worker's mom pays for his Elvis Room stay - Lake Tahoe

Tuesday, 28th August

Israel & Greece                 Globes Online & 
Casino operator QLI posts first results as public co
Queenco casino profit on track, awaiting govt deal

Israel & Greece       
Queenco Leisure International Ltd -  Interim Results Announcement for the six months ended 30 June 2007

Las Vegas & New York                 Yahoo/AP
Plaza Exec Says Credit Crunch Won't Hurt $5 Billion Vegas Project

Macau                 SMH. China View/Xinhua & BBC
Packer rival opens casino in Macau
Las Vegas gaming giant launches resort complex in Macao
Macau's thriving gambling industry

Venetian Macau opening
Macau                 Las Vegas Sands - Press release
The Venetian Macao, Asia's First Las Vegas-Style Integrated Mega-Resort, Opens Its Doors to the World

Adelson bets on Macau for world's biggest casino - Reuters
Venetian Macao plays a strong hand - MSNBC/
Vast new casino raises the stakes in Macau - Channel News Asia/AFP
Venetian Aims to Make Macau Resort City - Yahoo/AP
China opens world's largest casino - CNN/AP
Sands Chairman Adelson Aims to Build Casinos in India - Bloomberg
Japan's gaming industry could grow as big as Macau's: casino mogul - JT

Macau                 IHT
For Macao, gambling is no guarantee for the future
"The average visitor to Macao spends just 1.26 days in the territory, and many of those who visit - most during the day - spend hour after hour staring glumly at gambling tables."

Taipei, Taiwan       
Taiwan cabinet says casinos not on agenda for now - report

Miami                 Yahoo/PRNewswire Launches First On-line Ticketing Service for Poker Tournament Seats in Casinos

California                 San Diego Union-Tribune
Some tribes say deals will sink smaller casinos

New Mexico                 Albuquerque Journal
Man Sues Sandia Casino, Alleging It Did Not Pay Jackpot

additional headlines...
Station Casinos to offer new twist on video poker
Lottery firm looks at legal action after Camelot wins bid
UK Government's gambling policy is in tatters, not Gibraltar's

Monday, 27th August

Macau                  Yahoo/Reuters & Bloomberg
Adelson bets on Macau for world's biggest casino
Sands Chief Says Wynn 'Wrong' to Slow Macau Expansion

Hong Kong & Cambodia                  Macau Hub
Elixir Group Delivers Agreements for 450 Electronic Gaming Machines at Three Venues in Cambodia
The Lucky Diamond Casino located in Siem Reap plus the Tin Tin Slot Club and Comfort Slot Club located in Phnom Penh.

Biloxi, Mississippi                 Earth Times/PRNewswire
Rainmaker Revenue Management and 4 Diamonds Lift ADR 300% at IP Casino Resort Spa

Australia                  The Melbourne Age, Reuters, SMH & The Australian
Shares in major gaming firms fall
Horse flu outbreak hits Australian betting firms
Bookies sniffle as horses sneeze
$290m wiped off gaming firms' stocks

Macau                  Macau Hub
Opening of Venetian Macao Resort launches “Cotai Strip” casinos 

Macau                  Today Online
Macau workers struggle for share of jackpot

Security gadgets take on fraudsters at Macau casinos

Las Vegas                  Las Vegas Sun
Jeff Simpson explains that changes in MGM Mirage's top ranks also means a big change in the company's structure

Manila                  Yahoo NZ/AFP
US student wins first leg in Asia Pacific poker tour

additional headlines...
Tropicana dealers unionize
Davydenko gambling probe haunts US Open
Single winner in $314 million Powerball lottery

Sunday, 26th August

London                  Yahoo UK/PA
Gambling operators ready for TV ads

Atlantic City        
Card dealers at Tropicana approve union representation
Dealers at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City voted 626-157 on Sunday to join the United Auto Workers Union.

Macau                  IHT & Brisbane Times/AFP
Venetian Macao hopes to kick off the boldest phase of development in Chinese casino town
Giant Venetian spins the wheel for changing Macau images - Cotai Strip - Venetian under construction.

Germany & Czech Republic        
Das Zocker-Paradies liegt gleich hinter der Grenze

additional headlines...U.S. gambling issues
Crist plays the same old bad hand - Palm Beach Post - Editorial opinion
As revenue-producers, casinos are a crap shoot - Michigan Live

Saturday, 25th August

London & Chicago                  Reuters
Playboy bunnies to make London comeback

Macau                  In Business Las Vegas
Venetian Macau to kick off Cotai images - Venetian Macau
Construction site, Scale Model, Miriam & Sheldon Adelson - May 2007 ?

Las Vegas & Japan                  Japan Times
Wynn, 'pachislo' wizard Okada await casino boom in Japan

Macau                  Sydney Morning Herald
Gaming at PBL's Macau casino off to slow start
"Mr Packer did not attend the meeting, which had been hastily scheduled after analysts complained about the company's initial decision not to explain its results."

San Diego                  Santa Barbera News-Press/AP
Viejas tribe plans $800-million casino-resort near San Diego

Massachusetts         & Boston Herald
Casino bigs believed Marshall was safe bet
Wampanoag leader was convicted of rape, lied about military record

additional headlines...
PokerTek puts CFO on leave due to credit card use
Couple charged with conspiracy, embezzlement of casino funds - Oklahoma
Dead man found in burning car outside casino - Indiana. Blue Chip casino.
Vick's Plea: Admits to Role in Dog Deaths, Gambling
Burglar jailed for failed raid at bookmakers - Swindon
Gambling addict stole from children - Blackburn, Lancashire.

Friday, 24th August

Macau                  The Australian
Beijing tightens its grip

Sydney                  The Australian
Casinos grab the cash in PBL asset sales

Manila                  Yahoo/AFP
First Asia Pacific poker tour opens in Manila

Gambling giant to transfer operations to Malta
Both Wiliam Hill and Intercasino are transferring their Internet gaming licences to Malta so that they can continue to advertise in the UK.

Detroit                  Detroit News
MGM casino to shut for 36 hours to usher in new facility's opening

Atlantic City         & The Press of Atlantic City
Two AC casinos offer buyouts - Resorts and the Atlantic City Hilton.
Casino workers latest losers in industry's hard times
Hilton, Resorts begin voluntary downsizing program
Slot technicians at Caesars approve union representation

Tallahassee                  St. Petersburg Times
Gaming may be DOA in Capitol - LV-style games have some powerful foes.

Washington                  IHT/AP
Gambling scandals prompt US Open to hire security firm

Washington                  CNN Money/AP
Gaming trade group spent $900K lobbying

Panaji, Goa        
India’s Second off-shore Casino Based in South in Trouble

South Africa                  Business Report
Gold Reef hits the jackpot by lifting casino revenue

additional headlines...
Harrah's paid lobbyist $100,000
Playboy Fights Slump With Web Site -
Vick's plea won't include killing dogs, gambling

Thursday, 23rd August

Las Vegas                  Yahoo/AP
Culinary Union and MGM Mirage Reach Deal on Contract

Goa, India                  The Asian Age
22 firms vie for 5 Goa ship casinos

Taipai, Taiwan                  Taipei Times &
Gambling prospects to be examined at Taipei summit
Taiwan Gambling & Entertainment Summit 2007 slated for Aug. 27

South Africa                  Business Report & MoneyWeb
Gambling bill not up to scratch
Gambling websites should pay equal tax, argue casinos
Derek Auret: CEO, Casino Association of South Africa

Dublin                  Yahoo UK/Marketwire &
CryptoLogic Subsidiary Acquires Gaming Portal and Related Assets
Media Corporation plc - Sale of business to Gaming Portals Limited for up to £3.625 million - Alexa Ranking 160,000

Dubai & Las Vegas                  Al Jazeera, The Guardian & Daily Telegraph
Dubai buys big into US casino firm
Dubai World invests $5bn in Las Vegas casinos
Dubai takes $5bn gamble on Las Vegas casino giant MGM Mirage
Kerkorian chooses an unlikely gambling partner

London                  Daily Mail
Labour's reforms will suck children into Net gambling, say experts

Sydney                  Yahoo Aus/Reuters
Aristocrat H1 profit up 20 pct on new markets

Johannesburg         &
Gold Reef Resorts revitalises casinos to boost growth
Gold Reef earnings up

Melbourne                  Yahoo Aus/Reuters
Australia's Tabcorp year profit down, outlook flat
Tabcorp profit dips 3.8%
Wait two years for a payout, Tabcorp says

Melbourne                  News,com,au
Casino allowed problem gambler to bet $30m

Las Vegas                  Arizona Daily Star & Yahoo/AP
Casino to be partner in Vegas arena deal
Harrah's, AEG to Build Arena in Las Vegas to Attract NHL, NBA Teams

Las Vegas                  Yahoo/PRNewswire
Harrah's Entertainment and AEG Agree to Develop World Class Sports & Entertainment Arena on the Las Vegas Strip

additional headlines...
Bulgaria Probes State Lottery Corruption Allegations


Wednesday, 22nd August

Macau & Hong Kong        
Melco PBL May Trim $2.75 Billion Casino Loans Amid Credit Rout

Las Vegas                  Yahoo/Reuters, AP &
Dubai World to buy MGM Mirage stake
Shares of MGM Mirage Leap on $5 Billion Investment From Dubai World
Dubai World to buy into MGM Mirage

Las Vegas & Dubai, UAE.                  Yahoo/PRNewswire & AP
MGM MIRAGE and Dubai World to Form Long-Term Strategic Relationship
Google Image Search "Sultan Bin Sulayem"

Las Vegas                  Yahoo/PRNewswire & AP
MGM MIRAGE Announces Corporate Management Promotions
MGM Mirage Names Murren Operating Chief

Goa, India                  The Independent & Press Trust of India
Floating casinos threaten Goa's hippie paradise
Second off-shore casino in Goa runs into trouble
Casino Goa - Only floating Casino of India - Images

New York                  Yahoo/Business Wire
Trans World Corporation Announces a $3.50 Million Capital Raise

NSW, Australia                  Australian Daily Telegraph
Government in secret betting scandal - Secret deal let Tabcorp lend money to gamblers

Sydney                  Sydney Morning Herald
Packer's casino gamble hits PBL's bottom line

NSW, Australia                  Australian Daily Telegraph
Government in secret betting scandal - Secret deal let Tabcorp lend money to gamblers

London                  Daily Telegraph
Labour accepts gambling firm donation

Indiana                  UAW - Press release
Casino dealers file for UAW representation at Casino Aztar in Evansville, Ind.

Tallahassee                  Yahoo/AP
Florida Has More Time to Negotiate With Seminoles on Gambling

additional headlines...
Boyd Fined $185,000 by Labor Safety Agency After 2 Worker Deaths
Bally Technologies Provides Fiscal Year 2007 Business Update
Lucien Barrière Selects GS Signage for New Toulouse Casino
Police Investigating Shooting At Casino Queen
Clock is Ticking on Las Vegas' Water Supply
155 cars impounded in raid on gambling den - Borneo

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