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Archive 2007: 8th - 14th December

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Friday, 14th December

Macau             Macau Daily Times
MGM Grand Macau opens doors to media

Zaragoza, Spain             Fox News & Reuters
Spanish wannabe bids for Las Vegas-style complex
Spanish Desert Area to Take on Las Vegas With Massive Casino Complex
There are two Hope's and one's called Bob. - International Leisure Development.

Atlantic City             CBS News/AP
Casino Loses License, Threatens Bankruptcy

Macau             Malaysian Star
Macau casino venture eyes VIP market

Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein             CBS News/AP
Kieler Landtag zementiert Glücksspiel-Monopol - Lotto monopoly maintained.

Osnabrück, Niedersachsen   
Spielbank zieht im März um - New location for the Osnabrück Spielbank.

Queensland, Australia             NineMSN & The Australian
Chinese woman jailed over casino scam
Woman jailed over $750,000 casino scam
The players used a card stolen the previous evening to manipulate a series of coup's at Jupiters Casino in May 2005.

Las Vegas, Nevada             Yahoo/AP
Casino Executives Slam Gambling Tax Hike Plan, Offer Alternatives

Las Vegas   
Day 1A at the WPT Doyle Brunson Classic
Day 1B of the WPT Doyle Brunson Classic

additional headlines...
The Palazzo Las Vegas to Take Center Stage at 2008 Rose Parade(R)
MGM Mirage CEO Lanni Sells 50,000 Shares
WMS predicts casinos poised to upgrade technology
Cost of Mohegan Sun expansion rises by $185 million
Lotto balls-up - Fake start button on Camelot's Lottery machine

Thursday, 13th December

MGM Grand Macau says funding secured for expansion

Atlantic City             Yahoo/AP
Tropicana Appeals N.J. License Denial

Great Yarmouth             Norwich Evening News
Ambitious plans for £35m leisure complex

Reading             Reading Evening Post
Public safety scuppers casino scheme - Rank Group planning permission rejection.

Atlantic City             Philadelphia Inquirer
N.J. casino commission denies license to Tropicana

Botswana & South Africa    Reporter 
Peermont reopens casinos after takeover

Las Vegas             The Australian
Packer bets house on US casinos
8400 pokies for Packer

London             The Times, Daily Mirror & Bloomberg
Rank axes dividend to stave off breaches
Bingo clubs on the ropes - Mecca attendance down from 350,000 to 300,000 a week.
Rank Reports Weaker Sales Growth and Scraps Dividend
Smoke ban and law changes hit Rank

Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire
World Series of Poker(R) to Award Trophy to $50,000 Event Champion in Memory of Poker Great 'Chip' Reese

Melbourne             SMH, & ABC News
Casino faces court over 'amoral conduct'
Crown casino to go to trial over banned addict gambler claims
Casino sued by problem gambler

Sofia, Bulgaria   
Bulgarian MPs Reject Gambling Law Amendments

Baltic States             Baltic Times
Olympic: the king of Baltic casinos
Gaming operators face tough ad laws

Singapore             Straits Times
2 men jailed, fined, for running consulate 'casino'
Businessmen jailed, fined for funding casino in Senegal consulate

St. Louis, Missouri   
Online Gambling's Carruthers Speaks

additional headlines...
Gaming center owner seeks councilors’ nod - Philippines
BWIN studying legal challenge to fine - €50,000 fine for the Austrian company.
Groupe Partouche Q4 sales turn higher, limiting FY drop
2 groups reveal details of casino-resort plans - Sumner County, Kansas.
Lord Condon gambling talk spurs on IOC
Casino bus erupts in flames, but intrepid gamblers press on

Wednesday, 12th December

Las Vegas & Australia             Herald Sun
Four casinos crown James Packer Cannery row

Pennsylvania             Yahoo/Business Wire &
Penn National Gaming Shareholders Approve Acquisition by Certain Funds Managed by Affiliates of Fortress Investment Group LLC and Centerbridge Partners L.P.
Partnership to acquire Penn Gaming

North Carolina             Yahoo/Business Wire
PokerTek Announces Expanded Distribution for Heads-Up Challenge World Series of Poker Edition

Las Vegas & Sydney             Yahoo Aus/Reuters, IHT/AP &
Australia's Crown in $1.75 bln casino buy
Australia's Crown Ltd. buys Cannery Casino Resorts for $1.75 billion
Crown to buy Cannery Casino Resorts

London   , Reuters & Yahoo/AFX
Rank Group PLC Trading update - 49 weeks to 9 December 2007
Rank's bingo, casino woes persist, scraps dividend
Rank scraps final dividend blaming uncertain outlook for 2008

Pittsburgh             New York Times & Yahoo/AP
For Casino Owner, Winning a License Was Not a Matter of Luck - Don Barden
Ground Broken on Pittsburgh Casino; April 2009 Opening Expected

Santiago, Chile    Day
South Africa: Sun International Buys Into Chilean Casino
El Casino Más Grande de Sudamérica en San Francisco de Mostazal - Chile - Superintendencia de Casinos de Juego

additional headlines...
La. Casinos Win $202.8 Million
Chip Reese And Another Online Scandal - Sports Podcast 12/11/2007
Managing Editor Fired From Bluff for Full Tilt Cheating -
Net poker a busted flush - Sportingbet -
Demerger and Direct and Indirect Changes in Ownership of MPEL
Antigua eyes big win against U.S. in gambling case

Tuesday, 11th December

Carson City, Nevada             Reuters & Yahoo/AP
Nevada gamblers lose $1.16 bln in October
Nevada Casinos Report Record October Win
The win on Baccarat was $108.2 million, up 338% and on mini-baccarat $13.8 million, up 16.7%. Table game win was up 21% and slots 5%.

Las Vegas             Yahoo/AP
MGM Mirage COO James Murren Exercises Options for 50,000 Shares
MGM Mirage Chief Executive Terrence J. Lanni Sells 50,000 Shares

Macau & Hong Kong             Yahoo/PRNewswire & AP
CotaiJet Service Temporarily Suspended Due to Macao Legal Proceedings
Las Vegas Sands Temporarily Suspends Ferry Service on CotaiJet
Macau English News

Las Vegas             Yahoo/AP
Shuffle Master Up on Possible CEO Change

Hong Kong   
Hong Kong's A-Max to raise 1.95 bln hkd via share placement

Atlantic City             Reuters & Philadelphia Inquirer
Atlantic City casino win down 7.7% in November
A.C. casinos take down nearly 8%
A.C. casinos continue to lose cash to Pa.'s slots
"Slot revenue dropped 12.2%, while table game winnings were up 4.4%, the regulator said."

New Zealand             New Zealand Herald
Casino forced to reveal details on big spenders
Perhaps this is the reason why there's believed to be only 1 bidder for Sky City Entertainment Group.

New Zealand             New Zealand Herald &
Gambling hits poor hardest
Politicians should heed gambling survey

Carson City, Nevada             Las Vegas Sun/AP
Nevada casino group files court challenge of tax hike plan - Nevada Resort Association

Washington & London             Earth Times/PRNewswire
British Government Endorses U.S. Regulation of Internet Gambling
Press release from an organisation called the Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative

Peru             La República
Cierran casino e incautan 115 máquinas tragamonedas
Illegal slot seizure in San Juan de Miraflores. Pervian police have so far seized 2,000 illegal slots in 2007. 319 were destroyed on 5th December.

Montevideo, Uruquay             El Pais
Ehrlich ordena una investigación en otro casino

additional headlines...
Casino owner won't heed 'ridiculous' design request - Pittsburgh
Six-month wait for Betfair ruling - Western Australia
Green light for Chile casino project - Sun International & Region Six ?
Casino deal could hurt local gaming facilities - Orlando
Elixir Gaming Technologies to Receive $40 Million of Net Proceeds as a Result of Warrant Exercise

Monday, 10th December

Ponte 16 Casino Rumoured to Open 30 January 2008
MGM Grand Macau Opening 18 December 2007
MGM Grand Macau - YouTube

Macau             TDM Daily News
Cotai Water Jet operations suspended - Macau English News

Russia & Germany             Moscow Times/Bloomberg
Ritzio Betting on Europe as Russia Restricts Gambling

Macau             AFP/Google & The Nation - Thailand
Macau casinos victims of colossal Vegas-style scam: report
Macau casinos losing billions to illegal side betting
"the respondents said the illegal activity represented 78% of the official market for VIP gamblers."

Sheffield             Sheffield Star
£21m investment in St Paul's project - Stanley Casinos 1st Op. in Sheffield.

Oldbury, West Midlands   
Midlands developer offers boost for Rank

Las Vegas             CBS2 Palm Springs
Caesars raises upper limit on games to $50,000 per hand

New York             International Herald Tribune
After a century, one-armed bandit gets a makeover

additional headlines...
Tinian project on hold pending Bill
La Fiesta Mall - Saipan
Tahoe casino owned by Sinatra ordered to fix fire alarm system
Australian casino operator Crown assigned 'BBB' long-term IDR - Fitch
$1.9m Lotto ticket hiding in drawer
Large casino planned for Deadwood

Sunday, 9th December
Ricky Hatton v's Floyd Mayweather
Hit Man sunk - Hatton's dream ended in tenth round by Mayweather
Dominant Mayweather stops Hatton
Ricky is defeated
Hatton defeat saves bookies £10m

London & Malaysia             The Observer
Is Genting playing a long game with its new stake in Rank?

Connecticut             Norwich Bulletin
Foxwoods objections don’t deter dealers

South Florida             Myrtle Beach Sun
Lavish casinos expand South Florida's gaming

additional headlines...
Gambling on a fall in house values
Tinian casino project on hold because of Saipan gaming bill

Saturday, 8th December
Ricky Hatton v's Floyd Mayweather
Hatton/Floyd clash at MGM weigh-in
Hatton fans weigh-in to Vegas hype
Google News search - Hatton

Beijing, China             Yahoo/PRNewswire & AP
PacificNet Signs Agreement to Acquire Octavian International - Global Provider of Gaming Technology
China-Based PacificNet to Acquire UK-Based Gaming Developer Octavian International - Executive profiles

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Stretching out the fun time - 'Guaranteed Play' machines provide a set number of hands for a set price
Guaranteed Entertainment with Guaranteed Play™ - IGT

Boston             Boston Globe
Groups mobilize against casinos

London             Daily Mirror & The Guardian
Kieren Fallon walks free - Jockey walks free as race fix trial collapses in farce
Fallon in the clear as £10m case collapses

additional headlines...
Penn Only Casino Application for Kansas
Third suspect arrested in casino theft

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