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Archive 2007: 15th - 21st February

Wednesday, 21st February

Macau                 Financial Times Germany
Golden dome opens doors to high rollers

Sydney, Australia        Australian
Chips down as Tabcorp tumbles badly

Vienna & Belgrade                  Casinos Austria - Press release
CAI presents Casino Beograd at Gaming Expo Belgrade 2007

Vienna & Belgrade                Forbes &
Casinos Austria to invest 60 mln eur in new Hotel Yugoslavia casino - report
Belgrade to get luxury casino in June

Nevada & Macau                  China Post
US state schedules public review of MGM's Macau casino venture
The Nevada Gaming Commission will hold a public hearing on the 27th February on MGM Mirage's casino venture in Macau with Pansy Ho Chiu-king.

Sydney, Australia                 Bloomberg, Melbourne Age & Herald Sun
Tabcorp Scraps Expansion Plans as Profit Falls 22%
Tabcorp sees challenging full-year ahead
Tabcorp says smokes ban hurts

Johannesburg, South Africa         & Reuters South Africa
Peermont’s second buyout offer is questionable
Peermont Global says no second buyout offer yet

Online Poker                  Card Player &
Doyle's Room Will Stop Accepting U.S. Players
Another Online Poker Closure - Doyle's Room Succumbs To UIGEA

Additional headlines
Operan mil 500 casinos clandestinos en México
Costa Rica Crime Rate Out of Control: Gambling911 Associate Left for Dead
Betting shop screens may go blank in April - The Guardian
Ministers 'ignoring fears on problem gambling' - Scotland
Casino Queen's sale is in doubt - St. Louis, Missouri.
Two held in bookie armed robbery hunt
Bookie pays out on Mirren's Oscar

Video, audio, podcasts & images
Aristocrat Leisure - Interview with CEO Paul O'Neile Bloomberg
$600 Million casino deal reached in Monticello
Slot Key Persons - Job description video MySpace
The Casino College on NBC - Arizona. YouTube

Tuesday, 20th February

Pennsylvania                  Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Pa. considering a virtual table game machine for casinos

Newham, E. London                  Guardian Series
Inquiry into casino plans is announced - Newham's large casino licence award.
Newham location - Multimap

Charlotte, N.C.                  Yahoo/Business Wire
PokerTek Announces Results for 4thQ 2006 and Fiscal Year-End 2006

Istanbul, Turkey                  Sabah English Edition
Casinos, forbidden but abundant
Illegal casinos in Istanbul are apparently busted at the rate of 1 a day.

South Africa                  Reuters South Africa
Sun International boosts profit, eyes expansion

Las Vegas                  Yahoo/Reuters & AP
Boyd Gaming quarterly profit more than doubles
Boyd Gaming 4Q Profit Up on Hurricane-Related Insurance Claim Settlement

Las Vegas                  Yahoo/PRNewswire
Boyd Gaming Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

Online Poker        
Tribeca To Withdraw Network Services from U.S. Market at Month's End

Australia         telegraph
Aristocrat gambling takings fall

Australia & Macau                  Hong Kong Standard/Reuters & Yahoo/AFP
Tabcorp calls off Macau casino plan with Virgin
Virgin's Branson seeking new partner after Tabcorp nixes Macau deal 
Interesting quote... "Virgin reportedly wants to cash in on a loophole that allows foreign operators to run casinos without a licence in Macau"

Manchester & Blackpool                  The Scotsman & Blackpool Gazette
Ladbrokes tipped for supercasino
Expert wants urgent casino rethink - Former Leisure Parcs Exec Mark Etches.

Rome                  Catholic Online
Roll the Dice in Britain - Gambling Problems Multiply as Casino Gets Go-Ahead

New York                  Troy Record, Times Herald-Record & New York Daily News
Spitzer OK's casino plan for the Catskills
Spitzer inks casino deal with Mohawks
After years of infighting, gov rolls dice on 600m casino to spur Catskills revival
Casino Watch Catskills

Washington                  Reno Gazette Journal/
Tribes differ over proposal about off-reservation casinos

Aurora, Ontario & Vienna, Austria                  Yahoo/PRNewswire
Magna Entertainment Corp. announces non-cash asset write-down

Additional headlines
Bookies fight for survival - Victoria, Australia
Gambler's express: Train to link New York and Atlantic City
Gambling addict jailed for burgling neighbours - Cambridge, UK.
Betting shop robbed - Ladbrokes, Milton Keynes.

Video, audio, podcasts & images
NBC's Poker After Dark - Selection of video's. NBC Sports

Monday, 19th February

Schweizer Casinos fordern Steuersenkung - Über 50 Prozent Steuerabgaben
Casinos mit Rekordumsatz - Schweizer Casino Verband

London                  Yahoo/Reuters
Ladbrokes may unveil casino plan

London                  The Sunday Times
Debt doubts hit Tote sale
"Meanwhile, the British Casino Association, which represents the biggest gaming groups, has decided to take legal action to redress the “unfair competition” created by the new Gambling Act."

"Knowledge Should Defeat Fear" – Understanding the high stakes game of Baccarat - Part I. - Andrew MacDonald and William R. Eadington.
Kaliningrad - Europe's first modern Gambling Destination? - Kristian Nygaard
"Technology and table games - Vic Taucer

Atlantic City                  Yahoo/AP
Hit by New Competition, Atlantic City's Casinos Worry About Decline in Their Revenues
For the first time since casino gaming began in 1978 revenues at Atlantic City's casinos could decline in 2007. Slot win was down 7.2% in January.

Las Vegas                  Las Vegas Review-Journal - Howard Stutz
Building boom expected to create 113,500 casino jobs

Las Vegas                  Las Vegas Sun & Las Vegas Review-Journal
Jeff Simpson on why Binion's is likely to go on the block - or worse, close
INSIDE GAMING: Tribal casinos' mettle spurs Primm sale

Manila, Philippines        
Bishop, solons slam 'haste' in passing Pagcor bill
PAGCOR's casino franchise is the subject of debate in the Philippine House of Representatives where the company could be awarded a 25 year extension this week.

British Columbia         Sun
Casinos violate rules for gambling addiction

Australia & Macau                  The Scotsman/Reuters
Tabcorp said out of Casino talks

Newcastle                  The Northern Echo
Auction of former fruit machine king's possessions
Peep inside the bandit king's lock-up
Sixties hitman Luvaglio in fight to clear his name

A Renewal of the Effort to Open Casinos in Mexico - Barnard R. Thompson

Additional headlines
Lawmaker Pushing Return Of TouchPlay Machines - Iowa
Dolphin mortality high at Mirage
Man wins $25,000 lottery two days in row
OFT posts lottery scam warning

Video, audio, podcasts & images
Casinoland Podcast - Spielbank Niedersachsen's online casino project with with Chartwell Technology.
The NBA's Biggest Man - The Strip Podcast Steve Friess/Miles Smith 
American Casino Guide Show: March, 2007 - Bob Dancer Steve Bourie
Couple Accuses Blackhawk Casino Of False Advertising ahoo
Best Casino Freebies

Sunday, 18th February - Chinese New Year 2007

Britain - Pub poker                  Morning Advertiser - 15th February
Poker league brings Full House

Kansas City, Missouri                  KSHB-TV
Man shot outside of Isle of Capri Casino

Las Vegas                  Taipei Times - Ryan Nakashima, AP
Las Vegas counts on Asian bettors

Sydney & Macau                  Malaysia Star - original source unknown
Stanley Ho backs NSW Labor government, Sydney casino eyed

Additional headlines
Brown plans £1.9bn lottery Games raid
Deadbeat Parents' Gambling Winnings Can Be Seized - Colorado

Video, audio & images
Destination Macau Report - Ep. 4 - The Grand Lisboa
Excellent quality.
Yahoo Video
High Stakes Poker Season 3 Ep 5 Part 1 (Five parts)
Hardly any action. It can only get better.
Casino Safety Tips To Avoid Being A Target Yahoo/CBS2
Torquay Bankruptcy Capital
flush on the river - Poker's a game of skill !. Sure it is ;) Blinkx

Saturday, 17th February

Kuala Lumpur & Singapore                  Yahoo Australia/AFP
Genting International, Star Cruises shares dip over Macau deal

Australia                  The Melbourne Age
Billion-dollar crackdown on World Cup bookmakers

Blackpool                  Blackpool Today/Blackpool Gazette
Campaign Update: We want a casino!
5,700 signatures so far. One wonders if those signing the Gazette's campaign know that Blackpool has 3 already !

Victoria, Australia                  The Australian
Tables turned in gaming inquiry

Charleston, W.V.                  Yahoo/AP
First-Ever House Vote Advances West Virginia Bill to Allow Table Games at Racetracks

ISA-CASINOS präsentierte sich auf der Poker-Messe in München

Niedersachsen, Germany                 Reuters Germany & NDR
Niedersachsen läßt Internet-Casinos nicht zu
Niedersachsen untersagt Internet-Casino
"Lower Saxony does not permit Internet Casinos". The state government may now have to pay a partial refund to Casinos Austria who purchased the 10 Niedersachsen Spielbanks in 2004 for circa €90 million.

Torquay                  ThisisDevon/Western Morning News
Six gamble ob Bay's casino project - Aspers, Century Casinos, LCI and Stanley.

British Bookmaker robberies...a quick summary
Woman punched in bookies raid - William Hill. Birmingham Mail. £10k reward.
Bookmakers Shop Raided - Ladbrokes Ilkeston. Derbyshire Telegraph.
Bookies offers reward - Ladbrokes Haverhill (2). Cambridge Evening News. £10k reward.
Armed robbery at Cardiff bookies - Bet Fred Cardiff.
Warning after bookies pistol raid - As above. BBC Wales.
Knifeman steals cash at bookies - Corals Chaddesden. Derbyshire Telegraph. 5th Feb.

Friday, 16th February

Macau & Asian gamblers                  Las Vegas Business Press
A tough crowd to please
Macau's shadowy past
Special feature from the LV PB. Very interesting.

Charlotte, North Carolina                  Business Wire
PokerTek Announces Scheduled PokerPro® Installations on Princess Cruises Fleetwide
PokerTek's Heads-Up Electronic Poker Table to Enhance Poker in Casinos

South Africa         Times
SA offers UK responsible gambling tips
"Greenway said Gamcare spent £5.5 million (about R71-million) in the last three years providing counselling for gamblers."

Las Vegas                  Las Vegas Business Press
Golden Palm on the block - Hotel-casino site may be a tough sell
It's a record year for visitors - Conventioneers make the difference

Jean, Nevada                  In Business Las Vegas
MGM Mirage dreams of Jean

Manchester                  Yahoo/Reuters
Harrah's eyeing UK's first "supercasino"-source

Blackpool & Manchester                  Manchester Evening News
Blackpool giant backs casino result
The Noble Organisation, who in 2006 had applications for two casino licenses blocked by city officials fearing they would jeapodise the towns regional casino bid.

Niagara Falls, New York                  Niagara Gazette
Casino revenue a record - First quarter earnings increase 41 percent to $103.3 million

Winnepeg, Manitoba                  Globe & Mail & CBC News
Ontario firefighters help elderly man attacked by cleaver at Winnipeg casino
Man attacked in Winnipeg casino

Gauteng, SouthAfrica                  AllAfrica/Business Day
South Africa: Bingo Terminals 'A Threat to Gaming'

New Jersey                  The Press of Atlantic City
Atlantic City mayor signs compromise casino-floor smoking ban

Additional headlines...
Super Bowl feeds illicit gambling - The Register
'Racino' scheme for racecourse - Wolverhampton/Dunstall Park
Accused casino killer faces trial in July - Houma, Louisiana
Betting raids - Cyprus

Video, audio & images
Casino Talk Swirls As Mashpee's Wampanoag Tribe Gains Federal Recognition Yahoo Video/CBS4
Casino Industry Bets on Growth Marketwatch

Thursday, 15th February

Vienna, Austria                  Die Presse &
Casinos: Ohne Monopol gehen wir
Der juristische Poker um das Glücksspiel-Monopol
Casinos Austria überlegt Hauptsitz ins Ausland zu verlegen

Manchester                  South Manchester Reporter
It’s deadline day for controversial casino plans

Las Vegas        
Two Million Chips: Six Months After - WSOP Final, Still no statement from Harrah's.

Gibraltar                  PRNewswire
12 of the World's Best Take Part in Premier League Poker

Los Angeles                  Yahoo/Business Wire
World Series Of Poker Academy Debuts With Noted World Champions As Instructors

Las Vegas                  Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
For casinos, Chinese New Year behind only Super Bowl  - Extra steps taken to welcome Asians

London                  Business Post
Gaming firm to close clubs ahead of UK smoking ban

Toronto                  Market Wire
CryptoLogic Achieves Strong Revenue, Earnings in 2006

Las Vegas                  Yahoo/AP
Visitors to Las Vegas Rise to Record 38.9 Million in 2006

Las Vegas                  Yahoo/Business Wire
Global Payment Technologies Announces Fiscal 2007 First-Quarter Results

Las Vegas                  Yahoo/PRNewswire
VendingData(TM) Receives Gaming Laboratory International Approval on New Specialty Shuffler, ShufflePro(TM)

Las Vegas                  Yahoo/PRNewswire
Residences at CityCenter's Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas Nearly Sold Out After Two Weeks on Market

Pennsylvania                  Philadelphia Inquirer
Casino's A.C. link may lead to suit

Additional headlines...
City offers super casino losers backing - Manchester
£10k reward for bookie bandit - Haverhill, Suffolk.
Casino Royal book fails to sell
Revenue rises at Detroit casinos - January total is $109.3 million for 3 gambling sites

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