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Archive 2007: 15th - 21st March

Wednesday, 21st March

Budget - Gambling tax changes...
Remote Gaming Duty set at 15%;  top rate increased to 50%
Gambling firms bemoan budget tax deal - Yahoo/Reuters
Rank Group Plc response to Budget statement -
‘Door closed’ to online gambling -
Chancellor closes the door on remote gaming - Remote Gambling Association
The RGA whinging about it's members having to pay a 15% tax on profits if they choose to relocate to Britain.

Philippines & Athens, Greece                  ABS-CBNNews
Pagcor, Greece's Loutraki Casino in talks for a project

Blackpool                  Blackpool Gazette
One last throw of the dice

Las Vegas                  Yahoo/Reuters
Ruffin says near $40 mln/acre New Frontier sale

Brussels set to raise stakes for six nations over gambling curbs

Isle of Man & New York        
NETELLER Takes Positive Step Towards Returning US Customers' Funds

London         , MSN/Reuters & BBC Business
Sportingbet Plc - Resolution in Louisiana
Sportingbet says Louisiana drops charges
Sportingbet warrants cancelled

Taipei, Taiwan                   Bloomberg & Yahoo Singapore/Asia Pulse
Taiwan Considers Casinos, Denies Report on Plan for 3 Licenses
Casinos Must Not Affect Ecosystem: Green Island Chief

London                   Daily Telegraph & Daily Mail
Boost for super-casino rebellion
Don't bet on regeneration from supercasino, say Lords

Florida                   Sun-Sentinel
Career in poker a good deal? - Poker training boom in S. Florida.
What makes a good dealer?

South Dakota                   Rapid City Journal
Flandreau Sioux Tribe sues state on gambling compact

Naples, Florida         
Tipping The Odds: Former MIT Blackjack Card Counters Add Classes in New York City and Vegas

Additional headlines...
Tourist Skywalk not so grand
7 gamblers accuse Ameristar Casino of cheating them on perks
Casino in east Missouri is sued
Former Casino del Sol CEO banned from casino work - Arizona
Jowell issues TV phone-in warning
$15m Lotto winner reports for night shift

Video, audio, podcasts & images
Macau bets on casino success Reuters Video
High Stakes Poker - Season 3 - Ep 10 - Part 1 YouTube
Police raid gambling spot in east China Peoples Daily

Tuesday, 20th March

London                   Sheffield Star
Casino worker cleared of sting

Broward County, Florida                   Yahoo/PRNewswire
Magna Entertainment Corp. announces installation of an additional 705 slot machines at Gulfstream Park

Taipei, Taiwan                   Taiwan Central News Agency
CEPD to report in six months on whether Taiwan should allow casinos - Council for Economic Planning and Development.

Macau                   International Herald Tribune
Meanwhile: Gambling on Macao

London                   The Scotsman/Reuters
Betting firms expect budget tax reshuffle

Regional casino - HoL Merit Commitee's Report
Casino impact 'hard to assess' - Manchester Evening News
Lords criticise casino criteria - BBC
House of Lords Select Committee on the Merits of Statutory Instruments

Cape Town, South Africa                   Business Report & Moneyweb
Peermont ends its public status as a winner
Ernie Joubert: CEO, Peermont Global Limited - Interview.

South Africa                   S.A. Sunday Times & Moneyweb
Gold Reef takeover golden
Steven Joffe: CEO, Gold Reef Resorts - Interview.

London & Manchester                   Reuters UK
Politicians seen approving supercasino venue

Aberdeen                   ThisisNorthScotland/Press & Journal
Casino bid firm applies for extension to licence

Atlantic City                   Philadelphia Inquirer/AP
Caesars vows fight over unionization vote by its dealers

London                   The Times - Columnist opinion
Another scandal in the making? - The loose regulation of phone-in competitions.

Mississippi, Louisiana & Iowa                   Ledger-Enquirer, The Ledger & KETV
Miss. casino gross revenue at $248M in January
Louisiana casinos win $212.4 million in February
Horseshoe Leads Iowa Casinos - Iowa Casino Revenues Grow By Double Digits

Macau                   China View/Xinhua
Hong Kong group to open new casino resort in Macao next year

Johannesburg                   Business report, Business Today
Sun to pursue global growth with stake in Chilean firm 
Sun International to buy stake in Chilean firm

Additional headlines...
Vietnamese footballers suspended for 3-4 years for match-fixing
Tilburgs casino: 250 kasten - The Netherlands:
Salzburg ist Hochburg des illegalen Glücksspiels
Mehr Besucher lassen weniger Geld in WestSpiel-Casinos
Robinson's getting out of the casino business
Erie man busted in jackpot scam at casino - Underage winner
Casino's five-star hotel hits objections - Star City, Sydney.
Three gambling treatment programmes closed after govt audit - New Zealand.

Monday, 19th March

Blackpool                    Blackpool Gazette
New gaming bid from anti-supercasino firm - The Noble Organisation.

Macau              Macau Daily Blog/The Australian
Richard Tsiang Talks About MGM Grand Macau

Las Vegas                    Yahoo/Business Wire
Harrah's, Bluff Media Announce Digital Publishing Alliance For World Series Of Poker(R), Other WSOP-Branded Events

Las Vegas                    Yahoo/PRNewswire
75 Casinos Now Allow Customers to Apply For - and Instantly Receive - Arriva Cards, the First Credit Card Designed For Use in Casinos - Transaction fee for cash advances: 3% of the amount advanced.

Ireland & Northern Ireland           &
Northern Ireland Poker Championships Stopped by Police
Northern Ireland Poker Championships Raided by Police
NI poker championships raided by police - Hendon Mob Forum

Seville, Spain          
El Gran Casino Aljarafe cerrará sus puertas en julio - Closure in July ?

St. Louis, Missouri                    PRNewswire
Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. Announces Agreement to Acquire Casino Aztar in Caruthersville

Johannesburg & Santiago, Chile          & Reuters S.A.
Sun International pursues opportunity in Chile
Sun International to buy stake in Chilean firm - Superintendencia de Casinos de Juego

Johannesburg                    Mail & Guardian
Gold Reef Resorts boosts year profit by 25%

London                   ThisisLondon/Evening Standard
Empire strikes back as London's biggest casino
The former Empire Ballroom is set to debut in May as the Casino At The Empire with 30 tables and an 80 seat poker room.

Atlantic City                   New York Times
Atlantic City Aiming Higher as Casinos Slip

Kuala Lumpur                   The Malaysian Star & Business Times Sigapore
Genting bets on global casino market
Genting sells paper unit for RM745m to focus on gaming

Atlantic City                   Newsday/AP & UAW Union
Dealers at A.C. casino vote to form a union
80% of dealers at Caesars Atlantic City vote for union representation
Caesars Atlantic City

Gaming Law                   Poker Player Newspaper - I. Nelson Rose
Casinos Casinos On Cruse Ships, Why Not On Airplanes ?

Victoria, Australia                   The Melbourne Age
Minister will block gaming documents
Gaming regulator gets more staff

Additional headlines...
Dani and Ted's £100 million Poker battle
Ousted Philippine president's gambling buddy gets 6 years for bribery
INSIDE GAMING: Implosion guests take an unplanned powder
Coachella casino to begin expansion -
Short film addresses problem of gambling among youths - Singapore
Pointbet collapses owing in excess of $4,5M - Apparently based in Indonesia.
Frank Catania to Join Board of The Winning Edge

Video, audio, podcasts & images
The Budget: Gambling On Casinos - Michael Wilson Sky News

Sunday, 18th March

Redwood Shores, California         
New technology could transform slot machine industry

Commerce, California        
Poker Room Review: Commerce Casino, Los Angeles

London                  The Independent
Brown's last throw of the dice - Final Budget to introduce licence fee for online casinos

Las Vegas                  L.V. Review-Journal - John L. Smith
Las Vegas lets regular guy keep dream alive while dealing blackjack

Additional headlines...
Sheriff's Wife, Deputy To Stand Trial On Gambling Counts - Oklahoma
Asians find casinos a losing proposition - Boston & Connecticut.

Video, audio, podcasts & images
Long Clean-Up Begins on Stardust Property
Packer family now casino factory Yahoo Video
Aruba's Casinos Travel Channel
Bahamas: Island Gambling Travel Channel
Police: Friday Raids Targeted 'Pea Shake' Gambling RTV6 Indianapolis

Saturday, 17th March

Nevada                  Las Vegas Sun/AP
2 from Nevada in Congress to seek new Internet gambling study

Hull                  ThisisHull/Hull Daily Mail
Casino to open in St. Stephen's

Travemünde, Germany                  Lübecker Nachrichten
Neues Spiel, neues Glück? Im Casino geht's aufwärts
Premiere der Open im Casino Schenefeld vom 21. bis 24. März

Macau                  Business Week
Macao's Gambling Problem

Saskatchewan, Canada                  CBC News &
Gambling machines can be fixed to fight problem gambling: report
Sask gov't nixes more VLTs, but critics say problem gambling issue ignored
Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA)
Electronic Gambling Machines and Problem Gambling (PDF - 110 pages)

Quebec, Canada                  Ottawa Sun
Gambler wants VLT ban
A run of ill luck

Blackpool                 Blackpool Gazette
10,000 sign casino petition

New York                  Bloomberg
Comptroller of Sports-Gambling Ring Pleads Guilty

St. Croix, U.S.V.I.                  Virgin Islands Daily News
Casinos and St. Croix

Colorado                  Rocky Mountain News
Casino smoking ban gets snuffed
Blake: Casino smoking: $ vs. principle - Lungs v's Lucre.

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania                  N.Y. Times
Delays for Casino License Appeals Could Cost Pennsylvania

Nevada                  L.V. Business Press - David McKee
Battle lines in tip war shift to Carson City
Case bets for a Thursday -

Nevada                  In Business Las Vegas - Richard Velotta
Skywalk almost ready to run

Additional headlines...
'Bush 'worst president' ever' -- Donald Trump
Gambling "room" shut down, neighbor catches raid on tape - Memphis. TN.
Woman gets 12 life terms in Reno hotel fire that killed 12

Friday, 16th March

Wordsley, West Midlands                  Express & Star
Gunmen raid busy bookies

Las Vegas                  Eye on Gambling
World Series of Poker Shuns Internet Gambling
Should Internet gaming also shun the WSOP ?

Colorado Springs, Colorado             Yahoo/PRNewswire & AP
Century Casinos Reports 2006 Earnings
Century Casinos 4Q Profit Up on Casino Revenue, Gain on Sale of Gauteng, South Africa Interest

Nanterre, Paris                  Yahoo/Reuters
French casino chairman fined over online gaming - Patrick Partouche - Internet casino
Partouche Management

Las Vegas & Caribbean                  Caribbean Net News
New sports betting kiosks for Dutch Caribbean casinos

Burnaby, British Columbia        
Gateway Casinos Q4 profit $8.4M as revenue rises 38% to $35.5M

Glasgow                  Glasgow Herald
SECC bets on Plan B after losing casino - Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre

Lake Como, Italy                  Times of Malta
Malta firm holds gaming expo

Atlantic City                  Philadelphia Inquirer
Dealers at Caesars to vote tomorrow on joining a union

Moscow                  The Moscow Times
School Chief Claims He Was Attacked at Casino - Casino Molodaya Gvardia

Macau         Wahington Bureau
In Macau, casino tycoon's daughter tries to escape his long shadow

Edmonton, Alberta                  CNW Group
Palace Casino Ordered to Pay Damages to Union

Additional headlines...
Pa. eases worker-screening rules at slots casinos

Video, audio, podcasts & images
Casino Aztar President and General Manager Resigns
Casino Author Nicholas Pileggi The Strip Podcast

Thursday, 15th March

Las Vegas                  Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
LOOKING IN ON: GAMING - Junket operators likely to maintain grip on Macau casinos

Solihull, Birmingham                  icBirmingham/Birmingham Post
NEC unveils its casino plan

Las Vegas                  Yahoo/AP
World Series of Poker Prepares for 10,000 Entrants in Las Vegas

Las Vegas                  Yahoo/Business Wire
Progressive Gaming Announces the Expansion of Its Race and Sports Operations

St. Louis, Missouri                  Yahoo/PRNewswire
Isle of Capri Casinos Receives NASDAQ Delisting Notice Relating to Restatement, Will Request Hearing

Las Vegas                  Yahoo/PRNewswire
Bally Technologies Completes Filings for Fiscal Year 2006

New York & Czech Republic                  Yahoo/Business Wire
Trans World Corporation Announces 2006 Year End Results

European free trade & Gambling rulings
Two major rulings, with free traders loosing cases in both Norway & The Netherlands.

Oslo, Norway                  Aftenposten, Norway Post & UPI
European ruling backs monopoly
EFTA Court backs Norwegian slot machine monopoly
Panel: Norwegian gambling monopoly legal
Judgement of the Court - Case E-1/06

Den Haag, Netherlands                  Volkskrant
Raad van State keurt Nederlands monopolie Holland Casino goed
Holland Casino behoudt zijn monopolie in Nederland
The Dutch Council of State has decided that the casino monopoly held by government agency Holland Casino should be maintained. The ruling effectively terminates French operator Tranchant's plans for Bergen op Zoom and Harrah's in Maastricht.

Washington                  Yahoo/AFX
Rep. Frank eyes Web gambling ban repeal

Australia's Tabcorp on hunt for experienced CEO

Macau                  Yahoo Singapore/AFP
Casino economy flourishes but experts warn of Macau imbalance

Macau                  Macau Hub
Macau expected to receive between 24 and 25 million tourists in 2007

Macau                  China Economic Net
Macao launches int'l gaming show

Additional headlines...
MGM Mirage, Culinary Union Open Contract Talks in Las Vegas
Milbank, Willkie and Skadden win big on multibillion-dollar casino buy-out
South Africa: Good Odds On Sun International's Stock

Video, audio, podcasts & images
Raw Video: cameras on Stardust implosion Yahoo Video
High Stakes Poker Season 3 Ep9 Part 1 (5 parts)
Nothing spectacular happens, it's mainly chit chat.


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