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Archive 2007: 22nd - 31st March

Saturday, 31st March

Las Vegas & beyond          - Dave McKee
Who needs Horseshoe? Not Harrah's.
News from Macao

Las Vegas                   Yahoo/AP
Tropicana Casino gets ready to turn 50 - The Las Vegas Tropicana opened on 4th April, 1957.

Blackpool                   Blackpool Today
Coral Island 'no gambling shed' - The Noble Organisation.
Lib Dems under fire over advert

New York                   Buffalo News
Senecas unveil new Salamanca casino - Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel

WTO Compliance panel ruling...
U.S. Ban On Web Gambling Rejected - Washington Post
U.S. still in the wrong with Web gambling ban, WTO says - IHT
WTO rules against US web casino crackdown - The Times

Gary Stephen Kaplan arrest...
BetonSports founder arrested - CNN Money/Reuters
BetOnSports founder Stephen Kaplan is arrested in Dominican Republic - SMH
FBI helps detain Betonsports founder after nine-month hunt - The Guardian
Significant Cases - BETONSPORTS PLC
Eleven Individuals and Four Corporations Indicted on Racketeering, Conspiracy and Fraud Charges
Wanted: KAPLAN, Gary Stephen - Interpol

Costa Rica & Dominican Republic          &
BetonSports Founder Gary Kaplan Arrested in the Dominican Republic
Costa Rica to Assist US with Apprehension of Online Gambling Operators?
BetonSports: Behind the Internet Gambling Arrest of Gary Kaplan

Las Vegas & London                   Las Vegas Review-Journal
Las Vegas companies undeterred by U.K. vote

Jean, Nevada                   Las Vegas Review-Journal
Nevada Landing shuts down early

Atlantic City                   Business Week/AP
Workers at 3rd AC casino seek union

Dover, Delaware                   Yahoo/PRNewswire
Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, Inc. Announces Phase VI Casino Expansion Plan

London                   Christian Today
Super-Casino Vote a ‘Historic Victory’, say Evangelicals

Las Vegas                   Las Vegas Review-Journal
Christenson retiring as CFO of Station Casinos

Additional headlines...
State's first off-track betting opens today in Vineland - New Jersey
Casino robbery suspect arrested - Billings, Montana.
eThekwini wins appeal against casino developer - Durban, South Africa
European law - Freedom to provide cross-border gambling services

Friday,  30th March

New York, Macau & sydney                   Yahoo/Business Wire & Reuters
Melco PBL Entertainment Reports Full Year 2006 Results
Loss widens at Macau casino company Melco

Las Vegas                   Yahoo/PRNewswire
VendingData(TM) Corporation Reports Full Year and Fourth Quarter 2006 Financial Results

Geneva, Switzerland                   BBC Business & The Times
WTO rules against US gaming ban
WTO rules against US web casino crackdown

Firefighters tackling blaze at city centre casino
Southampton Stanley Casino

Regional casino vote failure...
Industry stunned as Lords reveal ace in hole - Daily Telegraph
Brown may put casinos at bottom of the pack - Daily Telegraph
Cabinet ‘bent on revenge’ after casino vote defeat - The Times
Supercasino plans are still on the agenda, insists Jowell - The Guardian
Blackpool reopens battle for casino site - The Independent
Super-casino axed to save gambling boom - Daily Mail

Provincial coverage continued...
Casino: NEC to fight on - Birmingham Mail
Cleaned out: casino rejected - NEC. Solihull
Casino doubt is 'unfair' on city - Swansea. BBC Wales
Mixed fortunes over casino bids - Swansea & Cardiff. BBC Wales
Casino hope for York - The York Press
Casino confusion
Stranraer. Population 10k and change, and 600 of them signed a petition against a casino !
Minister is urged to compromise over casino plans - Middlesbrough.

Atlantic City                   USA Today
Smokers take last drags as casinos crack down
From April 75% of Atlantic City's gaming floor's must be smoke free and legislation for a total ban is working its way through the New Jersey Legislature.

Washington & Las Vegas                   Santa Barbera News-Press/Las Vegas Sun
Casinos and IRS wrangle over big tippers - Liz Benston

Queensland, Australia                   ABC News
Gold Coast casino blaze under investigation

888 Holdings Public Limited - Acquisition of the Online Bingo Business of Globalcom Limited

Las Vegas                   Las Vegas Sun
Jeff Simpson catches up with Steve Wynn, whose projects in Macau and in town are on pace

Additional headlines...
17 states looking for a (bigger) cut of casino dollars - Liz Benston
Ex-broker's bond revoked after gambling arrest

Video, audio, podcasts & images
Lance Burton and the Gay Wedding The Strip Podcast
Casinos Target Your Sense of Smell With Signature Scents

Thursday, 29th March

London                 Bloomberg
Ex-Poker Club Owner Is Fined Over 'Game of Chance'
Derek Kelly the former co-owner of the Gutshot poker club has been fined £10,000 and given a conditional discharge for 2 years.

Hallandale Beach, South Florida         Sun-Sentinel
Hallandale Beach police chief says casinos haven’t increased calls for officers

Casinos plans 'very much alive' - BBC Politics
Jowell vows to press ahead with casino plans - The Guardian

Der Rubel rollt in den Swiss Casinos

New York & Liverpool                   Yahoo/PRNewswire
Scientific Games Announces Strategic Partnership With Sportech/Littlewoods Football Pools |

Las Vegas                   Yahoo/AP
Riviera Holdings Rejects $327.6 Million Takeover Bid

London                   Daily Mail & Radio4 - Today Programme
Jowell delays casino plans until summer

West Mercia                   The Publican
Pub Poker league launches legal action

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania         
Philadelphia Law Could Prevent Proposed Casino

Regional casino vote...provincial coverage
The big super-casino gamble - icWales
Casino plans stall after shock vote - Hull Daily Mail
Yarmouth casino in jeopardy - Norwich Evening News
City 'still confident' of casino - Manchester. BBC
Solihull casino hit by Lords vote - Birmingham Mail
Casino plan looks like a busted flush - Western Daily Press

HoC & HoL Regional casino vote...
The House of Commons voted 274 to 250 in favour of Tessa Jowell's 17 casino package however the House of Lords rejected it by 123 to 120.

Labour in shock as Lords kill off plans for super-casino - Daily Mail
Lords throw out plans for Manchester supercasino - The Guardian
Peers deal new blow to ministers’ plans for a supercasino - The Times
Humiliation for Jowell as peers throw out plan for supercasino - The Ind.
Why Labour took a legal gamble - The Times
Lords trump super-casino bid - The Scotsman
Casinos rescue plan considered - The Guardian
“My objection rather is that the sleight of hand by the whole business of the gambling industry has become coupled with the regeneration theme, in ways which I find quite baffling,”
Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams
28 Mar 2007 : Betting, Gaming and Lotteries - HoC Hansard records
Gambling (Geographical Distribution of Casino Premises Licences) Order 2007 - HoL

Additional headlines...
Casino operator sent to prison for drug dealing - Aberdeen, South Dakota.
Dalmaz Center raided for gambling again - Istanbul, Turkey
Durban wins case against casino bosses - Suncoast Casino
Gambling tycoon Avi Shaked buys Aeronautics for the kids - Israel

Video, audio, podcasts & images
High Stakes Poker - Season 3 - Ep 11 - Part 1 You Tube

Wednesday, 28th March

Today's Regional casino vote... - HoC - HoL

Jowell's high stakes gamble
Manchester supercasino plan set for vote

Casino plans 'hang in balance' - The Guardian
Jowell offers rebels casino compromise - The Guardian
Costs of a chronic gambling addiction
The Guardian Letters. The Culture Secretary snapping back at Polly Toynbee.

Government faces tough casino vote - Daily Telegraph
"Iain Duncan Smith, the former Tory leader, said last night he would vote against the super casino plans because the Government had become “seduced by the international gambling industry”."

Jowell faces crunch casino votes -
"If I was a supporter of the Blackpool bid I'd be very careful about taking this offer at face value. It looks like Tessa Jowell is signing cheques that can't be cashed."

Do rebels have the courage to vote out the super-casino? - ThisisLondon
Tight votes expected over casino - BBC Politics
Manchester supercasino plan set for vote - The Scotsman


Kazakhstan                   Institute for War & Peace Reporting
Special Gambling Zones an Uncertain Bet
Shun Tak Holdings will apparently be one of the main investors in a U.S. $10 billion casino project being planned in Kapshagai, Kazakhstan.

Las Vegas                   Yahoo/PRNewswire
Gaming Partners International Files Extension for Annual Report

Las Vegas                   Yahoo/Business Wire
Reigning World Series Of Poker(R) Champion Jamie Gold Won't Face Retroactive Penalty For Rules Infractions

London                   Yahoo/Sharecast &
Sportingbet transferring activities to Channel Islands
Sportingbet Plc - Transfer of licensable activities to the Channel Islands

Singapore                   Yahoo Asia/AFP
Genting to pay 168 million US for control of Singapore gaming project

Carson City, Nevada          News
Casino Dealers Take Tip Sharing Fight to Carson City
It's hard to feel sorry for dealers earning $88,000 a year.

Atlantic City                   USA Today/AP
Caesars casino dealers union approved

Detroit                   Detroit News & Detroit Free Press
26,000 apply for 1,000 casino jobs
Thousands apply for 1,000 jobs at new MGM casino

Bill Protecting Casino Dealers Advances

Additional headlines...
Killed for casino cash, court told - Melbourne
New frontiers for online gaming - Costa Rica. Spot the BBC's mistakes !
Gambling raid hits Northside house - Has an explanation of the pea-shake game.
18 Arrests in Offshore Bookmaking Operation Run by Police Officers

Tuesday, 27th March

Singapore & Kuala Lumpur                   Yahoo Asia/Reuters
Genting Int'l to buy Singapore casino stake

Taipei, Taiwan          - Central News Agency
Casino decision due in six months: CEPD Chief

Wednesday's Regional casino vote... provincial coverage
Revolt threatens Yorkshire casinos - Yorkshire Post
Tory U-turn signals boost to Blackpool’s casino bid - The Stage
MPS to vote on casino plans - Torbay Herald Express
Cameron's casino campaign - N.E, Manchester Advertiser
Casino gamble cost city £40,000 - Peterborough Evening Telegraph
Crucial vote could end casino dream - Northern Echo - Debates circa 3pm HoL, time not stated HoC.

Las Vegas                   Yahoo/Business Wire
Global Payment Technologies, Inc. Announces New Manufacturing Strategic Partner

Levis, Quebec                   Yahoo Canada/CCN Matthews
DEQ Grants a National Patent Licence to Harrah's for the G3(TM) Side Betting and Table Game Bonusing System

London & Sydney                   Australian Daily Telegraph/
Packer to wed Erica in France

London                   The Guardian
It's simple. More gambling means more child poverty - Polly Toynbee

London                   The Guardian & Daily Mail
Casino bill in jeopardy as Jowell rejects further scrutiny
Jowell tries to 'buy off' casino rebels before vote
"Miss Jowell yesterday addressed the weekly meeting of the parliamentary Labour Party, effectively begging for her job to be saved."

Nairobi, Kenya         
Awori orders cutback on casinos in crackdown
The number of operating casinos in Kenya is stated as over 40 with 52 licences issued in total.

Detroit                   Detroit News
Detroit's MGM Grand casino to hire 1,000 workers

 Additional headlines...
Judge arrested for running casino - China
Cary police cite 41 in gambling raid - North Carolina
Casino bandit strikes twice - Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Bookmaker held up by silent thief - Redbridge, London.
IAAF decide to take hard line on gambling
Gambling and cricket - BBC South Asia
Dodge City casino plans move forward with bill - Kansas

Monday, 26th March

Las Vegas & Australia                   The Australian
Las Vegas on the table for Packer after Ho ruling

Bournemouth                   ThisisDorset/Dorset Echo
Decision day for town casino plan

Staatsanwalt sieht Verbrechen als Werk von absoluten Profis!
Gangster erbeuten 820.000 Euro bei Casino-Überfall!
The 4 armed robbers required just 2 minutes and 46 seconds and are believed to have escaped with €820,000.

Holland & Spain         
Paul van Leeuwen from the Netherlands winner of the European Croupier Championship in Spain

Las Vegas          & Yahoo/Business Wire
Progressive Gaming shares fall as ISWI patent suit settled
Interactive Systems Worldwide, Inc. and Progressive Gaming Reach Patent Licensing Agreement

Las Vegas                   Yahoo/Reuters
Progressive Gaming to report trading irregularities

Grand Casino Brussels robbery
Robbers steal at least €600,000 from Brussels casino - IHT/AP
Grootste casino van België overvallen -
Ruim 800.000 euro geroofd van Brussels casino -
Gangsterbande räumte Casino in Brüssel leer -
Bande überfiel Grand Casino in Brüssel -
The 4 masked robbers forced around 50 staff and customers to lie on the ground and at least 1 of them was armed with a machine gun. They escaped in a Taxi that had been stolen the evening. No one was injured in the attack.

London - Regional casino vote
Labour rebellion threatens first supercasino - The Times
Jowell will gamble all on new casinos - Daily Telegraph
Casino defeat could cost Jowell her job - Daily Mail
Casino bid outcomes 'flawed' - Birmingham Mail
Casino bid hit by tax fears - Birmingham Mail. NEC/Solihull
Casino plans face Commons battle - BBC Politics

Port Moresby, Papua New Quinea                   Radio Australia
Korea to build hotel casino in PNG

 Additional headlines...
Bookmakers illegally turn over millions on cricket
5th casino reports robbery - Billings, Montana.
Ex-soap star scoops £100,000 at poker -
Lottery chief forced to resign, sources say - Ontario. Globe & Mail
50ft robotic Jacko 'to stalk Vegas' - Yahoo/PA
Project CityCenter: No lack of craftsmen - In Business Las Vegas

Sunday, 25th March

Macau & Las Vegas - Various dates
Pansy Ho-MGM Mirage partnership approved - L.V. Business Press - Matt Ward
Pansy Ho Is Running Hot - Macau Business News. Pansy Ho Interview
Pansy Ho escapes the shadow of her Hong Kong billionaire father - LVR-J

Macau                   New York Tmes/IHT
China's gamblers are prize in Macao's casino war
Pansy Ho and her father at the debut of the MGM Grand Macau project in 2005

London                   Sunday Times & Sunday Telegraph
Archbishop hits at ‘God given’ casino liberties
Gaming operators think again after tax shock
Cameron is gunning for super-casino
Cameron U-turn over casinos vote - Glasgow Herald
"The Tory leader has ordered his MPs to oppose Labour's proposals for a super-casino in Manchester when they go before the Commons and Lords on Wednesday."

Kingston, Jamaica
Bookies mull link in Woolmer murder - Mail & Guardian
The gamblers who will do anything to win - Sunday Times
Woolmer: New twist as his book goes missing - S.A. Sunday Times

Freeport, Texas                   The Facts
Casino boat settles contract dispute

Torquay                   Western Morning News
Anti-casino campaigners protest at lack of discussion

Billings, Montana          & Billings Gazette
Casino Robberies
3 casinos report similar thefts

 Additional headlines...
Gambling bill clears first House hurdle - Kansas
Man Shot In Casino Parking Lot - San Diego.

Video, audio, podcasts & images
Lincoln Park RI, opens expansion - 4,700 slots & 60% state tax
Lincoln Park begins transformation into Twin River
I-Team: MGM-Mirage Gets Go-ahead For Macau Project

Saturday, 24th March

Las Vegas                   Business Wire & Yahoo/AP
Progressive Gaming Reiterates Its Position Regarding Litigation and Financial Strength - 7:42 pm ET
Progressive Could Be Hurt by Lawsuit - 6:21 pm ET 
The PGIC release came 3 hours after the markets closed on Friday. In after hours trading the companies shares plunged 31% to $3.40.
Progressive Gaming Corp - Annual Report
Analysts say verdict could cripple Progressive - LVR-J 27th February.

British gaming tax increase
Harrah's unhappy about UK tax hike on casinos - The Scotsman/Reuters
Genting criticises changes to British gaming duties - Business Times/AFP

Moscow                   Interfax
Almost a third of game machine points to close in Moscow

Ontario, Canada                   Toronto Sun
Lotto boss' ticket punched

South Africa         
SA casinos spinning cash wheel - Sun Intermational, Gold Reef & Peermont Global.

Carson City                   Las Vegas Sun/AP
Nevada regulators give final OK for MGM partnership in Macau

European news...
EU tells German states to rethink online gambling ban - The Scotsman/Reuters

 Additional headlines...
Hells Angel Running Casino Security - Washington State
Steve Wynn settles Picasso suit - LA Times/Bloomberg
Wynn Ends N.Y. Racing Franchise Bid - Forbes/AP

Friday, 23rd March

Rhode Island         
New Casino Opens In Rhode Island On Friday

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania                   PRNewswire
Job Classification & Compensation Plan Posted On PGCB Web Site

Manila, Philippines                   PRNewswire
PacificNet Games' New Gaming Machines Received Rave Reviews at the Asia GEM 2007 Gaming Show

Budget - Casino tax changes
Brown 'is taxing gambling to death' - Daily Mail
Stanley Leisure tax hit - Daily Telegraph
Casino taxes take toll on Rank - ThisisMoney
Budget 2007: A 50% raid on gambling profits
Gambling companies hit by losses after Budget blow - Liverpool Daily Post
Malaysia's Genting unit says UK tax changes made without prior consultation
Casinos warn of closures after increase in duty - Registration required

Primm, Nevada                   Yahoo/AP
Herbst Approved to Buy Primm Casinos

Tallahassee, Florida                   Sun-Sentinel
Florida House panel backs extra slots, longer hours, ATMs

Kingston, Jamaica                   Reuters UK, Daily Telegraph & BBC
Former captain Latif suspects betting ring in murder
'The gambling mafia has invaded the game'
Pakistan's coach 'was strangled'

BIL International Limited - Change of Ownership of 28 Managed Hotels

 Additional headlines...
Casino firm in red for past 2 years - Majestic Star
Barden pursuing consolidation of Gary casinos
Bishops not amused by gambling nuns' bad habits - Manila

Thursday, 22nd March

Nothampton                   Northampton Chronicle & Echo
Legal challenge over go-ahead for casino

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

Las Vegas                   Yahoo/Business Wire
Shuffle Master, Inc. Announces NASDAQ Notification Letter

Atlantic City                   The Press of Atlantic City/AP
AC casino camera operator fined in ogling case

Manila, Philippines                   Manila Times & Manila Standard
Las Vegas hotel casino to place bets on Philippines
$10-b casino hub backed
Casino Loutraki and Wynn Resorts have both been linked with operations at Pagcor City, a 800 hectare strip of reclaimed land along Manila Bay.

London                   Daily Telegraph, The Times & Guardian
Gaming accuses Whitehall of 'insane' volte face
£100m shock for casino industry
Tax rises may leave few operators willing to gamble on a supercasino
Help for quitters and stakes raised at the casino table
Betting: Gambling duty 'will keep firms offshore' - The Independent
Casino tax rise hits Rank shares

Hong Kong                   Yahoo/Reuters
Poison dart shooter found at Hong Kong race track

Cricket World Cup                   The Gulf Times & India Times
Sarfraz declares Woolmer ‘bumped off’ by betting mafia
Scotland Yard to probe Woolmer's death
Betting ring 'may have murdered Woolmer'
Google news search - Bob Woolmer

London & Louisiana                   The Times
Sportingbet pays $400,000 to call it quits

Taipei, Taiwan                   Hong Kong Standard & Yahoo Singapore/AFP
Taiwan denies licensing casinos
Taiwan mulls end to casino ban

Naples, Florida         
Leisure & Gaming plc - Preliminary Results for the year ended 31 Dec. 2006

Additional headlines...
Table games bill signed - West Virginia
Gaming: Moving casinos ashore paying off - Mississippi
Barden's casinos were losers in 2006 - Pittsburgh
Casinos shouldn't be exempt - Colorado smoking laws.
Man reportedly admits casino credit card fraud
"Starbucks gift cards that had been re-encoded to function as ATM cards".
Ruffin finds 1.2 billion reasons to sell casino - New Frontier, LV.

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