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Monday, 7th May

Las Vegas                  MSNBC/AP & Yahoo/AP
1 killed in Las Vegas casino parking garage blast
1 dead in casino parking lot explosion
1 Dead in Luxor Parking Structure Explosion -

U.S.                  Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Casino fight goes up in smoke - Gaming industry eases opposition as state after state passes smoking bans

Niagara Falls, Ontario                  Niagara Falls Review - Temporary link
Growing concern over casinos

Melbourne                  The Melbourne Age
Crown deals punters a cruel hand
More negative publicity for Melbourne's Crown Casino over the change of rules on Blackjack. Could the property be facing a A$1 Million fine from the Victorian Commission for Gambling Regulation ?.

Las Vegas & Macau         & Macau Daily Blog
Vegas says Packer in Macau no threat
Soft Opening Crown Macau Casino - Wednesday, 9th May.

Online Gambling                  The Register
Yahoo searches abroad for online gambling riches

Slums in Macao seethe as rents soar

Additional headlines...
Rich teens prone to problem gambling - Sydney
Casinos Block Biggest UK Poker Club License -
Man jumps to death from Stratosphere tower
Gambling licences on hold - Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago.
Money can't buy you love: £9m lottery winners' marriage crumbles

Sunday, 6th May

U.K.                  The Sunday Times
Rank to sell off bingo halls

Melbourne                  The Melbourne Age
'It's just the casino, isn't it?'
A reporter's view of the Crown Casino complex that on a weekend day will see around 100,000 visitors. 

Sinking of the Day Cruise Casino Industry - Eric Rahn of Rahn & Associates.
Eric is the son of Joel Rahn who was the owner of onboard casino operator Atlantic Associates/Atlantic Maritime.

Macau                  Ecumenical News International & Ekklesia
Clashes in Macau show ills of Chinese city, say Christian leaders
Corruption and gambling accused of ruining Macau

Vienna, Austria        
Diskussion um Poker-Casino
The continued opening of new private Poker clubs poses a challenge to Casinos Austria. Like in other countries the games future will surely be decided in the courts. Is Poker a game of chance (Glückspiel) or a game of skill ?. In recent International cases chance holds a 2-0 lead.

Graz, Austria                  Kleine Teitung - 3rd May
Erster Grazer Poker-Club öffnet seine Pforten
Card-Club Eröffnung in Graz -

Poker as an Olympic Sport ? - European Poker Sports Association (EPSA)
"Ultimate goal of EPSA is the introduction of Poker at the Olympics" - Österreichischer PokerSportVerband

Reno, Nevada                  Reno Gazette-Journal
Hillbilly casino could free up vacant building

Sacramento, California                  L.A. Times - Opinion
Let casinos expand - Indian casinos on Tribal lands in California.
Gambling hypocrisy - Internet casinos based in the Caribbean.

Valetta, Malta                  The Times of Malta
Chief Justice orders continuation of casino fraud, forgery case

Additional headlines...
Macau gaming sector faces margin pressure - UBS
AC Hilton latest front in union drive
Offshore bets sparked probe of '05 games

Video, audio, podcasts & images
The Real Hustle: Casino Chip Steal 
The Hustler's now teach thieves how to steal from casino players.
Tech Blog/YouTube
Mit Glücksspiel Geld verdienen - Investing in gaming stocks

Saturday, 5th May

London & St. Louis, Missouri                  The Online Wire
BETonSPORTS Directors to plead guilty and stiff all creditors

Melbourne                  The Melbourne Age
Crown deals one from bottom of the deck for mug punters
After 10 years Crown Casino management have made the decision to change the rules on Blackjack. Dealers now hit Soft 17, but only on the main gaming floor.

Problem Gambling - New Zealand                  New Zealand Herald
How this man blew $3.8m on the pokies

St. Louis                  Yahoo/PRNewswire
Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. Third Quarter Fiscal 2007 Results

Las Vegas                  Las Vegas Review-Journal
Las Vegas Boulevard: Small plane crash-lands on street

Las Vegas 
New Tropicana owners alarm workers, rivals - Las Vegas Sun - 1st May
Columbia Sussex does something right - - David Mckee

Asia                  USA Today - Travel
Legalized gambling branches out across Asia

Bournemouth                  ThisisDorset/Dorset Echo
'Scandal of casino deal'

Additional headlines...
Kessler: Gambling Lawsuit a ‘Long Shot’ - West Virginia
Global Cash Access enters into agreement with six additional casinos
Atlantic City Hilton Latest Front in Union Drive
Great British Poker Tour to be televised -

Friday, 4th May

Washington                  Yahoo/AP & Reuters
US says not bound to WTO gambling action, will modify commitment
U.S. to keep Internet gambling ban

Friday roundup...
Riviera Reports Record Results for First Quarter 2007 - Wish I'd been on this one !

MGM Mirage Executive Blasts NBA All-Star Game for Hurting Earnings
Trump Entertainment Board Member Wallace Askins Resigns
Empire Resorts Announces First Quarter Results -
Texas House Rejects Indian Casinos Again
London’s largest casino to open doors at end of May
Domain Name Silent Auction at Casino Affiliate Conference
Tropicana new name for Sussex casino unit - Tropicana Casinos and Resorts

Melbourne                  The Melbourne Age
Casino row my fault: Kennett
10 years on the debate continues on the original tendering process for the Melbourne casino license.
10 Years at Southbank

Nottingham                  The Hendon Mob & - 26th April
Casino Giants Try to Crush Europe’s Biggest Poker Club
Dusk Til Dawn Poker Club Opening Takes a Body Blow
The Dusk till Dawn Poker Club was apparently objected to by Gala, Stanley & London Clubs on grounds of lack of demand. Both Stanley & London Clubs have operations under development in Nottingham and the city is also the home to Gala's corporate HQ.

Switzerland & Austria         & Der Standard
Österreicher wollen Casino Lugano kaufen
Casinos Austria steigen bei Schweizer Casino Lugano ein
Casinos Austria: Andreas Cieslar ist Direktor für Marketing & Promotion
Casinos Austria has purchased 30% of the shares in Casino Lugano that were in private hands for SF36 million (€21.8 million). The company has an interest in or ownership of seven Swiss casinos.

Paris                  The Times
Tour ban puts French gaming laws in spotlight

London & Livepool                  The Times
Football pools merger threatened after competition referral by OFT

Nova Scotia, Canada        
Report shows casinos not doing job, gambling addict says

Broward County, Florida                  Sun-Sentinel
More slot machines could soon be dinging at tracks in Broward

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea                  Pacific Islands Report & Radio N.Z.I.
PNG Womans group condemns Somare gambling Bill
Former PNG treasurer critical of new gambling provisions

Film reviews                  USA Today
'Lucky You' falls a few chips short
Review: Odds Not In Favor Of 'Lucky You'

Additional headlines...
MGM Mirage exec blasts NBA all-star game for hurting earnings
The Former Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City To Be Liquidated By NCL
Curacao updates gaming regulations -
Ban hits Mecca Bingo - Smoking ban. Rank Group is closing 14 Mecca Bingos in the UK.
New casino for London’s West End -

Thursday, 3rd May

Waukegan, Illinois                  Yahoo/Business Wire & Reuters
WMS' Fiscal 2007 Third Quarter Diluted Earnings Per Share Rise to $0.34 on Record Quarterly Revenue of $137 Million
WMS Industries quarterly profit up 40%

Rottedam, The Netherlands        
Gokkers geven minder uit bij Holland Casino

Eastern Cape, South Africa                  Independent Online
Casino security upgrade at Wild Coast

Australia                  Sydney Morning Herald
Plan for PBL to JV the casinos

Atlantic City                  Yahoo/Business Wire & AP
Trump Entertainment Resorts Reports First Quarter 2007 Results
Trump Entertainment 1Q Loss Narrows on Cost Controls

Las Vegas                  Yahoo/AP
Bette Midler to Replace Celine Dion As Caesars Headliner in Las Vegas

Las Vegas                  Yahoo/Reuters
MGM Mirage profit misses view

Las Vegas                  Yahoo/PRNewswire
MGM MIRAGE Reports Record First Quarter Results
MGM MIRAGE Earnings Conference Call (Q1 2007)

Rank Group Plc - AGM trading statement for 16 weeks to 22 April 2007
"Grosvenor Casinos grew revenue by 3% on a like-for-like basis, with admissions down by 6% and spend per head increasing by 10%."

Las Vegas                  Reuters & Yahoo/AP
Las Vegas Sands 1st-quarter profit down 25 percent
Las Vegas Sands 1st-Quarter Profit Falls on Casino Opening Expenses

Las Vegas                  Yahoo/PRNewswire
Las Vegas Sands Corp. Reports First Quarter 2007 Results
Las Vegas Sands Corp. Earnings Conference Call (Q1 2007)

Papua New Guinea                  Pacific Islands Report
PNG Parliament OK's Somare Bill to intoduce Casinos

New York & Czech Republic                  Yahoo/Business Wire
Trans World Corporation Announces 1st Quarter 2007 Results

Singapore & Kuala Lumpur                  Business Times
Star Cruises gets shareholders' nod to sell casino stake

British Columbia, Canada        
B.C. casino workers see gambling problems: survey

Additional headlines...
Racing's picture blurred as SIS face TV turf war in betting shops
Everything Must Go At Sands Casino
Bid to extradite man over Lotto 'fraud'

Wednesday, 2nd May

Macau & Las Vegas                  Yahoo/PRNewswire
Leading Worldwide Organizers Increasingly Select Venetian Macao for Upcoming Events

London & Gibraltar                  Daily Telegraph
Shares in PartyGaming plunge on profits warning

Johannesburg                  Reuters Africa
Sun International boosts revenues, sees slower FY profit growth

North Carolina                  News & Observer
Man loses bid to make poker legal
Skill v's Luck in Poker. Skill loses yet another Court showdown.

Macau May day protests
'Casino economy' sparks Macao riots -
Macau investigates after man shot at protest - Reuters
Rare Macau protest turns violent - BBC Asia Pacific
Macau May Day march turns violent- CNN/AP
Man hit by Macau police bullet during protest - Yahoo/AFP
Stock of Wynn Resorts, Las Vegas Sands (1stQ earnings release today) & Melco/PBL could be volatile Wednesday. Without relaxation of Labour laws in Macau many of the properties planned for the Cotai Strip will struggle to find staff to fill even non gaming positions.

Papua New Guinea                  Radio Australia, SMH/aap, The National & Post Courier PNG
PNG passes law to allow casinos
PNG legalises casinos, internet gambling
Casinos legalised
Casino gamble
The Gaming Control Bill 2007 passed 61-0. Each of the country's 20 provinces may hold a casino license for 10 years. Operators will pay 20% of gross profits in duties, and another 5% to a community benefit gaming levy.

London & Israel        
Playtech Ltd - Annual General Meeting Statement

London & Gibraltar        
PartyGaming Plc First Quarter KPI's and Trading update Highlights
PartyGaming says new player costs to hit profit

Christmas Island, Australia                  ABC News Online
Minister says Christmas Island doesn't need casino

Las Vegas                  Yahoo/AP
Las Vegas Sands CEO Adelson Made $5.6 Million in 2006
Sheldon Adelson's wealth increased $9.2 billion in 2006 as the LVS share price advanced from $39.47 to $89.48.

Macau & Cambodia                  The Hong Kong Standard
Macau firm bets big on Cambodia bookmaker - up 37% today. - Alexa ranking 3,547,136

Turkish businessman to open 2 casinos in Svilengrad - Princess Hotels & Casinos

St. Louis, Missouri           PRNewswire
Isle of Capri Casinos has NASDAQ Delisting Hearing, Awaits Panel Decision

Additional headlines...
Newsagent steals lotto ticket, flees country - Australia
Broken ball prompts 2nd lottery drawing, 2 sets of winners - Pennsylvania
Lack of sleep impacts gambling decisions
Frank Disappoints Online Gambling Industry
The gambling scam on America's poor - Christian Science Monitor
Negreanu may end poker endorsement deal with Full Contact
Poker fans: We are within the law - Bermuda

Tuesday, 1st May

Edmonton, Canada        
Palace Casino strikers to lead May Day march today

Las Vegas & New York                  PRNewswire
MGM MIRAGE Terminates Negotiations With the New York Racing Association and the State of New York

Pennsylvania & Las Vegas                 Yahoo/Market Wire
Law Offices of Brodsky & Smith, LLC Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against Gaming Partners International Corp.

IGT Announces Summary Judgment Entered in Its Favor Against Aristocrat in Litigation Over Multiway(R) Technology

London & Nottingham        
Gala waits for the smoke to clear

Hungary                  Daily Telegraph
Vegas-style resort for eastern Europe - Asamer Group
Eurovegas: Roulettekugel soll ab Herbst 2009 rollen
Bezenye, Hungary - Image taken from Google Earth.

Blackpool                  Preston Today
Casino flop robs Hemmings of billionaire status

Hungary                  Budapest Business Journal & Brisbane Times
Packer deals himself in at Hungary's EuroVegas
Packer punts on EuroVegas

Macau                  International Herald Tribune
Hundreds protest in Macau against illegal workers
The protesters allege that construction companies are hiring cheap illegal laborers from mainland China and that the Macau Government is turning a blind eye to the practice.

Sydney, Australia                  The Australian
Gaming group Aristocrat tips 20pc profit increase

St. Louis & Freeport, Bahamas                  Yahoo/PRNewswire
Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. to Remain in Grand Bahama
The Isle of Capri's operation in Coventry can be found @

Atlantic City        
Good enough for Sinatra, good enough for you at Sands sale
How to Own a Piece of The Sands

Amherst, New York                  New York Times
New York Gambling Treatment Court Stresses Help

Former swindler warns Asia's casinos they can't beat cheats
Yet more self publicity from cheat turned consultant Richard Marcus. Another book to sell :)

Connecticut                  Hartford Courant
Coins Dropped From Slots
The Mohegan Sun's 6,000 plus slots are now totally TITO

Additional headlines...
Derby Sponsor Ponies Up $1 Million Winner's Bonus
888 keeping cards close to chest after collapse of Ladbrokes talks
AGA makes horrid choice - Valley Blogs. Dave McKee
New Tropicana owners alarm workers, rivals - Columbia Sussex Corp.
How casinos bust cheaters - Oklahoma

Video, audio, podcasts & images
The Real Hustle - Casino BlackJack Scams
The Hustler's once again take a fun casino to the cleaners :)

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