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Thursday, 31st May

Las Vegas                    Business Wire
Perini Building Company Tops Off Tower I of Trump International Hotel & Towers Las Vegas

Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago          
Casino showdown

Middlesbrough                    The Northern Echo
Casino plans on rocks after legal threat issued

Las Vegas & Australia                    Yahoo/Business Wire
Shuffle Master, Inc. and Stargames to Exhibit at G2E Asia Gaming Expo in Macau, June 13-14, 2007

The Netherlands                    Brabant's Dagblat
JVH gaming met Flash Casino's grootste casinoketen in Europa
The headline translates "JVH gaming with Flash casinos largest casino chain in Europe".

London, Greece & Israel          , &
Casino firm Queenco to raise 150 mln euros in IPO
Greek casino operator Queenco Leisure plans 700 mln eur LSE flotation
Queenco Leisure International Ltd - IPO press release.

Windsor, Ontario           News
Scam artist claims casinos "more vulnerable" to cheats
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario are apparently set to investigate the claims of cheat turned author Richard Marcus who claims he scammed Casino Windsor out of thousands of dollars over a 10-year period.

Las Vegas          , The Australian/AAP & Yahoo/Reuters
Packer Invests in Second Las Vegas Casino Venture
PBL in Las Vegas casino venture
Australia's PBL to invest in Las Vegas Casino project

British Columbia, Canada           Sun
BCLC releases retail lottery winners list as scandal continues

Presentan proyecto de ley para el control de juegos de azar y casinos

Pennsylvania                    Philadelphia Inquirer & Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Editorial
Blackjack and roulette put on the table for consideration
Bet on unhappiness: Neighbors not appeased as casino advances
Officials Delay Opening Of Meadows Casino

Additional news...
Yuri 'the Russian' shot dead - Cape Town, South Africa.
Tourism and Gaming - Studies highlight urgency of McCarran upgrades
Riviera responds to latest bid with its own lawsuit - Matt Ward
Barstow casino deal has days to live
Leisure & Gaming hit by Champion's League outcome -

Wednesday, 30th May

Buenos Aires & Rosario, Argentina           &
Cirsa y Casino Club firman una alianza para el mercado argentino
Cirsa invierte 20 millones en Casino Argentina por alianza con Casino Club
Cirsa consigue socios que invertirán 89,4 millones en sus casinos de B.Aires
Casino en construccion - Casino de Rosario

London                    The Register busts on saucy ad campaign

U.K. Bookmaker robberies          
Betting shop raided by armed robber - Ladbrokes, Ipswich.
Four robbers raid bookmakers shop - Mark Jarvis, Leicester.
Bandit makes second raid at betting shop - Ladbrokes, Haverhill.

Detroit                    Detroit News
Casinos race to open new digs
MotorCity Casino, owned by Marian Ilitch, will open it's permanent casino on June 7th. MGM Grand Detroit's new facility is scheduled to be ready in the 4th quarter of 2007 and Greektown in September 2008.

British Columbia, Canada
B.C. orders audit of lottery system - Times Colonist
Lottery Cheats - Vancouver Sun
Can lottery retailers be trusted?
Top lotto executives in middle of mess

Hong Kong                    Hong Kong Standard
Jockey Club betting on massive PR campaign to win over critics - 254

Casinos or culture? Singapore seeks tourists

Las Vegas & Macau                    Yahoo/PRNewswire
GPI Receives an Order from Venetian Macau Casino Resort

Broward County, Florida                    Miami Herald
Casinos keep unblinking eye on gamblers
Article on the Surveillance systems installed at Broward County's 3 new slot casinos.

London                    The Times
It is odds on that quirky sporting bets will be banned to beat cheats

Ireland                    Irish Independent
More than €3.6bn spent on gambling in Ireland last year

Macau & Hong Kong          
Stanley Ho Buys Chinese Emperor's Throne for HK$13.7 Million

Tinian, C.N.M.I.                    Pacific Islands Report
Tinian leaders oppose casinos on Saipan

Additional news...
Morongo Casino Names New General Manager
Smoking ban might exempt casinos - Illinois
Unmarried young men 'problem gamblers' - NSW

Tuesday, 29th May

Moscow                    The Moscow Times
Gambling Zone Far From Being a Sure Bet
Interesting comments from Stom International's Michael Boettcher. Could it be that the proposed closing of Moscows's casinos in 2009 could be delayed ?

Norwich                    Evening News 24
Poker craze hits city - Norwich Poker Club

Poker hält in Frankreichs Casinos Einzug

Niedersachsen/Lower Saxony, Germany          
Casinos Austria-Tochter verklagt das Land Niedersachsen - Online casino ban

Hong Kong                    Bloomberg & Reuters
Stanley Ho Buys Chinese Emperor's Throne for HK$13.7 Million
Macau gambling king gets a throne in record auction

Vietnam                    Thanhnien News
Police bust luxury hotel casinos for allowing Vietnamese gamblers
"According to Ministry of Finance statistics 43 businesses owned by locals and foreigners are licensed for casinos, with 1,232 out of 2,144 slot machines already in operation."

Havana, Cuba                    Modesto Bee/AP
Mafia driver's death unnoticed in Cuba
ENRIQUE CIRULES’ secret life of Meyer Lansky
The full title of Armando Jaime Casielles book is - La vida secreta de Meyer Lansky en la esplendorosa Habana.

Singapore                    Business Times & Hong Kong Standard/AFP
Genting gains full control of Singapore casino project
Vote gives Genting control of Singapore's Sentosa casino project

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania                    Yahoo/AP & PGCB
Few Sign Up for Self-Imposed Casino Ban - 52 in total.

London & Switzerland                    Yahoo/PRNewswire
Blacksmith Wins World's Biggest Online Jackpot From InterCasino - US$8m
Newscom Image

Dublinn & Toronto          
Gambling software firm to relocate HQ to Dublin

Additional news...
Kerry Packer in talks to sell more of his PBL holdings
One wonders if the IHT also goofed up with the headline in the print version ?
£12m lottery winner whose life has changed only by the colour of his coat
Armed raid at betting shop - Ladbrokes, Haverhill in Suffolk. 2nd time.
The Great Debate – What's Your Number of WSOP Entrants? -
Macau Gets Tourism Boost From Visa - China Hospitality News.
Off-Duty Cop Accused of Robbery & Vandalizing Casino Property - Mississippi

Monday, 28th May

New South Wales, Australia                    The Australian
Troubled Tabcorp in talks over casino licence terms
Tabcorp has a 99 year licence for the Star City Casino dating from 1994 but the companies's 12 year exclusivity period expires in September.

Tran Organisation - arrests & coverage
Suspects in casino scam appear in court - Orillia, Ontario. 26th May.
Gadgets not used in casino card plot; Four Casino Rama workers tied to sting

Japan poised for law to allow casinos
Japan to lure tourists with casinos law - (Same story as above)

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnem          , Thanhnien News &
Police raid five casinos, arrest more than 90 in Vietnam
Five casinos for foreigners smashed in southern region
Police exterminates three illegal casinos in HCM City

New Zealand                    New Zealand Herald
Should the chief at SkyCity fall on his sword?

Dominican Republic          
Palace Resorts Slated to Open Moon Palace Casino in 2008 in the Dominican Republic

Australia                    Bloomberg & Yahoo Asia/Reuters
Packer May Sell Stake in PBL Media Venture to CVC
James Packer in talks with CVC on media stake sale

South Africa                    Business Report
HCI hits jackpot with 65.5% Tsogo Sun stake - Hosken Consolidated Investments

Las Vegas                    Forbes/AP
'Jethro' Buys Land for Nevada Casino
The continued quest of Max Baer Jr., to open aBeverly Hillbillies themed casino.

Las Vegas                    Poker Player
Poker Industry Player Profile: Jeffrey Pollock - WSOP Commissioner

Additional news...
On the Ground in China's Gambling Capital
Max Bracht ist Hamburgs Pokerchampion - The 18 year old trousers €18.215.

Sunday, 27th May

Las Vegas                    Las Vegas Sun
Jeff Simpson tells why Kerkorian's bombshell is one of the biggest to hit Las Vegas' business world

Christchurch, New Zealand          
Packer sets sights on New York
The latest play from James Packer appears to be as part of a consortium hoping to land the Slots and Ponies franchise in New York.

Tran Organisation - arrests & coverage
Card sharks setbait to hire rats - Women in high heels, men of low character conspired, feds say - The Desert Sun, Palm Springs.

Auckland, New Zealand          
Get Asian input, SkyCity urged
Asian's make up 40% of Sky City Auckland's customers and the casino provides 60% of the companies revenues.

St. Louis, Missouri                    The Guardian/AP & Eye on Gambling
Feds: BetOnSports Founder Meant to Flee
U.S. attorney says jailed gambling exec would be flight risk
"Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Fagan said that when Kaplan was arrested in March in the Dominican Republic, he had a handcuff key and five passports with his picture, some with different names, places of birth or other information."

Christchurch, New Zealand          
Skyline may be winner if Sky City sells shares

Atlantic City                    Newsday/AP
Hilton Casino dealers vote no on union membership
Dealers at the Atlantic City Hilton Casino voted 316-268 Saturday against joining the United Auto Workers Union.

New Visa Restrictions to Macau for Guangdong Residents
"SJM has already said that its VIP business has dropped by 10 to 15%"

Ohio                    Toledo Blade
Casino-boat operators who fleeced Oakwood bank guilty of tax fraud

Las Vegas                    Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
GAMING - 'W' is for 'We'll wait and see about building a hotel'

Springfield, Illinois                    CBS2 Chicago
Blagojevich: 'I'm Prepared To Accept' New Casinos

Additional news...
La. casinos among those allegedly bilked by ring
Hundreds of gamblers arrested in HCMC hotel raids - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Criminals target casino workers - Connecticut. Asian Staff.
Casino developer hears of residents’ concerns - Bournemouth

Saturday, 26th May

Tran Organisation - arrests & coverage
Indiana casinos lose to card cheats - Indiana. Indianapolis Star.
Ex-Nooksack Casino dealers charged - Washington State. Bellingham Herald.
How Emerald Queen got hit, then hit back - Seattle Times.
Google News Search - "Tran Organisation"
Orillia, Ontario          
Casino Rama Security Measures Protect Game Security and Integrity

Panama                    Panamá América-EPASA
Unos 35 ludópatas excluidos de los casinos

Macau                    The Australian
PBL in third-party Macau deal

Paramaribo, Suriname                    Caribbean Net News
Authorities in Suriname to increase casino tax by 300 percent

London & Macau                    The Times
Oxford takes gambling king’s cash - £2.5 million for Chinese history research.

London                    The Times
Inside London's huge new casino - Opening Midnight 30th May.

Las Vegas                    Yahoo/AP
Trump Tops Off Las Vegas Strip Condo Project, Happy With Outlook

Gaming Investments                    Yahoo/AP
Shares of Some Casino Operators Fall After Chinese Tourism Restrictions Tightened

Atlantic City                    Yahoo/Market Wire
Harrah's Unveils Atlantic City's Largest Indoor Pool Complex and Glamorous New Red Door Spa Today

Additional news...
Police patronise gambling dens, brothels: LHC - Pakistan
Casino ordered to hear explanation by client it had banned - Malta
Novomatic spendete 500.000 Dollar für die William J. Clinton Foundation

Friday, 25th May

Kuala Lumpur                    The Malaysian Star
Genting posts Q1 profit of RM657mil

Seattle & Windsor, Ontario           &
Seattle Mayors son indicted in casino-cheating investigation
Casino Rama workers arrested in U.S.-Canada ring

Las Vegas                    Steve Friess & Miles Smith
The Strip Podcast - LVS President William Weidner - 24th May

Vienna, Austria           & Casinos Austria
Leo Wallner gibt Casino-Führung ab
Dr. Leo Wallner wechselt in den Aufsichtsrat 
Leo Wallner has stepped down at General Director of Casinos Austria a position he had held since 1968.
"Der Herr der Spiele" Leo Wallner
Der Herr der Spiele. Leo Wallner. Die Biographie

Windsor, Ontario           - Ontario Provincial Police
OPP Make Arrests In International Casino Cheat Team Investigation
A full listing of all those charged. 

Washington                    PRNewswire/U.S. Department of Justice
Nineteen Indicted for Conspiracy to Commit Racketeering, Money Laundering, and Related Offenses

Seattle, San Diego & Ontario, Canada          Guardian/AP. News Tribune & Toronto Star, etc
2 Dozen Charged With Cheating Casinos
The scheme to cheat the EQC
Casino Rama scam busted
Casinos here among 18 scammed for millions - Seattle Times
"the government alleges co-defendants Phuong Quoc Truong and Van Thu Tran performed "false shuffles" while they were dealers at the Sycuan Casino in El Cajon, Calif."
Google News Search - "Tran Organisation"

St. Louis, Missouri          , MSN Movey/AP, CNN/Reuters
Betonsports pleads guilty to racketeering
BetOnSports Admits Racketeering
BETonSPORTS pleads guilty
"By pleading guilty to the racketeering conspiracy charge, BetonSports admits that it conducted an enterprise through a pattern of racketeering acts, including repeated mail and wire fraud, operated an illegal gambling business, laundered money and admitted to multiple state gambling felony charges."

Blackpool                    Blackpool Gazette
Just ONE casino - Jowell

London                    New Media Age
Virgin Bets launches to cater for novelty gambling

Las Vegas                    Yahoo/Business Wire
Betbrokers plc Submits Letter of Intent to Purchase Las Vegas-based Winning Edge International, Inc.

Additional news...
MGM MIRAGE Transactions Committee Selects Advisors
Rolling dice wears them out? - Only in America
Bankers stole £3m and lost it on lottery - China
Bookies staff try to foil raiders - Ladbrokes, Eastbourne.

Thursday, 24th May

Hong Kong & Macau                    Yahoo/Business Wire
Melco PBL Signs Services Agreement with New Cotai Entertainment

U.S.                    CNN &
Military uses slot machines to fund overseas recreation
US military profits from casinos for soldiers
Professor blasts military gambling
CNN Coverage confirming the U.S. Military as one of the world's largest international slot operators.
"Back in 1999, the last time numbers were made available, the Pentagon said it ran 8,000 slot machines on 94 overseas bases and posts". - John Warren Kindt

Las Vegas                    Hemscott
Betbrokers signs LoI to buy Las Vegas-based Winning Edge for 6.5 mln usd - Wayne Allyn Root & Co.

Oklahoma                    Times Record
Kiowa Casino opens doors

Swiss casinos overtake lotteries
ESBK zieht für 2006 positive Bilanz

UK Casino Body Challenges Legality of Gambling Act's 17 New Casinos

London                    Yahoo/Sharecast &
Media Corp hammered by ban fall-out
Media Corporation plc: Interim results for the six months ended 31 March. - Annual report

Indiana                   The Herald Bulletin
Casinos work to keep underage gamblers off riverboats

Las alitas de pollo hacen perder $250 mil a casino

Western Cape, South Africa                    Business Day
Cape casino gets hotel complex

Additional news...
MGM Mirage's debt weaker on Kerkorian play
Science center says concerns over casino may force lawsuit - Pittsburgh
Council to hold talks over casino - Bournemouth

Wednesday, 23rd May

Las Vegas                    Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Surprise offer a shrewd move - Bellagio, CityCenter deal would enrich all

Macau                    Yahoo/PRNewswire & AP
Crown Macau Opens With GPI State-of-the-Art RFID Plaques
Gaming Partners Delivers 70,000 RFID Plaques to Crown Macau Casino

Vietnam & Cambodia                    VietNamNet Bridge
Gamblers crossing border to play in Cambodia - Moc Bai/Bavet
Moc Bai - Bavet Border Crossing from Vietnam
Casinos, Duty-Free Goods Rife at Busy Borders

Washington, Antigua & Geneva                    IHT, Melbourne Age/AP & Caribbean Net News
Plot thickens in U.S.-Antigua Internet gambling dispute
Antigua threatens to target U.S. interests as WTO adopts decision on Internet gambling
Antigua-Barbuda to file compensation claim for US web gambling ban
US crackdown raises odds for Internet gambling - ABS-CBN/AFP

Las Vegas                    Yahoo/Business Wire
World Poker Tour(R) Introduces Layla, Season VI Hostess

Australia & New Zealand                    ABC News
SkyCity tight-lipped on casino jobs

Beverley Hills, California                    SEC filings
The five lines of the statement from Kirk Kirkorian's Tracinda Corporation added over $4.5 billion to the Market Cap. of MGM MIRAGE.
Closing price $79.98. Up $17.03 (27.05%). Volume 19,326,092.

Las Vegas                    Yahoo/Reuters & AP
MGM forms committee to consider Kerkorian plan
MGM Mirage Board Creates Committee to Consider Tracinda's Move

Sheffield                    Freeman Business Information
Brixton sells in Sheffield
Sun International appear to have terminated their plans for Sheffield.

Las Vegas           & MSNBC
Casino up 30% on prospect of Kerkorian play
MGM considers Kerkorian's casino plan

Tuesday, 22nd May

Wellington, New Zealand                    Yahoo Aus/Reuters
NZ's Sky City to cut costs, may sell casinos

Las Vegas                    MarketWatch &
MGM Mirage rallies on going-private speculation
MGM Interest Rallies Casino Sector

Adelaide & Auckland, New Zealand                    Sydney Morning Herald &
SkyCity likely to sell Adelaide casino - if it can rustle up a buyer
SkyCity too big for SA investors

Las Vegas                    New York Times, CNN Money, Bloomberg, & BBC
Kerkorian in New Move in Las Vegas
Kerkorian group seeks Vegas hotel
Investor Kerkorian Studies `Alternatives' for MGM Mirage Stake
Kerkorian explores options for MGM stake
Kerkorian aims to buy two casinos
In after hours trading Monday MGM MIRAGE stock gained 16% to $73.
MGM MIRAGE's City Center

Macau                    Destination Macau
DRAGONE tops Crown Macau opening
Jewels missing at Crown - Interesting reading

Switzerland           &
Les Casinos ont rapporté plus que les lotéries en Suisse en 2006
Les recettes de Casinos en Suisse en hausse de plus de 9% en 2006

Las Vegas                    Yahoo/PRNewswire & AP
Gaming Partners International Reports Financial Results for the 1st Q 2007
Gaming Partners Swings to 1Q Loss on Delays of 3 Large Orders

Atlantic City                    Reuters
Trump Casino buyer may be good for business-Taubman

South Florida                    Red Coat Publishing
Sun Cruz Casinos

London & Coventry          
High rollers await verdict on super-casinos - The Isle Casino Coventry.

Philadelphia                    Philadelphia Daily News
Anti-casino group claims 'landslide'

Sweden                    Gaming Intelligence Group
Sweden’s Gambling Monopoly to Continue

Las Vegas                    Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
With Internet, dealers turn the tables on Wynn

East Midlands Airport                    Leicester Mercury
First airport betting shop opened - Not true, Coral have a shop at Stansted Airport :)

Online Gambling                    Yahoo/PRNewswire
InterCasino Gives Away Biggest Ever Online Jackpot of US$8 Million

Additional news...
Luxor Bombing Suspect Confesses to Another Bombing
Singapore's CSC wins S$240 mln casino contract
$23 million Lotto mystery solved
Smokers (mostly) respecting restrictions in casinos

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