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Monday, 7th April

Nova Gorica, Slovenia              LVR-J & IHT/AP
Harrah's Entertainment exits plan to build resort in Slovenia
Harrah's suspends plans for Slovenia casino, cites contract snag
Slovenia: Hit, Harrah's shelve EUR 750 mln casino resort project
Companies Hit and Harrah's Entertainment cancelled discussions regarding cooperation in building international tourist destination in the Goriška region

Tasmania              The Melbourne Age
Betfair signs deal with TOTE Tasmania

Recent VIP growth 'unhealthy': gaming executive
"All of the Western operators are keen to get into this high-rollers market ... but if they are not long established they need to go through agents, so what they do is raise and raise and raise the rolling commission,"
JPMorgan 6th Annual Gaming, Lodging & Restaurants Conference - Registration required.

New Zealand     & New Zealand Herald
Compudigm goes bust and no future as going concern
"After a series of multimillion-dollar losses, former software star Compudigm International called in the receivers last week."
Another IT high flyer falls
Centre Stage: Andrew Cardno, chief executive of Compudigm - April 2007.

British News
Tote sale halts gambling crackdown
Richardson family lifts Rank stake - report

NetPlay TV plc - Live Roulette revenues break £1m per day

Betbrokers launches fixed odds financial betting website

Witnesses sought over bookie raid - Coral, Cheltenham.
Man stabbed after row in bookies - William King and Sons, Glasgow.

additional headlines
State awards grant to eliminate illegal gambling machines - Pennsylvania
Blackjack Trumps Football at the Box Office
Preview Performances Begin for JERSEY BOYS at The Palazzo Las Vegas
Davydenko makes light of betting probe and Nadal

Sunday, 6th April

Manila     & Philippine Star
Lawmaker backs Manila Bay casino
Universal Studios theme park soon to rise in RP
PAGCOR City Development News - Skyscraper City

Atlantic City    
Slow times hurt N.J. casino comps

Pennsylvania              Morning Call
Lawmaker says virtual blackjack shouldn't stick
Shuffle Master - Table Master virtual dealer products.

Windsor, Canada              Windsor Star
84.7% of workers back Casino deal. Momentum for relaunch gains speed

Macau Has Record 27 Million Visitor Arrivals for 2007 - Macau Daily Blog
TDM English News

British News
2008 Grand National Aintree - YouTube
Exclusive: Wayne & Coleen's stag & hen parties - Rooney heading to Las Vegas.
FA launches investigation into £50,000 thrown match
Stan Hey: A betting footballer is a dead cert
Ladbrokes betting on Maharashtra - Royal Western India Turf Club.

U.S. News
Detroit casino cuts about 100 staff in March
Fatal Stabbing Outside Trump Taj Mahal Casino

Saturday, 5th April

Las Vegas              The Strip Podcast
April 3: Steve Wynn - Excellent listening. Interview in 2 parts.

Iowa              Des Moins Register
Jury: No dice to banned gambler's cash bid
Man forfeits casino jackpots for trespassing - Interesting report.

Atlantic City              Yahoo/Business Wire & Reuters
Trump Entertainment Resorts Comments on Strategic Plan
Trump Has No Casino Sale Deal in Place

Las Vegas              Yahoo/Business Wire
World Poker Tour(R) Heads to Bellagio for WPT Ladies'(TM) Championship

Las Vegas
David Mckee's Stiffs & Georges - Las Vegas Advisor
Sands-LVCVA feud rekindled with two initiatives - In Business LV
Analyst argues against plans to raise gaming tax - LV Business Press

U.S. News
Third-richest American an amazing man - Sheldon Adelson
MGM says it's laying off staffers - Detroit
Angry over casino vote, Teamsters go after legislators - Boston
Atlantic City to consider casino zoning for nearly 100 acres next to Borgata
Sheriffs say they stopped second casino heist - California
Nutter says city will not pay for policing around casinos - Philadelphia

additional headlines
Sex Boosts Gambling Behavior
Church Removes Priest in Gambling Case
Efforts to tackle problem gambling to be stepped up - Singapore

Friday, 4th April

Suicide prompts Loto-Québec to delay new casino announcement

Las Vegas              Yahoo/AP
Casino Operators' Shares Fall After Citi Analyst Cites Downward Trend in Vegas Room Rates

Las Vegas              Yahoo Canada /AP
Nev. Judge Preserves Casino Tax Petition
Nevada court clears bid to raise casino tax
The Nevada Resort Association is opposing a ballot initiative that if approved by voters would increase casino taxes in the State from 6.75% to 9.75%.

Milan, Gibraltar & Rhode Island              Yahoo/Thomson Financial
Lottomatica's GTECH buys 90 pct of St Enodoc for minimum of €28 million

British News
Rank falls 11% after finance director quits - The Independent
"The shares fell 10.75p, or 10.8%, to 89p following the announcement of Peter Gill's departure, with a year's salary but no job to go to"
Genting 'has no plan' to bid for Rank - Daily Telegraph

Gala given a £125m helping hand - Daily Telegraph
The balls have fallen unkindly for Gala - Daily Telegraph comment
Gala Coral owners inject 125 mln pounds into struggling business - Forbes/AFX
PE Firms Pump Equity into Gala -
"Private-equity groups Cinven, Permira and Candover met bankers yesterday to agree a deal that sees some 83 million pounds of senior debt being paid off, with a further 42 million pounds being placed on the balance sheet"
Gala Coral to bid for Tote in spite of market crisis - The Times
"Gala’s private equity owners have written down the value of their investments by about 50 per cent, implying a fall Gala Coral’s equity value from £1.35 billion to about £675 million."

Footballer 'fixed match to pay off gambling debt of £50,000' - The Independent
Deal or no deal? No one profits from casino loss
Two armed men rob city bookmakers - Ladbrokes, Nottingham.

Las Vegas              CNN Entertainment
Steve Wynn: Casino mogul moves on Macau

Dublin              Gambling Compliance
Irish Casino Report Nears Publication - registration required

Manila              Manila Standard
Pagcor expects ’08 revenues to hit P30b ?

additional headlines
New Managing Director for Century Casinos Africa
Unified Government will consider Sands casino proposal - Kansas
Loto-Quebec says man died after frequenting Montreal Casino
Terrible's parent company hitting tough times - Illinois

Thursday, 3rd April

Atlantic City              Courier-Post & AFX News
Casino profits drop 15% in 4th quarter

Manila              Yahoo/PRNewswire
PacificNet Chairman Tony Tong Elected Member of the Euro-Asian Cooperation on Gaming Association Limited (ECG)

British News
Malaysia's Genting has not approached Rank - Yahoo/Reuters
Genting to take over UK’s Rank? - The Edge Daily
Rank finance boss leaves, Genting rules out bid

Masked men with knives rob bookmakers - BetFred. Sunderland.
UK Bookmaker William Hill kicks off Spain push

Tran Organization
Leader pleads guilty in casino scam - L.A. Times
Boss of casino cheating ring pleads guilty - MSNBC/AP
19 indicted in S.D. in casino scam - 25th May, 2007. San Diego Union-Tribune

Atlantic City              Courier-Post & AFX News
Casino profits drop 15% in 4th quarter
New Jersey to casino: Trop dead

Kiev              Kiev Post
Lawmakers aiming to sweep gaming joints out of the city

Washington              Yahoo/Reuters
Regulators struggling with Internet gambling rules

Manila    , Peoples Daily/Xinhua &
Philippines SM joins $1 bln casino project
Manila's grand casino resort taking shape
Three foreign firms in on new Philippine casino project

additional headlines
Dubai World picking banks to refinance $5 bln loan-source
Analyst Cautious on Boyd Venture Funding
Empire Resorts to Issue 4.2 Million Shares in Stock Purchase Agreement
Gary Loveman on The CEO Show - 8th March.
Foxwoods casino must be approved by Philadelphia, Pa. court says

Wednesday, 2nd April

Macau              Macau Daily Times
SJM profits fell 20% last year
Gaming to remain 90% of resort's revenue: Melco executive
Melco claims it is not lifting margins
Two loan shark members arrested: police

New offshore casino for Goa, billed as India’s largest - Maharajah Casino
The ‘maharaja’ of casinos opens in Goa next month! - 5th March.

Manila              Reuters
Star Cruises, Alliance team up on Philippine casinos

Connecticut              Hartford Courant
Dealers Hold The Cards
"Besides Connecticut, the Seminole Hard Rock casinos are holding job fairs in Mississippi, Atlantic City and, possibly, Las Vegas."

The Netherlands              Reuters & Yahoo/AFP
Dutch parliament votes against online gambling bill
Cryptologic sees no material effect from Dutch decision on internet gaming
The Dutch parliament has voted to stop monopoly operator Holland Casino from establishing an Internet casino.

The Netherlands    
Collective bargaining at Holland Casino slow: company drives two steps forward and one step back strategy - UNI Gaming Global Union.

British News
Reply to calls to relax slot machine law delayed - Section 21 slots
Fake euro punter banned from betting for 12 months - Irish Cheltenham punter
Fourth armed robbery at Aylesbury bookmakers - William Hill, Aylesbury
Leeds bookie employee took £29,000 of punter's account - William Hill HQ

Chester, West Virginia              Yahoo/AP
W.Va. Casino Strike Drags On

additional headlines
Sands gets signatures supporting casino proposal - Kansas
Mayor's economic stimulus plan to rely on casino taxes - Detroit
NSPCA Opens New Wing Thanks to Harman - Las Vegas
Poker bill could mean longer gaming hours - Florida


Tuesday, 1st April

Las Vegas              Las Vegas
Congress Encouraged to Take Action on Internet Gaming Regulation
Prime Table Games took a full page Ad. in the Wall Street Journal today encouraging U.S. regulators to take an extremely hard line with the regulation of Internet gambling.

London              RTT News & Bloomberg
Rank Group Shares Rise On Report Of $959 Mln Takeover Bid
Rank Rises on Report of Takeover Approach by Genting

Las Vegas Blogs 
Las Vegas wildcard trashes Atlantic City - L.A.Times - Vegasblog
David Mckee's Stiffs & Georges

Visitor arrivals jumped to 27 million last year - Macau Daily Times
Macau GDP up 27.3% - Blog Macau
LVS wants to build more Cotai Strips - Cotei Casino News
Crown Macau: the new VIP king - Cotei Casino News

Dreams Taking Shape -- City of Dreams Podium Tops Out
TDM English News

London              Sunday Times
Gala puts block on Rank’s G spot

Kampala, Uganda              New Vision
Sh1.3b casino opens in Kampala - Pyramid's Casino & Restaurant.

Las Vegas              Yahoo/PRNewswire
Gaming Partners International Reports Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter and Year-end 2007

Las Vegas              Reuters
Las Vegas Sands says CFO Rozek resigns

Atlantic City              Yahoo/PRNewswire & AP
New Tower at Trump Taj Mahal to Open Fall 2008
Casinos Not for Sale, Trump Says

additonal headlines
Bullish on Sin Stocks

Columbia Sussex finds buyer for Casino Aztar - Indiana
Casinos seek 24-hour status - Illinois
More bad economic news for Nevada
POKERTEK, INC. - Annual report


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