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Thursday, 14th August

JAMAICA - Jamaica Gleaner & Jamaica Information Service
Casino commission coming
Special Commission Being Established To Regulate Casinos... Says PM Golding

Packer and Ho in Macau makeover

MACAU - Yahoo/Prime Newswire
MPEL Announces Second Quarter 2008 Earnings
Melco Crown Entertainment Limited Earnings Conference Call - 8.30 ET - City of Dreams & Four Seasons.

LAS VEGAS ? - Yahoo/AP
Elixir Gaming CFO David Reberger resigns - Down 34%.

New casino with slots, show lounge opening at Hastings Racecourse

Online & Interactive
Playtech Announces Asset Acquisition of MIXTV
Win Gaming Media Subsidiary, MIXTV, Sells Its Assets to Playtech

British News
Betting syndicate is forced to pay out £58k to investors
Casino plan for city - Lancaster

Macau - Macau Daily Times
Winnie Ho seeks to appeal SJM ruling
Doyle Brunson to play at Asian Poker Tour
British Princess Royal made her maiden visit to Macau

Wednesday, 13th August

LAS VEGAS ? - Yahoo/Business Wire
Elixir Gaming Technologies Reports Second Quarter 2008 Results
ELIXIR GAMING TECHNOLOGIES INC Earnings Conference Call (Q2 2008) - Down 34%.

CHILE & AUSTRIA - Casinos Austria Press release
CAI to open new casino in Ovalle, Chile

KATHMANDU, NEPAL - Himalayan Times
Youth Force, Maoist cadres in casino turf war

TAIPEI - China Post &
Taiwan to assess potential gambling industry
Taiwan considers opening gambling business

PORT CANAVERAL - Florida Today
Two more gambling ships look at Port
"The ships, for example, carried a combined 732,116 passengers in 2007, down 15.5% from the 866,374 passengers they carried in 2006. Gambling passenger counts continued to decrease in the first half of this year, according to Canaveral Port Authority figures."
More ships want to gamble out of Cape - Sun Cruz Port Canaveral - Sterling Casino lines. Now history - SeaEscape

Las Vegas' take and traffic continue to dwindle - MarketWatch
State slides deeper into fiscal hole - Las Vegas Sun
Gaming Revenue Down 1% For The First Half Of 2008

British News
The Rank Group Plc - Notification of Major Interest in Shares - Quoco 22.33% !
Casino scheme for Luneside offices - Lancaster
Armed man robs bookmakers - Pagebet, South Shields.
Betting shop death: Man charged with manslaughter - Pagebet, County Durham.

Online & Interactive
Playtech, Italy's Snai in poker deal
Playtech Announces Italian Poker Agreement with Snai S.r.l

Additional headlines
Century Casinos shares drop following 2Q results
Golden Gaming hopes Tom Watson will boost its chances
MGM Grand reports higher gambling revenue for July - Detroit
Meal comp program for businesses near casinos being overhauled - Detroit
Peru authorities seize 781 slot machines for minors
"According to ministry reports, 1,665 machines made for minors in Peru were seized from July 2007 to June 2008 while 2,433 were confiscated from July 2006 to June 2007."
So that's where old slots end up !

Tuesday, 12th August

FT: LAUDERDALE - Miami Herald
South Florida gambling boats cruising to oblivion
SeaEscape will apparently cease operations from Port Everglades on Sunday, 17th August.

Nevada reports decline in June gambling revenue

ATLANTIC CITY - Philadelphia Inquirer & Yahoo/AP
A.C. casinos’ gaming profit in July off 6.6%
July offers no relief for Atlantic City casinos
"The casinos took in $438.7 million in July, compared to $469.6 million a year earlier and the single-month record of $504.8 million in July 2005"

LAS VEGAS - MarketWatch
Station Casinos Announces Second Quarter Results

LAS VEGAS - Yahoo/Business Wire
Progressive Gaming Reports Systems Installed Base Growth With Over 4,500 Installations in 2008 Second Quarter
Progressive Gaming International Earnings Conference Call (Q2 2008)

U.S. - Financial Week
Gambling's woes more than a wager gone bad 

Century Casinos Reports Q2 2008 Earnings

PHILIPPINES - ETNet News & ETurboNews
Star Cruises pours US$335m into Philippine casino biz
Alliance sells half of tourism unit to HK firm
Alliance Global and Star Cruises Will Team Up to Build An Integrated Resort Development

Additional headlines
Cockfighting and dominoes: Haiti's poor at play - Guardian Video.
I won £52,000 on the Lottery, and I'm spending it ALL on plastic surgery
Major win is bad news for bookies
Local casino market reports 7.6% revenue increase - St. Louis.
KC-area riverboat casinos’ revenue is flat on fewer customers
Ladbrokes winnings less than reported last week - Irish Times
Spike in number of new calls to gambling helpline - New Zealand

Monday, 11th August

Gambling board shuffles deck for casino licence

SOUTH AFRICA - Independent Online
Wild Coast's rough deal
"The origins of this lease from the mid-1980s are mired in controversy, with reports that R2-million was paid by Sun International casino magnate, Sol Kerzner, to former Transkei homeland prime minister, George Matanzima, for exclusive gambling rights in the then Transkei."

BOSTON - South Coast Today & Providence Business News
Casino report unlikely to sway lawmakers
Study: Mass. could gain 20K jobs under casino plan
Study: Mass. casino jobs estimates high
Projecting and Preparing for Potential Impact of Expanded Gaming on Commonwealth of Massachusetts

MANILA - Philippine Star
Pagcor says GMA social fund to suffer under proposed tax

Mississippi bus crash kills 3, injures several
Three Killed in Miss. Casino Bus Crash - YouTube/AP

Online & Interactive
Unibet Net Doubles as Euro 2008 Spurs Soccer Wagers

Additional headlines
Casino, retail workers injured in LV bus crash - Primm, Nevada.
Foes of casinos get to practice public protest - Philadelphia
Inland casinos send more than $65 million to state - California
Couple Says They Were Robbed After Winning At Casino

Saturday & Sunday, 9th & 10th August

PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia Inquirer
Anti-casino group's study says gambling costs will outweigh benefits
Archaeology group says work at casino site could disturb relics
PennPraxis: Phila. casino sites won't work

LAS VEGAS - Yahoo/Prime Zone
BODIES...The Exhibition Now Open At Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas - Premier Exhibitions

LAS VEGAS - In Business Las Vegas
Echelon halted - Shutdown to have significant impact
Luxury home sales not immune to slump

WASHINGTON - Yahoo/Reuters
Lawmakers urge U.S. stop action vs EU gambling firms

AUSTRALIA - Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Australia's Tabcorp sees few benefits in Tatts deal

LAS VEGAS - Forbes/AP & Reuters/PRNewswire
Privately held Harrah's swings to 2Q loss
"The privately held company said loss for the quarter ended June 30 totaled $97.6 million, compared with a profit of $237.5 million in the year-ago quarter."
Harrah's Entertainment Reports 2008 Second-Quarter Global Results
Harrah's Entertainment Inc. Q2 2008 Earnings Call Transcript

WASHINGTON - Business Week/AP
American Gaming Assn. spent $400K to lobby in 2Q

WASHINGTON - U.S. Department of Justice
Twelfth Member of Casino-Cheating Criminal Enterprise Pleads Guilty to Racketeering Conspiracy Targeting Casinos Across the United States

British News
Bookies take a beating in their coverage battle with Turf TV - Daily Telegraph
Bookies lose turf war with racecourses over rights to broadcast pictures
ABB's chairman, Warwick Bartlett, wrote: "The Tote are irredeamable [sic] bastards and everyone their [sic] should have been shot at birth. Members of the ABB? I don't think so." - Satellite Information Services - Association of British Bookmakers.

Additional headlines
Mississippi casinos feel they have the right formula to survive tough times
Casinos betting on Amendment 50 - Colorado
Bette Midler opens new Hammond casino
Gambler loses in court - NSW Australia

Friday, 8th August - 08-08-08

MANITOBA - Winnepeg Free Press
Gaming addiction tied to VLT increase - Manitoba has most terminals in Canada - Addictions Foundation of Manitoba.

Macau sports gaming firm shows its Olympic spirit

LAS VEGAS - Reuters & Bloomberg
Deutsche Bank still seeks partners for Vegas resort
Deutsche Bank to Foreclose on $3.5 Billion Casino

Online & Interactive
3 plead guilty in online gambling case - Washington Post/AP
Ladbrokes Poker Moves Network as Revenue Falls - Card Player Europe

Kam Pek Paradise Casino opens today - Macau Daily Times
Paradise Casino Opens at Kam Pek Casino Macau - March 2008.

British News
Gambling: Roulette machines pass horses in race for punters' stakes
Young grandad, 46, dies playing poker - Scotland.
Gambling Commission launches investigation into Exeter charity

Additional headlines
Beijing Olympics opening ceremony timeline - Daily Telegraph
PokerTek Announces First PokerPro Installation in State of Indiana at Horseshoe Casino Chicagoland
AGA President Frank Fahrenkopf on the PocketFives Podcast
Trump casinos post $29.8M. loss in second quarter - Press of Atlantic City - Taj Mahal & Chairman's Tower.

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