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Archive 2008: 15th - 21st December

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Saturday & Sunday, 20th & 21st December
Santa Cruz - Casino from Tv Colchagua on Vimeo.
Casino Colchagua Chile - Enjoy Casino & Resort

Las Vegas - Reuters - Deena Beasley
New Wynn casino faces unprecedented Las Vegas slump

London - Sunday Times
Crunch leaves government casino plans in tatters

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston & Amanda Finnegan
Envy this casino operator
Wynn says he’s prepared to weather economic storm
Steve Wynn interviews with Robin Leach...
Industry Changes
Nightclub Industry
Gaming's Declining Role
Economic Conditions in Vegas
Financing New Development
Phil Ruffin and 'Unbundling'
Lowering Room Rates

Las Vegas - CNN Money/DowJones & Reuters
Wynn To Open New Casino Resort In Las Vegas Amid Downturn
Vegas mogul bets on low rates to lure reluctant gamblers
"The last couple of weeks have been the worst I have ever seen. We had 53% occupancy for a couple of nights,"

Nevada - LVR-J
State unemployment hits 25-year high

Las Vegas - PRNewswire
M Resort, Spa and Casino Now Accepting Room Reservations - Opening March 2009

Coconut Creek casino plans major expansion, could cost the city millions from Tiffany Ellis on Vimeo.

British news
Casino applies for 24-hour Aberdeen gaming licence - Gala Aberdeen.
£2m gambler loses new bid to sue bookies
Graham Calvert. "Mr Calvert was not in court today. He is serving a two-year jail sentence on cocaine and firearms charges."
Compulsive gambler fails in compensation appeal
Bookmakers await result of probe into scandal-hit match

Britain: Bookmaker robberies - Last 7 days
Shot fired in bookmaker robbery - William Hill, Openshaw
SOUTHEND: Swordsman's raid on bookies - Coral, Southend
Robber's Sword Attack In Bookies
Hunt for armed thieves who targeted bookmakers - Ladbrokes, Livingston
Gunman holds up bookies - Coral, Renfrew
Grandad jailed for holding up bookies - Heanor, Derbyshire
Armed raider holds up Bedworth bookies - Mark Jarvis
Armed robber raids Thornaby bookies - Coral, Teeside
Newcastle bookmaker raided for a fourth time - North East Racing
CCTV shot of Haslingden bookmaker raiders released - Ladbrokes, Haslingden
Armed robbery at bookmakers - Coral, Weston
Thieves steal £1,800 from bookies - William Hill, Chorley

New York - Yahoo/AP
Casino operators gain as broader market rallies

Rhode Island & Las Vegas - GTECH PR
GTECH Corporation Signs Licensing Agreement for Worldwide Rights to the Harrah's, Caesars, and World Series of Poker Brands

Additional headlines
Casinos get burned by smoking ban this year - Illinois
Parish eyed for casino boat - Louisiana
Alsart Group announcing a launch of Grand Capital casino

Alsart Group opens new casino in Ukraine -

Friday 19th,  December

Las Vegas - Yahoo/AP
CityCenter to Launch Search January 5, 2009 for More Than 12,000 Employees
MGM Mirage hiring 12,000 workers for CityCenter
"MGM Mirage officials say the company has let go of 3,200 employees in Las Vegas since October 2007 because of declining casino revenues."

Macau - Macau Daily Times
Grand Lisboa Hot

Las Vegas - Yahoo/PRNewswire
Encore Opens December 22, 2008

Steve Wynn Talks About His New Las Vegas Resort


Macau - Macau Daily Times
Grand Lisboa Hotel opens, no plans to recruit staff
Wynn Macau unveils eight Rolls-Royce Phantoms
Gaming tax exceeds 3.2 billion patacas in November

Waukegan, Illinois - Yahoo/Business Wire
WMS Secures Nevada Regulatory Approval for WAGE-NET® Networked Gaming System

Stockholm - Poker Pages
Svenska Spel Retains Online Poker Monopoly Under Swedish Gaming Reorganisation
Gambling Firms Say Swedish Gaming Regs Violate EU Law- Wrong Direction
En framtida spelreglering
En framtida spelreglering, SOU 2008:124 (pdf 2,5 MB)

Saskatchewan, Canada -
No French allowed at Saskatchewan casino poker tables

Atlantic City & Pennsylvania - Reuters, Philadelphia Inquirer & Courier Post
Trump may take gaming group private
Trump sues Pa. gaming board
Trump sues to get 2nd shot at Pa. casino license

San Diego - Card Player
Valley View Casino brings Dealerless Poker to San Diego

Additional headlines
Statement re gaming development in the Philippines

Gazdagok el?nyben? - Mit keres Andy Vajna Budapesten?(Interjú) - Hungary
Environmental impact study could delay €700 million "Eurovegas" project
Das Poker Royale Casino expandiert nach Kitzbühel - Austria
Aachen pokert um neues Casino-Hotel - Germany
Smoking laws produce quirky results for casino workers - Kansas City
Colorado casinos' revenues drop 15%
David Copperfield Assistant Rushed to Hospital During Las Vegas Show
Now Crown casino wants blood as well as your money
Armed raider holds up Bedworth bookies - Mark Jarvis

Wednesday & Thursday 17th & 18th,  December

British news
British pound dives to record low near 1.05 euros

Rank Group pre-close trading update - 50 weeks to 14 December 2008
Bigger bets help stabilise Rank -
Casino arm delivers growth for Rank - CityAM
Rank Reverses Sales Decline, Helped by New Machines - Bloomberg

Macau - Shanghai Daily/Xinhua
Gaming Revenue Exceeds Expectations
HK shares end up 0.2 pct, Macau casino stocks soar

New York - Daily Telegraph, Yahoo/ & The Times of India
PartyGaming founder admits breaking US law
Dikshit agrees guilty plea
Online gambling tycoon pleads guilty to wire fraud

Atlantic City - Yahoo/AP
Casino industry's luck has run out

Colorado - Yahoo/PRNewswire - Century Casinos PR
Landslide Victory for Cripple Creek Casino Market
"95% voted to raise betting limits from US$5 to US$100, add roulette and craps, and allow casinos to operate 24 hours per day, 7 days per week."

Las Vegas - Daily Mail
Gambling capital of the world Las Vegas blanketed in SNOW! - Daily Mail

Las Vegas Snow - 17th December visitor stats...amazing what a bit of snow can do :)

Additional headlines
Casino Life Magazine - December/January Digital issue
New Casino's Lighting, Signs, Amphitheatre Get OK - Pittsburgh
Casino Owners: Limiting Smokers Is Costing Them - Pittsburgh
Gamblers Excited About New Casino - California
CHP Prepares For Casino Traffic
Lakes Ent. Announces Successful Grand Opening of Red Hawk Casino
Greektown, MotorCity, MGM casinos' revenue falls
Bally Technologies, Inc. Announces Results of Annual Shareholders Meeting

Tuesday, 16th  December

Online Gambling - MarketWatch/RGA PR
US Ignores EU Demands to Cease WTO-violating Enforcement

Sweden & U.K. - Ladbrokes PR
Swedish gambling proposals against EU law

New York - Daily Telegraph
End game nears in PartyGaming poker match

New York - The Times, & 
PartyGaming co-founder Anurag Dikshit pleads guilty to US charge
Gaming investor agrees $300m penalty
PartyGaming Founder Anurag Dikshit Reported to Settle with US Authorities
Anurag Dikshit is at No. 207. The 2006 list of Billionaires still has Sheldon Adelson at No. 12.

Macau - Washington Post
From Boom to Gloom in China's Gambling Mecca

Casinos rolling snake eyes in bad economy
Even Las Vegas cannot beat the recession - The Times. 6th December.
If only Lefty could see them now...

Port Canaveral - Florida Today
Port may get temp gambling request - Big casino ship's arrival delayed
Omega Commercial Finance Corp. Completes Acquisition of Luxury Casino Cruise Ship...

Las Vegas & Amsterdam - Yahoo/Business Wire
Bally Technologies to Open New European Headquarters in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Nassau, Bahamas - The Nassau Guardian
Atlantis casino revenue ahead of projections
Pinnacle Pegs Exuma write off at $4.3 million
Pinnacle seeking to close January 2nd, 2009

St. Louis, Missouri - Yahoo/PRNewswire & St. Louis Business Journal
Isle of Capri Casinos Names Senior Vice Presidents to Lead New Brand Teams
Isle of Capri rebrands, names Deaton, Block VP's

British news
Burnett loss to be investigated - BBC Sport
Bookmakers suspend betting on key UK Snooker Championship clash
Scots snooker stars Stephen Maguire and Jamie Burnett in betting probe
Burnett Despair At Betting Rumours - Make your own mind up.
Post office worker stole £19k in Lotto scratchcards ..and won £50

Additional headlines
Phil Ruffin to buy Treasure Island from MGM - Gaming Today
People Spend Less, Casinos Face Job Cuts - Louisiana
Slot revenue dips at two casinos - Connecticut
Vegas museum to link crime and law - USA Today - Las Vegas Museum of Law Enforcement and Organized Crime

Major holiday development planned for Mount Murray - Isle of Man.
Treasure Island selling for under $1 billion - L.A. Times: The Movable Buffet

Monday, 15th  December

Las Vegas - Liz Benston
Casinos again loosen up on rooms, meals - Interesting comments from visitors.

Las Vegas - Reuters
Station Casinos terminate bond exchange offer

Las Vegas - Reuters & Yahoo/AP
MGM Mirage to sell Treasure Island casino to Ruffin
MGM Mirage selling Treasure Island for $500M

Las Vegas - Yahoo/
Players Network Teams up With AGEM to Create Virtual Marketplace

Louisiana - Yahoo/PRNewswire
PokerTek Enters Louisiana with Boomtown Bossier Installation

New York - Yahoo/AP
Ahead of the Bell: analyst upgrades slot makers

Las Vegas - The Vegas Eye (Unconfirmed report)
MGM lets TI go

Memphis - Memphis Business Journal
For sale: Class A office space - Harrah’s selling high-tech center

Port Canaveral - Florida Today
Talks resume on boat deal - Canaveral officials to get update on Omega Royale's plans for port

The Omega Royal is the Ocean Jewel that operated out of Tampa for Titan Cruise Lines between 2005 and 2006.
'Jewel' stops shuttles from port - St. Petersburg Times.

Florida - Fort Myers News Press
Immokalee casino unveils blackjack tables - Tallahassee still split over tribe’s games

British news
Government should raise stakes to save gaming industry
BACTA President Nick Harding campaigning in the Times for Arcade and Pub AWP's to have a £1 stake and £70 prize.
'Big House Price Falls In 2009'
NetPlay TV launches dedicated Freeview Channel -
Armed robber raids Thornaby bookies
Hibs star fined for casino attack - Edinburgh
Betting scandal overshadows UK Championship - Snooker
Burnett's betting pressure - Sky Sports

Additional headlines
350 New Jobs Open Up at Indiana Live Casino - Located at Indiana Downs
Drinkers, gamblers urged to think of their families - New Zealand
CryptoLogic Opens New Distribution Channel to Gaming Operators

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