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Archive 2008: 22nd - 31st December

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Wednesday, 31st December

Gaming Investments - Yahoo/AP
Casinos hobbled as consumers cut back spending
Atlantic City's luck may be mostly bad in 2009
FTSE 100 Index Sets Gloomy Record

Kathmandu, Nepal - Himalayan Times &
Casino Venus opens amid protests by Youth Force
Clashes erupt over opening of new casino

Gaming operations staff no need to wear name tags yet - Macau Daily Times
Workers unions succeed in cost control plan negotiation with Venetian
Venetian dealers will work a 5 day, 40 hour week (down from 48) and take a 13.3% pay cut.
Four-party agreement over Venetian Macau pay cut arrangements - BlogMacau

Sun City, South Africa - Daily Dispatch.
Armed robbers walk out of casino with Ďjackpotí - 2 weeks ago.

Errol Flynn in Cuba - 1959
Filmed before the revolution the commentary must have been added sometime during 1959. Flynn died of a heart attack later that year.

From Gaming Today
President Bush pardons ex-Bally exec
Wynn bets on good first impressions
Few changes ahead for Treasure Island in Las Vegas
2009: A year of crisis for the casino industry
Jersey, NY vie for more gaming
MGM may jettison tower from CityCenter

Las Vegas - The West/AAP & AP
Evel Knievel's son is a joke, says Robbie Maddison
Maddison, Millen to try New Year's Eve jumps

Atlantic City - Yahoo/PRNewswire
Spectrum Gaming Group Identifies Top 21 Trends for 2009

Okinawa, Japan - Japan Update
Casino gaming concept brings more discussion

Florida - Sun-Sentinel
Gulfstream Racing and Casino opens Saturday in Hallandale Beach

Saskatchewan - The Southwest Booster
Living Sky Casino opens for business

Connecticut - Norwich Bulletin
Briton sentenced in casino credit card fraud

Niagara Falls - Niagara Gazette
Seneca Gaming sees $16 million drop in earnings

British  News
Gamblers may impose own casino ban - Great Yarmouth
Attempted armed raid on bookies - Cardiff
Mother who couldn't afford Christmas gifts for her children wins £1million on a scratchcard - Daily Mail

Additional headlines
Blue Springs felon granted license as casino security guard - Missouri
Fines overturned in Vegas casino blaze
Macauís Galaxy to Pay $86.4 Million for Bond Buyback
Packer to sever family links to Top End
"James Packer is set to sell off his family's huge rural holdings built up over a quarter of a century, as the credit crunch severely dampens investors' ability to borrow."
Biography Special: Daniel Negreanu

Tuesday, 30th December

Ontario - MetroNews/CP
Racehorses sold for meat as Quebec race industry comes up lame

Las Vegas Audio - Las Vegas Sun/Nevada Public Radio
Treasure Islandís buyer talks about the art of the deal - Audio available
The Strip Podcast: Steve Wynn - Part 1
Steve Wynn opening Encore - The Strip Podcast.
A look inside Encore - YouTube/Las VegasSun

Fidel Castro Triumphs! 1959-01-05
Universal International Newsreel

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Review-Journal - John L. Smith
Questions swirl after fraud probe targets high roller who lost $120 million
"Like all players from the time the first dice were carved from bone, he won big and lost bigger."

British News
Pound Falls to 98 Pence Per Euro for 1st Time on Housing Slump
Casino left in limbo as plan on ice - Rubicon, Wolverhampton.

Armed raid at betting shop - Corals, Leigh
Sixth gang raid on city bookies - Corals, Nottingham
Grandad jailed for holding up bookies
Second cash robbery at bookmakers - Betfred, Oxford

New Jersey - The Press of Atlantic City & Bloomberg
A not-so-happy New Year at the casinos
Atlantic City Bleeds as Would-Be Gamblers Pay Bills Instead

London - The Guardian
Plan to turn Hippodrome into giant casino is a show stopper

Las Vegas - L.A. Times
Steve Wynn's Encore steals the show on the Strip

London - The Guardian
Plan to turn Hippodrome into giant casino is a show stopper

Additional headlines
Vanuatu at risk of becoming prey to casino mafia, says academic
Aristocrat Leisure appoints new CEO
December issue of the Journal of Gambling Issues

24th - 29th December

Macau - IHT & WSJ
Macao's gambling boom turns sour
"It got more brutal Tuesday. The Venetian's parent company, Las Vegas Sands, laid off 500 workers at the casino - the world's largest - and moved to cut the hours of 1,000 other employees."

"only 2 of its 51 custom-made gondolas are now needed to ferry tourists along the Venetian's indoor Grand Canal."

Las Vegas Sands Cuts 500 Jobs in Macau

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Infusion of cash is key to Stationís viability
Noose tightens on casinos - James Packer's A$242 million investment.

Las Vegas - Yahoo/AP
Kerkorian sells remaining Ford shares - No. 41 in 2008

Online Gambling - The Times
Gambling tycoon Anurag Dikshit deals losing hand

Las Vegas - Time Magazine & L.A. Times
Behind Vegas's Bad Bet
Las Vegas economy may get a hangover from high living

Vanuatu- Vanuatu Daily Post
Jupiters Vanuatu to open soon

Stockholm - The Local & Sky News
Police identify Casino Cosmopol shooter
Three Injured In Casino Shooting

Great Yarmouth - Norwich Evening News
Latest on Yarmouth casino plans
Great Yarmouth council apparently have 4 paries interested in the large casino license.

Saskatchewan -
New Saskatchewan casino opens

Las Vegas - Business Week, S.F Chrobicle & Mercury News
IRS: Fry's exec stole $65M to pay gambling debts
Fry's embezzling suspect well known to Vegas D.A.'s office
Fry's exec dropped millions on gambling
Casinos might owe Fry's for exec's losses
Fired Fry's VP enjoyed high life in Vegas, but couldn't beat the odds

London - Tottenham Journal
£10,000 reward in hunt for betting shop raiders

Additional headlines
International Casino Review - Debut issue
Smoking ban hurts state's casinos, cities - Illinois
Jai-alai hangs on as frontons hope for casinos - Miami Herald

Racing industry big winner from Louisiana casinos
Nevada gambling regulators cutting with casinos down
Riley Appoints Task Force to Crack Down on Illegal Gambling - Alabama

Players Network Expands Its Board of Directors
Poker Tek inks cruise-line deal - NCL's Norwegian Pearl
Local player chips in R460m for casino entertainment rival in SA - Tsogo Sun
Economic planner pitches for gambling industry on offshore islands - Taiwan
Government to issue decree on casinos - Vietnam
Bosses want jackpot on casino site - Manchester Evening News
Own a share of Opera House horse - Opera House Bet

Tuesday, 23rd December

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Now & Las Vegas Sun
Steve Wynn Unveils His Encore
$2.3 billion Encore opens its doors
Encore Video Tour - Surreal

Macau - AFP & Earth Times
Macau's Venetian sacks further 500 staff as credit crunch bites
500 laid off at Asia's biggest casino as slump hits gambling
"One hundred managers as well as workers at all levels are among the redundancies at the Venetian Macao, owned by the US casino operator Las Vegas Sands, according to the South China Morning Post."

Las Vegas & California - IHT/AP
US: Executive stole $65M to pay gambling debts

Additional headlines
Harrah's New Twist on Prediction Markets
Big winners of the past were losers in 2008

Monday, 22nd December

South Africa - Yahoo/PRNewswire
Century Casinos Sells South African Casino Properties

Las Vegas - Yahoo/PRNewswire & AP
Encore Opens Tonight at 8 p.m.
CEO Wynn says Sinatra eatery was fate

Steve Wynn: The Casino Legend of Las Vegas - BIOGRAPHY

 Celebrity dealer Carmen Electra at the Palms Playboy Casino

Macau & Hong Kong - Yahoo/Business Wire
Amax Reports Interim Results for the Six Month Period Ended 30 Sept. 2008

British news
William Hill urge BBC trust to intervene on planned cuts
Masked men hold-up betting shop - Corals, Caversham.

Las Vegas -
Police investigate armed robbery at casino - Sahara Poker Room

Spain -
El Gordo draws jackpot hopefuls

Additional headlines
Station Casinos draws remaining cash on bank line - Reuters
Analyst cuts MGM estimates on Las Vegas weakness
PokerTek Sets Sail on Norwegian Cruise Line
Inspectors find safety problems at Vegas casino
Silver Club hotel and casino will close its doors
Arrest made after men use collectors coins at local casinos - California
Phil Hellmuth Loses Pot but Gets Money
Two arrested for running gambling cruises - Vietnam/Cambodia

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