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Archive 2008: 8th - 14th December

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Saturday & Sunday, 13th & 14th December
History of Gambling in America - part 1 of 5
Originally shown on the Discovery channel.

Perth - Perth Now/
Asian crime lords launder millions through Burswood Casino
"More than 140 WA welfare recipients have 'washed' almost $17 million through the casino, most of it for international gangs.

Vienna - APA-OTS
"trend": Johann F. Graf ist Mann des Jahres

Singapore - Channel News Asia
Smoking ban to be extended to all indoor public places
"The smoking ban will also apply to restaurants and bars in the integrated resorts"

Norway - Poker News Daily
Norway Passes Legislation to Stop Internet Gaming
RGA Acts Against Proposed Norwegian UIGEA

Macau - Macau Daily Times
Grand Lisboa Hotel opens Wednesday

Niagara Falls, Canada - Niagara Falls Review
Casinos' summer revenue lowest since Fallsview opened

Las Vegas - Yahoo/AP & WSJ
Las Vegas Sands cutting 200 Vegas casino workers
Sands Drops Jobs, Bonuses as Slump Buffets Las Vegas

Germany - Bonn General-Anzeiger
Spielbank Bad Neuenahr droht Kündigungswelle

London - Newswire Today
Inspired Gaming INGG Partners with NextGen Gaming

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Crews remove New Frontier marquee before Encore opening
Got $300K? Your private gambling room is ready
Moody’s downgrades Hooters
Tourists to Vegas in October: ‘no thanks’
Strip gaming win plummets 25% in October

Kentucky - Business Week & PRWeb
Court of appeals hears gambling Web site case
Internet Domain Seizures Challenged in Kentucky Appeals Court - Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association.

British news
Irish Clean Sweep at Ladbrokes Poker Million

Thieves steal £1,800 from bookies - William Hill, Chorley
Probe into raid at bookmakers - Mark Jarvis, Littleover
Gambling Woodhouse man caught with fake £20 notes

Additional headlines
December 2008 Casino International Digital Magazine
Golden Princess Casino staff want freedom of choice - Belize
A New Casino Push in New York -
Station Casinos extends bond offer deadline again - Reuters
Gambler sues casino over $900 million binge - Reuters
Smoke forces evacuation of Alice Springs casino - ABC News
Harrah's to promote in-house senior V.P.s - Press of Atlantic City

Friday, 12th December

London - Yahoo/Reuters
Pound slips to new record low vs euro

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Business Press: 
Gambling companies eager to forget difficult 2008 - Howard Stutz
Even with gambling-business fundamentals fixed, innovation can happen

Canberra & Melbourne Australia - Guardian/Reuters
Australian gambler sues casino over A$1.4bln binge
"Supreme Court documents said Kakavas wore a concealed recorder that captured Crown managers allegedly attempting to lure him back to its riverside baccarat tables."
The gambler - March 2007.

Indiana - N.W. Indian Times
'Craps for cash' keeps dice players happy
The shooter must make all points on the same roll to collect a $4,000 bonus.

Additional headlines
The Window-Eye trick - Interesting. Link found via LVA's Question of the Day.
Mount Airy casino seeks DeNaples cash - Pennsylvania
Mixed revenue news for Missouri casinos in Nov.
Venetian Macau moves media to GroupM
Former Vegas showgirls try to save the show - Las Vegas

Thursday, 11th December

Gaming revenue dives again - Recession hammers state's casinos
Revenues at Nevada casinos plunged 24.6% in October -
Casino Win, Visitor Numbers See Steep Drop -
Nevada casino win down 22.3% in October - Yahoo/AP
Nevada casinos from Tahoe to Vegas suffer largest ever drop in win

New Jersey
Atlantic City casino revenue off 7.8 percent last month - Press of Atlantic City
Suspended smoking ban didn't help casinos in November - Philadelphia Inquirer
Odds worsen for smaller A.C. casinos

Las Vegas & Macau - Macau Daily Times & LVR-J
Sands to appeal US$58.6 million judgement
Sands denied request to set aside Suen judgment

Isle of Man - Isle of Man Today
Casino to be built at Mount Murray? - Mount Murray Hotel and Country Club.

From Gaming Today - 9th & 10th December
Nevada gaming revenue continues downward spiral
MGM MIRAGE unit creates new international division
Gaming industry layoffs affect 13,100
Newcomer to break into slot market - Incredible Technologies
Crown lands financing to close Cannery deal
Cannery sale to Crown on Nevada docket

Additional headlines
Centrelink to hunt casino welfare cheats - South Australia
Marc Goodwin Tops Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Rankings
LV resort sues alleged copycat website - Las Vegas Sun
Primm hotel rates for locals: free
First CAP Down Under a 'Great Success'
Gambler seeks friends' help to settle casino bill - Times of Malta

Wednesday, 10th December

Nevada - Reuters
Las Vegas Strip Oct gambling revenue falls 26%
"Las Vegas Strip casinos won $475 million from gamblers in October, 26% less than a year earlier for the worst such decline ever, the state's Gaming Control Board said on Wednesday."

New Jersey - Yahoo/AP
Atlantic City casino revenues fall 7.8% in Nov.
"Only two of the 11 casinos reported an increase, while six reported double-digit decreases."
"Slot revenue fell by 12.4% to $228.4 million, while table game revenues increased by 2.8% to $117.1 million."

Atlantic City - Yahoo/AP
Atlantic City casino security guards may soon be able to detain underage gamblers or drinkers

Riverside walk, Panjim - Goa
Interesting 8 minute film that concentrates mainly on the 5 Mandovi River casino boats.

Daman, India - The Times of India
Daman bets big on casino
Daman is located on the west coast of India north of Mumbai.
Thunderbird Resorts Hotel Development in India - March 2008

Adelaide, South Australia -
Welfare cheats in $25m casino 'laundering' scam
"More than 160 South Australian welfare cheats have been caught during an 18-month investigation "laundering" $25 million at Skycity and interstate casinos."

London & Holland - TCS John Huxley
TCSJOHNHUXLEY signs exclusive supply contract with Holland Casino for Chipping Machines - (PDF)

Las Vegas - Liz Benston & Yahoo/PRNewswire
MGM Mirage launches international gaming division
MGM MIRAGE Hospitality Forms Global Gaming Division with Lloyd Nathan as President

Queensland - ABC News
Casino seeks legal advice on pokie tax rise

St. Louis, Missouri - Yahoo/AP
Isle of Capri credit ratings lowered, affects $1.9 billion of debt

Additional headlines
Indiana casinos had rough November
GPI pulling for 'mini-casinos' - South Africa
Man killed in fall from escalator inside Shreveport casino
Aussie plans death-defying Vegas stunt

Riverboat casino closes
'Next airline to go bust?' Paddy Power betting ad banned

Tuesday, 9th December

Colorado - In Business Las Vegas
Century Casinos Exclusive Casino Operator for TUI Cruises

Dublin - Irish Independent
Ladies and gents, place your bets on dynamic casino boss
The Fitzwilliam Card Club's David Hickson.

Nevada - In Business Las Vegas
Economic outlook: Woe, woe, woe - UNLV Center for Business and Economic Research.

Taipei, Taiwan - China Post
Casinos to be legalized before Chinese New Year - Council For Economic Planning And Development.

London - The Guardian, FT & Daily Telegraph
Pressure mounts on Gala Coral as debt rises to £4.4bn
"Despite an additional £124m cash injection from private equity backers Permira, Cinven and Candover during the year, the company today published figures showing a pre-tax loss for the 12 months to September 27 of £397m."
Gala plays down refinancing fears as losses mount
Gala Coral lacks fire without smoke

Queensland - NineMSN & The Australian
Tabcorp slugged with higher pokies tax
"The Queensland Government announced that taxes on gaming machines at Conrad Treasury in Brisbane and Conrad Jupiters on the Gold Coast would increase to 30%, up from 20%. At Jupiters Townsville, Tabcorp said the gaming machine tax rate would increase to 20%, up from 10%."
Tabcorp says Queensland government should have consulted on tax rise

Macau & Las Vegas - Macau Daily Times
Drop in LV Sands' shares sparks lawsuit 

London - Daily Telegraph
Bookmakers under pressure to share their revenue from football

Chicago - Chicago Daily Herald
Aurora, Elgin mayors oppose casino plans near O'Hare

Oregon - Lottery Post
Woman scammed out of $400,000 pursuing lottery-sized fortune
EFCC busts some Nigerian Scammers

British bookmaker robberies
Armed men strike at betting shop - Corals, Garston.
Knifepoint robbery at east Hull bookmakers - Corals, Holderness Rd, Hull.
21 months for raid on Walsall bookies

Additional headlines
Station Casinos extends debt exchange deadline - Reuters
I-Team: Major Organized Crime Bust in Las Vegas -
Man extradited over WA casino assault - Perth
Police investigating the theft of gaming chips at Crown Casino - A$150 !
Shuffle Master climbs on possible leasing benefits

Robbie Knievel to jump remade Las Vegas volcano
Las Vegas Mirage Unveils New Volcano
Evel Knievel and the Caesar's Palace - Vintage footage from Caesars Palace.
European Poker Tour Prague Starts Today - CardPlayer Europe

Monday, 8th December

Taiwan - Taipei Times & Taiwan News
Penghu awaits casinos with mixed feelings
Taiwan Presidential Office denies setting up gambling taskforce

Sydney - Australian Daily Telegraph
Amateur Martin Rowe aces $1m poker win at Star City Casino

Sydney- Australian Daily Telegraph
Sportingbet Australia CEO Michael Sullivan BMW in flames
NT bookie's home 'firebombed'

Iowa - Telegraph Herald 
Diamond Jo bets on game changer - $84 million complex set to open Thursday

Additional headlines
Scientific Games Awarded New Contract with Enterprise Inns

Rollt Roulettekugel von Aachen nach Köln?
Zieht das Casino Aachen nach Köln um?

California casinos feel the pain - S.F. Chronicle Editorial
Casino company shelves plans for expansion - Canada.
Man shoots self outside Harrah's Casino - New Orleans

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