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Archive 2008:  15th - 21st February

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Thursday, 21st February

Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire & Reuters
MGM MIRAGE Reports Record Fourth Quarter Results
MGM MIRAGE Earnings Conference Call (Q4 2007)
MGM Mirage gets $1 bln gain, but oper profit falls
MGM Mirage says 1st-quarter hotel revenue will be lower

Carson City, Nevada             Commercial Property News
$125M Casino Moves Forward - GoldTown Hotel and Casino Resort.

British News
New ad rules: bookies are playing fair - The Guardian - Advertising Standards Authority

Graham Calvert: William Hill 'manipulated' me - Daily Telegraph
Betting addict sues bookmaker after blowing £2m in six months - The Times
Bookies accused of 'negligently encouraging' gambling addict - The Times
£2million loser is suing bookies - The Sun

Probe threat to Bookmakers - Daily Express
Racing's rulers frustrated as Levy yield set to stay same - The Guardian
Ladbrokes, William Hill Fall on Slot Machine Curbs - Bloomberg
Gambling Commission to look again at Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Gambling crackdown activities prove fruitful
"China uncovered 361,000 gambling cases, arrested 1.13 million gamblers, busted 20,000 gambling rings and confiscated 2.07 billion yuan (about 289 million U.S. dollars)"

South Africa   
Gold Reef Gains Most Since 1999 on Tsogo Approach

New Zealand             N.Z. Herald
$2.4bn on non-casino pokies in past year

Atlantic City             ABCLocal/AP & Star-Ledger
Borgata fined over underage patrons
Casino hit with record fine for teen's high-rolling spree

Colorado             Denver Post
Casino revenue slips in January - First month of smoking ban in Colorado.

Washington             Business Week
Gaming group spends $1.7M on lobbying

Sydney             Melbourne Age, & Yahoo Aus/AP
Tabcorp to spend over $300m on Star City
Tabcorp H1 profit dips; shares up on cost controls
Gamblers hand Tabcorp $273 million profit

Sydney             SMH & Melbourne Age
Crown delays announcing its stake in two US casino groups
Crown nibbles at North America

additional headlines
G2E 2007 Highlights - Quality production
Thunderbird Resorts Reports Win Per Gaming Position and Hotel RevPAR 
Missouri considers Sugar Creek casino
6 Filipino workers of gaming firm decry harassment
Student wins $3.5m playing slot machine
Gauselmann-Erpresser vor Gericht

Wednesday, 20th February

Montreal             Yahoo/Business Wire
Casino de Montreal Hosts the World's Largest Automated Poker Tournament on PokerPro

Roth Capital Partners presentations
New York
Registration required to listen to recordings. 
Elixir Gaming Technologies
Shuffle Master
Electronic Game Card
Bally Technologies

Solna, Sweden   
Entraction Signs Agreement With Cherry's Subsidiary, PlayCherry Ltd

Des Moins, Iowa             Des Moins Register
House passes broad smoking ban; exempts casinos
The health and well being of casino employees is obviously judged to be less important than protecting Iowa's gaming tax revenues.

U.K.             Daily Mail
125 new casinos on the cards despite a Government pledge to restrict numbers
The author believes that there could be as many as 285 casinos in Britain - over 140 more than at present. Laughable.

Gambler sues bookies for £2m loss
Sports want slice of betting cash

Macau             Macro World Investor/Xinhua
Macao lawmaker calls for gaming law amendment upon jackpot row in Venetian
A HK$1 million (U.S.$130,000) jackpot won by a close relative of a casino staff member.

Sydney             SMH, Melbourne Age & Business Spectator
Crown Announces Half Year Results - PDF
Crown casinos continue to expand in US
Crown scores $211m profit

Las Vegas   
Gaming Security Conference Addresses Casino Cheating

Cambridge, Massachusetts             Boston Globe
Getting a hand - They wrote the first blackjack book, but never cashed in
Playing Blackjack to Win: A New Strategy for the Game of 21 - First published 1957

Connecticut             The Republican
Casino resort rising at Foxwoods

London             ThisisMoney
Rank rising on pensions buzz

additional headlines
Media Corporation plc - Trading Update
Gambling revenue is a tax society can do without - Victoria, Australia.
Great Canadian to Add Five Story, 191 Room Hotel at River Rock Casino
Police spar over secrecy of DeNaples probe - Pennsylvania
Bookies bet on Brit Awards disaster
Did cheating spark poker killings? - Florida
High-stakes poker game near Palatka turns deadly

Tuesday, 19th February

Vienna & Israel   
BAWAG-Prozess: Schlaff sagte zu Casino Jericho aus
Exposé Links Olmert, Lieberman and Sharon to Jericho Casino - January 24th

Macau             Yahoo/AP
Crown Macau Helps Melco PBL Results

Las Vegas             Yahoo/AP
Progressive Gaming Int'l 4Q Loss Widens

Las Vegas             Yahoo/Business Wire
Progressive Gaming's Fourth Quarter System Revenues Rise 32% to Quarterly Record $19.1 Million
Progressive Gaming International Earnings Conference Call (Q4 2007)

Macau             Yahoo/Business Wire
Melco PBL Entertainment Reports Fourth Quarter Earnings
2007 Fourth Quarter Earnings Announcement

London             The Times & Marketing Week
Billionaire Joe Lewis quietly builds stake in Ladbrokes

Myanmar             International Herald Tribune
4 small bombs explode at Myanmar casino hotel
Estallan bombas en casino en Myanmar

U.K.             The Guardian
Sueing the bookmaker is not such a crazy idea

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Business Press
Cosmopolitan progress continues as financing remains uncertain
Casinos rake in record winnings

additional headlines
Construction Begins on Bethlehem Casino Site
Florida may slash arcade winnings - $5 maximum payout.
Casinos: colorados piden auditoría al ombudsman - Montevideo, Uruguay.
New casino play in Cambodia - Queenco Leisure.
Journalist victim of hit and run after investigating gambling venue - Cambodia
Gambling talk - Bridlington
Ladbrokes UK marketing director leaves for Punch Taverns

Monday, 18th February

Adelaide, South Australia    Now
He beat Casino for $22,000 in winnings
An apparent malfunction on a Sega Royal Ascot machine.

U.K.             PRNewswire
New Safer Cigarette Could End Smoking Ban in the UK

bet365 announces qualifying tournaments for the UK National Poker Championships - Genting Stanley National Poker Championships

Isle of Man   
Webis Holdings PLC -  Interim results for the 26 weeks ended 25/11/2007

Delaware casinos take a spin at roulette

Great Yarmouth   
Multi-million casino to open in Yarmouth

Las Vegas             San Francisco Chronicle/AP & North County Times
SoCal water authority takes issue with Las Vegas mayor's comments
Mayor of Las Vegas may have opened multistate water war - Hoover Dam

Flickr images - Pallazo Las Vegas

additional headlines
Restrooms reveal how much a firm cares
Gambling, Legalize It - The Bahamas. Bahamian's allowed to gamble ?
Legalizing Gambling A Good Thought!
Recalled Beef Had Been Sent to Las Vegas
Allanson was warned to stop alias betting - Victoria, Australia.
Lottomatica main owner De Agostini buys further 1.3 pct stake in Jan
Hofschneider says Tinian needs casinos for its tourism industry

Sunday, 17th February

Macau             Macau Daily Blog
Macau Hotel Occupancy Rate Soars to 83.0%
10th Million Visitor Walks Through Venetian Macaoís Doors
10,000,000 / 169 = An average of 59,000 visitors a day.

Victoria, Australia             The Melbourne Age
Pokies scourge creates new criminal class
Tatts, Tabcorp face strife over ads

Portsmouth             The Independent
Slow death of the seaside slot-machine arcades
Arcade owner whinging about being allowed only four £500 jackpot machines.

additional headlines
Gambling: How to lose £2m: your 10-step guide - The Independent on Sunday.
Gambling addict stole £80,000 - Dorset Daily Echo
The Church and gambling - Jamaica Council of Churches position.
Fears Grow Economic Downturn Could Hit Gaming Industry
Las Vegas Visitation Surpasses 39 Million
Las Vegas' Palazzo Resort is big but boring
Casino lacks rescue deal - Calgary, Alberta.
What to do with thousands of new AC casino workers?

Saturday, 16th February

Carson City   
Judge Tosses Nevada Ballot Plans to Raise Casino Taxes

Alberta, Canada             National Post
Natives roll the dice on life after casino

Las Vegas    &
Las Vegas casino reopens after fire
Monte Carlo's Casino Reopens After Fire

Las Vegas             The Guardian
How Las Vegas transport gamble turned into a one-track ride to ruin

Oklahoma             The Herald-Leader
Casino: Employee stole thousands

additional headlines
Changes already made to Beshear's casino proposal
Flying casino
Church leaders reject casino bid - Blackpool
Casino news greeted by fierce opposition - Luton
Bookmakers are happy to take your money - Daily Telegraph
Betting scandal claims racing chief - Victoria, Australia

Friday, 15th February

Las Vegas             In Business Las Vegas - Richard N. Velotta
Regulators tackle server-based slot issues
Gaming Laboratories International - Regulators Roundtable and Users Conference

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
40,000 new rooms in Las Vegas? Maybe not
Wynn shares plummet after bossís warning
LAYOFFS, FEWER HOURS: Slowdown lands on gaming - LVR-J

Las Vegas             Yahoo/AP & Bloomberg
MGM Mirage Says 101.9M Shares Tendered
Casino company shares drop after oversubscription - More sellers than buyers.

Problem Gambling - Britain             Daily Mail, Independent, The Times & Daily Telegraph
Compulsive gambler sues William Hill 'for letting him lose £2 million'
Gambler to sue bookies after losing £2.1m
Bookmakers must do the right thing by problem punters
Gambler sues William Hill for letting him bet
The case starts on Monday and is expected to last for 5 days. A quick google on "£347,000 golf bet" revealed 180 news results.,000+golf+bet

Serbia             Casinos Austria
Party Fever at Grand Casino Beograd

Miami             Miami Herald
Casino worker sentenced to 21 months

Frankfort, Kentucky             TheCourier-Journal & Yahoo/AP
Beshear proposes 7 casinos for tracks and 5 freestanding
Ky. Gov Proposes Opening 12 Casinos
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear unveils plans to allow voters to decide issue of expanded gaming
Listen to Gov. Beshear's statement

Manchester             N.E. Manchester Advertiser
Casino 'scrapped' outrage

AsianLogic buys Asian Poker Tour

additional headlines
The Virtues of Vice Stocks
Mohegan Sun slots mixed for January
Betting the Oscars, Remember the Politics: Joe Saumarez-Smith gives his tips.
Airbus seeks backers for superjumbo flying casino
£7m cheques put casino in a spin
Pokern ausserhalb der Casinos - Switzerland
Livi hit out at lotto conman - Edinburgh

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