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Thursday, 7th February

London & Kuala Lumpur             Bloomberg &
Rank Group Says Genting Lifts Stake; Shares Advance
The Rank Group Plc - Notification of Major Interest in Shares

Wyomissing, Pennsylvania             Yahoo/Business Wire & AP
Penn National Gaming Reports Fourth Quarter Diluted EPS of $0.36
Penn National Gaming 4Q Profit Declines

Las Vegas             Yahoo/AP
Vegas Lunar New Year Fest Targets Asians

Britain - Regional Casino plans
Gambling policy labelled a 'dog's breakfast' -
Leaked letter ‘confirms final axe for supercasino’ - Glasgow Herald
Gordon Brown u-turns over casino plan - Daily Telegraph
Regional casino plan to be confirmed - Yahoo/Reuters
Britain to confirm regional casino plan - source - Reuters
City may dispute casino decision -
Casino scheme still on the cards - BBC Scotland
Councillors angry at plans to scrap supercasinos - The Guardian

Proposed locations for the large and small casinos.

Great Yarmouth Bath and North East Somerset
Hull Dumfries and Galloway
Leeds East Lindsey
Middlesbrough Luton
Milton Keynes Scarborough
Newham Swansea
Solihull Torbay
Southampton Wolverhampton


Queenco Leisure International Limited - $10m Land Acquisition for Cambodian Beachfront resort and Casino

London & Belfast             Yahoo UK/Thomson Financial
Ladbrokes says buys Northern Ireland's Eastwood Bookmakers for 117.5 mln

Glasgow             Glasgow Evening Times & BBC Scotland
Harrah's £25m Glasgow gamble
Concerns over city's new casino

Waukegan, Illinois             Yahoo/Reuters & AP
Slot maker WMS 2nd-qtr profit rises 31 pct
WMS Industries Ups 2008 Sales Forecast

Waukegan, Illinois             Yahoo/Business Wire
WMS Reports $0.27 Diluted EPS For Its Fiscal 2008 Second Quarter

additional headlines
Casino Omaha Announces Expansion - Iowa
Empire Resorts Fully Supports St. Regis Mohawk Casino at Monticello Raceway
Minor fall-off in gaming revenues - Jamaica

Wednesday, 6th February

Glasgow             Glasgow Herald & Daily Record
Huge casino is £25m gamble
£25m Glasgow Casino Opens
LCI/Harrah's Alea casino in Glasgow opens tonight.

New Zealand             Sydney Morning Herald
Seems no one game to wager on casinos

N.E. England             North East Business
Equity firm puts its money on bookies

U.K. AWP market    & Norfolk Now
Arcades blame gambling law for lost income
Arcades 'threatened' by gambling law - British Amusement Catering Trade Association
Reflections on ATEI 2008

Paris             Yahoo/Thomson Financial
Groupe Partouche FY net halves after 'difficult' 2007; co sees uncertain 2008

Las Vegas             Forbes
The World's Richest People - Adelson's China Bet Paying Off
Las Vegas Sands Rises on Venetian Macao
''Sheldon wanted to be richer than Bill Gates. He always wanted to be No. 1.''

Nevada             Reuters
Nevada casinos lost $2.6 mln on Super Bowl wagers
The $92 million bet in Nevada's 174 Sportsbooks was around $1 million less than in 2007 and $2.5 million less than in 2006.

London & Macau             Yahoo/PRNewswire
PacificNet Elects Harmen Brenninkmeijer as Executive Director and Board Member

California             San Francisco Chronicle & L.A. Daily News
Gaming initiatives in lead as voters crowd polls
Casino expansion hits voter jackpot

additional headlines
Card shark warns against chasing poker fame - Canada & Germany
Scientific Games Signs Instant Ticket Contract with the China Sports Lottery
Tinian Lawmaker: Casino project to begin in May
Gambling stocks spike after slots approval - Florida
Trustee named to run casino - Philadelphia
Asianlogic in deal to license Playtech casino software to PAGCOR
Casino would employ 200, offer 400 slot machines

Tuesday, 5th February

Korea             Korea Times
Slot Machine Owners Sue Government
Video Slot Machine Game, 'Sea Story'

Warsaw             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Casinos Poland, Warsaw, hosting the Polish Open 2008 Poker Tournament

Men held over casino cash thefts

Las Vegas             Yahoo/Business Wire
Shuffle Master, Inc. Announces Plan to Appeal Nevada District Court Summary Judgment

Malta             The Times of Malta
Dragonara Casino restoration project

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Sun/Santa Barbera News-Press - Liz Benston
Casino firm spurns trend toward private ownership

Casinos and greed spark Macau fears

Las Vegas             Reuters, Yahoo/AP % Bloomberg
Las Vegas Sands 4th-quarter profit tumbles 65%
Higher Costs Cut Sands Profit 65%
Las Vegas Sands Net Falls on Higher Expansion Costs
Las Vegas Sands Rises on Venetian Macao

Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Las Vegas Sands Corp. Reports Fourth Quarter 2007 Results
Las Vegas Sands Corp. Earnings Conference Call

Las Vegas             LVR-J
Casino-stock index declines during January

Macau             Macau Daily Times
Ponte 16 welcomes 60,000 visitors on opening weekend
Crown Macau obtains international recognition

additional headlines
Who's Telling the Truth on Casino Propositions? - California
Italy plans tender for 329 horse race betting concessions by end-2008
Casinos a mixed bet for boosting their neighborhoods - Detroit
Ahern: I was only one not in favour of casino - Ireland
Tesco terrorist was keen online gambler
Attempted armed raid at bookmakers - Dartford
BAWAG-Prozess: Weitere Zeugen zum Casino Jericho
Senate approves bill to limit casinos - Mississippi

Monday, 4th February

Macau             Yahoo/Business Wire
Macau Success Celebrates the Grand Opening of Ponte 16

Las Vegas             Business Wire
The Siegel Group Nevada, Inc. Completes Acquisition of Las Vegas Hotel-Casino

Las Vegas & Macau             Yahoo/Business Wire
Elixir Gaming Wins Summary Judgment on All Claims in Shuffle Master Patent Litigation

Las Vegas             Yahoo/AP
Las Vegas Sands Falls on 4Q Worries

Johannesburg    & Reuters S.A.
Gold Reef’s R10bn buyout falls apart
S.Africa's Gold Reef says buy-out deal fails
Tsogo Sun Accuses Gold Reef of Buyout Foul Play - January 4th.
Google News - "Maxim Krok"

Cyberview Tech Inc - Trading update and outlook statement

London    & Yahoo/Sharecast
NetPlay TV plc - Trading update
Netplay moves into profit

London             Daily Mail & Irish Independent
FA probe £300,000 bet on Redknapp job
Anonymous call leads to over €0.65m traded on Italian

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Sun
Jeff Simpson answers slams in a full-page ad taken out by the owner of the Tropicana

Sacramento, California             L.A. Times & Sacramento Bee
Stakes are high on 4 tribal casino pacts
Field Poll: Indian casino plan widens its lead

U.K.             eMediaWire
Card Player Poker + Sports Magazine Partners with Genting Stanley Casinos for National Poker Championships

London             Card Player Europe &
Eighteen-Year-Old Canadian Wins EPT German Open
18 Year Old Canadian Wins German Open at EPT

additional headlines
Bulgaria Expects More Chinese Tourists in 2008
Officials seize 250 illegal gambling devices in Newport - Oregon
Casinos and more casinos coming - North Las Vegas
Father repays with daughter after losing in gambling - Nepal
Illegal Casino Ad Aimed at the Poor - New Zealand
New Zealand Gaming Expo 2008

Sunday, 3rd February
London             Sunday Times
Devilfish Gaming is raising stakes for float

Betfair Seeks Return of Ill-Gotten Winnings from SNG Software Glitch
SNG Payout Error - Ocean's 14!!! - TRUE STORY - 2+2 Forums

Problem Gambling   
Drug 'led patients to gamble'

Hertfortshire             Northamptonshire Chronicle
Bookie facing charges of fraud

Montreal, Québec            Canadian Press
Salons de poker dans les casinos: des syndiqués s'adressent à la Cour

additional headlines
Chips are down at faltering casinos
California Bureau Warns Casinos About Ladies Events
Casino operator spent $1M to help Beshear win race - Kentucky
Heights casino robbed - Montana

Saturday, 2nd February

Paris & Liege, Belgium             The Times, Canadian Press & The Guardian
All (online) bets off at French Open
French Open organizers taking online betting companies to court
French Open move on internet betting
"The French federation is suing three companies - Betfair, Bwin and Ladbrokes - with a court injunction to stop them from taking bets on the French Open. It seeks a fine of C$75,000 a day for any violations."

Macao's gaming market expands further
No plan to revise gaming tax: Macao official

Great Yarmouth   
Casino manager stole to pay gambling debts - Grosvenor Casino, Marine Parade.

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania             Philadelphia Inquirer
State Police: We kept DeNaples information from Gaming Board

Bavet, Cambodia             Yomiuri Shimbun
Vietnamese gamble on Cambodian town Border town - Le Macau Casino

U.S.             CNN Money
Tax rebates may be a roll of the dice

Frankfort, Kentucky             Herald Dispatch & Kentucky Post
Casino operator spends more than $1 million in Ky. governor race
Political group raises money from casino interests

Tinian, C.N.M.I             Pacific Islands Daily Report/Marianas Variety
Casino developer drops out of sight on Tinian
Tinian officials ‘clueless’ on casino investor’s plan

Washington State   
Tribal casino near Arlington to triple in size

Las Vegas             InterContinental Hotels Group
IHG Announces Crowne Plaza New Build in Las Vegas

additional headlines
Monte Carlo Fire Welders Could Face Fine
Swedes going after Euro 45 million in evaded online gambling taxes ?
Texas Hold 'em poker coming to Chinese territory of Macau

Friday, 1st February

Sunderland             Sunderland Echo
Sunderland casino closure threat
Macau             Macau Daily Blog & Macau Daily Times
And Now the Brits Are Coming to Macau! - British Business Association of Macao.
Ponte 16 put through its fire drill practice
Ponte 16 Macau - Opened 1st February, 2008

Macau             The Times, Yahoo/AFP & Xinhua
Minister who took bribes from property developers is given 27-year jail term
Biggest corruption trial in Macau's history concludes
Macao's biggest ever corruption trial concludes with record long jail sentence

London             Daily Telegraph
Betfair orders poker players to return winnings
Betfair's Poker players apparently found an undocumented feature in the companies software. 

California             L.A. Times
California may not get $9 billion from tribal gambling deals

Eastern Cape, South frica             Daily Dispatch
EC casinos’ R862m bonanza

Manchester             Manchester Evening News
Casino summit 'positive'
"But the prime minister has made it clear he has no intention of allowing the project to go ahead."

Sofia, Bulgaria   
Bright expectations for Bulgaria's gambling tourism
Bulgaria Map
The Bulgarian town of Svilengrad lies on the E80 the Motorway connecting Sofia and Istanbul and also on the border of N.E. Greece

Macau             Macau Hub
Macau: Air Macau launches four more flights to Japan
Banking: Profits at Macau’s BNU bank rise 25 pct to 380 million patacas

Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire
The Wynn Classic Returns After a Successful First Year

Las Vegas             Associated Press
Workers' Torch Started Vegas Casino Fire

additional headlines
Greektown Casino adding an owner - Celani will be operations president
EU probes Swedish and German gambling laws
Super Bowl Betting Frenzy in Vegas
Spread betting firm say house prices will fall six per cent by June - Daily Mirror

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