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Archive 2008:  22nd - 29th February

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Friday, 29th February

Las Vegas             CNN & KLAS-TV
Report: Man comatose after exposure to ricin poison
Police Investigate Las Vegas Ricin Scare

Pennsylvania             The Morning Call
Steel yourself: Sands BethWorks too nice for Wall Street?

Israel & Macau             Haaretz Online
Where the wheel stops, nobody knows
Adelson faces T.A. court over charges he skimped on casino deal payment
Sheldon Adelson and William Weidner are both giving evidence in Israel in a lawsuit brought by Moshe Hananel against Las Vegas Sands. This is the first in a series of lawsuits alleging LVS broke contracts in relation to the companies license applications and developments in Macau.
Sheldon Adelson To Donate $200M Annually

Rank Group Annual results
Rank Climbs in London After Agreeing to Transfer Pension Plan - Bloomberg
Rank offloads pension scheme amid tough trading -
Rank pension deal fuels takeover talk - Reuters

The Rank Group Plc - Financial results

Thanet, Kent             BBC Kent
Casino opens amongst controversy

London             The Independent, Guardian & The Times
Ladbrokes wins as high rollers lose
Easing of gambling laws leads to boom in touch-screen roulette for bookmakers
"One pound in three lost to Ladbrokes during 2007 was through a gaming terminal."
TV adverts help Ladbrokes to a 46% increase in profits

Wolverhampton             Express & Star & Birmingham Post
Angry MP slams ‘gambling den’ bid
Casino plan an insult to Black Country, says MP

Las Vegas & Macau             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Scientific Games Fourth Quarter Revenues Rise 15% to $268 Million

additional headlines
March 2008 Issue - Casino Review
NBC Heads-Up Poker Championship First Round Pairings Announced
Phil Ivey Wins the 2008 WPT L.A. Poker Classic
Whirlwind Jimmy hasn't blown out yet
How Blackpool will replace lost casino
Swansea gambles on casino tourists
New York man accused of defrauding Connecticut casinos

Thursday, 28th February

Las Vegas             Yahoo/AP
Global Cash Access Earnings Fall 87% Due to Investigation and Vesting Options Charges

Las Vegas & Macau             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Gaming Partners International Completes $4.6 Million Chip and Plaque Sale

Reno             Yahoo/AP
IGT to Invest $1 Billion Over 5 Years in R&D

Las Vegas             Yahoo/AP
Boyd Gaming Drops As Analysts Downgrade Company on Economic Concerns, Increased Competition - Boyd shares have halved in the last 8 months

London   , Sharecast, BBC & PA
Wm Hill places levy feud above terminal danger
Update: William Hill rules out Paddy Power merger
Damage claim for £2m loss gambler
New claim go-ahead for gambler

Ladbrokes PLC - Preliminary statement of results
Ladbrokes lifts FY earnings 60 pct boosted by telephone division - Spanish JV with Cirsa.

Broward County, Florida             Miami Herald
Dania Jai-Alai slots plan is put on hold indefinitely - Note the sparse spectator numbers.

Las Vegas & London             Las Vegas Review-Journal
Even with 'supercasino' out, Harrah's stays in U.K.

Las Vegas             PRNewswire & LasVegasNow/AP
Harrah's Entertainment Reports 2007 Fourth-Quarter Results
Harrah's Swings to 4Q Loss on Impairment Charges

Gaming Investments             Yahoo/Reuters
Bets are off--casinos feel economic pinch

additional headlines
Destination Macau - An Interview with Frank McFadden
Indian casinos warned - Off reservation casinos.
Borgata hotel tower to make debut in June

Wednesday, 27th February

British news
Casino warns city on competition - Aspers Swansea. BBC Wales.
NEC a fair bet for casino site - icSolihull

All bets could be off at gaming club - Islington Gazette
Poker club's losing hand as permit bid fails - Islington Tribune

Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Boyd Gaming Reports Fourth-Quarter and Year-End Results
Boyd Gaming Earnings Conference Call (Q4 2007)
Boyd Gaming fourth-quarter profit falls - Reuters
Boyd Gaming 4th-Quarter Profit Drops - Yahoo/AP

Sydney             Yahoo Australia
Full Year 2007 ARISTOCRAT LEISURE Earnings Conference Call

British news
Legal threat as supercasino plans dropped - Daily Telegraph
Long odds on all 16 new casinos opening - Financial Times
Safeguards as 16 new casinos are approved - The Times
Dr No-No-No shows his hand: he is a problem non-gambler - The Times

Regeneration hopes as town wins approval for new casino - Glasqow Herald
Locals angry at 'broken promises' - Manchester Evening News
Casino to host 40 tables and 80 slots - Lincolnshire Echo
Town's new casino gets Government vote - Scarborough Evening News
Swansea’s casino win - Western Mail

London    & Yahoo UK/Sharecast
William Hill PLC - Preliminary results
William Hill hit by 'disappointing' internet performance

Atlantic City             The Press of Atlantic City
Credit crisis stalls Pinnacle's plans for Atlantic City casino

additional headlines
Air clears at Colorado casinos
Gambling raid: Topless dealers in Middletown home - Delaware
High stakes, nudity were draws for gamblers, police say
Sikkim to offer casinos license for in-territory gambling - India
NBC game show faces illegal gambling lawsuit - Georgia

Tuesday, 26th February

Las Vegas             In Business Las Vegas
Tourism and Gaming - Get a grip: Stop the hand-wringing

Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Encore Suites, the New Luxury Resort at Wynn Las Vegas, to Be Unveiled December 2008

British news
Labour heartland to be regenerated to curb grassroots revolt over super-casino axe - Daily Mail
Government kills off supercasino plan - Reuters
UK govt scraps 'supercasino' but confirms 16 new licenses to be granted
Resort's £300m for regeneration
New casino location order laid before Parliament

Manchester's 'Super Casino' Plans Bust - Sky News
Casino plans set to be announced - Yahoo/Reuters
Super-casino 'due to be scrapped' - BBC Politics
Bookies to face new 'addict tax' - The Sun
Threat of 'problem gambling' levy -
Manchester offered deal to soften supercasino blow - The Guardian
'Payoff' as casino is axed - Manchester Evening Times
Minister to confirm Yarmouth casino plan -
One last chance to resist the temptations of gambling - Polly Toynbee

Kampala, Uganda    African Business Week
Uganda: Sports Gambling Takes Kampala By Storm - Sport Betting Africa.

Las Vegas    & Las Vegas Review-Journal
Sahara Renovation, Expansion Wins County OK
Cosmo dodges foreclosure; Hyatt to manage the hotel - 22nd February.

additional headlines
Government to transfer ownership of the National Stud to the Jockey Club
Armed robbers target bookies again - Corals, Rugby.
Rank reviews media after profits fall - Media Week
Gaming company slapped for not registering employees with the state
Where art thou Lady Luck? - The Las Vegas casino has now been closed for 2 years.

Monday, 25th February

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia    Financial
Singapore-listed Genting incurs 382 mln sgd loss in 2007 on exceptionals
Malaysia's Genting still a 'buy' on new casino prospects - AmResearch
Genting International slips into red with RM872m loss

Brussels             Reuters
EU likely to step up action over gaming curbs

Las Vegas & Macau             Yahoo/Elixir Gaming

Problem Gambling   
Bill Kearney - Documentary on casino gambling
Powerful video from former problem gambler and Pennsylvania based casino opponent Bill Kearney.

Indiana             Courier-Journal
Obelisk credit union teller to plead guilty to embezzling $7 million
"Sherman, 50, of Louisville, eventually took $7 million - an average of $152,454 a month and gambled most of it away at Ohio River casinos"

HgCapital sells Clarion Events
VSS Acquires Clarion Events - Veronis Suhler Stevenson

Sikkim to offer casinos license for in-territory gambling
Sikkim province is located east of Nepal directly on the Indian/Chinese border.

Austria             Trend/
Riskanter Spielzug des Casinos-Generals

New Zealand             SMH & National Business Review
Sky City interim profit slides, buyers disappear
Sky City half-year net profit plummets after cinema disaster

New Zealand & Australia             ABC News
Darwin casino drives up SkyCity profits
SkyCity takes Adelaide Casino off market

additional headlines
Magnier and JP linked with 3pc Ladbrokes stake
Sportingbet faces Bwin Interactive bid - report
Construction may begin soon on new casino - Natchez, Mississippi.
Bookies call for amnesty on bets - Victoria, Australia.
Goole Lottery will announce first winner -
Prostitute request gets Iowa casino staffer fired - Iowa

Saturday & Sunday, 23rd & 24th February

Jamaica             Jamaica Gleaner
Change of hearts! More Jamaicans want casino gambling legalised 

Macau             Wall Street Journal
Macau's Next Gamble - New Casinos Aim for a Vegas-Style Revamp of Live Shows
The Sands Macau's lounge singer is apparently an ex-supermarket cashier from Liverpool.

West Virginia             Charleston Daily Mail
Wheeling Island floor manager accused of stealing gambling chips

Las Vegas             LVR-J - Howard Stutz
MGM will raise pay for dealers - Casino giant's move meant to make compensation uniform

Yorkshire             Sky News & Northern Echo
Gambler Makes A Million From Just 50p
Man unaware he had won £1m from bookies on 50p bet
By my calculations if William Hill did not have a £1m payout limit the punter should have received £1,399,914 & 14p.

Duisburg, Germany             Der Western
Duisburger Casino lockt über 700.000 Gäste - Opened 23rd February, 2007.

U.K.             The Scotsman
William Hill odds on for further woe

U.K.             The Sunday Times
Joseph Lewis takes a punt on Ladbrokes
Ladbrokes is a bet to expand online

Kentucky             San Francisco Chronicle/AP
Casino Exec in Election Cash Controversy

additional headlines
High-rolling former civil servant pleads guilty to defrauding Sask government

Casinos shouldn’t be exempted from smoking ban - Iowa. Globe Gazette Editorial
Casinos Austria wollen online expandieren
Red hot poker player wins £100,000
I won £211,000 playing blackjack on my mobile phone
INSIDE GAMING: Monte Carlo guest flees fire, keeps slot jackpot
Aftershocks Rattle Wells, Nevada After Strong Earthquake

Friday, 22nd February

Reno & Waukegan, Illinois             Yahoo/PRNewswire
IGT and WMS Enter New Era of Cooperation for Networked Gaming and Affirm Commitment to Interoperability

U.K.             BBC Kent
Gambling law 'threat to arcades'

Pennsylvania             Jamaica Observer
'Standing of the Steel' Ceremony Marks Latest Phase of Construction for Sands Bethworks(TM)

Moscow & Costa Rica             Moscow Times & Bloomberg
Ban Sends Casino Firm Far, Far Away
Moscow Casino Ban Forces Storm to Open in Costa Rica, Armenia

New Zealand             N.Z. Herald
Survey finds pokies most harmful gambling outlet
Ban pub machines,ex-addicts urge
Once again the finger is pointed at slots in New Zealand as being the countries most harmful and negative form of gambling.

Jamaica & Trinidad             Jamaica Observer
Supreme Ventures looks to list in Trinidad

Las Vegas             CNBC
Betting on the House?
An outlook on recession and casinos, with Terry Lanni, CEO of MGM Mirage
MGM MIRAGE Earnings Conference Call (Q4 2007)

Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Bally Technologies, Inc. Unveils New iVIEW(TM) Display Manager That Enables Game and Systems Content on Same Display

Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire
PacificNet Octavian Receives Euro 1.76 million Electronic Gaming Machines Order for Russia Market

Great Yarmouth             BBC Norfolk
Resort's £3.5m casino due to open - Small picture of the Palace Casino

Manchester             Manchester Evening News
Last ditch to save casino

Las Vegas             LVR-J
Storms, building delays lead to dip in earnings for Ameristar Casinos

additional headlines
AsianLogic signs deal with Fortune Bid for two new online poker rooms
Casino robber sentenced - Montana. 30 years, 10 years suspended.
Bookie ban for Pencil Man - Lancashire
Gambling ads breach rules with promises of sexual seduction and success

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