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Archive 2008:  8th - 14th February

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Thursday, 14th February

Las Vegas             Yahoo/AP
Bally Technologies Falls After Report

Beijing             Yahoo/PRNewswire
PacificNet Octavian Secures More Than 3 Million Euro Gaming Machine Order from MaxBet - Leading Operator in Europe

Los Angeles             Reuters
Las Vegas Sands not interested in UK casinos
Must read comments from Las Vegas Sands President and COO William Weidner at the Reuters Travel and Leisure Summit in Los Angeles.

"The home team won. The operators there in the UK worked the system very well, so they ended up with what they wanted, what I would consider to be sub-optimal, lousy little casinos that kept them in the game and kept us out,"

Reuters Travel and Leisure Summit - Los Angeles

Sands says Vegas "recession resistant"
Las Vegas may not be immune to economy
Macau not up to speed yet: U.S. casinos
Macau gambling growth outstrips Vegas
MGM says Macau property on track

Victoria, Australia   
'Screw gamblers, bragged Tatts boss'

Michigan             Washington Post
Casino Battle Rages in Congress - Interests Clash as Mich. Tribes Pursue Land off Reservations

California             The Press-Enterprise
Gambling tribes promise to keep sharing profits with reservations that lack casinos

Matthews, North Carolina             Yahoo/Business Wire
PokerTek Reports 2007 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Financial Results
PokerTek, Inc. Earnings Conference Call (Q4 2007)

Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Harrah's Selects IGT for Enabling Display Technologies to Power Next Generation of Interactive CRM Capabilities

London             Daily Mail
Casinos chase high-roller who left £11m trail of dud cheques

Las Vegas             Yahoo/AP
Bally Technologies Swings to Profit
Bally Technologies Inc. Earnings Conference Call (Q2 2008)

Bookmaking news
Nottingham man blew 21st cash then robbed bookies - Coral, Nottingham
Betting shop theft charge - BetFred, Stoke
Bookies fined for fly-tipping - William Hill, Tooting

Gambler to sue William Hill for £2m - ITN News
Compulsive gambler sues betting chain 'for letting him lose £2million' - Daily Mail
Compulsive gambler sues bookmaker to recover losses - The Guardian
"In 2006, he placed £347,000 on America to win the Ryder Cup but lost. At the time, it was the biggest golf bet in history."

additional headlines
Tahoe casino trial underway - Lake Tahoe
Monte Carlo Fire Loss $100 Million
Superjumbo flying casino planned
Airbus says in talks on superjumbo casino
Casinos love cyber dealers
‘Statto’ the TV betting expert has been declared bankrupt

Wednesday, 13th February

Casino robbed today - 12th February
Casino robbery arrests

Las Vegas             Yahoo/AP
Wynn Resorts Falls on Las Vegas Outlook

Atlantic City             Newswday/AP & Press of Atlantic City
Judge rules casino smoke caused dealer's cancer
Judge says secondhand smoke contributed to Claridge dealer’s lung cancer

Nevada             Associated Press &
Scientists: Lake Mead May Be Dry by 2012
Gambling Mecca 'set to run dry by 2021'
Lake Mead Could Be Dry by 2021 - Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Church of England - General Synod
Clean up your 'human pollution' - The Times
Church tells Brown to ditch plans for super-casinos - Daily Mail
Synod calls on minister to scrap planned casinos
Archbishop of Canterbury slams casinos in Synod debate

Melbourne             The Melbourne Age
Packer was in on addict lure: claim

Dublin             Irish Examiner
Money laundering bill targets casinos

Las Vegas             Yahoo/AP & Reuters
Macau Results Help Wynn Swing to Profit
Wynn Resorts posts 4th-quarter profit, shares fall

Las Vegas             Yahoo/Business Wire
Wynn Resorts, Limited Reports Fourth Quarter Results
Wynn Resorts, Limited Earnings Conference Call (Q4 2007)

Gaming Investments             Forbes Video
Billionaire Casino Kings - Sheldon Adelson, Steve Wynn & Kirk Kirkorian.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana             Yahoo/AP
La. Casino Operator Mulls Boat Switch

Malta & London             The Times of Malta, The Guardian & Daily Telegraph
Suspicious betting patterns says UK Gambling Commission
Snooker faces match-fixing probe
'Irregular betting' investigated in snooker

additional headlines
Tax relief is near, Pa. says, as 7th casino opens
Bulgaria Govt Gives Green Light to Online Gambling
Gaming claims knock Labor off balance - Victoria, Australia.
Lottomatica unit, Medstroms up Boss Media bid price to 25 skr/shr from 19
El déficit de los Casinos es estructural - Uruguay
Winning throw as casino gets go ahead - Newham
'Siberian Coin' Gambling Zone to Be Developed in Altai Krai

Tuesday, 12th February

Carson City, Nevada             Reuters
Nevada's December gambling revenue up 3.1%

Tinian, C.N.M.I.             Saipan Tribune
Casino project scaled down

Pennsylvania             The Patriot-News
No racing as casino kicks off
Slots Open at Penn National's Racetrack
The Hollywood Casino at Penn National opens at 10am Eastern this morning

New York             Yahoo/AP & Business Week
Empire Resorts to Move Monticello Gaming and Raceway
$700M Catskills gaming resort proposed

Atlantic City             Philadelphia Inquirer
N.J. casino revenues fell 10% in January
All 11 A.C. casinos post revenue drop

Quebec             Ottawa Sun &
Quebec casino suicide data released
Gambling-suicide links revealed by Loto-Québec documents
Quebec casino

Bournemouth             Dorset Echo
Casino bid for rink site refused

London    &
888 Sales Climb as More Players Bet on Casino Games
888 Holdings Plc - Q4 2007 Key Performance Indicators and Trading Update

Bookmaking news
Gambler jailed for holding up bookies - Norwich
Knife threat in bookmaker robbery - Middlesborough
Police name teenager fatally shot in bookies - Manchester

additional headlines
Top-10 casinos by number of employees
SkyCity Adelaide casino takes state government to court
Super Bowl Bookies Lose From Betting Line: Joe Saumarez-Smith

Monday, 11th February

Atlantic City             Yahoo/AP
Atlantic City Casinos Down 10 Percent in January
"Five casinos reported double-digit declines, including two - the Tropicana Casino Resort and Trump Marina Hotel Casino - that each fell 21.1%."

James Packer drawn into casino row
Gambler who lost $30m sues casino
The gambler - Melbourne Age 8th March 2007.

New York             Yahoo/Business Wire
Empire Resorts and Concord Associates Conclude Agreement to Develop a $700 Million Entertainment and Gaming Complex in the Catskills

New York & Paris             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Scientific Games Awarded French Instant Ticket Contract

London             Daily Telegraph
Judges rule that poker is a game of chance
S&N sues London poker bar owners over loan - January 16th.
The Court of Appeal has upheld the decision at London's Snaresbrook Crown Court in 2007 that found that Poker is a game of chance.

Manchester             BBC Manchester & Chronicle Live
Boy in betting shop shooting dies - 16 years old.
Teenager shot in betting shop dies

Kentucky             Lexington Herald-Leader
Regulators trail Yung's casinos

Problem Gambling - New Zealand & Canada   
Charities robbed by gambling fraud
Activist wins fight to release data about casino suicides

London             Daily Telegraph
Grosvenor Casinos sues Abu Dhabi bank
Grosvenor Casinos Ltd. v. National Bank of Abu Dhabi

Belgrade, Serbia   
EUR 80mn invested in Casino Belgrade

South Australia             ABC News &
SA Govt defends casino regulation costs
SkyCity and TAB join forces to fight taxes

Singapore             Straits Times
Genting secures $4.2b loans for Singapore casino

London & Israel             Yahoo UK, Reuters &
Playtech says Q4 trading exceeded management expectations
Gambling software firm Playtech bullish as revenues jump
Playtech Limited - Q4 2007 Key Performance Indicators

Lottery News
£10m Lotto winner needs a council house
Skint Lotto Winner John McGuinness Wants Council House
Sex offender wins $10 million lottery - Massachusetts

additional headlines
New casinos still months away - Miami
Dragonara casino being restored - Malta
Gambling regulation changes reflect new focus - Isle of Man
Die Casinos Austria setzen Pokerface auf - Austria
Grand Casino Luzern mit bestem Spielangebot - Switzerland
Company Profile for Global Betting & Gaming Consultants (GBGC)

'Casino' character takes a gamble on South Beach - Frank Rosenthal

Sunday, 10th February

Macau             Peoples Daily/Xinhua & China Economic Net
Macao's gaming revenue for 2008 expected to exceed $10 bln
Macao's gaming revenue rising

Las Vegas             L.V. Business Press - Howard Stutz
Strip resort-building a tried-and-true fix to Southern Nevada's periodic economic doldrums

Las Vegas             LVR-J/PRNewswire
Cher to Headline The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

Las Vegas             LVR-J
Resort to reopen Friday - Casino, 1,200 guest rooms going back on line three weeks after blaze

Las Vegas   
Beyond Blackjack - MGM Mirage

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Sun- Liz Benston
CityCenter, budget buster
Casinos lost $2.6 mil on Super Bowl betting

Southampton             ThisisHampshire
City wants open debate on casino

additional headlines
Casino sees some cash returned - ATM loaded with C$20's instead of C$5's.
Vegas Roundtable w/ Simpson, McKee, Schwartz, Monster and Me!
Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel Awards Largest Jackpot in Five-Year History
£10m Lotto winner has spent it all & is £2m in debt
Despite smoking ban, some casinos boost admissions

Saturday, 9th February

British News
Gambling sector's big players are swept up in approach speculation- Yorkshire Post
Casino proposed to revitalise derelict pier - Southampton
Harrah’s bids for Gala Coral casinos - The Stage

Northamton             Yahoo/Business Wire
New casino 'won't be seedy' - Opening end of June.

Las Vegas             Reuters
Monte Carlo casino in Vegas to reopen Feb 15 - MGM

Israel & Cambodia             Globes Online
QLI sees casino opportunity in Cambodia

additional headlines
Se inicia pilotaje de casino en malecón Simón Bolívar - Equador
Movie-themed casino set to open - Hollywood Casino Penn National
Casino loan shark feared murdered - Toronto

Friday, 8th February

Austria & Belgrade, Serbia              Casinos Austria
Gala Night at Grand Casino Beograd

Gaming Investments             Yahoo/AP
Out of the Gate: MGM Mirage Declines

Los Angeles             Yahoo/Business Wire
Hollywood Celebs and Poker Pros Hit the Felt for 6th Annual World Poker Tour(R) Invitational

British News
Harrah's pursues casino deal with Gala after Rank rebuff - The Times
US giant gambles on Gala Casino merger - The Scotsman
Harrah's approaches Gala after Rank rebuff - report - Interactive Investor
Ladbrokes grows in N Ireland -
Ladbrokes gambles £117m on Eastwood - Daily Telegraph
Bets back on for casino - Scarborough Evening News
Las Vegas-style casino plan faces axe - Lancashire Evening Post

Fury of charities as new casinos get go-ahead to open within months
Casino proposed to revitalise derelict pier - Southampton
New Casino for Beachside Bournemouth - Southampton
Come clean on casino, Brown told - Blackpool

Nevada & Atlantic City             Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Owner of Tropicana is, in fact, being investigated
Tropicana casino goes up for formal bids

Online Gambling   
Gambinos linked to internet gaming industry

Canada             The Guardian
Billionaire bookie who went from farmboy to playboy - Calvin Ayre.
Renovations Transform Bodog's Antigua Head Office

Las Vegas             Reuters & Yahoo/AP
MGM Mirage expects lower fourth-quarter adjusted profit
MGM Mirage Expects to Beat Street in Q4

London & Macau             Yahoo/Business Wire
'Crown Macau' Obtains International Recognition

additional headlines
Vegas area median home price sinks below $250,000
Feds kill Barstow casino plan
Record £95m euro lottery jackpot draw tonight

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