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Archive 2008: 8th - 14th January

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Monday, 14th January

Macau News
China's demand for gambling puts the squeeze on Macau - Chicago Tribune
Family of disgraced Macau official in court
Hong Kong-Macau ferries collide in fog - AP

Australia & Macau    Gazette
Numbers aren't coming up for Packer in Macau
James Packer heir due in June

Indian Gaming - California             San Diego Union-Tribune
Disappearance of casino deals called 'mistake'

Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Harrah's Entertainment Announces Scheduled Closing Date of Acquisition

Online Gambling             Globes - Israel
888 expands presence in Asia

Las Vegas             Yahoo/Business Wire
Shuffle Master, Inc. to Exhibit at the International Casino Exhibition

Quebec    Gazette
Casino croupiers pass on test of poker machines

London             Daily Telegraph & Yahoo/AFX
William Hill jumps off fence to join Turf TV
William Hill says agrees 5-year Turf TV deal with Alphameric JV

Florida             News Press
Fly-by-night casino casts dicey pall on arcades

Monterey, Mexico             La Crónica de Hoy
Operan en el país 80 casinos sin permisos

Poker             Bloomberg - Joe Saumarez-Smith
Top Poker Players Sometimes Short on Cash

Frankfurt            Yahoo/Thomson Financial
German court rules BWIN allowed to accept wagers in Baden-Wuerttemberg

New York    & New York Times
Cunard's 3 Queen Ships Meet To Fireworks In NYC
Three Seafaring Queens Spend a Day in New York

additional headlines
Four injured in wall collapse at CityCenter site in Las Vegas
Gold hits record above $910
Absolute Poker Responds to KGC Report
Pa. casinos start strong; 4 of top 5 on East Coast
Behind Nevada casino walls is a political fight
Bomb threat shuts down casino boats - Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Gunpoint robbery in betting shop - Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Sunday, 13th January

Las Vegas             In Business Las Vegas
Vegas home prices continue free fall
Down 5% in the last month and 15% in 2007. Median price now $260,000.

California             San Francisco Chronicle - Editorial
A sellout to big gambling

Coconut Creek, Florida             Miami Herald
Voucher scam lands gamblers, ex-employee in court

Wigan             Sunday Times
Tote sale finally approaches finish line - The Racecourse Association

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Sun
Nevadans don't show extraordinary interest in online betting
Internet Gambling in Nevada
Cosmopolitan looking for investors
Still king of the (shrimp) cocktails - Golden Gate Casino

Buenos Aires    &
Pese a que reabrió, continúa el paro en el Casino Flotante
Empleados del casino Flotante ingresaron a trabajar con barcazas

additional headlines
Fast times in Macao, elsewhere - David Mckee's Stiffs & Georges
Jacobs announces plans to sell Virginia track
Tennis player rep Blake urges life ban for betting

Saturday, 12th January

Kahnawake, Canada   
Absolute Poker: Kahnawake Gaming Commission Releases Final Audit Results

Carson City, Nevada             Yahoo/AP & LVR-J
Nevada Casinos Report Slump in Win
"A breakdown showed that slots were down 7.7% in November while table games were down 25.2% compared with the same month last year.
"All major markets in the Las Vegas area had lower wins compared with November 2006. That included the Las Vegas Strip, with a 19.1% slump."
Casinos suffer double-digit drop

Atlantic City             Delaware Online/AP
Resort's gambling revenues take a hit
"All told, the city's 11 gambling houses took in $4.92 billion, down from $5.21 billion in 2006. Only three casinos reported increases for the year."
"Slots revenue fell 8.9% in 2007, even as table games revenue was up 3 percent."

St. Petersburg, Russia             St. Petesrburg Times
New Year, New Law: Slot Machines To Go
300 slot halls have closed since 1st January. 45 casinos have met requirements to continue operating in 2008/9.

Azov-City Gambling Zone to Emerge in Southern Russia - Population 82,090 (2002).

London             The Guardian
Too many bookies? You bet!
Bookies set for dramatic boom on high street

China             Yahoo/PRNewswire
China to legalise horse racing and betting - Orient Lucky Horse Group.

Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Seal Added to The Palazzo Las Vegas Luminaries and Legends

additional headlines
Weak Dollar Good News for Some Companies
Third Nooksack casino worker sentenced in cheating scam
Los casinos pueden seguir funcionando - El Salvador
SugarHouse gets casino license; hurdles remain - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Davydenko's frustration at betting inquiry

Friday, 11th January

Puerto Rico             Marketwire
Caribbean Resort Casino Reopens After $5 Million Expansion

Atlantic City             Yahoo/AP
About 2 Dozen Suitors Eyeing Atlantic City's Tropicana

Las Vegas            Yahoo/AP
Analysts Adjust Shuffle Master Earnings, They Say to Better Reflect Recurring Results

Macau             New York Times - Deal book
In Macau, a $1 Billion Casino I.P.O. With More Expected

British casino news
Casino verdict delay puts bids on-hold - Swansea
Casino stakes a claim for the right to open 21 hours a day - Gala Maybury
New £13m casino to open - Leeds

London             Daily Mail
The gambler who's put the Ritz in a fix - Ritz Casino writ against Ahmed Al Reyaysa

Open-air casino plan angers anti-smoking groups

Buenos Aires   
El casino flotante volverá a funcionar, tras un fallo
Casino Buenos Aires onboard the Estrella de la Fortuna has been closed due to industrial action since 12th December. 69 employees were previously fired from the operation.

Des Moins, Iowa             Globe Gazette
Casinos bristle at fines over admitting people on list - 
$20,000 to $30,000 fine for each excluded gambler that enters the premises !

Wuhan, China             Sydney Morning Herald
China may legalise gambling on horses

South Carolina             Myrtle Beach Sun
Casino boat fee barely resolved before approval

London             Daily Telegraph & Guardian
William Hill blows £26m on e-race
William Hill to buy in technical experts to save internet arm

Las Vegas             Yahoo/Business Wire
Shuffle Master, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Results

additional headlines
Costner may be forced to sell Deadwood casino
El casino flotante volverá a funcionar, tras un fallo - Buenos Aires
Lumiere opening hits other casinos - Missouri & Illinois
Adult Entertainment Expo flashes skin, but technology is the real deal
Email scams: 'My pursuit of a lottery win'

Thursday, 10th January

Atlantic City             NJ CCC - Press release
CCC Announces 2007 Casino Revenue
New Jersey casino win fell 5.7% in 2007 to $4.92 billion. Slot revenues declined by 8.9% to $3.46 billion. Revenue from table games increased by 3% to $1.46 billion.

Atlantic City             Reuters
Atlantic City casino win falls 10.6% in December
Slot win down 14.4% and table games 1.4%.

Reno, Nevada             Yahoo/AP
International Game Technology CEO Receives $7.5M in Compensation for Fiscal Year 2007

Macau & Hong Kong             Reuters
Macau set to surpass Hong Kong in visitor numbers
Macau registered 27 million arrivals in 2007, up 22.7%  from 2006. Hong Kong had 28 million visitors up 10%.

Hollywood, Florida             Sun Sentinel
Former Seminole worker let gamblers play slots for free

Sydney             Sydney Morning Herald
Casino bets on al fresco gambling for smokers

New York             New York Times
In the Catskills, Wondering if Casinos’ Time Has Passed

Online Gambling             ThisisLondon/Evening Standard
Star of The Bill 'tried to kill himself' because of worries over online gambling debts

Coventry             Coventry City Mad
Arena Casino Under-performing

London             Yahoo UK/Sharecast, AFX & Bloomberg
William Hill expects FY pre-ex pretax profit to be around 285 mln stg
Internet struggles slow William Hill
William Hill Says Profit Missed Estimates on Web Unit
William Hill PLC - Trading Statement - Presently down 18p to 415p.

U.S.             USA Today
More states roll the dice on slots
"The USA had a record 767,418 slot machines and video poker games in operation on Jan. 1, up 6.4% from a year earlier, according to Casino City Press,"

additional headlines
Off-reservation casino in Oregon survives Interior Department cut - Oregon
Italy govt to decide on winner of Superenalotto concession by end Jan
Rights expert to head gambling body - New South Wales.
MTR Gaming Group and TLC Casino Enterprises On-Track to Close Sale of Binion's in February

Wednesday, 9th January

Las Vegas             Yahoo/AP
MGM Mirage, Dubai World to Buy Back Shares at $75 to $80 Each
MGM Mirage Rises After Company Announces New Cash Tender Offer With Dubai World

Los Angeles             Yahoo/Business Wire
World Poker Tour(R) Launches Its First Official Ladies Poker League & Tour--WPT Ladies(TM)

Kansas City             Kansas City Kansan
Casino to open Thursday

Kansas City             Indiana
World's biggest floating casino - Horseshoe Casino Hammond

Hong Kong             Forbes
Ho's Macau Gambling Empire Goes Public

Eilat, Israel             YNet News
Israel's first casino to be built in Eilat
Google Image search - North Beach Eilat

Bangor, Wales             Daily Post
Slot machine testing sure bet for CAST
Compliance testing

Warsaw, Poland   
iLOT and PPL mull over Casinos Poland sale - 33.3% stake
Lotto - Totalizator Sportowy Sp. z oo

Florida & Mallorca, Spain   
Nevada Jacks Acquires clay Chip Technology from Hispania Casino Equipment

Lugano/Locarno, Switzerland   
Videokameras entlarven «Casino-Bande»

Eastern Cape, South Africa             The Herald
Casino bidding war hots up in the Bay

San Diego             NBC San Diego
Voters To Decide Future Of Indian Gaming

additional headlines
Gran Casino en el Malecón 2000 - Ecuador
Playtech to gamble on new strategy
Arena Leisure says FY performance in line with expectations
Red-bellied turtle may slow casino
'Holland Casino is modelbedrijf'
Search fails for woman who says she killed husband at Rincon Casino
Pamela Anderson heading Down Under for Poker Tournament
Warne opts for poker over Twenty20

Tuesday, 8th January

Leicester             Leicester Mercury
Are bets off for city's new casino - Planning permission rejected for CL.

U.S. financial news
Harrah's $9 bln loan sale expected soon-sources
Wynn Rises As Anlayst Says to Buy - AP
Gold hits record above $876 - Reuters
Housing Woes, AT&T News Sink Stocks

Hong Kong             IHT/AP
Hong Kong racing club threatened by booming Macau casinos as gamblers switch their bets

Nassau, Bahamas             Nassau Guardian
Casino workers fear more layoffs

Lugano/Locarno, Switzerland    & Ticinonews
Verhaftungen in Tessiner Casinos
Nove arresti ai casinò di Lugano e Locarno

Florida             Miami Herald
Seminoles pay state $50 million in casino deal

Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire
LVS Chairman Sheldon G. Adelson to Serve on Important Trade Committee - The Office of the United States Trade Representative
Statement on Internet Gambling

New York   , Reuters & Newsday/AP
More charges in US online gambling crackdown
U.S. arrests 8 in online sports betting operation
12 charged in Manhattan with participating in gambling Web site

Guelph, Ontario             Yahoo Canada/CP
University's virtual Vegas viewer simulates rush of casinos to study gambling
Problem Gambling Focus of New Research Lab - Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre

additional headlines
Saipan delegation defeats gaming plan
Top-10 Phil Hellmuth moments on YouTube
Brandon residents likely to vote on casino - Manitoba
Cockfighting: not 'cruel' - - Letters to the editor

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