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Archive 2008:  15th - 21st July

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Monday, 21st July

BAGHDAD - Ria Novosti
Firms look to open casino in Saddam's Babylonian palace in Iraq

LAS VEGAS - PRNewswire
Wynn Resorts Announces 5,300 New Job Opportunities as State and National Unemployment Rates Reach Record Highs
"Wynn anticipates more than 65,000 applicants – or approximately 12 applicants for every open position."

BELIZE & MEXICO - Amandala, &
Casino boss, 3 guards in big Chetumal trouble!
Bad News for the Chetumal 4 - 18th July.
Belizeans under lock down in Mexico - 18th July.
Casino Owner and Security Guards Still in Custody of Mexican Military - George Hardy's Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.

Wanneroo push for Perth's second casino

British News
Crooked croupier fixed roulette game - Stanley Casino, Newcastle.
IG Group Profit Rises 41% as Sliding Stock Markets Spur Betting
Poker ace who gambled by packing in job picks up £60k
Stretford bookmakers targeted in armed robbery
Ladbrokes hit for a million with Harrington's Open Win

Fears grow for Macau gaming glut - Hong Kong Standard.

Nevada & Las Vegas
Wynn ‘relaxing’ interview strategy for Encore
Boyd Gaming board member resigns amid felony immigration charges
Mit Las Vegas geht's bergab - Bild Germany
Local downturn a hiccup or augur of a bleak future? - Las Vegas Sun
Vegas tycoon bankrolls Republicans

Casino to benefit region - Cowlitz project will act as an economic engine

Hammered casino stocks may be undervalued -
More Vegas casinos have their bond ratings downgraded - RGJ/AP

Online & Interactive
Antigua, US at odds over gambling ban
Impasse Remains in Antigua/US Gambling Trade Dispute
IOC to monitor 'abnormal' betting in Beijing

Additional headlines
OLG - Statement

Gaming operations at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming casinos in Brantford, Sudbury and Woodbine remain closed due to strike action.
Casino: Frischer Wind durch neuen Chef? - Salzburg, Austria.
Florida retiree wins record $2M at Seminole casino slots
Casinos' Disputed Games Play On
North Korea's towering fiasco, the Ryugyong 'Hotel', gets a refurb
Google Images - Ryugyong Hotel

Saturday & Sunday, 19th & 20th July

VIETNAM & MACAU - Financial Post
Flush on Asia: Canadians place their bets on gambling - Michael Aymong.
A risk-taker's next big bet
Double down in Macau - Lawrence Ho.

ILLINOIS - Daily Herald
Illinois casinos beat the odds with tighter slot machines

BRANTFORD, ONTARIO - Brantford Expositor
City's casino cash drops by $217,609
The Brantford Charity casino operated by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. has been closed since 1st June when 700 workers went on strike.

British News
William Hill seeks new web boss
Thieves armed with a handgun and knife attack bookies - Ladbrokes, Ovendon
Drug addict robbed bookmakers - Stevenage, Hertfordshire.
Ex-Pot Black manager denies £5,500 theft from slot machine - Bury

LAS VEGAS - San Diego Union-Tribune/AP
Owners of Lake Las Vegas resort file bankruptcy

Miss. casinos gaming revenue up $2M in June-
Slot Revenues Dip At Connecticut's Casinos-

WASHINGTON & NEW MEXICO - Silver City Sun-News
BIA limits casino sites

LAS VEGAS - Yahoo/PRNewswire
CityCenter Unveils First Retailers and Dining Establishments for The Crystals Retail and Entertainment District

OTTAWA - Ottawa Citizen
Casino, workers set for bargaining blitz - Canadian Union of Public Employees.

UGANDA - New Vision/All Africa
First Casino Opens in Jinja

Online & Interactive
BETonSports Defense Arguments Dismissed in Federal Case - Missouri
Negotiations continue in gaming dispute - Antigua
GPS Global Announces Beta Testing for Live Dealer Elimination Blackjack Software

Additional headlines
Nevada Unemployment Rate Rises to 6.4%
Bargain room rates return to Vegas
Casinos have their first day in court on smoking ban - Colorado
Two Officers Arrested In Cocaine, Illegal Gambling Raid- Miami
State shuts down suspect poker gambling hall - Indiana
Danish Team Ladbrokes Player Peter Eastgate Brings Home the Bacon

Friday, 18th July

ONTARIO - Metro News/CP
Talks break off in effort to end strike by Ontario casino workers

Lawmaker inquires into social responsibility of gaming industries - MDT

LOS ANGELES - Yahoo/Business Wire &
Fox Sports Net and World Poker Tour Ink Broadcast License for Season VII
World Poker Tour Moves to Fox Sports Net

Grand Opening of the New $208 Million Casino at Mohegan Sun

Online & Interactive
Playtech plans acquisition as revenue rises

Additional headlines
Economy woes hit IGT
Details Emerge for $90M Canadian Casino - New Brunswick
PAR Investment Partners Discloses New 6.1% Stake in Isle of Capri Casinos
Another legislator calls for new casino bids - Pittsburgh
From poker to fraud conviction - Israel
Trump-atross - The mogul’s Strip tower is loaded with question marks

Thursday, 17th July

Shuffle Master retains CEO

LAS VEGAS - PRNewswire
Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) Announces Three New Members Bring Organization's Total to 50

Clairvest Group says it will own 90 per cent of Casino New Brunswick

RENO - Yahoo/PRNewswire, AP & Reuters
International Game Technology Reports 3rdQ Fiscal Year 2008 Results
International Game reports 3Q earnings fall on slumping casino play
International Game Tech profit falls; stock slumps
IGT Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2008 Earnings Release

No jeans for Quebec casino card dealers

Casino staff to wear ID badges soon: DSAL - Macau Daily Times - Macau Labour Affairs Bureau

Macao’s casinos under pressure -
Macau curb sees Melco fall to 3.5 year low

SJM goes ahead with listing, Winnie Ho loses appeal - Macau Daily Times
China passport holders can only stay in Macau for seven days
"starting from September 1, travellers who obtain only a Hong Kong visa of the Hong Kong-Macau individual travel pass shall also be prohibited to enter Macau."
Macau Tightens Visa Restrictions For Mainland China Visitors
"Chinese authorities are uneasy about corrupt local officials laundering their cash in Macau, the rise of problem gambling and whether profits are being sucked up by U.S. gaming giants."

MISSOURI - St. Louis Business Journal
Casinos donate $500,000 to fight gambling loss-limits law - Missouri Gaming Association

British News
Controversial roulette machines boost Tote winnings
"In a surprise move, the bookmaker omitted to say how much gross profit it made from the £500 jackpot machines, as it has done in the last two years' annual reports to parliament."

Casino cash hidden in sock - Palace Casino, Yarmouth.

Armed robbery at Barry bookmakers
"Police scrambled a helicopter and armed officers closed off the roads in the area surrounding the crime scene."
CCTV footage shows the drama of gun raid at bookies
Bookie worker placed her bets AFTER the race

Online & Interactive
Gamblers more active online than in casinos - Vancouver Sun

Additional headlines
Illegal Casinos Raided In Nassau County - Florida
Casino regulators got items meant for Katrina victims - Mississippi
Tote Ireland pools its lot with British bookie Ladbrokes
PacificNet Game Sponsors SJM Slot Promotion & Competition in Macau

Wednesday, 16th July

Macau Stocks
A-Max, Galaxy, Melco, Shun Tak & SJM.
SJM Holdings Hong Kong debut.
Screen grab from CNN report.
Casino company goes public

Melco, Galaxy Shares Decline as Macau Tightens Visiting Rules - Bloomberg
A-Max Annual Results to Reflect Non-Cash Impairment Charge for Intangible Assets Write-Down Related to Greek Mythology Casino Acquisition

Macao gaming operators requested to put labels on imported front-line casino staff - Xinhua
"Imported labors working in Macao's casinos will soon be required to wear different uniforms or badges, which will distinguish them from local ones, the Macao Post Daily reported on Wednesday."
A bad run for Macau's casino king - BBC Business.
Macau tycoon's casino firm struggles in HK listing - SJM HOLDINGS
Macau registers increase of more than 200% - BBC Business.

IRELAND - Irish Times
Ahern refuses to guarantee ban on betting machines

British News
Man stabbed in casino drama - Torquay
Businessman in bid to open casino - Esher, Surrey

PITTSBURG - Pittsburg Post-Gazette Editorial
Don't bet on him: It's time to get Barden out of the casino game

Online & Interactive
Victor Chandler launches Live Dealer Casino (PDF)

Research shows online gambling can be more dangerous than casino gambling - Richard Ivey School of Business report.
Legalize and regulate online gambling, study urges - Yahoo Canada/Reuters
Ontario prof calls for online gambling rules - Canwest News Service

WSOP Main Event
World Series of Poker's Final Nine
WSOP's final 9 to vie for title in November

Additional headlines
More countries line up to create casinos
Turkey-Greece: Intralot, Dogan Yayin-Lottomatica to bid for gaming license
Casino Advantage Player LV Bear Says Casinos Partly to Blame for Reduction in Visitors

Tuesday, 15th July
Asian Gaming Stocks
Crown, A-Max, Galaxy, Melco, Shun Tak & Genting.

LAS VEGAS - Yahoo/Business Wire
Progressive Gaming Executes Term Sheet for New Credit Facility

MACAU - Yahoo Singapore/AFP, Reuters &
Casino tycoon's sister loses bid to stop HK listing
Macau casino risk goes beyond octogenarian feud
Retail investors pull out of SJM listing
Casino listing as Ho empire wanes - AFP
Quick look into SJM’s public IPO filing
Air Macau pilots will not stop flying - Macau Daily Times - SJM HOLDINGS

LAS VEGAS - San Diego Union-Tribune
Wynn: 5,300 jobs open at Encore resort in Vegas

ANTIGUA - Antigua Sun
US team in Antigua to discuss gaming dispute

SOLIHULL - Birmingham Post
Council sets out rules as it weighs up casino options

WARSAW - Puls Biznesu
Several firms interested in Casinos Poland

WSOP Main Event
WSOP calls on an A-Team of dealers as the Main Event stakes grow higher
WSOP whittles down to final table

Additional headlines
4th Annual Florida Gaming Summit to Address Critical Gaming Issues in State
Bookmakers drop odds on Big Brother being axed by Channel 4

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