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Thursday, 31st July

CONNECTICUT - Yahoo/PrimeZone
Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority Announces Third Quarter Fiscal 2008 Operating Results
Table game hold at the Mohegan Sun was just 11.6% for the quarter compared to 16.5% in 2007's third quarter.

CALIFORNIA - Yahoo/Business Wire
Fortune Pai Gow Poker Progressive(TM) Jackpot Hit for Over $500,000 at Thunder Valley Casino

British News
The Rank Group Plc - Interim Results
Rank Group cautious on outlook as H1 adj profit falls, omits dividend

William Hill Plc. - Interim Management Report
William Hill H1 profits, current trading decline
William Hill confirms interest in parts of Tote

Record housing slump fans recession fears
Racing's Dirty Secrets - BBC Panorama.

Stinky gambler fuming over NJ casino ejection
An only in America story. The individual concerned weigh's 440 pounds (200 kilos) and had been playing for 17 hours. He now wants an apology !!

Recession taking its toll on Las Vegas economy
Jobless rate keeps climbing - In Business Las Vegas
Bankruptcy attorney expects more bad gaming news - Las Vegas Sun
Report: Echelon retail mall to be delayed

Judge orders new Trump Marina union vote
Casino workers hail National Labor Relations Board ruling to overturn unfair election result

LAS VEGAS - Reuters & Yahoo/AP
Las Vegas Sands posts second-quarter net loss
Las Vegas Sands posts loss, misses profit forecast

LAS VEGAS. - Yahoo/PRNewswire
Las Vegas Sands Corp. Reports Second Quarter 2008 Results
Las Vegas Sands Corp. Earnings Conference Call (Q2 2008)

Additional headlines
Man places casino bet with marijuana
Casino Feels Like a Winner After Installing Megapixel Cameras - Washington St.
Family of Irish model crushed by horse slam bookmaker's publicity stunt
Bookies' satchels lighter as slump nibbles

Wednesday, 30th July

ATLANTIC CITY - United Auto Workers
Casino workers hail National Labor Relations Board ruling to overturn unfair election result

PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia Daily News
Panel: Casinos' plans 'incompatible' with city's

AUSTRALIA - SMH, Business Spectator/AAP & Bloomberg
Aristocrat chief did not 'jump from sinking ship'
Aristocrat's unfortunate trait: springing unpleasant surprises
Aristocrat shares plunge 20%
Aristocrat Shares Slump After Earnings Target Reduced
Aristocrat profits follow chief executive out the door

British News
Timothy William Cullimore heads The Ritz Club - Ritz Press release
Weston-Super-Mare fire: Slot machine cash washes ashore
Hotel Plus Casino Plan Bid For Key Town Centre Site - Gateshead.
BBC Fined £400K By Media Watchdog
BBC fined £400,000 over phone-ins
"In each of these cases the BBC deceived its audience by faking winners of competitions and deliberately conducting competitions unfairly."

MIAMI, FLORIDA - Yahoo/Business Wire & S.F. Business Journal
Omega Commercial Finance Corp. Completes Acquisition of Luxury Casino Cruise Ship with Oceans 21-Miami LLC
Omega Commercial buys casino ship
Interesting comment from Eric Rahn, son of Atlantic Associates owner Joel Rahn. - $0.16 and a Market Cap. of $4 million.

Problem Gambling Requests for Help Continue to Increase During Florida's Economic Slump - Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling

Great Canadian Gaming to open new Hastings gambling palace - 15th August.

MATTHEWS, N.C. - Yahoo/Business Wire
PokerTek Reports Second Quarter 2008 Financial Results

Stanley Ho reviews design proposals for Lisboa redevelopment
Preliminary designs for Macau’s Hotel and Casino Lisboa go on public display
Casino Lisboa Macau Redevelopment project - Press release images.
Macau-Hong Kong-Zhuhai bridge design approved

Additional headlines
State's casinos make extra room for poker despite stagnant gaming wins
Anti-gambling campaigners attack pokies plan
Athletes sweat for gold at Team GB's Macau training camp

Tuesday, 29th July

Home prices drop by record 15.8% in May
L.A. home prices falling at 24.5% annual rate - L.A. Times
Pace of falling home prices gain speed - IHT
"Las Vegas recorded the worst drop, with prices plunging 28.4% in the month. Miami came in a close second, with prices down 28.3%."
S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices

LAS VEGAS - Bloomberg
MGM, Dubai Fall Behind on $3.5 Billion Loan for Las Vegas Plan
"Building the 76-acre 'city-within-a-city,' designed by architects, including Norman Foster and Daniel Liebeskind, is costing Las Vegas-based MGM and Dubai about $100 million each per month"
"Deutsche Bank, the biggest German bank, hasn't yet made a decision on financing CityCenter"

CHILE & AUSTRIA - Casinos Austria
CAI Opens New Casino in Chile
The Gran Casino Los Angeles located in Bio-Bio province opens today with 12 tables, 200 slots and a 40-seat Bingo room.

AUSTRALIA -,nz/AGMMA Press Release
Wizard of Odds at Oz Gaming Expo

Court upholds extradition of Canadian owner of Dominican casino
Suprema valida orden repatriación canadiense dueño del hotel Hispaniola

SASKATCHEWAN - & Regina Leader-Post
Sask. Gaming Corp. earns $44M profit
Regina, Moose Jaw casinos post big profit

eDeck allows gambling via Wi-Fi
Cantor Gaming eDeck For Gambling On-The-Go

British News
Turkey releases Sportingbet man
Sportingbet says 1 of 2 detained employees denied bail in Turkey
Men jailed for bookmakers robbery

Additional headlines
Donaghy sentenced to 15 months - CNN/Sports Illustrated
No limit for Hollywood mogul

2 casino operators eye Maryland lodge purchase
Casino revenue on decline - Illinois
2 casinos approved by city - Montana
"Once they're open, Billings will have 137 casinos, or about one for every 730 city residents."

Monday, 28th July

MISSOURI - St. Louis Business Journal
Business organization backs effort to dismantle gambling loss limit

MATTHEWS, N.C. - Yahoo/Business Wire
PokerTek Secures New Credit Facility with Silicon Valley Bank

British News
Inspired Gaming raises stg £40m - Sunday Business Post.
Betfair launches summer push
Crackdown launched on illegal fruit machines
Winner Of London EPT Set To Receive £1 Million

Taubman says tight credit stalls Macau financing - Reuters
Macau 1st Half 2008 Tourism Numbers - Cotai Casino News
Macau casinos face Olympic hurdle - LVR-J

AUSTRALIA & MACAU - Melbourne Age
Drop-off in gambling at Packer's casino a chip off the new block

Saffron's son: Dad paid off Askin and lent Packer money
The King of Kings Cross
Abe Saffron: colourful character, proud Jew

LAS VEGAS - Las Vegas Sun/Liz Benston
Gaming’s bond ratings reflect past, not future

LAS VEGAS - L.A. Times
Deadly accidents in Las Vegas leave workers gambling on safety
So far six construction workers have lost their lives at City Center and a dozen have died city wide during the last 16 months.

Additional headlines
Gorge casino opponents scream foul - Portland, Oregon
Three hurt in casino brawl - Star City, Sydney.
Nine arrested in raid on illegal 4-D betting syndicate - Singapore
Casinos: Mass. man kicked out of Foxwoods for 16th time
Donald Trump: first he took Manhattan... - Sunday Telegraph Interview

Saturday & Sunday, 26th & 27th July

New Jersey &  Macau - Ledger
Macau IPO adds fuel to N.J. casino probe
N.J Casino regulators have now been studying the connection between Pansy Ho and her father Stanley for 3 years. The 350 page SJM IPO document is apparently providing them with addititional information.

U.S. -
Gambling revenue declines across U.S.

NEVADA - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Tropicana execs will face regulators
HOUSING CRISIS: Foreclosure troubles mount
McCarran flier count dips 7% in June
Trump staff put on hold
Trump Casinos Offer To Help Foreclosure Victims - Atlantic City.

SASKETCHEWAN & TAIWAN - Post & Newstalk650
SIGA reluctant to take on casino deal
SIGA Clarifies Position
Saskatchewan First Nations Team Up With Taiwan Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority.

MONTREAL - Gazette
Croupiers strike deal after bargaining blitz - Quebec Federation of Labour.

COLORADO - Rocky Mountain News & TheDenver Channel
130,000 signatures for higher casino bet limits
Signature Takers Misleading, Without Badges, CALL7 Investigation Finds

Online & Interactive
Tokwiro concludes its investigation into unfair play at UltimateBet
UltimateBet and Absolute Poker Merge to Form Cereus Network

British News Launches Unique UK Poker Event
Woman held on lottery charges - Nigerian Lottery Scam

Additional headlines
Kansas casino board faces tough decisions - August 21st & 22nd.
Poker films often lack a full deck and originality - 21 & The Grand both on DVD.
Raids Target Underground Toronto Poker Games -
Cleaning the Grand Lisboa Casino
Qatari Diar plans $660m resort - Morocco
Former West Texas native takes a bet on gambling Web site - 9,305

Friday, 25th July

HONG KONG - Yahoo Aus/Business Wire
A-Max Announces Results for the Financial Year Ended 31 March 2008
A-Max Holdings Full Year Results

LAS VEGAS - Yahoo/Business Wire
Wynn Resorts, Limited Posts Record Revenue and EBITDA for the Second Quarter of 2008
Wynn Resorts, Limited Earnings Conference Call (Q2 2008) - 4.30 EST

LAS VEGAS - Yahoo/AP, Reuters & MarketWatch
Wynn Resorts 2Q profit more than triples
Wynn Resorts 2nd-qtr net triples, but Vegas dips
Macau, tax benefit fuel Wynn profit rise
Wynn's Casino in Macau Not Affected by China's Limits on Visits

SOUTH AUSTRALIA - Independent Weekly
SkyCity sues state government

QUEBEC - Montreal Gazette
A cure for gambling: ludoplex the casinos
"Since the luxurious ludoplexes opened late last year, gamblers have stayed away in droves. Apparently they don't like having to buy a card with a pre-determined limit before playing."
Racetrack operator Attractions Hippiques owes more than $73 million

The Woodlands racetrack to close Aug. 24

1200 "Einarmige Banditen" als harmlose Computer-Spiele getarnt
Brisante Ermittlungen um illegales Glücksspiel

Station seeks to identify bond holders, fans talk of swap/buyback just months after MBO

Investigation continues into walkway collapse at Horseshoe Casino

British News
Inspired launches virtual racing across South America

Praesepe plc - Completion of Acquisition - Formerly Aldgate Capital.
Shipleys Amusements close to a sale
Harding in talks over £25m Shipleys deal

Three arrested in casinos scam probe
Bookies 'not at odds' with historic square - Selkirk

Casino town to top HK for visitors - Hong Kong Standard

Additional headlines
Nevada Gold & Casinos Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2008 Results
Rum, Roulette and Revolution: Havana Nocturne - Book review.
Contractors could walk off Pittsburgh casino site - Majestic Star
Singapore an inspiration for gambling - Taipei Times
Casino's big layoff to strain resources - Pechanga Resort & Casino
US slowdown still weighing on lodging, leisure
Hyssälä: Keep Slot Machines in Shops and Kiosks - Finland.

Thursday, 24th July

Pansy Ho Sees 'No Delays' in Second Project With MGM - 22 minutes.
Macau's casino revenues rise 48% in second quarter to US$3.6 billion

Patron decries casino's TV ad as 'horrible!' - Clare. - Caesars Windsor Teaser Commercial

AUSTRALIA - Smart Company & Business Spectator
James Packer dumps Philippines casino bid – but will it turn around his big losses?
"The 45% slump in Crown’s stock has wiped $1.7 billion off Packer’s stake, which has dropped in value from $3.9 billion to $2.2 billion."
Crown abandons Manila casino talks

Online & Interactive
Kahnawake Releases Official Statement on UltimateBet, Absolute Poker
Poker Players Alliance (PPA), Kahnawake Gaming Commission (KGC) Both Release Statements on Recent Online Cheating Scandals
Gala marks compliance card

Additional headlines
Bulgaria’s Bargame to establish Hungarian gambling unit
High court invalidates Crist-Seminole gambling compact - Florida Babtist Witness
Two gamblers in NBA betting scandal face prison

Wednesday, 23rd July

Long Island women sue casino workers over insults in Spanish

CALIFORNIA - Yahoo Canada/AP
California's Pechanga Indian casino announces plans to lay off about 400 workers

British News
New plan for casino site
Tourist plan for axed casino site - Manchester
32Red Plc - Trading update
Eastwood men deny bookies robbery - Nottingham
Fourth man held over armed raid on Halifax bookies

Macau gaming revenues total 59 billion patacas in 1Q
The headline should read H1 as the figures are for six months. There's a small sign of a slowdown in Macau with Q2's gaming revenues standing at almost 29.2 billion patacas against Q1's revenues of 30.1 billion.

Shun Tak plans to expand ferry service
Shun Tak to add routes to head off bridge impact - Hong Kong Standard

Gambling card to set pokies limit
New J Card scheme to monitor problem gamblers in Adelaide pubs - Worldsmart Technology
Poker machine numbers to stay the same - Tasmania

HAMMOND ILLINOIS - Chicago Tribune & AP
No serious injuries as Hammond casino ramp collapses into lake
Workers dive into lake as bridge slips at casino

Harrah's: Margaritaville Casino Construction Slowing - Construction Cam

KANSAS - Yahoo/AP & PRNewswire
Consultants: Harrah's plan is biggest money maker
Las Vegas Sands Will No Longer Pursue Gaming Opportunity in Kansas

Crown Casino won't invest in Philippines
Crown's casino plans out of Philippines

Additional headlines
Marcial: Betting on a Buyout at MGM - Business Week
August Edition - Digital Casino Review
Lebanon man being charged with violating "no visit" agreement at casino
England cricketers to get drink, drug and gambling counselling
Gamblers repentant but can't escape fines - Borneo
Four Winds Casino Resort Celebrates Its First Anniversary - Michigan

Tuesday, 22nd July

BELIZE - Channel5 Belize
Attorney General comments on casino shoot-out

MONACO & PARIS - Reuters
Qatar decides against filing offer for Monaco group
"Societe des Bains de Mer supported Qatari Diar's offer only if it was limited to 10% of SBM's capital."

New Hotel/Casinos Will Create 6,500 Jobs
Aliante Station & Wynn Resorts Encore. Unemployment in Las Vegas is presently at 14 year high.
Steve Wynn Talks About the Las Vegas Economy
New Hotel/Casinos Will Create 6,500 Jobs

Las Vegas Sands shares jump on analyst comments
Shuffle Master prices offering at $4.25 per share
Shuffle Master, Inc. Prices Public Offering of Common Stock
Shuffle Master 2 year chart

British News
Time to deliver a message that matters
Steven Jackson from Sports Recruitment International on the issue of the British public's perception of the casino industry.

Online & Interactive
CryptoLogic Integrates Poker Site Into Betsafe eWallet

Additional headlines
Public poker could begin Aug. 21, track officials say - West Virginia.
Port's cruise business rises - Port Canaveral
Mass. murder suspect arrested at Mohegan Sun - Connecticut
Casinos gaming revenue up $2M - Mississippi. Tax rebates.

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