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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.
www.mohegansun.com

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
www.rank.com
www.rank.com/investor/fininfo/results_pres/2008
http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/q?s=RNK.L

William Hill Plc. - Interim Management Report
William Hill H1 profits, current trading decline
William Hill confirms interest in parts of Tote
www.williamhillplc.co.uk
http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/q?s=WMH.L

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

ATLANTIC CITY - AP
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 !!

Nevada
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
www.echelonresort.com
 

ATLANTIC CITY - Yahoo/AP & UAW
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
http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=LVS

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

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
www.galwayraces.com
 


 
 
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
http://au.finance.yahoo.com/q?s=ALL.AX
www.aristocat.com.au
 

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.
www.omegacommercialfinancecorp.com
www.omegacapitalfunding.com
http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=OCFN.OB - $0.16 and a Market Cap. of $4 million.
 

PROBLEM GAMBLING - FLORIDA
Problem Gambling Requests for Help Continue to Increase During Florida's Economic Slump
www.gamblinghelp.org - Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling

BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA - Stockwatch.com
Great Canadian Gaming to open new Hastings gambling palace - 15th August.
www.hastingsracecourse.com
www.greatcanadiancasinos.com/hastings/hastings.html

MATTHEWS, N.C. - Yahoo/Business Wire
PokerTek Reports Second Quarter 2008 Financial Results
www.pokertek.com
http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=PTEK
 

Macau
Stanley Ho reviews design proposals for Lisboa redevelopment
Preliminary designs for Macau’s Hotel and Casino Lisboa go on public display
www.hotelisboa.com
www.gamingfloor.com/Macau2008.html#HotelLisboa
Casino Lisboa Macau Redevelopment project - Press release images.
Macau-Hong Kong-Zhuhai bridge design approved
www.epd.gov.hk/epd/english/boards/advisory_council/images/ace_paper27_annex_a.jpg
www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=168110
 

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
www.westin-macau.com
 


 
 
Tuesday, 29th July

U.S. ECONOMY
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"
http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=MGM
www.citycenter.com
 

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.
www.grancasinolosangeles.cl

AUSTRALIA - Scoop.co,nz/AGMMA Press Release
Wizard of Odds at Oz Gaming Expo
www.wizardofodds.com
www.austgamingexpo.com
 

CANADA & DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - DominicanToday.com
Court upholds extradition of Canadian owner of Dominican casino
Suprema valida orden repatriación canadiense dueño del hotel Hispaniola

SASKATCHEWAN - CBC.ca & Regina Leader-Post
Sask. Gaming Corp. earns $44M profit
Regina, Moose Jaw casinos post big profit
www.gov.sk.ca/SGC

LAS VEGAS - Coolest-Gadgets.com & Ohgizmo.com
eDeck allows gambling via Wi-Fi
Cantor Gaming eDeck For Gambling On-The-Go
www.cantorgaming.com/mobilegaming.asp
www.cantorgaming.com/images/media/Image_2507.jpg
 

British News
Turkey releases Sportingbet man
Sportingbet says 1 of 2 detained employees denied bail in Turkey
http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/q?s=SBT.L
Men jailed for bookmakers robbery
 

Additional headlines
Donaghy sentenced to 15 months - CNN/Sports Illustrated
No limit for Hollywood mogul
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Nazarian
www.sbeent.com

2 casino operators eye Maryland lodge purchase
www.rockygapresort.com
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
http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=PTEK
www.pokertek.com
 

British News
Inspired Gaming raises stg £40m - Sunday Business Post.
http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/q?s=INGG.L
Betfair launches summer push
Crackdown launched on illegal fruit machines
Winner Of London EPT Set To Receive £1 Million
www.europeanpokertour.com

Macau
Taubman says tight credit stalls Macau financing - Reuters
www.taubman.com
www.macaostudiocity.com
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
http://au.finance.yahoo.com/q?s=CWN.AX
www.melco-pbl.com
www.crown-macau.com

AUSTRALIA - SMH
Saffron's son: Dad paid off Askin and lent Packer money
The King of Kings Cross
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abe_Saffron
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 - NJ.com/Star 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.
http://au.finance.yahoo.com/q/bc?s=0880.HK&t=3m
 

U.S. - SouthCoastToday.com
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 - Canada.com/Leader Post & Newstalk650
SIGA reluctant to take on casino deal
SIGA Clarifies Position
Saskatchewan First Nations Team Up With Taiwan
www.siga.sk.ca- Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thao_people
http://thao.ngo.org.tw/Thao-New/index-e.htm

MONTREAL - Canada.com/Montreal Gazette
Croupiers strike deal after bargaining blitz
www.loto-quebec.com
www.casinosduquebec.com
www.ftq.qc.ca - 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
CircusCasino.com Launches Unique UK Poker Event
www.stanleycasinos.com/online-poker
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 - PokerNews.com
Cleaning the Grand Lisboa Casino
Qatari Diar plans $660m resort - Morocco
Former West Texas native takes a bet on gambling Web site
www.centsports.com
www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details/centsports.com - 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
http://au.finance.yahoo.com/q?s=0959.HK
www.amaxhldg.com
 

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
http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=WYNN
www.wynnresorts.com
 

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
www.ludoplex-quebec.com
www.attractionshippiques.com/ahq/en/e_index.htm
www.flickr.com/photos/andreannelemire/2652100431
 

KANSAS CITY - UPI
The Woodlands racetrack to close Aug. 24
www.woodlandskc.com

AUSTRIA - Nachrichten.at & 
1200 "Einarmige Banditen" als harmlose Computer-Spiele getarnt
Brisante Ermittlungen um illegales Glücksspiel

LAS VEGAS - FT.com/Debtwire
Station seeks to identify bond holders, fans talk of swap/buyback just months after MBO

INDIANA - N.W.I Times
Investigation continues into walkway collapse at Horseshoe Casino
 

British News
Inspired launches virtual racing across South America
www.inspiredgaminggroup.com
www.caliente.com.mx

Praesepe plc - Completion of Acquisition
www.praesepeplc.com - Formerly Aldgate Capital.
http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/q?s=PRA.L
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
 

Macau
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

Macau
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
www.dicj.gov.mo/EN/Estat/DadosEstat/2008/estat.htm#n1
 

WINDSOR, ONTARIO - Canada.com/Windsor Star
Patron decries casino's TV ad as 'horrible!'
www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzst1YXSg9k - Clare.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCQSqAdJhY0 - 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
www.kahnawake.com/gamingcommission
www.pokerplayersalliance.org
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

CONNECTICUT - Newsday
Long Island women sue casino workers over insults in Spanish
www.foxwoods.com

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

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
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.
www.dicj.gov.mo/EN/Estat/DadosEstat/2008/estat.htm#n1

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

SOUTH AUSTRALIA & TASMANIA - ABC News, 
Gambling card to set pokies limit
New J Card scheme to monitor problem gamblers in Adelaide pubs
www.worldsmart.com.au - 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
www.harrahs.com/casinos/horseshoe-hammond/hotel-casino/property-home.shtml
www.harrahs.com/casinos/horseshoe-hammond/casino-misc/moab-detail.html

MISSISSIPPI - RedOrbit.com
Harrah's: Margaritaville Casino Construction Slowing
www.harrahs.com/casinos/grand-biloxi/casino-misc/margaritaville.html
http://oxblue.com/pro/open/harrahs/biloxi - 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
www.qataridiar.com

AUSTRALIA & PHILIPPINES - Tradingroom.com.au/AAP & SMH
Crown Casino won't invest in Philippines
Crown's casino plans out of Philippines
http://au.finance.yahoo.com/q?s=CWN.AX
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pagcor_City
www.aseanabusinesspark.com
www.manilabaycity.com
www.manilabaycasinos.com
 

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
www.flickr.com/photos/rebbanadilla/291199649/
 

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."
www.sbm.mc
www.casinomontecarlo.com
http://en.montecarloresort.com/All-our-casinos-in-Monaco.html
http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/q?s=BAIN.PA
www.qataridiar.com
 

LAS VEGAS
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
 

GAMING INVESTMENTS
Las Vegas Sands shares jump on analyst comments
http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=LVS
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.
www.tristateracetrack.com
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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