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Archive 2008:  22nd - 30th June

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Monday, 30th June

Shuffle Master shares drop on plans for offering

Betfair builds in-house platform for faster transactions
"Betfair has built an in-house transaction processing and event platform, which it says has the capability of processing up to one million transactions per second"

Nguyen wins $2 million at World Series of Poker
Scotty Nguyen Wins the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship

PRAGUE - Ceské
Czech municipalities want to limit gambling - minister

CAMBODIA - Bloomberg
NagaCorp Mulls Casino Rights Sale in Cambodia Capital
"The company is expanding the complex to 700 hotel rooms and 300 gaming tables by next year. It had 508 hotel rooms and 176 gaming tables in June."

WARSAW, POLAND - Warsaw Business Journal & Puls Biznesu
OEG looks to take Casinos Poland from PPL and LOT
Olimpic about to acquire Casinos Poland

BRITAIN - Yahoo/
Law is final nail in the coffin of old-style pub
"Pub closures are now running at a net rate of 27 a week, according to the British Beer and Pub Association. In total, 1,409 pubs closed in 2007 - up from 216 closures in 2006 and 102 in 2005."

PENNSYLVANIA - Norwich Bulletin
Mohegans bet on Pa. casino's expansion

Online & Interactive
Online Casino owner victim of a heart attack ?
Warren Cloud. The online casino operator apparently went by at least 4 different names.

Additional headlines
Freddie Williams: Bookmaker of amazing boldness - Independent Obituary
NSW solicitor sues over credit gambling
Bookie sells stakes to re-take control - Neville Porter
Casino bosses plan town club - Carlow. Ireland.

Saturday & Sunday, 28th & 29th June

MACAU - Earth Times/AP
Police seize illegal gambling slips worth 64 million dollars

MACAU - Macau Daily Blog
Winnie Out of The Way? Stanley Ho to List SJM

LAS VEGAS - World Series of Poker
Pulling For Texas Dolly
World Championship H.O.R.S.E. - $50,000

Gambling on a new resort in Catskills

HAVANA - Miami Herald
When gangsters, gamblers and glamorous celebrities ruled nightlife in Havana
Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba and Then Lost It to the Revolution

IRELAND - Irish Independent
Don't bet on the recession to cure our gambling addicts

PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia Inquirer
Nutter commissions study on casinos
Casinos to Nutter: No dice

LAS VEGAS - Gaming Today - David Stratton
Payback on slots shrink to new low
Gaming Today investigates the declining % payback on Las Vegas slots. Down to 92.7% overall with 1 and 5 cent slots now at just 87% and change.

Water Club leads new trend of non-gambling hotels
"The Water Club created 800 new jobs - one employee for each of the hotel's rooms" - $30 to $12.40 in 6 months !.

Wynn Resorts shares drop to 52-week low
MGM Mirage hits 3-year low on analyst downgrade
Economy's Impact on Casinos [3.7 min]
Shuffle Master files for $86 mln stock offer - Reuters

Growing Concerns Over Casino Cause Many To Worry
Contractor: Casino Work Could Stop Monday

Online & Interactive
Sue Schneider: "They are Gonna Catch You Calvin (Ayre)!"
The Personality Behind Online Gaming Site Bodog

Additional headlines
Foxwoods Resort Casino cuts staff
Foxwoods dealers say they've filed complaint about tip sharing
Chief urges probe of casino cash to 'phoney' band - Casino Rama
Kansas high court upholds state's gambling law
Wild Rose Casino opens its doors - Iowa
San Diego County Indian casino profits withheld

Friday, 27th June

AUSTRALIA - Daily Telegraph
'Underbelly' gangsters banned from casinos, racetracks

GAMING INVESTMENTS - Yahoo/AP & Forbes/Reuters
U.S. casino shares slump as airlines cut capacity
Las Vegas Sands shares drop after analyst note
Analyst cuts estimates for Vegas casino operators
IGT shares fall amid broad Las Vegas worries

US firm in secret bid to open UK casinos - Harrah's/LCI. Corrected link !

MALAYSIA & LONDON - Yahoo/Reuters &
Genting International, The UK’s Biggest Casino Operator, Launches, Its First Online Brand
Malaysia's Genting to launch UK online casino
Playtech Ltd - Exclusive Agreement Signed with Genting Stanley

CONNECTICUT - Norwich Bulletin
Foxwoods lays off 200

NORTHAMPTON- Northampton Chronicle
Asper's Casino opens in Northampton today

Online & Interactive
Random calls woo gamblers - Northern Territories, Australia.
Webis Holdings PLC - Trading Update

Additional headlines
Digital Casino Review - No 69
Two men arrested over casino shooting
Would-be casino developer forges ahead - Massachusetts
Asian casinos boom - Conference in China opens presenter's eyes
Smoking fines don't deter casinos - Cripple Creeek, Colorado.
NJ casinos ensured operation in any fiscal crisis
Galaxy picks an employee of the year - Macau

Wednesday & Thursday, 25th & 26th June

Packer's Crown slips in high-stakes foreign plays

LONDON - Real Business
"Supercasinos would have damaged society"
"I don’t think the British government properly thought through its plans for supercasinos. It could have created something wonderful - exclusive entertainment venues with dress codes - but instead it opted for awful arcades."

MACAU - Motley Fool
Fool Video: Should Investors Bet on Macau?

ATLANTIC CITY - Yahoo/PRNewswire
Borgata Opens Atlantic City's First Boutique Lifestyle Hotel

Landmarks casino licence issue still cloudy

KRASNODAR, RUSSIA - Russia Today &
Meet Russia’s seaside Vegas-to-be
"The casino town will be spread over 2,000 hectares and have 50 hotels with a planned 35,000 thousand rooms." "Today the area chosen to be one of the Russia's gambling zones is but a field of wheat,"
Auction to sell tenant right in Azov City Project to be held in Kuban
"Parcels with the area from 2 to 20 ha are offered to business on competitive basis. The main condition for the competition participants is to start the construction on November 1, 2008 and complete it by June 1, 2009."

Date Set for Azov-City Land Sales - Moscow Times. 15th April.
Azov-City Gambling Zone to Emerge in Southern Russia - 10th Jan.
Gambling: Win to Lose
Full length English Language documentary on gambling problems in Moscow including an interview with Michael Boettcher
I’m ready to give up a half of the business for the sake of Responsible Gaming
Casinos Fight Putin's Crusade to Banish Gambling From Moscow - 3rd June.

AC Coin & Slot and TC Millwork File Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against KGM Gaming

Macau's gambling icon going public

LONDON - The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Reuters & Daily Mirror
More £500 slot machines for bingo clubs, but none at seaside
Bingo hits jackpot on slot machines
Rules relaxed on bingo hall slot machines
Bingo halls could be turned into mini casinos

'Green' casinos conserve energy, profits

Abramoff's ex-partner gets prison sentence halved - Adam Kidan

Shuffle Master gaining Wall Street traction- Las Vegas Business Press
BUILDING VS. BRAND - Publisher says resort trying to capitalize on magazine's famous name
Hearst sues over use of Cosmopolitan name- Reuters. 16th June

Online & Interactive
Lawmakers can't agree on how to define illegal Internet gambling
Payment Systems Protection Act Defeated
Rep. Bachus Offers Misinformation in His Support of Ban on Internet Gambling

Additional headlines
PokerTek Announces Roll-out of Heads-up Challenge Throughout Europe
Two new Wildfire casinos to open
EM 2008 Germany - Turkey 3:2 All Goals - Bild animation
Farm manager drinks weed killer after RM90,000 gaming loss - Malaysia
Restaurateur from Northampton loses appeal for murder - China Palace 2002.
Rumours fly but no arrests in shootings - Maybury Casino, Edinburgh.
Ten held after raid on mini-casino - Cyprus
Gerry Sutcliffe says players face two years' jail for match-fixing
Southwest Casino Corp. to Manage Dominican Republic Casino
Intralot wins Tasmanian gaming permit

Wednesday, 25th June

Out of the office...
There will be no casino news updates on Wednesday. As some of you know I don't live in Britain so I'll be in Lübeck earlier in the day and then in Kiel in the evening to watch the Germany v's Turkey game. Hopefully it should be a good day :)

My tip for the game is 3 - 0 to Germany.  10 to 1 on Betfair.

As Gary Lineker said..."Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes 
and in the end, the Germans always win."
oliver pocher - bringt ihn heim - turn your speakers up.

Tuesday, 24th June

LONDON - Reuters UK
Slot machine ruling could encourage Rank sale

Questions arise over Nevada's economic outlook

3 Casino murder court appeal fails
Restaurant head jailed after gang murder - July 2003

PORT CANAVERAL - Florida Today
3rd gambling ship ready to roll in July - Liquid Vegas.

LONDON - Reuters
UK to rule on bingo hall slot machines - sources

HONG KONG - MarketWatch
Macau's SJM to raise $654 million in Hong Kong IPO

VIENNA & MISSISSIPPI - Yahoo/PRNewswire & Biloxi Sun-Herald
Casinos Austria International Holding, GMBH Signs Letter of Intent With Diamondhead Casino Corporation
Diamondhead Casino signs letter of intent
"Casinos Austria loaned Diamondhead Casino money in 1992 to buy the property." - April 2007.

HONG KONG - Yahoo Canada/Business Wire
Macau Success Delivers Satisfactory Interim Results 2008

Paddy Power may enter the casino market

Online & Interactive
New delay in discussions to end gaming dispute - Antigua Sun
888 signs strategic partnership with Sportech PLC
Sportech PLC - Strategic Marketing Partnership Signed with 888 Holdings plc
Feds: Man Stole IDs From Internet Gambling Website -
Cryptologic says on track to replace and exceed Littlewoods revenue

Additional headlines
Isle of Capri casino to reopen
Betsson files complaint over Gaming Board fines - Sweden
Deutsche Bank Gambles on Casino - Cosmopolitan Resort
NY gets pact to add more VLTs to Monticello track

Progressive Gaming Establishes Toronto Headquartered Division
Betfair reveals world's largest ad - Marketing Week
Last Call: Ameristar Casinos' shares fall

Monday, 23rd June

DÜSSELDORF - & Rheinischen Post
Beschäftigte von Spielcasinos demonstrieren am Dienstag in Düsseldorf
Croupiers demonstrieren

MACAU & HONG KONG - Bloomberg, Reuters &
Stanley Ho's SJM May Raise Up to $653 Million in IPO
SJM plans to raise up to $654 mln in HK IPO
"SJM is offering 1.25 billion new shares, or 25% of its enlarged share capital, for between HK$3.08 and HK$4.08 per share"
SJM seeks $800m in HK listing

Cards fly, hopes high as Seminole Hard Rock casino's blackjack tables open
Blackjack makes its debut at Seminole casino

LONDON & PHILIPPINES - Philippne Inquirer
Local gaming firm eyes new joint venture
Proxy Betting: A First in Internet Gaming Regulation

New name for ACA: Australasian Casino Association

Online & Interactive
Sportingbet moves to free staff jailed in Turkey
Inquiry over TV scratch cards
TV station finds back door into gambling arena - Denmark

British News
Death of 'Fearless' Freddy leaves betting world poorer
Bookmaker Williams who has died in his sleep was in the ring right to the end
Wimbledon pledges to crack down on Russian mafia's match-fixing
Bookmaker robberies
Bookmaker's shop raided by youths - Bristol
Bookies held up by armed robber - Belfast
Punter jailed for raid on bookies where he lost all - Swindon
Two held after raid on bookies - Corals. Tameside, Greater Manchester.
Thieves target Sale betting shop - Corals. Sale, Greater Manchester.
Burglary at bookmakers - Totesport, Slough.

Sunday, 22nd June

ALBANY, NEW YORK - Chicago Tribune & Rockefeller Institute of Government
Gambling take drops nationwide, study says
Once a 'Bonanza' for States, Gambling Revenues Are Slowing, New Study Finds
"state-sponsored gambling now resembles a blue-chip stock - reliably generating large amounts of cash, but no longer promising dramatic growth in revenue"
From a Bonanza to a Blue Chip? - Gambling Revenue to the States

SPORTS BETTING - Sunday Times & Independent
Wimbledon fears match-fixing scandal in massive betting scam
Tennis authorities to stamp out betting rackets as Wimbledon starts

MACAU - Macau Daily Times
Four Seasons set to employ “large proportion” of locals - Cotai Strip
Dealers arrested for casino card cons - 18th June

LAS VEGAS - Herald Tribune/AP - Steve Freiss
Cashing In the Chips, Even When the Casino Is Long Gone

ATLANTIC CITY - Philadelphia Inquirer & Press of Atlantic City
Casino workers march in A.C.
Atlantic City Police Department stays out of union crew's path during march
Thousands march to support Atlantic City casino workers

Additional headlines
Gambling revenue declining - Connecticut
Sharks-in-training stack the deck by learning how to count cards
Future dealers learn to cut cards - Dealer training School in Hollywood, Florida.
INSIDE GAMING: What, him worry? Not Trump

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