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Archive 2008:  8th - 14th March

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Friday, 14th March

Melbourne    Sun
Crown gave $50,000 cash in suitcase to gambling addict
The gambler - March 2007

British News
Stakes high for city casino bid - The former Majestyk nightclub in Leeds.

Inspired Gaming in strategic review of pubs arm as trading deteriorates
Inspired Gaming Group PLC - Pubs Division Update -

AsianLogic Limited - Interim Trading Update -

Dollar decline
Dollar hits new euro low as gold price nears record high
Banks predict G7 intervention to prop up dollar
Dollar under pressure as US outlook darkens
5 year charts
U.S. $ to Swiss Franc
U.S. $ to Euro
U.S. $ to Pound
U.S. Banks
Bear Stearns gets emergency funds
JPMorgan, NY Fed to provide Bear Stearns financing
Banks to seize Carlyle Capital assets

Washington             Las Vegas Review-Journal
Study of regulations slated for ban on Web gambling

Quennsland, Australia   
Bligh backs ATM withdrawal caps to limit pokies losses

Macau             Macau Daily Blog
Macau Hotel Occupancy Rate for January 2008 Grows by 30.9%
Macau Package Tour Arrivals for January 2008 Up by 22.8%

Kahnawake, Canada
Ultimate Bet Online Poker Cheating Scandal Confirmed -
UltimateBet charged with 'unfair play' - Casino City Times
More cheating allegations in online poker - Casino Wire
Joe Norton AKA Absolute Poker - Joseph Tokwiro Norton

additional headlines
Spacey plays his cards right
Shows re-create vintage Vegas
Police seize 100 machines in raid on video gambling club - Houston
Brandon voters reject casino - Manitoba
Police lay charges in 2 separate lotto fraud cases - Ontario
Bookies at odds over £1 million winner - Ladbrokes publicity stunt.

Thursday, 13th March

British News
Rank, 888 launch European sports betting service
32Red Plc - Preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2007
Graham Calvert case
Gambler who lost millions fails to make his bookmakers pay out - The Times
Gambler backs wrong horse after suing bookies for £2m losses - Scotsman
Gambler loses again as high court judge rules his £2m loss was NOT the bookmakers' fault - Daily Mail

Shreveport, Louisiana             Shreveport Times
Owner of DiamondJacks Casino files for Chapter 11

Australia             ABC News & SMH
Family First lead tax plan to phase out pokies
Power of poker machines under scrutiny
Poker Machine Harm Reduction Tax (Administration) Bill 2008

Miami             Orlando Sentinel & Yahoo/AP
Seminole Tribe looks for a hand
Seminole Tribe seeks blackjack dealers

Victoria, Australia             ABC News
Vic Govt to ban ATMs from gaming venues - From 2012.

additional headlines
Nev.: New Gaming Commision Member Named
Argentina out for BWIN - Licensing confusion leads to shutdown order
The effects of gambling on society - Nassau Guardian. Columnist opinion.
DEQ Obtains Patent in the Philippines
Bulgaria's promotion on CNN focuses on casinos and beaches
Senate passes two bills to aid pari-mutuel gambling facilities - Florida
Old casino emptied of stoves, blackjack tables - Detroit

Wednesday, 12th March

G2E Asia Show Floor Triples in Size Exhibitor Participation Climbs 75 Percent
G2E Asia's New Certificate Program will Give Gaming Industry Managers a Professional Edge

New Zealand   
NZ Gaming Expo Highlights

Connecticut             Yahoo/PRNewswire
MGM Grand at Foxwoods Chooses Bally's System Technologies

U.S. Recession News             Yahoo/AP
Euro Fetches $1.55 for the First Time
Gas Prices Jump, Oil Hits $110
Economic Conditions Starting to Put Pressure on Gaming Operators

New Jersey             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Spectrum Gaming Group Announces Hiring of Two Key Executives

British News
Bingo clubs call foul over double tax burden
UK BUDGET Bingo industry expresses 'disbelief' over increased tax burden

Compulsive gambler Graham Calvert loses High Court claim against William Hill
Gambling addict loses case against bookmaker - Yahoo UK/Reuters
Gambler loses £2m bookies claim - BBC News
Gambler who lost £2m fails in bid to sue bookie - Northern Echo

Gambler bids to win damages from bookmaker
Gambler Sues Bookies Over £2m Losses - Sky News. Decision today

Body is discovered behind casino - BBC Merseyside
Man's body found behind Birkenhead casino - Liverpool Daily Post
Betfair is first C4 betting advertiser - Brand Republic
Armed robbery at Ripley bookmakers - Ladbrokes, Ripley
Robbers threaten bookies' staff - Coral. Bradford
Bingo Association slams the National Lottery - Marketing Week
Churches to continue spending lottery cash - Yorkshire

Penghu Islands, Taiwan             Las Vegas Review-Journal
Taiwan an untapped frontier
Amazing Holdings H1 pretax loss narrows; reviewing various financing options - 29th Feb

Shan State, Burma             Shanland Herald Agency
Mongla casinos doomed but that’s no big deal
"There are 52 gambling houses in Wan Hsieo: 30 for under Yuan 10,000 ($1,430) players and the rest for Yuan 1-2 million ($143,000-286,000) players. Online players from China bet up to Yuan 4-5 millions ($572,000-715,000), according to a businessman."
Virtual gambling in Myanmar's drug country - Asia Times: Aug 2006.
Lin moves casinos out - Shanland Herald Agency: April 2006. - Boten, Laos. - a casino ?

Levis, Quebec & Temecula, California             MarketWire
Pechanga Converts Over 60% of Their Baccarat Tables to DEQ’s EZ Baccarat

Detroit             Detroit Free Press
Glitzy MGM beats the competition - Revenue at Detroit casino jumps, but dips at others

Slot machine revenue drops at N.E. casinos - Connecticut Division of Special Revenue

New Jersey             Newsday/AP
Bill would let N.J. casinos police themselves during shutdown

additional headlines
NETeller recovering from gambling crackdown
Rota delegation to discuss casino in 1st session

Tuesday, 11th March

The Bahamas & Las Vegas             CNN Money & Bahama Journal
Harrah’s Letter Revealed
Harrah's Ends Involvement In Bahamas Resort Complex
Worries Over Baha Mar Jobs
Worries Over Workers In Wake Of Harrah’s Pullout
Baha Mar In Jeopardy - 8th March
Former Minister Says Tourism Product “Slipping Into a Coma” - 7th March
Google News Search: "Baha Mar Resorts"

Indian Gaming             Yahoo/AP
Off-Reservation Casino Growth to Slow - National Indian Gaming Association

Las Vegas   
Harrah's Deals In Poker Players' Tax Info
Players at this years WSOP in addition to their buy-ins will apparently also have to provide their Social Security number and taxpayer identification numbers.

British News
Man arrested over bookmakers raid - Newcastle
Flash Harry: The outrageous world of Britain's premier punter - Independent
Findlay's life is one big gamble - Daily Telegraph - Gold Cup Betting
Alphameric stays the course to beat odds -

St. Petersburg             St. Petersburg Times
Union Calls For Softer Gambling Law

additional headlines
Isle of Capri's Jim Perry lands $800,000 base salary
Crown buys into Las Vegas Beltway boom
Sheriff: 3 arrested, linked to Boomtown Casino robberies - Loiuisiana
Casinos Change the Face of Biloxi - NPR
Groupe Partouche Q1 sales rise 4.8% to 136.2 mln eur

Monday, 10th March

Atlantic City             Yahoo/AP & Courier-Post
AC Casino Revenues Finally Up
A.C. casinos manage small Feb. milestone
Slots revenues were up 0.1% to $264.6 million and table games up 4.9% to $119.5 million.

British Columbia   
Great Canadian Gaming Achieves Record Revenues and EBITDA in 2007

Las Vegas             Yahoo/PRNewswire
MGM MIRAGE Unveils $40 Million Fine Art Program at CityCenter

Brussels             Yahoo/Reuters
EU probes online gambling crackdown

Australia & Las Vegas   
Packer's bumpy ride continues

Johannesburg             Buisiness Day
Sun International to ride out slow revenue growth
Sun International - Profit And Dividend Announcement For The 6 Months Ended 31/12/2007

U.S. Recession
New Data Show Gambling Revenues Dip In Las Vegas
Elgin casino sees revenue drop nearly 20% for second month - Illinois
Dollar wilts as recession alarm bells ring

British News
Teacher attacked betting shop staff - Ladbrokes. Eastbourne.
Robber hits betting shop - William Hill. Oldham.
You had to hand it to Cleethorpes Poker Players

Macau    &
Bridge ‘takes 36.5 years’ to break even
HK, Macau, Guangdong in deal to build bridge - Reuters
Ao to face further trial
China Government to Clean Up Crime in Macau After Beijing Olympics

Kathmandu, Nepal             The Rising Nepal
Inter casino football tourney

additional headlines
Asian destinations keen on becoming gambling giants
Debate over casino support of tracks - Iowa
Casino insider tells (almost) all about security
Anhui gambling gang stands trial in east China
Vatican lists "new sins," including pollution - No mention of gambling !

Sunday, 9th March

Goa, India             India PRWire
The 'maharaja' of casinos opens in Goa next month! - Maharajah Casino
Goa: O "marajá" dos casinos do sul da Ásia abre portas em Abril próximo

Washington             Seattle Times/Bloomberg & PRNewswire
Internet gambling rules look like losers
Flaws in Internet Gambling Law Subject of Upcoming Congressional Hearing

St.Augustine, Florida             Florida Times-Union
Coast Guard rescues 5 men from disabled gambling ship
Coast Guard Rescues 5 from Sun Cruz 9

Las Vegas   , Marketwatch & Las Vegas Sun
Chips down as Vegas feels pinch
New data show Las Vegas gambling revenue down
Blame it on baccarat

Macau             Macau Daily Times
Asian gamers take to Texas Hold'em - 4 more tables added at the Grand Lisboa.
Mainland protecting us from casino gangsters

Thailand             MCOT English News
Poll: Over half oppose legalised casinos

Moscow              Russland-Aktuell
Russlands Industrielle setzen sich für Glücksspiel ein

additional headlines
Moulin Rouge project puts cart before horse - David McKee's Stiffs & Georges
Gambler jailed for pillaging £38,500 - Whitley Bay.
Man Receives 10-Month Sentence For Ho-Chunk Casino Swindle - Wisconsin
Marina Bay Sands Singapore
Bigger jackpots, better chances: South Florida casinos and patrons alike welcome the "bad beat"

Saturday, 8th March

British News
Armed robbery at bookmakers - Tote Bookmakers, Hazlemere.
Bookies' robbed at knifepoint
2. Chisholms Bookmakers, South Shields and Bet Fred, Newcastle.
Betting shops targeted in raids - As above.

Manila             Manila Times
Pagcor to build P2.8-B casino in Clark - Bases Conversion and Development Authority

Atlantic City             Card Player
Chip Leader Disqualified at WSOP Circuit Final Table

Atlantic City             Associated Press
Woman Files $20M Long-Shot Casino Suit
Scamming lawyer for 9/11 victims sues casinos for her gambling addiction

additional headlines
FA Cup - Brilliant Barnsley topple Chelsea
Talks to build gambling hall on Sea to Sky Highway
Court orders $2m payout to Lotto loser

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