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Archive 2008: 1st - 7th November

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Friday, 7th November

MACAU - Macau Daily Times
Casino front-line staff to wear identification tags starting 2009
"Local casinos starting from January 1, 2009 will be required to have all of their front-line staff wearing ID tags in order to identify whether they are local or imported labourers."

Las Vegas Sands affirms development in Singapore
Is the Las Vegas Sands Corp. sinking? -

LAS VEGAS - Yahoo/Business Wire
Shuffle Master, Inc. Announces Departure of President, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary

ATLANTIC CITY & LAS VEGAS - Yahoo/Globe Newswire, Forbes & Reuters
Trump Entertainment Resorts Reports Third Quarter 2008 Results
Trumped Entertainment
Trump Entertainment, Harrah's report losses

ATHENS - EUBusiness/AFP & Reuters
Greek Police Raid Premises Of UK Gambling Outlet Stanleybet
OPAP to challenge Stanleybet's expansion in Greece-CEO

LAS VEGAS - & others...
Treacherous Sands For Adelson
"At one point his shares were worth some $30 billion, but as of Thursday's close, it had shriveled to $1.9 billion."
Like Sands Through The Hourglass
No indication of default from Las Vegas Sands: DBS Group
Las Vegas Sands 'Committed' to $4 Billion Singapore Casino
Struggling Las Vegas Sands names new finance chief - Sands Bethworks. - Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

Sands Corporation: Sands to Singapore
Added to YouTube 14th August, 2008.

LAS VEGAS - Forbes & Reuters
MGM Commits Chips To Vegas Project
MGM Mirage commits to more CityCenter funding - Excellent image !

CityCenter - Las Vegas -
Added to YouTube 8th June, 2008.

ATLANTIC CITY - Philadelphia Inquirer & Yahoo/AP
Borgata Hotel Casino lays off 400
Atlantic City's Borgata lays off 400 workers

GUAM - Pacific Magazine
After Failed Casino Bid, Racetrack Owner Closes Facility

NEW YORK & CZECH REPUBLIC - Yahoo/Business Wire
Trans World Corporation Announces Substantial Earnings Increase for 3rd Quarter 2008

British News
Corruption watchdog lacks an effective bite - The Gambling Commission,
Jailed after robbing bookies shop - twice

Additional headlines
Isle of Capri execs take pay cut - 25% for 12 months.
3 arrested in killing of illegal casino owner - Georgia

Thursday, 6th November

LAS VEGAS -, Reuters & Yahoo/AP
Las Vegas Sands Plunges on Defaults, Bankruptcy Risk
Las Vegas Sands shares plummet; doubts over future
Las Vegas Sands may miss covenant requirements

ALASKA - Yahoo/Sky News
Palin 'Said Africa Was A Country' - Proving American's and Geography don't mix !

MISSOURI - St. Louis BJ & St. Louis Today
Casinos prepare to stop limiting losses
Missouri casinos excited about drop of loss-limits

Moody's Sees Negative Outlook For Asia Pacific's Gaming Sector
Negative outlook for Asia Pacific gaming sector

MARYLAND - & CBS Sports/Daily Racing Form
Maryland gets in the gambling game
Maryland voters say yes to slots

British News
Dean McKeown loses his licence after breach of non-triers' rule
Betting in McKeown case under close scrutiny
"Rascal In The Mix contracted sharply on the Betfair betting exchange, from double-figure odds down to just 5-2, but drifted out to 24-1 in the hour before the race."
Dusk Till Dawn Anniversary Cup Guarantees £100,000
Beatles tribute at Casino Red - Huddersfield
Aspers becomes an official partner of the club - Northampton

Online & Interactive
Antigua Online Gambling Companies Can Now Advertise in the UK - Directorate of Offshore Gaming - Advertising Standards Authority

Additional headlines
WSOP - Final Table Live Broadcast

Wednesday, 5th November

LONDON - Octavian International press release
Octavian International Completes $13 Million Private Placement and Merges Into Public Shell

GOA - Hindu Business Line
Offshore casino in rough waters - GOA SIGNALS RED

Nevada Gold & Casinos Announces New Consulting Contract

Russian casino attacker shot dead by police

U.S. Election
Missouri votes to lift casino loss limits - Rick Alm, Kansas City Star.
Oxford casino question defeated - Bangor Maine.
Casino plan craps out - Ohio
Maryland voters approve video lottery terminal initiative - Magna Ent.
Higher bids play into hands of casinos - Colorado. Denver Post.

House Bets It Can Sell Poker to China

JOHANNESBURG - Business Report &
Sun International is still a good bet
Sun International quarterly revenue up 3%
Sun International pleased with new Chile casino

Monticello Grand Casino Chile
The casino had a soft opening on the 5th October, 2008.

Online & Interactive
Betfair seeks agency following Google rule change

Additional headlines
November issue of Casino International Digital
Ladbrokes Irish Poker Festival

Tuesday, 4th November
Slot machines for Obama and McCain
Slot promotion run at the Gold River Casino in Anadarko, Oklahoma.

MACAU - Macau Daily Times
Macao Polytechnic Institute to organise 'Global Gaming Management Seminar'

OSNABRUCK - Yahoo Germany/ddp-nrd
Schwestern knacken 895 000 Euro-Jackpot in Spielbank

Luck may run out for Russia's casinos - Casino Arbat - Casino Korona - Metelitsa

Ultimate Bet & Absolute Poker scam
Betting firm told to repay cheated
Excapsa shareholders must pay US$15-millon to Blast Off Ltd. a company owned by former Kahnawake grand chief Joe Norton that now runs Ultimate Bet.

Gaming Investments
Analyst keeps Las Vegas Sands as a top stock pick
Sector Snap: Gaming lower before Election Day - Last 5 days

Australian welfare body snoops casino records in crackdown

IRELAND - Daily Telegraph
Paddy Power offers odds of 4-1 that God exists
Another marketing coup for the publicity hungry Irish Bookmaker.

Additional U.S. headlines
Casinos taking a hit - Fewer Arizonans are gambling in weak economy
Man, 21, held in Vegas casino parking lot shooting
Police: Man cut door with chain saw before shots - Las Vegas

Monday, 3rd November

Amax CEO Resigns Effective 13 November 2008
Monthly gaming revenue expected to stay around 7 billion patacas
City of Dreams expected to be Macau's leading attraction in 2009
Venetian sues gambler - Las Vegas Sun
Macau City of Dreams
Placed on YouTube 2nd November, 2008.

AUSTRALIA - Australian Sunday Telegraph
James Packer loses $6000 a minute
"In the last 12 months, he has lost his top spot as Australia's richest man and has waved goodbye to more than half his $6.2 billion fortune."

SPAIN - Reuters, & El Economista
Gambling co Codere up on potential sale
Spain's Codere says owners not met debt repayment
La familia Martínez Sampedro estudia poner en venta Codere
La familia Martínez Sampedro no paga a los Franco y podría vender su participación en Codere

Codere corporate presentation
Placed on YouTube July 2007.

ALANG, INDIA - Telegraph India
Texan cruise casino beckons Gujarat - Alang, Shipbreakers - Texas Treasure in 2007

LAS VEGAS - L.A. Times Theater Review
Criss Angel, in a word: unbelievable

British News
Fan wins £125,000 by betting on young star

IRELAND - Irish Independent
Nightmare Budget may send Ireland's standalone bookies straight to the wall

Additional U.S. headlines
Companies, lenders in delicate dance - Las Vegas Sun
Decline in casino jobs not as steep as feared - Atlantic City
Table games help soften Q3 loss for MTR Gaming
Proposed Hawthorne 'racino' unique among casino bids
Gulf Coast casinos riding high while chips are down elsewhere

Saturday & Sunday, 1st & 2nd November

AUSTRIA & ESTONIA - Wirtschaftblatt & Der Standard
Novomatic dringt in die Spielhölle von Talinn vor
Novomatic kauft in Estland zu
Austria's Novomatic Group has bought Estonian Slot operator Play-In for an undiscloded sun. Play-In has 17 operations and 125 employees. Turnover in 2007 was EEK118 Million with a profit of  EEK 461,925.

Chip-Cheating Scam at Clearwater Casino Broken Up by Alert Guard

KATHMANDU - Hindustan Times &
Nepal's casino industry caught in war with government
Casino employees continue protests

ATLANTIC CITY - Philadelphia Inquirer
Disabled N.J. man sues 10 casinos over access

ATLANTIC CITY - Courier Post &
Harrah's to trim staff at four shore casinos
Harrah's cuts jobs at 4 Atlantic City casinos

Kicking the Addiction
It's now just 8 months before the deadline of 1st July, 2009 when all casinos in Russia are supposed to close. The 4 permitted areas in Altay, Primorye, Kaliningrad and Krasnodar however are far from being ready.
Russian Casinos & Gambling - GF's YouTube Playlist.

Meet Russia's seaside Vegas-to-be
Placed on YouTube 25th June, 2008.

Storm International CS B.V. Presentation
Placed on YouTube 31st, October, 2007.

BERMUDA - Royal Gazette
Gambling could be done 'in a tasteful way' – Norm Mastalir
Gambling study - Editorial
Gaming Investments
A painful squeeze on short sellers
Sector Snap: Casinos up as liquidity concerns ease - Yahoo/AP
Wynn profit rises 14% in 3Q - MDT
Klatzkin Sees 'Quality' Casino Operators Gain in 2009

British News
Wayne Rooney loses £65,000 in two hours gambling - Sunday Mirror
Man denies betting shop manslaughter - Sunderland.
Bets are off as Barnet gambling centre is rejected - Agora Gaming Ltd.

Additional headlines
Paddy Power hit for €30k in suspected betting 'sting'
Public hearing for City Center casino proposal - Philadelphia
Svenska Spel named world’s most responsible gaming company - Lotteries
Cripple Creek casino closes; 62 people lose jobs

Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. Executive Vice President Retires

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