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Archive 2008: 15th - 21st October

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Tuesday, 21st October
Guam Tourism Officials Support Prop A for the Convention Center
Prop A group unveils initial design of convention center
Guam Greyhound Park
www.bccnmi.com - Bridge Capital LLC.

AUSTRIA - Weiner Zeitung & DerStandard.at
Casinos: Die Glücks-Monopolisten
The article about Casinos Austria's monopoly in Austria has an interesting graphic that shows the ownership structure of the company and the Austrian Lottery.
www.wienerzeitung.at/Images/2008/10/21/948_377_7314_211027grafik.jpg
www.casinosaustria.com/cai_comp_links.aspx
Glücksspielanbieter spüren Folgen
 

British News
Ministers set to bring in gambling levy - FT.com
"They will have to contribute £19m ($32.6m) for the three years from 2009-10, towards education and research into problem gambling and the treatment of addiction."
Gambling industry avoids worst of downturn - FT.com
 

NEVADA - Las Vegas Sun
Nevada jobless rate at highest level in 23 years
"The jobless rate in Clark County rose to 7.4% in September, the highest mark this year with 74,200 people out of work."

LAS VEGAS - San Francisco Chronicle/AP
MGM Mirage unlikely to give performance bonuses
"This is top down. This is from the chairman level down through property levels,"

IRELAND - Irish Times
Gambling committee chief opposes betting machines
International Poker Open 2008 Sets Attendance Record - Card Player Europe
www.boylepoker.com/ipo - BoylePoker.com International Poker Open 2008
 

Online & Interactive
CryptoLogic and PartyGaming in talks - FT.com
CryptoLogic to Focus on Casino, Branded Games for Renewed Profitability
www.cryptologic.com
http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=CRY.TO
Entraction launches bingo! - InvestEgate.co.uk
www.entraction.com
 

Additional headlines
Fight on Las Vegas Strip turns deadly
Miss. casinos feel pinch from U.S. economic woes
Miss. casino revenue drops 19 percent in September - Forbes/AP
Gaming revenue drops in September - Colorado. Down over 18%.
Deal paves way for 2 local casinos - Michigan
www.pokagon.com
 


 
 
Monday, 20th October

LAS VEGAS - Seeking Alpha & Marketwatch
Sheldon Adelson's Losing Streak
Las Vegas Sands says still trying to fund Macau expansion

ESTONIA - Baltic Business
Up to 70 casinos likely to close doors in January in Estonia
http://kasiino.delfi.ee/index.php - Estonian Gaming Operator Association
 

Macau
Macau's star dims as casino revenues dive 10% - Reuters
Macau's Casino Revenue Falls for 2nd Straight Quarter - Bloomberg
Sands scraps loan plan for Macau expansion - Channel News Asia
Macau sees gambling revenue drop - BBC
Macau casino revenue falls between 2nd and 3rd quarter of 2008
www.dicj.gov.mo/EN/Estat/DadosEstat/2008/estat.htm
 

Grand Emperor Hotel says massive lay-offs won't occur at their hotel casino
www.grandemperor.com
 
 
Made in Germany | Macau - Hardware for the biggest casino
September 2007 video from Deutsche Welle TV detailing German company Dallmeier's surveillance equipment installation at the Venetian Macau.

CONNECTICUT - Norwich Bulletin
From heart attacks to suicides, deaths a part of casino life

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA - Sacramento Bee
Casinos a big draw for local Asians
www.thundervalleyresort.com

LAS VEGAS - LVR-J
Overseeing an evolution - Executive aims to lead El Cortez from storied past into stellar future
www.elcortezhotelcasino.com
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackie_Gaughan
 

British News
Tory plan to change the 'dangerous' gambling Act
Tory plan to cha
William Hill sales hold up, announces Playtech partnership - Yahoo/Sharecast
Gambling is no help in sport’s fight against corruption - Daily Mail
Drugs seized in raid on cruise ship - P&O Arcadia
 

Online & Interactive
CryptoLogic Licenses Top Branded Casino Games to PartyGaming
www.cryptologic.com
www.williamhillplc.co.uk

Playtech Ltd - Online gaming software licence agreement with William Hill PLC
William Hill PLC acquires affiliates of Playtech Ltd and other assets
William Hill Plc. - Interim Management Statement
www.playtech.com
www.williamhillplc.co.uk
http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/q/cq?s=PTEC.L+WMH.L&d=v1&m=L
 

Additional headlines
Guam Casino Gambling Debate Continues Weeks Before Nov '08 Election
Chips down for Asia gaming sector - China Post
Casino operator cries unfair - Cebu, Philippines
Despite economy, Missouri gamblers still taking a chance
Casinos booming in Okla. despite sour economy - Shreveport Times.
 


 
 
Saturday & Sunday, 18 & 19th October

LAS VEGAS - Las Vegas Review-Journal & In Business Las Vegas
Pre-opening tour of Aliante Station - Opening 11th November
New casino hopes to match price to patrons
www.stationcasinos.com
www.aliantecasinohotel.com

LAS VEGAS - In Business Las Vegas - Richard N. Velotta
15 percent plunge in Las Vegas passenger count predicted

U.S. - Las Vegas Review-Journal - Howard Stutz
Eyeing markets and taking chances - Seeking tax revenue, states float casino votes
 

PORT EVERGLADES - TCPalm.com & Sun-Sentinel
Casino ship sold at auction for $3.7 million
SeaEscape gambling ship is sold at auction and then resold to second-highest bidder
www.seaescape.com
www.flickr.com/photos/akallen/417051645

PHILIPPINES - Manila Standard & SunStar
Customs team charged over missing casino ship
7 Cebu port officials sacked
S'pore firm wins bid for floating casino anchored in Cebu - January 2007.
Customs orders seizure of Philippine Dream - SunStar. August 2006.

CARSON CITY - LasVegasNow.com
'Hillbillies' star's casino sign rejected in NV
www.jethroscasino.com
 

British News
Gala Coral gambles on creating a new order - The Times
Gala Coral has terminated "with immediate effect" its membership of the Bingo Association, the British Casino Association, the Association of British Bookmakers and the Remote Gambling Association.
Rank sees signs of hope in casino and bingo businesses - FT.com
Rank adapting to new climate - Aberdeen Press & Journal.
Betting shop boss facing £56,000 bill - Online gambling addiction.
Gambling bodies give all-clear - Norwich City v's Derby County.
 

BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI. - Sun-Herald
Casino layoffs sign of troubled times
www.beaurivage.com

RENO & LAS VEGAS - Yahoo/PRNewswire
Bally Technologies Wins Summary Judgment Motions in IGT Wheel, Bally iVIEW(TM) Patent Infringement Litigation
www.ballytech.com
U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada Judge Issues Ruling in Case Against Bally; IGT Will Appeal Rulings at Appropriate Time
www.igt.com
http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=IGT

TORONTO - Toronto Star & CTV.ca
Police raid 'unbelievably' lucrative gaming houses
Police say money in poker houses 'astronomical'
www.thenuttzpokerclub.com
 

Additional headlines
Lefty Rosenthal, Kingpin in Las Vegas, Dies at 79 - New York Times obituary
When Chips Are Down - Share price decline of casino operators with Asian properties.
Poland: catalogue of disaster - InterGameOnline. Proposed 10% turnover tax.
New York Budget Plan Seeks 'One-Shot' From Aqueduct Slots Firm
Man alleges poker player owes him $29,000 - Colorado
Racino Royale changes name to InterAmerican Gaming, Inc.
 


 
 
Friday, 17th October

Macau
Melco Crown reiterates its City of Dreams plans
MPEL Provides an Update of Construction Progress and Financing at City of Dreams
www.melco-crown.com/eng/main.php
 
 
City of Dreams - Melco Crown presentation video

Macau casino faces delay in opening - Sydney Morning Herald.
"Melco Crown, which trades on the Nasdaq, hit $US18.15 ($27.28) a year ago. It is now trading at $US3.01. Its slump is twice as steep as the broader index, which has fallen 42%."

www.cityofdreams.com.mo
http://au.finance.yahoo.com/q/cq?s=CWN.AX,0200.HK,MPEL&d=v1
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oVb9MhVZ_I

Macao economy a busted flush as casinos fall quiet - FT.com
LV Sands says may sell Macau retail into fund - Macau Daily Times
'Crisis moment will end soon' SJM manager granted
 

Online & Interactive
Google to overturn UK ban on gambling advertising - Daily Telegraph
Google reintroduces gambling ads - The Guardian
"Search agency Greenlight conservatively estimates that Google could make a minimum of £100m a year in additional revenue from the change to gambling regulations."
Google uses Britain as gambling guinea pig - The Independent
www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&q=casino - 888.com came out top for "Casino".
 

British News
The Rank Group Plc Interim Management Statement
Rank sees return to sales growth in last 6 weeks - Reuters
"At its 34 Grosvenor Casinos, like-for-like revenue fell by 3 percent over the 41 weeks, but was up 14 percent in the last six weeks of the period."
Rank 41 weeks comparable sales down 8%
www.rank.com
http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/q?s=RNK.L
Gambling machines unlicensed at hotel - Blackpool
Man stole £3700 in two raids on bookies shop - Hamilton, Scotland
Gambling helpline calls up 25% - The Christian Institute

THAILAND & CAMBODIA - Bangkok Post
Thai gamblers head to safer Burma casinos

ATLANTIC CITY - MyTelus/Canadian Press
Atlantic City's casino smoking ban now in effect; air 'clean and fresh'

MATTHEWS, N.C. - Yahoo/PRNewswire
PokerTek and Lightning Gaming Settle Legal Engagements
www.pokertek.com
www.lightningpoker.net
 

Additional headlines
Tracinda uses 50 mln more MGM shares as collateral
Bally Technologies rises with legal progress
 


 
 
Thursday, 16th October

British News
Compulsive gambler claims William Hill should cover £2m loss
Punter Graham Calvert's attempt to win his money back through the British courts.

extrabet and IG Sport Launch First UK Licenced casino
Extrabet Selects Chartwell to Launch First UK Licensed Online Casino
www.extrabet.com
www.chartwelltechnology.com
http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=CWH.TO

Gambling addiction rises under Labour
"Almost 60% of those calling by phone were involved in gambling on fixed odds terminals, usually found in betting shops, or staking money over the counter on horses, greyhounds and football. Another fifth played fruit machines."
Gambling addicts soar by 25% under Labour's lax laws as average debts rises to £17,000
www.gamcare.org.uk

London Hippodrome to become a casino
www.thelondonhippodrome.com
Bookie bandit was a 'career criminal'
 

RWANDA - Rwandan New Times
Rwanda’s first Casino to be launched this month - Casino Kigali. Top Tower Hotel.

MIAMI - The Times & Miami Herald
Infamous casino operator Frank 'Lefty' Rosenthal dies - Info from the LVR-J.
Frank ‘Lefty’ Rosenthal: casino operator - Times Obituary
Casino operator was known as country's top sports handicapper
 
Vegas and the Mob 2/2
Interview and earlier video footage of Frank Rosenthal just after the car bombing.

GAMING INVESTMENTS - Yahoo/AP
Ahead of the Bell: Casino price targets slashed
Sector Snap: Gaming equipment operators decline
MGM Mirage leaves Nevada Resort Association
"MGM Mirage spokesman Gordon Absher said Tuesday that the company is watching its spending carefully during difficult economic times."

NEVADA - Yahoo/PRNewswire
U.S. District Court for District of Nevada States Intent to Grant Summary Judgment Motions in IGT Wheel, Bally iVIEW(TM) Patent Infringement Litigation
www.ballytech.com
http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=IGT
 

Additional headlines
Thai gamblers flee back from Cambodia - The Nation
Armed robber hits area casino - Montana
Casino consul jailed - Singapore. Straits Times
Vietnamese journalists jailed for exposing English football gambling racket
 


 
 
Wednesday, 15th October

IRELAND - Irish Post
Casinos to create thousands of jobs

MIAMI - Yahoo/PRNewswire
Inaugural 'Carnival PokerPro Challenge' Poker Tournament a Success
www.pokertek.com
http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=PTEK

ATLANTIC CITY - Yahoo/AP & Daily Record
Atlantic City: Temporary casino smoking ban starts
Harrah's backs off total smoking ban in AC - Harrah's flip-flopping on the issue.

ATLANTIC CITY - Yahoo/AP
AC seeks developers for former airport property
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bader_Field

FLORIDA & LAS VEGAS - LVR-J & Las Vegas Sun
Frank 'Lefty' Rosenthal dead at age 79 - John L. Smith
Rosenthal offered link to gangster era: Connections facilitated his rise and fall in Las Vegas - Benjamin Spillman
www.reviewjournal.com/media/slideshow/rosenthal
Frank 'Lefty' Rosenthal dies at age 79 - Mary Manning
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Rosenthal
http://frankrosenthal.com
www.gaming.nv.gov/loep_rosenthal.htm
 
YouTube: History of Gambling in America - part 5 of 5.
Originally shown on the History Channel.

LAS VEGAS - Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Beholden to no one, South Point owner shuns cuts
www.southpointcasino.com

Vegas down, Macau up in the third quarter, Wynn Resorts says
http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=WYNN

MGM Mirage splits from Nevada Resort Association
www.mgmmirage.com
www.nevadaresorts.org
 

SACHSEN-ANHALT, GERMANY - Halle Forum & Volksstimme.de
Privatisierung der Spielbanken kommt voran
Gesetzentwurf: Private Casinos an den Autobahnen sind künftig möglich
www.spielbanken-sa.de

AUSTRIA - DiePresse.com
Trinkgelder bleiben weiter steuerfrei
Tips are apparently tax free in Austria for all job groups other than casino staff.

IRELAND - RTE & IrishTimes
Betting tax rise 'disastrous' - bookies
Bookies condemn betting tax increase - 1 to 2% rise.

SWAZILAND - Swazi Observer
Sheriff wins against Casino
www.nhlanganocasino.com - Nhlangano Casino Royale.

JAMAICA - Jamaica Observer
Supreme Ventures into sports betting
www.supremeventures.com

LAS VEGAS & MACAU - Macau Daily Times
Las Vegas Sands asked to post bond on Hong Kong businessman award
Hearing on request to require LV Sands to post bond on award set for Monday
 

British News
Wheel spins at Leeds casino for last time - Grosvenor Moortown Corner.

Online & Interactive
Gaming sector climbing after Sportingbet gaming revenues jump 23%
Sportingbet narrows losses
http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/q?s=SBT.L

Additional U.S. headlines
Casino worker charged with fraud - Mississippi
Coach Mike Ditka playing two states as casino celeb pitchman - Illinois
KC riverboat casinos caught in grim economic tide
 

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