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Archive 2008:  15th - 21st September

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Saturday & Sunday, 20th & 21st September

LAS VEGAS - Reuters
Harrah's bet yet to pay off as debt presses
"The company is carrying debt equal to more than 9 times its estimated 2008 cash flow, compared with a rate of about 6 for competitor MGM Mirage"
Harrah’s Drops Out of Group Building Las Vegas Arena

KIEL, GERMANY - Kieler Nachrichten, HL Live &
Die Parteien pokern um die Casinos
SPD fordert langfristige Sicherung des Casinos - 11th September.
Der HSH Nordbank ist die Lust am Spiel vergangen - 10th September.
HSH Nordbank gibt ihre fünf Spielbanken auf - 9th September.
The five Schleswig-Holstein casinos appear to be up for sale following a decision by owner HSH Nordbank. Spielbank SH GmbH presently pays 80% of it's gross gaming win in taxes. Staff are paid from tips with a minimum guarantee.

Dubai, U.A.E.
Kerzner gives Atlantis $1b boost
Atlantis to open on Wednesday despite recent fire damage
World's most extravagant party 'to be seen from space'
Atlantis The Palm Hotel, Dubai - Why you should always carry a camera !

FLORIDA - ABC7, & Florida Today
AG pushing to end gambling in Seminole casinos
Attorney General Wants To Stop Vegas-Style Games At Seminole Casinos
McCollum wants casinos to shut down blackjack, Vegas slots
Florida attorney general seeks help from feds to shut down blackjack, slots at Seminole Tribe's casinos

POKER - ITV Local & CardPlayer Europe
How to Become a Poker Millionaire
Devilfish Reality Show Reveals All Next Week

MACAU - Macau Daily Times
Shun Tak net profit sinks 87 percent on fuel costs

TAIWAN - Monsters & Critics/Dpa
Casino tycoon Stanley Ho's son mulls building casinos in Taiwan

SINGAPORE - India Times
Now, a course in casino management !
BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management (Casino Management)

Online gambling will soon be a safer bet
National Gambling Amendment Bill [B31-2007] - PDF

Crackdown on all-hours pokie pubs and clubs

British News
Gambling Commission investigates betting patterns on Ebdon whitewash
Bookie stole £30K to pay for her gambling addiction - Internet Gambling
Triad killings link to 15 brutal crimes

Additional U.S. headlines
Casinos Hope Voters Will Remove Loss Limits - Missouri
Florida Gaming settles claim for $8.5 million
Casino workers challenge Nevada initiative laws
Kansas awards casino to Cordish/Speedway venture
Borgata Crowns 2008 Poker Open Champion
Florida Gaming Summit Panel to Feature Parimutuel Slot Gaming

Friday, 19th September

NEVADA - Las Vegas Sun
Slot cheat added to state’s Black Book - GCB Excluded Person List.

FLORIDA - Tampa Bay Business Journal
McCollum demands illegal gambling stop at Seminole casinos

LONDON - Gambling Commission
Nationwide drive targets illegal machine suppliers

Alderney Gambling Control: Where nothing is left to chance
"The number of companies licensed under Alderney rose from 25 to 34 last year, and so far this year has climbed again to 41."

HUDDERSFIELD - Huddersfield Town AFC
Casino Red in Huddersfield opens it's doors for the first time on Thursday 25th September.

Son's alleged fraud bankrupts bishop
Baasland lost a fortune gambling
No gambling limits at Centrebet

Watch EPT Barcelona 2008 Winner's Interview on

BARCELONA - Irish Times
Galway poker player wins almost €1m - Fintan Gavin.

British News
Man charged over casino shooting - Edinburgh
Man robbed of his casino winnings - Edinburgh
Poker world record broken
Man turned to crime to pay gambling habit

Additional headlines
Casinomeister - 18 September 2008
Playtech signs licence deal with Eurobet Italia
Gates tops list, casino tycoon loses billions
Mississippi casino revenue drops in August
Casino revenue drops in Colorado
Older problem gamblers face suicide risk - UPI
Man Convicted of Passing Fake Money in Casinos - Las Vegas
Casino Workers Challenge NV Initiative Laws - Wynn tip sharing

Thursday, 18th September

LAS VEGAS - St. Louis Business Journal
Isle of Capri chairman inducted into Gaming Hall of Fame

SAN DIEGO & CANADA - National Post
Couple started casino cheating system that netted millions
Graphic: The great casino swindle
4 arrested at casino with cheating device - Connecticut. 7th September.

The Forbes 400
Bill Gates tops U.S. wealth list 15 years in a row - Reuters

#15 Sheldon Adelson
According to Forbes Sheldon Adelson's net worth has dropped from $28 to $15 billion over the last 12 months. It equates to a loss each day of $35 million - circa $1.5 million per hour.

#27 Kirk Kerkorian
Kirk Kirkorian's 52% stake in MGM Mirage which was worth $14 billion in October 2007 has now declined to $5 billion.

#118 Stephen Wynn
Steve Wynn's net worth is now reported to be $3.4 billion. Wynn Resorts share price has held it's value reasonably well when compared to the fortunes of other U.S. operators.

MACAU - Yahoo/AP & Business Wire
Macau gaming companies fall on September results
Amax Reiterates Commitment to Crown Macau

Asian markets tumble as financial fears deepen
Gold prices post biggest 1-day gain ever

EU gambling firms see WTO case coming against U.S

Estonia's addiction to gambling brings cash and death

British News
Pair admit assault after street fight outside Mint Casino, Southport
Betting shop knife robbery - Bets R US, Essex.
Bookmaker had gun pointed at her, jury told - Betfred, Bolton
Bookie jailed for theft from betting shop - Ladbrokes, Cheltenham

Additional U.S. headlines
Trump: Rendell's no friend of mine
Nevada Gold Terminates Discussions Regarding Horizon Casino Hotel
Pinnacle slips on storm closings, Kan. pullout
Pinnacle gets refund related to abandoned proposal
Mixed feelings over affordable housing in Henderson
Casinos break record despite storms - Mississippi

Wednesday, 17th September

Reno-based IGT announces buyouts, layoffs

C.N.M.I - Saipan Tribune
Rota casino commission seeks $1M additional funding
Investors eye Rota casino plans

Key Congressional Committee Votes to Clarify Internet Gambling Ban

Joe Biden’s Son Worked for Online Gambling Firm
Third Party Running Mate Wayne Root on Internet Gambling Prohibition

CANADA & CHILE - Globe Investor
Clairvest Announces $16 Million Investment in New Casino in Chile

MAINE - & Boston Globe/AP
Las Vegas co. takes over casino push
Las Vegas developer takes over drive to get casino on Maine ballot

BERMUDA - Royal Gazette
Alex Scott will abstain from cruise ship casino vote 

JAMAICA & TRINIDAD - Trinidad Express
Jamaica gambling outfit to list locally

Workers top off casino-hotel at Vegas' CityCenter

British News
New casino opens in Leeds

Additional headlines
Light display at Saskatchewan casino distracting birds to death
Guam Archbishop Remains Opposed To 'Proposition A', The Gambling Initiative
Casinos win $218 million in August - Louisiana
Tohono O'odham to lease slot machine rights from Navajo - Arizona
New Casino Aztar sale approved - Indiana

Tuesday, 16th September

Casino operators mixed as key rate unchanged

MACAU - Macau Daily Times
Old Lisboa redevelopment likely to become residential units
Number of tourists remained flat during Moon Festival

Steve Wynn gets contract extension to 2020
The contract will take Steve Wynn, who is presently 66, through to being 78.

CALIFORNIA & RENO, NEVADA - Yahoo/Business Wire
PureDepth Extends License Agreement, Secures $10 Million Royalty Payment from IGT

Gambling 'like drug,' court hears at start of suit against Loto-Quebec

MISSOURI & AUSTRALIA - Genetic Engineeering News
Older problem gamblers may face greater suicide risk than younger counterparts, study finds
Characteristics of Problem Gamblers 56 Years of Age or Older: A Statewide Study of Casino Self-Excluders

British News
Bus driver 'pulled over to visit bookies'
Police 'spot ex-cop in bookie raid'

Additional headlines
Gender bias in casino's washroom, court rules - Ontario. Absolute nonsense.
Another soft month for slot machine revenues - Connecticut
Casinos: Foxwoods slot revenue up; Mohegan still down
Isle of Capri looks to reopen Lake Charles casino
Union says Tropicana not bargaining in good faith - Atlantic City

Monday, 15th September

LONDON & CYPRUS - The Guardian
'Fat Man' sues top casinos for millions
"Over 15 years, the 20-stone Syrian billionaire lost more than £191m on the spin of the roulette wheel. But now he is biting back by taking six prestigious British casinos to court, claiming they illegally allowed him credit."
No more London bets for me, says The Fat Man - Daily Telegraph 7th March.

LAS VEGAS - Yahoo/Market Wire
CityCenter to Deliver Most Technologically Advanced Hotels in U.S. When It Opens in Late 2009

LONDON - Financial News
European midday: US woes hit stocks
Casino operators fall as markets plunge

MEXICO - - Barnard R. Thompson
Casinos in Mexico – A Safe Bet or Endless Machinations?

HK's Galaxy says non-cash writedown of gaming license may hurt H1 results

U.S. - New York Post

Additional headlines
O.J. kidnap-robbery trial begins in Las Vegas
"So, he says, Las Vegas welcomes whatever attention Simpson's latest show delivers on the grounds that any publicity is good publicity."
Strip clubs shouldn’t expect looser slot rules

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