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Archive 2008:  1st - 7th September

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Sunday, 7th September
Gaming firms drag heels over aid for addicts - The Guardian
Gambling bug eats away at pensioners' savings -
Former Aston Villa star Paul Merson says gambling drove him to the brink of suicide - Sunday Mercury
Estonia becomes the Las Vegas of Europe - and pays a heavy price

Saturday, 6th September
We were forced out of jobs, Bristol casino staff claim
TN man charged with conspiring to defraud casinos -
Checks cashed at casinos deducted twice - Connecticut
Chamber president calls for 'dialogue' on casinos on Island - Bermuda
Teenager, 19, blames online gambling for burglaries - Lancashire

Friday, 5th September
Technology Offered by GPI and Progressive Gaming Accelerates the Adoption of RFID by Casinos Worldwide - Yahoo/PRNewswire
Tribes refuse to accept state's minimum security guidelines for casinos - San Diego Union-Tribune
IGT Installs Its First REELdepth(TM) Multi-Layer Display(R) Gaming Machines at Grand Casinos in Minnesota - Yahoo/PRNewswire
Pinnacle reopens 2 La. casinos after Gustav passes - Yahoo/AP
Tenn. man charged with leading Conn. casinos scam -
MGM down as analyst cautions on Las Vegas Strip
Billionaire Avoids Paying £2million ($3.5m) Gambling Debt after High Court Battle with Casino
Chip off the Old Block - Lawrence Ho

Thursday, 4th September

Miss. casinos allowed to reopen after Gustav

LONDON - Daily Mail, The Times & Guardian
Billionaire gambler wins High Court bid to avoid paying £2m casino debt for 'unfair game'
'Fat Man' wins legal battle over £2m gambling debt
Judge writes off Fat Man's £2m gambling debts at casino
The Mail article gives a detailed and vivid account of Mr Fouad al-Zayat's play at Aspinalls. The dispute originally caused by management's refusal to change a dealer and has ended with the club accused of giving illegal credit.

Macau - CNN Talk Asia & Macau Daily Times
Steve Wynn: Casino mogul moves on Macau
One dead as CotaiJet collides with fishing boat

Grand Lisboa jackpot winners win over HK$2.2 million
Gambling scam cheats businessman out of 3.5 million yuan

Sweden may open door to foreign gambling operators

PORT OF SPAIN - Trinidad Express
Stop these 'nasty' casinos now

RENO - Yahoo/AP
Int'l Game Technology COO Steve Morro to resign

British News
£10m racetrack could expand, investors told
Robbers with gun hold up bookies - Telford

Unclarity remains over Betbrokers funds - Daily Telegraph
Betbrokers forced to refuse wagers as funds run low - The Times. 10th June.

Online & Interactive
Playtech H1 profit soars
Buoyant Playtech amasses $300m war chest

Additional news
PacificNet Inc. Reaches Settlement in Bondholder Suit

Wednesday, 3rd September

Macau becomes a not so sure bet - Asia Times: Muhammad Cohen
"In 2003, there were just 424 tables, one-tenth as many as today, but revenue has increased only four-fold."
Some casino stocks dip despite Macau revenue gain - Yahoo/AP

Hurricane Gustav
Shares of Gulf Coast casino operators gain - CNN/AP

LAS VEGAS - Yahoo/Business Wire
Progressive Gaming to Effect Reverse Stock Split - Presently at 69 cents.

INDIANA - Yahoo/PRNewswire
PokerTek Installs First Fully Automated Poker Room in Indiana at French Lick Resort Casino

LAS VEGAS - PRNewswire
Gaming Standards Association Welcomes Nine New Members - G2S Ginsu - New World

MANCHESTER - Manchester Evening News
Women at risk from gambling

CAMBODIA: Gambling fuels poverty

Additional news
Tennis: Gambling cloud haunts Davydenko after upset loss
Betting on a Palin withdrawal
McCain More Likely to Drop Palin, Bookmakers Say
Tattersalls wins licence to run new lotto game - ABC News
Surprise over no tax hike for gaming sector - Malaysia

Tuesday, 2nd September

LAS VEGAS - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Automated game at Excalibur eliminates dealer - players' opinions so far uneven
"About 40 dealer positions were eliminated but the room still employs a staff of 20 cashiers and poker hosts who have been trained on the system."
Excalibur Casino - Robotic Poker Dealer - Poker Pro
Excalibur Poker Room All Vegas Poker Interview KLAS 8
40/40 Club closing to make way for Palazzo sports book
Sands bets against paying settlement

SOUTH KOREA - Bloomberg
Kangwon, Paradise Fall on Plan to Double Casino Tax

NEW YORK - Bloomberg
Dollar Climbs to Six-Month High Against Euro as Oil Price Falls

Hurricane Gustav
Two Pinnacle Entertainment Properties in Louisiana Report Minimal Damage from Hurricane Gustav - Yahoo/PRNewswire
No disaster for Hard Rock with Gustav - USA Today
Casinos spared major damage from storm - Biloxi Sun-Herald

Online & Interactive
Gaming VC Says Offer Talks Ended, Earnings Will Meet Estimates

Macau casinos could benefit from loosening of travel restrictions between China and Taiwan - Analyst opinion
Ahead of the Bell: Macau casinos

Additional news
The personal and social impacts of pokie machines - New Zealand
Poker gurus go all in for growth of game in Asia - Hong Kong Standard

Monday, 1st September

Pound hits new low against euro

Star Trek: The Experience closing down

GERMANY - Spiegel Online
Football Bodies to Investigate Match-Fixing Claims

LONDON - Daily Mail
Has lucky No 17 cost high-rolling soccer boss £5 million?

Las Vegas Sands
Sands 'misunderstood' in Macau: president - Macau Daily Times
A Macau profit not yet in sight: Venetian
"Las Vegas Sands president and chief operating officer William Weidner said yesterday that the company had so far not made a single dollar from its Macau operation and he was unsure when the investment was likely to turn a profit."

Las Vegas Sands Plans to Build Casino in Taipei or Kaohsiung -
"The ideal sites for casino, said Weidner, are places with large population and convenient transportation, like Taipei and Kaohsiung."

Online & Interactive
Internet Poker Fans Are Playing Politics at Party Conventions

Additional news
Police release name of man, 24, killed in River Cree Casino shooting
Amax Shareholders Approve All Resolutions at Annual General Meeting
Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott Stars in New TV Show This Week
Armed robbers jailed after series of raids on bookies - Rugby
Multibuild wins casino contract - Aberdeen

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