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Archive 2008: 22nd - 30th September

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Tuesday, 30th September

LAS VEGAS & MEXICO - Yahoo/AP & PRNewswire
Bally signs exclusive deal with Mexico's Pringsa
Bally Technologies Announces Deal to Be Exclusive Casino Management Systems Provider to Pringsa Corporation
Cirsa Gaming Corporation S.A.

CUMBRIA - Daily Mail
I screamed so loudly my dog bit me on the bottom, says gap-year girl who won £7million on lottery - Lucky dog !

SINGAPORE - Channel News Asia
29,000 people to be automatically banned from Singapore's casinos - National Council on Problem Gambling

ILLINOIS - Crains Chicago Business
Casino fined $800K for marketing violations
146 individuals who had excluded themselves from Illinois casinos received promotional mailings from the Hollywood Casino in Aurora.

MANILA & SEOUL - Yahoo Canad/AFP
Manila-based online gambling site busted: SKorean officials

U.S. financial crisis
Casino operators fall as House rejects bailout
Las Vegas Sands has now fallen from $144 to $33 in just 11 months. MGM Mirage is down from the mid 90's to $26 over the same period.
USCasinoOperators_290908.gif - Yahoo Finance screen grabs

Absoute Poker/Ultimate Bet Scam
Aussie exposes online poker rip-off
Poker site cheating plot a high-stakes whodunit
Russ Hamilton Reportedly Behind UltimateBet Cheating Scam -
World Series of Poker Winner Russ Hamilton UltimateBet Poker Cheat
60 Minutes Story on Ultimate Bet Scandal May Air October 26th

British News
World Series Of Poker Europe Update: Day 9 - Card Player
World Series Of Poker Europe Update: Day 10 - Card Player
Amazingly the top 5 chip counts, and 7 of the top 10 are from the U.S.

Betting corruption inquiry begins
Inspired secures major contract to supply virtual sports system to Stanleybet

Additional headlines
Tropicana Entertainment raises red flags about Cordish offer to buy Atlantic City casino
When the mob ruled Florida - Herald Tribune
Crown penthouses to get gambling-room makeover
Strip Poker: Wynn Starts New Daily Tournament Schedule

Monday, 29th September

MACAU - Xinhua
Average earnings for Macao's gaming employees rise 7.4% in June
"Results of an official survey released on Monday showed that average earnings (excluding bonuses and allowances) for full-time employees in Macao's gaming Industry rose by 7.4% year-on-year to 15,565 patacas (1,946 U.S. dollars) in June this year."

SPAIN - Yahoo/Reuters &
Codere core shareholders say could sell stake
La familia Martínez Sampedro estudia poner en venta Codere

LAS VEGAS - Yahoo/Business Wire
Progressive Gaming Streamlines Operating Structure with a Focus on Customer Service and Cash Flow

Skyscraper key to Trump plan in Atlantic City

British News
Jail For Gang Who Mugged Casino High Rollers
"The brutal thugs, all Kurdish asylum seekers from northern Iraq claiming benefits, preyed on middle-aged businessmen they had spotted cashing in their winnings at top London casinos in the early hours of the morning."
House prices fall 6.2% y/y in September - Reuters
Praesepe swings to H1 loss on one off charges

Major Gambling Ring Busted
"To show online participants that the webcast gambling was live, the ring featured CNN in the corner of its online coverage."

ATHENS & HONG KONG - H.K. Standard & Interactive Investor
Greek lottery firm buys into Melco unit
Greece's Intralot acquires 20.6 pct of Melco LottVentures for €27.4m

BARCELONA - Gambling911, &
CAP Poker Tournament Raided by Police in Barcelona
Spanish cops bust affiliate Pokerheads
Poker Affiliate Tournament in Barcelona Shut Down by Police

World Series Of Poker Europe Update: Day 8 - Card Player
WSOP Europe Main Event No-Limit Texas Hold'em (Event 4) - WSOPE

NEVADA - Las Vegas Sun
Casinos split with other Nev. businesses on taxes

Additional headlines
Renovation of the Hotel Carrasco in Montevideo.
Hotel Casino Carrasco (Montevideo Uruguay) - Quality presentation.
Hotel Carrasco - 1989

John McCain's gambling habit could alienate Christian Republicans
Nearly half of all Hong Kong women are gamblers, survey finds

Saturday & Sunday 27th & 28th September

LAS VEGAS - In Business Las Vegas
Existing homes fall to $200k
"The median price of existing homes sold in August was $200,000, a $10,000 drop compared with July. Since February 2007, existing-home prices have fallen more than 30 percent."
Foreclosure surge nearing an end?
"Foreclosures have been driving the Las Vegas housing market for the past two years and put a spotlight on the state ranked No. 1 in the country in filings in 2007 and 2008."

U.S. POLITICS - New York Times
McCain forged close ties to Las Vegas, tribal casinos
"Rollin' Dem Bones" With John McCain

POKER - Card Player

MIAMI - Miami Herald
Miami Beach Fontainebleau might have gambling on its mind

DUBLIN - Irish Times
Desmond's private gambling club reports €1.7m loss

Canadians lost $13.6 billion to gambling in 2007
Alberta gamblers biggest spenders in Canada - Statistics Canada

KENTUCKY - Louisville Courier-Journal & Poker News Daily
Judge rejects Ky. bid to claim illegal Web casinos
Internet Gambling Sites Develop Kentucky Backup Plans

IOWA - Yahoo/PRNewswire
PokerTek Selected as Exclusive Supplier of Automated Poker Tables for Ameristar Casinos, Inc. and Installs at First Property in Iowa

PHILIPPINES - Warsaw Business Journal
Slot machine supplier’s right to sue challenged - Waz Lian Gaming - Cebu

Uefa unit to crack down on football betting
Special unit to tackle corruption
UEFA Cup to become UEFA Europa League
UEFA approves 24-team EURO from 2016

Macau Success Losses on Macao Casino Operations - Macau Daily Blog
Typhoon damage to Macau ‘unexpected’ -
TDM English News - 26/9
Hagupi Typhoon Macau Coloane 9:15 AM 24/09/2008 Nauticlub

British News
Hippodrome could become a casino - The Times

Additional headlines
Bookie feared for his life - Melbourne
Analyst confident on Int'l Game Technology outlook

Friday, 26th September

POLAND - Warsaw Business Journal
LOT and PPL to dispose of Casinos Poland shares ?

KENTUCKY - Courier-Journal
Suit targets online gambling

Staging a revival in troubled times - Silver Nugget, Ganaste step up efforts to lure customers

OHIO - Yahoo/AP
Ohio casino battle heating up with TV, radio ads
Gaming groups face off on Ohio casino issue

LAS VEGAS - Yahoo/PRNewswire
Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Continue Seeking Applicants for New Job Opportunities as Nevada's Unemployment Rate Rises
"Wynn and Encore began accepting applications in July and have already received more than 65,000 job inquiries."

MIAMI - Miami Herald
Developer wants casinos in Miami Beach, downtown Miami

British News
ASA Adjudications - Rational Entertainment Enterprises Ltd t/a
Winning 325-1 bet rejected as error - Corals, Stockton
Gambling addict stole union’s cash - Durham

Additional headlines
Have the casinos seen their best days? - Connecticut.
Casinos: Move shows gambling not immune from downturn
Casinos: Crisis on Wall Street hits home at Mohegan Sun

CAI at SAGSE Buenos Aires 2008

Porn mogul: Check to casino was good - Las Vegas
Maine woman: Gambling prompted thefts
Cherokee Casinos To Fill 500 Jobs - Oklahoma

Thursday, 25th September

Morgans Hotel cuts commitment to Echelon venture

LAS VEGAS - Yahoo/Business Wire &
Progressive Gaming Appoints Interim CEO - $16.07.
Progressive Gaming to miss '08 view; CEO resigns
PGI shares are presently down 35% to $1.67. The compmany is now valued at just $13 million.

MACAU - Macau Daily Times &
Rumour triggers race to withdraw savings from banks
StarWorld to file report over unlawful arrangements for local workers
Typhoon Hagupit leaves death, devastation in its wake
Substantial damage done by typhoon to Macau
Chinese individual visitors drop
TDM English News - 25/09
TDM English News - 24/09

British News
Casino shooting two more charged - BBC Scotland
Balaclava raiders rob Blackburn bookies

Additional headlines
Casino Royal: Lübecks Spielbank will umziehen
Court hearing over gambling Web site names delayed -
Plans for major casino moved forward - Carson City
Maoist government closing all night clubs - Kathmandu
Atlantis, The Palm now open

Wednesday, 24th September

RENO - Yahoo/AP
Analyst: Court may rule against IGT; shares plunge - $16.07.

Cordish leads bids for Atlantic City Tropicana

SOUTH KOREA - Yahoo/Asia Pulse
Many Korean Gambling Addicts Want to be Banned From Casinos

Online & Interactive
Kentucky ups stakes in online gambling dispute - The Guardian
Kentucky seizes gambling URLs -
Kentucky Seizes Online Gambling Domains From Dead Man - Gambling911

Governor Beshear's statement
Ky. Seizes Domain Names Of Web Gambling Sites - Kentucky Post

British News
Gambling addict jailed after robbing bookies to pay off £20K debt to parents
Gambling arcade plans rejected - Preston

Additional headlines
Companies can bid on casino for SE Kansas - Yahoo/AP
Sprinklers douse 2 fires in Las Vegas resorts - Yahoo/AP
Star City casino to get $475m overhaul -
American casino order for USD 460 M, SEK 2.8 billion, is put on hold

Cape tribe's casino backers struggle with debt - Cape Cod Times - BLB Investors.

Bookies cry foul after bet blunder - Ireland
Gambling addict teacher jailed for $700,000 scam - Hong Kong

Tuesday, 23rd September

LAS VEGAS - Raving Consulting press release
Winners of Best New Table Games of 2008 Competition revealed! (PDF)

SYDNEY - Sydney Morning Herald
Plans unveiled for casino's star turn

Online & Interactive
Kentucky seizes domain names of illegal Internet gambling sites
Governor Beshear's statement
Ky. Seizes Domain Names Of Web Gambling Sites - Kentucky Post
State cracks down on Net gambling - Herald Leader

(Former) gambling site worker cops to ID theft - The Register.
Guilty plea on ID theft
Online gambling takes its toll - Norway.

LAS VEGAS - Yahoo/Reuters
Unexpectedly, Las Vegas hit by downturn

$20M suit by problem gambler tossed - Arelia Margarita Taveras. - arelia taveras vs the gambling industry
May sue gambling companies - Norway. Another loser trying his luck in the courts.

Casinos Austria International Holding, GMBH Extends Letter of Intent with Diamondhead Casino Corporation - Diamondhead Casino Corp.

Wall Street Casino
Casino shares fall on capital, liquidity worries - Yahoo/AP

LAS VEGAS - L.A. Times
Casino stays in the game for a day

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - San Francisco Chronicle
Thousands apply for jobs at rural Calif. casino

British News
The best table in the house: all you need to know about casino cool
The Daily Mail with a surprising feature on the game of Craps at the Sportsman Casino in London.
Gambling plan scrapped amid fears for addicts - Ilford Recorder

Additional headlines
U.S. Commercial Gaming Grows 3.7%, to Reach Over $93 Billion

Slump hits casinos' take - Arizona
JP Morgan downgrades Melco Crown to neutral
Mohegan Sun postpones expansion project
Kansas Speedway group wins right to manage KCK casino

Monday, 22nd September

Live Game Systems to launch world's first multiple casino Live dealer offering at EIG Barcelona, September 23

LAS VEGAS - Las Vegas Sun
Las Vegas junket king Weintraub dies at 77

LAS VEGAS - Reuters UK & The Sun
Vegas casinos get sexier with strippers by the pool
Busty babes are casino bait - Players Network

There's more than casinos on Koh Kong

MACAU - Macau Daily Times
Gaming industry enters ‘consolidation period’, secretary Tam says 
SJM net profit up 8.1% in H1

British News
Snooker fears sponsor crisis after launch of betting inquiry - The Guardian
Ebdon's Belfast whitewash sparks betting probe - Mail on Sunday

Additional headlines
Cryptologic sees modest reduction in Q3 opg loss but sees $3.6m forex hit
Restrict new gambling to new Seminole deal - Palm Beach Post Editorial.
Casinos: Police say 6 cheated Mohegan tables - Norwich Bulletin
Casino dealer, 5 others charged with cheating -

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