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Tuesday, 7th April

Online Gambling - Reuters, & CityAM
PartyGaming in non-prosecution deal
"The owner of the PartyPoker website said, under the terms of the agreement, it had agreed to pay $105 million (71 million pounds), payable in semi-annual instalments over a period ending on Sept 30 2012."
PartyGaming Plc - Non-Prosecution Agreement Concluded with the US Authorities
PartyGaming Plc - First Quarter Key Performance Indicators and Interim Management Statement
PartyGaming hit by poker, currency movements
PartyGaming settles with US authorities for $105m

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun: Liz Benston
Working harder for less? Not if they have a choice
Interesting look at some of the gaming industries big hitters who've recently left the building. There's certainly no need to feel sorry for them.

Las Vegas - Yahoo/Business Wire
Bally Continues Award-Winning Innovation with Most Honors in 'Top 20 Most Innovative Gaming Technology Products 2008'

Las Vegas - Yahoo/AP & Bloomberg
MGM Mirage stock leaps amid talk of casino sales
MGM Mirage, Colony Said to Be In Talks on $750 Million Loan
MGM Mirage stock surges on corporate financing news - Now at $5.53.
MGM Mirage sells family jewels - David Mckee's Stiffs & Georges

British News
Grand National a boon for bookies - BBC Business
NetPlay TV plc - New deal with Virgin Media Television
Five players charged by FA with breaching their betting rules
City MP welcomes football betting charges

additional headlines
Vegas Gang Podcast #29 - March 26th, 2009
17th edition of "EUROPEAN CASINOS - The Elite"
Interim casino could open within a year - Philadelphia Inquirer
Sugarhouse Hoping To Open Temporary City Casino
Revised Plan Unveiled For Philly Slots Parlor
Aspiring Filmmakers Can Win $12,000 Cash in Casino Video Contest
Barona Video Contest -
Casino Association chief says workers should avoid economy talk with gamblers

Monday, 6th April

Table games - Casino Enterprise Management
Player Error Factors in Blackjack: How Poor are Poor Players?
Bill Zender with an indepth look at the effects on Blackjack hold as a result of players making bad decisions.

Macau - Amax Enetertainment PR
Amax Announces Rolling Chip Volume for the Three Months Ended 31/3

Thunder Valley Casino - Final Cut 1 Minute Cantonese - iGraphix
Slick cantonese Ad. for the Station Casinos managed Thunder Valley Resort in California.

Las Vegas - WSJ & Reuters
MGM Mirage Weighs Sale of Detroit, Gulf Casinos
MGM hires bank to sell casino assets - source

Sydney - SMH
Crown denies Las Vegas investment talks
"''We are not looking at it. It was a made up story by someone at the Wall Street Journal,'' Mr Kleemann said."
A Reprieve for Project in Vegas? - WSJ article.
Crown in new Vegas play - Melbourne Age

Macau - The Times & Macau Daily Times
Suddenly down on their luck, Macau's casinos place bets on protectionism
"Stanley Ho, the billionaire baron of Macau's former state gaming monopoly, reportedly has called on local Chinese businesses to “unite against foreign capital” and has urged mainland gamblers to lay their chips only on Chinese tables."
Shun Tak Holdings profit down 90% in 2008

Detroit - Detroit Free Press
How Greektown Casino lost - $777 million in debt.

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun & LVR-J
Monthly airport declines reach one-year mark
DOUG ELFMAN: Ex-dancer recalls life in 'little town'
Madame Tussauds pays tribute to famous Las Vegas characters

British News
CryptoLogic signs casino deal with Gala Coral -
King Kong Slots - Game Trailer (HD)
The Incredible Hulk - Game Trailer (HD)
Spiderman Revelations - Game Trailer (HD)

additional headlines
Atlantic City casinos slashed 400 jobs last month -
Aden Bay casino in Djibouti opens - InterGamingOnline
Phumelela Gaming & Leisure earnings fall

Saturday & Sunday, 4th & 5th April
Amsterdam and Casino Affiliate Convention - CAC2009

Las Vegas - Bloomberg
MGM Mirage Said to Hire Morgan Stanley to Evaluate Casino Bids

Las Vegas - Global Gaming Business
Downturn Hits Large and Small Players

Poker - A game of chance or skill ? - New Scientist
Poker skills could sway gaming laws
"they found that the threshold at which the effects of skill start to dominate over chance is typically about 1,000 hands, equivalent to about 33 hours of playing in person or 13 hours online,"

British News
Bookies celebrate as Mon Mome stuns punters at 100-1
Bookies Celebrate 'Biggest Shock Since Foinavon'

Las Vegas - LVR-J & Las Vegas Sun
Investors warm to idea of new partner for CityCenter - Howard Stutz
Australian businessman weighing CityCenter investment - Liz Benston

Las Vegas - WSJ & Reuters
A Reprieve for Project in Vegas? 
Australia's Crown eyes Vegas CityCenter stake-WSJ - Up 48% on Friday to $4.65.

Australia - Sydney Morning Herald
Ponies put out to pasture as Packers and polo part company
"A month ago James Packer sold off many of his prized polo ponies, 40 polo horses based in Britain selling for a rumoured $5 million."

Macau - Macau Daily Times
More gone from Sands

Atlantic City & Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Like Las Vegas, Atlantic City feeling a pinch
Report: In 2010, 99.8 percent chance of lower home prices

additional headlines
APCW Perspectives Weekly for April 3rd, 2009: The EU Rattles it's Sword!
Groovy, baby! Coins are back at NJ's oldest casino
Police bust illegal gambling sites - Hampton, Virginia.
Texas tribes push to reopen casinos

Friday, 3rd April

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun, Bloomberg & LVR-J
Hooters to skip interest payment, says bankruptcy possible - 31st March.
Riviera Misses Interest Payment; Bankruptcy Possible - 31st March.
CASINOS IN CRISIS: Riviera parent, bank talk debt

Atlantic City - AP
NJ casino operating profits down 46% in Q4

Germany - Bloomberg
Baden-Baden Casino, Famed for Dostoevsky, Dietrich, Hosts NATO

St. Louis, Missouri - Boston Globe/AP & Reuters
Ex-CEO of BetOnSports pleads guilty - 1st April
Ex BetonSports CEO pleads guilty in U.S

Las Vegas - WSJ & Reuters
Colony Capital Weighs Las Vegas Investment
Colony Capital's Barrack targeting distressed assets-FT
CityCenter contingency plan emerges; investor shows interest - LVS

Sydney - Sydney Morning Herald
Packer pins hopes on Macau - Opening planned for early June 2009 - during G2E Asia ?

London - The Guardian
How Betfair beat the bookies - 29th March.
"Britain's first internet betting exchange opened in 2000 with 36 customers. Now it is responsible for more transactions than the European stock markets."

Las Vegas - Yahoo/AP, Bloomberg & LA Times
Sector Snap: Casinos climb on Sands, MGM news
Las Vegas Sands May Resume Macau Work; Shares Rise
LVS looks to resume work on stalled Macau resorts this year, exec says

Macau -
Govt and casinos open courses to localise staff

Australia - Las Vegas Sun
Xenophon wants gambling victims' compensation fund
"There are now many individuals who commit criminal offences as a direct result of their poker machine addictions, something that has been sanctioned by the state,"

British News
New casino plans for Great Yarmouth - 1st April.
Interest shown in casino plan - 1st April.
The Yarmouth Borough Council's casino open day attracted 25 people.
Man loses house in lottery scam - Scotland

additional headlines
Euroslot Digital edition - April 2009
Police uncover virtual casino - Peoples Daily
Three proposed casinos in Sumner County - Wichita Business Journal
Baguio kept in the dark on casino deal - Philippine Inquirer
Station Casinos CDS worth 32 percent in auction
Casino garage walls being put back in line - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Casino Affiliate Convention
From Sunday, 29th March to the 2nd April I was at the Casino Affiliate Convention in Amsterdam (30th - 31st). - 2008 - 2009

During this time there were no updates to but a News Headline thread on the Forum was created and edited by Forum Member YoHB. I'll have a report of the proceedings along with a video from the event posted on YouTube shortly. Ian Headline Updates

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