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Thursday, 30th April
Hatton Training Day
Pacquiao and Hatton ready for big fight - AP. 2nd May, MGM Grand.
Current Betfair odds: Hatton - 3.05. Pacquiao - 1.52. Draw - 42.
Manny Pacquiao Training Day

MGM Mirage, Dubai reach pact to finish CityCenter - Yahoo/AP
"The company said CityCenter is now on track to be open by December 2009, with the Harmon Hotel & Spa opening in 2010."
MGM Mirage, Dubai World get CityCenter deal - Reuters
Big Project in Las Vegas Secures Pact to Survive - WSJ
CITYCENTER: Inspections on exterior missed - LVR-J

CityCenter & Cosmopolitan - Las Vegas massive construction

Las Vegas - Bloomberg
Fontainebleau Says It’s in Talks With Bank of America

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Venetian seeks $1 million in suit over ‘Real Deal’
Venetian bringing ‘Real Deal’ to poker fans - October 2008.

Minnesota - &
Minnesota tries to block online gambling
Minnesota Orders ISPs to Censor Online Gambling Sites

Las Vegas - Yahoo/AP
Ameristar moves to 1Q profit, reinstates dividend

Windsor, Ontario - Canadian Business
13th Annual Canadian Gaming Summit Opens at Caesars Windsor

Atlantic City - NJCCC, & Yahoo/AP
Commission approves Tropicana deal; authorizes request for auction in bankruptcy
N.J. Casino Regulators Authorize Bankruptcy Sale of Troubled Tropicana
NJ OKs cut-price auction for Atlantic City casino
"A group including billionaire investor Carl Icahn -- who once owned the Sands Casino Hotel here -- has emerged as the leader to buy the Tropicana with an offer of $200 million"

Las Vegas - PRNewswire, Reuters & Business Wire
Federal Court Rules Bally Infringes IGT's Bonusing Patents
Court rules Bally infringed certain IGT patents
Court Dismisses Certain Patent-Infringement Claims by IGT Regarding Bally's Bonusing Technology

British News
Levy threat to overseas gambling groups -
"Overseas-based gambling operators face having to pay millions of pounds in levies to support horseracing and research into gambling addiction, under new regulations being considered by ministers."
Government launches crackdown on sports corruption caused by betting
William Hill Q1 boosted by 100-1 National winner

additional headlines
Gaming companies suing ‘cybersquatters’ - Las Vegas Sun
Nebraska man indicted on charges related to $14 million gambling debt
Casino Taking Precautions For Swine Flu - Oklahoma
'Government can't just close gambling shops' - The Times of Malta
Gambling deal unlikely to be reached - Miami Herald

Wednesday, 29th April

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Sued by Fontainebleau, banks could cite ‘act of God’ as defense for refusing funds

Las Vegas & California - Las Vegas Sun
Plans for high-speed Vegas to Victorville train line unveiled
California-Nevada Super Speed Train The Fast Track to the Future...

Artists impressions - DesertXpress and CalTrans Maglev
Artist's impressions of the two competing projects - The DesertXpress and California-Nevada Interstate Maglev.

Las Vegas - PRNewswire
Gaming Standards Association Releases Clarifications to G2S Protocol

Los Angeles - Bloomberg TV
Wynn May Seek MGM Mirage Casinos
Wynn May Seek MGM Mirage Casinos Including Bellagio
Bloomberg interview with Steve Wynn on the fringes of the Milken Institute Global Conference at the Beverly Hills Hilton in Los Angeles.


Macau - - 7:14

Sydney & Macau - Sydney Morning Herald
Crown confident in Macau growth outlook
"Following the MPEL placement and assuming full exercise of the over allotment option, Crown's ownership interest in MPEL will be diluted slightly to 36.4%."

Alberta, Canada -
Casino's fate worries Alberta village on lucky streak

Christmas Island, Australia -
Old casino plan to ease Christmas Island crush - Asylum seekers
"The Christmas Island Casino Resort was one of the world's most profitable, but it closed in 1998 when Indonesian owner Robby Sumampow was bankrupted during Asia's economic meltdown."

Washington - Reuters
Online gambling bill coming: Frank
Frank to Introduce E-Gambling Bill Next Week
Barney Frank to the Rescue - Bluff Europe

EPT Grand Final 2009 - Monaco
Tony G Video Blog - 28 April 2009
Ante Up For Africa - 2009 EPT Monte Carlo
2009 EPT Monte Carlo Begins - Day 1A
Casino Royal: Zara Phillips moonlights in Monaco as a Bond girl - Daily Mail
PokerStars' Ante Up for Africa in pictures - Poker Stars Blog

additional headlines
G2E and The Fine Point Group Announce Free Webinar Series
Developers submit more slots bids details in Md.
NBC faces reality of poker - Network gambles on 'Face the Ace' series
Government workers caught gambling on the clock - Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Tuesday, 28th April
Steve Wynn speaking at the Miiken Institute
Los Angeles - Reuters
Wynn sees some stabilization in Las Vegas
CEO Conversation: Past, Present and Future of Las Vegas with Steve Wynn - 69 minutes.

Macau - Yahoo/Globe Newswire
Melco Crown Entertainment Limited Launches the Altira Brand in Macau
Melco Crown Entertainment Limited Announces Follow-on Public Offering
Melco Crown Entertainment prices public offering - AP
Analyst: Melco's public stock offering a good move - AP

Macau -
Macao’s City of Dreams bets on high rollers

Macau - Yahoo/AP
Sands declines comment on report about Macau sale

Las Vegas - MarketWatch, LVR-J & Las Vegas Sun
Harrah's Entertainment Reports 2009 First-Quarter Results
Harrah's posts loss for quarter
"Harrah's said that overall, revenue fell 13.3% to $2.254 billion in the first quarter, compared to the first quarter of 2008. The company's loss from continuing operations narrowed, from $275 million in the 2008 quarter to $127.4 million in the 2009 quarter."
Harrah’s sees revenue take hit on economic weakness
"Area cash flow, which includes Harrah's, Bally's, Paris, Flamingo, Caesars Palace, Imperial Palace and Bill's on the Strip along with the Rio, fell 27.9% to $198.6 million from $275.3 million.

Harrah's Commercial 1 from emily chang on Vimeo.
Harrah's commercial for the companies properties in Atlantic City

Boston, Mass. - Boston Buisiness Journal
Floating casino sinks into bankruptcy - Horizon's Edge Casino Cruises, LLC.

Las Vegas - LVR-J & Las Vegas Sun
Dennis Rodman told to pay $225,000 in Hard Rock assault
Ex-Hard Rock worker wins $225,000 judgment against Dennis Rodman

Tallahassee, FL -
Florida may gamble on casinos for revenue

British News
Ricoh Arena bosses welcome plan to buy Isle of Capri casino
Dodgy casino notes lead to £7,000 Dewsbury cash find
Chinese students may have been killed for illegal internet betting money
Murdered pair 'had banked £233,000'
Bulgaria Bookmakers Stop Bets over Match Fixing Fears
FA opens investigation into heavy betting on Grays Athletic victory
Bookies alert FA to attempted 22-1 betting coup

additional headlines
Man sues Quebec lottery for letting him gamble - Ottawa Citizen
Betting websites claim Sunday Times online Rich List - Brand Republic
Police raid football betting den, detain 22 - Vietnam


Monday, 27th April

London - InterGame Press release
INTERGAME-BACTA show alliance
InterGame and BACTA are teaming up to offer the European Amusement and Gaming
Expo (EAG Expo), which will be held at the Excel exhibition centre from Monday to Wednesday 25th to 27th January, 2010.

Spain plans Europe's biggest casino - Gran Scala Aragon - International Leisure Development

Melbourne -
More fake chips found at casino
"The number of fake $1000 chips found since the con was revealed last week by the Herald Sun has risen to 42 and another 1400 chips worth $1.4 million remain unaccounted for - all of a $1000 denomination."
Casino counterfeit alert

Macau & Las Vegas - Straits Times, SMH/AFP & Channel News Asia
Sands to sell Macau casino
Macau Sands casino up for sale: report
Macau Sands casino reportedly up for sale

Las Vegas - Yahoo/AP
Report: CityCenter construction strays from plan

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
‘For sale’ doesn’t mean ‘will be sold’ -  Liz Benston
"Some Wall Street analysts believe every casino in the MGM Mirage empire is for sale with the likely exception of its original namesake, MGM Grand."
In Fontainebleau’s PR battle, banks have yet to talk -  Steve Green.

Las Vegas - GGB Magazine
Fontainebleau Failure?

Latvia - Baltic Course
Latvian gambling, lottery operators see aggregate Q1 sales fall 33.8%

Macau & Taiwan -
Macao-based GGRC to offer casino game-operating training in Taiwan through partnership with Soft-World

British News
William Hill 'would still move jobs offshore' - Yahoo/FT
Betfair places a winning wager on CryptoLogic slot games -
Bookmakers report suspicious betting on Blue Square game - Daily Telegraph
Rank protests after tax on poker soars - Financial Mail
Rank Group acquires Isle of Capri casino at Ricoh Arena, Coventry - B. Post
Casino hopes to open doors 24 hours a day in Northampton

additional headlines
Elton John's "The Red Piano" - Final Performance
The Liberace Museum in Las Vegas prepares for its 30th anniversary - Liberace Museum and Foundation.
Gambling trust criticised for giving profits to racing industry
22nd casino to open in Michigan

Former Q-C casino boats for sale - Mississippi Belle II - Casino Rock Island.

Saturday & Sunday, 25th & 26th April

Las Vegas Press
Regional casinos showing signs of recovery - LVR-J
Fontainebleau Las Vegas Files $3B Suit Against Lenders -
I-Team: Cozy Relationships Raise Questions -
Tropicana Hotel Closes Rooms That Failed Inspection -
An empire built on assets, not debt - Phil Ruffin
Lender alleges Greek Isles casino was mismanaged
All biker routes lead to Laughlin - LVS
Downtown Vegas reliving groovy 1969 this summer

British News
Casino hopes to open doors 24 hours a day in Northampton - Sol Casino
Progresson second casino plan - Scarborough Evening News
Manchester United wonderkid Federico Macheda banned from casinos by Sir Alex Ferguson

Bulgaria - Sofia Echo
Bookmakers stop receiving bets on Bulgarian football games

Sydney & Las Vegas - Brisbane Times
Crown's Las Vegas venture hit again - Fontainebleau

Ontario, Canada - The Record, Toronto Star, Toronto Sun &  UPI
Gambler who stole millions sues casinos
Addict who stole millions sues OLG
Gambling addict files $10M suit
Gambler claims casinos led her on
"In legal papers, Papakyriakou claims the casinos fed her habit by encouraging employees to use her first name, introducing her to celebrities and allowing her to remain at the tables for hours on end." - Yes, it's always someone elses fault !

additional headlines
PRWeb Stops Publishing Gambling News - Online Casino reports
A.C.'s forgotten airport - Bader Field
Regional casinos showing signs of recovery
Man sentenced to life for rape at Reno casino
Gambling's golden era's over, I'll bet on that - Australia

Monday - Friday, 20th to 24th April
Phil Ruffin Talks About Las Vegas Casinos & More 1 of 4
In Business Las Vegas

There were no news updates to from Monday to Friday 20th to 24th April as I attended the European Dealer Championships at Casino Cosmopol in Malmö organised by the European Casino Association. It was also my first trip to Sweden.
European Dealer Championships

Championship results...

1st - Marjolein Clarijs from Holland Casino Breda.
2nd - Matti Kankainen from Grand Casino Helsinki.
3rd - Carmen de Lange also from Holland Casino.
4th  - Liisa Rennstein from Olympic Casino in Latvia.
5th - Maria Mavridi from Casino Loutraki in Greece.
6th - Sandra Jevtic from Grand Casino Belgrade in Serbia.

News headlines

Friday, 24th April
Lake Mead braces for lowest level since 1965
Washington State Targets PR Web and Bodog news - APCW perspectives
Evergreen Gaming Corp. files for bankruptcy - Richmond B.C & Washington State.
Century Casinos Obtains Approval of Competition Tribunal for Sale of South African Casino Properties
Galaxy Announces 2008 Annual Results & Selected Unaudited 2009 First Quarter Results - Earth Times/PRNewswire
Galaxy Writes Down Gambling License by $1.6 Billion - Bloomberg
Seneca Gaming Corporation Announces Departure of CEO - PRNewswire
120 jobs saved at Ricoh casino - Coventry Telegraph
GUKPT Manchester under way - Bluff Europe
MGM Mirage execs saw pay cut as economy declined - LVS
Gambling sites have 'friendly, fun' rivalry - Sun-Sentinel

Donald Trump Talks About Las Vegas Economy

Crown Melbourne -  Fake A$1,000 chips
Fake gaming chips scam at Crown Casino
Crown casino floor flooded with counterfeit gambling chips
Australian casinos put on alert after fake chips found
Casino Hit By Fake Gambling Chips Con

Thursday, 23rd April
Green light for Phu Quoc Island's first casino -
Isle of Capri Casinos Announces Sale of Facility in Coventry, UK - PRNewswire
Isle of Capri Casinos to sell its UK property - AP - $9.37. The ISLE share was at around $3 in March.
Slot maker IGT reports 44 percent drop in income - AP
Slot-machine maker IGT profit falls 44 pct - Reuters
IGT earnings fall 44 percent - LVR-J
IGT forges ahead despite second-quarter loss 
International Game Technology Reports 2009 2nd Quarter Results - PRNewswire
Sold Ricoh casino in £1m revamp
Grosvenor buys up casino - Coventry City F.C.
Lender alleges Greek Isles casino was mismanaged - LVS
Atlantic City casinos cut back on freebies amid revenue slump - LVS
Seminoles Offer State $1.1 Billion Gambling Deal -

Fontainebleau Las Vegas financing problems
Fontainebleau Las Vegas banks terminate loan - Reuters
Fontainebleau Las Vegas Sues Banks for Canceling Financing - WSJ
Fontainebleau Las Vegas Files Suit Against Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase and Other TARP Recipients for Reneging on Loan Commitment - Business Wire
Fontainebleau files $3 billion suit over funding - LVS
Fontainebleau in Las Vegas sues to force bank loans - Miami Herald
Casinos Monitoring Winnings and Losings - Wisconsin player fraud case.

Wednesday, 22nd April
Former Macau minister gets 28 years for corruption - AFP
Analyst: Vegas asset sale could be good for MGM - AP
Wynn Resorts rises on amended debt agreement
Executives to Analyze Regional Expansion at 13th Annual East Coast Gaming Congress, May 18-19 - PRNewswire
Sector Snap: Slot replacements slowing - AP
Budget: Rank suffers £9m Budget hit on profits

Tuesday, 21st April
Wynn Las Vegas Amends Credit Agreement - Yahoo/Business Wire
Wynn, Las Vegas Sands amend debt agreements - AP
Amax Appoints New Board Members - Yahoo/PRNewswire is Back - Yahoo/PRNewswire
1st Technology/Bodog Patent Dispute Resolved - Yahoo/PRNewswire
SkyCity announces capital raising
South Africa: Century Jackpot for Tsogo Sun - Yahoo/PRNewswire.
Digital International Casino Review - May edition

Monday, 20th April
Harrah's, MGM Mirage make Fortune 500 list - AP Founder Calvin Ayre's 1st Post Retirement Interview
Macau Success Announces 2008 Annual Results
Macau casinos' luck begins to turn - AFP
Pokie crusaders in the dark on partner's casino fortune
Michael Corfman of GPWA at Casino Affiliate Convention Amsterdam

Illegal Gambling Raid - Alabama March 2009
Ala. governor wins ruling on gambling raid - 17th April

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