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Friday, 21st August

Sydney - Gaming Technologies Association - Press release
Gaming Expo Declared a Success
Australasian Gaming Expo 2009
Australasian Gaming Expo which ran from the 15th to 18th August

Las Vegas -
Casino dealers battle Wynn Resorts over tip pooling

Las Vegas & Atlantic City - RGT & LVR-J
Las Vegas Harrah's casino head to lead Atlantic City locations
Don Marrandino new Eastern division president for Harrah's

Carson City, Nevada - Nevada Appeal & RGJ/AP
Cheater banned at Nevada casinos
Nevada gambling regulators add man to 'black book'
GCB Excluded Person List
GCB Most Wanted List

London - Casino Enterprise Management
TCSJOHNHUXLEY Celebrates 30 Years

Hong Kong - Hong Kong Standard
Casino king's time and chance
Speculation continues to mount about the seriousness of Stanley Ho's condition. 23 days after suffering head injuries in a fall he remains in the intensive care unit at Hong Kong's Adventist Hospital.

Las Vegas - Yahoo/AP & LVR-J: Howard Stutz
Shareholder sues MGM Mirage over stock prices
Lawsuit claims MGM misled shareholders as stock suffered
"Among the executives listed in the lawsuit are Baldwin, who sold 502,962 shares of MGM Mirage stock between Aug. 30, 2007 and Dec. 14, 2007 for $43.84 million"

Moscow - Moscow Times
Poker League Faces Closure
"On July 20, the poker variants Omaha, Texas Hold ‘Em and Seven Card Stud were removed from the approved sports list, drawing protests from the Russian Federation of Sport Poker." - Russian Sport Poker Federation

Colorado - Business Week/AP & Denver Post
Longer hours, new games boost Colo. gambling take
Colorado casinos' new rules pay off
"On July 2, the casinos were allowed to raise the maximum single bet to $100 from $5, offer craps and roulette table games and stay open 24 hours rather than having to close at 2 a.m."

U.S. - USA Today
Our view on legalized gambling: Cash-strapped states bet on a bad hand

St. Louis - Yahoo/PRNewswire
Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. Names James B. Perry as Chairman of the Board and Nominates Richard A. Goldstein to Join Board

Celebrity Poker Tournament APT 2009 - 12th - 23rd August @ Galaxy StarWorld Hotel and Casino.

additional headlines...
Charities Receive Checks From Rivers Casino - Pittsburgh
Another landlord sues over rent paid by Binion’s - Las Vegas Sun
Businesses in Albay endorse casino operation - Philippines
Two gaming operations in Seminole County raided - Orlando Sentinel
Citizens Shut Out as Ballot Board Surrenders to Casino Industry - Ohio

Thursday, 20th August

Las Vegas - Yahoo/PRNewswire
TableMAX Moves for Preliminary Injunction Against Shuffle Master, Inc.

Las Vegas & New York - Yahoo/Business Wire & MarketWire
Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins LLP Files Class Action Suit against MGM Mirage
"Prior to the disclosures of the true facts, MGM insiders sold close to $90 million worth of their personally held MGM stock to the unsuspecting public."
Kendall Law Group Announces Securities Class Action Against MGM Mirage
Abraham, Fruchter & Twersky, LLP Files Class Action Suit Against MGM Mirage
MGM Insider transactions

Hong Kong - Yahoo/AP & Reuters
Las Vegas Sands files for Hong Kong stock listing
Las Vegas Sands files for Hong Kong listing

Macau & Hong Kong - Bloomberg
Stanley Ho Shows He Makes Macau Money Vegas Men Can’t Replicate
In depth look at Stanley Ho, Shun Tak and SJM and speculation over which members of the Ho family will eventually emerge to run the companies.

Monticello, N.Y. - Yahoo/AP & Business Wire
Empire Resorts to get $55 million investment
Empire Resorts Concludes $55,000,000 Investment Agreement with Kien Huat Realty III Limited
Asian company invests in racino
Asian Gaming 50: Part I - Lim Kok Thay

West Virginia - Courier-Journal
Mountaineer stumbles from peak
In 1994 the Mountaineer in West Virginia became the first Racetrack in the U.S. to get the go ahead for the installation of slots.,_Racetrack_and_Resort

Macau - Irish Times
How a man from Santry became a big player in Macau's casinos - Niall Murray

British News
Sesenta triumphs in Ebor at York - BBC Sport
Teen gambling addict took bank cards to pay off debts - Plymouth

additional headlines...
Atlantic City casino profits down 19.8% in second quarter
Money Laundering Bill Restrictive, Casinos And Banks Say - New Zealand
Greek Isles owners suggest property might be sold - Las Vegas Sun

Wednesday, 19th August

Las Vegas - LVR-J
Wynn tip debate continues - In testimony, dealers argue that policy breaks state labor laws
"Wynn Las Vegas dealers are asking Tanchek to find the resort's tip-pooling policy illegal under state law and award $35 million in back pay and penalties to nearly 500 dealers."
Wynn tip dispute - Big bucks at stake !

Las Vegas - In Business TV
In Business TV - August 14, 2009

Las Vegas - BBC News & KLASTV
Vegas gambles on new skyline
CityCenter May Steal Business from Other Hotels

Italy - Reuters
Still no Italy lottery winner as jackpot soars higher
Established 3 December 1997. Drawings take place on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 8:00 PM. Tickets cost one Euro for two tries and the object of the game is to match 6 numbers out of 90. The Italian Government skims off 49.5%, 38% goes back to the pool, ticket vendors receive 8% and game organizers Sisal take 4.4%.

Matthews, N.C. & Taipei, Taiwan - Yahoo/PRNewswire & Charlotte Business Journal
PokerTek Announces Investment by ICP Electronics
Taiwan company takes stake in PokerTek

Adelaide & New Zealand - & ABC News
Adelaide Casino pre-tax earnings up 42pc to $29.4m
Casino owner's profit up 13pc

Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
$73.7M wagered in week at casino
"Of the $6.5 million, 55%, or $3.6 million, went to the state in taxes. About $2.2 million of that will go for property tax relief. The casino kept $2.9 million."

Louisiana - CNBC/AP
Louisiana's casinos post strong rebound in July

British News
Bookmaker closes amid claims it owes punters
Punter one horse race away from £2million jackpot win
Red Merlin in the 15.15 Ebor Handicap at York today. Presently 8 to 1 on Betfair
Punter hopes Red Merlin can conjure up £2m payday- Daily Telegraph

William Hill - 1 Million winner ?
William Hill PR for their possible £1 million payout.
Red Merlin - 15.25 GMT York Ebor Handicap

additional headlines...
Hooters Casino may go bust - The Deal
Illegal poker machines seized in overnight raids - Melbourne
Rivers Casino cuts Steeler game-day parking fee

Tuesday, 18th August

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Wynns sell 2 million shares of stock ahead of divorce
M Resort chief reflects on first six months
After foreclosure, Greek Isles casino has new owner
Gold Spike reborn as larger Lady Luck sits idle

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Gaming win at Clark County casinos

Las Vegas - Yahoo/Business Wire & Reuters
Wynn Resorts Reports Insider Stock Sale
Wynn Resorts CEO, wife sell shares

Tropicana Resort & Casino
Slick promotional video for the Carl Icahn acquired Tropicana in Atlantic City.
Icahn rep: Will be 'conservative' at NJ Tropicana

Freeport, Bahamas - Nassau Guardian, Freeport News &
Prospective Freeport casino operators down to four
Isle of Capri Extension 60 Days More
'Isle of Capri sustained a more than 30% slide in net revenue for its Freeport casino during the 12 months ending May 2009, compared to the year ago period."
New operator of Isle of Capri may be finalized next month
Bahamas government tries to keep Our Lucaya casino open

Our Lucaya - Isle of Capri Casino

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Fontainebleau, banks take steps to resume construction
Fate of Fontainebleau will likely be determined by new owner
"And Wynn, insiders say, took one look at the layout of the Fontainebleau’s already-built rooms and walked away."

Bankrupt Fontainebleau, Las Vegas Image - Bankrupt Fontainebleau, Las Vegas

Melbourne - The Melbourne Age
Odds against gamblers, Crown tells court
"Mr Kakavas turned over almost $1.5 billion between June 2005 and August 2006, and is suing the casino for $20 million in losses and about $15 million in damages."
Crown chief Rowen Craigie's beach gamble
The gambler

Washington State - Reuters/Globe Newswire
Galaxy Gaming's Petition Approved in Washington

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Points for playing are targets of thieves — often casino employees
Some casino promos not as advertised

British News
Paddy Power opens bookies in Bradford
"Paddy Power’s branch is in a row including Ladbrokes, William Hill and Leisure Land amusement arcade, with only the Acropolis cafe interrupting the line-up." 
Hotel manager stole to feed gambling addiction
Willam Hill surges to number three in UK's most visible casinos - eGamingReview
A poorly researched article. The list of casinos includes Wikipedia, and Sony Pictures !

additional headlines...
Illegal bookies approach Aussie Test cricketers - David McKee
Colony Capital strikes (out) again; Big Bleauh - David McKee
Joe Francis Owes Wynn Casino MILLIONS!!! - Perez Hilton
Gambling website preys on addicts -

Monday, 17th August

Philippines - The Edge Malaysia & Sun Star Davao
Ekran set to reopen Samal Casino Resort
Ekran to re-open Samal resort soon

Singapore - Macau Business/Gambling Compliance
Las Vegas Sands prepares for a junket-free Singapore
L'Arc casino to open next month

L'arc Casino Macau
Size matters ?  - L'arc Macau website screen grab

Dublin -
CryptoLogic licenses innovative betting games to Ladbrokes

Oostende, Belgium - DeRedactie.fe &
Concrete Block falls from Casino roof
Betonblok van drie ton dondert van dak casino Oostende

Hungary -, Origo &
Sole bidder wins giant King's City casino tender
Sole player for state-run casino tender "jackpot" - 7th August
Oszkó: Zöld utat kapott a sukorói kaszinó
Épülhet kaszinó Sukorón - Trans World Gaming Corp.

Atlantic City - YouTube
Revel Casino 8-4-09
Construction Of The Revel
The Revel Casino is scheduled to open in 2011 and is being finaced by Morgan Stanley.

Atlantic City - AP &
Resorts AC wants lenders to be owners
Resorts Atlantic City wants lenders to be owners

additional headlines...
Taiwan announces Penghu Gaming Referendum date - 26th September
Kevin Spacey's Abramoff is tight with Bush & Cheney in 'Casino Jack' - Casino Jack (2010)
Nevada not any better for business - Fresno Bee
Proposed 2007 gambling arcade regulations not yet in force, new rules still not in sight - Malta Independent
Caesars Casino Windsor's loss may be Detroit casinos' gain
Tiger Woods Costs Irish Bookmaker $2.1 Million With PGA Loss - Paddy Power

Saturday & Sunday, 15th & 16th August

The Caribbean - Miami Herald
Gamblers will find plenty of good bets in the islands
Sector Focus - Gaming - Bloomberg
Gambling on Casino Stocks - CNBC. LVS & MGM

Las Vegas & Nevada - Las Vegas Sun & LVR-J Blogs
Report: Nevada tops foreclosure list for 31st month
"Foreclosure filings were reported on 16,798 Las Vegas properties in July, one in every 47 housing units, RealtyTrac said. That's more than 7.5 times the national average and the highest foreclosure rate among metro areas with a population of at least 200,000."
Las Vegas' woes hit Time Magazine cover
CityCenter gives condominium buyers hope for price cuts
Adelson-backed school sues Web site operator
‘Girls Gone Wild’ producer ordered to pay Wynn millions

Planet Hollywood reports worsening finances in quarter

Hilton’s earnings tumble in second quarter

Hooters loses $5.05 million in 2nd quarter

Harrah's Entertainment trims debt
Onex invested $137 million in Tropicana

St. Louis, Missouri - N.Y. Times & St. Louis Business Journal
BetOnSports Founder Pleads Guilty in Racketeering Case
BetOnSports founder to forfeit $43M

Las Vegas - Reuters/Business Wire & Las Vegas Sun
Station Casinos Announces Second Quarter Results
Station Casinos swings to loss in second quarter

Iowa - KCCI Des Moins
Prairie Meadows Eyes New Casino

Penghu, Taiwan - Taipei Times
Penghu to hold casino referendum next month
The vote is on 26th September and to pass, more than 50% of those who take part in the referendum must vote in favor. Following Typhoon Morakot one would think that will be an unlikely outcome.

Croupier training in Europe...

Casino Kleinwalsertal
Croupier training school at Casino Kleinwalsertal in Austria.
Casino Namur in Belgium. The school is operated by Cerus Casino Academy.
Métier insolite : misez sur le croupier!

British News
Analysis: Gaming firms have a punt on football clubs - Huddersfield
Public to be consulted on casino - Torquay
'Misleading' Betfair ads banned in UK - eGamingReview
Betfair replaces Betfred as Man Utd betting sponsor - eGamingReview

additional headlines...
Nevada Development Authority Flash Mob Dance
Casino Copenhagen Chief Angered by Accusations - Bluff Europe. Tipping problem - Sport Bladet Sweden.
Suspicious package leads to casino evacuation - Hollywood Casino, Aurora.
Maine casino reports revenues - Hollywood Slots

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