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Monday, 31st August

U.S. - USA Today
Casinos earn coin from penny slots

Jamaica - Jamaica Gleaner
Casino bill tops new legislative agenda

Las Vegas - Yahoo/AP
MGM Mirage takes brands to abroad as franchisor

Las Vegas - CNBC
Sin City Seeing A Bottom?

San Diego - San Diego Union-Tribune
Busted card-cheating ring found success in simplicity
Phoung Quoc Tran et al indictment - 70 pages

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Fertitta remembered for ‘kindness, generosity, integrity’ at funeral

British News
Gaming group 'bids to free up cash' - UKPA
Gambling giant Gala's £550m plan to avoid break-up over debts - Daily Mail
Former soldier jailed for armed raid on bookies

additional headlines...
Spectrum Gaming Group Again Named to Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing Companies
Bonita man wins $3.5 million on Immokalee Casino slot machine
Harrah's Is Trying Damn Hard to Get the Gay Gambling Business -
Bishop against casinos: no help to economy, harms society - Philippines
Number of gamblers seeking help trebles - Dublin. Irish Examiner
Cyber-attacks hit internet betting websites - Australia
Recent U.S. video reports
Rivers Casino Not Performing As Well As Expected - Pittsburgh
Foxwoods Casino Denied Center City Location - Philadelphia
Seminole Tribe Gambling Deal To Be Finalized - Tallahassee

Saturday & Sunday, 29th & 30th August
Opening of Casino Del Pacifico San Antonio in Chile's Valparaíso region.
Der Clou auf der „Mein Schiff- Pokern, Black Jack und Baccara
The casino and croupier's onboard Tui Cruises Mein Schiff which debuted in May 2009. The vessel was formerly the Celebrity Galaxy

Macau - Macau Daily Times 28th & 26th August. LUSA 24th August.
Stanley Ho is 'recovering well'
Stanley Ho 'much better'
Macau: Stanley Ho continua internado sem previsão de alta
The LUSA article speculates on a report from Next Media in Hong Kong that Stanley Ho may have taken a 5th wife in June 2009.

Macau & Australia - Sydney Morning Herald
Macau's are the last venues standing after casino gamble fails in US and UK

Florida - Miami Herald
Casino deal still not reached
Seminole Tribe agrees to gambling compact

Harvey's Casino Bombing - 26th August, 1980.
Harvey's Casino Bombing News Report

British News
Questions over betting boss's cash donation for Labour

additional headlines...
Tropicana names new leadership amid rebranding
$.45m BAIL FOR COPS - Trinidad & Tobago
Union Rallies For Gaming Workers In A.C.
MGM Mirage offers to exchange senior notes - Yahoo/AP
Man gets 15 years for biting officer at A.C. casino
Soboba Casino heist defendant gets 16 years

Friday, 28th August

Reno, Nevada - Raving Consulting press release
Winners of Best New Table Games of 2009 Competition announced at industry-mobilizing conference!

Macau - Business Week
In Macao, Betting on a Poker Boom

Manila - Bloomberg
Billionaire Tan and Star Cruises Open Manila Casino
"The resort’s casino will have 300 tables and more than 1,000 slot machines by the end of the year, when all three floors will be ready, Sian said. The 100 tables ready today make it the Philippines’ biggest casino." - Resorts World Manila

Atlantic City - The Press of Atlantic City
National teachers union presses Harrah's for dealer contract
"In a letter sent to Harrah's CEO Gary Loveman, the American Federation of Teachers, or AFT, said it will stop conducting business with Harrah's as long as the company's dealers in Atlantic City remain without a first-ever union contract."

Malta - Malta Independent
Three contenders reported for Dragonara Casino

New Zealand - and Food Workers Union
SKYCITY workers demand answers as bosses gamble with their livelihoods

New York - Reuters
Trump, bondholders must fight over casino operator

South Africa & Chile - Business Day & Reuters
Chile casino drags on Sun International
Sun Intl FY profit down, sees tough 2010

Johannesburg - Gold Reef Resorts - press release
Performance from Gold Reef Resorts up despite tough trading conditions

Western Cape, South Africa - Business Day
Gold Reef Resorts wants reassessment of exclusive Cape Town casino licence - Sun International's top performing property.

Johannesburg -
Sun International Limited - Profit and Dividend Announcement for the year ended 30 June 2009

British News
Board deals in licence for 24-hour casino - Dundee's G Casino opens in October.
First 24 hour casino planned for Tayside
Snooker: Maguire and Burnett face betting inquiry - The Independent
Scottish snooker stars questioned in probe into alleged betting scam
Bodog Sign with Fulham - The Independent

additional headlines...
Casino & Gaming International Digital Edition: 2009 No. 3
Boulder Strip casino suffers but survives during recession
CoP to inspect casino feeder boats within two days - Goa
Kan. board sets meetings to pick casino developers
Gaming board gives casino developers more time to apply - Iowa
Gaming VC Trading update - Proposed Redomiciliation from Luxembourg to the Isle of Man

Thursday, 27th August

Kinmen, Taiwan - eTaiwanNews
Will Taiwan's defense outpost become casino hub ?,Matsu,Wuciou.png

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Cannery casinos weigh on company’s earnings
Fontainebleau suffers defeat as judge sides with banks

Kangwon, South Korea - Korea Herald
Addicts ask to be kept out of casino
"The number of those who had themselves barred from casinos increased from 806 in 2005 to 1,005 in 2006, 1,495 in 2007, and 2,209 last year."

Bally Technologies, Part 4: Behind the Bells and Whistles (Part 4 of 5)

Connecticut -
Foxwoods casino owner is seeking to restructure its debt
Sydney - The Australian, Reuters & Daily Telegraph
Crown in $1.2bn loss on US writedowns
Crown bets on Australia, Macau as U.S. bleeds
Crown posts huge loss on US write-down
Crown sticking with US casinos - Herald Sun/AAP
Crown Posts A$1.2B Loss On US Asset Write Downs - WSJ
Crown logo
Crown Announces 2009 Full Year Results
Two of Crown's "ill timed" investments in Las Vegas, the others were minority stakes in Harrah's and Station Casinos and the attempted purchase of Cannery Casino Resorts. - Crown Tower - Fontainbleau

Tallahassee, Florida - Miami Herald
Deal seems closer in gambling negotiations
"The Seminole Tribe of Florida is inching closer to completing a gambling deal with the state that would allow it to keep the slot machines and card games at its Hard Rock casinos in return for $150 million in annual payments to the state."

Bucharest, Romania -
Zara, Real and two casinos, the biggest employers in AFI Cotroceni - Soon to be Romania's largest retail and entertainment complex

Craps at Fortune Valley Hotel and Casino - Central City, Colorado.
Well produced player instructional video. Craps and Roulette with $100 maximum bets were permitted at Colorado's 40+ casinos from 1st July, 2009.

British News
Betting shop boss stole £40,000 - Wigan
Bet scam uses Rafa and Ribery - The Sun

additional headlines...
Te Ururoa Flavell - Gambling Bill 12th May 2009 - Maori problem gambling NZ
Casino in Palau divides public and law makers - Radio Australia
74 nabbed at chalet 'casino' - Straits Times
888 first-half profit down 43% - Reuters
Second Japanese casino robbery in one week - Kyoto City Pachinko parlour

Wednesday, 26th August

British News
Gambling company should have identified itself in campaign ads, says ASA
ASA Adjudications - Prime Table Games UK
The Advertising Standards Authority have issued a ruling on Prime Table Games "Terminate the terminals" campaign. In 2008 the company took out a series of full page Ad's in national newspapers which generated a single complaint.
Work starts on Ricoh Arena £1.6m casino revamp - Coventry Telegraph

Athens - Focus Information Agency
Greece to levy 10% tax on gambling winnings as of 21 September

New York & Sukoró, Hungary - Yahoo/Business Wire
Trans World Corporation Announces a Mega Casino License Tender Award to Its Subsidiary in Hungary

Republic of Palau - Radio New Zealand International
Palau chiefs expect big support in anti casino drive
Palauans petition govt not to allow casinos

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
MGM Mirage responds to shareholder lawsuit

 Macau - YouTube/
Welcome to Season 3 of APPT Macau
The Poker Stars sponsored Asia Pacific Poker Tour at the Grand Lisboa from the 25th to 30th August directly follows on from the Asian Poker Tour held at the StarWorld Casino from the 12th to 23rd.
Asian Poker Tour Confirms Growth

Australia - The Australian
James Packer's Seek sale raises speculation on Crown, Challenger

Gibraltar - The Independent
PartyGaming seals first US deal since settlement

additional headlines...
Spotlight on Las Vegas Sands - CNBC Video
Sport or spoof, poker is red hot in China - Macau gets the gambling bug
Paddy Power H1 profit declines
JOHN L. SMITH: Janitors' lawsuit might dirty national image of Strip resorts

Tuesday, 25th August

Espelkamp, Germany - Westfalen-Blatt & ISA-Casinos
Erfinder der Merkur-Casinos
75 Jahre Paul Gauselmann: Deutschlands Automaten-Urgestein feiert am 26. August Geburtstag
Gambling TV - Reel Agosto 2009 |
Gambling TV is available on a number of cable channels in Argentina 

London - Bloomberg
Netplay Pushes TV Roulette as Broadcasters Seek Revenue Sources

Netplay TV PLC VIP Experience
Interesting behind the scenes look at Netplay TV's that broadcasts live Roulette on Interactive TV in the UK and online.
Netplay TV Introduction Real life Gaming

A selection of headlines from Gaming Today...
Slots machines tighter than ever
"For example, slots in Connecticut and Atlantic City, New Jersey, return a full two percentage points less than they do in Nevada. The same can be said for slots in Indiana, Iowa and South Dakota."
Mass. looks ready to OK casinos
Gulfstream Park owners fined for security failures
Gaming revenue news out of Macau mixed
Wynn: Entertainment not what it used to be - Pok
It's time to take poker to new level - Poker revenues in U.S. casinos.

Australia - Bloomberg, SMH, Reuters & WSJ
Aristocrat Turns to First-Half Net Loss on Writedowns 
Aristocrat posts first half loss
Australia's Aristocrat sees tough second half
Aristocrat To Double North America Market Share

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania - Leigh Valey News &
Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem makes nearly half of gambling floor smoker friendly
"the average slot winnings per day in the casino's smoking area were $324.36 per machine compared to $181.01 in winnings in the nonsmoking area."
Bethlehem Sands says, smoke 'em if you got 'em
"Philadelphia Park casino's smoking section machine took in $583 per machine per day, compared with $210 for its nonsmoking machines. Mount Airy's smoking-section machines took in $380 a day, while its nonsmoking-section machines took just $133, according to numbers released by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board." - PGCB weekly revenue reports.

Tokyo, Japan -
Over $243,000 dollars robbed from Japanese casino in violent heist

The Netherlands -
Gokken op internet lastig te bestrijden - Internet gambling in the Netherlands.

Las Vegas - Reuters/Globe Newswire
Galaxy Gaming's CEO Updates Progress

San Francisco - Yahoo/AP
World Poker Tour production firm sells assets
PartyGaming Outbids Gamynia for World Poker Tour Assets -
PartyGaming Moves For World Poker Tour Assets with Superior Offer

Connecticut - Norwich Bulletin
State drops additional charges against Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun cheater

Australia & Macau - & Macau Daily Times
Chips were down so dealer stole - Jupiters Gold Coast. Wai Ying Ayumi Ho.
Croupier arrested for stealing gaming chips - Macau. Unamed casino

British News
Bettorlogic signs Arsenal FC website deal

additional headlines...
International Casino Review - September Digital issue
Regulations on gambling machines 'kept being postponed' - Times of Malta
Pro-gambling groups pouring millions into Massachusetts
Casino bidders cry foul over city site - Baltimore, Maryland.
All Inbox - Daniel Negreanu Answers Your Poker Questions -
Glasnost in Kyiv
Maxim Lykov - EPT Kyiv Winner - €330,000

Monday, 24th August

Nevada - Las Vegas Sun
Use of foreign labor by slot makers sparks regulation consideration
"IGT and Bally Technologies began using workers in India a few years ago, claiming they couldn’t find enough local talent for the job. IGT has outsourced work to India, and Bally, in part because of regulatory concerns surrounding the use of contractors, opened offices in India and hired workers there as full-time Bally employees."
Seduction by room rate
"Thanks to a heated price war in Las Vegas, Kronman snagged a suite at the Encore for $109 per night, with a $50 credit toward resort purchases."

Macau - Yahoo/AP
Analyst: Macau should see improved business during second half of the year

Kansas - Yahoo/Business Wire & AP
Lakes Entertainment Announces New Kansas Joint Venture
Developer drops Kan. casino bid to back rival plan

Las Vegas : The 24 Hour Show - Part 1 - Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs

British News
Betfair ponders a punt on £1.5bn public listing - Guardian
Betfair eyes deals amid rumours of flotation - The Independent
Betfair looks to float ahead of end of US ban on online gaming - Daily Telegraph
Teenage lottery millionaire who won £1.9m broke at 22 - Daily Mail

Florida - Miami Herald
State fines Gulfstream Park $800,000

Bagnone, Italy - Daily Telegraph
Italian Ugo Verni wins £130m in Europe's biggest ever lottery prize

additional headlines...
Las Vegas : The 24 Hour Show - Part 1
The Strip Podcast - Daniel Negreanu interview
European Poker Tour -- Maxim Lykov Wins Kiev Main Event -
As all casinos are now closed in both Russia and the Ukraine the event  took place at the Kiev Sports Palace.
Senecas to explore buying Concord Hotel property for casino
Chinese crime connection found for Aqueduct casino bidder
Pokerspieler zocken um knapp eine Million - Switzerland
Trial begins for 2 men in fatal bombing in Las Vegas casino parking structure

Saturday & Sunday, 22nd & 23rd August

Casinos & smoking
Washington - Charleston Gazette
Casino study suggests smoking sections don't work

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
CityCenter’s Aria to protect blackjack dealers from smoke

Bagnone, Italy - Yahoo/Sky News & BBC
Mamma Mia! Man Wins £127m Italian Lottery
Top Italian lottery prize is won

Las Vegas & New York -
Casino Mogul Eyes Aqueduct For 'Racino' Project - Steve Wynn

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
McCarran passenger count drops for 17th month
"In July, 3,557,509 passengers used McCarran, compared to 3,923,472 in the same month last year"
Jobless rate leaps to 13.1% in Las Vegas
"the 13.1% compares to 12.3% in June and to 6.9% in July a year ago. Statewide, unemployment rose from 12% in June to 12.5% in July with 179,300 persons jobless."

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun, LVR-J, Fox5Vegas & AP
Frank Fertitta Jr., patriarch of Station Casinos, dies
Frank Fertitta Jr., father of Station Casinos empire, dies
Station Casinos founder left his mark as philanthropist
Fertitta Jr., Founder Of Station Casinos, Dies
Station Casinos founder Fertitta dies at 70
Statement From Station Casinos On Death Of Frank Fertitta Jr.

Atlantic City & Las Vegas - Press of Atlantic City & Las Vegas Sun
Atlantic City Hilton defaults on mortgage, begins talks with lenders
Las Vegas Hilton gets loan extension - Colony Capital 

Oakland, California - San Francisco Chronicle
Gambler son ordered tried in parents' slayings

Online Gaming - iGamingBusiness
bwin Launches GTECH G2's New 'Casino Dice' Mini-game

British News
Betfair ponders £1.5bn flotation after shareholders call in bankers for talks
High roller's chips on Blues - FT
Carson Yeung's takeover of Birmingham City nears completion - Guardian

additional headlines...
Day 1A of Poker APT 2009
Alabama governor candidate gambles on casinos
County rejects Strip site for Dinner in the Sky - LVR-J
Billionaire Loses Big Tax Case - Forbes,_the_Banker,_and_the_Suicide_King

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