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Friday, 14th August

Las Vegas - Yahoo/PRNewswire
Gaming Partners International Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter and Six Months of 2009

Las Vegas - Time Magazine cover feature
Less Vegas: The Casino Town Bets on a Comeback
Joel Stein Explores the Foreclosures of Vegas

Time Magazine Cover - August 2009
Time Magazine cover - 24th August 2009 edition.
Previous Las Vegas covers: 25th July, 2004 | 10th Jan, 1994

Macau - Macau Daily Times
Package tours visitors decrease 46%
"Visitor arrivals on package tours in June of this year declined further by 46.1% year-on-year to 183,140 visitors, according to information yesterday released by the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC)."
Package Tours and Hotel Occupancy Rate for June 2009 - Macau DSEC

Sydney -  AGE Press release
10,000 To Attend Gaming Expo

Hong Kong - Bloomberg
Stanley Ho Stroke Reports Unfounded, Spokeswoman Says

The Ho Empire - Bloomberg via Clip Syndicate. 11th August.

Rome - AP
Italy's record lotto jackpot climbs to €135.9m

Bild - 14th August
International Lottery tourism - Bild 14th August. |

Sydney - Reuters
Macau casino firm Melco Crown raises $200 mln
"Crown said its stake in Melco would be diluted from 36.4 percent to 33.5 percent, assuming full exercise of the over-allotment option."
Crown's Macau joint venture raises $237m

Hong Kong - Yahoo/AP, Straits Times/Reuters & FT
Casino operator Sands reworks credit deal to allow Macau sale
Sands readies for Asia IPO
Las Vegas Sands wins $3.3bn debt deal

British News
188Bet signs as Chelsea FC betting partner - eGamingReview - 25% of visitors from Vietnam
Punter threatening legal action against bookie
Safe bet for a great dinner at Grosvenor Casino - Huddersfield

additional headlines...
Former gaming agent charged with passing fake bills - Indiana
Foreigners rush to Italy in lottery frenzy - Shanghai Daily

Thursday, 13th August

Las Vegas & Macau - Yahoo/Business Wire
Bally Technologies Wins Contract to Provide Systems Technology to New L'Arc Macau Casino Resort

Malta - Times of Malta & Malta Media Online
Three bidders for the Dragonara casino
Three bidders for Dragonara Casino
"Submissions were made by Dragonara Casino Ltd, Tomino Ltd and the Novomatic Peninsula consortium."

The Dragonara Casino Malta image - The Dragonara Casino Malta

Hong Kong - Asia Times: Muhammad Cohen 
US casino bosses vary Macau bet

Hong Kong - Bloomberg
Stanley Ho’s Wife Says Casino Tycoon Is Conscious, ‘Very Good’

Dublin - Silicon Republic
Ireland is gambling away a golden job creation opportunity
Screen grab from
The images and game results are live from the Fitzwilliam Card Club in Dublin.

Las Vegas - LVR-J &
CityCenter highlights sustainable activities
Energy Summit 2.0 Leaders Spotlight CityCenter as “Future of Clean Energy”

National Clean Energy Summit tour of CityCenter
Chairman Jim Murren discusses CityCenter’s commitment to sustainability.
L-R: Jim Murren, Cathy Zoi, Van Jones, Senator Reid, Jon Wellinghoff, John Podesta.
National Clean Energy Summit 2.0.

Boston & Israel - Boston Herald
Sheldon Adelson wins casino case vs. ex-exec

Missouri - Forbes/AP
Revenue up 4% at Missouri casinos in July
A $500 per session loss limit at Missouri casinos was lifted earlier this year. - Missouri Gaming Commission

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - The Patriot-News 
Casinos want table games, but skeptics say slots revenue would suffer

Sacramento - Sacramento Bee
Card clubs, tribal casinos pushing to legalize Internet poker
"California card clubs and tribal casinos, long bitter political rivals, are working together in a concerted, behind-the-scenes drive to legalize Internet poker in the Golden State."

 Atlantic City - AP
Atlantic City wants $20M a year to promote itself

Hong Kong - WSJ
Casino Operator Melco Crown Sets Offering

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun & LVR-J
Casino supplier reports increase in profit
Bally reports higher earnings, net income despite lower revenues
"Haddrill added that Bally improved its gross margins on slot machine sales while expenses fell. The company's average slot machine price was $14,245 in the quarter, which compared with $13,329 a year ago."

Singapore & Macau - Weike Gaming Press Release
Weike Gaming Singapore announces major system and machine order for new Macau operation

additional headlines...
Galaxy Gaming Expands Sales Force - Reuters
Poker: gambling -- or a game of skill? - Texas court case
Jury chosen for Texas Hold 'Em trial
Nevada Development Authority Advertising Campaign - SexyGirl
Mayor Oscar Goodman, Elvis and Guitars at Vegas Rocks Event
Sun International uses global recession as an advantage - Zambia
Gaming employee accused of €198,000 fraud - Malta. Unamed company
Bicycle Casino Gets Facelift In Time For Legends of Poker Main Event

Wednesday, 12th August

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Strip gaming win at lowest level in four years
"The gross win in the 41 casinos on the Las Vegas Strip plummeted 14.7% in June, the 18th straight month of a decline."

Rome -
European record for SuperEnalotto
"SuperEnalotto, which made its debut in December 1997, has been a boon for Italy's state coffers which receive 49.5% of all bets made, far more than other national betting games which pay the Treasury between 20% and 25%."
Italian bishop says national lottery fever is form of idolatry - Catholic News
Huge Italy jackpot still not won - BBC News - SuperEnalotto

Las Vegas - LVR-J
Las Vegas visitor volume falls for 13th straight month
"For the first sixth months of the year, 18.1 million visitors have traveled to Las Vegas, a decline of 6.8 percent compared with 19.5 million visitors for the first six months of 2008."
Gaming revenues decline 13.8% in June
"On the Strip for the fiscal year, gaming revenues declined 15.3% to $5.65 billion, compared with $6.67 billion in the previous fiscal year."
Not-so-full house: Nevada gambling slump - MarketWatch
Nevada casino winnings down 14% in June - RGJ/AP
Casinos suffer worst drop in gaming wins on record - Nevada Appeal

Las Vegas - CNN Money
Betting on casino stocks

Hong Kong - MarketWatch & Bloomberg
Macau's Melco Crown to issue new U.S. depositary shares
Melco Crown Seeks $200 Million Share Sale to Pay Debt

British News
Bluff Europe Magazine to Host the Heads-Up Challenge at Poker in the Park
Man robbed of £15,000 watch - Manchester Evening News

additional headlines...
Trump bondholders seek to submit rival reorg plan - Reuters
Resorts World at Sentosa Selects Software Suite from Agilysys - PRNewswire
Concern Grows Over U.S. Attorney’s Poker-Related Lawsuit - Card Player
Jupiters Casino staff in scam case - Food purchasing fraud
Bulgaria Loses Millions BGN from Illegal Internet Gambling – Report

Tuesday, 11th August

Macau - AsiaOne/Business Times
Macau's Crown prince - Lawrence Ho interview and profile.
Lawrence Ho
Lawrence Ho image by Roger Gros @ Global Gaming Business.

Malta - The Times of Malta
Gaming firms say seized machines in line with law

Las Vegas & Beaune, France - PRNewswire
GPI Announces Retirement of CEO; Appoints Successor

Gauteng. South Africa - The Times/SAPA & Independent Online
Casino arrests for camera racket
Cops bust gambling syndicate
"Carnival City staff said three Chinese nationals installed a hidden camera in a cigarette box to take pictures of cards being dealt while playing a game called Punto Banco."
Carnival City Casino & Entertainment World

Macau - Reuters, TDM & Forbes Video Network
China's Wen warns of economic challenge in Macau
TDM English News - 10/8
Update: Asia Markets

St. Petersburg, Russia - St. Petersburg Times
Arrests Continue as Police Crack Down on Gambling
"The city police have confiscated more than 3,300 pieces of gambling equipment from illegally operating venues during the last week alone. At least 500 venues were raided last week, and four criminal cases and 10 administrative cases were launched."

Atlantic City -
A.C. casino revenues down 12.7% in July
A.C. casino revenue down in July
CCC Announces July Casino Revenue
New Jersey casinos won $383 million. Back in July 2005 the win was a record $504 million - a four year decline of 24%.

Richmond, B.C. - Canadian Press & Reuters
Great Canadian Gaming Q2 profit increases 51 per cent; revenue down slightly
Great Canadian Gaming Q2 profit surges

Las Vegas - PRNewswire
Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) Releases July Index, With Exclusive...

Taipei - WSJ
Taiwan Govt Launches Tender For Casino Resort Consultant

British News
Police search for casino-goer robbers - Manchester Evening News
Accrington Stanley footballer red-carded after betting on his own side
Cavanagh hit with long ban - Sky News
Government must persuade bookies to stay at home - The Guardian
Betfair saves £1.65m by dropping recruiters - eGaming Review

additional headlines...
What's luck got to do with it? The math of gambling - New Scientist
PokerTek Announces Second Quarter 2009 Financial Results
"PokerPro table count increased 15% with 272 tables sold or leased worldwide"
Princess Tenko - Aomen TV. Sands Macao - 17th to 20th September.

Monday, 10th August

Washington - WSJ
States End Up Losers in Gambling Pullback

Macau & South Korea - Korea Herald
Police bust illegal gamblers
The arrested appear to be involved with a Korean based junket operation sending clients to the Venetian Macau.

Toronto - Globe & Mail
Casino keeps national fair in the game - Canadian National Exhibition - Canadi

Beijing & Macau - AFP
China appoints new Macau leader: state media
TDM English News 9/8 - Gaming taxes & junket commissions.
TDM English News 8/8 - Typhoon Morakot

Macau - The Times, Ponto Final & Macau Daily Times
Stanley Ho health puts future of Macau gambling industry in doubt
Stanley Ho recupera, diz a terceira mulher
SJM boss recovering well

Pittsburgh -
Festivites Going All-Day At Rivers Casino
Concert, Fireworks Cap Off Casino's Opening Day

Massachusetts & Israel - Boston Herald
Sheldon Adelson plays suit wrong

Atlantic City - Newsday/AP
Distressed AC casinos selling at bargain-bin rates

Detroit - Detroit News
Greektown Casino: Waiting for the chips to fall

U.S. - USA Today
States bank on gambling to boost revenue
"Gambling will expand in about a dozen states this year in an effort to generate an extra $2 billion in gambling taxes by 2010, a record-breaking increase if state projections are accurate."

British News
Spread bet firm to sell its Irish operation for €11.3m - Irish Times
Bookmaker considers Irish retail move - Stan James. Irish Examiner

additional headlines...
Mom locked tot in car, gambled at Windsor casino
Tabcorp urges gaming regulation reform
NSW bookies warn the pulse is weak and fading fast

Saturday & Sunday, 8th & 9th August

Macau- Sydney Morning Herald
Packer casinos bet on beds to get them out of the red

Goa - Times of India
Major credit card racket busted, 6 held

Nevada & California - AP
Nevada renews push to poach businesses from Calif.
Nevada Development Authority Ad Campaign - Monkey Business
Nevada Development Authority Ad Campaign - Lipstick Pig

Leaving Las Vegas?

Nevada - In Business Las Vegas
Index shows ‘no clear signals’ that local recession is at end
Downturn depletes ranks of Las Vegas millionaires
"The percentage of local millionaires declined 38% in 2008, second only to Orlando's 42%. Phoenix was third, losing 34% of its millionaires, according to Capgemini."
Underwater LV homeowners more likely to walk away, study says
"The median price of homes sold in Las Vegas has fallen more than 50% since June 2006, and in its most recent study said 67% of Las Vegas homeowners are underwater - when the amount owed exceeds the home's current value - and more than 80% of the homes bought from 2005 to 2007 are underwater."
About half of U.S. mortgages seen underwater by 2011 - Reuters

Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
$780 million Rivers Casino debuts today on North Shore

Malta - Times of Malta & Malta Independent
AG asks court to allow confiscation of gaming machines
Police check 900 gaming machines in crackdown
Court hearing on gaming arcades postponed
Luck runs out for gaming arcades - 7/8
Police clampdown on gaming arcades
AG, police file application against court’s decision on gaming machines

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Macau & Australia - Weekend Australian & Business Spectator
Packer's Macau investment takes another hit
"The Weekend Australian can reveal that its sub-concession, or licence, to operate casinos in Macau expires in 2022 and everything, including the $2.5bn development costs, the building and gaming equipment, can revert to the Macau government without compensation."
James Packer’s Macau venture post $93.3m loss in Q2

Washington -
Senator Menendez Introduces Bill to Regulate Online Poker
Menendez Introduces Legislation To Regulate Online Poker And Games Of Skill
Sen. Menendez Unveils Online Poker Bill - Poker Players Alliance

Sweden - Bluff Magazine & Poker News Daily
PokerListings Founder Shot Dead in Sweden
PokerListings Founder Andreas Oscarsson Murdered in Sweden

British News
Firms to bid for casino licence - Hull Daily Mail
Accrington Stanley captain banned after betting on his team - The Guardian
Closure of Irish shops to follow 65pc plunge in Ladbrokes profit - Irish Ind.
Gordon must give bookies reason to stay - Daily Mirror

additional headlines...
Olympique Lyonnais Match Could Be Postponed Over Illegal Strips -
Trump Entertainment slams proposed change to casino law - Pennsylvania
Man Settles on $3 Million from Casino - Connecticut. Valet parking accident.
Off-shore casinos cause losses: Goa mining industry
Woman Shot At Casino In Domestic Dispute - Gold Spike Casino, LV.
Final Test For Rivers Casino Concludes - Pittsburgh

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