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Monday, 21st December
Christmas Break
I'll be on the road later today so there'll be no updates to Gaming floor from the 22nd until the 29th so apologies in advance for the interuption in service. There's unlikely to be much important news as all the big stuff has already happened in December - CityCenter, Oceanus, Macao, Cotai Strip, Stanley Ho, Singapore announcements... Ian Screen Grab
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Singapore - CNBC, Washington Post/Reuters
Las Vegas Sands' Singapore Casino on Track for March Open
Sands could finish Cotai casinos in 5 yrs: CEO
Sands says Singapore casino opening delayed

Las Vegas Sands' Singapore Casino on Track for March Opening

Macau - Bloomberg
Macau's Gambling Experiment Remains Work in Progress
Adelson Says Las Vegas Sands' Model Is Working in Macau
Macau's Winners and Losers - Time Magazine May 2009

Macau - - Lawrence Ho profile
Scion of illustrious gambling family fancies the odds on Macau

Lagos, Nigeria - All Africa
Sun International Opens Casino in Federal Palace Hotel

Kathmandu, Nepal -
Maoists' nationwide shutdown enters second day

Macau - Hong Kong Standard & Reuters
Turning the tables
Hundreds protest in Macau on handover anniversary

Las Vegas - LVRJ
JOHN L. SMITH: Casino executive fouls one off boasting of baseball prowess

additional headlines...
Gambling Commission suspend Paradise licence - Racing Post

Saturday & Sunday, 19th & 20th December

Macau - Bloomberg & Macau Daily Times
Stanley Ho appears in public
Ho Makes First Appearance, in Macau, After Long Hospital Stay
Melco Crown's Lawrence Ho Interview - 9th December

Las Vegas -
Can CityCenter Save Las Vegas?

Atlantic City - NY Post
Trump, Icahn trade barbs in Atlantic City casino fight

Las Vegas - The Times
Tiger Woods's $1m casino binges

Macau gambles on diversifying economy - 20 Dec 09. Al Jazeera

Macau - Time Magazine. Bloomberg & Times of India
Macau at 10: Can Asia's Gambling Mecca Industry Stay on Its Hot Streak?
China’s Hu Says Macau Should Diversify Its Economy
China to tighten control over world's biggest gambling industry in Macau

Macau - Ponte 16
Ponte 16 Resort Macau Michael Jackson Press Conference Part I

Florida - The Sun News
SunCruz drops anchor, docks boat

Miami - St. Pertersburg Times
State won't let slot machines greet travelers at Miami International

Singapore - Reuters
April opening for Singapore Marina Bay casino-report
Marina Bay Sands IR may open in April or June next year: sources
"Sources have told MediaCorp the earliest the resort will start operations is in April. But some industry observers said June is a more realistic date."

Pennsylvania - Philadelphia Inquirer & AP
Parx Casino opens doors in Bensalem
Expanded $250M casino opens at Philadelphia Park
Parx draws crowd, compliments
Gamblers Delight As Bensalem Casino Opens

South Korea - Korea Times
Korean Loses $2 Million Gambling Case in Manila

Tunica, Mississippi - Bloomberg
Sheraton Casino undergoing transformation into Tunica Roadhouse

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun & NY Times
Steve Wynn reportedly purchases Rembrandt for $33.2 million
Casino Chief Said to Own Rembrandt
Rembrandt painting Portrait of a Man, Half-Length With his Arms Akimbo

Israel - & The Fundamentalist
Adelson Denies Israeli Political Involvement
Sitting down with Sheldon Adelson

Houston & South Florida -
Nevada Gold in Discussions to Purchase Selected Assets of SunCruz Casinos

Cagayan, Philippines - Philippine Inquirer
Woman worker in Cagayan’s biggest casino dies in clash

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EGR Awards Highlights Part 1 -
EGR Awards Highlights Part 2 -
Multimedia Games Granted Manufacturer and Distributor License by Mississippi Gaming Commission - Yahoo/Business Wire
Bookmakers scent a Royal engagement

Friday, 18th December

Huddersfield - Huddersfield Examiner - 14th December
High Court hearing over failed Huddersfield casino
"The hearing is listed for the High Court of Justice in Leeds on January 12. A London company, John Huxley Europe Ltd, have filed the petition."
China's Stimulus Finding Way to Casino Tables in Macau - Bloomberg 

London - Times Online
Gala Coral fancies the odds as it cuts inspectors at its casinos

Brussels -, Bloomberg &
Gambling sector dealt Europe blow
Ladbrokes, Betfair May Lose Dutch Betting Ban Appeals
"The Netherlands doesn’t have to recognize the companies’ online sports betting licenses issued in other EU countries, said Yves Bot, an advocate general at the European Court of Justice, in a non-binding opinion today."
Advocate-general dismisses private operators

Port Canaveral, Florida -
Gambling Ship In Money Trouble - Surfside Princess.

Jacksonville -
SunCruz Casinos ship suspends sailing from Jacksonville
Troubled SunCruz Casinos halts sailing out of Mayport

Gibraltar - Yahoo/Reuters
PartyGaming sees FY earnings up on poker

Macau - Reuters
Risks fester beneath Macau's casino glitz

Kentucky & North Carolina - 2 Female bank employees
Bank employee charged with embezzling $1.5 million
Gambling NC bank manager charged with stealing

additional headlines...
Soaring Eagle Casino Opens After Bomb Threat - WNEM Flint, MI.
NFL removes Las Vegas from TV blacklist
NFL to allow Las Vegas ads without casino and gambling promotion
ARIA opening christens new era for Las Vegas - Gaming Today
New owner approved for Silver Club in Sparks; it could reopen in April - RGJ

Thursday, 17th December

Victoria, Australia - Melbourne Age
Gambling regulator is losing its way - Victorian Commission for Gambling Regulation

Las Vegas - PRNewswire
GPI Delivers Gaming Tables, Chips for City Center's Aria

Las Vegas - Forbes
The Richest Man In Vegas Speaks! - Sheldon Adelson

Las Vegas - PRNewswire, Reuters & Yahoo/AP
Aria Resort & Casino Opens Forever Changing The Las Vegas Strip
MGM Mirage opens flagship CityCenter casino-hotel
$8.5B CityCenter's centerpiece opens in Las Vegas

Raw Video: Fireworks Mark New Vegas Casino Opening - AP
Las Vegas opening lavish new CityCenter - Fox News

Las Vegas - YouTube/Bloomberg, ABC Nightline, AP/AOL
MGM's Murren Says Aria Will Help Drive Vegas Visitors
Jordan Doubts CityCenter Will Boost Demand in Las Vegas: Video
Nightline   /  Roll of the Dice
Raw Video: Fireworks Mark New Vegas Casino Opening
Cirque du Soleil Unveils Viva ELVIS - BRoll (1 of 2)
Aria casino opens in Las Vegas - CNBC. Jane Wells.


Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Opening night at Aria: It was a really, really big show
Boyd Gaming makes offer to buy Station Casinos
Fontainebleau judge denies request for $1 million in bonuses
Sahara cites weak demand in closing hotel towers

Macau - CNN
Las Vegas developer reshapes Macau
Casino comeback in Macau

Adelson Says Las Vegas Sands' Model Is Working in Macau - Bloomberg 

Macau - Channel News Asia
Macau casinos on winning streak a decade after returning to Chinese rule

Eastern Cape -
Board calls for casino licence applications

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Betfair, Lads lose legal first round against Dutch govt
NORM: High roller ways natural for Tiger - Norm Clark
"Woods was 20 when he was caught playing blackjack with a fake ID in a riverboat casino in Bettendorf, Iowa,"
Uefa suspends referee following 'irregular betting patterns' - The Guardian partnering with Fire & Ice 2010 -
British bookies take bets on Woods' divorce - USA Today

Wednesday, 16th December

Paris - PRNewswire
Mangas Gaming, Owner of Betclic, Announces the Acquisition of Everest Gaming, a Leading European On Line Poker Platform

Macau - Reuters Video
Macau opens 34th casino

Hong Kong - Reuters
Melco seeks extension on HK$1.2 bln loan note

Las Vegas - Forbes
CityCenter Lives! - Interview with MGM's Jim Murren.
Jobs come to Las Vegas - CNN Video

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Sahara closing some towers - Demand for rooms off during winter
"The Riviera's revenues declined 28.9% the first nine months of the year while its room rates dropping 20.8%. The Stratosphere's revenues fell 17 %t and room rates dropped 31.3%, and Circus Circus saw revenues drop 21.9%, with room rates dropping 32.3 %".

Kansas - AP
Dodge City casino opens as Kansas bets on revenues
"Dodge City seemed a natural site for a casino to some local officials and legislators, given its history as a wicked western town in the 1870s and 1880s and a place where famed lawman Wyatt Earp also was a faro dealer."

Las Vegas - LVRJ- Howard Stutz & Reuters
MGM Mirage readies CityCenter flagship casino-hotel

ARIA Resort & Casino, Las Vegas- Words Will Fail You

Pampanga, Philippines - BusinessWorld
Clark seeks bids for casino resort Mimosa Leisure Estate - Clark Development Corporation

Singapore -, Straits Times & Channel News Asia
More S'poreans want to be barred from casinos 
28,661 barred from casinos
Over 28,000 bankrupts, public assistance recipients to be barred from casinos

Macau - Wall Street Journal
Macau's Newest Casino Shuns Frills
"Analysts at CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets estimate that SJM will recoup about a third of its investment on Oceanus in a year, given its location and SJM's single-minded focus on delivering a low-cost pure gambling experience to its visitors."

Las Vegas - Reuters: Deena Beasley
BUY OR SELL-Will MGM Mirage's gamble on CityCenter pay off?

Israel - Jerusalem Post &
Cops bust Israeli gambling internet site
Police bust Israeli Internet gambling ring

Alberta, Canada -
Bankrupt Silver Dollar Casino sold

additional headlines...
Mangas Gaming To Buy 60% Of GigaMedia Software Ops.
NJ Agency Provides $2M To Subsidize Casino Trains - Casino Reinvestment Development Authority.
Gambling ‘industry’ in boom as police focus on terrorism - Lahore, Pakistan
Lax supervision behind $1.2M casino loss: auditor - Saskatchewan, Canada.
Slots revenue down again at Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun - Norwich Bulletin
Pinnacle scales back cost of La. casino project - Yahoo/AP

Tuesday, 15th December

Macau - SJM Holdings Press releases
SJM opens Casino Oceanus at Jai Alai – the "first" casino in Macau
Dr. Ambrose So, CEO of SJM Holdings
Casino Oceanus at Jai Alai - Fact Sheet
Casino Oceanus Macau
Casino Oceanus Macau - Opening Ceremony

Cripple Creek - PRNewswire
Century Casinos Enters Into Agreement to Acquire Casino in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Industry rolls out bonus-heavy slots that stretch playing time

World Premiere: Sex and the City(TM) Slots Machines - Sex and the City™ Multi-Level Progressives

Cairo & Kuala Lumpur - Bernama & Channel News Asia
Genting UK picked to run Cairo casino
Genting Casinos wins concession agreement with Egypt's Misr Hotels

New York & Atlantic City - Reuters & Bloomberg
Judge sets stage for Trump, Icahn casino battle
Icahn Wins Approval to Compete With Trump for Casinos

Israel & Vienna -
Queenco Leisure International Ltd. - Request for payment received from Casino Austria International
Third Quarter Results Analyst / Investor Presentation (27/11/09)

Casino Beograd
Casino Belgrade. Image from Queenco Leisure 3Q presentation

Las Vegas - CNBC - Jane Wells
Viva Las Vegas? Keep Watching CityCenter

Macau - Business Wire
Macau Ignite Media Group Unveils New Brand and Vision

Macau - Reuters & Architecture & Design
SJM sees better gambling revenue in Macau in 2010
Macau Casino copies Beijing water cube design - Oceanus artists impressions

Pala Casino Spending On Expansion Despite Economy - KGTV ABC San Diego

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Armored Car at Las Vegas Casino Robbed
M Resort Decorates Nation’s Tallest Tree
Pa. universities: Don't make us casino hostages -
TCSJOHNHUXLEY chosen to supply prestigious Mazagan Casino Resort
Bookies probing late rush on Ryan Giggs - Daily Mail

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