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Archive 2009: 22nd - 31st December

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Thursday, 31st December

Ukraine - Kiev Post
Justice Ministry removes poker from list of recognized sports

Atlantic City - CNBC/AP
Icahn company offers $125M more for Trump casinos

Palm Beach -, S, Florida Business Journal & Palm Beach Post
Gambling ship to sail again starting New Year's Eve
Palm Beach Princess sailing
Palm Beach Princess could sail again after judge OKs use of loan for operations

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas won’t break the bank

Marina Bay Sands Casino Resort Set to Open in April - Bloomberg
Oceanus at Jai Alai - Destination Macau/Aomen TV
Las Vegas’ CityCenter Art Collection - USA Today

Leeds - Yorkshire Evening Post
Leeds casino boss axed open fruit machines in £44,000 raid

Carson City - RGJ
Nevada population decline first in 70 years

Sydney -
Star City Casino staff set to strike for one hour on New Year's Day

Ft. Lauderdale - Miami Herald
Suncruz Casinos files Chapter 7 petition in bankruptcy court

Germany -
Spielautomaten sind das Hauptproblem - Spielsüchtiger Bankräuber packte aus – Die Automatenbranche bekommt Gegenwind

Las Vegas - Frankfurter Allgemeine
Das Kasino hat geöffnet. Aber keiner geht hin

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CITYCENTER OPENS - The Strip Podcast. Steve Freiss
Betting The House On China - Forbes
Dodds Says Hard Rock May Open China Hotel in Five Years - Bloomberg Video
Tour the world's largest cruise ship - USA Today
Las Vegas’ CityCenter Art Collection - USA Today
Underground gambling - Austin Texas.

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Cubus Lux casino licences extended - Forbes
Admiral choice for casino work - Sheffield. Napoleons Casino
Barman sacked for pokie 'tip-off' scam

Wednesday, 30th December

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
New Jersey could come between MGM Mirage, Macau
MGM Mirage executive Gary N. Jacobs resigns - 18th December.
US authorities still concerned about MGM ties with Macau - Macau Daily Times

Georgia - The Messenger
Casinos in Adjara
"Adjara has started attracting winter season tourists, and economists think this is the consequence of a November 6 decision of the Georgian Parliament to abolish excise fees for casinos in hotels with more than 100 rooms"

Palm Beach - Palm Beach Post
About 25 crew members leave Princess

Lakeside, California - San Diego Union-Tribune & AP
Gunman kills Barona official, himself - Shooter was fired from position with gaming authority
Gunman barricaded in SoCal tribal gaming office

London - The Guardian: Victoria Coren
Will next year see the death of British poker?

Florida - Myrtle Beach Sun
SunCruz' Casino owner files Chapter 7 bankruptcy

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Analyst: MGM Mirage still has capital needs - Yahoo/AP
Visitor numbers up in November - Macau Business
Casino academy launched in Liverpool
Liverpool entrepreneurs launch the Casino Training Academy
Casinos new look - Sheffield Star. Napoleons.
Casino nightclub is 'misleading' customers - Guildford Surrey.

Tuesday, 29th December

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Report: Vegas housing market shows no ‘glimmer of hope’
"But with Las Vegas prices as measured by S&P/Case-Shiller declining for 38 consecutive months, they are down 55.4% from their peak in August 2006 and up just 5% from January 2000, S&P said."
2 tourists hit Megabucks jackpots at Strip casinos

Israel - Haaretz Online
Top crime figures charged for online gaming ring
"Prosecutors said the gambling ring was the brainchild of Reuven Gavrieli and a partner, Motti Menashe. The "Net Casino" program distributed to gaming venues was developed by the firm "Bet and Chat," owned jointly by the two men."

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CASINOS: Seneca gaming struggles in sluggish economy
Casino growth strong - Indian gaming creates jobs, tourism - Oklahoma
Cosatu threatens Sun City -

Monday, 28th December

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Hard Rock Hotel opens new all-suite tower

Melbourne - Sydney Morning Herald/aap & Herald Sun
'Millions laundered through casinos'
Gangs' casino dole scam

Port Canaveral - Florida Today
Gambling ship loss may have little effect - "Newly Operated by Nevada Gold & Casinos, Inc. © 2009"

Palm Beach - Palm Beach Post
Palm Beach Princess owner expected in bankruptcy court today, Web site down

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Former Mount Airy CEO to head Catskills gaming operation
CityCenter goes from Strip to students - LV Business Press
Surge in tourist arrivals - Singapore. Straits Times.
Macao rising - China Economic Review
Melco: 'Business in Macau is improving' - Macau Daily Times

24th - 27th December

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Phil Ruffin: Strip will remain king, but downtown will suffer
Official: Las Vegas can be transport hub of the West

Las Vegas - N.Y. Times
In Las Vegas, Sports Books in a Pocket - eDeck

Atlantic City - ABC News/AP
New Harrah's President Looks to Rock Atlantic City - Don Marrandino

Las Vegas - MSNBC/AP
2 more Las Vegas resorts set to open towers

Palm Beach - Palm Beach Post &
Senior members of Palm Beach Princess crew fired
Problems for Palm Beach Princess

Bolivia - Time Magazine
Casino Gambling: Russia's Export to Latin America - Ritzio Entertainment Group

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Silver Club Casino in Nevada sold for at auction - AP
Nevada sales plunge nearly 18 percent - AP
Casinos plan grand goodbye to tough 2009 - Press of Atlantic City
Meir Abergil, Gavrieli brothers indicted for internet gambling scam - J. Post
Piers Morgan and Paris Hilton say 'I do' in Las Vegas... - Daily Mail

22nd - 23rd December

Las Vegas & Macau - Business Week
Harrah’s Chief Seeks to Bring Caesars Palace to Macau

Vietnam - VietNews Online &
Danang's first casino to open for business
First casino in Da Nang opens

Los Angeles & Romania - Business Wire
World Poker Tour® and Romania’s Regent Casino to Launch WPT Bucharest™

Las Vegas - PRNewswire
IGT's sbX(TM) System Now Live at ARIA Resort & Casino - IGT's sbX Experience Management System

Singapore - Malaysian Insider
Junkets could give Singapore casinos a miss
"He said that LVS currently has about “five plane loads of two 747s” that are flying to its Las Vegas casinos with Asian high-rollers. “Two trips come from KL, one trip from Singapore, one trip from Bangkok, one from Jakarta and one from Hong Kong. And they all say that they are waiting for Singapore to open,” he added." - Two 747's in the LVS fleet.
Marina Bay Sands S’pore poised to open in April - Malaysian Star

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Boyd Gaming moves for credit flexibility as it seeks growth options

additional headlines...
Full Tilt should have banned cheating Cardrunners for life
Black Gaming, LLC Reaches Agreement with Lenders on Financial Restructuring - Business Wire
Famous Phoenix landmark closes after 55 years

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