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Archive 2009: 15th - 21st February

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Saturday & Sunday, 21st & 22nd February

Pennsylvania & Australia - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Three groups ask to pull out as Meadows casino owners
"In addition to the three groups' desire to withdraw, board documents identified Gretel Packer as backing out of her application for a license. She is the sister of Crown Ltd. Chairman James Douglas Packer."
Google images - Gretel Packer

Stiffs & Georges - David McKee - Las Vegas Advisor
Shipwreck for Sheldon Adelson
Trump: The end

Florida - Florida, Today
Gaming battle looms
"The Canaveral Port Authority voted unanimously Wednesday to ask the Legislature to allow dockside gambling for the two casino ships that now must cruise to international waters before gaming can start."

Macau - eTaiwan News
Macau court voids Vegas mogul's ferry license
"Macau's Court of Second Instance ruled on Thursday that the government unlawfully awarded Cotai Waterjets, controlled by Sheldon Adelson's publicly traded Las Vegas Sands Corp., a license to operate ferry services without an open tender,"

Las Vegas Sun, Review-Journal & LV Business Press
M Resort next in line for Marnell family
Man who tried to extort MGM Mirage, Harrah’s sentenced
Las Vegas Sands faces third shareholder lawsuit
Report: Median home sale price drops another $10,000
"The median price of existing homes sold in January tumbled another $10,000, dropping the price to $150,000. That’s a 48% drop from the highest price for existing homes at $288,000 in February 2007."
Expert: Foreclosures to dominate real estate in 2009
"One in 76 Nevada homes faced a foreclosure filing in January. California was a distant second with one in every 173 homes; Arizona was third with one in every 182 homes."

S&P: Fontainebleau could have trouble making payments

Black Gaming moves closer to bankruptcy

Card-counting application for iPhones sees sales spike - Howard Stutz
GAMING GREEN: Ecofriendliness in forefront of plans for casino parents

British News
William Hill bets on £350m cash call
Gorilla Gorilla - Damian Aspinall at Howletts Wild Animal Park, Kent
Brit awards: Paul Weller win costs bookmakers £100,000
Oscars 2009: leaked winners list sparks betting frenzy

Sopron, Hungary - Budapest Times
Casino murderer loses his freedom
Casino employees killed in Sopron - September 2006.

Macau - Sydney Morning Herald
Nightmare scenario in Packer's City of Dreams

Washington - Yahoo/AP
U.S. lawmaker to push repeal of online gambling ban - Barney Frank

Matthews. N.C. - Yahoo/PRNewswire
PokerTek Reports Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2008

Lonely Planet Travel Videos - Macau & Las Vegas

Fear of Losing in Macau - Lonely Planet Travel Video

Cheap Thrills in Las Vegas! Lonely Planet Travel Video


Friday, 20th February

Macau - Macau Daily Times
Macau court rules against CotaiJets

Lake Tahoe - Sacramento Bee
Lender seizes control of Cal Neva Resort

Bermuda - Royal Gazette
Consultants keeping an open mind about gambling here
Muslim group against any gambling change

The CasinoCompany from HotKitchenOven on Vimeo.
The CasinoCompany
Promotional film for a Dutch table game supplier and fun casino operator.

Singapore & Kuala Lumpur - Business Times, Reuters & Straits Times
Genting drops most in a month
"It will increase its investment in the resort to S$6.6 billion (US$4.3 billion) from S$6 billion, the company said."
Genting, Sands face more cost overruns at S'pore casinos
No change to casino rules
"Singapore will not consider relaxing rules imposed to curb problem gambling, including a S$100 a day levy on citizens and permanent residents entering the casinos," - Sentosa Island Construction - Marina Bay Sands

British News
TV programme probes Aspinall's casino claims
The Real Casino Royale, showing Monday February 23rd on Channel 4 at 9:00pm
Tycoon is taking on the Ritz - Daily Mail

Brussels - Reuters
EU probe seen backing WTO action vs US on gambling

Atlantic City - Philadelphia Inquirer
Sale of Trump Marina Casino in jeopardy

Colombia, South Carolina - AP
Ante up! SC judge rules Texas Hold 'em is a skill

Indian Gaming - California
RP casino faces new legal challenge - Graton Act does not allow 'reservation shopping,'
Thunder Valley Casino Resumes Expansion
Woman's lawsuit against casino settled for $500,000 - Slipped on wet floor !

additional headlines
Packer steps in it again
Dave McKee's Stiffs & Georges
Online Gambling Disaster Avoided in Midst of Stanford Bank Debacle
Horse at center of Aussie gambling scandal dies


Thursday, 19th February
Cramer: Vegas Is a Loser - "This is an industry that is in radical decline"

Packer casinos linked to Macau bribes case - Sydney Morning Herald
Macao mulls raising casino entry age-limit to 21 - Peoples Daily/Xinhua
City of Dreams to bring visual aquatic experience to Cotai - Macau Daily Times

California - North County Times
TOURISM: Pala expansion nears completion

Madison, Wisconsin - CSRWire
Call for Applications: Standards Committee to Develop Sustainable Gaming Standard

Port Canaveral, Florida - Orlando Sentinel
Port Canaveral pursues land-side gambling

Atlantic City - AP & Reuters
Icahn,other lenders may bid on Tropicana AC casino
Billionaire financier Carl Icahn may offer to buy Tropicana casino

Omaha & Las Vegas - Omaha World-Herald & Las Vegas Sun
Watanabe posts $1.5 million bail in casino case
Neb. philanthropist posts bail in Vegas debt case

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Golden Nugget runs against economic winds

Station Casinos Restructure Plan - Las Vegas News
In Business Las Vegas

British News
Son guilty of killing dad to fuel gambling addiction - Yorkshire Post

Ladbrokes casino machines pay off - Evening Standard
Gaming terminals drive Ladbrokes' growth
Ladbrokes FY profit edges just above expectations
The odds are far from fixed on Ladbrokes' future

Poker Dealer Shocks Former World Snooker Champ
Casino plans given the go-ahead - Great Yarmouth
Casino plan takes step forward

additional headlines
Table Trac, Inc. Signs Agreement With Alabama Gaming Center

Pinnacle gets delay for casino - Louisiana
Robber kicks man on casino bathroom floor, steals wallet - Las Vegas
Anti-casino protest at Rendell’s city office - Philadelphia

Bookies claim levy rise to cost 1,500 jobs - Ireland

Wednesday, 18th February

Las Vegas - LVR-J & Daily Mail
NORM: London tabloid sees costly split
Las Vegas casino tycoon Steve Wynn linked to British divorcee

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Forbes: Las Vegas is America’s 'emptiest' city
America's Emptiest Cities - Forbes

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun & LVR-J
Station responds to lawsuit, misses $15.5M payment
Station Casinos misses second debt payment this month

Atlantic City -
Trump seeks to distance himself from debt-laden casino group

Trump empire crumbling?
Trump Casinos File for Bankruptcy

Sydney - Sydney Morning Herald & Bloomberg
Casinos ban card counting iPhone app
"Yates said he typically sells 10 copies of the app a day but yesterday - when he was interviewed by large mainstream news outlets including CBS, CNN and Bloomberg - he sold 500 copies."
Apple IPhone Card Counter Prompts Warning to Casinos

Atlantic City - Philadelphia Inquirer
Jail, 20G fine for Borgata gambling-ring promoter

Washington State -
Casino expansion helps economy

From Gaming Today
Casino revenues still in freefall
"For the year, Nevada casinos won about $11.6 billion, about 9.7 percent less than the $12.8 billion they won in 2007. The drop-off was the largest in the state’s history."
Vegas visitation hits 26-year low
"The bulk of the drop-off in incoming visitors was felt at McCarran Airport, where passenger traffic was down 14.1% for December and 7.7% for the year."
Atlantic City landscape looking blighted
Many states see drop in casino revenues during 2008
Wynn employees bite the bullet

British News
Centre in the frame for casino plan
Million-2-1 has signed a partnership deal with Rank plc

additional headlines
Cher says she's living 'like a nun' in Las Vegas, doesn't talk during day
Bill would allow tribal gambling - Houston Chronicle/AP
16 arrested for illegal soccer betting and loansharking - Singapore
European Poker Tour Copenhagen Day 1A Update
225 players paid 50,000 Danish Kroner (approx. $8,465).

Tuesday, 17th February

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun & MSNBC/AP
Harrah’s hit with class-action lawsuit over debt plan
Harrah's sued by bondholders over recent debt deal
CityCenter work often precedes approval of plans

New York & Atlantic City - Forbes, Bloomberg & Reuters
Trump Sounds Retreat
Trump Entertainment, Affiliates File for Bankruptcy
"The Dow Jones U.S. Gambling Index .DJUSCA has fallen some 83 percent since its lifetime high reached in October 2007."
Trump Entertainment files for bankruptcy

Dublin & Toronto - &
CryptoLogic signs exclusive multi-year licensing deal with Warner Bros. Digital Distribution and DC Comics
Superman and Batman Join CryptoLogic's Branded Game Line-Up

CNN - iPhone card counting
Blackjack Card Counter - YouTube presentation

Nevada & Australia - & AFP
Las Vegas casinos warned of cheats using iPhones in blackjack
iPhone application helps Blackjack cheaters (AFP)
Card Counting Made Easy - Gamingfloor's Forum

Macau -
Concerned group may seek injunction against Sands' sale of assets

additional headlines
Fox Sports Net Extends World Poker Tour® Television Broadcast License
Poker Pro Busted for Multi Accounting
Dozens of gamblers detained in raids in NTB - Indonesia

Monday, 16th February

British News
The search is on for new Leeds casino operator - Yorkshire Evening Post.

Stanley Genting Casinos Bosses Move To Take Control Of Staff Tips And Levy Charges To Boost Profits - GMB Union Press release

Casino country - Gambling culture's something-for-nothing ethos has seeped out into the whole of society - Roy Hattersley writing in the Guardian.

Bookies suspend Brits betting amid fears of leak
City turning to poker as best bet in recession

No re-trial for betting shop deputy manager
Betting shop worker threatened at knifepoint - Corals, Gorleston
AMZ wins casino permission -

Ankara - Yahoo/Reuters
Turkey receives 5 bids for lottery pre-qualification
Dogan Holding-Lottomatica, Intralot, OPAP S.A-DAF R & D consortium, Austrian Lotteries & Turkcell.

Nevada - LVR-J & AP
INSIDE GAMING: Maybe that iPhone user isn't just taking calls
"Card counting is not illegal in Nevada casinos. However, using a device to aid in the counting of cards is considered a felony under Nevada laws governing cheating, control board member Randy Sayre said."
Nev. regulators warn of card-counting program

Las Vegas - IHT & AP
Sin City worries its image hurts business travel
All bets are off as Las Vegas tourism takes a hit

Philippines - Daily Tribune
Cagayan casino plan relies on opening of new airport

Athens, Greece - Yahoo/AFX
Stanleybet says Greek court shuts outlet again

German News
Spielbanken des Landes stehen zum Verkauf - Sachsen-Anhalt
Spielbanken sollen weniger Abgaben zahlen - Sachsen-Anhalt
Ohne Münzen am Spielautomat im Lindauer Casino zocken - Bayern
Räuber in der Spielbank gefasst - Wiesbaden/

additional U.S. headlines
Pawn shops in tough economic times - LVR-J
WORKING GIRLS: Las Vegas' 50 most prolific prostitutes - LVR-J
Greektown hotel goes after competition with low rates

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