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Archive 2009: 1st - 7th February

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Saturday & Sunday 7th & 8th February

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun & In Business Las Vegas
County wants proof CityCenter structures are free of defects
County wants proof CityCenter structures are free of defects - YouTube. 1st of 3 parts

Melbourne & Pennsylvania - Melbourne Age
Casino jitters as US investigators arrive
"Mr Tedrick will hear recordings from a hidden device worn by Mr Kakavas, which captured Crown's senior management allegedly enticing him to gamble again."

London - Mail on Sunday
Banks to one-armed bandits: gambling giants cash in on credit crisis victims
Agora Gaming Group's strategy appears to be opening Adult Gaming Centre's in former bank premises located on busy high streets.

Las Vegas - LVR-J
NEVADAN AT WORK: Developer builds fortune with four steps: buy, improve, raise rents and sell
STRIP DEVELOPMENT: Tower planned for slice of land - LVR-J August 2004. - Villa de Flores

British News
US firm pulls out of casino site - BBC Warwichshire
Arena Casino Could Be Closed - Buyers for Casino being sought

UK property tycoon faces lawsuit over spread bet bill

Bookie raiders all behind bars - York
Alleged betting thief's 'clever plan' - Nottingham
Police make arrests in fruit machine scam - Crewe
Armed raid on Leeds bookie
Hunt after bookies 'armed raid' - North Wales

ICE-IGE 2009
Various shots from the floor of the International Gaming Expo.

Atlanta, Georgia - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Affluent neighborhood rocked by gambling arrests

Las Vegas & Michigan - LVR-J & Michigan Live
Troubled Stations seeks tribal casino - Contracts not linked to financing structure
Station Casinos's restructuring won't affect Gun Lake Tribe's casino

New York & Atlantic City
All aboard: Maiden voyage of Atlantic City-NYC link - Philadelphia Inquirer
By Rail From New York to Atlantic City, Minus Chips - New York Times
NYC to A.C. train service begins -

Barcelona -
PartyGaming links up with Spanish casino group

additional U.S. headlines
Recession slows tribes' plans for out-of-state casinos - Mohegan Tribe
Slot maker apologizes for KC casino ad
High roller Watanabe was low-maintenance - Omaha World-Herald
Editorial: Let Texans decide if they want casinos - Dallas Morning News
II Horseshoe in New Albany required to change name following casino complaint
Wynn's $2.3 billion Encore a winner - Chicago Sun-Times


Friday, 6th February

Poland - Yahoo/PRNewswire
Century Casinos Introduces Ticket-In, Ticket-Out Technology in Poland
ICE-IGE 2009 Day 2
5 minutes of video from the show floor of IGE.
More to follow shortly on Gamingfloor's YouTube channel

Macau -
City of Dreams to open in Macau in the second quarter of this year
Macau's casino revenues fall 17% in January to just over US$1 billion

Carlisle - Cumberland News
My obsession with online poker has ruined my life’
The amazing story of the downfall of former Carlisle Mayor Jayne Prewitt who's addiction to Internet Poker cost her £60,000 & South End Constitutional Club where she worked £38,000.
We trusted former mayor who stole our cash, says Carlisle club boss

Las Vegas & Omaha, Nebraska - Las Vegas Sun & Omaha World-Herald
Philanthropist allegedly owes $14.7 million to Rio, Caesars
Watanabe expected to face charges for casino debts
"The debt is the largest ever prosecuted by the Clark County District Attorney's Office."

Las Vegas - LVR-J
City Council members don't mention new city hall during casino talks

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun: Liz Benston
Wynn announces salary reductions, reduced work weeks

London & Las Vegas - Yahoo/PRNewswire
Gaming Partners International Receives International Gaming Award for Best Technology Manufacturer

British News
Gamblers damaged by idle threats - Letter to the FT on cross border betting. - Stanley International Betting Ltd.

additional headlines
Las Vegas Sands Corp. Declares Quarterly Dividend on Preferred Stock


Thursday, 5th February

Reno - Las Vegas Business Press: Howard Stutz
Slot giant sees rough going but forecasts survival

London - The Times
British Casino Association looks for sure bet to succeed Lady Cobham
The Times reports that Lady (Penny) Cobham was paid an annual salary of £160,000. She takes over as chairman of VisitEngland in April.
Penelope, Viscountess Cobham - Daily Telegraph image.

London - The Times & Daily Mail
Tories back slot machines and win tycoon Trevor Hemmings’s £200,000 jackpot
"Crown Leisure, a gaming machine company, shares a telephone number with Mr Hemmings’s private office."
Questions over gambling chief's £200,000 Tory gift

Tampa, Florida - St. Petersburg Times
Tampa Hard Rock expansion planned — if state passes gaming deal

Goa - Yahoo India/IANS
'Offshore casinos dumping untreated sewage in Mandovi river'
"Nearly 1,000 people visit each casino every night and there are six casinos. Leave alone garbage, untreated excrement of nearly 6,000 people is being dumped into the river each night, thanks to these casinos,"

Macau - Macau Daily Times
City of Dreams aims high

Cambodia - Business Day
Hong Kong Casino Operator NagaCorp Ltd Sees Opportunity in Cambodia

Las Vegas - Yahoo/AP
Wynn Resorts rating, price target cut by analysts

British News
Hong Leong ups stake in Rank Group to 26.01%
House prices rise unexpectedly in January - Yahoo/Reuters
Coral bookie's trial latest - Nottingham

additional headlines
Sun International wins domain dispute in South Africa
Electronic Game Card Announces the Activation of Native American Gaming Contract...
Icahn: “Financial institutions Became Gambling Casinos!"
Trump casinos win third extension on $1.25B debt - Forbes/AP
Macao: gambling paradise in communist China - RIA Novosti
Lady Gaga "Poker Face" - Clever product placement from

Wednesday, 4th February

Las Vegas - PRNewswire & Las Vegas Sun: Liz Benston
Station Casinos Announces Solicitation of Acceptances for Restructuring Plan
Station Casinos unveils restructuring plan to appease creditors

Las Vegas -
Federal magistrate: Casino mogul can't make reporter testify

Las Vegas - Yahoo/AP
Wells Fargo defends, then cancels Vegas junket
Wells Fargo faces cancellation fees for bailing out of Vegas trip
12 nights at Wynn LV. One has to presume that all future Las Vegas jaunts from companies receiving Federal aid will be subject to cancellation.

Wynn casino dragon (macau) from raychan on Vimeo.
The Dragon has replaced Wynn Macau's Tree of Prosperity.
Nevada and it's Natural Resource 1950s
Cracking publicity movie produced by the U.S. Bureau of Mines.

Nevada - Bloomberg & AP
Nevada Super Bowl Gambling Falls to Five-Year Low
"Gamblers wagered $81.5 million in Nevada sports books on this year’s Super Bowl, an 11% decline from a year earlier."
To put that number into perspective, customers matched over €25 million on the final of the Australian Open between Federer and Nadal which was held earlier in the day.
Nevada casinos take $81 million in Super Bowl bets

Las Vegas - Reuters
Wynn Resorts cutting salaries, bonuses to save jobs
Wynn Resorts Announces Efficiency Initiatives to Be Implemented Immediately in Las Vegas
Wynn Resorts, Limited Conference Call to Announce Efficiency Initiatives

Atlantic City - The Press of Atlantic City & Business Week
Officials tweak regulations in 'archaic' state casino laws
Casino job cuts continue for sixth straight month
Atlantic City casinos shedding jobs fast
In December AC's casinos had 38,000 employees, 2,700 fewer than in December 2007. The record for employee numbers was set in July 1997 when there were 51,560 on the payroll.
Tropicana casino brand to get makeover

Las Vegas - Yahoo/Business Wire
Bally Technologies, Inc. Reports Record Diluted EPS of $0.59 on Record Second Quarter Revenue of $233 Million

Las Vegas - Reuters & LVR-J
Station Casinos misses payment, considers bankruptcy
Stations seeks restructuring - Company asks for bondholder approval

South Africa - Business Day
Casino revenue growth reaches peak - Casino Association of South Africa

Goa - New Kerala
Furore over illegal operation of off-shore licenced Casinos

British News
Finance boss stole £1m from his employer... then squandered the lot on internet gambling - Daily Mail
Poker addict embezzled almost £1m from firm to pay off online debts
Boss at bookmaker accused of £2,000 betting slip con - Nottingham
Reprieve for Fake Win Bookie Scam

additional headlines
4 charged with cheating tribal casinos - Washington State
Elaine Wynn says 'rumblings' wrong

Tuesday, 3rd February

Las Vegas - Mercury News
IRS raids Vegas casino as part of investigation into former Fry's executive

Macau -
Declining Fortunes For Sands In Macau
"Shares in Las Vegas Sands tumbled 15.2% on Monday in New York, after leaked January gaming revenue data from Macau was published over the weekend by Portugal's Lusa News Agency."
Macau's gaming industry slows - The Edge Daily

Florida - &
Seminole tribe: Casino deal will create 45,000 Florida jobs
Tribe: Casino Deal Would Create 45,000 Fla. Jobs

Sacramento, California - Sacramento Bee
State gambling board backs off oversight demand for Indian casinos - California Gambling Control Commission

Macau City of Dreams
Melco Crown PR for the City of Dreams project. Late 2007 or early 2008

Macau - Macau Daily Times
City of Dreams to stage major recruitment fair this week

Atlantic City - The Press of Atlantic City & Las Vegas Sun
No deal in Tropicana casino sale
Sale of Tropicana in Atlantic City stalls

Reno - Yahoo/PRNewswire
IGT Wins Best Slot Manufacturer at 2009 International Gaming Awards

Australia - SMH. Daily Telegraph & WA Today
Hey, big spender: the gambling tycoon who's betting on Labor
"Dr Ho made a personal donation of $200,000 to NSW Labor while Hungtat Worldwide on the Gold Coast, of which he is a director, gave $600,000. But the party returned $499,980 that Dr Ho's wife, Angela Leong, had donated."
Chinese casino's gift to Labor party
Casino billionaire bankrolls Labor

Australia - Mail
Betfair demands all gambling operators set limits

Anapolis, Maryland - Baltimore Sun & Business Week
Md. gets only six bids for five slots sites
Maryland gets 6 slot machine bids for 5 licenses

British News
Row that ended in tragedy at bookies
Gambling hotel manager wins £42,000 payout after being sacked - Scotland

additional headlines
Casinos thrive in Oklahoma while 3 of Kansas' 4 gaming zones are empty
Headcount foils CAW bid to unionize casino workers - Niagara Falls, Canada

Monday, 2nd February
Sands Corporation: Sands to Singapore
Posted on YT August 2008.

Las Vegas - Yahoo/Business Wire & AP
Las Vegas Sands Corp. Bolsters Asia Management Team
Las Vegas Sands names DeAngelo to Asia exec post

Las Vegas - Yahoo/Business Wire, Reuters & AP
Shuffle Master, Inc. Announces CEO Succession Plan
Shuffle Master CEO Yoseloff to retire in March
Analyst optimistic on Shuffle Master CEO naming

Melbourne - Sun
300 people charged after incidents at Crown Casino

The Netherlands -
Holland Casino plans major investment

Massachusetts - Boston Herald
Study lauds casinos on jobs
Gaming in Massachusetts: Can Casinos Bring "Good Jobs" to the Commonwealth?

Australia & Macau - Telegraph
Gaming tycoon Stanley Ho funding NSW ALP
"Australian Electoral Commission figures shows Dr Ho, the octogenarian billionaire businessman who made his money in casinos in Macau, donated $400,000 to the NSW ALP in 2007/08." - Australian Labor Party

Melbourne - &
Melbourne Casino comes good on pokies refund promise
Crown Casino refunds pokie players after Friday blackout
Crown casino evacuated as power goes out across Victoria

Macau - Macau Daily Times
Macau logs nearly two mln border crossings during Chinese New Year

Sydney - Sydney Morning Herald
Rise in children dumped outside casino

Online Gambling
CAP Online Gambling Affiliate Show Seen as Disaster-
PokerTrillion Disappears in Controversial Circumstances- Card Player
Poker Trillion Becomes Rockem Poker

British News
Gambler jailed following bookmaker's death
Gala Casinos British Poker Tour Rumoured to Fold
Dial a Dealer

additional headlines
Bids on 5 Md. slot machine licenses due Monday - Maryland
Bill would punish gamblers under 18 at card rooms - Washigton State

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