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Archive 2009: 8th - 14th February

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Saturday & Sunday, 14th & 15th February

Las Vegas & California - L.A. Times
High roller's paradise lost to debts, fraud case - Omar Siddiqui

Taipei, Taiwan - Taipei Times
Anti-casino group holds protest

Atlantic City - Bloomberg & MarketWatch
Donald Trump’s Resignation May Scuttle Marina Casino Hotel Sale
Trump casino firm faces forced revamping: report

Shanghai, China - USA Today & Xinhua
Shanghai court sentences 20 for sports gambling
Twenty jailed over China's "biggest" online gambling case
20 jailed over billion dollar online gambling

Connecticut - Philadelphia Inquirer
The chips are down for casino-owning tribe

Greektown Casino Hotel opening

Detroit - PRNewswire
Greektown Casino-Hotel Announces Opening of Hotel Tower

New York & Atlantic City - Yahoo/Reuters & AP
Trump says quitting board of namesake casino group
Donald Trump quits casino company's board
"If I'm not going to run it, I don't want to be involved in it," Trump told The Associated Press Friday night.

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Harrah’s seeking $740 million from credit line
"Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. disclosed Friday it submitted requests to tap the remaining $740 million of its $2 billion senior secured revolving credit line -- a move one analyst said indicates financial troubles are deepening at the gambling giant."
Harrah’s makes cost-cutting moves
"Over the past year, Harrah's has laid off at least 2,000 employees and has reduced workers' hours. The company has struggled from lack of business, exacerbated by interest owed on billions of dollars in debt accumulated when the company went private."
Nevada’s foreclosure rate tops nation once again
Station Casinos sued over reorganization plan
Lawsuit claims Station ‘not acting gentlemanly’
Regulators keep tabs on Station, proposed restructuring

San Diego - Contra Costa Time/AP & Press Enterprise
San Diego card cheater admits to $1M casino scam
Man pleads guilty to scam that cheated Inland casinos

Macau - Macau Daily Times
Sands to sell retail malls to raise liquidity

British News
Ladbrokes boss has a punt on resilience - Sunday Times
Nelson victory over Great Yarmouth casino plans
The Edge. Great Yarmouth
Bookies raid spree man jailed - Glasgow

additional U.S. headlines
Pinnacle accused of allowing landmark Atlantic City hotel to rot
Casino gambling in the islands - Philadelphia Inquirer
Miri police smash multi-million betting syndicates - Malaysia
Fugitive splurges $5800 at casino after skipping court - Sydney
How does Mount Airy turn a buck off three cents?


Friday, 13th February

Washington & Southern California - U.S. Department of Justice
Co-Founder of Casino-Cheating Criminal Enterprise Pleads Guilty to Racketeering Conspiracy Targeting Casinos in the United States and Canada

Prague, Czech Republic - Yahoo/PRNewswire &AP
Century Casinos Closed Sale of Prague Casino
Century Casinos completes sale of Prague casino

Pennsylvania - Pittsburgh Business Journal
Casino planning to hire 800 employees

In Business: Hard Times
In Business Las Vegas

Sydney - NineMSN
Crown writes down $450m on US casinos
"Crown, Australia's largest entertainment and gambling company, said it believed that its 19.6% stake in Fontainbleu Resorts in addition to its 4.9% and 2.5% stakes in Stations Casinos and Harrah's Entertainment would now be worth around $100 million."

Myanmar - Shanghai Daily
Chinese leave in casino crackdown

Las Vegas - IHT/Reuters
Recession cuts profit for Las Vegas Sands

Shreveport, Louisiana - Shreveport Times
Casinos shed about 1,500 jobs in 2008
"Compared to January 2008, when there were 8,600 casino jobs, employment is down nearly 27 percent."

Macau & Hong Kong - AFP
HK court backs Macau bid to seize minister's assets: report
"A lawsuit filed by Macau claimed Ao made 637 million dollars (81.7 million US) in kickbacks from construction companies he approved to build casinos, a sports stadium and other projects,"

Morocco - &
Morocco Looks for New Gaming Project
1,000-Acre Gaming Project Seeks Investor, Operator
Société d’Aménagement et de Valorisation de Ouarzazate
CB Richard Ellis Global Gaming Group

British News
No Valentine? Then party on down at the casino - G Casino, Thanet.
Google should not be allowed to advertise online gambling say MPs

additional U.S. headlines
TrackNet, Nevada books reach settlement - Gaming Today
Md. slots panel rejects bids to build casinos at Laurel Park, Rocky Gap.
Director steps down from gaming supply company - Shuffle Master
Mich. Senate OKs casino deal with Gun Lake tribe
Panel exempts casinos, bars from smoking ban - Indiana
KC casinos record 5th-best month in revenue


Thursday, 12th February
LeCroupier - Official Trailer

Online Gambling - Business Wire
Lucien Barrière Hotels & Casinos to Launch Online Casino in UK

Gambling Research
Near misses 'encourage gambling' - Daily Telegraph
Gamblers 'respond' to near misses - Channel 4
Getting a kick out of "near misses" - Economic & Social Research Council
Current research projects - Responsibility in Gambling Trust

Las Vegas - MarketWatch
Vegas slump getting wider, deeper - Gambling revenue and visits plunge despite deep discounting
"Las Vegas hotel occupancy declined 9.90 percentage points to 73.3%, as weekend occupancy levels drooped to 82% and midweek occupancy fell to 70%. The average daily rate plunged 14.2% to $96.39."

Vegas Bound Contest Announcement
Las Vegas Visitor & Convention Center YouTube Channel

Las Vegas - USA Today & AP
Las Vegas mayor wants Obama to apologize
Vegas mayor tells Obama his comments harmed city
Mayor Goodman Rocks! Amazing! - A rebranding of Downtown Las Vegas ?

Washington State -
Feds Bust Ring of Alleged Casino Cheaters
Cashing out colour bought at one Roulette table for $1 at another for $25. Slack procedures and dopey staff !

Las Vegas - PRNewswire
Responsible Gaming Gets Platinum Status in Gaming Standards Association

Las Vegas - Yahoo/PRNewswire, Reuters & Channel News Asia
Las Vegas Sands Corp. Reports 4thQ and Full Year 2008 Results
Las Vegas Sands posts 4th-qtr loss; shares rise
Las Vegas Sands swings to fourth-quarter loss

Macau - Macau Daily Times
Non-local casino pit supervisors allowed to work till mid-year
"Director of the Human Resources Office, Vong Chi Hong, said the 43 imported casino pit supervisors who got their work duration extended late 2008 will only be working in Macau until June 30 this year at the latest."

British News
Demolish the Odeon - New plan to flatten cinema for casino - Doncaster
Plans for casino at former cinema site

MP backs safer betting

Betting shop raiders win reduced jail sentence - Bury
Crawley bookies robbed - Corals, Crawley
Robbery at bookmakers in Thrapston - Corals, Thrapston, near Kettering.
Men charged with robbery - Oldham
Man in court over bookie's raid - Nottingham

additional headlines
Bally Tech. Announces Long-Term Partnership with Nevada Cancer Institute
WPT Teams up with Mekhi Phifer for the 7th Annual WPT Invitational
Critics blast Hawaii's gambling proposals - CNBC/AP

Wednesday, 11th February

Carson City, Nevada - Bloomberg & LVR-J
Las Vegas Strip Gambling Revenue Fell 23% in December
Gaming revenues suffer sharpest drop in state history
"Nevada’s nonrestricted gaming licensees reported a total “gaming win” of $887,997,753 for the month of December 2008. This amounts to an 18.94% decrease compared to December 2007, when licensees reported a gaming win of $1,095,421,697. For the fiscal year (July 1, 2008 through December 31, 2008), gaming win has decreased 13.95%."

Las Vegas - LVR-J
Obama draws ire over Vegas junket criticism

Las Vegas - Yahoo/AP
Las Vegas Sands to post 4thQ earnings after market closes Wednesday
Las Vegas Sands Corp. Earnings Conference Call (Q4 2008) - 4.30pm EST

Kachin province, Myanmar - Shanghai Daily &
Seamy border casino town closed down
The dark world of Chinese casinos on Sino-Burma border (special)
Over 1,500 Chinese in Burma border flee - 9th Feb.
China cuts off tele-communication and electricity in KIO's area over casino fiasco - 5th Feb.
Burmese Army checks KIO casinos for "kidnapped Chinese" - 30th January
Place your bets in Myanmar's 'Sin City' - October 2007

Atlantic City - Philadelphia Inquirer & Business Week/AP
A.C. casino revenue down 9.4% for Jan.
AC casino revenues down 9.4 percent in January
"The gambling houses won $211.6 million at the slot machines, down 9.6%, and $109.8 million at table games, down 9.1%. In all, they won $321.4 million."
January 09 - Monthly Casino Revenue Report

Bournemeouth - Bournemouth Echo
Armed raider hits Casino
"The attacker escaped with several thousand pounds from outside the Gala Casino in Westover Road at 5.30pm on Monday."

Vegas-style slots in Immokalee
Class III slots open at the Immokalee Seminole Casino in Florida

Florida - Naples Daily News
PHOTOS: Immokalee’s extreme casino makeover, featuring Ty Pennington 
Seminole Immokalee Casino holds Job fair

Macau - Wall Street Journal
Gambling Heiress Bets on Macau's Recovery -  Pansy Ho Strikes Deals With Partners to Expand Shun Tak
Casino Royals
Google Images - Pansy Ho

Medelin, Columbia - Casino Compendium
Ritzio opens premium Allegre Casino

British News
MPs call for Google to reinstate gambling ad ban - New Media Age
ASA rules ad glamorises gambling
Man held over betting shop murder - Manchester

Tuesday, 10th February

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Casinos sue over dead man’s debts - Caesars Palace & Hard Rock Casino.

California - Sacramento Bee
Thunder Valley execs fired; Station Casinos steps in

Galveston, Texas - Reuters
Storm-hit Texas city eyes casinos to stay afloat

Manila - Business Mirror
Manila Jockey plans casino, hotel in Manila

Online Gambling - & Washington Post
Social gambling site Pikum cashes in its chips and closes
Pikum's Social Gambling Site Loses Its $6m In Chips, Closes - Easy to see where the money went :)

Goa - New Kerala
Conmen strike offshore Casino in Goa, three arrested
The article mentions that there are now 7 casinos in opertion on the Mandovi River.

Macau Gaming Revenue Falls 30 Percent in January
Nearly 10k candidates to complete for 7k positions at COD recruitment fair
Amax Appoints Corey Wong as Company Secretary and Authorized Rep.

From Gaming Today
Casinos lower prices to pump up business
Shuffle Master unveils table game upgrades
Relive the glory of Sigfried and Roy one more time
Crown to write down interests in casino portfolio

British News
William Hill to close 14 betting shops in Republic
Bookmaker job losses 'will see workers sold down the river' - Sheffield
Irish bookie’s first shop in Scotland - Paddy Power
Cops put feelers out to trace man after bookie heists - East London Advertiser
Armed raider escapes with cash from bookies - Bet Fred, Corby.

additional headlines
A Song for Dave Ulliott - A light-hearted prod at the Poker player's hair.
Slump continues at SE Ind. casinos

Monday, 9th February
ATEI London 2009
Short film from upstairs at Earls Court.

The Bahamas & Melbourne - Sun
Casino chasing chronic gambler for $1.4m - Harry Kakavas v's Crown Casino

Saskatchewan -
Painted Hand Casino in Yorkton to open March 11

Sydney - Reuters & Bloomberg
Crown says to take writedown on U.S. interests
Crown Writes Down Value of U.S. Casino Stakes by A$450 Million 

Macau & Hong Kong - Channel News Asia/AFP, Straits Times & Macau Daily Times
Lost fortune? We're printing money, claims Macau casino tycoon
Over half of riches lost
Macau casino tycoon loses 89% of his fortune

Singapore & Taiwan -
Taiwan, Singapore to jointly train talent for casino business
"The 300-hour training program will begin formally at the end of March, with tuition costs expected to range between NT$100,000 and NT$130,000." Circa U.S.$3,000 to $4,000. - Taiwan hospitality and tourism college.

Las Vegas - IHT
Roll of the dice on Las Vegas's shabby downtown

Bolivia - Miami Herald
Bingo in Bolivia via Russia - 
Bingo Bahiti Gaming Clubs

Goa, India - oHeraldo
‘Casinos not in Goa’s interest’
In addition to the land based slot and electronic games operations in Goa there are believed to be 5 casino boats now in operation on the Mandovi River. - Casino Royale - Kings Casino - Pride of Goa - Casino Rio - Casino Goa. Caravela

City of Dreams - 2 Day recruitment event - TDM English News
Counterfeit yuan banknotes discovered in Macau

British News - Bookmaker robberies
Bungling thieves forget to take money with them in betting shop raid
MASKED men armed with claw hammers robbed a bookmakers in Windsor yesterday
North Wales Police hunt gunman after raid on bookies

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