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Archive 2009: 15th - 21st January

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Wednesday, 21st January

London - Bloomberg & Reuters
Pound Slides to Lowest Versus Dollar Since 1985 on Bank Concern
Sterling extends losses to $1.3622, hits lowest since 1985

Atlantic City - Philadelphia Inquirer
Trump’s casino firms hoping to avoid bankruptcy
"If no deal is reached, Trump Entertainment could file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection - its fourth such filing since 1991." "The stock was trading as high as $25 a share in 2006. It closed at 22 cents today on the New York Stock Exchange, down 3.56%."

Las Vegas - Yahoo Finance/AP
Economic slump spurs casino cost-cutting
In bad times, Vegas casinos know when to hold 'em

Atlantic City - The Press of Atlantic City
Tropicana to freeze top salaries, may lay off 117 dealers

Macau - Macau Daily Times
Starworld gaming operations staff to earn, work less from next month
"Gaming operations staff of Starworld Casino will from February 2, work four days less a month until the end of this year, which equals to a pay cut of 13.3%."
Venetian Macao wins award for Asia's best MICE hotel
STDM to buy Mandarin Oriental

Frankfort, Kentucky - Lexington Herald-Leader & AP
Online gambling sites win this round
"In a 2-1 ruling Tuesday, the Kentucky Court of Appeals said the state does not have the jurisdiction to seize 141 online casinos' Internet domain names in an effort to keep them from operating in the state."
Ky. court blocks move to seize gambling domains

Germany - &
Automaten in Spielbank manipuliert
Die Spielbanken bleiben auf ihren Chips sitzen
Tag der offenen Tür im Casino Esplanade - Hamburg 24th January.

British News
Pickerings Lifts for Crockfords Casino

Gambling Commission fees under fire - Racing Post
IG Group profit up on market turmoil - Reuters

additional headlines
Fournier unveils new product
La. casinos largely maintain winning level in Dec.
Central City OKs expanded casino stakes, hours
Central City approves new gambling regulations
All three of the casino towns in Colorado can now have $100 table limits. Roulette and Craps may also be introduced onto the Gaming floor.
Lara Croft(TM) Slot Launches on to BetStone's Server Based Gaming Platform


Tuesday, 20th January

Las Vegas - Yahoo/PRNewswire & Reuters
International Game Technology Acquires Assets of Progressive Gaming International
IGT buys rival Progressive Gaming's operating assets

Las Vegas - Yahoo/PRNewswire
GPI to Supply Table Game Products for Newest California Tribal Casino

In 2008 Germany's casinos saw a 21.7% fall in casino win to €723 Millionen Euro. The decline at the nine state owned casinos in Bayern was almost 30%.
2008 war kein gutes Jahr für Spielbanken
Kein gutes Jahr 2008 für die Spielbanken - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Weniger Besucher in Niedersachsens Spielbanken
Rauchverbot macht Spielbanken zu schaffen - Nord Deutschland
Dramatischer Rückgang der Spielbank-Einnahmen in Sachsen - Sachsen
«Rien ne va plus» bei Spielbanken? - Sachsen-Anhalt - Deutsche Spielbanken Interessen- und Arbeitsgemeinschaft
Noch keine Einigung im Streit um Mitarbeiter des Spielcasinos - Dortmund

Macau - Brisbane Times
Dice with death bad news for Packer
A study of 99 high rollers from mainland China whose gambling habits propelled them into the headlines has found that 44% were either sentenced to death, murdered, committed suicide or were serving long jail sentences after committing crimes to fund their visits.

Las Vegas - Sacramento Bee/AP
Las Vegas Monorail builder gets 5-year extension
Bombardier Receives 44 Million Euro Operations and Maintenance Order in Las Vegas, USA

British News
James Packer puts his £27m Mayfair home up for sale
The prodigal son - David McKee's take on James Packer's selling spree.
PartyGaming dealt blow as MD quits

additional headlines
Relative of Macau leader on Interpol wanted list in graft scandal

CASINOS: Industry continues to shed jobs - California
Pa. casino developer seeks to delay hotel opening - Sands Bethworks


Monday, 19th January

Las Vegas - PRNewswire
Aruze Gaming America Signs Purchase Agreement to Acquire True Blue Gaming
Kent Young; Vice President, Marketing for Aristocrat Technologies - LVRJ 2005
Las Vegas Sign to Sahara - in 4 minutes
High definition version

Macau - Brisbane Times
Packer's casino revenues collapse

Indiana -
Northern Indiana casino adding $130M hotel tower

Nevada - Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Slovenians beat cultural barrier to state license
Fontainebleau has the cash to keep rising
Beneath its skin, Fontainebleau has something extra for guests’ gadgets

British News
Poker business magazine to launch - Corrected link

Public views sought over gambling policy

Done brothers get out of online casino gaming

32Red reports significant growth
32Red Plc - Trading Update

Man tries to rob bookies with spade - Pagebet, Wearside
Alley attack on bookmaker - Midlands Turf Agency, Long Eaton.

additional headlines
Casino revenues, employment fall - Tunica, Mississippi
Casino crime wave continues in Tallinn
Carson-area casinos lose $7.5 million in ’08 - Nevada Appeal
Slot-machine 'wins' losing at casinos - Detroit News
City casinos count on patrons to up the ante - Detroit News
India among priority markets for Macau Tourism -

Saturday & Sunday, 17th & 18th January

Australia - Sunday Telegraph
James Packer sells up family fortune
James Packer's backyard bliss put on hold
James Packer's inherited fortune is believed to have halved from from $6b to less than $3b.

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun: Liz Benston
Las Vegas Sands: A big rise, a big fall

Stratosphere Tower - High quality version

Nevada - Las Vegas Sun
Las Vegas No. 2 last year in rate of foreclosures
M Resort license, Crown purchase of Cannery get Control Board approval
Annual report shows dramatic fall of casino profits

Las Vegas - Vegas Gang Podcast
Vegas Gang #25 - January 16th, 2009

Mississippi - Clarion-Ledger
Business sues casino where stolen funds gambled

Malta & Chicago -
Playboy to shut down online gaming operation

Dublin - Spero News
Irish gamblers bet on inauguration speech cliches - Paddy Power

Melbourne -
Aussie Millions $10,500 AUD Main Event Begins Sunday

Las Vegas - Yahoo/AP
Shuffle Master stock slips as it drops to 4Q loss

British News
Bookies raider warned of long jail sentence
Number's up for Lotto sales staff -
Zac Goldsmith strikes gold with gamble on Obama victory
Zac Golds
Zac Golds

additional headlines
Man Hangs Self at Casino Hotel Room - Kangwon Casino
Nigerians continue to send fake lottery letters from Málaga
Records: Ousted Mo. school chief a heavy gambler
Mohegan Sun casino cuts pay for all employees
Tour anger as Montgomerie made favourite for Ryder Cup captaincy
CryptoLogic Expects to Deliver Net Income of $9-$10 Million in 2009

Friday, 16th January

Las Vegas - Yahoo/PRNewswire
GPI Wins Large RFID Orders From Two New Asian Casinos
City of Dreams Macau and Newport City in Manila, Philippines.

Macau - Xinhua
Macao's casino revenues surge 31% in 2008


A to Z on the Grand Canal - Aomen TV

National Geographic Special Clip On Macau from Aram on Vimeo.
Painting the ceilings at the Venetian Macau Grand Canal Shoppes

British News
Stanleybet says court rules Athens unit can reopen
Gamblers lose £400,000 as jockey unseated yards from line
Betting firm William Hill says trading is holding up despite consumer downturn
William Hill takes heavy going in its stride

Slot machine firm announces bumper profits

Meet a gentleman bookie who started a betting revolution - Victor Chandler
£10,000 reward offered after bookies is robbed - Corals, Dewsbury.

Munich - Rapid TV News
New German horse betting channel

The Bahamas - Yahoo/Business Wire
The Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace Casino Brings Back the Island Pulse of Cable Beach

New Mexico -
Santa Ana Star Casino first to launch social networking Web site

additional headlines
Mountaineer Casino laying off 175 workers
Slot machine revenue down at 2 Conn. casinos
Confessions of a Dice Dealer - Book by Casino industry vet Peter Smith
Cellini helped sink Waukegan casino deal
Antigua Attempts Last-Ditch Negotiations in Online Gambling Trade Dispute

Thursday, 15th January

Las Vegas - ABC Nightline
Vegas Casino to Hire 12,000 - MGM MIRAGE's CityCenter

Scotsdale, Arizona - MarketWatch
National Council of Legislators From Gaming States Adopts Resolution Supporting 100% Smokefree Gaming Venues
Smoking Section At Meadows Casino Expands

Mississippi - Washington Post/AP
Miss. casino, slot player argue over $1M jackpot

Las Vegas - Yahoo/Business Wire
Shuffle Master, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2008 Results

Jamaica - Jamaica Observer
Gov't tables ministry paper on casino gaming - Tavistock Group - Palmyra Resort & Spa

British News
Attacks on betting shop staff up 40 per cent, Assembly warned
"Violent attacks on betting shop staff in London have shot up by 40 per cent in three years, City Hall was told today."
William Hill Plc. - Trading Update
British betting group seeks to end Greek ban

Amax Reports Rolling Chip Volume of HK$67.7 Billion for Three Month Period Ended 31 December 2008
Chinese Officials Gamble, and Their Luck Runs Out - N.Y. Times
Macau visitor numbers leap in 2008: govt - AFP
LV Sands: Cotai resumption ‘yet unknown’

additional headlines
Top 10 Moments of 2008! - The Strip Podcast
Playboy Gaming to Close Online Poker Site January 29th
Casino Hohensyburg: Erneut leitenden Mitarbeiter freigestellt
Sun International wins domain name

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