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Wednesday, 7th January

Las Vegas - LVR-J & Fox5 News
Permits sought to build world's largest hotel in Las Vegas
Vegas May See World's Largest Hotel - Africa Israel Group

Las Vegas - Reuters, Yahoo/AP & Marketwatch
MGM, Dubai scale back CityCenter, seek investors
CityCenter postpones completion of Harmon Hotel
MGM Mirage scales back CityCenter again

Atlantic City - The Press of Atlantic City
Atlantic City casino work force drops to lowest level since late 1980s
"Casinos finished 2008 with 38,585 workers, the first time since 1987 that annual employment sank below 40,000, according to year-end figures released Tuesday by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission. Employment peaked at 51,560 jobs in July 1997."

Atlantic City - Newsday
Trump change: Donald's casinos' stock dirt cheap
"Eric Hausler, the company's senior vice president for development, sold 2,260 shares of company stock, at 18 cents a share. He got $406."

Las Vegas - Business Wire
The Siegel Group Nevada, Inc. Acquires 2nd Las Vegas Hotel-Casino

Las Vegas - In Business Las Vegas - Richard Velotta
Resort openings anchor hopes for better economy

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
National gaming center board names new chairman - Glenn Christenson.
The latest trend: Leaving Las Vegas - National Center for Responsible Gaming

Newslinks courtesy of Gaming Today
United Coin takes over management of Sparks casino - Baldini’s Sports Casino
Mark Lipparelli named to the Nevada Gaming Board
Binion still casino hunting
TrackNet may cut off Nevada from horse racing simulcasts
Greenspun looking for bigger slice of the pie ?

British News
Ladbrokes's online casino broke advertising rules - Reuters
Ladbrokes places Sun ad in response to ASA ban - Brand Republic

Additional headlines
Hard Times For Billionaire Sheldon Adelson -
Elderly Man attacked after casino win - Trump Taj Mahal
Economist: Jobless rate may pass 10% this year - Nevada
146 held from gambling club - Mumbai
$135,000 winning lottery cards were printing errors - Canada


Tuesday, 6th January

London - Department for Culture Media & Sport
Government moves to secure funding to tackle problem gambling
The DCMS press release comes just 24 hours after the Government announced an increase in the payouts and stakes permitted for 10's of thousands of slots in the British street market.
G2E Asia 2008 @ the Venetian Macau
Film shot back in June, but only edited and posted online today.

Israel, Austria & Belgrade, Serbia - Reuters/Queenco Leisure International
Queenco buys Casino Beogard stake for €42 million
Queenco Leisure International Ltd - Changes to Shareholding in Casino Beograd

Jerusalem & Las Vegas - Yahoo/Reuters & Yahoo/AP
Las Vegas Sands denies report of deal for land
IDB, Adelson deny partnership on Las Vegas project
Elad seeks Adelson help for Vegas project

Matthews, N.C. - Yahoo/PRNewswire
PokerTek and Aristocrat Extend Distribution Agreement

Macau - CCTV/Xinhua
Macao registers record gaming revenues of $13.7 bln in 2008 - Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau

Macau - Macau Daily Times
Gaming revenues in 2008 soar by 31% to record high
Lawmaker urges gaming enterprises to communicate well with staff
Macau had 30% less visitors on New Year holiday
Company says water quality normal after dead body found in dam

Mississippi - Clarion Ledger
570 jobs gone at Choctaw resort

British News
Gambling firms to be forced to pay levy to fund treatment - Guardian
Bookmakers will be forced to pay £5m for gambling studies - Independent
Gamblers face £5m 'addicts' tax' to pay for problem gambling - Telegraph - Responsibility in Gambling Trust
GameTech Elite(TM) Installed in the United Kingdom

Additional headlines
Heather A. Rollo Joins Ameristar Casinos as Chief Accounting Officer
Layoffs announced by Kansas gambling regulators
PartyGaming Sues Former Owner of Empire Online Over 2006 Sale
I-Team: Las Vegas Economy 2009
Recesion Puts Halt to Casino Developments - Travel Daily News
Trump casino debt given 'D' rating -- for default
BCC's casino program on hold - Bristol Community College. Massachusetts.


Monday, 5th January

Las Vegas - Yahoo/PRNewswire
CityCenter Now Accepting Applications to Fill More Than 12,000 Jobs

Las Vegas - Yahoo/AP
Ahead of the Bell: New Year's OK for Vegas casinos

Cambodia - Yahoo/Business Wire
Elixir Gaming Enters into Agreement with NagaWorld Limited

Malta - Malta Independent
Malta-based companies abetting illegal Internet gambling operations - Malta Lotteries and Gaming Authority

Bets are off for Macau gambling boom - BBC Asia
"The US-based Las Vegas Sands group has halted construction of five new hotels, huge shopping centres and several new casinos. About 10,000 foreign workers and 2,000 workers from Macau have lost their jobs so far."

Macau Daily Times
SJM says company to try its best to maintain staff's interest
Galaxy says salary arrangement to be announced this week
Gaming training course reports to drop in registration
TDM English News - 3rd January

Macau Casinos & Tower
Filmed last June during G2E Asia.

British News
Gamblers 'to be able to bet and win twice as much on slot machines'
BACTA appear to have been succesful in their lobbying of Government ministers for the introduction of £70 jackpots for 10's of thousands of Pub and Arcade slots.
Jackpots and stakes doubled as gaming industry given boost by ministers
Comment: Fruit machines could start a life-long addiction

Fears that gambling addiction will soar as ministers relax rules
Bigger prizes and bets for slot can a Labour government be so recklessly irresponsible with the lives of the poor?

How does he manage? Casino director - James Curwen, Paddington Casino
Pubs given commercial gambling warning - The Publican
Armed men raid North-East bookie - Gateshead
Gambler admits attacking Durham bookmaker
Betting row as unknown Matt Smith becomes new Doctor Who

Atlantic City - ABC Local
Casino winner attacked, suspect takes joyride
Certainly not the kind of publicity that Atlantic City requires at the moment. The Taj Mahal player was 70 years old.

Turkey & Bulgaria - Bulgarian News Network
Security Agency Officer Issues Illegal Passport to Turkish "Gambling King"

Additional headlines
Police strike in triple gambling raid - Cyprus Mail
CCP meet to sort out casinos, garbage issues - Goa
Vegas beer pong competition gets (almost) serious

Saturday & Sunday, 3rd & 4th January

Taiwan - Taiwan News & Radio Taiwan
Casinos given green light in Taiwan
Penghu aims to solicit NT$30 billion to build casinos
Casino project to seek hefty investment

Czech Republic -  Radio Praha: 18th December
Czech betting firms win permission to introduce on-line gambling
Macau - Macau Business
You're fired Expat exodus
Macau Business correspondents take an indepth look at the firings of expat staff and what the future holds for employment in the S.A.R.'s casino industry.

Singapore - Casino building progress: Marina Bay & Sentosa Island
Marina Bay Sands - Reuters Image 2nd January
An amazing image of the building site at Marina Bay uploaded 29th December, 2008. - November 2008 - Sentosa Island

New York - The Real Deal
Casino developer flips 15 CPW unit for $27M

Italy -
Lottomatica seeking to capitalise on Italy's burgeoning gambling habit

Las Vegas -
Casinos Warm to the Idea of Legal Online Gaming
MGM Mirage to Take CityCenter Applications Monday

Mesquite, Nevada - L.A. Times
Out in Nevada desert, gambling runs dry

British News
Excel in chase for big casino

Unluckiest punter misses £800,000 win
Lotto balls-up cost me £1.7m
Bookie pays out £3000 after taking pity on OAP for coupon mistake

Additional headlines
100 Students, Ancient Burial Stop Philadelphia Casino?- Gambling911
Crunching numbers on gambling, poker machines in NSW
Player wins 2.79m jackpot at Grand Lisboa - Caribbean Stud Poker
Macau casino revenue declines to 7.65b patacas - SCMP Registration required

Dice control or Dice influence ?

In the Know w/ the DICE COACH! from Andres J. DeLeon on Vimeo.

Friday, 2nd January

Gaming Investments - Yahoo/AP & ThisisMoney
Analyst: Wynn, Las Vegas Sands priced just right
Trump casinos must revamp debt in days

Las Vegas - Yahoo/AP
Slump means identity crisis for Las Vegas

Nevada - LVR-J - Howard Stutz
Gambling companies poised to turn page after year of sharp declines
Gaming Control Board gets member

British News
House prices fell by 16.2% in 2008
Bookies' raid CCTV photos issued - Ladbrokes, Cardiff.
Cashiers left terrified by armed raids on betting shops
Knife raid terror at Bolton bookies - Ladbrokes, Bolton.
Another city bookmakers robbed - Ladbrokes, Radford.

Additional headlines
Terror networks use gambling websites for recruitment, finance
Pagcor remits P10-B dividends to Treasury
Worry As Online Casino Affiliates Could Be Hit By Us Taxation Laws

Thursday, 1st January
Wishing Gaming floor's visitors a happy, peaceful and crunch free 2009 !

The Year in Gaming - In Business Las Vegas

New York - Yahoo/AP & N.Y. Times
Trump Entertainment wins 3 weeks' forbearance
Trump Casinos Get Extension on Debt

Robbie Maddison new years eve jump 2009

Robbie Knievel jumps the Mirage Hotel and Casino's Volcano on New Years Eve (high definition)

Las Vegas - Business Week
The Vegas Casino Room Glut
"Some friends of mine just stayed at the nearby Venetian resort for just $119 a night with $100 in restaurant and other credit through in as an enticement."

London & New York - Yahoo/AFP
Euro ends volatile year in dip against dollar, pound

Las Vegas- Las Vegas Now
New Year's Turnout Beats Last Year - Including a pretty lame fireworks video.

Meyer Lansky: Gangland Part 3
Details Meyer Lansky and partners investments in Cuba during the 50's and the confiscation of American assets and closure of the casinos after Castro's takeover.

Additional headlines
Barroom sex leads to license complaint - Las Vegas
Former mafia crime boss Michael Franzese warns of tennis gambling
Cancer fund investigated by Gambling Commission

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