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Archive 2009: 8th - 14th January

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Wednesday, 14th January

Singapore - Asia Times - Muhammad Cohen
Downturn raises odds at Singapore casinos - Marina Bay Sands - Sentosa Island

Bolivia - BBC Americas
Russian casinos take root in Bolivia - Ritzio Entertainment Group.

Taiwan & Macau - AFP &
Macau gaming heir looks to Taiwan
"Our relationship with China is key to us, we wouldn't want to do something to piss them off," he said in English, adding the island's internal politics would also be a factor.
Lawrence Ho interview with Agence France-Presse.
How father and son became rivals after deregulation
Lawrence (Yau Lung) Ho

Taiwan - Taipei Times
Casino industry still not a given: analysts, officials
TDM English News - 13th January.

London - Daily Mail
'Third of gambling websites let children place online bets'
"Just over 33 per cent of online casinos and bookmakers had 'deficiencies' that could enable youngsters to gamble on the internet, the Gambling Commission found."

Las Vegas & Kentucky - & Las Vegas Sun
Casino firm Tropicana plans reorganization
"William Yung III's ownership interests would be canceled, and he would not have equity in the reorganized company"
Plan would give Tropicana creditors ownership stake
From A(ztar) to Z(ilch) - David McKee's Stiffs and Georges blog.

U.S. & International - Global Gaming Business Magazine
25 People To Watch In 2009

No more employee cuts, says Weidner - Macau Daily Times
Galaxy, SJM fall as China keeps Macau travel curbs
Macau or bust! Asia's Las Vegas fights the economic crisis- The Independent

Manitoba, Canada -
Province to defend smoking ban in casinos

Indiana - NWI Times & Indianapolis Times
Study: Breathing in Hoosier casinos a gamble
Study: Casino air is 14 times smokier than outdoors
Casino Secondhand Smoke Exposure Study Shows Workers at Risk Due to Secondhand Smoke in Casinos - Indiana Academy of Family Physicians

Las Vegas - The Mercury News
Casino profile details luxurious lifestyle of former Fry's executive
"Court records show the IRS tracked about $120 million Siddiqui spent in three years at just two casinos, the Venetian and MGM."

additional headlines
Lean prospects for City of Dreams - David McKee's Stiffs and Georges blog.
UK's Stanleybet appeals closure of Greek outlets
Club Hotel Loutraki raises stake in Serbia's Grand Casino to 90%
Brits flock to Macau
Germany Wins World Cup Of Poker
53% of casinos close in Kyrgyzstan (Registration required)


Tuesday, 13th January

London -
Blow to casinos as Rank quits trade body
Rank's departure will leave only Genting Stanley and Harrah's/LCI as the BCA's major members. The BCA's website presently has an 11 month old press release in poll position.

Melco Crown to Open City of Dreams in Second Quarter - Bloomberg
"The worst time has probably gone" for Macau, Chief Executive Officer Lawrence Ho said at a press conference in Macau today. The opening of the $2.1 billion project in the world’s largest gambling hub will create about 7,000 jobs, he added. - October 2008
HK hit as Macao gamble fails to pay off -

Macau City of Dreams - Promotional video from Melco Crown

Las Vegas - Yahoo/AP & Las Vegas Sun
Harrah's delays Caesars Palace tower expansion
Caesars Palace delays opening of tower - August 2008 - July 2007
The Harmon isn’t Strip’s only troubled condo

Detroit - Detroit News
3 casinos, combined, show gain
"Total gaming revenue rises 1.84% to $1.36 billion in '08; MGM Grand sets pace."

Dortmund - Ruhr Nachricten
Casino Hohensyburg: Werden Saalchefs gemobbt?

Potsdam - PNN Online
Spielbank verliert - Weniger Gewinn wegen Rauchverbot und Sperrliste

Taiwan - eTaiwan News/Central News Agency & ASia News Network
Penghu welcomes legalization of gambling on outlying islands
Taiwan to allow off-shore casinos
AMZ set for Taiwan gambling complex -

British News
National Lottery kiosk in Welwyn Garden City shuts
Lottery workers lose jobs - Infoplace UK Ltd.
Robbers steal cash at bookmakers - Ladbrokes, Kenton.

additional headlines
January 2009 digital issue of Casino International
January 2009 digital issue of Casino International Americano


Monday, 12th January

Las Vegas - LVR-J- Howard Stutz
Lanni leaves on his terms - Longtime exec quietly departs MGM Mirage
Lanni: The official story - Dave Mckee

Spain - Franja Digital - January 2nd
Continúa el "sainete" de Grand Scala : La financiera de Gran Scala solo tiene 25.000 libras de capital

Nizhny Novgorod, Russia - Ria Novosti
Russian slot machine addict charged with killing grandparents

New York - Yahoo/AP
Ahead of the Bell: Analyst likes Las Vegas Sands

"We expect the fourth-quarter opening of Singapore will result in the opening of the most profitable casino in the world," Lawrence Klatzkin, Jefferies & Co.

Salaries slashed at James Packer's casino Crown Macau
"MPEL told labour authorities it had also sacked "excessive imported staff members'', including some from senior levels."
Galaxy, SJM Fall as China Keeps Macau Travel Curbs - Bloomberg

Taiwan - Taiwan News & Reuters
Taiwan legislators prepare vote to allow casinos on islands close to China
Taiwan parliament OKs gaming on offshore islands

Atlantic City - The Press of Atlantic City
Atlantic City casino agency struggles with staff shortages
The New Jersey Casino Control Commission presently has 295 employees, down from 350 in 2002.

Connecticut - Reuters/Business Wire
Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority Announces Cost Reductions That Do Not Include Layoffs

Pennsylvania - CityPaper - Columnist opinion
How slot machines are secretly designed to seduce and destroy you, and how the government is in on it

British News
Google to further relax policy on gambling ads - New Media Age
Racing row set to persist after levy report
Isle Casino hopes for two big wins - Coventry
Armed raiders target Gateshead bookmakers - Chisholm Bookmakers, Gateshead.
Robber flees empty-handed after gun raid at city bookie - Edinburgh

additional headlines
Vegas’ bust a boom for bargain hunters ? - MSNBC
Casinos Try To Change Their Luck Online - January 5th
Google to further relax policy on gambling ads - New Media Age
Racing row set to persist after levy report
Isle Casino hopes for two big wins - Coventry
Players Network Partners With National League of Poker to Create Private Branded Online Poker Site

Saturday & Sunday, 10th & 11th January

Hong Kong & Macau -
Macau's gaming hub under siege

Melbourne - The Melbourne Age
Casino 'knowingly' accepted stolen funds
In what could be the first case of it's kind, the Crown Casino in Melbourne is paying back millions of A$'s to individuals who saw their money stolen and then gambled away in the properties exclusive Mahogany Room.

Atlantic City - Philadelphia Inquirer, & AP
Revenue in Dec. for A.C.'s 11 gambling houses dropped 18.7%
"For the year, Atlantic City's gambling revenue came to $4.6 billion, a drop of 7.6% from 2007 and the first time it dipped below $5 billion since 2005."
A.C. casinos post record-setting revenue decline
"The gaming halls won $302 million from gamblers in December, down 18.7%. That shattered the previous record for the biggest monthly decline of 15.1% set in September."
AC Casinos Post Biggest Monthly Revenue Drop Ever

Sparks, Nevada -
Silver Club Casino in Sparks Closes - 200+ redundant

Las Vegas - Merced Sun-Star/AP & UNLV
UNLV study: Casino smoke drifts into restaurants
UNLV Study Finds Poor Air Quality Persists in Some Casino Restaurants Despite Clean Indoor Air Act

Strip gaming win lowest in five years
"Statewide, casinos won $836.7 million, down 14.8% from a year ago. Streshley said this is the first time in several years that every gaming market in the state experienced a decline in gross win."
Las Vegas sees 10% drop in visitors
"The LVCVA reported that 2,821,629 people visited the city in November, which is down from 3,129,508 visitors in November 2007. Hotel occupancy suffered, falling from about 87% to about 79% in the past year."

Nevada Casino Wins Down 15%

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun/AP & Reuters
MGM Mirage to take $1.2 billion charge in quarter
MGM Mirage to take $1.2 billion writedown on Mandalay
MGM kisses $1.2 billion goodbye - David Mckee Blog

Ohio - Columbus Dispatch
Gambling company now pushing own casino proposal

Macau/Zhuhai-Hong Kong bridge works begin this year
Wynn says no salary cuts, no work suspension
CotaiJet ferry engine fails at sea, no passengers injured
6 Guangdong officials punished for gambling - China Daily
Macao registers record gaming revenues of $13.7 bln in 2008

British news
New East Manchester: Proposals for casino site coming in spring
The Gambling Commission has 'found nothing' - ThisisExeter
Fruit machines hit new jackpot - The Christian Institute
Timetable for casino site plans
Armed robbers in double raid terror - BetFred, Preston

Additional headlines
Automaten: Heftiger Poker um Glücksspielgesetz
Jan. 1: ...And A Wynning New Year - The Strip Podcast
Porn industry feeling pain as expo hits Vegas
Three accused of conspiring to cash bad checks at casinos - Mississippi
3 arrests at 'forgery lab' in Reno hotel-casino
Philly casino licensee has 20-year-old drug record
NY couple jailed for gambling $1M in stolen money
Expanded gambling may be on the way for KY
New CEO for Sweden's Gaming Monopoly: Svenska Spel

Friday, 9th January
City Center - Las Vegas Version 2
Filmed November 2008. Saved at a better resolution with some minor edits.

Ontario - Windsor Star
Ontario casinos losing money
Casinos post losses - Fierce competition takes toll on gaming - Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.

Vienna & Belgrade, Serbia - Die Presse
Casinos: Rien ne va plus in Brüssel und Belgrad

Austria & Cripple Creek, Colorado - Boerse Express
Century Casinos bleibt auf der Kaufliste von Unicredit

Additional headlines
Problem gambling calls at record high - Wisconsin
Porn in Recession - Las Vegas Sun
Porn Industry wants a Hand Out! - CNN/VoiceofAmericans2008
Connecticut Attorney General Blumenthal urges lawmakers to ban smoking in state's casinos
Fired Fry's executive Siddiqui charged with fraud, money-laundering
Viejas Receives International Award for Casino Web Site
Former Maroon colonel lashes out on casino facility discussions - Jamaica
Casino Barge Destroyed By Katrina Towed Away - Biloxi

Thursday, 8th January

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun & LVR-J
MGM Mirage cancels CityCenter condo project
Company exec says scaling down is most logical move
How did CityCenter tower flaws persist?
CityCenter's Harmon Hotel delayed

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
M Resort licensing gets OK from gaming board

Las Vegas - Yahoo/AP
Nevada regulators OK Crown-Cannery casino deal

Macau & Las Vegas - Bloomberg & Yahoo/AP
Las Vegas Sands Says Bubble in Macau's VIP Market Has Burst
"I would expect it to be down fairly dramatically" as junket operators can't collect the money they lent to Chinese businessmen to gamble, Las Vegas Sands President William Weidner said yesterday at an investor conference in Arizona.
Las Vegas Sands Corp. at Citi Global Entertainment, Media & Telecommunications Conference (Replay) - Registration required. 38 minutes.

Las Vegas - Bloomberg, Forbes & Yahoo/AP
MGM Mirage's CEO to 'Dramatically' Cut Debt, May Sell Casinos
"MGM Mirage’s new chief executive officer, James Murren, said he plans to "dramatically" reduce debt and will consider further casino sales as he overhauls the company’s balance sheet."
MGM’s CityCenter Shrinks
Construction of Las Vegas hotel delayed, changed
Shares of MGM fall despite CityCenter cost savings

British News
Gambler jailed for four years over raids on bookies - Glasgow
Casino plan for Excel revived
Sandiacre bookmakers hit by lone robber

Additional headlines
CES, porn expo sharing the Vegas stage
Players Network Enters Revenue Sharing Dist. Agreement With Sling Media
Mimosa casino workers defer strike
Mocha Clubs feel no pain from financial turmoil, chief says

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