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Tuesday, 21st July

Atlantic City - AP & NBC Philadelphia
Casinos: We'll hire replacement dealers for strike
Who Will Lose in A.C. Dealer Standoff?

Washington - Yahoo/AP
Poker players hope for hot hand in lobbying week

Macau - Reuters
Macau casinos' IPO gamble - Reuters Video

Las Vegas, Macau & Hong Kong - WSJ, MarketWatch 6 Reuters
Wynn Plans Fourth-Quarter Listing of Macau Assets in Hong Kong 
Wynn reportedly to spin off Macau assets in IPO
Wynn Resorts files for HK IPO of Macau unit

Auckland - SMH/aap
Sky City shares soar on upbeat forecast

Mississippi - CNBC
Miss. casino revenue worst since Katrina recovery
"Figures released by the Mississippi State Tax Commission show Mississippi's 30 casinos won $189.7 million last month as the industry took in about $47.6 million, or 20 percent, less than in June 2008, when revenue was $237.3 million."

Macau - WSJ, & SCMP (Registration required)
Macau Casino Revenue Drops 12% as China Continues Visa Limits
Macao casinos feel the pinch
Gaming revenue falls on fewer tourists
Macau hotel occupancy dives to 59.4% lowest since 2003 - 14th July.
Package Tours and Hotel Occupancy Rate for May 2009
"Information from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) indicated that visitor arrivals in package tour totalled 244,654 in May 2009, a substantial decrease of 42.5% year-on-year,"
Macau Hotel Occupancy Rate Soars to 83.0% - Macau Daily Times. February 2008.

40 Years of WSOP - Part 3 of 3
Michael Joseph's - All Access Casino Training Channel

additional headlines
Playtech warning hits William Hill
The Boardwalk set to retain casino licence - Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Casino future for Spanish town - Gran Scala project
Case Bets: M Resort, bad debt, Wall Street's bomb - Dave McKee
The dream is dying - Comment on the LV WSJ article - See link directly below.
Ministry to look at gambling marketing - New Zealand
Ministry of Health asks about gambling pop-ups

Monday, 20th July

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun: Liz Benston
M Resort’s trial by fire

Las Vegas - WSJ
As Boom Times Sour in Vegas, Upward Mobility Goes Bust
Fact and stat filled article on the woes presently facing the desert metropolis.

Macau - Morning Star/Dow Jones &
Macau 2Q Gambling Revenue Falls 12.2% On Year To MOP$25.62 Billion
"Macau's casino gambling revenue in the second quarter fell 12.2% from a year earlier to MOP$25.62 billion, and was down 2.4% from the previous quarter"
Macao suffers fall in gambling proceeds

California - Guardian
Gambling with peace: how US bingo dollars are funding Israeli settlements

Atlantic City - CNBC & Press of Atlantic City
Dealers at 2 AC casinos OK strikes; No date set
"UAW spokesman Dave Mellet said 97% of Caesars dealers and 100% of the slot technicians authorized a strike, as did 92% of Bally's dealers

Bally's, Caesars dealers overwhelmingly vote to authorize strike
Harrah's accuses UAW of bullying day after vote authorizing strike
"The Detroit-based union is trying to obtain a first-ever contract for its members at the casinos. Bally's has declined to bargain with the union and has appealed a federal labor board's ruling that it must. Caesars management has been in negotiations for more than 18 months."
Caesars and Bally's dealers and slot technicians vote to authorize strike in Atlantic City - UAW Press release

Hong Kong & Macau - SMH/Bloomberg & Hong Kong Standard
Casino operator plans float
Tang coy about casino king's bet

Indiana - Inside Indiana Business
Indiana Casino Fined For Grand Opening No-Show

British News
Exclusive: Bookies face rising tide of robberies - Scottish Daily Record
"There were 23 robberies in the year 2004-05 in Strathclyde - but 61 last year, more than one a week."
Launch of Scotland’s first interactive TV casino on STV
Casino charity odds on to help kids - Manchester 235.

Jennings Sun Chief

additional headlines
Fontainebleau owner suing ... err, himself? - LVR-J
PartyGaming near £100 million deal - Reuters
7 lotto scam suspects arrested - Jamaica Observer
Cong members also oppose casinos in Goa
AGEM Announces Four New Members Join Organization - PRNewswire

Saturday & Sunday, 18th & 19th July

Atlantic City - Press of Atlantic City &
Dealers at Caesars, Bally's vote on strike
Casinos threaten to replace dealers if strike takes place

Las Vegas - Bloomberg: Beth Jinks
Las Vegas Sands Said to Plan Macau IPO Filing as Soon as August

Online Gambling - Times Online
Online casino’s £100m gamble
888 leads race for online bingo operator Cashcade - 23rd May. Daily Telegraph.

Kiev - Kiev Post
Government not to reimburse purchasers of gambling business licenses
Turchynov: Ban on gambling in Ukraine applies to Internet casinos as well

Macau - Macau Daily Times
Asian Poker Tour on next month
Asian Poker Tour Macau to Host Filming of Chinese Language 'Rounders'

Hallandale, Florida - Miami Herald
Police shoot alleged armed robber at Mardi Gras Casino

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
McCarran passenger count falls for 16th month
"The Clark County Aviation Department reported 3.4 million passengers using McCarran last month, an 11.4% decrease from June 2008."
Fontainebleau moves to cancel conventions, worker contracts
Nevada foreclosures increase in June
"Clark County was No. 1 in the nation on that list, with 1 in 13 Las Vegas-area households receiving a foreclosure filing."
Experts: Foreclosures threaten possible Las Vegas housing recovery
Jobless rate soars to 12.3% in Las Vegas
"The state report, released today, says the jobless rate in the Las Vegas area reached 12.3% in June, compared to 11.1% in the previous month."
Las Vegas jobless rate now 12.3%

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Whale’s ace in the hole
"Watanabe’s play amounted to 20% of the revenues for Caesars Palace and the Rio in 2006 and 2007, the lawyer added."

California - Yahoo/Marketwire
Red Hawk Casino Announces the Addition of New Progressive Jackpots and Table Games

Hannover, Germany - Yahoo/PRNewswire
Brand auf neuem Casinogebäude in Hannover

British News
Pai Gow Introduced to UK Casinos - Bluff Magazine
Pai Gow tiles at the Empire & Golden Nugget
Grosvenor - Electric Casino in Leeds
Policeman ran £3m betting scam from inside Buckingham Palace

additional headlines
The Smartest Little Dumb Blonde in Vegas - The Strip Podcast: Holly Madison
Wayne Newton sued twice this week over alleged unpaid bills
Hells Angel charged over casino chips - Sydney
B.C. men face extradition to U.S. on lotto fraud charges - CBC News
Greek betting monopoly's sales agents halt strike - Reuters
Commerce Casino tries its luck with off-track betting - L.A. Times

Friday, 17th July

Kiev - Kiev Post
Gambling dens flourish despite national ban; police blamed
"The gambling industry source said that one top casino had stayed open in central Kyiv with a secret entrance for high rollers."

Matthews, N.C. & Miami - Yahoo/PRNewswire
PokerTek Renews Three-Year Contract With Carnival Corporation

Dublin - Irish Times
Desmond's bet on private gambling club yet to pay off
"Accounts just filed for The Sporting Emporium Ltd show that its accumulated losses at the end of October 2008 stood at €3.88 million. This compared with a deficit of €2.57 million in fiscal 2007, indicating a loss last year of €1.3 million."

South Lake Tahoe - NBC Sports & Fox5 Vegas
Antoine Walker led out of casino in handcuffs
Bail Posted For Former NBA All-Star

Moscow - St. Petersburg Times
Bookies Slam New Gambling Rules

Atlantic City - Press of Atlantic City/AP & Star-Ledger
Casino guards can detain underage patrons
Atlantic City casino security guards given more power

Online Gambling - The Economist
A stacked deck - Recalcitrant European governments refuse to open their gambling markets

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
What our outcry over the red graffiti on the ‘Fabulous’ sign says about us
$500 later, red graffiti removed from ‘Fabulous’ sign - July 14th

British News
UK freeze on White List as DCMS reviews egaming regulation - eGamingReview
Violent criminals 'will have lottery wins or compensation payouts confiscated'

WSOP Main event
Jeff Shulman Says World Series of Poker Rumors Miss Mark -
Jeff Shulman: 2009 WSOP November Nine -

additional U.S. headlines
Gaming Control Board Tours New Rivers Casino - Pittsburgh
Players Network Announces Living Vegas Channel
Analyst says boom is over for gaming
Five counties make pitch for a casino license - Radio Iowa
State casinos' June revenue down - Colorado
Calls to Florida gambling hotline are up, study says - Sun-Sentinel
Signatures of dead reported on Ohio petitions - Dayton Daily News/AP
Slot revenue for June down again at casinos - Connecticut.

Thursday, 16th July

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
CityCenter plans to hire hundreds today at job fair
Marina Bay Sands Construction Video

Macau - People's Daily/Xinhua
Macao's lone top job candidate promises to look into gaming tax issues

Las Vegas & Macau -
Las Vegas Sands seeks to amend Macau loans

Macau -
Wynn Macau defies the odds in high-roller baccarat mystery
"Wynn's hold percentage averaged 3.06% during the 11 quarters since opening. By comparison, the hold rate at the Sands Macao, owned by Las Vegas Sands Corp averaged 2.82% in the 17 quarters since its opening."

WSOP Main event
World Series of Poker reaches final nine players - AP
Long break awaits the ‘November Nine’ - Las Vegas Sun
Final table...

Darvin Moon
Eric Buchman
Steven Begleiter
Jeff Shulman
Joseph Cada
Kevin Schaffel
Phil Ivey
Antoine "Tonio" Saout
James Akenhead
Oakland, Md.
Valley Stream, N.Y.
Chappaqua, N.Y.
Las Vegas.
Shelby Township, Mich.
Coral Springs, Fla.
Las Vegas
Saint Martin des Champs, France.

additional headlines, video & links etc...
SPLA soldier in casino shooting - Kampala, Uganda.
Palazzo sues Texas company in clothing trademark dispute - Las Vegas Sun
Will Gamblers Head to Smaller Casinos? - Iowa
IGT-UK Enthusiastic About IGE 2010 - iGaming Business
Italy Jan-Jun gambling up 10.8% - Reuters

Wednesday, 15th July

Macau - Bloomberg
Melco, Sands Cap Junket Commissions, Driving Up Casino Stocks

New York & U.K. - Yahoo/PRNewswire
Scientific Games Awarded Contract With Ladbrokes

Kyrenia, Cyprus - PRNewswire
World Poker Tour(R) and Merit Crystal Cove Casino Launch WPT Cyprus

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Landlords allege Four Queens owner behind on rent
Fontainebleau builder says it’s protected from paying severance
Another lawsuit alleges unpaid work at Fontainebleau

Las Vegas - LVR-J/AP
Warrant issued for ex-NBA star in Vegas debt case - Antoine Walker.

Las Vegas - Yahoo/PRNewswire, Reuters 6 Las Vegas Sun
Las Vegas Sands, Senior Executive Agree on Contract Extension
Sands promotes Goldstein to EVP, extends contract
Las Vegas Sands exec gets promotion, $535,000 raise

WSOP Main event
WSOP - Day 7 of the Main Event -
World Series of Poker to have new main event champion this year - CP

additional headlines, video & links etc...
Harrah's Hit With $10M Asbestos Lawsuit
Customers Win When Casinos Compete - Pennsylvania
Sands casino puts Mount Airy to the test - Pennsylvania
Russian Orthodox welcome end to legalized gambling - Registration required
$7.6 Million Later, Tropicana Casino Fees Still Rolling In - AC.
Poker tax payout - Denmark

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