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Friday, 31st July

Las Vegas -
How Vegas Lures Visitors, Even in a Recession

Las Vegas - Yahoo/PRNewswire, Reuters & AP
Las Vegas Sands Corp. Reports Second Quarter 2009 Results
Las Vegas Sands has 2nd-quarter loss, shares slip
Las Vegas Sands loss widens in 2nd qtr

Los Angeles - Reuters
Casino shares surge, slip after Sands results

Russia & Yerevan, Armenia - &
Storm International refusing to 'sit back'
Storm international invests 43mln in Shangri La casino reconstruction - April

Las Vegas - LVS & WYNN Conference Calls
Las Vegas Sands Corp. Earnings Conference Call (Q2 2009)
Wynn Resorts, Limited Earnings Conference Call (Q2 2009)

Las Vegas - KLAS-TV/
Recent Raids Have Casinos on Edge
Album: Metro Busts Pool Sapphire's Pool at Rio

Recent Raids Have Casinos on Edge

Las Vegas - AP
Tiger escapes magic act, ends up on Vegas streets

Goa - &
Goa Govt serves notices to 6 off-shore casinos
Casinos told to submit originals in 24 hours - Install machinery for converting waste

British News
Rank beats H1 view with strong casino performance - Reuters
Rank not paying interim dividend - Reuters
Rank Group Plc - Half-year results for the six months ended 30/6/2009
Rank's 1st half results better than expected
Inspired supplies bespoke machines to Aspinall's Casino -
Thieves nick Casino Red boss’s bike days before Huddersfield Town charity ride - Huddersfield Examiner.

Challenging a poker champ
CNN report from Casino du Liban and the Lebanese Poker Championship.

additional headlines...
CryptoLogic strikes licensing deal with Centrebet -
Melbourne man's $40m lottery win - Melbourne Age

Thursday, 30th July

Las Vegas - Yahoo/Business Wire, AP & Reuters
Wynn Resorts, Limited Reports Second Quarter Results
Wynn Resorts, Limited Earnings Conference Call
Casino shares rise after Wynn reports profit
Wynn Resorts profit falls, shares move higher

Las Vegas -
Bankruptcy Judge O.K.’s Greek Isles Casino Sale

British News
Blackpool - Blackpool Gazette
Casino owner: 'I've lost everything'
"The boss of Blackpool's Paris Casino said: "The whole place has been gutted, not by the fire but by the amount of water which has been used to extinguish the fire next door."
Probe into £3m Inferno
Hotel fire could be 'suspicious' - BBC Lancashire
Cleaner reveals terrifying ordeal during bookmakers' robbery - Northampton
Axemen raid betting shop - Tote Bookmakers, Hindley.

Singapore - Straits Times
Casino jobs are not hot
"Marina Bay Sands is having more difficulty than anticipated in filling up its casino positions with Singaporeans. It has filled only 2,000 out of 4,500 gaming positions."

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun & LVR-J
Metro: Prostitution, drug activity found at topless Rio pool
Privé's appeal rejected; Rio closes adult-themed pool - content removed
Regulators to casinos: Clean up act - LVR-J 23rd July.
Morality dance - Las Vegas City Life

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Report: Home prices tumble in Vegas despite national rebound
"Las Vegas-area prices in May were down 32% from May 2008."

Rota, C.N.M.I. - eTurboNews/Saipan Tribune
Northern Marianas Senator pushes to get Casino industry going

Goa - Bombay News/IANS
Goan casinos seek cut in proposed entry fee

Broward County, Florida - Miami Herald
State police reduce presence at Broward casinos
Lax oversight faulted in Gulfstream Park slots ripoff- 22nd July.

additional headlines...
Chan Says SJM Holdings Is Favorite Among Macau Gamers - Bloomberg
Lawsuit claims fraud in failed Trump Marina casino sale - Press of Atlantic City
Problem gambler suing - Winnipeg, Manitoba
Cruise gambling mulled - Grand Caymen.

Wednesday, 29th July

Las Vegas - PRNewswire
IGT and Boyd Gaming Sign MegaJackpots(R) Pact

Las Vegas - L.A. Times: The Moveable Buffet & Las Vegas Sun
Rio kicks the strippers out of the pool
Rio closes topless pool after Metro Police check

Sexy Sapphire Girls Party at New Topless Pool at Rio!
Players Network. 28th July, 2008.

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Convention attendee challenges $29,512 tab at adult club

Las Vegas - KVBC
Station Casinos on Ch. 11: No big layoffs, no closures

Atlantic City - CNBC/AP
Ex-buyer sues Trump casinos for failed Marina deal
"Indeed, rather than repair the roof and skylights, Trump Marina resorted to using drip pans and placing plants underneath the leaks," the lawsuit read."

Wyomissing, Pennsyslvania - Yahoo/Business Wire, Reuters & AP
Penn National Gaming Reports Second Quarter Revenue of $580.8 Million
Penn National 2nd-qtr profit falls, shrs down
Penn National 2nd-quarter profit drops

Las Vegas - AP. Reuters, Bloomberg & WSJ
Station Casinos files for Ch. 11 protection
Station Casinos files for bankruptcy
Station Casinos Files for Bankruptcy as Talks Fail
"The company said in today’s bankruptcy filing that it had $5.7 billion in assets and a total of $6.5 billion in debt."
Hurt by Debt, Casino Firm Station Files for Chapter 11

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun & Gaming Today
Station Casinos files for Chapter 11
"In the meantime, Lerner said he expects the company's customers, employees and suppliers will be unaffected by the bankruptcy filing. "I can't imagine there's any risk to the employees, customers and vendors," he said."
About Station Casinos
Station Casinos files for Chapter 11 protection

Washington - PRNewswire
Chairman Frank's Bill to Regulate Internet Gambling Reaches 50 Co-Sponsors - Safe & Secure Internet Gambling Initiative

Macau - SCMP - Registration required
Casinos in Macau agree to lower junket fees

British News
A fifth of children are illegal gamblers according to study - Daily Mail - Centre for the Study of Gambling, Salford
Sheriff lets lotto millionaire pay cannabis fine off at just £75 a week
Gambling licences could increase - Jersey apparently has 29 betting offices.

additional headlines...
Rivers Casino Prepares For Grand Opening
Russia Declassifies Poker as a Sport; Shuts Down Poker Clubs - Card Player
Highrollers curb their spending at the world's gambling hotspot - Deutsche Welle

Tuesday, 28th July

Las Vegas - Reed Exhibitions/AGA PR
G2E's Gaming Network Provides the Most Comprehensive Online Business Resource

Macau -
Two Macao croupiers arrested for alleged casino chip theft - 24th July

Atlantic City - AP
Icahn rep: Will be 'conservative' at NJ Tropicana

Goa - Indian Economic Times & Asian Age
Goa to shut offshore casinos
"The five casinos, MV Pride of Goa, MV The Leela, MV Casino Royale, MV San Domingo and MV Caravela, berthed on river Mondovi without proper licence and ‘no objection certificates’ from port authorities will have to stop all activity,"
5 offshore Goa casinos to be sealed: Minister

Taiwan - China Post & eTaiwan News
Students fill dealer courses for prospective jobs in gaming industry
Macau and Taiwan cooperate on casino training projects

Moscow - Moscow Times
Bookies Back at Horse Tracks
"There are 40 racecourses in Russia, of which nine are private. Private horse racetracks were allowed to keep bookies, which play a major role in the industry’s income, estimated at anywhere from 40 percent to 70 percent of their total."
Prince Philip attends horse race in Moscow - Interesting UPI photo from 1973. - Moscow Hippodrome - Jockey Club of Russia/National Society of racecourse.

From Gaming Today...
IGT investors see hope despite Q3 decline
Macau's new leader pledges support for casino operations
Regulators seek 'dialogue' with casino licensees - Nevada
Some salaries are recession proof

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun: Liz Benston
Big fine establishes hard line on nightclubs

Macau - Macau Daily Times, TDM &
No surprise it's official
Unopposed candidate elected as Macau’s new chief executive

Macau Chief Executive vote
The vote for Macau's new Chief Executive was held at the Macau Dome 26/7.
Macau Daily Times headline. 27th July, 2009.
TDM Noticias 26/7

British News
Massive hotel blaze in Blackpool - Blackpool Gazette
Firefighters battle huge hotel blaze - Lancashire Evening Post
Gala Coral Signs Partnership With GTS - Gaming Technology Solutions
Gambler is given 10 years for betting-shop robberies - South Wales
Day trading: spread betting sees 134pc surge

additional headlines...
International Casino Review - August 2009 Digital Edition
Pauma Tribe to Help Casino Patrons, Families Face Gambling Addiction

Monday, 27th July

Windsor, Ontario - Windor Star
Windsor casino lays off dozens

Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Yahoo/Business Wire
Elixir Gaming Enters into Agreement with NagaWorld

Las Vegas -
Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) Announces $100,000 in Contributions to Organizations Working to Assist Problem Gamblers

New York & Macau - Yahoo/AP
Sector Snap: Some casinos up on Macau visa hopes
Analyst raises Melco Crown's price target

Goa - Yahoo/IANS
Goa to stop five offshore casinos after their permits lapse
'I assure the house that all activities on these five ships will be sealed,' Pacheco said, promising prompt action.

Las Vegas & Omaha, Nebraska - Omaha World Herald & Las Vegas Sun
Casinos rolled dice with Watanabe
"In recognition of Watanabe's status, Harrah's management created a new highest tier for its Total Rewards program: Chairman level. The distinction came with a card signed by Harrah's Chairman and CEO Gary Loveman."
New attorneys assist in Harrah’s probe of high roller’s intoxication claims

Las Vegas -
CityCenter Wrapping Up Job Application Process
145,000 applications for 10,000 positions.

Las Vegas - Yahoo/AP
Hard Rock hotel expands as Vegas rates stay down
"The average room rate in Las Vegas for the first five months of 2009 was $97.23, already 27 percent below the same period last year, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority."

Macau - Bloomberg
Macau’s New Leader Raises Prospect of Casino Revival

Las Vegas - LVR-J
As tips shrink, economy sinks - Some dealers take second jobs, cut back on discretionary spending
"Anyone who says tips don't drive this city, they are not involved in this sector," said Jeff Voyles, a professor of gaming at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.


British News
Poor 'pay most and get least out of lottery - Daily Mail
Meet the Seasiders and Manager at G casino - Blackpool

additional headlines...
Gamblers losing more each year - British Columbia
Tabcorp, Tatts, offshore groups eye Tasmania TOTE
Facts and figures on casino issues in Ohio - Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Study: Iowa casino would drain SD money
EPT Moscow becomes EPT Kiev
Casinos in Goa working sans licenses - NDTV

Saturday & Sunday, 25th & 26th July

Las Vegas - LVR-J
Regulators to casinos: Clean up act - Board raises concerns, seeks dialogue with resorts

Macau - AP, Reuters & Macau Daily Times
Macau's ex-culture minister chosen as new leader
No surprises as gambling hub Macau gets new leader
Visitor arrivals drop
Statistic filled report showing overall visitor numbers to Macau dropping 15.9% year on year.

California, Mexico & Belize - L.A. Times
A friendly little casino fronts a stew of lawsuits, feuds and takeover attempts
Former king of L.A. casino hits a string of bad luck - L.A. Times October 2008.

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Official: Inspection reports falsified - Harmon Hotel

Las Vegas - MarketWire, Las Vegas Sun, LVR-J & Reuters
Harrah's Entertainment Reports 2009 Second-Quarter, First-Half Results
Harrah’s earnings fall with Las Vegas woes
Cost-cutting helps Harrah's beat analyst expectations
Harrah's income hurt by impairment charge

Huddersfield - Huddersfield Examiner
Mystery surrounds prospects for Casino Red site

Vienna -
Casinos Austria setzen auf das Automatenspiel
Poker-Zampano bezichtigt Casinos Austria der Lüge

Ukraine- Card Player
EPT -- Moscow, Russia Stop moved to Kiev, Ukraine

Macau - The Independent
China's sin city: Inside the world's biggest gambling den

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun & Reuters
Pinnacle swings to profit in second quarter
Pinnacle Entertainment posts Q2 profit, shrs rise

Fresno, California - Fresno Bee
Former casino official arrested on theft charges

Goa, India - Asian Age & Business Line
Goa raises entry fee for casinos
The entrance fee for Goa's casinos has been raised from 200 to 2,000 Rupee's - the equivalent of over U.S. $41.
Goa hikes entry fees to casinos ten times

Something for the weekend....

Tolly Burkan's Casino Seminar on Inside Edition - Lake Tahoe 1995.
One wonders how many of the participants from 14 years ago still believe their $695 was money wisely spent :)
Entering Las Vegas 1991

Bookmaking News
Robbers sabotage cars of on-course bookmakers - Racing Post
Time to say no more to bookmakers' demands over fixture list - The Times
"Bookmaker motives increasingly involve attracting customers to play their wretched fairground machines, rather than creating a fixture list that helps racing thrive."
Racing is getting a raw deal over betting scams
Armed raid at bookies - Betfred, Leigh.

additional headlines
CNBC - Regulating Online Poker (07/22/09)
Sask. woman, 90, hits it big at casino - Toronto
"I must have left them four or five hundred-thousand dollars, and I never got bugger all,"

Friday, 24th July

London & Oldham, Lancashire - Gaming Business Media PR
Gaming Business Media purchases titles from Clarion

Rotterdam - Gaming Support PR
Holland Casino Installs SlotTimer from Gaming Support to Save Money on its Slot Operations
Gaming Support - Slot Timer

Reno - Las Vegas Sun & LVR-J
IGT reports decline in third quarter profit
IGT earnings fall 39 percent in third quarter
"The Reno-based slot machine giant said Thursday its profits declined 39% in the quarter that ended June 30. Meanwhile, revenues fell 23% and the number of slot machines shipped to casinos decreased 31%."

Reno - Yahoo/PRNewswire & AP
International Game Technology Reports 2009 Third Quarter Results
International Game Technology Earnings Conference Call (Q3 2009)
IGT climbs as 3Q results beat analysts' estimates
IGT's 3Q earnings fall 39 percent on lower demand

Georgetown, Guyana - Newsday/AP
Turkish company to open Guyana's first casino - 28th June

Online Gambling -
PartyGaming Plc - Online Bingo Acquisition
"The initial consideration payable by PartyGaming, through a designated subsidiary, is £71.9m. This was satisfied by a cash payment funded from the Group’s existing cash resources.  Cashcade has been acquired on a debt-free/cash-free basis implying an acquisition multiple of 5.9 times 2008 EBITDA."

Dania Beach, Florida -
SunCruz Casinos Hires World Renowned Compulsive Gambling Consultants

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Liquor license rejections force Planet Hollywood clubs to close
Businessman to settle $250,000 Vegas gambling debt
Two ‘sponsors’ show interest in Fontainebleau investment
Lawsuit against Station alleging unpaid wages dismissed, filed again

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Longtime dealer sues Caesars over second-hand smoke
Lawsuit: Caesar's Palace Employees Injured from Second-Hand Smoke

additional headlines
Police nab lottery winner when he claims 4 million dollars - Toronto
MERKUR CASINO in Tschechischer Republik weiterhin auf Erfolgskurs

Thursday, 23rd July

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Planet Hollywood hiring 800 workers for new towers

Tallinn, Estonia - Baltic Times & Baltic Course
Fighting against casinos reaches new heights
Estonian Olympic to liquidate its subsidiary in Ukraine - 9th July

Victoria, Australia - Herald Sun/
James Packer tried to bully government into special Crown Casino tax

Russia - New York Times
Gambling Ban Now Covers Poker in Russia
Exiled by Russia: Casinos and Jobs - 28th June

Macau & Las Vegas - WSJ
Brighter Outlook for Macau's Casinos Prompts Stock Plans by Wynn, Sands

Macau - SMH
Packer's bad luck continues in Macau

Macau - Macau Daily Times
Macau International Airport suffering from reduced traffic
"MIA recorded 2,061,225 passengers, 21,701 tons of cargo and 20,840 aircraft movements, down 24.1%, 64% and 22.4% respectively, year on year during the period January to June 2009."
Wynn submits IPO

Canada - Canadian Press & Vancouver Sun
Gambling revenues drop for first time in 15 years
Government gambling revenue up in B.C., bucking national trend - Statistics Canada.

Taiwan - Las Vegas Sun
Golden Nugget reports drop in 2Q profits

Abandoned Vegas - old downtown

British News
Gambling debts investigated in deaths of Brian and Valerie Rockall - The Times
Betting scandal echoes Town incident - Ipswich Town v Sheffield Wednesday. 1962
Warning over fruit machines scam - Manchester Evening News
Punter robbed in bookies raid - Harringay

additional headlines
Four Arrested in Meth Bust at Tunica, MS Casino
Deputies Discover Meth Lab in Casino Hotel

Wednesday, 22nd July

Las Vegas - LVR-J
Golden Nugget gambling revenue falls 15%

Taiwan - Reuters
Taiwan aims to build $910 mln mega resort-casino - Penghu County Government.
Government to issue two casino licenses in Penghu - 10th July

Moscow - Moscow Times, Russia Today & Bluff Magazine
Poker Loses Its Status as A ‘Sport’
Poker to be exiled to gambling zones
Poker No Longer an Official Sport in Russia - Russian Sport Poker Federation

Poker exiled to gambling zones - Russia Today

Atlantic City - AP
Many casino companies cut execs' pay in recession
"Harrah's Entertainment Inc., the world's largest casino company, cut the pay of managers at all of the more than 50 casinos it runs. Spokeswoman Alyce Parker blamed the recession and economic climate on the 5 percent pay cuts, which saved the company about $90 million."

New Orleans - Biloxi Sun-Herald/AP
La. casinos see big slide in June revenue
"But June saw the casino business in Louisiana joining many other states - including Mississippi - in recording double-figure dips in gambling revenue. The casinos took in $193.4 million, down 10.7 percent from $214.1 million won in June 2008." Louisiana Gaming Control Board

Carson City, Nevada - Las Vegas Sun
Numbers show Nevada is most ‘distressed’ state

Blackhawk, Colorado - N.Y. Times
Colorado Town Bets on Gambling

Las Vegas & Hong Kong -
Wynn Resorts leads in race for HK listing

British News
Horror scene as gambling addict son stabs mum then hangs himself - Scotland
The mystery gamblers with a carrier full of cash - Sheffield
Amazing tale of £47,000 brought to the Owlerton dog track in a carrier bag in an attempt to win the £140,000 Jackpot 6. Things didn't quite work out as planned.
Study tests city casino benefits - Hull
Sportingbet sells loss making Italian business
FA ban four players for betting on Accrington Stanley match against Bury

additional headlines
Career Criminal Accused Of Ripping Off Casino Customers - Bethlehem, PN.
ATM scam at Sands hit 24 victims, police say - Morning Call
Port considers moving casino ship - Port Canaveral
Prison for Stockholm casino shooter - Stockholm
Bomb goes off at bookmaker shop in Limasol
ESPN to devote record amount of time to Main Event - Las Vegas Sun
GameTime betting shop moves to new Front Street location - Bermuda

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