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Archive 2009: 15th - 21st June

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Saturday & Sunday, 20th & 21st June

Melbourne - Herald Sun
More than $23 million laundered through Crown casino
"Three Chinese conmen have been jailed for up to 25 years each for embezzling more than $605 million from the Bank of China". "They moved up to $7.5 million in a single transaction - money that courts in China and the US say was stolen. But it appears no alarm bells rang in Australia."
High cost at Crown
Google Search - Yu Zhendong
China widens net for fugitive fraudsters - China Daily 2006

Macau - The Times
Chinese bail-out cash heads for Macau’s casinos rather than Guangdong factories

Goa - Times of India &
Casino operator denies Mickky's allegations
Goa casino files complaint against tourism minister

British News
Circling the card sharks: The dark world of casino fraud - The Independent
"Security staff had watched the pair swap their cards over a two-day period and had built up such a wealth of evidence using high-definition CCTV cameras that the two men had to plead guilty. Last month, they became the first to be convicted under the new Gambling Act,"

Dublin - PRNewswire
As World Series of Poker Gets Serious, so Does The Poker Show

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun: Steve Green
Businesses file suits claiming Fontainebleau bills went unpaid
Judge orders mediation for Fontainebleau, banks
Fontainebleau subcontractors say contractor conflicted

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Worst in nation: Las Vegas commercial properties in distress

Sydney - SMH
Infringements rise, but reins loosened on casino

Penghu. Taiwan - Taipei Times & Taiwan Journal
Penghu chief tells premier that he wants two casinos
Foreign gaming companies eye Taiwan market - MGM & Harrah's


Lucky in Vegas from Lori Todd on Vimeo.

Lucky in Vegas - Profile of Lucky the Leprechaun at O'Sheas

additional headlines, video & links
16th Street Mall Takes On A Vegas-Like Look - Denver, Colorado.
NH video gaming casinos rejected - New Hampshire
Chile Casino, Hotel Operator Enjoy Launches Road Show For IPO - Enjoy S.A.
Austrian Lotteries and Casinos Austria Choose MicroStrategy for Reporting and Analytics
WSOP -- Doyle Brunson Falls Short of 11th Bracelet -
Rendell has an ace in the hole: table games - Pennsylvania

Friday, 19th June

Las Vegas & Macau - Yahoo/AP
Sector Snap: Wynn, Sands may see Hong Kong IPOs

Panaji, Goa - New Kerala &
Goa tourism minister accused of assaulting casino dealers
Goa minister's aide held for threatening casino management

Macau - PRNewswire
City of Dreams, Macau Opens With GPI Casino Currency
"The order, which included all of the casino's gaming plaques for their 550 table games, was valued at US$2.7 million."

Panaji, Goa - Gulf Times, The Peninsular & Hindustan Times
Goa minister accuses casino of deception
Goa minister accuses casino owner of duping Rs12.5m gambling money
Goa minister's aide arrested for threatening casino staff
‘Casino didn’t pay my winnings’ - The Times of India

Taiwan - Taipei Times & eTaiwan News
Premier approves Penghu casino plebiscite
Penghu residents to vote on casino gambling in August
"According to the legislation, only two casinos will be allowed in the earliest phase, and they will have to form part of 1,000-room hotel and leisure complexes. A third casino will have to wait 10 years for legalization."

Malta - The Times of Malta & Malta Independent
Casino employee to face chip theft charges
Court: Casino chips hidden in underwear

British News
Nuneaton gaming academy holding open day - Coventry Telegraph

additional headlines, video & links
Kenmore’s only casino closing
South Point Hotel and Casino - Energy efficient lighting upgrade.
Rendell says he would consider signing table-games legislation - Pennsylvania
Poker Stars hit hardest by asset freeze; Full Tilt, Cake Poker take up slack
Police object to Israel poker tourney slated for end of month
Banned from casinos - Singapore
Gambling fear rocks contest - Eastbourne Herald

Thursday, 18th June

The Hague -
Dutch online gambler to keep winnings
Court bans Unibet gambling in Netherlands - March 2008.

Chile - Casinos Austria PR
5-Star Hotel for Gran Casino Los Angeles

Brussels & Prague - European Casino Association PR (PDF
Statement by the European Casino Association on the ERA conference "Gambling in the Internal Market"
Gambling in the Internal Market - Balancing State and Stakeholders' Interests

Moscow - The Moscow Times
Gambling Halls Shut By Police

Las Vegas Review Journal
Nevada unemployment reaches record 11.3%
Contract clash threatens to delay Las Vegas Mob Museum
Judge puts Fontainebleau lawsuit against banks on fast track
MGM Mirage chief doesn’t plan to sell Las Vegas Strip casinos

Las Vegas Sun
IGT lays off managers to cut costs
"During a second quarter earnings call in April, board chairman and former CEO TJ Matthews said most of the cost reductions were behind the company. IGT has cut about 700 people, or 10 percent of its workforce, since November 2008."
Lenders: Cost overruns led to Fontainebleau loan default
Retail, gaming center planned at Las Vegas Blvd. property
Holy Cow! restaurant and brewery on Las Vegas Boulevard at Sahara Avenue.

Las Vegas Gaming Numers Drop Again

Hard Rock Macau - 1st June, 2009

James Packer, Lawrence Ho & Hard Rock International CEO Hamish Dodds at the ceremonial smashing of guitars held during the opening of the Hard Rock Macau. 

British News
Smart Live Casino Launches 150% Deposit Bonus up to GBP500
CryptoLogic Announces Agreement With BT

additional headlines
Calder Wants To Provide Gambling With New Attitude
Rats play odds in gambling task - BBC
Andy Beal Stakes Donald Trump's Bid to Regain Casinos

Wednesday, 17th June

Australia -
State of NSW propped up by gambling
"Overall, gambling will provide the Government with $1.602 billion in taxes this year, making up 8.6% of the total revenue."

Las Vegas - PRNewswire
Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) Announces Three New Members Join Organization

Melbourne - Herald Sun
Crown casino chief John Williams returns to Melbourne

Atlantic City - Yahoo/Reuters & Philadelphia Inquirer
Trump makes bid for namesake casino company: report
Donald Trump aims to retake control of casinos

Cairo & Las Vegas - Yahoo/AP
MGM Mirage, Egyptian partner to build Cairo resort

Singapore - Straits Times
Sands hires 1,000 casino staff

Moscow - The Independent
The end of the road for Russia's roulette

The Netherlands - The Times & Independent
Wimbledon on alert after new betting controversy
Suspicious betting sparks probe

New high for fruit machine jackpot.
£70 jackpot slots have now began to be placed in Britain's pubs and Arcade's.

British News
Pubs in line for fruit machine tax windfall
Bookies lose most at Royal Ascot as the crowds stay away - Guardian

additional headlines
Gambling opponents rally against video slots - Kentucky
Pinnacle Entertainment Launches River City Casino Website
8 charged in fraud at Lac Leamy Casino - Credit Card Fraud
SVL looks to capitalise from phone betting - Jamaica Observer
Harrah's Eyes Azov Casino - Moscow Times. Brief
NJ casino fined in brew-haha over mislabeled beer - $5k fine from the NJCCC.

Tuesday, 16th June

Singapore IR's Construction progress
Two quality images recently posted online by users.
Flickr: Las Vegas Sands Marina Bay project - 2nd June, 2009
sentosa construction hdr
Flickr: Genting's/Resorts World on Sentosa Island - 4th June, 2009

Malaysia - Reuters
Malaysia's Resorts sees no hindrance to Macau investment
Resorts World Bhd

Tallahassee, Florida - Reuters & CBS4
Florida governor signs Seminole gambling deal
Gov. Crist Inks Florida Gaming Deal

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Business Press
State of Harrah's - Gary Loveman talks about present and future of gaming giant
The List: Highest-Paid Executives of Publicly Reporting Companies - LVS. 5th June

Online Poker - Las Vegas Sun: Liz Benston
Will Web poker bust spark fight or flight?

Lawrenceburg, Indiana - Journal Gazette
Bigger casino rolls out June 29 - Apparently it's a boat.

Wujan, China - China Daily/Xinhua
Chinese police uncover major gambling cases

Ken Uston - "Breaking Vegas: Black Jack Man" - Chapters 1-3
Dramatisation of Kenneth Senzo Usui's card counting career originally shown on the History Channel in 2005. He died in a rented Paris apartment in 1987 aged 52.

additional headlines
Poker players reporting echecks working again on Poker Stars and Full Tilt
Leonardo DiCaprio set for Par poker pic - Hollywood Reporter
Casino banks on expansion - Idaho
Real Madrid FC wants to break off the contract with Bwin - SpanishGamingNews
Bail for men accused of casino murder - S.A. Times

Monday, 15th June

Mpumalanga, South Aftica -
2 cops shot in casino robbery

British Columbia, Canada -
Packer casinos take ratings hit
"The Moody's rating now sits at Caa2, which is a junk rating and in 17th on a scale of 21."
"Crown paid $224 million for a share in the casinos (Gateway) at the top of the market in November 2007."
New World Gaming to Offer to Acquire Gateway Casinos Income Fund for C$25.26 Per Unit

Waukegan, Ill. - Yahoo/Business Wire & AP
WMS and Hasbro Extend and Expand Licensing Relationship
WMS Gaming extends deal with toy maker Hasbro
In addition to Monopoly® WMS and Hasbro have expanded the scope of their relationship to include brands Battleship® and Clue® (Cluedo®).

Kuala, Lumpur, Macau & Las Vegas - The Edge Daily
MGM, Genting in talks on Macau
MGM Mirage Weighs Genting Alliance

Las Vegas - Reuters/PRNewswire
Gaming Standards Association Continues to Grow Membership Globally

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
‘Dateline NBC’ special to focus on Vegas crime

Philippines - Philippine Inquirer & GMA News
House to pursue probe of Spanish gaming firm - Meridien Vista Gaming, Corp
Solon wants gambling in Camarines Norte probed

British News
Pensioner's £25m jackpot is third biggest UK win ever - Daily Mail
Pensioner, 74, scoops nearly £25m on lottery - The Independent
Bringing the glamour back to poker
£10,000 buyin with a £1,000 administration fee at Aspinall's in Mayfair on the 20th June.

Punters move from the bingo halls to internet - Sunday Times
Party's Cashcade buy could be as soon as next week - eGaming Review
New egaming event to feature 1,200 delegates - eGaming Review

Austria -
Steuern: EU hat Casinos Austria im Visier
Casino-Lizenz an Novomatic: „Schauen uns das genau an“ - 25th May.

Wiesbaden, Germany - Frankfurter Allgemeine
Spielbank Wiesbaden leidet unter Wirtschaftskrise - Cleopatra bettelt um Geld

The History of Poker Documentary 1/6
History Channel. Follow the link to find the other 5 parts on YT.

additional headlines
Steel to Slots: Bethlehem's Casino Bet -
Phil Ivey Wins His Second Bracelet of 2009 WSOP
Management agreement reached for Monticello Casino and Raceway
Century Casinos Announces Closing Date of June 30, 2009 for the Sale of Its South African Subsidiary
Gambling gangs find it tough in Wuhan - Shanghai Daily

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