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Tuesday, 30th June
Russia bans casinos

Russian casino closures
Russian casino workers out of luck - Australian Daily Telegraph/Reuters
"I've got 800 staff looking at me every day for inspiration and hope," said Clive Tilley, who runs the 70-tabled Casino de Paris.
Clock Ticking Down on the Gambling Ban - Moscow Times
"Deputy Mayor Sergei Baidakov said Monday that the words "casino" and "gaming hall" must be removed from Moscow streets and all slot machines must be turned off by 11 p.m. Tuesday, an hour before the midnight deadline."
Critics Fear Rise in Illegal Gambling Under Casino Ban - St. Petersburg Times
"For St. Petersburg, this means closing down a total of 109 casinos. According to official statistics, the city’s gambling industry employs between 10,000 and 12,000 people."
Game over for Russia's punters as gambling ban closes casinos - The Guardian
Russia's casinos to close, thousands lose jobs - Reuters
End of an era looms for Russia's glitzy casinos - SaigonGPDaily/AFP
Russian casinos to close in Moscow, other cities

Take a gamble
Korona Casino on Novy Arbat in 2006 - a scene unlikely ever to be repeated.

Macau - Yahoo/Globe Newswire
City of Dreams Welcomes Its One Millionth Guest
1 Million in 27 days -  a daily average of 37,000.

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Lower blackjack minimum may not be deal for players
With patrons as advisers, small casino thrives

Nagasaki, Japan - Japan Today
Cities propose creation of casino zone in Huis Ten Bosch

Lawrenceburg, Indiana - Yahoo/Business Wire & AP
Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg Puts Tri-State Players in the Spotlight with New Name, New Boat and New Gaming Experience - 3,200 slots and 88 table games.
New $336M casino opens on Ohio River in S. Indiana

Macau - Macau Daily Times
Unemployment rate stands at 3.5%
Casino worker, primary student found with H1N1
Las Vegas Sands Singapore project near completion
Grand Lisboa’s Premium Service Awards

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Gambling-addicted doctor found dead in Las Vegas hotel - Courier Journal
Massachusetts reconsiders casino gambling amid recession
Crime branch may probe onshore casino functioning - Goa. Times of India
Receiver takes reins at Silver Dollar Casino - Calgary Herald

Monday, 29th June

Hungary - Budapest Business Journal
Hard Rock plans Europe's biggest casino in Hungary

British News
Casino boss sets out plans for winning venue - Business Link (Reg. required)
Bet365 joins trend to cast eyes abroad

Hong Kong & Philippines - Yahoo/Business Wire
Elixir Gaming Provides Update on Ramp of Operations in Philippines Market

Eastern Cape, South Africa - Weekend Post
Shots fired as gang of six attempts another casino heist

Texas & Oklahoma - Yahoo/Business Wire
Multimedia Games' First Community Gaming Product Installed at Oklahoma's Largest Gaming Venue

Moscow - New York Times
Exiled to Russia’s Far Reaches: Casinos and Jobs
"There was a time when all these clubs and casinos grew like a cancer tumor," said Moscow’s mayor, Yuri M. Luzhkov. "We will close them all. By July 1, Moscow will be clean" - Russian Association for Gaming Business Development.

Kahnawake - CBS News/Washington Post (Updated)
How Online Gamblers Unmasked Cheaters - The Cheaters

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Practice of building before designs are done hits wall at Fontainebleau
‘Hangover’ brings new customers, campaign to Caesars
Greek Isles lender wants to sell, says owner has no equity left
Home prices drop to 2000 levels

Las Vegas - In Business Las Vegas/LVS
Home prices drop to 2000 levels
Nevada unemployment reaches records levels in May - 11.3%

Wynn Macau - public attractions May 2009

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Deal Me In -- Phil Hellmuth - Book excerpt.
Jeffrey Pollack Apologizes
For playing Sex Pistols God Save the Gueen instead of British National Anthem
Fremont St Honors Michael Jackson with Light Show
Call to ban casino ships with no port of call - SCMP (Registration required)
Jamaican parliament to debate casino plan

Saturday & Sunday 27th & 28th June

Las Vegas - The Guardian
Recession brings 'Las Vegas dream' to an end
"Unemployment in Vegas has reached 11.1%, compared with a national average of 9.4%. And a spectacular collapse in the local housing market has left seven out of 10 homeowners nursing negative equity."

Eastern Cape, South Africa - The Herald Online &
Boardwalk casino hostage drama resolved, say police
Botched casino heist

Kiev, Ukraine -
Ukraine gambling ban takes effect
“This was a crime against the investment climate and businesses. About 200,000 people lost jobs overnight in the middle of a recession,” said Grigory Trypulsky, vice-president of the Ukrainian Association of Gambling Operators.
Ukraine considers gambling ban - FT 18th May.
President Viktor Yushchenko signed law on banning gambling business in Ukraine - National Radio Company of Ukraine. 23rd June.

Hong Kong - SCMP (Registration required)
Casino ship breaks betting law
A slice of the gambler's life on Neptune's casino cruise

City of Dreams Macau - opening fireworks

Orlando, Florida & Budapest, Hungary - PRNewswire
Hard Rock International Announces Plans for Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hungary
Hard Rock Intl Signs Deal To Build Hotel, Casino In Hungary - WSJ/Dow Jones.
Hard Rock plans Europe's biggest casino in Hungary - AFP - Hans Asamer (Asamer Group) - Alfred Supersberger (Supersberger Group)
Asamer Immobilien - Site image

Hungary - Népszabadsá
Hard Rock lesz a bezenyei Eurovegas

Las Vegas & Singapore - Las Vegas Sun
Las Vegas Sands finishes towers at Singapore project

Las Vegas - Yahoo/AP
MGM Mirage ex-CEO Lanni paid $5.8M in 2008

Goa - The Hindu
Casino operators in Goa booked for alleged cheating

British News
Aspers casino set to grow - Business News Network
Betfair puts its money on online horse racing gambling in the U.S. - TVG Online Horse Wagering and Race Betting. - 53,500
Betting shops lose grip on punters to online rivals - The Times
Soldier who lied to play poker jailed - Daily Mirror
32Red latest accepted as PayPal opens up to online gambing - eGamingReview

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Reputed Mobster Al Malnik Says He's Executor To Michael Jackson's Will And 'Blanket's' New Dad
A Casino’s Plan to Open 24 Hours a Day Draws Ire - New York Times
Riviera Holdings Common Stock Delisted From NYSE Amex
Gambling scams expose regulation deficiencies - Queensland, Australia.
$50K H.O.R.S.E. Turnout Suffers Without ESPN Coverage -
Casino boss, players sentenced to jail - Vietnam

Friday, 26th June

First of Gaming floor's videos from Macau... only 3 weeks late !
City of Dreams - Bubble presentation and red carpet
City of Dreams and Hard Rock Macau opening

Russia - The Moscow News & St. Petersburg Times
Punters face long wait
109 Casinos to Shut, Over 10,000 Lose Jobs

Québec - Loto-Québec PR: 23rd June
The Casino de Mont-Tremblant opens its doors tomorrow - 25 tables/400 slots.
Inauguration of the Casino de Mont-Tremblant An uncommon tourist destination
Works of art commissioned especially for the Casino de Mont-Tremblant
Casino du Mont Tremblant - Shaky visitor walkaround of the new property.

Resorts World & Singapore
Genting Singapore casino set to open early next year - Malaysian Star
"Genting Singapore Plc, partly owned by Asia’s biggest casino operator, said its S$6.6bil resort in Singapore is on track to open in early 2010."
Singapore's Resorts World cuts 2010 arrivals forecast, eyes first quarter open
Singapore's planned Resorts World at Sentosa expects fewer visitors
Visitor arrivals down 13% - Straits Times
S'pore's rich list takes a hit - Straits Times

Joliet, Illinois - Chicago Tribune
Joliet's Empress Casino reopens 3 months after fire

Lawrenceburg, Indiana - Oxford Press
New casino boat opens today, replaces Argosy

British News
Gambling addict stole £222k from doctors - Rochdale. Internet Gambling addiction.

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Seven essential Web sites ... and other news - David McKee's Stiffs & Georges
Revenue from gaming machines in casinos - The Times of Malta
18 Muslims nabbed in raid on gambling outlets - Malaysia
Lisandro Wins Third Bracelet at 2009 World Series of Poker - Poker News Daily
Jackson pitched a failed Detroit casino bid - Detroit Free Press

Thursday, 25th June

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Company takes action after execs criticized in Arizona - Global Cash Access

Pennsylvania - Philadelphia Inquirer & Philadelphia Daily News
Casino report touts benefits to Pa. of table games
SugarHouse gets go-ahead to build on waterfront
Casinos' big payouts - to lawmakers
SugarHouse clears final bureaucratic hurdle

Australia - Australasian Gaming Expo PR
20th Australasian Gaming Expo – Registration Now Open

British News
Newcastle is the model for successful gaming venture
Interview with Damian Aspinall at Aspers Newcastle. The casino had over 500,000 visitors last year and saw revenues rise 40%. Spend per head however remains low at just £25.
500k visitors & revenues up 40% last year

Rick Parry appointed to head new sports betting integrity panel - DCMS
Wimbledon concerns prompt Government move to stem corruption in sports betting - Daily Telegraph
Federer concerned over betting - Australian Daily Telegraph
Liverpool FC chief executive Rick Parry to lead inquiry on gambling in sport
Gambling study reveals four types of punter - Racing Post - National Centre for Social Research
Casino set for the first fight night of its kind - Plymouth
London’s Paradise Series of Poker dates announced - Bluff Europe

Australia - The Courier Mail
Probe into alleged scams in sports betting industry in Queensland

Los Angeles - Yahoo/PRNewswire
World Poker Tour® Launches Eighth Season for the United States

Pittsburgh - KDKA News
Slot Machines Damaged At Rivers Casino

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World Poker Tour® Launches Eighth Season for the United States
New Ranking Says San Diego Casino Barona Is Best
Las Vegas. Las Vegas Boulevard, dieci dollari all'ora. - On

Wednesday, 24th June
Get high in Macau! - Aomen TV

Pennsylvania - Philadelphia Inquirer
Casinos gave over $4.3 million to Pa. politicans, study shows
Pols urged to disclose contributions linked to gaming

Casino Special Meeting To Be Held - Philadelphia

St. Thomas, U.S.V.I - St.Thomas Source & Jamaica Gleaner
Committee Tackles V.I. Dispute With Lottery Operater
USVI sues gaming company - Cites failure to pay taxes - Southland Gaming.

Moscow - RIA Novosti
Russia unlikely to create 'Las Vegas' style gambling zones

Las Vegas - Yahoo/PRNewswire
GPI to Supply Casino Currency to Marina Bay Sands

Rhode Island - Reuters
Rhode Island's Twin River casino seeks bankruptcy

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Flood of new hotel rooms dims Vegas outlook for ’10
MGM Mirage removes bankruptcy warning
Thousands flock to Hard Rock seeking jobs

Nevada - Las Vegas Sun & Nevada Appeal
Northern Nevada casino companies seek Chapter 11
Bankruptcy protection sought by Holder casino group - Holder Hospitality Group.

St.Louis, Missouri - AP & St. Louis Post-Dispatch
3 plead guilty in BetOnSports online gambling case
Three BetOnSports workers plead guilty
Betonsports’s Kaplan Faces Trial After Three More Plead Guilty

Dominican Republic - Dominican Today
Dominican Republic’s casino boom stokes money laundering fears
"gambling continues gaining a foothold in the country, and in addition to betting parlors, casinos have taken the longest stride, going from around 20 at the beginning of 2005, to 56 today."

British News
Safe haven plan to combat casino problems - Bath Chronicle
Woman stole from 90-year-old to fund online gambling - Great Yarmouth
Betting alert over Jurgen Melzer’s defeat of Wayne Odesnik - Daily Telegraph
Wimbledon betting probe: 'Extreme' £385,000 gamble sparks investigation
Wimbledon betting soars after mention of injury by TV commentator

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Court rejects Poker Association's petition to hold tournament in Eilat

Gaming floor's Macau 2009 Images
Full page of images taken before, during and after G2E Asia.
Videos to follow - honest !
Macau 2009

Tuesday, 23rd June

Miami - Miami Herald
Original Seminole Casino still competes with flash of Hard Rock

Las Vegas & Matthews, N.C. - Yahoo/PRNewswire & AP
PokerTek to Remove Tables from Excalibur Hotel and Casino
PokerTek to pull 12 tables from Excalibur in Vegas
Excalibur Poker Room Going High-Tech
Electronic Poker to be removed from Excalibur

Goa -
Hotel Leela to exit from offshore casino in Goa

Melbourne - Sydney Morning Herald
Boss sought gamer's number - Kakavas case
"After staying at Crown for the tennis in January 2005, he returned to gambling there in June and turned over almost $1.5 billion by August 2006, betting up to $300,000 a hand."
Kerry Packer sought addict's details

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Harrah’s thinks it can gain from online gambling
Arizona regulators say Vegas company should lose license - Global Cash Access.
More subcontractors accuse Fontainebleau of failing to pay for work

California - Reuters
Calif. tribal casinos struggle, revs outpace Vegas
"Nationwide, Indian tribes collected $26.7 billion in gambling revenue last year, an increase of 2.3% from 2007, according to recent statistics from the National Indian Gaming Commission."

Las Vegas - Yahoo/AP & Las Vegas Sun
Station Casinos gets 4th extension on debt plan
Station still in talks on debt restructuring

Massachusetts Council on Prob Gambling Video
KY Gambling bill dies in Senate - WHAS11

British News
Millionaire to bring roulette to bookies - Lancaster.
Lancashire gaming group 'comes of age'

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Inside Wynn Sky Casino - SteveFriess/The Strip Podcast 8th June.
'Ocean's 11' inspired $1.5 million Soboba Casino heist, attorneys say

Monday, 22nd June
40 Years WSOP - Part 2 of 3
40 Years of WSOP - Part 1 of 3
Phil Hellmuth wins 1989 WSOP main event

Manchester - IGT UK Press release
IGT-UK Group restructures its online and mobile operations

Malta - Malta Independent
EU contends US Internet gambling laws create ‘adverse trade effects’ for Malta

Puerto Rico - Associated Press
Police: Lone man robs Puerto Rico hotel-casino - U.S. $340,000
San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

Grand Bahama - Nassau Guardian
Tourism: GB casino 'proposal' on table

Atlantic City - UAW Union PR
Casino workers launch Gaming Workers Council

"That’s how Caesars is treating its employees. All this while our CEO Gary Loveman made $15 million last year. I’m quite sure that no one in his house is cutting their pills in half."

Jamaica & Minnesota - Jamaica Observer
Jamaican, US cops go after lotto racketeers
"Authorities in the state say more than 60,000 Minnesotans have been fleeced by the 'scammers'."

Bulgaria & Russia - Bulgarian News Network & Sofia Echo
Bulgarian Seaside Expects Russian Tourist Wave after Gambling Ban
Tourism opportunities in Bulgaria: Russian roulette

British News
Independent bookies paying a premium - Independent Bookmakers Association

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MGM Grand workers in Las Vegas approve contract
CryptoLogic extends licensing deal with Marvel
Gaming revenues down 7% over year - New Orleans
Others linked to Stanford case; former Antigua official accused - USA Today
Prepare for major embarrassments when Stanford trial starts - Jamaica Observer

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