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Archive 2009: 8th - 14th June

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Saturday & Sunday, 13th & 14th June

Illinois - WSJ & Chicago Daily Herald/AP
Casinos Sue Blagojevich Over Law
Casinos sue Blagojevich over horse track law

Melbourne - Herald Sun
Crown: We made a profit of $100

Queensland, Australia -
Casino worker charged - Conrad Jupiters casino.

Nottingham - Sunday Times
Gaming giant Gala’s credit crunch
"Allowing for the money in the bank, Gala has net debt of £2.5 billion and earnings of £360m. Its loan agreement states that debt must not exceed 7.25 times its earnings."

Las Vegas Press
In Business TV: June 5, 2009 - No Relief in Sight?
Former MGM Grand ‘wizard’ recommended for Tropicana license - LVS
Tropicana Atlantic City sold to Carl Icahn-led group - LVS
Gaming pioneer remembered for honesty, education work - LVS
CLAUDINE WILLIAMS: Storied life in a golden age - LVR-J
Las Vegas casino pioneer Claudine Williams dies - LVR-J, 14th May.
Vegas economy shows glimmer of hope - LVR-J

Online Poker -
Politics and Poker: Fed Crackdown an Ominous Sign?

Poker History

The Rise and Fall of Stu Ungar Poker Documentary - 1/5
Follow the link to find the other 4 parts on YT.
40 Years of WSOP - Part 1 of 3 - From
Will tribal casinos go smoke-free?

Atlantic City - Bloomberg
Icahn’s Bid for Tropicana Casino Approved by Court
"The Icahn-led group also will get casinos in Indiana, Louisiana and Mississippi. Canadian private-equity firm Onex Corp. will control the Las Vegas Tropicana."

Miami - Reuters/PRNewswire
Caribbean Casino and Gaming Completes Online "Live" Wagering Package in Major Deal With Kenilworth Systems Corporation

additional headlines
All In: The Poker Movie Premiere
All In - The Poker Movie
Commission Approves Both Casino proposals - Wyandotte County, Kansas.
Tribal Casinos Reeling From Recession - CBS2. NIGA report.
Sugarhouse Casino hearing set
Cannery casinos owner sues Web site operator - LVS

Friday, 12th June

Washington, Florida & Riga, Latvia - U.S. Department of Justice & AP
Two Individuals Indicted for Trafficking Counterfeit Gaming Machines and Computer...
Feds: 2 conspired to sell counterfeit IGT slots

Manila - Manila Standard
Casino firms deposit $400m
"He told reporters that SM Investments Corp., Genting Berhad Group of Malaysia and Aruze Corp. of Japan had deposited at least $100 million each into the project." - Two links containing information about the Manila Bay project.

Kiev - Yahoo/AP
Ukrainian confirms bill restricting gambling
"Yushchenko must now sign the bill into law within 10 days."

Macau - June 2009

City of Dreams - Grand Opening in Macau - AomenTV/Destination Macau.
City Of Dreams 1' - Promotional film displayed on the C of D sign.
Macau - Wynn Gold Dragon - Wynn's Dragon of fortune in HD.
Macau 60's - Visitors arriving in somewhat less complicated times.

additional headlines
Casinos bet on expansion - Colorado. USA Today
Casino is an economic success but there is a price - Calgary, Canada
Betfair says 'we'll be wrecked' - Australia
NBA ref who fixed games assaulted in prison by mobster

Thursday, 11th June

Santiago, Chile - WSJ
Chile Casino,Hotel Operator Enjoy To Launch IPO In July

Ukraine - Interfax
Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada rejects presidential veto on gambling ban

Kathmandu, Nepal -
Police raid casinos

Atlantic City - WSJ/Dow Jones & Philadelphia Inquirer
Atlantic City's May Casino Revenue Down 15.4% On Year
Slump far from over at Atlantic City casinos
CCC Announces May Casino Revenue

Brussels - Yahoo/AP
EU calls on US to drop gambling ban

London - RGA Press release
European Commission publishes report into US gambling laws - Remote Gambling Association

Malayia & Macau - WSJ
For Genting, From Malasia to Macau–Via MGM?

Fontainebleau Chapter 11 filing
Did the banks sabotage Fontainebleau? -
James Packer's Crown win and loses - The Australian
James Packer has been forced to write down $315m after Fontainebleau collpases - Herald Sun
Crown Writes Down Fontainebleau Stake Value to Zero - Bloomberg
Packer's $307m Fountainbleau loss no surprise - The Australian

Macau - Bloomberg
Galaxy Bond Buyback Opportunity Diminishes, CFO Says

British News
Social enterprise casino opens in Yarmouth
The conversion of a slot arcade known as Caesars "Fun" Palace to what is called a "social enterprise casino". Great Yarmouth is apparently now one of the most deprived areas in Britain.
Bookmaker may stop football bets - William Hill's concerns about match fixing.
William Hill may restrict football betting over suspicious wagers
Casino plan blocked - Milton Keynes
Entrepreneur a step closer to Guildford casino aim - Guildford

additional headlines
Gambling Crackdown - Fox News (06/10/09)
PPA Chairman Alfonse D'Amato on Fox Business (06/10/09)
Alderney: no comment on FullTilt licence following US asset freeze
Casino Trac (Table Trac, Inc.) Receives Another System Contract
Casino follow home robberies - Orange County, California.
Accused lost $94K at casino, trial hears - Windsor, Canada.

Las Vegas in popular culture - June 2009

Waking Up In Vegas-Katy Perry(Official VIdeo Hq)(Perfect Audio)+ Lyrics
The Hangover Movie - Official Trailer

Wednesday, 10th June

Brussels - European Commission
EU Commission publishes report on US internet gambling laws
USA: internet gambling ban and its discriminatory enforcement
"The report does not include any recommendation for action and also suggests that the issue should be addressed with the US Administration, with a view to finding an amicable solution."
EU Commission publishes report on US internet gambling laws
Lawrenc Ho (CNBC)
City of Dreams - CNBC Lawrence Ho interview 2nd June.

Macau - CNBC Video
Laundering Money in Macau's Casinos
Discussion on how money laundering activities are affecting casinos in Macau.

Las Vegas - Reuters
Facing heat in Vegas, casinos bet on Macau deals

Kiev & Tallinn - Interfax
Estonia's OEG reopens its casinos in Ukraine from June 8
"Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko refused to sign a law on the gambling business earlier approved by the parliament. So on June 8, OEG reopened all of its casinos in Ukraine,"
Reopening of casinos in Ukraine

Taipei, Taiwan - China Post
Largest Texas Hold'em casino busted in Taipei
"The Daan Police District of Taipei City Police Department arrested 37 casino personnel and three Americans as well as confiscated a sum of NT$5.78 million (U.S.$180,000) in gambling chips" 


Sands Casino Opens in Bethlehem 
Las Vegas Sands Bets on Bethlehem - Sheldon Adelson interview.
Sands seeks to expand table games at new Bethlehem, Pa., casino - LVR-J

Casino-Free Protest at Harrah's from John Davidson on Vimeo.

Casino-Free Protest at Harrah's - Pennsylvania

Las Vegas - Yahoo/Business Wire, AP & LVR-J
Shuffle Master, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2009 Results
Shuffle Master, Inc. Earnings Conference Call (Q2 2009)
Shuffle Master 2Q profit surges 50%
Shuffle Master profits jump 50% in second quarter

St. Louis - Yahoo/PRNewswire & AP
Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. Announces Fiscal 2009 Fourth Quarter and Year End Results
Isle of Capri Casinos reports 4th-quarter profit

Malaysia & Las Vegas - & Reuters
Genting buys 3.2% stake in MGM Mirage
Malaysia's Genting pays $100 mln for MGM stake

Las Vegas - SMH
Packer's US casino gamble in $250m loss
The Fontainbleau can now be added to the list of Crown Ltd's disastrous Nevada investments.

Las Vegas - Business Wire, WSJ & Reuters
Fontainebleau Las Vegas Files for Chapter 11 After Lenders Renege on Lending Commitment
Fontainebleau Las Vegas Enters Chapter 11
Fontainebleau Las Vegas files for Ch. 11 bankruptcy

Online Poker - Sports Illustrated/AP & New York Times
Feds have frozen $30M of online poker winnings
Web’s Poker Winners Face Delays in Collecting - Poker Players Alliance

British News
Under-18s served at most betting shops - The Christian Institute
Gambling sector averts levy threat - - Responsibility in Gambling Trust
Betting firms to pay £5m research levy - The Scotsman. Brief report
Industry funds £5m problem betting study - Yorkshire Post
Poker ads banned for linking gambling to sexual success
Swank Poker which appears to have now disappeared ?
More Aylesbury bookmakers targeted by robbers

additional headlines
Mike Tyson weds in Las Vegas
Bollywood takes pitch to casino enclave Macau
TV producer brings rowdy poker game to Playboy TV

Tuesday, 9th June

Moscow - Moscow Times &
Casino Ban Not Bad For Labor, City Says
"But Baidakov said only 4,000 Moscow residents would be affected, and they were being offered city-funded retraining for new jobs."
Russian government seeks to reverse law on gambling zones

South Africa - News24 & Independent Online
Man beaten at casino dies
Rugby player dies after alleged casino attack

Macau -
Macau: A Complex Destination in the PRC

Waukegan, Illinois - Yahoo/AP
WMS' Participation Footprint Surpasses 10,000 Gaming Machines

Oh Craps! - CNN 25th May

British News
IG Group sees FY profits up 29%
Channel Five moves into bingo business

additional headlines
Gambling and Crime – is it on the increase? - New Zealand
Century Casinos Obtains Approval of WCGR Board for Sale of South African Casino Company
Sector Snap: analyst assesses CityCenter impact
International Game Technology Amends Credit Facility

Monday, 8th June

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Review-Journal
INSIDE GAMING: A passive path to lure capital to casinos

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun: Richard N. Velotta
Harrah’s execs cashed huge checks
"Gary Loveman, CEO of Harrah’s, landed the top spot on the list with $92.3 million in total compensation in 2008."

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun: Liz Benston
Outlook for Fontainebleau slides from bad to worse
Fontainebleau executive leaves company - 29th May
The Fontainebleau is flooded - Roof collapse closes clubs, wreaks havoc at Miami Beach landmark - 5th June

Great Home Prices In Vegas !
Check out CNN's Foreclosure pain and joy from John King's weekly State of the Union programme. A cautionary tale for those looking for bargains.
Las Vegas Casino Investors Want More - In Business Las Vegas
Las Vegas Foreclosures On The Rise - In Business Las Vegas

British News
Taking £1 and giving 70p back: How the fruit machine is ripping off Britain - Daily Mail
"'Gamblers do not continuously lose, they continuously nearly win. A key structural characteristic to do this is the "near miss". They create near-win situations where the winning result is just above the pay line."

Shops to tackle underage betting - BBC
Rank helps Isle leave the UK - Casino International
Blackjack Switch gets approval - Casino International
Taxman 'faces £500m bingo bill' - BBC
Rank wins "landmark" appeal for £59m tax payback - eGaming Review
Party ties with UK's Channel 5 for 'Five' branded casino, bingo - eGaming Review
Bet365 challenges Betfair as Oddschecker top bookie

additional headlines
Future Of Casinos - Massachusetts
Inside Barbie’s Las Vegas suite - The Palms
Poker player Matusow deals with hand dealt by mental illness - USA Today
'Protests will dip if casinos move out of sight' - Goa
Casino gaming floors exempt in smoking ban - Michigan

Newly released promotional film

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