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Saturday, 28th March

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
CityCenter safe - for now
MGM Mirage payment keeps CityCenter on track
Letter sent to MGM Mirage employees from CEO James Murren

Las Vegas - LVR-J
Analyst: If CityCenter went under, jobless rate would increase 1%
MGM makes debt payment, project continues

Las Vegas - WSJ & Reuters
MGM Buys a Lifeline for Big Vegas Project
MGM makes payment for Vegas CityCenter project

city center las vegas - November 2008

Cyprus - Cyprus Mail
Larnaca airport a good spot for a casino
Residents should get a say about opening casinos
"the latest Cyprobarometer survey, released 10 days ago, found that 58 per cent of Cypriots were in favour of opening casinos. It was the first time that majority of the respondents of the annual survey were in favour."

Macau - Macau Daily Times
Gaming industry employees down 2%
At the end of 2008 there were 43,835 employees in the Macau casino industry, 18,196 were dealers down 6% from December 2007.

Taiwan -
AMZ Holdings plc - Taiwan announces two casino licences for offshore islands

Joliet, Illinois -
$340 million damage estimate in casino fire

additional headlines
US companies buy back loans as prices plunge - LVS.
Local Man Changes Pennies Into a Million Dollars at Spotlight 29 Casino

Friday, 27th March

Macau - Hong Kong Standard
Melco keeps door open on deal for Las Vegas Sands assets

Las Vegas - Reuters & Las Vegas Sun
CityCenter venture may file for bankruptcy: sources
CityCenter hires law firm for possible bankruptcy
Face to Face with Jon Ralston
Deutsche Bank's Bill Lerner and high-rise condo expert Paul Murad. 
CityCenter partner might want more say - 25th March - Webcam

British News
Bingo pair call 100% stake in Londonís Hippodrome - Property Week
"The Thomases sold their Beacon Bingo business three years ago for £80m and will use money from the sale to progress the redevelopment of the Hippodrome."
"The Hippodrome online casino is due to be launched this summer."

Jobs at two casinos are under threat
"Its main shareholder, Isle Of Capri, has now left the company reeling after withdrawing its two-thirds interest, and writing off a £10 million loan it had made to the firm."
Arena Casino Owners Still Seeking Buyer - Coventry City Mad

All bets are off as bookies drop Arsenal legend Paul Merson - Daily Mail
Ex-gambling addict Paul Merson becomes new face of... a bookmaker - 25/3
Paul Merson's gambling promotion defied satire - Daily Telegraph
Panel set to tackle betting corruption - The Independent
Banker thief had gambling problem - BBC Scotland

Atlantic City -
Gambler who sued casinos going to prison for theft - Arelia Taveras.
arelia taveras vs the gambling industry

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun/AP
Wynn got $8.45M in 2008 as CEO of Wynn Resorts
Workers rescued from Encore in high winds

Carson City - Las Vegas Sun
Effort to repeal Nevadaís lottery ban clears first step

additional headlines
Orlando Resident Cracks $807,543.95 Bad Beat Jackpot at Absolute Poker
Goa high court allows floating casinos to obtain alternate food sources
Full Tilt Poker Banned from the UFC

Thursday, 26th March

Athens - Reuters
Greece to sell stakes in casino, water utility

Lynn, Mass. -
Lynn to casino boat owners: No deal - Horizon's Edge Casino Cruises.

Brussels - Reuters
U.S. Internet gambling laws breach WTO rules - EU

Las Vegas - Yahoo/Business Week
Kerkorian Faces Debt Woes

MGM City Center News-Station Casinos Debt Restructure plan & more

Macau - Macau Daily Times
G2E Asia 2009 to address gaming industry challenge

Goa -, & The Times of India
Won't shut casinos as it will render 3,000 jobless: Cong
Closure of off-shore casinos will render Goans jobless: Cong
Now, Cong effort to save casinos
"Wagh added that there are about 1,500 Goan youth, aged between 18 and 30, working as dealers, cashiers, floor managers, slot managers, computer graphic designers and in the departments of food and beverage, housekeeping etc."

Sydney - Sydney Morning Herald
Casino takes the punt and puts everything on black - Star City Casino.

Singapore - Straits Times
750 screened for casino jobs

British news
Bookies tell ministers to go easy in Budget 2009 - Daily Telegraph
Casino granted first 24-hour gaming licence in Aberdeen - Press & Journal
Merson dropped from bookie adverts - Ananova/PA
The ultimate endorsement - use someone who is addicted to your product
Gambler tried to raid betting shop till

A New Breed of Card - PNC Alpine 2009
ANGEL playing cards -

additional headlines
PA Gaming Control Board Fines Casino for Underage Gambling Violations
New home sales remain icy - In Business Las Vegas
"Through the first two months of this year, only 637 new homes sold."
Man charged in robbery of AC casino patron
Former Harrah's worker sues over asbestos - UPI
Empire Resorts cites issues with maturing debt - Yahoo/AP

Wednesday, 25th March

Patti S. Hart Named New IGT President and CEO - IGT PR
IGT president, CEO, resigns; replaced by Hart - Yahoo/AP
Analyst: IGT's Matthews may exit chairman post too - Yahoo/AP
IGT Conference Call with Management - 4.30pm EST

Las Vegas Sands
Las Vegas Sands' Stone Resigns - WSJ
Las Vegas Sands executive resigns - LVR-J
Third executive leaving Las Vegas Sands - Las Vegas Sun
Las Vegas Sands loses exec, eyes debt buyback - Reuters
Las Vegas Sands discussing debt buyback as option - AP
LVS Considers Loan Buyback, Hires Goldman - Bloomberg
Bradley H. Stone - President of Global Operations and Construction
Bradley H. Stone - Forbes profile

World's Biggest Casino from Jonathan Schütz on Vimeo.

Hong Kong - Yahoo/Business Wire
Amax Proposes Exchange of Common Shares for Approximately 28% of Outstanding Promissory Note

Monaco - Atronic PR
Crystal.netô to debut at Monte Carlo SBM Casinos in Monaco

Nevada - Las Vegas Sun
Proposed bill would tax prostitution at $5 per session

Nevada - Yahoo/AP
Expert says Reid, Ensign likely didn't break rules

Three offshore Goa casinos sealed for violating pollution norms - New Kerala
"The casinos - Rio, Caravela and Maharaja - had failed to obtain the necessary licence from the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB)."
Casinos sealed in the morning, opened later - Times of India
Goa casino charged with denying winnings, beating up customer

Goa Casino boats - May 2008.

Florida - Miami Herald & Sun-Sentinel
Visiting Indian casinos in Florida could be a gamble
Legislature's two chambers offer radically different gambling plans
Anna Nicole invoked in county battle for casino cash

Australia - WA Today
Crown gets OK to look at gambler's finances - Harry Kakavas case.
The gambler

British news
Latest on Yarmouth casino plans
Image of the proposed Edge development
Casino wins 24-hour gaming gamble - Gala Aberdeen
Sportech defends pools collection goal for older players
Gambling addict carried fake cash
Merson is new face of bookies

additional headlines
International Casino Review - Digital edition April 2009
San Juan bans gambling - Philippines
Illinois casino's sprinklers were off before fire -
Greektown Casino in default, Detroit says - Detroit News
Urging action on city casinos - Philadelphia Inquirer

Tuesday, 24th March

Atlantic City - UAW Union
Casino dealers launch ad campaign in Atlantic City
"More than 8,000 gaming industry workers are members of the UAW in Atlantic City, Connecticut, Indiana, Michigan and Rhode Island."

Las Vegas - Yahoo/AP & Las Vegas Sun
MGM Mirage: CityCenter lawsuit 'without merit'
Lawsuit clouds future of CityCenter; MGM responds

Budapest & Israel -
Plaza Acquires further stake in major development project
"as well as a 40,000 sqm casino. It is located at the southern end of Obuda Island on the Danube River in central Budapest."
Frisches Geld für die Trauminsel

Indiana - Yahoo/PRNewswire
PokerTek Adds 100% PokerPro Room to Hoosier Park Racing and Casino

Macau - WSJ, Macau Daily Times & China Knowledge
SJM 2008 Net Profit Down 48% On Lower Macau Gaming Revenue
SJM gaming revenue dropped in 2008
Macau casino operator SJM sees profit down 48.1% in 2008

Las Vegas - WSJ, Yahoo/AP &
Las Vegas Property Venture Is in Peril
Dubai partner sues MGM Mirage over CityCenter
Dubai World sues MGM Mirage for breach

Delaware - Las Vegas Sun
Dubai World lawsuit against MGM MIRAGE

Las Vegas - LVR-J & Las Vegas Sun
Spokesman says Reid tried to help raise money to complete CityCenter
Reid, Ensign made calls to banks for MGM
INSIDE GAMING: Anyone heard from Kirk? - Howard Stutz
Senators rush to CityCenter's rescue

India -
Sikkim Govt. launches casino to lure tourists - Casino Sikkim
Sikkim Government opens first casino to lure tourists to the state

Trenton, New Jersey - ESPN/AP
Lawmaker seeks legalized gambling - Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association

British news
Firms told casino must boost town - Great Yarmouth
Gambling addict admits stealing over £40,000 from university

additional headlines
Residents of bankrupt Lake Las Vegas face uncertainty
Thunderbird Announces Change of Auditors; Update
Empire Resorts Announces Twin Gaming Venues at Monticello Raceway and Concord Hotel & Resort
Lithuanian FA monitors suspicious gambling - The Scotsman - Early Warning System GmbH.

Monday, 23rd March

Las Vegas, Delaware & Dubai - IHT/AP, & MarketWatch
Dubai partner sues MGM Mirage over CityCenter
Dubai World Subsidiary Infinity World files lawsuit against MGM MIRAGE
Dubai World suing MGM Mirage over CityCenter
city center las vegas
Interesting construction worker video. Excellent choice of Rammstein as the background music. rammstein sonne complete - 11 million views !
Film produced for the Macau Government Tourist Office.
No sound but quality images.

Nevada - Las Vegas Sun
Canadian high rollerís debts are multiplying
Three punters are named who allegedly owe Las Vegas Casinos a total of over $30 million.
Sands not so adored in Macau these days - Liz Benston
Cheap rooms could sell casinos short
MGM MIRAGE: "Every percentage-point drop in hotel occupancy costs the company $3 million in profit per month. At the same time, every $5 reduction in average hotel rates costs nearly $6 million in profit per month."

Las Vegas - Yahoo/Reuters & Las Vegas Sun
Herbst Gaming files for Chapter 11 protection
Herbst Gaming files for bankruptcy protection

Carson City, Nevada - Las Vegas Sun/AP
Reid seeks to clarify stimulus rule on casinos

Indianapolis - & Chicago Tribune
Gambler who lost $125K loses lawsuit
Court says casino not obligated to protect gambler

British news
Circus Casino and Circus Poker Are Now Available to Players Outside the UK

additional headlines
Analysis: Better hardware may make sense for Gaming Control Board
Vegas Gang Podcast 13/3 - - Macau update.
Gambling soars in impoverished Albania
Irish Open attracts $12,000,000 Man - Irish Open 10th - 13th April.
Liquidator Says Online Poker Players Owed AUS$5 Million

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