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Thursday, 7th May

Macau - Hong Kong Standard & Yahoo/AFP
Payback time for Lady Luck
Chinese gambler scoops jackpot, threatens lawsuit
Slot-mad punter feels sore after HK$53m losing streak

British News
Eyes down for UK firms as Riva Gaming sheds £100m of debt

Biloxi, Mississippi - Yahoo/AP
Casino industry faces changes after recession

The Netherlands - Radio Netherlands
Job cuts at Holland Casino - 100 to 300 positions to go.

Dnepropetrosvk, Ukraine - RIA Novosti & ITAR-TASS
Ten dead, ten injured in fire at Ukrainian slot machine arcade
Fire kills 10 at slot machine hall in Ukraine’s Dnepropetrovsk
Dnipropetrovsk Slot Machine Hall Fire Kills 9, Injures 11
Metro-Jackpot Gaming Clubs

Rep. Barney Frank Introduces Legislation to License, Regulate US Internet Poker -

Washington - Yahoo/AFP
US congressman moves to legalize online gambling
Rep. Barney Frank Introduces Legislation to License, Regulate US Internet Poker
Interactive Gaming Council statement on Frank Bill

Cairnes, Queensland - ABC News
Casino in the black despite fewer visitors

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun & Washington Post/AP
Four-alarm blaze at Moulin Rouge leads to site demolition
Crews demolish historic Vegas casino after blaze
Historic Moulin Rouge Burns - KLASTV

Los Angeles - L.A. Times
Poker players sue L.A.-area casinos over jackpots for losers

Katy Perry - Waking Up In Vegas - YouTube HQ

additional headlines
Casino life - April/May 2009
Casino International Digital Magazine - May 2009
Will live dealers achieve "reality star" status at Europa Casino?
CryptoLogic Continues Path to Profitability Amid Challenging Conditions
Two Bank of China managers ordered to repay $482m - Daily Telegraph

Wednesday, 6th May

Macau - Yahoo/Globe Newswire
City of Dreams to Open On June 1
City of Dreams - 15 second teaser Ad.
New law restricts gambling in Russia
Russia Today video report from July 2007.
Gambling banned in southern Russia
Russia Today - July 2007.
Casino ban could lead to sports gambling boom  Russia Today - December 2008.

Gorki, Moscow - Moscow Times & ITAR-TASS
Medvedev Puts Foot Down on Gambling
"It is imperative that these rules go into effect in due time. There will be no revisions, no pushing back -- despite the lobbying efforts of various businesses," - Russian President Dimitry Medvedev.
No revision of gambling areas laws due - Medvedev
No more Russian roulette (not in Moscow, at least) - Daily Telegraph 30th April.

Gaming Investments - Reuters, Bloomberg & Yahoo/AP
U.S. casino shares soar on hints of industry upturn
Melco, Gaming Stocks Jump as Sands Reports Unexpected Profit
Las Vegas casinos report weak 1st quarter
Las Vegas Sands reports wider 1Q loss

Sector Focus: Casinos  - Bloomberg via Clip Syndicate.

Las Vegas - Yahoo/PRNewswire
Las Vegas Sands Corp. Reports First Quarter 2009 Results
Las Vegas Sands Corp. Earnings Conference Call (Q1 2009)

Adelaide - ABC News &
Court told casino worker's addiction led to suicide
Adelaide SkyCity Casino gambling culture 'drove mum to suicide'

Victoria, Australia - Melbourne Age
Gambling returns $1.6 billion

Macau - SCMP (Registration required)
Macau casino revenue drops to 8.3b patacas

Washington -
New licensing regime aims to ease US online gambling ban

Atlantic City & Indiana - Reuters & Courier Press
Bankruptcy court OKs Tropicana reorganization plan
Aztar may be caught in Icahn net - Evansville's Casino Aztar, Indiana.

Tallahassee, Florida - Orlando Sentinel
Gambling deal near, but not for blackjack

additional headlines
Vanessa Rousso 25,000 High Roller Winner Interview - 2009 EPT Monte Carlo
Abramovich loses yacht in poker game: report - The story appears to be false.
I-Team: Tracking Stolen Cars on the Las Vegas Strip
"Studies still say Las Vegas is one of the most dangerous cities in the country with the seventh highest rate of car thefts."
Video poker king pleads guilty to gambling ring - Pennsylvania

Tuesday, 5th May

Las Vegas - Yahoo/Business Wire
Wynn Resorts, Limited Reports First Quarter Results
Wynn Resorts, Limited Earnings Conference Call (Q1 2009)

Las Vegas - Bloomberg, Reuters/Deena Beasley & AP
Wynn Reports Quarterly Loss; Shares Rise on Las Vegas Optimism
Wynn Resorts posts first-qtr loss, shares rise
Wynn Resorts posts wider-than-expected 1Q loss

Atlantic City - Bloomberg
Icahn to Lend Tropicana $150 Million to Reorganize

Washington - & Washington Post/Reuters
Frank to unveil online gambling bill
Rep Frank to unveil online gambling bill

MGM Mirage Profit - Bloomberg via Clip Syndicate

Las Vegas - Yahoo/PRNewswire, AP & Reuters
MGM MIRAGE Reports First Quarter Financial Results
"Total casino revenue declined 16%, with slots revenue down 12% for the quarter. The Company's table games volume, excluding baccarat, was down 20% in the quarter"
MGM MIRAGE Earnings Conference Call (Q1 2009)
MGM Mirage books 1Q profit including casino sale
MGM Mirage posts qtrly profit on sale of resort

Michigan - USA Today Video
Michigan; Hopeful dealers go to class - How to train one handed dealers !

Los Angeles - Yahoo/Business Wire
WPT Enterprises, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2009 Financial Results

Matthews, N.C. - Yahoo/PRNewswire
PokerTek Reports First Quarter 2009 Financial Results
PokerTek Installs PokerPro at Mountain View Casino in Nevada
PokerTek, Inc. Earnings Conference Call (Q1 2009)

Washington - Daily Telegraph
Move to end US ban on online gambling

additional headlines
Las Vegas Real Estate Investors Return To The Market
Gaming king Bruce Mathieson buys another multi-million dollar mansion - Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group.
IGT to Showcase Revenue-Driving Games, Machines and Systems at the Southern Gaming Summit, May 6-7
Denmark To End Gaming Monopoly - iGamingBusiness

Monday, 4th May

Brussels & Malmö, Sweden - ECA Press release & images
Casino Cosmopol
Casino Cosmopol Malmö.
EDC tournament floor
The EDC floor. 3 AR's, 3 BJ's, warm up tables & CCTV.
EDC 2009 finalists
The finalists (l. to r.) Sanda Jevtic (Serbia), Matti Kankainen (Finland), Liisa Rennstein (Estonia), Marjolein Clarijs (Netherlands), Carmen de Lange (Netherlands) and Maria Mavridi (Greece).
Organising Committee
Members of the Organising Committee (l. to r.) Jeroen Bosman (Holland Casino), Tracy Damestani (British Casino Association) and Yared Garbretensaye (Casino Cosmopol).
Marjolein Clarijs
ECA Chairman Ron Goudsmit presents Marjolein Clarijs with first prize.
Marjolein Clarijs
Marjolein Clarijs from Holland Casino Breda.

MGM City Center Minutes Away From Closing Down Construction
MGM City Center Back On Track

Las Vegas - LVR-J
Casino bankruptcies nothing new for Gordon Silver official

Nevada - Las Vegas Sun: Liz Benston
MGM’s Murren unwavering in defense of CityCenter
Company ownership idea seeks to spur investment
Las Vegas attorney Frank Schreck is proposing that casino ownership interests, before a requirement for licensing is reached, be increased from 15 to 25%.

Connecticut - Norwich Bulletin
MGM's troubles aren't rubbing off on Foxwoods
Casino cheating trial starts Monday
"An investigation by the state police casino unit revealed some dealers were being paid in exchange for allowing late bets at their craps tables."

Macau - SCMP - Registration required
Legal issues cited as problem in high-end gambling segment
HK gamblers losing billions in Macau's VIP rooms
Macao Should Ban Smoking in Casinos - Business Week columnist opinion

EPT Grand Final 2009 - Monaco
Dutchman De Korver triumphs at EPT Grand Final - Poker Channel Europe
Pieter de Korver Winner Interview - 2009 EPT Monte Carlo
Pieter de Korver Rags to Riches - 2009 EPT Monte Carlo

British News
Man robbed bookies with broken glass bottle - Bristol

additional headlines
Online Casino Reports Visits Holland Casino Zandvoort
Senior casino cheat to pay back $2,985 - Richmond, B.C.
Lynn bet boat goes broke - Horizon's Edge Casino Cruise LLC.
Deal Secures Future Of CityCenter - GGB Magazine
Man Commits Suicide At Casino
Man shoots himself outside Hard Rock, officials say

Saturday & Sunday, 2nd & 3rd May

Adelaide -
New casino hub a safe bet - Adelaide
Casino plan for Adelaide's Torrens Lake

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Pacquiao proves one point, Mayweather Jr. wants to see him do it again
Man robs high limit slot area at MGM Grand
Death of headliner Danny Gans creates gap at Encore

Biloxi, Mississippi - Biloxi Sun-Herald
Casino execs meet for gaming summit - Southern Gaming Summit

Las Vegas - Wynn Resorts & Yahoo/AP
Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year Danny Gans Dies at 52
Las Vegas entertainer Danny Gans dead at 52
Entertainer Danny Gans Dead At 52

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
The rescue of CityCenter - Liz Benston
MGM Mirage makes filing to issue stock
Las Vegas headliner Danny Gans dies
Pacquiao vs. Hatton at the MGM Grand Garden Arena
M Resort chief: Vegas gaming industry in ‘survival mode’ - Steve Green
Landlord rejects Binion’s rent request, sues for back rent

Mostly Gambling... Vegas Stylez from Lisa Bettany on Vimeo.
Mostly Gambling... Vegas Stylez
The perils of playing the slots at McCarron Airport :)

EPT Grand Final 2009 - Monaco
EPT -- Grand Final Day 3
American Matthew Woodward Leading EPT Grand Final
Tony G Video Blog - 1 May, 2009

British News
Owners of former Leeds nightclub still in fight for casino - Yorkshire Post
Army major stole £10,000 to pay gambling debts 
Full Tilt Unveiled as New Sponsor of Poker Million - CardPlayer Europe

additional headlines
A River Run Through It
Gunman sought after Las Vegas Strip casino heist
Minnesota Attacks Online Gambling! APCW Perspectives for May 1st, 2009
TVG (Betfair US) and TrackNet Media Group Reach Agreement For Account Wagering
Majority of Venues Where Multimedia Games Operates in Mexico Temporarily Closed Following Outbreak of Influenza A (H1N1)
Row over offshore Goa casinos - The Times of India

Friday, 1st May
Macau is unique

News On CityCenter Pays Off For Casinos - Investors Business Daily
MGM Mirage Shares Up 35% on News of Deal - The Street

CityCenter Should Open On Time - Fox5 News

Las Vegas - Yahoo/AP
Las Vegas Sands CEO Adelson paid $1.28M in 2008
"Adelson holds 30.1 percent of the company's outstanding shares, or nearly 198 million shares. With his wife, Miriam, he owns or controls a total of 52 percent of the company's stock."
Las Vegas Sands Corp. Declares Quarterly Dividend on Preferred Stock

Macau - SCMP & Macau Daily Times
Macau casinos rebound after Guangdong raids - Registration required
TurboJet and First Ferry enforce anti flu measures

Minnesota - Poker News Daily & IMEGA
List of 200 Banned Internet Gambling Sites in Minnesota Released
Minnesota Releases Online Gambling “Black List” - Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association

British News
A fair deal for British gambling operators - DCMS Press release
Machines win over flesh and blood for bookie William Hill - The Scotsman

EPT Grand Final 2009 - Monaco
Day 1B Update - 2009 EPT Monte Carlo

additional headlines
Woman Charged With Making Bomb Threat to Keep Husband From Gambling
Seneca Gaming profits off 16% as gamblers sit tight -
Pa. court overturns ban on political donations from casinos
Thunderbird Resorts Reports 2008 Fourth-Quarter, Full Year Results

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