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Thursday, 14th May.
Las Vegas Sands Macau job cuts
Sands to cut 3,000 local jobs
Today's front page of the Macau Daily Times

Moscow - Pravda
Russia officially bans gambling business

Las Vegas - Business Wire
Station Casinos Announces First Quarter Results

Las Vegas - Yahoo/AP
MGM Mirage completes $1B public stock offering

Valetta, Malta - Malta Today
Casino workers in limbo
The Maltese Government is asking for expressions of interest in the historic Dragonara Casino where the Accor-Lucienne Barrier concession expires in just a month.

Melbourne - The Melbourne Age
Crown Casino deal could be blocked
Packer reclaims rich-list crown
"But his estimated wealth fell to $US3.1 billion ($A4.12 billion), from $US5.3 billion in 2008, following a drop in the share prices of his casinos and media interests."

Las Vegas - Yahoo/PRNewswire
GPI Reports Financial Results for the First Quarter of 2009

New York - Yahoo/AP
Sector Snap: Casinos fall as MGM eyes capital

Las Vegas - Wall Street Journal & Yahoo/AP
MGM Seeks to Raise $2.5 Billion In Bid to Pay Down Looming Debt
MGM Mirage announces plan to raise $2.5B
MGM ended yesterday down 29% at $8.70 and then declines a further 11% in after hours trading.

Georgetown, Guyana -
Guyana to have its first casino soon - The Princess website lists 29 company operations.

Bali Culture Part 4: Gambling from Jan van der Meer on Vimeo.
Bali Culture Part 4: Gambling
Gambling has many forms around the world - contains cockfighting scenes

British News
William Hill to withdraw from Spanish Codere JV
William Hill exits Spanish JV

Russian Poker Tour Begins Thursday

additional headlines
IGT Remains a Gamble -
Phumelela Gaming & Leisure Limited - Voluntary Announcement
New Poll Shows Continuing Support for Gaming on Tribal Lands - Arizona
Oregon Man Finds Lotto Ticket Worth $2.6M While Cleaning His Car
Strachan: Govt losing out on lucrative gambling market - The Bahamas
Electronic Game Card, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2009 Earnings

Wednesday, 13th May.

Las Vegas & New York - Bloomberg
JPMorgan, Citigroup Paid in Junk Bonds by Harrah’s 

Las Vegas - Yahoo/AP & Reuters
MGM Mirage looks to raise $2.5B in capital
MGM Mirage amends credit facility, plans offering - Down 16% to $10.32.

British news
Solihull casino plan "a backward step" says church leader
Devilfish Takes Centre Stage at Oxford Union
"I’m a big fan of Kermit the Frog and to take to the same stage as him is humbling."
House competition draw to go ahead after Gambling Commission probe

Macau - Bloomberg
Las Vegas Sands Plans to Cut as Many as 4,000 Jobs in Macau 
'Macanese workers will be not affected that much, it will affect the expatriate population more so,"  "The company wants to reduce Macau staff to between 13,000 and 14,000 until more are needed after construction resumes,"
LV Sands will slash up to 4,000 Macau jobs - LVR-J

California - CBS News/Yahoo Video
Computer Glitch Halts Casino Payouts

Delaware allows sports betting
Well produced video report from ESPN.

Delaware - Orlando Sentinel/AP & CBS Sports
Delaware Senate approves sports betting bill, sends to governor for promised signature
State Senate approves bill to allow sports betting in Delaware

Saskatchewan -
$1.2M discovered missing from Sask. casinos, company says

Melbourne - Busine
Brumby denies hiding Crown deal behind federal Budget
Expanding the Crown

Las Vegas - LVR-J & Las Vegas Sun
Fontainebleau files amendment to $3 billion lawsuit
Fontainebleau: Bank wanted to minimize Cosmopolitan competition

Hollywood ? - Variety
Spacey to star in 'Casino Jack' - Thriller based on power broker Jack Abramoff - Casino Jack (2010)

WSOP Director Says 2009 Payout Structure The Best Yet - card Player - The 2009 WSOP starts in just 14 days.
Jamie Gold Joins Poker Icons - - Alternative player agency.

additional headlines
RealtyTrac: April foreclosures rise 32%
"On a state-by-state basis, Nevada had one in every 68 households receive a foreclosure filing, down 18 percent from March but still the nation's highest rate."

Casino, security staff reach tentative agreement - Niagara Falls
Nevada Gold Completes Its Acquisition of Three Washington Casinos
A push to legalize Internet gambling - L.A. Times
Spanish woman, 25, scooped €110m Euro Lottery...
Arrest in Christmas casino shooting - Stockholm
Chartwell Renews Gala Coral -

Tuesday, 12th May.

London & Malaysia -
GuocoLeisure Limited announces withdrawal of casino licence applications

London - International Gaming Awards
IGA releases new website ahead of 2010 Gaming Awards Event

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun: Liz Benston
Reports put numbers on reduction of workforce
Room rates to rise from rock bottom

Kilimanjaro Casino Dar es Salaam - Africa Travel Channel
 Located within the Hotel Kempinski Dar es Salaam.

Melbourne - Melbourne Age, SMH & Bloomberg
Brumby deal to increase Crown gaming tables
"Crown will now be able to expand the number of gaming tables at the casino from 350 to 500, doubling the number of poker tables from 50 to 100."
Crown wins on gaming tables
Crown to Pay Higher Slot Tax, Boost Casino Tables

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - & Pittsburgh Post
Ceremonious First Slots Machine Placed In Casino
North Shore casino takes shape as first of 3,000 machines arrive - Recruitment website

Sydney & Las Vegas - Business Spectator/AAP
Ainsworth signs content sharing deal with US gaming device firm

Atlantic City - NJCCC
CCC Announces April Casino Revenue
"Casinos reported $313.6 million in casino win in April, a 14.2% decrease over the same month a year ago. Slot revenue fell 14.9% while table game revenues decreased by 12.5%."

additional headlines
Analyst: Las Vegas Sands may sell Asian assets
Form 10-Q for WYNN RESORTS LTD - Quarterly Report
WPT -- Sven Ragnar Astrom Wins First Venice Stop -

Monday, 11th May.

British News
Betfair goes to court over Dutch bank ban - The Australian
Bookmakers warned over under age gambling - Racing Post
"It follows a recent mystery shopper exercise undertaken by the Commission which resulted in a 17-year-old being allowed to place a bet in 98 of 100 shops visited."
Machete thug targets bookies - Ladbrokes, Wigan.

Moscow - RIA Novosti
Roof collapses in fire at slot machine club in downtown Moscow
Fire in slot machine club in downtown Moscow extinguished

Goa - Sindh Today
Goa government forcing us to leave: casino operators 

Colorado Springs - Yahoo/PRNewswire & AP
Century Casinos Reports Q1 2009 Results
Century Casinos 1Q profit declines 37%

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Economy changes playing field for UNLV students - UNLV International Gaming Institute

Las Vegas - LVR-J
Balance of power on Strip could shift if new owners snap up sold-off casinos

Table Game Development - Las Vegas Sun
Seeking a place at the gaming table
Getting new table games onto the Gaming floor in Nevada isn't easy. Two groups of inventors are profiled.

Online gambling legalization 
CNN reported on 7th May that Barney Frank received $43,000 last year in campaign contributions from the gaming industry.

Singapore seen from the Sentosa Observatory Tower from Virtual Pilot on Vimeo.

Quality 360 degree pan of Sentosa Island and Singapore's harbour.

additional headlines
Celebrity Apprentice 2 Traffic Extraordinary - Gambling911
Joan Rivers - Poker Players Are Trash!
Casinos praised for efforts to stop underage gambling - Connecticut.

Saturday & Sunday, 9th & 10th May.

Something for the weekend...
What Happens Here Stays Here: Vegas Report
"How'd They Do That" - Las Vegas 1994 - Part 1 | Part II | Part III
Cracking archive footage making for an interesting 30 minutes.
Don't miss the quote from Steve Wynn early in Part II.

Inside Look - Legalize Internet Poker? Bloomberg TV via Clip Syndicate

Goa - The Indian &
'No prostitution aboard casinos'
" "There is no co-relation between casinos and crime. In the US, there is a lower level of crime in Las Vegas than in Orlando, which is the home of Mickey Mouse," the association spokesperson added."
Casinos refuse to move outSay Aguada Bay infeasible - oHeraldo
Goa casino operators form pressure group - The Indian
Goa casino operators unite against pressure from political and civil groups
Association of Offshore Casino Operators (AOCO)
"The association currently comprises the Maharajah; the Pride of Goa; the Casino Royale and the Kings Casino," says Snowball. 
Goa on the road to being Las Vegas - Late 2007
Goa Casino boats - May 2008

Tallahassee, Florida - Miami Herald, TCPalm &
State lawmakers OK new deal on gambling
What's in proposed Florida gambling pact
Florida Legislature Passes Gaming Bill, Uncapped No-limit Poker Approved
Among the series of changes are that No-limit Poker has been approved and the minimum gambling age at Indian casinos rises from 18 to 21.

Macau - Macau Daily Times
Illegal immigrants cases up 92 percent

British News
Hills complain Big Four have cost them £5 million - Daily Mirror

additional headlines
Universal Studios Singapore - Be part of a movie theme park!
Monte Carlo: Priceless
Barney Frank Rolls out the UIGEA Repeal! Finally! APCW Perspectives Weekly for May 8th, 2009
Lucky Spaniard scoops 126 million-euro lottery jackpot
World record lottery win for Spanish ticketholder
Cricket-India minister fears IPL contest amounts to gambling
High-rolling Cuba unlikely to return - St. Petersburg Times

Friday, 8th May

Nevada - AP, Las Vegas Sun & LVR-J
Casino win takes another dive
Casino win on Strip down 12.2% in March
Nevada gaming revenues down 11.6% in March
"For the first three months of the year, gaming revenues compared to a year ago are down more than 14.7% statewide and almost 17% on the Strip."

South Africa - SABC News
Presidential inauguration to end with glitzy dinner at Monte Casino

Moscow - Moscow Times
Moscow Not Bluffing on Poker Clubs
"Baidakov said City Hall would not tolerate gambling under the guise of competitive poker. "Anyone who wants to open a competitive poker club must go through the necessary review process,""

Macau - Macau Daily Times
Casino revenues drop to 8.3 bln patacas
The ups and downs of Las Vegas Sands

Casinos & Smoking
NIOSH Report Recommends Eliminating Tobacco from Vegas Casinos
Study arms smoking foes - Las Vegas Sun: Liz Benston
Casino Workers Deserve Better: American Lung Association Advocates for Smokefree Air in All Workplaces - American Lung Association - American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation - New Jersey
Atlantic City Casinos Go Smoke Free - April 2008.

Rell signs 2nd casino smoking deal - Connecticut

Connecticut - Hartford Courant & Norwich Bulletin
Gov. Rell Signs Smoking Deal With Foxwoods Resort Casino
Foxwoods, Rell agree to limit smoking

Ukraine - The Moscow Times
Blaze Kills 9 in Ukrainian Gambling Hall
Interesting photo of Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko looking at a row of burnt out slots.
"Officials said a preliminary investigation showed that the fire began just before 1 a.m. because of a short circuit in one of the dozens of slot machines in the facility,"

Las Vegas - Yahoo/Business Wire, AP & Reuters
Bally Technologies, Inc. Reports Diluted EPS of $0.52 on Third Quarter Revenue of $208 Million
Bally Technologies Inc. Earnings Conference Call (Q3 2009)
Bally Technologies fiscal 3Q profit flat
Bally Technologies Q3 profit flat

New Jersey -
Fired casino camera worker can't sue
The Surveillance operative was one of a group fired for ogling at women. The investigation resulted in Caesars Atlantic City being fined $185,000 by the NJ CCC.


340 Million Dollars Cash - Las Vegas Whale Gets Pinched

Las Vegas - LVR-J - December 2008
Las Vegas' image might suffer from money laundering/drug trafficking case

New Slots Could Mean Less Money For State
California. Class II machines to Class III.

British News
Betfair lambasts Dutch government over online ban - Independent
Betfair takes Netherlands to court over blocked access - The Times
Bookies down on survival chances of Alan Shearer, Newcastle and Boro

additional headlines
Gaming Support USA Receives Vendor License Approval for Ontario
Riviera Reports Results for First Quarter 2009
Casino Journal Names McDowell Executive of the Year
ÖIB annuls national lottery tender - Turkey

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