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Wednesday, 14th October
Gambling on Macau - CNN Talk Asia. Lawrence Ho interview part I

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun & Yahoo/AP
Former MGM Mirage CEO Lanni diagnosed with cancer
Former MGM Mirage CEO Lanni diagnosed with cancer

Las Vegas & Hong Kong - MarketWatch & Forbes/Reuters
Las Vegas Sands sees Hong Kong IPO in November
Sands Speeds Toward Hong Kong IPO

Reno - PRNewswire
IGT Accelerates Value for the Operator and Takes Gaming to the Next Level at G2E 2009

Italy - Bloomberg
Italy Will Allow New Casinos in Five-Star Hotels, Sole Says

Macau - Reuters & WSJ
Wynn: Macau may slow development of gambling

"Wynn said his representative at the meeting suggested that the number of table games for each operator be capped at 1,500, while others proffered a number as low as 1,000."
Possible Gambling Restrictions Could Damp Macau Growth
Wynn, Lose Or Draw ? - Bloomberg 

Australia - Bloomberg
Packer Raises Stakes in Casino Bet That Has Cost $1 Billion

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Unpaid bills may deter a bid for Fontainebleau

Isleta Casino adopts Hard Rock brand - New Mexico

additional headlines...
Tinian mum on Rotaís emerging casino industry - Marianas Variety
Greektown Casino increases market share as competitors tumble
Wanted: Students in the art of table games - Morning Call. Pennsylvania

Tuesday, 13th October

Las Vegas & Bratislava, Slovakia - Reuters &
Harrah's to launch casino resort in Slovakia
Hungary's TriGranit trumpets titanic project in Slovakia

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
MGM Mirage wants the right tone for CityCenterís first night

Las Vegas - Seeking Alpha
Wynn's CEO Starts Cashing Out

Macau - & Bloomberg
Macao casino operators back gov't's call to regulate gaming development
Wynn Says Macau Gambling Restrictions ĎGood Ideasí
Sector reconhece que desenvolvimento da indústria do jogo deve ser limitado

Macau - TDM & Reuters
TDM English News - 12th October
Macau eyes new gaming rules
Macau gambling review may aid casinos, stocks recover
Macau operators
TIMELINE-Macau's rise to world's leading gambling hub

Macau - WSJ, Reuters & Forbes
Macau to Review Gambling Industry
"Macau's government met with the city's six casino operators Monday and said it would review the size and growth of the industry, including potentially restricting the number of gambling tables."
Macau casino stocks slide on govt review of industry
Macau's Growth May Be In Jeopardy

South Florida - Sun-Sentinel
South Florida horse and dog tracks get green light for virtual blackjack

Shuffle Master's Table Master product range

Henan Province, China - China Daily/Xinhua
Nation gets lottery fever after massive jackpot

UK - The Publican, BBC Sport & The Guardian
Pubs handed tips on keeping poker legal
FA charge four over betting probe
Bookmakers express interest but sale of the Tote faces heavy going
William Hill launches TV service
William Hill launches in-shop TV service

additional headlines...
Minister defends Spain trip - Malta
PM defends Finance Minister's trip with casino contender
'God of Gambling' won HK$600m in five months, dealer tells court - SCMP
Sands Casino revenue down last month - Pennsylvania

Monday, 12th October

Macau - CNN
Lawrence Ho: Gambling and family fortunes
CNN International's Talk Asia interview with Lawrence Ho will air this Wednesday.

Steve Wynn: A wonderful challenge
CNN's Anjali Rao interview with Steve Wynn's from April 2008. (3 parts)

YouTube Video - Fox News Sunday
Steve Wynn Puts Gov. Jennifer Granholm In Her Place

James and Kerry Packer
"Will the Son Also Rise?" - Monday 12th October at 8.30 pm on ABC 1
Screen grab from ABC 1's Four Corners website.

Melbourne - Daily Telegraph
Packer ups casino stake as interest rises
"Mr Packer on Friday paid $203 million for 22.5 million shares in Crown, taking his shareholding in the company he also chairs to just over 40 per cent,"
Crown surges on Packer buy-out hopes

Melbourne - WA Today/AAP, Herald Sun & The Australian
'Kerry Packer happy to let son James take the fall'
James Packer 'paranoid just like Kerry'
James Packer book outrage a beat-up, says Paul Barry
Who Wants to be a Millionaire? The James Packer Story

Las Vegas - ABC News
Packer down $2b in Vegas gamble

Las Vegas - WSJ
Doubts Are Cast on Value of Las Vegas's Fontainebleau
"It is going to take $1.2 billion to $2 billion to finish Fontainebleau, and it's not worth that much,"
Fontainebleau Las Vegas - Tour of the unfinished shell.
Fontainebleau To Penn? - Global Gaming Business.
Fontainebleau a symbol of bad timing, not the only victim - LVS: Liz Benston

Las Vegas - In Business Las Vegas
Idle and Empty - 2nd October.

South Korea - Korea Times
Seven Luck Adds to Gangnam Casino

7Luck CASINO Seoul Gangnam

Parañaque City, Manila - Business World
Belle to spend P14B on Manila Bay casino project
Sy raising stake in leisure estate

Nevada - Las Vegas Sun
Black Book, Vegasí bad guys arenít what they used to be

Betfair - Malta & Tasmania
Betfair's Malta growth limited by bandwidth, HR issues - Times of Malta
Betfair seeks tax deal on licence - Tasmania

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EC to Denmark: change your online gaming laws - eGamingReview
Casino revenue still falling in Atlantic City - AP
Iowa man accused of trying to rob woman at casino - Chicago Tribune
Odds getting shorter on casinos in Mass. - MetroWest Daily News
More machines slotted for California - LVR-J  Inside Gaming
Casino slump could pinch state revenues - Connecticut

Saturday & Sunday, 10th & 11th October

British News
Casino is game for glamour - Sunday Times

Birmingham - Sunday Telegraph
How did a Hong Kong barber take over Birmingham City FC?
"Mr Yeung has arranged to borrow £57 million for the Birmingham City deal from Best China, a company owned by Mrs Chu, 51, who runs a string of casinos in Macao and is also the majority owner of Kingston Securities, a brokerage in Hong Kong."


City Of Dreams - Macau from Steven Wren on Vimeo.

City Of Dreams - Macau

ABC27 Tables Games from 3-10-09 from Pennsylvania Family Institute on Vimeo.

ABC27 Tables Games from 3-10-09 - Pennsylvania Family Institute

Melbourne - ABC News
Gambling report buoys casino expansion plan

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Vegas visitor traffic falls 3.7 percent in August
"The average daily room rate fell 21.5% over the past year, from $107.01 to $84.02. Convention attendance in Las Vegas tumbled 58.9%, from 574,184 convention-goers in August 2008 to 235,841 in August this year."
Hundreds of classic cars hit auction block in Las Vegas

Atlantic City - Press of Atlantic City 6 AP
Atlantic City casinos' revenue drops in September, but rate of decline slows
Sept. revenue declines 5.8 percent at NJ casinos

Chicago - Chicago Tribune
Planned Olympics site won't become casino, Daley says

Grand Bahama - Freeport News
Isle of Capri Casino workers dissatisfied

Macau - SCMP - Registration required
'God of Gambling' attacked over wins, court told
God of Gambling lent HK$20m to casino dealer in Macau, court told

Problem Gambling -
Name change spells out group's goal - Formerly National Coalition against Legalized Gambling.

British News
Ladbrokes rules out acquisitions despite raising £275m in rights issue
Lord Triesman advocates total ban on football betting for all involved
Blackjack breakthrough by graduate - Press & Journal

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PokerTek Announces Additional Investment from ICP Electronics
Ameristar Casinos opens 33-story hotel in Black Hawk
Court date set for man with $1 million gambling debt - Las Vegas

Friday, 9th October
Olympics Village Site To Become Casino? WFLD FOX 32 Chicago, IL

Dundee, Scotland - BBC Scotland & Evening Telegraph
Days numbered for card counters
Krisís card system comes up trumps

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
PA Gaming Control Board Key To Uncovering Alleged Slot Machine Cheating At the Meadows

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - Philadelphia Inquirer
Pa. cites Pittsburgh casino for missing payment

Hong Kong - Reuters, NPR/AP & New York Times
Wynn Macau debut cashes in on Asia gaming fever
Wynn Macau shares jump 13 percent in HK debut
Wynnís Macao Unit Soars in Hong Kong Listing
AP images
HK investors bet on Wynn Macau - Reuters
Wynn Macau Debut - Bloomberg

Pennsylvania - PRNewswire & Reuters
C O R R E C T I O N -- Pennsylvania Casino Association
Pennsylvania Casino Association Poised to Sue State If Budget Deal Expands Category 3 Resort Casino Licenses
About The Pennsylvania Casino Association and its Members
The Pennsylvania Casino Association appears to be newly formed and is presently using a Googlemail email address.

British News
Gambling Commisssion Lays Out Risk Based Regulatory Approach
Gambling Commission sets out improved regulatory approach

Appeal hearing told why city needs Las Vegas-style casino,_Leeds.jpg

Supermarket manager stole £112k in fortnight to fund roulette addiction
Former store manager jailed for 16 months - Press & Journal
"between September and December last year Baxter spent more than £190,000, and staff at one casino urged her to seek help for her addiction when she began spending up to £4,000 a night."

Full houses raise Rank shares to 17-month high -

Praesepe acquires 13 gaming centres in South West England and South Wales -

Tasmania - The Mercury
Betfair may exit state - Tasmanian Gaming Commission

additional headlines...
Couple robbed after winning $10,000 at casino - Miami Herald
Thunderbird Resorts Inc.: Follow Up to Beneficial Press Release of 5 Oct. 2009
Ex-gambling arcade employee arraigned over heroin pushing - Malta

Thursday, 8th October

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun
Strip gaming win drops 9% in August
"Gross win in the 21 games fell 26.2%; craps was off 54.5% roulette fell 42.5% and the sports pool gross win dropped 70.1%."

New York - The Press of Atlantic City
Trump, bondholders increase casino offers

Massachusetts - WWLP NBC 22 Springfield
DeLeo casino gambling

Pennsylvania - Pittsburgh Post Gazette &
Gaming security failed to record slots theft
"Other employees didn't notice the oversight, and for the next two months the trio exploited the glitch through a complicated set of keystrokes that would cause the machine to display jackpot winnings that didn't exist."

"Director of Marketing Julie Brown said the company (IGT) has pulled similar slot machines from casino floors so the glitch can be fixed."

Meadows Suspects Allegedly Trained In Las Vegas
"Sources close to the case say there is concern a jury will find it difficult to find suspects guilty of exploiting a slot machine when Pennsylvania does not have such a law."

California - Yahoo/Business Wire
Pechanga Resort & Casino Signs Contract for Widespread Implementation of Bally Technologies' iVIEW Display Manager(TM) Solution

Colorado- Yahoo/Marketwire
Ameristar Casino Black Hawk Offers Destination Resort Amenities and Services Unequaled in Colorado Gaming Market

Macau - MarketWatch
Macau's casino boom over, says gambling tycoon - Lawrence Ho

Hong Kong - Forbes
A Gamble For Steve Wynn

Las Vegas - Yahoo/AP
Wynn's latest trip package offers private plane

British News
Problem gambling 'is on the rise' - BBC Health
"Nine thousand more people contacted Gamcare last year than in 2007."
Number of gamblers seeking help up 20% - The Guardian
"Gamcare's annual report shows that the number of calls rose from 41,862 to 50,788 over the course of a year. The number of counselling sessions went up by 30% to 12,500".

Ladbrokes cuts dividend, freezes pay, seeks £275m to cut debt as football hits profits
Ladbrokes launches £275m cash call -
Rank Group Shares Reach Highest in 17 Months as Sales Increase - Bloomberg
Bookie boss foils armed raid again - 5th robbery attempt foiled.
Shareholders fight for control of Gala -

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SAGSE Buenos Aires 2009_Part One of Three
EPT Londra 2009 - The Winner is Aaron Gustavson
Aaron Gustavson defeats Peter Eastgate in EPT London
On Poker: Poker ruled game of skill for good reason ó because it is

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