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7th December

Cambodia           The Chicago Tribune
Cambodian border town bets on vice

Las Vegas & Macau           Las Vegas Sun - Jeff Simpson
Wynning in Macau - LV mogul looking at joint ventures
Wynn Macau is scheduled to open in September 2006 and Steve Wynn is now looking at bringing in partners for additional operations on the Cotai Strip.

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun
Planet putting mark on Aladdin

Las Vegas           PRNewswire
JCM American Files Patent Infringement Suit Against MEI

Lake Tahoe, Nevada  & Tahoe Daily Tribune
Texan charged with attempted murder in Tahoe casino stabbing
14 shots fired in deadly casino shootout
Both stories Harrah's Lake Tahoe. The TDT has a picture of the deceased Harvey Ex.

San Diego, California           NBC San Diego
New Casino Plans Approved For Viejas Reservation

Free State, South Africa           Mail & Guardian
Empowerment the winner with new Free State casino

Singapore & Las Vegas           Reuters
Sands says does not need Singapore ally for casino

Pennsylvania           Pittsburgh Tribune-Review & Yahoo/PRNewswire
Free drinks limited
Boyd Gaming to Seek Pennsylvania Gaming License

Nelspuit, Mpumalanga           MWeb/News24
'Wild West' robbers hit casino
Graphic description of the robbers modus operandi where casino customers were also targeted.

Las Vegas, Mississippi & Louisiana           KPLC-TV Lake Charles
Rita Claims More Jobs
Harrah's that in the last month announced 3 major overseas projects has now made 9,000 of their Mississippi Gulf Coast staff redundant.

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun/AP
Reward raised to $102,000 in Las Vegas casino parking lot slaying

Siuox Falls, South Dakota 
Three Nights Three Casino Robberies

Washington & Mississippi           Biloxi Sun-Herald
Casinos excluded from tax breaks - Recovery bill seeks to target relief
Golden Nugget deadline draws near

Washington  & New Observer
High-stakes players who gambled at the table with Casino Jack
Abramoff scandal's many tentacles reach far and wide

London, Gibraltar & Israel           The Independent & Glsagow Herald
Empire 'was aware of threat from PartyGaming'
Casino giant PartyGaming faces lawsuit from Empire

South Africa           MoneyWeb
HCI and Johnnic's tribunal showdown still to end

Las Vegas           Yahoo/Business Wire
Shuffle Master, Inc. Provides Update on Stargames Limited Pending Acquisition

London           The Scotsman& The Times
Betting and bingo continue to hold back Rank profits
Rank lines up the bidders for Deluxe
Rank says VAT on slot machines will hit profits

6th December

Mesquite, Nevada           Yahoo/Business Wire
Mesquite Casinos Lay Off Employees

Las Vegas & Los Angeles           Yahoo/Business Wire
JAMDAT Mobile and Shuffle Master Announce Multiyear License Agreement for Mobile Versions of Popular Casino Games

Birmingham           icBirmingham/Birmingham Mail
Odds go against NEC casino bid v's

Las Vegas & Mississippi Gulf Coast         Las Vegas Review-Journal/Gaming Wire
Aid over for staff at Beau Rivage - MGM Mirage.

Las Vegas & Mississippi Gulf Coast          Casino City/LVR-J Gaming Wire
Fallout From Hurricanes: Harrah's Trims Jobs

Gibraltar & London           Yahoo UK/Reuters
Online poker titans to clash in Gibraltar court

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Westin goes smoke-free, except on casino floor

Tallahassee, Florida           Miami Herald
High tax sought for slot machines
When slots are eventually placed at Broward County Pari Mutuel facilities they will be taxed at the rate of 55%.

South Africa          SAPA &
Robbery at Nelspruit casino
Group of 20 steal R1m from casino

London           Rank Group, Forbes/AFX & The Scotsman
The Rank Group Plc trading update -  48 weeks to 25th November 2005
Rank sees small decline in annual profit
Rank reports Deluxe sale progress

U.S. Poker          Card Player Magazine
PokerPro: It Just Might Be the Table of the Future

Macau           Hong Kong Standard
Melco JV in need of $1.4b casino loan - Melco PBL Entertainment.

Macau           Yahoo Asia/Reuters
Macau casino firm Galaxy proposes bond yield - sources

New Zealand 
Casino staff stop work for pay parity

Atlantic City           The Press of Atlantic City
Man jumps from casino garage

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Business Press
Resorts want bookings on their own sites

Missouri           Kansas City Star
Harrah’s fined in disciplinary action

Gibraltar           Yahoo UK/AFX & Reuters
Empire Online confirms legal proceedings against PartyGaming in Gibraltar
Empire Online says suing PartyGaming

Empire Online confirm commencement of legal proceedings

5th December

Birmingham           icBirmingham/Birmingham Post
Blues are odds-on to win casino

London           ATE Ltd - Press releases
ICE to stage greatest global attraction (PDF)
i-gaming suppliers’ grand stand at ICEi ’06 (PDF)

Australia           The Courier Mail
Bloggers say pokies gambling 'cocaine'
Vital interest blog: Gambling's heavy levy

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Form 8-K for MIKOHN GAMING CORP - Regulation FD Disclosure
Two further Class Action lawsuits have been filed against Progressive Gaming/Mikohn Gaming today bringing the total to 4.

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Harrah's focuses on foreign affairs
Firm has major plans in U.S.

Adelaide           The Advertiser
Casino escapes penalty on drugs

Lake Tahoe           Las Vegas Sun/AP
Gunman bought firearms hours before Tahoe casino shooting

Dublin           Business Wire
The German Betting Market is Set to Grow from the Current Euro 2.2 Billion to about Euro 5 Billion by 2010

Gambling Taxation - The 2005 Pre Budget Report

Leeds & Las Vegas           Yorkshire Post
Tycoon offers full house to a poker ace
Yorkshire business man Dominic Marrocco's plans to offer Mike Tyson's former Las Vegas estate as a Poker tournament prize.

Moscow           The Moscow Times/Reuters
Casino Owner Bets on Foreign IPO
Ritzio Entertainment Group is an umbrella organisation for a number of brands and operational groups. Vulcan Game Clubs alone have 500 units and over 25,000 slots. The IPO is planned for 2006.

Tallahassee, Florida           Sun-Sentinel
Slots regulation tops in special session of Florida Legislature

Florida           Palm Beach Post
Slots just latest bet as Florida gambling rises

Mexico, Costa Rica & Dom. Rep.           La Crónica de Hoy, La Prensa Libre &
Muerta, por año electoral, la Ley de Casinos: López Mena 
Candidatos sacarían los casinos del país
El fiscal contra Ley de Casinos
Mexican casino approval now looks extremely unlikely. Nine candidates in Costa Rica's forthcoming Presidential elections are against casinos in the country. In the Dominican Republic there is debate on new legislation covering casinos and games of chance.

Modern Times Group MTG AB increases holding in Nordic Betting Limited to 90%

Lake Tahoe           The Guardian/AP
California Man Linked to Casino Shootout

Slovenia           Slovenia Business Week/STA
Hit and Harrah's Form Joint Venture for Mega Gaming Project

Atlantic City           Biloxi Sun-Herald/The Press of Atlantic City sells chic products found in the casino

Betting shop cashier Laura foils gunman

4th December

Lake Tahoe  & USA Today/AP
Casino Shootout Kills 1, Injures Deputies
Shootout at Tahoe casino kills one

U.S. Virgin Islands           Virgin Islands Daily News
Golden Gaming resort developer says he secured $9M interim loan

Florida           St. Petersburg Times
Deal can put end to limits on slots
Tax rates on slot gaming win at Broward County's Pari-Mutuels could be between 45 and 55%.

Alberta, Canada           CBC News
Alberta seniors' cribbage game called illegal gambling

Pennsylvania           Tribune-Review
Don't bet on casinos becoming smoke-free

New Jersey           Courier Post
WIND POWER - Atlantic City wind farm to combat costs, offer showcase for alternative energy

Placier County, California 
Garcia Identified Through Players Card, Detective Testifies

3rd December

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Goodman promises a big bang on Dec. 31 - Liberace music to accompany fireworks show

Florida           Sun-Sentinel
No Casinos Inc. names leader - Ex-state legislator urges bingo-style electronic slots.

London & Malaysia           Today Online
Local casino race spills to UK
Today Online reports that a consortium of Malaysian and Singapore companies including HPL, Capitaland and Genting International have bought 3 properties in Kensington for £109.4 million with the intention of turning them into casinos.
Google search - Ong Beng Seng

Connecticut           MSNBC/FT.vom
Tribal gaming resorts break new ground - Foxwoods and the Mohegan Sun.

Connecticut           Yahoo/Primezone
Schatz & Nobel, P.C. Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against Mikohn Gaming Corporation d/b/a Progressive Gaming International Corporation
Share  - Share link showing the PGIC price over the last year.

New York           Yahoo/Business Wire
Milberg Weiss Announces The Filing Of A Class Action Suit Against Mikohn Gaming Corporation d/b/a Progressive Gaming International Corporation

Shanghai, China           The Guardian
1.2m arrests in crackdown on gambling by officials

Israel           Globes Online - 30th November
Online gambling billionaire Avi Shaked joins Labor

Mexico           La Crónica de Hoy
Desisten diputados de reformar leyes para autorizar instalación de casinos en nuestro país

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania           Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
City task force wants to bar free drinks at casino

Australia & U.S.           The Herald Sun
US calls as poker king cashes in - 2005 WSOP Champion Joe Hatchem.

New Jersey           The Press of Atlantic City
CCC bans casino hosts on prostitution charges

2nd December

Casino Operations  - Vic Taucer
The Role of the Casino Supervisor in Gaming Today...Is this Person an Asset or a Liability?

London           Reuters
Stanley Leisure joins casino gold rush

Tasmania           The Mercury
Pokies boost Tassie's gambling intake by 5%
Tasmanian Gaming Commission Annual Report 2004-05 (PDF)

Australia           The Courier Mail
Gates open on online betting

China           Peoples Daily Online/Xinhua
Border casinos in depression as China bans participation
Apparently some 102 casinos near the Chinese border have closed during the first 5 months of China's anti-gambling policy.

Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Boyd Gaming Launches Full-Service Supplier Portal

South Korea           The Korea Times
Money Laundering Law to Cover Casinos
State owned Kangwon Land posted 125.9 billion won in operating profit on sales of 240 billion won in the third quarter. Up 22% and 18% respectively.

Chester, West Virginia           Yahoo/Business Wire & AP
MTR Gaming Group Receives Management-Led Acquisition Proposal
MTR Gaming Group Execs Make Bid to Buy Co.

Austin, Texas           Yahoo/Business Wire
Multimedia Games Reports Fourth Quarter Diluted EPS of $0.10, Net Income of $2.9 Million, and EBITDA of $20.7 Million

Las Vegas           CNN/AP
Woman admits $2.9 million casino heist

1st December

California           The Desert Sun
Casinos will pool dealer tips

Israel           Globes Online
US-Israeli consortium plans $50-70m Eilat casino

Problem Gambling - Germany           Stern Magazine/AP & RP Online
Müssen Casinos Zocker vor sich selbst schützen?
Muss Casino verzocktes Geld zurückzahlen?

London           The Conservative - Press release
Conservatives demand answers over foreign casinos

Malta           Business Today Malta
Online gaming company buys Birgu casino

Okinawa, Japan 
Casinos again eyed as key to Okinawa tourism

Munster, Germany 
Ehefrauen spielsüchtiger Casino-Gänger wollen verzocktes Geld zurück

Travemüunde, Germany 
Casino: Mitarbeiter sitzen in der Kantine...
For those of you not sure what this story is all about. It's a debate involving the casinos owners SH Spielbanken, the local government and the casinos union about what time table games should open - 3pm or 5pm.

New Jersey           Bloomberg
New Jersey Smoking Ban Would Give Casinos a Cigarette Break
Casino Association of New Jersey Releases Smoking Ban Economic Effect Analysis - Business Wire 17th November.

Antigua           TMC Net/AP
Antigua to develop Internet gambling industry despite U.S. pressure, finance minister says

Online Poker 
Coral - Eurobet Debut on new Platform

Las Vegas & Madrid           Reuters & Las Vegas Sun/AP
Interview - Harrah's looks overseas for casino opportunities
Harrah's to build Las Vegas-style gambling complex in Spain 
Harrah's Gary Loveman speaking to Reuters from Madrid.

Las Vegas           Bloomberg/PRNewswire
Harrah's Signs Agreement to Bring Caesars to Spain
El Reino de Don Quijote is in Ciudad Real approximately 118 miles south of Madrid.

Sparks, Nevada           Yahoo/PRNewswire
The Sands Regent Announces Purchase of Land for Rail City Expansion &

Las Vegas           USA Today
Viva pro sports? Vegas makes play for team

Mississippi           Las Vegas Sun/St. Louis Today
Isle of Capri Casinos to move corporate office out of Mississippi

Louisiana & Pennsylvania  & ABC Local/AP
Probe: Head Of La. Gambling Board Overpaid By $15K
PA Gambling Chief Allegedly Faked Work

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