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31st December

Macau           Hong Kong Standard - Zack Coleman
A smaller boom

Niagara Falls, New York           New York Times
Senecas Add Hotel to Niagara Falls Casino

Pompano Beach, Florida           Sun-Sentinel
Adult arcades owner faces gambling charges

South Florida & Washington           Sun-Sentinel & The Guardian/AP
Plea deal by Abramoff could expose officials
Lobbyist, Prosecutors Said Close to Deal

Las Vegas           L.V. Business Press
Hilton ramps up renovations
North Las Vegas still open to casino development
Other headlines... a quick roundup of other stories fround during GF's daily updates.
£7 million lost to gambling misery - Paul Merson
Online poker addict jailed for a year - Exeter
Lotto yob lout of pocket - Michael Carroll

30th December

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania           Yahoo/AP
24 Companies Seeking Pa. Slots Licenses - UPDATE

Singapore           Business Times
Singapore casino to be world’s most expensive

New York           The Buffalo News
Suit readied to halt casino in Buffalo

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Beyond the velvet rope - Nightclubs, on rise in Vegas, vie for affluent young adults

New Years celebrations...
U.S.           Nevada & Atlantic City Press
NEW YEAR'S EVE: Party gathering steam
65,000 expected for holiday revelry; stormy weather forecast
Lake Tahoe area braces for New Year's
ROLLIN' IN THE NEW YEAR - High-stakes entertainment abounds in A.C.

Connecticut           Norwich Bulletin
Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun look to streamline, will make changes

Perth, Australia           The Australian
Man faces charges over gaming fraud
Visitor tries to pass off fake gaming chips
The 43 year old man apparently arrived in Perth with A$27,000 in fake A$500 chips. He will appear in Perth's Magistrate's Court today.

London           Reuters & ThisisMoney/Daily Mail
Ladbrokes bets on rosy future, but bids hover
Ladbrokes' year-end gamble - Alex Brummer
Ladbrokes stands proud after Hilton deal

Greece           Bloomberg News
Greece's New Year Gambling Tradition Bolsters Casinos' Earnings

Beirut, Lebanon           Lebanon Daily Star
A taste of paradise in Tahiti via Casino du Liban

Australia           Australian Daily Telegraph
Gaming report attacked
Here is the official 28 word definition of problem gambling that along with a 200 page report apparently cost Australian taxpayers almost A$1 million.

"problem gambling is characterised by difficulties in limiting money and/or time spent on gambling which leads to adverse consequences for the gambler, others or for the community."

Victoria, Australia           The Herald Sun - Editorial
Gambling with lives

Colorado           Rocky Mountain News
Missed 2005 casino audits raise concerns

Sydney           The Daily Telegraph
Bid rumours propel Tabcorp
Revealed: Kerry Packer's fortune
Other headlines... a quick roundup of other stories fround during GF's daily updates.
Cash pours in for student with $million Web idea -
Merson still addicted to tempting Lady Luck - Paul Merson
Lobbyist had meteoric rise and fall - Jack Abramoff

29th December

London  - Press release
Hilton Group plc signs agreement for the sale of its hotel division to Hilton Hotels Corporation

Beverly Hills. California           Hilton - Press release (PDF)
Hilton Hotels Corporation Agrees to Acquire Lodging Business of Hilton Group

New York & Czech Republic           Yahoo/Business Wire
Trans World Corporation Announces a $4.75 Million Capital Raise

Schleswig-Holstein, Germany  & Lübecker Nachricten
Casino Travemünde jetzt unter weiblicher Leitung
Zweite Casino-Chefin Deutschlands neu in Spielbank Travemünde

Australia           The Melbourne Age
Plea to cut pokies, end gaming woes

Santiago, Chile           Yogonet
A Chilean court has suspended the casino tender process
40 of the 48 applications seeking the possible 17 casino licences in Chile were approved. Thunderbird Gaming is taking legal action after being excluded from the bidding in 6 different regions.

Australia          The Australian & ABC News
Pokies cause most gambling problems
Problem gambling report no surprise to Bracks
Several reports on problem gambling in Australia were released yesterday including the Community Impacts of Electronic Gaming Machine Gambling report compiled by the South Australian Centre for Economic Studies.
Victoria - Department of Justice: Impact of EGMs in Vic and WA
Victoria - Department of Justice: Gambling & Racing Research

Victoria, Australia           The Herald Sun
Poker machine curse
Statistic filled article. Could it be that Victoria's 29,500 slots are actually damaging instead of contributing to the states economy. ?

London           The Times Online
Super-highroller lost £7m in three-week spree

Las Vegas 
Las Vegas Expects 300,000 to Ring in 2006
Wynn Resort's New Year's Eve Security

IndoPacific Gaming appoints Australian distributor for Currency Equipment

London           Bloomberg News
Hilton Group Shares Rise on Report of Hotels Purchase

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
NORM: Packer's tips, bets no urban myths

AustraliaMacau           China View/Xinhua
Macao sees steady rise in casino tax income
Gaming taxes paid to the Macau Government for the first 11 months are now 21.2 billion patacas (U.S. $2.65 billion), a year-on-year rise of 15.8%.

London           Daily Telegraph & Yahoo UK/The Scotsman
Deluxe sale leaves Rank ripe for takeover
Rank in the running for takeover as Deluxe sale adds to its allure
Bookies are a real banker for betting

Kuala Lumpur           Malay Mail
Casino Gang suspect held after gambling spree

Philadelphia, PA.          Reuters, Philadelphia Business Journal & Philadelphia Daily News
Companies scramble for Pennsylvania gaming licenses
Phila. casino bids beat deadline
5 investor groups apply for city casino licenses

Tirana, Albania 
Greek casino co Hyatt threatens to quit Albania as slot machine tax quadruples

Carson City, Nevada 
Plan to boost Nevada gambling tax delayed

28th December

Las Vegas           Yahoo/AP
Riviera Holdings Receives Joint Bid

Pennsylvania           Yahoo/PRNewswire & AP
Pinnacle Entertainment to Seek Pennsylvania Gaming License
Trump Applies for Philadelphia License
Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. Submits Gaming Application to Pursue Gaming License in Pittsburgh

Tirana, Albania           Reuters
Greek Hyatt says may close Albanian casino

Greenwich, London           icSouth London
First step to super casino at Dome site

Super-Casino plan for resort

Las Vegas 
GAMING HISTORY: The legendary pass
Story of 'Hollywood' Jack Davison's roll at Binions Horseshoe on the 12th August 1979 that lasted over 2 hours.

London           Bloomberg News
Rank to Sell DVD Business for $750 Million to Focus on Gambling

Rank Group PLC - Disposal of Deluxe Film for US$750 Million (£430 Million)

London & Costa Rica           Interactive Investor/AFX
BETonSPORTS buys MVPSportsbook, Player Super Book and V-Wager for 37 mln usd

London & Costa Rica 
BETonSPORTS acquires MVPSportsbook, Player Super Book and V-Wager for a maximum consideration of US$37m

Philadelphia & Allentown, Pennsylvania  &
Gambling company buys site of former sugar refinery - Sugar House Gaming.
Tropicana Files Application for Allentown Gaming Facility

Melbourne  Telegraph
Armed robbers target gaming venue

Sydney  Telegraph
'I'm running out of petrol and ready to die'
Kerry Packer's final hours

Sydney           Bloomberg News
James Packer Takes Helm After Father Kerry Dies

27th December

Uruquay          Ultimas Noticias
Vázquez flexibilizará instalación de casinos

Las Vegas           L.V. Business Press
New South Coast hotel-casino banks on market-tested formula
Icahn's casino company flexes its muscles in Laughlin, Atlantic City
Casinos leery of biometrics, new pay systems

New York           Buffalo Business Journal
Revenues jump at Seneca casinos

Australia           The Melbourne Age & Courier Mail
The rise and rise of the Packer empire
Packer Jr to target gaming, technology
Texan: I'm worth $100m. Packer: Toss you for it

Australia           ABC News
Packer spoke language of common man: PM
Kerry Packer: Empire builder - Obituary.

Australia           The Melbourne Age
Packer's gambling: fact or fiction?

Australia           BBC Sport, Melbourne Age & The Scotsman
Packer: A born gambler
Packer's 'soft spot' for his staff
Packer leaves empire to only son

Tributes flow for Kerry Packer

Australia           Reuters
Australian Packer dies after life as media mogul
UPDATE 4-Australia's richest man, Kerry Packer, dies

Berlin           Berliner Zeitung
Automatenspiel bald unterm Fernsehturm
Casino Berlin's table games are presently on the 37th floor of the Park Hotel. Another 54 slots are being added to the slot area which is also being moved in February to the base of the Television tower.

Kangwon, South Korea           Korea Times
Gambling Addiction Threatens Lives
This report puts the number of suicides at the Kangwon Casino at 17 since 2000. A Korea Times editorial yesterday mentioned 7.

Singapore           Channel News Asia
Casino decision: The issue that made headlines in 2005

Austria           Die Presse - 24th December
"Handys sind größter Konkurrent für Casinos"
Interview with Casinos Austria General Director Leo Wallner. Handys is the German nickname for Mobile phones.

Singapore           Channel News Asia
Mobile phone gambling set to expand in Asia

Las Vegas & Australia           Las Vegas Review-Journal
New spin for Shuffle Master - LV gambling-device maker re-enters slot market with Stargames buyout
Other headlines... a quick roundup of other stories fround during GF's daily updates.
Casino fear raised by MP - Thailand
Raider wore pink dress - and a wig - Glasgow amusement arcade.
Man in dress stages arcade raid

26th December

Moscow           EELEX/Unicum - Press release (PDF)
EELEX 2005 Ends With Record Result Confirming Status of Largest East European Gaming Trade Show

Moscow           EELEX/Unicum - Press release (PDF)
EELEX brings more comfort, space and services with new dates and new venue
In 2006 EELEX will be held on the 27th to 29th September at the Crocus Expo Center, Moscow.

Biloxi, Mississippi           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc., Opens Biloxi Casino Following Hurricane Katrina

West Virginia  Herald-Leader
Casinos will focus on jobs in pushing third table game bill

Miami           Miami Herald
Motive behind SunCruz affair: good old greed

Birmingham           icBirmingham/Birmingham Post
A touch of showtime sparkle at city casino
MP says stock market gives better odds than super-casinos - The Vegas Experience.

Mexico City 
Mexican Congress questions slot machine permits

Kangwon, South Korea           The Korea Herald - Editorial
Casino suicides
The latest suicide at the Kangwon Casino in South Korea brings the total to 7 since the property opened in 2000.

China           Peoples Daily/Xinhua
China amends Criminal Law to beef up fight against gambling crimes, commercial bribes

Travemüunde, Germany 
Spielbank Travemünde: Mahnwache vor der Spielbank

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
In DEPTH: People have been betting against las vegas' prospects for growth for nearly as long as the city has had gambling.

Gaming Investments           IHT/New York Times
Wall Street places its bet on Internet casinos

Tinian, CNMI           Pacific Daily Report & Saipan Tribune
Tinian casino developer to seek tax breaks
Tinian casino investor lured by QC

Atlantic City           The Press of Atlantic City/AP
Once a haven for seniors, gambling mecca drawing younger crowds

New South Wales, Australia           ABC News
Profits prompt call for pokie take limits

California            Sacramento Bee
Casino builder in cash crunch

Gaming technology           Las Vegas Sun - 24th December
Server-based casino games on horizon - Increased slots appeal seen

London           European Jewish Press
Jewish Lottery launched in the UK - The first draw was held on Christmas Day.

24th December

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Downtown casinos get new management group  - 'PlayLV' to run Plaza, Las Vegas Club, Gold Spike and Western

Austin, Texas & Birmingham, Alabama           Yahoo/Austin Business Journal
Multimedia Games machines seized in Alabama

Portland, Oregon 
Initiative filed in push to build state's first private casino

Poker News 
Steve Lipscomb, WPT Founder, Addresses Issues

Las Vegas           In Business Las Vegas - Liz Benston
Harrah's reaping Rewards of slot club

Carson City           Las Vegas Sun
Gamers ax idea for Three Little Pigs slot machine

Nevada           Las Vegas Business Press
Not by the hair of their chinny chin chins - David McKee
Valley land prices hit record highs - Tony Illia
Curtains for downtown trouble spot? - Aging Hotel Nevada may soon face wrecking ball - David McKee

Macau           China Daily - Hong Kong Edition
Casinos to boost property prices
Macao to become largest game city

Singapore           Taipei Times/AFP & Today Online
Casinos would boost Singapore's economy: study
Casinos could mean 30,000 jobs in all: Economists

Las Vegas           Yahoo/Business Wire
Harrah's Completes Acquisition of Imperial Palace

23rd December

Niagara Falls, New York           PRNewswire
Seneca Gaming Corporation Announces Its 2005 Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year End Results

Britain           Provincial Press
Blackpool 'not taking casino for granted' - Birmingham.
Casino bosses show their hand - Croydon.

London           Yahoo UK/Sharecast
YooMedia PLC - Agreement with Gala Group
YooMedia and Gala enter strategic agreement

Las Vegas           CBS MarketWatch & Yahoo/PRNewswire
Boyd Gaming bets on new Vegas casino
Boyd Gaming Opens South Coast Hotel and Casino

South Africa           Financial Mail
Sector regulator backs plan to legalise interactive gambling as punters go online

London           The Guardian, Daily Telegraph & Yahoo/Scotsman
Ladbrokes betting shops raise interest
Back off, says Hilton, as Ladbrokes predators circle
Bidders circle Hilton's Ladbrokes chain

Las Vegas 
South Coast Casino grand opening

Carson City, Nevada           Las Vegas Sun
Nevada casino regulators reject 'Chinny Chin Chins' slot machine

Singapore           Yahoo Singapore/AFP
Singapore casinos could boost city's GDP by nearly two percent

Atlantic City           The Press of Atlantic City/AP
Lawyer who allegedly laundered cash at casino is back in NJ to face charges

Italy Set to Crackdown on Foreign Online Casinos

22nd December

New York 
Poker's lucky streak seen fading in U.S. shops

Blackstone, CVC May Bid for Hilton's Ladbrokes Unit

Catalunya, Spain  & MyTelus
Catalan joy over town's lotto win
Spanish town 'very, very, very happy' after winning lotto jackpot

Las Vegas 
South Coast Hotel-Casino Opens Tonight

Tinian, CNMI           Pacific Magazine
Tinian Dynasty Welcomes New Casino Investors

Biloxi, Mississippi           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Biloxi casino back in action - Imperial Palace first to open after storm
The Imperial Palace reopens for business at 9am this morning with 1,921 slots and 52 tables.

Great Sutton, Cheshire           icCheshire/Ellesmere Port Pioneer
Armed gangs raid pub and bookies

Gambling charity in funding plea

South Africa           MoneyWeb & Business Report
Peermont buys North West and KZN casinos
Peermont to buy 70% of Tusk
Tusk Casino Resorts and Hotels Group has 5 casinos, 3 located in the North West region, 1 in KwaZulu-Natal and 1 in Limpopo.

Kangwon, South Korea           TMCNet/Korea Times
Young Workers Betting Future on Casino
Interesting story about a state sponsored casino dealer training school at the Jeongseon Vocational Training Institute located in Kangwon Province.

Canada & France           MyTelus/CP
Loto-Quebec acquires minority stake in French casino operator Moliflor

London , The Times, Reuters & Yahoo/
Hilton confirms Ladbrokes suitors
Bidders circle for Ladbrokes
UK's Hilton confirms bidder interest in Ladbrokes
Hilton gets Three approaches for Ladbrokes

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. Signs Definitive Agreement With Lemieux Group LP

New York & London           PRNewswire
Electronic Game Card Confirms Orders

Indiana           Crains Detroit Business 
Barden company buys Trump Indiana; casino boat and hotel interest fetch $253M - Trump Lake Michigan operation will be renamed Majestic Star II.
Other headlines... a quick roundup of other stories fround during GF's daily updates.
A truce in war over $30 M jackpot - Ontario, Canada.
Judge dismisses charges against casino striker - Atlantic City.

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