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14th January, 2005

Aberdeen          Aberdeen Press & Journal
Businessmen await decision for new casino at Harbour
George Tester and George Stewart, already own the International Casino in Aberdeen.

Blackpool          ThisisBlackpool/The Citizen
Site to close if casino opens
Hilton Group's latest casino plans are for Blackpool city center.

Vancouver, B.C.          CBC News & My Telus
New West bets on big casino
New Westminster casino gets needed regulatory approval

Liverpool           ic Liverpool/Liverpool Echo
City super-casino 'is still a gamble'

London           Yahoo/PRNewswire
IGT and Scientific Games Announce Worldwide, Long-Term Strategic Alliance

London           National Audit Office - Press release
National Audit Office Press Notice - HM Customs and Excise: Gambling Duties
A look at the effects of the introduction of the gross profits tax in October 2001 compared with the previous general betting duty.

London           The Independent
Casinos face axe from Gambling Bill
"Conservative shadow Culture Secretary, Malcolm Moss, said it would be a "miracle" if the Bill is passed in time".

London           Bloomberg News & Interactive Investor
Gambling Firms Lured Back to U.K. by Tax Reform, Study Finds
UK Customs needs to ensure duties collected from electronic gambling - NAO

Beijing, China           China View/China Daily
Gambling with public funds faces crackdown
The number of casinos in countries neighbouring China is quoted as "nearly 200".

Macau  - English version
Macau official indicates max limit of casinos for Stanley Ho
Dr. Ho could be limited to a maximum of 18 to 19 casinos in Macau. At the moment he has 14 of the 16 in operation.
Check out GF's newly updated Macau Section - Macau Casinos and Links

Singapore & Macau           The Hong Kong Standard
Ng sets casino sights on Singapore, US

Florida & New York           Tampa Tribune/AP
Trump Suing Ex-Confidant, Developers Over Casino

Reno           CBS Marketwatch
Slotmaker IGT expects flat profits

Boston, Massachusetts           The Standard Times
Casinos have little impact on counties, Harvard study says

Victoria, B.C.           The Independent
Victoria will consider casino bid - John Asfar's lawsuit threat forces council's hand

Sheffield & Leeds           The Yortksire Post
Council backs bid for super casino - City to take on its Yorkshire rivals in 'only game in town'
Leeds appears to be taking the gloves off in the fight for a regional casino with Sheffield - There can only be one winner !

Las Vegas           Bloomberg News
MGM Mirage to Get U.S. Clearance to Acquire Mandalay

13th January, 2005

London           The Independent
Government warns on underage gambling

Tamworth           The Tamworth Herald
Town Man's sensational casino win !
The identity of the player that won £3 million at Stanley Leisure's Star City Casino has now been confirmed.

Newcastle           ic Newcastle/The Journal
'No secrecy' call on casino plans

Macau           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Greek Mythology (Macau) Entertainment Group Limited Plans to Submit Development Concept for Integrated Resort Project in Singapore

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun - Adam Goldman
Nevada Gaming Control Board approves Venetian gambling salons
The Venetian has proposed 2 salons holding just 3 tables and 4 slots each. One near the main casino and the other on the 36th floor.

Isle of Man           The New York Times & IHT
Isle of Man Will Now Take Some Online Bets From U.S.
Isle of Man changes gambling rules 
The IOM will now permit licensees to take bets from the U.S. on casino games and poker but not on sports.

Florida & New York           Sun-Sentinel/Baltimore Sun
Trump sues in bid to become partner at Seminole Hard Rock Casino

Gambling bill could be buried or delayed
Reuters reports that the Gambling Bill may not make it back into Parliament before the General election, widely rumoured to be in May.

Macau & Singapore 
Macau Gambling Co. Wants to Build Casino
Greek Mythology Entertainment Group Ltd. that opened their casino in Macau last month have unveiled plans for a US$769 million casino in Singapore.

Beijing, China           New Kerala
China to shut down foreign gambling websites
No mention of how they are going to do it !

Scotland           The Scotsman & Glasgow Evening Times
Holyrood defers bill on gambling to Westminster
MSP slams super-casinos plan

Australia           Sydney Morning Herald
Poker's big guns aim for Aussie title
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Israel           Globes Online
Gambling via Cellcom in two months

San Francisco           San Francisco/AP
Legislators eyeing first urban casino in Bay Area

Cardiff           ic Wales/South Wales Echo
Stop this casino 'nonsense', says MP

12th January, 2005

Broward County, Florida           Sun-Sentinel
Broward commissioners postpone vote on gambling referendum

Singapore           Las Vegas Sun/Bloomberg News
Singapore casino bidder may build convention center - Competing proposal includes theme park

Miami           Miami Herald
Talks may bring vote on slot machines

Las Vegas & Beaune, France           GPIC Press release
Gaming Partners International Corporation Appoints Elisabeth Carrette to Its Board of Directors

Hull & Coventry          ThisisHull/Hull Daily Mail & ic Coventry
Stakes are high in "Super Casino" bid
Arena still 'favourite' for casino

Australia           The Advertiser
Card ace deals up new game
Speed Poker, which is part of the 2005 Australian Poker Championship presently being held at the Crown Casino in Melbourne.

Australia           The Sydney Morning Herald
Casinos need to bed down the gains before they rush offshore

New Zealand           Financial Times
Seaside arcade operators seek gaming bill change
BACTA, that represents mainly slot machine arcade owners are lobbying for further changes in the Gambling Bill.

New Zealand 
Pokies Still No. 1 Problem for Gamblers
An amazing 90% of callers to New Zealand's Gambling Helpline cite slots in pubs, clubs and casinos as their main problem.

New Zealand           New Zealand Heraldd/NZPA
Sky City slumps after US investor sells up

Israel & Las Vegas           North County Times/AP
The richest Jew in the world owes it all to gambling
Israel's Haaretz takes a look at Sheldon Adelson and his recent floatation of Las Vegas Sands.

Nevada           North County Times/AP & Nevada Appeal
Nevada casinos win $862.1 million in November
Gaming continues double-digit growth in November

Nevada           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Casinos showing big gains - November revenue jumps despite loss of Comdex computer show
Nevada's total gaming win in November was $862.1 million, $615.5 million from slots and $237.8 million from tables.

Illinois           Chicago Tribune & Chicago Sun-Times
Vacancies hold up Gaming Board - Governor too slow in filling spots, members say
Short-handed Gaming Board asks Blagojevich for more members

Macau           China View/Xinhua
Macao polishing tourist image while collecting gaming revenues
Visitors to Macau reached 16.67 million in 2004. The island however presently has only 10,502 hotel rooms.

Scotland           BBC Scotland
Crucial decision on super-casinos
A decision on whether the Scottish parliament or Westminster will decide on locations of regional casinos in Scotland will be made today.

Gaborone, Botswana           Botswana Daily News
Government to contest casino verdict

Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Leaving Las Vegas Interrupted by $4 Million Jackpot
The $3.9 million win was at McCarran International Airport.

Indiana & Las Vegas           Yahoo/Business Wire
Caesars Entertainment to Acquire Complete Ownership of Caesars Indiana Casino Resort

Dublin & London           Yahoo UK/Reuters
Paddy Power sees year profit leap

11th January, 2005

Hilton unveils Blackpool vision
Hilton Group have unveiled their £600 million casino and retail complex that is intended to be a regeneration package for the  Central Station area.

Trenton, New Jersey           Las Vegas Sun/AP
Plan to allow Atlantic City sports betting clears hurdle

Charlotte, North Carolina           Charlotte Observer/AP
More than 50 men charged after cockfight discovered

Las Vegas           CBS Marketwatch 
MGM Mirage raises the stakes [4.5 min]
A quality video where MGM Mirage CFO James Murren takes a look at the companies aquisition of Mandalay Group and their project CityCenter.

Beijing           China View/Xinhua &
China launches nationwide campaign to crack down gambling: police chief
China cracks down on gambling

Atlantic City           New York Newsday/AP
Atlantic City casinos weathered storm of strike, posted 2004 gain

Iowa & Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Council Bluffs Approves Region's Largest Casino City Council Favors Plan to Bring Legendary Horseshoe Brand to Iowa

Singapore           The China Post
Singapore aims to double visitors' numbers by 2015?

London           Financial Times & Independent
William Hill boosted by virtual racing
Bookmakers place their bets on a new age of virtual horseracing

London           The Times & The Scotsman
William Hill odds-on to enjoy reversal of fortune
Punters' run of luck puts the bookies on a loser

10th January, 2005

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Boyd Gaming is biggest winner in banner year for casino stocks
A look back at an amazing year on the stock market for U.S. casino stocks and their executives.

Gamblers' brains addiction clue

Fort Lauderdale, Florida           South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Broward may bail out gambling ships struggling at port
The 3 casino boats operating out of Port Everglades saw a decline in passengers from 376,000 to 296,000 in the 4th quarter of 2004.

South Australia           The Advertiser
Gambling under microscope
In March South Australia will set up an Independent Gambling Authority to study all aspects involving gambling in the State.

Sweden & Liverpool, England 
Boss Media to deliver Casino and Poker system for Littlewoods Bet Direct

Portsmouth           Portsmouth Today
Casino hits jackpot with new venue
Grosvenor Casinos new operation at Gunwharf Quays replaced their casino at South Parade, Southsea.

Illinois           Chicago Sun-Times
Gov's stalling on gaming board costs state millions
The 2 member Illinois Gaming Board's lack of a quorum means that two casinos are now operating without a gaming license.

Oregon           The Register-Gurad
A New Deal: One of world's top card counters shares blackjack knowledge ó and winnings

London           The Times &
William Hill suffers as punters clean up
Punter success hits William Hill

Cartoon horses rescue William Hill's results
Gambling machines save William Hill from sport
William Hill, like Stanley last week have revealed profits being supported by FOBT casino games.

William Hill Plc. - Trading Statement

Mexico  - Carlos Luken
Casino gambling in Mexico ó donít bet on it

South Korea           The Korea Times
8-Member Ring Busted for Gambling Defraud
A must read story about a fake Baccarat game held at one of South Korea's "foreigner only" casinos on Cheju Island.

Melbourne, Florida           Florida Today
Ante up, fans: Dog track adds poker room Jan. 17

9th January, 2005

Australia           The Melbourne Age
Gambling giants start to show their hand
Following major consolidation in 2003 the only place now to look for Australian gaming companies is overseas.

California           San Francisco-Chronicle - Editorial
Time for a new deal on gambling

Helena, Montana           Casper Star Tribune
Montana sees gambling profit increase
93.8% of the $814.2 million win in Montana came from Video Poker and Keno machines. The 18,192 devices in the State averaging a win of $18,350 each.

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Everybody form a line - Reservations pour in furiously as Wynn Las Vegas' hotly anticipated opening nears
Wynn Las Vegas appears to be a sellout already for its frst 12 months of operation.

London           The Scotsman
Wanted: contenders to win the lottery

London           Scotland on Sunday
Smart money is on Black - Online gambling site is paying off for former City trader, says Iain Dey
A look at the early history of Betfair and the opposition that the company constantly faces from the traditional bookmaking world.

Schwerin, Germany           Schweriner Volkszeitung
Wenn die Roulette-Kugel rollt

Berlin           Berliner Morgenpost
Berliner im Glücksspielfieber

Berlin           Yahoo Germany/ddp
Spielbank Berlin ist deutschlandweit umsatzstärkstes Casino
Spielbank Berlin on Potsdamer Platz became in 2004 the number 1 ranked casino in Germany. In 2nd, 3rd and 4th places respectively are Spielbanken Hohensyburg, Stuttgart und Wiesbaden.

8th January, 2005

Niagara Falls. Ontario           Buffalo News
Fallsview Casino setting up poker room

Australia, Canada & U.S.           Sydney Morning Herald
Canadian scam uses Oz Lotto as a front

Desmond firm to bypass new gambling laws

Cardiff           BBC Wales
Council chiefs' £6,000 casino trip

Temulca, California           North County Times/AP & SD Union-Tribune
Pechanga tribe concedes to state demand to remove video games
Second tribe agrees to unplug its video lottery terminals

Singapore & Las Vegas           Business Times
Professor of Gaming
Repositioning the gaming industry
Whilst in Singapore in December Harrah's Gary Loveman gave a detailed interview on the companies strategy and marketing to Business Times reporter Vikram Khanna.

Niagara Falls, New York           Newsday/AP
Seneca Nation building own power plant for casino/hotel
- Seneca Niagara Casino:

Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Wheel of Fortune® Dollars Pays Texas Tourist $3.8 Million

New York & Geneva           New York Times & Independent
U.S. to Appeal W.T.O. Ruling That Favored Internet Gambling
US appeals against WTO ruling to allow online betting

Geneva           Bloomberg News
U.S. wants betting to stay offline

Cape Canaveral, Florida           Florida Today
Sports-betting gamble pays off - NFL playoffs a big draw for bookmaking firm
International Sports Links 4-month-old bookmaking business on SunCruz Casinos Surfside Princess operating out of Port Canaveral.

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Business Press
Executive takes his chances on foreign gaming
Interview and profile of Richard Mirman, Senior vice president of new business development at Harrah's Entertainment

Las Vegas           National Public Radio 
Shufflemaster Rides Upward Trend
Interview with Shufflemaster CEO Mark Yoseloff.

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