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7th October

London           Bloomberg News
Gala Agrees to Buy Coral Eurobet for $3.8 Billion

London & Nottingham           Yahoo UK/Reuters & ThisisMoney/London Evening Standard
Gala buys Coral to form 4 bln gaming group
Coral chief is £40m winner

Mississippi           Clarion Ledger/AP - Adam Goldman
Beau Rivage loss may be greatest of 13 coast casinos
Damage to MGM MIRAGE's Beau Rivage appears to be much greater than earlier media reports suggested.
Gulf Coast News - Casino images
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Las Vegas           Las Vegas Business Press
CityCenter in line to be top power user

South Wales           ThisisSouthWales
Result for Bookies over £36K Rugby "Win"

London           The Independent
Gala's £2bn deal to create gaming giant
Both sides are apparently trying to get the deal done before the weekend. England play Austria in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday afternoon.
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Levis, Canada & Guatemala           CNW Telbec
DEQ Concludes 10 Year Recurring Royalty Licensing Agreement with Severn Enterprises for 296 Slot Machines

Carson City           Las Vegas Sun/AP
Nevada regulators recommend Hooters casino licensing

U.S. Indian Gaming           Hartford Courant
Ruling Favors Casino Workers - Laws Apply At Tribal Gaming Sites

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania           Post Gazette
Another delay for casinos as gaming board can't agree on licensing slots firms

Scotland           The Scotsman & Daily Record
Young men 'obsessed' with gambling
We are the gambling hotspot of Britain

Las Vegas & Australia           Yahoo/Edgar Online - Form 8-K
Entry into Material Agreement, Sale of Equity
Financial details of the purchase of RFID technology by Vending Data from Dolphin Products. Strangely this particular product is not mentioned on the Dolphin website.
4th October.
VendingData(TM) Enters High Frequency RFID Casino Chip Business
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London           The Sun
Duo banned for racing con

Las Vegas & Louisiana           Yahoo/PRNewswire & AP
Boyd Gaming's Treasure Chest Casino to Reopen on Monday
Boyd Gaming Warns on 3Q Profit Miss
Boyd shares closed at $40.17 and are down from a recent high of $55 on 26th July.
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Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Palms Casino Resort Introduces the 'Hardwood Suite'... Outfitted With a Basketball Court and Locker Room

6th October

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Expansion of Strip heading far south
Olympia Gaming's proposed Southern Highlands Casino-Resort.

Las Vegas           Yahoo/AP
Andrew Pascal Promoted to President and COO of Wynn Las Vegas
Wynn Resorts stock fell 5.72% today to $42.18 and is now at a new 52 week low.
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Las Vegas           Yahoo/AP
Harrah's Sees $10 Million 3Q Charge

Mississippi           Forbes Video Network
Video: Betting On Recovery - Interview with the AGA's Frank Fahrenkopf.

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun
Traffic to Vegas staying strong - Gas prices not hurting travel

Nevada           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Dodging a tobacco bullet - Court rejects racketeering lawsuit against slots

London           The Stage
No favourites in race to build super-casino, insists Caborn

Connecticut           Boston Herald
Foxwoods bets on sunshine, violates Vegas casino taboo

Atlantic City  - 4th October
Caesars Fights Release of Leering Surveillance Video

London           Daily Telegraph. The Times & The Independent
Coral Eurobet on brink of takeover
Gala set to place £2bn on takeover of Coral
Gala near £2.1bn Coral takeover
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New Zealand & Australia           Bloomberg News
Sky City Is Bidding for Taverner Group, McGeoch Says

Book Review           American Scientist & link
Bettor Math
Long review but has an interesting (and rare) image of Ed Thorp playing Blackjack at the Tropicana in 1963.
Fortune's Formula: The Untold Story of the Scientific Betting System that Beat the Casinos and Wall Street

Reno           Peppermill Reno
Peppermill Reno Casino Announces $230 Million Expansion

South Africa           Sunday Times
Hosken/Johnnic: resolution may not succeed

Levis, Quebec           CNW Telbec
DEQ Obtains a Canadian Patent for a New Reward System for the Players
DEQ Announces the Closing of a $600,000 Private Placement
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Blackpool takes gamble on a glitzy new future

Biloxi, Mississippi           MSNBC/
Katrina fuels a real estate boom - But is everyone sharing in the spoils?

Las Vegas           Yahoo/AP
Global Cash Signs ATM Deal With Boyd

Calgary, Alberta 
Tsuu T'ina casino approved
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5th October

Nevada           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Funded by online casinos, alliance wants to protect against Internet poker ban
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Connecticut & Ontario, Canada           CCNMatthews
Foxwoods Resort Casino Adds iView iGWatch Facial Recognition System to Existing iTrak Platform
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Dublin           ABC News/AP
Irish Billboards of Gambling Jesus Pulled

London           Reuters
Internet gaming -- not a bubble waiting to burst

Verona, N.Y.           Yahoo/Reuters
NY court invalidates Oneida's Turning Stone casino- Oneida Indian Nation.

Niagara Falls & Buffalo N.Y.           WIVB TV4 Buffalo & Buffalo News
What Has Been Impact of Casino on Niagara Falls?
Senecas hedge casino bets - Buy tract as talks on terminal go on

Las Vegas & South California           San Diego Union-Tribune
Gas prices could hurt Las Vegas

Macau & Las Vegas           Hotels - 17th October edition
Casinos - Gambling Big on Macau - Feature on Sheldon Adelson and the Sands Macau.

Connecticut           The Hartford Courant
Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods Hiring Workers Displaced From Hurricane

Mississippi           CNN/Reuters
Gulf Coast casinos get second chance

Swansea           Daily Mirror & ThisisSouth Wales.
"I have borrowed £7 Million from the Halifax"
£5M Theft case heard - 14th September.

Victoria, Australia           The Herald Sun
Pokies money missing

4th October

Swansea           icWales Network
Gambling addict stole £10m to feed habit
The scam apparently only came to light when Halifax auditors found an IOU for £7 million in the banks safe !

Stockport           Manchester Evening News
Conned by the casino addict
Halligan victim was mourning his mother

Toronto           Business Wire
Leading Poker Vendor Tribeca Tables Chooses Phantom Fiber's Advanced Wireless Platform For Mobile Poker

Glasgow           Socialist Worker Online
Labourís casinos gamble with peopleís lives

Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire - Vending Data press release
VendingData(TM) Enters High Frequency RFID Casino Chip Business
Apparently RFID chips can operate at different frequencies, and there are also different patented methods of attaching/embedding the devices required. Following the Vending Data announcement one can perhaps expect further releases on this theme from other companies involved in the market.
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Isle of Man           Isle of Man Online
Fairground Gaming losts on Aim

Eastern Cape, South Africa           Daily Dispatch
EC casino licences soon up for grab - The Eastern Cape still has two licenses available.

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Business Press
Non-resident CEOs join a long tradition
Despite heading the world's two largest gaming companies, both based in Las Vegas, MGM Mirage CEO Terry Lanni and Harrah's CEO Gary Loveman do not call Nevada home.

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal - Gaming Wire
Innovation is served  - Server-based technology could forever change slots, observers say

Las Vegas Sun           Las Vegas Sun
Sun pledges to uphold ideals of founder - The L.V. Sun is now distributed with the LVR-J.

Kangwon, South Korea           The Korea Times
Gamblers Lose Average W2.5 Mil. Each in 10 Months
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VC Poker Launch World's First 24/7 Internet Poker Radio Station
- - Didn't work for me ! Ian

Aberdeen           ThisisNorthScotland/Aberdeen Press and Journal
Chips down for £2M casino proposal as licensing chiefs say no dice
Licensing officials in Aberdeen have rejected Grosvenor/Rank's application for a £2 million casino development at their Mecca Bingo unit at Berryden.

Problem Gambling - Stockport           Manchester Evening News
Conned by the casino addict
Halligan victim was mourning his mother

Long Island, New York           N.Y. Newsday
Casino boat robbery doesn't deter gamblers

Mississippi           MSNBC & AP
Miss. Lawmakers OK Casino Move to Dry Land
Gulf Coast gamblers seek out new places
Gulf casino workers seeking out new territories
The Mississippi Senate has passed a Bill allowing casinos to move up to 800 feet inland by 29-21.

Pennsylvania           Yahoo/BizJournals
Slots application deadline pushed to Dec. 28
Those applying for slot licenses in Pennsylvania have an additional 2 months to fill out the forms. The cost of each license is a cool $50 million.

Buffalo, New York           The Buffalo News
Casino opponents targeting 'done deal' - Environmental action could force delay

Nottingham           ThisisNottingham/Nottingham Evening Post
Arrests after Bookies raid

New Zealand 
Small step towards eliminating gambling harm

3rd October

Pennsylvania           Yahoo/Business Wire
Penn National Gaming Completes Acquisition of Argosy Gaming Company
Penn National has purchased 6 operations from Argosy but has agreed to sell 3 to expedite regulatory approval for the deal.

Long Island, New York           Fox23News/AP
Casino Robbery

Melbourne, Australia           The Herald Sun
$1 million jackpot on 2c pokie machine

Sunderland          Sunderland Today
Hopes for super casino are raised
Sunderland is another northern English town desperate to land a regional casino license.

Macau          Asia Times
Macau casinos face longer odds
Report that forecasts a less than spectacular future for Macau. Although visitor numbers have doublesd in the last 2 years hotel occupancy is still presently under 70%.

El Cajon, California          Yahoo/PRNewswire
Spectre Gaming Signs Letter of Intent with PDS Gaming to Secure $20 Million Equipment Credit Facility
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Las Vegas          PRWeb - Harrah's Press release
Harrah's Entertainment to Acquire Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino
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Brazil          FoxSports Australia & CNN/Reuters
Referee admits to fixing matches
Brazil replays after fixing claims

Daytona Beach          Herald Tribune
Poker changes have been boon to Florida dog tracks
Florida now has 13 Greyhound tracks that also have Poker rooms.

Ontario, Canada          CCN Matthews
Great Canadian Announces Closing of Georgian Downs Acquisition
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Panama          Panamá América-EPASA
Casinos aportan $22 millones
Panama's 12 casino paid $22.7 million in gaming taxes in 2004/5, 1.4 million dollars more than in 2003/4.

Solomon Islands          Radio New Zealand International
SICA questions government over Honiara casino plans

Las Vegas          Houston Business Journal
Golden Nuggets to provide new luster for Landry's Restaurants

2nd October

Nevada          In Business Las Vegas - Richard N. Velotta
In Business Q and A - Dennis Neilander, chairman of Nevada Gaming Control Board

Las Vegas          Las Vegas Sun
Columnist Jeff Simpson: Steve Wynn's prospects in Singapore, Station Casinos' plans in Reno and more

Las Vegas          Las Vegas Sun
Roy Horn making strides

Atlanta & Washington          The Macon Telegraph
Reed helped defeat online gambling ban in 2000

Long Island, New York          New York Post & N.Y. Newsday
5 Gunmen hold up L.I. casino boat
4 masked men rob casino boat of $100G

London          Sunday Mirror
10 Super Casinos on way

South Africa & Isle of Man          The Sunday Times & Interactive Investor
Crystal chips in with £140m float
Online casino operator Crystal Gaming set for 140 mln stg float - report

St. Petersburg, Florida          St. Petersburg Times
Poker gives dog tracks a full house
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Las Vegas          Boston Globe
Celebrity tenants help fuel Vegas boom - Builders capitalize on star appeal to market condos

Trinidad & Tobago         T & T Newsday
Casinos lash out at Manning

Tacoma, Washington State          The News Tribune
Can signatures save casinos? Supporters push petitions to try to keep their jobs before start of Tacoma ban

Portsmouth          Daily Telegraph
Gambling-mad sailor sold MoD computers with missile secrets

New gambling laws: Your views

1st October

Trinidad & Tobago          Trinidad Express
Casino owners worried
Trinidad Prime Minister Patrick Manning appears ready to move against the countries illegal casino operations.

Dublin          CNN/Reuters
'Last Supper' gambling ad blasted

Las Vegas, Louisiana & Missouri          Las Vegas Sun, St. Louis Today & PRNewswire
Gaming firm in dispute with insurer - Pinnacle Entertainment.
Gaming commission censures Pinnacle Entertainment
Pinnacle Entertainment Reopens Boomtown New Orleans

Las Vegas          Las Vegas Sun
Expert: Casinos will be only part of future resort development

Police: Reputed Mobster Ratting On Cohorts In Boulis Hit

Cantor takes a punt on online gambling

London          Daily Telegraph
Minister signals more big casinos

'Super-casino' board starts work
Major overhaul for gambling laws 

Problem gambling - Ipswich          Evening Star
Gambling addict wanted arcade ban
A cautionary tale. Britain's high street Amusement arcades are now allowed to place four £500 jackpot machines.

Mississippi          USA Today/AP
Onshore casinos clear first hurdle in Mississippi House

New Jersey          The Press of Atlantic City
Struggling Sands affiliate files for bankruptcy

New Zealand
New gambling regulations come into force

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