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Archive 2006: 1st - 7th July

Friday, 7th July
Selected gaming stocks   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Aristocrat Leisure
Empire Online
Las Vegas Sands
Boyd Gaming
Chinalot Synergy
Party Gaming
Harrah's Entertainment
Shun Tak Holdings
MGM Mirage
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

New Jersey             USA Today/AP
New Jersey casinos await word to reopen

U.S.             Dow Jones Newswire /PRNewswire
Half of U.S. Adults Say They Are Unlikely to Visit a Casino in the Next Year
Poll conducted by Harris of 1,172 U.S. adults.

Jackson, Mississippi             Yahoo/AP
Mississippi Gaming Commission Approves Casino Development in D'Iberville Region'Iberville.html

Central City, Colorado             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Century Casinos Announces Opening Date for Its Casino & Hotel in Central City, Colorado

New Jersey             Yahoo/AP
Atlantic City casinos could reopen Friday
Atlantic City Casinos Set to Reopen Pending Budget Approval by NJ State Legislature

Washington             Reuters
U.S. House seen debating gambling bill next week

Atlantic City Casino Shutdown - Day 3
Budget deal means end soon to casino shutdown - Newsday/AP
With Deal In Place, Casinos Soon Will Reopen - CBS3 Philadelphia
Lawmakers Reach Agreement On N.J. Budget - CBS3 Philadelphia
Casinos might reopen tonight - Courier Post Online - New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement - Gov. Jon S. Corzine

Hong Kong             Sydney Morning Herald & ICAC
Gambling on an advantage can be risky, especially in HK
Jockey and six others arrested for alleged tips-for-bets bribery scam - Independent Commission Against Corruption

London             Yahoo/Business Week
Hard Rock Cafe, History for Sale

London             Daily Telegraph & ThisisLondon
Prescott in a spin over casino questions
Prescott faces new casino bid claim

Las Vegas             Yahoo/Business Wire
Harrah's Announces Schedule For 2006-07 World Series of Poker Circuit

Thursday, 6th July
Selected gaming stocks   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
William Hill
Las Vegas Sands
Galaxy Entertainment
Betex Group
Gaming Partners
Melco International
WMS Gaming
Aristocrat Leisure
Shuffle Master
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Trenton, New Jersey             Reuters
NJ gets budget deal after historic shutdown-source

Blackpool             Blackpool Today
Council: We're ahead of game on gambling

Connecticut             Norwich Bulletin
N.J.'s loss is region's gain
Foxwoods and the Mohegan Sun that respectively average some 45,000 & 35,000 visitors a day  are the two casino likely to benefit the most from the Atlantic City shutdown.

Manila, Philippines             ABS-CBNNews
Aussie hot-money watchdog to monitor RP casinos -  Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering

New Jersey             WCBS NewsRadio880, Reuters & AP/Video
Casino Worker Rally Against Shut-Down
NJ gov. urges swift end to crisis as casinos suffer
Conn. Casinos Cash in on Atlantic City's Loss
Shutdown Hits New Jersey Casinos

Las Vegas             Yahoo/Business 2.0
How a Vegas hotel went from good to grand

London             Gambling Commission - Press release
Gambling Commission puts block on illegal poker
The Gambling Commission has written to police forces, local authorities and licensing trade associations throughout Britain informing them of the Commissions stance on illegal Poker games.

Atlantic City Casino Shutdown - Day 2
Casino stocks take a hit with closures - USA Today
Atlantic City losses: $20M a day - CNN/Reuters
New Jersey budget problems send gaming monitors home - LVR-J - New Jersey Casino Control Commission

Long Island, New York            Newsday
LI casino cruises ready for Atlantic City action
Two casino boats presently operate out of Long Island New York. Majesty Casino Cruises & the recent start-up Coin Castle Casinos (website presently not known).

London            Daily Mail
Prescott did push for US tycoon's casino
Prescott dismisses casino claim as absolute rubbish
There'll be eight more super-casinos at least, say gambling chiefs

London   Radio 4 - Today Programme.
John Humphry's interview with John Prescott
20 minute interview with the Deputy Prime Minister. His days as Tony Blair's second in command are surely numbered.
I'm not quitting, says Prescott - Audio and Video reports at link location.

London             The Guardian
Prescott: new evidence of links with dome casino bid
Lobbying for a casino at the dome: how the deputy PM's officials got involved

London            ePolitix & The Independent
Prescott pressure intensifies
The end for Prescott ?

New York & London             PRNewswire
MGM Grand Detroit First US Casino to run an Electronic GameCard Promotion

Gaming Investments            The Guardian
PartyGaming holders nervous as bosses cash in
Beware the cashing in of chips

Aukland, New Zealand   
Success in illegal casino prosecutions

Manila            Reuters
Casinos could be dirty money avenue - Asian group

Additional headlines...
Clifford makes betting claim
Premiership stars accused of betting on own clubs
Australian jockey questioned over Hong Kong betting scam

Wednesday, 5th July
Selected gaming stocks   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Boyd Gaming
Harrah's Ent.
Empire Online
Las Vegas Sands
Party Gaming
Trump Entertainment
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Melbourne, Australia             The Herald Sun
High-rolling gambler used fake passports to travel

Atlantic City Casino Shutdown
For the first time since 26th May, 1978 (28 years and 40 days) there is presently no legal gambling taking place in Atlantic City.
No Dice: N.J. Casinos Close Their Doors - S.F Chronicle/AP
Atlantic City casinos shut amid N.J. budget crisis - Reuters
Atlantic City casino losses seen at $20 mln a day - Reuters
N.J. gov. calls shutdown 'deplorable' - USA Today/AP
Atlantic City turns wholesome as casinos shuttered - Reuters
Atlantic City casino shut, costing millions in losses - Reuters

Richmond, B.C.             CCN Matthews
Great Canadian Gaming Corporation: Chances Gaming Entertainment Opens in Dawson Creek

Sydney             Sydney Morning Herald
Own goal: illegal bookies netted
Not much of a deterrent to others. The fine levied is just A$100 each and the accused were not even in court.

Atlantic City             The Press of Atlantic City
$75,000 in chips stolen at casino
15 $5,000 chips lifted from a high stakes BJ table at the Atlantic City Hilton.
Some gamblers aren’t taking chances on A.C.

Las Vegas & Beaune, France             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Gaming Partners International Corporation Announces Working-Capital Loan to Finance Expansion

London             Daily Telegraph & Bloomberg News
Preliminary inquiry launched into Prescott allegations
Prescott met US billionaire seven times
Blair's Deputy Faces Ethics Probe After Casino Talks

Inspired Gaming Group plc - Interim Trading Update
Inspired Gaming Group signs strategic partnership to roll out platform across Australia

Las Vegas News
Associated Press &
Police Kill Driver on Vegas Strip
Metro Police Shoot Suspect on Las Vegas Strip
Beatles-Cirque du Soleil's 'Love' Opens in Las Vegas
Interesting video on the red carpet including Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono & Siegfried & Roy.
Neighborhood Brothels Popping Up

Tuesday, 4th July
Selected gaming stocks   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Rank Group
4th July Holiday
Macau Success
eSun Holdings
Inspired Gaming
888 Holdings
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance
The FIFA European World Cup
The Semi-final matches today and tomorrow...
Germany v Italy @ 21.00 CET   DORTMUND
Portugal v France @ 21.00 CET   MUNICH
What do you think Capt. Mainwaring ?
The only bet I won on the game.
A sending off !
There will of course be some disruption to GF's updates.
No tips however as I'm still licking my wounds from the weekend. Ian


Malaga, Spain   
Police swoop on illegal gambling shops

London             Revolution Magazine
England World Cup exit sparks online gambling slump

Salzburg, Austria   
DealerEM 2006 televised
The 2006 Casino Dealers European Poker Championship (“Europameisterschaft”)  will be held from the 4th to 6th September. The tournament is organised by the Association of Casino employees in Europe (ACE).

London    & the Conservative Party
Prescott to face ranch questions
New evidence of John Prescott's casino wheeling and dealings

London             The Times &
Dome boss dined with Jowell to talk casinos
Executives from Kerzner International who have an agreement with Dome operator AEG have apparently met representatives from the DCMS twelve times over the last two and a half years.

London & Scotland             Reuters, Bloomberg & The Times
Rank may put Hard Rock cafes up for sale
Rank Says Gaming Profit Was Hurt by Smoking Ban, Rising Costs
Rank mulls '£500m-plus' Hard Rock sale
Rank's 14 Mecca bingo halls in Scotland have suffered a 14% revenue decline in the 13 weeks since the smoking ban was introduced on 26th March.

London             Rank Group - Trading statement
The Rank Group Plc - Group trading update for 26 weeks to 25 June 2006
Revenues at Rank's Grosvenor Casinos unit has increased by 8% with admissions also up 8%.

Atlantic City             L.V. Business Press - David McKee
Morgan Stanley makes push into Atlantic City - Investment house buys 20 acres for $1B casino near Trump's Taj

Trenton, New Jersey             Reuters & Bloomberg
NJ lawmakers to meet July 4, casinos risk closure
New Jersey Supreme Court Denies Petition to Keep Casinos Open

Trenton, New Jersey             ABC Local/6 Action News
Casinos' Request to Stay Open Denied
Cathy Gandolfo Reports on the Casino Shutdown

Las Vegas             The Herald Sun
Poker ace Joe Hachem wins $345,000

Connecticut             The Norwich Bulletin
Mohegan Sun plans expansion

Tasmania             The Examiner
Bookies backing a Betfair saviour - Online gambling may rescue a disappearing institution

Monday, 3rd July
Selected gaming stocks   Aus/Asia  Europe  U.S.
Galaxy Ent. Group
William Hill
Riviera Holdings
Ainsworth G.T.
Paddy Power
Macau Success
Shuffle Master
Boss Media
Boyd Gaming
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

London             Reuters, Daily Telegraph & The Independent
Fallon and 10 others charged in probe
Champion jockey Fallon charged with plotting to defraud gamblers
Former champion jockey Fallon is charged over £10m betting fraud

New York             Yahoo/AP
15 Groups Seek to Replace NYRA

Miami             Business Wire
UnderSea Resort Has Completed Its Plans To Build its First Casino Resort Three Miles Off the Miami Coast - Very cute :) - Pink sheets. Market cap. $4.9 million

London             ePolitix
Tories question Prescott's casino links
John Prescott's stay on the Colorado ranch of the Millenium Dome's new owner Philip Anschutz. 

New Jersey             Reuters
N.J. court denies casinos' plea to stay open

London             The Times
Pub hours fiasco 'will be repeated with casino laws'

Trenton, New Jersey             CBS News/AP & MSNBC/AP
Atlantic City Casinos Next N.J. Casualty
Atlantic City’s casinos ordered to close

Trenton, New Jersey             Reuters
New Jersey casinos to stay open until Wednesday - New Jersey Casino Control Commission - New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement

Gibraltar & Isle of Man            International Herald Tribune
PartyGaming to buy online bookmaker Gamebookers

Chub Cay, Bahamas            Sun-Sentinel
Bahamas building boom raises concerns

New Orleans, Louisiana            Biloxi Sun-Herald/AP
La. casinos thriving, but watch out

Liverpool & Las Vegas            icLiverpool/Liverpool Daily Post
All you need is Love - and some Beatles nostalgia

Additional headlines...
Tattersall's says to bid for UK National Lottery licence
No Cheap Seats - Las Vegas concert ticket prices.

Sunday, 2nd July

Online Gambling             International Herald Tribune
Is party over for online gambling ?

Las Vegas             Las Vegas Sun
Jeff Simpson on the mother of all resort booms that's heading to a Strip near you
I counted a dozen projects in Jeff Simpson's article and all are either presently under construction or at the advanced planning stages.

London & Liverpool             Sunday Times
Odds in favour of big casino merger
Stanley and London Clubs face pressure over 'talks' - 26th June
Normally when a merger or takeover announcement is made a companies share price will rise. LCI's price has actually fallen by almost 10% over the last few days despite the FTSE rising.

London             Sunday Times
Prescott was guest of Dome casino bidder

Wembley, London   
Local politics puts super-casino at risk

Mississippi             The Clarion Ledger
Casinos boost wages - Competition for workers on Coast brisk
10 Coast casinos to be open by fall
Report full of statistics on pay for a variety of casino positions. The average wage for a Blackjack dealer including tips is apparently $57,600 with a supervisor earning, $47,900 - almost $10,000 less !

Barstow, California             Sacramento Bee
Innovative casino pact in jeopardy

London             Ananova - William Hill PR
Bookies are the only winners

Illegal Slots - Georgia             The Walton Tribune
Gambling raid nets 54 machines, cash

Saturday, 1st July

Problem Gambling - Internet   
Call for cap on internet gambling - 1 credit card per casino proposal.

Trenton, New Jersey             Home News Tribune & CNN
Casinos to stay open through tomorrow, perhaps Tuesday
Budget dispute shuts down New Jersey

Gaborone, Botswana   
Botswana: More Casinos Licensed
Botswana presently has 8 casinos and 3 additional licenses have been granted, two in Gaborone and one in Palapye.

Sacramento, California             Press Enterprise
Casinos warned to obey accord
The dispute centre's on auto-Roulette's at the Pechanga & Morongo tribe's casinos. Should each carousel be classed as one machine or should each gaming position be counted ?. The Pechanga casino has an amazing 15 auto-roulette's that can accomodate up to 155 players.

Biloxi, Missisippi   
Gamblers Flock To Reopening Of Biloxi Casino

Buffalo, N.Y.             Buffalo News
Casino revenue proposal favors city - Higgins, Brown reverse course on state's share

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