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Archive 2006: 15th - 21st May

21st May

Lake Tahoe, Nevada           Nevada Appeal
Sign of times to come with new Tahoe casino and spa

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina           Myrtle Beach Sun
Execs bet on development - Day ships Sun Cruz & Diamond Girl II.
New casino boat in town - 5th April.

Problem Gambling & Theft 
City Hall employee is spared prison - Minnesota
Aging embezzler blames gambling - Oregon
Two remarkably similar stories. Women with apparent gambling problems stealing cash and also expertly covering their tracks over a period of several years.


London           The Independent
Twelve in the shake-up for super casino

London           Sunday Telegraph
Fathers4Justice hijack National Lottery draw

Brussels           Reuters - 19th May
EU approves Lottomatica's acquisition of GTech

Niagara Falls, Ontario           Canoe Money/CNW
Casino workers to rally as strike deadline approaches

Gardena, California 
4Gl Solutions, Inc.Provides No-host Automated Player Tracking Technology for The Normandie casino

Atlantic City           The Press of Atlantic City
A.C. man sentenced to 20 years in casino cashier's office robbery
Additional headlines
Prisons ban live World Cup TV to prevent gambling - Thailand.
Police bust gambling ring - Nassau, Bahamas.
Casino ban for pair - Crown Casino, Melbourne.
I-Team Wants Answers About Kiel Ranch -
Kiel Ranch: An Historic Disgrace in North Las Vegas -
Is Text and SMS voting such a good idea ?
Winner Eurovision 2006 - FINLAND - Hard rock hallelujah -

20th May

Moscow           Hotels Magatine - 18th & 19th May
Russia's major gaming operator delays IPO, awaits gaming law
The first IPO of a Russian gaming business may not take place - Ritzio Entertainment Group.

Las Vegas           In Business Las Vegas - Liz Benston
Peter Morton turns Hard Rock into gold
Peter Morton image at the LVR-J
Older properties push nostalgia in meantime

St. John's, Antigua           Antiguan Government - Press release
Antigua reacts to indictments of gaming operators (PDF)
Antiguan Government officials believe that indictments against two of their citizens on money laundering charges involving U.S. $250 million may be politically motivated.

Guatemala           El Periodico & Prensa-Latina
Cerrarán Casinos y Videloterías
Cerrarán casinos y casas de juego en Guatemala
The Ministry of Interior has apparently decided to close all casinos and video lottery centres after it has been determined that the operations are illegal.

Baden Baden, Germany 
Casinos müssen Spieler 70.000 Euro zurückzahlen
The world famous Baden Baden casino must repay to a player €70,000. The customer had been allowed access to the slot area after earlier signing a self-exclusion agreement to the main casino.

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania           Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Gaming board may award 23 supplier licenses by June 15

Tunica, Mississippi           Biloxi, Sun Herald
Court upholds dismissal of award in blackjack case - Former casino employee refused to change shuffle - the $60,000 earlier award being once again denied.

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Youth, good looks a gold mine on LV Strip

St. Louis, Missouri           Business Week/AP
Bankruptcy court OK's Pinnacle casino buy

Illinois           St. Louis Business Journal
Casino Queen accepts Columbia bid

Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky           CNN Money
Columbia bid wins Aztar for $1.9B
Columbia Sussex now becomes a major player in the U.S. casino industry aquiring 6 casinos in one week to add to the 7 the company already owned.

St. Johns, Antigua           PRNewswire Casino Slots Player Cashes in on $200,000 Jackpot
Kari Bunting from New London, Wisconsin will hopefully be making an appointment with the IRS.

Product review 
'Beating Blackjack': Poker Pro Andy Bloch Shows You How ($29.95) - A bundle of different products for casino players.
Additional headlines
A short chip from the Strip - Golf in Las Vegas
Wynn replaces Deloitte & Touche with Ernst & Young
L.V. Advisor: Question of the Day - The future of Boulder City.

19th May
Selected gaming stocks   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
888 Holdings
Pinnacle Ent.
Las Vegas Sands
Macau Success
Party Gaming
Multimedia Games
China LotSynergy
Shuffle Master
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Nevada & New Jersey           Yahoo/PRNewswire
American Real Estate Partners, L.P. Acquires Boardwalk Property in Atlantic City, New Jersey and American Casino and Entertainment Properties LLC Acquires Flamingo Casino in Laughlin, Nevada - American Casino Entertainment Properties LLC. - Flamingo Laughlin.

Indian Gaming - New York           Standard & Poors
Turning Stone Casino Resort Enterprise Outlook Revised To Negative On Litigation Issues

Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky           Yahoo/Business Wire
Columbia Entertainment to Acquire Aztar for $54 Per Share

Phoenix, Arizona           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Aztar Terminates Merger Agreement With Pinnacle; Enters Into Agreement With Columbia Entertainment

Connecticut           Norwich Bulletin
Foxwoods rivals its competition

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Icahn company to take over Flamingo Laughlin - Gaming Commission approves ownership switch

Las Vegas           Yahoo/AP & Business Wire
Shuffle Master Stock Drops on Downgrade
Shuffle Master, Inc. and Stargames to Exhibit at the Asian Gaming Expo
Shuffle Master stock price: 5 year history

Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Pinnacle Entertainment Makes Announcement Regarding Merger Agreement With Aztar Corporation
Pinnacle Entertainment Gains Court Approval for Purchase of President Casino-St. Louis

Bowling, Scotland           Glasgow Evening Times
£350m casino plan for Bowling revealed
The report contains a picture of Harrah's representative Andrew Tottenham at the Bowling site. Looks good for fishing there :)

Tunica, Mississippi           Clarion Ledger/AP
Ex-casino worker loses bid to keep $60K award
Miss. High Court Upholds Tunica Jury Award To Former Casino Employee
Confusing, the articles appear to contradict one another. The floorperson had apparently refused requests from management to issue instructions to a dealer to change the house shuffle.

Sportech PLC - Sportech Launches World Cup 2006 Game: Goal Rush

Johannesburg          Business Day
Sun International rejects Afrisun claim

Problem Gambling - U.S.           McAlester News-Capital - Oklahoma
Gambling begets millions of neglected addicts

Pennsylvania & Vicksburg, Mississippi 
Gambling town with Civil War ties says casino a benefit

Las Vegas ? 
Online Casino Launches "Aces the Movie"

Macau           The Australian
Packer swoops on a third Macau casino-hotel site - Melco/PBL's new website for their first operation.

Illinois           St. Louis Business Journal & Cincinnati Enquirer
Casino Queen to be acquired by Columbia Sussex
Casino firm buying riverboat

New Jersey 
Atlantic City Casinos Seeing Increased Profits

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina  Post and Courier
Group urges gambling law change - South Carolina Organisation of Poker Enthusiasts.
Additional headlines
Feds Indict Fugitive Online Betting Operators
Harrah's Monopoly Win - Rising Las Vegas Strip land values.
Prosecutors: Secretary stole to cover gambling - Baton Rouge. Louisiana.

18th May
Selected gaming stocks   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Boyd Gaming
Melco International
888 Holdings
Bally Tech
Galaxy Entertainment
Century Casinos
Sky City Ent.
BetandWin (Austria)
Vending Data
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Las Vegas & Macau           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Gaming Partners International to Supply RFID Plaques to Galaxy Starworld Casino in Macau

Asia's Las Vegas gets a taste of how real Las Vegas works

Britain           Provincial press
Cash to deal with casino-linked crime - Hull Daily Mail.
You vote for County Ground casino venue - Swindon Advertiser.
Crunch time in bid for casino - Middlesbrough.
Super casino bid is not a gamble - Blackpool. With a rundown of the major players.
Green light for Casino - The Glasshouse, Nottingham.
Bet on a job - '4,000 on way' if Leeds lands supercasino - Leeds
A shortened list of preferred bidders for the Regional casino license is expected from the Casino Advisory Panel tomorrow.

Scotland           The Glasgow Herald
Casino owners preying on the poor? You bet
Columnist Melanie Reid takes a look at Harrah's plan for Bowling.

Bowling, Scotland           The Glasgow Herald
Las Vegas group gambles on Bowling
Bowling, with just three pubs, a post office and a disused oil refinery is the proposed site in Scotland for a "£350m Las Vegas-style" casino from Harrah's. - Bowling, Scotland

Macau & Sydney           Bloomberg & Yahoo Aus/Reuters
Publishing & Broadcasting, Melco Buy Land in Macau
PBL says Macau joint venture buys third casino site

Johannesburg, South Africa 
Real/Sun battle turns ugly

Managua, Nicaragua           El Nuevo Diario
Pharaohs Casino inaugura tercer local en Holiday Inn

Queenstown, New Zealand 
SKYCITY Queenstown Casino Appoints New GM
Mary Whelan who is originally from Scotland.

Ensure online gambling is fair, convention told

Canada           Toronto Star
Online gaming out of control - Time to stem tide of Canadian money

Washington & Antigua           Forbes/AP
Justice Snuffs $2.5B Online Gambling Gig - Tasman Gaming Inc.

William Hill - Trading Statement

BETonSPORTS Plc. - Q1 '07 Trading Statement
BETonSPORTS plc - Announces preliminary results
BETonSPORTS plc - Hooball US$22m acquisition doubles Asian presence - ranking 2,832.
BoS Backs Gordon House (PDF) - $10,000 donation to Gordon House at GIGSE.

Atlantic City           Philadelphia Inquirer
Morgan Stanley unit buys land for 13th A.C. casino - Morgan Stanley Gaming.

Reno & Las Vegas           Reno Gazette-Journal
Sands could sell to Vegas-based firm for $148 million
Additional headlines
Government in push to police footy betting
Video poker kingpin gets four more years in prison for gambling

17th May
Selected gaming stocks   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Melco International
Sands Regent
Shun Tak Holdings
Gaming Corp.
Monarch Casino
Arena Leisure
Gaming Partners
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Huddersfield           icHudderfield/Huddersfield Daily Examiner
It's a gamble the Prof is preparing to take
A nice touch. A £34,642 grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to write a book on gambling.

Washington & Antigua           Yahoo UK/AFP
US indictment charges operators of Antigua gambling website
US racketeer behind Betcorp boardroom exodus - SMH 4th September 2004.

St. Paul, Minnesota           MSNBC
Gambler hits jackpot with courtís tax ruling
A Minnesota court has ruled that 60 hours a week slot play is not an addiction, it's a profession.

Las Vegas           Yahoo/Business Wire
Shuffle Master, Inc. Announces Exclusive Licensing and Distribution Agreement with Image Fidelity, LLC

Las Vegas & Reno           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Herbst Gaming, Inc. and The Sands Regent Announced Today the Signing of a Definitive Agreement

Indian Gaming - California           San Francisco Chronicle - Editorial
A big casino bet - Reservation shopping

Birmingham           icBirmingham
Women venturing in to the poker den

Problem Gambling - New Zealand           PGFNZ - Press release
Government not safe from gambling
The Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand reports that every year over 5,000 New Zealanders are convicted of gambling-related crimes and that Pokies (slots) are responsible for 90% of the problem.

Australia           PRWeb (Free press release service)
Stefano Hourmouzis Video for Online Roulette, Casino Gambling Demonstrates How to Win
Interesting. It seems that Australia is the "Roulette Computer" capital of the world and this particular device has a price tag of U.S. $2,000.
Google search - Steven or Stefano Hourmouzis - A tangled web indeed !

Montreal           The Globe & Mail & Yahoo Canada/CP
Tough rules seen for Net gambling
Online activity soon to be regulated, gambling proponents told
Report from GIGSE now being held at the Palais des Congres, Montreal.

Montreal           Montreal Gazette
We want to be legitimate, say online casinos

London           PriceWatehouseCoopers - Press release
Regional casino investment could stimulate the development of new high-quality leisure facilities for UK regions

Problem Gambling - Gloucestershire 
Fireman jailed for stabbing teen
The perpetrator had apparently run up debts of £47,500 playing online poker.

Talarius Plc. - AGM Statement - Trading update.

U.S. - Company news           Various sources
Trump exercises options on namesake casino operator
Las Vegas Sands Corp. Announces Addition to Development Team
Pinnacle Shares Jump on Aztar Bidding War

Malta           The Times of Malta
Casino advert case referred again to First Hall - Appears to date back to 2000.
Additional headlines
Bangkok gambling alert - World Cup soccer betting
Doc in £16K lottery scam - Swansea. A fool and his money etc...
'Plumber' cleared after £750,000 FSA fine
Poker tips site Trojan steels your money
Online casino punters targeted by malware scams
L.V. Advisor: Question of the Day - Vegas Vic & Atomic bomb mushroom cloud.

16th May
Selected gaming stocks   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Aristocrat Leisure
Wynn Resorts
Empire Online
Pinnacle Ent.
Shun Tak Holdings
Shuffle Master
Betbull (Austria)
Great Canadian Gaming
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Louisiana           The Daily Advertiser
State gambling revenues continue upward climb

Connecticut           The Day
Foxwoods' Slots Down but Rebound Expected
The statistics are always amazing from the world's two largest casinos.

Athens           Reuters & SeeEurope/
Greece's Hyatt Q1 net profit drops 44 pct
Hyatt EBITDA at EUR 24.2 mln

Montreal           Yahoo/Marketwire
Dynasty Gaming Agrees Terms of Mahjong Mania License Agreement With Microgaming Systems Ltd.

Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire - 15th May
Gaming Partners International Corporation Reports Financial Results for the First Quarter of 2006

Tinian, C.N.M.I           Pacific Islands Report/Saipan Tribune
U.S. Company Plans $200 Million Tinian Casino...
SECOND CASINO PROJECT IN OFFING ON TINIAN - 9th March. Bridge Development Group.

Bern, Switzerland           L'Express &
Le casino de Lugano écope de 670'000 francs d'amende
Casino Lugano mit 670 000 Franken gebüsst

Birmingham           icBirmingham/Birmingham Post - Comment
The safest bet
In an editorial that will dismay several other bidders the Birmingham Post is firmly behind the NEC's regional casino proposal.

Swindon           Swindon Advertiser
It's eyes down for casino

Macau           Reuters Latin America
Casinos convierten a Macao en una ciudad de crupieres

Hong Kong & Macau           Channel News Asia/AFP & Interactive Investor/AFX
Hong Kong IPO of casino tycoon's gaming flagship postponed
Hong Kong IPO of Sociedad de Jogos de Macau's postponed - report 
Sociedade de Jogos de Macau's IPO has been postponed until June after a legal challenge was made to the offer by Stanley Ho's sister Winnie.

Reno, Nevada           Newsday/AP
Nev. Study Links Casino Smoke, DNA Damage
Study could snuff casino smoke - Original RG-J article from 15th May.

London           The Times, Independent & Guardian
Camelot lifted as Lottery sales top £5bn
Camelot's hopes of retaining lottery boosted as ticket sales return to £5bn
Lottery sales break £5bn mark, boosting Camelot hopes

Paddy Power plc - AGM Trading Update

Las Vegas           Yahoo/AP
Columbia Affiliate Tops Own Offer for Aztar With $54 a Share Bid

Gary, Indiana           Northwest Indiana Times
Dispute puts Gary casino development on hold

Burnaby, B.C.           CCN Matthews
Gateway Casinos Income Fund Reports First Quarter Financial Results
Additional headlines
Bookmaker has eyes on strip-poker record - Paddy Power.
Knife terror at bookies - High Wycombe.
Britain Bets on Internet Casino Games
Clay wants review of casino deal - Gary, Indiana.

15th May
Selected gaming stocks   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Aristocrat Leisure
World Poker Tour
Tattersalls Ltd.
Betex Group
Boyd Gaming
eSun Holdings
William Hill
Great Canadian G.C.
Capitaland (Singapore)
Chariot Lottery
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
VendingData(TM) Corporation Reports First Quarter 2006 Financial Results

London & Kups, Germany           Lyceum Media - Press release
Bryan Bailey May Forfeit GIGSE Race After Near Fatal Velcro Incident (.doc)
Casino Meister Webcast - 10th May

Manila, Philippines.           ABS-CBN News
Pagcor hit for mobsterlike takeover of Subic casino - PAGCOR "Asia's Friendliest" ?

North Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
State law stands in way of new casino - NLV residents have help in opposing site -

Richmond, B.C.           CBC/CP
Great Canadian Gaming Q1 profit drops to $1.4M from year-ago $9.3M
GCG's rapid expansion that included numerous casino and racetrack purchases in 2004/5 appears to have backfired somewhat.

Richmond, B.C.           Yahoo Canada/CCN Matthews
Great Canadian Reports First Quarter 2006 Results: Focused on Operations, Results Aimed in the Right Direction

Las Vegas           Reno Gazette-Journal/AP
George Maloof Jr. living out fantasy
Google Images - George Maloof

Vancouver, B.C.           The London Free Press
Gaming industry focuses on kids, women
Includes news about what could be the ultimate in stupidity - a Kids Poker Tour planned for June in Vancouver.
Children's poker workshop panned by solicitor general - Yahoo Canada/CBC

Online Gambing - Blackburn, Lancashire           Daily Telegraph
Father's fury at gambling websites that hooked son

Ontario           Toronto Star
Casinos to become smoke-free on June 1
The two casinos in Ontario built on tribal lands, Casino Rama & the Great Blue Heron Charity Casino have also agreed to the smoke free policy.

Reno, Nevada           Reno Gazette-Journal
Study could snuff casino smoke

Macau           Peoples Daily/Xinhua
Macao's casino receipts see year-on-year rise in Q1
Macau's casino revenues were up 14.9% to 12.59 billion patacas (U.S. $1.57 billion) in the first quarter of 2006. In March revenue was 4.63 billion patacas (U.S. $551 million) a 15.1% increase.

London           Annanova
Lottery Sales Rise To More than £5bn

Nottingham           Nottingham Evening POst
Casino bid at student flats

Vancouver, B.C.  Post
New casino down on its luck - Gamblers staying away from year-old Vancouver spot - Registration required

Tottenham Hotspur and Mansion Agree Record Breaking 4 Year Agreement
Tottenham agree club record shirt sponsorship deal
Spurs button up £34m shirts sponsor
Mansion is owned by Indonesian billionaire Putera Sampoerna the new operator of Les Ambassadeurs.
Google Search - Putera+Sampoerna+Mansion

Birmingham           icBirmingham/Birmingham Post
Three wait on casino verdict
Big three slug it out to bring riches to Midlands

Mississippi           USA Today
Casinos flush with cash in Mississippi

Atlantic City           The Press of Atlantic City
Casinos give all to win new gamblers - Player comps, bonuses & freebies etc...
Additional headlines
Super-casino benefits are yet to be proved - Salvation Army letter to the FT.
Poker Pro Europe Hits The Stands
BSkyB eyes lottery licence
L.V. Advisor: Question of the Day - The Beatles, Cirque du Soleil production.

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