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Thursday, 21st January

Singapore - Channel News Asia
Marina Bay Sands starts training casino dealers

New York - Yahoo/PRNewswire & WSJ
Scientific Games Announces Strategic Partnership with Playtech
Playtech Shares Rise 11% On Scientific Games' JV Deal In US

Singapore - LVR-J
Station-managed tribal casino on track for summer opening

Singapore - China Post
Singapore's 1st casino-resort partially opens to vistors
"The resort's casino, the city-state's first, is expected to open in March after Genting's application for a license was delayed to December from October when gambling authorities asked for more information."

Singapore - USA Today/AP
Four hotels open at Singapore's first casino-resort
Resorts World Sentosa - Flickr images
Resorts World Sentosa
Resorts World in Sentosa, Singapore

Marina barrage
Marina barrage - user image.
A landing pad for aliens
A landing pad for aliens - user image.

Spain -
William Hill PLC - Sale of Spain joint venture
"Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, on 20 January 2010 Codere completed the purchase of William Hill's 50% stake in the company for one euro."

Las Vegas - WSJ
Icahn Is Winning Bidder for Casino
Stalled Vegas - Fontainebleau & Echelon - user image.

Australia - The Australian & Sydney Morning Herald
Packer's $155m windfall
Paparazzi on watch as Packers await new arrival

Waukegan, Ill. & London - Yahoo/Business Wire
WMS to Display Over 100 Innovative Games at IGE 2010

Saskatchewan -
VLTs tied to problem gambling in women: study
The Relation Between Types and Frequency of Gambling Activities and Problem Gambling Among Women in Canada

additional headlines...
Union Gaming Group Live, January 15, 2010
GSA Answers, January 15, 2010 - Association of Casino Enterprise Managers and Executives.

Foxwoods Gets Extension To Restructure Debt - Hartford Courant.
PokerTek Announces Plans to Expand International Presence - Business Wire.
Bally Technologies Acquires ‘Games4you’ Team to Join Its Global Game Development Group
Executive order keeps Atlantic City casinos open if budget delay shuts state
Gideon Bierer Named IGT Executive Vice President of New Media
Macau back in the billions - Melbourne Age.
Record-winning haul for StarWorld casino - SCMP. Registration Req'd.
Police say topless dealers and more involved in illicit gambling tournaments

Wednesday, 20th January

GTA Appoints Chair, new Directors
Microgaming Live delivers new Blackjack product
IGT CEO gets fiscal 2009 pay valued at $6.3M - Yahoo/AP

Hookers, Casinos, Murder Featured in Abramoff Film at Sundance - Bloomberg
William Hill sees FY profit at upper end of view
Government proposes to bring ban on gambling business until adoption of special law - Kiev Post

FOCUS: Singapore's 1st casino resorts ready to open their doors
" ''As far as the casino license is concerned, we are still working very closely with the authorities through their checks and inspections...we are waiting for the gaming license to be issued,'' Lim said. ''We can't do anything until we are licensed. The same applies for Universal Studios theme park. No date has been fixed.'' "
Nanny state aspires to racy resort image -
AGEM Announces Four New Members Join Organization
Carl Icahn to take ownership of Fontainebleau Las Vegas resort - LVS
Singapore casinos poised for first roll of the $10bn dice -
Singapore's First Casino-resort Opens
Genting opens S'pore hotels ahead of casino, theme park

DSL connection problems...

On the 13th January I experienced an interuption in my DSL connection with Deutsche Telecom that lasted until this morning. During that time however it enabled me to catch up on some much needed admin work here at GF. Updates are now underway which for the week 13th to 21st will be extremely abbreviated. Several new job listings to go live later today.

For those of you travelling to IGE and the other events in London next week I look forward to seeing many of you there. Once again apologies for the interuption in service. Ian

Tuesday, 19th January

Shuffle Master, Inc. to Exhibit at the International Gaming Expo (IGE) in London, United Kingdom, January 26-28, 2010
Play LA Inc. Doubles it’s Presence in the UK and European Poker Markets with Acquisition of

PokerTek Installs Tables at Caliente Properties in Tijuana and Mexico City

Hipodromo de Agua Caliente
Hipodromo de Agua Caliente

Gaming Standards Association Brings Protocol Solutions to IGE Gaming Trade Show in London

Spread better IG Group H1 profit up 34%
Gambling revenue plunges - Montana

Monday, 18th January

Novomatic Cooperates with Bally Wulff
Twitter Allowed at WSOP 2010 -
Susan Macke Named IGT Chief Marketing Officer
32Red FY performance recovers after 32Vegas withdrawal - eGaming Review
Caesars Palace plays hardball with dealers, asserts right to tips - LVS
Analysts ready to write obits for Atlantic City's weaker casinos - PoAC

Saturday & Sunday 16th & 17th January

Baccarat making a big difference - Las Vegas Sun: Liz Benston
"Baccarat, the high-stakes card game favored by James Bond, accounted for nearly 20% of the Strip's gambling revenue in November, the Gaming Control Board announced last week. Strip casinos reaped $92.7 million from baccarat players that month - a 136% increase from a year ago."

Melco Crown Seeking to Regain Macau Market Share, Herald Says
Bill would allow Atlantic City casinos to offer Internet gambling - PoAC
Australia surges into the top 10 of global gambling - Melbourne Age
Texan Tries Again for Casinos in Arkansas -

Friday, 15th January

Aristocrat shares slots knowledge with operators
Macau 10th Anniversary - Destination Macau
Las Vegas Strip Set to Withstand Big Earthquakes -

Casinos are best bet for revenue - Singapore.
Penn Exits Bidding for Fontainebleau - WSJ
MGM's Macau joint venture moves closer to IPO - MarketWatch
MGM Said to Forge Ahead With Macau I.P.O. - NY Times
Harrah's to Manage Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas - ABC News/AP
Harrah's Entertainment Assumes Management of the Planet Hollywood Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip

Slots Revenue Down at 2 Connecticut Casinos - ABC News/AP
Former Mohegan Sun Card Dealer Admits Cheating

January 2010 Euroslot Digital Magazine
Novomatic Digital Magazine

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