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Officials Worry About Gambling as Asian Cup

International News Brief: Soccer officials are worried that illegal gambling could tarnish the upcoming Asian Cup and on Thursday urged governments to do more to combat organized crime syndicates taking bets in the region.

Israeli Mayor Pushes for Casino

International News Brief: Eilat mayor Meir Yitzhak-Halevy says that establishing a casino and an international convention center in Eilat will substantially boost tourism.

Chinese Officials Suspected of Gambling Away Millions

International News Brief: A pair of city officials in western China are suspected of gambling away more than 100 million yuan of public money in a Macau casino.

Galaxy Waldo Casino Opens in Macao

International News Brief: The glamour of Macao's gaming market was centered on the Galaxy Waldo Hotel Sunday, which became the newest-opened casino in Macao.

Man Booked On Gambling Dad's Death

International News Brief: A man was arrested over the death of his indebted father after four days of violent assault, Japanese police said.

Asian Governments Urged to Legalize Online Gambling

International News Brief: As underground bookies in Asia increasingly look outside the region for online gambling licenses, big gaming companies are urging Asian governments to fully legalize Internet betting.

Chinese Gamblers Killed by Lightning

International News Brief: Gamblers seeking shelter under some trees were killed when they were struck by lightning in a town in east China's Zhejiang province.

Cricket Council Official: Gambling Still Present

International News Brief: A senior official of the Anti Corruption Unit of the International Cricket Council has admitted that gambling was still present in cricket but insisted there had been a big reduction in the involvement between players and bookmakers.

Wynn Breaks Ground on Macau Casino

International News Brief: Las Vegas gambling mogul Steve Wynn broke ground today on his first Macau casino, a $705 million megaresort that will bring fresh competition to the enclave's top industry.

Macau Galaxy Resorts to Open Next Month

International News Brief: Galaxy Resort & Casino says it will open its new Macau casino next month.

Ho Wah Bets on Gaming

International News Brief: Ho Wah Genting Bhd said its new gaming and hotel subsidiary is expected to be the group’s primary income generator this year following its favourable performance in 2003.

Kerzner and Istithmar Agree to Expand Atlantis

Kerzner International Limited and Istithmar PSJC, an entity indirectly wholly-owned by the Government of Dubai, announced that they have entered into an agreement which will enable the parties to increase the scope of Atlantis, The Palm.

Interest in Asian Casinos Intensifies

International News Brief: Asia's casino war heated up today with gambling tycoon Stanley Ho's group saying it would invest U.S. $380 million in Macau and an American gaming giant announcing it would hold "exploratory talks" with Singapore.

MGM Mirage Expansion: Deal Struck for Resort in Macau

With the ink barely dry on its $7.9 billion proposal to buy Mandalay Resort Group, MGM Mirage on Monday entered into a joint venture agreement with Pansy Ho Chiu-king to develop, build and operate a hotel-casino resort in Macau.

Betfair Targets Asian Gamblers

International News Brief: Online gambling service Betfair, has embarked on an expansion plan in Asia by lobbying governments and the handful of existing legal bookies for recognition and alliances.

Nevadans Not Marketing Gambling in China

Nevada's opening of the first-ever U.S. tourism office in China comes at a price -- the office can't promote the state's No. 1 industry, gambling.

MGM Mirage in Deal to Build Casino in China

Fresh from engineering the biggest gaming acquisition in history, MGM Mirage today said it entered into a joint venture to build and operate a major resort in the Chinese city of Macau, one of the most lucrative gambling markets in the world.

Pagcor Disowns School Gambling

International News Brief: The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) disowns any link to illicit sports-betting operations in schools and universities and reiterates its support to President Arroyo’s drive to clamp down on illegal gambling.

Singapore Asks Looks for Public Opinion on Casino

International News Brief: The Singapore government took the unusual step Friday of appealing for residents' comments on whether the city-state should open its first casino.

Philippine Cops Wait for Gambling Guidelines Approval

News Brief: The Cabanatuan police is waiting for the issuance of the implementing guidelines so they can act effectively on President Arroyo’s order to crackdown on computer game shops and other gambling sites near schools.

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