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Macau Casinos Report Record Revenues

International News Brief: Stanley Ho's 12 casinos generate a gross revenue of slightly over three billion patacas in January, coinciding with Chinese New Year holidays.

Korean Lottery Cuts Price, Jackpot

International News Brief: The price of a Korean Lotto ticket will be cut to 1,000 won from 2,000 won beginning in August, but the biggest jackpot of the national lottery is also expected to be halved.

Macau Delegates Return from Vegas Trip

International News Brief: Delegation of Macau Legislative Assembly have returned from a meeting with casino operators and Nevada Gaming Control Board members in Las Vegas.

North Korea Gambling Web Site Blocked

International News Brief: The Seoul government has blocked access to a North Korean online gambling site since last Wednesday, which was gaining popularity among South Koreans for its open bulletin board.

Ho's New Casino to Open

International News Brief: Gaming mogul Stanley Ho Hung-sun will open his 12th casino in Macau on Wednesday, coinciding with Chinese New Year's Eve that marks the start of Macau's annual gambling cycle.

Horseracing, Gambling Returns to Iraq

International News Brief: Thoroughbred racing, once a part of Iraq's proud desert heritage and more recently a victim of its self-indulgent dictatorship, has made a rapid comeback since Hussein was toppled in April.

North Korea Online Gambling Site Sparks Interest

International News Brief: The online bulletin board of an inter-Korean venture based in North Korea has become wildly popular with South Korean Internet users.

Philippine Police Intensify Gambling Raids

International News Brief: Forty-two jueteng personnel and bet collectors were arrested by National Capital Region Police Office in an intensified anti-illegal gambling drive in Metro Manila in last two days.

TV Asahi Employee Pinched for Illegal Gambling

International News Brief: A TV Asahi employee has been fined and suspended from duty for illegal gambling, the broadcaster admitted Wednesday.

UAE Investigates Raffles, Lotteries

International News Brief: The proliferation of raffles, lotteries and other competitions in the United Arab Emirate are coming under the microscope to ensure they comply with the religious and cultural norms of the country.

Ukrainian Cruise Charged

International News Brief: The operator of a Ukraine-registered cruise ship housing a casino, raided by Thai police in October, was charged yesterday with violating foreign exchange and customs laws.

Korea Company Penalized for Online Gambling Operation

International News Brief: A South Korean company lost its status as an inter-Korean business last month after it was found to be engaged in an online lottery and gambling operation run by a North Korean state company.

Thailand's Gambling Debate Rages On

International News Brief: The question of whether to legalise gambling has been a hot topic in Thailand, where illegal casinos operate rampantly, and most agree that the issue must be dealt with.

Malaysia's Magnum Obtains Indonesian License

International News Brief: Malaysian company, Magnum Corp. Bhd., has obtained a license to operate gaming operations in Indonesia.

Push for Jueteng-Free Region Starts

International News Brief: Philippine officials from the Police Regional Office in the Cordillera Administrative Region say that the region has been jueteng-free since December 16.

Baguio Mayor Won't Issue Casino License

International News Brief : Mayor Bernardo Vergara on Tuesday says he will not issue any permit for the operation of the controversial casino at Camp John Hay despite the city council’s approval for its opening.

Thai Lottery Chief Ready for Challenges

International News Brief: Challenges will be plenty in Pol Maj-Gen Surasit Sangkhathong’s new post as the director-general of Thailand’s Government Lottery Office.

Philippine Tribes Oppose Casino Plan

International News Brief: Indigenous people from the boundaries of Ilocos and Cordillera regions joined the local church sector in opposing the planned casino in Camp John Hay.

Cambodian Casino Threatens to Lay Off Thai Workers

International News Brief: Casinos in the Cambodian border town of Poi Pet have threatened to lay off more than 3,000 Thai workers if Bangkok does not ease up on its strict controls on Thais crossing the border to gamble.

Bureaucrats Could Lose Their Jobs Over Casino

International News Brief: Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra says officials who visit cross-border casinos could lose their jobs and pensions.

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