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SOUTH AMERICA NEWS 01: ARGENTINA Sports-betting is expected to go live in Argentina as the government allows games beyond the limited ‘Prode’ –G3Newswire pg 08


01: ARGENTINA A new casino has opened in the tourist resort of Mar del Plata in Argentina after over three years in enforced hibernation –G3Newswire pg 10


02: PANAMA Figures from the latest Panamanian government report show that gaming is increasing right across the country –G3Newswire pg 12


NORTH AMERICA NEWS 06: BERMUDA Bermuda’s government has confirmed that 2014 will be the year that gaming comes to the British Overseas Territory –G3Newswire pg 32


07: NEVADA Nevada’s recovering casino sector saw gaming revenues surpass the US$11bn in 2013 for the first time since 2008 –G3Newswire pg 34


08: NEW MEXICO The Navajo Nation of New Mexico is battling to keep a five casinos compact proposal with the state intact –G3Newswire pg 35


EMEA NEWS 03: GREECE The sale of Greece gaming monopoly, OPAP, to Emma Delta in 2013 is under investigation by an Athens prosecutor –G3Newswire p g 16


04: UK Aspers has now confirmed its interest in the £330m project to build a ‘large’ casino licence on Southampton’s Royal Pier. –G3Newswire pg 18


05: SPAIN Gran Casino Theatre Balear, winner of Mallorca’s second casino licence has run into catastrophic legal problems –G3Newswire pg 20


ASIA & OCEANIA NEWS 09: NEW ZEALAND New Zealand operator SkyCity Entertainment blamed dropin first-half profit on faling New Zealand dollar value –G3Newswire pg 38


10: PHILLIPINES Melco Crown Entertainment has increased its spending plan for its City of Dreams Manila project to US$680m –G3Newswire pg 39


11: SOUTH KOREA Genting Singapore is partnering with Landing International to develop Resorts World Jeju, a US$2.2bn casino resort –G3Newswire pg 40


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URUGUAY 12: CASINO CLOSURE PROTESTS Problems for Uruguay’s Mantra Resort Spa and Casino continue to mount with the threat of worker protest campaigns – Insight p14


13: ILLEGAL GAMBLING BOOMS After the ban, underground gambling is thriving in Moscow, formerly the most profitable hub in Russia’s $7.8bn market – Insight p26


07: AGA LOCKS HORNS OVER ONLINE In-fighting breaks out within the US gaming sector as the online debate splits between Sands versus everyone else – Insight p36


CZECH REPUBLIC 14: OPPOSITE SIDES, BUILDING BRIDGES Synot founder and owner, Ivo Valenta, discussed the recent destructive changes to the industry in the Czech Republic – Interview pg 30


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