Casino and Gambling news stories from Apr 2005

William Hill bets on new technology - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Bookies' IT boss gives it to us straight from the horse's mouth If you've ever fancied a flutter, either online or down at the bookies, the chances are that you did it with William Hill. The FTSE-100 listed company's gambling interests range from i....


Another casino boat runs out of luck - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Seems a sure bet in this city that a casino boat sails on rough waters. The Mardi Gras Queen Casino, a floating gambling boat that opened in January with promises of stability and reliability, quietly shut down operations earlier this month. No....


MGM Mirage And Mandalay Resort Group Finalize Merger - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Ten months after announcing the biggest merger in gaming history, it's finally a done deal. The south end of the resort corridor is now almost exclusively under the control of MGM-Mirage. MGM finalized its eight billion dollar merger with Mandalay R....


casino security workers ogled women, complaint says - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Four more surveillance camera operators at Caesars Atlantic City Hotel Casino used the equipment to ogle women, according to a complaint filed Tuesday.In December, the same casino was fined $80,000 for similar incidents involving two other camera ope....


Argosy Casino for sale - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Penn National Gaming, parent company of Casino Rouge, announced Tuesday it would sell off Argosy Casino Baton Rouge in order to proceed with its $2.2 billion merger with Argosy Gaming Co.Officials with Penn National said during a conference call with....


Having the cake and eating it - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

As usual, Singapore wants to have its cake and eat it, said the international media reporting on the Government's decision to reverse its ban on casinos.Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has no argument with this point.In a dialogue last night with comm....


Casinoi or restaurant - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Is it a floating restaurant or a casino in disguise? The $600-million Jumbo Kingdom holds its grand opening Thursday and its owners hope it would soon be one of the featured attractions in the Manila Bay area. The Jumbo Kingdom is a pagoda-shaped shi....


Will Casinos Be Allowed To Charge Cover Fees? - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

A bill before the Nevada legislature would allow casinos to charge an admission fee.Before you freak out, let me explain that this would never actually happen and isn't the intention of the new law. Instead, it would allow hotels to offer slot machin....


SA Groups in Race for Singapore Casinos - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Two local casino groups have confirmed they have moved into the next round in their bids to secure lucrative contracts to develop casino, hotel and entertainment resorts on two sites identified by Singapore's government.The Singapore government last ....


Laid-off Construction Workers Wins Poker Tournament - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Kevin Cantwell lost his construction job in November, but not to worry, his hands earned him a hefty payout just the same."The Shrewsbury man pocketed $630,488 when he won the main event of the two-week New England Poker Classic -- the no-limit ....


Full House Resorts Applies for Listing - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Full House Resorts, Inc. today the filing of an application for listing on the American Stock Exchange. The Company anticipates the application process to take several weeks to complete.Commenting on the listing application, Andre Hilliou, Chief Exec....


Pagcor ‘excesses’ hit - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

SEN. Jinggoy Estrada charged Monday that the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) paid the Hyatt Marina Hotel Casino about P489 million for “rent expense” in its first 12 months of operation, or more than half of the rent paid by Pagcor in ....


Kerzner shortlisted for Singapore casino - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Two weeks after it lost two casino bids in the U.K., Kerzner International Ltd. announced Friday that it has been short listed by the Singapore Government to submit a joint proposal for a casino resort in the Southeast Asian country.Kerzner was repor....


Lotto couple in £16m nightmare - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

An elderly Norfolk couple were last night exposed as the unlikely fronts for an overseas betting business that netted a £16m National Lottery jackpot.Ken and Gladys Jackson were a key part of a worldwide network that bought thousands of lottery ticke....


Australia TabCorp - Singapore casino shortlist - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

ustralia's TabCorp Holdings Ltd. said on Monday it has been short listed by the Singapore government to build a casino resort in the city-state. The firm joins the list of global gaming operators that have confirmed their participation in the next st....


Casino networks feel mainland heat - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Las Vegas Sands' marketing agents in the mainland have so far dodged the country's gambling crackdown, but company president William Weidner said several competitors have been less lucky.The national anti-gambling campaign launched by Beijing in Janu....


Internet gambling:A whole new game - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

By any measure, poker is hot, with the lexicon of Texas Hold 'Em — the flop, the turn, the river — becoming standard vocabulary on college campuses, even in some high-school corridors.Televised poker tournaments are drawing impressive ratings, and th....


Bookies to stake £520m in bid war - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Bookie, William Hill is expected to launch a £520m bid this week for Stanley Leisure's 620 betting shops. But Coral Eurobet, the third biggest bookmaker behind Ladbrokes and William Hill, is understood to be planning a rival bid in the next couple o....


nickels to millions, slots evolve over 100 years in Nevada - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Five cents was a good bet in 1905, when Nevada recognized slot machines."A nickel was considered a big amount of money then," said Marshall Fey, grandson of Charles Fey, the man gambling historians credit with inventing the slot machine. &q....


Tabcorp hold free online gaming licences - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

The Tasmanian Government says an amendment to gaming laws has allowed Kerry Packer's PBL and the gambling company Tabcorp to hold inactive online gaming licences without paying annual fees.PBL has been negotiating with the Government for a betting ex....


Singapore moves into next round of selecting casino operators - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Singapore has invited gaming operators to come up with detailed proposals for two casino resorts in the city-state, nearly a week after legalizing casinos, news media reported on Sunday.The Singapore Tourism Board has invited firm proposals from gamb....


Riverboat struggle with tax increase - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Though the state's share of revenue from Illinois' riverboat casinos increased slightly last year, most of the nine boats saw declines in both receipts and admissions.The reason for this paradox: taxes. Illinois has far and away the highest taxes on ....


Former British fortress to host one of Singapore's casino resorts - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

A former British colonial fortress which has been struggling to succeed as a theme park and beach resort is now hoping to finally make it to the ranks of Asia's top island destinations.Sentosa, a leafy 500-hectare (1,235-acre) islet off one of the wo....


SunCruz confirms its Hollywood shutdown - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

SunCruz Casinos confirmed on Friday that it will halt operations at Martha's restaurant in Hollywood, at least for the time being.The day cruise company cited municipal size restrictions that forced it to replace its 600-passenger SunCruz VI vessel w....


Playtech introduces U.K. style Bingo - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Playtech launched a new UK-style, 90 ball online bingo game this week that complements its established US-style 75 ball game which was introduced 18 months back.The supplier claims that the new game, which delivers the familiar features of a typical ....


New payment processor: UKash - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Well known online gambling e-cash processor Proc Cyber Services Limited seems to be involved in a new British-focused processing company for online gambling transactions called Ukash.The result of a joint venture between Smart Voucher and Proc Cyber,....


Integrated resort on Sentosa need not be an iconic landmark: Sun International - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

South Africa's gaming operator Sun International thinks the integrated resort on Sentosa need not be an iconic landmark. That is because it will be catered more for the family.Sun International's architect Northpoint says the panoramic structure shou....


Florida House, Senate split on taxation, rules for slots - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Anti-gambling Republicans on Friday attempted to shackle slot-machine operators with tight regulations and heavy taxes, as the state Legislature continued to craft the rules under which the devices could operate in Broward County.In the Senate, slots....


New Century loses casino bid - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Singapore has eliminated at least one Hong Kong bidder from the competition to open a casino resort in the city state.Officials notified New Century Group Hong Kong of the government's rejection of its proposal to invest in the planned resort or mana....


Genting expands gaming interest with Macau buy - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

THE Genting group, which is on a mission to expand its gaming business beyond Malaysia into Singapore and elsewhere, is said to have bought a stake in a casino in thriving Macau.Reuters, citing unidentified sources, reported yesterday that the groupâ....


Casino Owner Rolling The Dice On New Properties - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Over the last couple of years, Boyd Gaming Group made two huge bets that eventually put it at the same table as the big boys of the gaming industry.One was the Borgata in Atlantic City, which opened in July 2003. It was the first new hotel and casin....


MGM Mirage Invited to Submit Proposal for Singapore Casino - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

MGM Mirage today announced that it, along with CapitaLand, has been invited by the Singapore government to submit a joint proposal for an integrated resort complex in the Marina Bayfront."We are very pleased with the Government of Singapore's de....


Some Fear Ohio Legalized Gambling - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Even without the glitz of real casinos, legal gambling is almost everywhere. Gamblers can bet on horse races, church bingo, charity poker and a mind-numbing array of scratch-off lottery tickets. They can join office pools, bet against bowling buddies....


Illinois Lottery Launches $150 Million Summer Promotion - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Illinois Lottery Launches $150 Million Summer Promotion ....


SunCruz to fold Hollywood gambling-ship operations - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Gambling ship operator SunCruz Casinos will shut down its Hollywood operations and lay off 90 workers Sunday, local employment officials said.A spokeswoman at Broward WorkForce One said SunCruz told officials it was firing the employees because the c....


IT firms have solutions for casino industry - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Apart from niche technology players that cater specifically to the global casino industry, conventional IT giants like IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems, Oracle, and Microsoft also have solutions tailored for the gaming industry.Casino-specific ....


Casinos tax plan to fund Festival - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

A TAX on hotels and casinos in the Capital has been proposed as a funding solution for the cash-strapped International Festival.The controversial idea will be included in a wide-ranging report on the future of the Festival, which was this year bailed....


Tabcorp tipped for $5bn casino tango - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

TABCORP is expected to team up with Village Roadshow for the next round of proposals for Singapore's two casino and resort projects which could be valued at more than $5 billion.The Melbourne-based gambling and casino operator is seen as one of the f....


Planned Indiana casino attracts just one bidder - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Investors led by billionaire Bill Cook of Bloomington, Ind., filed the only application yesterday to build a casino in the French Lick area.If Indiana regulators approve, the state's 11th and final casino would go to bidders who have pledged to sink ....


More Top Casinos Join Player Protection Initiative - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

The number of quality online casinos committed to player-sensitive, international and monitored regulation this week rose to 53 with the announcement by eCommerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance (eCOGRA) that two new Seals have been awarde....


Slotland Proves Customer Service is Vital to Online Loyalty - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

These days, whether you're driving your car, surfing the net, or watching a football game, there no missing the number of new casinos springing up and competing for your leisure time with flashy advertising; butSlotland.com believes that advertising ....


MGM Mirage, Ho Talk About Future Casinos - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

The newly approved joint venture of MGM Mirage and Pansy Ho is in talks for locations for future casinos in Macau to follow up on the planned US$975 million (HK$7.6 billion) MGM Grand Macau unveiled this week."The MGM Grand Macau is set to be bu....


Application for Orange County Project - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Only one company applied to build the state's 11th casino in Orange County, proposing a $240 million project so formidable that no one else wanted to compete."The sole applicant that met Wednesday's deadline set by the Indiana Gaming Commission ....


Caesars Entertainment Reports Record Results - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Caesars Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: CZR) today reported financial results for the first quarter of 2005, including an all-time record for quarterly EBITDA from continuing operations.First quarter 2005 results For the first quarter of 2005, Caesars Ente....


Macao casinos claim fearless to Singapore's gaming sanction - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

One day afterSingapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong sanctioned two casinos in the state city on Monday, both of Macao's two leading gaming operators, despite claiming fearless to the challenge, unveiled their stunning moves for a larger picture of....


Blair in Favour of Super Casino's - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Large casino complexes do not pose a threat to British society,despite concerted opposition to their establishment under the new Gambling Act,said Prime Minister Tony Blair.He told BBC television that he did not believe building so-called "super....


VLTs should be restricted to casinos - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Video lottery terminals should not be allowed to exist outside of casinos and there should be restrictions on how much people can dump into individual machines, an extensive three-province gambling study has concluded.John McMullan, a professor at Sa....


Asia lays bet on casino gambling - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

This week Singapore agreed to build two casino resorts aimed at overseas visitors, ending a 40-year-old ban.With an estimated price tag of $3bn, the two resorts will feature hotels, restaurants, theme parks and other entertainment facilities. Prime M....


Casino Merger Still Possible - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Talks over the possible merger of a proposed state-tribal casino and a casino at Canterbury Park racetrack will continue -- even without the participation of one of the state's tribal partners, Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Tuesday.Leaders of the Leech Lake....


Blair: Super-Casinos Aren't a Threat - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Large casino complexes do not pose a threat to British society, despite concerted opposition to their establishment under the new Gambling Act, said Prime Minister Tony Blair."He told BBC television that he did not believe building so-called 'su....


French Out Bet the British in Online Gambling - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

The French have taken to online gambling like a duck a l'orange to water, according to Europe-wide figures from analysts Nielsen//NetRatings."February's numbers showed that more than 22 per cent of those online spent over an hour betting. This w....


Blackpool? Site of UK’s first super-casino - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Blackpool remains the favourite location for Britain’s first Las Vegas-style casino, according to the man who led the town’s £1 billion initiative to become the UK’s premier gambling and show business resort.Speaking to The Stage, former manag....


MGM Mirage to build 975 million dollar hotel-casino in Macau - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

MGM Mirage said the Macau government has approved its joint venture with a daughter of Asian gaming tycoon Stanley Ho to open a major hotel-casino resort there.Las Vegas-based MGM Mirage said in a statement that its 50:50 partnership with Pansy Ho Ch....


Eight in Singapore casino race? - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Singapore's announcement that it will build two casino resorts worth about US 3 billion combined has the city aflutter with talk of which gaming companies will come up with the most dazzling plans.The 19 proposals from the world's top casino operator....


If state OKs real slots, Indians' free ride could end - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

When it comes to the difference between electronic bingo machines vs. slot machines, most people, including gamblers, don't know or care. They couldn't tell Class II vs. Class III, couldn't explain how one pits a player against other players and the ....


Make a bet on CryptoLogic? - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

CryptoLogic Inc. is cashing in on the on-line poker craze. But with the stock already up sharply, should investors be holding or folding?Shares of CryptoLogic -- a Toronto-based provider of software to the on-line gambling industry -- have doubled in....


Ukbetting's football content site Football365 will provide 3, the UK's first video mobile network, with a managed site which customers can access directly through their 3G video mobile phones.
Cust - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Singapore's announcement on Monday that it will build two casino resorts worth about US$3 billion (1.57 billion pounds) combined has the city aflutter with talk of which gaming companies will come up with the most dazzling plans.The 19 proposals from....


Ukbetting launches its first mobile phone soccer channel - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Ukbetting's football content site Football365 will provide 3, the UK's first video mobile network, with a managed site which customers can access directly through their 3G video mobile phones.Customers will be able to view a wide range of free and pa....


In search of buzz, Asia bets on gambling - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Dazzled by the prospect of soaring tax revenues and an influx of free- spending tourists, Asian governments are starting to drop their bans against casino gambling.Singapore became the latest country to join the race for Asia's gamblers when it annou....


MGM Mirage partner has familiar last name in Macau gaming circles - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

When 21 companies were competing in 2002 for three gaming concessions in Macau, MGM Mirage didn't make the cut. The three concessions went to Stanley Ho (who had a monopoly for the previous 40 years, so he was a no-brainer to win), the Las Vegas Sand....


Deal for President Casino Resort Complete - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Broadwater Development LLC has completed its deal to buy the 240-acre President Casino Broadwater Resort property.The deal was closed Friday, two days after the Mississippi Gaming Commission gave its approval to Silver Slipper Casino Venture to opera....


Deal for President Casino Resort Complete - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Broadwater Development LLC has completed its deal to buy the 240-acre President Casino Broadwater Resort property.The deal was closed Friday, two days after the Mississippi Gaming Commission gave its approval to Silver Slipper Casino Venture to opera....


Mohawks Favored to Win Casino - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

The St. Regis Mohawk Indian tribe is now the odds-on favorite to get the first - and likely only - Catskills casino, according to Albany's top Democrat."'It's the least objectionable plan,' Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) said yest....


Singapore Casino decision issue - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

The government has rolled the dice on the casino issue, but exactly how the chips have fallen will only be known on Monday when Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announces the decision in Parliament. It all started in about March last year, when then-Tr....


Singapore warms to casino - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

TABCORP and Kerry Packer's Publishing and Broadcasting are likely to get serious about Singapore's first casino licence after former prime minister Lee Kwan Yew shifted ground yesterday and lent his support to legalised gambling.The former leader and....


William Hill in talks to buy Stanley - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

British bookmaker William Hill is in talks to buy the betting shops of rival Stanley Leisure for £500m ($943.2m). The gaming group said the potential buy would delay plans to return £453m to shareholders, a plan announced with its results last month.....


William Hill bets on Stanley - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

WILLIAM HILL is in talks to buy the betting-shop division of gaming group Stanley Leisure for £500m in a deal that would see it leapfrog Ladbrokes to become Britain’s biggest bookmaker. William Hill, led by chief executive David Harding, has made ....


EU probe threatens Labour's plan to sell off the Tote - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

The European Commission competition supremo, Neelie Kroes, is planning a full investigation into the sale of the Tote, the pooled betting company.The revelation will throw into doubt the Government's £200m proposed sale of the owner of 457 betting s....


Final OK of MGM-Mandalay deal foreseen - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Illinois gaming authorities were receptive to an MGM Mirage proposal over the management structure of a riverboat casino that could lead to the final regulatory approval necessary in the company's $7.9 billion buyout of the Mandalay Resort Group.MGM ....


Internet ´sweepstakes´ raises gambling questions - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Every morning, D.R. "Doc" Carson makes his way to this city´s newest Internet cafe and pulls up a chair in front of a terminal. He skips the keyboard, choosing instead to use the touch-screen monitor. He usually stays until around 5 p.m., ....


NTUC chief says casino debate is about creating jobs - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

NTUC's Secretary-General Lim Boon Heng said the big casino debate was really about jobs. He estimates that up to 10,000 jobs could be created if Singapore builds two casinos - one at Marina and the other at Sentosa. There will also be several thousan....


Millennium Stadium could be supercasino - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

THE Millennium Stadium could become one of eight venues for super-casinos across the UK.If Labour wins the election it is understood to be planning to use a loophole in the Gambling Bill to raise the number of supercasinos from one to eight.Controver....


Global Cash Access Signs Multi-Year Contract with Trump Casino Resorts - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Trump Casino Resorts has signed a multi-year agreement to use the innovative products and services of Global Cash Access, Inc. (GCA), a leading supplier of cash access and related marketing services to the gaming industry.  Under the agreement, ....


Online poker craze lifts ukbetting - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Online betting specialist ukbetting has recorded its maiden underlying profit after a surge in interest in online poker and other games in the past six months. Revenues from online poker rose by 376% over the year and helped fuel a 57% in overall sal....


Nanny takes to gambling - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

It's not the kind of thing one expects from an orderly cradle-to-grave nanny state but the smart money says it's almost a sure bet the Singapore government will announce the legalization of casino gambling on Monday.This may be the clearest sign yet ....


Internet Sites Show Poker Pros the Money - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

In the last couple of years poker professionals -- many of them Las Vegas residents -- have struck endorsement deals with Internet poker sites and regularly tout them during casino appearances.In a bar near the lobby of the Rio resort, poker legend D....


Nevada Players Ante Up Online - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Every day hundreds of Las Vegas residents break the law for a shot at fame and fortune or just a bit of fun.They work in casinos and in offices. They pay their taxes and hold steady jobs. And many don't even know they are lawbreakers. Among them is J....


Nevada Bill Allows Cover Charge - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

The Senate Judiciary Committee has unanimously approved a bill that would allow casinos to charge admission to areas where gaming is conducted under certain circumstances.The proposal, backed by the Nevada Resort Association, is expected to be consid....


UK Government Could Renege on Agreement - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

The government could renege on an agreement to build only one super casino and instead allow at least four, it emerged today."Labour sources have confirmed that the government could exploit a loophole in new gambling legislation that would give ....


Reno Casinos Helped by Tourism Campaign - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Whether it's bringing RV drivers to Winnemucca or avid cyclists to Rachel, rural Nevada tourism is getting more sophisticated and having more success, officials said Thursday."Two hundred tourism representatives from places such as Austin, Tonop....


Ex-Treasury mandarin to take role in floated IG - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Sir Alan Budd, the former Treasury mandarin who was chairman of the Gambling Review Body, is to become a non-executive director at IG Group, the spread betting firm that will float at the end of this month for up to ??435 million.IG, which was taken ....


Gambler sues casino over his depiction on reality TV show - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

A professional gambler has filed suit against Green Valley Ranch Station Casino, claiming that he has been banned from other casinos and gambling tournaments because he was depicted as a cheat on a reality show profiling the Henderson property.Joseph....


Las Vegas visitors spend even more - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

A new visitor study demonstrates something retailers like Andy Vecchio have known for months -- travelers came to Las Vegas in record numbers last year, and they typically spent much more money than they did in 2003."Visitor sales were up substa....


MGM Mirage seeks fastest path - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

The final chapter in MGM Mirage's $7.9 billion buyout of Mandalay Resort Group begins today when company officials meet with Illinois gaming regulators to formulate a process concerning one of the smaller pieces of the overall transaction.At issue is....


Internet casino buys monkey name - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

An infinite number of newly discovered monkeys trying to name themselves could have pounded on their keyboards a long time before coming up with this one: GoldenPalace.com.The Internet casino paid $650,000 for the right to name the foot-high primate,....


Singapore to announce decision on casino next week - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Singapore will announce next week whether it will allow a casino to be built after months of debate over whether economic benefits outweigh the social costs of expanding legalized gambling in Southeast Asia's most prosperous country.Opinion polls, hu....


Gambling stocks are hot - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

How's this for a payout? A $10,000 investment in Canadian land-based gambling stocks would have earned nearly $23,000, a 127% return. The same investment in Canadian e-gaming stocks in January, 2004 would have earned $35,529, a return of 255%.Meanwhi....


Problem gambling associated with brain impairments - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Researchers learned that decision-making functions and inhibitory control in chronic pathological gamblers appear to be altered and may influence the trade-off between short-term reward and the long-term negative consequences of gambling on employmen....


Singapore Likely To OK Casino, May Issue 2 Licenses - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Singapore will likely lift a decades-old ban on casinos next week, arguing that economic benefits outweigh the social costs of expanding legalized gambling in Southeast Asia's most prosperous country.A divided cabinet has already made a decision, whi....


Trump Accuses Tribe, Developer of Scam - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Billionaire Donald Trump, self-proclaimed master of the deal, says he was bamboozled in a business transaction involving the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino."The best-selling author, real estate titan and host of NBC's The Apprentice has s....


Stanley joins battle to run super casino - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Liverpool based gaming group Stanley Leisure yesterday threw its hat in the ring in the battle to be the operator of Britain's only Las Vegas-style super casino.Last week the Government agreed to slash the number of such outlets from eight to just on....


Betfair bids for Tasmanian licence - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

THE Tasmanian Government is close to granting a licence to the British betting exchange Betfair, giving the company a toehold in the Australian gambling industry that would break the monopoly of regulated TABs and on-course bookmakers.Premier Paul Le....


Gamble on upgrade is a punt on smokers - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

CONRAD Jupiters casino on the Gold Coast will spend $53 million on an upgrade in an apparent attempt to soften the financial blow of the upcoming blanket ban on smoking.Owner TabCorp yesterday unveiled plans to transform the casino, saying the featur....


Bill to limit gamers on ads is withdrawn - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

A bill that would have eliminated state gaming regulators' power to decide whether casinos' billboards or other advertisements were too racy was withdrawn today.When Sen. Mike Schneider, D-Las Vegas, had introduced Senate Bill 299, he had derided the....


Casinos no salvation for native Americans - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

To get to Sedona you travel through a lush, winding canyon, its juniper and cypress trees lining a pleasantly gurgling stream. Then you emerge into brilliant sunlight and clear blue skies and into this exquisite little town over which rugged red rock....


Casino win springs to March record - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Borgata, Tropicana and Resorts were the standouts in a record-breaking March for the casino industry.Overall, citywide gaming revenue rose 1.9 percent to $396.3 million despite the traditionally slow Easter weekend, which fell in March this year.Slot....


Casinos hit the jackpot - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Swiss casinos had a winning year in 2004, taking in SFr769 million ($645 million), an increase of 37 per cent on the previous year.But the gambling joints were not the only ones to strike it lucky, as more than half of their earnings flowed into the ....


City casino given the go ahead - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Isle of Capri was given the licence under the Gaming Act of 1968 and the casino is due to open late 2006.The company had been hoping to open a "super casino" on the site but last week the government announced only one such regional casino w....


Crash unsettles gamblers - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

It was past 4 p.m., and Capt. Rick Turner of the Friendship IV wanted to get going. He had to shuttle 149 gambling-hungry passengers from his catamaran to the Ocean Jewel , a casino cruise waiting 30 minutes away in the Gulf of Mexico.As the captain ....


Secret Service Investigates Counterfeit $10's Around Nevada - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Check your wallet, check your cash. There's a counterfeit ring going on around the state and it involves 10 dollar bills. More than 50 thousand in tens have been handed over to the Secret Service.News 3's Stacey Escalante tells us why federal agents ....


Trump forced to yield power at A.C. casinos - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

On "The Apprentice," he's the boardroom boss, a hard-to-please chief executive whose whims decide the fate of would-be underlings dismissed with a brusque putdown: "You're fired."At his casino company, however, Donald Trump isn't ....


53.5m upgrade at Conrad Jupiters on the Gold Coast - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Tabcorp???s Chief Executive of Casinos, David Banks, today announced plans for a $53.5 million refurbishment of Conrad Jupiters hotel and casino on the Gold Coast.All casino and gaming operations are to be consolidated on one newly refurbished and ex....


"Casino" in Name Isn't So Lucky - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

A new regulation that prevents bars from having the word 'casino' in their names has cost at least one local bar owner about $1000."What was Youldes Cafe Bar and Casino, in Mahora, Hastings, has been forced to change its name to Youldes Sports B....


Revenue Rises for Kansas City Casinos - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

The Kansas City-area's four casinos posted higher revenue in March compared with the year-ago month, according to statistics the Missouri Gaming Commission released Monday."For the 18th-straight month, Ameristar Casino & Hotel Kansas City le....


Philippines to Hold Poker Championship - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

The Poker Club of the Philippines and the Philippine Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) will hold the country's first Poker King Challenge, a series of non-wager poker tournaments to be held starting on April 16 leading to the grand finals in December."....


JCM Granted Arizona Tribal Gaming Licenses - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

JCM American has entered all corners of the Grand Canyon State. The currency-handling company was granted a temporary gaming license by the State last year, and now JCM has been granted several Tribal gaming licenses, allowing the company to immediat....


Man Wins $2.3 Million at Niagara Fallsview Casino - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

A St. Catharines contractor is $2.3 million richer after hitting a Megabucks slot machine jackpot at Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort early this morning.Jean Pierre Paroyan, 63, was playing one of Fallsview's Megabucks progressive slot machines around....


Gaming Win Up in February - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

February's gaming win by Nevada casinos wasn't the double-digit increase from a year ago, but the $909.5 million collected from gamblers was still respectable in casino watchers' eyes.The figure, the single largest amount ever won by the state's casi....


Win Win Gaming to Acquire Pixiem - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Win Win Gaming, Inc., a Las Vegas-based operator of international lottery games and related gaming ventures announced today that it has agreed in principle to acquire Pixiem, Inc., a global developer and publisher of wireless entertainment games.Esta....


Powerball Jackpot Grows to $25 Million - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Powerball keeps getting bigger. There were no jackpot winners Saturday but 304,347 players across the nation won a total of more than $2 million in prizes in America's Game.Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Saturday's drawing the ja....


The Jumbo: Resto or casino? - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Despite an official statement from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) that it has no deal whatsoever with Macau gambling kingpin Stanley Ho to open or operate a casino in Manila, rumors persist that Ho is behind the soon-to-open float....


Betfair on course for Australia - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Betfair, the online betting exchange, could be on the brink of securing a licence to operate in Australia. Australia is its third biggest market, though it currently has no licence or office in the country and is not allowed to do any marketing w....


Aussie firm plans gaming R&D unit - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

The $25-billion Tabcorp, Australia???s premier leisure, gambling and entertainment group, is planning to establish a research and development centre in India ???to develop gaming technology???.???We are quite seriously exploring the possibility. It w....


WTO Revises Guidelines on Internet Gambling - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

The United States and Antigua both claimed to be winners Thursday after the World Trade Organization partly reversed an earlier ruling on US restrictions on cross-border gaming on the Internet. A WTO appeals body accepted that prohibitions in some US....


US theme park giant in Singapore casino bid - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

US theme park giant Universal and Malaysia's Genting Group said Friday they have submitted a proposal to build an integrated casino resort on Singapore's Sentosa resort.The bid by Universal Parks and Resorts, which is majority owned by corporate gian....


Dome owner Casino hope crumbles - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

The curse of the Millennium Dome could be about to strike again. The future profitability of the controversial attraction is at risk because the structure is unlikely to be able to house a megacasino.Last week, the government was forced to climb down....


Triads infiltrate Soho casino - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Chinese gangsters are alleged to be laundering cash by lending it illegally to hapless punters on a losing streak One of London's most popular casinos is under investigation following allegations that Chinese gangsters are using the venue to launder ....


Mexico pressured to lift casino ban - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

If a group of Mexican businessmen and supportive lawmakers have their way, you may soon be able to add a trip to the craps table or roulette wheel to your next Mexican vacation.Supporters of a measure to lift Mexico's 70-year ban on casinos are hustl....


Online gambling operators cheer U.K. commission - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Canadian online gambling companies applauded Friday after the British government moved to regulate the industry and allow it to operate within Britain for the first time.The decision makes Britain the first G-7 country to establish a framework of rul....


Where seaside gambles are a smart move - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

With its casinos, oysters and old-world charm, Deauville has panache even in the off-season. Why can't British resorts be more like this, asks Victoria CorenThe air is cold, crisp and clean. It smells of salt and champagne. Coiffed women stroll by wi....


Online betting firm???s founder scoops a 6.5m jackpot - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

MARK BLANDFORD, executive director and founder of the online betting firm Sportingbet, has cut his holding by 17%.He sold 2.5m shares at 260p to raise ??6.5m and to leave him holding about 12m shares, around 4% of the company. Blandford, who launched....


Phil Green's big win play havoc with casino group's profit - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

An extraordinary series of big wins at the roulette table by Philip Green, the retail billionaire, is behind a London casino's warning that its profits are likely to fall by several million pounds this year.Mr Green, who with his wife, Tina, owns Bhs....


Poarch Band Bingo Hall Celebrates 20th Anniversary - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

For 30 minutes Saturday night, bingo took a backseat."At 6 p.m., the Poarch Band of Creek Indians celebrated the 20th anniversary of Indian Bingo on the reservation at the Bingo Palace as Poarch dignitaries and hundreds of bingo players looked o....


Maine Tribes Want Slots - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Maine's two largest Indian tribes, hoping to boost ailing revenue streams, have submitted separate bills that would allow them to operate slot machines on or near their respective reservations. The bills, proposed by representatives of the Penobscot ....


Condos Should Increase Casino Visitation - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Luxury condominiums being built throughout Las Vegas should help drive additional traffic to casinos, not slow it down as some critics contend, a new report said."Luxury Condos -- Friend or Foe?" by Deutsche Bank Securities analysts Marc Fa....


Players Have Good Month In Nevada Casinos - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

For the second straight month, Nevada casinos reported modest increases in the amount of money won from gamblers, posting a 3.8 percent gain over February of last year.The state Gaming Control Board reported today that the amount won from gamblers in....


Online Bookie Optimistic About Lawsuit - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Online bookmaker International All Sports has told shareholders it's confident it can successfully defend a claim by the Commonwealth Bank that it should have known one of the bank's managers was stealing to feed his gambling habit."IAS has sent....


Sheriffs Unite Against Video Gambling - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

The sheriffs of Burke, Caldwell and Catawba counties are banding together to crack down on illegal gambling, according to a report in the Hickory (N.C.) Record."At a news conference, Catawba County Sheriff David Huffman announced the creation of....


Schwarzenegger Plan Blocked - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

The Schwarzenegger administration's bid to bolster the state gambling commission with a major staffing increase was blocked yesterday by an Assembly committee."The $2.25 million request for an additional 23 employees was rejected by a budget sub....


Bahamas Gets Another Resort - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

A rival to the Bahamian mega-resort Atlantis will rise across the harbor in Nassau with a Las Vegas-style casino, developers announced Thursday. It would mark the first real challenge to Atlantis' dominance atop both the Nassau skyline and the Bahami....


Former Governor Criticizes Minnesota Proposal - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

The previous Republican governor rebuked the current Republican governor Thursday for his proposal to open a state-run casino in the Twin Cities, warning that 'horrendous social costs' would overshadow gambling revenue for state government."'Who....


Fight Continues for UK Gamblers Money - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Drastic cuts in UK government ambitions to reform the gambling industry appear to have pole-axed foreign investors, but the battle for the British gambler's pound is not yet over, casino operators said on Friday."The controversial bill to modern....


Chartwell Welcomes UK Legislation to Regulate Internet Gaming - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Chartwell Technology Inc. (TSX:CWH), a leading provider of gaming software systems to the online and remote gaming industry is pleased to report the passage of legislation (the Gaming Bill) in the United Kingdom that will introduce regulated online g....


Portland Mayor Opposes Casino - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Casino gambling may be creeping closer to Portland, but Mayor Tom Potter still wants nothing to do with it."The state of Oregon agreed this week to let the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs build a casino in Cascade Locks, a mere 40 miles from....


Gala Considers Stock Market Flotation - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

BINGO hall operator Gala is checking its numbers for a possible stock market flotation, it was said today."The business, which is owned by private equity firms Cinven and Candover, is understood to be holding talks with banking advisers. "C....


Iowa Commission Finishes Tour - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Two days of travel brought the members of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission to Ottumwa. And the commission's chairwoman said the travel has been long, but may have helped some applicants."Chairwoman Diane Hamilton did not address any specifi....


Cranes Move into Macau Way of Life - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

As reported by the Agence France Presse: "???The rise of the casinos in the southern Chinese territory has been dubbed a miracle: GDP growth for 2004 is expected to pan out at a massive 26.5 percent and for 2005, between 15 and 20 percent."....


Fair Grounds' Slot Plan Goes to Court - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

As reported by the Times-Picayune: "Over the objections of the Fair Grounds' new owners and against the advice of the city's top attorney, the New Orleans City Council voted 7-0 Thursday to ask a court to rule on whether installing hundreds of s....


Singapore To Deliver Full Account of Casino Decision - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

As reported by the Channel NewsAsia: "The Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports has assured there will be a full and proper account when Parliament announces its decision on April 18 on the proposed integrated casino resort."....


GSA S2S Protocol Implemented - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Marking an adoption milestone, the Gaming Standards Association (GSA) announced that its new System-to-System (S2S) protocol has been successfully implemented at the Seminole Tribe properties in Florida as well as the Poarch Creek Band of Indians' Ri....


Kenilworth Welcomes WTO Online Gambling Dispute - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Kenilworth Systems Corporation (OTC PS: KENS): Regardless who is right or wrong, the Internet can never be regulated and controlled like Kenilworth Systems Corporation's Roulabette(TM) system. The Internet runs wire communication, telephone lines (In....


Newport Grand Plans Expanded Gambling - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

As reported by the Providence Journal: "The cavernous fronton at Newport Grand, where the world's best jai alai players once thrilled fans and bettors with their fast-paced sport, may become a five-story, 86-room hotel with extra space for dinin....


Artonic Penny Parade Awards First Jackpot - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Atronic's Penny Parade (R) Wide Area Progressive (WAP) awarded its first jackpot for $82,751.62 at River Rock Casino in California on March 30th.Carolyn Jane MacDonald hit the Penny Parade jackpot at River Rock Casino on Wednesday, March 30th. Late t....


Gaming Technology Summit Returns - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

One of the gaming industry's most exciting new conferences, Gaming Technology Summit, returns to the Green Valley Ranch in Las Vegas May 25-26, 2005, featuring a stellar lineup of keynote speakers and panelists:* The CIO Coalition, featuring Marshall....


Harrah's Reports Anticipated Results - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:HET) said today it expects to report Adjusted Earnings Per Share of 95 to 99 cents for the first quarter of 2005.The estimate compares with Adjusted EPS of 76 cents reported for the first quarter of 2004 and analyst....


New Revenue May Translate to Blitz of Las Vegas Ads - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Flush with an extra $25 million in room tax revenue, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority board will next week discuss a revised budget that calls for an extra $2.5 million advertising blitz aimed largely at three U.S. cities.Proposed chan....


Las Vegas Sands Still Awaits Decision - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Las Vegas Sands Corp., owner of The Venetian, is still awaiting a decision on its request to reconsider a multimillion-dollar construction defect judgment against the company, but does not believe any final decision will hurt it financially, the comp....


Churches: Bermuda Casino Boat Plan Gambles with Island's Future - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

A coalition of churches including the AME has hit out at plans for croupier training and for a casino boat moored off Bermuda."Spokesman Rev Harold Lambe said churches were dismayed by the direct or indirect promotion of gambling in Bermuda whic....


Glasgow's casino gamble set to fail - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

MULTI-million-pound gambling developments planned for Glasgow are on the brink of collapse after the announcement that the government will only allow one Las Vegas-style super-casino in the UK.Schemes for major regeneration schemes at Ibrox, the SECC....


Uncertainty looms over gaming sector - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Other Internet gaming companies are indicating that they will be relocating executives to other jurisdictions due to the new burden of income tax.Spokesperson for the Antigua & Barbuda Offshore Gaming Association Ronald Maginley told the SUN yest....


Gambling Bill set to become law - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

The Gambling Bill has been approved by the House of Lords after the government scaled down plans for eight regional "super-casinos" to just one.  It completed all its Lords stages on Wednesday and is set to become law when it returns t....


WTO to Rule on Internet Gambling - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

A World Trade Organization appeals panel is expected to rule Thursday on whether the United States should drop prohibitions on Americans placing bets in online casinos - a decision that could open the nation to Internet gambling.  If the appeals....


Labour climbdown on Gambling Bill - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell has bowed to Opposition pressure and limited her controversial scheme for "super casinos" to a single prototype, instead of the eight planned by Labour ministers.She made the concession as the Government battl....


Resort's 'strong case' for casino - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

The government conceded on Tuesday that there will only be one regional "super casino", instead of the eight previously planned by ministers. Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell accepted the cut in a deal with Shadow Culture Secretary John Whitt....


Web bookies demand higher security standards - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Giving all Internet users decent firewalls would go a long way towards preventing DDoS attacks, says Internet bookmaker Blue SquareOnline gambling companies are urgingISP's to do more to prevent hackers disabling computers with distributed denial-of-....


GREEK COMPANIES INTERESTED IN BUILDING A TIRANA CASINO - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

The joint venture of the Greek company "Club Hotel Loutraki SA" and the Austrian "Casinos Austria International", on one hand, and "Hyatt Regency Hotel & Tourism Hellas SA???, on the other, have entered the second phase of an international tender....


Glasgow looks to be on a loser as a centre for new super-casinos - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

AMBITIOUS plans to create a ??162m Las Vegas-style super-casino in Glasgow by 2007 as part of the proposed redevelopment of the SECC site, looked doomed last night after the government agreed there should be only one super-casino in the UK in the nea....


Steelman impresses Asian officials with speed, quality of Sands Macau - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

High standards: Steelman impresses Asian officials with speed, quality of Sands Macau. Paul Steelman knew that his work in Macau set new standards for the Chinese market when local officials began using his progress to measure the pace of constructio....


LCI loses out over Ramadan - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

FOR more than a billion Muslims, Ramadan is a time of prayer, fasting and charity. It is also, according to London Clubs International, a time when Muslims put away their chips and stop gambling.The casino operator yesterday became probably the first....


The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is still winning big. - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

The 2,010-room casino hotel, which has bowled over its competitors since opening in July 2003, posted gross operating profits of $223.5 million last year, tops among the city???s 12 properties, according to figures released yesterday by the state Cas....


Plaza hopes strategy will woo growing Hispanic community - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Over the next several weeks, the Plaza hotel and casino expects to introduce Hispanic-theme slot machines, Spanish-speaking blackjack dealers and soccer games in its sports book in an effort to attract Hispanic customers.Those are just a few of the s....


Government back pedals over super casinos - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell today conceded that there will only be one regional "super casino", instead of the eight previously planned by ministers. Ms Jowell accepted the cut in a deal with shadow culture secretary John Whittingdale to....


Climbdown saves super casino plan - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Tessa Jowell has reached a deal with the Tories to save the Gambling Bill agreeing to the creation of one regional "super casino" and not eight. The location of the new casino will be decided by an independent panel, although the Tories say....


Punters eye right royal result - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Prince Charles could cost bookmakers a fortune after switching the Royal Wedding to the same day as the Grand National. The prince and Camilla Parker Bowles put their nuptials back from Friday to Saturday to avoid a clash with the Pope's funeral and ....


Ocean Jewel Casino Buys Out Rival - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

The owner of the Ocean Jewel Casino of St. Petersburg on Monday bought out VTM Management Inc., which operated Majesty Casino from Johns Pass in Treasure Island, and will now use the Johns Pass departure site for faster shuttles to the Ocean Jewel. T....


NETeller upbeat for 2005 - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Shares in online money transfer group NETeller slipped back despite announcing it has now signed up 1.5mmembers and remains "very positive" about the year ahead. Figures for the 12 months to 31 December show pre-tax profits hitting ??25m, w....


Contra Costa Officials Consider Indian Casino Ban - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Contra County supervisors are poised to consider a resolution banning the creation or expansion Indian gaming casinos.Supervisors John Gioia and Gayle B. Uilkema said they will introduce the resolution Tuesday that also calls for a ban on new Indian ....


Lady Luck unkind to casinos operator LCI - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Casinos operator London Clubs International today issued a surprise profit warning following a poor run of luck for the company at the hands of punters at its Les Ambassadeurs venue in the capital. As a result of what LCI described as 'considerable v....


London Clubs International PLC - PRE-CLOSE STATEMENT FOR THE YEAR ENDING 27TH MARCH 2005 - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

On 25th November 2004 we indicated that overall business levels in ouroperations since the half year had been broadly in line with expectations,although the festival of Ramadan had impacted on business in London.  Since thatdate, trading at Les ....


Government forced into compromise over US-style super-casinos - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

The number of American-style super-casinos may be cut in a last-minute compromise to stop the Gambling Bill being lost because of lack of parliamentary time.In 11th-hour horse-trading before the election is called, the Government conceded it may be f....


Packer meeting fuels online gambling deal fears - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

The Tasmanian Government has broken ranks with its interstate counterparts on the controversial issue of online gambling. The ABC has learnt that at a recent racing ministers meeting, all states but Tasmania agreed not to license Internet betting exc....


Packer set to revolutionise racing - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Australian media magnate Kerry Packer is planning to revolutionise racing and sports gambling.British betting exchange firm Betfair, which is backed by Packer's PBL, is reportedly close to gaining a licence to allow it to operate in Tasmania.While th....


Dailey Wins $10 Mil. Pala Casino Resort - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Pala Casino Resort & Spa has tapped Interpublic Group's Dailey & Associates to handle its branding and advertising assignments, the agency said. The West Hollywood, Calif., shop said it won the Indian-gaming property account following a seven....


Gambling Bill: Amendments - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Minister for Sport and Tourism (Mr. Richard Caborn): This statement provides information about a number of amendments tabled on theGambling Bill, which is presently being considered in Committee in the House of Lords.  The Government believes it....


Details of Russian Hackers??? Attack on UK Online Bookies Revealed - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

The Russian Interior Ministry has investigated attacks on UK online bookmaking services by Russian hackers.Four Russian citizens were charged with the attacks on Canbet Sport Bookmakers and other companies, Kommersant newspaper wrote on Monday. Ivan ....


Bonanza for the bookies as ??10m is placed in bets - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

The general election will produce the biggest political betting bonanza with more than ??10million being gambled on the outcome, bookmakers said today.Turnover last time was down because Labour were favourites but since the removal of betting duty an....


Take it or leave it for Gambling Bill - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

The government has issued a "take it or leave it" ultimatum to the House of Commons in a bid to effectively wash its hands of the Gambling Bill.The statement largely reinforces the Government???s position on various issues of debate within ....


Is Illinois gambling sinking? - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Since its inception in 1991, riverboat gambling has delivered an economic bonanza in Illinois, generating billions of dollars for casino owners and for state and local governments hurting for cash.But now Illinois gambling is at a crossroads. The nin....


Which port is No. 1? - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

When Port Canaveral passed Port Everglades near Fort Lauderdale in cruise-passenger traffic several years ago, leaders at Port Canaveral began billing Brevard County's seaport as the world's second-busiest cruise port, second only to the Port of Miam....


IT'S NO BLUFF: CASINO OSCARS - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

TV poker is upping the ante ??? with an awards show of its own. The first-ever "Casino Awards" are being prepared for a December debut on cable-channel GSN, according to officials. The popularity of gambling shows ??? especially those featu....


Casinos revitalize towns, but future uncertain - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Ornate black and gold street lamps line the newly paved sidewalks of Elgin???s downtown, and dozens of stately Victorian homes have been repainted in their traditional yellows, greens and blues.From the town???s historic neighborhoods to the new Fox ....


Senecas' role in casinos expanded - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Making good on a campaign promise to increase the Seneca Nation's control over its casinos and impress the bond market, Seneca President Barry E. Snyder Sr. said he will now serve as full-time chairman of the Seneca Gaming Corp. His expanded role is ....


250m at stake in tribe's gamble - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

FOUR hundred years after welcoming the Pilgrim Fathers at Plymouth Rock, the native American Seconke Wampanoag tribe is proving less hospitable to the British.Chief Wilfred 'Eagle Heart' Greene is threatening to derail the planned ??230m sale of gami....


China reports 10,000 arrests in gambling crackdown - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Police carrying out a nationwide anti-gambling crackdown have arrested more than 10,000 people and closed more 400 illegal gambling parlors disguised as recreation centers for the elderly, the government said Saturday.In the eastern province of Jiang....


The last spin of the wheel - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

The future of the gambling bill will be decided this week - and Michael Howard may hold all the chips, writes Nick Mathiason It is the ultimate game of roulette. With a jackpot worth tens of billions of pounds, the government and Britain's casino ind....


Hands across the ocean - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Philosopher and poker obsessive Nicholas Fearn sails off on a cruise with Europe's most feared players, Dave the Devilfish and Il Capitano among them, as 200 competitors chase a $250,000 pot. But it's not the money that attracts him - it's ....


Gambler says Borgata took him on limo ride back to debt - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Four years ago, Donald Carroll asked state regulators to prohibit Atlantic City's casinos from giving him credit. It was one of the few safeguards compulsive gamblers like Carroll had at the time to help keep them from losing big money in case of a r....


A look at Illinois' nine riverboat casinos - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Illinois law allows 10 riverboat casinos in the state. One casino license has been tied up in a dispute between the state and casino operators planning to build in Rosemont. Here is a look at the nine casinos in operation.< Alton BelleHometow....


Cost of Las Vegas jaunt jumps 11 percent in year - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

A Vegas vacation isn't as cheap as it used to be.Not only are gasoline prices at record highs, the price of lodging and dining in Nevada has increased 11 percent over the past year, compared with 5 percent nationally, AAA Nevada reported.A family of ....


Station Casinos quiet about Reno land - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Station Casinos Inc., often blamed for hurting Northern Nevada gaming revenue with a tribal casino just outside Sacramento, is getting a warm reaction from the gambling community after buying land in south Reno.Las Vegas-based Station has Northern Ne....


Bigger Stadium & Casino Bid - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Plans to extend the KC Stadium's capacity to 35,000 and to develop a new hotel and leisure complex on the site have been submitted to the city council. The joint development by the Stadium Management Company and American-based casino operators Isle o....


Casino boat arrives but no plans on use - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

The owners of the Corinthian are currently deliberating whether or not to go ahead with plans to use the ship as a casino.The Corinthian slipped almost unnoticed into St. George late on Tuesday afternoon from the United States where she was being ref....


Casino chips worth P20M lost - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

An estimated P20-million worth of casino chips are missing from several branches of Casino Filipino, Rep. Imee Marcos of Ilocos Norte said on Saturday.Marcos, who filed House Resolution 657, wants the House committee on legislative franchises to inve....


Problem gambling funds looking more likely - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Two months after Gov. Kenny Guinn pledged to raise 200,000 to treat gambling addicts, a chief backer of that effort remains "cautiously optimistic" that the state will eventually cough up as much as 2 million to help problem gamblers.Local ....


Reno hotel wins judgment from IGT subsidiary - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

A Washoe County District Court jury has awarded 1.7 million dollars to the operators of the Siena Hotel Spa Casino in Reno over a complaint involving software produced by a subsidiary of International Game Technology.Wild Game NG, the holding company....


CCC fines Caesars - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Caesars Atlantic City was fined $75,000 by state casino regulators Wednesday for a series of violations involving the cash boxes at its gaming tables.In another case, the Casino Control Commission slapped Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort with a $10,000 ....


Blues can win 250m ground off new casino - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Birmingham City's hopes of building a new ??250m stadium rest on the gaming bill being passed in Parliament. The Premiership club are in discussions with the US casino operator Las Vegas Sands about a new multi-sport 50,000-seat arena - but the enter....


Global Cash Access renews contract with Harrah's Entertainment - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Global Cash Access, a supplier of cash access and related marketing services to the gaming industry, has renewed its contract with Harrah's Operating Company Inc., a subsidiary of Harrah's Entertainment Inc., to provide products and service....


Boyd Gaming makes blue chip investment deal - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

When Iowa became the first state to legalize riverboat gambling in 1989 and the first boats began cruising the Mississippi River two years later, it marked the first time state sanctioned and regulated casino gambling was conducted in the United Stat....


Macau beats the odds - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Even as the Singapore Turf Club is facing stiff competition from soccer betting, a new threat looms on the horizon with the possible introduction of a casino in the Republic. The New Paper finds out how the local turf club can take a leaf from the Ma....


Addicted to gambling? Step inside the casino - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission took a gamble yesterday in a bid to quell the number of problem gamblers by giving them access to counsellors steps away from slot machines.The counsellors will work at information kiosks designed to help pro....


Caesars Player Magazine - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Caesars Entertainment, Inc. announced today that it has entered into a long-term agreement with Miami Beach-based custom publishing company Onboard Media to publish Caesars Player, a hybrid lifestyle/gaming magazine. The premiere issue is set for rel....


Gambling reform hangs in balance - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Culture department officials were yesterday locked in talks with representatives from the casino industry in an attempt to salvage the government's controversial gambling bill.The fate of the legislation will be decided next week, with the government....


Casino Supporters Spent $450,000 on Campaign - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

As reported by the Washington Evening Journal: "The Washington County Citizens for Good Jobs Committee-funded by the casino group that wants to bring gambling to Riverside- spent just under $450,000 on the campaign to secure a yes vote Aug. 31, ....


Indiana Casino Revenue Plan Approved - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

As reported by the Indianapolis Star: "Counties without casinos would get $1 million a year in casino-tax revenue and Harrison County would lose $16.5 million a year under a plan the House Ways and Means Committee narrowly approved yesterday.&qu....


Illinois Lottery Adds New Instant Lottery Game - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

On Monday, April 4, Lotto players will have an extra chance to become a millionaire. The Illinois Lottery is adding a Monday Lotto drawing on top of the existing drawings on Wednesday and Saturday, and it will also be launching a brand new $20 instan....


's to Resume Illinois Project Construction - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

As reported by the Paducah Sun: "Harrah's Entertainment says construction of a $62 million hotel and entertainment center should resume within a month and be finished by next spring, now that the project has been approved by the Illinois Gaming ....


Illinois Governor Proposes Doubling Slots, Games - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

As reported by the Chicago Sun-Times: "Ending his long flirtation with expanding gambling, Gov. Blagojevich on Thursday proposed doubling the number of slot machines and table games at Illinois casinos -- a move he says would generate $300 milli....


Wynn keeps plans shrouded in secrecy - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

A curtain of secrecy has descended around Las Vegas developer Steve Wynn's new $2.7 billion, 2,716-room megaresort at the corner of Sands Avenue and the Strip.Information that would normally be available for any other new development will not be shar....


High-stakes baccarat still rules town - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

The spectacular opening of the Sands Macau casino last year shook up the territory's gaming market by revealing the latent demand for quality mass-market facilities, but government statistics published this week show VIP gambling is still where the t....


Lee 'dead set' against gambling but casino decision not his to make - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew said in remarks published Thursday he is "dead set" against gambling but the decision to go ahead with the city-state's first ever casino rests on the younger crop of leaders.The government will anno....


Gov. says doubling casino sizes would create 300M Dollars for schools - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Thursday said he would block the creation of more casinos for Illinois but that existing casinos should double in size to generate $300 million for schools. It was the latest round of posturing over gambling expansion at ....


House panel OKs bingo machines, sliding tax scale - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Gamblers going to a jai-alai fronton and three tracks in Broward County to play slots would be sitting at electronic bingo machines under a bill a House panel approved Thursday.The unanimous vote by the Business Regulation Committee is the first legi....


States bet on gambling for revenue - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Gambling revenues, once a mere trickle, have become a critical stream of income in a number of states, in some cases surpassing traditional sources such as the corporate income tax and helping states lower personal income or property taxes. The sums ....


Younger Singaporeans more open to casino concept - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Many older Singaporeans are against the idea of having a casino in Singapore, compared to the younger people who do not see it as a big deal. Singapore's Minister Mentor, Lee Kuan Yew formed this impression from conversations with various people on t....


Former casino manager indicted for scam - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

A former manager at the Cherokee Nation Casino in Catoosa faces up to two decades in prison stemming from charges that he embezzled tens of thousands of dollars from the Cherokee Nation???s lucrative casino in Catoosa.Dudley Jim Waller, 42, of Presto....


Man gets EI benefits after quitting smoky casino - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

An Orillia man has become the first person in Ontario to get employment insurance benefits after quitting a job because of second-hand smoke. Robert Boshaw worked as a table games dealer at Casino Rama for six years. Boshaw, 36, claimed tha....


Caesars Completes Sale of Its Interests in South African Casino - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Caesars Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: CZR), one of the world's leading gaming companies, today completed the sale of its ownership and management interests in Caesars Gauteng, a casino resort near Johannesburg, South Africa, for approximately $145 millio....