Casino and Gambling news stories from Apr 2008

Gaming machines push the right buttons for William Hill - Wednesday 30th of April 2008

Extended winter opening hours helped to increase William Hills gross win by 7 per cent in its 2,200-plus betting shops since the start of the year. Gaming machines were the star performers.Reporting no sign of any impact from consumer belt-tightening....


IndigoVision kits out Chile casinos - Wednesday 30th of April 2008

INDIGOVISION, the digital CCTV company, has continued its drive into the casino market with a major contract in Chile, writes Hamish Rutherford.The Edinburgh-based company said 500 cameras had been installed at a casino complex in Coquimbo in Norther....


Gambling no longer the ace in the deck - Wednesday 30th of April 2008

WHEN the economy hits the skids, the gambling industry is often considered immune, on the theory that people will aim for a big win to get out of financial trouble.But recent figures from the worlds gambling centres suggest the current downturn might....


Saipan gaming bill shot down-again - Wednesday 30th of April 2008

The House of Representatives has killed the fourth and latest Saipan gaming bill.With 16 no votes and two yes votes, the lower chamber rejected the proposal to allow casino gaming at the former La Fiesta shopping mall.Rep. Oscar M. Babauta and Rep. S....


Casino workers pleased by full-smoking ban - Wednesday 30th of April 2008

At 59, Liz String cannot climb a flight of stairs without gasping for air.Last year, doctors found a nodule in her left lung.She doesnt puff on cigarettes, but as a casino table-games dealer, she suffers headaches regularly because of the proliferati....


Casino operator Las Vegas Sands to open second retail mall in Macau - Wednesday 30th of April 2008

Las Vegas Sands Corp. plans to open its second retail mall in Macau in July as part of the companys latest expansion in the booming Chinese gambling enclave, its senior executives said Thursday.The 210,000 square foot (19,510 square meter) mall, feat....


Macau to stop gambling expansion - Wednesday 30th of April 2008

Macaus Chief Executive Edmund Ho has announced a freeze on gaming licences and the construction of new casinos. The move coincides with reports that Beijing is putting pressure on the territory to diversify its economy away from gambling. There are c....


Blackpool sets its sights on dance after failed casino bid - Wednesday 30th of April 2008

Blackpool is set to use £4 million of government money to help rebrand itself as the UK’s “capital of dance”, following its failed bid to host the country’s first super-casino. Blackpool The resort has been earmarked the cash under the Depar....


Gambling ship Niobe Corinthian blessed in Southside service - Wednesday 30th of April 2008

A controversial gambling ship which sparked protests from the AME church when it arrived in Bermuda was blessed at the weekend by an Anglican minister. The Reverend Canon James Francis, from Christ Church in Devonshire, performed the official christe....


Government gives green light to casinos - Wednesday 30th of April 2008

CASINO GAMBLING could soon become legal in Jamaica. The Government has given approval for a group of international investors to establish the islands first legal casino.Prime Minister Bruce Golding is expected to announce the decision and provide det....


Vegas visitor increase due entirely to leap year - Wednesday 30th of April 2008

More than 3.1 million people visited Las Vegas in February, a 3 percent increase from the same month last year, but local tourist officials attributed the increase to the leap year calendar, not any new hotels or restaurants.The Las Vegas Convention ....


Labours casino plans in tatters - Wednesday 30th of April 2008

The Government faces fresh embarrassment over its casino laws as potential bidders for the 16 new licences start to walk away from the process - just as the legal framework is finalised. Odds against: Casino firms say profits will be hard to find.....


Internet gambling firms target SA - Wednesday 30th of April 2008

South Africa is soon to become a target for internet gambling operators from Europe as the countrys gambling laws are made more accommodating. Online or interactive gambling is still illegal in South Africa under the National Gambling Act, but this s....


New casino uniforms too sexy, workers say - Wednesday 30th of April 2008

As Casino Windsor gears up for its June unveiling under the Caesars brand, some female beverage workers are decrying a new, toga-like, uniform as too revealing. "I feel its inappropriate," says one worker who, along with others interviewed by The St....


Trial outs Sands’ dealings for Macau - Wednesday 30th of April 2008

The biggest players in the gaming business have long wondered exactly how Sheldon Adelson’s company won one of three lucrative casino licenses in 2002 to operate in Macau. It was the deal of a lifetime — one that made Adelson one of the world’s....


Casino cash for carnival - Wednesday 30th of April 2008

Funds for a forthcoming street carnival have been given a boost following a £1,000 donation from a new casino.Northampton Carnival is due to be held between June 13 and 15 this year and organisers have been given the cash windfall thanks to sponsors....


Las Vegas strips Spamalot to close in July after 15-month run - Wednesday 30th of April 2008

The short list of Broadway hits on the Las Vegas Strip is about to get shorter.After a 15-month run, "Monty Pythons Spamalot" at the Wynn Las Vegas resorts Grail Theater will close in July, the casino announced Thursday.Longtime Las Vegas staple Dann....


Spanish police bust Nigerian lottery scam - Wednesday 30th of April 2008

Spanish police have arrested 87 Nigerians they say are linked to a scam which embezzled millions of dollars out of Americans and Europeans by sending letters saying the recipients had won the lottery.The fraudsters sent around 15,000 letters every da....


Report warns against any betting shop slot machines - Wednesday 30th of April 2008

THE government has been advised to forbid the introduction of computerised slot machines in bookmakers, Justice Minister Brian Lenihan said yesterdayAn unpublished 2007 report by the casino regulation committee recommends the government do not introd....


Gambling study expected soon - Wednesday 30th of April 2008

A study on the social and economic impact of gambling in Tasmania is expected to be handed to the Government at the end of the month.The Treasurer, Michael Aird, says the study is going through an independent peer review.Mr Aird says the review is an....


Smoking ban exemption for casinos rejected - Wednesday 30th of April 2008

Lawmakers on Wednesday again rejected a plan to allow smoking in Illinois casinos.The fight to exempt casinos -- and other places such as veterans clubs -- from the smoking ban has been fought since the ban itself was approved by lawmakers last year.....


Tourist spending more in Macau - Wednesday 30th of April 2008

Tourists are spending more when travelling to Macau, with figures from the Statistics and Census Services showing an increase of 15.08 percent to 145.79 in the Tourist Price Index (TPI) in the first quarter of this year, compared to last year.The pri....


Three sisters locked in courtroom battle over £50,000 bingo pay out - Wednesday 30th of April 2008

It began as a pleasant trip out for a game of bingo but ended in an acrimonious feud played out in the courts. Yesterday three sisters were locked in a bitter courtroom battle over who has the right to a £50,000 bingo win. Two of them – Linda Kenn....


Gambling monopoly days may be numbered - Wednesday 30th of April 2008

In the wake of an EU Commission lawsuit against Denmark, the government, with the help of the New Alliance party, is investigating the possibility of allowing international competition on the national gambling circuit. According to New Alliances Ande....


Carpet firm greets US tribe in £500k casino deal - Tuesday 29th of April 2008

Ulster Carpets this week rolled out the carpet for a tribe of native Americans.The tribe members were visiting the Portadown factory to watch the first carpets come off the finishing line in a $1 million (£500,000) order for a casino they are buildi....


Caesar statue to be removed from southern Indiana casino - Tuesday 29th of April 2008

A 12-foot statue of Julius Caesar is being removed from outside the Caesars Indiana casino along the Ohio River in southern Indiana.The 750-pound statue of the Roman leader will be removed with a crane and flatbed truck Wednesday and given to Harriso....


Gold rush on at Atlantic City Hilton - Tuesday 29th of April 2008

For years, Atlantic Citys pawn shops - euphemistically known as "cash for gold" stores - have served as magnets for tapped-out gamblers looking to hock their jewelry for one last shot at a casino jackpot.Now one gaming hall will allow its customers t....


If casinos are here to stay, move them inland - Tuesday 29th of April 2008

Could the rising tide of the Mississippi River force a reexamination of some old rules?In the wee hours on Sunday morning, the City of Natchez forced the closure of the Isle of Capri Casino due to floodwater encroaching the Isle’s landing at Natche....


Aging process quickly hits homes in Las Vegas - Tuesday 29th of April 2008

They blow up aging casinos in this town. Now, some are wondering what to do about yesterdays desert dream homes.Take the foreclosed million-dollar house realty agent Michael Antos recently showed. Please.To the untrained eye, the four-bedroom, five-b....


Parliament considers gambling ads - Tuesday 29th of April 2008

Parliament has “parked” the National Gambling Amendment Bill to thrash out the question of advertising for online gambling.This comes after the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) amended the Bill to include an outright prohibition on the advert....


Smoking ban accord exempts casino floors - Tuesday 29th of April 2008

People in Iowa bars would be prohibited from smoking but gamblers on casino floors could keep puffing under a proposed statewide tobacco ban compromise that a legislative panel reached Monday.The decision could end weeks of disagreement among lawmake....


Tote sale halts gambling crackdown - Friday 25th of April 2008

The Government is likely to abandon a clampdown on problem gambling in a desperate attempt to find bidders for its Tote betting business. A study for the Government into highstakes gambling machines is being put on the back burner to avoid frightenin....


Ladbrokes betting on Maharashtra - Friday 25th of April 2008

It’s not just retail giants and multinationals that are making a beeline to Mumbai. International betting major Ladbrokes wants to set up shop in the city too. Maharashtra may be the only Indian state where sports betting is banned, but the UK-base....


Gala given a £125m helping hand - Friday 25th of April 2008

The private equity owners of Gala Coral, Britains largest privately-owned company, have agreed with its creditors to inject £125m into the troubled business. It is the biggest UK leverage buyout so far to suffer financial stress as a result of the c....


Genting to take over UK’s Rank? - Friday 25th of April 2008

Speculation that Genting Bhd is looking to take over Rank Group Plc remains rife as the UK’s second largest bingo and casino operator continues with its share price uptrend. Rank’s stock moved up to 99.25 pence at the time of writing yesterday, m....


New offshore casino for Goa, billed as India’s largest - Friday 25th of April 2008

Goa’s Mandovi river is soon to be home to what is possibly the largest floating casino in India, with Highstreet Cruises and Entertainment Pvt. Ltd, a player inthe gaming and entertainment industry, ready to launch an offshore casino in May this ye....


Dutch parliament votes against online gambling bill - Friday 25th of April 2008

The upper house of the Dutch parliament defeated a bill that would have allowed monopoly casino operator Holland Casino to open a gambling Web site on a trial basis.The bill was defeated in a narrow 35-37 vote on Tuesday, the Senates Web site said. T....


Reply to calls to relax slot machine law delayed - Friday 25th of April 2008

The government will wait until after parliaments spring break to respond to calls from bingo and amusement arcade operators to soften rules that have reduced the number of slot machines allowed on their premises.New gambling laws have hit the industr....


Poker bill could mean longer gaming hours - Friday 25th of April 2008

Poker rooms could stay open later and dormant jai-alai frontons could become greyhound racetracks under two bills that won approval from a Senate committee Tuesday.The poker bill paves the way for high-stakes and celebrity tournaments at parimutuels ....


Congress Encouraged to Take Action on Internet Gaming Regulation - Friday 25th of April 2008

Prime Table Games, a Las Vegasbased casino game development company, today ran a full-page statement inthe global edition of The Wall Street Journal to coincide with aCongressional hearing scheduled for April 2, 2008 related to proposedregulations to....


Las Vegas wild card trashes Atlantic City - Friday 25th of April 2008

Sheldon Adelson, the richest man in Las Vegas, at a benefit for John McCain at the Venetian last week, slammed the idea of gambling and resort building in Atlantic City. In characteristically blunt terms, Adelson, while talking about why his company ....


Visitor arrivals jumped to 27 million last year - Friday 25th of April 2008

The number of visitor arrivals last year jumped to just under 27 million last year, up by 23 percent over the previous year, with visitors from the Mainland and Hong Kong accounting for 55 percent and 30 percent of the total, respectively. According ....


Gala puts block on Rank’s G spot - Friday 25th of April 2008

RIVAL gaming groups Gala and Rank are at loggerheads in a row over trademarks. Rank is thought to be trying to register the logo “G” as a mark after launching a chain of casinos with that name. It has faced opposition from Gala, which has previou....