Casino and Gambling news stories from Aug 2005

HURRICANE DAMAGE: Katrina hits casinos - Friday 12th of August 2005

Louisianas largest casino, Harrahs New Orleans, survived relatively unscathed from the 145-mph winds and driving rain of Hurricane Katrina, which slammed into the Gulf Coast early Monday morning. Casinos in neighboring Mississippi, however, bore the ....


Casino damage could hit state hard - Friday 12th of August 2005

Fourteen-thousand gaming industry employees face uncertainty as they wait to hear how the 12 Gulf Coast casinos weathered Hurricane Katrina.U.S. 90 is flooded and making it impossible to reach the casinos and assess the damage, but Mississippi Emerge....


Katrina washes away profits at casinos, airlines - Friday 12th of August 2005

Hurricane Katrina will cost U.S. casinos millions of dollars as gambling operations were shut in the path of the storm, while U.S. airlines, many of them cash-strapped, will face increased costs from soaring oil prices, analysts said on Monday.The Mi....


Mashantucket Pequots take Web site owner to court - Friday 12th of August 2005

A Connecticut Indian tribe says a Web site operated by a Massachusetts man is confusing Internet surfers looking for their casinos home page.The Mashantucket Pequots have filed a federal lawsuit against Raymond Redican of Dracut, accusing him of viol....


WORLD POKER TOUR(R) Continues Stratospheric Growth With Record 839 Players at Bicycle Casinos Legends of Poker - Friday 12th of August 2005

With an ever-increasing schedule of poker tournaments filling the calendar, the instigator of the worldwide poker phenomenon, the WORLD POKER TOUR®, continues to draw record numbers of players to its events, as evidenced by this weekends record-brea....


Spring racing, dogs drive Tabcorp profit - Friday 12th of August 2005

Tabcorp Holdings Ltd expects further earnings growth after delivering a strong annual result driven by its acquisition of rival Tab Ltd, a successful Spring racing carnival and more punters going to the dogs.But Australias largest listed gaming group....


Bank could pursue casino - Friday 12th of August 2005

BENDIGO Bank could launch legal action against Crown casino to recoup $5 million allegedly gambled by one of the banks employees. The Herald Sun yesterday revealed a young mother was about to be charged with stealing millions from the bank befo....


Problem gambling law called worthless - Friday 12th of August 2005

Nova Scotia is not doing enough to keep problem gamblers away from the provinces two casinos, critics said yesterday as they responded to the story of a former Cape Breton coal miner who lost $500,000 to slot machines over three years.Although Nova S....


Casino Exec Testifies in Stewart Case - Friday 12th of August 2005

The head of casino giant Harrahs Entertainment said Monday that rock star Rod Stewart should return $2 million he was paid for a December 2000 Las Vegas concert he never performed."Ultimately, were just here to get our money back," Gary Loveman, the ....


U.S. casinos to lose millions a day due to Katrina - Friday 12th of August 2005

Hurricane Katrina may cost U.S. casinos with properties in the affected areas millions of dollars, analysts said on Monday.Casinos on the Gulf Coast and in New Orleans were ordered to shut down on Sunday, as the hurricane approached landfall. Harrahs....


A PROSTITUTE who stole a $1.5 million watch from the hotel suite of a Crown casino high roller has walked from court without conviction. - Friday 12th of August 2005

The evacuees came into Shreveport-Bossier City casinos weary-eyed with suitcases in hand and small children in tow.And the eager, bushy-tailed gamblers from Texas or Arkansas had to make way."We were planning on staying overnight, but all the rooms w....


$1000 fine for stealing $1.5m watch - Friday 12th of August 2005

A PROSTITUTE who stole a $1.5 million watch from the hotel suite of a Crown casino high roller has walked from court without conviction. Former brothel worker Michelle Taylor, 21, admitted she swiped the diamond-studded watch from her wealthy c....


Work gets humming for Project CityCenter - Friday 12th of August 2005

Like the swallows of San Juan Capistrano, the cranes have returned to Las Vegas.Theyve swarmed the Strip, with five of them nesting between the Bellagio and Monte Carlo on MGM Mirages $10 billion Project CityCenter. Dick Rizzo, chairman of Perini Bu....


Lobbyist Denies Guilt in Casino Purchase - Friday 12th of August 2005

Jack Abramoff, the Republican lobbyist whose ties to prominent members of Congress are under scrutiny by the Justice Department, pleaded not guilty yesterday in an unrelated case involving his purchase of a fleet of casino boats.Mr. Abramoff, free on....


ARMED RAID BY MASKED TRIO AT BOOKIES - Friday 12th of August 2005

Two female cashiers were left "shaken and upset" after three masked men held up a Chaddesden betting shop. The men threatened staff at Ladbrokes, Nottingham Road, with a metal bar and what police believe was a gun.After taking cash, they fled down an....


Catskill Casinos: An Issue Left in Limbo by Discord and Indecision - Friday 12th of August 2005

In recent months, residents and business owners who for years have longed for casinos have felt like gamblers before a giant roulette wheel. Would there be three Catskill casinos, which lawmakers authorized four years ago? Or the five that Gov. Georg....


George Clooney Making a Side Bet in Vegas - Friday 12th of August 2005

In the film "Oceans Eleven," George Clooney robbed a casino. Now hes going to build one.Clooney, nightclub owner Rande Gerber and two Las Vegas real estate companies today will announce plans to construct a casino, boutique hotel and sprawling condom....


Matthews startup placing its bets on $27.6 million IPO - Friday 12th of August 2005

two-year-old Matthews company hopes to raise as much as $27.6 million in an initial public offering to finance further development, licensing and marketing of its fledgling electronic poker tables designed for casinos and card clubs. In a filing wit....


Studies put casino cards on table - Friday 12th of August 2005

Let the jockeying begin. The release this week of two studies on the social and economic impact of casino gambling in Ohio is likely to touch off a frenzy of real estate deals and business alliances as casino interests posture for whats now estimated....


NAACP rep calls for diversity in casino management - Friday 12th of August 2005

A leader in Alton’s black community is urging the Illinois Gaming Board to ensure that Penn National Gaming commits to having a diverse workforce at the Argosy Casino if and when its proposed merger with Argosy Gaming Co. wins final approval.James ....


Addicted N.S. casino gambler blows $500,000; says no safeguards to stop him - Friday 12th of August 2005

In three years, Paul Burrell gambled away nearly $500,000 of his life-savings at Casino Nova Scotia.Yet the former Cape Breton coal miner says he was never once approached by staff at the casino in Sydney, N.S., even though provincial law requires th....


40,000 euros offered for identities of online blackmailers - Friday 12th of August 2005

The online gambling site jaxx.de operated by Fluxx AG of Hamburg has been blackmailed since Sunday with a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack for payment of 40,000 euros to the perpetrators, who are probably in eastern Europe. The company did....


Betcorp considers listing on UK market - Friday 12th of August 2005

Internet gaming firm Betcorp is considering a listing on the London Stock Exchange after booking a half-year net profit of $2.4 million.The result for the first half of 2005 compared to loss of a $2.7 million ($US2.0 million) in the prior correspondi....


Spring racing, dogs drive Tabcorp profit - Friday 12th of August 2005

Spring racing, dogs drive Tabcorp profit....


Macao receives 10.5 mln visitors in first 7 months - Friday 12th of August 2005

Macao recorded 10.58 million visitor arrivals in the first seven months of this year, up 14.4 percent year-on-year, according to official statistics issued Monday. The figures from the Statistics and Census Service showed that the number of one-day v....


His name in lights - Friday 12th of August 2005

Steve Wynns face was bathed in natural light, just how he likes it. He cares intensely about illumination and colors, about art, the beauty of gardens, the visceral effects of water. His personal gallery at the resort hotel that bears his name is gra....


CASINO CLOSURE ORDER ISSUED - Friday 12th of August 2005

The Mississippi Gaming Commission has issued an order that Coast casinos close to the public at 2 a.m. Sunday.“I just notified my staff to notify the casinos to begin closing, starting at 2 a.m.,? Larry Gregory, the executive director of the Miss....


Imperial Palace falls to Harrahs; Biloxi property spurned - Friday 12th of August 2005

Confirming rumors that swirled up and down the Strip last week, Harrahs Entertainment announced Monday that it had acquired the Imperial Palace Las Vegas, in a deal valued at $370 million. The Imperial Palace in Biloxi, Mississippi was not included i....


Bets are off for 888 - Friday 12th of August 2005

Will 888.com be as sure a bet for punters as PartyGaming? Backing the latters June flotation has certainly proved far more lucrative than punting in its on-line poker: its shares have risen 38 per cent in two months, confounding the critics who predi....


No decision on casinos evacuations - Friday 12th of August 2005

Larry Gregory, the executive director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission, said at 5:30 p.m. Saturday “There is a good chance the casinos will be closed soon? because of the approach of Hurricane Katrina.Gregory kept in contact throughout the da....


Casino explosion nearly forgotten - Friday 12th of August 2005

There are no plaques outside Harveys Lake Tahoe Resort & Casino to commemorate the shocking event that occurred there 25 years ago today. Harveys spokesman John Packer said Aug. 27, 1980, is a day people on the south shore of Lake Tahoe would prefer ....


Sex accused: Its a payback - Friday 12th of August 2005

FORMER WA police officer accused of luring a young Thai girl from her poor family and holding her as a sex slave for three years says he is innocent. In an interview while in police custody, Christopher Ronald White claimed he had been targeted to s....


Casino backers disclose details - Friday 12th of August 2005

The proponents of a resort with two casinos have disclosed more details of agreements they say they have negotiated with the state.Tom Shields, a spokesman for BarWest LLC, said Friday that compacts the Los Coyotes Band of Indians and Big Lagoon Ranc....


Bookie unhorsed by too much of a racing certainty - Friday 12th of August 2005

Ladbrokes managers were once again extolling the virtues of virtual horse racing at Hilton Groups annual results on Thursday. Apparently its much better than proper racing because you never back a horse that isnt trying.Presumably theyd forgotten a b....


Two casino boat owners charged with tax fraud - Friday 12th of August 2005

A married couple who oversaw Star Dancer casino boat operations in Little River and Florida were indicted Thursday by federal grand jury for tax fraud, the U.S. Attorneys Office for South Carolina reported.Samuel Andrew Gray, 65, and Marilyn D. Gray,....


Aztar may have missed opportunity - Friday 12th of August 2005

With all of the recent buzz about Harrahs Entertainment Inc.s plans for future redevelopment projects at the Imperial Palace and Ballys casinos, investors may be losing some interest in a long-discussed project at the Strips southern end.Aztar Corp. ....


Genting first-half net profit increases 11pc - Friday 12th of August 2005

GENTING Bhd, which operates a casino, hotels and power plants, said first-half net profit rose 11 per cent as its property, oil and gas, manufacturing and leisure and hospitality divisions showed better performances.“In line with the Government’s....


PartyGaming holds a strong hand for the long haul - Friday 12th of August 2005

The founders of poker websitedealt themselves a Royal Flush when they floated their company on the London Stock Exchange in June and investors who were willing to take a gamble on the internet poker company have been celebrating with them. Listing at....


Shangri-La in Talks With Las Vegas Sands - Friday 12th of August 2005

Shangri-La Asia Ltd., Asias biggest luxury hotel chain, is in talks with U.S. casino operator Las Vegas Sands Corp. to manage two Sands hotels in the nearby gambling enclave of Macau, a newspaper reported Saturday. Shangri-Las Chief Executive Gio....


Pools firms hit by tidal wave of online betting - Friday 12th of August 2005

For years the weekly appeal for telephone claims for 24 points was as familiar a part of Saturday evening culture as Doctor Who, the Generation Game and Match of the Day. They no longer ask for telephone claims after the classified results check, and....


Experts say Nevada dealers make more than federal statistics show - Friday 12th of August 2005

Nevada gaming dealers make less money than any other dealers in the country, according to newly released federal statistics.But state employment experts say the numbers are misleading, claiming that casino dealers dont fully report their incomes beca....


Jethro licensed to run Hillbillies casino in NLV - Friday 12th of August 2005

With no discussion, the Nevada Gaming Commission on Thursday licensed former actor Max Baer Jr., better known as TVs dim-witted Jethro Bodine, to operate the Beverly Hillbillies Gambler Casino in North Las Vegas.Baer, 67, was not even required by the....


Defunct Casino Princesa sold - Friday 12th of August 2005

Casino Princesa, which operated from Miamis Bayfront Park for nearly seven years, was sold last month to a Georgia company after the offshore gaming operation closed.Casino Princesa has quietly departed Miamis Bayfront Park for good, the latest casua....


Pretty women lure losers to gaming table - Friday 12th of August 2005

At least 13 single male tourists have been lured by pretty women into playing rigged blackjack games, losing a total of RM150,000 since the beginning of the year.Although police have received 13 such reports this year alone, they believe that many mo....


FULL FLIGHTS: Airport flying high - Friday 12th of August 2005

McCarran International fell a few crowded 747s short of eclipsing the 4 million passenger mark for the first time in July, but traffic continues to climb at a rapid pace. Julys passenger count, which includes all arrivals and outbound travelers, was ....


Strength in U.S. boosts Australian game maker - Friday 12th of August 2005

Australian gaming equipment manufacturer Aristocrat Leisure Ltd. reported record first-half revenues and earnings today, thanks primarily to a strong performance in the United States that offset those in weaker markets in Australia and Japan.Aristocr....


Gaming ship to lay off 415 people, CEO still looking for investors - Friday 12th of August 2005

On Tuesday, the cruise line that operates the Ocean Jewel gambling ship filed notice with the state that it is laying off its 415 employees as of Oct. 16. The Ocean Jewel is scheduled to go into drydock for inspections and repairs on Oct. 15. "To be ....


Gambling addict conned parents out of £100,000 - Friday 12th of August 2005

A GAMBLING addict conned his mother out of almost £17,000 by pretending his debtors were holding him hostage, a court heard. Peter Ellison told his mother, Dorris he would be in grave danger if she did not transfer money into his bank account, Liver....


Staff terrified in Bookie raid - Friday 12th of August 2005

CUSTOMERS were ordered to lie face down on the floor by armed raiders during a robbery at a Bury bookies. Miss Gemma Postle, the assistant manager of the Tote branch in Tottington Road, was grabbed by the masked men and had a handgun held against her....


Man shot in lotto hold-up - Friday 12th of August 2005

Armed robbers yesterday shot a man in the arm as they were being chased after staging a hold-up on a lotto booth in Ghajn Dwieli in Paola, the police said.The two robbers, both hooded, entered the booth at about noon and demanded cash and other items....


MGM Mirage defends valet parking with key left in car - Friday 12th of August 2005

Company: Leaving key in ignition faster, security is adequateUntil July, only one car had been stolen out of New York-New Yorks valet parking area in that propertys 11-year history.Unfortunately for Lisa Lopez, her car became No. 2.The theft happened....


Gold Reef Casino Resorts shine - Friday 12th of August 2005

Listed gaming group Gold Reef Casino Resorts (GRCR, GDF) reports a 9.9% rise in its headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months to end-June 2005, to 45.2 cents, the company said on Wednesday. No interim dividend was declared, in line with g....


888 TO LAUNCH - Friday 12th of August 2005

A FORMER Ladbrokes director is set for a big win after plans to launch poker website 888.com on the stock market.The Gibraltar-based group - sponsor of Premiership side Middlesbrough FC - could score in the City as early as September 1 with a value o....


Too scared to be a millionaire? - Friday 12th of August 2005

Most people are not natural gamblers, reveals a study of the game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire?. As a group, contestants would take home a lot more money if they took more risks.Economists know that some people worry more than others – especi....


Video poker dilemma - Friday 12th of August 2005

At the request of a GamingToday columnist, Wynn Las Vegas last week installed two banks of video poker machines noted for their high payback percentages.The prized machines feature games such as full pay deuces wild (FPDW), 10/7 Double Bonus, 10/6 Do....


Casino boat trip turns out to be a bad gamble - Friday 12th of August 2005

One man missed his cancer treatment. A father scrambled to reach his 11-year-old daughter, who was left home alone. Others had to call in to work.Just how do you tell the boss you slept near the craps table?Nearly 100 weary gamblers returned to St. P....


SUNCOAST SHOOTING: Woman killed outside casino - Friday 12th of August 2005

Authorities are hunting for a killer who tried to rob an elderly couple in the Suncoast casino parking lot Tuesday morning, fatally shooting one person and wounding another. As of late Tuesday evening, Las Vegas police were still searching for the gu....


Imperial Palace purchase is strategic move for Harrahs - Friday 12th of August 2005

370 million deal epected to close by end of yearHarrahs Entertainment Inc. has signed an agreement to purchase the Imperial Palace for $370 million, giving the company a larger foothold on the Strip and ownership of four adjacent casinos.Harrahs said....


Suitcase prank sparks scare - Friday 12th of August 2005

CROWN casino has been accused of a major security blunder after a man walked into the gambling complex with a suitcase handcuffed to his wrist.A Crown employee said a man wearing a denim jacket and a beanie carried a large case into the elite Mahogan....


Pauma blames Hard Rock for deal collapse - Friday 12th of August 2005

An official with the Pauma Band of Mission Indians blamed Las Vegas-based Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for the failure of a deal to build a $300 million rock n roll-themed casino and resort on tribal land off Highway 76.Pauma Tribal Council Vice Chairman....


Jamul tribe plans to build a 30-story hotel-casino - Friday 12th of August 2005

Evoking shock and outrage from neighboring residents, Jamul tribal leaders say they intend to build a 30-story hotel-casino on the only land they have: their six-acre reservation. Leaders of the 53-member tribe said yesterday their years-long efforts....


Ladbrokes keep radio silence after tipsters hit winning run - Friday 12th of August 2005

LADBROKES have once again treated their customers with contempt. Against a backdrop of results adverse to profit margins, an edict has been passed on to their once-flourishing in-shop radio station, Ladbrokes Live, that renders what is styled as a se....


Online casino Cassava plans IPO -sources - Friday 12th of August 2005

Cassava Enterprises is planning an initial public offering in London that would value the Internet casino operator at more than 700 million pounds, sources close to the deal said on Wednesday."An IPO is the companys preferred option," one of the sour....


Rod Stewart Appears in Court in Breach Suit - Friday 12th of August 2005

Rod Stewart appeared in federal court Tuesday, saying he was there to ``defend my honor in a breach of contract lawsuit filed by a Las Vegas resort. The Rio hotel-casino, which is owned by gambling giant Harrahs Entertainment, filed suit after the Br....


Mandelas favourite multi-billionaire - Friday 12th of August 2005

Sol Kerzner made a fortune from South Africas controversial Sun City resort and now has his eye on Britain. Graham Boynton meets himIn Sol Kerzners Monaco villa, set in seven sprawling acres of lush Mediterranean cliffside, chaos is erupting. Hairdre....


Mohegan converting slots to use tickets - Friday 12th of August 2005

Quarters, dimes and nickels falling against a stainless steel slot machine tray will soon be a sound of the past at Mohegan Sun.Casino officials said Monday they will spend the next seven months converting their slot machines to ticket-in-ticket-out,....


Casinos top job for mum - Friday 12th of August 2005

A MOTHER of two is taking on the role of Jupiters Townsville Hotel and Casinos new general manager.Jackie Hutchinson will arrive in the North with her husband and children later this month to take up the senior posting. The job was left vacant after ....


Wellington marks Gamble-Free Day - Friday 12th of August 2005

Wellington marks Gamble-Free Day under The Canopies [19.08.05]"The first ever national Gamble-Free Day will address problem gambling in New Zealand with a number of events in Wellington," says Adrianne Transom, Wellington Regional Manager for the Pro....


Gambling Monkeys Give Insight Into Neural Machinery Of Risk - Friday 12th of August 2005

Duke University Medical Center neurobiologists have pinpointed circuitry in the brains of monkeys that assesses the level of risk in a given action. Their findings -- gained from experiments in which they gave the monkeys a chance to gamble to receiv....


Diamond I Purchases Option to Acquire U.K. Gaming Software Company - Friday 12th of August 2005

Diamond I, Inc. (OTCBB: DMOI - News), a developer of wireless gaming products, today announced that it has obtained an option to acquire Touchdev Limited, pursuant to which Touchdev would be acquired by Diamond I for a combination of cash and stock. ....


Philippine president sets ultimatum to illegal gambling - Friday 12th of August 2005

Philippine president sets ultimatum to illegal gambling Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo ordered on Monday the total eradication of illegal gambling activities called "jueteng" by Sept. 15 through law enforcement. The government ....


TV GAMBLERS WIFE HID THE TELLYREMOTE - Friday 12th of August 2005

A GRANDAD who won £75,000 on a TV gambling channel went berserk when his wife hid the remote to stop him blowing his winnings.Billy Murray had scooped the huge sum on Skys Vegas Live game show.But when wife Moira put the foot down in a bid to stop h....


Robber pulls gun on bookies staff - Friday 12th of August 2005

A Nottingham bookmaker has been targeted in a robbery. A man dressed all in black walked in and threatened staff at the Ladbrokes branch on Plains Road in Mapperley with a gun. No shots were fired during the raid which was in front of customers. He e....


Chips Or Chump Change? - Friday 12th of August 2005

The $5 “limited edition? Sachem Uncas chip you took home from Mohegan Sun and threw in a drawer may be worth more than its face value some day. Or not. The casino will undergo a “re-chipping? later this year, and is notifying customers that t....


Online Gaming Is More Than A Passing Fad - Friday 12th of August 2005

Online gaming is much more than just a passing fad as time-poor punters surf the internet on the hope of making a quick buck. Despite online gaming companies trading at very high price-to-earnings ratios, more commonly reserved for blue chips with an....


Competition breeds added benefits - Friday 12th of August 2005

After six years of relative stability, the Coast casino market is entering a new era of expansion and increased competition.The soon-to-open Hard Rock Biloxi will lure gamblers from existing properties. Other new casino projects, such as Bacaran Bay ....


Reinventing Fremont Street - Friday 12th of August 2005

In the early 90s, the Fremont Street casinos were sucking wind. Facing stiff competition from Strip theme resorts and Indian casinos, riverboat gambling halls and neighborhood slot saloons, the aging downtown casinos were flatlining. It was clear to ....


Inside Edge ABC dampens enthusiasm for gambling media - Friday 12th of August 2005

LONDON – The disappointing debut ABC for gambling magazine Inside Edge, less than half of what was hoped for, has been picked on as evidence that publishers could find it difficult to cash in Britains gambling boom.Dennis launched Inside Edge as a ....


32Red.com plans to raise £25m in flotation - Friday 12th of August 2005

32Red.com, the online casino group, will raise about £25m in new capital next month when it becomes the latest internet betting company to float in London. Set up by a former Ladbrokes director, Ed Ware, and based offshore in Gibraltar, 32Red.com is....


Harrahs Entertainment to Acquire Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino - Friday 12th of August 2005

Harrahs Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: HET - News) signed an agreement with Imperial Palace, LLC, to acquire the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The Imperial Palace -- featuring a 52,000-square foot casino and a 2,640-room hotel -- occupies ....


Casino operator fires without the smoke - Friday 12th of August 2005

New Zealands biggest casino operator Sky City Entertainment beat its own expectations with a slight rise in its annual profit yesterday, despite the hit to its pocket from smoking bans and delays to its Adelaide casino refurbishment. The company - wh....


Dice set to roll for online gambling - Friday 12th of August 2005

New Zealanders could be legally playing interactive gambling games from home — or even from work — within a year, with the blessing of New Zealand Lotteries.A contract concluded last week with US-based provider Gtech will see a refresh of New Zea....


$1M WIN FOR POKER OUTSIDER - Friday 12th of August 2005

RANK outsider Tony Jones shocked the poker world by beating TV babe Helen "Hells Bells" Chamberlain in a heart-stopping finale to the Ladbrokes Poker Millions. The 42-year-old factory worker, who only took up the game 18 months ago, beat the Soccer A....


£150m gamble over casino bid - Friday 12th of August 2005

SHEFFIELDS ambitions of being home to a huge regional casino have taken a major step forward with the unveiling of a revamped £150 million scheme for the Don Valley Stadium.South African gaming corporation Sun International has revealed a new and bi....


Macaus casino tax income soars - Friday 12th of August 2005

Macaus income from direct gaming tax rose 23.4 percent year-on-year in the first seven months of this year, according to statistics issued in Macau Monday.Statistics released by the Finance Service Bureau showed that the gaming tax reached 9.5 billio....


Genting down 1.5%, Thai may use Pattaya as likely site for casino - Friday 12th of August 2005

Gaming-to-power Genting Bhd share price fell as much as 1.5% or 30 sen to RM19.50 on Aug 22 after it was reported that the Thai government may look at legalising casinos and other forms of gambling to boost the countrys post-tsunami tourism sector. I....


Pokies taxs cruel impact - Friday 12th of August 2005

THE true victims of the poker machine tax can now be revealed – they are the states seriously ill children, youths at risk of drug abuse, injured people needing emergency help and the blind.These people rely on help from organisations that depend o....


AUSTRALIAN INQUIRY: Thai woman wanted for casino debts - Friday 12th of August 2005

Three Australian casinos are chasing a Thai tour operator whom they claim is responsible for millions of dollars in debts left by a group of Asian “high rollers?.The casinos want to find a 58-year-old former Bangkok woman who, for many years, led....


Sky City 2nd-Half Earnings Growth Stalls on Gambling Curbs - Friday 12th of August 2005

Sky City Entertainment Group Ltd., New Zealands largest gambling company, posted stalled second-half earnings growth because of government curbs on smoking and gambling. Net income in the six months ended June 30 was NZ$45.9 million ($32 million), fr....


PAY UP $3M, SAYS 2ND LONDON CASINO - Friday 12th of August 2005

SHE lives the high life and is an alleged high-roller at the casino.Last year, Datin Arina Abdullah allegedly lost 2 million ($5.98m) at Londons Ritz Club casino.The casino sued her to recover the sum and the case is still pending. Since then, she is....


Web gaming firm Cassava eyes London listing - paper - Friday 12th of August 2005

Online gaming firm Cassava Enterprises, the owner of the 888.com poker Web site, is preparing for a speedy flotation in order to fund a large takeover, the Sunday Express reported.Cassava is believed to be mulling a bid for its rival PokerStars, the ....


SLEAZY MONEY - Friday 12th of August 2005

Astonishing double life of jackpot dad who toils by day and romps by night £1m lotto winner blows a fortune on high-class hookers while his family still live on rough estate Exclusive By Caroline Waterston And Chris Tate A SEX-MAD lottery winner k....


Ho, MGM Mirage deal should pass regulators - Friday 12th of August 2005

When Macau opened up its casino market to foreign investors, no one would have guessed that a Nevada casino operator would end up dealing with casino kingpin Stanley Ho, whose casinos were regarded as a snakepit teeming with violent Chinese organized....


Bingo firm Gala drops flotation plan, sells stake to buy-out company - Friday 12th of August 2005

LONDON: Bingo and casino operator Gala has scrapped its plans for flotation on the London Stock Exchange. Instead, buy-out firm Permira has come in as a 30 per cent stake holder in the company, bringing in 200 million pounds. Two venture capital firm....


WTO gives U.S. till April to change gambling law - Friday 12th of August 2005

A World Trade Organization arbiter on Friday gave the United States until April 3 to comply with a ruling that a ban on Internet gambling services offered by Antigua violates the bodys rules.U.S. officials had sought a July deadline.United States Tra....


He bet $1.6m and wont pay - Friday 12th of August 2005

A SATURDAY Daily Telegraph investigation can today reveal Sydney punter Mark Peters went on a $1.6 million betting spree with a bookie – and has not paid a debt of almost $600,000 to the firm.This is despite Peters declaring this week he had never ....


Casino bombed 25 years ago: Domestic terrorism trumped in 1980 - Friday 12th of August 2005

If it was moved, bumped or jostled, 850 pounds of dynamite would have exploded inside a homemade bomb disguised as a large copy machine, injuring or killing an estimated 600 people inside Harveys Resort Hotel 25 years ago.In the early morning hours o....


Crown hit for $4.5m - Friday 12th of August 2005

CROWN Casino is believed to have fallen victim to an international gambling racket.The casino has was allegedly lost $4.5 million to a Thai woman, who brought high rollers to gamble in Australia. Thongthip Aektrakul, 58, is being chased through South....


Jandak worked in foundation linked to casino Royal - press - Friday 12th of August 2005

The casino in Prague centre was owned by Israeli Assaf Abutboul who was attacked on with a grenade last August. The act was motivated by the settling of old scores between criminal clans, according to the police. HN says that Jandak, former actor and....


Churchill gets approval for slots at New Orleans race track - Friday 12th of August 2005

Churchill Downs Inc. will be allowed to install slot machines at its Fair Grounds race track in New Orleans, according to an Associated Press report.On Thursday, the New Orleans city council put zoning changes allowing the casino into law. Churchill ....


Penn National Gaming Secures Operators License in Maine - Friday 12th of August 2005

Penn National Gaming, Inc. (Nasdaq: PENN - News) announced today that the Maine Gambling Control Board unanimously approved a final license for its subsidiary, Bangor Historic Track, to operate slot machines in Bangor. Maine regulators also voted una....


Casinos contributions to state climb slightly - Friday 12th of August 2005

Colorado casinos pumped another record number of tax dollars into the states coffers in fiscal 2005, but the increase was the lowest since the state legalized gambling. The Colorado Limited Gaming Fund distributed $92.9 million to local and state age....


Casino staff return to work - Friday 12th of August 2005

Strike action by members of the Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU) at the Emperors Palace casino complex has been resolved, according to listed gaming and hotel group Peermont Global (PTG), which owns an 83% interest in the complex and also has man....


£10,000 reward after casino ram raid by lorry - Friday 12th of August 2005

The owners of a Birmingham casino have put up a reward of £10,000 for information that leads to the capture of two robbers who made off with a "substantial" amount of money following a ram raid. Detectives have also appealed to the public to tell th....


Third player added to Gala table - Friday 12th of August 2005

Venture capital firm Permira has bought a stake in Gala Casinos for £200m. The deal, which will see Permira join other finance firms Candover and Cinven as joint owners of Gala, values the Nottingham firm at £1.89bn. Candover and Cinven bought the ....


Another casino hounds her over £1m debt - Friday 12th of August 2005

Early this year, Grosvenor Casino Ltd sued the former wife of a royalty at a London High Court to recover the sum.Arina went on a gambling spree in London last August.“When she turned up at Grosvenor Casino, a quick check was done on her. The casin....


Indicted GOP lobbyist plans to enter not guilty plea - Friday 12th of August 2005

Lobbyist Jack Abramoff made his first appearance Thursday before a federal judge in Miami since his indictment last week along with an associate on fraud charges stemming from a 2000 deal to purchase a casino cruise fleet.Abramoff did not enter a for....


Gambling mom charged with babys death - Friday 12th of August 2005

A six-month-old baby died in Japan after her mother left her in a car in the summer heat to play slot games and did not even return during a major earthquake, police said on Thursday.Police arrested Saori Konno, 27, for allegedly causing her daughter....


Collectors target poker chips, tokens and other gambling items - Friday 12th of August 2005

Members of the Deep South Chip Collectors acquire poker chips, tokens and other gambling items for the memories and the thrill of owning something rare.Thumbing through their collections is like spinning back the years to when casinos operated like s....


Caesars Indiana to be rebranded as Horseshoe casino - Friday 12th of August 2005

Harrahs Entertainment announced Thursday that it will rebrand Caesars Indiana to a Horseshoe casino. The changeover is expected to occur by late 2006 or early 2007. The conversion process is expected to take a year or more, and planning already has ....


Asians appear for Gambling charges - Friday 12th of August 2005

24 Asian nationals charged with alleged gambling today pleaded not guilty before Suva Magistrate Viliame Nadakuitavuki this afternoon.The court heard that on two seperate incidences, January 28th and 12th of March this year Police raided a shop in Sc....


Shuffle Master, Inc. Announces Purchase of VIP Gaming Solutions - Friday 12th of August 2005

Shuffle Master, Inc. (NASDAQ National Market: SHFL - News) announced today that it has purchased VIP Gaming Solutions Pty Limited, a privately held corporation with headquarters located in Sydney, Australia. Detailed terms of the transaction were not....


IGT back in slot group - Friday 12th of August 2005

International Game Technology, the worlds largest manufacturer of slot machines and a key player in the gaming systems industry, will rejoin the Gaming Standards Association, representatives of the company and the group said today.IGT and the GSA sai....


Casinos post $328.2M. in profits - Friday 12th of August 2005

The casino industry slogged through a second quarter marked by chilly weather, a slump in slot play and slow profit growth.Gross operating profits, also known as cash flow, totaled $328.2 million for the quarter, just 0.4 percent higher than the same....


Winnipeg reserve to open smoker-friendly casino - Friday 12th of August 2005

After almost a year of planning, the Roseau River First Nation is set to open a gambling house that will be a haven for smokers.The reserve is taking advantage of the fact that Manitobas anti-smoking law -- which forbids people from lighting up in ba....


Drug dealer wins lottery, cant keep it - Friday 12th of August 2005

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - A convicted drug dealer rolled snake eyes Wednesday when an appeals court ruled he cant keep his lottery winnings because he bought the lucky ticket with drug proceeds.Jose Luis Betancourt was convicted in May 2003 of conspiracy ....


Rocke takes High Stakes Poker game - Friday 12th of August 2005

Las Vegas-style High Stakes Poker competition came to town Sunday night at one of this countrys premier casinos-Club De Vegas on Frederick Street, Port of Spain. Leone Khoo, Club De Vegas marketing manager, said it was the first time they were stagin....


Casinos take a bet on Macao - Friday 12th of August 2005

Just as homeowners are always on the look-out for good builders, so Bill Weidner, president of US casino operator Las Vegas Sands, found a feng shuimaster through a referral from a friend, Wing Chao, who is a head of design at Walt ­Disney. ADVERTIS....


Casino operators say rock slide costing them customers - Friday 12th of August 2005

Casino operators in Central City and Black Hawk are closely following the rock slide mitigation work on I-70. CDOT crews continue their repair work following this past weekends rock slide. Long lines on I-70 east of Idaho Springs were likely the cau....


100 people had IDs stolen in gambling scam - Friday 12th of August 2005

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. Authorities in central Illinois say more than 100 people had their identities stolen by a Bloomington man whos accused of diverting money to pay for his gambling habit.DeWitt County Sheriff Roger Massey says 31-year-old Robert Crutc....


Pauma tribe, Hard Rock scrap casino-resort plans - Friday 12th of August 2005

Gamblers who were looking forward to a Hard Rock Casino coming to San Diego County will have to settle for something else. Paumas tribal chairman confirmed this week what other sources have been hinting for some time: The North County tribe and Hard....


Overall casino market down in July - Friday 12th of August 2005

The local casino market reported an almost 5 percent drop in revenues in July as compared to last year, even though July 2004 had one less Sunday.The five riverboats were down almost $4 million, according to a report at Tuesdays meeting of the Louisi....


New credit-card regulations are latest development - Friday 12th of August 2005

Casino operators and slot manufacturers are struggling to manage mounting waves of private, federal and state regulations, industry experts said Tuesday. The latest concern is new regulations from credit card companies, due out in September, that are....


Money gets washed on HK cruises - Friday 12th of August 2005

The attempted laundering of HK$180 million via a casino cruise ship highlights a loophole in Hong Kongs money laundering control system.The Australian Federal Police this week said it would charge five men with defrauding the Commonwealth Superannuat....


Worlds largest online poker tournament gains popularity - Friday 12th of August 2005

One of the worlds largest poker tournaments will start next month, pitting players from around the world for a total prize pool of at least $8 million.But dont look for it in Las Vegas or even in a casino, for that matter.Run from its hub in San Jose....


POKIES LOSSES REACH $800m - Friday 12th of August 2005

YEARLY gambling losses on poker machines in South Australia have topped $800 million for the first time – $667.50 for every man, woman and child in the state.Opponents of poker machines have predicted the losses will top $1 billion within three yea....


Fawu workers on strike at Emperor’s Palace - Friday 12th of August 2005

ABOUT 900 Food and Allied Workers Union members were on strike at Johannesburg’s Emperor’s Palace casino complex today,Fawu said. General secretary Katishi Masemola said the strike and pickets were in support of above-inflation wage increases.Wor....


Gambling on football must be stopped - Friday 12th of August 2005

The English football season has begun, and with it comes the gambling season for over a million Thais.English Premier League football is more popular in Thailand than any other European leagues. They are televised live for millions of Thai football f....


Gaming Service to lower gambling age - Friday 12th of August 2005

The Danish Gaming Service is considering introducing banning access to betting shops for children under 16 and the proposal has been met with support by many MPs. It would mean that in future, only the over 16s would be allowed to buy scratch cards o....


Gambling addict saw R3.9m as a loan - Friday 12th of August 2005

A gambler who admitted stealing R3.9-million from her banker employer to satisfy her addiction has managed to have her plea changed. Charmain Melody Botha, 43, had pleaded guilty to 49 counts of theft from Nedbank.On Monday she appeared in the specia....


Riu Purchases Aruba Grand Beach Resort & Casino - Friday 12th of August 2005

Riu Hotels & Resorts, announced the purchase of the Aruba Grand Beach Resort & Casino. Riu Hotels & Resorts will re-brand and manage the property as an all-inclusive resort. The Aruba Grand Beach Resort & Casino is the companys first resort in the so....


Casino plan called a scam - Friday 12th of August 2005

The state Department of Corporations has filed suit against a Los Angeles businessman, claiming he conned 25 investors nationwide out of $1.5 million for a bogus casino planned near Six Flags California, Valencia. The complaint filed in Los Angeles S....


Casino hit by ram raiders - Friday 12th of August 2005

RAM raiders used a stolen truck to smash their way straight through a brick wall into a Birmingham casino.The seven and a half tonne flatbed lorry ploughed through a rear wall of the Midland Wheel casino, in Egbaston, sending shockwaves through the b....


Casino group creates local commitee ahead of flagship casino launch - Friday 12th of August 2005

Casino operator Aspinalls has teamed up with community leaders in Newcastle to launch a committee promoting responsible gambling ahead of the opening of its Aspers Casino at The Gate in October. Community Action for Responsible Gaming (CARG) will inc....


Conspiracy to launder super funds - Friday 12th of August 2005

THREE men conspired to launder $150 million of stolen superannuation funds by transferring it to a floating casino and offshore bank accounts, a Sydney court has been told.Two pensioners and a semi-retired businessman faced Central Local Court today,....


Aristocrat faces fraud case - Friday 12th of August 2005

ARISTOCRAT Leisure (all.ASX:Quote,News), the worlds second-largest slot machine maker, has lost a claim against Deutsche Bank over a disputed bond issue and was ordered to respond to allegations of fraud in a US court, court documents show.The New Yo....


Armed man tries to raid betting shop - Friday 12th of August 2005

An armed man threatened staff with a knife during an attempted robbery at a Telford betting shop. The raider demanded cash from terrified counter clerks at the Corals Bookmakers in Donnington. He was wielding the knife as he walked into the betting s....


Shun Tak to take stake in Macau low-cost airline-paper - Friday 12th of August 2005

Air Macau Co. Ltd. will control a 51 percent stake in the venture and its parent China National Aviation Co. (CNAC) (1110.HK: Quote, Profile, Research) will hold the rest, the paper said, quoting unidentified sources. Shun Tak has already signed an a....


Google, others breach e-gambling law? - Friday 12th of August 2005

Search engines with Australian domains, including Google, are being investigated by authorities for possible breach of interactive gambling laws. Australias Interactive Gambling Act 2001 prohibits advertising of gambling services on Web sites where "....


Gambling bank clerk siphons off B26m - Friday 12th of August 2005

A former bank clerk accused of siphoning 26 million baht from customers fixed accounts over five years to pay off soccer gambling debts was captured in Chiang Rai town yesterday.Anan, or Pae, Tananyutthawong, 40, a former employee of Kasikornbanks Ph....


Harrahs database grows with Caesars deal - Friday 12th of August 2005

Internet Marketer Jay Schwartz, owner of IdeaWork Studios, tells a story about Harrahs Entertainment. In the 1990s, when the tech boom was just heating up, a small group of local executives attended a seminar on data collection via the Internet. Of t....


Connecticut Casinos Send State $40 Million In July - Friday 12th of August 2005

The state has received more than $40 million from July slot winnings at Connecticuts two American Indian-run casinos.Foxwoods Resort Casino reported about $80.1 million in slot revenue for July, the casinos highest-ever one-month take. The previous r....


Currency adjustment may be plus for Macau - Friday 12th of August 2005

The recent upward revaluation of the Yuan, Mainland Chinas standard unit of currency, may mean better times in the near term for casino operators in Macau, including Las Vegas Sands. The yuan, which had been pegged to the dollar at a ratio of 12.1 fo....


Singapores BIL ups dividend, seeks UK casino licences - Friday 12th of August 2005

Singapore investment firm BIL International , subject of a takeover bid by Hong Kongs Guoco Group , said on Monday it planned to pay investors a higher dividend for 2005 and would apply for casino licences in Britain. The owner of Londons Thistle Hot....


Starlight Palace showdown may set precedent - Friday 12th of August 2005

Sixteen months after a police raid, the colorful cartoon dragonflies, puppies, monkeys and bumblebees keep spinning away, scrolling merrily across the slot machine screens at Starlight Palace.The players -- mainly gray-haired retirees -- keep forking....


CryptoLogic betting on growth - Friday 12th of August 2005

In poker, the blue chips tend to be worth the most. In investing, blue chips are the most trustworthy stocks with stable returns.CryptoLogic Inc., which provides the software and support services to some of the biggest gambling sites on the Internet,....


Vietnam may remove tax on casino and jackpot winners - Friday 12th of August 2005

Vietnam is likely to exempt personal income tax on casino and jackpot players winnings, aiming to attract more foreign tourists and investors to the country.Vietnams General Department of Taxation (GDT) has recently proposed the Finance Ministry to r....


Poker TV Guide launches interactive poker TV listings - Friday 12th of August 2005

Poker has literally exploded this year and every day professional players and upcoming amateurs can be seen battling it out on TV. But on which channel, and when? With more and more airtime dedicated to the worlds new favorite past time it has grown ....


Downturn in gaming revenue hits community grants - Friday 12th of August 2005

10% downturn in gaming revenue hits community grants hardIn the first six months of 2005 non-casino gaming machine revenues are down by more than 10%, and grants to community groups are down over 13% as a result, the Chief Executive of the Charity Ga....


Poker craze has created new breed of problem gambler - Friday 12th of August 2005

For Justin Baums 21st birthday, his friends took him to the Palms, where he played his first game of casino poker.After several return visits and time spent watching televised poker tournaments such as the World Series of Poker, Baum became skilled a....


BOOKIES WELCOME FOOTBALLER BETS BAN - Friday 12th of August 2005

BOOKMAKERS last night welcomed moves to clamp down on betting scandals in Scottish football.Scottish Football League secretary Peter Donald has written to every club reminding them that betting on matches in which the players are involved is banned.T....


Regency to start antidengue drive - Friday 12th of August 2005

The Bekasi city administration plans to celebrate Independence Day with a campaign to fight dengue fever."We have about 500 hot spots and will begin fumigating the areas next month," said the head of contagious diseases at the Bekasi Health Agency, K....


SA gamblers secret weapon - Friday 12th of August 2005

Compulsive gamblers are wearing disposable adult nappies to facilitate their dangerous habit.Training manager for the National Responsible Gambling Programme Loren Jordaan says it is already a common occurrence for gamblers to relieve themselves in a....


Texas Tribe Flounders After Casino Shuts - Friday 12th of August 2005

Jose Lopez Jr. had to start working as a tribal dancer at age 9, in part to make money for his struggling family. Then, in the mid-1990s his Indian tribe, the Tiguas, opened the Speaking Rock casino in West Texas, just north of the U.S.-Mexico border....


Every casino will be able to host live entertainment - Friday 12th of August 2005

All casinos built in the United Kingdom will in future have the potential to host live stage entertainment, says one of Britain’s leading experts on gaming law.John Hagan, partner at Harris Hagan solicitors, rejected claims that the one regional ....


Macau does Vegas role reversal - Friday 12th of August 2005

Although Macau is more than 8,000 miles from Las Vegas, the tiny Chinese enclave south of Hong Kong has taken on a Vegas-like atmosphere as Nevada operators colonize the Pearl River Delta with Strip-style casinos.A kind of role reversal occurs next w....


Greektown cuts plan for permanent casino - Friday 12th of August 2005

Greektown Casino will ask state gaming regulators to approve a $635-million financing package next month that would include $200 million for a permanent casino, about half of what it said last year it would spend to build a glittering gambling comple....


President Casino shutting down in October - Friday 12th of August 2005

Hundreds of workers at President Casino learned this week that their jobs will end in October, months earlier than they had expected.Of the more than 700 people who work at the casino, only 62 will be retained.Some of the workers who received termina....


Foreigners flock to LV - Friday 12th of August 2005

Xenophobes, beware! Everyone else, go brush up on those German, Spanish or Japanese phrases you practiced in a classroom so many moons ago. Such preparations are in order because like em or not, an increasing number of overseas visitors are making st....


State appoints nongambler to oversee problem gambling grants program - Friday 12th of August 2005

A nongambler has been hired to head the states new problem gambling program.Mike Willden, director of the state Department of Health and Human Services, said Monday that Suzie Kastens will be a contract employee to oversee the grants programs authori....


Gang guilty of swindling casinos with top hatting deception - Friday 12th of August 2005

A SOPHISTICATED gang of roulette cheats fleeced tens of thousands of pounds from gaming venues in a swindle that could have come straight from the film Casino. Three men and at least one woman practised a trick commonly called "top hatting". Despite ....


Lincoln Park, two former executives found guilty in retrial - Friday 12th of August 2005

A decision to relocate the retrial to Massachusetts ultimately did little good for the defendants in the Lincoln Park bribery conspiracy case.Six months after their first trial ended with a Rhode Island jury deadlocked on multiple charges, the Lincol....


Indiana man arrested for selling slot machines on eBay - Friday 12th of August 2005

An investigation stemming from October 2004 led to the arrest of an Indiana man who was selling illegal slot machines over eBay to people in 10 parishes.Indiana State Police arrested Michael Kimberling, 45, of Hymera, Ind., on a Louisiana warrant on ....


The early returns are in for casino operations at Wynn Las Vegas and they are at once impressive and revealing. - Friday 12th of August 2005

A first-of-its-kind computer program has one of the worlds largest casinos locked in a dispute with regulators who are steadfast against any loosening of U.S. rules against Internet gambling.Its called PlayAway, an Internet-based game offered by the ....


Table games continue comeback - Friday 12th of August 2005

The early returns are in for casino operations at Wynn Las Vegas and they are at once impressive and revealing.For its first 64 days of operation, the casino generated a win of $98.7 million. Slots produced revenues of $34.2 million with a win of $27....


Improve gambling-addiction treatment campaign: Racino Watch - Friday 12th of August 2005

With the number of video lottery terminals at the Charlottetown Driving Park set to increase this week, there are calls for government to better advertise its treatment program for gambling addiction. The revamped entertainment centre at the racetrac....


500 Gambling Machines Debut at Casino San Pablo - Friday 12th of August 2005

Casino San Pablo began its latest incarnation Monday as a gambling Mecca where bettors can try their luck against fast-playing machines.Though they’re not the 5,000 full-scale slot machines originally proposed in a never-ratified agreement between ....


Cassava tells employees: IPO by year-end - Friday 12th of August 2005

Anyone going to see a movie at Cinema City at Glilot Junction this afternoon could not have missed the billboard by Random Logic Ltd., a subsidiary of online gambling company Cassava Enterprises (Gibraltar) Ltd.. It turns out that Cassava convened it....


Ho sale dispute spurs suit - Friday 12th of August 2005

An investor attempting to purchase the Westward Ho hotel and casino is locked in a legal dispute with the propertys owners, claiming they breached an agreement to sell the property and let it fall through.Westward Ho owners are now in negotiations to....


Blair challenged on casino talks - Friday 12th of August 2005

Tony Blair is facing calls for a promise he will not weaken money laundering laws to attract foreign casino operators to the UK. The Conservative demands come after papers about government talks with casino firms about the rules last year. The Tories....


Gambling addict jailed over stamp duty fraud - Friday 12th of August 2005

A gambling addiction, blind ambition and an ostentatious desire to flaunt his riches led Keith Jonathan Fernandez to play a central role in one of the biggest stamp duty frauds in Victorian history _ for which he was today sentenced to at least seven....


In gamblings grip - Friday 12th of August 2005

The day that Marilyn Lancelot won the biggest jackpot of her life, she left the casino in Yuma, Ariz., with every penny of the $4,000 that had poured out of the slot machines. This time she knew that she would never gamble again.She was right, althou....


Jupiters Casino deals in to poker mania - Friday 12th of August 2005

JUPITERS Casino has moved to cash in on the international poker craze whipped up with the help of Aussie poker king Joe Hachem and celebrity card sharps such as Ben Affleck.Jupiters and its sister Treasury Casino in Brisbane will soon add poker to th....


State appoints nongambler to oversee problem gambling grants program - Friday 12th of August 2005

A nongambler has been hired to head the states new problem gambling program.Mike Willden, director of the state Department of Health and Human Services, said Monday that Suzie Kastens will be a contract employee to oversee the grants programs authori....


Riviera owner announces quarterly loss of $1 million - Friday 12th of August 2005

The owner of the Riviera hotel and casino reported a loss of $1 million compared with a profit of $829,000 in the second quarter of 2004.Revenue at Riviera Holdings Corp., which also owns a sister property in Black Hawk, Colo., rose 1 percent to $53.....


Officials hope to reopen boat closed because of water - Friday 12th of August 2005

Company officials hoped to get the go-ahead today to reopen Harrahs Metropolis Casino, which was closed because of shallow water on the Ohio River.The riverboat casino was closed late Sunday after low water levels created unsafe walking conditions be....


Scientific Games selected to provide lottery games - Friday 12th of August 2005

The Oklahoma Lottery Commission on Tuesday picked Scientific Games Corp. as the states first provider of lottery games and also voted to allow local vendors to recoup 6 percent of ticket sales.Jim Scroggins, executive director, said the value of the ....


State legislator renews push for slot machines - Friday 12th of August 2005

Video slot machines would be legal in Kentucky, but local governments would be left with the decision of whether to allow them within their jurisdictions under a proposal announced Tuesday by a state lawmaker.State Rep. Tom Burch, D-Louisville, said ....


Groundbreaking a dream come true for Indianans - Friday 12th of August 2005

FRENCH LICK, Ind. -- Residents believing that a new casino will pump life into southern Indianas Orange County began arriving an hour before a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, many carrying cameras and the hopes of a decade.Some 1,000 people showe....


Governor pledges to work with tribe on casino - Friday 12th of August 2005

LANDER, Wyo. -- After losing a lengthy court battle to stop plans to build a high-stakes casino, Gov. Dave Freudenthal said he would work with the Northern Arapaho Tribe to make the operation successful even though he still believes gambling is not g....


Alliance postpones its earnings report - Friday 12th of August 2005

Las Vegas-based Alliance Gaming Inc. postponed the release of its fourth-quarter earnings Tuesday, citing an incomplete auditing process.Company officials said they expect quarterly and year-end figures to be released the week of Aug. 26.Analysts exp....


Company signs strategic deal with wireless operator - Friday 12th of August 2005

Las Vegas-based Shuffle Master Inc. has signed an agreement with a wireless company to develop software to link their respective systems.Ameranth Wireless Inc., San Diego, offers wireless table reservation systems that are used in poker rooms as well....


Macau Week makes splash in LV - Friday 12th of August 2005

Three Las Vegas resorts and the Fashion Show mall have rolled out the red carpet for a large contingent of artisans and government and business dignitaries from Macau hoping to show Southern Nevadans that the city isnt just Asias premiere gaming dest....


UK Casinos Able to Have Live Entertainment - Friday 12th of August 2005

"All casinos built in the United Kingdom will in future have the potential to host live stage entertainment, says one of Britains leading experts on gaming law. "John Hagan, partner at Harris Hagan solicitors, rejected claims that the one regional su....


Wynn Resorts opens with highest room rates on the Las Vegas Strip - Friday 12th of August 2005

After opening April 28 with a blistering first five weeks, the $2.7 billion Wynn Las Vegas megaresort late Monday reported quarterly results that are more in line with what analysts have been expecting.Some experts say they expect profit to widen in ....


Cashless slot machines offer casinos unexpected bonanza - Friday 12th of August 2005

Gamblers that play ticket-in, ticket-out slot machines give thousands of dollars a month back to the casinos in which they play by not cashing in their vouchers.One of the unexpected bonanzas casinos have realized by installing cashless machines that....


Wristbands aim at raising problem gambling awareness - Friday 12th of August 2005

Starting this week, customers nationwide will notice employees at several major casinos wearing orange plastic wristbands of the type that have been used to raise money for various health-related charities.The wristbands, which say "Keep it Fun," kic....


William Hill to sell 50 betting shops to secure deal approval - Friday 12th of August 2005

William Hill (LSE: WMH.L - news) said it would sell 50 betting shops to gain regulatory clearance for its purchase of 624 outlets from peer Stanley Leisure to secure a deal that makes it Britains biggest bookmaker.William Hill agreed to buy 624 betti....


Mobile gambling to net $7.6bn by 2010 - Friday 12th of August 2005

The global market for mobile gambling is poised to rocket from current annual revenue levels of $1.2bn to reach US$7.6bn by 2010, industry analysts have predicted.In five years there will be more than 200m consumers gambling using their mobiles, acco....


A Casino Grows in Gaza - Friday 12th of August 2005

Its nothing personal, just business, or just "beezeeness", as they say in those mob movies.All along, we thought the godfather of Israel had some higher motive. Yes, maybe there was a political reason for surrounding himself with consiglieri, a....


Showdown looms over casinos off tribal lands - Friday 12th of August 2005

There are no Indian reservations or federally recognized tribes in Illinois or Ohio. But both states have been roiled by outside tribes that want to build Indian casinos within their boundaries, in locations near Chicago and Cleveland, among others. ....


Venezuelan Casinos Commission kicks off Mission Zero Illegal Gambling - Friday 12th of August 2005

The Venezuelan National Casinos Commission (CNC), under the Ministry of Tourism, has joined efforts with the National Guard, the National Customs and Tax Administration Service (Seniat) and the Ministry of the Interior and Justice to undertake Missio....


Proliferation of portable casinos in - Friday 12th of August 2005

Like mushrooms after a rainstorm, they keep spreading. And people like Francisca Figueroa find them intoxicating. The Ciudad Juarez resident is among a growing number of customers who plop their pesos into portable machines with the intention of winn....


Bourbon Street to be shuttered - Friday 12th of August 2005

Harrahs Entertainment Inc. expects to close the Bourbon Street hotel and casino by Oct. 31 to make way for an as-yet undisclosed development.Harrahs purchased the property, located on Flamingo Road just off the Strip, in March for about $61 million. ....


MANY of the entrepreneurs who have made headlines by capitalising on the world’s gambling boom seem to have come from far-flung places. So it is refreshing to know that one of Britain’s oldest and - Friday 12th of August 2005

Empire Online, an internet poker and casino marketing company, announced an 87.5 per cent rise in first-half profit on Monday and said it had made two acquisitions. Maiden, pro forma, pre-tax profits for the company, which floated in London in June, ....


Gaming man bet on going solo - Friday 12th of August 2005

MANY of the entrepreneurs who have made headlines by capitalising on the world’s gambling boom seem to have come from far-flung places. So it is refreshing to know that one of Britain’s oldest and most traditional gambling companies, Ladbrokes, h....


Coral plans £800m float amid fears of gambling stocks glut - Friday 12th of August 2005

THE owners of Coral Eurobet, Britain’s third-biggest bookmaker, are preparing to cash out at the top of the gaming market with plans for an £800 million flotation, which could be launched later this year. The stock market launch is being planned a....


The Digital Pit Boss - Friday 12th of August 2005

The case: Connecticuts Mohegan Sun casino is preparing to go "all in" on a sensor-riddled blackjack table that will give the house perfect knowledge of how its customers play. It found that a relatively low-tech system of cameras is more sensible tha....


Stations Jumbo Jackpot bonus a reel deal - Friday 12th of August 2005

Around 8 p.m. last Tuesday, several hundred slot players across Las Vegas got a pleasant surprise while a captive audience of several thousand got to watch.Thats when a catchy tune called "The Money Song" blared from overhead speakers at each of Stat....


Wynns latest not greatest - Friday 12th of August 2005

Sitting at a waterfront steakhouse at the newest and most expensive Strip resort, indulging in a fabulous meal, we concluded that Steve Wynn did, indeed, build the finest resort in town. It has an elegant casino, matchless dining, a fine art gallery,....


Wireless jackpot - Friday 12th of August 2005

Riding on the coattails of the poker craze, online casinos are looking to lure gamblers via the convenience of their cell phones or the comfort of their couches, allowing gamblers to hide behind the anonymity of a wireless device instead of the mirro....


Bookmaker Coral set to gamble on £800m float - Friday 12th of August 2005

CORAL EUROBET, Britain’s third-biggest bookmaker, is preparing for an £800m flotation and has appointed an investment bank to work on the listing. The bookmaker, which has 1,260 betting shops in the UK, has hired Lehman Brothers as its adviser. ....


Online bet firm Trident gambles on £100m float - Friday 12th of August 2005

Trident Gaming is gearing up for a float in the next 12 months that will value the firm at £100 million.The company, which offers online gambling in America and Europe, has recently acquired two businesses that could see it become the leading online....


Gamesys aims for jackpot joy - Friday 12th of August 2005

LEADING online gaming site, Jackpotjoy.com, is in talks with advisers about a possible £100m flotation as it seeks to become the latest firm to capitalise on Britain’s gambling boom. Jackpotjoy, which runs internet bingo and other “instant win....


Sycuan Bets SDSU Gaming Program Will Be a Winner - Friday 12th of August 2005

The business of American Indian gaming goes under the microscope at San Diego State University with the creation of an academic center dedicated to the subject.A $5.47 million gift from the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, owners of the Sycuan Res....


Chickasaw Nation Planning Oklahomas Largest Casino - Friday 12th of August 2005

The Chickasaw Nation plans to build Oklahomas largest casino, a structure of more than 200,000 square feet that will rival casinos on the Las Vegas strip. The Riverwind Casino is planned for a site along Interstate 35 and Oklahoma 9 about one mile fr....


Police: Woman spent $1.7 million in housing grants at casinos - Friday 12th of August 2005

A former Chickasaw Housing Authority accountant indicted on federal charges of embezzling about $1.7 million from her agency apparently gambled most of that money away at nearby casinos, police said.Therese Jones Brown was indicted Thursday in Mobil....


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St Pierre Park ‘unlikely’ to host island’s casino - Friday 12th of August 2005

A CASINO may never be built in Guernsey.Concerns about its viability have been growing, particularly after it was claimed that St Pierre Park Hotel had requested fees to be cut by 50%.‘Policy Council said very, very rightly that this is not a level....


OLD-STYLE CASINO IS ON ITS WAY - Friday 12th of August 2005

Swansea will have its fourth casino next year after approval was given yesterday for plans to set up an "old-style" gaming attraction in the city. Lanes Casino will open opposite the old police station in Orchard Street in the city centre after stavi....


Casino delayed by new design - Friday 12th of August 2005

Construction of the Dakota Dunes Casino has halted almost two months after its upbeat sod-turning ceremony, as its backers wait for government approval of an upsized design and budget.The lack of activity on the Whitecap Dakota Nation site means that....


Casino customer found floating in moat - Friday 12th of August 2005

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A woman who spent more than $100,000 gambling in recent years was pulled from a moat outside a Kansas City casino Friday after she apparently leapt into the 16-foot deep water.Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers assigned to th....


Greektown Casino Team Members Band Together in Nationwide Responsible Gaming Awareness Campaign - Friday 12th of August 2005

Greektown Casino joins other gaming companies nationwide in sponsoring the eighth annual Responsible Gaming Education Week (Aug. 1-5), the casino announced today.This years campaign features the distribution of thousands of responsible gaming wristba....


Marketers join in the poker craze - Friday 12th of August 2005

As Americans discover -- or rediscover -- the joys of holding a hot hand, the business of poker is flush with cash. From the casinos of Nevada and New Jersey to a basement down the block to a Costa Rican computer room, players are flocking to the cen....


Casino robbers may have - Friday 12th of August 2005

Police are still not close to releasing the amount stolen from Beach Plaza Casino on Sunday, but sources close to this newspaper say more than US $10,000 in cash was taken by bandits. Police have also not confirmed whether the two suspects in the cas....


Betfair tells finance chief to go ahead of flotation - Friday 12th of August 2005

Betfair, the betting exchange, has ousted its chief financial officer ahead of a potential £700m-£800m stock market flotation. Owen ODonnell, 38, who joined the company two years ago from media group Pearson and is currently on paternity leave, h....


All eyes on Connecticut in Internet gaming dispute - Friday 12th of August 2005

A first-of-its-kind computer program has state regulators and one of the worlds largest casinos locked in an Internet gambling dispute that is being watched around the country. At issue is the Foxwoods Resort Casino promotion PlayAway, an Internet-ba....


Gaming Commission OKs rules for slot surveillance - Friday 12th of August 2005

The Nevada Gaming Commission unanimously approved a series of new gaming regulations that shorten the process for modifying surveillance systems, allow slot manufacturers to ship devices out of state to locations that allow gaming and allow slot mach....


Hard Rock opts out of tribal deal to focus on LV project - Friday 12th of August 2005

The Hard Rock hotel and casino has severed ties with a California Indian tribe in order to focus its energies on building its $1 billion-plus condominium project and casino expansion in Las Vegas.Early this year, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Inc. obtai....


Lucky country?: Gambling in Canada is a $13-billion industry with profits similar to fuel, liquor taxes - Friday 12th of August 2005

Government-run gambling has become an almost $13-billion industry in Canada, with about 87,000 gambling machines, 60 permanent casinos and 33,000 lottery ticket centres pumping money into provincial coffers, according to a new study.While the report ....


Gambling ship to abandon St. Petersburg - Friday 12th of August 2005

ST. PETERSBURG - Its official: The Ocean Jewel wont be operating out of St. Petersburg any more.Titan Cruise Lines, which owns the 450-foot gambling ship, sent a letter to city officials Tuesday saying passenger operations will be discontinued at the....


Crime Unit yanks rigged gambling machines - Friday 12th of August 2005

Illegal gambling is increasingly becoming a target of the Austin Police Department, which conducted 40 searches and arrested six people Wednesday in connection with an 18-month investigation of a gambling business enterprise.The departments Organized....


British casino files appeal in former Sabah CMs case - Friday 12th of August 2005

Ritz Hotel Casino has filed an appeal against a High Court ruling here barring the enforcement of a British court judgement to collect former Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Osu Sukams RM7.1mil gambling debt. Counsel Colin Lau filed the appeal at the Kota....


Loan sharks infest murky casino waters - Friday 12th of August 2005

Loan-sharking is on the rise despite the governments move last year to give casinos legal authority to extend credit.Most cases go unreported, but even so, the Judiciary Police received 46 loan-sharking reports in the first three months of the year, ....


Adelaide mini casino provokes outcry from Opposition - Friday 12th of August 2005

The South Australia Opposition has declared it will strongly oppose moves to establish a new gaming club in Adelaides southern suburbs.State Opposition gaming spokesman Robert Brokenshire says the Onkaparinga Council has been asked to consider an app....


Pay-for-play scandal entangles Celine Dion - Friday 12th of August 2005

Celine Dions record company sought to artificially boost her popularity in the months before her 2003 Caesars Palace debut by bribing radio stations nationwide to play her music, according to documents released this week as part of a burgeoning pay-f....


MGM Mirage to spend hundreds of millions on property upgrades - Friday 12th of August 2005

MGM Mirage executives said today the company will embark on an aggressive capital spending program to upgrade its newly purchased Mandalay Resort Group casinos by adding noncasino attractions such as restaurants, retail stores, lounges and entertainm....


Station Casinos Announces Record Second Quarter Results, Additional Expansion Plans and Increases Dividend - Friday 12th of August 2005

Station Casinos, Inc. (NYSE: STN; "Station" or the "Company") today announced the results of its operations for the second quarter ended June 30, 2005. Highlights include: Same-store revenues from its Las Vegas operations increased 16% over the prior....


Bannatyne to invest in new casinos - Friday 12th of August 2005

Millionaire entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne plans to spend £18m developing three casinos across the UK once the details of new gambling legislation are unveiled on September 1.Mr Bannatyne launched his casino empire when he converted one of his health....


littlewoodspoker.com to be Exclusive Sponsor of New ITV Celebrity Show All Star Poker Challenge - Friday 12th of August 2005

is pleased to announce that its subsidiary, littlewoodspoker.com, is the exclusive sponsor of the new ITV Celebrity show, All Star Poker Challenge.(PRWEB) July 28, 2005 -- Sportech is pleased to announce that its subsidiary, littlewoodspoker.com, is ....


Responsible Gaming Education Week - Friday 12th of August 2005

The eighth annual Responsible Gaming Education Week is Aug. 1-5, 2005, and the AGA is gearing up for our most visible and ambitious campaign ever. The theme of this year’s campaign is “We’re Banding Together to Keep it Fun,? and its centerpie....


More hotels are trying fewer sheet changes: Policies at LV properties vary - Friday 12th of August 2005

While more hotel operators move toward a policy of changing sheets every other day for guests, some Las Vegas casinos -- among the worlds largest hotels -- say they have no plans to change the way they serve guests.Casino hotels around town have very....


APD Makes Huge Gambling Bust - Friday 12th of August 2005

The Austin Police Department, in conjunction with the IRS and FBI, executed 40 search warrants on game rooms and convenience stores in the Austin area Tuesday.This operation began approximately 18 months ago. The primary focus of the investigation wa....


When the chips were down - Friday 12th of August 2005

Christopher Bray reviews The Gamblers by John Pearson.Back in the late 1950s the police raided a Mayfair flat they suspected was being used as a venue for illicit games of chemin de fer and charged John Aspinall and his fellow players with "keeping a....


Genting, Dreamgate likely winners from Macau gaming business - Friday 12th of August 2005

THE odds are strong that Genting Bhd and slots machine distributor Dreamgate Corp Bhd will emerge as winners from Macau’s fast growing gaming sector.Macau — where gaming revenue is forecast to rise 20 per cent in the next four years — is curren....


Students play pokies in school uniform - Friday 12th of August 2005

Social agencies are calling for a crackdown on underage gambling after reports of students playing pokie machines in school uniform, and worrying new statistics. A study has found that two in three teenagers have gambled in the past year, and 3.4 per....


Schoolgirl among 12 held in major gaming bust - Friday 12th of August 2005

Police here believe they have smashed the biggest illegal gambling ring this year with the arrest of 12 people, including a 16-year-old schoolgirl on Sunday. The suspects were detained in two raids carried out simultaneously at two unspecified housin....


At 10, mining-themed casino leaving a Legacy - Friday 12th of August 2005

Ten years ago today was one of the busiest in Reno gambling history, and those who were around for the opening of the Silver Legacy Resort Casino remember it as a blur of crushing crowds downtown.“I remember saying, ‘OK, it’s ready to go, let t....


Hotel and casino company Johnnic picks adviser on HCI bid - Friday 12th of August 2005

South African hotel and casino company Johnnic Holdings has appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers to advise it on a hostile takeover bid by Hoskens Consolidated Investments (HCI), the company said on Tuesday.HCI, which wants to expand its casino business,....


Casino Control Commission must be properly funded - Friday 12th of August 2005

The V.I. Casino Control Commission wants its 2006 fiscal year budget doubled to $1.3 million from the $650,000 it received for 2005. In this case a 100 percent increase does not appear to be out of line. To its credit the Casino Commission is a gover....


Forget expensive presents or costly jewellery. Wining and dining is the best way for men to woo women, scientists said on Tuesday. - Friday 12th of August 2005

An Israeli businessman said Tuesday that he had held talks with the Palestinian Authority about opening a casino at the site of one of the Gaza Strip settlements that are due to be evacuated next month. Shmuel Flatto-Sharon, a former MP, said he want....