Casino and Gambling news stories from Aug 2006

Casino Royale - Wednesday 9th of August 2006

WHO would have bet on it? Prince Harry has been spotted playing blackjack and roulette at a Bournemouth casino.The third-in-line to the throne, currently training to become a tank commander at Bovington Camp, took a spin at Stanleys Casino on Yelvert....


Online poker players face legal issues - Wednesday 9th of August 2006

With the nightclub Tao swathed in red and black, music pulsated and go-go dancers gyrated on raised platforms along the wall. Everything from the "reserved" signs to the billiard table felt to the models Chinese-style dresses bore the same label: "bo....


Online poker players face legal issues - Wednesday 9th of August 2006

With the nightclub Tao swathed in red and black, music pulsated and go-go dancers gyrated on raised platforms along the wall. Everything from the "reserved" signs to the billiard table felt to the models Chinese-style dresses bore the same label: "bo....


Pause Urged for Pennsylvania Slot Legislation - Wednesday 9th of August 2006

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania – As reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "State Sen. Jeffrey Piccola, R-Dauphin, is urging the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board not to approve any more slot machine-related licenses before Oct. 31, so the Legislature....


Nevada Gold Gets Temporary License - Wednesday 9th of August 2006

HOUSTON, Texas – Nevada Gold & Casinos, Inc. (AMEX:UWN), today announced that the New York Lottery has approved a temporary license to operate video gaming machines at Vernon Downs Racetrack.John Arnesen, President and Chief Operating Officer o....


Guam Anti-Gambling Group Sued for Defamation - Wednesday 9th of August 2006

GUAM – As reported by the Guam Pacific Daily News: "Slots-machine proponent Guam Greyhound and its owner James Baldwin sued an anti-gambling group for defamation today."Named in the lawsuit were Lina'la Sin Casino and its spokeswoman Jackie Marati....


WSOP Main Event Update - Tuesday 8th of August 2006

Only 45 players remain in the 2006 WSOP Main Event as participants continue to fall out of the march towards the $12 million first-place prize. Malibu, Calif., native Jamie Gold currently resides in first place with $7,330,000 chips. Gold has....


Buffalo Casino Talks Not Over - Tuesday 8th of August 2006

BUFFALO, New York – As reported by the Buffalo News: "Buffalo officials and the Seneca Nation of Indians may not be through talking about a downtown casino after all. "On Wednesday Mayor Byron W. Brown declared an impasse in casino discussions, an....


Charity Wins With Strip Poker - Tuesday 8th of August 2006

DUBLIN, Ireland – Bookmaker Paddy Power has pledged to double the GBP10,000 first prizein its forthcoming World Strip Poker Championship if the event is won bysomeone donating their winnings to charity. This would mean a whoppingGBP20,000 payday....


MegaJackpot at Over $15 Million - Tuesday 8th of August 2006

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – The Penny Megabucks(R) progressiveslot jackpot in Nevada casinos has increased by over $500,000 in the lastmonth. With a current MegaJackpot(R) of $15,704,581, the progressive isstatistically overdue to hit. The Penny Mega....


Macau Boosts LV Sands - Tuesday 8th of August 2006

by Howard StutzLas Vegas Gaming WireLAS VEGAS Results at The Venetian hit a road bump during the spring, but Las Vegas Sands Corp. had China to fall back on.Booming revenue at the company's casino in Macau helped rescue the second-quarter earning....


Powerball Jackpot Rises to $204 Million - Tuesday 8th of August 2006

UNITED STATES – The Powerball jackpot continues togrow to unbelievable heights! Even though the grand prize was not awardedWednesday, three lucky tickets in DC, Iowa, and North Carolina each won$800,000 with Power Play. A total of 952,566 player....


Arizona Casino to Move - Tuesday 8th of August 2006

ARIZONA – As reported by the Business Journal of Phoenix: "Wild Horse Pass Casino soon will be on the move to the tune of $150 million."The Gila River Indian Community Tuesday announced plans to move the casino closer to the Interstate 10-Maricop....


Belle Rock Sends Players to WSOP - Tuesday 8th of August 2006

Belle Rock Entertainment has sentfour of its poker players to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas fortheir chance to win $10,000,000 prize pool and be crowned one of theworld's greatest No-Limit Texas Hold'em champions. The players are beingflo....


Bear Wanders into Lake Tahoe Casino - Tuesday 8th of August 2006

STATELINE, Nevada As reported by the Associated Press: "A Lake Tahoe casino that promotes a 'habitat for everything wild' found truth in advertising over the weekend when a wayward bear wandered in through a rear loading dock."The 150 pound yearlin....


Wynn Fine-Tuning Details at 600-Room Macau Resort - Tuesday 8th of August 2006

MACAU As reported by the Press of Atlantic City: "Steve Wynn has started dress rehearsals for his $1.2 billion Wynn Macau, the second smallest hotel-casino ever built by the Las Vegas developer. "While the 600-room resort is less than a quarter the....


South African Lottery to Seek Another Supplier - Tuesday 8th of August 2006

WEST GREENWICH, Rhode Island – GTECH HoldingsCorporation (NYSE: GTK) today announced that Uthingo Management (Pty)Limited, the current lottery operator for the South Africa NationalLottery, was notified by the Minister of Trade & Industry of the....


Ameristar Casinos Names President - Tuesday 8th of August 2006

LAS VEGAS – Ameristar Casinos, Inc. (Nasdaq: ASCA) today announced that it has appointed John M. Boushy to become President. In this position, he will be responsible for leading operations, finance, human resources, marketing, information techno....


Harrah's Names New Vice Chairman - Tuesday 8th of August 2006

LAS VEGAS, Nevada Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:HET) today announced that Charles L. Atwood has been appointed vice chairman of the board of directors.Atwood, Harrah's chief financial officer for the last five years, will be succeeded by Jon....


Arizona Lottery Vote Measure Debated - Tuesday 8th of August 2006

ARIZONA – As reported by the Arizona Republic: "The right to vote is a privilege, a civic duty, an invaluable patriotic responsibility. "Should your ballot also be a lottery ticket? And is that even legal? "A measure on the November ballot to crea....


Riverside Casino Doors Set to Open - Tuesday 8th of August 2006

RIVERSIDE, Iowa As reported by the (Iowa) Gazette: "Work on a new casino resort here is 95 percent complete and will be done in time for the grand opening Aug. 31, a casino official said today."...After about a year of construction, the casino will....


Casino Defends Actions Over Woman Who Gambled Away $6m - Tuesday 8th of August 2006

AUCKLAND, New Zealand As reported by Stuff.co.nz: "The 42-year-old woman at the centre of a Gambling Commission hearing lost an average of $30,000 a month at a casino the year before she was arrested for stealing to fuel her addiction. "In a landma....


Blackpool Locals Asked for Support - Tuesday 8th of August 2006

BLACKPOOL, England – As reported by Blackpool Today: "'You have nine days to shape Blackpool's future.'"That was the rally call today as Blackpool residents were invited to tell the Government why the resort should win the UK's super casino race."....


Harrah's, Asian Firm Bid on Casino - Tuesday 8th of August 2006

SINGAPORE As reported by the Associated Press: "American gambling giant Harrah's Entertainment and Singapore property firm Keppel Land Ltd. announced Monday that they would submit a joint bid for Singapore's second casino license."It had been uncle....


Maoists Threaten Indians Working at Nepal Casinos - Tuesday 8th of August 2006

KATHMANDU As reported by the Hindu: "Two Indians working in casinos here have been forced to flee after a Maoist affiliated trade union threatened to kill them if they did not vacate their posts in favour of Nepalese nationals. "The Maoist affiliat....


Isle of Capri Casinos Completes Sale of Properties - Tuesday 8th of August 2006

BILOXI, Mississippi – Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. (Nasdaq: ISLE) announced today that it has completed the previously announced sale of its Vicksburg, Miss. and Bossier City, La. properties to Legends Gaming, LLC for $240 million cash subject to....


Trump Taj Mahal Begins Expansion Construction - Tuesday 8th of August 2006

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey – TrumpEntertainment Resorts, Inc. (the "Company") (Nasdaq: TRMP) announced todaythat construction officially commenced in July 2006 on the new, $250million hotel tower at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort (the "Taj Ma....


Pennsylvania Lottery Sets Sales Record - Tuesday 8th of August 2006

PENN HILLS, Pennsylvania – Pennsylvania Governor EdwardG. Rendell today announced that Pennsylvania Lottery sales for the 2005-06fiscal year set a new record of $3.07 billion - a 16 percent increase overthe previous year. Having topped last year....


Casino Odds Tip in Yarmouth's Favour - Tuesday 8th of August 2006

YARMOUTH, England As reported by the Business: "Yarmouth is heading the national field in the race to clinch one of eight large casino licences, it emerged last night."Details of a shortlist first published by the casino advisory panel in May show ....


Jeff Simpson Talks to Steve Wynn and Jack Binion About Their Macau Relationship - Tuesday 8th of August 2006

By Our Partners at the Las Vegas SunLAS VEGAS, NEVADA The Las Vegas casino business threw a couple of curveballs last week. The biggest shocker was Steve Wynn's announcement that he had hired Jack Binion to run Wynn Resorts' international operation....


Powerball Rises to $178 Million - Monday 7th of August 2006

UNITED STATES – The Powerball jackpot continues tomove! Even though the grand prize was not awarded Saturday, two luckytickets in Arizona and Connecticut won $800,000 each with Power Play. Atotal of 837,855 players across the nation won more tha....


Three Generational Family Enters WSOP - Monday 7th of August 2006

GIBRALTAR – This is one family you don't want tobluff! Victor Goulding, 91; Rick Goulding, 52, and Brenton Goulding, 22 ofMelbourne, Fla., are breaking new ground today as the first everthree-generational family to play in a World Series of Pok....


Mega Millions Jackpot Grows - Monday 7th of August 2006

The Friday, July 28 MegaMillions drawing really brought out the winners! A total of 386,822 ticketsfrom coast to coast won Mega Millions prizes, including five tickets thateach won $250,000. However, no ticket matched all six numbers to win theMeg....


State Wants Lawsuit Records Unsealed In Casino Dispute - Monday 7th of August 2006

INDIANA As reported by the Indy Star: "Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter is asking an Orange County judge to unseal the records in a lawsuit between the partners of a new casino in French Lick. "A hearing on whether the records should remain ....


Advantage Sports Betting Celebrates Milestone - Monday 7th of August 2006

BetCorp white label partner, Advantage Sports Betting, is celebrating five strong years of offering competitive sports lines to online sports bettors. In that time, Advantage Sports Betting has become a go-to source for thousands of sports bettors....


New Zealand Casino Licence Hangs in the Balance - Monday 7th of August 2006

AUCKLAND, New Zealand As reported by Newstalk ZB: "A landmark hearing to decide whether to suspend Dunedin Casino's licence is underway in Auckland."The Department of Internal Affairs is asking the Gambling Commission to suspend the licence, becaus....


Danish Student Wins WSOP Freeroll - Wednesday 2nd of August 2006

NEW YORK, New York – The second of three freerolls in a series leading up to the World Series of Poker (WSOP) was won by a Danish man who goes by the name "Yogo1." The 24-year-old student played his way to his biggest win to date and walked away....