Casino and Gambling news stories from Dec 2007

Banks attack conflicting US gambling rules - Saturday 22nd of December 2007

Banking lobbyists are warning the US Treasury that regulations proposed in the wake of last years sweeping anti-gambling law will be impossible to comply with unless the Bush administration clarifies its conflicting views on online betting.The Financ....


London Underground censors bookies bingo ads - Saturday 22nd of December 2007

Irish bookmaker Paddy Power has run into trouble with its latest ad campaign. Officials at London Underground have banned the ad – which shows a man posed as if breastfeeding a baby and accompanied by the strapline ‘where have all the women gone....


Bookies may part with SIS stake - Friday 21st of December 2007

Three of Britains biggest bookmakers are considering offering to sell around half of their controlling stake in Satellite Information Services to Britains 59 racecourses in a bid to defuse a legal row with Turf TV.Ladbrokes, William Hill and Betfred ....


Fortuna buys Croatian betting firm Favorit - Friday 21st of December 2007

Betting company Fortuna has expanded its activities to the Croatian odds betting market where it has gained number two company Favorit, weekly Euro writes in its latest issue due out on Monday.With the acquisition, Fortuna now has 1,600 branch office....


LAS VEGAS GOLF IN THE ORIENT - Friday 21st of December 2007

With major changes in the plans for the Macau gaming industry comes the necessity to have an international standard golf course.The new government has invited 3 investors to change the future of Macau:Venetian Macau, Wynn Resort, and Orient Golf Club....


Dion ends five-year run at Las Vegas casino - Friday 21st of December 2007

Celine Dion has called it a wrap at Caesars Palace, acknowledging in her final show that pregnancy and poor early reviews almost sank her titanic five-year engagement.As adoring fans cheered, stood and clapped through Saturday nights performance, Dio....


Station Casinos have grand plans for Reno - Friday 21st of December 2007

It all started in 1976 when a bellhop-turned-dealer at the Tropicana had a dream to build a place where casino workers could go and unwind after their shifts.So, with some partners, Frank Fertitta Jr. built a 500-square-foot slot casino and a snack b....


Gala Coral seeks to expand to China - Friday 21st of December 2007

Gala Coral, the private equity owned betting and gaming group, is seeking permission to open a bingo club in China as it steps up its international expansion.Neil Goulden, chief executive, said the group had found a site for the club in Hebei provinc....


$1.5bn casino puts the heat on Packer in Macau - Friday 21st of December 2007

The new Las Vegas-style casino/hotel complex has been developed by US casino operator MGM Mirage and Pansy Ho, the daughter of Macau casino veteran Stanley Ho and the older sister of Packers Macau partner, Lawrence Ho. The 35-storey tower complex, by....


Plans for £35m casino go on show - Friday 21st of December 2007

Great Yarmouth was one of eight places in England and Wales to be granted permission by the government in 2007 to build a large casino. Pleasure and Leisure Corp - which owns the towns Pleasure Beach - said the development called The Edge, could give....


Spain takes on Vegas with massive project - Friday 21st of December 2007

A desert area in Spain is about to take on "Sin City."A massive Las Vegas-style casino complex featuring bullfights and replicas of the Pentagon, the Egyptian pyramids and Roman temples will be built in an area outside Zaragoza, a city in northeaster....


Ama is Expected to Commence Operations in Crown Macau in Mid-December - Thursday 6th of December 2007

On November 9, MPEL announced that one of its subsidiaries, Melco PBL Gaming (Macau) Limited (“MPBL Gaming”), had entered into a Gaming Promotion agreement with Ama, a gaming promoter licensed by the Macau government.Ama has agreed to exclusively....


Casino agency recommends renewing Tropicana license for only one year - Thursday 6th of December 2007

New Jerseys casino enforcement agency recommended only a one-year license renewal Tuesday for Tropicana Casino and Resort, citing mass layoffs and a litany of customer complaints under the troubled ownership of Columbia Sussex Corp.The recommendatio....


Nevada union boss against casino tax hike - Thursday 6th of December 2007

The state leader of the AFL-CIO in Nevada said Tuesday a proposal backed by the teachers union to raise taxes on casinos would make the state too dependent on a single industry.The AFL-CIO, with 120 affiliated unions and more than 200,000 members in ....


Tourism minister gambles on Eilat casino - Thursday 6th of December 2007

Casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson, who recently launched the worlds biggest gambling complex, may have given up on hopes of establishing a casino in Israel, but Tourism Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch on Monday said he plans to push hard for a legal gambli....


Italy’s largest betting firm set to enter Indian market - Thursday 6th of December 2007

Armed with their latest acquisition of Nextra International, the promoters of London-based boutique investment bank-Euromax Capital, Mr Subodh Narian Agrawal and Mr Darshan Desai, along with Italian billionaire dealmaker, Mr Alessandro Benedetti, are....


Gaming Board moves to sell 10th casino license - Thursday 6th of December 2007

The Illinois Gaming Board is taking preliminary steps to reissue the states long-dormant 10th casino license after a recent set of court rulings greatly limited efforts by Emerald Casino officials to open in Rosemont.Board Chairman Aaron Jaffe said t....


Have-a-go hero tackles armed robber - Thursday 6th of December 2007

A HAVE-A-GO hero tackled an armed robber as he fled a Worcester bookmakers.The masked man had threatened a female member of staff at Corals in Trinity Street on Sunday at about 11am - just six weeks after a similar raid on William Hill bookmakers in ....


British casino school opens - Thursday 6th of December 2007

The UKs first fully-equipped specialist casino school has opened in Cardiff, Wales. The independent accredited training school, set up by Professional Croupier Training (PCT), aims to provide intensive instruction for people aiming to work in the gam....


Spain to get Las Vegas style development - Thursday 6th of December 2007

EUROPE is set to get its own version of Las Vegas in a desert region of eastern Spain where developers plan to build 32 hotel-casinos, two theme parks, a racecourse and stadium over the next decade.The project, approved last week by the regional gove....


Yarmouth casino plans unveiled - Thursday 6th of December 2007

Yarmouths Pleasure Beach boss Albert Jones is to lay down what he hopes will be a winning hand in the battle to bring gaming on a Las Vegas scale to the resort. Residents will be given their first real glimpse of his bold plans for a £35m casino and....


Macau casino mogul Ho bids record US$330,000 for giant white truffle at auction - Thursday 6th of December 2007

A Macau casino mogul bid a record US$330,00 at auction Saturday for a giant white truffle dug up in Tuscany, organizers said.Billionaire Stanley Ho made the winning bid for the 1.497 kilogram (about 3.3 pound) truffle during an auction staged simulta....


Ban on breakfast beers and betting - Thursday 6th of December 2007

BREAKFAST drinking and pokie-playing will be banned across Queensland under sweeping changes to the states liquor laws.Premier Anna Bligh today announced a return to 10am to midnight trading across Queensland following a review of the liquor act. Ear....


Playwin puts its money on Goa casino - Thursday 6th of December 2007

Goa will soon have a new addition to its list of attractions. And it could be no bigger than a casino spread over 20,000 sq ft, thanks to the Rs 3,400-crore Playwin, the country’s largest online lottery company and gaming brand of Pan India Infrave....


Tropicana Casinos license extended until next week - Wednesday 5th of December 2007

State casino regulators extended the Tropicana Casino and Resorts license until next week, when a final decision on whether it should be renewed can be made.The state Casino Control Commission has heard two weeks of testimony on whether to relicense ....


Ahern approved secret casino deal - Wednesday 5th of December 2007

The former chairman of the National Lottery Company today directly links Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to the development of a casino project backed by dollar-rich investors. In a dramatic statement to the Irish Independent, respected businessman John Hynes....


All bets may be off on gambling laws - Wednesday 5th of December 2007

It is a thriving, lucrative industry in many parts of the world, but in Ireland, casinos and clubs don’t know where their future lies and neither do the foreign investors who have toyed with the idea of setting up here. John Mulligan looks at the G....


Macau a sure bet to become the Las Vegas of China - Wednesday 5th of December 2007

Mainland China may not yet have a Broadway, but it has a Las Vegas: the former Portuguese colony of Macau.A special administrative region at the mouth of the Pearl River, just an hour by ferry from Hong Kong, Macau soon could surpass the American gam....


$1million lottery winner may have to return winnings... because hes banned from gambling - Wednesday 5th of December 2007

Timothy Elliott has got to be the worlds unluckiest lottery winner. He thought he was set for life when he hit the million-dollar jackpot he entered in America. But now the convicted bank robber is being hauled back to court to answer charges that he....


The first legal poker club in the UK is set to open its doors in Nottingham today. - Wednesday 5th of December 2007

Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino has slashed its slot machines from about 1,200 to 516 as part of a revamped business plan to boost revenue in 2008 after trailing in third place for months among the three Broward County casinos.The plan: change the fi....


CITY POKER CLUB NOW A UK FIRST - Wednesday 5th of December 2007

The first legal poker club in the UK is set to open its doors in Nottingham today.Dusk Till Dawn is on Lenton Lane Industrial Estate and will be the first card-only club in the UK.Businessman Rob Yong was granted a casino licence for the premises by ....


Casino ship out for repairs - Wednesday 5th of December 2007

The Sterling Casino Lines gambling ship at Port Canaveral has been taken out of service for engine repairs, the company said Wednesday.Sterlings Ambassador II will travel to Jacksonville today for repairs on its starboard main engine. The ship is exp....


Casino City Press Releases Online Gaming Business Directory - Monday 17th of December 2007

NEWTON, Massachusetts Casino City Press has just releasedthe 2006 edition of the Online Gaming Business Directory. Casino City's OnlineGaming Business Directory provides comprehensive coverage of the key playerswithin the I-gaming industry. The di....