Casino and Gambling news stories from Dec 2009

Gambling addict Harry Kakavas loses case against Crown Casino - Wednesday 9th of December 2009

A PATHOLOGICAL gambler has failed in his bid to sue Melbournes Crown Casino for the millions of dollars he lost at the venue.Gold Coast property developer Harry Kakavas lost $30 million during the 15-month, $1.5 billion gambling spree in 2005-2006.Ka....


Call for ban on casino inducements - Wednesday 9th of December 2009

INDUCEMENTS like those given by Melbournes Crown Casino to pathological gambler Harry Kakavas should be banned, an anti-gambling campaigner has said.Crown wooed Mr Kakavas during his $1.5 billion gambling spree at the casino with private jets, limous....


Cowboy Steve Wynn recalls days of ropin’ on Ralph Lamb’s ranch - Wednesday 9th of December 2009

It is the onstage news conference where Steve Wynn is announcing Garth Brooks’ residency at Encore Theater. Wynn is dressed in a dark blue blazer, open-collared and faintly striped shirt, blue jeans and gleaming black boots. At times, he speaks with ....


Casinos revamp gambling machines; Governors office says theyre still illegal - Wednesday 9th of December 2009

Alabamas largest gambling venues are reconfiguring their bingo machines to meet standards recently set by the state Supreme Court, but the changes dont go far enough, according to Gov. Bob Rileys office, and more raids could result. Country Crossi....


Govt allows Crown to boost gaming tables - Wednesday 9th of December 2009

Legislation allowing Crown Casino to install 150 more gaming tables is set to pass this week after the Victorian government agreed to key concessions.Crown is set to increase its gaming tables from 350 to 500 in exchange for paying more tax on its po....


Atlantic City casinos to reduce NYC train service - Wednesday 9th of December 2009

With winter ridership low, a rail service that carries gamblers between New York City and Atlantic City on weekends will cut back the number of trains it runs from 18 to 11. The change is effective Dec. 18.The Atlantic City Express Service, or "ACES"....


Pa. casinos spend over $1 million to lobby in 09 - Wednesday 9th of December 2009

Pennsylvania casinos have spent more than $1 million this year to lobby lawmakers and state officials as they sought to influence legislation to both expand their business and bring on potential competition.Eleven casino firms report combined spendin....


Strike highlights concerns on gambling ship - Wednesday 9th of December 2009

A strike that broke out Wednesday among the crew of 150 foreigners who live and work aboard the Palm Beach Princess gambling cruise to nowhere has raised concerns about safety and working conditions aboard the ship, a maritime attorney said Thursday.....


Cellini asks President Obama to move casinos forward - Wednesday 9th of December 2009

In the wake of President Obama’s jobs summit, Thompson Town Supervisor Anthony Cellini Friday faxed him a letter urging him to remove the one impediment to creating three Native American casinos in Sullivan County, thereby creating thousands of jobs.....


Sands plans phased opening for Singapore resort - Wednesday 9th of December 2009

800 to 1,000 hotel rooms seen opening late March.Las Vegas Sands Corp (LVS.N) expects to open its $5.5 billon, 2,700-room Singapore casino resort in phases starting in the first quarter of next year, a company spokesman said on Thursday.He declined t....


Casino resort moves on race row claims - Wednesday 9th of December 2009

One Official who participated in racist activities and harassment at Sun City will be dismissed and two others face criminal charges, according to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by Cosatu and the resort yesterday.Cosatus North West secret....


Soccer betting targeted in China - Wednesday 9th of December 2009

Police in Hunan province have tracked down three criminal groups that organized betting on soccer via the Internet.More than 600 million yuan ($88 million) have reportedly been wagered since 2007.Twenty-two suspects including the three leaders, Feng ....


Harrahs Launches the Much Anticipated Caesars Casino Online - Wednesday 9th of December 2009

he long wait for the first online casino from Harrah’s Entertainment is finally over, as the iconic gambling company releases Caesar’s Palace Casino online.Powered by Dragonfish casino software, Caeser’s Palace Casino offers a wide selection of games....


Dodge City casino to open in mid-December - Wednesday 9th of December 2009

The new Dodge City casino is slated to open in mid-December, the developer said Wednesday.A specific date wasn’t offered.“Boot Hill Casino and Resort is on schedule for a mid-December opening. This is an exciting time for Dodge City, southwest Kansas....


Casino jobs saved in takeover - Tuesday 8th of December 2009

Two casinos in the Black Country were today saved from closure in a takeover deal that has saved 110 jobs.Staff at the Rubicon in Wolverhampton and the Castle Hill in Dudley feared redundancy after both went into administration in March. Today it eme....


Now-closed sports betting Web site gets $28.2 million fine, placed on probation for 5 years - Tuesday 8th of December 2009

Defunct online gambling site BetOnSports.com has been sentenced to probation and a $28.2 million fine that lawyers on both sides say probably will never be paid.Company founder Gary Kaplan was sentenced last month to 51 months in prison and he agreed....


Interpol joins football fight against match-fixing and betting scams - Tuesday 8th of December 2009

Interpol, the European policing network, is to create an international task force to fight the shadowy world of illegal betting in sport in general and in football in particular.This development follows string of meetings between world and European ....


A sad day at the Sun, but a day for hope. - Tuesday 8th of December 2009

My father used to tell me that if you want to be a good newspaperman, you have to be prepared to put news about yourself — good or bad — on the front page. That way you can put similar news about others there, too.I have always tried to heed that adv....


Wyandotte County casino proposal gets approval - Tuesday 8th of December 2009

The Kansas Lottery Gaming Facility Review Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a roughly $700 million proposal for a Wyandotte County casino.The contract now goes to the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission for a background check, commission spokesma....


Binions closing Las Vegas hotel; casino remains - Tuesday 8th of December 2009

The owner of an iconic downtown Las Vegas hotel that hosted the World Series of Poker for 34 years will close the propertys hotel rooms, coffee shop and keno operations as a cost-cutting move, a spokeswoman said Monday."Its the downturn," said Lisa R....


Dubai Inc.’s Holdings May Go Up for Auction - Tuesday 8th of December 2009

Much of the billions of dollars that Dubai borrowed during the boom years went to help build grandiose trophy real estate projects at home like an indoor skiing arena, the world’s largest airport, artificial palm-shaped islands and the world’s talles....


Ex-NBA star promising to repay Vegas casino debt - Tuesday 8th of December 2009

Former NBA all-star Antoine Walker has agreed to pay more than $900,000 to settle bad check charges with three Las Vegas casinos and avoid trial on felony criminal charges, a defense lawyer and prosecutor said Monday.Walker wasnt in court when his a....


MP seeks national monitoring of gambling - Tuesday 8th of December 2009

The rivers of gambling tax revenue flowing to state governments beg for an independent national body to monitor gaming laws, Senator Nick Xenophon says.The outspoken pokies opponent also wants the effectiveness of problem gambler programs measured.He....


Tony Cascarino wins GUKPT Grand Final main event - Tuesday 8th of December 2009

Former professional footballer Tony Cascarino has won the GUKPT Grand Final main event. The former Ireland striker outlasted a field of 183-runners at The Vic to win the showpiece tour event and with it the first prize of £168,800.Cascarino and event....


Paddy Power Adds Live Dealers to its Casino - Tuesday 8th of December 2009

Paddy Power Casino has just released a Live Dealer site, for players who want that extra bit of realism in their online gaming experience.Teaming up with Evolution Gaming, the same people behind VC Casino and Unibet Casinos Live Dealer, Paddy Power C....