Casino and Gambling news stories from Feb 2006

Irish Player Wins Dominican Republic Tournament - Tuesday 28th of February 2006

DOMINICAN REPUBLICAN – As reported by the Dominican Today: "Rory McHugh won the inaugural Majestic Poker Tour (MPG) event last week, winning $68,000 and a $15,000 package to the 2006 Word Series of Poker's main event. "He outlasted 60 players in ....


Hundreds Expected for San Jose Tournament - Tuesday 28th of February 2006

SAN JOSE, California – As reported by the Gilroy Dispatch: "A field of 500 poker players is expected next week to attend the 10th Annual Shooting Star Tournament at Bay 101 in San Jose. "Danny Nguyen of San Jose returns to defend his title Monday ....


Florida Casino Noise Solution Sought - Tuesday 28th of February 2006

FLORIDA – As reported by the Miami Herald: "The state may step in to help some East Davie residents who have long complained of the loud bass noise emanating from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino."The office of state Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Dania Be....


Satellite Winners Only to Compete in Wild Jack Poker's Final Table - Tuesday 28th of February 2006

KAHNAWAKE, Canada – Wild Jack Poker, the Jackpot Factory Group's online poker room, announced the launch of a satellite tournament that will culminate with an exclusive final table on March 31st. The winner will be flown to the Borgata Casino & Sp....


Senate Looks to Review Tribal Gaming Laws - Tuesday 28th of February 2006

WASHINGTON, DC – As reported by the Michigan Morning Sun: "The leaders of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe are watching the U.S. Senate carefully, wondering if the federal law that governs Tribal gaming operations might be revised."'We are attend....


Mega Millions Rises to $256 Million - Tuesday 28th of February 2006

UNITED STATES – The Mega Millions jackpot continuesto be the talk of the country, as a total of 2,024,023 tickets from coast tocoast were winners in the Friday, February 24 drawing. Since no ticketmatched all six numbers to win the estimated $2....


New Orleans Haunts Harrah's - Monday 27th of February 2006

PENNSYLVANIA – As reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Tribune: "The bayou ghost continues to haunt Harrah's Entertainment. "Despite a healthy investment rating, an impressive acquisition of one-time rival Caesars and the largest stable of casinos amon....


Pittsburgh Training Centers to Groom Casino Workers - Monday 27th of February 2006

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania – As reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "In anticipation of a casino that could be up and running within two years, competitors for the lone Pittsburgh slots license already are consulting nearby training centers, ho....


Massachusetts Tribe Looks to Build Casino - Monday 27th of February 2006

BOSTON, Massachusetts – As reported by the Cape Cod Times: "The Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe of Martha's Vineyard will assert a right to build a resort casino under Indian gaming law if Massachusetts legalizes slot machines at the state's four racetra....


Cherokees Look to Expand Casino - Monday 27th of February 2006

RALEIGH, North Carolina – As reported by the Kingston Free Press: "Nestled along the Great Smokey Mountains sits Harrah's Cherokee Casino. First opened in 1997, the 175,000-square-foot casino is a top tourist attraction which employs about 1,800 p....


Pinnacle Purchases President Casino St. Louis Riverfront - Monday 27th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS – Pinnacle Entertainment (NYSE: PNK) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with President Casinos, Inc. to purchase all of the outstanding capital stock of President Riverboat Casino-Missouri, Inc., which does business ....


Progressive Gaming Approved for Product Trials - Monday 27th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS Progressive Gaming International Corporation (NASDAQ:PGIC), (the Company) a leading provider of diversified technology and content products and services used in the gaming industry worldwide, announced today that it has received approva....


Slots Installed at Diamond Jo - Monday 27th of February 2006

NORTHWOOD, Iowa – As reported by the Waterloo Cedar-Falls Courier: "There's a lot of slot talk at the new Diamond Jo Casino. "The cavernous 60,000-square-foot building is buzzing with commotion, just no gambling — yet."…There are 511 — from ....


Wynn Focuses on Macau During Call - Monday 27th of February 2006

by Howard StutzLas Vegas Gaming WireLAS VEGAS Wynn Resorts Chairman Steve Wynn was more interested Thursday afternoon in discussing the casino company's prospects in Macau than the gambling operator's fourth-quarter earnings.Returning from a weeklo....


MontBleu Resort Casino Details Unveiled - Monday 27th of February 2006

NEVADA – – Caesars Tahoe is just months away from officially becoming the MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa, and today the property unveiled the names and concepts for its four new restaurants. Offering a delectable variety of venues and menus, Mon....


New York Developer Proposes Small Town Casino Resort - Monday 27th of February 2006

NEW YORK – As reported by the Democrat & Chronicle: "After failing in his bid two years ago to bring a casino to downtown Rochester, local mall magnate Thomas Wilmot is once again setting his sights on the small town of Sennett, Cayuga County, for....


Merger Boosts MGM Mirage Results - Monday 27th of February 2006

by Rod SmithLas Vegas Gaming WirerLAS VEGAS With a big boost from its $7.9 billion merger with Mandalay Resort Group last summer, MGM Mirage Thursday reported record gains in its fourth-quarter financial performance. When the merger agreement was f....


Global Interactive Signs with Ladbrokes - Sunday 26th of February 2006

WEST PATERSON, New Jersey – Interactive SystemsWorldwide Inc. (Nasdaq: ISWI) announced today that its wholly-ownedsubsidiary, Global Interactive Gaming Limited ("GIG"), signed an agreementwith Ladbrokes eGaming Ltd. ("Ladbrokes"). Ladbrokes eGa....


Illinois Gambling Revenue Linked to Taxes - Sunday 26th of February 2006

ILLINOIS – As reported by the Chicago Tribune: "Joliet's top financial officer is linking a surge in gambling revenue to the expiration of a two-year state tax increase on casinos."Robert Fraser, director of management and budget, gave the City Co....


Casinos Offer Cut to Locals - Sunday 26th of February 2006

PENNSYLVANIA – As reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer: "Casino operators vying for licenses to run slot parlors along the I-95 corridor are promising to pour money into city neighborhoods."The funds, they say, would be used to plant foliage, rep....


Edinburgh Councillors Support Casino Bid - Sunday 26th of February 2006

EDINBURGH, Scotland – As reported by the Scotsman: "Councillors have welcomed proposals to build a massive casino in the Capital. "Edinburgh is now set to mount a bid to become home to one of eight major new casinos planned for the UK."Councillors....


Kiwi Casino Offers Seat at Tournament - Friday 24th of February 2006

Kiwi Casino Poker is giving their players the chance to win a seat alongside Joe Hachem and Lee Nelson at the 2006 New Zealand Poker Champs, hosted by their parent company the land based Christchurch Casino.The New Zealand Poker Championships are ....


WSOP Freeroll Event Qualification Ending Soon - Friday 24th of February 2006

NEW YORK – – Only four days remain for players to qualify for a lucrative $15,000 WSOP Freeroll event being sponsored by leading online poker guide PokerListings.com and top Internet poker room Pacific Poker. The $15,000 private WSOP Freeroll ....


Caesars Hosts the Jeff Gordon Foundation Poker Classic - Friday 24th of February 2006

CONCORD, North Carolina Play poker against a "Pair of Kings and a Full House" on March 7-8, 2006 in the poker room at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, as poker professionals Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Robert Williamson III, Steven Dannemann, NASCAR star T....


Nevada Casinos: Regulators Out of Line - Friday 24th of February 2006

by Howard StutzLas Vegas Gaming WireLAS VEGAS Believing state gaming regulators have overstepped their authority in suggesting what musical acts are appropriate for Strip nightclubs, the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada plans to voice its d....


Semi-Pro Poker Players Battle for Endorsement Deal - Friday 24th of February 2006

NEW YORK – While poker has gone beyond the gaming tables to become a lifestyle unto itself, a group of hopefuls have their hearts set on adding poker pro to their resumes. Ten poker players will compete for an endorsement deal with Team PokerRo....


Agua Caliente Casino Expansion Approved - Friday 24th of February 2006

CALIFORNIA – As reported by the Palm Springs Desert Sun: "A plan for a multi-story hotel adjoining the Agua Caliente Casino hotel along Interstate 10 at Bob Hope Drive was approved for construction Tuesday. "The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indi....


Quebec Casino Plan Gets Slammed - Friday 24th of February 2006

QUEBEC – As reported by the Montreal Gazette: "Loto-Quebec is having a bad week."A day after public health officials slammed plans to move the Montreal Casino to the Peel Basin from Ile Notre Dame, the Point St. Charles community clinic yesterday ....


MGM Mirage Reports Record Results - Friday 24th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS – MGM Mirage (NYSE: MGM) today reported record fourth quarter and full year 2005 financial results, highlighted by impressive revenue growth in all operating areas.Adjusted earnings from continuing operations per diluted share ("Adjus....


Lakes Entertainment Releases Table Game - Friday 24th of February 2006

MINNESOTA – As reported by the St. Paul Business Journal: "Around noon last Saturday, 12 players sat poker-faced around two tables at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino, playing Texas Hold 'em. "All were hoping to win big. "Lyle Berman already has. "Th....


Eight Meat Plant Workers Claim Record $365 Million Powerball Prize - Friday 24th of February 2006

LINCOLN, Nebraska As reported by CNN: "Eight meat processing workers came forward Wednesday to claim the $365 million Powerball jackpot, the largest lottery prize in U.S. history."For Chasity Rutjens, 29, it was just her third time participating in....


Casinos Boost Landry's Results - Friday 24th of February 2006

NEVADA – As reported by the Galveston Daily News: "The acquisition of two Nevada casinos has proven to be golden for Tilman Fertitta."During a conference call Wednesday with Wall Street analysts, the president and CEO of Landry's Restaurants said ....


Seneca Nation Casino Bid Moves Forward - Friday 24th of February 2006

BUFFALO, New York – As reported by the Buffalo News: "The Seneca Nation's bid for a Buffalo casino moved forward on two fronts Wednesday, with the tribe announcing that it had finished land acquisition and the state's highest court ending Cheektow....


Hurricane Hurts Harrah's - Friday 24th of February 2006

by Howard StutzLas Vegas Gaming WireLAS VEGAS The catastrophic hurricane-related damages suffered by Harrah's Entertainment's Gulf Coast casinos came home to roost in the final quarter of 2005.The Las Vegas-based casino operator said Wednesday it t....


Italy Blocks Maltese Internet Gaming Sites - Friday 24th of February 2006

ITALY AND MALTA As reported by the Malta Business Times: "The Italian state will on Friday block 684 internet gaming sites which are considered to be illegal, to protect Italian gamers from 'phishing' – the fraudulent acquisition of passwords and....


Elton John, Celine Dion Raise $2.1M for Harrah's Workers - Friday 24th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS, Nevada As reported by the Sun Herald: "Celine Dion and Elton John sang together for the first time Monday night at a benefit to raise money for Harrah's Entertainment Inc. workers affected by last year's hurricanes."The pair, who sang du....


Strip's Growth Causing I-15 Woes - Friday 24th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS, Nevada As reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal: "The booming Strip might provide dream getaways for out-of-town visitors, but it's creating a nightmare for Interstate 15 commuters."Traffic on I-15 during peak hours is so thick, motor....


Colorado Casino Smoking Exemption Stripped - Friday 24th of February 2006

DENVER, Colorado – As reported by the Longmont Daily Times-News: "A Senate panel stripped the casino exemption from a proposed statewide indoor smoking ban Wednesday before voting 5-2 to advance that bill to debate by the full Senate. "Denver Demo....


Glasgow Casino Gets Green Light - Friday 24th of February 2006

SCOTLAND – As reported by the UK Evening Times: "A Glasgow hotel has been given the go-ahead to convert the largest ballroom in Scotland into a casino two-thirds the size of a football pitch. "The four-star Thistle Hotel in Cambridge Street intend....


Saskatchewan Casino Smoking Deal Unresolved - Friday 24th of February 2006

SASKATCHEWAN – As reported by the CBC News: "Yorkton Mayor Phil DeVos is still looking to negotiate a deal with a First Nations-controlled casino that hasn't been following the city's smoking ban."The issue has been simmering since last year, when....


Casino Move Not a Good Idea: Health Dept - Friday 24th of February 2006

MONTREAL, Canada As reported by CBC News: "Montreal's department of public health says the plan to move the Montreal Casino is unnacceptable in its current form."Loto-Québec wants to build a new casino to the Peel Basin, near some of Montreal's po....


Nebraska Casino Vote Petition Filed - Friday 24th of February 2006

NEBRASKA – As reported by the Lincoln Journal Star: "Language for another petition that would ask voters in November to reconsider casino-style gambling was filed Tuesday with the secretary of state's office."The petition, backed by Boyd Gaming Co....


South Carolina Casino Boat Vote Postponed - Friday 24th of February 2006

SOUTH CAROLINA – As reported by the Myrtle Beach Sun News: "There will be no decision on the fate of casino boat gambling in Horry County for at least two more weeks, County Council decided Tuesday."The question of whether to charge fees to the fl....


Hundreds Turn Out to Hear About Casino Jobs - Friday 24th of February 2006

BETHLEHEM As reported by the Express-Times: "The gold sequin-toed cowboy boots Kim Torregrossa got for Tuesday's Las Vegas Sands Corp. job fair may not get her foot in the door. "But the Easton woman and about 600 other people got a leg-up on worki....


Powerball Jackpot at $20 Million - Friday 24th of February 2006

UNITED STATES – The jackpot is on the move again. Eventhough the grand prize was not hit Wednesday evening, 390,492 players acrossthe nation won a total of more than $2.6 million in prizes in America'sfavorite Game. Because no one correctly m....


Mega Millions Jackpot Rises to $212 Million - Thursday 23rd of February 2006

UNITED STATES – Spurred by a mega-exciting jackpot,Mega Millions sales have outpaced the forecast of Mega Millions officials. Sothose officials have increased the estimated jackpot for the Friday, February24, 2006 drawing from $203 million to $2....


Skycity Renovations Pays Off - Thursday 23rd of February 2006

NEW ZEALAND – As reported by the Advertiser: "Skycity Adelaide's $20 million refurbishment has come up trumps for its New Zealand parent company which yesterday reported a rise in earnings from the casino."Skycity Entertainment shares surged 7.9 p....


Kiwi Casino Player Wins Luxury Vacation - Thursday 23rd of February 2006

NEW ZEALAND – Playing poker online at Kiwi Casino Poker is like being on a luxurious poker vacation held at an exclusive casino resort, and Kiwi Casino Poker turned that feeling into a reality yesterday for one of their players.The lucky winner....


Casino Queen Hires Contractor - Thursday 23rd of February 2006

ILLINOIS – As reported by the St. Louis Today: "The Casino Queen hired a contractor on Tuesday to build the state's first land-based gaming facility, a gamble the boat operators say is worth it to compete with the growing gaming business across th....


UK Gaming Academy Officially Opens - Thursday 23rd of February 2006

UNITED KINGDOM – As reported by the BBC: "The UK's first gaming academy, to teach trainee croupiers the tricks of the trade, will be officially opened in Lancashire on Wednesday. "Blackpool and The Fylde College has built its own training casino i....


Louisiana Casinos Still Thriving - Thursday 23rd of February 2006

by Howard StutzLas Vegas Gaming WirePinnacle Entertainment's suburban New Orleans riverboat casino became Louisiana's largest producer of gaming revenue during January, capitalizing on a lack of entertainment opportunities in the hurricane and flood....


Nobu Opens to Great Fanfare at Atlantis, Paradise Island - Thursday 23rd of February 2006

PARADISE ISLAND, The Bahamas The chef who redefined Japanese cuisine now has his sights set on adding a decidedly fresh twist to the Caribbean dining experience. A green glowing archway at Atlantis, Paradise Island resort declares that Japanese C....


The Signature at MGM Grand to Debut in May - Thursday 23rd of February 2006

LAS VEGAS – MGM Grand announced that it is now accepting reservations as of February 6 for The Signature at MGM Grand, the luxurious suite hotel to debut in May 2006. A stylish addition to the MGM Grand portfolio, The Signature's suites are set....


MGM Mirage Joins Black History Month Show - Wednesday 22nd of February 2006

LAS VEGAS – MGM Mirage executives are currently featured on KVVU FOX 5's salute to Black History Month. Featured executives include Debra Nelson, Vice President, Corporate Diversity & Community Affairs; Lorenzo Creighton, President and COO, New ....


Casino College Attracts Gaming Employees - Wednesday 22nd of February 2006

TUNICA, MS-With the continued and rising popularity of poker, a natural offshoot has been the demand for more good dealers to handle the new playing pressure on poker rooms in casinos and other legal poker rooms and that role is being fulfilled by t....


MGM Mirage Director Resigns - Wednesday 22nd of February 2006

LAS VEGAS – MGM Mirage (NYSE: MGM) announced that Terry Christensen has resigned from the Company's Board of Directors pending resolution of legal matters unrelated to the company.J. Terrence Lanni, MGM Mirage Chairman and Chief Executive Office....


Gunman Arrested After Slaying, Standoff at Harrah's - Wednesday 22nd of February 2006

LAS VEGAS, Nevada As reported by the Associated Press: "Police blasted out a 20th story window and stormed a room at a Las Vegas Strip hotel-casino Tuesday, arresting a suspected gunman who authorities say killed another man and shot at police and ....


Harrah's Sambas Into Mardi Gras Opening - Wednesday 22nd of February 2006

NEW ORLEANS…Mardi Gras has kicked off in New Orleans just about six months after Hurricane Katrina devastated this historic and wonderfully old city in conjunction with the simultaneous re-opening of Harrah's Casino here. The event, ushered in by....


Mega Millions Jackpot Reaches $203 Million - Wednesday 22nd of February 2006

UNITED STATES – The jackpot is growing even larger,and Mega Millions players from coast to coast are the winners! A total of1,243,856 tickets won prizes in the Tuesday, February 21 drawing. Since noticket matched all six numbers to win the jac....


Kansas Senate Close to Gambling Proposal - Wednesday 22nd of February 2006

TOPEKA, Kansas – As reported by the Kansas City Star: "Kansas Senate leaders are close to proposing a gambling plan that would call for destination casinos in Kansas City, Kan., and southeast Kansas."The plan also calls for slot machines at pari-m....


Town Wins With Bingo - Wednesday 22nd of February 2006

SAN PABLO, California – As reported by the Contra Costa Times: "The cars file in and creep their way back way back, to the fence at the far end of the lot. A year ago, parking out there might have drawn suspicion. Now, early on a Friday evening,....


Ableauctions.com Hosts Victorian Casino Antiques Auction - Wednesday 22nd of February 2006

LAS VEGAS Ableauctions.com (AMEX: AAC) announced today that it will host, through their subsidiary iCollector.com, the Victorian Casino Antiques auction on March 11 & 12, 2006. This event will feature a Caille Bros. 25 cent Eclipse Upright slot m....


Search for Face of Cyberslotz Begins - Wednesday 22nd of February 2006

MILTON KEYNES, UK Cyberslotz.co.uk today announced that it is looking for a face to help launch some of the new and exciting games that are coming to the online casino throughout the year, but entrants need to get their forms in quick as the dead....


Anti-Casino Group Criticizes Union Agreement - Wednesday 22nd of February 2006

PENNSYLVANIA – As reported by the Pennsylvania Evening Sun: "Another battle has emerged from the casino controversy - whether local workers will be used in the construction of the proposed $300-million facility in Straban Township. "A union group ....


Mayor Mulls Over Slot Resort - Wednesday 22nd of February 2006

ALLENTOWN, Pennsylvania – As reported by the Morning Call: "Still undecided on Aztar Corp.'s plans to build the Lehigh Valley Tropicana slots resort in Allentown, Mayor Ed Pawlowski is feeling the pressure."An exhausted Pawlowski returned Saturday....


Donald Trump Fired Up for Rhode Island Casino - Wednesday 22nd of February 2006

JOHNSTON, Rhode Island As reported by the Boston Globe: "Donald Trump wants to make a deal with Johnston, R.I., an unassuming highway-side town perhaps best known as home of the state's biggest garbage landfill."Earlier this month, the celebrity re....


Bedford Shows its Hand on Casino Bid - Wednesday 22nd of February 2006

BEDFORD, UK As reported by Bedford Today: "Bosses at the Town Hall have expressed an interest in bringing a new casino to Bedford."Under The Gambling Act recently passed by parliament, three new types of casino will operate in Britain. The plans ar....


Saskatchewan Couple Celebrates Lottery Win - Wednesday 22nd of February 2006

SASKATCHEWAN – As reported by CBC News: "Saskatoon couple is celebrating after winning Saskatchewan's second-largest lottery prize ever. "Dr. Michael Goldney, a 35-year-old family physician who had been working in Wynyard, bought a ticket in the F....


Singapore Says Casinos Won't Deter Islamic Investors - Wednesday 22nd of February 2006

SINGAPORE As reported by Reuters: "Singapore's plunge into the casino industry is unlikely to harm its campaign to attract Islamic investors, who are opposed to gambling, the Monetary Authority of Singapore said on Tuesday. "Singapore wants to mark....


Senior Citizen Cracks the Safe at the Jackpot Factory - Wednesday 22nd of February 2006

KAHNAWAKE, Canada The Jackpot Factory, a leading online casino group, has another lucky new winner. The latest to tango with lady luck is a senior citizen, who came in first place in the Crack the Safe promotion and hit a jackpot in just three da....


Amsterdam Hosts Casino Affiliate Convention - Wednesday 22nd of February 2006

NEW YORK – Ticonderoga Ventures, Inc. announces the Casino Affiliate Convention and Gaming Marketing Conference will be held on April 9 - 10, 2006 in Amsterdam at the NH Grand Krasnapolsky Hotel. The fourth annual event will cover European marke....


Caesars Host Job Fair - Wednesday 22nd of February 2006

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey – Where do you go if you'relooking for a job in retail or restaurants? What's the best place to work ifyou want a job in Atlantic City? And who do you call if you're interested inworking in the luxurious settings of som....


Indiana Mayor Proposes Casino Scholarship - Wednesday 22nd of February 2006

HAMMOND, Indiana – As reported by the Indiana Post-Tribune: "Bishop Noll Institute valedictorian Lucas Gaspar, 17, trawls the Internet two to three hours a night. "The hunting, clicking, and form-filling for college scholarships are harried and t....


Foxwoods to Open WPT Room - Tuesday 21st of February 2006

LOS ANGELES – Now you can not only watchthe World Poker Tour(R) on television, but when you go to the casino you'll beable to play in a WPT-branded poker room. WPT Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq: WPTE)and Foxwoods Resort Casino, the word's largest ca....


Stars Helped Harrah's Employees - Tuesday 21st of February 2006

LAS VEGAS Three of the world's most popular entertainers Celine Dion, Elton John and special guest host Jerry Seinfeld - came together for a one-night-only, sold-out performance - the Harrah's Entertainment Artists Rally Together (H.E.A.R.T.) Co....


Nebraska Poker Players Help Museum - Tuesday 21st of February 2006

NEBRASKA – As reported by the North Platte Telegraph: "Poker players raised $1,950 for the North Platte Children's Museum Saturday at the North Platte Country Club."Five members of the Leadership Lincoln County class have started the Skills for Su....


Two Weeks Left to Sign Up for Casino Hearings - Tuesday 21st of February 2006

LIMERICK, Pennsylvania As reported by the Mercury News: "Anyone wishing to address the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board about a proposed slots parlor in the township has two weeks to register for the April 28 public input hearing. "The gaming boar....


FullTiltPoker.com Offers WSOP Promotion - Tuesday 21st of February 2006

CALIFORNIA – – FullTiltPoker.com strikes again with one of the richest World Series of Poker promotions in history. Announcing three unprecedented ways for players to participate in the world's biggest poker event, FullTiltPoker.com is once aga....


West Virginia Benefits From Casino - Tuesday 21st of February 2006

WEST VIRGINIA – As reported by the Herald Standard: "When Leonard, Tom and Ed Hunter departed their Edenfield Stages bus on a cool morning earlier this year, the three brothers, all well past their retirement age, headed immediately for their pref....


Great Canadian Gaming President Resigns - Tuesday 21st of February 2006

TORONTO, Ontario – As reported by Reuters: "Great Canadian Gaming Corp. (GCD.TO: Quote) said on Monday its president and chief operating officer, Anthony Martin, has resigned, effective immediately."…Chairman and Chief Executive Ross McLeod, wil....


Iowa Casino Plan Faces Council Vote - Tuesday 21st of February 2006

BURLINGTON, Iowa – As reported by the Hawk Eye Newspaper: "The Burlington City Council will vote during a 7 p.m. Tuesday meeting on the second reading of an ordinance that, if it passes on all three readings, will give local entrepreneur Randy Win....


Montreal Casino Still Possible - Tuesday 21st of February 2006

MONTREAL, Quebec – As reported by the CBC News: "The president of Quebec's Treasury Board says a new billion-dollar casino in Montreal's Peel Basin is still a possibility."The project has come under much criticism from social groups, and now the c....


Hamas to Bar Jericho Casino Reopening - Tuesday 21st of February 2006

JERICHO As reported by the Jerusalem Post: "Hamas is planning to prevent the casino in Jericho from ever opening again soon after it forms the new Palestinian Authority cabinet, sources close to the Islamic movement said over the weekend. "Oasis Ca....


California Bill Would Allow Charity Poker - Tuesday 21st of February 2006

CALIFORNIA – As reported by the San Jose Business Journal: "The California Assembly has upped the ante on charity poker by approving legislation that would allow a wide variety of nonprofits to hold fundraisers using gambling. "The bill, introduce....


Wheeling Official Says Gaming Causes Few Problems - Tuesday 21st of February 2006

WHEELING, West Virginia As reported by the Herald Standard: "While concerns have been expressed about what legal troubles gambling could bring to Fayette County, an official who has dealt with the impact of gaming in Wheeling said the addition of s....


No Complaints Against Oregon Poker Games - Tuesday 21st of February 2006

SPRINGFIELD, Oregon – As reported by the Oregon Register-Guard: "Police have found no reason to fold Texas hold 'em poker games offered at three local taverns during the past few months. "No complaints have been received by Springfield police sinc....


Clooney to Donate Casino Profits to Africa - Tuesday 21st of February 2006

LAs VEGAS, Nevada As reported by the New Indian Press: "Oscar- nominated actor George Clooney is planning to give the profits of his money-making venture - his proposed hotel and casino in Las Vegas - to Africa."According to contactmusic.com, Cloon....


Prominent Cash Rewards for Loyal Customers - Tuesday 21st of February 2006

LONDON, UK A year on from VIPCasino's launch of its incredible Premium Club, the program continues to grow in strength and popularity as players seek high value rewards for their loyalty. The Premium Club is calculated on a player's comp points w....


Palms Hosts CEO Tournament - Tuesday 21st of February 2006

LAS VEGAS – Golf for many years was the sport of choice by executives to network, now poker is taking the limelight away from golf. There is even a new tournament exclusively for CEOs—CEO Poker, where CEOs will battle for Chairman of Poker tit....


Grand Banks Casino.com Adds VIP Level - Tuesday 21st of February 2006

Grand Banks Casino announces a new VIP level addition, Diamond Club.Grand Banks Casino has developed a special program for its VIP members, which, for a number of years, has divided all players into the following groups – Bronze, Silver, Gold, ....


The Sands Regent Receives Notice of Potential Delisting - Tuesday 21st of February 2006

RENO, Nevada – The Sands Regent (Nasdaq: SNDS) announced that, on February 15, 2006, the Company received notice from The NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc. Listing Qualifications Staff that the Company's securities are subject to potential delisting as ....


New Jersey Native Wins $2 Million Playing Slots at Borgata - Tuesday 21st of February 2006

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa once again proves that it pays to play slots. A Roseland, New Jersey resident won more than $2 million last night playing a nickel Wheel of Fortune machine at Borgata. The winner was playing ....


Harrah's New Orleans Re-Opens - Tuesday 21st of February 2006

NEW ORLEANS Harrah's New Orleans Casino re-opened today with a commitment to help rebuild New Orleans' tourism business and a pledge to get the Mardi Gras party started with fun and excitement."We're back and we're excited," said Anthony Sanfilippo....


Nebraska Ticket Wins $365 Million Jackpot - Tuesday 21st of February 2006

NEBRASKA – The record breaking $365 MillionPowerball jackpot was won on a single ticket sold in Nebraska. The winnerwill now have to decide between the 29-year, 30-payment annuity, and the cashoption worth $177.3 million. The winner will have ....


Mega Millions Jackpot Reaches $170 Million - Tuesday 21st of February 2006

A total of 1,261,571 tickets wonprizes in the Friday, February 17, 2006 Mega Millions drawing, as players fromcoast to coast are watching the jackpot grow. Since no ticket matched all sixnumbers to win the estimated $145 million jackpot, the jack....


Another Huddersfield Casino Possible - Monday 20th of February 2006

UNITED KINGDOM – As reported by the icHuddersfield:"A casino complex could be built in Huddersfield as part of a shake-up of gambling laws."Secret considerations have been made within Kirklees Council as to whether to apply for a licence to house ....


Penn National Plans to Reopen Casinos - Monday 20th of February 2006

MISSISSIPPI – As reported by the Patriot News: "Penn National Gaming Inc. hopes to reopen its two Mississippi casinos destroyed by Hurricane Katrina before the end of the year. "The company said Wednesday it plans to open a 30,000-square-foot temp....


Casino Fortune Holds Paris Contest - Monday 20th of February 2006

As a tribute to Paris Hilton as an international pop culture icon, Casino Fortune is holding a Paris Hilton Look-a-Like contest. Casino Fortune President Dennis Rose explains, "Casino Fortune thinks Paris is one of the most fascinating people in t....


PartyGaming Pays to End Dispute - Monday 20th of February 2006

UNITED KINGDOM As reported by the This is Money News: "Internet casino group Empire Online will be celebrating a royal flush today, after rival PartyGaming agreed to shell out $250m (£144m) to end a dispute over their gambling ventures."This is t....


Macau Casino Plans to Hire 5,000 - Monday 20th of February 2006

MACAU – As reported by the Xinhua: "MGM Grand Paradise, a Macao-U.S. jointly invested gaming business, has vowed to hire some 5,000 employees, local media reported Thursday. "MGM Grand Paradise was co-invested by MGM Mirage, an U.S. gaming giant, ....


Greektown Casino Looking for Land - Monday 20th of February 2006

DETROIT, Michigan – As reported by the Detroit Free Press: "Greektown Casino is still trying to obtain land for its hotel, raising the possibility that it might be built elsewhere in Greektown. "The casino has been unable to make a deal with the ....


Saskatchewan Casino Plans Move - Monday 20th of February 2006

REGINA , Saskatchewan – As reported by the Saskatoon Star Phoenix: "A plan worth more than $20 million is in the works to move the Painted Hand Casino into a building to be constructed in the west end of Yorkton within two years."'It could vary be....


New Orleans, Harrah's Settle Lawsuit - Monday 20th of February 2006

NEW ORLEANS – As reported by the New Orleans Time-Picayune: "The New Orleans City Council and the owners of Harrah's New Orleans Casino have settled a lawsuit the council filed in 2004 accusing Harrah's of breach of contract and bad faith for fail....


Wynn: Encore On Schedule - Monday 20th of February 2006

by Rod SmithLas Vegas Gaming WireLAS VEGAS Despite project cancellations and concerns about overbuilding on the Strip, Wynn Resorts Ltd. is proceeding quickly with development of the 2,000-room Encore, the second phase of Wynn Las Vegas.Developer S....


Blue Chip Goes High Tech - Monday 20th of February 2006

INDIANA – As reported by the Chicago Sun-Times: "The ability to monitor and access all gaming operations from a central server is the wave of the future for casinos nationwide. The future is today at the new Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City, Ind.....


Glasgow Plans Get Mixed Reviews - Sunday 19th of February 2006

GLASGOW, Scotland – As reported by the UK Herald: "Business leaders and politicians gave a mixed reception yesterday to news that Glasgow was winning the battle to land a multi-million pound supercasino."The city is in a close race for the only UK....


Kentucky Casino Vote Bill Filed - Sunday 19th of February 2006

KENTUCKY – As reported by the Kentucky Courier-Journal: "A Woodford County legislator filed bills yesterday that would let Kentucky voters decide whether casinos should be allowed solely at racetracks. "The filings set up a potential battle over ....


Stern: No Quarrel With Casinos - Sunday 19th of February 2006

by Chris JonesLas Vegas Gaming WireHOUSTON National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern is looking forward to a bigger and better show when his sport's signature exhibition arrives in Las Vegas one year from now.But the city's legalized....


MGM Mirage Board Member Indicted in Wiretap Scheme - Saturday 18th of February 2006

By Howard StutzLas Vegas Gaming WireNEVADA A longtime board member of MGM Mirage who is a personal attorney and 35-year confidant of the casino company's primary stockholder, billionaire Kirk Kerkorian, was indicted Wednesday in Los Angeles for hi....


Monticello Raceway, Horsemen Sign Agreement - Saturday 18th of February 2006

NEW YORK – Empire Resorts, Inc. today announced that the company has come to an agreement with its horsemen to have the New York Racing and Wagering Board arbitrate terms of a new contract. As a result, out-of-state simulcasting will resume earl....


Isle of Capri Casinos Reports Results - Saturday 18th of February 2006

BILOXI, Mississippi – Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. (Nasdaq: ISLE) today reported financial results for its third quarter of fiscal 2006 ended January 22, 2006. For the third quarter, the Company reported net income of $4.1 million or $0.13 per di....


GPIC Appoints Board Member - Saturday 18th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS – Gaming Partners InternationalCorporation (Nasdaq: GPIC) announced today that it received a letter from theListing Qualifications Department of the Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc., or Nasdaq,indicating that, as a result of a vacancy caused ....


Adelson Sells LV Sands Shares - Saturday 18th of February 2006

by Howard StutzLas Vegas Gaming WireLAS VEGAS Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chairman Sheldon Adelson could realize more than $2.2 billion once he sells almost 43 million shares of company stock by the end of March.And, when completed, Adelson will still re....


Aztar Releases Tropicana Plans - Friday 17th of February 2006

by Howard StutzLas Vegas Gaming WireLAS VEGAS Aztar Corp. spelled out in basic detail Wednesday plans for a $1.2 billion hotel-casino that would replace the Tropicana.The only question left unanswered is if the company will actually build the devel....


Crowds Pack into Cowlitz Casino Public Meeting - Friday 17th of February 2006

WASHINGTON – As reported by the Columbian: "The cold, unemotional language of the federal bureaucracy ran smack dab into the heated rhetoric of Clark County's casino debate Wednesday night at Prairie High School. "More than 1,000 people gathered i....


Southern Nevada Continues to Grow - Friday 17th of February 2006

By Hubble SmithLas Vegas Gaming WireNEVADA Boosted by strong construction and employment numbers, Southern Nevada's leading economic indicators suggest continued expansion and prosperity into early 2007, a local economist said.The Southern Nevada I....


Powerball Launches Bonus Prize - Friday 17th of February 2006

UNITED STATES – The Powerball game has reached a newrecord-breaking jackpot of $365 million. A feature added to Powerball in2002, the Match 5 Bonus Prize, kicks in for the second time in five months andis designed to provide more players with t....


Lobbyist's Pay Tops $1 Million - Friday 17th of February 2006

by Tony BattLas Vegas Gaming WireWASHINGTON, DC The annual salary of the chief lobbyist for Nevada casinos has increased 19 percent in two years and is now more than $1 million.And his total compensation package exceeds $1.25 million per year, acco....


Trump Pushes for Rhode Island Resort - Friday 17th of February 2006

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island – As reported by the Providence Journal: "Donald Trump wants to 'put Johnston, R.I., on the map' with a resort-casino to rival what Harrah's Entertainment has proposed for West Warwick. For the last several years, state la....


Kelly Technologies Wins Station Casino Contract - Friday 17th of February 2006

IRVINE, California – Network InstallationCorp. (OTC Bulletin Board: NWKI) announced today that its subsidiary KelleyTechnologies was awarded a $3.1 million project from Station Casinos. Thescope of the project includes the design and build of ne....


Powerball Jackpot Reaches Record Amount - Friday 17th of February 2006

UNITED STATES – The estimated Powerball jackpot forSaturday evening has not only reached a new Powerball record, but also a newworld record lottery amount of $365 million! Even though the grand prize wasnot awarded Wednesday, 2,450,454 players ....


Irish Open to be Televised - Friday 17th of February 2006

The final table of the paddypowerpoker.com Irish Open 2006 will be broadcast live on Sky Sports 2 at 9.30 p.m. on Monday 17 April (Easter Monday). The event will be filmed before a select VIP audience at a top secret location in Dublin. Six playe....


Bally Gaming Opens Macau Office - Friday 17th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS – Bally Gaming and Systems, a business unit of Alliance Gaming Corp. (NYSE: AGI), announced today that it has opened a new office in the Bank Of China Building in the heart of Macau S.A.R. to provide sales and service support for its....


VIPCasino Player Goes from Rags to Riches - Friday 17th of February 2006

LONDON, UK A new VIPCasino player Jemo who registered as a new player on February 12th went from Rags to Riches a day later when he struck lucky and won $131,250 after depositing just $100 on the Rags to Riches progressive slot.The Rags to Riches....


Mega Millions Jackpot is Still Growing - Friday 17th of February 2006

UNITED STATES – Mega Millions players from coast tocoast are feeling the excitement as the jackpot continues to grow. WhenTuesday's winning numbers were drawn, they turned 836,022 tickets into MegaMillions winners, including eight tickets that ....


Las Vegas Bets Big on Macau - Friday 17th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS AND MACAU As reported by MSN Money: "...it's refreshing to know we are shipping at least one big export back to China: the Las Vegas Strip."For months, a U.S. casino company has been busy creating a replica of Las Vegas on Macau and a pat....


Earnings: Las Vegas Sands' Earnings Increase - Friday 17th of February 2006

by Howard StutzLas Vegas Gaming WireRevenue and profit rose in the last three months of 2005 for Las Vegas Sands Corp., fueled by free-spending Chinese customers at the company's gambling palace in Macau, the casino operator said Tuesday.Las Vegas S....


£1.2bn Riverside Plans Unveiled - Friday 17th of February 2006

GLASGOW As reported by the BBC: "A revised masterplan for Glasgow's riverfront could create 10,000 jobs and a tourist destination rivalling Sydney, developers have claimed. "The new £1.2bn Glasgow Harbour project aims to create a city district on ....


Harrah's CEO Welcomes Employees Back to New Orleans - Friday 17th of February 2006

NEW ORLEANS – Gary Loveman, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Harrah's Entertainment, Inc., visited Harrah's New Orleans today to welcome back employees to the casino. Approximately 1,250 employees will be on hand when the casin....


Report: Australians Spending More on Gambling - Friday 17th of February 2006

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation: "The amount of money spent on gambling continues to grow, with new figures showing it now accounts for 40 per cent of turnover in the nation's pubs and clubs."The Bureau of Statis....


Christchurch Casino To Host New Zealand's Premier Poker Competition - Friday 17th of February 2006

NEW ZEALAND – Some of the world's greatest poker players are expected to converge on Christchurch Casino this April to take part in New Zealand's premier poker competition.The New Zealand Poker Championships will be held over the week 1 8 April....


Blackpool Bingo Offers Free Games - Friday 17th of February 2006

Blackpool Bingo is offering its players the chance to 'try before you buy'. Each day they have up to 45 games that are free to play, but have penny prizes. The free bingo games play every couple of hours between 1am to 1pm GMT. All you have to do ....


Harrah's Ready to March Back In - Friday 17th of February 2006

by Howard StutzLas Vegas Gaming WireNEW ORLEANS Watching from the sidelines, Harrah's Entertainment executives could only look on during the past five months as its New Orleans competitors raked in gaming revenue from recreation-starved residents a....


Ontario Casino Smoking Issue Unresolved - Friday 17th of February 2006

SCUGOG ISLAND, Ontario – As reported by the Durham Region News: "A decision on whether the Great Blue Heron Charity Casino will comply with new provincial rules and ban smoking within the Scugog Island gaming house remains unanswered. "With new pr....


Gambling, No Strings Attached - Friday 17th of February 2006

by Richard N. Velotta By Our Partners at the Las Vegas SunIt soon may be possible in Nevada to place bets not just on casino floors, but while lounging at poolside, having lunch or strolling through resorts' shopping arcades. The remote gambling dev....


Children's Charity Hosts Casino Night - Friday 17th of February 2006

OHIO – Life's A Snap Foundation Casino Night. This third annual event will be held Saturday, February 25, 2006 at Wagner's Country Inn in Westlake, Ohio. Doors open at 6 p.m.The lavish evening festivities include hot and cold hors d'oeuvres stat....


Penn National Gaming Calls for Redemption of Notes - Friday 17th of February 2006

WYOMISSING, Pennsylvania Penn National Gaming, Inc. (PENN:Nasdaq) announced today that it has called for redemption all $175 million in aggregate principal amount of its outstanding 8 -7/8% Senior Subordinated Notes due March 15, 2010. The redemp....


Pocono Downs CEO: Casino Will Employ 1,000 Workers - Thursday 16th of February 2006

PENNSYLVANIA – As reported by the Standard Speaker: "The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce listened to an overview of plans for the first local slot industry, which is expected to create about 1,000 jobs."Mohegan Sun, which also owns Pocono Do....


Harrah's Sees Slow Gulf Coast Gambling Recovery - Thursday 16th of February 2006

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana As reported by Reuters: "Harrah's Entertainment Inc., the world's top gambling firm, on Monday forecast a slow recovery in its hurricane-ravaged casino business in Louisiana and Mississippi, but was confident about the long-t....


New Location Proposed by Michigan Casino - Thursday 16th of February 2006

WAKEFIELD, Michigan – As reported by the Ironwood Daily Globe: "A resolution supporting a proposed water park-resort and casino operation in the western end of Gogebic County was among development-related matters addressed by the Wakefield City Co....


Nebraska Tribes Try for Casinos Again - Thursday 16th of February 2006

NEBRASKA – As reported by the Lincoln Journal-Star: "A coalition of Nebraska tribes Monday announced their most recent effort in a more than decade-long battle to get casino-style gambling in the state."The tribes are working with Affirmative Publ....


Michigan Tribal Casino Construction Resumes - Thursday 16th of February 2006

MICHIGAN – As reported by the Petoskey News-Review: "The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians announced today that construction of the new casino project is under way."'I am really pleased we are at this stage and progression with this new f....


Many Differences Between Chinese Gamblers and Others - Thursday 16th of February 2006

MACAU As reported by Knight Ridder Newspapers: "When tensions mount at the baccarat tables in Macau, gamblers don't reach for a stiff drink. They quaff hot green tea, and instead of cocktail waitresses, some casinos have 'tea boys.' "That's one of ....


Diversity Experts to Speak At Pennsylvania Gaming Congress - Wednesday 15th of February 2006

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania – An impressive roster of diversityexperts at the March 6-7 Pennsylvania Gaming Congress will help firms owned byminorities and women to capitalize on the emerging Pennsylvania gamingindustry. The Pennsylvania gaming ....


Experts: Demand to Keep Up with Vegas Boom - Wednesday 15th of February 2006

LOS ANGELES – As reported by Reuters: "The biggest players in Las Vegas the casinos are perfectly comfortable with the torrid pace of development that has some investors worried, executives say. "Development along the Las Vegas Strip has been in....


Cowlitz Casino Talk On Hold - Wednesday 15th of February 2006

WASHINGTON – As reported by the Columbian: "Discussion of an offer from the Cowlitz Tribe to provide the city with up to $3 million annually will have to wait until after this week's federal meetings on the tribe's proposed $510 million casino com....


Top UK Football Club Launches Online Casino - Wednesday 15th of February 2006

UNITED KINGDOM – West Ham Football Club, one of the oldest clubs in the world, is now offering the world's first fully branded online casino. The club has produced some of England's finest players over the years and is rich in footballing histor....


Indiana Casino Enforcement Officers Sought - Wednesday 15th of February 2006

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – As reported by the Lousiville Courier-Journal: "The Indiana Gaming Commission is looking for a few good men and women to fill newly created, specialized positions in which they will take over the enforcement duties at three....


Gamblers Prefer Online Gaming to Pub - Wednesday 15th of February 2006

UK As reported by Internet User: "UK gamblers would rather gamble online than go to the pub to have a pint, a new survey reveals. "Thirty eight per cent of online gamblers would give up TV to play online while 19 per cent of them said that they wou....


Singapore Relaxes Casino Controls - Wednesday 15th of February 2006

SINGAPORE – As reported by the Channel News Asia: "The government has decided to relax some controls over the casino operators of the two proposed integrated resorts in Singapore, like removing limits on the number of hours that a casino can opera....


Gold Reef Caisno Completes Refinancing - Wednesday 15th of February 2006

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — As reported by Reuters: "South Africa's Gold Reef Casino Resorts Ltd has completed the refinancing of its black empowerment partner, Akani Leisure Investments Ltd, and is spending some 300 million rand on increasing st....


Great Canadian Gaming Shares Take Hit - Wednesday 15th of February 2006

CANADA – As reported by CBC News: "Shares of casino and racetrack operator Great Canadian Gaming Corp. plunged 16 per cent on Monday after it issued a profit warning ahead of its fourth-quarter results. "Great Canadian Gaming shares (TSX:GCD) fell....


Isle of Capri Casinos to Sell Properties - Wednesday 15th of February 2006

BILOXI, Mississippi – Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. (Nasdaq: ISLE) announced this morning the execution of an agreement to sell the Company's properties in Bossier City, La. and Vicksburg, Miss. to privately owned Legends Gaming, LLC for $240 mill....


Casino Development: Boyd Plans For Northeast Las Vegas - Wednesday 15th of February 2006

by Howard StutzLas Vegas Gaming Wire Boyd Gaming Corp. announced Monday it would spend $35 million to purchase a 40-acre parcel in North Las Vegas, an indication of the company's belief that the area may house the next wave of casino development in ....


Inside Gaming: Locals Casinos in Safe Game of Catch-Up - Wednesday 15th of February 2006

by Rod SmithLas Vegas Gaming WireThe devil is in the details. While it may look like the development of locals casinos is out of control, analysts say there are fewer gaming positions per Las Vegas resident today (25) than there were 10 years ago (3....


Nevada Economy: Gaming Win Hits $11.6 Billion - Wednesday 15th of February 2006

by Rod SmithLas Vegas Gaming WireGaming win in Nevada, ignited by the opening of Wynn Las Vegas and thriving locals casinos, set a record in 2005 by raking in $11.6 billion up 10.3 percent from $10.6 billion the previous year, officials said Friday....


Christchurch Casino Expands Online - Wednesday 15th of February 2006

NEW ZEALAND As reported by Stuff: "Christchurch Casino has expanded its online gambling empire which targets overseas internet gamblers by launching a second internet casino and websites offering online poker, British bingo and skills-based betting....


Texas Casino Fight Expected - Wednesday 15th of February 2006

AUSTIN, Texas – As reported by the Texas Star-Telegram: "Undaunted by a two-year string of legislative defeats, several organizations representing the gambling industry are poised to renew the fight to bring Las Vegas-style games to Texas when law....


Titan Poker Sends Players to WSOP - Wednesday 15th of February 2006

Titan Poker, one of the fastest growing online poker rooms, will team up with Poker News, the Independent Online Poker Authority, to send players to the 2006 World Series of Poker.Titan Poker will stage a series of exclusive freeroll poker tournam....


Cingular Offers Capone Casino - Tuesday 14th of February 2006

SAN CLEMENTE, California – Superscape Group plc (LSE:SPS) announces that the latest game of its games tobe selected by Cingular for download to their consumers is the 3D version ofCapone Casino. Capone Casino 3D is set in the seedy casino owne....


Woman Blames Casino For $5 Million Fraud - Tuesday 14th of February 2006

AUSTRALIA – As reported by Australia Age: "A bank supervisor charged with defrauding the Bendigo Bank of more than $5 million claims she was "seduced" by Crown Casino's loyalty program."Kate Jamieson, 39, of Lalor, told police she began stealing m....


Gala Buys Leo Casino - Tuesday 14th of February 2006

UNITED KINGDOM – As reported by the UK Guardian: "The gaming group Gala is paying £14.5m for the Leo Casino in Liverpool, taking its total number of British casinos to 31. "Gala is buying the business, which opened in 2002 and is near the Albert ....


Poker Couple Goes Down the Aisle - Tuesday 14th of February 2006

GIBRALTAR It was inevitable. Withonline poker becoming the world's largest social network-where peoplecompete, but also meet, share experiences and become friends-it was only amatter of time until one of those interactions resulted in a marriage!....


The Future of Las Vegas: Meeting the Future - Tuesday 14th of February 2006

by Chris JonesLas Vegas Gaming WireThe Las Vegas Convention Center has for decades drawn visitors at a rhythmic clip, producing cash so steadily it's easy to forget how hard the place actually works.But in its 47th year, the heart of Southern Nevada....


Powerball Reaches $300 Million - Tuesday 14th of February 2006

UNITED STATES – The Powerball jackpot has reached anenormous amount, exciting players from all across the country! Even thoughthe grand prize was not awarded Saturday, 1,844,487 players across the nationwon more than $16.2 million in prizes in ....


Mega Million Jackpot Rises to $120 Million - Tuesday 14th of February 2006

UNITED STATES – The jackpot is growing even larger,and Mega Millions players from coast to coast are the winners! A total of825,617 tickets won prizes in the Friday, February 10, 2006 drawing. Since noticket matched all six numbers to win the ....


Boyd Gaming Acquires Las Vegas Locals Casino Site - Monday 13th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS – Boyd Gaming Corporation today announced that the Company is acquiring a 40-acre, fully-entitled casino site to grow its presence in the Las Vegas locals gaming market. The land is located in a rapidly developing area in the northwest....


Kansas City-Area Casino Revenue Rises - Sunday 12th of February 2006

KANSAS CITY, Missouri – As reported by the Kansas City Business Journal: "The Kansas City area's four casinos posted combined revenue of $60.8 million in January, up 9 percent from $55.7 million a year earlier, the Missouri Gaming Commission repor....


Casino Proposed for Former Outdoors Store - Sunday 12th of February 2006

What once was a pricey outdoors store, with stuffed caribou and bears adorning its faux mountain walls, will be transformed into a casino if and when Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa is awarded a slot machine license. "The former Woodlands World outd....


BICO Signs Letter of Intent to Acquire Vegas Wireless Entertainment - Sunday 12th of February 2006

DOVE CANYON, California – BICO, Inc. (OTC BB:BIKO.OB) is pleased to announce the signing of a letter of intent to acquire Vegas Wireless Entertainment. Vegas Wireless Entertainment specializes in the creation and distribution of mobile entertain....


Horseshoe Casino Plans Another Casino Boat - Sunday 12th of February 2006

ILLINOIS – As reported by the Daily Southtown: "Horseshoe Casino announced plans Thursday to build another casino boat in Hammond, which could bring hundreds of jobs and significant tax revenue to the city. "The proposed expansion would cost the c....


New Blue Chip Casino Offers Las Vegas Gambling Experience - Sunday 12th of February 2006

INDIANA – As reported by the Chicago Sun-Times: "Since it first opened in 1997, the Blue Chip Casino & Hotel in Michigan City, Ind., has always occupied a position in Chicago's "gaming outer limits": close enough to be included among the nine casi....


No Action Taken Against Judge's Casino Violation - Sunday 12th of February 2006

MONTANA As reported by the Missoulian: "Ravalli County District Judge Jeffrey Langton will face no consequences for entering a casino in violation of a suspended sentence he received for driving under the influence of alcohol in February 2005."Robe....


MGM Project Gets Costlier - Sunday 12th of February 2006

by Rod SmithLas Vegas Gaming WireLAS VEGAS MGM Mirage raised the price tag on its Project CityCenter by $2 billion Thursday as part of its plans to upgrade and expand what was already the largest privately financed development project in the U.S. h....


MGM Wants Partner Approved - Sunday 12th of February 2006

by Howard StutzLas Vegas Gaming WireLAS VEGAS MGM Mirage has filed an application seeking Nevada gaming regulators' approval of its partner in a $975 million hotel-casino under construction in the Chinese gaming community of Macau.The world's secon....


Indonesian Billionaire in UK Casino Talks - Sunday 12th of February 2006

LONDON – As reported by Forbes: "Smoke and mirrors. Putera Sampoerna, an Indonesian cigarette billionaire who ranks 13th on Forbes' list of Southeast Asia's 40 Richest is reportedly in advanced talks to acquire private member's club Les Ambassadeu....


Scientific Games Wins NY Lottery Contract - Sunday 12th of February 2006

NEW YORK – Scientific Games(Nasdaq: SGMS) has been selected as the successful vendor for the primarycontract to supply the New York State Lottery with instant ticket games andservices. The three year contract is valued at approximately $30 milli....


Family Follows PartyPoker Tournament Winner's Journey - Saturday 11th of February 2006

GIBRALTAR – Paul Wieber didn't need to call his family to say he had just won the PartyPoker online tournament with a top prize of a private jet to use for 25 hours to fly anywhere in world. His brother Dave and other family members followed ....


Belle Rock Launches Auction - Saturday 11th of February 2006

GIBRALTAR – The thrill and excitement of playingand winning online has reached new heights with an even wider variety ofdesirable items now available on Belle Rock Entertainment Auctions. Thehighly popular reward program enables players at all ....


Kiwi Casino Player Wins $50,000 - Saturday 11th of February 2006

Kiwi Casino proved again why it is the online casino of choice for online casino players, dealing two Royal Flushes and over $50,000 to the same player in one week."…I have been an online gambler for a long time, meaning I have tried many other ....


PokerTek, PokerPro System Team Up - Saturday 11th of February 2006

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – On January 23, 2006, at the International Casino Expo (ICE), PokerTek, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTEK) announced an international distribution agreement with a subsidiary of Aristocrat Leisure Limited (ASX: ALL) that grants Arist....


Study Downplays Casino Impact - Friday 10th of February 2006

MONTREAL – As reported by the CBC News: "A Laval University study says casinos may not have as much of an impact on local neighbourhoods as expected. It says more residents play games of chance when a casino is nearby but the casino itself does no....


Arkansas City Tribal Casino Opens Soon - Friday 10th of February 2006

ARKANSAS CITY, Kansas – As reported by the Arkansas City News: "A new casino south of Ark City should open by next month, the casino's manager said recently."Mario Hernandez said last week that the Native Lights Casino is getting final approvals f....


Casino Approval Boosts Camerlin - Friday 10th of February 2006

"PETALING JAYA, Malaysia – As reported by the Malaysia Star: "Camerlin Group Bhd shares gained 13 sen, or 7.83%, yesterday to RM1.79 as a reflection of investor interest sparked by news that an associated company has won approval to operate 16 cas....


Pittsburgh Casino Details Still Secret - Friday 10th of February 2006

PENNSYLVANIA – As reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "Bruce Barron is president of No Dice, a local group opposed to gambling. Public hearings are scheduled to let people comment on the slots proposals, but Barron says, 'It is very hard to....


Olympics Gambling Heads for Record - Friday 10th of February 2006

UNITED KINGDOM – As reported by Bloomberg: "The Winter Olympics in Turin, northern Italy, will attract record bets in the U.K. because of increased television coverage and more online gambling, Ladbrokes said today. "Wagers at U.K. bookmakers may ....


Casino Firms Bet on Asia - Friday 10th of February 2006

SINGAPORE As reported by Reuters: "…Singapore's founding prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, once described the ethnic Chinese, who drive much of Asia's wealth, as 'congenital gamblers'."That habit visible at a cockfight, the mahjong table or the rac....


Spectre Gaming, Funco Slots Sign Deal - Friday 10th of February 2006

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota – Spectre Gaming, Inc.(OTC Bulletin Board: SGMG) announced today that it has executed a definitiveagreement with Funco Slots Video Arcade Inc. of Palm Beach, Florida to order500 of its new and exciting AWP games. D. Bra....


Titan Poker Launches Language Options - Friday 10th of February 2006

Titan Poker, one of the fastest growing online poker rooms, has launched its popular poker software in German, Italian, and Spanish. The three new languages complement Titan Poker's existing software in English and French.New players are given the....


Progressive Gaming in Best Debt Position in 7 Years - Friday 10th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS Progressive Gaming International Corporation (Nasdaq:PGIC) a leading provider of diversified technology and content products and services used in the gaming industry worldwide announced today that its net debt position as of December 31....


Alliance Gaming Provides Update - Friday 10th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS – Alliance Gaming Corp. (NYSE: AGI) today announced that it currently anticipates that the Form 10-Q filings for both the September 30, 2005 and December 31, 2005 quarters will be made within the next 45 days. The Company continues to ....


Nevada Regulators Send Illegal Activity Memo - Friday 10th of February 2006

by Howard StutzLas Vegas Gaming WireLAS VEGAS – Nevada gaming regulators have reminded the Strip's major casino operators that responsibility for any illegal activity at their popular late-night clubs and entertainment venues falls onto their shou....


Penguins Unconcerned About Betting Scandal - Friday 10th of February 2006

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania – As reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "Penguins president Ken Sawyer said the franchise was unconcerned that an illegal sports bookmaking operation implicating former Penguins winger Rick Tocchet would adversely ....


River Belle Partners with Poker Night Live Canada - Friday 10th of February 2006

GIBRALTAR – River Belle, one of the most recognized and trusted online entertainment brands in the world, announced today that it has partnered with Poker Night Live Canada to bring exciting poker activities to poker enthusiasts in Canada. The....


MGM Mirage Provides Update on LV Plans - Friday 10th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS – MGM Mirage (NYSE: MGM) today announced that its Board of Directors has approved the design and budget for Project CityCenter, the Company's previously announced urban development project at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Project ....


The Changing Face of Slot Machine Electronics - Friday 10th of February 2006

Everyone involved in the slotmachine industry is aware of theenormous changes that havetaken place in recent years in terms ofthe functionality of modern machines.From their beginnings as purelymechanical items they are now packedfull of complex ele....


Casino Classic Offers 1 Hour Promotion - Friday 10th of February 2006

How is it that Casino Classic can afford to give this much away…to EVERYONE?!Imagine walking into a casino, being given $500 free, playing your favourite games for 1 hour and walking away with your winnings…Sound too good to be true? Not at C....


Powerball Jackpot Grows to $250 Million - Thursday 9th of February 2006

PRESS RELEASE) The jackpot in America's favoritelottery game continues to grow to enormous amounts. In addition, two verylucky players in Pennsylvania and Indiana each won a cool $1 million cash withthe Power Play option. Even though the grand pr....


Navajo President to Select Casino Developer - Thursday 9th of February 2006

WINDOW ROCK, Arizona – As reported by the Independent: "Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. 'should be making a selection in the very near future' on a developer for the tribe's casino, according to legislative counselor Michelle Dotson. "Dots....


California Casino Dispute Put on Hold - Thursday 9th of February 2006

JAMUL INDIAN RESERVATION, California – As reported by the San Diego Union Tribune: "A dispute between Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Jamul Indian band over land-clearing for the tribe's controversial hotel-casino is on hold, tribal and state o....


Gambling is Hot Issue for Kentucky Assembly - Thursday 9th of February 2006

KENTUCKY – As reported by the Ledger Independent: "Of the many hot issues now before the Kentucky General Assembly, gambling is at the top."Commercials on local television stations tout the advantages gambling will bring to the commonwealth. As th....


Trump Offers to Buy School to Build Casino - Thursday 9th of February 2006

PENNSYLVANIA – As reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer: "Trump casinos has made an offer to the Philadelphia School District to buy a school that sits on land where it proposes to build a slots parlor in Nicetown."Trump wants the Randolph Skills....


Carson Nugget Fined $20,000 - Thursday 9th of February 2006

By Cy RyanBy Our Partners at the Las Vegas SunCARSON CITY, Nevada Carson Nugget, the biggest casino in Carson City, has agreed to pay a $20,000 fine to the state for repeated violations in reporting its revenue from the slot machines since 1992. T....


Have the Tables Turned for Online Gambling? - Thursday 9th of February 2006

NEW YORK As reported by the Legal Times: "Although online gambling is illegal in the United States, you'd never know it by looking at the numbers. Last year alone 7.8 million Americans logged on to Internet gambling sites. "And with the online gamb....


$2.5 Million Marked to Treat Gamblers - Thursday 9th of February 2006

By Liz Benston By Our Partners at the Las Vegas Sun About 3,000 compulsive gamblers in Nevada, including their friends and families, are expected to soon get help in battling the addiction with an infusion of taxpayer money that will be doled out ov....


$500,000-Guaranteed Poker Tournament at EurobetPoker.Com - Thursday 9th of February 2006

Eurobet Poker will host its biggest ever online poker tournament on Saturday 11th February, with a guaranteed prize pool of at least $500,000. The tournament, called "Grand Tournament VI", will begin at 15.00 ET on Saturday. Online 'Qualifiers' ha....


Kansas Casino Project Passes - Thursday 9th of February 2006

KANSAS – As reported by the Winfield Courier: "Two county commissioners still approve a Sumner County casino project, but the board's chair said there is no point in showing support since the measure has died for lack of legislative backing. "'I j....


Overbuilding in Las Vegas?: Added Rooms Could Affect Rates - Thursday 9th of February 2006

by Rod SmithLas Vegas Gaming WireNew construction will likely depress average daily room rates as well as revenue generated by rooms at all Strip properties, a report from a New York City investment banking company warns.Of particular concern is the....


Tourism is Key to Winning Singapore Casino License - Thursday 9th of February 2006

SINGAPORE – As reported by the Agence France Presse: "Tourism appeal will take priority when Singapore officials determine who wins the Republic's first casino licence, the government said on Wednesday. "Four criteria will be used to evaluate bids....


Morowitz Gaming Advisors Moves Seminar - Thursday 9th of February 2006

GALLOWAY, New Jersey – For the third year, Morowitz GamingAdvisors, LLC will present its popular seminar, "Ultimate Budgeting for GamingIndustry Finance Professionals." The seminar has been moved from Atlantic Cityto Las Vegas, where it will be ....


Colorado Isle of Capri Casinos GM Appointed - Thursday 9th of February 2006

BILOXI, Mississippi – Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. (Nasdaq: ISLE) officials announced today the appointment of Michael S. Vautrin as vice president and general manager of the company's Black Hawk, Colo. properties: Isle of Capri-Black Hawk and Co....


High-Tech Chip Helps Casinos - Thursday 9th of February 2006

MISSISSIPPI – As reported by the Biloxi Sun-Herald: "The chips that gamblers wager bets with are about to become high-tech and in use at a casino near you. "That's the word from John M. Kendall, the owner of Chipco International and Sensynet. Chip....


Wisconsin Casino Advisory Referendum Approved - Thursday 9th of February 2006

WISCONSIN – As reported by the Sheboygan Press: "The Sheboygan Common Council unanimously approved a resolution Monday night calling for an advisory referendum on casino and riverboat gambling in the city. "The referendum, introduced by Ald. Renee....


Bidding Process Starts For New Casinos - Thursday 9th of February 2006

SOUTH AFRICA As reported by the South African Herald: "BHISHO has given the Eastern Cape Gambling and Betting Board the green light to start the bidding process for two new casinos to be built in the province."Board CEO Gonza Mati said permission w....


Las Vegas Third Nationally in Apartment Index - Thursday 9th of February 2006

by Hubble SmithLas Vegas Gaming WireApartment rents throughout Las Vegas are expected to increase 5 percent this year to average of $834 a month. The Las Vegas apartment market will benefit from low housing affordability, strong job growth and condo....


Offshore Betting Deal Gets Men 5 Years, Fines - Thursday 9th of February 2006

MADISON As reported by the Associated Press: "Federal authorities have recovered $9.3 million in fines, forfeitures and income taxes from a group of men who operated an overseas betting operation, including two who also ran a publishing house in ea....


First Two Winners Earn World Series of Poker Seats - Thursday 9th of February 2006

FRAMINGHAM, MA Scott Burress, of Columbus, Ohio and Greg Sellmeyer, of Cincinnati, Ohio, won the first two World Series of Poker (WSOP) seats in the Milwaukee's Best Light free online "Texas Hold 'Em Challenge" tournament. Milwaukee's Best Light ....


Harrah's Entertainment Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend - Thursday 9th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS The board of directors of Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:HET) declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.3625 per share, payable February 22, 2006, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on February 8, 2006.Harr....


Mega Millions Jackpot Rises to $102 Million - Thursday 9th of February 2006

UNITED STATES – It may be cold outside, but MegaMillions is hot! A total of 602,358 tickets from coast to coast were winnersin the Tuesday, February 7, 2006 drawing, including 8 tickets that each won$250,000. However, no ticket matched all six....


The Signature at MGM Grand Accepting Reservations - Wednesday 8th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS – MGM Grand announced today that it is now accepting reservations for The Signature at MGM Grand, the luxurious suite hotel to debut in May 2006. A stylish addition to the MGM Grand portfolio, The Signature's suites are set within thre....


Jeff Simpson: Not All Stardust Workers Will Retain Boyd Gaming Jobs - Wednesday 8th of February 2006

by Jeff SimpsonBy Our Partners at the Las Vegas SunLAS VEGAS, Nevada Pity the poor Stardust workers who woke up Friday and read the Review-Journal business story that incorrectly said Boyd Gaming Corp. has developed a plan to retain all 1,899 worke....


West Virginia City Considers Table Games - Wednesday 8th of February 2006

WEST VIRGINIA – As reported by the Wheeling News-Register: "Wheeling City Council is scheduled to consider a resolution Tuesday, Feb. 7, declaring its support of local option elections to approve table gambling at racetracks. "The state Legislatu....


NJ Casino Regulator Reappointed - Wednesday 8th of February 2006

NEW JERSEY – As reported by the Press of Atlantic City: "New Jersey's top casino regulator has been reappointed to a state development agency four months after she was removed by former Gov. Richard J. Codey in a high-profile power struggle.Casin....


Pittsburgh Casinos Will be Destinations - Wednesday 8th of February 2006

PENNSYLVANIA – As reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "One casino will feature a two-story bar at its core and a reception area filled with trees. The centerpiece of another will be a three-story glass atrium. A third promises visitors a trop....


Potential Manitoba Tribal Casino Sites Picked - Wednesday 8th of February 2006

WINNIPEG, Manitoba – As reported by the Brandon Sun: "Aboriginal leaders have pinpointed Brandon and Dauphin among four possible sites for a world-class hotel, casino and entertainment centre they plan to start building this spring. "Western Regio....


North Ossetia To Shut Gambling Halls After Blasts - Wednesday 8th of February 2006

NORTH OSSETIA, Russian Federation As reported by Radio Free Europe: "Authorities in the Russian republic of North Ossetia have decided to shut down gaming establishments after three explosions in gambling halls in the regional capital, Vladikavkaz,....


Japan Airlines Might Drop Las Vegas - Wednesday 8th of February 2006

by Chris JonesLas Vegas Gaming WireLas Vegas could lose its only nonstop air service from Asia next year. But local tourism officials say the effects of Japan Airlines' likely exodus are minimal and that Asian demand to visit this city will remain s....


Coventry Asked to Back Super-Casino Proposal - Wednesday 8th of February 2006

UNITED KINGDOM – As reported by icCoventry: "People in Coventry are being asked to join a campaign to bring Britain's first "super casino" to the city's Ricoh Arena."The Coventry Now campaign is pressing for the city to be chosen as the only pilot....


Illinois Casinos May Start Carding Everyone - Wednesday 8th of February 2006

ILLINOIS – As reported by the Chicago Sun-Times: "Even old, silver-haired gamblers should prepare to feel like they're in their 20s again . . . at least when it comes to entering casinos in Illinois. "Illinois Gaming Board staffers are readying a ....


Lucky Bingo Player Wins $40,000 Playing Online at Bingohall.com - Wednesday 8th of February 2006

Slots and bingo enthusiast, Marie from Massachusetts, USA has won her second $20,000 payout in as many months at one of the largest bingo sites on the Internet, Bingohall.com. This incredible feat began in early December 2005 when Marie hit the ja....


Inside Gaming: Casinos Follow Flow of Money to Asia - Wednesday 8th of February 2006

Las Vegas Gaming WireGaming interest in overseas investments is far from unique. Instead, companies are joining a crowd driven by a weakening dollar and economic recovery in Asia and Europe. New York bankers say U.S. affiliate income should double i....


Snoop Dogg Hosts Poker Tournament - Wednesday 8th of February 2006

BOCA RATON, Florida – The Rapper's Challenge Texas Hold'Em Tournament is a one-day event in Miami on Friday, May 5, 2006 onboard aCasino Ship at the Port of Miami. Hosted by superstar recording artist andmovie star Snoop Dogg, this no limit chal....


Mega Million Jackpot Rises to $88 Million - Wednesday 8th of February 2006

UNITED STATES – The Friday, February 3 Mega Millionsdrawing really brought out the winners! A total of 554,080 tickets from coastto coast won Mega Millions prizes, including seven tickets that each won$250,000. However, no ticket matched all s....


Las Vegas Buffets: Step Up to the Plate - Wednesday 8th of February 2006

by Chris JonesLas Vegas Gaming WireLAS VEGAS, Nevada Few things evoke Las Vegas' vintage charms quite like an all-you-can-eat buffet.Despite the growing prominence of celebrity chefs and their froufrou Zagat ratings, self-serve gorgefests have been....


Woman Wins Bingohall.com Jackpot on Toilet - Wednesday 8th of February 2006

Michelle M. from Dallas, Texas was playing at online bingo site Bingohall.com when nature called. Michelle brought her laptop into the bathroom with her and was carefully awaiting to see if she won, when all of a sudden she hit the daily $5,000 bi....


Titan Poker Club Launches Tournament Series - Wednesday 8th of February 2006

The recent launch of Titan Poker Club has already started to send shockwaves around the online poker world. Players from across the globe have already begun to join Titan Poker Club in anticipation of poker prizes, sign-up bonuses, promotional eve....


Mohegan Sun Selects Architect for Expansion - Wednesday 8th of February 2006

NEW YORK – The New York office of SOSH Architects has been selected to develop an extensive, phase-III master plan for the Mohegan Sun Casino's property in Uncasville, Connecticut, it was announced by the Mohegan Tribal Council today. "We are d....


PaddyPowerPoker.com Tournament Opens - Wednesday 8th of February 2006

IRELAND – PaddyPowerPoker.com today announces the opening of online qualification for the Irish Open 2006 – Ireland's first €1 million No Limit Texas Hold Em tournament and Europe's most historic poker event.Starting on Sunday 6th February, ....


Alliance Gaming Plans Name Change - Wednesday 8th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS – Alliance Gaming Corp. (NYSE: AGI) announced today that it has included in its annual proxy statement delivered to shareholders a proposal to officially change the name of the Company to Bally Technologies, Inc. to more appropriately ....


Progressive Gaming Anticipates Product Approval - Wednesday 8th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS Progressive Gaming International Corporation (NASDAQ: PGIC), a leading provider of diversified technology and content products and services used in the gaming industry worldwide announced today that its Rapid Bet Live product is expecte....


Organizations Receive Youth Gambling Awareness Funding - Wednesday 8th of February 2006

MISSOURI – As reported by the St. Louis Business Journal: "The Port Authority of Kansas City, Mo., recently awarded grants to Washington University in St. Louis and University of Missouri-Columbia. "The Port Authority granted a total of more than ....


Taubman, Gordon Join Harrah's Singapore Team - Tuesday 7th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:HET) and Keppel Land, announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Taubman Asia, Ltd and Gordon Group Holdings. (Taubman/Gordon). Subject to the completion of definitive documentation, T....


Is There a Law Against Gambling on the Internet? - Tuesday 7th of February 2006

The question I get far more than any other is, "Is gambling on the Internet legal?" Often it comes from regular players. It is interesting how many gamblers are concerned about making sure they are not breaking the law. Advocates of legalization ....


Grochowski Reviews Texas Hold'em Books - Tuesday 7th of February 2006

The boom in poker isn't just a matter of people playing Texas Hold'em, or even people watching it on television. Given the state of my bookshelf, it appears people are reading about it, too. At least an ever-growing number of folks are writing about....


Golden Touch Dice Control Revolution - Tuesday 7th of February 2006

The mathematics of craps has been well established, unchanging since the first cry of "Yo-leven" or "Winner winner, chicken dinner." Roll two six-sided dice, and six of the 36 possible combinations total 7. Bet the pass line, and the house will keep....


Boyd Aims to Keep Stardust Employees - Tuesday 7th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS Boyd Gaming Corp. has developed a plan to retain all 1,899 of its Stardust workers even after it demolishes the resort to make way for its $4 billion Echelon Place project.The company also wants to minimize disruptions and keep its loyal c....


Rolling Stone Magazine Wants Casino - Tuesday 7th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS The owner of Rolling Stone magazine is making a bid to turn Alexis Park on Harmon Avenue into a $500 million hotel-casino that would attract the same customers as the nearby Hard Rock Hotel, a real estate source said Wednesday.The New York....


Lawrenceburg Signs Riverboat Revenue Deal - Tuesday 7th of February 2006

INDIANA – As reported by the Indiana Journal Press: "Lawrenceburg signed on the dotted line Tuesday, Jan. 17, to share $500,000 a year with Franklin County 'as long as it (Lawrenceburg) has riverboat revenue."City council unanimously approved the ....


Korea's Largest Casino Opens - Tuesday 7th of February 2006

SOUTH KOREA As reported by the Korea Herald: "High rollers and cautious gamblers alike can now try their luck at the country's biggest foreigners-only casino which opened last weekend in Seoul. "Not far from the major hotels near COEX, Samseong-don....


Pennsylvania Board Rejects 3 Applications - Tuesday 7th of February 2006

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania – As reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Thamer Collins' plan to build a slot machine casino in West Homestead faced long odds from the get-go, but yesterday state gaming regulators slammed the door completely. "The ....


Group Settles Securities Fraud Allegations - Tuesday 7th of February 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio As reported by the Lima News: "A group trying to bring a casino to Botkins has settled with the state over the unregistered sales of securities. "National Capital I and its president, Tom Schnippel, reached settlement this week wit....


Colorado Developer Considers Rhode Island Location - Tuesday 7th of February 2006

JOHNSTON, Rhode Island – As reported by the Providence Journal: "A Colorado developer is considering Johnston as one of several prospective locations in New England where he and an undisclosed partner might build a casino."David H. Nunes, owner of....


Legislation Would Legalize Charity Casino Nights - Tuesday 7th of February 2006

CALIFORNIA – As reported by the Daily Review: "For years, many nonprofit groups in the Hayward area and around the state have organized casino nights to help raise money for their charitable work. "Little did they know they may have been breaking ....


University Against Slot Casino - Tuesday 7th of February 2006

PENNSYLVANIA As reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Duquesne University would like nothing more than to see a new arena built for the Penguins, but not if it means putting a slot machine casino at its doorstep. "Concerned about the welfare of....


Dealers' Prospects Mean More in Blackjack than You May Think - Tuesday 7th of February 2006

The tenets of Basic Strategy for Blackjack don't always seem to make sense. Many bettors question whether "the book" is really right about what they're supposed to do in certain situations.This state of affairs arises because players tend to think m....


Casinos Cash in on Player's Card - Tuesday 7th of February 2006

ILLINOIS As reported by the Chicago Sun-Times: "The implementation of computerized tracking of the money that people gamble in casinos through the use of players' club cards was a major catalyst contributing to the growth of the gaming industry. "P....


Spill Group Launches SkillGame.com - Tuesday 7th of February 2006

HILVERSUM, Netherlands This week sees the Spill Group officially launch its most comprehensive gaming portal to date,SkillGame.com . The site is already generating record numbers ofvisitors per day. Since launching its first gaming portal in the ....


Full Tilt Poker Pros Finish On Top - Tuesday 7th of February 2006

ATLANTIC CITY – Full Tilt Poker pros John D'Agostino and Erick Lindgren each had very strong showings at the Borgata Winter Poker Open, finishing second and third respectively out of a field of 381. Additionally, Peter Feldman, who earned his $1....


Smack Dog Poker Launches February Promotion - Tuesday 7th of February 2006

Online poker has been growing by leaps and bounds over the past couple of years. Some of the fuel powering this rapid expansion is the emergence of free roll tournaments sponsored by online poker rooms. These free rolls offer a player a chance to ....


Money Casino.com Offers Deposit Bonus - Tuesday 7th of February 2006

Money Casino.com invites new players to take advantage of a special triple first deposit bonus all throughout February. When making their first deposit new players get 100% match Welcome Bonus up to $100 Free. And the greetings are extended: when ....


Churchill Downs Launches New Site - Tuesday 7th of February 2006

KENTUCKY – Churchill Downs Inc. has launched a redesigned corporate Web site at www.churchilldownsincorporated.com. The improved site offers expanded resources, additional functionality, and information for shareholders and the news media, accord....


"The Grinder" Wins Borgata Winter Poker Open Title - Tuesday 7th of February 2006

ATLANTIC CITY, Day Four and the final table of the inaugural Borgata Winter Poker Open came and went Wednesday with more than just a big bang as three of the game's top players took on three unknowns in a massive chip battle that will go down in ....


Powerball Jackpot Grows to $210 Million - Tuesday 7th of February 2006

UNITED STATES – The Powerball jackpot continues to growbigger and bigger! Even though the grand prize was not awarded Saturday,1,076,565 players across the nation won more than $8.7 million in prizes inAmerica's Game. Because no one correctl....


Changing slot percentages for the weekender crowd doesn't happen - Monday 6th of February 2006

Dear Mark, Who sets the payout percentages for large progressives like Megabucks? Do they change those percentages on the weekends when it is busier? Douglas D. To eat up your latter question first, “do casinos take a screwdriver to their....


Sportsbook.com Offers Odds On Olympics - Saturday 4th of February 2006

NEW YORK –- The opening ceremonies for theOlympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy will kick off in eight days with morethan 2500 athletes from 85 nations set to compete for 84 Olympic medals.Sportsbook.com, the world's largest online sportsbook and....


Dispute Over Tribal Casino Talks - Saturday 4th of February 2006

CHEROKEE, North Carolina — As reported by the Asheville Citizen Times: "The vice chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians said Wednesday that Gov. Mike Easley has said 'no' to allowing Las Vegas-style card games at Harrah's Cherokee Casino ....


Senator: Better Tribal Gaming Regulation Needed - Saturday 4th of February 2006

WASHINGTON, DC – As reported by the Oregonian: "The Cowlitz Indian Tribe's pursuit of a casino near La Center is "a case study" of the need for better tribal gaming regulations, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., said Wednesday during a Senate com....


Players Network Offers Hooters Girl's Perspective - Saturday 4th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS – Players Network, Inc.(OTC Bulletin Board: PNTV), the leading media company in the gaming lifestyleindustry has announced it is covering the Hooters Casino Hotel Las Vegas grandopening from a most unique perspective: through the eyes....


PicksPal.com Members Favor Steelers - Saturday 4th of February 2006

Pittsburgh Steelers fans can enjoy their parties Sunday afternoon, because their hometown team is going to win 34-23 in a high-scoring shootout over the Seattle Seahawks in this year's Super Bowl. Early predictions from the majority of members of ....


Spectre Gaming Secures Lexy's Order - Saturday 4th of February 2006

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota – Spectre Gaming, Inc.(OTC Bulletin Board: SGMG) announced today that it has completed a 30 dayfield trial at Lexy's Rec Room in Boca Raton, Florida and continues itsFlorida expansion, securing a 200 game order from the ow....


PokerStar.com Launches VIP Club - Saturday 4th of February 2006

LOS ANGELES -– PokerStars.com, the world's leadingpoker tournament site and one of the largest poker rooms in the world inoverall traffic, has launched its new VIP Club. This special program isintended to reward players who enjoy playing online....


IGCE Features Sportsbook Panel - Monday 6th of February 2006

HATBORO, Pennsylvania - The International Gaming Conference &Expo (IGCE), slated for April 9th-11th in San Jose, Costa Rica, will featurean unprecedented panel of the leaders of the world's top online and off-shoresportsbooks discussing the st....


Genting Optimistic About Singapore Bid - Saturday 4th of February 2006

SINGAPORE – As reported by Bernama: "Malaysia's Genting International, one of the four bidders still in the running to build Singapore's integrated resort in Marina Bay, has dismissed scepticism over its chances of winning the bid."Genting Interna....


Bodog.com Sees Record Betting - Saturday 4th of February 2006

After announcing earlier this week that its sportsbook had realized an 80 percent growth rate for the year, online gaming giant Bodog.com has posted its odds for Super Bowl XL. As the favored Pittsburgh Steelers gear up to face the Seattle Seahawk....


Senator Pushes for Off-Reservation Casino Restrictions - Monday 6th of February 2006

WASHINGTON Frustrated by a lack of restrictions on tribes seeking to open off-reservation casinos, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Wednesday pressed the Department of Interior to complete regulations to curtail the practice."It is unacceptable 17 year....


Poker's Biggest Night Set to Unfold - Saturday 4th of February 2006

UNITED STATES – When Men Nguyen takes the stage to accept the coveted 2005 "Card Player, Player of the Year Award" at the illustrious Henry Fonda Music Box Theater on February 15 it will mark a landmark moment for the game. The first Card Player....


Casino Case Goes to Human Rights Commission - Saturday 4th of February 2006

SASKATCHEWAN – As reported by the CBC News: "Four casino workers who say they lost their jobs because they're non-aboriginal have taken their case to the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission. "Until they were laid off in 2002, the four used to wor....


Document Fuels Montreal Casino Debate - Saturday 4th of February 2006

MONTREAL, Quebec – As reported by the CBC News: "A leaked government document is fueling debate over a proposed casino project in Montreal. The preliminary report suggests gambling addictions and crime would jump if the casino is relocated to the....


Cache Creek Casino Signs with HRLogix - Saturday 4th of February 2006

CALIFORNIA – HRLogix, a leading provider of Web-based, paperless hiring systems, announced today that they will providerecruiting solutions to Cache Creek Casino Resort. Owned and operated by theRumsey Band of Wintun Indians, Cache Creek is the....


Harrah's, IMG To Expand WSP - Saturday 4th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS Harrah's License Company, LLC, an affiliate of Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:HET), and IMG, the world's premier sports and lifestyle marketing firm, have formed a global sales and marketing alliance centered around business operati....


Negreanu Plays 'Small Ball' to Earn Big Win on WPT - Monday 6th of February 2006

ROBINSONVILLE, Mississippi Lee Markholt, a poker pro from Washington state, had just been eliminated from the final table of the World Series of Poker circuit tournament at the Tunica Grand casino in Mississippi last Friday night.Before he went off ....


Maine Tribe Turns in Casino Vote Petition - Saturday 4th of February 2006

AUGUSTA, Maine – As reported by Bangor News: "Maine's Passamaquoddy Tribe made good on its pledge Monday and turned in more than 61,000 petition signatures in an effort to place the question of a Washington County racino before the voters in Novem....


PinnacleSports.com Offers Maddenism Odds - Saturday 4th of February 2006

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – Catch phrases have become anintegral part of today's sports broadcasts, with commentators livening upgames by adding their own unique style to the play-by-play commentary. Nomodern-day announcer has become more famous for h....


West Virginia Split over Gambling Bill - Saturday 4th of February 2006

WEST VIRGINIA – As reported by the Charleston Daily Mail: "Opponents of table games legislation believe there's a culture clash between the Northern Panhandle and the rest of the state on gambling. "Delegates plan to introduce a bill today that wo....


Final Battle at Borgata's 2006 Winter Poker Open - Friday 3rd of February 2006

ATLANTIC CITY Day Three of the World Poker Tour main event at Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa is under wraps and the field has been narrowed down to the final table of six players. Starting out with 33 of 381 players, Wednesday was action packed and....


Easy New Three Card Poker Game Launched - Friday 3rd of February 2006

LAS VEGAS, Nevada The most popular new card game in Las Vegas, Three Card Poker, is now available at retro Vegas-style Aces.com. This is a great game for people that want to be part of the incredible poker phenomenon sweeping online casinos eve....


WagerOnFootball.com Launches New Site - Monday 6th of February 2006

TEXAS Wageronfootball.com, a "website ahead of the times" for over 7 years, today announced the launch of the company's newest online basketball wagering website. One of the most respected names in the Football sports book betting site, handicapping,....


Thousands Visit New Blue Chip Casino - Friday 3rd of February 2006

MICHIGAN CITY, Indiana – As reported by the Northwest Indiana Times: "Gamblers crowded onto the floor of Blue Chip Casino on Tuesday, the first official day of business for the newly built $170 million riverboat."Rob Stillman, spokesman for Blue C....


Airbus Wouldn't Fly in Las Vegas - Monday 6th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS, Nevada Las Vegas puts out the welcome mat for more than 37 million people a year, and about half of them arrive by air.But when it comes to the world's biggest airliner, Clark County officials have a different message: Stay away.The aviat....


Table Mountain Casino Donates to Museum - Friday 3rd of February 2006

FRESNO, California – Art Hill, Director of the VeteransMemorial Museum, today accepted a donation check from Table Mountain Casino inthe amount of $8,040.08, The check was presented by L. A. Brown, Director ofMarketing of Table Mountain Casino,....


Celebrate Valentine's Day at Wynn Las Vegas - Friday 3rd of February 2006

LAS VEGAS – Cupid is coming to town and is stayingat Wynn Las Vegas. For its first Valentine's Day, Wynn Las Vegas is takingthe traditional flowers and chocolates to the next level with several romanticoptions for lovers. From a day at the sal....


Fall in Love with River Belle Online Casino - Friday 3rd of February 2006

GIBRALTAR – Continuing what has already been abanner start to the new year, Belle Rock Entertainment today announced some ofits most exciting promotions to date, capped by the "Fall in Love with WinningAgain!" $55,000 prize at River Belle Online ....


Lancaster Slot Proposal Rejected - Friday 3rd of February 2006

PENNSYLVANIA – As reported by the Lancaster New Era: "State gambling regulators have unanimously rejected the application to open a $150 million slots parlor in downtown Lancaster, a partner in the venture said."The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Boa....


Celebrities to Compete at World Craps Championships - Friday 3rd of February 2006

Frank Scoblete's World Craps Championships(TM) will have many celebrities competing in the 10 craps tournaments scheduled for July 22 and 23 at the Atrium Hotel in Las Vegas. Some will also be competing in head-to-head competition against Golden To....


Casino Industry Leaders Sponsor Pennsylvania Conference - Friday 3rd of February 2006

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania – Two prominent names in the gamingindustry - Las Vegas Sands Corp. and Jefferies & Company, Inc. - will bePlatinum Sponsors of the 2nd annual Pennsylvania Gaming Congress, which takesplace March 6-7 here. Las Vegas S....


Powerball Jackpot Grows to $180 Million - Friday 3rd of February 2006

UNITED STATES -– The jackpot in America's favoritelottery game continues to grow to enormous amounts. Even though the grandprize was not awarded Wednesday evening, 830,517 players across the nation wona total of more than $8.5 million in prizes....


Celebrities Came Out for Hollywood Poker Tournament - Friday 3rd of February 2006

HOLLYWOOD, California – HollywoodPoker.com, where the stars come to play, sponsored theHollywood Poker Texas Hold 'Em Celebrity Challenge at the Pro Celebrity Unionat Copper Mountain, held from January 20-22, 2006. The event, which featuredskii....


New Zealand Group Criticizes Gambling Act - Friday 3rd of February 2006

NEW ZEALAND – As reported by the National Business Review: "The government today celebrated a continuing decline in the numbers of gaming machines, operators and venues as proof that the Gambling Act was working but the Charity Gaming Association....


Gambling Treatment Drug Shows Promise - Friday 3rd of February 2006

UNITED STATES – As reported by the LA Times: "For the estimated 6 million compulsive gamblers in the U.S., the long odds are on a pill."In the largest clinical study of its kind, researchers at the University of Minnesota found that daily doses of....


Mega Millions Jackpot Rises to $75 Million - Friday 3rd of February 2006

UNITED STATES – Countless Mega Millions players fromcoast to coast had their eyes on the prize in the Tuesday, January 31 drawing.A total of 476,934 tickets won prizes, including one ticket that won $250,000.No ticket matched all six numbers to ....


Bally's Holds Job Fair for Laid-Off Employees - Friday 3rd of February 2006

ATLANTIC CITY – As reported by the Press of Atlantic City: "Rajib Paul was more concerned about his family thousands of miles away than his own financial plight when he lost his job as a slot cashier at Bally's Atlantic City."Although modest by Am....


The Pinnacle Pulse - Friday 3rd of February 2006

by Simon Noble of pinnaclesports.com Now that it's finally Super Bowl week, bettors can celebrate that they'll have more betting options on this game than any other all year, as the one thing that the Super Bowl is known for, is the wide range of p....


Leeds Enters UK Super-Casino Race - Friday 3rd of February 2006

UNITED KINGDOM – As reported by the Leeds Today: " Leeds has thrown its hat into the ring to be the home of the country's first Las Vegas-style super casino, it emerged today. "The city is one of nearly 30 places which have expressed a firm inter....


Station Focus Away From Strip - Monday 6th of February 2006

Construction continues Tuesday on Red Rock Resort, a Station Casinos project. Station said the $925 million hotel-casino will open April 18, about three weeks later than originally expected.With gaming operators planning an estimated $25 billion in d....


Oregon Tribe Offers Casino Revenue Deal - Friday 3rd of February 2006

VANCOUVER, Oregon – As reported by the Oregonian: "The Cowlitz Indian Tribe would pay La Center as much as $3 million annually for 10 years to recoup lost revenue from cardrooms under a proposal to be presented tonight to the City Council. "The pr....


Blackpool Bingo Launches in UK - Friday 3rd of February 2006

UNITED KINGDOM – Blackpool Bingo just launched in the UK.The ever present feeling of excitement, the world famous Illuminations and amusement park and the mind-boggling list of fun things to do whatever the time. There's something about Blackpoo....


Gaming Stocks Carry Momentum of 2005 into New Year - Monday 6th of February 2006

Wall Street gave gaming stocks rave reviews in January, with the Dow Jones U.S. gambling index climbing to 530.6, up 9 percent from the end of the year.The Standard & Poor's 500 Index closed the month at 1208.08, up 3 percent from the end of the year....


e-Lottery Offers Chance at EuroMillions Record Jackpot - Friday 3rd of February 2006

Europe's EuroMillions Lottery has 'rolled over' 11 times with no winner and so has amassed a giant jackpot equivalent to US$225,000,000 for the coming draw this Friday evening (GMT) 3rd February 2006.Not available to be played from outside Europe ....


Kentucky Derby Signs First Sponsor - Thursday 2nd of February 2006

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky Churchill Downs racetrack today announced that Yum! Brands Inc., the world's largest restaurant company and parent of KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Long John Silver's and A&W Restaurants will become the historic first-ever prese....


Litigation Initiated Against Monarch Casino - Thursday 2nd of February 2006

RENO, Nevada – Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. (Nasdaq: MCRI), owner of the Atlantis Casino Resort in Reno, Nevada, announced today that Kerzner International Limited, the owner of the Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas, and an affiliate have init....


Stars Come Out for Poker Awards - Thursday 2nd of February 2006

LAS VEGAS – Card Player magazine, "The PokerAuthority", is rolling out the red carpet on February 15th at the Henry FondaMusic Box Theater in Los Angeles, CA for the poker industries first Player ofthe Year Awards Banquet gala. Co-sponsored a....


Grants Awarded to Fight Under-Aged Gambling - Thursday 2nd of February 2006

MISSOURI As reported by the Kansas City Star: "Three Missouri nonprofits this year will share $160,000 in grants from the Kansas City Port Authority to combat under-aged gambling."...The largest grant, $93,938, goes to the George Warren Brown Schoo....


Poll: Rhode Islanders Want Vote on Casino Proposal - Thursday 2nd of February 2006

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island – As reported by the Providence Journal: "A majority of Rhode Islanders want a chance to vote 'yes or no' on the latest West Warwick casino proposal, according to a poll commissioned by the promoters of the proposed Harrah....


St. Lucia to Open First Casino, Hoping to Boost Island's Tourism Industry - Thursday 2nd of February 2006

CASTRIES, St. Lucia As reported by the Associated Press: "St. Lucian authorities have approved plans for the first casino in the eastern Caribbean island, hoping to boost the country's vital tourist industry."The casino, which will include 350 slot....


Seattle Favored in Super Bowl XL - Thursday 2nd of February 2006

DETROIT, Michigan – The countdown to Super Bowl XL is onand betting is hotter than ever. A total of 30 states are now betting on theSeahawks to take home the Vince Lombardi Trophy, compared to 20 for theSteelers. Despite trailing in the electora....


History of Las Vegas, Ancient and Recent, is Coming Together - Monday 6th of February 2006

Although a common perception is that Las Vegas' history began with slot machines and neon, the city's roots can be traced to prehistoric times and will be saved for future generations thanks to millions of dollars in preservation projects.The projec....


Ameristar Boards Adds New Member - Thursday 2nd of February 2006

LAS VEGAS – Ameristar Casinos, Inc.(Nasdaq: ASCA) announced today that Luther P. Cochrane has been elected as amember of its Board of Directors. Mr. Cochrane has had a distinguished careerof more than 30 years in the construction industry and t....


Pennsylvania Gaming Board Holds Public Hearings - Thursday 2nd of February 2006

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania – The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Boardtoday announced a comprehensive schedule of public-input hearings on gamingfacilities proposed for the Commonwealth. The Board will conduct 13 days ofhearings at nine locations acro....


BetandWin.com Deploys Radware Solution - Thursday 2nd of February 2006

MAHWAH, New Jersey – Radware (Nasdaq: RDWR),the leading provider of intelligent integrated solutions for ensuring thefast, reliable and secure delivery of networked and Web-enabled applicationsover IP, today announced that BetandWin.com Interact....


Oklahoma Tribe Bets on Casino - Thursday 2nd of February 2006

MIAMI, Oklahoma – As reported by the Joplin Globe: "What was a barren piece of farmland two weeks ago is now a huge concrete pad with the beginning of a steel structure. By mid-May, it will be home to the Four Winds Casino, a $20 million project b....


Borgata Hit with Lawsuit - Thursday 2nd of February 2006

ATLANTIC CITY – As reported by the Press of Atlantic City: "Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa was hit with a $70 million lawsuit Monday that claims the gaming hall discriminated against female employees in its zeal to keep its skimpily attired cocktail s....


PinnacleSports.com Offers Oscar Odds - Thursday 2nd of February 2006

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – Only minutes after theofficial Oscar(R) nominations were announced earlier this morning, the oddsmakers at PinnacleSports.com began calculating odds for the 78th AnnualAcademy Awards(R). With odds on the six major categorie....


Online Qualifiers Fare Well Down Under - Thursday 2nd of February 2006

GIBRALTAR PartyPoker.com's online qualifiers fared excellently at the recent Aussie Millions at the Crown Casino in Melbourne with two players finishing in the final six. Bobby Neary, a 21 year-old business student from Sonoma State University i....


Report: Smoking Ban Could Hurt Ontario Gambling Revenues - Thursday 2nd of February 2006

ONTARIO – As reported by CRFA News Radio: "Ontario's smoking ban could burn as much as 500 million dollars out of the province's gambling revenues. "Smoker's rights group Mychoice.ca says it has obtained a 2004 report from the Ontario Lottery and ....


Electronic Game Card CEO Retires - Thursday 2nd of February 2006

NEW YORK – Electronic GameCard, (OTCBB: EGMI), the US rewards based games company, today announces thathealth concerns have forced John Bentley to stand down as President and CEOwith immediate effect. As the joint creator of the Electronic Ga....


Pokies Face Midnight Ban - Thursday 2nd of February 2006

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the Australian Advertiser: "Pokies venues would be banned from operating beyond midnight under a proposed Private Member's Bill."No Pokies MLC Nick Xenophon has proposed a Bill that only allows poker machines rooms to op....


Celebrities, Top Pros Ante Up for World Poker Tour Invitational - Thursday 2nd of February 2006

LOS ANGELES – What kind of event couldattract such diverse celebrities as Burt Reynolds, James Woods, Ray Romano,Jason Alexander, Mimi Rogers, Stephen Collins, Jennifer Tilly, Sara Rue, JamesGarner, Kevin Weisman, David Sutcliffe, Lou Diamond Ph....


Celebrities Join DoylesRoom.com Tournament - Thursday 2nd of February 2006

DoylesRoom.com today announced the participation of A-list celebrities Kevin Connolly and Nicky Hilton in the DoylesRoom.com Celebrity Bounty Poker Tournament.Kevin Connolly stars in the Golden Globe nominated HBO hit series "Entourage." Nicky Hi....


Canadians on Top of the World Amateur Poker Tour Scene - Thursday 2nd of February 2006

Canadians top the world ranks for 2005 on the World Amateur Poker Tour (www.worldamateurpokertour.com).Joel Ostroff, of Bradford, who had held the number one position since January '05, finished on top of the world and James Banks, of Ottawa, clim....


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Chicksnchips Poker Challenge a Winner - Thursday 2nd of February 2006

Deanna Goodson has been run off her feet since she launched the Chicksnchips Poker Challenge nearly two weeks ago. It seems that everyone wants to play against her. She's had to beat 'em off with a stick. She hadn't done that since she was 21 - a....


Reno Casino Partially Evacuated Following Overnight Fire - Thursday 2nd of February 2006

RENO, Nevada As reported by Channel 4 KNRV: "Portions of the Peppermill Hotel Casino were briefly evacuated over night after reports of a small fire in the vent system. "Firefighters were called to the scene just before 1:00 AM where they discovere....


New Casino to Open - Wednesday 1st of February 2006

LISBON, Portugal As reported by the Euro Weekly: "The Lisbon Casino has already set an opening date, according to Mário Assis Ferreira, administrator of the Estoril Sol society."The former Future Pavilion at the Nations Park, now transformed into ....


GTECH, North Carolina Lottery Sign Deal - Wednesday 1st of February 2006

WEST GREENWICH, Rhode Island – GTECH HoldingsCorporation (NYSE: GTK) today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary,GTECH Corporation, has signed a long-term agreement with the North CarolinaEducation Lottery to provide a fully-integrated onli....


Lotto Fever in Europe Ahead of Possible Record Draw - Wednesday 1st of February 2006

PARIS, France As reported by Agence France Presse: "Europe was swept with lotto fever ahead of a prize draw in the international Euromillions lottery which could see a record jackpot of 146 million euros (178 million dollars). "Lottery operators in....


PaddyPowerPoker Hosts Irish Poker Tournament - Wednesday 1st of February 2006

IRELAND – Paddypowerpoker.com in association with Liam Flood and the Merrion Casino Club today proudly announce details of the 25th Irish Open poker tournament to be held in Jurys Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin over 14, 15, 16, 17 April 2006.This his....


Winter Las Vegas Market: It's Showtime Again - Monday 6th of February 2006

As some 40,000 to 50,000 furniture industry representatives scanned showrooms Monday on the first day of the weeklong Winter Las Vegas Market, World Market Center officials were already planning next year's show.Flanked by Gov. Kenny Guinn and Mayor ....


Grand's $100,000 First Place Blackjack Prize Wows'Em - Wednesday 1st of February 2006

TUNICA, MS (Jan. 31, 2006)Grand Casino certainly knows how to get the attention of serious and even amateur blackjack players when it announced it was holding a $150,000 blackjack tournament this weekend (Feb.3-5) but with a big kicker…first place....


Anna 'The Gold Digger' Benson Endorses Golden Spirit - Monday 6th of February 2006

BELLINGHAM, Washington Golden Spirit Gaming Ltd. (OTC BB:GSGL.OB) announces that the company has signed a multi-year agreement with Anna Benson, a World Series of Poker (WSOP) sponsored participant in 2005, to promote, market, and play on the Com....


WPT Enterprises And The Travel Channel Reach Agreement on Professional Poker Tour - Wednesday 1st of February 2006

LOS ANGELES, CA WPT Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:WPTE) and the Travel Channel entered into an agreement to air WPTE's highly anticipated PROFESSIONAL POKER TOUR™ (PPT) television series. The PPT features a series of invitation-only tournaments tha....


New York Poker Operation Busted - Wednesday 1st of February 2006

NEW YORK – As reported by the Newsday: "Nassau County police have folded what they called an illegal "Texas Hold 'em" game secretly operating inside a Farmingdale warehouse."Officers swarmed the illegal poker den Thursday and confiscated about $10....


Grosvenor Casino Hit by Fire - Wednesday 1st of February 2006

UNITED KINGDOM – As reported by the Blackpool Today: "Gamblers were evacuated today when fire broke out at a Blackpool casino."The blaze was sparked at Grosvenor Casino in the Sandcastle complex on Blackpool Promenade at around 3am."A passer-by ra....


A Love Of Poker - Wednesday 1st of February 2006

Contradicting the old proverb that to be lucky in cards is to be unlucky in love, cupid-playing online poker provider Purple Lounge has introduced an amorous new game befitting the seasonal spirit.With a romantic ring to its name, the Two Hearts H....


Inside Gaming: Strange Bedfellows: Wynn and his Bankers - Monday 6th of February 2006

Wall Street is waiting with bated breath for details of Encore, Phase 2 of developer Steve Wynn's uppest-scale development at the Strip's north end. Expect an announcement in the next two months, sources say. But while stories swirl that Wynn really ....


Station Casinos Reports Record Results - Wednesday 1st of February 2006

LAS VEGAS Station Casinos, Inc. (NYSE: STN) today announced the results of its operations for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2005. Highlights include: -Record fourth quarter EBITDA (1) of $123.9 million, an increase of 16% over the prior y....


UK School Gambles on Casino Degree - Wednesday 1st of February 2006

UNITED KINGDOM – As reported by the Guardian: "Degree courses in roulette, blackjack and the other arts of casino management are to be offered for the first time in Britain at a specialist "gambling academy". "The new department at Blackpool and t....


Nevadan At Work: Three-Casino Juggling Act No Easy Task for Executive - Monday 6th of February 2006

Marilyn Winn didn't follow the usual track to the presidency of a Strip casino, but the direction she took led her to the leadership of three Las Vegas resorts.Rather than working her way up the casino ranks, Winn was the top official in Harrah's Ent....


Littlefield Corporation Reports Legal Settlement - Wednesday 1st of February 2006

AUSTIN, Texas Littlefield Corporation (OTCBB:LTFD) announces that it has settled the Lenrich matter effective January 3, 2006. The settlement is subject to a confidentiality agreement. Jeffrey L. Minch, President and Chief Executive Officer of Li....


Poll: Iowans Want to Keep Lottery Machines - Wednesday 1st of February 2006

IOWA – As reported by the Des Moines Register: "A majority of Iowans are unwilling to pull the plug on the Iowa Lottery's new TouchPlay machines, but they're also mostly opposed to allowing more of the devices in stores and bars."A new Des Moines ....


Calgary Preacher Praises Poker - Wednesday 1st of February 2006

CALGARY – As reported by the Calgary Sun: "Thou shalt play Texas Hold 'Em, says a city preacher known for his ability to connect God and pop culture. "Pastor John Van Sloten intends to preach to his congregation about the positives of poker during....


Casino to Honor Kerry Packer - Wednesday 1st of February 2006

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the Australia Age: "Crown Casino will observe a minute's silence in honour of the late Kerry Packer, whose company, owns the casino, but punters won't be forced to stop gambling."The tribute will coincide with Mr Packer'....


Venetian Company Joins Pocono Team - Wednesday 1st of February 2006

POCONO MANOR, Pennsylvania – The construction managementcompany for The Venetian Resort, Hotel & Casino and New York's Time WarnerCenter has joined the all-star team of partners and consultants working onbringing a world-class resort and casino ....


Roads to Pittburgh Cross Through Vegas - Monday 6th of February 2006

The competition for the lone casino license in Pittsburgh is loaded with Las Vegas implications.Three groups are seeking approval from Pennsylvania gaming regulators to operate a 5,000-slot machine casino in the state's second-largest city. The licen....


Gambling Beyond Nevada: Keystone Aspirations - Monday 6th of February 2006

The idea of putting 61,000 new slot machines in Pennsylvania casinos and racetracks by the end of the decade makes gaming equipment manufacturers light up like a progressive slot machine hitting a multilevel jackpot.Casino operators, however, have mi....


Union Boss Says Hotels Can Avoid Strike - Monday 6th of February 2006

UNITED STATES A nationwide labor dispute involving 60,000 hotel workers in major North American cities could be averted if the hotel industry were to adopt some of the policies major casino companies use, the national union chief for lodging and foo....


Vegas Casinos Cash In on Chinese New Year - Monday 6th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS Sunday marks the start of Year 4704 on the Chinese calendar, a 12-month period known as the Year of the Dog.And like Pavlov's fabled pooch, Las Vegas casino operators are salivating to play host to scores of Asian gamblers who'll celebrate....


Mississippi Operations Helped Ameristar - Monday 6th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS Ameristar Casinos showed investors Wednesday how it benefited by operating in hurricane-ravaged Mississippi.Fueled by revenue from coastal Mississippi casino customers displaced when their normal hangouts were destroyed by Hurricane Katrin....


Casinos Open Arms for Asians with Open Wallets - Monday 6th of February 2006

The lunar calendar unleashes the Year of the Dog on Sunday and Las Vegas casinos hope to take a bite out of Asian gamblers' wallets.Marketing to Asian particularly Chinese gamblers is Management 101 for casino bosses. Just about anybody who works i....


Columnist Jeff German: A Big Step to Help Gambling Addicts - Monday 6th of February 2006

p>Nevada and its gaming industry are making history again today.The state's Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling meets in Las Vegas to hand out taxpayer dollars to fund treatment programs for the addicted.This has never occurred in the 75 years tha....


Close-to-Real Deal: Poker Paying Off - Monday 6th of February 2006

Australian gambler Joseph Hachem, a three-year veteran of the professional poker circuit, spent eight days during last summer's World Series of Poker including 14 hours of play at the final championship table to win the game's ultimate title and th....


Ferris Wheel Puts a Spin on New Frontier - Monday 6th of February 2006

p>Steve Wynn's not talking, but you have to wonder what the design-focused casino boss thinks about the redevelopment plans of his across-the-boulevard neighbor.Just across the Strip from Wynn's $2.7 billion Wynn Las Vegas and its mountain convenien....


Gaming Industry: Big Six to Post New High - Monday 6th of February 2006

The "Big Six" gaming operators ended 2005 with record-breaking profits nearly double the previous year's, thanks to surging demand for Las Vegas vacations and the two biggest mergers in industry history, analysts said this week.With gaming companies ....


Inside Gaming Column: Condo Craze on Strip Makes Sense - Monday 6th of February 2006

A lot of readers have been asking what sense it could possibly make for anyone to spend $500,000 for a little unit, possibly 600 square feet, in one of the condo-hotels being built or proposed in Las Vegas. Besides that similar units go for $1,000 a....


Earnings: IGT Profits Dip, Top Target - Monday 6th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS Slot machine giant International Game Technology reported both reduced earnings and revenue in its first quarter of 2006, but the Reno-based manufacturer was Wall Street's darling Thursday.IGT, which ended its three-month reporting period ....


Tech Companies Bet on Las Vegas - Monday 6th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS For Internet retailer Zappos.com, moving to Las Vegas in 2004 was good for business.Yet Nick Swinmurn, a founder of the online shoe store, sometimes runs into trouble hiring employees from other cities.Swinmurn recently hosted two high-lev....


Henderson Leaning Toward Strip Resorts - Monday 6th of February 2006

p>Six decades after the first casinos were built on what would become the Las Vegas Strip, Henderson is ready to pronounce that gambling is appropriate on Las Vegas Boulevard.Henderson planners had said the opposite just last month in a proposal that....


Tourism: Easing of Travel Rules Could Aid Las Vegas - Monday 6th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS, Nevada A federal push to ease restrictions on foreign travel expected to be announced today could bring more big-spending international visitors to Nevada and Las Vegas, state travel leaders said Monday.Tension between the State Departmen....


23 Percent Increase: Utility Pursues Rate Hike - Monday 6th of February 2006

The skyrocketing price of natural gas will trigger a 23 percent increase in electric power rates in Southern Nevada this summer if state regulators approve a rate case filed by Nevada Power Co. on Tuesday.Nevada Power Co. said a typical customer's ye....


As Visitors Keep Coming, City Faces Many Challenges - Monday 6th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS, Nevada Las Vegas' travel industry is growing faster than its airports and roadways can handle.And like it or not, widespread traffic jams and frequent backups at McCarran International could become increasingly common if the city's recent....


Rebirth of the Riviera? - Monday 6th of February 2006

p>The murky future of the Riviera may be about to get clearer.A group of experienced real estate developers has reached an agreement with the chief executive of the company that owns the Riviera to buy out his shares of stock in the casino's parent c....


Growth in Las Vegas Valley Seen Cooling - Monday 6th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS, Nevada Higher fuel prices and rising interest rates have yet to exact their toll from the dynamic Southern Nevada economy, but growth is coming at a slower pace, a local economist said.The Southern Nevada Index of Leading Indicators, comp....


Borgata Bob is Boyd's Point Man for Echelon - Monday 6th of February 2006

p>When Boyd Gaming executive Bob Boughner is asked to describe his company's planned $4 billion Echelon Place, he uses words like "energetic, sensual and international."That may sound unusual coming from a casino boss. Then again, Boughner, the man t....


Offering Expected to Raise $164.1 Million for Pinnacle - Monday 6th of February 2006

Las Vegas-based Pinnacle Entertainment said Friday its recently announced stock offering will result in $164.1 million in gross proceeds to the company, money that will be used to add hotel rooms to three of its casinos.Pinnacle is expected to close ....


New York-New York Boss Receives Trumpet Award - Monday 6th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS, Nevada The first and only black president of a Strip hotel-casino has been honored with a Trumpet Award, joining other 2006 honorees including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, singers Stevie Wonder and Usher, and actress Vivica A. Fox.Lorenzo Cre....


Las Vegas Tops 3 Million Monthly Visitors - Monday 6th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS – For the 10th time in 11 months last year, 3 million proved to be Las Vegas' luckiest number.Nearly 3.1 million visitors came here in November, up 5.8 percent from November 2004, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority said Thurs....


Nevada November Win Results Up - Monday 6th of February 2006

NEVADA Nevada casinos have already surpassed the state's all-time annual gaming win record with one more month left to collect numbers, the Gaming Control Board reported Wednesday.Through November 2005, the state's gambling halls have won more than ....


Technology Promises Gambling As You Like It - Monday 6th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS, Nevada Someday gamblers will be able to stride up to a slot machine, insert their slot club cards and be offered a list of their favorite games at the exact denominations they like to play.And if it's the player's birthday, the machine m....


After 34 Years, a Familiar Face Leaves the Strip - Monday 6th of February 2006

p>It's been a bad few years for Monopoly names in Las Vegas. First Park Place Entertainment Corp. changed its name to the more marketable Caesars Entertainment, only to be swallowed by Harrah's Entertainment in 2005. Then the Boardwalk closed its doo....


Implosion Slated for Tower at Castaways - Monday 6th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS, Nevada The stripped and gutted tower from the shuttered Castaways will be imploded Wednesday morning, wiping away the last remnants of the casino formerly known as the Showboat.Station Casinos bought the 26-acre site on Boulder Highway 14....


Columnist Jeff Simpson: Why Wynn, Stations are Likely to Pass on Penn - Monday 6th of February 2006

p>Among those planning or hoping to compete in Pennsylvania are: Boyd Gaming Corp., Venetian parent Las Vegas Sands, Harrah's Entertainment, Binion's owner MTR Gaming and Millennium Gaming, the owner of the Cannery and operator of the Rampart.But Ste....


On the Strip, Drinking Not Free For All - Monday 6th of February 2006

p>CARSON CITY, Nevada If you're looking for a complimentary cocktail in a casino, forget the Strip. Your best best is in the tiny northern Nevada town of West Wendover.Casinos in West Wendover, which sits off Interstate 80 on the edge of the Nevada-....


Boyd's Shares Bounce Back Up - Monday 6th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS With two days to absorb details of Boyd Gaming Corp.'s proposed $4 billion Echelon Place, mollified Wall Street investors Thursday embraced the company's plans for the new resort.Shares in Boyd closed Thursday at $47.33, up $1.24, or 2.7 p....


Nevada Casinos Post Record Income - Monday 6th of February 2006

NEVADA Nevada's major hotel-casinos posted their highest net income ever in a fiscal year, generating more than $1.8 billion on revenue of $21.4 billion in 2005, a new report released by the Nevada Gaming Control Board Thursday shows.The total reven....


The Mirage's Multi-Million Dollar Makeover - Monday 6th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS The Mirage is amid a multimillion-dollar remodeling, which will add restaurants, a reconfigured showroom and a redesign of its volcano.The Mirage's 1989 opening is credited with helping transform the Strip and launch the megaresort buildin....


Columnist Jeff Simpson: 2006 Can Only Get Better for Las Vegas Gaming - Monday 6th of February 2006

p>I expect major Las Vegas business - especially big casino industry news to be the norm again in 2006, with some of the most significant events taking place during the first part of the year.My predictions appear to have been written with the aid o....


Inside Gaming Column: Group, Foes Duel Over Problem Gambling - Monday 6th of February 2006

The American Gaming Association recently released a white paper documenting the casino industry's decade-long record on promoting responsible gaming and problem gaming research, education and training.The document supports arguments by readers who co....


With a Flurry of Flashy Gadgets, CES Comes Back - Monday 6th of February 2006

Bit by bit, the expanding universe of digital entertainment will soon reconverge in Southern Nevada.And this year, that universe promises to be bigger than ever even if the products driving its popularity have become smaller and smaller.This week's ....


Investors Make Play for Shares of Riviera - Monday 6th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS, Nevada A group of investors, including former Starwood Hotels' chairman Barry Sternlicht and Las Vegas real estate developer Brett Torino, have agreed to buy a portion of Riviera Holdings Corp., the parent company of the 50-year-old Rivie....


Gaming Tax Increase Sought - Monday 6th of February 2006

CARSON CITY, Nevada A Clark County activist attempted to file an initiative petition Tuesday that would significantly raise the gaming tax on Nevada's largest casinos and use the money to fully pay single-family homeowner property tax bills.But acti....


Server-Based Casino Games on Horizon - Monday 6th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS, Nevada Some day gamblers will be able to stride up to a slot machine, insert their slot club cards and be offered a list of their favorite games at the exact denominations they like to play. And if it's the player's birthday, the machine ....


Casinos May Face Bans on Smoking - Monday 6th of February 2006

p>One of the key issues the American Gaming Association will tackle next year will be fighting initiatives across the country that would ban smoking in casinos.The association's chief executive, Frank Fahrenkopf, said the industry is "tremendously co....


Station Casinos to Develop North Las Vegas Hotel-Casino - Monday 6th of February 2006

Station Casinos announced Tuesday that the company had been chosen to develop a gaming complex on 40 acres in Aliante, a master-planned community in North Las Vegas.The project, dubbed Aliante Station is expected to break ground next year and finish ....


Caesars Now Primed for Poker - Monday 6th of February 2006

Hoping to ride the current wave of poker popularity, Caesars Palace will open a $12 million poker room today, the casino's first poker room in 16 years.Caesars Palace, now operated by World Series of Poker owner Harrah's Entertainment, will offer a p....


Harrah's Unloads Gulfport Casino - Monday 6th of February 2006

Harrah's Entertainment reduced its losses in the hurricane-ravaged Mississippi Gulf Coast, agreeing on Tuesday to sell what's left of the Grand Casino Gulfport to owners of another destroyed casino.In announcing the deal, Harrah's said it would conce....


Cabbies and Kickbacks - Monday 6th of February 2006

An Assembly bill intended to prohibit kickbacks to cabbies for delivering passengers to strip clubs and other nighttime hotspots is likely to end up benefiting taxi drivers in the long haul.As a result of the backlash from Assembly Bill 505, which Go....


Travel Agents Finding That it Pays to Sell Las Vegas - Monday 6th of February 2006

It's a "you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours" exchange distilled to its purest form.But Las Vegas travel leaders know there's value in taking care of those who feed the city's nonstop appetite for visiting customers.So what's so wrong with a littl....


Behind the Scenes of New 'King of Vegas' Reality Show - Monday 6th of February 2006

p>An amateur gambler is competing heads-up against a professional bettor.Who feels more pressure?And who is more likely to let the pressure affect him (or her)?That's the conflict at the heart of the TV series "King of Vegas," which debuts next month....


Las Vegas Comedy Community Mourns Two Legends - Monday 6th of February 2006

p>Within three weeks Las Vegas has lost two giants in the field of comedy.Joey Villa (Joseph Villani), 68, who counted among his countless friends Pat Morita, died Friday from complications from a stroke suffered in May.Morita, 73, died Nov. 24 while....


Locals Gambling: Say Hello to South Coast - Monday 6th of February 2006

The meeting might have taken more time if they had decided to order appetizers.When Bill Boyd and Michael Gaughan got together in early 2004 over dinner at Ruth's Chris Steak House to negotiate Boyd Gaming's $1.3 billion purchase of Gaughan's Coast C....


Coast Casinos Sticks to Successful Theme for Newest Property - Monday 6th of February 2006

Guests entering the $600 million South Coast on Thursday night might be struck by a sense of familiarity.The South Coast is similar in layout to its sister property, the Suncoast, which caters to a Summerlin audience. It also contains many of the ac....


Inside Gaming: Bargain Seekers Squeeze High End - Monday 6th of February 2006

With all the hoopla over average room rates edging down before the holidays, one trend was overlooked that could be even more significant in the long run. While room rates started the year 25 percent higher than a year earlier and finished a little l....


Biloxi Says No to Golden Nugget - Monday 6th of February 2006

BILOXI, Mississippi Plans by Houston-based Landry's Restaurants to bring a Golden Nugget-brand casino to hurricane-ravaged Biloxi, Miss., were rejected this week by the city's elected leaders.Landry's Restaurant offered to lease the land for a Golde....


Casinos Defend Against 'Supernotes' - Monday 6th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS North Korean-produced 'supernotes' authentic looking but counterfeit $100 bills have infiltrated cashier cages of Strip casinos but are not causing widespread problems, federal and state authorities said."They have been passed around, bu....


AMA VP: Gaming Industry Has Mixed Fortunes - Monday 6th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS The gaming industry has experienced mixed fortunes this year.Walton Chalmers, vice president of government affairs for the American Gaming Industry, called 2005 a year of "triumph and tragedy," with big jumps in gaming's overall financial p....


Search On for Drugs to Treat Gambling Addiction - Monday 6th of February 2006

p>For problem gamblers dealing with an addiction to slots or blackjack, help may soon come in the form of a pill.Used for years to treat other addictions such as alcohol and heroin, drugs could become more available in the future to effectively treat....


Casino Closing: Lady Luck Running Out - Monday 6th of February 2006

The Lady Luck, downtown's third-largest casino, will close Feb. 12 for a year-long remodeling and permanently lay off 684 workers.The Henry Brent Co., which has been operating the Lady Luck since 2003 and purchased the property in April, will shut do....


Columnist Jeff Simpson: On Why Wynn is Smiling - Monday 6th of February 2006

p>LAS VEGAS, Nevada Steve Wynn is feeling good these days. With good news in Las Vegas and major plans in Macau, Wynn believes his company is poised for even bigger success.I met with Wynn for a couple of hours last week, and the developer could bar....


Wynn Departs Singapore Bidding - Monday 6th of February 2006

Wynn Resorts Ltd. has withdrawn from bidding for one of the two proposed gaming-resort sites in Singapore because the Las Vegas-based casino operator cannot devote necessary resources to the project, company Chairman Steve Wynn said Friday.With one c....


Control Board Report: State Casino Win Sets Record - Monday 6th of February 2006

For the second time this year, Nevada casinos set a record for the most money ever won from customers in a single month, perplexing gaming analysts but fueling their bullish outlook on the Las Vegas economy.Nevada casinos collected $1.06 billion from....


Nevada Control Board Approves $370 Million Deal - Monday 6th of February 2006

CARSON CITY -- After less than 10 minutes of discussion, the Gaming Control Board gave its unanimous consent Wednesday to the $370 million purchase of the Imperial Palace by Harrah's Entertainment."We seem to have Harrah's on every agenda," quipped G....


House Angers Gaming Companies - Monday 6th of February 2006

By Steve Tetreault and WASHINGTON -- The House voted Wednesday to offer tax breaks as incentives for hurricane-battered businesses to rebuild in the Gulf states, except for casinos and other recreation that critics said did not merit federal help.Th....


Official: Science Should Guide Problem Gambling Help - Monday 6th of February 2006

LAS VEGAS -- Science should guide future research in problem gambling, said an official for a national problem-gambling group that begins meeting today at Mandalay Bay.Christine Reilly, executive director for the National Center for Responsible Gamin....


Wynning in Macau - Monday 6th of February 2006

p>Steve Wynn didn't have to look far when it came time to figure out how to best capitalize on his valuable Macau casino concession.The Wynn Resorts chairman merely had to check out Las Vegas Boulevard to see that offering some of the world's best ca....


Harrah's-Caesars Merger: Nevada Hearings Will Wait - Monday 6th of February 2006

Nevada's gaming regulators will have to wait a few extra days before deciding if Harrah's Entertainment can acquire Caesars Entertainment for $9.4 billion. The Federal Trade Commission won't make a decision on the antitrust matters surrounding the H....