Casino and Gambling news stories from Feb 2008

Las Vegas Sands not interested in UK casinos - Saturday 16th of February 2008

U.S. gambling giant Las Vegas Sands is not interested in running any casinos in Britain after the government there scaled back its plan to open a supercasino in Manchester, a top executive said on Wednesday."We spent a lot of time with the folks ther....


Screw gamblers, bragged Tatts boss - Saturday 16th of February 2008

POKIES giant Tatts has been rocked by allegations its former CEO bragged about "screwing" Victorian problem gamblers until he was forced to stop. The claim against the recently retired Duncan Fischer was raised by ex-Tatts executive Phil Ryan at a pa....


Gambling tribes promise to keep sharing profits with reservations that lack casinos - Saturday 16th of February 2008

PALM SPRINGS - California tribal leaders vowed Wednesday to make sure the states poor tribes get their share of Indian gambling profits in spite of critics warnings to the contrary. The pledges came on the heels of a bruising election battle that pit....


Casinos chase high-roller who left £11m trail of dud cheques - Saturday 16th of February 2008

A high-rolling Arab gambler is being chased through the British courts after he wrote a casino two cheques worth almost £7million combined - both of which bounced. Ahmed Al-Reyaysa exchanged the cheques, worth £3.07million and £3.6million, for gam....


Gambler to sue William Hill for £2m - Saturday 16th of February 2008

A compulsive gambler who lost £2 million is making legal history by heading to court to sue a bookmaker for allowing him to keep betting.Graham Calvert, 28, who began betting in August 2005 and set up an account with William Hill in May 2006, wants ....


Judge rules casino smoke caused dealers cancer - Saturday 16th of February 2008

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - A judge says years of breathing secondhand smoke in an Atlantic City casino gave a dealer lung cancer. Kam Wong never smoked. But a state workers compensation judge determined a decade of exposure to secondhand smoke at the form....


Gambling Mecca set to run dry by 2021 - Saturday 16th of February 2008

LAKE Mead, the prime source of water for the desert city of Las Vegas, may run dry in 13 years if usage is not cut back, a new study shows.The finding, released today, is the latest warning about water woes threatening the future of the fast-growing ....


Church tells Brown to ditch plans for Las Vegas style super-casinos - Saturday 16th of February 2008

Plans for a string of large-scale casinos should be ditched, religious leaders have said. The Church of Englands general synod passed a vote calling on Gordon Brown to block the building scheme. Last week, the Prime Minister halted plans for a new su....


Irregular betting investigated in snooker - Friday 15th of February 2008

The Gambling Commission will investigate matches in the Malta Cup after irregular betting patterns were spotted during the invitational tournament.The round-robin format produced some matches with nothing at stake and bookmakers were alarmed by unusu....


Casino project scaled down - Friday 15th of February 2008

Bridge Investment Group is moving forward with its planned 300-room casino hotel investment project on Tinian, albeit scaled down into the $40-$50 million range from the originally planned $200 million investment.Phillip Mendiola-Long, the companys v....


No racing as casino kicks off - Friday 15th of February 2008

Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course will open their slot machines to the public today. However, a forecast of snow, freezing rain, and single-digit wind chills has canceled plans for Penn Nationals simultaneous kickoff of the live horse rac....


Casino bid for rink site refused - Friday 15th of February 2008

AN APPLICATION for a second major casino in Bournemouth was refused yesterday - and a major nightclub may now be built on the site instead.Developers wanted to convert the former ice rink in Westover Road into the Majestic Casino but were turned down....


Gambler who lost $30m sues casino - Friday 15th of February 2008

JAMES PACKER was aware of a plan to lure a chronic gambler back to Melbournes Crown Casino and personally authorised several large cash payments to him, according to legal documents lodged in the Supreme Court of Victoria.Mr Packer denies the claims ....


Judges rule that poker is a game of chance - Friday 15th of February 2008

Poker is a game largely dependent on luck, the Court of Appeal ruled yesterday.Derek Kelly, the former chairman of a private poker club, had argued that it was a game of skill, meaning that he did not need a licence under the 1968 Gaming Act, which r....


Regulators trail Yungs casinos - Friday 15th of February 2008

HOTELIER GAMBLING ON COVINGTON SITE HAS THREE STATES INVESTIGATING OPERATIONSNorthern Kentucky hotelier William Yung III may be gambling on Gov. Steve Beshear and Covington to save his crumbling casino empire.Yungs Crestview Hills-based Columbia Suss....


Grosvenor Casinossues Abu Dhabi bank - Friday 15th of February 2008

One of Londons most prominent casinos is challenging the rules that underpin the free flow of money around the globe in an attempt to recover £7.36m from a high roller.Grosvenor Casinos will on Monday launch a suit in the Royal Courts of Justice aga....


SkyCity and TAB join forces to fight taxes - Friday 15th of February 2008

SKYCITY Casino is suing the State Government after it was forced to pay for the regulation of the states gambling industry.Gambling Minister Paul Caica declared the move was necessary to provide more money for health, education, and law and order ser....


New casinos still months away - Friday 15th of February 2008

Construction plans for Miami-Dade Countys new slot-machine casinos mean grand openings are probably at least 18 months away.Voters approved slot machines in Miami-Dade County but the first jackpots are at least 18 months away, as the owners of Flagle....


Dragonara casino being restored - Friday 15th of February 2008

The Dragonara Casino Co. Ltd has embarked on a prestigious project that entails the complete restoration of the external colonnaded portico around the four sides of the landmark building of the casino in St Julians.The initiation of this project come....


Strip resort-building a tried-and-true fix to Southern Nevadas periodic economic doldrums - Friday 15th of February 2008

Game theorist Frank Lefty Rosenthal is the man Sports Illustrated crowned as the greatest living expert on sports handicapping.But hes probably better known as the man actor Robert De Niro portrayed in the 1995 Martin Scorsese epic Casino, that also ....


The Boulevard Formula - Friday 15th of February 2008

Strip resort-building a tried-and-true fix to Southern Nevadas periodic economic doldrumsIn Washington, D.C., leaders have been proposing economic stimulus packages, trying to figure out ways to jump-start the nations sagging financial picture and ca....


Cher to Headline The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas - Friday 15th of February 2008

Worlds Number One Pop Icon inks three-year deal with AEG LiveThe legendary Cher today confirmed along-lived rumor that she will headline in Las Vegas at The Colosseum atCaesars Palace beginning May 6. The performance agreement, which is in partner....


MONTE CARLO: Resort to reopen Friday - Friday 15th of February 2008

MGM Mirage officials said late Friday that the Monte Carlo, closed since Jan. 25 because of a fire atop the resort, would reopen in time for Presidents Day weekend.Portions of the 32-story, 3,000-room Strip resorts rooftop facade were damaged by the ....


Casinos lost $2.6 mil on Super Bowl betting but somehow the industry will recover - Friday 15th of February 2008

News flash: Nevada casinos can actually lose money.For only the second time since the state started reporting Super Bowl figures in 1992, Nevada sports books posted a net loss on their biggest single betting day of the year.Nevada casinos lost $2.6 m....


City wants open debate on casino - Friday 15th of February 2008

SOUTHAMPTONS elected leaders say the public will help them decide if the city gets a giant Las Vegas-style casino - and if a referendum was held today the answer would be YES.That is according to an online poll of Daily Echo readers who were asked: "....


Casino sees some cash returned - Friday 15th of February 2008

Casino Regina is still betting a few more people who mistakenly got extra cash will come forward, but it’s also placing odds on the long arm of the law. “We appreciate everyone that has come forward to repay,” Angela Gordon, Saskatchewan Gaming....


£10m Lotto winner has spent it all & is £2m in debt - Friday 15th of February 2008

Hospital porter who scooped a fortune to have house repossessed He blew millions on gifts..& lost rest on football club he didnt even supportA hospital porter who scooped £10million on the Lotto is having his home repossessed after blowing the lot.J....


Despite smoking ban, some casinos boost admissions - Thursday 14th of February 2008

Despite statewide drops in gambling receipts, three of the state’s nine casinos had increases in admissions when comparing January 2007 to January 2008. Argosy’s admissions for January 2008 were 3 percent higher than they were in December 2007 ....