Casino and Gambling news stories from Feb 2009

Liverpools State nightclub earmarked for casino - Friday 27th of February 2009

A GLITZY Monte Carlo-style casino could rejuvenate the fortunes of Liverpool’s former State ballroom. City bar boss Peter Lee wants to attract an up-market clientele to the venue that closed in the mid-90s, after the then nightclub saw a spate of vio....


Bookmakers lose £1m on Weymouth match - Friday 27th of February 2009

Bookmakers, who lost £1 million on the Blue Square Premier match between Weymouth and Rushden and Diamonds, admit that it is improbable that the FAs investigation into the unusual betting patterns of the match will uncover foul play. Bookmakers took ....


A fresh push for casino gambling - Friday 27th of February 2009

State lawmakers from Houston, Dallas and San Antonio - plus the head of the House budget-writing committee - today launched a fresh push for Las Vegas-style destination resort casinos in Texas.Slot machines also would be allowed at the states existin....


Goa asks offshore casinos to shift further down in sea - Friday 27th of February 2009

Goa asked the casino vessels operating off the Mandovi river shores in the state to shift further down in the Arabian sea. The state government in a cabinet resolution gave 15 days deadline to all the off-shore casinos to shift towards the sea. "The ....


Businessmans plea over casino plan - Friday 27th of February 2009

One of Yarmouths best-known businessmen has stepped into the debate over where the resorts large casino should be built - claiming it will “kill off” the seafront if it does not go at the heart of the Golden Mile.Peter Jay, who owns the Hippodrome Ci....


Ladbrokes casino machines pay off - Friday 27th of February 2009

Punters may have been left looking at snowbound and waterlogged racecourses on the bookies television screens for much of this worst winter in years, but they are still losing their cash in the betting shop casino machines. So far, 2009 has seen 59 a....


Centre in the frame for casino plan - Friday 27th of February 2009

THE ExCeL exhibition centre in Newhams Docklands could soon be home to a new large casino.The exhibition centre in Custom House is already planning to expand its venue space to 100,000 sq m providing additional bars, restaurants and a new auditorium,....


Bill would allow tribal gambling - Friday 27th of February 2009

American Indian tribes in Texas are trying again to reopen their casinos with legislation filed Tuesday that would provide a defense to prosecution for tribes that operate limited casino gambling.Rep. Norma Chavez, an El Paso Democrat, filed a bill t....


Cagayan casino plan relies on opening of new airport - Friday 27th of February 2009

The Cagayan Freeport and Special Economic Zone is projecting to create over 5,000 additional jobs with the expected entry of three land-based casino operators once the international airport in Sta. Ana starts operations next year.Cagayan Economic Zon....


The chips are down for casino-owning tribe - Friday 27th of February 2009

The Indian tribe that owns the biggest casino in the country on 1,500 wooded acres here - and wants to expand its Foxwoods gaming brand to Philadelphia - is seeing the good life slip away. Until just a few years ago, each adult in the 871-member Mash....


Casino gambling in the islands - Friday 27th of February 2009

The main attraction of a Caribbean vacation has always been the sugar-white sand and clear, turquoise sea of a quiet beach. But some visitors prefer to spice up their tropical getaway by trying their luck at the green-felt gaming tables. Throughout t....


Google should not be allowed to advertise online gambling say MPs - Thursday 26th of February 2009

The MPs backed a warning by the Church of England warning that the search engines actions were irresponisible. The motion, brought by Khalid Mahmood, Labour MP for Birmingham Perry Barr, said: "This house notes with concern the recent decision of Goo....


Plans for casino at former cinema site - Thursday 26th of February 2009

DONCASTERS landmark Odeon cinema could be demolished and replaced with a casino, if developers get the go-ahead from councillors.The 1930s Art Deco building on the corner of Hallgate and Thorne Road, which showed its last movie almost a year ago, is ....


Gambling Heiress Bets on Macaus Recovery - Thursday 26th of February 2009

At a time when Macau faces an uncertain hand, Pansy Ho is placing bets on the Chinese gambling enclaves future.Ms. Ho, the 45-year-old daughter of Macau gambling magnate Stanley Ho, and her family face a difficult environment. The global recession is....


Ritzio opens premium Allegre Casino - Thursday 26th of February 2009

Peruvian architect Willie Gomez-Moron, famous for his casino designs in Las Vegas, Vienna, Sharm el Sheik and elsewhere, has created the height of elegance for the latest Ritzio casino to open. Tomorrow Ritzio International will launch a premium clas....


Casinos lower prices to pump up business - Thursday 26th of February 2009

With December and year-long revenue results expected to be posted this week, Nevada’s gaming industry has been forced to deal with sharp declines in casino revenues and hotel occupancy.According to the latest estimates, casino revenues were down abou....


New Painted Hand Casino building in Yorkton to open in March - Thursday 26th of February 2009

The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) will officially open its newly redesigned Painted Hand Casino in Yorkton to the public on March 11.The new 43,000-square-foot facility came with a price tag of $30 million. The redesigned casino will fe....


Roll of the dice on Las Vegass shabby downtown - Tuesday 10th of February 2009

Travel north on the Strip, past the glittering islands of the Bellagio, Excalibur, Venetian and other resorts, and — keep going — it finally appears like a worn-out showgirl at the end of a parade: downtown.Here, Binions, Main Street Station, Four Qu....


Bingo comes to Bolivia, by way of Russia - Monday 9th of February 2009

As Washington watches its influence wane in Latin America, Russia is picking up the slack, with military exercises and arms deals in Venezuela, billion-dollar gas pipelines across the continent, and now, casinos in Bolivia.But Bolivian authorities ar....


US firm pulls out of casino site - Monday 9th of February 2009

The American owners of a casino in Coventry have confirmed they are to pull out. Isle of Capri Casinos said consultation had begun with employees with regard to the possible sale or closure of the site at the Ricoh Arena. It is blaming the "restricti....


PartyGaming links up with Spanish casino group - Monday 9th of February 2009

PartyGaming on Friday said it hoped to strengthen its position in the Hispanic market through the launch of a three year alliance with Spain’s leading gaming group, as it reported a steep fall in fourth quarter revenues from its traditional online ga....


We trusted former mayor who stole our cash, says Carlisle club boss - Monday 9th of February 2009

The secretary of a Carlisle club which a former city mayor stole £38,000 from said they trusted her because of her background.Jayne Yeomans, 49, – mayor from 1993 to 1994 – admitted stealing the cash from the South End Constitutional Club when she ap....


City Council members dont mention new city hall during casino talks - Monday 9th of February 2009

One three-word phrase was conspicuously absent from Wednesdays discussion of a planned new casino in downtown Las Vegas: "new city hall."Despite the fact that a proposed, and controversial, new city hall is an essential element in the plans for a cas....


British Casino Association looks for sure bet to succeed Lady Cobham - Monday 9th of February 2009

Lady (Penny) Cobham is standing down as chairman of the battered British Casino Association. The BCA has lost two of its biggest members and a large chunk of income with the recent departure of Gala Coral and Rank, the latter apparently in a cost-sav....


Tories back slot machines and win tycoon Trevor Hemmings’s £200,000 jackpot - Monday 9th of February 2009

The Conservative Party accepted £200,000 from a slot machine tycoon’s businesses shortly after calling for softer rules on arcade gambling, The Times has learnt. Four companies linked to Trevor Hemmings gave the party £50,000 each last year. Together....


City of Dreams to stage major recruitment fair this week - Wednesday 4th of February 2009

City of Dreams, the integrated entertainment resort set to be open on the Cotai Strip, officially announced yesterday its major recruitment drive of 7,000 positions in Macau. The property, developed by Melco Crown Entertainment Limited, is scheduled ....


No deal in Tropicana casino sale - Wednesday 4th of February 2009

There is a chance that the "stalking horse" that wants to buy Tropicana Casino and Resort may not finish the race or even get out of the starting gate.Cordish Co., the Baltimore developer designated last fall as the so-called stalking horse, or leadi....


Casino billionaire bankrolls Labor - Wednesday 4th of February 2009

Figures linked to Macau-based casino magnate Stanley Ho have donated well over $1 million to the Labor Party.One donation of nearly $500,000 was rejected by the Federal ALP after an internal investigation indicated "it was not a donation we should ac....


Betfair demands all gambling operators set limits - Wednesday 4th of February 2009

ONE of Australias biggest online betting agencies has challenged racing ministers to force all gambling operators to offer customers pre-set spending limits.Under pressure amid claims online betting companies were luring new gamblers with "free" bets....


Maryland gets 6 slot machine bids for 5 licenses - Wednesday 4th of February 2009

Maryland received bids for fewer slot machines than state officials had hoped for Monday, as developers wheeled boxes containing details of the six proposals for five potential licenses into a state government building.It turns out the 15,000 machine....


Holland Casino plans major investment - Wednesday 4th of February 2009

State-owned Holland Casino, which has a monopoly on the Dutch casino market, wants to invest ‘hundreds of millions of euros’ over the coming 10 years, says company director Dick Flink in an interview with Monday’s Financieele Dagblad. According to th....


Melbourne Casino comes good on pokies refund promise - Wednesday 4th of February 2009

Almost all of the 1,200 people playing poker machines at Melbournes Crown Casino when it was evacuated last Friday have been refunded the money stuck in the machines at the time, the casino says.After angry gamblers sweltered outside the casino when ....


All aboard for the big casinos - Wednesday 4th of February 2009

The first clues that this could be a different kind of railroad experience are in a passenger guide that includes drawings depicting the proper way to display a poker face and admonishes, "Trafficking bad vibes into AC is strictly prohibited." Welcom....


Casinos See Big Super Bowl Weekend - Wednesday 4th of February 2009

Las Vegas will get a much needed economic boost this weekend as 295,000 people are expected to watch NFL Super Bowl in Las Vegas. The fact that one of the teams is from the southwest may have helped the number of people coming to town.The amount of v....


GALA CORAL HITS THE JACKPOT WITH STYLISH NEW CASINO - Wednesday 4th of February 2009

Gibraltar’s new Gala Casino has opened its doors in the heart of the Ocean Village complex. An investment of £6.5 million, it is a vibrant, colourful and modern facility, a multi-branded venue with state of the art amenities offering gaming (180 gami....


Great Yarmouth casino and leisure scheme approved - Wednesday 4th of February 2009

Great Yarmouth District Council has granted planning permission for a 250,000 sq ft leisure scheme in Great Yarmouth. The scheme, called ‘The Edge’, is being developed by a company called Pleasure & Leisure, and comprises a 250,000 sq ft leisure comp....


Trump casinos get deadline extension - Wednesday 4th of February 2009

Donald Trumps struggling casino company today won a two-week reprieve to continue talks with lenders and bondholders as it fights to avoid bankruptcy. "Were glad we are continuing to talk, and that we have until [Feb. 4] to make more progress," said ....


Pound Slides to Lowest Versus Dollar Since 1985 on Bank Concern - Tuesday 3rd of February 2009

The pound fell to its lowest level against the dollar since September 1985 and a record low versus the yen on speculation the U.K. government will nationalize banks. The British currency dropped for a fourth day against the euro after Bank of England....


Online gambling sites win this round - Tuesday 3rd of February 2009

Kentucky, a haven for gamblers who want to bet on horse racing, has hit a setback in its efforts to stop unregulated online casino gambling.In a 2-1 ruling Tuesday, the Kentucky Court of Appeals said the state does not have the jurisdiction to seize ....


Northern Indiana casino adding $130M hotel tower - Tuesday 3rd of February 2009

The opening of a new 22-story, glass-walled hotel has Blue Chip casino hoping for bigger crowds of gamblers than it has seen since a nearby Michigan casino opened more than a year ago.The casino plans a grand opening for its new $130 million hotel on....


Poker business magazine to launch - Tuesday 3rd of February 2009

A week after ending one title, Dennis Publishing is bucking the economic gloom by launching what it claims to be the first ever business-to-business poker magazine, Inside Poker Business.The new subscription-only title will sit alongside Denniss othe....


Playboy to shut down online gaming operation - Tuesday 3rd of February 2009

Playboy’s online gaming operation, which was licensed by the Lotteries & Gaming Authority of Malta, will shut down its service on January 29, recentpoker.com reports.The reasons for the closure are not known, although Cryptologic’s post-UIGEA exit fr....


Irish gamblers bet on inauguration speech cliches - Tuesday 3rd of February 2009

To mark the inauguration of Barack Obama as the forty-fourth President of the United States of America, Irish bookmaking chain Paddy Power are offering a wide range of Obama themed betting opportunities.With an expected domestic TV audience in excess....


Numbers up for Lotto sales staff - Tuesday 3rd of February 2009

Workers at the National Lottery kiosk in The Bridges, Sunderland, were devastated when they were made redundant last month.Hundreds of customers wanting tickets, scratchcards and friendly chat would flock to the National Lottery kiosk at the shopping....


Meet a gentleman bookie who started a betting revolution - Tuesday 3rd of February 2009

There are plenty of men in their mid-50s who can look back on a life in racing and betting and consider how much has changed in the last 40 years. Only a handful, though, could claim to have been personally responsible for some of those changes, and ....


New German horse betting channel - Tuesday 3rd of February 2009

German horse racing/betting channel e8 television has launched on Astra (19.2° East). The channel, which transmits horse races from around the world, is available as a free-to-air service within APS Astra Platform Service’s digital package. The test ....


Santa Ana Star Casino first to launch social networking Web site - Tuesday 3rd of February 2009

Santa Ana Star Casino, one of New Mexicos leading American Indian gaming casinos, has become the first in the country to launch a social networking Web site that creates an interactive online player community.Santa Ana Star Casino announced the launc....


The National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS), an organization comprised of lawmakers from states with casinos and other forms of state-regulated gaming, formally adopted a resolution - Tuesday 3rd of February 2009

key reason that the Illinois Gaming Board rejected a bid to put a casino in Waukegan was that indicted businessman William F. Cellini still stood to make money on the project, according to a newly released board document.In a seven-page letter expla....


National Council of Legislators From Gaming States Adopts Resolution Supporting 100% Smokefree Gaming Venues - Tuesday 3rd of February 2009

The National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS), an organization comprised of lawmakers from states with casinos and other forms of state-regulated gaming, formally adopted a resolution Saturday encouraging states to take action to mak....


British betting group seeks to end Greek ban - Tuesday 3rd of February 2009

British sports betting group Stanleybet said Wednesday it had taken legal action to reopen two Greek outlets that were closed last year after pressure from state gambling operator OPAP."We are determined to defend the creation of a regulated, fair an....