Casino and Gambling news stories from Jan 2009

Salaries slashed at James Packers casino Crown Macau - Tuesday 13th of January 2009

JAMES Packers gamble on casinos has already cost him billions but the workers at his Macau investment are the latest to pay the price. Crown Macau staff have taken a haircut of up to 8 per cent on their wages after government officials gave Packers c....


Gambling company now pushing own casino proposal - Tuesday 13th of January 2009

The company that spent $36 million to defeat a gambling measure last year has returned with a proposal to transform Ohios seven horse-racing tracks into gambling emporiums and allow four casinos in cities.Penn National Gaming Inc., the owner of a Tol....


The Gambling Commission has found nothing - Tuesday 13th of January 2009

Last summer, officials from the Gambling Commission, accompanied by police officers, visited Kevin Wrights home and the base for Bobbys Fund.That marked the start of an ongoing investigation into the methods used by the organisation to raise signific....


New East Manchester: Proposals for casino site coming in spring - Tuesday 13th of January 2009

Regeneration company New East Manchester has promised “hundreds of millions of pounds” will be invested in the area during 2009.Eddie Smith, chief executive of New East Manchester, said this year would see the start of some major projects bringing “v....


Casino plan for Excel revived - Tuesday 13th of January 2009

Excel could still become Londons premier gambling venue if plans to open a casino on the site are revived. Reports this week claimed Excel chiefs were in negotiations with casino operators to open a casino at the Royal Docks venue.But The Wharf under....


United Coin takes over management of Sparks casino - Tuesday 13th of January 2009

United Coin Machine Co., of Las Vegas, one of the state’s largest slot machine route operators, has agreed to run a small Sparks, Nevada, casino for a group of investors from Missoula, Montana.Grant Lincoln, president and CEO of United Coin Machine C....


Binion still casino hunting - Tuesday 13th of January 2009

Jack Binion is back in Las Vegas from a recent trip to Macau where he took a close look at the state of the casino business and decided that for the moment, "It’s too tough over there."Whether he was speaking about the effects of a downturn in the Ma....


Mark Lipparelli named to the Nevada Gaming Board - Tuesday 13th of January 2009

Mark Lipparelli, a former employee of the Nevada Gaming Board who spent a number of years in executive positions with gaming companies, has been named to the gaming board position being vacated by Mark Clayton.The appointment was made last week by Go....


$135,000 winning lottery cards were printing errors - Tuesday 13th of January 2009

A CANADIAN who thought he had won $135,000 on four lottery scratch tickets has been told they were printing mistakes and he wont get the cash.Thomas Noftall, 27, told the Toronto Sun he scratched the four tickets on New Years Eve and was ecstatic to ....


Malta-based companies abetting illegal Internet gambling operations - Monday 12th of January 2009

Malta has served as a payment distribution base for the multi-billion dollar Bodog gambling empire, which is embroiled in an American Internal Revenue Service investigation into illegal Internet gambling, which has already seen $24 million seized fro....


Bets are off for Macau gambling boom - Monday 12th of January 2009

Macaus landscape shows the far reach of human ambition - land reclamations have joined up the two islands of Coloane and Taipa to make a gambling and shopping sprawl called the Cotai Strip. Flashy casinos and garish hotels tower over what was once a ....


Pubs given commercial gambling warning - Monday 12th of January 2009

Licensees have been warned not to allow commercial gambling on their premises after a customer was cautioned following an investigation in Chester. The 46-year-old received the caution after police, Chester City Council and the Gambling Commission ta....


Gamblers to be able to bet and win twice as much on slot machines - Monday 12th of January 2009

The machines maximum payout has been raised from £35 to £70 while users will be able to stake £1 rather than 50p, under a relaxation of the rules reportedly authorised by Andy Burnham, the Culture Secretary.He agreed to the increases because "many op....


Casinos given green light in Taiwan - Monday 12th of January 2009

After months of intense debate in government, the green light is finally given to embark on the development of a casino industry in the islands of Taiwan. The Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) compiled a detailed report pointing to....


Casino developer flips 15 CPW unit for $27M - Monday 12th of January 2009

A 2,848-square-foot apartment on the 38th floor of the tower at 15 Central Park West flipped for $27 million, twice its purchase price but less than its asking price.The seller of the three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath unit was listed as Coastal Pr....


Lottomatica seeking to capitalise on Italys burgeoning gambling habit - Monday 12th of January 2009

From the country that pioneered the modern form of lottery 500 years ago and whose Christmas tradition is to play tombola - bingo - it should come as no surprise that Italians are not letting recession get in the way of a growing national affection f....


Casinos Warm to the Idea of Legal Online Gaming - Monday 12th of January 2009

Strip casinos have been struggling lately to keep up their gaming revenues. Fewer people are visiting Las Vegas and that means even less are gambling. But could the cure for the downturn be reaching out to would-be gamblers in their own homes?Online ....


Out in Nevada desert, gambling runs dry - Monday 12th of January 2009

First, a casino boom in Mesquite, now a bust. Its bad for the city and hard for its residents.Reporting from Mesquite, Nev. -- Two decades ago, real estate mogul Randy Black turned this blip on the Arizona border into a boomtown when he opened the fi....


Excel in chase for big casino - Monday 12th of January 2009

THE home of the London Boat Show, the Excel exhibition centre in London’s Docklands, has revived plans to open a large casino. Excel is understood to have held talks with a number of gaming companies, including Rank Group, about the possibility of be....


Bookie pays out £3000 after taking pity on OAP for coupon mistake - Monday 12th of January 2009

A BIG-HEARTED bookie has paid out £3000 to a pensioner who bungled his betting slip. The 65-year-old has placed an identical fixed-odds coupon for 10 years with betting shop boss Paul Hepburn. But when the elderly punter slipped up, Paul realised he ....


Player wins 2.79m jackpot at Grand Lisboa - Monday 12th of January 2009

On the night of December 30, a 29-year old female visitor from Nanjing won the progressive jackpot of 2.79 million Hong Kong dollars with a “Royal Flush at the Caribbean Stud Poker table” at the Grand Lisboa.Louis Ng, SJM’s director and chief operati....


Gambling companies poised to turn page after year of sharp declines - Monday 12th of January 2009

Good riddance 2008.The average daily share prices of most of the major publicly traded casino operators and slot machine makers ended the year on a positive note. Companies such as MGM Mirage, Penn National Gaming and Pinnacle Entertainment showed up....