Casino and Gambling news stories from Jan 2013

£1m poker face - Monday 21st of January 2013

A BRITISH model who has a degree in astrophysics has won £1.1MILLION in a poker tournament.Liv Boeree, 25, beat 1,240 contestants to scoop the PokerStars European Poker Tour top prize.She only had a pair of fives in the final hand — but held her nerv....


Rank gets casinos, online sales boost - Monday 21st of January 2013

British bingo hall and casino operator Rank Group (RNK.L) said strong sales at its Grosvenor Casinos and Rank Interactive units underpinned an "encouraging" start to 2010, and it was confident on its full-year prospects.Rank added that its Mecca Bin....


MGM Mirage to Become MGM Resorts International - Monday 21st of January 2013

Las Vegas casino company MGM Mirage plans to change its corporate name to MGM Resorts International, the company disclosed in a filing Tuesday."This name better reflects the fact that we are a family of hotels," spokesman Alan Feldman said.Mr. Feldma....


Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Morgans Hotel Group Open Acclaimed SKYBAR - Monday 21st of January 2013

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Morgans Hotel Group elevate the Las Vegas pool scene with the opening of SKYBAR. As part of the $750 million property expansion, the sophisticated lounge offers guests a new level of social relaxation.(Photo: http://www.....


Governor to Veto Gambling Bill - Monday 21st of January 2013

Gov. John Lynch said Friday that he would veto a bill to legalize video slots in New Hampshire if it reached his desk.The House is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a Senate bill to allow the gambling operations at six sites in New Hampshire, including....


Mohegan Sun Gets Casino Boost In Bay State - Monday 21st of January 2013

The Mohegan Suns prospects for opening a casino in Massachusetts improved this week as chief rival Foxwoods Resort Casino sought to keep a development in Pennsylvania from collapsing.The Massachusetts House of Representatives voted Wednesday to legal....


No jackpot for online gambling firms in France - Monday 21st of January 2013

Online gambling sites will not rake in easy winnings from the newly legalised French market, with high taxes and strict compliance rules eating into margins and a state monopoly retaining the sweetest part of the pie.Last week, France made certain ki....


Bournemouth casino plan "will go ahead" - Monday 21st of January 2013

THE developer behind controversial plans for a casino and restaurant complex in Bournemouth has insisted he will complete the project, despite a series of delays.Trevor Osborne has had to apply for an extension to his planning permission after unfore....


Video Gambling in Bars Holds Promise of Handsome Revenues - Monday 21st of January 2013

On Chicago’s gritty far southeast corner, which in the past few decades has seen factories rust and grandiose plans for a Lake Calumet airport fizzle, a couple of dozen neighborhood bar and restaurant owners gathered at the Knights of Columbus hall o....


Sands plans Four Seasons sale - Monday 21st of January 2013

Las Vegas Sands is gearing up to launch the sale of the Four Seasons apartment hotel tower in a cooperative form of ownership, company boss Sheldon Adelson said at the Deutsche Bank 2010 Hospitality and Gaming Conference.“We had a problem in the Four....


Irish bookies court Tiger Woods as wife moves back home Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/irish-bookies-court-tiger-woods-as-wife-moves-back-home-14709012.html#ixzz2Ic2 - Monday 21st of January 2013

Bookmaker PaddyPower.com has entered discussions concerning a sponsorship deal with Tiger Woods.The golf star is four titles short of matching Jack Nicklaus record of 18 majors, but has not played this year and recently apologised for the sex scandal....


Icahn approved as Tropicana Atlantic City owner - Monday 21st of January 2013

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has regulatory approval to own the Tropicana Casino Resort in Atlantic City, the New Jersey Casino Control Commission said on Wednesday.The agency voted to give Icahn "interim" authorization to own and operate the prop....


Trump casinos’ value dropped $240 million in 10 months, expert says - Monday 21st of January 2013

The value of the Trump casinos has plummeted by more than $240 million in the past 10 months, as the weak economy has sent gaming revenue spiraling downward, a financial expert testified Tuesday in the company’s bankruptcy battle.Valued at $700 milli....


Rivers Casino helps boost Pennsylvanias February slots revenue - Monday 21st of January 2013

Boosted by two casinos that were not open this time last year, including Pittsburghs Rivers Casino, Pennsylvania saw slot machine revenue increase last month.The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said Tuesday that seven of the states nine casinos saw....


Little demand for gaming subdues Sun - Monday 21st of January 2013

INVESTORS in gaming and leisure group Sun International who were hoping for a swift recovery and a dividend would have been disappointed with the groups interim results released on Friday.Soft consumer demand and escalating operating costs continued ....


Casino industry tells Legislature: No dice - Monday 21st of January 2013

The Nevada gaming industry refused Thursday to pay higher taxes or fees to help balance the state budget, a just-say-no stance that could derail Democratic plans to raise enough extra revenue to avoid deep cuts to education and social services.In pub....


High rollers bring baccarat boom to Las Vegas - Monday 21st of January 2013

A select group of players concentrated among a few Las Vegas casinos wagered an eye-popping $1.3 billion on baccarat games in December — a record for any single month in state history.Although most gambling games in Nevada are getting significantly l....


Online Gambling Company Player Boosts PartyGaming Profits - Monday 21st of January 2013

PartyGaming have seen a 32% rise in their fourth quarter revenues thanks to a plucky punter who just couldn’t find the cash out button. After the online gambling giants revamped their jackpot rules to attract more big money players to their slot mach....


Online Gambling Sites Abuzz About MasterCard’s ‘Blocking’ - Monday 21st of January 2013

Online poker rooms and other gambling websites were buzzing today with reports that MasterCard was blocking transactions for placing bets – a move which took some by surprise since U.S. officials last year delayed the implementation of a new Interne....


James Packer finally gets his male heir - Monday 21st of January 2013

Australias richest baby has come into the world, with the male heir to James Packers $4.5 billion family fortune born early on Monday evening.Jackson Lloyd Packer was born at the Mater Misericordiae Hospital in Crows Nest. He is the fifth generation ....


Russia Casino Opens Under New Gambling Plan - Monday 21st of January 2013

Half a year after Russia closed all of its gambling casinos and slot-machine halls, the first new casino opened Saturday under a plan to limit legalized gambling to four comparatively remote areas.About 500 people showed up for the opening of the Ora....


Sharing casino jackpot - Monday 21st of January 2013

Let’s not gamble on Niagara’s future.Local officials need to come together and determine the best way to spend funds from the casino compact.There has been too much bickering as every municipality attempts to grab a bigger share of the pie.The city a....


Dont fall for blackjack bets with 25-cent fee - Monday 21st of January 2013

Regarding the Jan. 7 story, "Resorts to offer $2 blackjack," about Resorts Atlantic City allowing a patron to make a $2 blackjack wager if the player gives the casino 25 cents for each bet made:This is just another example of the Atlantic City casino....


The Great Casino Divide - Monday 21st of January 2013

Las Vegas has long been synonymous with gambling and its mega-hotel/casinos have long dominated the gaming market.But as other regions expand their presence in the sector, and Nevada continues a fitful recovery from the economic downturn, casino ope....


Four hotels open at Singapores first casino-resort - Monday 21st of January 2013

Singapores first casino-resort partially opened Wednesday, a key part of a government plan to reduce reliance on manufacturing and brand the tightly controlled city-state as a cosmopolitan Asian capital.Resorts World Sentosa, built by Malaysias Genti....


William Hill PLC - Sale of Spain joint venture - Monday 21st of January 2013

William Hill PLC (LSE: WMH) (William Hill or the Group) announces completion of Coderes purchase of William Hills 50% stake in the Victoria Apuestas joint venture.As previously announced, following a strategic review by William Hill PLC and Codere S.....


Macau back in the billions - Monday 21st of January 2013

James Packers Macau joint venture is under pressure to maintain its share of the worlds biggest gambling market, as the hub returns to the double-digit growth not seen since the global financial crisis took hold.In the six months to December, the cas....