Casino and Gambling news stories from Jul 2009

Mystery surrounds prospects for Casino Red site - Tuesday 28th of July 2009

A £5m CASINO in Huddersfield town centre remains deserted – eight months after it closed with the loss of 100 jobs.Prospects for the grade II listed property seem gloomy following the removal of window displays during the past few days.And bosses at ....


Goa hikes entry fees to casinos ten times - Tuesday 28th of July 2009

In a bid to dissuade youths from visiting off shore casinos, the Goa Government on Friday increased its entry fees by ten times and also hiked the fee to procure license to serve liquor on the floating gambling houses. While the entry fee has gone up....


Time to say no more to bookmakers demands over fixture list - Tuesday 28th of July 2009

Racing has donned blinkers in a recession and the result could be calamitous. Its key revenue stream is in freefall, horse numbers are falling, trainers are imperilled and still more owners are soon to be driven away by promised cuts in prize money. ....


Holland Casino Installs SlotTimer from Gaming Support to Save Money on its Slot Operations - Tuesday 28th of July 2009

Gaming Support announced today that it has reached a definitive sales agreement with Holland Casino covering the purchase and installation of SlotTimer. Under the terms of the agreement, Holland Casino will utilize SlotTimer across all 14 of its dome....


Two sponsors show interest in Fontainebleau investment - Tuesday 28th of July 2009

At least two parties have a serious interest in investing in the bankrupt, 70-percent complete Fontainebleau casino resort in Las Vegas, Fontainebleau has disclosed.Fontainebleau revealed in court papers this week that two potential financial sponsor....


Gambling Ban Now Covers Poker in Russia - Tuesday 28th of July 2009

When Russia carried out sweeping restrictions on gambling this month, closing thousands of casinos and slots parlors, their owners grasped at a small loophole. Poker was legally classified as a sport, giving some the prospect of curbing their losses ....


Government gambling revenue up in B.C., bucking national trend - Tuesday 28th of July 2009

B.C. is bucking the trend when it comes to revenue generated by government-run gambling.A Statistics Canada report released Wednesday concluded that revenue from government-run gambling fell last year across Canada for the first time in 16 years, wit....


Warning over fruit machines scam - Tuesday 28th of July 2009

Criminal gangs are targeting gaming machines in a new scam in Greater Manchester bars and hotels.They huddle around fruit machines and pretend to have hit the jackpot while one gang member prises the lock and steals cash from inside.Licensees have be....


Poker Loses Its Status as A Sport - Tuesday 28th of July 2009

A government order has stripped poker of its status as a sport, closing a loophole that allowed some former casinos to remain open as card halls after new restrictions on gambling took effect this month. The Russian Federation of Sport Poker complain....


Colorado Town Bets on Gambling - Tuesday 28th of July 2009

A 33-story hotel tower is rising here, in a little mountain town where anything taller than three or four stories in any direction for probably 30 miles would be safely in the skyscraper category. Call that what you will — audacious, ambitious, perha....


The mystery gamblers with a carrier full of cash - Tuesday 28th of July 2009

TWO mystery gamblers turned up at Sheffields greyhound racing track with nearly £47,000 in a carrier bag - in an attempt to claim the biggest jackpot in the history of English greyhound racing.It took shocked staff an hour to count the money, which w....


Study tests city casino benefits - Tuesday 28th of July 2009

Hull Council is to spend £50,000 establishing the regeneration benefits a so-called "large" casino would have for the city.The authority won the right to issue a licence for the casino - featuring up to 150 gaming machines with a jackpot of up to £4,....


Port considers moving - Tuesday 28th of July 2009

The Port Canaveral Board of Commissioners is considering relocating SunCruz Casinos from the cove side of the port to the cruise terminal side.The floating casino operator said that could be a bad business decision since two other casino lines tanked....


Playtech warning hits William Hill - Tuesday 28th of July 2009

Gaming stocks are taking a pasting after a gloomy update from Playtech, which supplies software to the gambling industry.Playtechs shares have slumped 93p to 359.25p - a 20% decline - as it said it expected full year earnings to be lower than expecte....


The Boardwalk set to retain casino licence - Tuesday 28th of July 2009

THE Boardwalk seems set to retain its casino licence in Port Elizabeth after rival bidder Embo suffered a major setback when the Eastern Cape Gambling Board turned down its application to change the site of its proposed casino.Emfuleni Resorts operat....


Ministry to look at gambling marketing - Tuesday 28th of July 2009

The Ministry of Health wants to pay for research probing issues such as whether casinos and the TAB -- and other parts of the sector -- target specific cultures, such as gamblers of Chinese or Korean descent or Polynesians.The ministry has budgeted n....


Ministry of Health asks about gambling pop-ups - Tuesday 28th of July 2009

The efficacy of pop-up panels or "player information display systems" (Pids) to rein in problem players on electronic gaming machines is being investigated by health officials.The automatic messages, which appear on screens at 30 minute intervals adv....


Casino operator plans float - Tuesday 28th of July 2009

THE Las Vegas Sands Corporation plans to file papers with regulators in Hong Kong as early as next month for a public float of its Macau casinos, someone with knowledge of the plans said.The casino operator, controlled by the US billionaire Sheldon A....


Indiana Casino Fined For Grand Opening No-Show - Tuesday 28th of July 2009

Indiana Live Casino in Shelby County has been fined $124,000 after being cited by the Indiana Gaming Commission for five unrelated violations. The penalty includes $75,000 for late and inaccurate tax filings and $40,000 for the failed appearance of p....


Casino charity odds on to help kids - Tuesday 28th of July 2009

A GLITZY casino is collecting goods to help children in some of the worlds poorest slums.Croupiers and cocktail waitresses at Manchesters 235 casino are helping to pack essential items for South African townships.Patrons and passers-by are being aske....


Launch of Scotland’s first interactive TV casino on STV - Tuesday 28th of July 2009

NetPlay TV plc (AIM: NPT), the interactive gaming company, is pleased to announce a TV distribution deal with STV Group plc (STV) and the launch of Scotlands first live interactive TV casino on a national terrestrial broadcast channel. NetPlayTV oper....


Online casino’s £100m gamble - Monday 27th of July 2009

THE internet gambling group Party Gaming has clinched a £100m deal to buy Cashcade, owner of foxybingo.com, the bingo website. The sale, which is likely to be announced in the next two days, will provide a much needed cash windfall for Independent Ne....


Red Hawk Casino Announces the Addition of New Progressive Jackpots and Table Games - Monday 27th of July 2009

Red Hawk Casino is pleased to announce that Beat the Field(TM), a new progressive jackpot game, will make its world debut at Red Hawk Casino on Friday, July 17. Additionally, Red Hawk Casino has added a new table game, World Poker Tour All-In Hold Em....


Commerce Casino tries its luck with off-track betting - Monday 27th of July 2009

Beginning this weekend, horse racing fans can place bets and watch televised races at the Commerce Casino, the first new off-track betting site approved under a statewide initiative to whip up the struggling horse racing industry.At the new site, gam....


Gambling dens flourish despite national ban; police blamed - Monday 27th of July 2009

Less than a month after lawmakers outlawed gambling, many casinos and gaming establishments have gone underground and reopened illegally.Three weeks after a national ban on gambling came into effect, casinos and other gaming establishments are still ....


Desmonds bet on private gambling club yet to pay off - Monday 27th of July 2009

DERMOT DESMOND’S punt on The Sporting Emporium in Dublin doesn’t appear to be paying off for the wealthy financier.Accounts just filed for The Sporting Emporium Ltd show that its accumulated losses at the end of October 2008 stood at €3.88 million.Th....


Bookies Slam New Gambling Rules - Monday 27th of July 2009

Bookmakers said Tuesday that they were “shocked” about a State Duma initiative that would require them to drastically boost their charter capital, warning that the measure would run them out of business. Legislation submitted to the Duma this week wo....


Atlantic City casino security guards given more power to curb underage drinking, gambling - Monday 27th of July 2009

Security guards at Atlantic Citys casinos will be able to detain gamblers and drinkers they suspect are underage, new powers granted to them today by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission, according to a report in the Press of Atlantic City. The ....


Five counties make pitch for a casino license - Monday 27th of July 2009

Folks from five Iowa counties who hope to land a casino in their area made a pitch to state gambling regulators today, but there were critics, too, who said current casinos would see their profits slide if new casinos open in Iowa. The largest contin....


Online gambling for the Facebook generation - Saturday 25th of July 2009

U.K.-based Betfair is betting that the U.S. market will be legalized sooner rather than later If your favorite book happens to be Seabiscuit, you already know the answer to the following question: What are the three legal forms of online gambling in ....


Race to open Singapores first casino heats up with charity event - Saturday 25th of July 2009

Singapore - Resorts World at Sentosa on Tuesday announced a charity concert for December, ahead of the scheduled soft opening early 2010, putting pressure on rival casino Marina Bay Sands. The Grand Theatre of the island resort would host a child cha....


Drop in global casino earnings unlikely to hit Singapores IRs - Saturday 25th of July 2009

The surprise drop in casino earnings around the world is unlikely to affect Singapores integrated resorts in a big way when they open. Analysts said that is because their business operations will encompass much more than just gaming tables. Macau has....


Parents ditch kids for casino tables - Saturday 25th of July 2009

THE rate of children being dumped by parents at Queensland casinos has almost doubled, with one father abandoning his two daughters on Christmas morning.Groups of up to five children were found abandoned 48 times last year as theft, drugs, fraud and ....


Gauging casino buyouts’ role in misfortune - Saturday 25th of July 2009

Taking companies private ballooned debt, led to layoffs, but the moves have defendersPrivate equity firms made offers to acquire Harrah’s Entertainment and Station Casinos in 2006 and early 2007, when capital was cheap and business was booming.Their ....


Genting Singapore casino set to open before rival - Saturday 25th of July 2009

Genting Singapore’s Resorts World at Sentosa (RWS) is in a good position to pull ahead of Las Vegas Sands’ Marina Bay Sands (MBS) in the race to open the first casino in Singapore following a delay in the MBS project, analysts said.MBS has delayed it....


Two Casinos Gamble on a Joint Campaign - Saturday 25th of July 2009

Attack advertising is always in vogue, but going after competitors in a hard-nosed way happens more often in hard times. Now, rival casinos in Connecticut are teaming up for the first time to steer potential customers to their state from the casinos ....


Visit-Montenegro.com: Russians Turn “Queen” into Casino - Friday 24th of July 2009

Proprietors of the hotel in Becici found new partners interested in recapitalization of the company: Russian “Korston Group” will get the majority stake in hotel company “The Queen of Montenegro”. Apart from hotel management, Korston is widely known ....


Adelson says Singapore casino opening delayed - Friday 24th of July 2009

Las Vegas Sands Chairman Sheldon Adelson said the opening of the companys $5.5 billion Singapore casino and resort will be delayed until early next year because of problems sourcing construction materials.The Marina Bay Sands, one of two casinos bein....


Macau ranks top 20 in tourism list - Friday 24th of July 2009

Macau registered over 13.6 billion US dollars in revenues in the tourism sector in 2008, according to statistics published by the World Tourism Organisation (WTO). The SAR is currently in 17th place in the world chart, behind Switzerland (14.4 billio....


TV and London Offer Gambling Fix - Friday 24th of July 2009

A week after gambling was banned in Moscow, viewership for televised poker shows is climbing, a London casino is offering to send private jets for big-spending gamblers and gambling addicts are calling a hotline to complain that they can still find p....


Could slot machines be on their way to Miami International Airport? - Friday 24th of July 2009

Miami-Dade County said it needs new sources of cash to meet rising airport costs -- and that could come in the form of slot machines.Are slot machines a cure for Miami International Airports financial woes?Miami-Dade County leaders think they could b....


How lottery dream can turn deadly - Friday 24th of July 2009

Winning the lottery will make you happier, but your life of luxury might be cut short. Excessive partying, with too much smoking and drinking, may cause long-term health problems for many who land the jackpot, research shows.What economists call a "p....


Moscow Says All Gambling Halls Shut Down - Friday 24th of July 2009

Police said all Moscow casinos and slot machine halls were closed Wednesday, and only one gambling establishment was found operating past the midnight deadline.A 2006 federal law that went into force Wednesday restricts gambling to four far-flung reg....


Russians crack down on gambling - Friday 24th of July 2009

A new law has come into effect in Russia, confining gambling to four regions far from the capital Moscow.It bans gambling on the internet and at airports, supermarkets and other sites. But critics say the move will leave more than 300,000 people with....


Historic cinema to be flattened - Friday 24th of July 2009

Doncasters historic former Odeon cinema is to be flattened and replaced with a casino after councillors gave the go ahead to plans.The cinema was sold to Lazarus Properties in March after it was no longer deemed to be viable. The company will demolis....