Casino and Gambling news stories from Jun 2005

Macau Casino Boom May Push Luxury Home Prices Up 30% in a Year - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Cosco Property Development Ltd. has 1,800 people on the waiting list to buy apartments in a planned condominium in Macau, China's gambling capital. Problem is, the building will only have 56 units. They call and say: `Just get me a unit,' without ev....


Probation will likely wash ex-casino worker's record - Sunday 12th of June 2005

A former marketing executive at Mohegan Sun, who was charged with running an illegal gambling operation in the basement of her home, is likely to have a clean record in a month.LeLe Lam, of 122 Richard Brown Road in Uncasville, was granted accelerate....


Billionaire heads up Cardiff casino complex - Sunday 12th of June 2005

A BILLIONAIRE businessman has been chosen as the face behind a multi-million pound casino complex in the heart of Cardiff Bay.The multiplex, which will include two luxury hotels, is expected to create more than 1,500 full-time jobs, with more than 1,....


Living closer to a casino increases likelihood of problem gambling - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Individuals who live within 10 miles of a casino or in a disadvantaged neighborhood are more likely to experience problem gambling, according to new research from the University at Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions (RIA).A casino within 10 m....


Prime Sports, Supreme open $300-m gaming lounge - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Prime Sports will today put the final touches on a $300-million, 12,000 square foot hi-tech gaming lounge and restaurant, just days before formally signing a deal in which it will sell a major stake in its operation to Supreme Ventures.The Acropolis,....


Casino could boost Penghu tourism, says Lu - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Taiwan may reconsider an offshore casino plan as a way to boost the local economy and attract tourists to the Penghu islands, according to the vice president, who joined supporters promoting the development of gambling on offshore locations, away fro....


Partygaming steals a march on US casinos - Sunday 12th of June 2005

It seems bizarre but one of the biggest companies on the European side of the Atlantic is banned from operating on the American side.Partygaming, the internet poker company that floated on the London Stock Exchange this week, is believed to have a wo....


New Law To Allow Casinos To Stay Open Longer - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Beginning Friday, gamblers will be able to spend more time in New Mexico's casinos.A new state law will now let racetrack casinos stay open 18 hours a day, but it won't let casinos operate more than 112 hours a week.Casinos must also spend at least a....


McCain takes aim at off-reservation gambling - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Congress never intended for Indians to build Nevada-style casinos away from their reservations, and tribes risk a backlash by pursuing the trend, Sen. John McCain said Tuesday."None of us ever anticipated that there would be casinos in the Catsk....


Baptists to help track down illegal machines - Sunday 12th of June 2005

 South Carolina's largest religious group has volunteered to help police find illegal gambling machines.The Southern Baptist Convention will use its 725,000 members and 2,000 churches to seek out the illegal machines starting this Friday. The gr....


Japan could be next Asian hotbed for legalized gaming - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Where will be the next casino hotspot in Asia after Macau and Singapore?An expert from Osaka University of Commerce says he'd bet on Japan.Ichiro Tanioka, who has conducted a series of studies on behalf of Japan's Liberal Party, said the stage is set....


Top banks to arrange two casino bond sales - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Two Macau casino outfits have picked bankers to arrange more than half a billion US dollars (HK$3.9 billion) in bond sales, according to bankers familiar with the situation. In the bigger deal, K Wah Construction Materials, which earlier agreed to bu....


Citizens want inquiry on VLT addictions - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Families of video-lottery-terminal addicts are calling for a national inquiry into the social impacts of electronic gambling machines. Keith Piercey, of Corner Brook, Nfld., watched his daughter's VLT addiction lead her to suicide two years ago when ....


PartyGaming surges after biggest UK float in 5 yrs - Sunday 12th of June 2005

 Shares in online casino group PartyGaming surged on Monday after it completed the biggest London flotation in five years, taking its market value to about 5 billion pounds.The over-subscribed offer values PartyGaming higher than many household ....


Numbers indicate big payoff for Falls, Ont. casinos - Sunday 12th of June 2005

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp.'s $1 billion gamble on building a second casino in Niagara Falls is paying off.According to year-end financial statistics released by the OLGC, the provincial entity that oversees lottery and gaming operations in ....


WEB POKER CHIPS ARE DOWN - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Poker firm PartyGaming has been valued at well over £4.6bn in the biggest flotation in London since the dotcom boom. The company, which owns online brand PartyPoker, is worth more than either British Airways or Boots after investors agreed to buy 20....


Giant Macau casino wins convention boost from China: report - Sunday 12th of June 2005

China has snubbed Hong Kong and other established Chinese expo venues to stage one of its most prestigious trade shows in an American casino-hotel in Macau, a report said Monday. The China Council for the Promotion of International Trade has agreed t....


Coral Eurobet heads league - Sunday 12th of June 2005

BRITAIN’S appetite for a flutter has transformed Coral Eurobet into the country’s biggest private company. As turnover almost doubled last year to £5.4 billion, the betting and gaming operator knocked retailer John Lewis off the top of the Sunda....


Innocent fun or high-risk thrill? - Sunday 12th of June 2005

The big-hitting gamblers in the City of London might be licking their lips at the most intriguing share-flotation bet in years — that of PartyGaming, the Gibraltar-based online casino company that is said to be capitalised at nearly £5 billion. It....


New bets on Thai casinos - Sunday 12th of June 2005

THE prospects for Australia's gaming tycoons of new opportunities in Thailand have improved, with the Thai Government pushing for a referendum on legalising casinos.The moves follow a series of raids on illegal casinos last week, prompting Prime Mini....


Florida to appeal judge’s ruling allowing slots on July 1 - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Lawyers representing the state of Florida decided Friday to appeal a judge's ruling that allows slot machines to be installed as early as July 1 in Broward County's four pari-mutuels, saying it short-circuited the state Legislature's right to draw up....


Coast casinos join trend using foreign workers to fill job gaps - Sunday 12th of June 2005

It's not uncommon to hear Caribbean accents in hotel halls because casino resorts employ hundreds of foreign workers for housekeeping and other hard-to-fill jobs.Beau Rivage, Grand Casino Gulfport, Casino Magic Biloxi and Treasure Bay Casino have all....


Gambling Industry Explodes In Russia - Sunday 12th of June 2005

The new Casino Angara on Moscow's neon-flooded Novy Arbat street is the latest bet that this country's love affair with gambling is a sure thing. The casino, which opened in February, has 32 tables and 69 slot machines on a floor that is aiming for a....


Casino chips with chips offer security, tracking - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Big Brother is coming to a casino near you.It is a miniature high-tech spy - a chip within a chip. This microprocessor is embedded in regular gambling chips to protect casinos from cheaters, counterfeiters and sticky-fingered employees.In addition to....


Gamblers flock to Cambodia after Bangkok crackdown - Sunday 12th of June 2005

A recent crackdown on gambling dens in  Bangkok's district of Tao Poon has sent Thai gamblers flocking over the Cambodian border to casinos in the border town of Poi Pet, with 4,000 people expected to cross over into the town this weekend.Accord....


Cabbies angry over gambling ad - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Norwich taxi drivers today branded the city council petty after they were banned from advertising a new gambling website on their cabs.New adverts promoting an online poker company will not be displayed on hackney carriages in Norwich after councillo....


Barrick landlord files for share of gaming - Sunday 12th of June 2005

The landlord that owns Barrick Gaming Corp.'s downtown casinos has filed an application with state regulators to be allowed to get some portion of the gaming revenue generated by the four properties.The landlord, Tamares Barrick Las Vegas Properties,....


Tatt's may hit jackpot - Sunday 12th of June 2005

TATTERSALL'S shareholders look set for a huge windfall when the company lists on July 7.Indicative trading by spread betting agency IG markets has seen "grey'' Tattersall's shares rise as high as $3.88 - valuing the gaming giant at $2.7 billion. Appl....


MGM Mirage to spend $170 million on video lottery casino - Sunday 12th of June 2005

MGM Mirage will spend $170 million to build and operate a 4,500-machine video lottery casino at the Aqueduct Race Track outside New York City. Although the deal may not mean much for the gaming company's revenue, it could reduce customer traffic to A....


Moscow seeks control over the gambling business - Sunday 12th of June 2005

The gambling business has been booming in Moscow in the past few years. Today, for its 10 million residents, the megalopolis has 56 big casinos, more than 2,000 gaming halls and more than 50,000 slot machines, that is at least one per 200 citizens, i....


Betfair warns Treasury over tax rate changes - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Betfair, the betting exchange, has issued a veiled threat to the Government that it will move its operations offshore if it gets slapped with a heavier tax rate than traditional bookmakers.Betfair's chairman Sir Robert Horton said in the company's an....


CHELSEA STAR IN POKER RUCKUS - Sunday 12th of June 2005

A CHELSEA star trashed a hotel room after gambling away thousands in a card school, striker Didier Drogba revealed yesterday.The room at the club's Merseyside hotel the night before their devastating Champions League exit at Liverpool was damaged by ....


Don't bet on Web gambling crackdown, experts say - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Online-poker company PartyGaming has warned investors that the U.S. government could interfere with its operations, but observers say that's about as likely as drawing four aces in a game of five-card stud.U.S. law enforcers are unlikely to directly ....


Casinos bet on slots, chips with star images - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Celebrities are cashing in at casinos by allowing their images to appear on slot machines and poker chips.Slot machines featuring comedians Paul Rodriguez and George Lopez and tennis star Andre Agassi will appear in casinos this summer. Drew Carey's ....


Tabcorp Joins in on Singapore Casino Bid - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Australia's Tabcorp Joins P&O Cruises for Singapore Casino Bid SINGAPORE (AP) -- Australian gaming company Tabcorp Holdings Ltd. said Tuesday it is teaming up with cruise operator P&O Cruises International in a bid for Singapore's prop....


World's Richest Sporting Event Keeps Getting Richer - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Organizers of the World Series of Poker, the richest sporting event on the planet, today predicted the total prize pool at this year's tournament will reach $100 million, more than doubling the record the event set just a year ago.With a total of 45 ....


Casino Rouge to pay $60,000 for violating exclusion rule - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Louisiana will receive almost $60,000 from Casino Rouge because a person on the Voluntary Exclusion List was repeatedly allowed to gamble there.The casino has agreed to pay $50,000 to the State Police Casino Gambling Enforcement Division and $9,950 t....


Stanley Leisure plc - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Stanley Leisure plc is pleased to announce the completion of the disposal of itsRetail Bookmaking Operations to William Hill PLC.Following the disposal of the Retail Bookmaking Operations, John Whittaker,Managing Director of the Betting Division, wil....


PartyGaming advisers get £54m fee pot - Sunday 12th of June 2005

ADVISERS to next week's £4.7bn stock market flotation of internet poker giant PartyGaming could pick up a bumper £54m in fees.The float, which has been boycotted by American investment banks on the grounds that internet gambling is illegal in the U....


Governments can become addicts, too - Sunday 12th of June 2005

I can’t help but notice how quickly the city of Detroit became addicted to the money the three casinos bring to its coffers. The same has to be said for the state’s cut of the casino tax, not to mention the hundreds of millions of dollars that th....


Gaming industry braces for another hurricane season - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Tourists traveling crowded U.S. 90 along the casino-dotted Mississippi Gulf Coast are greeted by a towering video screen outside the Beau Rivage Hotel and Casino - flashing neon images of upcoming events and scenes of summer sun and inviting waves.Wh....


Legislature still split over slot machines - Sunday 12th of June 2005

More than a month after they adjourned without agreement on how to regulate slot machines in Broward County, the House and Senate are again searching for a compromise over what kind of machines local pari-mutuel venues can install.Legislative leaders....


Church to get back its gambled money - Sunday 12th of June 2005

An order of priests plans to reimburse St. Alphonsus Catholic Church after an audit discovered a fellow priest's gambling addiction cost the parish more than $90,000. The Redemptorist order by June 30 will reimburse the church for $90,555 the Rev. Th....


PartyGaming float in doubt as nervous City hedges its bets - Sunday 12th of June 2005

The world's largest online poker company, PartyGaming, may be forced to slash its float price before its full listing next Monday. It is still possible that the City will refuse to back the float, although that remains an outside bet. The four owners....


More Than $53,000 Found At Two Alleged Gambling Houses - Sunday 12th of June 2005

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department has found more than $53,000 at two alleged gambling houses in Star City. Three people are facing felony charges as a result of an investigation of two-penny arcades that has lasted several months. One by one Li....


Gambling study welcome but 'very limited' - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Welfare provider Anglicare has criticised the scope of a new study into the impact of gambling in Tasmania.The State Government says four companies have submitted tenders to conduct the three month "Prevalence of Gambling" study, which will....


City reaches deal to sell Old Reno Casino to buyers of Fitzgeralds - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Reno officials have negotiated the sale of the Old Reno Casino, along the downtown railroad tracks, to the family buying Fitzgeralds Casino-Hotel, closing a bizarre chapter in the city’s use of its eminent domain powers.LLH Holdings has agreed to b....


Regulators' merger questioning unusual - Sunday 12th of June 2005

There were a lot of people shifting in their seats during last week's regulatory hearings to vote on Harrah's Entertainment Inc.'s purchase of Caesars Entertainment Inc.Critics were no doubt surprised to hear regulators bring up two issues that had l....


Gamblers blow R10bn as casinos hit jackpot - Sunday 12th of June 2005

South Africans blew R9,9bn gambling at casinos, on the horses, bingo and limited payout machines in the year to March, a 22% increase on the R8,1bn they wagered last year, according to the latest statistics from the National Gambling Board.This spend....


The chips are down - Sunday 12th of June 2005

PUT your cards on the table or quit.That's the ultimatum from city chiefs to firms who want to build a casino and arena complex in Southampton.Council leaders have given the developers six weeks to come up with a rescue plan for the troubled project.....


BOOKIES FEAR EXCHANGE - Sunday 12th of June 2005

There's been a major gamble ahead of this afternoon's action at Royal Ascot at York, with the Dermot Weld-trained Simple Exchange attracting a flood of cash in the 4.20pm race, the Wolferton Handicap.Weld landed something of a coup in the race two ye....


THE independence of PartyGaming’s non-executive directors was called into question last night after it emerged that they will receive big payments when the internet poker company completes its £4.7 - Sunday 12th of June 2005

IT IS a golden rule of poker that if you sit down at the table and cannot spot the sucker who is liable to lose his shirt, it is probably you.  Much the same goes for those seeking to buy the shares of companies that organise poker games on the ....


Non-execs to net big fees in float of PartyGaming - Sunday 12th of June 2005

THE independence of PartyGaming’s non-executive directors was called into question last night after it emerged that they will receive big payments when the internet poker company completes its £4.76 billion flotation.Brian Larcombe, the former 3i ....


Bally’s to get new name New owner plans rebrand - Sunday 12th of June 2005

When they coined the term "identity crisis," they must have been thinking about Bally's Atlantic City.Where else can you find a stately, red-brick building, a Victorian-era hotel, a Wild West-like fantasyland and a modern, glass-skinned tow....


California tribal casinos earn most in U.S - Sunday 12th of June 2005

The nation's 405 Indian casinos generated about $19 billion in gross revenues last year, a 12 percent increase over 2003, according to a report released Wednesday by a private financial analyst.California continued to far outpace any other state in t....


Governor reaches casino deals with two tribes - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced agreements Thursday to allow two of California's largest Indian tribes to build casinos, deals that are expected to generate about $7 million a year for the state. The 4,000-member Yurok tribe in Del Norte Co....


Singapore delays request for casino proposals - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Singapore needs more time to review the feedback from bidders to operate the city-state's first two casinos and will delay requests for casino proposals until the third quarter, the government said on Friday. "We are sending out the requests for....


MGM Mirage finalizes deal to develop, manage N.Y. casino - Sunday 12th of June 2005

MGM Mirage said it has signed a definitive agreement to develop and manage a $170 million casino at the Aqueduct horse racing track in Queens, N.Y., and expects to open the casino by mid-2006.MGM Mirage announced the deal more than two years ago, but....


Machine makers vie for slots in Macau gambling boom - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Slot machine makers are jostling to hit the jackpot in Macau, where the world's fastest growing casino market has so far been driven by high-rollers playing table games such as baccarat and blackjack.The former Portuguese enclave, described by one sp....


Late-night casino plan is rejected - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Oldbury residents have won their battle to stop a Casino being created at a bingo hall in their street. Berkshire-based firm Rank Group wanted to open a late night gambling venue at the Mecca Social Club in Halesowen Street. But householders objected....


Betting On Some Winners - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Event organizers of the World Series of Poker, now under way and owned and operated by Harrah's Entertainment, expect more than 6,500 players to battle for a first-prize purse topping $8 million. But that's a pittance compared with the nascent but gr....


Indian casinos rake in $19 billion last year - Sunday 12th of June 2005

The 405 Indian-owned casinos in the United States won $19 billion last year from gamblers -- $8.5 billion more than all of Nevada's gaming resorts.An annual report on the status of Indian gambling was released today (Wednesday) by Alan P. Meister, ma....


Game over: Moscow to be relieved of casinos and gambling clubs - Sunday 12th of June 2005

There are 56 casinos and 63,000 slot machines in Moscow now The gambling business is flourishing in Russia nationwide. However, the people, who make their living on other people's passion for gambling, may soon experience tough days in the near futur....


CITY POISED TO ALLOW THE FIRST CASINOS FOR 20 YEARS - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Aberdeen's first new casino licences in two decades could be granted next week. The separate applications would see Grosvenor Casinos moving in alongside Mecca Bingo in the Berryden shopping park, while Granite Rock wants a licence for Langstane Kirk....


New owners of Tahoe casino looking for name, theme, employees - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Caesars Tahoe has new owners who are looking for a new name, a new theme, an upgraded image and some new employees.Since Harrah's Entertainment Inc. already owns Harrah's Lake Tahoe and Harveys Lake Tahoe Casino & Resort at Tahoe's south shore, it so....


Confusion on internet gambling spurs US appetite for more facts - Sunday 12th of June 2005

US lawmakers may intro-duce a bill calling for broad study of online gambling if Congress again fails to pass an outright ban on internet betting. Such a move could be a step in legitimising the nascent industry, which relies on the US market even ....


Gambling Website To Be Worth £4.8bn - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Online gambling firm Partygaming will be valued at some £4.76bn when it floats on the Stock Exchange in the next few days. The company has confirmed reports that it will be selling just short of 782 million shares at between 111 pence and 127 pence ....


Wisconsin’s tribal casinos rake in $1 billion in 2004 - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Native American-owned casinos in Wisconsin brought in $1 billion last year, according to a report released Wednesday, the fifth most of states with tribal gambling revenue in 2004, and a 1.3 percent increase over 2003.However, the amount of casino ga....


Company to face scrutiny - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Long after Harrah's Entertainment Inc. closes its purchase of Caesars Entertainment Inc. -- expected to take place this afternoon -- regulators will be watching to see whether the company makes good on promises to improve its record on diversity in a....


TURNING MACAU INTO THE LAS VEGAS OF ASIA - Sunday 12th of June 2005

China's strategy is to turn Macau into the Las Vegas of Asia, according to a report by Hong Kong-based UBS Investment Research, Macau Gaming - Let the Games Begin. It says the political incentive is driven by the upcoming 10th anniversary of Macau's ....


Harrah's Completes Mega-Merger With Caesars - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Harrah's Entertainment buy-out of Caesars Entertainment officially closed Monday. Harrah's is once again the world's largest gaming company. The deal is worth a total of $9 billion.It's been 11 months since Harrah's announced they wanted to buy Caesa....


Rock music calms casino job seekers - Sunday 12th of June 2005

The people in the long line outside the Mississippi Coast Coliseum on Monday morning weren't there to buy concert tickets. They were there to be part of the action at the Biloxi Hard Rock Casino."Opportunity Rocks," a casino-sponsored job f....


Casino Regina Will Host Canada's Largest Poker Tournament - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS -News) announced today that the Company retired all of its outstanding debt secured by mortgages on assets at its Sands Macao Casino. The Company stated that it was pleased that the Sands Macao Casino had generated suf....


Las Vegas Sands Corp. Retires Sands Macao Casino Debt Early - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS -News) announced today that the Company retired all of its outstanding debt secured by mortgages on assets at its Sands Macao Casino. The Company stated that it was pleased that the Sands Macao Casino had generated suf....


Harrah's closes merger with rival Caesars - Sunday 12th of June 2005

"We are pleased to bring our two great companies together," Gary Loveman, chairman and chief executive of Harrah's, said in a statement. "Today we begin the most important task in the history of our company: Capitalizing on the tremend....


Grand mother smiling at 70 - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Dee Evans, a witty redhead with sparkling eyes, doesn't look like she's been dealing cards for 49 years.She's kept on smiling through the clouds of cigar smoke, the occasional obnoxious gambler, the different bosses and the ownership changes. She say....


6,000-ton casino boat afloat - Sunday 12th of June 2005

A new $163 million Blue Chip Casino boat, weighing more than 6,000 tons, should be ready for gamblers by the end of the year.Crews lifted the boat off the bottom of a man-made channel beside Trail Creek on Sunday. Since then, 3,000 gallons of creek w....


Fred Done gambling on 'sexy' casino venture - Sunday 12th of June 2005

BOOKMAKER Done Brothers is making a multi-million pound drive into the online gaming sector.Fred Done, the multi-millionaire Salford-born businessman who heads the UK's fourth largest betting shop business, is determined to grab a share of what he ca....


Penta owns largest odds-betting network in CE Europe - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Czech odds-betting company Fortuna, Slovakia's Terno and Poland's Profesjonal generate annual sales of CZK 6 billion.Penta said it was planning to enter the betting markets in other countries in the region. Around 200,000 people daily visit the 1,200....


Mangaung casino on track - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Construction work on local empowerment company Mangaung Sun's R240m leisure development, the Windmill Casino & Entertainment Centre in Bloemfontein, has reached a key milestone this week with the completion of the complex's roof. The project is a....


Legal ambush could slash Party Gaming's £5bn jackpot - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Leading American senators plan to attack online casinos by banning credit-card companies from dealing with them — a move that would seriously hinder Party Gaming’s access to most of its online customers as the company prepares a controversial £5....


Casinos are likely to stay open - Sunday 12th of June 2005

The Mississippi Gaming Commission on Friday had no plans to close the Coast's 12 casinos, but its key personnel continued to monitor Tropical Storm Arlene throughout the evening and early morning hours.Gambling agents assigned to the Harrison County ....


Casinos set more revenue records - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Casino revenues set a record for May and for the year to date. Tropicana, Borgata and Resorts topped all the gainers.Such favorable statistics have been showing up almost every month. But the casinos on the plus side have done so at the expense of th....


POKER-FACED Bots - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Of the millions of gamblers who have rushed to play Texas Hold 'Em and other fast-growing poker games online, Roger Gabriel isn't the most intimidating.The 30-year-old Newport Beach engineer started playing for money only a month ago. He lurks online....


Caesars Tahoe Aquired By Columbia Sussex - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Columbia Sussex Corporation, owner, developer and operator of more than 60 hotels, resorts and casinos worldwide, acquired Caesars Tahoe casino and resort from Caesars Entertainment Inc.Columbia Sussex took control of the property on Friday, June 10,....


Internet gambling may become illegal - Sunday 12th of June 2005

A parliamentary majority now supports the idea of forbidding Norwegian citizens from participating in gambling operations based on foreign-based web sites.Politicians have long believed that such a ban would be inconsistent with Norway's economic agr....


Only one casino in Catskills, Pataki now says - Sunday 12th of June 2005

George Pataki, who at one time proposed as many as five casinos for the Catskills in his attempts to settle long-standing land claims with Indian tribes, is now planning just one."At this point, we're only looking at one casino," Pataki spo....


Reno casinos finally a winner in April - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Reno casinos won more from gamblers in April compared with last year even without a major bowling tournament in town, making it the first month this year to show growth, according to a report released Thursday.Reno casinos won $60.94 million from bet....


Wynn Resorts Comments on Encore Plan - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Wynn Resorts Ltd. has extended the completion date for its $1.4 billion Encore hotel-casino to Dec. 31, 2008 to allow time to refine the scope of the project.Wynn Resorts had originally planned to finish the megaresort nine months earlier, according ....


Las Vegas Sands may spend $2.75 billion on Macau projects - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Las Vegas Sands Corp., which opened the $265 million Sands Macau in 2004, may spend about $2.75 billion to build a casino resort and finance the development of three hotels in Macau, Chief Executive Sheldon Adelson said.The company originally planned....


Moscow Puts Its Bets on a Rally - Sunday 12th of June 2005

About 200 people showed up outside the White House on Thursday morning for what the United Russia party billed as an anti-gambling rally. But some expressed disappointment when it turned out that the demonstration was not against gambling per se but ....


House approves bill that allows gambling on American Queen - Sunday 12th of June 2005

The House approved legislation Wednesday that would allow gambling on New Orleans-based cruise ships that travel to other points in Louisiana.Representatives sent House Bill 114 by Rep. Danny Martiny, R-Kenner, to the Senate in a 61-39 vote. The bill....


Nevada casinos enjoy record month in April - Sunday 12th of June 2005

April was a banner month, the best April on record for Nevada casinos, as the opening of Wynn Las Vegas, big baccarat winnings and the continuing strength of the Las Vegas locals market drove the state's robust performance.The state Gaming Control Bo....


Blues Casino: It's time to gamble - Sunday 12th of June 2005

TOMORROW is D-Day on the make or break decision on whether to bid for permission to build a super-casino in Birmingham.A positive outcome is vital to Blues hopes of securing a £220 million stadium at Saltley, which would involve a partner-ship with ....


Two World-Record Slot Jackpots Waiting to Be Won - Sunday 12th of June 2005

The current world-record payouts for penny and nickel slot machines will be shattered when the next MegaJackpots(TM) prizes are won on IGT's TV Hits(TM) and Diamond Cinema(TM) wide-area progressive games. In Nevada casinos, the TV Hits(TM) syste....


Federal Trade Commission Clears Harrah's, Caesars Transaction - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:HET) and Caesars Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:CZR) have been notified by the Federal Trade Commission that the FTC has closed the investigation of the proposed acquisition by Harrah's Entertainment of Caesars Entertain....


100 reported after poker night - Sunday 12th of June 2005

About 100 people, including some from interstate, have been reported after police raided an illegal poker tournament in Adelaide.Police said gamblers appeared stunned when about 30 officers descended on the inner-city clubrooms to break up the sophis....


Casino split puts Blues stadium future in doubt - Sunday 12th of June 2005

A crucial decision on whether to bid for permission to build a super-casino in Birmingham will be made by the city council tomorrow.A positive outcome is vital to Birmingham City Football Club's hopes of securing a £220 million stadium at Saltley, w....


Casino winner is beaten and robbed - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Casino Queen employees could not persuade a winner to take a check instead of cash when he won several thousand dollars Monday morning, but their cameras helped identify the robber who followed him home to Overland. Officers said they were looking Tu....


Malaysian tycoon bets on IPO for Cambodian casino - Sunday 12th of June 2005

NagaCorp, a Cambodian casino operator owned by Malaysian tycoon Chen Lip Keong, is planning to float its shares on Hong Kong's stock exchange after its listing plan was rejected by Singapore two years ago, sources said.NagaCorp, which runs the only l....


Pay Strike At Casino Group On the Cards - Sunday 12th of June 2005

The first strike by casino workers in Britain has been threatened in a row over wages and working conditions.The GMB union announced a consultative ballot among its 1,000 members at Stanley's Casinos in protest at a 3.2% pay offer.The union said it w....


Jury acquits video casino owner, manager of gambling charges - Sunday 12th of June 2005

A video casino owner and his manager were acquitted Friday morning from charges that they violated state gambling laws by awarding coffee, peanut butter and other household items as prizes at their 8-liner gaming business.Lucky Spin owner Elwyn Leroy....


Macao's casino boom awaits intitial construction - Sunday 12th of June 2005

The rush to cement new structures by hoteliers and casino operators has been making Macao "a city of dreams" for international construction labor forces. MGM Mirage, a US-based hotel and casino giant, broke its first ground last week to build a 975-m....


Urban village by Wynn may cost $4 billion - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Details are starting to slither out about developer Steve Wynn's concept for an urban village development on 135 acres of his Desert Inn site. Although no announcements have been made and no public data are available, a Wall Street source says the pr....


Fewer tourists visiting Reno to gamble - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Fewer tourists are visiting the Reno area primarily to gamble, a report shows, and more are coming for special events and conventions.Only 8 percent of visitors came to gamble last year, down from 12 percent in 2003 and 23 percent in 1994, according ....


Singapore loosens moral leash with casino legalization - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Long known for its strict social controls, the city state of Singapore is now planning to develop casinos. Amid fierce competition among Association of Southeast Asian Nations members to woo investment and attract tourists, the nation is putting pote....


US gambling laws threaten £5.5bn float - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Partygaming, the Gibraltar-based owner of the world's biggest online poker site, may be forced to pull its £5.5 billion London float as fears grow about the legality of internet gambling in the United States. Analysts at blue-chip US institutions wh....


Las Vegas the Steve Wynn way - Sunday 12th of June 2005

A day shy of two weeks after it opened, Steve Wynn addressed the attendees of a financial conference at his $2.7 billion Wynn Las Vegas hotel and casino and told them it was courageous for anybody to stay at a new resort and promised to get things ri....


Confessions of an online gambler - Sunday 12th of June 2005

When I first learned how to play Texas Hold 'Em after watching Late Night Poker on Channel 4, I was the only person I knew who played. And that, of course, meant that I didn't. A poker player without anyone to play against is not a player at all.That....


Fischer bets on Tattersall win - Sunday 12th of June 2005

TATTERSALL'S chief executive Duncan Fischer says the lottery and poker machines operator is very confident it will keep its licences despite an increasingly competitive sector.The Victorian-based company is listing on the Australian Stock Exchange ne....


Judge allows casino classes at USM - Sunday 12th of June 2005

A judge has ruled that the University of Southern Mississippi can teach gaming management classes.Hinds County Chancery Judge Patricia Wise issued a 16-page ruling on Friday saying it was legal for USM to teach the courses, but lawyers say her decisi....


Casino panel hiring process starts - Sunday 12th of June 2005

The government has begun implementing its controversial new gambling legislation by starting the recruitment process for the panel that will advise ministers on suitable locations for new casinos. The panel of five will be responsible for analysing p....


Speculators place their bets on the fortunes of casino operator - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Dealers continued to watch London Clubs International yesterday as they speculated that an Indonesian business figure is running his slide rule over the casino operator.The latest talk was that Putera Sampoerna, the head of the family that sold its c....


Online Gambling Site PartyGaming To Float IPO - Sunday 12th of June 2005

In a move likely to have reverberations across the Web, online poker site PartyGaming has filed for what could be one of the largest initial public offerings in the recent history of the London Stock Exchange.PartyGaming, which is based in Gibraltar,....


Hold 'em tourneys a big draw around town - Sunday 12th of June 2005

With this week's start of the World Series of Poker, Las Vegas poker rooms are ramping up popular no-limit hold 'em tournaments right and left.Anthony Curtis, a sometime poker player and publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor gambler newsletter, recently....


Many Favor Calexico Casino - Sunday 12th of June 2005

CALEXICO, California As reported by the San Diego Tribune: "On the sidewalks in front of the colorful bargain stores, perfume shops and taquerias, it's easy to find supporters of a San Diego County tribe's proposal to build an off-reservation hotel-c....


Mississippi University Can Run Casino Courses - Sunday 12th of June 2005

"The University of Southern Mississippi can proceed with its casino management program, Chancery Judge Patricia Wise ruled Friday."In a 16-page decision, the judge said the state College Board has control over the courses taught at universities, not ....


Video Slots a Hit - Sunday 12th of June 2005

When Donna Muir first tried to play the newest video slot machines at the Quil Ceda Creek Casino, she discovered she couldn't find one available to play. She tried the Tulalip Casino, where the machines were even more in demand."The two casinos are t....


Multimedia Games Wins VictoryLand Contract - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Multimedia Games, Inc. (Nasdaq: MGAM) announced today that the Company's Players Passport player tracking system has been selected by Macon County Greyhound Park, Inc., operator of the VictoryLand dog track in Shorter, Alabama, for use in conjunction....


Alliance Gaming Appoints Member to Board - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Alliance Gaming Corp. (NYSE: AGI) announced today Stephen M. Race has been elected to the Company's Board of Directors as an independent director effective at the end of this month. "Steve's experience in both the entertainment and technology industr....


Gaming Executives Top Highest Paid List - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Casino bosses cashed out a large number of stock options last year, boosting their total compensation packages to historic highs and easily topping the list of highest-paid local executives in 2004. Last year minted a record number of executive milli....


International Companies Seek Piece of Macau - Sunday 12th of June 2005

"When MGM Mirage, a US-based hotel and casino company, broke its first ground here on Wednesday, it seemed that more and more international hands are seeking plays in Macau's casino boom. "Mirage is to build a 975-million-US dollar casino resort, bra....


Good News for Casino Players - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Are you tired of having your non-gaming friends eye you warily when you tell them you enjoy frequent trips to the casinos? Do questions like, "Don't be offended, but are you a compulsive gambler?" offend you? Are you sick of seeing casino players con....


Australian Lottery Beneficiaries Named - Sunday 12th of June 2005

"One of the most closely guarded secrets of Australian gambling has finally been revealed with the naming of the Tattersall's beneficiaries, a select group of families who have grown rich on the proceeds of the gaming empire."The 593 chief beneficiar....


Montreal Man Hits it Big - Sunday 12th of June 2005

"A 22-year-old Montreal man has struck the jackpot -- to the tune of nearly $900,000. "The windfall came Monday night at Casino de Montreal and is the third-largest jackpot ever awarded at the casino. "The win came at a Grand Prix-type slot machine, ....


Las Vegas Executive Air Terminal Sold - Sunday 12th of June 2005

A rapidly expanding ground services provider for corporate and private aircraft has agreed to buy the Las Vegas Executive Air Terminal for approximately $60.4 million. New York-based Macquarie Infrastructure Co. on Tuesday said it will take control ....


Caesars Completes Nova Scotia Sales - Sunday 12th of June 2005

LAS VEGAS -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Caesars Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: CZR) today announced that it has completed the sale of its interest in the company that owns and operates two Nova Scotia gaming properties - Casino Nova Scotia Halifax and Casino Nova....


Ohio Mayor Ready for Casino - Sunday 12th of June 2005

LORAIN, Ohio – As reported by the Ohio Morning Journal: "Mayor Craig Foltin said yesterday he has an ordinance ready for City Council consideration, if necessary, for Lorain to become a chartered city in order to get casino gambling. "The ordi....


AGA Launches 10th Anniversary Research Series - Sunday 12th of June 2005

WASHINGTON -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- In commemoration of its 10th anniversary this month, the American Gaming Association (AGA) is launching a series of research white papers that will highlight the evolution of casino gaming during the past decade and p....


Government stresses overseas gambling not allowed - Sunday 12th of June 2005

At a press conference on May 29 officials from the Guangdong Public Security Department stressed that if any travel agency takes its tourists to visit overseas casinos; its operation license will be revoked. He Guifu, the director of the security man....


PartyGaming gambles on float by end June-sources - Sunday 12th of June 2005

The world's biggest online poker company, PartyGaming, aims to price its flotation on the London Stock Exchange by June 27, market sources said on Wednesday.PartyGaming is tentatively planning to list about 800 million ordinary shares -- around 20 pe....


MGM Grand Macau Breaks Ground on 600-Room Resort Set for 2007 Debut - Sunday 12th of June 2005

At a ceremony held Wednesday morning in Macau, MGM Grand Paradise, the international partnership of Pansy Ho and MGM MIRAGE, officially launched construction on its joint venture MGM Grand Macau, which on opening in the second half of 2007 will take ....


Rangers v Man Utd in race for new casino - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Rangers Football Club will take on the likes of Manchester United and Birmingham City in the race to land the UK's first supercasino.Representatives of Las Vegas Sands Ltd, headed by Sheldon G Adelson, the US billionaire, arrived in Glasgow yesterday....


MGM, Planning $975 Mln Macau Casino, Seeks Expansion - Sunday 12th of June 2005

MGM Mirage is looking for more projects in the southern Chinese city of Macau as it prepares to build a $975 million casino hotel in the only place in China where casino gambling is legal, Chairman Terrence Lanni said. We definitely want to build mor....


Casino beach bar draws $50,000 fine - Sunday 12th of June 2005

It seems Resorts was a bit too naughty in its desire to bring the "sexiest party on Earth" to the Atlantic City beachfront this summer.The casino has been slapped with a $50,000 fine for building the newly opened Nikki Beach Club without formal autho....


Man charged with firing gun inside casino parking garage - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Perhaps somebody got too carried away celebrating at the Tropicana this weekend.Police received a call at 2:12 Sunday morning saying a shot had been fired from a car inside the Tropicana Casino and Resort self-parking garage, Lt. Michael Tullio said.....


eSun plans $5b Cotai complex - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Lai Sun Group's media unit, eSun Holdings, plans to team up with overseas partners on an HK$5 billion hotel-casino-residential-TV studio complex in Macau's Cotai reclamation area.At least one of the two planned four-or five-star hotels will have a ca....


Government Itching to Wager on "Hungo Vegas" - Sunday 12th of June 2005

The government wants to help an investment group build a "small Hungarian Las Vegas" in Bezenye, Magyar Hírlap reports today. It seems that the unidentified punters somehow convinced the ministry of finance to join their game, and the ministry is su....


Glasgow is still a good bet to land a super-casino - Sunday 12th of June 2005

GLASGOW can still get Britain's first super-casino, says the boss of the city's business organisation. The Government has ruled the UK will get just one Las Vegas-style complex ... with Blackpool the hot tip. However, Lesley Sawers, chief executive o....


Las Vegas in tourism push amid crackdown - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Las Vegas is looking East, betting rising affluence will make China a big market for tourism and trade shows - despite a gambling crackdown aimed at officials wagering with stolen public funds.China is one of Las Vegas top emerging markets, Cam Usher....


Addicted to bingo - Sunday 12th of June 2005

A WOMAN has been jailed after stealing £22,000 to fund her bingo and fruit machine addiction.Julie Evans, who worked in the Department of Work and Pensions, told police her gambling addiction was "out of control".Cardiff Crown Court heard the 45-yea....


Arroyo's son accused in gambling probe - Sunday 12th of June 2005

MANILA: President Gloria Arroyo’s son and the Philippines’ police chief were yesterday accused of either taking kickbacks or sanctioning a numbers racket as the senate launched a controversial probe into illegal gambling.The public hearings sough....


Legalizing Gambling in Jakarta…Money vs. Valuesc - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Attempts to legalize prostitution and gambling in Jakarta are causing heated debates, with pros raising the slogan of economic benefits while cons insist on preserving social and moral values in the capital city of the world's largest Muslim country.....


Odds shorten on a licence for Betfair - Sunday 12th of June 2005

The State Government is in the advanced stages of discussions with online gambling broker Betfair but has ruled out a social impact study on the effects of it being licensed in Tasmania. While the UK Internet betting exchange already operates in Aust....


Sun International plans to list Singapore integrated resort if it wins bid - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Singaporeans will have a stake in the integrated resort on Sentosa if South Africa-based Sun International, which is bidding to build a resort there, has its way. It will kick off a survey next month so Singaporeans can give their views on what they ....


Rights to fund gaming push - Sunday 12th of June 2005

International Entertainment Corporation, majority-owned by Chow Tai Fook Enterprises, expects to complete its new listing application in two to three months.The Growth Enterprises Market-listed company chaired by New World Development managing direct....


Eyes on Arroyo family in Senate gambling probe - Sunday 12th of June 2005

World News, MANILA - Senators in the Philippines will begin hearings on Monday into an illegal numbers game, with opposition law-makers promising testimony that members of the president's family have taken payoffs from gambling syndicates. The accusa....


Louisiana casino managers relieved by failed Texas gambling bills - Sunday 12th of June 2005

There are several reasons why Mesquite, Texas, resident Todd Cangelose would prefer casinos closer to his hometown. For one, there's wayward deer.The longer the drive, the more likely he'll have another accident like he did in December, when he incur....


Gambling via satellite proposed - Sunday 12th of June 2005

A company that has patented a way to make casino-style gambling available via satellite is courting Indiana and its riverboats as the hosts of its games, promising millions of dollars in state revenue.Kenilworth Systems Corp., based in Mineola, N.Y.,....


Could it be you again, Camelot? vvvv - Sunday 12th of June 2005

It was once one of the most reviled companies in Britain. Disliked in Whitehall and mistrusted by the public, Camelot, the national lottery operator, struggled for friends. Howlers were as habitual as ripped-up lotto tickets: insufferable Billy Conno....


Sage boss hits jackpot in poker float bonanza - Sunday 12th of June 2005

MICHAEL JACKSON, head of the Sage software company, is to collect a salary of about £500,000 to be non- executive chairman of Party Gaming, the online poker group, and will be awarded shares worth £1m in the company if it presses ahead with a plann....


Poker club's bluff called - Sunday 12th of June 2005

One of the swanky poker clubs shut down by cops last week was so confident about its alleged illegal activities it published a newsletter hours before the raid."We would like to thank you for making the New York Players' Club the premier place in New....


Historic casino faces challenges - Sunday 12th of June 2005

The facade and distinctive script-lettered marquee of the Moulin Rouge is all that remains of the landmark that stands as both an icon of Las Vegas' civil rights progress and a crumbling monument to West Las Vegas' economic failures.The 50th annivers....


Modesto "Bonnie and Clyde" Robbers Arrested at Jackson Casino - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Modesto Police detectives have captured a husband and wife described by officers as a modern-day "Bonnie and Clyde" following a daring daytime bank robbery Wednesday.Jamey Robinson, 36, and his wife Patsy Lynd, 33, of La Grange were arrested Thursday....


The casino millionaire, the unwritten novel, and the big fat cheques - Sunday 12th of June 2005

The country's biggest literary philanthropist, American millionaire Glenn Schaeffer, has plans to give more. Anthony Hubbard reports. Glenn Schaeffer is the sugar daddy of New Zealand literature. He makes millions in Las Vegas and sends chunks of mon....


Casino bosses attempt to jump the gun - Sunday 12th of June 2005

UK casino firms are rolling out plans to build up to 100 new casinos. Gambling bosses are trying to take advantage of a loophole which could result in a huge number of gambling dens opening on Britain's high streets before the new Gambling Act comes ....