Casino and Gambling news stories from Jun 2009

EU contends US Internet gambling laws create ‘adverse trade effects’ for Malta - Tuesday 23rd of June 2009

When arguing its case against the United States’ Internet gambling laws with the World Trade Organisation, the European Commission highlighted the example of Malta as a case in point demonstrating the ‘adverse trade effects’, within the syntax of the....


Bulgarian Seaside Expects Russian Tourist Wave after Gambling Ban - Tuesday 23rd of June 2009

A wave of Russian tourists is expected at the casinos and other gambling sites at the Bulgarian Seaside after a ban on gambling in Russia comes into force July 1st, onlinecasinoadvisory.com reports Monday.Over 550 gambling halls in Russia, 30 of whom....


Foreign gaming companies eye Taiwan market - Tuesday 23rd of June 2009

MGM Mirage Corp. and Harrah’s Entertainment Inc., the two largest gaming companies in the world, are reportedly interested in entering Taiwan’s casino market. Several reasons have led to the recent interest. The Macau gaming market has reached a satu....


Dutch online gambler to keep winnings - Friday 19th of June 2009

A Dutch woman who won EUR 4.3 million on a virtual slot machine will likely be allowed to keep her winnings despite a ban on online gambling, the government said Wednesday.According to the gambling firm Unibet, the 33-year-old winner from the central....


Gambling Halls Shut By Police - Friday 19th of June 2009

With less than two weeks left before a July 1 ban on gambling in Moscow, police have started closing gaming halls as part of a citywide crackdown.More than 200 officers with the polices economic crimes department have checked about 100 gambling estab....


Contract clash threatens to delay Las Vegas Mob Museum - Friday 19th of June 2009

Las Vegas’ planned Mob Museum is supposed to chronicle the influence of organized crime on Southern Nevada and the law enforcement effort to drag criminals into courts. But the next phase of construction might have to wait on a very different, and po....


Rats play odds in gambling task - Friday 19th of June 2009

Rats are able to play the odds in a "gambling task" designed by scientists to test the biology of addiction.In the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, researchers describe how the rodents developed a "strategy" in a timed task where they make choices to....


Donald Trump aims to retake control of casinos - Thursday 18th of June 2009

As the casino company that bore his name sank deeper and deeper into the red this year, Donald Trump went head to head with bondholders trying to buy it and take it private - and lost.Now the real estate mogul, whose distaste for losing is legendary,....


MGM Mirage, Egyptian partner to build Cairo resort - Thursday 18th of June 2009

Casino operator MGM Mirage says that it is teaming with an Egyptian developer to build a resort outside Cairo.The Las Vegas-based company said Tuesday that the MGM Grand New Giza will receive equity funding from New Giza for Real Estate Development a....


The end of the road for Russias roulette - Thursday 18th of June 2009

The time is 7am and the sun has long come up over Moscow, but inside the Shangri-La casino, the tables are thronged with gamblers, most of whom have been here through the night, throwing down chips on blackjack and poker. Its a sight that is soon to ....


Wimbledon on alert after new betting controversy - Thursday 18th of June 2009

With only six days before the start of the Wimbledon Championships, mens tennis was embroiled in fresh gambling revelations last night. Several bookmakers voided bets on a grass-court match in the Netherlands on Monday when the odds on one player sho....


Pubs in line for fruit machine tax windfall - Thursday 18th of June 2009

Pubs could hit the jackpot after a court ruling paved the way for huge rebates in overpaid VAT on games machines. At the High Court earlier this month bingo hall owner Rank Group won a case that could see it land £26m. The case stems from 2005 when t....


Bookies lose most at Royal Ascot as the crowds stay away - Thursday 18th of June 2009

It is unlikely that Royal Ascot will ever be mistaken for Hooverville, the shanty town built by impoverished Americans during the great depression, but the biggest economic downturn that most people can remember has not left the Flat seasons grandest....


Bigger casino rolls out June 29 - Wednesday 17th of June 2009

The owners of one of Indiana’s most successful riverboat casinos are preparing to replace it with a $335 million boat that’s the size of two football fields.The new Hollywood casino won’t just replace the 13-year-old Argosy casino on the Ohio River w....


Real Madrid FC wants to break off the contract with Bwin - Wednesday 17th of June 2009

The Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, has over his table the proposal for renewal of Bwin sponsorship-contract, that he doesnt like. Florentino Pérez considers the offer inadequate. The figures of the online betting company are not goods. He d....


MGM, Genting in talks on Macau - Wednesday 17th of June 2009

MGM Mirage Inc, a global casino operator, has held discussions with Genting group on the latter’s possible participation in its Macau operations, as part of their overall talks towards forming a “very powerful” global alliance.In an email reply to qu....


A lot of carrots and a new hairdo... how allotment-loving pensioner couple plan to celebrate £25m jackpot win - Wednesday 17th of June 2009

The wife of Britain’s £25m Euro jackpot winner today revealed how she planned to spend their new fortune - by getting her hair done every day.Joan Caswell, 71, and husband Brian, 73, were asked how it would change their lives as they were presented w....


Sugarhouse Casino hearing set - Wednesday 17th of June 2009

The proposed Sugarhouse Casino will have a public hearing before the Philadelphia City Planning Commission on June 24.Under city zoning regulations, the casino needs planning commission approval to start construction. The commission is composed of ni....


Ukrainian confirms bill restricting gambling - Wednesday 17th of June 2009

Ukrainian lawmakers have passed a law that would ban all gambling until special zones for casinos are set up.The bill was initially adopted last month after a gambling-hall fire killed nine people. It called on the government to set up special areas ....


EU calls on US to drop gambling ban - Wednesday 17th of June 2009

The European Union urged the United States on Wednesday to open talks on scrapping a ban on foreign online gambling companies, saying it breaks global trade rules.The EU says it could seek compensation from the World Trade Organization because the 20....


Social enterprise casino opens in Yarmouth - Wednesday 17th of June 2009

A social enterprise casino has opened in Great Yarmouth in an attempt to stop the decline of the seaside town.Hospitality & Grow was set up last month as part of the Grow Organisation UK, an umbrella for a series of ‘& Grow social enterprises in the ....


Casino plan blocked - Tuesday 16th of June 2009

Xscapes casino plan has suffered a major setback with Milton Keynes Council shelving a decision approving the scheme.Councillors say a report to the planning committee understated the amount of parking needed and the impact the complex - which would ....


Genting buys 3.2% stake in MGM Mirage - Tuesday 16th of June 2009

Genting, the Malaysian gaming group, has paid $100m for a 3.2 per cent stake in MGM Mirage, firming a relationship that could help pave the way for future deals in Macao and the US.Genting matched the $100m that Kirk Kerkorian, MGM Mirage’s largest s....


Mike Tyson weds in Las Vegas - Tuesday 16th of June 2009

Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has married for the third time, tying the knot with girlfriend Lakiha Spicer in Las Vegas, the owner of a wedding chapel said on Tuesday.The wedding comes about two weeks after his 4 year-old daughter, Ex....


Rank helps Isle leave the UK - Tuesday 16th of June 2009

Grosvenor Casinos, owned by British leisure gaming company, The Rank Group, has paid £650,000 for the casino at Coventry City Football Clubs Ricoh Arena.Current operators, Isle of Capri, built the Coventry casino in the hope of a ‘supercasino licence....


Blackjack Switch gets approval - Tuesday 16th of June 2009

Blackjack Switch, the blackjack variant in which players are dealt two hands and can swap the top two cards between hands, has been approved for trial in Britain by the Gambling Commission.Two London casinos are trialling the game according to its in....


Party ties with UKs Channel 5 for Five branded casino, bingo - Tuesday 16th of June 2009

PartyGaming has signed a deal with Channel 5 Broadcasting Ltd to create a Five branded bingo and casino egaming service targeting the UK market. The premium online service will launch in the second half of this year and will be operated by PartyGamin....


Bet365 challenges Betfair as Oddschecker top bookie - Tuesday 16th of June 2009

Bet365 looks set to take Betfair’s place as the leading bookmaker on Oddschecker, a ranking of the odds comparison site’s top 10 bookmakers in May seen by eGaming Review exclusively reveals. The ranking, seen exclusively by EGRmagazine.com, shows Bet....


Casino gaming floors exempt in smoking ban - Tuesday 16th of June 2009

Michigan’s House of Representatives took another step toward making the state smoke-free by approving legislation to ban smoking in most public spaces. Rep. Paul Scott, a leading proponent to make Michigan smoke-free, voted in favor of House Bi....


Calder Race Course breaks ground on casino - Tuesday 16th of June 2009

Calder Race Course is getting into the gaming derby by breaking ground on an $85 million, 104,000-square-foot casino with 1,225 slot machines.The slot machine operations are expected to create 250 to 300 jobs at Calder, which is just south of the Mia....


Nightmare averted - Tuesday 16th of June 2009

A new casino heralds a return to health for the world’s biggest gambling centre.IN WHAT only a few months ago would have seemed like an act of despair but now passes for revelry, James Packer and Lawrence Ho each grasped a guitar by the neck and smas....


First boxing match at English casino will be held in Plymouth - Tuesday 16th of June 2009

THE first boxing match to take place in an English casino will be held at the Grosvenor on Derrys Cross.Casino bosses said they were delighted to hold eight bouts at the venue on Thursday June 25 – a first for a casino in England, they said.The Grosv....


Playtech announces licence agreement with Betfair - Tuesday 16th of June 2009

Playtech, the leading international designer, developer and licensor of software to the online and land-based gaming industry, is pleased to announce that it has established a major new licence agreement with Betfair, the worlds leading online betti....