Casino and Gambling news stories from Mar 2009

U.S. Internet gambling laws breach WTO rules - EU - Tuesday 31st of March 2009

A U.S crackdown on European online gambling breaches World Trade Organisation rules and would justify action at the World Trade Organisation, the European Commission said on Thursday.The European Union executive, which oversees trade policy for the 2....


Casino wins 24-hour gaming gamble - Tuesday 31st of March 2009

Aberdeens first 24-hour gaming licence has been granted to a casino in the city centre. The Gala Casino on the citys Summer Street has been given permission by Aberdeen City Council to operate around the clock. The decision was approved by the counci....


Latest on Yarmouth casino plans - Tuesday 31st of March 2009

The starting gun for contenders to lodge their applications for the licence to build Yarmouths large casino is likely to be fired by the borough council in the autumn.In the final analysis, applications will be decided by the criterion of “which one ....


Gambling soars in impoverished Albania - Tuesday 31st of March 2009

Albanians spent more than 100 million dollars on gambling last year, an increase of almost 70 percent on the year in one of Europes poorest countries, the tax office said Thursday."During 2008, Albanians spent more than 100 million dollars on gamblin....


Hidden slowdown at Macaus casinos - Tuesday 31st of March 2009

Construction may have been halted at several of the new casinos and hotels under development in Macau but mainland Chinese punters still seem to be flocking to the worlds biggest gambling centre in droves.Ive just returned from a short trip to Macau ....


$200 million casino opening near Shelbyville - Tuesday 31st of March 2009

The new $200 million casino at the Indiana Downs horse track near Shelbyville is set to open.The tracks Indiana Live casino opened in a temporary building last June. The new casino is scheduled to open its doors Friday evening, with singer Justin Tim....


Up to 2 casinos in Taiwan? - Tuesday 24th of March 2009

TAIWAN has taken another step forward in a move to lift a decades-old ban on casinos after it was decided no more than two casino resorts would be licensed at the beginning, it was reported Sunday. The ruling Kuomintang (KMT), who control the legisla....


Compton hotel and casino listed for $16M - Tuesday 24th of March 2009

The Crystal Casino Hotel, a 238-room property in Compton, Calif., has been placed on the market with a listing price of $16 million. Gordon Allred, vice president investments and director of Marcus & Millichaps Ontario office, is representing the sel....


$200 Million Casino Opening Near Shelbyville - Tuesday 24th of March 2009

The new $200 million casino at the Indiana Downs horse track near Shelbyville is set to open.The tracks Indiana Live casino opened in a temporary building last June. The new casino is scheduled to open its doors Friday evening, with singer Justin Tim....


London Hotel Poker Circuit Announced - Tuesday 24th of March 2009

Some really exciting news now of a fantastic looking series of tournaments in our Nations capital. For the first time in the UK, a formal gambling license has been granted to stage poker tournaments in hotels in London. London Poker Circuit are hosti....


Group submits proposal for 4 casinos in Ohio - Tuesday 24th of March 2009

A petition seeking voter approval of casinos in four Ohio cities was submitted to the state attorney general for review Wednesday as state regulators explore a separate plan that would allow slots at racetracks without a vote.The Ohio Jobs and Growth....


Gambling board renews Sun’s casino licence - Monday 23rd of March 2009

THE Eastern Cape Gambling & Betting Board has rejected objections by the amaMpondo monarchy against the renewal of global hotel group Sun International’s casino licence for the Wild Coast Sun.The board yesterday approved Sun International’s licence, ....


Bookmakers may have to start paying their way - Monday 23rd of March 2009

Bookmakers head to Cheltenham this week rubbing their hands at the prospect of £500m of turnover. Profits from the next four days will also go a long way to providing the minimum £65m they must pay to horse racing through the annual levy.But if sport....


LeCroupier online casino coming for mobile! - Monday 23rd of March 2009

Mobile money riskers rejoice! LeCroupier, the new online casino, is launching a mobile version - decide if that bodes well or not with plenty of pics after the jump. We took a spin on LeCroupier, the new 3D online casino for PC which launches today, ....


Wynn Resorts gets double dose of good publicity - Monday 23rd of March 2009

Wynn Resorts received a double serving of positive national publicity this weekend, landing on Barrons list of 10 good stocks to hold for the long haul and ranking highest among gaming companies on Fortunes list of the worlds most admired companies.D....


Regulatory threat to Gala and Mecca bingo halls - Monday 23rd of March 2009

The bingo operators Gala and Mecca are in a regulatory face-off with the government and the Gambling Commission over the number of lucrative £500 slot machines allowed in their clubs.Both operators have secured multiple licences for scores of bingo h....


Las Vegas casinos feel pain of economic crisis - Monday 23rd of March 2009

As Las Vegas casinos are reeling under the economic crisis, some people are talking about the possibility that the U.S. government will bail out, own and operate the casinos to get huge revenues the government badly needs. About 280 miles (about ....


Don’t bet on Texas casinos - Wednesday 4th of March 2009

The odds are against proposed legislation slotting a Las Vegas-style destination resort casino in Galveston, legislators and local pundits say.“I haven’t handicapped it yet,” said state Rep. Craig Eiland, D-Galveston. “I think the votes are probably ....


New law to license casino gaming in private clubs - Tuesday 3rd of March 2009

THE GOVERNMENT is to begin regulating and licensing casino clubs in a first step towards overhauling current gambling legislation.Legislation to control casino gaming in private members’ clubs is to be included in a new anti-money laundering Bill to ....


Casinos adapt to survive gaming ban - Tuesday 3rd of March 2009

Many of the capitals gambling clubs are now operating as restaurants or coffee shops following the governments outright ban on all venues offering slot machines and electronic gaming machines.The Ministry of Economy and Finance issued its directive o....


Las Vegas celebrates newest resort, the M - Tuesday 3rd of March 2009

M Resort bartender Edgar Manago had a big smile tonight as he poured free drinks for some of the 4,000 guests attending the $1 billion hotel-casino’s grand opening party.Manago, a gaming industry bartender for more than 15 years, had a job for the fi....


Govt has allowed foreign vessel to operate casino - Tuesday 3rd of March 2009

A letter from former chief secretary J P Singh to leader of opposition Manohar Parrikar has revealed that the government had permitted a foreign vessel to operate a floating casino in Goa without permission from the director general of shipping.In t....


Packer strives to save US casinos deal - Tuesday 3rd of March 2009

JAMES PACKERS Crown Limited insists it is still committed to its promise to buy a suite of US casinos, but has warned that the earnings they will produce will be up to 30 per cent lower than previously anticipated.The Crown chief executive, Rowen Cra....


William Hills Gibraltar move seen as a warning to Treasury - Tuesday 3rd of March 2009

William Hill, the bookmaker, has issued a thinly veiled threat to move its internet sports betting operation offshore unless the Government changes the tax regime in the next Budget. The company, which yesterday confirmed plans for a £350 million rig....


Trio interested in running casino - Tuesday 3rd of March 2009

AT LEAST three operators have expressed an interest in opening a major new casino in Hull.As the Mail exclusively revealed in December, one of Europes biggest casino companies has already gone public over its aim to secure a large casino licence in t....


Chile casino weighs on Sun International - Tuesday 3rd of March 2009

THE sharply slowing economy and losses at the recently opened Monticello Grand Casino and Entertainment World in Chile dragged earnings at hotel group Sun International lower in the six months to December. With hindsight, the group could not have pic....


Casino licence war plays out in court - Tuesday 3rd of March 2009

The Lukhanji Leisure group will keep its Queenstown casino licence, but the licence for Mthatha is still up for grabs.Elonwabeni Resorts , the company which lost its bid for the Mthatha licence, and the Eastern Cape Gambling and Betting Board are sti....


Las Vegas has been victimized by its own marketing strategy - Tuesday 3rd of March 2009

At the height of an unprecedented national crisis, a group of American leaders traveled to one of the countrys most expensive tourist destinations, where they set about the business of righting the ship of state. There were plenty of distractions in ....


William Hill looks to raise £350m - Tuesday 3rd of March 2009

UK bookmaker William Hill says it is to raise £350m ($496m) in a rights issue as it addresses a "dramatic deterioration" in its credit markets. William Hill has around 2,300 shops in the UK and Ireland. It said the current credit conditions made it i....


Casino comps harder to come by - Tuesday 3rd of March 2009

With the recession eating away at profits, casinos cut back in 2008 on the free hotel rooms and other promotional giveaways they use to lure customers to the gaming floor.Promotional expenses — the gaming industry’s so-called “comps” — dipped nearly ....


Gran Scala will have 10 casinos, 25,000 hotel rooms and 4 mega parks - Tuesday 3rd of March 2009

International Leisure Development (ILD) promised tonight in Ontiñena (Huesca) invest more than 1,300 million and create about 200,000 direct and indirect jobs in the leisure complex and gambling Gran Scala, which will begin implementation in 2012 tha....