Casino and Gambling news stories from May 2005

Poker's tipping point - Thursday 12th of May 2005

In his thought-provoking book The Tipping Point, author Malcolm Gladwell writes that "the best way to understand the emergence of fashion trends ...or the phenomena of word of mouth ...is to think of them as epidemics.Ideas and products and messages ....


Slot-machine invasion - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Casinos are bringing in thousands of slot machines to Macau to boost earnings from an army of punters. CNAWestern slot-machine makers will need new strategies to win the jackpot in Macau, according to Scott Winzeler, Asia division managing director f....


MGM Donates Meals to Poor - Thursday 12th of May 2005

The MGM Grand Detroit Casino gave away more than 83,000 meals last year. But that has nothing to do with free steak dinners for high rollers or comped trips to the buffet for steady players. "The downtown casino is donating huge amounts of leftover f....


Tourist Wins Record Pokie Jackpot - Thursday 12th of May 2005

"A German tourist has more than paid for his Australian holiday after winning a record $900,000 (US$685,653) poker machine jackpot at the Gold Coast's Jupiters Casino."The middle-aged punter had been playing the pokies for only about an hour earlier ....


Company Purchases 50 Acres near Reno - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Station Casinos Inc. said Tuesday that it is buying 50 acres of property south of Reno. The company did not disclose in a form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission the amount paid for the property near U.S. Highway 395 and Mt. Rose H....


Harrah’s-Caesars merger gets OK from casino board - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Dismissing antitrust warnings, New Jersey casino regulators Tuesday approved a $9.4 billion merger that will create the world's largest gaming company and dramatically tilt the balance of power in the Atlantic City marketplace.The 5-0 vote by the sta....


Dermot Desmond to open casino in capital - Thursday 12th of May 2005

The move marks a growing interest in the betting and gaming business by the financier, who is a major shareholder in Glasgow Celtic. Mr Desmond (54), with wealth estimated at €1,239m, already owns Betda, the world's second-biggest betting exchange,....


Glazer 'must explain casino link' - Thursday 12th of May 2005

The US National Football League (NFL) has asked Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer to explain Manchester United's links to a Las Vegas casino. A planned joint venture between the UK football club and the Las Vegas Sands could fall foul of NFL ....


Island rival challenges Blackpool’s casino ambitions with Stanley’s backing - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Stanley Casinos and The Island entertainment complex in St Anne’s on the Lancashire coast are in discussion to create a massive leisure centre that could be built before neighbouring Blackpool has realised its dream of becoming Britain’s primary ....


Torrance policeman accused of cheating at Las Vegas casino - Thursday 12th of May 2005

A police officer was arrested for allegedly cheating at blackjack with the help of a dealer at the Stratosphere casino in Las Vegas, authorities said. Edgar Zermeno, 33, made about $1,000 during two nights of gambling earlier this month, said Keith C....


Harrah's acquisition of Caesars advances with N.J. approval - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Harrah's Entertainment Inc. expects to complete its acquisition of Caesars Entertainment Inc. on or about June 13 should the deal be approved by the Federal Trade Commission and Nevada regulators as expected, both companies said today.New Jersey casi....


Judge lays cards on table, forbids poker - Thursday 12th of May 2005

The expert witnesses came from Las Vegas, the Bahamas and Florida to testify that poker is chiefly a game of skill. But Durham's senior judge wasn't willing to take the gamble. Poker is a game of chance, he ruled, that can get betting players locked ....


Camelot aims for third lottery licence after hitting jackpot - Thursday 12th of May 2005

THE public has rekindled its love affair with the National Lottery by spending an extra £150m a year on tickets. The increase, which saw sales soar to £4.7bn, was the result of a booming interactive market, and growth in retail sales and Lotto game....


Mississippi firm hopes to build casino on Tyne - Thursday 12th of May 2005

ANOTHER US casino operator has unveiled plans for a hotel and leisure complex in the region.The Isle of Capri Group is proposing to invest £200m in Newcastle, with a development featuring a casino with two hotels, as well as leisure and conference f....


Gaming groups prepare to float as betting fever sweeps the UK - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Lord Steinberg, the founder of the casino operator Stanley Leisure, is in line to become chairman of Tradal in a move that will bring the online poker company a step closer to its planned £550m flotation next month.Tradal has offered the post of non....


Gaming chief logs on - Thursday 12th of May 2005

One of the leading figures in the traditional gaming industry, Lord Leonard Steinberg, is to embrace the internet side of the business by becoming chairman of Tradal, an online poker group that is planning a £550m flotation. Steinberg, 68, founder a....


Hilton bets on gaming recovery - Thursday 12th of May 2005

PROFITS at Hilton have dipped 4 per cent in the first four months of 2005 - but the hotels-to-bookmaking giant yesterday said it was betting on a recovery in gaming later this year after being hit by a lucky streak for gamblers. Hilton, which operate....


Camelot gets lucky with interactive lottery sales - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Camelot will this week claim that it has become the largest interactive lottery in the world, after a sevenfold increase in sales.During the financial year that ended on 31 March, total sales over the internet, through interactive TV and by mobile ph....


Harrah's Offers $750 Million in Notes - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Harrah's Operating Company, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:HET), today announced the pricing of a private placement of $750 million of 5 5/8% senior notes due 2015. The senior notes will be guaranteed by Harrah'....


United's chances of supercasino remote - Thursday 12th of May 2005

THE head of casinos at Stanley Leisure yesterday dismissed the chances of Manchester United securing the only UK supercasino as "extremely remote".His comments came as US gaming giant Las Vegas Sands announced it would invest £218m in its proposed v....


Profits dip at Hilton - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Hotels and gaming company Hilton Group (LSE: HG.L - news - msgs) said profits for the first four months of 2005 dipped 4 percent but it was betting on a recovery in gaming later this year, after being hit by a lucky streak for gamblers.Hilton, which ....


Time capsule of early Reno gambling memorabilia donated to museum - Thursday 12th of May 2005

A virtual time capsule of bygone northern Nevada gambling - from a 1950s-era roulette wheel to century-old silver dollars - was donated to the Nevada Historical Society on Thursday. Gambling memorabilia from Reno's Nevada Club and Fitzgeralds and the....


Positive Spillover From Singapore Move To Have Casino - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Johor expects to enjoy the spillover, especially in terms of a rising number of tourists, from an integrated resort containing a casino to be built in Singapore.State Tourism and Environment Committee Chairman Freddie Long said more tourists coming ....


Positive Spillover From Singapore Move To Have Casino - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Johor expects to enjoy the spillover, especially in terms of a rising number of tourists, from an integrated resort containing a casino to be built in Singapore.State Tourism and Environment Committee Chairman Freddie Long said more tourists coming ....


MOBILE CASINOS MARKET KEEPS GROWING - Thursday 12th of May 2005

The Russian largest mobile operator MTS has signed a contract with Jupiter Trade content provider to expand the range of mobile casino games, Biznes economic daily reports."We shall create a number of Java games for MTS, including the Slot Machine, ....


Harrah's Illinois Construction to Begin - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Construction is expected to begin next week on Harrah's Metropolis Casino's $62 million hotel and entertainment complex, officials said. Harrah's spokeswoman Robyn Ryan said Tuesday that a 100-foot crane should be at least partly assembled by the end....


Ohio Casino Petitioning Begins - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Cleveland Mayor Jane Campbell and fellow casino supporters kicked off a statewide scramble for signatures this week, aimed at a November referendum allowing big cities to vote on casinos. "Campbell and political adviser Jerry Austin announced Wednesd....


Las Vegas Sands to invest $400 mln in Man Utd casino - Thursday 12th of May 2005

U.S. gaming giant Las Vegas Sands will invest about $400 million in its proposed casino project with English soccer club Manchester United Plc , the casino operator's president said on Thursday. Manchester United -- the world's richest soccer club --....


Government Favors Casino Legislation - Thursday 12th of May 2005

After years of debate, the government is moving forward at a brisk pace towards legalizing casinos in Israel. According to projections from Tourism Minister Avraham Hirschson, a casino will be up and running within 18 months. The minister is optimist....


Macao's revenue from gaming taxes rises 23 percent - Thursday 12th of May 2005

China's Macao Special Administrative Region has seen a 23 percent increase of revenue from gaming taxes during the first four months over the same period last year, local media reported Thursday. The Macau Post quoted sources from the Finance Service....


Jakarta considers legalizing gambling - Thursday 12th of May 2005

An initiative to legalize gambling in Jakarta has been revived after its former governor, Ali Sadikin, gave his endorsement recently. The Jakarta administration is quietly pushing this initiative after two previous proposals were dropped due to stron....


Top State Casino Official Lives Memorable First Months - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Going from being a small town judge to firing Donald Trump gave Ernest Yelton some memorable first months as the state's top casino regulator. Yelton recounted the events that led up to the decision by Trump's company in March to drop its contract to....


Russian Mobile Casino Game Deal Signed - Thursday 12th of May 2005

The Russian largest mobile operator MTS has signed a contract with Jupiter Trade content provider to expand the range of mobile casino games, Biznes economic daily reports. "'We shall create a number of Java games for MTS, including the Slot Machine,....


Casino cheats nabbed at airport - Thursday 12th of May 2005

A GROUP of Chinese nationals who had a big win at Conrad Jupiter's Casino on the Gold Coast has been caught cheating, according to the casino.The five men and one woman were gambling at the casino yesterday and left about 7pm (AEST) after collecting ....


Super casino could be a winner - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Council bosses and business leaders have agreed to throw their weight behind a drive to bring the UK's first "super casino" to Coventry.Mississippi-based Isle of Capri secured a gambling licence to operate at the £113 million Ricoh Arena last month ....


Feedback on resort positive, Wynn says - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Steve Wynn said Tuesday that the public's reaction to his $2.7 billion Wynn Las Vegas has been better than at any property he's opened before.And he said some negative reviews by national and local critics don't faze him."I'm happy," Wynn said. "Our ....


Securing the Wynn Las Vegas Casino, Hotel and Resort - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Systems integrator and surveillance product manufacturer North American Video (NAV) rolled the dice on a fast-timeline project for the Wynn Las Vegas. With just over a year to complete the security system after being awarded the project in March 2004....


Super-casinos still on the cards - Thursday 12th of May 2005

An agency that specialises in recruiting dealers and hospitality staff for casinos has claimed it could be on a winning streak thanks to Labour's re-election.Labour last month trimmed from eight to one the number of Las Vegas-style super-casinos it p....


Macau OKs Land for City of Dreams Resort - Thursday 12th of May 2005

The battle for casino supremacy in Macau has moved to a new frontier. The Macau government has tentatively agreed to grant land for the "City of Dreams" resort, featuring an underwater casino hall with a capacity of 450 gaming tables and 3,000 slot m....


South Africa's Peermont bets on casino growth in Africa - Thursday 12th of May 2005

South African hotel and casino company Peermont Global is in talks to launch hotel and casino resorts in Mozambique, Angola and Uganda as it expands in Africa to keep profits rising.Chief Executive Ernie Joubert told Reuters South Africa's second-big....


Caesars Entertainment Agrees to Sell Its Interest in Two Nova Scotia Casinos - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: CZR - News) entered into a definitive agreement yesterday to sell its interest in the company that owns and operates two Nova Scotia gaming properties - Casino Nova Scotia Halifax and Casino Nova Scotia Sydney - for approxim....


Hearing on casino courses set in Mississippi - Thursday 12th of May 2005

A Mississippi judge has scheduled a hearing for today on whether casino management courses will be allowed at the University of Southern Mississippi.John Maxey, an attorney for the state College Board, has asked for a bench trial.“Specialized highe....


$35 million pokie machine security contract signed - Thursday 12th of May 2005

The Department of Internal Affairs has signed a $35 million six-year contract with a gambling technology company to supply an electronic monitoring system for pokie machines in an attempt to safeguard money intended for community groups. There are ab....


William Hill books top rank - Thursday 12th of May 2005

WILLIAM Hill leapfrogged Ladbrokes to become Britain’s biggest bookmaker yesterday by buying Stanley Leisure’s bookmaking operation for £504 million. However, there was some stock market disappointment that, as a result, Wm Hill announced it was....


A Look Back At Las Vegas Beginnings As It Celebrates 100 Years - Thursday 12th of May 2005

The past 100 years have been great to Las Vegas. We've seen a tiny railroad town turn into a bustling city, filled with casino mega resorts which attract millions of tourists each year. Over the last 25 years of Las Vegas' history, we've seen a lot o....


casino mogul, $2M. salary + benefits - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Rest assured, Donald Trump won't be punching a time clock as head honcho of his casino empire when it emerges from bankruptcy Friday. Nor will he be flying coach.The real estate tycoon and celebrity CEO (estimated net worth $2.6 billion, according to....


Las Vegas celebrates 100th birthday with giant cake - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Las Vegas kicked off its 100th birthday celebration with a "Helldorado" party and what organisers claim to be the world's largest birthday cake. Some 600 volunteers assembled the cake to organ music in a hangar on the outskirts of the city, after se....


Poker Fantasy Camp Weekend Launched - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Post Oak Productions Inc., a Toronto based event production company, announced today the launch of Camp Hellmuth, Phil Hellmuth's poker fantasy camp weekend. Lead by nine-time World Series of Poker Champion Phil Hellmuth, Camp Hellmuth will run from ....


Powerball Jackpot Rises to $129 Million - Thursday 12th of May 2005

The jackpot keeps growing and players across the nation are lining up to play America's favorite lottery game. A total of 824,219 players won more than $4.9 million in prizes Saturday night. Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Saturda....


Indiana to Look at Gaming Alternatives - Thursday 12th of May 2005

On May 11, 2005, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels signed into law House Enrolled Act 1120, which, in addition to providing funding for a new stadium for the Indianapolis Colts, also requires the Indiana Gaming Commission to study alternative forms of g....


Hilton Regains Gaming License - Thursday 12th of May 2005

More than 25 years after Ladbrokes was forced out of the casino business over a betting scandal, its owner, Hilton Group, has regained its licence. "The hotels and bookmaking giant was granted a gaming licence after group executives were deemed to be....


Florida Courts Unlikely to Bring Slots - Thursday 12th of May 2005

When the state Legislature failed to come up with regulations for slot machines in Broward County parimutuels, it practically guaranteed that the issue would end up in court. "But legal scholars say going to court is no guarantee that the spinning re....


Owners plan Lady Luck renovation - Thursday 12th of May 2005

The management company running the Lady Luck casino has purchased the downtown property from its landlord and plans to remodel it in addition to expanding the casino and hotel.Las Vegas-based Henry Brent Co., whose majority owner is Timbers bar and g....


Trump Hotels sees possible drop in market share - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts Inc. (DJTCQ.OB: Quote, Profile, Research) on Monday said business at its casinos could be hurt by a number of factors, including competition from a glitzy new rival casino in Atlantic City and mega-mergers in the industr....


William Hill poised to buy 600 Stanley Leisure betting shops - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Gaming group William Hill PLC will this week reach an agreementto buy rival Stanley Leisure PLC's 600-strong chain of betting shops for 500 mlnstg, in a deal that will turn it into the UK's biggest bookmaker, the Observerreported.The transaction will....


Elvis Reign in Las Vegas - Thursday 12th of May 2005

CBS and Channel 8 are taking a look back at the life of Elvis this week. The King ruled the Strip in the 70s. But the high-pressure lifestyle took its toll. Elvis died of a heart attack at just 42. He looked like a god, he sang like an angel, and he ....


Binion Horseshoe Casino $10,000 Notes Now Available to Public - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Rare coin and precious metals dealer Goldline International, Inc. (Goldline.com) has announced that it has secured the largest known quantity of the $10,000 notes formerly owned by and displayed at Binion's Horseshoe Casino. Notes start at $130,000.....


Miami's Fontainebleau is Coming to The Strip - Thursday 12th of May 2005

A touch of Miami will spice up the north end of The Strip. It's being brought here by a familiar name from the south end of Las Vegas Boulevard and a big name from the East Coast. That familiar name is former Mandalay Resort Group president Glenn Sch....


Wynn Slams Singapore's Casinos - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn said the Singapore government's direct involvement in designing the city-state's first two casinos was "unsophisticated" and could compromise the outcome, a newspaper reported Saturday. "It's control and direction by....


Betfair considers Hobart base - Thursday 12th of May 2005

It is understood the British betting agency Betfair has started looking for office space in Hobart, with a view to establishing a second global base.But there is still no word from the State Government on whether the betting exchange will be granted ....


Boyd property plans to double size of original project - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Boyd Gaming Corp.'s South Coast property hasn't even opened its doors, but today officials announced plans to double the size of the resort in southern Las Vegas."Demand for hotel rooms in Las Vegas has been very strong, as evidenced by the great suc....


Guests Feel Safer With Wynn Security Dogs On Premises - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Their names are pure Las Vegas: Jackpot, Ace, and Casino, but their job is far from fun and games. At the Wynn Resort, a kennel full of bomb sniffing dogs is on duty to keep guests safe. News 3's Denise Rosch tells us how customers are responding to ....


Ho, Packer team up for $8b Cotai resort - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Tycoon Stanley Ho muscled his way into Macau's embryonic Cotai casino hub Thursday, with plans for a massive complex centred on an underwater casino.Ho's partner, Publishing & Broadcasting Ltd, the Australian casino operator controlled by tycoon Kerr....


Seminoles hit the jackpot - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Florida gambling business is hot As the Hollywood Hard Rock Hotel & Casino hits its one-year anniversary today, its no secret the resort and the Seminoles other casinos are raking in the bucks.But how much exactly?Well, in one month alone - February ....


Nevada casinos win record $1 billion in March - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Nevada casinos won $1.03 billion from gamblers during March -- a record for any month -- for a 10.9 percent gain over the same month in 2004, a state report showed Wednesday.''The state Gaming Control Board said strong convention business, record lei....


Reno Hilton sold for $150 million - Thursday 12th of May 2005

The largest indoor water park in the U.S. will make waves at the Reno Hilton when new owners take over the hotel-casino and rename it Grand Sierra Resort, officials said Wednesday.''Caesars Entertainment agreed to sell the property for $150 million t....


Stanley Ho, Packer Venture to Build 2nd Macau Casino - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Kerry Packer's Publishing & Broadcasting Ltd., Australia's biggest casino owner, and Stanley Ho's Melco International Development Ltd. will build a second casino in Macau, where gaming revenue is forecast to rise 20 percent in the next four years. Th....


Caesars Entertainment to Sell Reno Hilton - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Caesars Entertainment to Sell Reno Hilton to Grand Sierra Resort for $150 Million Casino resort operator Caesars Entertainment Inc. said Wednesday that it agreed to sell its Reno Hilton casino resort to Grand Sierra Resort Corp., a Nevada-based hotel....


Four new casino locations approved by gaming board - Thursday 12th of May 2005

State gambling regulators today awarded four new riverboat casino licenses for projects proposed in Waterloo, Riverside, Emmetsburg and rural Worth County.The commission denied six other license applications from prospective operators in Ottumwa, For....


Betfair wins licence in Malta - Thursday 12th of May 2005

BETFAIR, the betting exchange considering a possible stock market flotation, has won a gaming licence in Malta, fuelling speculation that it could quit the UK if the Treasury introduces a punitive tax regime.The online gaming licence from the Malta L....


United aim to hit jackpot with touch of Las Vegas - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Ambitious plans are being considered to strengthen club's financial position MANCHESTER United did not become the richest club in world football by gambling all on red or black, but, in the face of declining profits and the threat posed by the no....


Cashing in on Macau's casino gold mine - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Daniel Schultz places a call through to his account manager in Costa Rica and clears a huge bet that he then puts on red in one of the glitzy new casinos in the southern Chinese territory of Macau. No money changes hands, neither do any chips. Th....


Back in the '30s and '40s, slots and stickmen ruled Broward - Thursday 12th of May 2005

There was the corrupt sheriff who encouraged gambling houses to flourish, and even held a share in one.Preening gangsters such as Julian "Potatoes" Kaufman, Jimmy "Blue Eyes" Alo and Longy Zwillman strutted about town, pockets filled with ill-gotten ....


Genting acts on gambling shift in U.K. - Thursday 12th of May 2005

KUALA LUMPUR Genting, Asia's biggest publicly traded casino operator, has announced plans to combine its stakes in Stanley Leisure and London Clubs International, part of a strategy to expand in Britain's gambling industry. The move will enhance the ....


Gambling commissioners to award new casino licenses - Thursday 12th of May 2005

The gambling wait is almost over.This week, state regulators will decide how many new casino licenses will be approved.Ten proposals are on the table. Last week, a majority of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission decided to approve as many as five n....


'It's not luck. It's not gambling. It's psychological warfare' - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Paul Maxfield does not have the eyes that one might expect a true card sharp to possess. They are bright blue with not a hint of icy intensity. In fact, they look downright weary. Bald and wearing slip-on shoes with silver buckles, this 48-year-old....


Casinos in limbo as state House fails to act on slots - Thursday 12th of May 2005

After spending more than $30 million to get slot machines approved in Broward County, the parimutuel industry walked away Friday from the legislative session empty-handed.The Senate took up the slots-regulation bill Friday evening, agreed to a maximu....


Oops, she hits a million again - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Woman claims second major prize playing same gameAfter winning a $1 million slot machine jackpot less than a year ago, one would think Jo Ann Argyris would easily recognize the symbols that signify a large cash prize.On Thursday night the Boulder Cit....


Florida Senate approves slot machine bill, sends to House - Thursday 12th of May 2005

The state Senate passed a bill to regulate Broward County slot machines in the final hours of the legislative session Friday, after approving a higher tax rate that lawmakers said would raise about $450 million for schools.The 28-10 vote sent the bil....


Betfair licence thought to hinge on race fee - Thursday 12th of May 2005

An annual $5 million racing fee could be at the centre of controversial moves to grant PBL and its UK partner Betfair an Internet betting exchange licence in Tasmania.A key industry figure says the Victorian betting agency, Tabcorp, should waive the ....


Harrah's Wants to Restart Rhode Island Talks - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Harrah's Entertainment, the Las Vegas developer hoping to build a casino in this town, has asked to restart negotiations on a host agreement -- talks that halted nearly 10 months ago."Town Council President Jeanne-Marie DiMasi said Harrah's rece....


North Carolina Already Hooked on Gambling - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Consider this: Americans made more than $892 billion in legal wagers in 2002. That figure is a sevenfold increase since 1982, according to Christiansen Capital Advisors, LLC, a marketing analysis firm that produces an authoritative annual survey on l....


Black Oak Casino Ready to Open - Thursday 12th of May 2005

The Grand Opening Celebration at Black Oak Casino, scheduled to commence Monday, May 16, will feature endless excitement and fun for everyone with gaming action, live entertainment, bowling specials, new dining options, and a variety of ways to win c....


GoldenPalace.com Buys Pope's Car - Thursday 12th of May 2005

From the frenzy of media interest over the past few days, the latest GoldenPalace.com winning eBay auction is easily one of the most phenomenal events in Internet history. The item that shattered all eBay records by incredibly receiving over 8.5 mill....


Owner of business empire may put casino on Coast - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Don Barden, the owner of a Detroit-based international conglomerate, is looking to put one of his Fitzgerald Casinos on the Coast.He shopped for real estate Thursday afternoon, after his keynote address to the Southern Gaming Summit. Barden, who alre....


Poker machine smoking ban ignored - Thursday 12th of May 2005

THE Bracks Government has failed to enforce its anti-smoking laws in poker machine venues. Almost three years after trumpeting reforms to control passive smoking, the Government admitted many pokies pubs and clubs had ignored repeated warnings ....


Students ran poker games in apartment just like real 'casino' - Thursday 12th of May 2005

A group of Virginia Tech students ran Texas Hold 'Em poker games just like a Vegas casino, according to one of the student's police caught playing in a game last month. The student preferred to remain nameless, but said a judge ordered him to sta....


Asia bets on casinos to boost its coffers - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Several Asian countries are easing restrictions on casinos, taking a bet that Las Vegas-style gambling halls will attract more tourists and create jobs.Singapore has recently agreed to build two casino resorts aimed at overseas visitors, ending a 40-....


Iowa Park Changes Approved - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Ottumwa Park will look far different in the near future. "Council members on Tuesday approved two major changes in the city's biggest park. The Wapello County 4-H received permission to build a new structure to house their expo adjacent to the Jimmy ....


Powerball Jackpot Rises to $83 Million - Thursday 12th of May 2005

The jackpot in America's favorite lottery game continues to climb. There were no Powerball jackpot winners Wednesday but 465,236 players across the nation won a total of more than $2.8 million in prizes. Because no one correctly matched all six numbe....


British Columbia's Newest Casino Opens - Thursday 12th of May 2005

A new casino is opening its doors in Langley on Thursday, and city councillors are already spending the expected gaming revenues. "Langley City is now about $11 million in debt. But the community of 25,000 expects to pay that off by 2009 with gamblin....


Full House at Gaming Summit - Thursday 12th of May 2005

It's easy to lose track of time walking through the exposition hall at the Southern Gaming Conference. "You can find the latest slot machines, sexy women in short dresses and steaming roast beef sandwiches among the many displays. For those who purch....


Florida Slot Casino to Start Construction Soon - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Broward County's first non-Indian slots casino will start construction within two weeks and be open for New Year's Eve, the Pompano Park harness track said Wednesday. "Pompano Park Racing, which operates the track, said it expects to get a building ....


Trump Condo Project Reserves All Units - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Prospective buyers have reserved 100 percent of the available condominium units in Donald Trump's first planned Las Vegas development, a project representative said Wednesday. Now, the trick will be to turn those who deposited either $10,000 or $20,0....


Nevada Gold Announces New Development Opportunity - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Nevada Gold & Casinos, Inc. (AMEX:UWN) today announced that it has acquired, through its subsidiary, Nevada Gold BVR, LLC, a 20% interest in Buena Vista Development Company, LLC ("Buena Vista Development"). Buena Vista Development has entered into a ....


From Sun City to Sin City? - Thursday 12th of May 2005

EILAT - Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to pass a law that would allow public tenders for a strip of casino hotels in the Red Sea coastal city of Eilat, the local Yedioth Eilat newspaper reported Thursday. Currently, casino gambling is ill....


Sinatra and $3.5m of Mafia cash in a briefcase - Thursday 12th of May 2005

FRANK Sinatra volunteered to be a courier for the Mob and was almost caught smuggling millions of dollars of "dirty money" into New York, according to a new book about the singer’s life. American comedian Jerry Lewis recounts that Sinatra was stopp....


Casino winners camera shy - Thursday 12th of May 2005

They might have won over half a million dollars, but the four locals that won the Caribbean Stud Jackpot early Saturday morning at Kings Casino, have suddenly become very shy. As a matter a fact, the four winners don"t want anyone to know their names....


Maintaining momentum goal of MGM executives - Thursday 12th of May 2005

At the company's annual shareholder meeting, MGM Mirage executives welcomed Mandalay Resort Group into the fold and said the combined company -- the state's largest employer and private investor -- expects to help transform Las Vegas into a "proper c....


Wynn to Expand Planned Macau Resort - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Wynn Resorts Ltd. to Spend $345 Million to Expand Planned Macau Resort LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Wynn Resorts Ltd. said Wednesday that it plans to spend about $345 million to expand its Wynn Macau resort, currently under construction in China.The resort is s....


Casino Tycoon to Change Macau's Skyline - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Macau gambling tycoon Stanley Ho has hit back at his Las Vegas rivals again, unveiling plans for a massive entertainment complex that will change the skyline of the small Chinese gambling enclave. Ho is facing increasing competition in Macau from Las....


Poker tourist plans to retire after shock $1.7m win in Vegas - Thursday 12th of May 2005

After 25 years running a company that makes drying equipment for the pharmaceutical industry, Paul Maxfield reckoned he had earned two weeks of fun on the Las Vegas poker tables. But returning home with the largest sum ever netted by any Briton in a ....


Malay gaming giant enters UK showbiz casino sector - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Malaysian gaming giant Genting Berhad, creator and associate of the world’s third largest cruise operator Star Cruises, has increased its stake in casino firm London Clubs International to 29.9%, ensuring it will play a major role in the UK’s new....


Warning shareholders not to judge the long-term performance of his resort based on its opening weekend, Steve Wynn nevertheless dropped several hints at the company's annual stockholders meeting Monda - Thursday 12th of May 2005

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Wynn assures stockholders resort is off to a good start - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Warning shareholders not to judge the long-term performance of his resort based on its opening weekend, Steve Wynn nevertheless dropped several hints at the company's annual stockholders meeting Monday to suggest that his new resort was off to a good....


Court dismisses huge claim against casino - Thursday 12th of May 2005

A high Court judge has dismissed a R676 000 damages action brought against the Wild Coast Sun casino by a Pietermaritzburg woman who slipped and fell at the casino, injuring her ankle.In a reserved judgment handed down on Friday, Judge Herbert Msiman....


Wynn's Big Bet - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Maybe it makes perfect sense that Steve Wynn would turn into the Mister Rogers of Las Vegas. Sitting in his new hotel in a red V-neck sweater and gray wool pants, Wynn, 63--famous for yelling at employees, taking up steer roping and accidentally shoo....


Southern casino mooted - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Hotelier says complex would boost tourist numbers, stave off regional competition A businessman has proposed that a casino complex be built in the southern province of Trang to draw in more tourists and offset future competition from Hong Kong’s Di....


Online Bookmaker To Stream Sports on the Web - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Online bookmaker Blue Square will stream men's professional tennis over its Web site this weekend in a bid to develop a new way to bypass the lack of TV coverage of some sports.The increasing amount of televised live sport has been one of the key fac....