Casino and Gambling news stories from May 2008

Gaming firm bets on a sale - Thursday 29th of May 2008

THE leisure group Inspired Gaming, which operates fruit machines and betting terminals, has put itself up for sale after receiving a number of approaches.The business, headed by joint chief executives Luke Alvarez and Norman Crowley, has hired Global....


30 years of casino gambling - its still a big deal - Thursday 29th of May 2008

In Massachusetts, the governor is pushing plans to build three resort-style casinos. Kentuckys governor wants a dozen casinos for his state. Pennsylvanias nascent gambling industry has opened seven slot parlors and has approval for seven more.Through....


Lawsuit a threat to casinos with slot machines - Thursday 29th of May 2008

A lawsuit that has been bogged down in legal delays is going back to court and could call into question South Floridas voter-approved slot machine casinos.A nearly forgotten case that pits South Floridas slot machine casinos against anti-gambling for....


Slot machine firm snaps up landmark building - Wednesday 28th of May 2008

A slot machine arcade firm has snapped up a landmark former bank in Preston city centre – and paid nearly £100,000 more than was expected.The former Woolwich banking hall on the corner of Lune Street and Fishergate sold at a top London auction hou....


CASINO LICENCE GO-AHEAD - Wednesday 28th of May 2008

Swansea has hit the jackpot in its bid to open a new casino.The House of Lords has approved a Government recommendation which will allow Swansea Council to issue a new small casino licence, permitting up to 80 gaming machines on its premises.A locati....


Assembly looks at casino scheme - Wednesday 28th of May 2008

Plans for a £35m casino, hotel and leisure complex in Norfolk are to be considered by the East of England Regional Assembly (EERA). The outline proposal - which includes a bowling alley and multiplex cinema at Great Yarmouth - is being considered by....


LAST ROLL OF THE DICE FOR CASINO - Wednesday 28th of May 2008

A casino which promised to bring a touch of Las Vegas glamour when it opened is closing because of changes to the gaming law and the introduction of the smoking ban.The company, which runs the Triangle Casino in Bristol, announced it was looking to c....


Casino plan bosses give up on appeal - Wednesday 28th of May 2008

Casino bosses have withdrawn an appeal over a rejected plan to develop a gambling club in Central Reading.The application by Stevco Limited to turn two Caversham Road shops – Dawsons and Land of Leather – into a casino was rejected by Reading Bor....


Gambling row - Wednesday 28th of May 2008

DESPERATE arcade owners in Burnham and Brean say new gaming laws are killing their trade and gambling with the future of both seaside towns.The Weekly News has spoken to several seafront amusement arcade owners who have been forced to make costly cha....


Ricoh casino takeover bid - Wednesday 28th of May 2008

A NEW operator is bidding to take over Coventrys Ricoh casino.It was revealed last night that a potential takeover of the Isle of Capri complex is being discussed.There has been speculation for some months over the future of the £36million casino wh....


Insolvency team called in by crisis-hit bookie - Wednesday 28th of May 2008

TROUBLED bookmaker Neville Porter has appointed an insolvency expert to strike a deal with its creditors.The Birtley firm, which suspended trading in its shares on the Alternative Investment Market and closed its online and telephone betting operatio....


Tropicanas former owners want casino license back - Wednesday 28th of May 2008

Six months after they were run out of town, and with the search for a new owner nearing the finish line, the former owners of the Tropicana Casino and Resort tried Tuesday to get their casino license back and stop the sale of the property. Citing a l....


Hoosier Park getting ready to open casino - Wednesday 28th of May 2008

Owners say more than 500 new employees will be needed to operate the soon-to-open casino side of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino -- exciting news for East Central Indiana citizens more accustomed to job losses from the faltering auto industry. "It is a ....


Court sides with casino boats - Wednesday 28th of May 2008

The S.C. Supreme Court ruled 4-1 Monday that casino boat companies do not have to report monthly wagers at gambling machines to the state, a move that some say could make it hard for municipalities to collect casino boat taxes.Horry County instituted....


Hard landing: Casino slowly being demolished - Wednesday 28th of May 2008

More than a year after closing, the Nevada Landing is history. Since mid-February, MGM Mirage has been slowly demolishing the Jean casino, which was to make way for a master-planned mixed-use development. As of last week, only the Nevada Landing marq....


Champs splash £100k at casino - Wednesday 28th of May 2008

MANCHESTER United stars toasted winning the Premier League with a £100,000 gambling spree – but looked like they had been relegated. The glum-looking team couldn’t even crack a smile as they went into the glitzy Manchester235 casino. Argentinian....


Bartlett scolds casino critics - Tuesday 27th of May 2008

In his most scathing remarks yet against the detractors of casino gambling, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, on the weekend described their objections as irrational and illogical and maintained that the attraction would be controlled."Dont be carrie....


US slump deals bad hand to gambling - Tuesday 27th of May 2008

JAMES PACKERS publicly listed gambling company, Crown, and the poker machine maker Aristocrat are bracing for the impact of the strong economic headwinds undermining US casino earnings.In the past fortnight, the owner of the iconic Tropicana casino i....


Ontario man wins $1 million at poker tournament in Barcelona - Tuesday 27th of May 2008

An Ontario man who captured the million-dollar first prize at a poker tournament in Barcelona on the weekend says his only goal was to win enough cash to put his granddaughter through university.Jack Hinchey of Oshawa says his 10-year-old granddaught....


Betting chain set to rebrand - Tuesday 27th of May 2008

MORRISONS, the Edinburgh-based bookmaker, is to rebrand under a different name as it plans to expand.The betting chain, owned by managing director Kenneth Waugh, is to be known as ScotBet and is also eyeing the Scottish outlets of government-owned To....


Casino giant lobbying for major Irish operation - Tuesday 27th of May 2008

Executives from one of the biggest casino operators in the world have been lobbying government departments about changes to gambling legislation - while dangling the possibility of building a €350 million resort casino here, which would create 2,00....


Hundreds turn out for casino job fair - Tuesday 27th of May 2008

Chris Curry will soon have a new job as a slot-machine attendant.Ashley Mehrer was hired as a players’ club representative.They were two among hundreds who showed up Saturday for Downstream Casino Resort’s job fair at Missouri Southern State Univ....


Crown Casino loses $100,000 chip - Tuesday 27th of May 2008

A BRAZEN thief who swiped a $100,000 gaming chip from a highly secure area within Melbournes Crown Casino appears to have beaten the house.Despite interviews with more than 50 casino staff and a review of hours of security footage, police can find no....


Promises kept, problems remain after 30 years of Atlantic City casinos - Tuesday 27th of May 2008

The ads were titled "Help Yourself, Help Atlantic City, Help New Jersey," and they made a series of promises, if only voters would pull the "yes" lever to legalize casino gambling.Having casinos in Atlantic City would "balance taxes, create jobs, boo....


Cash flow, revenue dip in quarter for Harrahs - Tuesday 27th of May 2008

Harrahs Entertainment on Friday joined other gaming companies and posted decreases in quarterly revenues and cash flow as the economic slowdown hurt the companys operations throughout the country.However, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Gary Lov....


Casino Location of $90M project announced; site considered a temporary setback for economic development by critics - Tuesday 27th of May 2008

Locating the provinces first and only casino complex in uptown Moncton is a potential "missed opportunity" and a setback for economic development, according to the head of a local group.Daniel Allain, executive director of Downtown Moncton Inc., is d....


Court grants licence to gambling operator - Tuesday 27th of May 2008

Plans for another amusement arcade in Harringay took a step forward this week after a licence was awarded on appeal.Highgate Magistrates Court granted Ablethird Ltd a gambling licence on Wednesday for 48 Grand Parade, Green Lanes, despite fierce oppo....


Outcry against Barnet gambling arcade - Tuesday 27th of May 2008

The proposed conversion of a Mothercare shop in Barnet town centre into an amusement and gaming arcade has sparked an angry outcry from residents.Fifty-six of the 119 households consulted have formally objected to the proposal, which would transform ....


Pinnacle losing money so far on new casino - Tuesday 27th of May 2008

The new Lumière Place casino may be lighting up the downtown skyline, but its not quite lighting up the balance sheet just yet.The half-billion-dollar complex, which opened Dec. 19, turned a small loss for the first three months of the year, owner P....


Gaming machines can give pubs a boost - Thursday 1st of May 2008

Gaming companies should help regenerate the pub trade, according to the head of one company in the sector.Stuart Ross, group managing director of Gamestec Leisure, which provides gaming services to some 40,000 leisure venues across the UK including p....


Macaus crisis of confidence - Thursday 1st of May 2008

The stemming of casino development as announced by the chief executive Edmund Ho Hau Wah this week is in response to a number of concerning trends which also worry investors, according to an eight page analysis by a gaming management portal.A possibl....


Casino chiefs to raise money for McCain - Thursday 1st of May 2008

The Las Vegas Strips three top casino executives have been named to a Republican finance committee charged with raising money for John McCains presidential bid. Las Vegas Sands Corp. chief Sheldon Adelson, MGM Mirage Chairman Terry Lanni and Wynn Res....


Opera house instead of casino? - Thursday 1st of May 2008

A £250 million opera house is being planned as Manchesters `payback for being denied the countrys first super casino.The ambitious development would see the worlds leading singers performing at the venue in east Manchester - the area let down by the....


Casino croupiers love winners! - Thursday 1st of May 2008

The scene around a roulette table can be a bit frantic which is why the calmness of a croupier can be curiously unnerving and reassuring at the same time.It takes just six weeks to train as a croupier but there’s a lot to learn.Phil Hudson has been....


Now gambling help just a card away - Thursday 1st of May 2008

Invercargill pubs are leading the country with a new way of assisting problem gamblers. Nearly 200 pokie machines in the city now have help cards attached and its hoped the idea will catch on nationwide. The help cards are just an arms leng....


Gambling firms fail to donate - Thursday 1st of May 2008

Two-thirds of gambling companies have failed to contribute anything to a fund for supporting problem gamblers, the BBC has learned. Only 1,000 of 3,200 licensed gambling firms have donated money, says the Responsibility in Gambling Trust. The trust h....


BBC Lottery quiz show embroiled in new ‘fake’ row - Thursday 1st of May 2008

The BBC was at the centre of another TV fakery row last night over its flagship Saturday night National Lottery quiz show. Viewers of 1vs100 are given the impression contestants are picked randomly from hopefuls in the studio to compete for prizes of....


Genting subsidiary gets loan for Singapore casino project - Thursday 1st of May 2008

Resorts World at Sentosa said Thursday it had obtained a 4.0-billion-Singapore-dollar (3.0-billion-US) loan to finance two-thirds of its casino project in the city-state.Resorts World, a subsidiary of Malaysias Genting International, is building an i....


Gambling on casino is not a development strategy - Thursday 1st of May 2008

Prime Minister Bruce Golding took a bold gamble this past week with his decision to license casino gambling. Indeed, even one of the staunchest Church critics acknowledged the move as an act of political confidence. CLAUDE ROBINSON Speaking on the N....


3 graduate from casino dealer school - Thursday 1st of May 2008

Tinian Dynasty Hotel & Casino concluded its most recent casino dealer training school on Friday, with three individuals making up the graduating class. “We have been training dealers for the past 10 years and despite publicizing our training school....


Poker-faced Burt goes bust in ‘Deal’ - Thursday 1st of May 2008

Your best bet is to fold on this oddball romp through the world of high-stakes, competitive poker.“Deal” is as tacky as the Las Vegas casinos the game is played in and the plot is as worn as one of Sin City’s hard-boiled gamblers.A tired Burt R....


Landmarks mum on casino licence - Thursday 1st of May 2008

Landmarks Bhd is keeping mum on whether it has obtained a gaming licence from the Indonesian authorities to operate its proposed casino on Bintan Island off Indonesia. Nonetheless, the company’s shareholders yesterday unanimously approved its propo....


Macao Chief says no new casinos for near future - Thursday 1st of May 2008

Except for the existing casino projects, the government of Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) will neither grant any new gaming concession or sub-concession nor approve any land for the building of new casinos in the near future, said the SARs....


Donald Trump calls on Atlantic City casinos to sue over smoking ban, says it is a disadvantage - Thursday 1st of May 2008

Donald Trump called on 11 casinos to sue over a new smoking ban approved by the Atlantic City Council, arguing that it created a competitive disadvantage.The real estate magnate, chairman of a company that owns three casinos in Atlantic City, said he....