Casino and Gambling news stories from Nov 2005

- Wednesday 30th of November 2005

Third Annual PokerStars Caribbean Adventure to Be Held at the Atlantis Casino-Resort in January 2006Worlds Largest Tournament Poker Site to Host Televised World Poker Tour Spectacular Featuring the Games Biggest Names The new year will begin with the....


U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear New York gambling case - Wednesday 30th of November 2005

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a case filed by a group of antigambling organizations seeking to overturn a 2001 New York state law that authorized the broad expansion of legal gambling in New York. The move by the nations highest co....


Odds change for Tabcorp - Wednesday 30th of November 2005

AS INVESTORS dumped Tabcorp shares yesterday, questions were asked about why the gambling company would cite an economic downturn as a reason for cutting its profit forecast.Tabcorp CEO Matthew Slatter nominated factors including "weaker consumer sen....


New hotels turning to Internet for hiring - Wednesday 30th of November 2005

Red Rock Station, South Coast need 5,000 employeesFor the first time, Las Vegas two biggest operators of locals casinos will be using the Internet to hire for a grand opening -- a method that is expected to draw a wider range of interested applicants....


Youll never beat poker robots - Wednesday 30th of November 2005

THE time is 5am. A watery dawn light is bringing a new day into my study; Im reaching the weary end of a bottle of brandy and a gruelling six-hour internet session on Paradisepoker.com. And Ive just haemorrhaged a packet. It all started so well. I br....


Casino brings hope for future - Wednesday 30th of November 2005

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Normally many folks at Remington Park would be packing up, shipping out and planning their holidays. Today is the final day of the fall thoroughbred season, but it’s really only the beginning of a new Remington Park, General Manage....


GMB Members Working At Londons Gala Casinos Settle Pay Deal In Time For Christmas - Wednesday 30th of November 2005

Union members at Gala’s five London casinos have voted by 92% in favour of the latest company offer of 3.4%. Including other elements the over deal is worth 4.89% in total.This puts an end to the long running dispute removing the threat of Industri....


Casino loses out as pokies raise stakes - Monday 28th of November 2005

As Canberrans increased their expenditure on gambling by more than 50 per cent in 10 years, Casino Canberra was the big loser of market share. In the heady days of its establishment in 1992, when there was no other casino between Tasmania and Queensl....


Casino owner is on a safe bet for homes plan success - Monday 28th of November 2005

THE owner of Leos Casino and the next door Dolby Hotel in Liverpool plans to develop adjacent land for residential use. Amaury Taittinger is pondering either an outright sale of the land to a developer or the possibility of a joint venture. The land....


Tattersalls buys 10pc of British adult gaming centre operator - Monday 28th of November 2005

GAMBLING giant Tattersalls, which is considering a bid to run Britains national lottery, has bought a 10 per cent stake in quoted amusement arcade owner Talarius. A broker said the Australian stake-building was a friendly move.Tattersalls is likely t....


Columnist Jeff Simpson: On more use of private gaming areas - Monday 28th of November 2005

For the past couple of years the only news that was made in the handful of Strip private gaming areas was about how they were almost never used.Approved by the Legislature in 2001, with enabling rules passed by state gaming regulators shortly thereaf....


Casino brings Sun to Breede River Valley - Monday 28th of November 2005

Construction has begun on the new R156-million Worcester Casino complex owned by listed gaming and hotel group Sun International and its black empowerment partners, with the opening set for September 2006.At a sod-turning ceremony held over the weeke....


Trio stole R1.9m from slot, says casino - Monday 28th of November 2005

TSOGO Sun’s Suncoast Casino is suing a former technician and two punters for allegedly masterminding a plan to steal nearly R2-million from its slot machines in Durban.The casino’s insurers, Glenrand MIB, have instituted legal action against Bran....


Gaming guru bets on courts - Monday 28th of November 2005

Michael Corfman believes he knows when to hold em and when to fold em.Corfmans website and assorted directories and almanacs make his business something of a Dun & Bradstreet of the gambling industry. Casinocity.com provides gaming-related statistics....


Betfair to release cash after float plan shelved - Monday 28th of November 2005

ONLINE betting exchange Betfair is drawing up plans to release cash to some of its shareholders to compensate for shelving its proposed £1bn flotation. Betfair chairman Sir Robert Horton is considering setting up an internal market that would allow ....


£350m gamble on Taiwans Vegas - Monday 28th of November 2005

THREE Scots businessmen and a Las Vegas gambling guru have revealed plans to build a £350m casino resort in a tropical paradise off the Taiwanese coast. Former Magnum Power finance director Ian Irvin and Taiwan-based expat Tim Potter are behind Amaz....


Crackdown raises the ante for underground poker clubs - Monday 28th of November 2005

On a busy night at the New York Players Club in upper Manhattan, vice squad officers wearing bulletproof vests dealt the underground poker scene a losing hand.The raids on May 26, dubbed Black Thursday" by one poker website, and two more last month h....


A whole generation is growing up using cell phones, BlackBerries and playing hand-held computer games. - Monday 28th of November 2005

ONLINE betting exchange Betfair is drawing up plans to release cash to some of its shareholders to compensate for shelving its proposed £1bn flotation. Betfair chairman Sir Robert Horton is considering setting up an internal market that would allow ....


Handheld gaming devices might find way into casinos - Monday 28th of November 2005

A whole generation is growing up using cell phones, BlackBerries and playing hand-held computer games.Come mid-2006, casinos will be able to offer the small devices to allow customers to play the slots, blackjack, craps or baccarat while theyre in l....


Witness recounts plot to kill tycoon - Monday 28th of November 2005

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas five years ago, the plan to kill tycoon Konstantinos "Gus" Boulis unfolded inside a shiny, black Mercedes-Benz -- if the states star witness is to be believed. From the backseat, Dwayne Lavade Nicholson listened as ....


Crown bets on a lucky roll of Asian dice - Monday 28th of November 2005

It was a tough week for James Packer. He had the courts dredge up his worst business experience so far at the One.Tel hearings in Sydney: the details of his breaking into tears in Lachlan Murdochs kitchen were reported with relish by most newsrooms.B....


Arizona Tribe Transforms Casino into Post Resort - Monday 28th of November 2005

The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation will open a 247-room Radisson Resort on Thursday in hopes of transforming its casino into a true destination. "It is the latest example of Arizona tribes expanding on their lucrative casino properties with resorts, am....


Three Biloxi Casinos to Reopen - Monday 28th of November 2005

Like staggered holiday parties, three Biloxi casinos will reopen within days of one another next month. "The Imperial Palace is advertising its new look and new offerings with the image of a wrapped and ribboned present. But gamblers wont have to wai....


Las Vegas Appetite for Luxury Grows - Monday 28th of November 2005

Piero Selvaggio calls it his Las Vegas experience. It was opening night at Valentino, the Venetian hotel version of his successful Santa Monica restaurant, when a high roller sent his butler to buy some wine to go with dinner. Twenty minutes later, S....


Illegal Gambling Proceeds Forfeited - Monday 28th of November 2005

Two men were ordered by a Luzerne County judge Tuesday to forfeit more than $700,000 in illegal proceeds earned through high-stakes card games and a sports betting operation. "Some of the illegal proceeds were laundered through a Pittston lumber busi....


Tasmanian Online Betting Approved - Monday 28th of November 2005

Australian punters will be able to legally bet against each other online within weeks, after Tasmanias upper house yesterday approved a licensing regime for betting exchanges. "Independents in the states Legislative Council passed the Lennon Labor Go....


Tabcorps Gambling Plans Slammed - Monday 28th of November 2005

The NSW arm of the Australian Hotels Association has slammed Tabcorps push to turn pubs into giant gambling barns, with hotels failing to up the ante set to lose their TAB outlets or have commission rates substantially reduced. "NSW AHA president Joh....


Gray Areas in Colorado Poker Laws - Monday 28th of November 2005

The Colorado attorney general says poker games played in bars and restaurants statewide are illegal, but 4th Judicial District Attorney John Newsome, like other district attorneys, doesnt plan a massive crackdown on poker nights. "State gaming author....


U.K. Threatens to Impose Online Gambling Ad Controls - Monday 28th of November 2005

The Government has threatened to bring in statutory controls over advertising for online gambling following evidence that operators are breaking the law. "Tessa Jowell, the culture secretary, has also asked the Crown Prosecution Service to consider t....


VLT Risks Flagged in Study - Monday 28th of November 2005

A first-ever study of gambling prevalence in Newfoundland and Labrador has found VLT players are significantly more at risk for addiction than other gamblers. "While a small part of the population regularly plays video lottery terminals, those who do....


Philippines Police Calls for End to Illegal Gambling - Sunday 27th of November 2005

There will be no illegal gambling in Aklan if there are no bettors, according to Police Supt. William Macavinta when asked about the situation in Aklan as far as illegal gambling in this province is concerned, during a recent Kapihan program of the P....


CRTC Approves Gambling Channel - Sunday 27th of November 2005

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has given cable and satellite carriers the green light to deliver six new foreign-language channels. "The Canadian Cable Telecommunications Association says it is pleased at the move to ....


Sportsbook.com Offers NFC Divisional Matchdown - Sunday 27th of November 2005

On Sunday, the East-leading Giants, who are tied with the Dallas Cowboys for first place in the NFC East, will have to travel across the country to play in a hostile environment against the West-leading Seahawks, who are closing in on a division titl....


Israeli Government Discusses Casino Plans - Sunday 27th of November 2005

The Israeli Financial Cabinet will discuss in its upcoming session about allowing the first Israeli casino to be built in Eilat, Israels most popular vacation destination and seaside resort. Abraham Hirshenzon, Israels Minister of Tourism, is in favo....


Hyatt Profits Up - Sunday 27th of November 2005

Greek casino group Hyatt nine month group net profits surged 49.4 pct year on year to 51.5 mln eur under IFRS. Brokers said this was in-line with expectations given that one off items were incorporated in the accounting statements for the first time.....


Genting Q3 net profit surges - Sunday 27th of November 2005

GENTING Bhd posted a 68 per cent jump in third-quarter net profit, helped by improved showings from its main businesses and a gain from its investment in the UK’s biggest casino operator.Genting is optimistic that all of its divisions will perform ....


Virgins poker phase - Sunday 27th of November 2005

If internet gambling is like the wild west, then Sir Richard Bransons Virgin Poker is the latest cowboy to swagger into the saloon.Virgin Poker, relaunched this week - complete with a poker party at Sir Richard Bransons home in Holland Park - admits ....


Three casinos set dates for reopening on Miss. Gulf Coast - Sunday 27th of November 2005

Three of Mississippis battered Gulf Coast casinos are expected to reopen by the end of the year. The Imperial Palace, the Isle of Capri and the Palace Casino have all announced reopening dates in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The powerful storm, whi....


Casino developer might sell poker tour stake to keep running - Sunday 27th of November 2005

Lakes Entertainment Inc., which is working with a local Indian tribe to develop a casino in El Dorado County, might sell its stake in the World Poker Tour in order to raise the cash it needs to keep operating. Minnetonka, Minn.-based Lakes Entertai....


Casino plan rejected - Sunday 27th of November 2005

TENTATIVE plans to create a casino in Chafford Hundred have been knocked-back by Thurrock Council.Bannatynes Fitness hope to build a 15,000 square foot casino in their health centre, on Howard Road, and submitted an outline planning application to Th....


Police again arrest member of Polish gang of frauds - Sunday 27th of November 2005

Czech police have recently detained a member of a Polish gang of frauds whom they first arrested in August along with another Pole but had to release him due to their own mistake, a north Moravian police spokeswoman said. The 43-year-old man persiste....


Macau casino tycoon urges public support for Hong Kong reform - Sunday 27th of November 2005

Macau casino tycoon Stanley Ho Hung-sun appealed for public support of the Hong Kong governments constitutional reform proposals, criticising calls by democrats for a protest against the plan. In a half-page ad published in several Chinese-language b....


Cleaners hoovered cash from slot machines - Sunday 27th of November 2005

Two cleaning ladies are being investigated for using industrial vacuum cleaners to suck cash out of casino slot machines.The women allegedly stole hundreds of thousands of pounds in cash out of slot machines in a Slovenian casino.The police have now ....


Casino not on cards as report highlights crime fears - Sunday 27th of November 2005

CASINOS should NOT be allowed to open in Slough because of concerns that they may be linked to money laudering and prostitution.That is the view of Chief Inspector Pete Davies of Thames Valley Police.He was asked to contribute to a public consultatio....


Bookies raided in drugs swoop - Sunday 27th of November 2005

Crack cocaine, cannabis and a variety of weapons were seized during major police raids against drug dealers operating in Battersea last Thursday.After months of planning, more than 50 police officers, including the Mobile Strike Team and Territorial ....


Moscow Changes Gambling Rules - Sunday 27th of November 2005

Moscow City Duma passed yesterday, November 23, 2005, a bill on Gambling Business Facilities in Moscow, whereby the gambling halls should be located at least 100 meters from the educational institutions and no game machines could be installed in hous....


Gambling in Services Directive: what does EU Parliament really fear? - Sunday 27th of November 2005

The Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) committee of the European Parliament (EP) decided today to exclude gambling services from the scope of the Services Directive. This vote raises the European Betting Association (EBA)s greatest concer....


Nugget making plans for Biloxi site - Sunday 27th of November 2005

Golden Nugget hotel-casinos has proposed a $400 million waterfront development in Biloxi.It would employ about 3,000 people, 1,800 of them in the casino and accompanying hotel.Now, its up to the Isle of Capri to put forth a better plan if it wants to....


Casinos serving Johnnic well - Sunday 27th of November 2005

Half-year numbers to September released by Johnnic Holdings yesterday reveal its share in a number of South Africa’s casinos is serving it well. However, it is difficult to compare the company’s performance to the first half of financial 2004, as....


Betfair-PBL set to open Hobart HQ within months - Sunday 27th of November 2005

Betfair-PBL plans to open its Australian headquarters in Hobart within months after the Tasmanian Parliament passed laws allowing a betting exchange.The consortium expects to get its licence within weeks but there are hurdles to operating Australia-w....


Gaming Board Signs Industrial Agreement - Sunday 27th of November 2005

After seven months of intense negotiations and a series of industrial actions, officials of the Bahamas Public Services Union (BPSU) yesterday signed an industrial agreement with the government for improved conditions for workers at the Gaming Board.....


When a pastime turns problem - Sunday 27th of November 2005

He pulled all-nighters during freshman year at his dorm — hosting poker parties.He lost thousands of dollars at casinos, even draining a savings account hed established for his now-2-year-old son.And despite going to Gamblers Anonymous meetings and....


Is gambling wrong and sinful? - Sunday 27th of November 2005

In seeking to have the Court of Appeal overturn Chief Magistrate Sherman McNicolls’ refusal to grant a gambling and betting licence to Kearne Govia, Senior Counsel Russell Martineau told the Court of Appeal yesterday that Mc Nicolls’ judgment was....


Ladbrokes again denied Finnish licence - Sunday 27th of November 2005

The Finnish government on Thursday rejected an operating licence application by gambling firm Ladbrokes - for the second time.The government bases its decision on the Lotteries Act, which states that only one entity at a time may hold a licence the t....


Casino odds-on for entertainment - Saturday 26th of November 2005

Punters have been testing the tables at the Gala Casino, in the citys River Quarter, all week and chipping in with their thoughts.Now, the hi-tech casino is ready to welcome revellers with a launch night tipped by bosses to be the biggest party the c....


Casino operators rush to open new sites - Saturday 26th of November 2005

The steadily rising number of casinos in Britain could leap by more than 50% to 211 sites, even before next-generation gaming licences have been granted under the Gambling Act, the Guardian has learned.Thirty-nine applications for new casino licences....


Tasmania passes Betfair Bill - Saturday 26th of November 2005

AUSTRALIAN punters will be able to bet online for horse racing and other sports in a matter of weeks after the Tasmanian Parliament approved legislation to grant UK gaming company Betfair a licence.The approval ends a year-long battle by Betfair and ....


Former Abramoff partner a key witness in SunCruz fraud case - Saturday 26th of November 2005

A former partner of Jack Abramoff has agreed to cooperate in the fraud case against the fallen Washington lobbyist and former associate Adam Kidan stemming from their 2000 purchase of the SunCruz Casinos gambling fleet.Documents filed in federal cour....


Woman and her son charged in casino fire - Saturday 26th of November 2005

A Minnesota teenager and his mother are charged in connection with a fire at a casino hotel started by a pipe used to smoke meth.The fire happened Monday at the Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel in Morton, Minnesota.Since then, the casino has spent most ....


Has Poker Peaked? - Saturday 26th of November 2005

Almost every reporter who interviews me wants to know three things: Do I think poker is a fad, has it peaked, and why is it so popular?No, poker is not just a fad. People have enjoyed playing games, gambling, taking chances, and looking for big retur....


EUR 600 Stolen in Sofia Casino Armed Robbery - Saturday 26th of November 2005

Two unidentified men stole BGN 1,200 (EUR 600) in an armed robbery in a Sofia casino. The robbery took place at the Sofia "Todor Kableshkov" Blvd early Wednesday morning. The armed man forced the casino personnel to hand them the money. Sofia police ....


Station Casinos sees a future near north end of the valley - Saturday 26th of November 2005

Station Casinos -- already the largest owner of casino-zoned land in the Las Vegas Valley -- recently paid $47 million for vacant land in North Las Vegas with the intention of someday developing a hotel there.Last month Station bought six parcels tot....


Stanley takes a chance on new rules of membership - Saturday 26th of November 2005

BRITAINS biggest casino operator, Stanley Leisure, said casino attendance had risen since last months relaxation of membership rules. Stanley, which has three sites in Edinburgh, including Cascades in Leith, posted first-half results in line with exp....


Top Six Finalists At Monte Carlo Millions Make History As The First to Play Poker in the Casino De Monte-Carlo - Saturday 26th of November 2005

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - 23 NOVEMBER 2005- Just six players remain in the worlds most exclusive poker tournament, the Monte Carlo Millions www.montecarlomillions.com. With the $1 million first prize at stake, todays finalists will be the first ever poke....


Tasmania set to license Betfair - Saturday 26th of November 2005

TASMANIA looks set to license Australias first betting exchange.Upper House MPs tonight entered the final stages of debating the Gaming Control Amendment (Betting Exchange) Bill 2005, which if passed will allow the licensing of Betfair Australia.MPs ....


Liberty Media wagers on Internet gaming - Saturday 26th of November 2005

How does an international cable giant stem the defection of television viewers to the Internet?Liberty Media Corp. believes it may have an answer in Toronto-based Fun Technologies PLC, an on-line gaming company also incorporated in Britain, that was ....


Stanley Leisure Recovering - Thursday 24th of November 2005

Its London casinos experienced a drop in business during August, as reported in its AGM in September, and these lower revenues continued for the remainder of the first half, it said. "However, its London casinos have been busy in the first few weeks ....


888 Casino Welcomes Linux Users - Thursday 24th of November 2005

Linux users were getting left in the dust and were getting frustrated as well until 888 Casino and Poker Room decided to open its doors to Linux casino gambling compatibility. To play the flash version which is Linux compatible users must use the Web....


Stellar Year for Delaware Park - Thursday 24th of November 2005

November 13th brought yet another live racing meet to a close at Delaware Park. The 2005 season ended with a combined handle of $235,279,675. This figure reflects a 5.32% decrease from 2004. The live on-track handle increased 1.84%, while the simulca....


Boyd Gaming Thinking Fewer Is Better - Thursday 24th of November 2005

Boyd Gaming Corp. officials believe a recent one-day seminar geared toward its suppliers broke new ground in helping vendors gain insight into how they can better provide goods and services to the companys 12 Nevada casinos, which will include the $6....


Harrahs to Honor Accidentally Mailed Coupons - Thursday 24th of November 2005

A $6 million mistake might bankrupt a small business. But when youre the worlds largest gaming company, even a costly error can be absorbed. "Harrahs Joliet Casino and Hotel is making good on coupons worth $525 in cash that were mailed last week to s....


Casino Stock Rises - Thursday 24th of November 2005

Shares of Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS) and Wynn Resorts Ltd. (WYNN) each rose more than 6 percent on Monday after China reported a 10.2 percent increase in visitors to its gambling enclave of Macau. "Sands currently operates the Sands Macao casino and....


Expert Warns About Alberta Casino Growth - Thursday 24th of November 2005

Alberta is pressing its luck by giving permits to so many casinos, suggests a professor with the Gambling Research Institute. "With the opening of the Deerfoot Casino in Calgary, the city now has six gambling venues for a population of 1 million. "....


Sportsbook.com Posts Woods, Wie Odds - Thursday 24th of November 2005

Tiger Woods has won all of golfs majors in his career. Michelle Wie has yet to capture her first LPGA win, but big things are expected from the Hawaiian teenager as she turns pro in 2006. With Woods gunning for a Grand Slam and Wie setting her sights....


Poker Convention Held in Costa Rica - Wednesday 23rd of November 2005

Ticonderoga Ventures, Inc. announces a Poker Industry Convention and Expo that will be held the weekend of December 3-4, 2005 in Costa Rica at the Barcelo San Jose Palacio. The Poker Industry Expo is a business conference that will cover the poker in....


Zone 4 Play Launches Interactive TV Poker - Wednesday 23rd of November 2005

Zone 4 Play, Inc. ("Zone4Play" or the "Company") (OTCBB: ZFPI) a developer of interactive software and technology for the betting and gaming industry, today announces the live launch of the first ever Interactive TV Multi Player Texas Holdem Poker on....


Sungold, Clinton Phipps Racetrack Sign Letter of Intent - Wednesday 23rd of November 2005

Sungold International Holdings Corp. ("Sungold") (OTCBB:SGIHF) is pleased to announce that Clinton Phipps Racetrack has signed a Letter of Intent to become an Authorized Racetrack Affiliate with a five year exclusive license agreement for the Horsepo....


Harrahs Attains NAACP Las Vegas Top Sponsor Position - Wednesday 23rd of November 2005

Furthering its commitment to advancing diversity initiatives in southern Nevada, Harrahs Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:HET) is a platinum-level corporate sponsor of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Las Vegas Branch 1....


Food Bank Rejects Casino Contribution - Wednesday 23rd of November 2005

The band of American Indians who run Casino San Pablo claim an Alameda County food bank rejected its $3,000 contribution this week because of the stormy politics surrounding its expansion proposals. "The Lytton Band of Pomo Indians, which in recent m....


Station Eager for a Local Casino Location in NLV - Wednesday 23rd of November 2005

Station Casinos apparently isnt content to wait for Aliante. Casino industry insiders have long believed that Station Casinos will have the inside track when it comes time for a casino operator to partner with the developer of Aliante in North Las Ve....


Russian Casino Licensing Clarified - Wednesday 23rd of November 2005

The market players in Russias booming gaming industry on Friday welcomed the governments move to bring more clarity to sectors regulation by appointing federal tax authorities in charge of issuing licenses but also warned about the risks of concentra....


Millennium Gaming Throws its Hat into Pennsylvania Ring - Wednesday 23rd of November 2005

This month, the owners of the Cannery Casino and the operators of the Rampart Casino in Las Vegas became the latest gaming operators to enter the Pennsylvania market with a deal to develop a racetrack casino. Millennium Gaming, jumping into Pennsylva....


Caribbean Dream as Mum Plays Cards Right - Wednesday 23rd of November 2005

It is a game normally associated with millionaire playboys and the casinos of Las Vegas. "But a hairdresser from The Grange is about to take on the worlds leading poker players in a challenge which promises a £1.4 million prize to the winner. "Mum L....


Gamblers Good Fortune Wipes Millions off Bookies Profits - Wednesday 23rd of November 2005

An unusual winning streak for punters has forced three leading bookmakers to warn that their profits will be hurt by the gamblers run of good fortune. "Paddy Power, the Dublin-based bookmaker; Hilton, which owns Ladbrokes, and William Hill all said t....


Empire Online Pulls Out of Takeover Talks - Wednesday 23rd of November 2005

Empire Online, a promoter of internet poker and casino sites, today pulled out of takeover talks with PartyGaming, the owner of the worlds biggest online poker site. "Empire said PartyGaming, the UKs biggest online casino, had revised a takeover appr....


Sandpiper Casino Relaunches - Wednesday 23rd of November 2005

Sandpiper Casino announces upgrades to its online gaming software as it re-launches this November, delivering seven new games plus improved game design, options and speed for old favorites such as blackjack, video poker, pai gow poker, baccarat, roul....


Officials Brace for Foxwoods Expansion - Wednesday 23rd of November 2005

When Benjamin P. Lathrop, the next mayor of Norwich, heard details last week of the $700 million expansion at Foxwoods Resort Casino, expected to create 2,300 new jobs, one of his first reactions was: "Where are they going to live?" "Lathrop, who now....


Mennonite County to Join Casino Proposal - Wednesday 23rd of November 2005

The town of Hillsboro in central Kansas does not have a movie theater. It doesnt have a liquor store, though every now and again someone makes an attempt to reopen the mostly shuttered downtown bar. One of the citys two grocery stores sells beer now,....


Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina: Casino Lands New Home - Wednesday 23rd of November 2005

Journal reporter Howard Stutz and photographer John Locher recently visited the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast region to examine the effect on the gaming industry. This is the last in a weeklong series of articles looking at how the industry and its em....


Cleveland Mayor-Elect a Casino Skeptic - Wednesday 23rd of November 2005

Mayor Jane Campbell is an unabashed booster of casinos, but Mayor-elect Frank Jackson is likely to be a grudging skeptic if gambling forces ask him to join a casino campaign next year. "Talks are percolating statewide to bring a casino package to the....


Galaxy Casino Plans Debt Sale - Wednesday 23rd of November 2005

International News Brief: Galaxy Casino, which has one of three casino licenses in Macao, is planning a $500 million bond and note offering, its first debt sale, to fund the construction of hotel casinos in the former Portuguese colony, a bank involv....


Golf Betting Column: What The Golfinggods Say…. - Wednesday 23rd of November 2005

With the 2005 season now coming to an end we thought it would be an appropriate time to consolidate our thoughts on the year that has been. Highlight: Without a doubt the highlight of 2005 for me was watching Jack Nicklaus finish off his peerless car....


Scientific Games to Upgrade Delaware Lottery - Wednesday 23rd of November 2005

Scientific Games (Nasdaq: SGMS) will upgrade the Delaware Lotterys lottery control and monitoring system to the new AEGIS-Video(TM) system with the industry standard and most widely used communication protocol SAS 6.01 under terms of a contract annou....


SIGMA Launches Casino Manager Program - Wednesday 23rd of November 2005

The Stockton Institute for Gaming Management (SIGMA), is launching a comprehensive program to help the casino industry meet the growing demand for skilled, knowledgeable managers. SIGMA, formed by The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and Spectr....


Inside Gaming: Imperial Palaces Days May Be Numbered - Wednesday 23rd of November 2005

It looks as if the Imperial Palace will be coming down. The question is, when and for what? Harrahs Entertainment Chairman Gary Loveman says he has planners working on a "conceptual development effort. ... Were going to put in place assets serving gu....


Powerball Grows to $47 Million - Wednesday 23rd of November 2005

The Powerball jackpot continues to get bigger and bigger. No one hit the grand prize Saturday, but 387,520 players across the nation won a total of more than $3.1 million in prizes in Americas Game. Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in....


Mega Millions Jackpot at $16 Million - Wednesday 23rd of November 2005

The jackpot is growing once again in Mega Millions. Less than a week after a ticket sold in Anaheim, California won an estimated $315 million jackpot, Mega Millions excitement is building. A total of 457,021 tickets from coast to coast were winners i....


Century Casinos to Acquire Second South African Casino - Wednesday 23rd of November 2005

Century Casinos, Inc. (Nasdaq: CNTY) announced today that the Companys South African subsidiary, Century Casinos Africa (Pty) Ltd., entered into definitive agreements to acquire 60% of all issued and outstanding shares of Balele Leisure (Pty) Ltd. ("....


Harrahs Adjusts Note Pricing - Wednesday 23rd of November 2005

Harrahs Operating Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Harrahs Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:HET), announced that the conversion price under its outstanding $375 million Floating Rate Contingent Convertible Senior Notes due 2024 has been adjusted to $67.92 fro....


Casino stocks rise as trips to Macau increase - Tuesday 22nd of November 2005

LOS ANGELES, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Shares of Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and Wynn Resorts Ltd. (WYNN.O: Quote, Profile, Research) each rose more than 6 percent on Monday after China reported a 10.2 percent increase in visitor....


PartyGaming dismisses Empires threat to sue as takeover talks fail - Tuesday 22nd of November 2005

Empire Online, the internet poker firm whose shares have slumped almost 60% below Junes flotation price, announced yesterday the collapse of its second set of takeover talks in three months.Empire, led by Noam Lanir - a 38-year-old Israeli entreprene....


How the U.S. Is Getting Beat in Online Gambling - Tuesday 22nd of November 2005

Gambling lore is filled with tales of the lucky novice who walks into a casino and breaks the bank. This year it really happened. The fortunate neophyte is Vikrant Bhargava, who is from Rajasthan, India, and admits that he had never set foot in a cas....


Professor helps create Problem Gambling Center - Tuesday 22nd of November 2005

The Problem Gambling Center is a successful treatment program in Las Vegas curing more than two-thirds of problem gamblers in the program. UNLV professor of sociology Dr. Frederick Preston is the co-founder and director of research for the PGC.Presto....


Man shot dead while gambling - Tuesday 22nd of November 2005

A MAN who went to gamble at cards lost his life after he was shot nine times on Saturday night. Kerwin Edwards, 27, was playing cards at Readymix Private Quarry Road, Laventille when two men called him out. Edwards left the gamble and walked about 10....


Harrahs could lose $5.8 mil. in botched promotion - Tuesday 22nd of November 2005

Harrahs Joliet Casino and Hotel started making good on thousands of misprinted cash coupons Saturday after the Illinois Gaming Board ordered the company to honor its botched promotion.The casino said a mailing error by a third-party vendor resulted i....


Columnist Jeff Simpson: Station is eager for a local casino location in NLV - Tuesday 22nd of November 2005

Station Casinos apparently isnt content to wait for Aliante.Casino industry insiders have long believed that Station Casinos will have the inside track when it comes time for a casino operator to partner with the developer of Aliante in North Las Veg....


Packer may have to kick casino tin - Tuesday 22nd of November 2005

Publishing & Broadcasting Ltds James Packer will have to up the ante to stay in the game to build Singapores first casino, his controversial business partner in Macau has indicated.Lawrence Ho, son of Macaus legendary casino tycoon Stanley Ho, told r....


Racing must catch up with poker before tables turn - Tuesday 22nd of November 2005

AS THE blaring headlines told us last week, the more liberal regime for casinos in Britain will mean that we will turn into a nation of compulsive gamblers in double-quick time. We are already well on the way to being addicted to internet gambling, a....


Casinos target Asian Americans - Tuesday 22nd of November 2005

Business is booming for Californias tribal casinos. National Indian Gaming Commission figures show that revenue for California tribal casinos ---- there are now 55 in the state ---- doubled between 2001 and 2004 to more than $5 billion a year.Hoping ....


Long Beach poker convention canceled - Tuesday 22nd of November 2005

It was to be a gamblers dream, but the California attorney generals office says no dice.The California Gaming Expo, an inaugural event brainstormed to ride the white-hot success of Texas Hold Em Poker, card and Indian casinos by showcasing gambling ....


MGM Mirage Receives Fundraising Award - Tuesday 22nd of November 2005

MGM Mirage, along with its employee-funded Voice Foundation, are recipients of the "Outstanding Corporation/Foundation of the Year" award from the Las Vegas Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). The company was recognized thi....


London Reports Expresses Super-Casino Concerns - Tuesday 22nd of November 2005

A London assembly report has expressed reservations about the development of new super casinos in the capital. "The study from the economic development committee called for action to prevent the potential downsides of noise, problem gambling and crim....


Harrahs New Orleans Plan Reopening - Tuesday 22nd of November 2005

Harrahs New Orleans Casino will reopen next year, but an exact date and the number of employees who will be needed remain unknown. "The question is, what level of business will the casino have to support a work force? said Anthony Sanfilippo, preside....


Gulf Coast Casinos Reveal Plans - Monday 21st of November 2005

Every gaming company with a Gulf Coast casino except one plans to unveil part of its plan when the Mississippi Gaming commission meets today at Imperial Palace Casino in Biloxi "The one holdout is Harrahs Entertainment, which owns Grand Casino-Biloxi....


Yarmouth Casino Plans Win Local Support - Monday 21st of November 2005

Plans for a third casino in Yarmouth yesterday won unanimous backing at the borough council development control committee. "Palatial Leisures £2m scheme will involve converting part of its thriving Palace Bingo Club on the site of the former Tesco s....


Philadelphia Seen as Risky Investment - Monday 21st of November 2005

When Pennsylvania approved slots parlors, one might have thought a city as hot as Philadelphia would have high-end gaming firms lining up for a shot at a license here. "Not so, it seems. "So far, few have applied. Some have already withdrawn. "Last w....


Isle of Capri Lands New Home - Monday 21st of November 2005

When gaming arrived here in 1992, the Caribbean-themed Isle of Capri was the regions first casino barge. Now it will be Mississippis first land-based casino. Following the destruction from Hurricane Katrina, Isle of Capri will open a temporary casino....


Last Hurrah for Westward Ho - Monday 21st of November 2005

LAS VEGAS -- "Caesars Palace just wont cut it for Lynn Travassaros. "No fancy shopping malls, Wolfgang Puck restaurants or Celine Dion concerts here -- Travassaros prefers the dim, low-ceiling confines of the 40-year-old Westward Ho, with its 99-cent....


Reorganization Approved For Las Vegas Hilton Ownership - Monday 21st of November 2005

Nevada gaming regulators took less than 15 minutes Thursday to approve a corporate reorganization of the Las Vegas Hiltons ownership in which the property and five other Colony Capital casinos will be situated under the privately held Resorts Interna....


World Poker Tour Breaks Record - Monday 21st of November 2005

When Foxwoods World Poker Finals concludes tonight, it will mark the largest prize pool in the history of a World Poker Tour regular season event. With a record 783 players competing in the $10,000 buy-in event, $5 million of the nearly $8 million pr....


Absolute Poker Slips on New Skin - Monday 21st of November 2005

Effective today, players at Absolute Poker can add a touch of personality to their game with the launch of Absolute Poker "Skins". Absolute Poker is offering its players the ability to personalize their own table with new and improved graphics and a ....


Pennsylvania Lottery Launches New Game - Monday 21st of November 2005

Millionaire Raffle, a groundbreaking new game developed by the Pennsylvania Lottery, will create four new millionaires on New Years Eve. Millionaire Raffle tickets go on sale Tuesday, Nov. 22, at more than 8,000 Lottery retailers throughout the state....


California Gaming Tribes Share $200 Million - Monday 21st of November 2005

Checks, drawn from more than $200 million deposited by gaming tribes, were sent yesterday to eligible tribes throughout the state. The revenue-sharing program, the first of its kind in the nation, was launched by California gaming tribes to help non-....


Sportingbet CEO: US Should Tax Online Gaming - Monday 21st of November 2005

Online gaming is licenced and taxed in 63 countries worldwide and the United States should be taking advantage of this $10 Billion market, said Nigel Payne, Chief Executive of Sportingbet PLC, in an interview to be broadcast Sunday November 20th on C....


Harrahs Announces Exchange Offer - Monday 21st of November 2005

Harrahs Operating Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Harrahs Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:HET), announced an offer to exchange any and all of its outstanding $750 million of unsecured 5.75% Senior Notes due 2017 (the "old notes") issued in a private-placeme....


Harrahs Patents Ruled Invalid - Monday 21st of November 2005

Station Casinos, Inc. (NYSE: STN) today announced that on November 14, 2005, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (the "Federal Circuit") affirmed the decision by the District Court of the District of Nevada (the "District Court....


Ho firm weighs highe-r Singapore casino bid - Monday 21st of November 2005

Melco International Development, a Hong Kong-listed firm controlled by the family of casino mogul Stanley Ho, is considering whether to raise its bid for Singapores first casino resort project, as its joint offer with Australias Publishing and Broadc....


Super-casinos must benefit all - Monday 21st of November 2005

New super-casinos in the Capital must benefit for local communities without the downsides of noise, problem gambling and crime, a London Assembly report claims.The new casinos proposed by the government could regenerate run-down areas, boost London....


State Fines Black Hawk Casinos $270,000 - Monday 21st of November 2005

The Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission fined three Las Vegas-based Golden Gaming Inc.-owned casinos $270,000 for accounting irregularities.Mardi Gras Casino recieved the largest fine, $200,000, while Golden Gates Casino was fined $50,000 and ....


Make tipping dealers part of your table game - Monday 21st of November 2005

The practice of tipping casino table games dealers usually evokes strong feelings one way or another among gamblers. Some players never tip, others will occasionally and there are some who over-tip to the point of damaging their bottom line. The happ....


Casino Boat Failure Likely Voids Payoffs - Monday 21st of November 2005

Brandon football enthusiast Ray Butler thought he was a winner after visiting the Ocean Jewel floating casino in early October to bet more than $500 on college games.But when he headed to Johns Pass for a quick shuttle ride out to the St. Petersburg-....


Hells Angels arraigned in Nevada in deadly 2002 casino brawl - Monday 21st of November 2005

Thirty-six alleged Hells Angels members, including four men from Washington state, pleaded not guilty Friday to federal racketeering, violence and weapons charges stemming from a deadly brawl with another motorcycle gang that left three people dead a....


Gambling addict’s £1m con - Monday 21st of November 2005

A gambling addict who turned conman to finance a betting spree of nearly £1 million has been jailed for seven years. David Halligan, 44, from Stockport, conned members of the public with an “instant profit? import business to fund his blackjack ....


Third casino an odds-on favourite - Monday 21st of November 2005

Plans for a third casino in Yarmouth yesterday won unanimous backing at the borough council development control committee.Palatial Leisures £2m scheme will involve converting part of its thriving Palace Bingo Club on the site of the former Tesco sto....


Gulf Coast casinos outline plans for rebuilding - Monday 21st of November 2005

Representatives for most of the states battered Gulf Coast casinos outlined their plans for rebuilding before the Mississippi Gaming Commission on Thursday. Hurricane Katrina, which struck Aug. 29, damaged or destroyed most of the 12 coast casinos an....


Bidding for Singapore casino gets under way - Monday 21st of November 2005

The bid to operate the first of two Singaporean casinos got under way after the Government finally released documents outlining the rules for the gaming complex, reports said today.Gaming operators must submit their proposals for the casino by March ....


Casino Fandango planning $100 million expansion - Monday 21st of November 2005

Casino Fandango officials plan to build a $100 million expansion to the South Carson Street casino that includes a hotel, amphitheater, housing and a retail center.Steve Forester, casino general manager, said Wednesday the 100- to 200-room hotel will....


Casino bid: Big questions answered - Sunday 20th of November 2005

A super casino is being held up as a huge regeneration prospect for Teesside.The efforts to bring the development together with a hotel and an entertainment arena to Middlesbrough are being spearheaded by Tees Valley Regeneration.Here TVRs chief exec....


Two casino robbers arrested - Sunday 20th of November 2005

Two men have been arrested for Wednesdays attempted heist at Gold Reef City Casino. They were arrested in Doornfontein, Johannesburg, on Wednesday, said police spokesman Captain Schalk Bornman. Police recovered a white Nissan bakkie, a green Land Rov....


Assemblys concern at London super casinos - Sunday 20th of November 2005

A London assembly report has expressed reservations about the development of new super casinos in the capital.The study from the economic development committee called for action to prevent the potential downsides of noise, problem gambling and crime.....


Harrahs New Orleans casino to reopen, but no date set - Sunday 20th of November 2005

Harrahs Entertainments downtown casino will reopen next year, but the company says it does not have an exact date and does not know the number of employees that will be needed. "The question is, what level of business will the casino have to support ....


Shoot-out at Gold Reef City casino - Sunday 20th of November 2005

Staff at the Gold Reef City Casino in Johannesburg are in trauma counselling after eight robbers stormed the premises early on Wednesday, a spokeswoman said. "In this situation one has to keep very cool," said casino marketing manager Claudia Crooney....


Clubs queue up for a punt on super-casinos - Sunday 20th of November 2005

The idea of opening a casino popped up first as the strange brainchild of the odd individual football club. Then, suddenly, every club seemed to want one - after pay-per-view, stock-market floats and shops in the far east, "gaming" became the new pot....


Legalizing Internet Gambling Would Bring Billions In U.S. Tax Dollars, But Critics Say It Cannot Be Regulated And Can Corrupt Youth – "60 Minutes" Sunday - Sunday 20th of November 2005

So many Americans use their computers to gamble on overseas websites that if those virtual casinos were to be regulated and taxed by American authorities, tax revenues would be in the billions of dollars. But the federal government says Internet gamb....


Pennsylvania Board Names Liaison - Sunday 20th of November 2005

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today named Stephen M. DeFrank, a veteran staffer in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, as its first legislative liaison. "Part of our job is keeping open lines of communications between the Board and the Legisla....


Sportsbook.com Posts College Football Odds - Sunday 20th of November 2005

With the college football regular season winding down the stakes have kicked into high gear. This weekend features a slew of classic rivalries that will go a long way in deciding the fate of the nations top programs as they fight for conference bragg....


Greyhound Tracks Contribute $84 Million - Sunday 20th of November 2005

Forty greyhound racetracks in 13 states* employed nearly 14,000 people and paid more than $84 million in taxes in 2004 and more than $176 million on outside vendors and services according to an annual report released today by the American Greyhound T....


Powerball Jackpot Rises to $40 Million - Sunday 20th of November 2005

The jackpot in Americas favorite lottery game continues to power upward. Even though the grand prize was not awarded Wednesday evening, 351,784 players across the nation won a total of more than $3.2 million in prizes. Because no one correctly matche....


Maine Slots Off to Strong Start - Sunday 20th of November 2005

Slot machine gambling in Maine has gotten off to a multi-million dollar start. "Figures released Tuesday by regulators show customers are pumping an average of $1.2 million a day into the machines at Hollywood Slots in Bangor. "The first day the slot....


Casino Exec Leaves Fantasy Springs Team - Sunday 20th of November 2005

James H. McKennon, a veteran of Las Vegas who helped guide development and operations of the $200 million Fantasy Springs Resort Casino & Special Events Center, has joined the list of top-level executives asked to depart by the Cabazon Band of Missio....


Developer Wants Final Approval for Mississippi Casino - Sunday 20th of November 2005

Florida developer Charles Cato will ask the Gaming Commission today for final approval to locate the Emerald Star Casino near Natchez. "If approved, the casino would locate just south of the Mississippi River bridge adjacent to the Ramada Inn Hilltop....


Will Rogers Downs Casino Opening Postponed - Sunday 20th of November 2005

Will Rogers Downs casino opening, once predicted for July, will be delayed at least two more weeks. "Gaming Laboratories International, the only company authorized to test and certify the machines, cant do so until after Thanksgiving, said Mike Mille....


Reno Council Approves Casino Planning Changes - Sunday 20th of November 2005

The Reno City Council approved planning changes late Wednesday that will allow Station Casinos to build a $500 million hotel-casino at the junction of Mount Rose Highway and Virginia Street. "In the 6-1 votes, Mayor Bob Cashell and others said a majo....


Indiana Hotel to Close for Casino Construction - Sunday 20th of November 2005

In a surprise announcement, the developers of an Orange County casino said yesterday that they will shut down the French Lick Springs Resort hotel for a year to speed construction on the $240 million casino project. "The resort will close Sunday and ....


Merrill Weighs Singapore License Applicants - Sunday 20th of November 2005

Las Vegas Sands, MGM Mirage and Harrahs Entertainment are well placed to win the rights to build a resort that will host Singapores first casino, Merrill Lynch said in a report analyzing their proposals. "The three Las Vegas-based companies are among....


Smoking Ban Economic Effect Analysis Released - Sunday 20th of November 2005

The Casino Association of New Jersey (CANJ) announced today the findings of a Smoking Ban Economic Effect Analysis which was conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP (PwC). This analysis, which was paid for by the CANJ, was sponsored by the Atlantic ....


Casino Bosses Talk on TV - Sunday 20th of November 2005

LAS VEGAS – Any more joint appearances and theyll qualify as a lounge act. Two months after sharing a stage at the Global Gaming Expo, Harrahs Entertainment Chairman Gary Loveman and MGM Mirage Chairman Terry Lanni took part in another public discu....


Treasure Chest GM Brings Work Home - Sunday 20th of November 2005

Talk about taking your work home with you, for Kim Etland the Treasure Chest Casino is her home. As general manager of a floating gaming vessel moored in Lake Pontchartrain, Etland was tasked with bringing the 24,000-square-foot, multilevel riverboat....


Casino Magic Director Faces Post-Hurricane Challenge - Sunday 20th of November 2005

The experience Marty Moore gained in 20 years marketing Southern Nevada casinos will be put to the test in 2006. As the senior director of marketing for the Casino Magic, Moore will find himself at the forefront when this hurricane-ravaged communitys....


BoDog.com Posts NFL Odds - Sunday 20th of November 2005

With 10 weeks of action in the books, things are heating up around the NFL, and this weekend divisional and conference battles take center stage. Four games with serious playoff implications are set to take place as the sprint for the playoffs kicks ....


Louisiana Gaming Figures Starting to Rally - Sunday 20th of November 2005

Louisiana casinos, ransacked by Gulf Coast hurricanes in August and September, came back slowly in October, figures released Tuesday by the state Gaming Control Board show. With several properties still closed -- most notably Harrahs New Orleans, the....


Zorro Fan Wins First Jackpot - Saturday 19th of November 2005

Ardent Zorro fan and Las Vegas resident David Ventura became the first player to win the $50,000 top award on Aristocrats new Zorro-themed local-area progressive games. He won late Tuesday night at Santa Fe Station Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. "Im a ....


AlamoPoker.com Sponsors Bull Rider - Saturday 19th of November 2005

AlamoPoker.com -- The Home of Texas Hold Em, is bucking up a storm with the sponsorship of Professional Bull Riding standout Dustin Elliott. The agreement for the remainder of 2005, and for 2006, includes Dustin wearing branded AlamoPoker.com logos o....


Virginia Wins with Mega Millions - Saturday 19th of November 2005

Even though the $315 million jackpot winning ticket was not purchased in the Commonwealth, Virginians were big winners in the November 15 Mega Millions drawing. A total of 145,422 Mega Millions tickets purchased in Virginia won prizes in the November....


Harrahs Plans $550 Million Atlantic City Expansion - Saturday 19th of November 2005

Continuing its commitment to the providing the very best in branded entertainment to its guests, Harrahs Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:HET) today announced plans for a $550 million upgrade and expansion of Harrahs Atlantic City. Pending receipt of requir....


Empire Resorts Appoints Board Member - Saturday 19th of November 2005

Empire Resorts, Inc. (NASDAQ: NYNY) today announced that, effective November 16, 2005, Frank Catania has joined its board of directors to fill one of two vacant seats. Mr. Catania, currently a principal at Catania Consulting Group, a gaming consultin....


American Casino Guide Features Coupons Galore; Vegas Picture Book Super - Saturday 19th of November 2005

Call it dual-action value with thousands of dollars worth of coupons to save visitors money in Nevada and elsewhere while offering a handy time-saving guide to the casinos of each state. The title? The 2006 American Casino Guide (496 pages, paperboun....


California Woman Wins Penny Slot Jackpot - Saturday 19th of November 2005

California resident Nancy Harlans hopes were answered early Sunday, November 13 when she won Aristocrats Millioni$er $500,000 Grand Jackpot at the Bear River Casino in Loleta, Calif. "I just kept thinking please let someone who really could use the m....


High Court Says Calif. Resident Can Sue Nevada Casino Over Ads - Saturday 19th of November 2005

In a case with broad implications for the casino industry -- the US Supreme Court says a California resident can sue in his home state claiming false advertising and deceptive business practices by a Nevada casino. "The court without comment let stan....


Online Revenues to Top $10 Billion - Saturday 19th of November 2005

Worldwide online gambling revenues will top USD10bn in 2005 for operators of virtual casinos and bookmaking, a market research firm said today. "In Europe, the report found 14m Internet users visited gambling or sweepstake sites, with Germany having ....


Judge: Emerald Casino License Should Be Revoked - Saturday 19th of November 2005

Emerald Casino Inc. should be stripped of its long-dormant gaming license in part because of lies and excuses made by the companys top management, the judge considering the companys license-revocation case ruled today. "Emerald had been trying to bui....


UK Casino Info Blocked - Saturday 19th of November 2005

Birmingham City Council is relying on a four-year gagging order to block the release of information on plans for a super casino at Saltley. "Lawyers refused a Freedom of Information Act request by The Birmingham Post to publish in full details of an ....


Ladies Only Online Casino Launched - Saturday 19th of November 2005

Although gambling has always been a mans affair, women all over the world are beginning to frequent the casino scene more than ever before. Online casinos provide an exciting and fun atmosphere, as well as fast-paced casino games which both men and w....


Foxwoods Patrons Support Expansion - Saturday 19th of November 2005

When casino patrons heard Foxwoods Resort Casino was adding another 2 million square feet to the facility, they had one thing to say: Bring it on. "I think its great, said George Planthaber of Kingston, N.Y. "…Planthaber said he and his wife, Helga....


Cops Ex-Lawyer Ordered to Testify in Poker Probe - Saturday 19th of November 2005

A Ridgewood lawyer is fighting a subpoena that commands him to testify before a Morris County grand jury about legal advice he gave two Roxbury police officers, who set up what police allege was an illegal poker casino that operated in Dover. "At the....


NY Police Commission Named in Investigation - Saturday 19th of November 2005

Former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik took money or things of value from two reportedly mob-linked contractors, New Jersey officials charged. "Kerik was nominated last year to head the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, but withdrew am....


Heavyweights Square Off Over Casino License - Saturday 19th of November 2005

In this corner, weighing in at $1.2 billion in annual sales with a proposed casino project of $879 million and hailing from Las Vegas is the self-proclaimed champion, the Venetian. "And in this corner, weighing in with $1.5 billion in sales, with a p....


MGM Mirage: Singapore Bid Unaffected by Investigation - Saturday 19th of November 2005

MGM Mirage Inc said an investigation by gaming regulators in the US state of New Jersey into its casino joint venture in Macau with Shun Tak Holdings Ltd has no impact on its bid to develop a resort-cum-casino here. "MGM-Mirage spokesman Alan Feldman....


Peermont Withdraws Singapore Bid - Saturday 19th of November 2005

South African hotel and casino operator Peermont Global has withdrawn from its bid to operate two massive gambling resorts in Singapore, pushing its shares down more than 2 percent. "The company said in a statement it would focus on expanding existin....


California Mega Million Ticket Wins Jackpot - Saturday 19th of November 2005

Mega Millions has a mega-winner! One ticket sold in Anaheim, California matched all six numbers in the Tuesday, November 15, 2005 drawing. That ticket is now worth an estimated annuity value of $315 million. The winning numbers were 02-04-05-40-48 an....


Mikohn Gaming Dismisses Patent Infringement Lawsuit - Saturday 19th of November 2005

Paltronics Inc., a world-leading manufacturer of casino gaming systems and display technology, has announced that Mikohn Gaming Corp. filed a Motion to Dismiss an infringement action against Paltronics along with a Covenant Not to Sue. The Motion and....


Michigan Board Approves Greektown Financing - Saturday 19th of November 2005

The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) tonight approved a $200-million financing package for the development of Greektown Casinos permanent hotel-casino resort. Construction of the permanent Greektown Casino resort, which will include a 400-room ho....


Powerball Authority Thwarts Fake Ticket Claim - Saturday 19th of November 2005

A Carlisle man faces charges of forgery and theft by deception in connection with a failed attempt to use a fake Powerball ticket to claim an $853,492 prize. The ticket scam failed when the forged ticket couldnt pass the Lotterys validation tests. Br....


Fair Grounds Announces Purse Increase - Saturday 19th of November 2005

Four days before the start of its 134th racing season at Harrahs Louisiana Downs, Fair Grounds Race Course announced today an increase of more than $500,000 to its purse schedule. Overnight purses will feature a $1,000-per-race increase, effective wi....


Bidding process for Singapores first integrated resort kicks off - Saturday 19th of November 2005

After two postponements, the Singapore Tourism Board has launched the Request for Proposal for the Marina Bayfront integrated resort development. But the exercise was shrouded in secrecy, with the media being kept away from eight bidders who turned u....


Living hell of Lotto winner - Friday 18th of November 2005

WHEN teenager Callie Rogers scooped £1.9million on the Lottery, her life looked set to under-go a rags-to-riches transformation. But rather than a fairytale ending, her troubled childhood has instead turned into a tortured adulthood — with the lat....


A.C. casino workers fuel push for smoking ban in New Jersey - Friday 18th of November 2005

Casino supervisor Vince Rennich compares his workplace to "a modern day coal mine."Though he said he never smoked a cigarette, Rennich, 47, of Somers Point, suffers from lung cancer. He had surgery in September to remove the top right lobe of his lun....


Dubliners Evade Casino Ban in Gambling Clubs; Police to Probe - Friday 18th of November 2005

In Dublins Sporting Emporium, a private club near Grafton Street, croupiers deal cards at 30 blackjack tables and punters sip gin and tonic as the roulette wheel spins. The month-old club, owned by billionaire businessman Dermot Desmond, is among 40 ....


Tsogos Suncoast Casino pulls in 34% more patrons - Friday 18th of November 2005

Suncoast Casino, which is owned by Tsogo Sun, has produced 34 percent growth in visitors for the past year and cornered 58 percent of the Durban gaming market.The figures point to one of the reasons for the current hot contest between Hosken Consolid....


Casino lawsuit allowed - Friday 18th of November 2005

A California man can sue a Nevada casino company in his home state for false advertising and deceptive business practices, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Monday when it declined to hear the case on appeal. The high court let stand a unanimous Califo....


World Gaming to seek £37m - Friday 18th of November 2005

Internet gambling software group World Gaming plans a £7 million placing and a £30 debt raising to fund buying Sportsbetting.com.World Gaming, which was floated on AIM in May by broker Daniel Stewart, contemplates paying up to $96 million (£56.5 m....


Singapore woos top architects for casino resorts - Friday 18th of November 2005

Singapore is wooing top architects such as I M Pei and Daniel Libeskind to design a casino building on a par with Sydneys Opera House and Bilbaos Guggenheim Museum. Singapore is wooing top architects such as I M Pei and Daniel Libeskind to design a c....


Jamaican Online Gambling Case Dismissed - Thursday 17th of November 2005

Spiros Athanas, whose Montego Bay based Internet gambling company was shutdown last year for breaches of the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission Act, is now free to resume betting as long as he does not take local bets. "The BGLCs case against At....


Massachusetts Gambling Advocates Rally - Thursday 17th of November 2005

Ratcheting up their pressure on House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi, advocates of gambling legislation rallied outside the State House last week, arguing that blocking a vote on a slot-machines bill would rob the state of thousands of jobs and hundreds of....


Another Butte County Casino Planned - Thursday 17th of November 2005

Although significant hurdles still stand in the way, construction of a third Indian casino in Butte County could begin as early as late next year. "The Mechoopda Indians of the Chico Rancheria have completed a draft environmental assessment, and have....


Washington Tribal Split Threatens Gaming - Thursday 17th of November 2005

Controversial negotiations between the state and the Spokane Tribe of Indians are threatening to fundamentally change Washington tribes most successful business enterprise -- casino gaming. "Observers say the Spokane Tribe wants a dramatically differ....


Bookmakers to Face Court Over Radon Testing - Thursday 17th of November 2005

RTÉ News has established that Paddy Powers bookmakers in Co Clare is one of the companies to be prosecuted by Irelands nuclear watchdog for failing to test for the cancer-causing gas, radon. "Paddy Power said that the company would apologise to the ....


Ute Mountain Casino, GSN Join Forces - Thursday 17th of November 2005

Ute Mountain Casino – Hotel & Resort is partnering with GSN, The Network for Games, on the broadcasters third year of the franchise series World Series of Blackjack 2006. Ute Mountain Casino, the largest casino in southwest Colorado, is currently h....


Vegas-Style Upgrades Planned for Iowa Casino - Thursday 17th of November 2005

The cowboy is known as Mr. Terrible, and a towering neon sign bearing his image greets the 16,000 cars and trucks that cruise daily on Interstate Highway 35 past Terribles Lakeside Casino. "The glitzy new Las Vegas-style sign, which stands 132 feet t....


PartyGaming Buys Out Partners - Thursday 17th of November 2005

As reported by the UK Guardian: "PartyGaming yesterday put the penultimate touch to the overhaul of its relationships with so-called skin operators, buying two of its partners and severing its links with a third. "The deals were seen as a further ala....


Old, New Nugget Owners Feud Rages - Thursday 17th of November 2005

Hotel developer Steve Wynn appeared in a courtroom Wednesday morning to pursue his lawsuit against the Golden Nugget over a Wynn Las Vegas executive hired away to work at the Golden Nugget Laughlin. After about an hour discussing the case with Wynn a....


Courts Decide on Shingle Springs Casino Case - Thursday 17th of November 2005

Lakes Entertainment, Inc. (LACO) announced today that the California Court of Appeal ("Court") issued its decision in the County of El Dorado and Voices for Rural Living. v. Department of Transportation, Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians and Lake....


More Universities Offer Casino Programs - Thursday 17th of November 2005

The University of Southern Mississippis undergraduate casino management program so far is unique in the state, though other universities are beginning to follow suit. "Alcorn State University plans to offer an executive master of business administrat....


Inside Gaming Column: Californians Cooling to Leisure Travel - Thursday 17th of November 2005

New research shows California consumers arent going to give up their Hummers, and that theyll cut back on discretionary leisure travel far faster than theyll pick up a Prius. SUVs and the like are lifestyle choices that affect Californians everyday l....


South African Casinos Sign Code of Conduct - Thursday 17th of November 2005

Representatives of South Africas rapidly growing casino sector have signed the countrys first-ever national gambling industry code of conduct, making it one of the first globally to do so outside the US. "South Africas listed gaming groups include Su....


eCOGRA Plans International Campaign - Thursday 17th of November 2005

eCOGRA the independent regulatory body of the online gaming industry, today announced its plans to reach out to online casino and poker players worldwide with an educational and awareness raising campaign for the eCOGRA "Play It Safe" Seal. The organ....


Powerball Grows to $31 Million - Thursday 17th of November 2005

The Powerball jackpot continues to grow. No one hit the jackpot Saturday, but 341,760 players across the nation won a total of more than $4 million in prizes in Americas Game. Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Saturdays drawing the ....


Casino Gambling Jumps in Britain - Thursday 17th of November 2005

The number of gamblers has jumped in Britain since the government abolished a 24-hour registration period for new visitors. "Casinos report 100,000 new visitors have entered their doors since the waiting period was lifted five weeks ago, the Times of....


Mega Millions Jackpot Rises to $310 Million - Thursday 17th of November 2005

The Mega Millions jackpot continues to be the talk of the country, as a total of 1,684,151 tickets from coast to coast were winners in the Friday, November 11 drawing. Since no ticket matched all six numbers to win the estimated $262 million jackpot,....


Desperate Housewives Digs Nails into Footballs Most Eligible Receiver - Thursday 17th of November 2005

The NFC defending champions, the Philadelphia Eagles, are off to a disappointing start, and now theyre without their star wide receiver, pro-bowler Terrell "Terrible" Owens. After calling out his quarterback and team, and participating in conduct "de....


Woman Poker Player Magazines First Thousand Dollar Freeroll - Thursday 17th of November 2005

Woman Poker Player, the only lifestyle publication to cater to the rapidly growing demographic of female poker players, is pleased to announce their first of many $1,000 freerolls for their readers. The tournament, taking place at Titan Poker on Frid....


Rendell Responds to Racing Commissions Decision - Thursday 17th of November 2005

Governor Edward G. Rendell today issued the following statement on the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commissions decision regarding Valley View Downs and Bedford Downs: "I have followed the recent actions of the Harness Racing Commission regarding the ....


Ameristar Casinos Obtains New Senior Credit Facility - Thursday 17th of November 2005

Ameristar Casinos, Inc. (Nasdaq: ASCA) today announced that that it has replaced its existing senior secured credit facility with a new $1.2 billion senior secured credit facility providing significantly lower interest rate margins and other more att....


A casino industry signs code of conduct - Thursday 17th of November 2005

Representatives of South Africas rapidly growing casino sector have signed the countrys first-ever national gambling industry code of conduct, making it one of the first globally to do so outside the US. South Africas listed gaming groups include Sun....


Casino stakes claim on jobs boost - Wednesday 16th of November 2005

Plans to open a third casino in Yarmouth would create up to 70 jobs and provide a huge boost to tourism, it is being claimed.Palatial Leisures proposal to spend £2m on converting part of its bingo hall into a casino will be considered by the borough....


Casinos were never Hughes real strength - Wednesday 16th of November 2005

Howard Hughes was an immensely important American. Aviator, film producer, and one of the worlds richest men, he is doubly fascinating because of the enigma of his later years. His ultimate impact on the Nevada gaming industry, though, is not as grea....


UNiTAB merger with Tattersalls logical - Wednesday 16th of November 2005

A POTENTIAL merger between Queensland betting agency UNiTAB and Victorian wagering group Tattersalls could constitute the next round of consolidation in Australias gaming industry, according to market analysts.Speculation about such a move flared in ....


Columnist Jeff Simpson: Why Lannis legacy may be diversity - Wednesday 16th of November 2005

One of MGM Mirage Chairman and Chief Executive Terry Lannis lasting legacies will be his industry-leading efforts to diversify the companys management ranks, contractors and vendors.Although MGMs front-line work force already reflects the ethnic and ....


SABMiller coins it from casinos - Wednesday 16th of November 2005

Half-year figures released on Thursday by global brewing giant SABMiller reveal that Montecasino parent Tsogo Sun – which is unlisted – is pumping. SABMiller shares ownership of the Tsogo Sun empire with Tsogo Investment Holdings (TIH). The brewe....


Poker tournament ban hits Melbourne dog track hard - Wednesday 16th of November 2005

On some days, Florida Tech aerospace engineering student Paul Garza keeps busy with the books.But on Sunday, the 22-year-old was studying his hand. He was one of about 100 people -- half the usual crowd -- playing nontournament poker at the Melbourne....


Drug made me casino nut - Wednesday 16th of November 2005

A DRUG that treats Parkinson’s disease turned a bank manager into a compulsive gambler, it was claimed last night. Ruth Miles, 52, said she blew £30,000 in online casinos and even stole from friends and family to fund her obsession. She got the br....


Yet another hotel-casino developer eyes developing Mesquite - Wednesday 16th of November 2005

Anywhere north of Clark County, a $250 million casino and development project would be local news - and probably the target of some groups objections.In Mesquite, the announcement didnt attract enough people to fill the seats at a recent City Council....


Duma Consolidates Gambling - Tuesday 15th of November 2005

The State Duma’s Economic Policy, Entrepreneurship and Tourism Committee recommended November 10, 2005 to pass in the first reading a bill that would govern all gambling in the country. The basic novelty is imposing a ban on all street gambling mac....


Bets are down on gambling by phone - Tuesday 15th of November 2005

SINGAPORE Governments across Asia are lifting restrictions on gambling, and analysts forecast a huge increase in the number of new casinos built in the region. But while builders are pouring concrete, there is another frontier line opening up for ga....


City resonates to Rank bid rumour - Tuesday 15th of November 2005

Speculation that Rank could receive a takeover bid worth £2 billion was swirling after its shares gained more than 5 per cent on Friday in heavy trading.Analysts say that the trigger for a bid could be an announcement this week that Rank, under chie....


City Crackdown Targets Underground Poker - Tuesday 15th of November 2005

On a busy night at the New York Players Club in upper Manhattan, vice squad officers wearing bulletproof vests and raid jackets dealt the underground poker scene a losing hand.The team entered unannounced at 11 p.m., detaining dealers, snatching up p....


City resonates to Rank bid rumour - Tuesday 15th of November 2005

Speculation that Rank could receive a takeover bid worth £2 billion was swirling after its shares gained more than 5 per cent on Friday in heavy trading.Analysts say that the trigger for a bid could be an announcement this week that Rank, under chie....


Racecourse bookies facing meltdown - Tuesday 15th of November 2005

Even the defeat of Dance Partner, the 8-11 favourite for the most valuable race, failed to raise spirits noticeably in the betting ring here yesterday. If, that is, you can call it a ring at all. With just 10 bookmakers standing in the Tattersalls en....


The real deal - Tuesday 15th of November 2005

The worlds gone poker crazy. Every day, £40m is gambled globally on the game; one internet site is now worth more than British Airways, and even Oxford University and The Archers are hooked on Texas Hold Em. Victoria Coren reports from Las Vegas on ....


Las Vegas Documentary Goes Beyond Casinos - Tuesday 15th of November 2005

People think of Las Vegas as Sin City, a version of Disneyland, or maybe a little of both. But as the towns place in American culture continues to evolve, people seeking to change their fortune are still drawn there. A new installment of PBS American....


Betfair hands tied over punter identity - Monday 14th of November 2005

Betfair says Racing Victoria is to blame for stewards inability to scrutinise the betting exchanges records.Victorias chief steward Des Gleeson expressed concerns after $70,000 was laid with Betfair on beaten favourite Vengo in a race at Sandown on S....


Nepal casino falls foul of royal family - Monday 14th of November 2005

A Kathmandu casino, one of the primary tourist attractions of the capital, has fallen foul of the royal family, resulting in a court case.Casino Anna, the second-oldest of the six casinos run here by a group called Nepal Recreation Centre (NRC), has ....


Robbery suspect caught after holdup of Foxwoods casino patron - Monday 14th of November 2005

A Worcester, Mass., man, who allegedly robbed a Foxwoods Resort Casino patron at gunpoint, was arrested early Friday by state police.State police first received a 911 call at 1:54 a.m. for the report of a robbery victim on Crocker Hill Road.ADVERTISE....


Group warns against casino in south Reno - Monday 14th of November 2005

A new report by the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada claims that allowing a hotel-casino at the base of Mount Rose would cost downtown casinos millions of dollars and jeopardize Renos efforts to redevelop its urban core.If Station Casinos In....


Casino/hotel owner is dealing - Monday 14th of November 2005

Casino and hotel owner Columbia Sussex is, if youll excuse a gambling pun, on a roll.The firm, founded in 1972, announced its largest-ever acquisition in October, a $1.4 billion transaction in which it got 14 full-service hotels previously operated u....


Las Vegas Sands Plans $2 Bln Loan for Macau Casino, Banker Say - Sunday 13th of November 2005

Las Vegas Sands Corp., owner of the Venetian casino in Las Vegas, plans to borrow more than $2 billion to build a new resort in Macau, said bankers involved in the transaction. Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Citigroup Inc. and Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc....


Las Vegas Sands plans US$5b binge - Sunday 13th of November 2005

The tab for Las Vegas Sands Macau- area investment plan neared US$5 billion (HK$39 billion) as executives detailed another US$500 million in new spendingThe tab for Las Vegas Sands Macau- area investment plan neared US$5 billion (HK$39 billion) as ex....


September: Ka-ching for casinos - Sunday 13th of November 2005

Resorts ring up billion-dollar month for only third timeNevada casinos kept up their record-ripping pace of growth in September with only their third-ever billion-dollar win.The Nevada Gaming Control Board on Thursday reported Septembers statewide wi....


Premier says no to Betfair inquiry - Sunday 13th of November 2005

TASMANIAN Premier Paul Lennon has refused to hold an inquiry into allegations his racing minister asked the states jockeys to "roll over" for Betfair.Tasmanian Jockey Association secretary Kevin Ring said in a sworn statement tabled in Parliament yes....


The Tunica of the West - Saturday 12th of November 2005

Jesse Jackson says the local gambling industry has made progress on diversity, but it still has a long way to goDespite efforts of executives of major gambling corporations to step up diversity initiatives in recent years, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said....


Spying on casino customers - Saturday 12th of November 2005

FBI should stop indiscriminate information requests Early in 2004, it came to light that during the 2003 holiday season, the FBI -- under the Patriot Act -- had demanded that many casino companies and airlines turn over Las Vegas guest and passenger ....


CTO: Why don’t we have a casino? - Saturday 12th of November 2005

THE GOVERNMENT has not yet taken any decision to legalise and set up casinos in Cyprus. This, at the moment, is the official policy. What has been decided is that the Cyprus Tourist Organisation (CTO) will be authorised to carry on with their studies....


Casino review backed - Saturday 12th of November 2005

The Problem Gambling Foundation has backed Internal Affairs move to take Dunedin Casino to task, calling it a "great service" to problem gamblers. The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) said on Wednesday it had asked the Gambling Commission to have....


Area casinos pull in more from fewer customers - Saturday 12th of November 2005

The four Kansas City-area casinos reported a 3 percent revenue increase in October, but their combined customer count declined 1 percent compared with the same month last year, according to statistics the Missouri Gaming Commission released Thursday.....


Casinos talking to port - Saturday 12th of November 2005

Harrahs Entertainment and Copa Casino began exploring options Thursday for returning to the State Port at Gulfport.Port commissioners directed the agencys lawyers and staff to begin drafting lease amendments for the two casino companies. Before Hurri....


Powerball Rises to $25 Million - Saturday 12th of November 2005

The jackpot continues to climb. Even though the grand prize was not hit Wednesday evening, 341,555 players across the nation won a total of more than $3.2 million in prizes in Americas Game. Because no one correctly matched all six numbers the jackpo....


Greektown Opens New Garage - Saturday 12th of November 2005

In celebration of its fifth anniversary today, Greektown Casino is opening a new 630-space valet parking garage, improving valet parking service at Detroits "Best Casino." The new eight-story garage, at Beaubien and Fort, is designed to shorten the t....


Churchill Downs Board Approves Dividend - Saturday 12th of November 2005

The board of directors of Churchill Downs Incorporated ("CDI" or "Company") (NASDAQ: CHDN) today declared an annual dividend of 50 cents per share on the Companys common stock, payable Jan. 19, 2006, to stockholders of record on Dec. 30, 2005. The ac....


Bally Gaming and Systems Leads Gaming & Technology Awards - Saturday 12th of November 2005

Bally Gaming and Systems, a business unit of Alliance Gaming Corp. (NYSE: AGI), announced today that a prestigious panel of judges in the 3rd Annual Global Gaming Business Gaming & Technology Awards selected four winning Bally entries, including "Bes....


Jackpot Factory, BrightShare Expand Agreement - Saturday 12th of November 2005

The Jackpot Factory, a leading online casino group, announced today that it has expanded its existing agreement with BrightShare, an established online gaming affiliate program company, enabling BrightShare affiliates to directly market the Jackpot F....


AGA Looks at FBI Snooping - Saturday 12th of November 2005

The issue of the FBI snooping on visitors to Las Vegas and their private lives is coming home to roost. American Gaming Association Chairman Frank Fahrenkopf said the issue is a priority for his organization and will discuss it at the groups Dec. 7 b....


Bill Troubles Casino Lobbyists - Saturday 12th of November 2005

Indian casino lobbyists on Wednesday expressed concern about a bill that would prohibit tribes from crossing state borders to purchase land for their gambling businesses. Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Calif., who is chairman of the House Resources Committee,....


Bodog.com CEO on Cover of Canadian Business - Saturday 12th of November 2005

Bodog.coms Founder & CEO, Calvin Ayre, appears as the subject of the cover story in the latest issue of Canadian Business, Canadas leading magazine for commerce leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators. "This feature article in Canadian Business is good....


Kansas County Reconsiders Vote - Saturday 12th of November 2005

Marion County commissioners Monday called a special meeting for 10 a.m. Tuesday to reconsider conducting a county-wide mail-in vote on whether to allow establishment of gambling casinos in Marion County. "County Clerk Carol Maggard said that if there....


New Zealand Casino Faces Suspension - Saturday 12th of November 2005

The Dunedin casino may be the first in the country to have its licence suspended under legislation introduced last year. "The casino has run into trouble after a gambler lost $5 million - some of it stolen - in just two years. "Christine Marie Keenan....


Blue Sky Granted Official Contract - Saturday 12th of November 2005

Governor Mitch Daniels and the Indiana Gaming Commission officially granted Blue Sky Casino a contract to operate a casino in French Lick today. During a ceremony at the French Lick Springs Resort, which is being restored as a part of the $320 millio....


Efforts Begin to Reopen Ellis Park - Saturday 12th of November 2005

Clean-up efforts are underway at Ellis Park to tentatively reopen the storm-battered track for simulcasting operations on Wednesday, Nov. 16. Structural engineers from Louisville construction firm Luckett & Farley certified the tracks clubhouse, its ....


Pennsylvania Racetrack Hearings Set for Monday - Saturday 12th of November 2005

Public hearings on two proposals to establish thoroughbred racetracks in Western Pennsylvania are scheduled for Monday. "The Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission has set a meeting for 10 a.m. at the McKeesport Area School District administrativ....


Diamondhead Casino Corporation Issues Status Report - Saturday 12th of November 2005

Diamondhead Casino Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: DHCC), which owns approximately 404 acres of land on the Bay of St. Louis in Diamondhead, Mississippi, issued its first status report since the Governor of Mississippi signed a new law on October 17....


MGM Mirage Recognized by Industry Journal - Saturday 12th of November 2005

MGM Mirage has been named one of Nevadas "Best Companies to Work For" by Nevada Business Journal. The gaming and hospitality company was recognized for providing top quality employee benefits such as retirement and employee assistance programs, healt....


400,000 visit Turkish casinos in north Cyprus - Saturday 12th of November 2005

Some 330,000 to 400,000 Greek Cypriots are reported to have visited casinos in the Turkish occupied north of Cyprus, a study by the government tourist office has shown. The results of the survey, commissioned by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation, has p....


Casinos threaten Hong Kongs largest taxpayer - Saturday 12th of November 2005

HONG KONG A popular saying, "horses will continue racing and legs will go on dancing," is often used to convey that Hong Kong will remain unchanged and prosperous despite its return to China eight years ago. But for the Hong Kong Jockey Club, big ch....


Nevada casinos win $1 billion in September, 14th positive month - Saturday 12th of November 2005

Nevada casinos win $1 billion in September, 14th positive month CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A hurricane-spawned surge nationally in gasoline prices didnt stop gamblers from traveling to Nevada casinos in September, judging from the near-record $1.01 bil....


Ho casino group makes IPO move - Friday 11th of November 2005

Stanley Hos Sociedade de Jogos de Macau (SJM) has invited investment banks to submit proposals for an initial public offering of up to HK$7.8 billion in Hong Kong, said sources familiar with the situation.Stanley Hos Sociedade de Jogos de Macau (SJM)....


Move to suspend Dunedin Casino - Friday 11th of November 2005

Internal Affairs will ask the Gambling Commission to suspend Dunedin Casinos operators licence after a problem gambler, now a convicted thief, had a gambling turnover of about $5 million in two years. The landmark application is the first of its kind....


Clampdown on internet casino ads - Friday 11th of November 2005

Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell plans to stop gambling firms from advertising free entry to online tournaments or indicating the value of prizes. Current laws allow internet casinos to promote their brands but forbid them from offering inducements to ....


AGA Programs Raise More Than $288,000 For NCRG - Thursday 10th of November 2005

More than $288,000 will be donated to the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) this fall as a result of a trio of programs spearheaded by the American Gaming Association (AGA). Netting the largest donation of the three, the 17th annual Gamin....


Alliance Gaming Reports Results - Thursday 10th of November 2005

Alliance Gaming Corporation (NYSE: AGI) today announced its unaudited results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June 30, 2005, as well as unaudited restated results for the comparative prior year periods. The Company reported a fourth quar....


2 Couples Claim $340 Million US, Second-Biggest Jackpot In U.S. Lottery History - Thursday 10th of November 2005

A family that parlayed $40 worth US of tickets into the second-biggest jackpot in U.S. lottery history came forward Tuesday to claim their $340 million prize. "Im still in disbelief that we won the big one, said Frances Chaney, 68, who went in on the....


LVCVA to Hire Firm to Protect Slogan - Thursday 10th of November 2005

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority board may go to court to make sure that its popular tourism slogan, "What happens here, stays here," also applies to the slogan itself. On Tuesday, the tourism board will be asked to hire a prominent lo....


Sportsbook.com Plays Poker With Dr. J and Moses Malone - Thursday 10th of November 2005

NBA basketball legends Julius Irving and Mosews Malone were among dozens of former NBA and ABA greats to play poker with Sportsbook.com at the annual National Basketball Retired Players Associations (NBRPA) Legends of Basketball meetings in Trelawney....


Texas Attractions Might Inspire Fremont Changes - Thursday 10th of November 2005

The top executive of the Fremont Street Experience, the company that oversees the light show canopy and retail mall, thinks downtown Las Vegas needs to better capitalize on its "Vintage Vegas" theme. Fremont Street Experience Chief Executive Joe Schi....


Planned Resort Gets Hendersons OK - Thursday 10th of November 2005

A planned $1.8 billion resort six miles south of the Strip on Las Vegas Boulevard South was unanimously approved by the Henderson City Council last week. Anthony Marnell IIIs resort and commercial center is planned for 79 acres at the southeast corne....


Liberals Calling for Cuts to Number of VLTs in Saskatchewan - Thursday 10th of November 2005

The provincial Liberals want significant cuts to the number of video lottery terminals (VLTs), and possibly to other gaming machines located in casinos as well, staking out a position sharply different than those of the two main provincial parties. "....


Sportsbook.com: Texas Could Win Both NCAA Titles - Thursday 10th of November 2005

No school in NCAA history has ever won both the mens football and basketball championships in the same season. Sportsbook.com odds makers think Texas has a legitimate shot at doing just that and is offering fans the chance to bet on the feat, with od....


Renovation of Boomtown Coming; Cabelas Talks Continue - Thursday 10th of November 2005

Boomtown Reno hotel-casino will be renovated in the next year, but officials didnt have any new information to offer Monday regarding negotiations with Cabelas outdoor retailer. "Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. of Las Vegas, which owns Boomtown Reno, con....


Hard Rock Hotel Reports Record Results - Thursday 10th of November 2005

Hard Rock Hotel, Inc. ("Hard Rock"), which owns and operates the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, today, for the third consecutive quarter, reported all-time record quarterly net revenues and EBITDA(1). Record net income for the quarter....


WPT Seeks International Distributor - Wednesday 9th of November 2005

WPT Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq: WPTE) announced today that it will immediately begin to seek international distribution of its new televised poker franchise, the Professional Poker Tour ("PPT"). Unlike the companys seminal World Poker Tour franchise,....


HollywoodPoker.com Hosts First Anniversary Party - Wednesday 9th of November 2005

HollywoodPoker.com , where the stars come to play, will be hosting the websites first-anniversary party on Wednesday, November 9, 2005 in Hollywood. Hollywood Pokers James Woods and Vince Van Patten will be joined by a full house of celebrity guests ....


Gaming Companies: Harrahs Joins Caribbean Venture - Wednesday 9th of November 2005

Las Vegas-based Harrahs Entertainment, the worlds largest gaming company, Monday announced plans to dip its toes into the Caribbean area, joining forces with two other hospitality giants to develop a $1.6 billion destination resort. Baha Mar Resorts ....


As Neighbors Shuffle Ownership, Binions Suffers - Wednesday 9th of November 2005

Maybe all of those horseshoes were lucky after all. How else to explain the dramatic downturn at Binions Gambling Hall, which recently completed a dismal third quarter just a few weeks after its new owner began to shed the historic Horseshoe monicker....


Pinnacle Entertainment Breaks Ground - Wednesday 9th of November 2005

Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: PNK) broke ground today on its casino, hotel and entertainment district in the St. Louis County community of Lemay. The Companys $375 million development is one of the most ambitious developments in the St. Louis a....


LAuberge du Lac Bolsters Pinnacles earnings - Wednesday 9th of November 2005

Pinnacle Entertainment said Monday it was able to increase net income, revenue and earnings per share during the third quarter despite a seemingly anti-gaming stance by Mother Nature. Gulf Coast hurricanes in August and September closed three of the ....


Fire hits Macau casino for second time in three weeks - Wednesday 9th of November 2005

A fire has hit Emperor Entertainment Hotel, now under construction in Macau, for the second time in three weeks.The Hong Kong-listed company of the same name, controlled by tycoon Albert Yeung, owns 45 percent of the HK$1.5 billion casino hotel, whic....


Lotto licence competition launch - Wednesday 9th of November 2005

The National Lottery Commission has launched the competition for the licence to run the lottery for 10 years from February 2009. The third licence has been extended from seven years to encourage bidders. Eight competed for the lotterys first licence ....


GMB to Ballot Gala Casino Workers on Pay Offer in the Run Up to Christmas - Wednesday 9th of November 2005

The result of the ballot will be known at Midday on Wednesday 23rd November 2005. Three previous offers have been rejected by the newly trade unionised casinos and pay discussions have been ongoing since January of this year. Gala invited mediation w....


CITY COULD LOSE £15M SHOWPIECE OVER CASINO - Wednesday 9th of November 2005

A multimillion-pound leisure and shopping centre in Aberdeen could be in jeopardy over a casino licence. Developer Kenmore said last night that the £15million project at City Wharf - which is forecast to create 560 jobs - would have to be scrapped i....


Harrahs, Starwood Unveil Joint Venture - Wednesday 9th of November 2005

Casino giant Harrahs Entertainment Inc. and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc., one of the largest hotel and lesiure companies, unveiled plans Monday to join developer Baha Mar Resorts Ltd. in a $1.6 billion venture to build a major resort in t....


Sun International sells equity stake for R392m - Wednesday 9th of November 2005

Sun International, the countrys biggest hotel operator, has agreed to sell a 7 percent stake for R392 million to a group of black investors that includes senior members of the ANC.Investors in the company that will buy the shares include Mohammed Val....


Great Canadian Gaming reports Q3 profit of $9M, up from $6.3M year ago - Wednesday 9th of November 2005

Great Canadian Gaming Corp. reported a nearly 50 per cent increase in quarterly profits Monday, helped by higher revenues from recent expansions and acquisitions. The Vancouver-area company said it earned $9 million, or 11 cents per diluted share, fo....


Police swoop on illegal online gambling venue - Tuesday 8th of November 2005

MEMBERS of the police organised crime unit in Port Elizabeth, with two officials from the Eastern Cape Gambling and Betting Board, last week raided a venue at Greenacres they suspected to be an illegal casino. About 25 computers and other gambling eq....


Police swoop on illegal online gambling venue - Tuesday 8th of November 2005

MEMBERS of the police organised crime unit in Port Elizabeth, with two officials from the Eastern Cape Gambling and Betting Board, last week raided a venue at Greenacres they suspected to be an illegal casino. About 25 computers and other gambling eq....


Police say no dice to Bulverde casino - Tuesday 8th of November 2005

Authorities say three Bulverde Road residents threw the dice and came up short over the weekend when they thought they could operate an eight-liner casino in this community.Bulverde Police Chief Royce Goodson said Monday the trio were arrested on thi....


London Club CEO Denies Bid Offer - Tuesday 8th of November 2005

London Clubs International (LCI.L) has not received a bid approach, Chief Executive Bill Timmins said on Friday, after the casino owners shares gained 22 percent in four days on bid rumours. "…London Clubs shares closed at 140 pence on Friday, havi....


Sun International Signs Black Empowerment Deal - Tuesday 8th of November 2005

Leisure, casino and hospitality group Sun International, which announced a R604-million broad-based black economic empowerment (BEE) deal on Monday, is no stranger to BEE. In fact, the group was doing it long before it become either fashionable or pr....


Blue Sky Casino Expected to Jump Major Regulatory Hurdle - Tuesday 8th of November 2005

Indiana Gaming Commission Executive Director Ernest Yelton says they are working on finalizing the last details of the operating agent contract for the casino. Blue Sky Casino, a collaboration of Lauth Group in Indianapolis and Cook Group in Blooming....


Calgary Casino Workers End Strike - Tuesday 8th of November 2005

A six-week strike by Casino Calgary workers is over, after employees voted 73 per cent in favour of returning to work. "About 400 people walked off the job Sept. 23, demanding better wages. "The new contract, retroactive to May 1, 2005, gives the cas....


Singapore Casino Tender Launches Soon - Tuesday 8th of November 2005

After two delays, Singapore Friday said it will launch the formal requests for proposals for a casino resort at Marina Bay near the city center on Nov. 15, with a submission deadline of March 29, 2006. "The government also fixed the price of the 20.6....


Extreme Makeover - Tuesday 8th of November 2005

Customers arriving at the Las Vegas Hilton are now met with scaffolding, drywall and a construction crew in the lobby as the 36-year-old property undergoes a makeover designed to make it look decades younger. Construction walls at the rear of the cas....


World Poker Tour Website Relaunched - Tuesday 8th of November 2005

WPT Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq: WPTE), the creator of the World Poker Tour(R) (WPT), today unveiled its redesigned WorldPokerTour.com website and online store. The WPTs growing fan base and poker players worldwide can now experience and purchase ever....


Powerball Jackpot Goes to $20 Million - Tuesday 8th of November 2005

The Powerball jackpot continues to get bigger! Even though the grand prize was not awarded Saturday, a total of 389,492 players across the nation won more than $3.7 million in prizes in Americas Game. Because no one correctly matched all six numbers ....


Mega Million Jackpot Rises to $225 Million - Tuesday 8th of November 2005

The hottest ticket in town is Mega Millions. There was no jackpot winner in Fridays Mega Millions drawing, so Americans woke up to a jackpot that soared to an estimated $225 million for the Tuesday, November 8, 2005 drawing. A total of 1,105,826 tick....


World Poker Tour Adds 17th Event For Season IV - Tuesday 8th of November 2005

The World Poker Tour announced today the addition of a 17th Tour stop for Season IV with the inclusion of a second event at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City on January 29-February 1. The Borgata Poker Classic will cap the hotels 11-day Bor....


Inside Gaming Column - Tuesday 8th of November 2005

Gaming industry boardrooms in Las Vegas are about as close to euphoria as they get. Executives tell us, based on sales booked for next year, they expect the percentage rise in revenue per available room to be up at least in the mid-single digits, and....


World Travelers, Open Wallets - Tuesday 8th of November 2005

Visitors spending on Las Vegas goods and services, such as those sold at the Desert Passage mall at the Aladdin, above, rose by more than 5 percent between 2002 and 2003, a study released this week shows. Thanks to visits from free-spending Frenchmen....


Wynn: No One Will be Laid Off - Tuesday 8th of November 2005

One day after Steve Wynn told Wall Street analysts "another major adjustment" in the work force at Wynn Las Vegas would occur next week, both he and a key resort executive stressed that employees need not worry about losing their jobs. "We fully expe....


Apparent Tornado Inflicts Damage on Ellis Park - Tuesday 8th of November 2005

An apparent tornado, spawned by a line of severe weather that moved through southwestern Indiana and northwestern Kentucky early Sunday morning, has inflicted significant damage at Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky. Ellis Park Vice President and General Ma....


Aristocrat invests in Europe - Tuesday 8th of November 2005

Elektroncek, which trades under the Interblock brand, manufactures gaming products, including Roulette, Dice and Sic Bo.Aristocrats initial investment will be 30 million euros ($48 million). Up to a further 10 million euros ($16 million) will be inve....


Australias Aristocrat buys EU gaming group for A$48 mln - Tuesday 8th of November 2005

Australias Aristocrat Leisure Limited (ALL.AX: Quote, Profile, Research), the worlds second-largest slot machine maker, said it had acquired a 50 percent interest in the Slovenia-based Elektroncek group of companies for 30 million euros (A$48 million....


Singapore Casino Tender To Be Launched Nov 15 - Tuesday 8th of November 2005

After two delays, Singapore Friday said it will launch the formal requests for proposals for a casino resort at Marina Bay near the city center on Nov. 15, with a submission deadline of March 29, 2006. The government also fixed the price of the 20.6 ....


New casinos and drink laws are lethal mix - Tuesday 8th of November 2005

The combination of new-style casinos and extended drinking hours will create a "lethal cocktail" of super bars in town centres catering for thousands of drinkers at a time, the Conservatives said last night.An investigation by the party claims that m....


Betfair confident other online gaming providers will win more licences - Tuesday 8th of November 2005

The online betting exchange, Betfair, predicts mainland states will follow Tasmanias lead and issue licences to other online gaming providers.Legislation accompanying the Betfair deal is expected to be debated in the Tasmanian Parliament this week.Ot....


Making gambling legal will threaten society: legislator - Tuesday 8th of November 2005

Following the recently publicized scandal involving governmental officials and gambling, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Kuo Jung-chung (³¢ºa©v) yesterday warned against the legalization of gambling, saying that such a move would pr....


New casinos expected to create thousands of jobs - Tuesday 8th of November 2005

THOUSANDS of jobs, a mega entertainment complex, luxury hotels and budget lodges are on the cards for the Eastern Cape as moves accelerate to open two new casinos.The casinos will be in the Queenstown-Aliwal North area and Mthatha-Port St Johns regio....


Wynn layoffs are not planned - Monday 7th of November 2005

Wynn Las Vegas isnt laying off workers and has no plans to do so, the propertys top executive said Friday."There is no organized layoff," Wynn President Andrew Pascal said, calling a published report to the contrary inaccurate. "There are no staff re....


Technology cant beat us, casino cheat says - Monday 7th of November 2005

A self-proclaimed casino cheater has criticized the effectiveness of many technologies touted as anti-cheating measures--including controversial solutions like RFID and facial recognition--and suggested they are doomed to expensive failure. Richard M....


Singapore Casino Bidders to Compete With Designs, Tourism Draws - Monday 7th of November 2005

Las Vegas Sands Corp., MGM Mirage and the other bidders for the two Singapore casino resorts will now compete in areas such as architecture and tourism draws after the government decided to fix the land price, analysts said. Singapore yesterday said ....


Canadian group offers more information on downtown casino plan - Monday 7th of November 2005

Canadian developers say attaching a $300 million destination casino and 25 story hotel to the west side of Century II makes the most sense for a casino in downtown Wichita. They are also adding their support for a countywide referendum on gaming bef....


CryptoLogic Reports Profit Up - Sunday 6th of November 2005

Booming online poker handed gambling software maker CryptoLogic Inc. an 80 per cent rise in third-quarter profit, but the companys CEO said Thursday it remains committed to its core Internet casino operations. "The Toronto-headquartered company, whic....


Las Vegas Casino Companies Results Down - Sunday 6th of November 2005

Ameristar Casinos, a Las Vegas-based casino operator, on Thursday said its third-quarter net income fell from a year earlier, hurt by construction delays at a casino in Colorado. Meanwhile. Alliance Gaming, a Las Vegas slot maker, said it foresees an....


Boyd Weathers Through Quarter - Sunday 6th of November 2005

Boyd Gaming Corp. took a serious hit from hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the third quarter, but still managed to beat Wall Street expectations thanks to a lifeline from the Las Vegas locals market and Atlantic City. "The Las Vegas locals market is so....


Wynn Hotel Expects More Job Cuts - Sunday 6th of November 2005

Wynn Resorts Ltd. will lay off more workers after reporting a third-quarter loss of nearly $14.2 million, company officials said Thursday. After trimming 1,400 jobs from its opening day work force of 9,600, more cuts will be made Monday at the $2.7 b....


Harrahs Endures Challenges - Sunday 6th of November 2005

In the past five months, Harrahs Entertainment has experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. In June, the company subsumed gaming giant Caesars Entertainment, in the process becoming the worlds largest gaming company. But just as the c....


Bodog.com Posts Monday Night Football Odds - Sunday 6th of November 2005

Monday night features a grudge match between the unbeaten Indianapolis Colts and the defending champion New England Patriots, and Bodog.com oddsmakers have posted the odds. The Colts (7-0) opened as 3.5-point favorites as they prepare to face their n....


Memo Irks Maine Gaming Officials - Sunday 6th of November 2005

There are not a lot of perks that go along with being a member of Maines Gambling Control Board or the Maine Harness Racing Commission, so the chance to rub shoulders with Marilyn Monroe or James Dean didnt sound bad to Michael Peters - even if the c....


Casino Arizona Awards Record Poker Jackpot - Sunday 6th of November 2005

Did you ever think you could win a $250,000 jackpot with a low hand? Neither did Tim Armstrong, but he did win the largest bad beat poker jackpot in Arizona history at Casino Arizona at Talking Stick on Monday, October 31. Armstrong of Chandler walke....


Casino-Closing Proposal Sinking - Sunday 6th of November 2005

A bipartisan group of state senators is expressing opposition to a House bill that calls for closing Illinois riverboat casinos -- a proposal that looks all but scuttled for the time being. "State Sens. William Haine, D-Alton, and James Clayborne, D-....


Planet Hollywood Presents $380 Million Casino Plans - Sunday 6th of November 2005

The owner of the Planet Hollywood chain of theme restaurants presented city officials with plans for a $380 million casino along the Penns Landing waterfront yesterday. "The presentation came during a flurry of activity at City Hall as Ameristar Casi....


Reno Casinos Days Numbered - Sunday 6th of November 2005

The Golden Phoenix Hotel Casino and Resort will close Dec. 6 as developers get ready to convert the property into condominiums, for which 61 reservations have been made, officials said Thursday. "The property is having a job fair Wednesday for the 40....


Singapore Fixes Casino Land Price - Sunday 6th of November 2005

Singapore said companies competing for the right to build the countrys first casinos will pay a fixed price for land, a move aimed at averting a bidding war that would sap funds available for developing the projects. "The government will sell a 20.6-....


Casino Gambles on Flu Shot - Sunday 6th of November 2005

If youre not a gambler or a fan of extravagant stage shows and exotic cocktails, the Mohegan Sun Casino may have found another offering to reel you in: flu shots. "Mohegan Sun — located on Mohegan tribal land in Uncasville, Conn. — is offering an....


Casino Cheat: Technology Doomed to Fail - Sunday 6th of November 2005

A notorious casino cheat has suggested many of the technologies being touted as anti-cheating measures are doomed to expensive failure – criticising the effectiveness of controversial solutions such as RFID and facial recognition. "Richard Marcus t....


Majestic to Buy Trump Indiana - Sunday 6th of November 2005

The Majestic Star Casino, LLC ("Majestic") announced today that Majestic has signed a definitive agreement to purchase 100% of the stock of Trump Indiana, Inc. ("Trump Indiana"). Trump Indiana owns and operates a casino vessel and hotel at Buffington....


Sportsbook.com Posts This Weeks NFL Odds - Sunday 6th of November 2005

The New York Giants massacred the Washington Redskins last week 36-0, and fans apparently liked what they saw. At Sportsbook.com, 96 per cent of all money bet on the Giants versus 49ers game has gone to New York, despite a large 11 point spread on th....


Saratoga Gaming Donates $60,000 - Sunday 6th of November 2005

Saratoga Gaming and Raceway proudly presented $60,000 in charitable donations to six local organizations at a press conference and check presentation on Friday, November 4. The receiving organizations included Saratoga Care Foundation, the YMCA of Sa....


Magna to Sell Palm Beach Property - Sunday 6th of November 2005

Magna Entertainment Corp. today announced that it has entered into an agreement under which it will sell approximately 157 acres of its excess real estate located in Palm Beach County, Florida to Toll Bros, Inc., a Pennsylvania real estate developmen....


Century Casinos Reports Q3 Earnings - Sunday 6th of November 2005

For the quarter ended September 30, 2005, Century Casinos, Inc. (Nasdaq: CNTY) reported net earnings of $1,281,000 or $0.09 per share, compared to $1,233,000, or $0.09 per share, for the same period of 2004. Total earnings from operations were $1,945....


Isle of Capri Casinos Provides Update and Revises Q2 Estimate - Sunday 6th of November 2005

Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. on Thursday announced that it expects fiscal second quarter earnings for the company to be below the low end of its August 12, 2005 (pre-Katrina) guidance of a $.01 per share loss. Due primarily to the effect on its busine....


Heard It On The River - Sunday 6th of November 2005

GOLDSTRIKE CASINO has been selected as the exclusive site for the WORLD POKER TOURS annual tournament in Tunica and it is scheduled for Jan. 20-23, the culmination of the casinos World Poker Open which begins Jan. 9. "We want to expand our presence i....


80 Arrested In Largest Gambling Raid In Decades - Sunday 6th of November 2005

Eighty poker players have been charged with illegal gambling in what Baltimore police said was the largest gambling raid in the city in decades.The arrests occurred Wednesday night at a club called the Owls Nest in a refurbished warehouse near Camden....


Stockbroker jailed for stealing £370k to feed net gambling addiction - Saturday 5th of November 2005

A STOCKBROKER who stole more than £370,000 from his firm to fund his gambling addiction has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.Graham Houghton, 33, embezzled cheques from Brewin Dolphin Security, an international stocks and shares company where he....


Casino owner London Clubs denies bid rumours - Saturday 5th of November 2005

London Clubs International has not received a bid approach, Chief Executive Bill Timmins said on Friday, after the casino owners shares gained 22 percent in four days on bid rumours. "It has been up and down the last few days," he told Reuters. "I ca....


Trump to sell Lake Michigan casino, hotel - Saturday 5th of November 2005

Donald Trumps casino company says it has agreed to sell its Lake Michigan riverboat and hotel to The Majestic Star Casino LLC in a $253 million deal.Trump Indiana owns and operates a riverboat casino and hotel at Buffington Harbor in Gary.The sale of....


The real Bugsy? His era was very short-lived - Saturday 5th of November 2005

Its amazing that men and women capable of exercising fine judgment in their own fields of expertise surrender themselves to fanciful half-truths and fabrications when it comes to the history of the Las Vegas casino industry.There are plenty of exampl....


Technology cant beat us, casino cheat says - Saturday 5th of November 2005

A self-proclaimed casino cheater has criticized the effectiveness of many technologies touted as anti-cheating measures--including controversial solutions like RFID and facial recognition--and suggested they are doomed to expensive failure. Richard M....


Singapore Casino Bidders to Compete With Designs, Tourism Draws - Saturday 5th of November 2005

Las Vegas Sands Corp., MGM Mirage and the other bidders for the two Singapore casino resorts will now compete in areas such as architecture and tourism draws after the government decided to fix the land price, analysts said. Singapore yesterday said ....


Canadian group offers more information on downtown casino plan - Saturday 5th of November 2005

Canadian developers say attaching a $300 million destination casino and 25 story hotel to the west side of Century II makes the most sense for a casino in downtown Wichita. They are also adding their support for a countywide referendum on gaming bef....


PokeRound.com Launches Tournaments - Saturday 5th of November 2005

Full House Entertainment N.V., software provider of the leading edge online poker site PokeRound.com, announces the launch of its online tournaments, featuring a variety of tournament types and prizes such as World Poker Tour (WPT) PokerBootCamp 2-Da....


GoldenPalace.com Goes to Prison - Saturday 5th of November 2005

After several years of outrageous public marketing spectacles online casino GoldenPalace.com has finally gone to jail. The Internet casino recently sponsored the Angola Prison Rodeo, the longest running prison rodeo in the country. Since 1965, the An....


Communities receive grants of $28m from gaming - Saturday 5th of November 2005

Communities receive grants of $28 million from gaming machine trusts during SeptemberMonthly performance figures show community organizations received grants of approximately $28 million from gaming machine trusts during the month of September.The Ch....


Super casino will bring in jobs and boost economy, says tourism - Saturday 5th of November 2005

SUPER casino in Glasgow would bring massive benefits to Scotland and raise standards across the service sector, according to the chairman of VisitScotland.Peter Lederer backed Glasgows bid in a private meeting yesterday at the citys chamber of comme....


Profitable bent for gambling - Saturday 5th of November 2005

He has had his ups and downs but life is definitely on the up at present for James Packer as he follows in father Kerrys glittering footsteps. DAMON KITNEY reports. He may be stretched out on the office couch sipping peppermint tea but James Packer s....


Emperors slot machine move stalls opening - Saturday 5th of November 2005

Emperor Entertainment Hotel, a hotel- casino developer controlled by tycoon Albert Yeung, will spend with its partners an additional HK$80 million to install slot machines in its namesake hotel-casino in Macau before it opens this month, about eight ....


PartyGaming makes move for Empire - Saturday 5th of November 2005

ONLINE poker giant PartyGaming today set its sights on a takeover of Empire Online a fortnight after forcing its rival into a profits warning. It is the second time that Empire Online has attracted bid interest after internet gaming firm Sportingbet....


CASINO EARNINGS: Wynn Resorts loss slims - Saturday 5th of November 2005

Wynn Resorts Ltd. will lay off more workers after reporting a third-quarter loss of nearly $14.2 million, company officials said Thursday.After trimming 1,400 jobs from its opening day work force of 9,600, more cuts will be made Monday at the $2.7 bi....


Land price for Marina Bay integrated resort site set at S$1.2b - Friday 4th of November 2005

The government has fixed the land price for the Marina Bay integrated resort site at S$1.2 billion. This should help reassure bidders that the battle to land the project will not descend into a price war. The announcement was made at a heavyweight ne....


Singapore Casino RFP To Be Launched Nov 15 - Friday 4th of November 2005

Singapore on Friday said it will issue a formal request for proposals for a casino resort near the city center on Nov. 15, and that it will choose the successful bidder based on the bidders proposed concept.Applications for the casino resort at Marin....


WA threatens to block Betfair - Friday 4th of November 2005

WESTERN Australia would consider outlawing the unauthorised use of race fields if the Tasmanian Government licenses British online gambling agency Betfair.Tasmanian Premier Paul Lennon yesterday announced his governments approval for a joint venture ....


Empire Online shares fall despite PartyGaming bid approach - Friday 4th of November 2005

PartyGaming, the controversial internet gambling company which floated in June, disclosed yesterday it had made a takeover approach to the rival poker site Empire Online. The approach is the second that Empire has received in the past two months and,....


Casino flushes out poltergeist - Friday 4th of November 2005

WHEN theres something strange in your neighbourhood, who ya gonna call?Buddhist monks. At least you would if the haunt in question is Crown Casino and you dont want to spook your lucrative Asian highrollers.A spirit-cleansing ceremony was recently pe....


Casinos look beyond bank ATMs - Friday 4th of November 2005

With banks taking a renewed interest in off-site automated teller locations, it would seem only natural that casinos would be prime targets. The opposite is true in Las Vegas though, as traditional financial institutions abandon their ATMs on the gam....


Harrahs to upgrade Boardwalk casinos - Friday 4th of November 2005

Caesars and Ballys, two aging casinos that have lost some of their cachet in recent years, will be given a makeover to upgrade their "grossly substandard" hotel rooms, their new owner said Thursday.Harrahs Entertainment Inc., which acquired Caesars E....


888 is flush as web poker flourishes - Thursday 3rd of November 2005

INTERNET casino 888 Holdings gave encouragement to the online gaming sector as the number of regular players on its tables more than doubled in 12 months.The number of people who gambled with 888 between July and September was up 118 per cent on the ....


South African Gambling Board Chief Grilled Over Salary - Wednesday 2nd of November 2005

National Gambling Board chief executive officer Thibedi Majake was today grilled by MPs over his salary, which is higher than that of cabinet ministers. "During the Gambling Boards annual report presentation to the Trade and Industry Portfolio Commit....


Aspers Casino Now Open - Wednesday 2nd of November 2005

Damian Aspinalls flagship casino and entertainment venue, Aspers, is now open at The Gate in Newcastle, following a VIP launch yesterday evening (27 October). "His partner, Donna Air and the sheriff, deputy lord mayor of Newcastle, Councillor Diane P....


MGM Mirage Named Among Top 25 Companies for African-Americans - Wednesday 2nd of November 2005

MGM Mirage has been recognized as one of the "Top 25 Companies for African-Americans," according to the Fall Issue of Black Professionals Magazine. The list salutes major corporations for their workforce and supplier diversity initiatives, in additio....


Harrahs Announces Exchange Offer for $1 Billion in Notes - Wednesday 2nd of November 2005

Harrahs Operating Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Harrahs Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:HET), announced an offer to exchange any and all of its outstanding $1 billion of unsecured 5.625% Senior Notes due 2015 (the "old notes") issued in private-placement ....


Isle of Capri Casinos Reports Executive Changes - Wednesday 2nd of November 2005

Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. (Nasdaq: ISLE) officials announced today that Donn Mitchell has been named senior vice president and chief accounting officer following the planned retirement of Rexford A. Yeisley, chief financial officer at calendar year....


LV Sands Signs Macau Resorts to Management Deal - Wednesday 2nd of November 2005

Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) announced today that Asia Pacifics leading luxury hotel group, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts -- which manages 49 hotels and more than 22,000 rooms -- will manage two hotels inside a 39-floor building being built by L....


Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Posts Gaming Applications - Wednesday 2nd of November 2005

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today posted applications for Category 2 and Category 3 gaming facilities, as well as instructions for filing these applications, on its Web site. Act 71 of 2004 authorizes the Board to license 14 slot-machine ga....


Spectre Gaming Names New Appointees - Wednesday 2nd of November 2005

Spectre Gaming, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: SGMG) announced today that effective immediately it has appointed Kevin M. Greer as Chief Financial Officer and Secretary. The Company has also added D. Bradly Olah, President of Spectre, to the Companys boar....


888 Reports Q3 Revenues Rose - Wednesday 2nd of November 2005

As reported by AFX News: "888 Holdings PLC, the Gibraltar-based online gaming group, reported a 56 pct rise in third quarter revenues and said its business continued to perform in line with expectations. "In a statement, the company said net gaming r....


Coral Eurobet Mobile Casino Service Launched - Wednesday 2nd of November 2005

Zone4Play, Inc. ("Zone4Play" or the "Company") (OTCBB: ZFPI), a developer of interactive software and technology for the betting and gaming industry, is pleased to announce the launch of the Coral Eurobet mobile casino service. Coral Eurobet, one of ....


Lasseters Online Launches New Commission Structure - Wednesday 2nd of November 2005

Lasseters Online, an online casino licensed and regulated by Australias Northern Territory Government, launches a brand-new commission structure this November 1, 2005, rewarding depositing player activity tracked through its Income Access-managed Aff....


Oregon Tribal Casino Overview Revealed - Wednesday 2nd of November 2005

A sprawling glass-encased structure with an eight-story hotel would transform La Center-area farmland into a casino-resort under a Cowlitz Indian Tribe proposal. "That vision emerges as the preferred option for developing 152 acres on the west side o....


French Lick Casino Construction Ahead of Schedule - Wednesday 2nd of November 2005

Although the operating agent agreement between the Indiana Gaming Commission and the partnership building a casino in Orange County has never been signed, construction on the casino continues and is running ahead of schedule. "As state gambling regul....


California Tribal Chair Defends Casinos - Wednesday 2nd of November 2005

The Barstow Casinos and Resort project does not infringe on the land of any existing Indian tribes, and critics in other tribes are simply trying to protect the profits of their existing casinos, according to the chairman of one of the two tribes bui....


Wynn, Landrys War of Words - Wednesday 2nd of November 2005

The battle between Golden Nugget owner Landrys Restaurants and Wynn Las Vegas owner Steve Wynn intensified Monday as the two sides failed to agree on the details of a dispute over a former Wynn casino boss who quit his post to take a job running the ....


California Tribe Fights for New Gambling Agreement - Wednesday 2nd of November 2005

Frustrated and angry at the Legislatures refusal to approve its new gambling agreement, an Imperial County Indian tribe is preparing to go around state lawmakers for permission to expand its casino. "The Quechan tribe will ask the Schwarzenegger admi....


Casino Opponents Applaud Illinois House Bill - Wednesday 2nd of November 2005

As reported by the A bill to eliminate casinos that just passed the Illinois House of Representatives may never even get called to the Senate floor. "That has not dissuaded gambling opponents -- among them those who came to the forefront following a ....


Poker All-Stars Square Off for 2005 Tournament of Champions - Wednesday 2nd of November 2005

Many of the biggest names in poker will descend on Caesars Palace next week to compete for $2 million in total prize money at the 2005 World Series of Poker® Tournament of Champions, Harrahs Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: HET) said. The free-roll tourna....


Sportsbook.com Releases Olympic Hockey Odds - Wednesday 2nd of November 2005

Four years after the U.S.A. lost the gold-medal game in Salt Lake City to Canada, odds makers do not foresee the American squad battling their northerly neighbors in a rematch at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin. The U.S.A is listed with 8-1 od....


Betfair Decision Stays Shrouded in Secrecy - Wednesday 2nd of November 2005

Secrecy surrounds Tasmanias decision on whether to license British online gambling agency Betfair. "Premier Paul Lennon was in Melbourne yesterday meeting members of the racing industry. "Speculation heightened that the deal had been done, although a....


California Tribes Make $8 Million Casino Payment - Wednesday 2nd of November 2005

Six California Indian tribes who are members of the California Tribal Business Alliance sent $8million in quarterly payments to the state today. "The latest quarterly payments by the tribes, five of which signed amended Indian gaming compacts, brings....


Rhode Island Slots Boom Slowing Down - Tuesday 1st of November 2005

"Rhode Islands booming gambling industry is showing its first signs of weakness. "For years, slot machines at Lincoln Park and Newport Grand have seen double-digit growth. But now -- while the machines are still extremely profitable -- they are not p....


Outage Interrupts Downtown, Casino - Tuesday 1st of November 2005

"Was it a rainstorm that caused power to go out in downtown Shreveport, just near quitting time? "While AEP-SWEPCO officials blamed a car hitting a power line for the 30-minute outage at about 4:30 p.m. Monday, many workers at 330 downtown offices we....


Illinois Votes to Abolish Casinos - Tuesday 1st of November 2005

As reported by the Chicago Sun-Times: "Aiming at an industry that is broke, House Democrats voted overwhelmingly Thursday to abolish casino gambling -- a move that could end talk of gambling expansion and bolster the political fortunes of socially co....


Golden Nugget Host Televised Events - Tuesday 1st of November 2005

Televisions hottest game returns to the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for two made-for-television poker games featuring some of the biggest names in poker. The two televised events -- High Stakes Poker, produced for GSN, and Poker Super....


Philadelphia Casinos Would Add Jobs, Revenue - Tuesday 1st of November 2005

As reported by the Philadelphia Business Journal: "Two casinos slated for construction in Philadelphia could generate between $668 million and $747 million in their first full year of operation, according to the final report of the Philadelphia Gamin....


Mega Millions Jackpot Reaches $165 Million - Tuesday 1st of November 2005

Mega Millions excitement is growing along with the jackpot - and players are lining up for a piece of the action. Nearly 890,000 tickets were winners in the Friday, October 28 Mega Millions drawing. That includes seven tickets that each won $250,000.....


Christchurch Casino May Get Makeover - Tuesday 1st of November 2005

As reported by the New Zealand Stuff: "…Sky City Entertainment chief executive Evan Davies hinted at expansion plans for the investment at Sky Citys annual meeting. "Sky City paid $93.75 million for a 41 per cent share in the casino last year and M....


Pennsylvania Towns Join Casino License Battle - Tuesday 1st of November 2005

As reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "…Developers and gambling interests in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia wont be the only ones fighting it out to secure lucrative state licenses to operate slot machine casinos. "Potential operators in Gettysb....


Former Casino Workers Face Federal Charges - Tuesday 1st of November 2005

As reported by the Minnesota Star Tribune: "The U.S. Attorneys Office has charged six former casino employees with filing phony paperwork to get reimbursed for jackpots they never paid to customers. "Roger S. Burnette, 32, of Naytahwaush, Minn., is a....


Seneca Casino Breaks Ground for Hotel - Tuesday 1st of November 2005

As reported by the Times Herald: "The Seneca Allegany Casino took another step forward to its eventual completion Saturday afternoon as members of the Seneca Nation Tribal Council and representatives from the Seneca Gaming Corporation broke ground fo....


Australians Still In Love with Gambling - Tuesday 1st of November 2005

As reported by the Australia National Nine News: "As Australians prepare for the race that stops a nation new data shows there is no stopping the nations love of a flutter, with $17.4 billion spent on gambling in the past year. "…The average Austra....


Landrys in Hot Water With Wynn - Tuesday 1st of November 2005

Restaurant king Tilman Fertitta must be feeling some indigestion about one of his first moves in charge of the Golden Nuggets in Las Vegas and Laughlin. Fertittas Landrys Restaurants bought the properties last month. In court filings last week, Wynn ....


Singapore to Form Casino Exclusion Panel - Tuesday 1st of November 2005

As reported by Channel News Asia: "Family members can possibly apply to have a loved one banned from the casinos even before the integrated resorts start operating. "The National Council on Problem Gambling will be forming a panel to assess such excl....


Missouri Problem Gambling Alliance Names New Chair - Tuesday 1st of November 2005

Joanne Collins, a member of the Board of Commissioners for the Port Authority of Kansas City, recently was named chairperson of the Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling, a group of public, private and non-profit organizations that work together....


Card Counters and the Surreality of the Professional Blackjack Players Ball - Tuesday 1st of November 2005

Casino bosses liken blackjack card counters to bloodsuckers, or evil creatures dying to plunder and pillage their table games. Usually, its just a figure of speech. But not Saturday night, when some of the worlds best blackjack players dressed as vam....


Anti-Casino Group Collect Signatures - Tuesday 1st of November 2005

As reported by the Buffalo News: "Opponents of a Buffalo casino are planning to take their case to the top federal official who, they say, must approve a transfer of land to the Seneca Nation of Indians. "Members of an anti-casino group spent the wee....


Gaming Commission approves land based casino site - Tuesday 1st of November 2005

The state Gaming Commission has approved Mississippis first legal casino site for land-based gambling.The Sun-Herald of Biloxi reported on its Web site Thursday night that the commission would meet on the Gulf Coast next month for an update on the in....


Even low rollers can become high flyers at Virgin Casino - Tuesday 1st of November 2005

Virgin Casino has launched the world’s first ever casino loyalty scheme allowing its members to earn Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles whilst playing. All of Virgin Casino’s members will now receive High Flyer Club points whenever they play cash ....