Casino and Gambling news stories from Oct 2005

World Poker Tour to air on prime time TV in UK - Monday 31st of October 2005

The cult US TV series, World Poker Tour (WPT), is the first poker show to be broadcast on prime time television in the UK. ITV4 has licensed series I and II of the World Poker Tour for prime time Friday night viewing, first airing on Friday 4 Novembe....


Online Casino Posts Odds Regarding New Dress Code - Wednesday 26th of October 2005

Bodog, an online gambling site that combines online casino games with sports gambling, has posted odds with regards to the new dress code initiated by NBA commissioner David Stern. Online casinos players will be given the chance to bet on who they th....


Online Casino Industry Set For Financial Rebound - Wednesday 26th of October 2005

Like any sector in the market place, the online casino industry will see financial dips and peaks. Recent speculation about the IPO´s of several well known online casinos and software developers have also been the source of much reporting and activi....


Guggenheim Hermitage Still in the Game - Wednesday 26th of October 2005

There was the 18th-century "Portrait of Tsar Mikhail Fedorovich" and a quiet discussion about the Russian czars life. There was an enthusiastic docent and students with questions. It was a beautiful moment with free-flowing conversation, a tradition,....


Wynn to Close Gallery - Wednesday 26th of October 2005

Word around the Las Vegas art community is that Steve Wynn is closing the gallery at Wynn Las Vegas. A source close to Wynn said this week that the resort owner is planning to shut the doors of the Wynn Collection. Gallery Director Melissa Doumitt sa....


A race to refloat Gulf casinos - Wednesday 26th of October 2005

Some experts thought it would take years for the Gulf Coasts casino industry to rebuild after being flattened by Hurricane Katrina.Beau Rivages recently appointed president, George Corchis, has other plans. Corchis, on the job for just a month, wants....


Gambling watchdogs mission to reform - Tuesday 25th of October 2005

One month into the existence of the gambling industrys powerful new watchdog, Peter Dean is reflecting on the public outcry that greeted the biggest overhaul in gambling laws for almost 40 years. In an interview with the Financial Times, the chairman....


Listed companies exit to cut their losses on casino cruise ship - Tuesday 25th of October 2005

Two listed companies that invested a combined HK$111 million into junket operations on the Omar III cruise liner have unwound their stakes.The two companies, Guo Xin Group and Century Legend (Holdings) announced late last month that the Omar III had ....


Blow for Galaxy VIP rooms - Tuesday 25th of October 2005

The planned listing of high-stakes gambling rooms at Macaus Galaxy Casino has been further delayed at least until next year because of adverse market conditions, sources familiar with the situation said.The IPO plan might even be shelved due to "disc....


Columnist Jeff Simpson: MGM, Lanni just keep growing - Tuesday 25th of October 2005

MGM Mirage Chairman and Chief Executive Terry Lanni thinks big.The states biggest employer and taxpayer has four huge projects on its plate, but Lanni and his brain trust are already gameplanning the companys next wave of development.In a meeting in ....


Castaways fate sealed, bowling alley to be spared - Tuesday 25th of October 2005

Implosion of the derelict Castaways Hotel & Casino could happen as early as January, pending city approval. Once the requisite demolition permits are supplied, LVI Environmental of Nevada is prepared to topple the 447-room hotel tower at the eastern ....


Century Casinos Announces Extension of Agreement With Oceania Cruises Until 2012 - Tuesday 25th of October 2005

Century Casinos, Inc. (CNTY) announced today that it has extended the Casino Concession Agreement with Oceania Cruises, Inc. until the year 2012. Currently, the company operates the casinos on two of Oceania Cruises vessels and will commence casino o....


The king of real estates cashing out - Monday 24th of October 2005

NEW YORK (Fortune) - Tom Barrack, arguably the worlds greatest real estate investor, is methodically selling off his U.S. real estate holdings as prices drive the market to nosebleed levels. He likens the current real estate market to a game of polo.....


Broward drafts slots-rules plan - Monday 24th of October 2005

Broward County unveiled a 422-page framework Friday for regulating casinos, a task taken on by county commissioners after lawmakers failed this spring to write guidelines to allow slot machines at four Broward parimutuels.The newly released regulatio....


New betting system set to take off - Monday 24th of October 2005

A betting system which was rejected by the New Zealand racing industry seven years ago, is about to take off, on the other side of the world.Members of Britains wealthy racing aristocracy have bought into the race-o concept, and theyve signed up a sm....


Some lose more than their shirt at casinos - Sunday 23rd of October 2005

Cell phones galore, enough eyeglasses to open an optical store, car and house keys, new clothing with the sales tags still attached, suitcases, wallets full of cash, dentures, jewelry.In the nine years Ojeda has run the lost-and-found room at the Tru....


Casino robbery: 3rd man held - Sunday 23rd of October 2005

A third Zimbabwean man has been arrested in connection with a multimillion-rand robbery at Montecasino earlier this month, said police. The 30-year-old suspect was found in possession of a "substantial amount of money" at a flat in Yeoville on Thursd....


Low confidence index hits gaming stocks - Saturday 22nd of October 2005

Just six months ago, the stocks of the biggest gaming companies were riding high on a wave of economic growth in Las Vegas that continues to defy the skeptics.That was before two big hurricanes struck the Gulf Coast, decimating several casinos and da....


An ill wind on Gulf Coast blows casino operators some good - Saturday 22nd of October 2005

Godzilla at his most dyspeptic never visited destruction upon Tokyo such as that inflicted on the Biloxi/Gulfport/Bay St. Louis stretch of Mississippis Gulf Coast. Once home to a dozen floating casinos, with a Hard Rock Hotel franchise due to kick of....


Lake Tahoe casino chips on eBay for $1 million - Saturday 22nd of October 2005

In one of the highest legitimate bids in eBay history, a collection of Nevada casino chips and tokens - some from the felt tables of Bugsy Siegels Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, Frank Sinatras Cal Neva and Harrahs Lake Tahoe - has received an opening o....


PartyGaming ‘may look at acquisitions’ - Saturday 22nd of October 2005

PARTYGAMING, the London-listed owner of PartyPoker, the world’s largest internet poker site, hinted at acquisitions yesterday after it unveiled a sharp rise in revenues. The group, which last month saw more than £2 billion wiped off its market val....


Gambling industry called to intensify their expansion - Saturday 22nd of October 2005

The Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Cde Reuben Marumahoko has called on gaming and lottery industry to expand their services in order to create employment and support the socio economic development goals.Cde Marumahoko says government continues to p....


"M" is for megaresort - Saturday 22nd of October 2005

A proposed $1.8 billion, 79-acre mixed-use resort could bring Henderson its tallest and biggest buildings to date. Anthony Marnell III has received initial approval for the "M Resort" at the southeast corner of St. Rose Parkway and Las Vegas Boulevar....


Winning lottery ticket worth $340 million was sold in Oregon Gold Rush town - Saturday 22nd of October 2005

Someone in this Gold Rush town struck it rich with a $340 million Powerball ticket.The winner of the second-largest U.S. lottery jackpot bought the lucky ticket either at Rays Food Place or JVille Tavern, the towns only lottery-ticket sellers. A runn....


Now, Fairmount and the rest of Illinois horse racing industry want the casinos to pay for that lost business. Legislation, to be presented in Springfield next month, would require a 3 percent tax on c - Saturday 22nd of October 2005

The state hit a jackpot of its own from this weeks record Powerball game.The Powerball run, which started Aug. 13 and ended Wednesday night with a record $340 million grand prize, resulted in $18.6 million of Powerball sales in Iowa.The state treasur....


Casino tax measure - Saturday 22nd of October 2005

At Fairmount Park, the effect of a decade of casino competition is spelled out in shorter weekly horse racing schedules, and counted out in lighter purses.For the first time since World War II, Fairmount will host fewer than 100 racing days next year....


Casino plan for pier fire resort - Saturday 22nd of October 2005

Proposals to create a regional casino at a holiday resort where a big fire damaged part of its landmark pier have been revealed. Southend Pier was badly damaged on 9 October and there are fears delays in its restoration could have an effect on the Es....


Lloyds confirms police lawsuit - Saturday 22nd of October 2005

JOHANNESBURG Lloyds confirms police lawsuitFri, 21 Oct 2005....


New resorts to take up Station in Reno area - Saturday 22nd of October 2005

Station Casinos has spent the past decade building a lucrative empire of locals casinos with its properties becoming as much a part of Las Vegas neighborhoods as churches and schools.With Station setting its sights on Reno for two or more casinos, it....


Nevada regulators approve Hooters casino licensing - Saturday 22nd of October 2005

The new Hooters Casino Hotel, scheduled to open in early February, won a final approval Thursday from Nevada regulators after a top company executive outlined a marketing strategy to make the resort the "toga party" for Las Vegas.Ed Droste, a co-foun....


Macau visitor arrivals up 13 pct in first nine mths - Saturday 22nd of October 2005

Macau, the only city in China where casinos are legal, recorded 13.7 million visitor arrivals in the first three quarters of the year, up 13 percent from the same period last year, the statistics department said on Friday. Same-day visitor accounted ....


PartyGaming comfortable with market expectations for 2005 UPDATE - Saturday 22nd of October 2005

PartyGaming PLC, owner of PartyPoker.com, the worlds most popular poker website, reported in-line third quarter to end-September trading, an encouraging start to its fourth quarter and reassured on the outlook, helping to restore confidence in the in....


Harrahs Entertainment, Keppel Land Team Up With Centre Pompidou - Saturday 22nd of October 2005

Harrahs Entertainment, Inc. and Singapore partner Keppel Land have entered into a strategic alliance with the Centre Pompidou of Paris, France, one of the worlds leading cultural institutions. Centre Pompidou will assist Harrahs and Keppel in creat....


NIGA head says casinos, communities will rebound - Saturday 22nd of October 2005

National Indian Gaming Association Chairman Ernie Stevens Jr. visited the Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville earlier this week to meet with Tunica-Biloxi tribal officials and to present to the tribe an award for post-Hurricane Katrina efforts in hel....


Uncertain Future For Harrahs In Lake Charles - Saturday 22nd of October 2005

The gaming industry took a hard hit from hurricane Rita, but some casinos are already back up and running, or will be in the near future. That does not appear to be the case for Harrahs in Lake Charles. Officials with the casino say they have no idea....


Ainsworth sues retired policeman - Friday 21st of October 2005

It was July 28, 1993 and Australian poker machine king Len Ainsworth had taken a posse of Aristocrat Leisure staff, including two of his sons, to a licensing hearing of the Nevada Gaming Commission. At stake was "hundreds of millions of dollars" of b....


Columnist John Katsilometes: A casino chip collection not online you should know about - Friday 21st of October 2005

An anonymous Denver businessman is auctioning his extensive collection of casino chips on eBay. The opening bid for the 6,800-chip collection is $1 million. Experts have placed a value of between $2 million and $3 million for the lot.Meanwhile, here ....


Hoyzer proposed fixing matches, says betting boss - Friday 21st of October 2005

Robert Hoyzer, the referee at the centre of Germanys match-fixing scandal, came up with the idea of rigging games, the alleged ringleader of the two-million euro fraud told a court on Thursday.Ante Sapina, who prosecutors accuse of leading a criminal....


The games afoot at £7m casino - Friday 21st of October 2005

GLAMOROUS Las Vegas-style showgirls dancing on stage will welcome select guests to the opening of the £7 million Opera House Casino in Scarborough on Wednesday.The development is the single largest leisure investment in Scarborough for more than 30 ....


Progressive Gaming Plunges on 3Q Outlook - Friday 21st of October 2005

Progressive Gaming International Corp. saw its shares plummet Thursday after the maker of slot machines and video games said it now expects to post a loss per share for the third quarter.Shares of the Las Vegas company slid $3.57, or 28.9 percent, to....


Boardwalk runs out - Friday 21st of October 2005

The suspense is over for employees of the Boardwalk on the Strip, who have learned that the hotel will close Jan. 9.On Friday, parent company MGM Mirage mailed letters to the Boardwalks 749 employees, informing them that they will lose their jobs Jan....


Lottery Jackpot Hits $340 Million - Friday 21st of October 2005

A ticket sold in Oregon matched all six numbers drawn in Wednesdays Powerball game to win the $340 million jackpot. The drawing capped off a day of heavy sales in all 27 states where Powerball is played, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Vir....


Lakeside bids to run casino - Friday 21st of October 2005

ONE of the 17 new casinos set to be built in the UK could be coming to Frimley Green as part of a £30million development at the Lakeside Country Club.Bob Potter (pictured), the owner of the leisure complex, hopes that securing a licence for a large ....


Sisters win appeal over casino dismissal - Friday 21st of October 2005

The Court of Appeal yesterday confirmed two rulings of the Industrial Tribunal and awarded two sisters a total of Lm10,200 between them after establishing that the women had been unlawfully dismissed from their work.Yesterdays judgments were delivere....


Casino tax income soars 17 pct in first 3 quarters - Friday 21st of October 2005

Macaos income from direct gaming tax rose 17.7 percent year-on-year in the first three quarters, according to official statistics issued here on Thursday. The statistics released by the Finance Service Bureau (FSB) showed that the gaming tax reached ....


Jordan admits gambling mistakes - Friday 21st of October 2005

NBA legend Michael Jordan has admitted his famed love of gambling has got him into "stupid" situations in the past. But Jordan, who led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles in the 1990s, told 60 Minutes on CBS that betting never jeopardised his liveli....


Mayor Ray Nagin said Wednesday he is abandoning his proposal to create a downtown casino district as a way of revitalizing the citys shattered economy, bitterly complaining of resistance from politici - Friday 21st of October 2005

Britains casinos have missed out on a boom in online gaming over the past several years, but deals with sports-betting firms still offer a belated route into the new multi-billion-dollar industry.Online casinos and poker rooms are currently raking in....


New Orleans Mayor Drops Casino Idea - Friday 21st of October 2005

Mayor Ray Nagin said Wednesday he is abandoning his proposal to create a downtown casino district as a way of revitalizing the citys shattered economy, bitterly complaining of resistance from politicians around the state."We have the most significant....


City removes iron gates to casino bridge - Friday 21st of October 2005

About 200 police were deployed in Tao Poon area while city workers removed two iron gates on a bridge leading to a building that used to house a casino. The gates were removed under the Public Places Maintenance Act as the city believes they were enc....


Expansion on the cards at spread betting firm - Wednesday 19th of October 2005

SPREAD betting firm Sporting Index was today gearing up for expansion after changing hands in a £75.8m deal.The group, which allows punters to bet on sporting events online, over the telephone and through Sky television, could move into new countrie....


Church accuses online casino ad of linking booze and gambling - Friday 21st of October 2005

A poster ad campaign for online casino company Victor Chandler, featuring Rowland Rivron, has attracted a complaint from The Methodist Church, which labelled the ads as irresponsible for linking drinking and gambling. One poster appeared on the Lon....


Croat admits guilt in German bets scandal - Wednesday 19th of October 2005

A Croatian man admitted his guilt on Tuesday in a two million euro German match-fixing scam that has deeply embarrassed soccer authorities preparing to host next years World Cup."Regarding the charges in the indictment, I wish to say that they are es....


Unprecedented eBay Auction Receives $1 Million Opening Bid for Collection of Historic Casino Chips and Tokens, Announces Marina Capital LLC - Wednesday 19th of October 2005

In one of the highest legitimate bids in eBay history, a collection of Nevada casino chips and tokens -- some from the felt tables of Bugsy Siegels Las Vegas -- has received an opening offer of $1 million.ADVERTISEMENT The gavel is slated to come do....


PartyGaming to reveal its hand - Wednesday 19th of October 2005

When online poker-room PartyGaming (PRTY.L: Quote, Profile, Research) warned on growth last month, its shares took one of the most dramatic dives in recent years.Its warning that growth was "moderating" hardly counts as a severe profit-warning, yet i....


Empire Online says profit will be 10% lower than City forecasts - Wednesday 19th of October 2005

The fledgling online poker industry was hit by yet another warning yesterday as Empire Online admitted that profits for this year will fall 10% below the Citys forecasts after it was jilted by partner Party Gaming. The news saw shares in Empire drop ....


Mississippi casino boats are moving onto dry land - Wednesday 19th of October 2005

Mississippi is betting that casinos will help revitalize the hurricane-battered Gulf Coast. A new law allowing them to rebuild onshore was signed Monday by Gov. Haley Barbour. All 13 floating hotel-casinos on the Mississippi coast were damaged or de....


B135bn gamble on casino resort - Wednesday 19th of October 2005

A Thai-Japanese joint venture yesterday announced a 10-year, 135-billion-baht development plan to build a floating Phuket Bay International City. Umezawa & Thai Partners Architect Co wants to develop an international convention and exhibition centre ....


Poker Industry Expo to be held December 3-4, 2005 in Costa Rica - Wednesday 19th of October 2005

Ticonderoga Ventures, Inc. announces the Poker Industry Conference and Convention will be held the weekend of December 3-4, 2005 in Costa Rica at the Barcelo San Jose Palacio.The Poker Industry Expo (http://www.PokerIndustryExpo.com) is an event that....


Two new resorts will give Henderson piece of the Strip - Wednesday 19th of October 2005

Six miles south of the Strip on Las Vegas Boulevard, two relative newcomers to the gaming business are betting big on resorts that aim to create an alternative for tourists.Anthony Marnell III last week received preliminary approvals to build the M R....


Bellagio is favorite Vegas resort, visitor survey shows - Wednesday 19th of October 2005

A new independent tourism survey says Bellagio is the favorite casino resort in Las Vegas.And, of visitors who are members of a frequent-player loyalty program, most have an MGM Mirage Players Club card.The survey, released today by New York-based Ma....


Gamings tangled web - Wednesday 19th of October 2005

As Americans help fuel the growth of Internet gambling, which will generate $12 billion in revenue this year, the battle over its legality continuesThe Internet gambling business is a study in contradictions.The Justice Department says its against th....


Mississippi governor signs laws allowing casinos devastated by Katrina to rebuild on land - Wednesday 19th of October 2005

Floating casinos that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina can be rebuilt on solid ground under legislation signed Monday by Gov. Haley Barbour that could lead to major changes in the tourism industry along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. All 13 hotel-ca....


Racing Victoria offers alternative to Betfair - Wednesday 19th of October 2005

Racing Victoria has made a lucrative multi- million-dollar offer to Tasmania that would see an increase in prizemoney, more races and the scrapping of nomination fees. Under the proposal, some administrative functions would be merged to cut costs and....


Online gaming firms bet on tie-up - Wednesday 19th of October 2005

Leisure & Gaming said the purchase of Stanley Entertainment would boost its customer base and complement its recent purchase of online gambling firm VIP. The two also agreed a link-up, under which Leisure & Gaming will develop any future Stanley onli....


Comprehensive Casino Control Bill released for public discussion - Wednesday 19th of October 2005

The Casino Control Bill released on Monday for public discussion is a comprehensive one. However those who have been following the debate closely since last year warned it may not fully address some social implications arising from the liberalisation....


Kangwon Land Casino Under Probe - Tuesday 18th of October 2005

The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy (MOCIE) Monday launched a probe into Kangwon Land, the country’s casino for Koreans in Chongson, Kangwon Province, on suspicions that it is improperly hiring workers.The ministry said it has dispatched ....


Moscow to raise taxes on gambling in 2006 - Tuesday 18th of October 2005

Moscow city authorities are planning to double the gambling tax on slot machines and to increase the taxes on gambling tables and bookmaking offices by 25%, a city official said Monday."Gambling taxes will be raised to the highest level determined by....


New casino breaks membership record - Tuesday 18th of October 2005

More than 5,000 people have already become members of the St Thomas Street casino even though it hasnt opened yet.The casino began taking advance membership applications on September 5 and has generated unprecedented interest from across the country.....


Singapore Draft Casino Law Proposes Levies - Tuesday 18th of October 2005

The Singapore government is going ahead with plans to impose levies on Singaporeans and permanent residents visiting the city-states two proposed casinos -- but will drop a proposed surcharge on casino operators.The draft Casino Control Bill released....


Casino companies to rebuild in the Gulf - Tuesday 18th of October 2005

Floating casinos that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina can be rebuilt on solid ground under legislation signed Monday by Gov. Haley Barbour that could lead to major changes in the tourism industry along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.All 13 hotel-cas....


Billions in lottery money "just sitting in the bank" - Tuesday 18th of October 2005

A committee of MPs criticised distributors of National Lottery money on Monday for keeping 2.4 billion pounds that was earmarked for good causes stuck in a bank.The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said distributors of lottery cash needed to be less ....


Bets down to create a British Nevada - Tuesday 18th of October 2005

The West Midlands should sell itself as the Nevada of Britain in an attempt to persuade the Government to grant licences for super-casinos, argues a business leader. As many as six giant gaming houses will be located in the region if Darren Jones, ch....


Belgian Gaming Commission Grants License to Casinos Austria International - Tuesday 18th of October 2005

Casinos Austria International today announced that it has been granted a license to conduct gaming activities in Belgium by the Belgian Gaming Commission. The awarding of this licence completes the legal requirements for the opening of the first casi....


Kangwon Land Casino Under Probe - Tuesday 18th of October 2005

The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy (MOCIE) Monday launched a probe into Kangwon Land, the country’s casino for Koreans in Chongson, Kangwon Province, on suspicions that it is improperly hiring workers.The ministry said it has dispatched ....


Casino yacht back in hands of owners - Tuesday 18th of October 2005

Customs officials were last night ordered off a 196-foot luxury yacht they had raided earlier in the day after a lawyer obtained a Supreme Court injunction to have the officials removed.Customs officers, assisted by the Bermuda Police Service, seized....


Slots gambling hits a bump in the road - Tuesday 18th of October 2005

Pennsylvanias unprecedented attempt to create a layer of middlemen to supply slot machines to the states casinos is beginning to bog down the introduction of gambling to the commonwealth and delay the promised stream of revenue to the state treasury ....


Blair adviser acted for Packer casinos - Tuesday 18th of October 2005

A FORMER Downing Street adviser lobbied the government to relax gambling laws and pave the way for valuable casino contracts on behalf of Kerry Packer, the Australian billionaire, newly released Whitehall documents have disclosed. Michael Stephenson,....


Salvation Army & Methodist Church Win Award for Gambling Bill Campaign - Tuesday 18th of October 2005

The 2005 Third Sector Excellence Award for PR Strategy has been awarded to The Salvation Army and The Methodist Church. Third Sector is the weekly magazine for the charity sector and this was the inaugural event for the awards. TOP STORIES WARC Ag....


Online casino planned for Ryanair flights - Tuesday 18th of October 2005

Ryanair is set to launch an online casino that will operate in tandem with a new in-flight entertainment service. The facility is designed to give a further boost to the airlines fast-growing ancillary revenues.The airline is believed to be finalisin....


Boss Vegas - Tuesday 18th of October 2005

Oscar Goodman slips into a red-sequined Liberace gown, glances approvingly at himself in the dressing rooms oversize mirror, then turns to a local reporter to take a few questions. The subject is a recent meeting with hospital administrators, and the....


Casino plan places big bet - Tuesday 18th of October 2005

A pair of well-heeled Miami businessmen are bankrolling a $261 million hotel and casino project in Black Hawk that is laden with great potential as well as controversy. Theyre snatching up the last major parcel of prime, undeveloped land in Black Haw....


Macau casino revenues rose a less- than-expected 4.5 percent in the third quarter from the year-ago period and were little changed from three months earlier. - Monday 17th of October 2005

LADBROKES, the betting arm of Hilton Group, is understood to be weighing up a bid for Rank Group, the £2.5 billion owner of Mecca Bingo and Grosvenor Casinos, once its proposed demerger from Hilton’s hotel arm is completed. However, there was stro....


Casino takings disappoint as arrivals slow down - Monday 17th of October 2005

Macau casino revenues rose a less- than-expected 4.5 percent in the third quarter from the year-ago period and were little changed from three months earlier.Its 17 casinos generated revenue of 11.4 billion patacas (HK$11.39 billion) in the July to Se....


Six bidders seen withdrawing from integrated resort race: Merrill Lynch - Monday 17th of October 2005

Six more bidders are expected to drop out of the race for the integrated resort project in Singapore, says investment bank Merrill Lynch. The government is due to launch the request for proposals for the Marina Bay site by the end of next month and f....


Great Canadian Gaming to miss analyst profit predictions: normal variations - Monday 17th of October 2005

Great Canadian Gaming Corp. said its third-quarter profits will come up short of market expectations, news that sent shares of the company for a wild ride Friday. The company attributed the miss to factors that "are of a short-term nature and represe....


Gaming seen to suffer after storms - Monday 17th of October 2005

Gaming company third-quarter earnings are being pounded by the devastation of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, although the effect is likely to wash out in the long run, analysts said Thursday. Further, Deutsche Bank analyst Marc Falcone said, despite ne....


Lauth hit with suit over casino - Monday 17th of October 2005

A Chicago gambling company that vied for an Orange County casino license is suing former partner Lauth Property Group of Indianapolis, alleging Lauth abandoned the partnership and ruined its chances of winning the license.Merit Gaming Group LLC is se....


Abandoned float pushes Betfair chief to quit - with £10m shares in pocket - Monday 17th of October 2005

Betfair chief executive Stephen Hill remains eligible for more than £10m worth of shares, despite quitting the betting exchange yesterday after the board decided to delay its anticipated flotation. Betfairs board, chaired by Sir Robert Horton, has....


Changes are on the horizon Casinos, CCC, regulators negotiating proposed changes to Casino Control Act - Monday 17th of October 2005

They range from relatively benign changes in the way cards or dice are handled to more serious proposals involving security on the casino floor.Altogether, they could save the gaming industry millions of dollars a year in operating costs, one casino ....


Gambling ship goes in dry dock while owners seek to fund repairs - Monday 17th of October 2005

JOHNS PASS - The Ocean Jewel gambling ship is high and dry today. The last shuttle from the floating casino returned to port last night, and it may be some time before any of the vessels are on the water again. The Ocean Jewel needs at least $1 milli....


Seminoles want out of casinos, hotel contract - Monday 17th of October 2005

The Seminole Tribe wants to buy out its contract with the developer of its Hard Rock hotel casinos, less than two years into a deal that could cost the tribe at least $1.2 billion over the next decade.Seminole leaders have begun negotiations with Bal....


Ibrox casino plan boost as rival bid scrapped - Monday 17th of October 2005

PLANS for a £120million super casino at Ibrox have been boosted after Manchester United scrapped proposals to build a Las Vegas-style complex at Old Trafford. The English Premiership giants have shelved plans to build a resort complex with Las Vegas....


Betfair not planning imminent flotation - Monday 17th of October 2005

Betfair on Friday quashed speculation that it was planning an imminent flotation that newspapers estimate would value the group at up to 1 billion pounds."We dont have any reason to go for an immediate flotation," Managing Director Mark Davis told Re....


Playboy eyes Macau casino - Monday 17th of October 2005

Playboy Enterprises, the company behind Playmates and Bunnies, has set its sights on putting its rabbit-head logo on a casino-equipped entertainment center in Macau.Christie Hefner, the firms chairwoman and chief executive - and daughter of Playboy f....


Betfair May Defer IPO Plans Until After 2006 World Cup, FT Says - Monday 17th of October 2005

Betfair, the worlds biggest Internet betting exchange, may defer plans to hold an initial public offering this year, the Financial Times said, without saying where it got the information. Betfair, which earlier this year hired Goldman Sachs Group In....


Singapore govt drafts legislation in preparation for casino resort projects - Monday 17th of October 2005

Singapore has drafted a casino control bill in preparation for the planned development of two casino resorts here, and will release it for public consultation on Monday. The Singapore Tourism Board has said it will start seeking proposals for one res....


U.S. casino profits seen strong, but stocks weaken - Monday 17th of October 2005

U.S. casino operators are likely to post robust quarterly earnings despite Gulf Coast hurricane damage and concerns over flagging consumer demand that have pressured the companies stocks.Investors are also concerned about the industrys outlook becaus....


Hard Rock secures $1.25 billion loan - Monday 17th of October 2005

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino recently secured $1.25 billion in project financing from Credit Suisse First Boston for its planned expansion on 24 acres at the Northwest corner of Paradise Road and Harmon Avenue in Las Vegas.Peter Morton, owner of the ....


£10M FLATS, SHOPS AND CASINO PLAN - Sunday 16th of October 2005

A £10-million development could bring flats with a half-million price tag to Cleethorpes - possibly the most expensive seen there.This is the first step on the way to the regeneration of the North Promenade. The combined residential and retail proje....


Manchester United Abandons Casino Plans - Sunday 16th of October 2005

Manchester United soccer club has abandoned plans to build a casino on land close to the English teams Old Trafford stadium, the teams owners said Thursday.Manchester United PLC joined forces with U.S.-based gaming giant Las Vegas Sands Corp. in May ....


Diamond I and The Palms Resort and Casino Sign Letter of Intent; To Forge Working Relationship Regarding WifiCasino GS - Sunday 16th of October 2005

Diamond I, Inc. (OTC BB: DMOI), a developer of wireless gaming products, today announced that in a Letter of Intent, The Palms Resort and Casino, winner of 17 "Best of Las Vegas" Awards, has agreed to continue to develop a working relationship relati....


Locals casinos aim for Asian gamblers - Sunday 16th of October 2005

In Las Vegas Chinatown, its not unusual to find signs, bus-stop ads and other promotions in Chinese and other Asian languages.For Coast Casinos, a billboard in Chinese promoting the companys Gold Coast casino is a new venture and the latest sign that....


Hoping for Brand Slam - Sunday 16th of October 2005

Wynn Resorts Ltd. is doing a lot more than padding its bottom line with the sale of Wynn-branded retail and hotel products, a top executive said this week. Its betting the house it can turn name recognition into a brand identification that will lure ....


Betfair prepares for Malta move if betting exchange taxation changes - Sunday 16th of October 2005

Betfair, the internet betting exchange, is threatening to relocate to Malta if the Treasury moves to alter the tax regime covering gamblers winnings. The internet betting exchange that has revolutionised the gambling industry by allowing punters to a....


Ladbrokes plans major expansion beyond Europe - Sunday 16th of October 2005

LADBROKES is set to unveil plans for a massive overseas expansion that will see it open betting shops outside Europe for the first time, The Scotsman has learnt. The bookies chain - part of the Hilton Group - is in talks with a string of internationa....


Banker rips off wealthy clients to spend at TAB - Sunday 16th of October 2005

A former Bank of New Zealand manager fleeced his wealthy Asian clients of $1.5 million to fund a three-year betting spree at the TAB. Yong Joon Shioong - known as Rick Yong - pleaded guilty to eight fraud and forgery charges in the Auckland District ....


Sportingbets profits soar as punters flock to virtual tables - Sunday 16th of October 2005

Sportingbet, the online gambling group that owns Paradise Poker, announced a dramatic increase in annual profits yesterday and said its online poker business had a record September as punters continued to flock to its virtual tables.The news helped l....


Dome developers gamble on London casino contract - Sunday 16th of October 2005

DEVELOPERS are gambling on getting permission to open a casino to ensure mega success for a glitzy entertainment hub in The Dome.PermissionAnschutz Entertainment Group AEG is having to start work on the development in order to hit its 2007 opening de....


Betinternet expands into Web casino market - Sunday 16th of October 2005

The firm will add a suite of casino games and slots, provided by RealTime Gaming, to complement the existing gaming and sports betting opportunities available to its global customer base. Betinternet has customers in more than 200 countries, and said....


Perini gets construction contract for Cosmopolitan hotel-casino - Sunday 16th of October 2005

Perini Building Co. has been awarded the construction contract for The Cosmopolitan, a hotel-casino project planned for the Strips south end. In addition, 3700 Associates, the Cosmopolitans developers, said it would break ground on the proposed $1.8 ....


Two Conn. Tribes Denied Rights To Build Casinos - Sunday 16th of October 2005

Two Connecticut Indian tribes lost their bids for federal recognition Wednesday, a decision that will bar them from building casinos in a state that is already home to two of the worlds largest Indian gambling resorts, officials said. The federal Bur....


Accusations fly over casino bid - Sunday 16th of October 2005

Rosemont Mayor Donald Stephens intimated Wednesday that Hyatt hotel chain officer Nick Pritzker is behind efforts to malign Stephens, Rosemont and the proposal to build a casino there.It’s a charge Pritzker flatly denied, saying, “Obviously, Mayo....


Gambling board losing public trust - Saturday 15th of October 2005

The state board established to oversee legalized slot machine gambling in the commonwealth just cant seem to get anything right. It ignores purchasing and contract procedures designed to ensure equal business opportunities for vendors and to protect ....


Website to tackle gambling addiction - Saturday 15th of October 2005

Singapore has launched a website to address anticipated cases of gambling addiction four years before the city-state opens its first casino.The government-appointed National Council on Problem Gambling said the launch of the website on Monday was the....


Gambling Act proves purpose - Saturday 15th of October 2005

“The Department of Internal Affairs is to be congratulated on regulating the tighter laws around gambling,? says Graham Aitken, National Operations Manager of the Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand (PGF). “It is very heartening to see t....


Caesars Tahoe becomes MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa - Saturday 15th of October 2005

Caesars Tahoe becomes MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa ....


Blanco slams Nagins plan for casino district - Saturday 15th of October 2005

Gov. Kathleen Blanco delivered a decisive blow Tuesday to New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagins proposal to revitalize his devastated city by placing casinos in large hotels, saying gambling shouldnt be the basis for economic development in New Orleans. Nagin....


Perini lands $1B Las Vegas casino construction contract - Saturday 15th of October 2005

Perini Building Co. signed a construction contract worth $1 billion to build The Cosmopolitan Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The contract was awarded to Perini Building Co., a subsidiary of Framingham, Mass.-based Perini Corp. (NYSE: PCR) by 3700 Asso....


Mifal Hapayis to operate online lottery - Saturday 15th of October 2005

Mifal Hapayis - Israel National Lottery, one of only two entities in Israel licensed to operate gambling services (the other being the Israel Sports Betting Board) will start running online lotteries in five-six months time. Following a tender, Mifal....


Zero, Zip, Zilch: That’s How Often Casino Customers Return to Properties With Poor Guest Service - Saturday 15th of October 2005

Zero. Zip. Zilch. That’s how often customers will return to a casino with poor service. That’s also how much value customers place on poor service. But that’s also how much it costs to provide some forms of quality service.“Casinos with lousy....


Nevada casinos win $989 million in August, 13th positive month - Friday 14th of October 2005

Nevada casinos won $989 million from gamblers in August, giving the clubs a 9.3 percent increase over August 2004 and their 13th positive month in a row, the state Gaming Control Board said Tuesday. "Its a little better than we expected," said Frank ....


Unprecedented eBay Auction Offers Historic $1 Million Collection of Casino Chips and Tokens - Friday 14th of October 2005

Pieces of Las Vegas will be auctioned off today for at least $1 million in the biggest legitimate opening bid in eBay history. Those pieces -- a vast collection of casino chips -- date back to when gangsters, starlets, and the Rat Pack ruled the tabl....


Empire Online, PartyGaming Lose Appeal on Concern About Growth - Friday 14th of October 2005

Empire Online Ltd. and Gaming VC Holdings SA shares led Internet gaming stocks lower amid concerns about growth prospects and competition in the industry, according to investors. The Merrill Lynch Internet Gaming Index has slumped 15 percent since P....


Gulf Coast a graveyard for thousands of slot machines - Friday 14th of October 2005

C.J. "Mac" McClendon spent years installing slot machines on the Gulf Coast. These days, hes exhuming them from the steely graves of wrecked casino barges. When Katrina leveled the Gulfport and Biloxi area, the powerful hurricane silenced about 18,0....


PitBOSS Entertainment Completes Colorado Casino Acquisition - Friday 14th of October 2005

PitBOSS Entertainment, Inc. (OTCBB: PBSS) today announced the company has completed a controlling interest asset and shareholder acquisition with AAA Builders & Partnership and trust represented by Michael Lieberman Esq. for controlling interest in a....


Shares of internet gambling firms flop - Friday 14th of October 2005

THE losing streak suffered by investors in internet gambling stocks gathered pace yesterday after comments from the founder of Empire Online sparked fresh doubts over the sector’s prospects for growth. Shares fell across the sector after Noam Lanir....


Additional casinos interested in Coast - Friday 14th of October 2005

Legislation allowing Gulf Coast casinos to move 800 feet onshore could mean several new casino ventures, predicts one Jackson gaming lawyer."If the number of calls and contacts weve been getting over the last two to three weeks is any indication, it ....


Singapore launches Web site for gambling addicts 4 years ahead of casino launch - Friday 14th of October 2005

Singapore has launched a Web site for problem gamblers as part of the governments plan to address concerns over a possible spike in bankruptcies and gambling addiction _ four years ahead of the scheduled opening of two casinos. The National Council o....


Partypoker move hits Empire stock - Friday 14th of October 2005

Partygaming will no longer let players of websites owned by rivals like Empire Online and Coral Eurobet gamble at the same tables as its Partypoker clients. The online firm has launched a new platform just for its nine million customers, adding featu....


Boulis investigation dredges up big names - Friday 14th of October 2005

In life, the rags-to-riches odyssey of slain casino-boat mogul Konstantinos (Gus) Boulis earned him friends and enemies from almost every milieu.And in death, too, it seems.Born in a Greek fishing village, Mr. Boulis jumped ship in Halifax in 1968 an....


Empire revenues up despite flat poker market - Friday 14th of October 2005

The slowdown of growth in internet poker does not appear to have affected Empire Online which said that revenues jumped 71 per cent in the third quarter.Although the market was not impressed by the strong numbers from its newly acquired platforms as ....


PartyGaming Plc New platform launch - Friday 14th of October 2005

PartyGaming Plc (PartyGaming or the Group), the worlds leading onlinegaming company, announces today that it has taken a further step towardsestablishing a new fully integrated PartyGaming operating platform. Thisplatform will, on launch, offer a va....


Pinnacle Entertainment Announces Reopening Of LAuberge du Lac - Friday 14th of October 2005

Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: PNK - News) announced that it has reopened LAuberge du Lac Hotel & Casino in Lake Charles, La., which closed due to Hurricane Rita approximately two weeks ago. LAuberge is Pinnacles largest property and the largest....


Singapore slips but others face bigger issues - Friday 14th of October 2005

Singapore is expected to become one of the worlds premier gambling destinations when casino megaresorts open in 2009. In the meantime, intense government oversight of development and proposed casino-entry fees, to discourage gambling by Singapore cit....


Wynn sells $100 million worth of paintings - Friday 14th of October 2005

Casino magnate Steve Wynn has sold-off two paintings - one by Vincent van Gogh and the other by Paul Gauguin - to billionaire hedge-fund investor Steve Cohen for more than $100 million, the New York Times reports. The paintings are van Goghs "Peasant....


Sydney firm facing $54m lawsuit over pokies deal - Friday 14th of October 2005

South American casino owner Luis Fuentealba has begun a $US41 million ($54 million) damages action against Sydney-based Aristocrat Leisure, the worlds second-biggest poker machine manufacturer.In a David and Goliath contest, Mr Fuentealba is determin....


Aristocrat Announces Multi-Million Dollar South American Contract - Friday 14th of October 2005

Aristocrat Technologies Inc. with its distributor, Caravell Gaming S.A.C., Monday announced the receipt of a multi-million dollar contract from Corporacion Meier S.A.C. of Lima, Peru.The contract covers the installation of 3,000 Aristocrat games at C....


Gamings here to stay, but it can still shoulder more taxes - Friday 14th of October 2005

The little dust-up over gaming at the Mississippi Legislature during the past couple of weeks brought two gigantic opposing political forces into play — the religious lobby and the casino lobby.Lawmakers quickly found a simple bill to move casinos ....


Rapid growth of online gambling bestows a tide of troubles - Friday 14th of October 2005

Four of a kind, full house and royal flush. Such phrases are music to the ears of dedicated poker players - and now novices as the game enjoys a surge in popularity due to the proliferation of internet gambling websites.The Gambling Commission, the i....


Blackpool: Britains faded Vegas gambles on casino salvation - Friday 14th of October 2005

Dazzling lights, an Eiffel Tower of its own and the constant ker-ching of slot machines make Blackpool Britains answer to Las Vegas. ADVERTISEMENT But unlike the booming extravagant resort in the Nevada desert, Blackpool is fading fast, and the ....


For a million bucks, not just a token auction - Friday 14th of October 2005

Its not unusual to see chips and tokens from Nevada casinos pop up on eBay and other online auction sites.It is unusual when a collection of chips and tokens go on sale with a minimum bid of $1 million. That will be the case on Tuesday when "The Plat....


Casino di Venezia seeks new lustre with relaunch - Friday 14th of October 2005

Strange, but true. For over a year the piano nobile of the Casino di Venezia in Vittoriosa, with its beautiful vaulted ceilings, huge chandeliers from Murano and brocade wall hangings, and with such a beautiful view from the balcony, stood completely....


Hurrahs Entertainment to delay plans to rebuild Gulfport casino - Friday 14th of October 2005

Harrahs Entertainment Inc. plans to build a larger casino to replace the gutted Grand Casino Biloxi, but the company has delayed a decision on whether to rebuild its casino in Gulfport.Anthony Sanfilippo, president of Harrahs Central Division, said i....


Ex-footy star in gambling campaign - Friday 14th of October 2005

FORMER AFL player David Schwarz has thrown his support behind a new $3.3 million State Government campaign to tackle problem gambling.Mr Schwarz, who has previously admitted to a gambling problem, said the campaign was about identifying and helping g....


Gambling opponent:Halt casino expansion - Friday 14th of October 2005

Connecticut anti-gambling advocate Jeff Benedict led a national coalition Friday in calling for a two-year moratorium on new tribal casinos built off reservation land."This is a historic moment," Benedict of East Lyme said during a news conference th....


$200-a-day ATM limit at gambling venues - Friday 14th of October 2005

SOUTH Australia will lead the nation in developing a code of practice for financial institutions to limit ATM cash withdrawals to $200 a day at gaming venues.Gambling Minister Michael Wright said yesterdays ministerial council on gambling in Melbourn....


Costello hits out at States gambling revenue dependence - Friday 14th of October 2005

The State Gambling Ministers and the Federal Community Services Minister, Kay Patterson, today agreed to develop a voluntary code of conduct to limit ATM withdrawals at poker machine venues.But the agreement has met a mixed response from the State Mi....


Mayor moves to heal New Orleans lifeblood industry - Friday 14th of October 2005

Mayor Ray Nagin called Friday for a major expansion of casino gambling in hurricane-hit New Orleans in a desperate attempt to quickly heal its battered lifeblood industry -- tourism."We will probably limp along for the next three to five years unless....


Gala buys Coral to form 4 bln stg gaming group - Friday 14th of October 2005

Gala said on Friday it was buying Coral Eurobet for 2.18 billion pounds in a deal that would merge Galas casinos and bingo halls with Corals betting shops and dog tracks.The takeover creates a privately owned company worth more than 4 billion pounds,....


Tsuu Tina casino approved - Thursday 13th of October 2005

The Tsuu Tina First Nation has approval for its casino. The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission is giving the green light to the nations plans for a planned casino near southwest Calgary. The casino application will now move into its final stage of ....


Funded by online casinos, alliance wants to protect against Internet poker ban - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

One of the most valuable poker skills is the ability to successfully bluff your opponents.And thats what a new Las Vegas-based group is trying to do: Bluff that it is a grass-roots effort of kitchen-table poker players, rather than the professional l....


New Yorks appellate court followed a precedent set by the states top court. Two years ago, the Court of Appeals invalidated the St. Regis Mohawks casino because the legislature also did not approve th - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

Irelands largest bookmaker, Paddy Power PLC, withdrew a billboard campaign Wednesday that portrayed Jesus and his disciples at the Last Supper table and playing poker and roulette alongside the slogan, "Theres a place for fun and games." The Dublin-....


NY court invalidates Oneidas Turning Stone casino - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

A New York State Appellate Court has upheld a lower courts ruling invalidating the Oneida Indian tribes Turning Stone casino because the legislature did not approve it.But the casino is still taking bets and it is not known whether any state or feder....


Gas prices could hurt Las Vegas - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

This gambling mecca could lose millions of tourists if gasoline prices get stuck above $3 a gallon in Southern California, a new survey suggests. The research by MRC Group, Nevadas largest market research firm, indicates such fuel prices could cost L....


Gulf Coast casinos get second chance - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hurricane Katrinas destruction of the Mississippi Gulf Coast may lead to a bigger and stronger gambling industry as casinos abandon barges built as local playgrounds and focus on resorts aiming to attract a national audience. ....


Pokies money missing - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

MANAGERS at two RSL pokies venues have allegedly stolen almost $200,000 to feed their gambling addictions. A senior manager at a suburban RSL club is under police investigation after he allegedly used his position to steal money for his pokies ....


Gambling addict stole £10m to feed habit - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

A GAMBLING-mad former financial consultant stole £10 million to bankroll an unsuccessful obsession with horse racing, it emerged today.Graham Price, 58, of Llansamlet, Swansea, south Wales, stole millions of pounds from the Halifax Bank to fund his ....


Conned by the casino addict - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

A GAMBLER is facing prison after he conned victims out of a fortune to bankroll a huge betting spree.David Halligan lost £800,000 at casinos after he became addicted to playing the card game black jack.As the businessmans debts rose, he began taking....


Leading Poker Vendor Tribeca Tables Chooses Phantom Fibers Advanced Wireless Platform For Mobile Poker - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

Phantom Fiber Corporation (OTCBB:PHFB) the leading developer of wireless platform software announced today a five-year exclusive license agreement with Tribeca Tables Europe, Ltd, the leading provider of turnkey online poker software solutions. The b....


Labour’s casinos gamble with people’s lives - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

One of the poorest communities in Britain is one step closer to getting a super casino thanks to New Labour’s relaxation of the gambling laws. Rangers Football Club have been granted planning permission by Glasgow city council for a £120 million c....


FAIRGROUND GAMING LISTS ON AIM - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

Fairground Gaming, the newly-established investment company in the online gaming sector, has today announced the commencement of trading in its Ordinary Shares on AIM.More than £7m shares, trading under the symbol FGH, were placed at 50p. The placin....


EC casino licences soon up for grabs - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

THE Eastern Cape is expected to call for proposals for the provinces remaining two casino licences, Economic Affairs MEC Andre de Wet said yesterday.Interest had been shown in the two areas where licences were still available and the time was ripe to....


THE FUTURE OF GAMBLING: Innovation is served - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

Game change may be just a click away for casino slot operators. Server-based gaming will make it so.At the recent Global Gaming Expo, slot makers previewed the technology that will let casino operators quickly and easily update content on banks of sl....


Sun pledges to uphold ideals of founder - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

Although the Las Vegas Sun now is delivered with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the community-spirited newspaper maintains the pledge that it gave its readers 55 years ago: to remain a fiercely strong and independent voice.Despite the joint delivery a....


Gamblers Lose Average W2.5 Mil. Each in 10 Months - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

A total of 270,190 people have lost 681.5 billion won gambling in a local casino from October 2004 to July this year, an opposition lawmaker claimed Tuesday.The figure means that each gambler lost an average 2.52 million won. Rep. Ahn Kyung-yul of th....


Conned by the casino addict - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

HALLIGAN: Lost £800,000.A GAMBLER is facing prison after he conned victims out of a fortune to bankroll a huge betting spree.David Halligan lost £800,000 at casinos after he became addicted to playing the card game black jack.As the businessmans de....


Miss. Lawmakers OK Casino Move to Dry Land - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says hell sign a bill this week to let hurricane-battered coastal casinos move a short distance onto dry land.The state Senate passed the bill 29-21 on Monday. The House approved the measure last week.The final vote cam....


Casino opponents targeting done deal - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

The Seneca Nation of Indians is still days, if not weeks, from announcing its choice of the site for a Buffalo casino, but that is not preventing opponents of casino gambling from launching pre-emptive strikes. Citizens Against Casino Gambling in Eri....


Small step towards eliminating gambling harm - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

Pop-ups small step towards eliminating gambling harm “The introduction of pop-up messages on pokie machines are a short step in the right direction, but don’t go quite far enough,? says John Stansfield, CEO of the Problem Gambling Foundation of....


Casino Robbery - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

Police hope security cameras caught some of the robbers who held up a casino boat in Freeport over the weekend. Police say a gang of four to six armed men robbed most of the 350 passengers and then robbed the safe of the Majesty Casino boat Saturday ....


$1 million jackpot on 2c pokie - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

A SHEPPARTON maths teacher has won $1 million playing the 2c pokies at Crown casino. Don Anderson, 54, became an instant millionaire after risking just $10."I wasnt even going to play but my wife said why dont you put $10 in that machine . . . I put ....


Hopes for super casino are raised - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

HOPES that Sunderland could host an American-style super casino have been raised after hints from the Government.Ministers scrapped plans for eight regional casinos earlier this year to force new gaming legislation through before the General Election....


Macau casinos face longer odds - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

By every measure, Macau is booming. The former Portuguese colony at the mouth of Chinas Pearl River saw its economy grow 28% last year. Tourism arrivals and gambling revenues both surged more than 40% to new highs, and will set new records again thi....


Harrahs Entertainment to Acquire Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

Harrahs Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: HET) signed an agreement with Imperial Palace, LLC, to acquire the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The Imperial Palace -- featuring a 52,000-square foot casino and a 2,640-room hotel -- occupies an 18.5....


Golden Nuggets to provide new luster for Landrys Restaurants - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

A merger of fish and chips took effect this week as Landrys Restaurants Inc. closed on the acquisition of the Golden Nugget Casino and Hotel in downtown Las Vegas. Recent Company News» Landrys Restaurants Inc.Latest News» Houston firms help l....


Columnist Jeff Simpson: Steve Wynns prospects in Singapore, Station Casinos plans in Reno and more - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

Steve Wynn exudes a quiet confidence about his companys chances of landing a highly sought-after license to develop a casino in Singapore. Unlike many of his Strip competitors whove been busy touting the convention centers, entertainment partners and....


Columnist Jeff Simpson: Steve Wynns prospects in Singapore, Station Casinos plans in Reno and more - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

Steve Wynn exudes a quiet confidence about his companys chances of landing a highly sought-after license to develop a casino in Singapore. Unlike many of his Strip competitors whove been busy touting the convention centers, entertainment partners and....


Reed helped defeat online gambling ban in 2000 - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

Former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed worked behind the scenes to help defeat a proposed congressional ban on online gambling five years ago.Despite support among conservative and religious groups, Reed, now a Republican candidate for Georgia ....


Reed helped defeat online gambling ban in 2000 - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

Former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed worked behind the scenes to help defeat a proposed congressional ban on online gambling five years ago.Despite support among conservative and religious groups, Reed, now a Republican candidate for Georgia....


5 GUNMEN HOLD UP L.I. CASINO BOAT - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

Five-hundred party cruise passengers aboard a Long Island casino boat were held at gunpoint by five men who looted the gambling ships money room, police and witnesses said. The masked marauders made their move as the boat began taking passengers for ....


10 SUPER-CASINOS ON WAY - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

MINISTERS are set to perform a giant U-turn and allow up to 10 new Las Vegas-style super-casinos in Britain. The move comes after pressure from town hall chiefs who believe the plans will create 30,000 new jobs. Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell was for....


Crystal chips in with £140m float - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

THE Crystal Gaming Group, which runs online casinos in South Africa and the US, is lining up to float on AIM. The Isle of Man-based group is believed to have appointed Seymour Pierce to advise on the listing, which is expected to put a value of £140....


Poker gives dog tracks a full house - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

The numbers started dropping for the greyhound racing industry in 1988. And the hits just kept on coming.Indian casinos, gambling boats, the Internet and a dozen other tugs at the entertainment dollar all made things worse at the track.Paid attendanc....


Celebrity tenants help fuel Vegas boom - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

The boom in high-rise condo projects in this citys canyon of casinos known as the Strip has spawned its own new status symbol -- the celebrity resident.Article ToolsPrinter friendly E-mail to a friend Nation RSS feed Available RSS feeds Most e-mailed....


Casinos lash out at Manning - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

Association of Members Club of TT (AMC) president, Brian Phillip, has lashed out against Prime Minister Patrick Manning’s plans to control the proliferation of private members clubs, as he believes Manning intends to "end it all" and create more cr....


Can signatures save casinos? - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

With just months remaining until a ban on minicasinos takes effect in Tacoma, casino workers have taken to the streets to gather signatures on an initiative petition they hope will save their jobs. Initiative 2 asks voters to permit Tacoma’s four e....


Gambling-mad sailor sold MoD computers with missile secrets - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

Top-secret Cruise missile information ended up in a second-hand shop after a Royal Navy rating sold Ministry of Defence computers to fund his gambling habit, a court martial was told.The thefts came to light only when senior American officials visite....


New gambling laws: Your views - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

What do you think of the governments new rules on gambling? New laws will allow gamblers to go straight to the casino and start betting, rather than go through a lengthy membership process. They also propose the introduction of Las Vegas-style casino....


Casino owners worried - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

MEMBERS of The Association of Members Clubs of Trinidad and Tobago (AMC) are up in arms over a decision by Government to get tough on them. Prime Minister Patrick Manning said on Wednesday that casinos were against the laws of this country and the ti....


Gaming firm in dispute with insurer - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

Pinnacle Entertainment, left with three damaged casinos in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, is headed for a dispute with one of its insurance carriers that believes Pinnacle is entitled to less money than the company has previously disclosed.....


Expert: Casinos will be only part of future resort development - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

The days of building a standalone casino on or near the Strip are over.Instead, the future of Strip-area development will be casino communities, a real estate expert said.Richard Lee, vice president of First American Title Co., said plans are being g....


Cantor takes a punt on online gambling - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

Inter-dealer broker Cantor Fitzgerald is moving to take advantage of the widespread popularity of Internet gambling with the launch of a new online gaming portal, Cantor Casino.Canto Casino will offer customers a range of games including roulette, bl....


Minister signals more big casinos - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

Fears of a network of huge Las Vegas-style casinos springing up across the country were revived yesterday after the Government said it would consider building more than one giant gaming hall. In a pre-election compromise, the Government gave way to t....


Super-casino board starts work - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell is due in 2007 to specify areas in England, Wales and Scotland for a "super-casino" and 16 other smaller ones. Ministers had proposed allowing up to 40 super-casinos, but cut this under pressure from Conservatives. Mean....


Gambling addict wanted arcade ban - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

HELPLESS gambler Darren Towns today told how he could end up losing everything because he finally snapped after wasting thousands of pounds in fruit machines over nearly 20 years.The father-of-six claimed frustration over the denial of his requests t....


Onshore casinos clear first hurdle in Mississippi House - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

The House Gaming Committee late Thursday took the first step toward allowing casinos to move off the water and onto the shore along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The proposal comes in response to widespread destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina, whic....


Struggling Sands affiliate files for bankruptcy - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

GB Holdings Inc., a minority shareholder of the parent company of Sands Casino Hotel, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday after it could not make a $43.7 million bond payment.The bankruptcy is not expected to affect the operations of ....


New gambling regulations come into force - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

New regulations to prevent and minimise the harm caused by gambling, including pop up messages on gaming machines showing how much money has been won or lost, will come into effect on Saturday. All gambling operators with gaming machines in pubs, clu....


Wining and dining best way to woo women - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

Forget expensive presents or costly jewellery. Wining and dining is the best way for men to woo women, scientists said on Tuesday.Researchers at Imperial College London developed a mathematical formula and modelled courtship as a sequential game to f....


Gaming helps shape Las Vegas into total resort destination - Wednesday 12th of October 2005

Tourist numbers have been going nowhere but up in Las Vegas with casino resorts springing up over the years. Visitors last year hit an all-time high of 37.4 million, up from 28 million a decade ago - something Singapore can aspire to with its two new....