November 2002 News Article Archive

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Tasmanians Gamblers Boost Government Coffers - 30 November 2002
Tasmanians and visitors gambled more than $2 billion (US$1.12 billion) last year, $257 million (US$144 million) of which was lost by punters. And Government coffers were boosted by $70 million (US$39.2 million) from gaming taxes from casinos, gaming machines in pubs and clubs and the three codes of horse racing. Gaming - read more »

Online Lottery Launches in South Korea - 30 November 2002
The South Korean lottery market is expected to face a drastic shake-up with the release of an online lottery, sources said on Friday. The issue of the online lottery is fueling worries that the new game could create a gambling craze, as there is no upper limit on the jackpot, which accumulates if there is no winner. Th - read more »

Powerball jackpot now $69 million - 30 November 2002
Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Wednesday's Powerball drawing the jackpot will grow to an estimated $69 million. That's the largest lottery jackpot in the country. The cash option for the Saturday, November 30 drawing will be an estimated $37 million. This current jackpot run started with the Wednes - read more »

Amnesty takes on China over Net - 30 November 2002
Amnesty International said American companies are helping China monitor the Internet by selling them blocking software and the like - boosting China's ability to muzzle discussion online. The human rights group is also demanding the release of 33 people imprisoned for online subversion and says such detainees are emerg - read more »

Casino cited in tribal controversy - 30 November 2002
Isleta Pueblo's tribal council election has been postponed because of a dispute between the tribal administration and an incumbent candidate.Isleta's tribal court issued a stay against Saturday's election during a hearing Wednesday in the case of Christopher Abeita, who is seeking his third term on the 12-member counci - read more »

Minors cost casino $2588 - 30 November 2002
Hotel group pleads guilty over gaming area breaches. Having people under 18 in a Hobart gaming area has cost Australian National Hotels a total of $2588.The group, which operates the Wrest Point casino, yesterday pleaded guilty to four counts of being the operator of an approved venue where a minor entered a restricted - read more »

Vegas casinos bet on the net - 30 November 2002
Las Vegas is a city consumed by gambling. Behind the glittery facade of its casinos there are dozens of ways in which this obsession in played out. Over the years technology has played a role in making the offerings ever more inventive. Yet until recently the entertainment corporations which run the Vegas casinos had b - read more »

Policy to regulate gambling necessary - 29 November 2002
The Draft Gaming and Gambling policy for Botswana was read for the second time in Parliament. Presenting the policy, Minister of Trade and Industry, Jacob Nkate said a study conducted had indicated that the gaming and gambling market was unable to control itself and if left unregulated, it may provide ideal conditions - read more »

New Australian Laws Threaten Gambling Facilities - 29 November 2002
ACT gambling facilities will have to comply with tough new conditions or risk losing their licences under a code of practice launched by Gaming Minister Ted Quinlan yesterday. The code was developed by the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission in consultation with community organisations and the gambling industry, which h - read more »

Reno's Golden Phoenix Casino Opens - 29 November 2002
All the lights are on and the casino floor was busy today at the Golden Phoenix in downtown Reno. The hotel-casino, which last operated as the Flamingo Hilton, has been reopening in stages, but Wednesday it was fully operational. Right now, downtown Reno could use a shot of good news. Gaming receipts have been flat or - read more »

Vegas in Maryland? - 29 November 2002
Steve Wynn, Chairman of Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas, has consulted with Maryland legislators to discuss opening casinos in Maryland. Wynn reportedly has met with “the president of the Maryland Senate, the prospective speaker of the House of Delegates and at least one committee chairman.” Wynn has also asked to see Govern - read more »

Casino operator sues to stop Yahoo! subscriber - 29 November 2002
Harrah's Entertainment Inc. of Las Vegas sued to stop a Yahoo! subscriber from making defamatory statements about the casino giant, allegedly to manipulate its stock price.The subscriber, whom Harrah's did not name in its Clark County District Court lawsuit, is said to regularly contribute to Harrah's message board on - read more »

South African Casino Opens - 29 November 2002
With the spin of a wheel Durban's newest entertainment complex, the Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World will open today.Durban's reputation as a city where the fun never sets, is bound to ring true. Suncoast expects to capitalise on the province's and city's love affair with gaming. While the public splurges on the - read more »

Loto-Quebec asked to pull ad accused of glamourizing gambling - 29 November 2002
Loto-Quebec withdrew a television ad Thursday accused of glamourizing gambling as a social virtue. The spot featured artists, musicians, athletes, scientists and a disabled woman thanking the provincial gaming board for gathering revenues that help improve Quebecers' lives."Loto-Quebec is a source of wealth that comes - read more »

River City Plans Net Conference in Australia - 28 November 2002
The River City Group, the leading conference/trade show organizer in the interactive gaming industry, has announced that it will produce a regional event at the Alice Springs Convention Centre (Australia) Feb. 24-26, 2003.The Pacific Congress on Interactive Gaming will provide an opportunity for the world's most experi - read more »

PayPal's Temporary Sting to Gambling Services - 28 November 2002
Analysts at Bear, Stearns & Co believe that 60% of the Internet casino revenue is from the U.S. market. With the exception of horse racing no form of Internet gambling has the approval of any state.Despite online betting being legally uncertain in the United States unclear laws make prosecution so difficult that state - read more »

Wynn Makes Pitch for Maryland Casino - 28 November 2002
Las Vegas casino king Steve Wynn recently journeyed to Annapolis to meet with top legislative leaders and express his interest in expanding his gambling empire to Maryland. Wynn, chairman of Wynn Resorts and former head of Mirage Resorts Inc., visited the State House last week and met with the president of the Maryland - read more »

Web sites offer look inside Sin City - 28 November 2002
Two home-grown sites are betting that they can take on the biggest names in the online travel industry by offering visitors a better look at Las Vegas, including a peek into the Sin City's darkest corners Las Vegas is no stranger to the long-shot bet, and the dream of beating the odds is what drives the economy of the - read more »

Hong Kong to Allow Gambling - 27 November 2002
Hong Kong will allow betting on soccer matches as it seeks to curb illegal bookmaking and collect 1 billion Hong Kong dollars (US$128 million) a year in additional gambling duties to help narrow the city's budget deficit, according to a draft proposal made public Tuesday. . The Hong Kong Jockey Club, which operates gam - read more »

Internet casinos lose allies - 27 November 2002
The Internet gambling business is looking less like a sure bet. The offshore industry, which thrives on Americans making online bets that are illegal but usually unprosecuted, is one of the Web's biggest financial successes. But the Internet casinos are now losing a number of allies that had supported and promoted thei - read more »

Philippines ban on text message gambling - 27 November 2002
The Philippine Government has decided to crack down on text messaging that could be construed as gambling. The Department of Trade and Industry [DTI] has decided to ban text-based promotions found to have gambling elements, ostensibly to protect consumers from being scammed by the companies offering these services. Tex - read more »

Planet Hollywood linked to Aladdin - 27 November 2002
Planet Hollywood, the Orlando, Fla.-based restaurant chain founded by Hollywood celebrities in the 1990s, has been linked to a potential deal involving the acquisition of the bankrupt Aladdin hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip.A Wall Street source said a partner would work with Planet Hollywood on the deal and that th - read more »

Larger, unionized casinos have more upside - 27 November 2002
Proponents of legalizing casinos in Massachusetts promise that they will bring numerous service sector jobs to boost economically depressed areas.For the most part, that promise should hold true, according to a report by the the National Gambling Impact Study Commission, which was created by Congress in 1996. ‘‘Casino - read more »

Internet gambling industry wins key ruling - 27 November 2002
Internet gambling supporters won a major legal victory Thursday when a federal appeals court in Louisiana upheld an earlier dismissal of a class-action lawsuit by people who lost money gambling in Internet casinos.Proponents say the case could help their efforts to legalize Internet wagering nationwide. But the decisio - read more »

Casino ejects winning players - 26 November 2002
Greektown Casino has ejected about 30 video poker players in recent weeks because they have become unprofitable customers, casino officials said.The players' winnings -- combined with cash-back incentives and freebies -- are costing the casino, according to Greektown officials, who said the casino would have to conside - read more »

Strong opposition mounts against Bays's casino proposal - 26 November 2002
Hotelier John Bays's plan to bring a casino to Owensboro, Kentucky, is encountering sturdy opposition from several sources, including the state's three Thoroughbred racetrack operators.Owensboro is located about 30 miles east of Ellis Park in Henderson, Kentucky, and 110 miles west of Churchill Downs in Louisville."The - read more »

Online Gambling on the Rise - 26 November 2002
In the quiet of their homes, gamblers are clicking their way ever deeper into debt. Internet-based gambling -- highly controversial, the subject of pending legislation and illegal in many states -- is soaring, said Sebastian Sinclair, president of Christiansen Capital Advisors, a New York-based company that keeps gambl - read more »

Official touts Indian casino in Maine - 26 November 2002
A city councilor is pledging to put his city in the running for a casino by campaigning for a referendum to gauge residents' support.John O'Hara said Friday that Westbrook's easy access from the Maine Turnpike should make it a strong contender for a casino. He said he will ask the City Council to hold a public hearing - read more »

Vegas casino giant eyes Massachusetts casinos - 25 November 2002
Park Place Entertainment Corp. of Las Vegas, the nation's largest casino gambling company, has hired an influential Massachusetts lobbying firm to represent Park Place's interests as the Bay State considers allowing casino gambling.The Boston Herald said Park Place hired ML Strategies, which is run by high-powered Repu - read more »

Some say slots would keep money in Ohio - 25 November 2002
Linda Lange travels from her central Ohio home to Indiana, West Virginia, Michigan and Canada to play slot machines. She says it would be great if she could enjoy that hobby without leaving her state."I hope that Ohio does put slot machines at the racetracks," said Lange, 56, of Howard, Ohio, who spent part of Wednesda - read more »

Army officers banned from Poipet casinos - 25 November 2002
Army officers have been banned from gambling at casinos in Cambodia, or benefiting from them in any way.Burapa task force commander Maj-Gen Anupong Paochinda, who oversees the Cambodian border region, announced the prohibition yesterday."Soldiers on duty at border checkpoints, especially Poipet-Khlong Luek checkpoint, - read more »

Gambling Isn't The Way To Pay For Smaller Class Sizes - 25 November 2002
When Gov. Jeb Bush hinted that he would support expansion of gambling as a means to pay for the class-size amendment state voters approved on Election Day, we simply interpreted it as a humorous way of saying that everything would be on the table when it comes to paying for smaller class sizes. After all, the governor - read more »

New CEO Sees Solid Future for #1 Gaming Company - 25 November 2002
Wallace R. Barr foresees better times ahead for the world's biggest gambling company.Barr, the newly named president and chief executive officer of Park Place Entertainment, thinks he has the answer to lift sagging stock prices and recharge a company that is widely perceived as underperforming."More revenues," Barr, 56 - read more »

Elected officials ignored reports of illegal gambling - 25 November 2002
Along with the celebrations and general good will of Thanksgiving Week 1927 came a growing sense of outrage at the open dealing of gambling handbooks in Northern Kentucky and the unwillingness of elected officials to deal with the problem. A Campbell County grand jury met that week in '27 and returned 97 indictments, b - read more »

Online Gaming Stopped at Station - 24 November 2002
Las Vegas neighbourhood casino operator Station Casinos Inc. -- one of the gaming industry's most aggressive proponents of Internet gambling -- has put its online wagering initiatives on hold due to their uncertain legal status. The initiatives were undertaken by GameCast Live LLC, a Station Casinos subsidiary launched - read more »

Macau mogul shuffles casino holdings - 24 November 2002
Macau gambling tycoon Stanley Ho has sold a 6.5% stake in his former gambling franchise monopoly to his Hong Kong-listed company, Shun Tak Holdings Ltd., to boost its exposure to Macau's casino business. Shares of Shun Tak, the Hong Kong-listed company in which Stanley Ho has a combined 45% stake through direct and ind - read more »

The Bay State debate: Pros, cons of legal gambling - 24 November 2002
Eyeing a potential pot of gold amid a minefield of potential evils, Massachusetts has joined the stampede of cash-strapped states seriously considering an expansion of legalized gambling - namely casinos - to help shrink massive budget deficits.A tantalizing Harvard study suggests the opening of a Foxwoods-style casino - read more »

Changes on Beacon Hill up odds of legal gaming - 24 November 2002
Legalized gambling - long considered dead on arrival on Beacon Hill - is gaining momentum as a new crop of politicians struggles to reckon with a deepening fiscal crisis under strict no-new-taxes orders from the voters.Sensing a heretofore-unseen opportunity as the state stares down a deficit approaching $2 billion, ga - read more »

Problem Gamblers Wanted for Pioneering Study - 24 November 2002
Two Royal Ottawa Hospital researchers from the Institute of Mental Health Research are trying to recruit 105 problem gamblers in a universally unique study, but not enough people are applying.Dr. Arun Ravindran, a psychiatrist, and Dr. John Telner, a psychologist, are trying to determine whether anti-depressant medicat - read more »

Over 85% of Nevada tax revenue from gambling - 23 November 2002
A state tax study shows that Nevada earned 85.8 percent of its tax revenue last year from sales and gambling taxes - nearly double the national average. Writers of the study warn that this is too high a percentage. The report was prepared by the Government's Task Force on Tax Policy in Nevada. It recommends ways to inc - read more »

Singapore Police Crackdown on Illegal Gambling - 23 November 2002
Open 24 hours a day at Geylang Lorong 14: Jalan Setia Sports Club, Lynn United Football Club, Ghim Moh Rovers Sports Club and Universal Football Club. These are clubhouses that police on Wednesday exposed as gambling dens, operating gaming machines without a licence. Police hit the jackpot when their biggest-ever raid - read more »

CasinoUS.com Launches with Big Jackpots - 23 November 2002
Recently launched Casino US (www.casinoUS.com) has already established itself as the most exciting online casino to play and win those big bucks. With an extensive range of fabulous games, Casino US has something for everyone. Not only can players enjoy classics like Blackjack and Roulette, but also a wide range of vid - read more »

Addicted gambler sues gaming corp. for encouraging him - 23 November 2002
Ontario casinos egged on a compulsive gambler with free limousines, meals and other perks, even after he signed agreements that required the facilities to turn him away at the door, the man alleges in a ground-breaking lawsuit.Constantin Digalakis's $7-million lawsuit against the province's gaming system claims he went - read more »

Chandler: Put casinos on ballot - 23 November 2002
Business leaders seeking to bring casino gambling to Kentucky should pursue a Constitutional amendment to reach their goal, state Attorney General Ben Chandler told about 50 local business leaders at a luncheon Friday in Covington. "That's been a big point of contention - whether it can be done with or without a Consti - read more »

Casino City Press Releases Fall 2002 Gaming Business Directory - 22 November 2002
The latest edition of the Gaming Business Directory has just been released by Casino City Press. "The Fall 2002 directory is the most comprehensive and up-to-date business directory available on the gaming industry," says Michael Opton, the publication's editor. "The Fall 2002 edition has expanded its coverage from gam - read more »

Analysts Applaud Shakeup at Las Vegas Casino Giant - 22 November 2002
Stock analysts reacted favorably to Tuesday's departure of Park Place Entertainment Corp. chief executive Tom Gallagher, saying his successor has the experience needed to improve operating efficiency at the company. Gallagher resigned as chief executive and from the Park Place board under pressure amid concerns about t - read more »

Station Putting Internet Projects on Hold - 22 November 2002
Las Vegas neighborhood casino operator Station Casinos Inc. -- one of the gaming industry's most aggressive proponents of Internet gambling -- has put its online wagering initiatives on hold due to their uncertain legal status. The initiatives were undertaken by GameCast Live LLC, a Station Casinos subsidiary launched - read more »

Sportingbet embraces new US gambling laws - 22 November 2002
Sportingbet claims to be delighted with new American legislation aimed at regulating the online gambling industry. The proposed bill, introduced in the US Congress, recognises the ineffectiveness of previous attempts at restricting the inherently international nature of online betting. The legislation will focus on est - read more »

'Zen Zone' opens at Tropicana - 22 November 2002
The "Zen Zone," a "relaxation and rejuvenation area," has opened on the mezzanine level of the Tropicana hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip. The zone is operated by a vendor and features a variety of health and relaxation products for a fee. The area has worked so well that Tropicana's parent, Aztar Corp., is consider - read more »

New Online Bill - 22 November 2002
Netimperative reports that Congressman John Conyers, Jr., a ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, is proposing legislation with the aim of preventing underage gambling and gambling by known problem gamblers on the Internet. Conyers' bill would create a commission to make recommendations as to how Internet ga - read more »

CryptoLogic Exception from Laws - 22 November 2002
The Globe and Mail reports that CryptoLogic, Inc., supplier of software popular with online casinos, will get “at least a temporary reprieve” as the chances of Internet gambling in the United States being made illegal has lessened. CryptoLogic does most of its business in the US.However, it is expected by law watchers - read more »

Boss Media Launches Interactive Video Terminals - 22 November 2002
Boss Media is this week launching a new gaming product, Interactive Video Terminals (IVT), at the World Lottery Association Congress in Adelaide. IVT is a new solution for physical gaming machines, providing them with Internet-based software from Boss Media instead of using the traditional mechanical systems. IVT will - read more »

Enoch casino can't be stopped, city told - 22 November 2002
Edmonton city council can't stop a native casino by withholding water services, and if it tries, it will face a costly court battle, the developers' lawyer warned Wednesday."This development will proceed with or without city services," said Janice Agrios, legal counsel for the Enoch Cree Nation and Paragon Canada, a ga - read more »

Macao Official: Gaming is Engine for Economy - 21 November 2002
Chief Executive Edmund Ho Hau Wah expressed Wednesday his confidence on an even brighter future of China's Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR). Macao's economy is tipped to expand around 4 percent in the coming year, the chief executive told the press after delivering the policy address for 2003. Since Macao retu - read more »

MGM Customers 'Love' New Technology - 21 November 2002
“They love it!” That's what MGM Mirage customers think of the new technology embraced by the company, according to company president Jim Murren.MGM Mirage this year issued a card that players can use to accumulate gambling points at one casino, redeem them an hour later for show tickets at another casino and charge din - read more »

Proposals signal softening of US stance on online gambling - 21 November 2002
The liberalisation of internet gambling in the US may be one step closer after new, pro-regulation proposals were heard in the House of Representatives on the last day of Congress.The key proposal, from John Conyers Jr, a ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, focused on the creation of a commission that coul - read more »

Too Much Technology in Taiwan - 21 November 2002
Taiwanese government has had all lottery tickets recalled. GTECH Holdings Corp, the world leader of lottery systems recommended the action, though insisted the problem would not affect any other region of its distribution. In a statement made by the company last Wednesday in the Wall Street Journal GTECH made it clear - read more »

Casino profit hurt by bad luck - 21 November 2002
Mandalay Resort Group today said it earned 50 cents a share in the third quarter, less than analysts expected, because gamblers won more than usual on table games at its Mandalay Bay casino on the Las Vegas Strip.Analysts expected the Las Vegas-based company to earn 52 cents a share for the quarter ended Oct. 31, based - read more »

Gambling board approves blueprints for Lake Charles casino - 21 November 2002
Blueprints for a $325 million riverboat casino gambling complex and resort in Lake Charles got approval Tuesday from the state's gambling board with a warning from the board's chairman about changes.Louisiana Gaming Control Board chairman Hillary Crain reminded Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. representatives that the board - read more »

PRESS RELEASE: Kiwi Casino Completes Successful Transition to Playtech Software - 20 November 2002
Kiwi Casino officially announced today the completion of the re-launch of its online casino product on the Playtech casino software platform. Originally launched in October 2000, Kiwi Casino has been using software developed by Cryptologic Inc. until the transition to Playtech software was made last month Since its - read more »

Chief Steps Down at Chain of Casinos - 20 November 2002
Thomas Gallagher, the president and chief executive of the Park Place Entertainment Corporation, a large casino company, resigned today after the company's shares and earnings had lagged those of rivals.Wallace Barr, 56, the chief operating officer, will succeed Mr. Gallagher, who also resigned from the board, the comp - read more »

CryptoLogic to get Reprieve on U.S. Bill - 20 November 2002
CryptoLogic Inc. will get at least a temporary reprieve today as the chance is slim of U.S. legislators passing a bill that would make Internet gambling illegal in the United States, where the company does much of its business. However, the bill is expected to be revived in the new year, and Toronto-based CryptoLogic, - read more »

Beware gambling scam - 20 November 2002
Here we go again. Another lottery scam appears to be in the works.Let's "save" Florida's public schools by opening up the door to gambling. Let's make sure our kids have the small class sizes they need by allowing their parents and grandparents to blow their paychecks and Social Security checks at video lottery termina - read more »

Paypal – its over - 20 November 2002
Some large Internet casinos are already no longer processing PayPal transactions, as of Monday 18th November. This is a few days earlier than expected. PayPal announced that they would be discontinuing Internet gambling transactions this Friday 24 November 2002.The Gaming Club, Lucky Nugget, RiverBelle and a number of - read more »

Casino task force remains neutral - 20 November 2002
The state's casino task force will not take a position on where or whether a casino should be built, members decided at their final meeting Monday.Instead, its report will include conflicting testimony and research collected while trying to fulfill its charge of determining the economic and traffic related effects of a - read more »

A.C. casinos squeeze more earnings from modest revenue rise - 20 November 2002
The casino industry reported a 6 percent gain in third-quarter gross operating profit, helped by an easy comparison to poor results a year earlier.Gross operating profit at the dozen casinos improved to $383.6 million on net revenue of $1.2 billion, up 3.3 percent, according to figures released Tuesday by the Casino Co - read more »

World Gaming Co-Sponsors International Symposium - 19 November 2002
World Gaming, a global leader in the development, licensing and production of Internet gaming systems, will co-sponsor the Sixth Annual International Symposium on Internet and Wireless Gambling Law and Management.The conference, presented by Bioconferences International, (www.bioconferences.com) a division of Mary Ann - read more »

Others will follow Maine's casino lead - 19 November 2002
Development of a $650 million casino in Maine is almost certain to be followed by competing gambling projects in neighboring states, a researcher told Maine officials studying the impacts of a casino Monday. “I feel certain” a Maine casino would encourage casinos in Massachusetts or New Hampshire, where new resorts cou - read more »

The NETeller Option - 19 November 2002
About 15% of online gamblers use PayPal to purchase chips and withdraw winnings from Internet casinos. Unfortunately, PayPal will stop processing Internet gambling transactions on November 24. Many casinos are encouraging players who use PayPal to switch to NETeller instead.Like PayPal, NETeller is an online money tran - read more »

Casinos Urged to Embrace Technology - 19 November 2002
The future of the casino business belongs to those who embrace and push for cutting-edge technology to improve customer service and back-of-the-house efficiencies. That's the word from an executive whose company this year issued a card that players can use to accumulate gambling points at one casino, redeem them an hou - read more »

City sues to break casino lease - 19 November 2002
The city of Natchez has filed suit in Adams County Chancery Court to terminate its lease with the Isle of Capri-Natchez casino.The city in 1993 leased 15.5 acres to Lady Luck, which then owned the Natchez casino, for $454 a month. The next year, the city amended the lease to take back nine acres on the east side of the - read more »

Group wants to prevent problem gambling - 19 November 2002
A group in Gananoque is trying to stop problem gambling among teens and young people before it starts. Although there doesn't appear to be a problem at present, with a casino nearby the risk of it is in the air. At a Casino Watch committee meeting earlier this month, Carole Cecchini, a problem gambling counsellor with - read more »

Kiwi operators rush to beat Pokies law - 19 November 2002
There's a rush on video poker machines in New Zealand as casino operators rush to beat tough new laws by installing the machines before the law comes into effect, the Coalition for Gambling Reform said Sunday. Chairman Dave Macpherson said 3000 poker machines were licensed in the year ending September 30, the largest y - read more »

Gaming Insight inks Scandinavian deal - 19 November 2002
Gaming Insight is to drop out of the online casino sector in favour of iTV betting. The company announced Friday its first global distribution deal - with NSAB of Scandinavia - to deliver its greyhound racing interactive digital TV product and on-screen betting to 1.5 million homes in Scandinavia. The company said it i - read more »

Maine casino likely to see competition - 19 November 2002
Development of a $650 million casino in Maine is almost certain to be followed by competing gambling projects in neighboring states, a researcher told Maine officials studying the impacts of a casino yesterday."I feel certain" a Maine casino would encourage casinos in Massachusetts or New Hampshire, where new resorts c - read more »

Slots no threat to Lower Shore - 19 November 2002
Lower Shore slots opponents are jumping the gun with their gloomy predictions about the collapse of the economy, loss of family-friendly atmosphere and increase in crime and addictions -- not because of any statistics, perceptions or opinions about gambling, but because to date, no one has even suggested that slots wou - read more »

Odds are, you will never win the Tennessee Lottery - 18 November 2002
Part of FedEx lore tells how Fred Smith couldn't make payroll until he won almost $29,000 at a Las Vegas blackjack table in a move that saved the company. But such gambling with a specific goal is rare, and the success of the Tennessee Lottery will depend on just the opposite approach. "Most people who gamble are motiv - read more »

Coalition opposes gambling expansion in region - 18 November 2002
Gambling as an industry, a form of entertainment and an economic development tool came under attack at the InfoRally Against Gambling Expansion on Sunday afternoon at the First United Methodist Church.Sponsored by the National Coalition Against Legalized Gambling, the rally featured nationally known and local speakers - read more »

Early California laws now echo in Indian casinos - 18 November 2002
Families were torn apart as a generation of California Indians was separated from its traditional land, language and culture. Indian children and adults were apprenticed to whites, while "vagrant" Indians were auctioned off to the highest bidder. It was all legal under early California laws. More than 150 years later, - read more »

Tribe eyeing Richmond for casino - 18 November 2002
With the promise of cash gains in a city struggling for respectability, Richmond city officials lent an ear to a casino proposal last week. This roll of the dice comes from the Lake County-based Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians, a tribe with about 160 members who have laid claim to aboriginal homelands at the foot of - read more »

Boss Media branches out - 18 November 2002
Boss Media could be about to extend its reach beyond the confines of the Internet. The Swedish casino software firm has announced that it is to extend its partnership with AB Svenska Spel, Scandinavia's biggest gaming company, to develop digital scratch cards, lotteries and other quick games - primarily for the Interne - read more »

Northeastern States Rush to Add Gambling Sites - 18 November 2002
Gov. George E. Pataki's plan to dot New York with new casinos, and the recent election of pro-gambling governors in neighboring states, has set the stage for a border war over gambling dollars in the mid-Atlantic region, with New Jersey and Connecticut scrambling to protect their casino industries, and states from Mass - read more »

In Kentucky, Expanded Gambling a Topic Again - 17 November 2002
It has been months since Kentucky's racing industry made a push for alternative gaming in the legislature, but the issue of gaming, in light of the state's budget deficit, is slowly creeping back into the picture.The racing industry has been relatively quiet on the issue, but a few legislators recently offered opinions - read more »

Slot machines coming? It's OK with most residents - 17 November 2002
Karen Toste has lived in Raynham for 12 years.But the Fairbanks Road resident and mother of four was here for three years before she even knew Raynham was home to one of two dog tracks in the state."It's a non-issue for me," she said.Toste and many Raynham residents say they don't mind if slot machines were added to Ra - read more »

Danbury Session Targets Casinos - 17 November 2002
After listening to anti-casino arguments for nearly two hours Saturday, Maryangela Amendola was left with an important question unanswered.Amendola knew she did not like casinos, so she was not concerned about whether or not more should come to Connecticut, and particularly to Danbury. Her question was how to keep them - read more »

LCI to sell casino at 50 St James - 17 November 2002
London Clubs International, the troubled casino operator, has put its prestigious 50 St James Casino up for sale with a price tag of more than £50m.The group completed a debt restructuring in the summer, but still has £320m of borrowings, which it has promised to reduce.LCI admitted it wanted to release cash from the c - read more »

Company breaks ground on Sacramento area casino - 16 November 2002
Las Vegas-based neighborhood casino operator Station Casinos Inc. broke ground Oct. 26 on its Thunder Valley Casino, a property it will manage for an Indian tribe near a busy highway linking San Francisco with Reno.The casino will open by summer with the remainder of the property open by the fourth quarter of next year - read more »

Hong Kong Court Clears Jockey of Cheating at Gambling - 16 November 2002
South African jockey Robbie Fradd was acquitted in Hong Kong District Court on Thursday of any wrongdoing related to a race on January 16 at Happy Valley racecourse. The Independent Commission Against Corruption had accused Fradd of winning money for himself or others by holding back his horse, Winning Dragon, and prev - read more »

Gambling crackdown ordered - 16 November 2002
The national police chief has ordered all police units to come up with action plans to wipe out illegal gambling in their areas.The urgent order from Pol Gen Sant Sarutanont follows Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's warning that illegal gambling operations were thriving because police were turning a blind eye and not - read more »

Casino Signs you up for ADSL for free - 16 November 2002
Want a faster Internet connection? Now is your chance, courtesy of Big Dollar Casino.Big Dollar players who already have, or want to get, ADSL or cable Internet connections can now enjoy their high-speed Internet access free of charge. The Casino (www.bigdollar.com) has offered to shoulder the cost of players' monthly - read more »

Plans for Dome Casino Trumped - 16 November 2002
Plans to use the Millennium Dome as a huge casino cannot go ahead because of outdated British legislation. The Dome has already cost the British people £800 million. It was given away to Anschutz Entertainment in May this year in return for a share of future profits.But a specific rule bans huge casinos the size of Cae - read more »

Boss Media Launches Bingo portal - 16 November 2002
Bingo is one of the world's favorite games in bingo halls as well as in game shows and lotteries. In the U.S., bingo halls receive more than 1.2 billion visits every year. This can be compared with rock concerts with 40 million visits a year, sporting events with 32 million, or movies with 960 million visits each year. - read more »

Gambling coalition plans Sunday informational rally - 16 November 2002
The Indiana Coalition Against Legalized Gambling hopes the state will hold the line on gambling. That position is the point of an informational rally scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Hammond's First United Methodist Church, 6635 Hohman Ave. With the state economy still in recession and the budget deficit again hove - read more »

Ten people face charges in gambling - 16 November 2002
A landlord of strip clubs, bars, adult bookstores and other commercial properties across Oklahoma City was accused Friday by prosecutors of being the brains behind an illegal gambling hall that used the Apache Indians as a front. The landlord, attorney Charles Shadid, 73, and nine others were charged Friday in a racket - read more »

Jury awards $8 million to California high roller who claimed casino fraud - 16 November 2002
A California high roller was awarded more than $8 million by a Las Vegas federal court jury that agreed he was defrauded by Park Place Entertainment and its Paris Las Vegas resort. Lawyers for multimillionaire gambler Steven Mattes argued that Paris executives lured the big bettor to the megaresort's September 1999 gra - read more »

Canada Fine Makes History - 15 November 2002
The Globe and Mail newspaper reports that the Ontario Court of Justice has hit Dario Zanetti, owner of a restaurant in Montreal, with fines and forfeitures amounting to $300,000, for making between $1 million and $2 million dollars as his take in over $20,000,000 transacted in an illegal betting operation over the last - read more »

Mass Boat No Mr Lucky's - 15 November 2002
The Boston Herald reports that an unnamed gaming casino cruise business which began sailing gamblers out of Gloucester in August is headed by Adam R. Kidan. Kidan is a former lawyer who was disbarred from practice in his native New York, presumably in part for his alleged involvement in some way with the unsolved murde - read more »

Company repurchases stock, pays down debt - 15 November 2002
MGM MIRAGE paid back $410 million in bank debt through the first nine months of 2002 and repurchased 2 million shares stock for $70 million during the same period, the Strip resort operator reported in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.The Las Vegas-based company previously announced its intention to lower it - read more »

Supporters search for votes to pass state bill on video slot machines - 15 November 2002
Senate Republicans looking to pass a gambling bill over Gov. Bob Taft's veto may ask Democrats for some help. Ranking Senate Democrats said Wednesday they were asked to support a bill that would install slot machines at Ohio's seven race tracks. The proposal, meant to raise more money to help lawmakers settle a looming - read more »

Gambling bug props Hilton - 15 November 2002
A fascination with gambling is helping to offset the continued aversion to travelling at Hilton Group. While the company's hotels are still suffering from cuts in corporate spending and an absence of US visitors, Hilton is being propped up by powerful gaming revenue. In a trading statement for the four months to Octob - read more »

Casino Gambling Isn't the Answer - 15 November 2002
Let's hope Gov. Jeb Bush wasn't serious about considering legalizing casino gambling as a means of paying for Florida's reduced classroom sizes. When asked about casinos by reporters prior to a state Cabinet meeting Wednesday, Bush said he was "not shutting out any options." He repeated his previous opposition to exten - read more »

Poker.com Earns Lower Than Expected Revenue - 15 November 2002
Poker.com, Inc. (OTCBB:PKER.OB), a leading provider of online gaming systems, announced today that, based on preliminary estimates, it expects earnings for the third quarter of 2002 to be lower than projected. The company expects it's third quarter to be a loss of approx. $100k. The shortfall is primarily due to diffic - read more »

Cyberstud Card Ace Awarded $166,280.72 Jackpot at 32Red Casino - 15 November 2002
32Red Casino (http://www.32red.com/) has announced another massive winner, this time bucking the trend of large slot machine payouts as player 'Andrew T' won big on the table game Cyberstud Poker. The $166,280.72 USD jackpot rolled in from a handful of clubs - ten though ace - making it the one of the first Royal Flush - read more »

BetInternet a winner despite pulling out of US market - 14 November 2002
Online gaming group Betinternet.com has cut full-year losses and increased its customer base despite pulling out of the US due to concerns over regulation.The company posted operating losses for the year to 31 May of £1.69m, down from £2.38m, and increased gross profit by 139% to £2.87m.And, despite the closure of its - read more »

Rank Interactive Gaming reveals weekly gambling of £1.5m - 14 November 2002
The interactive arm of Rank Group, the national gaming and bingo firm, is attracting weekly gambling levels of more than £1.5 million online. According to a trading statement for the four months to 2 November 2002, gaming stakes and placed bets on Rank Interactive Gaming's web sites exceeded the figure each week. Set u - read more »

Analysts cautious on Nevada casino industry after report - 14 November 2002
Wall Street analysts remain cautious about the recovery of Nevada's casino industry despite healthy increases in statewide gambling revenues and Strip gambling revenues in September compared to the same month a year ago.The increases -- which were in line with third quarter earnings results reported by major casino ope - read more »

Harrah's taking charge for National's failure - 14 November 2002
Harrah's Entertainment Inc. said it expects to post a charge of $5.5 million to $6.5 million in the fourth quarter because of a settlement and its exposure to National Airlines Inc.In its quarterly report filed Tuesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Las Vegas-based Harrah's said it provided a $12.25 milli - read more »

Mobile Casinos for First Time - 14 November 2002
For the first time, a cellular service provider is offering an interactive casino game channel using advanced mobile technology.Israeli content provider Zone4Play has announced it will be using the casino game system it developed for the cellular service provider Orange.This interactive system, integrated with other OB - read more »

RichWebMaster Welcomes Connie Burstin - 14 November 2002
Connie Burstin, a leading casino affiliate marketer has joined the RichWebMaster (www.richwebmaster.com) group. The latest addition to the company was confirmed on Friday, November 8th with great enthusiasm from both RichWebMaster and the affiliate community.Ms. Burstin made the decision to join RichWebMaster after exa - read more »

As Costs Rise, Bush Opens Up To Gambling - 14 November 2002
Gov. Jeb Bush adamantly opposed any expansion of gambling during his first term. But with a voter mandate to shrink class sizes, he may have to consider it, he conceded Wednesday."I'm not shutting out any options," Bush said.He said he was still against any kind of new gambling as a way of raising more tax revenue, but - read more »

Bradbury takes aim at Lottery expenses - 14 November 2002
Secretary of State Bill Bradbury on Tuesday criticized what he called $750,000 in questionable travel expenses and perks provided to Oregon Lottery employees last year.Bradbury issued an audit that found that the Lottery has allowed some employees to fly first class and others to stay in expensive hotels while travelin - read more »

Member of Gaughan gaming family, Jackie Jr., dies at 54 - 13 November 2002
John F. Gaughan co-owned two downtown casinos with his father, John D. "Jackie" Gaughan, in the 1980s but unlike his brother, Michael, or their legendary dad, he never really pursued a gaming career.Jackie Jr., as he was nicknamed, shunned the publicity that made his father and brother household names in Nevada, with i - read more »

Gangster Bets Online - 13 November 2002
Bookmakers Betwwts.com took odds on the first mobster to get “rubbed out” on the hit TV show “The Sopranos”. Now that the betting has been finalized after Ralph Cifaretto got done by Tony Soprano himself, Betwwts has decided to continue the action by releasing updated odds on the next character to get the whacked off p - read more »

Leaders expect approval of slot machines - 13 November 2002
Senate President Richard Finan, R-Evendale, said Tuesday he expects the Senate to pass, as early as next week, legislation authorizing electronic slot machines at Ohio's seven racetracks, without a vote of the people.The legislation, to be sponsored by Sen. Louis Blessing, R-Cincinnati, is being drafted. "We have a bil - read more »

Lawmakers eye casinos, slot machines - 13 November 2002
If state lawmakers give the nod, the state's four horse and dog tracks could add ringing, flashing slot machines by early next year, bringing with them the promise of $150 million a year or more for the state. It's a tempting proposition for state leaders who are confronting a budget deficit that's expected to reach up - read more »

InterCasino Beats two thousand Online Casinos - 12 November 2002
InterCasino, for a second year in a row, has taken home what the Internet gambling industry affectionately nicknamed “The Gambling Oscar”. The award, officially entitled “Gambling Online Magazine's Readers Choice Award”, is given annually to one of the 2,000 online casino gambling sites that its readers declare “the be - read more »

CryptoLogic shares dip despite European gains - 12 November 2002
Casino software firm Cryptologic has had a rough time in the past year - the hostile commercial and legislative environment in the US has taken its toll on the online casino industry's hitherto double-digit growth, and a hasty boardroom reshuffle, along with lawsuits from former licensees have all taken their toll. The - read more »

Sportingbet's $1.9 payback time - 12 November 2002
Online bookmaker Sportingbet.com may have to pay £1.3 million ($1.9 million) to an Australian business after a former employee spent the proceeds of an alleged fraud at the site. A former company secretary at Australian transport business K&S is believed to have stolen about £7.5 million ($11.3 million) from his employ - read more »

Vegas casino operator may buy back shares - 12 November 2002
Las Vegas-based casino operator Boyd Gaming Corp. has authorized the repurchase of up to 2 million shares of the company's common stock. Shares may be repurchased over time and at prevailing market prices on the open market or through negotiated transactions, the company said.Not date was established for the completion - read more »

Philippines Senator challenges online casino's legality - 12 November 2002
Philippines Senator Robert Barbers last week questioned the legal status of online casino firm SAGE, saying such operators require prior congressional approval. Barbers said he will ask the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) to clarify whether Sports and Games Entertainment, Inc. (SAGE) - which has be - read more »

Ritter's feels lucky about casino sites - 12 November 2002
It's a gamble Ritter's Frozen Custard is willing to take. The Indianapolis-based chain has granted an exclusive licensing agreement to J. Beard Franchising to sell Ritter's franchises at riverboat and casino venues nationwide.The goal is to have five Ritter's outlets operating in casinos within two years, said Jimmy Be - read more »

Cannery dreamin': Casino targets locals market - 12 November 2002
Some seven miles from the shimmer and glitz of the Las Vegas Strip and amid the modest tract homes and retail centers of burgeoning North Las Vegas, a factory-like building rises from a corner of dirt on Craig Road just west of Interstate 15.The structure, built to resemble a fruit cannery from the post-World War II er - read more »

Boss Media hop aboard Bingo Bandwagon - 12 November 2002
Bingo, once considered as gambling for the terminally unglamorous, is the next big thing (OK, we've heard that before...) in online gambling. Now, until I see James Bond sipping a dry Martini next to Irma from Omaha at a Bingo Hall, I'll stand by my opinion of Bingo's cachet in the glamour stakes. But glamour ain't eve - read more »

Minicasinos, tribal gambling about to meet their match - 12 November 2002
All Steve Fabre wanted was to let a handful of his customers play cribbage on Tuesday nights. But having offered pulltabs and punchboards for years at his Cassidy's Pub in Midland, he knew how strict the state Gambling Commission could be."Someone told me you could screw it up by having a deck of cards in the place," F - read more »

Gambling study begins work as momentum grows - 12 November 2002
The gaping budget deficit, the new governor's anti-tax promises, and the encroachment of casinos in neighboring states has made expanded gambling an imminent possibility in Massachusetts, according to members of a new task force."People have talked about it for years, but now they're sitting down and studying it," said - read more »

Parish faces uphill fight for casino - 11 November 2002
After losing a direct challenge of the state's authority over riverboat casinos, Cameron Parish officials say they probably have an uphill fight if they ever intend to bring in gambling.The Isle of Capri wanted to move one of its two Lake Charles riverboats to the parish and put it closer to the Texas border.Courts str - read more »

Casino tackled over cinema role - 11 November 2002
A professional investor is putting the heat on cinema firm Sky City Leisure - formerly Force Corporation - over its corporate governance, claiming that casino operator Sky City Entertainment Group is treating it as if it were a fully owned subsidiary. Shareholder Paul Glass is urging Sky City Leisure shareholders to vo - read more »

Sportingbet in court wrangle over £1.3m gambling bill - 10 November 2002
Internet bookmaker Sportingbet.com may have to pay £1.3m to an Australian business that was allegedly defrauded out of millions by a gambling-mad employee.A former company secretary at Australian transport business K&S is believed to have stolen about £7.5m from his employers and to have lost a portion while betting wi - read more »

Gambling target shifts - 10 November 2002
With a meticulously structured proposal designed for the public eye as much as the Quebec cabinet, Loto-Québec is seeking the high moral ground by claiming a shift in focus "from a local to a tourist clientele.""It's a major turnaround," said Loto-Québec CEO Gaétan Frigon at the end of a multimedia presentation to repo - read more »

Tech still struggles with student gambling - 10 November 2002
Chris is a 31-year-old bookie who remembers when Lubbock authorities launched a crackdown on local gambling rings in the late 1990s. Convicted in that crackdown, he's back at work. He and other bookies say they have raked in thousands of dollars every weekend under the nose of Lubbock law enforcement, the same official - read more »

Casino appoints key managers - 10 November 2002
Borgata, a joint venture casino resort of MGM MIRAGE and Boyd Gaming Corp., has appointed Larry Mullin to executive vice president of marketing and Jim Rigot to vice president of casino operations.Mullin formerly served as president and chief operating officer at Trump Marina and has also held senior management positio - read more »

Canadian repeal of anti-online gaming legislation - 09 November 2002
Woodbine Entertainment Group launched an Internet wagering Web site on Thursday. This is after the group successfully lobbied for the repeal of legislation that outlawed Internet wagering in Canada.The site, www.myWEG.com, offers real-time entries, results, and charts for more than 75 North American tracks, as well as - read more »

Online Gaming is Hot Stock to Buy - 09 November 2002
Online gaming has been universally identified as the hot stock area in e-commerce over the next five years, with expansion into gambling applications for interactive television singled-out as a potentially huge growth area, the Guardian Unlimited reports. Channel 4's Late Night Poker show, which attracts more than a mi - read more »

Queen of England Sparks Gambling Row - 09 November 2002
The Queen of England has caused a flurry of British newspaper reports that the liberalisation of gaming in the UK is shelved.The reports, including one in the Sunday Times, pointed out that the queen did not mention casino gaming in her annual speech, in which she traditionally introduces all legislation for the follow - read more »

Europe's Longest-Established Online Gaming Forum - 09 November 2002
On the 13th & 14th November 2002, the third European Online Gaming 2002 (www.europeanonlinegaming.com) takes place in London, bringing you up-to-the-minute news about developments in the UK; including more detail about the government's proposals and the timescales involved.Highlights for this year include a major focus - read more »

Quebec to cut number of VLTs and open a new casino north of Montreal - 09 November 2002
Saying gambling has become epidemic in parts of the province, Loto-Quebec announced Friday it will remove about 20 per cent of its video lottery terminals from bars and taverns. But the provincially run agency said in the same breath it will build a new $75-million casino and pump $500 million into its three existing - read more »

Analysts Optimistic About Boyd Gaming - 09 November 2002
Bond rating agency Moody's Investors Service has upgraded the credit rating outlook for Las Vegas-based Boyd Gaming Corp. from "negative" to "stable" on news of consistent cash flow improvements and debt reduction at the company. "The stable ratings outlook also anticipates that Boyd will use its free cash flow to main - read more »

Keep Casinos Out: Benedict - 09 November 2002
Enough gambling with Connecticut's future, Jeff Benedict, president of the Connecticut Alliance Against Casino Expansion, told an audience at the Patterson Club. Benedict who is an investigative reporter, has a law degree, is an expert on tribal recognition and the author of the book, Without Reservation - spoke Wednes - read more »

Gambling Wins in USA - 08 November 2002
The Press of Atlantic City reports that “Voters chose to expand, retain or establish various forms of gambling in the five states with binding measures and candidates favoring slot machines at racetracks won gubernatorial races in Maryland and Pennsylvania.”The five states so pro-gambling include Tennessee, where 57% o - read more »

City earmarks gambling revenue - 08 November 2002
Now that the gambling referendum has passed, Burlington officials can begin to figure out what the city will do with more than two-thirds of the $368,000 in gambling revenues it will continue to collect annually. In fact, the city will have a windfall for the first six months of 2003 because gambling revenues weren't b - read more »

Why Online Jackpots Are'Progressive' - 08 November 2002
In a special report for RollingGoodTimes, Oscar Gaughan finds that online progressive jackpots are a real buzz with more and more online gamblers - the pots grow greater, faster, because of the simultaneous input from any number of online sources. All that is precisely why the jackpots are called “progressive.” But the - read more »

Riverboat casino favored in meaningless vote - 08 November 2002
The votes now mean nothing, but residents of Cameron Parish who were able to cast ballots on the question of gambling favored bringing in a riverboat casino by a margin of nearly 8-to-1.Officials in the southwestern Louisiana parish counted absentee ballots taken on a pair of local referendums before courts struck down - read more »

Anti-Tribal Gaming Suit OK - 08 November 2002
The Business Review magazine reports that despite the intervention of Governor George Pataki, newly elected Tuesday and with a fresh mandate from New Yorkers, a lawsuit that would “prevent the opening of Indian casinos and eliminate video lottery terminals at the Saratoga Equine Sports Center harness track” is in order - read more »

BetWWTS Suspends Betting on The Bachelor - 08 November 2002
BetWWTS.com, a leading offshore gaming company, suspended wagering on ABC's The Bachelor earlier this week following a deluge of wagers on one of the remaining bachelorettes. Suspicions were aroused when the company began receiving up to nine new account applications per minute originating from the bachelor's hometown - read more »

Sportingbet shares dive 25% - 07 November 2002
Sportingbet, the online gaming group whose shares have been under attack from short sellers, has warned that higher costs in the US and adverse foreign currency movements will hit its full-year results. Yesterday's profits warning, which came as the group reported increased first-half losses, knocked 24 per cent off it - read more »

BskyB launches online casino - 07 November 2002
BSkyB is planning to launch an online casino after winning an interactive gaming licence from the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC).It is planning to unveil the offshore web casino using its Sky Bet brand in the new-year. According to Sky Bet's managing director Nick Rust, the company is looking at third part - read more »

Bets are in on the Fledgling Wizard - 07 November 2002
The success of Harry Potter's box office release is a sure bet. But if you knew just how successful the movie would be you could triple your money by taking odds at 3:1 on the film beating box office records. BetWWTS.com has created a line on Harry Potter 2 eclipsing the success of Spiderman in its first weekend of rel - read more »

Iowans Endorse Gambling in Big Numbers - 07 November 2002
Iowans found they enjoy their casinos and racetracks too much to give them up. By wide margins, voters in 11 counties agreed Tuesday to extend legalized gambling for eight more years. Support was so strong that in some counties, the gambling extension won by a 4-to-1 margin. Keeping the slot machines whirring and roule - read more »

Revenue, cash flow improve for LV operator - 07 November 2002
Herbst Gaming Inc. of Las Vegas, an operator of casinos and a slot route, Tuesday reported a profit for the quarter ended Sept. 30 of $100,000 vs. a loss of $12.7 million in the year-ago quarter. The 2001 loss was caused by a debt restructuring charge of $13 million.Revenue for the 2002 quarter was $61.4 million, up 6. - read more »

Roane joins state in lottery gamble - 07 November 2002
After months of compelling lottery debates, the voting is over and all bets are off.Fifty-seven percent of Roane Countians voted “yes” to Referendum No. 1 on the Nov. 5 ballot.Most counties followed suit, paving the way for Tennessee to become a lottery state.The referendum, which lifted the constitutional ban on a lot - read more »

Legalized Gaming Wins Big at Polls - 07 November 2002
Voters chose to expand, retain or establish various forms of gambling in the five states with binding measures and candidates favoring slot machines at racetracks won gubernatorial races in Maryland and Pennsylvania. In nonbinding local votes, citizens defeated casino referendums in three states and approved a casino r - read more »

Atlantic City Casino Win Up for October - 07 November 2002
Atlantic City casinos racked up their second straight month of strong revenue gains in October, again helped by an easy comparison to the same month after the terrorist attacks last year. The dozen casinos won $350.5 million from gamblers last month, up 4 percent compared to last year's October, according to preliminar - read more »

Clinton Pays Half Million to Women Gambler - 07 November 2002
A riverboat casino in Clinton, Ohio had its biggest ever winner today when Gayle Hartman took home almost $540,000 on the Wheel of Fortune slot machine. However, had Gayle been playing at Captain Cooks Casino on the Internet, and beat their standing jackpot record, she would have been a million dollars better off.“Onli - read more »

New Chapter Opens In Britain's Casino History - 06 November 2002
As a nation, Britain has a well-documented and long history of gaming dating back to the 14th Century. References to King Henry VII enjoying an evening's entertainment of dicing and playing cards are commonplace. The London casinos we see today were born from Gentlemen's Clubs and the gaming influences brought back fro - read more »

InterCasino Launches a Player v Player Poker Room - 06 November 2002
Online casino operator InterCasino has launched a player v player poker room. Since their launch in November 1996 over $6 billion has been processed in online casino payments and now this experience is being brought to bear in the online poker market with the launch of InterCasinoPoker.Until recently online casinos hav - read more »

Taiwan premier seeks consensus on casinos - 06 November 2002
Premier Yu Shyi-kun has called for a national consensus on a controversial proposal for lifting the ban on casinos in Taiwan's offshore counties. After being briefed by a panel responsible for laying down development plans for the three counties, namely Kinmen, Matsu and Penghu, the premier said the idea is considered - read more »

South Korea Relaxes Casino Restrictions - 06 November 2002
South Korea's tightly controlled gambling industry will take a step towards respectability today when shares in Paradise, one of the country's few casino operators, begin trading in Seoul. Gambling has long been frowned upon in South Korea but the industry has grown rapidly in recent years as regulations have gradually - read more »

Nutmegger casino plan spurs new Mass. talk - 06 November 2002
Connecticut's oldest Indian casino is preparing to roll the dice on a major expansion in a move that could help reignite the Bay State's dormant casino-gaming debate.Foxwoods Resorts Casino is crafting plans for a roughly $500 million expansion that could create one or two more luxury hotels, a new tribal leader has sa - read more »

Computerised Bets Rigged? - 06 November 2002
With nearly 85 percent of bets coming from 1,100 simulcasting outlets across North America, the industry has firmly linked its future to computerized parimutuel systems. But a $3 million win has brought accusations that the system was rigged, accusations that have implications for all computerised betting.It was the ad - read more »

Odds on Success of New 'Harry Potter' from BetWWTS.com - 06 November 2002
The most anticipated film of the holiday season, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is destined to be the next Hollywood blockbuster. The second installment of the series about a boy wizard is certain to cast a spell over moviegoers across the country and may conjure up unmatched box office totals. Realizing that - read more »

3 held in alleged gambling ring - 06 November 2002
Long Beach Police arrested three men who allegedly ran a bookmaking ring based in Downey that did "significant business' in Long Beach, a police sergeant said Tuesday. The ring took bets on sporting events from customers in six California counties, the cities of Long Beach, Anaheim, Downey, Fullerton and Yorba Linda, a - read more »

Golden Tiger Announces New Multi-Player Poker Room - 05 November 2002
Golden Tiger Casino, one of the largest and most respected online casinos, is both proud and excited to announce the launch of their new Golden Tiger Poker Room. The Golden Tiger Poker Room is part of Microgaming's new Prima Poker Multi-Player Network. Offering the most popular poker games in a live multi play format, - read more »

Bulgaria's Police Scrutinizes Gambling Halls - 05 November 2002
Police checked gambling halls throughout the country in a grand-scale police operation. Task forces scrutinised 228 halls - 14 casinos and 28 bingo halls among them. With this operation, the Interior Ministry aimed at to cracking down on criminals involved in the gambling business. Officers looked into the fire safety - read more »

Aussies to bet $150m on Melbourne Cup - 05 November 2002
Nine out of Ten Australians will place a bet on today's Melbourne Cup with a record $150 million set to be wagered on the horse race.Betting agencies have $8 million in less than 24 hours. The favourites for the $4 million ($2.2 million) 3200m race are Irish stayer Media Puzzle at $5 ($2.80), Vinnie Roe at $6.50 ($3.64 - read more »

South Korea suspends gaming ISPs for gambling - 05 November 2002
South Korea is the latest country to attempt to ban Internet gambling. The Korea Media Rating Board (KMRB) has suspended a large number of online game services for alleged gambling. Dacom Multimedia Internet Inc., a subsidiary of Dacom Corp, and four other online game service providers were punished by up service suspe - read more »

Israelis to sell 25% of Greek casino for $163m - 05 November 2002
The Israeli owners of a casino in Greece have admitted that they are in discussions to sell a reported 20-25 percent of the lucrative business. In a statement to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange on Monday Club Hotel Resido said it is in discussions with Casinos Austria concerning a deal on the Loutraki Casino. Based on an e - read more »

Casino Stocks Lag in October - 05 November 2002
Gaming stocks generally slid to a soft close in October compared with the solid performance seen in the overall market. Casino stocks as a group underperformed the Dow Jones industrial average by 15 percentage points in October after outperforming the market by 35 points since September 2001. "Definitely, there was pro - read more »

Slot maker's stock at record high on election hopes - 05 November 2002
International Game Technology shares rose to an all-time high today on investor expectations that the biggest maker of slot machines will benefit from an expansion of gambling in such states as Pennsylvania after the election.IGT shares rose 85 cents to $77.89 as of 12:02 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite tradi - read more »

No dice? Nongamblers in Las Vegas have options - 04 November 2002
For whatever reason - conventions, trade shows, family reunions, car trouble - legions of people arrive in Las Vegas who care absolutely nothing about throwing dice or lining up cherries on a slot machine. Fortunately (and, no doubt, surprisingly to some), the city offers many other daytime diversions, some on the Stri - read more »

La. Supreme Court kills Cameron gambling vote - 04 November 2002
Cameron Parish lost its attempt to put a gambling referendum on its Nov. 5 ballot when the state Supreme Court refused to hear arguments in the case on Saturday.Cameron Parish had appealed to the Supreme Court after the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the parish could not hold a referendum to attract a riverboa - read more »

County casino support wanes close to home - 04 November 2002
Although a majority of Sonoma County voters backed tribal gaming in California two years ago, a Press Democrat Poll found that only a third wants casinos in their own community today.The misgivings come less than two months after the county's first casino opened on the Dry Creek Rancheria in the Alexander Valley and pl - read more »

Casino ships gamble on port - 04 November 2002
This is a tale of two cruise ships rolling the dice for dollars at the Port of Palm Beach. The players are the Palm Beach Princess, stepchild of a high-rolling group of formerly troubled corporations, and Texas Treasure, a newcomer from Corpus Christi run by a no-nonsense former housewife and Las Vegas dealer. Up for g - read more »

Camelot's Growth Plan Blocked - 04 November 2002
The Government will block any moves by Camelot, the controversial National Lottery operator, to diversify into other forms of gambling. The tough stance will anger Camelot's backers - Cadbury Schweppes, Consignia Enterprises, De La Rue, Fujitsu and Thales Electronics - who are eager to find new revenue streams as lotte - read more »

State OKs appointments of gaming regulators - 03 November 2002
The New Jersey state Senate has approved the appointments of two high-ranking casino regulators, including the first woman to head the Casino Control Commission.Linda Kassekert, 44, a former lobbyist for the New Jersey Education Association, was confirmed Thursday along with Thomas Auriemma, who was formally named dire - read more »

Louisiana gaming measure's ballot status uncertain - 03 November 2002
With Tuesday's election on the horizon, most officials know what the ballot will look like.Not so in Cameron Parish, where a legal fight continues over a riverboat casino referendum."I've never had to unseal the machines or take something off the ballot before," Cameron Parish Clerk of Court Carl Broussard said. "Until - read more »

Applying Science to the Casino - 03 November 2002
For many Las Vegas casinos, the conventional wisdom is that the key to success is to build huge copies of the world's wonders, then add sequins. But to Gary W. Loveman, it's about figuring out where to put the fishhook.It's also about using the latest science and business intelligence to do so.Mr. Loveman is the newly - read more »

Video gambling devices seized, employee arrested by South Houston police - 03 November 2002
Business came to an abrupt end at Jack's convenience store located at 1117 Spencer Wednesday evening as South Houston police seized four video gambling devices and arrested an employee for possession of a gambling device. While the woman arrested was not the owner, police said she was the person in care, custody and co - read more »

Harrah's Lake Tahoe to Host World's Largest Slot Tournament - 02 November 2002
More than 250 of the nation's best slot players will gather at Harrah's Lake Tahoe on Nov. 4 to compete for $1 million and the title of National Champion of Slots at the finals of the eighth annual Harrah's Millionaire Maker. Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: HET), which operates 26 casinos nationwide, has been hosti - read more »

White House Urges Online Gambling Bill - 02 November 2002
It has been reported that the White House has sent a message to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschel (D-S.D.) urging him to schedule a vote on a version of the anti-online gaming bill recently passed in the House of Representatives. And while the White house finds the bill exceedingly important, support for the bill is l - read more »

Space Alien Robs Montana Casino - 02 November 2002
A man wearing a space alien mask robbed a Billings casino on Halloween. Billings police said the man entered the Nickle Ante at 1542 13th St. W. wearing a white alien-style mask with devil horns. The man initially made at least one member of the staff nervous, but the man went to another section of the business to play - read more »

Wild West Slot Keeps Paying Out - 02 November 2002
The new Wild West Slot at www.cherrycasino.com and www.casinodomain.com has been a huge success for the players. Since it's opening on the 26:th of September it has paid out Jack Pot's as:September 27 $10000, September 27 $1000, September 28 $1000, September 29 $1000, October 01 $1000, October 06 $5000, October 09 $200 - read more »

New Casino Planned for Scotland - 02 November 2002
Ambitious plans are on the cards to create Scotland's biggest casino at Aberdeen Beach. Amadeus, the city's biggest nightclub, looks certain to shift from the Esplanade to pave the way for the Las Vegas-style scheme. The nightspot's owners, First Leisure, are trawling the heart of the city for a suitable site for a new - read more »

Helena gaming revenue drops in first quarter of smoking ban - 02 November 2002
Quarterly gambling revenue collected within the Helena city limits dropped 10 percent compared with a year ago, even though gambling collections were up elsewhere in the county, new state revenue figures show.But experts say it is too early to say whether Helena's ban on smoking in all public places, including bars and - read more »

Sky gets charity help to keep iTV gamblers safe - 01 November 2002
Sky is in talks with gambling charity Gamcare to develop a kitemark scheme for all betting and gaming iTV services on its platform as concerns rise about the numbers of problem gamblers using them. The kitemark scheme is likely to ensure that operators of gambling or gaming services on Sky are doing all the necessary c - read more »

Gambling addictions land more women in jail - 01 November 2002
Prison officers from around Australia believe an increase in the number of women prisoners is due to changes in sentencing laws and gambling addictions.The Prison Officers Association of Australasia says female prisoners are increasing across Australia.The association says their convictions are often for social securit - read more »

White House Wants Online Betting Ban Vote - 01 November 2002
The White House is urging Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle to schedule a vote on an online gambling bill before the end of the year, arguing "the illegal Internet gambling industry must be stopped." "Internet gambling serves as a haven for money laundering and organized crime and, potentially, for international terro - read more »

Sportingbet shares dive 25% on profits warning - 01 November 2002
Sportingbet, the online gaming company whose shares have been under attack from short sellers, yesterday warned that higher costs in the US and adverse foreign currency movements would hit its full-year results.The profits warning, which came as the group reported increased first-half losses, knocked 25 per cent of its - read more »

CryptoLogic Adds Multi-Player Poker - 01 November 2002
CryptoLogic Inc. (NASDAQ:CRYP; TSX:CRY) today announced the expansion of its industry leading integrated suite of market-driven on-line gaming products with the launch, by wholly-owned subsidiary WagerLogic Ltd., of multi-player CryptoLogic Poker. CryptoLogic Poker recreates the land-based poker room experience and bri - read more »

BSkyB set to unveil web casino - 01 November 2002
BSkyB is planning to launch an online casino after winning an interactive gaming licence from the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC). It is planning to unveil the offshore web casino using its Sky Bet brand in the new-year. According to Sky Bet's managing director Nick Rust, the company is looking at third p - read more »

Judge allows pro-casino petitioning to continue - 01 November 2002
A judge ruled Thursday that supporters of plans for an Indian casino in southern Maine can continue gathering signatures on petitions aimed at forcing a statewide referendum on casino gambling in Maine.Opponents had sought to block supporters from pushing ahead with their referendum campaign.After an hour-long hearing - read more »

Anti-Gambling Video - 01 November 2002
In a press release, the Responsible Gambling Council, Ontario (RGCO) has developed a video drama, “After the Beep,” about youth gambling. The script for the video, originally a stage play, was written by Sault Saint Marie high school students Carla Barriero, Lily DeMiglio and Bridget Lamberts. The final product, a vide - read more »

Internet gaming ban still unlikely this year - 01 November 2002
It's not likely that legislation banning Internet gambling will pass this year, despite prodding from the White House. "I urge you to consider this legislation before the year is out and put an end to this criminal enterprise," Lawrence Lindsey, assistant to the president for economic policy, said in a three-paragraph - read more »

Detroit casino would cost $500 million - 01 November 2002
MGM Grand plans to build a $500 million casino complex that includes a 16-story hotel and five restaurants.Details of the casino's initial design plans were reported today by The Detroit News.Next week, Detroit's planning commission is expected to consider Las Vegas-based MGM MIRAGE's request to rezone a 25.5-acre parc - read more »

Casino changes owners - 01 November 2002
Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. on Wednesday closed on the previously announced sale of its money-losing Lady Luck hotel and casino in downtown Las Vegas to a new business entity with plans to convert a wing of the property into timeshares.The sale price to AMX Nevada LLC wasn't disclosed.The Delaware-incorporated company i - read more »