September 2002 News Article Archive

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Oklahoma horsemen say alternative gambling needed to save industry - 30 September 2002
Oklahoma Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse horsemen, recently at odds over next year's race dates at Remington Park, owned by Magna Entertainment Corp., have united in a request to legalize alternative gaming in the state as a way to save Oklahoma's $2-billion horse racing industry. The division between Thoroughbred and Q - read more »

More Net Casinos Join Seal of Approval Program - 30 September 2002
The Interactive Gaming Council (IGC) today announced that three additional online casinos have applied to participate in the Seal of Approval program (SoA), an IGC initiative designed to increase consumer confidence in interactive gambling. The new participants are Captain Cooks Casino, Casino Kingdom and English Har - read more »

Experts: Gaming IPO Climate Sours - 30 September 2002
Wall Street may prove to be a rocky road for casino company IPOs, despite the buzz at this week's Global Gaming Expo. Much of the public discussion and corridor buzz at G2E involved possible initial public offerings by Las Vegas Sands Inc., Coast Casinos and Wynn Resorts. Market analysts on Wall Street at the end o - read more »

Is it time to gamble on Pennsylvania slots? - 30 September 2002
It's pretty much a given — people love to gamble and hate to pay taxes. In a state facing a $1 billion budget deficit, it doesn't take a horse-player's instinct to figure out that expanding legalized gambling would fatten the state's coffers and trim the burden on taxpayers.It's a thought that's crossed the minds - read more »

Bingo addicts can ask to be barred - 30 September 2002
B.C. bingo addicts are now the first in North America who can get themselves voluntarily barred from bingo halls. Gail White, director of corporate social responsibility for the B.C. Lottery Corp., said the "self-exclusion" program is being expanded from the province's 19 casinos to include 37 bingo halls."Some peopl - read more »

Tribe seeking Michigan casino asks Indiana to void contract - 29 September 2002
The Pokagon@„€œd of Potawatomi Indians has asked state gaming officials to void a contract with a consultant for an Indiana riverboat they say is fighting their plans for a Michigan casino. The Dowagiac, Mich.-based tribe on Friday called on the Indiana Gaming Commission to void a consulting agreement between Boyd Gam - read more »

Great Canadian buys Washington casino - 29 September 2002
A subsidiary of locally based Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (GCD:TSX Venture) has reached an agreement to purchase Big Al's Casino in Everett, Washington. The purchase price for the land, building and business is US$5.8 million and 175,000 share purchase warrants. The purchaser is Pair O' Dice Investments LLC. Gr - read more »

Man charged over casino heist - 29 September 2002
The month-long hunt for a Melbourne tradesman who is alleged to have brazenly robbed Crown Casino's high-roller room has ended.Police arrested 48-year-old Thomas Mangos in Horsham, in Victoria's west, and charged him with one count of armed robbery.Mangos, from Bundoora, is alleged to have stolen cash from the Mahogany - read more »

Most Coastal Casinos to Reopen as Storm Retreats - 29 September 2002
The state Gaming Commission has given the go-ahead to Mississippi Gulf Coast casinos to open for business two days after thousands of customers were sent packing by Tropical Storm Isidore. Most of the gambling houses on casino row in Harrison County were expected to open today after closing Wednesday at the direction - read more »

Quebec Set to Cut Gambler’s Aid - 29 September 2002
The Quebec government is refocuing its “offensive against substance abuse and pathological gambling” but not by more funding. Junior Health Minister Roger Bertrand says the province's campaign against gambling addiction will have “an elaborate new framework with an emphasis on prevention.” “Much has been done in the fi - read more »

RealTime Gaming releases Version 1.9 of casino gaming software, introducing new blackjack and poker games - 29 September 2002
Online casino software developer RealTime Gaming announced today the release of Version 1.9 of their internet-based casino gaming software. Fresh from a completed round of BETA testing, Version 1.9 - the ninth release in under two years - is being introduced to all 44 RealTime Gaming licensees this week. RealTime exe - read more »

Rowland Supports Vegas Nights Repeal to Stop Casinos - 29 September 2002
Gov. John G. Rowland on Friday voiced support for the first time for legislation repealing the state's Las Vegas Nights law.Rowland said he believes such a bill is worth pursuing to possibly halt a third casino in Connecticut."I think it's a great idea," he told reporters following a meeting of the state Bond Commissio - read more »

A rare gambling-free bastion, Tennessee moves to the brink of approving a lottery - 29 September 2002
Poll after poll brings bad news for the cause, but the Rev. Don McCulley isn't ready to surrender. The small-town pastor has beeross the states," McCulley said in his study at Dresden's First Baptist Church. "If we don't defeat the lottery, we compromise a moral voice that we now have." Though McCulley's fervor is sh - read more »

AZ Gambling Up To Voters - 28 September 2002
A federal appeals court here has overturned a lower court decision that had blocked Arizona Governor Jane Hull from negotiating gaming compacts with Indian tribes on her own, without the consent of the state legislature. Hull's compacts with the Indians have displeased the state's non-tribal gaming industry. However, - read more »

Casinos To Search for Terrorists -- Eventually - 28 September 2002
The Bush Administration is leaving no stone unturned in promoting its so called war against terror: there are suspects, or potential suspects, just about everywhere. Including Vegas and Vegas-style casinos. The Treasury Department will require casino operators to “file reports on suspicious financial transactions to th - read more »

Man charged over brazen Crown Casino robbery - 28 September 2002
A 48-year-old Melbourne man has been charged over an armed robbery at Crown Casino last month.The Armed Offenders Squad says Thomas Mangos, of Bundoora, walked into the Horsham police station in western Victoria late yesterday afternoon.He has been charged with one count of armed robbery.Detectives are escorting him - read more »

Net Entertaiment Releases New Slot Machine - 28 September 2002
Net Entertainment (a subsidiary of the Cherry Casino Group, listed on the Swedish Stock market), the world's leading provider of no download Internet casino software, today announces the launch of Wild West Slot, the first new generation slot machine for Internet deployment. The Wild West Slot is a slot machine with - read more »

B.C. company eyes jackpot in Puget Sound casinos - 28 September 2002
A Canadian gambling company is establishing a chain of casinos in the Puget Sound region through a series of acquisitions and development deals.Great Canadian Gaming Corp., a partner in the recently opened Grand Central Casino in Tukwila, said this week that it has reached an agreement to buy a majority ownership stake - read more »

Officials want casino-style gambling at tracks - 28 September 2002
Horse racing officials say they will push for casino-style gambling at Oklahoma's three racetracks as a way to save the sinking industry. Remington Park in Oklahoma City is threatening to shut its doors after the state Horse Racing Commission rejected the park's plan to end quarter horse racing. Fair Meadows in Tu - read more »

Gambling charity boss resigns - 27 September 2002
Ralph Gerdelan has resigned as Chief Executive of the Problem Gambling Foundation. Board Member Richard Northey says Gerdelan's resignation is effective immediately. He says the board was unanimous in accepting Gerdelan's resignation and work will begin imme - read more »

Video slot backers lose last-ditch effort to get measure on Nebraska ballot - 27 September 2002
A federal judge rejected a last-ditch attempt to get a proposed constitutional amendment on the Nov. 5 ballot that could legalize video slot machines in Nebraska.After hearing arguments yesterday morning, U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf immediately rejected a request to suspend a ruling by a Lancaster County judge pre - read more »

Teamsters union boycotts Park Place casinos - 27 September 2002
One of the nation's largest unions on Thursday declared a boycott against Park Place Entertainment Corp. (PPE) it said could cost the casino operator $6 million and accused the company of trying to destroy some of its affiliates. The Teamsters said the boycott would include the Las Vegas Hilton, Caesar's Palace and Bal - read more »

GameTech Bingo Scandal Extends to More States - 27 September 2002
GameTech International Inc. of Reno said Wednesday it voluntarily shut down its fixed-base electronic bingo units in Texas and Mississippi and is working closely with gaming officials in both states to ensure the integrity of the machines. In a statement Wednesday, the bingo equipment company said the fixed-base units - read more »

Court OKs gay man's suit against MGM Grand - 27 September 2002
A divided federal appeals court has ruled that an openly gay man is entitled to bring a sexual harassment lawsuit under the U.S. Civil Rights Act, even though all his accused tormentors were fellow male employees. Tuesday's 7-4 decision overturned a summary judgment granted by U.S. District Judge Philip Pro in favor o - read more »

Dean visiting reservation to push expanded gambling - 26 September 2002
Democrat Stormy Dean is taking his expanded gambling message to the reservation. The gubernatorial candidate planned a stop Wednesday in Macy, home to the Omaha Tribe's reservation, to further his platform in support of casino-style gambling in Nebraska. Dean is running against Republican incumbent Gov. Mike Johanns, - read more »

Casino calls tune on deal with Newton - 26 September 2002
Wayne Newton may shake hands and smile for a few pictures at a Des Moines luncheon today for Republican Greg Ganske's U.S. Senate campaign, but he probably won't sing "Danke Schoen." Officials at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino, who made arrangements months ago for the Las Vegas crooner to make an Altoona concert - read more »

Money laundering and Online Casinos: IGC’s View - 26 September 2002
The Interactive Gaming Council (IGC) has refuted claims that Internet casinos are susceptible to money laundering. In a submission to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the IGC asserts that Internet casinos are in a better position to address issues of money laundering than their land-based counterparts.The IGC, a - read more »

Federal commission sues Vegas casino for alleged age, sex discrimination - 26 September 2002
A federal civil rights commission has filed an age and sex discrimination lawsuit against a Las Vegas casino, alleging that managers ignored employee complaints about sexually explicit, derogatory and lewd comments and jokes. The lawsuit against the Riviera Hotel and Casino was filed Tuesday on behalf of former casino - read more »

Overseas casino firms gear up for UK market - 26 September 2002
International casino operators are gearing up for an assault on the UK market should the Government's proposed deregulation of the gambling industry go ahead. Sun International, which operates 24 casino destinations worldwide including the world famous Sun City in South Africa, has earmarked the UK as an "ex-tre - read more »

Alleged Bingo Cheating Scandal Prompts Equipment Shutdown Reported Suicide - 26 September 2002
A Reno engineer believed to have installed a cheating scam in software that controlled electronic bingo systems committed suicide last weekend after Nevada Gaming Control Board agents discovered the man trying pull off his scam in a Las Vegas-area casino, state officials and company executives said. The scam prompted - read more »

Nurses, Teachers, Betting Online to Supplement Low Wage - 25 September 2002
Nurses, teachers, and other low-paid professional women are increasingly turning to gambling online to supplement their wages, according to a poll released yesterday.Of the professions surveyed, 66 per cent of female nurses admitted they had a weekly flutter. More than 42 per cent of secretaries, and 38 per cent of te - read more »

Bingo Mania to Award $4M This Month - 25 September 2002
With the launch of Version 6.0, bingo players around the world just got a little luckier. With the addition of progressive jackpots, Bingo Mania is slated to award more than $4 Million Dollars to players during the month of September. Each bingo game at Bingo Mania gives players a chance to win a large progressive ja - read more »

Putting a price tag on gambling problems - 25 September 2002
Public and private gambling enterprises take in an estimated $65 billion a year, Keith S. Whyte told the Sherlock Gambling Commission Tuesday, but together they spend only about $19 million a year addressing people whose betting causes them difficulties.Whyte is the executive director of the National Council on Problem - read more »

Howard Stern has BETonSPORTS on his Show - 25 September 2002
Howard Stern invited David Carruthers, CEO of BETonSPORTS.COM, onto his show. Stern told Carruthers that he has noticed BETonSPORTS has a Hollywood betting line. One of the bets Howard was most interested in was: Will Jennifer Lopez marry Ben Affleck before 12-31-04? 'I think its kind of a neat thing. I tell ya I like - read more »

ukbetting launches real-time betting - 24 September 2002
Ukbetting is to integrate GIG's live sport-betting system, SportXction, into its wagering web sites. It owns and runs,, and, among others. The launch is set for November this year, initially running on ukbetting's football (soccer) channel. There will be a li - read more »

Wireless gaming takes off in the US - 24 September 2002
The market for wireless gambling is starting to take off. Earlier this month World Gaming signed a three-year licensing agreement with wireless company Sona Innovations to build wireless applications for World Gaming's gambling outlets -- blackjack, slots and sportsbook. 'The wireless market is growing exponentially, a - read more »

Park Place’s casino plans for Dome - 24 September 2002
The UK's Millennium Dome, perceived by many as a dismal, expensive failure, could be the site of a huge new casino. Park Place Entertainment, the worlds biggest gambling organization and owner of Caesar's Palace is in talks to open a casino on the Dome's site in south London. The Dome, formerly a publicly funded visit - read more »

Park Place wants to merge two Atlantic City casinos - 24 September 2002
Park Place Entertainment Corp. asked New Jersey gaming regulators Monday for permission to merge the Claridge Casino Hotel and Bally's Atlantic City. The resort, which would keep the name Bally's Atlantic City, would be among the biggest in Atlantic City, with 222,337 square feet of gaming space and 1,753 rooms. Park P - read more »

Online casinos will become mainstream - 24 September 2002
Gambling is part of the entertainment industry, and will eventually be distributed by the same channels used by the mass entertainment industry - via interactive TV, live game simulcasts and the Internet. That's according to Harrah's Entertainment president and chief operating officer Gary Loveman, who was speaking at - read more »

Casino Stocks Rise Slightly - 24 September 2002
As reported by CBS.MarketWatch: “After a batch of industry announcements last week, most casino operators' stocks notched modest gains Monday even as the broader market was coming up snake-eyes.“Gaming executives were front-and-center at the Global Gaming Expo, touting improving results in their home market and a raft - read more »

Online Gaming Illegal - 23 September 2002
Despite the defection of several big-name credit card issuers and a recent Justice Department "advisory" declaring all Internet gambling illegal, many watchers of online casino operations remain convinced the industry is still on a roll.As proof, they cite a federal court decision in Louisiana that could de-fang the Ju - read more »

Problem gambling boss suspended - 23 September 2002
A man who helped others fight their gambling addiction has been suspended while his own spending is investigated. Reformed gambler Ralph Gerdelan is under investigation by auditors called in to probe bills run up on the Problem Gambling Foundation's credit cards. Gerdelan has been with the foundation for more than 10 y - read more »

Casino to hire more than 1,000 - 23 September 2002
The Cannery Casino & Hotel in North Las Vegas, set to open in December, expects to hire more than 1,000 people.The $100 million casino will open its employment center Oct. 1 at 4310 Losee Road, Suite 5. The casino is at the corner of Craig and Losee roads.The property, which will evoke the feeling of 1940s industrialis - read more »

Sportingbet reveals customer growth, seeks purchases - 22 September 2002
Sportingbet chairman Peter Dicks said: "Our business is seasonal in nature, reflecting the fact that the majority of the world's sporting calendar falls in the second half of our financial year."Since 31 March, the end of fiscal 2001 for Sportingbet, the company has generated an additional 141,000 customers, swelling i - read more »

Gaming group honors UNLV's Bybee - 22 September 2002
Long before problem gambling became a household word in the close-knit casino industry, one man made a commitment to explore the issue and help push a somewhat reluctant group of casino chiefs into action.Shannon Bybee, director of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas' International Gaming Institute and a professor at t - read more »

Economist: State's casino business on the rebound - 22 September 2002
Business in Nevada casinos, which fell dramatically after Sept. 11, should return to a normal growth rate in the next two years, a state economist predicted Thursday.Bill Anderson of the state Budget Division said preliminary estimates show that visitor volume should rise this fiscal year. Winnings by casinos should in - read more »

SA to tata ma chance on football pools - 21 September 2002
Plans are at an advanced stage for the introduction in South Africa of football pools, in which people bet on the outcomes of local soccer matches.The revelation that a fresh gambling initiative is on the cards follows hard on the heels of the announcement that national lottery operator Uthingo is planning to increase - read more »

Curry: Bond sale could raise money for resort project - 21 September 2002
Prince George's County Executive Wayne K. Curry has asked the County Council to authorize the sale of $150 million in municipal bonds to help fund the on-again, off-again National Harbor resort project in Oxon Hill.One of two bills Curry is proposing would authorize the sale of $75 million in bonds ''for the financing - read more »

Mexico May Legalise Online Gambling - 21 September 2002
Mexican lawmakers may legalize casino gambling this year, opening the door to a potentially enormous gaming market, experts said during a conference here Thursday. “Legislation to legalize casinos in border and resort areas is pending in the lower house of Mexico's Congress, said Donald Brennan, vice president of devel - read more »

Internet Ban Bill won’t pass this year - 21 September 2002
The United States House of Representatives appears unlikely to even vote on a bill that would ban Internet gambling, much less pass the measure, before it adjourns for the year in early October. While Representative Jim Leach (R-Iowa) said recently that he was optimistic that a vote would occur, a spokesman for House M - read more »

Vegas’ Bullish Financial Outlook - 21 September 2002
A parade of executives from major Las Vegas casino companies made bullish financial outlooks for the remainder of the year and early next year. With the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks behind them, company chiefs said their hotels and casinos are back from a devastating decline in tourism. They also ind - read more »

Is it war in Vegas? - 21 September 2002
Some Vegas casino operators have made provocative statements about Internet gambling at this year's Global Gaming Expo.While some companies such as MGM MIRAGE are experimenting with online casinos in regulated jurisdictions abroad, others are getting competitive.'We don't build billion dollar casinos so people can play - read more »

Ritz London Casino now Open - 21 September 2002
Located in London's historic Ritz Hotel, The Ritz Club London is a venue that evokes the great Edwardian gilded casinos of Europe. The Ritz Club London Online casino carries the same cachet, and a highly customized slate of 26 casino games includes multi-player Blackjack, American Roulette, European Roulette, Baccarat, - read more »

Casino Gamblers Tracked - 20 September 2002
The Mississippi Sun Herald reports that Treasure Bay Casino here “... is the first resort in Mississippi to install technology that makes it easier to track the gambling habits of table game players, freeing up pit bosses to talk with customers and look out for cheats.” The system, called “Table Touch,” uses player ca - read more »

Senators want changes to Indian Recognition - 20 September 2002
Next to Internet gambling, Tribal casinos are the next biggest source of controversy and rancor in the US gaming fraternity, with some in the more established Casino industry seeing tribal casinos as having an unfair advantage. The recent spate of recognition claims, some from very small tribes, has led to accusations - read more »

Strict licensing regime key to Isle of Man’s success - 20 September 2002
The Isle of Man, previously best known for it's kippers (smoked fish, for the uninitiated), is fast becoming an online casino haven, with the latest casinos to operate with an Isle of Man license, and declaring themselves open for business this week.Part of the reason for this is cre - read more »

Internet gambling surges - 20 September 2002
Betting group Sportech posted a jump in half-year profits yesterday after a surge in demand for telephone and internet gambling.Its Littlewoods Betdirect arm added 30,000 customers in the six months to June 30 to bring the total registered base up to 260,000.Average stakes per telephone call rose 23 per cent to £33 and - read more »

Computer-Generated Horseracing TV Channel - 20 September 2002
Next month sees the launch of the world's first fully computer-generated TV channel I-Race. The channel will broadcast virtual horseracing 24 hours a day, generating real-time races every 10 minutes.Viewers can bet on races or buy a horse to play the I-Race management game.I-Race is the first offering from VIS iTV - a - read more »

Casino Police in Six Months - 20 September 2002
In six months time all large U.S. casinos will have to file reports on suspicious financial transactions to the federal government.The rule, announced today by the Treasury Department, is part of the Bush administration's effort to catch drug dealers, terrorists and others involved in money laundering. It would apply t - read more »

Donaldson "CNN Effect" of War Could Hurt Las Vegas - 19 September 2002
ABC reporter Sam Donaldson on Monday delivered a tough message to gambling industry executives: War with Iraq is likely and the conflict would hurt the Las Vegas resort business. But it's not a war-related fear of travel that would keep visitors at home, the veteran White House correspondent and news magazine anchor - read more »

Avoid Non-Paying Online Casinos - 19 September 2002
John May, “one of the world's most feared gamblers” and the author of “Get The Edge At Blackjack,” has written in a useful article advising gamblers which type of online casinos to visit for gambling -- he cites the statistic, from other sources, that up to 30% of the casinos online do not pay win - read more »

Sportech boosted by online betting - 19 September 2002
Gaming firm Sportech posted a pre-tax profit of £5.6 million($8.64 million) for the first six months of the year, compared with a profit of £3.9 million ($6.02 million) in the same period in 2001. Sportech, formerly the technology licensing firm Rodime, bought the UK's Littlewoods football pools business in June 2000, - read more »

Gaming Portal to launch own Casino - 19 September 2002
The gaming portal is set to launch its own casino. It is partnering with Boss Media to build a bespoke online casino, which should launch within the next two months. A brand for the new casino has yet to be finalised. Gaming Corporation, which owns, will list its own casino on its portal at la - read more »

Experts: Legal Internet Gaming Doesn't Look Likely in Near Term - 19 September 2002
While high-tech gaming advocates say a U.S. Justice Department advisory opinion against Internet gambling represents a significant setback for the industry, they're not ready to give up efforts to someday make cybercasinos legal in the United States. However, prominent Las Vegas gaming attorney Anthony Cabot indicated - read more »

As technology connects, broadband and video gaming could be key to drive economic growth - 19 September 2002
In the next five years, Marketsnap Research forecasts that more than 1 billion people could be connected to the global computer network, with about half of users connecting via broadband. Marketsnap's Global Internet Usage Growth Estimates2003 - 2007 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 All types subs 560.0 672.0 - read more »

Software companies feel the pinch - 18 September 2002
The decision by many major banks and credit card companies to ban Online gambling transactions was always going to hurt the industry, and evidence of that came last week when IQ-Ludorum Plc reported a widening of its losses as demand for online gambling waned.The net loss for the online gambling software company widene - read more »

Big gaming convention opens in Vegas today - 18 September 2002
The Global Gaming Expo (G2E), billed as the world's largest casino industry gathering, opens at the Las Vegas Convention Center today. The four-day show represents a merger of two competing gaming events last year. Earlier this year, the American Gaming Association and Reed Exhibitions, which owned and produced the G - read more »

Action Online Entertainment Lauches New Casino - 18 September 2002
Action Online Entertainment (IOM) Limited, a pioneer in the legal e-gaming industry based on the Isle of Man, formally announced the launch of its online casino under the URL today. Action Online Entertainment is the only non-public, non-land based casino that earlier this year was granted one of five - read more »

Orbis Launches New Betting Exchange Product - 18 September 2002
Orbis (an NDS Group plc company), the world's leading provider of interactive betting technology, today announces the launch of its person-to-person (P2P) betting product 'BetX'. A person-to-person betting site uses a model similar to that of a stock exchange. As well as making bets as they would on a standard sports - read more » Goes Live in Isle Of Man - 18 September 2002
CryptoLogic Inc. (NASDAQ:CRYP; TSX:CRY) today announced that, powered by CryptoLogic software, is now live in the strictly regulated Internet gaming jurisdiction of the Isle of Man. Operated by Littlewoods Leisure, one of the U.K.'s most established and best-known gaming brands, littlewoodscasino - read more »

Allentown gambling trial winds down; defense rests - 18 September 2002
The criminal case against George Atiyeh, accused of running a gambling business from Allentown, is likely to go to the jury today. Atiyeh's defense rested Tuesday without calling any witnesses. Atiyeh, 43, of Allentown, did not testify. He is accused of violating state and federal laws by allegedly taking bets on spo - read more »

Sonoma casino quietly opens - 18 September 2002
A temporary Indian casino quietly opened over the weekend in a tent overlooking the Alexander Valley vineyards and the Russian River in Sonoma County, despite objections from state and local officials. The River Rock Casino began with just 60 slot machines, but the Dry Creek Band of Pomo Indians hopes the hundreds of - read more »

Vegas company in deals with Rank, Multimedia - 18 September 2002
Mikohn Gaming Corp. of Las Vegas said today it's teaming with the United Kingdom's Rank Group Gaming Division to launch the first wide area progressive system for table games. The stud poker progressive initially links three casinos in Manchester, England, with a rollout to Rank's remaining 30 casinos planned over the - read more »

Poll: Pennsylvanians Favor Gambling Expansion - 17 September 2002
As reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pennsylvanians want the state to spend more on education and prescription drugs for the elderly, but they oppose increasing taxes and favor expanding legalized gambling to raise revenue, according to a statewide survey. Seventy percent of the respondents said the state spend - read more »

Isle of Capri lands two new casinos - 17 September 2002
Isle of Capri Casinos Inc., a Biloxi, Miss., operator of 14 gaming casinos, said Monday, Sept. 16, it has agreed to purchase the bankrupt State Line and Silver Smith Casino Resorts in Wendover, Nev., for $30 million in cash. The agreement needs state approval as well as a nod from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Dist - read more »

Internet gambling surges on the removal of betting duty - 17 September 2002
BETTING group Sportech posted a jump in half-year profits yesterday after a surge in demand for telephone and internet gambling. Its Littlewoods Betdirect arm added 30,000 customers in the six months to June 30 to bring the total registered base up to 260,000. Average stakes per telephone call rose 23pc to £33 and 25pc - read more »

Rep. seeks public opinion on casinos - 17 September 2002
Rep. Marie Laverriere-Boucher, D-Biddeford will hold a forum this Saturday to discuss the pros and cons of legalizing casino gambling in Maine. Biddeford is one of several potential sites being considered by Maine's Native American tribes for a half billion dollar casino development. State legislators m - read more »

Gaming Corporation sets up own casino - 16 September 2002
Gaming Corporation PLC said it is to enter the online casino operator market via a software licensing deal with Boss Media AB, owner of Under the terms of the agreement Boss Media will provide a bespoke online casino that will enable the company to offer a range of casino games to its customers, including - read more »

Station Indian casino survives appeal - 16 September 2002
A federal appeals court on Thursday denied opponents' request for an emergency stay of a lower court order letting a Northern California Indian tribe take possession of land for a $215 million Nevada-style casino near Sacramento. A federal court in Washington, D.C., on Monday rejected appeals of the Interior Departmen - read more »

Reports from the Global Gaming Expo - 16 September 2002
This year's G2E will feature an Internet Gaming Pavillion -- a dedicated area on the G2E show floor where all the leading online gaming suppliers of software and Web site products and technologies will gather. Internet gambling companies exhibiting at the show will include: Alea Media, Appshow, BMM North America, - read more »

Gambling interests feed money into the political machine - 15 September 2002
With hundreds of millions of dollars in gambling profits at stake, Indian tribes and nontribal gambling interests are pouring money into political races and gearing up for a fight in next year's Legislature. On one side, the tribes hope to retain their exclusive right to operate slot-machine-like games that have pumpe - read more »

Secrets Of Casino Software - 15 September 2002
Of course what we're really talking about here is the undying suspicion that many players have that the software they use at Casino XYZ is rigged. As tempting as this may be to believe the likelihood of it is very slim indeed. The simple truth of software is that just about anything can (theoretically) be done. If y - read more »

Casino suppliers in litigation - 14 September 2002
Las Vegas gambling equipment maker Shuffle Master Inc. sued today to stop WMS Gaming Inc. of Chicago from interfering with its efforts to promote software for a WMS slot machine at next week's G2E: Global Gaming Expo trade show and conference in Las Vegas. Shuffle Master, in a U.S. District Court suit, said it took le - read more »

Online Casino Gaming TV Show - 14 September 2002
Gaming Broadcast is to launch a t.v. show about online casinos. 'Worlds Best Cyber Casinos' is an entertaining and informative one-hour television show designed to attract audiences interested in the gaming world.After the successful airing of their pilot, the 'Best Cyber Casinos,' last year, viewers can look forward t - read more »

Chinese Google Offline Over Gambling Sites? - 14 September 2002
The search engine resumed operations in China yesterday after a two-week block suspected to have been ordered by the government. When Google and fellow American search engine AltaVista went down, the loss prompted outrage and scrambles to find other foreign search engines or backdoor routes to Google. Chines - read more »

Aussie Gambling Addicts Encouraged to Sue - 14 September 2002
Australian gamblers could sue gaming operators for losses caused by their addiction, a leading academic said today. 125,000 Canadians have begun a class action against lottery operator Loto-Quebec in Canada. US citizens have also filed lawsuits against gambling establishments. And Australians are being encouraged to - read more »

Planning commission OKs proposed casino in North Las Vegas - 13 September 2002
Although developers presented a mountain of support for an 800-room hotel-casino, they told the North Las Vegas Planning Commission that it could be eight years before the resort is built. The planning commission unanimously approved the hotel-casino plan proposed by North Valley Enterprises LLC on Wednesday night, in - read more »

IGW Licensee Launches CasinoClubVegas - 13 September 2002
Global Entertainment Holdings/Equities, Inc. (OTCBB:GAMM),, today announced that its subsidiary, Interactive Gaming and Wagering (IGW), has established a licensing relationship with Teltrade International NV to launch an online casino site at The s - read more »

Pro Gambling Lobbies Merge - 13 September 2002
The Interactive Gaming Institute of Nevada (IGI) has announced that has merged with a lobby group similar to itself, the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) and they will present together the Interactive Gaming Symposium on Friday, September 20 here in the gaming capitol. The new alliance has therefore canceled what would have be - read more »

Federal appeals court places permanent Detroit casinos on hold - 13 September 2002
Detroit's plans for three permanent casinos were placed on hold Thursday by a federal appeals court -- a victory for an American Indian tribe that wants the bidding process reopened. An injunction from a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati prohibits the city from issuing building p - read more »

2nd Private Salon to open in US - 12 September 2002
State regulators approved a request Thursday by Park Place Entertainment Corp. to launch a private gambling area at its Caesars Palace hotel-casino in Las Vegas. Park Place is only the second casino, after MGM MIRAGE, to receive approval from the state Gaming Control Board to operate an 'international gaming salon.' Th - read more »

IGI Joins Forces With G2E - 12 September 2002
The Interactive Gaming Institute of Nevada (IGI) announced that it has joined forces with Global Gaming Expo (G2E) to present the Interactive Gaming Symposium on Friday, Sept. 20. As a result of this newly created alliance with G2E, IGI has cancelled what was scheduled to be its 2nd Annual Interactive Gaming Expo - read more »

Internet Casino Experts Criticize Justice Dept Letter - 12 September 2002
It seems like the holy grail of legal, US-based Internet casinos is as far away as ever, with the Justice Department's reiteration of its previous opinion that Internet casinos contravene the 1961 Wire Act. The Nevada Gaming Control Board had been waiting on the Justice Department's decision in the hope that the Bush a - read more »

The Future of Gambling: Going Cashless - 12 September 2002
While sunbathers at a “European style” swimming pool within Caesar's Palace are allowed to go topless, those who don't quite have the physique for it - and those who are male (and probably don't quite have the physique for it either) - may soon be going cashless, thanks to a remarkable new toy Ardent Gaming showed off - read more »

Atlantic City Casinos Step Up for Miss America Pageant - 11 September 2002
Casinos, restaurants and other local businesses have agreed to ante up in hopes of keeping the Miss America Organization solvent and the pageant in its original home. A task force set up to help the organization's bottom line has made arrangements for new sponsorships, fund-raisers and perks that will help reduce the - read more »

Webber indicted on charges he lied to grand jury - 11 September 2002
Chris Webber was indicted on charges he lied to a grand jury about his dealings with a University of Michigan booster who admits lending the NBA star $280,000 while he was still an amateur. Webber, who led Michigan's "Fab Five" team to two NCAA title games, is in the second year of a $123 million, seven-year contract - read more »

New research into racetrack gaming machines to highlight Racing Summit - 11 September 2002
The inaugural Racing & Gaming Summit scheduled for December 10, the day prior to the opening of he 29th annual Symposium on Racing, will feature the unveiling of two research reports on the economic impact of gaming machines at racing facilities and the potential for new racing and gaming markets. The reports are being - read more »

Bar Owner Connected to Gambling Ring - 11 September 2002
The owner of Chick's Beach Bar in Hernando Beach has been arrested in connection with a countywide gambling ring. Maurice 'Chickie' Mastrototaro, 58, of 4292 Columbus Drive was charged Friday with principal to bookmaking. He was released from the Hernando County Jail on $10,000 bail about three hours after his arrest. - read more »

Underage gambling leads to $10,000 fine for Prairie Meadows - 11 September 2002
State gambling regulators fined Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino $10,000 Tuesday for allowing an underage person to play slot machines for nearly four hours in late July.It was the second time Prairie Meadows has been fined for underage gambling in the past two months. State law prohibits anyone under 21 from gambl - read more »

Greek Net Casino Café - 11 September 2002
A Greek internet cafe owner on Monday absailed down a landmark building unfurling a banner protesting against a new illegal gambling law so severe that it not only restricts online gaming but prohibits Gameboy being played in public.Alexis Asteriadis, who is also a mountain climber, scaled half way down the 32-meter (1 - read more »

S&P raises Ameristar Casinos ratings - 10 September 2002
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said today that it raised its corporate credit and senior secured debt ratings on Las Vegas, Nev.-based Ameristar Casinos Inc. to double-'B'-minus from single-'B'-plus and its subordinated debt rating to single-'B' from single-'B'-minus. The outlook is stable The upgrade followed the - read more »

Analyst’s report gives gaming industry thumbs up - 10 September 2002
Earnings for major casino companies have bounced back to beat expectations, a Standard & Poor's report issued last week says. While the country's hotel industry is slowly recovering from the effects of Sept. 11, the gaming industry has bounced back significantly, helped in part by corporate efforts to reduce debt, acco - read more »

Indiana casino winnings up on dockside gambling - 10 September 2002
Indiana's riverboat casinos took in nearly $198 million during the first month of dockside gambling in August, an increase of $25 million, or 14.5 percent, over July when more stringent boarding restrictions were in place. The $198 million in adjusted gross revenue -- the amount of gambling money casinos made after pa - read more »

Nevada casino revenues down 0.5 pct in July - 10 September 2002
Nevada gambling revenues in July fell a modest 0.5 percent from last year, but solid gains posted against the previous month bolstered the view that a slow but steady industry rebound remains intact, market watchers said on Tuesday. Gambling in Nevada and its biggest market, Las Vegas, has suffered a steep downturn, es - read more »

Bad bets to sink William Hill - 09 September 2002
Britain's second-biggest betting shop chain, William Hill, reported a strong rise in first-half profit on Monday, but said horse racing results had gone against it since then, knocking its shares. "Out of eight weeks, there have been six where the results have been very much to form and so margins - read more »

Miss America Gets Her Own Slot Machine in Atlantic City - 09 September 2002
She wants world peace. She believes in educating children. She beckons you seductively to gamble away your hard-earned paycheck while you slurp down free gin and tonics. There she is: Miss America! The 2003 beauty queen will be named on Sept. 21 in Atlantic City. The day before, though, the nearby Harrah's casino will - read more »

Blackjack Player Wins $70K at CasinoDomain - 09 September 2002
It pays off to be a Black Jack-player at Casinodomain. Tom started with $300 and ended up with $72,210 a week later. Black Jack can be one of the most lucrative games to play, providing that the player knows how to act in every single situation. The theoretical payout is 99,6% over time. Casino Manager Paul Wilson say - read more »

Casinos defying slump - 08 September 2002
Wall Street is bullish on the prospects for two of the Coast's biggest casino players. A recent report from Deutsche Bank lists MGM Mirage, the parent company of Beau Rivage, as a "strong buy," and Park Place Entertainment, the parent of Grand Casinos Biloxi and Gulfport, is listed as "buy." Other major casino companie - read more »

Gameroom hearing rescheduled - 08 September 2002
Pasadena gameroom owners secured a victory Friday morning after a hearing was rescheduled for Aug. 20, giving operators time to discuss the issue and possibly negotiate an agreement with the city. Hayward Rigano, counsel for the gameroom owners, said "it was probably best to try to resolve the conflict outside of cour - read more »

Man pleads innocent to illegal gambling - 07 September 2002
A Laurel man charged with operating an illegal bookmaking business that placed bets on professional and college football games was arraigned Friday in District Court. David John Fischer pleaded innocent to a felony charge of operating an illegal gambling enterprise. Fischer was released without bail and was allowed to - read more »

Mayor: Rosemont Dealt Out of Casino Talks - 07 September 2002
Casino companies that are eagerly courting towns such as Des Plaines and Calumet City are not talking to Rosemont, and on Wednesday Mayor Donald Stephens blamed that on the Illinois Gaming Board. The board has not publicly excluded Rosemont as a site for the state's remaining gambling license. But when asked whether h - read more »

Gambling Boosts Arizona Tribal Communities - 07 September 2002
The median household income on two of Arizona's smallest Indian communities that operate casinos rose sharply over the past 10 years to exceed $50,000, an indication of legalized gambling's impact on the standard of living of some Native Americans. The median household income of the Yavapai-Prescott Tribe jumped to $5 - read more »

Online gaming decision panned - 06 September 2002
Internet gambling experts on Tuesday criticized a recent Bush administration decision that would severely limit the ability of Nevada companies to cash in on the booming Internet wagering business. Assistant Attorney General Michael Chertoff's Aug. 23 letter to Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairman Dennis Neilander en - read more »

Stanley to unify on and offline casinos under dedicated portal - 06 September 2002
Casino giant Stanley Casinos is consolidating its online presence with the launch of a dedicated portal for its various brands. Until now Stanley has operated separate Web sites for its branded casinos and It has now brought the two sites together in a new portal, stanley - read more »

California Slot Tax Approved - 06 September 2002
In nearly simultaneous actions, state gambling regulators took actions Wednesday that might eventually mean millions of additional dollars for local governments that have been wounded financially by Indian casinos - and millions less. On a unanimous vote, the California Gambling Control Commission approved a plan to t - read more »

Local guilty on Gambling, tax forgery charges - 05 September 2002
An Oakmont man has been sentenced in federal court for illegal gambling and preparing a false tax return. Frank Evanovich III of Oakmont has been sentenced to five years probation, six months community confinement and a $20,000 fine after his conviction, said United States Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan. Senior United S - read more »

Governor Bob Taft visits northeast Ohio - 05 September 2002
Governor Bob Taft was in northeast Ohio on Wednesday, blasting Tim Hagan's bid to legalize video gambling to help the state's budget woes.Taft says Ohio voters have defeated casino gambling at the polls twice and therefore it's not money you can bank on. Taft was talking about high tech jobs and ending tax breaks for - read more »

Las Vegas economy resilient post 9/11 - 05 September 2002
The US and Las Vegas economies have proved more resilient than expected after the September 11 terrorist attacks, a study released Friday says.Due to the attacks on the US, around 673,100 fewer jobs will be created nationwide this year in industries directly affected by the attacks, but that figure still represents 73, - read more »

Floating casino owners concealed NIS 100m revenue - police - 05 September 2002
Using the Prohibition on Money Laundering Law - 2000, the Israel Police for the first time succeeded today in damaging the floating casino at Eilat. The police gathered alleged evidence for the concealment of over NIS 100 million in revenue in the past two years, of which tens of millions of shekels was laundered. 250 - read more »

Arena plans casino at Midlands racetrack - 05 September 2002
Arena Leisure, the racecourse operator with a one-third share of the attheraces media business, yesterday said it was in "advanced negotiations" to build a casino at its Wolverhampton track. Arena is talking to casino operators Gala, Rank and Stanley Leisure, over a development which would mark a first for the UK's rac - read more »

Nevada to try attracting more Japanese firms - 05 September 2002
Nearly one-third of the foreign companies operating in Nevada are Japanese, a study conducted by the Nevada Commission on Economic Development says. Knowing that, the state will do more to recruit other Japanese companies. A survey on which the study is based said the total number of businesses excludes retail operat - read more »

Harrah's says president, COO Loveman to take CEO post - 04 September 2002
Harrah's Entertainment Inc. one of the top U.S. casino operators, said on Wednesday its Chairman and Chief Executive Philip Satre will turn over his CEO post to Gary Loveman, Harrah's president and chief operating officer, on Jan. 1. Satre, 53, who has led the company through its expansion across Nevada and throughout - read more »

For Casinos, Best Month Ever in Atlantic City - 04 September 2002
Vehicular traffic from June 1 through Aug. 31 through the city's primary entryway, the Atlantic City Expressway's Pleasantville toll plaza, increased 9.6 percent to 7.4 million compared to the same period last year, according to the South Jersey Transportation Authority. 'The upshot for the casino industry was a recor - read more »

Isle Expanding Louisiana Casino - 04 September 2002
The Isle of Capri casino is planning a $65 million expansion in the face of increased competition in its Texas-oriented gambling market. 'The company plans to add 265 rooms to its hotel and make other improvements to its property, said general manager Mike Howard. Construction is expected to take about 18 months. ''W - read more »

Company to expand gambling empire - 04 September 2002
A gambling empire that sprung up from a rural eastern Pennsylvania horse race track is about to go Hollywood. Penn National Gaming Corp. expects to nearly double its revenue with the expected closing of its $780 million purchase of Hollywood Casino Corp. early next year, chief executive Peter M. Carlino said.The deal w - read more »

Local voters to determine future of gambling boats - 04 September 2002
Do Scott County residents want to continue to "ante up" aboard excursion riverboats, wagering on such games as poker, blackjack and slot machines?       That will be the question county voters will face in November, when they determine the future of riverboat gambling. - read more »

Tribe denies speculation over “dry” casino - 03 September 2002
If the rumours are to be believed, there will be no alcohol served at the Seneca Indian casino planned for Niagara Falls. But the Seneca's Tribal Council is refusing to be drawn into that debate.The Tribal Council is expected to address the issue of whether to serve alcohol at its gambling tables in the next couple of - read more »

Internet gambling illegal in US – Justice Dept - 03 September 2002
The prospect of legal Internet casinos operating from the US has been dealt a heavy blow by the US Justice Department. The Justice Department last Thursday issued an advisory opinion that the federal wire act prohibits communications across state lines or to overseas jurisdictions to place bets.The news wasn't entirely - read more »

World Lottery talks progress - 03 September 2002
The concept of creating an international lottery to include European nations, Australia and some U.S. states, is moving forward.An announcement about the foundation of an organization to develop a global lottery could be made before the end of the year, said Ed Stanek, commissioner of the Iowa Lottery. 'There have been - read more »

Internet betting off to a slow start in California - 03 September 2002
Over $90 million has been wagered on horse races over the telephone and on the Internet by more than 30,000 gamblers since remote wagering was legalized in California this year. But that doesn't represent the windfall that some analysts predicted at the outset - at least not yet. 'For people who thought account wageri - read more »

Gambling bug bites many needy states - 03 September 2002
A growing number of states are turning to gambling to ease staggering budget deficits and to spur other economic activity and jobs. New York took the lead. After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the state quickly joined a multistate lottery and allowed casino gambling at five racetracks to generate more tax revenue. It - read more »

Chips Down For U.K. Gambler - 03 September 2002
U.K. - As reported by the Grimsby Telegraph: ''A Grimsby man who admitted stealing £30,000 of public money from North East Lincolnshire Council to feed his alcohol and gambling addiction has been jailed for six months. ''…the day Paul Wright was found out, he used £7,000 of it to take an extended holiday in the casino - read more »

El Segundo firm cashes in on slot machines - 03 September 2002
Ask anyone at L.A. Slot Machine Co. for advice on gambling and you’ll hear the same thing: walk away, the odds are overwhelmingly against you. Despite the expert advice, business has never been better for the company that repairs and sells used slot machines. Last year, the El Segundo company posted a $7 million - read more »

Stars Support - 02 September 2002, one of the largest online gaming organizations, opened an onsite VIP club in San Jose, Costa Rica, and invited celebrities to join in the celebration. Carmen Electra and the Pussycat Dolls provided the musical entertainment while a slew of stars came to play and part - read more »

Casino vs. Costco: Umpteenth Round - 01 September 2002
It's all over for Costco and company in Cuernavaca. A group of some 300 people blocked the road to the historic downtown Casino de la Selva building on Aug. 21 to keep out chainsaw crews sent to cut down the trees and make way for the construction of the discount superstore and associated facilities. Then, police th - read more »