August 2003 News Article Archive

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Shabbona casino in the cards? - 30 August 2003
Rumors that an American Indian tribe is looking to enforce a 174-year-old land claim and build a casino near Shabbona are beginning to gain steam, as the tribe has hired a former DeKalb County chief judge and a Washington, D.C., public relations firm to do some of its talking.Jim McCarthy of McCarthy Communications sai - read more »

Mandalay Bay, Conn. casino in deal for marketing - 30 August 2003
Mandalay Resort Group's Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas has developed a marketing partnership with the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut to attract customers to each other's properties.Under the partnership, Mandalay Bay will send marketing pitches to customers living within 350 miles of Mohegan Sun. That would includ - read more »

Shinnecock Casino On Hold - 30 August 2003
The Shinnecock Indians suffered a major setback Friday in their bid to open a casino in Hampton Bays when a federal judge ruled that they need federal recognition to move ahead.U.S. District Judge Thomas Platt ruled that the tribe cannot begin construction on a casino on tribal-owned land for at least 18 months while t - read more »

Four indicted in 'Net gaming probe - 30 August 2003
Four Rhode Island men have been indicted by a federal grand jury in California for allegedly operating an Internet gambling operation that grossed more than $7 million.The indictment, filed earlier this month in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, names as defendants Joseph Tedeschi Jr., Peter - read more »

Ashland chamber nails down plans for casino fundraiser - 30 August 2003
Members of the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce are ready to place their bets. Plans were finalized this week for the group's upcoming Casino Night, which will be a combination membership appreciation and fundraising event with profits earmarked for the borough's library. Chairman William W. Wydra Sr. outlined details - read more »

Elizabeth Taylor slot machine leads latest offerings by IGT - 29 August 2003
The star of the classic films Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Cleopatra and Butterfield 8 will be making her latest debut in casinos nationwide.Slot maker International Game Technology has signed a deal with actress Elizabeth Taylor, 71, to create a slot machine that will feature her name and image.The machine would be one of t - read more »

PWC Reports Bring Credibility to Online Casinos - 29 August 2003
Few businesses can boast a full-on professional review every month, but it's happening routinely at quality online casinos.Most online gamblers have seen the detailed monthly reports of percentage payouts for individual casinos, but many do not realise how valuable this information is, or how much time and professional - read more »

Casino looks like a good bet for a win - 29 August 2003
Willy Figueroa, who finished in fifth place in last season's national jockeys log with 127 winners, could partner Casino Club to the third win of his career in tomorrow's eighth race at Turffontein. Trainer Stuart Pettigrew sent Casino Club to Greyville at the beginning of the month. And the colt finished four lengths - read more »

Iowa casinos line up against proposal - 29 August 2003
City and business leaders in Des Moines are exploring the idea of a riverboat casino, but their counterparts 45 miles away in Osceola are not in favor of another gambling operation in central Iowa."We would oppose a license application anywhere in Polk County, or within a radius of 75 to 80 miles of Osceola," said Larr - read more »

Maine merchants oppose casino plan - 29 August 2003
An informal survey by a merchants' group suggests widespread opposition among its members to a proposed gambling casino in southern Maine.The Maine Merchants Association sought feedback from its 850 members before it considers taking a formal stand at its annual meeting Sept. 25. Of the 100 responses, 70 percent expres - read more »

Controversial Kansas City casino opens - 29 August 2003
After years of controversy, the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma quietly opened a casino Thursday on its land in downtown Kansas City, Kan., but the dispute may not be over.Although the tribe did not officially announce the opening, a line had formed outside the new Wyandotte 7th Street Casino before it opened at 9 a.m. an - read more »

Ehrlich wants hand in slots plan - 29 August 2003
Saying key opposition seems to be eroding, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. signaled yesterday that he will be an active participant in developing a slot machine gambling plan for Maryland, rather than leaving the task to the General Assembly.An emboldened Ehrlich has changed the position he held at the close of the Assembly - read more »

Aladdin Reorganization Plan OK'd - 29 August 2003
A federal bankruptcy judge approved the Aladdin hotel-casino's reorganization plan Thursday, allowing the property's new owners to seek a state gambling license.U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Jones' decision means a partnership that includes Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Bay Harbour Management of New York and Planet Hollywo - read more »

Investor groups interested in Cerro Gordo casino - 28 August 2003
A promoter of building a casino in Cerro Gordo County says four private investor groups have expressed interest in building it."Two are in state. Two are out of state. Each wants to do it. They're each talking of investing $45-$60 million," Tom Jolas said Monday. He said all four investor groups contacted him after rea - read more »

Sonoma supervisors oppose new casino plan - 28 August 2003
Sonoma County supervisors yesterday said they oppose a proposed tribal casino, but directed staffers to work with the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria to minimize the impact of a casino and hotel on agricultural land west of Rohnert Park.Supervisors acknowledged the sovereign tribe can build a casino on any land p - read more »

Cle Elum settles on tax for gambling - 28 August 2003
The City Council settled on a tax expected to generate about $15,000 a year off gambling within the city.At Tuesday's meeting, the City Council agreed to a tax on card rooms, two of which opened in the town this summer, pull tabs and punch boards. The council exempted nonprofit organizations from paying the tax on pull - read more »

Indian casinos play strong hand in recall - 28 August 2003
California's politically powerful Indian tribes are poised to play a key role in the campaign to recall Democratic Gov. Gray Davis, and they have much to gain from the outcome.Whoever occupies the governor's office after the Oct. 7 vote will largely determine how much gambling expands in California in future years, as - read more »

Resort lost $2.4 million in July - 27 August 2003
The Aladdin hotel-casino reported losing $2.4 million in July, with half the loss attributable to fees and expenses associated with the Strip hotels Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.A financial report filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Las Vegas said the Aladdin had $21.9 million in revenue for the month and $23.1 million i - read more »

GAMBLING AND TOURISM: North Dakota man prosecuted for Internet gambling - 27 August 2003
A North Dakota man is thought to be the first in the United States to be prosecuted for gambling on the Internet.Interactive Gaming News reports that Jeffery Trauman of Harwood, N.D., pleaded guilty earlier this month to a misdemeanor that later could be expunged from his record.It wasn't so much his betting on the Int - read more »

Thunder Valley launches bingo room - 27 August 2003
Thunder Valley Casino, the $200 million-plus gambling, entertainment and restaurant complex that opened in June in Placer County, on Monday opened a 500-seat bingo parlor to join the slot machines and table games already offered. The tribe which owns the casino, United Auburn Indian Community, and Thunder Valley manage - read more »

Florida attorney convicted in major Internet gambling ring - 27 August 2003
David Hampton Tedder of Winter Park, Florida will no longer be working as an attorney. The 56-year old has been convicted of felony charges for his involvement in an offshore Internet gambling ring based in South America. He was sentenced to five years in prison Friday and fined more than $1 million by the U.S. Distric - read more »

Casino operator Sky City nearly doubles annual profit - 26 August 2003
Casino operator Sky City Entertainment said today it had nearly doubled its June year net profit to $107 million against $57 million in 2002. The result bettered forecasts which ranged from $95-105 million. It hiked its final dividend to 26 cents against 22.5 cents a year earlier. Dividends for the year totalled 67cps - read more »

New casino plans unveiled - 26 August 2003
Worried residents may be invited to a public meeting to hear details of the £3.2 million project to create a major entertainments complex in Felixstowe.Last time the scheme - which will include a casino - was submitted to planners it attracted more than 200 protests from town centre families, church and youth leaders, - read more »

Indian Gambling Looks Beyond the Reservations - 26 August 2003
Three years after California voters legalized Indian gambling, the $5-billion industry is attempting to move in a controversial new direction: off the reservation and into lucrative urban markets.The state's Indian casinos are currently confined to reservations, but at least 26 tribes are seeking to take advantage of p - read more »

Crackdown on illegal gambling - 26 August 2003
Johor police have vowed to wipe out Singapore bookmakers who are turning Johor Baru into a regional illegal gaming hub.Johor Chief Police Officer Datuk Musa Hassan met his counterparts from the republic last week to deal with the Singapore menace.Apart from intelligence-sharing with Singapore police, Musa said he would - read more »

Oregon senators move to expand gambling - 26 August 2003
In a move to ease the state's budget problems, the Oregon Senate voted Saturday to allow Oregon Lottery retailers to add a sixth video poker machine.The measure, if it becomes law, would bring in an additional $22 million in lottery profits for the state in the next two years.Further, a key lawmaker said Saturday that - read more »

Louisiana governor reiterates support for Indian casino - 26 August 2003
Gov. Mike Foster has reiterated his support for an Indian casino in northwestern Louisiana, telling the U.S. Interior Department he has no choice but to back it.As he did last January, Foster told Interior Secretary Gale Norton in a letter dated Aug. 15, and released by the governor's office Friday, that he is behind t - read more »

Wisconsin tribes add table games - 26 August 2003
Two casinos in northeastern Wisconsin will soon open the craps and roulette tables that new compacts with the state allow them to operate.The Oneida tribe plans to open the new games at its casino Monday, and the Menominee tribe plans to start the games Labor Day weekend, officials said."It will be just like the games - read more »

Slotmaker reports lower sales - 24 August 2003
The stock of Shuffle Master Inc., which makes card-shuffling and slot machines, fell Friday after it reported third-quarter revenues fell below expectations. Shares of the Las Vegas-based company traded at $28.25, down $3.75, or 11.72 percent, Friday on the Nasdaq Stock Market. The sell-off also was attributed to profi - read more »

Casino is part of million pound plans - 24 August 2003
NEw multi-million pound plans to improve the leisure industry in Felixstowe will include a casino.It has now emerged that the proposed redevelopment of the Palace bingo and cinema building in Felixstowe does include a casino and a cinema, although these are not detailed in the latest planning application.Patrick Duffy, - read more »

Salamanca casino possibility excites proponents - 24 August 2003
During two Seneca hearings earlier this week, the Seneca Nation identified four possible sites for a casino in Cattaraugus County. The proposed sites include the land behind the Red Garter restaurant visible from Interstate 86 which is owned by Tom Fenton, land owned by Sandra Abrams near exit 20 of the Interstate, lie - read more »

A rank amateur takes on the stars in poker's world championship - 24 August 2003
Chris Moneymaker had plenty on his mind -- a new mortgage, serious credit card debt and a newborn daughter. But at the moment, he was concentrating on the beefy Costa Rican across the poker table from him. Humberto Brenes had just deposited four neat stacks of blue thousand-dollar chips in the middle of the green felt. - read more »

Protection laws may stall RP casino - 24 August 2003
An endangered salamander that lives in the heart of Sonoma County will likely snarl a North Bay Indian tribe's plans to build a casino near Rohnert Park, but the project still appears to be feasible, county and city officials say.The proposed 360-acre casino site used mostly for hay fields and cattle grazing is within - read more »

Environmental impacts of casino not yet known - 24 August 2003
In anticipation of some of these impacts, the agreement obliges the tribe to provide specific actions or fees to cover the city's costs. For instance, Hesperia's agreement requires the tribe to study the casino's effects on area traffic, then pay traffic mitigation fees depending on the results.In many cases, the contr - read more »

Vegas begins clean up after flash floods - 23 August 2003
Robert Moore braced himself against the door. He tried to hold back the flood waters that were about to swamp his northwest Las Vegas home, but the slightly built Moore couldn't stop a river of water from wrecking his house"I just gave up," the 54-year-old unemployed Moore said. "There was nothing I could do."The after - read more »

Hard Rock Casino plans to go before Biloxi City Council - 23 August 2003
A proposal to build a Hard Rock Hotel and Casino will now go to the Biloxi City Council after city planners unanimously approved plans for the resort.The hotel and casino, which would be the Gulf Coast's 13th gambling hall, will be located on a 6.5-acre site.Along with the casino's master plan, the city Planning Commis - read more »

William Hill tipped as one of two suitors for Stanley Leisure - 23 August 2003
The men in dark glasses were back in action yesterday and busy buying into the bookmaker and casino operator Stanley Leisure, up 14p to 349.5p. They reckon a bid for the group is on the way but not from a much-rumoured management buyout vehicle. The men in dark glasses hear that Stanley Leisure has received two bid app - read more »

UCLA disavows Indian casino study - 23 August 2003
A controversial university study on wages and health care at an Indian casino in Riverside County did not undergo proper internal review, the University of California, Los Angeles said in a statement.The university did not comment on the study's conclusions. The researchers said UCLA's action did not compromise those c - read more »

County grants rezone for possible new hotel-casino - 23 August 2003
Elko County planning commissioners Thursday granted a rezone that could bring a hotel and casino to 58 acres near West Wendover.The acreage at Pilot Valley Road and Interstate 80, about 12 miles northwest of West Wendover, was rezoned from open space to commercial. It is adjacent to an approved subdivision tract, Mount - read more »

Clearwater Casino opens after 11 years - 23 August 2003
After 11 years of planning by the Suquamish Tribe, the Clearwater Casino officially opened its doors yesterday. The new casino has a 23,000-square-foot gaming floor with nearly 900 slot machines and 33 gaming tables. It's also the only casino in the state to feature a non-smoking poker room and bingo hall. The building - read more »

Governor welcomes plan for slots at state fair - 23 August 2003
A proposal by House Speaker Michael E. Busch to put slot machines at the state fair is a positive development in the debate over whether to allow slot machine gambling in Maryland, Gov. Robert Ehrlich said."The threshold issue here is the Speaker is willing to negotiate on slots. Last year, the answer clearly was no," - read more »

English Harbour's New Platinum Edition Gaming Software - Desired...Preferred...Chosen - 23 August 2003
English Harbour launches Platinum Edition, its latest version of gaming software. Player-friendly Platinum Edition gives the online casino an exciting new look and functionality. New games, new playing features, and vibrant new graphics add up to an inviting package.Platinum Edition boasts several features designed esp - read more »

Trump to pursue Illinois gambling - 22 August 2003
Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts Inc. has told shareholders it intends to pursue an Illinois license for a riverboat casino in south suburban Chicago in alliance with the communities of Crestwood, Riverdale, Blue Island, Ford Heights, Alsip, Midlothian, Posen, Robbins, Calumet Park and Phoenix.John Burke, corporate treasu - read more »

Agency approves plan to move casino - 22 August 2003
The Mississippi Gaming Commission has approved a plan to move Treasure Bay Casino's gambling barge into a man-made basin east of its current location in Biloxi.Larry Gregory, executive director of the Gaming Commission, said the decision to allow Treasure Bay to move a few hundred feet on the Gulf Coast was made after - read more »

Gaming Commission OK's plan allowing lobbyist to buy into casino - 22 August 2003
An application to allow gambling lobbyist Harvey Whittemore and his wife an option to buy 10 percent of the stock in Nevada Casinos Inc. was approved Thursday by the Nevada Gaming Commission.Nevada Casinos plans to spend about $55 million on a new casino in Reno that will use the license for the Old Reno Casino, one of - read more »

Casino pumps $5 million into gambling drive - 22 August 2003
When 120 people in Rockaway Beach voted to pursue gambling as an economic solution to the town's decline, people scoffed.Never happen, they said. Neither the governor nor legislators would allow such a thing.But Saturday is the kickoff of a $5 million petition initiative to get the issue on a statewide ballot as early - read more »

Prism Affiliate Program Is Back And Ready For Business - 21 August 2003
Prism Affiliate - the ultimate one-stop shop for affiliates in the online gaming industry - is pleased to announce the re-launch of Affiliate Programs. This exciting re-launch comes as a result of our renewed commitment to serving our affiliates better and ensuring that they achieve the best possible results in our pro - read more »

Backup casino site optioned - 21 August 2003
The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria has entered into an option to purchase 360 acres of land just west of Rohnert Park in California's Sonoma County to build a casino.Station Casinos Inc. of Las Vegas has a contract to develop and manage a the casino for the tribe.The search for an alternative site followed strid - read more »

High Rollers - 21 August 2003
NBC's "Las Vegas" may have the best high-stakes gambling stories on TV - but the real action takes place in the production office. Not only can you find a blackjack table and game room in the office, but a writer who played professional blackjack and another whose brother was a pro poker player. Plot points are hashed - read more »

Tribe moves proposed casino from Bay area wetlands - 21 August 2003
A landless American Indian tribe and its Las Vegas business partner said Wednesday they will build a gambling resort just outside this city, abandoning its original plan to build near wetlands just north of San Francisco Bay. The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and Las Vegas-based Station Casinos Inc. said Wednes - read more »

Narrow window for double gambling vote - 21 August 2003
A "very narrow window" of opportunity exists for proponents of gambling at Waterloo Greyhound Park to hold a slots-at-the-track vote concurrent with an Oct. 7 gambling boat vote, Assistant County Attorney Pete Burk said Tuesday."What they (county officials) are hoping for is that this other group that's interested in p - read more »

Gambling a problem in Manukau says report - 21 August 2003
Up to 15 per cent of the population of Manukau City could be affected by problem gambling, a new report says. The report, for the Manukau City Council, says gambling costs the south Auckland city approximately $91 million annually. "The number of people affected by problem gambling ranges between 10,000 and 43,500 -- o - read more »

Share deal bar on CSE casino king - 21 August 2003
Sebi - the securities market regulator - has, at long last, hauled up Lyons Range casino operator Sunil Kumar Kayan and his associates.After carrying out an extensive investigation last week, Sebi today barred Kayan and his associate Sanjay Bansal from dealing in shares till completion of the inquiry.Sebi, in its inter - read more »

Louisiana casinos post flat July results - 21 August 2003
Louisiana's state-licensed casinos won $175.9 million from gamblers in July, typically one of the industry's busiest months, but the take was only a fraction above last July even with a new major gambling outlet.The 14 riverboat casinos won $134.8 million, Harrah's New Orleans won $24.3 million and slot-machine casinos - read more »

Jewel Hits The Movies And The Casino - 20 August 2003
Jewel recently decided that the best way to revitalize a stagnating career is to Britney-ize: turn up the pop, cut down on the clothes, leave the integrity at the door and watch the money train roll into the station. With her fourth and latest studio album, 0304 (released June 2003), Jewel left her trademark soft-count - read more »

Casino Windsor Remains Closed Due To Blackout - 20 August 2003
Local residents looking to take a trip across the border to Casino Windsor may be locked out as the casino awaits orders to reopen. Casino Windsor remained closed due to some instability issues regarding the power supply in the province of Ontario, a spokeswoman said on Saturday. Only security guards and essential pers - read more »

Public previews new casino games - 20 August 2003
Round and round the ball goes, where it stops … well, Oneida Bingo & Casino officials know.Interested parties rolled on over to the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Ashwaubenon Monday evening for a free demonstration of roulette and craps - two of the seven new games set to debut at the main casino within the ne - read more »

Keynote speakers set for casino conference - 20 August 2003
The second annual Catskills Casino Conference will be held Sept. 24 at The Lodge at Rock Hill.The daylong conference, which was sold out last year, will feature two speakers who are major players on the casino scene: Jan Jones, the senior vice president of communications and government relations for Harrah's and former - read more »

Gaming plan headed to ballot in Colorado - 20 August 2003
Barring a protest, voters will decide in November whether to add video gambling at racetracks and to freeze the residential property assessment rate, the secretary of state said Friday.Proponents of both initiatives gathered enough signatures to qualify them for the Nov. 4 ballot, the secretary of state's office said. - read more »

Rival Interests Reemerge at Slots Hearing - 20 August 2003
A Maryland legislative committee studying the wisdom of legalizing slot machines heard an impassioned plea yesterday from horse race industry officials who want the machines to be owned and operated by racetracks, rather than a state agency. The testimony repeated a message they delivered to the General Assembly earlie - read more »

Tribe explains new casino plans - 20 August 2003
A planned $7.2 million, 30,000-square-foot casino will bring jobs and money to the Wind River Indian Reservation, Northern Arapaho Business Council members say.In presentations at Ethete and Arapahoe, the council noted the tribe's current bingo hall took in over $5.7 million in bets during 2002, while paying out $4.1 m - read more »

'Jethro Bodine' realizes dream for $54 million Nevada resort - 20 August 2003
Nearly four years after his dreams for a Jethro's Beverly Hillbillies casino fizzled in Reno, actor Max Baer Jr. is planning a $54 million resort in a former Wal-Mart store a half-hour's drive away in Nevada's capital city."It's a very different concept from anybody that's doing anything else," Baer said Friday in desc - read more »

Couch Potato Gambling Touted - 20 August 2003
Serious gambling is as near as the daily numbers game at the neighborhood convenience store, but a new proposal would bring it on home to the La-Z-Boy.Under the plan submitted by Autotote Enterprises Inc., couch potatoes looking for parimutuel action would be able to watch horse racing on a special cable access TV chan - read more »

Station, partner looking for backup Indian casino site - 19 August 2003
After meeting stiff community resistance to its new casino and hotel plans, a tribe is considering backup sites near Rohnert Park, according to city officials.The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria had as its first choice a plot near environmentally sensitive wetlands on the shores of San Pablo Bay in Sonoma County. - read more »

Park Place renews Louisiana lease - 19 August 2003
After losing an effort to get a rent break, Bally's Casino has renewed its 10-year lease for its current dockside site on Lake Pontchartrain.The riverboat's landlord, the Orleans Levee Board, had refused to consider breaks for the money-losing casino.Bally's, owned by Park Place Entertainment Corp. of Las Vegas, renewe - read more »

Tattoo parlor set for Las Vegas casino - 19 August 2003
The Palms Casino Resort expects to open a tattoo parlor, Hard & Huntington Tatoo Co., in February.The idea was crafted by Palms owner George Maloof, motorcross rider Carey Hart and Las Vegas nightclub promoter John Huntington.The parlor will have three tattoo stations and a private guest station. It will have antique " - read more »

Casino in lawsuit over height restrictions - 19 August 2003
Treasure Bay Casino and three other beachfront property owners have asked a judge to block a new height restriction on buildings in Biloxi.City officials imposed the restriction to protect flight zones used by Keesler Air Force Base in a move military officials said could help the base avoid another round of base closu - read more »

Sanford officials visit Connecticut casinos - 19 August 2003
A task force seeking to gauge the impact of a proposed $650 million resort and casino in Sanford began a two-day fact-finding mission Monday that includes meetings with town officials and casino operators in eastern Connecticut.The Sanford Citizens Casino Advisory Task Force was visiting the Foxwoods Resort and Mohegan - read more »

Muskegon voters to decide: does their city need a casino? - 19 August 2003
Each side of the controversial casino issue is ratcheting up its campaigns with less than three weeks to the September 9th vote. Monday night a group called Positively Muskegon held an informational meeting for anyone who would listen. It maintains a casino is bad business for job-starved Muskegon. Positively Muskegon - read more »

Forum addresses proposed casino - 19 August 2003
When Tammy Loy hears that a casino might come here, she doesn't take long to talk about her father's compulsive gambling.The 29-year-old mother of two said Monday her father's addiction prevented her family from having a home when she was growing up. And now, he has even moved to Highland just to be close the San Manue - read more »

Atlantic City's big gamble, building boom, is finally paying off - 18 August 2003
Twenty-five years after the first casino opened its doors, the results of New Jersey's unique experiment in using gambling as a tool for urban revitalization are becoming increasingly evident in the real-life game of Monopoly playing out across town.Casino money has helped build more than 1,200 houses and apartments th - read more »

Official unfazed by casino probe - 18 August 2003
John Berrey, chairman of the Quapaw Tribe Business Committee, said Saturday that he welcomes an inquiry by the National Indian Gaming Commission into the tribe's casino. "We can produce every document they've asked for, and we're cooperating with them fully," Berrey said. "This is an opportunity to show everyone that t - read more »

NCAA stepping up attempts to crack down on gambling - 18 August 2003
Bill Saum, the NCAA's director of gambling activities, knows he can't catch everyone.That doesn't mean he won't try to beat the odds in preventing betting on college sports."We can never stop it because it's such a societal problem, but we can limit it by educating coaches and administrators about the pitfalls," Saum s - read more »

City wagers its casino cash on businesses - 18 August 2003
This is a city that sees 7 million winners and losers every year. But in the seven years since the Argosy Casino opened, downtown Lawrenceburg has lost all its bets.Gambling, which has brought nearly $66 million in gaming taxes to the city, was supposed to rejuvenate business, bringing people and their money to the cit - read more »

Lake Tahoe Casino Water Restrictions Lifted - 16 August 2003
Drinking water restrictions were lifted Friday at four hotel-casinos on Lake Tahoe's south shore after tests showed no bacteria in the system. Guests at Harrah's Lake Tahoe, Harvey's Resort & Casino, Caesars Tahoe and Horizon Casino Resort were supplied with bottled water after problems surfaced Wednesday morning in Ed - read more »

Area casino makes $1.21 million mistake in monthly slot revenue report - 16 August 2003
Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City made a $1.21 million mistake this week in its monthly slot revenue report to the Missouri Gaming Commission.That sum of gross revenue won by the house's $1 slots was inadvertently listed as 1-cent slot machine revenue, casino officials said. The result made it appear that players had - read more »

Controversy erupts over former Reno casino mural - 16 August 2003
For 50 years, the giant western mural on the front of Harolds Club in downtown Reno didn't cause a stir.Now, it's a different story as the city council considers a plan to display the mural on the city's new $40 million downtown events center.Councilwoman Toni Harsh said she wants to know whether Indians are offended b - read more »

Nevada casinos expected to see increased demand - 16 August 2003
For the past two years, the casino industry has been buffeted by the effects of an economic recession, terrorist attacks, a war in Iraq and the outbreak of the SARS virus.But the troubled skies will clear somewhat through the end of the year and into 2004, with Nevada casino revenue and Strip casino revenue expected to - read more »

New 'Beverly Hillbillies' casino proposed in Nevada - 16 August 2003
Nearly four years after his dreams for a Jethro's Beverly Hillbillies casino fizzled in Reno, actor Max Baer Jr. outlined plans Friday for a $54 million resort in a former Wal-Mart store a half-hour's drive away in Nevada's capital city. "It's a very different concept from anybody that's doing anything else," Baer said - read more »

Pinnacle set to build La. casino - 16 August 2003
Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. of Las Vegas plans to begin building a $325 million casino resort in Louisiana within 10 days, the company's chief executive says.The license for the riverboat that will be at the center of the complex is the 15th and final dockside gambling permit allowed by Louisiana law.During a conferenc - read more »

Democrats favored by casino interests in California recall - 16 August 2003
As the spectacle of California's gubernatorial recall effort unfolds, one of that state's most powerful special interest groups -- along with the Las Vegas gaming industry -- is following the action to see who will emerge as governor of the fastest-growing gambling state in the nation.Since 2001 legislation that allowe - read more »

Blackout strands gamblers in AC - 16 August 2003
The slot machines beeped and clanged. The blackjack dealers dealt their cards. The air conditioning was on.But that was little consolation to hundreds of gamblers stranded at casinos Thursday after their New York City-bound buses were delayed or canceled due to blackouts across the Northeast."Due to power outage in New - read more »

Maine town begins review of casino plan - 16 August 2003
As town officials began their review of the site plan for a proposed $650 million gambling casino and resort, sewage and water emerged as major issues.Casino developers have hired Sebago Technics, a Westbrook engineering firm, to look at ways to mitigate the resort's impact on the town's sewer system and water departme - read more »

Miss. city hires casino developer - 15 August 2003
Natchez officials have agreed to work exclusively with a Florida-based gaming developer to bring a second casino to the Mississippi River city.The Natchez City Council on Tuesday signed a letter of intent with Emerald Star Casino and Resort. The letter gives the developer 60 days to get a project going.Emerald Star pre - read more »

Governor: Casinos trying to decrease profits - 15 August 2003
Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Wednesday accused some riverboat casino owners of a "cynical" attempt to avoid paying higher state taxes by reducing profits.The governor again suggested the state should take away casino licenses from private owners and run the boats itself.Blagojevich criticized boats that are planning to cut - read more »

S. Nevada brothel eyes casino deal - 15 August 2003
A publicly traded Australian company has established a "handshake agreement" with a Nye County brothel owner to build a casino and strip club at a site north of Pahrump in Southern Nevada.Joe Richards, who operates the Cherry Patch and Mabel's Ranch in the 100-person town of Crystal, said today that he has an agreement - read more »

In Atlantic City, NYC-bound gamblers stranded - 15 August 2003
The slot machines beeped and clanged. The blackjack dealers dealt their cards. The air conditioning was on. But that was little consolation to hundreds of gamblers stranded at casinos Thursday after their New York City-bound buses were delayed or canceled due to blackouts across the Northeast. Limited bus service start - read more »

Gambling accused says he’s been framed - 15 August 2003
HARESH Patel, owner of Radhe Upvan Farmhouse on Mehmedabad Road, lodged a police complaint saying he has been falsely implicated in a gambling case registered by officials of the Local Crime Branch at Kanbha Police Station on Saturday. Following the complaint, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Ahmedabad) A K Sharma o - read more »

Nonprofits criticize Maryland slots plan - 15 August 2003
The Ehrlich administration slot-machine bill killed by state lawmakers would be one of the least profitable paths for the state to take if it decides to expand gambling, according to a study released Wednesday by two nonprofit groups.The Ehrlich proposal would generate an estimated $1.18 billion a year, compared to $1. - read more »

Golden Reef Casino Launches Viper Software - 14 August 2003
Golden Reef is already a well established gaming venue online, but the introduction of Viper will see some fantastic new innovations available exclusively at Golden Reef. Players can now enjoy all of the great benefits that the Viper platform offers plus players at Golden Reef will be the VERY FIRST to enjoy 1 cent bet - read more »

Nevada casino win up in June - 14 August 2003
After two straight months of declining revenue, Nevada casinos rebounded in June as their winnings from gamblers totaled $809.l million, up 13.2 percent from June 2002.It was the biggest percentage increase in month-to-month comparisons since the 13.9 percent registered in April 2000. Casinos along the Las Vegas Strip - read more »

MGM MIRAGE chief joins board of home builder - 14 August 2003
KB Home announced Tuesday that J. Terrence ("Terry") Lanni, chairman and chief executive of Las Vegas-based casino resort operator MGM MIRAGE, has been elected a director of the Los Angeles company. His election brings the number of KB Home directors to 10, of which nine are non-employee directors of the company.Lanni - read more »

Judge says Meskwaki casino should open - 14 August 2003
The appointed Meskwaki tribal council received a small victory Tuesday. An administrative law judge is recommending the National Indian Gaming Commission dissolve its order to close the Tama casino and allow the group led by Homer Bear Jr. to manage the gaming operation.The decision from Andrew Pearlstein, a judge with - read more »

Borgata lifts AC results - 14 August 2003
The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa won $46.9 million from gamblers in its first month, staking New Jersey's casino industry to its most lucrative month ever.The Borgata, the first new casino to open here in 13 years, won $32.6 million at the slot machines and $14.3 million at table games, according to statistics released T - read more »

Ameristar boat taking market share in St. Louis - 14 August 2003
The Ameristar Casino St. Charles continued to see strong growth in July, apparently at the expense of most other St. Louis area gambling establishments.Figures on the Missouri Gaming Commission website Tuesday showed that Ameristar St. Charles reported $22.97 million in adjusted gross receipts -- total bets minus total - read more »

Schwarzenegger terminated from new slot game - 14 August 2003
Reno-based slot machine maker International Game Technology is unveiling a new machine based on the popular "Terminator" movie franchise.But fans hoping to catch a glimpse of the movie's bad- guy-turned-hero, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, will be disappointed.The machine -- which was the subject of a highly-publiciz - read more »

Four Illinois casinos gain state approval to reduce hours - 14 August 2003
Four Illinois casinos will be open fewer hours and some expect to lay off workers, a move casino executives say is a result of higher state gambling taxes that lawmakers approved this spring.But the move also could mean less revenue to the state and a loss of gamblers to neighboring states where casinos are open 24 hou - read more »

County gets casino funds - 14 August 2003
Lawrence County is receiving $290,379.86 in riverboat taxes because of a 2002 state law that distributes the casino money to communities throughout the state.A letter from State Auditor Connie Kay Nass dated Aug. 5 informed the Lawrence County Auditor's office the county will receive its share of the first Riverboat Wa - read more »

Slots plans found more profitable than Ehrlich's - 14 August 2003
The Ehrlich administration's slot-machine bill killed by state lawmakers would be one of the least-profitable paths for the state to take if it decides to expand gambling, says a study released yesterday by two nonprofit groups.Gov. Robert L Ehrlich Jr.'s proposal would generate an estimated $1.18 billion a year, compa - read more »

Meskwaki vote tied to reopening of casino - 13 August 2003
The elected council of the Meskwaki tribe, heeding the advice of federal officials, has scheduled a recall election for October, the council chairman announced Monday.Alex Walker Jr., chairman of the Tama-based tribe, said voters will have the chance Oct. 21 to recall any or all of the six elected council members.Oct. - read more »

Local casino workers and union leaders in Vegas - 13 August 2003
Some local union leaders and casino workers from desert hotels are in Vegas tonight.They made the trip to take part in a fact finding tour so our local casino industry can learn from the Las Vegas gaming industry.But the big event today was the kickoff rally for the immigrant workers freedom ride. Thousands of immigran - read more »

Ameristar St. Charles casino continues to grow - 13 August 2003
The Ameristar Casino St. Charles continued to see strong growth in July, apparently at the expense of most other St. Louis area gambling establishments. Figures on the Missouri Gaming Commission Web site Tuesday showed that Ameristar St. Charles reported $22.97 million in adjusted gross receipts -- total bets minus tot - read more »

Bill will send more gambling money to state's poorest tribes - 13 August 2003
Each of California's poorest tribes will get an additional $680,000 this year under legislation that shifts the money from some of the long-term gambling tribes. The tribes were supposed to get up to $1.1 million under the 1999 tribal gambling compacts, but were paid only about $410,000 because the fund fell short. To - read more »

Lizama retention, casino initiatives make it to November midterm polls - 12 August 2003
CNMI voters will decide on November 1 whether to retain or reject Superior Court Judge Juan T. Lizama, whose term expires on July 14, 2004.The Election Commission Board approved Friday to place on the ballot the question: "Shall Judge Juan T. Lizama be retained in office?"Voting yes would mean that Lizama will remain a - read more »

Can Net Casinos Catch Saddam? - 12 August 2003
There is a hefty reward out for information leading to the capture or confirmation of Saddam Hussein's Death, but perhaps online betting exchanges can sweeten the pot for the future-million that turns in the deposed despot. Last week the Pentagon reported that they were pulling plans to open an online betting exchange - read more »

Kentucky candidate pushes gambling at tracks - 12 August 2003
Democrat Ben Chandler said Friday that, if elected governor, he would push the General Assembly to let voters decide whether to legalize additional forms of gambling at horse tracks."I am open to using the bully pulpit," Chandler told reporters following a forum in which he squared off against his Republican opponent, - read more »

Homeowner accused of operating casino in his residence - 12 August 2003
Metro police vice detectives today shut down a mini-casino operating out of a home at 3804 Fairview Drive in Bordeaux, according to a police press release.Inside, detectives seized nine video gambling machines, a craps table, $3,132 cash, records from the business, a shotgun, a pistol and a refrigerator full of beer, t - read more »

Indians could face long, costly road to casino in Pennsylvania - 12 August 2003
Anyone putting money on Pennsylvania's gambling future should shy away from betting that an Indian casino will land here anytime soon, analysts say.With Gov. Ed Rendell's opposition, analysts agree that a quest by the Delaware Tribe of Indians of Bartlesville, Okla., and the Delaware Nation of Anadarko, Okla., to open - read more »

MGM MIRAGE suspends plan for N.Y. slots - 12 August 2003
MGM MIRAGE has suspended construction of a slot machine casino at a New York racetrack pending an investigation by the U.S. Attorney's Office into alleged tax fraud schemes by racetrack clerks.The Las Vegas casino resort operator also said it would pull its contract to develop and manage the slots if the track's operat - read more »

Drive in U.K. Seen to Aid Las Vegas - 12 August 2003
Las Vegas casino operators likely will be big winners in the United Kingdom's push to liberalize gaming regulations.New proposals issued Friday should favor Las Vegas operators by encouraging larger casinos and allowing them unlimited slot machines, analysts said. "Very large, resourceful casino operators in the U.S. a - read more »

Gaming operators dealt tough hand - 11 August 2003
Regulatory changes and a run of bad luck have the gaming sector headed for its worst reporting season since the Asian economic crisis five years ago and, according to some analysts, another round of mergers and acquisitions.Smoking bans, reduced operation hours for poker machines, higher taxes, SARS (severe acute respi - read more »

Gambling has long been part of Maine history - 11 August 2003
If Mainers decide Nov. 4 to allow casino gambling in the state, they will join a national trend to legalize gambling that has been gaining steam for 70 years.Like other states throughout the country, Maine's views on gambling have swung back and forth throughout the state's history.The history of gambling in Maine is s - read more »

Tribe trims down its list of Hwy. 101 casino si - 11 August 2003
After facing opposition to its plan to build a casino near Sears Point, the Graton Rancheria tribe has narrowed its list of alternative sites to a half-dozen locations from Marin County to Rohnert Park, according to Sonoma County officials.Officials who met with tribal representatives Friday said the tribe has dropped - read more »

Washoe Tribe wants to build northern Nevada's first tribal casino - 10 August 2003
The Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California has announced plans to build northern Nevada's first tribal casino on a 25-acre site it owns along U.S. 395 just south of Carson City. Plans call for the Golden Feather Casino to be managed by the Holder Hospitality Group, which owns six Nevada casinos, including the Silver Clu - read more »

Slot machine cheat bilked casinos for years with his ingenious gadgets - 10 August 2003
In the back of a strip mall workshop a slot machine sits on two green milk crates like a patient on an operating table, its electronic innards exposed.Standing in front of the machine is 53-year-old Tommy Glenn Carmichael, who boasts a unique and lucrative talent:“Give me a slot machine and I'll beat it.”Carmichael is - read more »

Tribe narrows Sonoma casino sites - 10 August 2003
After facing opposition to its plan to build a casino near Sears Point, the Graton Rancheria tribe has narrowed its list of alternate sites to a half-dozen locations from Marin County to Rohnert Park, according to Sonoma County officials.Officials who met with tribal representatives Friday said the tribe has dropped tw - read more »

Push to have pokies at the racetrack - 10 August 2003
One of Australia's biggest horse-racing clubs has sought formal approval to install on-course poker machines.In a move that has angered local clubs and social welfare groups, the Australian Jockey Club (AJC) has lodged an application with the Liquor Administration Board for 30 machines at Royal Randwick. The AJC says i - read more »

Local casino taking gamble with new game? - 10 August 2003
Stretching legal limits to new bounds, Harrah's Rincon Casino has quietly begun running what is believed to be the state's first dice-based craps game.Although craps is illegal in California, Harrah's says its full-size table - opened without fanfare last month - qualifies as a "card game" under its state gambling comp - read more »

Governor appoints commission to study gambling in Kansas - 10 August 2003
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has created a 15-member committee to study the possibilities of legalized gambling in the state."I believe thousands of Kansans are going out of state to pursue a recreation that they enjoy and in the course of that the state of Kansas is losing millions of dollars in gaming revenue to our sister - read more »

Gambling referendum becomes election issue - 10 August 2003
Democrat Ben Chandler said Friday that, if elected governor, he would push the General Assembly to let voters decide whether to legalize additional forms of gambling at horse tracks. "I am open to using the bully pulpit," Chandler told reporters following a forum in which he squared off against his Republican opponent, - read more »

NEW HIGH STREET ROULETTE LEAVES GAMBLERS SPINNING INTO DEBT - 10 August 2003
Scots punters are hooked on electronic roulette machines branded "the crack cocaine of gambling."The high-speed casino and bingo machines - which offer national prizes of £50,000 - are sending families spinning into debt while bookies are raking in millions of pounds.Addiction experts revealed yesterday they have been - read more »

Court approves Castaways loan - 09 August 2003
The bankrupt Castaways hotel-casino received court approval Thursday for an additional $200,000 from a primary lender. The additional funding from Vestin Mortgage comes a few weeks after the lender agreed to forward an additional $2 million to the Castaways, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in June.A po - read more »

Scrutiny of cashless systems intensifies - 09 August 2003
The growth of cashless wagering systems has prompted the state Gaming Control Board to make some organizational changes to provide closer supervision.Board Chairman Dennis Neilander said at the board's meeting in Carson City on Thursday that two senior auditors have been added to the newly named Information Technology - read more »

Station stocks soar to record high - 09 August 2003
Station Casinos Inc. executives exercised hundreds of thousands of stock options over the past several weeks as the company's stock hit an all-time high of $29.70 per share.Executives and directors exercised options for about $29 per share, options worth from $5 to $12 each when acquired, according to recent financial - read more »

Construction to begin on Lummi casino expansion - 09 August 2003
The Lummi Indian Nation is set to begin construction next week on an $11 million expansion of the gaming floor at its Silver Reef Casino.Tribe officials on Wednesday said construction would begin Aug. 13 following a blessing ceremony by native drummers at the site of the casino's Haxton Way campus, west of Interstate 5 - read more »

UK plans to ban ‘cornershops’ - 09 August 2003
Ministers cleared the way for big gambling companies to dominate an expanded casino market yesterday by proposing a ban on small 'cornershop' casinos. The minister for gambling, Lord McIntosh, and the planning minister, Keith Hill, said they wanted to see a 5,000 sq ft (464.5 sq metre) minimum size for new casinos when - read more »

Poker scam in Edmonton - 09 August 2003
Edmonton, Canada police are warning local business professionals about a poker playing con game that has surfaced in the city. According to the mounties, 'Several local businessmen including high profile realtors, contractors and private business owners have complained that they were recently lured into what they thoug - read more »

Kentucky to battle youth gambling - 09 August 2003
The Kentucky Lottery and the Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling launched a program for the state's schools to educate youth on the dangers of gambling.The groups unveiled the "Beat Addiction" program at Kentucky Lottery headquarters Thursday, and a campaign that includes posters and information cards that will be dis - read more »

Committee to review gambling laws - 09 August 2003
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has created a 15-member committee to study the possibilities of legalized gambling in the state."I believe thousands of Kansans are going out of state to pursue a recreation that they enjoy and in the course of that the state of Kansas is losing millions of dollars in gaming revenue to our sister - read more »

Judge refuses to block feds from claiming casino site - 08 August 2003
A federal judge refused Wednesday to prevent a landless Sonoma County Indian tribe from taking over a San Pablo card room, a step opponents fear could lead to a Las Vegas-style casino in the midst of the San Francisco metropolitan area.U.S. District Judge David Levi denied a request for a preliminary injunction blockin - read more »

Young poised to run Laughlin casino - 08 August 2003
William Young is on his way to taking over a second hotel-casino in Southern Nevada.The state Gaming Control Board on Wednesday approved the application of Columbia Properties Laughlin, wholly owned by Young, for the purchase of the River Palms Resort Casino, formerly called the Gold River, in Laughlin.Young gained app - read more »

Country Club Hills drawing interest in casino plan, attorney reports - 08 August 2003
Almost six months after Country Club Hills launched a plan to land a casino boat, local officials report they have had bites from six potential investors.Attorney Anthony Bass, who was hired in December to attain a casino, provided an update at last week's city council meeting."This status report in no way suggests tha - read more »

Peak Entertainment Reveals Typical Online Casino Player To Be a Mature, Well-Educated and Solidly Middle-Class Citizen - 08 August 2003
In a move certain to call into question pre-conceived stereotypes and intuitive typecasts generally accepted as "facts" by society at large, Peak Entertainment, NV today released results of what may be the most comprehensive, unbiased and penetrating survey into the global community that's driving the estimated $4-6 bi - read more »

Katz's gambling deal clears key hurdle - 08 August 2003
Sam Katz's plan to build an Indian casino in the heart of the San Francisco Bay area cleared a major hurdle Wednesday when a federal judge refused to block the transfer of land to a tribe backed by the Philadelphia mayoral candidate.Judge David F. Levi of U.S. District Court in Sacramento, Calif., ruled that the govern - read more »

Gambling draft bill goes for broke with supercasino plan - 08 August 2003
Ministers cleared the way for big gambling companies to dominate an expanded casino market yesterday by proposing a ban on small "cornershop" casinos. The minister for gambling, Lord McIntosh, and the planning minister, Keith Hill, said they wanted to see a 5,000 sq ft (464.5 sq metre) minimum size for new casinos when - read more »

£43m Lotto jackpot whips up gambling frenzy in Italy - 08 August 2003
Italy is in the grip of lottery fever after the country's main game rolled over for a 43rd time in a row this week pushing the jackpot in tomorrow evening's draw to £43m. The huge prize in the "SuperEnalotto" is seducing people who do not normally buy tickets, as well the occasional players and foreigners. Italy's AGI - read more »

Omar Sharif headbutted policeman in casino - 08 August 2003
Omar Sharif, an actor renowned for his suavity and reserve, has been convicted of head-butting a police officer at a casino in the suburbs of Paris. The court was told that the star of Dr Zhivago and Lawrence of Arabia became enraged last month during a high-stakes game of roulette when he was in the process of losing - read more »

Gaming lobbyist gets option to buy stake in Nevada Casinos - 07 August 2003
Gaming lobbyist Harvey Whittemore and his wife received preliminary state approval Wednesday to buy 10 percent of Nevada Casinos Inc., which is controlled by the owners of the Peppermill Hotel-Casino in south Reno.Whittemore has been a powerful force in the gaming industry since 1979, lobbying at the Legislature.“If we - read more »

Smoke ban, SARS hit gaming profits - 07 August 2003
Most Australian gaming companies are set to post weak results this season after tourists stayed at home due to the SARS outbreak and as some punters gave up their pastime because of a government-imposed smoking ban. Analysts said earnings would also suffer from government policies intended to limit gambling, such as ca - read more »

Man gambled away millions on board ferr - 07 August 2003
A Norwegian man is said to have received NOK 4.2 million from the social security office by fraud, before getting on the ferry to Denmark, gambling alt the money away on board the ship.The 54-year-old has admitted the fraud, according to the police lawyer. The man is said to have taken advantage of his position as owne - read more »

Solvang to Process Sewage From Casino - 07 August 2003
The city of Solvang has agreed to process the extra sewage generated by the casino that the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians plans to open at the end of the month.The tribe's $1-million-plus water treatment facility will be finished in about a year. Solvang officials agreed to provide up to 40,000 gallons of sewage c - read more »

Land spat develops in gaming proposal - 07 August 2003
A legal battle about 82 acres in Botkins won't hold up a large gambling resort proposed for the Shelby County village, though the disputed land could be important to latter phases of the project.In November, the village's administrator successfully sought a three-month extension of an option to buy the 82.45 acres for - read more »

Montana gaming revenue up in '03 - 06 August 2003
Revenue from state gambling taxes in fiscal year 2003 increased nearly 6 percent over the previous fiscal year, new statistics show. The state collected $46.1 million in taxes for the state, county and city governments for the fiscal year that ended June 30, according to figures released Monday by the Gambling Control - read more »

Former pit boss charged with taking hundreds of thousands - 06 August 2003
A former Harveys Resort Hotel-Casino pit boss and his alleged accomplice were bound over Tuesday to Douglas County District Court on charges they bilked $400,000 to $600,000 from the Stateline casino over six months.Jason Lawrence, 28, of Indian Hills and Stephen Johnson, 21, of Dayton, waived a preliminary hearing Tue - read more »

Increased stakes for poker rooms approved - 06 August 2003
In a major victory Tuesday for the state's struggling parimutuels industry, Florida's self-described anti-gambling governor, Jeb Bush, gave tacit approval to allow bigger payouts for poker players at jai-alai frontons, harness and dog tracks.The new law also will, for the first time, allow thoroughbred tracks to offer - read more »

City plans hearing on casino moratorium - 06 August 2003
A six-month halt on new casinos in Great Falls is about to run out, and city officials are poised for a debate on whether that policy should be extended. City staff members recommend replacing the temporary ban on new gambling establishments with some temporary restrictions that are tighter than current city zoning law - read more »

State selects Mega Mill - 06 August 2003
Mega Millions, the multistate lottery game intended to generate jackpots into the hundreds of millions of dollars, has muscled out the better-known Powerball for the right to sell tickets in Texas.State lottery commissioners gave the go-ahead Tuesday to negotiate a deal that will put Texas in the Mega Millions consorti - read more »

Part-owner of Mexican restaurant chain found dead in casino hotel - 05 August 2003
A part-owner of a chain of Mexican food restaurants in the Dallas area was found dead in a casino hotel room on Monday.A housekeeper at the Hollywood Casino found the body of Ben Ojeda of Plano, Texas, when she entered his room to clean it, authorities said.There was no immediate sign of trauma to Ojeda's body, but det - read more »

Chemehuevi pitch Barstow casino idea - 05 August 2003
Much to anti-gaming activists' chagrin, the city now has two options for a casino. The Chemehuevi Indian Tribe presented its plans to the City Council on Monday. They call for a $300 million hotel casino with a golf course, water park, rodeo arena and RV park.The tribe, which has its reservation near Lake Havasu, says - read more »

Mayor shuns governor over casino tax hike - 05 August 2003
Mayor David Stover boycotted the governor's visit to the city Monday, saying he had a "moral and ethical" obligation to stand up for the area casino workers who were laid off this summer because of an increase in state gaming taxes.Moreover, Stover directed city employees not to attend the press conference with state R - read more »

Las Vegas tourism looking up - 05 August 2003
The U.S. trade show industry is set to emerge from a nearly two-year slowdown, and a leading Wall Street firm believes no city is better positioned to capitalize on the rebound than Las Vegas.In a July report, Merrill Lynch analysts said several factors could contribute to a 4 percent to 6 percent improvement in Las Ve - read more »

Hesperia residents look at pros, cons of casino - 05 August 2003
Casinos exploit people who are vulnerable to a gambling addiction, one speaker declared at a community meeting Monday night.But another said a casino in Hesperia would bring a welcome boost to this city's economy.More than 250 people crowded into Hesperia High School's cafeteria Monday night, voicing strong views about - read more »

Criminals haunt casino - 04 August 2003
DRUG dealing, prostitution, money laundering, cheating scams, armed assaults and begging have been investigated at Melbourne's Crown casino.And authorities have also monitored organised crime figures at Crown. The Australian Crime Commission, the Victoria Police major fraud group and the major drug investigation divisi - read more »

Sky City Hamilton casino expands - 04 August 2003
Sky City is enlarging its Riverside casino in Hamilton to include a conference centre able to cater for 240 people. Sky City chairman Evan Davies said in a statement today that the two-room conference centre, including new catering facilities, was expected to open for business around Easter 2004. The new facilities wou - read more »

Burswood shares down after warning - 04 August 2003
SHARES in Perth casino operator Burswood plunged nearly 5 per cent at the opening bell after the group issued its second profit warning in three months late Friday night.By 10.10am (AEST), Burswood shares were 4c lower at 82c. On Friday, Burswood said it expected net profit for 2003 to be below previous forecasts due t - read more »

Tax, lotto initiatives' deadline arrives - 04 August 2003
Proponents of two ballot initiatives will turn in their signatures to the secretary of state's office today, the deadline for placing constitutional questions on the November ballot. Both Sen. Norma Anderson, R-Lakewood, who wants to loosen caps on property taxes, and Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs, whose initia - read more »

Private casinos in Las Vegas not faring well - 03 August 2003
More than six months after opening, Nevada's first private casinos have won a relative pittance and attracted a disappointing number of gamblers, the Nevada Gaming Control Board reported.Sold as a means to attract international gamblers who want to bet in private, Nevada legislators and regulators changed state laws an - read more »

Illinois gamblers heading to cheaper Indiana casinos - 03 August 2003
Illinois casinos already were losing gamblers to Indiana when new state taxes went into effect last month.Now gamblers say the added costs are giving them an extra push across the Indiana state line.Charles Jackson has gambled at Harrah's in Joliet, Ill., for nearly 10 years, but no longer, he told the Chicago Tribune. - read more »

Gaming chief puts cards on the table - 03 August 2003
Glenn Lawrence says he's too cheap to gamble. Too scared of losing more than $20 at blackjack or the slot machines. But Lawrence - an attorney, former prosecutor and long-time public servant - says he has no fear when it comes to regulating Indiana's $2-billion-a-year casino industry, one of the state's most lucrative - read more »

Changes to Bulgaria's Gambling Law Ease Foreign Companies Requirements - 03 August 2003
The requirements, which applied so far to companies and citizens of the European Union willing to invest in the gambling business in Bulgaria, will be lifted at the beginning of 2005, under drafted amendments to the Gambling Act.Currently a foreign company may make such investments only it buys a four-star hotel, inves - read more »

3 more suspects in casino robberies in custody - 01 August 2003
State Police arrested three more suspects Thursday in connection with a series of recent armed robberies at casinos.Vincent Nelson, 24, of Pleasantville, accompanied by his attorney, surrendered to detectives assigned to the Division of Gaming Enforcement, State Police said. He was placed in the Atlantic County jail pe - read more »

MTR Gaming net income declines 9.2% in second quarter - 01 August 2003
Despite increased revenues and gross profits, MTR Gaming Group posted a 9.2% drop in net income for the quarter ended June 30 mainly due to a $3.4-million interest expense.MTR Gaming, which owns Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Resort in Chester, West Virginia, as well as casinos near Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada, poste - read more »

Senate committee closes loophole in Internet gambling bill - 01 August 2003
A Senate committee approved legislation Thursday that would ban illegal gambling on the Internet and closed a potential loophole that the Justice Department has said could actually legalize gambling in states where it is now prohibited. The legislation prohibits the use of credit cards to place online wagers. Operators - read more »

Delta Downs to add hotel, expand casino - 01 August 2003
Citing Delta Downs as one of its best-performing ventures, Boyd Gaming Corp. is planning a $50-million two-phase expansion at the Vinton, Louisiana, track, which will include an addition to the slot machine casino and the construction of a 200-room hotel. Company officials said the casino has generated $180-million in - read more »

Mohegan Sun: Slots Are More Profitable Than Poker Tables - 01 August 2003
Mohegan Sun operators hope to pull twice the money out of the same space by closing the casino's poker room and installing 275 slot machines. In a conference call with investors and analysts Thursday, Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey Hartmann said poker is contributing about $6 million annually to the casino's adjusted - read more »

Anti-gambling groups calls on Gov. Bush to veto card rooms bill - 01 August 2003
Antigambling and anti-dog racing groups are urging Gov. Jeb Bush to veto a measure they say would dramatically increase the stakes and hours at card rooms at dog and horse tracks. The groups, ranging from the Christian Coalition to the Humane Society, say it would be the largest expansion of gambling in Florida since p - read more »

Judge orders attorneys to agree in lawsuit challenging gaming pacts - 01 August 2003
A judge asked attorneys Thursday to reach agreements on disputes over evidence in a lawsuit Republican lawmakers filed challenging the governor's power to sign tribal gambling compacts.Reserve Judge Gordon Myse has been asked by the state Supreme Court to prepare a report on the facts in the lawsuit and make a recommen - read more »