January 2003 News Article Archive

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The opening of casinos is looking a sure bet - 31 January 2003
The renewed interest in the legalisation of casinos and the momentum the proposal is gathering suggest the Thai people may soon no longer have to traipse across our borders to Burma, Cambodia or Malaysia for a flutter.Increasingly we hear the supporting arguments: increased revenue from tourism, curbs on the money flow - read more »

Slots bill pledges funds for schools - 31 January 2003
Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. presented a legalized-gambling bill yesterday to the General Assembly that pledges that 64 percent of the profit will go toward public education. The proposed 10,500 slot machines are key to Mr. Ehrlich's budget plan to reduce the $1.3 billion shortfall without increasing taxes or - read more »

Gambling is Most Lucrative Vice Online - 31 January 2003
Of the $2.9 billion US consumers spent on vice content in 2002, $2.5 billion went to gambling websites. Ben Macklin examines the success these sites are having and will have by reaching US customers.eMarketer estimates that online content spending for general online content targeted at consumers will total $1.2 billion - read more »

Tribes offer deal on gambling profits - 31 January 2003
Two American Indian tribes said they would give Kansas a share of profits from a proposed casino in Wyandotte County if the state would block future competition. Testifying Thursday before a joint meeting of the House and Senate Federal and State Affairs committees, the Kickapoo Tribe and Sac and Fox Nation said they w - read more »

Republicans delay gambling money distribution plan - 31 January 2003
House Republicans have toned down their plan to revise the way casino taxes are distributed to public schools, delaying its proposed implementation for at least three years. Many Republicans campaigned last fall on the so-called Classroom Trust Fund, which they say would fulfill voters' expectations when they approved - read more »

Two Kansas tribes propose $175 million casino complex near speedway - 31 January 2003
Plans for a $175 million American Indian-owned casino complex in Wyandotte County near the Kansas Speedway were outlined Thursday before two legislative committees.The proposed facility would be developed and financed by the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas and the Sac and Fox Nation, two of the state's four indigenous tribes, - read more »

Dealer in $1.8m casino scam, court told - 31 January 2003
A Crown Casino baccarat dealer who helped defraud the casino of $1.8 million by incorrectly shuffling her cards was paid $20,000 for her part in the scam, a court heard yesterday.Tiffany Moss, 32, of Bayswater, pleaded guilty in the County Court to conspiring to defraud Crown Casino of $1.8 million in July, 1998. The c - read more »

Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun Alone At The Top - 31 January 2003
The Mashantucket Pequots and Mohegans will likely enjoy their “duopoly” on casino gambling in New England for at least another year, and probably longer, according to industry analysts, but the tribes are still paying attention to gaming proposals across New England and New York.Analysts say there are enough eager play - read more »

I-gaming to Target Female Gamblers - 31 January 2003
Women look set to lead the revolution in online gambling. Recent research has shown that of the two largest potential growth markets yet to be tapped, the middle classes and women, women show the most promise.Of the many advantages of gambling online attracting new players who would normally avoid betting shops it is b - read more »

SportingOdds.com Goes Live with IQ-Ludorum Powered Casino - 31 January 2003
London, UK - IQ-Ludorum plc, a leading provider of wagering software solutions, is pleased to announce SportingOdds.com, a subsidiary of Sportingbet plc, has successfully launched the SportingOdds Casino, powered by IQ-Casino (a turnkey casino software package designed for virtual gaming across all digital media platfo - read more »

Caesars president resigns - 30 January 2003
Caesars Palace President John Groom resigned last week for personal reasons, an official at Park Place Entertainment Corp. said.Anthony Santo, president of Park Place's nearby Bally's and Paris resorts, will assume Groom's position in the interim, Park Place spokesman Robert Stewart said."We anticipate we will have a p - read more »

Casino regulators urged to maintain affirmative action - 30 January 2003
New Jersey casino regulators were told yesterday not to give up on affirmative action programs, in spite of two court rulings that found them unconstitutional.The casinos will not give women and minorities a fair shake unless the state -- which licenses casinos -- encourages them to, supporters of the programs told the - read more »

Casino union agrees to a third election - 30 January 2003
A union election that had to be held a second time because of irregularities will be rerun again.Local 54 of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union agreed Tuesday to hold the election by March 27, according to a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor. The union, which did not acknowledge - read more »

Casinos cite expansion economics - 30 January 2003
An expansion of gambling in Illinois would inject $2.2 billion into the state economy, create 26,000 jobs and add $364.6 million in tax revenues, according to a University of Illinois study released Wednesday. The study, commissioned by the Illinois Casino Gaming Assn.-a lobbying group for riverboat casinos-urges lawma - read more »

New Merritt Island business offers casino feel - 30 January 2003
When Ralph and Betty Lustig retired to Cocoa Beach in 1999, they found rest, relaxation -- and boredom. After 30 years spent serving as president of three manufacturing companies in Ohio, Ralph Lustig realized he was not ready to become so sedentary. "We both knew there must be a way to come up with a business that wou - read more »

More Than $71.6 Million Bet on Super Bowl - 29 January 2003
The $71.6 million wagered on the Super Bowl fell short of the amount many of the sports books had anticipated.State officials and directors of Nevada's legal sports books had hoped the game between the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers would break the $77.2 million betting record set in 1998."We thought there wo - read more »

Nevada keeps on growing - 29 January 2003
Although population growth has slowed, Nevada gained 73,524 residents in the year ending July 1, 2002, and remained the fastest growing state, demographer Jeff Hardcastle said Monday. Nevada had 2,206,022 residents July 1, an increase of 182,644 over two years. Of the total, 70.2 percent, or 1,549,657 people, lived in - read more »

MGM-Bally's monorail makes last run - 29 January 2003
A little after 10 p.m. Sunday the MGM Grand-Bally's monorail made its final run. On board were about three dozen passengers, equal parts Super Bowl revelers and hotel employees bidding farewell to the rail system they've operated for 7 1/2 years. The monorail, a small but unique part of the Las Vegas transportation lan - read more »

Casinos donated early, late to campaigns - 29 January 2003
Casinos and Southern California lawyers pumped thousands of dollars into the campaigns of District Attorney David Roger and Sheriff Bill Young in the days before and after the November election. Campaign finance records show Roger received $88,226 between Oct. 28 and Jan. 3 and that $41,230 came into his campaign coffe - read more »

Safari Club to bring in $20 million, 15,000 visitors - 29 January 2003
The Safari Club International Convention, which kicks off today at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, is expected to bring at least 15,000 hunters to town and gather about 20 million of their dollars.Even more money will change hands between the attendees and the 1,100 vendors who have set up shop inside the center.The - read more »

New casino games service for digital TV - 29 January 2003
Zone4Play, a content applications developer of Interactive games on an array of platforms, announced the launch of a new casino games service to UPC Digital TV subscribers in the Netherlands and Austria. Under the agreement, Zone4Play is responsible for developing an interactive game offering that will include some of - read more »

Palau president calls for gambling referendum - 29 January 2003
The leader of the Pacific Island state of Palau has called for a referendum to decide whether gambling should be legalised.Palau's constitution currently bans the practice.However, President Tommy Remengesau says voters should ultimately be given the chance to resolve the issue.He was responding to the recent passage o - read more »

Women's league bets on a casino's money - 29 January 2003
Breaking a longtime taboo, a WNBA team became the first major professional sports organization owned by a casino. The Mohegan Sun, an Indian casino that grosses about $1 billion annually, bought the Orlando Miracle yesterday for a price reported to be between $5 million and $10 million. This summer, the rechristened Wo - read more »

Senator willing to gamble on more than slots - 28 January 2003
The majority leader of the state Senate told business leaders Monday that the General Assembly should consider allowing casino gambling at the Inner Harbor in addition to slot machines at Pimlico and other Maryland racetracks.Sen. Nathaniel J. McFadden, who also is chairman of Baltimore's Senate delegation, said the Pi - read more »

WNBA Awards Team to Mohegan Sun for $10 Million, Person Says - 28 January 2003
The Women's National Basketball Association will sell the defunct Orlando Miracle franchise to the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut for $10 million, a person familiar with the situation said. The league will announce the sale to the Mohegan Indian tribe- owned casino later today, the person said. The team, which will - read more »

Boss Media and Dr. Ho No Longer in Cooperation - 28 January 2003
Boss Media (Other OTC:BMDIF.PK - News) today announced that the license agreement between Dr. Ho and Boss Media has been terminated.Boss Media delivered an Internet casino system to Dr. Ho in September 2001, as a compliment to their own so called live casino, which allows the players to play against real, live dealers - read more »

Non-Indian interests push for electronic gambling - 28 January 2003
More than a thousand card dealers and other non-Indian gambling activists rallied last week in favor of a proposal to dramatically increase the number of electronic gambling machines in Washington.The machines, similar to slot machines without the lever, are currently legal only in Indian casinos.That gives tribal oper - read more »

Rise in Central America, Caribbean Gambling Operations Concern Authorities - 28 January 2003
Many people in the United States gamble online through companies based in Central America or the Caribbean. Offshore gambling operations are becoming a matter of concern for law enforcement agencies.For Costa Rica, the establishment of online gambling operations here has been both a blessing and a curse. The lucrative - read more »

Ayr intent on being the new Las Vegas - 27 January 2003
Ayr is leading the race to become the first place in Scotland to take advantage of the relaxation of 35-year-old betting industry regulations which may pave the way for US-style casinos and gambling resorts.Several areas, including Aberdeen, Aviemore, Ayr and Largs, were touted as possible locations for mini Las Vegas- - read more »

Ontario releases late gambling report - 27 January 2003
The Ontario government finally released its lottery and gaming corporation's 2000-2001 annual report, nearly two years after that fiscal year ended, in what critics called a glaring lack of public accountability. Showing profits of $1.9 billion, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp.'s 2000-2001 report was tabled Jan. 15 - read more »

Lakes' plans for California casino unswayed by citizens lawsuit - 27 January 2003
Minnetonka-based Lakes Entertainment Inc. still aims to break ground on a casino near Sacramento, Calif., later this year despite a lawsuit launched to stop the process. A citizens group from El Dorado County filed suit earlier this month challenging the project on environmental grounds, according to the Sacramento Bee - read more »

Gambling opponents favor latest casino idea - 27 January 2003
Lawmakers who've previously opposed gambling are lining up behind a plan that would let two American Indian tribes build a large casino and resort complex in Kansas City, Kan.The proposal would add another tourist attraction to an area that in recent years has gained a NASCAR track. The combination could provide strong - read more »

Casino to rise on hospital site - 27 January 2003
The six-story Cushman Hospital building, a symbol of the Native American rights movement since it was taken over by Puyallup Indians in 1976, is coming down to make way for a $200 million casino and hotel complex. Originally an Indian boarding school, the complex was operated by the federal government as an Indian tube - read more »

Gambling mad finance chief stole £1.8m - 27 January 2003
A gambling-mad finance chief, who was able to steal £1.8 million from an airline even though he had told his employers that he was a convicted thief, has been jailed for six years.Night after night, Tarek Doss, 46, of East Greenford, west London could be seen in the capital's casinos, his pockets bulging with plundered - read more »

Tavern League Proposes Gambling to Help State Deficit - 25 January 2003
The Tavern League of Wisconsin is betting you'll like this idea for easing the state budget deficit. The league wants to legalize video-gambling machines in taverns and share the rewards, 50-50, with the state.League spokesman Scott Stenger says the proposal could produce up to $400 million a year for the state budget. - read more »

How to lose at gambling - 25 January 2003
Have a few drinks, sit down at a high-stakes table and maintain the delusion you can recoup your lossesIt's been said that blackjack is a casino gambler's best friend. On paper, that may be true. But after losing US$600 in a Las Vegas hour and a half, I'm apt to disagree.In retrospect, sitting down at the blackjack tab - read more »

Gamblers could face screenings for child support - 25 January 2003
For years, Missouri officials have been unable to develop a good way to identify casino gamblers who owe child support and seize their winnings. But a new federal proposal might do the job. The Bush administration wants to require that the names of people who win more than $5,000 be run through a national locator servi - read more »

Problem betting peaks with Super Bowl - 24 January 2003
More than $80 million will be legally bet at Nevada sports books on Sunday's Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego, Calif., but nearly 50 times that - $4 billion - will be illegally bet on the event with independent bookmakers and over the Internet.The Super Bowl is the biggest single sporting event in the nation and is also - read more »

Las Vegas and Pro Football Are Perfect Together - 24 January 2003
ON a rental-car journey through the Strip, with the windows down for the cultural safari, it's impossible to tell the difference between this decadent kingdom in the sand and the National Football League.Vegas can claim the glittering Mirage hotel; the N.F.L. claims it seeks racial diversity (another type of mirage). O - read more »

Embezzlement Fed Gambling Addiction, Prosecutors Say - 24 January 2003
A Keshena woman is charged with stealing money from her employer, the Legend Lake Property Owners Association.Patricia Brunker, 60, is accused of embezzling $71,000 from the association where she was office manager.Prosecutors say she took the money from 2000 to 2002 to feed a gambling addiction. - read more »

Governor's proposal won't tempt area gaming tribes - 23 January 2003
Most north state Indian tribes with gaming operations say overtures by Gov. Gray Davis to loosen the limit on slot machines won't lead to local casino expansions. California may allow Indian casinos more than 2,000 slots-the current maximum- in exchange for a larger piece of their revenues. But none of the north state' - read more »

The night the bookies got stung - 23 January 2003
Gambling addiction is a terrible disease that can ruin not just the lives of the people afflicted but those around them and, according to the experts, it is even harder to beat than alcoholism. I saw what it could do first hand through my old mate, former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton, who would be the first to admi - read more »

Nevada: Adventure the new tourist hook - 22 January 2003
Ferenc Szony was introducing one of the speakers at Nevada's 19th annual tourism conference recently when he noted the heavy snow falling in the neighboring Sierra range. And then the president of the Sands Regency Casino & Hotel uttered something traditionally taboo in a tourism market heavily dependent on San Francis - read more »

Gambling boats raided by feds - 21 January 2003
Federal agents raided ships and offices of Stardancer Casino Cruises in Florida and South Carolina last week looking for evidence of mail fraud and tax evasion, according to documents filed in federal court.FBI, Internal Revenue Service and Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. agents investigating the president of the compa - read more »

Convictions Tossed in $1M Gambling Case - 21 January 2003
A federal judge has thrown out most of the convictions against a former professional football player found guilty of running a million-dollar sports betting business. U.S. District Judge Bruce Kauffman did not say in his ruling Friday whether he or the jury erred in convicting George Atiyeh. In September, a jury convic - read more »

Yuni moves on ‘casino’ - 21 January 2003
Sandaun Governor Carlos Yuni moved fast yesterday to close down the operations of a controversial “Asians-only” club alleged to be illegally operating a casino in Vanimo.Mr Yuni said it was confirmed that a social club operating within the Vanimo Beach Hotel installed illegal gaming machines.He said he received a repor - read more »

Judge orders former president of Cicero, Il., jailed early to bar gambling - 21 January 2003
A federal judge Tuesday ordered Cicero's former town president to report to prison two months early in an effort to stop her from gambling away money the government hopes to confiscate. Betty Loren-Maltese was among seven defendants convicted in August in a racketeering scheme to swindle the town out of $12 million ins - read more »

Bodies recovered in Arizona from plane missing from Vegas - 21 January 2003
Coconino County searchers have recovered the bodies from the small plane that disappeared near Flagstaff nearly two weeks ago.Coconino County Sheriff's Capt. Jeff Drayton said officials transported the badly burned bodies of four people to the medical examiner's office on Monday.Drayton said the victims are still belie - read more »

Stakes high as tribes negotiate casino compacts - 21 January 2003
It's been three years since tribal-state agreements ushered in casino-style gambling in California, and since then Indian casinos have become an industry generating $5 billion a year. With key portions of the agreements up for renegotiation, tribes and state officials are gearing up for high-stakes bargaining that coul - read more »

Great Canadian Acquires Washington State Casino - 21 January 2003
British Columbia--Michael C. Scholz, President of Great Canadian Gaming (the "Company") is pleased to announce that the Company, through its 90% subsidiary has acquired all of the business assets, real estate, undertaking, intellectual property and good will of Big Al's Casino in Everett, Washington. The consideration - read more »

Gambling board refuses to approve settlement, sets later date - 21 January 2003
The state gambling board refused Tuesday to approve a $21 million settlement to end the long dispute over Bally's riverboat casino, instead deciding to hold a special meeting next month. Louisiana Gaming Control Board chairman Hillary Crain said he didn't believe the board should approve the settlement until state poli - read more »

Gaming: Evil or profitable? - 20 January 2003
The debate over gambling will begin soon in the Kentucky legislature, and the result could determine Ohio's direction as well.Kentucky, of course, already has gambling in the form of horse racing. But that hallowed tradition, for whatever reason, seems more genteel than video gambling or casinos (although the ponies ha - read more »

Where it stops, nobody knows - 20 January 2003
After her husband died the day before Christmas in 1997, June L. found herself living alone in her apartment in northern New Jersey. Cruising the Internet one day, the senior citizen discovered websites where she could play casino games such as blackjack and poker right from her home. At first, she won some of the time - read more »

New year brings challenges for the gaming industry - 20 January 2003
The Southern Nevada economy and the gaming industry are inseparable.So, as the gaming industry faces new challenges heading into 2003, it is cause for all of us to be concerned.In recent years, Indian gaming has expanded rapidly around the country. As states struggle to regain control of failing budgets, that fledgling - read more »

Gambling: sure bet for building debt - 20 January 2003
What's that creaking sound? Could this be the year in which overconsumption, in a couple different forms, finally lumbers home to roost?Coping with weight and debt were the most pressing personal resolutions of those Americans polled around New Year's Day by Cambridge Consumer Credit Index.Both obesity and indebtedness - read more »

Illinois casinos taking 2 hits - 19 January 2003
Took in $11 million less, saw $27 million tax increase in 2002 Illinois' new gambling tax is eating into revenues at the state's casinos even as Indiana casinos are draining cash from the Chicago-area market, according to an analysis of 2002 gaming receipts which also shows that the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin has - read more »

Capital Views: Fairness called key to gambling question - 19 January 2003
Other than farming, Sen. Jim Honeyford says, he doesn't gamble. "It's the Scotch in me, I guess," he says. He's never played the lottery and has been in a tribal casino for only a get-acquainted tour. Still, Honeyford may be the best bet for expanding gambling in Washington. The Sunnyside Republican, whose - read more »

Vegas resort tries to shorten odds - 18 January 2003
Building a megaresort on the Las Vegas Strip is supposed to be easy money, but that wasn't the case with the $1.4 billion Aladdin hotel-casino, the latest of the city's glittery gambling temples. The Aladdin, which filed for bankruptcy protection just a year after its August 2000 opening, is now looking for something t - read more »

Do slots carry a social cost? - 18 January 2003
Chris Senior was a college student when he triumphed at the race track. Though it was 50-some years ago, he remembers it vividly. Four bucks on two races netted him $1,000. "It was like a dream world to me. Once I won it, all I thought about was getting (back) to the race track," said Senior, 78, of Baltimore. The drea - read more »

Casino plans for Suffolk town - 17 January 2003
The bright lights and spinning roulette wheels of Las Vegas and Monte Carlo have developed into a punter's paradise after arguably becoming the gambling meccas of the world.But a little-known East Anglian village may soon join these names as one of the gaming community's hotspots after plans to build a plush casino in - read more »

CASINO KEPT MY £32,000 JACKPOT - 17 January 2003
A gambler claims a casino are refusing to pay him £32,000 he won on a roulette machine.Shop owner Talat Chelik hit the jackpot at the Stanley Casino in Edinburgh's York Place but bosses refused to hand over the cash.His win came during a seven-hour gambling session on the automatic roulette machine, with his total stan - read more »

California considers gaming expansion - 17 January 2003
California Gov. Gray Davis said Thursday he's “open to” expanding Indian gambling to help close the state's budget deficit - a measure that would aim a further blow at the Reno-Sparks' faltering casino industry.At issue is the mandated limit of 2,000 slot machines per California tribe, a number about on par with the bi - read more »

Gamble is too risky for Texas - 17 January 2003
Whenever the state of Texas gets into financial trouble, it often reverts to the same thing that a lot of dysfunctional people turn to: sin.As the Legislature begins to tackle huge problems while being strapped by a mammoth budget shortfall -- $9.9 billion or so -- prepare to hear more talk about so-called sin taxes (o - read more »

Las Vegas Bigwig Makes Case For R.I. Casino - 16 January 2003
The chairman of a Las Vegas-based casino company on Wednesday told a House commission studying gambling that Rhode Island should try to legalize casino gambling before neighboring Massachusetts. "Massachusetts and Rhode Island are literally in a race," said Sheldon Adelson, chairman of the board of Las Vegas Sands Inc. - read more »

MotorCity Casino Issues Slot Club Cards - 16 January 2003
MotorCity Casino has become the first gambling hall in the Metro Detroit market and the first among Mandalay Resort Group's 15 U.S. casinos to roll out a new convenience for line-averse patrons. Consumers will have access to cards enabling them to tap into their slot-club cash rebates while at their gaming machines, th - read more »

Tribal sovereignty causing more conflicts across the country as casinos multiply - 16 January 2003
High on a hilltop overlooking miles of vineyards and the sparkling Russian River, two circus-like tents front a parking lot carved from the steep slope. Inside, 269 slot machines clang and chime around the clock, the background music of the River Rock Casino -- a popular destination for northern California seniors that - read more »

SISA hotels, casinos perform well - 16 January 2003
The hotel and casino interests of Sun International SA (SISA) (SIS) have performed "very well" during the second six months of 2002, benefiting from strong local and international tourist markets over the period, according to SISA Managing Director Peter Bacon. Among other holdings, SISA has interests in several differ - read more »

Gambling Rampant Among U.S. Adults; 82% Took a Chance in 2002 - 16 January 2003
Gambling is widespread -- and spreading -- in American society with 82 percent of individuals interviewed having gambled in the past year, according to a national survey conducted at the University at Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) and reported in the Winter 2002 issue of the Journal of Gambling Studi - read more »

Enzi wants to see casino plans - 16 January 2003
Northern Arapaho Indian Tribe officials agreed on Tuesday to provide U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., with the details of their plan to establish a casino on the Wind River Indian Reservation.The decision to hand over the information is part of the tribe's effort to stop the senator's plans to at least temporarily block th - read more »

Station signs agreement to acquire Wildfire Casino - 16 January 2003
Locals' casino operator Station Casinos Inc. has signed an agreement to purchase a small casino just south of the company's Texas Station and Fiesta Rancho properties.Station expects to acquire the Wildfire Casino on Rancho Drive pending approvals from the city of Las Vegas and Nevada gaming regulators. The purchase pr - read more »

Gambling commission chairman stepping down - 16 January 2003
John Hensley, the widely respected yet controversial chairman of the state's gambling commission, has quietly informed Gov. Gray Davis that he is stepping down. A spokeswoman for the governor confirmed Hensley's planned departure, but said he has agreed to remain on the job until Davis can find a replacement. Nonethele - read more »

Las Vegas gambling company interested in Rhode Island - 16 January 2003
Another Las Vegas-based gambling company is interested in Rhode Island.Sheldon Adelson, chairman of the board of Las Vegas Sands, Incorporated, told a House Commission last night Rhode Island should consider itself in a race with Massachusetts to legalize casino gambling.He said he would be interested in building a cas - read more »

New Vegas casino opens Friday - 15 January 2003
The Tuscany Hotel & Casino expects to open its 60,000-square-foot casino floor to the public on Friday at 10 p.m., becoming the second major casino to debut this year in the Las Vegas region.The Tuscany, located at 255 W. Flamingo Road between Koval Lane and Paradise Road, opened its 716-room hotel about a year ago. Th - read more »

Claims disputed in lawsuit over tribal gaming - 15 January 2003
A dog track suing the state to stop the governor from renewing tribal gaming compacts has no evidence to show that it would profit if Wisconsin had no Indian casinos, attorneys for the state Justice Department argued in court papers filed Monday.Dairyland Greyhound Park's lawsuit claims the Wisconsin Constitution, as a - read more »

State claims casino owner is in breach of sale agreement - 15 January 2003
Attorneys for the Illinois Gaming Board have filed court papers alleging the owners of the Emerald casino license have breached a settlement agreement, threatening the license sale and millions of dollars in state revenue.The casino, which was to be in Rosemont, was blocked from opening because of alleged mob ties. Inv - read more »

Lawmakers split on casino vote - 15 January 2003
Trumbull's state legislators were divided in their votes on the Las Vegas Nights legislation the General Assembly repealed last week.State Reps. T.R. Rowe (R-123) and John Stone (R-134) voted to repeal the law, while State Sen. William Finch (D-22) voted against repeal.Rowe's district covers only Trumbull, while Stone' - read more »

Harrah's Boss Backs Changes in Tourism Focus - 15 January 2003
A leading casino executive told northern Nevadans today they could attract more tourists by emphasizing the reasons that lured them here -- from the beauty of the Sierra to the friendly people.The message came at an economic conference in Reno from Phil Satre , chairman of the board of Harrah's Entertainment.Satree say - read more »

A.C. casinos pulled more revenue from slots in ’02 - 15 January 2003
Slot machines were tighter and accounted for nearly three-quarters of the citywide gambling revenue last year, according to year-end figures released Tuesday by the Casino Control Commission.The city's dozen casinos won $4.38 billion from gamblers, up 1.8 percent over the previous year. It was the third straight year t - read more »

Gambling chief blasts tax plan - 15 January 2003
A spokesman for Iowa's gambling industry warned Tuesday that a state task force proposal to raise casino taxes goes against Gov. Tom Vilsack's goal of growing Iowa."You don't help a business grow by taxing it more," said Wes Ehrecke, president of the Iowa Gaming Association.The Iowa Supreme Court ruled last June that t - read more »

Veteran Adams warns of EPL player gambling addictions - 15 January 2003
Former England soccer captain Tony Adams expressed concern Wednesday that more and more professional players are becoming addicted to high-stakes gambling. Adams spoke following claims by former Ireland striker Tony Cascarino and Manchester United star Ruud van Nistelrooy that players routinely lose thousands of pounds - read more »

NFL won't air Las Vegas commercial during Super Bowl - 14 January 2003
The National Football League has refused to accept a Super Bowl commercial from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority .NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Monday that the commercial was rejected last month after league officials reviewed it, though he did not specify why the league turned down the ad."The leagu - read more »

England Players in Gambling School – Cascarino - 14 January 2003
Former Republic of Ireland striker Tony Cascarino claims that England players gambled thousands of pounds in a card school during the World Cup. Cascarino made the claim in the wake of weekend revelations by Chelsea frontman Eidur Gudjohnsen that he had lost up to £400,000 gambling in casinos.Cascarino also claimed tha - read more »

Piety vs. gambling at the Capitol - 14 January 2003
The Republican Party is known for its stern opposition to sin, vice and lust in the lives of private citizens, though more flexible standards are applied in the halls of government.This year, a powerful GOP figure in Florida wants to expand gambling opportunities for the public. If the rest of the party goes along, it - read more »

Entertainer plans casino - 14 January 2003
Jermaine Jackson of the Jackson 5 plans to open a $560 million casino resort in this U.S. Caribbean territory, officials said.In partnership with Connecticut developer Curtis Robinson, Jackson plans to build the 1,400-room resort in Robin Bay, on the eastern end of St. Croix, Lt. Gov. Vargrave Richards said Friday.Jack - read more »

Nevada casino executives debate industry outlook - 14 January 2003
On the final day of a major casino conference in Las Vegas Friday, Nevada's top gaming executives offered an upbeat outlook for a maturing industry that is managing to tackle new challenges one day at a time.Consumer demand, coupled with interest in nearly a dozen states to plug budget deficits by taxing casinos, will - read more »

Ehrlich's Big Gamble - 13 January 2003
It's opening night for slot-machine gambling in Maryland. You slide a shiny silver dollar into the nearest machine. Lights flash. The noise of clanking coins fills the room. Your heart skips a beat as the tumblers slow to a stop.Darn -- close, but not this time. Your dollar is gone. But, alas, where did it go?As he tak - read more »

State says 'no' to more casinos - 13 January 2003
By repealing the "Las Vegas night" law, the state legislature has taken one step in wresting Connecticut's future from the gambling industry. The law, which allowed Las Vegas-style games of chance at charitable fund-raisers, opened the door for the slot machines and roulette wheels at the state's two Indian casinos. N - read more »

Nevada Gambling Museum, A Good Bet - 13 January 2003
They are works of art just as sure as anything by Van Gogh, Monet, Rembrandt and DaVinci, and they have been the best-kept secret on the Comstock for 14 years.With names like Caille, Watling, Jennings and Mills, they are about 100 vintage slot machines at the Nevada Gambling Museum in Virginia City.The collection is ow - read more »

Casinos and sharemarkets have much in common - 13 January 2003
Investing in the sharemarket has a great deal in common with casino gambling, mathematician Nick Dudley Ward says. Auckland-based Dr Dudley Ward is teaching a new paper on "casino studies" at Otago University's latest annual summer school. The paper analyses mathematical probability through casino gambling games. Dr Du - read more »

Casinos boost pawn shop business, owners say - 12 January 2003
Area pawn shop owners say business is on the rise since casinos debuted in Detroit.Several report anywhere from a slight upswing to twice as much customer traffic."Our loan base has gotten larger with the help of the casinos," Southfield diamond broker Lew Silver told The Detroit News for a Sunday story.The National Pa - read more »

Gudjohnsen Hit By Gambling Bug - 12 January 2003
Chelsea striker Eidur Gudjohnsen has become the latest high-profile footballer to speak out against the perils of gambling.The Iceland international is reported to have lost £400,000 in just five months while out of action due to injury.The 24-year-old reveals that he sought refuge in the casino after becoming bored an - read more »

Slots plan irks Ehrlich - 11 January 2003
A gambling industry proposal that includes slot machines at Ocean Downs Racetrack near Berlin has angered Gov.-elect Robert Ehrlich, who on Friday labeled the plan "unacceptable" and "a stopper." According to a copy of a proposal obtained by The Washington Post, the horse racing industry wants to put more slot machines - read more »

Top UK casino, rebuffed, scraps move on rival - 11 January 2003
Britain's largest casino operator, Stanley Leisure Organisation plc, has chosen not to gamble on launching a bid for London Clubs International plc, after its smaller competitor rebuffed a preliminary approach. In early December, London Clubs International, which is burdened by a heavy debt load, had shunned the approa - read more »

Indiana Legislature considers ban on Internet gambling - 11 January 2003
Web-based casinos, online gamblers and their Internet providers could all face felony charges and jail time in Indiana under a bill slated to be considered next week by a state Senate committee."Internet gambling is completely unregulated. It's pretty insidious," said Sen. David Ford, R-Hartford City, sponsor of the le - read more »

Bacarrat props up firms' November gaming win - 11 January 2003
Nevada casinos won $732.4 million in November, up 1.5 percent from the same month a year earlier, due mostly to a strong performance by the high-end baccarat pits on the Las Vegas Strip.This was the fourth straight month of increased gaming win statewide, but it is being compared to business after the 9/11 terrorist at - read more »

Casino giants listed as top Nevada taxpayers - 11 January 2003
MGM MIRAGE in Las Vegas is the biggest property taxpayer in Nevada.State Controller Kathy Augustine, in her annual report on state government, Wednesday outlined the financial picture for the state saying the "economy will grow and gradually rebound in the foreseeable future, but at a slower pace."She reported that six - read more »

Gambling ads for Key West Shuttle scuttled, for now - 11 January 2003
There's trouble at Marco River Marina, where Capt. Eric Crawford pulled all reference to slot machines and gambling aboard his Key West Shuttle from advertisements Friday afternoon. The issue of gambling arose at a Marco Island Planning Board meeting, at which Marco River Marina owners were seeking a dock extension. Wh - read more »

Congressman renews effort to limit Internet gambling - 10 January 2003
Rep. James Leach, R-Iowa, renewed legislation Tuesday making it a crime to accept credit cards, checks and wire transfers for Internet gambling.Federal law-enforcement officials told Congress last year that online gambling could be an avenue for money laundering for drug dealers and even terrorists.Internet gambling is - read more »

Funding stakes too high for casino - 10 January 2003
A Queenstown casino has withdrawn its controversial bid to reduce the amount of funding it gives to the community.Sky Alpine Casino's licence calls for $100,000 to be distributed to the community every year.But the company wanted to reduce that to $45,000 because trading has not been as good as expected.The application - read more »

Gov. Foster writes federal official to support Jena casino plan - 10 January 2003
Gov. Mike Foster wrote to federal officials Thursday to express support for the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians' effort to acquire land and open a casino in northwest Louisiana. Foster wrote to Gale Norton, secretary of the Department of the Interior, to support the tribe's application to begin the process of creating a r - read more »

Online Summit for Paying Online - 10 January 2003
200 world leaders of the online gambling industry got together here to consider new methods by which their customers might pay for gambling online. Three major credit card companies from the U.S. -- Visa, Master Card, and PayPal -- have discontinued their payment processing service to the $4 billion per year business. - read more »

Stopwork cancelled at Crown Casino - 09 January 2003
THE union representing workers at Melbourne's Crown Casino has called off a stopwork planned for this weekend, the casino said today. Casino management had been set to challenge the proposed action by the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union (LHMWU) in the Federal Court today. But Crown Casino spokesman - read more »

Engler, tribes agreed on casino expansion - 09 January 2003
Outgoing Gov. John Engler reached a last-minute deal giving state approval for an Indian tribes to open a casino in Flint, Romulus or southern Monroe County, according to a published report. The deal is with the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, one of the owners of Detroit's Greektown Casino, The Detroit New - read more »

Gambling: 'Online casinos' will be curbed in attempt to stem problem gambling - 09 January 2003
The proliferation of "virtual casino" machines in betting shops, offering jackpot prizes of up to £50,000, is to be limited by the Government in a crackdown on problem gambling. Tessa Jowell, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, said yesterday that the spread of the machines in relatively unregulated lo - read more »

Web posting was wrong, gambling ship company says - 08 January 2003
The people working to bring a gambling ship to the Port of St. Petersburg say it was all a mistake. Early Tuesday, their company, Titan Cruise Line, was featured on the Web site venture-capitalist.com as "Today's Featured Entrepreneur." The Web page at that link said Titan was seeking $25-million in venture capital to - read more »

‘Las Vegas' Repeal Leads To Charges Of Racism - 08 January 2003
On the floor of the House of Representatives and inside the caucus rooms of the Capitol on Monday, the debate over the future of casino gambling in Connecticut largely turned into a debate over race. American Indian leaders and their allies in the General Assembly's Black and Puerto Rican Caucus leveled charges of raci - read more »

Lotteries: State-approved gambling is a disgrace - 08 January 2003
When much of the nation went gaga recently over a $315 million Powerball jackpot, I remembered some wise words of George Washington.He called gambling "the child of avarice, the brother of iniquity and the father of mischief." Had he lived long enough, he might have added, "the seducer of government."Gambling doesn't c - read more »

Lawmakers face gambling issues - 08 January 2003
Lawmakers again will bring gambling issues to the forefront during the legislative session, including two long-running campaigns for slotlike machines at pari-mutuel tracks and a riverboat casino in southern Indiana's Orange County.The proposals likely will receive strong consideration given the state's budget crisis, - read more »

Online Gaming Systems Receives Software Certification in Australia - 08 January 2003
Online Gaming Systems Ltd. (OTC Bulletin Board: OGAM - News), a leading provider of casino turnkey solutions, today announced its FIRE system has been certified as compliant with respect to the Northern Territory (Australia) Treasury Technical Functionality requirements. The certification of the FIRE software system is - read more »

$260 Million Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino Now Open - 08 January 2003
Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino, San Diego's only luxury casino and destination resort property, officially opened its doors on New Year's Day and will welcome San Diegans and visitors alike with a month-long grand opening celebration. The opening marks the completion of a two-year expansion featuring a new casino, - read more »

Anti-Gambling Support - 08 January 2003
The return to Republican control of the Senate could make it more difficult for the gambling industry to beat back a move to ban betting on college sports. The change in Congress means Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the leader of the effort to end legalized betting on NCAA sports at Nevada casinos, will resume chairmanship - read more »

Las Vegas Casino Shares Go Bust - 08 January 2003
Two earnings warnings, coupled with analyst caution and a triple downgrade, had casino shares going bust on Elvis Presley's birthday Wednesday. Two big gambling operators - MGM Mirage (MGG) and Mandalay Resort Group (MBG) - have said that they expect to miss fourth-quarter expectations by a country mile. Shares of MGM - read more »

Australian Government Urged to Start Problem Gambling Agency - 08 January 2003
The State Government will be urged to set up a problem-gambling agency modelled on the Quit anti-smoking campaign as part of its restructured gaming administration. After a series of controversies last year, the Bracks Government announced it would overhaul the machinery governing the multi-billion-dollar industry. Ten - read more »

Gambling: Dividend Plan May Lift Casinos - 08 January 2003
Gaming stocks stand to get a big boost from the Bush administration's proposal to eliminate federal taxes on dividends, industry analysts and insiders said Tuesday. "The proposal potentially could lead a lot of gaming companies to move toward implementing dividend policies," said Joe Greff, gaming analyst for Fulcrum G - read more »

Harrah's ordered to pull old slots - 07 January 2003
Gaming regulators last Thursday forced Harrah's Casino to remove 109 slot machines at Harrah's Atlantic City and Showboat because they did not replace or upgrade them before the end of their 12-year regulatory lifespan.The Division of Gaming Enforcement told Harrah's last year that the slots needed attention. A 2-year- - read more »

Detroit casinos hope to cash in on coinless slots - 07 January 2003
Following successful test runs of cashless slot machines, gamblers will soon find more of them at two of the city's casinos.Greektown Casino and MGM Grand Detroit already have installed hundreds of slot machines in recent months that spew out winnings in the form of paper vouchers. And they have accelerated plans to ro - read more »

Non-casino tribe may still profit from gaming - 07 January 2003
The signing of a gambling compact by the Navajo Nation won't bring casinos to the reservation, but it could bring profits.Navajo Nation President Kelsey Begaye signed a gambling agreement with Gov. Jane Hull on Friday, opening the door for the tribe to lease slot machine rights to other tribes.Casino gambling remains i - read more »

A December 30th InterCasino Jackpot Pushes Online Winnings Past $5 Million - 07 January 2003
The last online casino mega-jackpot winner of 2002 was "amartin" who took home $82,283.25 playing Video Slots at InterCasino (www.InterCasino.com). That win was enough to put amartin in the InterCasino Five Million Dollar Club just 48 hours before the buzzer. The Five Million Dollar Club is made up of major jackpot win - read more »

Cryptologic to Present at Deutsche Bank Conference at American Gaming Summit 2003 - 07 January 2003
CryptoLogic Inc., a leading software supplier to the Internet gaming and e-commerce industries, today announced that Lewis Rose, interim president and CEO, has been invited to present the company's growth strategy and industry trends at the Deutsche Bank Investor Conference at 10:30am on January 10, 2003. CryptoLogic i - read more »

Australia commissions gambling study - 07 January 2003
The Victoria state (Australia) government's gambling research panel is to commission four major studies into gambling. The first study will compare how much Victorian households spend on gambling with households in Western Australia, where there are no poker machines outside Perth's Burswood Casino.Panel chairwoman Lin - read more »

Tribe's business record raises doubts on casino - 06 January 2003
The Wampanoag Indian tribe wants to run the state's first casino and bring in millions of dollars for themselves and the state, but the tribe's only ventures so far -- a delicatessen, a general store, and a shellfish hatchery -- have been business flops. The fiscal mess of the tribe's small businesses on Martha's Viney - read more »

Laws Strip Some Sin From Sin City - 06 January 2003
Between dances, when the strippers go backstage to have a smoke and adjust their lingerie, Andrea Hackett rushes into the dressing room with a stack of fliers and a plan to save the sex industry. Come to a meeting, Hackett, a dancer herself, tells them. Let's talk about how to stop the attack on your business, she says - read more »

Odds favor more gambling - 06 January 2003
With state government drowning in red ink and City Hall finances weak, odds are rising fast that Illinois lawmakers soon will authorize the biggest expansion of legalized gambling in decades.A combination of adding gaming positions at existing riverboat casinos, allowing slot machines at horse racetracks and activating - read more »

Casino, staff to hold talks after 1000 walk out - 05 January 2003
Melbourne's Crown Casino will hold further pay talks with staff on Wednesday, after Friday night's mass walkout forced half of the tables on the main gaming floor to shut. The Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union says up to 1000 casino staff stopped work between 5pm and 9pm on Friday to stage a rowdy pro - read more »

School Board Association endorses expanded gambling to avoid cuts - 05 January 2003
The Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) is asking the General Assembly to consider expanding legalized gambling in response to the state's budget crisis and impending cuts in education funding.The resolution -- passed at the KSBA December 8 board meeting -- is drawing mixed reactions from school board members and - read more »

Australians Gamble $1,000 per head - 04 January 2003
Australians gambled AU$14 billion, or $1,000 per adult last year.There are about 300,000 Australian adults with 'significant' gambling problems and about 130,000 with severe problems, according to a Productivity Commission report. Gambling is blamed for 35 to 60 suicides each year yet Commonwealth and state laws urgent - read more »

Stanley Leisure Given Deadline for Bid - 04 January 2003
Gambling group Stanley Leisure was today given a deadline to decide whether or not to bid for rival operator London Clubs International.The Takeover Panel said Stanley Leisure must either announce it is making an offer or say it is not proceeding by noon on January 22nd.The ruling comes one month after an approach by S - read more »

Tokyo Governer Takes to Casinos - 04 January 2003
For two days the casino crowds hosted by Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara pumped the handles of slot machines and bet feverishly on the roulette wheel. Although better known for his hawkish advocacy of building a stronger, more assertive Japan, Tokyo's often controversial leader has found a new cause celebre: legalized cas - read more »

Lottery winnings can pose dilemma for charities, churches - 04 January 2003
What would you do if someone gave your charitable organization or church money won in a lottery? Spartanburg County agency and church leaders gave mixed reactions to the question that has been put in the limelight this week after a Florida Salvation Army leader returned a $100,000 check donated by a lottery winner. Nap - read more »

Ky. gambling bill winning support - 04 January 2003
As Tuesday's opening of the Kentucky General Assembly draws closer, so does the possibility that a Vegas-style casino may spring up just 1,736 feet across the Ohio River from Paul Brown Stadium. Kentucky's budget has a $500 million hole in it, the pro-gambling billboards are going up in Frankfort, the horse industry is - read more »

Christian Civic League joins in anti-casino battle - 03 January 2003
The Christian Civic League of Maine plans to actively oppose efforts to legalize casino gambling in the state.Executive Director Michael Heath said he expects the issue to occupy much of his time in 2003.Although the organization has always opposed gambling, it has not been publicly active in opposing a proposal by the - read more »

Gambling addiction to be focus of training seminars - 03 January 2003
Since its inception in August 2000, the Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia has helped nearly 1,000 people with gambling addictions.Since video poker machines were legalized in 2001, the number of calls for referrals has increased exponentially, said director Mia Moran-Cooper. Gambling addiction is becoming - read more »

Court gives Indian casino regulators additional power - 03 January 2003
An appeals court panel ruling in a Seminole Nation of Oklahoma case has given authorities more power to regulate gambling on American Indian Land.The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled Tuesday that the chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission can temporarily close all of a tribe's casinos even - read more »

Stanley set to raise bid for LCI - 03 January 2003
Shares in casinos operator London Clubs International surged on Thursday after it emerged that Liverpool-based betting and gaming giant Stanley Leisure is considering raising its offer for the group. As previously forecast in the MEN, Stanley is set to increase the 25p-a-share offer rejected by LCI investors last month - read more »

Trio of 2003 casino openings begins tonight - Cannery kicks off trio of 2003 casino openings - 03 January 2003
After more than a year's pause in the opening of casinos in the Las Vegas area, this winter and spring will bring no less than three new gambling sites to town that are as diverse as they are far afield.At midnight tonight, the $100 million Cannery Casino Hotel will become this year's first new casino when it opens to - read more »

British Web Site Lets Gamblers Have It Their Way - 03 January 2003
A revolution has rocked gambling in Britain. So-called "sports betting exchanges," exemplified by a company called Betfair, have enthralled gamblers, giving them unprecedented opportunities, while generating fear and intense opposition from established bookmaking firms.While Betfair is principally oriented toward Briti - read more »

iGambling Predictions 2003 - 03 January 2003
Let's take a peak inside the crystal ball to see what the Year 2003 may have in store for Internet gambling.Five lucky players will be made instant millionaires when they hit progressive jackpots on Internet slot machines.The United States will finally give up attempts to prohibit Internet gambling, and focus on regula - read more »

Tokyo leader thinks Vegas has cure for city's slump - 03 January 2003
It was a rare taste of Las Vegas in Tokyo, and for two days the casino crowds hosted by Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara pumped the handles of slot machines and bet feverishly on the roulette wheel. Although better known for his hawkish advocacy of building a stronger, more assertive Japan, Tokyo's often controversial lead - read more »

Casino games in suburbs, city - 02 January 2003
Court challenges and political scuffling kept the state's 10th and possibly most lucrative casino license out of commission this year - but that's likely to change in 2003. After months of negotiations, the Illinois Gaming Board in August cut a deal with Chicago-based Emerald Casino Inc. allowing Emerald to sell its st - read more »

Prosecutors: Convicted official in Chicago suburb wagered millions at casinos in recent years - 02 January 2003
Convicted former Cicero Town President Betty Loren-Maltese wagered $18.8 million at casinos over the past three years, federal prosecutors say in arguing against leniency. Loren-Maltese and six associates were convicted in August on charges they looted $12 million from a town insurance fund. A jury ordered Loren-Maltes - read more »

Desperate for revenue, Tokyo leads push to bring casinos to Japan - 02 January 2003
It was a rare taste of Las Vegas in Tokyo, and for two days the casino crowds hosted by Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara pumped the handles of slot machines and bet feverishly on the roulette wheel. Although better known for his hawkish advocacy of building a stronger, more assertive Japan, Tokyo's often controversial lead - read more »

Haryana CM, governor clash over casino bill - 02 January 2003
A constitutional confrontation is brewing in Haryana with Governor Babu Parmanand reluctant to approve a bill to allow of casinos in the state. The state administration forwarded the controversial bill approved by the legislative assembly to the governor on December 3. However, so far there is no indication of Parmanan - read more »

Gambling addiction soars - 01 January 2003
Punters spent $14 billion, or $1,000 for every adult, last year as Australia's gambling addiction worsened. There are about 300,000 Australian adults with "significant" gambling problems and about 130,000 with severe problems, according to a Productivity Commission report. Gambling is blamed for 35 to 60 suicides each - read more »

Engler declines to sign casino compact - 01 January 2003
Gov. John Engler said it "would be best for the state" to let the Match-e-be-nash-she-wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians operate a casino in Allegan County, but declined Monday to sign a compact allowing the tribe to do so.Instead, he encouraged Gov.-elect Jennifer Granholm to sign the compact once she takes office.Granh - read more »

New Jersey OKs merger of Park Place properties - 01 January 2003
The state has formally approved the merger of the Claridge Casino Hotel and Bally's Atlantic City.The Treasury Department certified the deal on Monday, making the Claridge a wing of Bally's.The union of the city's smallest and biggest casinos creates a resort that covers four blocks and employs 7,900 staffers. It has 1 - read more »

Greyhound Park manager supports Sebelius gambling plan - 01 January 2003
Kansas Gov.-elect Kathleen Sebelius' proposal to expand gambling to help solve the state's budget problems has the support of at least one Kansan: Marshall Kueker, general manager of Wichita Greyhound Park. "I believe it's a step in the right direction," Kueker says. "Is it the answer to all the budget problems? No, bu - read more »