June 2003 News Article Archive

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Planet rises over Las Vegas - 30 June 2003
Hollywood is heading to Las Vegas, and Orlando will help. Orlando-based Planet Hollywood International plans to draw heavily upon its extensive movie memorabilia collection to give the former Aladdin Resort and Casino a new look with its conversion to a Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino.The Aladdin was recently purchas - read more »

Police bust two gambling operations in Talladega County - 30 June 2003
Two gambling busts in Talladega County over the weekend netted over 60 gambling machines and more than $7,000 in cash, authorities said.Law enforcement officers busted gambling operations at residences in Lincoln and Munford on Saturday, Talladega Police Chief Alan Watson said.Authorities seized more than 40 gambling m - read more »

Legislators get bingo law squared away - 30 June 2003
Attention bingo players throughout Ohio: The rules behind your game are about to change -- this time for real.A new law designed to remove millions of dollars' worth of fraud from "charity-sponsored" bingo takes effect Tuesday.Maybe you've already noticed differences. Many storefronts that sold pull-tab instant tickets - read more »

In casino, Lyttons see chance for salvation - 29 June 2003
Margie Mejia says her people are a real Indian tribe with traditions that long precede their bid to open a casino. She says you can see it in the way one of their children turned up her nose at a sliced strawberry in a diner the other day.As Mejia, chairwoman of the Lytton band of Pomo Indians, recounts it, the girl sa - read more »

Casino could enrich Katz, group - 29 June 2003
It's an imitation Moorish castle, out of place among the fried-chicken joints and taco stands along the northeast shores of San Francisco Bay, 3,000 miles from any polling place in Philadelphia.But Philadelphia mayoral candidate Sam Katz and his 21 business partners - with a little help from Sens. Arlen Specter and Ric - read more »

Rhode Islanders could vote on casino question - 29 June 2003
It was the first time a casino bill made it out of the House Finance Committee. Before it was approved, however, the referendum process it mandates was changed one more time. There will now be one statewide referendum question asking voters whether they approve of a destination-type resort casino in any of the communit - read more »

Tulalip Casino sued over video footage - 29 June 2003
A former surveillance employee is suing the Tulalip Casino for harassment after she reported that some of her co-workers were filming women customers and viewing the tapes for their personal pleasure. Even when the woman tried to report the tape, it wasn't destroyed but kept in the work area and passed off as a trainin - read more »

MGM Mirage sells 2 casinos for $215M - 27 June 2003
Gambling giant MGM Mirage said Thursday it plans to sell its Golden Nugget Las Vegas and Golden Nugget Laughlin hotel-casinos for $215 million to a Las Vegas-based private investment firm. The agreement with Poster Financial Group, Inc. is subject to conditions including regulatory and governmental approvals, according - read more »

Casino is not really a sure bet - 27 June 2003
Some dads teach their kids how to play softball. Others, how to bait a hook. My dad: How to double down at the blackjack table, pick numbers on the roulette wheel and roll the hard way in craps.When other families hit Myrtle Beach and Orlando for vacation, we flew to the Bahamas, Puerto Rico and any place else with sun - read more »

Analyst: $50 million slot licenses don't add up to much - 27 June 2003
Even with a proposed $50 million license fee, the state stands to collect only "chump change" for the lucrative licenses to run slot machines at Pennsylvania race tracks, according to an independent analyst."This is pennies on the dollar for what these licenses are worth," said Jeffrey C. Hooke, president of a small in - read more »

Sky Bet Partners with WagerWorks to Launch skybetvegas.com - 26 June 2003
WagerWorks announced today the successful implementation and launch of Sky Bet's interactive casino web-site. The site, www.skybetvegas.com, is powered by WagerWare, the Company's proprietary software and is operated from the highly regulated jurisdiction of Alderney by Bonne Terre Limited (trading as Sky Bet), a wholl - read more »

U.S. Defends Ban on Internet Gambling - 26 June 2003
The Caribbean nation of Antigua on Tuesday asked the World Trade Organization to condemn the United States for breaching the rules of global commerce through its ban on Internet gambling.Restrictions that bar U.S. residents from betting at offshore Internet casinos are unfair and harm Antigua's attempts to diversify it - read more »

Reputed gambling boss dies in Oakland restaurant - 26 June 2003
A man once described by police as the head of one of the Bay Area's largest Chinese gambling organizations was shot to death late Tuesday as he dined with friends at a Chinatown restaurant. There were more than two dozen diners and employees at the Legendary Palace restaurant, 708 Franklin St., a block from police head - read more »

Gala and US firm to take a gamble on mega-casinos - 26 June 2003
Bingo group Gala is linking up with United States operator Harrah's to open eight "mega-casinos" across the UK in a move designed to cash in on the deregulation of the country's gaming industry. The joint venture will see Gala and Harrah's invest up to £600million to develop a new segment of the UK's rapidly modernisin - read more »

Voters OK plan for new river casino - 25 June 2003
Worth County residents voted Tuesday in support of riverboat-style gambling as a push to expand Iowa's casino industry continues to pick up momentum.The ballot proposal was approved by a 2,060 to 687 vote, the Worth County auditor's office said. Palo Alto County voters last week overwhelmingly supported a similar refer - read more »

Casino bill seems dead - 25 June 2003
Casino gambling legislation -- one of the marquee bills of this General Assembly session -- could be dead for the year, a victim of the legislature's annual last-minute rush toward adjournment. Senate President William Irons said Tuesday that it is "very unlikely" that with barely a week left before lawmakers go home f - read more »

Senate's bet: 20-hour slots, $50 million fee - 25 June 2003
Pennsylvania's first casinos would be open 20 hours a day, boast full beverage service and cater to those 21 and over. Those are just a few of the parameters of a bill that would place 3,000 slot machines at each of the state's horse racetracks, according to a 74-page document obtained by The Patriot-News. The - read more »

House panel to consider gambling bill - 25 June 2003
The House Finance Committee is scheduled tomorrow to consider a bill asking voters whether they support allowing a casino in the state.The bill would put the question to voters this year, before a project and location are chosen.A gambling control board with members appointed by the governor would issue a license for a - read more »

Gambling banned on Semiahmoo Spit - 25 June 2003
The City Council has banned gambling on Semiahmoo Spit, the home of golf courses, sweeping views of Drayton Harbor and the Semiahmoo Resort.The Upper Skagit tribe, which manages Semiahmoo and the nearby Skagit Casino Resort, says it doesn't care."This is a $30 million complex down here (at the Skagit Casino Resort). Wh - read more »

The Government Shouldn't Bet Against Gambling - 24 June 2003
When casinos are mentioned, I often think of James Bond in a tuxedo trading innuendoes with a beautiful woman over roulette and a martini - shaken, not stirred.A less whimsical thought turns to government's unwarranted control of gambling and increasing reliance on gambling dollars to balance the budgets.I'm sure that - read more »

Casino change attendant stabbed - 24 June 2003
A man stabbed a change person in the back at a downtown casino early Sunday, cut off her change belt and fled with cash, Reno police said.The attack about 2:30 a.m. at the Club Cal Neva came as the change person inspected a slot machine after the man asked for help, Sgt. Dave Evans said in a statement.The employee was - read more »

Steve Wynn Dumps Le Reve Name for Casino - 24 June 2003
Steve Wynn thought he'd found the perfect name for a posh new casino he christened "Le Reve."But the casino developer decided his was the golden name and said Monday he is dropping Le Reve, which means "the dream", in favor of Wynn Las Vegas.Wynn's $2.4 billion casino is scheduled to open in March 2005. It will have 2, - read more »

Fitzgerald's, Horseshoe improve rankings in Top 100 - 23 June 2003
A character on "The Sopranos" described casino gambling as one of a handful of "recession-proof" businesses. That's definitely the case in Tunica. Both of the privately held casinos in the Mississippi gambling town saw increases in their 2002 revenue and also moved up on Memphis Business Journal's list of Top 100 Priva - read more »

Bingo! Senior centers find big money maker - 23 June 2003
Bunnie Grafenstine, one of more than 40 people gathered at the Bristol Township Senior Center, sat with friends, shaking the cluster of plastic chips in her hand while waiting for her magic number to be called.It was Tuesday night, and lately here, that means bingo.Bingo master Al Ritter's deep voice boomed from the lo - read more »

Venture Picked to Buy Las Vegas' Aladdin - 23 June 2003
A federal judge selected a joint venture involving Planet Hollywood's co-founder and the Starwood hotel chain to buy the bankrupt Aladdin hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip.U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert C. Jones chose OpBiz, a partnership that includes Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Bay Harbour Management and Planet Hollyw - read more »

Mississippi casino work permit fees double on July 1 - 22 June 2003
The cost of casino work permits will increase to $150 on July 1, double the amount now required of employees for a three-year license.Some employees-in-training think the fee is too high. Others don't think so.Gulf Coast Gaming Association members worry that the $150 license fee could hurt the casino employee who makes - read more »

Indiana looks for help in creating 'self-ban' program for addicted gamblers - 22 June 2003
Indiana casino regulators are looking to Illinois, Missouri and New Jersey for guidance in devising a program to help people with gambling problems. The program - authorized this year by the General Assembly - would make it easier for gamblers to ban themselves from the state's 10 casinos. The options could include a l - read more »

Support fading for slot machines - 22 June 2003
The chances are getting slimmer that lawmakers will ask voters in November to put thousands of slot machines at Ohio's racetracks. Supporters of the idea say it would raise up to $500 million a year for prescription drug price relief, school construction and college scholarships. Though they will try to advance the pro - read more »

N.J. casinos are hedging their bets in Harrisburg. - 20 June 2003
Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein remembers the stretch limousines lined up in front of his South Philadelphia office.It was 1993, and it seemed as if riverboat gambling in Pennsylvania was no longer just a pipe dream.So they all came - Donald Trump from New York City, Bally's chief executive Arthur Goldberg, and S - read more »

Borgata sets date for casino opening - 20 June 2003
The $1.1 billion Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa - the one that invites you to "ditch your inhibitions" and "give boredom the slip" - will open to the public on July 3, in time for the big holiday weekend.The Borgata will be the first new casino in Atlantic City in 13 years. The upscale resort boasts of its good taste, soph - read more »

Casinos' tax fight adds a twist - 20 June 2003
Several months before the casino industry began sparring with Democratic legislators from South Jersey over proposed casino taxes, the brother of Democratic power broker George E. Norcross III offered to represent the industry on legislative issues for an annual fee of $300,000.But a deal between the Casino Association - read more »

Tribes option land for casino - 19 June 2003
The Passamaquoddy and Penobscot Indian tribes have obtained an option on nearly 300 acres as a possible site for a $650 million casino-resort the tribes want to build.The land is located off of Route 99. Casino supporters said the site will be evaluated by an engineering firm while they continue to look at other sites - read more »

Casino Owners Furious with McGreevey - 19 June 2003
Governor McGreevey is losing the popularity contest with Atlantic City casino owners. They're furious with his proposal to tax their profits to help close the state's budget gap. The McGreevey administration is betting that a new tax on casino profits will raise $90 million to help plug a $5 billion budget hole. The ca - read more »

Harrah’s officers, employees agree they’ll register as lobbyists after all - 19 June 2003
Their arguments about not being lobbyists having fallen on deaf ears in the Secretary of State's office, officers and employees of Harrah's Entertainment Inc. have agreed to register as lobbyists. That means they will have to provide the state with periodic updates on how much they are being paid and how much they are - read more »

Developers propose casino in Delaware - 19 June 2003
A group of Delaware investors on Tuesday unveiled a plan for a riverfront casino they say could provide a big financial boost for Wilmington, the state and higher education.Delaware Program LLC, an investment group led by Gregory Kramedas of Dover and Davis Wood of Milford, wants to build a 2,000-machine casino and a 2 - read more »

Illinois Gaming Board administrator resigns - 19 June 2003
Philip C. Parenti's decision to resign as head of the Illinois Gaming Board and accept a job with gambling company Harrah's Entertainment Inc. follows a trend where casino companies hire former regulators, said the director of a gambling opposition group."It's a pattern in the industry, you recruit regulators and you g - read more »

Casino rulings may cost Indiana millions in taxes - 18 June 2003
Two Indiana Tax Court decisions could cost the state several million dollars in revenue that riverboat casinos have already paid or the Department of Revenue has demanded. Judge Thomas Fisher has ruled that casino companies don't owe the state a sales or use tax on the purchase or lease price of their riverboats becaus - read more »

Tribes pinpoint casino site - 18 June 2003
The two tribes that want to build a casino in southern Maine said Tuesday they have an option to buy 300 acres across from the town airport, pinpointing for the first time a location for the $650 million project that they hope to begin next year.Officials representing the Passamaquoddy and Penobscot Nation tribes have - read more »

Nation opposes casino location - 17 June 2003
State Assemblyman Joe Nation (D-San Rafael) has joined the growing list of elected officials opposed to a casino at Sears Point."This is a land-use issue," Nation said. "It's a question of whether any development is appropriate in that area - hotel, industrial, casino or anything else." The tribal council of the Federa - read more »

Tribe pushes casino plans for Barstow - 17 June 2003
The Chemehuevi Indian Tribe near Lake Havasu announced Monday that it will move forward with its plan to build a casino in Barstow even though a San Diego County tribe is planning the same thing."We feel if the governor is going to give his concurrence to allow a tribe to do a gaming complex in Barstow, we meet the cri - read more »

First phase of Hard Rock Casino to open Tuesday - 17 June 2003
On Tuesday afternoon, a ribbon will be cut in front of the Seminole Tribe's Hard Rock Casino, and minutes later, gambler's will file in to wager money in electronic slot machines, bingo, and low-stakes poker.“We're 100-percent ready. We could have opened today if we chose,” said Jim Allen, the CEO if the Seminole Tribe - read more »

Gender change atop A.C. casinos - 17 June 2003
Park Place Entertainment promoted Donna Graham to be president of the Atlantic City Hilton, putting women in charge of daily operations at five of the city's 11 casinos."They're taking over the town," joked Mark Brown, chief operating officer for Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts.Brown is qualified to joke because earlier - read more »

Rain boosts casinos in May - 17 June 2003
If you're a casino executive, every month should be like May, especially if it's cold and rainy and a worrisome war has just ended. Such a May generated the second-best month for slot-machine revenues at both Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun, the casinos reported Monday. Foxwoods made $74.6 million; Mohegan Sun, - read more »

New West keeps one casino - 16 June 2003
New Westminster is losing one of its two casinos but it may not miss a step when it comes to revenue from gaming.Coun. Casey Cook said yesterday he was initially opposed to allowing casinos into New Westminster, so he's happy Gateway's casino will be relocated from the Royal Towers Hotel to Langley.The city's other cas - read more »

Major hotel companies compete for bankrupt Las Vegas casino - 16 June 2003
Two of the nation's biggest hotel companies are vying to get their names on this city's famed five-mile Strip.Marriott International and Starwood Hotels & Resorts have aligned themselves with joint ventures hoping to persuade creditors and a federal bankruptcy judge that their bids contain all the right numbers to turn - read more »

East St. Louis making a play for casino license - 16 June 2003
Mayor Daley's idea to bring a government-owned casino to Chicago has gotten a Downstate mayor's creative juices flowing.And unlike Daley--who wants a new, 11th casino with thousands of slot machines to be owned by Chicago--East St. Louis Mayor Carl E. Officer has a plan he thinks can get the state's disputed 10th casin - read more »

Referendum on casinos? Bahamas gaming czar says people should decide - 16 June 2003
The decision whether Jamaica should introduce casino gambling should be put to its citizens in a referendum, and the Church and State must be prepared to accept the will of the people.That suggestion was made on the weekend by Kenyatta Gibson, chairman of the Gaming Board of the Bahamas, who told Jamaican hoteliers in - read more »

Computers used for gambling seized - 16 June 2003
Police seized about 500 computers worth about RM1mil used for gambling in a raid on a store at Pinggiran Subang 2 in Petaling Jaya on Saturday night. Petaling Jaya CID Chief Deputy Supt Ahmad Razil Yaakub said several gambling microchip units were also confiscated from the store in the three-hour raid, which began at 1 - read more »

Castro takes over Spanish Embassy cultural center - 15 June 2003
Fidel Castro's communist government took the first major step in its anti-Europe campaign Saturday, taking control of the Spanish Embassy's cultural center -- a showcase of Iberian tradition that Havana says was used to nurture the opposition.The Foreign Ministry announcement came two days after Castro led hundreds of - read more »

Housewives hooked on internet betting run up debts between chores - 15 June 2003
Housewives in growing numbers are becoming hooked on internet gambling sites, spending hours every day running up thousands of pounds in debt, according to the country's largest gambling support groups.Gamblers Anonymous, an international fellowship for compulsive gamblers, and GamCare, a UK charity which promotes resp - read more »

Crown Casino guards strike - 15 June 2003
ABOUT 150 security guards walked off the job at Crown Casino last night over failed pay negotiations.Members of The Liquor Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union (LHMU) will walk out again tonight for nine hours from 10pm in a bid to force Chubb Security to sit down and negotiate a better pay deal.LHMU spokesman T - read more »

McGreevey rolls dice with new casino-tax idea - 15 June 2003
They think he's being unfair. He thinks they're being selfish. That was before the battle between Gov. McGreevey and Atlantic City's casinos spilled over onto the airwaves, and both sides started duking it out over the governor's proposed tax on casinos - part of his plan to solve New Jersey's budget woes.And the alrea - read more »

Casino owner charged with illegal gambling - 14 June 2003
A Billings casino owner who plans to develop a multimillion-dollar entertainment complex near Rimrock Mall said Friday he will fight an allegation that he broke state law by giving gambling credit to high rollers. In a complaint filed in Yellowstone County District Court, state prosecutors say Philip Keith allowed a ca - read more »

New York court rules casino compacts invalid - 14 June 2003
A ruling on Thursday by the New York State Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, deemed the compact allowing an existing Indian casino to operate in northern New York State is invalid, but does not appear to affect the installation of video lottery terminals at the state's racetracks, including Aqueduct and Fing - read more »

McGreevey strikes back, launches casino attack ad - 12 June 2003
Gov. James E. McGreevey is striking back at the casino industry with a radio ad that paints himself as a working-man's champion fighting "millionaire casino CEOs" who refuse to pay their fair share in taxes."When the casinos pick a fight with New Jersey's working families, they've chosen the wrong target," McGreevey sa - read more »

Casino commission licenses Borgata - 12 June 2003
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa won a casino license Wednesday after vowing to shake up the local gaming industry with a "fun, upscale, energetic, international and sensual" resort."It is a different generation of casino we're opening here in Atlantic City. It creates an energy that helps not only Borgata but also expands t - read more »

Groups file suit to shut down video gambling - 12 June 2003
Two anti-gambling groups filed a lawsuit Wednesday that seeks to shut down state-run video slot machines across the state.The petition, filed in Kanawha Circuit Court by the Coalitions against Gambling Expansion in Cabell and Greenbrier counties, asked that video gambling machines be “permanently barred.” Circuit Judge - read more »

Dutch online gaming firm complains international rivals not licensed in Netherlands - 12 June 2003
Dutch online gaming firm De Lotto has summoned to court the owners of 40 international competitors, alleging that the companies are not licensed to deliver online gambling in the Netherlands, and is demanding that as long as they continue to do so, they be fined E10,000 a day, according to a report in the Financial Tim - read more »

Democrats using radio ads to sell casino-tax plan - 12 June 2003
Democrats began airing radio ads yesterday to support Gov. McGreevey's plan to increase taxes on casinos.In the ads, airing in South Jersey and Philadelphia, McGreevey says the casino industry is not paying its share."I've refused to raise the sales or income taxes on our hardworking families for the second year in a r - read more »

Explosive growth predicted for Irish online casino - 12 June 2003
SupremeOdds.com, a new Irish casino, is to be launched within the next week. Leisure Spread, the company starting the casino, already offers spread betting on sport and stocks, as well as fixed-odds sports betting, but growth in the online sector has been described by MD Conor Foley as ‘explosive'.It has closed a E3.2m - read more »

Hawaii, Utah alone in gambling ban - 12 June 2003
And then there were two. Hawai'i and Utah are now the only states without any form of legalized gambling, after Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen today signed that state's lottery fund into reality. Earlier this year, Sens. Cal Kawamoto, Willie Espero and Robert Bunda introduced Senate Bill 83, which proposed a public refer - read more »

Fears mount over casino exodus from Isle of Man - 12 June 2003
The Isle of Man - one of the two centres for online casinos in the British Isles - has admitted its fledgling offshore casino industry could be facing meltdown. The news follows MGM Mirage's recent announcement that it will be shutting its Internet operations at the end of the month. Isle of Man authorities are now war - read more »

President Casino's May revenue up 36% - 11 June 2003
President Casino on Laclede's Landing saw a 39 percent increase in the number of patrons boarded in May and a 36 percent increase in revenue, the Missouri Gaming Commission reported Tuesday. The casino, whose parent company filed for bankruptcy last June and is now seeking bids for its St. Louis casino, reported revenu - read more »

Casino gives Geyserville schools $300,000 - 11 June 2003
The Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians, flush with revenue from Sonoma County's only tribal casino, has agreed to give $300,000 to the cash-strapped Geyserville Unified School District.It is the first cash gift to a local public agency from the Dry Creek Pomos, who opened their River Rock Casino amid controversy - read more »

Some Internet Credit Card Gambling Banned - 11 June 2003
The House has voted to prohibit gamblers from using credit cards to bet at illegal offshore Internet casinos.Some lawmakers worry that an exemption in the legislation aimed at protecting legal U.S.-based gambling could expand operations like horse racing, lotteries, dog racing to the World Wide Web.The vote banning Ame - read more »

Gambling seen as solution for state’s financial problems - 11 June 2003
Adding table games to the state's four racetracks would create 1,800 new jobs and possibly help solve the state's Workers' Compensation crisis, Ted Arneault, president and CEO of Mountaineer Racetrack and Gaming Resort, said Tuesday.Arneault cited a new poll just released by Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group which showed - read more »

Casino tax ruling brings little joy to Bluffs - 10 June 2003
A U.S. Supreme Court decision hailed as good for Iowa won't be greeted by as many cheers in the Council Bluffs area.The U.S. Supreme Court Monday unanimously upheld Iowa's system of taxing racetrack casinos at a higher rate than riverboat casinos. That reversed a 4-3 Iowa Supreme Court decision last summer that left ra - read more »

Tribe explains casino plans - 10 June 2003
Overflowing into the hallways and out onto the patio, about 400 residents gathered Friday in Burlingame Hall on West Spain Street to hear and question the casino plans of the Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria.Friday's meeting was the last of three sessions held throughout the county by the tribe to solicit prel - read more »

Thousands flock to casino opening near Sacramento - 10 June 2003
The largest casino in Northern California, complete with a splashy Las Vegas-style interior, opened for business Monday morning, providing a glimpse of what may be in store for Sonoma County.Thousands of eager gamblers surged into the sprawling Thunder Valley Casino, about 25 miles northeast of Sacramento, a gaming fac - read more »

Against the odds: Congress tackling online gambling - 10 June 2003
Forget porn; the hottest action online these days is gambling, with an estimated 1,800 Web casinos and gaming sites offering the promise of easy money -- and all the action of Las Vegas or Churchill Downs -- right from a personal computer.With Congress about to vote on a federal law that would halt the practice, more s - read more »

Tribes draw bigger share of nation's gamblers - 09 June 2003
More than 150 miles from the Gulf Coast beaches, the Mississippi Band of Choctaws has opened a white-sand beach resort next to its casino in Mississippi's piney woods. The Choctaws' Pearl River Resort already offers gamblers a water park, golf course and convention center. Plans include a 10,000-seat amphitheater, Hard - read more »

Casinos want to stay open 24/7 - 09 June 2003
Several Indiana casinos have formally asked state regulators for permission to remain open 24 hours, though some say such a change would benefit them only on weekends and holidays.A provision in the state budget bill signed into law by the governor last month allows Indiana casinos to stay open around the clock. Lawmak - read more »

Casinos bring change to California backroads - 09 June 2003
From the tranquil hills overlooking the Alexander Valley vineyards to a bustling east San Francisco Bay neighborhood, the growth of gambling in California adds a new element to the character of many communities.Locals often fiercely contest new or expanded casinos, but few struggles to oppose them are successful and, o - read more »

Hostile crowd takes on tribe's casino proposal - 08 June 2003
Facing an angry audience, leaders of an American Indian tribe wrapped up their public meeting tour last night in Sonoma, where an estimated 350 people gathered to hear about the tribe's plans for a casino near Sears Point."Historically, Native Americans have been screwed royally. They have every reason to pursue econom - read more »

Win by casinos declines in April - 08 June 2003
The war with Iraq took a toll on Nevada casinos in April, cutting their total win to $744.6 million compared with $799.6 million in April 2002, a Friday report by the Gaming Control Board shows. The month's total was a 6.9 percent decrease compared with a year ago and a 4.1 percent slip from more "normal" 2001 levels, - read more »

Casino warns over gambling website - 08 June 2003
Durban's Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World has warned the public about a website registered as "suncoastlotto". The casino's information technology manager, Morgan Nyembezi, said a person who had visited the website had been told he had won more than R15-million. "It was brought to my attention by my surveillance - read more »

States enjoy their cut of $750B a year in gambling - 08 June 2003
At bars and restaurants with Quick Draw machines, it used to be possible to play the numbers only 12 times over the course of an hour-long lunch.Now, lottery fans can get in 15 games, thanks to a change in February that led to the drawing coming around once every four minutes, instead of five. The move is expected to b - read more »

Gambling slip will cost Neuheisel - 08 June 2003
Sports fans so routinely wager on the games they love that they oftentimes can't completely comprehend why gambling by the games' participants is viewed as the sin of all sins.That's why so many baseball fans want Pete Rose reinstated. And that's why when/if the University of Washington cuts its ties with football coac - read more »

Casinos present scholarships - 07 June 2003
Representatives from Ameristar Casino, Bluffs Run Casino and Harrah's Council Bluffs Casino & Hotel presented 27 area teens with scholarships for their participation in the 2003 Project 21 Scholarship Program May 22 at Harrah's.Scholarship recipients include: Brianne Hart, Alissa Kilpatrick, Matt Gonterman, Kristen Mic - read more »

Gambling Revenue Fell 6.9% in April - 07 June 2003
Gambling revenue in Nevada fell 6.9 percent in April from a year earlier, the state's Gaming Control Board said yesterday.It was the first monthly decline since July.Casino winnings dropped to $744.6 million from $799.6 million. Along the Las Vegas Strip, which is home to Nevada's largest casinos, gambling revenue was - read more »

Internet Gambling Bill Delayed - 07 June 2003
A bill designed to restrict Internet gambling is having a rocky time in the House as various groups try to change it or derail it entirely.A bill that restricts Internet gambling is expected to get a vote in Congress next week. The measure with the best chance of passing the House is not perfect, but its sponsor, Rep. - read more »

Ho-Chunk wants to expand in Chicago suburb - 07 June 2003
The Ho-Chunk Nation is looking to expand its gambling and entertainment operations into Illinois. Tribal officials announced plans this week to build a $120 million casino and family entertainment complex in the northwest Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates. Their plan has the blessing of Hoffman Estates' mayor, but n - read more »

Tulalip Casino a hit - 06 June 2003
From khaki shorts to backless gowns, denims to diamonds, it was all there in a parade of lights, color and cacophony from thousands of people who crowded into the new Tulalip Casino for the grand opening Thursday night. And then the games began. After a dignified opening ceremony and welcome by tribal Chairman Herman W - read more »

Casino plans criticised - 06 June 2003
A church leader fears families may be driven from a holiday resort if plans to transform a strip of shops into a gamblers' paradise get the green light.Applications to turn three decades old Clacton amusement arcades into slot-machine casinos are set to be approved by Tendring District Council on Tuesday.But this has l - read more »

Ho-Chunk Nation proposes large casino complex - 06 June 2003
The Ho-Chunk Indian tribe wants to develop a casino-hotel complex in this Chicago suburb.Ho-Chunk officials said that if approved, the complex would employ 3,800 people and pump $1 billion into the local economy.It would also be the first Indian casino in Illinois, where large riverboat casinos already operate in nine - read more »

Congress fights big odds to stop online gambling - 06 June 2003
Forget porn. The hottest action online these days is gambling, with an estimated 1,800 Web casinos and gaming sites offering the promise of easy money - and all the action of Las Vegas or Churchill Downs - right from a personal computer.With Congress about to vote on a federal law that would halt the practice, more sit - read more »

Tribe tries to calm casino critics - 06 June 2003
The leader of the tribe proposing a casino near Sears Point promised last night to preserve more than 1,500 acres of open space and for the first time offered a detailed look at the planned gaming development.In the first of three public meetings organized by the Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria, Tribal Chair - read more »

Congdon To Discuss Impact Of Casinos On Communities - 06 June 2003
First Selectman Robert Congdon will travel to California next week to speak at two forums on the effects of a casino on host communities.Congdon, who also is a state representative, will speak to town officials and residents Monday and Tuesday night at a forum hosted by the Coachella Valley Coalition for Responsible So - read more »

Gambling most prevalent among the poor, MPs call for controls - 05 June 2003
MPs have appealed for tighter gambling controls and for limited pay-out machines to be scrapped following the release of research on the impact of the industry on South Africans.Presented yesterday, the research found a disproportionally high incidence of gambling among the unemployed and in poor households.It found th - read more »

Officials Say Casino Fire in Las Vegas Was Deliberate - 05 June 2003
A fire that destroyed the first integrated casino in Las Vegas was deliberately set, federal and local investigators said Wednesday.The historic Moulin Rouge casino, once host to such entertainers as Sammy Davis Jr. and Nat "King" Cole, was consumed May 29 by the blaze. Three people were injured and dozens living in ap - read more »

Thunder Valley Casino To Open June 9 - 05 June 2003
After working for nine months straight, seven days a week and almost 24 hours a day, the builders of Thunder Valley Casino are only days away from opening the doors to the newest Indian gaming casino in the Sacramento area.With Cache Creek, Jackson Rancheria, Colusa and Feather Falls Indian Casinos already in operation - read more »

Lobbying War Breaks Out Over Internet Gambling Bill - 05 June 2003
A House bill aimed at curtailing Internet gambling has ignited a lobbying war among groups as disparate as convenience store operators, Indian tribes and horse track owners.The measure, which could reach the House floor next week, is Congress's latest effort to crack down on Web-based gambling, which rakes in $6 billio - read more »

Homeowners fret over plans for Indian casino - 05 June 2003
Retirees Jean and Jack Reese were getting ready to sell their home, a 19th century farmhouse on two secluded acres north of Easton, when they got the startling news: Two Indian tribes were laying claim to their land.The tribes want to bring gambling to Pennsylvania and say the land -- having been deeded to a tribal chi - read more »

Funding for problem gambling treatment fails - 05 June 2003
For the second consecutive session, the Nevada Legislature has ended without the passage of a bill that would earmark state money for the treatment of addicted gamblers.The bill would have allocated $250,000 to the state Department of Human Resources to grant to organizations that treat problem gamblers. Nevada has bee - read more »

MGM Mirage scraps online casino operations - 05 June 2003
After investing millions of dollars to build the first Internet gambling site operated by a major U.S. casino company, MGM Mirage Inc. plans to discontinue the site at the end of the month."Unfortunately, even in light of a successful working model, the legal and political climate in the U.S. and several countries arou - read more »

£1 POKER PLAYER WINS £290,000 - 03 June 2003
A jobless gambler is celebrating after scooping more than £290,000 by staking just £1 on a hand of poker.The Grosvenor Casino chain said Evadne Gayle landed a massive £290,684.52 jackpot after being dealt a royal flush on its national Super Stud Poker game.Ms Gayle, 50, from Birmingham, who was recently made redundant - read more »

Indian tribe wants to build resort casino in Barstow - 03 June 2003
The Los Coyotes Indian tribe announced plans to build a casino and a 180-room hotel off Interstate 15, giving motorists headed to and from Las Vegas another opportunity to gamble. The tribe will partner with the Detroit firm, BarWest Gaming LLC, in building the $150 million resort casino in Barstow, a pit stop for trav - read more »

Gambling interests report amounts they spent lobbying - 03 June 2003
Foxx Industries, the West Palm Beach, Fla., company that failed to persuade lawmakers to legalize wide-open gambling in 10 Butte casinos, spent more than $50,000 in lobbying the 2003 Legislature, recent reports disclosed. Final reports filed with the state political practices commissioner last week showed Foxx Industri - read more »

Lawmakers to tackle Web gambling - 03 June 2003
The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to debate Internet gambling restrictions on Tuesday. Under House rules, the voting procedure for the Unlawful Internet Gambling Funding Prohibition Act (H.R.2143) requires a two-thirds majority and does not permit any amendments to be offered.The measure, approved on May 2 - read more »

UK Gambling Law Shelved? - 03 June 2003
A shake-up of gaming legislation that would've let casinos open terrestrially 24 hours a day and offer million-pound slot machine payouts, and could have raised £1.5bn a year in tax, is now set to be postponed until after the next General Election, and may never be introduced at all. The legislation also made room for - read more »

Card clubs facing tough times as tribal gambling grows - 02 June 2003
With its marble floors and faux-Chinese decor, the Bicycle Club is more Las Vegas than Wild West, but it offers the same thing California's card rooms have provided since Gold Rush days - a place to bet on games of luck and skill. The Bicycle is crowded around the clock with gamblers playing Hold 'Em and Seven Card Stu - read more »

Revenues, attendance fall at Casino Niagara - 02 June 2003
Casino Niagara, for the first time since it opened its doors seven years ago, is seeing a drop off in attendance, but its operators aren't panicking. In fact, given the international economy and slowdown in the tourism market, coupled with the opening of Seneca Niagara Casino just across the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara F - read more »

Marriott hotel chain bidding on Aladdin casino in Las Vegas - 02 June 2003
A Los Angeles-based investment group is teaming up with Marriott International Inc. to bid on the bankrupt Aladdin hotel-casino.Marriott intends to invest $25 million in the property's hotel, said Richard Alter, managing director of Financial Capital Investment Co.Alter said Marriott would run the hotel, but have nothi - read more »