March 2003 News Article Archive

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Casino may not be in cards for town - 31 March 2003
This could be their last chance. Residents of this struggling southern Indiana town have been fighting for 10 years to get the casino license they say they were promised in state law, and now some of the activists known for their tenacity and trademark orange T-shirts are out of money and almost out of heart."If it's n - read more »

Hamilton gambling idea has fans - 31 March 2003
Getting opinions about whether Hamilton should try to bring riverboat gambling to town is as easy as pulling the arm of a slot machine. City Councilman Richard Holzberger hit a nerve when he recently proposed exploring the legality of attracting a riverboat casino to the Great Miami River in the city's slumping downtow - read more »

Commission to consider tabling Fox Farm casino issue - 31 March 2003
If Great Falls city commissioners take the advice of their attorney, they will postpone rezoning a Fox Farm property to allow a bar and casino and include it in plans to revamp zoning throughout the city. A recommendation to table action that would rezone the new Town Pump property is on the agenda for the city commiss - read more »

Casino bill passes in anti-gambling House - 31 March 2003
Even as slot machine supporters and detractors are digging in for a final and likely nasty showdown, a gambling bill passed in the House of Delegates virtually unnoticed. The Prince George's County delegation pushed through the House a bill allowing charitable "casino nights." This is more of a political hot potato tha - read more »

Memories of casino raid remain vivid - 30 March 2003
With police cars in hot pursuit, an anxious Bernie Shepherd steered his vehicle into a ditch and around a roadblock."They chased me all the way up to the clubhouse. They had tried to cut me off pretty much at every point -- but they never," he said.By the time Shepherd reached the Bear Claw Casino on that day a decade - read more »

Financing set for China project - 29 March 2003
A subsidiary of the companies that own the Venetian hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip has negotiated a loan agreement with an undisclosed lender to build a casino in the Chinese city of Macau.Venetian Venture Development Intermediate Ltd., under the laws of the Cayman Islands, has entered a $50 million loan facility, - read more »

Three casino bills before lawmakers - 29 March 2003
State lawmakers now have three casino proposals to consider, including one that would have harness racing. On Wednesday, a House committee heard a bill to per-mit the White Earth and Red Lake bands of Chippewa to construct a $300 million casino in a northern Twin Cities suburb in exchange for 40 percent of the gambling - read more »

Video slot and poker machines seized at VFW - 29 March 2003
Pennsylvania State Police seized five electronic gaming machines and $1,043 from Willow Grove VFW Post 3612 on Moreland Road March 17, following a routine investigation. State police officers of the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement conducted the investigation at 11:10 a.m. and seized the cash, two electronic video - read more »

Internet gambling firm to take charge - 29 March 2003
Sportingbet Plc, the U.K. Internet sports-betting company, today said it expects to take a 1.3 million pound ($2 million) charge this year after losing a court case in Australia relating to a customer account.Sportingbet said it will appeal the decision. The company inherited the customer through its purchase of Number - read more »

Why More Seniors Are Gambling Online - 29 March 2003
James Bell, 67, a retired electrician from Seattle, Washington, admits that he probably spends at least an hour a day gambling online. "When there's little or nothing to watch on television," James says, "I'll usually turn on the computer, send a few e-mails, then play a few. Poker's my game."James confesses that he's - read more »

Casino expansion ahead of schedule - 28 March 2003
The San Pasqual Indian band is months ahead of schedule in launching a $30 million casino expansion.After saying in January that construction would begin this summer, the Valley Center-area tribe last week began erecting a prefabricated structure for a 350-seat bingo hall.It is expected to open in April and will offer - read more »

Binion's Horseshoe Casino In Downtown Robbed - 28 March 2003
47 seconds. That's how long the man who robbed Binion's Horseshoe spent inside the casino cage yesterday. It happened fast, but it doesn't happen often. News 3's Denise Rosch reports security officers still say armed robbery is fairly rare inside one of our casinos.Certainly there have been a few high profile exception - read more »

Gambling sites taking bets on Saddam's regime - 28 March 2003
Think Saddam Hussein's days are numbered? Care to put a little money on it?If so, turn your Web browser to one of the many Internet gambling sites taking bets on how long America's most wanted despot will hold onto the presidency of Iraq.Big money is riding on the question - about $1.25 million in wagers just on one si - read more »

Sportingbet loses £1m on 'crooked' punter - 28 March 2003
Online bookmaker Sportingbet has been found liable for £1m after an Australian business executive allegedly went on a gambling spree with cash stolen from his employer. Company secretary Dennis Craig Telford is accused of embezzling up to Aus $21million dollars (£8m) from K&S transport to feed his gambling habit. Mr Te - read more »

House set to take up debate on gambling - 28 March 2003
In a move that may short-circuit talk of the expansion of gambling in Massachusetts, the House is slated to spend an entire day next month debating the possibility of allowing slot machines and full-scale casinos in the state. The scheduling of that debate on April 15 -- before the House takes up next year's budget -- - read more »

Gollott would put casino on Caillavet - 27 March 2003
State Sen. Tommy Gollott, whose family already owns a beachfront casino site, is proposing a gambling venture for Caillavet Street.He, two of his brothers and other property owners on the west side of Caillavet Street are asking the city to rezone 8 acres for a casino development. The gambling barge would dock on the K - read more »

Casino boat gets no interest - 27 March 2003
City officials say that they are not interested in having a floating casino on the Iowa River. City Administrator Kelly Hayworth said Tuesday that riverboat casino operators interested in launching a floating casino in Coralville approached the city a couple of months ago.Hayworth said the city's top priority is to bui - read more »

City council votes to close loophole for sexual-oriented businesses - 27 March 2003
The Odessa City Council calls it a loophole that has allowed owners of sexual-orientated businesses to break the law and not have to pay the penalty. But now the council is working on fixing that loophole.This, they say, is the problem ... if the law is broken on the premises of a sexual-oriented business, all the owne - read more »

Compulsive gambling hyperbole - 27 March 2003
The battle in Annapolis over whether to approve a proposal that would increase legalized gambling in the form of slots has become a maelstrom, fueled by a variety of issues, but none so basic as the question of whether gambling via slot machines can lead to a psychiatric disease called pathological or compulsive gambli - read more »

Las Vegas firm's alliance with Indian casino signals new era - 26 March 2003
Over the past two years, executives at some of the largest casinos on the Las Vegas Strip had beaten a path to the door of Troy Simpson, executive director of casino marketing at Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino near San Diego.Strip properties -- defeated in their efforts to fend off the legalization of Las Vegas-st - read more »

Federal judge blocks casino in New Buffalo - 26 March 2003
A federal judge has halted development of an Indian casino in New Buffalo, ordering the Bureau of Indian Affairs to prove it evaluated the social and economic effects of the development planned by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi. Casino opponents near Battle Creek are hoping the decision will set a precedent for their l - read more »

Fire leaves casino boat in port temporarily - 26 March 2003
The SunCruz casino boat expects to cruise again Wednesday after an early-morning fire Monday caused it to be idle for two days. An electrical fire on the SunCruz VII about 3:50 a.m. Monday rendered it inoperable, but officials expected to have repairs completed Tuesday night and get a Coast Guard inspection Wednesday m - read more »

Expectations High for Dion's Vegas Show - 26 March 2003
Celine Dion leaves no doubt that she's ready to embrace Las Vegas five nights a week, 40 weeks a year until 2006 with her much-hyped new show, "A New Day." She dances. She swoons. She flies. The newly muscled diva with a tomboyish haircut belts out 23 songs over more than 100 minutes in a Caesars Palace theater designe - read more »

Talks begin on state's Indian gambling - 26 March 2003
Formal talks began Monday on renegotiating California's Indian gambling compacts, as Gov. Gray Davis pushes for a share of tribes' profits to help with the state's budget shortfall. Davis is seeking $1.5 billion from the tribes, though even the ones that have said they are willing to contribute contend that figure is u - read more »

Busch delays slots bill hearing - 26 March 2003
House Speaker Michael E. Busch put on hold yesterday action on the Senate's slot machines bill, overruling the plans of a committee chairwoman to have hearings on the legislation this week. Busch's move occurred as the lawyer for Timonium Racetrack accused the Ehrlich administration of reneging on its agreement to give - read more »

Antigua May Fight U.S. Online Gambling Ban Plan - 26 March 2003
As legislation moves forward in Congress to ban Internet gambling, one Caribbean island is concerned the proposed new law will destroy licensed online casinos operating on its shores, and deprive it from much-needed revenues. Bloomberg reported Tuesday from Geneva that the nation of Antigua and Barbuda is threatening t - read more »

Harrah's CEO bets '50-50' on casinos - 26 March 2003
The chief executive of Harrah's Entertainment Inc., which operates 26 gambling facilities, said yesterday he thought there was a "50-50" chance casinos would be allowed in Massachusetts in the near future. But Gary Loveman, the ex-Harvard University associate professor of business administration who now runs Harrah's, - read more »

Gambling foes oppose opening up Butte gaming - 26 March 2003
Three anti-gambling groups have weighed in against House Bill 757, which would create a special entertainment zone in Butte and legalize wide-open gambling at 10 casinos with no betting limits or time restrictions. HB757 is set for hearing Thursday before the House Taxation Committee. The legislation is key to a propos - read more »

Addiction a Click Away - 26 March 2003
June's addiction began soon after her husband died of lung cancer on Christmas Eve in 1997. June was a new widow, disabled, homebound. Her four children were on their own and had moved away. She turned to her computer and the Internet to find solace. Instead, she found keno.As June played the online games from her New - read more »

Gambling-Treatment Program Working - 25 March 2003
An effort to see if a treatment program for problem gamblers is working shows almost half of those surveyed a year after the program had not gambled again.The state has $230,000 available to help pay treatment costs. The lottery industry provides $200,000 and Deadwood gambling interests also contributed, said Gib Sudbe - read more »

Video gambling machines get another spin in Senate - 25 March 2003
A Senate committee sent a message to the House on Monday -- that electronic gambling machines are still an option for paying for smaller class sizes and better teacher pay in Florida.With strong backing from South Florida's pro-gambling legislators, the Senate Regulated Industries committee passed a video gambling bill - read more »

Negotiations begin on California's Indian gambling - 25 March 2003
Formal talks have begun on renegotiating California's Indian gambling compacts, as Gov. Gray Davis pushes for a share of tribes' profits to help with the state's budget shortfall.The governor's administration would disclose neither which tribal representatives were at the first meeting Monday, nor even how many attende - read more »

Harrah's tones down casino ads - 25 March 2003
Harrah's Cherokee Casino is trying to balance its message of excitement with the somber news and images coming out of the U.S.-led war with Iraq. In a move to tone down its marketing campaign, last week and this week the casino pulled in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia radio spots that featured it - read more »

1 in 50 Arizonans has a gambling problem - 24 March 2003
More than one out of every 50 Arizonan adults has a problem with gambling, according to a new report issued Friday. But another one out of every 10 probably is at risk of developing problems according to a study done for the Arizona Lottery -- a figure that is higher than even Nevada. For those who gamble, the state-ru - read more »

Cambodian casinos reopen - 24 March 2003
Two days after the reopening of the Thai-Cambodian border, all seven border casinos on Khmer soil were operating yesterday.However, Thais now face stricter screening of their passports and visas as a result of the government's attempts to discourage them from gambling.The seven casinos, over the border from Sa Kaew's A - read more »

NCAA Tournament keeps Las Vegas on a roll - 24 March 2003
At just past 9 on Thursday morning, hundreds of beefy bettors were packed into the Mirage's spacious sports book like cold cuts in those skyscraping $10 sandwiches they serve in this glitzy strip hotel-casino's deli.With complimentary cocktails in their hands and a weary eagerness in their eyes, they talked about "juic - read more »

Gambling expansion not cure-all for state budget woes - 24 March 2003
Senate Republicans in Olympia have withdrawn proposed reforms that would have made it more difficult to "budget by initiative" -- pass huge spending and tax cut measures outside the legislative process. Their efforts, however symbolic, echo Gov. Gary Locke's frustration early in the session about funding costly initiat - read more »

Casino bill to be proposed within 2-3 months - 23 March 2003
MK Gilad Erdan (Likud) is formulating a private bill to establish a legal casino in Israel. Erdan told "Globes" this morning that the bill was in the initial stages of preparation, and he was currently studying the subject. Materials for proposed legislation were given to Erdan by the Ministry of Finance, from files th - read more »

Despite strong dissent, lottery bill approved - 23 March 2003
Arguments over the merits of state-run gambling arose in the Senate on Saturday when lawmakers endorsed a bill allowing the Montana Lottery to participate in international lotteries. The Senate ultimately approved House Bill 165 on a 24-22 preliminary vote despite calls from some Republicans to kill the measure.The bil - read more »

Fed rules imposed on Nev. gambling industry - 22 March 2003
Starting Tuesday, Nevada casinos must comply with new cash reporting rules adopted by the U.S. Treasury Department to counteract the threat of terrorist activity -- a rule that will require more than 140 small to mid-size gaming properties and even some grocery stores to begin filing reports that until now weren't requ - read more »

Park Place betting on Dion success - 22 March 2003
Las Vegas was built on big gambles. Most involved tearing down small hotels and replacing them with opulent attractions that have drawn a greater stream of visitors and profits for casino giants.Nowadays, Wall Street is watching to make sure every Las Vegas room, restaurant booth and slot machine makes money.Stock anal - read more »

Governor names two members to Mississippi Gaming Commission - 22 March 2003
Laurel businesswoman Robin Robinson and retired educator Howard Sanders of Hollandale have been appointed to the Mississippi Gaming Commission by Gov. Ronnie Musgrove.Robinson, an executive with Sanderson Farms, will join the commission Oct. 1 when Jackson businessman Victor Smith completes his second term on the regul - read more »

Man wins $39 million on Las Vegas slot machine - 22 March 2003
A young man visiting America's gambling capital hit pay dirt on Friday -- a world record $39 million on a slot machine. The 25-year-old software engineer from Los Angeles, who requested anonymity, came up big at the Excalibur Hotel-CasinoVon the Las Vegas Strip, according to International Game Technology, which made th - read more »

World Gaming PLC Announces Release of New Casino Games - 22 March 2003
World Gaming PLC (OTC BB: WGMGY) announces the delivery of new casino products from its development subsidiary Inphinity Interactive Inc. The much-anticipated Casino 3.3 gaming product is now available at World Gaming PLC's wholly owned subsidiary www.worldgaming.com as part of a two-phase rollout. This initial release - read more »

Slots get tentative Senate approval - 22 March 2003
The Maryland Senate gave preliminary approval to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s slot machines bill yesterday -- but not before weakening Baltimore's ability to insist the state pay for road improvements around Pimlico Race Course. Mayor Martin O'Malley said the one-word amendment was serious enough that it would force hi - read more »

Gaming stocks expected to weather war with Iraq - 21 March 2003
Visitor volume and consumer spending in Las Vegas are expected to slow in the near term as people stay tuned to Iraq war news and watch their wallets.But some properties said today they haven't yet seen any downturn in business as a result of the war."We're not seeing any discernible impact on room reservations. People - read more »

Controversial gaming board member resigns - 21 March 2003
An Illinois Gaming Board member whose appointment two years ago was questioned because of his Springfield lobbying ties resigned Wednesday.Ira Rogal, a lobbyist who represents big-name corporate clients at the Statehouse, submitted his resignation to the board that oversees the state's riverboat casino industry, said A - read more »

Chicago casino decision delayed - 21 March 2003
As negotiations continue on a deal to sell the license now held by the bankrupt Emerald Casino, Illinois Gaming Board members have pushed back a hearing intended to revoke the casino's license.The hearing, which began last spring and was set to reopen April 7, is now expected to begin May 5, Gaming Board lawyer Jeannet - read more »

Casinos would bear brunt of new taxes - 21 March 2003
Nevada's largest casinos will be the businesses hit the hardest if Gov. Kenny Guinn's current package of tax increases is passed by the Legislature, the governor's office says.The biggest casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip could pay as much as $1.9 million more in taxes apiece each year under the tax plan, according - read more »

City officials speak out against gambling - 21 March 2003
City leaders have issued statements to quell local speculation about a floating casino on Clear Lake as the Iowa Legislature considers an expansion of the state's gambling industry."The fact of the matter is that the Legislature is considering granting up to three new boat licenses for the entire state. No mention of C - read more »

Harrah's chief to push gambling debate - 21 March 2003
A Las Vegas casino titan will pitch the benefits of gaming next week to an influential Bay State business group as the debate heats up over allowing broader gambling in Massachusetts.In the first such public overture in years by a major gaming executive, Harrah's Entertainment Inc. chief Gary Loveman is slated to make - read more »

Top 3 Internet Gambling Trade Shows - 21 March 2003
Dozens of trade shows cater to people in the Internet gambling industry. But which shows deserve "must attend" status and which are a waste of time? We informally surveyed five industry insiders who regularly attend trade shows and compiled this list.1. Global Interactive Gaming Summit & Expo (GIGSE)Description: Larges - read more »

PLAYMGMMIRAGE.com Kick-Starts Offline Advertising at Everton FC - 21 March 2003
PLAYMGMMIRAGE.com (http://www.playmgmmirage.com) are to commence their first above-the-line push from mid-March 2003, with offline advertising at Everton Football Club.The advertising, which runs to the end of the season, will consist of two perimeter board treatments featuring the sites URL address, www.PLAYMGMMIRAGE. - read more »

Brain changes similar in gambling, drug addiction - 21 March 2003
Brain cells that contain a chemical linked to feeling good appear to become activated in situations that resemble gambling, researchers said Thursday.Similar patterns of brain activity are present in drug addiction, study author Dr. Christopher D. Fiorillo told Reuters Health.Consequently, the current findings may help - read more »

Internet Gambling Ban’s Delay Draws Criticism - 21 March 2003
The Department of Justice drew a sharp rebuke Tuesday from senators frustrated by the department's delay in taking a position on legislation to ban Internet gambling. Although the Bush administration generally supports efforts to cut off money transfers to and from illegal Internet gambling businesses, Deputy Assistant - read more »

Place your bets for city casino - 21 March 2003
Casinos could be opened in Norwich for the first time under a forthcoming relaxation of gaming laws. But the prohibition on gambling clubs in the city is unlikely to be lifted until the middle of next year at the earliest, according to the Gaming Board.The owner of the former Tudor Hall nightclub - later Peppermint Par - read more »

Gaming Commission lessons come quickly for Sanders - 20 March 2003
It's a good thing that Howard Sanders has such a strong background in education. As the newest member of the Mississippi Gaming Commission, he knows he's got a lot of learning to do."I'm trying to get used to all the jargon and terminology," he said Wednesday morning after his first Gaming Commission meeting. "I was re - read more »

Measures to tax gambling killed - 20 March 2003
The Senate Taxation Committee on Wednesday killed a pair of bills that would have raised taxes on gambling machines in the state by millions of dollars. The panel indefinitely postponed Senate Bill 289, by Sen. Jon Ellingson, D-Missoula, that, as originally drafted, would have raised $78.5 million over the next two yea - read more »

Racetrack ‘slots’ need state vote, casino lawyer says - 20 March 2003
The New Jersey Constitution specifically requires a referendum for any new form of gambling, thus barring the state from putting video-lottery terminals at racetracks without voter approval.That's the opinion of Herbert Stern, high-powered lawyer for the Atlantic City casinos' trade group, the Casino Association of New - read more »

Casinos expect war slowdown - 19 March 2003
When the bombs start dropping on Baghdad, if it comes to that, casino executives some 6,100 miles away expect to feel reverberations in the form of lost business."Obviously, if the country goes to war, the whole nation is going to be focused on that," said Robert Stewart, spokesman for Atlantic City's largest casino op - read more »

Slot-machine proposal killed - 19 March 2003
As expected, a committee in Speaker Johnnie Byrd's House Tuesday killed a proposal to bring slot machines to Florida's pari-mutuel gambling parlors, a priority of Senate President Jim King.By a 6-3 vote, the House Subcommittee on Gaming and Pari-mutuels defeated a bill that would have allowed the state's two dozen dog - read more »

Wis. Governor Vetoes Tribal Gambling Bill - 19 March 2003
Gov. Jim Doyle on Tuesday vetoed for the second time a bill that would have given state legislators final say over some tribal gambling contracts.The governor now has the sole authority to negotiate compacts with tribes."I hope that this veto will put this issue to rest and that the political games will come to an end, - read more »

US closes in on Net gambling ban - 19 March 2003
Senators are seeking to outlaw a 'social evil' that they say feeds gambling addiction, while opponents argue regulation would be more effective US Senate lawmakers on Tuesday said they will try again to outlaw Internet gambling, while some experts say US states should instead try to regulate the $4bn (£2.5bn) industry. - read more »

Mandalay to sell $350m convertible securities - 18 March 2003
Casino operator Mandalay Resort Group MBG.N on Monday said it will raise $350 million in a convertible securities offering, in order to repay its outstanding credit facilities.Las Vegas-based Mandalay said the offering includes an additional $50 million over-allotment option. The convertible securities will be due in 2 - read more »

California woman hits $1.9 million jackpot at Tahoe casino - 18 March 2003
It was a lucky weekend for a California woman who hit a $1.9 million jackpot at a Lake Tahoe casino.The artist from Vacaville, who asked that her name not be released, said she played about $60 in a Wheel of Fortune slot machine at Harrah's Lake Tahoe when she hit the jackpot Saturday.Wheel of Fortune is a progressive - read more »

Binion's settles federal labor case - 18 March 2003
Settling charges that it violated federal labor laws, Binion's Horseshoe hotel-casino has signed a collective bargaining agreement it reached with unions last July, attorneys for the National Labor Relations Board, Culinary Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165 said Friday.NLRB deputy regional attorney Stephen - read more »

Herbst posts strong gain in cash flow - 18 March 2003
Herbst Gaming Inc. reported increases in profit, cash flow and revenue in 2002 driven by strong performance at its locals casinos.The company said it earned $5.2 million in 2002 compared to a net loss of $12 million in 2001.The prior year loss included a non-recurring charge of $13 million in conjunction with the restr - read more »

Casino operator, regulators negotiating to settle charges - 18 March 2003
Horseshoe Entertainment Inc. is negotiating with state casino regulators in an attempt to settle charges of unconventional business practices and get a full renewal of its riverboat license in Bossier City."There are discussions, but there is no settlement at this point," said Hillary Crain, chairman of the Louisiana G - read more »

Winner of the World's Largest Ever Online Jackpot - 18 March 2003
Ronald H. became an instant millionaire when he won the largest ever online jackpot at Golden Tiger Casino (www.goldentigercasino.com). Golden Tiger Casino is a member of the Jackpot Madness network (www.jackpotmadness.com).Ronald had been playing the "Major Millions" slot machine on and off since Thanksgiving, but on - read more »

Australian Banks Oppose Online Casino Transaction Ban - 18 March 2003
Banking regulations are emerging as a flashpoint in the Federal Government's review of its ban on casino-style online gambling. Canberra is looking at whether gambling transactions can be invalidated. But the finance industry is opposing moves to block internet casino credit card transactions, warning that liability is - read more »

The Online Gambling Market Research Handbook is Now Available Through Casino City Press - 18 March 2003
The Online Gambling Market Research Handbook has just been released and is now available for immediate shipment by Casino City Press!"With market assessments, key market drivers, industry player profiles, online gambling site setup instructions, and more, the Online Gambling Market Research Handbook covers all aspects - read more »

Maryland schools may get bigger slice of slots - 18 March 2003
The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee is working on proposed changes to slot machine legislation that would provide a bigger share of revenues for education and local governments but reduce licensing fees for racetrack owners.Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, D-Calvert, said after a meeting of the committee Mo - read more »

San Jose woman hits jackpot at Cache Creek Indian Casino - 17 March 2003
A woman won more than a half million dollars at the Cache Creek Indian Bingo and Casino on a machine she played because all others were occupied. Shirley Opinia of San Jose won $557,172 playing the quarter slot machine "Wheel of Fortune" while spending the last of the money she had brought to the casino on March 8. "I' - read more »

Richmond tribal casino: Sure bet or economic gamble? - 17 March 2003
Senator Don Perata (D-East Bay) has weighed in on the proposed tribal casino at the Port of Richmond, urging Mayor Irma Anderson to reject the plan in a recent letter. To support the stance, he cited certain negative conclusions from a 2000 Harvard study of the economic impacts of tribal casinos in 100 surveyed communi - read more »

US lawmakers calling for regulating online gambling - 17 March 2003
A small bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to let states regulate and tax Internet gambling, even others in Congress renew efforts to ban the burgeoning form of wagering.Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., introduced legislation Wednesday that would pave the way to legalizing Internet gambling in states interested in licensin - read more »

$100-m gaming lounge for Ocho Rios - 17 March 2003
Treasure Hunt, a $100-million gaming lounge, is set to open its doors in this tourist resort town within the next two weeks, with 91 gaming machines aimed at providing entertainment for locals as well as visitors to the island.Most of the machines are already installed and the operators of the facility say they are onl - read more »

Ehrlich cites slots' auto vote - 17 March 2003
In his relentless campaign to legalize slot machines, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. often talks about the daily exodus of Marylanders headed to tracks in nearby states where they gamble away their dollars - millions every year. Dollars, he says, that go to educate children and pay for health care in West Virginia and Dela - read more »

Gambling talks no sure bet - 16 March 2003
The state will soon open a new round of negotiations that are expected to redefine the bounds of a mushrooming Indian gambling industry that has, in many ways and many places, already changed California forever.Gov. Gray Davis and the tribes have revealed their priorities - money for the governor's bleeding state budge - read more »

Quest for Maryland slots could be nearing ‘beginning of the end’ - 16 March 2003
The long-running plan to add slot machine gambling to four racetracks in Maryland could be coming to an end after the House of Representatives voted 126-11 for a six-month study bill back by Speaker Michael E. Busch [D-District 30].Busch said the strong vote for the study bill was a reflection of the concerns both part - read more »

New York empowers problem gamblers to help themselves - 16 March 2003
A new state regulation in New York hopes to give compulsive gamblers the ammunition they need to fight their own battle against gambling. The measure will allow problem gamblers to ban themselves from the premises of racetracks and off-track betting facilities statewide.Per the regulation, New York's 11 tracks and more - read more »

Texans favor gambling to raise revenue - 15 March 2003
A majority of Texans favor expanding gambling activities in the state as a way to raise money during a budget crisis, according to the Scripps Howard Texas Poll. The poll showed that 52 percent of those surveyed support casino gambling as a revenue source for the state during tough economic times. In the past, the poll - read more »

Casino Slot Revenues Take A Dip In February - 15 March 2003
Performance of the state's slot machine industry dipped in February, declining slightly over a year ago, according to figures released by the state Division of Special Revenue Friday.The $1.43 billion "handle" for slots at Foxwoods Resort and Mohegan Sun casinos was down from last February's $1.47 billion. The handle r - read more »

Gaming industry to hold summit in April - 15 March 2003
A summit for the casino, lottery, racing and other gambling industries will be held next month at the Desmond Hotel & Conference Center in Albany, N.Y. The summit, which sold out with more than 300 attendees last year, has been expanded with an added seminar and larger space. Las Vegas-based GEM Communications LLC, whi - read more »

Mixing slots and racetrack gambling examined at joint convention - 15 March 2003
The ramifications of the integration of slot machines and racetrack gambling were discussed at length during the “Views of Racing 2003” panel discussion on Friday, the final day of the joint meeting of Thoroughbred Racing Associations, Harness Tracks of America, and Racetracks of Canada at the Westin Diplomat Hotel in - read more »

GOP leader: Video poker would be DOA in the Senate - 15 March 2003
One of the Senate's top lawmakers said Friday that any move to bring video poker back to Georgia would likely be dead on arrival in his chamber."I don't think that's an option," said Senate Republican Leader Tom Price, of Roswell.In 2001, the General Assembly, led by then-Gov. Roy Barnes, outlawed the games, which crit - read more »

Miner says Fonner should be included in expanded gaming - 15 March 2003
Fonner Park executive Hugh Miner Jr. is declining to get drawn into a war of words on whether Omaha is the only viable location for casino gambling in Nebraska.A March 9 Omaha World-Herald article said casinos in smaller communities, such as Grand Island, "would produce low-end facilities with few amenities, and they a - read more »

Lawmaker files bill to help offshore gambling - 15 March 2003
Gambling ships would have less water to cover before opening their casinos under a bill filed on Friday.Rep. Ron Wilson, D-Houston, filed a bill that would allow gambling beyond three miles from the shore. Ships must now travel 10.36 miles to federal waters before the cards and chips start flying.But supporters were be - read more »

Probation For Las Vegas Gambler Who Owes Millions - 14 March 2003
A Las Vegas gambler who a prosecutor says once lost 12 million dollars in one day has been sentenced to probation and restitution for failing to repay millions of dollars in casino loans. A Clark County District judge wondered during sentencing how casinos could keep giving Robert Ben credit despite his massive losses. - read more »

Hong Kong to allow gaming IPOs - 14 March 2003
The response has been swift to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange's decision to lift a long-standing ban against the stock listing of gambling companies and allow listed companies to invest in that industry. The decision has set the stage for cash-rich gambling companies in Macao and around the region to seek financing in Ho - read more »

Technology boosting traditional, 'Net bingo - 14 March 2003
They may look and sound like slot machines. But a host of new electronic devices on the market are actually bingo games that are helping to boost profits for a stagnant industry facing tough competition from a nationwide proliferation of slot machines.Bingo is one of America's oldest forms of gambling and originated as - read more »

Bill to outlaw Internet gambling approved - 14 March 2003
A House panel today approved a bill that would effectively outlaw Internet gambling by making it illegal for website operators to accept wagers with bank instruments including credit cards, checks or wire transfers.The House Financial Services Committee passed the legislation on a voice vote. The bill was introduced ag - read more »

Ontario set to fund specialized treatment for gambling addicts - 14 March 2003
Ontario gambling addicts seeking specialized residential treatment will soon get some help from the province. The Ontario government will fund pilot projects in the new fiscal year to offer problem bettors full-time care geared to their needs. Several other provinces already provide such support. "Locations are foresee - read more »

Tribal Gaming Is Targeted in Wisconsin - 14 March 2003
For the second time in the last month, state lawmakers have sent a bill giving them authority over gambling contracts to Gov. Jim Doyle, who has promised a second veto. Republicans who control the Legislature and the Democratic governor have been locked in a feud since the Oneida Nation announced last month it reached - read more »

Racetrack casinos agree to pursue compromise - 13 March 2003
Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack and legislative leaders pressured representatives of the racetrack casino industry Wednesday to settle their lawsuit, drop talk of a major gaming expansion and agree to a tax rate that would allow the state to avoid losing money. Casino officials agreed to make an effort to work out a solution, Cr - read more »

Some Call for Regulating Online Gambling - 13 March 2003
A small bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to let states regulate and tax Internet gambling, even others in Congress renew efforts to ban the burgeoning form of wagering.Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., introduced legislation Wednesday that would pave the way to legalizing Internet gambling in states interested in licensin - read more »

Legislation envisions expanded gambling - 13 March 2003
With proponents hoping the state's budget problems will help their cause, a Senate panel opened two days of testimony Wednesday on proposals to expand legal gambling in Kansas. Among the initiatives is a plan for a casino with Branson-style entertainment on the banks of the Kansas River in Wyandotte County.In all, - read more »

CHRB Reinstates Simulcasting At Idaho Casino - 12 March 2003
With new procedures in place guaranteeing the Coeur d'Alene Casino complies with California simulcasting laws and regulations, the California Horse Racing Board advised the state's racetracks Tuesday that Coeur d'Alene can rejoin the California simulcast wagering program.The CHRB had shut off the signal to Coeur d'Alen - read more »

Casino vote closer, but would it be legal? - 12 March 2003
A petition calling for adoption of a city ordinance to allow "gaming" in downtown Muskegon was tossed in the lap of the Muskegon City Commission Tuesday, just as questions were being raised about the validity of the city's rules for dealing with such initiatives. David Wendtland, representing The Archimedes Group of Mu - read more »

Racing earnings fall to less than 50% for William Hill - 12 March 2003
For the first time in the 69-year history of William Hill, income from racing wagers accounted for less than 50% of the English bookmaking company's total earnings in 2002.Earnings from race betting represented 48% of William Hill's revenues. Competition from other sports as well as other forms of gambling, such as ele - read more »

Grandma robbed bank to support gambling habit - 12 March 2003
A local grandmother who robbed a bank to recover some money she'd lost on casino gambling stands a good chance of prison time, under a plea deal entered Tuesday in Macomb County Circuit Court. Brenda Bishop, 50, former manager of Regency Club Apartments in Warren, pleaded guilty as charged to bank robbery in the Oct. - read more »

Assembly votes on gaming compact - 12 March 2003
A Senate committee voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a bill that would give lawmakers the final say over gaming compacts negotiated between the governor and American Indian tribes that last longer than 15 years or expand gambling to off-reservation sites.The Assembly is scheduled to vote today on its version of the - read more »

Lawmakers to debate gambling machines - 12 March 2003
Shorter Sitting in the arcade room at VictoryLand on Tuesday night, Debra Blowe watches a screen of whirring, flashing symbols, hoping for a win. If the 44-year-old get what she wishes for, she will take home gift certificates for places such as Wal-Mart and Amazon.com. But a bill lawmakers will debate today would let - read more »

Gambling Figure Pleads Guilty - 12 March 2003
A figure long associated with gambling in Pennsylvania was back in federal court to plead guilty to running a gambling operation that netted him as much as $2.5 million annually, according to prosecutors. Adolph "Junior" Williams, 69, of Scott Township, on Monday acknowledged his role as organizer of an illegal gamblin - read more »

CryptoLogic confirms Rose as CEO - 11 March 2003
Online casino Software developer CryptoLogic Inc. has confirmed Lewis Rose as its president and chief executive, eight months after he was installed in the positions in an interim capacity.Toronto stock exchange-listed CryptoLogic said Rose will continue to focus on capitalizing on growth in the online gambling industr - read more »

Casino industry study urges broader Nevada tax base - 11 March 2003
A university study done for Nevada's major hotel-casinos says the state can no longer rely on the clubs as a major tax source capable of meeting demands for public services.The report by the Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming, based at the University of Nevada, Reno, adds that the hotel-casinos h - read more »

Casino boat faces tax troubles - 11 March 2003
The Stardancer casino boat faces tax trouble in Horry County as a federal investigation of tax evasion continues.The troubled company has one week to pay $42,000 in real estate and property taxes or face fines, said county spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier. But the county doesn't expect to see that money.Stardancer's business, - read more »

Japanese Gambling Academic Advocates Legalizing Casinos - 11 March 2003
The chairman of the nation's first academic society dedicated to the study of gambling and gaming wants to help establish a gambling culture in Japan. 'We learn about life through experiencing little wins and losses,' Ichiro Tanioka, 46, said. 'Because there's no gambling culture ingrained in our society, many people w - read more »

Snipe away at this feast of gluttony, gambling and gossip - 11 March 2003
Anyone who is unable to appreciate that today, tomorrow and Thursday are the greatest three days of the year is either to be pitied or damned. For 362 days a year, Cheltenham is one of the most genteel of English towns, the capital of cream teas and a sea of blue rinse. For the next three days, however, it becomes some - read more »

Hill managers landed £13.4m in float - 11 March 2003
THE TOP 150 managers at bookie William Hill scooped bonuses totalling £13.4m when they floated the business last year, it has emerged. Of that, chief executive David Harding made nearly £3m, while finance director Tom Singer received about £1.5m. Each of the lucky 150 was paid half in shares that were instantly redeema - read more »

Company plans timeshare resort on south Strip - 11 March 2003
A company that operates timeshare resorts in Las Vegas and Hawaii announced plans Friday for a new timeshare development on 20 acres on Las Vegas Boulevard South.Consolidated Resorts Inc., which operates Club de Soleil and is developing the Tahiti timeshare on West Tropicana Avenue, plans to break ground in September o - read more »

Group: Claim is ethnic profiling - 11 March 2003
Members of a northeast Ohio group say their support of a Roman Catholic school in Lebanon has been wrongly linked to Middle East terrorism.A letter from the head of a New York-based international investigation company was cited in a sentencing hearing last week in the case of Philip F. George Jr., an Akron businessman - read more »

Businessman sentenced to 25 years in bingo scheme - 11 March 2003
During a sentencing hearing for an Akron man convicted of running an illegal instant bingo operation, it was alleged that some of the money could be tied to terrorism.Prosecutors said although most of the money from tickets sold in the name of the United Saghbeen Society and other charities was stolen before it got to - read more »

Gaming tribes break ground on D.C. hotel - 11 March 2003
Two Southern California Indian bands in partnership with two tribes from Wisconsin broke ground last week on a $43 million hotel in Washington, D.C., the latest example of tribes reaching beyond casino gambling to diversify their business interests.Tribal members burned tobacco and blessed the site where the 13-story, - read more »

Problem gambling issues lost in debate - 11 March 2003
Seemingly lost in the legislative debate over whether to allow casinos in Nebraska is the concern over the social ills that might come with expanding gambling.To be sure, gambling opponents have raised the issue, but most of the attention instead is being focused on how many casinos might be allowed, where they would b - read more »

Casinos a losing bet outside Omaha - 10 March 2003
Economists differ on whether a casino would benefit Omaha's economy. But the disagreement disappears when they analyze the impact of casinos on other Nebraska communities. Their conclusion: Casinos in the state's smaller cities would produce low-end facilities with few amenities, and they almost certainly would be drag - read more »

Dark side of gambling - 10 March 2003
Wisconsin lawmakers seem to think gambling money will help solve their financial crisis. It won't. A recent study by University of Nevada-Las Vegas professors Keith Schwer and William Thompson exposed the truth about gambling addiction among Las Vegas residents. The social costs of gambling by Southern Nevada residents - read more »

Gambling Fears Lost In Casino Debate - 10 March 2003
Seemingly lost in the legislative debate over whether to allow casinos in Nebraska is the concern over the social ills that might come with expanding gambling.To be sure, gambling opponents have raised the issue, but most of the attention instead is being focused on how many casinos might be allowed, where they would b - read more »

Choctaws see hope in a casino - 09 March 2003
The logo on literature distributed by the Jena Band of Choctaws depicts the tribe's story in a nutshell, according to tribal members. Borrowed from an 1847 painting, the image shows four Choctaw Indians walking with their belongings slung over their shoulders."That's us," tribal member and former chief Jerry Jackson of - read more »

Need for gambling services on the rise; tough problems ahead - 09 March 2003
Having gone for a number of years to a specific race track in Nebraska, a man called Tom said he knew the exact moment when he realized he had a gambling problem and needed help.It was the day after he had told his wife, called Mary, that he had racked up thousands of dollars in debt by maxing out six or seven credit c - read more »

Casino plan won't help state's funds - 09 March 2003
The Legislature's fascination with casino gambling proposals has occupied a lot of valuable time this session. We remain skeptical of the perceived benefits of casino gambling in Nebraska for several reasons.There seems to be no logical reason to allow up to eight casinos in this state. And that does not count the unli - read more »

Government softens on casinos - 09 March 2003
The Government moved closer to embracing casino gambling yesterday with Prime Minister P J Patterson asking private sector leaders to provide the Administration with an analysis of the benefits it could bring to the economy."It wasn't a yes or no response," a senior Government official told the Sunday Observer as state - read more »

Gambling doesn't create wealth - 09 March 2003
Let's cut through some of the malarkey about expanded gaming in Wisconsin.It's been called "economic development." It isn't. It is really only a transfer of money from gamblers to the tribes, with a small slice going to state coffers and beneficiaries of the state budget.There is no value-added activity along the way. - read more »

Casino sweetens pot for Megabucks players - 09 March 2003
In case the record jackpot of more than $37 million isn't enough, downtown Reno's Club Cal Neva is offering a new car and other rewards for gamblers playing its Megabucks slot machines.Unlike some of its casino neighbors that figure just the chance to become a multimillionaire is enough to attract Megabucks customers, - read more »

Riviera files copyright infringement suit - 08 March 2003
The company that operates the Riviera hotel-casino has filed a copyright and trademark infringement suit against the owners of the bankrupt Aladdin hotel-casino.A suit filed in U.S. District Court in Nevada by Riviera Operating Corp. Inc. took a detour through U.S. Bankruptcy Court, which had to determine whether claim - read more »

Regulators, gaming industry wrestle with cashless slot issues - 08 March 2003
The casinos of the future will have many more "cashless" slot machines that can dispense paper vouchers instead of coins -- but that's just the beginning.Future slots will feature software allowing gamblers to use ATM or debit cards to transfer money from their bank accounts directly to a machine. Some machines may eve - read more »

Venetian unit awarded license for Internet gambling - 08 March 2003
A sister company of The Venetian casino resort in Las Vegas has been awarded an Internet gambling license from regulators in Alderney, one of the British Channel Islands and one of a few jurisdictions worldwide that has crafted regulations allowing for the lawful operation of Internet casinos.The license paves the way - read more »

LV firm swings to a profit - 08 March 2003
Mandalay Resort Group, owner of casino resorts including Mandalay Bay and Luxor in Las Vegas, swung to a profit in the fourth quarter from a loss a year earlier as more gamblers visited its properties a year after the Sept. 11 attacks.Mandalay had earnings of $4.2 million, or 6 cents a share, in the quarter ended Jan. - read more »

Bill calls for three casinos, slots at tracks - 08 March 2003
Massachusetts would welcome three new resort casinos and license slot machines at the state's four racetracks under a bill filed Thursday by a member of Senate President Robert Travaglini's leadership team.One of the casinos would be in New Bedford and another in Fall River. A third would be in Hampden County under the - read more »

MGM MIRAGE Online appoints UK talent James Hilton to head up online marketing for PLAYMGMMIRAGE.com - 08 March 2003
MGM MIRAGE Online has appointed James Hilton as Director of Online Marketing as it strengthens its push into the UK gaming and gambling market. James' role will be to maximise the awareness and understanding of PLAYMGMMIRAGE.com (http://www.playmgmmirage.com) amongst its online target audience, encouraging both trial a - read more »

Bluffs casino operators keep an eye on Nebraska - 08 March 2003
Council Bluffs casino operators are closely watching the action in the Nebraska Legislature on a plan to allow up to eight casinos plus others on Indian reservations in the Cornhusker State. So far, however, the plan is raising more questions than answers among potential competitors to the east. Troy Stremming, Amerist - read more »

Judge Hears Testimony In Bay Area Casino Case - 08 March 2003
A federal judge is weighing a request for a temporary injunction to block a landless Sonoma County Indian band from turning a San Francisco area cardroom into a full-fledged casino. U.S. District Judge David Levi spent nearly two hours Friday listening to and questioning a half dozen attorneys on a motion by a group of - read more »

Gambling Foes Target West Virgina Track Bill - 08 March 2003
Gambling foes say the West Virginia House Judiciary Committee paved the way for full-blown casinos Thursday by amending a Senate bill that would fund expansions at the state's racetracks. But supporters say the changes in the bill (SB620) are meant to help the tracks build such attractions as golf courses, spas and swi - read more »

Casino site's neighbors get case of jitters - 07 March 2003
Homeowners in the Rosenfield development near the Sanford Regional Airport have long suspected that the Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribes might see the large wooded tracts near their back yards as a good place for a $650 million casino and resort. Consequently, many who live in the houses near the junction of Routes 1 - read more »

Compulsive gambler loses lawsuit against Casino Aztar - 07 March 2003
In a case being watched closely by the gambling industry, a federal judge has ruled against an Evansville man who sued an Indiana riverboat casino for failing to bar him as a compulsive gambler. U.S. District Judge John Tinder ruled Wednesday that Casino Aztar in Evansville had no duty under federal or state law to pro - read more »

Gambling lawyer at victim's funeral - 07 March 2003
Gambling lawyer Philip Coburn stole $45,000 from a client with dementia - then turned up at her funeral to console grieving relatives. The money was meant to cover hospital care for Raemond McMurray, who died last April at the age of 92. Instead, the Christchurch solicitor milked her savings to sustain his poker machin - read more »

Gambling Software Developer Taps New CEO - 07 March 2003
Software developer CryptoLogic Inc. of Canada has confirmed Lewis Rose as its president and chief executive, about eight months after he was given the titles in an interim capacity.CryptoLogic, which develops software for the Internet gambling and e-commerce industries, said Rose will continue to focus on capitalizing - read more »

Botkins plan a bad bet, say casino critics - 07 March 2003
About 150 people attending a forum Thursday night on plans for a gaming facility in Botkins heard only one side of the debate.Tom Grey and the Rev. John C. Adams told the audience that a casino makes bad economic sense for the area and will lead to problems."I'm certain that this decision will impact the future of this - read more »

Montana Problem Gamblers Get Increased Help - 06 March 2003
As video gambling continues to grow in Montana, so does the number of problem gamblers taking part in subsidized treatment programs across the state. Gary Knopp founded the Billings-based Montana Council on Problem Gambling five years ago, mainly to provide counseling for people struggling, as he once did, with the com - read more »

Odds Are Online Betting is Here to Stay - 06 March 2003
For more and more Americans, the Internet has become their bookie. 'The main thing is the convenience,' said Stephen Nover, a gambling commentator who writes for The Prescription, a sports betting information Web site. People can 'go on their home computer, do a couple of clicks and they've got action. It's available 2 - read more »

R.I. budget heavy on gambling revenues - 06 March 2003
Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri has proposed a budget for fiscal 2004 that depends heavily on increased gambling revenues but no new broad-based taxes.The total $5.63 billion spending plan as reported Thursday also hikes taxes on cigarettes to help fill a projected $174 million deficit."I want ours to be a state that is - read more »

House owner and four others claim trial to gambling - 06 March 2003
A man changed his plea to not guilty in the Magistrate's Court here yesterday, after he realised that the penalty for turning his house into a gambling den, is heavy.Ting Nam Min, 50, was charged under section 4(1)(a) of Common House Gaming Act,1953 for allo-wing his unnumbered house at Jalan Buangsiol to be used for g - read more »

Debate over Seneca nation's casino loan - 06 March 2003
A lawyer for the Malaysian billionaire financing the Seneca Indian Nation's new Niagara Falls casino defended the deal's interest rates, while a tribal councillor called them too high. Steven Horowitz, a New York attorney representing Lim Kok Thay, called the casino a 'high-risk venture' because it was planned before t - read more »

Las Vegas Hilton sticking with convention marketing strategy - 05 March 2003
Park Place Entertainment Corp. expects to focus on driving convention business to its Las Vegas Hilton property, officials said today following an announcement that the company had settled long-standing litigation initiated after a failed deal to sell the property more than two years ago.Park Place said Monday it had s - read more »

MGM MIRAGE said to be interested in Macau deal - 05 March 2003
A newspaper reported today that MGM MIRAGE of Las Vegas plans to invest in a hotel-casino project in Macau with tycoon Stanley Ho, and while neither side would confirm the deal, MGM MIRAGE sounded open to the idea."We have the greatest respect for Dr. Ho, his family and his company," MGM MIRAGE spokesman Alan Feldman s - read more »

Nebraska lawmakers propose compromise on casino measures - 05 March 2003
Supporters of putting a casino gambling measure on the ballot reached a tentative compromise to make the idea more palatable to their fellow lawmakers.Under the deal reached after a 90-minute closed-door meeting Monday among seven senators, two pending casino gambling measures that have been hung up in legislative deba - read more »

MGM Grand ordered to pay gambler - 05 March 2003
An appeals court Monday ordered the MGM Grand hotel-casino to pay a $3.3 million judgment to an unruly customer who suffered a heart attack after being detained by hotel security officers.A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a decision of U.S. District Judge Howard McKibben, who had g - read more »

Money woes drive some states to gambling - 05 March 2003
The slumping economy and dismal state finances could set off a fast-spreading wave of legalized gambling.Nineteen states are considering proposals to add video slot machines at racetracks. Twelve are studying whether to introduce or expand casino gambling, and four are debating lotteries."There's a new wave of expansio - read more »

Penn buys Hollywood Casino Corp. - 04 March 2003
Wyomissing, Pa.-based Penn National Gaming, Inc., has completed its acquisition of Hollywood Casino Corp. As previously announced, Hollywood Casino stockholders are receiving $12.75 per share in cash for each share of common stock. In the Memphis region the company owns Hollywood Casino Tunica. The casino was designed - read more »

New Jersey mayors push plan for slots at tracks - 04 March 2003
If New Jersey's mayors get their way, a lot of the betting that goes on at racetracks would have nothing to do with horses.The mayors, through the New Jersey League of Municipalities, are leading supporters of proposals to put video slot machines in racetracks as a way to help bridge the state's $5 billion budget gap, - read more »

Former Washington governors fight gaming expansion - 04 March 2003
All five of Washington's living former governors have signed on to a new citizens' group formed to oppose expanding non-tribal gambling.Members of the Citizens Against Gambling Expansion are "troubled that big-time gambling interests are in our state Capitol cynically telling lawmakers that more gambling will provide a - read more »

Town in pact with casino giant - 04 March 2003
The Town Council moved last week to bring gambling to the town's business park, where the Narragansett Indian tribe and Las Vegas-based Harrah's Entertainment Inc. propose to build a resort-style casino.Under the terms of an agreement approved last week, Harrah's is to pay the town for studies of the local effects of g - read more »

Trial highlights vulnerability to gambling - 04 March 2003
The best bet of the weekend was meant to be Northerly. The Victoria Cup was his for the galloping. If you fancied a bit of yachting not even Moby Dick was going to stop the Swiss yacht Alinghi securing the America's Cup.There were other certainties. Tiger Woods, of course. England to lose the impossible. The captain of - read more »

CryptoLogic Achieves Key Regulatory Milestone - 04 March 2003
CryptoLogic (NASDAQ:CRYP - News; TSX:CRY - News), a leading software developer to the Internet gaming and e-commerce industries, today announced that a wholly owned subsidiary was awarded a license as an approved software provider in one of the world's most strictly regulated jurisdictions. The new license from Alderne - read more »

Alderney Gambling Control Commission issues further Gambling Licenses - 04 March 2003
The Alderney Gambling Control Commission at its meeting on 26 February 2003, decided to issue an Interactive Gaming License and an Electronic Betting Centre License to VI Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Las Vegas Sands Inc, the owner of The Venetian, a large casino resort hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. In consider - read more »

The U.K. National Lottery Launches Online Interactive Service - 04 March 2003
Residents of the United Kingdom will be among the first in the world to purchase National Lottery tickets over the Internet, on TV and cellular phones. February 28th 2003 marked the first phase of this strategy with the launch of The National Lottery's Instant Win Games, the first product of the Lottery's fully interac - read more »

Delaware studies betting - 04 March 2003
When Delaware lawmakers legalized slot machines in 1995, they didn't expect to hit the jackpot: Delaware could reap $11 million each year, the state's finance director said at the time. But it seems that Lady Luck was on Delaware's side. The 5,430 slot machines at Harrington Raceway, Dover Downs and Delaware Park put $ - read more »

25 years later, Atlantic City hasn't cashed in on casinos - 04 March 2003
The drive along Pacific Avenue, in the shadows of the giant hotel casinos here, invites comparisons to Park Heights Avenue, on the edges of Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Both are shabby eyesores on the periphery of substantial gambling money. Both invite the inevitable question: Where does the money go after it lea - read more »

Stillaguamish Tribe's casino - 03 March 2003
The Stillaguamish Tribe's casino is going to have a heavy Las Vegas influence. The three main consulting investors for the casino -- Joseph "Roxy" Jewett, James Bradshaw and Rick Howe -- say they have worked in executive positions for many of the biggest casinos in Las Vegas. Between them, the three said they have work - read more »

Feds say gambling netted man $25M - 03 March 2003
The federal government moved Friday to seize homes, cash and other property from members of an alleged gambling operation that it claims netted its leader at least $25 million."Robert Roth has been operating a gambling organization in Greene County since approximately 1977," Beavercreek police Detective Eric D. Grile, - read more »

Internet spawns new wave of sports gamblers - 03 March 2003
Growing numbers of British gamblers are betting on soccer matches and other sports from the comfort of their desks or living rooms. Online sites are thriving because of a new wave of punters who are computer literate, own credit cards and have a voracious appetite for betting on an array of sports. "It is fair to say t - read more »

Don't bet on lawmakers passing any gambling proposals - 03 March 2003
Just in the last week, two bills that would have allowed additional gambling in the state died in the House, and another to allow a riverboat casino in French Lick was overwhelmingly approved by that chamber.Gov. Frank O'Bannon said Friday that he was relieved that many of the issues, such as slot-like electronic gambl - read more »

Gambino Gambling Go-Fers Cop Pleas - 01 March 2003
Six runners for a $30 million-a-year betting ring pleaded guilty yesterday in an investigation of a gambling operation run by a reputed Gambino crime family capo and his son. The six men copped pleas to first-degree gambling and were given conditional discharges, meaning a year of probation, and ordered to pay court ch - read more »

Richmond OKs gambling compact - 01 March 2003
The City Council has endorsed a gambling compact between a Pomo Indian group and the state, an early step toward bringing a casino to the Richmond waterfront.The Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians has offered $10 million for Richmond port Terminal 3, where it hopes to build a casino/hotel complex.But to install gaming - read more »

McGreevey taxes casino audience in Absecon - 01 March 2003
They came to hear the governor talk about his proposed taxes on the casino industry.Instead, they got a subtly rehashed version of the governor's budget address.Returning to Atlantic County for the first time since proposing a tax hike on casino revenue and a new tax on casino complimentaries, Gov. James E. McGreevey a - read more »

Las Vegas Speedway to Add 15,000 Seats for Next Year's Winston Cup Series - 01 March 2003
Las Vegas Motor Speedway is adding 15,000 seats in time for next year's Winston Cup race in a section to be called the Dale Earnhardt Terrace."The decision to build the Earnhardt Terrace is indicative of the great support for motorsports in the Las Vegas community," said Bruton Smith, chairman of Speedway Motorsports I - read more »

Video poker's possible return expected by some - 01 March 2003
In the fall of 2001, it looked like the state of Georgia had dealt a death blow to video poker.Gov. Roy Barnes rammed a law through the House and Senate outlawing the match-up, blackjack and other video games that sprouted during the 1990s in convenience stores, bars and arcades across the state.What a difference a yea - read more »

Ehrlich Consults Track Owners - 01 March 2003
Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and his staff have said they turned a deaf ear to Maryland's racing industry when they crafted a plan to legalize slot machines a month ago, explaining that they pointedly refused to allow horse breeders or track owners to influence the legislative proposal.Now, with Ehrlich's slots bill in t - read more »

Man convicted in bingo scheme - 01 March 2003
An Akron businessman was convicted Friday for his part in an instant-bingo operation that diverted millions of dollars from charities.A Hamilton County Common Pleas jury convicted Philip F. George Jr., 43, on eight of 11 charges. He was found guilty of two counts of gambling, three counts of money laundering and one co - read more »

Powerful voices against expanded gambling - 01 March 2003
A powerful group of five former governors, current elected officials and community leaders is throwing its force behind a movement to stop the expansion of gambling in Washington.More than 130 mayors, city council members, prosecutors and former judges signed on yesterday to a citizens group to oppose a House bill that - read more »

Casino-tax rates to be tested - 01 March 2003
The U.S. Solicitor General's office has filed a brief calling for the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling by Iowa's highest court that forbid the state from charging higher tax rates for racetrack casinos than for riverboats.The Iowa Attorney General's office said the Solicitor General is a formidable ally in its e - read more »