May 2003 News Article Archive

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Casino's short life belies storied history - 31 May 2003
The Moulin Rouge was both a time capsule of Las Vegas as it once was, and a legend for the few months in 1955 that it pointed the way to the integrated Strip that would come. But like many of the landmark hotels that prospered from its legacy, the Moulin Rouge is now gone. What was left of its casino collapsed Thursday - read more »

Casino critics urged to lobby key officials - 31 May 2003
Politicians and North Bay casino opponents told a packed Petaluma council chamber last night to keep pressing federal representatives to help block an Indian gaming proposal near Sears Point.Sonoma Supervisor Mike Kerns organized last night's meeting, which featured six panelists who offered grim predictions should the - read more »

Dog, horse tracks to try again to persuade voters to allow slots - 31 May 2003
A group of South Florida dog and horse tracks have started work toward getting a ballot measure next year on whether slot machines should be allowed at tracks.The state Supreme Court received a petition this week asking it to approve a proposed constitutional amendment for the statewide ballot in November 2004 to allow - read more »

Democrats drafting state gambling bill - 31 May 2003
State Senate Democrats are writing their own version of a bill to legalize 3,000 slot machines at each of Pennsylvania's racetracks, and they may be ready to unveil the measure next week.Two senior citizens from Shaler, Theresa and Fred Bohn, hope the legislators hurry.The Bohns say they occasionally travel to two trac - read more »

Court keeps Indian casino shut - 30 May 2003
A federal appeals court Thursday refused to immediately reopen the Meskwaki casino, but appointed a meditator to help resolve a bitter tribal leadership dispute.The casino near Tama was closed last Friday on orders from the National Indian Gaming Commission, which regulates Indian casinos nationwide.About 1,100 employe - read more »

Gamblers defy FSA over £1.2m fines - 30 May 2003
3 of the City's most famous spread-betting gamblers plan to defy the Financial Services Authority (FSA) over a series of fines totalling £1.2m. Paul 'The Plumber' Davidson, former broker Nigel 'The Spaniard' Howe and Ashley Tatham, who works for spread betting company City Index, face fines of £750,000, £350,000 and £1 - read more »

Last bet is near for gamblers under 21 - 30 May 2003
A new law that raises the legal gambling age to 21 could mean an 8 percent loss in clientele for one Tucson gambling establishment, while others said the change will go unnoticed. Starting Sunday, Arizona's casinos, racetracks and state lottery will enforce the law passed by the Legislature in 2000. According to the 20 - read more »

Judge spanks state's greed in casino license deal - 30 May 2003
A federal bankruptcy judge scolded state officials Thursday for their apparent greed when it comes to getting cash from a proposed auction of the state's 10th casino license, but he stopped far short of trampling on the Illinois Gaming Board's authority to revoke the valuable asset.Instead, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Eugene - read more »

Gilat Brings More Gambling To Russia Via VSAT - 30 May 2003
Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. has signed an agreement with the Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) and the gaming company, JackPot, to deploy a Skystar 360E hub and VSAT network with sites throughout the Russian Federation.RSCC is Russia's largest satellite operator, with ownership of all Russian satellites - read more »

Famous casino destroyed in blaze - 30 May 2003
A historic casino that once was the only integrated gambling spot in Las Vegas and played host to the likes of Sammy Davis Jr. and Nat King Cole was destroyed by fire yesterday. Three people were injured and about 100 others were evacuated from apartments in what once were the Moulin Rouge casino's hotel rooms. The apa - read more »

Las Vegas: The City That's Recession-Proof - 29 May 2003
If the economy isn't so great, somebody better tell the hotel and casino owners in Vegas.According to sources (and sources aren't really needed, a trip to The Strip pretty much tells the story), construction has already started on a new Spa Tower for the pleasure palace known as Bellagio.The tower will consist of 925 r - read more »

Davis helps launch casino - 29 May 2003
As his defenders vowed to spend "as much as it takes" to fight his recall, Gov. Gray Davis traveled to Southern California on Wednesday to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new casino for an Indian tribe and major campaign contributor.The governor said his visit with the Morongo Band of Mission Indians was not a solici - read more »

Labor, business leaders urge lawmakers to reject gambling tax increase - 29 May 2003
Illinois' leading labor and business organizations called Wednesday on the General Assembly to reject proposed tax increases on the casino gaming industry, saying they would put people out of work, drain investment from the industry and not produce as much tax revenue as projected.Labor and business leaders told Stateh - read more »

Governor: State should be able to own casino - 29 May 2003
State government should be able to buy an unused gambling license and run its own casino, if only to drive up bids from private companies interested in the license, Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Wednesday.Blagojevich also said he is sympathetic to the idea of canceling a casino license now trapped in legal battles and repl - read more »

Casino bill likely dead this session - 29 May 2003
With the legislative session ending Friday, the push to ask voters to approve casino gambling in Nebraska appears dead for the year."It won't come up again in the absence of extraordinary circumstances this year," said Speaker Curt Bromm of Wahoo.The measure (LR11CA) would ask voters to approve up to eight casinos.Lawm - read more »

Gambling free-for-all is shelved - 29 May 2003
Labour's plans for a gambling free-for-all are set to be shelved in an embarrassing climbdown by ministers. Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell announced the shake-up just over a year ago, amid predictions of a casino on every High Street. It would have let casinos open 24 hours a day and offer million-pound slot machine pa - read more »

Atlantic City casinos' 25 years: An era of mixed payoffs - 28 May 2003
Personally, Stephanie Jacobs does not care much for gambling or for casinos. As an addictions nurse, she is sensitive to the downside of casinos and stays away.But ring the doorbell to her new home here, and with a smile she can show you something of what the casinos have done for Atlantic City.In January, she purchase - read more »

Casino files to delay license hearing - 28 May 2003
Emerald Casino filed a motion in bankruptcy court Tuesday seeking to delay and possibly permanently preempt a state hearing to revoke its gaming license, a process the State of Illinois has been using as a stick to nudge Emerald into making a deal to sell its license--with most of the money going to the state. "We're s - read more »

Casino night to bring a bit of Vegas to town - 28 May 2003
Las Vegas-style gaming comes to Pleasant Hill for one night only.The Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Casino Night, with the theme "Go Vegas, Baby!"The annual event is one of the chamber's biggest fund-raisers. Activities include a wedding chapel where there will be a most-original-vows contest an - read more »

Gambling opponents lash out at Hong Kong's soccer betting proposal - 28 May 2003
Education groups Wednesday criticized Hong Kong's proposal to legalize betting on soccer matches - which the government hopes will curb illegal bookmakers and boost tax revenues. "Gambling causes bankruptcies," said Tang Siu-hung, an official from a union that represents school principals. "Gambling results in broken f - read more »

A long casino shutdown? - 28 May 2003
The Meskwaki casino, closed Friday on orders from national gambling regulators, could stay that way for weeks or months unless feuding tribal leaders persuade the government to act sooner.Both sides in the dispute have appealed the decision to close the casino.But unless the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Lou - read more »

Tulsa Police Cracking Down On Illegal Gambling - 27 May 2003
Police are cracking down on illegal gambling happening in Tulsa. NewsChannel 8's Kim Jackson got an exclusive look at how police handel illegal gamblers willing to take the risk. Officers received a tip that previous BlackJack dealers from Cherokee Casino had set up a game in town. With that tip, police started investi - read more »

Gaming Commission Says No to Debit Slots - 27 May 2003
The Nevada Gaming Commission has blocked a plan to equip slot machines with debit card devices. The commission is worried that giving people direct access to their checking accounts through gambling machines could create a new class of problem gamblers.The decision came as the commission recently approved sweeping regu - read more »

Crooked cops sent to jail for leaking casino raid info - 27 May 2003
Three former Fukuoka police officers were handed jail sentences Tuesday for leaking confidential information to operators of illegal casino clubs in return for money.Assistant Inspector Kazuomi Sakata was sentenced to 4 years in jail and slapped with a fine of 18 million yen. Another assistant inspector, Kazuhiro Matsu - read more »

Internet Casinos Face Testing Issues - 26 May 2003
World Series of Poker world champion Chris Moneymaker won entry to the World Series by playing in online poker tournaments at Moneymaker's story, parlaying a $40 investment into a cool $2.5 million, seems like an obvious marketing boost for Web casinos such as, and Plane - read more »

'Monaco is different and hypnotically fascinating' - 26 May 2003
They say Monaco is the sort of place you either love or hate and my mind was made up years ago by a late-night visit to one of the principality's upmarket nightclubs. Maybe the serried ranks of open-top Bentleys, Aston Martins and Ferraris parked outside should have given a clue as to what lay ahead but you know how it - read more »

Pa. slots could hurt Delaware - 26 May 2003
Delaware dodged a bullet when a deal to legalize slot machines in Maryland fell apart, but the state may not be as lucky with Pennsylvania.A bill to bring slot machines to the Keystone State is scheduled for a vote in the state Senate within two weeks. It would then have to be approved in the House, but it has the supp - read more »

Gambling Bill Could Authorize Class III Games - 26 May 2003
A controversial gambling bill could take tribal gaming in Oklahoma to a new level by allowing Class Three games.Governor Henrys says by allowing some Class Three games, the state can regulate them and share the revenues. Henry did emphasize that the games would be identified as Class Three for very limited purposes. Cl - read more »

A.C. casinos brought progress, but at a price - 25 May 2003
When the great experiment commenced 25 years ago to transform a down-and-out New Jersey beach town into the nation's second full-fledged casino resort, low on the list of priorities was establishing exactly where - and how - all the new workers would live.After all, struggling to find a new identity decades after its h - read more »

State's casinos unfazed by fake $100 bills - 25 May 2003
As millions of dollars pour in each month at Indiana casinos, a handful of $100 bills with fuzzy writing or a waxy coating trickle in through slot machines, poker tables and cash booths.They could be bleached $1 bills reprinted as $100s, phonies smuggled from other countries or knockoffs printed on a computer.Counterfe - read more »

Tenn. Accountant Chris Moneymaker Wins $2.5 Million at 34th Annual World Series of Poker - 25 May 2003
It was only fitting that an accountant named Moneymaker would put down $40 and ultimately walk away with $2.5 million and the title of champion Saturday in the 34th annual World Series of Poker.Known to his friends as "Money," Chris Moneymaker, 27, also became the first person to win the prestigious tournament by quali - read more »

Closing shocks Meskwaki casino workers - 25 May 2003
When U.S. marshals closed the Meskwaki casino, David Couser and many of his co-workers were taken by surprise."I really didn't think it would happen," Couser said of the closure, which halted a $3 million a week revenue stream to nearly 1,300 tribal members and forced the layoffs of 1,100 casino employees.Couser, 60, w - read more »

Connecticut Sun Rises In Casino Arena - 25 May 2003
RuthAnn Lobo stood in front of the Mohegan Sun Arena Saturday afternoon and surveyed the crowd milling around, the man walking on stilts, the clowns, the bluegrass band."This is exciting," she said. "This is a dream come true."She and her husband, Dennis, had just driven 1 hour and 15 minutes from their home in Southwi - read more »

Gambling bill may be winner after panel OK - 25 May 2003
Chances to press one's luck just got better under a bill heading to the House floor that could bring $101 million to the state over the next two years through a multi-state lottery or Powerball. "All we're asking to do is engage in another game," said Rep. Ron Wilson, D-Houston. The bill also would give restaurants and - read more »

Detroit casino revenue falls off in April - 24 May 2003
Prompted by wartime travel concerns, combined revenues for the city's three casinos dropped 10.9 percent in April from March.Combined revenue from Greektown, MGM Grand and MotorCity casinos was $92.52 million for April, down from $103.84 million in the month before and $97.13 million, or 4.74-percent, in April 2002, ac - read more »

Closed: Marshals enforce order to shut down casino - 24 May 2003
Within hours of a special tribal election, federal law enforcement arrived on the Meskwaki Nation and closed the tribe's casino, one of the most lucrative in the state and the tribe's sole source of income.At least a dozen U.S. Marshals filed into the casino about 6 a.m. Friday after Judge Linda Reade signed the order - read more »

Surprising survey's leisure league - 24 May 2003
Genteel Norwich has more amusement arcades than Blackpool and Exeter has more breweries than Burton upon Trent, according to a study of Yellow Pages listings. The survey also shows Maidstone, Kent, has more listings for spas and hot tubs than Bath. Colchester and Exeter are up there with the UK's best known seafaring t - read more »

Supreme Odds Selects Chartwell Technology - 22 May 2003
Chartwell Technology Inc. (TSX-VEN: CWH) a leading developer of online gaming systems announces it has completed an agreement, through its wholly owned subsidiary Chartwell Games Corp. to design, develop and supply Supreme Odds Ltd. with its leading edge non-download flash based online gaming system.Supreme Odds Ltd., - read more »

Harrah's Louisiana Downs slots open to large crowd - 22 May 2003
When Mary Bess Salter picked the "Hot Peppers" slot machine to play at Harrah's Louisiana Downs, those peppers proved about 35,000 times hotter than she would have ever imagined. The Shreveport woman hit a $25,000 jackpot on the machine and Harrah's tossed in an extra $10,000 for the first jackpot winner at the new Bos - read more »

Gambling advocates vow to push expansion - 22 May 2003
Advocates for gambling expansion said Tuesday they haven't given up on the idea, despite Gov. Rod Blagojevich announcing he opposes gambling as a way to balance the state budget.Rep. Lou Lang said he will still push to allow slot machines at horse racing tracks and let riverboat casinos add space, arguing those measure - read more »

Another Iowa county considers gambling - 22 May 2003
Another Iowa county is considering allowing gambling. Franklin County supervisors said they will study the possibilities and the impact of bringing gambling to the county.Currently, the state's Racing and Gaming Commission, which authorizes new gambling licenses, has a statewide moratorium on new casinos.But Supervisor - read more »

McCloskey renews call for casino gambling - 22 May 2003
Toledo city Councilman Bob McCloskey yesterday renewed his effort to start a popular tide of support for legalized casino gambling in Ohio.A bid by Monroe County to attract a Native American casino, hotel, and convention center adds urgency to Toledo's need to offer gambling downtown, said Mr. McCloskey, who represents - read more »

Daley says casino would boost city's economy - 22 May 2003
Mayor Richard Daley wants Chicago to be the first city in the country to own a casino, an idea so novel that critics aren't sure how it would work. The mayor has said he would have an outside company manage the casino, but questions remain about how the casino would be regulated. "Would the state threaten to shut down - read more »

At Poker's World Series, 838 Jokers, One King - 21 May 2003
Just after midnight this morning, the bet was $3,000, and Phil Hellmuth Jr., a professional poker player since he became the game's youngest world champion at 24 in 1989, was deciding whether to raise. "How much?" Mr. Hellmuth sneered at the player with the lesser stack two seats to his right, Achilleas Kallakis, a Bri - read more »

Blagojevich: No gambling expansion - 21 May 2003
Gambling revenues are not a “magic wand” that will make the budget deficit vanish, Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Tuesday as he threatened to veto measures contemplating an increase in gambling. “Gambling cannot be part of the solution until Springfield reforms its habits and learns to keep spending in check,” he said in a - read more »

State Indian casinos' revenue up 17% in 2002 - 21 May 2003
California Indian casinos are on a roll, posting a 17 percent gain in revenue last year and siphoning some of the gambling business from Nevada, says an independent financial analysis released Tuesday.With 51 casinos running 48,000 slot machines -- including a new casino in Sonoma County -- the tribes reaped an estimat - read more »

Angelica man hits Seneca casino jackpot - 20 May 2003
Kenneth Swann likes to play the $5 slot machines at Seneca Niagara Casino. On Friday, his persistence paid off. Literally.Mr. Swann, who will be 79 in a couple of months, hit the one-dollar “Wheel of Fortune” progressive “Megajackpot” and became an instant millionaire. The total of the jackpot was $1,094,092.A frequent - read more »

Casino opponents outline strategies - 20 May 2003
While Casinos No! plans to launch a television advertising campaign to oppose an Indian casino referendum, other anti-casino groups are looking to pursue different strategies.A York County group called One Maine-No Casinos plans to staff booths at state and county fairs this summer with people who will try to persuade - read more »

Tulalip casino readies for opening - 20 May 2003
Like a performer tuning up offstage, the new $78 million Tulalip Casino is being tuned up for its grand opening June 5. "It's virtually complete," Ellis Conklin said. "It's just fine tuning now. They're just testing lighting and touchups." Those touchups include testing the gaming equipment, video machines, lighting an - read more »

Anti-casino alliance organizes - 20 May 2003
Volunteers met Thursday to plan their strategy opposing the proposed Graton Rancheria resort casino, and learned that the tribe's partner - Station Casinos - already owns 321 acres near the intersection of Highway 37 and Lakeville Highway.During an open question-and-answer period, 1st District Supervisor Valerie Brown - read more »

New gaming compacts worry gambling counselors - 20 May 2003
A Wisconsin group that helps people addicted to gambling received an all-time high number of calls to its helpline last year, and some who treat gambling addicts fear that number will rise due to new tribal gaming compacts the state has signed.The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling's hotline received 7,550 calls in - read more »

Guv says he'll veto any plan for video gambling in taverns - 20 May 2003
Any state budget changes that would legalize video gambling in taverns will be vetoed, Gov. Jim Doyle says.The Democratic governor said Monday that allowing the machines would be an unconstitutional expansion of gambling."I would veto it because I have a constitutional responsibility to veto it," Doyle said. "We should - read more »

Casino boss a safe bet - 20 May 2003
It's fitting that a guy named Boomer should work so close to Boomer Hill.But apart from their nicknames, the rare mountain beaver that reside atop Boomer Hill and Bruce "Boomer" Schoneboom have nothing in common.Schoneboom is the new general manager of the Seven Feathers Hotel & Casino Resort in Canyonville. He is resp - read more »

Casino parking criticized - 20 May 2003
Counting money from 4 p.m. to midnight at the River Rock Casino isn't the most relaxing job.Finding a space in the tight Alexander Valley casino parking lot only adds to the stress.So Mary Scilacci, a casino cashier from Rohnert Park, was happy when her managers opened a special parking lot about five miles away in Hea - read more »

Road to riches: How gambling has shaped the Seminoles - 19 May 2003
It looked like a family gathering of a century ago. Dozens of Seminole Indians in patchwork clothing mingled with cousins and neighbors on the Hollywood reservation in a traditional powwow to honor the tribe's proud past.Just a few hundred feet away on U.S. Highway 441, construction cranes loomed over the Okalee Indian - read more »

Mayor says casino would boost city's economy - 19 May 2003
Squeezed by a bad economy and sagging revenues, Mayor Richard Daley thinks the nation's third-largest city should get into the casino business.Daley, who's on-again-off-again dalliance with gambling dates back nearly to his election in 1989, waited until after his election to a fifth term in February to declare that a - read more »

Leadership struggle threatens Iowa tribe's casino income - 19 May 2003
A casino that produces $3 million a week in gambling revenues and supports the Meskwaki Indians is in danger of being closed because of a political tug-of-war playing out in state and federal courts that has divided the tribe's 1,293 members. A hearing is scheduled Monday in federal court. A judge says the dispute thre - read more »

Gambling: Is it the only answer? - 19 May 2003
When times get tough and money is needed, the state's political scene becomes a game show. *Behind door No. 1 are budget cuts.*Behind door No. 2 are higher taxes.*And behind door No. 3 is gambling.Time and again, lawmakers have chosen door No. 3, whether it be to aid failing rust belt communities or come up with dollar - read more »

Cash-strapped states consider video gambling - 18 May 2003
The biggest game at the annual World Series of Poker, the no-limit Texas hold 'em tournament, starts tomorrow at Binion's Horseshoe Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The entry fee is $10,000, and by Friday a winner will take home a top prize expected to top $2 million. While the eyes of poker players are focused on the Ho - read more »

Internet gamble that really paid off - 18 May 2003
Britain is leading the world in a new type of gambling that is giving traditional bookmakers a real run for their money. Internet betting exchanges, where punters set their own odds and bet against one another, is enjoying explosive growth. And one player is out in front by a distance. Formed just three years ago, Betf - read more »

Legalizing Slots vs. Casino Gambling - 18 May 2003
Would a bid by Delaware indian tribes to establish casino gambling in Pennsylvania help or hurt Governor Rendell's bid to legalize slots at racetracks? That's the question that's dominating discussions in the state capitol these days. Passage of racetrack slots is dicey because some who support them want only racetrack - read more »

State reviving plan for superhighway connecting casinos - 17 May 2003
State officials are reviving a proposal to build a $95 million, four-lane Route 2A bypass that would link the state's two casinos in southeastern Connecticut. Gov. John G. Rowland's administration recently requested federal funding through U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons, R-2nd District, for the project, designed to reduce traf - read more »

Gambling raid made on store - 17 May 2003
Indian River County sheriff's deputies arrested three people Friday night in a raid on a drive-through convenience store where they alleged illegal gambling was being conducted. Deputies said they confiscated six electronic slot machines from the Beverage Mart at 735 27th Ave. S.W. Arrested were Najeeb Ahmad Kahn, 38, - read more »

Rhode Island Lowers Its Video Gambling Revenue Projections - 17 May 2003
State revenue estimators have lowered their expectations for video gambling. In February, the state projected the installation of 1,825 additional video slot machines at Lincoln Park and Newport Grand Jai Alai would raise Rhode Island's take to $176 million this fiscal year, and $220 million in the next. This week, rev - read more »

Florida State Quarterback Adrian McPherson to Get Jury Trial on Gambling Charges - 16 May 2003
The gambling trial of former Florida State quarterback Adrian McPherson will be heard by a six-person jury, a judge ruled Thursday.In a two-page order, Judge Tim Harley noted the seriousness of the allegations against McPherson, who was dismissed from the football team in November after being charged with stealing a bl - read more »

Land casino idea makes waves - 16 May 2003
The chairman of the Mississippi Gaming Commission said he raised the specter of casinos moving on land because it's simply prudent to look at options.Len Blackwell was the guest speaker at the Gulfport Rotary Club on Thursday at the Great Southern Club. As expected, he discussed a comment he made earlier this month at - read more »

How Chicago casino could alter the game - 15 May 2003
There are precious few things both sides of the casino debate can agree to, but here's one: Both Illinois as a whole and especially Chicago are under-served gambling markets ripe for casino expansion.So adding a mega-casino in Chicago won't kill existing casinos in the suburbs and Northwest Indiana, some experts say.Th - read more »

Pa.'s talk of casinos draws Indians' interest - 15 May 2003
Two Oklahoma Indian tribes that claim ancestral roots in Pennsylvania say they will file suit in federal court to get their lands back unless Gov. Ed Rendell and the state Legislature agree to give them other suitable property where they can start gambling operations.Within hours of their announcement, Rendell said he - read more »

Gambling losses cited in robbery - 15 May 2003
Africa Deshawn Carter, 27, of Oak Street in Bremerton has been charged with first-degree robbery for allegedly taking $35 from a Wheaton Way convenience store May 3 after threatening the clerk with a knife.The case file said Carter had lost $125 at Chips Casino in East Bremerton and was feeling desperate. She robbed th - read more »

Some hurt, but S.A. riders mostly shaken by casino bus crash in Louisiana - 15 May 2003
Regina Sanders was in seat No. 48 watching the movie “28 Days” as the chartered bus she was on lost control.But many of the 54 passengers headed back to San Antonio from a two-day gambling spree in southwestern Louisiana were asleep Tuesday when the bus crashed into a truck and plowed through pine trees.“They just got - read more »

Meskwakis defy order to shut down casino - 15 May 2003
The appointed tribal council that seized control of the Meskwaki government and casino operations in late March kept the gambling going Wednesday despite an order from federal regulators to close."We're doing everything we can to prevent its closure," said Larry Lasley, executive director of the Meskwaki tribe. "We're - read more »

Rival convention venues make gains on Las Vegas - 14 May 2003
Las Vegas continued in 2002 to host most of the nation's largest conventions, but rivals chipped away at the city's market share, the recently released Tradeshow Week 200 says.The list of the country's 200 largest shows by net square footage leased is produced annually by Tradeshow Week, a publication covering the conv - read more »

Scaled-down plan approved - 14 May 2003
A scaled-down version of a timeshare development at the Showcase Mall on the Las Vegas Strip has received final approval by the Clark County Planning Commission.Westgate Resorts plans to build a 42-story, 492-unit timeshare resort adjacent to the mall, near its parking garage.Initially, Orlando, Fla.-based Westgate pro - read more »

Las Vegas March visitor volume off - 14 May 2003
Las Vegas visitor volume fell in March from last year's levels, primarily due to the outbreak of the Iraq war and the city hosting a major convention in 2002 that wasn't here this year.The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority reported 3 million visitors in March compared with 3.3 million in March 2002, a 7.4 per - read more »

Legislature 2003: Gambling group rolls dice again - 14 May 2003
Unable to get traction on its first proposal to expand gambling, a coalition of bars, bowling alleys and card rooms rolled out a new plan yesterday that ups the ante by giving the cash-strapped state a bigger cut of profits.The Entertainment Industry Coalition wants lawmakers to permit their members to run at least 18, - read more »

Betting parlor to compete with Churchill Downs - 14 May 2003
County officials approved Indiana Downs' plans for an off-track betting parlor across the Ohio River from Kentucky that would compete with one operated by Churchill Downs.The Clark County Council voted 5-2 Monday to allow a betting parlor in either Jeffersonville or Clarksville. Both cities are less than five miles fro - read more »

Despite revenue, 'VLTs' not welcomed by all New Yorkers - 14 May 2003
If you are not familiar with the initials VLT, this may be as good a time as any to start getting used to them. They will be heard more and more as state and city budget makers look for ways to climb out of their fiscal holes.No, VLT is not shorthand for a new sandwich, with veal instead of bacon accompanying the lettu - read more »

Judge rejects bid to depose witnesses in FSU gambling case - 14 May 2003
A judge rejected a bid Tuesday by former Florida State quarterback Adrian McPherson's attorney to depose witnesses in the athlete's misdemeanor gambling trial scheduled for next month.County Judge Tim Harley denied the request by Grady Irvin Jr. and also said he would rule Thursday on the attorney's request to have the - read more »

Gambling Fever Pays Off For Game Maker - 14 May 2003
Casinos continue to push into new markets by opening in new cities, near racetracks and on rivers. Each opening is a risk, since customers, regulators and the tax man all have a say in gaming profits.But there's always one winner: the game maker.International Gaming Technology (IGT) controls more than two-thirds of the - read more »

Casino's parking lot policy irks councilmen - 13 May 2003
Access to the city's public beach adjacent to Harrah's East Chicago Casino was the subject of concern Monday for two City Council members.Councilman Rich Medina, D-at large, and George Pabey, D-at large, questioned why a guard shack now stands between the public and the beach.Medina said that when he attempted to park - read more »

Slots giant considers online move - 13 May 2003
The biggest supplier of slot machines has ruled out entering the online casino marketplace until the US legalizes Internet Gambling. Even before major casino companies announced plans to operate Internet gambling sites abroad, International Game Technology (IGT), had exited the business by pulling its investment in an - read more »

Pataki, Mohawks sign MOU on land claims, casino - 13 May 2003
Gov. George Pataki and the Mohawk tribe on Monday signed a tentative $100 million deal to end a land claim dispute, equalize sale prices at reservation stores with nearby competitors and allow a Mohawk casino in the Catskills. Pataki said that although the memorandum of understanding will provide the state some revenue - read more »

Lawmakers should pass on sucker bet - 13 May 2003
Paul would stay in the casinos late into the night and then lie to his wife about his losses. He spent 40 to 50 hours a week gambling and lost anywhere from $300 to a $1,000 every time he went. When he went to Las Vegas, he would lose as much as $5,000.Tired of the financial problems, deception and Paul's absence from - read more »

Illinois house OKs part of gambling package - 13 May 2003
As a legislative committee approved part of a massive gambling expansion package, the major players at the state Capitol said the serious work has just begun.The Illinois House's gambling committee voted 8-2 Thursday for one of three proposals sponsored by Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie -- a package Lang says could wipe out a - read more »

Park Place Indian casino agreement reached - 13 May 2003
The Pataki administration and the St. Regis Mohawk tribe have resolved a last-minute dispute that held up the signing of an agreement to settle the tribe's land-claim lawsuit and open the way for a new casino in the Catskills, an administration official said.The Mohawks' partner in the project is Park Place Entertainme - read more »

Casino raises stakes in Meskwaki dispute - 12 May 2003
Tribal disputes are nothing new here at the Meskwaki Nation.Since adopting a constitution in 1937 that established a seven-member governing council, the tribe has ousted its leaders with regularity.Now another overthrow is in the works. A group claiming it was appointed by hereditary tribal chief Charles Old Bear is at - read more »

Cities bet their development on casinos - 12 May 2003
San Pablo hopes it's hit the fiscal jackpot - again. Richmond is deciding whether to roll the dice. The rest of Contra Costa County is waiting to see if it's worth a bet, but isn't likely to take a piece of the action. "The action" is Las Vegas-style casino gambling, which California voters legalized in Proposition 1A - read more »

Main backer of casino withdraws application - 12 May 2003
A company that planned to lend $36 million to the Stillaguamish Tribe for a casino has withdrawn its application for approval from the Washington State Gambling Commission. The move by Arlington Gaming will delay plans for the 40,000-square-foot casino, originally set to open this summer.Eddie Goodridge Jr., the tribe' - read more »

Casinos run by government? - 11 May 2003
Mayor Daley doesn't just want a casino in Chicago. He wants a piece of the action.The way to get it, he says, is to look north of the border. And he doesn't mean Wisconsin.Since floating the idea of a city gambling palace last year, the mayor has been touting Ontario, Canada, as a model for the way the state could own - read more »

Gamber to sue casino for losses - 11 May 2003
A gambler is suing Star City Casino after he lost $50,000 when staff allegedly broke an agreement not to let him near the blackjack tables.Chi Thanh Nguyen, 35, was financially ruined and on the verge of a marriage breakdown when the casino offered to ban him for life.The casino offers a self-exclusion service that let - read more »

Gambling expansion package advances - 10 May 2003
As a legislative committee approved part of a massive gambling expansion package, the major players at the state Capitol said the serious work has just begun.The Illinois House's gambling committee voted 8-2 Thursday for one of three proposals sponsored by Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie -- a package Lang says could wipe out a - read more »

Casinos join hands in employee-training lab - 10 May 2003
New Jersey casinos aren't known for playing nice with each other: They compete for gamblers, entertainment acts and new slot machine products, among other things.Now, a handful are joining hands in a training initiative that uses language lessons, computer primers and job skills instruction to help casino employees mov - read more »

IGT a sleeping giant in 'Net gaming - 10 May 2003
Even before major casino companies announced plans to operate Internet gambling sites abroad, the industry's largest supplier, International Game Technology, had exited the business by pulling its stake in a Sydney-based content provider to Web casinos.IGT divested of Access Systems after just a few months over concern - read more »

Station offered best deal for San Francisco-area casino - 10 May 2003
When an Indian tribe near San Francisco decided this year to build a casino, it bypassed suitors at some of the nation's largest casino companies to select Station Casinos Inc. for the job.Gaming giants are pursuing contracts with tribes to expand their nationwide reach at a time when few states are likely to legalize - read more »

N.Y. governor near deal on Indian casino - 09 May 2003
After two decades of impasse, Gov. George E. Pataki is close to reaching an agreement with the St. Regis Mohawk tribe that would settle a longstanding land-claim lawsuit against the state. And, if the federal government ratifies the deal, it would allow the tribe to open a casino in the Catskills.Pataki and leaders of - read more »

Playing field leveled for Aladdin bidders - 09 May 2003
A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge has approved a sale procedure for the Aladdin hotel-casino, but not before reducing the amount by which the successful bidder must win.Judge Robert C. Jones on Wednesday approved a motion establishing a partnership that includes the co-founder of Planet Hollywood and Starwood Hotels and Re - read more »

Vegas casino magnate buys Cezanne, Renoir - 09 May 2003
A self-portrait by Cezanne that has not been publicly displayed for more than six decades was sold at auction to Las Vegas casino mogul Stephen A. Wynn a day after he nabbed a Renoir at another auction.Cezanne's painting, the artist's only self-portrait still in private hands, went for $17.3 million, the highest price - read more »

Daley casino could threaten region's boats - 09 May 2003
With the lion's share of its gaming revenues coming from Illinois residents, a land-based casino in downtown Chicago could drain substantial gambling dollars away from Northwest Indiana.Already, some Hoosiers are talking about being ready to compete -- perhaps with marketing and expansion tax incentives offered to the - read more »

Mississippi casinos watching potential competition in South - 09 May 2003
Mississippi's casinos can brag of stable revenues, but gaming industry experts say the state needs to watch competition that could sprout across the South.Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Florida and Alabama don't allow casinos, but industry insiders expect some of those states to permit gambling halls in the next few years - read more »

Gambling expansion blocked - 09 May 2003
It took more than three months to bring gambling proposals to the Senate floor but only a few hours to reject two measures to expand gambling in Kansas.Not only did senators vote 34-4 against a gambling bill this week, they took an extra procedural step -- voting against reconsidering their action -- to make sure the b - read more »

Governor willing to discuss Chicago-owned casino - 09 May 2003
While repeating his stance that he does not support an expansion of gambling, Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Wednesday he is willing to listen to Mayor Richard Daley's idea of a casino in Chicago."It would be irresponsible to simply reject their ideas without listening to them in the context of a $5 billion budget deficit t - read more »

Ex casino president rebuffed in bid for early return - 09 May 2003
A former casino president banned from the business for lying about his compulsive gambling was dealt another setback Wednesday.Despite impassioned pleas from his lawyer and endorsements by compulsive gambling counselors and casino executives, the state Casino Control Commission balked at letting Gary DiBartolomeo retur - read more »

House committee approves part of gambling expansion package - 09 May 2003
The first part of a massive gambling expansion plan designed to help fill Illinois' empty coffers cleared its first hurdle in the Legislature Thursday.The House gambling committee voted 8-2 for a plan that would add hundreds of slot machines at the state's nine riverboat casinos and for the first time allow slot machin - read more »

State allows A.C. casinos to serve alcohol on beach - 08 May 2003
Booze on the beach, long a no-no because of safety concerns, will be served up beginning this month in Atlantic City. After obtaining city approval, the Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino, Caesars Atlantic City, and the Atlantic City Hilton won permission from the state Casino Control Commission yesterday to open beach bars se - read more »

Plan would dock casino in county - 08 May 2003
A riverboat casino would dock in Lake County and the south suburbs under a plan being crafted by the state lawmaker who penned Illinois' original gaming legislation.Sen. Denny Jacobs, chairman of the Senate gaming committee, wants to boost the number of state gambling licenses from 10 to 12, specifically docking one fl - read more »

Governor listens to gambling ideas - 08 May 2003
As lawmakers proposed a massive gambling expansion to help fill the state's gaping budget hole, Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Wednesday he would consider letting Chicago have its own casino.If passed, the proposals would change the face of gambling in Illinois, extending it from riverboats and horse tracks to corner bars a - read more »

Kerry Packer folds Online Casino - 07 May 2003
CrownGames, the Vanuatu casino set up by Kerry Packer's publicly traded company Publishing and Broadcasting Ltd, was closed yesterday following a reported $5.6 million loss for the half year to December.'We have formed the view that the business will not break even this financial year and is now unlikely to achieve the - read more »

Panel OKs Net gambling restrictions - 07 May 2003
A House subcommittee voted Tuesday to make it harder for Americans to gamble on the Internet, opting not to consider an alternative proposal that could lead to states legalizing and taxing online casinos. Democrats on the House Judiciary subcommittee on crime said they would raise that alternative when the full committ - read more »

Banks Won’t Stop Casinos - 07 May 2003
Australian Banks have warned their Government that they will not help suppress online casino gaming within the antipodal nation. Although the Australian governments made it illegal for Australians to bet at online casinos, their banks say that it is not feasible for them to help enforce that ban. That makes it easy for - read more »

Software company expanding - 07 May 2003
ValetNoir Inc., a Las Vegas technology company that makes player tracking software for casinos, has signed a lease for expanded office space in the Airport East Center and expects to hire additional technology, marketing and support employees to coincide with the launch of the company's newest software.The software, ca - read more »

Atlantic City's monopoly threatened by competition - 07 May 2003
When New Jersey voters decided to deal Atlantic City in on the business of casino gambling, nobody knew exactly what to expect - not the casino proponents, not the casino companies, not the people of Atlantic City. In 1978, the only casinos in the United States were located in Nevada. And no city had ever attempted to - read more »

Fair Grounds Slots Bill Clears Legislative Hurdle - 07 May 2003
For the second time this spring, a Senate committee gave the nod to adding slot machines at Fair Grounds, ignoring vigorous objections from a gambling opponent who spoke against the bill.The bill, which lets Orleans Parish voters decide whether to let the Fair Grounds install the gambling machines, sailed through the S - read more »

Senate votes against gambling bill - 07 May 2003
Voters in Derby will not play a role in bringing gambling to Kansas after all.Apparently, the issue is now officially dead and will not go to voters - in counties that have horse and dog tracks - who would have had the final say. On Monday night, Senators not only voted 34-4 against a gambling bill, but also took an ad - read more »

Park City official predicts gambling issue will return next year - 07 May 2003
The issue of state-approved gambling has been rejected by lawmakers in Topeka, shot down by a 21-18 vote in the State Senate Monday. It will more than likely, however, be back again for next year's session, says Jack Whitson, director of economic development for Park City, which is just north of Wichita. Gambling could - read more »

Willow Park man to face multiple gambling charges - 07 May 2003
Deputies from the Denton Sheriff's Department arrested Willow Park resident Kari Howard Slinkard, 43, shortly after midnight on Sunday.Slinkard is charged with gambling promotion, keeping a gambling place, possession of a gambling device, possession of gambling paraphernalia and engaging in organized crime.The first fo - read more »

Southern Gaming Summit to start in Biloxi - 07 May 2003
The Southern Gaming Summit begins Wednesday with industry veterans likely to discuss how to protect their businesses from growing competition while still increasing revenues.Nationwide, there's a proliferation of proposals to expand the $50 billion gambling industry as more states look to gambling to boost economies as - read more »

Mohegan Sun's Revenues Up, Earnings Down - 06 May 2003
Mohegan Sun's revenues increased in the second quarter despite the weak economy and war, but the casino's net income fell as the result of higher interest and operating expenses, executives reported Monday in a conference call to investors. The Mohegan Tribe refinanced some of its $1.1 billion debt during the quarter t - read more »

Rendell open to more than slots - 06 May 2003
The odds improved Monday for legalizing riverboat gambling in Pennsylvania. Gov. Ed Rendell said he would consider the idea, in addition to legalizing slots at racetracks. Allowing slots at the state's horse racing tracks is a key component of Rendell's plan to increase education spending. "I'm always amenable to negot - read more »

Las Vegas gets racier as hotel-casinos shed family image to compete with strip clubs - 06 May 2003
For years, the Treasure Island hotel-casino, with its pyrotechnic pirate show and skull-and-bones marquee, carried a reputation as a Disney-esque destination for families. But the show, like Las Vegas, is sailing off into another, altogether naughtier direction. Casino operators will replace the popular family attracti - read more »

Senate rejects gambling bill; Trump pursues casino plan - 06 May 2003
Trump Casinos will pursue plans to build a casino in downtown Wichita despite the Kansas Senate's rejection late Monday of a plan to expand gambling.A Trump representative said he will work with senators through the year to come up with a better plan."We are in it for the long haul," said Tim Barton, president of JMJ D - read more »

Cash-strapped town relies on strip clubs to pay bills - 06 May 2003
Like communities up and down the Mississippi River that have tapped riverboats and gambling, this village just 5 miles east of St. Louis is looking to a sin tax to boost its cash-strapped coffers.Already home to more strip clubs than any community in the area, leaders of this village of 5,300 in April approved two addi - read more »

Punjab Gambles On Casinos To Boost Revenues - 05 May 2003
The Punjab government is all set to introduce casinos in the state in a bid to create a niche product which will boost tourism and increase revenue figures. In an exclusive with Express Hotelier and Caterer, Punjab chief minister Captain Amrinder Singh said the state government is already in the process of amending the - read more »

SARS hits online and offline gambling - 05 May 2003
It is to be expected that the SARS virus scare would take its toll on offline gambling - flights between Las Vegas and Tokyo have been cut back, for instance - but now a conference on online gambling has succumbed to the virus. The Global Interactive Gaming Summit and Expo, originally scheduled for May 20-22 in Toronto - read more »

MGM unveils location blocking software - 05 May 2003
At a hearing on Internet gambling April 29, MGM Mirage told Congress about a new system it has developed which could stop 99.99 percent of illegal online gambling from within Utah, one of two states that bans all forms of gaming. The technology impressed Rep. Chris Cannon, R-Utah, to the extent that he has co-sponsored - read more »

First day of casino gambling was bedlam - 05 May 2003
The Memorial Day weekend was always big business at the shore.Historically, it signaled the start of the summer season, when day-tripping beachgoers and summer renters began making their annual pilgrimage to the seashore.In 1978, it meant even more: On May 26, the dice started rolling at Resorts International Hotel Cas - read more »

A.C. Celebrates 25Yrs of Gambling - 04 May 2003
This month marks 25 years since Atlantic City's first casino opened its doors. Despite the city's high unemployment and blighted neighborhoods, most feel the gamble has paid off. The casinos have created more than 45-thousand jobs and pumped seven (b) billion dollars in capital investment into the city. Casino taxes ha - read more »

Auction Set For Sale Of Casino Ships - 04 May 2003
For sale to the highest bidder: Four used Stardancer Casino Cruises gambling boats, two used water taxis and hundreds of slot machines. Only serious bidders need apply. Bidding on a gambling boat will require a $100,000 cashier's check as a deposit. The larger vessels, up to 155 feet long, could go for about $10 millio - read more »

Vegas council race heats up as new allegations surface - 04 May 2003
Officials with Councilman Michael McDonald's campaign stepped up their charges against opponent Janet Moncrief, saying her election bid is illegally financed by casino maverick Bob Stupak.Stupak, the developer and former owner of the Stratosphere hotel-casino, approached a political consultant and offered to pay him to - read more »

A Casino Worker's Journey - 04 May 2003
Her face fixed toward Mohegan Sun casino's glittering 34-story hotel, Yue Chang steps lively along a road shared by dozens of fellow Chinese immigrants who emerge daily from their homes to walk to work. But something at the bottom of the winding hill and near the Route 32 intersection in Montville makes her nervous; sh - read more »

Casinos to mix booze, beach - 04 May 2003
"Give us booze on the beach," the casinos cried for years. City Council finally gave them what they wanted, but only three casinos will be pouring drinks on the sand this summer.Caesars, Hilton and Trump Plaza are building elaborate beach bars/nightclubs that will serve pina coladas and Heinekens to Boardwalk strollers - read more »

Many bank on new casino - 04 May 2003
John Swartzentruber may be one of the few people in Orange County who doesn't have a strong opinion about a proposed casino here. Ask almost anybody - merchant, factory worker, preacher, - and they'll talk at length about why they support or oppose it. But Swartzentruber, an Amish farmer with a wife, Lizzy, and 10 kids - read more »

What do opponents of gambling suggest instead? - 04 May 2003
It is a shame that most residents of Canton are frightened to come downtown, even for a court appearance. I hope all the mayoral candidates realize that the city is certainly not going to be expanding its residents unless something really unique is established downtown.If downtown Canton were to be turned into “Mountai - read more »

Online gambling gathers foes in Congress - 04 May 2003
Call it a safe bet in the House, but a crapshoot in the Senate. Taking up a crusade they failed to complete last year, lawmakers are lining up support for a bill that would prohibit banks and credit card companies from issuing any debt or making any wire transfer that would finance Internet gambling. Republicans, resor - read more »

Final Payday For Pahrump Workers Of Burned Out Casino - 03 May 2003
It's payday for workers at the Mountain View Casino in Pahrump. It's also the last check they'll be receiving. On Tuesday, the Mountain View was destroyed by fire. Employees got together one last time Friday, and News 3's Denise Rosch reports a ot of these families need help right now.In several families, more than one - read more »

Casino dad wins £250k - 03 May 2003
Good Friday certainly lived up to its name for a Solihull businessman after he won £250,000 playing poker and roulette.Father-of-four Colin Brown, 52, scooped the country's top poker prize during a visit to Edgbaston casino, Midland Wheel Club.With just a £1 stake, Colin won £240,000 playing Stanley Casino group's Prog - read more »

Poll results about casino bill may influence Pawlenty - 03 May 2003
Gov. Tim Pawlenty seemed to soften his opposition to a state-operated casino Friday after seeing a new poll that shows an overwhelming majority of Minnesotans favor using gambling revenue to help solve the state's budget $4.2 billion deficit.Seventy percent of Minnesotans support having the state operate a so-called "r - read more »

Moral crusader Bennett lost $8 million while gambling - 03 May 2003
William Bennett, author of The Book of Virtues and one of the nation's most relentless moral crusaders, is a high-rolling gambler who has lost more than $8 million at casinos in the last decade, according to online reports from two magazines. The Washington Monthly said on its Web site that "over the last decade Benne - read more »

Tribe in Shady Hamptons Casino Deal - 02 May 2003
A Long Island Indian tribe is expected to start construction on a controversial casino in the Hamptons as soon as next week - after signing a deal to have the project built by a shady ex-con with alleged mob ties. The Shinnecock Indian Nation formalized the deal this week with Oklahoma-based gaming developer Ivy K. Ong - read more »

2003 a year of challenges for gambling industry - 02 May 2003
Gambling industry veterans will meet next week in Biloxi and are likely to discuss how to protect one's turf and grow revenues even as competition is increasing and the economy remains stagnant.Nationwide, there's a proliferation of proposals to expand the $50 billion gambling industry as more states - facing yawning b - read more »

State May Just Say No To 3rd Casino - 02 May 2003
The state may yet hold the winning hand when it comes to blocking a third Indian casino. It could just say no.The Eastern Pequot tribe and its investors - who are close to final federal recognition and busily planning a casino resort - then would have to convince the U.S. Department of Interior to impose a casino on th - read more »

Smoking Ban Would Not Affect Foxwoods Or Mohegan Sun - 02 May 2003
Smokers, an endangered species in most of the state's public places, are safe in Connecticut's casinos.A smoking ban on restaurants and bars passed by the state Senate Wednesday - and likely to receive House approval next week - does not include Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun. Casino liquor permits are not part - read more »

Casino growth would raise taxes without hike - 01 May 2003
The state would receive up to $332 million over the next three years if it were to let the casino industry grow naturally instead of raising gaming taxes, according to a report funded by local businesses and casinos.The state could raise another $10 million annually if it were to tax leased slot machines, the report sa - read more »

PayPal bans payments for porn on eBay - 01 May 2003
PayPal has extended its ban on porn to include products from parent company eBay's 'mature audience' section. Other items include drugs, firearms and humans PayPal, the payment service eBay purchased for $1.5bn (£935m) in October, this month published its revised policy on processing payment for adult material. Only Pa - read more »

New Haven Man Gets Four Years In Foxwoods Casino Robbery - 01 May 2003
A New Haven man was sentenced Wednesday in New London Superior Court to four years in prison for stealing more than a quarter million dollars in chips during a brazen robbery at Foxwoods Resort Casino, the first armed robbery since the casino opened in 1992.Gene Lagor, 56, pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and fir - read more »

Auction state slot licenses, expert urges - 01 May 2003
A veteran of Maryland's gambling expansion wars argued yesterday that Pennsylvania would be better off auctioning slot machine licenses on the open market than simply granting them to operators of racetracks. Jeff Hooke, an investment banker by trade and leader of the Maryland Taxpayer Education Foundation, suggested t - read more »

Lawmakers criticize gaming revenue sum - 01 May 2003
Republicans on the Legislature's budget committee blamed Gov. Jim Doyle on Wednesday for a $75 million shortfall in tribal gambling revenue that would have helped solve the state's massive deficit.They also contended Doyle lied about his budget being balanced, but Doyle aides defended the governor.Republican members of - read more »