October 2003 News Article Archive

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Sheriff's role in casino promotion under investigation - 31 October 2003
A judge plans to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate whether Orange County's sheriff violated state law by campaigning for a proposed casino while he was on duty.Circuit Court Judge Larry Blanton said Monday he would appoint a special prosecutor this week to review the allegations against Sheriff Doyle Cornwell - read more »

MGM Mirage to open UK Casino - 31 October 2003
The proposed deregulation of British gambling laws is attracting big business to the country's capital as MGM Mirage announce their plans to launch a casino in the heart of London.Based in the Victorian grandeur of London's famous Olympia Exhibition Centre, the company envisage a casino and entertainment complex unlike - read more »

Three Dead in Tropicana Garage Collapse - 31 October 2003
A multistory parking garage under construction at the Tropicana Casino & Resort near Atlantic City's boardwalk collapsed on Thursday, killing at least three people and injuring about 20 others, officials and witnesses said.One man was still trapped in the debris as darkness fell across the East Coast gambling resort, s - read more »

Ameristar-St. Charles posts 300% gain in Q3 operating profit - 30 October 2003
Ameristar Casino-St. Charles continues to reap the benefits of its multi-million dollar expansion in 2002, with third-quarter operating income rising more than 300 percent. The company said its St. Charles casino had $15.6 million in operating income in the third quarter, compared to $3.9 million in the same quarter la - read more »

Gambling on casinos is a risky business - 30 October 2003
The arguments for legalising casinos are clear. Topping the list are the economic benefits of bringing underground gambling to the surface and into the clear view of tax authorities, law enforcement and corruption watchdogs. Studies by Chulalongkorn University found that nearly 520 billion baht is lost every year by pu - read more »

Proponents: Casino would create jobs, spur economy - 30 October 2003
Job layoffs. Abandoned mills. Industrial parks with empty parking lots. Families and children with no insurance. Bankruptcy. Tales of Mainers fleeing the state in search of economic betterment. Casino proponents point to these images of a faltering state economy in their ad campaign urging a "yes" vote on Question 3 in - read more »

Opponents: Casino carries untold hidden social costs - 30 October 2003
Kristie, a senior at Unity College, was surprised to learn last year that her request for an increased credit limit was denied. Without her knowledge or consent, three other credit card accounts had been opened in her name with charges of nearly $5,000.Upon investigating the matter, Kristie discovered that her mother, - read more »

Indian tribe gets private State House meeting to push for casino - 30 October 2003
As state lawmakers weigh legalizing casinos, most gambling lobbyists are forced to chase harried lawmakers down the halls of the State House to plead their case for a few minutes. But today, a lobbyist and lawyer for the Nipmuc Indian tribe of Sutton, which hopes to receive special consideration from legislators to dev - read more »

Problem Gambling Conference Brings Experts, Industry, Leaders Together - 30 October 2003
Last week a three-day conference to bring awareness to a growing problem - pathological or problem gambling - began in Sacramento and concluded here Oct. 17 with more than 40 treatment professionals, tribal leaders, state officials and gaming industry professionals in attendance. The 'Tumbling Dice' conference, an even - read more »

Gambling signs illegal in West Virginia - 30 October 2003
Governor Wise signed an executive order that closes the loophole to a law that allowed video lottery machines to be installed in bars, clubs and fraternal organizations. Since the law's passage, bars and clubs have started erecting advertisements that feature gambling-related images and words to entice customers. The g - read more »

RealTime Gaming announces their newest software version 2.7 with the much anticipated, multi-player poker game platform. - 29 October 2003
Online casino software developer RealTime Gaming announced today the rollout of the latest version of their popular online casino software platform - complete with a brand new multi-player poker suite. Version 2.7 is RealTime's 13th release in the last two years - outpacing all other major casino software developers.“ - read more »

Another Casino Boat Venture in Tarpon, Florida - 29 October 2003
In the sink-or-swim world of cruises to nowhere, casino boat ventures in this city have often barely tread water.First, the city torpedoed a proposal to bring a casino boat, hotel and convention center to N Pinellas Avenue last summer. Next, gambling business in the area tanked when a Stardancer Casino Cruise ship was - read more »

Kennewick, Wash., Casino Unexpectedly Closes - 29 October 2003
Shelly Penney learned she was without a job Monday when she and about 85 fellow employees of Cleopatra's Cable Bridge Casino in Kennewick learned the casino had unexpectedly closed."I don't think anyone knows what happened yet," the 23-year-old card dealer from Pasco said Monday, sitting outside the closed casino at 10 - read more »

MultiVision wins $10.9 casino contract - 29 October 2003
Macau-based Elixir Group has contracted a Singapore-listed company, MultiVision Intelligent Surveillance to provide HK$48.67 million ($10.92 million) in digital video surveillance products and solutions to 10 casinos in Macau.Elixir Group is the systems integration arm of online trading solutions provider, Value Conver - read more »

Industry analysts bet on online gambling - 29 October 2003
It is estimated that an excess of a trillion dollars is wagered annually worldwide on the various forms of gambling. Gambling industry analyst Terri Walker estimates that online gambling turnover was $11.5 billion in 2000, with the volume increasing to $21.5 billion in 2002, with revenue equaling about $1.3 billion. Th - read more »

Think tank says Catawbas can operate video gambling machines - 29 October 2003
There is no current state law barring the Catawba Indian Nation from operating video gambling machines on reservation land, according to an attorney hired by a conservative think tank.Some elected officials in South Carolina say a state law that banned the games three years ago covers the Catawbas.But a new report by t - read more »

Supporters, critics battling over upcoming casino vote - 29 October 2003
With a week left before a vote to decide whether Orange County will get a casino, leaders of pro-casino and anti-gambling forces have both been hit by campaign mud.Eight residents have filed complaints against Orange County Sheriff Doyle Cornwell. They allege that Cornwell, leader of the pro-casino group Citizens for t - read more »

Jacko's the key man in Vegas - 28 October 2003
King of pop Michael Jackson has been awarded the key to the city of Las Vegas. Jackson wore a red shirt with embroided leafs, two chunky belts and black trousers with a red stripe down the leg to the ceremony at the Aladdin hotel on the famous Vegas strip. On his feet he also wore sparkling silver boots.Earlier on at t - read more »

2 Sides Wager Big in Maine Casino Fight - 28 October 2003
A Las Vegas developer's plans to construct a $650 million casino in southern Maine has triggered the most expensive referendum campaign in the state's history. With less than two weeks to go before voters head to the polls, casino advocates and opponents are running television spots in an advertising spending spree tha - read more »

Low rollers not welcome at Atlantic City Casino Resort - 28 October 2003
Slots were once the most democratic of casino pastimes, being open to recreational gamblers, senior citizens with a purse full of coins, tourists - anyone wearing bad slacks, basically. You didn't need a tux and a martini to look the part parked against a slot. These days however, if you want low limits on slots, you c - read more »

Record slots jackpot at Harrods casino - 28 October 2003
A lucky punter playing the slots at Harrod's online casino won a record jackpot of £14,000 ($), the fourth time the jackpot has been won in the past six months. The total jackpot payouts in that time stands at £30,000. The lucky punter, who has not been named, was a 56 year old man from the West Midlands, scooping exac - read more »

Police build case against 'casino ship' - 28 October 2003
About 1,200 people were regular customers of an illegal floating casino that was raided by police last week, a source said yesterday."Investigators are convinced that the Olvia as a registered cruise ship had used leisure voyages as a front for gambling services," the source said. Documents show that more than 20 per c - read more »

Netanyahu Wants a Private Casino in Eilat - 28 October 2003
Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu supports the establishment of a private casino in the southern port city of Eilat. The casino he envisions would not be connected to the Mifal Hapayis Lottery Authority. Netanyahu stated there is widespread support for a casino in Eilat, adding he supports a casino that is designed t - read more »

Romulus sets gambling vote - 28 October 2003
City officials want residents to decide whether gambling facilities should be allowed in the city. Voters will be asked two questions in a Dec. 2 special election: whether to permit casino gambling and whether to allow horse racing. The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of the Chippewa Indians wants to build a $350 million casino - read more »

Video lottery amendment divides gambling industry - 28 October 2003
The stakes will be high when state voters go to the polls Nov. 4 to decide the fate of Amendment 33. The contentious and expensive ballot issue has pitted elements of the state's gambling industry against one another over whether the proposal would be good for Colorado. Most of the debate revolves around money -- and l - read more »

Optibet Ltd Interactive Betting Launches betprovider.com - 28 October 2003
Optibet Ltd Interactive Betting Company - Are gearing up for the launch of betprovider.com a unique sports odds comparison service catering for sports fans that like a flutter and want the best returns.Betprovider.com will be available to all sports fans as a free service providing the best odds in the market for a num - read more »

Casino Marketing Group To Attend International Casino Exhibition - 28 October 2003
During an interview earlier today, the management team of Casino Marketing Group (cmgrouplv.com) announced formal plans to attend the International Casino Exhibition (ICE) to be hosted in London during January 2004. In addition to attendance at ICE, Casino Marketing Group will be in London for an extended stay while es - read more »

Online gambling too easy for compulsive gamblers - 28 October 2003
Another week, another expert warns the dangers of online gambling. This time it's Egan Jones, social worker and online gambling “expert”, speaking at the Louisiana Region 6 Forum on Compulsive Gambling.'It's hard when someone can climb out of bed and turn on a computer and start gambling,' Jones said. Apparently, it's - read more »

Betonsports to protest against US anti- online gaming moves - 28 October 2003
Online gambling is expected to generate revenues of approximately $5 billion this year, with most of that coming from US residents. So it's a pretty good bet that a lot of US citizens think online gambling is not only acceptable, but a decent value for the entertainment dollar. However, state and federal regulators are - read more »

US Internet gambling bill unlikely to pass, Democrat says - 28 October 2003
It's hardly a resounding vote of confidence in the online gambling industry, but one leading Democrat says the US is unlikely to pass an anti-online gambling bill this year. The reason: not enough time, mainly. Rep. Barney Frank said there is not enough time, and more pressing issues for Congress to deal with this year - read more »

For compulsive gamblers, video lottery can be trouble - 26 October 2003
For compulsive gamblers, video lottery terminals can provide a fast track to trouble. According to one study of problem gamblers, people who played VLTs or slot machines moved from social to pathological gambling in an average of 15 months - four times as fast as those who developed problems gambling on horses or dogs. - read more »

Everyone Wins With Indian Gambling - 26 October 2003
Most Americans just observed “Columbus Day” to honor the “discovery” of America. Yet, for the First Americans, the millions of people who had inhabited the “New World” for thousands of years before Columbus, 1492 marks the beginning of the American holocaust. For the next five centuries, disease, dispossession and pove - read more »

Hike in gambling tax appears unlikely - 26 October 2003
In the coming months, Montanans can size up for themselves the five men running for governor in 2004 and where they stand on key issues. Candidates are crisscrossing the state to meet voters. As the June primary approaches, groups will be holding forums, and media organizations will be sponsoring debates.This is our Mo - read more »

Weekend getaway: Gambling is only part of Nevada's life story - 26 October 2003
Bullion, booze and boom" could be the historical buzz phrase for California's eastern neighbor. Belly up to the Nevada State Museum and learn why.The sprawling facility across the street from Nevada's Capitol concerns itself with far more than mining, miners' drinking and nuclear tests. Geology, wildlife, American Indi - read more »

New channel rolling the dice on viewer interest in gambling - 26 October 2003
With casinos popping up all across the country these days, creators of the new Casino Gaming Television network are betting their business venture is going to be a sure thing. Casino and Gaming Television is scheduled to launch in the fourth quarter of 2004 as a digital cable and satellite channel, said Nickolas J. Rho - read more »

Casino site close to approval - 25 October 2003
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could issue a permit next month for a D'Iberville casino site.The corps is running legal notices requesting comments on the final environmental impact statement on the casino's effect on wetlands and aquatic life. After Nov. 24, no more comments will be accepted."We're anticipating the - read more »

A modest proposal to save Wembley's hide - 25 October 2003
Wembley Plc needs our help. The London-based international gambling empire wagered a reported $10 million to pass Amendment 33 on this fall's Colorado ballot. But by all signs, the measure is headed toward a crushing defeat. For some reason, Coloradans don't seem enamored by the notion of festooning the Front Range wit - read more »

Harrah's donates corporate archive to UNLV gaming center - 25 October 2003
Harrah's Entertainment Chairman Phil Satre called on the rest of the casino industry to follow his company's lead as he formally presented the company's extensive corporate archive to the Gaming Studies Research Center at UNLV. The collection, now known as the "Harrah's Archive," and the research center are part of the - read more »

Tribe Looks at Site Near Fairfield for Casino Complex - 25 October 2003
Residents of the Fairfield area are vowing to resist efforts by a tiny Northern California Indian tribe to build a huge gambling resort in western Solano County.The Guidiville Tribe of Pomo Indians currently resides on rented land in Ukiah. They'd like to make the move to a 430-acre plot of land just off Interstate-80 - read more »

Indian Gaming Association warns of Pandora’s box - 25 October 2003
The Legislature will be opening a Pandora's box if it allows a Canterbury Park racino, warns the executive director of the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association.John McCarthy of the MIGA said his organization will continue to oppose a racino and any other expansion of gambling.“Once the door gets opened, there will be no - read more »

Schumer pushes new BIA director to move casino applications along - 24 October 2003
With the St. Regis Mohawks having submitted an application to develop casino at Kutsher's in the Town of Thompson in June 2001, and Stockbridge-Munsees submitted one for Bridgeville in February 2002; both tribes still await approval and Senator Charles Schumer hopes to speed the approval process along. He met late Tues - read more »

Louisiana gambling revenue drops 5 percent - 24 October 2003
Louisiana's state-licensed casinos saw their revenue drop nearly 5 percent in September from a year ago as play slowed in the Texas-oriented markets of Shreveport-Bossier City and Lake Charles.The 14 dockside casinos, Harrah's New Orleans Casino and slot machine casinos at racetracks won $150.3 million last month, comp - read more »

Illinois board rejects 24-hour casino plan - 24 October 2003
Illinois Gaming Board members voted Wednesday against allowing the casino in East St. Louis to be open 24 hours.The board also approved a new code of conduct to close a loophole that allowed the board's former administrator to resign and accept a job with a gambling company. And it voted to renew for four years the Alt - read more »

Major Video Games Tournament Heading to Las Vegas - 24 October 2003
Video gaming's richest tournament has decided to move to Las Vegas and set up show alongside one of the world's largest consumer electronics shows -- and it's adding a women's category too.Cyber X Gaming, operator of an international video game tournament, on Thursday said it has moved its grand finals to Las Vegas fro - read more »

Texas sets date to play big lottery - 24 October 2003
Christmas could come early for a Texan lucky enough to defy the longest of odds and win a jackpot in the multistate Mega Millions game.Texas Lottery Commission officials announced Wednesday that the target date for the state's first drawing in Mega Millions -- a game with average jackpots of $42 million -- is Dec. 5. T - read more »

Nearly 60 arrested on illegal gambling boat in Thailand - 24 October 2003
Some 100 Thai commandos have stormed a luxurious floating gambling den in the Gulf of Thailand, arresting 58 gamblers. Police commandos tracked down the Ukranian-registered vessel using helicopters and speed boats after a tip-off to Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's office and a month-long investigation.About $U - read more »

MailFrontier tackles email-based casino scams - 23 October 2003
MailFrontier, a vendor of security products for messaging applications, has launched the beta version (pre-release software) of an application that could cut down fraudulent emails and spam. MailFrontier estimates identity theft costs consumers an average of $1,400 per fraud as well as up to $16,000 in lost earnings, a - read more »

Casino money helps finance public services - 23 October 2003
Ambulance stations have been built. Sidewalks have been improved. Scholarships have been awarded to help high school seniors prepare for college.It's indisputable that the presence of the Caesars Indiana riverboat casino has played a role in promoting the well-being of many aspects of life in Harrison County and its en - read more »

PlayerSelectCasino.com release Wireless Gaming Suite - 23 October 2003
Chartwell Technology Inc. provider of gaming systems and entertainment content to the online gambling industry, has announced commercial release of V1.0 of its wireless gaming suite for Java-enabled mobile phones. The wireless suite, like the company's other gaming products, can be integrated with an operator's existin - read more »

Elton John to Be a Fixture in Las Vegas - 22 October 2003
Elton John promised the sequins will fly again when he kicks off a three-year gig at Caesars Palace in February. "I cannot do this show anywhere else in the world except here," the entertainer said at a news conference Tuesday. "It's back to costume changes and Velcro." The 56-year-old has signed a deal to perform 75 s - read more »

Maine could do better on casino deal, experts say - 22 October 2003
Maine could do much better than simply receiving $100 million a year from a cut of slot machine revenue if the state auctioned off the rights to open a proposed casino, industry analysts say.Auctioning off the license could bring in millions of dollars and the state could still take a share of the slots. The Passamaquo - read more »

BlackJack.com launches industry-driven Casino Affiliate Program - 22 October 2003
BlackJack.com today announced the launch of its new BlackJack.com Casino Affiliate Program for Webmasters worldwide. With choice of $50 CPA or 35% flat commission, an unprecedented $75 sign-up bonus, early-bird grand prizes totaling $9000 and free comprehensive marketing materials, the BlackJack.com Affiliate Program p - read more »

Profits slide at MGM Mirage during third quarte - 22 October 2003
Gambling giant MGM Mirage Inc. reported a 32 percent drop in third-quarter profits, blaming the dip on lucky gamblers and redevelopment costs, the company announced Tuesday. The Las Vegas-based company also said it will take a $4 million charge, or 1 cent per share, in the fourth quarter after closing the "Siegfried an - read more »

Sonoma County rejects proposed tribal casino in Rohnert Park - 22 October 2003
A landless American Indian tribe lost the blessing of Sonoma County officials Tuesday in its bid to build a casino just outside Rohnert Park, about 40 miles north of San Francisco. Sonoma County's Board of Supervisors voted 4 to 1 against the construction of the casino, which was approved by Rohnert Park city council m - read more »

Casino mogul Steve Wynn urges Macau to suppress wanton loansharking - 22 October 2003
Las Vegas casino developer Steve Wynn has called for a crackdown on triad-backed loansharking business in Macau and legislation allowing casinos to reduce taxable gambling revenues, a newspaper reported Wednesday."It's in the public interest to grant credit to gamblers, but it must be according to the law," Wynn told t - read more »

Biggest Roulette In Brunei Seized in Gambling Raid In Gadong - 21 October 2003
Police have begun a drive against gambling and other illicit activities in the capital. During a raid last week the police from the gambling investigation and crime prevention department confiscated a roulette said to be the largest gambling machine ever seized in Brunei and arrested a number of people who frequented t - read more »

Davis signs another Indian gambling compact - 21 October 2003
The Davis administration announced Monday that it has signed another Indian gambling agreement and suggested there may be more before the recalled governor leaves office in the next few weeks. The compact involves the Fort Mojave tribe, which has a 33,000-acre reservation that dips into three states and casinos in two - read more »

Ameristar Casinos Picks DataMentors For CRM - 21 October 2003
DataMentors Inc., Tampa, FL, a data quality solutions company, said yesterday that Ameristar Casinos Inc., Las Vegas, chose its DataFuse 3.0 house-holding technology as a core application for the gaming and entertainment company's CRM system. DataFuse is a modular relationship matching and linking system that cleanses, - read more »

McGreevey, Gormley chummy at casino news conference - 21 October 2003
For one afternoon news conference, Gov. James E. McGreevey was a friend of the gaming industry again.McGreevey, who centered his budget message this summer on making greedy casino bosses pay their fair share, worked his way Sunday afternoon down a line of executives from the city's largest gaming company, Park Place En - read more »

Casino Bill Could Include Eminent Domain Land Grab - 21 October 2003
Massachusetts lawmakers are ready to draft a casino gambling bill. Senate leaders want to create a state gaming commission and give it the power to seize land through eminent domain for a casino. The state would then resell the seized land to the highest bidder. The bill could also contain provisions allowing two casi - read more »

Casino panel to report - 21 October 2003
The Citizens Casino Advisory Task Force will release its 84-page report Tuesday, the result of five months of investigation into the pros and cons of a proposed resort casino.But don't expect an opinion about whether Sanford should host the development proposed by Maine's Penobscot and Passamaquoddy Indians.“It really - read more »

Bible Belt Opening Up to Gambling - 21 October 2003
One of the biggest stories in the South over the past 13 years is the transformation of the conservative Bible Belt into a hotbed of legalized gambling. Mississippi and Louisiana opened dockside and land-based casinos. Lotteries sprang up in Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, South Carolina and Louisiana, joining Florida, w - read more »

Harrah's has big plans for the UK - 21 October 2003
Harrah's Entertainment Inc. wants to build two or three casino resorts in the UK to the smaller regional casinos it previously announced plans for. Harrah's CEO Gary Loveman said the UK casinos will take most of the company's investment budget for the next three to five years. The company announced a joint venture in J - read more »

British online betting exchange upsets world of sports betting - 21 October 2003
The traditional British betting shop sees itself as a social institution, a convivial place where people can wager a few pounds on a horse race or soccer game. But to entrepreneur Andrew Black, bookmakers are financial parasites that build a fat profit into all the odds they offer. Inspired by the way shares trade han - read more »

Blue Island OK's plan to join casino revenue agency - 20 October 2003
Blue Island City Council members approved an ordinance to participate in an agency that would distribute tax revenues from a casino in Crestwood if a gambling facility is built in that community. The city council voted 11 to 1 Tuesday to enter the intergovernmental agreement to form the South Suburban Economic Developm - read more »

Gambling foes take to streets with polls - 20 October 2003
Armed with umbrellas and raincoats, 16 volunteers hit the pavement in East Vancouver yesterday, polling residents on what they thought of the proposed slot machines at Hastings Park."Why are we doing this in a big rainstorm?" said organizer Bill Chu. "[Because] a more terrible storm is raging in this province -- and th - read more »

Maine Is Split Over Gambling - 20 October 2003
In a town where the hulls of dormant factories match the rusted hues of October leaves, Felix Goodrich sees salvation in the toss of the dice and the spinning dials of one-armed bandits. But Goodrich -- a manufacturing worker laid off in May, who jokes his name should be "Goodpoor" -- does not want to gamble in the gia - read more »

Park Place to build garage next to Caesars Atlantic City - 20 October 2003
Park Place Entertainment will build a $75 million, 3,189-space parking garage adjacent to Caesars Atlantic City, the company said yesterday. The aim is to help solve a lack of parking that is seen as one of the biggest hurdles facing the resort as it tries to compete for the gambling dollar. It also comes as Atlantic C - read more »

Casino vendors fill GOP coffers - 19 October 2003
The June primaries were two weeks away, and some prominent Senate Republicans were fighting for political survival.At the same time, the Atlantic City gaming industry was in the middle of its own fight, six weeks away from the deadline for a state budget that included a $135 million casino-tax hike.That's when the mone - read more »

Gambling expansion predicted - 19 October 2003
The lawyer whose argument against West Virginia's video-style poker machines was struck down by the state Supreme Court said the ruling opens the floodgates to other forms of gambling, including table games."If they could be done in a video form, why couldn't they be done on a table?" asked Jackson County attorney Larr - read more »

Casinos on Coast holding on - 19 October 2003
Although the Coast's 12 casinos have reported only a small increase in business during the first nine months of the year, the head of the Gulf Coast Gaming Association said that's a significant achievement, given the weak economy."I've got to give the casino marketing people credit for keeping the market flat," said Be - read more »

Supreme Court again refuses to review gambling initiative - 19 October 2003
The Idaho Supreme Court has again refused to consider the validity of last fall's Indian gambling initiative, which made electronic gambling machines in reservation casinos legal.In the one-page order signed by Court Clerk Fred Lyon and published late Thursday, the court reiterated that it does not have the jurisdictio - read more »

Casino stocks enjoy surge during week - 18 October 2003
Publicly traded casino companies added nearly $1 billion in market value in the past week, largely because of Boyd Gaming Corp.'s addition to a national index and new orders for slot manufacturers. The Dow Jones Casino Index closed at 322.6 Friday, up more than 3 percent for the week. The 60 gambling industry stocks in - read more »

Hearing for casino tax on Dec. 15 - 18 October 2003
December 15 is “T Day” for the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino. That's when attorneys representing the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi nation and attorneys for Madera County tax assessor Thomas Kidwell duke it out before the board of supervisors. The board will rule on the merits of the presentations and settle - read more »

Cantara: Casino a legal gamblez - 18 October 2003
Public Safety Commissioner Michael Cantara today said a legal analysis by the attorney general's office of Question 3, the statewide casino gambling referendum shows the document is “vague and riddled with uncertainty.”Attorney General G. Steven Rowe on Thursday released a 16-page set of answers to questions posed by C - read more »

High court refuses to review Indian gambling initiative - 18 October 2003
The Idaho Supreme Court has again refused to consider the validity of last fall's Indian gambling initiative, which made electronic gambling machines in reservation casinos legal. In the one-page order signed by Court Clerk Fred Lyon and published late Thursday, the court reiterated that it does not have the jurisdicti - read more »

Problem gambling extracts heavy toll - 18 October 2003
In the course of three years, Dennis Blundell allegedly embezzled $256,000 from the city of Murrieta coffers and gambled it away.A former Murrieta building and safety manager, and a well-respected man in the community, Blundell said this week that he won and lost hundreds of thousands of dollars at the Pechanga Resort - read more »

Detroit casino unions plan strike vote - 17 October 2003
The contract covering five unions and 5,900 workers at the city's three casinos expired after negotiators failed to reach an agreement.The expiration of the 3-year contract at 11:59 p.m. Thursday set the stage for a vote by the membership on whether to strike, barring a last-minute agreement.Union members were expected - read more »

Big loss at casino unraveled scheme - 17 October 2003
A New York man accused of using fraudulent $1 million checks as front money to gamble 21 times at an Atlantic City casino did well enough to at least break even 20 times.But on the 21st outing, Anastasios Samaras lost $1.6 million at the Atlantic City Hilton. When the casino tried to cash the check to cover the losses, - read more »

Texas opts to get in on Mega Millions - 17 October 2003
Texas officially became the 11th state to join Mega Millions on Thursday, and lottery officials said the first tickets could go on sale in the state soon after Thanksgiving."Texas joining a multistate jurisdictional game is huge," said Texas lottery director Reagan Greer, just minutes after the three-member lottery com - read more »

Two Men Arrested For Counterfeit Casino Tickets - 17 October 2003
Forty one-year-old Renee S. Gerhard and 19-year-old Wade A. Hendrickson were charged today with first-degree theft and first-degree cheating. They were arrested yesterday in their homes by Washington State Gambling Commission agents and Spokane County sheriff's deputies. Police allege computer-made bar-coded tickets we - read more »

Beaver County's Veon eyes gambling revenue for airport - 17 October 2003
State House Democratic Whip Mike Veon wants to designate a portion of the revenue raised from proposed slots gambling in Pennsylvania to help cut Pittsburgh International Airport debt and preserve the US Airways hub.Veon, of Beaver County, is expected to unveil his plan at a news conference this morning at the airport. - read more »

Oliverio would expand gambling if elected - 17 October 2003
Slicing Workers' Compensation premiums by one-fourth and car-only taxes in half are two major goals Republican gubernatorial hopeful Joseph Oliverio has in mind.So is a dramatic expansion of legalized gambling, an idea that admittedly might not sit well with some, Oliverio acknowledged Thursday.Accompanied by his pet C - read more »

Shuffle Master dealing success - 15 October 2003
For Las Vegas-based Shuffle Master, growth is good. Company Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mark Yoseloff said Tuesday the company's excellence and its growth are reasons why it was included in Forbes' 200 Best Small Companies in America for the fifth consecutive year. Originally known for card-shuffling machines - read more »

Casino win worse even with Borgata - 15 October 2003
Not even a new billion-dollar casino could push the gaming industry into positive territory last month.September gross gambling revenue at the dozen casinos declined 0.6 percent, to $368.9 million, compared to the same month last year, when there was no Borgata.Executives and analysts blamed the effects of Hurricane Is - read more »

Security tightened at casinos - 15 October 2003
Law enforcement and security have been beefed up in and around Tunica County and Lula casinos in response to 21 armed robberies this year, state officials said Tuesday. "We want not only the residents but the visitors to know our state is safe and law-abiding," David Huggins, the state's Public Safety commissioner, sai - read more »

Yavapai-Apaches to oversee a casino - 15 October 2003
The Yavapai-Apache Nation, which runs Cliff Castle Casino in Camp Verde, 70 miles north of Phoenix, has agreed to help a tiny Southern California tribe enter the gambling business. The Yavapai-Apache will oversee development of the other tribe's casino east of San Diego.Yavapai-Apache Gaming signed a letter of intent w - read more »

Tribal election only adds to dispute at casino - 15 October 2003
A primary election on the Meskwaki Settlement on Tuesday was supposed to move the tribe closer to resolving a long-simmering power struggle and to reopening its lucrative casino.Instead, two rival factions of Iowa's only federally recognized Indian tribe could not agree on the ground rules for the election - even disag - read more »

Forum explores problem gambling - 15 October 2003
John loved to visit Grandpa, because Grandpa would give him lottery tickets. Mark remembers the first time he lost a bet -- and all his baseball cards -- at the age of 9. Bernard went off to college and found his dream job, playing Texas Hold 'Em.All three are compulsive gamblers. All three started gambling early in li - read more »

The Wall St. casino - 14 October 2003
One day late last month, a consent order granting Schonfeld & Co. approval to open an office in Massachusetts went into the public record as unnoticed as you might expect. Another anonymous small company wanted to test the local market for its services.Schonfeld operates a day-trading stock brokerage, the kind of busin - read more »

Analysts offer third quarter projections at Vegas casinos - 14 October 2003
Leisure travelers poured into Las Vegas during the summer, filling casino hotels to reverse a drop in travel after the war in Iraq, analysts said. The mid-September Oscar de la Hoya-Shane Mosley boxing match also helped, said UBS analyst Robin Farley. Americans looking to stay in the U.S. instead of flying to foreign s - read more »

'American Roulette' reveals tricks of gambling trade - 14 October 2003
They say that gamblers are the most superstitious people in the world. Nothing can make or break a gambler's day more than a certain number that comes up with the roll of the dice. Want a different number? Roll with the other hand, don't forget to blow on the dice, and better have the lucky coin in your pocket or lucky - read more »

Gambling has its hooks in Canadian teens - 14 October 2003
It's an unseasonably warm and sunny October day, but Joseph Majic is holed up at the dimly lit Casino du Lac-Leamy in Gatineau.The Carleton University commerce student headed over to the casino on the other side of the Ottawa River after his morning classes in statistics and organizational theory. It's barely 4 p.m., a - read more »

Davis signs 4 bills that aid Indian casinos - 14 October 2003
Wielding the influence he still has in the waning days of his administration, Gov. Gray Davis signed four bills yesterday broadening the reach of Indian casinos in California.Two of the measures ratified agreements the Davis administration had already negotiated this summer with Indian tribes that want to open new gamb - read more »

Reno-based slot maker lands one of largest orders ever - 14 October 2003
International Game Technology, the world's leading slot machine maker, hit the jackpot with one of the largest single orders in its 23-year history.Harrah's Entertainment Inc. has agreed to buy 11,000 new coinless slots from Reno-based IGT, company officials announced Monday. Contract terms were not disclosed, but the - read more »

Elko's fire-damaged Commercial Casino reopens this week - 13 October 2003
The refurbished Commercial Casino intends to reopen at the end of the week, 10 months after suffering heavy fire damage, Full House Inc. officials said. Co-owner Marcy Simon said she and her husband, Jack, plan to break a bottle of champagne on the building and then open the doors to the public Friday evening. It's exp - read more »

Delta casinos hit for $1.3M over past year - 13 October 2003
The nation's No. 3 gambling destination is first in casino robberies, with more than $1.3 million stolen over the past year.Sixteen robberies have been carried out against 10 casinos in the Mississippi Delta in the past 13 months, according to the Mississippi Gaming Commission. There have also been seven botched attemp - read more »

Gambling permits rightfully rest with Gaming Commission, now lawmakers - 13 October 2003
For once, it seems, Black Hawk County got it right. Voters here finally got on the economic development boat they missed nine years ago by defeating two subsequent gambling referendums in 1994.With the approval of the gambling referendum last week, the area is poised to be at the front of the line if the Iowa Racing an - read more »

Official says Davis plans Indian gaming control changes - 13 October 2003
A state official said the administration of outgoing Gov. Gray Davis is trying to help powerful Indian casinos by making last-minute changes to California's gambling control commission. Acting Gambling Control Commission Chairman Arlo Smith told the Los Angeles Times that he was asked last week by a Davis administratio - read more »

Internet betting scandal sparks ATP investigation - 13 October 2003
The men's professional tennis tour has launched an investigation into alleged match-fixing by players.As the Madrid Masters Series tournament gets under way here today everybody connected with the sport is digesting the implications of reports in yesterday's Sunday Telegraph alleging that players have deliberately thro - read more »

Reddy bid to clinch Indian casino deal - 12 October 2003
Durban businessman Vivian Reddy will be one of the bidders for India's first licensed casino this week. Reddy and his business partner in India, former cricketer Kapil Dev, along with Indian investors, are looking to spend R1.8-billion to create a resort similar to Sun City in the state of Harayana near Delhi. Reddy is - read more »

New Oklahoma casino attracts Texas visitors - 12 October 2003
On an early autumn Saturday morning, dozens of Texans hop off a bus and file into the newest casino just across the state line.They squint in the dimly lit rooms in WinStar Casinos, illuminated by colorful, glowing screens of video poker, blackjack games and slot machines.While heading for the border is nothing new for - read more »

Group: Casino would disrupt labor pool - 12 October 2003
A group representing Maine's tourism industry has lined up in opposition to a proposed resort casino in southern Maine, saying the facility would exacerbate the industry's seasonal labor shortage.In urging voters to reject the $650 million casino project, the Maine Hospitality and Tourism Alliance also said the casino - read more »

Hope for San Pablo casino - 12 October 2003
Casino San Pablo, long at the center of the debate over Indian gaming's future in California, has formally become a tribal reservation.The U.S. Interior Department took it into trust Thursday for a landless North Bay Indian tribe seeking to operate the state's first urban slot-machine parlor.The casino, which is now a - read more »

Gambling expansion vote put off until Nov. 14 - 12 October 2003
After debating its regulatory role, the Washington State Gambling Commission on Friday tabled for a month a vote on whether to raise betting limits on house-banked games in card rooms. The commission will vote Nov. 14 at Sea-Tac on a compromise on the amount that can be wagered and limits on the number of tables that c - read more »

Tribes May Get Allies on Panel - 12 October 2003
With the clock ticking on the Davis administration, the governor's office is offering last-minute concessions to the state's powerful casino tribes by moving to change the balance of the gambling control commission and oust its top legal advisor, according to the commission chairman.Acting Chairman Arlo Smith said he w - read more »

Aurora casino numbers down sharply - 11 October 2003
Gambling revenues at Illinois riverboats continue to slide since the implementation of a July 1 state tax increase.Adjusted gross receipts, attendance and the state's share of revenues all were down at Hollywood Casino-Aurora since July, according to information from the Illinois Gaming Board.Statewide, revenue for the - read more »

California Holds First Responsible Gambling Awareness Week - 11 October 2003
While the vast majority of people safely enjoy gambling as a form of entertainment, there are those who do not gamble responsibly. Researchers estimate that 1-2 percent of the nation's adults are pathological gamblers, for whom life becomes a nightmare of lottery tickets, playing cards, slot machine reels and tumbling - read more »

Multimedia Games lends $21M to Indian tribe - 11 October 2003
Austin-based Multimedia Games Inc. has advanced $21 million to a federally recognized Indian tribe, Lytton Rancheria, to transfer California land into a U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs trust, the company announced Thursday. Multimedia Games [Nasdaq: MGAM] supplies electronic gambling systems to the Native American gami - read more »

PayPal Europe No to Gambling - 11 October 2003
Despite online gaming being an activity supported by the UK, PayPal UK is still not considering processing payments for European targeted online gaming sites according to PayPal's European headquarters in Dublin, Irleland. The UK focused PayPal undoubtedly still feels the sting of the $10 settlement t had to pay as a r - read more »

Dracut Goes Dry on Online Gambling - 11 October 2003
Small town troubles are something of an amusement for big city types, but the town of Dracut, Massachusetts is taking installing the Internet in its town hall and surrounding buildings very seriously. The town hall is almost completely wired, bringing the New England town into the 21st century, but they are not ready t - read more »

Nevada gambling lobbyist: No coercion at Legislature - 11 October 2003
The head of a major hotel-casino association sought Friday to distance the group from reports that the FBI is reviewing allegations of improper lobbying activity at the Nevada Legislature. Bill Bible, head of the Nevada Resort Association, commented a day after the FBI confirmed a preliminary review is being conducted - read more »

Casino Closes 'Siegfried & Roy' Show For Good - 10 October 2003
"Siegfried & Roy" at The Mirage casino-hotel in Las Vegas is over for good, but their manager says the famous duo will continue as a team if Roy Horn recovers from the tiger attack. "I would say that there will be a Siegfried and Roy as long as Roy survives," Bernie Yuman said Wednesday night on CNN's "Larry King Live. - read more »

A 60-year-old man who had spent the night gambling in casinos in Nottingham was shot dead after a high-speed car chase out of the county.Amratlal Damodar Kanabar was shot as he sat in the back of a car that had been chased along the A46 to Leicester at speeds of up to 100mph. Leicestershire Police have launched a murde - read more »

Minister Green lights P2P Betting - 10 October 2003
Minister of Gaming Andrew McIntosh welcomes the advent of betting exchanges in Great Britain. “I welcome the innovation that betting exchanges bring to the betting market. And I believe that the proposed Gambling Commission can regulate them effectively' Betting exchanges have been hotly debated in the United Kingdom s - read more »

Gaming opponents cheer Schwarzenegger win - 10 October 2003
The election of actor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the office of governor of California has created an opportunity for gambling opponents nationwide, a leading opponent of the industry said.The Rev. Tom Grey, founder of the National Coalition Against Legalized Gambling, today said Schwarzenegger's stance on Indian casinos - read more »

Opponents Speak Up Over Proposed Red Rock Casino - 10 October 2003
In Red Rock Canyon, plans for a new Station Casino resort have hit a roadblock. Some people who live in the community say the idea will ruin their view. We're talking about a 67 acre piece of land at the corner of Charleston and 215. The proposed Red Rock Station would include 90 thousand square feet of casino space an - read more »

Arizona tribe will fund small casino for La Posta band - 10 October 2003
The La Posta Indian band is turning to an Arizona tribe to fund its multimillion-dollar plan for a small casino an hour's drive east of San Diego. La Posta signed a tentative deal last week with the Yavapai-Apache Nation, which since 1995 has operated a casino near the central Arizona town of Camp Verde, between Phoeni - read more »

Antioch council to weigh casino proposal - 10 October 2003
The Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians intends to pitch plans for a casino, hotel and convention center for the Kerley property east of Hillcrest Avenue to the City Council on Tuesday.The Guidiville Pomos, one of several bands of landless American Indian tribes, are eyeing Antioch as the site of a casino, with a full comp - read more »

House speaker scolds casinos - 10 October 2003
House Speaker Dennis Hastert lashed out at the casino industry this week for giving more money to Democrats than Republicans who are seeking election next year. "The speaker is dismayed and disappointed that the gaming industry continues to place their bets on the wrong team," said Pete Jeffries, Hastert's communicatio - read more »

State sues gambling ships to collect taxes, penalties - 10 October 2003
Any ship that docks in Florida and lets passengers gamble once it leaves state waters on "cruises to nowhere" owes state taxes, a state lawyer told the Florida Supreme Court.But an attorney for New Sea Escape argued Thursday that its ship is exempt because it is a Bahamian vessel engaged in foreign commerce.The legal i - read more »

Casinos have become a rip-off - 10 October 2003
Indians are the only ones who have a right to be mad. That's why I supported them with their gambling. To help their people. It started with the best of intentions, lots of guilt and a realization that American Indians were trapped in a social and economic mess. Has Indian gaming turned into a bigger mess? Casinos were - read more »

Reno casinos win less from gamblers this year - 10 October 2003
Reno casinos won less from gamblers in August than they did a year earlier, but Sparks and Lake Tahoe had a strong month, the Gaming Control Board reported Thursday.Reno's gambling win - the amount lost by bettors - decreased 2.93 percent to $72.2 million. Despite increases in Sparks and North Lake Tahoe, Reno's decrea - read more »

Woman sentenced for stealing $43,000 from casino - 09 October 2003
A former Wisconsin Dells woman must serve four months in jail, eight years on probation and pay restitution after being convicted on charges she stole $43,000 or more in cash from the Ho-Chunk Casino.June L. Lores, 44, now of New Lisbon, appeared in court Monday for a plea and sentencing on a count of felony theft. She - read more »

Phony credit cards used to steal from casinos - 09 October 2003
Identity thieves used phony credit cards to steal thousands of dollars from casinos in Indiana, Illinois and Nevada, authorities said. The Indianapolis Star reported Wednesday that at least $62,000 was swindled from five Lake Michigan casinos in northwest Indiana - including more than $26,000 at Horseshoe Casino in Ham - read more »

$60 million casino coming to Snoqualmie; tribe hopes to open 147,000-square-foot facility in less than two years - 09 October 2003
The Snoqualmie Tribe hopes to break ground soon on a $60 million casino that sets itself apart from other tribal gambling halls with low-key ambiance and a sweeping Snoqualmie Valley view.Though the 147,000-square-foot casino will be just 500 feet from Interstate 90's Exit 27, it "won't be a beacon in the woods," said - read more »

Schwarzenegger may look to wagering to lift state revenue - 09 October 2003
The election of Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor of California will likely spawn further gaming expansion there and spell trouble for Nevada casinos, analysts said Wednesday. "If (Lt. Gov. Cruz) Bustamonte had been elected, you'd probably have seen Indian reservations in downtown L.A.," Blaylock and Partners analyst R - read more »

Lotto jackpot takes Euro pole position - 09 October 2003
THE 31-week accumulated sum for the next national lottery jackpot (LOTTÓ) has reached net Ft3.5 billion ($15.9 million) and now lies in pole position, ahead of other European lotteries. "The UK is in second place with the equivalent of Ft3.3 billion ($15 million) in Pounds Sterling. Last week, the previous biggest accu - read more »

Casino dispute at center of Wisconsin recall effort - 09 October 2003
State Sen. Gary George asked a state appeals court Tuesday to stop or delay a recall election against him tied to the issue of controlling Indian casinos in the state.George filed a brief with the 4th District Court of Appeals alleging that the petitions were incomplete, felons illegally circulated the petitions, and t - read more »

Poll respondents: Gaming should not be expanded - 09 October 2003
Gambling has helped communities but should not be expanded, according to a majority of respondents to a poll conducted by The Des Moines Register.The poll, published Monday, was taken in advance of an expected vote by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission next month on whether to lift a moratorium on new riverboat casi - read more »

Residents vote in favor of riverboat - 09 October 2003
Voters in Black Hawk County voted 2-1 Tuesday in favor of a riverboat casino.The ballot, asking whether excursion boat gambling should be allowed in the county, was approved 21,722 or 66.29 percent to 11,048, or 33.71 percent. There was a 46.8 percent turnout of eligible voters.The Isle of Capri, operator of casinos in - read more »

Hamilton OKs gambling - 09 October 2003
Hamilton County voters -- by a 2-to-1 margin -- Tuesday approved a jai alai and off-track betting facility that could eventually include a horse track.A Jacksonville developer wants to build the gambling facility, and voters agreed that gambling could provide a cure to the economic woes of the county along the Georgia - read more »

FRONT MEDIA GROUP, www.frontmediagroup.com announces today the finalized acquisition of Dolphin Business Center's distribution facility in Vancouver BC - 08 October 2003
This acquisition marks one of many strategic acquisitions in the current consolidation of the gaming market. This acquisition allows FRONT MEDIA GROUP the flexibility to be able to direct mail market out of Canada to the US and to international destinations. It will also facilitate the execution of agreements with Int - read more »

Loss of magic show means millions to Vegas - 08 October 2003
The Mirage hotel-casino lost one of its biggest money-making shows when a tiger nearly killed Roy Horn of "Siegfried and Roy." Now the resort has to figure a way to plug an annual revenue hole estimated in the tens of millions of dollars. MGM Mirage officials say it's too early to say who will replace the legendary hea - read more »

Wild Goose Casino closes - 08 October 2003
Cleopatra's Wild Goose Casino closed quietly just over a week ago with little or no prior indication it was going to do so.About a month ago representatives from the casino asked the city of Ellensburg what the penalties would be for late payment of utility bills, which is not uncommon for businesses, City Manager Ted - read more »

Casinos follow election closely - 08 October 2003
Nevada gaming companies will be watching the California election tonight with more than a passing interest, and they won't all be rooting for the same candidate, gaming experts say.The person Californians choose as governor will have a major voice in how fast Indian gambling expands in the Golden State and whether it w - read more »

Gamblers Get High Speed Options - 08 October 2003
A federal court overruled a FCC regulation that allowed cable companies a monopoly over high-speed Internet provision over cable TV lines. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that high speed internet was a telecommunications service and was thus governed under the same legislation that initiate - read more »

Australian Site Gets Tough on Minister - 08 October 2003
“Dear Minister, congratulations on your appointment as Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts. It is a big job but you have very small shoes to fill. Your predecessor left an unfortunate legacy and very many problems, which only astute policy-making can solve.” Was the welcome to office that w - read more »

Italians Nail Online Gambling Gangsters - 08 October 2003
109 online gambling sites and 80 individuals have been identified by the Italian Technological Anti-Crime group as likely targets for further investigation. However, it appears that the crime that most site operators are being investigated for are tax crimes, not gambling crimes.More than 650 tax and police officers ar - read more »

Casino: 'A moral issue'? - 08 October 2003
Critics of casino gambling in Maine took their message to the pulpit Monday, the first day of a monthlong tour of churches and a moral crusade against two November referendums they say are "steeped in deceit."Everybody in Maine has that Sunday school voice in the back of their mind saying what's right and what's wrong, - read more »

Nevada strengthens ties with Taiwan - 08 October 2003
The U.S. state of Nevada, famous for its gambling capital of Las Vegas, currently has a delegation of eight assemblymen in Taiwan to promote closer economic ties and the newly established Nevada State Office on Economic Development, which opened in Taipei on Sept. 22. During a ceremony to welcome the delegation, VP Ann - read more »

Casino owner scouts city for full-scale site - 08 October 2003
A major Las Vegas-based company is scouting sites in Baltimore for a full-scale casino as it tries to persuade legislators to look beyond proposals to permit slot machines only at Maryland's horse racing tracks. "We're looking at sites in the Baltimore metro area," said Michael Gisriel, an Annapolis lobbyist for Ameris - read more »

Casino Staffs Gamble On Tips - 07 October 2003
This time of year, Mohegan Sun dealer Paula Peterson looks at every customer who comes to her table as Santa Claus. She hopes they'll drop some chips on the table and recite those magic words: “For the dealer.” “I'm going to be buying Christmas gifts soon,” Peterson said. The toke, or tip, rate at Mohegan Sun and Foxwo - read more »

Tiger Attack May Cost Mirage Huge Loss - 07 October 2003
The Mirage hotel-casino lost one of its biggest money-making shows when a tiger nearly killed Roy Horn of "Siegfried and Roy." Now the resort has to figure a way to plug an annual revenue hole estimated in the tens of millions of dollars.MGM Mirage officials say it's too early to say who will replace the legendary head - read more »

Lawmaker urges limit to expanded gambling plan - 07 October 2003
A state legislator told the governor's gambling committee Monday that any attempt to expand gambling in Kansas must be limited and be presented by a unified front to stand any chance of winning legislative approval.Rep. Kenny Wilk, R-Lansing, told the 15-member committee that during his 11 years in the Legislature, few - read more »

Slot machines save day at Dover Downs in Delaware - 06 October 2003
Nearly 400 miles from Scarborough is a place where the tradition of harness racing has never been stronger. But it wasn't that long ago that Dover Downs in Delaware faced the same problems as Scarborough Downs and Maine's other harness racing tracks.Cheaper and more accessible forms of gambling were becoming widespread - read more »

Voters at odds over riverboat - 06 October 2003
Radio commercials urge listeners to vote yes. Newsletters implore people to vote no. Yard signs pull them in both directions.In the final month before a casino referendum in Orange County, antigambling activists and pro-casino forces are ramping up efforts to sway voters.The Nov. 4 vote is the only thing standing in th - read more »

Tribes' casinos thrown into election mix - 06 October 2003
Just over 150 years ago, the California legislature enacted a bounty of $50 for a Native American man's scalp, $25 for a woman's and $10 for a child's. Now the tribes that faced extermination have become the biggest political players in the state on the eve of the gubernatorial recall election. With voters going to the - read more »

2 tribes may get together on casino - 05 October 2003
Looking at its Barstow casino project as "a shot in the dark,' The Chemehuevi Indian Tribe has a fall-back plan to build a resort casino on its reservation with the help of the San Manuels.Les Marston, the Chemehuevi's attorney, said the Chemehuevi have been talking to the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians abo - read more »

New Orleans decides whether to allow slots at track - 05 October 2003
In the state's only gambling referendum Saturday, Orleans Parish voters were favoring a move by the New Orleans Fair Grounds to join Louisiana's three other horse racing tracks in having a slot machine casino.With 79 percent of the precincts reporting, 58 percent of the voters favored the addition of slots at the track - read more »

Gambling addiction has nothing to do with winning or losing - 05 October 2003
Kim Murphy is a Charleston woman who has lived through a real problem. She's a gambler. Murphy just wishes that the Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia had started in time to get her some help before she lost literally everything she had through gambling. She couldn't stay away from it. Murphy visited Fairmo - read more »

Lottery Commission Announces New Bids - 05 October 2003
Despite pending litigation in the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals alleging the Lottery Commission, its director, John Musgrave, "and over 1,300 corporate manufacturers, operators and retailers" are operating video lottery unconstitutionally, the commission has issued a bid notice for limited video lottery termin - read more »

Casinos eye Asia as governments seek revenue - 05 October 2003
From smoky baccarat tables in Macau to horse racing in Thailand and floating casinos in the South China Sea, gambling is on the rise across Asia. Many Asian governments are showing signs of relaxing conservative rules on gambling, partly to tap new streams of tax revenue and fund infrastructure, experts say. And as Chi - read more »

Tiger attacks Vegas magician during "Siegfried & Roy" show - 04 October 2003
A white tiger attacked magician Roy Horn of "Siegfried & Roy" fame during a Friday night performance, leaving the superstar illusionist hospitalized in critical condition. Horn, who turned 59 Friday, was taken to University Medical Center, where he underwent surgery, MGM Mirage spokesman Alan Feldman said. "Roy is a ve - read more »

Man Sentenced For Cheating At Cards - 04 October 2003
A circuit judge has sentenced a man to three years in prison for cheating at cards in a Deadwood casino.Russell J. Welch, 32, of Osage, Wyo., had pleaded guilty to one court of fraudulent gaming. Circuit Judge Timothy R. Johns also ordered Welch to pay court costs and attorney's fees of nearly $600.A blackjack dealer a - read more »

Rival Gambling Towns Scramble To Build Better Roads - 04 October 2003
Construction began Friday on a private $42.5 million highway from Interstate 70 to Central City, where community leaders hope the quicker, easier access will bolster gambling and other business. "The direct access means a revitalization for Central City's downtown core," said Joe Behm, director of marketing for Harveys - read more »

City takes odds against gambling places - 04 October 2003
City officials are examining Vero Beach's video arcade ordinances because of a loophole in state law that may legalize gambling establishments. "We haven't had this problem yet. But it's good, when we get information like this, to look into it," said Peggy Lyon, assistant city attorney. The city already has strict laws - read more »

Gaming Commission Says Loss Limits Hurting Casinos - 04 October 2003
The Missouri Gaming Commission says the state's unique gamblers' loss limit is putting the state's casino industry at a competitive disadvantage.In its annual report to the Legislature, the government agency that regulates casinos also said the industry could absorb a "modest tax increase" if it were accompanied by oth - read more »

NagaCorp opens casino in Phnom Penh after barge closure - 02 October 2003
Gaming company NagaCorp, which previously operated on a rented barge, will open its casino in the entertainment wing of NagaWorld in Phnom Penh on Thursday.The barge was moored along the banks of the Bassac River in the Cambodian capital.Meanwhile, the Cambodia-based company, whose initial public offering was rejected - read more »

Dome development bosses have held talks with Sun City founder Sol Kerzner about bringing a casino to the site.Dome owner Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) Europe is reported to have made a deal with the gaming magnate.Kerzner's firm is said to have signed an agreement in principle with Anschutz to build a £211million - read more »

Clarke has high hopes of jackpot in Las Vegas - 02 October 2003
Darren Clarke's quest to qualify for the exclusive season-ending United States Tour Championship will keep him in the country for next week's Las Vegas Invitational.Clarke will roll the proverbial dice in the gambling mecca in an effort to remain in the top 30 money-winners on the Tour. Should he do so, which looks all - read more »

Vote yes on gambling Oct. 7 - 02 October 2003
We understand those who oppose gambling on moral grounds. And our hearts go out to families and loved ones of those addicted to gambling. However, we do not believe gambling is a sin, and we don't see bars being eliminated because some people are alcoholics.Those opposed to gambling don't have to gamble. And those addi - read more »

More gambling machines confiscated from VFW - 02 October 2003
Picayune Police on Saturday confiscated three more illegal gambling devices from the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall on Ridge Road, 10 days after four machines were taken from the premises, authorities said.Officers responding to a complaint went to the hall at 9:40 p.m. and received a consent to search from the manager, - read more »

Isle of Capri Casinos to Operate Bahama Casino - 01 October 2003
Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. (Nasdaq: ISLE) officials announced today that the company has completed the agreements to lease and operate a casino at Our Lucaya Beach and Golf Resort at Freeport, Grand Bahama. "Bernard Goldstein, chairman and chief executive officer, said, "The Isle of Capri-Our Lucaya serves as the comp - read more »

In Orange County, tempers flare on do-or-die casino issue - 01 October 2003
With a month to go before the election, yard signs are disappearing and political tensions rising in French Lick.The Nov. 4 referendum on whether to allow a casino in the historic southern Indiana resort town is viewed as a "do-or-die" issue by both supporters and opponents. Tempers are hot, accusations flying.To those - read more »

Casino may reopen in 8 weeks - 01 October 2003
The Meskwaki casino near Tama - quiet since federal regulators halted gambling there in May - could reopen by Thanksgiving.Officials at the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs are helping coordinate new tribal elections expected to resolve a long-running power struggle on the settlement. According to the bureau's proposed ti - read more »