September 2003 News Article Archive

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Stopping a casino - 30 September 2003
Who will step forward to stop the placement of a Nevada-style casino in the heart of the Bay Area? A federal appeals court's rejection of the legal arguments against the conversion of Casino San Pablo into a full-fledging gambling house has put the decision back in the hands of politicians. So far, at least, politician - read more »

Internet Gambling Law & Management Highlighted at IGE - 30 September 2003
Global experts on Internet gambling law and management will convene to discuss developments in online gaming legislation, both in the U.S. and internationally, at the 1st Interactive Gaming & Entertainment (IGE) conference on November 2nd-4th at Universal's Royal Pacific Resort in Orlando, Florida. ( - read more »

Casino companies ready to pitch in for Orange County gambling PAC - 30 September 2003
The five companies interested in running a casino near French Lick, Ind., may be on the verge of pitching thousands of dollars into a local political action committee that is lobbying for a yes vote on the casino referendum. In the last legislative session, the General Assembly allowed an Orange County casino, but only - read more »

Fundraising casino website criticised for 'trading on charity brand' - 30 September 2003
An internet betting site that claims to be "the UK's first gaming for charity website" will pass on to charity less than one third of a penny in every £1 stake. The site,, launched this week by the internet gambling firm Gaming Corporation, pledges to donate 10% of gross profits to charities. But - read more »

GAMBLING AND TOURISM: Harrah's customer estimates seem off - 30 September 2003
Kansas lawmakers have wondered for years just how many of their fellow Kansans cross the state line to gamble at Missouri's riverboat casinos.Now, Harrah's Entertainment Inc. has an answer: 2,167,520.Unfortunately, that's probably not an accurate answer. The number appears way too low.Harrah's estimate comes from the c - read more »

Manhattan Casino May Get Needed Renovation Funding - 30 September 2003
Crucial funding for the planned renovation of St. Petersburg's historic Manhattan Casino could be on the not-too-distant horizon. The old dance hall at Fifth Avenue South and 22nd Street was a venue of choice for swing bands and other entertainment for black residents and others during the final decades of segregation. - read more »

Hancock board tables request to endorse Worth County casino - 30 September 2003
The Hancock County Board of Supervisors has tabled a request from the Worth County Development Authority for a letter of support for casino gambling in Worth County. In June, Worth County voters overwhelmingly approved a plan to apply to the state for a riverboat casino license. Representatives from the development aut - read more »

Cirque du Soleil bares all in Vegas - 29 September 2003
Nubile women caress each other as they swim in a huge, see-through fish bowl; two male dancers indulge in a long, lingering kiss and a nearly nude female trapeze artist groans with simulated sexual pleasure. The master of ceremonies is a drag queen cabaret singer who croons, "Sex is beautiful," Welcome to the latest hi - read more »

Casino company has unlikely ally in McGaa - 29 September 2003
If Park Place Entertainment hopes to build a Las Vegas-style casino at the Mall of America, one of the biggest obstacles it faces is opposition by Minnesota's Indian tribes, which have a monopoly on casino gambling in the state.At least one American Indian, though, stands ready to fight on Park Place's side in the Minn - read more »

Casinos Bet on Bustamante and McClintock - 29 September 2003
In no time at all, they have established California's fastest growing industry and have become a powerful force in statehouse politics. Now the state's fabulously prosperous casino tribes are the major players in a historic campaign drama: the gubernatorial recall.Having contributed or spent $11.1 million in the recall - read more »

Owners seek to demolish landmark Carson City casino - 28 September 2003
In a move that stunned city officials, the owners of the Ormsby House have announced plans to demolish the landmark hotel-casino built by the Laxalt family in 1972. The Carson City Building Department received an application for a demolition permit Friday from owners Don Lehr and Allan Fiegehen. Despite spending $8 mil - read more »

Harrah’s tells casino-free states they’re losing out - 28 September 2003
The gaming company whose chief executive favors Starbucks-style legalized gambling told casino-free states Friday that they are losing out as their residents flee across the border to wager.Harrah's Entertainment unleashed a blitz of state-specific press releases, using data from company-funded studies to note how many - read more »

Casino concession clears final hurdle - 28 September 2003
The States yesterday dismissed concerns about gambling addiction and potential damage to the island's financial reputation and confirmed its decision to license a casino there. The Tourist Board said it was the culmination of seven years' work and an outlay of £400,000, which will be recovered from the initial licence - read more »

Dianne Feinstein bill would delay Indian casino - 28 September 2003
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein is trying to halt an Indian tribe's conversion of the Casino San Pablo card room into a Nevada-style casino, at least until it completes the administrative review and public hearings such a project usually requires. The Interior Department now stands ready to place the Moorish-styled card roo - read more »

Mayor 'annoyed' NYC has no casino - 28 September 2003
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg Friday said he was "honestly annoyed" that the state only allows gambling on Indian reservations, adding that the city might as well have a casino too. The Republican mayor made it clear he disliked gambling because it draws the people who can least afford to lose money. But he add - read more »

One in five Marylanders gambled in 2002, study finds - 27 September 2003
About 720,000 Maryland residents gambled at a casino in 2002, with 75 percent of all gambling trips heading to Delaware and Atlantic City, according to a study commissioned by Harrah's Entertainment. Maryland gamblers made almost five casino trips each in 2002, according to the survey, and nearly 20 percent of Maryland - read more »

911 people sign up for casino-exclusion program - 27 September 2003
More than 900 people have voluntarily enrolled in the state's self-exclusion program for problem gamblers since the program began more than a year ago.Gambling addicts can ask to be barred from Illinois riverboat casinos by signing up for the program, which started July 1, 2002. Once they sign up, they can be ejected o - read more »

Isle of Capri offers to buy St. Louis casino - 27 September 2003
Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. is offering $50 million to buy a struggling downtown gaming site, a move that could help its case to build a St. Louis County casino.Isle of Capri announced the offer Thursday, a day after city and county officials launched a joint effort to draw a casino company that would revamp the downtow - read more »

Senator targets online wagers - 27 September 2003
Despite opposition of the mainstream casino industry, a Senate bill to restrict Internet gambling is likely to pass Congress this year, said the senator who introduced the legislation. Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., said Thursday he is willing to talk to gambling lobbyists but pointedly noted that the industry's support is not - read more »

Court refuses to block card room - 27 September 2003
A federal appeals court rejected Thursday an attempt to block a landless Indian tribe from taking over an urban card room in the San Francisco Bay area.In its ruling, the 9th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request by a group of competing card rooms for a preliminary injunction against the Lytton Band of Pomo Ind - read more »

3 million Texans gambled at casinos last year - 27 September 2003
Nearly 3 million Texas adults, or 21 percent of the state's adult population, took casino gambling trips in 2002, according to a survey released Friday. The more than 11.3 million gambling trips taken by Texans last year accounted for 4 percent of the U.S. total, according to the survey, commissioned by Las Vegas-bas - read more »

Casino visits high, but Hawaii impact unclear - 27 September 2003
It its new "Profile of the American Casino Gambler," mega-casino operator Harrah's says more than 50 million Americans made nearly 300 million trips to U.S. casinos last year. The survey also sheds some light on gambling demographics. Though Las Vegas is a favorite vacation spot for Hawaii residents, Hawaii did not m - read more »

Curran holds to anti-slots position - 27 September 2003
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. first voted against slot machines back in the early 1960s as a young state senator when the question was whether to ban the gambling devices in Southern Maryland. In his quiet way, he's still fighting them today - not as a crusader, but as someone who has read the research and conc - read more »

Kerzner plans $350 million London casino - 27 September 2003
Sol Kerzner, the founder of South Africa's Sun City gambling resort, has agreed to build a $350 million casino and hotel on the site of London's Millennium Dome, the Financial Times reported, without saying where it got the information.Kerzner International Ltd. signed an agreement in principle with Anschutz Entertainm - read more »

Waterloo has gained the edge in Iowa casino competition - 27 September 2003
As gambling proponents in Waterloo and Cedar Rapids vie for support for competing casino proposals, supporters on both sides of the table say Waterloo has the edge.Proposals to bring riverboat casinos to Waterloo and Cedar Rapids were presented within hours of each other Wednesday. The first hurdle to cross for any pro - read more »

Gambling barge could get new name - 27 September 2003
Harrah's Vicksburg Hotel and Casino will become Horizon Casino if the state Gaming Commission gives its blessing to the deal next month.Harrah's announced plans to sell its Vicksburg holdings to Kentucky-based Columbia Sussex Corporation of Fort Mitchell in July.Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but it is expected t - read more »

Floridians hit casinos in growing numbers - 27 September 2003
Florida for the first time has cracked into the top 10 states with residents who gamble at casinos, according to a survey conducted for gambling giant Harrah's Entertainment Inc.The national report released Friday estimated that nearly 2.2 million Florida residents gambled at a casino in 2002. The state's American Indi - read more »

Ga. Family Council launches guide to Internet safety - 27 September 2003
The Georgia Family Council, in partnership with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, has made available a valuable new resource - an online guide for families to learn better how to utilize the power Internet, and how to help avoid some of its dangers. The Internet holds vast amounts of helpful information: from the - read more »

Park Place, Trump join bidding for Ind. license - 23 September 2003
Five companies submitted applications by Friday to operate a proposed casino in Orange County, including Park Place Entertainment Corp. of Las Vegas, an investor group involving Indiana Pacers President Larry Bird and a group led by casino magnate Donald Trump.The applicants are seeking to open a casino that lawmakers - read more »

Why the UK is ‘the center of the universe’ - 23 September 2003
The UK is the center of the universe for online gambling companies, according to online casino software provider CryptoLogic, who last week decided to list on the London Stock Exchange. So why the UK? Jim Ryan, CryptoLogic chief financial officer, said: 'The UK government's efforts to put in place legislation to regula - read more »

Interactive Systems Worldwide Subsidiary Signs Contract With Stanley Leisure - 23 September 2003
Interactive Systems Worldwide Inc. (Nasdaq: ISWI - News) announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, Global Interactive Gaming Limited (GIG) has signed an agreement with Stanley Interactive Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Stanley Leisure Plc, operating Stanley Leisure's on-line betting business.In this non- - read more »

Australian gamblers the real losers - 23 September 2003
Australians lost an average of $1000 each on gambling last year - two-and-a-half times more than they lost 25 years ago.National gambling statistics released today showed more than $15 billion was gambled away nationwide in 2001/2002.The figure works out at $1017 for every adult Australian, up $28 on the previous year - read more »

Five groups ante up for French Lick casino bid - 21 September 2003
Five companies submitted applications by Friday to operate a proposed casino in Orange County, including an investor group involving Indiana Pacers President Larry Bird and another led by casino magnate Donald Trump. The applicants are seeking to open a casino that lawmakers approved after a decade of lobbying by Orang - read more »

City feels left out of casino talks - 21 September 2003
Cotati city leaders are scrambling to figure out how to handle problems the proposed Indian casino may create for the town after tribal representatives refused an invitation to a public forum on the plan.Soon after news of the proposed 360-acre casino, restaurant and hotel complex adjacent to Rohnert Park surfaced last - read more »

Potawatomi expansion delayed by legal challenge of gaming compacts - 21 September 2003
Legal challenges of new state Indian casino deals have delayed a $120 million expansion to Milwaukee's Potawatomi Bingo Casino, a tribal spokesman said.Tom Krajewski said Thursday the delay is costing the Potawatomi money, delaying the hiring of an additional 1,000 employees and impeding the creation of some 500 constr - read more »

Bill would let casino operations continue without regulators - 21 September 2003
Atlantic City's casinos would be allowed to stay open in the event of a state government shutdown, under legislation planned by Atlantic County state Sen. William L. Gormley.A budget impasse in June, fueled by a proposal to generate an extra $90 million in casino taxes, threatened to shut down state government and idle - read more »

Tribe seeks second casino - 21 September 2003
A group of out-of-state investors will tour Pine Ridge Indian Reservation on Tuesday to view the site of a new gambling casino that the Oglala Sioux Tribe wants to build 12 miles south of Kadoka along Highway 73.On Friday, Wayne Amiotte of the OST Economic and Business Development Office declined to name the company th - read more »

Casino backers promise openness - 21 September 2003
Barrett Singer visited Butte this week to continue work on the $1.8 billion proposed casino and entertainment project planned for Uptown Butte. “The next time we do this, it has to be done absolutely right, and that takes planning,” Singer said. Formerly called Destination Montana, the massive project - proposed for th - read more »

Navajo president signs gambling compact with N.M. - 20 September 2003
After years of reluctance, the Navajo Nation took a major step toward casino gaming when President Joe Shirley Jr. signed New Mexico's gambling compact Friday. A resolution accompanying the compact says it applies only to a small Navajo enclave called To'hajiilee, just west of Albuquerque and not far from where the Ind - read more »

Most South Africans gamble sensibly - 20 September 2003
By far the majority of South Africans, including the majority of poor people, gamble sensibly, Peter Collins, the executive director of the National Responsible Gambling Programme (NRGP), said today. He was briefing the National Assembly's trade and industry committee on a year-long national survey conducted on behalf - read more »

Atlantic City Rolls Dice, Gets Lucky With Isabel - 20 September 2003
The sandbags were piled neatly in a semi-circle around the doors at Trump Taj Mahal. Next door, at Showboat Hotel-Casino, they lined the Boardwalk entrances.Down at Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino, plywood sheets covered the floor-to-ceiling windows that faced the ocean, and 4-foot tall plastic barriers were set up near the - read more »

Gambling machines said found at VFW - 20 September 2003
The manager and four patrons of the VFW in Picayune were issued gambling-related citations Wednesday night after Picayune Police were tipped off about gambling machines at the establishment, authorities said.Maj. David Ervin said an anonymous complaint about illegal gambling devices led police to the VFW on Ridge Road - read more »

Earls Court to gamble on future as London's Las Vegas - 20 September 2003
Earls Court & Olympia Group, the privately owned exhibitions company, is poised to join forces with an American casino operator in an attempt to turn part of its West London site into a giant Las Vegas-style gambling emporium, The Times has learnt. The company, which is 60 per cent owned by Candover, the private equity - read more »

Gambling in the fast lane - 19 September 2003
Wesley Chapel was up 20-12 with the ball and four minutes left. River Ridge needed a defensive play. Cornerback Sam Bell stepped up to tackle Marcus Stewart but committed too soon. Bell forced Stewart inside, but fell attempting the tackle.Most plays, the story ends there. Bell didn't let it. Only after reviewing the t - read more »

New Gaming responsibility code to keep Players Aware - 19 September 2003
Long toted by GamCare as a must have for casinos, new digital panels that tell gamblers how long they have been playing for are being installed on 3,200 slot machines in Nova Scotia. The terminals have been launched in conjunction with a gambling awareness week, which includes education seminars and mass media campaign - read more »

Harrah's casino enjoys string of good fortune - 19 September 2003
Harrah's New Orleans Casino continued to show signs of steady strength in August, as revenue hit $25.3 million, the casino's second-best month ever, according to figures released Tuesday by State Police auditors. It's the third time the Canal Street casino's monthly revenue has exceeded $25 million in the past eight mo - read more »

Lawmakers to grapple over casino gambling - 19 September 2003
State Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg says he would not reject out of hand expanding legalized gambling in Massachusetts to increase the state's revenues. The Senate is expected to take its first-ever vote on casino gambling later this year and senators say the outcome is uncertain. Rosenberg, an Amherst Democrat, said that - read more »

Vegas Gung-Ho on Gambling Tech - 19 September 2003
The casino of the future is going to be cashless. If one thing was made clear at the Global Gaming Expo here this week, it's that the gaming industry is desperate to adopt new technologies that take currency out of the equation. In a speech laying out his vision of the "casino of the future," American Gaming Associatio - read more »

8 Online Winners Poke Isabel - 19 September 2003
The Prima Poker Network has sent eight of their very best to compete in the World Poker Tour in Atlantic City at the elegant new Borgata Hotel. But these online players will have to face more than the land based sharpies to take home the bacon. Hurricane Isabel is the surprise X factor that may effect the events outcom - read more »

Park Place signs Indian casino deal - 19 September 2003
Park Place Entertainment Corp. of Las Vegas has signed an agreement with the Pauma-Yuima Band of Mission Indians to develop and manage a Caesars-branded casino on tribal land near the Pauma Valley in Southern California.The Pauma tribe already operates a casino with slots and table games including craps and roulette. I - read more »

Gaming Expo Unveils New Casino Security Technique - 18 September 2003
From the Crime Tracker 3 team, changing the face of casino security. News 3's Nina Radetich shows us how casinos in Las Vegas step up their efforts to prevent crime, with more people and new technology. Casino security uses some of the most sophisticated equipment in the world, with automated cameras and sensors to wat - read more »

State casino agency losing its chief - 18 September 2003
As expected, the longtime chief executive of New Jersey's Casino Reinvestment Development Authority plans to leave his post for an administrative position at Richard Stockton College, a state school.James Kennedy's move after 10 years at the authority was forced by Gov. McGreevey's desire to install his own person at t - read more »

Volker opposes Cheektowaga casino - 18 September 2003
Western New York's longest-serving state senator has joined the growing chorus of officials opposed to a possible casino in Cheektowaga across the street from an elementary school. In a letter to a casino opponent released by his office Tuesday, State Sen. Dale M. Volker, R-Depew, said a casino in the Cheektowaga-Lanca - read more »

Oneida Nation weighing Illinois casino - 18 September 2003
The Oneida Indian Nation of New York says its inquiry into the possibilities of expanding their casino and resort enterprise outside of New York state is no different than any Native American tribe from other states looking at New York property. The Oneidas of New York visited Markham, Illinois, on Sept. 10, a city of - read more »

Greenway is UK's new gambling guru - 18 September 2003
The future of the UK's gambling industry should be based on the mix of betting and socialising at York Races, according to the MP shaping government legislation.Ryedale MP John Greenway has been named chairman of the Westminster committee studying plans for the biggest shake-up of gaming legislation. Speaking after his - read more »

A deputy sheriff is asking the prosecutor and a judge how to enforce a state law on gambling houses.At issue is the statute that resulted in misdemeanor criminal charges against Jefferson County Sheriff Boe Fontaine and an unpaid reserve deputy earlier this summer.A woman was detained earlier this week as authorities i - read more »

Activists File Lawsuit to Block Oregon Casino - 17 September 2003
Anti-casino activists filed a lawsuit Monday in the state Supreme Court to block a planned tribal casino in the coastal town of Florence, a move that could affect the existing gaming compacts with Oregon's eight other tribes, all of which operate casinos. The group People Against a Casino Town argues that former Gov. J - read more »

Larry Bird, former Nevada governor in casino deal - 17 September 2003
A partnership that includes a former Nevada governor and basketball legend Larry Bird has submitted paperwork to become the operator of a planned casino in his southern Indiana hometown of French Lick.LJB Gaming Associates uses Bird's initials in its name, but an attorney for the group says the basketball Hall of Famer - read more »

August gambling proceeds rise - 17 September 2003
Gamblers spent $65.8 million in the state's 44 casinos last month; that's up from $64.7 million dropped last year when the state had only 42 casinos. In Black Hawk, proceeds rose to $47 million in 22 casinos, which is up from $46.4 million in 2002 when there were 20 casinos in town. In Cripple Creek, proceeds rose to $ - read more »

TAB expects I-gambling operations to exceed $100 million - 17 September 2003
The New Zealand TAB is thanking the Internet. It expects turnover from its online operations to exceed $100 million in the year to July 2004. The optimism comes as the Kiwi parliament approves Lotto games on the Internet.TAB Internet manager Tony Waldergrave said, ‘Receipts from online gambling topped $80m in the year - read more »

Six candidates voice opposition to expanded gambling - 17 September 2003
During a public forum at an Indian reservation casino, six of the seven major candidates for governor voiced a general reluctance to expand gambling.But the candidates all pledged to work with Louisiana's four federally recognized Indian tribes in other enterprises and economic ventures.Republican Bobby Jindal said he - read more »

Experts: Casinos not embracing technology - 17 September 2003
The Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino near San Diego has most things that Las Vegas resorts have, including the latest slot machines and table games, a private gaming area for high-rollers, a nearby golf course and banquet rooms.It also has several features Las Vegas giants don't yet have.Slot machines in the casino' - read more »

Guaranteed $100,000 Online- They Still Can't Believe It! - 17 September 2003
Consistently paying out more than 97%, it's no wonder players at InterCasino win more Mega-Jackpots than at any other casino in the Jackpot Mania family.( But even after having paid out over $3 billion in winnings since 1995, and having paid out dozens of jackpots over $100,000, Mega-Jackpot winne - read more »

Mega-Jackpots Propelling the Grandest Casinos Online - 17 September 2003
Online, competition between casinos is fiercer than on the Las Vegas strip; and since online casinos can't offer free dinners and shows, they compete on jackpots, making the Internet the premiere hunting ground for serious slot fanatics. Mega-Jackpots are common online, and as InterCasino's ( casino - read more »

Casino gambling on the ballot Tuesday in Cerro Gordo County - 16 September 2003
Voters will decide Tuesday whether they want to open up the possibility of casino gambling in Cerro Gordo County.Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and County Auditor Ken Kline expects a heavy voter turnout.Proponents, led by Mason City businessman and former mayor, Tom Jolas, say casino gambling will pour thous - read more »

Britney's raunchy routine surprises audience - 16 September 2003
Britney Spears has performed a raunchy routine for a secret live trial of tracks from her as-yet untitled album.The singer's dancers tore her top off to reveal a tight bikini at a surprise gig at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas.Opening with one of her new tracks, Me Against The Music, the audience were amazed at the new-l - read more »

Small Ozarks town wants voters to sign on for casino - 16 September 2003
Long abandoned as a major tourist spot, Rockaway Beach is under economic distress familiar to many small towns in Missouri.But Rockaway Beach is turning to all of Missouri for a hand. More to the point, a signature.Believing that its road back to prosperity is a casino, the southwest Missouri community has begun a stat - read more »

Organizers expect more than 15,000 to attend G2E - 16 September 2003
Gaming executives from around the world will gather in Las Vegas this week to get a first look at new casino products and discuss issues relevant to the industry in the four-day Global Gaming Expo.The event -- known in the industry as G2E -- is expected to attract more than 15,000 people to the Las Vegas Convention Cen - read more »

Jones Wants Gambling Amendment - 16 September 2003
Former Governor Brereton Jones and others of like mind are proposing a constitutional amendment that would legalize all sorts of casino-style games at Kentucky's eight horse racing tracks. The plan would also earmark state proceeds from expanded gambling for such needs as education and healthcare. Jones was governor fr - read more »

Oneidas seek casino near Chicago - 16 September 2003
The Oneida Indian Nation is investigating a site in Illinois for a casino.Nation Representative Ray Halbritter and other Oneida Indian officials toured the location Sept. 10. The nation confirms it is in the early stages of planning a casino in Illinois, but would give few specifics."I don't know the details of the pro - read more »

CryptoLogic & Littlewoods Gaming Build Long-Term Relationship With Extended Agreement & Expanded Game Offering - 16 September 2003
CryptoLogic Inc., a leading software developer to the Internet gaming and e-commerce industries, announced today that it has extended its relationship with current customer, Littlewoods Gaming - a major household name in the UK. Littlewoods has committed to a five-year exclusive agreement, conditional upon performance - read more »

Real bankrolls are in play as slots accept ATM cards - 15 September 2003
The little black boxes on some of Pauma's slot machines could propel the North County tribe into the forefront of a big controversy in the gambling industry. The boxes are wireless ATM terminals, and Casino Pauma is the first in the nation to put them on slot machines. With the swipe of a debit card and a few punches o - read more »

McGreevey targets control of casino reinvestment agency - 15 September 2003
Gov. James E. McGreevey plans to wrest control of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority from the lawmaker who created the state agency, according to a published report.The planned change, the latest chapter in a feud between McGreevey and Sen. William L. Gormley, would represent a major assault on the Republica - read more »

UK gambling lures software maker to City - 15 September 2003
Cryptologic, a Canadian and New York-listed online gaming software maker, is listing shares on the London Stock Exchange from today to take advantage of the growing UK gambling market.Lewis Rose, chief executive, said: "The new listing reflects our global focus, gives us access to a broader shareholder base, and enhanc - read more »

Casino process angers city - 15 September 2003
Angry Edmonton councillors are accusing the province of aborting its own casino consultation process, effectively denying council the right to say yes or no to a new casino."It is very unfair of them to go ahead without our input," Coun. Karen Leibovici said Saturday, pointing out that council's review didn't kick off - read more »

IGT rolling out 150 new slot machines for Vegas gambling expo - 15 September 2003
International Game Technology, the world's leading slot machine manufacturer, intends to send a message this week to its competitors when it features 150 new games at the Global Gaming Expo Conference in Las Vegas."We want to defend our place in the market,"said Joe Kaminkow, IGT's vice president of game design.The new - read more »

Tuesday vote may resolve casino question - 15 September 2003
Voters will decide Tuesday whether they want to open up the possibility of casino gambling being part of the quality of life in Cerro Gordo County. County Auditor Ken Kline expects a heavy voter turnout. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Proponents, led by Mason City businessman and former Mayor Tom Jolas, say c - read more »

Meskwaki casino must remain closed - 14 September 2003
No dice. The National Indian Gaming Commission has rejected an administrative law judge's recommendation to reopen the Meskwaki casino.In August, Andrew Pearlstein with the Office of Hearings and Appeals ruled the tribe had not violated gaming regulations.But the three-member commission based in Washington, D.C., voted - read more »

River Rock Casino plans 7-story garage - 14 September 2003
Construction is under way on what could be a seven-story parking garage at the River Rock Casino in Alexander Valley, which Sonoma County officials say would be an eyesore among scenic vineyards and rolling green hills and could provoke landslides.The Dry Creek Band of Pomo Indians insist the 1,350-space garage is just - read more »

Wapello seeks gambling referendum - 14 September 2003
Another county will join the list of those to vote on a riverboat casino even though the state commission regulating gambling has not decided whether to authorize more licenses.Wapello County Supervisor Steve Siegel said the county has received a petition on riverboat gambling apparently with enough signatures to force - read more »

Casino bosses have spent millions of pounds on new premises in Plymouth in an effort to change the face of gambling in the city. The former Drake Odeon cinema has been transformed into a £7 million Grosvenor casino offering a restaurant and live music as well as poker and roulette tables.The move is an effort to make g - read more »

Mass. Senate to take first casino vote - 14 September 2003
Just two weeks after the state Treasurer unilaterally expanded Massachusetts' Keno operations, the state Senate is poised to take its first-ever vote on casino gambling this fall despite a defeat in the House earlier this year.Both opponents and proponents of expanded gaming in Massachusetts believe a Senate debate wil - read more »

Research hopes to pinpoint cause of problem gambling - 14 September 2003
Single mom and Sunday school teacher Carol O'Hare recalls a time when she was so desperate for money, she contemplated robbing a convenience store to help feed her gambling addiction. "How tough can it really be to rob a 7-Eleven?" O'Hare said she asked herself. "I was sitting there, calmly thinking through how to comm - read more »

Rare peek of Chatsworth private collection at Bellagio gallery - 14 September 2003
Spanning the last five centuries, a new exhibit at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art presents a rare glimpse of a private collection held by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Although many of the family's treasures are routinely displayed at the Chatsworth Estate in Derbyshire, England, this unique exhibit, titled "Tr - read more »

State Supreme Court accepts gambling lawsuits - 13 September 2003
The state Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear two lawsuits that could decide the governor's authority to sign gaming compacts with American Indian tribes and whether the Wisconsin Constitution outlaws casino gambling altogether.Assembly Speaker John Gard, part of a group of Republican lawmakers who filed one of the sui - read more »

New Zealand Businesses Battle Over Gambling Money - 13 September 2003
A battle over hundreds of millions of dollars in pokie money pocketed by bar and club owners is expected to come to a head next week. The Government is expected to announce recommendations for a new system of paying publicans and others who have gaming machines on their premises. The current system, a formula based on - read more »

Gambling law scaring fraternal organizations - 13 September 2003
A new law targeting scam artists is frightening fraternal and veterans groups that raise money through gambling for the needy in their towns. Organizations such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Eagles fear that the law, which went into effect July 1, could wipe out their donations to local charities and causes by re - read more »

Harrah's may keep Horseshoe name - 13 September 2003
Glitzy promotional materials from May 2001 touting Empress Casino's switch to Jack Binion's Horseshoe brand seems, in retrospect, like a harbinger of gambling nuances to come."Get your game together," a cigar-chomping woman advised in that invitation, to a "Million Dollar Evening" with Jack.Binion apparently took his o - read more »

12 casinos win record $475M. during August - 13 September 2003
The city's 12 casinos won a record $475 million from gamblers in August, easing fears that Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is not drawing enough new visitors to resort.August gross gambling revenue jumped 11.2 percent this year, the Casino Control Commission reported Thursday. The increase was the largest of the year and ca - read more »

Gambling revenue increased 11.2 percent over Aug. 2002 - 12 September 2003
In its second month, Borgata increased its helping of the gambling pie to $53 million, fueling a record month of revenue citywide and generally causing less pain to other casinos than it did during its debut month.Overall, gamblers lost $475 million to the city's 12 casinos in August, a month that included five weekend - read more »

Harrah's buying casino operator for $917 million - 12 September 2003
Harrah's Entertainment Inc. is buying Horseshoe Gaming Holding Co., owner of casinos in Louisiana, Mississippi and Indiana, for $917 million.The Las Vegas-based gambling giant said Thursday it will also assume $533 million in debt in the deal for the privately held Horseshoe, which is based in Tinley Park, Ill.Harrah's - read more »

More tribes ponder gambling - 12 September 2003
A North County tribe is one of two in the area looking to hit the state's latest casino jackpot. Under agreements quietly signed by Gov. Gray Davis this week, the two Indian bands each will be allowed to have a casino and a maximum of 350 slot machines. The gambling agreements, or compacts, must first be approved by th - read more »

Bets on whether Town Centre Casino Proposals are back - 12 September 2003
All bets are on for a new casino in the Queens Hotel.Councillors at Wednesdays planning meeting agreed proposals to change the ballroom into a gambling venue were a good idea.The recommendation had been to refuse the application, but in a surprise change of fortunes the majority of councillors spoke positively about th - read more »

InterCasino’s Fresh New Look - 11 September 2003
If an online casino wins the title “Best Online Casino” two years running you would expect that it would leave well enough alone. That is not what InterCasino ( ) did, and you'll be glad they didn't. InterCasino's new web site is more intuitive, more inviting, and more advanced than any other casino - read more »

Casino Queen sees revenue, admissions up in August - 11 September 2003
The Casino Queen in East St. Louis brought in $13.5 million in revenue in August, up slightly from August 2002, the Illinois Gaming Board reported Wednesday. Admissions were up as well, to 185,723 in August from 177,586 in August of last year. Argosy Gaming's Alton Belle Casino in Alton brought in nearly $9.3 million i - read more »

Seneca Indian Nation Approves New Casino - 11 September 2003
Members of the Seneca Indian Nation passed a referendum yesterday by a vote of 811-to-326 in favor of building a casino on the Allegany reservation.Seneca President Rickey Armstrong says the next step is to choose a site, purchase it, and have the Senecas' gaming corporation develop the casino. He has no timetable for - read more »

Crockfords’ high-rollers turn the tables on Stanley Leisure - 11 September 2003
The vagaries of gambling were demonstrated by Stanley Leisure yesterday as the company warned investors that profits at Crockfords, its upmarket London casino, had been hurt by a small number of high-rollers. Leonard Steinberg, chairman, told shareholders at the annual meeting: “Whilst the drop at Crockfords has contin - read more »

Developer gives update on Botkins casino project - 11 September 2003
A developer provided an update for the proposed Botkins casino, while a member of the opposition group inquired about possible conflicts of interest at the Botkins Village Council meeting Tuesday night.Terry Casey, the Columbus-based consultant for Tom Schnippel, spoke on behalf of his client, who was in Oklahoma speak - read more »

Casinos finding it hard to return to pre-2001 boom - 11 September 2003
Two years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Southern Nevada casinos are still struggling to match the returns they had achieved before the attacks and a lagging economy stalled Las Vegas' powerful tourism engine.Gambling revenue, occupancy rates and other key financial indicators of casino health are still down fro - read more »

Palau legalises casino gambling - 11 September 2003
A new bill seeking to legalize casino gambling in Palau has been introduced despite previous opposition from President Tommy Remengesau.Senator Lucius Malsol says allowing casino gambling in Angaur state will earn money for the financially troubled Palau government. Our reporter, Gemma Casas, says Malsol's Senate Bill - read more »

Casino operator reviews listing options - 10 September 2003
Casino operator NagaCorp is surprised by the Monetary Authority of Singapore move to scuttle its plan to list here.In fact, so sure were the company's management and the underwriter of its proposed IPO, SBI E2-Capital, of a smooth ride that they were already deep into their IPO roadshows.They had earlier completed road - read more »

Man robs Sheraton Casino in Tunica County - 10 September 2003
A man robbed the Sheraton Casino in Robinsonville Monday night, making the gambling spot the 14th victim in this year's rash of casino robberies.At approximately 11:45 p.m. Monday night, a black man wearing a baseball cap, dark glasses and what appeared to be a wig entered the east end of casino, went to a cashier's ca - read more »

Strip gaming win increases nearly 7 percent in July - 10 September 2003
Casinos along the Las Vegas Strip won $397.6 million from players in July, a healthy 6.9 percent increase and the second straight month of higher gross revenue.The state Gaming Control Board reported today that strong play on the slot machines on the Strip helped offset a poor showing at the baccarat tables. And North - read more »

Kansas Official Seeks to Shut New Casino - 10 September 2003
The state attorney general said Tuesday he asked the National Indian Gaming Commission to close a downtown casino opened by an American Indian tribe more than a week ago.The Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma did not complete the process to gain approval from the gaming commission, said Attorney General Phill Kline. He also - read more »

Gambling in cyberspace: seemingly lawless - 10 September 2003
Gambling in the borderless world of cyberspace is much like playing cards in the Old West. Every island on the modern map seems to operate an online casino, much like every railroad stop in Nevada had a card table.The comparison doesn't end there: Not only is cyberspace borderless, it's seemingly lawless. States are fi - read more »

Two more San Diego tribes sign gambling compacts - 10 September 2003
Two more Indian tribes have signed state gambling agreements that would allow them to open small casinos in remote San Diego County. The compacts could push the number of tribal casinos in San Diego County to 11, more than any other county in the nation. But the deals are drawing opposition from other tribes that may a - read more »

Hi-tech gambling on the card - 10 September 2003
Forgotten to pick up your weekly lottery ticket? The Lotteries Commission will send you a text message - reply to it and you're on the way to the money. Law changes being debated this week pave the way for interactive gambling, which could include text-message gambling, Lotto sales over the Internet, voice-activated te - read more »

Treasure Island among clients touted in sophisticated magazine 'advertorials' - 09 September 2003
When MGM MIRAGE earlier this year sought to reposition its family-friendly Treasure Island casino in Las Vegas as a destination more suitable for adults in search of decadence, its media-buying agency pitted three men's magazines against one another in a winner-take-all contest.To compete, the magazines -- FHM, Maxim a - read more »

Giant SunCruz casino boat leaves, but smaller one still making waves - 09 September 2003
The largest of the SunCruz casino boats is gone for good from its dock near Martha's Restaurant on Hollywood beach, but residents and city leaders say they won't be satisfied until all the boats are gone.The 165-foot SunCruz VI sailed away to a new berth in Jacksonville on Monday, in accordance with a court order. The - read more »

William Hill gambles ahead of the field - 09 September 2003
William Hill is in the winner's enclosure after a 27% rise in underlying profits for the first half of 2003.The group, which runs 1,581 shops, shrugged off comparisons with last year, when the football World Cup boosted interest, as it saw underlying profits rise to £101.9m.The company, which floated on the stock excha - read more »

State misses the jackpot with Mega Millions - 09 September 2003
Mega Millions, Washington's foray into the world of multistate lottery gambling, has been a mega-disappointment.The state, one of 10 partners in the country's largest jackpot game, had about $51 million in sales during its first year of participation, which ended last week. That's less than half the $117 million origin - read more »

Maine prosecutors announce opposition to casino - 09 September 2003
The Maine Prosecutors Association came out Monday against a referendum on a $650 million casino in southern Maine.Mark Lawrence, the district attorney for York County, said a casino would cause an increase in drunken driving, domestic abuse, loan-sharking, embezzlement and other crimes.Moreover, he asserted that the pr - read more »

Oneida Nation shopping for Catskills site - 08 September 2003
According to a classified advertisement in the Middletown Times Herald-Record that ran August 17, the Oneida Nation is searching for parcels of land between 500 and 1,000 acres.According to an August 21 article in the Times Herald-Record, the Nation may be eyeing the Concord Resort. The article reported that a Westches - read more »

Gambling addiction warning as daily lottery is launched - 08 September 2003
Camelot is to launch a daily lottery game in an attempt to revive sales. Daily Play, will offer a jackpot of £30,000 for matching seven numbers, as well as a consolation prize for those who get no numbers at all.It is the first new game to be introduced since Camelot's pledge four months ago to reverse a slump in ticke - read more »

William Hill technology gamble pays off - 08 September 2003
William Hill has posted a 27% rise in underlying profits for the first half of 2003.The group, which runs 1,581 betting shops saw underlying profits climb to £101.9 million.The company, which floated on the stock exchange last year, saw gross win - the success it has with punters - increase across its retail, telephone - read more »

Aladdin hotel-casino faces unfair-labor complaint - 07 September 2003
The National Labor Relations Board has filed a complaint against the nonunion Aladdin hotel-casino based upon more than 70 charges of unfair labor practices leveled by Culinary Local 226. Culinary officials have said a majority of Aladdin's estimated 1,500 foodservice workers, porters and housekeepers want the union to - read more »

Deregulation on the cards for British gaming clubs - 07 September 2003
Tucked away off the M1, sleepy Northampton might appear to have little in common with the parched plains of northern Arizona. But all that could be about to change. The town is set to be among the first beneficiaries of the gaming deregulation that is set to sweep the UK in the next few years. Plans for a 30,000 sq ft - read more »

300 at Trump N.J. Casinos Get Pink Slips - 07 September 2003
Pink slips have been sent to 300 year-round employees at real estate mogul Donald Trump's three casinos, which are struggling in the face of new competition, higher taxes and a soft economy. Craig Keyser, executive vice president for human resources, cited a need to trim payroll. "This is the season when you aggressive - read more »

Caesar's casino at mega mall? Odds look long - 07 September 2003
The entertainment company that owns Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and casinos in Atlantic City and elsewhere would like to operate a casino at the Mall of America in Bloomington, but looks likely to run into stiff political opposition.Robert Stewart of Park Place Entertainment said Friday the mall would provide "a great - read more »

Casinos seek profits in untraditional places - 07 September 2003
Brad Stone walks along the shiny marble floors of the Venetian hotel-casino's new $275 million tower smiling. He brags about the spacious rooms that average $200 a night and the planned upscale restaurant that will draw refined palates and thick wallets.The executive vice president of the Las Vegas Sands, which owns th - read more »

Acres Gaming Receives Coeur d'Alene Casino Order - 06 September 2003
Acres Gaming Incorporated (Nasdaq: AGAM), the leader in Bonusing and Casino Management System technology for the gaming industry, has announced that it has received an order from Coeur d'Alene Casino in Worley, Idaho, located 30 minutes southeast of Spokane, Washington. The contract specifies a phased installation over - read more »

Casino Arizona Debuts New Look - 06 September 2003
As highlights of the 2003 World Series of Poker played overhead on giant TV screens, hundreds of local poker players tried their hands Tuesday in the expanded Casino Arizona at Talking Stick. The casino debuted its new name and twice-as-large persona. The expanded facility includes nine 9- by 9-foot TV screens along on - read more »

Caesars casino proposed for Mall of America - 06 September 2003
The owner of Caesars Palace is exploring the against-the-odds possibility of building a Las Vegas-style casino resort at the Mall of America."We have had some discussions with a number of people in Minnesota about the development of a Caesars-branded casino at the Mall of America," said Robert Stewart, a spokesman for - read more »

Capturing the Keno crowd - 06 September 2003
The casino boomlet has died down for now, but that has created a small window of opportunity which Treasurer Tim Cahill has decided to take advantage of.Cahill figures he can squeeze another $3 million a year out of game players by extending the hours of Keno play an extra 22 hours a week (from 10 a.m. until 1 a.m. Mon - read more »

Video Gambling Trial Under Way - 06 September 2003
The man who once ran the state's largest video gambling operation came close to a contempt charge during his trial Thursday, a federal judge said. 'We are very close to a contempt situation,' U.S. District Judge Joe Anderson said after the jury was removed from the courtroom, the second of many trips to a secluded room - read more »

Geisha Lounge and Grand Aces online casinos announce switch to RealTime Gaming software platform - 06 September 2003
Change is in the air for two online casinos this week as Geisha Lounge ( and Grand Aces Casino (, both announced their planned switch to the RealTime Gaming software platform.“We are excited to join the RealTime family, and we can't wait to roll out their full suite of products to - read more »

National group discusses gambling issues at Newport conference - 04 September 2003
For Rhode Island and many other states, there's no turning back from legalized gambling.In states that have so far resisted gambling's lure, worsening budget woes only increase the debate.Legislators, regulators and gaming interests from around the country will meet in Newport this weekend to discuss the myriad issues - read more »

Route 66 Casino opens Thursday - 04 September 2003
Laguna Pueblo will officially open its $60 million, Route 66-themed casino on Thursday. The 165,000-square-foot casino, located west of Albuquerque, includes 1,250 slot machines, 20 table games, a bingo hall with 750 seats, a 2,800-seat theater/entertainment/special events venue, a cabaret lounge, and multiple food, be - read more »

New course for Casino Education - 04 September 2003
Want to get brush up on your Casino and gambling skills? Get back to University. The Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) is offering an online course in casino management this fall. Developed jointly by the HTM department and the Foxwoods Resort and Casino of Ledyard, Conn. the 'Casino Management' is - read more »

First Interactive Gaming & Entertainment (IGE) Conference - 04 September 2003
Anyone and everyone who wants to have a slice of the $100 billion gaming and gambling industry should be heading for the IGE conference. Interactive gaming companies from over 40 countries will gather at the 1st Interactive Gaming & Entertainment (IGE) conference on November 2-4 at Universal's Royal Pacific Resort in O - read more »

Casinos decry Ill. gambling taxes; critics point to profits - 04 September 2003
Illinois gambling industry officials say riverboats have brought in less money and attendance is down in the two months since higher state gambling taxes went into effect.But gambling critics charge that casinos, which have laid off hundreds of employees and reduced hours to cut costs because of the higher tax, are usi - read more »

Airline adds three Vegas flights - 03 September 2003
America West Airlines, saying its business-oriented fare structure is creating demand, today said it's adding one flight per day between Las Vegas and St. Louis; Las Vegas and Billings, Mont.; and Las Vegas and Des Moines, Iowa, on Oct. 26, Nov. 26 and Dec. 19, respectively.America West said its Las Vegas hub is benefi - read more »

IGT reports glitch in keno game - 03 September 2003
International Game Technology has notified slot operators statewide that a certain keno game has a glitch that allows gamblers to play the machines for free.IGT notified the state Gaming Control Board about the games and state regulators ordered the company to notify casinos, convenience stores and other gaming license - read more »

Crown Casino review finds faults - 03 September 2003
Kerry Packer's Crown Casino has reportedly been found to have a string of faults with its corporate governance and compliance procedures.The Victorian Casino and Gaming Authority has criticised Crown's internal audit arrangements but has not stripped the casino of its licence, according to The Australian Financial Revi - read more »

Judge puts N.Y. casino project on hold - 03 September 2003
A federal judge granted an injunction blocking construction of a casino in Hampton Bays, saying the Shinnecok Indian Nation must be federally recognized before it moves forward with the project.U.S. District Judge Thomas Platt ruled Friday that the 1,500-member tribe must put the project on hold for at least 18 months - read more »

Ehrlich says he'll listen to Democrats on slots - 03 September 2003
Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. yesterday said he disagrees with Democrats' plans to increase taxes to reduce the state's budget shortfall but will listen to their ideas to rework his proposal for slot machines to generate revenue. "I think that it is a good first step," Mr. Ehrlich said in an interview with Th - read more »

Casinos colonize Gulf Coast - 03 September 2003
A decade ago, Mississippi newspaper publisher Roland Weeks thought his community was threatened.Casinos had arrived in Biloxi, bringing with them a bundle of pros and cons, and Weeks sensed the town would soon face trouble."The bottom line is whether gambling is going to be part of Biloxi or Biloxi is going to be part - read more »

Gambling foes proceeding with 'debate' - 03 September 2003
Organizers of a debate related to a possible casino in Orange County have announced who will represent the anti-casino side at Thursday's event.A news release from the organizers, Orange County Coalition Against Legalized Gambling, reported, “The debater for the pro-casino side has yet to be announced.”But, from all in - read more »

Mandalay Profits Rise 44 Percent - 03 September 2003
Casino operator Mandalay Resort Group on Tuesday said profit rose 44 percent in the latest quarter, beating estimates as summer travel and gambling sizzled on the Las Vegas Strip. The Las Vegas-based company, which owns the Mandalay Bay, Luxor and Excalibur resorts and a new convention center symbolic of its move away - read more »

Tribal factions attempt to clarify positions on proposed casino - 02 September 2003
Chairman Richard Boland of the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe of Death Valley said in a statement his tribe is split on the issue of a proposed casino in Hesperia and that an off-reservation faction has challenged the legitimacy of the tribe's Nov. 12 council election.The Boland council, residing in Death Valley, was elected - read more »

Plymouth balks at casino proposal - 02 September 2003
Two Mother Lode American Indian tribes have encountered very different scenarios while planting their respective 21st century economic development seeds: gaming casinos. The Tuolumne Band of Mi-Wuk Indians met virtually no resistance in building and opening Black Oak Casino just outside Sonora and has had no major prob - read more »

Davis defends giving casino interests a voice - 02 September 2003
At a Labor Day weekend event, Davis said it has been his longstanding policy to allow entities with an interest in a regulatory board to make recommendations about who should be on it. The gambling oversight board has two open positions. "They are sovereign nations, and they are entitled to make recommendations," Davis - read more »

David vs. Goliath Online Casino Showdown - 02 September 2003
Antigua isn't happy with the anti-gambling activities of the US federal government, claiming that those policies contravene the General Agreement on Trade and Services by cutting off one of the Caribbean island's sources of income - online gambling. But the attempt to get the US to submit to the rulings of an internati - read more »

New slot system lets Las Vegas company serve Russian gamblers - 02 September 2003
Bally Gaming and Systems, an Alliance subsidiary, went live last week with a wide-area progressive system that brings a new gambling selection to Russian customers.The new system lets operators in a control center at the company's Las Vegas headquarters monitor the play on its Playboy video slot machines in Moscow.Robe - read more »

All bets are off for casino plan - 01 September 2003
The fate of a proposed casino development in Barnhart isn't swamped yet, but it appears to be listing as state gaming regulators focus their attention on the troubled President Casino in downtown St. Louis. And Jefferson County Presiding Commissioner Mark Mertens, who opposes the casino development, isn't likely to try - read more »

Davis under fire for plan to give tribes a say on gambling appointments - 01 September 2003
One of the candidates trying to replace Gray Davis as governor of California is criticizing the way the governor is choosing members of the California Gambling Control Commission. Davis is offering the leaders of Indian tribes a leading role in selecting two of the five members of the commission. And those tribes have - read more »

Tropicana seeks to be destination location - 01 September 2003
Dennis Gomes divides his time equally between Las Vegas and Atlantic City and cannot help but notice a striking difference between the two: People spend a heck of a lot more money in the western gambling capital. As president of the resort division at Aztar, the parent company to the Tropicana Casino & Resort, Gomes ho - read more »