August 2004 News Article Archive

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Munster rejects Ho-Chunk casino - 31 August 2004
The Munster Town Council on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution opposing the proposed Ho-Chunk casino in Lynwood. Town officials were presented with two resolutions for their consideration, one limiting the town's interest to the casino's potential economic impact and the other exploring broader issues, including t - read more »

Casino giants Harrah's, Caesars looking to sell four properties - 31 August 2004
Harrah's Entertainment Inc. and Caesars Entertainment Inc. have begun negotiations to sell four casinos to a group led by a real estate investment company, a move intended to help reduce antitrust concerns involving their recent merger agreement, two sources familiar with the negotiations said Monday.The deal involves - read more »

Mikohn Gaming sues rival casino device firm over patent - 30 August 2004
Mikohn Gaming Corp., only two weeks after agreeing to share its patents with Reno-based slot maker International Game Technology, last week announced it had filed a patent infringement suit against Paltronics Inc., a fast-growing company with a competing casino game management product. Mikohn, which had to pay $1.5 mil - read more »

Gambling expert wants Sask government to halt casino expansion - 30 August 2004
The Saskatchewan government should put the brakes on casino expansion until the province does a study on its socio-economic impact, says an expert on problem gambling. But the government has gone ahead with several projects even though it suggests such a study could be at least five years away. Harold Wynne of the Ca - read more »

Billions rolling in as Macau is transformed into Asia's Vegas - 30 August 2004
A huge cheer breaks through the cacophony at Sands Macau Casino as the four million pataca (518,000 US dollar) blackjack jackpot is won.Lights flash, music plays and hordes of tourists, mostly from mainland China, gather around to congratulate the beaming winner.Later, by the huge cocktail bar, two scantily clad Wester - read more »

Washington County to vote on gambling issue - 30 August 2004
Residents head to the polls on Tuesday to decide the divisive issue of whether to support a riverboat casino near this small town in eastern Iowa. If a simple majority of Washington County voters and then state regulators approve, plans call for a riverboat casino to open in 2007. As proposed by Catfish Bend Casinos, t - read more »

Vegas at 100 - 29 August 2004
On May 15, 1905, a couple of dozen people gathered in a Nevada valley near the tracks of the San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake City Railroad to bid on 110 of the railroad's acres. In two days, the land was auctioned off, at $1.25 an acre.What was then the tiny community of Las Vegas Townsite is now the heart of modern - read more »

Indian gaming industry growing - 29 August 2004
Even without Las Vegas-style slot machines, Oklahoma's Indian gaming industry is growing at an almost unmatched pace, a national study indicates.The number of electronic gambling machines nearly doubled between 2001 and 2003, as did the revenue those machines produced.Gaming at 73 Oklahoma locations earned tribes $465. - read more »

Maiden voyage of Millionaire's Casino cut short - 28 August 2004
The maiden voyage of the Millionaire's Casino on Thursday was such a hot time the U.S. Coast Guard was called in.And the electrical system was shut down.An improperly-installed piece of insulation began smoldering just as the boat left the Savannah River and headed to the free-gambling federal waters. The Coast Guard w - read more »

Tribal casino resort proposed near Gilroy - 28 August 2004
A tiny Indian tribe from the Central Valley and a San Jose-based investment group are pitching a giant casino resort south of Gilroy, hoping to exploit a 250-mile long corridor along California's central coast where they would face no competition.The investors and their attorneys have met in recent weeks with several S - read more »

Senate approves four casino deals; big casino proposal stalled - 28 August 2004
The Senate ratified four new tribal gambling agreements Friday, a day after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger withdrew a controversial proposal to build the state's first urban casino.The 21-12 vote approved pacts Schwarzenegger signed this week to establish or expand gambling operations by the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indi - read more »

Batavia racetrack to reopen with VLTs in January - 27 August 2004
The owners of Batavia Downs Race Track agreed Thursday to reopen the track next summer and install video lottery terminals to cover the track's debt and operating costs.The decision by Western Regional Off Track Betting comes after it has struggled for years to recoup deficits at Batavia Downs and find a way to bankrol - read more »

GAMBLER'S SUICIDE AFTER £10,000 LOSS - 27 August 2004
A RACING fan killed himself the day after he lost £10,000 gambling on the horses.Builder John Bailey, 46, had already lost £6,000 that week betting by phone on races at Goodwood.As his debts mounted, he went to his parents' home and hanged himself in their garage.His father Donald found him, but he was already dead.Yes - read more »

Casino faces suit over stolen $1m - 27 August 2004
An energy company may sue Melbourne's Crown Casino to recover $800,000 gambled away by a high-rolling former manager, a court heard today.Wayne John Seiler stole $1.04 million from electricity and gas provider TXU while working as a financial manager last year, the Victorian County Court heard.Over eight months, Seiler - read more »

Proposed casino site announced - 27 August 2004
Catfish Bend Casino announced Thursday it plans to locate its riverboat and resort on 320 acres adjacent the Iowa River northeast of Highway 22 and Highway 218.Voters go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to allow gambling in Washington County. Thursday night, more than 60 people packed the Captain's Table restaura - read more »

Tribes with new gambling deal order more slot machines - 26 August 2004
Four of the five tribes that signed new gambling deals with California in June have started ordering hundred of additional slot machines that could eventually bring the state more than $10 million a year.The orders were placed around the time of last week's approval by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs of agreements re - read more »

Burswood packs $44.9m punch - 26 August 2004
CASINO operator Burswood has posted a better than expected net profit of $44.9 million for its final year before it is swallowed by Kerry Packer's media and gaming giant Publishing & Broadcasting Ltd.The net profit, including takeover costs of $2.15 million before tax, was $43.4 million.The result is well above the $11 - read more »

Senator Takes Issue With Governor Over Casinos - 26 August 2004
Gov. Mike Johanns shouldn't be concerned about Nebraska's four American Indian tribes operating casinos off reservation land, a state senator said Wednesday.Johanns, a gambling opponent, has said he is worried that if voters approve expanded gambling in November, the tribes will be able to build casinos anywhere in the - read more »

Singapore court rules in favor of Australian casino - 26 August 2004
Singaporeans who run up gambling debts at foreign casinos can now be pursued through the city-state's courts, a report said Thursday, citing a decision by the Court of Appeal. The move, described as "landmark" by the Straits Times newspaper, comes as Singapore's leaders are leaning toward opening a first casino here de - read more »

Gambling boosts Hilton's profits - 26 August 2004
Bookmakers Ladbrokes is continuing to boost profits for its parent company, hotels group Hilton. Hilton said pre-tax profits were up 110% for the six months to 30 June, after strong growth in Ladbrokes' shops and internet betting divisions. Pre-tax profits rose to £156.7m ($281.2m), up from £74.5m a year ago. Hilton's - read more »

Two Indian Bands Near Deal to Build Casino - 25 August 2004
The Manzanita Indian band and the Viejas band are developing an agreement that would establish an off-reservation casino in the border town of Calexico. Under the tentative agreement, Viejas would provide funds to help the Manzanita band purchase land in Calexico, build the facility and cover start-up operational costs - read more »

Cato: Casino to draw 'more affluent' crowd - 25 August 2004
Florida developer Charles Cato says the mansion where Confederate president Jefferson Davis wed a Natchez aristocrat will soon house gamblers who crave history as much as a royal flush.Cato, president of the planned Emerald Star Casino and Resort, said he expects to close next week on a deal to buy the Briars Inn, a hi - read more »

Death, gambling and the pink pound - is this tourism's future? - 25 August 2004
FORGET golf, whisky and genealogy. Tourism in Scotland is to be boosted by death, homosexuality and gambling. Niche markets such as dark tourism - interest in graveyards, gruesome ghost tours and battlefields - are to be targeted in an effort to attract more visitors. Industry figures will also hear of the benefits of - read more »

Audience urged to say no to gambling - 25 August 2004
Members of Communities Against Riverboat Expansion (C.A.R.E.) were pleased by the turnout at their town hall meeting, last night, in the KC Hall in Washington. About 200 people attended, including several people who support opening up Washington County to gambling.C.A.R.E. member Dale Torpey of Washington and other gue - read more »

Mohegan Sun restructuring management team - 25 August 2004
The Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority is restructuring its casino management as it takes its gambling operation nationwide. Mitchell Etess, who was executive vice president of marketing, will become president and chief executive officer of the Mohegan Sun casino. Etess is a former marketing vice president at Trump Plaza - read more »

Atlantic Canadians start playing lottery online - 25 August 2004
The online cash started flowing for Atlantic Canada's government-owned lottery corporation Tuesday as it pioneered a controversial website that sells lottery tickets on the Internet. By midday over 100 customers had wagered on games operated by the Atlantic Lottery Corp. website, making it the first publicly owned agen - read more »

Garden Grove Says 'No Dice' to Casino - 25 August 2004
Saying it would spoil the city's improved image, Garden Grove council members voted unanimously Tuesday to kill any effort to build an Indian casino. "It is very clear to me that there is widespread opposition to gambling in Orange County," said Councilman Mark Rosen. "We shouldn't take it any further because of that." - read more »

Casino pacts could unravel under scrutiny - 25 August 2004
Bipartisan opposition on Tuesday threatened to sink Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's latest package of gambling accords -- including one that would plant a Nevada-sized casino in the Bay Area.Republicans and Democrats, moderates and hard-liners said they had serious reservations about welcoming in California's first urban - read more »

California on Path to Become Nation's Gambling Capital - 25 August 2004
A state once skeptical of wagering is in the midst of a gambling boom that could double casino revenue in coming years.In time, according to gambling industry officials and economists, the Golden State almost surely will pass Nevada as the nation's biggest gambling venue.The fast expansion of gambling marks a major shi - read more »

Four off-track betting sites sought - 24 August 2004
Colonial Downs, the state's only pari-mutuel horse-racing track, is launching petition drives in communities across the state to win voter approval to open more off-track betting parlors.Track officials expect to invest between $8 million and $15 million to build four off-track gambling sites, giving more Virginians an - read more »

Vegas Partnership Seeks 75% Interest in Queen Mary - 24 August 2004
The company that operates the Queen Mary for the city of Long Beach said Monday that it wants to sell 75% interest in the vessel to a Las Vegas-registered limited partnership.Although some civic activists have speculated for months that the financially strapped city might allow the historic ship to be turned into a cas - read more »

Dome runs to seed - 23 August 2004
The derelict site was once the jewel in New Labour's crown. At its opening, Londoners were promised a spectacular showcase for 21st century Britain which would spearhead the regeneration of the Greenwich peninsula. But as these pictures show, nearly four years after it closed, the land around the Millennium Dome remain - read more »

Tribe Scales Back Casino Plan - 23 August 2004
Responding to opposition from Bay Area legislators, a California Indian tribe and investors have proposed scaling back plans for a sprawling, Las Vegas-style casino near San Francisco and Oakland.The decision to downsize the plans comes with a week remaining for the controversial project to win legislative approval thi - read more »

Net bettors voting early in Bush-Kerry showdown - 23 August 2004
Just how likely is George W. Bush to win the 2004 presidential election?More than four times as likely as Osama bin Laden being captured next month, but slightly less than Michael Jackson's chances of being convicted of child molestation. That's if you play the political futures markets or place bets on one of the myri - read more »

Stars collide at Connecticut casino - 21 August 2004
Hollywood collided with rock 'n' roll in the unlikeliest of places: a Connecticut casino. Jada Pinkett Smith, Juliette Lewis and their respective bands - Pinkett's Wicked Wisdom and Lewis' Juliette and the Licks - literally brought hard rock to the opening of the Hard Rock Cafe inside Foxwoods Resort and Casino Thursda - read more »

Package Of Four Casino Gambling Measures Put On Nov. 2 Ballot - 21 August 2004
A second casino gambling proposal will be on the Nov. 2 ballot, the secretary of state's office verified Friday.Petition circulators had gathered enough valid signatures to put the four-part proposal before the voters, officials said.It will compete with a legislative plan to legalize two casinos anywhere in the state. - read more »

Macao Tries to Spruce Up Its Image - 21 August 2004
Some places wind up with two distinctly different images among tourists. Macao, a Portuguese colony for more than four centuries before its return to China in December 1999, is such a place.It retains a considerable mystique as the oldest permanent European settlement in East Asia, a city at the mouth of the Pearl Rive - read more »

Betters sues Rendell, others over gambling law - 21 August 2004
Beaver County developer C.J. Betters filed a federal lawsuit Friday against Gov. Ed Rendell and the leaders of the Pennsylvania Legislature charging that provisions in the state's new gambling law were written specifically to block his efforts to build a thoroughbred racetrack with a slot machine casino in Hays. "We be - read more »

Big fallout seen from $97 million Siena-IGT casino suit - 20 August 2004
In a case that could have major implications in the increasingly technical realm of casino business, a $97 million lawsuit pits a gaming giant and a relative newcomer to the industry.The suit was filed by the owner of the Siena Hotel Spa & Casino in Reno nearly three years ago against Acres Gaming Inc., now a unit of R - read more »

Poker Gets Popular, Casinos Get Card Rooms - 20 August 2004
A few years ago, casinos across the United States were closing their poker rooms to make space for more popular and lucrative slot machines.But the improbable triumph in 2003 of a 27-year-old accountant from Tennessee, who beat some of the world's greatest professional players on national television, has sent the natio - read more »

PBL casino takeover 'won't change' pokies ban - 20 August 2004
The Western Australian Government says poker machines will not be introduced to Burswood Casino, despite its imminent takeover by the Packer family's Publishing and Broadcasting Limited (PBL).PBL has secured more than 90 per cent of Burswood's issued shares.Burswood shareholders will receive $1.30 cash per share, with - read more »

Anthony likes casino idea; Sunland Park, not so much - 20 August 2004
A proposal for a tribal casino near Anthony, N.M., has many residents excited, while some in Sunland Park are worried about the future of Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino and the town itself. "I think it's a good thing. I'm all for it," said Alfredo Mendoza, 59, of Anthony, N.M. "Someone is helping Sunland (Park) out. W - read more »

Governor, tribes agree to major gambling expansion - 20 August 2004
In a landmark expansion of gambling operations in California, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced agreements with five Indian tribes to add thousands of new slot machines statewide and create one of the world's largest casinos in the heart of the Bay Area. In exchange for his support, Schwarzenegger got tribal leaders - read more »

Giant gambling complex in San Pablo would transform East Bay city - 19 August 2004
Plans to build one of the world's largest casinos in San Pablo, a working-class city of about 30,000 residents outside San Francisco, could transform the economically depressed area and generate millions of dollars in revenue for California. But not everybody is happy about the prospect of a massive gambling complex in - read more »

Eye-catching signs of an edgier A.C. - 18 August 2004
The billboard shows the chests of three buxom women, each with a T-shirt bearing the name of a watering hole in the Marketplace at the Tropicana Casino and Resort, including Hooters. The message reads: "Atlantic City's newest hangout."The double-entendre is clear. The billboards, sprinkled around the entranceways to th - read more »

Camelot furious over Mintel claims of National Lottery decline - 18 August 2004
The popularity of the National Lottery is falling at a faster rate than other forms of gambling, according a report published yesterday that has sparked fury from Camelot, the lottery operator.Analysts at Mintel, which carried out its latest survey of UK lottery habits in May, said Camelot's position as the National Lo - read more »

Governor set to OK huge Indian casino - 17 August 2004
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is close to signing an agreement with a Northern California Indian tribe that could create one of the world's largest casinos in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, two newspapers reported today.The compact is expected to be signed Thursday between the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians and the - read more »

Slots deal eludes Ehrlich and Busch - 17 August 2004
The governor and House Democratic leaders reached an apparent impasse on slot machines last night, making it unlikely anything will happen on an expansion of gambling at least until lawmakers return to Annapolis for the General Assembly session in January.Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. sent House Speaker Michael E. Busch a - read more »

Hooters hotel coming to Las Vegas - 17 August 2004
The Hotel San Remo has signed a management deal with the Hooters restaurant chain to rebrand the Las Vegas hotel-casino into a Hooters Casino Hotel. "It's going to be an entirely new property," San Remo General Manager Mike Hessling said Tuesday. "You will not recognize a portion of the San Remo when it's done." The 71 - read more »

Alton sees budget shrink from falling gambling revenue - 16 August 2004
A drop in revenue at Alton Belle Casino has taken a bite out of the city's budget.The city of Alton in southern Illinois gets about 20 percent of its revenue from the casino. It has received 83-point-one (m) million in gambling revenue since the casino opened in 1991.But Alton Belle's revenues have dropped in recent ye - read more »

Carnegie Mellon administrator to serve on state's new gambling commission - 16 August 2004
Gov. Ed Rendell on Sunday named Sanford Rivers, Carnegie Mellon University's chief labor negotiator and a National Football League official, as the second of three members he will appoint to the state's new gambling commission.Rivers, 61, who has worked at Carnegie Mellon for 34 years, is now assistant vice president o - read more »

Heiress Nicky Hilton Weds in Vegas - 16 August 2004
Hotel heiress Nicky Hilton married a New York money manager before dawn Sunday in an impromptu ceremony, according to court filings obtained by The Associated Press. Hilton, 20, married Todd Andrew Meister, 33, at the Las Vegas Wedding Chapel, according a Clark County marriage license. A woman who answered the phone a - read more »

Lake Charles may lose one riverboat casino - 14 August 2004
The Isle of Capri is considering moving one of its two riverboat casinos, but Val Loiacano hopes they won't. Every chance she gets, the 73-year-old Vidor resident enjoys driving to Lake Charles to play -"As often as I save enough money to go," Loiacano said. While the other boats have plenty of slot machines, table ga - read more »

Tarantino wants a shot at "Casino Royale" with Brosnan - 14 August 2004
Ace director Quentin Tarantino is persuading Eon Productions, the makers of the James Bond movies, to let him direct the next Bond flick, and has admitted that he wants to make a remake of the first Bond novel "Casino Royale," According to the Telegraph, the "Pulp Fiction" director also said that he wants Brosnan to co - read more »

A Superior Court Judge Friday upheld a Rhode Island Supreme Court advisory ruling that a casino referendum question that would have appeared on the November ballot is unconstitutional. The ruling came just a few hours after Harrah's Enterainment and the Narragansett Indian Tribe announced they would back off any furth - read more »

Slot-machine mania, addictive gambling sweeping all over Russia - 14 August 2004
They're hungry and they're everywhere: at stands on roadsides, in entrances to apartment buildings, in food stores and on subway platforms. And as coin-operated slot machines continue to proliferate almost by the hour in both urban and rural areas throughout Russia, so too are the numbers of small-time gambling addicts - read more »

Company Bets On Casinos In Two Towns - 13 August 2004
People in Washington County weighed in on a plans for a riverboat casino Thursday night. But Catfish Bend Casinos is taking a gamble on another location too. Thoughts of slots and jackpots filled the heads of people in the Washington County town of Wellman. Catfish Bend Casinos wants to put a riverboat on a man-made la - read more »

Annual ‘win’ drops for Washoe casinos - 13 August 2004
Washoe County casinos won less money from gamblers during fiscal 2003-'04 compared with the previous year, according to figures released Thursday by the Nevada Gaming Control Board.County gambling halls took in more than $1.03 billion for the year ended June 30, a 2.1 percent dip from fiscal 2002-'03. It was the fourth - read more »

On-line lottery site just the ticket - 12 August 2004
Thanks to AOL, the mantra of computer users in the 1990s was "You've got mail." Thanks to ALC, for lottery players in Eastern Canada it may now become "You've got money."The Atlantic Lottery Corp. (ALC) is launching Canada's first on-line lottery ticket sales system, allowing people across the four Eastern provinces to - read more »

Las Vegas resort deal endorsed by Nevada regulators - 12 August 2004
New owners of the bankrupt Aladdin and soon-to-be Planet Hollywood hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip won a licensing recommendation Wednesday from Nevada casino regulators -- after a key investor was grilled about his business judgment. "You are the weakest link in this," Gaming Control Board member Bobby Siller told - read more »

Great Canadian Gaming Q2 take rises 32% to $36.9M; profit up 18% at $5.4M - 12 August 2004
Casino operator Great Canadian Gaming Corp. has cashed out of the second quarter with an 18 per cent increase in profit on a 32 per cent rise in revenue. The company said Wednesday its April-June revenue was $36.9 million, compared with $28 million in the year-ago period. Net earnings of $5.4 million, 19 cents per shar - read more »

McClatchy still firmly opposed to slots casino - 12 August 2004
Pirates owner Kevin McClatchy said yesterday an offer to build a 1,240-space parking garage and fund community assets with gambling revenues won't change his opposition to a proposed North Shore slots casino near PNC Park.McClatchy said he does not believe the $200 million slots casino and entertainment complex propose - read more »

Council pushes for casino - 12 August 2004
The City Council overwhelmingly approved a resolution Tuesday night urging area state legislators to push forward with a casino gambling bill for the commonwealth. The resolution passed by an 8-1 vote. Councilor Joseph Camara was the lone vote against the casino gambling resolution. With little opposition from invited - read more »

Poker going primetime - 11 August 2004
Ever “flop the nuts?” Do the names of poker pros such as Chris Moneymaker, Phil Ivey and Johnny Chan have just as much name recognition as Joe Montana, Michael Jordan and Barry Bonds? Is the movie “Rounders” - about a college kid who makes a living playing poker - a favorite?If you answered “yes” to any of the above qu - read more »

Gambling Action Team combats, prevents student gambling - 11 August 2004
In the past year, gambling amongst college students and student-athletes has increased at a mind-numbing rate, so much so that a recent NCAA study shows college students are three times as likely as adults to be "problem gamblers," and subsequently wager inordinate amounts of money on a daily basis. Even today, with ju - read more »

SunCruz vessel detained for safety - 11 August 2004
SunCruz Casinos' gaming vessel at Port Canaveral remains out of service while the Dania Beach company works to resolve issues that led the Coast Guard to order it to remain dockside Monday evening."They are basically held at port because of some safety violations," said Coast Guard Petty Officer Dana Warr in Jacksonvil - read more »

Global Cash Access Signs Contracts with New $250 Million Morongo Casino Resort & Spa and 42 Other Gaming Properties; Properties to Use GCA's Products and Services - 10 August 2004
The new $250 million Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa, located in Cabazon, Calif., 20 miles west of Palms Springs, has signed a contract to use the innovative products and services of Global Cash Access (GCA), the leading supplier of cash access and customer relationship marketing technologies to the gaming industry. Forty - read more »

U.S. Didn't Warn Las Vegas of Threats - 10 August 2004
When the Justice Department obtained two videos suggesting terrorists had cased Las Vegas casinos, the discussions didn't center on public alerts or heightened security. Rather, authorities worried about the effects on tourism and the casinos' legal liabilities, internal memos show. One of the tapes, found in Spain in - read more »

Trump casinos plan to file bankrupcty protection - 10 August 2004
Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts plans to seek bankruptcy protection under a restructuring plan that would to trim its $1.8 billion worth of debt and cut interest payments in half as a way to revive the company as a player in the gaming industry. Under a plan announced late Monday, DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, an arm of - read more »

Suit alleges Web gambling ties - 10 August 2004
Emeryville-based Ask Jeeves Inc. (ASKJ), Yahoo Inc. (YHOO) and Google and several other Internet media companies have been sued for allegedly conspiring with operators of illegal gambling Web sites and engaging in unfair business practices, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.The Internet - read more »

Casino riverboat is scrapped - 09 August 2004
For the past two years, the abandoned riverboat docked upstream from Hollywood Casino has represented how much gambling in Illinois has changed since coming to Aurora more than a decade ago.From cruising to floating dockside to a land-based dockside facility, gambling on the Fox River has become more and more of a perm - read more »

Casino bosses'pledge to town - 09 August 2004
BOSSES behind a plan for Suffolk's first casino have reassured residents of a historic market town that they will not become neighbours to a Las Vegas-style facility.With a change in gaming laws imminent, a plan has been unveiled for a high-class casino in the grounds of Swynford Paddocks Hotel, near Newmarket.But far - read more »

Gambling interests are betting big bucks - 08 August 2004
In San Mateo County, gambling interests are betting big bucks on Proposition 68, having dumped nearly $3.5 million into the campaign. Leading the pack in monetary donations is Magna Entertainment Corp., which operates both the Bay Meadows Racecourse in San Mateo and Golden Gate Fields in Albany, giving about $1.7 milli - read more »

Siena streamlines operation, tries to move from red to black - 08 August 2004
When the Siena Hotel Spa Casino opened in downtown Reno three years ago last week, owner Barney Ng had visions of Italy dancing in his head. That would be the pricey side of Italy, where tourists flock for fine wine, exquisite food and a luxurious ambiance amid historic art and beautiful weather.Modern, spacious rooms - read more »

Casino debate heads to Supreme Court - 07 August 2004
Friday's 90-minute oral argument before a three-judge panel of the RI Supreme Court considering Gov. Donald L. Carcieri's request for an advisory opinion on the constitutionality of the casino referendum bill hinged less on legal argument and precedent than the meaning of words. Words like lottery and casino, operation - read more »

Gambling rejection 5th for St. Croix firm - 07 August 2004
The failed effort to put a $500 million gambling hall in Northeast was the latest setback for an offshore firm whose associates have been unsuccessfully pushing gambling ventures nationwide in the past year. The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics ruled Thursday that backers of an initiative supporting the proposed - read more »

Harrah's offer to West Warwick for casino: $15 million - 07 August 2004
The financier of a proposed casino in West Warwick has offered the town $15 million yearly, according to a draft agreement presented to town officials last week.The draft shows that Harrah's Entertainment would pay West Warwick $13 million in the first year, $14 million in year two, and $15 million in the third year an - read more »

Casino given green light - 07 August 2004
The provincial government has given the go-ahead for a new casino on the Whitecap Dakota Sioux First Nation, but expects conditions to be met before the first hand is dealt.The conditional approval paves the way for the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) and its gambling arm, Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Au - read more »

Ontario puts its money on massive new casino at Niagara Falls - 06 August 2004
I'm sitting in the lobby of the extravagant Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, and I can't quite get over the irony: It took this gleaming goliath to gambling to revive interest in one of the world's true natural wonders. And revive it has. Within a half-mile of this stunning structure have sprouted nearly a dozen other - read more »

East Greenwich To Put Casino Question On Ballot - 06 August 2004
East Greenwich officials are hoping the town's voters will have a say in whether there can be a casino in neighboring West Warwick. The town has submitted to the Secretary of State's office a local question that asks whether a gambling facility can be built in West Warwick. Secretary of State Matt Brown said the questi - read more »

Bill that would increase tax on Detroit casinos heads to Legislature - 04 August 2004
State lawmakers are set to consider a bill that would increase the tax on Detroit's three casinos by one-third.The House and Senate were expected to vote Wednesday on the bill when both chambers returned to the state Capitol after a two-week break. Both chambers were scheduled to begin session at 10 a.m. EDT.The bill t - read more »

Voters Reject Rockaway Beach Casino - 04 August 2004
Voters across Missouri on Tuesday rejected an amendment to the state's constitution to allow a casino in the small Taney County town of Rockaway Beach. With 91 percent of votes counted, the amendment was rejected 56 percent to 44 percent, according to unofficial results.The amendment's supporters said allowing the cas - read more »

Eyman's Gambling Initiative Makes Fall Ballot - 04 August 2004
Anti-tax activist Tim Eyman's initiative to expand gambling and lower property taxes has made it onto the fall ballot. Initiative 892 would allow nontribal businesses to have electronic slot machines, which currently are allowed only in tribal casinos. A 35 percent user fee on the machines would pay for lowering proper - read more »

California's exploding gambling industry overlooks binge bettors - 04 August 2004
Addicts are being overlooked by officials coordinating California's gambling industry as Indian casinos, the lottery, racetracks and card rooms expand statewide.As many as a million Californians may be addicted to gambling, national studies show, but the state's Office of Problem Gambling, created six years ago, was on - read more »

Missouri in line to pass on casinos - 04 August 2004
Hopes for a casino appeared to be slipping away as early election returns Tuesday night showed voters across Missouri rejecting an amendment to the state's constitution to allow a casino in Rockaway Beach.With 48 percent of the vote counted, the amendment was failing 56 percent to 44 percent, according to unofficial re - read more »

Arizona Bay Improves Neteller Experience - 03 August 2004
Arizona Bay, the application design/implementation specialists, are the minds behind the recently improved usability of online e-wallet NETeller. Through the redesign of NETeller's user interface and website design, Arizona Bay has markedly helped NETeller improve its customer experience."Arizona Bay's specialized expe - read more »

Addicts Are Overlooked in Gambling Boom - 03 August 2004
A major expansion of casinos, the lottery, racetracks and card rooms is making California one of the nation's gambling giants. Yet one result of this betting binge has received scant attention from public officials: pathological addiction.Six years ago, the state created an Office of Problem Gambling but only last year - read more »

Casino developer promises to help revive Rockaway Beach motels - 02 August 2004
Janice Peterson has several ideas for improving the six cottages she rents to tourists coming to fish and boat at Lake Taneycomo.But with the bulk of business limited to the summer months, there is little money for remodeling the structures that date back to the 1950s or for building a tent campground and a bathhouse.T - read more »

Pa. slots are raising the ante for neighbor states - 02 August 2004
Sam Waltz envisions a promising future along the banks of the Christina River.One fueled by gambling dollars."What we see are 500 to 600 jobs and a $50 million investment in the expansion of Wilmington's tax base," said Waltz, pointing to where his investor group, Delaware Program L.L.C., is proposing a $50 million slo - read more »

Casino Man Reaches 1 Million Visitors - 01 August 2004
This month will see the popular gambling portal CasinoMan.Net hit the landmark 1 millionth visitor mark. The site was established in January 2002, and has had steady growth over the last 2.5 years, with the rate of growth increasing much more rapidly in the past 6 months. CasinoMan.Net is a highly streamlined portal si - read more »