December 2004 News Article Archive

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Online Poker Site to Donate Proceeds to Tsunami Relief - 31 December 2004
Online poker leader has announced that it will donate all tournament fees from this Saturday's activity to the International Red Cross to be dedicated to helping those people injured or left homeless by last weekend's earthquake and subsequent tsunamis in Southeast Asia.Poker Room Manager Gian Perroni - read more »

Casino operators grasp Singapore concept - 31 December 2004
Less than one year after broaching the topic of legalizing gambling in the Asian city-state of Singapore, the country's government last week issued a request for concept (RFC) to major international casino operators for the building of the country's first casino resort.With a February 28 deadline for submissions, the R - read more »

Newest casinos are playing the float - 31 December 2004
The casino that Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. plans to build in downtown St. Louis will be a riverboat in name only. The building will be several blocks from the Mississippi River, on high ground nearer to Interstate 70 than to the waterway. Unlike the President Casino on the Admiral - aboard a former excursion boat at t - read more »

Poker champion fights off attacks at Las Vegas Strip hotel-casino - 30 December 2004
Greg Raymer, the 2004 World Series of Poker champion, apparently knows how to wield more than a stack of chips when everything is riding on it. The soft-spoken patent attorney from Stonington, Conn., fought off a pair of attackers Dec. 20 at the Bellagio hotel-casino after he had finished playing a cash game of poker, - read more »

Harrah's Cherokee Casino in Raleigh, N.C., Covets Live Poker - 30 December 2004
Harrah's Cherokee Casino is betting that live poker will bring more people to the state's only legal gambling hall. The casino, owned by the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, wants to add poker tables in early 2005, jumping on a national craze fueled by TV exposure. The casino says it would not take a cut of the pok - read more »

Poker Tour International "PTI" Announces 2005 First Quarter Tournaments - 29 December 2004
Poker Tour International (PTI), announces the first quarter Texas Hold'em Poker tournaments for 2005. Dates are as follows: February 7-13, 2005 -- Isle of Capri Casino, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas; March 12-16, 2005 -- Circa's Hispanola Resort and Casino, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and April 13-18, 2005 -- Nor - read more »

Singapore to Restrict Residents' Access to Casinos - 29 December 2004
Singapore's government said it will restrict its residents' use of a proposed casino, moving to reduce opposition to the venture among church and social groups. The casino would restrict credit for Singapore citizens and permanent residents and charge them membership fees of S$100 ($61) a day or S$2,000 per year, the M - read more »

Chukchansi Gold Casino to Make Donation to Charity in Slot Tournament Winners' Names - 29 December 2004
Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino will make a $250 donation to each the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the American Indian College Fund in the name of the first place winners of recent "Give and Take Slot Tournaments" held on Nov. 13 and Dec. 11. Participating guests battled on the slot machines to earn the - read more »

Gambling Strategy Creator In Battle Against Sportsbook - 29 December 2004
Less than a few weeks online and former sports books assistant James Green is fighting for his right to keep his website online in it's current form where he shows people how to make guaranteed profits betting on sports online and offline.For the last few weeks, James Green has split the gambl - read more »

Las Vegas’ ritzy malls rival games at casinos - 28 December 2004
Just before a luxury shopping mall opened at Caesars Palace in 1992, the mall's marketing director, Maureen Crampton, stood behind the closed doors and thought to herself, "I do hope somebody is on the other side." She need not have worried. More than a decade later, The Forum Shops is one of the most successful malls - read more »

Online punters say London WON’T win the Olympic Bid - 28 December 2004
According to punters on international pool betting website, London will be lucky to win the bid for the 2012 Olympic Games. More than six months out from the decision date of 6 July 2005, Paris is the strongest contender on with 58 percent of money placed in favour of the world's most romantic - read more »

Ring in the New Year at Peppermill Reno Hotel Casino - 26 December 2004
The Island Buffet will feature the popular “Seafood Spectacular,” with cracked crab legs on ice, oysters on the half shell, lobster claws, house smoked salmon and prime rib. For serious food lovers the Steak House, White Orchid, Romanza and Oceano will each serve special menus which may be paired with fine wines select - read more »

‘Secret Santa’ bestows $100 bills in Las Vegas - 23 December 2004
Surprise turned to joy at a Goodwill Industries outlet when a portly gentleman dressed in red began handing out $100 bills.“I have seven grandkids at home and this is going to them,” Goodwill employee Robin Clark said with tears streaming down her cheeks. “I'm taking it home for them to see because they would never bel - read more »

Real-time Sports Betting Odds Now Free For All Web Sites - 23 December 2004
Live odds programs can now be found at no cost to the consumer. SBRLines ( is one of the most popular free programs available today, and is the only free real-time secure program available. The user also has full access to sports statistics and other handicapping tools. One player who has been g - read more »

Belgrade council passes rule on casino location - 23 December 2004
Belgrade's City Council has passed a temporary ordinance that restricts the locations of new casinos for six months. Any business with at least one gaming machine or gambling table must be at least 600 feet from schools and churches and at least 300 feet from homes and parks under the new regulation. New casinos must a - read more »

Genting increases stake in London Clubs to expand - 23 December 2004
Genting's increased stake in a UK company will help Asia's largest publicly traded casino operator diversify amid rising competition in the region, investors and analysts said. Kuala Lumpur-based Genting raised its stake in London Clubs International twice in the past week. It increased its holding in the British owner - read more »

Bravo Deals Aces for the 5th Tournament of hit show 'Celebrity Poker Showdown' - 23 December 2004
Beginning Tuesday, January 25 (8:00-10:00 pm ET), Bravo's hit original series "Celebrity Poker Showdown" will return on a new night with an all new tournament featuring twenty-five stars competing for $250,000 for charity. The tournament will consist of six two-hour episodes. The new season will again be hosted by Dave - read more »

3 WSOP champs, 3 European champs & 3 Internet hopefuls also face off during a special pro-am tournament - 22 December 2004
WagerLogic Limited, a global leading provider of online gaming software announced today that its licensees' first ever Caribbean Poker Classic has proven to be a major success with pros and online poker players alike. This cross-licensee land-based poker championship event was held on the beautiful Caribbean island of - read more »

Casino Dealer Writes How to Play Craps Book - 22 December 2004
Every year, over fifty million people visit casinos for excitement and a chance to win money, and most of them walk by the craps tables without satisfying their curiosity about the game. Many books are available for learning craps before putting money on the table, and for advice from a former Las Vegas craps dealer, t - read more »

Greek Mythology (Macau) Entertainment Group Limited HKD600-million Casino Opens Door to Become One of the Largest in Macau - 22 December 2004
Macau gaming and entertainment group Greek Mythology (Macau) Entertainment Group Limited is opening a new Greek Mythology Casino at New Century Hotel on December 23, 2004. The first phase of this integrated casino and entertainment project has a total gross floor area of 160,000 sq ft and called for an investment of HK - read more »

Watch out Vegas; Macau is cashing in - 21 December 2004
Chinese culture, with its fondness for golden dragons and red lacquer furniture, doesn't shy from ornamentation. But what is this statue about to be unveiled in a hotel lobby - an enormous seated Zeus? Flanked by a stream cascading backward up a regal staircase?It sounds more Las Vegas than Ming Dynasty. And indeed, Ma - read more »

Gambling site bags Sky sponsorship deal - 21 December 2004
Gambling site InterCasino is to sponsor the US TV series Las Vegas when it starts its second series on Sky One in January.The move represents the online betting firm's first foray into TV advertising.The sponsorship will involve InterCasino adverts at the start and finish of the programme, alongside break bumpers for i - read more »

Watch out, Jen! Ben's Partying again - 20 December 2004
Big commitments have meant big trouble in the past for the party-loving Ben Affleck. And while the Oscar-winning actor has been blissfully speeding along on the fast track with Jennifer Garner since June 2004, he has shown no signs of reforming his party-night ways while filming in Vancouver, Canada. Sources tell Star - read more »

California tribe gains huge casino - 20 December 2004
On the industrial western coast of Contra Costa County, Calif., a band of 277 Indians with no ancestral ties to the eastern San Francisco Bay stands poised to open the Golden State's first urban casino.The Lytton Band of Pomo Indians has taken a circuitous, improbable and controversial route to the booming world of Cal - read more »

Red Bluff woman wins at Men's Night Out poker - 18 December 2004
RED BLUFF Men's Night Out in Red Bluff was lucky for one Red Bluff woman. Louri Rohrs took the top prize at the event's poker run.However, it was Corky Kramer who took best of show in the show and shine motorcycle event for his festive light green Harley-Davidson entry.All along Main Street Wednesday night, stores stay - read more »

Singapore's Raffles hotel group denies casino plans - 18 December 2004
Singapore hotel operator Raffles Holdings has dismissed speculation that it might enter the gambling industry after officially registering the names "Raffles Casino" and Raffles Gaming".In a statement published by the Straits Times on Saturday, the owner of the world-famous Raffles Hotel and other luxury international - read more »

UK TV station goes live with betting exchange - 17 December 2004
Channel 4, the UK terrestrial TV station, has launched an online betting exchange through a white label deal with Irish firm Betdaq. The new exchange was developed by 4Interactive, the interactive division of Channel 4 in partnership with Betdaq, the world's second-largest betting exchange operator. "This partnership - read more »

Ministers pulls back on casino plans - 17 December 2004
The government yesterday retreated from plans for a big expansion in the number of casinos for the next six years. The minister for sport, Richard Caborn, told MPs he had decided to extend the recent cap on mega-casinos to both large and small casinos. Ministers will now only allow 24 casinos to be built in Britain unt - read more »

Manilow inks deal with Las Vegas Hilton - 16 December 2004
Barry Manilow, famous for such songs as "Mandy" and "Copacabana," has signed a long-term deal to perform at the Las Vegas Hilton hotel-casino, executives announced Tuesday. Manilow, 61, who lives in Palm Springs, will perform five nights a week for 24 weeks through 2005 and into 2006. The 90-minute show premieres Feb. - read more »

Labour's new climbdown on casinos - 16 December 2004
THE Government has caved in to opposition to its plans to relax the gambling laws. It will limit the total number of new casinos created by the legislation to just 24. A limit of eight had already been imposed on the proposed Las Vegas-style 'super-casinos' following uproar from opponents, including churches and Labour - read more »

Sands shares hit jackpot in stock market debut - 16 December 2004
Shares of Las Vegas Sands Corp. surged more than 60 percent Wednesday as the casino operator made its debut on the New York Stock Exchange and investors rushed to grab potential profit pipelines in Las Vegas and the Chinese enclave of Macau. The stock closed at $46.56 Wednesday after pricing the largest public offering - read more »

Player Scoops £150,000.00 at UK Card Table - 15 December 2004
Peter who plays under the username Sunera struck gold with a £5 side bet on Caribbean Stud Poker, the game displayed a Royal Flush winning him a staggering £125,000 on a payout of 25000 X £5. His main game bet of £150 won him an additional £30,150 to take his total haul with a single bet to £155,150.He was so surprised - read more »

'Official World Poker Tour(TM)' Poker Paraphernalia Leaps Off Store Shelves; Becomes Holiday Season's Most Sought After Gift - 15 December 2004
Try going in to Sam's Club to buy an "Official World Poker Tour(TM)" (WPT) Poker Set this holiday season. You might find one if you just happen to be there when the merchandisers bring out a new palette. But don't wait too long while you're making your decision. If your store is like most of them across the country, th - read more »

Las Vegas Sands Prices Its IPO at $29 - 15 December 2004
Las Vegas Sands Corp. priced its initial public offering at $29 per share Tuesday night, up dramatically from the company's previous targets.The pricing far exceeds the company's original target of $21 per share in October thanks to high-growth expectations in Las Vegas and the Chinese enclave Macau, the two most lucra - read more »

Marlins or not, Vegas wants to go big-league - 15 December 2004
Whether it is able to attract the Marlins or another Major League Baseball team, Las Vegas insists it's ready to go big league.That's why Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman took two showgirls and an Elvis impersonator to baseball's Winter Meetings in Anaheim, Calif., this past weekend to get an audience with baseball execut - read more »

Barry Manilow signs contract to perform at Las Vegas Hilton - 15 December 2004
Barry Manilow, famous for songs such as "Mandy" and "Copacabana," has signed a long-term deal to perform at the Las Vegas Hilton hotel-casino. Manilow will perform five nights a week for 24 weeks through 2005 and into 2006, executives announced Tuesday. The 90-minute show premieres Feb. 24 and is called "Manilow: Music - read more »

Harrah's again draw the high card - 15 December 2004
Harrah's Entertainment Inc. kept the top spot among St. Louis-area casinos last month, but Ameristar Casinos Inc. gained ground. Harrah's won $24.6 million from gamblers at its property in Maryland Heights, an increase of 16 percent from a year earlier. Ameristar Casino St. Charles had winnings of $23.5 million, up 4 p - read more »

Ameristar Casinos Announces Plans for Regional Casino Development in Southhampton, England - 14 December 2004
Ameristar Casinos, Inc. (ASCA) today announced plans to develop a regional destination casino-hotel and entertainment facility as part of a major regeneration project at the West Quay in Southampton, England. In conjunction with Bravo Network Limited, the Council's preferred developer of the site, Ameristar will seek o - read more »

Drive to stop Scots super-casinos - 14 December 2004
MSPs and church leaders are stepping up their efforts to ban the spread of super-casinos to Scotland. Westminster is planning eight so-called resort casinos for the UK. Gambling is a reserved matter and Westminster wants to give the Scottish Parliament the power to rule on the issue in Scotland. The Scottish National P - read more »

World Championship Poker Released - 14 December 2004
It's a house full of poker enthusiasts these days, Poker nights at home, professional Poker events on TV, and now, thanks to Crave Entertainment, World Championship Poker for videogame platforms. Crave Entertainment, a leading publisher of videogames, announces the release of World Championship Poker for PlayStation2 c - read more »

The Gaming Club Poker Room Players Win at the World's Most Exclusive Poker Tournament - 14 December 2004
The world's most exclusive poker tournament attracted the world's top eighty professional players and satellite winners to luxurious Monte Carlo on the French Riviera. The final table began at 3pm with Phil Ivey in a commanding lead, having nearly double the chips of Chris "Jesus" Ferguson and Vince "Vinny Nap" Napolit - read more »

Belle Rock Gaming Launches Biggest Ever Promotion - 14 December 2004
Belle Rock Gaming, the group of online casino, poker and sportsbook brands owned by the Carmen Media Group, has scooped the industry's leading awards this year, in both the 2004 Gambling Online Reader's Poll Awards and 2004 Strictly Slots Best of Online.The Gaming Club, one of Belle Rock Gaming's leading brands, won th - read more »

Mirage - Mandalay merger moves ahead - 13 December 2004
Shareholders of Mandalay Resort Group approved MGM Mirage Inc.'s takeover of Mandalay that would create one of the world's largest casino companies.The approval came during the company's annual shareholders meeting. The deal is subject to state and federal regulatory approval.In June, MGM Mirage agreed to purchase Mand - read more »

Hit me! All in! Table games set for debut - 13 December 2004
The card dealing and dice throwing begin Wednesday when Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino officially opens its poker, blackjack, craps and other table games to the public.It's a new era for the Altoona facility that is opening 33 table games in a newly renovated area of the casino overlooking the racetrack.Prairie M - read more »

Las Vegas Sands gamble wins future jackpot - 12 December 2004
When billionaire Sheldon Adelson sold his successful Comdex computer show and decided to build a lavish hotel-casino with thousands of rooms, gambling executives ridiculed his business model.They said Adelson's plan for The Venetian to cater to business travelers and profit from hotel rooms and conventions wouldn't wor - read more »

Las Vegas Sands Looks To Become Gambling Giant - 11 December 2004
When billionaire Sheldon Adelson sold his successful Comdex computer show and decided to build a lavish hotel-casino with thousands of rooms, gambling executives ridiculed his business model.They said Adelson's plan for The Venetian to cater to business travelers and profit from hotel rooms and conventions wouldn't wor - read more »

Slot Maker Sued Over Patent Infringement - 11 December 2004
Reno-based International Game Technology has sued Alliance Gaming Corp., claiming several of its rival's new slots and gambling systems infringe on IGT patents.In the suit filed earlier this week in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas, the world's biggest slot maker accuses Alliance of infringing on six IGT patents coveri - read more »

Mandalay Shareholders OK MGM Mirage Merger - 11 December 2004
Shareholders of Mandalay Resort Group approved MGM Mirage Inc.'s takeover of Mandalay on Friday that would create one of the world's largest casino companies.The approval came during the company's annual shareholders meeting. The deal is subject to state and federal regulatory approval.In June, MGM Mirage agreed to pur - read more »

Pamela is welcome opponent, say poker players - 11 December 2004
Adorable actress-model Pamela Anderson was selected by majority of online poker players as the celebrity they would most like to play against. E-gambling operator, which conducted the survey, reported that 42 percent of its website's respondents favoured Pamela as their opponent.“Our players clearly thi - read more »

Casino San Pablo back up for debate to reshuffle cards - 11 December 2004
The plan for a 2,500-slot Indian casino in San Pablo is among the myriad issues and bills facing the Legislature as it begins its new session Monday. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger pitched lawmakers his proposed compact with the Santa Rosa-based Lytton Band of Pomo Indians in August, just days before the last legislative s - read more »

A.C. casinos' winnings fall short - 11 December 2004
The effects of fewer weekends and a labor strike hurt Atlantic City casinos' winnings last month.The 12 casinos reported a win, or what they kept from gamblers, of $375 million for November, down 1.1 percent from November 2003."Having those extra weekend days in the mix always means more business," said Linda Kassekert - read more »

World's Number 1 Ranked Bull Rider Rides for - 11 December 2004, the leading U.S. focused provider of online sports betting, gambling and gaming, announced today a sponsorship deal with world number one ranked bull rider, Dustin Elliott. Elliott is currently competing in the National Rodeo Finals (NFR,) which are taking place at the Thomas and Mack Center, Las Vegas, - read more »

Mayor Says Casino Would Bolster Cleveland Economy - 10 December 2004
Cleveland Mayor Jane Campbell says she wants casino gambling in the heart of downtown to help bolster the city's economy. In a news conference Thursday outlining ways to improve Cleveland's economy, Campbell said a casino could bring millions of dollars into the city, and prevent the loss of millions more to places whe - read more »

Jowell plans new retreat over the Gambling Bill - 10 December 2004
Tessa Jowell is planning another major retreat over the Gambling Bill by agreeing a further cap on the number of casinos in Britain. The Culture Secretary, who was accused of being "weak" by David Blunkett this week, has already agreed to limit the number of Las Vegas-style "super casinos" to eight. But in a further co - read more »

Sun City casino for marshes - 10 December 2004
A "super casino" could be built alongside one of London's most valuable nature reserves. Sun International, the South African operator which runs the Sun City resort, is considering a brownfield site near Rainham Marshes, the "jewel in the crown" of the capital's wildlife havens. The casino would be part of a huge new - read more »

$337,273 Winning Week at - 09 December 2004
InterCasino ( winners racked up their Christmas bonuses this week scoring big on the site's many games and progressive jackpots. Five lucky players, wagering only $3,440 in total, took home a cumulative impressive $337,273 on four of InterCasino's most popular games. Players ‘Klazzus' and ‘Sweepea' - read more »

2,000 casino jobs on the cards for region - 09 December 2004
PLANS have been revealed for the North-East's first super-casino - part of a £100m leisure complex next to the Stadium of Light in Sunderland.The proposals, unveiled only weeks after the Government controversially relaxed gambling laws, are likely to spark an investment versus morals debate.Developers say the proposed - read more »

Sands Eyes More Casino-Hotels in Macau - 09 December 2004
U.S. gaming company Las Vegas Sands Inc. wants to build six more hotels that include some casinos in an area of the southern Chinese gambling enclave of Macau it hopes to model after the Las Vegas Strip.Las Vegas Sands opened the Sands Macau casino in May and is building the Macau Venetian Casino Resort on the territor - read more »

Former Kickapoo leaders accused of casino scheme - 09 December 2004
Two former leaders of the Kickapoo tribe in Eagle Pass were ordered jailed Wednesday to face federal charges of conspiring to embezzle more than $100,000 in casino revenues and health care money.The funds were used for a failed congressional campaign and personal purchases including ATVs and furniture, the U.S. Attorne - read more »

Stars ring in Morongo Casino's opening - 09 December 2004
Jay Leno and Carlos Santana performed for more than 2,300 people at a grand-opening party for the new Morongo Casino, Resort and Spa on Wednesday night."How would you like to be at a blackjack table between Kerry and Bush?' Leno asked. "One can't decide if he wants another card, the other can't count to 21.'The guests, - read more »

State and Winnebagos conclude casino negotiations - 09 December 2004
The state of Iowa has completed negotiations with the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska two years early, a move the tribe requested in order to expand its casino in western Iowa."Once this Compact is finalized, the Winnebago Tribe will be able to secure financing to expand its operations in Sloan, including a planned hotel," - read more »

POKER ROYALE: THE WPPA CHAMPIONSHIP Hits a Casino Ratings High for GSN - 09 December 2004
GSN's new original casino themed series, POKER ROYALE: THE WPPA CHAMPIONSHIP debuted last night with a solid ratings performance of 0.6. This outperforms GSN's previous premieres of WORLD SERIES OF BLACKJACK on March 15, 2004 which brought in a 0.5, CELEBRITY BLACKJACK July 5, 2004 with a 0.5, and CELEBRITY BLACKJACK - read more »

Cherokee Casino Resort Celebrates Grand Opening - 08 December 2004
The 80-million dollar Cherokee Casino and Resort celebrates its official grand opening today. The Las Vegas-style casino is located in Catoosa, just of Interstate 44 and 193rd East Avenue. The first thing people will notice is their huge sign -- 135 feet tall and 58 feet wide. It was built by a Las Vegas sign company a - read more »

Wembley announces a New Year boardroom shake-up - 08 December 2004
A New Year boardroom shake-up is due to take place at Wembley - the former stadium owner which now runs greyhound tracks around Britain.The company, which operates the Perry Barr and Hall Green circuits in Birmingham, has appointed finance directorMark Elliott as group chief executive to lead it through what is expecte - read more »

Super-casinos to ease in on Sewel motion - 08 December 2004
The vexed issue of gambling reform and the creation of so-called super-casinos is to be pushed through the Scottish Parliament on a Sewel motion with the minimum of consultation, it was agreed yesterday.The transport and local government committee voted five to three to call only a minister to give evidence, rather tha - read more »

2 More Tribes Drop Claims in Exchange for Casinos - 08 December 2004
Gov. George E. Pataki announced two agreements on Tuesday that seek to settle centuries-old land claims by two Indian tribes in exchange for permission to develop casinos in the Catskill Mountains.The deals were brokered with the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin and the Stockbridge-Munsee Community, Band of Mohican Indians, a - read more »

World's Sexiest Sportsbook Ships World's Sexiest Calendar - 07 December 2004
Players at the world's sexiest sportsbook - - ( will be receiving an early Christmas gift from the online casino that's as famous for its galleries of beautiful women as its sportsbook, casino games and poker rooms."We know our players love to browse through the thousands of photos o - read more »

Ante up on poker stocks, analysts say - 07 December 2004
Here's a tip for you market gamblers out there: Ante up on poker stocks. Analysts are bullish on makers of online gambling software -- led by Toronto-based CryptoLogic Inc. -- largely because of the booming online poker industry.A month ago, CryptoLogic beat analysts' expectations for the third quarter with earnings of - read more »

GSA Hits the Road in Europe at ICE 2005 - 07 December 2004
With worldwide membership now exceeding 75, the Gaming Standards Association (GSA) will bring its new, landmark standards to Europe, exhibiting for the first time at the International Casino Exhibition (I.C.E.) in London this January. The trade show takes place January 25-27, at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre in Lon - read more »

Golden Helps Out Charity - 07 December 2004
Online casino has purchased staplers autographed by Paris Hilton, Bill Gates, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Donald Trump, and NFL Quarterback Tom Brady, as part of the "Staplers of the Stars" online charity auction created by Staples. The money from the auction -- approximately $12,000 total -- will go to char - read more »

Table Mountain Casino Adds Slots - 07 December 2004
Table Mountain Casino is remodeling their gaming floor with totally new slot titles and more brand new, big money slot machines than ever! This remodel will include a variety of new slot machines including top titles like Men In Black, Mr. Cashman, Lotsa Sevens, and dozens more. Plus, the hottest new five-reel games, l - read more »

Odds for Grammy Awards released at - 07 December 2004
Just minutes after the official Grammy(R) nominations were announced this morning, the odds makers at began handicapping the candidates in each category. With odds on the four major categories finished within an hour after nominees were named, is the first bookmaker in the world to release betti - read more »

Full House Entertainment N.V. Acquires Clockmedia Inc. Gaming Software - 07 December 2004
Full House Entertainment N.V., a licensed Internet based gaming development and management firm, is pleased to announce the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire all of the assets of Clockmedia Inc for an undisclosed amount. These assets include: source code for all fully and partially completed games, all agree - read more »

Income Access Gambling Affiliate Network Prepares for Profitable Holiday Season for its Gaming Merchants and Affiliates - 07 December 2004
Income Access is offering affiliates the chance to win one of three prizes for referring the highest number of affiliate webmasters to the Income Access affiliate network. First prize includes a gourmet gift basket valued at $150 to the affiliate who refers the most webmasters (with operational websites). Second and th - read more »

Gamblers using laser device won't face prosecution, allowed to keep casino winnings - 06 December 2004
Three gamblers who used a James Bond-style laser device to win over a million dollars at a London hotel casino will not face prosecution, as they did nothing illegal, police said yesterday. The trio who pulled off an audacious coup at the Ritz using gadgetry on March 16 to calculate where a roulette ball would land are - read more »

Capitol cool to gambling talks - 06 December 2004
Gov. Bob Wise is willing to call a special session to legalize table games in West Virginia, but legislative leaders don't want to be dealt in.“I just don't think there's any chance it's going to happen,” said House Speaker Bob Kiss, D-Raleigh, during Sunday interim meetings in Charleston.And Senate President Earl Ray - read more »

Casino owners OK union agreement - 06 December 2004
The owners of the Aladdin hotel-casino have agreed to allow more than half of its work force to be represented by Culinary Local 226.The move comes after a significant portion of the Las Vegas Strip resort's employees signed union authorization cards seeking representation by the state's largest labor organization.A co - read more »

GTECH Enters Into Partnership Agreement to Acquire 50 Percent Controlling Equity Stake of Atronic from Gauselmann Group - 06 December 2004
GTECH Holdings Corporation and the owners of privately-held Gauselmann Group today announced that both parties have entered into an agreement whereby GTECH will acquire a 50 percent controlling equity position in the Atronic group of companies owned by Gauselmann. The remaining 50 percent of Atronic will be retained by - read more »

Las Vegas Sands looking to become gambling giant - 05 December 2004
When billionaire Sheldon Adelson sold his successful COMDEX computer show and decided to build a lavish hotel-casino with thousands of rooms, gambling executives ridiculed his business model.Adelson's plan for The Venetian to cater to business travelers and make a hefty profit from hotel rooms and conventions wouldn't - read more »

Crystal Bay Club betting on investment - 05 December 2004
When Roger Norman and his wife Elise bought the shuttered but historic Crystal Bay Club Casino in late 2002, the place had been closed for more than six months after its former owners - all two dozen-plus of them - ran it into bankruptcy.Two years and millions of dollars later, the place is gleaming, and Roger Norman l - read more »

Tahoe gambling evolves - 05 December 2004
It's a given that the days of one-dimensional destination gambling spots have long been over in Nevada, industry vets say. Having a smoky establishment with free drinks and hardcore blackjack players - grizzled pony watchers in one room, a cluster of slot machines in another and a steak house on the premises - hasn't c - read more »

Lottery head: New casinos could bite sales - 05 December 2004
Expanding Iowa's casino industry could reduce Iowa Lottery profits and curb its ability to finance state government programs, said Lottery President Edward Stanek.The Iowa Lottery last budget year posted about $56 million in profits, which were used to help pay for education, natural resources, health and family servic - read more »

Texas Hold'Em Released on iTV - 04 December 2004
NTN Hospitality Technologies, a division of NTN Communications, Inc. (Amex: NTN), a leader in interactive communications and entertainment products for the hospitality industry, announced today the limited release of a fully interactive, electronic version of Texas Hold 'Em on its North American iTV network. Capitalizi - read more »

BIG NO TO CITY SUPER CASINO - 04 December 2004
Hundreds of people have overwhelmingly rejected the idea of a super casino in Leicester. With just a week to go, the poll conducted by the Leicester Mercury shows 486 people opposed to it, with only 150 in favour.The poll was launched 10 days ago, at the suggestion of the city council, to gauge public opinion after the - read more »

Casino deal won't be delayed - 04 December 2004
Saying they are a commission independent of politics, state gambling regulators declared yesterday they will work to complete plans for a French Lick casino despite Gov.-elect Mitch Daniels' request that they hold off until he takes office. The Indiana Gaming Commission's executive director, Glenn Lawrence, said he pla - read more »

New Player Wins $50,000 in sportingbetUSA Fantasy Football - 03 December 2004
Just two days after registering at, Esequiel Aguirre won the grand prize of $50,000 in the weekly Fantasy Football Contest. He is the first player to win this grand prize since the contest was launched two years ago. For its popular Fantasy Football Contest, selects 50 football pla - read more »

Office Pools Go High Tech - 03 December 2004
Office pools are always popular this time of year. Not only do they offer a good rate of return on your stake, they liven up office life, encourage a bit of good-natured debate and competition between co-workers and build up a good team spirit in the office. To get everyone involved in pools has become a way to bet on - read more »

Big names show up for poker - 03 December 2004
Chris Moneymaker, jet-black shades propped atop his head, peered down at his cards, lifting the corners just above the plush felt poker table at the Casino Morongo. After a check, Dewey Tomko pushed a stack of gleaming white chips totaling $40,000 into the pot. Always striving to live up to his name, Moneymaker grimace - read more » Voted Top Sportsbook By Gambling Online Magazine Readers - 03 December 2004
Online gaming pioneer WWTS (World Wide Tele-Sports) today announced that the company's sports betting site was voted the top sportsbook of 2004 by the readers of Gambling Online Magazine (GOM). The Readers' Choice Award is the top attainable honor for an online sportsbook and was determined by polling over - read more »

Pataki now behind Okla. tribe's casino - 03 December 2004
In a span of 18 months, Gov. George Pataki has switched from fighting against an Oklahoma-based Indian tribe's plan for a New York casino to asking Congress to fast-track the tribe's newest gambling proposal. One thing that's changed since then is that the tribe has agreed to settle a multimillion-dollar land claim a - read more »

Rank calls for fairer rules on mega-casinos - 03 December 2004
Rank, the leisure group, yesterday called for "a level playing field" in the casino market as the company revealed its gambling business had returned to double-digit profit growth.Issuing a trading statement for the 22 weeks to November 26, Rank said rules on mega-casinos remained skewed towards new entrants, notably A - read more »

Rendell’s veto of slots amendment draw questions about measure’s status - 03 December 2004
Pennsylvania Senate Republicans have no current plan to challenge Governor Ed Rendell's veto of an amendment to Pennsylvania's slots legislation that included a measure to ban state lawmakers from having ownership interests in gambling operations despite their owns claims that a typo in the veto makes the veto invalid. - read more »

Birmingham target super stadium - 02 December 2004
Birmingham chairman David Gold has thrown his backing behind plans for a new 50,000-60,000 capacity all-seater sports stadium in the city. The Blues would leave St Andrews and become tenants at the new stadium which would also be used for other events. Gold said: "Birmingham is one of the great cities of Europe, and it - read more »

Poker accessories expected to fill holiday stockings - 02 December 2004
Retailers are betting poker cards, chips and box sets will score big this holiday season. Hoping to cash in on the massive popularity of Bravo's "Celebrity Poker Showdown," ESPN's "World Series of Poker" and Travel Channel's "World Poker Tour" merchandisers are starting to deal in what used to be found only at specialt - read more »

Poker face: How Hutter wins millions - 02 December 2004
"You have to be a good liar," says Temp Hutter, without a shred of apology. He can surely claim to be a pretty good one, but this time it's clear he's telling the truth. He's talking about his modus operandi at the poker table. "You have to be able to sit there and keep the same expression and the same mannerisms no ma - read more »

Morongo Casino Hosts World's Top Poker Players in Fox Sports Network Televised Tournament - 01 December 2004
The new, $250 million Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa in Cabazon, California has been tapped to host Fox Sports Network's (FSN) second annual Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament, where 24 of the world's top players will compete. Among those anteing up are poker legend Doyle Brunson, 2003 World Series of Poker (WSOP) - read more »

Edward Garruto Named General Manager of Caesars Indiana - 01 December 2004
Edward Garruto, interim general manager of Caesars Indiana, the Midwest's premier riverboat casino resort, has been named general manager of the property. "Ed Garruto is a seasoned casino executive who has held senior management positions at Caesars Indiana since it opened six years ago," said Caesars Entertainment Pre - read more »

Five in running for NEC casino - 01 December 2004
Five global casino operators have been shortlisted to develop a Las Vegas-style complex at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre.The £300 million scheme will see a lakeside area being transformed into a leisure and entertainment complex.The massive regeneration project will see a new casino, hotel, restaurants, bars - read more »

Annie Duke and Eagle Games Bring Poker to the PC - 01 December 2004
Eagle Games announced today that world-class professional poker player Annie Duke will be endorsing and appearing on its best-selling software game, DD Tournament Poker: No Limit Texas Hold'em. Annie Duke is the leading money winner among women in World Series of Poker history. In August she successfully battled it out - read more »

Mono tribe plans Central Valley casino - 01 December 2004
Acres of farmland could become the site of the Central Valley's next casino if an environmental study ordered by federal officials is approved.The North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians' plan of building a hotel-and-casino complex on 305 acres of agricultural land alongside Highway 99 north of Madera depends on the study - read more »

Investing in the Gambling/Gaming Industry - One of the Financial Community's Best-Kept Secrets - 01 December 2004
More and more investors are beginning to realize that the gambling industry offers a wealth of opportunities. A study completed by the consulting firm MECN analysis this fast growing and promising industry.Gambling stocks are outperforming more or less all other indices ranging from Dow Jones to industry-specific indic - read more »