January 2004 News Article Archive

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Net Betting Hit With Cybershakedowns - 31 January 2004
What a surprise, with the Super Bowl just two days away: News that organized crime gangs are trying to shake down online betting sites by threatening a heavy data attack unless those sites pay for "protection.""These are not groups of amateur hackers ? great deals of money are changing hands," a spokesman for the Natio - read more »

Ads for Gambling Sites Abound Despite Legal Crackdown on Media - 31 January 2004
Who will win the coin toss or be first to challenge a referee call? Better yet, who will win the halftime pay-per-view Lingerie Bowl? No matter who is betting on what this Sunday, odds are that many Super Bowl-related wagers will be placed online. Prominent Web media outlets like MSNBC.com and Lycos could lead the way, - read more »

Illinois may be first to own casino - 31 January 2004
A top aide to Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Friday said the governor would consider a proposal that would make the state the majority owner of a casino, although he had not seen the details yet.Bids from most of the seven companies vying for the state's last casino license have not been disclosed, but a proposal from Wyomiss - read more »

Arizona rakes in $6.7 mil as share of tribes' gambling revenue - 31 January 2004
Arizona Indian tribes sent $6.7 million of their gambling revenues to the state for the quarter that ended Dec. 31, the state Department of Gaming reported Friday. It was the third revenue-sharing payment to Arizona under Proposition 202.The measure, approved by voters in 2002, allowed tribes to expand gambling and add - read more »

Iowa lawmakers eye new direction for gaming industry - 31 January 2004
As Iowans prepare to sound off Monday on the possibility of expanded gambling in the state, a core group of lawmakers and lobbyists is already hard at work crafting legislation that could chart a new direction for the industry and communities betting on riverboat casinos.Lawmakers and lobbyists alike are praising what - read more »

County Legislature backs Video Lottery Terminals - 31 January 2004
The Herkimer County Legislature is supporting efforts by the Capital District Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation to operate Video Lottery Terminals.In a resolution unanimously approved by legislators last week, the county encouraged the state to allow Capital District OTB to establish the new VLTs in teletheaters l - read more »

Sebelius proposes plan for 5 new casinos - 31 January 2004
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius proposed Friday to allow up to five "destination casinos" across the state. She also seeks to allow pari-mutuel tracks such as Wichita Greyhound Park to install video lottery terminals, similar to slot machines. A total of 2,500 would be allowed statewide, with most likely going to the Wichita tr - read more »

Penn National confirms casino license offer - 31 January 2004
Penn National Gaming Inc. confirmed late Friday it has submitted a $506 million bid for the state's 10th and last casino license and that it wants to strike a deal that would make the state the owner of the gambling hall while giving Penn National the long-term right to manage it.Penn National, which owns Hollywood Cas - read more »

Tribe details its casino proposal - 31 January 2004
A 500-slot casino at Highways 99 and 149 in Butte County presents an "incredible opportunity" for the Mechoopda Tribe of the Chico Rancheria, a tribal spokesman said Friday.The tribe and a Las Vegas backer, Station Casinos Inc., this week announced plans for an almost $80 million project to turn the mostly undeveloped - read more »

Greyhound tracks in £270m takeover - 30 January 2004
One of the world's largest casino firms has made a bid to take over six UK greyhound stadiums. The grounds at Portsmouth, Oxford, Wimbledon, Manchester and Hall Green and Perry Barr in Birmingham could be sold to the American-based company MGM Mirage as part of a £270m takeover of the leisure group Wembley plc. The dea - read more »

Sportingbet back on a winning run - 30 January 2004
The ability of punters to lose money at the click of a mouse is proving good business for Sportingbet. The online bookie and casino operator had its best-ever quarter to the end of December and now, finally unencumbered by its recent history of bear raiders of the stock and problems with its US acquisition, is promisin - read more »

Thunder Valley Casino revenues top $68 million for fourth quarter - 30 January 2004
The economic steamroller that is the Thunder Valley Casino showed no signs of slowing down in the last three months of 2003, according to numbers reported Thursday by the casino's management company.Station Casinos Inc., the Las Vegas-based firm that runs Thunder Valley for the United Auburn Indian Community, reported - read more »

Billionaire Gives Up Emerald Casino Claim for Settlement - 30 January 2004
A California billionaire who accused Emerald Casino executives of reneging on a handshake deal to own part of a Rosemont gambling venture with Arlington Park chairman Richard L. Duchossois has agreed to accept $650,000 to walk away from his claim. Top Emerald shareholders Kevin and Donald Flynn -- not their company -- - read more »

Pennsylvania, Maryland slot plans worry Atlantic City - 30 January 2004
For years, the name of the game here was "Monopoly." Soon, it may be "Survivor." This East Coast gambling mecca once had the market cornered on slot machines, blackjack tables and roulette parlors. For more than 15 years, it was the equivalent of the only game in town. Then Connecticut opened two casinos and Delaware i - read more »

Western Connecticut casino is possible - 30 January 2004
The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs reversed itself Thursday and granted coveted federal recognition to the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation of western Connecticut, creating the possibility of another Indian casino in the state. The reservation is on the border with the Town of Dover in Dutchess County, not far from Wingdal - read more »

Biloxi, Miss., Casino Takes Slot Inspiration from ESPN Zone's Arcade - 30 January 2004
A visit to the ESPN Zone in Atlanta gave Palace Casino General Manager Keith Crosby the idea for the Biloxi resort's $15 million expansion, set to open Sunday.At the time, Crosby and Palace Casino owner Robert Low were looking for a way to turn a barge that was serving as an entrance to the casino into a money-maker."I - read more »

CSFB raises target for UK's Stanley Leisure - 29 January 2004
Credit Suisse First Boston said on Wednesday it had raised its share price target for British gaming firm Stanley Leisure Plc to 385 pence from 345p and keptits "neutral" rating on the stock.CSFB analysts said the move was based on upcoming deregulation of the British gaming industry."The main investment catalyst is po - read more »

The state opened its first racetrack casino in Saratoga Springs yesterday in an ambitious plan to raise $2 billion a year for education and boost attendance at ailing racetracks throughout New York. The facility at Saratoga's trotting track is one of nine planned racetrack gaming rooms, or "racinos," including faciliti - read more »

MGM Mirage CEO upbeat about Borgata's future - 29 January 2004
When the Borgata opened in July, Terry Lanni, CEO of MGM Mirage, partners in the $1.2 billion resort, set a date of six months to evaluate whether his company would proceed with a major development on land it owned in the marina district adjacent to Borgata.Six months passed earlier this month, and Lanni still hedged h - read more »

Franklin County voters approve gambling referendum - 29 January 2004
Debbie Monaghan whooped for joy Tuesday when she heard Franklin County voters approved a referendum to allow excursion boat gambling.The Hampton homemaker --- who was married in Las Vegas --- said it was the best news she'd heard in a long time."We need the economic development in this area. We're desperately in need o - read more »

Victor Chandler and Blue Square head to high street - 29 January 2004
Online bookmakers Victor Chandler and Blue Square are this week preparing to take their battle with Ladbrokes, William Hill and Coral directly onto the high street. Victor Chandler plans to set up shops around the country. It sold the last of its previous high street shops in 1999 when it became a Web and phone operati - read more »

New Buyers Close Deal to Purchase Moulin Rouge Hotel & Casino - 29 January 2004
The Moulin Rouge Development Corporation (MRDC) today announced they have finalized the purchase of the famous Moulin Rouge Hotel & Casino property for $12.1 million."We will be bringing the promise of the original Moulin Rouge Hotel &Casino to reality," MRDC CEO/President Dale Scott said. "The new Moulin Rouge will b - read more »

Voters in Iowa county OK plan for riverboat casino - 28 January 2004
Voters in Franklin County on Tuesday approved a proposal to float a riverboat casino.With nearly 40 percent of registered voters participating, 53 percent of the votes were in favor of the referendum.Anette Renaud, executive director of the Franklin County Development Association, said a riverboat casino would generate - read more »

Arizona senator plans to push Internet gambling bill again - 28 January 2004
Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., said he will try again to usher Internet gambling restrictions through the Senate, even though it is an election year."My plan is to try to get it up for a vote,"Kyl, the chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal for a Wednesday report. He said he did n - read more »

Casino Operator MGM Mirage to Buy British Gaming Firm Wembley for $490 Million - 28 January 2004
MGM Mirage, the country's third-largest casino operator, announced Tuesday that it has agreed to pay $490 million in cash for Wembley Plc, based in the United Kingdom.Wembley shares spiked $2.56 on the news to close at $13.76. MGM stock closed Tuesday at $40.45, up 20 cents. Under terms of the deal, Wembley shareholder - read more »

Mille Lacs Chippewa to release older casino audits - 27 January 2004
The Mille Lacs Band of Chippewa has agreed to release old audits of its casino operations but continues to resist disclosing more recent financial statements.The Mille Lacs Band sued in 2001 to prevent the Minnesota Department of Public Safety from releasing casino audits from the early and mid-1990s. The agency collec - read more »

Island Gaming Appoints President - 27 January 2004
Geoff Andres, 37, has been appointed as the new president and general manager of Wheeling Island Gaming Inc. He replaces Scott Cooper, who has taken on a new position as vice president of business development with Sportsystems Corp., Wheeling Island Gaming's parent company. Sportsystems is owned by Delaware North Compa - read more »

The casino industry — not including the nation's many... - 27 January 2004
The casino industry - not including the nation's many American Indian casinos - is a $27 billion per year business in the United States, according to the American Gaming Association, a trade group.Nevada is the leader, with $9.4 billion in gross gaming revenue in 2002, followed by New Jersey with $4.4 billion. But newe - read more »

Commission returns $5M to casinos - 26 January 2004
The Casino Control Commission returned a combined $5 million to all city gaming halls except the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.The money was left over from funds spent to operate the commission and the Division of Gaming Enforcement for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2003. The Borgata wasn't in operation until July.The t - read more »

R.I. governor, Narragansett chief at odds over casino - 26 January 2004
After several months of thawed relations and cooperation, the state's governor and the chief of the Narragansett Indian tribe are skirmishing again over the tribe's effort to build a casino. The Narragansetts for years have lobbied to build their own casino. The latest idea is for one in West Warwick. The tribe has b - read more »

Cyber-casino lands Koreas in gambling war - 26 January 2004
Kim Beom-hoon was hailed as a trailblazer when he went into the online gambling business with North Korea. It seemed the perfect way to bridge a 50-year divide and open up one of the world's most isolated countries. But two years later the South Korean businessman has run afoul of his country's gambling laws, as well a - read more »

Ehrlich's new slots bill likely to expand venues - 26 January 2004
Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. is expected to present legislation this week that would expand slot-machine gambling to locations other than horse tracks and possibly cut either the Pimlico or Laurel Park track out of the action, said an administration official. The governor's new bill to legalize slot-machine gamb - read more »

NK Gambling Web Site Blocked - 25 January 2004
The Seoul government has blocked access to a North Korean online gambling site since last Wednesday, which was gaining popularity among South Koreans for its open bulletin board.KT, the nation's Internet network operator said it had cut access to the site www.jupae.com from South Korea at the request of the Information - read more »

Mississippi's Jackpot? - 25 January 2004
Tennessee has one, so does Louisiana, could Mississippi be the next state to get the lottery? One state lawmaker hopes so. But a lottery will face its fair share of opposition if it goes before the state legislature. If Yuriy Abramovich had his way, the daily lunch wouldn't be the only thing bringing flocks of customer - read more »

A slot-machine bonus may unite racing folks - 25 January 2004
Kentucky racetracks have ardently supported legalizing video slot machines, blaming riverboat gambling in border states for shrinking business at pari-mutuel windows and off-track betting parlors. Meanwhile, horse owners and breeders have not been as vocal in Frankfort. But as thoroughbred incentive programs funded by - read more »

Kansas governor's gambling plan contemplates state-owned casino - 25 January 2004
Every year, Kansans make millions of visits to casinos just over the state line in Kansas City, Mo. And every year, state officials go hunting for millions of dollars in new revenue for state government.All of which could lead to a new enterprise: State ownership of a large, Las Vegas-style casino, most likely in Wyand - read more »

Las Vegas-style chapel in the capital will allow couples to 'do a Britney' - 24 January 2004
Couples who find themselves getting swept up in the romance of St Valentine's Day are being encouraged to "do a Britney" and get married in a Las Vegas style Chapel of Everlasting Love that is coming to Edinburgh. Couples attending a specially themed nightclub on February 14th can even obtain a Vegas marriage certifica - read more »

IGT Keeps Paying Out - 24 January 2004
International Game Technology (NYSE: IGT) started 2004 on an impressive note. Yesterday, the slot machine maker reported strong results driven by international sales and ramping demand for its revenue-generating, cost-saving coinless slot machines.For the first quarter, sales jumped 24% year over year to a record $608. - read more »

Jackpot: AC casinos getting $5 million rebate - 24 January 2004
New Jersey casinos are getting a $5 million rebate, but it won't be coming out of taxpayers' pockets.Belt-tightening by casino regulators and an increase in licensing fee revenues have left the state Casino Control Fund with an $8.3 million surplus.The 12 casinos won't get cash back. They will share $5 million in credi - read more »

MGM is building some Strip 'neighborhood casinos' - 24 January 2004
If it is a truism that locals don't particularly care for the action on the Strip, the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino and Turnberry Associates have combined forces to construct and operate a 40-story condominium-hotel complex and thereby turn the hot action of the south Strip into a local neighborhood. The project seems su - read more »

Adelson embroiled in lawsuits over Macau casinos - 24 January 2004
An Israeli tourism entrepreneur who says he guided Venetian hotel-casino owner Sheldon Adelson's efforts to build casinos in Macau is suing the Las Vegas gambling executive in a Tel Aviv court. Moshe Hananel, who worked for Adelson's Interface Partners International Ltd. subsidiary in Israel until 2000, filed suit last - read more »

WagerLogic Limited, a leading software provider to the Internet gaming and e-commerce industries, announced today the latest addition to its award-winning downloadable casino software developed by CryptoLogic Inc. Inspired by popular land-based casinos worldwide, Bonus Pack 3 debuts the Internet's first multi-currency - read more »

Greek isle casino was big gamble - 24 January 2004
David Appel, the Israeli property developer at the heart of the storm that threatens to topple Ariel Sharon would have needed heavyweight political support for his plans to build a casino in an area of outstanding natural beauty near Athens, the Guardian has learned. Mr Appel would have had to rely on influential conta - read more »

Governor wants more revenue - 24 January 2004
An influential group of California tribes opened negotiations yesterday for a new gambling agreement that could bring a fresh revenue source to the state and peace to the Indian gaming industry. Attorneys representing seven tribes - including three from San Diego County - entered into closed-door talks with Daniel Kolk - read more »

Question led to offer for Dome - 24 January 2004
As one of the investors in a group willing to buy the former West Baden Springs Hotel, Craig Adolph said his group has simply responded to a question that was posed within the community.He said, “The RFP (Request For Proposal) question that the local historic commission is going to be asking all the casino applicants . - read more »

Measure calls for Indians to pay state part of gambling income - 23 January 2004
Tribes would be willing to help bail California out of its fiscal hole but only if gambling restrictions are lifted, according to a new ballot initiative proposed by one of the state's richest tribes. The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in Palm Springs, answering Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's repeated complaints - read more »

Hard Rock to start building next week - 22 January 2004
Construction of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi, the first new resort to open on the Coast since 1999, will begin next week.The Mississippi Gaming Commission easily approved plans for financing the $235 million casino, hotel and concert venue Wednesday morning, clearing the way for work to begin."This is definitely - read more »

Two more workers arrested in casino scheme - 22 January 2004
Authorities on Wednesday arrested two more Casino Rouge employees accused in a scheme to rip off the Baton Rouge casino's slot machine operation.They are among 14 Casino Rouge employees arrested in the scheme and at least three more arrests are pending, State Police spokesman Lt. William Davis said."There's no telling - read more »

Bookmaker and casino company Stanley Leisure saw first-half turnover soar 59% to £759m as the number of fixed odds betting terminals grew to 1,120.Pre-tax profit for the six months to October 26 fell to £20.6m, from £23.8m, as its Crockfords casino in London only managed to break even.Strong trading in the betting divi - read more »

Pataki calls for more casinos - 22 January 2004
The main worry at Finger Lakes Race Track this month was getting its 1,010 video lottery terminals operational for its Feb. 11 opening. Now they potentially have another longer-term problem: competition. Faced with a court mandate to increase school funding and a $5 billion revenue shortfall, Gov. George Pataki announc - read more »

Uefa and Betfair close to deal to halt illicit gambling - 22 January 2004
Uefa is believed to be close to signing an agreement with Betfair, Britain's leading betting exchange, that will allow European football's governing body access to evidence of potential corruption in the game. The two parties are thought to be close to agreeing a "memorandum of understanding" (MOU) that would allow Uef - read more »

Floating Casinos Raided as Police Begin War Against Organized Crime - 22 January 2004
Hundreds of police took part in a raid during the night targeting casino boats in the southern resort city of Eilat as Israel Police get serious in the newly-declared war on organized crime. Police Chief Shlomo Aharonishki who oversaw the operation commented, “We will turn off the oxygen on organized crime”.Targeted we - read more »

Tribe to seek gambling expansion - 22 January 2004
Opening a new front in a coming battle over gambling, a wealthy California Indian tribe has proposed an initiative that would expand tribes' gambling operations and protect their monopoly, while also requiring that they pay the equivalent of a corporate profits tax on their winnings. The proposition, a state constituti - read more »

UK's Stanley H1 profit drops, key casino better - 22 January 2004
UK gaming firm Stanley Leisure Plc posted a 13 percent drop in first-half profits on Thursday after a losing streak at its key Crockfords casino, but said its luck was changing and its betting shops growing well.Finance Director Michael Riddy told Reuters said the firm's win margin at Crockfords in London's exclusive M - read more »

Kenosha casino may create 6,000 jobs - 21 January 2004
A proposed Menominee tribal casino development in Kenosha would be the state's biggest grossing gambling hall, generating up to 6,000 new jobs and $500 million in annual economic impact, tribal officials said Tuesday.The Kenosha casino alone would generate $350 million to $450 million a year, the tribe said, making the - read more »

Three bidders gamble on Rosemont - 21 January 2004
Competition for the state's dormant casino license is heating up, with seven companies vying to build the 10th gambling complex in Illinois and three of them eyeing a site in Rosemont. The Illinois Gaming Board on Tuesday identified the casino operators that submitted bids to buy the 10th casino license. Of the seven, - read more »

Alaska casino plan surfaces - 21 January 2004
Once again, talk is circulating among lawmakers in Juneau to bring a large casino to Anchorage.Poker champ and furrier Perry Green is getting credit for the idea, according to the Anchorage Daily News. He wants the casino installed at the site of the former Alaska Seafood International plant. Green estimates it would r - read more »

Regulators OK casino expansion - 21 January 2004
State gambling regulators have approved a $15.6 million expansion to add 400 slot machines at Dubuque Greyhound Park and Casino.The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission voted 5-0 during its monthly meeting in Johnston last week to support the expansion plans.The commission voted in November to ask legislators to decide wh - read more »

House Gaming chair says new casino taxes unlikely - 21 January 2004
Rep. Bobby Moak, chairman of the new House Gaming Committee, says he doesn't foresee tax increases on casinos during the next four years.But, in an interview Tuesday, he added: "I'm not going to say 'never.' Nobody knows what will happen tomorrow."Mississippi has struggled with a tight state budget the past three years - read more »

Representatives discuss governor's sales tax proposal - 21 January 2004
Taxes and gambling were on the menu at the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce's first legislative breakfast of 2004 Saturday morning. The three state legislators representing Jefferson County -- Sen. David Miller, R-Batavia; Rep. John Whitaker, D-Hillsboro; and Rep. Sandy Greiner, R-Keota -- spoke to area business - read more »

Tribe to open new casino - 21 January 2004
The Peoria Tribe of Oklahoma and the city of Miami are betting on casino-style gambling to pay off in more tourism for the area.The Peoria Tribe, which owns the land, will open a small, temporary gambling operation on the property Thursday. The tribe plans a $6 million casino and entertainment venue to be open on the s - read more »

Vegas grows, and it grows more thirsty - 20 January 2004
“Forever!” exclaims the mayor with a mixture of incredulity and indignation. He is answering a question he clearly considers not only preposterous but impertinent, and almost immoral - which few things are considered here. The question is, how long can this horizontal city, the world capital of exuberant excess, contin - read more »

Casino Deals Are Stalled by State, U.S. and Tribal Hurdles - 20 January 2004
New York State approved the construction of three Indian casinos for the old resort areas here in the Catskills more than two years ago, and people in the area practically began to count the money they expected to get from gamblers and construction projects and new jobs.But little has happened since then. The Catskills - read more »

Harrah's enters race for Illinois' 10th gaming license - 20 January 2004
Harrah's Entertainment Inc. and the city of Waukegan, Ill., have submitted a proposal for Illinois' 10th casino license, they said Monday. Harrah's said the proposed casino would help transform the Waukegan region, which has lost 30,000 jobs in the last 30 years. Waukegan, which is north of Chicago near the Wisconsin b - read more »

The Ho-Chunk weigh in with casino study - 20 January 2004
The first of two studies on the potential influence of a casino in Dane County was released Monday, estimating that turning DeJope Bingo Hall into a casino would create more than 1,300 jobs and bring $47 million a year to the community. The $18,000 study was commissioned in early December by the Ho-Chunk Nation-funded - read more »

Dog track fights back in VLT war - 20 January 2004
You might have seen it on your way to work this morning. A billboard facing drivers headed north into the city on Route 95 is equipped with a digital counter scrolling upward as it tracks Lincoln Park's contribution to the state's coffers.The billboard, according to Lincoln Park spokesperson Michael Trainor, is the cen - read more »

Gamblers roll dice on stardom - 20 January 2004
Richard Anthony Long has been gambling at South Mississippi casinos for years, playing slot machines. But what brought him to Beau Rivage on Monday afternoon wasn't a chance to gamble but an opportunity to go to Las Vegas and star in a reality-based show from the creator of "Survivor.""I've had a lot of fun here, but n - read more »

First Lottery Tickets Sold in Tennessee - 20 January 2004
Lottery fans dreaming of riches waited patiently until after midnight to try their luck as Tennessee became the last state in the Southeast to offer legal gambling.Four different types of scratch-off lottery games went on sale at 12:01 a.m. local time Tuesday. Tickets cost between $1 and $5 and award prizes up to $1 mi - read more »

Casinos pay $30 million to state from slot revenues - 18 January 2004
Connecticut's two casinos sent more than $30 million to the state from their December slot machine revenues, bringing the total to more than $200 million dollars in the past six months. Mohegan Sun contributed $16.5 million from slot revenues of $66 million, while Foxwoods Resort Casino gave $13.7 million from slot rev - read more »

Harrah's buys Horseshoe for $50M - 18 January 2004
The sale of Binion's Horseshoe could prove pivotal to positioning Harrah's Entertainment as the biggest operator in gaming but end up costing downtown Las Vegas a world-famous brand and the hallmark World Series of Poker.Three days after federal marshals forced the Horseshoe's closure by seizing about $1 million from t - read more »

Gambling Revenue An Issue - 18 January 2004
Although Gov. Bob Wise's State of the State Address did not mention table gambling at West Virginia's four race tracks as a revenue raising measure for the state, the issue may still get attention this legislative session. Delegate Joe DeLong, D-Hancock, pointed to Wise's proposal to raise $36.5 million from hikes in - read more »

Lawmakers waiting for governor on gaming - 18 January 2004
Gauging the chances of gambling expansion this year is like watching a children's game of chicken.Who's going to move first - the governor or the General Assembly?"If there are reasonable, sound proposals, he will consider them," said Abby Ottenhoff, a spokeswoman for Gov. Rod Blagojevich.Lawmakers, however, remain war - read more »

First visit to Las Vegas is a rite of passage - 18 January 2004
Huddled inside the Luxor hotel-casino, a trio of newly minted 21-year-olds are big on dreams, but short on know-how. The girls want to play blackjack, but where do they get the chips? Leslie Berlin, a junior at Vanderbilt University, shrugs off their inexperience and throws her arms around her best friends."We're gambl - read more »

Treasure Bay CEO is one to watch - 18 January 2004
For the second year in a row, someone from the Coast has made Global Gaming Business' list of 25 people to watch.Bernie Burkholder, president and CEO of Treasure Bay Casino in Biloxi, was selected for the honor. He's up there with U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., who helped start a gaming caucus in Congress; T.J. Matt - read more »

Casino could lead to other things sprouting nearby - 18 January 2004
Right now, there isn't much development surrounding DeJope Bingo Hall. But there's a lot of potential. "The possibilities are limitless," said John Dall, one of 11 Ho-Chunk Nation legislators.If Dane County voters approve a Feb. 17 referendum to expand gambling at DeJope, Madison's southeastern edge could change greatl - read more »

Borgata taking notice of fresh faces: Table players - 18 January 2004
Chris Viereck craved some action at the annual state vegetable-growers convention here last week.After getting pointers on the latest equipment and new varieties of peppers and corn, the 22-year-old headed for the casino floor. But slots didn't beckon.Blackjack was the lure, and the baby-faced Viereck took a seat at a - read more »

2 Lottery contracts suspended amid questions on gifts - 18 January 2004
The director of Colorado's Department of Revenue has placed two key Lottery contracts on hold until separate criminal and administrative probes can determine whether the deals were crafted fairly. M. Michael Cooke, who oversees Colorado's Lottery, gambling and other departments, said she made the decision to suspend ac - read more »

Tribes eye Central City for casino - 18 January 2004
Two Indian tribes in Oklahoma say they are in discussions to give up their claim on 27 million acres in Colorado in exchange for land in Central City, where they would build a casino. The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes said Central City officials have offered to let them locate their so-called "Homecoming Project" in the - read more »

St. Louis recommends Pinnacle for new casino - 17 January 2004
Two St. Louis city development commissions on Thursday tapped Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. to operate a downtown casino complex, nudging out a rival proposal by Isle of Capri Casinos Inc.They acted on a recommendation by a selection panel. The votes were unanimous.The move comes a day after a St. Louis County selection - read more »

Don't let gambling expand - 17 January 2004
If Arapaho and Cheyenne tribal leaders are serious about wanting reparations for lost lands, they should stop wrapping their demands around a dubious plan to bring more casino gambling to Colorado. Two developers are pushing a way to make Colorado accept yet more casino- style gambling. The initial proposal called for - read more »

Proposed gambling initiative wouldn't help state budget - 17 January 2004
A proposed ballot measure that could expand casino gambling in California would generate at least $1 billion a year, but none of that would go to help close the state's massive budget deficit, according to the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office. The initiative targeted for the November ballot asks all of the stat - read more »

Casino talk returns to Juneau - 17 January 2004
Once again, talk is circulating among lawmakers in Juneau to bring a large casino to Anchorage.Poker champ and furrier Perry Green is getting credit for the idea, according to the Anchorage Daily News. He wants the casino installed at the site of the former Alaska Seafood International plant. Green estimates it would r - read more »

CryptoLogic wins online poker deal with Britain's Betfair betting exchange - 17 January 2004
Tapping into part of the online gambling business estimated to be worth $500 million US a year, Toronto-based CryptoLogic Inc. says its poker software has been selected by Britain's giant Betfair online betting exchange. Financial details of the deal were not announced in a release Thursday. Through a licence agreement - read more »

Okla. tribes push for controversial casino near Denver - 16 January 2004
A pair of tribes in Oklahoma declared support Wednesday for a proposal to build a casino off Interstate 70 east of Denver. The statement, issued by the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes, was the first official announcement of a proposal that has been discussed for weeks, and it resolved questions about whether any Indians ar - read more »

Harrah's Keeps World Series of Poker - 16 January 2004
As Harrah's executives finalize the deal to buy Binion's and employees wait to hear whether they will be hired back on, the fate of the world famous World Series of Poker has been decided, and it's good news for Las Vegas. The World Series of Poker is going to stay right here in it's birthplace, in the casino where it - read more »

Laughlin casinos post November gains - 16 January 2004
Laughlin casinos held their own in November against expanded Indian gambling in Arizona and Southern California, according to data released this week by the Nevada Gaming Control Board.Laughlin's nine casinos won $44.6 million from gamblers, a 0.5 percent improvement over November 2002. For the 12 months through Novemb - read more »

Kansas Governor Proposes State-Owned Casino - 15 January 2004
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will propose a state-owned casino near the Kansas Speedway, but administration spokesmen said the door wasn't closing on negotiations with American Indians or others seeking to develop gambling venues. 'If this is done right, it would be a very big boost' to the economy, Sebelius' chief counsel M - read more »

Sky City eyes Darwin casino - 15 January 2004
Casino operator Sky City Entertainment is in talks with Las Vegas-based MGM Mirage, owners of the MGM Grand Darwin casino, about the possibility of buying the business."The company confirms that it is undertaking due diligence of the Darwin business and is in the process of negotiating terms for a potential acquisition - read more »

Tribes wary of giving more casino profits to California - 15 January 2004
Indian tribes with casino gambling are willing to be good neighbors and citizens, their leaders say, but that doesn't necessarily mean handing over more money to the state just because California is in an economic slump. "Our relation with non-tribal governments should be conducted in the spirit of honesty, openness an - read more »

Coalition launches gambling petitions - 15 January 2004
A coalition of groups launched three petition drives Wednesday aimed at allowing casino and video gambling in Nebraska.The group, called Keep the Money in Nebraska, filed the proposed petitions with the Secretary of State's office.The coalition is made of the business people, local communities, the horse racing industr - read more »

House committee approves video gambling machine bill - 15 January 2004
Indiana tracks could install video gambling machines to prop up the horse racing industry, help the state budget and provide cash for cities and counties across the state under legislation approved yesterday by a House committee. House Bill 1188 - which would produce nearly $94 million annually for the state budget - n - read more »

Casinos' revenues a jackpot for Detroit area - 15 January 2004
Despite a slumping economy, the city's casinos have done better than experts predicted when the first one opened in 1999, and in the past five years, they have taken in a surprising $4.2 billion.Last year, the casinos' revenues rose half a percent to $1.130 billion, up from $1.125 billion in 2002. The 2003 figures are - read more »

Casino Boat to bring gambling back to Savannah riverfront - 14 January 2004
A decade after the last casino boats folded on Savannah's River Street, a new operation is ready to roll the dice.Three weeks ago, Savannah City Council approved a liquor license for Millionaire's Casino, a 187-foot boat capable of holding 450 passengers.Its operating company, MPH Entertainment LLC, has signed a lease - read more »

States rely too much on gambling revenue: Latham - 14 January 2004
Federal Opposition leader Mark Latham is worried that state Labor governments depend too heavily on revenue from gambling.Mr Latham has told the ABC he wants to "get stuck into" the issue of problem gambling, saying the consequences for families are horrendous."I think we've also got to talk to the states about over-re - read more »

World Series of Poker will happen but location remains undecided - 14 January 2004
The popular World Series of Poker will take place this year but where the cards are dealt remains undecided, new owner Harrah's Entertainment said Tuesday."It is our intent to make sure the World Series of Poker continues,"Harrah's spokesman David Strow said."It's just so early in the process to speculate where the Wor - read more »

Group looks into fair payouts at state casinos - 14 January 2004
A new watchdog group at the state capitol says the state does not have enough gaming inspectors to know if casinos are paying out fairly. Slot machines at indian casinos in Minnesota mushroomed from several thousand in 1989 to nearly 18, 000 now. A tight state budget has kept the number of state gambling inspectors we - read more »

Vegas event planner keeps parties on track for MGM Mirage casinos - 13 January 2004
The woman who stages important parties, weddings and other special events for Bellagio, MGM Grand, The Mirage, Treasure Island and New York-New York is a big advantage for their parent company, MGM Mirage."Cheryl Fish and her team at MGM Mirage Events are a significant plus for Bellagio," said Randy Morton, Bellagio vi - read more »

Card-counting college kids made millions - 13 January 2004
Here's how it went down. During the 1990s six MIT students, by employing card counting techniques, made millions of dollars playing blackjack in Vegas casinos on the weekends. Your typical card counter can be spotted easily because they tend to make large bets for no apparent reason, but these counters had four individ - read more »

Tribal gaming group names new director - 13 January 2004
Arizona Indian Gaming Association tribal leaders have called on someone who helped them pass an Indian gambling expansion measure in 2002 to lead the association's interests into the future.Sheila Morago, a Gila River Indian Community member, emerged from a national pool of roughly 40 applicants to replace David LaSart - read more »

Slots revenues needed in 2004 - 13 January 2004
A single, simple word will dominate Maryland's headlines for the next 100 days -- slots. The questions surrounding that one word, however, will be most complicated: How many slot machines? Where will they go? What will the state's cut be? How will politicians execute their power plays? What will the costs be? By how mu - read more »

Lady Luck has had a bad month. First, a group of 90 gamblers came ashore after a Saturday cruise on the casino boat with tales of lousy food, a long, cold ride and - arrgh, matey - having to take checks, not cash, for their winnings. Now a group of 140 Long Island firefighters is telling their own tale of hell on the h - read more »

Harrah's Entertainment says it's buying Binion's Horseshoe casino - 13 January 2004
Harrah's Entertainment has signed an agreement to buy the financially strapped Binion's Horseshoe hotel-casino, two days after the legendary downtown property shut down and federal agents seized money to pay for unpaid employee benefits, a Harrah's spokesman said Monday.Harrah's spokesman Gary Thompson declined to say - read more »

Hard times in Niagara Falls - 12 January 2004
The U.S. orange alert, border lineups and lingering SARS fallout are keeping American tourists away But after a disastrous yearTowering above the falls, a cluster of high-rise luxury hotels is dramatically changing the small-town landscape of Niagara Falls. An unprecedented string of multi-million dollar projects and m - read more »

Sky City expands to Whangarei - 12 January 2004
Sky City Leisure, the cinema side of the casino-entertainment business, is acquiring Whangarei's Cinema City 5 complex for $2 million.The complex is currently owned by a group of local investors.Sky City Leisure director Michael Daniel, who is a Northland resident, says the purchase is a logical extension of the busine - read more »

Indian Casino Changes Plans - 12 January 2004
Unless Governor-elect Kathleen Blanco has a change of heart about a reservation casino near Shreveport-Bossier City, the Jena Band of Choctaws will redirect its efforts at having a gambling hall to its home parishes of Grant and LaSalle. In a statement, chief Christine Norris said the tribe was disappointed by Governor - read more »

Vegas landmark casino shuts down after federal agents seize cash - 12 January 2004
Guests staying at a landmark hotel-casino were told to pack their bags and leave on Saturday, a day after federal agents shut down the casino floor and seized money to pay for unpaid employee benefits.The front doors were locked and yellow police tape greeted visitors to Binion's Horseshoe hotel-casino, a staple in dow - read more »

Borgata revenue buoyed A.C. during December - 12 January 2004
Gaming revenues in the resort were up about 2.9 percent in December compared with the same month in 2002.But remove the nearly $38 million generated by the Borgata Casino Hotel & Spa and revenues were down 9.3 percent.On the surface, the results look dreadful, according to Harry C. Curtis, a gaming analyst with J.P. Mo - read more »

Aspinall rolls casino suggestion - 12 January 2004
UK gambling group Aspinall has broken its silence on the fight over its interests in the Christchurch Casino.A statement issued on behalf of Aspinall's finance chief Martin Kennedy slams suggestions that there will be a share issue to fund a buyback of its stake in the casino.Casino chairman Barry Thomas, a major share - read more »

Lawmakers eye gambling in Delaware - 12 January 2004
Discussions about the future of gambling in Delaware may be in the cards for lawmakers when the General Assembly reconvenes this week, but whether proposals to expand gambling succeed is anybody's bet.With Delaware facing possible competition from Maryland and Pennsylvania, whose governors want to establish slot machin - read more »

Sky City pulling poker face over Christchurch Casino - 10 January 2004
Sky City Entertainment is putting on its best poker face over the possibility of fresh talks to buy a $92 million stake in the Christchurch Casino The Auckland casinos business has held talks over the past 18 months with the Christchurch landmark's 41 per cent shareholder Aspinall, the London gambling business, but fai - read more »

Las Vegas Tourism Officials Kick Off Super Bowl-Centered Ad Campaign - 10 January 2004
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, hoping to recapture the windfall of national media attention it received last January, kicks off a new television advertising campaign Monday centered on the upcoming Super Bowl.One 30-second spot promoting Las Vegas will air nationally on various cable and broadcast net - read more »

Casino debate is too narrow - 10 January 2004
In the rush to place the question of whether to allow casino gambling in Dane County on the Feb. 17 ballot, a lot of fundamental issues went undiscussed. Fearing that under the compact worked out between Gov. Jim Doyle and the Ho-Chunk Nation a casino could be approved without any compensation to the city of Madison or - read more »

Broadcaster John A. Gambling is dead - 10 January 2004
A legendary New York radio broadcaster has died.John A Gambling was the second of three generations of John Gamblings to host the "Rambling with Gambling" morning show. He was 73.His son -- John R. Gambling -- says he died of heart failure at a hospital in Venice, Florida.Gambling worked at the New York radio station W - read more »

300-room hotel and casino proposed in Winchester - 09 January 2004
Some Winchester residents reacted skeptically to the Soboba tribe's plans to build a 300-room hotel and casino in their sleepy, rural town, while others at an informational meeting Thursday said they looked forward to the entertainment and employment opportunities the project would bring.Members of the Winchester Homeo - read more »

Tribe to consider central La. for casino - 09 January 2004
Unless Gov.-elect Kathleen Blanco has a change of heart about a reservation casino near Shreveport-Bossier City, the Jena Band of Choctaws will redirect its efforts at having a gambling hall to its home parishes of Grant and LaSalle, the tribe's chief said.In a statement released late Wednesday, chief Christine Norris - read more »

Indiana Bill Targets Deadbeat Parents' Gambling Winnings - 09 January 2004
Deadbeat parents who gamble at riverboats and racetracks would have to give their children a cut of their winnings under a bill being considered by the Indiana Senate.The bill, sponsored by Sen. Richard Bray, R-Martinsville, would garnish the winnings of gamblers who owe child support. The program is similar to one alr - read more »

Caesars Entertainment Jumps 4.5% - 07 January 2004
What's in a name? For Caesars Entertainment (CZR:NYSE - commentary - research), a 4.5% gain. On Tuesday, Caesars Entertainment officially changed its company name from Park Place Entertainment and began trading under the ticker "CZR" on the New York Stock Exchange. Company management, flanked by a pair of actors playin - read more »

Las Vegas is now set to be 'colonized' with Hilton sale - 07 January 2004
For those still shaking off the holiday spirits, it might still be news that Caesar's Entertainment announced the sale of its Las Vegas Hilton Hotel and Casino to an affiliate of Los Angeles-based Colony Capital LLC for an estimated $280 million. While legendary Hilton has provided the setting for celebrated performers - read more »

Celine Dion Gets Star on Hollywood Walk - 07 January 2004
Celine Dion broke down in tears as she thanked her late father for being her "No. 1 fan" during a ceremony Tuesday to receive her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. "My dad was my No. 1 fan, and he still is," the French-Canadian singer said before nearly 1,000 fans, many of them shouting out their condolences. Her fat - read more »

Park Place now Caesars - 06 January 2004
When Wallace Barr rings the bell to open the New York Stock Exchange this morning, he'll do so as president and CEO of Caesars Entertainment Inc. instead of Park Place Entertainment Corp., which ended its five-year run Monday.Also today, the company's stock will begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange under a new - read more »

Green Bay Chamber chips in on gaming compact lawsuit - 06 January 2004
The Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce has added its two cents to a lawsuit challenging the governor's power to negotiate Native American gaming compacts.In a brief filed with the state Supreme Court, the chamber said the Oneida Tribe of Indians' gaming activities help the area economy through job creation, service pay - read more »

No permit for casino Baguio mayor firm vs. opening - 06 January 2004
Mayor Bernardo Vergara on Tuesday said he would not issue any permit for the operation of the contro­versial casino at Camp John Hay despite the city council's approval for its opening. Vergara said he earlier ordered City Treasurer Thelma Manaois not to process any application for a business permit covering the contro - read more »

Casino gambling worth a closer look - 05 January 2004
As this year's legislative session draws near, lawmakers should know that casino gambling downtown would be good business -- in the strictest sense of the word. Setting aside for the moment the morality debate, the bottom line is that casino gambling would bring a bona fide boost to downtown, and by extension the state - read more »

£1 Poker Bet Wins Punter £115,000 - 05 January 2004
A Lucky punter is £115,000 the richer after scooping a casino jackpot with a single £1 poker bet. Incredibly, the winning bet on being dealt a royal flush came during his first ever visit to Napoleons casino, in George Street, Hull, after being signed in by a friend.It also happened after just a handful of bets at the - read more »

Seminoles see future in Hard Rock and gambling - 04 January 2004
The multibillion-dollar American Indian gambling industry had its start on a run-down stretch of Florida 7 more than two decades ago. Today, the Seminole Tribe of Florida's original high-stakes bingo hall is still there, but the squat, nondescript building looks like a relic from the past. Just down the road, the tribe - read more »

Casino jobs draw crowds - 04 January 2004
Economists and Wall Street veterans say the long-sluggish economy is picking up.Yet hundreds of Tampa Bay residents rose before dawn Saturday to apply for jobs with the new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, suggesting the economy has a way to go before it's robust again.Donna Roeder arrived at the Tampa Convention Cen - read more »

Britney marries childhood friend - 04 January 2004
Pop star Britney Spears has married a childhood friend from Louisiana, according to news reports.The 22-year-old singer married Jason Allen Alexander early yesterday at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, according to People.com, the online arm of the Time Warner publication. He is from Kentwood, Louisiana, i - read more »

Winning hand: New casino makes splash in Atlantic City - 03 January 2004
The slot machines at Borgata Hotel Casino&Spa don't take coins. Not only that, they have footrests built in, for comfort's sake.The parking garage has speed ramps that serve each floor, an improvement over the dizzying mazes encountered by drivers at other casinos.In the hotel rooms, shower stalls are built for two peo - read more »

Broken casino slots make winners of non-spinners - 03 January 2004
Talk about gambler's heaven. People who fed money into 26 slot machines at Trump Casino in Gary won twice what they bet -- before they even pushed a button.Investigators said a programming error appears to have caused the machines to spit out the winnings in error on Dec. 7.The slot machines apparently were in service - read more »

Golden Nugget buyers face first license vote Wednesday - 03 January 2004
The Golden Nugget will likely change hands in about three weeks, as Nevada gaming regulators are slated to consider the prospective buyers' license applications at meetings in Las Vegas on Wednesday and Jan. 22. Poster Financial Group's $215 million deal to buy the Golden Nugget -- downtown's most profitable casino, by - read more »

Casino to host open cast call for ’Survivor’ - 03 January 2004
Brave souls who think they have what it takes to battle the elements on a tropical island before millions of television viewers may want to head here soon. On Tuesday, Jan. 13, Harrah's Casino will host an open casting call for “Survivor 9,” which is a future installment of the popular reality TV show that airs on the - read more »

Cannery going strong after first year - 03 January 2004
First-year performance at the Cannery was strong enough that the property now has plans for a multiscreen movie theater, additional casino space and a parking garage, owners Bill Wortman and Bill Paulos said Friday. Business has continually improved after a slower-than-hoped-for start blamed on pre-war jitters dampened - read more »

Ho-Chunk plan TV ad blitz - 03 January 2004
The Ho-Chunk Nation will be spending close to $140,000 in a 23-day period advertising on three television stations in Madison, trying to convince voters to back a full-blown casino at the DeJope bingo hall in Madison. According to advertising contracts obtained by The Capital Times, the Coalition for the Fair Indian Ga - read more »

Florida residents get discount at Hard Rock casino - 03 January 2004
The new Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, opening March 11, is offering a Florida resident discount deal to celebrate the debut of the 250-room hotel.The offer -- $89 per person, double occupancy -- is good from March 13 through April 30. It includes a daily breakfast for two in the Greenroom, complimentary a - read more »

It's a happy new year at Meskwaki Casino - 02 January 2004
At 10:05 a.m. Wednesday, Becky Wilson hit the jackpot. Her machine lit up five minutes into reopening day at the Meskwaki Casino, where she stopped for her birthday. Her five of a kind --- four aces and a deuce --- on a poker machine was good for a bundle of cash.Fellow gamblers congratulated the Evansdale woman on her - read more »

World Poker Open starts next week - 02 January 2004
The fifth annual Jack Binion World Poker Open begins next week at Horseshoe Casino & Hotel in Robinsonville.. Omaha (pot limit) re-buys starts Thursday. But if you're a fish, go get your money - Super Satellites start Tuesday and Single Table Satellites Wednesday. Satellites are for Cinderellas dreaming of winning thei - read more »

Dukes Casino In Sparks Closes Suddenly - 02 January 2004
There was no New Year's revelry for people at Duke's Casino in downtown Sparks. The neighborhood club across the street from John Ascuaga's Nugget abruptly told its 52 employees it was shutting down, effective Thursday. The reasons for the shutdown were not spelled out, and all questions were directed to the casino's L - read more »

Gaming industry was the comback kid during 2003 - 02 January 2004
Because a review of last year's performance by the gaming and hospitality industry is tantamount to a diagnosis of the city's - if not state's - economic health, then 2003 will best be remembered as a year of both recovery and growth.The casino industry continued to slowly recover from the disastrous blow caused by the - read more »

Mississippi no longer requiring casino workers to wear licenses - 02 January 2004
A complaint from a coast casino worker has prompted a change in state Gaming Commission policy.Mississippi casino workers will no longer have to wear gaming licenses that display their full names.Larry Gregory, executive director of the Gaming Commission, issued an industry letter on Wednesday, a day after Cathy Netto, - read more »

Virtual poker rises sixfold in a year to £38m a day - 02 January 2004
The popularity of playing poker online has risen sharply in the past year, according to a report published today. The study, from the bookmaker Ladbrokes, quotes figures showing that the amount gambled on poker websites around the world increased from £6m a day last January to £38m in December. Some 150 poker rooms are - read more »

Thai gamblers shy away Cambodian casinos amid immigration clampdown - 02 January 2004
Thai gamblers who normally flock to casinos across the border in Cambodia have stayed away in droves after strict immigration procedures were put in place to deter them.Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra warned civil servants this week they faced dismissal if caught gambling at the casinos during the new year break - read more »

Prosecutors file for look at strategy from first Binion trial - 01 January 2004
Prosecutors are asking a Clark County judge to waive the attorney-client privilege between Rick Tabish and his former attorney, whom Tabish has accused of improperly handling his appeal of his extortion conviction.Tabish, whose murder conviction in the slaying of Las Vegas casino figure Ted Binion was overturned, remai - read more »

Genting casino king calls it a day - 01 January 2004
Genting Bhd founder Lim Goh Tong, who turns 86 in February, quit as chairman of Asia's largest casino group. He will be succeeded by his son, Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, who took over from him as chief executive last year.The move marks the end of the elder Tan Sri Lim's 35-year career at a company he built into a group with - read more »

Without casino-style games, race tracks will close - 01 January 2004
Casino-style games and horse racing tracks are integral to the racing industry's success.The Oklahoma Thoroughbred Association President Joe Alexander said race tracks will close if the state Legislature does not allow the casino-style games at tracks."There is nothing else that we can try that I know of to get those p - read more »

Legislative dice roll on gambling unclear - 01 January 2004
Backers of proposed gambling facilities across the state and anti-gambling interests alike are gearing up for a legislative session that could potentially lead to the opening of more casinos in Iowa as well as a rewriting of the state's gambling laws.The decision was placed on lawmakers' shoulders after the Iowa Racing - read more »

Illinois court overturns Emerald Casino decision - 01 January 2004
The Illinois Appellate Court ruled Tuesday that state law required gambling regulators to renew a license held by Emerald Casino, which had hoped to open in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont.The impact of the decision was unclear as Emerald prepares to sell its license.The ruling reverses a lower court decision that sided - read more »