June 2004 News Article Archive

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Gambling Bill - 30 June 2004
The slots parlors Harrisburg lawmakers could legalize this week should bring mounds of much-needed money to Pennsylvania. But that's not all these mini-casinos are likely to bring:Think organized crime. Think the possibility for public corruption in the process of obtaining slots licenses, finding a site for a parlor, - read more »

Group wants probe of video-poker industry - 30 June 2004
A campaign-finance watchdog group filed a complaint yesterday asking state election officials to investigate $121,000 in donations from the video-poker industry to the 2002 campaign of Jim Black, the Democratic co-speaker of the N.C. House.The move came the day before a House committee is scheduled to take up a bill to - read more »

Online gambling restricted from tomorrow - 30 June 2004
Sweeping law changes that will control the growth of gambling venues and restrict internet gambling come into effect tomorrow. It will harder to get gambling licences and easier to lose them, the Department of Internal Affairs said in a statement today. The Gambling Act, which was passed last year and comes into effect - read more »

Superior Court gives go-ahead on slots petitions - 30 June 2004
A group seeking to build a $500 million gambling and entertainment complex along New York Avenue in Northeast can collect signatures so the measure can be added to the November ballot, a D.C. Superior Court judge ruled yesterday. Judge James E. Boasberg made minor changes to how the initiative will be described on - read more »

U.S., Antigua Seek Solution to Internet Gambling Case - 30 June 2004
The United States and Antigua have suspended litigation over Internet gambling and want to resolve the World Trade Organization dispute through negotiations, an American official said on Tuesday. "We look forward to working with Antigua to discuss the issues surrounding the dispute and hopefully to resolving it," said - read more »

Casino tax hike draws warnings - 30 June 2004
Lawmakers may still boost taxes on Detroit casinos to help solve the state budget crisis, despite dire warnings from business and labor leaders that higher taxes would hurt the economy and cost jobs. Those warnings came Tuesday as officials, because of state government's money crunch, prepared to freeze enrollment in a - read more »

Neighboring states reacting to Pennsylvania's gambling bill - 29 June 2004
Before Pennsylvania lawmakers cast their ballots on legalizing slot machine gambling, neighboring states are already weighing in on how the bill will impact their bottom line.Gambling states like West Virginia and Delaware are projecting revenue losses if the Keystone state allows up to 61,000 slot machines at parlors - read more »

Riverboat casino to get millions in tax breaks - 29 June 2004
The City Council will grant Argosy Gaming's gambling riverboat up to $50 million in tax breaks over the next decade, the company announced Monday.Under the plan, the Ohio River casino will receive a reduction in taxes up to $5 million per year for a decade, Argosy said, but only after it has generated $30 million in re - read more »

Eyman has signatures ready to submit for gambling initiative - 28 June 2004
Anti-tax activist Tim Eyman will head to the Secretary of State's Office triumphantly Monday morning, with about 235,000 signatures for his Initiative 892.The measure, sure to be one of the hardest-fought campaigns this fall, would expand gambling and use the tax revenue to lower property taxes.It takes about 198,000 v - read more »

California's casino jackpot deals Reno out - 28 June 2004
With the new gaming compact signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and five Indian tribes expected to lead to a new wave of casinos, don't start looking for big losers on Northern California casino floors. The big losers are all in Reno. As Indian gaming expands in Northern California with Las Vegas-style casinos that ri - read more »

$7.4bn lost at casino - 28 June 2004
Gamblers have lost more than $7.4 billion at Crown casino in a decade. That's $2.02 million a day, $84,000 an hour or $23 a second. It is 10 years this week since the doors to the casino's temporary headquarters were flung open at the World Trade Centre in Flinders St. "Tonight, we celebrate a new spirit of Victoria," - read more »

Asia puts its chips on the gambling industry - 28 June 2004
Suddenly, it seems, everyone in Asia is placing bets on gambling. While Singapore debates the merits of having a casino on its soil, others such as Thailand, Japan, Taiwan and Indonesia are getting into the act by relaxing or relooking their anti-gambling laws to allow for casinos.Those which already have them, such as - read more »

Ever-changing Cirque has even Vegas surprised - 27 June 2004
After a decade, Cirque du Soleil has become an institution in the gambling capital, but it never stops evolving. With three shows going strong and a fourth in the works, there's no slowing the spectacle that fuses classic circus performances, majestic lighting and a surreal atmosphere with dance, humor and audience par - read more »

Casino promoters begin TV ads - 27 June 2004
The group trying to bring a casino to the southwest Missouri town of Rockaway Beach began running television ads statewide Friday, a day after opponents said they were dropping their legal fight to remove the casino proposal from the August ballot.The TV commercials, like previous advertisements the group distributed i - read more »

Will Singapore bet on a casino? Stakes are high - 27 June 2004
State-run lotteries, casino cruise ships, illegal bookmakers, horse racing and illicit poker dens... Singapore is no stranger to gambling. But a proposal to build the first fully fledged casino in Southeast Asia's wealthiest state is dividing public opinion and provoking a groundswell of polite criticism in a nation wh - read more »

Majestic Star Casino to unveil park Sunday - 26 June 2004
Majestic Star Casino on Sunday will unveil its new festival park at a 1970s-style concert featuring former Chicago Bears player Otis Wilson.The concert, which will include '70s funk legends Confunkshun, the Barkays and Cameo, will be from 3 to 8 p.m. at Majestic Star Festival Park, 1 Buffington Harbor Drive.All proceed - read more »

Panel agrees to spend $4M in casino funds - 26 June 2004
A panel of Indian tribe members, San Diego County and El Cajon city officials agreed to spend $4 million in state funds collected from East County tribal casinos on a multipurpose helicopter and rural fire district funding.The compromise was reached Thursday by members of the Indian Gaming Local Community Benefits Comm - read more »

State asks WinnaVegas to return gambling age to 21 - 26 June 2004
The state of Iowa has asked WinnaVegas Casino to raise its legal gambling age from 18 to 21 or face a possible suspension of its gaming compact.Operated by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, the casino near Sloan has allowed the lower gambling age since December 1999. But a new law passed by the Iowa Legislature this spr - read more »

County to share in proceeds generated by slots - 26 June 2004
Gov. Ed Rendell's expanded gambling initiative turned a corner this week when lawmakers agreed Wednesday to draw up legislation in the coming days. Sen. Tommy Tomlinson, R-6, of the Philadelphia area said the plan could generate up to $1 billion in property tax relief for Pennsylvania homeowners. There are plans in pl - read more »

Gambling goes to the dogs at US casino - 25 June 2004
Some gamblers just don't know how to play their cards. Tiny Chip, for example. His three blackjack cards totalled 19, but he took a card anyway. It was a three of hearts, so he was busted.Jack Attack had the same problem. Sitting pretty with 18, he still wanted another card. He got a seven of diamond, busting out with - read more »

Tribe pursues casino approval - 25 June 2004
Site preparation work has begun on a proposed $120 milllion entertainment facility even though the Poarch Band of Creek Indians has yet to get state permission to operate the casino-style gambling it plans at the site. Montgomery attorney Mays Jemison represents the Creek Indians and said that he will encourage Gov. Bo - read more »

2 Arrested In America Online Spam Scheme - 24 June 2004
An America Online employee stole a list of 92 million customer screen names that was eventually used to send massive amounts of e-mail spam, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.Jason Smathers, 24, was fired from his job as a software engineer for the Internet service provider after being arrested at his home in Harpers - read more »

License renewed, Borgata looks to expand - 24 June 2004
The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, which has hit the jackpot with gamblers since its opening nearly a year ago, had its license renewed Wednesday. The casino hotel, which began taking bets July 2, was granted a one-year license renewal by the state Casino Control Commission. As is customary with Atlantic City casinos, one - read more »

Anti-casino protest held in West Warwick - 23 June 2004
Residents from West Warwick, Coventry and East Greenwich gathered at 463 E. Greenwich Ave. late Tuesday in an anti-casino rally. The neighborhood residents said they wanted to get out the "truth" about the casino that people are looking to as the cure-all for West Warwick.Children stood on the front lawn overlooking Ea - read more »

Government Set To Rule On Betting Exchanges - 23 June 2004
The future of betting exchanges in Australia may be resolved this week by the Federal Government.Canberra sources expect the controversial issue of whether betting exchanges will be embraced legally in Australia to be addressed by Parliament before the current sitting rises next week.The review of the Federal Governmen - read more »

Casino giants eye Singapore and Thailand - 23 June 2004
The casino war in Asia is hotting up as gaming giants eye potential markets in Singapore and Thailand while Asia's gambling 'king' Stanley Ho plans to bet US$380 million (S$646 million) on re-inventing his empire in Macau.Following in the footsteps of three others, America's No 3 casino company said yesterday that it s - read more »

Rhode Island House, Senate committees approve casino bills - 23 June 2004
Voters would get to decide whether the state's first casino should be built in West Warwick, under bills approved Tuesday by House and Senate committees. The bills were approved after Harrah's Entertainment sweetened its offer to the state. The company agreed to a higher maximum tax rate and to paying a $100 million li - read more »

Osborne to campaign against gambling - 22 June 2004
U.S. Rep. Tom Osborne joined Nebraska's anti-gambling efforts in a series of press conferences across the state Monday.Osborne's wife, Nancy, spoke for her husband at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport Monday afternoon. She said she and her husband are most concerned about the effects of gambling on families and chi - read more »

Schwarzenegger signs tribal gambling agreement worth $1 billion - 22 June 2004
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed new Indian gambling compacts with representatives of five California tribes in a deal that's estimated to bring in at least $1 billion for the current budget and annual payments afterward of between $150 million and $200 million a year.About 300 people attended the ceremony Monday in w - read more »

MGM Mirage to build casino in Macau - 22 June 2004
MGM Mirage, the No. 3 U.S. casino company, plans to build and manage a casino in Macau, a Chinese territory that is allowing Western companies to compete in its gambling market.The property will be jointly owned and operated by MGM Mirage and Pansy Ho Chiu-king, a managing director of Shun Tak Holdings Ltd., Las Vegas- - read more »

Ben Affleck: Unlucky at love, lucky at cards - 22 June 2004
Movie star Ben Affleck may be unlucky at love, but he is lucky at cards, winning $3,56,000 and a place at the World Poker Tour Championship in April, officials said on Monday. The gambling screen heart-throb, whose much-feted romance with Jennifer Lopez ended abruptly earlier this year only to see her marry another man - read more »

Study cites increased traffic for new casino - 21 June 2004
A small casino expected to open around February will generate a hefty increase in traffic on this rural East County reservation but poses no other significant environmental impacts, according to a report released last week for public review. The La Posta Indian band plans to build a 20,000-square-foot casino on Crestw - read more »

Politician suggests gambling body - 21 June 2004
A new body could be set up to regulate gambling if the law in Jersey changes. Deputy Lyndon Farnham says a Gaming Regulatory Office would ensure gambling in Jersey was done in a safe way, according to modern regulations. Last week, members of the clergy in Jersey said they were against the building of a casino on the i - read more »

Casino promotions are evolving - 21 June 2004
VIP Casino (www.vipcasino.com) have redefined the standard for bonusing casino players online with their unique 1%/10% bonus structure. Under this structure, players receive either 1% of their winnings or 10% of their losses in a retrospective bonus on the 1st of each month. This promotional idea, called the Ultimate C - read more »

Gambling on gaming stocks was good bet - 20 June 2004
Vegas is back, baby. After years of sulking about everything from job losses to terrorism, war and the sickly stock market, gamblers are rolling the dice again. Gambling is even trickling back into pop culture: There are two reality shows airing about life at casinos and even a prime-time network drama about Las Vegas. - read more »

Plan for Indian Casino Splits Illinois Town - 19 June 2004
A Wisconsin Indian tribe's proposal to build what would be the largest casino in Illinois - a windfall that the mayor and a local congressman are eager to have - is drawing ire from some local residents, who are organizing to oppose it. Ann De Boer said the proposed casino would shatter her home's tranquillity. The cas - read more »

Seminole president tells business leaders of casino success - 19 June 2004
Seminole Indian President Moses Osceola said his tribe's new Hard Rock casinos will signal a new era of prosperity for the Seminole people and surrounding communities. The casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, which opened this year, have helped put about 8,000 employees on the Seminole Tribe of Florida's payroll of more tha - read more »

Branson bristles at town's casino plan - 19 June 2004
Branson's main industry is wholesome, family entertainment. Think Andy Williams and The Osmonds.But the ringing of slot machines, the rattle of dice and the snap of a well-shuffled deck of cards threaten to drown that out, and it's setting up a fight between the gambling industry and theater owners in the Ozarks.Busine - read more »

Penny slots appeal to Alton Belle patrons - 19 June 2004
The Alton Belle Casino is hitting the jackpot with its new penny slot machines, and more should arrive this week.Even during the slower morning hours Thursday, nearly all the machines on the barge's third floor had someone parked in front, playing to win. The line of gamblers pressed one button after the other -- simil - read more »

Costly Battle Over Casinos Looms - 19 June 2004
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is preparing to raise as much as $20 million for an aggressive campaign to defeat two gambling initiatives on the November ballot.Schwarzenegger's political advisors are assembling a campaign team and planning to open a headquarters for the effort. One initiative could end Indians' monopoly o - read more »

Bill for video-poker truck stop in Lafayette Parish falls short - 18 June 2004
A bill aimed at allowing a video-poker truck stop in Lafayette Parish ran out of gas on the House floor Thursday.Senate Bill 859 by Sen. Craig Romero, R-New Iberia, was filed to allow a truck stop casino on the Lafayette-St. Martin parish line to offer video poker.Official surveys initially showed that the 5.4-acre vid - read more »

Argosy shuts down riverboat cruises - 18 June 2004
The riverboat of Argosy Casino -- Sioux City has made its last journey down the Missouri River.Since 1995 a riverboat has plied Missouri waters, giving riders on multiple decks an old-style way to view the river that Lewis and Clark explored 200 years ago, albeit in a much different, channelized version. But that is al - read more »

Tribal status is not just about casinos - 18 June 2004
Nearly 25 years have passed since our tribe, the Nipmuc Nation, began the arduous process of gaining federal recognition by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Back then I worked at Bay State Abrasives, my family was much younger, and our tribe's bid for federal recognition seemed inevitable, if not imminent. Now I am retir - read more »

Mandalay-MGM Mirage deal forms giant casino firm - 17 June 2004
The $4.8 billion buyout of Mandalay Resort Group Inc. by MGM Mirage will have global implications for the gambling and convention markets, according to company executives who on Wednesday previewed an aggressive growth plan stretching from Las Vegas to Singapore.Hours after both boards unanimously approved the biggest - read more »

Cherokee Nation To Unveil Multi-Million Dollar Casino - 17 June 2004
The Cherokee Nation is about to unveil a multi million dollar casino just off of Interstate 44.The future development could bring millions of dollars to the area economy. The hotel and casino will have 150 rooms, conference center, business meetings, 350 seat buffet, and a piano bar.Finishing touches are currently bei - read more »

MGM Mirage's board approves $4.8 billion cash offer - 16 June 2004
MGM Mirage Inc.'s board on Tuesday approved a $4.8 billion cash offer for it to buy Mandalay Resort Group in a deal that would create the industry's dominant casino operator.MGM Mirage's offer is contingent upon it being accepted by Mandalay, according to a source familiar with the lengthy closed-door MGM Mirage board - read more »

Governor, tribes close to $1 billion gambling agreement - 16 June 2004
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Indian gambling tribes are close to completing a much anticipated agreement that could provide the state $1 billion in new revenue this year.Schwarzenegger said Tuesday the agreement is imminent between four tribes, and he expects several others will join soon. Although he declined to pro - read more »

Indians again an issue in slots negotiations - 15 June 2004
As supporters of the legalization of slot machines try to compromise on a bill this month, they are addressing the idea of Indian-run casinos, the issue that as much as anything killed negotiations in December.Compromise on complicated issues often is left to the days just before lawmakers take their vacation, and this - read more »

La. gambling board OK's sale of Horseshoe Casino to Harrah's - 15 June 2004
Harrah's Entertainment Inc. may buy Horseshoe Gaming Holding Corp., the Louisiana Gaming Control Board agreed 9-0.The $1.4 billion sale had been approved a week earlier by the Federal Trade Commission, and before that by state regulators in Mississippi and Indiana, where Horseshoe also owns casinos.Spokesman Garry Thom - read more »

Coming soon: £1m fruit machines - 15 June 2004
Las Vegas-style fruit machines offering a £1m jackpot will be introduced into Britain within two years under government plans to reform the country's antiquated gambling laws. Insisting that allowing vast halls of "high roller" machines in new regional casinos was part of a tougher approach to protect vulnerable gamble - read more »

Crackdown hits gambling shares - 15 June 2004
Gambling company shares tumbled yesterday after the Government backtracked on plans to liberalise the gaming market by announcing tougher controls aimed at protecting youngsters and vulnerable gamblers.Under the plans, Las Vegas-style slot machines offering unlimited prize money will now only be allowed in big resort-s - read more »

Fox Tones Down "Casino" - 15 June 2004
Fox is looking to take the sin out of Sin City. The network, apparently gun-shy in the wake of Janet Jackson's infamous wardrobe malfunction, has ordered Mark Burnett to remove some of the reality from his newest unscripted TV show, The Casino, namely all the explicit sexual content. According to the Los Angeles Times, - read more »

Students rack up debts betting on basketball games - 15 June 2004
High-stakes gambling, particularly betting on basketball games, is rampant in many private high schools and colleges in the Philippine capital, causing an alarming number of students to sink into a quagmire of debt.A report published yesterday by the Philippine Centre for Investigative Journalism said many students dra - read more »

Minister to pull the plug on one-arm bandits - 15 June 2004
The government is to crackdown on unlicensed gambling as part of a remit to protect vulnerable young people. Culture, media and sport secretary, Tessa Jowell, yesterday said she hoped to have laws on the statute books by 2006, with a new bill before parliament by the end of this year.The culture secretary views the exi - read more »

Connecticut Indians Denied Tribal Status, Dimming 3rd Casino's Chances - 15 June 2004
An American Indian group's efforts to open a casino in Connecticut's largest city were stopped in their tracks on Monday when the Bureau of Indian Affairs rejected the group's application for federal recognition as a tribe.The decision by the bureau handed a victory to political leaders and residents in Connecticut who - read more »

Internet bettors in the clear over licensing - 15 June 2004
Britain's betting exchanges reacted with delight yesterday after the government announced it will ignore the advice of the joint parliamentary committee on the draft gambling bill, to the effect that punters who lay bets on exchanges should be subject to tighter regulation. The exchanges had feared that attempts to imp - read more »

Mandalay Resort Group and MGM Mirage boards consider cash offer - 15 June 2004
Boards for Mandalay Resort Group and MGM Mirage were meeting Tuesday to approve a $4.8 billion cash offer that would merge the two gambling companies into the industry's dominant casino operator. MGM Mirage said management would recommend that the board sign off on the deal of $71 per share when it gathers Tuesday morn - read more »

MGM Mirage and Mandalay Reopen Talks, Executives Say - 14 June 2004
Just two days after merger talks collapsed, MGM Mirage has reignited negotiations with the Mandalay Resort Group, and the two companies now appear near a new deal, executives close to the discussions said yesterday.MGM Mirage has raised its offer to $71 a share, the executives said, and agreed to sell some of its most- - read more »

Las Vegas posts biggest visitor total for April - 14 June 2004
It was the best ever April for visitor volume in Las Vegas, with a 10.5 percent increase in conventioneers and tourists compared with the same month a year ago, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority reported.The more than 3.24 million visitors represented an increase of 310,000 from April 2003 - despite high - read more »

ALL BETS OFF - 'The Casino' - 14 June 2004
You would be hard- pressed to recall a TV series as vulgar and repellant as "The Casino" on Fox. It's a reality series purporting to bring you the real-life drama that happens behind-the-scenes at a Las Vegas casino. Never mind that Discovery Channel already has a much better casino show - "American Casino" - airing Fr - read more »

Underworld bans puts spotlight on casino - 12 June 2004
Melbourne's Crown Casino seems to be one of Australia's least policed and regulated casinos, writes Phil Dickie.Reports that an underworld hit was to be paid for in casino gaming chips have again drawn attention to the light regulation and policing of Melbourne's Crown Casino.A Government source has told The Sunday Age - read more »

Mandalay rejects offer from MGM Mirage - 12 June 2004
Mandalay Resort Group rejected MGM Mirage Inc.'s $4.85 billion cash buyout offer that would have created the largest casino company in the world, saying Friday that the $68 per share bid was insufficient."The terms of the MGM Mirage proposal asked Mandalay shareholders to bear a far disproportionate share of the risk. - read more »

Harrah's now sees jackpot in Mississippi - 12 June 2004
Harrah's Entertainment Inc. sold its Vicksburg casino, a property that boasted 700 slot machines and 117 hotel rooms, but now sees a hot market in Tunica - and a major venue for World Series poker.The Federal Trade Commission has given Las Vegas-based Harrah's its final approval to buy Harrah's major competitor in Tuni - read more »

Florence casino readies for opening - 12 June 2004
Got slots? The proprietors at the new Three Rivers Casino in Florence sure do. When the new casino opens up later this month, it will be latest gambling spot in a state that already has its share of American Indian-run gaming establishments - and is just a short flight from Las Vegas.To compete, the Three Rivers Casino - read more »

Iowa panel lifts limits on casinos - 11 June 2004
The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission lifted a moratorium on issuing new casino licenses Thursday, setting the stage for expansion of the gambling industry around the state and signaling the start of a high-stakes competition for a limited number of licenses.Hundreds of people from six Iowa counties seeking new riverbo - read more »

Casino not in cards for Murrieta - 11 June 2004
A simple request at the front counter last month about how to set up a card room in town sent Murrieta city employees scrambling when they realized the city did not have a policy on gambling-related businesses.City officials said the request last month was a first for Murrieta, a city known more for its family values, - read more »

Ukiah casino backs down, closes doors - 10 June 2004
Shodakai Casino backed down from a confrontation with federal regulators and voluntarily closed its gambling hall Tuesday, but tribal managers vowed to battle the government's "illegal and vindictive" order and to quickly reopen the casino.The National Indian Gaming Commission had ordered the casino to close Monday and - read more »

Casino developer Steve Wynn details $705 million Macau project - 10 June 2004
Steve Wynn's Macau megaresort will cost about $705 million and include 600 rooms and 100,000 square feet of gambling space, the casino developer revealed in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Thursday. Wynn intends to begin construction June 28 on the Wynn Macau project, which will also consist of seven restau - read more »

ITV & Littlewoods take red button betting mainstream - 10 June 2004
Littlewoods Gaming's exclusive interactive TV betting and gaming partnership with ITV is finally coming to fruition this weekend with the launch of its BetDirect bookmaking business behind the commercial TV channel. The move comes two years into the five-year deal between the two parties and marks a significant step fo - read more »

Thunder Valley marks anniversary - 09 June 2004
For several years leading up to June 9, 2003, Reno-area casino operators heard the distinct sound of thunder in the Sierra foothills tapering down into the Sacramento valley.They heard the sound of an ambitious tribe planning a major Las Vegas-style casino that would take a massive slice of the Northern California mark - read more »

Mendocino tribal casino snubs shutdown order - 09 June 2004
The owners of a Mendocino County Indian casino have ignored an order to shut down their gambling operations, setting up a showdown between tribal managers and federal regulators.The Shodakai Casino in Redwood Valley continued to operate past a Monday noon deadline set by the National Indian Gaming Commission last week. - read more »

Gambling win rises in April - 09 June 2004
Washoe County casinos saw an increase of more than 8 percent increase in gambling revenues compared with April of 2003, according to Tuesday's report from the Nevada Gaming Control Board.The casinos took in $84.1 million of gambling revenues for the month, an uptick of $6.3 million from last April. It was the third str - read more »

MGM Mirage Seeks Vegas Gambling Goliath - 08 June 2004
MGM Mirage would control about half the hotel rooms on the Las Vegas Strip if it manages to pull off a multibillion dollar buyout of Mandalay Resort Group.MGM Mirage, as the world's largest casino company, also would dominate the most lucrative gambling market in the world with 10 hotel-casinos along the famous five-mi - read more »

Billion dollar gambling deal more than just about money - 07 June 2004
Three local tribes and two more from the Sacramento area could be close to reaching a deal with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to provide as much as $1 billion to the state to help California with its budget troubles.In exchange, tribes are likely to get exclusive rights to operate the popular Vegas-style slot machines tha - read more »

Casino opponents ask for different judge - 07 June 2004
Opponents of casino gambling in southwest Missouri filed court papers Friday asking for a new judge in their legal fight to block the measure from going to a statewide vote.Earlier this week, opponents filed a lawsuit in Cole County Circuit Court seeking to throw the proposed constitutional amendment off the Aug. 3 bal - read more »

2 tribes roll dice for rights to build casinos in Ohio - 07 June 2004
At least two Native American tribes are preparing historical and legal arguments that could lead to development of casino resorts in Ohio.A California-based developer is working with the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. Consultant Terry Casey said the Eastern Shawnee Tribe could make a land claim on 1 million acres i - read more »

Gambling mementos auctioned - 07 June 2004
Pieces of Nevada's gambling history were auctioned off Sunday, with buyers taking home old roulette wheels, the felt tops of dice tables and even some steer horns that once decorated a casino bar.The sale brought in about $12,000 for roughly 25 lots of gambling-related items once owned by Lincoln Fitzgerald, a gambler - read more »

Hopkins, de la Hoya set up rematch - 06 June 2004
Americans Bernard Hopkins and Oscar de la Hoya advanced to a September 18 middleweight boxing showdown by capturing unanimous 12-round decisions in Las Vegas today.Hopkins retained the undisputed crown by defeating compatriot Robert Allen on judges' scores of 119-107, 119-107 and 117-109, then had a bigger scare than a - read more »

Gaming trips are on a roll - 06 June 2004
Is gambling America's national pastime? The American Gaming Association makes a pretty good case for it.Americans made nearly three times as many trips to casinos during 2003 as they did to professional baseball games (310 million trips to casinos vs. 106.5 million trips to baseball games), according to the AGA's 2004 - read more »

Ho-Chunk will stop high-stakes gambling June 30 - 05 June 2004
The Ho-Chunk Nation will shut down its high-stakes games at its casino near Baraboo on June 30 to comply with a state Supreme Court ruling last month, tribal officials said Friday.The tribe posted a public notice Friday telling employees it will no longer offer craps, roulette, poker or "carnival games," which the cour - read more »

MGM Mirage offers to buy Mandalay Resort Group for $7.65 billion - 05 June 2004
In a blockbuster deal that would merge two of the biggest gambling companies in the world, MGM Mirage on Friday offered to buy Mandalay Resort Group for about $7.65 billion. MGM Mirage offered to purchase Mandalay for $68 per share in a cash deal that would include assuming about $2.8 billion in debt. “The combination - read more »

Mandalay Resort Group reports record quarterly earnings - 04 June 2004
Mandalay Resort Group reported record first-quarter earnings Thursday thanks to strong room and casino revenues at its Las Vegas Strip properties.For the quarter, the company reported net income of $87.3 million, or $1.30 per share, compared with $44 million, or 69 cents per share a year ago.Mandalay said the results r - read more »

Lawmakers want Harrah’s to raise ante - 04 June 2004
House leaders yesterday told Harrah's Entertainment they want a better financial deal for the state before voting on a proposal to build a casino in West Warwick.Harrah's has offered to pay a $100 million licensing fee over 10 years and a gambling tax of between 25 percent and 35 percent, in exchange for the right to b - read more »

Victims of last year's Paradise blaze sue tribe, casino - 04 June 2004
A couple who lost their daughter in last summer's Paradise wildfire has filed a claim against the Rincon tribal council and a lawsuit against the private operators of the tribe's casino, alleging the tribe and casino refused to build a fire station that could have contained the blaze.The claim, delivered to the tribe T - read more »

Las Vegas gambling tycoon Steve Wynn to begin construction of megaresort - 04 June 2004
Las Vegas gaming mogul Steve Wynn's company announced that it will soon begin construction of its casino-hotel in Macau.Wynn Resorts made the announcement Thursday in newspaper advertisements - three days after Macau's legislature passed a law allowing casinos to extend credit to gamblers.The company said in the announ - read more »

U.S. casino visitors increase - 03 June 2004
Roughly two million more Americans visited a casino in the United States in 2003 than in 2002, according the annual survey conducted by the American Gaming Association in Washington.But otherwise the expansion of gambling remained relatively flat, according to the survey.“From an economy standpoint, 2003 was not the gr - read more »

Las Vegas-based Boyd Gaming to acquire Coast Casinos - 03 June 2004
A $1.3 billion merger of Boyd Gaming Corp. and Coast Casinos Inc. - a deal that will consolidate two longtime Las Vegas-based gambling companies - was endorsed Wednesday by the Nevada Gaming Control Board.Control Board Chairman Dennis Neilander said the merger, up for a final review June 17 by the state Gaming Commissi - read more »

Macau passes law allowing casinos to extend credits to gamblers - 02 June 2004
Macau's legislature has passed a law allowing casinos to extend credit to gamblers, clearing one hurdle that has held back a Las Vegas tycoon's plans to move into the market. Ng Kuok-cheong said Wednesday the law was passed unanimously on Monday and is expected to take effect by July 1. Analysts said the new law likel - read more »

Isle of Capri in Bossier City cuts 50 employees - 02 June 2004
The Isle of Capri, one of five dockside casinos in the Shreveport-Bossier City gambling market, has cut 50 employees. Those losing their jobs Tuesday included 13 salaried employees and 37 hourly workers, the casino said.The reductions were part of an examination "at all areas of operation to improve our efficiency and - read more »

Ameristar Casinos to Acquire Mountain High Casino - 02 June 2004
Ameristar Casinos, Inc. (Nasdaq: ASCA) announced today that it has signed an agreement with Windsor Woodmont Black Hawk Resort Corp. to acquire Mountain High Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado for approximately $115 million, plus the assumption of Windsor Woodmont's liability for the approximately $2.4 million principal am - read more »

Upper Sioux tribe working to advance on economic ladder - 02 June 2004
It takes only a few minutes to tour the new housing development on the Upper Sioux Indian Community. The circle of homes is a speck in the vast prairie.Children run and jump on shiny new playground equipment, bracing themselves against gusts of wind that rake the freshly plowed soybean fields.Helen Blue-Redner, the ban - read more »

Casinos pull out checkbooks for lawmakers - 02 June 2004
State lawmakers who helped clear the way for expanded gambling during the 2004 session received nearly $100,000 in campaign contributions from groups with casino ties before the session began.That's significantly higher than the four groups' combined donations of less than $12,000 in all of 2003, according to a copyrig - read more »

Casino history on the auction block - 01 June 2004
In a warehouse on the outskirts of Reno, Ronald Gillio found a time capsule. The Southern California coin dealer is selling the contents of this mini-treasure trove of Northern Nevada gaming history at auction this weekend.Although the auction takes place in San Francisco, interested prospective buyers and bidders can - read more »

Arnold hits the jackpot - 01 June 2004
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and several Indian tribes have reached a tentative agreement on a deal that could bring the state an extra $250 million annually from casino gambling and provide $1 billion immediately to help ease the budget crunch, the Daily News has learned.Sources say the tribes that agree to this compact - read more »

Back-to-Back World Championships for PokerStars.com Players; Online Poker Site's Players Dominate 2004 World Series of Poker - 01 June 2004
PokerStars.com, the world's largest tournament poker destination, earned a new moniker on Friday night. Now, PokerStars is "the place where poker players become World Champions." Greg Raymer, the newest World Champion of Poker, qualified for the event on PokerStars.In 2003, PokerStars player Chris Moneymaker became th - read more »