May 2004 News Article Archive

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VP sees Vegas as model for Pingtung - 31 May 2004
Vice President Annette Lu, who is currently visiting the United States, said yesterday Lake Las Vegas could serve as an example for the development of Ta Peng Bay in the southern Taiwan county of Pingtung as a tourism destination.Besides meeting with local tourism and trade officials, Lu took a boat ride on Lake Las Ve - read more »

Vegas: $175M Hawaiian-theme shopping center opens on Strip - 31 May 2004
An 11-year-old shopping mall on the Strip near the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino was reborn last week as the Hawaiian Marketplace, an island-themed, $175 million plaza combining shopping, dining and live and robotic entertainment.“There is a tremendous demand for pedestrian-friendly and accessible retail and dining enviro - read more »

Crackdown on money laundering - 31 May 2004
Victoria Police will boost its specialist crime-fighting casino squad to crack down on money laundering at Melbourne's Crown Casino by organised crime figures.Chief Commissioner Christine Nixon said police had new powers and would have extra resources to stamp out organised crime at the casino."I recently visited the C - read more »

U.S. Steps Up Push Against Online Casinos by Seizing Cash - 31 May 2004
Federal law enforcement officials routinely seize money they suspect is connected to activities like money laundering, terrorism or drug smuggling. But in early April, United States marshals seized $3.2 million from Discovery Communications, the television and media company, in an aggressive effort to crack down on a n - read more »

Carcieri should trust voters on casino question - 31 May 2004
An opponent of gambling, Carcieri has drawn a line in the sand and declared he will veto a bill putting a Narragansett Indian/Harrah's casino on the ballot should the legislature send it to his desk. He might want to rethink that strategy for a number of reasons. First of all, a veto override puts the governor in a f - read more »

Problem gamblers invited to enroll in self-exclusion program - 31 May 2004
Representatives from the Casino Control Commission will be at AtlantiCare Behavioral Health in McKee City on June 8 to allow problem gamblers to sign up for the state's Casino Self-Exclusion Program."People can come to our offices during normal business hours to enroll in the program, but we know some people with gambl - read more »

Jones should stay firm on area casino license - 30 May 2004
Illinois Senate President Emil Jones said last week he was still hopeful that the Legislature would approve a casino gambling bill creating a license for the south suburbs. Presumably, the license would be earmarked for Country Club Hills, where an earlier proposal had widespread support among Southland leaders.Jones s - read more »

Thunder Valley deals mostly winning hand - 30 May 2004
The impact of the Thunder Valley Casino is evident every time Jessica Tavares opens her mouth."Many of us have braces now," said Tavares, the 54-year-old chairwoman of the United Auburn Indian Community, which owns the casino. "Many of us are getting teeth now who didn't have any teeth. We can afford it now."Of course, - read more »

Patent lawyer draws winning hand in World Series of Poker - 29 May 2004
The soft-spoken patent lawyer from Connecticut knew exactly what to do with his monstrous stack of chips at the final table of the 35th annual World Series of Poker.Greg "Fossilman" Raymer wielded it like a Flintstones club, knocking down opponent after opponent. He saved his greatest drubbing for the end, beating Davi - read more »

New Cayuga bingo hall now open - 29 May 2004
This isn't your grandma's bingo game. At LakeSide Entertainment, the Cayuga Indian Nation of New York's newly minted high-stakes electronic bingo hall in Union Springs, there are about 90 video slot-like machines with bells a-ringing, neon lights a-flashing and a dizzying combination of ways to win a pocket full of mon - read more »

Developers of second Hancock casino seek license - 29 May 2004
Developers of a proposed second casino in Hancock County are advertising their intent to apply for a gaming license. The site is in the Lakeshore area along Bayou Caddy west of Waveland where two casinos previously operated. The Silver Slipper Gambling Hall and Saloon would have 24,000 square feet of gaming space for 7 - read more »

Gambling money flows as lawmakers draw up gambling expansion bill - 29 May 2004
A major expansion of gambling under debate in the Legislature comes after a year in which casinos and racetracks funneled thousands of campaign dollars to lawmakers - at least $182,690 to the four top leaders alone.Scores of other members of the General Assembly have filed campaign reports since January 2003 listing do - read more »

Casino Royale remake needs Aston's panache - 28 May 2004
Imagine, if you will, James Bond at the wheel of the Pussy Wagon.It's the thought that comes to mind after hearing that Quentin Tarantino -- the director behind the provocatively named pickup in Kill Bill -- wants to remake Ian Fleming's Casino Royale. After all, the Bond franchise has brought us characters such as Pus - read more »

Trump Casino Company Makes Bond Payment - 28 May 2004
Donald Trump's financially troubled casino company has made good on a critical $73.1 million bond payment just days before the end of a 30-day grace period.The payment made Thursday night by Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts Inc. was due May 1 on $1.3 billion in Trump Atlantic City Associates bonds. An agreement with bondh - read more »

Pataki proposes new bureaucracy for gambling - 28 May 2004
Governor George Pataki is proposing a state gambling commission.The commission would regulate the indicted New York Racing Association, slot machine-like video games and all facets of legalized gaming and horse racing.If approved, the commission could temporarily operate a racetrack or video lottery terminals, which pr - read more »

Lincoln casino push advances - 28 May 2004
The council passed a resolution calling on the General Assembly to place the question of Lincoln Park expansion on ballots statewide this November. A similar, but less detailed version of the resolution passed the council on a 3-1 vote last week. Legislators are in the middle of deciding if the Narragansett Indian/Har - read more »

Gov's gambling liaison linked to casino investor - 28 May 2004
Gov. Blagojevich's gambling point man last year quietly held stock in a firm co-owned by an Emerald Casino investor who stood to gain from the administration's effort to get Emerald's dormant gaming license running.Christopher G. Kelly also has business ties with Blagojevich fund-raiser Tony Rezko, who until March 2003 - read more »

Ten years into Missouri casinos, debate still on the table - 27 May 2004
John Zangara feels his heartstrings tugged most times he strolls up to the Admiral, a decade into being one of Missouri's first two casinos. Now 66, the retired hair stylist remembers being a kid in the Admiral's penny arcade when the boat cruised the Mississippi River, along which it now is docked. As a teenager, - read more »

Lawmakers defeat electronic slots proposal - 27 May 2004
With a quip and a Top Ten list, the leading House supporter of placing electronic slot machines at horse racetracks did his best to persuade lawmakers to put the issue before voters in November.In the end, Rep. Bill Seitz nearly missed the vote on his own proposal, a harbinger of the plan's failure on lawmakers' last d - read more »

National gambling opponent lends hand to Nebraska groups - 26 May 2004
Informed voters that have the information will walk into the ballot box and do the right thing and gambling will be defeated," said the Rev. Tom Grey, executive director of Rockford, Ill.-based National Coalition Against Legalized Gambling.Grey was brought to Omaha to meet with others in Nebraska who are working to def - read more »

Speculation is rife that one of the nightclubs in Jarman Park could soon be closed and replaced by a casino.Luminar Leisure, which owns the two nightclubs in the LeisureWorld entertainment complex, signed a deal last week with French company Accor Casinos who want to convert 30 of Luminar's nightclubs into casinos. And - read more »

Council postpones decision on possible casino site - 26 May 2004
The Biloxi City Council on Tuesday tabled for two weeks a decision on whether to allow construction of a man-made basin for a speculative casino venture after Secretary of State Eric Clark raised objections.Back Bay Investments wants to create a casino site on uplands on the north side of Back Bay Boulevard. A similar - read more »

'Wheel' Slot Pays Out $11.2M Jackpot - 25 May 2004
The top prize on the "Wheel of Fortune" television show is a paltry $100,000. Paltry, at least, when compared to the record-breaking $11.2 million "Wheel of Fortune" slot jackpot won at the Golden Nugget last week. A Las Vegas resident who wished to remain anonymous hit the jackpot on the $1 machine, eclipsing the prev - read more »

Harrah’s says W.W. casino will be boon to state - 25 May 2004
Harrah's Entertainment executives yesterday told a Senate panel a proposed casino will be a boon to the state, creating more than 3,200 direct jobs and $150 million in state and local taxes in its first year of operation. Critics say that rosy scenario discounts the concerns of existing gaming facilities in Lincoln an - read more »

Battle lines emerge in remote gaming debate - 25 May 2004
Battle lines are being drawn between opposing sides of issues surrounding intrastate remote gaming -- gambling using high-tech devices that allow gamblers to wager without being on a casino floor.The most contentious issues so far: whether problem gambling would increase with the introduction of the new devices, and wh - read more »

Station Casinos claims key patent victory - 25 May 2004
Station Casinos Inc. today said it won partial victories in a drawn-out patent dispute with Harrah's Entertainment Inc. that has implications for casinos nationwide.At issue is a lawsuit Harrah's filed against Station Casinos in July 2001, claiming Station's popular "Boarding Pass" slot club loyalty program infringed o - read more »

Poker Championship Gains Wide Following - 25 May 2004
The best poker player in the world quickly does the math and doesn't like his odds at this week's World Series of Poker.Thanks to a poker craze created by TV, the Internet and last year's remarkable storybook victory by a young unknown, a staggering 2,576 people are competing this time for a record $5 million first pri - read more »

Hobbs track could pay millions in gambling taxes - 25 May 2004
The state could see millions of dollars pumped into its coffers thanks to a horse track and casino under construction in Hobbs. A partner in Zia Park Race Track & Casino told members of the Legislative Finance Committee this week that the new track and casino is projected to pay about $12-million each year in gambling - read more »

Editorial: What are the implications of deregulating the UK Gambling Laws? - 25 May 2004
It seems that the recent movements in British gambling law have caused quite a stirring in the international gambling community. It is seen by many industry experts as a welcome change and by large multinational organisations as the next untapped market.Whatever people are expecting, the reality, when it arrives, will - read more »

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas - 24 May 2004
"Viva" doesn't begin to cover it. I've been to Las Vegas before, but I've never really BEEN to Las Vegas. Or rather, I've visited certain specific facets of Las Vegas, because this is a city with more personalities than an unmedicated Anne Heche. There's the gambling, the shopping, the shows, the side trips to the Hoov - read more »

Internet Companies Turn to Games of Skill - 24 May 2004
For United States companies locked out of the lucrative global industry in Internet gambling, there is still money to be made - as long as they don't call it gambling.So-called games of skill like Spades, 8-ball, and Solitaire are attracting more players online than ever, thanks partly to the growing pool of prize mone - read more »

Will electronic bingo roll into S.C.? - 24 May 2004
Four years after unplugging the last video poker machine, S.C. lawmakers are trying to decide whether to let high-stakes electronic gambling back into the state.The Catawba Indian Nation says a 24-hour video bingo parlor near Santee, S.C., would lure travelers off Interstate 95 to Orangeburg County, an area that badly - read more »

Defending poker champion knocked out of famous tournament - 24 May 2004
Defending World Series of Poker champion Chris Moneymaker was knocked out of the legendary tournament Saturday. The darling of the poker world lost all his chips three hours after the 35th annual tournament got underway at Binion's Horseshoe Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas. Moneymaker, 28, said Lady Luck was nowhe - read more »

Announcing Finland as A European iGaming Jurisdiction - 24 May 2004
New European iGaming jurisdiction, Åland islands, will be making its first public debut at the iGaming Jurisdiction Showcase in London on June 1, 2004. Lars Porko, representing the PAF, will highlight the requirements for obtaining licensing in the Åland islands under the supervision of master licensee PAF.Currently, t - read more »

Casino boat docks in Savannah - 21 May 2004
The berth behind the Hyatt Regency Savannah Hotel is no longer empty. The long awaited Millionaire's Casino boat has arrived in Savannah.Jim Monaghan, the boat's managing partner, said the plan is to set sail in three weeks - once that section of the river is reopened following the G-8 Sea Island Summit.Monaghan said e - read more »

Combined casino revenue dips in April - 21 May 2004
Combined revenues dipped slightly in April for Northwest Indiana's five gambling boats, failing for the second month to match February's $106 million record.Overall revenues reached $105.3 million, down from $105.8 million in March.Revenues from the state's 10 casinos tipped Indiana over the $200 million mark in April - read more »

Gambling regulators reject settlement over Hard Rock’s ads - 21 May 2004
The Nevada Gaming Commission on Thursday rejected an agreement that would have required the Hard Rock hotel-casino to pay $300,000 to settle a complaint over advertisements containing inferences of cheating and drug abuse.The commission voted 5-0 to force the off-Strip property to resume negotiations with the commissio - read more »

Sega crushed by massive gambling firm - 20 May 2004
Japanese gambling giants Sammy have finally bought Sega, following months of rumours that they would do so. Sammy, already Sega's top shareholder, will merge the two companies in a deal worth $1.4 billion.An attempted merger between the two gaming outfits failed last year following disagreements about management style - read more »

Judge OK's sale of Emerald casino license - 20 May 2004
A bankruptcy court judge on Wednesday approved a plan that outlines how the bankrupt Emerald Casino Inc. can sell its license, even though Attorney General Lisa Madigan plans to try to revoke the license.Now that U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Eugene Wedoff has approved Emerald's plan of reorganization, the next step is for the - read more »

Conrad Punta del Este Resort and Casino Nominated for 2004 Corporate Excellence Award; U.S. Embassy Cites Caesars Uruguay Resort for Corporate Citizenship - 20 May 2004
Caesars Entertainment's Conrad Punta del Este Resort and Casino Uruguay has been nominated for the U.S. State Department's prestigious 2004 Corporate Excellence Award by the U.S. Embassy Montevideo, the company announced today. Established by the State Department in 1999, the award recognizes American businesses, both - read more »

Fumo predicts passage of gambling bill - 20 May 2004
A key Democratic state senator said that he has dropped his demand that any legislation to expand legalized gambling in Pennsylvania include gambling licenses for Indian tribes.Sen. Vince Fumo, D-Philadelphia, said he expects gambling to be passed by the June 30 budget deadline. The legislation is designed to raise $1 - read more »

Poker Scot heads for Vegas to bid for £3m jackpot - 20 May 2004
A SCOTS punter has won the chance to bag almost £3million after landing a place at the world's richest card table in Las Vegas.William Borland, a 50-year-old information and technology management consultant, only began playing poker with pals in Glasgow three years ago.But he is now set to jet out to the American gambl - read more »

Casino industry on a hot Bystreak - 20 May 2004
In case you didn't notice, they're back. Nevada's casinos, we mean. In March, they set an all-time high for gaming win at $930 million - up 11.5 percent from the same month a year earlier.Every reporting area in the state showed an increase from the previous month, even Reno. Although it was only half a percent and onl - read more »

Hopi Tribe voting today on gaming referendum - 20 May 2004
Members of the Hopi Tribe voted Wednesday on a proposal to build a casino in northeastern Arizona and lease other slot machines to generate needed revenue.Elections officials said it was too hard to predict the outcome or how many of the tribe's 8,525 eligible voters would turn out.In April 1995, only 1,700 Hopis went - read more »

Gambling is college sports' dirty secret - 20 May 2004
As I was getting ready to leave a high school sports event at the University of Washington within the past year, a Husky athlete approached a couple of parents sitting in the stands and asked our advice.What, the athlete wondered, is the best way to break a tie on a bet made with a teammate concerning a game just playe - read more »

Chicago casino might have to be privately owned - 19 May 2004
To get a casino for Chicago, Mayor Daley may have to give up his idea of the city owning the venture.Republicans are threatening to scuttle the mayor's plan unless Daley makes the concession, a key lawmaker said Monday.But Daley isn't likely to fold so easily, several confidants said, because Chicago taxpayers would lo - read more »

Lottery drops bid to use Nevada-style gambling themes - 19 May 2004
A state assemblyman has dropped efforts to add Las Vegas-style themes to California Lottery games, though he plans to keep seeking other changes officials hope will reinvigorate the lottery.On Friday, Assemblyman George Plescia, R-San Diego, had amended his bill to allow lotto and scratch-off games to be marketed with - read more »

SunCruz casino ship repairs likely to take a week - 18 May 2004
An electrical fire aboard a SunCruz gaming ship Sunday most likely will keep the ship from sailing until next week, a SunCruz official said.The SunCruz V, a 98-ton ship built in 1996, was brought to a halt at 12:37 p.m. Sunday as it churned toward international waters, where gaming is allowed, with 158 passengers and c - read more »

Las Vegas-style casino breaks four-decade monopoly in Macau's gaming industry - 18 May 2004
A Las Vegas tycoon raised the stakes in Macau's gambling industry Tuesday with a new casino that will bring competition to the tiny enclave's top industry for the first time in more than 40 years. The operator of the Venetian on the Las Vegas Strip, Sheldon Adelson, hopes that a big dose of Nevada's glitter and glitz w - read more »

Gambling parlors want same tax as proposed for casino - 18 May 2004
If a casino were built in West Warwick it would steal business from existing gambling parlors in Newport and Lincoln, representatives from both facilities said Monday. But, Newport Grand and Lincoln Park said they'd take their chances competing against a casino, if all three were taxed at the same rate."A major destin - read more »

Horse racing to sweep China - 18 May 2004
At the Beijing Jockey Club, you can wager a good sum on a horse race. Just don't call it betting. China's Communist government forbids gambling, believing it smacks of bourgeois sin and decadence.Government officials, however, allow fans to "guess" on the outcome of horse races.Fans who "guess" which horses will win we - read more »

Bingo amendment dies on final night in Legislature - 18 May 2004
A proposed constitutional amendment to legalize electronic bingo games with unlimited cash prizes died on the final day of the 2004 regular session of the Alabama Legislature.The bill passed the Senate earlier, but was still pending in the House when the session ended Monday night. House Speaker Seth Hammett said it wa - read more »

Poker Craze Hits Southwest Florida - 18 May 2004
Times have changed since the smokey poker rooms of the past. Poker in the present is now more popular than ever. Weekend nights are packed at the Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Track in Bonita Springs, especially with younger players. "People aren't afraid to try it anymore," says Card Room Manager Juan Fra.Mainly because - read more »

Gateway Casinos buys Radisson Hotel Burnaby for $23.5M, bets on big expansion - 18 May 2004
Gateway Casinos Income Fund has announced a $23.5-million purchase of the Radisson Hotel Burnaby and has big plans to expand it as part of a major gambling and accommodation complex. The Gateway Casinos Limited Partnership, the fund's operating enterprise, is purchasing Villa Hotels, the landlord of the partnership's B - read more »

Illinois set to act on adding casinos to take on Indiana - 17 May 2004
Illinois legislators are expected to act this week on a proposal allowing new casinos and slot machines at racetracks to help reclaim some of the millions of dollars Chicago-area residents are spending at Indiana riverboats.Despite the reluctance of Gov. Rod Blagojevich to expand gambling, the proposal to create four n - read more »

STATE-SANCTIONED CASINOS: Gambling, 'racino' bills scratched - 17 May 2004
Minnesotans have heard a lot about state-sanctioned casino gambling over the last four months, and they are going to hear a lot more.A welter of gambling bills - for a so-called "racino" at Canterbury Park, for a huge Las Vegas-style gambling and entertainment complex at the Mall of America and for a north suburban cas - read more »

Is college gambling an epidemic? - 17 May 2004
YES ArgumentWant to know what's ailing college sports? Look in the mirror.Yeah, you - the guy who laid 42 points last fall when Florida beat up on East Cupcake U.According to an NCAA-commissioned gambling study of 21,000 student-athletes in all three divisions, 35 percent of males and 10 percent of females have wagered - read more »

Blajojevich Firm Against City-Owned, Land-Based Casino - 15 May 2004
Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Friday that he believes a plan for a city-owned. land-based casino in Chicago was permanently dead, but Mayor Richard M. Daley's administration said the city would continue to push for state legislation to get the casino."To allow a mega-casino in the City of Chicago would fundamentally change - read more »

Vegas Airport Gets $24.4 Million Upgrade Grant - 15 May 2004
Describing Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport as the "gateway to Nevada's economic future," a U.S. Department of Transportation official on Thursday awarded the nation's seventh-busiest passenger airport a $24.4 million grant toward planned ground improvements. The Clark County Aviation Department will use the f - read more »

Lucky punters are bad news for Stanley Leisure - 15 May 2004
High rollers on a winning streak - the curse of any casino owner - coupled with a £3m backlog of gambling debts yesterday forced Stanley Leisure to issue a profit warning.The company, which owns the upmarket Crockfords casino in London's Mayfair, warned that unless it manages to call in the debts before it reports its - read more »

Colo. tribal casino backers offer $1 bil. - 15 May 2004
Investors hoping to develop an Indian casino in Colorado have offered a deal to give the state $1 billion in the gaming center's first 10 years.The Native American Land Group, acting on behalf of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, offered the state 21 percent of the casino's gross revenue, the Colorado Rocky - read more »

Las Vegas Woman Wins $11.2 Million at Golden Nugget - 14 May 2004
A new world record for Wheel of Fortune(R) slot machines was set this afternoon when a local woman won $11.2 million on a Wheel of Fortune(R) dollar machine at the Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas. The winner, who asked to remain anonymous, was quoted as saying, "I am the happiest person in the world. This will ma - read more »

Arizona Treaty May Lead to Casino - 14 May 2004
The San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe, one of the smallest of Arizona's 21 tribes, has reached a treaty with the Navajo Nation that could lead to a casino's being built 10 miles west of Flagstaff, according to Evelyn James, president of the Paiute Tribe. The tribe has signed a compact with the state and is allotted 475 sl - read more »

Bets Off For Now For Potawatomi Casino - 14 May 2004
Wisconsin's gaming industry is in economic and legal chaos, according to the Forest County Potawatomi tribe.The state Supreme Court Thursday shot down its gaming compact with the state.Gov. Jim Doyle negotiated the gaming compacts without the approval or involvement of the state Legislature. In a 4-3 vote, the court sa - read more »

Gaming bill headed for 2004 ballot - 14 May 2004
The House voted 58-42 Wednesday to send to voters a gaming proposal that would allow three state horse tracks to operate electronic gambling machines like those available at Indian casinos in Oklahoma.Senate Bill 1252, which also contains a model state-tribal compact that will allow the state to regulate and share in t - read more »

Pacquiao to Vegas: I shall return - 13 May 2004
“I shall return.” Manny Pacquiao echoed the famous line of the late Gen. Douglas McArthur before boarding his plane on Tuesday bound for the Philippines. Still smarting from what he felt was overall unfair officiating from both judges and the referee, Pacquiao claimed Juan Manuel Marquez was just lucky when the Mexican - read more »

Deal Reached In Casino Windsor Strikes - 13 May 2004
A tentative deal reportedly has been reached in the 40-day-old Casino Windsor strike.Casino Windsor and Canadian Auto Workers representatives had what one union official called "constructive talks" in a bid to end the bitter strike Tuesday. The two sides met Tuesday for "exploratory" discussions to find a way toward en - read more »

Bill sparked by lottery would fight gambling addictions - 13 May 2004
Playing the state lottery can lead to bankruptcies, divorce, even suicide for compulsive gamblers, and the state has a responsibility to treat gambling addiction as it does other diseases, a Nashville lawmaker said.Tennessee's first state-funded gambling addiction program is slated to get $200,000 to track the number o - read more »

Gambling expansion shackled - 13 May 2004
Within an hour Tuesday, sweeping plans for new casinos in Rosemont and Waukegan and slot machines at Arlington Park were dealt major setbacks, following months of inching closer to payouts.Attorney General Lisa Madigan squelched a plan to put a casino in Rosemont, going back on her own blueprint for settling the long-f - read more »

State appeals court allows slot machine initiative to proceed - 13 May 2004
A state appeals court has ruled that card clubs and racetracks may proceed with a ballot initiative that could threaten California Indian tribes' current monopoly on slot machines. The 2nd District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles on Tuesday declined to consider separate challenges to the initiative brought by the Agua - read more »

Casinos Have Record $930.3 Million Win In March - 12 May 2004
Nevada casinos had a record month in March, winning $930.3 million from gamblers for an 11.5 percent gain over the same month a year earlier. The state Gaming Control Board reported Tuesday that the March win, which eclipsed the previous monthly record of $900 million hit in January 2001, brought the January-March win - read more »

Hopis to Vote on Winslow-Area Casino - 12 May 2004
Members of the Hopi Tribe will have to choose between building a casino or not building a casino when they vote on gaming next week. A third option to lease all of its allocated slot machines to other tribes has been dropped from consideration, according to Hopi spokeswoman Vanessa Charles. The Hopi Nation heads to the - read more »

Illinois governor opposes Chicago casino proposal - 12 May 2004
Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Tuesday he opposes Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's proposal to build a giant casino near downtown Chicago, and he promised to veto any such legislation.The Democratic governor said that gambling in Illinois is limited to a few cities that need an economic boost."I oppose it because when it comes - read more »

Caprice fronts poster campaign for ParadisePoker site - 12 May 2004
Model Caprice is to front a multimillion-pound marketing campaign in the UK for the online poker brand The launch of the campaign follows the appointment of Total Media to handle the gambling site's media planning and buying following a three-way pitch. Total will work on a newspaper, magazine, out - read more »

Splashy new hotel and casino proves a winner - 12 May 2004
The dignitaries wanted to make speeches, but the crowd was itching to gamble.At least 3,000 people lined up outside Hollywood's new Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on opening day Tuesday, some waiting for hours to be among the first through the guitar-handled doors.As Broward County Mayor Ilene Lieberman and other VI - read more »

Hard Rock Hotel, Casino Ready To Wheel And Deal - 11 May 2004
The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino opens today at noon with all the glamour of a Las Vegas event.The $279 million project's opening is expected to draw 1,500 people who will attend a brunch, poolside dinner and a performance by Huey Lewis & The News."We could pick this thing up and put it in the middle of the Las Ve - read more »

Daley Proposes City-Owned Casino - 11 May 2004
Mayor Richard Daley proposed a city-owned land- based casino to bring new revenue to Chicago Monday. "We need to make more revenue to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods across our great city," Daley said. He said he was asking the Legislature to pass a law to allow the city to own a land-based casino. He said - read more »

Senator tries to revive gambling bill - 11 May 2004
Even though the Texas House has shot down a proposal to legalize video slot machines at racetracks and Indian reservations, a state senator filed new legislation Monday that would allow the gambling devices at those places and others, including Dallas' Reunion Arena and Trinity Meadows in Willow Park.Then another senat - read more »

Lawmaker ready to swap stadium support for northern casino - 11 May 2004
A state lawmaker who voted against the Twins-Vikings stadium bill said on Monday that his vote is up for grabs, giving new life to the legislation that was halted in a House committee last week.Rep. Irv Anderson, DFL-International Falls, voted against the stadium bill Friday when the $1.2 billion measure was defeated i - read more »

Daughter 'sold to settle gambling debt' - 10 May 2004
Attempts are being made to prevent the flight to Bangladesh of a teenage girl allegedly committed to marriage by her father in exchange for a £15,000 settlement of his gambling debts. The 15-year-old girl has contacted West Yorkshire police and social services in an attempt to avoid the private arrangement, although it - read more »

Lawrenceburg considers $40M hotel complex - 10 May 2004
The city of Lawrenceburg is preparing to up the ante in the fight for regional tourism dollars, with a $40 million hotel and conference center two blocks from Argosy Casino. "We've come on a concept that we think looks pretty good," said Lawrenceburg City Manager Tom Steidel, who has been studying options for the rou - read more »

Slots Emporium Proposed for Northeast - 08 May 2004
A District businessman wants to build a gambling parlor with 3,500 slot machines in Northeast Washington, less than 21/2 miles from the U.S. Capitol, and has filed a request with the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics to put the matter before voters in November. The proposal is spearheaded by Pedro Alfonso, chief exe - read more »

Harrah’s reveals price for Horseshoe name, World Series of Poker - 08 May 2004
Harrah's Entertainment disclosed it paid $39.7 million for the rights to the Horseshoe brand name in Nevada and the World Series of Poker tournament, the company said in Securities and Exchange Commission documents filed Friday.The Las Vegas-based company also revealed it paid an additional $2.4 million in acquisition - read more »

Swiss Gambler Banks Record Cheque from InterCasino Deutschland - 08 May 2004 player "Scouti" deposited a record cheque into his Swiss bank account when he became Switzerland's largest-ever online MEGA-Jackpot winner.Scouti, a player since 2003, won an unprecedented EUR160,438.36 (248,444.39 Swiss Francs) MEGA-Jackpot in his native German language - read more »

Catskills: More developments on Sullivan casino front - 08 May 2004
The race for a Sullivan County casino is heating up. The Cayuga Nation of New York just cleared a big hurdle by winning approval for its Monticello Raceway casino from the eastern office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the prelude to final federal approval. Now comes word from two in-the-know politicians, state Sens - read more »

Tribe mark '92 casino victory - 08 May 2004
Nearly 300 people marched five miles Friday to the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation's casino in symbolic remembrance of what it took a dozen years ago to secure Indian gaming rights.The 12th anniversary of Sovereignty Day marked a 24-day standoff with FBI agents and state officials in 1992 that paved the way for legalized - read more »

Casino kings to make Macau `world's No 1' - 07 May 2004
The architect behind the Las Vegas Sands casino in Macau believes the former Portuguese enclave will become the world's biggest tourist attraction by 2009.I can see it happening in five years," Paul Steelman, the 48-year-old president of the Paul Steelman Design Group, said.Modern-day Las Vegas was really built about 1 - read more »

New Casino Games Aimed At Attracting Younger Gamblers - 07 May 2004
Forget glitzy Las Vegas casino ads teeming with young guys and supermodels. The typical Gulf Coast gambler is silver-haired and over 50, Southern Gaming Summit experts agree. So what slot machines and casino games are seductive enough to turn Generation X-ers into devout gamblers? A stroll through the exhibition hall t - read more »

Cherokee Nation Plans New Casino - 07 May 2004
A new casino planned for Sallisaw will open in spring 2005, will employ 100 to 125 people and could add between $1.45 million and $3.12 million in annual payroll to the local economy, Cherokee Nation Enterprises officials said Wednesday.The new, about 20,000-square-foot Cherokee Casino will be located off Interstate 40 - read more »

House panel rejects metro casino - 07 May 2004
One of this legislative session's major gambling proposals was shot down in a key House committee on Thursday, and another casino bill quietly backed out of the picture rather than face similar defeat.The House Tax Committee voted 13 to 9 against a bill that would have established a metro-area casino for two northern M - read more »

Baldacci heralds bills on gambling, departmental merger - 07 May 2004
Gov. John Baldacci held ceremonies Thursday to mark the enactments of two high-profile pieces of legislation.In Bangor on Thursday morning, the governor signed the so-called racino bill and also outlined an executive order to create a gambling control advisory council."The council is created to begin developing recomme - read more »

Macau's Era of Vegas Style Casinos Begins - 06 May 2004
New casinos are cropping up, the economy is booming in double-digits and Macau is about to find out if it made a smart bet by opening the doors to Las Vegas-style casinos ready to give longtime gambling tycoon Stanley Ho a run for his money. Ho held a monopoly on gambling for more than four decades in this former Portu - read more »

US firm pulls out of Wembley bidding war - 06 May 2004
MGM Mirage has decided against increasing its £308m (€454m) bid for Wembley PLC in the face of a higher rival offer.MGM Mirage's move takes it out of the running for Wembley, but spokesman Alan Feldman said his company could restart the process if rival BLB Investors failed to complete the deal.Last month, BLB Investor - read more »

Casino boat on its way - 06 May 2004
March was supposed to have been splash-down month for the return of casino boats to River Street after a decade-long absence.But two months later, there's still no sign of the Millionaire's Casino on Savannah's waterfront.After blowing the announced pre-St. Patrick's Day start-up date, owners of the gambling business h - read more »

Casino bill passes House - 05 May 2004
A casino could eventually open in Anchorage under a bill that passed the House on Monday, but first Anchorage voters would have to approve an ordinance allowing gambling there.The casino bill had failed to pass the House on Saturday. But the outcome changed Monday after the bill was amended to require a local vote on t - read more »

$1 million a year coming to county for casino impacts - 05 May 2004
Nearly a million dollars will be rolling into Butte County this year to address impacts caused by the two Indian casinos in Oroville.Under their gaming compacts with the state, both the Berry Creek and Mooretown rancherias have been paying into a Indian Gaming Special Distribution Fund since they opened.Berry Creek run - read more »

Isle of Capri abandons plan to buy St. Louis' President Casino - 05 May 2004
Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. has scrapped plans to buy the St. Louis waterfront's President Casino on the Admiral, opting instead to focus on pursuing licenses for new gambling sites in St. Louis and St. Louis County.The decision announced Tuesday - mutually agreed upon by Isle of Capri and bankrupt President Casinos Inc - read more »

Australian Bankers Oppose Online Casino Card Ban - 04 May 2004
Bankers have dismissed a proposal to block Australian punters from using credit cards at online casinos, arguing their customers should be allowed to "spend their money how they choose". A proposal to enforce the ban on foreign online gambling sites by blocking credit-card transactions is being considered by the Federa - read more »

California on Verge of Gambling Expansion - 04 May 2004
Arnold Schwarzenegger has the hottest hand in California politics in many years. But the rookie politician's skillful use of the perception and reality of his ability to use statewide initiatives to impose his will - which nonetheless always involves important compromises with Democrats - is about to run into a buzz sa - read more »

Indian casino proposed near Chicago - 04 May 2004
U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. unveiled a plan for Illinois' first land-based casino in Lynwood and said he would introduce federal legislation to get the land. The Ho-Chunk Indian tribe proposed building a gambling casino, restaurants, shops, a water park and an 800-room hotel on 432 acres of land south of Chicago. Jacks - read more »

Antigua wins internet gambling fight against US - 04 May 2004
The World Trade Organisation has upheld a preliminary report that the hard line taken by the US on internet gambling is in breach of world trade rules, according to Reuters. The tiny Caribbean state of Antigua and Barbuda had complained that the moralistic stance of the US was seriously damaging its economy.The decisio - read more »

Steve Wynn outlines expansion plans for new Vegas megaresort - 04 May 2004
Casino developer Steve Wynn has outlined plans for the expansion of his $2.4 billion Wynn Las Vegas megaresort that's slated to open next year. Wynn plans to add another showroom, 18 villa suites adjacent to a golf course and expand parking. His company also reported the acquisition of 10 lots adjacent to the former De - read more »

Lakes Entertainment Launches World Poker Tour Casino Game - 04 May 2004
If casino managers are looking for a great new way to capitalize on the increased visibility of poker inspired in part by the World Poker Tour television series currently shown on the Travel Channel, they need look no farther than the dynamic new table game World Poker Tour All-In Hold 'Em® coming to casinos soon. Intr - read more »

Parish fears casino traffic - 03 May 2004
Parish councillors are more worried about traffic problems that could arise if a casino is opened than they are over the prospect of gambling. A casino with 10 or 12 gaming tables could be established at the Oxfordshire Inn, at Heathfield, near Bletchingdon. Owner Anthony Lavin has applied to Cherwell District Council - read more »

Racinos may be jackpot Michigan needs to thrive - 03 May 2004
The Michigan Legislature is overlooking a windfall to quarrel over pocket change. Bills before it to legalize racetrack-based slot machines would charge the owners only about $300 million for the privilegeBut experience in other states indicates the going rate for such "licenses to print money" is in excess of a billio - read more »

Florence casino is whole new game on coast - 03 May 2004
Long walks on the beach, saltwater taffy, fresh seafood and ... slot machines? Coming this summer, visitors here will have a new recreation option, providing lawsuits fail to stop it. The Three Rivers Casino is almost finished. There are now two entrance points planned - including one right off Oregon 126. The Confeder - read more »

Seneca Indian Nation's second casino opens for business - 03 May 2004
The Seneca Indian Nation's second casino has opened for business in a scene that included traditional American Indian dancers, music and fireworks. The Senecas already operate the profitable Niagara Falls casino, which opened New Year's Eve 2002. The $71 million Seneca Allegany Casino, which made its debut Saturday nig - read more »