November 2004 News Article Archive

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Caeser's Proposes Mega Slots Parlor for Philadelphia - 30 November 2004
The nationally-known gambling company Caeser's is pitching a plan for a $350 million slots parlor on the Philadelphia Waterfront. Caeser's is proposing a mega slots parlor and entertainment complex on 18 acres just south of Penn's Landing. Included would be retail shops, dining and a huge theater. Among those the compa - read more »

Beal Bank Provides $100,000,000 Loan to Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts, Inc. - 30 November 2004
Beal Bank (the "Bank") announced today that it has provided $100 million in interim financing to Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: DJTCQ) ("THCR") as part of that company's recapitalization plan. In announcing the transaction, Beal Bank's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Andy Beal, said, "Trum - read more »

Commission fines St. Charles casino $200,000 - 30 November 2004
Missouri gambling regulators decided Monday to fine Ameristar Casino $200,000 because of a malfunction in its progressive slot machines at its St. Charles casino.The fine, if it stands, is the third-largest in the Missouri Gaming Commission's history, spokesman Harold Bailey said. The company has 30 days to appeal the - read more »

Harrah's Says Singapore Will Be Key to Asian Growth - 30 November 2004
Harrah's Entertainment Inc., which is buying Caesars Entertainment Inc. to become the largest U.S. casino company, said it's interested in a planned Singapore gaming development that it will use to expand in Asia. Las Vegas-based Harrah's will seek a local partner if it is allowed to open a casino in the city-state, Ch - read more »

Affleck to compete in Euro poker championship - 29 November 2004
Ben Affleck and British singer Robbie Williams are going head-to-head in a star-studded $1.3m (€980,873) poker competition.Celebrity poker players from around the world will descend on Monte Carlo next March in a bid to scoop the big money jackpot in a competition which has been described as the European version of the - read more »

Cabinet approves tougher new gambling bill - 29 November 2004
The Slovak Cabinet on Wednesday approved a bill on gambling introducing new regulations for lotteries, betting, and games played on machines in gambling clubs, or on the internet. The new law also raises the tax on gambling, a move intended to boost state budget revenues, but which will have no affect on gamblers. The - read more »

Problems ground gambling ship - 29 November 2004
Voyages on the gambling ship Ocean Jewel were canceled over the weekend because of a problem with a compressor on the 450-foot vessel.Crew members couldn't start the ship because of the problem. The voyage Saturday was canceled before any customers arrived, said Howard Steffes, president of Titan Cruise Lines, which ow - read more »

3G Mobile Gambling for 3 - 29 November 2004
Zone4Play announced launch of its play-for-real fixed-odds casino applications on Hutchison 3G, in the UK. The new service is a collaboration of Zone4Play, DITG (Digital Interactive Television Group) through its wholly owned subsidiary Avago, and Hutchison 3G, the UK's first video mobile network.The new service is one - read more »

Doubts raised in Binion murder retrial - 29 November 2004
The defendants were the same and the evidence similar, but this time Rick Tabish and Sandy Murphy were acquitted of murdering casino heir Ted Binion.According to some Las Vegas defense lawyers, several key differences between the pair's first trial and their retrial persuaded the jury to find Tabish and Murphy not guil - read more »

Poker Champion Daniel Negreanu Joins Cast of Poker Updates Streaming TV Show - 29 November 2004
Poker Updates, the Internet's first and only magazine style streaming poker TV show, has added poker celebrity Daniel Negreanu to its cast. The announcement was made by Poker Updates executives earlier today.Negreanu, who is estimated to have won over three million dollars at the poker tables this year, will offer his - read more »

Youth poker trend worries gambling opponents TV tournaments glamorize game to young players - 29 November 2004
Now that his high school football season is over, Zak Coppinger has been playing poker every chance he can get.With his mom's blessing, he's turned the family dining room, complete with green walls and a chandelier, into a poker parlor for himself and his buddies. He also keeps a deck of cards at school so he can play - read more »

Singapore to seek casino proposals despite strong opposition - 28 November 2004
Singapore is moving closer to a final decision on a proposed casino complex aimed at boosting tourism in the city-state despite an outcry from civic and religious groups opposed to the project. The government is preparing to ask potential investors to submit concept papers, which will be used to fine-tune the terms of - read more »

Double-dealing cost Tiguas casino, $4.2 million - 28 November 2004
As El Paso's Tigua Indians desperately tried to convince the Texas Legislature last year to let them reopen their casino, the tribe's highly paid Washington lobbyist worked behind their backs to keep Speaking Rock Casino closed. "We have to stop this. There is no other option at this point," lobbyist Jack Abramoff wrot - read more » Gets New Makeover - 27 November 2004, home of the world's first and only fantasy poker league, has unveiled its stunning new look this week; with a sophisticated poker-felt green and sparkling gold replacing the sky blue of the old site.For those of you not yet in the know, the challenge was launched last summer by Bluff Magazine - read more »

Odds improve for legalized gambling on sports - 26 November 2004
An Assembly committee will hold hearings next week on a bill to legalize sports betting, but lawmakers need to overcome several hurdles before wagers can be placed on games. Federal law bans sports wagering in most states. However, lawmakers here are pushing sports betting as a way to stave off a budget deficit and to - read more »

Tribes plans to proceed with casino gambling - 26 November 2004
Citing a recent court decision, the Northern Arapaho Tribe is preparing to move ahead with plans to offer high-stakes casino gambling on the Wind River Reservation near Riverton.On Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the federal appeals court ruled in the tribe's four-year legal dispute with the state of Wyoming over the t - read more »

Mass. Gambling Club for Elderly Shut Down - 26 November 2004
Police have shut down what they said was an illegal gambling club, an establishment frequented mostly by senior citizens looking for a place to try their luck on video poker and card games.The club, located in a Main Street professional building just steps away from a day-care center, was in operation for at least thre - read more »

Go to Vegas for a Buck! - 25 November 2004
For a $1 buy-in, poker players can be on their way to Las Vegas on an expense paid junket for two, courtesy of sportingbetUSA. Every night from now until December 19, is celebrating the launch of its new online poker room by hosting their exclusive Vegas for a Buck satellite tournaments. The nightly - read more »

The WTO and online gambling - 25 November 2004
In the continuing battle between cyberspace and national sovereignty, the offline world has won-despite appearances to the contrary. On November 10th, a World Trade Organisation (WTO) dispute panel published its decision that old American laws prohibiting gambling over wires that cross state lines violate global trade - read more »

Gambling board preparing to get down to business - 25 November 2004
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board will hold its first meeting in three weeks, and chairman Thomas A. "Tad" Decker is itching to get started."We're just interested in trying to make this work," Decker said Monday, outlining plans for a three-day meeting in Harrisburg next month for the board to organize itself and s - read more »

US firm plans Macau's biggest ever casino: report - 25 November 2004
An American casino company spearheading new growth in Macau's 150-year-old gambling industry plans to open the biggest gaming hall the southern Chinese enclave has ever seen, a media report said Thursday. The Las Vegas Sands Group has told United States authorities that it plans to spend 1.8 billion US dollars building - read more »

Poker Games Becoming A Huge Hit In Tulsa - 25 November 2004
These days, it seems poker is more popular than ever before. Right now, 'Texas Hold'em' is the game of choice. Thanks to programs like ESPN's World Series of Poker, the average guy can see exactly how the pros play. Special cameras let you see a player's hidden cards, so you know who is bluffing and who really has the - read more »

Eagle Games announces a Gala Poker Event with Annie Duke in Chicago December 10th, 2004 - 25 November 2004
You've seen her win $2 Million dollars at the WSOP Tournament of Champions(R) and you've seen her on David Letterman. On Friday, December 10th in Chicago, IL meet and play against world champion poker professional Annie Duke. Eagle Games and Donohoe Digital proudly present the inaugural DD Tournament Poker No Limit Tex - read more »

Comedian Kevin Nealon to Host Poker Royale - 25 November 2004
Kevin Nealon, most recognized for the characters he created and played as the longest running cast member in history on "Saturday Night Live," has signed on to host GSN's new original six-episode series, POKER ROYALE: THE WPPA CHAMPIONSHIP, premiering on Tuesday, December 7 at 9:00PM ET/PT. Nealon will lend his humor a - read more »

Hong Kong gambling tycoon to open casino to rival Vegas - 25 November 2004
Gambling tycoon Stanley Ho will open a new casino in nearby Macau in an attempt to fend off competition from his Las Vegas rivals after he lost a four-decade monopoly in the gambling enclave.The first phase of the Greek Mythology Casino at the New Century Hotel will open to gamblers on Dec. 23, the hotel's deputy gener - read more »

Boyd Gaming Buys Land Next to Stardust Las Vegas - 25 November 2004
Boyd Gaming has acquired 13 acres adjacent to the southwest side of its Stardust Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, the casino operator said in a regulatory filing. Boyd has said in the past that it is in "the very early stages of beginning to master-plan redevelopment of the Stardust site," company spokesman Ro - read more »

BetonSports shares drop by 50% - 24 November 2004
BetonSports was left reeling today when its value fell by around US$100m as investors bailed out on the back of a profit warning. Shares in the publicly listed sportsbook nosedived as the company warned of a significant drop in profits for the last six months of 2004.And nervous investors caused the share price to dro - read more »

Ex-stripper, lover cleared in casino heir's death - 24 November 2004
A jury in Las Vegas, Nevada, acquitted a former stripper and her lover of murder Tuesday in the 1998 death of casino heir Ted Binion.But the seven-man, five-woman jury convicted the pair of plotting to steal an $8 million cache of silver Binion kept buried in the desert.It was the second trial for Sandy Murphy, 32, and - read more »

Gambling board to hold first meeting - 24 November 2004
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board will hold its first meeting in three weeks, and chairman Thomas A. "Tad" Decker is itching to get started."We're just interested in trying to make this work," Decker said Monday, outlining plans for a three-day meeting in Harrisburg next month for the board to organize itself and s - read more »

Gambling shake-up could close 1,000 pubs, says report - 24 November 2004
The Government's proposals for gambling reform could lead to the closure of 1,000 pubs and 100 bingo halls, a study revealed yesterday.Researchers said the growth in the gambling market over the next five years may only be between 16 per cent and 25 per cent and that the Government was being "over-optimistic".Although - read more »

Vegas Becoming Hawaii's 'Ninth Island' - 23 November 2004
Joel and Melodi Kekauoha began hearing the term "ninth island" when their flight from Honolulu descended over the Nevada desert toward the lights of the Las Vegas Strip. They learned the meaning later that morning, when they bumped into a neighbor from their hometown of Kaneohe, which is on Oahu, one of Hawaii's eight - read more »

Stanley Leisure eyes supercasinos - 23 November 2004
The UK's biggest casino operator, Stanley Leisure, has linked up with a Malaysian firm to make the most of any opening up of the UK's gambling market. With the government looking to deregulate the casino industry, Stanley Leisure and Genting Berhad plan to create Las Vegas-style resorts. The two firms are forming a sub - read more »

Law gives residents say in Indian casino - 23 November 2004
With legislators overriding a veto by Gov. Rod Blagojevich, local residents now will have a voice in negotiations between the state and an American Indian tribe that wants to build a casino here, proponents of a new bill say.Passage of the bill - which was sponsored by Rep. Bob Pritchard of Hinckley and Sen. Brad Burzy - read more »

$215 million budget eyed for Joliet - 23 November 2004
Joliet's $215 million budget for 2005 reflects an expanding local economy and an improving national economy, the city council was told Monday."It's a very positive budget," said city manager John Mezera. "From our standpoint, we see that the economy is good, it's improving, and that will result in additional revenue fo - read more »

Casino revenues top $101 million - 23 November 2004
Gamblers poured $101.9 million into the combined coffers of Northwest Indiana's five riverboat casinos in October, outpacing August and September but not coming close to July's record $112 million in revenues.From a market perspective, it was a good month, said Horseshoe Casino General Manger Rick Mazer. Indiana's shar - read more »

Las Vegas Sands Discloses IPO Price - 23 November 2004
The company that owns The Venetian megaresort and a hotel-casino in Macau is aiming at an initial public offering price of $21 a share, according to documents filed Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company, to be known as the Las Vegas Sands Corp. when it goes public, said it plans to sell more t - read more »

New law could kill Ho-Chunk casino plans - 23 November 2004
Anti-casino activists are lauding a new law which could kill the plans for a proposed Ho-Chunk casino in Lynwood -- or anywhere else in the state.The Native American Gaming Act made it through both houses of the Illinois General Assembly last week to override a late July veto by Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The new act requir - read more »

Small Town Poker Tour Show - You're Hired? - 23 November 2004
Has popularity of Texas Hold'Em, gone from the back room to the board room? Small Town Poker Tour Show, Executive Producer, Mark Fracalossi, would neither confirm or deny the buzz that is surrounding the story. The Small Town Poker Tour Show is a new television show set to hit the air."I have received countless calls t - read more »

Las Vegas Sands eyes $500 million purse - 22 November 2004
Las Vegas Sands on Monday upped the size of the purse in its $500 million initial public offering in the face of strong investor interest in the country's gambling mecca.Las Vegas Sands, which filed to go public in September, had listed its maximum proceeds at $350 million.But in its latest filing, the company said it - read more »

Hold 'Em tourneys come to Lorain - 22 November 2004
Gambling isn't legal in Ohio, but Mike Kennedy, owner of Kennedy's Broadway Billiards, 105 W. Fourth St., believes he has found a way to avoid being dealt penalties for playing a similar card game in his establishment. Beginning at 7 p.m. today, Kennedy's will host a free No Limit Texas Hold 'Em Tournament that can sea - read more »

Rendell to veto gambling law changes - 22 November 2004
Gov. Ed Rendell said he could not support Republican-penned amendments to the state's 4-month-old slot-machine gambling law that passed Saturday following weeks of partisan jousting over the proposals."I have informed (legislative) leadership that I would veto the bill," Rendell told reporters early Sunday, hours after - read more »

Trump's Casino Operations File for Bankruptcy - 22 November 2004
Donald Trump's casino operations filed for bankruptcy on Sunday in a long-expected move that would allow the real estate maverick to restructure the company's debt and overhaul its aging casinos.Trump, the developer who flaunts his brusque business style on ''The Apprentice" reality television show, last month clinched - read more »

Internet Casino's UK Charity Shootout Kicks Off - 22 November 2004 Launches Charity Shootout UK Tour - First Stops Hosted by Aston Villa and Crystal Palace Golden Palace Online Casino ( hit front pages worldwide in July 2004 by winning an eBay auction for the infamous ball: the ball that David Beckham sent rocketing over the crossbar during - read more »

Off-track betting starts Monday at new track clubhouse - 21 November 2004
Off-track bettors get their first sight of new Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino on Monday.The track itself isn't quite finished - something that had regulators a bit worried last month. But that was last month. Only a tiny bit of work is left, general manager Mike Howard said Sunday."The barns are up, the rails an - read more »

Casino rage takes Goa by storm - 21 November 2004
That the south-western state of Goa is a tourist haven is in no doubt, yet there are many other attractions, casinos being one of them. Goa is the only Indian state to have licensed casinos and most of them are located in hotels and resorts. Casinos have slot machines having varieties of games and stakes. A special tra - read more »

MP hopes phone-in will influence pokies debate - 21 November 2004
South Australian No Pokies MP Nick Xenophon hopes the results of a phone-in this weekend will make a difference when poker machine legislation is debated in the Upper House this week.He says the first day of the phone-in has provided even more case studies of how lives are being destroyed by gambling addictions.Mr Xeno - read more »

Bond system a must to protect poor punters - 21 November 2004
The collapse of the Sporting Options betting exchange has dealt the fledgling industry a serious blow. But it has much wider implications for the gaming and betting industry. Sporting Options had seemed to be one of the more go-ahead exchanges, though those operating in the industry play second fiddle to Betfair. Based - read more »

New Licensees Launched on PokerNetwork - 21 November 2004
CelebPoker is the world's first Interactive Celebrity Poker Room. It enables you to play poker online with celebrities from around the world including movie stars like Lou Diamond Phillips, sports stars such as Lawrence Dallaglio, Jimmy White and many more.David Donovan, founder of CelebPoker comments “We decided to ch - read more »

Jennifer Tilly lucky at love - 21 November 2004
For Jennifer Tilly, luck is not a lady, but a hyperactive, hooded gambler. Tilly's current beau is celebrity poker player Phil Laak, whose trademark look is a hooded sweatshirt. "He's almost as crazy as I am and that really appeals," says Tilly, whose newest film is the horror comedy Seed of Chucky. "I've been obsessed - read more »

Casino boat not in best interest of inlet - 20 November 2004
Murrells Inlet is a small, fragile fishing community. It's a beautiful sight to see all of the different fishing boats as they are put into the water at the public boat landing. It is so peaceful to watch the marshes and water surrounded by beautiful homes and ageless oak trees, Belin Methodist Church seems to be bless - read more »

Locals to have say in possible Shabbona casino - 20 November 2004
With legislators overriding a veto by Gov. Rod Blagojevich, local residents now will have a voice in negotiations between the state and an American Indian tribe that wants to build a casino here, proponents of a new bill say.Passage of the bill will require the governor to obtain legislative consent before entering int - read more »

Caesars Agrees to Sell Its Tahoe Hotel-Casino - 20 November 2004
Caesars Entertainment Inc. has agreed to sell its Caesars Tahoe hotel-casino for about $45 million, company executives said. An affiliate of Kentucky-based hotel operator Columbia Sussex Corp. will buy the property. Columbia and its affiliates operate 64 hotels, including Horizon Casino Resort in South Lake Tahoe, Cali - read more »

Mandalay officials could get $75 million - 19 November 2004
Mandalay Resort Group officials are expected to receive cash payments of more than $75.5 million upon the company's historic acquisition by MGM Mirage, recent financial statements show.Upon the close of the $7.9 billion deal, which is expected by the end of the first quarter next year, outstanding stock options as well - read more »

Gaming regulators nix wireless cash machines - 19 November 2004
Nevada gaming regulators on Thursday blocked an effort to allow gamblers to take cash out of their bank accounts while gambling on the casino floor.The Nevada Gaming Commission says wireless technology that would make it easier for a gambler to draw funds from bank accounts or credit cards while in a casino may be too - read more »

IGT Chairman Baker to step down in March - 19 November 2004
International Game Technology Chairman G. Thomas Baker will step down in March after 17 months in the position, the world's largest maker of slot machines and other gambling devices announced Friday.Baker became IGT's chairman just over a year ago when Charles Mathewson retired and was promoted to chairman emeritus Oct - read more »

Lottery shuffles budget, cuts $1 million - 19 November 2004
When Margaret "Peggy" Gordon took over the troubled Colorado Lottery early this year, she examined every contract and questioned every expense. That effort allowed the agency to cut nearly $1 million from its $22.8 million 2005-06 budget request in an era when many agencies are looking for additional funding from the a - read more »

Hard Rock hotel pays state $100,000 - 19 November 2004
The Hard Rock hotel-casino paid a $100,000 fine Thursday to the Nevada Gaming Commission to settle a complaint over a provocative advertising campaign that state gambling regulators had deemed offensive.The Hard Rock admitted no wrongdoing, and no new policy was set after months of debate about First Amendment freedoms - read more »

Cayuga Indians settle New York land claim for casino rights - 18 November 2004
New York state and the Cayuga Indian nation have settled a land claim that opens the way to establish a second casino in the Catskills. Gov. George Pataki and Clint Halftown, a representative of the Cayuga nation, signed the agreement Thursday. The agreement requires the ratification of the U.S. Congress and the state - read more »

Gaming Commission approves new Hancock County casino - 18 November 2004
Developers of a new Hancock County casino are betting they can pull gamblers into Mississippi from southeast Louisiana.The Silver Slipper Gambling Hall and Saloon is one of two large-scale coast casino projects the Mississippi Gaming Commission approved Wednesday. A 60,000-square-foot addition to Biloxi's Isle of Capri - read more »

Governor, Cayuga Nation, reach agreement on casino development - 18 November 2004
Governor George E. Pataki today announced that - after decades of litigation - a Settlement Agreement has been reached between the State and the Cayuga Indian Nation of New York (“Nation”) to settle the Cayuga Indian Land Claim (“Land Claim”), develop a Catskills casino and establish retail tax parity.Today, the Govern - read more »

Everything clicking for Internet gambling as it tumbles toward 10-year mark - 18 November 2004
It is a Friday night and Cory and Neil are on decent rolls on the roulette and blackjack tables.The 25-year-olds (who did not want their last names used) are a business graduate student and a law student, respectively, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Neither man knows or even notices the other.They are not dres - read more »

Jowell's adviser 'quits over casino job request' - 18 November 2004
Tessa Jowell's top adviser on the Gambling Bill was today said to be leaving after a row when he applied for a job in the industry. Civil servant Gideon Hoffman has been off sick since the disclosure that he sent his CV to companies bidding to build super-casinos in Britain. He was also the author of an email sent to b - read more »

Odds against super casino? - 18 November 2004
ODDS for a super casino being located in St Helens as part of a £100 million leisure, rugby stadium and supermarket development have lengthened considerably after publication of amendments to the Gambling Bill.The government announced that it will limit the number of these casinos to eight across the UK, and it's likel - read more »

Legislative leader stalls KCK casino proposal - 18 November 2004
House Speaker Doug Mays blocked consideration Wednesday of a compact that would allow two American Indian tribes to open a destination casino and resort in Kansas City, Kan.Mays abruptly adjourned a meeting of legislative leaders as Speaker Pro Tem John Ballou sought to bring the issue up. Ballou, who supports expanded - read more »

United States Not Betting On Antigua - 18 November 2004
LAST WEEK Antigua won a world Trade Organisation (WTO) ruling that a United States law making online gambling a crime, must be struck down as being counter to international treaties. The United States has indicated it will appeal this decision and already there is speculation whether a small country could succeed in th - read more »

Indian leader rejects offer of joint gambling proposals - 18 November 2004
The head of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, in a pointed letter to Gov. Tim Pawlenty, withdrew an earlier offer to be a partner of the state of Minnesota on joint gambling proposals.Melanie Benjamin, the band's chief executive, levied several criticisms at the governor, including his decision to appear in election ads f - read more »

London open: Footsie slips on betting concerns - 18 November 2004
London's blue chip stocks eased lower, as gambling stocks weighed on the market, despite a strong finish on Wall Street overnight. Retail group GUS delivered first half profits at the top end of estimates, as its catalogue group Argos saw sales up 13%, though growth down slightly on the year earlier period The group sa - read more »

A debate over who profits from slots - 18 November 2004
With the end of the legislative session just days away, lawmakers scrambled last night to tweak the state's new slots law before the gambling control broad begins work next month to lay the groundwork for bringing slot machines to the state.Since the law was enacted in July, lawmakers have been trying to change a provi - read more »

Celebrity Poker Tournament on 28th November at Southend following Launch of New Software Including Teddy Sheringham, Paul Ince, Nick Leeson - 18 November 2004
Celebpoker is hosting a celebrity poker tournament for 50 players on Sunday 28th November. Celebrities from the world of football that are taking part are as follows: Paul Ince, Kenny Miller, Teddy Sheringham , Matthew Etherington, Simon Davies, plus Scott Robinson, Chris Brooks, Nick Leeson and many others are current - read more »

Poker Retailer Launches Website in Time for Holiday Shopping - 18 November 2004
Taking advantage of the poker phenomenon sweeping the country, Big Slick Attire has debuted its first line of themed poker clothing. Big Slick Attire offers something for every fan of the game; T-Shirts, Baby Doll T's and hats. This new line offers fans of the game an opportunity to show off their passion when they are - read more »

Harrah's Bringing Horseshoe Brand to Council Bluffs, Iowa Market - 18 November 2004
Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. announced plans to rebrand Bluffs Run Casino under the Horseshoe brand as part of an $85 million renovation and expansion of the Iowa property.The project marks the first time Harrah's will be expanding the Horseshoe brand beyond the three Horseshoe casinos in Indiana, Mississippi and Louis - read more »

Casino hosts grand opening - 17 November 2004
Iron Horse Bar and Casino in Emerson will celebrate its grand opening at 10 a.m. on Friday. The event will feature an opening ceremony, ribbon-cutting and an open house. The public is invited.Iron Horse Bar and Casino features a 2,000-square-foot restaurant, bar and casino on Emerson's main street and can seat up to 80 - read more »

Monarch share price nearly quadruples - 17 November 2004
Shares of Reno-based Monarch Casino & Resort, the owner of the Atlantis Casino Resort & Spa, stood at $37.03 a share Tuesday at the close of trading, up by almost 400 percent from a year ago.The surge is the result of the increasing profit margin at the Atlantis, coupled with other external factors, such as an improvin - read more »

Trump expected to file bankruptcy for casinos - 17 November 2004
Donald Trump's casino operations are expected to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as early as Monday, as part of an effort to upgrade his Atlantic City, N.J., gaming properties and refinance $1.8 billion in debt.It will be Trump's second attempt since August to turn around his casinos. The first ended in late September, - read more »

Singapore moves one step closer to casino project despite criticism - 17 November 2004
Singapore will soon ask potential investors to submit proposals for a Las Vegas-style casino resort despite strong opposition from religious and civic critics.Senior Minister for Trade and Industry Vivian Balakrishnan admitted to local media on Tuesday that building a casino was a "polarising" issue in Singapore, an af - read more »

Harrah's holds job fair for spa massage workers - 17 November 2004
Valley Center resident Paula Curtis concedes that some consider Harrah's Rincon Casino and Resort a nuisance because of the traffic it produces.But Curtis, co-owner of Healing Hands School of Holistic Health in Escondido, sees a source of good jobs for her student massage technicians. On Tuesday, Curtis hosted a job fa - read more »

Gambling climbdown over super casinos - 17 November 2004
The Government denied claims of a humiliating climbdown over its Gambling Bill after announcing yesterday that it is to limit the number of Las Vegas-style casinos to eight. Casino operators reacted with fury as Richard Caborn, the Culture Minister, told MPs that the change of policy would provide “additional reassuran - read more »

Poker tours draw big names, big cash at Foxwoods - 17 November 2004
It is being likened to the first PGA tournament or the first Wimbledon title: the Professional Poker Tour that has brought out the best names in the game and is making its debut at Foxwoods Resort Casino. The tour's arrival marks a big poker score for Foxwoods. While the world's top players face each other on the casin - read more »

Setback in Yarmouth's casino bid - 17 November 2004
The odds of Yarmouth becoming a Las Vegas-style gambling resort appeared to have lengthened yesterday as the Government scaled back plans for dozens of "super casinos".The town's tourist chiefs were disappointed after it was announced that eight super casinos would be provisionally allowed under the Gambling Bill and n - read more »

London shares extend losses midafternoon as smoking, gaming bills hit; NY down - 16 November 2004
London shares extended losses in midafternoon trade, hit by a weak start to Wall Street and UK government curbs on smoking and gaming de-regulation, dealers said.At 3.17 pm, the FTSE 100 index was 37.8 lower at 4,765.4 with all the broader indices still in the red.Volume was solid, with 1.9 bln shares changing hands in - read more »

Betfair 'rescues' Sporting Options customers - 16 November 2004
Betfair today launched a rescue package for customers of Sporting Options, the betting exchange that went into liquidation yesterday. Some 5,000 of the company's 5,300 customers are owed money, which could be compensated in full by Betfair in the next two days.The package has already been agreed with Sporting Options' - read more »

The Gaming Club Online Casino Supports the Caudwell Charity - 16 November 2004
Carmen Media is delighted to announce a total of nearly £400,000 was raised by this year's Caudwell Cycle Challenge. This annual fundraiser staged by The Caudwell Charity looked to be in jeopardy until Carmen Media came to the rescue with a generous donation.The Caudwell Charity is a charitable trust that makes direct - read more »

Pokerfaced Kafelnikov proving an ace at cards - 16 November 2004
Former men's tennis world number one Yevgeny Kafelnikov has told The Independent that it is highly unlikely he will ever play professional tennis again. The 30-year-old two-time Grand Slam winner admitted his preference was to play poker nowadays as he couldn't bear to face his fellow Russians as a loser. "I have retir - read more »

UK govt set to roll dice on casino operator quota - 16 November 2004
Britain is likely to allow fewer of the new Las Vegas-style casinos than first expected as the government deregulates the industry, analysts said on Monday.Amendments to the government's Gambling Bill reforms, which mark the biggest shake-up in the industry in 40 years, will be announced on Tuesday, a government source - read more »

County supports a casino, poll says - 16 November 2004
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said Monday that she would give Park City's casino proposal the same consideration as a casino she recently approved for Wyandotte County.But she indicated that broad community support would be a critical factor. A new poll suggests that support exists.A poll Monday of 500 Sedgwick County - read more »

Isle of Capri makes stand on health care - 16 November 2004
The Isle of Capri Casino's 750 employees and their families on Monday began using the Capri Wellness Clinic in North Kansas City.It's a savvy management move.The wellness clinic is staffed by a full-time nurse practitioner and a lab technician Monday through Friday. An office visit costs $5. Nurse Kacie Hartwick said s - read more »

Packer moves into Macau gambling - 16 November 2004
Australian media boss Kerry Packer is moving into the Chinese gambling haven of Macau by sinking $163m (£88m) investment in a casino joint venture. Mr Packer, famous for enjoying a flutter, is partnering with Hong Kong gambling tycoon Stanley Ho. The deal gives Mr Packer's firm, PBL, a 28% stake in the Park Hyatt hotel - read more »

House approves ban on gambling stakes - 16 November 2004
The state House of Representatives yesterday approved a measure that would ban lawmakers from owning a stake in gambling-related businesses and would make several other changes to Pennsylvania's new gambling law.But even as they sent the latest version of the bill to the Senate, some House members said they expected a - read more »

Antigua beats long odds on Internet gambling challenge by US - 15 November 2004
Antigua and Barbuda beat long odds Wednesday as the World Trade Organisation confirmed a ruling that a ban in the United States on Internet gambling violates global trading rules.The Geneva-based WTO, in a report released Wednesday, held that the US ban on web gambling is effectively an unfair trade barrier that hurts - read more »

Season Three: Foxwoods World Poker Finals; WPT and Foxwoods Set New Record with Fourth Largest Tournament in the History of $10K No Limit Texas Hold'Em Poker - 15 November 2004
Foxwoods Resort Casino kicked off the seventh stop on the acclaimed WORLD POKER TOUR(TM) (WPT) Saturday, setting new records for the sport of poker and the WPT (WPTE). The largest poker room on the East Coast at the largest casino in the world attracted 674 players to this year's World Poker Finals. This marks the bigg - read more »

Online roulette has Germans in a spin - 15 November 2004
Some 1800 people have registered for online roulette from casino Spielbank Wiesbaden since the service opened in July, Heise Online reports. Spielbank Wiesbaden operates Germany's only licenced internet roulette operation.Wiesbaden casino - with its filigree woodcarvings, golden friezes and crystal chandeliers - was al - read more »

Westcliff: Supercasino plan unveiled - 15 November 2004
The first plan of a £130million supercasino complex with a hotel, conference centre and three blocks of luxury flats dominating Westcliff seafront. The most ambitious and controversial project ever planned for Southend would create 3,000 new jobs and boast a 100-metre offshore tower rivalling London tourist attractions - read more »

James Woods hits the Red Carpet - 15 November 2004
Some of Hollywood's biggest stars and professional poker players attended the virtual software premiere at the launch party this past Tuesday. The official release of this new cutting-edge gaming experience marks a new chapter in the poker craze that is sweeping the nation. deliver - read more »

Poker-faced CEO joins dream team - 15 November 2004
Ted Lawson, winner of $500,000 in this year's Las Vegas Omaha World Poker Series, has joined the Poker Tour International Dream Team. The chairman of 21st Century Holding Co (NASDAQ: TCHC) in Plantation joined the team that includes pro player Humberto Benes and Poker Tour International organizers Steve Kates and Burt - read more »

Minister Bows to Anti-Gambling Campaigners - 15 November 2004
Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell has bowed to pressure from anti-gambling campaigners and many Labour backbenchers and made a major concession on the controversial Gambling Bill, it emerged tonight.Ms Jowell told MPs at a private meeting that only eight new ‘super-casinos' would be allowed to open across Britain in the y - read more »

Libs propose Lantau tourist-only casino - 15 November 2004
If Hong Kong's Liberal Party gets its way - and the cat would truly be among the pigeons if it does - some gamblers' trips are going to be a lot shorter. The Liberals want to build European-style tourist-only casinos on Lantau Island.The proposal, designed to lure more tourists to Hong Kong, was made on Monday when par - read more »

Internet Casino Buys US$16,000 Hockey Mask for Charity; First Casino in Hockey Hall of Fame - 15 November 2004
In the recent Hockey Hall of Fame auction held on, Internet casino was the winning bidder for the Don Cherry One-of-a-Kind Goalie Mask paying US$16,010 USD, making it the world's most expensive goalie mask.The revenue generated by these masks will be directed to "Shoot for a Cure", a hockey-foc - read more »

Porn Stars Sought For Mainstream Cable Project - 14 November 2004
Porn Star Poker is the name of a mainstream television series being developed by multiple AVN Award winning adult director Nic Cramer and photographer Scott St. James that will showcase adult performers and personalities playing poker. Each episode will see five players compete, all either an Adult performer or an Adul - read more »

Pataki Signs Agreement To Establish Catskills Casino - 14 November 2004
A new casino could soon be built within 100 miles of the city. Governor George Pataki and the chief of the Seneca-Cayuga tribe have signed an agreement to establish a casino in the Catskills. Pataki says it will be the first of three new casinos which will bring in thousands of new jobs and boost the region's economy. - read more »

Northern Arapaho near casino license deal - 14 November 2004
A Northern Arapaho Tribe representative told a legislative committee that they believe an agreement is near with the Interior Department on issuing a high-stakes gambling license for a new tribal casino now under construction. David T. Staddon, general manager of 789 Bingo and Casino, last week also showed members of t - read more »

If you build the kind of lavish, upscale lounge and nightclub in Broward that's usually found in London and Marbella, Spain, will they come?Nightclub king Michael Ault, whose Pangaea clubs reign in those European cities, seems to think so. And he is convinced that adults who feel inconvenienced and displaced by the wil - read more »

Branson set to spin the wheel on UK casinos - 14 November 2004
Richard Branson is planning to open a chain of casinos in Britain. His senior advisers have said that Virgin could open its first gaming den in 18 months. The Virgin tycoon last week became a member of the British Casino Association and 10 weeks ago, he quietly launched an online casino internet business. Without any m - read more »

State eyeing a share of poker games - 14 November 2004
The popularity of high-stakes poker may soon spread to the State House. Increasingly, charitable organizations throughout New Hampshire are raising money by sponsoring poker tournaments - where $5,000 is typically the top prize, enough to draw hundreds of card players - leaving some legislators wondering whether the st - read more »

Harvard gambling research draws fire - 14 November 2004
The division of Harvard Medical School that studies pathological gambling is under fire from some activists who point out that virtually all its funding comes from the gaming industry. The Institute for Research on Pathological Gambling and Related Disorders, founded four years ago, has received nearly $5 million in in - read more »

Georgia, Auburn playing high-stakes poker today - 13 November 2004
This Georgia-Auburn game has it all: star quarterbacks, stingy defenses, talented running backs and high stakes.It's got No. 3 Auburn trying to remain in the national championship hunt and avenge losses the last two years to one of its biggest rivals, and No. 8 Georgia jockeying for a spot in the Bowl Championship Seri - read more »

Sheffield told to fight for big casino jackpot - 13 November 2004
Neil Murphy, heading Sun International's bid to create a huge casino and leisure complex next to Don Valley Stadium, warned that the city could miss out if it did not strongly put forward its case.There are three competing bids for "mega casinos" in Sheffield - and Mr Murphy said the city should fight for any one of th - read more »

Accused Murderer Denies Las Vegas Killing - 13 November 2004
A former stripper's secret lover turned to jurors and declared without hesitation that he had nothing to do with the death of a one-time casino executive for a piece of a million-dollar estate and a fortune in buried silver. "Absolutely, unequivocally not," Rick Tabish said Friday, as he locked eyes with several member - read more »

Negreanu capitalizing on poker craze - 12 November 2004
That's when Daniel Negreanu decided he'd rather play poker for a living. "I worked as a telemarketer for precisely one afternoon," the Toronto native chuckled over the phone from his Las Vegas home."That's when I realized this whole job thing, that's just not for me." Negreanu, 30, is considered one of the best young - read more »

Century Casinos Submits Application for Casino License in Franklin County, Iowa - 12 November 2004
Century Casinos, Inc. announced today that, through Landmark Gaming LC, it has jointly submitted as co-applicant with the Franklin County Development Association (FCDA) a casino facility license application to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission (IRGC) for a casino in Franklin County, Iowa. The proposed project, The - read more »

'G word' draws a crowd in Galveston - 12 November 2004
It seems like just a whisper of the words "casino gambling" can draw a crowd in this resort city once famed for its wide-open illegal gambling and prostitution. Indeed, nearly 300 people turned out for a Galveston Chamber of Commerce luncheon Thursday to hear Mississippi researcher Denise von Herrmann describe what she - read more »

Questions likely doom gambling expansion efforts - 12 November 2004
Money talks at the state Capitol, but not loud enough to drown out the complaints, questions and demands raised by an effort to expand gambling in Illinois.With both the state and Chicago facing tight budgets that could benefit from an influx of casino money, gambling was back on the table as the Legislature returned f - read more »

WPT Launches Poker Boot Camp - 11 November 2004
WPT Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq:WPTE), the entertainment company that transformed poker into a riveting spectator sport, has once again broken new ground with the announcement of WPT Boot Camp(TM). This new initiative can put those who dream of playing in a WORLD POKER TOUR(TM) tournament on the fast track to a WPT Final - read more »

Gambling Boss Gave £50,000 Donation to the Labour Party - 11 November 2004
The director of one of Britain's biggest online betting companies gave £50,000 to Labour while the Government was drafting final proposals to reform the gambling industry. Peter Coates, a director of the internet gambling company, gave the cash to the party in July. His donation was revealed in figures from - read more »

PokerOne(TM) Shuffler Receives Several Additional Approvals From GLI - 11 November 2004
VendingData(TM) Corporation (Amex: VNX), a manufacturer and distributor of products for the gaming industry that are designed to increase customers' security, productivity and profitability, announced today that it has received approval from Nevada Gaming Control Board for the PokerOne(TM) shuffler. Additionally, Poke - read more »

Students Compete in CAB's First Annual Fall Poker Classic - 11 November 2004
On Friday, November 5, the Campus Activity Board and 5th Street Poker hosted their first Fall Poker Classic in the Community Center.Students began arriving well before the 7:00 PM start time. Arriving players were greeted to a Community Center which had been transformed into a poker casino, complete with twelve green f - read more »

Fortune Lounge Group Expands to Nine Online Casinos and Two Poker Rooms - 11 November 2004
The Fortune Lounge Group,, announced today the addition of Desert Dollar, Vegas Towers and Havana Club to its online casino group. The expansion increases the Fortune Lounge Group to nine casinos, making it the largest and most trusted network in online gaming. As a result of the expansion, the su - read more »

WTO ruling drives Cryptologic shares - 11 November 2004
Shares of Cryptologic Inc., which posted better-than-expected third-quarter results last seek, climbed 9% yesterday after the World Trade Organization issued a ruling that could change U.S. laws that prohibit online gambling. Shares of the Toronto-based company rose $1.88 to $23.95 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. It has - read more »

WTO eyes U.S. Web gambling rules - 11 November 2004
In a ruling that could open the United States to offshore Internet gambling, a World Trade Organization panel Wednesday said Washington should drop prohibitions on Americans placing bets in on-line casinos.In its final 287-page report, the WTO panel confirmed the preliminary ruling it issued in March in a dispute pitti - read more »

Casino proposals premiere - 11 November 2004
Development leaders from across Iowa submitted glitzy riverboat casino proposals to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission prior to Wednesday's deadline. A total of 10 projects will be competing for an unknown number of gaming licenses, and the proposals are far-ranging - from downtown riverboat projects in Waterloo and - read more »

Web gambling firms told to plug potential fraud loophole in Bill - 11 November 2004
A stand-off is developing between the Government and online gambling firms over what the latter fear is a potentially huge loophole for fraudsters in the new Gambling Bill. The industry is concerned that provisions in the Bill could allow an adult to use a child's debit cards to rack up huge losses before getting them - read more »

Google in bed with large gambling sites? - 10 November 2004
Google was today accused of protecting large online gambling sites by Chad Noble, director of Freedaq, the new online trading exchange aiming to bring fair costs to traders online. "With Freedaq (, we are aiming to bring a new revolution to online trading by removing inflated transaction costs, bringing the - read more »

Legislators get peek at tribal casino plans - 10 November 2004
A casino on the Wind River Indian Reservation will have an estimated annual payroll of $5 million and create 120 new jobs, helping the Northern Arapaho tribe provide for its people, Wyoming lawmakers were told this week.Members of the Legislature's Select Committee on Tribal Relations got a preview of the casino the tr - read more »

MGM Mirage to Build Megacasino in Vegas - 10 November 2004
Gambling giant MGM Mirage intends to build a new 4,000-room megaresort and sprawling urban development in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, a project that would dramatically change the landscape of this city's most important commercial center. MGM Mirage officials are calling the ambitious plan "Project CityCenter," an - read more »

Wynn Resorts Plans Expansion in Vegas - 09 November 2004
Wynn Resorts Ltd., a casino company led by Stephen Wynn, said it would build a $900-million addition to its $2.7-billion Wynn Las Vegas resort that is opening next year. The expansion may include a 1,500-suite hotel tower, additional casino floor space, restaurants and retail and convention space, the Las Vegas-based c - read more »

The great gambling climbdown - 09 November 2004
The number of new supercasinos will be slashed to a handful as part of a massive Government climbdown on the Gambling Bill. Whips were last night negotiating with Labour rebels on the details of a compromise that will be slipped into the legislation, possibly this week. The outline of a deal began to emerge last night - read more »

Southland must get own casino license - 09 November 2004
Illinois lawmakers are back in Springfield for the fall veto session. Reports from the capital indicate that expanded gambling, financial aid for the CTA and the governor's construction plan for highways and school buildings are at the top of the agenda.Gov. Rod Blagojevich has so far refused to support any of the vari - read more »

High Stakes in Vegas vs. Macau - 09 November 2004
Glittery Las Vegas gambling has arrived in seedy Macau, promising new charms for China's inveterate players, and this former Portuguese colony may never be the same.The first Las Vegas invasion, the Sands, has risen bronze-tinted and modernistic on the edge of Macau's little harbor, where fast ferries from Hong Kong de - read more »

Critical Week For Gambling Licenses - 08 November 2004
The scramble for the big gamble in Iowa is happening at a frantic pace this week. People who want to land a new casino for their community have a big deadline to hit. All of the applications for new gaming licenses are due into the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission in just three days. Many believe Waterloo has the best - read more »

Casinos struggle to find way to deal in next generation - 08 November 2004
Twentysomethings have seized on the new Las Vegas as a 24-hour playground where the partying never ends. There's just one problem: They don't gamble as much as their baby-boomer parents.And when they do gamble, they're more likely than their elders to snub slot machines - the casino industry's top profit center - in fa - read more »

SNP calls for gambling legal move - 08 November 2004
Nationalists have called for powers over gambling in Scotland to be devolved to guard against Westminster deregulation of the industry. Justice spokesman Kenny MacAskill said the possibility of super casinos being opened would lead to a "huge rise" in gambling addiction. The MSP said the Scottish Executive was "powerle - read more »

Indian Casinos Hit Jackpot With the Elderly - 08 November 2004
It's barely noon, and 78-year-old Rose Kario is already $300 in the hole. With each puff of her cigarette and each losing spin, she grows more agitated."Come on, sweetie pie," she whispers to a clanging slot machine she has been feeding for more than an hour at Casino Pauma in northern San Diego County. "Come to Mama." - read more »

No More Casino Surprises - 08 November 2004
Californians drew a line in the sand Tuesday with their rejection of Propositions 68 and 70. Their message: Stop the rampant expansion of casino gambling. Voters signaled their desire for a timeout, a public debate on just how much gaming the state should have and where. More is at stake than how much tax money can be - read more »

Watch out Macau: Las Vegas giants eye Singapore casino project - 07 November 2004
Watch out, Macau. International gambling companies searching for new Asian markets are waiting for Singapore to give the go-ahead for a proposed Las Vegas-style casino resort aimed at boosting tourism in the wealthy city-state.Singapore is expected to issue a formal Request for Proposal (RFP) soon to potential develope - read more »

Firms say casino gamble could leave them broke - 06 November 2004
The gambling industry says the government has gone way too far in its plans to allow new Las Vegas-style casinos, and risks plunging the sector into crippling oversupply.Prime Minister Tony Blair said this week that the first gambling reforms in 40 years could add 20 to 40 more casinos to the existing 120.But existing - read more »

Gambler wins suit against Vegas casino - 06 November 2004
A gambler's claim that his rights were violated when he was detained by security guards at a Las Vegas Strip casino paid off with an almost $400,000 court award.A judge reduced from $500,000 to $300,000 a jury award for James Grosjean, who filed suit claiming he was improperly handcuffed, held in a hotel security cell, - read more »

Iowa towns finalize plans for new casinos - 06 November 2004
After months and in some cases years of planning, development leaders in communities across Iowa are putting the finishing touches on proposals for new riverboat casinos they hope will win over state regulators.Their plans are due Wednesday to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.And many communities are keeping their - read more »

Gambling channel closer to reality - 06 November 2004
Anyone who has watched any television over the past year has likely stumbled upon a program or series related to casino gambling.The Travel Channel's "World Poker Tour," ESPN's "World Series of Poker," NBC's "Las Vegas" and the Discovery Channel's "American Casino" are among a few of the programs that transport viewers - read more »

Poker drives Lakes Entertainment revenue - 06 November 2004
The increasing popularity of poker caused a jump in revenue for Lakes Entertainment Inc. in Minnetonka. However, the card game didn't generate enough income to compensate for Lakes' losses, which grew in the quarter ended Oct. 3 compared to last year. Lakes reported its third quarter revenue rose to $3 million, up from - read more »

Cryptologic profit up 32% - 06 November 2004
The CEO of CryptoLogic Inc. had good reason to wish “Happy Guy Fawkes Day” after his gambling software firm reported a 32 per cent rise in quarterly profits Friday.The annual British fireworks celebration matched Lewis Rose's mood as he trumpeted earnings growth largely based on on-line poker and casinos in the United - read more »

Ultimate Poker Babes Play Strip Poker on Pay-Per-View - 06 November 2004
Adam & Eve's Carmen Luvana is one of seven women that can currently be seen playing strip poker on pay-per-view, on a show called Ultimate Poker Babes that debuted last night. Seven women compete for a $5,000 prize and the Ultimate Poker Babe crown by playing a strip-poker variant of Texas Hold ‘Em. Besides Luvana, oth - read more »

Local poker players go all out for chance to see Hellmuth go all in - 05 November 2004
Some people just can't put the cards down. All Kyle Svetlik needed was a small opening Thursday night on a crowded floor in the Red Gym - and he had a poker game.A crowd of nearly 100 had already gathered there by 7 p.m. to see poker legend and former UW-Madison student Phil Hellmuth Jr., take on some local card sharks - read more »

Movie studios launch legal offensive against online pirates - 05 November 2004
Movie fans who trade Hollywood films over Internet file-sharing networks could soon find themselves on the receiving end of a copyright infringement lawsuit.Hollywood's major movie studios said Thursday they will begin filing hundreds of lawsuits later this month against individuals who swap pirated copies of movies on - read more »

Football club unveils its plans for £80m casino - 05 November 2004
SHEFFIELD United unveiled detailed plans for an £80m casino complex yesterday, amid continuing uncertainty about how council chiefs will decide on whether to approve the planning application.The Blades scheme, which includes an eight-storey hotel, is one of three proposed for the city, but it is possible only one will - read more »

Pros and cons of Chicago casino debated - 05 November 2004
Groups on both sides of the effort to put a land-based casino in downtown Chicago tried to rally support Thursday, just days before the start of the fall veto session where legislative leaders say the issue will be discussed.House Minority Leader Tom Cross said gambling expansion and a Chicago casino were on the table - read more »

Private gambling to continue at two Vegas casinos - 05 November 2004
Caesars Palace and Mandalay Bay got approval from the Gaming Control Board to continue operating private gambling salons in their respective Las Vegas Strip hotel-casinos.But the gambling regulators spent several minutes Wednesday chastising casino representatives for failing to meet past promises that the salons would - read more »

California gambling initiatives wiped out - 05 November 2004
Californians voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to defeat two ballot initiatives that would have given rise to a large increase in Golden State gambling.Although propositions 68 and 70 were expected to be defeated, Silver State gambling executives closely watched the referendums.“Selfishly, being responsible for three casino - read more »

Bangor's racino a step closer to 2006 opening - 05 November 2004
A year to the day after Maine voters authorized slot machines for the state's commercial harness racing tracks, the Maine Gambling Control Board on Thursday unanimously agreed to grant a conditional gaming license to Penn National Gaming Inc., the designated developer of the state's first racetrack casino. Penn Nationa - read more »

US DoJ moves to dismiss Casino City lawsuit - 05 November 2004
The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has filed a motion to dismiss Casino City's ground-breaking lawsuit that aims to establish the legality of online gambling advertising. Louisiana-based Casino City's complaint sought a declaratory judgment that advertising online casinos and sportsbooks was constitutionally protected - read more »

Playtech signs live gaming deal with HGN - 05 November 2004
Software firm has signed a master licence agreement with Home Gambling Network (HGN) to use HGN's patented live gaming technology. Under the terms of the deal, Playtech will be allowed to sub-licence live gaming services to its software licensees.Playtech is the only major RNG software firm to currently offer live gam - read more »

Prestige Gaming Sites Re-Released on New State-of-the-Art Platform - 04 November 2004
Online operators Prestige Gaming N.V. have announced the migration of their portfolio of premium gaming sites to the much-acclaimed Playtech platform. All of Prestige Gaming's seven brands, comprising three online casinos (Prestige Casino, Diamond Club Casino, PlayGate Casino), three poker rooms (Prestige Poker, Diamon - read more »

Casino contract for Labour donor - 04 November 2004
An inquiry has been launched after a property developer received a casino contract only weeks after donating £5,000 to a local Labour group.The Standards Board for England, the local government watchdog, will investigate the Labour leader of Manchester city council, Richard Leese, and his deputy, Jim Battle, in respons - read more »

Penn National to acquire Argosy in $1.4 billion deal - 04 November 2004
Penn National Gaming Inc. is acquiring Argosy Gaming Co. for $1.4 billion cash in an effort to turn itself into the nation's third-largest operator of gambling properties.Penn National, based in Wyomissing, Pa., said Wednesday it will pay $47 per share for Argosy stock -- a 15 percent premium to Argosy's closing price - read more »

W.Va. voters approve casino - 04 November 2004
A group of private investors is a step closer to opening a luxury resort and casino in a former psychiatric hospital in central West Virginia.With 22 of 24 precincts counted, a referendum to allow gambling at the Weston Hospital appeared to have passed, 3,625 to 2,175. The referendum needs a simple majority to pass.App - read more »

6 Minute-Old Online Gambler Wins $286,609 ! - 04 November 2004
It's a record jackpot at (, not because it's their biggest winner ever, but because no one has ever won a MEGA-Jackpot so quickly. A just-out-of-the-box online gambler going by the username Silvana3, registered at two weeks ago, on the 18th of October, but didn't star - read more »

Merger fuels second-tier casino stocks - 04 November 2004
Penn National Gaming (PENN: news, chart, profile) said it would buy "riverboat" operator Argosy Gaming (AGY: news, chart, profile) for $2.2 billion in cash and assumed debt. Penn will pay $47 cash for each share outstanding of Argosy. The combination will create a company with more than $2 billion in revenue, making it - read more »

Completion of acquisition of Paradise Poker - 03 November 2004
On 28 October 2004 Sportingbet announced that it had agreed to acquire Paradise Poker, a leading online poker business, for an initial consideration of US$297.5 million (£169.1 million), comprising the payment of US$193.3 million (£105.2 million) in cash and the issue to the Vendors of 56,677,388 Ordinary Shares.The Co - read more »

Coulthard: 'I believe I can deliver' - 03 November 2004
David Coulthard's campaign for a 2005 drive continues to rage, with the Scot aiming his latest plea for a lifeline at the Williams team.Coulthard is keen to remain in F1 next year, stressing that it's his love of racing and not a depleted bank balance that are behind that goal. However, so far the former McLaren driver - read more »

Watchdog focus on Labour chiefs over casino plan - 03 November 2004
A NATIONAL ethics watchdog is investigating two leading Manchester politicians over a controversially-timed donation by a major city developer.The Manchester Evening News revealed last month how Ask Property Developments, chosen to build a £260m casino leisure complex in East Manchester, had contributed £5,000 to local - read more »

Casino Gambling Plans Rejected Overwhelmingly By Neb. Voters - 03 November 2004
Nebraskans overwhelmingly rejected the Legislature's casino gambling plan Tuesday, and the two main parts of an alternate casino proposal also were losing with 34 percent of the vote in.Amendment 3, which proposed to legalize two casinos in the state, lost with 65 percent of voters against it.Lincoln Sen. DiAnna Schime - read more »

Supervisors weigh request to support Ottumwa casino - 03 November 2004
Gambling will be on the table for discussion at the next meeting of the Jefferson County Board of Supervisors -- but not gambling in Jefferson County. Instead, supervisors are being asked to write a letter endorsing plans to build a casino in Wapello County. They're not sure if they'll agree. "I have a f - read more »

Michigan's residents claim voice in gambling - 03 November 2004
Michigan voters on Tuesday approved giving themselves broad power over gambling expansions in the state.The proposal amends the state constitution to require most new gambling operations, except those run by Indian tribes or at Detroit's three casinos, be approved by voters at both state and local levels. The proposal - read more »

Nebraska votes 'no' to casino gambling - 03 November 2004
Proposals to allow casino gambling in Nebraska appeared this morning to have lost out in Tuesday's election.With 93 percent of the results in, the Legislature's plan to allow two casinos in Nebraska was being soundly defeated with 65 percent of voters opposed. Initiative 420, which would legalize two casinos in Omaha a - read more »

MP slams billionaire backing Ibrox casino - 03 November 2004
PRESSURE is being put on the Government to stop a US billionaire who is backing plans for a £90million casino at Ibrox.Concerns have been raised over the working practices of Sheldon G Adelson, owner of the Las Vegas Sands empire, after an American trade union made a string of allegations against him.Their document com - read more »

World Renowned Poker Champions Take Center Stage at Monte Carlo Millions - 02 November 2004
Matt Savage, tournament director of Monte Carlo Millions and the World Series of Poker (WSOP), announced today that the final seats for Monte Carlo Millions, the world's most exclusive poker tournament, are already reserved by the top international poker players. Monte Carlo Millions, limited to 80 professional and ama - read more »

Brosnan Endorses Farrell for Next '007' - 02 November 2004
Pierce Brosnan, who played British agent James Bond in the last four "007" films, says he thinks fellow Irishman Colin Farrell would be his ideal successor. Brosnan, 51, said several actors could ably fill his shoes as Bond, which he began in 1995 with "GoldenEye" and concluded with 2002's "Die Another Day.""But I'll g - read more »

Labour warnings on Welsh casinos - 02 November 2004
A claim that "super casinos" would help regenerate poorer areas of Wales has been dismissed by a Labour MP. Jon Owen Jones was among 15 of 34 Welsh Labour MPs who either voted against the Gambling Bill or failed to vote for it. Some were away, but others chose not to vote because they were unhappy. The government won t - read more »

Hilton set to place bets on Brighton - 02 November 2004
Hilton has targeted the bohemian south coast resort of Brighton as the site for a second super-casino. The news emerged as MPs voted on the controversial Gambling Bill and as the group confirmed it is in talks with council planners in Blackpool to sink £200m into a Las Vegas-style gaming resort there. But the hotelier - read more »

Tentative deal reached in casino strike - 02 November 2004
Thousands of striking casino-hotel workers have reached a tentative contract agreement that signals an end to a bitter, month-old walkout -- the longest in Atlantic City casino history.The union representing about 10,000 striking bartenders, cocktail servers, housekeepers and other service employees approved the five-y - read more »

UK gambling bill passes first vote - 02 November 2004
The UK's Gambling Bill crawled over its first hurdle yesterday when it passed its first parliamentary vote despite a major rebellion from government MPs. Dissenting voices from inside the ruling Labour party called on the government to reduce the number of land-based casinos, which is proving to be a major point of co - read more »

Hollywood Casino Shreveport Consents to Order for Relief - 02 November 2004
HCS I, Inc., the managing general partner of Hollywood Casino Shreveport (the "Company"), announced today that on October 30, 2004 the Company agreed to entry of an order for relief in the chapter 11 case that has been filed against it and that certain affiliates of the Company commenced voluntary cases under chapter 1 - read more »

It's 'Viva Las Vegas' for Bank of America, Wells Fargo - 01 November 2004
Bank of America and Wells Fargo hit the jackpot banking on Las Vegas. California's two largest banks entered the neon-lighted playground through acquisitions in the early-to-mid '90s and were quick to leverage the skills and contacts that the acquired bankers had developed over the years financing that city's casinos. - read more »

Hilton "plans Vegas-style casino" - 01 November 2004
The Hilton Group wants to open a Las Vegas-style casino costing 200 million pounds in northern England, the Independent has reported.The hotels and gaming company has held talks with local government officials in Blackpool, the newspaper quoted a Hilton spokesman as saying.The report said the complex would only be buil - read more »

Las Vegas Man Wins $13.6 Million at The Palms Casino - 01 November 2004
In the poker room of The Palms Casino where he plays regularly, he is known as Lucky Mickey and Michael Glass earned the moniker this afternoon when he won $13.6 million on Nevada Megabucks(R). The 56-year old retired postal worker moved to Las Vegas several months ago and said he plays poker and Megabucks nearly ever - read more »

Keith Duncan rolls the dice for casinos - 01 November 2004
Deputy managing director of Jamaica Money Market Brokers Limited Keith Duncan has added his voice to the call for government to give the nod to casino gaming."I'd like to urge Prime Minister P J Patterson and the government to make the right decision with regards to the issue of allowing casino gambling in Jamaica," he - read more »

MPs set to rebel over Gambling Bill - 01 November 2004
Ministers are facing a potential backbench rebellion over the Government's plans for a new generation of 'super-casinos'.Labour backbenchers, concerned about fuelling an increase in the incidence of problem gambling, are set to vote against the Gambling Bill at the conclusion of its second reading debate in the Commons - read more »