October 2004 News Article Archive

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Gaming Bill won't end fun of the fair - 31 October 2004
The Government has denied claims that the controversial new Gambling Bill will signal the end of seaside arcades and end-of-pier family entertainment centres. Fears that cheap and popular games such as 'penny pusher' and 'grab a toy' machines were under threat came after the Culture Minister, Tessa* Jowell, said that ' - read more »

Casinos key in Senecas' election - 31 October 2004
Casino earnings, just two years after they started flowing, have driven a wedge between members of the dominant political party on the Seneca Indian reservations and possibly opened the door for an anti-casino candidate in Tuesday's election. About 4,200 members of the Seneca Nation of Indians are eligible to vote in t - read more »

The gambling demographic - 31 October 2004
It's a sales pitch with some weight behind it: Here's your chance to influence what's on television and to communicate directly with network executives and producers.Short of being in one of the households selected by Nielsen Media Research to collect ratings information, visiting the Las Vegas Preview Studios at the V - read more »

Casinos, other development planned for St. Louis riverfront - 31 October 2004
Three casinos are slated for $500 million in new construction and expansion along a few miles of the Mississippi River in an effort St. Louis area officials hope will spark additional development.St. Louis has signed a deal with Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. to build a $250 million casino, hotel and residential developme - read more »

$5.7M slot jackpot won in Canada - 31 October 2004
A Toronto man upstaged the prime minister at the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort yesterday, winning the largest slot machine prize in Canadian history. Nick Hulst, a tax accountant, won $5,781,854.41 playing one of Fallsview's Megabucks machines. There was already a buzz at the casino as Prime Minister Paul Martin met - read more »

Bettors risking millions online to predict election outcome - 31 October 2004
We bet on ballgames and poker, the Oscars and the Emmys, so why not the presidential election -- especially one as tightly contested as this one? It's better than even money that somebody's got to win.Oh, sure, it's illegal to wager on a presidential race in the United States. But thanks to the Internet we now live in - read more »

MP's warning on 'super-casinos' - 30 October 2004
A new generation of "super-casinos" will increase the extent of gambling addiction and could lure serious criminals into the British industry, a Labour backbencher has warned.Stephen Pound, the Ealing North MP, issued the warning as he explained his reasons for opposing the clauses of the controversial Gambling Bill, w - read more »

Judge rules Hesperia-tribe pact fails to comply with environmental law - 30 October 2004
A court ruling Friday could send a proposal for an Indian casino back to square one, but it also might set the stage for an appeal to a higher court.A Victorville Superior Court judge ruled that the Hesperia City Council Council did not comply with state environmental law when it approved a municipal services agreement - read more »

Colusa casino tribe sues state over slots - 30 October 2004
The tribe that owns the Colusa Casino is suing the state, alleging it was wrongly denied licenses for hundreds of new slot machines.The Cachil Dehe Band of Wintun Indians of the Colusa Indian Community filed its case earlier this week in U.S. District Court in Sacramento.The tribe, whose lawyer was unavailable for comm - read more »

City turns to big shows to draw tourists - 30 October 2004
As the television commercials constantly remind us, what happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas.While this cheeky slogan ostensibly pertains to visitors' behavior, it also can be applied to a good deal of the city's casino-produced entertainment.With the advent of legal gambling across the country, slot machines and g - read more »

Casinos accused of labor offenses - 29 October 2004
With 10,000 casino workers going into the fifth week of their walkout in Atlantic City, union officials escalated hostilities Thursday by filing about 200 unfair labor practices complaints against the four affected companies with the National Labor Relations Board. Harrah's Entertainment was hit with 48 complaints, Cae - read more »

PokerStars to Crown Champions Throughout Europe with First Ever Pan-European Poker Tour - 29 October 2004
The worldwide poker phenomenon is making its way into some of the world's most beautiful casinos in some of the world's most historic cities as the PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) makes its way through Europe. The first season of the EPT, sponsored by PokerStars - host of the world's largest online tournaments, in - read more »

Panel may decide racino license Nov. 4 - 29 October 2004
The Maine Gambling Control Board may vote Nov. 4 whether to issue Penn National Gaming a conditional slot-machine license for its proposed racino at Bangor Raceway.The board, which received briefings about the company Thursday from the state police and outside fiscal experts, decided to review background materials comp - read more »

Sportingbet completes paradise deal - 28 October 2004
Sportingbet has bought Paradise Poker for US$297.5m in one of the largest deals ever to take place in the egaming sector. The deal sees Sportingbet almost double in size, and overnight makes the world's largest online betting firm the third biggest poker operator.Paradise's owners will recieve US$193.3m in cash, finan - read more »

Two Internet casinos consider IPOs in London - 28 October 2004
Two of the world's biggest internet gambling companies are considering initial public offerings (IPOs) in London, the larger of which could go straight into the blue-chip FTSE 100 index.The two companies, iGlobalMedia and Cassava Enterprises, are located in the same building in Gibraltar, but there is no connection bet - read more »

'Super-casinos will kill seaside arcades' - 28 October 2004
A NORTH Wales amusement arcade owner last night claimed government plans for "super-casinos" were odds-on to kill traditional seaside slot machine entertainment.Harry Allday, who runs Las Vegas Amusements, in Barmouth, feared clauses in the new Gambling Bill could spell the end for the family-friendly arcade business.N - read more »

Argosy agrees to reduced fine totaling $200,000 over 'due diligence' - 28 October 2004
Argosy Gaming Co. has agreed to pay a $200,000 fine stemming from its relationship with a company whose investors included convicted criminals with alleged mob ties.The Missouri Gaming Commission had originally ordered a fine of $250,000, but Alton, Ill.-based Argosy appealed and subsequently agreed to the reduced amou - read more »

Poker pros find gold mine playing online - 28 October 2004
Nate Silver quit his $55,000-a-year financial consulting job in April to play poker. So far it's been a wise career move: The 26-year-old Silver expects to make more than $100,000 this year playing the card game, mainly on the Internet.Silver belongs to a new generation of poker players who feast on the growing number - read more »

£2.5m jackpots on the way - 28 October 2004
New London casinos could pay out slot machine jackpots of up to £2.5 million, it emerged today. The US firm proposing a mega-casino for Wembley said its development would include the high-paying fruit machines. The news piled fresh pressure on Tony Blair over his controversial Gambling Bill. Caesar's Entertainment spok - read more »

Gambling bill 'has full government support' - 28 October 2004
The controversial gambling bill has the support of the whole government, culture minister Lord McIntosh insisted today - as the first sign of a backbench rebellion grew, with 11 Labour MPs signing an early day motion criticising the bill.Yesterday Lord McIntosh refused to comment on Labour backbenchers' fears over the - read more »

Kate goes 'ga-ga' over Blair's casinos bill - 28 October 2004
Northern Ireland's Kate Hoey, the former Sports Minister, has joined a growing group of Labour rebels which will vote against the Government's Bill to allow Las Vegas-style casinos in towns across Britain.Ms Hoey said: "Why do we need all these casinos? It seems crazy. I am going to vote against it. The whole deregulat - read more »

A.C.'s newest casino plans big addition - 27 October 2004
A winner with gamblers, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa wants to make room to accommodate more of them.The 2,010-room casino hotel, which is to break ground on a $200 million expansion in December, will add a 500-room hotel tower after that to keep up with runaway demand, chief executive officer Robert Boughner announced ye - read more »

How the row over Jowell's gambling bill erupted - 27 October 2004
The famously unflappable Tory prime minister Harold Macmillan used to say that "it's all got up by the press". This week the culture secretary, Tessa Jowell, must be tempted to agree. Macmillan's government was attacked ferociously for legalising betting shops in 1960 and introducing premium bonds two years earlier. Ha - read more »

Tribe tests its new casino - 27 October 2004
The funny money was flowing Tuesday at the Stillaguamish Tribe's new Angel of the Winds Casino, and nobody went home a loser.Tribal members, employees and their families and guests got to try out the new video slot machines, toss the dice, bet on the roulette wheel and call each other's bluff at the card tables as part - read more »

State wants full disclosure by casino - 27 October 2004
Elaborating on a demand from Louisiana's top gambling regulator, the state attorney general's office has told Isle of Capri Casinos it must fully disclose its plans, studies and consultants before the Gaming Control Board votes on its request to move a riverboat casino to Jefferson Parish. Attorney General Charles Foti - read more »

The way to go on Indian gaming - 26 October 2004
(Doug Bandow of San Diego Tribune) American Indians make up less than 1 percent of the U.S. population. They tend to earn less and die earlier than the rest of us. But many of them now profit from the $17 billion American Indian gambling industry. Federal law creates an Indian gambling monopoly in states where other ga - read more »

SA MPs prepare for all-night pokie debate - 25 October 2004
Debate in South Australian Parliament on a bill to reduce the number of poker machines looks set to run into the early hours of tomorrow.The State Opposition is still debating clauses in the Gaming Machine Amendment Bill in the Lower House.Leader of government business in the Lower House, Pat Conlon, says the Oppositio - read more »

Table games shift manager hits winning career in casinos - 25 October 2004
Let the games begin! Many associate this mantra with the Olympic games, but Ron Hager thinks of it more in terms of blackjack, poker, craps, roulette and baccarat. Hager, 47, is a table games shift manager -- known as a "pit boss" in casino lingo -- at Caesars Indiana's Glory of Rome Casino in Harrison County, Ind. The - read more »

Gambling chief denies 'secret deals' on casinos - 25 October 2004
Government plans to allow Las Vegas-style casinos were mired in fresh controversy today amid claims that American gambling giants were offered secret tax deals to locate in Britain. Speculation that secret tax discussions had been held was given added weight when it emerged that Labour MPs had been sent a briefing sugg - read more »

Casino agency approves $192 million in upgrades - 25 October 2004
The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority took action on a number of fronts last week aimed at expanding and improving gaming halls and the boardwalk.The agency, which invests gambling-generated dollars in development projects statewide, gave preliminary approval for a combined $192 million worth of casino expansio - read more »

Labour retreat over super-casinos - 25 October 2004
Massive opposition has forced a rethink of Tony Blair's planned gambling free-for-all, it emerged last night. Tessa* Jowell, who proposed the proliferation of Las Vegasstyle casinos across Britain just a week ago, suddenly promised there would be no more than '20 to 40'. The Culture Secretary also hinted at further con - read more »

Sportingbet to buy paradise poker for US$313m - 25 October 2004
Sportingbet is preparing to buy the world's third largest poker site paradisepoker.com from its owners Tropical Paradise in a deal worth more than US$300m. The two firms are reportedly in advanced talks, with Sportingbet willing to pay US$313m (£170m) to acquire the successful poker site.The price mentioned represents - read more »

Cirque du Soleil's new Vegas show takes dramatic turn - 24 October 2004
In each of its Las Vegas productions, the Montreal-based troupe Cirque du Soleil has broken new ground.Mystère, at Treasure Island, established Cirque's always eclectic and sometimes eccentric hybrid of acrobatics and dance in Vegas. O, at Bellagio, introduced a spellbinding performance environment dominated by water. - read more »

Jowell attacks anti-casino 'snobs' - 24 October 2004
People who object to the liberalisation of gambling are snobs who do not want the less well-off to be able to enjoy visiting casinos, Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell said.Her comments came as unconfirmed reports suggested growing concern about her Gambling Bill within the Cabinet.Ms Jowell was defending the controversia - read more »

Paddy Power prepares to expand into online poker - 24 October 2004
Bookmaker Paddy Power is set to offer online poker as part of the company's expansion of its internet activities which are becoming increasingly profitable for the Irish company. An online poker facility, which would match up players with other users online in a real live game, is expected to be available by the end of - read more »

PLAYER'S EDGE: Las Vegas casinos offer Halloween-themed giveaways - 23 October 2004
It appears that Halloween is becoming a major casino giveaway day, especially this year when Oct. 31 falls on a Sunday. At the Palms, someone will celebrate Halloween by winning a 2005 ML 350 Mercedes Benz SUV. At 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings (both this weekend and next), the casino is giving away a $ - read more »

CITY HITS JACKPOT WITH NEW CASINO - 23 October 2004
Work has started on Bristol's biggest casino, which is part of a multi-million pound leisure complex in the city's Harbourside. The £10 million casino, which will boast 30 gaming tables and 150 jackpot machines, is expected to attract about 3,000 customers a week.It will be part of a complex which will include a Marks - read more »

Neteller becomes authorised by FSA as an e-Money issuer - 22 October 2004
NETeller UK Limited (the Company), a subsidiary of leading money transfer service provider NETeller plc, announces that it has received authorisation from the Financial Services Authority (FSA) to operate as a regulated e-money issuer. The Company intends to 'passport' this regulated status into all 25 EU member states - read more »

Gaming Transactions Inc. Acquires Keno Limited, UK - 22 October 2004
Gaming Transactions Inc., (PINK SHEETS:GGTS - News) a leading provider of online gaming portal management is pleased to announce that it has acquired Keno Limited, a company registered in the United Kingdom. Keno Limited (UK) holds the license to the URL Keno.com and a license to an Internet financial gaming transactio - read more »

First machines arrive for Black Gold Casino - 22 October 2004
In preparation for its November grand opening, the new Black Gold Casino at Zia Park in Hobbs, N.M., received the first of six slot machine shipments from Reno, Nevada. The new $45 million dollar casino received 100 slot machines Wednesday from Reno-based International Game Technology. The casino is expecting to open o - read more »

Russian Tennis Star Kafelnikov Wins in Moscow Open Poker Tournament - 22 October 2004
Yevgeny Kafelnikov, former No 1 tennis player in the world, had his first major win at his new game of choice - poker - at the Russian Open in Moscow last week, The Independent writes.His prize for outlasting a field of 52 in the $300 Omaha hi-lo competition was just over $10,000.The winnings are not much compared to t - read more »

Online Poker TV Show Debuts - 22 October 2004
Double Bellybuster Productions announced the launch of their new online TV show called "Poker Updates today. The show can be viewed at www.PokerUpdates.com."Poker Updates is a magazine style TV show that takes you inside the world of poker", said the show's producer, Eric Rosenberg. "There is a lot of poker on televisi - read more »

Fears over new casino laws - 22 October 2004
Grave concern over Government plans to relax the rules governing gambling have come from Luton North MP Kelvin Hopkins. There are fears that almost every town in Britain will now have its own Las Vegas-style casino.The Gambling Bill was published this week with warnings it will lead to a rise in the number of gambling - read more »

Archon Corporation Updates Development Status for Las Vegas Strip Property - 21 October 2004
Archon Corporation ("Archon") (ARHN) is issuing this press release to provide an update on the current status of its Las Vegas Strip site. Archon's 27-acre site on the Las Vegas Strip, located immediately south of the Sahara Hotel and Casino, was previously leased to Wet-N-Wild and remains in the predevelopment stage. - read more »

Trump Hotels Said to Reach Deal to Avoid Bankruptcy - 21 October 2004
Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts Inc., the struggling holding company that controls Donald J. Trump's casinos, has reached a preliminary agreement with its investors to restructure $1.8 billion in debt, fending off a possible bankruptcy filing and leaving Mr. Trump as the company's chairman and chief executive.The restr - read more »

MGM PLANS UK SUBSIDIARY - 21 October 2004
US casino operator MGM Mirage is thinking of moving into Britain - if the newly-announced changes to the UK gambling industry are carried out.Chief Executive Terry Lanni has said that potential subsidiaries in Britain, Macau and perhaps Singapore could tap local stock markets to fund themselves. Mr Lanni said MGM had - read more »

Gambling reassurances for island - 21 October 2004
The head of gambling control in Alderney has said he is confident the island's betting industry could survive any competition from the UK. Andre Wilsenach's comments come after proposals were unveiled by the UK Government earlier this week in its Gambling Bill. Mr Wilsenach believes Alderney will still have an edge ove - read more »

Minister unveils gambling shake-up - 19 October 2004
Controversial plans to transform Britain's gambling laws are due to be unveiled by the Government. Most of the restrictions on gambling will be swept away in a new bill being published by Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell. The Gambling Bill will allow slot machines and roulette tables to appear in bingo halls and betting - read more »

Betting on poker's popularity - 19 October 2004
With poker's popularity growing because of televised tournaments, retailers are betting that playing cards and chips will be among the must-have items during the holiday shopping season.Stores are showcasing displays of casino-quality chips and gaming tables with holders for drinks and betting chips."I'm not a big poke - read more »

Casino Media Group Launches New Network - 19 October 2004
Casino Media Group has launched a new media network that places advertising directly inside the Casino on gambling table felts, on poker chips, on playing cards and in surrounding POS, the company announced today. Casino Media is in discussions with major beer, spirits, pharmaceutical and lifestyle brands to launch the - read more »

No-limit Texas Hold 'Em growing in popularity - 19 October 2004
Two players stare at each other across a sea of green felt inside the main ballroom of the Radisson Hotel in Monroeville. Then, they each slowly, intently glance at the two cards they hold face down in front of them. In between them, five more cards lay face up across the table. Each player casts a quick glance first u - read more »

New Indian Casino - 19 October 2004
A new casino is one step closer to opening in Wyandotte County.The state today announced its gaming compact with the Sac and Fox and Kickapoo tribes. The tribes are set to invest over $200,000,000 into what they call a destination casino.Governor's Sebelius' chief counsel Matt All said, "A destination casino if run the - read more »

West Fargo nurse wins more than $1 million at casino - 19 October 2004
A West Fargo nurse won more than $1 million playing a slot machine game at Dakota Magic Casino, casino officials said. Deborah Wang won $1,045,584 on Friday when she hit the dollar play "Wheel of Fortune" progressive MegaJackpot, casino officials said.Wang, a licensed practical nurse, said she was walking away from the - read more »

Crown Casino: Singapore Businessman Doesn't Owe It Money - 19 October 2004
Australia's Crown Casino Tuesday denied a newspaper report that businessman Thomas Tay, chief executive of Singapore's Airocean Group (A21.SG), owed the casino money. "No one named Thomas Tay owes this casino any money at all," the Melbourne-based casino's spokesman Gary O'Neill said in an e-mail response to queries fr - read more »

Sebelius reveals details of casino pact - 19 October 2004
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Monday formally announced completion of a proposed compact with the Kickapoo and Sac and Fox tribes for a $210 million casino and hotel at the hottest tourist corner in Kansas -- near Interstates 70 and 435 in western Wyandotte County.Simultaneously, the Delaware Tribe, based in Bartlesville, - read more »

Gambling shakeup to allow mega-casinos - 19 October 2004
The government today published its contentious gambling bill, which ministers say will regulate "socially responsible" gambling but critics claim will see new mega-casinos cause an increase in addiction.The bill will for the first time regulate online gambling, create a new regulator for the industry and allow unlimite - read more »

Station Casinos net income up sharply - 19 October 2004
Station Casinos Inc. (STN.N: Quote, Profile, Research) , a gambling operator catering to Las Vegas residents, on Tuesday posted a strong rise in third-quarter earnings as the city economy boomed and a California Indian casino managed by Station expanded.Net income rose to $29.1 million, or 43 cents per share, from $19. - read more »

Bets are on for a 'mega' casino - 19 October 2004
Slot machines paying out £1 million pound jackpots will be coming to Sheffield following government plans to radically relax gaming laws.A new Gambling Bill is expected to bring a multi-million pound "mega" casino to the city - making Sheffield a mini Las Vegas.Details of a radical revamp of Britain's ancient gaming la - read more »

WPT Enterprises' PROFESSIONAL POKER TOUR -- PPT -- Names Eligible Players To Inaugural $2.5 Million Season - 18 October 2004
When the PROFESSIONAL POKER TOUR(TM) (PPT) kicks off at Foxwoods Resort Casino on Nov. 9, the field will include poker's All-Stars -- champions from WORLD POKER TOUR(TM) (WPT), World Series of Poker and European Poker competitions. More than 200 players qualified when the PPT announced its list of eligible players, bas - read more »

Sportingbet in advanced talks over 'substantial acquisition' - 18 October 2004
Sportingbet PLC, the UK-based online gambling group, said it is in advanced discussions with a third party regarding the potential "substantial acquisition" of an online poker business.In a statement it said financing of the potential acquisition would require an equity fundraising by the company."The board of Sporting - read more »

Stanley casino complex plan could create 1,000 UK jobs - 18 October 2004
Casino operator Stanley Leisure today unveiled plans to bring a slice of Las Vegas to Yorkshire in England in a move that could also create more than 1,000 jobs.The proposed regional casino complex next to Leeds United's Elland Road football ground would cost up to £125m (€180.7m) and rival any other development in the - read more »

Anti-casino rally highlights gambling's down sides - 16 October 2004
Five hundred area residents turned out for an anti-casino rally Friday night at the St. Serbian Social Center in Lansing.Speakers told the audience that the planned Ho-Chunk casino to be located in Lynwood would bring increased rates of crime, bankruptcies and gambling addictions. The estimated income to the area does - read more »

All bets are off over casino debate - 16 October 2004
Burnley planning bosses have dispelled rumours that a casino for the town is on the cards. Reports in the UK highlighted Burnley as a location earmarked by gambling firms. But council chiefs said today there were no applications in the pipeline for a casino. Planning permission was granted two years ago for one in the - read more »

Indiana casinos' tax bill is huge - 16 October 2004
Indiana's 10 casinos owe the state about $130million in back taxes, penalties and interest for tax years 1995 through 2002, according to an audit the Indiana Department of Revenue finished this week. The casinos also could owe an additional $30million annually starting this year, said Cathy Henninger, a spokeswoman for - read more »

A Pennsylvania slots update - 16 October 2004
A quick look at the latest developments surrounding slot machines in Pennsylvania:The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered a lower court to evaluate whether former state Rep. Jeffrey W. Coy can serve on the state gambling commission. The Supreme Court said that the matter would be returned to Commonwealth Court for furth - read more »

Wire Act convict still puts up a fight - 15 October 2004
What might have been a fairly dry note-taking lesson on the complex web of laws and court cases on Internet gambling got a lot more interesting after the appearance of Jay Cohen at last week's Global Gaming Expo.Cohen is the former president of World Sports Exchange, a sportsbook and online casino based in Antigua. He - read more »

Poker legend Jack Binion to host tournament - 15 October 2004
Jack Binion, the original host of the World Series of Poker at Binion's Horseshoe, has signed on to host the event as well as a recently announced World Series of Poker tournament circuit organized by Harrah's Entertainment Inc.Binion formerly managed Binion's Horseshoe and launched the World Series of Poker before rel - read more »

Gambling laws set to be relaxed - 14 October 2004
Anti gambling campaigners fear that planned changes to the law mean mega-casinos will spring up across Britain, along with a huge increase in betting addiction. It all follows the Government's decision to fast track the new Gambling Bill to get it on the Statute Book before the election. Ministers denied it would creat - read more »

Britain Moves to Loosen Gambling Laws - 14 October 2004
Seeking a dash of Vegas glitter, Prime Minister Tony Blair's government said Thursday it will introduce legislation within weeks to allow giant casinos offering unlimited jackpots to set up across Britain.Current law permits small gambling houses that operate as private clubs with traditional table games but only a few - read more »

Beatles to Play Las Vegas in Cirque Du Soleil Show - 14 October 2004
Only in Las Vegas: Beatles songs, as portrayed by the acrobatic troupe Cirque du Soleil, will replace animal training duo Siegfried and Roy at one of the city's biggest tourist theaters, according to a deal announced on Thursday. Characters from Beatles songs like "Eleanor Rigby," "Nowhere Man" and "I am the Walrus" wi - read more »

Betting firm becomes CFL sponsor - 13 October 2004
The Canadian Football League is going where no major North American professional sports league has gone before, announcing a two-year sponsorship agreement with a British-based on-line sports book and casino.The deal between the CFL and Bowmans is believed to be the first of its kind. Bowmans will place advertising sig - read more »

Poker explosion - 13 October 2004
It's popping up everywhere. It's in bars, movies, television, online and your neighbors garage and, now, it's in your newspaper. The game of poker is a form of gambling that's been catching on faster than the flu. There are currently several shows dedicated to the game, including the televised World Poker Tour, Celebri - read more »

Vegas-style casino at former Epstein's to benefit festival - 13 October 2004
The former Epstein's department store will open its doors Thursday night to make room for a Las Vegas-style casino, to benefit the town's holiday Festival on the Green. More than 300 people are expected to attend the fundraiser, coordinated by the nonprofit Morristown Partnership. Officials say they hope to raise $25,0 - read more »

Northern Lights Casino Holding World Poker Satellite Tournament - Winner Advancing to World Poker Finals - 12 October 2004
The Northern Lights Casino and Hotel in Walker, Minnesota is hosting the World Poker No-Limit Hold 'Em Satellite Tournament throughout October. Northern Lights is Minnesota's home for the event for the second straight year, and is the only tribally owned venue in the state that is hosting a satellite tournament. The wi - read more »

Casino Plan Unveiled For Wembley - 12 October 2004
The company behind the world-famous Caesars Palace casino has unveiled plans to open an "entertainment resort" at a redeveloped Wembley leisure complex.Caesars Entertainment currently has 28 properties including Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.It said its proposals included a "world-class" casino, a 400-room hotel, designe - read more »

Fight intensifies over measure to limit gambling - 12 October 2004
In apocalyptic terms, Michigan school officials described on Monday a proposed constitutional amendment to limit gambling, predicting it would lead to drastic declines in state lottery money for the classroom.Their concerns were echoed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who had remained relatively quiet about the plan but will - read more »

Retailers cash in on new poker craze - 11 October 2004
With poker's popularity growing because of televised tournaments, retailers are betting that playing cards and chips will be among the must-have items during the holiday shopping season. Stores are showcasing displays of casino-quality chips and gaming tables with holders for drinks and betting chips. "I'm not a big po - read more »

PokerCoaching.com Publishes Exclusive Interview with Linda Johnson, the First Lady of Poker - 11 October 2004
PokerCoaching.com today has published an exclusive interview with Linda Johnson, the first lady of poker. Linda Johnson is a director of the Tournament Director's Association, the standards body that sets the rules for tournament poker worldwide. She is also a WORLD SERIES OF POKER champion and the Studio Announcer at - read more »

CelebPoker Announces the Arrival of Their Spectacular New Celebrity Poker Room Software - 11 October 2004
CelebPoker announces the arrival of their spectacular new poker room software.The CelebPoker team is pleased to announce the imminent arrival of our spectacular new celebrity poker room. This is your chance to play poker with games such as: limit, no limit, pot limit poker, daily Freerolls and multi table tournaments w - read more »

Singapore signs up to global casino club - 11 October 2004
If even the famously conservative Singaporean government is considering allowing its first ever casino, the gambling industry must be hot indeed. Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has announced plans for a casino resort, hoping to cash in on the wildfire expansion of gambling around Asia. The announcement refl - read more »

U.S. online gaming laws outdated, lawyer suggests - 11 October 2004
U.S. laws aren't keeping up with the fastest-growing sector of the gambling industry: online person-to-person playing, a lawyer told attendees at a panel discussion on online gaming at last week's Global Gaming Expo. Online gambling in a person-to-person environment allows gamblers to play directly against each other i - read more »

Lake Tahoe enticing Las Vegas residents - 10 October 2004
Smarting from the defection of Northern California gamblers to slot machines on Indian reservations, Lake Tahoe resorts are placing their bets on the nation's hottest casino market. While Las Vegas spent the past few months roasting in temperatures well over 100 degrees, sweating residents were peppered with television - read more »

Isle of Capri plans $90M replacement for casino in Biloxi - 10 October 2004
Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. will replace its Biloxi casino with a new, larger $90 million barge, company officials say. "Biloxi is a competitive market," said Lori Hutzler, director of corporate communications. "We want to provide our players with the best experience, and that means bringing in a new gaming facility. Th - read more »

GLOBAL GAMING EXPO IN REVIEW: Casino taxes taken to task - 10 October 2004
Top casino executives told conventioneers at last week's Global Gaming Expo that the biggest problems their industry face are unpredictable tax rates and a political bias against their businesses. MGM Mirage Chairman Terry Lanni said taxes are the issue that could kill the gaming industry, at least in specific states w - read more »

Bahamas Poker Tournament Kicks Off Poker Tour International, Costa Rica Classic - 10 October 2004
The Royal Oasis Grand Bahama Poker Tournament held in late August proved to be a success that called for more. Comments Pro Player Ted Lawson, winner of this year's Las Vegas Omaha World Poker Series ($500,000) and CEO of Federated National Insurance Company comments, "This tournament was the best value for the money w - read more »

Opposing Sides Differ On Profile Of Average Casino Gambler - 09 October 2004
Max Clark and his wife recently planned a whole afternoon at a casino here -- a treat following a doctor's visit across the river in Omaha, Neb.The pair, from Atlantic, Iowa, visit the Council Bluffs casinos about once every two to three months -- with 66-year-old Marlene Clark spending about $40 on slot machines at ea - read more »

TV nets betting heavy on Las Vegas - 09 October 2004
Las Vegas long has been home to countless video cameras - but they've dwelled mostly above the casino floor rather than on it.Not anymore. While the gambling capital's surveillance remains intact, Las Vegas also has become the setting for a growing number of TV shows -- from primetime dramas to reality fare to those ne - read more »

Street seen as reassured about Harrah's-Caesars deal - 09 October 2004
Strong arguments by Harrah's executives have helped persuade Wall Street that its $9.4 billion plan to buy Caesars Entertainment makes strategic sense, analysts said Friday. After the deal was announced July 14, uncertainty about the merger drove Harrah's stock price to $44.29 a month later, down 15 percent from its pr - read more »

BINGO GETS MODERN - 09 October 2004
A panel of experts is predicting that new technology and increased player rewards will help bring a younger generation to bingo halls at casinos. The panel, which addressed an audience on Thursday at the final day of the Global Gaming Expo held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, said casinos are targeting baby boomers - read more »

Powerball fever spreads as jackpot reaches $177 million - 06 October 2004
When no one came up with Saturday's winning Powerball ticket, an already sweet pot got a whole lot sweeter. Before the low-stakes gambling public knew what hit them, $177 million was at stake for tonight's drawing. Until 9 p.m., Powerball veterans and fortune hunters from as far away as Boston will descend on convenien - read more »

California gambling initiative's supporters are wavering - 06 October 2004
Backers of an initiative to authorize slot machines at card clubs and race tracks plan to meet Wednesday to consider suspending their campaign, which is lagging badly in public and private polls despite a multimillion-dollar ad blitz.A decision to stop pushing Proposition 68 would be a significant victory for Indian tr - read more »

GLOBAL GAMING EXPO: Experts take ideas for a spin - 06 October 2004
Slot machines with downloadable games that can quickly transform the casino environment will be the next technological advance in gaming, experts predicted Tuesday at the Global Gaming Expo. "We've gone through this great ticket in-ticket out cycle; the next technology advance will be downloadable games," said Frank Fa - read more »

Experts, residents argue gambling expansion - 06 October 2004
In a build-up to the Nov. 2 election, Tim Eyman sparred with opponents of Initiative 892 Tuesday, debating both the benefits and dangers of expanded gambling in Washington. Prodded by questions submitted by Olympian readers for the forum, Eyman and opponents Jim Austin and Alan Yamamoto touched on everything from the m - read more »

Poker just got Sexier: PlayersOnly.com launches Sexy Poker Product - 04 October 2004
Sportingbet PLC (LSE SBT.L) announced today that the sexiest Sportsbook on the internet, PlayersOnly.com, has added a new poker room to its existing sports book and casino. PlayersOnly.com, a sportsbook known for its seemingly endless collection of free online beauties as well as fantastic odds and captivating props, n - read more »

More poker firms reportedly seeking IPOs - 01 October 2004
A number of poker sites are looking to obtain a listing on the London Stock Exchange, according to industry sources.Several of the operators in the pokerpulse top ten have been in discussions with regulators and advisors in the UK regarding a possible move.The European market is viewed by many sites as virgin territory - read more »

US gov wins settlement in online gaming suit - 01 October 2004
Three US radio stations have agreed to pay US$159,000 to the US Attorney's Office in Missouri to settle charges they broke federal laws by accepting online gambling ads. The firms involved, Missouri Sports Radio, Simulcast and All Sports Radio, agreed to forfeit all monies received for ads placed between mid-2000 and - read more »

"UltimateBet.com Poker Classic" Brings Poker to the Tropics - 01 October 2004
Braving the fury of Hurricane Jeanne, hundreds of intrepid poker players made it to Aruba for the UltimateBet.com Poker Classic, the fifth stop on the acclaimed WORLD POKER TOUR. 647 players either won their entry online through a satellite or bought-in for $6,000, and tournament sponsor UltimateBet.com anted up an ext - read more »

Casino workers poised to walk with contract talks unresolved - 01 October 2004
Over 10,000 Atlantic City bartenders, cooks, servers, maids and other hotel staff plan to walk off the job at 6 a.m. today after contract negotiations with seven of the city's 12 casinos stalled late yesterday. "It's going to be a mess," said Al Tabai, who has been a bartender at Bally's Atlantic City for 14 years. "I - read more »