September 2004 News Article Archive

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No More Casinos - 30 September 2004
People used to talk about the "Californication" of neighboring Western states, but Californians must now worry about the Nevadization of their state, given the incessant spread of casino gambling.It wasn't supposed to be this way, of course. As Californians prepared to vote in the 2000 primary, they were assured that P - read more »

Gambling site suspends betting on 'The Apprentice' - 30 September 2004
An offshore bookie has suspended betting on the winner of the second season of NBC's The Apprentice, citing an "unusual betting pattern on two contestants" from accounts originating in New Hampshire. "We don't know if this is some kind of link to the contestants or some way involved with the production," wa - read more »

Casinos helped get Cruisin' up and running - 30 September 2004
Casinos continue to be the backbone of support for Cruisin' the Coast, an event that will attract thousands of classic car owners next week from 40 states and Canada. It kicks off Sunday.Casinos are hosting cruise-in spots, offering classic entertainment and giving away vintage automobiles. Casinos underwrote the event - read more »

Tulalips tell how casinos benefit other area tribes - 30 September 2004
Before the gambling began at Quil Ceda Creek Casino's grand opening party Tuesday for Tulalip Tribes members, tribal officials paid tribute to those responsible for making it possible to open a second casino."We are honoring and recognizing the tribes that we have partnerships with and honoring and thanking our people - read more »

Gangsters warning over casino plan - 29 September 2004
The Australian casino which Brierley Hill's new £50million gambling complex will be modelled on is home to gangster dealings and a haunt for call girls, it was revealed today. Australian police commissioner Christine Nixon is now warning Brierley Hill's civic bosses to be wary of potential trouble surrounding large-sca - read more »

Trump gets bailout offer from ’Net gambling firm - 29 September 2004
An Internet casino operator said it is offering Donald Trump $400 million for a stake in his ailing casino company. Casino Fortune, a Trinidad-based company, said Tuesday it has approached Trump about replacing DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, whose plans for a bailout of Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts Inc. fell through l - read more »

Effort for casino turns to Palo Alto - 29 September 2004
Gary Kirke's drive to get into the casino business has spread to a third community.In addition to proposing casinos in Ottumwa and west of Des Moines, Kirke has joined forces with residents in Palo Alto County to bring a riverboat to Emmetsburg.Kirke is not alone in proposing an Emmetsburg casino.Grace Entertainment, t - read more »

Online poker tournament deals scholarships to college students - 29 September 2004
Students across the country are signing online to compete for money and vacations in this year's The 2nd College Poker Championship."Colleges everywhere have a fine poker-playing tradition," said Lou Kreiger, event host and co-author of Poker for Dummies and Internet Poker: How to Play and Beat Online Poker Games. "It - read more » Announces First Land Based Tournament - 28 September 2004
The line between virtual poker and the land based variety just became a bit fuzzier is now bridging the gap from 'face to computer', to 'face to face' poker, with the announcement of the first annual 'Caribbean Poker Classic' No Limit Texas Hold 'Em tournament.The televised event which will be held Decembe - read more »

Stars Flock to Casino for Movie Premiere - 28 September 2004
For one night, Mohegan Sun rivaled the red carpets usually reserved for New York and Los Angeles. The casino was the site Monday night for the East Coast premiere of "I (heart) Huckabees," set to open in theaters Oct. 1. The premiere brought in movie stars like Boston native Mark Wahlberg, Jamie-Lynn DiScala of "The So - read more »

Internet casino offers $400M for stake in Trump Resorts - 28 September 2004
An obscure offshore Internet gambling company yesterday proposed spending $400 million for a 31 percent stake in Donald Trump's casino company, which is regrouping following the collapse last week of an unrelated bailout deal. Trump, the chairman and chief executive of Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts, said yesterday he - read more »

Colony Capital to Buy Casinos - 28 September 2004
Colony Capital reached a final agreement to buy four major casino properties and for the first time pinpointed the price: $1.24 billion.The Century City-based private investment firm said it would buy the Atlantic City Hilton and Bally's Tunica in Mississippi from Caesars Entertainment Inc. and Harrah's East Chicago in - read more »

Tribe argues for casino gambling before appeals court - 28 September 2004
Wyoming should not be forced to accept casino-style gambling on the Wind River Indian Reservation, even though the state allows nearly unlimited gambling at charity or social events, a state attorney argued Monday.In a hearing before a three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, an attorney f - read more »

UI antes up, brings in poker - 28 September 2004
Adhering to student interest, the University of Iowa on Thursday is hosting an intramural poker World Series, adding UI to a lengthy list of college campuses nationwide joining the poker craze.Critics argue people might think UI's first-time allowance of the event is a message that gambling is OK while thousands of peo - read more »

Harrah’s, Caesars to sell four casinos to satisfy regulators - 28 September 2004
Officials for Harrah's Entertainment Inc. and Caesars Entertainment Inc. on Monday said they agreed to sell four casino hotels to an affiliate of Colony Capital LLC for about $1.24 billion.The sale of Harrah's East Chicago, Harrah's Tunica, Atlantic City Hilton and Bally's Tunica is intended to resolve any antitrust co - read more »

Women gone wild...over poker, that is. And they're beating men at the game - 27 September 2004
When Marla Schram Schwartz sat down at a Southern California poker club two decades ago, men rose from the table and swore never to play with a woman.Not today. With Texas Hold 'Em transfixing millions of cable TV viewers, poker is red hot. And women like Schwartz have now turned the tables as the hottest draws in poke - read more »

Thunder Valley Casino adds another 800 slots - 27 September 2004
Turns out that "several hundred" new slot machines is casino-speak for 800 new slot machines, at least in South Placer. Thunder Valley Casino added more than 800 slots over the last month after the federal government approved a new compact that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger negotiated with the United Auburn Indian Communi - read more »

Packer eyes Scots casino chain - 27 September 2004
Kerry Packer, media tycoon and one of Australia's richest men, is planning a series of casinos across Scotland as part of a £300 million push into the UK gaming industry. Packer, under the brand name Aspers, is the latest name to join a list of major casino operators all hoping to cash in on an expected relaxation of U - read more »

Lotto has created 373 millionaires - 27 September 2004
The National Lottery has created 373 millionaires since its launch in 2000, National Lotteries Board figures show. Get-rich-quick hopefuls have spent billions of rand over the four-year period to end March 2004, with R4 billion spent on lottery tickets in the past financial year . But civic and religious bodies have ra - read more »

Las Vegas: Britain pondering tax rates on gambling - 27 September 2004
As the effort to approve “destination” casinos in Great Britain is gaining momentum, Las Vegas Strip casino executives are still waiting for the U.K. government to decide on the amount of taxes casinos will have to pay.“The amount being debated now is from 15 to 30 percent (of casino receipts),” Alan Feldman, spokesman - read more »

Rockaway Beach residents plan second push for casino - 27 September 2004
The statewide rejection of a casino for Rockaway Beach has only fueled some residents' fervor to one day hear the ringing of slot machines and rattling of dice in the faded resort town."We are determined. We are committed. And, we have a vision," said Chuck Walters, who co-chairs the town's gambling committee.In the Au - read more »

Hard Rock plans hotel-condo project in Las Vegas - 26 September 2004
Peter Morton, chairman of the Hard Rock Hotel, announced plans to build a $1 billion hotel and condominium project next to the existing hotel-casino.Morton recently acquired the 24-acre parcel next to the Hard Rock Hotel for $86 million.Plans call for the development to have at least 1,500 hotel and condominium units a - read more »

Casinos unlikely to turn Omaha into tourist hub - 26 September 2004
Casinos could draw more people from out of town and convention business to Omaha, but tourism officials don't expect the city to be transformed into a Middle West Las Vegas. "If I'm driving across America and I have my wife and two kids in the back of the car, would we stop in Omaha because of the casino? Maybe," Carl - read more »

US casinos may reap fruit of limit on slots - 24 September 2004
SLOT machines that pay out up to a £1 million jackpot are to be banned from all but the biggest casinos in the UK under a new gambling bill to go before the Wesminster parliament. In a predicted move to rein in the wholesale liberalisation of the country's gaming laws, Tessa Jowell, the Aecretary of State for Culture, - read more »

Gambling gives punters the jitters - 23 September 2004
Gambling stocks took a spin on fears that the long-awaited reform to Britain's arcane gambling laws may not happen before the next General Election. The proposed Gambling Bill will need to be introduced before Parliament by next month if it stands a chance of being passed by next year's likely election date. Morgan Sta - read more »

Casinos paved way for Indian museum - 23 September 2004
The National Museum of the American Indian, which opened Tuesday, honors the culture of the first Americans and also represents the new wealth of tribes from casinos.Three Indian tribes that operate eastern casinos - the Mohegans and Pequots of Connecticut and the Oneidas of New York - each pledged $10 million to the m - read more »

Governor opposes effort to repeal San Pablo casino amendment - 22 September 2004
In the political firestorm that engulfed his approval of a massive Indian casino in the San Francisco Bay area, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger repeatedly said a local congressman made him do it. Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, had quietly pushed through an amendment that skirted a lengthy, uncertain process and gave the Ly - read more »

CryptoLogic Announces New Poker Software For Satellite Tournaments - 22 September 2004
Enhanced tournament capability drives bigger prizes and excitement for online poker fans worldwide CryptoLogic Inc. (Nasdaq:CRYP) (TSX:CRY) (LSE:CRP), a leading software developer to the global Internet gaming market, announced today the release of expanded tournament capabilities in the newest version of its highly po - read more »

World Poker Tour Enters into Licensing Agreement with Slot Machine Manufacturer IGT; IGT to Develop WPT-Branded Slot and Video Poker Machines for Worldwide Distribution - 22 September 2004
WPT Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:WPTE) has signed a long-term agreement with Reno, Nev.-based IGT to produce slot and video poker machines based on its WORLD POKER TOUR(TM) (WPT) television series. IGT, the creator of the first video poker games, will work closely with WPT Enterprises to replicate key elements of the WORL - read more »

Annie Duke gets $2 million after winning Vegas poker tournament - 22 September 2004
Annie Duke beat out her older brother and eight other poker legends to win $2 million and the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions.The 39-year-old Duke outlasted the other players in an grueling game held earlier this month at the Rio hotel-casino.ESPN telecast the event, the results of which had been kept sec - read more »

PokerFaces.Net community launches unique web communications services for online poker players - 21 September 2004
A new type of website is being launched at this month. It is the first of a kind of new sites whose aim is to bring the faceless monster of online poker, into the real world. is achieving this by providing a complete tool set which enables poker players to communicate with each other via e - read more »

Poker Pros Set to Make History on the French Riviera at Monte Carlo Millions - 21 September 2004
The Monaco Government Tourist Office announced today that for the first time in Monegasque history, the Principality is allowing a poker tournament to take place in the world-famous venue of Monte-Carlo. Monte Carlo Millions promises to be the most glamorous and exciting poker event in history as A-list celebrities, pr - read more »

The Reno Peppermill Hotel Casino Website is a 2004 WebAward Winner - 21 September 2004
"'s success in the WebAwards competition is a testament to our commitment to providing our customers the best online service possible," said Kelly Richmond, Peppermill Web Director, "We strive to offer customers the highest quality customer experience online and we are honored to receive this recognit - read more »

Groups build coalitions on gambling proposal - 21 September 2004
Groups on both sides of a ballot proposal that would require voter approval for expanded gambling say they are building large coalitions as the Nov. 2 election nears. Proposal 1 would require most gambling operations - except Indian casinos and Detroit casinos - to get voter approval at the state and local level before - read more »

Casino Battle Taken to Television - 21 September 2004
An apparent rift among California Indians opened Monday as dueling tribal casino interests unveiled broadcast ads alternately touting and criticizing gambling deals that some of the groups have signed with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.The ads, set to start airing today, use similar tactics - tribal leaders appearing agai - read more »

Harrah's, ESPN to launch poker tournament road show - 21 September 2004
Harrah's Entertainment Inc. and ESPN are aiming to capitalize on poker's best-known event by beginning a series of high-profile tournaments across the country next year. The Las Vegas-based gambling company hopes name recognition will shuffle rival tournaments to the back of the pack in the lucrative and fast-growing p - read more »

Slot machines being promoted as way to raise money for Fla. schools - 21 September 2004
Saying Florida's public schools need the money, former state Education Commissioner Jim Horne has signed on to promote a constitutional amendment that would allow slot machines in seven South Florida racetracks and jai-alai frontons.Proponents of Amendment 4, which would let Broward and Miami-Dade voters decide in sepa - read more »

Vegas Soars To Lavish New Heights - 20 September 2004
Las Vegas has long reveled in its reputation as Sin City. Its advertising slogan makes it plain: What happens in here, stays here, reports CBS News correspondent John Blackstone. But this oasis in the desert, once the playground of the mob, is soaring to lavish new heights in pursuit of wicked excess. Las Vegas Mayor O - read more »

WORLD POKER TOUR -- WPT -- Season Three: Borgata in Atlantic City; Borgata Poker Open Attracts 302 Players For More Than $3,020,000 Million Total Prize Money - 20 September 2004
The Borgata casino kicked off the fourth stop on the acclaimed WORLD POKER TOUR Sunday, attracting record numbers of players to the second annual Borgata Poker Open. This year's event attracted 302 players for a $3,020,000 prize pool, a $1,845,000 increase over last year's event which drew 235 players. The winner of th - read more »

Poker prompts concerns, queries - 18 September 2004
The state's gambling czar is about as busy these days as a blackjack dealer in Las Vegas. Clyde E. Cristman, director of the Department of Charitable Gaming, said yesterday that the growing popularity of a televised poker game, Texas Hold 'Em, has prompted numerous complaints and inquiries to his office.Acting on a com - read more »

Town of Adams makes pitch for $36M resort - 18 September 2004
The small town of Adams is bidding to take over development of a thousand acres of state-owned land at the base of Mount Greylock with a $36 million resort proposal that includes campgrounds, lodging and a 2,200-seat amphitheater. The community of 10,000 people, which had become increasing frustrated with stalled - read more »

Caesars planning Fresno casino - 17 September 2004
The Big Sandy Band of Western Mono Indians and Caesars Entertainment signed an agreement Thursday that will include the development, construction and management of the tribe's new casino near Fresno, Calif.The casino will built on 48 acres of tribal land near Fresno, and cost about $250 million, according to a statemen - read more »

Racetracks Sue Over Gov.'s Indian Casino Deals - 17 September 2004
Racetracks that want to add slot machines to their enterprises through a November ballot measure filed a lawsuit Thursday aimed at derailing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's deals granting five Indian tribes the right to unlimited numbers of slots.Tracks and card rooms backing Proposition 68 also announced a statewide tele - read more »

Cashing In On The Poker Craze - 16 September 2004
There was a major buzz in the poker room at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg recently when a World Series of Poker champ walked in. Chris Moneymaker, a former accountant from Tennessee turned pro poker player, came to the greyhound track to play cards and ended up signing autographs like he was a rock star. Dealers and pla - read more »

Thriving gaming company takes a gamble on pools relaunch - 16 September 2004
GAMING group Sportech yesterday reported a 7% increase in pre-tax profits as it embarks on a major relaunch of its pools operation.The company, which is based at Wavertree Technology Park, said pre-tax profits for the six months to June 30 were up to £5.9m from £5.5m the previous year.Turnover soared from £157.8m in 20 - read more »

Casino backers continue fight in Rockaway Beach - 16 September 2004
Backers of a plan to bring a casino to this tiny southwest Missouri town are meeting Thursday to begin work on a new campaign, a month after they were dealt a huge blow with the defeat of a constitutional amendment to set the process in motion.Members of the town's gambling committee planned a public meeting to talk ov - read more »

Caesars Expected to Announce Deal for New Casino - 16 September 2004
Caesars Entertainment Inc. is expected to announce today that it has an agreement to open a new $250-million resort and Indian gaming property northeast of Fresno.The Las Vegas gaming company has been negotiating the terms of the development with the Big Sandy Band of Western Mono Indians for much of the year. Caesars - read more »

Casino revenue drops 4.5 percent in August - 16 September 2004
Winnings from gamblers at Louisiana's state-licensed casinos dropped 4.5 percent last month in comparison to August 2003, despite the addition of a new gambling outlet at Evangeline Downs in Opelousas, state police reported.Gamblers lost $173.8 million at the state's 14 riverboat casinos, Harrah's New Orleans Casino an - read more » Launches New Poker Product - 15 September 2004, a leading offshore gaming company for over 10 years, today announced the launch of the company's new online poker product, The most respected name in the Internet gaming industry has now entered the growing poker marketplace by adding to the company's already impressive portfol - read more »

All N Poker Brand Clothing Hits National Television - 15 September 2004
On September 18th and 19th, amateur poker player Cong Tran will be shown dominating the table against professional poker players at the nationally televised final table of the Ultimate Poker Challenge wearing All N Poker's “Dominate the Table” signature t-shirt. For the first time a national brand of No-Limit Texas Hol - read more »

Peppermill Reno Hotel $125,000 Cash Giveaway Weekend - 15 September 2004
Guests can play PepperMillions every day absolutely free, by swiping their free Passport Players Card at the PepperMillions kiosk. Players win an instant prize and game letter on each swipe. The 100 amazing instant prizes include cash, comps, gifts and much more.The first Peppermillions Cash Giveaway Drawing for $15,00 - read more »

Casino-Hotel Workers Holds Off on Strike - 15 September 2004
Thousands of casino-hotel workers stayed on the job early Wednesday despite the expiration of their contract, putting off a strike as negotiations continued.Bartenders kept setting up drinks and cocktail servers continued to roam the aisles of slot machines as officials from the 17,000-member Local 54 of the Hotel Empl - read more »

$575K spurred slots lobbyists - 15 September 2004
At least 34 businesses and individuals -- some with Western Pennsylvania ties -- paid lobbyists $575,000 over three months to help shape Pennsylvania's new slot machine law, state Senate records show. The lobbying leading up to the bill's July passage produced favorable changes for those seeking to influence the negoti - read more »

Sportech H1 boosted by internet casino products - 15 September 2004
Sportech PLC said turnover in the first half to end-June roseto 254.5 mln stg from 157.8 mln, reflecting significant growth in internetcasino products.Pretax profit before exceptionals and goodwill was up 7 pct in the period to5.9 mln stg from 5.5 mln.Results from the Football Pools were resilient, generating operating - read more »

Casino-boat hearing considered - 15 September 2004
County residents could be asked by next month how they feel about casino boats and what new zoning laws should regulate their location in the county.The Georgetown County Planning Commission, which meets Thursday, will consider having a public hearing in October on possible new regulations to govern the floating busine - read more »

Gaming Commission closes casinos - 15 September 2004
The Mississippi Gaming Commission told managers of the Coast's casinos Tuesday to begin ushering patrons out at noon and have their gambling barges shut down by midnight.John and Joann Raychel, who came to Biloxi from Winter Park, Fla., as hurricane evacuees, got the news when they tried to enter the buffet area at the - read more »

Gambling Linked to Good Health in Elderly - 14 September 2004
It's Friday at the Mohegan Sun casino, and most of the daytime gamblers are retirees like 73-year-old Mike Sanzo. He's checking out the day's races, while his wife hits the slots. Sanzo says he gambles for fun and enjoys the friends he's made among other regulars at the casino since leaving his job installing signs for - read more »

Gambling boats may have to close - 14 September 2004
Casinos along the Mississippi Gulf Coast are taking preliminary precautions as Hurricane Ivan approaches the Gulf of Mexico.Bernie Burkholder, chief executive officer and chairman of Treasure Bay Casino in Biloxi, said the casino is open but will be ready if the state gaming commission issues a closure notice."We've ta - read more »

Casino tips hand on Elmwood proposal - 12 September 2004
The gambling boat that Isle of Capri Casinos wants to move to Elmwood would employ 600 to 700 people, the company's president said, one of several carrots the company is dangling as it lobbies the Jefferson Parish Council to call a referendum on the proposal. Tim Hinkley, who also is Isle of Capri's chief operating off - read more »

Poker player's now flush with winnings - 11 September 2004
His road to the final table at this year's World Series of Poker began right where he wakes up every day - at his house in North Davis.Mike McClain, 39, a 10-year professional poker player, logged on to this spring, put up $600 and won his entry ticket into the largest field in tournament poker history.W - read more »

A better payoff for gamblers and the state - 11 September 2004
Would you play scratch tickets or Keno if you visited Foxwoods or a casino in Las Vegas? Probably not. Most gamblers know how poor the odds are for these games and prefer to play poker or slot machines where there is a much better chance of winning. Most casino games pay out over 90 percent of the money wagered as oppo - read more »

Casino strike looms - 11 September 2004
More than 8,000 workers at 11 of the city's 12 casinos voted overwhelmingly Thursday to authorize their union to strike if the two sides cannot reach a new contract by next week.The union represents cooks, housekeepers, servers, bartenders and other casino employees. The contract expires four days before Atlantic City - read more »

Casinos In Nebraska Will Impact Other Games Of Chance - 11 September 2004
The Belvedere Club's bingo hall starts filling up an hour and a half before any games begin.Early on a recent Tuesday evening, monitors that usually show the latest pick remained dark. But players were already gearing up for about four hours of hunting out numbers -- their colorful, card-stamping sponges placed in rows - read more »

Union, business leaders push for Chicago casino - 11 September 2004
Union bosses and business leaders - often at odds over contracts and work rules - have formed an unlikely coalition to lobby lawmakers for the one thing they both want: a downtown Chicago casino. They'll head to Springfield for the fall veto session armed with a slick marketing pitch, selling the idea that a publicly o - read more »

We Will Rock You Rocks Vegas - 10 September 2004
Queen's theatre production We Will Rock You made its American debut in Las Vegas this week.The audience featured a star studded collection of classic rockers including Meatloaf, Steve Vai, Kevin DuBrow (Quiet Riot), Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Steve Lukath - read more »

British betting exchanges establish trade association - 10 September 2004
British-based Internet betting exchanges have established a trade association and voluntary code of practice in the wake criticism that by offering clients the chance to wager on horses to lose, the exchanges have undermined the sport's integrity. Betfair, BETDAQ, and Sporting Options, the three exchange market leaders - read more »

Glas Vegas dream puts experts in a spin - 10 September 2004
ONCE it was No Mean City, but in the past decade Glasgow has transformed itself into Glas Vegas and is fast becoming the gambling capital of Britain. It has become the punter's best bet for high-rolling excitement, whether it is poker, roulette or slot machines. But experts are warning that the social impact of a gambl - read more »

Slots initiative spent $1 million - 10 September 2004
The two offshore firms that funded a failed initiative for a gambling hall in Northeast have spent more than $1 million in their lobbying efforts, according to new filings with the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance. More than a quarter of the money, $269,000, was paid to Manatt Phelps and Phillips, the law firm that - read more »

Recreational gambling appears to be associated with good health in older adults - 10 September 2004
Unlike younger recreational gamblers who show high rates of alcohol use and abuse, depression, bankruptcy and incarceration, there appears to be an association between recreational gambling and good health among elderly persons, according to a Yale study in the American Journal of Psychiatry. Rani Desai, associate prof - read more »

Community leaders christen bigger gambling boat - 10 September 2004
Siouxland leaders Thursday christened the gambling boat that docked here a few weeks ago and is three times larger than the one that preceded it."Our old boat, The Bell, had served us well for 10 years, but we had outgrown the boat," said Jesus Aviles, general manager of the Argosy Casino.The Argosy IV features a highe - read more »

MGM MIRAGE bonds gain on increased Las Vegas travel - 09 September 2004
Bonds of MGM MIRAGE, the third-biggest U.S. casino company, are rising on speculation an influx of visitors to Las Vegas will ease the burden of meeting any additional debt payments taken on in connection with its planned acquisition of Mandalay Resort Group.MGM MIRAGE's 6 percent notes maturing in 2009 rose almost 5 c - read more »

Hostile crowd greets Whittemore casino plan north of Sparks - 09 September 2004
Real estate developer and gaming lobbyist Harvey Whittemore defended plans for a new casino on the north edge of Sparks before a sometimes hostile crowd of more than 250. Whittemore, a Reno lawyer, described tentative plans Wednesday night for the $35 million to $55 million entertainment complex with a casino along Pyr - read more »

Michigan lottery chief worries gambling amendment would decrease education funds - 09 September 2004
On the bar, in-between a large beer mug and skinny cocktail glass, two lottery tickets draw frequent peeks from Kevin Wood and Michele Benton.The couple, both 33, anxiously look at their slips and up toward a Nuthouse Sports Grill monitor flashing numbers every five minutes.They wait -- until there's a match."Oh! I won - read more »

Royal flush: Poker becomes a hot hand around the country - 08 September 2004
Jan Edward Helfeld moves along the bar at the Hawk and Dove, a popular after-work watering hole on Capitol Hill, scanning his quarry. He stops several people to ask: "Are you here for the poker meeting?" Like others who have turned out, Helfeld is hungry to meet people who host or play in regular games he might join. - read more »

County objects to Kenosha casino - 08 September 2004
In a move consistent with county policy for several years, Lake County officials are reiterating their objections to the location of a proposed Indian casino in Kenosha.County Board Chairman Suzi Schmidt listed the county's objections to the proposal in a Sept. 2 letter to the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of In - read more »

Opponents of Shingle Springs casino win another court victory - 08 September 2004
A judge has again told state transportation officials that they have failed to show whether a Highway 50 interchange to serve a proposed casino will run afoul of state air quality standards. The ruling Tuesday by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Lloyd Connelly, his third this year faulting the state's air quality analys - read more »

Station Casinos boosts outlook for quarter - 08 September 2004
Station Casinos Inc. officials said they expect the company's third-quarter profit to be stronger than expected based on the strength of the Las Vegas economy and revenue growth trends. Performance in 2005 also should be better than anticipated, the company said.In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission t - read more »

Lot of red tape before casino becomes a reality - 08 September 2004
Now that a riverboat casino referendum has been approved by 52 percent of Washington County voters, developers, owners and proponents of the proposed project are going to have to complete a lot of paperwork in the coming weeks. The deadline for the gaming license application to the state is November 10, and forms, figu - read more »

Las Vegas Monorail to resume service - 07 September 2004
The Las Vegas Monorail will resume service today, a week after being shut down when a train wheel fell off, a system administrator said.“The plan is to open tomorrow at 8 a.m.,” Todd Walker, spokesman for Transit Systems Management, said late Monday. He said the normal operating schedule would run until midnight.The re - read more »

New faces of POKER - 07 September 2004
When Marla Schram Schwartz sat down at a Southern California poker club two decades ago, men rose from the table and swore never to play with a woman.Not today. With Texas Hold 'Em transfixing millions of cable TV viewers, poker is red hot. And women like Schwartz have now turned the tables as the hottest draws in poke - read more »

Las Vegas Sands Corp. Files Registration Statement for Initial Public Offering - 07 September 2004
Las Vegas Sands, Inc., the owner of The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino and Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, and the Sands Macao in Macao, China, announced that its affiliate, Las Vegas Sands Corp., has filed a Registration Statement on Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial publ - read more »

William Hill's profits up almost 40% - 06 September 2004
The UK's second-largest betting shop chain William Hill has posted a rise in half-year profits of almost 40 per cent. It reported pre-tax profits of £118.4 million for the 26 weeks to June 29, compared with forecasts of £113-£116 million.The company which owns 1,600 betting shops and offers telephone and online gamblin - read more »

Wells' hand shines as banks play high-stakes Texas poker - 06 September 2004
Bank mergers that were struck in the slow days of summer underscore Wells Fargo's position in the catbird seat, given its dominance in some of the nation's fastest-growing states. In addition to the San Francisco bank's crown jewel -- it's status as California's second-largest bank -- Wells Fargo's strength in states s - read more »

Poker proves a hot hand for gaming industry - 06 September 2004
Jan Edward Helfeld moves along the bar at the Hawk and Dove, a popular after-work watering hole on Capitol Hill, scanning his quarry. He seems almost desperate, although he is not looking for romance.Instead, he stops several people to ask: "Are you here for the poker meeting?"Like others who have turned out, Helfeld i - read more »

Beckham Ball Scores For Charity - 06 September 2004
Only a few weeks ago, made headlines worldwide by winning the e-Bay auction for The Beckham Ball, and announcing plans to use The Ball to raise money for charities worldwide. The online casino has already launched the first phase of The Ball's tour around the globe, helping to raise approximately US$16 - read more »

Caesars workers in negotiations for union contract - 06 September 2004
Negotiations are under way to create the first union contract between about 800 workers at Caesars Indiana Casino Hotel in Southern Indiana and the operation's owner, Las Vegas-based Caesars Entertainment Inc. A card-check, or a majority verification, by workers was performed in May, which led to the first negotiating - read more »

Vegas monorail remains idle today after last week's malfunction - 06 September 2004
The Las Vegas Monorail is expected to remain idle again today as it has since the start of the busy Labor Day weekend. And it faces stepped-up inspections when it resumes operation after a wheel fell off, officials said.“There is no current timeline on reopening the system,” said Todd Walker, monorail administrator Tra - read more »

Casino Windsor bets on growth - 05 September 2004
Casino Windsor is turning 10 years old and it may be time for a growth spurt. The gaming complex on the Canadian side of the Detroit River has seen its gambling revenues decline by nearly 40 percent since 2000, largely due to tightened border security and intense competition from Detroit's three casinos. Windsor Casino - read more »

Las Vegas firm to buy casino in state - 05 September 2004
Las Vegas-based Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. has offered to pay $30 million to buy a bankrupt casino on a historic Mississippi riverboat, $2 million more than a competing company's bid.The Pinnacle offer accepts the same terms as those offered by the other company, Wyomissing, Pa.-based Penn National Gaming Inc.In a Fri - read more »

Mayor seeks help to protect casino revenue - 05 September 2004
Mayor A.J. Holloway is asking the City Council to budget $25,000 to $30,000 for an advocate to track any sign of legislation that would decrease the city's share of casino taxes to help close state budget deficits.The state receives 8 percent of gross casino revenues, while local governments in gambling counties receiv - read more »

A Legend Wins 'Legends of Poker' at the Bicycle Casino in the Largest World Poker Tour Event in History! - 04 September 2004
Doyle Brunson wins the biggest prize pool in World Poker Tour history! The Bicycle Casino's Legends of Poker Tournament, the Los Angeles stop on the phenomenal WORLD POKER TOUR, attracted 667 players for a $3,335,000 prize pool, the largest ever, doubling the size and the prize pool of the casino's WPT event last seaso - read more »

$15 million spent on casino campaign - 04 September 2004
The latest campaign spending tally for the Rockaway Beach casino issue tops $15.02 million, according to reports filed this week by the two principal campaign committees.The Amendment 1 campaign is thought to be the most expensive referendum question in Missouri history.State officials estimated that a casino in the po - read more »

Senecas open new bingo hall while casino opens new poker room - 04 September 2004
The Seneca Indians in Western New York have two new gems in their gaming crown.The Seneca Allegany Casino in Salamanca opened its expanded poker room yesterday after reopening its refurbished bingo parlor a half-mile away.Mickey Brown, president and CEO of Seneca Gaming, says the new poker room resembles one he and oth - read more »

Case looks at Internet gambling site's legality - 04 September 2004
The Federal Court has been asked to decide whether Canada's first government-sanctioned Internet gambling site is legal. The Ontario Racing Commission suggests a rule change quietly made last year by former agriculture minister Lyle Vanclief outstretched his legal authority. As a result, a popular racetrack betting sit - read more »

World’s best poker players gather in Las Vegas for ESPN showdown - 03 September 2004
The world's best poker players are battling it out Thursday for a winner-takes-all $2 million prize.The Tournament of Champions, which boasts ten top-notch players, will air Sept. 21 on ESPN. The results of the No-Limit Texas Hold'Em event won't be disclosed until the tournament is broadcast on the cable channel.The pl - read more »

Circus Circus, Silver Legacy owner reports solid 2nd quarter - 03 September 2004
Mandalay Resort Group, the Las Vegas-based owner of the Circus Circus Reno resort and a 50 percent owner of the Silver Legacy Resort Casino next door, posted a 38 percent jump in second-quarter profit, despite steep health care costs and lucky gamblers winning at its flagship property.The Las Vegas-based casino company - read more »

Commission says rural areas should get first crack at casinos - 03 September 2004
The chairwoman of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission said Thursday that struggling rural areas should be first in line for the next wave of riverboat casino licenses.Diane Hamilton was among four commission members who previewed what they'll be looking for in applications from several Iowa counties seeking riverboat - read more »

Sun International ponders expansion in Angola and UK - 03 September 2004
Cape Town - Sun International is considering building a casino in Luanda, Angola, that would include a hotel, spa and conference centre in a very attractive location, Peter Bacon, the chief executive, disclosed yesterday. This forms part of the group's future expansion plans and includes extending its activities to the - read more »

Lottery officials fear proposal - 03 September 2004
On the bar, in-between a large beer mug and skinny cocktail glass, two lottery tickets draw frequent peeks from Kevin Wood and Michele Benton.The couple, both 33, anxiously look at their slips and up toward a Nuthouse Sports Grill monitor flashing numbers every five minutes.They wait - until there's a match."Oh! I won! - read more »

Colleges are catching casino fever - 03 September 2004
Marvin Phillips is spending a lot of time this summer at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino, taking in some poker, roulette and live music. Not for pleasure -- for college credit.The 21-year-old from the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation will enter his senior year at Morrisville State College in September as part of a growing move - read more »

Virtual poker tables hopping - 02 September 2004
With a 16-month-old son to care for, Norm Fournier can't take off for Las Vegas at the drop of an ace. But that doesn't mean he can't get into the action.The Knightdale, N.C., stay-at-home-dad and Michigan transplant divides his time between taking care of his son and playing online poker.Online poker has surged in pop - read more »

Council votes to proceed on casino at Point Molate - 02 September 2004
The Richmond City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to proceed with plans to sell Point Molate to a casino developer, infuriating opponents who packed the meeting and said their cries against Nevada-style gambling on the former naval depot were ignored. The 12:35 a.m. vote followed more than four hours of heated but - read more »

Argosy IV's slots, tables ready for action - 01 September 2004
The honeymoon is long over and the Argosy Casino -- Sioux City family is growing."I guess that we can equate the old boat with a first starter home for newlyweds," Jesus Aviles, general manager of Argosy Casino Sioux City, said Tuesday. "After a while the family grows a little and they need a little more space to stret - read more »

IGW Software Partners With Cameron Thomson Group to Expand European Business - 01 September 2004
IGW Software, N.V., the on-line gaming software solutions group, announced today its appointment of Cameron Thomson Group as European business development partner. Cameron Thomson Group, a leading provider of business development solutions for the media/entertainment and interactive gaming industries, will assist IGW i - read more »

New Youth Website Tackles Gambling Issues - 01 September 2004
The Gambling Helpline today launched a new website to provide young New Zealanders with information about gambling and problem gambling. The website address is by the Youth Gambling Helpline team, which is part of the national Gambling Helpline, the website gives information to young - read more »

$1.26B offer for casinos bolsters 2 operators - 01 September 2004
Shares of Harrah's Entertainment and Caesars Entertainment yesterday rose on news the companies had an offer for four second- tier casinos for $1.26 billion -- far more than most analysts expected they could fetch. Harrah's and Caesars, which announced in July they would merge to form the world's biggest gambling compa - read more »

San Pablo casino backers pad Schwarzenegger campaign account - 01 September 2004
When they organized a $1 million fund-raiser for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in February, Sacramento Kings owners Gavin and Joe Maloof's family casino business was negotiating a deal that would net them millions from running what could be one of the world's largest casinos, according to interviews and state records.Six - read more »