April 2005 News Article Archive

« Year 2005 Summary


Paddy Power launches Online Backgammon powered by GameAccount - 28 April 2005
GameAccount (www.gameaccount.com) the #1 single wallet skill gaming supplier for sportsbooks and casinos, is pleased to announce Paddy Power (www.paddypower.com), Ireland's largest bookmaker has become the first bookmaker in the world to launch live multiplayer backgammon, provided by GameAccount."We are pleased to del - read more »

Poker Media Group Launches Bikini Poker’s Trial Version - 28 April 2005
Poker Media Group has launched the trial version of the hottest online poker product to hit the gaming industry in years: Bikini Poker.This free, downloadable software offers features never before seen in an online poker room, like the exclusive “Hand Playback” option, which allows the player to replay, analyze and eve - read more »

Wynn Las Vegas Resort to Debut at Midnight - 28 April 2005
Construction crews were hurriedly laying fake sod in front of the real trees around Wynn Las Vegas, the Strip's first new casino resort in five years on Wednesday as it readied for a midnight debut. Located toward the north end of the fabled gambling corridor, the $2.7 billion curved bronze tower is the latest project - read more »

PokerNetwork Sponsors Power 50 Summit - 25 April 2005
PokerNetwork, one of the world's largest networks for poker room operators, is sponsoring eGaming Review's prestigious Power 50 Summit where top executives from the 50 largest online gaming corporations in the industry come together for a two day conference at Brocket Hall, England, April 24-26. PokerNetwork is hosting - read more »

Go gambling online, and you could get busted - 25 April 2005
Imagine this: You visit a Web site, download a program and register with the site. A few minutes later, you're sitting at a virtual poker table, happily playing Texas Hold 'Em. You're playing with real money. You've paid for virtual betting chips via an escrow service. And, if you're lucky enough to win, your account w - read more »

Sports911.com Plans Massive Kentucky Derby Coverage - 25 April 2005
With the Triple Crown just around the corner, Sports911.com is planning massive coverage of the Kentucky Derby and will feature unparalleled coverage of all three horse races.Most online bookmakers will agree that the baseball season in general tends to be unfulfilling with its lackluster betting activity and tendency - read more »

BritePoker.net Releases Its New, Free DVD Campaign Aimed to Teach Users the Secrets of Poker - 25 April 2005
Getting crushed at the casino? Your friends always end up raking it in by the end of the night? "Britepoker's Guide to Dominating Poker," hosted by Harvard graduate John Barkett, contains 13 chapters of poker techniques aimed at solving these problems. The video teaches how often you should be calling (rarely) and how - read more »

The King of Bling™ Makes Debut at The Palms in Vegas - 23 April 2005
I Love Liberace LLC, a design and licensing company, has placed their debut collection of trendy, witty, funky and cheeky Liberace-imaged merchandise at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada!As testament to the renaissance currently enjoyed by The King of Bling™, The I Love Liberace collection is exclusively fea - read more »

AbsolutePoker.com Brands World's First Human Billboard for Poker - 23 April 2005
TatAD.com announced today that one of their members will be paid $3000 U.S. for a TatAD of the AbsolutePoker.com logo. The TatAD member, who goes by the name SEEKNWSOP, (Seeking World Series of Poker) stated “If I'm not playing in a tournament, a poker night, or in a club, I'm online playing at Absolutepoker.com. It's - read more »

$205 Million: Mega Millions Lottery Jackpot - 23 April 2005
Lottery mania is spreading across the United States as the Mega Millions lottery reaches a jackpot of $205 million. According to the New Jersey Lottery, retailers across the state were selling over $2,300 of Mega Millions tickets per minute leading up to last night's drawing. None of the tickets sold for Tuesday's $168 - read more »

2005 World Poker Tour - 20 April 2005
This week, six poker players will be battling for a first prize of $1,770,218 at the Bellagio Five Diamond World Poker Tour Classic Event.The World Poker Tour travels all over the world and arrange big money poker tournaments for the best poker players in the World. The Travel Channel broadcasted the first event in Mar - read more »

AbsolutePoker.com Player Faces off with Poker Pro Mark Seif to Win a $10,000 Seat at the World Series of Poker this Friday - 20 April 2005
Online poker players interested in trying their hand at beating a pro and winning a $10,000 seat at the Richest Sporting Event in the World - the 2005 World Series of Poker (WSOP) (www.worldseriesofpoker.com) - take notice; this Friday Mark puts the first seat on the line!Every Saturday at 2 p.m. EDT leading up to the - read more »

iTouch Launches New UK Mobile Gaming Service - 20 April 2005
iTouch plc, a leading provider of mobile entertainment, is pleased to announce that it has signed a three year agreement with Eurobet UK, better known in the UK as Coral. The agreement represents the formal launch of iTouch's mobile gaming service in the UK.This will be the first time that iTouch will market mobile gam - read more »

Hong Kong's Lui Plans Publicly Traded Casino Operator - 19 April 2005
Hong Kong tycoon Lui Che-woo plans to turn his K. Wah Construction Materials Ltd. into the city's first publicly traded casino operator by selling a Macau venture to the company for HK$18.4 billion ($2.4 billion). K. Wah plans to pay shareholders led by the Lui family new shares and debt securities for Galaxy Casino SA - read more »

William Hill May Buy Stanley Outlets for $945 Million - 18 April 2005
William Hill Plc, the U.K.'s second- largest bookmaker, may buy Stanley Leisure Plc's betting shops for more than 500 million pounds ($945 million) as it seeks to supplant Ladbrokes as the country's industry leader. Shares of Stanley Leisure, the biggest U.K. casino operator, rose as much as 14 percent to a record afte - read more »

Intercasino Euro Releases Next Generation Igaming Software; the Euro Versions of Intercasino Announce A Ground-Breaking New Multi-Language Games Platform - 18 April 2005
The InterCasino Euro family of online casinos (espana.intercasino.com, france.intercasino.com, italia.intercasino.com, deutsch.intercasino.com) have launched a unique and outstanding selection of new games, available in German, French, Italian and Spanish.Through CryptoLogic's version 6 software, InterCasino Euro has a - read more »

Sun International Introduces IP Audio Streaming on its Casino Gaming Floors with Barix’s Exstreamer - 18 April 2005
Barix today announced that Sun International, a leading international developer and operator of premier resorts, hotels, and casinos, is using Barix's Exstreamer to introduce IP audio streaming on its casino floors in South Africa.Sun International's casinos utilize state-of-the-art slot machines, where smartcards have - read more »

Singapore Likely To OK Casino, Say Analysts - 16 April 2005
Singapore will decide next week whether to allow a casino, after receiving 19 concept proposals from some of the world's top gaming operators to build, own and operate a casino resort here.Most analysts expect the proposal to be approved.A divided cabinet had already made a decision on the casino issue last Saturday, l - read more »

New Poker Website Provides the San Francisco Bay Area with Much Needed Guide to Bay Area Poker - 16 April 2005
The Bay Area now has a one stop website for everything poker related. At www.SFBayPoker.com you can find Bay Area poker tournaments, home games, casino and card room listings, strategy, poker supplies, and a message board devoted to everything Bay Area poker related.Many people have been asking for such a website, and - read more »

Europa Casino 6.1 Has Been Released - 16 April 2005
Available in intercompatible download and web-based platforms and in a variety of multilingual and multicurrency versions, the Europa Casino is fully free and boasts over 60 games, 3D animated graphics and a host of industry-first innovations and features like real time game and transaction histories, VIP rating and a - read more »

Whiz-kids gamble on TV channel for poker - 16 April 2005
As a theatre of cruelty, it is held by many to be the latest thing in cool. But can poker, possibly less exciting to watch than even synchronised swimming, really become a spectator sport?A small team of City whiz-kids and London media figures - one, improbably, is an Oxford classicist - have put their shirts on it. Th - read more »

Rising Star Gaming Acquires Hampton Casino and Portofino Casino - 13 April 2005
Rising Star Gaming Ltd. and Hampton Portofino Group today announced that they have completed the sale of Hampton Casino (hamptoncasino.com) and Portofino Casino (portofinocasino.com). Under the terms of the agreement 100% of the shares in Hampton Portofino Group, S.A. will be transferred to Rising Star Gaming, Ltd. Ris - read more »

Full Tilt Poker offers 10 Million Dollar World Series of Poker promotion - 13 April 2005
FullTiltPoker.com is planning to offer what must be the most valuable prize ever offered by an online poker room. A player that qualifies for the 2005 World Series of Poker at FullTiltPoker.com and goes on to win the $10,000 buy in Main Event will be awarded an additional 10 million dollars by Full Tilt. For a full rev - read more »

Triplet's Naming Rights Sold to GoldenPalace.com - 12 April 2005
Three is a lucky number for mother-to-be Natasha, as Internet casino GoldenPalace.com scored a hat trick by purchasing the right to name her soon-to-be-born triplets due in August. One of the babies will be called "GoldenPalace.com." Using eBay's "Buy It Now" option, GoldenPalace.com immediately added the triplets' nam - read more »

$53.5 million refurbishment for Conrad Jupiters - 12 April 2005
Gaming and entertainment group Tabcorp have unveiled plans for a $53.5 million refurbishment of Conrad Jupiters hotel and casino on Queensland's Gold Coast.The refurbishment will involve the consolidation of all casino and gaming operations to one newly renovated and expanded floor, freeing up an extra 3500 square metr - read more »

Poker Academy Selected by WPT - 12 April 2005
Poker Academy, a leading poker software developer, today announced that the WPT Boot Camp has chosen Poker Academy's Texas Hold 'Em software as part of its course materials for the two-day, hands-on seminar series held at hotels and casinos across the country. Launched in January 2005, the WPT Boot Camp features an int - read more »

WTO Revises Guidelines on Internet Gambling - 11 April 2005
The United States and Antigua both claimed to be winners Thursday after the World Trade Organization partly reversed an earlier ruling on US restrictions on cross-border gaming on the Internet. A WTO appeals body accepted that prohibitions in some US states on cross-border gaming were valid and agreed with Washington's - read more »

Unicorp planning Bellagio-like project in Orlando - 11 April 2005
Inspired by the Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, a $100 million planned development in southwest Orlando will feature more than 100 upscale town homes as well as restaurants and shops ringing a man-made lake. Called Dellagio, the mixed-use project would occupy a 29-acre tract that Unicorp National Development Inc. - read more »

Sumo: Vegas's Newest Gamble - 10 April 2005
Asashoryu, sumo wrestling's reigning champ, is a hotheaded athlete who dominates so completely and disregards traditions so brazenly that he's the fastest-rising star in the Land of the Rising Sun. Few Americans know much about sumo, but promoters figure they'll be drawn to the plotline of a volatile star the public lo - read more »

Pink Poker Bunny speaks out on playing in the 2005 World Series of Poker - 10 April 2005
The Pink Poker Bunny - Jeremy Enke talks about playing in the 2005 World Series of Poker, how the idea originated and more. When asked if it was his hope all along that GoldenPalace.com would be the eventual winner of his Ebay auction, Enke replies: "Not really, but when I learned of their interest I was pretty excited - read more »

Online gambling operators cheer U.K. commission to regulate Internet wagering - 10 April 2005
Canadian online gambling companies applauded Friday after the British government moved to regulate the industry and allow it to operate within Britain for the first time. The decision makes Britain the first G-7 country to establish a framework of rules aimed at securing a safe, regulated environment for online players - read more »

Gala considering possible IPO - 08 April 2005
British casino and bingo operator Gala Group has met banks to get advice on a possible initial public offering, the latest in a stream of betting firms planning to go public, industry sources say. "Gala is looking at bankers to advise on strategic options including an IPO," one source told Reuters on Friday. However, t - read more »

CelebPoker Offers New Free Roll Online Poker Tournaments to Celebrate One Year Anniversary of Launch of www.celebpoker.com - 07 April 2005
Celebpoker is hosting two new weekly Freeroll tournaments to celebrate it's first anniversary. No deposit required to enter, try the fun and excitement of online poker. The freerolls will be held every Sunday at 21:00 GMT for $200, and every Wednesday at 21:00 GMT for $100. Further details at www.celebpoker.com . Launc - read more »

WTO to Rule on Internet Gambling - 07 April 2005
A World Trade Organization appeals panel is expected to rule Thursday on whether the United States should drop prohibitions on Americans placing bets in online casinos - a decision that could open the nation to Internet gambling. If the appeals panel rules against Washington, it could allow U.S. residents to take part - read more »

Gambling Bill set to become law - 07 April 2005
The Gambling Bill has been approved by the House of Lords after the government scaled down plans for eight regional "super-casinos" to just one. It completed all its Lords stages on Wednesday and is set to become law when it returns to the Commons later. The bill appeared doomed until Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell str - read more »

Gaming Corporation PLC UK Regulatory Announcement: Acquisition of Got2bet.com - 06 April 2005
The Board of Gaming Corporation plc ("Gaming Corp" or "the Company"), the owner of the UK's number 1 gaming site www.casino.co.uk, announces the acquisition of Got2bet.com, a leading international Gaming portal.Got2Bet is one of the most recognized and innovative online gambling portals. Established in March 2000, Got2 - read more »

InterCasino.com $182,915 MEGA-Jackpot to Danish Slots Wizard - 05 April 2005
InterCasino.com (www.intercasino.com) has announced that its latest monster ‘Rags to Riches' Progressive Jackpot has toppled straight into the lap of Danish player ‘Gesualdo'. The 30 year-old Dane plundered the ever-popular machine for $182,915 with an investment of only $14. Gesualdo is a roulette aficionado, but was - read more »

Gaming Corporation plc Launches Mobile Gaming Service with Orange - 05 April 2005
Gaming Corporation plc, the owner of the UK's number 1 gaming website www.casino.co.uk, announces that it has signed a contract with Orange, to launch a fully interactive mobile cash gaming service on the Orange World WAP portal. This service is due to be launched this month. The service which has been developed over t - read more »

Pink Bunny enters the 2005 World Series of Poker - 05 April 2005
If someone tells you they lost all of their chips to a huge pink bunny rabbit at the Main Event of the 2005 World Series of Poker, don't just assume they had too much to drink while playing high stakes poker. One participant in the event will be wearing a pink bunny outfit complete with floppy ears and a fuzzy tail. Fu - read more »

Tropicana's Legends running out of luck, closing this month - 04 April 2005
If you've been meaning to check out the 7-foot statue of Bob Stupak on display in the Tropicana's Casino Legends Hall of Fame but just haven't found the time, you better stop procrastinating. After an almost six-year run, the hall of fame closes its doors for good April 7, diminishing your chances of ever seeing the st - read more »

Noah Wyle to Leave As 'ER' Regular - 03 April 2005
The doctor is out: Noah Wyle is leaving "ER" as a regular cast member at the end of this season, NBC said Thursday. Wyle, 33, the only original star who remained with the medical drama through its 11 years, will return for four episodes in each of the next two seasons. "ER" has been renewed through the 2007-08 season. - read more »

Bluff Magazine's Newest Columnist Poker Chip Trickster Rich Ferguson - 03 April 2005
Mix a dash of magic with the allure of poker and you get Rich Ferguson, award winning sleight of hand magician, as the newest featured columnist for Bluff magazine."I bring some entertainment, style and ex-psyche-ment to the poker table," said the ever-enthusiastic Ferguson. "Having a regular column in Bluff magazine a - read more »

Wynn’s new Vegas casino sparks gaming rivalry - 01 April 2005
When Wynn Las Vegas opens its well-guarded doors next month, Las Vegas's first new resort in five years is likely to set off a rivalry between casinos catering to elite high rollers.Wynn Resorts Ltd.'s new $2.7 billion glass-sheathed resort -- already a television commercial staple -- is gaming impresario Steve Wynn's - read more »