August 2005 News Article Archive

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FullTiltPoker.Net Teams Up With FSN For a New, Groundbreaking Television Series For All Students of Poker - 31 August 2005
In the world of televised poker there are many offerings, but if you really want to learn the strategies of the game from true poker legends, the pros from FullTiltPoker.Net deliver. You can't afford your own personal poker coach? Not to worry, breaking new ground in televised poker, FullTiltPoker.Net takes you to scho - read more »

New Small Town Poker Tour Show Blends Real Life and Texas Hold'em - 29 August 2005
The tour is set to travel the USA in search of the best amateur player in America, along the way featuring a unique blend of characters that make for some very exciting action. Mark Fracalossi, CEO of AMT Media LLC and Billy Frank Creative,Director/Executive Producer Make It Happen Productions, have announced a partner - read more »

Hard Rock Casino Biloxi - 27 August 2005
Workers are rushing to put the finishing touches on the gulf coast's latest gambling and hotel mecca. And this attraction is hard to miss- how can you not spot the world's biggest guitar, heralding the arrival of the latest re-encarnation of the original Hard Rock Cafe. But this cafe is complete with hotel and casino.. - read more »

Director of Casino Marketing Appointed - 27 August 2005
Michael J. Broderick has been named Director of Marketing for The Ute Mountain Casino and Hotel, a tribally-run enterprise based in the Four Corners region of southern Colorado. Broderick will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the marketing department as well as strategic planning for the casino marketing - read more »

Coral Eurobet Announces The Launch of New Games - 27 August 2005
Coral Eurobet's launch of “The Pharaoh's Chamber” follows last month's successful launch of another game “Inca Trail”. These two new games will be followed by several new releases including new slot machines with progressive Jackpots (currently worth more than £190,000), skill games and virtual horse racing." We are ve - read more »

Income Access Highlights Mayan Empire Slot at Lasseters and Ausvegas - 25 August 2005
Income Access, the only independent gaming affiliate network, highlights government-regulated online casinos Lasseters and Ausvegas' brand-new Mayan Empire slot game this August.Mayan Empire is the latest addition to the Lasseters and Ausvegas online casino stable of exciting, exclusive, in-house designed games. Boasti - read more »

World Player Magazine Steps Out - 25 August 2005
The premiere edition of the exclusive Fortune Lounge magazine has been much-anticipated and is a global call for all players to epitomize the ultimate World Player, which is the name for this new title. Built on all the core traditions that have made the Fortune Lounge group stand out in the industry, World Player maga - read more »

Harrah's Entertainment Announces ESPN to Expand Coverage of World Series of Poker Circuit Tournaments - 25 August 2005
Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. today said ESPN will provide television coverage of the 2005-06 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit. The second season of the WSOP Circuit features an expanded schedule of 12 stops at Harrah's casinos around the country, up from five Circuit events in the inaugural season. The 2005-06 Circ - read more »

PartyGaming success has rivals queuing up for market share of the ante - 25 August 2005
POKER firm PartyGaming's recent stock market launch gave investors a taste for gambling and rivals seem to be queuing up to cash in on its success. PartyGaming is now bigger than retailer Marks & Spencer in terms of market value after starring just two months ago in London's biggest flotation since the dotcom boom. Aft - read more »

Online casino Cassava plans UK IPO -sources - 24 August 2005
Cassava Enterprises is planning an initial public offering in London that would value the Internet casino operator at more than 700 million pounds ($1.3 billion), sources close to the deal said on Wednesday."An IPO is the company's preferred option," one of the sources said.Another source added: "The IPO may or may not - read more »

World Poker Tour busts in second quarter - 23 August 2005
A 40 percent jump in revenue, fueled by increased licensing revenues and international distribution agreements, led to a smaller second-quarter loss for WPT Enterprises Inc. The parent company of the World Poker Tour lost $400,000, or 2 cents a share, compared with a $900,000 loss, coming to 6 cents a share, for the s - read more »

Venerable Strip casino nearing completion of upgrades - 22 August 2005
The Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino is in the middle of a multi-million dollar renovation aimed at giving the venerable center-Strip property a new look.. From guest rooms to restaurants to the casino floor, the 26-year-old property is undergoing a nearly complete overhaul. During the past year, the hotel has added an a - read more »

Lou Diamond Phillips to Play the Stanley Star City Casino CelebPoker Grand Prix September 7th 2005 - 22 August 2005 are sending players to the prestigious Stanley Star City Casino CelebPoker Grand Prix, with a guaranteed first prize of £100,000. This is a No Limit Freeze out tournament taking place on the 7th and 8th September. is proud to announce that the following celebrities will be taking part in t - read more »

Small Town Poker Tour Partners With The Division - 22 August 2005
The Small Town Poker Tour (STPT), the world's largest amateur poker tour announced today it has selected "The Division" as their marketing and promotion partner. Mark Fracalossi Creator and Executive producer of the tour stated, "The Division is the best fit for us, they are hands down the top poker event and marketing - read more »

US has until April 2006 to respect Antigua-Barbuda WTO ruling - 22 August 2005
The United States has until April 2006 to comply with a ruling about US restrictions on cross-border gaming on the Internet, the World Trade Organisation announced Friday. In an arbitration decision, the global trade referee set the "reasonable period of time" for Washington to adapt its legislation in line with the ru - read more »

Pokies provided $25m to charities in July - 22 August 2005
Despite having been clipped back by government regulations, gaming machines operated by Charity Gaming Association members managed to spin out $25 million in grants to community groups during July.The CGA operates 68 per cent of the total number of hotel based machines."When we include GST, gaming machine duty and prob - read more »

Genting down 1.5%, Thai may use Pattaya as likely site for casino - 22 August 2005
Gaming-to-power Genting Bhd share price fell as much as 1.5% or 30 sen to RM19.50 on Aug 22 after it was reported that the Thai government may look at legalising casinos and other forms of gambling to boost the country's post-tsunami tourism sector. It opened at RM19.70, down 10 sen. Within the first two-and-half hours - read more »

Ladbrokes is facing a payout of over £100,000 if Soccer AM's Helen Chamberlain continues a sensational run of luck at the poker table by winning Friday's Poker Million event which is screened live on Sky Sports at 8pm. Odds on the ladette TV presenter have been slashed from 6/1 to 9/2 with soccer f - read more »

Permira to Buy Gala Stake, Invest 200 Million Pounds - 19 August 2005
Permira Advisers Ltd., a U.K. buyout fund, will purchase a stake in Gala Group Holdings Plc in a transaction valuing the casino and bingo-hall operator at 1.89 billion pounds ($3.39 billion). Permira will invest about 200 million pounds to become a joint owner of Nottingham, England-based Gala with Candover Investments - read more »

Lingfield Park for the Perfect Poker Outing - 19 August 2005
Getmintedpoker is pleased to announce that it is hosting a competition for 15 lucky poker players to win themselves a £200 seat to the Lingfield Poker Competition on Saturday 17th September. Lingfield Park in Sussex is one of the oldest race parks in the UK. Steeped in history, Lingfield will host over 95 race meetings - read more »

Nigro Development Breaks Ground on New Building at Desert Canyon in Las Vegas - 19 August 2005
Nigro Development broke ground on a 56,000-square-foot marquis office building at Desert Canyon, a 15-acre master-plan, mixed-used business park located at the intersection of the I-215 Beltway and Russell Road in Las Vegas. Construction costs for the project are estimated at $11 million and the projected completion da - read more »

Gaming board to consider licenses for Bangor racino - 19 August 2005
Maine gambling regulators on Thursday are to decide whether to grant final licenses to allow slot machines in Bangor.The Gambling Control Board was to hear the results of background checks on Penn National Gaming Inc., which is seeking a license to operate slots. The board was also to review the suitability of Nevada-b - read more »

Graton tribe: Casino plans remain undefined - 17 August 2005
Greg Sarris, chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, insisted on Tuesday that the tribe doesn't know whether it will ask the city of Rohnert Park to annex a new casino site.He also said the tribe expects to renegotiate the agreement in which the city would be paid $200 million over 20 years. Some provisi - read more »

Committee ushers Mega Millions bill past first obstacle - 17 August 2005
A Senate committee, on a bipartisan vote, approved a measure Tuesday to legalize California's participation in Mega Millions lotto - without the testimony of lottery officials who maintain the multistate game is already legal. "They had the audacity not to show up," said Sen. Dean Florez, a Bakersfield-area Democrat wh - read more »

Casino plan horrifies Gettysburg - 16 August 2005
Beneath the surface Gettysburg is engaged in its fiercest battle since the smoke cleared on the morning of July 4 1863 and the shocked and bewildered townspeople were greeted by the apocalyptic sight of more than 50,000 dead and injured men strewn across their fields. A group of developers led by a prominent local busi - read more »

Internet Casino Buys Jesus-Image Pierogi - 16 August 2005
An Internet casino known for its collection of oddities has paid $1,775 for a pierogi that looks like an image of Jesus. purchased the item Monday during an auction offered by eBay.The seller, Donna Lee, said the Jesus face appeared when she was cooking Polish dumplings for Easter dinner at her home in - read more »

Wild, Wild West Poker Showdown hosted by Cherokee Casino and PokerHost - 16 August 2005
Cherokee Casino, PokerHost and Fulltilt Magazine announce the Wild, Wild West Poker Showdown at the Cherokee Casino in Tulsa, OK October 20-24th. Texas Hold'em poker tournaments will be available for players of all skill levels. A Ladies Event will start things off on the evening of the 20th with a $60 buy-in and $20 r - read more »

New Website Helps Women Poker Players Get Into League Play - 16 August 2005
A new website enables women poker players across the county to come together in league play to win seats into the Ladies International Poker Series Grand Championship in May 2006 at Binion's Gambling Hall and Hotel. Now women at all levels of poker experience can come together in their own homes, local restaurants, pub - read more »

John Krondes and The Elvis "Hit Making Team" Are Making Headlines; ELVIS LIVES!!!!! - 16 August 2005
Rock 'n Roll Heaven Has Answered! It's been 28 Years of prayer, lots of dreaming, hoping, wishing and wondering. Music fans have been seeking the answer, they all have thought what if??? On the 28th anniversary of Elvis' death that moment is here and many are calling it a miracle. A Miracle, what's that? It's an event - read more »

Robinson & Associates Will Discuss Its Guest Advocate Index During a Presentation at Global Gaming Expo 2005 - 16 August 2005
Martin R. Baird, chief executive officer of Robinson & Associates, Inc., will give a presentation on his company's Guest Advocate Index as a featured speaker at Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas.Baird will speak during a Sept. 14 session at the Las Vegas Convention Center where G2E will be held. More than 25,000 ga - read more »

Full Tilt Poker Raises Over $100,000 For The Boys & Girls Clubs Of Las Vegas - 16 August 2005
Full Tilt Poker and Bluff Magazine anted up for a good cause at their Wynn Las Vegas Charity Gala and Celebrity Poker Tournament July 5, 2005, raising over $100,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas. Held at the La Bete Nightclub in the prestigious Wynn Las Vegas, the stars came out to test their skills against t - read more »

CryptoLogic betting on growth - 15 August 2005
In poker, the blue chips tend to be worth the most. In investing, blue chips are the most trustworthy stocks with stable returns.CryptoLogic Inc., which provides the software and support services to some of the biggest gambling sites on the Internet, scatters images of blue poker chips throughout its corporate literatu - read more »

Online Gambling Companies Support The Needs of Children in Africa - 12 August 2005
Players at will be helping to prevent starvation in Africa, as the online casino donates money to select aid organizations throughout July and August. The ‘Help Africa' campaign is inspired by Bob Geldof's Live 8 success in convincing world leaders to significantly boost financial support given to Africa.U - read more »

Professional Poker Player Roy Rounder Breaks 13 Years Of Silence - 12 August 2005
Professional card player, Roy Rounder, has broken the silence and is now marketing a brand new book that he guarantees can teach anyone his winning Texas Hold-Em strategies. I noticed right away that Mr. Rounder calls himself a professional card player and not a professional gambler. “Poker is a game of skill and strat - read more »

The World First $5 Million Slot Machine with a $5 Million Jackpot is Online - 12 August 2005
Golden Palace casino is now featuring on the biggest jackpot ever offered by an online casino. A $5 million slot machine -- This incredible new jackpot is the largest have ever offered by an online-casino. The online casino making headlines with their outrageous purchases on Ebay featuring - read more »

Win a Seat to the UK Open, Courtesy of Pacific Poker - 12 August 2005
Pacific Poker ( always sponsors the biggest and the best poker tournaments and the upcoming UK Open ( is no exception.Mike Herea, Promotions Department Manager for Pacific Poker, can't wait for the UK Open, which commences on October 11, to start."After th - read more »

The Majestic Star Casino, LLC Announces Second Quarter 2005 Results - 12 August 2005
The Majestic Star Casino, LLC ("MSC") today announced financial results for the three- and six-month periods ended June 30, 2005. MSC is a multi-jurisdictional gaming company that directly owns and operates one dockside gaming facility located in Gary, Indiana ("Majestic Star"), and through its wholly owned subsidiary, - read more »

"A Fantastic Event" Report on the CelebPoker Palm Beach Classic Tournament - 10 August 2005
What a smashing success CelebPoker's Palm Beach Classic turned out to be! Applications from celebrities, professionals and just plain players poured in, and by the start-time it was over-subscribed. In the end, 125 of the 140 who wanted to play were squeezed into the plush Mayfair casino, with priority given to the 25 - read more »

U.S. Poker Series Selected by L.A. County Fair to Provide Charity Poker Tournament - 10 August 2005
U.S. Poker Series today announced that it has been selected by the L.A. County Fair to provide its Travelin' Texas Hold'em poker tournament to benefit the Fairplex Education Foundation. The tournaments will be held on Thursdays, Sept. 15 and 22, during the L.A. County Fair, and are each limited to the first 300 registe - read more »

Hollywood Poker Antes Up for 2006 Calendar Model Search - 08 August 2005
Who needs a straight flush when you have a Top Pair? Hollywood Poker (, "where the stars come to play," has announced its newest ace up its sleeve: the search for 12 sexy poker faces for the 2006 Hollywood Poker Girls calendar. These luscious ladies will also be involved in Hollywood Poker - read more »

Roy Jones Jr. Comes Back to Fight Tarver for the Glory of the Trilogy - High Roller Magazine Features Exclusive Interview with Jones Jr. - 08 August 2005
One of the most anticipated bouts in the world of boxing has been arranged: coming out of retirement world champion Roy Jones Jr. will face Antonio Tarver in what could become one of the most explosive fights in the history of boxing and the third and final fight of the next legendary boxing trilogy.Legendary boxer Roy - read more »

Blair challenged on casino talks - 08 August 2005
Tony Blair is facing calls for a promise he will not weaken money laundering laws to attract foreign casino operators to the UK. The Conservative demands come after papers about government talks with casino firms about the rules last year. The Tories say there are "clear discrepancies" between the documents and what mi - read more »

French Lick to break ground Tuesday for Orange County casino - 08 August 2005
After years of waiting, Orange County residents will gather this week for a ceremonial groundbreaking for Indiana's newest riverboat casino - a project that carries great hopes for the economically struggling county. Actual earth-moving on the project work won't begin until October, but Tuesday's ceremony in French Lic - read more »

Blair and Jowell 'misled MPs over US casino talks' - 08 August 2005
Tony Blair and Tessa Jowell, the Culture Secretary, were accused last night of misleading MPs over secret talks with American gambling magnates on plans to build giant casinos in Britain.The Conservatives claimed that both the Prime Minister and Mrs Jowell had failed to come clean over private negotiations on watering - read more »

ITV'S All-Star Poker Challenge was the perfect show to tune into if you wanted to learn how NOT to play the game.The players were clearly selected for who they are rather than what they can do at the poker table.I was expecting to see celebrities with a modicum of skill but it seemed as if their only previous associati - read more »

Gamble Online Gaming Companies Gamble on Stocks: An Editorial - 08 August 2005
When one stops to really think about it, there really is not much difference between purchasing stocks than an Internet sports wager; online poker game or online casino play: its all a gamble. The recent trend toward online gaming companies and their affiliation with worldwide stock exchanges further legitimatize what - read more »

Crazy Poker Gives Players a 33 Percent Rakeback - 08 August 2005
Crazy Poker has stunned the online gaming community when it announced that it will offer its players a 33 percent rakeback every month - the only site to offer such a high amount. “People think we've gone crazy,” says Crazy Poker Room manager Trevor Penn.“Poker is the world's favorite card game and Crazy Poker is there - read more »

BlueTree Grows a New Limb - 08 August 2005
Blue Tree Services of Las Vegas, Nev., is expanding the services it provides to the Gaming & Hospitality Industries by adding Casino Consulting to its portfolio of products. Frank Petrasich, President of BlueTree says, “Given the number and variety of clients we have, it became timely to combine our casino and gaming i - read more »

Atlantic City still seen as little threat - 06 August 2005
Atlantic City is undergoing a renaissance that city fathers say represents a new dawn, but which industry experts say will leave the Mid-Atlantic destination an isolated regional market in a dynamic world of casino developments.While Atlantic City's new-found interest in younger, high roller and nongaming customers mir - read more »

Sun Vegas Internet Casino Gets a Revamp - 06 August 2005
August 2005 sees Sun Vegas Internet Casino revamped with a new-look site and a host of new features to accommodate the growing number of online casino players. Part of the Vegas Partner Lounge group of online casinos, Sun Vegas is a well-respected gaming location renowned for its superior service and generous bonuses. - read more »

The wave of consolidation begins - 04 August 2005
It was bound to happen, with any growing industry, there comes a time when the larger companies get larger, and the smaller companies get bought.The online gaming industry has had a turbulent 5-6 years with rapid spurts of growth and equally massive steady growth too.With this growth came hundreds of online casinos at - read more »

Unhealthy online games targeted - 04 August 2005
China is to weed out online games containing pornography, gambling and violence to protect impressionable youngsters. Authorities have also pledged not to license the broadcasting of any new foreign satellite television channels into the country. Foreign online games featuring unhealthy content will be blocked, accordi - read more »

"A Fantastic Event" Report on the CelebPoker Palm Beach Classic Tournament, July 30/31, 2005 - 04 August 2005
What a smashing success CelebPoker's Palm Beach Classic turned out to be! Applications from celebrities, professionals and just plain players poured in, and by the start-time it was over-subscribed. In the end, 125 of the 140 who wanted to play were squeezed into the plush Mayfair casino, with priority given to the 25 - read more »

Wynn Resorts reports highest room rates on Strip in second quarter - 03 August 2005
After opening April 28 with a blistering first five weeks, the $2.7 billion Wynn Las Vegas megaresort reported quarterly results late Monday that were more in line with what analysts had been expecting. Wynn Las Vegas reported a loss of $35.2 million in its first 64 days of operation after paying $43.4 million in pre-o - read more »

PokerStars to move its base before possible London float - 03 August 2005
Pokerstars, the world's second biggest internet poker company, will announce today that it is moving its operations to the Isle of Man, presaging a possible stock market flotation. The group, which is controlled by the Scheinberg family of Israel, becomes one of several gambling companies eyeing a possible London listi - read more »

Bill would prohibit advertising gambling - 02 August 2005
Those Nevada casino billboards advertising "loosest slots in town" would have to leave Utah. But residents still could learn the Idaho winning lottery numbers under a bill being resurrected by a legislator from Logan, Utah.Republican Representative Scott Wyatt says the bill would prohibit the advertising of activities - read more »

Small Town Poker Tour Visits Saskatchewan, Canada - 02 August 2005
The Small Town Poker Tour, continuing to look for unique venues, recently visited Saskatchewan, Canada. Mark Fracalossi executive producer and creator of the tour visited possible sites. "We spent a few days traveling from Saskatoon to Prince Albert and a few stops between" Fracalossi said. "I was a guest of the Saskat - read more »

Irish Win At The £125,000 CelebPoker Classic - 02 August 2005
Alan Smurfit, who sold his Dublin-based packaging company for €3.9-billion two years ago, has renounced retirement in favour of playing the international poker circuit - with spectacular success. He beat roofing contractor David Clark in an exciting heads-up climax.The pair had outplayed a strong field of 125 experts a - read more »

Coral plans £800m float amid fears of gambling stocks glut - 01 August 2005
The owners of Coral Eurobet, Britain's third-biggest bookmaker, are preparing to cash out at the top of the gaming market with plans for an £800 million flotation, which could be launched later this year. The stock market launch is being planned as concern mounts in the betting community of an oversupply of gambling st - read more »