December 2005 News Article Archive

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Gambling ship up for bids - 29 December 2005
Bankrupt Titan Cruise Lines wants, quite literally, to give up the ship.Titan will hold an auction next month to sell the Ocean Jewel, a 450-foot casino ship that St. Petersburg officials once hoped would revive the city's small port and become a downtown attraction.Titan filed for bankruptcy protection on Aug. 1 and t - read more »

Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. Submits Gaming Application to Pursue Gaming License in Pittsburgh - 29 December 2005
Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. announced today that the company has submitted its gaming application to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to pursue a gaming license in Pittsburgh.Isle of Capri recently signed a joint development agreement with Lemieux Group LP that includes a provision for Isle to fund a $290 million - read more »

FIFA World Cup 2006 Kicks Off With Purple Lounge; Poker Meets Football in a Beautiful Union of Games in Time for FIFA World Cup 2006 - 29 December 2005
FIFA World Cup 2006 Kicks Off With Purple Lounge Poker meets Football in a beautiful union of games in time for FIFA World Cup 2006.In a play-off like no other, poker play meets football fantasy as gaming enthusiasts compete for the ultimate golden tickets to one of the most oversubscribed sporting events in 2006. Requ - read more »

Kiwi Casino Poker Goes All In With Five Luxury Poker Vacations to New Zealand - 24 December 2005
Kiwi Casino Poker ( has gone all in offering five luxury vacations for two to New Zealand, including a seat alongside celebrities at the televised New Zealand Poker Champs and a chance to take out the national title.The New Zealand Poker Champs are being hosted by Kiwi Casino Poker's parent comp - read more » On the Road to Becoming One of the Top 5 Poker Rooms in the World in 2006 - 24 December 2005 opened its tables in April of 2004. On that day the poker world was introduced to a celebrity based, interactive poker room where they could log on and play games with stars they would never have the opportunity to mingle with anywhere else. While this was premise it was only the beginning. What started - read more »

IndoPacific Gaming Appoints Australian Distributor for Currency Equipment - 24 December 2005
IndoPacific Gaming (IPG), a leading distributor of gaming and casino products for the Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, is pleased to announce that it has appointed Maximum Gaming as its distributor for IndoPacific Currency Equipment to clubs, hotels and casinos in various Australian jurisdictions.“South Australia - read more »

Poker's Hot Streak May Be Nearing End - 23 December 2005
The worldwide poker industry appears to have hit every possible inside straight, flush and full house that it could, accumulating a large pot of cash in the process.But as this holiday season nears an end, the industry's luck seems to be running out as boxed sets of cards and chips are discounted, ratings fade for some - read more »

Boyd Gaming Opens South Coast Hotel and Casino - 23 December 2005
Boyd Gaming Corporation today announced that its newest property, South Coast Hotel and Casino, opened to the public this evening.Bill Boyd, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Boyd Gaming, commented on the opening, "South Coast is ideally located to attract a growing locals market, as well as a significant number - read more »

WagerLogic’s Millionaires Club™ Hits the Jackpot - 21 December 2005
On a ninety cent bet, one of the largest ever casino jackpots online was won last week with the winner receiving a cool US$1.77 million. Millionaires Club™ is a 9-line slot game with a fast growing progressive Jackpot ? a hugely popular Internet slot game licensed exclusively by WagerLogic Limited, a wholly-owned - read more »

Century Casinos Announces UK Casino Project - 19 December 2005
In its first move into the UK, Century Casinos, Inc. today announced plans to develop and operate a casino in Croydon, greater London, UK.Century Casinos' partner in the project is the Westmead Business Group Limited, owner and operator of the Airport House and the Aerodrome Hotel in Croydon. The project will comprise - read more »

Back in a Flash, Coral Equestrian Success - 19 December 2005
Coral Bookmakers ( is proud to announce a new Virtual Horse Racing game called Coral International Horse Racing. This new version, designed in-house, will build on the existing success of the current Coral Virtual Games products that include; Virtual Football, original Horse Racing and Greyhounds - read more »

Aces Poker and Medium21 to Sponsor 2005 Radio Music Awards - 19 December 2005
Medium21 announces that the company will be taking an important sponsorship role at the 2005 Radio Music Awards with (a subsidiary of Sportingbet, PLC). This year's annual event will be held on December 19 in Las Vegas, Nevada.Nominee's at this year's ceremony include such acts as 50 Cent, The Black Eyed Peas, - read more »

Biloxi council rejects Golden Nugget - 16 December 2005
An offer from Landry's Restaurants Inc. to lease waterfront property for a Golden Nugget Casino and boardwalk amusement park has been turned down by city leaders.The City Council's problem involved the price of the property for the proposed $400 million to $500 million development. It would have gone on Point Cadet bet - read more »

City links casino to sport scheme - 16 December 2005
Cardiff council has made an official bid for a "super" casino to be built in the city. If the plans are given the go-ahead, the casino development would prompt early large scale investment into the £700m sports village, the council said. The authority warned that if the casino plan was turned down, the sports plans wou - read more »

London Clubs recovering from July bombings impact - 16 December 2005
Casino group London Clubs International reported a first-half loss on Friday due to the impact of the July bombings, but said trading was recovering strongly.Its Cairo casinos performed well throughout."These operations undoubtedly benefited from the decline in business in London, with some Middle Eastern visitors choo - read more »

Sidepot Clay Poker Chips Co. To Offer Casino-Grade Custom Clay Poker Chip for Private Players - 16 December 2005
Online retailer of high-end poker chips and supplies for home games, Sidepot Clay Poker Chips Company, announced the launch of the first customizable poker chip line that uses the same high quality clay chips as those used in top Las Vegas casinos - and is also available to private players. The “Cigar & Snifter” custom - read more »

Galaxy Casino SA Selects KISS Casino Management Systems for Two new Macau Properties - 13 December 2005
KISS is a turn-key software solution for casino floors, developed by Australian casino management and consultancy firm International Casino Services Pty. Ltd. (ICS) “The KISS system provides all the reporting capabilities that we require. It is robust, stable and regularly updated,” said Mr Gary Woo - read more »

Doyle Brunson Creates Buzz at the Recently Concluded Poker Industry Expo Held in Beautiful Costa Rica - 13 December 2005
Costa Rica boasts so much rich and exotic scenery, that one might easily forget there is poker too! With the inception of poker tournaments televised to main stream America, poker has rapidly become a multi-billion dollar industry. An industry so diverse, that its revenue originates from an array of services - such as - read more »

'Big Ron' Hargrove Trains With Poker Academy Texas Holdem Software, Wins $133,760 at Caesars Indiana Circuit Championship Event - 13 December 2005
Poker Academy, the leading Texas Holdem poker software developer with world renowned artificial intelligence, today announced that “Big Ron” Hargrove won $133,760 by making the final table and finishing third place at the Caesars Palace Casino Circuit Champ Tournament. Big Ron attributes a big part of his success to tr - read more »

Las Vegas boom deals some a losing hand - 13 December 2005
Céline Dion is waxing romantic at Caesars Palace. Wayne Newton is warbling at the Flamingo. George Carlin is cracking jokes at the Stardust.And outside the crowded shows, and up and down the fabled Strip, luxury condominium towers are sprouting like mushrooms.At first glance, Las Vegas has never had it so good.In fact, - read more »

Harrah's to tell regulators about Lake Charles casino future - 13 December 2005
The future of Harrah's Entertainment Inc.'s two casino boats in Lake Charles could be known Tuesday as company officials meet with the Louisiana Gaming Control Board.Hurricane Rita, which hit Lake Charles on Sept. 24, caused millions of dollars in damage to Harrah's property, which also includes a $50 million entertain - read more »

PBL in hot race of five for casino - 11 December 2005
KERRY Packer's Publishing & Broadcasting Limited is closer to securing the rights to build a multi-billion-dollar casino in Singapore, but still faces stiff competition from four rivals following the announcement of a shortlist by the Singapore Tourism Board.Five groups including PBL and three of the biggest names in t - read more »

Boyd Gaming joins competition for Pennsylvania license - 08 December 2005
Boyd Gaming Corp. announced Wednesday it will seek one of Pennsylvannia's two at-large, stand-alone gaming licenses and spend $325 million during the first of four phases to build a 3,000 slot machine casino and entertainment complex. The casino will be 35 miles northwest of Philadelphia on a 125-acre site. Boyd Gaming - read more » voted “The Safest Place to Play” online - 08 December 2005
With competition fierce in the online gaming market, success is no longer measured in dollars and cents but also in reputation, integrity and customer satisfaction. In 2005, readers of Gambling Online Magazine have acknowledged this trend and have rewarded pioneers ( as the ‘Best Onl - read more »

PartyGaming shines in London - 08 December 2005
PartyGaming made the statement after it said trading in both poker and casino for the two months to Nov. 30 has been strong.Numis Securities said that consensus pretax profit currently stands at around 277 million pounds. It is forecasting the company to produce pretax profit of 286.5 million pounds and said it wasn't - read more »

Empire Online suing PartyGaming in Gibraltar - 06 December 2005
Empire Online said on Tuesday it had initiated legal proceedings in Gibraltar High Court against its former partner PartyGaming.Empire (EOL.L: Quote, Profile, Research), the brainchild of Israeli entrepreneur Noam Lanir, floated its shares in June and has since lost over half its market value.The legal action follows P - read more »

Price Talk Emerges On Macau Galaxy Casino 2-Part USD Bond - 06 December 2005
Price talk on the US$500 million two-tranche bond from Macau's Galaxy Casino is for a yield in the 10% area for the seven-year fixed-rate bond, not callable for the first four years, and around 500 basis points over the London interbank offered rate for the five-year floating-rate note callable after three years, peopl - read more »

Charlize Bonding With 007 - 05 December 2005
If the latest rumours are to be believed, 007's producers are casting a Hollywood heavyweight as the next Bond girl.After feisty Halle Berry proved popular in the last Bond film, another Oscar winner is being lined up to add class to the franchise.According to the Daily Mirror, Charlize Theron - who won her Academy Awa - read more »

Tottenham Hotspur man becomes a player in online games - 05 December 2005
THERE is no disguising the fact that Paul Kemsley is a Tottenham Hotspur fan. The carpet in his office is navy blue and white stripes, the team's colours, and the walls are adorned with signed shirts and memorabilia. It is probably just as well. Kemsley is No2 at the north London club, and is in charge of sorting out t - read more »

New Online Casino Lifts Off - 05 December 2005
FastWin Casino represents Kiwi Gaming's commitment to providing a safe environment to make friends, have fun and enjoy playing casino games online. The exciting range of games on offer include six brand new additions to the traditional casino suite such as ‘Desert Treasure', ‘A Night Out', ‘Dr Lovemore' - all bonus slo - read more »

Kiwi Bingo Launches Multi Window Support, Slots Auto Play and Three Brand New Games - 05 December 2005
All the familiar features that have been continually attracting players both new to online bingo and regular players alike are still there, along with some exciting new ones.“Kiwi Bingo has long been considered the best place to play bingo online.” commented Kiwi Gaming management. “This update represents our commitmen - read more »

Australian Website Buries $250,000 in a Beach Sparking Massive Treasure Hunt - 05 December 2005
A mad search for $250,000 in buried treasure is set to cause a frenzy across Australia after a website buried the loot at a beach shrouded in secrecy.The website, has stashed the life-changing amount of money as a publicity stunt, but already visitors are flocking to the website to look at the clues.T - read more »

Harrah's to build Las Vegas-style gambling complex in Spain - 01 December 2005
Harrah's Entertainment Inc., operator of casinos such as Caesars, on Wednesday announced a project to build a Las Vegas-style gambling and leisure complex in Ciudad Real, 190 kilometers (118 miles) south of Madrid. Harrah's would undertake the project in a joint venture with El Reino de Don Quijote de La Mancha SA of S - read more »

Poker Advertising Catches the Attention of Uncle Sam - 01 December 2005
Online poker sites are garnering attention from the US government in what's being seen as a flagrant display of defiance against advertising restrictions imposed on the online poker industry. The promotion of online poker sites in plain view of the U.S. public has caught Uncle Sam's attention.According to an article pu - read more »

Antigua to Develop Internet Gambling - 01 December 2005
Antigua will continue developing its Internet gambling industry despite pressure from the United States to prohibit the practice, the finance minister said Wednesday.Finance Minister Errol Cort said at least 10 new online gambling companies will open on the Caribbean island next year, joining 14 that already have been - read more »