February 2005 News Article Archive

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It All Comes Down to the Grand Finale Table of Six in GSN's Poker Royale: Battle of the Sexes - 28 February 2005
The name calling has been done, sarcastic punches thrown, and the men have won every single previous match in the series -- it all comes down to the final table of six players in GSN's POKER ROYALE: BATTLE OF THE SEXES where on Friday, March 4 at 9:00PM ET/PT one gender will prove once and for all who is better skilled - read more »

Galaxy's casino investment in Macao to top $687 mln - 28 February 2005
Hong Kong-invested Galaxy Casino and Resort announced on Monday its commitment of investment would top 5.5 billion patacas (687 million US dollars). Speaking at a luncheon here, Galaxy's Director Philip Cheng said the company has boosted the investment from 4.4 billion patacas (550 million US dollars) to 5.5 billion pa - read more »

Online poker prompts interest in interactive gaming - 27 February 2005
UK bookmaker Ladbrokes recently revealed that profits from its online gaming division were up 50% to over £21 million, apparently boosted by explosive growth in online poker, which is soon expected to overtake revenue from traditional sports betting.Meanwhile online betting and casino site Sportingbet announced record - read more »

Women's Poker Network.com announces two Women's Poker events for Spring 2005 - 26 February 2005
The Women's Poker Network.com along with partner World Women's Poker Tour announced today that they will be sponsoring two Women's Poker events this spring. The Women's Poker Network and The World Women's Poker Tour have been established to provide information, education, and opportunity for women interested in enterin - read more »

Golden Nugget pays $30,000 to state regulators - 26 February 2005
Executives of the Golden Nugget hotel-casino have paid a $30,000 fine to settle a complaint stemming from sports book wagering irregularities and an incident in which the owner misdealt cards during a celebrity event.The Nevada Gaming Commission on Thursday unanimously approved the settlement, which said the violations - read more »

Who is Going to be the Next James Bond - 25 February 2005
Clive Owen and Daniel Craig are fighting it out to become the sixth James Bond, insiders say. Executives for the next movie will choose either Owen or Craig to succeed Pierce Brosnan.Brosnan, 51, will not appear in the next film, Casino Royale, after he failed to agree terms.Owen, 40, and Craig, 37, are said to have be - read more »

Gaming Commission bans Kansas City man from Missouri casinos - 25 February 2005
Carl "Tuffy" DeLuna, who served 12 years in prison on convictions related to mob skimming of gambling profits from Las Vegas casinos, has been banned from casinos in Missouri.DeLuna has 30 days to appeal the action taken Wednesday by the Missouri Gaming Commission.DeLuna, 77, was released from federal prison in 1998, a - read more »

Austinpoker.org Expands to Forums and Local Tourney Information - 25 February 2005
Austinpoker.org, Austin's largest poker community, expands its coverage to local tournaments and active forums covering home games to poker theory. James Freeman, President of Austinpoker.org is happy with the growth of the site. “With the addition of local tournament tracking and forums for our members, we have create - read more »

Poker on TV has been worth gamble - 25 February 2005
Today, it's virtually impossible to flip around the television dial without seeing someone playing poker. There are probably execs at the Food Network taking meetings about a poker spinoff so fry-cook Emeril Lagasse can say "Bam!" when he hits an inside straight. If the high-tone Bravo network can sell a celebrity poke - read more »

WPT Invitational Draws Both Poker and Hollywood Stars to the Green Felt for Annual Pro-Am - 24 February 2005
The WORLD POKER TOUR's(TM) (WPT) annual star-studded WPT Invitational today at the Commerce Casino brought out Hollywood's new crop of poker aficionados including such personalities as Ray Romano, Camryn Manheim, Jon Favreau, the Masterson Brothers Danny and Chris, Brad Garrett, Dean Cain, Mimi Rogers, Mena Suvari, Ed - read more »

Gaming Resort and Casino Jobs are on the Rise - Traci McCarty Expands to Meet Demands - 24 February 2005
Traci McCarty and Associates - Executive Search and Consulting for the Gaming Industry, is pleased to announce David A. Bernard, PHR has joined our firm as a Managing Executive Recruiter for our Northeast office in Petoskey, Michigan. David Bernard, President of Bernard Performance Group, will begin serving our Michiga - read more »

Mekhi Phifer wins WPT Charity Event - 24 February 2005
Mekhi was one of six celebrities who played No Limit Texas Hold 'Em on game six of the show's third season, which aired last night, February 20th. The show brought together celebrities Levar Burton, Andrea Parker, Jon Hensley, Adrian Young and Wil Wheaton to play poker for their favorite charities."While celebrity poke - read more »

Casino San Pablo expansion sparks public relations battle - 24 February 2005
Supporters and opponents of the proposed expansion of Casino San Pablo are waging a heated public relations battle over tribal gaming in this small city across the bay from San Francisco, with the two sides holding dueling news conferences Wednesday.The Lytton Band of Pomo Indians wants to replace its current card room - read more »

4 bold ideas pitched at Gaming Summit - 24 February 2005
A national gambling museum, heavily targeting Hispanic travelers, a consumer gaming show, and making downtown smell good.Those are the abbreviated versions of ideas presented at Wednesday's Northern Nevada Gaming Summit during a session titled “Eureka! Big bold concepts that could drive gaming business for Northern Nev - read more »

Prize Pools for Online Tournaments Reach the Six-Figure Range - 23 February 2005
Poker online freeroll tournaments are a huge way to leverage a player's way into major tournaments and to win big money at no cost to the player. Casinos and poker rooms offer them to reward active players and to recruit new ones. Generally by playing a number of hands using real money, invitations are extended to play - read more »

Small Town Poker Tour Announces London, United Kingdom Press Conference - 23 February 2005
The Small Town Poker Tour, the world first Charity poker tour will hold a press conference Thursday February 24,1 PM at the Park Inn Heathrow, London, United Kingdom. The Host and Executive Producer of the Tour and television show Mark Fracalossi will be on hand to answer questions about the tour.The Small Town Poker T - read more »

Group wins £55m on Sportingbet - 23 February 2005
An anonymous shareholding group at Sportingbet is to share a £55.4m windfall following the placing of its 5.8% stake in the online betting business. The group's second largest shareholder, DBS Advisors, offloaded its entire stake in a placing, believed to have been taken up by almost 30 institutions. DBS founded Sports - read more »

Nevada regulators recommend OK for MGM Mirage-Mandalay merger - 23 February 2005
Nevada gambling regulators recommended approval Tuesday for MGM Mirage's plan to buy rival Mandalay Resort Group and create one of the world's largest gambling companies.Gaming Control Board members said they were satisfied the deal to create a company with 11 resorts, half the employees and almost half the 74,424 hote - read more »

Taking a chance on casinos - 22 February 2005
Minnesota communities near Indian reservations have discovered that casinos can put people to work, finance schools and clinics, spur business and empower the powerless.But critics say, and studies suggest, that they also attract crime, exploit the poor, feed addictions, weaken families and contribute to bankruptcies a - read more »

Betfit.com Releases New Betting Exchange for Online Gambling - 22 February 2005
Silva's Global Entertainment, SA, a company settled in Costa Rica and formed by European entrepreneurs with several years of experience as punters, announces the launch of the new betting exchange BetFit, available at www.betfit.com. Betfit's present goal is to attract clients of the traditional sportsbooks who underst - read more »

Odds in favour of go-ahead for super-casino - 22 February 2005
A Las Vegas-style leisure development planned for the banks of the River Clyde will today take a significant lead in the race to become the country's first super-casino. The proposals, which would involve street entertainers, restaurants and European-style piazzas, are expected to be the first in Scotland to receive de - read more »

Parents Worry That Teens are Getting Hooked on Online Gambling - 22 February 2005
The ease with which teenagers can gamble online may lead to a serious addiction, as one valley family has learned.Seventeen-year-old Randy first became interested in poker a year and a half ago when he started watching ESPN's "World Series of Poker". The Orangevale teenager and his friends began playing poker, first fo - read more »

Poker Academy Donates $13,000 of Texas Hold’em Software to Lehigh University - 21 February 2005
Poker Academy, a leading software developer of poker products, has donated $13,000 in software to Lehigh University for students in computer science and engineering to use in artificial intelligence (AI) research projects.Hector Munoz-Avila, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, said the donated soft - read more »

Last throw of the dice for Casino Bill? - 21 February 2005
Tessa Jowell could drop plans to relax gambling laws if the issue threatens to derail Labour's General Election campaign, aides have admitted. Rather than have an embarrassing fight over the controversial measure, the Culture Secretary might withdraw the Bill, already watered down after a widely-backed campaign led by - read more »

Gaming Corporation plc annouces Poker site - 21 February 2005
Gaming Corporation plc, the owner of the UK's number 1 gaming site,www.casino.co.uk today announces the launch of www.findpoker.com a websitefocusing on the rapidly growing online poker market which is currently estimatedto be worth in excess of US$1.2 Billion.Following the success of the market leading casino.co.uk we - read more »

Slots with poor odds rapidly expanding at Iowa casinos - 21 February 2005
Slot machines that offer the worst odds for gamblers are increasing rapidly in numbers at the state's 10 casinos and now account for almost a quarter of slot machine revenues.The number of 1-cent and 2-cent slot machines has doubled in the last year, according to a review of Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission records. A - read more »

State says no to poker money for schools - 21 February 2005
When professional poker player Annie Duke sits at a table, it seems like the chips are always stacked in her favor, but that winning streak came to an end when she tried to put on a tournament to raise money for the Portland Public Schools. The Oregon Attorney General's office turned down her offer, saying they could n - read more »

Ruling: Poker tournaments illegal - 20 February 2005
When Mike Hopkins agreed to host poker tournaments at his bar last year, he never guessed his liquor license might be at stake.Now, Hopkins is hoping he hasn't inadvertently gambled away much more than that. “That liquor license is my livelihood,” said Hopkins, who owns the Cowboy Saloon and Buckhorn Bar in Laramie. “W - read more »

CryptoLogic posts record fourth quarter - 19 February 2005
CryptoLogic Inc., which creates software for on-line gambling, said more betting, higher poker fees and new casino games helped drive record fourth-quarter results. The Toronto-based company posted profit of $3.8-million (U.S.) or 27 cents a share on sales of $17.9-million, compared with profit of $3-million or 23 cent - read more »

Gambling business goes global - 19 February 2005
Montgomery gambling executive Milton McGregor is among a group of American businessmen bankrolling a national lottery in Russia. The All Russian Electronic Lottery System is projected to become the world's largest lottery. "It's been a long time since I've been any more excited about a business project," McGregor said - read more »

Singapore to decide on $1.2bn casino proposal - 19 February 2005
Singapore, which is hoping to lure more tourists, will decide in April whether to go ahead with plans to build a resort-style casino, the government said yesterday.The idea of a Singapore casino, which could cost about $1.2 billion, has divided cabinet ministers and is even opposed by Lee Kuan Yew, the country's foundi - read more »

Ebay's World Famous Pink Bunny Poker/Body Advertising Auction Getting Record Number of Visitors - 19 February 2005
One of the worlds top online poker affiliates is now auctioning himslef off to the tune of $150,000 on Ebay to play poker in Las Vegas for 30 days wearing a Pink Bunny suit. The auction can be viewed at http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5958012369This outrageous auction is for Mr. Enke to play poker ev - read more »

PokerSchool.Com is for Sale - 18 February 2005
Long used as the top-producing affiliate for PokerSchoolOnline.Com, the domain name “PokerSchool.Com“ is going to be placed for sale by owner. Poker, casino, and gambling website owners should take note.There is no better virtual real estate for an internet-based poker school, and with its history and type in value, it - read more »

Court says gambling ships not taxable outside state waters - 18 February 2005
Gambling jaunts known as cruises to nowhere don't owe taxes on commercial activity that happens beyond state territorial waters, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday. Backing a lower court, the justices rejected the state's argument that New Sea Escape's gambling trips fall under intrastate commerce rules because i - read more »

United casino shock - 18 February 2005
Manchester United are in talks to build a huge casino next to Old Trafford.Club bosses are consulting with Trafford Council and a US casino giant with a view to applying for one of the eight mega-casino licences which will become available under the Gambling Bill.The reds will be pitted against a rival bid for a mega-c - read more »

Poker games attract full house - 18 February 2005
Poker great Doyle Brunson once referred to Texas Hold ' Em as the Cadillac of all poker games. It ' s been said to be a game that takes a minute to learn and a lifetime to master. The rules are simple enough: Everyone is dealt two cards face down. There ' s a round of betting. Next, the dealer flips over three face-up - read more »

2K Games dealt World Poker Tour license - 18 February 2005
2K Games continues to flaunt a big stack. A subbrand of the new label 2K Sports signed a publishing deal with WPT Enterprises that grants it publishing rights to games based on The World Poker Tour television show. WPT games are already in development for the PC, consoles, handhelds, and mobiles by Coresoft and Backbon - read more »

Casino merger approved by FTC - 17 February 2005
The Federal Trade Commission approved MGM Mirage's proposal to buy rival Mandalay Resort Group on Wednesday, paving the way for the creation of one of the two largest gambling companies in the world that would give the new entity control of 11 resorts on the Las Vegas Strip.In Northern Nevada, MGM would own Mandalay's - read more »

Dogs playing poker paintings fetch $590,000 - 16 February 2005
"A Bold Bluff" and "Waterloo" -- were among 16 paintings that artist Cassius Marcellus Coolidge was commissioned to create for a Minnesota-based advertising company in 1903. Of the 16, nine are of dogs playing poker.The two works that sold Tuesday for $590,400 capture moments in a poker game played by five dogs, among - read more »

Las Vegas--World Series of Poker comes to Hollywood. "Lucky You" scheduled for casting and filming in Hollywood and Las Vegas - 16 February 2005
Drew Barrymore and Eric Bana are set to star in "Lucky You" at Warner Bros. Story revolves around struggling singer (Drew Barrymore)who hooks up with professional poker player (Eric Bana)as he collides with his estranged father at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Hollywood movies the likes of "Cincinatti Kid", " - read more »

Singapore casino race heats up with entry of Australia's Tabcorp - 16 February 2005
The race to set up Singapore's first casino has intensified with Australia's Tabcorp becoming the latest international gaming giant to publicly announce it will bid for the controversial project.At least six foreign gaming organisations, including Las Vegas heavyweights Wynn Resorts, MGM-Mirage and Harrah's, have now d - read more »

Casino tribes took in $18.5 billion in 2004, industry group says - 16 February 2005
Indian casinos pulled in $18.5 billion in 2004, a 10 percent increase over 2003 and the latest year of double-digit growth for the booming industry, a tribal group reported Tuesday.The figures from the National Indian Gaming Association indicate that tribal casinos have far surpassed Nevada casinos in gambling revenue. - read more »

Online casino antes up $35,099 to rename FleetCenter - 16 February 2005
Online casino Golden Palace hit the international media jackpot last year when it agreed to pay $28,000 for a grilled cheese sandwich with an uncanny likeness to the Virgin Mary. Today in Boston, it will put its name on what it hopes will be an equally visible prize: the FleetCenter.The online casino -- licensed in Can - read more »

Income Access Announces New Lucrative Affiliate Compensation Plans for the Absolute Poker Affiliate Program - 16 February 2005
Effective February 2005, the Absolute Poker affiliate program through Income Access offers more lucrative commission options to affiliates. In response to feedback from current poker affiliates and trends in the poker affiliate market, Absolute Poker has introduced a revenue share commission option that pays between 25 - read more »

Wynn Resorts Confirms Singapore Casino Interest - 15 February 2005
Las Vegas gaming resort operator Wynn Resorts Ltd. (WYNN) Tuesday confirmed it intends to submit a proposal to build Singapore's first casino, putting it in competition with MGM Mirage (MGG) and Kerzner International Ltd. (KZL). "Wynn Resorts is delighted to be participating in the process for this exciting project," t - read more »

Casino Windsor to get $400M injection - 15 February 2005
The Ontario government will spend $400 million to expand Casino Windsor, saying the move will help strengthen the local economy. "Casino Windsor attracts around six million visitors each year and is a key driver of the local economy," Joseph Cordiano, economic development minister, said Monday. "Our government recogniz - read more »

Liverpool fans from around the world joined forces with Anfield legends Ian Rush and David Johnson to play a charity poker night in association with LadbrokesPoker.com which raised £3,500 for the Tsunami Appeal. Anfield played host to the LadbrokesPoker.com charity poker tournament and 3,788 online players varying f - read more »

Sleepy Macau becomes a temple for gamblers - 14 February 2005
Francis Lam is slightly embarrassed when a visitor asks why the security guards at the Greek Mythology casino are dressed as Roman centurions."Okay, maybe we mixed up Roman and Greek," the casino executive says. "But they're almost the same."Macau's newest casino, with its 10-metre-high Greek columns and its massive mo - read more »

Students ante up to college poker craze - 14 February 2005
The newest craze among college students doesn't involve leaving campus; it merely involves a deck of cards. A gambling craze has been spreading at campuses across the country and even at Towson. It doesn't take much to find a card game with stakes that vary from $5 buy-ins to no bet limit at all. Playing poker is now a - read more »

Full House Poker Beta Phase One Complete - 14 February 2005
The unprecedented and widespread consumer interest in online poker has created a huge void to fill in the online gaming community. Playing poker online is growing daily and Full House Entertainment is in a great position to take advantage of the current interest in online poker. Feedback from poker players has been ver - read more »

Playing the Trump card on spire - 13 February 2005
Donald Trump knows a thing or two about gambling and its pitfalls. He runs a casino empire that went bankrupt.Now "The Donald" is asking Chicagoans to take a huge gamble on one of their most prized possessions: their skyline. But his lawyer and his architects are refusing to release the latest drawings of his $750 mill - read more »

Information on the Game of Poker in the State of Michigan and Around the World - 12 February 2005
The game of poker has has become one of the hottest trends in the world today. People of all ages, sex and race are enjoying the game like never before. Information on the game of poker in Michigan and around the world can now be found at http://www.pokerinmichigan.comOver one million people, throughout the world, play - read more »

Casinos set several records in 2004 - 12 February 2005
Nevada casinos had a record-breaking year in calendar 2004 raking in $10.56 billion.The win is 9.7 percent more than the previous year and the largest percentage growth in the past five years.Gaming Control Board analyst Frank Streshley said 10 of the 12 months were record setting for that month and nine of those were - read more »

Paddy Power signs a major online poker deal with Tribeca Tables Europe, Limited - 12 February 2005
Ireland's largest bookmaker Paddy Power has signed an online Poker deal with Tribeca Tables Europe, Limited and joins Tribeca's other prestigious customers Blue Sq, Victor Chandler, Golden Palace and Doyles Room.Paddy Power's Breon Corcoran said, "Online poker has been a key requirement for growing Paddy Power's portfo - read more »

Poker magazine becomes a bigger player - 12 February 2005
If there are quite a few people remaining who still believe that the explosion of poker in the past year is just a fad, then they have neither followed the sport or played it or, above all, invested in it.As Strip casinos are either adding, expanding or reintroducing poker rooms while top tournament organizers such as - read more »

Central City betting two new casinos will help boost the town's economy - 12 February 2005
Eddie Lynn insists he's not a gambling man, but the English-born casino executive is placing a big bet that this boom- and-bust town will be on the upswing again soon. With a new parkway leading directly to Main Street from Interstate 70, Lynn and partners have shelled out some $13 million readying two gaming parlors s - read more »

Christian Okoye Foundation To Host Celebrity Golf Tournament At Caesars Palace, Las Vegas - 11 February 2005
My Foundation will host a celebrity golf weekend at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas on April 22nd thro 24th 2005. Proceeds will to go to kid related activities,” states Christian Okoye, former All-Pro running back for the Kansas City Chiefs.“The weekend includes 2 nights stay at the fabulous Caesars Palace, private VIP Recep - read more »

Caesars hits jackpot in 4th quarter profits - 11 February 2005
Strong performance at its Las Vegas and Atlantic City properties helped gambling giant Caesars Entertainment Inc. swing to a profit and post record fourth quarter earnings on Thursday, matching Wall Street expectations.For the three months ending Dec. 31, Caesars earned $20 million, or 6 cents per share, up from a loss - read more »

Official Poker Inc. (OPI) Announces World’s First Poker Chip Tricks DVD - 10 February 2005
In the first of its kind DVD, multiple business award winner and Guinness world record holder Rich Ferguson brings his unique talents and skills to poker players in the Chip Tricks DVD. This is the first in a series of DVDs currently in production by OPI, with more due out later this year. Long time San Luis Obispo res - read more »

Online Bingo Jackpot Winners at BingoBallroom.co.uk - 10 February 2005
At online bingo community BingoBallroom.co.uk, two lucky ladies became a few thousand pounds richer in 2005. They converted just £1 each into £6,000 with wins on the popular coverall jackpots while simply chatting online and watching those online bingo calls!Mrs Isaac and Mrs Adams, both from the midlands say its very - read more »

New Offshore Casino 'Off To A Great Start' - 10 February 2005
Shuttle service from Pappas Riverside Restaurant to the offshore Mardi Gras Queen Casino began this week with a boatload of passengers on its first two junkets of the day. "We got off to a great start," said Matthew Plauche, general manager of the offshore casino. He estimated 200 people boarded the Captain Red shuttle - read more »

Internet Payment Solution for i-Gaming Combines Instant Bank Account and Bank Issued Visa Electron ® and Maestro®/Cirrus® Cards - 09 February 2005
Global Cash N.V. offers a complete Internet payment system for the casino and sports book industry. The Solution allows pre-qualified Merchant establishments to offer their Players an Instant online Bank Account that can be funded by any Visa® or MasterCard® regardless of geographic location of the issuing-bank.Merchan - read more »

Poker Retailer Signs Celebrity Christine Nguyen as Company Spokesmodel - 09 February 2005
Big Slick Attire has signed model/actress Christine Nguyen to appear in its latest marketing and promotional campaign.Christine is known for appearances on The Man Show, The Best Damn Sports Show Period, and as host of Inside The Box on ESPN2. She has also appeared in campaigns and commercials for Pizza Hut, McDonald's - read more »

No Bust Blackjack in California - 08 February 2005
Due to California gaming law, California Card Clubs cannot offer blackjack but instead offer No Bust Blackjack. A player, a customer who busts by less than the dealer does not lose his money. It offers even money on a 21. California Casinos offering no bust blackjack include: Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens reports 22 N - read more »

Online gambling sites expect big payoffs - 08 February 2005
Online gambling has hit the jackpot. After years of escalating growth, it's poised for its biggest year. That reflects a growing obsession with poker, advances in broadband and wireless technology, and the temptation to strike it rich from a PC.More than 2,000 gambling Web sites this year will rake in nearly $10 billio - read more »

Poker shrugs off its sleazy image to play its hand in the virtual world - 07 February 2005
That Ruth Parasol should have made separate fortunes from pornographic websites and online gambling is no coincidence. Although companies such as Amazon, eBay and Google have been hugely successful, the most profitable areas of the internet are devoted to lust and greed. Ms Parasol, a lawyer from California in her late - read more »

Lac Vieux Desert Tribe Seeks to Enjoin MGM Grand from Selling Its Casino License - 07 February 2005
Attorneys for the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians filed notice today that it will seek to enjoin MGM Grand Detroit from selling its casino franchise. Lac Vieux filed its notice with the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati where litigation is pending over whether MGM's Detroit casino fra - read more »

Online gambling continues to grow - 07 February 2005
To many North Carolinians, it won't matter whether the state approves a legal lottery any time soon. They already have plenty of opportunities to satisfy their gambling appetites on the Internet.With an estimated 1,800 Internet gambling sites from which to choose, all one needs to wager on a multitude of casino games a - read more »

'GoldenPalace.com' to Be First Permanent Forehead Ad Tattoo - 05 February 2005
Internet Casino GoldenPalace.com will leave a lasting impression on "The Human Pincushion" Brent Moffatt, who auctioned off his forehead on eBay, offering the highest bidder the opportunity to permanently tattoo their brand on his bald head. This auction is unique because it differs from other auctions offering ad spac - read more »

Latest Cirque du Soleil show opens in Vegas - 05 February 2005
When Cirque du Soleil first came to the Las Vegas Strip in 1992, the acrobatic troupe set up a blue-and-yellow tent in a hotel parking lot.Fast-forward to 2005 and the Canadian-based Cirque has unveiled its newest Las Vegas extravaganza in its own $135 million theater at the MGM Grand hotel-casino. "It's great," a glow - read more »

New Bond film confirmed - 05 February 2005
The next James Bond movie will be based on late author Ian Fleming's first book featuring the suave spy - Casino Royale. Goldeneye director Martin Campbell will return to the franchise for the film, Fleming's most violent and sadistic 007 story - but producers have still not confirmed who will take over from Pierce Bro - read more »

Landry's to Buy Golden Nugget of Las Vegas - 05 February 2005
Landry's Restaurants Inc., whose operations include Rainforest Cafe and the Crab House, is buying the Golden Nugget hotel-casino in downtown Las Vegas, a first step in a strategy to get a slice of the lucrative gambling business and expand its profit pipeline. Landry's shares rose 13% on the news. Houston-based Landry' - read more »

WPT Insider Unveils New World Poker Tour Online Poker Satellite Section - 05 February 2005
WPT Insider (www.wptinsider.com), the leading source in World Poker Tour coverage, unveils a new online satellite section, geared towards poker fans wanting to qualify online for World Poker Tour events.Filled with unique promotions for avid poker fans, WPT Insider has a complete list of online cardrooms that host Worl - read more »

$14,000 Free Poker Tournament set for Valentine's Day - 05 February 2005
As the poker craze continues to sweep the nation, one upstart online poker room has decided to up the ante. It was reported Monday at www.SweetFreerolls.com that recently launched Poker Host will be holding a free tournament on Valentine's Day and will be giving away $14,000 in prize money in the process. In what can o - read more »

California Indian Casinos Report a Total of 755 Blackjack Tables - 04 February 2005
Forty nine Indian Casinos in California reported a total of 755 Blackjack tables. Most pay 3 to 2 on natural 21. The casinos that reported paying less and only paying 6/5 to on a blackjack include: Cache Creek Casino Resort, San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino, and Trump 29 Casino. All of the black jack tables and infor - read more »

Internet Texas Holdem Enters Partnership with Club Dice Poker - 04 February 2005
Matthew Hilger, author of the best-selling poker book "Internet Texas Hold'em: Winning Strategies of an Internet Pro" announced today that his site (www.internettexasholdem.com) has entered into an agreement with Club Dice Poker (www.cdpoker.com) to promote the book. Online poker players can now choose to open an accou - read more »

Online Poker Site Absolute Poker Agrees to Promote World Poker Tour (WPT) Event - 04 February 2005
Absolute Poker, one of the most popular and successful online poker sites, has signed an agreement with the immensely popular televised World Poker Tour (WPT) to actively promote the richest WPT event in history. This agreement allows Absolute Poker to offer players the opportunity to win their way to the Third Annual - read more »

Online gambling gaining popularity - 04 February 2005
At universities across the country, online gambling is on the rise, and along with it comes a more convenient way to gamble, and an easier way for college students to get addicted.Johns Hopkins junior Brian Benson says that he gambles at least 15 hours a week, mostly on partypoker.com, which boasts 65,000 registered me - read more »

Las Vegas-style casinos in Ohio planned by tribe - 04 February 2005
A Native American tribe is making a push to build Las Vegas-style casinos in Ohio, including one perched near the Pennsylvania border to attract gamblers from the Pittsburgh area.The $300 million casino and resort proposed by the Eastern Shawnee tribe of Oklahoma for the Lordstown area could compete with a slot machine - read more »

Focus Property Group Wins 1,712-Acre BLM Land Auction for Master Planned Development in Las Vegas - 03 February 2005
A consortium of homebuilding companies led by Focus Property Group was the successful bidder today for 1,712 acres of land at the Bureau of Land Management auction held at Cashman Field.Focus will pay $510 million for the parcel, which is located adjacent to the company's Providence community in the northwest section o - read more »

Beijing police break Internet gambling case - 02 February 2005
broken an Internet gambling case, seizing more than 235 million yuan (28.4 million US dollars) and three suspects, Wednesday's Beijing News reported. Another suspect, surnamed Huang, believed to be a leader of the gambling ring, remains at large. The police said they received a report on Dec. 23, 2004 that an IP addres - read more »

Internet poker bill mulled - 02 February 2005
Rep. Jim Kasper, R-Fargo, wants poker played over the Internet to be defined in the state Constitution as a game of skill rather than gambling."I submit to you that poker is much different than gambling," Kasper told the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday. "The skill is what you do with what you are given."Kasper is hop - read more »

Canada Poker Store's Gamble Pays Off - 02 February 2005
Canada Poker Store (a supplier of poker chip sets, poker chips, poker media and other poker accessories) official opened its online doors today at www.canadapokerstore.com to the "Global Village". Since opening this morning Canada Poker Store has reported a drastic increase in hits and sales have reportedly soared; Ema - read more »

Las Vegas Loves Liberace: Liberace and Frank Marino to Receive Stars, Both Celebrating Landmark Anniversaries - 02 February 2005
Las Vegas Walk of Stars will honor famed entertainer Liberace Tuesday, February 1 at The Riviera Hotel & Casino, Le Bistro Theatre. Liberace's dedication ceremony will be held at 10:00 am (PST). This represents the first entry in the Las Vegas Walk of Stars “Centennial 100,” a list of future honorees in celebration of - read more »

The Island's e-gaming prospects are looking good, according to the Department of Trade and Industry.John Gilmore, the government's e-gaming ambassador, said the DTI is now receiving more interest from prospective licenceholders than at any time in the last two years.The DTI had a stand at last week's International Casi - read more »

TABC Tightens Restrictions on Area Poker Tournaments - 01 February 2005
An old law is subject to new interpretation. Bar owners are being forced to juggle the demand for Texas Hold 'Em with the laws surrounding the game. Agents from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) are warning bar owners that neither the bar nor the customer can gain anything of value from gambling. Lieutenan - read more »