November 2005 News Article Archive

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London’s Online Casino Goes Crackers This Festive Season by Launching Its Festive Competition with a Caribbean Holiday and Cash Prizes to Be Won - 30 November 2005
As part of the online casinos promotional initiative players' have the chance to participate in a Reward Points competition. The winner of the competition will win a 14 night all expenses paid trip for two to the Dominican Republic, a tropical island paradise in the Caribbean. Between the 21st of November 05 to the 31s - read more »

PokerTek, Inc. Announces Exercise of Over-Allotment Option by Underwriter - 30 November 2005
PokerTek, Inc. today announced that the underwriter has exercised the option to purchase 225,000 shares of common stock under the over-allotment option granted in connection with its initial public offering. Pursuant to this exercise, the underwriter purchased 225,000 of the 300,000 shares available under the over-allo - read more »

PartyGaming regains float price after poker scare - 30 November 2005
Shares in the world's biggest online poker operator PartyGaming regained their float price on Tuesday, 13 weeks after its warning on poker growth knocked over 3 billion pounds from its market value.Shares in the company were up 6.9 percent at 117 pence at 3:19 British time, having floated at 116p.After a high-profile - read more »

Harrah's announces sale of Laughlin casino - 30 November 2005
Harrah's Entertainment Inc. announced plans Tuesday to sell the Flamingo hotel-casino in Laughlin to American Real Estate Partners L.P., the owners of the Stratosphere hotel-casino in Las Vegas and the Sands hotel-casino in Atlantic City, N.J. The $170 million cash deal also includes 7.7 acres of undeveloped land betwe - read more »

Casinos set dates to reopen - 26 November 2005
A vastly upgraded Imperial Palace will be the first of three Gulf casinos expected to reopen by the end of the year.In addition to the Imperial Palace, reopening dates have been set for the Isle of Capri and the Palace Casino in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The storm, which struck Aug. 29, damaged or destroyed most o - read more »

23-Year Old Call Center Manager Wins Seat to the Caribbean Poker Classic - 25 November 2005
Jonathan Donde, a 23-year old call center manager, has been playing poker for about two years but had never entered a free roll tournament like the $10,000 Caribbean Poker Classic free roll event before. “I thought there would be at least 1,000 people. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw there were only 121,” he admi - read more »

Casino operators rush to open new sites - 24 November 2005
The steadily rising number of casinos in Britain could leap by more than 50% to 211 sites, even before next-generation gaming licences have been granted under the Gambling Act, the Guardian has learned.Thirty-nine applications for new casino licences have been filed so far this financial year with the Gambling Commissi - read more »

Players Join Monte Carlo Gold for a Second Chance at $1 Million - 23 November 2005
After 12 hours of intense tournament play on Sunday, poker titans vied for a shot at becoming an overnight millionaire at the Monte Carlo Millions. The $25,000 buy-in, invitation only event started promptly at 12:00 p.m., each player stacked with $50,000 in chips. Today, the international field begins with 60 of the wo - read more »

Sportingbet - as American as Apple Pie - 23 November 2005
Sportingbet Plc has been honoured as the number one online gaming company for the American market! eGaming Review Magazine, who host the annual eGaming Review Awards, honoured outstanding gambling companies at their gala dinner in London earlier this month. A panel of industry experts recognized Sportingbet as the Best - read more »

PartyGaming folds on Empire deal - 22 November 2005
PartyGaming has pulled out of its bid to take over rival online gaming operator Empire. A spokesperson for PartyGaming, which made an offer of 60p per share for Empire, confirmed that discussions between the two companies had been terminated. PartyGaming's offer fell far short of Empire's 175p float price, and the deal - read more »

Mississippi gaming revenue tumbles - 22 November 2005
With 13 hurricane-damaged gambling barges on the Gulf Coast closed in October, Mississippi saw statewide gaming revenue tumble almost 39 percent in the month, according to figures released Monday.Casinos operating in counties along the Mississippi River, however, grew their monthly revenue 14 percent from a year ago, c - read more »

U.S. And European Poker Idols Go Head-To-Head in Day One of Monte Carlo Millions 2005 - 22 November 2005
After 12 hours of intense tournament play on Sunday, poker titans vied for a shot at becoming an overnight millionaire at the Monte Carlo Millions. The $25,000 buy-in, invitation only event started promptly at 12:00 p.m., each player stacked with $50,000 in chips. Today, the international field begins with 60 of the wo - read more »

'Early Bird' Raffle Deadline Nears in One Million Dollar Oak Park Home Raffle - 22 November 2005
The public has until November 30 to purchase tickets for the "early bird" drawing in the $1 million Oak Park Dream Home raffle sponsored by the Conejo Jewish Day School. Raffle tickets purchased before November 30 will be entered into a December 8 early bird drawing in which one $30,000 cash prize, five $1,000 cash pri - read more » Teams Up with Manchester City FC - 19 November 2005
Leeds-based and Manchester City Football Club have announced a major new partnership agreement between the two companies, which will give fans of the Club unique access to their own betting site.In a six figure deal, the Club and ukbetting plc, owner of, have agreed that the leading online gam - read more »

Absolute Poker Slips Into Its New Skin - 19 November 2005
Effective today, players at Absolute Poker can add a touch of personality to their game with the launch of Absolute Poker "Skins". Absolute Poker is offering its players the ability to personalize their own table with new and improved graphics and a user friendly setup. Players can visit - read more »

Charity poker tour to begin in Wichita - 19 November 2005
Amateur Poker Tour organizers will unveil a 12-city American tour Saturday in Wichita to support wounded and disabled Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. First stop in the tour will be Dec. 10 and 11 at Century II's Bob Brown Expo Hall, says former Wichita Mayor Bob Knight, one of the tour principals. Participants can play - read more »

Singapore woos 'starchitects' for casino project - 19 November 2005
Singapore is wooing top architects such as I.M. Pei and Daniel Libeskind to design an iconic casino building on a par with Sydney's Opera House and Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum. The city-state, better known for its shopping malls and rigorous urban planning, now wants a breathtaking skyline. It has invited gaming compani - read more »

Ukbetting adds to bookmaking misery with profits warning - 19 November 2005
Ukbetting became the fourth bookmaker in two days to warn that annual earnings will be hit by a recent run of good form among punters. The Leeds-based company, which owns the and football365 websites, cautioned that it will now hit only more modest targets set by City experts for the year. Analysts had - read more »

Biloxi casinos get jump - 19 November 2005
By New Year's Eve, three of the Coast's 13 casinos should be back in business, but it will take months or years for others to rebuild.The Mississippi Gaming Commission, which met in Biloxi on Thursday, asked casino companies to update them on rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Katrina. All but two, Harrah's Entertainme - read more »

Sportingbet CEO: US Should Tax Online Gaming - 19 November 2005
Online gaming is licenced and taxed in 63 countries worldwide and the United States should be taking advantage of this $10 Billion market, said Nigel Payne, Chief Executive of Sportingbet PLC, in an interview to be broadcast Sunday November 20th on CBS 60 Minutes. Sportingbet operates a number of brands, the largest of - read more »

Say ‘Bonjour!’ to Paris in March Courtesy of - 16 November 2005
In the past, ( has run some exceptional promotions for its VIP players but the chance to win a $40,000 plus trip to Paris would have to top them all.Mike Herea, Promotions Department Manager for (, is thrilled to be associated with such a prestigious prize. "I am not sure there i - read more »

New Online Casino Just For the Ladies - 16 November 2005
Although gambling has always been a man's affair, women all over the world are beginning to frequent the casino scene more than ever before. Online casinos provide an exciting and fun atmosphere, as well as fast-paced casino games which both men and women enjoy. And because ladies have begun to truly make their mark in - read more »

315 million dreams for Mega Millions players - 16 November 2005
Rent a suite at the Ritz for the rest of your life - and then some. Buy 55 private islands, and a private jet to get you to them. Or, just for laughs, circle the Earth's equator with dollar bills.There'll be plenty of time and money to do it all, if you are the sole winner of Tuesday night's $315 million Mega Millions - read more »

Casinos gamble on RFID gaming chips - 16 November 2005
Gaming Partners International Corp on Tuesday said it has secured a major contract with Galaxy Resorts to supply more than 600,000 RFID gaming chips to the new Rio and Grand Waldo casinos scheduled to open in Macau, China early next year. Casinos increasingly are turning toward radio frequency identification technology - read more »

KEEP Releases Plan for Racetrack Casino Revenue - 16 November 2005
The Kentucky Equine Education Project began lobbying in earnest for its racetrack casino plan with a letter to more than 3,200 community officials outlining how the state's share--a projected $437.5 million a year--from gaming would be spent under proposed legislation.KEEP endorses a constitutional amendment on casino - read more »

Harrah's, Wynn and MGM Mirage Bid on Casino - 15 November 2005
Las Vegas casino operators Harrah's Entertainment Inc., Wynn Resorts Ltd. and MGM Mirage Inc. were among eight consortiums that took the first step on Tuesday toward bidding for licenses to open casinos in Singapore.The consortiums bought Singapore's opening casino tender, the documents that outline the city-state's re - read more »

Ute Mountain Casino - Hotel and Resort Teams Up With GSN On 'World Series of Blackjack 2006' - 15 November 2005
Ute Mountain Casino - Hotel & Resort is partnering with GSN, The Network for Games, on the broadcaster's third year of the franchise series World Series of Blackjack 2006. Ute Mountain Casino, the largest casino in southwest Colorado, is currently hosting three preliminary blackjack tournaments. The top winner of each - read more » Scoops the Pool at the Inaugural 2005 eGaming Awards - 15 November 2005 stole the show at the eGaming Awards when they won the best online casino of the year and best overall online gaming operator of the year. Being the first year of the awards, there was a lot of competition to be the first casino to win such a prestigious honor and in a gala black tie event before 500 guests, 88 - read more »

PartyGaming strikes two poker deals - 12 November 2005
Online poker operation PartyGaming said it was taking over two of its four partners and ending its relationship with a third as it prepares to launch a new, upgraded service.Friday's news put pressure on Empire Online, the fourth partner, which PartyGaming is also in talks to buy, analysts said.PartyGaming said it had - read more »

Government fury over online casino advertising - 10 November 2005
The government is set to announce a crackdown on offshore internet gambling firms that are flouting advertising laws governing the sector. Foreign-based online casinos are allowed to advertise but must adhere to tight regulations, including a ban on offering free entry to online poker competitions and suggesting like - read more »

Casinos bet on wireless gambling - 10 November 2005
As they lounged poolside reading under a 50-foot replica of the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Hotel & Casino here, the last thing Alice and Jerry Long wanted to do was gamble."You need to relax when you're eating, and when you're at the pool," said Alice Long, 56, of Hickory, N.C. Her husband, Jerry, 60, was absorbed in a - read more »

Florida woman a $2.5 million winner - 08 November 2005
Stephanie Thomas Fagan and her husband recently walked into the Reno Hilton discussing what would happen if they won the Wheel of Fortune Mega Jackpot. Fagan chose a machine on which she had won the previous night, won another $125 and was thinking of moving on when the MegaJackpot symbols aligned. She is now $2,540,42 - read more »

Green Day Tops Radio Music Awards Nominations - 08 November 2005
Green Day's amazing year continues - the rock trio has picked up eight Radio Music Award nominations.The Grammy Award-winning group leads the way for the Las Vegas, Nevada ceremony next month.Among the categories they'll be fighting for are Artist of the Year/Alternative and Active Rock Radio; Artist of the Year/Rock R - read more »

£10m conman prepares to hear fate - 08 November 2005
A gambling mad financial consultant who conned private investors out of their life-savings and spent more than £1 million on racing tipsters is being sentenced.Graham Price, 58, admitted stealing £10 million from dozens of pensioners and the Halifax Bank in an elaborate scam spanning four years.The web of deception was - read more »

GameAccount Launches $180,000 P2P Blackjack Tournament - 06 November 2005
SuperCash TripleAce, the world's largest branded Blackjack tournament was launched today, hosted by leading online P2P and Skill Gaming provider GameAccount ( The $180,000 / £100,000 / €150,000 / $240,000 multicurrency cash pot will attract over 16,000 players from 130 countries to compete in 14 ro - read more »

Ameristar starts $240 million expansion in St. Charles - 06 November 2005
Ameristar Casinos Inc. launched a $240 million expansion project at its St. Charles, Mo., casino to boost market share and better compete in the area. Work is under way on a 400-room, all-suite hotel, an indoor/outdoor swimming pool and spa, a 2,000-space parking garage and a 20,000 square-foot conference center. The p - read more »

Trump to sell Lake Michigan casino, hotel - 06 November 2005
Donald Trump's casino company says it has agreed to sell its Lake Michigan riverboat and hotel to The Majestic Star Casino LLC in a $253 million deal.Trump Indiana owns and operates a riverboat casino and hotel at Buffington Harbor in Gary.The sale of the casino comes as Trump Entertainment Resorts works on its reorgan - read more »

Leonardo DiCaprio and Many Other Celebrities Were On Hand to Honor the Legendary Doyle Brunson - 04 November 2005
Las Vegas' hottest new nightclub, Light -- situated at the plush Bellagio Hotel & Casino -- played host to the first ever player appreciation party, honoring the legendary poker great: Doyle Brunson.The mood was set for an electrifying evening on October 17th, 2005 at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada - read more »

Hendon Mob to join the Fox Poker Club Team - 04 November 2005
Barny Boatman and Joe Beevers from The Hendon Mob ( have joined forces with Fox Club Poker ( to help promote the club in the global poker community. Joe and Barny are well known on the professional poker circuit and are looking forward to the opening of the club in their home o - read more »

Harrah's third-quarter profit rises - 04 November 2005
Harrah's Entertainment Inc., the world's biggest casino operator, on Thursday said its third-quarter profit rose 42 percent thanks to recently acquired Caesars Entertainment and gambling demand from its core customers.The company's shares were up $2.01, or 3.3 percent, to $63.11 in early afternoon trading on the New Yo - read more »

PartyGaming in Empire Online Takeover Talks - 04 November 2005
PartyGaming PLC, the world's largest online poker company, is in talks about acquiring smaller rival Empire Online Ltd., the company said Thursday.PartyGaming, one of the largest new listings in the past five years on the London Stock Exchange when it went public in June, said it was carrying out due diligence and the - read more »

Alex Rodriguez' Poker Passion Results In $100,000 Offer from Sports Interaction Poker - 04 November 2005
Alex Rodriguez' reprimand for visiting underground poker dens in New York caused executives at Sports Interaction to reiterate their six-figure offer to the budding poker star. Rodriguez could play exclusively at the poker site in the privacy of his own home or hotel room, preventing him from unnecessary tro - read more »

Tonja Brings R & B with a Little Hip Hop When She Says, Not Now, But 'Right Now' on Echo’s Radio Show - 04 November 2005
Swat Production's first female artist, Tonja, will be introduced Friday, November 4, 2005 from 6 PM to 8PM (PST) on Echo's radio show. This show will air on Tonja will interview with Echo about her life and her love for music. Selections from her debut album will also be featured.Born and ra - read more »

888 results raise hopes for online gaming - 02 November 2005
888 Holdings, the online casino and poker group, gave the internet gambling sector support yesterday by saying it enjoyed a "strong" October after a slow summer.The company said its revenues from casino games such as blackjack and roulette were almost flat from the second quarter of 2005 into the third but that the lac - read more »

BINGO SKY Celebrates 1st Birthday and 100,000 Bingo Players - 02 November 2005
BINGO SKY is celebrating its first anniversary this November.Last year Bingo SKY was launched amid much talk and fanfare; a striking campaign designed to maximize its exposure among bingo players worldwide caught the eye of the public in general and the industry in particular.For over two weeks, Bingo SKY credited any - read more »

Casino Media Group Expands to Multimedia Integrated Programs - 02 November 2005
Casino Media Group (CMG) has reached casino players throughout the US and Canada since 2004 with fully integrated communication and advertising campaigns that include OOH media, casino POS, on-table felts, on-poker chips, and on-playing cards. In addition, CMG organizes and plans celebrity gala events, including in-hou - read more »

Senate vote delayed on amendment to slots law - 01 November 2005
The state Senate put off a planned vote Monday evening on legislation that would make changes to last year's slot-machine gambling law, including a proposal to impose tougher ethical considerations on gambling regulators.Votes were expected Tuesday on amendments to the bill and then on the entire amended bill. Any bill - read more »

French Lick casino nears approval - 01 November 2005
State gambling regulators and an investment group chosen earlier this year to build a casino in Orange County are expected to sign an operating contract with the state in the coming weeks.A meeting last week between the Indiana Gaming Commission's executive staff and representatives of Blue Sky Casino LLC resulted in a - read more »

Lou Diamond Phillips Teaches How to Play Texas Hold’em on Free Video Link - 01 November 2005
There are poker rooms all over the Internet that will take a bet and watch the players flood the rooms to play the ever popular game Texas Hold'em. While this is the premier entertainment event for over a million people worldwide every night only one site on the Internet is giving players the opportunity to learn the g - read more »

Hollywood Sportsbook Features Odds on the NFL Game Between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the San Francisco 49ers on October 30th 2005 - 01 November 2005
Hollywood Sportsbook features odds on the NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the San Francisco 49ers on October 30th 2005.On the Eve of Halloween, the Niners return back to the Bay Area for the first of two consecutive home contests. This time, they host a frightening team of their own, the Tampa Bay Buccane - read more »