October 2005 News Article Archive

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Aussies spent $17.4b on gambling - 31 October 2005
As Australians prepare for the race that stops a nation new data shows there is no stopping the nation's love of a flutter, with $17.4 billion spent on gambling in the past year.The data shows we like a punt even more than we like a drink, with spending on alcohol coming in at $10.6 billion a year.The average Australia - read more »

Trump roasts Don King at Friars Club - 29 October 2005
Ridiculous hair. A talent for overstatement. There was more than enough of both to go around Friday as Donald Trump led a roast of Don King at the Friars Club.The boxing promoter merrily withstood a barrage of jabs, hooks and uppercuts. While King's electrified 'do seemed the obvious avenue of attack for Trump and the - read more »

House votes to end riverboat gambling, but intentions mysterious - 29 October 2005
The Illinois House voted Thursday to close the state's nine riverboat casinos, but Speaker Michael Madigan signaled that shuttering a multibillion dollar industry is not his real goal.Gambling foes say the casinos that were legalized 15 years ago to aid blighted communities have been a scourge on society instead. The H - read more »

Carnegie Mellon University Student Wins Tuition in Absolute Poker's Free 'Win Your Tuition' Tournament - 29 October 2005
Jeremy Olisar, a 21 year-old Carnegie Mellon University student has won Absolute Poker's free "Win Your Tuition" tournament. To compete in the online tournament, which ended mid October, students only needed proof of enrollment for fall 2005 semester, be in good standing with their school, and have access to a computer - read more »

'Super casino' bid is launched - 27 October 2005
A Teesside town is bidding to become the home of the UK's only, world-class £150m "super casino." The Las Vegas-style gambling venue, which has been earmarked for Middlehaven docklands in Middlesbrough, could create 2,000 new jobs. The campaign is being launched by Mayor Ray Mallon and Tees Valley Regeneration who want - read more »

CelebPoker.com set to host a $100k Guarantee Poker Tournament this December - 27 October 2005
There are several options for entrance into the tournament. Starting on Monday October 24th CelebPoker.com will be running daily Satellite tournaments giving players an early shot of securing their seat. At the bargain price of $22 a player can get into a satellite event and begin dreaming of walking away with the top - read more »

Perini wins $462.8M for expansion deal at Foxwoods - 26 October 2005
Perini Building Company Inc. announced Tuesday it was awarded a $462.8 million contract by the Mashantucket Pequots Tribal Nation for the construction of a 2 million-square-foot expansion of the Foxwoods Resort Casino in southeastern Connecticut. Foxwoods is a 4.7 million-square-foot complex with 340,000 square feet of - read more »

GameAccount’s Halloween Tournament Is The Ultimate - 26 October 2005
GameAccount (www.gameaccount.com) - the #1 online P2P and Skill Gaming website - is paying out tens of thousands of dollars daily in their hugely popular Halloween ‘House of Cards' promotion; a new multiplayer knockout tournament for fast-fingered fiends!The ‘House of Cards' tournament is proving to be one of GameAccou - read more »

Poker’s Biggest Prize - $100 Million Could Be Won In A Single Hand Of Poker. Prize is Reinsured by National Indemnity Company, a Subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. - 26 October 2005
In a move that will send shockwaves throughout the poker world, poker tournament producer Cinda Ltd. today unveiled its latest poker innovation - a poker tournament that will include huge jackpot prizes. This unique tournament will likely produce some of the most thrilling poker action ever seen. Entrants to the tourna - read more »

Elvis Presley's 1st Drummer DJ Fontana, Millie Kirkham Sign On With John Krondes and The Elvis "Hit Making Team"!!! - 26 October 2005
Is it the second Comeback for Elvis Presley? However you brand it, believe it, or see it; The Dream Lives! Over the last year and half, the young singer/songwriter John Krondes continues to beat the odds and the laws of the universe. After meeting the Jordanaires in Las Vegas a few years ago, and recording his Dad's so - read more »

Small Town Poker Tour to Help Sponsor Vince Neil’s “Off The Strip” Poker Event - 25 October 2005
The Small Town Poker Tour (STPT) announced today they will be one of the participating sponsors of “Vince Neil's Off The Strip Poker Tournament,” benefiting the T. J. Martell Foundation.“We are happy to be associated with such a good cause,” stated Mark Fracalossi executive producer of the STPT. “The STPT is all about - read more »

Arizona group drops downtown casino project - 25 October 2005
While central Kansas counties line up to pursue the destination casino Sedgwick County lost, an Arizona development group has backed off its interest in a second option -- a downtown Wichita gambling complex. Magna Properties, headed by Lloyd Buzzi and represented locally by Wichita attorney Harvey Sorensen, was one of - read more »

Harrah's Announces 2006 World Series of Poker Schedule - 25 October 2005
Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. today announced the schedule for the 2006 World Series of Poker. Harrah's will stage the world's richest poker tournament at its Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino for the second year in a row.Satellites and live action begins June 25, 2006, and the $10,000 No-Limit Texas Hold'em World Championsh - read more »

$250,000 Awarded Online at Titan Poker's Jackpot Tournaments - 24 October 2005
$250,000 in Jackpot Prize money has already been awarded to poker players at the Jackpot Sit 'N' Go Tournaments of Titan Poker (http://www.titanpoker.com)-- one of the newest and fastest growing online poker rooms. Winners of consecutive Titan Poker's Jackpot Sit 'N' Go Tournaments, staged in conjunction with the iPoke - read more »

Backgammon Growth Hits New Highs - 24 October 2005
Reflecting the phenomenal growth that has been seen in the online backgammon industry in the past six months, backgammon server Play65 has announced a new player record with a staggering 450,000 players now registered to the provider's online game.Already the world's largest online backgammon community, these new figur - read more »

Kasper continues Internet poker push - 24 October 2005
A lawmaker who advocated making North Dakota the first state to license Internet poker companies has been in demand as a speaker on the issue, making trips to Las Vegas, Montreal and the Caribbean island of Antigua this year.Rep. Jim Kasper, R-Fargo, and four other North Dakota legislators went to Antigua for four days - read more »

PartyGaming plays a winning hand - 22 October 2005
Internet casino and poker room PartyGaming said a tactical split with partners this month had boosted poker growth, reassuring investors in its battered stock and lifting shares 10 per cent. PartyGaming's highly volatile shares have more than halved in value since the company warned in September that its rapid growth w - read more »

AusVegas Slots Goes To New Frontiers - 22 October 2005
AusVegas Online Casino has a reputation for providing great experiences for its online players by offering first class customer service and unique slots. The casino is now taking its players to new frontiers in its latest adventure slot, 20 000 Leagues. 20,000 Leagues is a 5 Reel 20 line slot game that will see players - read more »

'Great Taste' to feature Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino -- Native American-owned property in Lake County, CA - 20 October 2005
Platinum Television Group is pleased to announce the selection of Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino for its innovative, educational television series, Great Taste. The company will be featured on Great Vacations and Gaming Getaways as part of the Hidden Travel Gems Series segment, and is to be aired on Travel and/or B - read more »

$1 Million Qualifier At Beulah Park On October 29 - 20 October 2005
Horse players from around the Midwest will be challenged in a Horseplayer World Series qualifier at Beulah Park on Breeders' Cup day, with two trips to Las Vegas and a purse potential of $10,000 on the line at the race track just south of Columbus in Grove City. An open tournament at Beulah Park will determine two fina - read more »

Ongoing Vegas boom lifts Station - 19 October 2005
Before the start of trading Tuesday, Station said it earned $39 million, or 56 cents a share -- up from $29 million or 43 cents, in the year ago period. On an adjusted basis, the company earned 63 cents a share, a 37% bounce.The average estimate of analysts polled by Thomson First Call had been for Station to earn 56 c - read more »

Katrina deals a better hand to casinos - 19 October 2005
Floating casinos that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina can be rebuilt on solid ground under legislation signed yesterday by Gov. Haley Barbour.All 13 hotel-casinos on the Mississippi coast were damaged or destroyed when Katrina slammed ashore Aug. 29. Killer winds and a storm surge tore the walls off many gambling - read more »

Unprecedented eBay Auction Receives US$1 Million Opening Bid for Collection of Historic Casino Chips and Tokens, Announces Marina Capital LLC - 19 October 2005
In one of the highest legitimate bids in eBay history, a collection of Nevada casino chips and tokens -- some from the felt tables of Bugsy Siegel's Las Vegas -- has received an opening offer of US$1 million. The gavel is slated to come down on the auction Friday, October 21 at 3 p.m. (PST). Its owner, a private Denver - read more »

UK Online Gambling Company Redbet Uses VASCO's Digipass 260 to Secure Online Gambling Applications - 19 October 2005
VASCO Data Security, a global provider of enterprise-wide security products that support e-business and e-commerce, today announced that UK online gambling company Redbet will use VASCO's Digipass 260 to offer its customers a secure online gambling environment. The implementation of Digipass into Redbet's system will b - read more »

Empire Online says profit will be 10% lower than City forecasts - 19 October 2005
The fledgling online poker industry was hit by yet another warning yesterday as Empire Online admitted that profits for this year will fall 10% below the City's forecasts after it was jilted by partner Party Gaming. The news saw shares in Empire drop 5% while shares in other online poker groups including PartyGaming an - read more »

Southern Gaming Solutions Opens Their Digital Doors - 19 October 2005
Southern Gaming Solutions LLC, a leading supplier of high quality poker chips, poker tables and gaming supplies for home and professional use, has launched its on-line eCommerce website. This new customer-focused, gaming-theme site makes it easy and inexpensive to find the best poker supplies on the internet. “With yea - read more »

Connecticut Produces Another American DreamCard™ Sweepstakes Jackpot Winner - 19 October 2005
The American DreamCard™ MasterCard® Sweepstakes winner for June has claimed his prize. Richard Kearney, a cardholder since November 2004 and a Middleton city employee, is the second American DreamCard sweepstakes winner from Connecticut. Richard said, “This has been the luckiest year of my life. I bought a new house, I - read more »

Hollywood Sportsbook Features Odds on the NFL game Between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Tennessee Titans on October 16th 2005 - 17 October 2005
Hollywood Sportsbook features odds on the NFL game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Tennessee Titans on October 16th 2005.This will be a big challenge for the Cincinnati Bengals (4-1) and the Tennessee Titans (2-3) in another big game, the expectations are raised for the Bengals, who will try to rebound from its - read more »

Megabucks (R) Jackpot Hits $11.9 Million at Aladdin Resort & Casino - 17 October 2005
Just one month and one day since its last hit, the Megabucks(R) top jackpot of $11,909,745 was won at the Aladdin Resort & Casino early Sunday morning.The lucky winner, who asked to remain anonymous, had seen the Megabucks (R) signs which read, "One pull can change your life" and said, "Now I know that it's true."The j - read more »

Hilton Corp in talks to buy UK Hilton - 14 October 2005
British hotels and gambling company Hilton Group Plc said on Friday it is in talks to sell its hotels to U.S. group Hilton Hotels Corp, which industry sources say would be a 3.6 billion-pound cash deal to reunite the Hilton brand after 41 years."The board confirms that it has received an indicative offer from Hilton Ho - read more »

Adult Star to Flash George Bush at The White House - 14 October 2005
Advertising has gone to extremes these days with companies like Goldenpalace.com using any means to get themselves in the public eye.Painting the logo on cows,streakers at sports events,tattoo'd on peoples bodyparts are only some of the recent advertising areas these companies have gone by winning auctions held on ebay - read more »

$100,000,000 Noble Poker Online Mega Tournament - 14 October 2005
Noble Poker just announced that they will top the $1 Million dollar giveaway by having a $100 Million dollar Mega Tournament in April at Las Vegas with qualifiers being played online now. (www.NobleMillion.com)While the Mega Tournament in Vegas has a direct entry fee of $10,000 with a $2 Million prize pool some what li - read more »

Caprice is online gaming firm's ace - 13 October 2005
POKER firm Sportingbet thanked model Caprice for helping it to trump rivals in the online gaming sector yesterday after annual profits quadrupled. While groups such as £3-bn valued PartyGaming have warned that growth in the poker market is slowing down, Sportingbet said the number of players joining its Paradise Poker - read more »

Titan Poker Will Award 2 Seats to Aussie Millions Main Event - 13 October 2005
Titan Poker (http://www.titanpoker.com), one of the newest and fastest growing online poker rooms, will award two seats to the 2006 Crown Australian Poker Championships Main Event, commonly known as the Aussie Millions. The seats will be awarded to the winning players at special freeroll tournaments held in conjunction - read more »

Online gambling a winner for Sportingbet - 12 October 2005
SPORTINGBET shrugged off the collapse in confidence in the future of internet gambling today, posting a fivefold increase in profits and a 50% rise in the amount of punting by its customers. Chief executive Nigel Payne said: 'The whole thing has been overblown. From where I am standing, volumes up 50% this year after - read more »

Gaming plan derailed in Louisiana - 12 October 2005
Gov. Kathleen Blanco delivered a decisive blow Tuesday to New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin's proposal to revitalize his devastated city by placing casinos in large hotels, saying gambling shouldn't be the basis for economic development in New Orleans.Nagin said he hoped the governor would include the gambling proposal in a - read more »

Bingo Boogie Plans the Classic Girls Night In - 12 October 2005
Jackpot Gaming Limited today launches a new online bingo site at www.BingoBoogie.co.uk. Designed to appeal to a young, female audience, Bingo Boogie will offer three 90 ball bingo rooms on launch as well as complimentary games including Blackjack, Slots and Video Poker.Founded by two former directors of Elektronik Medi - read more »

PartyGaming move points to peak in online gambling - 11 October 2005
Investor confidence in internet poker hit a new low yesterday as PartyGaming, the market leader, effectively forced a divorce on the so-called "skin" companies whose online marketing skills have helped to fuel the game's astonishing growth.PartyGaming's decision to sever long-standing partnerships with these "white-lab - read more »

The Resurgence of Board Games For Adults - 11 October 2005
Board games for adults were very popular in the 1970s and they are seeing renewed interest from people, especially those in their 20s and 30s. Many people love playing board games at parties with large groups of people. And with all the fun new board games coming out there's no shortage of fun to be had.A very popular - read more »

Empire reveals weaker hand - 10 October 2005
The bursting of the internet poker and casino bubble extended the share-price losses of its leading players to more than £4.5bn today as a leading online gaming executive warned the extraordinary growing market seen this year has receded to nothing better than 'flattish'. Noam Lanir, chief executive of AIM newcomer Emp - read more »

Online gaming stocks fall as Empire sees flat Q3 - 10 October 2005
Growth prospects in online poker came under fresh scrutiny on Monday as Empire Online said the market showed little growth in the third quarter, pummelling its shares and those of rivals Sportingbet and former ally PartyGaming."I don't think the market went up much in this period," Empire Online Chief Executive Noam La - read more »

The latest Las Vegas attraction: sumo wrestlers - 07 October 2005
Las Vegas knows how to host a heavyweight title fight, but the desert resort city has never seen giant, scantily-clad men square-off quite like this.Japan's ancient sport arrives at America's gambling, sporting and entertainment mecca for an exhibition tournament starting on Friday.Top-ranked sumo wrestlers from Japan - read more »

Gala Agrees to Buy Coral Eurobet for $3.8 Billion - 07 October 2005
Gala Group Holdings Plc agreed to buy Coral Eurobet, Britain's third-largest bookmaker, for 2.18 billion pounds ($3.8 billion) to add 1,267 betting shops to its U.K. casinos and bingo halls. Coral Eurobet, located in London, is being acquired from private-equity firm Charterhouse Capital Partners and company managers, - read more »

777 Dragon Online Casino Player Wins Over $600,000 Instantly - 07 October 2005
An online player at Vegas Partner Lounge's 777Dragon.com online casino struck it instantly rich in October and won an impressive $667,418.11 playing the Progressive Jackpot Slots. The progressive Jackpot Slot King Cashalot was once again the generous benefactor to someone's fortune, just 3 weeks after paying out $1,218 - read more »

Kiwi Casino Releases Its Latest Update Including 14 Brand New Games - 07 October 2005
Kiwi Casino's new Multi Window Support system now enables its players to play up to three games simultaneously, or to deposit more money at the cashier without having to risk losing their winning streak.The update also features a Slots Auto Play function, which enables players to set their favourite slot game to Auto P - read more »

Chelsea Odds Now 2-1 to Stretch Their Unbeaten Run to 50 at Coral.co.uk - 07 October 2005
Coral make Chelsea 7-4 shots to gain 95-99 Premiership points, with 90-94 points priced at 2-1. The Premiership champions are 6-4 to score 73-80 League goals, and 6-5 to concede 16-20 goals. Midfielder Frank Lampard is the 11-8 favourite to be the team's leading Premiership goalscorer, and 11-4 to be crowned the PFA Pl - read more »

VIP treatment not just for high rollers at Empress Joliet - 07 October 2005
It's no secret in the gambling industry that even though there is an overt marketing emphasis on behalf of the individual casinos to build retail customer bases and encourage brand loyalty, the real internal push is to win over the high-level players who wager considerable sums of money.In a market as competitive as th - read more »

Peppermill Reno Casino Announces $230 Million Expansion - 06 October 2005
The Peppermill Hotel Casino, already Reno's premier casino property, has outlined plans for a $230 million expansion project that promises bring the opulence, luxury amenities and design sensibilities of the most luxurious Las Vegas resort properties to Northern Nevada. The Tuscan-themed expansion, slated to open in la - read more »

Hollywood Sportsbook Features Odds on NFL Game Between New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons on October 9, 2005 - 06 October 2005
Hollywood Sportsbook features odds on the NFL game between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons on October 09th 2005! This Sunday's matchup between the Patriots and Falcons is an important game for two teams that entered the 2005 season with the highest of expectations. The England Patriots are still one of - read more »

Exclusive Mayfair Poker Club to Open in London - 05 October 2005
An up market, memberfs only poker club is set to open its doors in Mayfair, central London, in early 2006. The Fox Poker Club, as it will be called, has applied to the Gaming Board of Great Britain for a Casino License which will make it Londonfs first fully licensed card room.The club will become the first licensed - read more »

Jackpot Factory Introduces the World Series of Slots - 05 October 2005
The Jackpot Factory (www.jackpotfactory.com), a leading online casino group, has announced the launch of the World Series of Slots, a month-long promotion sure to score a home run with their casino players. The World Series of Slots comes at a time when baseball is gearing up for the playoffs, and the online casino gro - read more »

Gambling overhaul begins with formation of Casino Advisory Panel - 04 October 2005
UK gambling minister Richard Caborn has announced the creation of the Gambling Commission which will begin work today to decide where the 17 new casinos permitted under the Gambling Act will be situated. He claims the formation of the Casino Advisory Panel shows that despite considerable speculation over the possible s - read more »

InterPoker Announces 2005 Caribbean Poker Classic - 04 October 2005
Win a seat at the Caribbean Poker Classic 2005 with InterPoker (www.InterPoker.com) worth $10,000. The coveted prize package includes nine-nights in the charming and tropical island of St. Kitts at the five-star St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino from November 25-December 4th. This year, the estimated - read more »

Mississippi Mulls Fate of Coastal Casinos - 03 October 2005
In the churches that minister in the shadows of Biloxi's tattered casinos, religious opposition to gambling is colliding with the region's economic reality.Mississippi is considering allowing its coastal casinos to rebuild on land, a move that would help repair the state's $2.7 billion gambling industry in the wake of - read more »

Casuality Europe: A Conference for Casual Game Developers, Publishers and Distributors - 02 October 2005
Casuality Europe: A Conference for Casual Game Developers, Publishers and Distributors will be held in Amsterdam on the 8th and 9th of February 2006.Casuality is an independent conference designed and organized by an independent group of casual game industry professionals to address the specific needs of casual game de - read more »

Life at the World Poker Tour tourney - 02 October 2005
This year the $5,000 buy-in World Poker Tour tournament at the Bicycle Club in Los Angeles brought out more than 800 entrants. This championship finale, capping a one-month-long series of tournaments in August, has some serious history and prestige, and has been on all the top poker players' schedules for 17 years runn - read more »

888 Bourse Debut Sombre; CEO Eyes Consolidation - 02 October 2005
Amid concerns about the online gaming industry's growth outlook, 888 Holdings PLC made a somber debut on the U.K. bourse in the wake of market heavyweight PartyGaming PLC's bleak outlook recently.The company, which operates gaming Web sites including 888.com, Casino-on- Net.com, PacificPoker.com and Betmate.com with - read more »

Celebrity tenants help fuel Vegas boom - 02 October 2005
The boom in high-rise condo projects in this city's canyon of casinos known as the Strip has spawned its own new status symbol -- the celebrity resident.About 8,000 condominium units are under construction or about to start, according to SalesTraq, a Las Vegas real estate information company. It's a building explosion - read more »

Casino debate realigning Mississippi politics - 02 October 2005
The politically sensitive debate about allowing onshore blackjack and slots is shaking up alliances in the Mississippi Capitol.Gov. Haley Barbour advocates letting floating coast casinos move a few hundred feet on land to reduce the structural threat from monster storms. Hurricane Katrina ripped walls off some of the 1 - read more »

Coral Teams up With Chelsea FC in Online Deal - 02 October 2005
Under the terms of the two season deal Coral Eurobet's online betting arm, coral.co.uk, will provide Chelsea's official website, ChelseaFC.com, with an exclusive co-branded microsite, containing a wide range of football and sports odds as well as a host of special Chelsea-related bets. ChelseaFC.com will actively promo - read more »

Poker is New Golf for CEOs According to WorldCEOEntertainment.com - 02 October 2005
Golf for many years was the sport of choice by executives to network, now poker is taking the limelight away from golf. There is even a new tournament exclusively for CEOs-the black tie CEO Poker tournament.World CEO Entertainment LLC, creator of CEO entertainment and event productions is inviting CEOs to play at the b - read more »

New Site, StatShark.com, Offers Sports Fans First Online Professional Sports Forecasting Service - 02 October 2005
Orion Data Analysis Corporation (ODAC) announces the successful launch of StatShark.com, the first online sports forecasting service that enables people to see the results of 10,000 simulated games before the actual game is played. StatShark.com was launched at the beginning of the 2005 professional football season. Th - read more »