September 2005 News Article Archive

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888 Raises 147.7 Million Pounds in Initial Share Sale - 29 September 2005
888 Holdings Plc, the world's largest Internet casino operator, sold shares worth 147.7 million pounds ($261 million) in an initial public offering to fund expansion. The company sold 84.4 million shares at 175 pence each, less than 888 Holdings first expected, Chief Executive John Anderson said in an interview. The sh - read more »

Gaming firm down in morning trade - 29 September 2005
Online gaming firm 888 has seen its shares fall by 3.5p in London trade, after launching at 175 pence, a price valuing it at around £590m ($1bn). Institutional dealers started trade on Thursday, with full trading on Monday. The firm is the latest to come to market, although confidence in the sector was recently hit whe - read more »

Bounty Tournament at Gains More and More Popularity with a $25,000 prize. - 29 September 2005
The Bounty Tournament at has become such a great success that is back again this week with the top prize of $25,000. Don't miss this unparalleled event and win the amazing prize that will be awarded to the player that can knock out all three bounties; Doyle Brunson, Mike Caro and Todd Brunson. As wel - read more »

500,000.00 Bad Beat Jackpot In Arizona - 29 September 2005
Arizona will be running a "Till It Hits" SUPER Bad Beat Jackpot that is worth Half a Million Dollars.This will be the biggest bad beat jackpot ever payed out in a poker room in Arizona and possibly the world!(excluding online poker rooms)The super jackpot can be hit between 2 am and 5 pm, 5 days a week(Monday through F - read more »

Las Vegas-style casino for Yarmouth? - 27 September 2005
Hopes emerged last night that Yarmouth could still clinch a Las Vegas-style super casino with its jackpot of a projected 3.3million visitors a year.The resort's chances appeared dashed in the spring when a last-minute deal on the Government's Gambling Bill reduced the number of planned super casinos from eight to one. - read more »

Full Tilt Poker's John D'Agostino and David Singer Reach Televised Final Table at Borgata Poker Open - 27 September 2005
Full Tilt Poker representatives John D'Agostino and David Singer each had strong showings at the Borgata Poker Open, finishing fourth and sixth respectively out of a field of 515. D'Agostino earned the biggest payday of his professional career, collecting $349,685 for his fourth-place finish at the World Poker Tour eve - read more »

Alonso The GP World Champion - 26 September 2005
New world champion Fernando Alonso can already be classed as an all-time Formula One great, according to the head engineer at his Renault team. F1 veteran Pat Symonds, who has worked with Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna, says Alonso is just as good. "Fernando is up there. He's got all those attributes," Symonds sai - read more »

The Glamour of Gammon: Backgammons Popularity Spreads to Television - 26 September 2005
As the A list of the social elite expands to absorb the wealth of rising gaming stars that events such as WSOP have produced, the playing field is opening to a new circle of celebrity gamers.The announcement therefore that UK digital channel, Pokerzone has commissioned TV production company, 8mm Productions to produce - read more »

Minister admits casino mistakes - 26 September 2005
Guernsey's chief minister admits the tendering process for the island's first casino should have been handled differently. It is feared several hundred thousand pounds of taxpayers' money has been wasted, now plans for St Pierre Park Hotel look unlikely to go ahead. Deputy Laurie Morgan says the money could still be re - read more »

Opposition mounts to Las Vegas-based company's Reno plans - 25 September 2005
A group of residents has launched a petition drive against a Las Vegas-based company's plans to build a major resort in south Reno, saying it will worsen traffic and crime."This is one of the most beautful areas in Reno and it looks like Las Vegas is coming here," said Lee Tanner, who is leading the drive against Stati - read more »

Poker players enjoying renewed respect, even in the Big Apple - 25 September 2005
Doyle Brunson can remember when being a professional poker player meant being an embarrassment.The 72-year-old Texan recalls old friends crossing to the other side of the street when they saw him coming, and pulling out of the finals of a televised high-stakes tournament in 1972 because he didn't want to shame his fami - read more »

Sports Betting Web Site to Donate a Portion of Pro Football Betting Deposits to Hurricane Katrina Relief - 25 September 2005
IGOT Gaming Group is donating 10% of all deposits made for pro football betting this weekend to aid in hurricane Katrina relief. IGG hopes customers will bet at to increase the donation. Through September 26, sports bettors can donate to Katrina relief, simply by betting on pro football at igotsports - read more »

Jackpot Madness Has Another Million Dollar Winner - 23 September 2005
The King Cashalot progressive slot was won for a staggering $1,218,306.82 at Jackpot Madness - the world's number 1 cash jackpot destination. Casino officials confirmed that the lucky winner, Tim F. of Jackpot City Casino, will receive his fortune in one lump sum.Released in July 2004, King Cashalot was launched by Mic - read more »

Ongame Director Joins eCOGRA Board - 21 September 2005
Michael Hirst OBE, the independent chairman of eCOGRA has announced the appointment of Swedish national Karl Magnusson (30) to the board of directors of the online gambling self-regulatory body.Magnusson is a director of software developer Ongame in Stockholm Sweden which powers one of the largest poker operations, Pok - read more »

Borgata Poker Open Adds Ladies to the Mixx - 20 September 2005
The Event Center at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa was a sea of pink as the Ladies Only No Limit Hold 'em event kicked off Sunday and players sported their new pink Borgata Poker Open hats. With 516 competitors playing for the title, the ladies wasted no time taking to the felt like fish to water. Action flowed as the soun - read more »

Full Tilt Poker's Chris Ferguson Becomes the First Player to Ever Win Multiple World Series of Poker Circuit Championship Tournaments - 20 September 2005
Team Full Tilt member Chris "Jesus" Ferguson has added another chapter to his already impressive tournament record by becoming the first player to ever win two World Series of Poker Circuit Championship tournaments.Ferguson earned $362,088 for his victory last week at the $10,000 No-Limit Hold 'em WSOPC tournament at H - read more »

eFlyte Offers Inflight Gambling to Airlines - 20 September 2005
In a move designed to strengthen its position as the inflight entertainment (IFE) industry's leading game designers and developers, eFlyte announced the introduction of their latest product for the airline industry -- inflight gambling.At the conclusion of a two year development program, the company believes that the t - read more » Announces Second Quarter Results - 20 September 2005, Ltd. (OTC BB: BNGOF), operator of the Internet's pre-eminent bingo portal, today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2005. All amounts are presented in United States dollars and in accordance with United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. [ - read more »

Bluff Magazine Reaches 5 million New Readers through - 19 September 2005 and Bluff Magazine, the market leading poker magazine worldwide, have signed a deal to showcase content on's online poker, the largest men's portal on the Web, reaches over 5 million unique readers a month. That audience will now have access to Bluff Magazine's collection of cel - read more »

Tournament Reporter Injects New Excitement Into Online Poker Tournaments - 19 September 2005
Tournament Reporter, a new online poker tournament ranking service, launched today introducing a new universal ranking system that assesses a player's recent tournament performance. Now with Tournament Reporter's TR Rank and Reports, players can set goals, track their progress, and gain insights about their play, inclu - read more »

Vegas Partner Lounge Donates $12,500 To Aid Hurricane Katrina Victims - 19 September 2005
Vegas Partner Lounge Online Casinos are proud to announce that they have raised $12,500 to donate to The Salvation Army to aid victims of the devastating Hurricane Katrina that hit the US Gulf coast in September 2005. “We could not have done this without our players, it's essentially because of them that we were able t - read more »

Payteller a New Online Money Transfer Service to Launch with Gaming Industry - 19 September 2005
Paytellers, a new online money transfer service to launch with gaming is a secure online funds transfer service. A account is free to open/activate. A account acts as an e-wallet that enables members (individuals who open accounts) to load - read more »

Group seeks to challenge state gambling law in U.S. Supreme Court - 16 September 2005
The group that failed to stop New York from approving Indian casino deals and video slot machines filed Thursday to take its case to the U.S. Supreme Court. The anti-gambling group that includes state lawmakers, clergy and a Chamber of Commerce president argue the federal Indian gaming law allowing casinos doesn't trum - read more »

EBay Auction Bid of $10,000 Wins NJ Poker Player Scott Neuman entry into World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open 2005 - does it again. - 16 September 2005
World Series of Poker Player Scott Neuman is proud to announce his new sponsor, the #1 Internet and Casino and Poker Room. will be sponsoring Scott in the upcoming World Poker Tour at the Borgata Casino and Spa in Atlantic City from September 19 to 22, 2005.Scott Neuman will be competi - read more »

Casino Chief Heads Clothing Drive for Hurricane Victims in Waveland, Lake Shore, and Bay St. Louis Mississippi - 16 September 2005
After witnessing first hand the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, Silver Slipper CEO and project developer Paul Alanis returned to his home in Pasadena California and immediately began a clothing drive for the residents of Hancock County. According to Alanis, "when I saw the devastation for myself, I was speechl - read more »

888 sees market value of up to 714.6 mln pounds - 15 September 2005
Online casino operator 888 set a price range of 162-212 pence per share on Thursday for its flotation, implying stock market value of no more than 714.6 million pounds for the business.Initial expectations for 888's listing on the London stock exchange were for a value of over 700 million pounds.At the mid-point of the - read more »

Skill Games Offered at Fortune Lounge Casino - 15 September 2005
The prestigious Fortune Lounge Group, one of the biggest, oldest and most-established online casino groups has launched a new and exciting skilled games website called Royal Vegas Games. This is in conjunction with a deal signed with GameAccount, a leading skill gaming software provider, who is top notch when it comes - read more »

Lucky Day at Over $7,000 to Be Given Away to Celebrate Dealing 100 Million Hands - 15 September 2005 has always been known for being extremely generous with its player incentives and bonuses. In the days to come the site will be throwing $2,500 more into the hands of one lucky player when they are dealt the 100 millionth hand of poker. With $7,000 in total to be distributed, it appears is - read more »

$10,000 Is Up for Grabs at, the Fastest Growing Poker Room Online - 15 September 2005
On Thursday, September 15 at 9 p.m. EDT (1 a.m. GMT), a Bounty tournament will take place at The players to beat this week include legendary Doyle Brunson, the "Mad Genius of Poker" Mike Caro and World Series of Poker Champion Todd Brunson. Each one of them has a price on their heads. If one player mana - read more »

Online casino 888 IPO to be cut by 20 pct - report - 15 September 2005
Internet gambling company Cassava Enterprises is to cut the value of the stock exchange float for its online casino 888 by at least 20 percent, the Daily Mail newspaper reported on Thursday. The London flotation will be valued at between 550 million pounds ($1 billion) and 650 million pounds, the newspaper reported, ci - read more »

MGM Mirage hires architect team for Vegas CityCenter - 15 September 2005
MGM Mirage, the world's second-largest gambling company, said on Wednesday it has hired a team of architects to complete the design of its $5 billion CityCenter project on the Las Vegas Strip.The company announced in April that it had hired architect Cesar Pelli to design the 4,000-room hotel and casino that will stand - read more »

The Glamour of Gammon: Backgammon's Popularity Spreads to Television - 14 September 2005
As the A list of the social elite expands to absorb the wealth of rising gaming stars that events such as WSOP have produced, the playing field is opening to a new circle of celebrity gamers.The announcement therefore that UK digital channel, Pokerzone has commissioned TV production company, 8mm Productions to produce - read more »

Essex Grandmother Wins £200,000 with a 40 pence Bet at - 14 September 2005
Rita, a retired-post office worker, first visited the online casino at over eighteen months ago. She started by playing for fun with fake money, before depositing cash to bet with. On Thursday night, after her husband and her son had already gone to bed, Rita logged on to her computer, went to coralc - read more »

Casino operators discuss rebuilding industry - 09 September 2005
Casinos will be back in as little as nine months -- perhaps less -- to provide jobs for at least half of the more than 17,000 people thrown out of work when Hurricane Katrina destroyed the Coast's casinos.The Mississippi Casino Operators Association, Gulf Coast chapter, met Thursday to discuss a proposal to temporarily - read more »

ROUNDUP Stanley Leisure casino takings dented by London attacks, shares slide - 08 September 2005
Stanley Leisure PLC, Britain's biggest casino operator, warned takings at its high-end London gambling parlours had declined in recent weeks following July's terrorist attacks on the capital. Stanley Leisure shares fell as much 3.4 pct before paring losses. In a statement, chairman Lord Steinberg, said the decline in a - read more »

PartyGaming urged to show its hand over bid - 07 September 2005
PartyGaming, the newly floated £6bn online gaming group, will face pressure this week to reveal whether it plans to spark an £800m-plus takeover battle with a rival offer for Empire Online, the internet poker operator. Sportingbet, which operates the Paradise site, will this morning confirm that it was the my - read more »

The Perils of Casinos That Float - 07 September 2005
Bernie Burkholder, dressed in scuffed tennis shoes, shorts and a dirty shirt, could have been any other shell-shocked survivor of Hurricane Katrina, desperate to find enough gas to motor out of town. Mr. Burkholder stood by a badly damaged hotel here in the coastal town of Biloxi, siphoning gas from a barrel into a pai - read more »

Gaming leaders mull Miss. moves - 07 September 2005
In another sign of the gaming industry's anxiety about its future in the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast, CEOs of the top casino companies are expected to discuss the matter next week during the industry's annual G2E trade show in Las Vegas. At least one state official -- Larry Gregory, head of Mississippi Gaming Commissi - read more »

PartyGaming turns into busted flush as shares collapse - 07 September 2005
PartyGaming, the online poker giant that floated amid a blaze of publicity in June, had more than £2bn wiped off its valuation yesterday after it admitted that the internet poker craze had started to wane. Shares in the group, which is set to enter the FTSE 100 next week, fell 33 per cent. Yesterday's frank admission t - read more »

Shuffle Master, Inc. to Introduce New Products at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas, Nevada, Sept. 13-15; Product Demonstrations Will Be Available at Stand 1656 - 07 September 2005
Shuffle Master, Inc. (NASDAQ National Market: SHFL) announced today that it will introduce several new products at this year's Global Gaming Expo being held in Las Vegas, Nevada, September 13-15. In addition to exhibiting well-established Utility Products like the Ace(R) and Deck Mate(R) automatic card shufflers and En - read more »

2005 Voting Panel Announced For's Mid-Major Top 25 College Basketball Poll. - 07 September 2005
Oral Roberts head coach and chairman of the Mid-Major Top 25; Scott Sutton announced the voting panel for the 2005-06 season on Monday, Aug 29. As has been the case in previous years, every mid-major conference will be represented by at least one voter, with Mid-American, Missouri Valley and West Coast Conferences each - read more »

CelebPoker Crashes the Hollywood Scene at the World Music Awards in LA USA - 07 September 2005
CelebPoker was in the house for the ‘05 World Music Awards backstage. As the celebrities walked in, Celebpoker lavished them with free gifts and merchandise from the world's first online celebrity poker room - show was hosted by Carmen Electra and Desperate Housewives star James Denton. Both performe - read more »

Southern California Gaming Guide™ Announces Winners of "2005 Best of Southern California Gaming" - 07 September 2005
The Southern California Gaming Guide™ announced today the 2005 Best of Southern California Gaming Reader's Choice Awards, chosen by representatives of over 360,000 readers of the Southern California Gaming Guide in its annual reader's poll, conducted during July and August of this year. The 2005 Reader's Choice Awards - read more »

PartyGaming Shares Plunge as Growth Rates to Slow - 06 September 2005
Shares of PartyGaming Plc, the online poker operator that sold $1.9 billion of stock in a June initial public offering, fell as much as 28 percent to below the IPO price after the company said growth rates are slowing. The stock dropped as much as 43.75 pence to 113 pence in London, wiping about 1.8 billion pounds ($3. - read more »

A Wonderful Opportunity for the Ladies of Poker at the Bicycle Casino - 05 September 2005
Ladies will have the opportunity to show their stuff in the WPT Ladies Night Out Invitational that will be shown on the Travel Channel, and the Bicycle Casino hosted a No-Limit Hold'em Ladies Poker Party on Wednesday, August 31 at 7:15p.m. The winner of this $100+$20 tournament will go on to compete with some of the bi - read more »

Vegas Partner Lounge Online Casinos To Aid Hurricane Hit New Orleans - 05 September 2005
With the devastation that Hurricane Katrina has wrought in New Orleans in the USA, Vegas Partner Lounge Online Casinos once again leads the way by assisting in this time of need. All 7 Vegas Partner Lounge Online Casinos (,,,,, CasinoU - read more » Opens with $800,000 in Daily Tournaments - 05 September 2005
Among the many weapons available to the vast amount of online poker rooms which are currently battling for the attention of the world's poker fans one of the most popular is guaranteed tournaments. These are tournaments with varying buy-in but which have two things in common. First of all they are as most live as well - read more »

Sportingbet the mystery Empire bidder - 05 September 2005
Sportingbet has confirmed it has put in a US$1.4bn bid for listed egaming firm Empire Online, following widespread press speculation in the UK. Empire Online, the owner of poker site Empire Poker, said on Friday it had begun talks with an unnamed firm over merger talks.Initial speculation suggested the firm in questio - read more »

Gaming operator Empire in bid talks - 02 September 2005
ONLINE gambling operator Empire Online has been targeted in a 270p a share merger just two months after its stock market flotation. The company, which runs its own gambling sites and markets those of other firms, said it is in early discussions with the unnamed firm over the possibility of a merger. Empire Online also - read more »

Katrina destroys riverboat casinos - 02 September 2005
Hurricane Katrina's devastation of the Gulf Coast gambling industry could sway Mississippi legislators to consider allowing land-based casinos and scrap the law that placed them on the water in vulnerable spots."I think that will be a public policy question that will be on the minds of every legislator when they come i - read more »

Titan Poker New Online Poker Room - 01 September 2005
Titan poker room ( announced that their new online poker room will open in the beginning of September 2005. Titan poker room offers a 100% bonus up to $500 and an entry into a $1000 free roll tournament.Titan poker was created because Noble Poker was bought out by Empire poker so the previous own - read more »

Paradise Poker Blew up the Online Poker World with the First Million Dollar Freeroll; Rumors of a Second Million Dollar Freeroll at Paradise are at hand - 01 September 2005
Blowing up the world of online poker, Paradise Poker introduced late in July 2005 there Million Dollar Freeroll Poker Tournament. Heats ended just days ago for the qualifying tournament that will soon take place. The last 10 tournament players to survive the field will be shipped of to an island paradise to enjoy a wee - read more »

Sun International Makes Big Wins On Slots, Tables - 01 September 2005
SUN International, the country's largest casino and hotel company, yesterday reported a 15% rise in group revenue to R5,1bn for the year to end-June.The company also managed an 87% increase in adjusted headline earnings to R435m, but adjusted headline earnings a share were only 45% higher at R4,11.Growth in earnings a - read more »

Ameristar Casinos, Inc. Reopens Ameristar Vicksburg - 01 September 2005
Ameristar Casinos, Inc. announced that it reopened its Vicksburg casino at 4 p.m. Central time today after the facility was closed due to Hurricane Katrina.The casino sustained only minimal damage and power has been restored to the casino and hotel.The Heritage Buffet will be open during its regular hours; however, oth - read more »

Las Ramblas Opens for Reservations - 01 September 2005
The Related Group, in conjunction with Centra, After Midnight Company and George Clooney, is now taking reservations for their Las Ramblas development on Harmon Avenue between the Strip and the Hard Rock Hotel. The ambitious mixed-use project includes plans for 11 buildings and offers a prime location in the Harmon cor - read more » to Sponsor the 2005 Miss Hawaiian Tropic Florida State Finals - 01 September 2005 is proud to announce it will be sponsoring the 2005 Miss Hawaiian Tropic State Finals for Central and North Florida, which will be televised across the state and reaching over a million households and an untold number of sports bars and other entertainment outlets.The pageant will be held at Antigua Nig - read more »

Coral Casino Offers 194,000 Reasons to Play - 01 September 2005
Coral Casino's ( progressive slot machines are building up for a big bonanza for one lucky player. The jackpot currently stands at over £194,000 and is climbing fast, in fact, the sky is the limit on the amount it could reach and it could be won for as little as a 25p stake“This is the highest our Jackp - read more »

Poker Flops Teens Into Gambling Addiction - 01 September 2005
Kevin figures about half the male students at his suburban high school are regular poker players. It's the latest teen rite of passage: Texas Hold 'Em with the boys, a little low-budget action on the weekend.Kevin started playing at age 15.By the end of his senior year, the now 17-year-old was hunting bigger games. He - read more »