August 2006 News Article Archive

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Tom Cruise lines up new funding deal - 29 August 2006
Heralding the start of an unusual entrepreneurial relationship, Tom Cruise and his producing partner said Monday they have joined forces with a new investment partnership that will fund the duo's production endeavors for the next two years. The announcement comes less than a week after Viacom Inc. and its Paramount Pic - read more »

Dome super-casino bid faces new row - 29 August 2006
A fresh row over the Millennium Dome casino bid is brewing as a series of public hearings into the venues wanting to host a Las Vegas-style attraction opens.It is understood the company behind the controversial bid to host Britain's first super-casino at the Dome has apologised after misrepresenting the views of religi - read more »

Rosario Dawson Hosts Darfur Concert Event - 29 August 2006
Rosario Dawson will host a charitable concert event in conjunction with Zync Music and Twenty Women For Darfur as part of Global Darfur Awareness Day. The concert will be held at the Avalon Hollywood, 1735 N. Vine Street, Hollywood, CA, at 8:00 p.m. Many bands have donated their services for this benefit, including Bus - read more » Announces Deal to Back Rugby - 29 August 2006 is the latest major company to become a key partner of Premier Rugby and the Guinness Premiership as a result of a contract that will see the company backing rugby at professional club level for the next two years.The online betting and gaming company has followed its title sponsorship of the Middlesex Seve - read more »

Sky's the Limit for Poker - 29 August 2006
There are many different tournaments around the world, but Poker tournaments have evolved into the biggest, richest and most high-profile of them all. Among them, the World Series of Poker is the oldest and most tradition-laden poker tournament in the world.When the late Benny Binion, the legendary gambling pioneer, or - read more »

Las-Vegas style supercasino at the Dome is 'no secret' - 27 August 2006
The chairman of the Casino Advisory Panel is claiming work being carried out at the Millennium Dome will "be taken into account" when the decision making process to award the UK's first supercasino license is underway."It's certainly no secret, because Greenwich Council have told us about it," Professor Stephen Crow to - read more »

Massachusetts Addresses Asian Gambling Addicts - 23 August 2006
The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling is taking aim at a new group: Asian gamblers.The council said it is dedicating $100,000 - new funding from the state Lottery - to the effort, the largest amount of funding it has ever allocated at one time to a single demographic group.“Over the years, we've seen a need - read more »

Online Gambling Hedges Its U.S. Bets - 22 August 2006
The U.S. Congress has yet to pass the pending legislation cracking down on Internet gambling. But in the meantime, the Justice Dept. has cast a much deeper freeze over the business with its July arrest of BetOnSports Chief Executive David Carruthers. Now, under pursuit of U.S. legal authorities, European online gaming - read more »

UK 'super casino' short-listers prepare for battle - 22 August 2006
Public hearings are to take place into the merits of eight shortlisted venues bidding to host the UK's first Las Vegas-style super casino, it was announced today.Examinations-in-public (EiPs) will start from next week for eight areas hoping to launch the giant gambling venue, the Casino Advisory Panel has said.A provis - read more »

Arrest, bill won't deter online gambling - 21 August 2006
The recent arrest of a high-profile online gambling executive and a federal bill outlawing virtual wagers are generating headlines but will do little to curb the multibillion-dollar industry, gaming experts say.Former CEO David Carruthers is scheduled to appear in a St. Louis federal court Monday. He an - read more »

SkyCity Entertainment's profit up 12.9% - 21 August 2006
Gaming company SkyCity Entertainment Group reported 12.9 per cent increase in its full year profit to NZ$120.1 million. Revenue went up 11.8 per cent to NZ$757.9 million.The company said earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization rose 5.6 per cent to NZ$294.5 million. Operating revenue rose 7.9 per ce - read more »

Casino Perks Aplenty For High Rollers - 21 August 2006
Perhaps you've noticed them strolling toward the elevator with their butlers while you wait in the check-in line. Maybe you've seen them, from the 25-cent slots, as they stepped into the VIP room with enough chips to buy a Porsche, a house, or both.Most patrons will never be ushered to ringside seats or have extravagan - read more »

APAT Launches International Online Poker Series - 18 August 2006
The Amateur Poker Association & Tour (“APAT”), in association with and PokerPlayer Magazine, announces the launch of the APAT Online Series.APAT Online is a series of 30 International tournaments hosted exclusively at The inaugural APAT Online Series event will be the English Amateur Poke - read more »

The Newest Name in Betting Entertainment for UK Players - 18 August 2006
One Club Entertainment initiated a bold entry into the UK Online Casino market with the announcement of its launch of One Club Casino, its first Online Betting product. As its casino software provider, One Club has chosen the popular Realtime Gaming software platform. In doing so it has broken new ground, as UK Casino - read more »

73,400,000 Elvis Websites Can’t be Wrong - 18 August 2006
As thousands of Elvis fans gather at Graceland, on Elvis Presley Blvd. in Memphis, TN, one lifelong Elvis fan, in Las Vegas has removed himself from the pilgrimage this year and taken vigil over his new website.Although he claims not to be a gambler, Jim Lodwig is willing to bet his brand new website, www.Elvis-Picture - read more »

Former class president jailed for robbing bank to feed online poker addiction - 18 August 2006
A minister's son and college class president who once had a bright future is instead off to prison, because he robbed a bank to feed his online poker addiction.Twenty-year-old Greg Hogan Junior was sentenced today to between 22 months and ten years in a Pennsylvania prison. As he was led off in handcuffs, relatives cri - read more »

Favorites Team USA Shrug Off Vegas Odds - 18 August 2006
Being made odds-on Favorites to win gold at the world basketball championship has cut little ice with a business-like United States. The US take on Puerto Rico in their opening Group D game on Saturday with bookmakers firmly convinced the team will bring an embarrassing six-year title drought to an end in Japan. But th - read more »

Mel Gibson’s Meltdown Written in the Stars - 18 August 2006
According to celebrity Astrologers Angelo Merlino and Lisa Sydney, Mel Gibson's recent drunken rampage could have been sparked by planetary positions. Unfortunately, for Mel Gibson, Mercury the planet of communications was in its reverse mode on July 28th causing its infamous breakdowns, mix-ups and discord in the uni - read more »

Rendell backs elimination of slot machine suppliers - 16 August 2006
Gov. Ed Rendell says he would sign legislation to eliminate the use of slot machine suppliers if the bill contained four other major reforms to the state's 2-year-old casino gambling law.Mr. Rendell has previously supported Act 71's requirement for using the so-called middleman firms.But he said yesterday he doesn't wa - read more »

Gambling plan thrown out amid super casino concern - 16 August 2006
A BID to open a gambling mecca on Blackpool's Central Promenade has been thrown out - because it could harm the resort's super casino bid.The Noble organisation, which owns Coral Island, wanted to convert the former Palace nightclub into a three-storey gaming and cabaret club which would accommodate 900 people.But coun - read more »

Guns N' Roses: Las Vegas Gig In September - 16 August 2006
According to the web site of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Guns N' Roses are scheduled to play at The Joint on September 16 and September 17. Tickets go on sale on August 19. Guns N' Roses will headline KROQ's Inland Invasion 2006 on September 23 at the Hyundai Pavillion at Glen Helen in Devore, California - read more »

Sheen, Richards reach divorce pact - 16 August 2006
Estranged Hollywood couple Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards, whose bitter divorce battle titillated the tabloids for months, have amicably settled most of their differences, their lawyers said.Lance Spiegel, an attorney for Sheen, said on Monday that issues connected with their divorce proceedings were resolved after - read more »

Top Bollywood actress adds glamour to gambling - 14 August 2006
Urmila Matondkar, the Bollywood's popular actress, opened Casino Shangri-la in the Nepali capital by lighting the traditional lamp Saturday evening. Wearing white sleeveless t-shirt with colourful Punjabi Lehenga, Urmila gave a killer smile while opening the seventh casino of Nepal in the premises of Hotel Shangri-La a - read more »

Why do you choose to play online poker? - 13 August 2006
Professional players would go as far to say that poker is not even gambling. They do not mean this literally, as clearly the wagering of money against an outcome that is beyond the reasonable control of the individual is gambling, however what this poker player means is that because they are skilled enough at the game, - read more »

Pamela Begins Married Life with New Ocean-front Home - 13 August 2006
Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock are starting married life with a brand new ocean-front home in Malibu, California. The couple has spent $14.9 million on a sprawling new coastal spread in the same exclusive seaside enclave Anderson has called home for years. The actress recently sold her gated Malibu Colony home to Billy B - read more »

Feds to Continue BetOnSports Prosecution - 13 August 2006
Federal prosecutors said Friday they will continue prosecuting BetOnSports PLC even though the online gambling company is shutting down its operations that take bets from U.S. customers.Separately, U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway's office approved conditions for the release of London-based BetOnSports' former Chief Exe - read more »

Gateway Casinos Income Fund reports improved Q2 earnings as slots revenue up - 13 August 2006
Gateway Casinos Income Fund is looking to spend $50 million to upgrade and expand its casinos in the B.C. Okanagan to take advantage of the rapidly growing region, the fund's head said Friday."We believe it is an opportune time to invest in these markets to capitalize on future growth potential," Dave Gadhia, CEO of th - read more »

Pamela Wants to be Called 'Mrs. Rock' - 13 August 2006
Now that Pamela Anderson is a married woman, she has revealed that she would like to be called ‘Mrs. Rock.' The newlywed former ‘Baywatch' star put in an appearance on radio show “On Air with Ryan Seacrest,” and made public details of her wedding to rocker Kid Rock.Pammie also said that now that she was a married woman - read more »

Jamie Gold Wins 2006 WSOP Main Event, the Bracelet and $12,000,000 - 13 August 2006
Jamie Gold, who is sponsored by Bodog poker, started the day as chip leader with $25,650,000 beat 8,773 entrants and won the event which started back on July 28th. The final table containing 9 players was played at the Amazon Room, Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada and offered total prize money of $82,466 - read more »

Evansville casino gears up to compete with new French Lick casino - 09 August 2006
The city's riverboat casino is getting a new entertainment complex, hotel, slot machines and other improvements as it gears up to compete with a new Orange County casino set to open in November.The French Lick casino will be less than a two-hour drive from Casino Aztar in Evansville.‘‘We have new competition coming on - read more »

Controversial Baseball Card Scheduled for Auction - 09 August 2006
It may be the world's most famous baseball card. Fewer than 100 "T206" Honus Wagner cards issued in the early part of the 20th century are believed to exist today. Two Cincinnati men claim they have one, but the editor of believes it may be the ultimate case of 'caveat emptor' and warns - read more »

Orange County casino still on track, Casino reported on track despite money miscue - 08 August 2006
A private partnership's ability to open an Orange County casino in early November should not be hampered by its failure to arrange all of its finances on time, the state's top casino regulator said Wednesday.Ernest Yelton, executive director of the Indiana Gaming Commission, also said he was confident that a dispute be - read more »

Former Hollywood agent keeps lead at World Series of Poker - 08 August 2006
Former Hollywood talent agent Jamie Gold kept his lead Monday at the World Series of Poker, wiping out two players in the space of an hour and amassing a chip stack almost twice the size of his nearest competitor's.Gold, a 36-year-old Malibu, Calif., resident, nearly doubled his stack to 13 million in chips by the end - read more »

PokerPro a natural for tech-age play - 05 August 2006
The popularity of playing poker on the Internet in spite of the fact the practice exists in legal limbo, is staggering. By some estimates it's a $2 billion dollar a year industry, with more than one million players going online to play each month. I've always considered it somewhat paradoxical that for a game in which - read more »

Airport, bridge deals help HK, China cement ties - 05 August 2006
Hong Kong has advanced a long-debated proposal to build a $6 billion bridge to Macau and the southern Chinese city of Zhuhai and plans to set up a venture to manage Zhuhai's airport, accelerating efforts to tap southern China's economic potential. Chief Executive Donald Tsang said the city had submitted a detailed prop - read more »

Lancaster firm gets casino deal - 05 August 2006
A Lancaster company has clinched a coveted deal with the nation's largest slot-machine manufacturer to be its exclusive distributor in Pennsylvania.PAP Security Printing Inc., which makes security-sensitive paper stock, blank lottery tickets, casino coin wrappers and automated teller receipts, has firmed up a multiyear - read more »

Launch of the Amateur Poker Association & Tour (APAT) - 03 August 2006
Amateur Poker Limited, in association with and PokerPlayer Magazine, today announced the formation of the Amateur Poker Association & Tour (the “APAT”).The APAT is the world's first combined Poker Association and Tour, and will hold its inaugural live event, the English Amateur Poker Championship, at the - read more »

Gabrieli supports building casinos in Bay State - 02 August 2006
Venture capitalist Christopher F. Gabrieli said yesterday he favors legalizing casino gambling in the state, as a way of generating revenues to help cities and towns avoid property tax increases.The announcement makes Gabrieli the first gubernatorial candidate in the race to come out in support of building casinos.Gabr - read more »

Poker is a big deal, but is it a sport? - 02 August 2006
IT IS going on 10.30pm in the city without clocks, and after nearly 12 hours of poker, Paul Azinger is a deep-down, someone's-just-starched-my-hamstrings tired. His eyes are glassier than a mounted marlin's."It's like playing 36 holes," said the 46-year-old winner of 12 PGA Tour events, including the 1993 US PGA Champi - read more »