January 2006 News Article Archive

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PartyGaming slides under shadow of new regulation - 31 January 2006
PARTYGAMING fell nearly 6 per cent as the spectre of a British government clampdown on online gaming encouraged profit-taking after last week's strong fourth-quarter revenue numbers from the poker website operator. Speaking in the House of Commons, Richard Caborn, the minister responsible for gambling, raised the possi - read more »

Anna Benson to play poker on ESPN - 31 January 2006
Anna Benson could find herself getting plenty of face time on ESPN in the coming year. Not during baseball games, but more likely during one of the network's ubiquitous poker broadcasts.The wife of Orioles pitcher Kris Benson has been polishing her game by playing nearly every day, whether online, on her cell phone or - read more »

Chinese New Year a Fortune for Vegas - 29 January 2006
Las Vegas casino operators are salivating to play host to scores of Asian gamblers who'll celebrate the holiday over $150,000 hands of baccarat. When it comes to padding a casino's bottom line, Chinese New Year is as close to a sure thing as exists in the gaming realm.“I can't explain (it), but there's obviously someth - read more »

Investors sue over Emerald Casino losses - 29 January 2006
The estate of late Chicago Bears great Walter Payton, along with other minority and women investors, have sued the owners and other investors in the bankrupt Emerald Casino to recover more than $21 million they say was lost when the state yanked the casino's gambling license.The lawsuit filed this week in federal court - read more »

Coral wins “"Bookmaker of the Year”" at UK Gambling awards - 29 January 2006
The public voted Coral as “Bookmaker Of The Year” from a list that included all the major British bookmakers, including Coral, Ladbrokes and William Hill.“Everyone at Coral can be very proud of this award. It is just reward for the considerable contribution that all our staff have made to Coral's recent growth and succ - read more »

WSOP.COM Announces the Launch of its Site - 29 January 2006
WSOP.COM launched its innovative online poker room on November 3rd 2005. According to Federico Schiavio, Owner of WSOP.COM:“The Mission of WSOP.COM's All In Poker room is to offer the best deal to the community of poker players and affiliates on the Internet. WSOP.COM seeks to give all our members an equal opportunity - read more »

Gamblers Flock to Last 'World Series of Blackjack 2006' Tourney at Ute Mountain Casino - 27 January 2006
The convention center at the Ute Mountain Casino, Hotel and Resort was filled with the nervous murmur of gamblers, stacks of red, green and blue chips, professional blackjack players and TV cameras Saturday. The convention center was the scene for the last of the casino's three World Series of Blackjack 2006 satellite - read more »

No Limit for Borgata Winter Poker Open Winner - 26 January 2006
Limit poker may not be today's most popular form of poker but the game is still alive in Atlantic City thanks to the strong die-hard player base that is willing to come out and support this kind of event. Many of Borgata's limit cash game players and several more well known pros took to the felt for two days, Monday an - read more »

Sports Media Releases Officially Licensed Authentic Stadium Cup Holders to the Consumer Market - 26 January 2006
Today, Sports Media, Inc. the stadium advertising, planning and media buying company, mostly known for its niche market of helping teams brand ads on more than fifteen million stadium cup holders, launched a new website for the consumer sale of Authentic Stadium Cup Holders. (www.SMOSCR.com) SportsMedia and its cup ho - read more »

Keeping a Promise to Provide Premium Online Poker Gaming for Beginner Players, AcrossTheFelt.com Announces a $500,000 Free-roll Tournament - 26 January 2006
Most would think, with such a large prize pool, that the chances of winning would be astronomical or comparable to the chances of winning the lottery. AcrossTheFelt.com ensures this is not so. Two daily tournaments will be held each day until October 1, 2006. Each daily tournament will be limited to 500 entries. The w - read more »

Developer Plans $4B Vegas Sports Resort - 26 January 2006
A California developer says he wants to build a $4 billion sports-themed resort on a plot of desert eight miles off the Las Vegas Strip.At a news conference scheduled for Thursday, Matt A. Rose will outline plans for the Ultimate Sports Resort that would include a 26,000-seat arena, a 5,000-seat aquatic center, an air- - read more »

Stanley lifted by change to gambling law - 26 January 2006
SHARES in Stanley Leisure gained nearly 3 per cent yesterday after Britain's largest casino operator said punters were streaming into its regional outlets in the wake of the government's liberalisation of the nation's gambling laws. Bob Wiper, the chief executive, hailed a 15.7 per cent increase in attendance at its re - read more »

Socialite and Top Selling Author Eric Schiffer Dazzles Celebrities at The Golden Globe Parties - 24 January 2006
The Golden Globe's after parties were a lot more interesting this year, thanks to the attendance of Eric Schiffer. Mr. Schiffer is one of Hollywood's most charming bachelors and socialites. He is a top selling author and entrepenuer with his next book, "Rock Star Entrepenuer" due to come out soon.The Golden Globes is k - read more »

A Love Of Poker Poker and Valentines Meet in a Match Made in Heaven at Purple Lounge - 24 January 2006
Contradicting the old proverb that to be lucky in cards is to be unlucky in love, cupid-playing online poker provider Purple Lounge has introduced an amorous new game befitting the seasonal spirit.With a romantic ring to its name, the Two Hearts Hand Promotion challenges you to win $20 on any $1/$2 or higher table play - read more »

UK to hold global talks on online gaming - 16 January 2006
The government plans to hold global online gaming talks this year to seek support for its move to regulate the fast growing industry and help protect children from gaining access to the businesses' Web sites.The push for an international meeting comes after a booming but volatile Internet gambling market saw three big - read more »

Brooke Burke and Stars of TV Network TEN Confirmed for PlayersOnly.com’s Super Bowl Extravaganza - 16 January 2006
The online world's sexiest sports betting, casino, and poker destination is celebrating Super Bowl XL with “The Hottest Super Bowl Party Ever” in Santa Monica, California this February 5th. A hundred PlayersOnly.com members and their guests will be on the VIP List.“Detroit's too cold for us and the Players Only Girls,” - read more »

Semi-Pro Football Season Officially Opens and Closes Next Weekend - 14 January 2006
Confusing? It isn¹t really when considering the fact that semi-pro level of the sport actually runs for 12 months of the year in order to facilitate venues for the 720 adult amateur teams across the country now playing in more than 60 leagues during two different seasons. The American Football Association, a 501(c) (3) - read more »

RiverBelle.info and Fox Sports Network Present Monte Carlo Millions 2005, The World'’s Most Exclusive Poker Tournament - 12 January 2006
River Belle kicks off the launch of its new free play online poker destination Riverbelle.info, by sponsoring the telecast of the world's most exclusive poker tournament, Monte Carlo Millions 2005 on Fox Sports Network (FSN). The first broadcast is scheduled for 9:30 pm EST on Saturday, January 14th 2006, and the serie - read more »

Find Your Poker Heaven at the 2006 British Poker Open - 12 January 2006
Leading online poker room, PokerHeaven.com, has started running exclusive qualifiers for the 2006 British Poker Open, to be filmed in London in March. This prestigious tournament was founded in 2005 and with players such as Greg Raymer, Chris ‘Jesus' Ferguson, Howard Lederer and Dave ‘Devilfish' Ulliot competing in it' - read more »

Ontario student wins $1.3M playing casino poker - 12 January 2006
A University of Waterloo student has won more than $1.3-million US after a week of playing poker in paradise. After a seemingly endless chain of tense moments, Steve Paul-Ambrose, 22, emerged in first place Tuesday from a pool of more than 700 players in the Third Annual PokerStars Caribbean Adventure at the Atlantis C - read more »

Casinos pull in 18.7 million visitors to Macau - 12 January 2006
Southern China's gambling haven Macau pulled in 18.7 million visitors last year, attracted to the city's mushrooming casino industry, tourism chiefs said on Wednesday. More than half, 10.5 million, were arrivals from neighbouring mainland China, most of them entering under newly lowered restrictions on travel outside o - read more »

Wynn's return a defining moment for Strip - 12 January 2006
Looking back, 2005 will be remembered as a transitional year for Las Vegas. It saw a legend return and the groundwork laid for a transformation on the Las Vegas Strip.But how does it compare to another watershed year, 50 years ago?Las Vegas marked its semi-centennial in 1955 with a series of casino openings -- the Roya - read more »

Daniel Negreanu’s Poker Column Reaches Four Million Newspaper Readers Every Week - 12 January 2006
Daniel Negreanu knows poker, and thanks to his syndicated newspaper column, Playing Poker with Daniel Negreanu, millions of readers each week across the USA and Canada are learning how to play the game of poker like a pro! Daniel Negreanu, the all-time money winner on the professional poker circuit, in partnership with - read more »

Italian lottery firm to pay $4.65 billion for Gtech Holdings - 12 January 2006
Italian lottery company Lottomatica SpA struck a deal Tuesday to purchase U.S.-based Gtech Holdings Corp. for $4.65 billion in cash, creating one of the largest gambling technology operators in the world.The companies valued the deal at $4.8 billion, including the assumption of Gtech debt, and said the combined company - read more »

Stardust To Close In 2006 - 11 January 2006
The year 2006 will most likely be the last for Vegas visitors to grab a piece of Stardust.The Stardust Hotel and Casino, in business since 1958, will close later this year and be torn down in 2007 to make way for a $4 billion development to be called Echelon Place, it was announced last week. The 60-plus acre project f - read more »

N.J. Casino Revenues Top $5B for First Time - 11 January 2006
Gaming revenues at New Jersey's casinos topped the $5 billion mark for the first time in 2005, bolstered by a strong December and the popularity of the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in its second full year of operation.Results submitted to the state Casino Control Commission show that Atlantic City's 12 casinos won $5.02 - read more »

Poker's Card Sharks Aren't Old Enough to Drive: Scott Soshnick - 11 January 2006
Turn on the television, even in the wee morning hours, and there's a good chance you'll come across either a "Law & Order" rerun or a group of guys playing poker. Poker is ubiquitous on the ESPN and Fox cable networks. Bravo and the Travel Channel broadcast poker programs, too. The ratings are good. On ESPN, poker-rela - read more »

What happens when gambling gets out of control? - 09 January 2006
Jane played her first slot machine shortly after her mother's unexpected death. The rush she felt from gambling helped her escape the pain of grieving. "I was out of my mind with depression," Jane said. Jane is a 48-year-old northern Michigan woman who requested that her real name not be used. Her gambling - read more »

2006 PlayersOnly.com Calendar Girls Even Hotter Than Last Year - 09 January 2006
Jaws are dropping as the 2006 PlayersOnly.com Calendar arrives in PO members' mailboxes this week. The Calendar, which this year features four hot models shot in twelve exotic tropical locations, is an annual gift to players at the World's Sexiest Sportsbook, Casino and Poker Room. Jennifer, one of the most talked abou - read more »

Mike Matusow to Appear on Upcoming Spike TV Show 'King of Vegas' - 09 January 2006
Starting on January 17th at 10PM EST, "King of Vegas" will premier on Spike TV. It's a new gambling show that is trying to break the mold of typical gambling shows. It will pit known gamblers from different games against each other to determine who the real King of Vegas is. While poker is still in the mix, it will als - read more »

Ebay Auction Results in Sponsorship Deal for World Series of Poker Player Scott Neuman - 09 January 2006
Professional Poker Player Scott Neuman is proud to announce the sponsorship by Riley Books for Poker Player Scott Neuman to enter the World Poker Tour event at the Borgata Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, on Jan, 21st, 2006. Scott Neuman will be competing against the best of the best in the No Limit High stakes game of - read more »

Ruling Paves Way for Four Winds Casino - 07 January 2006
A federal appeals court on Friday rejected an appeal by opponents of a land-based, tribal run casino in southwestern Michigan, a tribal spokesman said. Tom Shields, spokesman for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, called the ruling by the U.S. District Court of Appeals in Washington a "resounding victory." Shields - read more »

Card Shark Uses Skills to Inform, Not Exploit Casino Consultant Demonstrates Cheating Techniques to Casinos, Law Enforcement Agencies, and Now the General Public - 07 January 2006
Beginning Sunday, January 8, it's Vegas Week on the Travel Channel. Cheats & Scams 2 features Sal Piacente, an expert on casino scams. This airs in the advent of the (January 24) release of Poker Cheats Exposed, produced by Pocket Aces, LLC. The 2-1/2 hour DVD program features Piacente revealing the methods/devices use - read more »

Sportech shares tumble as costly ITV deal ends - 05 January 2006
Shares in British betting firm Sportech Plc tumbled on Thursday after it ended a loss-making interactive gaming deal with broadcaster ITV and said this would cost it 14 million pounds ($25 million) in 2005.Sportech launched Littlewoods Bet Direct on ITV's interactive platform in June 2004, the only fixed-odds betting s - read more »

HorrorShare Presents UK Horror Movie Innovation - 05 January 2006
HorrorShare (www.horrorshare.co.uk) is producing a publicly funded horror movie. With the aim to produce a top quality movie with a little budget. We will be taking skilled and experienced film crew and cast in order to produce the movie.We will be selecting the cast and crew BUT you can be a part of it by buying a sha - read more »

Women find poker is their strongest suit - 04 January 2006
By day JoJo Hastie organises charity events and private functions. At night she is one of a growing band of women who are taking over the male dominated game of poker. Three years ago the image of poker was of large men chomping on equally large cigars in dark, smoky rooms with bottles of beer and tumblers spread aroun - read more »

Boyd Gaming Unveils Las Vegas Strip Development Plan - 04 January 2006
Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE: BYD) today announced that it will develop a multi-faceted, world-class resort complex on its 63-acre site on the Las Vegas Strip. The development, scheduled to open in early 2010, is expected to be among the most significant projects in Las Vegas' ongoing evolution, which continues to tra - read more »

PokerRoom.com launches tournament leader boards - 04 January 2006
Toronto-based PokerRoom.com has launched an innovation to rank and reward poker players, the Ace of Aces and Centurion Cup leaderboards.The Ace of Aces Leaderboard ranks players by most points across 12 scheduled, multi-table poker tournaments held each month and features a $5,000 first prize awarded to the number one - read more »

Family stand to net $2bn from their online gamble - 04 January 2006
THE Israeli family behind the world's second-biggest online poker company looks set to become the next internet gambling billionaires after deciding to sell the PokerStars business. The Scheinbergs, who recently moved the company's operations to the Isle of Man, are understood to have appointed NM Rothschild, the City - read more »

William Hill Profit Beats Forecast as Losing Run Ends - 03 January 2006
William Hill Plc, the U.K.'s second- largest bookmaker, said full-year profit beat its forecast as a run of winning wagers by customers came to an end. Earnings before interest and tax for the year ended Dec. 27 were "slightly" more than the company's forecast of 230 million pounds ($396 million) to 240 million pounds, - read more »