July 2006 News Article Archive

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Casinos winning big by betting on Asians - 29 July 2006
It's a little after noon, and a crowd has started to gather in Boston's Chinatown. Some are reading the Sing Tao Daily or Ming Pao Daily News. Others clutch plastic bags filled with snacks. All look up whenever the deep roar of an engine sounds like it's coming their way.Ip Kachuang and two of his friends share a smoke - read more »

Melissa George Grabs the Lead in Sam Raimi’s "30 Days of Night" - 29 July 2006
Australian star Melissa George has been announced today as the female lead in Sam Raimi's "30 Days of Night," the film version of the best selling graphic novels of the same name. George joins Josh Hartnett, who has been attached to the project since early 2006, to complete the casting of the two main roles.The film be - read more »

Documentary "Tocar y Luchar" to Premier at the Prestigious Montreal World Film Festival - 29 July 2006
Explorart Films announced today that the North American premier of the memorable documentary "Tocar y Luchar" ("To Play and To Fight") will be held at the 30th annual meeting of the prestigious Montreal World Film Festival. The documentary was accepted as official selection to the “Documentaries of the World” section o - read more »

Miss World Australia 2006 Sabrina Houssami Chooses Australian Designer Natasha Iwanov’s Label - 29 July 2006
Designer and founder of how.u.c.me handbags, Natasha Iwanov is excited about the success of their unique designer handbag label and is thrilled to be in alliance with the ‘Miss World' Competition. The 2006 Miss World Australia Sabrina Houssami has selected how.u.c.me handbags, based on luxurious pieces in quality leath - read more »

Wynn Chooses Binion for Key Role - 29 July 2006
Wynn Resorts Thursday named Jack Binion as chairman of Wynn International and senior executive for its Asian operations and development. "The decades of experience and unparalleled success that Jack brings to our company is extraordinary," Wynn Resorts Chairman Steve Wynn said in a statement. "Jack's guidance will grea - read more »

Movie prompts Barrymore to take up poker - 29 July 2006
Now that Drew Barrymore doesn't have to stay in character, the actress says she's ready to learn poker from the pros.Barrymore, who stars in "Lucky You," a movie set at the 2003 World Series of Poker, said she missed out on lessons given to other actors by pros such as Doyle Brunson because she plays a lounge singer wh - read more »

Bonds’ 715th Home Run Ball on eBay Meets $125,000 Reserve Price as Bidding Continues - 29 July 2006
Within 48 hours of becoming available to the public for bidding, Barry Bonds' record 715th home run ball ­ listed on eBay since Monday afternoon ­ met the reserve price of $125,000. As of Friday morning, 47 bids have raised the current price to $137,500. The listing ends Aug. 3 at 3 pm ET and can be viewed at www.eba - read more »

Winnipegger hopes to win big in world's largest poker tournament - 27 July 2006
A Winnipeg man hopes to win as much as $10 million at the World Series of Poker, after raking in more than $100,000 US at the tournament last year.Sean Daulat said he's heading for the world's largest poker tournament in Las Vegas, which starts Friday and lasts two weeks, and plans to beat his 2005 payoff.Daulat, an ai - read more »

Outlook dims in Senate for online gambling bill - 27 July 2006
Prospects have dimmed for swift U.S. Senate passage of a bill to outlaw most forms of Internet gambling as industry trade groups and lawmakers raise objections, congressional sources said on Wednesday.Efforts to move a House-passed measure through the Senate have run into opposition from lobbyists representing casino o - read more »

Jailed Betonsports boss is sacked - 25 July 2006
Online gaming site Betonsports has removed its chief executive - who is being held in a US jail awaiting trial on racketeering charges. Betonsports said the decision to end David Carruthers' contract was "as a consequence of (his) continued detention by US authorities." He was arrested last week as part of a US move to - read more »

Poker’s youngest winner does it again - 25 July 2006
A week after becoming the youngest player to win a World Series of Poker event, 21-year-old Jeff Madsen of Los Angeles proved it was no fluke. The University of California, Santa Barbara film student who scraped together $9,500 for buy-ins from his parents and a college fund has now cashed in for a cool $1.4 million. A - read more »

Paddy’s Power Along in Las Vegas Poker Heaven - 23 July 2006
Paddy Power Poker is sending 16 poker players to Las Vegas over the coming days to compete in the World Series of Poker, which runs from Friday 28 July to Thursday 10 August. They will join a 100-strong contingent of Irish players for the $10,000 buy-in main event and will battle for almost two weeks against more than - read more »

Montana’s Largest Casino/Racino Nears Opening Date - 23 July 2006
The Blackfeet Nation of Montana and Casino Marketing Guru Gary Green are finishing the final touches to open the largest casino in Montana and the largest Racino in the Northwestern United States. The new Glacier Peaks Casino in Browning Montana will feature more than 500 slot machines, a mile-and-a-quarter horse track - read more »

Internet Gambling Executive's Arrest Raises Questions on US Motives - 21 July 2006
The surprise airport arrest of a prominent UK internet gambling executive this week is a counter-productive application of US law that ignores complex international trade issues, says Larry Gaydos, partner in the White Collar Defense/Antitrust Practice Group at Haynes and Boone, LLP."Selectively targeting foreign busin - read more »

CelebPoker.com is Placing Singer Brian McFadden in the 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event - 21 July 2006
Singer and songwriter Brian McFadden will add another credential to his already impressive resume when he turns semi-professional in the poker world by playing in the 2006 World Series of Poker. Poker players from around the world dream of playing in this, the biggest event in the industry, although few ever will. Cele - read more »

PartyGaming Sales Jump 49% as Customer Numbers Climb - 21 July 2006
PartyGaming Plc, the world's largest online poker company, said second-quarter sales increased 49 percent as more gamblers made wagers on the PartyPoker Web site. Revenue in the three months ended June 30 climbed to $319.3 million from $214.8 million a year earlier, the Gibraltar-based company said today in a Regulator - read more »

11 including CEO of offshore gambling Web site charged in Texas - 18 July 2006
Federal officials on Monday charged 11 people, including the CEO of a big gambling Web site, alleging they committed conspiracy, racketeering and fraud in taking sports bets from U.S. residents.The Justice Department is seeking the forfeiture of $4.5 billion, cars and computers from the defendants, including BetOnSport - read more »

All Bets Are Off US Online Gaming Legislation Takes Away People's Right to Choose - 18 July 2006
The day we have all dreaded has finally arrived. On July 11, 2006, the US government passed legislation prohibiting US-based financial institutions from accepting payments for online gambling. This essentially disallows US citizens and people from around the world who transfer funds through a US financial institution - read more »

Stars of Aces.com’s Poker Movie Launch Blog & Podcast - 18 July 2006
The stars of the sexy new poker movie presented by online casino Aces.com have launched a new blog and a premiere podcast episode to share their experiences shooting the film in Las Vegas and Rio de Janeiro. The cast will be in Las Vegas for the Championship weekend of the WSOP, July 27 - 30 and will publish their blog - read more »

PartyGaming Selects KANA Response and KANA IQ to Improve Global Customer Support Operations Following Successful Pilot - 17 July 2006
KANA Software Inc., a world leader in multi-channel customer service, today announced that PartyGaming Plc, the world's leading online gaming company, has selected software from KANA to enhance its global customer support operations. PartyGaming handles more than four million customer contacts per year via telephone an - read more »

County questions casino's environmental impact - 15 July 2006
A draft environmental impact study fails to adequately assess the effects the Cowlitz Indian's casino would have on Cowlitz County, the county commissioners said this week.For one thing, the study does not evaluate the impact on public services and government budgets if many of the casino workers settle in the county. - read more »

Neteller gains 500,000 users in six months - 14 July 2006
Neteller has released a trading statement in advance of its interim results, showing a growth of half a million in new users since the start of the year.Andrew Gilchrist, vice-president of corporate communications at Neteller, said the period has been generally positive, with results that have bucked the trend for a se - read more »

Gambling ban doubles down on hypocrisy - 13 July 2006
I cannot pretend to understand how Washington politics works most of the time. But it's clear even to me that a bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, effectively banning certain forms of online gambling - in particular online poker - is a terrible idea.In full disclosure, I make my living playi - read more »

Casino revenue hits record $1.15 billion - 13 July 2006
Gamblers are betting even more at the state's riverboat and racetrack casinos, spending a record $1.15 billion over the past 12 months, according to state records.That's up 4.8 percent from the same period a year earlier.The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission says that between July 1, 2005, and June 30, 2006, more than - read more »

Full Tilt Poker's Allen Cunningham Claims His Fourth WSOP Bracelet - 12 July 2006
Full Tilt Poker's Allen Cunningham has joined an elite group of World Series of Poker champions by winning his fourth career WSOP bracelet for his victory in the $1,000 No-Limit Hold ‘em with Rebuys tournament. After only 16 days into the 47 day event, Cunningham is the third Full Tilt Poker pro to win a 2006 World Ser - read more »

Players Network and Alta Loma to Co-Produce 'Playboy's Women of Poker' TV Series - 11 July 2006
The Players Network announced today that it has signed a contract with Playboy Enterprise's Alta Loma Entertainment to co-produce "Playboy's Women of Poker," a multi-part television series that will feature beautiful women competing to become members of Playboy's Poker Team and win all the perks that go with it, includ - read more »

US gaming bill to hit UK online stocks short term - 11 July 2006
he latest U.S. attempt to ban the multibillion-dollar online gaming industry from its virtual shores will take a step forward this week, but looks set to fall short of its goal, London-based analysts say.News flow is likely to hit shares in the sector, but will provide short-term buying opportunities, they added.Rep. B - read more »

On Vacation, Lucky Jackpot Factory VIP Wins Another Progressive - 10 July 2006
The Jackpot Factory (www.jackpotfactory.com), a leading online casino group known for gigantic jackpots, has another big winner: Gail G., an All Slots Casino VIP, who won nearly $100,000 on two progressive slots within eight days. Gail G., a 39-year-old mother and restaurateur from Missouri, first hit the LotsaLoot jac - read more »

Irish Online Poker Qualifiers Rule the Tables from Edinburgh to Las Vegas - 09 July 2006
Online qualifiers Dave Masters and Duncan Meekison battled through the 103 strong field of the recent Scottish Poker Championship at the Gala Maybury Casino, Edinburgh, to reach the final table of the £1,000 main event. Both players qualified for the £103,000 prize pool Scottish Championship through online satellites o - read more »

PartyGaming plans £500m move into sports betting - 08 July 2006
PartyGaming is set to unveil plans to expand into the sports betting arena. The poker firm is to begin a series of acquisitions to be funded with the proceeds of a bond issue that could raise as much as £500m. The first purchase is rumoured to be a privately-owned European operator, and will be relatively small in the - read more »

Casino Stocks Take Hit Following Closures - 08 July 2006
A dozen Atlantic City casinos have closed, resulting in a broad decline in the shares of companies with big stakes in the USA's second-biggest gambling market.The casinos closed Wednesday morning as a result of New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine's recent order stopping non-essential government functions as part of a budget im - read more »

Full Tilt Poker’s Mark Vos Wins the WSOP $2,000 No-Limit Hold ‘em Tournament - 06 July 2006
Mark Vos, a 22-year old Australian who has earned a reputation as one of the world's top online poker players proved today that he can play against live opponents equally well, becoming one of the youngest World Series of Poker bracelet winners in history.Vos collected his first-ever WSOP bracelet in the $2,000 buy-in - read more »

Rhodri supports city bid for new casino location - 05 July 2006
First Minister Rhodri Morgan has thrown his weight behind Swansea's bid as a location for a new casino. The city has already been shortlisted as one of the potential locations for one of the UK's new eight large and small casinos.Now, Mr Morgan says he is right behind the bid.He said in a letter to Professor Stephen Cr - read more »

New Superman Brandon Routh Flies High to Top AceShowbiz.com's Celebrity Buzz June 2006 Edition - 05 July 2006
It seems the power of the new Superman is way too strong to beat indeed this time. Newcomer Brandon Routh, who portrays the Man of Steel in the latest installment of the superhero series, "Superman Returns", has soared high to be the most-searched celebrity on AceShowbiz.com and so deserves the top rank on its June 200 - read more »

Warner Brothers and Polychrome Pictures to Release the Independent Clash Directed by Daniel Zirilli and Starring Raul Julia-Levy and Damon Whitaker - 05 July 2006
In the entertainment world where computer generated special effects determine the value of a movie resides Daniel Zirilli's dialogue-driven Clash, an upcoming Warner Brothers/Polychrome release. Although the budget for Clash is minimal and did not cover superfluous special effects, as it is for the majority of independ - read more »

N.J. Gov. Calls Shutdown 'Deplorable' - 05 July 2006
New Jersey's casinos ushered the last of the gamblers away from slot machines and tables Wednesday, and janitors locked the doors behind them as a state government shutdown claimed its latest victims. In the first mass closure in the 28-year history of Atlantic City's legalized gambling trade, all 12 casinos were dark. - read more »

Prescott in new sleaze storm - 05 July 2006
TROUBLED John Prescott was engulfed by fresh claims over sleaze last night.They centred on new allegations about his private life and links to the gambling industry.To Labour's acute embarrassment, the Parliamentary standards watchdog confirmed it had launched an inquiry into his controversial visit to the ranch of an - read more »