June 2006 News Article Archive

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First Beatles sanctioned stage show opens in Vegas - 30 June 2006
Lucy swoops on a trapeze across a sky twinkling with diamonds, Mr Kite presides over a psychedelic circus of stiltwalkers and acrobats, and the unmistakable voices of John, Paul, George and Ringo fill the surround sound-equipped arena. With a little help from a lot of friends, The Beatles are brought back to life in a - read more »

Las Vegas and Macau Continue to Drive Casino Gaming Market Opportunities - 30 June 2006
The gaming arena continues to be sparked by ongoing development in the Las Vegas market, which according to the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority generated $7.6 billion in gaming revenue during 2005. Dan Ahrens explains, “It is important to understand that gaming is still a growing industry. Las Vegas occupancy - read more »

20 mins of Casino Royale seen - 30 June 2006
Perceptibly confident that they've enough goodies to fill a small bag, Sony has shown 20 minutes of footage from the upcoming “Casino Royale” to patrons of the Cinema Expo International. Apparently what was shown, bought the house down. (I do hope someone got their hammer and putty and then put the house back up again) - read more »

World Cup a big yawn in soccer-hating US - 30 June 2006
If you look west from Germany these days you'll see America stifling a yawn at the World Cup.Despite a doubling of TV ratings for the first-round matches this month, before the U.S. squad failed miserably, soccer still ranks below televised poker tournaments in a land where baseball, basketball and American football ru - read more »

Casino would not be running before 2010... - 30 June 2006
Torbay's prospective casino may not be up and running until 2010, according to a leading gambling charity.Should the resort get the green light for one of 16 sought-after casinos from the Government in December, it looks like it could be a lengthy wait before the roulette tables and gaming machines are open to the publ - read more »

Betfair Poker Sweeten the Pot in Cork Classic - 30 June 2006
Betfair Poker will add €10,000 to the “Main Event” prize pool at the Irish Classic Poker Festival. Cork's Macau Casino is hosting the festival and has teamed up with Betfair Poker to put on the Main Event. With an expected 170 runners paying €1000, the anticipated prize pool is now €180,000.The televised Main Event run - read more »

KPI Summit 2006 Postponed to Include Additional Operators - 24 June 2006
The KPI Summit 2006, scheduled at the London Stock Exchange for the 30th of June, will be postponed to include the opinions of additional operators eager to contribute, but unable to lend their suggested KPI definitions before that date. In order to ensure that the KPI Summit's findings will represent a homogenised set - read more »

Poker series starts Sunday, but H.O.R.S.E. is big event - 24 June 2006
First prize at the main event of this year's World Series of Poker is expected to be $10 million. Nice, but it's not the tournament that has Daniel Negreanu excited. Negreanu, who writes a weekly poker column in the Star, has red-flagged July 12 since the World Series of Poker announced the addition of the $50,000 H.O. - read more »

Gambling-related Web site’s operator cleared in investigation - 24 June 2006
Bernie Fernandez Jr., whose interactions with Ohio State University quarterback Troy Smith raised concerns with university officials, is no longer the subject of a gambling investigation by the Franklin County sheriff's office. Deputies raided Fernandez's home on the Far North Side in October, taking computers, busines - read more »

Leisure group buys casino operator in £5.9m deal - 20 June 2006
Stanley Leisure splashed out £5.9m on the Harbour House Casino group yesterday, the latest in its string of national acquisitions.The decision to buy the Southampton casino operator is Liverpool-based Stanley's second move in the southern port.Earlier this year, the Dale Street-based operator applied for another licenc - read more »

Chicago Critic Champions Women Filmmakers; Wins Second Consecutive Achievement Award - 20 June 2006
Chicago film critic Jan Lisa Huttner recently earned her second consecutive Silver Feather Award from the Illinois Woman's Press Association, for writing the most award-winning articles in IWPA's annual Mate E. Palmer Communications Contest. This year, Huttner won two first place awards, a pair of seconds, a trio of th - read more »

California Casino Premiers Pure Black Jack at a Celebrity Party that Puts Hollywood to Shame - 15 June 2006
Plays like Vegas, Pays like Vegas but Pure Blackjack is Pure L.A. Style. With gas prices soaring, the Normandie Casino has introduced this new and exciting game that is being played by major Las Vegas Casinos.Pure 21 Blackjack was officially launched Friday June 10th, 2006 to a large crowd of excited players. "It's Bla - read more »

Celebrity Travel Expert, Adventure Girl- Stefanie Michaels to appear at Los Angeles Travel Show on Father's Day Weekend - 15 June 2006
Celebrity travel expert, Adventure Girl- Stefanie Michaels will be joining the Swiss Tourism team at KNBC/Telemundo's Travel Show in Los Angeles June 17 and 18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center."I am really excited to join the Swiss Tourism people at their booth this year at the KNBC/Telemundo Travel Show," says Mic - read more »

FullTiltPoker.com Issues an Open Letter to the Poker Industry in Response to the Mansion Poker Press Release Dated June 9th - 15 June 2006
The following is an open letter to the poker industry from Fulltiltpoker.com management in response to a Mansion Poker press release dated June 9, 2006.“On June 9, 2006, Mansion Poker issued an inaccurate press release regarding their upcoming Mansion Superstar Challenge. The release stated that Team Full Tilt member, - read more »

Industry Experts Gaming Corporation Plc Announce Attendance at KPI Summit 2006 - 15 June 2006
Gaming Corporation Plc (www.gamingcorp.net) has announced their attendance at the KPI Summit to be held at the London Stock Exchange on Friday 30th June with the aim to define the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for the iGaming sector. Ten prominent iGaming operators have been invited to participate in the 2006 Summ - read more »

TrueMoneygames Sponsors 31st World Backgammon Championship in Monte Carlo - 14 June 2006
As with the game of Poker a few years ago the popularity of Backgammon and online Backgammon has seen a rapid increase recently with over one million online players, bringing internet gambling experts to see one of the world's oldest and best known game as “the next big thing”. In this context world class online Backga - read more »

World Cup punters knock out betting sites - 13 June 2006
The opening weekend of the Fifa World Cup caused havoc for several online betting sites as users were unable to place bets during peak times, according to research from internet performance company Keynote Systems. BetUK, Sporting Odds, Bet365 and Betfair all suffered problems with their sites.BetUK was slow to load on - read more »

Youth Football Camp Taught by Top NFL Pro Bowl Players to Offer Youth and Displaced Hurricane Katrina Victims Camp Scholarships - 13 June 2006
The 2006 Pro Power Football Camp will offer Washington DC area youth and over 50 displaced youth of Hurricane Katrina full scholarships to participate in a week-long football camp taught by top NFL Pro Bowl players including Tony Dorsett (Dallas Cowboys / Hall of Fame 1994), Santana Moss (Washington Redskins), Clinton - read more »

Michigan City jackpot from casino hits $113M - 12 June 2006
A vast majority of the more than $100 million casino boat dollars collected the past decade have been used to extend municipal services and other investments in the city's infrastructure. It appears the future will be no different, with millions of dollars more in bricks-and-mortar projects to be paid for with gambling - read more »

Aztar buyer happy with $2.75 billion deal - 12 June 2006
Gaming industry experts say Bill Yung is paying too much to acquire Phoenix-based Aztar Corp., the publicly traded parent company of the Tropicana casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, N.J. Yung's Columbia Sussex Corp. agreed May 19 to pay $2.75 billion for the company, topping a rival bid from Pinnacle Entertainment - read more »

Gambling excites older adults, but may be addictive - 11 June 2006
She swore she'd never play the slots. Eventually, she allowed herself to play, but only with quarters. Soon she was contemptuous of any machines that didn't let her bet up to $100. Then one day, Maureen Holland walked out of a casino having lost more than she ever had before - $5,000. "I looked in the mirror and felt l - read more »

Tribal Rivals Clash in Charity Heads Up Poker War - 11 June 2006
In a first-of-a-kind event 22 poker players from Ireland and Great Britain will compete in the International Charity Heads Up Council (ICHUC) tournament on Saturday 8 July 2006 at 2pm in the Fitzwilliam Card Club, Dublin for the benefit of the Poker 4 Charity and OnePercentPledge charities.Eleven players from each team - read more »

Hearing on Internet gaming set for Monday - 04 June 2006
York County's first battle over Internet sweepstakes terminals -- and possibly the first such battle in the state -- will begin in a Rock Hill courtroom Monday morning.The question facing Magistrate Robert Davenport Jr. is whether 319 terminals that authorities seized three months ago are illegal.The state will argue t - read more »

Vegas firm takes over Jai-Alai - 04 June 2006
Like many older cities, Dania Beach has a list of institutions that never seems to change. Near the top of that list is Dania Jai-Alai.But a big change was announced last week when Jai-Alai executives said they were selling to the Las Vegas-based Boyd Gaming Corp. for $152.5 million. The Aragon Group had owned Dania Ja - read more »

32RED SNAPS UP BOOKIES IN TIME FOR WORLD CUP - 02 June 2006
UK Casino and Poker Operator 32Red Plc (www.32Red.com) today announced the acquisition of Bet Direct (www.BetDirect.net) from Sportech Plc, for a total of £11 million plus account liabilities.Bet Direct is one of the largest independent telephone and internet betting businesses in the UK, offering telephone, internet, - read more »

A 50/50 Chance to Win 10 Million Dollars! - 02 June 2006
There has never been a free-to-enter competition like it before! Sports fans predict the outcome of the 64 matches in the 2006 soccer World Cup to have a chance at landing the USD 10 million grand prize. The competition is open to everyone over 18-years-old up until one hour before the kick off of the opening match on - read more »

Video poker players don't get enough respect - 02 June 2006
Harrah's Joliet Casino & Hotel, one of the few properties in the Greater Chicago area gaming market to offer what knowledgeable video poker devotees regard as "playable games," recently reduced some pay tables, adding to the frustration that skilled players have felt since casino gambling was introduced around here a d - read more »