May 2006 News Article Archive

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Macau casino revenues eclipse Las Vegas Strip resorts - 31 May 2006
Macau has been described as Asia's Las Vegas, but a researcher says that in terms of casino revenue - both reported and unreported - the former Portuguese colony's clubs have eclipsed Las Vegas Strip earnings.Merrill Lynch casino analyst Sean Monaghan, speaking at the 13th International Conference on Gambling and Risk- - read more »

Technology bleeds the thrill from gambling - 31 May 2006
Forget those Marin County escapes to Santa Sabina or the Green Gulch Farm Zen Center. If you're seeking a little silence and meditative calm, let me suggest a day at the races. I went out to Bay Meadows recently -- my first visit to a track in years, I admit -- and things were so sedate I thought I'd lost my hearing. M - read more »

Women's Poker Club Hits the UK - 31 May 2006
Women's Poker Club is pleased to announce their first live tournament in Europe for women only.Women's Poker Club, which is known by the acronym WPC, is the largest organized international group of women poker players, with well over 3,000 members, they have been in existence for over three years. WPC is free to join a - read more »

UK firms say U.S. anti-gaming bills doomed to fail - 25 May 2006
Attempts in the United States to ban the multi-billion dollar online gaming industry from its virtual shores are doomed to fail, London-based gaming executives and analysts say.Rep. Bob Goodlatte is the latest U.S. opponent to Internet gambling, which is estimated to generate about $12 billion a year globally through 2 - read more »

Tribe wants to end deal with casino developers - 23 May 2006
The Seminole Tribe wants a judge to break what it calls an "illegal and unconscionable" contract with the developers of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino complexes, saying the deal negotiated by its leaders could cost tribe members $2 billion.The filing in Broward Circuit Court said developer Power Plant Entertainm - read more »

Monarch Casino to Announce Atlantis Expansion Plans, Appointment of New Chief Financial Officer, and Departure of Director/CFO Ben Farahi at Annual Stockholder Meeting - 23 May 2006
At today's annual meeting of stockholders, Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. (Nasdaq: MCRI) (the "Company"), owner of the Atlantis Casino Resort in Reno, Nevada, will present an overview of its new expansion plans for the Atlantis, will introduce the Company's new Chief Financial Officer, Ronald Rowan, and will announce th - read more »

Gaming giant downplays SMS betting plan - 23 May 2006
An international gaming giant eyeing the Australian market says claims its mission is to offer betting via text message are "mischievous rumours".Intralot, a Greek-based gaming technology group, plans to open a corporate headquarters in Melbourne to tap into the Australian and Asia-Pacific markets.The group has applied - read more »

Hawk Planners Sees Growth Because of Rise in Youth Sports Participation in 2005 - 23 May 2006
Participation in United States youth athletics grew in almost every sport in 2005. According to a report by the National Sporting Goods Association, every sport studied except baseball saw more youth players than the year before, with double digit growth in volleyball and football.According to Matt Hawk, creator of Haw - read more »

MGM, Harrah's Press Congress for Piece of Online Gaming Action - 22 May 2006
MGM Mirage, Harrah's Entertainment Inc. and other U.S. casino operators are increasing pressure on Congress to consider legalizing online gambling -- at the same time lawmakers are seeking to tighten criminal penalties for it. The companies are trying to take advantage of a congressional backlash against gambling trigg - read more »

The stakes are high - 22 May 2006
Are you a member of the Soul Patrol or have you caught the McPheever?An audience in excess of 30 million is expected to cast more than 50 million votes Tuesday night for American Idol hopefuls Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee. A winner will be revealed Wednesday.Meanwhile, an untold number of viewers will watch for mo - read more »

Star Snowboarding Siblings Sign Full Representation Agreement With Arluck Promotions - 22 May 2006
Good things come in pairs. A perfect example is the brother-sister duo of Teddy Karlinski and Jordan Karlinski - the next great snowboarders to come from Aspen, Colo.ArluckPromotions is pleased to announce that both young athletes have signed with its company for a full representation agreement.Jordan, 16, made her deb - read more »

Robert Englund’s "Killer Pad" Wrap Party - 22 May 2006
On Thursday May 25th, 2006, Robert Englund will be wrapping up filming of his latest film, "Killer Pad". The cast, crew and affiliates of the film will celebrate at Camden House in Beverly Hills, 430 N Camden Dr Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (, beginning at 9 pm.Guests will include the production team o - read more »

Online Gambling and Sports Betting Continues with its Unprecedented Growth Despite US Efforts - 22 May 2006
Leading online sports book and casino today officially unveiled an impressive series of new features for the upcoming 2006-07 sports seasons. With higher betting limits, horse betting, more liberal rewards and bonus policies, and a new casino, USsportsbook's new features represent innovation and an att - read more »

Gambling commision dealt dead man's hand - 22 May 2006
A federal commission's study of legal gambling in the late 1990s produced significant recommendations, many of which ended up like poker's dead man's hand.Dead man's hand is a term to describe the cards Wild Bill Hickock held - a pair of black aces and eights - when he was shot dead in a saloon in South Dakota in 1876. - read more »

Get-rich-quick fantasies fueled by the expansion of legalized gambling - 22 May 2006
Clutching a handful of scratch-off lottery tickets, Sandy Bartholomew stares at the blue keno screen mounted on the corner wall at Ted's Stateline Mobil in Methuen, Mass., and waits for the winning numbers to light up.Anticipation of a match with her picks excites the 52-year-old nurse, who thinks nothing of driving an - read more »

Penn. slots worrying A.C. casinos - 22 May 2006
How to deal with Pennsylvania slots coming on line?That's the key question state regulators and casino executives will grapple with tomorrow during an industry conference in Atlantic City.Wall Street gambling analysts, who will make up a panel at the event, the East Coast Gaming Congress, have estimated that Atlantic C - read more »

New Book Explains How Professional Gamblers Win - 22 May 2006
Before you accept that casinos always have an advantage over players, take a look at the newly released book “Advantage Gambling” (ISBN 1-4276-0088-0), a concise guide explaining exactly what professional gamblers do that allows them to win consistently. Whether you're an occasional player or a serious gambler, you'll - read more »

Morgan Stanley unit buys land for 13th A.C. casino - 18 May 2006
The gambling subsidiary of Morgan Stanley has acquired 20 acres on the Boardwalk to develop what will be Atlantic City's 13th casino.The Wall Street firm confirmed it paid about $74 million for the land, which had been controlled by a group of developers and the Atlantic City Housing Authority.A Morgan Stanley official - read more »

Melco, PBL Buy New Plot in Macau - 18 May 2006
Hong Kong-listed casino operator Melco International Development Ltd. said Thursday its joint venture with Australia's Publishing & Broadcasting Ltd. has agreed to buy a site in Macau for a third joint hotel and casino project in the territory for 1.5 billion Hong Kong dollars (US$193 million; euro152 million). The sit - read more »

Justice Department takes down $2.5 billion Internet gambling operation - 18 May 2006
The government dismantled a $2.5 billion offshore Internet gambling operation, the Justice Department said Wednesday, charging two fugitives and their companies with laundering gambling proceeds from Internet casino games and sporting events.A newly unsealed 12-count indictment filed in April 2005 accuses William Scott - read more »

3BWin takes on the established betting companies with a whole new approach to sports betting - 18 May 2006
Betting on football is by no means new - quite the opposite. It's one of the oldest sports betting forms across Europe. But when 3BWin ( opens for business, it's coming with a fresh approach and a promise to completely transform sports betting. 3BWin has been extremely receptive to betting trends, and has - read more »

Small Town Poker Tour and Noble Poker to Offer Events - 15 May 2006
The Small Town Poker Tour (STPT) the world's largest amateur poker tour announced today a partnership with Noble Poker to create online events to enhance the land based tour. Noble Poker will provide the platform for the STPT to run online events."We are very excited about being with Noble Poker," stated Mark Fracaloss - read more »

Sam Feldman, CEO of S.L. Feldman & Associates (SLFA), Will Play in the CEO Poker Event - 15 May 2006
Sam Feldman, CEO of S.L. Feldman & Associates (SLFA), Canada's leading full-service entertainment agency, will play in the CEO Poker event at The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas, Oct 22-27, for the title of Chairman of Poker.S.L. Feldman & Associates under the leadership of Sam Feldman in 1971, SLFA has grown into a diversifi - read more »

Downtown casino plan would deliver more locally - 15 May 2006
To the drafters go the spoils. That's the golden rule governing combatants in Ohio's latest quest for an amendment to legalize casino gambling. Of the three proposals filed with the Ohio Attorney General's office so far, a Courier analysis shows the Tri-State fares best with the proposal floated by local businessman Lo - read more »

InterCasino, One of the Largest and World's First Online Casinos, and InterPoker Extend Relationship With Global Gaming Software Developer CryptoLogic - 12 May 2006
InterCasino, one of the largest and most award-winning online casinos in the world, and InterPoker, the home of Extreme Poker, announced that they have agreed to extend their current commercial terms with WagerLogic, a subsidiary of leading Internet gaming software developer CryptoLogic Inc. As part of the agreement, I - read more »

Chip Leader -- CelebPoker Win's Business Britain Award - 11 May 2006
In excess of four million UK individuals gamble online each month, and since 2003 the amount staked online has risen dramatically by over 550%. Actuarial forecasting shows that this growth is set to continue into 2006 topping off around the World Series of Poker in July. This phenomenal growth in remote gambling, in pa - read more »

4500 Digital Video “People’s Choice” Competition Being Hosted by Haydenfilms - 11 May 2006
The judges have voted, and now it's your turn to pick the "People's Choice" winner of the First Annual 4500 Digital Video Competition! Haydenfilms [] is proud to host a competition among young filmmakers in the Berks County area where your votes help to determine the “People's Choice” winning video! - read more »

American Football Association Seeks Support For American Inventor TV Contestant - 11 May 2006
Erik Thompson, the inventor of a training product called the “Catch Vest”, spends a great deal of his time these days promoting his new product to youth, high school and semi-pro football receivers, running backs, defensive backs and anybody else who wants to develop a competitive edge for learning to catch a football - read more »

Extreme poker gives 'sharks' a new meaning - 11 May 2006
Move over, freestyle skiing. Poker is now an extreme sport.That's right, the game that has long been extreme only in terms of money wagered is venturing into a world populated by X Games enthusiasts.The reason?"We wanted to come up with something that really showed what we're all about," said Peter Marcus, a spokesman - read more »

£3m jackpot for gaming company - 11 May 2006
A HI-TECH gaming company has hit the jackpot, with a £3m investment from a private equity firm.Million-2-1, which is based on Ducie Street, in the city centre, creates, develops and manages a range of gambling games, such as lotteries, games of skill and auctions, which are played via SMS on mobile phones, via the tele - read more »

Mobile gaming contract with Vodafone UK - 10 May 2006
Gaming Corporation Plc, the leading gaming portal operator and owner of both and, announces that it has signed a contract with Vodafone UK, to launch a fully interactive mobile casino service on Vodafone live! The service is due to be launched within the next month.The service will initially i - read more »

Commodore Casino & Poker Sponsors Children’s Charity Event - 10 May 2006
Commodore Casino & Poker ( has announced its primary sponsorship of the ‘2006 World Stars Football Match'. The event to be held on May 23 at Stade Louis II in Monaco will feature some of the biggest names in world sport, as a team of F1 Drivers and Star Team Monaco face-off in support of worldwi - read more »

eCOGRA Launches 100 Seals Campaign - 09 May 2006
Hard on the heels of its announcement of 7 new poker room certifications for the "Play It Safe" seal, eCommerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance (eCOGRA) today unveiled a new campaign to increase the number of online casinos and poker rooms committed to player-safe gaming.Dubbed the "100 Seals Campaign," the - read more »

4,298 sign against casino - 09 May 2006
Opponents of a proposed Indian casino brought a petition with 4,298 signatures Monday before the Grand Forks City Council.That number represents about 11 percent of eligible voters in the city though Jerry Hjelden, the head of the Grand Forks Petition Committee, said the group could fetch many more signatures given mor - read more »

Tribe plans Shabbona casino? - 09 May 2006
An American Indian tribe that owns one of Kansas' most successful casinos has bought 128 acres near Chicago.The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation in Kansas last month purchased a site in Shabbona, a town in DeKalb County, that the tribe previously had considered for a resort and casino.Rey Kitchkumme, vice chairman of the - read more »

Arizona Bay Assists NETeller Gain Early Foothold in Asian Online Money Transfer Market - 03 May 2006
Northern California based technology consultancy, Arizona Bay LLC (, has been successful in helping Isle of Man based NETeller with a rapid development and deployment of NETeller's e-wallet service for Asia. The popular service enables customers (individuals who open accounts) to load, withdraw and t - read more »

Interest strong in developing second Singapore casino resort - 02 May 2006
All five groups that had previously expressed interest in Singapore's second casino resort, to be located on the island of Sentosa, have bought tender documents for the project, indicating there could be a considerable level of competition. The five are the consortium of Kerzner International Ltd. and CapitaLand Ltd.; - read more »

Plans unveiled for $485 million new Horseshoe - 02 May 2006
Horseshoe Casino raised the stakes in a big way Thursday, unveiling plans for a $485 million new vessel resembling a floating convention hall.Dubbed the mother of all boats by Horseshoe general manager Rick Mazer, the casino will boast a hull size of 520 feet by 320 feet, bigger than any other Indiana riverboat.One lev - read more »

Foxwoods’ Grand play: Casino, MGM in big $$ alliance - 02 May 2006
MGM Mirage yesterday teamed up with Foxwoods on a major partnership that will put the venerable MGM Grand name on a $700 million Foxwoods hotel and casino expansion. It will also extend the Foxwoods brand outside Connecticut. The new convention and gambling complex, already in the planning stages at Foxwoods, will be d - read more »

US gaming group calls for study of online gambling - 01 May 2006
A trade group representing U.S. casino owners softened its opposition to Internet gambling on Thursday and called for a congressional study to evaluate whether online gambling could be regulated.The group, the American Gaming Association, previously supported efforts to curb illegal Internet gambling, which generated a - read more »

Titan Poker Player Wins $100,000 Tournament Prize Without Ever Depositing - 01 May 2006
A twenty-three-year-old Titan Poker player won a $100,000 Fort Knox Jackpot Tournament Prize in April without ever having made a deposit at the popular online poker room.Player BIGSLICKD, a teacher from Saskatchewan, Canada, received the $100,000 prize after winning six consecutive online Fort Knox sit 'n' go tournamen - read more »

Cindy Margolis PlayBoy Announcement Commands National Spotlight - 01 May 2006
Cindy Margolis still reigns as Queen of the Internet as evidenced by the traffic generated worldwide on the Web. Margolis's fans (and there are millions of them) are finally going to get their wish. The blonde bombshell, still gorgeous at 40..will take it all off for the top rated mens magazine in the world later this - read more »

Online casino ups ante in advertising stunt - 01 May 2006
An online gambling Web site known for its oddball publicity endeavors is spending an extra $25,000 to turn a quaint stunt into a full-fledged bid $2,550 on eBay to have its logo and Web site adorn the side of a 1997 Dodge Neon when Will Stuckenberg drives it off a cliff near Joplin on Saturday. B - read more »