Gambling News Archives 2002

July 2002

Credit Card Ban on Net Casinos Can’t Squelch Player’s Fun - 16 July 2002
Gamblers are turning to seasoned online casinos as they are put under pressure by credit-card firms who are now denying their online gaming purchases. Large online casino operators are responding to players' concerns by increasing accepted payment methods, and hedging operations against these latest credit-card develop - read more »
Bibb DA seeks to destroy video gambling machines - 19 July 2002
Bibb County District Attorney Howard Simms filed a motion Wednesday to destroy the 620 video-gambling machines seized earlier this month in a downtown warehouse.The motion alleges saving the machines as evidence would be unwieldy, and prosecutors instead plan to photograph and videotape the machines as they sit in stor - read more »
Democrats at odds on casino - 21 July 2002
Democrats in Bridgeport seemed to be in revolt against their party last week. Anti-casino politicians, including Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill Curry, should be punished at the polls, they said at a pro-gaming rally Wednesday.Democratic President Pro Tem of the Bridgeport City Council James Holloway took on Cu - read more »
Regulators OK private salon for high-rollers - 27 July 2002
MGM Grand hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip will be the first in the state to offer wealthy gamblers the chance to place their bets in private. The Nevada Gaming Commission on Thursday unanimously approved an application for Nevada's first private gambling salon for high-rollers since the state legalized gambling in - read more »

August 2002

Casino operator seeks deal for speedway - 29 August 2002
Donald Trump and International Speedway Corp. want to build an interactive racing park and a speedway at the Meadowland Sports Complex in East Rutherford, the Star-Ledger of Newark reported Tuesday, citing the developer and casino operator. Trump said the proposed racing park would be a theme park similar to Disneylan - read more »
UK gambling reforms criticized - 15 August 2002
The rush to liberalize the UK's gambling laws has drawn criticism of the government from some sources, after revelations that a donor to the ruling Labour party may benefit from the reforms. Now, the reformers have drawn more flak with the news that pleas from the former head of the gaming board to maintain the present - read more »
Detroit Bets Big on Casinos - 03 August 2002
Mayor Dennis Archer, who championed the casino referendum approved by Michigan voters in 1996, dismisses such concerns, maintaining that lessons have been learned from mistakes of other cities that have embraced legalized gambling — notably Atlantic City and New Orleans.        "I think wh - read more »
Accusations fly in gambling fight, but the governor's office is silent - 27 August 2002
At a time when Indiana is taking its deepest, darkest dive into the regulation of gambling, Gov. Frank O'Bannon is taking the Fifth. Call it a horse-racing controversy, call it a scandal, call it a war. Say any of those things - say anything at all - and you will have said more about it than the governor has publicly. - read more »

September 2002

Pro Gambling Lobbies Merge - 13 September 2002
The Interactive Gaming Institute of Nevada (IGI) has announced that has merged with a lobby group similar to itself, the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) and they will present together the Interactive Gaming Symposium on Friday, September 20 here in the gaming capitol. The new alliance has therefore canceled what would have be - read more »
2nd Private Salon to open in US - 12 September 2002
State regulators approved a request Thursday by Park Place Entertainment Corp. to launch a private gambling area at its Caesars Palace hotel-casino in Las Vegas. Park Place is only the second casino, after MGM MIRAGE, to receive approval from the state Gaming Control Board to operate an 'international gaming salon.' Th - read more »
Problem gambling boss suspended - 23 September 2002
A man who helped others fight their gambling addiction has been suspended while his own spending is investigated. Reformed gambler Ralph Gerdelan is under investigation by auditors called in to probe bills run up on the Problem Gambling Foundation's credit cards. Gerdelan has been with the foundation for more than 10 y - read more »
World Lottery talks progress - 03 September 2002
The concept of creating an international lottery to include European nations, Australia and some U.S. states, is moving forward.An announcement about the foundation of an organization to develop a global lottery could be made before the end of the year, said Ed Stanek, commissioner of the Iowa Lottery. 'There have been - read more »

October 2002

Vote seeks to better define gaming - 29 October 2002
Idaho Indian tribes, who do not want to go to court anymore on gaming issues, are asking voters to clarify the laws which allows video-type lottery machines on the reservations."The jobs and economic benefits provided by Indian gaming are threatened by a political debate over an interpretation of Idaho law. We know it - read more »
Driver doesn't recall casino crash - 08 October 2002
The driver of the vehicle that rammed into the lobby at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino on Saturday night told Altoona police that he doesn't remember anything about the incident. When police officers pulled Douglas Lee Kinney, 54, of Urbandale from his 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe, he told them that he had no recollectio - read more »
Casino insiders buying, selling - 13 October 2002
Park Place Entertainment Corp. Chief Executive Officer Thomas Gallagher on Wednesday purchased 25,000 shares of stock at $6.38 per share and another 25,000 shares at $6.20, according to two separate filings Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Also this week, Mandalay Resort Group Chief Financial Offi - read more »
Governor hopefuls weigh in on water, taxes and gambling - 08 October 2002
Candidates for governor differed on gambling and how to save the state's farm economy Sunday during a debate before 500 people at Colby Community College in northwest Kansas.Democrat Kathleen Sebelius said she supports additional gambling, such as slot machines, at the state's horse and dog tracks.Republican Tim Shalle - read more »

November 2002

Philippines ban on text message gambling - 27 November 2002
The Philippine Government has decided to crack down on text messaging that could be construed as gambling. The Department of Trade and Industry [DTI] has decided to ban text-based promotions found to have gambling elements, ostensibly to protect consumers from being scammed by the companies offering these services. Tex - read more »
River City Plans Net Conference in Australia - 28 November 2002
The River City Group, the leading conference/trade show organizer in the interactive gaming industry, has announced that it will produce a regional event at the Alice Springs Convention Centre (Australia) Feb. 24-26, 2003.The Pacific Congress on Interactive Gaming will provide an opportunity for the world's most experi - read more »
Cyberstud Card Ace Awarded $166,280.72 Jackpot at 32Red Casino - 15 November 2002
32Red Casino ( has announced another massive winner, this time bucking the trend of large slot machine payouts as player 'Andrew T' won big on the table game Cyberstud Poker. The $166,280.72 USD jackpot rolled in from a handful of clubs - ten though ace - making it the one of the first Royal Flush - read more »
County casino support wanes close to home - 04 November 2002
Although a majority of Sonoma County voters backed tribal gaming in California two years ago, a Press Democrat Poll found that only a third wants casinos in their own community today.The misgivings come less than two months after the county's first casino opened on the Dry Creek Rancheria in the Alexander Valley and pl - read more »

December 2002

Banker arrested over bad checks to casinos - 13 December 2002
A former banker who allegedly wrote $1.4 million in bad checks to Las Vegas casinos was arrested in southwest Florida. Carl Harnish, the former Naples branch president of US Trust, was arrested on a fugitive warrant Monday. Harnish wrote the nine bad checks on an account at First National Bank of Naples to Caesars Pala - read more »
California Lawmakers Back Request for Gambling Commission Audit - 12 December 2002
Three state lawmakers backed Indian tribes' call for a legislative investigation into the state's gambling regulatory commission. Each of the three accepted tens of thousands of dollars in contributions from gambling tribes within the last election cycle, campaign records show. The criticism of the California Gambling - read more »
Santa Claus for Gamblers - 05 December 2002
This holiday season BigDollarCasino plays Santa Claus to all online gamblers. In keeping with the traditional Christmas spirit the casino is giving back 15% to all players!Starting this December even unlucky players are guaranteed to win back 15% of their net losses for the month. BigDollar Customer Care Manager Nick A - read more »
1st Pacific Congress on I-Gaming - 12 December 2002
The River City Group has announced the first Pacific Congress on Interactive Gaming. The event is to be held on February 24-26, 2003 in Alice Springs. Main theme at the event is to be “The Road Ahead.”The Pacific region is home to some of the oldest and consequently more sophisticated online gambling sites in the world - read more »