Gambling News Archives 2002

July 2002


More than 50 Million U.S. Adults Make Casino Gambling Entertainment Choice - 18 July 2002
A survey released today sheds new light on the more than 50 million Americans who visited a casino last year, revealing significant differences between gamblers and non-gamblers. The survey highlights distinctions between the two groups on issues as disparate as retirement investing and leisure time activities. Profile - read more »
World Gaming plc: Top I-gaming Executive Brings Stability and Experience to Chief Executive Position - 19 July 2002
World Gaming plc (OTC BB: WGMGY - News), a global provider of I-gaming software and services, has announced the appointment of David Craven to the position of Chief Executive Officer, bringing stability and experience to the company's top position. Mr. Jim MacKay who held the position on an interim basis stepped down t - read more »
Brits line up to open casinos - 20 July 2002
Two more British resorts have joined the clamour to open casinos predicting the relaxing of gambling laws.They are the latest in a string of news reports about ‘Vegas arriving' in British cities.Stanley Leisure's biggest casino is to be built in Birmingham, according to icbirmingham news website.Clacton, an English sea - read more »
NC Senate again pushing video poker ban - 16 July 2002
After failing two years ago, state Senate leaders are again trying to ban video poker machines throughout most of North Carolina.And now they have a federal court ruling which they believe supports their authority to do so.With no dissent, the Senate Finance Committee recommended approval of a bill Wednesday that would - read more »

August 2002


Venetian applies for online gaming license - 28 August 2002
A company affiliated with Las Vegas' Venetian hotel-casino has invested in an Internet gaming operation and is exploring opportunities in Indian gambling. Venetian Casino Resort Athens LLC has applied for an Internet gambling license in Alderney in the British Channel Islands. Alderney, an island 8 miles off the coast - read more »
New delays for Internet gambling, OK since mid-2001 in Nevada - 29 August 2002
Nevada's Internet gambling law, more than a year old, is going nowhere fast given word from the Justice Department that it remains opposed to betting in cyberspace.State Gaming Control Board Chairman Dennis Neilander said Thursday he got a letter from the federal agency showing the Bush administration opposes Internet - read more »
Ehrlich's slots plan may be tough sell - 06 August 2002
If Robert Ehrlich is elected governor and tries to carry out his plan to put slot machines at race tracks, the Republican gubernatorial candidate may have a hard time selling members of his party on the idea. GOP state senators and delegates have a history of opposing expansion of gambling. While some are ready to com - read more »
Sportech puts its money on Zetters - 15 August 2002
The declining football pools market was whittled down to two players yesterday when Sportech, the gaming company that owns the Littlewoods pools business, bought its smaller rival Zetters from the eponymous spread-betting group.The move leaves Vernons, the rival pools operator owned by Ladbrokes, as Sportech's only UK - read more »

September 2002


RealTime Gaming releases Version 1.9 of casino gaming software, introducing new blackjack and poker games - 29 September 2002
Online casino software developer RealTime Gaming announced today the release of Version 1.9 of their internet-based casino gaming software. Fresh from a completed round of BETA testing, Version 1.9 - the ninth release in under two years - is being introduced to all 44 RealTime Gaming licensees this week. RealTime exe - read more »
Teamsters union boycotts Park Place casinos - 27 September 2002
One of the nation's largest unions on Thursday declared a boycott against Park Place Entertainment Corp. (PPE) it said could cost the casino operator $6 million and accused the company of trying to destroy some of its affiliates. The Teamsters said the boycott would include the Las Vegas Hilton, Caesar's Palace and Bal - read more »
Allentown gambling trial winds down; defense rests - 18 September 2002
The criminal case against George Atiyeh, accused of running a gambling business from Allentown, is likely to go to the jury today. Atiyeh's defense rested Tuesday without calling any witnesses. Atiyeh, 43, of Allentown, did not testify. He is accused of violating state and federal laws by allegedly taking bets on spo - read more »
B.C. company eyes jackpot in Puget Sound casinos - 28 September 2002
A Canadian gambling company is establishing a chain of casinos in the Puget Sound region through a series of acquisitions and development deals.Great Canadian Gaming Corp., a partner in the recently opened Grand Central Casino in Tukwila, said this week that it has reached an agreement to buy a majority ownership stake - read more »

October 2002


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 »
Microgaming Launches Havana Club Casino - 24 October 2002
Overlooking the shimmering waters of the Caribbean lies The Havana Club. The famous Casino night club, referred to by writer Jose Maceo, as the "hottest night" in town, keeps drawing the rich and famous. Arriving in classic automobiles, guests are greeted by legendary hostess "Nina Garcia"…I can't help myself but think - read more »
August is record gambling month in West Virginia Slots top $63 million - 03 October 2002
August was a record-setting month for gambling at West Virginia's racetracks and clubs, state lottery figures show. The state broke its record for monthly racetrack video slot collections, with August figures reaching $63.08 million for the tracks' 8,161 operating machines, the state Lottery Commission learned Monday. - read more »
Gambling ship replaced with little sis for winter - 16 October 2002
When Josh Lopez and his wife, Mary, came to town to go fishing, they saw a large, luxurious boat motoring through the channel near the ferry landing. Until recently, they did not know what it was. The couple drove from New Braunfels Monday afternoon after a friend told them that the ship they had seen was the Texas Tr - read more »

November 2002


Rank Interactive Gaming reveals weekly gambling of £1.5m - 14 November 2002
The interactive arm of Rank Group, the national gaming and bingo firm, is attracting weekly gambling levels of more than £1.5 million online. According to a trading statement for the four months to 2 November 2002, gaming stakes and placed bets on Rank Interactive Gaming's web sites exceeded the figure each week. Set u - read more »
Elected officials ignored reports of illegal gambling - 25 November 2002
Along with the celebrations and general good will of Thanksgiving Week 1927 came a growing sense of outrage at the open dealing of gambling handbooks in Northern Kentucky and the unwillingness of elected officials to deal with the problem. A Campbell County grand jury met that week in '27 and returned 97 indictments, b - read more »
Boss Media Launches Interactive Video Terminals - 22 November 2002
Boss Media is this week launching a new gaming product, Interactive Video Terminals (IVT), at the World Lottery Association Congress in Adelaide. IVT is a new solution for physical gaming machines, providing them with Internet-based software from Boss Media instead of using the traditional mechanical systems. IVT will - read more »
3 held in alleged gambling ring - 06 November 2002
Long Beach Police arrested three men who allegedly ran a bookmaking ring based in Downey that did "significant business' in Long Beach, a police sergeant said Tuesday. The ring took bets on sporting events from customers in six California counties, the cities of Long Beach, Anaheim, Downey, Fullerton and Yorba Linda, a - read more »

December 2002


Gamblers sue over addiction - 08 December 2002
In his first gambling experience, Constantin Digalakis amassed more than $10,900 in winnings over two days at Casino Windsor, a Canadian gambling parlor only minutes from downtown Detroit. On the third day of his 1997 spree, however, he lost it all, plus an additional $6,400. Five years later and after being diagnosed - read more »
Floating Riverboat Casino under way in Port Richey - 06 December 2002
Plans are underway to open a riverboat casino in Port Richey. The proposal to open the casino, which could hold as many as 3,000 people, is currently under review by Florida legislators.Mollie Kolokithas proposed the plan in a bid to cash in on the possible relaxation of gambling restrictions in the state of Florida. T - read more »
Boss Media Launches Online Poker Software - 22 December 2002
Online poker is Boss Media's latest big initiative, aimed at a target group with an estimated market of over 90 million poker players who together form a global multi-billion dollar industry. Internet poker has grown substantially in recent years, both as an amusement and among professional players playing for money.Th - read more »
Stock Exchange to investigate leak of Stanley's casinos bid - 04 December 2002
The London Stock Exchange was yesterday considering launching an investigation into irregular trading in London Clubs International shares after the price roseby 40 per cent in the two weeks before the company received a bid from rival Stanley Leisure.The LSE has been looking closely at the trades, which were much high - read more »