Gambling News Archives 2003

January 2003

State says 'no' to more casinos - 13 January 2003
By repealing the "Las Vegas night" law, the state legislature has taken one step in wresting Connecticut's future from the gambling industry. The law, which allowed Las Vegas-style games of chance at charitable fund-raisers, opened the door for the slot machines and roulette wheels at the state's two Indian casinos. N - read more »
Convictions Tossed in $1M Gambling Case - 21 January 2003
A federal judge has thrown out most of the convictions against a former professional football player found guilty of running a million-dollar sports betting business. U.S. District Judge Bruce Kauffman did not say in his ruling Friday whether he or the jury erred in convicting George Atiyeh. In September, a jury convic - read more »
Gambling chief blasts tax plan - 15 January 2003
A spokesman for Iowa's gambling industry warned Tuesday that a state task force proposal to raise casino taxes goes against Gov. Tom Vilsack's goal of growing Iowa."You don't help a business grow by taxing it more," said Wes Ehrecke, president of the Iowa Gaming Association.The Iowa Supreme Court ruled last June that t - read more »
More Than $71.6 Million Bet on Super Bowl - 29 January 2003
The $71.6 million wagered on the Super Bowl fell short of the amount many of the sports books had anticipated.State officials and directors of Nevada's legal sports books had hoped the game between the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers would break the $77.2 million betting record set in 1998."We thought there wo - read more »

February 2003

Bucks for Gambling - 10 February 2003
MARYLAND SENATE President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Prince George's) is as good as anyone in the Free State at making political money talk, and it's screaming in Annapolis this year. Staff writer Craig Whitlock reports that gambling and horse racing interests have contributed more than $500,000 to a federal campaign - read more »
Santee Rep: Gambling Measure Will Appear On 2004 Ballot - 22 February 2003
The manager of the state's only casino -- which has operated illegally for seven years -- is certain a constitutional amendment allowing casino gambling will appear on the ballot in November 2004.Thelma Thomas, manager of the Santee's Ohiya casino and the legislative coordinator on gambling for the Santee Sioux, said t - read more »
Gamblebook Parters with Gamblehunter - 27 February 2003
Spotlight Media, owners of the award-winning gambling and sportsbook portal Gamblebook ( has announced that Top Site Media, owners of ( has chosen them to be their exclusive marketers for their already successful casino and sportsbook campaigns."We - read more »
Casino tribes' budget fix is no sure thing - 05 February 2003
Despite the Davis administration's rosy projections of a $1.5 billion budget bailout from California's Indian casinos, tribal representatives and industry analysts say the odds of getting anything close to that amount are slim and none -- and don't bet on slim.Strapped for cash to close a yawning state budget deficit, - read more »

March 2003

Former Washington governors fight gaming expansion - 04 March 2003
All five of Washington's living former governors have signed on to a new citizens' group formed to oppose expanding non-tribal gambling.Members of the Citizens Against Gambling Expansion are "troubled that big-time gambling interests are in our state Capitol cynically telling lawmakers that more gambling will provide a - read more »
Casino sweetens pot for Megabucks players - 09 March 2003
In case the record jackpot of more than $37 million isn't enough, downtown Reno's Club Cal Neva is offering a new car and other rewards for gamblers playing its Megabucks slot machines.Unlike some of its casino neighbors that figure just the chance to become a multimillionaire is enough to attract Megabucks customers, - read more »
Dark side of gambling - 10 March 2003
Wisconsin lawmakers seem to think gambling money will help solve their financial crisis. It won't. A recent study by University of Nevada-Las Vegas professors Keith Schwer and William Thompson exposed the truth about gambling addiction among Las Vegas residents. The social costs of gambling by Southern Nevada residents - read more »
House owner and four others claim trial to gambling - 06 March 2003
A man changed his plea to not guilty in the Magistrate's Court here yesterday, after he realised that the penalty for turning his house into a gambling den, is heavy.Ting Nam Min, 50, was charged under section 4(1)(a) of Common House Gaming Act,1953 for allo-wing his unnumbered house at Jalan Buangsiol to be used for g - read more »

April 2003

Britons lined up for TV gambling trial - 09 April 2003
A US entrepreneur wants to offer British gamblers the chance to play roulette, craps or baccarat games happening 5,000 miles away.Herbert Lindos, the 77-year-old president of Kenilworth Systems, has asked Nevada politicians to approve the satellite TV project.Lindos said it opens the door to worldwide betting on live T - read more »
Racetracks prepare casino plans in case slots legislation passes - 19 April 2003
Two of Pennsylvania's four thoroughbred race tracks have drawn up blueprints for gambling areas they hope to build if state lawmakers agree to legalize slot machines at the tracks.Philadelphia Park in Bucks County has received preliminary approval from Bensalem Township officials to construct a 150,000-square-foot temp - read more »
Locals fight state for casino cash - 19 April 2003
The Indiana General Assembly has turned to the state's riverboat gambling industry as a source of funding for a major portion of the revenue needed to operate the state government.As a result, Dearborn County would be shortchanged millions of dollars as the state takes away a major percentage of its riverboat admission - read more »
King maintains anti-casino stance after visit to The Strip - 22 April 2003
Angus King makes no secret that he opposes casino gambling, but while passing through Nevada with his family he couldn't resist a side trip to Las Vegas to take in The Strip. "If anything, my opinion about casinos has solidified. It's an absolutely lousy idea for Maine," the former governor said. A referendum question - read more »

May 2003

State Indian casinos' revenue up 17% in 2002 - 21 May 2003
California Indian casinos are on a roll, posting a 17 percent gain in revenue last year and siphoning some of the gambling business from Nevada, says an independent financial analysis released Tuesday.With 51 casinos running 48,000 slot machines -- including a new casino in Sonoma County -- the tribes reaped an estimat - read more »
Lawmakers criticize gaming revenue sum - 01 May 2003
Republicans on the Legislature's budget committee blamed Gov. Jim Doyle on Wednesday for a $75 million shortfall in tribal gambling revenue that would have helped solve the state's massive deficit.They also contended Doyle lied about his budget being balanced, but Doyle aides defended the governor.Republican members of - read more »
A long casino shutdown? - 28 May 2003
The Meskwaki casino, closed Friday on orders from national gambling regulators, could stay that way for weeks or months unless feuding tribal leaders persuade the government to act sooner.Both sides in the dispute have appealed the decision to close the casino.But unless the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Lou - read more »
A.C. casinos brought progress, but at a price - 25 May 2003
When the great experiment commenced 25 years ago to transform a down-and-out New Jersey beach town into the nation's second full-fledged casino resort, low on the list of priorities was establishing exactly where - and how - all the new workers would live.After all, struggling to find a new identity decades after its h - read more »

June 2003

Illinois Gaming Board administrator resigns - 19 June 2003
Philip C. Parenti's decision to resign as head of the Illinois Gaming Board and accept a job with gambling company Harrah's Entertainment Inc. follows a trend where casino companies hire former regulators, said the director of a gambling opposition group."It's a pattern in the industry, you recruit regulators and you g - read more »
Tribe explains casino plans - 10 June 2003
Overflowing into the hallways and out onto the patio, about 400 residents gathered Friday in Burlingame Hall on West Spain Street to hear and question the casino plans of the Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria.Friday's meeting was the last of three sessions held throughout the county by the tribe to solicit prel - read more »
Reputed gambling boss dies in Oakland restaurant - 26 June 2003
A man once described by police as the head of one of the Bay Area's largest Chinese gambling organizations was shot to death late Tuesday as he dined with friends at a Chinatown restaurant. There were more than two dozen diners and employees at the Legendary Palace restaurant, 708 Franklin St., a block from police head - read more »
McGreevey strikes back, launches casino attack ad - 12 June 2003
Gov. James E. McGreevey is striking back at the casino industry with a radio ad that paints himself as a working-man's champion fighting "millionaire casino CEOs" who refuse to pay their fair share in taxes."When the casinos pick a fight with New Jersey's working families, they've chosen the wrong target," McGreevey sa - read more »

July 2003

Promotions push tribe toward leadership goals at Harrah's - 11 July 2003
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has promoted seven former tribal officials to top positions at Harrah's Cherokee Casino, giving the tribe more control over the $155-million-a-year enterprise. The seven promotions - a vice president, an assistant vice president, three directors, an assistant director and a manager - read more »
Cherokee Tribe Takes More Control Over Casino Operation - 12 July 2003
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has taken more control over its $155,000,000-a-year gambling enterprise by putting seven former tribal officials in top positions at its casino. The seven promotions -- a vice president, an assistant vice president, three directors, an assistant director and a manager -- bring leade - read more »
Higher taxes scare casino industry - 12 July 2003
Peter Carlino is chairman and chief executive officer of Penn National Gaming, a Wyomissing, Penn., company that owns three Mississippi casinos: Boomtown Casino Biloxi, Casino Magic Bay St. Louis and Hollywood Casino Tunica.Carlino, 56, has turned Penn National into a major regional casino company, with resorts stretch - read more »
Monica Yant Kinney | The highs and lows of gambling taught on casino field trip - 27 July 2003
It was only 10:30 in the morning, but the addicts were already at it. Look, two guys sitting poker-faced at a couple of video poker machines, as if the cash-devouring computers care if they're bluffing.Look, a blackjack player shouting and slamming his drink - Orange juice? Screwdriver? Who knows. - on the table in bet - read more »

August 2003

Maine town begins review of casino plan - 16 August 2003
As town officials began their review of the site plan for a proposed $650 million gambling casino and resort, sewage and water emerged as major issues.Casino developers have hired Sebago Technics, a Westbrook engineering firm, to look at ways to mitigate the resort's impact on the town's sewer system and water departme - read more »
New 'Beverly Hillbillies' casino proposed in Nevada - 16 August 2003
Nearly four years after his dreams for a Jethro's Beverly Hillbillies casino fizzled in Reno, actor Max Baer Jr. outlined plans Friday for a $54 million resort in a former Wal-Mart store a half-hour's drive away in Nevada's capital city. "It's a very different concept from anybody that's doing anything else," Baer said - read more »
Man gambled away millions on board ferr - 07 August 2003
A Norwegian man is said to have received NOK 4.2 million from the social security office by fraud, before getting on the ferry to Denmark, gambling alt the money away on board the ship.The 54-year-old has admitted the fraud, according to the police lawyer. The man is said to have taken advantage of his position as owne - read more »
Scots punters are hooked on electronic roulette machines branded "the crack cocaine of gambling."The high-speed casino and bingo machines - which offer national prizes of £50,000 - are sending families spinning into debt while bookies are raking in millions of pounds.Addiction experts revealed yesterday they have been - read more »

September 2003

IGT rolling out 150 new slot machines for Vegas gambling expo - 15 September 2003
International Game Technology, the world's leading slot machine manufacturer, intends to send a message this week to its competitors when it features 150 new games at the Global Gaming Expo Conference in Las Vegas."We want to defend our place in the market,"said Joe Kaminkow, IGT's vice president of game design.The new - read more »
David vs. Goliath Online Casino Showdown - 02 September 2003
Antigua isn't happy with the anti-gambling activities of the US federal government, claiming that those policies contravene the General Agreement on Trade and Services by cutting off one of the Caribbean island's sources of income - online gambling. But the attempt to get the US to submit to the rulings of an internati - read more »
Wapello seeks gambling referendum - 14 September 2003
Another county will join the list of those to vote on a riverboat casino even though the state commission regulating gambling has not decided whether to authorize more licenses.Wapello County Supervisor Steve Siegel said the county has received a petition on riverboat gambling apparently with enough signatures to force - read more »
State misses the jackpot with Mega Millions - 09 September 2003
Mega Millions, Washington's foray into the world of multistate lottery gambling, has been a mega-disappointment.The state, one of 10 partners in the country's largest jackpot game, had about $51 million in sales during its first year of participation, which ended last week. That's less than half the $117 million origin - read more »

October 2003

Poll respondents: Gaming should not be expanded - 09 October 2003
Gambling has helped communities but should not be expanded, according to a majority of respondents to a poll conducted by The Des Moines Register.The poll, published Monday, was taken in advance of an expected vote by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission next month on whether to lift a moratorium on new riverboat casi - read more »
Residents vote in favor of riverboat - 09 October 2003
Voters in Black Hawk County voted 2-1 Tuesday in favor of a riverboat casino.The ballot, asking whether excursion boat gambling should be allowed in the county, was approved 21,722 or 66.29 percent to 11,048, or 33.71 percent. There was a 46.8 percent turnout of eligible voters.The Isle of Capri, operator of casinos in - read more »
Internet betting scandal sparks ATP investigation - 13 October 2003
The men's professional tennis tour has launched an investigation into alleged match-fixing by players.As the Madrid Masters Series tournament gets under way here today everybody connected with the sport is digesting the implications of reports in yesterday's Sunday Telegraph alleging that players have deliberately thro - read more »
House speaker scolds casinos - 10 October 2003
House Speaker Dennis Hastert lashed out at the casino industry this week for giving more money to Democrats than Republicans who are seeking election next year. "The speaker is dismayed and disappointed that the gaming industry continues to place their bets on the wrong team," said Pete Jeffries, Hastert's communicatio - read more »

November 2003

Casino is step closer in county - 26 November 2003
The Ho-Chunk Nation is one step closer to bringing casino gambling to the state capital after the Dane County Board overwhelmingly approved putting a referendum before area voters Feb. 17. After hours of bickering about the wording of the referendum question, the board finally settled on language that wasn't as neutral - read more »
Aztar reopens remainder of Atlantic City casino - 13 November 2003
Phoenix-based Aztar Corp. Wednesday announced the reopening of the 950-space parking garage and pedestrian bridge at the company's flagship Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. The garage and bridge had been closed since a fatal construction accident Oct. 30 on an adjacent site. Four workers were killed w - read more »
Will Lady Luck favour Leeson? - 17 November 2003
If the Barings banking dynasty wants to get some of its money back, now's its chance. Nick Leeson, the trader who in 1995 precipitated the collapse of Barings Bank by running up £800m ($1.2bn) in hidden losses, is helping to launch - a new gambling website. But he's not just cutting the virtual ribbon - - read more »
Vegas, gambling images go mainstream in ads - 13 November 2003
Decades after Elvis Presley warbled "Viva Las Vegas," marketers, agencies and media companies are lustily joining the chorus, flooding the commercial culture with images of gambling and Las Vegas to woo consumers.The allure of slots, showgirls, roulette and raffish Rat Packers is being invoked by blue-chip companies li - read more »

December 2003

Legislature to miss deadline for video-gambling issue - 04 December 2003
Legislators will miss today's deadline to let voters decide March 2 whether video-gambling machines should be allowed at Ohio's seven horse-racing tracks, including Toledo's Raceway Park."It didn't happen because people couldn't agree on how to spend the money," said state Sen. Louis Blessing (R., Cincinnati), the bill - read more »
Gamblers dealing state a big windfall - 02 December 2003
Colorado casino-goers have left more than $5.4 billion at the tables in the past 12 years, but their loss is the state's gain.Thanks to poker, blackjack and slot machines, Colorado's coffers are $684 million richer, funding everything from highways and historical needs to tourism and the state's general fund.In fact, C - read more »
Wireless Gambling Revenue Expected to Reach $16 Billion by 2008 - 10 December 2003
While needing to overcome some significant regulatory and legal hurdles, worldwide revenues for all forms of gambling on mobile phones can reach $16 billion by 2008, according to a new research report: "Mobile Gambling: Casinos, Lotteries & Betting", now available from Alexander Resources, a leading research, consultin - read more »
Nebraska lawmakers face issues on casinos - 27 December 2003
The rancor and indecision over the push for a casino gambling measure is far from resolved as lawmakers ready for a new session starting Jan. 7.In an Associated Press pre-session survey of Nebraska's 49 lawmakers, only 20 said they supported the effort in the Legislature to ask voters whether they want to allow casino - read more »