Gambling News Archives 2003

January 2003


Casinos donated early, late to campaigns - 29 January 2003
Casinos and Southern California lawyers pumped thousands of dollars into the campaigns of District Attorney David Roger and Sheriff Bill Young in the days before and after the November election. Campaign finance records show Roger received $88,226 between Oct. 28 and Jan. 3 and that $41,230 came into his campaign coffe - read more »
Gambling: sure bet for building debt - 20 January 2003
What's that creaking sound? Could this be the year in which overconsumption, in a couple different forms, finally lumbers home to roost?Coping with weight and debt were the most pressing personal resolutions of those Americans polled around New Year's Day by Cambridge Consumer Credit Index.Both obesity and indebtedness - read more »
Haryana CM, governor clash over casino bill - 02 January 2003
A constitutional confrontation is brewing in Haryana with Governor Babu Parmanand reluctant to approve a bill to allow of casinos in the state. The state administration forwarded the controversial bill approved by the legislative assembly to the governor on December 3. However, so far there is no indication of Parmanan - 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 »

February 2003


Casino opponents claim signatures are rolling in - 14 February 2003
The Coalition Against Gambling Expansion in Saskatoon (CAGES) is a third of the way to securing enough signatures to force a public vote.In just two and a half weeks, CAGES and Citizens For a Quality Saskatoon (CFQS), which crushed a casino plan in 1994 with a plebiscite, have collected 7,635 of the requisite 21,000 si - read more »
House plan calls for keno startup - 18 February 2003
The budget bill passed yesterday by a House committee would require the Hoosier Lottery to launch keno, a fast-paced game typically played in bars that is a sort of a cross between bingo and the Powerball. House Ways and Means Chairman Bill Crawford, D-Indianapolis, said wagering on the game could mean an additional $4 - read more »
Casino group: Video lottery games would require vote - 13 February 2003
Launching a counteroffensive, a casino trade group yesterday released a legal opinion asserting that the installation of video lottery terminals anywhere but Atlantic City would require the permission of New Jersey voters.Robert Clifford, a retired state Supreme Court justice writing on behalf of the Casino Association - read more »
For stranded gamblers, storm spells bad luck - 18 February 2003
Mike DiBiase leaned against an empty craps table, surveying the eerily-quiet blackjack tables and slot machines around him at Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino.DiBiase, 49, of Staten Island, N.Y., had heard the snow forecasts before he drove here Saturday for a one-night stay.He gambled the storm wouldn't be bad. He lost. The - read more »

March 2003


Internet gambling firm to take charge - 29 March 2003
Sportingbet Plc, the U.K. Internet sports-betting company, today said it expects to take a 1.3 million pound ($2 million) charge this year after losing a court case in Australia relating to a customer account.Sportingbet said it will appeal the decision. The company inherited the customer through its purchase of Number - 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 »
CryptoLogic confirms Rose as CEO - 11 March 2003
Online casino Software developer CryptoLogic Inc. has confirmed Lewis Rose as its president and chief executive, eight months after he was installed in the positions in an interim capacity.Toronto stock exchange-listed CryptoLogic said Rose will continue to focus on capitalizing on growth in the online gambling industr - read more »
City officials speak out against gambling - 21 March 2003
City leaders have issued statements to quell local speculation about a floating casino on Clear Lake as the Iowa Legislature considers an expansion of the state's gambling industry."The fact of the matter is that the Legislature is considering granting up to three new boat licenses for the entire state. No mention of C - read more »

April 2003


Union labor may support casino - 24 April 2003
Organized labor is willing to throw its support behind development of a $650 million casino in York County if casino owners reach an agreement with trade unions.The executive board of the Maine AFL-CIO voted recently to back the casino campaign by the Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribes if there is a so-called pre-proje - read more »
Gambling bill brings tough choices - 27 April 2003
As lawmakers across the nation weigh hiking taxes and slashing spending to fill budget gaps, many are considering a third option to help dull the pain: state-sponsored gambling.Almost every state has a deficit, and all but three -- Hawaii, Utah and Tennessee -- already allow some form of gambling. Many, like Minnesota, - 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 »
CryptoLogic signs deal with U.K. firm - 02 April 2003
CryptoLogic Inc. has won a contract to supply its gaming software to a British sports betting company hoping to offer on-line poker and casino games to millions of its international sports customers.The Toronto company said Wednesday it had struck a deal with ukbetting PLC, a licensed on-line sports bet taker and the l - read more »

May 2003


Supreme Odds Selects Chartwell Technology - 22 May 2003
Chartwell Technology Inc. (TSX-VEN: CWH) a leading developer of online gaming systems announces it has completed an agreement, through its wholly owned subsidiary Chartwell Games Corp. to design, develop and supply Supreme Odds Ltd. with its leading edge non-download flash based online gaming system.Supreme Odds Ltd., - read more »
Tribe in Shady Hamptons Casino Deal - 02 May 2003
A Long Island Indian tribe is expected to start construction on a controversial casino in the Hamptons as soon as next week - after signing a deal to have the project built by a shady ex-con with alleged mob ties. The Shinnecock Indian Nation formalized the deal this week with Oklahoma-based gaming developer Ivy K. Ong - read more »
Las Vegas March visitor volume off - 14 May 2003
Las Vegas visitor volume fell in March from last year's levels, primarily due to the outbreak of the Iraq war and the city hosting a major convention in 2002 that wasn't here this year.The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority reported 3 million visitors in March compared with 3.3 million in March 2002, a 7.4 per - read more »
Pa. slots could hurt Delaware - 26 May 2003
Delaware dodged a bullet when a deal to legalize slot machines in Maryland fell apart, but the state may not be as lucky with Pennsylvania.A bill to bring slot machines to the Keystone State is scheduled for a vote in the state Senate within two weeks. It would then have to be approved in the House, but it has the supp - read more »

June 2003


Casinos bring change to California backroads - 09 June 2003
From the tranquil hills overlooking the Alexander Valley vineyards to a bustling east San Francisco Bay neighborhood, the growth of gambling in California adds a new element to the character of many communities.Locals often fiercely contest new or expanded casinos, but few struggles to oppose them are successful and, o - read more »
Steve Wynn Dumps Le Reve Name for Casino - 24 June 2003
Steve Wynn thought he'd found the perfect name for a posh new casino he christened "Le Reve."But the casino developer decided his was the golden name and said Monday he is dropping Le Reve, which means "the dream", in favor of Wynn Las Vegas.Wynn's $2.4 billion casino is scheduled to open in March 2005. It will have 2, - read more »
Referendum on casinos? Bahamas gaming czar says people should decide - 16 June 2003
The decision whether Jamaica should introduce casino gambling should be put to its citizens in a referendum, and the Church and State must be prepared to accept the will of the people.That suggestion was made on the weekend by Kenyatta Gibson, chairman of the Gaming Board of the Bahamas, who told Jamaican hoteliers in - read more »
Senate's bet: 20-hour slots, $50 million fee - 25 June 2003
Pennsylvania's first casinos would be open 20 hours a day, boast full beverage service and cater to those 21 and over. Those are just a few of the parameters of a bill that would place 3,000 slot machines at each of the state's horse racetracks, according to a 74-page document obtained by The Patriot-News. The - read more »

July 2003


Indian gaming is about to hit growth spurt - 27 July 2003
Moving up to gambling's big leagues, the Pala Indian band is about to open a 10-story hotel at its large North County casino.The lesser-known La Posta tribe in East County just wants to get into the game and is seeking a state compact to build a small casino.Both endeavors are part of the next wave of Indian gaming to - read more »
State files suit in casino battle - 26 July 2003
Kansas officials have returned to federal court to try to block a plan by the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma to open a casino in Kansas City, Kan.A lawsuit filed by the state is the latest twist in its seven-year legal battle over the casino, proposed for a former Masonic building adjacent to a tribal cemetery and across - read more »
Blackpool gambles on its towering strength - 28 July 2003
Like almost everywhere else in Britain, it was raining in Blackpool yesterday. So hard that a cafe street sign was irresistible: "Happy hour: tea cake - buy one, get one free." But Colin Asplin, the president of the Blackpool Guest House Association, was unfazed by a downpour that enveloped the famous tower in mist. "B - read more »
Grand Casino Gulfport has new general manager - 09 July 2003
Bill Wright, vice president of hotel operations for Bally's Las Vegas, is the new general manager of Grand Casino Gulfport. Wright, 39, replaces Joe Billhimer, who announced last month he was leaving Grand Casino. Billhimer will head up a group that plans to build a Hard Rock Casino Hotel in Biloxi. Wright, a native of - read more »

August 2003


Shinnecock Casino On Hold - 30 August 2003
The Shinnecock Indians suffered a major setback Friday in their bid to open a casino in Hampton Bays when a federal judge ruled that they need federal recognition to move ahead.U.S. District Judge Thomas Platt ruled that the tribe cannot begin construction on a casino on tribal-owned land for at least 18 months while t - read more »
Mohegan Sun: Slots Are More Profitable Than Poker Tables - 01 August 2003
Mohegan Sun operators hope to pull twice the money out of the same space by closing the casino's poker room and installing 275 slot machines. In a conference call with investors and analysts Thursday, Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey Hartmann said poker is contributing about $6 million annually to the casino's adjusted - read more »
A rank amateur takes on the stars in poker's world championship - 24 August 2003
Chris Moneymaker had plenty on his mind -- a new mortgage, serious credit card debt and a newborn daughter. But at the moment, he was concentrating on the beefy Costa Rican across the poker table from him. Humberto Brenes had just deposited four neat stacks of blue thousand-dollar chips in the middle of the green felt. - read more »
Tribe moves proposed casino from Bay area wetlands - 21 August 2003
A landless American Indian tribe and its Las Vegas business partner said Wednesday they will build a gambling resort just outside this city, abandoning its original plan to build near wetlands just north of San Francisco Bay. The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and Las Vegas-based Station Casinos Inc. said Wednes - read more »

September 2003


Real bankrolls are in play as slots accept ATM cards - 15 September 2003
The little black boxes on some of Pauma's slot machines could propel the North County tribe into the forefront of a big controversy in the gambling industry. The boxes are wireless ATM terminals, and Casino Pauma is the first in the nation to put them on slot machines. With the swipe of a debit card and a few punches o - read more »
Gambling barge could get new name - 27 September 2003
Harrah's Vicksburg Hotel and Casino will become Horizon Casino if the state Gaming Commission gives its blessing to the deal next month.Harrah's announced plans to sell its Vicksburg holdings to Kentucky-based Columbia Sussex Corporation of Fort Mitchell in July.Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but it is expected t - read more »
Casino visits high, but Hawaii impact unclear - 27 September 2003
It its new "Profile of the American Casino Gambler," mega-casino operator Harrah's says more than 50 million Americans made nearly 300 million trips to U.S. casinos last year. The survey also sheds some light on gambling demographics. Though Las Vegas is a favorite vacation spot for Hawaii residents, Hawaii did not m - read more »
3 million Texans gambled at casinos last year - 27 September 2003
Nearly 3 million Texas adults, or 21 percent of the state's adult population, took casino gambling trips in 2002, according to a survey released Friday. The more than 11.3 million gambling trips taken by Texans last year accounted for 4 percent of the U.S. total, according to the survey, commissioned by Las Vegas-bas - read more »

October 2003


Supreme Court again refuses to review gambling initiative - 19 October 2003
The Idaho Supreme Court has again refused to consider the validity of last fall's Indian gambling initiative, which made electronic gambling machines in reservation casinos legal.In the one-page order signed by Court Clerk Fred Lyon and published late Thursday, the court reiterated that it does not have the jurisdictio - read more »
Minister Green lights P2P Betting - 10 October 2003
Minister of Gaming Andrew McIntosh welcomes the advent of betting exchanges in Great Britain. “I welcome the innovation that betting exchanges bring to the betting market. And I believe that the proposed Gambling Commission can regulate them effectively' Betting exchanges have been hotly debated in the United Kingdom s - read more »
Gambling permits rightfully rest with Gaming Commission, now lawmakers - 13 October 2003
For once, it seems, Black Hawk County got it right. Voters here finally got on the economic development boat they missed nine years ago by defeating two subsequent gambling referendums in 1994.With the approval of the gambling referendum last week, the area is poised to be at the front of the line if the Iowa Racing an - read more »
Loss of magic show means millions to Vegas - 08 October 2003
The Mirage hotel-casino lost one of its biggest money-making shows when a tiger nearly killed Roy Horn of "Siegfried and Roy." Now the resort has to figure a way to plug an annual revenue hole estimated in the tens of millions of dollars. MGM Mirage officials say it's too early to say who will replace the legendary hea - read more »

November 2003


Australian Casino Gave Cricketers Free Gambling Chips - 17 November 2003
The Australian cricket side was given free gambling chips by Melbourne's Crown Casino to repay them for patronising the venue, it was revealed yesterday. A former Test cricketer, whose identity cannot be revealed, has confirmed Crown gave players free 'play money' when they visited during Boxing Day Tests. Former Austr - read more »
House GOP pushes for gambling - 14 November 2003
Republican leaders of the state House are pushing ahead on video poker and a state lottery and are pointing to a new poll as evidence that Alaskans are interested in more gambling."This latest poll shows that Alaskans have basically changed their attitude," said House Speaker Pete Kott, a Republican from Eagle River. B - read more »
Gaming tribes ready to deal with gov.-elect - 12 November 2003
Despite spending millions of dollars to defeat Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger's recall candidacy, some of California's wealthiest Indian tribes are actively pursuing him and his plan to renegotiate their gaming compacts.American Indians were defiant during the campaign when Schwarzenegger promised to make them "pay t - read more »
Anti-casino activists bow out of contentious Bangor rally - 04 November 2003
A planned rally in opposition to a proposed Indian-backed $650 million resort casino in Maine was silenced by the shouts and protests of casino supporters Saturday in front of City Hall.What was supposed to be a public rally on the steps of City Hall featuring Maine Gov. John Baldacci turned into a small press confer - read more »

December 2003


Legality of online gambling remains big question mark - 27 December 2003
The first reaction is amused bewilderment as the sports-talk host breaks from the morning gabfest to pitch an offshore sports book. Hey, I'm thinking this huckster is either: a) dumber than dirt; b) doesn't give a flip about pushing an illegal activity; c) is desperate for extra cash; or d) all of the above.Bet the hou - read more »
Maine's Governor Plans Gambling Commission to Tightly Regulate Industr - 12 December 2003
Flanked by legislative leaders, Gov. John E. Baldacci promised Wednesday to deliver a new racino bill to lawmakers next month in an effort to craft some of the toughest gambling regulations in the country.The Bangor Democrat's remarks followed last month's voter approval of slot machines at the state's two major harnes - read more »
Seminoles buy casino software - 13 December 2003
The Seminole Tribe of Florida has selected InfoGenesis, a hospitality information technology vendor, to provide the point-of-sale software for its two Hard Rock Hotel and Casino properties. The Tampa property opened in June and the second hotel in Hollywood is scheduled to open in spring 2004. The Santa Barbara, Calif. - 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 »