Gambling News Archives 2003

January 2003


Entertainer plans casino - 14 January 2003
Jermaine Jackson of the Jackson 5 plans to open a $560 million casino resort in this U.S. Caribbean territory, officials said.In partnership with Connecticut developer Curtis Robinson, Jackson plans to build the 1,400-room resort in Robin Bay, on the eastern end of St. Croix, Lt. Gov. Vargrave Richards said Friday.Jack - read more »
Claims disputed in lawsuit over tribal gaming - 15 January 2003
A dog track suing the state to stop the governor from renewing tribal gaming compacts has no evidence to show that it would profit if Wisconsin had no Indian casinos, attorneys for the state Justice Department argued in court papers filed Monday.Dairyland Greyhound Park's lawsuit claims the Wisconsin Constitution, as a - read more »
Harrah's ordered to pull old slots - 07 January 2003
Gaming regulators last Thursday forced Harrah's Casino to remove 109 slot machines at Harrah's Atlantic City and Showboat because they did not replace or upgrade them before the end of their 12-year regulatory lifespan.The Division of Gaming Enforcement told Harrah's last year that the slots needed attention. A 2-year- - read more »
Nevada keeps on growing - 29 January 2003
Although population growth has slowed, Nevada gained 73,524 residents in the year ending July 1, 2002, and remained the fastest growing state, demographer Jeff Hardcastle said Monday. Nevada had 2,206,022 residents July 1, an increase of 182,644 over two years. Of the total, 70.2 percent, or 1,549,657 people, lived in - read more »

February 2003


Gambling bill will not be considered - 24 February 2003
A bill that would require full legislative approval of state compacts with American Indian tribes will not be considered by lawmakers this legislative session after failing to get out of the Oklahoma House's rules committee. “We had to complete committee work by Friday and we were not able to finish up on the bill,” sa - read more »
Gambling cruise boat not likely until June - 27 February 2003
The 450-foot gambling cruise ship that was supposed to set sail twice a day from the city's port by March is unlikely to make an appearance until at least June, organizers say. The delay comes as Titan Cruise Lines, the company promising to operate the Spirit of St. Petersburg, has lost its chief financial officer to a - read more »
Casinos may be banned in exchange for cash - 12 February 2003
Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is considering barring casinos in the state in exchange for money from Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Hampshire gaming companies, the Boston Herald reported, citing unidentified people.If realized, the state could reap a one-time fee of $80 million without the long-term costs and impli - read more »
Casinos get asset performance tool - 25 February 2003
Two Tunica casinos are part of a deal that will let Park Place Entertainment compare and contrast asset performance.Casino Data Imaging says it has entered into a strategic partnership with Park Place for additional sales of CDI's advanced graphical interface and report writing program. Seven properties in the Mid-Sout - read more »

March 2003


Maryland schools may get bigger slice of slots - 18 March 2003
The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee is working on proposed changes to slot machine legislation that would provide a bigger share of revenues for education and local governments but reduce licensing fees for racetrack owners.Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, D-Calvert, said after a meeting of the committee Mo - read more »
Casino may not be in cards for town - 31 March 2003
This could be their last chance. Residents of this struggling southern Indiana town have been fighting for 10 years to get the casino license they say they were promised in state law, and now some of the activists known for their tenacity and trademark orange T-shirts are out of money and almost out of heart."If it's n - read more »
Internet spawns new wave of sports gamblers - 03 March 2003
Growing numbers of British gamblers are betting on soccer matches and other sports from the comfort of their desks or living rooms. Online sites are thriving because of a new wave of punters who are computer literate, own credit cards and have a voracious appetite for betting on an array of sports. "It is fair to say t - read more »
1 in 50 Arizonans has a gambling problem - 24 March 2003
More than one out of every 50 Arizonan adults has a problem with gambling, according to a new report issued Friday. But another one out of every 10 probably is at risk of developing problems according to a study done for the Arizona Lottery -- a figure that is higher than even Nevada. For those who gamble, the state-ru - read more »

April 2003


World Series of Poker makes Internet debut - 19 April 2003
The 34th annual World Series of Poker at Binion's Horseshoe is expected to draw as many as 8,000 players from around the globe as well as hundreds of tourists who will watch an event that has become the gambling industry's top spectator sport.For the first time this year, hundreds more are expected to watch the event l - 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 »
Government gambling profits top $11-billion - 23 April 2003
Government-run lotteries, video lottery terminals and casinos generated $11.3 billion in revenues across Canada last year, up almost six per cent from 2001.That's four times higher than the cash flow from betting a decade earlier, says Statistics Canada.After prizes and expenses, $6 billion poured into provincial coffe - read more »
Illinois casino-tax plan draws criticism - 18 April 2003
Tax increases proposed by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich for the state's casinos would produce far less revenue than he's projecting, a panel of securities analysts said Thursday. Raising taxes on receipts and admissions for the second consecutive year would make the state less attractive to new operators and would caus - read more »

May 2003


Gambling losses cited in robbery - 15 May 2003
Africa Deshawn Carter, 27, of Oak Street in Bremerton has been charged with first-degree robbery for allegedly taking $35 from a Wheaton Way convenience store May 3 after threatening the clerk with a knife.The case file said Carter had lost $125 at Chips Casino in East Bremerton and was feeling desperate. She robbed th - read more »
Las Vegas gets racier as hotel-casinos shed family image to compete with strip clubs - 06 May 2003
For years, the Treasure Island hotel-casino, with its pyrotechnic pirate show and skull-and-bones marquee, carried a reputation as a Disney-esque destination for families. But the show, like Las Vegas, is sailing off into another, altogether naughtier direction. Casino operators will replace the popular family attracti - read more »
Judge rejects bid to depose witnesses in FSU gambling case - 14 May 2003
A judge rejected a bid Tuesday by former Florida State quarterback Adrian McPherson's attorney to depose witnesses in the athlete's misdemeanor gambling trial scheduled for next month.County Judge Tim Harley denied the request by Grady Irvin Jr. and also said he would rule Thursday on the attorney's request to have the - read more »
Daley says casino would boost city's economy - 22 May 2003
Mayor Richard Daley wants Chicago to be the first city in the country to own a casino, an idea so novel that critics aren't sure how it would work. The mayor has said he would have an outside company manage the casino, but questions remain about how the casino would be regulated. "Would the state threaten to shut down - read more »

June 2003


Casino change attendant stabbed - 24 June 2003
A man stabbed a change person in the back at a downtown casino early Sunday, cut off her change belt and fled with cash, Reno police said.The attack about 2:30 a.m. at the Club Cal Neva came as the change person inspected a slot machine after the man asked for help, Sgt. Dave Evans said in a statement.The employee was - read more »
Gambling interests report amounts they spent lobbying - 03 June 2003
Foxx Industries, the West Palm Beach, Fla., company that failed to persuade lawmakers to legalize wide-open gambling in 10 Butte casinos, spent more than $50,000 in lobbying the 2003 Legislature, recent reports disclosed. Final reports filed with the state political practices commissioner last week showed Foxx Industri - read more »
£1 POKER PLAYER WINS £290,000 - 03 June 2003
A jobless gambler is celebrating after scooping more than £290,000 by staking just £1 on a hand of poker.The Grosvenor Casino chain said Evadne Gayle landed a massive £290,684.52 jackpot after being dealt a royal flush on its national Super Stud Poker game.Ms Gayle, 50, from Birmingham, who was recently made redundant - read more »
Support fading for slot machines - 22 June 2003
The chances are getting slimmer that lawmakers will ask voters in November to put thousands of slot machines at Ohio's racetracks. Supporters of the idea say it would raise up to $500 million a year for prescription drug price relief, school construction and college scholarships. Though they will try to advance the pro - read more »

July 2003


Casino ups ante on kittens - 02 July 2003
If the Payson Humane Society's half-price kitten sale didn't tempt you, now you can take one home for free courtesy of Mazatzal Casino.The Tonto Apaches upped the ante by agreeing to provide a $25 gift certificate for Payson Feed & Pet Supply to each person who adopts a kitten between now and the end of July. "People p - read more »
Gambling foe asks for investigation into racetrack owner - 23 July 2003
An outspoken Senate foe of gambling has asked Gov. Ed Rendell to order an investigation into the finances of the owner of the Philadelphia Park racetrack, questioning the business practices that have allowed the track to avoid paying much in federal and state income taxes.Sen. Gibson Armstrong, R-Lancaster, in a letter - read more »
Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn signs $836 million tax bill - 23 July 2003
Gov. Kenny Guinn ended months of rancorous legislative debate Tuesday when he signed a record $836 million tax bill that will fund schools and the state's $5 billion budget over the next two years.The tax increase is the largest in state history and represents what the Republican governor said was a"Herculean effort"to - read more »
Competing for gamblers spurs expansion, price wars - 07 July 2003
Thunder Valley Casino upped the ante for gaming in Northern California when the $215 million complex opened last month in Placer County. Competition, saturation marketing and swelling demand are helping drive new casino proposals and a new wave of expansions by tribal casinos around the region. The Thunder Valley openi - read more »

August 2003


Lizama retention, casino initiatives make it to November midterm polls - 12 August 2003
CNMI voters will decide on November 1 whether to retain or reject Superior Court Judge Juan T. Lizama, whose term expires on July 14, 2004.The Election Commission Board approved Friday to place on the ballot the question: "Shall Judge Juan T. Lizama be retained in office?"Voting yes would mean that Lizama will remain a - read more »
Criminals haunt casino - 04 August 2003
DRUG dealing, prostitution, money laundering, cheating scams, armed assaults and begging have been investigated at Melbourne's Crown casino.And authorities have also monitored organised crime figures at Crown. The Australian Crime Commission, the Victoria Police major fraud group and the major drug investigation divisi - read more »
Nevada casino win up in June - 14 August 2003
After two straight months of declining revenue, Nevada casinos rebounded in June as their winnings from gamblers totaled $809.l million, up 13.2 percent from June 2002.It was the biggest percentage increase in month-to-month comparisons since the 13.9 percent registered in April 2000. Casinos along the Las Vegas Strip - read more »
Governor appoints commission to study gambling in Kansas - 10 August 2003
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has created a 15-member committee to study the possibilities of legalized gambling in the state."I believe thousands of Kansans are going out of state to pursue a recreation that they enjoy and in the course of that the state of Kansas is losing millions of dollars in gaming revenue to our sister - read more »

September 2003


Judge puts N.Y. casino project on hold - 03 September 2003
A federal judge granted an injunction blocking construction of a casino in Hampton Bays, saying the Shinnecok Indian Nation must be federally recognized before it moves forward with the project.U.S. District Judge Thomas Platt ruled Friday that the 1,500-member tribe must put the project on hold for at least 18 months - read more »
Acres Gaming Receives Coeur d'Alene Casino Order - 06 September 2003
Acres Gaming Incorporated (Nasdaq: AGAM), the leader in Bonusing and Casino Management System technology for the gaming industry, has announced that it has received an order from Coeur d'Alene Casino in Worley, Idaho, located 30 minutes southeast of Spokane, Washington. The contract specifies a phased installation over - read more »
Navajo president signs gambling compact with N.M. - 20 September 2003
After years of reluctance, the Navajo Nation took a major step toward casino gaming when President Joe Shirley Jr. signed New Mexico's gambling compact Friday. A resolution accompanying the compact says it applies only to a small Navajo enclave called To'hajiilee, just west of Albuquerque and not far from where the Ind - read more »
River Rock Casino plans 7-story garage - 14 September 2003
Construction is under way on what could be a seven-story parking garage at the River Rock Casino in Alexander Valley, which Sonoma County officials say would be an eyesore among scenic vineyards and rolling green hills and could provoke landslides.The Dry Creek Band of Pomo Indians insist the 1,350-space garage is just - read more »

October 2003


Lotto jackpot takes Euro pole position - 09 October 2003
THE 31-week accumulated sum for the next national lottery jackpot (LOTTÓ) has reached net Ft3.5 billion ($15.9 million) and now lies in pole position, ahead of other European lotteries. "The UK is in second place with the equivalent of Ft3.3 billion ($15 million) in Pounds Sterling. Last week, the previous biggest accu - read more »
High court refuses to review Indian gambling initiative - 18 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 jurisdicti - read more »
Yavapai-Apaches to oversee a casino - 15 October 2003
The Yavapai-Apache Nation, which runs Cliff Castle Casino in Camp Verde, 70 miles north of Phoenix, has agreed to help a tiny Southern California tribe enter the gambling business. The Yavapai-Apache will oversee development of the other tribe's casino east of San Diego.Yavapai-Apache Gaming signed a letter of intent w - read more »
Tribes' casinos thrown into election mix - 06 October 2003
Just over 150 years ago, the California legislature enacted a bounty of $50 for a Native American man's scalp, $25 for a woman's and $10 for a child's. Now the tribes that faced extermination have become the biggest political players in the state on the eve of the gubernatorial recall election. With voters going to the - read more »

November 2003


Vegas va-voom Sin City returns to its traditional values -- decadence - 03 November 2003
"Children do not belong in casinos." So proclaimed Las Vegas mogul Steve Wynn in the heyday of America's all-night city. 'There is nothing worse than having a kid go through a casino bouncing a ball." But in the mid-'90s, Sin City somehow turned into Family Town. Because gaming is now legal in 36 states, Vegas needed t - read more »
Measures could alter Indian gambling - 29 November 2003
Two measures targeting Native-American casinos will head to the ballots next year. Either could alter the future of gambling in Southern California.Hesperia residents likely will vote on a proposed Native- American casino in March; signatures for a referendum were validated this week. It will nullify an agreement signe - read more »
Contracts with casinos - 16 November 2003
The Mississippi Gaming Association and the Legislative Black Caucus are working together to get more minority- and female-owned businesses as casino vendors, tapping into a $1 billion annual market.The effort has been under way since January, when state Sen. John Horhn, D-Jackson, and Rep. George Flaggs Jr., D-Vicksbur - read more »
Mississippi Gaming Group Works with Black Caucus to Increase Minority Vendors - 17 November 2003
The Mississippi Gaming Association and the Legislative Black Caucus are working together to get more minority- and female-owned businesses as casino vendors, tapping into a $1 billion annual market.The effort has been under way since January, when state Sen. John Horhn, D-Jackson, and Rep. George Flaggs Jr., D-Vicksbur - read more »

December 2003


Beyonce, R. Kelly Win at Billboard Awards - 11 December 2003
R&B dominated Wednesday's 2003 Billboard Music Awards, as sultry singer Beyonce and crooner R. Kelly each earned four awards. Beyonce, who appeared at the ceremony in a sequined Versace dress, won new female artist of the year, new R&B artist, Hot 100 female artist and a special Hot 100 award for most weeks at No. 1. T - read more »
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 »
James Caan's TV gamble paying off - 27 December 2003
James Caan is not good at sitting still. The star of the NBC series "Las Vegas' is talking, gesturing and fidgeting in a makeup chair while his face and hair are smoothed and a fake tattoo transfer wiped off his forearm.He's also flirting with female cast members, conferring with a stuntman and worrying about when he'l - read more »
Sky City details $A70m Adelaide casino upgrade - 02 December 2003
Sky City Entertainment today announced the $A20 million ($NZ23 million) first stage of a potential $A70 million redevelopment of its Adelaide casino. The first stage of the three-year plan involves the development of street-front food and beverage outlets. Final decisions on the extent of investment are conditional on - read more »